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A Farewell to Alms: A Brief Economic History of the World
by Gregory Clark

Why are some parts of the world so rich and others so poor? Why did the Industrial Revolution--and the unprecedented economic growth that came with it--occur in eighteenth-century England, and not at some other time, or in some other place? Why didn't industrialization make the whole world rich--and why did it make large parts of the world even poorer? In A Farewell to Alms, Gregory Clark tackles these profound questions and suggests a new and provocative way in which culture--not exploitation, geography, or resources--explains the wealth, and the poverty, of nations. Countering the prevailing theory that the Industrial Revolution was sparked by the sudden development of stable political, legal, and economic institutions in seventeenth-century Europe, Clark shows that such institutions existed long before industrialization. He argues instead that these institutions gradually led to deep cultural changes by encouraging people to abandon hunter-gatherer instincts-violence, impatience, and economy of effort-and adopt economic habits-hard work, rationality, and education. The problem, Clark says, is that only societies that have long histories of settlement and security seem to develop the cultural characteristics and effective workforces that enable economic growth. For the many societies that have not enjoyed long periods of stability, industrialization has not been a blessing. Clark also dissects the notion, championed by Jared Diamond in Guns, Germs, and Steel, that natural endowments such as geography account for differences in the wealth of nations. A brilliant and sobering challenge to the idea that poor societies can be economically developed through outside intervention, A Farewell to Alms may change the way global economic history is understood.

Pub. Date: December 2008 Publisher: Princeton University Press Format: Paperback, 432pp
069114128

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A Little More about Me
by Pam Houston

In A Little More About Me, Houston is searching for a place-not too safe but not too threatening-from which to negotiate mountain goats and river ice, camping trips and wine. Assessing her limitations, she takes "A Long Look in the Mirror." Through her we meet some good dogs, a few good men, and the occasional grizzly. There's a horse named Roany with the presence of a Zen master. And there's a Buddhist named Karma, proving what Houston has always suspected: fiction has nothing on real life. As she searches for balance within herself and with the world around her, Houston speaks straight from the heart, revealing truths about who we are and what it means, right now, to be alive.

Pub. Date: October 2000 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group Format: Paperback, 304pp
074340633

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Advances in Catalysis, Vol. 51
by Bruce C. Gates (Editor), Helmut Knoezinger (Editor)

Catalysis is the acceleration of a chemical reaction by a catalyst, a substance that notably affects the rate of a chemical reaction without itself being consumed or altered. Since 1948, Advances in Catalysis has filled the gap between the papers that report on and the textbooks that teach in the diverse areas of catalysis research. The editors of and contributors to Advances in Catalysis are dedicated to recording progress in this area.

* Provides a comprehensive review of all aspects of catalytic research
* Contains in-depth, critical, state-of-the-art reports

Pub. Date: June 2007 Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books Format: Hardcover, 406pp
012373897

Price: $99.98
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Aquatic and Riparian Weeds of the West
Author: J. Ditomaso

This is the first comprehensive identification manual for aquatic and riparian weeds west of the Rocky Mountains. This practical, easy-to-use guide covers 171 aquatic plant species -- consisting of 58 plant groups, including a full description of 82 species and another 96 plants compared as similar species, representing 42 plant families.

Lavishly illustrated with over 560 photographs and weighing in at 442 pages, this is a “must-have" reference and field manual for weed control specialists, land managers, water system managers, rice growers, golf course superintendents, and landscape professionals. Anyone interested in learning more about identification of important weeds of aquatic and riparian systems should make room on their bookshelf for this new guide.

In addition to the individual description of species or related species, the text also contains:

·17 shortcut identification tables to groups that share similar, unusual, or relatively uncommon characteristics
·keys to floating-leaved and submerged aquatic weeds, pondweeds, and grasses or grass-like species
·comparison tables for difficult to identify groups
·bibliography of pertinent literature
·appendix of federally listed noxious weeds in aquatic habitats
·indices to common and scientific names and synonyms

This guide’s user-friendly combination of color photos, text descriptions, keys, tables, and a glossary will increase the accuracy and speed of identification in the field.

Publication Number: 3421 Inventory Type: Paperback Language: English ISBN-13: 978-1-879906-59-4 Copyright Date: 2003 Length: 442 pp.
187990659

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Beer Is Proof God Loves Us
by Charles W. Bamforth

Legendary beer expert Charlie Bamforth presents the most compelling social history of beer ever written: where it’s come from, and where it’s headed. From centuries-old cultural values to radical new approaches, craft brewing to globalization, it’s an amazing story. Bamforth tells it all–with humor, behind-the-scenes insight, and sheer joy!

As the first Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Malting and Brewing Science at University of California-Davis, Bamforth (Beer: Health and Nutrition) writes with passion and expertise in this semiautobiographical ode to beer. Discussing diverse topics such as the global consolidation of beer production, health aspects, the environmental impact of beer, and the nuances of beer quality, he attempts to cover a lot of ground in ten relatively short chapters. Referencing a Benjamin Franklin quote, the title not only alludes to the spiritual transcendence Bamforth finds in a glass of beer but also foreshadows the spattering of awkward considerations of religion throughout the book. Not meant to be objective outsider's accounts, Bamforth's stories are intensely personal. A sizable endnotes section includes additional stories and explains beer arcanum. VERDICT While Bamforth's knowledge is deep and admirable, only true beer cognoscenti would be interested in this somewhat disjointed mix of storytelling, cultural history, and advocacy.—Rukshana Singh, Torrance P.L., CA

Pub. Date: October 2010 Publisher: FT Press Format: Hardcover , 237pp
013706507

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Blood and Belief
by David Biale

Blood contains extraordinary symbolic power in both Judaism and Christianity--as the blood of sacrifice, of Jesus, of the Jewish martyrs, of menstruation, and more. Yet, though they share the same literary, cultural, and religious origins, on the question of blood the two religions have followed quite different trajectories. For instance, while Judaism rejects the eating or drinking of blood, Christianity mandates its symbolic consumption as a central sacrament. How did these two traditions, both originating in the Hebrew Bible's cult of blood sacrifices, veer off in such different directions? With his characteristic wit and erudition, David Biale traces the continuing, changing, and often clashing roles of blood as both symbol and substance through the entire sweep of Jewish and Christian history from Biblical times to the present.

Pub. Date: September 2008 Publisher: University of California Press Format: Paperback, 316pp
052025798

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BURNING

Overview A sizzling love story between a small-town boy and a Gypsy girl unfolds as the Burning Man festival is in full swing. Ben, a small-town boy from Gypsum, Nevada, and Lala, a gypsy girl in town to read fortunes for the tourists who have come for the annual Burning Man festival, are from two completely different worlds. In the fall, Ben will be going off to college, and Lala will be entering into an arranged marriage. But this summer, each of them is searching for something more . . . And one sizzling summer day when Lala reads Ben’s cards, everything changes for both of them.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780385743341
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 6/11/2013
  • Pages: 320

038574334
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Challenging the Secret Government
by Kathryn S. Olmsted

Just four months after Richard Nixon's resignation, New York Times reporter Seymour Hersh unearthed a new case of government abuse of power: the CIA had launched a domestic spying program of Orwellian proportions against American dissidents during the Vietnam War. The country's best investigative journalists and members of Congress quickly mobilized to probe a scandal that seemed certain to rock the foundations of this secret government. Subsequent investigations disclosed that the CIA had plotted to kill foreign leaders and that the FBI had harassed civil rights and student groups. Some called the scandal 'son of Watergate.'

Many observers predicted that the investigations would lead to far-reaching changes in the intelligence agencies. Yet, as Kathryn Olmsted shows, neither the media nor Congress pressed for reforms. For all of its post-Watergate zeal, the press hesitated to break its long tradition of deference in national security coverage. Congress, too, was unwilling to challenge the executive branch in national security matters. Reports of the demise of the executive branch were greatly exaggerated, and the result of the 'year of intelligence' was a return to the status quo.

Pub. Date: February 1996 Publisher: University of North Carolina Press, The Format: Paperback, 272pp
080784562

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Chemistry of Wine Flavor
Wine flavor chemistry is a complex and diverse field that ranges from the potently aromatic pyrazines to the complex polymeric tannins. Modern chemistry is now opening some doors to the mysteries of wine flavor, and this unique monograph is dedicated to current research developments. The book starts with the Riesling terpenes, which responsible for floral aroma when new and the kerosene-like aroma that appears in old age, and with the chemically related norisprenoids found in Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It includes three reports on flavors of microbial origin, particularly the effects of different yeast strains, and it looks at important factors in aging, including acetalhyde, the contribution of oak, and problems with cork taint. It also explores in detail the relationship between winemaking techniques and the chemistry and taste attributes of phenolic compounds.

by Andrew Leo Waterhouse, Susan E. Ebeler, Susan E. Ebeler Hardcover Publisher: Oxford University Press Pub. Date: January 1999 ISBN-13: 9780841235922 256pp Series: ACS Symposium Series

084123592
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Coaching Toolkit for Child Welfare Practice

The Coaching Toolkit for Child Welfare Practice is designed to help guide the development and implementation of formal, professional, coaching within the child welfare context. Recently, the use of coaching in child welfare organizations has received a great deal of attention - and for good reason. Coaching helps individuals learn new skills faster and more efficiently and effectively, and coaching can support organizations in implementing new practices and strategies. A DVD accompanies The Coaching Toolkit which provides vignettes of coaching conversations in the child welfare system.


000015384
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Coast Redwood: A Natural and Cultural History
by Michael G. Barbour

Coast Redwood is the first contemporary illustrated book to focus exclusively on the natural and cultural history of the world's tallest tree. This handsome volume describes the origins, distribution, life history, ecology, and wildlife associated with coast redwood. It also presents the evolution of redwood logging and chronicles the remarkable 100-year battle for redwood preservation, from Big Basin to Headwaters Forest.

Pub. Date: August 2001 Publisher: Cachuma Press Format: Paperback, 224pp
096285055

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Compendium of Rice Diseases
Edited by R.K. Webster and P.S. Gunnell

International in scope, this compendium pulls together hard-to-find information on more than 75 diseases and disorders.

1992; 86 pages, 138 color photographs ISBN 0-89054-126-4
089054126

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Conrad Atkinson: Landescapes
by Conrad Atkinson (Illustrator), Richard Cork, Anthony Hudek

More than 30 years after his ground-breaking exhibition at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts, Conrad Atkinson is rightly regarded as one of Britain's most important living political artists. Landscapes, the first of a complete series on Atkinson's oeuvre, reviews work relating specifically to the land, and is published in response to the inclusion of Atkinson's early masterwork, "For Wordsworth, For West Cumbria," in the Tate Gallery's recent exhibition, A Picture of Britain, where the work was given central placement. The book includes an essay by Richard Cork, chief art critic of the London Times, an interview with Antony Hudek of the Courtauld Institute, and original writings by the artist. Represented in New York by the Ronald Feldman Gallery, Atkinson is also a Professor of Art at the University of California at Davis.

Pub. Date: March 2007 Publisher: D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers Format: Paperback, 104pp
097729710

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Constructing Green: The Social Structures of Sustainability

Buildings are the nation's greatest energy consumers. Forty percent of all our energy is used for heating, cooling, lighting, and powering machines and devices in buildings. And despite decades of investment in green construction technologies, residential and commercial buildings remain stubbornly energy inefficient. This book looks beyond the technological and material aspects of green construction to examine the cultural, social, and organizational shifts that sustainable building requires, examining the fundamental challenge to centuries-long traditions in design and construction that green building represents.

The contributors consider the changes associated with green building through a sociological and organizational lens. They discuss shifts in professional expertise created by new social concerns about green building, including evolving boundaries of professional jurisdictions; changing industry strategies and structures, including the roles of ownership, supply firms, and market niches; new operational, organizational, and cultural arrangements, including the mainstreaming of environmental concerns; narratives and frames that influence the perception of green building; and future directions for the theory and practice of sustainable construction. The essays offer uniquely multidisciplinary insights into the transformative potential of green building and the obstacles that must be overcome to make it the norm.


026201941
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Cross-Linguistic Variation and Efficiency

In this book John A. Hawkins argues that major patterns of variation across languages are structured by general principles of efficiency in language use and communication. Evidence for these comes from languages permitting structural options from which selections are made in performance, e.g. between competing word orders and between relative clauses with a resumptive pronoun versus a gap. The preferences and patterns of performance within languages are reflected, he shows, in the fixed conventions and variation patterns across grammars, leading to a 'Performance-Grammar Correspondence Hypothesis'. Hawkins extends and updates the general theory that he laid out in Efficiency and Complexity in Grammars (OUP 2004): new areas of grammar and performance are discussed, new research findings are incorporated that test his earlier predictions, and new advances in the contributing fields of language processing, linguistic theory, historical linguistics, and typology are addressed. This efficiency approach to variation has far-reaching theoretical consequences relevant to many current issues in the language sciences. These include the notion of ease of processing and how to measure it, the role of processing in language change, the nature of language universals and their explanation, the theory of complexity, the relative strength of competing and cooperating principles, and the proper definition of fundamental grammatical notions such as 'dependency'. The book also offers a new typology of VO and OV languages and their correlating properties seen from this perspective, and a new typology of the noun phrase and of argument structure.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780199665006
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/27/2014
  • Pages: 320

019966500
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Cultural Evolution

Over the past few decades, a growing body of research has emerged from a variety of disciplines to highlight the importance of cultural evolution in understanding human behavior. Wider application of these insights, however, has been hampered by traditional disciplinary boundaries. To remedy this, in this volume leading researchers from theoretical biology, developmental and cognitive psychology, linguistics, anthropology, sociology, religious studies, history, and economics come together to explore the central role of cultural evolution in different aspects of human endeavor.

The contributors take as their guiding principle the idea that cultural evolution can provide an important integrating function across the various disciplines of the human sciences, as organic evolution does for biology. The benefits of adopting a cultural evolutionary perspective are demonstrated by contributions on social systems, technology, language,and religion. Topics covered include enforcement of norms in human groups, the neuroscience of technology, language diversity, and prosociality and religion. The contributors evaluate current research on cultural evolution and consider its broader theoretical and practical implications,synthesizing past and ongoing work and sketching a roadmap for future cross-disciplinary efforts.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780262019750
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2013
  • Series: Strungmann Forum Reports Series
  • Pages: 450

026201975
Price: $45.00
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Deconstructing Dignity

The right-to-die debate has gone on for centuries, playing out most recently as a spectacle of protest surrounding figures such as Terry Schiavo. In Deconstructing Dignity, Scott Cutler Shershow offers a powerful new way of thinking about it philosophically. Focusing on the concepts of human dignity and the sanctity of life, he employs Derridean deconstruction to uncover self-contradictory and damaging assumptions that underlie both sides of the debate.

Shershow examines texts from Cicero’s De Officiis to Kant’s Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals to court decisions and religious declarations. Through them he reveals how arguments both supporting and denying the right to die undermine their own unconditional concepts of human dignity and the sanctity of life with a hidden conditional logic, one often tied to practical economic concerns and the scarcity or unequal distribution of medical resources. He goes on to examine the exceptional case of self-sacrifice, closing with a vision of a society—one whose conditions we are far from meeting—in which the debate can finally be resolved. A sophisticated analysis of a heated topic, Deconstructing Dignity is also a masterful example of deconstructionist methods at work.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780226088129
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 1/10/2014
  • Pages: 216

022608812
Price: $37.50
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Defining America through Immigration Policy
by Bill Ong Hing, Anthony D. Romero

From the earliest days of nationhood, the United States has determined who might enter the country and who might be naturalized. In this sweeping review of US immigration policies, Bill Ong Hing points to the racial, ethnic, and social struggles over who should be welcomed into the community of citizens. He shows how shifting visions of America have shaped policies governing asylum, exclusion, amnesty, and border policing. Written for a broad audience, Defining America Through Immigration Policy sets the continuing debates about immigration in the context of what value we as a people have assigned to cultural pluralism in various eras.

Hing examines the competing visions of America reflected in immigration debates over the last 225 years. For instance, he compares the rationales and regulations that limited immigration of southern and eastern Europeans to those that excluded Asians in the nineteenth century. He offers a detailed history of the policies and enforcement procedures put in place to limit migration from Mexico, and indicts current border control measures as immoral. He probes into little discussed issues such as the exclusion of gays and lesbians and the impact of political considerations on the availability of amnesty and asylum to various groups of migrants. Hing's spirited discussion and sophisticated analysis will appeal to readers in a wide spectrum of academic disciplines as well as those general readers interested in America's on-going attempts to make one of many.

Pub. Date: February 2004 Publisher: Temple University Press Format: Textbook Paperback, 336pp
159213233

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Developing Scaffolds in Evolution, Culture, and Cognition

"Scaffolding" is a concept that is becoming widely used across disciplines. This book investigates common threads in diverse applications of scaffolding, including theoretical biology, cognitive science, social theory, science and technology studies, and human development. Despite its widespread use, the concept of scaffolding is often given short shrift; the contributors to this volume, from a range of disciplines, offer a more fully developed analysis of scaffolding that highlights the role of temporal and temporary resources in development, broadly conceived, across concepts of culture, cognition, and evolution.

The book emphasizes reproduction, repeated assembly, and entrenchment of heterogeneous relations, parts, and processes as a complement to neo-Darwinism in the developmentalist tradition of conceptualizing evolutionary change. After describing an integration of theoretical perspectives that can accommodate different levels of analysis and connect various methodologies, the book discusses multilevel organization; differences (and reciprocality) between individuals and institutions as units of analysis; and perspectives on development that span brains, careers, corporations, and cultural cycles.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780262019552
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2013
  • Pages: 440

026201955
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Down and Up: Poems

In Down and Up, Clarence Major makes use of American and European public places, their character and voice, to construct poems that explore the physical world juxtaposed sharply with the inner world. Sometimes realistic, sometimes dreamlike, these poems are dynamic, universal in theme, and acknowledge a debt to the great tradition of modern American poetry. Clear eyed and painterly, they explore wherever Major’s fancy takes him. His distinctive voice and compelling spatial and visual approach offer a connection between everyday human occurrences and the physical space they surround.


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Eating Right in America

Eating Right in America is a powerful critique of dietary reform in the United States from the late nineteenth-century emergence of nutritional science through the contemporary alternative food movement and campaign against obesity. Charlotte Biltekoff analyzes the discourses of dietary reform, including the writings of reformers, as well as the materials they created to bring their messages to the public. She shows that while the primary aim may be to improve health, the process of teaching people to "eat right" in the U.S. inevitably involves shaping certain kinds of subjects and citizens, and shoring up the identity and social boundaries of the ever-threatened American middle class. Without discounting the pleasures of food or the value of wellness, Biltekoff advocates a critical reappraisal of our obsession with diet as a proxy for health. Based on her understanding of the history of dietary reform, she argues that talk about "eating right" in America too often obscures structural and environmental stresses and constraints, while naturalizing the dubious redefinition of health as an individual responsibility and imperative.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780822355595
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 10/2/2013
  • Pages: 224

082235559
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Electoral Guerrilla Theatre
by L.M. Bogad

Across the globe, in liberal democracies where the right to vote is framed as both civil right and civic duty, disillusioned creative activists run for public office on sarcastic, ironic and iconoclastic platforms. With little intention of "winning" in the conventional sense, they use drag, camp and stand-up comedy to undermine the legitimacy of their opponents and sometimes the electoral system itself.

Electoral Guerilla Theatre explores the recent phenomenon of the satirical election campaign, and questions:

• what is the purpose of such public political performances?
• what theatrical devices and aesthetic sensibilities do electoral guerrillas draw on to enhance their satire?
• how do electoral guerrillas create their public personas and platforms, and which audiences are they playing to and/or against?
• how do parodies and the "respectable" political performances that they mock interact and how can this tactic backfire?

Drawing on extensive archival and ethnographic research, Larry Bogad examines satirical campaigns around the world, placing his analysis in national, cultural, political and legal contexts. Electoral Guerilla Theatre will offer an entertaining, enlightening and informative read for those working across a variety of disciplines, including performance studies, social science, cultural studies and politics.

Pub. Date: August 2005 Publisher: Routledge Format: Textbook Paperback, 235pp
041533225

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Entire Predicament
by Lucy Corin

In this refreshing, funny, and startling collection of stories, Lucy Corin veers far from the path of staid contemporary fiction. She masterfully weaves traditional and experimental topics and techniques, creating a fictional world where people behave normally in the most extreme situations, and in bizarrely with almost no provocation at all. But thanks to her vivid, sharp prose and insightful first-person voices, even the oddest behavior is utterly believable. Unpredictable and playful, these stories transcend their apocalyptic feel to offer a vision that is clear, humane, and completely engaging. The Entire Predicament secures Corin’s reputation as an original, stylistically courageous voice in contemporary avant-garde fiction.

Pub. Date: September 2007 Publisher: Tin House Books Format: Paperback, 186pp
097769898

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Everyday Psychokillers: A History for Girls
by Lucy Corin

Not really a history of anything except of a girl growing up in hard times. Choosing a title like this one may get Corin-an English professor and occasional storywriter-more attention than she might otherwise get, and that's mostly a good thing. This first novel isn't overtly about serial killers but is more interested in girls, one in particular, who lives in a small Florida town. It's a swampy, hot place where there isn't much work-the girl's mother mucks out stalls, kids are always leaving to go to Miami Beach and sell drugs-and even less to do. Corin fills her pages with the girl's observations of this world that envelops her like a humid sponge as she drifts in and out of different personas and muses constantly on the threatening forces that seem to always be encroaching. The most constant dread, born of tabloid news and true-crime books, is of serial killers, the Ted Bundys of the world, who prey on girls like Corin's narrator, the ones always described as innocent ("To point to something and call it innocent is to suggest that it won't be around for long, or that it's so stupid nothing will ever get through, no matter how awful. No one says innocent unless they mean doomed"). By book's end, the girl has morphed into an adult of sorts, without purpose, living in a nameless midwestern town, someone on the verge of becoming a killer herself. Corin's language is hot and pulsating, and she paints her pages with an intensity that doesn't always seem right, considering how abstracted and occasionally pretentious the story becomes. Nevertheless, her debut is worthy of note for what it tries to portray: the interior life of a girl, vulnerable like all the others, in a predatory society.Superbly evocative, though with several notable rough spots. Agent: Alison Bond

Pub. Date: February 2004 Publisher: University of Alabama Press Format: Paperback, 223pp
157366112

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Field Experiments and Their Critics

In recent years, social scientists have engaged in a deep debate over the methods appropriate to their research. Their long reliance on passive observational collection of information has been challenged by proponents of experimental methods designed to precisely infer causal effects through active intervention in the social world. Some scholars claim that field experiments represent a new gold standard and the best way forward, while others insist that these methods carry inherent inconsistencies, limitations, or ethical dilemmas that observational approaches do not. This unique collection of essays by the most influential figures on every side of this debate reveals its most important stakes and will provide useful guidance to students and scholars in many disciplines.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780300169409
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Pages: 280

030016940
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Field Guide to Butterflies San Francisco Bay and Sacramento
Arthur M. Shapiro, Timothy D. Manolis

The California Tortoiseshell, West Coast Lady, Red Admiral, and Golden Oak Hairstreak are just a few of the many butterfly species found in the floristically rich San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Valley regions. This guide, written for both beginning and experienced butterfly watchers by one of the nation's best-known professional lepidopterists, provides thorough, up-to-date information on all of the butterfly species found in this diverse and accessible region. Written in lively prose, it discusses the natural history and conservation status for these butterflies and at the same time provides an integrated view of butterfly biology based on studies conducted in northern California and around the world. Compact enough for use in the field, the guide also includes tips on butterfly watching, photography, gardening, and more.

* Discusses and identifies more than 130 species * Species accounts include information on identifying butterflies through behavior, markings, and host plants * Beautiful full-color plates illustrate top and bottom views of wings for easier identification * Includes a species checklist and a glossary

Publisher: University of California Press 345pp Series: California Natural History Guides Series

052024957
Price: $23.95
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From the Other Side of Night/Del otro lado de la noche
by Francisco X. Alarcón

On the other side of night, Francisco Alarcón is waiting. One of Chicano literature's premier poets, Alarcón has brought his luminous images to the page in such acclaimed volumes as Sonnets to Madness and Other Misfortunes and Snake Poems. Now he has assembled the best of his work from fifteen years, along with fourteen new poems, in a book that distills his magical sense of reality into a cup brimming with passion. Raised in Guadalajara and now living in the San Francisco Bay area, Alarcón sees that " 'Mexican' / is not / a noun / or an / adjective / 'Mexican' / is a life / long / low-paying / job." Participating in a poetic tradition that goes back to the mystic Spanish poets of the sixteenth century, he brings us sonnets infused with romance and tenderness—and shorter poems that are direct and hard-hitting commentaries on American society, as he cries out for "a more godlike god," one "who spends nights / in houses / of ill repute / and gets up late / on Saturdays." Alarcón invokes both the mysteries of Mesoamerica and the "otherness" of his gay identity. "My skin is dark / as the night / in this country / of noontime," he writes, "but my soul / is even darker / from all the light / I carry inside." In lyrical poems open to wide interpretation, he transcends ethnic concerns to address social, sexual, and historical issues of concern to all Americans. The fourteen new poems in From the Other Side of Night offer startling new commentaries on life and love, sex and AIDS. Shifting effortlessly between English and Spanish—and even Nahuatl—Alarcón demonstrates the gift of language that has earned him both a wide readership and the admiration of fellowpoets. With this book, he invites new readers to meet him where the darkness is palpable and the soul burns bright.

Pub. Date: February 2002 Publisher: University of Arizona Press Format: Textbook Paperback, 220pp
081652180

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General Viticulture
Wherever grapevines are cultivated, this book will be welcome because it fills a long-standing need for a clear, concise treatment of modern viticulture. During the past fifty years, more progress has been made in the science and art of growing grapes for table use and raisin or wine production than in any previous century. This new edition has been revised throughout. The chapters on vine structure, vine physiology, the grape flower and berry set, development and composition of grapes, and means of improving grape quality add to our knowledge of the vine and its functions. The text is designed to enable those concerned with either vine or fruit problems to arrive at considered diagnoses. The student will find the text and the cited references a comprehensive source of information. The grape and allied industries should welcome the updating of the major portion of the book. Here the emphasis is on modern practices in vineyard management in arid and semi-arid regions--with special reference to California. Full and detailed treatment is provided or propagation, supports, training young vines, pruning, cultivation and chemical weed control, irrigation, soil management, diseases and pests, and harvesting, packing and storage.

Author: James A. Cook Author: Lloyd A. Lider Author: A. J. Winkler Author: W. M. Kliewer Binding: Hardback Copyright: 1974 Edition: 2nd

052002591
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Granny Annie Lives at the Airport!
by Annie J. King

Isn't it funny what little children think based purely on what they see? In Annie J. King's Granny Annie Lives at the Airport, Ava is sure she knows something her sister Sarah does not. This charming tale is a great discussion-starter that will have the whole family remembering the hilarious things they imagined when they were young. Annie J. King is a very proud grandmother who works hard to keep up with her grandchildren across the country. Annie is a professor in the UC Davis Department of Animal Science. She enjoys playing her harp and hosting gatherings in her gardens. This is an eLIVE book, meaning each printed copy contains a special code redeemable for the free download of the audio version of the book.

Pub. Date: October 2009 Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, L.L.C. Format: Paperback, 28pp
160799040

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Grape Growing
NATURE OF THE VINE. History and Classification of Grapes. Vine Structure. Growth of the Vine. Vine Improvement. STRATEGY FOR GRAPE PRODUCTION. Site Selection and Weather Modification. Varieties. Propagation. Soils. Water. Mineral Nutrition. VINE MANAGEMENT. Pruning. Spacing and Training. Techniques to Improve Grape Quality. Harvest and Post Harvest Operations. CROP HAZARDS. Viral, Fungal, and Bacterial Diseases. Insects. Other Vineyard Pests. Weed Control and Air Pollution. GRAPE GROWING AND WINEMAKING AT HOME. Grapes for the Home Vineyard. Wines from Grapes.

Author: Robert J. Weaver Binding: Hardback Copyright: 1976 Edition: 1st Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

047192324
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Grape vs. Grain

Why is wine considered more sophisticated even though the production of beer is much more technologically complex? Why is wine touted for its health benefits when beer has more nutrition value? Why does wine conjure up images of staid dinner parties while beer denotes screaming young partiers? Charles Bamforth explores several paradoxes involving beer and wine, paying special attention to the culture surrounding each. He argues that beer can be just as grown-up and worldly as wine and be part of a healthy, mature lifestyle. Both beer and wine have histories spanning thousands of years. This is the first book to compare them from the perspectives of history, technology, the market for each, and the effect that they have on human health and nutrition.

• The first book to compare beer and wine • Suitable for general readers and as an introductory course to brewing science • Shows how wine and beer can actually be part of a healthy lifestyle.

  • Author: Charles Bamforth
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

052184937
Price: $33.99
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Guide to Local Government Financing in California

The Guide to Local Government Finance in California provides a unique look at local government finance that covers not only the vital fundamentals – like budgeting, accounting, and investing – but also lesser known yet equally powerful forces that affect the ability of cities, counties, and special districts to deliver essential services. Focusing on the unique and complex nature of finance in California, the Guide to Local Government Finance in California answers questions such as:

  • What are the best practices in budgeting?
  • How do developers and cities size up the economics of potential projects?
  • What are the pressures that often push government costs beyond the annual inflation rate?
  • Why do labor force costs consume such a big piece of budget pie?
  • What is the outlook for reform in California and what principles should guide reform?

Appendices offer a step-by-step process for preparing, reviewing, and adopting a city budget and tips for presenting financial information in meaningful ways.

The Guide to Local Government Finance in California is an essential resource for public agency managers and other staff, including planners and policy analysts, as well as appointed and elected public officials, teachers, students, and citizens at large who want to understand and improve California’s complex system of local government finance.


193816600
Price: $49.98
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How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy

Intimately and without jargon, How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow, describes the path to peace amid all of life’s ups and downs. Using step by step instructions, the author illustrates how to be fully present in the moment without clinging to joy or resisting sorrow. This opens the door to a kind of wellness that goes beyond circumstances. Actively engaging life as it is in this fashion holds the potential for awakening to a peace and well-being that are not dependent on whether a particular experience is joyful or sorrowful. This is a practical book, containing dozens of exercises and practices, all of which are illustrated with easy-to-relate to personal stories from the author’s experience.

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  • Author: Toni Bernhard
  • ISBN-13: 9781614290568
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Pages: 240

161429056
Price: $16.95
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If I Don't Breathe How Do I Sleep

Joe Wenderoth returns with poems of broad scope: coarse, playful and unapologetically earnest.

Joe Wenderoth grew up near Baltimore. He is the author of No Real Light (Wave Books, 2007),The Holy Spirit of Life: Essays Written for John Ashcroft’s Secret Self (Verse Press, 2005) and Letters to Wendy’s (Verse Press, 2000). Wesleyan University Press published his first two books of poems: Disfortune (1995) and It Is If I Speak (2000). He is a Professor of English at the University of California, Davis.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781933517872
  • Publisher: Wave Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Pages: 96

193351787
Price: $18.00
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Immigration Law and the U.S.-Mexico Border
Johson, Kevin R (Author), Trujillo, Bernard (Author)

Americans from radically different political persuasions agree on the need to "fix" the "broken" US immigration laws to address serious deficiencies and improve border enforcement. In Immigration Law and the US-Mexico Border, Kevin Johnson and Bernard Trujillo focus on what for many is at the core of the entire immigration debate in modern America: immigration from Mexico.

In clear, reasonable prose, Johnson and Trujillo explore the long history of discrimination against US citizens of Mexican ancestry in the United States and the current movement against "illegal aliens"--persons depicted as not deserving fair treatment by US law. The authors argue that the United States has a special relationship with Mexico by virtue of sharing a 2,000-mile border and a "land-grab of epic proportions" when the United States "acquired" nearly two-thirds of Mexican territory between 1836 and 1853.

The authors explain US immigration law and policy in its many aspects--including the migration of labor, the place of state and local regulation over immigration, and the contributions of Mexican immigrants to the US economy. Their objective is to help thinking citizens on both sides of the border to sort through an issue with a long, emotional history that will undoubtedly continue to inflame politics until cooler, and better-informed, heads can prevail. The authors conclude by outlining possibilities for the future, sketching a possible movement to promote social justice. Great for use by students of immigration law, border studies, and Latino studies, this book will also be of interest to anyone wondering about the general state of immigration law as it pertains to our most troublesome border.

Physical Info: 0.8" H x 9.2" L x 6.1" W (1.0 lbs) 312 pages
081652780

Price: $24.95
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Inside Chronic Pain: An Intimate and Critical Account
by Lous Heshusius, David B. Morris (Contribution by), Scott M. Fishman (Contribution by)

Chronic pain, which affects 70 million people in the United States alone-more than diabetes, cancer, and heart disease combined-is a major public health issue that remains poorly understood both within the health care system and by those closest to the people it afflicts. This book examines the experience of pain in ways that could significantly improve how patients and practitioners deal with pain. It is the first volume of a new collection of titles within the acclaimed Culture and Politics of Health Care Work series called How Patients Think, intended to give voice to the concerns of patients about their own medical care and the formulation of health policy. Since surviving a near-fatal car accident, Lous Heshusius has suffered from chronic pain for more than a decade, forcing her to give up her career as a professor of education. Inside Chronic Pain, based in part on the pain journal Heshusius keeps, is a stunning memoir of a life lived in constant pain as well as an insightful and often critical account of the inadequacies of the health care system-from physicians to hospitals and health insurance companies-to understand chronic pain and treat those who suffer from it.

Pub. Date: October 2009 Publisher: Cornell University Press Format: Hardcover, 200pp
080144796

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Laughing Tomatoes (Jitomates Risuenos)
by Francisco X. Alarcon, Maya Christina Gonzalez (Illustrator)

Tomatoes laugh, chiles explode, and tortillas applaud the sun. With joy and tenderness, delight and sadness, Frances X. Alarcón's poems honor life and nature: welcoming the morning sun, remembering his grandmother's songs, paying tribute to children working in the fields, and dreaming of a world filled with gardens.

Artist Maya Christina Gonzalez invites readers to experience the poems with her lively cast of characters - including a spirited grandma, four vivacious children, and playful pets who tease and delight. Follow them from page to page as they bring each poem to colorful life. Laughing Tomatoes is a verbal and visual treat, giving readers eighteen opportunities to see everything for the first time.

Pub. Date: April 2005 Publisher: Children's Book Press Format: Paperback, 32pp
089239199

Price: $7.95
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LifePlace: Bioregional Thought and Practice
by Thayer, Robert L.

Robert Thayer brings the concepts and promises of the growing bioregional movement to a wide audience in a book that passionately urges us to discover "where we are" as an antidote to our rootless, stressful modern lives. LifePlace is a provocative meditation on bioregionalism and what it means to live, work, eat, and play in relation to naturally, rather than politically, defined areas. In it, Thayer gives a richly textured portrait of his own home, the Putah-Cache watershed in California's Sacramento Valley, demonstrating how bioregionalism can be practiced in everyday life. Written in a lively anecdotal style and expressing a profound love of place, this book is a guide to the personal rewards and the social benefits of reinhabiting the natural world on a local scale. In LifePlace, Thayer shares what he has learned over the course of thirty years about the Sacramento Valley's geography, minerals, flora, and fauna; its relation to fire, agriculture, and water; and its indigenous peoples, farmers, and artists. He shows how the spirit of bioregionalism springs from learning the history of a place, from participating in its local economy, from living in housing designed in the context of the region. He asks: How can we instill a love of place and knowledge of the local into our education system? How can the economy become more responsive to the ecology of region? This valuable book is also a window onto current writing on bioregionalism, introducing the ideas of its most notable proponents in accessible and highly engaging prose. At the same time that it gives an entirely new appreciation of California's Central Valley, LifePlace shows how we can movetoward a new way of being, thinking, and acting in the world that can lead to a sustainable, harmonious, and more satisfying future.

Publisher: University of California Press Pub. Date: April 2003 ISBN-13: 9780520236288 317pp Edition Description: Ne

052023628
Price: $29.95
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Making the News: Politics, the Media, and Agenda Setting

Media attention can play a profound role in whether or not officials act on a policy issue, but how policy issues make the news in the first place has remained a puzzle. Why do some issues go viral and then just as quickly fall off the radar? How is it that the media can sustain public interest for months in a complex story like negotiations over Obamacare while ignoring other important issues in favor of stories on “balloon boy?”

With Making the News, Amber Boydstun offers an eye-opening look at the explosive patterns of media attention that determine which issues are brought before the public. At the heart of her argument is the observation that the media have two modes: an “alarm mode” for breaking stories and a “patrol mode” for covering them in greater depth. While institutional incentives often initiate alarm mode around a story, they also propel news outlets into the watchdog-like patrol mode around its policy implications until the next big news item breaks. What results from this pattern of fixation followed by rapid change is skewed coverage of policy issues, with a few receiving the majority of media attention while others receive none at all. Boydstun documents this systemic explosiveness and skew through analysis of media coverage across policy issues, including in-depth looks at the waxing and waning of coverage around two issues: capital punishment and the “war on terror.”

Making the News shows how the seemingly unpredictable day-to-day decisions of the newsroom produce distinct patterns of operation with implications—good and bad—for national politics.


022606557
Price: $25.00
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Mountains and Rivers Without End
by Gary Snyder

In simple, striking verse, legendary poet Gary Snyder weaves an epic discourse on the topics of geology, prehistory, and mythology. First published in 1996, this landmark work encompasses Asian artistic traditions, as well as Native American storytelling and Zen Buddhist philosophy, and celebrates the disparate elements of the Earth — sky, rock, water — while exploring the human connection to nature with stunning wisdom. Winner of the Bollingen Poetry Prize, the Robert Kirsch Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Orion Society's John Hay Award, among others, Gary Snyder finds his quiet brilliance celebrated in this new edition of one of his most treasured works.

Pub. Date: March 2008 Publisher: Counterpoint Format: Paperback, 192pp
158243407

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Narrow Way to Nearby
by David Robertson

Pub. Date: October 1999 Publisher: Boise State University Western Writers Series Format: Paperback
088430140

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Native Americans of California and Nevada, Vol. 1
by Jack D. Forbes

Revised Edition. Jack Forbes wrote this ethnographic study of Indian cultures from the prehistoric to present day times, covering an area that today is known as the states of California and Nevada. Includes a fascinating history of Indian-white relations with a section on the multicultural approach to Indian education and suggestions for teachers and administrators in public schools, and personnel training programs.

Pub. Date: July 1982 Publisher: Naturegraph Publishers, Incorporated Format: Paperback, 240pp
087961119

Price: $14.95
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Noxious New York
by Julie Sze

Racial minority and low-income communities often suffer disproportionate effects of urban environmental problems. Environmental justice advocates argue that these communities are on the front lines of environmental and health risks. In Noxious New York, Julie Sze analyzes the culture, politics, and history of environmental justice activism in New York City within the larger context of privatization, deregulation, and globalization. She tracks urban planning and environmental health activism in four gritty New York neighborhoods—Brooklyn's Sunset Park and Williamsburg sections, West Harlem, and the South Bronx. In these communities, activism flourished in the 1980s and 1990s in response to economic decay and a concentration of noxious incinerators, solid waste transfer stations, and power plants. Sze describes the emergence of local campaigns organized around issues of asthma, garbage, and energy systems, and how, in each neighborhood, activists framed their arguments in the vocabulary of environmental justice.

Sze shows that the linkage of planning and public health in New York City goes back to the nineteenth century's sanitation movement, and she looks at the city's history of garbage, sewage, and sludge management. She analyzes the influence of race, family, and gender politics on asthma activism and examines community activists' responses to garbage privatization and energy deregulation. Finally, she looks at how activist groups have begun to shift from fighting particular siting and land use decisions to engaging in a larger process of communityplanning and community-based research projects. Drawing extensively on fieldwork and interviews with community members and activists, Sze illuminates the complex mix of local and global issues that fuels environmental justice activism.

Pub. Date: December 2006 Publisher: MIT Press Format: Textbook Paperback, 296pp
026269342

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Obesity: A Reference Handbook
by Judith S Stern, Alexandra Kazaks

An authoritative analysis of the effects that obesity is having on the health and the economic and social well-being of the United States, with a focus on controversies and informed action.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated Pub. Date: June 2009 ISBN-13: 9781598841954 323pp

159884195
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Organized Innovation: A Blueprint for Renewing America's Pro

"Organized" and "innovation" are words rarely heard together. But an organized approach to innovation is precisely what America needs today. This book presents a blueprint for coordinating technology breakthroughs to advance America's global competitiveness and prosperity.

  • ISBN-13: 9780199330706
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/5/2014
  • Pages: 192

019933070
Price: $29.95
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Peach Farmer's Daughter
Brenda Nakamoto (Author)

This unconventional, poetic, yet gritty memoir by Davis-based author Brenda Nakamoto evokes her childhood as the daughter of a peach farmer in rural northern California, investigates her roots as sansei (third-generation Japanese-American), and movingly reflects on the decline of her aging parents. Nakamoto's deep connections to the land, farming, family, and the complexities of personal and family history give her work weight and balance. Writer Rae Gouirand praises the book: "In this remarkable memoir, life floats between land and sky, people are transformed by work, dirt comes in both clean and dirty varieties, roots are deepened across time and space, and luck is given its place among the fruits. Storytellers generally bend and enter their hands into the stream of the story they're telling, but it's rare that they'll show us so gorgeously what the blur of love does to them in the telling. To the grown daughter, the world in front of us delivers us always to new love for what we've come from. It is impossible to step into this story without stepping into a new relationship with time. In these pages you will come undone as simply and completely as you have been grown."
098159686

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Principles and Practices of Wine Making (Hardcover)
This essential text and reference offers a complete guide to winemaking. The authors, all well-known experts in their field, concentrate on the process of wine production, stressing the chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology and underlying science of enology. They present in-depth discussion of every aspect of the wine production process, from the selection of grapes and preparation of the must and the juice, through aging, bottling and storage of finished wines. Novices and experienced winemakers alike will find this clearly written and expertly crafted book an indispensable source of practical instruction and information.

Author: L. F. Bisson Author: R. B. Boulton Author: V. L. Singleton Author: R. E. Kunkee Binding: Hardback Copyright: 1996 Edition: 1st Publisher: Springer Verlag

083421270
Price: $225.00
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Red Spy Queen: A Biography of Elizabeth Bentley
by Kathryn S. Olmsted

When Elizabeth Bentley slunk into an FBI field office in 1945, she was thinking only of saving herself from NKGB assassins who were hot on her trail. She had no idea that she was about to start the greatest Red Scare in U.S. history.

Bentley (1908-1963) was a Connecticut Yankee and Vassar graduate who spied for the Soviet Union for seven years. She met with dozens of highly placed American agents who worked for the Soviets, gathering their secrets and stuffing sensitive documents into her knitting bag. But her Soviet spymasters suspected her of disloyalty--and even began plotting to silence her forever. To save her own life, Bentley decided to betray her friends and comrades to the FBI. Her defection effectively shut down Soviet espionage in the United States for years.

Despite her crucial role in the cultural and political history of the early Cold War, Bentley has long been overlooked or underestimated by historians. Now, new documents from Russian and American archives make it possible to assess the veracity of her allegations. This long overdue biography rescues Elizabeth Bentley from obscurity and tells her dramatic life story.

Pub. Date: October 2002 Publisher: University of North Carolina Press, The Format: Hardcover, 288pp
080782739

Price: $40.00
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Red Wine Color: Revealing the Mysteries
Revealing the Mysteries of Red Wine Color provides an overview of new discoveries to a venerable unsolved problem in wine: the chemistry of red wine color. Topics in this book include initial must composition, non-covalent associations, reactions that occur during fermentation and in a young wine as well as those compositional changes that occur during aging. Revealing the Mysteries of Red Wine Color also includes a brief history of the rapidly advancing area of wine chemistry. The latest results, utilizing liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry techniques newly applied to wine, define many colored substances in wine. Since this book integrates much of our current understanding on red wine color, it is unique. Also, since red wine color is considered a key to red wine quality, it has much relevance beyond appealing to specialists in the field. As such, this book will appeal to a wide audience including wine industry professionals, analytical and natural product chemists, and wine aficionados, hobbyists, and consumers with a probing interest in the science of wine.

Author: Waterhouse, Andrew L. Binding: Hardback Copyright: 2004 Edition: 1st Publisher: Oxford Press

084123900
Price: $150.00
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Reproductive Biology of Plants

Reproductive biology is the basis of species improvement and a thorough understanding of this is needed for plant improvement, whether by conventional or biotechnological methods. This book presents an up to date and comprehensive description of reproduction in lower plants, gymnosperms and higher plants. It covers general plant biology, pollination, pollen-pistil interaction, post-fertilization changes, and seed dormancy.

  • ISBN-13: 9781482201321
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 3/4/2014
  • Pages: 390

148220132
Price: $149.95
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