Archive for September, 2010

New Government Report: Changing Moral Focus of Newborn Screening

Changing Moral Focus of Newborn Screening: An Ethical Analysis by the President’s Council on Bioethics
by Edmund D. Pellegrino (editor)
Paperback, 150 pages, 2008, $45.00
ISBN: 1437921892

“Nearly 4 million newborns undergo genetic screening (GS) every year in the U.S. Until recently such GS was limited to diseases that were well understood and for which effective treatments were available. Now, however, most mandatory GS programs also test for diseases that are not well understood and for which there is no available treatment. This white paper describes how the change in policy to include GS for untreatable as well as treatable diseases came about. It provides basic info. about the techniques of GS, and the practical and ethical choices parents must face. The Council believes that the potential benefits of mandatory, population-wide newborn GS for diseases for which there is no current treatment are outweighed by the potential harms.”

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September 21, 2010 at 9:53 am Leave a comment

For People Who Love Pirates, a 50% Discount

Weekly Book Special September 21st-September 26th

Avast, me hearties!

Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day all week long with us at Diane Publishing. Before Johnny Depp made the buccaneer lifestyle fashionable again, privateer enthusiast Pat Croce was writing some wonderful books for children. Capture the imagination of a young scallywag in your life with this week’s special:


My Pop-Pop is a Pirate: A Swashbuckling Tale
With a Treasure Trove of Interactive Extras

Written by Pat Croce, Illustrated by Julia Wolf.
Hardcover, 18 pages. ISBN: 0762428716
List Price: $15.95,Lowest Amazon.com Price: $8.90, OUR PRICE: $7.95
My Pop-Pop is a Pirate

What started as a surprised yawp in response to a sports injury has since exploded into a global phenomenon with participants on every continent and the seven seas in between.  Few have captured, or been possessed by, our cultural fascination with scurvy sea dogs as Pat Croce, who operates the Pirate Soul Museum in Key West, Florida.

My Pop-Pop is a Pirate will enchant junior picaroons with its fanciful storyline, lift-up flaps, pull tabs, 3-D touch-and-feel elements, and pop-up surprise ending.

Julia Wolf’s immersive illustrations provide the perfect counterpoint to Croce’s piratical prose: (click to enlarge):
Pirate Feast

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September 21, 2010 at 8:20 am Leave a comment

Eggs-traordinary Chicken Gift Book, Now 67 Percent Off

Weekly Book Special: September 14th-September 20th

September is National Chicken Month. To commemorate, this week’s book special is:


Complete Chicken:
An Entertaining History of Chickens

by Pam Percy, Hardcover, 144 pages, 2002, ISBN: 0896585573
List Price: $30.00, Lowest Amazon.com Price: $29.99, OUR PRICE: $9.95
Complete Chicken

The book provides a colorful, egg-straordinarily entertaining account of chicken history; breeds; the world of chicken collectibles; and the chicken’s role in art, pop culture, myth, legend, religion, and folklore.

You’ll also find a wide selection of words and phrases inspired by chicks, technical poultry terms, instructions on how to say “cock-a-doodle-doo” in different languages, as well as other trivia.

The lighthearted yet informative text is complemented by photos of different breeds, images of chickens in ads, and photos of chicken collectibles (also known as “chickenalia”).

Our favorite section is on chickens in advertising (click to enlarge):
Chickens in Ads

“The author, an avowed chicken afficionado, presents the lowly chicken in a brand new light in this entertaining book,” writes John Trapp, a retired wildlife biologist, on his Birds Etcetera blog. “I found this book to be highly readable, visually appealing, entertaining, and educational. What more could you want in a book?”

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September 14, 2010 at 5:00 am Leave a comment

Weekly Book Special: Manhattan Within, Sketches of the New York Skyline from Central Park by Matteo Pericoli

Weekly Book Special: September 7th-September 13th

Last Friday, September 3rd, marked Skyscraper Day — a celebration of the world’s tallest buildings. To commemorate, this week’s book special focuses on New York’s world-famous skyline:


Manhattan Within

Written and Illustrated by Matteo Pericoli
Slipcase in original shrinkwrap, 72 pages, 2003, ISBN: 0375508686
List Price: $30.00, OUR PRICE: $9.95
Manhattan Within

This set by Matteo Pericoli, the best-selling artist-architect of “Manhattan Unfurled” (Our Price: $30.00) includes: A full-color 22-foot-long drawing, in an accordion fold-out format, which provides an amazing 360-degree view of the Manhattan skyline as seen from within Central Park.

Includes a separate, enlightening personal journal about the method, philosophy, and evolution of the work — an unprecedented, dramatic re-envisioning of the relationship between the city and its geographical center and escape. A visual legend and diagram identifies the city’s landmarks and streets.

Watch the CBS Sunday Morning clip on Pericoli’s artistic process (click to watch):

“[Pericoli’s] prose, as it turns out, is as evocative as his art,” writes Booklist in a review.

Pericoli writes: “When I was working on the skyline along the edge of the island, [the buildings] were giving their backs to me as if they didn’t care. From the park all the buildings seem to look at me. I think this is the real skyline of Manhattan.”

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September 7, 2010 at 5:00 am Leave a comment

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