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Volume 8, Number 12 December 2013 Home | BW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf Photography Shelf
Sports Shelf Cookbook Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
Social Issues Shelf Writing/Publishing Shelf Science Shelf
Psychology Shelf Music Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf
Mystery/Suspense Shelf Education Shelf World History Shelf
Computer Shelf Audiobook Shelf DVD Shelf
Metaphysical Studies Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf Interior Design Shelf
Geography Shelf Technology Shelf Literary Studies Shelf
Poetry Shelf Crafts Shelf Architecture Shelf
International Studies Shelf Military Shelf Business Shelf
Needlecraft Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf Travel Shelf
Nautical Shelf Wine Shelf  

Reviewer's Choice

Money of the Bible, third edition
Kenneth Bressett
Whitman Publishing
4001 Helton Drive, Florence, Alabama, 35630
079483955X, $29.95,

The expanded third edition of Money of the Bible provides a fine exploration not only of the coins and customs of ancient times, but packages its information in an oversized 120-page coffee-table hardcover to attract collectors and general readers alike. The first edition in 2006 won awards and acclaim for its lovely illustrations and this expanded version adds more biblical events, explanations of artifacts from the times, and will appeal to church libraries as well as coin collectors. It considers how the Bible was written and the nature of commerce and coin evolution from Old and New Testament times, discusses coins mentioned in Jesus' parables, and considers how coins evolved as Christianity spread. The result is a delightful history that pairs essays with illustrations on money of the times, and will appeal to spiritual and general-interest collections as well as collectors.

Thames & Hudson
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110-0017

James Oles's ART AND ARCHITECTURE IN MEXICO (9780500204061, $26.95) provides a fine new interpretive history of Mexican art and architecture from the Spanish Conquest to the early decades of this century, and provides one of the most wide-ranging considerations in print, key to any collection strong in Mexican art and culture. It provides new readings on paintings, sculptures, buildings and photos, interprets works by both major and minor artist, and packs rich historical reference with fine artistic analysis. The inclusion of examinations of social issues affecting Mexican art makes this a winning survey for any Mexican art collection. Sylvie Aubenas and Quentin Bajac's BRASSAI: PARIS NOCTURNE (9780500544259, $85.00) provides a fine survey of photographer Brassai, the first to capture Paris after dark. His focus on the streets of the city and the social atmosphere of Paris was revolutionary and revealing, and this book brings together some of his best-known images from two prior books, presenting them with previously unpublished photos and archived work and analyzing the nature of his creations. The result is a fine catalog essential for not only arts and photography collections, but any strong in representations of Paris.

The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf

A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir
John Grant
Limelight Editions
c/o Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group
19 West 21st Street, Suite 201, New York, NY 10010
9781557838315, $49.99,

Any fan of film noir style who wants more than a casual survey will find this a key reference packing in over 3,500 movie entries that include both classic U.S. noirs from the 1940s through the 50s to modern noir take-offs such as erotic thrillers. Films from around the world pack an encyclopedia whose entries include information on cast and crew, plots, photo inserts, and filmographies. With its in-depth discussions, this reference will be a fine choice for any film buff seeking a lavish and in-depth survey.

Once Upon a Time - Behind the Magic
Titan Books
144 Southwark Street, London SE1 OUP, UK
9781782760290, $16.99,

Once Upon a Time - Behind the Magic includes interviews with all the key cast and crew of the ABC TV series, now appearing in its third season, and is a pick for any collection strong in TV show analysis. The series revolves around a modern take on fairytales and Season Two's ratings were consistently high, making this celebration of the series of particular interest to general-interest audiences as well as those involved in TV or theater. Add color photos and plenty of behind-the-scenes insights and you have a true celebration of what is becoming a very popular show indeed!

Infographic Guide to the Movies
Karen Krizanovich
c/o Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9781844037520, $14.99,

Infographic Guide to the Movies provides a fun series of facts about every film genre, from horror to crime, science fiction to cult, and blends movie facts with legends as it tells of the evolution of world cinematic trends and underground and indie films. It pairs charts and graphs with designs and over 100 original artworks and facts covering all major movie genres and it provides a lively format revealing industry secrets and behind-the-scenes events. Any interested in the film industry will find this a fun read!

The Photography Shelf

The Way of the Digital Photographer
Harold Davis
Peachpit Press
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
9780321943071, $34.99,

The Way of the Digital Photographer adopts a Zen-like perspective on photography and offers an inspirational guide from a master photographer who shows how to improve digital photography skills. Basic photography skills are assumed for a readership that is looking to improve their art. Techniques such as pre-visualization, using basic Photoshop features to improve results, and creating startling and compelling images makes for a well-rounded lesson plan packed with image examples accompanying step-by-step tutorials. The result is a top pick for photographers who have the basics down, but want to move up to the next level of artistic results.

Learning to Photograph V. 1
Cora Banek and Georg Banek
Rocky Nook
802 East Cota Street, 3rd Floor, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
9781937538200, $39.95,

Learning to Photograph V. 1 covers the basics of camera, equipment and basic photography techniques and is a fine guide for any amateur who would learn the basics about camera choices and new technology. It reviews all the technical elements of photography from exposure to lighting, it offers numerous sample photos and graphics to illustrate all the ideas, and it packs in details on shutter priority, SLR camera advantages and disadvantages, sensors, and much more. A 'must' for any newcomer to photography, this is a colorful and specific introduction.

Commercial Photographer's Master Lighting Guide, second edition
Robert Morrissey
Amherst Media
175 Rano Street, Suite 200, Buffalo, NY 14207-2176
9781608956333, $27.95,

Commercial Photographer's Master Lighting Guide appears in its second updated edition to pack in over 125 lighting diagrams and discussions on how to capture texture, image, and design creative lighting setups. From food photography and house interiors to jewelry and models, this compiles artistic techniques and pairs them with basic commercial photography objectives, presenting a series of step-by-step lessons to translate professional skills into accessible photography strategies. The result is a top pick for any commercial photographer who wants to learn more about lighting basics.

The Sports Shelf

Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc.
PO Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61820-5076

Kimberly Mueller and Josh Hingst's THE ATHLETE'S GUIDE TO SPORTS SUPPLEMENTS (9780736093699, $18.95) covers the most popular supplements used in the sports world, assessing their contributions to performance, their drawbacks, and how they work. The latest research captures specifics on the kinds of studies used to assess sports supplements, including manufactured and natural substances, and arranges all this in an alphabetic presentation that makes it a snap to use this as a quick look-up reference. The result is a guide that assesses the latest health information surrounding sports supplements and provides a fine guide to the pros and cons of choosing one over another: perfect for any sports library. Sports collections will also find important Donald A. Chu and Gregory D. Myer's POLYMETRICS (9780736079600), a fine survey of science-based drills and exercises to ensure optimal athlete results for all levels in any sport. It provides coaches and players with specific instruction on assessment and exercises, offers sport-specific training regimens, and tells how to provide the best tools for achieving strength and competitive edge. With its black and white illustrations throughout, this is a fine pick for any athlete's collection!

The Cookbook Shelf

The America's Test Kitchen Cooking School Cookbook
America's Test Kitchen
9781936493524, $45.00,

The America's Test Kitchen Cooking School Cookbook offers a comprehensive guide to home cooking, packing over eight hundred pages with some 600 recipes and over two thousand photos in four-color. It gathers all the techniques and tips for better home cooking to pair with these foolproof recipes, and it evolved from an interactive, video-based online cooking school launched by the test kitchen team two years ago. The approach here is very visual, with oversized color photos illustrating over a hundred cooking lessons to allow home cooks step-by-step instruction. The result is a fine cooking school in a book, highly recommended for any novice and many with some cooking basics under their belts.

Modern Irish Food
Kevin Dundon
Mitchell Beazley
c/o Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9781845338930, $24.99,

Modern Irish Food offers some 100 recipes that focus on easy Irish comfort food, comes from Kevin Dundon's popular TV cooking show, and features traditional dishes with modern twists. So here you'll find the usual lamb stew or Irish soda bread with variations such as oatmeal or seed additions to the bread. Roast Pork with Crunchy Crackling and White Pudding, Cheese and Caramelized Apple Tarts are only a few of the Irish dishes that sound complicated but in fact are quick, easy and impressive. As it accompanies a new 10-part series, it's a top pick that makes the most of Dundon's hotel and cookery school and opens up a world of Irish fare to newcomers.

Dutch Oven & Cast Iron Cooking
Peg Couch
Fox Chapel Publishing Company
1970 Broad Street N., East Petersburg, PA 17520
9781565238176, $14.99,

Dutch Oven & Cast Iron Cooking is packed with mouthwatering recipes designed for winter and cold weather pleasure, and only needs a classic Dutch oven to prove successful. Here are 50 recipes that include not only the anticipated stews and soups, but recipes for breads, side dishes and even breakfast. Tips do include seasoning, drying and storing cast iron cookware - which admittedly involves some extra steps - and they also include variations for indoor and outdoor cooking methods. Any who own a Dutch oven and other cast iron cookware will find this filled with basic recipes and ideas on using them!

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

The Heavens Rise
Christopher Rice
Gallery Books
c/o Simon and Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, 14th fl., New York, NY 10020
9781476716084, $26.00,

The Heavens Rise is supernatural thriller writing at its best: set in a gloomy Louisiana bayou, three friends find themselves confronting the mystery of a vanished family, a sole survivor who ran away from her friends to avoid destroying them with her strange abilities, and an ancient parasite that can change mankind. Niquette is a reminder of what this new parasite can do - and as she and her friends search for hidden truths, they also discover a wider-ranging issue affecting everything they've known and loved. A powerful saga with many twists and turns, cemented by three winning personalities, gives this book solid drama and inviting intrigue.

Tempt the Stars
Karen Chance
Signet Eclipse
c/o Penguin Group (USA)
375 Hudson Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10014
9780451419057, $7.99,

Tempt the Stars provides the next installment in the Cassie Palmer series which revolves around a half-goddess whose powers are unreliable - especially when they're put to dubious use stealing from hell. Her new job as the chief seer of the supernatural involves a host of additional challenges, from saving a friend to handling a possessive vampire - and all this must fit into her 9-5 job. A satisfying blend of supernatural mystery and thriller makes for a strong story perfect for novel readers looking for a touch of fantasy in their reading.

Year of the Demon
Steve Bein
c/o Penguin Group (USA)
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
9780451465191, $25.95,

Year of the Demon: A Novel of the Fated Blades provides a fine story telling of a dangerous supernatural sword and a Tokyo detective who uncovers new dangers in the course of retrieving an ancient iron demon mask that was stolen during a raid. Mariko's ignorance of the mask's real powers places her in deadly danger - and conflict - with the Inazuma blade; for the mask existed hundreds of years before she was born and its power leans toward a destructive force that could end the world if it can't obtain Inazuma steel. Japanese culture blends with a fascinating saga to make for a different blend of science fiction and detective story.

1636: The Devil's Opera
Eric Flint and David Carrico
Baen Books
PO Box 1188, Wake Forest NC 27588
9781451639285, $25.00,

1636: The Devil's Opera continues the 1636 alternate history sagas and tells of the new nation the United States of Europe, which here is on the verge of civil war. Adolphus has been injured and is no longer in command, and a Swedish leader's new goal to assemble forces and end the revolution is involving the world in a bloodbath. Add a host of other plots and the figures of a crippled boy and a pair of policemen, and blend it all with detective work and killers, and you have a powerful and fast-paced story.

Lighthouse Island
Paulette Jiles
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022-5299
9780062232502, $26.99,

Lighthouse Island is a powerful, positive story set in a future world where the earth is one big city, animals are nearly gone, and only television offers images of a better place. Into this world orphan Nadia is born with a dream of a vacation spot called Lighthouse Island in the Pacific Northwest where she dreams her lost parents must live. Lost herself in the world of old books and imagination, Nadia one day strikes out to find this better place - and finds her life changed, as a result. Lighthouse Island is a gripping saga packed with satisfying twists and turns, and is a highly recommended pick for science fiction and novel readers alike.

The Social Issues Shelf

Walk in Their Shoes
Jim Ziolkowski with James S. Hirsch
Simon and Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, 14th fl., New York, NY 10020
9781451683554, $25.00,

Walk in Their Shoes: Can One Person Change the World pairs autobiography with social issues as it tells of the author, who abandoned lucrative career plans to embark on a lifelong quest to prove that he - or anyone - could change the world through action. His movement buildOn involves thousands of young people who are using the idea of service to change their lives and communities. The focus on lasting change, not just charity work, in helping villages build schools makes for an enlightening and inspirational read. After returning to the US the author moved to Harlem and spent three years living in a drug-charged neighborhood. His focus on breaking poverty at home and abroad makes for a powerful documentation of a movement that has successfully changed lives. Any social issues collection will find this positive and engrossing.

Smart Cities
Anthony Townsend
W. W. Norton & Company
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110
9780393082876, $28.95,

SMART CITIES: BIG DATA, CIVIC HACKERS, AND THE QUEST FOR A NEW UTOPIA explores the ongoing relationship between cities and information technology, considering how technology has changed urban culture and led to further digital technology expansions. Big businesses offer promises to link urban problems with technological solutions with everything from smart real-time traffic control systems to smarter command systems. This book considers efforts to build 'smart cities' and the software systems which go into them. While this book promotes the benefits of such systems, it also cautions about digital solutions to social issues - and considers glitches and problems that can invade an interconnected world. Readers of social and urban issues alike will find this a fascinating consideration of smart technology's changes.

The Writing/Publishing Shelf

Writer's Rehab
D.B. Gilles
Michael Wiese Productions
12400 Ventura Blvd., #1111, Studio City, CA 91604
9781615931569, $12.95,

WRITER'S REHAB: A 12-STEP PROGRAM FOR WRITERS WHO CAN'T GET THEIR ACTS TOGETHER holds specific interest for the performing arts and film writer, and comes form a playwright and script consultant who uses his years of writing and teaching to help writers plan for periods of low production. This is a 12-step program containing humor and fun, packaged in a paperback nearly half the size of a trade paperback so it can be slipped into any back pocket or purse and consulted at any place. From putting aside fictional characters to work on yourself to moving from having a great idea to translating that into a killer script, this is a solid set of practical insights and exercises for any aspiring scriptwriter, from novices to neo-professionals who struggle with writer's block.

Shakespeare for Screenwriters
J.M. Evenson
Michael Wiese Productions
12400 Ventura Blvd., #1111, Studio City, CA 91604
9781615931415, $19.95,

Shakespeare for Screenwriters: Timeless Writing Tips from the Master of Drama belongs in both creative writing and film collections and provides a powerful analysis linking Shakespeare's approaches to drama with screenwriting success. Chapters not only provide the usual consideration of elements that made the Bard's works so compelling and long-lasting, but link these insights to modern screenwriting efforts and requirements. Each chapter provides specific lessons based on a reading of Shakespeare, and each offers concrete tools screenwriters can employ for success today, making this a unique approach and a 'must' for any aspiring screenwriter who wants to use time-tested lessons from the Bard himself to achieve greater heights.

A Self Made of Words
Carl H. Klaus
University of Iowa Press
119 West Park Road, Iowa City, IA 52242-1000
9781609381943, $18.00,

A Self Made of Words: Crafting a Distinctive Persona in Nonfiction Writing is a pick for any collection strong in creative writing guides, and provides exercises and directions to help develop a persona of choice by understanding the effects of different writing approaches. Chapters come from the founder of the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program and provide detailed discussion of how one's written persona evolves from decisions on what to say and how to say it. No creative writing collection should be without this specific and important guide.

The Science Shelf

The Rational Animal
Douglas T. Kenrick and Vladas Griskevicius
Basic Books
c/o Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9780465032426, $26.99,

The Rational Animal: How Evolution Made Us Smarter Than We Think comes from a psychologist and a business professor who here consider new models analyzing the thinking mind, considering how choices are driven by evolutionary goals and why our minds are actually divided into 'subselves' based on this evolutionary process. It considers how these selves govern different situations and how their actions underlay decision-making processes, and it connects modern behavior patterns to those of the past to create a dialogue on how behavior itself is evolutionary in nature. The result is an excellent survey recommended for any health or science collection concerned with the psychology and evolution of thought processes.

The Psychology Shelf

Ronald Chase
Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-4363
9781421410913, $19.95,

SCHIZOPHRENIA: A BROTHER FINDS ANSWERS IN BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE is a fine addition to any mental health or general lending library and considers basic questions about schizophrenia, using clear language to explain the disorder and how it affects individuals and their families. It's more than a professor of biology's coverage: it blends his own family story of his brother's life and affliction with a review of the latest scientific literature on the issue, making for a guide especially user-friendly to families struggling with the results of a diagnosis.

Lament of the Dead
James Hillman & Sonu Shamdasani
W. W. Norton & Company
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110
9780393088946, $27.95,

LAMENT OF THE DEAD: PSYCHOLOGY AFTER JUNG'S RED BOOK reassesses psychology in light of religion and history and gathers a series of some fifteen conversations on the subject over a two-year time span, considering how the original Red Book discussions changed perspectives on Jung's works. This piece is transcribed for the first time here and presents conversations that analyze The Red Book and consider its impact on our perceptions of death and expression. Any psychology collection will find this controversial probe an essential acquisition and important for any discussion of Jung.

How Are You Feeling?
David Shrigley
W. W. Norton & Company
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110
9780393240399, $19.95,

HOW ARE YOU FEELING? AT THE INSIDE OF THE CENTRE OF THE HUMAN BRAIN'S MIND provides a fun and zany 'self-help' book that considers the human mind and uses handwritten text and small fun line drawings to provide a guide to human emotions. Shrigley is a British artist and humorist who provides caricatures of human tendencies and here provides thirteen fun chapters covering psychological problems and treatments. A sense of humor is key for enjoying his quirky approach: readers who meet this prerequisite will include those generally interested in British humor and caricature drawings, as well as any involved in science and psychology.

Michael McGuire
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197
9781616148294, $19.95,

BELIEVING: THE NEUROSCIENCE OF FANTASIES, FEARS, AND CONVICTIONS is an examination of beliefs and comes from a leading neuroscientist in brain-behavior research. Without attention to lively examples this all too easily could have become a dry study: instead, it blends personal anecdotes with the latest brain research to provide a fine focus on brain systems and how they create and maintain patterns of belief. From how the brain is hotwired for belief creation to inherent physical biases and how it prefers favorable, rewarding belief systems, this provides an excellent survey of brain science and its link to belief, and is a pick for any science reader.

The Music Shelf

Roger Waters: The Man Behind the Wall
Dave Thompson
Backbeat Books
c/o Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing
33 Plymouth St, Suite 302, Montclair, NJ 07042
9781617135644, $27.99,

Roger Waters: The Man Behind the Wall provides the first biography of Waters and is a 'must' for any music history collection strong in rock music heritage. It traces Waters' life and stormy relationship with musicians, audiences and his own self, covering his participation in Pink Floyd, his aggressive style, and his contributions to rock music in general. The result is a solid, gripping title that belongs in either biography or music history libraries, filled with insights and rock music behind-the-scenes history.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Herbal Antivirals
Stephen Harrod Buhner
Storey Publishing
210 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247
9781612121604, $24.95,

Herbal Antivirals: Natural Remedies for Emerging & Resistant Viral Infections covers treatment protocols for viruses and pairs this with a guide to the most potent antiviral herbs, and is a fine pick for any looking for natural ways to combat illness. Chapters show how to build immunity with herbal treatments using a reference that details which plants have proven most effective in fighting viruses. Directions for preparing and applying formulations are arranged by herb and make for quick and easy consultation, while introductory chapters on natural treatments for major diseases make for a powerful survey recommended for any natural health library.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Guilt Trip
Laura Childs
Berkeley Prime Crime
c/o Penguin Group (USA)
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
9780425252925, $25.95,

Guilt Trip: A Scrapbooking Mystery tells of a Louisiana businessman who has served some of his time for a white collar crime when his wife throws a big party. When he is murdered, it's up to Carmela and friend Ava to find out which of his enemies wanted him dead. Add a scrapbooking group and clues based on investigators who are scrappy enthusiasts and you have a riveting mystery that's a fine read for any who like puzzles.

Kerry Greenwood
Poisoned Pen Press
6962 E. First Ave., #103, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
9781464201431, $24.95,

MEDEA is the first novel in Kerry Greenwood's 'Delphic Woman' series and provides a fine historical novel based on the legend of Medea, who killed her children - or did she? Here Princess Medea is a priestess who protects the grove holding the Golden Fleece when she confronts Jason, who is determined to rule the land. The king sets up challenges to thwart Jason but Medea finds herself entranced by his good looks and wily ways - and when romance blossoms between them, the entire kingdom is in danger. A powerful blend of history and mystery makes this a winner!

Murder, She Wrote: Close-Up On Murder
Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain
c/o Penguin Group (USA)
375 Hudson Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10014
9780451240200, $23.95,

Murder, She Wrote: Close-Up On Murder offers the fortieth installment of the best-selling series and tells how one of Jessica's novels is being made into a movie when murder strikes an actor and the entire crew and cast become suspects. Can a movie set imbed murder into its underlying plot and if so, how can Jessica uncover clues on who did it? Any fan of the prior books will find this continues a popular series with a new twist.

Never Come Back
David Bell
c/o Penguin Group (USA)
375 Hudson Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10014
9780451417510, $15.00,

NEVER COME BACK explores the impact of a devastating murder when Elizabeth's mother dies unexpectedly and leaves her in charge of her troubled brother. When Ronnie becomes the prime suspect in their mother's death, the stage is set for Elizabeth to conduct an investigation that will reveal dangerous family secrets and a truth that could not only answer questions about Ronnie, but place Elizabeth in danger herself. A fine saga of family relationships and murder evolves in this tense thriller.

The Diamond Deep
Brenda Cooper
c/o Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197
9781616148553, $18.00,

THE DIAMOND DEEP represents Book Two of 'Ruby's Song' and tells Ruby Martin and her partner Joel, who must find a way to save their people. The ship Creative Fire was on its way home from its long voyages, but they've been away for generations and the world their return to has vastly changed. They are oppressed and are facing a life regulated to the bottom of society when Ruby and Joel decide to fight for their people's right to become more. A powerful saga, this follows The Creative Fire, Book One, and is especially recommended for fans of this former story.

The Education Shelf

The Comprehensive Guide to Special Education Law
George A. Giuliani
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Publicity Department
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Inc.
400 Market Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19106
9781849058827, $39.95,

The Comprehensive Guide to Special Education Law is an invaluable reference for any professional in the field of special education, and covers the laws in place to protect special ed kids. It probes federal laws as they apply to rights and uses a Q&A format to cover all key areas of special education law, from parental rights to legal rights to education and issues of discipline. Educators receive a coverage of both history and requirements under laws that impact their disciplines, and will find this an invaluable reference.

Corwin Press
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218

Renee Hobbs and David Cooper Moore's DISCOVERING MEDIA LITERACY: TEACHING DIGITAL MEDIA AND POPULAR CULTURE IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (9781452205632, $36.95) provides a series of lesson plans that are geared to students of all backgrounds and which use a range of technology tools in the teaching process, from mobile apps to Internet. Teachers of children ages 5-12 will find this a fine place to consider the entire range that comprises 'digital', from TV to computers and mobile phones, and will appreciate the inclusion of materials for teacher development and building social connections. There are plenty of books promoting media literacy: this one provides the nuts and bolts of 'how'. Bruce M. Whitehead,'s PLANNING FOR TECHNOLOGY: A GUIDE FOR SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS, TECHNOLOGY COORDINATORS, AND CURRICULUM LEADERS (9781452268262, $33.00) is a pick for any education collection concerned with technology and its classroom and school applications, and appears in a second revised edition to help teachers prepare for the fast pace of technological change and its influence on core methods. Revisions cover key digital developments of the past decade, adding new content surveying guidelines for Common Core Standards and adult learning, and a new chapter is added on how to create a 'culture of technology'. The result is a study guaranteeing success for any school leader who wants specific approaches to teaching and learning with technology. ReLeah Cossett Lent and Barry Gilmore's COMMON CORE CPR (9781452291369, $34.95) considers the promise and reality of the concept of Common Core applications, pointing out that some 1.3 million students fail to graduate high school each year despite educational ideals and pointing out the failure of a system that insists all students meet the same/impossible (for some) expectations. It combines classroom strategies and daily teaching challenges to help teachers decide how to plan assignments for student comprehension and ability as well as Common Core standards, and it shows how incremental growth is more important than insistence on standards that lead kids to decline. Teachers will find this a powerful guide to more effective Common Core classroom applications!

Teaching Twos and Threes
Deborah Falasco
Redleaf Press
10 Yorkton Court, St. Paul, MN 55117-1065
9781605541327, $34.95,

Teaching Twos and Threes: A Comprehensive Curriculum provides classroom teachers of this age group with a key to tested, effective early learning practices, and is a solid reference plan for hands-on art, science, cooking, and play teaching approaches. It comes from the experiences of a lead teacher at a nursery school and it packs in creative activity ideas which have been literally tested on the playground. From strategies to build programs to keys to working with young children, this is a solid reference for any early learning collection.

The World History Shelf

Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War
Max Hastings
Alfred A. Knopf
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 17th floor, New York, NY 10019
9780307597052, $35.00,

Max Hastings has written military histories that cross over well into general history holdings, and Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War is no exception to his formula for success as it documents the outbreak of World War I and traces the influences that led to it. From initial clashes and why Germany and Austria-Hungary were the key players in early conflicts to extraordinary battles, the actions of political leaders, and the political sentiments that led nations into battle, this is as much a social and political survey as it is a military account of battles, and thus deserves recommendation for any general history collection.

Churchill's Bomb
Graham Farmelo
Basic Books
c/o Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9780465021956, $29.99,

Churchill's Bomb: How the United States Overtook Britain in the First Nuclear Arms Race comes from a science historian who reveals how the British began research into nuclear physics man years before Americans and Germans realized the importance and applications of such studies. Still, Churchill failed to understand the weapon's real potential, and never utilized the opportunity British nuclear scientists gave him. This history documents the world run on nuclear physics applications and considers the work of three scientists which provided Britain with an edge on nuclear research - an edge ultimately thwarted by Churchill, who was unconvinced of its applications. The result was an apathy that led to America's development of the bomb instead - and prompted a nuclear arms race during the Cold War. Any history of the times isn't complete without this close inspection of missed opportunities and world politics.

The Spanish Holocaust
Paul Preston
W. W. Norton & Company
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110
9780393345916, $19.95,

The Spanish Holocaust: Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain comes from an economics professor and historian on the era who considers the memories repressed by Franco's regime and more. The Spanish Holocaust has been a historical fact neatly repressed by Spain and only recently has come to full light, and this book is the first comprehensive study of the violence of the Spanish Civil War and Franco's dictatorship. From stories of individual actions and rebel opposition to key events during the war, this provides an engrossing history of the times and considers the social and political elements of Franco's regime. The result is a powerful survey recommended for any college-level collection strong in Spanish history.

Mistaking Africa
Curtis Keim
Westview Press
2465 Central Avenue, Boulder, CO 80301
9780813348940, $36.00,

Mistaking Africa: Curiosities and Inventions of the American Mind provides a fine exploration of African stereotypes and history and has been completely revised and updated with new examples and new discussions. Any college-level collection strong in African history will find this delves into all kinds of perceptions about the continent perpetuated by media and popular culture. It exposes myths, discusses realities, and provides ethical and theoretical issues in a manner that requires no strong familiarity with African history or culture. The result is a fine discussion for any high school to college student of African affairs.

The Computer Shelf

Practical Programming, second edition
Paul Gries,
Pragmatic Programmers
2831 Eldorado Parkway, #103-381
Frisco, TX 75033-7438
9781937785451, $38.00,

Practical Programming: An Introduction to Computer Science Using Python 3 appears in its second updated edition edited by Lynn Beighley and teaches the basics of programming using design, algorithms, debugging and other methods of producing quality code, and is a fine pick not just for experienced users, but from those new to programming. It provides instructions which assume no prior knowledge and teaches the basics of what happens when programs work, don't work, and how to program for big data sets, large files, number and text combinations, and more. From charts and graphs to exercises, this is filled with everything needed to better understand the finer art of programming, and should be in any computer library.

Testing Cloud Services
Kees Blokland, Jeroen Mengerink, Martin Pol
Rocky Nook
802 East Cota Street, 3rd Floor, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
9781937538385, $36.95,

Testing Cloud Services: How to test SaaS, PaaS and IaaS is for developers working with cloud computing and offers an in-depth assessment of risks that are inherent in the cloud computing environment, from traditional risks to new ones. Each risk is connected to test measures both traditional and new, and each risk assessment begins with the starting point of selecting cloud services. The result is a fine computer guide key to any successful cloud migration or deployment, and is a recommended approach for any working in cloud development.

The Audiobook Shelf

Random House Audio
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 5th floor, New York, NY 10019

Bill Bryson's ONE SUMMER AMERICA, 1927 (9780739315293, $45.00) appears in an unabridged audio and provides a lively history of the summer of 1927, when Lindbergh became the first man to cross the Atlantic by plane nonstop, when Babe Ruth made his record, and when floods, murders, and gangs became headline news. This covers the events that comprised a monumental summer, moving from headlines to daily lives, tracing exciting events and bringing to life a wealth of amazing circumstances that changed lives and made that summer pivotal and powerful. Any who enjoy popular culture and history will find this a captivating listen. Brian Jay Jones' JIM HENSON: THE BIOGRAPHY (9780804128643, $55.00) receives a fine reading by Kirby Heyborne, who has starred in many feature films, and provides a fine biography of a visionary who created the Muppets and thrilled the world. This biography was written with the Henson family's cooperation and covers the life and times of Henson using new interviews with his family, friends and collaborators. With insights into his person life, religion and Muppet origins, this is a lovely and revealing story that comes to life in audio. Jo Nesbo's POLICE (978080416388, $45.00) provides a new Harry Hole novel narrated by playwright John Lee and telling of the anniversary of the gruesome death of a police officer. Within months two more officers are killed in the same way, sparking a frenzy of fear and suspicion that the fear is being spread purposefully to find more victims. There are too many suspects - even for detective Harry Hole - if he had not gone missing. A vivid plot and plenty of intrigue keeps even seasoned mystery readers guessing to the end. Sue Grafton's W IS FOR WASTED: A KINSEY MILLHONE MYSTERY (9780307704290, $32.00) provides a wonderful audio mystery set in 1988 and revolving around P.I. Kinsey, whose slow business allows her to investigate some old cases. Unfortunately her digging brings these dead cases back to life, ultimately threatens her personal world, and links an obvious murder to an unexplained death. Kinsey must be getting old despite her 38 years: she's having some movement troubles and some of her perceptions seem not as sharp as they could be. Despite this, fans who enjoy solid mysteries will find Judy Kaye's smooth and evocative voice successfully brings out intrigue and adventure in another satisfying 'alphabet mystery' especially recommended for prior Kinsey fans. Anne Rice's THE WOLVES OF MIDWINTER (9780804148542, $45.00) receives a powerful reading by award-winning narrator and actor Ron McLarty who brings to life a vivid story set at the beginning of winter and telling of Reuben Golding, infused with the Wolf Gift and facing a much-changed holiday season. The Man Wolves hold the season as sacred as humans, and they have their own rituals which soon will introduce Reuben to ghosts, secrets, and a strange world of spirits. Set in the ghostly scenery that is the Northern California coast, THE WOLVES OF MIDWINTER is steeped in mystery and supernatural encounters recommended for any fan of Anne Rice or fantasy sagas.

The DVD Shelf

10 Minute Solution: Butt Lift
Christine Bullock
Anchor Bay Entertainment
2401 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 200
Troy, MI 48084-3304
013132607511, $14.98,

10 Minute Solution: Butt Lift provides creative approaches to a min-workout that focuses on the butt, includes a bonus abdominal workout, and is designed to target the glutes, hamstrings and lower back. From squats and kicks to an all-standing workout, this uses no special equipment and comes from an instructor who holds certifications in Pilates, yoga and Barre and who teaches group fitness in Los Angeles. The five complete 10-minute workouts she features can be customized or incorporated into any busy day, making this a top pick for any home exerciser.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

Contemporary Spirituality for an Evolving World
Nicolya Christi
Bear & Company
c/o Inner Traditions International, Ltd.
One Park Street, Rochester, VT 05767
9781591431664, $18.00,

Contemporary Spirituality for an Evolving World: A Handbook for Conscious Evolution is recommended for general spirituality holdings as well as new age collections, offering a set of psychological and spiritual keys to achieve global evolution and a new consciousness for the new year. It reviews old and new paradigms of religion and spirituality, examining how elements of the newly evolving world differ from old habits and paths that hinder spiritual growth, and it provides a strong collection of psychological exercises designed to heal psychological and spiritual wounds. The result is an outstanding survey, highly recommended for any interested in uncovering differences between new spiritual thinking patterns and hold habits.

On the Edge of Reality
Colin Andrews with Synthia Andrews
New Page Books
c/o Career Press Inc.
220 West Parkway, Unit 12, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
99781601632555, $17.99,

On the Edge of Reality: Hidden Technology, Powers of the Mind, Quantum Physics, Paranormal phenomena, Orbs, UFOs, harmonic Transmissions, and Crop Circles covers new evidence of alien intelligence and posits that said intelligence is challenging people to a higher level of consciousness; an idea supported by the 2012 Mayan Prophecy. Chapters discuss this visionary idea, offering new concepts about parallel cases of unusual paranormal activities and linking the unexplained in a different manner. By connecting global consciousness and its evolution to alien intelligence, this provides a whole different perspective in a treatment new age readers will find thought-provoking and intriguing.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

Hear Me, See Me
Marybeth Christie Redmond & Sarah W. Bartlett
Orbis Books
PO Box 308, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0308
9781626980396, $20.00,

HEAR ME, SEE ME: INCARCERATED WOMEN WRITE provides prose and poetry from women imprisoned in Vermont, is compiled with Writing Inside VT's founders and activists, and provides a series of first-person stories of women who examine the various challenges to their spiritual lives and faith. Chapters are filled with social and spiritual insights in the course of relating these women's perspectives and experiences, and provide a strong collection of prison writing recommended for not just spirituality holdings, but for literary collections and those containing women's writings in general.

The Interior Design Shelf

Professional Practice for Interior Designers, fifth edition
Christine M. Piotrowski, FASID, IIDA
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9781118090794, $90.00,

Professional Practice for Interior Designers appears in its fifth updated edition, includes website support, and provides students of architecture and interior design with a solid coverage of business practices considering legal, financial, ethical and business challenges faced by modern interior designers. Any studying for the exam will find this new edition provides a revised chapter organization lending to quick reference, new and updated coverage of professional practices, considerations of social media and other marketing practices, case studies, and much more. Sample forms and further information are presented on a supporting website. A 'must' for any serious interior design collection!

The Geography Shelf

Cracking the AP Human Geography Exam, 2014
The Princeton Review
c/o Random House Inc.
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9780804124201, $18.00,

The 2014 edition of Cracking the AP Human Geography Exam packs in two full-length practice tests and reviews of all AP Human Geography terms, includes charts, maps and tables, and is packed with detailed answers for exams and explanations that go beyond rote memorization. The format is designed to both mimic and support the exam: step-by-step test-taking strategies in each chapter accompany clear explanations of answers and also provide guidelines for writing good essays. With its in-depth focus on actual test structure and intentions, this is a powerful pick for any interested in pursuing the AP Human Geography Exam, and a strong recommendation for collections catering to these students.

The Technology Shelf

Handbook of Distributed Feedback Laser Diodes, second edition
Geert Morthier and Patrick Vankwikelberge
Artech House
685 Canton Street, Norwood, MA 02062
9781608077014, $179.00,

Handbook of Distributed Feedback Laser Diodes appears in its second updated edition - the first since 1997 - to cover the many changes in the industry and the changed role of DFB laser diodes. Engineers receive descriptions of the different effects that encompass a DFB laser diode, provides professionals with two new appendices, and updates everything involved in the theory, commercial applications and design of this technology. There have been so many changes in the industry since the 1997 publication, it's safe to say any library seeing popularity with the prior reference should consider this an indispensable replacement.

The Literary Studies Shelf

The African
J.M.G. Le Clezio
David R. Godine, Publisher
PO Box 450, Jaffrey, NH 03452
9781567924602, $22.95,

THE AFRICAN is more than one man's biography: it moves into the realm of unforgettable literature as it provide the author's story of race in a memoir beginning in 1948, when a young boy leaves Europe with his family to join his military doctor father in Nigeria after they have been separated by war. Le Clezio's new life in Nigeria is a far cry from his first eight years in France: there is beauty, there is a dictatorial father, and there's a world and culture very different from all he's known. THE AFRICAN is a powerful saga packed with satisfying reflections that move beyond the personal into the social and political realms: it's reviewed here as a literary recommendation for any college-level collection strong in African culture, literature, and literary memoirs alike.

William Ellery Leonard
Neale Reinitz
Rowman & Littlefield
4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706
9781611475883, $75.00,

William Ellery Leonard was an eccentric poet and professor and critic who produced poems based on his life experiences and whose translations of Lucretius and Beowulf became accepted classics of literature: it's fitting that a biography of his life and works should incorporate the influences that molded his literary expertise. College-level students of his works will find this an outstanding critical coverage adding much to any collection in 20th century literary figures, with chapters offering footnotes of reference, plenty of analysis of his works with liberal quotes throughout, and all the tools needed to understand Leonard's ongoing influence.

Constellation of Genius: 1922: Modernism Year One
Kevin Jackson
Farrar, Straus, Giroux
18 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011
9780374128982, $30.00,

Constellation of Genius: 1922: Modernism Year One comes from Ezra Pound's referral to 1922 as the beginning year of creative genius, as reflected by the concurrent publications of James Joyce's 'Ulysses' and T.S. Eliot's 'The Wasteland' - two works that serves as the foundation for the modernist literature movement that would follow. Chapters place the appearance of these works in context of the world in which they were published, providing a wider-ranging view of the society which birthed these two literary achievements. While the result also will strongly appeal to history and social science collections, it's featured here as an important addition to any literary history holding, as well.

The Poetry Shelf

Throw the Damn Ball
R.D. Rosen,
c/o Penguin Group USA
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
9780142180853, $15.00,

Throw the Damn Ball: Classic Poetry by Dogs provides fun animal-based verse from 'poetic pooch' perspectives and is a fun collection of canine humor perfect for animal and literary collections alike. A dog's perspective is presented in poems which also adopt the styles of some of the most famous poets of our times, from Emily Dickinson (in 'There is No Frigate Like a Pavement') to Dylan Thomas. Here are adaptations of classic poet writings - but reflecting dog concerns over love, friendship and meals. Color photos of dogs round out this fun quasi-literary collection.

The Crafts Shelf

Project: Necklaces
Bead&Button Magazine
Kalmbach Books
21027 Crossroads Circle, Waukesha, WI 53186
9780871167514, $17.99,

Project: Necklaces provides a fine collection of some 30 designs from Bead&Button Magazine, and is a pick for any jewelry worker who wants new ideas for necklaces. From pendants to chains, this shows how to stitch, string, and use metal wireworking to create lovely results, from a vintage autumn garland of flowers necklace to using lampworked glass and pearls. Any jewelry maker will find this a gorgeous presentation of winning designs, with full color photos and step-by-step instructions throughout.

The Architecture Shelf

Louis I. Kahn, Architect
Charles E. Dagit, Jr.
Transaction Publishers
10 Corporate Place South, Piscataway, NJ 08854
9781412851794, $39.95,

Arts collections strong in architectural history will welcome this first-person survey of Louis I. Kahn, who built a new breed of modern architecture and taught about his designs at the University of Pennsylvania. Author Dagit was an undergraduate there and a member of Kahn's one-year master's studio, so was in a great position to absorb firsthand Kahn's perspective. This covers Kahn's methods of teaching architecture, his building philosophy, and accounts of those he influenced in the field. Any college-level collection strong in architectural history will find this a fine addition.

The International Studies Shelf

Westview Press
2465 Central Avenue, Boulder, CO 80301

The second updated edition of Robert D. Lee's RELIGION AND POLITICS IN THE MIDDLE EAST: IDENTITY, IDEOLOGY, INSTITUTIONS, AND ATTITUDES provides college-level students with a comparative analysis of politics and religion and how they worked to affect the evolution of democracy in five Middle Eastern countries, and is a pick for any studying the region's history and development. By considering the interrelated progress of religion and politics in the region and supplying discussions of ideology, institutions and changing attitudes in both arenas, this blends analysis with discussions suitable for classrooms, and is a solid reference including chapter-length country studies. The fifth edition of John McCormick and Jonathan Olsen's THE EUROPEAN UNION: POLITICS AND POLICIES (9780813348988, $42.00) is a recommendation for college-level collections strong in international politics and political science, and has been extensively revised and updated to include recent developments in EU studies and analysis. One needn't have a thorough grounding in EU issues to appreciate this title, which is directed to the U.S. market and covers details Americans may not know. Two professors cover all the basics of EU processes and problems, and provide a strong study that will enhance any understanding of the history and current state of affairs of the EU.

The Military Shelf

4301 21st St, Suite 220B
Long Island City, NY 11101

Brian J. Ford's SECRET WEAPONS: DEATH RAYS, DOODLEBUGS AND CHURCHILL'S GOLDEN GOOSE (9781780967219, $15.95) covers the history of secret weapons technology and development over the decades and comes from a scientist who considers technological influences on weapons concepts and development. Scientists and engineers worked hard during World War II to win the technology war evolving on the battlefield, and some of their weapons ideas became reality. This documents both achievements and the bulk of ideas that never made it off the drawing board, surveying secret weapons development by all major powers during the war. Military and general-interest collections alike will find this a revealing, solid guide! Gavin Mortimer's THE SBS IN WORLD WAR II: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY (9781782001898, $25.95) covers the development of the Special Boat Squadron that was Britain's most exclusive Special Forces unit during World War II, and is a fine guide to its establishment, operations, and impact on launching hit and run raids on the Germans. The squadron served across Europe yet after the war was over, their deeds went largely unacknowledged. This book provides an important focus and includes many vintage black and white photos throughout. Martyn Chorlton's MARTIN B-26 MARAUDER (9781780966052, $18.95) provides an in-depth coverage of one of the medium bombers of World War II and considers its design, development, operations during the war, and its many achievements. The Maurauder served with the RAF, SAAF and other units and its special abilities led to many unexpected successes. Chapters consider its design, how it came to have a less than stellar reputation, and how and why it was scrapped at war's end. Any military collection strong in equipment will find this a winning history of a little-covered plane. Thomas McKelvey Cleaver's ACES OF THE 78TH FIGHTER GROUP (9781780967158, $22.95) joins others in Osprey's 'Aircraft of the Aces' series and provides a history of a group that was the only fighter unit in the 'Mighty Eighth' to fly the P-38 Lightning, P-47 Thunderbolt and P-51 Mustang planes. It provides a fine history of battle operations, fighters, and those who flew planes that were military successes. Vintage black and white photos throughout accompany researched statistics and history in a vivid coverage recommended for any military or aviation history holding. Another new addition to the popular 'Bolt Action' war games series is ARMIES OF FRANCE AND THE ALLIES (9781780960920, $24.95) a narrowed focus on the battles and forces that involves the armies of France, Belgium, Norway, Poland, and more. Army lists, discussions of teams, armored vehicles and transportation, and special rules accompany color illustrations throughout, providing model gamers with a fine series of parameters for engagement. Any Bolt Action participant must have this specific guide. Mike Loades' THE LONGBOW (9781782000853, $18.95) provides a fine survey from a medieval weapons expert with years of experience in warbows. Here he blends a history of overall combat archery on land and sea with technical details on the making and history of the longbow, discussing what gave it such a strong reputation in medieval times, and how its use impacted the world. Any interested in medieval warfare will find this a fine contribution.

The Business Shelf

The Nature of Business
Giles Hutchins
New Society Publishers
Box 189, Gabriola Island, BC, Canada, V0R 1X0
9780865717374, $21.95,

The Nature of Business: Redesign for Resilience offers important keys to understanding the natural structure business by providing a title linking the two, and is a refreshing difference from the majority of books that seem to consider business as separate from any natural process. Chapters consider transformational change, systems integration, and new paradigms for organizational structure based on natural processes to be found in basic principles of biomimicry, and provide keys to understanding underlying behaviors and organizations found in nature. The result is a powerful survey with an alternate viewpoint, recommended for any business collection.

The Needlecraft Shelf

Creative Makers: Simple Knitting
Ros Badger
Mitchell Beazley
c/o Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9781845336967, $19.99,

Creative Makers: Simple Knitting packs in over 20 knit projects for accessories and comes from a knitter who focuses on very simple accessories from globes and socks to bags and knitted jewelry. Any new to knitting receive basic instructions, a survey of yarn choices and terms, and step-by-step instructions on how to knit, while those with the basics 'down' will find this packed with projects that can be made with just two stitches and using simple squares, oblongs or tubes. Color photos of completed projects by photographer Yuki Sugiura make for a fine recommendation for any new to knitting - or knitters seeking quick projects.

Landauer Publishing
3100 NW 101st Street, Suite A
Urbandale, Iowa 50322

Penny Haren's QUILT BLOCK FUSION: COMBINING INNOVATIVE PIECING TECHNIQUES TO CREATE PERFECT BLOCKS (9781935726333, $24.95) blends the author's pieced applique technique with paper piecing strategies to create blocks that look complicated, but are easy productions. Ten techniques included here range from new ways to sew traditional blocks to basic paper-piecing and more. All projects include six-inch blocks that are easy to blend into other projects beyond this book, and each offer step-by-step photos and techniques which are foolproof. Quilters will find this a top pick! Also highly recommended is Janet Houts and Jean Ann Wright's QUILTING A CIRCLE OF NINE (9781935726449, $24.95), a solution to a common quilt pattern project involving a new method of setting blocks. Spacer suggestions pull together the nine blocks in a Circle of Nine quilt and provide innovative new ideas reflected in some 12 new patchwork tips for designing quilts. The result is a lovely collection of quilt ideas perfect for any who have struggled with Circle of Nine complexities.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

What the Dog Knows
Cat Warren
Touchstone Books
c/o Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020
9781451667318, $26.99,

WHAT THE DOG KNOWS: THE SCIENCE AND WONDER OF WORKING DOGS comes from a professor and former journalist who works with a cadaver dog who searches for missing, presumed-dead people. But it evolves beyond the author's interactions with Solo to cover the world of working scent-detection dogs, their training, and their work, and provides readers with a captivating look at the dogs and their place in forensics. Chapters explore dog cognition and its applications and provides a mix of case histories, science, and personal insight into training. The result is a powerful survey recommended for any dog lover.

The Perfect Dog
Dr. Roger Mugford
Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9780600623601, $14.99,

The Perfect Dog: Raise and Train Your Dog the Mugford Way provides a new approach to dog training and comes from an animal psychologist and inventor of the HALTI Headcollar. It debunks common perceptions of dogs as related to wolves, requiring owners to become 'pack leaders', and it also maintains there's no such thing as an untrainable dog. Basic training techniques are covered here, from basic commands to clicker, leash and retrieval training. From modifying behaviors to teaching commands, this provides dog owners with plenty of step-by-step directions.

Radiography of the Dog and Cat
M.C. Muhlbauer & S.K. Kneller
350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148
9781118547472, $99.99,

Radiography of the Dog and Cat: Guide to Making and Interpreting Radiographs is a fine guide for any professional looking for detailed specifics for dog and cat care, and provides a key to evaluating radiographic findings. From describing how to make high-quality radiographs and interpretations of abnormalities to figures, line drawings, and lists of diagnoses, this is written as both a quick reference and as a comprehensive new approach to radiography which blends physiology, pathology and physics. From making and interpreting quality radiographs to evaluation checklists and different radiography systems, this is packed with the latest technical details and comes with a companion website featuring review questions, positioning guide, and more. With its many specific details, Radiography of the Dog and Cat is a 'must have' reference for any veterinary collection and for libraries appealing to technicians.

The Travel Shelf

Great Escapes
Lonely Planet Editors
Lonely Planet Publications
150 Linden Street, Oakland CA 94607
9781743217078, $39.99,

GREAT ESCAPES packs in discussions and oversized color photos of over seventy getaways around the world for all seasons, and is a fine coffee table addition or armchair traveler's guide for any travel collection. It pairs stories with experiences arranged by theme, explores urban and rural delights alike, and contains simply stunning color photos throughout. Also included, for those who would do more than read about it, is practical information for planning the getaway and taking side trips. The getaways are both filled with action and interest and sometimes are quiet places for solitude and contemplation. Either way - they're winners for all who appreciate exciting destinations, and a perfect holiday recommendation!

1000 Ultimate Adventures
Lonely Planet Publications
150 Linden Street, Oakland CA 94607
9781743217191, $22.99,

1000 Ultimate Adventures gathers a fine collection of 1,000 ideas and activities to inspire readers to see the world, and provides a fine collection of opportunities ranging form jungles and caves to family-friendly adventuring, rafting, cycling and more. The focus is on top experiences that require a minimum of expertise and offer maximum return by way of adventure and excitement, with chapters including color photos, sidebars of information, and tips on what to see where. From atmospheric wonders to zip lining, this is filled with excitement and will attract independent travelers and armchair readers alike.

The Nautical Shelf

Legacy in Wood
Ryan Wahl
Harbour Publishing
PO Box 219, Madeira Park, BC, Canada, V0N 2H0
9781550175981, $24.95,

Legacy in Wood: The Wahl Family Boat Builders is the story of a family who built wooden fishing boats for three generations, and whose boatyard in British Columbia became known as the standard by which commercial fisher boats were assessed. Over sixty years went into their boat building industry: this charts its evolution, and began as a personal family research history project. What began as an interview with his grandfather evolved into an in-depth survey involving documents and oral histories from Wahl employees, making for a lively and involving guide recommended for any nautical library.

The Wine Shelf

The World Atlas of Wine, seventh edition
Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson
Mitchell Beazley
c/o Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9781845336899, $55.00,

The World Atlas of Wine first appeared in 1971 to much acclaim: today it's been published in fifteen languages and sells around the world. The last edition of the Atlas was in 2007, and many changes in the wine world are reflected in this latest edition, which covers major worldwide wine trends, changes in winemaking techniques, and new considerations of wine-growing regions around the world. This seventh edition packs in over two hundred unique wine maps covering regions even in China, and provides an authoritative text with so many revisions that any collector strong in wine information must have this. It serves as a coffee table addition and a fine holiday gift, as well!

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Diane C. Donovan, Editor
Midwest Book Review
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