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Volume 7, Number 5 May 2012 Home | BW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Interior Design Shelf Sports Shelf
Political Science Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf
Needlecraft Shelf Audiobook Shelf Photography Shelf
Architecture Shelf Fashion Shelf Art Shelf
Health/Medicine Shelf Psychology Shelf Cookbook Shelf
Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf Buddhist Studies Shelf Christian Studies Shelf
Social Issues Shelf Computer Shelf Business Shelf
Travel Shelf American History Shelf World History Shelf
Education Shelf Humor Shelf Military Shelf
Library Science Shelf Genealogy Shelf Science Shelf
Antiques/Collectibles Shelf Biography Shelf Music Shelf
Gardening Shelf Metaphysical Studies Shelf  

Reviewer's Choice

Language: The Cultural Tool
Daniel L. Everett
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 17th floor
New York, NY 10019
9780307378538, $27.95,

LANGUAGE: THE CULTURAL TOOL provides a study that presents language not as a part of the brain, but as a tool unique to each culture around the world. For years it's been postulated that science is part of our genetics and is an instinct: linguist Daniel Everett argues that in fact language was invented by humans and can be changed, can evolve, or can be lost. Grammar reflects how language is influenced by human societies and offers keys to understanding how language works. Languages around the world are used as examples to explain how speakers of all languages omit things that all members of the culture understand. Any linguistics or literary collection at the high school to college levels need this!

Gandhi and the Unspeakable
James W. Douglass
Orbis Books
Price Bldg, Box 302, Maryknoll NY 10545
9781570759635, $24.00,

GANDHI AND THE UNSPEAKABLE: HIS FINAL EXPERIMENT WITH TRUTH is a 'must' for any collection strong in Gandhi's life and works. It blends biography with political history and religion and examines Gandhi's efforts to reconcile Hindus and Muslims in his country: an endeavor that came up against elements of the new Indian state he'd created. James Douglass provided a previous study of the JFK assassination and employs similar analysis and methods in showing how Gandhi's murderers hoped to destroy his vision of peace, exploring how Gandhi's early 'experiments with truth' lead to his convictions and what his life and thoughts mean today.

How to Become a Really Good Pain in the Ass
Christopher DiCarlo
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive
Amherst, NY 14228-2119
9781616143978, $19.00,

How to Become a Really Good Pain in the Ass: A Critical Thinker's Guide to Asking the Right Questions offers a fun yet specific approach to developing critical thinking processes and provides tools that allow readers to identify and question assumptions and belief systems. Chapters allow an opportunity to organize thoughts and spot faulty reasoning, providing assessments of behavior and attitudes and underlying motives and logic. A fine pick for any general collection interested in a user-friendly guide to developing critical thinking.

The Psychology of Wealth
Dr. Charles Richards
c/o The McGraw Hill Companies
Two Penn Plaza, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10121-2298
9780071789295, $26.00,

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF WEALTH: UNDERSTAND YOUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH MONEY AND ACHIEVE PROSPERITY offers a balanced look at the emotional nature of money and wealth, considering teachings on how we've been taught to consider, acquire and manage it, and examining our psychological relationship with money and finances. Underlying attitudes toward happiness and abundance are probed in a survey that links values to prosperity and makes for a fine recommendation for business and consumer collections alike.

Going Solo
Eric Klienenberg
Penguin Press
c/o Penguin Group USA
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014-3658
9781594203220, $27.95,

GOING SOLO: THE EXTRAORDINARY RISE AND SURPRISING APPEAL OF LIVING ALONE explores the rise of solo living and examines its impact on our society and politics. Singles now represent a larger demographic and political and business forces in society are changing their target markets and approaches accordingly. From housing and economics to the personal effects of living alone, this is based on over 300 interviews the author conducted with singles of all ages and economic status, and makes for a fine survey for social issues and general lending libraries alike.

Food & The City
Jennifer Cockrall-King
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive
Amherst, NY 14228-2119
9781616144586, $21.00,

FOOD AND THE CITY: URBAN AGRICULTURE AND THE NEW FOOD REVOLUTION offers a fine choice for any who would analyze food systems in cities around the world. This considers those urban areas growing their own food within the city limits and comes from a food journalist who sought out leaders and visited cities successfully dealing with food issues. She uncovered a global movement that cuts across class, culture and beliefs and describes this global movement, which offers an alternative to the supermarket model of food distribution. A fine survey of community efforts and urban programs designed to produce better foods.

The Interior Design Shelf

Atomic Ranch Midcentury Interiors
Michelle Gringeri Brown
Gibbs Smith, Publisher
PO Box 667, Layton UT 84041
9781423619314, $40.00,

Atomic Ranch Midcentury Interiors belongs in any home renovation and interior design collection and provides keys to how to spice and fix a boring ranch-style house. Eight examples of great ranch-style interiors are provided in a lively survey of featured homes that includes interviews with homeowners, keys to creating a ranch style that is artistic yet family-friendly, and notes on why each interior design works. Lovely color examples pack every page and make for an outstanding presentation.

The Sports Shelf

The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide
Andrew Skurka
National Geographic Society
1145 - 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036-4688
9781426209208, $19.95,

The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide: Tools & Techniques to Hit the Trail comes from an outdoorsman well versed in long-distance hiking and recounts what he's learned from over 30,000 miles of long-distance hikes from across the continental U.S. into Canada. But this gear guide isn't just for avid hikers: it's for any who would don a backpack, even for the first time or for a limited sojourn, and provides a show-and-tell of clothing, footwear, backpacks and shelter systems for the outdoors person. Any interested in tools and techniques for hiking will find this packed with the latest details.

Ivor Wilkins
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 17th floor
New York, NY 10019
9781869621629, $49.00,

CLASSIC: THE REVIVAL OF CLASSIC BOATING IN NEW ZEALAND is a top recommendation for any collection strong in sailing and provides a weighty, oversize volume discussing the nation's classic boat fleet and the rescue and restoration of classic sailboats. It celebrates the craftsmen who influenced early New Zealand maritime traditions and provides designs and building techniques years ahead of their time. The classic yacht revival movement in New Zealand first began to snowball in the turn of the new century, and this book captures the history, profiles the modern and historic influences on the New Zealand yacht, and packs in full-page color photos in an oversized celebration recommended for any collection strong in sports or nautical history.

Golf Rules Illustrated 2012-2015
United States Golf Association
c/o Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9780600623434, $19.95,

Golf Rules Illustrated 2012-2015 is published in association with the U.S. Gold Association and contains every rule in one of the world's most popular games, including all the new and revised Rules that came into play as of January 2012. This compendium last appeared in 2008, so this new updated edition is a 'must' for any avid golfer's library, including over 100 illustrations for reference. All-new incidents, images and descriptions makes this revision a fine recommendation for any sports library.

Advanced Sports Nutrition, second edition
Dan Benardot
Human Kinetics
Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61825-5076
9781450401616, $23.95,

The second updated edition of Advanced Sports Nutrition comes from the national team nutritionist and a founding member of the Athlete Wellness Program for USA Gymnastics who worked with gold-medal teams in several Olympics competitions, and is a fine survey for any college-level collection strong in advanced sports nutrition for athletes. This is much more than just a dietary regimen: it offers the author's own advanced research backed by scientific claims, and creates a different approach to nutrition for avid athletes. The pairing of science with practical applications makes the second updated edition of Advanced Sports Nutrition a winner!

Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery, second edition
Eric Franklin
Human Kinetics
Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61825-5076
9780736067898, $32.95,

The second updated edition of Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery offers a fine survey of how to use imagery techniques and movement exercises to improve coordination and alignment for all readers, whether it be dancers or sports enthusiasts or everyday readers seeking exercises to relieve tension and prevent injury. This expanded new edition includes over 600 exercises and 500 illustrations to help the visualization process, accompanies a set of online audio files for dynamic imagery exercises set to music, and updates all chapters to include the latest research and new material on integrated dynamic alignment exercises. An outstanding addition to any sports or general health collection.

The Political Science Shelf

American Gridlock
H. Woody Brock
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9780470638927, $27.95,

AMERICAN GRIDLOCK: WHY THE RIGHT AND LEFT ARE BOTH WRONG refutes the popular notion that the choice before us is not between free market capitalism and a government-driven economy, but rather requires constructive policies that allow 'true' capitalism to flourish plus provide social policies that helps those in need. This book identifies five challenges critical to the nation's future, showing how deductive logic can change how we think about problems and provide win-win solutions that transcend the current Left/Right divide. Any collection strong in historical, economic or political surveys needs this different discussion.

Strategic Vision
Zbigniew Brzezinski
Basic Books
c/o Perseus Books Group
387 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10016
9780465029549, $26.00,

STRATEGIC VISION: AMERICA AND THE CRISIS OF GLOBAL POWER comes from a former National Security Advisor who considers the cause and effect of changes in global power and provides insights into the future role America and the West must play to keep the world stable. Brzezinski provides a 'balance sheet' outlining liabilities in America, such as national debt and public ignorance, versus assets - economic strength, innovation and democratic strengths. Chapters identify world changes, question whether any other nation can in fact replace the United States in world status, and call for a new geopolitical balance in the world. Such changes will depend on the ability of the West to include other countries as partners in its sphere of influence, and STRATEGIC VISION is a powerful documentation of the steps that must be taken to ensure continued American success.

Occupy World Street
Ross Jackson
Chelsea Green Publishing Company
85 North Main Street, Suite 120
White River Junction, VT 05001
9781603583886, $19.95,

OCCUPY WORLD STREET: A GLOBAL ROADMAP FOR RADICAL ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL REFORM offers a fine, clear description of global financial practices that have driven world economics to the edge of ruin, offering keys to how these nations can take back their economies, form new global trade alliances based on humane associations and goals, and phase out global institutions that have fostered disaster. The focus on replacing them with sustainable economies and groups that respect human rights makes for a powerful social and political argument perfect for any college-level classroom or library.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Cat's Claw
Susan Wittig Albert
Berkeley Prime Crime
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780425245279, $25.95,

CAT'S CLAW provides a new Pecan Springs novel revolving around Police Chief Sheila Dawson, who is investigating the death of a computer guru. What initially seems a suicide in fact turns into a murder investigation based on another crime, who demands her attention almost as much as the politics involved in being a female in a male-dominated police force. It's up to Sheila to solve the case and prevent further murders in this powerful mystery, recommended for any murder mystery fan and for public libraries catering to them.

Mike Cooper
c/o Penguin Group USA
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780670023205, $26.95,

CLAWBACK provides a financial thriller filled with action and tells of Silas, a black ops vet and consultant who becomes an independent businessman after a stint in Iraq, where he becomes popular with hedge fund managers and investors who need to get things done quickly and quietly. His last job is ending and involves demanding a sanctioned payback from an investor - but when things go wrong, murder is the result and Silas learns someone is killing investment bankers around the city. His struggle to stop the murder brings him into a puzzle in this powerful survey recommended for any mystery collection.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Complementary Medicine for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses
Nancy Scanlan
350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148
9780813818627, $52.99, www.wiley-com/wiley-blackwell

Complementary Medicine for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses provides a fine resource on holistic veterinary care and is written for vet techs and collections appealing to them. It's arranged by treatment and provides practical information on each type of complementary holistic practice, pairing holistic details on the role of technicians and vets in the treatment plan. From physical therapy and holistic nutrition to Chinese, Western and Ayurvedic herbal medicine, this covers both common and lesser-known holistic modalities and provides definitions, charts, references, and in-depth details perfect for any vet's collection.

350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148

Andrea J. Fascetti and Sean J. Delaney edit APPLIED VETERINARY CLINICAL NUTRITION (9780813806570, $99.99) emphasizes solutions for integrating nutrition into clinical practice and provides chapters covering the science behind clinical nutrition. College-level collections strong in veterinary science will find this gathers authoritative details from the leading veterinary nutritionists, offering strategies for blending nutritional basics into daily clinical practices and covering the basics of nutrition for both weight management and disease management. The second updated edition of P.J. Quinn,'s VETERINARY MICROBIOLOGY AND MICROBIAL DISEASE (9781405158237, $99.99) has been updated with twelve new chapters, numerous new illustrations, and extensive re-write of every chapter in the book. The entire production has been re-designed in full color and offers veterinary students a powerful reference written by an academic team with many years of teaching background. The features of pathogenic microorganisms and the international and health importance of these pathogens makes for a weighty college-level reference perfect for any veterinary collection. Barbara Cooper,, Editors' BSAVA TEXTBOOK OF VETERINARY NURSING, 5TH EDITION (9781905319268, $93.99) packs in a wealth of detail in a new edition of the classic text, updated to reflect changes in the RCVS Veterinary Nursing syllabus. It covers all of vet nursing in a small animal practice and includes equine considerations. All chapters have been revised or completely rewritten and include new content on anatomy, a new chapter on nursing models and professional responsibilities under both regulation and ethics, new drawings, and more. The easy format, color photos and diagrams, and at-a-glance sidebars make this a key vet nurse's ongoing reference. Linda Caveney and Barbara Jones with Kimberly Ellis edit VETERINARY INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL (9780813815343, $59.99), a collection of guidelines for veterinary management covering infection surveillance and control. Keys to designing and implementing an infection control plan provide insights on both nosocomial and zoonotic diseases and is directed to the vet team in private practice and hospital settings. From details on pathogens and bacteria to specific infection prevention techniques, this is packed with a focus on building better infection control processes for all kinds of offices, and includes a companion website with review questions and answers, making for a fine pick for a vet student, as well.

The Needlecraft Shelf

Fast and Fun First Quilts
Sara Diepersloot
Martingale & Company
19021 - 120th Ave. N.E. #102
Bothell, WA 98011-9511
9781604680645, $24.99,

Fast and Fun First Quilts: 18 Projects for Instant Gratification provides 18 new patterns in a project guide that offers easy projects for beginners. From using theme or novelty fabrics to producing vibrant colors in large-sized blocks easy to reproduce, this offers newcomers a fast way of producing polished, professional-appearing quilting results. There are many quilter's guides on the market but few offer quilting projects that appeal to beginners yet display the eye-catching colors and techniques more commonly associated with advanced users. The focus on speed and polished results will encourage any beginner to move forward.

T-Shirt Quilts Made Easy
Martha Deleonardis
American Quilter's Society
Box 3290, Paducah, KY 42002-3290
9781604600148, $19.95,

T-Shirt Quilts Made Easy packs in patterns and guidelines for making T-shirt designs a quilting process, and teaches how to adjust any size T-shirt design to fit a quilt. From block charts and set guides to planning guides, this packs in 10 projects plus holds a gallery of finished T-shirt quilts for added inspiration. Patterns, color photos, and discussions of what makes a good T-shirt quilt makes this a fine addition to any quilter's library.

20 Twenty to Make Crocheted Flowers
Jan Ollis
Search Press USA
1338 Ross Street
Petaluma, CA 94954-1117
978184487066, $9.95,

20 Twenty to Make Crocheted Flowers offers projects for all abilities and teaches how to make crochet flowers out of yarn, fabrics, and combinations of materials. Gorgeous color photos on every page, both large-size and smaller, accompany step-by-step instructions perfect for those who already know a minimum amount of basic crochet. This is a lovely little book expanding the skills and applications of crochet and is a pick for any needlework collection.

Mastering the Art of Fabric Printing and Design
Laurie Wisbrun
Chronicle Books
680 Second Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
9781452101156, $30.00,

Mastering the Art of Fabric Printing and Design offers a lovely and definitive guide covering everything needed to design and print fabrics. From step-by-step tutorials for designing patterns either digitally or by hand to a detailed section on different printing options from digital to screen printing and stenciling, this packs in how-to specifics along with swatches of fabrics and interviews with established fabric designers for an outstanding resource recommended for needlework and crafts holdings alike.

The Audiobook Shelf

The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares
Joyce Carol Oates
Highbridge Audio Books
201 Sixth Street SE, Suite 220
Minneapolis, MN 55414
9781611746013, $34.95,

The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares provides seven tales of suspense and provides a range of dark mysteries spiced by a dual reading by Adam Verner and Christine Williams. In the title story a pre-teen vanishes from her home and while the adults search futilely, Marissa's life hangs in the balance as a warped classmate enacts a horrifying legend. Six other tales include the never-before-published Helping Hands. A fine account makes for a vivid set of tales recommended for any mystery audio collection.

American Dervish
Ayad Akhtar
Hachette Audio
237 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10017-0010
9781611136173, $29.98,

AMERICAN DERVISH is narrated by the author who lends a dramatic and pointed voice to his memoir of a young American in love. The difference between this and any other coming of age story lies in his Pakistani heritage and a family life affected by the arrival of his mother's oldest friend from Pakistan. Mina brings the family happiness, deep spirituality that reinforces their Muslim faith, and a new purpose in his life. When she begins dating a family friend Hayat will make a decision that will bring terrible consequences to them all. It's an emotional look at religion and family life and is a powerful memoir of a Midwestern boy's striking life, and is a fine pick for any general lending library.

The Photography Shelf

Nikon Speedlight Handbook
Stephanie Zettl
Amherst Media
Box 586, Buffalo NY 14226
9781608954513, $34.95,

Nikon Speedlight Handbook: Flash Techniques for Digital Photographers teaches how to take control of lighting in the studio or on location and shows how to use a range of techniques based on on-flash approaches, multiple flashes, and modifiers. From the basics of light and exposure to how settings affect ambient light and flash exposure levels, this teaches the basics of selecting shooting modes, using sync, and using various Speedlights options.

Rocky Nook
802 East Cota Street, 3rd Floor
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Michael Diechtierow's MASTERING THE FUJI X100 (9781933952987, $29.95) provides photographers with everything needed to learn to operate the camera and is a pick for owners who want to get the most of the camera's compact size and technical features. Many photographers consider this the ideal take-along tote for travel and snaps, but it's got many sophisticated features that would be lost were it not for this manual. All the basics are covered in chapters that consider the Fuji X100's controls, both automatic and manual. Color photo examples pair with specific step-by-step directions in a recommendation for all levels of user. Brian Matsumoto and Carol F. Roullard's THE PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-GH2: THE UNOFFICIAL QUINTESSENTIAL GUIDE (9781933952895, $29.95) packs in information and professional insights for owners of the HD camera which is capable of recording professional still images and HD video alike, and is a recommended basic manual for any owner of the camera. All the features and capabilities of the GH2 camera are covered in detail in chapters that move from basic camera operations to more advanced features. Color photo examples, screen shots, and information makes for a fine, in-depth guide.

The Architecture Shelf

No Nails, No Lumber
Jeffrey Head
Princeton Architectural Press
37 East 7th St., New York NY 10003
9781616890247, $24.95,

NO NAILS, NO LUMBER: THE BUBBLE HOUSES OF WALLACE NEFF recounts a house constructed in less than 48 hours, without using lumber or nails that is more resistant to fire, earthquakes and hurricanes than any traditionally built structure. The design isn't brand new, though: it dates back to 1941 when architect Wallace Neff developed Airform construction. Neff held a personal fascination with dome-shaped 'bubble houses' and this book gathers and presents them all, exploring Neff's designs and providing with modern and vintage photography capturing them. Previously unpublished illustrations and archival material makes this a top pick for any holding strong in architectural history.

The Fashion Shelf

Lillian Bassman: Lingerie
Lillian Bassman
115 W. 18th St., New York NY 10011
9781419702150, $29.95,

LILLIAN BASSMAN: LINGERIE is a pick for any arts collection strong in fashion or fashion photography and gathers over 80 black and white photos that showcase women's lingerie over a sixty-year period. Lillian Bassman worked with fashion magazines and ad agencies throughout the 1950s and 60s, and her work influenced some of the fashion trends of the era. Fifty years later her ads remain powerful images and this collection of her best work deserves a place in any fashion or fashion photography collection.

Emerging Fashion Designers 2
Sally Congdon-Martin
Schiffer Publishing
4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
9780764337918, $39.99,

Emerging Fashion Designers 2 appears in an impressive second updated edition to highlight garments and illustrations for all kinds of clothes, from evening wear to children's wear, and packs in original designs by some sixty recent graduates from 12 top fashion designer programs in this country. Each design is accompanied by a fashion biography of its designer, offering insights into how designers perceive evolving fashion. The author was a fashion writer living in Shanghai China, writing for local magazines about fashion and retail: her take on the latest talents and trends in fashion is a 'must' for any arts collection strong in modern fashion trends.

The Art Shelf

Ironwork Today 3: Inside and Out
Jeffrey B. Snyder
Schiffer Publishing
4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
9780764338762, $50.00,

Ironwork Today 3: Inside and Out packs in over 400 color photos documenting a range of iron art pieces being created by modern artist-blacksmiths across the country, and is a pick for any arts holding. It ranges from sculpture to furniture, gates and more and is third in the series. Interviews with each artist offer perspective on both artistic perception and the special challenges of working with iron. Homeowners, designers, artists and blacksmiths alike will all be interested in this series in general and this latest addition in particular.

The Invention of Glory
Miguel Angel de Buenes Ibarra,
Hudson Hills Press
PO Box 205
3556 Main Street, Manchester, VT 05254
9781555953751, $64.00,

The Invention of Glory: Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries is a 'must' for any Medieval arts collection, whether or not the holding is in a town where the traveling exhibition will be presented. It highlights the recently restored Pastrana tapestries of the 1470s - a group of four towering works - and displays wool and silk pictures of military, royal and maritime life of the era. The color representations and oversized, full-page survey is a gorgeous pick for any interested in Medieval art and culture.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Asthma Sourcebook, third edition
Sandra J. Judd, Editor
155 W. Congress Suite 200, Detroit MI 48226
9780780812246, $95.00,

The third updated edition of Asthma Sourcebook provides basic consumer information about different types of asthma and how they are diagnosed and treated. Details on common triggers accompany tips for managing asthma in school and at home and also includes details on asthma for older adults and athletes. From medications and their side effects to asthma in special populations, this is a powerful resource for any health library.

The Wisdom to Know the Difference
Kelly G. Wilson, PhD and Troy DuFrene
New Harbinger Publications
5674 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609
9781572249288, $21.95,

The Wisdom to Know the Difference: An Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Workbook for Overcoming Substance Abuse is a pick for any collection strong in addiction recovery and provides a workbook based in ACT therapy. ACT is a treatment for all kinds of addictions and issues, and can be used on its own or along with a 12-step program. Chapters tell how to overcome addiction through focus on other values and concerns, and is a fine pick for any psychological counseling or self-help collection.

The Alzheimer's Family
Robert B. Santulli, MD
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
0393705773, $29.95,

THE ALZHEIMER'S FAMILY: HELPING CAREGIVERS COPE advises on how a mental health practitioner can assist caregivers dealing with Alzheimer's family members, and discusses how family members, relatives and friends are impacted by the diagnosis and its relentless march. THE ALZHEIMER'S FAMILY comes from a clinician who has worked with patients and their families for over twenty years and is packed with practical advice on everything from the processes of memory clinics designed to help the sufferer and family to safety issues ranging from driving to getting lost. It's a powerful, top pick for any Alzheimer's family and their friends, filled with keys to the assessment process and keys to coping both long- and short-term.

The Concussion Crisis
Linda Carroll and David Rosner
Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
9781451627459, $16.00,

THE CONCUSSION CRISIS: ANATOMY OF A SILENT EPIDEMIC offers new research that shows emergency room visits for concussions among eight-to-thirteen-year-olds has doubled, while visits for older teens has more than tripled. This survey offers the latest brain science research and considers how minor head bumps can result in major life-changing threats. The authors provide a history of how we came to underestimate the damage caused by concussions and how an epidemic of brain injuries exceeds hospital treatments for strokes, heart attacks, cancers or Alzheimer's. The latest research shows concussions are serious injuries - and explore how concussion damage can remain hidden for years, only to surface as early-onset dementia. Threats to adults and kids are surveyed in a title recommended for any general or health library.

The Herbal Lore of Wise Women and Wortcunners
Wolf D. Storl
North Atlantic Books
2526 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94704-2607
9781583943588, $27.95,

The Herbal Lore of Wise Women and Wortcunners: The Healing Power of Medicinal Plants offers a survey of the healing art of ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans and contrasts these early practices with herbal medicine today from Chinese, Indian and Native American medicine. Author Wolf D. Storl explains how to collect plants, distill, and administer medicines from them and includes old-world 'women's plants' and their other uses as well. It's a holistic assessment of plant uses and is a fine acquisition for any interested in herbalism and botany.

Confronting Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer
Sue Friedman, DVM, et. al.
Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 N. Charles St., Baltimore MD 21218
9781421404080, $18.95,

Confronting Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer: Identify Your Risk, Understand Your Options, Change Your Destiny is a pick for any general or health collection and provides an assessment of the difficult choices faced by those with cancer in the family. Plenty of resources cover breast and ovarian cancer, but this book stands alone and comes from the nation's only non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families affected by hereditary cancer. It comes from advocates who are themselves breast cancer survivors and provides a fine resource discussing the challenges of living in a high-risk body.

The Psychology Shelf

Getting Past Your Past
Francine Shapiro, PhD
Rodale Press, Inc.
400 South Tenth Street
Emmaus, PA 18098-0099
9781594864254, $26.99,

GETTING PAST YOUR PAST: TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE WITH SELF-HELP TECHNIQUES FROM EMDR THERAPY comes from the originator of EMDR therapy, who discovered that moving her eyes in certain ways reduced the impact of disturbing thoughts and memories. She developed the form of psychotherapy based on her research and here shares her knowledge and techniques in a guide that discusses behavior development, personality development, and how readers can understand both themselves and those who influenced their lives. Many people stuffer from PTSD symptoms even though they have never experienced a major trauma: this book tells how to get a handle on earlier life events and how to use EMDR techniques to improve relationships and life. A fine recommendation for any psychology collection!

The Emotional Life of Your Brain
Richard J. Davidson, PhD and Sharon Begley
Hudson Street Press
c/o Penguin Group USA
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
9781594630897, $25.95,

The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live - and How You Can Change Them comes from a leading pioneer in brain science whose 30 years of research has produced hundreds of findings in how the brain operates. Connections between the brain and human thought and perception are provided in a new model of our emotions and their relationship to brain chemistry. The book doesn't stop with the science of brain operations: it accompanies strategies for changing our own brains and emotions and addresses many common problems, from being terminally scatterbrained to being in a state of distress. The information thus works through the mind to change the brain and will offer inspiration to many.

The Cookbook Shelf

Gluten-Free Vegan Comfort Food
Susan O'Brien
DaCapo Press
c/o Perseus Book Group
44 Farnsworth St., 3rd Floor
Boston MA 02210
9780738214900, $18.00,

Gluten-Free Vegan Comfort Food: 125 Simple and Satisfying Recipes from "Mac n' Cheese" to Chocolate Cupcakes presents fine adaptations of traditional comfort food that those on a gluten-free diet often struggle with, from pot pies and mac n' cheese to lasagnas. From Pumpkin Waffles and Savory Spinach Pie to Chocolate Tapioca Pudding and Pineapple Upside Down Cake, this breaks down gluten-free special ingredients and surveys how they affect a recipe's texture and flavor. Any gluten-free cookbook collection will find this a winner.

My Baking Journal
Editors of Hamlyn
c/o Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9781846013942, $14.99,

MY BAKING JOURNAL is divided into chapters for different types of baking, each color coded and featuring classic recipes from basic Flaky Pastry Dough to Chocolate Chip Cookies and Berry Crisp. There's space to jot down notes and reference recipes, to write one's own recipes, and to organize recipes from friends and family. The nature of this journal doesn't lend to library lending - too many fill-in places - but the organizational structure and overall arrangement makes this a 'must' for any cook's home collection.

New Complete Cookbook
Weight Watchers
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9780470614518, $29.95,

NEW COMPLETE COOKBOOK: OVER 500 DELICIOUS RECIPES FOR THE HEALTHY COOK'S KITCHEN packs in recipes filled with meats, fruits, vegetables and more and adds 60 color photos and instructions to assure their success. Packaged in hardcover lay-flat binding for both ease of use and shelving, NEW COMPLETE COOKBOOK packs in basics and healthy tips on serving good foods, providing a kitchen companion that goes beyond slimmed recipes to address the basics of weight control, healthier choices, and substitutions. Highly recommended for any following the Weight Watches diet!

Norwegian Cakes and Cookies
Chef Sverre Saetre
Skyhorse Publishing
307 West 36th St., 11th Floor
New York NY 10018
9781616085568, $19.95,

Norwegian Cakes and Cookies is co-authored by Hanne Hay Saetre and offers a fun set of creative ways to make basic desserts. It comes from an acclaimed Norwegian pastry chef and teaches how to master cakes, puddings and more using his easy recipes, and it presents classic Norwegian dishes and gives them a new spin. Add color photos by Christian Brun and a fine chapter of basic master recipes and you have a powerful, fun collection perfect for any home cook who seeks a modern twist on traditional Norwegian dishes!

The Vegetarian Imperative
Anand M. Saxena
Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 N. Charles St., Baltimore MD 21218
9781421402420, $24.95,

The Vegetarian Imperative comes from a scientist and lifelong vegetarian who explains why we need to make better food choices for better health and to save the planet. Animal-based foods contribute to high rates of chronic diseases and also depletes natural resources. Add an expanding world population that demands meat as a basic protein and you have a formula for disaster. THE VEGETARIAN IMPERATIVE belongs in any culinary and social issues collection and offers assessments of the moral and ethical implications of dietary choices.

The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf

Media Composer 6: Part 1 - Editing Essentials
Mary Plummer
Course Technology
c/o Cengage Learning, Inc.
200 First Stamford Place
Stamford, CT 06902
9781133727989, $59.99,

Media Composer 6: Part 1 - Editing Essentials is the first step in working with Avid Media Composer 6, the film/video editing application used in most movie and television productions. This book is the key to obtaining a foundation in Media Composer User Certification, offering discussions of the interface and basic editing techniques, fine-tuning the production, adjusting camera and audio settings, and more. Real-world projects serve as step-by-step examples that apply and teach basics in a powerful pick recommended for any owner and newcomer to Avid Media Composer. The textbook arrangement comes complete with color screen shots and packs in lessons that lend to this book's use as a classroom text.

Apocalypse on the Set
Ben Taylor
Overlook Press
141 Wooster Street, New York NY 10012
9781590201886, $27.95,

Apocalypse on the Set: Nine Disastrous Film Productions documents disaster on the movie set, providing nine legendary catastrophes that affected Waterworld, The Crow, and others. From a kidnapped director and a staged shooting turned fatal to financial ruin, chapters show how actors and directors persevered under different circumstances and tapped the energy of conflict to ultimately produce a hit. Details on each film's evolution make for a fine analysis recommended for any college-level film analysis course.

Geoff Dyer
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 17th floor
New York, NY 10019
9780307377388, $24.00,

ZONA: A BOOK ABOUT A FILM ABOUT A JOURNEY TO A ROOM attempts to reveal insights about a film that has haunted the author for over thirty years. It goes far beyond a critical film assessment to consider how art and lasting images can shape how we see the world and the choices made in a lifetime, with chapters discussing everything from the use of quotation within film to images of the film which universally resonate. ZONA is a powerful testimony to the lasting impact of art - and a recommendation for any film or drama collection.

Creating Blockbusters!
Gene Del Vecchio
Pelican Publishing
1000 Burmaster St., Gretna, LA 70053-2246
9781455615292, $26.95,

CREATING BLOCKBUSTERS! HOW TO GENERATE AND MARKET HIT ENTERTAINMENT FOR TV, MOVIES, VIDEO GAMES, AND BOOKS offers a basic coverage of the principles that lead to lasting blockbuster productions, and is a pick for any writer or producer who would move beyond flash-in-the-pan productions. Chapters tell how to create lasting characters and plots and how to satisfy audience needs by incorporating both pop culture trends and long-term interests and drama. Tips accompany research and facts in this specific survey of what makes a blockbuster production and sets it apart from everyday genre. Film and media collections, in particular, need this!

The Buddhist Studies Shelf

The Buddha Walks Into a Bar...
Lodro Rinzler
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
300 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-4544
9781590309377, $14.95,

The Buddha Walks Into a Bar... A Guide to Life for a new Generation provides a lively survey from a meditation practitioner and teacher and provides an assessment of Tibetan Buddhism's teachings. It considers tools of compassion, teaches contemplating practices on death and kindness, and offers opportunities and insights on family dynamics and applying discipline, and relates Buddhist thinking and exercises to life's daily challenges. The result is a top pick for any spirituality and new age collection, pairing Buddhist thought with insights into how to use the teachings to navigate modern living.

The Christian Studies Shelf

The Selfless Way of Christ
Henri Nouwen
Orbis Books
Price Bldg., Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545
9781570759437, $18.00,

The Selfless Way of Christ: Downward Mobility and the Spiritual Life provides a fine survey illustrated with drawings by van Gogh and providing a fine survey of religious vocation and ministry with a focus on hunger, discipleship and downward mobility. Simple chapters and text chart relationships between spirituality and downward mobility and include many Biblical quotes exploring the entire process in this pick for any Christian studies collection.

Elaine Pagels
Viking Books
c/o Penguin Group USA
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
9780670023349, $27.95,

REVELATIONS: VISIONS, PROPHECY, & POLITICS IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION offers an analysis of a New Testament text holding a powerful apocalyptic vision of the world's end and is a pick for any spirituality collection. It provides a fine interpretation of Revelations as John of Patmos' attack on the decadence of Rome, considers its evolution and controversy through the years, and describes other alternate books of revelations which offered more optimism but were ultimately left out. Christian collections will appreciate this strong survey of how the Book of Revelations evolved in the New Testament - and what alternatives were initially offered.

The Social Issues Shelf

Consent of the Networked
Rebecca MacKinnon
Basic Books
c/o Perseus Book Group
387 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10016
9780465024421, $26.99,

Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom comes from an Internet freedom activist who argues for debate over how technology should be structured to support the rights and liberties of the entire world's Internet user population. Citizens concerned about these liberties receive a fine survey that draws upon two decades of experience to consider how government actions and unaccountable company practices threaten the future of democracy around the world, and calls into question practices that will eventually erode the Internet's capabilities. From issues of censorship and governance to ideas of government and private control systems, this book is packed with a call to action to defend civil liberties, and is a top pick for any social issues collection.

Lessons from Ground Zero: Media Response to Terror
Ralph Izard & Jay Perkins, Editors
Transaction Publishers
300 McGaw Drive, Edison NJ 08837
9781412813365, $39.95,

Lessons from Ground Zero: Media Response to Terror deserves ongoing recognition as a fine analysis suitable for any college-level social issues or media studies collection, considering journalism's efforts to cover a major crisis and analyzing the lessons learned by journalists from 9/11. Chapters also consider whether these lessons ultimately resulted in better journalistic practice, blending scholarly research with interviews of those writers who covered 9/11 in a range of media. What did media do differently in covering the crisis, and why did public approval of journalism show a decline in popularity? This gathers lessons from the event and is a strong recommendation for any college-level collection.

This Changes Everything
Sarah van Gelder, Editor
Berrett-Koehler Publishers
235 Montgomery Street, Suite 650
San Francisco, CA 94104-2916
9781609945879, $9.95,

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING: OCCUPY WALL STREET AND THE 99% MOVEMENT comes from the editors of YES! Magazine and gathers perspectives from within and outside the movement to convey the issues and intentions behind the Occupy Wall Street movement. Contributions by Ralph Nader and others join those by Occupy activists who fostered the movement and provides a powerful synthesis of articles highly recommended for any social or political issues collection.

The Self-Made Myth
Brian Miller and Mike Lapham
Berrett-Koehler Publishers
235 Montgomery Street, Suite 650
San Francisco, CA 94104-2916
9781609945060, $17.95,

Suitable for business, political science, economics and social issues holdings alike, THE SELF-MADE MYTH AND THE TRUTH ABOUT HOW GOVERNMENT HELPS INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESS SUCCEED gathers important evidence about the role government and society have played in the success of American business leaders. Testimonials of entrepreneurs who recognize the important role public investments and government supports play accompany influences on the creation of wealth and success which supersede the myth of the self-made man or business. A powerful pick for any library considering the fundamentals of social success!

The Computer Shelf

Arduino Cookbook, second edition
Michael Margolis
c/o O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.
1005 Gravenstein, Hwy N.
Sebastopol, CA 95472-2811
9781449313876, $44.99,

The second updated edition of Arduino Cookbook covers Arduino 1.0 and provides recipes to begin and expand projects in a collection recommended for any software engineering holding strong in robotics. From the basic Arduino software concepts to techniques for reading digital and analog signals, this teaches the basics of interacting with robotics and also remote devices from TVs and appliances to stereos. Chapters teach the basics of handling time delays and time measurement and show how to apply advanced coding and memory handling techniques.

jQuery Novice to Ninja, second edition
Earle Castledine and Craig Sharkie
1829 Market Street, Suite 202
San Francisco CA 94103
9780987153012, $39.95,

The second updated edition of jQuery Novice to Ninja: New Kicks and Tricks includes source code for download and provides a basic guide to mastering jQuery, the JavaScript framework used by over half the world's top 10,000 websites. This second edition teaches all the basics of adding animation and interactivity to a website, surveys advanced features such as plug-ins, and shows how to handle jQuery selectors to control page elements. Build a complete working application using StarTrackr and learn the new jQuery Mobile for mobile apps in this latest updated edition!

WordPress Web Design for Dummies
Lisa Sabin-Wilson
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9780470935033, $29.99,

WordPress Web Design for Dummies teaches the basics of web design with WordPress and tells how to link it to social media and more. WordPress began as a blogger's tool but can do so much more, and this book covers all the basics, from choosing a theme using different templates to display different content to picking plugins, working with supplemental programs and links, and more. Black and white charts and step-by-step instructions accompany color screen shots and more, making this a top WordPress title highly recommended for any newcomer to the program.

Practical Malware Analysis
Michael Sikorski and Andrew Honig
No Starch Press
38 Ringold Street
San Francisco, CO 94103-4403
9781593272906, $59.95,

Practical Malware Analysis provides the definitive guide to disabling malicious software and provides any who would battle it with the tools to identifying and disabling spyware, worms, Trojan horses, rootkits and more. It comes packed with tutorials and technical insights and teaches how the professionals analyze malware, debug it, and fix its damage. The emphasis on disabling self-replicating portions that keep many malware pieces returning makes for a fine, definitive guide that teaches all the basics of malware analysis. Hundreds of pages offer hands-on labs enabling readers to practice their skills as they disable real malware samples, making for a 'must' for any computer collection.

Web Application Security: A Beginner's Guide
Bryan Sullivan and Vincent Liu
c/o The McGraw Hill Companies
Two Penn Plaza, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10121-2298
9780071776165, $40.00,

Web Application Security: A Beginner's Guide is for the IT professional in networking security who wants to create, stock, and learn about basic security and common hacks and attacks. It covers all the basics of authentication, authorization and session management and presents best practices for vulnerability detection, using templates and examples to help the IT professional get started in the networking security area. Chapters discuss plans, practices, and teach the basics of how hackers attack web applications in a fine pick for any computer or business collection.

Pro jQuery
Adam Freeman
Apress, Inc.
233 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013
9781430240952, $39.99,

Pro jQuery is a master guide for professionals by professionals and shows how to get the most from jQuery for website and application development alike. It teaches jQuery's basics, how to use jQuery to enrich HTML, and co vers all kinds of interactions and models for creating better interfaces for mobile and stationary devices alike. PRO JQUERY is packed with the basics needed to be effective with jQuery, and is a fine pick for any professional programmer's reference library.

The Business Shelf

The B2B Social Media Book
Kipp Bodnar and Jeffrey L. Cohen
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9781118167762, $24.95,

The B2B Social Media Book: Become a Marketing Superstar teaches the basics of generating leads with links to blogging, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and other online social media, and is a 'must' for any who would understand the basics of business, marketing, and social media opportunities. Examples and case studies are featured along with proven methodologies to provide new methods to connect with customers and increase online leads. The many examples and specifics are a 'must' for any online retailer.

235 Montgomery Street, Suite 650
San Francisco, CA 94104-2916

Brian Tracy & Christina Tracy Stein's KISS THAT FROG! 12 GREAT WAYS TO TURN NEGATIVES INTO POSITIVES IN YOUR LIFE AND WORK (9781609942809, $22.95) offers a step-by-step plan that addresses the root causes of negativity and helps uncover blocks and mental obstacles to business success. It synthesizes over 5,000 talks given by Brian Tracy with over five million people in fifty-eight countries and provides techniques and exercises that confront challenging situations and show how to make them better. A top pick for any business collection! Ken Blanchard & Mark Miller's GREAT LEADERS GROW: BECOMING A LEADER FOR LIFE (9781609943035, $22.95) is a special recommendation for any collection seeing popularity with their prior best-seller THE SECRET: WHAT GREAT LEADERS KNOW AND DO, and continues with the development of one Debbie Brewster, a protagonist who has now become a leader and guides her former mentor's son Blake through his own leadership growth. This reads alike a novel with drama and action but couches its lively tone in practical business advice, teaching that leadership is an ongoing growth process, not a finite goal. Any business collection will find this appealing.

The Advantage
Patrick Lencioni
Jossey Bass
989 Market Street, 5th floor
San Francisco, CA 94103-1741
978047041522, $27.95,

THE ADVANTAGE: WHY ORGANIZATIONAL HEALTH TRUMPS EVERYTHING ELSE IN BUSINESS considers modern opportunity in business and maintains that organizational advancement can only be made by attacking the causes of dysfunction, politics and confusion. Too many businesses focus on marketing, strategy and technology when they should be focusing on becoming healthier overall. This blends twenty years of writing, field research and executive consulting to blend stories and anecdotes with practical advice on how to revamp an organizational structure, and is a top pick for any business collection catering to managers.

Local Dollars, Local Sense
Michael Shuman
Chelsea Green
85 North Main Street, Suite 120
White River Junction VT 05001
9781603583435, $17.95,

Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity provides a community guide to taking control of money. Author Michael Shuman maintains that if Americans transferred just a fraction of the, $26 trillion they invest in stocks, bonds and funds to local small businesses in search of funding, their return on investments would improve and communities would strengthen. What thwarts this idea is that SEC regulations prohibit most Americans from investing directly in local businesses - and this book explains options, obstacles, and how to get around limitations. People can engage in different lending and investment club networks and practices: this book tells how, and is an inspiration for any who would rethink the investment process as a whole.

Running Lean, second edition
Ash Maurya
1005 Gravenstein, Hwy N.
Sebastopol, CA 95472-2811
9781449305178, $24.99,

RUNNING LEAN: ITERATE FROM PLAN A TO A PLAN THAT WORKS appears in its second updated edition, is edited by series editor Eric Ries, and offers a specific approach to vetting product ideas and running lean. Ideas from several innovative methods including the Lean Startup and bootstrapping ideas are incorporated into an overall tool for business managers and small business owners, and teaches the basics of problem-solving, customer engagement, and building measurements of customer response that point out new or alternative directions. Any business collection interested in lean productivity will find this a fine

The Travel Shelf

Scotland's Highlands & Islands, second edition
Neil Wilson
Lonely Planet Publications
150 Linden Street, Oakland CA 94607
9781740595377, $20.99,

The second updated edition of Scotland's Highlands & Islands pairs easy maps with detailed listings to explore Scotland's highlands and islands, which offer rare nature and solitude in crowded Europe. Independent travelers - particularly those interested in outdoors opportunities - receive a guide that is packed with details on places to stay, visit, and eat, making this a top take-along tote updated with the latest details.

The American History Shelf

The First Frontier
Scott Weidensaul
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
215 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10003
9780151015153, $30.00,

THE FIRST FRONTIER: THE FORGOTTEN HISTORY OF STRUGGLE, SAVAGERY, & ENDURANCE IN EARLY AMERICA covers the period of history between North America's initial settlement and the Thirteen Colonies - an era often skipped over - and offers an analysis of both native cultures and European colonizers. Two and a half centuries of history are provided through source material personal stories from different angles, from a Harvard-educated Indian caught in 17th century warfare to land scams, an Indian kidnapping gone awry, and much more. Frontier history comes to life in these series of vignettes, perfect for any American history holding.

Montana Before History
Douglas H. MacDonald
Mountain Press
PO Box 2399, Missoula, MT 59806
9780878425853, $20.00,

MONTANA BEFORE HISTORY examines Montana's geology and culture - some 11,000 years of it - and blends archaeological evidence with Native American history to consider the state's best archaeological sites. Black and white and color photos of relics and sites accompany specifics on sites, findings, and how discoveries have contributed to prehistoric history overall. This is a pick for Montana, American history, Native American, archaeology and science holdings alike, and will intrigue any who want to either travel to Montana to view sites, or understand the history of specific sites.

The World History Shelf

The Lost History of 1914
Jack Beatty
Walker & Company
175 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10010
9780802778116, $30.00,

The Lost History of 1914: Reconsidering the Year the Great War Began offers a contrarian history of 1914 and offers five paths that lead away from war. It uses new scholarship on World War I and provides a new take on the war, detailing largely forgotten events faced by each country involved in the months before the war began and showing how each country might have derailed the war or chosen a different path. From decisions by leaders to influences of the fears of Europe's ruling classes, this provides a different perspective on the war and returns lost history to print in a 'must' for any World War I history collection.

Tutankhamen: The Search for an Egyptian King
Joyce Tyldesley
Basic Books
c/o Perseus Book Group
387 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10016
9780465020201, $29.99,

Tutankhamen: The Search for an Egyptian King comes from an Egyptologist and archaeologist who searches past legend to consider the evidence of Tutankhamen and his impact on Egypt's history. She considers the development of a 'second history that has surrounded the king - one that revolves around different interpretations - and explains how his tomb was lost, rediscovered, and excavated. Evidence from the tomb is used to reconstruct his family life and Egyptian history as a whole, making this a lively presentation for any collection strong in ancient Egyptian history and culture.

The Education Shelf

College Essays That Made a Difference, fourth edition
Staff of The Princeton Review
Princeton Review
c/o Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9780375427855, $13.99,

College Essays That Made a Difference appears in a fourth updated edition profiling over a hundred actual student essays, discussing the students who wrote them, and providing advice from admissions officers at 13 major schools about what impressed them the most and least about the applicants' essays. Many books for college-bound students discuss test results, but essays are key to admission, and this book displays facts about what makes some 'winners' over others. From topics students choose that put off admission officers to those that resonate, College Essays That Made a Difference is outstanding for any college-bound student collection.

Reading and Writing Genre with Purpose
Nell K. Duke,
PO Box 6926, Portsmouth, NH 03802-6926
0325037345, $27.50,

Reading and Writing Genre with Purpose in K-8 Classrooms offers a compelling context for reading and writing, and is designed to help teachers, literacy coaches and reading professionals question the usual ways of working with language. It combines theory and research with classroom applications to explore how students learn better when that process is contextualized and motivated, and outlines five basic approaches for teaching genre. Writing projects are used as examples in a guide that offers planning sheets and tips to make genre-based instruction part of any classroom's reading approach.

Barron's IELTS Superpack
250 Wireless Boulevard
Hauppauge, NY 11788
9781438069470, $45.00,

Three Barron's workbooks accompanied by audio CDs are packed in one box to provide three instruction guides with audio material designed to build vocabulary and boost scores on the IELTS exam. The inclusion of three-in-one saves nearly twenty dollars over buying the books individually and packs in extensive reviews of all IELTS question types, full-length exams with all questions answered and explained, CDs for the tests, and more. It's simply the 'bible' of IELTS references.

Corwin Press
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320

How to Use Value-Added Analysis to Improve Student Learning: A Field Guide for School and District Leaders by Kate Kennedy, et. al. (9781412996334, $31.95) introduces the topic of value-added assessment for educators and tells how to use the process to measure and quantify classroom results. Kate Kennedy leads professional development workshops for educators on how to use value-added analysis: her book is key to introducing teachers to the entire value-added classroom approach. 95 Strategies for Remodeling Instruction: Ideas for Incorporating CCSS by Laura E. Pinto, (9781452218755, $31.95) offers a series of fast, easy lessons for classroom implementation and offers a host of practical ideas to support modern thinking and classroom approaches. It's packed with resources for adjusting and getting the most out of lesson plans and is a fine set of approaches for blending CCSS into a classroom agenda. Donald B. Bartalo's Closing the Teaching Gap: Coaching for Instructional Leaders (9781452217093, $36.95) uses the author's experience as a teacher and administrator to help teachers move beyond a school's limitations and structure. It comes packed with coaching directions and creates a method that encourages educators to become self-directed leaders. The Graphic Novel Classroom: Powerful Teaching and Learning With Images by Maureen W. Bakis (9781412936842, $31.95) comes from a secondary language teacher who focuses on the opportunities present in popular graphic novels. Chapters show how to use graphic novels as foundations for instruction, showing how to use them to promote reading and literacy beyond the graphic novel format. Graphic novels definitely have a place in English language classes, and this guide shows how to use them to get students to critically think about what they read. Motivating Defiant and Disruptive Students to Learn: Positive Classroom Management Strategies by Richard D. Korb (9781452205786, $31.95) offers a collection of behavior management strategies based on over thirty years of the author's classroom experience working with difficult students. Chapters are filled with case history examples of how to effectively motivate and manage such students in the classroom, and provides a fine survey highly recommended for any educator's collection.

Stenhouse Publishing
Box 11020, Portland, ME 04104-7020

10 THINGS EVERY WRITER NEEDS TO KNOW by Jeff Anderson (9781571108104, $24.00) outlines ten aspects of solid writing skills, from focus and form to details, words and more and supports its analysis with model text examples perfect for any writer studying the basics of superior writing. These are strategies professional writers use, and are covered in detail through examples and instruction perfect for high school to college-level writers. Writing teachers will appreciate models that clearly outline the process and help hone the difference between mundane and sterling results. ACADEMIC CONVERSATIONS: CLASSROOM TALK THAT FOSTERS CRITICAL THINKING AND CONTENT UNDERSTANDINGS by Jeff Zwiers and Marie Crawford (9781571108845, $23.50) offers insights on a rare classroom phenomenon: academic debates and conversations. These are identified as back-and-forth dialogues in which students cooperatively discuss and build ideas. Usually classrooms are dominated either by the teacher or a few students. Academic conversations seek to engage all in discussions and debates, and here the authors identify five core communication skills that will help students hold productive academic conversations no matter what the subject. From critical thinking and literacy skills to building a respectful professional classroom environment, this is packed with basic ideas perfect for any high school to college-level educator.

Corwin Press
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320

Harry Dickens and Andrew Churches's APPS FOR LEARNING: 40 BEST IPAD, IPOD TOUCH, IPHONE APPS FOR HIGH SCHOOL CLASSROOMS (9781452225326, $24.95) provides a three-book series covering the best choices for learning apps in the classroom and covers everything from specialty items to mobility apps categories for utilities. Each book covers a different educational level: this focuses on high school and considers web browsers, reading apps, and fun apps such as iMovie or Whiteboard HD. Readers learn how to create learning adventures using the apps and show teachers and students how to get the most out of them. Edward S. Ebert II, Christine Ebert and Michael L. Bentley's THE EDUCATOR'S FIELD GUIDE FROM ORGANIZATION TO ASSESSMENT (AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN) (9781412969499, $35.95) helps teachers to better classrooms by discussing four key components of teaching; organization, classroom management, instruction and assessment, and pairs practical real-world examples with step-by-step discussions of the entire process. The latest information covering diversity and special needs accompanies teacher testimonials and examples in a fine guide for any practicing teacher. Bruce Joyce and Emily Calhoun's REALIZING THE PROMISE OF 20TH CENTURY EDUCATION: AN OWNER'S MANUAL (9781412988247, $34.95) offers keys to providing technology access to all students and shows how teachers can develop courses that prepare them for the 21st century. From rethinking the entire secondary education platform to developing global awareness and involving parents, business and responsible community entities in all facets of a student's education, this is a winning pick for any education collection. Ivannia Soto's ELL SHADOWING AS A CATALYST FOR CHANGE (9781412992060, $31.95) helps teachers understand the classroom experience from an English language learner's viewpoint and offers strategies for incorporating instruction techniques to engage ELLs based on increased sensitivity. A detailed case study of shadowing an English language learner is accompanied by tips for classroom instruction and applications, with charts, student profiles and forms, and sample worksheets helping teachers develop and hone the shadowing process. A fine guide for any ELL teacher! Allan R. Odden's IMPROVING STUDENT LEARNING WHEN BUDGETS ARE TIGHT (9781452217086, $36.95) provides a fine how-to manual for handling budget cuts while maintaining quality educational processes. It comes from a school reform expert who provides school improvement actions based on student learning and teaches how to target resources to complement strategies. From using data to support student performance goals to allocating resources and developing priorities to handle budget cuts, this is a packed with clear direction. Lyn Sharratt and Michael Fullan's PUTTING FACES ON THE DATA (9781452202587, $36.95) tells how to develop a common language for sharing student progress with teachers and leaders, and is based on worldwide research from over 500 educators. It covers the basics of personalizing data for maximum student involvement, and teaches how to set goals, adjust lessons, and more. Chapters link data results with student progress and make for a powerful survey linking data collection to better teaching skills. Jolene Borgese, Dick Heyler and Stephanie Romano's REVISION STRATEGIES FOR ADOLESCENT WRITERS (9781412994255, $33.95) provides review of critical literacy skills needed for college - revision in particular. From planning a writing piece and handling peer conferencing to using technology to write and collaborate and revise, this is packed with strategies, explanations, examples of 'before and after' student revisions, worksheets and much more, and is a pick for any secondary teacher's collection.

The Humor Shelf

The Fry Chronicles
Stephen Fry
Overlook Press
141 Wooster St., New York NY 10012
9781590207147, $29.95,

THE FRY CHRONICLES: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY is a particularly strong recommendation for any collection seeing popularity and familiarity with British comedians and provides a memoir of an actor best known for his comedic TV roles. Fry has become famous for his wit and humor, but for most of his life he's struggled with depression and low self-esteem. From his childhood confusion over his homosexuality to his addictions and long road to success, THE FRY CHRONICLES is a top pick for any familiar with his comedy.

The Itty-Bitty Knitty Committee
Scott Hilburn
Andrews McMeel Publishing
1130 Walnut Street
Kansas City MO 64106-2109
9781449410216, $12.99,

The Itty-Bitty Knitty Committee provides a fine new argyle Sweater comic collection featuring strips and panels in full color - and if you're a newcomer, suffice it to say that any fan of Gary Larson will love the similar sense of fun Scott Hilburn imparts to his panels. From dinosaurs and talking plants to a life raft inhabited by fingers with nail clipper sharks swimming around, these comics are hilarious and fun additions to any cartoon strip collection.

Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year 2012
Charles Brooks, Editor
Pelican Publishing Company
1000 Burmaster Street
Gretna, LA 70053-2246
9781455616152, $14.95,

Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year 2012 provides a lovely collection of black and white cartoon 'bests' from 2011 from leading editorial cartoonists and requires only a knowledge of the issues to prove satisfying. It charts different points of view in over 400 of the year's best cartoons and also is the last to be edited by Charles Brooks, who passed away as this book as in preparation. His work on all 40 volumes in this annual series will be fondly remembered and this addition to any general or political studies collection will prove popular and fun.

The Military Shelf

The Lee-Enfield Rifle
Martin Pegler
Osprey Publishing
4402 - 23rd Street, Suite 219
Long Island City, NY 11101-5058
9781849087889, $17.95,

THE LEE-ENFIELD RIFLE is one of the 20th century's longest-serving military rifles, adopted by the British Army in 1895 and only replaced in 1957. A sniper variant was used until 1989 and the rifle saw much combat during its century of use. In-depth photos and illustrations accompany a history of its technical features and use, with first-hand accounts accompanying new color art and close-up photos to document the life and development of a rifle that equipped British and other forces through both world wars. A fine pick for military and collectibles libraries alike!

The Library Science Shelf

No Shelf Required 2
Sue Polanko, Editor
American Library Association
50 E. Huron St., Chicago IL 60611

No Shelf Required 2: Use and Management of Electronic Books gathers articles for librarians on managing ebook lending and is a 'must' for any librarian looking to develop a collection beyond the printed word. Chapters discuss everything from acquiring to managing ebooks and address changes in lending routines, budgets, and weeding. Articles come from practicing professional librarians and provide fine assessments of all the issues involved in incorporating ebooks into a lending environment. The result is a powerful reference for any collection developer interested in ebook acquisition and management.

The Genealogy Shelf

How to Do Everything Genealogy, third edition
George G. Morgan
c/o The McGraw Hill Companies
Two Penn Plaza, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10121-2298
007178084X, $25.00,

The third updated edition of How to Do Everything Genealogy is a 'must' for any general lending library interested in genealogy trends and research strategies. It shows how to conduct a family history research project using online databases, digitized records, social networks, and traditional research and tells how to locate resources around the world. From locating hard-to-find records to using DNA genealogy and the latest technologies, this is a fine resource for any general collection.

The Science Shelf

The Fungal Pharmacy
Robert Rogers, RH
North Atlantic Books
2526 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94704-2607
9781556439537, $29.95,

THE FUNGAL PHARMACY: THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS & LICHENS OF NORTH AMERICA is a 'must' reference for mycologists, mushroom hunters, and practitioners of natural health care, and comes from a herbalist who synthesizes an array of knowledge on over three hundred species of medicinal mushrooms and lichens found in North America. Full color photos pack a survey of clinical studies, homeopathic uses, global folklore and cultural references, and more, and is the first book in the field that investigates the pathological patterns of the medicinal mushrooms rather than their pharmacological profiles. A 'must' reference for any serious mycological collection, as there's nothing as extensive currently in print.

In Pursuit of the Unknown
Ian Stewart
Basic Books
c/o Perseus Book Group
387 Park Avenue South
New York NY 10016
9780465029730, $26.99,

IN PURSUIT OF THE UNKNOWN: 17 EQUATIONS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD offers a fine history of math and examines some seventeen influential equations in the process of considering this history. Equations have played a key role in creating today's world, and this uses the best to illustrate math's relationship to changing perceptions and technological innovations. Seventeen chapters hold an equation per chapter in roughly chronological order and holds five math equations, ten from physics, one from information theory, and one from finance. It's a top pick for any who would understand the history and influence of math across disciplines.

Turing's Cathedral
George Dyson
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 17th floor
New York, NY 10019
9780375422775, $29.95,

TURING'S CATHEDRAL: THE ORIGINS OF THE DIGITAL UNIVERSE provides a science biography for any computer, science or biography collection and tells of a small group of men and women led by John von Neumann who built one of the first computers to realize Alan Turing's 1936 vision of a single machine which could be used to compute any sequence. Their work would transform how numbers were perceived and later decades building on their work would create a new digital universe in the years following World War II. From Alan Turing's initial vision and model to today's computers, science and history comes to life in a lively coverge many a general interest reader will relish!

Fourier Transforms in Radar and Signal Processing, second edition
David Brandwood
Artech House
685 Canton St., Norwood MA 02062
9781608071975, $139.00,

The second updated edition of Fourier Transforms in Radar and Signal Processing is a pick for electrical engineers working in radar, sonar and signal processing and provides a newly revised, expanded edition updating details on performing Fourier transforms in a variety of applications. The entire process has been updated and this edition also includes a new chapter on periodic waveforms - a topic not covered in any other book. An accompanying DVD contains MATLAB programs that implement many of the results in the book, making this a fine pick for any engineering collection.

The Antiques/Collectibles Shelf

Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles, 28th edition
Eric Bradley, Editor
Krause Publications
c/o F+W Media
4700 East Galbraith Road
Cincinnati, OH 45236
1440216959, $21.99,

The 2012 price guide to Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles provides a fine survey and is packed with expert advice, values, and over 4,000 color photos accompanying the latest valuations. This is a fine survey that outlines comics, glass, art, jewelry, furniture and more. The good-quality color photos are what sets this price guide apart from competitors: that and the 'generalist' feel of the listings, which lend to take-along reference for garage sale shopping.

The Biography Shelf

One Hundred Names for Love
Diane Ackerman
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780393341744, $15.95,

ONE HUNDRED NAMES FOR LOVE: A MEMOIR comes from the author of The Zookeeper's Wife and tells of the evolution of a new relationship when her husband lost the ability to speak or write. For the word-focussed couple it was potentially devastating - but the two rebuilt new methods of communication and an entire new language of playful and meaningful communication, and ONE HUNDRED NAMES FOR LOVE reflects this journey. It helped that Diane Ackerman was a science and nature writer who had written on the brain and knew its processes - and who well knew how her husband's mind worked. This memoir will appeal to many collections, from general lending libraries to science and health holdings.

The Music Shelf

Don Kirshner: Man with the Golden Ear
Rich Podolsky
Hal Leonard Corp
7777 W. Bluemound Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53213-3400
9781458416704, $24.99,

Don Kirshner: Man with the Golden Ear is a 'must' for any collection strong in rock and roll music biography and offers a strong survey recounting Don Kirshner's influence on the evolution of early rock 'n roll. Chapters begin in 1958, long before he created and hosted the popular TV show Don Kirshner's Rock Concert, and provide a riveting story of how Kirshner built Aldon Music, which become a powerful song writing powerhouse churning out rock hits and making names for such as Carole King, Neil Sedaka, and more. Any rock 'n roll history collection must have this!

The Gardening Shelf

Propagation Techniques
Geoff Hodge and Rosemary Ward
Mitchell Beazley
c/o Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9781845336424, $19.99,

PROPAGATION TECHNIQUES offers a new guide to making more plants from seed, cuttings, perennials and more, and offers a basic easy coverage of all the tools and techniques for so doing. The authors are expert gardeners who work in cooperation with The Royal Horticulture Society to teach some 20 techniques in step-by-step sequences. Over 525 selected varieties are covered in a propagation dictionary that outlines the latest best practices for specific plants. Color illustrations and photography rounds out the fine presentation, a recommendation for any beginning gardener's collection.

Natural Companions
Ken Druse
115 West 18th Street, 6th floor
New York, NY 10011
9781584799016, $40.00,

Color photos pack a gorgeous discussion of recipes for perfect plant pairings using diverse species that bloom at the same time in Natural Companions: The Garden Lover's Guide to Plant Combinations. It's organized by theme and season and offers discussions and photos of a wide range of planted combinations to suit all climates and conditions. This is a lovely blend of gardening lore and botanical images, includes digital artist Ellen Hoverkamp's striking, eye-popping images, and is a 'must' for any home and garden or botany collection!

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

Lost Civilizations & Secrets of the Past
Michael Pye & Kristen Dalley, Editors
New Page Books
c/o Career Press Inc.
PO Box 687, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
9781601631961, $15.99,

Lost Civilizations & Secrets of the Past offers original essays by Erich von Daniken and many others and provides the latest book in a series that is encouraging debate on the nature of history. From the ancient Egyptian pyramids and their astronomical implications to the Celtic network of roads that may be connected to Atlantis, this offers articles that explore what ancient civilizations knew and how evidence of ancient mysteries is everywhere. An excellent survey, this is a pick for any new age collection strong in alternative history models.

New Page Books
c/o Career Press Inc.
PO Box 687, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417

Dr. Kirby Surprise's SYNCHRONICITY: THE ART OF COINCIDENCE, CHOICE, AND UNLOCKING YOUR MIND (9781601631831, $16.99) is a pick for new age and science holdings alike, offering an analysis of the personal, scientific and spiritual meaning of synchronicity and the purpose of 'meaningful coincidences' in life. It advocates learning how to create such synchronistic events, how to use the mind and brain's powers to connect synchronicity with creativity, and how to change from living as a separate being to living in a connected universe. Case histories of synchronistic events accompany scientific observations and keys to using these events to create a more purposeful life. Scott Alan Roberts' THE RISE AND FALL OF THE NEPHILIM (9781601631978, $16.99) is a special pick for any new age collection strong in ancient mythology and mysteries and considers one of the old mysteries of Genesis, the Nephilim: the giants whose offspring mated with the offspring of Adam and Eve. This links Biblical history with discussions of UFOs, angels, extraterrestrials, and more, and offers up a serious survey of possibilities based around possible truths of the old religions and theology. Science, new age ideas and Bible studies mix in an intriguing survey of all the possibilities.

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