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Volume 4, Number 8 August 2009 Home | BW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Audiobook Shelf Interior Design Shelf
Art Shelf Architecture Shelf Photography Shelf
Computer Shelf Cookbook Shelf Self-Help Shelf
Parenting Shelf Genealogy Shelf Political Science Shelf
Human Sexuality Shelf Biography Shelf Needlecraft Shelf
Education Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf
Pets/Wildlife Shelf Judaic Studies Shelf Gardening Shelf
Money/Finance Shelf Business Shelf Social Issues Shelf
Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Sports Shelf Science Shelf
Mystery/Suspense Shelf Music Shelf Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf
Literary Shelf World History Shelf Environmental Studies Shelf
Archaeology Shelf Fiction Shelf Poetry Shelf

Reviewer's Choice

So Long as Men Can Breathe
Clinton Heylin
Da Capo
2300 Chestnut Street, Suite 200, Philadelphia, PA 19103
9780306818059, $24.00,

The sonnets of Shakespeare are renowned as the very best in the world. "So Long as Men Can Breathe: The Untold Story of Shakespeare's Sonnets" tells of the publishing industry in a time long past, when copyright laws were simply unheard of. Relating the saga of Shakespeare, his publishers and peers, and the chaos surrounding the process of getting books published during the era, "So Long As Men Can Breathe" is highly entertaining, educational, and recommended reading.

The Art of Making Money
Jason Kersten
Gotham Books
c/o The Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
9781592404469, $26.00,

THE ART OF MAKING MONEY: THE STORY OF A MASTER COUNTERFEITER tells the true story of a legendary counterfeiter who was only undone when he looked for family ties. Art Williams devised means to circumvent security measures and make millions by counterfeiting; his exploits are a fascinating tale, recommended for both business and general-interest libraries.

Havana Before Castro
Peter Moruzzi
Gibbs Smith
Box 667, Lyton UT 84041
1423603672, $30.00

Color and vintage black and white photos abound in HAVANA BEFORE CASTRO: WHEN CUBA WAS A TROPICAL PLAYGROUND. It re-creates an era when the city was a popular destination for Americans between World War I and Castro's revolution, packing over 500 color and black and white images into a 'then and now' recreation contrasting past and present. Any library strong in Cuban history and culture must have this.

Josephine Powell
Jodith Vos, Editor,
KIT Publishers
P.O. Box 95001, 1090 HA Amsterdam, Nederland
9789068326987, $35.00,

"Josephine Powell: Traveller, Photographer, Collector in Muslim World" documents an unusual American-born woman who spent most of her life among Muslims. She studied rural and urban lifestyles, and the vanishing life of the Anatolian nomads. Her photos capture rare aspects of a disappearing society. Unique black and white and color images illustrate this fine collection of anthropological revelations.

International Publisher's Marketing
Box 605, Herndon, VA 20172-0605

Ian Michler's INSIDER'S GUIDE TO BOTSWANA (9781770074613, $28.00) is for any who would travel to Botswana, and pairs a history of its peoples and culture with tops on where to stay, top festivals in the country, overland trips, nature and more. Routes are outlined and color and vintage photos abound. Mark Skinner and Sean Fraser's THE FAIREST CAPE: FROM THE WEST COAST TO THE GARDEN ROUTE (191993846X, $24.95) covers the scenic garden route of South Africa, offering a fine coffee-table display of full-page, oversized color photos of the route's highlights. A lovely recommendation for any who've been to the Cape area and want a keepsake. Adrian Bailey & Robyn Kenne-Young's WILD KRUGER (1919938540, $19.95) is arranged by habitat and covers Kruger Park's rivers, bushes, and savanna wildlife. Color photo displays enhance a celebration of the park's resident wildlife and big game. Gillian Warren-Brown and Yazeed Fakier and Eric Miller's CAPE TOWN UNCOVERED: A PEOPLE'S CITY (1919930752, $21.95) covers the racial mix, diverse identity and makeup of Cape Town, using text and photos to survey Cape Town's ethnic diversity. Any interested in South African culture will find this an outstanding presentation.

The Audiobook Shelf

Hachette Audio
237 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017

In 12 months between 2007 and 2008 author Christopher Buckley lost both of his parents. He was an only child and their relationship was close: his tribute to them in Losing Mum and Pup (9781600246838, $34.98) takes the form of a survey of their final year together and makes for a wonderful listen, powered by the author's own voice. David Sedarius' WHEN YOU ARE ENGULFED IN FLAMES (1600242316, $34.98) is performed by the author and presented in an unabridged collection of four live recordings. His hilarious commentary on everyday life's oddities makes for an outstanding and fun presentation on cassette. Lisa Nichols' NO MATTER WHAT! (97812600242922, $34.98) tells of how Lisa identifies life's bumps and 9 steps used to achieve success, from handling change to assessing emotions and solutions to challenges. A unique, powerful guide to finding personal courage. Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's CEMETERY DANCE (9781600242656, $44.98) receives Rene Auberjonois' television talents and fine reading style as it tells of a journalist's murder - by a man who was supposedly dead and buried. A vivid novel with many twists and turns of plot evolves in a satisfying mystery perfect for any general lending library. Michael Connelly's THE BRASS VERDICT (1600243975, $29.98) receives Peter Giles' fine acting skills and tells of two detectives who team up to solve a puzzling murder. A defense attorney works against time to solve puzzles in a novel which joins two prior and popular characters from Michael Connelly's novels. Rupert Isaacson's THE HORSE BOY (9781600245428, $29.98) is narrated by the author and tells of the author's son, diagnosed with autism, and how the author, a lifelong horseman, used his passion to communicate with his son. Animals and the healing process come together in an outstanding, true story of a family's journey to Outer Mongolia to ride horseback across the land and encounter traditional healers who make a real difference. Any audio collection will find this a charged, inspiring acquisition.

Penguin Audio
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014

Jamie Heinlein has been acting in New York for nearly 20 years, and her fine voice and producing experience lends power to Jen Lancaster's PRETTY IN PLAID (9780143144779, $32.95), a fine and touching memoir of a sorority girl mentality befuddled by the business world. A hilarious series of insights offers tongue-in-cheek humor in this outstanding presentation for twenty-something listeners and any who would understand them. Clive Cussler and Paul Kemprecos's MEDUSA (9780143144540, $39.95) receives a vivid reading by Scott Brick as it provides a Kurt Austin adventure centered around a secret U.S. government-sponsored lab conducting biomedical research on a rare jellyfish when it vanishes. Underwater attacks and danger involve Kurt in a dangerous new world riddled with espionage. J.R. Ward's LOVER AVENGED (97801423144625, $49.95) receives Jim Frangione's fine performance and background with plays which spices a novel of the 'Black Dagger brotherhood'. Battles between vampires and their enemies involves on Revenge, a drug lord and nightclub owner catering to the rich, who receives a dangerous offer he can't refuse. High intrigue and underground struggles make for a gripping story.

Brilliance Audio
Box 887, Grand Haven, MI 49417

Robert Kiyosaki's THE REAL BOOK OF REAL ESTATE (1423373014, $49.99) enjoys a triple narration from Bruce Reizen, Sandra Burr and Jim Bond as it provides an assessment of the ups, downs and pros and cons of real estate investing. From How to assess a good deal to finding hidden investments and locating foreclosures, the focus from a team of real estate experts provides a fine definitive analysis of wins and losses in the market. F. Paul Wilson's BY THE SWORD (1423374266, $29.99) is a Repairman Jack novel and the next thriller in the series. Here Jack is involved in a battle to retrieve a stolen Japanese katana sword - from the thief who originally stole it from its museum home. Jack soon finds a range of enemies covet the weapon for not only financial gain, but for more power. Dick Hill's veteran voice powers the saga. Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's SCIENCE FAIR (1423347722, $29.99) enjoys Paul Gigante's seasoned acting voice as it tells of an 8th grader in trouble. Toby's only hope is to win first prize at the school science fair with its $5,000 win - but others wish to win, including parents who will stop at nothing to assure their child is on top. A fun, powerful saga evolves. Daniel C. Esty and Andrew S. Winston's GREEN TO GOLD: HOW SMART COMPANIES USE ENVIRONMENTAL STRATEGY TO INNOVATE, CREATE VALUE, AND BUILD COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE (1423370856, $29.99) receives Fred Stella's fine voice talent and multimedia experience to fire up guide to using green strategy to increase profits. Executives and business leaders will find this packs in a primer on cutting costs while promoting 'green' brands and approaches, covering everything from regulatory restrictions to consumer pressures and the move towards sustainability. A fine pick for any business collection. Anne Perry's EXECUTION DOCK (1596002867, $39.99) receives a fine narration by veteran David Colacci as it provides another novel in the Victorian crime series featuring police superintendent William Monk. Here Monk encounters one Jericho Phillips, owner of a floating brothel where a teen is found murdered. Is Jericho above the law, with all his connections? Suspense heightens in this dramatic mystery that comes alive in audio. Larry Bond's COLD CHOICES (1423346564, $32.99) receives a vivid narration by veteran Dick Hill as it tells of a U.S. submarine crew faced with a dangerous mission in international waters. A Russian attack sub poses an impossible situation in this gripping thriller. Harlan Coben's LONG LOST (1423327578, $36.99) enjoys a fine narration by Steven Weber and tells of Myron's involvement with ex-lover Terese Collins, whose desperate phone call to him entangles him in a tragic story behind her disappearance and a fatal accident that robbed her of happiness. Now a suspect in the murder of her ex-husband, they both wind up fleeing unknown people in this fine cat-and-mouse story of intrigue. Michael Palmer's THE SECOND OPINION (1597370746, $38.99) receives a gripping narration by Franette Liebow, a reader of audio books since the mid-90s, who adds excitement to the medical thriller revolving around one Thea, an outsider to the politics and interpersonal dynamics of her hospital world. When her father is severely injured by a hit and run driver, Thea finds herself at odds with family and doctors alike in this gripping medical drama.

The Interior Design Shelf

Field Guide to Commercial Interiors
Corky Binggeli, ASID
111 River St., Hoboken, NJ 07030
9780470412954, $75.00

Over 300 photos and details on over 160 on-site conditions make FIELD GUIDE TO COMMERCIAL INTERIORS a 'must' reference for any graphic design library catering to professionals. The at-a-glance reference information tells how to identify reference standards, avoid common problems, and locate a range of professional resources. Packed with tips and arranged with easy sidebars and information, it's an invaluable quick reference.

The Art Shelf

The Highwaymen Murals
Gary Monroe
University Press of Florida
15 Northwest 15th Street, Gainesville, FL 32611-2079
9780813033594, $39.95,

Art is a business to some, and a love for others, but can't it be both? "The Highwaymen Murals: Al Black's Concrete Dreams" tells the story of Al Black, an artist and salesman who spent much of his life repairing and selling paintings on the roads of America. He fell afoul of drugs, but while serving his prison sentence, he was given the opportunity to paint more than one hundred murals for the Department of Corrections. "The Highwaymen Murals" tells this unique story of an artist and the striking works he created, presented in full color for readers and viewers to enjoy.

Hudson Hills Press
Box 205, Manchester, VT 05254

HENRY SHAWAH: GOLDSMITH & SCULPTOR (1555953212, $65.00) by Henry Shawah provides a set of vintage and modern black and white and (mostly) color photos in this survey of Shawah's childhood and development as a jewelry maker. Full-page presentations of his pieces accompany theme chapters and reflections on inspirations and family ties alike, making for a 'must' for any jewelry arts library. Irving Sandler's ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM AND THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: A REEVALUATION (9781555953119, $45.00) provides a fine new book offering the author's conclusions about the nature and experience of abstract expressionism in America. College-level collections familiar with the movement will find this provides a fine historical survey of post-World War II art impact and how paintings responded to global events of their times. Kenneth Snelson's FORCES MADE VISIBLE (9781555952433, $75.00) provides a fine oversized volume offering a taste of his sculpture: pieces often appearing in public places and composed of tubes and wires. His autobiography tracing his early influences and the progress of his sculptures makes for a photo essay tracking both his personal and artistic development: a fine survey that includes a DVD of his animations and a documentary following his life and art. Any art library will welcome this.

The Architecture Shelf

Zen Architecture
Paul Discoe
Gibbs Smith
Box 667, Layton, UT 84041
1423600096, $40.00

ZEN ARCHITECTURE: THE BUILDING PROCESS AS PRACTICE comes from a Zen Buddhist priest and pioneer of wood-based architecture structures and renovations, and provides both homeowners and architects with a different perspective on the building process. Over 200 color photos pepper the results of more than forty years of study and design in a fine blend of sketches and prose identifying Buddhist elements in buildings. Any architectural or homeowner's library will relish this presentation.

The Sustainable Home
Cathy Strongman
Merrell Publishers
9781858944302, $34.95

THE SUSTAINABLE HOME: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO ECO BUILDING, RENOVATION AND DECORATION comes from an eco journalist who offers an illustrated guide covering all aspects of sustainable building and decorating, from basic construction to add-on solar panels and kitchen counters. Thirty case studies of such homes come from around the world and offer visual and written reinforcement. Perfect for any homeowner's or architect's collection.

New Green Home Solutions
Dave Bonta and Stephen Snyder
Gibbs Smith
Box 667, Layton, UT 84041
1423603893, $24.99

NEW GREEN HOME SOLUTIONS: RENEWABLE HOUSEHOLD ENERGY AND SUSTAINABLE LIVING offers homeowners an opportunity to become a part of the new green movement, surveying typical single-family home offerings and how they can be converted to include solar heating and power and passive heating and cooling systems. Color photos supplement tips on how to assess and change traditional homes for maximum energy savings.

The Photography Shelf

Oil Wrestlers
Nicolaas Biegman
KIT Publishers
Box 95001, 1090 HA Amsterdam
9789068327410 $50.00

Oil wrestling originated in Iran, spread to Asia and the Balkans, and is a national regional sport today, with tournaments happening even in remote villages. Nicolaas Biegman has produced a number of photo books; here he captures oil wrestling in black and white, with full-page photos depicting all aspects of the event. Any arts or photography collection will find it intriguing.

The Image Taker
Gerald Hausman and Bob Kapoun
World Wisdom
1501 E. Hillside Dr., Bloomington, IN 47401
9781933316703, $26.95

THE IMAGE TAKER: THE SELECTED STORIES AND PHOTOGRAPHS OF EDWARD S. CURTIS is a pick for any Native American library: it covers the stories and photos of Edward Curtis gathered from his 20-volume THE NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN, THE IMAGE TAKER opus, packing nearly two hundred photos --many rarely seen in print - along with the images and myths of the 26 tribal nations. Any arts library strong in Native American history, culture and representation needs this.

Focal Press
30 Corporate #400, Burlington MA 01803

A DVD with over 10 hours of movie support and royalty-free images packs Mark Galer & Philip Andrews's Photoshop CS4 Essential Skills (9780240521244, $39.95), a book on creative image editing written by two renowned authors expert in Photoshop at a top level. Photoshop CS4 Essential Skills is designed as a self-study guide and offers a structured program covering foundation skills and advanced techniques as well. Learn how to enhance photos using the latest CS4 features with chapters packed with color photo examples throughout. Highly recommended as a basic instructional for any Photoshop CS4 user at any level. Steve Caplin's ART & DESIGN IN PHOTOSHOP (9780240811093, $39.95) provides chapters on typography and basic design principles and shows how to design everything from book covers and posters to packaging and more. Photoshop basics offers photographers and designers alike keys to successful creative design, and shows how to simulate just about anything in Photoshop, from famous works of art to book and magazine covers. A top pick. Also tops is Richard Lynch's discussion of one of the most complex aspects of Photoshop in THE ADOBE PHOTOSHOP CS4 LAYERS BOOK (9780240521558, $39.95), offering a visual, hands-on guide to using layers. From isolating image areas for adjustments to using different blending forms, masks, layer modes and channels, this comes with a CD library of practical actions based on the book. Very highly recommended!

Complete Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Digital Photographers
Colin Smith and Tim Cooper
Charles River
c/o Course Technology
20 Channel Center St., Boston MA 02210
1584506857, $44.99

Learn how to get the most out of the latest Photoshop features with Complete Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Digital Photographers, a guide offering up-to-date tips, tricks, and techniques for using all of the Photoshop tools in the program. An author/trainer and a professional photographer team up to teach all the basics using a video training program and 90 images meant for use with the book's material. Any who wish to apply or refine their Photoshop skills will find this a fine guide.

The Computer Shelf

Perl Fundamentals
Peter Scott
c/o Pearson Education
801 East 96th Street, 3rd floor, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0137001274, $69.99

The home video/book lesson plan that is PERL FUNDAMENTALS is a top pick for any perl programmer and comes from a Perl author who tackles the basics of Perl 5. Newcomers to the program receive a clear, graded progressive series of lessons moving from basic introduction to intermediate concepts, with the DVD reinforcing written explanation. Many a student will find this the perfect refresher or lab course.

Graphics Shaders: Theory and Practice
Mike Bailey & Steve Cunningham
A.K. Peters Ltd.
888 Worcester St, Suite 230, Wellesley, MA 02482
9781568813349, $79.00

Using shaders, interactive effects are now at our fingertips. Graphics Shaders: Theory and Practice reviews the basics of how to write and work with shaders, and is a pick for any college-level, advanced computer library catering to programming professionals. Graphics Shaders discusses different types of shaders, how to use the glman program for free, and how to blend shaders into an interactive game environment. Libraries will find it a powerful, appealing lend for intermediate programmers seeking extra spice for their projects.

The Nomadic Developer
Aaron Erickson
c/o Pearson Education
801 East 96th Street, 3rd floor, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0321606396, $39.99

New technology can be used to make a company more competitive or even open up new markets, and this idea is appealing to all businesses - but it's the programming consultant who often makes the leap between an idea and its successful application. One can succeed as a software or IT consultant using The Nomadic Developer: Surviving and Thriving in the World of Technology Consulting. It comes packed with details on how to break into the business and build a successful career by adding value over the competition, and is a top pick for both computer and business libraries.

Visual Quickstart Guide Illustrator CS4 for Windows and Macintosh
Elaine Weinmann and Peter Lourekas
Peachpit Press
1249 - 4th St., Berkeley, CA 94710
032156345X, $34.99

Visual Quickstart Guide Illustrator CS4 for Windows and Macintosh offers a powerful picture-guided format to walk users through Adobe Illustrator. Step-by-step directions enable users to move quickly from novice to advanced stages; each page is packed with visuals and screenshots in full color. Covering everything from choosing between options to expanding skills and using advanced features, Visual Quickstart Guide Illustrator CS4 for Windows and Macintosh is ideal for all computer libraries catering to beginner or intermediate users.

The Cookbook Shelf

The Wedding Cake Decorator's Bible
Alan Dunn
David & Charles
4700 E. Galbraith Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45236
0715329855, $24.99

Design and decorate amazing wedding cakes with The Wedding Cake Decorator's Bible, a decorator's companion covering everything from traditional tiered cakes to luxury designs and specialty piping. Color photos illustrate not just finished products but also step-by-step instructions, making it easy for bakers to duplicate professional-quality results.

The Self-Help Shelf

Never Get Lost Again!
Linda Grekin
RDR Books
1487 Glen Avenue, Muskegon, MI 49441
9781571431035, $14.95,

Getting lost is never fun. "Never Get Lost Again!: The Complete Guide to Improving Your Sense of Direction" is a guide to improving what some choose to believe is simply innate: one's sense of direction. With many tips and tricks about little things one can do to realize where one is and avoid wasting so much time getting lost, author Linda Grekin provides a service to those who more often than not are not on the right road. "Never Get Lost Again!" a strongly recommended read, whether for oneself or the perennially lost loved one.

Start Where You Are
Chris Gardner
Amistad Books
10 E. 53rd St., New York NY 10020
9780061537110, $26.99

START WHERE YOU ARE: LIFE LESSONS IN GETTING FROM WHERE YOU ARE TO WHERE YOU WANT TO BE ties keyword goals such as Independence and Confidence to lessons from life: case histories such as 'Sometimes You Gotta Give Up Christmas' and 'Core Strengths Forged on Your Anvil'. Basic common sense, practice, and listening to and learning from concepts form the foundation of an inspirational guide perfect for any general lending library - and very highly recommended.

Making the Good Life Last
Michael A. Schuler
235 Montgomery St., Suite 650, San Francisco CA 94104-2916
9781576755709, $16.95

MAKING THE GOOD LIFE LAST: FOUR KEYS TO SUSTAINABLE LIVING comes from the leader of the nation's largest Unitarian Universalist congregation and discusses short-term gratification, long-term denial, and the paths that lead to strong communities and restorative activities. Sustainability is promoted as a path to building core values, with chapters discussing four basic behavioral principles for living a sustainable lifestyle. Perfect for any library considering modern social issues and values.

Excuses, Begone!
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Hay House
Box 5100, Carlsbad, CA 92018-5100
9781401921736, $24.95

EXCUSES, BEGONE! HOW TO CHANGE LIFELONG, SELF-DEFEATING THINKING HABITS shows how to promote change, offering a fine book compiling conscious and subconscious crutches used by nearly everyone. Learn how to apply specific questions to any excuse using a new way of thinking, promoted in an inspirational set of action-oriented routes to success. Both new age and general-interest libraries need this.

The Parenting Shelf

Best Baby Products
Sandra Gordon
Consumer Reports
101 Truman Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10703
9781933524245, $16.95,

Parents only want the best for their children. "Best Baby Products: The A to Z Guide to Everything You Need for Your Baby" is a guide from the well-known Consumer Reports magazine. Parents are commonly faced with huge amounts of products targeted toward their children, and it is tough to figure out what's good, what's bad, and what's dangerous. Any parent who wants to be a wise shopper needs "Best Baby Products".

The Genealogy Shelf

Social Networking for Genealogists
Drew Smith
Genealogical Publishing Company
3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Suite 260, Baltimore, MD 21211-1953
9780806317953, $18.95,

The Internet is a powerful tool for social networking. "Social Networking for Genealogists" is a guide for genealogists, be they professional or amateur, in using the internet to create a better social network to help them achieve their goals. Websites such as Wikipedia, Youtube, and others have done much for the family historian, but getting in contact with like minded folks can reap unexpected awards. "Social Networking for Genealogists" is a solid and very much recommended read for anyone who takes family history seriously.

The Political Science Shelf

Epic Journey
James W. Ceaser, Andrew E. Busch, & John J. Pitney
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
4501 Forbes Boulevard, Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706
9780742561366, $24.95,

No one would have guessed a black man could take the White House two years ago. "Epic Journey: The 2008 Elections and American Politic" tells the story of the 2008 presidential election and how it's a historical snapshot of American politics. Discussing the effects of George W. Bush's term, "Epic Journey" is a fine historical read that will give readers a more complete and comprehensive understanding of the recent past. "Epic Journey" is a fine addition to any political collection.

The Human Sexuality Shelf

The East, The West, and Sex
Richard Bernstein
Alfred A. Knopf
c/o Random House
1745 Broadway, 17th fl, NY, NY 10019
9780375414091, $27.95

The East has always had allure for the West, and has offered a place where sexual pleasure is not necessarily associated with sin. Its different culture and perspectives have long offered Westerners morally ambiguous opportunities mostly unavailable at home. The region's erotic history is mapped in a survey of both individuals and nations, with a focus upon their interactions with Westerners. The result is a fine account for both college-level and general-interest collections.

The Biography Shelf

The Jewish Odyssey of George Eliot
Gertrude Himmelfarb
Encounter Books
900 Broadway, Suite 601, New York, NY 10003
9781594032516, $25.95,

Sometimes support comes from the strangest of sources. "The Jewish Odyssey of George Eliot" tells the story of Victorian era novelist George Eliot, an agnostic writer, and her heavy involvement in early Zionism before the movement had a name. The origins of her opinions boggled her readers, and Gertrude Himmelfarb does her best to explain the enigma of Eliot. An intriguing read about an interesting figure, "The Jewish Odyssey of George Eliot" is of high recommendation for any collection on early Zionism.

Peg Leg
David C. Humphrey
Texas State Historical Association
9780876112373, $39.95,

Some men become recluses when they lose two limbs, yet Thomas William Ward rose on to prominence. "Peg Leg: The Improbable Life of a Texas Hero: Thomas William Ward 1807-1872" tells of a man who was tough even for his time. In spite of losing his right leg to cannon fire, he remained in the military until he lost his right arm to cannon fire as well. He established himself as a remarkable political figure. Author David C. Humphrey does well in his biography of this exceptional individual; "Peg Leg" is well worth the read for those with an interest in Texas history.

Prairie Tale
Melissa Gilbert
Simon Spotlight
c/o Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
9781416599142, $26.00

PRAIRIE TALE: A MEMOIR provides an uplifting story of self-discovery and comes from an actress who was a child star and led an idyllic life. She was a natural on camera and was adopted as a baby into a show business family, but struggled with substance abuse and self image until she began to understand her personality and life. PRAIRIE TALE is an outstanding survey and a top pick for any general lending library.

Setting the Desert on Fire
James Barr
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780393335279, $17.95

SETTING THE DESERT ON FIRE: T.E. LAWRENCE AND BRITAIN'S SECRET WAR IN ARABIA, 1916-1918 is for any general lending library or history collection strong in Middle East history. It tells of T.E. Lawrence (a.k.a. "Lawrence of Arabia") and how he played a key role in British efforts to set off an Arab revolt.

The Needlecraft Shelf

Weekend Knitting
Melanie Falick
STC Books
115 W. 18th St., New York NY 10011
9781584797692, $18.95

Fifty unique projects that can be done in a quick weekend of knitting effort are presented along with lovely color photos by Ericka McConnell in WEEKEND KNITTING, a recommendation for any library catering to busy knitters. An international team of top designers contribute their plans and appealing projects, which come with notes for review and quotes from knitters, as well as a wealth of color photos of finished projects on models.

Sewing Green
Betz White
STC Books
115 W. 18th St., New York NY 10011
9781584797586, $27.50

SEWING GREEN: 25 PROJECTS MADE WITH REPURPOSED AND ORGANIC MATERIALS tells how to design and sew fine modern projects from sustainable and 'repurposed' materials - the latter such as pillowcases, old dress shirts, and more. Profiles of leaders of the eco-sewing movement pair with resources for crafters and lovely color photos by John Gruen of completed projects, making SEWING GREEN an outstanding choice for any eco-conscious library.

C&T Publishing
Box 1456, Lafayette, CA 94549

Make 12 modern quilts from the traditional Dragonfly block and expand variations on the theme with Sue Beevers's Dancing Dragonfly Quilts (9781571205612, $27.95), a survey of creating dramatic new quilt looks by playing with fabric colors and textures. Color photos of all sizes accompany a fine survey of the potential of dragonfly block applications. Gladys Love's EMBELLISHING WITH ANYTHING: FIBER ART TECHNIQUES FOR QUILTS-ATCS, POSTCARDS, WALLHANGINGS & MORE (9781571205889, $27.95) offers some 17 projects to give a quick, inexpensive way to play with new fiber-art techniques and materials. Make luggage tags, dolls, journal pages and much more and embellish with 'found' objects from driftwood to feathers in a lovely guide packed with beading, fabric, and recycled materials options along with details on tools and supplies. Quilters and needleworkers as well as crafters will love this.

Nikola Davidson and Brookelynn Morris
Potter Craft
c/o The Crown Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, #B1, NY, NY 10019-4305
9780307406996, $27.50

FELTIQUE: TECHNIQUES AND PROJECTS FOR WET FELTING, NEEDLE FELTING, FULLING, AND WORKING WITH COMMERCIAL FELT provides detailed how-to information on creating and using felt from leftover yarn, unwanted knitting projects and commercial squares alike, offering nearly fifty projects ranging from hats and necklaces to blankets and baby clothes. An organization by technique allows beginners access to different felting methods and allows advanced felters to move quickly to intermediate processes. Any crafts or needlework library needs this.

Martingale & Company
20205 - 144th Ave NE, Woodinville, WA 98072-8478

Judi Dains's BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL: ARTFUL QUILTS FROM JUST ONE FABRIC (9781564778925, $26.99) tells how to create a unique quilt that's one piece of fabric - quilted, painted then embellished. From machine quilting motifs to adding artistry to a piece of fabric, BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL offers something different to quilters and is a recommendation for any quilter's library. Nancy J. Martin's BABY'S FIRST QUILTS (9781564777447, $22.95) offers thirteen quilt designs, some with novelty prints, sized for infants and newborns. Beginning to intermediate quilters will find the clear color-coded step-by-step illustrations and sidebars of tips make for an excellent and encouraging 'can do' quilter's gift guide. That Patchwork Place's QUILT COLLECTION (9781564779168, $27.99) provides 19 special quilts from favorite designers: major quilt artists from Jo Parrott to Cyndi Hershey and Nancy J. Martin. Each comes with step-by-step instructions for a range of quilting projects appealing to beginners and advanced quilters alike. Ana Paula Rimoli's AMIGURUMI TWO! (9781564779229, $18.99) provides a fine gathering of crocheted toys - over 25 fun designs from mobiles for the crib to stroller toys for a baby. Most projects require only single crochet and a few basic techniques, making for a top pick for newcomers to crochet.

Sock Innovation
Cookie A
Interweave Press
201 E. 4th St., Loveland, CO 80537-5655
9781596681095, $22.95

SOCK INNOVATION: KNITTING TECHNIQUES & PATTERNS FOR ONE-OF-A-KIND SOCKS explores dramatic asymmetry, unusual cables, and stitch patterns that are unique to Cookie's design strategies. From modifying patterns by understanding charts and stitch motifs to combining stitches for unique design options, color photos and descriptions lend to an extraordinary title perfect for any knitter's library.

The Education Shelf

Exemplary Literacy Teachers, second edition
Cathy Collins Block & John N. Mangieri
The Guilford Press
72 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012
9781606232354, $28.00,

Universal literacy isn't just some pipe dream; it's highly possible. Now in a newly updated and expanded second edition, "Exemplary Literacy Teachers: What Schools Can Do to Promote Success for All Students" is a guide for educators to better understand the latest techniques in teaching literacy to students at any level, including middle and high school (which were previously undiscussed in the earlier edition). Drawing from the wisdom of expert literacy teachers, and presenting enhanced references, indexes, and more appendices, "Exemplary Literacy Teachers" is an enthusiastically recommended read for educators and educational administrators everywhere.

Enriching the Young Naturalist
Jeff Danielian
Prufrock Press
PO Box 8813, Waco, TX 76714-8813
9781593633776, $19.95,

A young interest in nature is something to be nurtured. "Enriching the Young Naturalist: The Nature of a Science Classroom" is a guide for science teachers and other educators who want to help young would-be scientists with their interest in the natural world. With simple tips and advice, and plenty of activities, author Jeff Danielian doesn't fall short in giving everything one needs to know to teach youngsters about nature. "Enriching the Young Naturalist" is a top pick for educational collections.

Intermediate Literacy Stations
Susan Nations & Sandy Waite
Maupin House
2416 NW 71st Place, Gainesville, FL 32653
9781934338421, $24.95,

Literacy is one of the most important skills a young reader will gain in their education. "Intermediate Literacy Stations" is a guide for educators to establish workshops and stations to better teach language arts and English skills to students. With chapters on comprehension, fluency, writing, and more, "Intermediate Literacy Stations" is of strong interest to any educator seeking to do the best they can for their students.

Corwin Press
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320

Michael B. Ayers and William A. Sommers' PRINCIPAL'S FIELD MANUAL: SCHOOL PRINCIPAL AS THE ORGANIZATIONAL LEADER (9781412971164, $30.95) provides a resource for practicing school leaders at all levels, and is based on the Organizational Effectiveness Model, the authors' own unique framework for organization. Statistics and real-world experience blend with social and political insights - including conflict management - to make for an invaluable principal's handbook. Judy F. Carr and Doug Harris' IMPROVING STANDARDS-BASED LEARNING: A PROCESS GUIDE FOR EDUCATIONAL LEADERS (9781412765705, $33.95) provides a kit for developing a high-quality curriculum to improve student learning. From a basic understanding of how curriculum is put together to key issues during implementation, this is a pick for any standards-based collection. Leslie Cooley's THE POWER OF GROUPS: SOLUTION-FOCUSED GROUP COUNSELING IN SCHOOLS (9781412970976, $28.95) offers a guide to goals-based counseling approaches for school professionals, blending case study examples with forms, slips and sample letters for starting a group. Jeffrey Miller and Peter Desberg's UNDERSTANDING AND ENGAGING ADOLESCENTS (9781412970013, $31.95) provides a fine tool kit for motivating adolescents, offering specific classroom strategies and keys to brain-compatible exercises and activities for classrooms and individuals alike. From study skills to group participation, specifics are offered. Jan Olsson's KEEP IT SIMPLE, MAKE IT REAL: CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT IN GRADES 6-12 (9781412966030, $28.50) tells how educators can affect attitudes and behavior patterns, and uses the latest research blended with real-world experiences to help teachers evaluate student behavior, staff morale, and better interactions for all. Any influences on student development of positive pathways receives in-depth analysis and strong suggestions. Susan Sullivan and Jeffrey Glanz's SUPERVISION THAT IMPROVES TEACHING AND LEARNING: STRATEGIES AND TECHNIQUES (9781412967136, $35.95) appears in its third updated edition to assess more effective supervision techniques. From summary sheets and observation charts for classrooms to reflective exercises, this covers hands-on skills for teachers. Randall B. Lindsey,'s CULTURAL PROFICIENCY: A MANUAL FOR SCHOOL LEADERS (9781412963633, $40.95) appears in its third updated edition to offer a revised set of new activities to enable leaders to successfully interact with students, parents and teachers alike. From an understanding of what cultural proficiency means in collaborative settings to agencies across the country involved in cultural concerns, this offers plans for assessing and working with diversity. Education libraries will find these a key acquisition.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

World Wisdom
1501 E. Hillside Dr., Bloomington, IN 47401

Titus Burckhardt's FOUNDATIONS OF ORIENTAL ART & SYMBOLISM (9781933316727, $22.95) blends Oriental art history with cultural and spiritual insights, using Oriental art pieces to accompany important sacred writings selected from the Hindu, Buddhist and Taoist traditions. A lovely set of sacred art writings accompanied by these images makes this a fine pick for any spiritual collection. Brian Keeble's GOD & WORK: ASPECTS OF ART AND TRADITION (9781933316680, $19.95) surveys religion, prayer, and provides essays connecting work to spirituality. From connections between art and labor to the fruits resulting from dream states, GOD & WORK is a fine spiritual and literary consideration.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

The Depression Cure
Stephen S. Ilardi, Ph.D.
Da Capo Lifelong
c/o Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9780738213132, $25.00

THE DEPRESSION CURE: THE 6-STEP PROGRAM TO BEAT DEPRESSION WITHOUT DRUGS is based on the idea that humans weren't designed to cope well with our post-industrial world. Six ancient lifestyle elements are resurrected here to combine the healing elements of all six into a structured program balancing diet with enjoyable activities, exercise, and social support groups. A realistic, fine guide, this is a recommendation for any general lending or health library.

Women's Health Concerns Sourcebook
Sandra J. Judd, Editor
Box 31-1640, Detroit, MI 48231-1640
9780780810365, $84.00

Basic consumer health details about women's issues and trends are revealed in a book juxtaposing statistical and research data with basic information on women's physiology and common disorders. From thyroid disease to cancer and fibroids, this focus on the latest treatments and maintaining health will be a popular pick for any general lending library's collection, offering a broad and wide-ranging assessment of a range of health concerns.

Mayo Clinic Guide to Living with a Spinal Cord Injury
Mayo Clinic
Demos Health
386 Park Avenue South, Suite 301, New York, NY 10016
9781932603774, $17.95,

The spine is one fo the most important things in the human body. "Mayo Clinic Guide to Living with a Spinal Cord Injury" is a health guide for those who have suffered one of these traumatic injuries. Covering how to best deal with the injury to avoid causing greater injury or pain to oneself, and offering a huge lists of tips and advice on improving one's life through minor modifications to one's home and vehicle, daily care, and more, "May Clinic Guide to Living with a Spinal Cord Injury" brings down the full force of the Mayo Clinic's medical expertise. "Mayo Clinic Guide to Living with a Spinal Cord Injury" is a must for any coping with this difficult situation.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Chill Out Fido!
Nan Kene Arthur
Dogwise Publishing
403 S Mission St. Wenatchee, WA 98801
9781929242634, $15.95,

Dogs are not typically sedentary creatures, but they don't have to be hyperactive either. "Chill Out Fido! How to Calm Your Dog" is a guide for the dog owner who grows tired of their dog freaking out over daily things such as guests or the smell of meat. Advocating that these behaviors can be trained out of the dog, and offering tips to counteract or troubleshoot bad training, "Chill Out Fido!" is a practical dog training guide for any owner who wants to make their dog a more calm and lovable canine friend.

Moose of Yellowstone and Grand Teton
Henry H. Holdsworth
Far Country Press
PO Box 5630, Helena, MT 59604
9781560374923, $29.96,

Majestic and enigmatic, moose are of wonder to many American animal lovers. "Moose of Yellowstone and Grand Teton" is a collection of photography and nature writing from Henry H. Holdsworth. The writing is descriptive and educational, and complemented by the gorgeous full color photographs on each page, nearly two hundred in number. "Moose of Yellowstone and Grand Teton" is of highly recommended status to animal and nature lovers.

The Judaic Studies Shelf

The Modern Men's Torah Commentary
Jeffrey K. Salkin
Jewish Lights Publishing
PO Box 237, Sunset Farm Offices, Rt. 4, Woodstock, VT 05091
9781580233958, $24.99,

The Torah is a book that is thousands of years old. How is it still relevant to the modern Jewish man? "The Modern Men's Torah Commentary: New Insights From Jewish Men on the 54 Weekly Torah Portions" is a braintrust of many Jewish thinkers about how the modern man can better integrate the Torah into their modern lives. These men offer many modern perspectives, all of which will give readers much to think about on the ancient holy text. "The Modern Men's Torah Commentary" is of strong consideration to any Jewish man seeking relevance for his faith.

The Gardening Shelf

Gaia's Garden
Toby Hemenway
Chelsea Green
Box 428, White River Junction, VT 05001
9781603580298, $29.95

GAIA'S GARDEN: A GUIDE TO HOME-SCALE PERMACULTURE appears in its second updated edition to include a new chapter on urban permaculture, designed for people with limited growing space. It shows how to work with nature for better results and more forgiving gardens, and tells how to build a habitat to conserve water, give benefit to insects and birds, and grow edible 'forests' of seasonal delights. Any library catering to homeowners and gardeners will find this a delightful approach.

Lone Star Wildflowers
Lashara J. Nieland & Willa F. Finley
Texas Tech University Press
PO Box 4103, Lubbock, TX 79409-1037
9780896726444, $29.95,

"Lone Star Wildflowers: A Guide to Texas Flowering Plants" is a look at the hidden world of Texas flowers and Texas' generally unknown natural beauties. With well over four hundred full color photographs displaying these marvels, "Lone Star Wildflowers" outlines the state's countless species of flora and is sure to give any gardener or flower enthusiast something to enjoy. "Lone Star Wildflowers" is something not to be missed.

The Money/Finance Shelf

The Little Book of Main Street Money
Jonathan Clements
John Wiley
c/o Wiley-Blackwell
10475 Crosspoint Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46256
9780470473238, $19.95,

Any consumer concerned about money issues, from managing college to retirement, will find The Little Book of Main Street Money an excellent reference. Wall Street is demystified, with common strategies for money management geared to general readers and based on the wisdom of Wall Street successes. Taxes, inflation concerns, and investing are all covered within a series of 21 'truths' about success, perfect for general lending libraries.

Financial Shock, second edition
Mark Zandi
FT Press
801 East 96h Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
9780137016631, $19.99,

America could be on its way to becoming a third world country. Now in a newly updated and expanded second edition, "Financial Shock and Government Bailouts - How We Got Here and What Must Be Done to Fix It" is an economic guide explaining the current crisis from many angles to best inform readers about what's really going on in today's economy and what's being done to stop it. In some cases, what's being done might be enough, but in too many, it will not be. "Financial Shock" is of recommended reading to any who want a fuller understanding of one of today's biggest issues.

The Business Shelf

Perspectives on Increasing Sales
Marvin N. Miletsky and James A. Callander
Course Technology
20 Channel Center St., Boston MA 02210
1598638742, $29.99

In the 'Perspectives' series two authors never collaborate on the results, and provide different viewpoints to help business students and general readers understand issues and important topics key to success. Here the two authors are a sales veteran and manager with over thirty years of experience in the electrical industry, and a purchasing manager for an electrical contractor. Their contrasting questions and answers on everything from how long a productive meeting should take to choosing people to not do business with makes for an invaluable, insightful guide.

Search Engine Advertising
Kevin Lee with Catherine Seda
New Riders Press
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0321495993, $34.99,

SEARCH ENGINE ADVERTISING: BUYING YOUR WAY TO THE TOP TO INCREASE SALES appears in its second updated edition to show how to obtain top positions in the major search engines, increase conversations that lead visitors to purchase, and use paid search advertising even if you're a novice. Learn the difference between profitable and unprofitable clicks and structure campaigns for concrete results with this powerful guide, recommended for any business library.

Adventures of an IT Leader
Robert D. Austin,
Harvard Business School Press
60 Harvard Way, Boston, MA 02163
9781422146606, $29.95

The authors' firsthand experiences with diverse companies lend to ADVENTURES OF AN IT LEADER, A hero who is the new CO of a fictional corporation. His business experiences and lessons in learning the new world of information technology with no prior grounding makes for a fine survey which blends case studies with a fictional experience, making for the perfect book to learn from. Both business and general libraries will find it an eye-catching, appealing read packed with real-world business lessons.

Make Their Day!
Cindy Ventrice
235 Montgomery St, Suite 650, San Francisco CA 94104-2916
9781576756010, $24.95

Why do most employees feel unrecognized despite companies spending money on them? What different recognition programs could help fuel morale and productivity? Any manager or business library needs MAKE THEIR DAY! EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION THAT WORKS, which appears here in a second revised, updated and expanded edition with tested ways to boost morale and profits. From building recognition programs that work to partnering with administrators and checking cultural expectation to be sure recognition is meaningful, this is a business guide any manager needs.

The Social Issues Shelf

Reversing the Odds
Sheryl Dicker
Paul H. Brookes
PO Box 10627, Baltimore, MD 21285-0624
9781557669612, $29.95,

The young years are the most vital of development, and they don't wait for bureaucracy to shuffle itself into motion. "Reversing the Odds: Improving Outcomes for Babies in the Child Welfare System" is a guide for social workers who are dealing with children during this highly vital stage of development from birth to the age of three. With tips on getting through the welfare system, getting health care, preparing for school, and more, "Reversing the Odds" is a must read for anyone who wants to be prepared to face off against the bureaucratic and legal gauntlet of child welfare services.

Food, Inc.
Karl Weber, editor
Public Affairs
250 West 57th Street, Suite 1321, New York, NY 10107
9781586486945, $14.95,

Industrialization has made everything much more abundant - even food. "Food, Inc.: How Industrial Food is Making us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer - And What You Can Do About It" is an accompanying volume to the recent documentary film of the same name. Discussing the problems and flaws of industrialized food, and what this is doing to America, many minds converge and form one convincing argument. "Food, Inc" is a solid and highly recommended read for any concerned about what goes in our stomachs.

Life Inc.
Douglas Rushkoff
Random House
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 17th fl, New York, NY 10019
9781400066896, $26.00,

LIFE INC: HOW THE WORLD BECAME A CORPORATION AND HOW TO TAKE IT BACK comes form an award-winning writer, documentary filmmaker and scholar who shows how corporations have become the dominant fact of modern life - including their values systems. A world history traces the evolution of the idea of corporations and their effects on individual and national financial and values developments. The idea of corporations has been artificially created and promoted and is largely a myth, Douglas Rushkoff maintains. The result is a dangerous disconnection from reality. Any business collection needs this.

The Complete Eldercare Planner, revised and updated edition
Joy Loverde
Three Rivers Press/Random House
9780307409621, $19.95

This could have been featured in our 'Health' section, but is reviewed here for its wider applicability to any library concerned with social services, social issues, and eldercare. "The Complete Eldercare Planner" has been revised and completely updated for 2009 and offers the latest information on work, family, and creating a long-term, affordable care plan for an elderly loved one. From how to talk over issues to assessing senior housing options and managing medication, "The Complete Eldercare Planner" should be in every public library's collection.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

House of Suns
Alastair Reynolds
Ace Books
c/o The Berkley Publishing Group
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
9780441017171, $26.95,

Six million years ago one Abigail fractured herself into a thousand male and female clones, sending them into the galaxy to document human empires. But her plan to have them regroup and exchange news changes when two of the clones fall in love and change their direction. Add a growing extinction threat and you have a riveting story, hard to put down and perfect for any general sci-fi library.

Rudy Rucker
TOR Books
175 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10010
0765318725, $15.95

A billionaire decides to unleash a human-changing nanotechnology upon the world - and life will never be the same again. In a world where people read minds and live concurrent virtual lives with intersecting worlds intervening, what will define humanity? POSTSINGULAR is a gripping story of what it means - or doesn't mean - to be human, and is fine for any science fiction collection strong in 'hard science' stories.

Overthrowing Heaven
Mark L. Van Name
Baen Books
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
1439132674, $25.00

A kind favor to a woman trying to escape abuse turns into a nightmare when Jon and his intelligent assault vehicle are drawn into a conflict between private armies, government teams, and international rival superpowers. Science and high drama blend in an outstanding story of confrontation and survival, perfect for any science fiction lending library.

The Sports Shelf

Satchel: Life and Times of an American Legend
Larry Tye
Random House
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 17th fl, New York, NY 10019
9781400066513, $26.00,

Any collection strong in American baseball history or black history will find SATCHEL a winning survey about an early player in the Negro League: Leroy 'Satchel' Paige. From his growth to become a star of the Negro Leagues to the overall integration of the sport of baseball, SATCHEL is a recommended winner for either specialty sports, black history or general lending libraries.

The Practical Cyclist
Chip Haynes
New Society Publishers
PO Box 189, Gabriola Island, BC V0R 1X0, Canada
9780865716339, $14.95,

Bicycling can be a cheap way to get from place to place, and it can make one much healthier as well. "The Practical Cyclist: Bicycling for Real People" is a guide for the everyday person who wants to use their bike for exercise and transportation (and is not necessarily geared towards those who strive to be the next coming of Lance Armstrong). With plenty of tips and advice for those who want get back into biking even after decades have passed, "The Practical Cyclist" is a read many readers will embrace for fitness and the environment.

The Science Shelf

Tornado Hunter
Stefan Bechtel with Tim Samaras
National Geographic
1145 - 17th St. NW, Washington DC 20036-4688
9781426203022, $24.00

TORNADO HUNTER: GETTING INSIDE THE MOST VIOLENT STORMS ON EARTH is from a tornado chaser who works with a master storyteller to create a gripping story of the first person to photograph the inside of a tornado and survive. A moment-by-moment description of a 2003 tornado catastrophe accompanies details on the science of tornadoes and lends to a gripping saga highly recommended for any general lending library.

The Universe: Order Without Design
Carlos I. Calle
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2119
9781591027140, $27.98

Is the universe designed for life? Many scientific circumstances juxtaposed to foster life on Earth, but is this the same for the rest of the universe? "The Universe: Order Without Design" comes from a NASA senior research scientist who explores theories of origins and evolutions in the universe, considering theoretical physics and reviewing the latest findings of modern astrophysics in a powerful title suitable for college-level science libraries.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Murder on Waverly Place
Victoria Thompson
Berkeley Prime Crime
375 Hudson St, New York NY 10014
9780425227756, $24.95

This Victorian Gaslight mystery is perfect for any library strong in historic mystery settings. Here Sarah Brandt discovers a seance that leads to murder, involving Sarah in another Waverly Place mystery and scandal that threatens to take over the venue and involves her own mother. Outstanding protagonists lead to an incredible story of a daring sleuth's convoluted twists and turns.

The Weight of Stones
C. B. Forrest
RendezVous Crime
c/o Napoleon & Company
178 Willowdale Ave., Ste 201, Toronto, ON Canada M2N 4Y8
9781894917780, $15.95,

When you lose everything, you focus on what really matters to you, no matter what that is. "The Weight of Stones" tells the story of Detective Charlie McKelvey and the murder of his runaway son. Feeling responsible for exiling his son after harsh family discord, Charlie's life slowly goes out of control as he finds himself out of a job and supplied with a lot of free time to focus on what really matters - vengeance. A psychological thriller that will keep readers on the edges of their seats, "The Weight of Stones" is a solid and highly recommended read.

The Music Shelf

The Music Tech Dictionary
Mitch Gallagher
Course Technology
25 Thomson Place, Boston, MA 02210
9781598635829, $24.99

THE MUSIC TECH DIRECTORY should be in any serious music library: it offers a glossary of audio-related terms and technologies for audio pros, focusing on techniques, formats and terms common in the audio and music technology field. Look up music software or related terms and you'll find definitions often linked to diagrams, screen shots, and more. A top pick for any serious music library - and many a software reference collection.

The Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf

Collected Jack Kirby Collector, volume seven
Jack Kirby
TwoMorrows Publishing
10407 Bedfordtown Drive, Raleigh, NC 27614
9781605490120, $29.95

Any fan of comic book art knows about Jack Kirby - and this amazing seventh volume in the series offers a powerful set of black and white cartoon images from Kirby's vast works to supplement even more interviews and insights. Serious, all-encompassing comic libraries need this addition to an astoundingly complex series of achievements that are Jack Kirby's legacy.

Andrews McMeel
300 W. 57th St., New York NY 10019

Scott Adam's FREEDOM'S JUST ANOTHER WORD FOR PEOPLE FINDING OUT YOU'RE USELESS (0740778153, $12.99) provides another fine collection of Dilbert strips that cover business angst from red tape to new technologies. Dilbert appears in over 2,000 newspapers around the world: this collection is in color throughout and is a fine gathering of Dilbert's best new columns. Sandy Gingras' LESSONS OF A TURTLE (THE LITTLE BOOK OF LIFE) (0740778757, $9.99) provides a small book of cute little turtle drawings paired with 'life lessons', making for a fun gift. Where other affirmation books are serious, the whimsical little cartoon turtles invite rather than dictate, making this an excellent gift.

The Literary Shelf

Harry Potter Should Have Died
Emerson Spartz and Ben Schoen
Ulysses Press
PO Box 3440, Berkeley, CA 94703
9781569757116, $14.95,

Some stories attract more than just the common reader. "Harry Potter Should Have Died: Controversial Views from the #1 Fan Site" is a collection of discussions about the critically and fan acclaimed Harry Potter series. Chapters cover events of the series, both in the book world and the real world, and contemplate the author's true intentions behind each character. A treat made by fans and for fans, "Harry Potter Should Have Died" should be in any Pottermaniac's collection.

The World History Shelf

Flight from Famine
Donald MacKay
2250 Military Road, Tonawanda, NY 14150
9781554884186, $29.99,

America was not the only place Europeans looked to for salvation from the problems of the Old World. "Flight from Famine: The Coming of the Irish to Canada" tells the story of the Irish who came to the America's northern neighbor when the infamous potato famine wreaked havoc and starvation upon Ireland's population. An intriguing and comprehensive history, "Flight From Famine" is highly recommended for scholarly collections.

Fatal Journey
Peter C. Mancall
Basic Books
c/o Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9780465005116, $26.95

FATAL JOURNEY: THE FINAL EXPEDITION OF HENRY HUDSON is a pick for both general lending libraries strong in popular history surveys and for college-level history collections. It tells of Arctic mutiny and murder and narrows the focus to the final voyage he made on his small ship. From his quest for a water route across North America to the truth of what happened between Hudson and his men as they became icebound in the far North, this is a riveting story.

The Environmental Studies Shelf

The Ecological Revolution
John Bellamy Foster
Monthly Review Press
146 West 29th Street, Suite 6W, New York, NY 10001
9781583671795, $17.95,

Humanity's wants and needs are often antagonistic to the environment's health. "The Ecological Revolution: Making Peace with the Planet" discusses environmental and political concerns in the world today. Focusing on the politics of oil, and how the economic theories of major thinkers such as Karl Marx relate to the environment, author John Bellamy Foster offers readers much food for thought. "The Ecological Revolution" is a solid and intriguing read all the way through.

The Great Lakes Water Wars
Peter Annin
Island Press
1718 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20009
9781559630870, $29.95,

Could the Great Lakes become something not so great? "The Great Lakes Water Wars" discusses the trouble that could be coming to the people of the Great Lakes soon, as unregulated water usage of its resources could drain the Great Lakes to virtual puddles. Telling the story of the environmental and legal battles spilling out over this subject, "The Great Lakes Water Wars" is a choice read, ideal for understanding the biggest threats to the Great Lakes today.

The Archaeology Shelf

Stones and Stories
Don C. Benjamin
Fortress Press
PO Box 1209, Minneapolis, MN 55440
9780800623579, $39.00,

The Bible is not to be disregarded as a source for history, even for non-believers. "Stones and Stories: An Introduction to Archaeology and the Bible" discusses how archeologists have used the stories within the Bible to gain a greater and more complete understanding of human history. With plenty of photos and discussions of artifacts as well as a history of archeology in the Middle and Near Easts, "Stones and Stories" is of strong suggestion for any with a professional or amateur interest in archeology.

The Fiction Shelf

When the Cherry Blossoms Fell
Jennifer Maruno
178 Willowdale Avenue, Ste. 201, Toronto, ON Canada M2N 4Y8
9781894917834, $9.95,

The American internment of the Japanese during World War II set a sad precedent for its neighbors. "When the Cherry Blossoms Fell" is a fictionalized memoir of one Michiko Minagawa, telling the story of a dark period of Canadian history where they alienated their own citizens out of paranoia. "When the Cherry Blossoms Fell" is a top pick for the insight it brings on this dark part of Canadian history.

Plants Don't Drink Coffee
Unai Elorriaga, author
Amaia Gabantxo, translator
Archipelago Books
232 Third St. #A111, Brooklyn, NY 11215
9780977857685, $16.00,

The simplest of endeavors can spiral into an epic tale. "Plants Don't Drink Coffee" follows young Tomas and his family as their lives unfold, and tells the story of Bilbao, a region of Spain. Told in an assortment of short stories, Unia Elorriaga's narrative is expertly translated from the original Basque by Amaia Gabantxo, bringing this beautiful piece of fiction to the world stage. Any who appreciate foreign literature will very much enjoy "Plants Don't Drink Coffee".

The Middle Fork
Rick Glaze
Synergy Books
PO Box 80107, Austin, TX 78758
Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists (publicity)
2100 Kramer Lane Suite 300, Austin, TX 78758
9780982160107, $14.95,

It sometimes takes serious crisis to put aside pettiness. "The Middle Fork" tells the story of a group of outdoorsmen who go on a camping and kayaking trip. The discussion between them turns political, and raises tensions very high between all of those involved. But when catastrophe strikes, their opinions begin to grow more and more meaningless. "The Middle Fork" is a combination political discussion and novel, highly recommended.

Ruby's Slippers
Leanna Ellis
B&H Fiction
127 Ninth Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37234-0143
9780805446982, $14.99,

Ruby slippers were the solution to all of Dorothy's problems, but they only add to Dottie's problems. "Ruby's Slippers" tells the story of Dottie and the ruby slippers left behind by her estranged father. But there are those who want her slippers, and her life wasn't perfect to begin with. She soon finds that faith may hold the answers she's looking for. "Ruby's Slippers" is a novel Christian readers will very much enjoy.

God's Elect
Frank Shapiro
Vanguard Press
Eleven Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9781843864288, $15.00,

There are secrets thousands of years old that the organizations behind the world's major religions keep from the world. "God's Elect" tells the story of the rise of a new pope and his relationship with Israel's chief rabbi, as war inches closer to erupting between the countries they represent. A story of religious intrigue and secrecy, "God's Elect" is something thriller fans will want to sink their teeth into.

The Poetry Shelf

The Kiss
Ulick O'Connor
Salmon Poetry
PO Box 7, Chester Springs, PA 19425
9781903392973, $21.95,

"The Kiss" is a collection of poetry from acclaimed author Ulick O'Connor, who has been around the block on the literary battlefield. Gathered over the course of decades, his work tells much of his life and the changing times. A surefire treat for poetry lovers, "The Kiss" is not one to be missed. "Carrion Comfort": I often sensed in the crow's caw/Something akin to the death rattle,/But now, as surgeons hurried to and fro/Arming their team for battle,/I watched a black blanket of crows/shaken out from the trees' sheet, As in a great clatter of noise they rose,/I thought I never heard anything so sweet.

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