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Volume 4, Number 3 March 2009 Home | BW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Money/Finance Shelf Parenting Shelf
Political Science Shelf Crafts Shelf Criminology Shelf
Needlecraft Shelf Computer Shelf Photography Shelf
Art Shelf Railroading Shelf Education Shelf
Native American Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf Self-Help Shelf
Psychology Shelf Antiques/Collectibles Shelf Audiobook Shelf
Cookbook Shelf Interior Design Shelf Social Issues Shelf
Philosophy Shelf Fiction Shelf Astronomy Shelf
Science Shelf Music Shelf Jobs/Careers Shelf
Business Shelf    

Reviewer's Choice

Bet You Didn't Know
Cheryl Russell
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197
9781591026358, $18.95

Author Cheryl Russell is a recognized authority on statistics and demographics, and BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW: HUNDREDS OF INTRIGUING FACTS ABOUT LIVING IN THE USA offers little-known facts on a range of trends and facts top of America's obsessions. From jobs and money to free time and social issues, the author spotlights facts and offers illuminating commentary. General-interest lending libraries will find it intriguing.

The Hand Gun Story
John Walter
1016 Warrior Road, Drexel Hill, PA 19026
9781848325005, $50.00

THE HAND GUN STORY: A COMPLETE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY traces the history of the 'one hand gun' from its 14th century origins to modern times, surveying changing technology, techniques, and design. Libraries strong in gun history or appealing to gun users will find this packed with diagrams, history and black and white photos: a key guide for any interested in hand guns.

The Money/Finance Shelf

Rich Like Them
Ryan D'Agostino
Little, Brown
237 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9780316021463, $25.99

RICH LIKE THEM: MY DOOR-TO-DOOR SEARCH FOR THE SECRETS OF WEALTH IN AMERICA'S RICHEST NEIGHBORHOODS offers a surprising approach: the author knocked on the doors of rich strangers asking them about their private finances - and got solid responses. Any who aspire to wealth will delight in a candid assessment of what made these folks rich - any general-interest library collection will find this a popular, easy and lively read.

The Parenting Shelf

The Highly Intuitive Child
Catherine Crawford, MFT, ATR
Hunter House
1700 - 4th Street, Berkeley CA 94710
9780897935098, $15.95

The receptive intuition of a child is often 'on', acting as sixth sense - and such a sense can be difficult to cope with in a sensitive child. From difficulties falling asleep to an exaggerated sense of responsibility about healing people and 'acting out' stress or the pains of others, THE HIGHLY INTUITIVE CHILD is a pick any education or parenting collection needs.

The Political Science Shelf

Welcome to Obamaland
James Delingpole
Regnery Publishing
One Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC 20001
9781596985889, $27.95

If the election of Obama is a negative in your book, WELCOME TO OBAMALAND: I HAVE SEEN YOUR FUTURE AND IT DOESN'T WORK is for you. The prediction here is a future that leads government more heavily into American freedoms and lives, suffocating economy, liberties and culture - and it offers a powerfully negative viewpoint. Read it and weep.

The Crafts Shelf

101 Gorgeous Earrings
Martingale Company
20205 - 144th Ave NE, Woodinville, WA 98072-8478
9781564778895, $19.95

Crafters who have bead stashes and seek inspiration for new and different earring styles will find much to enjoy in 101 GORGEOUS EARRINGS. It offers photos of blends of beads and gems, step-by-step directions for easy projects, and discussions of all the basics of putting earrings together. Any library strong in jewelry-making projects will find this a winner.

The Criminology Shelf

A Question of Murder
Cyril H. Wecht, MD, JD and Dawna Kaufmann
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2107
9781591026617, $26.98

A QUESTION OF MURDER: COMPELLING CASES FROM A FAMED FORENSIC PATHOLOGIST comes from a forensic pathologist who has dissected the greatest, performing autopsies on over 16,000 bodies to determine why and how they died. His expertise lends to a true-crime expose considering such fascinating cases as those of Anne Nicole Smith, murder victim child Stephanie Crowe, and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The Needlecraft Shelf

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

12 fine blocks are provided for a queen-size 'calendar quilt' in Beverly A. Maxvill's A Year of Paper Piecing: 12 Sensational Designs (9781564778147, $26.95) - and can also be used as a block wall hanging singularly - in this book of patterns for 12x12 blocks useful for embellishments of all kinds. New to paper piecing concepts? A step-by-step guide helps out, making this perfect for beginners new to the basics. ALL ABOUT KNITTING (9781564778987, $29.95) is a comprehensive guide to knitting which covers all the basics, from how to cast on to progressively difficult projects ranging from simple blankets to sweaters and hats. A 'stitch gallery' accompanies a book packed with full-page color photos of finished products and smaller drawings of methods, plus step-by-step written directions. A 'must' for any library catering to newcomers to knitting. LOOSE CHANGE by Claudia Plett and Le Ann Weaver (9781564778253, $24.95) tells of how to use precut fabrics in 5" and 10" squares to produce 12 creative needlework projects, from a table runner or lap quilt to a bed quilt. Quilters typically have large stashes - and this guide will help them mix and match the leftovers in satisfying ways: perfect for any needlework collection. Janet Rehfeldt's TOE-UP TECHNIQUES FOR HAND-KNIT SOCKS (9781564779175, $14.95) offers easy techniques for knitting socks that fit well. These 'toe-up' techniques begin from the toe up rather than the cuff down - so socks can be tried as the process continues, for a better fit. Instructions cover all the basics and pack in tips perfect for beginners. For something different, choose Nancie M. Wiseman's START WITH A SWEATSHIRT (9781564778673, $16.95), which shows how to transform a simple sweatshirt by layering it with lovely fabrics and stitching them into five soft jackets. The finished product looks nothing like its sweatshirt base, yet uses the sweatshirt as a quilting layer. Its slim presentation and lack of spine lettering lends to its inclusion in a pamphlet collection. Cassie Barden's THE NEW HANDMADE: SIMPLE SEWING FOR CONTEMPORARY STYLE (9781564778772, $24.95) tells how to create handmade projects for a wardrobe or home with only basic sewing skills and minimal time. From totes and bags to home decor, this teaches basics such as installing zippers and using fusible applique, all within context of easy and useful projects. Needlework collections will find it an invaluable addition offering something different in the way of useful, simple and quick projects. Gayle Bong's TWIN PEAKS: QUILTS FROM EASY STRIP-PIECED TRIANGLES (9781564778345, $24.95) tells how to create strips of joined triangles with a technique involving sewing two fabric strips into squares and cutting them. Chapters tell how to explore different quilt designs, show how to use strip piecing with fabrics, and display some 13 projects to create designs. Sandy Klop's AMERICAN JANE'S QUILTS FOR ALL SEASONS AND SOME FOR NO REASON (9781564778529, $26.95) comes from a designer/quilter who provides some 14 quilts with vintage American roots to them. From remakes of classic folk art and traditional designs to fun simple quilts and themes, piecing and applique techniques alike are combined with patterns and color photos to make for an outstanding presentation. Both books are top picks for quilters seeking innovations on themes and approaches. Cheryl Potter, et. al.'s SKEIN FOR SKEIN: 16 KNITTED PROJECTS (9781564778574, $27.95) provides a powerful set of sixteen knitted projects teaching yarn substitution and how style, texture and fiber content affect results. From double-knitting and using bulky-weight yarns to considering how yarn substitution works, SKEIN FOR SKEIN is a pick for any collection appealing to knitters.

The Computer Shelf

ESRI Press
380 New York Street, Redlands, CA 92378-8100

Any college-level library strong in GIS education in general and security practices in particular will find Susan Lindell Radke and Eddie Hanebuth's GIS Tutorial for Homeland Security (9781589481886, $79.95) a weighty, solid hands-on instructional applying GIS technology to planning and operations goals established by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Step-by-step instructions for applying problem-solving capabilities of the ArcGIS software are accompanied by exercises for students, making this an especially highly recommended classroom text. Dave Peters' BUILDING A GIS (9781589481596, $44.95) an excellent methodology for building a successful system for GIS. ESRI customers and managers interested in system architecture design will find it a specific A-Z instructional for creating a GIS framework, reviewing technology and options alike.

Adobe InDesign CS4 One-On-One
Deke McClelland with David Futato
Deke Press
c/o O'Reilly Publishing
1005 Gravenstein Hwy North, Sebastopol, CA 95472
9780596521912, $49.99

A video is paired with lessons and exercises to make for an excellent classroom-in-a-book format perfect for classrooms and self-learners alike in Adobe InDesign CS4 One-On-One. Here are all the basics for using InDesign more efficiently, from self-paced tutorials paired with real-world projects and applications to over four hours of new video instruction, multiple-choice quizzes for testing, and all backed by the expertise of an author with over 20 years of professional experience. With over 800 color photos and screen shots - what more could you want?

Creating a Web Site: The Missing Manual
Matthew MacDonald
Pogue Press
c/o O'Reilly
1005 Gravenstein Hwy North, Sebastopol, CA 95472
9780596520977, $29.99

Fully revised to reflect the latest new information, CREATING A WEB SITE: THE MISSING MANUAL is simply packed with details on how to create a website from beginning to end, from using style sheets and gaining cash from Google ads and affiliate programs to tracking victors, identifying their interests, promoting the site with a blog and much more. All the basics are here in easily-understood language characteristic of the ever-popular 'missing manual' format, making it a top pick for any library offering general computer guides.

Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures
Keith Hutton,
Cisco Press
c/o Pearson Education
800 East 96th Street, 3rd floor, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3770
1587055740, $70.00

The authorized self-study guide Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures is a pick for any college-level computer collection strong in CISCO frameworks and networks. It reviews designs, shows how to plan and implement them, tells how to integrate a firewall and intrusion detection/prevention into a network design, and more, and is part of a recommended learning tool backed by Cisco itself. Any advanced network design library needs guide Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures.

Building a WordPress Blog People Want to Read
Scott McNulty
Peachpit Press
1249 - 8th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
0321591933, $29.99

Many onliners have their own blog - but to build an outstanding one gaining regular readers and avid fans is a challenge both technically and artistically. That's why Building a WordPress Blog People Want to Read is key to any computer collection where bloggers are part of the audience: it covers everything from picking a theme and using tags to choosing widgets and building a community complete with images, plug-ins, and easy links and templates. Both computer and general-interest libraries will find this cutting-edge.

The Business Benefits of GIS: An ROI Approach
David Maguire, Victoria Kouyoumjian, Ross Smith
ESRI Press
380 New York Street, Redlands, CA 92378-8100
9781589482005, $24.95

This comprehensive methodology builds a business case for existing or planned GIS projects, is designed for use by GIS professionals and libraries catering to them, and explores all the key concepts and calculations for overseeing a GIS project. GIS project managers and business and computer libraries will find this a winner.

Everything You Know About CSS is Wrong!
Rachel Andrew & Kevin Yank
48 Cambridge Street, Collingwood VIC Australia 3066
9780980455229, $29.95

Change your patterns of using CSS in a different approach to using Cascading Style Sheets without the workarounds required. From learning new techniques that work with older browsers to considering how to streamline CSS processes to avoid its cumbersome reputation, Everything You Know About CSS is Wrong is a pick for any programming library interested in best practices titles.

Essentials of Interactive Computer Graphics
Kelvin Sung, Peter Shirley, Steven Baer
A.K. Peters Ltd
888 Worcester Street Suite 230, Wellesley, MA 02482
9781568812571, $84.00

ESSENTIALS OF INTERACTIVE COMPUTER GRAPHICS offers students a fine textbook showing how to build interactive computer graphics applications. Actual implementation of over 100 programs with extensive examples and tutorials perfect for self-study as well as classroom applications makes for a detailed computer graphics 'bible' perfect for college-level classroom or library reference. From object coordinate systems to behavior abstraction, this is a winner.

1005 Gravenstein Hwy North, Sebastopol, CA 95472

Any owner of Dreamweaver and any library catering to computer program owners needs David Sawyer McFarland's DREAMWEAVER CS4: THE MISSING MANUAL (9780596522926, $44.99). It packs in over a thousand pages of detail: everything from building a beginner's web site using Dreamweaver to design specs, interactive forms, and over a hundred pages of step-by-step tutorials. A 'must' for any Dreamweaver owner. Jesse Liberty, Dan Hurwitz and Dan Maharry's PROGRAMMING ASP.NET 3.5, 4TH EDITION (9780596529567, $59.99) tells how to use Microsoft's web development technology and Visual Studio 2008 to use .NET 3.5 technologies for faster development and better performance. Examples and sample code teach server controls, data-bound controls, and navigation controls alike, and comes from three Microsoft technology experts well versed in building interactive web applications. Libraries strong in web programming references will find this an excellent college-level guide. Jesse Liberty, Dan Hurwitz and Dan Maharry's ASP.NET 3.5 (9780596529567, $59.99) tells how to create applications using Microsoft's popular web development technology and Visual Studio 2008. It's been updated to help users with several .NET 3.5 technologies for faster development and better web application performance, teaches the basics of AJAX and ASP.NET server controls and applications, and shows how to build and streamline web services. This updated 4th edition is a 'must' for any serious programming library. Dux Raymond Sy's SHAREPOINT FOR PROJECT MANAGEMENT (9780596520144, $44.99) tells how to apply key project management techniques by using SharePoint PMIS. From example case studies tracking its processes to automating projects and tracking risks, schedules and controls, each chapter offers insights plus exercises to practice what is learned, making this a perfect self-tutor guide. John Papa's DATA-DRIVEN SERVICES WITH SILVERLIGHT 2 (9780596523091, $44.99) tells how to build data-rich business applications using Silverlight 2 and multiple sources of data. From how such applications bind, save, query and present data to how web services work with Silverlight2 and how to use WCF and Entity to retrieve and save data, this is a pick for developer libraries strong in Silverlight and advanced business programming applications. Lynn Beighley and Michael Morrison's HEAD FIRST PHP & MYSQL: A BRAIN-FRIENDLY GUIDE (9780596006303, $44.99) is also for web programming libraries catering to programmers: it shows how to take HTML web pages to the next level, building database-driven sites using PHP and MYSQL. Chapters cover the basics of building a range of applications, from video games to message boards, and from working with cookies to performing database queries.

c/o Pearson Education
801 East 96th Street, 3rd floor, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759

Any serious C++ web programmer who plans on real-world programming applications must have Bjarne Stroustrup's Programming Principles and Practice Using C++ (0321543726, $69.99); it focuses on basic concepts and techniques and introduces programming in general - not just C++. It introduces the C++ language within context of overall programming requirements and thus provides a broader view than most. While it looks weighty and complicated at over 1,000 pages, have Programming Principles and Practice Using C++ actually is for beginners as well as newcomers to C++, exploring design concepts, programming techniques, and leading to more advanced topics. College-level programming libraries will find it a key acquisition promising years of value. The third updated edition of Eric Clayberg and Dan Rubel's ECLIPSE PLUG-INS (0321553462, $59.99) is for advanced collections strong in Java programming guides. It builds on previous editions but has been fully revised to reflect the new capabilities of Eclipse 3.4, comes from two leading Eclipse experts, and offers coverage of new plug-in features along with code examples and discussions of using new dynamic framework features. A 'must' for any collection catering to Eclipse users.

The Photography Shelf

Photoshop Lightroom 2 Adventure
Mikkel Aaland
1005 Gravenstein Hwy North, Sebastopol, CA 95472
9780596521011, $44.99

Mikkel Aaland is an award-winning photographer who has written 11 books on Photoshop pro tips: this latest is packed with screen shots, color photos, and expert tips, updated for the most recent release of Lightroom and providing step-by-step direction for developing and presenting photos. Displays aren't just the author's: they come from top world photographers and accompany specific tips with backup photo examples, making for an outstanding resource needed by any lending library strong in digital photography.

Amherst Media
Box 586, Buffalo, NY 14226

Bill Hurter's 100 TECHNIQUES FOR PROFESSIONAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS (9781584282457, $34.95) covers everything from preparing for the wedding shoot to establishing rapport with the participants, creating engaging portraits before and after the ceremony, traveling to the event, and more. Pros receive techniques specific to the wedding photography market, making this a key business book acquisition as well as a recommended pick for arts collections strong in photography. William B. Folsom's BUTTERFLY PHOTOGRAPHER'S HANDBOOK (9781584282471, $34.95) tells how to understand butterfly behavior and master special skills to photograph these quick flyers. From ideas for attracting butterflies and creating 'hotspots' to exposure techniques, lighting, and composition, any nature photographer wishing to focus on butterflies receives plenty of specific tips.

The BetterPhoto Guide to Exposure
Sean Arbabi
Amphoto Books
c/o Watson Guptill Publications
1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
0817435549, $24.95

The BetterPhoto Guide to Exposure is more than just another general photography guide: it's a course in a book pairing assignments with tips, illustrations, and fine photo accompaniment. Exposure is the basic key to crafting good photos: that's why it makes sense for libraries - even general-interest collections - to include an entire book on this narrowed topic. Chapters offer details for both digital and film photographers in the course of an outstanding presentation.

CMYK 2.0
Rick McCleary
Peachpit Press
1249 - 8th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
0321573463, $49.99

CMYK 2.0: A COOPERATIVE WORKFLOW FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS, DESIGNERS, AND PRINTERS focuses on creating predictable color in the RGB-to-CMYK workflow, discussing cooperation and changes in standards to help solidify and clarify color challenges. From a step-by-step to achieving predictable color results on the press to a workflow that photographers and printers need, this is an invaluable addition to any serious arts or photography collection.

The Art Shelf

Magnificent Failure
John Martin Campbell
Stanford University Press
1450 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304-1124
9780806199658, $14.95

A range of collections, from those strong in Western history and culture to arts libraries featuring regional photographic histories, will find MAGNIFICENT FAILURE: A PORTRAIT OF THE WESTERN HOMESTEAD ERA to be a striking collection of black and white portraits documenting early buildings, tools, and equipment of the period beginning around 1885, when pioneers tackled homesteading west of the Dakotas. Some 70 duotone photos with captains record outbuildings, abandoned farms, and the failure of early homesteading in this powerful testimonial.

Hudson Hills Press
Box 205, Manchester, VT 05254

E. Ambrose Webster is among the earliest American modernists: he painted amazing landscapes packed with light and color and exhibited around the world. Gail R. Scott's E. Ambrose Webster: Chasing the Sun (9781555953034, $50.00) represents the first in-depth study of his career and comes from an art history scholar who packs in both large- and small-size color photos with text describing his achievements and innovations. Art history libraries; particularly those with a modern American focus, need this. Joan Brady's BETWEEN BRUSHSTROKES (9781555953010, $50.00) is simply outstanding for any serious art library strong in contemporary watercolor painting representation. Joan Brady made a name for herself with her works: here her autobiographical book of paintings and writings offers insights on her approach to watercolor, with full-page color paintings providing vivid testimony to her talents.

Newport Villas: The Revival Styles, 1885-1935
Michael C. Kathrens
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780393732702, $85.00

Newport, Rhode Island at its peak was the center of fashion and opulence, and the Newport villas represented this peak of style and fashion, offering lavish architectural displays and revolutionary design choices. NEWPORT VILLAS is a pick for any college-level arts library strong in architectural design history: it pairs vintage black and white photos with floor plans and descriptions of such villas and builds a powerful history of Newport culture and arts in the process.

Phone Sex
Phillip Toledano
Twin Palms Publishers
Box 10229, Santa Fe, NM 87504-1022
9781931885744, $50.00

Operator phone sex must discern the caller's needs and answer to them, devising a fantasy structure on the fly in real-time. These photos of phone sex operators were taken in their homes and workplaces, pair with their discussions of techniques and approaches, and is an artistic representation of an unusual work mode. Arts collections as well as college-level sociology holdings will find it a fascinating, unique approach.

The Railroading Shelf

A Railroad Atlas of the United States in 1946, V. 3
Richard C. Carpenter
Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 N. Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21218-4363
0801890020, $65.00

Specialty libraries strong in American history in general and railroad history in particular - as well as those containing cartography volumes - will relish A Railroad Atlas of the United States in 1946. It consists entirely of pages of hand-drawn rail lines of regional railroad routes across the country, and this third volume focuses on Indiana, Lower Michigan and Ohio. For the right specialty collection, it's a winning reference.

The Education Shelf

Making Sense of Children's Thinking and Behavior
Leslie Holzhauser-Peters and Leslie True
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
400 Market Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19106
9781843108887, $19.95

This step-by-step guide for understanding children diagnosed with Asperger's, HFA and other neurological differences provides the authors' own tool for analyzing thinking, offering a step-by-step set of insights into analyzing the thought processes behind a child's behavior. From case studies to help describe the twelve common deficit areas to applying the STAT formula to common scenarios, this is a practical resource for parents and professionals working with kids, and an invaluable guide for any special education collection.

The ABCs of the ADA
Karren Ikeda Wood & Victoria Youcha
Paul H. Brookes Publishing
Box 10624, Baltimore, MD 21285-0624
1557669333, $29.95

THE ABCS OF THE ADA: YOUR EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM'S GUIDE TO THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT provides a powerful guidebook giving readers everything needed to implement a successful compliance plan. From understanding the ADA and disability laws and developing policies and programs to meet its requirements to troubleshooting problems and working collaboratively with special education service providers and caregivers, THE ABCS OF THE ADA should be in every early childhood educator's library.

Redleaf Press
10 Yorkton Court, St. Paul, MN 55117-1065

Sara Wilford's NURTURING YOUNG CHILDREN'S DISPOSITION TO LEARN (9781933653471, $27.95) adds to early education collections offering a teaching method based upon a child's natural inclination to explore and learn. From connections between the latest brain research findings and young child development to fostering learning styles in a classroom and establishing learning methods similar to successful international classrooms, Sara Wilford's book is a wide-ranging assessment of programs that work. Dave Riley,'s INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT (9781933653631, $24.95) and SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT (9781933653303, $24.95) join others in Redleaf's 'Professional Library' series, connecting science and practice in early childhood settings. INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT surveys language development, early number learning, cognitive development and more, with practice tips and recommended reading accompanying best practices guidelines for teachers. SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT shows how to help students form strong attachments with adults and how to take advantage of peer relationships to develop empathy and social patterns. Both are strong recommendations for early education collections.

Corwin Press
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320

Noah Benshea's THE JOURNEY TO GREATNESS AND HOW TO GET THERE! (9781412972086, $22.95) blends wisdom with humor to consider the paths to changing habits and developing character. From turning wishes and dreams to paths to reality to understanding the basics of leadership and communication, THE JOURNEY TO GREATNESS is an outstanding key to success. Nancy P. Gallavan's DEVELOPING PERFORMANCE-BASED ASSESSMENTS comes in two volumes: one for grades K-5 (9781412966092) and one for Grades 6-12 (9781412969819, $31.95 each). They cover customizing instructional approaches for specific education context and learning needs at both grade levels, discussing how to use PBS to help target specific academic goals and foster learning experiences. From formative assessments to summative assessments for gathering and applying data, these handbooks offer important keys to student success. The third updated edition of Joyce L. Epstein and Associates' SCHOOL FAMILY AND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS: YOUR HANDBOOK FOR ACTION (9781412959025, $43.95) is based on 25 years of research and offers an updated edition of a best-selling discussion from a team of experts offering new examples of partnership success, new definitions of leadership roles, and new connections between family, community and student goals. THE PRINCIPAL AS MATHEMATICS LEADER (9781412963107, $52.95) adds to the 'Leading Student Achievement' series and offers a vision for learning math, from observing and assessing a math classroom to assuming an active role in its approach and effectiveness. Chapters offer administrators key overviews for math assessment and offers specific tips on how to pair observation with effective action. Jennifer Abrams' HAVING HARD CONVERSATIONS (9781412965002, $28.95) offers an interactive, personal approach to mastering conversation using a step-by-step strategy to address communication, peer/superior conversational choices, and more. Sample scripts and tools help educators speak about work-related issues with clarify and an eye for more effective problem-solving. Kathy Tuchman Glass' LESSON DESIGN FOR DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION GRADES 4-9 (9781412959827, $35.95) discusses concepts of differentiation, helping teachers understand how lessons and units may be differentiated, offering a planning template, examples and many reproducibles, and discussing strategies for change. Barbara C. Trolley, Heather S. Haas and Danielle Campese Patti's THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR'S GUIDE TO SPECIAL EDUCATION (9781412968317, $33.95) offers a fine reference for assisting students with special needs, offering a comprehensive guide clarifying the counselor's role and offering strategies for handling the special education process using teams and resources. From interventions for school-age and transitioning students to disability categories, legal and ethical issues, terminology and chapters covering educational processes from preschool through college, this is an outstanding survey for school counselors. An excellent pick for education collections. Charlotte Danielson's TALK ABOUT TEACHING! LEADING PROFESSIONAL CONVERSATIONS (9781412941419, $31.95) offers a survey of informal dialogue between school leaders and educators on classroom instruction and teacher learning. From how power and leadership works in schools to successful changes and professional conversation guidelines to promote growth, TALK ABOUT TEACHING is a winner. Robert J. Sternberg, Linda Jarvin and Elena L. Grigorenko's TEACHING FOR WISDOM, INTELLIGENCE, CREATIVITY AND SUCCESS (9781412964531, $31.95) offers a survey of the WICS model of teaching which encourages teachers to encourage student capacity for effective learning and problem-solving. Techniques for grades K-12 provide hands-on strategies for teaching and assessing model applications in the classroom. The third updated edition of Pearl G. Solomon's THE CURRICULUM BRIDGE: FROM STANDARDS TO ACTUAL CLASSROOM PRACTICE (9781412969840, $36.95) provides an updated review of educational research, from ways to connect curriculum and standards to actual classroom scenarios to an overview of how current politics affect such standards. Teachers will find it a winning choice. Adding to the 'Principal As' series is MATHEMATICS LEADER (9781412963114, $23.95) a survey for instructional leaders discussing math instruction changes and the principal's role in leading math instruction programs. From observing math in action to supporting teacher development, it's a top pick for education collections catering to principals. Timothy Gangwer's second updated edition of VISUAL IMPACT, VISUAL TEACHING: USING IMAGES TO STRENGTHEN LEARNING (9781412968294, $33.95) offers in-depth detail on how students process visual information and how teachers can use geographic organizers, digital photography, the Internet and other tools to enhance learning. Tested strategies and research makes for an outstanding guide. Theresa A. Roberts' NO LIMITS TO LITERACY FOR PRESCHOOL ENGLISH LEARNERS (9781412965644, $30.95) comes from a literacy practitioner and research for preschool Els, and offers strategies that have been field-tested by over 1,000 early childhood educator. It focuses solely on preschool Els and covers everything from teaching phonological awareness and vocabulary to working with a child's primary language. William N. Bender and Martha J. Larkin's READING STRATEGIES FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DIFFICULTIES: STRATEGIES FOR RTI (9781412960694, $38.95) appears in its second updated edition to help general and special educators blend approaches for strengthening reading skills with procedures for RTI. Based on the latest research, it offers elementary to middle school reading instruction case studies and details on promoting progress through monitoring reading. Jody L. Maanum's THE GENERAL EDUCATOR'S GUIDE TO SPECIAL EDUCATION (9781890455354, $35.95) appears in its revised, updated second edition to survey approaches to common medical treatments, special education processes, and teacher/student curriculum and interactions. Teachers of general classrooms that include students with special needs will find this offers the latest facts and information. Early childhood educators will find Maryln Appelbaum's HOW TO HANDLE HARD-TO-HANDLE PRESCHOOLERS (9781412970037, $22.95) a key to a range of conditions, from bipolar disorders and bullying to learning disabilities and autism. By including a range of disorders and problems, it blends analysis with clear direction on management. Lucy C. Martin's STRATEGIES FOR TEACHING STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES (9781412968034, $28.95) offers a range of classroom-tested tools that help students with learning disabilities succeed. Over 100 practical strategies and activities include assessment techniques, communication methods with students and families, the latest ADA rules, and more as well as stories from the author's own classroom experiences. Alan R. Odden and Sarah J. Archibald's DOUBLING STUDENT PERFORMANCE AND FINDING THE RESOURCES TO DO IT (9781412969635, $25.95) combines the latest research in educational reform with the authors' national study of diverse schools that were able to boost student achievement. Case studies, examples, and 10 key strategies for such achievement make for a fine set of tools for educators and policy makers. All are outstanding education library picks.

The Native American Shelf

Big Sycamore Stands Alone
Ian W. Record
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780806139722, $37.95

BIG SYCAMORE STANDS ALONE: THE WESTERN APACHES, ARAVAIPA, AND THE STRUGGLE FOR PLACE follows Aravaipa's cultural legacy as seen through its descendants, bringing Apache voices, knowledge and perspectives to the fore and focusing on the Camp Grant Massacre. Native American history holdings at the college level will find the survey of four threads of oral history discussions to be involving and key, going beyond the usual singular documentation of specific tribes.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

The Girl Who Spoke with Pictures
Eileen Miller
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
400 Market St #400, Philadelphia, PA 19106
9781843108894, $22.95

For many years the author's daughter Kim was unable to verbalize her experiences and emotions - but could communicate using her art. THE GIRL WHO SPOKE WITH PICTURES tells of how her drawings enabled her to interact with the world, is illustrated with pictures drawn by Kim between the ages of 3 and 19 years, and explores the idea of art as a universal language for those with autism. Any library with books on autism needs this.

Forgetting: When to Worry, What to Do
Joan Carson Breitung, RN, MSN
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197
9781591026174, $19.98

What differentiates normal brain aging from more serious symptoms of confusion and cognitive impairment? From Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia to Mild Cognitive Impairment's common causes and diagnosis, chapters discuss all aspects for forgetting, consider caregiver challenges, and offer advice on long-range solutions and planning. Any health library will find this an excellent, basic consumer's pick.

The Self-Help Shelf

Brian Tracy
1601 Broadway, New York NY 10019
0814413463, $21.95

REINVENTION: HOW TO MAKE THE REST OF YOUR LIFE THE BEST OF YOUR LIFE is a powerful key to job fulfillment and reinvention overall and comes from a 'success expert' with an international reputation. He's helped thousands of people reinvent themselves - and here tells how to evaluate, form a game plan for, and implement change. While business libraries will gain much - so will any general-interest lending library.

The Power of the Middle Ground
Marty Babits, LSCW, BCD
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197
9781591026624, $17.98

THE POWER OF THE MIDDLE GROUND: A COUPLE'S GUIDE TO RENEWING YOUR RELATIONSHIP provides a fine self-help book from a seasoned couples therapist and educator, who explains strategies for handling relationship difficulties. The focus here is on creating a place that brings love and compassion alive - a place where neither partner dominates, and each approaches problems productively. This key to learning the 'middle ground' oasis is a pick for any library, from health collections to general-interest lending libraries.

The Psychology Shelf

Being a Brain-Wise Therapist
Bonnie Badenoch
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780393705546, $29.95

BEING A BRAIN-WISE THERAPIST: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO INTERPERSONAL NEUROBIOLOGY adds to Norton's Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology and provides college-level counseling students and practitioners with a powerful review of the basics on brain structure, function, and neurobiological theories. Exercises and case histories accompany wide-ranging discussions of spirituality, brain injury, personality changes, and more. It's a discussion no mental health and psychology library collection should omit.

How to Use Herbs, Nutrients & Yoga in Mental Health Care
Richard P. Brown, MD,
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Street, New York NY
9780393705256, $34.95

Many physicians and therapists agree that herbs and mind/body health enhances overall health - but few integrate these paths into clinical work. This book comes from three experts in integrative medicine and shows how to blend herbs and yoga into mental health care, using research to draw links between medical conditions and diet and nutrients. College-level collections strong in medical or mental health alternative therapies will find this a specific survey focusing on evidence-based practices and clinical research applications: invaluable for practicing physicians and those in the mental health industry.

The Antiques/Collectibles Shelf

Collector Books
Box 3009, Paducah, KY 42002-3009

Cathy and Gene Florence's 2nd edition of HAZEL-ATLAS GLASS: IDENTIFICATION AND VALUE GUIDE (9781574326055, $24.95) is the result of painstaking research through malls, antique shops, flea markets, catalogs and friends' collections as the authors re-gathered the basics about wares they had sold in the past. Chapters divided by type of glassware offer good-sized color photos and text description accompanied by histories and the latest valuation notes, making for an invaluable updated reference for any interested in Hazel-Atlas glassware, or any library catering to glassware collectors. Libraries offering references to collectors will also appreciated the 3rd updated volume of INSIDE THE JEWELRY BOX: A COLLECTOR'S GUIDE TO COSTUME JEWELRY IDENTIFICATION AND VALUES (9781574326079, $24.95) by Ann Mitchell Pitman, a guide pairing large-size clear color photos - many from the author's own collection - with tips on collecting costume jewelry. An arrangement by jewelry type makes it easy to turn to the right section lending to quick identification, while value ranges are the latest available. Mike Carwile's STANDARD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF OPALESCENT GLASS, 6TH EDITION (9781574326109, $29.95) packs in identification and values for such glass, pairing good-sized, clear color photos of individual pieces with design descriptions and notes on variations and prices. Collectors of such glass will find this a real winner, as will libraries catering to them. Such libraries will also wish to add the third updated edition of Stefanie Deutsch and Bettina Dorfmann's BARBIE: THE FIRST 30 YEARS 1959 THROUGH 1989 AND BEYOND IDENTIFICATION AND VALUE GUIDE (9781574325959, $29.95). Each page holds 4 good-sized color photos featuring Barbie, her outfits, her friends and accessories. The latest values accompany discussions of changing eras and focus in this fine historical pictorial perfect for any Barbie doll collector.

The Audiobook Shelf

Penguin Audio
375 Hudson Street, New York NY 10014

THE PRODIGAL GOD: RECOVERING THE HEART OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH (9780143143802, $24.95) takes an intellectual approach to discussions on Christianity, using Jesus' parable of God's prodigal grace to discuss a new way of thinking about faith and Christianity. Collections strong in religious debates and intellectual spirituality will relish the powerful audio discussion. Catherine Blyth's THE ART OF CONVERSATION: A GUIDED TOUR OF A NEGLECTED PLEASURE (9780143144236, $19.95) also receives the author's own voice as it tells of making conversation. Lessons from philosophy, anthropology and literature reveal the rules and secrets for navigating all kinds of conversation, from business to personal settings. Book 3 of Jim Butcher's 'Codex Alera' series, CURSOR'S FURY (9780143143789, $49.95) receives Kate Reading's exceptional background as a stage actress and her powerful voice harnesses the power of a saga of war and assault. This ongoing saga is a top pick for prior listeners of FURIES OF CALDERON and ACADEM'S FURY. Dirk Wittenborn's PHARMAKON (9780143143291, $39.95) presents the dual acting powers of Mark Deakins and Lincoln Hoppe, who add powerful verbal support to a novel of suburban life in postwar America. One American family's struggles in 20th century America come to life in this gripping saga.

Brilliance Audio
PO Box 887, Grand Haven, MI 49417

Dalton Conley's ELSEWHERE, USA (1423377621, $29.99) receives Christopher Lane's powerful audio rendition as it tells of how 24-hour connectivity and multitasking are reshaping patterns of work, family and values. Dalton Conley is a social scientist who does a powerful job of connecting daily life with changed social conditions: reader Lane ties it all together. Nick Tasler's THE IMPULSE FACTOR (1423375122, $29.95) receives an excellent reading by veteran audio narrator Buck Schirner and tells of the recent discovery of a potential-seeking gene that could hold great impact on how we understand decision making. Those who have this gene are impulsive and their choices can lead to creative action or foolish choices. Business collections will find this involving, as well self-improvement libraries. David Whyte's THE THREE MARRIAGES: REIMAGINING WORK, SELF AND RELATIONSHIP (1423376528, $34.99) is read by the author and provides a pointed discussion of how to bring balance and a deeper satisfaction to life. Rethinking work, partnership and inner self is part of the formula: the focus on 'secret vows' made between all make for an involving survey. M. William Phelps' SLEEP IN HEAVENLY PEACE (1423349512, $29.99) is narrated by J. Charles and tells of an Arizona man who discovers hidden bodies when he buys sealed boxes at an unclaimed property auction. The story of a mother who murdered her children makes for a vivid true crime account. Peter Biskind's DOWN AND DIRTY PICTURES: MIRAMAX, SUNDANCE AND THE RISE OF INDEPENDENT FILM (1423371135, $49.99) receives Phil Gigante's smooth experienced acting and directing voice as it tells of the rise of independent filmmakers and the two film festivals that powered them. Film history comes to life in audio. Lionel Shriver's GAME CONTROL (1423360850, $29.99) provides a powerful psychological novel paired with the equally powerful reading voice of audio veteran Laural Merlington as it tells of one Eleanor, a do-gooding American family-planning worker drawn to Kenya to improve the lot of the poor, only to fall in love. Siobhan Dowd's THE LONDON EYE MYSTERY (1423370597, $26.99) is read by Alex Kalajzic and tells of the mysterious disappearance of Salim from a sealed pod on the London Eye. While this is technically a young adult story, many an adult will find riveting the twists and turns of plot, so adult mystery audio collections will also wish to have this. Vaishali Sharma lends her smooth and evocative voice to Shenaaz Nanji's CHILD OF DANDELIONS (1423370589, $24.99), a story of politics and danger about the expulsion of Indians from Uganda in 1972. Here teen Sabine is part of two worlds, and sees both of them wrenched and dying in a moving story. M.M. Buckner's WATERMIND (1423375726, $36.95) receives an excellent narration by Tanya Eby Sirois and tells of a dangerous life evolving in toxic waterways. A sexy self-destructive dropout cleaning up a small pollution spill comes across the mysterious Watermind - and finds it holds a murderous danger to all. Linda Howard's ANGEL CREEK (1423362993, $29.99) is narrated by Natalie Ross and tells of a lovely woman who keeps her independence and heritage in Angel Creek valley when her father dies. When a man with ruthless ambition enters her world and introduces romance, trouble and possibly murder evolve. Suzanne Brockmann's DARK OF NIGHT (1423342666, $38.99) is read by Patrick G. Lawlor and Renee Raudman and tells of a powerful threat from a lethal enemy when operative James Nash decides to work away from his Agency work. A near assassination leads to a new identity, a safe house, and the involvement of a handful of people in a desperate plot.

Hachette Audio
237 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017

Josh Bazell's BEAT THE REAPER (9781600244322, $29.98) receives Robert Petkoff's Broadway background and experience and tells of Dr. Peter Brown, an intern at Manhattan's worst hospital who has a new patient with just three months to live and a strange idea about the identity of his doctor and his connections to a mob. Intrigue and action fueled by the voice of Robert Petkoff keep the plot vivid and moving. William Paul Young's LA CABANA (9781600246869, $24.98) provides an all-Spanish version of a New York Times best-seller of tragedy and discovery. Frank Rodriguez powers a vivid audio listen for Spanish speakers. Alphie McCourt's A LONG STONE'S THROW (9781600245022, $29.98) receives the author's own narration as it tells of the youngest McCourt brother, Alphie, who escapes a miserable childhood in Ireland and heads to America only to find an aimless existence awaits him. All are powerful picks.

The Cookbook Shelf

New West Cuisine
Chase Reynolds Ewald and Amy Jo Sheppard
Gibbs Smith
P.O. Box 667, Layton, UT 84041
1423602560, $29.95

NEW WEST CUISINE captures regional traditions from some fifteen Rocky Mountain restaurants, from mountain resorts to mom-and-pop small establishments, and pairs these with memories of foods and cuisine from the Rocky Mountain area. Add Audrey Hall's color photos and you have a spicy cookbook perfect for regional U.S. cookbook collections and offering dishes such as Poached Salmon with Cucumber Vinaigrette and Roasted Red Pepper Soup.

Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating
Mark Bittman
Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
1416575642, $25.00

What is 'responsible eating', and how can such habits be fostered? FOOD MATTERS covers everything from government policy and global economics to marketing in his discussions of organic, sustainable, and conscious food choices. There's plenty of science and also plenty of tips on how to tailor a lifestyle to make food choices fit as well as reflect social change. Any collection strong in vegetarian or political food selection needs FOOD MATTERS, an outstanding clear call for action on a personal level: the dinner table.

Canning & Preserving for Dummies
Karen Ward
Wiley Publishing
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5773
9780764524714, $16.99

Any who wish a very easy introduction to the finer art of canning and preserving will find Canning & Preserving for Dummies a winner. It provides a step-by-step guide to canning at home, pairing the latest equipment and safety guidelines with easy, fun techniques all tied together by the skill of an author who is a home economist and canning instructor. From recipes for preserves to handling jars, the 'caution' and 'remember' bulleted tips make for easy, quick directions.

No Man Knows My Pastries
Sister Enid Christensen
Signature Books
564 West 400 North, Salt Lake City, UT 84116-3411
1560850280, $8.95

Deserving of ongoing recommendation is NO MAN KNOWS MY PASTRIES, a fun and lively survey of Mormon cookery pairing a healthy dose of humor with recipes for everything from Sweet and Sour Hot Dogs (spiced with apple or currant jelly) to a Spam casserole and Wonder Bread side dish.

Slow & Easy
Natalie Haughton
Wiley Publishing
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5773
9780470229408, $22.95

SLOW & EASY: FAST-FIX RECIPES FOR YOUR ELECTRIC SLOW COOKER offers recipes for everything from dips and pasta sauces to chicken and pork dishes, one-dish meals, vegetables, oatmeal and more. Produce complete meals from scratch in practically no time with a cookbook that covers a range of ways of blending fresh ingredients with easy approaches, collecting popular new ingredients and seasonings to take recipes to a higher level of complexity in taste and ease in preparation.

Weight Watchers in 20 Minutes
Weight Watchers Intl
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9780470287453, $29.95

Over two hundred fast dishes for weight watching come from the editors at Weight Watchers and deliver dishes supporting the Weight Watchers program. They feature Points values as well as the usual nutrition information for dieters, and also include time-saving tips and healthy ways to make a meal feel filling. Another fine supplement for any on the Weight Watchers plan, it includes hardcover binding paired with spiral-bound, lay-flat pages for easy kitchen use.

The Interior Design Shelf

Charles Faudree Country French Florals & Interiors
Toni Garner
Gibbs Smith
Box 667, Layton, UT 84041
142360329X, $39.95

Designer Charles Faudree shares some of his signature Country French interiors and pairs with floral artist Toni Garner, his personal florist, to create floral arrangements for every room in this survey of French County themes. From choosing unusual flower containers and dressing a room with embellishments to creating a Country French theme, this is a 'must' for interior design libraries.

The Social Issues Shelf

Disappearing Desert
Janine Schipper
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780806139555, $19.95

DISAPPEARING DESERT: THE GROWTH OF PHOENIX AND THE CULTURE OF SPRAWL considers the social and cultural forces that contribute to suburban sprawl in the U.S., using Phoenix's experiences as a microcosm of U.S. events. From Phoenix's planned suburbs and Indian reservation to ecological destruction and negative environmental sprawl, DISAPPEARING DESERT is packed with important observations key to college-level libraries strong in urban issues and studies.

The Cigarette Century
Allan M. Brandt
Basic Books
c/o Perseus Books Group
Eleven Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9780465070480, $24.00

Smoking has become a part of American culture, affecting daily life, legal; matters and policies alike. THE CIGARETTE CENTURY offers a history of how the product came to permeate the culture, offering medical history that crosses over well into general social history. Both high school and college-level libraries strong in medical and social history will find THE CIGARETTE CENTURY an excellent pick, perfect for classroom discussion.

The Philosophy Shelf

What's So Wrong with Being Absolutely Right
Judy J. Johnson
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2119
9781591026570, $21.98

WHAT'S SO WRONG WITH BEING ABSOLUTELY RIGHT: THE DANGEROUS NATURE OF DOGMATIC BELIEF uses traditional and modern personality theories, biopsychology, and social learning theories to discuss dogmatism and its traits. While this easily could have been featured in our 'Health' section, it's reviewed here for its wider importance to social science libraries as well, holding important keys linking psychology and belief systems to educational, political and social trends. A key acquisition for any college-level social science library.

The Fiction Shelf

The Leopard's Prey
Suzanne Arruda
c/o New American Library
375 Hudson Street, New York NY 10014
9780451225863, $24.95

Suzanne Arruda's fourth mystery has Jade Del Cameron working for a zoological company in Nairobi, working to save a pair of leopards slated for execution. When bodies are found, Jade also finds herself working to clear her friend of murder charges - and finds herself piloting a plane and landing in African wilderness to face a brutal killer. THE LEOPARD'S PREY is a riveting, fast-paced mystery highly recommended for any mystery collection.

The Astronomy Shelf

The Crowded Universe
Alan Boss
Basic Books
c/o Perseus Books Group
Eleven Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9780465009367, $26.00

THE CROWDED UNIVERSE: THE SEARCH FOR LIVING PLANETS comes from a renowned astronomer who argues that we're on the verse of finding many Earth-like planets around other stars - planets where life is not just possible, but common. His ideas about planetary formation and life possibilities makes for an outstanding study key to any high school to college-level astronomy collection as well as any general-interest lending library strong in science.

The Science Shelf

Cave Paintings and the Human Spirit
David S. Whitley
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2119
9781591026365, $25.98

CAVE PAINTINGS AND THE HUMAN SPIRIT: THE ORIGIN OF CREATIVITY AND BELIEF offers a college-level discussion of ancient art and religion by one of the world's foremost experts on cave paintings. Archaeological evidence and analysis blends with insights in evolutionary psychology and neuroscience to provide a new understanding of shamanism and its connections with early myth and religion. While this could have been featured in our 'spirituality' section, it's reviewed here for its importance to college-level science holdings, as well.

The Music Shelf

The Words and Music of Sting
Christopher Gable
88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881
9780275993603, $39.95

Sting has successfully established himself as one of the most important singer-songwriters in Western popular music: this survey of his songs and solo and group career offers critical analysis of the extent of his works, from his performances with The Police to the structural diagrams of his songs. College-level libraries strong in popular music analysis need this.

The Jobs/Careers Shelf

So You Are a Chef: Managing Your Culinary Career
Lisa M. Brefere, CEC, AAC,
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
9780470251270, $35.00

The second updated edition of SO YOU ARE A CHEF is a winner, covering food-related jobs such as culinary Educator, Food Photographer and Celebrity Chef and highlighting careers across all industries, including those in research and development and education. From handling an interview for being a chef to selecting the appropriate materials for a portfolio and using networking to search the hidden job market, this handbook is for any who have their cooking credentials and are ready to plumb the job market's potentials. Any business or career library or those catering to food professionals needs SO YOU ARE A CHEF.

Home Staging for Profit
Barbara Jennings, CRS/CSS
Ahava Enterprises Inc.
7501 Slater Avenue, Suite C, Huntington Beach, CA, 92647
9780961802622, $29.95

Business collections catering to real estate readers or those seeking careers in home staging will find HOME STAGING FOR PROFIT a unique, important and specific acquisition. Begin in 7 days or less, work from home, and build up a six-figure business with a guide based on the author's years of work. From furniture rental and business record-keeping to check-lists for sellers and enhancement design tips, HOME STAGING FOR PROFIT is a unique 'must' for any library catering to either re-career readers or those seeking tips on home staging.

The Business Shelf

The Big Idea
Donny Deutsch with Catherine Whitney
77 West 66th Street, New York NY 10023-6298
9781401323219, $25.95

Donny Deutsch's hit CNBC show THE BIG IDEA profiles business people who have made their dreams come true, illustrating that big business ideas are developed, not inspirations from above. The entrepreneurs featured didn't necessarily have lots of money, either, or experience. They had an observation, an idea, and the willpower to follow it through to profits - and THE BIG IDEA illustrates how. Libraries both business and general-interest will find it a popular pick offering easy-reading ideas and inspiration.

From Bureau to Boardroom
Dan Carrison
1601 Broadway, New York NY 10019-7420
0814410634, $24.95

When it comes to inspiring employees the FBI has learned invaluable lessons about leadership and management, working with increasingly limited resources and global influences to develop strategic advantage. These lessons are documented in a collection from a former marine who has had unprecedented access to the FBI's inner sanctum: chapters cover success, failures, and how the FBI evolved more efficient organizational choices from both. Business libraries will find it a top pick.

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