How the West Was Won
Rather than barbed wire or military might, planning scholar Carl Abbott uses broad research to show how urban settlements have been the driving force in the cultural and economic development of the western half of North America in "How the Cities Won the West" (University of New Mexico Press, Nov. 15, '08). Cities rather than individual pioneers have been the driving force in the settlement and economic development of the western half of North America. Throughout the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, western urban centers served as starting points for conquest and settlement. As these frontier cities matured into metropolitan centers, they grew from imitators of eastern culture and outposts of eastern capital, into independent sources of economic, cultural, and intellectual change.
For the Confederate Dead
Las Vegas, Nashville, despair, the Midwest, "Bar-B-Q Heaven" and his family's Louisiana home: these are the American places that Kevin Young visits in his powerful, heartfelt sixth book of poetry, "Dear Darkness" (Random House, Sept. '08) Begun as a reflection on family and memory, "Dear Darkness" became a book of elegies after the sudden death of the poet's father, a violent event that silenced Young with grief until he turned to rhapsodizing about the food that has sustained him and his Louisiana family for decades.
In his other book, "For the Confederate Dead" (Random House, 2008), released at the same time, Young explores the prospects of freedom, African American culture, history and American pride. It's an award-winning collection of poetry about the South and its legacy, about African-American griefs and passages. Young has been called a poet who has "set himself apart from his peers with his supple, variable, blues-inflected lines" (Publishers Weekly).
To Play at Work
In "The Red Rubber Ball At Work. Elevate Your Game Through the Hidden Power of Play" author Kevin Carroll shows business readers how to apply the same skills we used when we played as kids to invigorate 5 key hot-button issues in the workplace: Innovation, Results, Teamwork, Leadership, and Curiosity. He includes over 30 "play profiles" from successful business people, including well-known names like Seth Godin, Malcolm Gladwell, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as well as everyday people whose success comes from embracing a sense of play at work.
Kevin Carroll is founder of Kevin Carroll Katalyst/LLC, a former Creative Katalyst for Nike and former Head Athletic Trainer for the Philadelphia 76ers. He speaks 50 times a year around the world and consults with industry leaders at Nike, Disney/ESPN, Gap/Old Navy, Mattell, Proctor & Gamble, and Capitol One. Carroll is a frequent guest on radio and television and has been featured in Fast Company, HOW Design magazine, Advertising Age, and Newsweek. The Red Rubber Ball At Work. By Kevin Carroll. McGraw Hill Company. November, 2008. $19.95. ISBN 0-07-159944-4
For Dog Lovers
In "The Ultimate Dog Lover" (Health Communications, Oct. 2008, $14.95) by Marty Becker, D.V.M., Gina Spadafori, Carol Kline, and Mikkel Becker, have complied a winning mix of heart-tugging, tail-wagging stories about some of the world's most endearing and amazing dogs with essential expert information in the areas of breeding and behavior, sports and leisure activities, and preventative care and health issues. With comprehensive facts, stunning four-colored photographs, and awe-inspiring true stories, this truly is the "ultimate book" for dog lovers.
Becker is the regularly featured vet on ABC-TV's Good Morning America, a frequent veterinary contributor to The Martha Stewart Show, a contributing pet-care write for Parade magazine, and the host of the PBS series The Pet Doctor with Marty Becker. Dr. Becker lives in Bonners Ferry, Idaho.
Spadafori is a best selling author of several pet books including the New York Times bestseller "Why Do Dogs Drink Out of the Toilet?" and "Dogs for Dummies." Kline is a freelance writer and speaker and the bestselling coauthor of five books in the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" line. An animal rescue volunteer for years, Carol is affiliated with Noah's Ark Animal Foundation in Fairfield, Iowa. Becker is a contributing author to Knight Ridder newspapers, Cat Fancy magazine and Chicken Soup for the Soul.