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Volume 5, Number 8 August 2010 Home | BW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Pets/Wildlife Shelf Metaphysical Studies Shelf
Women's Studies Shelf Social Issues Shelf Political Science Shelf
International Studies Shelf Automotive Shelf Audiobook Shelf
Literary Shelf Music Shelf Christian Studies Shelf
Sports Shelf Computer Shelf Needlecraft Shelf
Military Shelf Photography Shelf Cookbook Shelf
Crafts Shelf Judaic Studies Shelf Science Shelf
Architecture Shelf Language Studies Shelf Library Science Shelf
Library DVD Shelf    

Reviewer's Choice

Contact! A Book of Encounters
Jan Morris
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780393076400, $23.95

Contact! A Book of Encounters offers moments of prose that capture moments of travel encounters in a paragraph or two. From Harry Truman to an Indian civil servant and an Egyptian beggar, any interested in either travel or the human condition will find this a fine survey of Jan Morris' many encounters on the path to exploring world cultures. Any who have enjoyed her nonfiction will relish this!

Manual for Living: Reality
Seth David Chernoff
Spirit Scope Publishing
6525 Gunpark Drive, Suite 370-249, Boulder, CO 80301
9780984093090, $15.95

Manual for Living: Reality: A User's Guide to the Meaning of Life offers a fine survey of wisdom and guidance to finding lasting happiness, learning how to fully experience life, and reconnecting with inner truths. It offers a new vision of what it means to be a peaceful, Godly person and tackles the hard topics of death, illness, fear, and toxic environmental influences. Highly recommended as an empowering, top pick for changing personal reality.

The Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 Discovery Book
Laurens Valk
No Starch Press
555 DeHaro Street, #250, San Francisco, CO 94107
9781593272111, $29.95

The Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 Discovery Book provides a fine beginner's guide to MINDSTORMS, offering clear instructions on how to use the NXT 2.0 software to build and program your own robots. Step-by-step tutorials survey complex robots and advanced programming techniques, making this a top pick for anyone new to building and programming with Mindstorms.

Collecting Rocks, Gems, and Minerals
Patti Polk
Krause Publications
701 E. State St., Iola, WI 54990-0001
1440204152, $17.99

Collecting Rocks, Gems, and Minerals is designed with beginners in mind and packed with valuable technical information for collectors. It offers an easily-used reference format arranged by category and color of stone and covers lapidary and mineral materials, along with organics form coral to pearl. Any collector will appreciate over 600 color photos and many basic, key references to the gem and mineral world!

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

4-H Guide: Dog Training & Dog Tricks
Tammie Rogers
Voyageur Press
400 - 1st Avenue North, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55401
9780760336298, $18.99

4-H Guide: Dog Training & Dog Tricks offers a fine survey to teach a dog the basic training tasks and fun tricks, pairing advice and tips with basic commands. The author works with her husband operating a professional dog-training facility: her tips are specific and come with color photo examples to boot. Any general library catering to pet owners will find this an attraction.

The Private Lives of Birds
Bridget Stutchbury
Walker & Company
175 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10010
9780802717467, $25.00

The Private Lives of Birds: A Scientist Reveals the Intricacies of Avian Social Life comes from a 'bird detective' biologist whose field studies of birds offers many insights into bird behaviors. From understanding bird social life to becoming more aware of their needs, The Private Lives of Birds offers lay readers an opportunity to understand the science behind birding. Highly recommended!

Wiley Professional/Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774

Bonnie Ballard and Ryan Cheek's EXOTIC ANIMAL MEDICINE FOR THE VETERINARY TECHNICIAN (9780813822068, $69.99) appears in its second updated edition to provide a fine introduction to exotic animal practices for technicians in classroom and clinic settings. The emphasis on exotic species makes for a fine survey that includes the latest practices in exotic animal medicine, with new information bird behaviors, aviary management, and more details on reptiles, skunks, prairie dogs and more. Nutrition, husbandry, and step-by-step descriptions of common procedures range from very basic to advanced details and makes this an important acquisition. Xie's CHINESE VETERINARY HERBOLOGY (9780813803692, $129.99) is edited by Huisheng Xie and Vanessa Preast and provides vet libraries an outstanding alternative, homeopathic Chinese medicine guide for any animal. From history and dosages and pharmaceutical ingredients to clinical applications and side effects, this provides specific insights to herbs organized by ailment and should be a key acquisition for any vet collection. Also key is Ron Banks,'s EXOTIC SMALL MAMMAL CARE AND HUSBANDRY (9780813810225, $49.99), a reference for handling and treating small exotic animals in the vet clinic. From clinical techniques and diagnosis to treatment and anatomy, this offers specific details vets must have!

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

Complete Guide to Chakras
Ambika Wauters
250 Wireless, Hauppauge, NY 11788
0764163132, $16.99

Complete Guide to Chakras appears in a fine vintage edition covering the exercises and techniques involved in mastering inner energy and life. Fine color illustrations accompany questionnaires and exercises, with qualities, attributes, and self-assessments throughout. Lending libraries will find this an excellent, basic new age acquisition!

The Women's Studies Shelf

The Modern Girl's Guide to Sticky Situations
Jane Buckingham
10 East 53rd St., New York NY 10022
9780061776359, $19.99

The Modern Girl's Guide to Sticky Situations offers a collection of 'quick fixes' to common questions, organized by situation, and covers everything from love and money to weddings and family conflicts. With candid answers to such topics as what to do with guests that won't clear out of a kitchen before a dinner is served to fighting with family over inheritance, this is packed with key tips to success and a smoother life. Any general lending library will find this a popular lend!

The Social Issues Shelf

WND Books

Floyd Brown & Lee Troxler's KILLING WEALTH FREEING WEALTH: HOW TO SAVE AMERICA'S ECONOMY AND YOUR OWN (9781935071815, $25.95) comes from the authors who predicted the 2008 financial collapse to one month and 100 points on the Dow. Their return with new predictions about eco-terrorist links to the BP oil catastrophe and Wall Street make for an eye-opening analysis by an economist and a seasoned broadcaster and political advisor, and makes Killing Wealth Freeing Wealth a fine pick for any library concerned with social change. Vox Day's THE RETURN OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION (9781935071181, $25.95) tells of a columnist who predicted the collapse of the financial system some seven years ago - and who here warns that the latest symptoms of economic meltdown have only been the tip of what is to come. Ten reasons the next Great Depression will be wider, deeper and longer accompany an analysis of why today's economics are incapable of recognizing the extent of the problems. Any collection strong in economic analysis needs this.

Black Rednecks and White Liberals
Thomas Sowell
Encounter Books
900 Broadway #400, New York NY 10003
1594031436, $17.95

Black Rednecks and White Liberals offers a fine challenge to many assumptions about blacks, Jews, slavery and education, tackling the favorite notions of intellectual thinking and providing a series of long essays covering mistaken policies and trends. From 'The Real History of Slavery' re-examining events to 'Are Jews Generic?', this provides food for thought from one of the country's leading commentators on racial and ethnic issues. Any social issues shelf needs this discussion.

The Abundant Community
John McKnight & Peter Block
Berrett-Koehler Publishers
235 Montgomery St., Suite 650, San Francisco CA 94104-2916
9781605095844, $26.95

THE ABUNDANT COMMUNITY: AWAKENING THE POWER OF FAMILIES AND NEIGHBORHOODS analyzes the impact of consumerism on families and communities, suggesting that purchase and outsourcing choices are gearing us outside communities for services and turning us into consumers and clients rather than neighbors sharing resources. This book makes a case for returning to community-based interactions and deserves a spot in any college-level social issues or business library.

The Political Science Shelf

Toxic Talk
Bill Press
Thomas Dunne Books
c/o St. Martin's Press
175 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10010-7848
9780312606299, $26.99

TOXIC TALK: HOW THE RADICAL RIGHT HAS POISONED AMERICA'S AIRWAVES answers media bullies who have contributed to a divided nation. From Conservative backlashes to health care reform processes to how Right-Wing Conservatives control radio debates, this offers an eye-opening survey of radio's right-wing extremists and how they are influencing the direction of the nation, making this a top pick for any library strong in civil liberties and debates over freedom of expression and radio programming.

The International Studies Shelf

Encountering the Chinese, third edition
Hu Wenzhong, Cornelius N. Grove, Zhuang Enping
Intercultural Press
20 Park Plaza #1115A, Boston MA 02116
9781931930994, $24.95

The third updated edition of ENCOUNTERING THE CHINESE; A MODERN COUNTRY, AN ANCIENT CULTURE is a fine pick for any college-level student surveying the history and culture of the Chinese. It's been revised to explain how Chinese values are rapidly changing - and how etiquette and common observations are moving in very different directions. A 'must' for any who would study or understand Chinese history and modern culture.

The Automotive Shelf

Two Billion Cars
Daniel Sperling & Deborah Gordon
Oxford University Press
198 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016-4314
9780199737239, $16.95

TWO BILLION CARS: DRIVING TOWARD SUSTAINABILITY offers a fine history of cars and the global oil and car industries, with special focus on emissions and car cultures. Chapters expose auto industry issues, problems in oil markets and distribution, and how to reform American dependence on cars, creating a powerful survey for any library strong in environmental and cultural issues.

The Audiobook Shelf

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Stieg Larsson, author
Simon Vance, narrator
Random House
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9780739384190, $40.00

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest receives Simon Vance's award-winning actor's skills and voice which lends a gripping conclusion to the third and final novel in Stieg Larsson's best-selling trilogy. Here Lisbeth lies in critical condition in a hospital and faces three murder charges if she recovers. Her recovery will depend on fighting back in this powerful story.

Fever Dream
Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, authors
Rene Auberjonois, narrator
Hachette Audio
237 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9781607881940, $44.98

FEVER DREAM receives a fine narration from TV actor Rene Auberjonois, who vividly captures the drama and tension involved when a special agent (who still mourns a beloved wife dead some 12 years in an accident) learns the death was likely murder. His search for answers - and revenge - spices a dramatic, lively story of intrigue perfect for any general lending library.

Penguin Audio
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014

Stephen King's THE EYES OF THE DRAGON (9780142427880, $39.95) enjoys a fine narrative style by Bronson Pinchot, known worldwide for his fine TV and film work, and provides an engrossing story as it tells of a kingdom in chaos after the old king dies and his successor is imprisoned by an evil prince. A fine fantasy springs to life in a new presentation, highly recommended for fantasy libraries. Stephen King's THE TOMMYKNOCKERS (9780142427897, $49.95) receives an award-winning narration by Edward Hermann, an actor who has produced many films. His narrative spices the tense supernatural thriller telling of a small town affected by a woman's archaeological find - a find that is changing the nature of humanity itself in the town. The story line comes to vivid life in this moving audio! Equally vivid is King's CHRISTINE (9780142428221, $49.95), brought to vivid life by award-winning audio narrator Holter Graham. Christine is widely feared and mistrusted - but beloved by teen Arnie. Christine isn't a woman - she's a hot car. King provides even a vehicle can provoke terror under the right circumstances - and this masterful audio brings out the tension superbly! John Grisham's THEODORE BOONE: KID LAWYER (9780142428696, $19.95) receives a fine narration by Richard Thomas, a prolific stage and film actor who starred in The Waltons. His voice brings to life the story of a teen who thinks he's one of the lawyer group - and who knows every judge, policeman and court clerk in town. His knowledge gets him involved in a dangerous murder trial in this tense thriller!

Brilliance Audio
PO Box 887, Grand Haven, MI 49417

L.J. Smith's 'Night World' novels come to life in audio format, and are top picks for any lending library where vampires are of interest. WITCHLIGHT (1441820795, $19.99) receives Emily Foster's fine performance, which brings to life the story set in a vampire world much like our own, where vampires and creatures live among humans without their knowledge. Keller is a black panther who meets her match when she's hired to protect Iliana, a blonde bimbo who may be the legendary Witch Child. An exciting drama evolves. BLACK DAWN (1441820736, $19.99) enjoys a fine performance by Ted Clark Linden, who brings to life the story of Maggie, a teen whose brother is missing. Her search for him will lead her to a dangerous vampire kingdom, the Night World, in this riveting saga of a vampire prince's forbidden romance with a human. Both are picks for any fantasy audio collection. Lisa Jackson's WITHOUT MERCY (1441813209, $36.99) tells of Julia, who has been plagued by nightmares ever since her father was stabbed to death in a home invasion. Her involvement with her half-sister and a new school involves her in a dangerous series of murders in this gripping story. J.T. Ellison's 14 (1441838511, $29.99) receives a narration by Joyce Bean as it tells of a murder who suddenly stops - until four years later murders start up again, marked with his fatal signature. Has the killer returned - or is a copycat killer on the loose? Joyce Bean's gripping narrative style brings the plot to life! Deborah Coonts' WANNA GET LUCKY? (1441843760, $29.99) receives a fine performance by Renee Raudman, an award-winning narrator who spices the story of a young woman who plunges from a Las Vegas sightseeing helicopter, landing in the middle of the Pirate Show. Lucky O'Toole, head of customer relations at a resort, decides to investigate, and her findings uncover some dangerous perps in this fine tense thriller! Steve Hodel with Ralph Pezullo's MOST EVIL (144180045X, $36.99) enjoys Malcolm Hillgartner's acting and songwriting background and comes alive in audio as it tells of the author's discovery that his late father had known the victim in the Black Dahlia murder case in 1947 Los Angeles. A hidden cache of documents involves Steve Hodel in further investigations leading to the possible resolution of a decades-old series of killings in this riveting true crime expose. Philip Pullman's THE GOOD MAN JESUS AND THE SCOUNDREL CHRIST (1441857958, $19.99) receives a fine reading by an award-winning fantasy author, and provides a retelling of the life of Jesus from quite a different perspective. Mystery and power blend in this survey that considers different angles on the Christ image. Paolo Bacigalupi's THE WINDUP GIRL (1441866868, $29.99) receives an excellent performance by audiobook veteran narrator Jonathan Davis, who adds a passionate voice to this fine science fiction novel telling of an undercover factory manager searching for extinct food in a future world. When he meets half-human Emiko, he becomes involved in a dangerous underground world where calories become currency. A riveting futuristic story evolves. Kirk Franklin's THE BLUEPRINT (1441857893, $29.99) receives an excellent narration by HBO artist Dion Graham as it tells of gospel artist Kirk Franklin's faith. He explains how communications with God helped him translate life's challenges into success in this fine spiritual survey recommended for any spirituality listener. Seanan McGuire's ROSEMARY AND RUE (1441861696, $29.99) provides an outstanding urban fantasy powered by Mary Robinette Kowal's passionate reading, and tells of a parallel fairy world that lives in secret next to human realms. A murder threatens its secrets and a dying curse forces Toby to resume her old position as a knight in this fine thriller. Jack Campbell's VICTORIOUS: THE LOST FLEET (1441858709, $29.99) receives fine performance by Christian Rummel as it provides a sequel to LOST FLEET and the story of commander Geary. War continues between two worlds and Captain Geary is promoted to admiral, giving him new possibilities to either end the conflict or elevate it to new heights. A powerful military drama evolves, perfect for any audio listener seeking nonstop action and solid thrills! Andre Norton's classic WITCH WORLD (1441814078, $24.99) comes to life in a gripping audio production spiced by Nick Podehl's dramatic voice. It's the first novel of her fantasy series and here introduces Simon, a human who escapes his doom through gates to Witch World, there to find himself embroiled in warfare. A gripping saga evolves! Karin slaughter's BROKEN (1423342399, $38.99) is performed by Natalie Ross, an Earphones award-winning stage actor who lends spice to the story of a special agent investigating a Grant County prisoner's death. His probe leads to police secrets and danger from the men in blue themselves in this fast-paced thriller. Alexey Pehov's SHADOW PROWLER (144181437X, $29.99) receives Macleod Andrews' fine stage performances and background as it tells of a master thief who must work to defeat stirring danger. Collections strong in fantasy will relish this adventure story of ogres, giants and dangers and one shadow Harold, a legendary thief who may be the only one to keep the peace in a troubled land.

The Literary Shelf

Ambrose Bierce's Write it Right
Jan Freeman
Walker & Company
175 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10010
9780802717689, $24.00

Ambrose Bierce's Write it Right: The Celebrated Cynic's Language Peeves Deciphered, Appraised, and Annotated for 21st-Century Readers is a fun 'must' for any general or language collection: it offers fun observations about applications of nouns, verbs and more, and is a fine, revealing dictionary of insights perfect for any general or literary collection!

Hemingway: So Far From Simple
Donald F. Bouchard
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2119
9781591027560, $19.00

Hemingway: So Far From Simple offers a new perspective on Hemingway's career and life, with literary critic Donald Bouchard using the postmodernist writings of Michael Goucault and others to consider Hemingway's career as a writer and how he addressed criticism of his work. High school to college-level students of Hemingway will find this absorbing.

The Music Shelf

Abba: The Scrapbook
Jean-Marie Potiez
Plexus Publishing
110 Riverside Dr., Apt 5E, New York NY 10024
9780859654227, $24.95

Abba: The Scrapbook is a 'must' for any Abba fan or popular music library. It is packed with unique photos and memorabilia and offers a complete history of the band, from its early days in Sweden to its evolution as a world band. It's a powerful visual biography and perfect keepsake edition for any Abba fan.

MySpace for Musicians, second edition
Fran Vincent
Course Technology
20 Channel Center St., Boston, MA 02210
1435454197, $34.99

The second updated edition of MySpace for Musicians: The Comprehensive Guide to Marketing Your Music Online is a 'must' for any indie musician. It covers all the basics of how to use the MySpace environment for promoting music, now considered the 'first step' for any serious musician. From setting up the social network's page to using MySpace from either a musician or a record label or music manager's vantage point, this in-depth coverage is a 'must' for musicians and libraries catering to them!

The Christian Studies Shelf

Anatomy of the Soul
Curt Thompson, MD
Salt River
c/o Tyndale House Publishers
351 Executive Drive, Carol Stream, IL 60188
9781414334158, $14.99

ANATOMY OF THE SOUL offers some detailed surveys of neuroscience and spiritual practices, and is designed to document how these connections can change spiritual approaches to life. The Christian spirituality foundation and blending of science shows how it's possible to rewire your mind, changing brain patterns to further a Godly approach to life and the soul. The unique approach represents a smooth marriage between science and Christian belief.

The Sports Shelf

Soccer and Philosophy
Ted Richards, Editor
Open Court
70 East Lake St., Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60601
9780812696769, $21.95

Soccer and Philosophy provides an unusual pairing: soccer notes by philosophers - and offers insights on ethics, metaphysics, and issues of beauty and form in the soccer environment. By blending philosophical principles and inquiry with soccer specifics, this will reach an audience not ordinarily attracted to philosophy books, and deserves a dual location on philosophy and sports shelves alike.

Human Kinetics
Box 5976, Champaign, IL 61825-5076

Expertly edited by the team of Charles A. Santo and Gerard C.S. Mildner, SPORT AND PUBLIC POLICY: SOCIAL, POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVE (0736058710, $65.00) is the only text that examines some of the most compelling policy issues affecting the sports world. It contains essays from a range of scholarly disciplines and offers a new perspective on economic and political issues in sport, and it covers everything from global policies to a model of nonprofit community ownership. Sports managers, in particular, as well as college-level students will find this an important collection. Marie Dunford's FUNDAMENTALS OF SPORT AND EXERCISE NUTRITION (073607631X, $29.00) provides a fine examination of sport and exercise nutrition, covering its basic concepts and reviewing the field to provide a solid introduction. The latest evidence-based information and its application to sports is revealed in a blend of success stories, boxed highlights, and sidebars of information on sport nutrition. Claude Bouchard and Peter T. Katzmarzyk edit PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND OBESITY (0736076352, $79.00), which appears in its second updated edition to survey links between physical activity, inactivity, and obesity. From areas of controversy and uncertainty to underlying physical activity research and research areas for further exploration, this packs in a fine survey highly recommended for any health or sports collection. Heidi Skolnik, MS, CDN. FACSM and Andrea Chernus, MS, RD, CDE's NUTRIENT TIMING FOR PEAK PERFORMANCE (0736087648, $17.95) comes from two sport nutritionists who have worked alongside today's top athletes, including football players and marathon runners. They here combine their techniques with the latest dietary research to show how readers can create an individualized action plan to meet sport and physical needs. Athletes and collections catering to them must have this.

What Washington Can Learn From the World of Sports
George Allen
Regnery Publishing
One Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20001
9781596985988, $27.95

What Washington Can Learn From the World of Sports belong on political and sports shelves alike, offering a unique association between sports rules and team playing and the political world of Washington DC. Chapters cover issues of ties, equal opportunity, government regulation, and working as a team and make for inspiring reading perfect for a range of readers seeking clarity in understanding Washington's political plays.

The Complete Triathlete's Training Manual
Oliver Roberts
250 Wireless Road, Hauppauge, NY 11788
9780764143847, $14.99

The Complete Triathlete's Training Manual: A Unique Training Hide for Triathletes of All Abilities offers six graded training regimens designed to take readers from beginning to long distance and even Ironman status and focuses on routines that can build general fitness. Advice on how to buy equipment and how to avoid injury make this an invaluable guide!

The Computer Shelf

1005 Gravenstein Hwy, Sebastopol, CA 95472

Jim Waldo's JAVA: THE GOOD PARTS (9780596803735, $29.99) offers a top pick for any library strong in programming languages, showing how to build large-scale software using better coding and memory management techniques. From reusable data structures to using Java RMI to move code and data, this is a fine survey for any computer library! David Pogue's WINDOWS 7: THE MISSING MANUAL (9780596806392, $39.99) covers all the new features of Windows 7, its security protection, networking, software and more. Since Windows 7 comes without any instruction, this primer serves as the 'bible' of reference details a bout how to customize and set up the Windows 7 environment. A 'must' for any computer collection! Collections catering to web developers will find solid detail and advice in Nicholas C. Zakas' HIGH PERFORMANCE JAVASCRIPT (9780596802790, $34.99), a survey of the basics of identifying problem code and improving scripts by learning how Javascript stores and accesses data. It comes from a Yahoo engineer who works with five other JavaScript experts to help Javascript run efficiently and quickly, and will appeal to any Java collection. Chris Grover's FLASH CS5: THE MISSING MANUAL (9781449380250, $39.99) provides a powerful survey of using Flash in web design, covering animation basics, Flash tools, using templates and pieces of code, and more. Learn how to create rich, interactive animations with a fine survey of Flash's strengths! Joshua Noble,'s FLEX 4 COOKBOOK (9780596805616, $49.99) provides a fine guide to web design and development using Adobe Flex. It packs in problem-solving 'recipes' for a range of applications, offering practical solutions for everything from Flex basics to working with data and developing applications. Internet developer collections must have this! Also key is Yakov Fain, Victor Rasputnis & Anatole Tartakovsky's ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT WITH FLEX (9780596154165, $54.99) provides a fine key to using Adobe Flex to build production-quality Rich Internet Applications. From choosing Flex-building frameworks and applying Flex designs to improving design efficiency, this is a powerful presentation and a 'must' for any Flex collection.

Information Representation and Retrieval in the Digital Age, second edition
Heting Chu
Information Today Inc.
143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055-8750
9781573873932, $49.50

Information Representation and Retrieval in the Digital Age offers a second updated edition of Heting Chu's popular work on information representation and retrieval, and offers numerous updates and revisions. The basics are surveyed in a review of key concepts as well as new developments, making this a sold reference for any college-level collection.

Securing the Borderless Network
Tom Gillis
Cisco Press
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
1587058863, $45.00

Securing the Borderless Network: Security for the Web 2.0 World comes from a Cisco security technology expert who brings together technical guidance for companies of all sizes, surveying different scenarios from social networking systems to cloud computing and identifying key security risks and proven best-practice techniques for each. The result is a basic primer highly recommended for any advanced computer collection interested in network security issues.

Adobe/Peachpit Press
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759

Michael Labriola, Jeff Tapper and Matthew Boles's Adobe Flex 4: Training from the Source V. 1 (0321660501, $49.99) tells how to build and debug Internet applications and how to use the MXML language to lay out applications. Programmers learn how to create custom user interfaces quickly through a step-by-step system to building them using Flex 4's powers. A team of authors make this a powerful reference programming libraries need. Another top pick is an official training workbook from Adobe Systems, DREAMWEAVER CS5 CLASSROOM IN A BOOK (0321701771, $54.99). It offers a complete course on Adobe Dreamweaver CS5, offering 17 lessons covering all the basics of the program. Owners of Dreamweaver CS5 will find this packed with tutorials. Owners of InDesign CS5 also have a winner in ADOBE INDESIGN CS5 CLASSROOM IN A BOOK (0321701798, $54.99). It's also the official training workbook, so lends well to at-home study as it covers all the basics of InDesign with the intention of offering a 'classroom at home' for program owners who would do it themselves or supplement a course.

Core JavaServer Faces, third edition
David Geary & Cay Horstmann
Prentice Hall
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0137012896, $54.99

The third updated edition of Core JavaServer Faces has been revised to JSF 2.0 and is a special recommendation for any advanced Java programming collection. JavaServer faces is the standard EE technology for building web user interfaces: this offers three new chapter on using Facelets tags, coverage of many advanced tasks, and solutions to common troubleshooting and debugging issues. Advanced Java computer collections should consider this a 'must' acquisition.

c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0789744279, $24.99

Jeffrey Hughes's IPHONE & IPAD APPS MARKETING: SECRETS TO SELLING YOUR IPHONE AND IPAD APPS (0789744279, $24.99) offers a fine step-by-step guide to marketing iPhone and iPad Apps. Learn how to identify value, target an audience, set the right price, and use social networks to create excitement in this fine specific key to cross-marketing an app. Any business or computer library will relish this! Steve Johnson's ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR CS5 ON DEMAND (0789744457, $29.95) provides a winning survey using a visual step-by-step format and illustrations to survey the basics of using Illustrator CS5. From creating complex objects and text to applying graphic styles to design results, this packs in all the basics in an easily-used format! Paul McFedries' FORMULAS AND FUNCTIONS: MICROSOFT EXCEL 2010 (078974306X, $39.99) provides a core program for building superior spreadsheets using Excel. From creating better formulas and using formatting to pinpoint problems instantly to analyzing data with PivotTables and using advanced filtering functions, this provides a fine key for any advanced in Excel. Steve Johnson's ADOBE PHOTOSHOP CS5 ON DEMAND (0789744473, $34.99) tells how to improve productivity with the CS5 interface and templates, and is a key acquisition for any Photoshop collection. From using content-aware options for scaling to changing plan text into fine images, this packs in visual step-by-step references suitable for any Photoshop library. Steve Johnson's ADOBE INDESIGN CS5 ON DEMAND (0789744465, $29.99) offers a visual step-by-step format and guide to improving productivity using CS5. From creating pages and books to applying styles to text and creating interactive PDFs, this is packed with specific tips and guided lessons.

c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759

Stephen G. Kochan's PROGRAMMING IN OBJECTIVE-C 2.0 I AND II (9780321720337, $TBA) is one of the most important DVD videos Objective-C programmers can learn from. It is the first complete video training course covering all the basics, assume no prior programming experience, and includes plenty of real-world expels on how to put Objective-C to use in everyday programming for the Mac. The instruction takes the form of short sessions that teach skills in 15-minute increments, making this a top pick for any learner. Lyssa Adkins' COACHING AGILE TEAMS: A COMPANION FOR SCRUMMASTERS, AGILE COACHES, AND PROJECT MANAGERS IN TRANSITION (0321637704, $39.99) offers a fine guide to coaching agile teams, offering agile coaches insights needed to create a productive software engineering environment. From evolving a leadership style to staying engaged, this is a top pick for any agile coach.

The Needlecraft Shelf

Linda Baxter Lasco, Editor
American Quilters Society
Box 3290, Paducah, KY 42002-3290
9781574326581, $26.95

SUNFLOWER: NEW QUILTS FROM AN OLD FAVORITE provides a powerful selection of nearly twenty quilts by over twenty-five quiltmakers who take the classic Sunflower block and as a foundation of inspiration for their designs. Each expands on the sunflower design in different ways. The result is a pairing of lovely color photos, black and white line patterns, and interviews with the innovators themselves!

Knitted Flowers
Nicky Epstein
SixthandSpring Books
181 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10013
9781933027944, $19.95

KNITTED FLOWERS provides a fine collection of stitch pattern and cord flowers and more - all of which can be knitted to add to a range of projects. Full-page color, close-up photos accompany some outstanding flower designs with multi-hued tones perfect for any knitter seeking finishing polish ideas.

The Military Shelf

Fighter Pilot
Robin Olds with Christina Olds & Ed Rasimus
St. Martin's Press
175 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10010
9780312560232, $26.99

FIGHTER PILOT: THE MEMOIRS OF LEGENDARY ACE ROBIN OLDS tells of a West Point football coach who was also a double ace fighter pilot during the jet age, and a leader best known for his leadership of the F-4 Wolfpack over North Vietnam. His autobiography recaptures the drama and passion of his times and provides a military aviation history account perfect for any military or aviation collection.

Osprey Publishing
443 Park Avenue South, Suite 806, New York, NY 10016

Gordon L. Rottman's GERMAN PIONIER 1939-45: COMBAT ENGINEER OF THE WEHRMACHT (9781846035784, $18.95) provides a fine survey of the German Pionier troops who were at the front of the blitzkrieg. They were assault troops and construction works, and used new equipment to fight: original photos and art accompany a survey of the experiences of a typical Pionier's training and actions against the Allies, and deserves a spot in any German specialty collection! Kate Moore's THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN (9781846034749, $29.95) is published in association with the Imperial War Museum in London and celebrates the 70th anniversary of the battle, offering a lavish display packed with modern art, photos, propaganda posters, and first-hand accounts. Any collection strong in British military history must have this!

The Photography Shelf

Fast Track Photographer
Dane Sanders
Amphoto Books
c/o The Crown Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, #B1, New York, NY 10019-4305
9780817400019, $16.99

FAST TRACK PHOTOGRAPHER: LEVERAGE YOUR UNIQUE STRENGTHS FOR A MORE SUCCESSFUL PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS has been revised and expanded to provide a winning survey by a photographer who provides an assessment test online to evaluate 14 different factors to being a more effective professional photographer. This book was originally self-published and geared toward wedding photographers - but any professional and many an aspiring amateur will find its pages packed with photo business savvy!

Mastering HD Video with your DSLR
Helmut Kraus and Uwe Steinmueller
Rocky Nook
26 West Mission St., Suite 3, Santa Barbara, CA 93111-2432
9781933952604, $34.95

Mastering HD Video with your DSLR tells how to capture and edit video footage with the new HD technology available in so many DSLR cameras. Tips on special effects, motion picture footage, and more cover specific video features and equipment needed to shoot video. A top pick for any serious photographer's library!

Amherst Media
Box 586, Buffalo, NY 14226

Jeff Smith's CORRECTIVE LIGHTING, POSING & RETOUCHING (9781584289951, $34.95) tells how to make subjects look their best using different lighting and posing techniques for studio or location setups. From digital techniques for minimizing defects to addressing common age- and weight-related issues, this is a 'must' for any photographer's tool kit! The second updated edition of Bill Hurter's CHILDREN'S PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY (9781584289968, $34.95) offers a fine collection of images of portraits that capture childhood. From picking camera and lighting equipment for capturing kids on the go to studio lighting and creating natural images, this offers posing tips for all ages and personalities and is a 'must' covering the various techniques of children's photographers. Rolando Gomez's LIGHTING FOR GLAMOUR PHOTOGRAPHY (9781584289999, $34.95) tells how to pose and capture more sensual, appealing glamour images with insights into how light works. From basic beginning to complex set-ups, this packs in excellent tips and basic instruction to further the works of any glamour photographer.

Carole A. Feurman
Hudson Hills Press
P.O. Box 205, Manchester, VT 05254-9911
9781555953232, $50.00

Carole A. Feurman's SCULPTURE blends a realist technique with a humanist approach and offers a monograph of her work blending photographer David Finn's close-ups and dramatic images with three decades of Feurman's works. It deserves a place in any arts or photography library, offering a fine collection of lovely works from one of the world's leading photographers of sculpture. Very highly recommended!

Boyd Norton's Outdoor Digital Photography Handbook
Boyd Norton
Voyageur Press
400 First Ave North #300, Minneapolis, MN 55401
9780760332986, $24.99

Boyd Norton's Outdoor Digital Photography Handbook: How to Shoot Like a Pro provides a winning master course study from an internationally renowned nature photographer who shares his special field techniques here. From lenses and how to compose and shoot dramatic images to various challenges in field nature photography, this is a 'must' for any photography library, pairing lovely color photos from Norton's experiences with insights on how they were achieved.

Photoshop CS5: The Missing Manual
Lesa Snider
1005 Gravenstein Hwy North, Sebastopol, CA 95472
9781449381684, $49.99

Photoshop CS5: The Missing Manual is a 'must' for any Photoshop CS5 reference collection. It offers a guided tour of Photoshop's new environment, telling how to bring images to life and how to take full advantage of its graphic design qualities. No technical jargon is used, here - just a conversational style and an easy introduction to the program, building on the basics of its use. No Photoshop CS5 library should be without this easy, basic handbook!

The Cookbook Shelf

Putting Food By, fifth edition
Janet Greene, Ruth Hertzberg and Beatrice Vaughan
c/o Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014-3658
9780452296220, $17.00

Putting Food By is a classic work on food preservation and here appears in its fifth updated edition to include the latest canning procedures, equipment and prep times. Stephen Schmidt edits this classic, which has instructed canners for over thirty years. Any library strong in basic food preparation needs this - which will include many a high school collection for those that have home economics courses!

The Get Healthy, Go Vegan Cookbook
Neal Barnard MD and Robyn Webb
Da Capo Press
c/o Perseus Book Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9780738213583, $18.95

Any library strong in vegan cookbooks must have The Get Healthy, Go Vegan Cookbook. It packs in over a hundred easy recipes and pairs them with color photos and explanations from a noted physician who explains the basics of a vegan diet and its health benefits. The dishes are based on ordinary ingredients and take no time, and they also have been created by Dr. Barnard with Robyn Webb, so they're original to this cookbook. Any vegan collections must add this!

The Gloriously Gluten-Free Cookbook
Vanessa Maltin
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9780470440889, $19.95

The Gloriously Gluten-Free Cookbook offers a range of recipes perfect for libraries focusing on allergy diet plans, packing in over a hundred Italian, Asian and Mexican recipes that cut gluten but add lots of flavor. From Chicken Parmesan and Coconut-Ginger Soup to Potstickers and a Chocolate Fudge cake that's gluten-free, this offers many gluten-free options and is a 'must' for any allergy cookbook library.

Muffins & Mayhem
Suzanne Beecher
Touchstone Books
c/o Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020
9781439112878, $24.99

MUFFINS & MAYHEM: RECIPES FOR A HAPPY (IF DISORDERLY) LIFE was inspired by a reader diagnosed with terminal cancer and wondering how to leave a legacy to her children. The author suggested a recipe box packed with memories and family stories - and this book reflects her advice and pairs food recipes with soul-filling insights on happiness and relationships. General libraries will find this a fine pick!

Viva Vegan!
Terry Hope Romero
DaCapo Press
c/o Perseus Book Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9780738212739, $18.95

Viva Vegan! 200 Authentic and Fabulous Recipes for Latin Food Lovers provides an outstanding collection of dishes and comes from a vegan chef with experience working in a Latino-operated restaurant. Using the basic spices of Latin cooking, this takes vegan dishes to a new level, offering professional chefs and beginners a fine set of vegan choices. Every vegan library should acquire this as an unusual addition to the collection!

c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774

Michael Gibson's THE SOMMELIER PREP COURSE (9780470283189, $35.00) offers a fine introduction to wine, beer and spirits for aspiring sommeliers, bartenders and wine lovers and offers its review in layman's terms so that any studying for sommelier certification or who wishes to improve their bartending skills won't be stymied by language! It packs in fine illustrations as it covers New World and Old World wines, viticulture, and other fermented spirits and acts like a study course complete with review questions, maps, key terms and more. A 'must' for any culinary collection! Tracey Ryder and Carole Topalian's EDIBLE: A CELEBRATION OF LOCAL FOOD (9780470371084, $29.95) comes from the co-founders of Edible Communities Publications and packs in a fine color celebration of North America's local foods. It blends profiles of farmers, chefs and organizations with a review of local food strengths and adds some eighty seasonal regional dishes to highlight local foods across the country. College-level culinary collections, especially, will relish this!

Fast, Fresh & Green
Susie Middleton
Chronicle Books
680 - 2nd St., San Francisco CA 94107
9780811865661, $24.95

Fast, Fresh & Green: More Than 90 Delicious Recipes for Veggie Lovers imparts basic secrets to cooking superior vegetable dishes and pairs full-page color photos with spicy original vegetable creations for both vegetarians and those who want innovative, different side dishes. From Smoky Spanish Carrots and Fennel with Toasted Hazelnuts to Spicy Mustard Greens with Ginger-Garlic Cream, these are innovations not to be found in any other competing vegetable cookbook - and thus key for any culinary collection.

The Titanic Awards
Doug Lansky
c/o Penguin Group (USA)
375 Hudson Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10014
9780399535840, $13.95

Travel and humor blend in this entertaining, funny survey of the travel industry and its spectacular snafus. From plane rides from hell to boat and auto disasters, this covers 'facts' such as which countries have the worst roads, where to find the world's ugliest hotel, most unfortunate city and restaurant names, and more. A hilarious presentation!

Moon Handbooks: Coastal Carolinas
Jim Morekis
Avalon Travel
1700 - 4th St., Berkeley, CA 94710
9781596615939, $17.95

COASTAL CAROLINAS details restaurants, activities, and accommodations that lend to planning a fine trip to the Coastal Carolinas. From lighthouses and natural scenery to beaches, this packs in detailed maps and the firsthand experience of Jim Morekis in a top pick for any Carolina-bound!

The Crafts Shelf

Kalmbach Books
21027 Crossroads Circle, Waukesha, WI 53186

BeadStyle Magazine's EASY BEADING V. 6 (9780871162915, $29.95) offers a crafts and jewelry-making survey showing how to create lovely gifts and personal accessories in a snap. Over 80 projects taken from the last year of BeadStyle Magazine showcase the best projects, offering clear step-by-step photos for all project phases and lots of design notes for all levels of jewelry makers. Patricia Kimle's PERFECTLY PAIRED: DESIGNING JEWELRY WITH POLYMER AND METAL CLAYS (9780871162946, $21.95) packs in some twenty fine projects with step-by-step instructions, reviews of techniques, and tool kits for working in different mediums. Designs are varied and come from an award-winning polymer and metal clay artist who designs her own jewelry. Highly recommended for any jewelry-making collection! Also recommended for such a library is Irina Miech's METAL CLAY RINGS: SILVER JEWELRY INSPIRED BY NATURE (9780871162786, $19.95). It tells how to shape metal clay into showpiece jewelry and offers some 18 original designs, each with step-by-step photos and instructions, including ideas for sizing and variations on designs. Any jewelry-making collection will welcome this!

The Judaic Studies Shelf

Trials of the Diaspora
Anthony Julius
Oxford University Press
198 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016-4314
9780199297054, $45.00

Trials of the Diaspora: A History of Anti-Semitism in England presents a fine history of anti-Semitism in England from the middle ages to modern times. It identifies four separate versions of English anti-Semitism and offers an in-depth survey of each version. The result is a powerful coverage especially recommended for college-level or Judaic studies shelves.

The Science Shelf

The Science of Premonitions
Larry Dossey, MD
c/o Penguin Group, USA
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
9780452296329, $16.00

THE SCIENCE OF PREMONITIONS: HOW KNOWING THE FUTURE CAN HELP US AVOID DANGER, MAXIMIZE OPPORTUNITIES, AND CREATE A BETTER LIFE comes from a doctor who himself experienced a week of accurate premonitions about his patients - then lost it. Here he documents cases of premonitions - some involving entire communities - and offers a fine survey that includes field-tested techniques for inviting premonitions. Any general-interest library will find this a winner!

Darwinian Fairytales
David Stove
Encounter Books
900 Broadway Suite 400, New York NY 10003-1239
1594031401, $27.50

Darwinian Fairytales: Selfish Genes, Errors of Heredity and Other Fables of Evolution comes from a philosopher who offers a critical inquiry into Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. Stove isn't a creationist nor a religious leader: he's a man of no religion' and skeptic who admits Darwin's genius while attacking the theory's own evolution into dogma. Darwinian Fairytales is thought-provoking title for any science debate!

Science Was Wrong
Stanton T. Friedman, MSC and Kathleen Marden
New Page
220 West Parkway, Unit 12, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
9781601631022, $16.99

SCIENCE WAS WRONG: STARTLING TRUTHS ABOUT CURS, THEORIES, AND INVENTIONS "THEY" DECLARED IMPOSSIBLE offers a fascinating blend of science and history, charting scientific scofflaws whose criticism was later proved wrong. From the impossibility of space travel to ancient Sanskrit germ theory proposals that were dismissed until the 19th century, this is a fun, enlightening read!

The Architecture Shelf

Guide to Green Building Rating Systems
Linda Reeder, AIA
c/o Wiley-Blackwell
10475 Crosspoint Boulevard, Indianapolis, IN 46256
9780470401941, $75.00

Guide to Green Building Rating Systems offers a one-stop guide for choosing a green building rating system, reviewing major national rating systems from both a broad and in-depth perspective and discussing how these rating systems work differently for different types of buildings. Case study examples and reviews of all kinds of rating requirements make this a 'must' for any architectural or builder's library.

The Language Studies Shelf

Globish: How the English Language Became the World's Language
Robert McCrum
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780393062557, $26.95

Globish: How the English Language Became the World's Language shows how and why English grew from the language of an isolated island nation to become the world's main tongue. It considers not just how English evolved in the past, but how it's still evolving today to become 'Globish', incorporating many world changes. Any literary collection from general libraries to college-level holdings will find this a fine coverage!

Abstracts and the Writing of Abstracts
John M. Swales and Christine B. Fak
University of Michigan Press
839 Greene Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3209
9780472033355 $16.00

Abstracts and the Writing of Abstracts provides Volume 1 of the expanded, revised edition of ENGLISH IN TODAY'S RESEARCH WORLD, covering all the basics of writing abstracts and revising material on the topic. It focuses on research artless and abstracts for short communications, conferences and PhD dissertations, surveying options and linguistic challenges posed by different abstracts. Any college-level library must have this!

The Thinker's Thesaurus
Peter E. Meltzer
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780393337945, $19.95

The Thinker's Thesaurus: Sophisticated Alternatives to Common Words offers a fine new format for the typical thesaurus entry, offering a range of entries such as thirty-two entries for 'woman', each with a clarifier. This clarifier process allows for better understanding of language and makes for a powerful presentation highly recommended for any English language reference library, from high school and college to general public library holdings!

The Library Science Shelf

The Accidental Health Sciences Librarian
Lisa A. Ennis and Nicole Mitchell
Information Today
143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055
9781573873956, $29.50

The Accidental Health Sciences Librarian is a 'must' reference for any librarian involved in the health sciences profession. It offers guidance on resources, tools and functions in the health sciences library world, surveying career opportunities, tools, and case history and technology reviews for any who would become a health services librarian. The approach and focus on this position's rapidly-changing functions make this a top pick!

The Library DVD Shelf

Soul of a People
Smithsonian Networks/Infinity Entertainment
No ISBN DVD, $19.98

SOUL OF A PEOPLE: WRITING AMERICA'S STORY offers a fine survey of 1930s America, discussing the story behind the Federal Writers Project of the times - one of four arts programs of Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration. The writers portrayed human triumphs and failures alike, sparking controversy in writings that changed a nation. Any American history collection needs this!

Aligned and Well: From the Shoulders Up
Katy Bowman
Well Balanced Media
PO Box 194, Ojai, CA 93023
No ISBN, $14.95

Aligned and Well: From the Shoulders Up offers a range of easy motion exercises addressing common pain, from chronic headaches and neck pain to shoulders impacted by computer work. It's a basic program for improving head and neck circulation and is a fine pick for any health collection.

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