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By James D. Bell
283 pp. Sartoris Literary Group (December 2012).
$14.95 paperback; $4.99 ebook.
“Even vampire slayers need a good law-
yer,” proclaim press materials. The novel
concerns a brilliant young attorney who
argues that his client, “the
Butcher of Belhaven,”
facing murder charges,
was insane and targeted a
Meanwhile, a satanic cult
seeks revenge against them.
A media circus ensues. Bell
(University of Mississippi) references his
experiences as a lawyer and a judge in this
debut fiction, particularly when successfully
representing a young man accused of
conspiracy in the 1997 shooting spree at
Pearl (Miss.) High School, a rampage
involving satanic activity.
Dialogues with Creative Legends
By David Calvin Laufer
264 pp. Illustrated. New Riders/Peachpit/Pearson Education (December 2012).
$29.99 paperback; $23.99 ebook.
The veteran visual designer/consultant (Carnegie Mellon
University) blends interviews and anecdotes in a book subtitled Aha Moments in a Designer’s Career. Winner of more than
50 awards, he recalls 40 years of lessons
learned from graphic designers Paul Rand and
Herb Lubalin, industrial designers R. Buck-minster Fuller and George Nelson, corporate
chiefs Sidney Topol of Scientific Atlanta and
Roberto Goizueta of Coca-Cola, plus aesthetic groundbreakers such as Saul Bass and
Heinz Edelmann. “Negotiating gatekeepers,
portfolio malfunctions and serendipity along the way proves
nearly as educational,” Laufer writes via email.
London Bridge in Plague and Fire
By David Madden
340 pp. University of Tennessee Press (October 2012).
$29.95 hardcover or ebook.
“I narrate the story of the building — in the
late 12th century — of ancient London Bridge
(dismantled in 1832) and of life on the bridge dur-
ing the Great Plague of 1665 and
the Great Fire of 1666 when there
were 138 shops and 116 houses
on it,” explains the prolific novel-
ist (University of Tennessee) via
email. “I share narration with a
poet who lives in the famous
Nonsuch House on the bridge,
creating fictive characters … and re-creating his-
torical figures. …” “Spellbinding,” raves Winston
Groom, author of Forrest Gump.
Chocolate as Medicine
By Philip K. Wilson and W. Jeffrey Hurst
234 pp. Illustrated. Royal Society of Chemistry Publishing (October 2012).
Splurge! “The Mesoamerican population who lived near
the indigenous cultivation sites of the ‘Chocolate tree’
(Theobromo cacao) had a multitude of documented applica-
tions of chocolate as medicine, ranging
from alleviating fatigue to preventing heart
ailments to treating snakebite. Until recent-
ly, these applications have received little
sound scientific scrutiny,” press materials
declare. This book “describes the centuries-
long quest to uncover chocolate’s potential
health benefits.” Wilson, pictured (Universi-
ty of Kansas), is a professor of humanities at Penn State
Hershey College of Medicine. Hurst is a principal scientist
at Hershey Company’s Technical Center.