Off the Press CAS Spotlight November 1, 2009 Bacterial Circadian ProgramsEdited by Jayna Ditty, University of St. Thomas Biology Department; Shannon Mackey, St. Ambrose University; and Carl Johnson, Vanderbilt University (Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2009)This book addresses multiple aspects of bacterial circadian programs, from the history of cyanobacteria and circadian rhythms in microorganisms to the molecular basis, structure and evolution of the circadian clock, to the adaptive significance and the prokaryotic clock’s remarkable stability, and mathematical and synthetic oscillator models for clock function. The editors provide a review and a steppingstone for future work with bacterial circadian programs.‘Let the Little Children Come to Me’: Childhood and Children in Early ChristianityBy Cornelia Horn, St. Louis University, and John Martens, University of St. Thomas Theology Department (Catholic University Press, 2009)In the Bible, Jesus calls on his followers to welcome children and become like children, but the lives of the first Christian children are still vague. This book delves into the hidden lives of Biblical children by looking into early Christian literature, such as the New Testament, sermons, letters, theological treatises, poetry, pedagogical manuals and historiography in Greek, Latin, Syriac and other early-Christian languages.Bolivia in Focus: A Guide to the People, Politics, and CultureBy Robert Werner, Geography Department (Interlink Books, 2009)From a fantastic archeological record to the coca story to the hemisphere’s first indigenous president, the history and cultures of Bolivia make an interesting story. But behind this welcoming culture lies a more complex country facing serious political instability and environmental threat. This book gives readers an introduction to the sources of tension in Bolivia, the poorest country in South America, and the people’s struggle for social justice.The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain Edited by Mary R. Reichardt, Catholic Studies Department(Ignatius Press, 2009)Reichardt is the editor of the American titles in Ignatius Press’s new critical editions series.Published in spring 2009, The Scarlet Letter and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are the first two American literary works in the series. The third, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, will be published in fall 2009. Designed for the late-high-school and early-college markets, each volume features an authoritative text of the novel with all new and extensive notes and glosses on terms and words with which students may be unfamiliar; a contextual introduction; and several original critical essays from scholars. The emphasis of the series is on reinvigorated “traditional” historical, biographical, and religious or moral criticism. Each book is accompanied by a separately published student study guide also written by Reichardt.