September 27, 2016

New Titles Tuesday: September 27

This week 166 new titles including a selection of open access textbooks from BCCampus were added to Alloway Library’s catalogue this week. Here’s a sample.
Click on a title for more information – TWU login may be required.

Communication theory [electronic resource]
An introduction to communication theory - the theory of how humans share, encode, and decode what they know, what they need, and what they expect from each other.

Writing for success [electronic resource] /Scott McLean.
Provides instruction in steps, builds writing, reading, and critical thinking, and combines comprehensive grammar review with an introduction to paragraph writing and composition. Beginning with the sentence and its essential elements, this book addresses each concept with clear, concise and effective examples that are immediately reinforced with exercises and opportunities to demonstrate, and reinforce, learning.

Teaching in a digital age [electronic resource] /A. W. (Tony) Bates.
The book examines the underlying principles that guide effective teaching in an age when everyone, and in particular the students we are teaching, are using technology. A framework for making decisions about your teaching is provided, while understanding that every subject is different, and every instructor has something unique and special to bring to their teaching. The book enables teachers and instructors to help students develop the knowledge and skills they will need in a digital age: not so much the IT skills, but the thinking and attitudes to learning that will bring them success."
Creative clinical teaching in the health professions [electronic resource] /Sherri Melrose, Caroline Park, Beth Perry.
A  must-read for nurses and other health professionals who strive to teach with creativity and excellence in clinical settings. Each chapter presents current evidence informed educational practice knowledge. For those who are interested in background knowledge, the authors provided a comprehensive literature base. And, for those interested mainly in 'what to do,' the text box summaries offer step-by-step directions for creative, challenging activities that both new and experienced instructors can begin using immediately.

/ABT Collaborative.
An introduction to creating electronic presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010.

Food Services
Modern pastry and plated dessert techniques [electronic resource] /BC Cook Articulation Committee.
Developed to support the training of students and apprentices in British Columbia's food service and hospitality industry. Although created with the Professional Cook and Baker programs in mind, these have been designed as a modular series, and there for can be used to support a wide variety of programs that offer training in food service skills."

Graphic Arts
Graphic design and print production fundamentals [electronic resource] /Graphic Communications Open Textbook Collective.
 This textbook -- written by a group of select experts with a focus on different aspects of the design process, from creation to production -- addresses the many steps of creating and then producing physical, printed, or other imaged products that people interact with on a daily basis. It covers the concept that, while most modern graphic design is created on computers using design software, the ideas and concepts don't stay on the computer. The ideas need to be completed in the computer software, then progress to an imaging (traditionally referred to as printing) process
Health Sciences
Anatomy & physiology [electronic resource] /[J. Gordon Betts ... [et al.]].
A dynamic textbook for  students majoring in nursing and allied health. The lucid text, strategically constructed art, inspiring career features, and links to external learning tools address the critical teaching and learning challenges in the course

Introduces undergraduate students to important themes in North American history to 1867. It provides room for Aboriginal and European agendas and narratives, explores the connections between the territory that coalesces into the shape of modern Canada and the larger continent and world in which it operates, and engages with emergent issues in the field. The material is pursued in a largely chronological manner to the early 19th century, at which point social, economic, and political change are dissected.

Français interactif [electronic resource] /University of Texas, Department of French and Italian.
Français interactif, used increasingly by students, teachers, and institutions throughout the world, includes 320 videos (American students in France, native French interviews, vocabulary and culture presentation videos) recorded vocabulary lists, phonetic lessons, online grammar lessons (600 pages) with self-correcting exercises and audio dialogues, online grammar tools (verb conjugation reference, verb practice), and diagnostic grammar tests.

Liberté [electronic resource] /Gretchen Angelo.
A first-year college French textbook with a true communicative approach. Each chapter is built around communicative strategies. Clearly defined objectives in communication, culture, and grammar are given at the start of each chapter, and summary exercises at the end allow students to measure their mastery of these objectives.

English literature [electronic resource]: Victorians and Moderns /James Sexton.
An anthology with a difference. In addition to providing annotated teaching editions of many of the most frequently-taught classics of Victorian and Modern poetry, fiction and drama, it also provides a series of guided research casebooks which make available numerous published essays from open access books and journals, as well as several reprinted critical essays from established learned journals. Designed to supplement the annotated complete texts of three famous short novels: Henry James's The Turn of the Screw, Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, each casebook offers cross-disciplinary guided research topics which will encourage majors in fields other than English to undertake topics in diverse areas, including History, Economics, Anthropology, Political Science, Biology, and Psychology.
Julius Caesar /By William Shakespear, edited by Arthur Humphreys. PRINT
The most famous of Shakespeare's Roman tragedies, Julius Caesar was written and first performed in 1599, and was apparently one the plays his contemporaries enjoyed most. Recounting the death of Caesar on the steps of the Senate house, the play offers some of Shakespeare's finest scenes This edition includes a fresh consideration of the play's date and its place in the Shakespeare canon and examines how Shakespeare reshaped his sources (primarily North's translation of Plutarch's Lives).

Literature, the humanities, and humanity [electronic resource] /Theodore L. Steinberg.
This book shows the value of reading and studying literature, even earlier literature. It shows students, some of whom will themselves become teachers, that literature actually has something to say to them. Furthermore, it shows that literature is meant to be enjoyed, that, as the Roman poet Horace (and his Renaissance disciple Sir Philip Sidney) said, the functions of literature are to teach and to delight.

Three novellas that display D. H. Lawrence's brilliant and insightful evocation of human relationships - both tender and cruel - and the devastating results of war 

Modern philosophy [electronic resource] /[Walter Ott, Alexander Dunn].
This is a textbook (or better, a workbook) in modern philosophy. It combines readings from primary sources with two pedagogical tools. Paragraphs in italics introduce figures and texts. Numbered study questions ask students to reconstruct an argument or position from the text, or draw connections among the readings. With an introductory chapter designed to present the basic tools of philosophy and sketch some principles and positions. The immediate goal is to encourage students to grapple with the ideas rather than passing their eyes over the texts.

Project Management
Project management [electronic resource] /Adrienne Watt.
"This book covers the basics of project management. This includes the process of initiation, planning, execution, control and close out that all projects share."

Religious Studies
This little book was originally written for missionary study classes in the US. It therefore represents a “snapshot” of the state of play of missionary work in India at the close of the 19th century.

Navigating the interior life: spiritual direction and the journey to God /Daniel Burke ; with John Bartunek; [foreword by C.J. McCloskey].
Covering the important pathways to peace and holiness, this book will serve the souls of those who are seeking to deepen their relationship with God and find their spiritual direction. Whether you are at the beginning of the process, a veteran of spiritual direction, or struggling outside of spiritual direction, this book will help you uncover a map of success for your journey.

In these pages, spiritual formation professor and New Testament scholar Bruce Demarest helps us grasp the whole picture of the journey we're on that we might live our days with intention and keep moving toward maturity in faith. Using Scripture, writings from our rich spiritual tradition and stories of present-day believers walking the same path of faith, Demarest leads us through the three main stages of the journey

Social Sciences
An innovative, internationally-oriented approach to the teaching of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and business ethics. Drawing on case studies involving companies and countries around the world, the textbook explores the social, ethical and business dynamics underlying CSR in areas such as: global warming, genetically-modified organisms (GMO) in food production, free trade and fair trade, anti-sweatshop and living-wage movements, organic foods and textiles, ethical marketing practices and codes, corporate speech and lobbying, and social enterprise. The book is designed to encourage students and instructors to challenge their own assumptions and prejudices by stimulating a class debate based on each case study.

The NGO handbook [electronic resource] /Hilary Binder-Aviles.
"Have you ever seen a problem and wanted to do something about it? Of course you have. The schools, police, government welfare offices, churches and families aren't handling it. Others share your concerns and want to do something. That's why you would start a nongovernmental organization, or NGO. This handbook will guide you through the steps of starting and operating an NGO."

Understanding media and culture [electronic resource] /[Jack Lule].
"This book's title tells its intent. It is written to help you understand media and culture. Media for most of us are entwined with almost every aspect of life and work. Understanding media will not only help you appreciate the role of media in your life but also help you be a more informed citizen, a more savvy consumer, and a more successful worker. Media influence all those aspects of life as well."

Calculus. [electronic resource] /[senior contributing authors, Gilbert Strang, Edwin Herman].
The book guides students through the core concepts of calculus and helps them understand how those concepts apply to their lives and the world around them. Due to the comprehensive nature of the material, we are offering the book in three volumes for flexibility and efficiency. Volume 3 covers parametric equations and polar coordinates, vectors, functions of several variables, multiple integration, and second-order differential equations."

Chemistry [electronic resource] /[Paul Flowers, Klaus Theopold, Richard Langley].
This textbook provides an important opportunity for students to learn the core concepts of chemistry and understand how those concepts apply to their lives and the world around them. The text has been developed to meet the scope and sequence of most general chemistry courses. At the same time, the book includes a number of innovative features designed to enhance student learning. A strength of Chemistry is that instructors can customize the book, adapting it to the approach that works best in their classroom..

Physical geology [electronic resource] /Steven Earle.
"Physical Geology is a comprehensive introductory text on the physical aspects of geology, including rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, glaciation, groundwater, streams, coasts, mass wasting, climate change, planetary geology and much more. It has a strong emphasis on examples from western Canada, especially British Columbia, and also includes a chapter devoted to the geological history of western Canada.

Actors and the art of performance: under exposure /Susanne Valerie Granzer ; translated from the German by Laura Radosh with Alice Lagaay.
Actors and the Art of Performance: Under Exposure opens with a cascade of contradictory motives for becoming an actor. But, if theatre is no longer understood as a theatre of representation, then what takes place on stage is a transformation at play with truth, in which ethics are realized by the aesthetic. Insofar the book summarizes the attempt to explore and map guidelines of acting as being under the perspective of be-coming. That may sound fairly harmless in theory, but it feels anything but harmless when you experience it on your own body.

September 20, 2016

New Titles Tuesday September 20

Who says we don’t have popular fiction in the library!?  This week, among the 38 titles added to the catalogue are some of fiction’s bestsellers as well as non-fiction works supporting the curriculum.  Click on any title for more information; TWU login may be required. To obtain print items use the place hold link in the catalogue.

Mattias Freu examines the history of film critical discourse in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States . He demonstrates that since its origins, film criticism has always found itself in crisis: the need to show critical authority and the anxieties over challenges to that authority have been longstanding concerns.

A groundbreaking new approach to documentary cinema. By close-reading a diverse body of films - from ‘The Last Bolshevik’ to ‘Grey Gardens’ - Hongisto shows how documentary cinema intervenes in the real by framing it and creatively contributes to its perpetual unfolding. The emphasis on framing brings new urgency to the documentary tradition and its objectives, and provokes significant novel possibilities for thinking about the documentary's ethical and political potentials in the contemporary world.

The Edinburgh companion to the critical medical humanities. Select chapters /Anne Whitehead and Angela Woods, general editors ; with Sarah Atkinson, Jane Macnaughton and Jennifer Richards.
In this landmark Companion, expert contributors from around the world map out the field of the critical medical humanities. This is the first volume to introduce comprehensively the ways in which interdisciplinary thinking across the humanities and social sciences might contribute to, critique and develop medical understanding of the human individually and collectively. Together the chapters generate a body of new knowledge and make a decisive intervention into how health, medicine and clinical care might address questions of individual, subjective and embodied experience.

Beyond the Bauhaus contributes the history of German culture during the Weimar Republic. It belongs alongside histories of art, architecture, urban design, exhibition, collecting, and culture; histories of the Bauhaus; histories of arts education more broadly; and German history. The readership would include those interested in German history; German art, architecture, urban design, planning, collecting, and exhibition history; in the avant-garde; the development of arts academies and arts pedagogy; and the history of Breslau and Silesia.

Muslims in interwar Europe :a transcultural historical perspective /edited by Bekim Agai, Umar Ryad, Mehdi Sajid.
Based on personal and official archives, memoirs, press writings and correspondences, the contributors analyse the multiple aspects of the global Muslim religious, political and intellectual affiliations in interwar Europe. They argue that Muslims in interwar Europe were neither simply visitors nor colonial victims, but that they constituted a group of engaged actors in the European and international space.

Astrid & Veronika /Linda Olsson. PRINT
Linda Olsson's stunningly well-crafted debut novel recounts the unusual and unexpected friendship that develops between two women. Veronika, a young writer from New Zealand, rents a house in a small Swedish village as she tries to come to terms with a recent tragedy while also finishing a novel. Her arrival is silently observed by Astrid, an older, reclusive neighbor who slowly becomes a presence in Veronika's life, offering comfort in the form of companionship and lovingly prepared home-cooked meals. Set against a haunting Swedish landscape, Astrid & Veronika is a lyrical and meditative novel of love and loss, and a story that will remain with readers long after the characters' secrets are revealed.

Back when we were grownups /Anne Tyler. PRINT
Tyler has created a character who is brave enough to look back on her life and to imagine herself making different kinds of choices. Brave enough to wonder what honesty looks like, whether there is ever really a single distillation of self that is unshakable and true

The beginner's goodbye: a novel  /by Anne Tyler. PRINT
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Tyler gives us a wise, haunting, and deeply moving new novel about loss and recovery, pierced throughout with her humor, wisdom, and always penetrating look at human foibles.

The birth house: a novel /by Ami Mckay. PRINT
In this dazzling first novel, McKay takes her readers to an isolated rural community in Nova Scotia, where the men fish and log, and the women do everything in between. At 17, Dara Rare is taken under the wing of the aged midwife, Acadian Marie Babineau.

Wallace Stegner, winner of a Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, has created a remarkable record of the history and culture of twentieth-century America. These thirty-one stories demonstrate why he is acclaimed as one of America's master storytellers.Here are tales of young love and older wisdom; of the order and consistency of the natural world and the chaos, contradictions, and also continuities of the human being. There is sweet love in a berry patch, there are bittersweet reunions, trials, and tests of manhood and friendship, and the sometimes foolish and impractical yet noble dreams of man. Each of these stories embody some of the best virtues and values to be found in contemporary fiction.

Daughter of fortune: a novel /Isabel Allende ; translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden. PRINT
An orphan raised in Valparaiso, Chile, by a Victorian spinster and her rigid brother, vivacious young Eliza Sommers follows her lover to California during the Gold Rush of 1849. California opens the door to a new life of freedom and independence for the young Chilean, and her search for her elusive lover gradually turns into another kind of journey. By the time she finally hears news of him, Eliza must decide who her true love really is.

Gift from the sea /Anne Morrow Lindbergh. PRINT
Lindbergh shares her meditations on youth and age; love and marriage; peace, solitude and contentment as she set them down during a brief vacation by the sea. Drawing inspiration from the shells on the shore, Lindbergh’s musings on the shape of a woman’s life bring new understanding to both men and women at any stage of life. Lindbergh casts an unsentimental eye on the trappings of modernity that threaten to overwhelm us: the time-saving gadgets that complicate rather than simplify, the multiple commitments that take us from our families. And by recording her thoughts during a brief escape from everyday demands, she helps readers find a space for contemplation and creativity within their own lives.

Holy fools / by Joanne Harris. PRINT
Forced to seek refuge in a seventeenth-century abbey, Juliette creates a new identity for herself and her young daughter in the wake of political upheavals surrounding the assassination of King Henri IV.

Like we used to be /Jean Stubbs.
Two very dissimilar women, Zoe and Leila, experience personal upheavals that leave them battered but unbowed. Zoe, the more conformist sibling, endures a lackluster marriage, bears two children and undergoes a divorce that forces her to become her own person. Leila, whose untrammeled bohemianism is compensation for her perception of herself as second-best, also faces the pain of a failed relationship and the challenges of single motherhood. Their parents' deaths provide an opportunity to consider that marriage, a moving aspect of this resonant novel, as the sisters cope with this separation in a way that clarifies their own attachments.

The memory keeper's daughter /Kim Edwards. PRINT
On a winter night in 1964, Dr. David Henry is forced by a blizzard to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy. Yet when his daughter is born, he sees immediately that she has Down's Syndrome. Rationalizing it as a need to protect Norah, his wife, he makes a split-second decision that will alter all of their lives forever.  A brilliantly crafted, stunning debut, The Memory Keeper's Daughter explores the way life takes unexpected turns, and how the mysterious ties that hold a family together help us survive the heartache that occurs when long-buried secrets burst into the open.

The thirteenth tale /Diane Setterfield. PRINT
A ruined mansion in the English countryside, secret illegitimate children, a madwoman hidden in the attic, ghostly twin sisters-yep, it's a gothic novel, and it doesn't pretend to be anything fancier. But this one grabs the reader with its damp, icy fingers and doesn't let go until the last shocking secret has been revealed

Too much happiness: stories /Alice Munro. PRINT
This stunning collection of new stories demonstrates once again why Alice Munro is celebrated as a pre-eminent master of the short story. While some of the stories are traditional, set in "Alice Munro Country" in Ontario or in B.C., dealing with ordinary women's lives, others have a new, sharper edge. They involve child murders, strange sex, and a terrifying home invasion. This daring, superb collection proves that Alice Munro will always surprise you.

Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series
Twilight /Stephenie Meyer. PRINT
When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human.
New moon /Stephenie Meyer. PRINT
When the Cullens, including her beloved Edward, leave Forks rather than risk revealing that they are vampires, it is almost too much for eighteen-year-old Bella to bear, but she finds solace in her friend Jacob until he is drawn into a "cult" and changes in terrible ways.
Eclipse /Stephenie Meyer. PRINT
Bella must choose between her friendship with Jacob, a werewolf, and her relationship with Edward, a vampire, but when Seattle is ravaged by a mysterious string of killings, the three of them need to decide whether their personal lives are more important than the well-being of an entire city.
Breaking dawn /Stephenie Meyer. PRINT
Although eighteen-year-old Bella joins the dark but seductive world of the immortals by marrying Edward the vampire, her connection to the powerful werewolf Jacob remains unsevered.

From one of the greatest writers of our time: the most spellbinding, entertaining, wildly imaginative novel of his great career, which blends history and myth with tremendous philosophical depth. A masterful, mesmerizing modern tale about worlds dangerously colliding, the monsters that are unleashed when reason recedes, and a beautiful testament to the power of love and humanity in chaotic times.

What they wanted /Donna Morrissey. PRINT
award-winning author Donna Morrissey explores both new and familiar terrain: a divided house on the shores of Newfoundland and the equally challenging environment of an Alberta oil rig.  A novel about guilt, responsibility, tragedy, and the enduring ties of family.

Andrew Monaghan explains the importance of 'getting Russia right'. Exploring in detail the relationship between the West and Russia, he charts the development of relations and investigates the causes of the increasingly obvious sense of strategic dissonance. He also considers the evolution in Russian domestic politics, introducing influential current figures and those who are forming the leadership and opposition of the future.

The advance guard [electronic resource] : 200 years of Moravian missions, 1732-1932 /translated and condensed from Bishop Baudert's Auf der Hut des Herrn.
This little book summarises 200 years of Moravian missions as they spread to the four corners of the world.

Locating Hell in Islamic traditions /edited by Christian Lange.
The first book-length analytic study of the Muslim hell. It maps out a broad spectrum of Islamic attitudes toward hell, from the Quranic vision(s) of hell to the pious cultivation of the fear of the afterlife, theological speculations, metaphorical and psychological understandings, and the modern transformations of hell.

In this up-to-date exposition, Michael Wilcock, as he examines the individual deeds and sayings of Jesus, shows how the structure of Luke's narrative brings out their meaning.
Practicing compassion /Frank Rogers, Jr. PRINT
Through rich and moving stories of people from various faiths, Frank Rogers shows readers how to practice compassion in a hurting world. Using the acronym PULSE, Rogers helps readers pay attention, understand with empathy, love with connection, sense the sacredness, and embody new life.

Kenneth Leech brings a passion for Christian solidarity and social justice and a spiritual director's pastoral awareness to these reflections on the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of the cross: what the cross tells us about the sharing of suffering, and what it can teach us about politics, nonviolence, and the power of evil. 

September 16, 2016

ACLS Humanities E-Book Top Ten Titles for January 2016-June 2016

The ACLS Humanities E-Book Collection is one of a number of e-book collections which the TWU Library subscribes to (see: for more information on our e-book collections). 

Note: To access the titles below authentication is required.

For the first half of 2016, Benedict Anderson's Imagined Communities is once again at the top of the list of most frequently accessed books in the ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) collection, as has been the case for the past several periods. Clifford Geertz's  The Interpretation of Cultures and Henry Jenkins's Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide, this time in second and third place respectively, have also tended to consistently appear near the top.

New to this list are three diverse books: Empires in World History by Jane Burbank and Frederick Cooper, a volume detailing how empires predating the modern nation-state relied on differences among populations in order to wield power, and winner of the 2011 World History Association Bentley Book Prize; Silencing the Past by Haitian anthropologist Michel-Ralph Trouillot, an examination of how history is both written and selectively silenced by historians; and National Book Award Finalist Neighbors by Jan Tomasz Gross, which investigates an incident in which Jewish citizens in a German-occupied Polish village during World War II were murdered not by the occupiers, but by fellow Poles.

  1. Anderson, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism (Verso, 2006)
  2. Geertz, The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays (Basic Books, 1973)
  3. Jenkins, Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide (New York University Press, 2006)
  4. Burbank and Cooper, Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference (Princeton University Press, 2010)
  5. Hahn, A Nation under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration (Harvard University Press, 2003)
  6. McClintock, Imperial Leather: Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest (Routledge)
  7. Ngai, Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (Princeton University Press, 2004)
  8. Trouillot, Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (Beacon Press, 1995, 2015)
  9. Gross, Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland (Princeton University Press, 2001)
  10. Ehret, The Civilizations of Africa: A History to 1800 (University Press of Virginia, 2002)

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September 15, 2016

Changes to Canadian Electronic Library will affect embedded links.

Faculty and other scholars who have saved or embedded links to any items from the Canadian Electronic Library (CEL) which includes Canadian Public Policy Collection (CPC; approx. 10,000 items) and CanadianHealth Research Collection (CHRC; approx. 12,000 items) collection, need to be aware that those links will no longer connect to the desired articles in the near future.

This is because the CEL collection is moving again to another service provider, and as a result, Alloway Library will have to delete and replace all the records and enter new links to the articles which are now hosted by desLibris.  

Alloway Library's system administrator, Shirley Lee is planning to update the records for some 22,000 ebooks in the collection this week. She expects that there will be a transition period when someone trying to use the old link at eBrary/Proquest will be automatically redirected to the new link at desLibris. 

Open access textbooks available at Alloway Library

TWU is a BCcampus
That’s good news for TWU students and faculty who want to use any of the 154 textbooks funded by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education and managed by BCcampus.

The titles in the collection cover the top 40 first & second year subject areas in BC’s public post-secondary institutions. Like instructors at any institution, TWU faculty may have their own preference for textbooks that are not be part of the Open Textbook listings.

Alloway Library’s online catalogue is updated as new titles are added or replace older material. 

Here’s the quick intro about the Open Textbook Project on BCcampus’ website. 

BCcampus is contributing to the development of an open future for teaching practices and educational resources. A goal of the B.C. Open Textbook Project is to provide flexible and affordable access to higher education resources in B.C. by making available openly-licensed textbooks in the highest-enrolled academic subject areas.
 Our open textbooks are openly licensed using a Creative Commons license, and are offered in various e-book formats free of charge, or print on demand books available at cost.”

Current textbooks cover business and accounting, nursing, maths, biology, chemistry, history, communications, computer sciences, English, psychology, sociology, philosophy and writing among others.  To see the full collection in Alloway Library's catalogue, you can do an author keyword search  for  BC Open Textbook Project  or simply BCcampus.

For more information about the Open Textbook Project and BC Open Ed including FAQs visit the BCcampus website

September 13, 2016

New Titles Tuesday, September 13

As the new term started, thirty eight print and ebook titles were added to the library catalogue. Here’s a sample. For more information, click on the title; TWU login may be required. Print items with an “Available soon” notation can be obtained by using the “Place hold” link in the catalogue listing.
Film Studies
Cinema against spectacle: technique and ideology revisited /by Jean-Louis Comolli ; translated and edited by Daniel Fairfax.
Jean-Louis Comolli’s six-part essay "Technique and Ideology" had a revolutionary effect on film theory and history when it first appeared in Cahiers du Cinéma in 1971. In 2009, Comolli revisited his earlier text, arguing that the present age, marked by the total dominance of media-filtered spectacle over image production, makes the need for an 'emancipated, critical spectator' more pressing than ever. In this volume, Daniel Fairfax presents annotated translations of these two texts to provide an overview of Comolli’s activity as both a theorist and a filmmaker.

Casey McKittrick offers the first book-length study of the relationship between Hitchcock’s body size and his cinema. McKittrick argues that our understanding of Hitchcock’s films, his creative process, and his artistic mind are incomplete without considering his lived experience as a fat man. Hitchcock’s Appetites produces a new and compelling profile of Hitchcock's creative life, and a fuller, more nuanced account of his auteurism.

Not a detailed account of any one particular battle but a sweeping epic, packed with fascinating details. Highly recommended to all who read World War II history
      An army at dawn: the war in North Africa, 1942-1943 /Rick Atkinson. PRINT
In this first volume of the Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson shows why no modern reader can understand the ultimate victory of the Allied powers without a grasp of the great drama that unfolded in North Africa in 1942 and 1943. Beginning with the daring amphibious invasion in November 1942, An Army at Dawn follows the American and British armies as they take on the Germans and Italians in Tunisia. Central to the tale are the extraordinary but fallible commanders who come to dominate the battlefield: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, Montgomery, and Rommel.
follows the strengthening American and British armies as they invade Sicily in July 1943 and then, mile by bloody mile, fight their way north toward Rome. Drawing on a wide array of primary source material, written with great drama and flair, this is narrative history of the first rank. WithThe Day of Battle, Atkinson has once again given us the definitive account of one of history's most compelling military campaigns.
The magnificent conclusion to Rick Atkinson’s acclaimed Liberation Trilogy about the Allied triumph in Europe during World War II. The brutal fight in Normandy, the liberation of Paris, the disaster that was Operation Market Garden, the horrific Battle of the Bulge, and finally the thrust to the heart of the Third Reich—all these historic events and more come alive with a wealth of new material and a mesmerizing cast of characters. Atkinson tells the tale from the perspective of participants at every level, from presidents and generals to war-weary lieutenants and terrified teenage riflemen. When Germany at last surrenders, we understand anew both the devastating cost of this global conflagration and the enormous effort required to win the Allied victory.

Providing a definitive account of the most imfamous trials of the last century, this book examines the Nazi atrocities at Nuremberg during the Second World War.

With P'u and his brigands [electronic resource] /Mrs. Howard Taylor.
Attack by brigands was a serious problem in China – and missionaries with the China Inland Mission were not immune from their attentions, as this little book recounts.

Religious Studies
The giants of Christian history are presented chronologically and in a format that helps readers get to know them. In addition to a biographical sketch, readers will discover each person's primary contributions to the Christian faith along with a brief quotation from their work. Students, history buffs, and curious readers will be fascinated as their faith is strengthened.

Besides the Bible is a guide to the really great books that you should read--ones that matter. Covering a wide array of subjects and authors, from Christian bookstore best sellers to classics of Christian history and more, you'll find yourself agreeing with some titles, shaking your head at others, and even shocked by a few.

With his trademark thoughtful introspection, A. J. Swoboda boldly suggests that wandering is not an absence of faith but a central component of faith. In "The Dusty Ones," " "he leads the restless, the frustrated, and the curious on a spiritual journey

Silence: a Christian history /Diarmaid MacCulloch. PRINT
In this essential work of religious history, the New York Times bestselling author explores the vital role of silence in the Christian story. MacCulloch shows how Jesus chose to emphasize silence as an essential part of his message and how silence shaped the great medieval monastic communities of Europe. He also examines the darker forms of religious silence, from the church’s embrace of slavery and its muted reaction to the Holocaust to the cover-up by Catholic authorities of devastating sexual scandals. A groundbreaking work that will change our understanding of the most fundamental wish to be heard by God, Silence gives voice to the greatest mysteries of faith.

The spiritual world of The hobbit /James Stuart Bell with Sam O'Neal. PRINT
This book explores good versus evil in Tolkien's writings, the spiritual quest of Bilbo Baggins, the guiding hand of God's providence, and much more. The author specializes in taking complex topics in religion and literature and making them accessible to every reader.

How do we find our spiritual moorings? In environments that seek to undermine faith at every turn, how do we solidify our thinking so that our faith will not waver? By holding fast to the “things that cannot be shaken” (Heb. 12:27), say authors Scott Oliphint and Rod Mays.

Tozer: fellowship of the burning heart / by A.W. Tozer ; edited by James L. Snyder.PRINT
James Snyder has done a masterful job of selecting and transcribing sermons from his private collection of rare recordings, and has also captured Tozer the man in biographical essays laced with anecdotes and personal material that only a seasoned researcher could find.

Social Sciences
Framing French culture /edited by Natalie Edwards, Ben McCann and Peter Poiana.
Throughout this book, the concept of framing is used to look at art, photography, scientific drawings and cinema as visually constituted, spatially bounded productions. The way these genres relate to that which exists beyond the frame, by means of plastic, chemically transposed, pencil-sketched or moving images allows us to decipher the particular language of the visual and at the same time circumscribe the dialectic between presence and absence that is proper to all visual media.

This compact book is designed to make a signal contribution to the sustainable urbanisation agenda through authoritative interventions contextualising, assessing and explaining clearly the relevance and importance of three central characteristics of sustainable towns and cities everywhere, namely that they should be fair, green and accessible