February 28, 2017

Dear Diary

The last day of February, and the first truly spring-like day of the year. The sun, shining out of a clear cerulean sky is beginning to exhibit some of its power. 28-Feb 1981

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New Titles Tuesday, February 28

Here's a sample of the 52  print and eBooks added to the collection in the past week. Click on a title for more information. TWU login may be required

Curriculum21: essential education for a changing world /edited by Heidi Hayes Jacobs. [PRINT]
Author and educator Heidi Hayes Jacobs launches a powerful case for overhauling, updating, and injecting life into the K-12 curriculum.

The one-shot library instruction survival guide /Heidi E. Buchanan, Beth McDonough. [PRINT]
 With more than 30 years' combined experience in teaching information literacy, Buchanan and McDonough invite librarians to turn everyday challenges into instruction that is meaningful and relevant for students, supplying the knowledge and tools to make it happen.

The Cambridge companion to F. Scott Fitzgerald /edited by Ruth Prigozy. [PRINT]
Eleven specially commissioned essays by major Fitzgerald scholars present a clearly written and comprehensive assessment of F. Scott Fitzgerald as a writer and as a public and private figure. No aspect of his career is overlooked, from his first novel published in 1920, through his more than 170 short stories, to his last unfinished Hollywood novel. Contributions present the reader with a full and accessible picture of the background of American social and cultural change in the early decades of the twentieth century.

C. S. Lewis's Perelandra: reshaping the image of the cosmos /edited by Judith Wolfe and Brendan Wolfe. [PRINT]

Inside the Negative Trait Thesaurus you'll find a vast collection of flaws to explore when building a character's personality, advice on building layered and memorable characters from the ground up, an in-depth look at backstory, emotional wounds, and how pain twists a character's view of himself, and his world, influencing behavior and decision making, a flaw-centric exploration of character arc, relationships, motivation, and basic needs, tips on how to best show a character's flaws to readers while avoiding common pitfalls, and downloadable tools to aid writers in character creation.

Reading Harry Potter again: new critical essays /edited by Giselle Liza Anatol.
This new volume of essays covers the entire seven-book sequence. Contributors consider a number of themes from a variety of perspectives. Areas addressed include religious themes, morality, race, magic, and other themes popular in discussing the books. Fans of the series, indeed anyone interested in the Harry Potter phenomenon, will better appreciate and understand Rowling's works and the impact of her stories on our culture and our times.

Noise in and as music /edited by Aaron Cassidy and Aaron Einbond.
This book exposes a cross-section of the current motivations, activities, thoughts, and reflections of composers, performers, and artists who work with noise in all of its many forms. The book's focus is the practice of noise and its relationship to music, and in particular the role of noise as musical material--as form, as sound, as notation or interface, as a medium for listening, as provocation, as data. Its contributors are first and foremost practitioners, which inevitably turns attention toward how and why noise is made and its potential role in listening and perceiving.

This book would be indispensable to courses (both undergraduate and graduate) in philosophy, religious studies, and the history of ideas - in interdisciplinary courses in the humanities, generally - that focus on the values that are central, both historically and ontologically, to modernity.
Rethinking Philosophy in Light of the Bible analyzes the ideas that are central to the philosophy of Kant, Hegel, and Kierkegaard in order to show that they are biblical in origin, both ontologically and historically. 

Clinician's guide to bipolar disorder /David J. Miklowitz and Michael J. Gitlin. [PRINT]
This much-needed volume gives clinicians essential strategies for managing the complexities of bipolar disorder and tailoring treatment to each patients
changing needs. Highly readable, accessible, and pragmatic, the book provides expert guidance on critically important treatment questions. It addresses which medications to try and at what dosages, what psychosocial interventions are most helpful at different phases of the illness, how to continually monitor and fine-tune treatment to keep patients functioning well, and how to involve family members productively.

God's planet /Owen Gingerich. [print + eBook]
Renowned astronomer and historian of science Owen Gingerich looks at the evidence -- along with the fact that the universe is comprehensible to our minds-and sees it as proof for the planning and intentions of a Creator-God. He believes that the idea of a universe without God is an oxymoron, a self-contradiction. God's Planet exposes the fallacy in thinking that science and religion can be kept apart. Gingerich demonstrates that cultural attitudes, including religious or antireligious beliefs, play a significant role in what passes as scientific understanding. 

Invitation to the Septuagint /Karen H. Jobes and Moises Silva.
This comprehensive yet user-friendly primer to the Septuagint (LXX) acquaints readers with the Greek versions of the Old Testament. It is accessible to students, assuming no prior knowledge about the Septuagint, yet is also informative for seasoned scholars. The authors, both prominent Septuagint scholars, explore the history of the LXX, the various versions of it available, and its importance for biblical studies. This new edition has been substantially revised, expanded, and updated to reflect major advances in Septuagint studies. 

Iain Provan counters easy and popular readings that misunderstand the Old Testament. He opposes modern misconceptions of the Old Testament by addressing ten fundamental questions that the biblical text should--and according to Provan does--answer: questions such as "Who is God?" and "Why do evil and suffering mark the world?" By focusing on Genesis and drawing on other Old Testament and extra-biblical sources, Seriously Dangerous Religion constructs a more plausible reading. As it turns out, Provan argues, the Old Testament is far more dangerous than modern critics even suppose. Its dangers are the bold claims it makes upon its readers.

Sport and the Christian religion: a systematic review of literature /by Nick J. Watson and Andrew Parker. [print]
This book provides a systematic and interdisciplinary analysis of the published literature and practical initiatives on the sports-Christianity interface from both Protestant and Catholic perspectives. Within the context of this relatively new and rapidly expanding area of inquiry, this text offers an original contribution to the current literature for both undergraduate and postgraduate students and serves as a point of reference for academics from a wide range of related fields including theology and religious studies, psychology, history, sociology, philosophy, psychology, health-religion studies, and sports studies. The book will also be of interest to sports chaplains, those involved in sports ministry organizations, physical educators and sports coaches who wish to adopt a more critical and 'holistic' approach to their work. 

Adam and the genome: reading scripture after genetic science /Dennis R. Venema and Scot McKnight. PRINT TWU AUTHOR
Leading evangelical geneticist Dennis Venema and popular New Testament scholar Scot McKnight combine their expertise to offer informed guidance and answers to questions pertaining to evolution, genomic science, and the historical Adam. The authors address up-to-date genomics data with expert commentary from both genetic and theological perspectives, showing that genome research and Scripture are not irreconcilable. 

Bergey's manual of systematic bacteriology /George M. Garrity, editor-in-chief. [PRINT]
Bacteriologists from all levels of expertise and within all specialties rely on this Manual as one of the most comprehensive and authoritative works.

The biology of coral reefs /Charles R.C. Sheppard, Simon K. Davy, and Graham M. Pilling. [PRINT]
This timely book provides an integrated overview of the function, physiology, ecology, and behaviour of coral reef organisms. Each chapter is enriched with a selection of 'boxes' on specific aspects written by internationally recognised experts.  the emphasis in this book is on the organisms that dominate this marine environment although pollution, conservation, climate change, and experimental aspects are also included. Indeed, particular emphasis is placed on conservation and management due to the habitat's critically endangered status. A global range of examples is employed which gives the book international relevance.This accessible text is intended for students, naturalists and professionals and assumes no previous knowledge of coral reef biology. It is particularly suitable for both senior undergraduate and graduate students
This hands-on guide is primarily intended to be used in undergraduate laboratories in the physical sciences and engineering. It assumes no prior knowledge of statistics. It introduces the necessary concepts where needed, with key points illustrated with worked examples and graphic illustrations. In contrast to traditional mathematical treatments it uses a combination of spreadsheet and calculus-based approaches, suitable as a quick and easy on-the-spot reference. The emphasis throughout is on practical strategies to be adopted in the laboratory.

Written in an approachable style, The Politics of Innovation provides readers from all backgrounds and levels of expertise a comprehensive introduction to the debates over national Science and Technology competitiveness. It synthesizes over fifty years of theory and research on national innovation rates, bringing together the current political and economic wisdom, and latest findings, about how nations become S&T leaders. It presents extensive evidence to show that domestic institutions and policies do not determine innovation rates. Instead, it argues that social networks are as important as institutions in determining national innovation rates. 
Retraces the various strands of the animal protection movement, from their origins to their continuing impact on current debates.

in this inspiring book, Dana Mills examines the political power of dance from a global perspective. Mills explores different dimensions of dance as a form of intervention into a politics more commonly articulated in words. She is interested in dance as a system of communication that allows its subjects to speak with their bodies and to create embodied spaces, drawing attention to the radically egalitarian nature of dance with its ability to transcend all boundaries of gender, race and sexual politics. The book is structured around a range of cross-cultural and comparative examples, from the work of Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham to gumboot dancers in South Africa and the One Billion Rising movement, which uses dance to protest against gendered violence.

How change happens /Duncan Green.
This book explains how social and political change happen, and how to influence it. It bridges the gap between academia and practice, bringing together the best research from a range of academic disciplines and the evolving practical understanding of activists to explore the topic of social and political change.

Following the stories of families who built their lives and fortunes across the Atlantic Ocean, Intimate Bonds explores how households anchored the French empire and shaped the meanings of race, slavery, and gender in the early modern period. As race-based slavery became entrenched in French laws, all household members in the French Atlantic world --regardless of their status, gender, or race--negotiated increasingly stratified legal understandings of race and gender. Through her focus on household relationships, Jennifer L. Palmer reveals how intimacy not only led to the seemingly immutable hierarchies of the plantation system but also caused these hierarchies to collapse even before the age of Atlantic revolutions.

Journalist Alexandra Shimo flew to the remote Northern Ontario reserve of Kashechewan, hoping to document its third-world conditions. Instead, she discovered a multi-million dollar hoax, the dark side of Canadian history, and her the limits of her own mental stability.

This book presents the first comprehensive introduction to arts-based research (ABR) practices, which scholars in multiple disciplines are fruitfully using to reveal information and represent experiences that traditional methods cannot capture. Each of the six major ABR genres -- narrative inquiry, poetry, music, performance, dance, and visual art -- is covered in chapters that introduce key concepts and tools and present an exemplary research article by a leading ABR practitioner.

The sociology of emotions /Jonathan H. Turner, Jan E. Stets.

February 27, 2017

Dear Diary

So home on foot and to supper. Worked afterwards. On getting into bed, I was attacked by a series of gloomy thoughts about professional and literary failure. 27-Feb 1923

All my road before me : the diary of C.S. Lewis, 1922-1927

As part of our book display on diaries we are posting a brief extract from a random selection of diaries, journals and guides on diary writing for all of February.
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February 24, 2017

Dear Diary

After saying good-bye to her, one of the soldiers asked us why we would associate with trash like her. 24-Feb 1997

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February 23, 2017

Dear Diary

 Beautiful night. While the curtain of mystery offers a glimpse of an eternal smile, the moon kisses a treetop. 23-Feb 1940

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Reading break at Alloway Library

Whether you take a break for reading or from reading, Alloway Library will be open throughout reading break except for Sunday February 26 and Sunday March 5, when the library will be closed.

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February 22, 2017

Dear Diary

I went up the trail to the Settlements on the Phreah River 45 miles. Exchanged some Navajo Blankets, handkerchiefs for 300 grape Roots & a few varieties of other choice shrubs. 22-Feb 1872

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Curio.ca adds Indigenous Voices collection of streaming media

Curio.ca  has expanded its collections of streaming media on the themes of Canada's 150th anniversary with a new collection called Contemporary Indigenous Voices. 

As part of the year-long celebration, it's important to take a clear-eyed look at our complex history and the collective work ahead of us as a nation. This selection of documentaries and news reports explores First Nations People in all their diversity, resilience and wisdom. The voices presented here – whether young people, women, elders, artists, advocates, entrepreneurs or educators – reflect the diverse perspectives within Métis, Inuit and First Nations communities.

From on-campus, access Curio.ca directly, from off campus, access via Alloway Library's catalogue  with your TWU login 

February 21, 2017

Dear Diary

He was a frothy talker, the kind that uses language to conceal thoughts as much as to express them. 21-Feb 1936
The Secret diary of Harold L Ickes.

As part of our book display on diaries we are posting a brief extract from a random selection of diaries, journals and guides on diary writing for all of February.
We hope that these snippets will inspire you to read somebody's diary!

New Titles Tuesday, Feb 21

Here is a sample of the 65 titles added to our collection in the past week.

Draplin Design Co.: pretty much everything / Aaron James Draplin. PRINT
Aaron James Draplin. is one of the new school of influential graphic designers who combine the power of design, social media, entrepreneurship, and DIY aesthetic to create a successful business and way of life.  Pretty Much Everything is a mid-career survey of work, case studies, inspiration, road stories, lists, maps, how-tos, and advice. It includes examples of his work--posters, record covers, logos--and presents the process behind his design with projects like Field Notes and the "Things We Love" State Posters. Draplin also offers valuable advice and hilarious commentary that illustrates how much more goes into design than just what appears on the page.

 A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side.

Cheese Slices is the world’s only TV series to examine international artisan cheese making. Produced in Australia and aired in nine languages to more than 250 million viewers worldwide, this award-winning show is now in its seventh season and has visited more than two dozen countries to date. Will Studd travels through some of the world’s most beautiful countryside to look at an extraordinary variety of authentic regional cheeses, and meet the tradition-upholders and the innovators who passionately make them. Filmed on location, this series also includes a special look at artisanal cheeses. If you enjoy excellent cheese and want to know more about where it comes from, how it’s made, and what makes some cheeses taste so much better than others, this unique, award-winning series is essential viewing.

Spreadable media: creating value and meaning in a networked culture / Henry Jenkins, Sam Ford, & Joshua Green. PRINT
Spreadable Media maps fundamental changes taking place in our contemporary media environment, a space where corporations no longer tightly control media distribution and many of us are directly involved in the circulation of content. It contrasts "stickiness"--aggregating attention in centralized places--with "spreadability"--dispersing content widely through both formal and informal networks, some approved, many unauthorized. Stickiness has been the measure of success in the broadcast era (and has been carried over to the online world), but "spreadability" describes the ways content travels through social media.

Steve Krug spells out a streamlined approach to usability testing that anyone can easily apply to their own Web site, application, or other product. 

Professional git / Brent Laster. PRINT
Professional Git takes a professional approach to learning this massively popular software development tool, and provides an up-to-date guide for new users. More than just a development manual, this book helps you get into the Git mindset-extensive discussion of corollaries to traditional systems as well as considerations unique to Git help you draw upon existing skills while looking out-and planning for-the differences.

Are trees social beings? In this international bestseller, forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland. After learning about the complex life of trees, a walk in the woods will never be the same again.

Award-winning science reporter Benedict Carey sifts through decades of education research and landmark studies to uncover the truth about how our brains absorb and retain information. What he discovers is that, from the moment we are born, we are all learning quickly, efficiently, and automatically; but in our zeal to systematize the process we have ignored valuable, naturally enjoyable learning tools like forgetting, sleeping, and daydreaming. 

The letters of Edward Petter [electronic resource]
The Letters of Edward Petter are a unique record of the travels of a Victorian biscuit salesman. They make a fascinating travelogue of cultural and historical interest for anyone wishing to learn more about travel in the Victorian era. Petter was not only a salesman, he was also an evangelist, and the letters contain numerous accounts of his missionary endeavours in countries across the world. The letters also touch on many Brethren issues, notably the schism of 1890.

Things seen in northern India [electronic resource] / T.L. Pennell.
Things Seen in… seems to have been a series of guidebooks aimed at European visitors to foreign parts in the early 20th Century – roughly the equivalent of today’s Lonely Planet Guides. Who better to write the entry for Northern Indian than the veteran medical missionary to the region Theodore Leighton Pennell [1867-1912]. It would provides excellent background information for anyone studying India in that period.

 award-winning psychologist Ron Friedman, Ph.D., uses the latest research from the fields of motivation, creativity, behavioural economics, neuroscience and management to reveal what really makes us successful at work. Combining powerful stories with cutting-edge findings, Friedman shows leaders at every level how they can promote smarter thinking, greater innovation and stronger performance.

Closing the Execution Gap has excellent information and insights that are well connected to meaningful bodies of research. Lepsinger hones in on tangible, real-world problems that many leaders will recognize and then offers practical solutions.'Line managers and Learning and Development professionals will find this book of interest because it captures the critical concepts that make an organization and its people successful.

In this revised and updated edition, Block explores what has and has not changed in organizations and in the world in the twenty years since the first edition was published. He argues that the concept of stewardship is more relevant and necessary than ever, and shows how the idea of stewardship can and must be expanded out from organizations into our communities, societies and nations. Peter Block is one of our most provocative, original, and iconoclastic thinkers. Here he extends the scope of his insights to help put us create not just productive and humane workplaces but vibrant communities, an engaged democracy, and a healthy planet.


C.S. Lewis: life, works, and legacy / edited by Bruce L. Edwards. PRINT



Forensic psychologist and memory expert Dr Julia Shaw uses the latest research to show the astonishing variety of ways in which our brains can indeed be led astray. She shows why we can sometimes misappropriate other people's memories, subsequently believing them to be our own. She explains how police officers can imprison an innocent man for life on the basis of many denials and just one confession. She demonstrates the way radically false memories can be deliberately implanted, leading people to believe they had tea with Prince Charles, or committed crimes that never happened. And she reveals how, in spite of all this, we can improve our memory through simple awareness of its fallibility.

From a leading expert, a groundbreaking book on the science of play, and its essential role in fueling our happiness and intelligence throughout our lives. Backed by the latest research, Play  explains why play is essential to our social skills, adaptability, intelligence, creativity, ability to problem solve and more. A fascinating blend of cutting-edge neuroscience, biology, psychology, social science, and inspiring human stories of the transformative power of play, this book proves why play just might be the most important work we can ever do.

This wise, stirring book argues that the search for meaning can immeasurably deepen our lives and is far more fulfilling than the pursuit of personal happiness.  Drawing on the latest research in positive psychology; on insights from George Eliot, Viktor Frankl, Aristotle, the Buddha, and other great minds; and on interviews with seekers of meaning, Emily Esfahani Smith lays out the four pillars upon which meaning rests. To bring those concepts to life, Smith visits a tight-knit fishing village on the Chesapeake Bay, stargazes in West Texas, attends a dinner where young people gather to share their experiences of untimely loss, and more. And she explores how we might begin to build a culture of meaning in our schools, our workplaces, and our communities.  Inspiring and story-driven, The Power of Meaning will strike a profound chord in anyone seeking a richer, more satisfying life.

Dr. Heath Lambert, a leader in the biblical counseling movement, lays out eight gospel-centered strategies for overcoming the deceitful lure of pornography. Each chapter clearly demonstrates how the gospel applies to this particular battle and how Jesus can move readers from a life of struggle to a life of purity.
The Oxford handbook of the prophets / edited by Carolyn J. Sharp.

In Playing for God, Annie Blazer offers an exploration of the history and religious lives of Christian athletes, showing that evangelical engagement with popular culture can carry unintended consequences. When sport became an avenue for embodied worship, it forced a reckoning with evangelical teachings about the body. Female Christian athletes increasingly turned to their own bodies to understand their religious identity, and in so doing, came to question evangelical mainstays on gender and sexuality. What was once a male-dominated masculinist project of sports engagement became a female-dominated movement that challenged evangelical ideas on femininity, marriage hierarchy, and the sinfulness of homosexuality. 

Backed by scripture, Cusick uses examples from his own life and from his twenty years of counseling experience to show us how the pursuit of empty pleasure is really a search for our heart's deepest desire-and the real key to to resistance is discovering and embracing the joy we truly want. Cusick's insights help readers understand how porn struggles begin, what to do to prevent them, and most importantly, how to overcome the compulsion once it begins.

Guido Herman Fridolin Verbeck was a 19th Century Dutch Reformed Church missionary to Japan.


From classic poetry to pop lyrics, from Charles Dickens to Dolly Parton, even from Jesus to James Bond, Mark Forsyth explains the secrets that make a The Elements of Eloquence proves that you don't need to have anything important to say--you simply need to say it well. In an age unhealthily obsessed with the power of substance, this is a book that highlights the importance of style.
phrase--such as "O Captain! My Captain!" or "To be or not to be"--memorable. In his inimitably entertaining and wonderfully witty style, he takes apart famous phrases and shows how you too can write like Shakespeare or quip like Oscar Wilde. Whether you're aiming to achieve literary immortality or just hoping to deliver the perfect one-liner,