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Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Library Science Shelf Architecture Shelf
Art Shelf Audiobook Shelf Education Shelf
Computer Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf Business Shelf
Political Science Shelf Metaphysical Studies Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf
Psychology Shelf Environmental Studies Shelf Criminology Shelf
Economics Shelf Agricultural Studies Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
Needlecraft Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf Cookbook Shelf
Social Issues Shelf Sports Shelf Writing/Publishing Shelf
World History Shelf American History Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf
Biography Shelf Military Shelf Science Shelf
Nautical Shelf Photography Shelf Real Estate Shelf
Christian Studies Shelf Hunting/Fishing Shelf Self-Help Shelf
Judaic Studies Shelf Literary Studies Shelf Poetry Shelf

Reviewer's Choice

House of Havoc
Marni Jameson
DaCapo Lifelong
c/o Perseus Publishing Group
2300 Chestnut St. #200, Philadelphia, PA 19103
9780738213118, $16.95

House of Havoc: How to make - and Keep - a Beautiful Home Despite Cheap Spouses, Messy Kids, and Other Difficult Roommates comes from a syndicated home columnist who shows readers how to take control over home clutter and chaos. Her simple tips tell how to do everything from choose wine glasses that give better drinking experiences to giving rooms spring cleaning or facelifts to make them more practical. Any home and garden collection will find this attractive.

The Future History of the Arctic
Charles Emmerson
Public Affairs
250 West 57th St. Suite 1321, New York NY 10107
9781586486365, $28.95

The Future History of the Arctic comes from a geopolitics expert who offers an intellectual journey through the history, literature and politics of the Arctic, offering insights into the political and environmental forces that have shaped the region. In so doing, he explains connections that will likely evolve in the future, and provides a social and political history of the Arctic especially recommended for college-level collections interested in Arctic climate and culture.

Sexually, I'm More of a Switzerland
David Rose
c/o Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
9781439125649, $16.00

Sexually, I'm More of a Switzerland offers a fine gathering of bawdy and absurd personal ads from a lonely-hearts column in Britain. Lively and funny reading. Anything but your usual want ads, these promise hours of fun and plenty of food for thought.

The Bag Lady Papers
Alexandra Penney
c/o Hyperion Books
77 West 66th Street, NY, NY 10023-6298
9781401341183, $23.99

The Bag Lady Papers: The Priceless Experience of Losing it All comes from a successful career woman whose money one day vanished overnight in Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme. She lost every cent she ever saved - and in the process of sorting through her financial crisis, she learned a lot about 'bag lady' money management and recovery. Any collection will find this an appealing, strong read.

The Library Science Shelf

Practical and Effective Management of Libraries
Richard J. Moniz
Chandos Publishing
c/o Neal-Schuman Publishers
100 William Street, Suite 2004, New York, NY 10038
9781843345787, $115.00,

Practicality is a virtue that must never be forgotten when trying to manage anything. "Practical and Effective Management of Libraries: Integrating Case Studies, General management theory, and Self-understanding" is a complete and comprehensive guide to simple library management principles that can stand the tests of time. Richard J. Moniz Jr, a long time library director, applies his expertise well, giving advice on how to recognize one's weaknesses as a manager, inspire employees, keep up with the times, keep the lines of communication strong, and more. With plenty of examples and enhanced with useful appendix resources, "Practical and Effective Management of Libraries" is a solid addition to any library science collection focused on leadership and management.

The Architecture Shelf

Peabody & Stearns: Country Houses and Seaside Cottages
Annie Robinson
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780393732184, $65.00

Peabody & Stearns: Country Houses and Seaside Cottages is a 'must' for any college-level collection strong in architecture. It tells of the firm of Peabody and Stearns and how it helped change the direction of architecture through their country house work. Packed with black and white photos paired with history and architectural detail, this is a fine addition to any college-level architectural library.

Animals in Stone
Robert Arthur King
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780393732863, $24.95

ANIMALS IN STONE: ARCHITECTURAL SCULPTURE IN NEW YORK CITY provides a fine survey of creatures that decorate New York City structures, from lions and sheep to eagles and cats and dogs. Balconies, windows, and other facades are surveyed along with addresses of buildings and public transportation information including maps, making this an architectural celebration also conducive to travel collections.

The Art Shelf

Andy Warhol and the Can That Sold the World
Gary Indiana
Basic Books
c/o Perseus Book Group
387 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10016
9780465002337, $22.00

Andy Warhol and the Can That Sold the World tells of the first solo exhibition of Warhol's works in Los Angeles in 1962, the Campbell's Soup cans, and considers their origins and Warhol's early years. In silk-screening an ordinary object, Warhol rose to fame and fostered a new area for the arts: Andy Warhol and the Can That Sold the World is more than just another Warhol expose; it's a survey of a new movement, and is key to any arts collection.

The Methodologies of Art, second edition
Laurie Schneider Adams
Westview Press
2465 Central Avenue, Boulder, CO 80301
9780813344508, $36.00

The second updated edition of The Methodologies of Art is a 'must' for any serious arts library, offering a survey of the different ways art is analyzed for meaning and considering formal analysis, iconology, Marxism, feminism and more - all of which lend meaning and perspective to artistic endeavors. This second edition includes nineteen new images, new sections on race and gender, and a new epilogue that analyzes a single painting with different methodological views. Arts students will find this a key survey.

The Audiobook Shelf

Penguin Audio
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014

Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins's MATTHEW'S STORY: THE JESUS CHRONICLES (9780143145431, $39.95) offers a new book in the series and receives Robertson Dean's fine account of Levi, who is studying to be a priest until tragedy causes him to turn his back on his faith and pursue riches. His discovery of prophetic Jesus leads him to a quest that shakes his foundations - and leads Jesus to rename him Matthew in this spiritual, spirited story of one man's calling based on the historic Biblical text. Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul's THE SILENT SEA (9780143145417, $29.95 - abridged, 9780143145400, $39.95 - unabridged) is a pick whether you choose the abridged narration by Jason Culp, a gifted actor who translates high drama to the tale, or unabridged with actor Scott Brick, who does a fine job with the complete version. Either way, the story revolving around the Oregon and a discovery linking a crashed satellite in Argentine to an ages-old mystery makes for a gripping thriller. Kimberly Alexis adds spice and drama to Laurel K. Hamilton's BLUE MOON (9780143144083, $39.95), a fine Anita Blake vampire novel continuing her gripping search for vampires and her efforts to keep the world safe - even as she loves a vampire of her own.

Beautiful Things Happen When a Woman Trusts God
Sheila Walsh
Thomas Nelson Publishers
PO Box 141000, Nashville, TN 37214
9781400316243, $24.99

Beautiful Things Happen When a Woman Trusts God offers a fine audio book about trust, safety, and religious belief, and is a fine pick for any spirituality library. It offers insights from the author's own lifelong battle with trust and choices made to follow God, and is inspirational listening for any religious listener and libraries catering to them.

Shamanic Meditations
Sandra Ingerman
Sounds True
PO Box 8010, Boulder, CO 80306
9781591797579, $19.95

Shamanic Meditations offers six guided journeys for deepening connections to spirit, showing how to connect with helping spirits and how to experience true self beyond body and mind. The reader is a licensed therapist and shamanic practitioner who teaches workshops on shamanism: her guided journeys are a top recommendation for any new age or meditation collection.

Brilliance Audio
PO Box 887, Grand Haven, MI 49417

Susan Ericksen performs Kristin Hannah's WINTER GARDEN (1423325192, $36.99), a fine survey of very different sisters who come together as adults when their father falls ill. His final request to his wife will lead to a fantastic revelation for the sisters - a story that will take them around the world and foster an obsession to uncover the truth of their heritage in this warm, revealing novel. Stephen Coonts' DEEP BLACK: SEA OF TERROR (1423344146, $36.99) comes to life under the seasoned, professional voice of Phil Gigante, who spices the story of two massive ships on a dual path to destruction. Japanese eco-terrorists and Middle East extremists have joined forces to infiltrate the ships in this fine thriller. John Joseph Adams edits stories by various writers in THE IMPROBABLE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (1441839070, $29.99), packing in nearly thirty tales of mystery with Holmes as the key. Simon Vance and Anne Flosnik provide fine dual narrations here. Andrew Vachss' FLOOD (1441817042, $29.99) receives Christopher Lane's smooth narration and background as an award-winning audio reader as it tells of a woman named Flood who wants Burke to find a monster for her - so she can kill him herself. A fine mystery and thriller evolves.

Chip Heath and Dan Heath
Random House Audio
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 8th floor, New York, NY 10019
9780739376966, $35.00

SWITCH: HOW TO CHANGE THINGS WHEN CHANGE IS HARD receives a fine reading by Charles Kahlenberg who spices an account of how to make meaningful change in companies, communities and personal lives. It covers connections uniting emotional and rational minds for best results, and is a powerful pick for any general lending library.

Hachette Audio
237 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017

Sheena Iyengar's THE ART OF CHOOSING (9781600248108, $34.98) receives Orlagh Cassidy's Broadway credits and experience as it considers the desire for choice and whether this desire is of cultural or innate origin. There's a complex line between choice and freedom and one doesn't necessarily link to the other: this tells why. James Patterson offers another Maximum Ride novel with FANG (9781600247897, $22.98), read by voice-over artist Jill Apple and telling of Fang, Max's best friend and soul mate, who will be first to die in her quest to save the world from evil. A newly created winged boy will replace him - and the evolving battle will consume the world in this tense thriller.

The Education Shelf

250 Wireless Road, Hauppauge, NY 11788

Renee White's SAT Subject Test: French's second edition (0764196731, $21.99) provides the latest practice tests - eight full-length tests, four supplemented with listening comprehension sections on the accompanying audio CDs - and answers questions with many key insights into grammar and vocabulary. From review quizzes to reading comprehension exercises, this is packed with fine insights perfect for any student of the SAT French test and libraries catering to them. Nancy Scoggin's AP MUSIC THEORY (0764196316, $34.99) provides a fine review of practice tests offering two full-length AP practice exams with all questions answered and explained. From music basics to composition, harmonic dictation, and strategies for sight-singing, this accompanies four audio CDs providing skill development prompts and makes for an outstanding study guide. The fifth updated edition of Martin Sternstein, Ph.D.'s AP STATISTICS (0764195441, $29.99) offers the latest review and practice tests, explaining all questions and including review topics in four general themes. A CD-ROM presents two additional full-length exams and a bonus CD-ROM presents calculator trial software, making for the perfect statistics study guide.

Corwin Press
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320

Howard S. Adelman and Linda Taylor's Mental Health in Schools: Engaging Learners, Preventing Problems, and Improving Schools (9781412975384, $38.95) is 'must' reading for any interested in student wellness and schools, describing how educators can coordinate internal and external resources to support a school environment. From the history and condition of current school mental health programs to addressing behavior issues and integrating mental health programming into public schools, this is packed with important considerations key to any administrator's library. Lori Langer de Ramirez's EMPOWER ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS WITH TOOLS FROM THE WEB (9781412972437, $38.95) shows how web 2.0 tools can help English language learning, and comes from a nationally known expert on ESL teaching and curriculum development. Classroom strategies explored here provide step-by-step guidelines for using a range of Web tools and activities and make for a powerful survey. Patricia A. Dischler's TEACHING THE 3 CS: CREATIVITY, CURIOSITY AND COURTESY (9781412974226, $28.95) provides a powerful reference showing how to promote a child's inner desire to learn. From tools for nurturing empathy and emotional intelligence to activities fun to use and developmentally appropriate for different ages, this tells how to integrate 'the 3 Cs' into any curriculum. Karen J. Rooney's STRATEGIES FOR LEARNING: EMPOWERING STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS, GRADES 9-12 (9781412972864, $30.95) provides struggling students with the study skills needed to achieve success. General and special education secondary teachers receive a fine gathering of field-tested learning strategies to help students improve cross-curricular skills in different areas. A top pick. Also top is Sandra K. Enger and Robert E. Yager's ASSESSING STUDENT UNDERSTANDING IN SCIENCE, 2ND EDITION (9781412969932, $35.95), covering the basics for educators interested in assessing student proficiency and performance in science. From measuring student progress in six scientific areas to evaluating methods of teaching and introducing science using results from these methods, this is highly recommended. Sandra Lee Gupton's THE INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP TOOLBOX: A HANDBOOK FOR IMPROVING PRACTICE (9781412975407, $33.95) provides fine leadership tools for building teamwork and improving instruction. From updated standards from the National Association of Elementary School Principals to new research connecting principal actions to student achievement, this offers tested tools to build teamwork and more effective educational connections. Susan E. Sather's LEADING PROFESSIONAL LEARNING TEAMS (9781412965538, $30.95) tells teachers how to use focused professional learning teams to create a team atmosphere. It provides a field-tested model for implementing strategies to foster teacher collaboration, and demonstrates learning teams in action. Very highly recommended. Also a top pick is Donovan R. Walling's WRITING FOR UNDERSTANDING: STRATEGIES TO INCREASE CONTENT LEARNING (9781412964357, $26.95). Chapters focus on writing as an instructional tool and is written for non-language arts teachers, showing teachers how to guide students in using different writing techniques for optimum expression. Jeanne H. Purcell and Jann H. Leppien edit PARALLEL CURRICULUM UNIT FOR SOCIAL STUDIES GRADES 6-12 (9781412965408, $35.95), a survey of a framework for developing a more effective social studies curriculum. From teacher explanations of unit designs and connections to concepts to step-by-step directions for delivering the lessons and assessing content, this is a pick any educator's library will relish. Linda Sullivan-Dudzic,'s MAKING A DIFFERENCE: 10 ESSENTIAL STEPS TO BUILDING A PREK-3 SYSTEM (9781412974233, $25.95) offers a fine plan for linking early childhood education to the K-3 system. More than 20 years' success with a PreK-3 system lend to an implementation program that identifies needs, shares developmental insights, and covers resources and challenges alike. The third updated edition of Susan Loucks-Horsley,'s DESIGNING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TEACHERS OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS (9781412974141, $39.95) provides an expanded edition of a fine professional resource, presenting an updated planning framework and blending in the latest research on PD design. Any professional educator will find this a fine blend of theory and practice. Will Richardson's BLOGS, WIKIS, PODCASTS, AND OTHER POWERFUL WEB TOOLS FOR CLASSROOMS (9781412977470, $31.95) is updated to include the latest technology for novice and tech-savvy educators alike, offering instructions for specific teaching using weblogs, wikis, social book marketing, online photo galleries, and more. It's packed with solid advice on how to blend classroom objectives with the latest hottest computer skills.

361 Hanover Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3912

Editors Sandra Perl and Charles Schuster present STEPPING ON MY BROTHER'S HEAD AND OTHER SECRETS YOUR ENGLISH PROFESSOR NEVER TOLD YOU: A COLLEGE READER (086709592X, $23.13), twelve never-published-before essays by some of America's best writing teachers, and provides a fine set of insights perfect for any education or English lesson collection. From the literature and politics surrounding an email romance to family stories and secrets, this makes for a powerfully lively survey. Frank Serafini's CLASSROOM READING ASSESSMENTS: MORE EFFICIENT WAYS TO VIEW AND EVALUATE YOUR READERS (0325027129, $26.25) provides tips to improving student reading, offering four basic requirements for maximizing efficiency and increasing effectiveness. Any teacher needs this set of solid evaluation techniques.

The Computer Shelf

1005 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol, CA 95472

Subbu Allamaraju's RESTFUL WEB SERVICES COOKBOOK (9780596801687, $39.99) is a pick for any web development library and explores the REST design philosophy by presenting over 100 'recipes' to help programmers use REST, HTTP, and the Web. Learn how to design RESTful web services that address performance and reliability concerns, and in an excellent programmer's reference recommended for any web programming collection. Joseph Albahari and Ben Albahari's C# 4.0 IN A NUTSHELL (9780596800956, $49.99) tells how to get up to speed using C# 4.0 or the .NET CLR. It covers variables, 4.0 special features from parameter variance to parallel programming and code contracts, and puts all information in a quick reference format for nearly instant access. The latest details on LINQ and more make this a 'must' for any programmer's library. Peter Morville and Jeffrey Callender's SEARCH PATTERNS (9780596802271, $39.99) is also a recommended pick for any library strong in web and search engine references. It uses the authors' experiences and best practices alike to demonstrate pattern language, more effective searches and strategies that boost e-commerce sales, and more. Any library strong in web design must have this search-specific reference.

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

Advanced-level programming and internet guides strong in C# references must have MARK MICHAELIS'S ESSENTIAL C# 4.0 (0321694694, $49.99). It offers a series of best practices for object-oriented programming in C#, discusses methods and expressions, and surveys all technical details from querying and attributes to multithreaded programming using the Task Parallel Library. Any developer working with C# needs this technical reference, packed with specific details. Also recommended is Johnson M. Hart's WINDOWS SYSTEM PROGRAMMING, 4TH EDITION (0321657748, $69.99), a definitive guide offering new coverage of 64-bit programming, multicore systems, and more. Windows externals are covered at the AP level as Hart surveys features from basic to complex procuresses and applications, from file systems to synchronization and Windows security. Bill Wagner's EFFECTIVE C#: 50 SPECIFIC WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR C#, 2ND EDITION (0321658701, $39.99) tells how to use both types of C# constants for efficiency, and how to make the most of the C# language. Any library strong in Microsoft programming needs this technical guide for C# programmers who want to go to the next level of quality.

Wiley Publishing
c/o Wiley-Blackwell
10475 Crosspoint Boulevard, Indianapolis, IN 46256

The second updated edition of Leah Pearlman and Carolyn Abram's FACEBOOK FOR DUMMIES (9780470527610, $21.99) is a 'must' for any newcomer to Facebook who would understand the social networking system's basic concepts. From creating a profile and navigating the site to adding applications uploading photos, and building a fan page, this packs in important keys to building an organized, revealing Facebook profile and understanding the pros and cons of Facebook's operations. Every library needs this. Also a pick is Susannah Gardner and Shane Birley's BLOGGING FOR DUMMIES (9780470565568, $24.99), a fine survey covering the basics of blog etiquette, tools, socializing, and even blogging for money. From identifying visitors to managing blog tasks and overcoming writer's block, this is a top pick.

Understanding IBM SOA Foundation Suite
Tinny Ng, Jane Fung, Laura Chan and Vivian Mak
IBM Press
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0138150400, $49.99

Understanding IBM SOA Foundation Suite tells how to master the IBM SOA Foundation through 26 hands-on tutorials presented herein covering everything from designing services with UML and creating services with IBM Rational Application Developer to connecting services with WebSphere Message Broker and more. It's an outstanding survey for any college-level web designer's collection.

IT Systems Management, second edition
Rich Schiesser
Prentice Hall
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0137025068, $59.99

The second updated edition of IT Systems Management offers a fully updated guide to managing IT infrastructures, and is a 'must' for any college-level technical information management library. It packs in details on the latest issues and trends in IT management, discussing managing performance, availability, and reducing costs of IT facilities management.

Complete Idiot's Guide to Ebay, second edition
Lissa McGrath and Skip McGrath
c/o Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9781592579693, $18.95

The second updated edition of Complete Idiot's Guide to Ebay tells how to get the most out of eBay, whether you're a buyer or a seller. From eBay's new changes for both to more effective bidding strategies and techniques to gain the Top-Rated Seller fee discounts, this is a 'must' for any who regularly work with eBay's system.

Barron's AP Computer Science A, fifth edition
Roselyn Teukolsky, MS
250 Wireless Road, Hauppauge, NY 11788
0764197045, $29.99

The fifth updated edition of Barron's AP Computer Science A offers the latest review and practice tests, has been updated to reflect the College Board's current Level A syllabus, and offers three full-length AP practice exams with all questions answered and explained. A CD-ROM explains the exams and provides two addition practices including a scoring chart.

All-in-One CompTIA A+ Certification Exam Guide, seventh edition
Mike Meyers
McGraw Hill
c/o The McGraw Hill Companies
Two Penn Plaza, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10121-2298
0071701338, $59.99

The seventh updated edition of All-in-One CompTIA A+ Certification Exam Guide tells how to get ahead on the latest CompTIA A+ certification and training. From exam tips and plenty of practice questions to over 1,000 photos and illustrations, this comes with an accompanying CD- ROM of practice exams, review questions, a one-hour video training segment, and more. Any reference library must have this.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

Church 3.0
Neil Cole
989 Market Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco CA 94103-1741
9780470529454, $24.95

CHURCH 3.0: UPGRADES FOR THE FUTURE OF THE CHURCH comes from a consultant and innovative pastor who considers church leadership in the 21st century, exploring what it means to be an organic church capable of replication and accountability. A new model based on the practices of modern followers offers a new upgrade to the idea of how to define a mission, pros and cons of different approaches, and how to reach those looking to re-connect with the church.

God's Brain
Lionel Tiger and Michael McGuire
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2119
9781616141646, $25.00

Two authors radically change the typical discussion of the existence of God and the nature of religion, considering the purpose and needs of religion, its source, and why every known culture has some form of religion. Their conclusion: the brain creates religion and concepts of God to satisfy neurological and associated social needs. Science and spirituality blend in a satisfying discussion linking brain science to religious belief.

Patience With God
Frank Schaeffer
Da Capo Press
c/o Perseus Book Group
Eleven Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9780306818547, $25.00

PATIENCE WITH GOD: FAITH FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T LIKE RELIGION (OR ATHEISM) comes from an author who has problems with the New Atheists and with the religious fundamentalists alike - and who sees both opposing camps as similar in their perspective. They share the idea that their beliefs are true - and contain false certainties. The alternative to these two ways of thinking lies here, in PATIENCE WITH GOD, which builds upon the author's own evangelical past to examine religious contentions. Spiritual libraries will find this revealing.

The Business Shelf

Power and Love
Adam Kahane
Berrett-Koehler Publications
235 Montgomery Street, Suite 650, San Francisco CA 94104-2916
9781605093048, $16.95

POWER AND LOVE: A THEORY AND PRACTICE OF SOCIAL CHANGE offers a powerful survey of how groups of people solve complex problems. This book notes that the purposes of power and love are actually complimentary, not adversarial: their different strengths and approaches lend to business achievement. Any business library should have this.

The Business of Happiness
Ted Leonsis with John Buckley
Regnery Publishing
One Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC 20001
9781596981140, $27.95

The Business of Happiness: 6 Secrets to Extraordinary Success in Work and Life provides a fine review of the author's 'start with success' philosophy, which has helped him achieve success throughout his career. A millionaire at the age of 28, Leonsis faced death and realized he needed to refocus his life. His list of 101 goals that he felt would lead him to happiness led to an identification of six habits key to success - habits any businessperson needs to adopt.

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

Bob Burg and John David Mann's GO-GIVERS SELL MORE (9781591843085, $21.95) provides a fine supplemental guide to their national best-seller THE GO-GIVER, offering insights into how to develop a powerful, more effective approach to selling. Their formula differs from others and offers a fine survey of how to defuse the adversarial relationships inherent in traditional selling, showing salespeople how to think like 'go-givers' in a positive approach perfect for collections seeing popularity in the original book. Harvey Mackay's USE YOUR HEAD TO GET YOUR FOOT IN THE DOOR (9781591843214, $25.95) offers job seekers some expert strategies that include those who have been unemployed for a long time as well as newcomers to the job market. Learn the concept of making a personal pitch to merchandise and market skills effectively in hard times using a guide that shares all his tips from his lifetime as a CEO. Seth Godin's LINCHPIN: ARE YOU INDISPENSABLE (9781591843160, $25.95) is a 'must' for any in business who would stand out and exert emotional labor to be seen as an indispensable part of a company. Personal choices and directions make a big difference in perceived value - this identifies a third team of 'linchpins' in any organization who invent, lead and make things happen - and tells how to be one of them. Any business library needs this.

Green Careers for Dummies
Carol McClelland, PhD
c/o John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9780470529607, $19.99

GREEN CAREERS FOR DUMMIES offers a fine survey of business opportunities in 'green' industry, reviewing examples of green economics and showing how to locate and train for a career that has a positive impact on the planet. From greening a current job to thriving in a green economy, this covers all the basic 'green' concepts as they apply to a career opportunity.

c/o The McGraw Hill Companies
Two Penn Plaza, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10121-2298

Gary Keller with Dave Jenks and Jay Papasan's SHIFT: HOW TOP REAL ESTATE AGENTS TACKLE TOUGH TIMES (0071739386, $24.95) outlines 12 strategies that can power a business in any market, from mastering current market challenges such as short sales to overcoming buyer reluctance and expanding creative finance options. It's based on years of research and tested tactics and shows how to thrive against all odds: any real estate collection needs this. Leigh Branham, SPHR and Mark Hirschfeld's RE-ENGAGE: HOW AMERICA'S BEST PLACES TO WORK INSPIRE EXTRA EFFORT IN EXTRAORDINARY TIMES (0071703101, $29.95) is a pick for any manager's collection, and covers the basics of keeping workers happy and productive. From tackling workplace disillusionment and encouraging rewards for excellence to creating a great workplace for all, this is a powerful pick for any business collection.

Handmade Marketplace
Kari Chapin
Storey Publishing
210 MassMoca Way, North Adams, MA 01247
9781603424776, $14.95

HANDMADE MARKETPLACE: HOW TO SELL YOUR CRAFTS LOCALLY, GLOBALLY, AND ONLINE comes from a marketing crafter who has sold her homemade goods online and also managed her own retail shop. Her background in publicity and marketing for a variety of arts and nonprofits makes for a powerful and unique guide perfect for crafts and arts libraries as well as basic business collections.

Complete Idiot's Guide to Business Plans, second edition
Gwen Moran and Sue Johnson
Alpha Books
c/o Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014-3658
9781592579730, $19.95

The second updated Complete Idiot's Guide to Business Plans provides a winning writing course designed to help put together a plan to help any business succeed. From how such plans are used to obtain start-up capital to analyzing a market and understanding business writing, this is a powerful pick for any beginning business reader.

The Political Science Shelf

Westview Press
2465 Central Avenue, Boulder, CO 80301

College-level courses strong in international peace-keeping and UN history will find the sixth updated edition of Thomas G. Weiss,'s THE UNITED NATIONS AND CHANGING WORLD POLITICS (9780813344355, $47.00) an exceptional pick. It features a new chapter on evolving security operations, updates discussions of the UN's actions around the world, and discusses the global economic and financial crisis to bring all details up to date. College-level courses in political science and UN history will find this essential. Ken Conca and Geoffrey D. Dabelko's GREEN PLANET BLUES, 4TH EDITION (9780813344119, $43.00) has been revised and updated throughout and examines global environmental politics from different perspectives, from classic to activist terms. Examples of sustainability and ecological justice are presented in a survey which has been updated to include fourteen new readings discussing globalization and environmental change, transnational activist networks, and more. College-level libraries strong in global environmental issues must have this reader. The fifth edition of Pamela S. Chasek,'s GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS (9780813344423, $43.00) provides a fine set of discussions about the global environment. This updated introduction to the world's most important environmental issues includes new material on the latest environmental and international politics, climate change, and issues of economics and globalization.

Open Government
Daniel Lathrop & Laurel Ruma, Editors
1005 Gravenstein Hwy, Sebastopol, CA 95472
9780596804350, $44.99

OPEN GOVERNMENT: COLLABORATION, TRANSPARENCY, AND PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE is a top pick for any college-level library strong in politics and government. It comes from leading practitioners inside and outside the realm of government, and shares their ideas on how to use the Web to make data accessible to citizens and government internal operations alike. From understanding online collaboration and transparency to encouraging participation and cooperation, this packs in key details for organizing more effective government operations using the Web's powers as a pivot point.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

Daily OM: Learning to Live
Madisyn Taylor
Hay House
Box 5100, Carlsbad, CA 92018-5100
9781401925581, $19.95

Daily OM: Learning to Live is based on the website DailyOM and comes from its co-fonder, who blends inspirational thoughts with her honest personal story revealing experiences behind the DailyOM messages. Any interested in spiritual enlightenment and where, when and how to gain inspiration (whether it be from life or nature) needs this key. New age collections in particular will relish its message.

Chants of a Lifetime
Krishan Das
Hay House
Box 5100, Carlsbad, CA 92018-5100
9781401920227, $24.95

CHANTS OF A LIFETIME: SEARCHING FOR A HEART OF GOLD pairs a collection of insights and stories with teachings from Krisha Das, who has been termed the 'chant master of American yoga' by the New York Times. His CDs bringing traditional Indian chats to Western ears have long been popular: CHANTS OF A LIFETIME includes photos from his India years, includes a CD only available with the book, and is a top pick for any new age library.

Awakening to the Spirit World
Sandra Ingerman and Hank Wesselman
Sounds True Audio
413 South Arthur Avenue, Louisville, CO 80027
9781591797500, $19.95

Awakening to the Spirit World examines sources of invisible power in daily living, from listening to the natural world and understanding death to using shamanism as a method to see the world, combined with a focused intention. A powerful spiritual awakening evolves in this link between spirit and daily worlds.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
Atul Gawande
Metropolitan Books
c/o Henry Holt & Company
175 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10010
9780805091748, $24.50

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right tells of an author who found the simple checklist a key to improving medicine and life itself. His methods of applying checklists to surgery resulted in dramatic health benefits: this offers both health and general life-improvement strategies powered by the checklist, and offers a strategy that can appeal across the board to all different disciplines, from medicine to business.

How to Never Look Fat Again
Charla Krupp
Grand Central Publishing
c/o Hachette Book Group
237 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9780446547475, $26.99

How to Never Look Fat Again offers keys to reducing weight appearance through conscious styling. Whether readers are ten or twenty pounds overweight, this offers a course on hiding the fat and covers everything from swimsuits to party dresses, offering details on how to not look fat in clothing. From avoiding low-rise jeans if you have a 'buddha belly' to embracing empire waists and dresses, this is packed with outstanding style ideas geared to handling fat in different parts of the body. Any general interest library must have this.

The Great Pheromone Myth
Richard L. Doty
Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218
080189347X, $65.00

The Great Pheromone Myth comes from an olfaction expert who rejects the idea of pheromones as triggers for behaviors - and who rejects the fact of pheromones themselves. Studies which supposedly revealed the existence of mammalian pheromones are debunked and the author maintains there is no accepted scientific definition of what constitutes a mammalian pheromone. More than a survey of pheromones, this considers the entire perspective of chemical effects on behavior and is a pick for any college-level health collection.

Molly Caldwell Crosby
Berkeley Publishing Group
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780425225707, $24.95

ASLEEP: THE FORGOTTEN EPIDEMIC THAT REMAINS ONE OF MEDICINE'S GREATEST MYSTERIES provides the true account of a sleeping sickness epidemic that blends case studies and interviews with family members with the story of a group of New York doctors who spent their lives seeking the cause, treatment and cure for the disease. In 1927 the disease vanished as quickly as it appeared: this examines its foundations and lasting effects.

Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals
Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD and Eric Vohr
Hudson Street Press
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014-3657
9781594630644, $25.95

Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals: How One Doctor's Checklist Can Help Us Change Health Care from the Inside Out outlines a leading physicians' crusade against medical harm and for improving health care quality in the United States. Hospital-acquired illnesses will affect 1 in 10 patients: this shows how the health care system can be fixed to improve the odds. It's recommended for any health collection.

Positive Results
Joi L. Morris & Ora K. Gordon, MD
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2119
9781591027768, $20.00

POSITIVE RESULTS: MAKING THE BEST DECISIONS WHEN YOU'RE AT HIGH RISK FOR BREAST OR OVARIAN CANCER provides a unique guidebook to help women with family history and genetic profiles adding to their cancer risk factors. It covers all the latest medical options, including genetic testing and assessing risk factors, and provides the author's personal experiences with the latest medical possibilities.

Healing Hearts
Kathy E. Magliato, MD
Broadway Books
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9780767930260, $24.00

HEALING HEARTS: A MEMOIR OF A FEMALE HEART SURGEON comes from one of only a handful of female heart surgeons practicing in the world today. She's also one of the first to perform heart transplants. Her challenges in being and becoming a cardiothoracic surgeon make for a powerful guide telling of a wife, mother, and professional, and her case histories here make for involving reading.

You Can Beat the Odds
Brenda Stockdale
Sentient Publications
1113 Spruce St. Boulder, CO 80302
9781591810797, $18.95

You Can Beat the Odds: Surprising Factors Behind Chronic Illness and Cancer uses the latest research about health and wellness to blend in strategies for everyday life. From harnessing the healing power of imagination to immune power and turning stress into strength, this packs in many recommendations designed to empower the health as well as those suffering from chronic or dangerous illness. Any health library will find this inspiring.

2010 Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment
Stephen J. McPhee and Maxine A. Papadakis
c/o The McGraw Hill Companies
Two Penn Plaza, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10121-2298
0071624449, $74.95

Clinicians famous in their respective fields have produced 2010 Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment, a solid survey of treatment and symptoms of over 1,000 diseases and disorders. College-level medical reference libraries will appreciate the focus on clinical diagnosis and patient management tools, and will note this is the only text to include an annual HIV infection update. Hundreds of drug treatment tables, ICD-9 codes, new topics on vaccines and Chikungunya fever, and more make this a key reference for any college-level medical collection.

The Psychology Shelf

The Activity Year Book
Anni Bowden and Nancy Lewthwaite
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
400 Market St., Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19106
9781843109631, $49.95

The Activity Year Book is for care staff looking after older people who have some degree of dementia, and offers a range of activity ideas key to keeping them engaged and stimulated. Week by week theme activities are easy to implement by staff, cover holidays to special nights, and offer practical trips on running them through a group and organizing activities. A fine survey packed with fun ideas, any elder collection needs this.

Enriched Care Planning for People With Dementia
Hazel May, Paul Edwards, Dawn Brooker
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
400 Market St. #400, Philadelphia, PA 19106
9781843104056, $47.50

Enriched Care Planning for People With Dementia provides an updated guide to individualized and inclusive dementia care, providing steps for improving the quality of psychological and social support for the person through their daily experiences. Tried and tested methods and a profiling approach make this a key acquisition for any library strong in dementia management and techniques.

The Environmental Studies Shelf

Sustainable World Sourcebook
Sustainable World Coalition
2150 Allston Way #450, Berkeley, CA 94704
9780615309804, $11.95

Sustainable World Sourcebook: Critical Issues, Viable Solutions, Resources for Action offers citizens a fine guidebook linking key daily life choices to the fate of the world. From how a diet choice affects global climate to understanding ecological footprints and energy, this is a top pick for any energy-conscious collection.

The Criminology Shelf

Shocking Cases from Dr. Henry Lee's Forensic Files
Dr. Henry Lee and Jerry Labriola, MD
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2119
9781591027751, $26.00

Shocking Cases from Dr. Henry Lee's Forensic Files tells of an experienced forensic scientist who has received public acclaim through his investigation of sensational criminal cases. This surveys his studies, documenting five notorious incidents from the Phil Spector case to the shooting of a Connecticut state trooper and detailing his forensic science methods and achievements in the process. Any collection strong in law enforcement and true crime will find this involving.

The Economics Shelf

Mark Gilbert
Bloomberg Press
731 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022
9781576603468, $24.95

COMPLICIT: HOW GREED AND COLLUSION MADE THE CREDIT CRISIS UNSTOPPABLE examines the credit crisis and how the problems of subprime debt took down institutions and large parts of the world economy. Professionals in the banking, finance and real estate industries fostered this crisis through their vested interests: chapters explore exactly how this happened and its long-term results.

Financing the Future
Franklin Allen & Glenn Yago
Wharton School Publishing
801 East 96h Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
9780137011278, $29.99,

Good business doesn't aim for the status quo, but a brighter future. "Financing the Future: Market-Based Innovations for Growth" is a guide to business growth to remain profitable and expand for greater growth and profit in the business's future. Drawing on economic history and giving plenty examples of real word success to be inspired by, Franklin Allen and Glenn Yago give an insightful and scholarly economics and business planning guide. "Financing the Future" is a top pick for any economics or business collection.

The Agricultural Studies Shelf

The Field Guide to Goats
Cheryl Kimball
Voyageur Press
400 First Avenue North Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55401
9780760335222, $19.95

The Field Guide to Goats features 20 breed profiles and covers physical characteristics, behavior and breeding as it surveys goats found in the U.S. and Canada. Color photos pack a survey of breeding, history, and animal management perfect for any farm or rural library.

Storey's Guide to Raising Pigs, third edition
Kelly Klober
Storey Publishing
210 MassMoca Way, North Adams, MA 01247
9781603424738, $19.95

Storey's Guide to Raising Pigs brings the author's thirty years of experience to a resource on small-scale hog farmers packed with knowledge and advice. From an expanded breed guide and insights on safe fencing to guidelines for showing and new disease prevention methods, this packs in all business and health details needed to raise healthy, profitable pigs. Rural collections should consider this a 'must'.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

The Crucible of Empire
Eric Flint and K.D. Wentworth
Baen Books
Box 1403, Riverdale, NY 10471
9781439133385, $25.00

The Crucible of Empire tells of humans and overlords who join forces to save the Earth from aliens called the Ekhat - an effort that will change their relationship and that creates an uncertain alliance between former enemies. Years later another alien species is discovered - and a massive ship sent to investigate must depend upon the overlords for help. A fine military-style thriller evolves, perfect for libraries strong in political and military science fiction.

Directive 51
John Barnes
c/o Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780441018222, $25.95

DIRECTIVE 51 is the first book in a new post-apocalyptic trilogy by John Barnes and tells of one Heather, who was a cop before she was recruited by the U.S. Government and is brought on board on a new Future Threat Assessment taskforce. When a plane carrying the Vice President vanishes, Heather discovers a larger plot may indicate world destruction in this tense science fiction thriller, perfect for any lending library.

The Needlecraft Shelf

Another Season of Beautiful Blooms
Susan Taylor Propst
Martingale & Company
20205 - 144th Ave NE, Woodinville, WA 98072-8478
9781564779397, $27.99

Another Season of Beautiful Blooms: Appliqued Quilts and Cushions is inspired by the lovely gardens of England and Europe and blends floral designs in a way that really 'pop' the color. Full-sized block patterns and instructions for pillows and wall hangings are included for each of nine designs, with projects manageable in size and beautiful in finished results. Any needlework collection will welcome this gorgeous presentation.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Among the Great Apes
Paul Raffaele
c/o HarperCollins
10 E. 53rd St., New York NY 10022-5299
9780061671838, $26.99

Among the Great Apes: Adventures on the Trail of Our Closest Relatives tells of the author's visit to all species and sub-species of the great apes left in the wild, traveling throughout Africa to Germany and the U.S. and facing danger from apes and humans alike. Science and nature observation blend in a dramatic survey perfect for any general lending library strong in wildlife encounters.

Making Rounds With Oscar
David Dosa, MD
114 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10011
9781401323233, $23.99

Making Rounds With Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat tells of a cat who has lived among patients with advanced dementia at a nursing home in Rhode Island. Oscar is the cat who can predict when patients are going to die - and here Dr. Dosa tells of Oscar's gift in an intriguing story of medicine and animal interactions.

Anesthesia for Veterinary Technicians
Susan Bryant, Editor
10475 Crosspoint Boulevard, Indianapolis, IN 46256
9780813805863, $69.99

Anesthesia for Veterinary Technicians is an excellent guide to anesthesia skills and is published in association with the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists. Packed with tips for technicians, this offers a key to building anesthesia skills and offers chapters on equipment, techniques for a wide range of species from horses to ruminants, and insights on common diseases requiring procedures and anesthesia. An invaluable 'must' for any vet collection.

Howell Book House
c/o John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774

Carol Bradley's SAVING GRACIE: HOW ONE DOG ESCAPED THE SHADOWY WORLD OF AMERICAN PUPPY MILLS (9780470447581, $21.99) provides the true story of one dog's rescue from a Pennsylvania puppy mill. Gracie's early life was one of being crammed in a crate with the rest of her litter in a shoddily run commercial kennel with no room to run, play or even stand. The story of Gracie's salvation is concurrently the story of puppy mills across the country, and should be in any pet library. Victoria Schade's BONDING WITH YOUR DOG: A TRAINER'S SECRETS FOR BUILDING A BETTER RELATIONSHIP (9780470409152, $16.99) discusses the human-canine bond and tells owners how to create a bond with a pet that helps the pet listen to obedience clues, follow house rules, and work cooperatively. Key to any animal management program is building this bond: BONDING WITH YOUR DOG tells how.

The Cookbook Shelf

Top 100 Finger Foods
Annabel Karmel
Atria Books
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
9780743493710, $18.00

Top 100 Finger Foods offers a fine guide to finger foods that young children can enjoy, offering options for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert and creating recipes for both babies and older children. From Cajun Chicken Skewers with Mango Salsa to Beefy Hand Pies, these should appeal to all ages and are perfect for libraries catering to parents.

Best Potluck Recipes
Cook's Country
America's Test Kitchen
17 Station St., Brookline, MA 02445
1933615583, $29.95

Best Potluck Recipes offers over a hundred classic favorite potluck dishes that are quick to cook up, easy to tote, and have proven hits for crowds. From an initial discussion of food safety issues when preparing ahead and serving later to how to best reheat the dishes, prepare them for travel, and host a successful potluck supper, this is packed with crowd-pleasing dishes perfect for any home book. The lay-flat binding with spine lettering lends to shelf identification and cooking alike.

Wiley Publishing
c/o John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774

The revised, updated edition of Amy Scherber & Toy Kim Dupree's AMY'S BREAD (9780470170755, $35.00) updates the original classic cookbook and offers tips on baking and techniques for creating the perfect loaf. From using fresh ingredients to choosing affordable yet effective kitchen equipment for bread-baking, this will appeal to newcomers and first-time breadmakers alike, pairing color photos with easy techniques and advice for producing specialty breads. Elizabeth Gordon's ALLERGY-FREE DESSERTS (9780470448465, $22.95) packs in recipes for gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free and soy-free desserts and includes many delicious dishes, from Marshmallow Blondies to Apple Spice Cake and even a classic Red Velvet Cake. Substitutions to traditional ingredients range from xanthan gum and gluten-free vanilla rice milk to agave syrup and rice flour. Color photos add to the appeal.

Cooking from the Garden
Ruth Lively, Editor
Taunton Press
Box 5506, Newtown, CT 06470-5506
9781600852473, $29.95

Cooking from the Garden celebrates seasonal variety, presenting over 200 tasty recipes from chefs, restaurateurs and cooks around the country. Full-page sidebars of detail include tips on how to peel a tomato, choosing the right mint for the kitchen, and more. No color photos but dishes such as Lentils with Mint, Cider & Ginger or Linguine with Mixed Sweet Peppers, Feta & Oregano don't need 'em.

Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar
Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero
Da Capo Press
c/o Perseus Book Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9781600940484, $17.95

VEGAN COOKIES INVADE YOUR COOKIE JAR: 100 DAIRY-FREE RECIPES FOR EVERYONE'S FAVORITE TREATS packs in dairy-free cookies and bars that range from adaptations to vegan from traditional recipes to new original cookies. Drop cookies, fancy party cookies, sliced and rolled cookies, and more make for an outstanding, surprisingly simple cookbook for any vegan cookery collection.

The Social Issues Shelf

The Big Short
Michael Lewis
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110-0017
9780393072235, $27.95

THE BIG SHORT: INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE surveys the current global financial turmoil from the perspective of the winners in the scenario, following a small set of contrarians smart enough to see how mismanagement and predatory lending policies would soon bring the financial world to is knees. They were willing to bet money on the bust - and so they boomed while establishments fell. This provides a powerful survey of these individuals and how they prospered and is a 'must' for financial and social issues libraries alike.

Berrett-Koehler Publishers
235 Montgomery St., Suite 650, San Francisco CA 94104-2916

Si Kahn's CREATIVE COMMUNITY ORGANIZING: A GUIDE FOR RABBLE-ROUSERS, ACTIVISTS AND QUIET LOVERS OF JUSTICE (9781605094441, $17.95) comes from a founder of grassroots leadership and offers a fine survey of the author's work in some of the most important grassroots organizations of the last fifty years, from the Southern Civil Rights Movement to the Harlan County coal miners' strike. His insights are key to understanding the process of effective community involvement and this belongs on any social issues or activist library's shelf. Diana Whitney and Amanda Trosten-Bloom's POWER OF APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO POSITIVE CHANGE (9781605093284, $32.95) appears in its second updated edition and is revised and expanded to describe the popular approach to organizational change that invites participants to build upon what's working. Eight results-oriented approaches to Appreciative Inquiry accompany case examples from a range of organizations in a primer for businesses and social communities alike. Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea's THE CIRCLE WAY; A LEADER IN EVERY CHAIR (9781605092560, $18.95) offers a fine business and leadership guide and lays out the basics of circle conversation based on the authors' nearly two decades of experience implementing circle communication practices in organizations. Stories accompany explanations of how the circle method works.

The War on Success
Tommy Newberry
Regnery Publishing
One Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001
9781596981188, $24.95

America is under attack - from the inside. That's the contention of an angry attack on the Obama administration in THE WAR ON SUCCESS: HOW THE OBAMA AGENDA IS SHATTERING THE AMERICAN DREAM. It discusses American values, processes, and how traditional models of success are being challenged and changed. No matter what side of the issue readers are on - it pays to consider the concepts presented here. Christian conservative collections in particular will find this a popular lend.

The Sports Shelf

400 First Avenue North #300, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Andrew Giangola's THE WEEKEND STARTS ON WEDNESDAY: TRUE STORIES OF REMARKABLE NASCAR FANS (9780760338315, $25.00) provides a fine and different survey of NASCAR fans, complimenting books that profile NASCAR racers. The viewpoint from the stands offers fine stories of loyal fans and their devotion to the sport, making for a fine, lively guide any NASCAR fan will relish. SS Collins & Gavin D. Ireland's SPEEDWAY: AUTO RACING'S GHOST TRACKS (9781845842413, $69.95) provides a fine history and survey of forgotten speedways and covers tracks around the world, pairing over 175 images with a historical survey of the great drivers and times of these speedways. Any library strong in race car history will find this a winning discussion.

The Writing/Publishing Shelf

The Weekend Novelist Re-Writes the Novel
Robert J. Ray
Watson Guptill Publications
1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
9780823084432, $16.99,

The Weekend Novelist Re-Writes the Novel provides a follow-up to the best-seller WEEKEND NOVELIST and offers writers of all levels additional details on crafting their novel. You've finished the first draft: now it's time to apply the principles presented in The Weekend Novelist Re-Writes the Novel. It's all about revising and changing a manuscript for maximum impact: perfect for general or school lending libraries.

The World History Shelf

Birthright: The True Story That Inspired Kidnapped
Roger Ekirch
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780393066159, $24.95

Birthright: The True Story That Inspired Kidnapped is a pick for both history and literary collections, and offers the story of an orphaned aristocrat freed from years of labor in America to claim his place in 18th century British society. His true story inspired five novels, including Robert Lewis Stevenson's KIDNAPPED - and BIRTHRIGHT provides the reality behind the myth. Any general library or literary collection will find this revealing.

The American History Shelf

Over Here!
Lorraine B. Diehl
10 E. 53rd St., New York NY 10022-5299
9780061431340, $26.99

OVER HERE! NEW YORK CITY DURING WORLD WAR II provides a blend of social and military history in considering the powerful connections between New York City and World War II. It was the hub of wartime activity as soldiers departed, Germans launched attacks in New York harbor, and war experiences changed the psyche and culture of the city itself. Fascinating reading for any New York or World War II general reader.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

The Teaberry Strangler
Laura Childs
Berkeley Prime Crime
c/o Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014-3658
9780425232453, $24.95

The Teaberry Strangler tells of Theodosia, whose idea of a back alley tour with shopkeepers dressed in historic costumes and inviting visitors for tea seems attractive and fun - until the first murder. Her investigation into the strangling of a store owner holds implications for her own safety in this riveting murder mystery that includes recipes and tea time tips.

The Biography Shelf

Blazing Figures
J. A. Wainwright
Wilfrid Lautier Press
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3C5
9781554581825, $38.00,

The female form is something enjoyed by many men, but isn't entirely sexual. "Blazing Figures: A Life of Robert Markle" tells the tale of Canadian cultural figure and artist Robert Markle, known for defending eroticism and stating that it was different from pornography as an expression of the form and what it means, rather than to arouse. A man who through the decades of his life lived among other cultural icons such as Gordon Lightfoot, "Blazing Figures" is a fascinating biography, very highly recommended.

Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang
Chelsea Handler
Grand Central Publishing
c/o Hachette Book Group
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017
9780446552448, $25.99

Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang offers a series of personal essays offering insights on her family, her career, and her opinions about life in a light-hearted but outrageous series of assessments perfect for any library strong in celebrity portrait. Chelsea Handler has attracted much notoriety as a late-night host: this blends humor, entertainment, and peppers black and white photos throughout in a pick for any general-interest library.

The Military Shelf

The Pacific
Hugh Ambrose
New American Library
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014-3658
9780451230232, $26.95

THE PACIFIC offers an official companion book to the HBO miniseries, a 10-part series based on true stories of World War II Marines, and blends real-life stories of three selected Marines with accounts of their encounters across the Pacific and their eventual return home. An outstanding, personal survey for any who would gain insights into the war's experience.

I'm Still Standing
Shoshana Johnson with M.L. Doyle
c/o Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
9781416567486, $23.99

I'M STILL STANDING: FROM CAPTIVE U.S. SOLDIER TO FREE CITIZEN - MY JOURNEY HOME tells of the 2003 story of soldier Shoshana Johnson, wounded and captured in the ambush of An-Nasiriyah en route to Baghdad. She became the first black female prisoner of war in U.S. history, and her experiences are documented in this harrowing account of capture, release, and the post-traumatic stress that resulted.

The Science Shelf

Wind Energy Explained, second edition
J.F. Manwell, J.G. McGowan and A.L. Rogers
c/o Wiley-Blackwell
10475 Crosspoint Boulevard, Indianapolis, IN 46256
9780470015001, $100.00

The second updated edition of WIND ENERGY EXPLAINED: THEORY, DESIGN AND APPLICATION includes the latest data, illustrations and all new material on wind turbines, offshore wind energy, and more. Fifty new homework problems and a new appendix on data processing are just a few of the updates and expansions for this fine edition, recommended for any college-level science and natural resources collection.

The Nautical Shelf

Michael J. Tougias
c/o Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
9781439145746, $24.00

OVERBOARD! A TRUE BLUE-WATER ODYSSEY OF DISASTER AND SURVIVAL offerings a harrowing story of survival at sea that uses first-hand research from survivors and rescuers alike to tell of the Almeisan and its crew, blindsided by a storm that tested their survival skills and resulted in tragedy. A vivid re-creation of events makes for an outstanding account.

The Photography Shelf

Canon Powershot G10/G11 Digital Photography
David Busch and Alexander S. White
Course Technology
20 Channel Center St., Boston, MA 92210
1435455355, $29.99

Canon Powershot G10/G11 Digital Photography is a 'must' for any owner of the Canon G10/G11 digital camera. From how to select the best autofocus mode and handle shutter speeds to troubleshooting tips to keeping a camera in top condition, this offers introductory chapters and advanced shooting techniques alike, making it the perfect guide to achieving to-quality digital results.

Amherst Media
Box 586, Buffalo, NY 14226

L. Gates's Beginner's Guide to Underwater Digital Photography (9781584282747, $34.95) tells how to master technical photography skills needed to create fine underwater images. From selecting the right camera and adding light to designing compositions to suit an image, step-by-step tips for all phases of a photography dive are covered in this outstanding reference. Also key to any photography library are two other releases: Lou Jacobs Jr.'s THE ART OF POSING: TECHNIQUES FOR DIGITAL PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHERS (9781584289913, $34.95) and Kirk Tuck's PHOTOGRAPHIC LIGHTING EQUIPMENT (97811584289937, $34.95). LIGHTING EQUIPMENT offers an in-depth guide for digital photographers and packs in details on how to choose the right equipment, accessories, and electronic flash systems. POSING packs in insights from top photographers and covers the basics of using props, capturing moods, and digital manipulation.

Digital Photography All-in-One For Dummies, fourth edition
David D. Busch
Wiley Publishing
c/o John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9780470401958, $39.99

The fourth updated edition of Digital Photography All-in-One For Dummies is a winner, packing in details on everything from using a digital SLR and studio techniques to image editing with various programs, restoring old photos, printing and sharing digital images, and more. From breaking into newspaper photography to travel photography techniques, this is packed with everything needed to produce winning results, and is a 'must' for any general lending library.

The Real Estate Shelf

Home Staging that Works
Starr C. Osbourne
1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
9780814415221, $18.95,

A home is more than just a place to sleep; it's potential. "Home Staging That Works: Sell Your Home in Less Time for More Money" is a guide to home staging, displaying one's home as the full potential. When a buyer walks into your home, they don't just see how it is, they see what it can be with the right design. Presenting one's home as a home, and not just an empty building, is an easy tactic that most realtors agree is the right strategy. "Home Staging That Works" is a choice pick for anyone looking to sell their home.

The Christian Studies Shelf

A Field Guide to God
Patty Kirk
16 East 34th Street, New York, NY 10016
Planned Telvision Arts (publicity)
c/o Ruder Finn
1110 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10022
9780824947927, $21.99,

Love is the foundation of life, whether it come from food or warmth or simply the knowledge that someone cares. "A Field Guide to God: A Seeker's Manual" serves as a fascinating introspective to the search of love from God, and how young people reach for this love even from birth, as they enter the world wanting food and warmth that they can't yet provide for themselves. These needs and desires, argues Patty Kirk, have a direct link for longing for God. "A Field Guide to God" is a riveting and insightful read, highly recommended.

The Hunting/Fishing Shelf

Guide to Great Lakes Fishes
Gerald R. Smith
The University of Michigan Press
839 Greene Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3209
9780472033751, $24.95,

The Great Lakes have much to offer fishermen. "Guide to Great Lakes Fishes" is an insightful guide for the fisherman going out on these Lakes and want to know what resides and what may end up on the other end of their pole when they cast out. Each entry has a color illustration, the fishes characteristics and what attracts it to a fisherman, along with intriguing natural history. "Guide to Great Lakes Fishes" is a choice and recommended pick for the fisherman of the Lakes.

The Self-Help Shelf

The Evolutionary Glitch
Albert Garoli
Loving Healing Press
5145 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
9781615990177, $19.95,

Humanity isn't perfect, and in fact often works against itself. "The Evolutionary Glitch: Rise Above the Root of Your Problems" delves into how people create personas that end up dictating their behavior instead of logic, which often leads them into continuous loops in their life. Albert Garoli gives advice that can help readers break these habits, find out what they truly want, and act on it. "The Evolutionary Glitch" is thought provoking and intriguing reading, not to be missed.

The Judaic Studies Shelf

Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg
The Jewish Publication Society
2100 Arch Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103
9780827609150, $25.00,

The start of it all is rife with symbolism and the foundation of the Abrahamic religions. "Genesis: The Beginning of Desire" discusses Genesis and the early books of the Bible and brings forth new thoughts and opinions on these early works of the Bible. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg crafts one endlessly fascinating and gripping work of Biblical study, and makes "Genesis" a choice addition to any Judaic studies collection focusing on literary analysis of the Bible.

The Literary Studies Shelf

Exploring Student Response to Contemporary Picturebooks
Sylvia Pantaleo
University of Toronto Press
10 St. Mary Street, Suite 700, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4Y 2W8
9781442610958, $27.95,

A reader has to connect with a book to learn from it and better understand it. "Exploring Student Response to Contemporary Picturebooks" discusses picturebooks for elementary school students and why some of these picturebooks prove to connect with younger readers much better than others. With plenty of essays on the subject and how the more in depth stories as children age grasp and captivate readers, "Exploring Response to Contemporary Picturebooks" is a solid addition to any education or literary studies collections.

The Poetry Shelf

Trance Archive
Andrew Joron
City Lights
261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133
9780872865303, $14.95,

A poet produces much work throughout their existence, before and after any fame they acquire. "Trance Archive" is a collection of work from Andrew Joron, a man who gained his fame through an essay on the Post 9/11 world. An anthology of his work from his best to his rarest, to others, anyone who wants an introduction to Joron's work would do well with "Trance Archive", a top pick for poetry collections. "Earthward": Where in the actless occult air to/Share sheer shore?//Enunciate solace, less sun./Main/name, refer to refire.//Revise eyes over/sees, wave-woven.//The same, the semen, the parody of paradise.//O hoarded dead--/old word hark, old word dark --/old word/old, old world.

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