A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
May 12, 2005 Volume 35 / Number 8

Books Spring 2004--2005

Relax, You're Already Home: Everyday Taoist Habits for a Richer Life
Raymond Barnett, Biological Sciences
(Tarcher/Penguin, 2004, 200 pages)
This book describes simple habits from China's Folk Taoism tradition that confer health and happiness in everyday life. Barnett describes how we can focus on basic daily Taoist habits through activities such as going to the park, gardening, or enjoying a cup of tea. He also discusses how to create new rituals around holidays, saints, and historical figures or events.

The Ties That Bind: Questioning Family Dynamics and Family Discourse in Hispanic Literature and Film
Sara E. Cooper, Foreign Languages and Literatures, editor
(University Press of America, 2004, 200 pages)
With critical essays that explore the family system in Spanish and Latin American cultural production, this volume addresses the intersection of language, narrative structure, social reality, and family dynamics in a diverse range of canonical and recent works. Issues of feminism, gender and sexuality, abuse, trauma, and communication are explored in ways that take psychological literary criticism a step beyond traditional psychoanalytical approaches.

The Master and the Dean: The Literary Criticism of Henry James and William Dean Howells
Rob Davidson, English
(Missouri, 2005, 500 pages)
Beginning with a thorough examination of the influences that led James and Howells toward realism, Davidson examines the developments and inter-relationships between the two writers, emphasizing their diverging aesthetic attitudes toward the literary marketplace and audiences of their day; their views concerning the moral value of fiction and the United States as a literary subject; and their various writings concerning each other.

The Culturally Customized Web Site: Customizing Web Sites for the Global Marketplace
Nitish Singh, Marketing with Arun Pereira
(Elsevier- Butterworth-Heinemann, 2005, 176 pages)
The Culturally Customized Web Site: Customizing Web Sites for the Global Marketplace is based on research that demonstrates the need for culturally-consistent web content when serving global market segments. Research reveals that culturally customized web sites enhance usability , accessibility , time spent at a site , and site interactivity . The book provides a theoretically sound, rigorously tested framework, based on 36 web site features.  

Cloud Kits
Mike Graf, Child Development
(Science Kits and Boreal Labs, 2004)
A kit with a manual for activities, experiments, and background information for teaching upper elementary school children all about clouds, the weather they bring, and how they form.

Leisure in Later Life, 3rd edition
Michael J. Leitner, Recreation Administration, co-author with Sara F. Leitner
(Haworth Press, 2004, 473 pages)
The book is a comprehensive text for courses dealing with the topics of leisure and aging.

Korea Divided: The 38th Parallel and the Demilitarized Zone
James I. Matray, History
(Chelsea House, 2004, 262 pages)
In 1945, the United States and the Soviet Union partitioned Korea. This book describes how intense nationalism has made it impossible for Koreans north and south to accept the legitimacy or permanence of the artificial division of their country.

Communication Technology Update, 9th edition
Jennifer H. Meadows, Communication Design, and August E. Grant, editors
(Focal Press, an imprint of Elsevier, 2004, 371 pages)
The book provides new information on all areas of telecommunications: electronic mass media, computers, consumer electronics, games, satellites, and telephony. The companion Web site provides timely updates. Meadows authored the companion instructor's manual and Web site, and authored three of its chapters. CSU, Chico colleague John Long authored a chapter on video games.

Uses of Grammar
Judith Rodby, English, co-author with W. Ross Winterowd
(Oxford University Press, 2005, 286 pages)
The Uses of Grammar is an eclectic and accessible approach to grammar for future teachers and students concerned about correctness in their own writing. Unlike grammar texts organized from parts of speech to sentences, this text emphasizes how various forms can have the same functions. It comes with an instructor's manual and online supplement with essays on ESL and bilingualism and additional exercises.

Beyond Multiculturalism in Social Work Practice
Kui-Hee Song, Social Work
(University Press of America, 2004, 310 pages)
This case study presents an integrated approach to social work practice with culturally linguistically diverse clients, to show how theories of postmodernism and multiculturalism can be applied when working with Korean immigrant families. Song examines the clinical change process of a Korean immigrant family working with Child Protective Services to resolve child abuse problems and generate new meanings in the parent-child relationship.

James Hamilton of South Carolina
Robert Tinkler, History
(Louisiana State, Southern Biography Series, 2004, 294 pages)
An influential antebellum southern planter and politician, Hamilton so declined in reputation later in life that his home state, South Carolina, refused to acknowledge his death officially. This book examines what his loss of honor suggests about the southern planter class.

In Pursuit of Their Dreams: A History of Azorean Immigration to the United
Jerry R. Williams, Geological Sciences
(Center for Portuguese Studies, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, 2004)
In Pursuit of Their Dreams: A History of Azorean Immigration to the United traces Azorean immigration to the United States from 1820 to the recent past, beginning with the whaling industry located in Bedford and Fall River, Massachusetts. Young Azoreans were picked up by whaling ships for difficult and lengthy whaling voyages, then abandoned in the United States when the ships returned to port.

Third Views, Second Sights: A Rephotographic Survey of the American West, with Interactive DVD
Byron Wolfe, Communication Design, co-author with Mark Klett, Kyle Bajakian, William L. Fox, Michael Marshall, Toshi Ueshina
(Museum of New Mexico Press in association with the Center for American Places, 2004, 256 pages )
Third Views, Second Sights features rephotographs of historic American western landscapes and considers dynamic landscape change since the 19th -century great expeditionary photographers first photographed for the geological and geographical surveys. The book and DVD further record a changing landscape and presents 43 rephoto sets from a photographic survey that documents over 125 years of geologic, environmental, and cultural changes.

The Ascension of Authorship: Attribution and Canon Formation in Jewish, Hellenistic, and Christian Traditions
Jed Wyrick, Religious Studies
(Harvard Studies in Comparative Literature, Harvard University Press, 2004, 512 pages)
The Ascension of Authorship explores ancient suspicions of forgery and textual tampering, arguing that they led to Greek textual criticism, Jewish traditions of a tamper-proof archive of scriptures written down by prophetic scribes, and a Christian view of authorial intent.