Sunday, September 23, 2012

New Guides: The Guide to Colorado Mammals

A guidebook for a general audience, The Guide to Colorado Mammals describes 128 species of mammals native to Colorado.

Each mammal is described within a species account, including common and scientific name, physical description, size, habitat, distributions, field notes, legal status, and photographs.

This guidebook covers everything from marsupials, shrews, and moles to bats, rabbits, rodents, bears, and hoofed animals.

by Mary Taylor Young
Fulcrum, 2012

Friday, September 21, 2012

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Facebook Marketing

The author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Facebook Marketing, John Wayne Zimmermanis a self-taught specialist in the new field of social media marketing. Unlike most Facebook users, who use the social network to connect somewhat awkwardly with friends and family, his aim is to promote a business and make influential contacts through online engagement.

He promises to show his readers "how to attract a bigger audience, what to say to get your brand known, and why Facebook will soon be the most effective social media tool in your marketing arsenal."

by John Wayne Zimmerman
ALPHA, 2012

Now exploring Tales of a River Rat

Kenny Salwey is the last of a breed of men whose lifestyle has all but disappeared in this fast-paced, high-tech digital world. For thirty years, this weathered woodsman eked out a living on the Mississippi River, running a trapline, hiring out as a river guide, digging and selling roots and herbs, and eating the food he hunted and fished.

In Tales of a River Rat,  Salwey informs and entertains readers as he weaves his life story on the Mississippi River.

Adventures Along the Wild Mississippi
by Kenny Salwey
Fulcrum, 2012

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Time for a Mobile Marketing Strategy

Many analysts predict mobile browsing on the web is going to surpass desktop browsing by 2015, or soon thereafter. This is indicative of a fundamental shift in Internet users' browsing habits and choice of devices. E-marketers of all stripes are going to have to develop or incorporate a mobile marketing strategy into their business plans.

Practical Plans to Get Your Business Mobile in Just a Few Days for Just a Few Bucks
by Deltina Hay

Monday, September 17, 2012

New Guides: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Facebook Marketing

Millions of people use Facebook every day, and many of them could be your future customers. Facebook makes it easy for you to expand your customer base and nurture existing relationships with such tools as Marketplace, Places, and Deals. This book shows you how.

Covers all aspects including Facebook Marketplace, Facebook Places, and Facebook Deals.

by John Wayne Zimmerman
ALPHA, 2012

Thursday, September 13, 2012

History Book Review: Remembering The Battle of the Crater

This examination of a single battle by Civil War historian and teacher Kevin M. Levin illuminates the roles of race and politics in shaping our collective history of the war.

The battle occurred during the Union Army's seige of Petersburg, Virginia at the end of July, 1964.  The "Crater" was created by a huge explosion set off by Union forces beneath the Confederate front line. A subsequent advance by Union troops into the gap ended disastrously.

This book focuses on the United States Colored Troops (USCTs) who were massacred during and after the battle and how the story of their demise has been shrouded from public memory.

"That is the subject of this book," Levin points out. "This process of preserving a certain kind of memory that moves to minimize or ignore the participation of USCTs in one ofthe bloodiest battles of the Civil War."

War as Murder
by Kevin M. Levin
The University Press of Kentucky, 2012

Now Cooking with Little Old Lady Recipes

Little Old Lady Recipes honors the extraordinary women who create pot luck dinners, church socials, wedding banquets, and the best desserts you've ever tasted. Every page features their simple, no-frills recipes for pot roast, meat loaf, dumplings, corn bread, fried chicken, bundt cake, and other mouth-watering favorites-along with gorgeous photography of the chefs at work and generous portions of their kitchen table wisdom ("Butter comes from a cow. Tell me where the heck margarine comes from, and then maybe I'll eat it!").

These Little Old Lady Recipes are simple, delicious, and ridiculously cheap and easy to make.

Comfort Food and Kitchen Table Wisdom
by Meg Favreau

Monday, September 10, 2012

Curt Flood and the Media

The media continues to define and interpret the history of Curt Flood.

ESPN ranks him as one of its "10 Most Influential African-Americans in Major League Baseball," pointing out that the Gold Glove center fielder unsuccessfully challenged MLB's reserve clause but paved the way for free agency.

The Roster: Curt Flood
Curt Flood in the Media

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Review: The Natural Navigator

British expeditionist Tristan Gooley has sailed across oceans, flown  between continents, and climbed many of the world's tallest mountains using the natural navigation skills described in this book.

While humans have been making their way from place to place for a millenia, there is no record of how the earliest travelers navigated, or how often they got lost. Accounts of navigation methods don't show up in anyone's literature until about a thousand years ago.

Gooley's obsession with the art of navigation began as an empowered 10-year-old sailing a dinghy. "I had garnered the skills to go wherever I wanted. Not where my teachers told me to go, not where my parents wanted me to go, but where I wanted to go."

This book explains how to find your way without GPS or even compasses, but with shadows, stars, tides, plants, clouds, the moon, the sun and wild animals. Also known as ‘wayfinding,’ natural navigation techniques can be used on land, sea or in mid-air.

Continued in ... The Nature Pages
The Rediscovered Art of Letting Nature Be Your Guide
by Tristan Gooley
Linden Publishing, 2012
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Nature Writing and Natural Histories
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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Review: Curt Flood in the Media

"After twelve years in the major leagues, I do not feel that I am a piece of property to be bought and sold irrespective of my wishes," stated Curt Flood in a letter to Major League Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, challenging the "reserve clause," a rule that essentially made players slaves to their current teams by barring them from changing teams for more money or better working conditions. Flood's challenge, which ended with a 5-3 Supreme Court ruling against his claim, would ultimately lead to "free agency" for pro ballplayers after the expiration of their initial contracts and dramatically higher salaries.

This book is a scholarly examination of the public discourse that followed Curt Flood's case and what it meant to race relations at the time, and what it means today. It highlights how blacks were excluded from the discussion because of their blackness and how Flood's activism may have put an end to "athletic activism" for professional athletes in general.

Because he forged the path to free agency (which he never personally benefitted from), "Flood helped to manufacture the false dreams that reproduce inequity and despair, and Flood helped cultivate the financial climate that robs our athletes of their incentive to speak with courage," observes Abraham Iqbal Khan, an assistant professor of communication and Africana studies at the University of South Florida.

Baseball, Race, and the Demise of the Activist Athlete
by Abraham Iqbal Khan
University Press of Mississippi, 2012
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Monday, September 3, 2012

Reading the History: Remembering The Battle of the Crater

The battle of the Crater is known as one of the Civil War's bloodiest struggles -- a Union loss with combined casualties of 5,000, many of whom were members of the United States Colored Troops (USCT) under Union Brigadier General Edward Ferrero. The battle was a violent clash of forces as Confederate soldiers fought for the first time against African American soldiers. After the Union lost the battle, these black soldiers were captured and subject both to extensive abuse and the threat of being returned to slavery in the South. Yet, despite their heroism and sacrifice, these men are often overlooked in public memory of the war.

In Remembering The Battle of the Crater: War is Murder, Kevin M. Levin addresses the shared recollection of a battle that epitomizes the way Americans have chosen to remember, or in many cases forget, the presence of the USCT.

War as Murder 
by Kevin M. Levin
The University Press of Kentuckyi, 2012

Saturday, September 1, 2012

On The Roster: Curt Flood in the Media

Curt Flood in the Media examines the public discourse surrounding Curt Flood (1938-1997), the star center fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals throughout the sixties. In 1969, Flood was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies. At the time, all Major League Baseball players were subject to the reserve clause, which essentially bound a player to work in perpetuity for his original team, unless traded for another player or sold for cash, in which case he worked under the same reserve conditions for the next team.

Flood refused the trade on a matter of principle, arguing that Major League Baseball had violated both U.S. antitrust laws and the 13th Amendment's prohibition of involuntary servitude. In a defiant letter to Commissioner Bowie Kuhn asking for his contractual release, Flood infamously wrote, "after twelve years in the major leagues, I do not feel that I am a piece of property to be bought and sold irrespective of my wishes."

Baseball, Race, and the Demise of the Activist Athlete
by Abraham Iqbal Khan
University Press of Mississippi, 2012