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play a role in her life until much later. The
youngest of five in a family beginning to
break, she was forced to become somewhat
self-sufficient, even more so when she had
her first child at the age of 14. By the time
she reached her early 20s, Simons was a mom
of three and a veteran of several bad relationships, struggling to support her children and
create a life for herself. But she managed to
pick herself up, eventually marrying a man
who happened to be a horseman. Simons’ old
love was reborn: she began a riding clinic for
women who have struggled with a number
of problems, helping them regain confidence
in both their riding and themselves. In this
part memoir, part self-help book, Simons
details her experiences and her philoso-phies, encouraging women to overcome past
doubts and traumas. Her enthusiasm, gentle
approach, and aplomb ensure that she has
many more lives left to touch with her techniques. —Maggie Reagan
Lights Out: A Cyberattack, a Nation
Unprepared, Surviving the
By Ted Koppel.
Oct. 2015. 272p. Crown, $26 (9780553419962); e-book
A cyberattack on our nation’s power grid
could cause a national blackout that only 1 in
10 Americans could survive
if it lasted a year, according to a government study.
The certainty about the
The Rising: Murder, Heartbreak, and
prospects of a cyberattack
on our power grid is con-
ventional wisdom among
many security experts
interviewed by award-win-
ning journalist Koppel for this exposé on
the vulnerability of our infrastructure. The
problem is that the vast majority of electrical
companies are privately owned, with little
incentive to spend billions to protect against
a threat they do not believe is real. Koppel
draws on interviews with industry officials
and security and communication experts,
inside and outside of the government, for
a harrowing look at the threats we face and
our utter lack of preparedness. China and
Russia have already penetrated our grid net-
work, and experts predict that North Korea
and stateless terrorist groups are capable of
and willing to launch attacks to disable our
basic infrastructure. Meanwhile, FEMA, the
agency most often assumed to handle di-
sasters, has no plans for the aftermath of a
cyberattack. Koppel explores lessons learned
from preppers, survivalists, and Mormons
on how to prepare for disaster but warns that
a larger, government-led effort is needed.
the Power of Human Resilience in an
By Ryan D’Agostino.
Oct. 2015. 288p. Crown, $26 (9780804140164). 364.152.
What author D’Agostino so beautifully
does in his true-crime book is to demonstrate and stress the notion that people are
good; he wouldn’t be doing this were not
two people almost unimaginably bad as well.
The case involves the 2007 brutal beating of
husband and father Bill Petit, a doctor, and
the torture and murders of his wife and two
daughters in a small town in Connecticut, a
case involving a nearly random attack that
shocked and transfixed the nation. And also
inspired good people to send money, food,
and more to help Bill Petit return to a life
where all he once had was brutally taken
from him. The first part of the book outlines the family members’ backgrounds and
lives up to that day, and D’Agostino paints
a tender picture of a loving group; the rest
of the book shows how Bill, summoning inner courage, found the strength to carry on.
Though true-crime buffs may miss the action
depicted in most such books, readers seeking
inspiration about the true goodness of others, especially in the aftermath of a horrific
crime, will find it here. —Eloise Kinney
The SAGE Encyclopedia of
Ed. by Janet M. Bennett.
2v. 2015. 1,024p. illus. Sage, $375 (9781452244280).
Broadly, the term culture refers to learned
and shared values, beliefs, and behaviors of
individuals within a community. Although
the scope is wide, it does
provide some basis for
structured inquiry that
is both scholarly and
meaningful to contemporary society. Studies
of human interaction
essentially focus on similarities or differences.
Insights gained from cultural studies therefore touch several areas, including politics,
business, community diversity, migration,
and adaptation. Culture is so ubiquitous that
contemporary society grapples with cultural
competences even within a single community.
Intercultural competence focuses on negotiating shared meaning across different
cultures, going beyond just studying different cultures to add a layer of interacting with
those from different cultural backgrounds—
so we can all effectively work toward shared
goals. This work classifies intercultural competences into 20 broad themes, including
“Intercultural Conflict and Negotiation,”
“Language and Linguistics,” and “Social Justice.” The signed, A–Z entries are thorough
without being verbose. They are cross-referenced and provide resources for additional
research. A thematic list of references and a
time line of advances in intercultural studies
are the most useful appendixes.
Intercultural communication is an emerging field, and academic references like this
one are a welcome addition for students
and scholars. The entries here are presented
well, with sufficient depth and subsections,
making this a useful reference for those
without a background of the subject matter.
Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and
the Supreme Court Nomination
That Changed America.
By Wil Haygood.
Oct. 2015. 416p. Knopf, $32.50 (9780307957191).
In the midst of the civil rights movement
and the violent reactions to protests that
helped with the passage of
the Civil Rights Act of 1964
and the Voting Rights Act
of 1965, the nomination of
Thurgood Marshall to the
U.S. Supreme Court was
another major turning point
in American race relations.
President Johnson faced a
fierce battle to stop the nomination, led by the
powerful Senator John McClellan of Arkansas,
whose state was the front line of school-deseg-
regation violence following the Brown decision
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