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Volume 5, Number 7 July 2010 Home | BW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Cookbook Shelf Biography Shelf
Business Shelf Jobs/Careers Shelf Sports Shelf
Religion/Spirituality Shelf Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf Needlecraft Shelf
Judicial Studies Shelf Music Shelf Military Shelf
Metaphysical Studies Shelf Buddhist Studies Shelf Women's Studies Shelf
Nautical Shelf Science Shelf Environmental Studies Shelf
Antiques/Collectibles Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf International Studies Shelf
Native American Shelf Philosophy Shelf Education Shelf
Psychology Shelf Photography Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf
Fiction Shelf Audiobook Shelf Travel Shelf
Pets/Wildlife Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf Judaic Studies Shelf
Computer Shelf Social Issues Shelf Crafts Shelf
Homeowner's Shelf Architecture Shelf  

Reviewer's Choice

She Bets Her Life
Mary Sojourner
Seal Press
1700 - 4th St., Berkeley CA 94710
9781580052986, $17.95

SHE BETS HER LIFE: A TRUE STORY OF GAMBLING ADDICTION comes from an NPR commentator and pioneer in women's mental health counseling and shares her own struggle - and that of others in her support group - with gambling addiction. From how her addiction progressed to how women handle this common addiction, this is an important title for any general collection.

Lisa Oz
Free Press
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
9781439123928, $26.00

US: TRANSFORMING OURSELVES AND THE RELATIONSHIPS THAT MATTER MOST comes from the author of YOU: THE OWNER'S MANUAL and provides an exploration of three key relationships: with self, others, and the Divine. It draws on ancient traditions, thinking, and personal insights to provide keys to changing one's relationships and self. A fine pick for any general collection interested in self-transformative processes.

Geek Dad
Ken Denmead
Gotham Books
c/o Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9781592405527, $17.00

GEEK DAD: AWESOMELY GEEKY PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES FOR DADS AND KIDS TO SHARE is a winning title that provides parents with imaginative activities. Selections from the author's GeekDad Blog and new creations blend for a book showing parents such tricks as how to build a lamp entirely out of LEGO bricks and CDs, and how to design electric origami. The projects are diverse, and amazing! All invite parent/child participation and interaction throughout the play and construction process.

The Sunbonnet: An American Icon in Texas
Rebecca Jumper Matheson
Texas Tech University Press
Box 41037, Lubbock, TX 79409-1037
9780896726659, $29.95

Deserving of ongoing mention for both regional American and art and women's studies libraries at the college level is The Sunbonnet: An American Icon in Texas, a study packed with oral histories and primary source images of sunbonnets from American collections. This is the first book-length study focusing on the 20th century and why this dress accessory persisted after it passed from fashion. Chapters provide a centerfold of color photos and plenty of quotes from literature and historical resources.

Mark Oppenheimer
Free Press
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
9781439128640, $25.00

If you've ever met a child who talks like an adult - and who is a know-it-all - then you've met a 'weisenheimer' - who like the author was both blessed and cursed with talent and knowledge beyond his years. This memoir comes from a New York Times columnist who revisits his childhood trials until he eventually found a place which appreciated his verbal skills. His story will intrigue and attract a wide general audience, making this a top pick for any general lending library.

Alternative Energy
Brian C. Black and Richard Flarend
Greenwood Press
130 Cremona Drive, Santa Barbara, CA
9780313344848, $55.00

Alternative Energy joins others in the 'Historical Guides to Controversial Issues in America' series, and is designed to provide students with report and debate arguments in a sourcebook covering the problems and promise of alternative fuels. It comes from an associate professor in history and environmental studies and it explores debates over alternative energy that have gathered force in this century.

Twelve By Twelve
William Powers
New World Library
14 Pamaron Way, Novato, CA 94949
9781577318972, $14.95

TWELVE BY TWELVE: A ONE-ROOM CABIN OFF THE GRID & BEYOND THE AMERICAN DREAM is a top pick for environmental collections as well as general lending libraries. It provides the memoir of a successful physician who chooses to live in a small cabin without running water or electricity - and represents activist writer William Powers' visit to Dr. Jackie Benton in rural North Carolina. An outstanding account offers inspiration!

Food Styling
Delores Custer
c/o Wiley Professional/Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9780470080191, $75.00

FOOD STYLING: THE ART OF PREPARING FOOD FOR THE CAMERA is an outstanding presentation providing professional chefs and photographers with the definitive food photo reference in the field. From how to set up shots and choose equipment to tested techniques for extraordinary food shots, this is based on the author's thirty years of experience styling food for advertising, magazine, books and film, and is packed with details on special effects, working with professionals, creating alluring food scenes, and more. A unique 'must' for any college-level culinary or photography collection.

The Cookbook Shelf

Chronicle Books
680 - 2nd St., San Francisco CA 94107

Ray "Dr. BBQ" Lampe's Ribs, Chops, Steaks & Wings (9780811868266, $19.95) pairs fine color photos by Leigh Beisch with fine recipes for delicious barbecue meats. From the basics on how to light a grill to using smoking chips and pairing them with meats and using indoor grills, this moves easily from basic grilling to recipes more complicated, such as Pork Chops with Peach Salsa. The author has been grilling professionally for over twenty years, and his dishes are winners! Pim Techamuanvivit's THE FOODIE HANDBOOK: THE (ALMOST) DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO GASTRONOMY (9780811868532, $24.95) provides an outstanding survey of what's happening in the food world, pairing recipes and anecdotes with tips on how to create intense flavors. From what works and doesn't to twists on traditional fare, this is a fine survey any culinary collection will welcome.

Gordon Ramsay's Family Fare
Gordon Ramsay
Key Porter
6 Adalaide St., 10th Floor, Toronto Ontario M5C 1H6 Canada
9781554702220, $25.00

GORDON RAMSAY'S FAMILY FARE comes from a top-rated chef and TV personality who features over twenty menus to bring family together over the dinner table. Every menu receives full color photos, alternative recipes and menu suggestions, and such fast, easy dishes as Iced Berries with White Chocolate Sauce: a snap to put together. Libraries will find the famous name of Gordon Ramsay lends this a special draw.

Gibbs Smith
Box 667, Layton, UT 84041

Any reader who would learn how to cook with a pizza oven will find Andrea Magnaini's The Art of Wood Fired Cooking (1423606531, $19.99) a key acquisition. It offers detailed information on the wood burning oven, keys to perfect firing and food, recipes, and color photos throughout to bring it all together. The author's spent 20 years as a cook and teacher, perfecting these dishes: it shows, each is appealing, clearly explained, and easy for wood stove owners to reproduce, making this a pick for any culinary collection. Barbara Beery's PINK PRINCESS CUPCAKES (1423607384, $14.99) is directed to ages 6 and older and offers creative ideas for princess-themed desserts - but shouldn't be limited to a children's cookbook collection. It pairs bright color photos with some excellent tips on how to put together a theme cupcake presentation perfect for a child's party or gathering, and provides parents with some very fine decorating ideas.

Mark Schatzker
Viking Press
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780670021819, $25.95

STEAK: ONE MAN'S SEARCH FOR THE WORLD'S TASTIEST PIECE OF BEEF offers a culinary adventure pairing the author's affection for steak with a history of beef production, steak cooking, and a search for the 'best'. From his journey to a Texas steak-judging contest to a visit to a French cave to view paintings of an extinct wild cattle, this is an outstanding culinary exploration perfect for any general cooking library.

Skinny Italian
Teresa Giudice with Heather MacLean
Hyperion Books
77 West 66th Street, New York, NY 10023-6298
9781401310356, $19.99

Skinny Italian: Eat It and Enjoy It - Live La Bella Vita and Look Great, Too shows home cooks how to prepare classic Italian cuisine that doesn't break the bank. Along with dozens of recipes, SKINNY ITALIAN packs in details on dishes that aren't loaded with fat, from Swordfish with Capers and Lemon to a light Homemade Limoncello. Color photos abound in a fine pick for any lending library.

The Biography Shelf

Dick Hoyt with Don Yaeger
Da Capo Press
c/o Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9780306818325, $22.95

DEVOTED: THE STORY OF A FATHER'S LOVE FOR HIS SON begins with a father's nightmare: a baby's diagnosis of cerebral palsy with quadriplegia that gave his parents no hope for a normal life. The Hoyts never considered doing anything other than raising his son with as many opportunities as he could handle - and DEVOTED tells of a perspective that led father and son to recently run in their 28th Boston Marathon. A powerful story of devotion and faith evolves, perfect for general lending libraries.

A Special Mother
Anne Ford with John-Richard Thompson
Newmarket Press
18 E. 48th St., New York NY 10017
9781557048523, $16.95

A Special Mother: Getting Through the Early Days of a Child's Diagnosis of Learning Disabilities and Related Disorders comes from a mother who has raised a child with severe learning disabilities, and has become an advocate for children with learning disabilities. Her book guides parents through the entire process of realization, from diagnosis to handling disorders, and covers the basics of what parents can effectively accomplish through education, advocacy, and caring for the entire family's psychological needs. General lending libraries will find this a fine acquisition.

The Bedwetter
Sarah Silverman
c/o HarperCollins
10 E. 53rd St., New York NY 10022-5299
9780061856433, $25.99

The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee tells of Sarah Silverman's long-time dream to make people laugh - and her writing gig at Saturday Night Live and other experiences. After much struggle in the comedy industry her show The Sarah Silverman Program has become a hit - and THE BEDWETTER chronicles this rise to fame and her growing up in a series of autobiographical essays perfect for any general lending library.

Ernest Thompson Seton
David L. Witt
Gibbs Smith
Box 667, Layton, UT 84041
9781423603917, $40.00

Ernest Thompson Seton: The Life and Legacy of an Artist and Conservationist tells of the life of a man who became one of the first great wildlife conservationists in America. He invited the realistic animal story genre, he established foundations for the sciences of animal behavior and ecology, and his works reached millions. Color illustrations throughout provide powerful examples of these works and their lasting impact, making this a 'must' for both art and ecology collections alike.

The Business Shelf

Reflections on Management
Watt S. Humphrey with William R. Thomas
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
032171153X, $34.99 www.informit/com/seiseries

Reflections on Management: How to Manage Your Software Projects, Your Teams, Your Boss, and Yourself provides new project managers with specific advice on how to manage projects and teams alike. Chapters pack in positive gems that reflect on motivators, noticing team interactions, and more, and provide a positive survey for any software project engineer or management team. A top pick for business and computer collections alike!

Emily Nagle Green
2 Penn Plaza, 23rd Floor, New York NY 10121
0071635149, $27.95

ANYWHERE: HOW GLOBAL CONNECTIVITY IS REVOLUTIONIZING THE WAY WE DO BUSINESS provides important business keys to a new era where all people and things are connected at all times. In the Anywhere economy, location will be much less important than global branding - and ANYWHERE discusses how this might be achieved, and the opportunities and challenges of global connectivity. Any business library needs this.

Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc.
235 Montgomery Street, Suite 650, San Francisco, CA 94104-2916 1-800-929-2929

Elizabeth Doty's THE COMPROMISE TRAP (9781576755761, $17.95) provides readers with a fine survey that offers insight into rules that undermine personal integrity. Six personal foundations for maintaining core values are presented along with fifty firsthand accounts of compromise in business environments, making for an outstanding survey business managers will relish. Andrea Batista Schlesinger's THE DEATH OF WHY? THE DECLINE OF QUESTIONING AND THE FUTURE OF DEMOCRACY (9781576755853, $16.95) profiles individuals and businesses that support the practice of inquiry in society. Questions have power and value, and debates won't conclude with successful answers - but society has been geared to expect this. THE DEATH OF WHY considers alternatives and analyzes the underlying importance of the practice of inquiry.

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

Robert F. Brands with Martin J. Kleinman's ROBERT'S RULES OF INNOVATION: A 10-STEP PROGRAM FOR CORPORATE SURVIVAL (9780470596999, $34.95) details decades of collective experience contributed by Robert Brands and his network of experts. It provides a new set of 'rules' for innovation, covering principles for inspiring, managing risk, encouraging forward thinking, and accepting new ideas. Any business library strong in innovative thinking needs this set of new guidelines for change. Christine S. Richard's CONFIDENCE GAME; HOW A HEDGE FUND MANAGER CALLED WALL STREET'S BLUFF (9780470648278, $27.95) tells of the co-founder of a hedge fund firm whose six-year campaign to warn that the bond insurance business was endangered earned him the brand of a fraud by Wall Street. Bill Ackman's contrarian bet would wager on the collapse of one of the highest-rated companies on Wall Street - and would predict the resulting credit crisis. Business libraries will find this absorbing, fascinating reading!

Rethinking the MBA
Srikant M. Datar, et al.
Harvard Business School Press
60 Harvard Way, Boston, MA 02163
9781422131640, $39.95

The collaborative work of Srikant M. Datar, David A. Garvin, and Patrick G. Cullen, RETHINKING THE MBA: BUSINESS EDUCATION AT A CROSSROADS examines the current state of business education, which once guaranteed access to lucrative careers with the best firms. That has all changed - and the MBA degree is no longer a guarantee for success. RETHINKING THE MBA considers what has changed, why, and three broad trends shaping business education today. It's a 'must' for any serious business library.

Green Economics
Molly Scott Cato
c/o Stylus Publishing
22883 Quicksilver Drive, Sterling, VA 20166-2012
9781844075713, $38.95

Green Economics: An Introduction to Theory, Policy and Practice provides college-level business and ecology collections with a fine survey introducing green economics perspectives and its effect on taxation, welfare, money, economic development and more. Different schools of critical thought about green economics are presented along with examples of effective green policies already being implemented around the world. A fine reader for any college-level class in world economics and ecology.

Complete Idiot's Guide to Technical Analysis
Jan Arps
Alpha Publications
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9781592579013, $21.95

Learn to use market trends to best advantage through a guide that shows how to analyze market swings and create strategies for investment! Here are jargon-free explanations of terms and topics along with examples of technical analysis in real-life market scenarios, making this a fine pick for both business and general lending libraries. An accompanying CD of figures and charts illustrating these patterns makes for a fine supplement!

The Jobs/Careers Shelf

How to Use the Internet to Get Your Next Job
Janet Nagle
Atlantic Publishing
1405 SW 6th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471-1825
9781601382399, $21.95

How to Use the Internet to Get Your Next Job tells how to apply for and get at the top of job lists using the Internet. It explores everything from online job searching and career alternatives to how to conduct an effective search, from handling online applications and resumes to developing job sit profiles. A top pick for any general collection!

Green Collar Jobs
Scott M. Dietche
Box 1911, Santa Barbara, CA 93116-1911
9780313380143, $34.95

Green Collar Jobs: Environmental Careers for the 21st Century offers a survey of green jobs and green career paths, offering a reference to help students and job seekers find the latest job resources and information on environmental careers. From discussions of green jobs from environmental, economic and political perspectives to surveys of alternative energy and green building, as well as global job opportunities, this is a 'must' for any career library.

The Sports Shelf

Gridiron Leadership
Evan H. Offstein, et al.
Box 1911, Santa Barbara, CA 93116-1911
9780313378171 $34.95

The collaborative work of Evan H. Offstein, Jason M. Morwick, and Scott W. Griffith, Gridiron Leadership: Winning Strategies and Breakthrough Tactics provides a fine survey of sports leadership strategies and breakthrough learning, teaching leadership lessons through the stories and experience of the gridiron. Real moments from football serve as metaphors for change and management lessons and draw on decades of experience of the authors and training in 'gridiron management' concepts. Sports and business collections alike will relish this.

1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019

David Feherty's THE POWER OF POSITIVE IDIOCY: A COLLECTION OF RANTS AND RAVES (9780385530736, $26.95) comes from a Golf Magazine columnist and CBS sports commentator and offers a fine collection of fun, positive observations from his columns. An original essay, pieces from Golf Magazine columns, readers' letters and more make for a fun, recommended survey for any general-interest sports collection. Also recommended for any general sports collection is Rick Reilly's SPORTS FROM HELL: MY SEARCH FOR THE WORLD'S DUMBEST COMPETITION (9780385514385, $26.00) comes from an ESPN columnist seeking to cover something new. His criteria for something different was sports 'the dumber, the better'. His planet-wide search for such sports - which are actual sports, not stunts - results in a hilarious collection.

David K. Wiggins & R. Pierre Rodgers, Eds.
The University of Arkansas Press
McIlroy House, 201 Ozark Avenue, Fayetteville, AR 72701
1557289212, $29.95

RIVALS: LEGENDARY MATCHUPS THAT MADE SPORTS HISTORY offers sixteen original essays that cover influential and famous rivalries from a range of sports, from golf and boxing to basketball, tennis, ice skating and more. The essays focus on equally matched opponents that are different in race and culture and political ideology and religion, and consider competitive advantage and how opponents ignite passion for more than competition. It's a top pick any sports history library will relish!

Human Kinetics
Box 5976, Champaign, IL 61825-5076

Brad Schoenfeld, CSCS, CPT's Women's Home Workout Bible: A Better Body for Every Budget (0736078282, $19.95) comes from a personal trainer who shares his secrets of how to set up a personal gym for as little as, $100 and how to blend nearly two hundred exercises into a routine for a fine home workout. From establishing fitness goals and a schedule to budgeting, this offers 12 four-week programs for conditioning, sculpting, and cardio workouts, offering tips and answering questions. Women will find this a key acquisition essential for any home gym setup. Judy Patterson Wright's SOCIAL DANCE STEPS TO SUCCESS, 2ND EDITION (0736045058, $23.95) comes with a CD, appears in an updated edition, and provides step-by-step instruction for eight popular dance styles from swing and cha-cha to polka and tango. Each new step represents a fine transition from the prior one, and each step receives explanation of importance and technique. The disc features music for each style, for practice. Dance collections will relish this! David Sandler's FUNDAMENTAL WEIGHT TRAINING: 102 EXERCISE TO START TRAINING (0736082808, $16.95) provides a survey of the basics of weight training, using over 100 exercises paired with photo demonstrations and step-by-step descriptions. From stretching routines and steps to developing your own program, this provides an easy program for strengthening and toning.

101 Baseball Places to See Before You Strike Out
Josh Pahigian
The Lyons Press
246 Goose Lane, Guilford, CT 06437
9781599218847, $18.95

101 Baseball Places to See Before You Strike Out reviews the very best baseball places, from the Ted Williams Museum to Babe Ruth's gravesite and dozens of landmarks representing baseball highlights. The blend of travel tips and baseball moments offers a fine survey of history and existing tourist destinations baseball fans will relish.

Veloce Publishing
Veloice House, Parkway Farm Business Park,
Middle Farm Way, Poundbury, Dorchester DT1 3AR, England

Derek Lawson's FORMULA 5000 MOTOR RACING... BACK THEN... AND BACK NOW (9781845842161, $79.95) provides a finely illustrated, classic account of the history and culture of Formula 5000, which celebrated its 40th Anniversary in Europe last year. Here is a chronology of all its championships and a finely researched history probing the cars and their drivers in a rare documentation highly recommended for any motorsports library! Roy Smith's ALPINE & RENAULT: THE SPORTS PROTOTYPES V. 1: 1963-1969 (9781845841911, $69.95) offers the first volume in a survey of the Alpine and Renault sports prototypes developed and tested as the team's first models. Interviews with those involved in competition supplement discussions of successes and failures, all packed with fine photos.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

Belief: Readings on the Reason for Faith
Francis S. Collins
c/o HarperCollins
10 E. 53rd St., New York NY 10022
9780061787348, $19.99

Belief: Readings on the Reason for Faith provides readings selected by Francis Collins, author of THE LANGUAGE OF GOD. It examines the nature and possibilities of faith and belief, gathering under one cover essays that examine faith from an intellectual perspective. Any seeking clarity on the debate between reason and faith will find this an engrossing collection.

The Covenant of the Torch
Rev. Abraham Park, D.Min, DD
364 Innovation Dr., North Clarendon, VT 05759-9436
9780794606312, $24.95

THE COVENANT OF THE TORCH: A FORGOTTEN ENCOUNTER IN THE HISTORY OF THE EXODUS AND WILDERNESS JOURNEY offers an in-depth study of the people and events in genesis, offering a study of God's work of redemption through the Exodus. A map of all 42 camps in the wilderness, an answer to the prophecy that Abraham's descendants will return to Canaan, and an analysis of genealogy charts lends to a scholarly theological survey recommended for any Christianity study group.

Made for Goodness
Desmond Tutu & Mpho Tutu
c/o HarperCollins
10 E. 53rd St., New York NY 10022
9780061706592, $25.99

MADE FOR GOODNESS AND WHY THIS MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE offers a fine survey written by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter, and offers keys to longer-range thinking about 'goodness' based on his personal spirituality. Stories of his own life and memories from his work contribute to a powerful inspirational read highly recommended for any spirituality library.

Zondervan Publishing House
5300 Patterson Avenue, S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49530

Any who has ever 'stumbled' in faith will find John Ortberg's KNOW DOUBT (9780310325031, $12.99) a candid book based on the author's own struggle with spiritual doubt. His survey of belief, unbelief, and the resurrection of faith at its deepest levels makes for an outstanding contemplative reflection perfect for any spirituality library. Churches struggling with issues of diversity and ethnic representation will welcome Mark Deymaz and Harry Li's ETHNIC BLENDS: MIXING DIVERSITY INTO YOUR LOCAL CHURCH (9780310321231, $18.99). It covers common obstacles churches face in trying to blend in different ethnicities, and provides paths for a church to become a healthy, multi-ethnic representation of faith. The authors are multi-ethnic church pioneers with a track record in addressing and successfully handling barriers to church growth, making this an authoritative church reference.

The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails
John W. Loftus, Editor
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2119
9781616141684, $21.00

The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails provides a fine anthology of recent criticisms aimed at Christian belief and is edited by a former evangelical minister, expanding on ideas introduced in Loftus's first book. It defends his theory of 'outsider's test of faith' and argues that believers should apply the same skeptical standards to their faith as they use to evaluate others. A fine survey of Christian concepts and critical insights evolves.

The Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf

Andrews McMeel
1130 Walnut St, Kansas City, MO 64106-2109

Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman provide two fine Zits comic strip collections about the wayward teen, and is a pick for any fan of Zits or any parent. JEREMY & DAD: A ZITS TRIBUTE-ISH TO FATHERS AND SONS (0740791559, $16.99) packs in black and white and color cartoon strips, all focusing on the relationship between Jeremy and his father. It's an outstanding Father's Day tribute - and a perfect gift for any father. A ZITS GUIDE TO LIVING WITH YOUR TEENAGER (9780740791680, $9.99) offers the first owner's manual for parents with teens, and will make a hilarious gift for any struggling with their teen's attitude. A single color comic adorns each page. Darby Conley's TREASURY OF THE LOST LITTER BOX (0740793357, $16.99) provides a fine 'Get Fuzzy' comic series about a conniving cat and a good-natured dog who address life's questions. Mostly black and white and some color panels pack a satisfying collection!

Forget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale
Belle Yang
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780393068344, $23.95

Forget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale offers a fine graphic memoir, entering the graphic novel field for the first time to share her personal story. She began drawing her memoir during a dark time when she was forced to confine herself to her parents' home to avoid an abusive ex-boyfriend-turned stalker. Her involvement in her family's stories and her changes between old world Chinese parental roots and modern Chinese-American lifestyle makes for an involving graphic novel memoir perfect for graphic novel and Asian-American collections alike.

The Needlecraft Shelf

Think Outside the Sox
Knitter's Magazine
XRX Books
PO Box 1525, Sioux Falls, SD 57101
9781933064185, $24.95

Think Outside the Sox: 60+ Winning Designs from the Knitter's Magazine Contest offers a fine collection of creative socks from award-winning designs, showcasing over 60 winning designs form the publisher's international knitting contest. Charts, diagrams, and more provide detailed photos and an excellent how-to guide for any who would produce different kinds of socks. Any needlework library must have this!

Amazing Ways to Use Circles & Rays
Renae Haddadin
American Quilter's Society
Box 3290, Paducah, KY 42002-3290
9781574326604, $26.95

Amazing Ways to Use Circles & Rays tells how to draft complicated designs using circles and rays, showing how to draw some circles, divide them into wedges, and connect points for quilts in award-winning styles. A CD with patterns for 7 projects offer different sizes in a 'whole process' method for sewing sections easily. Needlework libraries will find this an excellent choice.

The Judicial Studies Shelf

But They Didn't Read Me My Rights!
Michael D. Cicchini, JD and Amy B. Kushner, Ph.D.
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2119
9781616141660, $19.00

But They Didn't Read Me My Rights! Myths, Oddities, and Lies About Our Legal System is a 'must' for any general lending library where legal rights are of concern. It considers common fallacies about how our legal system operates, covering such basic issues as how and when police are required to read rights, and revealing many circumstances where police can even interrogate without revealing rights. A fine pick for any general lending library!

The Music Shelf

Shine Your Face
Mr. SomethingSomething
World Records
CD, $18.00

Shine Your Face may be billed as dance hall music, but its Dixieland jazz influence is more pronounced than its dance beats - and will satisfy collections strong in African jazz structures. The Toronto-based band has encouraged a new genre reflecting their style: Dancefloor Activism. Several of the band's musicians have visited Nigeria and Ghana regularly, and the African influence is subtle but embedded in jazz stylings. Song lyrics call for social engagement and political and spiritual responses - but it's the jazz audience who will appreciate the underlying beat in Mr. SomethingSomething's SHINE YOUR FACE, a recommendation for African jazz collections.

Punk Slash! Musicals
David Laderman
University of Texas Press
Box 7819, Austin TX 78713-7819
9780292721708, $50.00

PUNK SLASH! MUSICALS is the first book to consider punk narrative films and British and American punk rock musicals produced from the mid-70s to the mid-1980s. These films represent a break from classic Hollywood and pop music genres, and the idea of 'slip-sync' and changing performances is here chronicled in an excellent blend of music, punk and film history perfect for any music library.

The Military Shelf

Zenith Press
400 1st Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Bruce Gamble's FORTRESS RABAUL: THE BATTLE FOR THE SOUTHWEST PACIFIC, JANUARY 1942-APRIL 1943 (9780760323502, $28.00) describes the events that contributed to the development of Rabaul, on the tip of New Britain, into a military complex. Rabaul was a fortress of operations and served as the foundation for new offensives by the Japanese: this account delves into the island's transformation and uses key Japanese and Allied resources to detail events. Any World War II military library must have this in-depth account. Michael Green and James D. Brown's WAR STORIES OF THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE (9780760336670, $28.00) offers stories of the land battle that made the American GI an enduring World War II icon. It covers the series of battles known as the Battle of the Bulge, but it's not just another history of the battle, but a story of the period of time using first-person stories of all kinds of Americans who fought. A top military history reference.

Introducing... The Sky Blazers
Jack Jacobson
Potomac Books Inc.
22841 Quicksilver Dr., Dulles, VA 20166-2012
9781597972857, $26.95

Introducing... The Sky Blazers: The Adventures of a Special Band of Troops That Entertained the Allied Forces During World War II tells of the author and his friend, amateur entertainers with no thought of joining the military - until Pearl Harbor hit. Their decision to enlist led to their performances for fellow soldiers to boost morale - and the creation of the first Combat Special Services Entertainment Unit, putting on shows for weary Allied forces. The story of the Sky Blazers makes for an outstanding survey suitable for military and music collections alike.

Osprey Publishing
44-02 - 23rd St., Long Island City, NY 11101

Mikhail Maslov's Polikarpov I-15, I-16 and I-153 Aces (9781846039812, $22.95) joins others in the Osprey Aircraft of the Aces series, covering the world's first mass-produced fighters produced for World War I battle. This history follows the plane's development as it be came the mainstay of the Soviet air fighter force. Good-sized color photos and vintage black and white shots make this a winner for any military aviation library. Robert Forczyk's ERICH VON MANSTEIN (9781846034657, $18.95) covers the background and battlefield experiences of one of the greatest commanders in history. He was one of the most successful German commanders of World War II - this military survey of his strategies deserves a place in any military library. Also recommended for any collection analyzing leadership and strategy is Gregory Fermont-Barnes' NAPOLEON BONAPARTE (9781846034589, $18.95), provides a survey of the background, strategies and tactics of one of the greatest commanders in history. Plenty of books survey Napoleon's life: this provides a military account of his martial career and analyzes and assesses his roles. Michael Lynch's THE CHINESE CIVIL WAR: 1945-49 (9781841766713, $17.95) joins others in the 'essential histories' series offering cultural as well as tactical and political analysis of major historic wars. This and David Nicolle's OTTOMAN FORTIFICATIONS 1300-1710 (9781846035036, $18.95) are top picks for any library strong in early military history and analysis.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

The Power of Purpose, second edition
Richard J. Leider
Berrett-Koehler Publishers
235 Montgomery St., Suite 650, San Francisco CA 94104-2916
9781605095233, $17.95

The Power of Purpose: Find Meaning, Live Longer, Better appears in a second revised, expanded edition twenty-five years after its first edition, rethinking the classic, offering new stories and practices, and revising chapters. The result is a complete revamp of the original and a perfect recommendation for collections with aging editions that have seen much popularity.

The Science of Making Things Happen
Kim Marcille Romaner
New World Library
14 Pamaron Way, Novato, CA 94949
9781577318538, $14.95

The Science of Making Things Happen: Turn Any Possibility Into Reality offers an inspirational personal growth guide by a speaker and entrepreneur who has spent years researching the latest advancements in science and technology. Here she applies little-known scientific discoveries that can be applied to accomplish dreams, showing how to change life through better acknowledging a universe designed to turn possibilities into realities. Science and new age thought blend in a satisfying, excellent survey.

The Buddhist Studies Shelf

The Adornment of the Middle Way
Translated by Padmakara Group
300 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115
9781590304198, $29.95

The Adornment of the Middle Way: Shantarakshita's Madhyamakalankara with Commentary by Jamgon Mipham is a pick for any collection strong in Buddhism. It pairs scholarly commentary by Mipham, who re-presented Shantarakshita to the world, with the abbot's own philosophy, and together the tow make for a powerful examination of Madhyamaka perfect for any scholarly Buddhist studies library.

The Women's Studies Shelf

Women's Movements in the Global Era
Amrita Basu, Editor
Westview Press
2465 Central Avenue, Boulder, CO 80301
9780813344447, $48.00

Women's Movements in the Global Era: The Power of Local Feminisms reviews the growth, pros and cons of local women's movements around the world, with special focus on Third World nations. It provides comparative data for all the movements from a local perspective, offering articles filled with first-hand observations and knowledge and juxtaposing the experiences and issues of women around the world. A 'must' for any college-level women's studies collection.

Best of Covered Wagon Women V. 2
Kenneth L. Holmes, Editor
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Dr, Norman, OK 73069
9780806141046, $19.95

Best of Covered Wagon Women V. 2: Emigrant Girls on the Overland Trails offers letters and diaries of women on the overland trails in the mid- to late 19th century, presenting eleven selections from the multivolume Covered Wagon Women in an anthology far more accessible to women's studies collections. These first-person trail accounts were penned by women in their teens who traveled west: their perspectives and insights make for an invaluable historical record key to any women's history collection.

The Nautical Shelf

A Captain's Duty
Richard Phillips with Stephen Talty
Hyperion Books
77 West 66th Street, New York, NY 10023-6298
9781401323806, $25.99

A CAPTAIN'S DUTY: SOMALI PIRATES, NAVY SEALS, AND DANGEROUS DAYS AT SEA shares details of events leading to the author's harrowing ordeal when armed Somali pirates boarded the cargo ship that was carrying food for the World Food Program. The pirates weren't expecting a fight - or Captain Phillips offering himself as hostage in exchange for his crew's safety. The news coverage which resulted brought the pirating problem to the public eye, but this memoir offers the 'behind the scenes' story and is a pick for nautical and general collections alike.

Sheridan House
145 Palisade St., Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

Ed Mapes's READY TO SAIL! A CAPTAIN'S GUIDE TO BOAT INSPECTION AND REPAIRS - PREPARATIONS OF BOAT AND CREW FOR OFFSHORE PASSAGEMAKING (9781574092714, $29.95) provides a key to getting prepared to sail, from assessing the steering system and engines to shipboard amenities, tackle, safety issues, and more. This second updated edition goers over the boat thoroughly but doesn't depend on technical jargon, making this a fine guide to any who need to inspect and fit a boat for bluewater sailing. Donald Launer's THE GALLEY: HOW THINGS WORK (9781574092882, $17.95) provides a fine survey that's NOT a cookbook. It's all about the structure of a boat galley: the equipment, how it works, types of plumbing, refrigeration, marina water connections, and more. Any nautical library must have this, a satisfying practical nautical title.

The Science Shelf

The Eerie Silence
Paul Davies
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
222 Berkeley St., Boston MA 02116
9780547133249, $27.00

The Eerie Silence: Renewing Our Search for Alien Intelligence explains why, after fifty years of searching the universe for signs of intelligent life, we have nothing to show for it. Is SETI a waste of money and time - or does the silence mean new investment is needed in new search technologies? Paul Davies maintains the search is being done wrong - and that the scope needs to be enlarged, not cut back. Astronomy and general lending libraries will find this an absorbing discussion.

The Environmental Studies Shelf

Climate Change, second edition
A. Barrie Pittock
c/o Stylus Publishing
22883 Quicksilver Dr., Sterling, VA 20166-2012
9781844076482, $31.95

The second updated edition of CLIMATE CHANGE: THE SCIENCE, IMPACTS AND SOLUTIONS presents all sides of the arguments about the science and possible remedies of climate change, considering the latest analysis of climate change including new research and observations and offering new material on investments in large-scale renewables and smaller-scale activities. The combination of science and social impact makes this a recommendation for a range of college-level collections.

A Tear at the Edge of Creation
Marcelo Gleiser
Free Press
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
9781439108321, $25.00

Physicist Marcelo Gleiser provides a fine survey of cutting edge science based on his discovers that led him to a new understanding of the nature of humanity. All life - intelligence in particular - is a precious accident, and our presence here has no meaning outside of itself, though it does have meaning... this is the concept in A TEAR AT THE EDGE OF CREATION: A RADICAL NEW VISION FOR LIFE IN AN IMPERFECT UNIVERSE, which overturns twenty-five centuries of Western thinking arguing that a quest for a 'unified theory of everything' is basically misguided. General and science libraries will relish this.

The Antiques/Collectibles Shelf

Mint Condition
Dave Jamieson
Atlantic Monthly Press
841 Broadway, New York NY 10003
9780802119391, $25.00

MINT CONDITION: HOW BASEBALL CARDS BECAME AN AMERICAN OBSESSION is a 'must' history for collector and sports libraries alike, offering insights not just into card values, but the business of card marketing strategies that grew the baseball card and other industries. From the years after the Civil War to how the cards helped gum and candy makers survive the Depression, this is a fascinating social history general lending libraries will relish.

Collectible Movie Posters
Jim Halperin and Hector Cantu, Editors
Whitman Publishing
3101 Clairmont Rd, Suite C, Atlanta, GA 30329
9780794831424, $19.95

Collectible Movie Posters is an outstanding guide for any collecting or film library, surveying the top 100 collectible movie posters and packing in over 200 color illustrations of such posters. Rare movie posters have skyrocketed in value, and this documents their history and desirability. Photos and the latest auction prices compliment history to make this a winning presentation.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

A Witch in Time
Madelyn Alt
Berkeley Prime Crime
c/o Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780425232613, $23.95

A WITCH IN TIME offers a satisfying new series blending witchcraft with mystery. Here Maggie has just left a job at a mystical antiques shop for a date, when she learns her sister has given birth to twins. A teen found dead that night leads to dangerous associations in this outstanding mystery, highly recommended for any library where mystery and supernatural titles are of interest.

Under Heaven
Guy Gavriel Kay
ROC Books
c/o Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780451463302, $26.95

Under Heaven offers a fantasy novel inspired by Tang Dynasty China in the 8th century, and tells of Shen Tai., who digs graves by day and hears the ghosts of the buried by night. His gift brings danger and intrigue when others hear of the honor he does the dead - and seeks to use his talents for their own purposes. A vivid story of ghostly encounters evolves in a fast-paced historical fantasy perfect for general fantasy collections.

Golden Gryphon
3002 Perkins Rd., Urbana, IL 61802

Mike Resnick's DREAMWISH BEASTS AND SHARKS (1930846606, $24.95) is packed with Mike Resnick's classic twists and turns of plot, from a futuristic safari that ends with an unexpected twist to humor involving unicorns and vampires, or a Tarzan-like British lord in Africa who is actually hiding from creditors. Fine twists of plot! George Zebrowski's EMPTIES (1930846592, $24.95) is a recommendation for both fantasy and mystery libraries alike. When impossible things begin to happen to a seasoned police detective, it brings magic and mystery in this fine survey of Detective Benek's great challenge. Both are top picks for general and fantasy lending libraries.

Arkham House
PO Box 546, Sauk City, WI 53583

James Robert Smith and Stephen Mark Rainey edit EVERMORE (9780870541858, $34.95), a collection where some fifteen writers examine Edgar Allan Poe from different perspectives. From a review of the poet's life to a survey of his creations and legacy, this offers an outstanding legacy to Poe's atmosphere and works, and is a pick for any Poe collection or fantasy library. John D. Harvey's THE CLEANSING (0870541811, $32.95) tells the story of a violent American Indian wolf god who comes to earth to involve freelance journalist Savannah in an investigation of a rampaging wolf pack's intelligence. The two clash in a gripping saga highly recommended for any horror or fantasy collection.

The International Studies Shelf

Westview Press
2465 Center Avenue, Boulder, CO 80301

Ronald M. Schneider's COMPARATIVE LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS (9780813344621, $42.00) comes from a professor of political science and a prior author of many other books on Latin American politics, and is a key resource for any college-level collection seeking a comparative approach to Latin American politics and institutions. Crucial periods of dynamic change are outlined in an overview of selected Latin American counties and their changing challenges, documenting transition periods, political rule, crisis and recovery alike. David S. Sorenson edits INTERPRETING THE MIDDLE EAST: ESSENTIAL THEMES (9780813344409, $49.00) and gathers writings by noted authorities who provide a survey seeking a unified understanding of the modern Middle East. An organization by themes of the region offers history, insights into changing population patterns, social and economic development, and experts who write specifically for this collection. College-level libraries will find it a winner. John Haskell's CONGRESS IN CONTEXT (9780813344126, $45.00) is a pick for any college level collection strong in American political process. It offers a review of Congress and its policymaking process, offering a view of Congress as one link in an interconnected system and considering the three key roles of Congress within the federal government (authorizing processes, funding activities, and supervising). J. Martin Rochester's FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (9780813344188, $50.00) explores international relations topics and offers new ideas on how globalization and other modern trends are affecting these issues. The history and present nature of such international political connections are analyzed using the latest academic scholarship to challenge readers to think critically about modern international relationships.

The Native American Shelf

Chief Loco: Apache Peacemaker
Bud Shapard
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780806140476, $34.95

CHIEF LOCO: APACHE PEACEMAKER is a fine biography recommended highly for any college-level Native American studies collection. It provides a biography of an important but overlooked chief and details the Apache wars and the tribe's experience, using Loco's long leadership as a foundation point for considering how he handled tragic developments and threats to his people. His quest for peace and handling of dangerous U.S. government policies makes for an engrossing survey key to understanding Apache history.

The Philosophy Shelf

Philosophy: An Innovative Introduction
Michael Boylan and Charles Johnson
Westview Press
2456 Central Ave, Boulder, CO 80301
9780813344485, $50.00

Philosophy: An Innovative Introduction is a fine pick for any college-level library strong in philosophy analysis. It uses short stories by Michael Boylan and Charles Johnson - two writers who have combined philosophy and fiction in their works - and offers both modern and historical connections to philosophy along with narrative exercises inviting readers to create their own blend of philosophy and fiction.

Ockham Explained: From Razor to Rebellion
Rondo Keele
Open Court Books
70 East Lake St. #300, Chicago, IL 60601
9780812696509, $19.95

Ockham Explained: From Razor to Rebellion tells of a group of 1328 Franciscans who steal the official seal of the Franciscan Order and one William of Ockham, who had a new approach to the concept of church-state separation. His philosophy would change his world - and this survey of Ockham's ideas is key for philosophy and history collections alike.

The Education Shelf

Corwin Press
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320

Rita A. Moore and Victoria N. Seeger's BUILDING CLASSROOM READING COMMUNITIES (9781412968010, $28.95) helps teachers build a successful approach for motivating students as individual readers, showing how RMA can be used to develop student comprehension by analyzing miscues and discussing retellings. It's a set of interactive discussion techniques used in Socratic Circles which can be extended into the classroom and is a pick for any education collection. Teachers will also relish Catherine Collier's RTI FOR DIVERSE LEARNERS: MORE THAN 200 INSTRUCTIONAL INTERVENTIONS (9781412971621, $38.95), packed with important keys based on TRI models that identify specific learning disabilities in English-speaking students. This focuses on applying RTI models to students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and is organized by the tiers of RTI using specific interventions to assess student issues at all levels. Sharon Adelman Reyes and Tatyana Kleyn's TEACHING IN 2 LANGUAGES (9781412978026, $33.95) provides an outstanding survey of bilingual education programs and focuses on teachers' daily experiences, presenting classroom-ready strategies and tools for content-teaching across the curriculum. Stories from the field show how solutions were applied to challenges, and make for a top choice in bilingual education solutions. Marc Prensky's TEACHING DIGITAL NATIVES: PARTNERING FOR REAL LEARNING (9781412975414, $33.95) offers a different focus on teaching and learning, showing how digitally literate students can draw on their skills to streamline research, analysis and presentation through multiple media. Teachers provide guidance, administrators support the process school wide, and technology becomes a key to new skills in this guide that offers concrete classroom plans over ideology. DATA ENHANCED LEADERSHIP by Alan M. Blankstein, Paul D. Houston and Robert W. Cole (9781412949347, $25.95) offers key ideas on how the informed use of data can translate into effective school leadership. Many experts contribute to a survey blending research, practice and new ideas to help readers determine how to foster staff development, creative thinking, and better student achievement. The second updated edition of M.C. Gore's INCLUSION STRATEGIES FOR SECONDARY CLASSROOMS: KEYS FOR STRUGGLING LEARNERS (9781412975445, $35.95) provides an updated guide that identifies blocks to learning and provides keys to unlock learning barriers for adolescents with learning challenges. All ideas have been field-tested and are based on research: this edition provides an analysis of instructional tools and their applications, and makes for a fine approach that can be blended into everyday inclusive classrooms. Daniel L. Duke's DIFFERENTIATING SCHOOL LEADERSHIP: FACING THE CHALLENGES OF PRACTICE (9781412970501, $28.95) provides keys to diagnosing a school's critical challenges in leadership, offering chapters that pinpoint causes of school decline and how to prevent them. From turning around a low-performing school to designing a new school and creating improvements that work, this is a guide any educator's library needs. Edward J. Thomas and John R. Brunsting's STYLES & STRATEGIES FOR TEACHING MIDDLE SCHOOL MATHEMATICS: 21 TECHNIQUES FOR DIFFERENTIATING INSTRUCTION AND ASSESSMENT (9781412968331, $35.95) gives teachers tools to making mathematics instruction more effective by engaging learners. Research-based strategies offer insights on four different math learning styles - Mastery, Understanding, Self-Expressive, and Interpersonal - and presents classroom-tested techniques for imparting these strategies using step-by-step directions and examples. Donna M. Burns' WHEN KIDS ARE GRIEVING: ADDRESSING GRIEF AND LOSS IN SCHOOL (9781412974905, $25.95) offers a fine key to helping kids handle grief and loss in healthy ways. Charts, quotes, activities, case studies and more offer strategies to help kids affected by death, divorce, violence, and more, and shows teachers how to respond to grief expressed by children and adolescents. A fine resource for any lending library catering to teachers or parents. Judith Irvin, Julie Meltzer and others provide TAKING THE LEAD ON ADOLESCENT LITERACY: ACTION STEPS FOR SCHOOLWISE SUCCESS (9781412979801, $35.95), a fine survey for grades 4-12. Here is a planning process for new literacy that offers 56 rubrics that can be implemented to encourage literacy across content areas and literary culture. The second updated edition of Donna Walker Tileston's WHAT EVERY TEACHER SHOULD KNOW ABOUT STUDENT MOTIVATION (9781412971768, $22.95) comes packed with practices for motivating even the most reluctant K-12 students. It uses the latest brain research paired with new insights on relationships between culture and student motivation, and offers many strategies on how students can begin and finish a task. Randi Stone's MORE BEST PRACTICES FOR ELEMENTARY CLASSROOMS: WHAT AWARD-WINNING TEACHERS DO (9781412963466, $33.95) deserves ongoing recommendation for any elementary teacher's collection. It showcases best practices from award-winning elementary teachers, is a sequel to Stone's prior BEST CLASSROOM PRACTICES, and is packed with details of teaching strategies and innovative lessons and activities. Grad L. Flick's MANAGING ADHD IN THE K-8 CLASSROOM: A TEACHER'S GUIDE (9781412969109, $35.95) helps teachers understand students with ADHD and comes from a clinical psychologist who provides behavioral intervention strategies for handling behavior and other issues of ADHD. From making classroom changes to promoting appropriate behaviors, this provides many important keys. Ann C. Barbour's LEARNING AT HOME PREK-3: HOMEWORK ACTIVITIES THAT ENGAGE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES (9781412963282, $28.95) tells how to create a strong home-school connection using family activities to support the entire learning process. From using a child's experiences to support learning to including shared family projects and games, this covers a range of key topics. Pat Mora's ZING! SEVEN CREATIVITY PRACTICES FOR EDUCATORS AND STUDENTS (9781412978392, $23.95) provides a guide of seven powerful practices for personal creativity. Each of these seven offers parallel exercises for both teachers and students, helping educators and students alike harness their creative energies.

Metaphors & Analogies
Rick Wormeli
Stenhouse Publishers
477 Congress Street, Suite 4B, Portland, ME 04101-3451
9781571107589, $23.00

METAPHORS & ANALOGIES encourages students to think more independently by using metaphors and analogies to foster growth in all areas of education. Teachers are encouraged to blend metaphor into discussions no matter what the topic, and receive 'power tools' for all grade levels showing how to help students bridge ideas between concrete and abstract methods of thought. It's a fine survey any educator's library needs.

Performance-Based Assessment for Middle and High School Physical Education
Jacalyn Lea Lund and Mary Fortman Kirk
Human Kinetics
Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61825-5076
9780736083607, $33.43

Performance-Based Assessment for Middle and High School Physical Education teaches how to develop assessments that help students work together with teachers to enhance physical education abilities. From how to provide effective feedback to students to using unit plans for both team and individual sports and creating rubrics for use in the process, chapters are rich in development keys and include a CD-ROM with assessments and forms for further use.

The Psychology Shelf

Practical Behavior Management Solutions for Children and Teens With Autism
Linda Miller
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
400 Market St, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19106
9781849050388, $39.95

Practical Behavior Management Solutions for Children and Teens With Autism provides educators and parents with keys to understanding challenging behaviors, answering common questions and providing practical solutions that work. From framework for behavior intervention founded on prevention to identifying root causes of behavior issues and planning an intervention, this offers an in-depth, key discussion for any education library.

Jessica Kingsley Publishers
400 Market St, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Kim Aumann and Angie Hart's HELPING CHILDREN WITH COMPLEX NEEDS BOUNCE BACK: RESILIENT THERAPY FOR PARENTS AND PROFESSIONALS (9781843109488, $19.95) provides an important survey of Resilient Therapy, a new way of strengthening kids with complex needs. Parents receive exercises, worksheets, and the latest research as it applies to everyday situations in this important guide. Deborah M. Plummer's HELPING CHILDREN TO COPE WITH CHANGE, STRESS, AND ANXIETY: A PHOTOCOPIABLE ACTIVITIES BOOK (9781843109600, $29.95) is perfect for schools and teachers working with kids ages 7 and older. It offers a fully photocopiable set of activities with illustrations by Alice Harper, and combines theory with games and activities designed to help kids manage their emotions. A fine pick for any teacher's collection.

The Photography Shelf

Mastering Canon EOS Flash Photography
NK Guy
Rocky Nook
26 West Mission St., Suite 3, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2432
9781933952444, $44.95

Mastering Canon EOS Flash Photography covers automatic flash technology that has changed the nature of photography. This offers a survey of everything from Canon's Speedlite flash system to off-camera portable flash units and studio lighting techniques, covering both the basics of flash metering to key concepts of EOS gear and usage. The inclusion of non-dedicated, off-camera flash makes for a unique coverage key to any photography library.

Focal Press
30 Corporate Drive Suite 400, Burlington, MA 01803

Louis Benjamin's The Naked and the Lens: A Guide for Nude Photography (9780240811598, $34.95) tells how to achieve professional results, covering everything from lighting to direction, finding models, legal issues, and more. From the technicalities of working with RAW capture methods to selective focus and hot shoe flash techniques, The Naked and the Lens is a 'must' for any photography library. Also a top pick is the second updated edition of Ctein's DIGITAL RESTORATION FROM START TO FINISH (9780240812083, $39.95), a guide to working with faded, damaged prints or films. It tells how to make a range of corrections, how to hand-tint photos, repair problems in texture and lighting, and even erase mildew spots and eliminate pixel problems. A fine specific guide any digital photographer needs! Mark Galer's ADOBE PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS 8 MAXIMUM PERFORMANCE (9780240521831, $44.95) comes with a comprehensive DVD and packs in over seven hours of movie tutorials, sample images, a stock photo gallery and more to teach digital photographers the basics of Photoshop Elements 8. Step-by-step projects impart the basics of superior approaches to the program, making this a 'must' for any serious Photoshop collection. Leslie Alsheimer and Bryan O'Neil Hughes' BLACK AND WHITE IN PHOTOSHOP CS4 AND PHOTOSHOP LIGHTROOM (9780240521596, $39.95) is a 'must' for any digital photography reference library including Photoshop guides. It's written by photographers who are themselves internally renowned and published, and offers in-depth coverage of workflow, new recipes for black and white conversion, and a new chapter on image editing using Lightroom. An outstanding survey!

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Poisoned Pen Press
6962 E. First Avenue Suite 103, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Gary Reed & Eric Mayer's EIGHT FOR ETERNITY (9781590587027, $24.95) provides a fine Jon the Lord Chamberlain mystery set in 532, when mobs rule Constantinople and one John, Chamberlain to Emperor Justinian, must find those seeking to dethrone his leader. His investigation leads to a web of intrigue and violence in a fine historical, political mystery perfect for any mystery collection. Martin Edwards' THE SERPENT POOL (9781590585931, $24.95) tells of a 7-year-old murder/suicide drowning case that comes to light again when it's re-opened by DCI Hannah of the Cold Case Squad. A problem serpent and new cause to doubt her partner, leads Hannah into danger in this riveting thriller. Frederick Ramsay's PREDATORS (9781590586846, $24.95) tells of one Leo, the CEO of Earth Global who travels to Botswana, a country rich in resources his company and the U.S. government covet. Pursued by corporate danger, Leo's search for peace pairs with a maneater's stalking of the savannah, bringing the two on a collision course. A fine story of intrigue and mystery evolves.

c/o Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014

Karen E. Olson's PRETTY IN INK (9780451229625, $6.99) provides a fine Tattoo Shop Mystery, telling of the owner of one of Vegas's hottest tattoo shops who sleuths in her spare time. An opening night of litter ends in disaster in this thriller. Gail Oust's TILL DICE DO US PART (9780451229427, $6.99) TELLS OF Claudia, who returns from Vegas with a new husband - until he's killed in a heated exchange. It's up to the Bunco Babes to solve the mystery in this fine story!

The Little Death
P.J. Parrish
Pocket Books
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
9781416525899, $7.99

The Little Death blends sex and death and tells of a South Florida detective who is plunged into a dangerous homicide case, helping the prime suspect - an aging male walker - establish his innocence in what appears to be a cut-and-dried case. A fine saga evolves in a read recommended for mystery and thriller readers alike.

The Fiction Shelf

Moon Spinners
Sally Goldenbaum
c/o Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014-3658
9780451229885, $23.95

MOON SPINNERS provides a fine new Seaside Knitters mystery - the third in the series - and provides a fine summer read for knitters as it tells of the Seaside Knitters' new project - helping their friend open a cafe. When car accident reeks of murder, the Knitters spring into action in this fine story, recommended for any mystery library.

Chuck Palahnluk
c/o Random House
1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
9780385526357, $24.95

TELL-ALL is set in old Hollywood and offers a novel from the perspective of one Hazie Coogan, who for decades has tended to one Katherine Kenton. When a gentleman caller woos her, Hazie fears danger when she discovers she's already written a celebrity memoir - foretelling Miss Kathie's death in a coming musical. A fine story of intrigue and Hollywood drama evolves, perfect for any general lending library.

The Audiobook Shelf

Brilliance Audio
PO Box 887, Grand Haven, MI 49417

Amitav Ghosh's THE GLASS PALACE (1441834885, $34.99) receives a fine performance by Simon Vance, an Audiofile Golden Voice, who spices the story set in Burma during the British invasion of 1885 and telling of Rajkumar, a poor boy who creates an empire in the Burmese teak forest, only to find politics interferes with love and his life. A fine story of personal and political struggles evolves. Jack Campbell's THE LOST FLEET: FEARLESS (1441806490, $29.99) is military science fiction at its best: it receives Christian Rummel's fine recording voice and tells of the Alliance fleet, outnumbered by its enemies and led by a legendary captain. It's trying to return home - but its commander is convinced an ambush awaits them. Cat-and-mouse survival games evolve. Andrew Vachss has two novels on audio which are highly recommended picks for collections seeking mystery and detective crime writing. STREGA (1441821031, $29.99) receives veteran narrator Phil Gigante's warm voice and tells of a private eye with a new client who wants Burke to find an obscene photograph - a simple request that will take him into the underground world of humanity, risking his life and sanity in the process. BLUE BELLE (1441820914, $29.99) also receives Phil's fine voice, powering another Burke detective story - this telling of a search for the infamous Ghost Van that is killing teen prostitutes. Two gripping adventures come to life here. David Rollins' HARD RAIN (1423332628, $36.99) is an outstanding thriller on audio and receives an exceptional performance by Mel Foster as it tells of a special agent who needs to figure out a gruesome murder involving a conspiracy. Any listener who enjoys mystery and espionage fiction will relish the complex turns of this story! Stephen King's DANSE MACABRE (1441831053, $29.99) receives William Dufris' fine voice, fueled by an audiobook career as a narrator and producer in London, that brings to life this set of insights into what makes readers and moviegoers hungry for fear. King's review of the entire horror genre makes for an outstanding account key to any who would understand King's approach. Christine Feehan's BURNING WILD (1441815228, $29.99) receives a fine performance by Jeffrey Cummings, an actor with twenty years of experience, who spices a fine story returning the Leopard People to attention. Bred by parents for his leopard-shifting abilities, billionaire Jake has spent his life without love - until romance changes his world. A fine story of passion and interspecies affection evolves. Joy Fielding's THE WILD ZONE (1423362683, $36.99) receives a fine performance by Jeffrey Cummings, a stage actor with twenty years of experience, and tells of two brothers and a South Beach bar, the Wild Zone, whose seduction of a mysterious looking young woman will lead to an abusive husband and danger. A gripping story of terror and danger evolves. Anne Perry's THE SHEEN ON THE SILK (144182488X, $32.99) receives a fine performance by Angela Dawe, an actor and improviser who lends a passionate, smooth voice to spice this historical novel set in 13th-century Constantinople, where Anna's mission is to prove her twin brother is innocent of conspiracy. Her journey takes her into the underworld of society where she uses her skills as a physician to unearth the real story. A gripping tale evolves. Dean Koontz's THE MASK (1441817220, $38.99) receives Natalie Ross's stage acting background and native Texan influences which enhances the story of a teen who appears in the middle of traffic on a busy day with no family and no memories. A couple drawn to her discover that her violent nightmares indicate a frightening evil force at work in this gripping thriller. P.J. Tracy's SHOOT TO KILL (142333678X, $29.99) receives veteran narrator Buck Schirner's professional, polished voice as it tells of Minneapolis detectives drawn to a Mississippi River death and aided by the Monkeewrench crew - computer geeks who help out on puzzling crimes. A fine thriller comes to life in audio. Lori Lansens's THE WIFE'S TALE (1441817468, $29.99) receives a fine performance by Justine Eyre, an award-winning narrator and classically trained actress who lends a fine voice to this story of Mary, who on the eve of her silver wedding anniversary discovers her husband has gone missing. Her search for him will take her away from her comfort zone and into new worlds in this riveting story. Bret Easton Ellis' AMERICAN PSYCHO (1441806296, $29.99) receives Pablo Schreiber's Tony award-winning performance as it tells of Patrick Bateman, who moves in trendy youth circles in 1980s Manhattan, earning a fortune on Wall Street by day while spending his nights in the underworld of society. A fine story of horror evolves with unexpected twists and turns perfect for audio listeners. Lyndsay Sands' TALL, DARK & HUNGRY (1441818057, $29.99) receives Jeffrey Cummings' fine voice, with over twenty years of acting experience, as it tells of Terri, who has come from England to help plan her cousin's wedding. Her encounters with a singing, dancing Dracula and romance makes for an outstanding story. William Martin's CITY OF DREAMS (1423385004, $38.99) receives a fine performance by Phil Gigante, an experienced audio performer who has narrated over 70 audio books. It tells of a missing box and a message to Peter Fallon to save America - a message from a Wall Street bigwig. The invitation becomes a deadly race against time in this thriller. Iris Johansen's EIGHT DAYS TO LIVE (1423329422, $36.99) receives Broadway actress Jennifer Van Dyck's fine performance and tells of eight days that will take her on a journey from Paris to Scotland as a painting of a chilling face draws attention of a deadly cult. A fine Eve Duncan forensics thriller evolves. Amanda Quick's BURNING LAMP (1423389743, $34.99) receives a fine narration by Annie Flosnik, an actress with numerous stage and TV credits, and is Book Two of the Dreamlight Trilogy. Here a legendary curse and a missing lamp come together when an inherited lamp leads to powers - and madness. Michael Pollan's SECOND NATURE: A GARDENER'S EDUCATION (1441834559, $29.99) receives a fine performance by the author and offers a gardening/environmental manifesto, offering a survey of human outdoors activities and reconsiderations of human/nature interactions. Humor and passion blend in a survey especially recommended for gardening and environmental audio libraries. Linwood Barclay's NEVER LOOK AWAY (1441804218, $29.99) receives a fine reading by actor Jeffrey Cummings, who spices a thriller about a man's life falling apart. A disappearance and a shocking turn of events leads a father on a desperate mission in this outstanding survey. Elizabeth Moon's SHEEPFARMER'S DAUGHTER (1441851178, $29.99) provides a fine performance by on- and off-Broadway actress Jennifer Van Dyck, and presents Book 1 o the 'Deed of Paksenarrion' drama about a headstrong sheep farmer's daughter who dreams of becoming a magical heroine - and achieves her goal when she runs away to join the army. Her deeds will change her world in this introductory saga. Andre Norton's WEB OF THE WITCH WORLD (1441814132, $24.99) receives a fine performance by Nick Podehl, who has narrated many a young adult story and who here lends a smooth voice to this continuing saga of the Kolder threat to Simon and the witches he's sworn to protect. A vivid fantasy, this is a top pick for prior Witch World fans in particular. Greg Iles' SPANDAU PHOENIX (1441811524, $39.99) receives veteran narrator Dick Hill's moving Golden Voice reading and provides the tense narrative telling of a buried Nazi secret that comes to life - The Spandau Diary. From its attraction to numerous intelligence agencies around the world to a lovely woman kidnapped for it, this provides a suspense listen that just won't quit! Stephen J. Cannell's THE PALLBEARERS (1423374339, $34.99) receives a fine performance by Scott Brick, an actor and writer who has performed on film, TV and radio and who spices the story of Detective Shane Scully, who must revisit his childhood to find out who murdered his mentor and father figure. His return to old, painful memories tests his strength and ability to find a puzzling murderer.

Giles Foden
Clipper Audio
c/o Recorded Books
270 Skipjack Rd., Prince Frederick, MD 20678
9781407452258, $51.95

TURBULENCE receives an excellent narration by Sean Barrett and as it tells the outstanding story of D-day landings and weather effects on their success. A team of Allied scientists charged with predicting weather on the English Channel finds they are charged with predicting weather for the war - an impossible five days ahead - in this fine military thriller.

Penguin Audio
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014

Stephen King's CUJO (9780142427859, $39.95) receives a fine narration by Lorna Raver, named one of AudioFile Magazine's best voices of the year, who captures well this tense thriller revolving around a friendly dog turned dangerous. More than just a savage dog, this tells of a supernatural threat to a small town that takes the form of an evil beast. Highly recommended. Also a fine pick is Peter Hedges' THE HEIGHTS (9780143145318, $29.95), which enjoys a multi-voiced narration by the author, Amy Ryan and Alison Pill in a fine multi-faceted story. Humor and a pointed observation of life make for a fine audio about a popular history teacher in an exclusive private school in New York and a mysterious wealthy woman's world. Twists and turns of plot make this a satisfying listen. Stuart Woods' LUCID INTERVALS (9780142427729, $29.95) is narrated by actor Tony Roberts, who has appeared on Broadway stage and in films and twice been a Tony nominee. His seasoned voice brings to life the fine story of Stone Barrington and his former cop partner who faces very different challenges by clients who take him into worlds he's never seen. Trouble follows him from his Manhattan townhouse to his summer home in Maine, complicating his life in this riveting drama. Dave Barry's I'LL MATURE WHEN I'M DEAD: DAVE BARRY'S AMAZING TALES OF ADULTHOOD (9780142427774, $29.95) offers a hilarious audio listen by a humorist who has wide fame. The focus is on adulthood and its pitfalls - and offers eighteen hilarious, new and never-published pieces (except for one) that covers everything from fatherhood to self image and more. General libraries will find this a popular lend. Another top pick for general audio libraries is Stephen King's IT (9780142427873, $59.95). It receives an outstanding narration by Steven Weber, who made his film debut in 1984 and has acted in numerous films and TV series, and it is set in the small down of Derry, where kids stumble on horror and as grown-ups have gained success and happiness in the world - only to find the evil force draws them back to Derry for a final confrontation. An outstanding, tense thriller comes to vivid life in audio.

Hachette Audio
237 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017

James Patterson and Maxine Paetro's THE 9TH JUDGMENT (9781607881797, $39.98) is narrated by Carolyn McCormick, who provides a fine voice backed by extensive film and TV experience to the story of Detective Lindsay Boxer, who chases a jewel thief and a murderous movie star and struggles with romance with her partner Rich at the same time. A crime spree sends them both in a tailspin in this gripping saga. Ted Dekker's THE BRIDE COLLECTOR (9781507881872, $34.98) receives John Glover's fine Broadway background and voice, which spices the story of a killer intent on killing only the most beautiful women - for love. The FBI is thwarted - and special agent Brad Raines, who has hunted The Bridge Collector from crime scene to crime scene, finds himself seeking help from a fine young woman who struggles with psychosis in this gripping thriller. Scott Turow's PRESUMED INNOCENT (9781607883760, $29.98) receives actor Edward Herrmann's impressive voice and career experience and comes to life in audio. Here a beautiful lawyer's brutal murder involves an assistant prosecutor who was also more than a colleague, and a fellow prosecutor who is convinced Rusty is guilty of murdering her. A vivid story of crime and innocence comes to life. James Patterson and Richard Dilallo's ALEX CROSS'S TRIAL (9781607881896, $19.98) receives a fine narration by Dylan Baker, an actor and director involved in many feature films, who lends a fine voice to the story of Alex Cross, separated from his family and immersed in a family story that passes to his children in the form of a novel. A lawyer fighting racism is drawn to a town where the Ku Klux Klan is reviving in this vivid story of murder, love, and heroism. Joyce Meyer's EAT THE COOKIE, BUY THE SHOES (9781607881858, $24.98) imparts the basics of how to practice discipline without becoming overly regimented. Joyce Meyer tells us why indulgence is an important part of any disciplined action - and covers spiritual ground in showing how God commands celebration in everyday living. A fine listen for any Christian reader. Herman Wouk's THE LANGUAGE GOD TALKS: ON SCIENCE AND RELIGION (9781607881810, $26.98) offers a fine blend of science and spirituality in a survey of his life, memories, and the role science and religion played in his life. Fans of Wouk's writings and those interested in the interplay between science and religion will find this an important, moving listen perfect for general and spiritual audio libraries alike! Samuel A. Culbert and Lawrence Rout's GET RID OF THE PERFORMANCE REVIEW! HOW COMPANIES CAN STOP INTIMIDATING, START MANAGING - AND FOCUS ON WHAT REALLY MATTERS (9780446556057, $24.99) comes from an award-winning author and a senior Wall Street Journal editor, and provides an audio that exposes the performance review as a cruel, wasteful practice reflecting on mindless management and workplace angst. It doesn't just advocate abolishment - it uses years of the author's experience to tell just what to put in its place.

The Travel Shelf

Peru, seventh edition
Carolina Miranda,
Lonely Planet
150 Linden St., Oakland, CA 94607
9781741790146, $23.99

PERU is a fine 'must' for any independent traveler planning an itinerary and journey to the country. This seventh edition updates all the information of where to go, sleep, eat, and what to do in the country and is packed with practice advice throughout. Over ninety maps are well detailed and make this a top pick as a take-along tote!

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Home-Prepared Dog & Cat Diets, new edition
Patricia Schenck
10475 Crosspoint Boulevard, Indianapolis, IN 46256
9780813801193, $49.99

Home-Prepared Dog & Cat Diets provides a fine introduction to nutrition of the healthy dog and cat and offers discussion of medical disorders that can be managed through diet. From feeding puppies and kittens or pregnant animals to handling the nutritional needs of performance dogs, this new edition has been completely rewritten for the latest nutritional recommendations and is a 'must' for not only vet libraries, but general collections and pet owner reference.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21218

Donald A. Barr MD, PhD's Questioning the Premedical Paradigm: Enhancing Diversity in the Medical Profession after the Flexner Report (9780801894169, $50.00) considers the history and problems involved in using the premedical formula developed more than a century ago to select students for training as modern physicians. Premedical standards actually have proved poor indicators of clinical competency: this book offers a history and review of these standards and offers new insights for change. College-level medical libraries should have this. Philip S. Mehler, MD and Arnold E. Andersen, MD's EATING DISORDERS: A GUIDE TO MEDICAL CARE AND COMPLICATIONS (0801893690, $30.00) appears in its second updated edition to cover the special challenges eating disorders impart to clinicians treating them. Both physical and mental health are considered in this identification of common medical complications and their treatment. Case studies and treatment options supplement a resource list and chapters on nutritional rehabilitation.

Schwartz's Principles of Surgery, ninth edition
F. Charles Brunicardi,
Two Penn Plaza, 11th Fl, NY, NY 10121-2298
007154769X, $179.00

The ninth updated edition of Schwartz's Principles of Surgery is a text no college-level health professional collection should be without: it packs nearly 2,000 pages of reference material from the world's foremost practitioners and instructors and covers basic scientific principles from cells to molecular surgery to clinical diagnosis. New to this update are color designs, two new chapters covering graduate medical core competencies and ethic s issues at end of life, surveys of evidence-based medicine, more diagnostic algorithms, and even a companion DVD of surgical video clips.

This Is Why You're Fat
Jackie Warner
Grand Central Publishing
c/o Hachette Book Group
237 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9780446548601, $24.99

THIS IS WHY YOU'RE FAT (AND HOW TO GET THIN FOREVER) comes from a fitness guru who offers three main reasons why everyone is overweight - and how to drop pound easily. From a two-week jump-start which helps add food into a diet to allowing cheating after 5 days clean - this provides a very different weight loss perspective and is a pick for any who would exercise less and with more effectiveness. General libraries will find this a popular pick.

The Dao of Neuroscience
C. Alexander Simpkins & Annellen M. Simpkins
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780393705973, $36.00

The Dao of Neuroscience: Combining Eastern and Western Principles for Optimal Therapeutic Change offers a fine survey blending neuroscience's latest brain research with new approaches to mind-brain-body changes. Dao is an ancient Eastern methods for exploring and change - and here it combines with brain research to explore the brain's optimal ways of functioning and how to encourage its processes for positive results. Both general and health collections will find this a fine survey.

The Judaic Studies Shelf

Secrets of a Jewish Mother
Jill Zarin, Lisa Wexler and Gloria Kamen
c/o Penguin Putnam
375 Hudson Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10014-3657
9780525951797, $25.95

Secrets of a Jewish Mother: Real Advice, Real Stories, Real Love comes from a Jewish mother who offers a clear 'guide to life' and comes from a star of a hit TV series who teams up with her sister and mother to show readers how to be clear about what you want, and how to stand up for self and family. Their tips cover all aspects of life issues and will appeal both to Judaic studies and general collections alike.

The Computer Shelf

The Art of Assembly Language, second edition
Randall Hyde
No Starch Press
555 DeHaro Street, #250, San Francisco CA 94107
9781593272074, $59.95

The second updated edition of The Art of Assembly Language offers the latest tips on how to edit, compile and run HLA programs, and has been updated to reflect recent changes to HLA and to support Linux, Mac OS X and more. It's a key guide to learning this low-level language, blending theory with application tips and discussing everything from constants to input routines and stack references. It's a 'bible' of study information key to any computer learner's library, packed with everything you need to know about assembly language programming.

iPhone Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide
Joe Conway & Aaron Hillegass
Big Nerd Ranch
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
9780321706249, $49.99

iPhone Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide offers beginning iPhone developers a fine survey based on the Big Nerd ranch's popular iPhone Bootc amp class. It covers all the basics for developing applications for the iPhone, iPad, and iTouch, teaching programming concepts and their applications using a sample application to build, or one to enhance from a previous chapter. From creating dynamic interfaces to mapping services and navigating applications, this reviews all the basics!

1005 Gravenstein Hwy North, Sebastopol, CA 95472

Nicholas C. Zakas's High Performance JavaScript (9780596802790, $34.99) is a pick for any library strong in web development. It teaches the basics of identifying problem code, using optimization techniques, streamlining programming efforts, and more, offering a focus on high performance routines. Any programmer's collection needs this! Alasdair Allan's LEARNING IPHONE PROGRAMMING (9780596806439, $29.99) offers keys for iPhone and mobile programmers, presenting an easily-followed guide for building several sample applications using Xcode tools and the Objective-C programming language. Learn how to build a data-entry interface and how to store data received with a guide specific to iPhone programming needs: a guide recommended for any programmer's collection.

The Business of IT
Robert Ryan and Tim Raducha-Grace
IBM Press
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0137000618, $39.99

THE BUSINESS OF IT: HOW TO IMPROVE SERVICE AND LOWER COSTS is a fine pick for any information technology professional interested in improving services and gaining more value from IT. Connections between IT and business concerns are explored in a survey using the authors' experience consulting with leading IT organizations. This is deserving of ongoing recommendation for either business or IT professional collections.

Fancy Form Design
Jina Bolton, Tim Connell, Derek Featherstone
48 Cambridge St., Collingwood, Victoria, Australia 3066
9780980576849, $34.95

Fancy Form Design tells how to integrate a stylish form on a web site and shows how to create web forms that are both functional and works of art compatible across all major browsers. Web site designers will appreciate the fine survey of code, style, and JavaScript forms and will find the many examples packed with keys to working with better forms.

The Social Issues Shelf

The World According to Twitter
David Pogue
Black Dog & Leventhal
151 W. 19th St., New York NY 10011
9781579128272, $12.95

The World According to Twitter comes from a personal technology columnist who has posed a different Twitter question each night - and here shares the humor and insights of Twitter responses. From making up a concept for a doomed TV show to finishing questions such as 'you know the honeymoon's over when...', this makes for delightful, fun reading!

The Power of Pull
John Hagel III, John Seely Brown, Lang Davison
Basic Books
c/o Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9780465019359, $27.50

The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion analyzes the big shift occurring in our world today, explaining what it will take to handle these shifts. The forces reshaping the world go beyond common headlines: stories and examples from around the world show how 'pull' can be used systematically to shape serendipity, and discusses new ways to drive more rapid performance improvement on new platforms for achieving goals. Business and social issues collections alike will relish this.

Intrinsic Motivation at Work, second edition
Kenneth W. Thomas
235 Montgomery St., Suite 650, San Francisco CA 94104-2916
9781576755679, $24.95

The second updated edition of Intrinsic Motivation at Work is a winner: it's based on research and theory alike and uses the latest findings to identify the key to employee engagement - intrinsic motivation. Only rewards derived from work results themselves count in this scenario, which explains the fundamentals. This second edition has been revised and updated with an expanded section on how leaders can identify their own intrinsic rewards.

In Pursuit of Silence
George Prochnik
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9780385528887, $26.00

In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise provides an excellent exploration of the meaning of noise and silence in our modern world, arguing that it's not possible to lower volume in society - but that ore experiences of silence interrupting daily routines and noise is needed. Prochnik calls for "more spaces in which we can interrupt our general experience of noise" - and investigates communities and places where this space has been created. It's a fascinating survey any college-level or general lending library will appreciate.

The Crafts Shelf

Kalmbach Books
21027 Crossroads Circle, Waukesha, WI 53186

Patricia Kimle's Perfectly Paired: Designing Jewelry with Polymer and Metal Clays (9780871162946, $21.95) comes from an artist who offers a range of tips, from drawing color from polymer clay to working with metal clay, soldering, and making jewelry. Tool kits recommended for use in each medium accompany twenty projects that range from pendants and necklaces to bracelets and pins. Crafts collections will also appreciate Bead&Button Magazine Publishers' YOUR SEED BEAD STYLE: ACCENTS, EMBELLISHMENTS, ADORNMENTS (9780871162847, $17.95), which provides nearly thirty editor-tested projects using seed beads. A range of materials and styles and color variation options make for a fine set of step-by-step instructions and fine how-to photos perfect for beginners. Also perfect for beginners is Karin Buckingham's ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS GUIDE: STRINGING BEADED JEWELRY (9780871162991, $21.95). It provides keys to stringing beads and uses the same close-up, step-by-step model for showing how to produce necklaces through easy projects that highlight progressive skills. Anna Elizabeth Draeger's CRYSTAL BRILLIANCE: MAKING DESIGNER JEWELRY WITH CRYSTAL BEADS (9780871162953, $21.95) provides a fine survey including step-by-step instructions for creating crystal jewelry. Chapters feature projects including bracelets and necklaces and tips on other projects, offering beginners keys to using crystal beads. Model railroaders will relish the specifics in the second volume of Mike Polsgrove with David Popp's DCC PROJECTS & APPLICATIONS (9780890247747, $19.95), a fine guide that tells how to get the most from DCC systems, which allows modelers to control multiple trains anywhere on a layout. Hands-on tips and advice specific to such a system provide everything from troubleshooting ideas to program decoders, a wiring layout, and more. Bernard Kempinski's MODEL RAILROADER'S GUIDE TO STEEL MILLS (9780890247518, $21.95) tells how to add a realistic steel mill to a model railroad layout, showing how to model a steel mill operation, plan a layout in HO and N scales, and more. The focus is on ironmaking and steelmaking processes and includes mill structures, supporting railroads, track planning ideas, and building techniques. Any rail hobbyist will welcome this.

The Homeowner's Shelf

Complete Idiot's Guide to Solar Power for Your Home, third edition
Dan Ramsey with David Hughes
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9781615640010, $19.95

The third updated edition of Complete Idiot's Guide to Solar Power for Your Home is a winner, offering an in-depth survey of the solar power industry and the latest solar products for a home. Homeowners receive instructions on several simple solar power projects you can complete on your own, along with tips on buying solar systems, components, and locating a reliable installer. Any homeowner's collection needs this.

Taunton Press
Box 5507, Newtown, CT 06470-5506

Eric Corey Freed and Kevin Daum's GREEN SENSE FOR THE HOME: RATING THE REAL PAYOFF FROM 50 GREEN HOME PROJECTS (9781600851551, $21.95) provides an analysis of some fifty green home projects and comes from two experts who provide different perspectives on their value. Eric represents the Greenies and shows why a project is good for home and environment; Kevin represents affordability and practicality, and discusses project costs and pitfalls. The two working together provide a powerful homeowner's assessment guide. The fourth updated edition of Rex Cauldwell's WIRING A HOUSE (9781600852619, $24.95) has been revised and expanded and is both builder-tested and code approved. It first appeared in 1996: this edition offers he latest details on backup generators, GFCIs, and room-by-room wiring specs. 'Handy' homeowners need this latest coverage, and general lending libraries will find it a fine addition. David Johnston and Scott Gibson's TOWARD A ZERO ENERGY HOME (9781600851438, $24.95) provides a key to creating a home that produces as much energy as it consumes. Design and construction of energy-efficient homes focuses on new construction and 12 houses specially built for zero energy living: it's a pick for any homeowner's library - particularly those featuring new construction options - will want. Also key to homeowner shelves is Jeff Jewitt's SPRAY FINISHING MADE SIMPLE (9781600850929, $24.95), which comes with a fine DVD featuring pro demonstrations of the basics. From choosing the right equipment and spray systems to the spray properties of different kinds of finishes, this is an outstanding, clear reference packed with color visual insights throughout.

The Architecture Shelf

Havana Revisited: An Architectural Heritage
Cathryn Griffith
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Ave., New York NY 10110
9780393732849, $49.95

Havana Revisited: An Architectural Heritage is a 'must' for any library strong in either Cuban history and art or world architectural heritage in general. It covers the history, preservation and present uses of Havana's most important buildings, offering chapters filled with color photos and insights on Havana's evolving architectural heritage.

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