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Volume 4, Number 11 November 2009 Home | BW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Parenting Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf
Fiction Shelf Education Shelf Mathematics Shelf
Islamic Studies Shelf Social Issues Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
Business Shelf Economics Shelf Biography Shelf
Needlecraft Shelf Cookbook Shelf Art Shelf
World History Shelf Gaming Shelf Sports Shelf
Audiobook Shelf Metaphysical Studies Shelf Psychology Shelf
Health/Medicine Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf
Photography Shelf Women's Studies Shelf Military Shelf
Architecture Shelf Gardening Shelf Computer Shelf
Library DVD Shelf Antiques/Collectibles Shelf Nautical Shelf
Judicial Studies Shelf Political Science Shelf Poetry Shelf
Science Shelf American History Shelf  

Reviewer's Choice

Woodstock Paper Dolls
Tom Tierney
Dover Publications, Inc.
31 East 2nd Street, Mineola, NY 11501
0486473953, $7.95,

Any enamored of the 60s and seeking a unique tribute and gift will find WOODSTOCK PAPER DOLLS a fun presentation, offering eight colorful paper dolls of festival performers from Jerry Garcia to Jimi Hendrix. Colorful psychedelic regalia makes for a lively, fun presentation.

Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer
Novella Carpenter
Penguin Press
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014-3658
9781594202216, $25.95

FARM CITY comes from an author who has been an urban farmer for ten years, covering her interest in growing food in the inner city and following her farm from its crop plantings to her first livestock. Agricultural history, farming tips, and a fun memoir blend in a fine firsthand survey of urban farming inspirational for any would-be urban farmer and any urban collection catering to them.

The Book of Cool
Marianne Taylor
Running Press
2300 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19103-4371
9780762435494, $19.95

THE BOOK OF COOL is a pick for sociology collections at the high school to college levels and provides a survey of social trends and 'cool' ideas. A history of 'cool' examines who markets the trend, how it's created, and how it changes. Text and images cover fashion, fads, target audiences and more in a fine survey of media coverage, hype, and more. Color photos throughout add to a lively history.

Get Rich Cheating
Jeff Kreisler
c/o HarperCollins
10 E. 53rd St., New York NY 10022-5299
9780061686146, $14.99

Take a healthy dose of humor and blend it with some business savvy and observations of questionable practices and you have GET RICH CHEATING: THE CROOKED GUIDE TO EASY STREET, a tongue-in-cheek guide to schemes that have proven to generate cash covers everything from government bailouts to exploiting the weak. From controlling a board of directors to the mechanics of collusion, it's a hilarious, pointed observation of business.

FU, Penguin
Matthew Gasteier
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 17th floor, NY, NY 10019
9780345518163, $15.00

FU, PENGUIN: TELLING CUTE ANIMALS WHAT'S WHAT is both a humor and a nature guide, and is a recommended pick for any interested in cuddly animals that have taken over inspirational posters, films and more. Inspired by the popular blog, FU, PENGUIN is loaded with fun color photos and hilarious notes and is a fine pick for any lending library unafraid of a few cuss words sprinkled in-between.

The Art of Community
Jono Bacon
1005 Gravenstein Hwy North, Sebastopol, CA 95472
9780596156718, $39.99

Of relevance for anyone interested in how computers can be utilized to build virtual communities, THE ART OF COMMUNITY is especially recommended for its wider interest to any library strong in social issues. Its analysis of experiences and observations from online web communities tells how to build objectives and goals for such a web-based community, offering tools for construction and showing how to track the community's work and provide a representative governance strategy for the community. A fine pick for any computer or social issues collection.

GIS for Decision Support and Public Policy Making
Christopher Thomas and Nancy Humenik-Sappington
ESRI Press
380 New York St., Redlands, CA 92379-8100
9781589482319, $24.95

Government officials face big fiscal challenges and are often trying to provide high-quality public services on limited budgets. GIS can help that process, streamlining operations and identifying money-saving solutions to common problems. Topics range form how to use GIS for making budget-related decisions and allocating resources to supporting policies and identifying trends. Some 27 examples of how governments successfully used GIS information to analyze and map data makes for an outstanding college-level geography and political science reference.

GIS Tutorial II
David W. Allen
ESRI Press
380 New York St., Redlands, CA 92379-8100
9781589482012, $79.95

GIS TUTORIAL II: SPATIAL ANALYSIS WORKBOOK offers an intermediate workbook to help readers build GIS analysis skills, offering a companion to GIS TUTORIAL: WORKBOOK FOR ARCVIEW 9 and a satisfying series of step-by-step procedures on spatial analysis methods from overlay and proximity to statistical and pattern analysis. Spatial analysis distinguishes GIS from other digital mapping: these exercises link practical exercises to concepts and are key to a working knowledge of the system.

The Parenting Shelf

Partnership Parenting
Kyle Pruett, MD & Marsha Kline Pruett, Ph.D.
DaCapo Lifelong Books
2300 Chestnut St. #200, Philadelphia, PA 19103
9780738213262, $15.95

PARTNERSHIP PARENTING: HOW MEN AND WOMEN PARENT DIFFERENTLY - WHY IT HELPS YOUR KIDS AND CAN STRENGTHEN YOUR MARRIAGE tells how to take advantage of different parenting styles, explains why kids need the influence of both Dad and Mom, and shows how couples can parent more effectively by noting and taking advantage of different styles. From rules for negotiation to appreciating a partner's contributions, this is packed with case histories, quizzes, questions and solutions to common co-parenting issues. Any parent's library needs this.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

The Woman Who Attracted Money
Steve Chandler
Robert D. Reed Publishers
PO Box 1992, Bandon, OR 97411
9781934759400, $14.95,

The most accusing piece of evidence may be the most subtle. "The Woman Who Attracted Money" is the first of Steve Chandler's Robert Chance mysteries, following Chance and his associate, Madison Kerr. "The Woman Who Attracted Money" proves to be an intriguing and complex drama, that will give readers much to ponder as they strive to piece the clues together along with Chance. Here's looking forward to the upcoming sequels!

Poisoned Pen Press
6962 E. First Ave. #103, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Kerry Greenwood's DEVIL'S FOOD: A CORINNA CHAPMAN MYSTERY (9781590584286, $24.95) blends the story of a baker with a mystery centered around who is poisoning people with weight loss herbal tees and an odd cafe's strange clientele. An investigation brings all these disparate forces together in a fine tale for any mystery library: one that blends food appreciation with a host of small-town characters and experiences. Jon Talton's THE PAIN NURSE (9781590586242, $24.95) tells of Cheryl Beth Wilson, an elite nurse who finds a doctor murdered in an office - and herself the suspect. When another killing follows, a serial killer case is suspected and it's up to Will Borders, former homicide detective, to team with Cheryl to save the puzzle. Kerry Greenwood's MURDER ON A MIDSUMMER NIGHT (9781590586327, $24.95) tells of Phryne Fisher, is set in 1929, and tells of her investigation of an antique shop other's mysterious death and strange friendships. Phryne follows some strange leads that bring her into international waters complete with pirate maps, spirit guides, and ghosts. Excellent picks for any serious murder mystery collection. DEEP WATERS by Kate Charles (9781590586020, $24.95) tells of the death of a celebrity baby and a high-profile case one detective Neville Stewart is recalled from his honeymoon to investigate. Another death follows and soon police liaison Mark Lombardi finds himself in an impossible position in this fine murder mystery. Charlotte Hinger's DEADLY DESCENT (9781590586457, $24.95) provides a powerful Lottie Albright mystery set in a Kansas community and revolving around a candidate for politics and a historian's investigation. Her probe into a candidate's background results in some dangerous family secrets coming to light in this fine mystery.

Berkeley Prime Crime
375 Hudson, New York NY 10014

Susan Wittig Albert's THE TALE OF APPLEBECK ORCHARD: THE COTTAGE TALES OF BEATRIX POTTER (9780425229774, $23.95) offers a lovely mystery centered around one Mr. Harmsworth, who barricades a common path through his orchard for mysterious reasons. Tabitha Twitchet and her Cat Council investigate - and the Beatrix Potter animal clan find many satisfying mysteries. Aaron Elkins' SKULL DUGGERY (9780425227978, $24.95) tells of Gordon, who accompanies his wife to a charming little Mexican village to visit a relative's dude ranch resort - only to find no relief from his job in forensics when a mummified corpse is found nearby. Gordon's investigation involves an old friend, a child's murder thirty years ago, and a mystery that holds dangerous ramifications for new generations. Any mystery library will relish these. First in a new series is Barbara Hamilton's THE NINTH DAUGHTER (9780425230770, $14.00), set in Massachusetts in 1773 and telling of Abigail, who visits a fellow patriot friend only to find a dead woman in her kitchen and her friend missing. A secret Sons of Liberty document leads to a search for clues to the murder in this fine historical mystery. John J. Lamb's THE TREACHEROUS TEDDY (9780425230329, $7.99) provides a fine mystery centered around a retired cop and a mystery revolving around collectible teddy bears. Clues to a death from a possible hunting accident immerse the first teddy bear jubilee in small-town danger in this thriller. Joyce and Jim Lavene's GHASTLY GLASS (9780425230305, $7.99) provides a fine Renaissance Faire mystery including Renaissance recipes and facts as it tells of Jesse, facing a crabby boss, boyfriend problems, and a real murder affecting the man playing the Grim Reaper. Sarah Atwell's SNAKE IN THE GLASS (9780425230312, $6.99) provides a mystery revolving around glassblower Emmeline, who not only blows glass but investigates the murder of a stranger who has begged to use her kiln for an experimental gem treatment. Lucy Lawrence's STUCK ON MURDER (9780425230299, $6.99) provides a fine mystery set in a small town where a decoupage class becomes involved in the mayor's murder. Yasmine Galenorn's A HARVEST OF BONES (9780425207260, $7.99) tells of harvest time in a small Washington town --usually Emerald's favorite season, but dangerous when a possible supernatural mystery begins to immerse her and Joe in a dangerous hidden mystery. Margaret Grace's MOURNING IN MINIATURE (9780425230800, $7.99) tells of Rosie, who asks Gerry to accompany her to her thirtieth high school reunion, only to find a miniature mystery when star athlete David is murdered and clues point to further danger. Christy Evans' SILK TRAP (9780425230794, $6.99) provides a Georgina Neverall mystery blending a plumber's apprentice's skills with clues literally down the drain. Plumbing tricks are included. Casey Daniels' DEAD MAN TALKING (9780425230749, $7.99) provides a fine Pepper Martin mystery featuring a spunky girl who tries to help with a restoration project, only to learn a contest to restore the cemetery grounds lead to a local reality show and certain danger with a ghost involved. Elise Hyatt's DIPPED, STRIPPED, AND DEAD (9780425230787, $6.99) pairs furniture refinishing with the story of Dyce dare, who is divorced, nearly thirty, with a toddler to raise, a challenging ex, and a furniture refinishing business that turns up a corpse. All are fine picks for lending libraries strong in murder mysteries.

The Fiction Shelf

The Word Book
Mieko Kanai
Dalkey Archive
c/o University of Illinois
1805 S. Wright Street, MC-011, Champaign, IL 61820
9781564785664, $14.95,

A short story is all that's needed to reflect the simplicity of the human experience. "The Word Book" is a collection of short stories from acclaimed Japanese writer Mieko Kanai, deftly translated by Paul McCarthy as to keep the soul of her writings intact through the cultural divide - which isn't as vast a gulf as one might think. "The Word Book" is an intriguing insight into humanity through fiction, and an excellent addition to any international fiction collection.

Boston Noir
Dennis Lehane, Editor
Akashic Books
Box 1456, New York NY 10019
9781933354910, $15.95

BOSTON NOIR offers brand new stories by Patricial Powell, Lynne Heitman, Don Lee and others, all centered around Boston mysteries and topics. Humor, mystery, and stories set in distinct neighborhoods or locations in Boston will especially appeal to mystery enthusiasts familiar with the city's streets and culture.

The Education Shelf

A Place for Wonder
Georgia Heard & Jennifer McDonough
Stenhouse Publishers
477 Congress Street, Suite 4B, Portland, ME 04101-3451
9781571104328, $20.00,

Nonfiction can be just as wondrous as fiction for young readers, if the seeds of curiosity are planted. "A Place for Wonder: Reading and Writing Nonfiction in the Primary Grades" is a guide for educators who want to better help their students take an interest in science and history among other educational subjects. Wonder centers, projects, and other methods are discussed making for a solidly recommended resource that should not be ignored. "A Place for Wonder: Reading and Writing Nonfiction in the Primary Grades" is worth consideration for every primary school teacher.

Helping Kids and Teens with ADHD in School
Joanne Steer and Kate Horstmann
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
400 Market St. #400, Philadelphia, PA 19106
9781843106630 $34.95

Helping Kids and Teens with ADHD in School: A Workbook for Classroom Support and Managing Transitions should be in every educator's library: it provides chapters that focus on different key issues affecting children with ADHD around the time of school transition from organization to friendships, and it provides tested strategies and tips in a photocopiable workbook format designed to help adults work collaboratively with youngsters. A 'must' for any serious educator's library.

Princeton Review
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019

Eleven practice tests - 10 for the SAT and one for the PSAT - provide practices, overviews, detailed explanations for each question, and personalized score reports key to understanding the processes of each test in Princeton Review's 11 Practice Tests for the SAT & PSAT, 2010 Edition (9780375429347, $22.99). Buyers also get free access to The Princeton Review's online test center, supporting all details in the study guide. A 'must' for students and collections catering to them. Tom Meltzer and Jean Hofheimer Bennett's CRACKING THE AP U.S. HISTORY EXAM, 2010 EDITION (9780375429521, $18.99) offers practical details on the AP U.S. History Exam, covering both essay types and offering students clear strategies on how to form the best responses to both essay and multiple-choice questions. Paul Foglino's CRACKING THE AP CHEMISTRY EXAM, 2010 EDITION (9780375429163, $18.00) offers similar coverage: if it's on the AP Chemistry Exam, it's in this book - from tables and diagrams to the basics of writing great essays. The 2010 edition of Robert Franek with Tom Meltzer,'s THE BEST 371 COLLEGES (9780375429385, $22.99) is based on 122,000 student ratings and covers the top 20 colleges in 62 categories. Everything from dorms to career centers, financial aid, academics and setting are rated in extensive descriptions to help any student decide. From planning for the test to using resources, these are a top reference for any student's study collection.

Corwin Press
2455 Teller Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320

TEACHING THE FEMALE BRAIN: HOW GIRLS LEARN MATH AND SCIENCE by Abigail Norfleet James (9781412967105, $33.95) tells how to blend brain-based research with applications to empower girls in the classroom, offering real assessments of the different ways girls and boys learn. From girls' unique sensory and emotional characteristics to instructional techniques and ways of handling girls' stress, this is a 'must' for any college education studies library. THE LITERACY GAPS by Ivannia Soto-Hinman and June Hetzel (9781412975216, $38.95) offers literacy learning strategies for English language learners, surveying methods of building bridge of support so these learners can learn alongside peers. Original research provides a resource for ELLs and SELs in the classroom and cover word recognition, background knowledge, gaps between students and peers and more. Harvey F. Silver, Elizabeth C. Reilly and Matthew J. Perini's THE THOUGHTFUL EDUCATION GUIDE TO READING FOR MEANING (9781412968393, $23.95) uses years of school experience to help every student gain the most from school reading assignments. From preparing students to better understand material to examples from different disciplines and discussions on how to gather evidence from readings to build an argument or paper, teachers will find this a winning guide. Eli R. Johnson's ACADEMIC LANGUAGE! ACADEMIC LITERACY! A GUIDE FOR K-12 EDUCATORS (9781412971331, $28.95) packs in 36 strategies in a research guide to help teachers make connections between academic language, literacy and student achievement. Strategies explain how to give students the tools and skills needed to understand academic language, offering descriptions and collaborative protocols to help with academic language in different disciplines. Word lists for different grade levels blend with clear instructions to make for an excellent guide. Ted H. Hall, Don S. Balka and Ruth Harbin Miles' A GUIDE TO MATHEMATICS COACHING (9781412972642, $28.95) provides a powerful analysis of coaching relationships and basic principles established to NCTM and NCSM. Its three-part process for teachers of math offers reviews of collaboration procedures, building trust with resistant teachers, and supporting both individual and institutional change processes. David S. Sousa's HOW THE GIFTED BRAIN LEARNS (9781412971737, $38.95) offers an updated second edition of a best-seller applying the latest neuroscientific findings on how the mind learns. From how brains of gifted students differ and how to gauge if gifted students are being well challenged to identifying the gifted, this comes packed with insights any teacher needs. Susan Villani's COMPREHENSIVE MENTORING PROGRAMS FOR NEW TEACHERS: MODELS OF INDUCTION AND SUPPORT (9781412966139, $35.95) appears in its second updated edition to provide a guide on the importance of mentoring to teachers. From district programs and state programs already in place to program costs, funding, and support for mentors, this builds plenty of key insights for any interested in mentoring programs. Richard A. Lougy, Silvia L. DeRuvo and David Rosenthal, MD's THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR'S GUIDE TO ADHD: WHAT TO KNOW AND DO TO HELP YOUR STUDENTS (9781412966535, $31.95) packs in the latest research and facts to help students with ADHD, offering school counselors a review of symptoms, causes, and the latest details on brain function. From collaborative student interventions to communicating with parents and understanding common ADHD medications and their effects, this is a key reference any school counselor should have. Sheryl G. Feinstein's SECRETS OF THE TEENAGE BRAIN (9781412962674, $32.95) is organized around specific areas of teen development and offers new instructional strategies that can be modified and adapted to various content areas. From the latest facts and research to strategies for issues such as ADHD and aggression, this is packed with educational paths and ideas. Susan Entz's PICTURE THIS: PHOTOGRAPHY ACTIVITIES FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING (9781412971294, $30.95) appears in its second updated edition to explore the photography options now available for enriching early childhood instruction. Illustrations and an easy, flowing text accompany a simple review of activities across 10 subject areas and offer objectives descriptions, and keys to both individual and group instructional approaches. Nathan L. Essex's THE 200 MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED LEGAL QUESTIONS FOR EDUCATORS (9781412965774, $38.95) is one of the most essential books a college-level education collection can contain. It provides a jargon-free reference of some 200 common legal issues for school administrators and teachers, discussing court cases, legal references, and more. Lynne Schrum and Barbara B. Levin's LEADING 21ST CENTURY SCHOOLS: HARNESSING TECHNOLOGY FOR ENGAGEMENT AND ACHIEVEMENT (9781412972956, $33.95) tells how to create a tech-savvy school in keeping with the newly updated NETS-A standards. From ethical and legal considerations to recommended activities and resources, this packs in 21st century skills from creating wikis and blogs to social networking. Top picks for any education library.

Brookes Publishing
Box 10624, Baltimore, MD 21285-0624

NUMBER SENSE AND NUMBER NONSENSE: UNDERSTANDING THE CHALLENGES OF LEARNING MATH by Nancy Krasa and Sara Shukwiler (9781598570205, $29.95) reviews all the techniques and challenges of teaching math to kids and understanding points where they struggle. Clinical psychologist Nancy Krasa teams with a middle-school math teacher Sara Shunkwiler to provide a powerful collection blending research findings, classroom teachings, and student case histories. Miriam Balmuth's THE ROOTS OF PHONICS: A HISTORICAL INTRODUCTION (9781598570366, $29.95) appears in a revised edition to provide a fine phonics history. It provides a broad perspective and focuses on language acquisition in reading and the history of reading instruction as a whole. A 'must' for any educator's library.

The Mathematics Shelf

E-Z Algebra
Douglas Downing, Ph.D.
250 Wireless Blvd, Hauppauge, NY 11788
0764142577, $16.99

Barron's A-Z ALGEBRA offers a step-by-step review of numbers and systems, surveying the basic rules of algebra and offering chapter quizzes and checks for understanding. The result is a fine review for all ages packed with illustrations, cartoons, formulas and detailed explanations applying algebra to everyday life: perfect for any student!

Master Math: Pre-Calculus
Debra Anne Ross
Course Technology
20 Channel Center St., Boston MA 02210
1598639811, $17.99

Joining others in the 'Master Math' series is this fine introduction on calculus, covering the basics of sets, functions and integrals. Basic formulas, principals, discussions of sequences and progressions, and step-by-step directions link formulas to everyday life and provide calculus students with an excellent foundation for progressing to the next step. The result is a 'must' for any high school or college collection where calculus is an introductory course, and for any student taking it.

The Manga Guide to Calculus
Hiroyuki Kojima, Shin Togami, Becom Co. Ltd.
No Starch Press
555 DeHaro #250, San Francisco CA 94107
9781593271947, $19.95

This cartoon guide to calculus provides a satisfying answer for calculus learners who want an easier format than most math books allow for. It builds calculus instruction into a plot following one Noriko as she learns that calculus is more than just a difficult science class, surveying the patterns, economics and applications of calculus to real-world scenarios. Very highly recommended for any library where math or calculus is of interest, from high school and college to public lending libraries.

The Islamic Studies Shelf

Muslim Women Reformers
Ida Lichter
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2119
9781591027164, $27.98

MUSLIM WOMEN REFORMERS: INSPIRING VOICES AGAINST OPPRESSION is an inspiring collection of Muslim women's stories from around the world, telling how they question ideology and culture and demand social and political rights and reforms. These reformers offer insights into how Muslim women live and survey a range of such reformers not just in the Middle East but around the world, revealing underlying trends and making for a 'must' buy for any Middle East or women's history library.

Islam, Fundamentalism and the Betrayal of Tradition, revised edition
Joseph E.B. Lumbard, Editor
World Wisdom
1501 E. Hillside Dr., Bloomington, IN 47401
9781933316666, $21.95

Islam, Fundamentalism and the Betrayal of Tradition appears in a revised, expanded new edition offering essays by Western Muslim scholars on the nature of Islam and its modern applications. New to this edition is an essay on women's roles in Islam, an updated chapter on the true nature of the jihad, and newly revised chapters discussing Islam and world concerns. A 'must' for any spirituality collection considering modern Islamic concepts.

The Social Issues Shelf

Sexuality and Socialism
Sherry Wolf
Haymarket Books
Box 180165, Chicago, IL 60618
9781931859790, $12.00

SEXUALITY AND SOCIALISM: HISTORY, POLITICS AND THEORY OF LGBT LIBERATION comes from an associate of The International Socialist Review and is packed with analysis of questions of lesbian and gay people, offering essays considering the history and roots of oppression, the making of gender identity, and a history of the gay movement. A highly recommended pick for any library strong in issues of sexuality and freedom.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Hunting Memories
Barb Hendee
ROC Books
c/o Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780451462916, $15.00

HUNTING MEMORIES tells of Eleisha, who receives a communication acknowledging her status as a vampire and letting her know there are others like her in the world. The difference is - she's learned a way to draw blood from her victims without killing them - and her discovery will divide the existing vampire community in this tense thriller, recommended for any fantasy holding.

The New Space Opera
Gardner Dozois & Jonathan Strahan, editors
10 E. 53rd Street, New York NY 10022
9780061562358, $15.99

This original anthology offers some fine space opera blending high drama with science fantasy. Short stories by Elizabeth Moon, Garth Nix, Mike Resnick, Sean and Tad Williams, and more pair original science and cutting-edge scenarios with high drama in a selection of adventures perfect for any science fiction library.

The Grave Thief
Tom Lloyd
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197
9781591027805, $16.00

THE GRAVE THIEF is Book 3 of the Twilight Reign and tells of Lord Isak, haunted by the destruction of Scree and visions of his own death. His involvement with prophecy and destiny will change his course of action and meld a struggle for survival with a new understanding of battle choices in this ongoing book of the Twilight Reign, recommended for prior fans.

Baen Books
Box 1403, Riverdale, NY 10471

Jame has been reunited with her people after a huge adventure - but when she's expected to return to the normal life of a Kenecyr lady, she just can't do it. Shadow Assassins, outcast ghosts and more are on her trail - and her arrival at a noble military college to face competition reveals dangers and family secrets in P.C. Hodgell's SEEKER'S BANE (9781439132975, $14.00), a fast-paced adventure. Also highly recommended for any general science fiction library is Sharon Lee and Steve Miller's FLEDGLING (9781439132876, $24.00), a new Laiden Universe novel telling of a professor's daughter born in a 'safe' society where the popular is monitored for behavior dangerous to society. She's on a course to being declared a Danger due to her special physical problems - and becomes involved in politics and danger when an off-world journey takes her into new worlds. Plenty of twists and turns make for an involving story.

The Business Shelf

Yahoo! Income
Dana E. Blozis and Sharon L. Cohen
Atlantic Publishing
1405 SW 6th Ave, Ocala, FL 34474-7014
9781601382542, $24.95

YAHOO! INCOME; HOW ANYONE OF ANY AGE, LOCATION, AND/OR BACKGROUND CAN BUILD A HIGHLY PROFITABLE ONLINE BUSINESS WITH YAHOO is a pick for any who would use Yahoo's features to run a business. Examples and anecdotes from real-world Yahoo entrepreneurs pack a simple review of his it works and how to create, manage and promote a business through Yahoo. A fine business pick for any new to the idea.

Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture
Ellen Ruppel Shell
Penguin Press
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014-3658
9781594202155, $25.95

There's a cost for the American interest in making and buying things as cheaply as possible - and this obsession has resulted in a dangerously unstable business climate where goals and low prices conflict. Ellen Shell provides a survey of the birth of bargain hunting and how it's changed over the decades, offering a running history of establishments built on notions of price value and those suffering from it. From the lasting impact of the big box chain store to climbing debt, this provides a powerful survey.

Be the Hero
Noah Blumenthal
Berrett-Koehler Publishers
235 Montgomery St., Suite 650, San Francisco CA 94104-2916
9781605090009, $19.95

BE THE HERO: THREE POWERFUL WAYS TO OVERCOME CHALLENGES IN WORK AND LIFE shows readers how to take charge of lives and careers, providing hero stories as examples of how to thwart the 'victim' mentality. Alternatives to inertia and despair are offered through case history example, with strong resources at the end of the book including manager tip sheets, smart cards, and more.

How to Save a Failing Project
Ralph R. Young, et al.
Management Concepts
8230 Leesburg Pike, #800, Vienna, VA 22182
9781567262391, $45.00,

Poor project results are common and result in unhappy customers and users alike: that's why How to Save a Failing Project: Chaos to Control, the collaborative effort of Ralph R. Young, Steven M. Brady, Dennis C. Nagle, Jr., is key for any project where project managers want to assure success. Ralph Young has led projects in local government and management information systems, and has written four books on requirements engineering: others have worked extensively on project teams. The basics of what differentiates success from failure and key tipping points along the way make this a powerful pick for any business library.

PMP In Depth, second edition
Dr. Paul Sanghera, PMP
Course Technology
20 Channel Center St., Boston, MA 02210
159863996X, $54.99

The second updated edition of PMP IN DEPTH offers a complete practice exam and its objective is to help students pass the Project Management Professional exam offered by the PMI institute. It hones in on exam objectives, offers chapters in logical learning sequences, and offers study checkpoints for comprehension, notes for additional helpful material, and more.

Marketing Illustration
Steven Heller and Marshall Arisman, Editors
Allworth Press
10 E. 23rd St., New York NY 10010
9781581156577, $24.95

MARKETING ILLUSTRATION; NEW VENUES, NEW STYLES, NEW METHODS discusses the basics of launching and promoting an illustration career in today's market. Interviews and work samples from over 70 working illustrators do more than just explain business practice: they chart trends and techniques based on new technology and practices and provides professional experience with daily challenges, making this a 'must' for both business and arts libraries.

Just Listen
Mark Goulston
1601 Broadway, New York NY 10019-7420
0814414036, $24.95

JUST LISTEN: DISCOVER THE SECRET TO GETTING THROUGH TO ABSOLUTELY ANYONE shares the author's communication techniques and the secret to more effective communication. From studies on how the brain switches from 'no' to 'yes' responses to how to talk at a higher brain level for better positive results, JUST LISTEN is a guide no business library should be without.

Who's Your Gladys
Marilyn Suttle and Lori Jo Vest
1601 Broadway, New York NY 10019-7420
0814414397, $22.95

WHO'S YOUR GLADYS: HOW TO TURN EVEN THE MOST DIFFICULT CUSTOMER INTO YOUR BIGGEST FAN shows business readers how to create excellent customer service, using a cranky 87-year-old woman as an example of how adversity can change to support. The basics on how to create a company culture that values strong relationships with its customers makes this a powerful pick for any serious business library.

The Economics Shelf

John Wiley & Sons
111 River St., Hoboken, NJ 07030-3774

Ken Fisher with Lara Hoffmans' HOW TO SMELL A RAT: THE FIVE SIGNS OF FINANCIAL FRAUD (9780470526538, $24.95) covers embezzlement, fraud, and ways managers and financial people can detect both easily - and prevent it. Chapters offer practical advice in a resource considering recent and historic fraud cases, how they operated, and how they could have been avoided. Any business library and many a general lending collection needs this. The second updated edition of William Bonner and Addison Wiggin's THE NEW EMPIRE OF DEBT: THE RISE AND FALL OF AN EPIC FINANCIAL BUBBLE (9780470483268, $27.95) returns to the original treatise and prediction to reveal how the financial bubble plaguing the U.S. will soon end this society. From the shaky position of the U.S. to how government control has ravaged the business sector, THE NEW EMPIRE OF DEBT offers some frightening forecasts we all need to consider.

The Biography Shelf

Paul Newman
Lawrence J. Quirk
Taylor Trade Publishing
4501 Forbes Boulevard, Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706
9781589794375, $16.95,

From countless Hollywood films to charitable popcorn, there's a reason Paul Newman is regarded as a legend. "Paul Newman: A Life" is a biography of this legendary individual who for the better part of a century captivated audiences around the world. Lawrence Quirk tells the mans story which isn't always as glorious as Hollywood would make it out to be and tells a story of a man who sought acceptance from his father and was a man like any other. "Paul Newman" presents a very human view of the film icon, a top pick for biography collections with a focus on the silver screen.

Strength in What Remains
Tracy Kidder
Random House
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 17th floor, NY, NY 10019
9781400066216, $26.00

STRENGTH IN WHAT REMAINS: A JOURNEY OF REMEMBRANCE AND FORGIVENESS tells of an immigrant who arrives in a big city with only two hundred dollars in his pocket, no English, and terrible memories leading to flashbacks. Two years later he's enrolled in an Ivy League university. How did he find the strength and support to change? STRENGTH IN WHAT REMAINS is not only his biography: it's a testimony of human spirit and holds a message for us all. Any general lending library will want this; especially backed by Pulitzer Prize-winning Tracy Kidder's name.

The Needlecraft Shelf

Square Magic Quilts
Michelle J. Linder
American Quilter's Society
Box 3290, Paducah, KY 42002-3290
9781574329940, $26.95

SQUARE MAGIC QUILTS tells how to create a dozen magical block units with just squares, showing how to use same-size squares to make 12 different units and then mix in nine-patch blocks. These quick and easy square quilts are perfect for beginners, making this an excellent quilter's pick.

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

Laura Farson's NEW TWISTS ON TWINED KNITTING; A FRESH LOOK AT A TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUE (9781564778703, $26.99) offers avid knitters a different approach to traditional techniques, offering a Swedish technique that produces richly textured fabrics. Over 20 accessories using this technique ranging from socks and hats to bags and blend contemporary designs with an old technique. Any knitter's library will find this a popular lend. Leah Fehr's QUILTING YOUR STYLE: MAKE-IT-UNIQUE EMBELLISHING TECHNIQUES (9781564779083, $26.99) provides a range of step-by-step quilting techniques, each with a 5" square as the building block to an embellishing style. The 'lesson' blocks can be used in a sampler quilt and teach how to learn pin tucks, beading, yo-yos and more. Quilter's libraries will find it a fine learning tool. Melinda Bula's CANDY CANE LANE: QUILTS AND MORE TO SWEETEN THE HOLIDAYS (9781564779243, $14.99) provides a fine seasonal collection of holiday quilts, presenting five projects with a range of seasonal motifs and bright examples. From appliqued felt stockings to wall hangings and quilts, this is a guide any quilter will find intriguing and fun.

Crochet Adorned
Linda Permann
Potter Craft
c/o Crown Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9780307451965, $24.95

CROCHET ADORNED: REINVENT YOUR WARDROBE WITH CROCHETED ACCENTS, EMBELLISHMENTS AND TRIMS packs in some 20 patterns and 200 stitches to pair crochet with embellishing existing clothing. The emphasis on crocheted flowers, trim and other accents makes it easy to quickly dress up a dull sweater or article of clothing and offers all the basics including a complete stitch reference for beginners, making this a fine pick for any basic library.

Artistic Photo Quilts
Charlotte Ziebarth
C&T Publishing
Box 1456, Lafayette, CA 94549
9781571206008, $27.95

Transform digital photos into fabric art with Artistic Photo Quilts, a survey on how to use camera, computer and cloth for special projects. From blending photos for special effects to using filters, brush tools, and making theme quilts, the author's experiences contribute to a fine guide.

Colour on Cloth
Ruth Issett
c/o Sterling Publishing Company
387 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10016
9781906388348, $21.95

COLOUR ON CLOTH: CREATE STUNNING EFFECTS WITH DYE ON FABRIC tells how to use dye on fabric, offering easy techniques, photos of finished fabrics, and discussions of direct dyeing, layered dyeing, pattern dyeing, and more. Textile artist Ruth urges you to develop your own creativity throughout, offering color photos, charts, and discussions of a range of options and approaches. Any needlework or fabric art library needs this.

African Inspirations in Embroidery
Mary Sleigh
c/o Sterling Publishing Company
387 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10016
9781906388324, $21.95

Striking images of African art become textile art using embroidery, dyeing and mixed media in a fine illustrated book covering color and the design process from African cultures and traditions. From techniques for dyeing and Seminole patchwork to stitching, embellishment and mixed media applications, this comes from a textile artist who provides a blend of patchwork and embroidery techniques. Any needlework library will find this a popular and unique pick.

Rowan's Greatest Knits
Kate Buller, Editor
Taunton Press
Box 5506, Newtown, CT 06470-5506
9781600852503, $24.95

ROWAN'S GREATEST KNITS: 30 YEARS OF KNITTED PATTERNS FROM ROWAN YARNS provides thirty patterns from the 1980s to the 2000s, and include their designer's profiles. Numerous color photos from Rowan Magazine, yarn replacement suggestions, and more make for a fine collection perfect for any needlework library catering to knitters.

The Cookbook Shelf

Kawaii Bento Boxes
Japan Publications
c/o Kodansha America, Inc.
451 Park Avenue South, NY, NY 10016
9784889962604, $18.95

KAWAII BENTO BOXES: CUTE AND CONVENIENT Japanese MEALS ON THE GO offers visual photos packed on every page to display Kawaii-style (i.e. very cute) bento box lunches. Lovely little boxes with food arranged artistically and often decorated make for easy and lovely 'fast food'. Recipes range from a Japanese Taco Sandwich Bento to Teddy Pancakes with small bear faces. A cunning, appealing presentation highly recommended for any lending library.

The Gastrokid Cookbook
Hugh Garvey & Matthew Yeomans
John Wiley & Sons
111 River St., Hoboken, NJU 07030-5774
9780470286456, $22.95

THE GASTROKID COOKBOOK: FEEDING A FOODIE FAMILY IN A FAST-FOOD WORLD is all about food appeal for modern kids and comes from two dedicated food fans who wanted to instill a sense of eating adventure in their kids. The two authors and their wives now have four kids under five - all of whom eat 'adult' fare and like to try new foods. Recipes here are designed to help broaden a child's tastes with food the entire family will relish. Highly recommended.

The Deluxe Food Lover's Companion
Sharon Rtyler and Ron Herbst
250 Wireless Road, Hauppauge, NY 11788
0764162411, $29.99

Over 6,700 entries cover everything from cooking tools and techniques to working with fish, vegetables and various cuts of meat in The Deluxe Food Lover's Companion. Packed with color sidebars of information, charts, and gilt-edged pages, this cook's companion is suitable for gift-giving and provides all the culinary basics under one cover.

Jewish Slow Cooker Recipes
Laura Frankel
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9780470260890, $24.95

Kosher recipes from easy to complex are presented in a fine slow cooker collection perfect for holiday and daily dishes. From traditional Shabbath Cholent to Garlicky Pot Roast and Sweet Potato Salad with Preserved Lemons, this packs in traditional and modern Jewish kosher fare in an outstanding presentation especially recommended for Jewish kitchens and libraries catering to Jewish cooks.

The Farmer's Wife Cookie Cookbook
Lela Nargi, Editor
Voyageur Press
400 First Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55401
9780760335130, $15.99

The Farmer's Wife's staff of experts has tested every one of these cookie recipes, and vintage photos from the magazine provide added appeal to a title packed with cookies from Ginger Creams to Swedish Allspice Cookies. These are quick recipes, easily produced - and sections dividing them by type - Christmas Cookies, Rolled Cookies, Drop Cookies - makes for quick look-up and easy home reference, highly recommended.

Vegan Lunch Box Around the World
Jennifer McCann
DaCapo Lifelong
c/o Perseus Book Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9780738213576, $18.95

The author of VEGAN LUNCH BOX returns with over a hundred international vegan lunches kids will love, from an English vegetable kidney bean pie minus the usual steak to soba noodles, vegan Louisiana gumbo, and more. A fine pick for any vegan lunch, this will reach a wide age range.

The Art Shelf

Painting Realistic Wildlife in Acrylic
William Silvers
North Light Books
c/o F&W Publications
4700 E. Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236
1600611354, $26.99

Master artist William Silvers shares his techniques for capturing nature in a guide presenting his 'whole painting' approach using multiple acrylic washes. Fifteen demonstrations illustrate key acrylic techniques and how to use them while another 15 step-by-step demonstrations show how to work with a range of animals from birds to beasts. Painting examples are accompanied by a facing page of instruction making for a top pick for any serious basic painting library.

Art Revolution
Lisa L. Cyr
North Light Books
c/o F&W Publications
4700 E. Galbraith, Cincinnati, OH 45236
1600611494, $26.99

ART REVOLUTION: ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES FOR FINE ARTISTS AND ILLUSTRATORS comes packed with surveys of innovations and examinations of the artistic process and approaches to the basic methodology in which these approaches work. From emotionally-driven artistic productions exploring facades and cross-cultural experiences to ways artists grow, change tone and style, and develop revolutionary approaches, ART REVOLUTION is for any practicing fine artist or illustrator and is a top pick for any arts or crafts collection.

David Park, Painter: Nothing Held Back
Helen Park Bigelow
Hudson Hills Press
Box 205, Manchester, VT 05254
9781555953201, $60.00

A half century since his death painter David Park is widely recognized as one of America's most important 20th century painters. David Park, Painter: Nothing Held Back celebrates his life and art, is written by his younger daughter, and provides a survey of her father's life, early death, and painting contributions. It blends memoir with history about life in the bay Area just before and after World war II, supplementing these insights with full-page color reproductions of selected Park works. A 'must' for any serious American painting history collection.

The World History Shelf

Sharon Waxman
Times Books
175 - 5th Ave., New York NY 10010
9780805090888, $17.00

Any arts or general-interest lending collection will find lively and fun LOOT: THE BATTLE OVER THE STOLEN TREASURES OF THE ANCIENT WORLD. For two centuries the West has plundered the treasures of the ancient world - LOOT brings to life the methods, logic, and history of this plundering of museums and offers many important insights into cultural and social interactions in the arts. Perfect for both arts and general lending library world history collections.

Little-Known Wars of Great and Lasting Impact
Alan Axelrod
Fair Winds Press
100 Cummings Center, Suite 406-L, Beverly, MA 01915-6101
9781592333752, $19.99,

They changed the world, but you've likely never heard of them. "Little-Known Wars of Great and Lasting Impact: The Turning Points in Our History We Should Know More About" tells the story of unsung wars and their lasting impact on the modern world. From failed rebellions to the United States' first foreign conflict, these wars massively changed the course of history but are usually mentioned briefly in textbooks, if at all. "Little-Known Wars of Great and Lasting Impact" is a core addition to military and history collections, enthusiastically recommended.

The Gaming Shelf

Planning the Play of a Bridge Hand
Barbara Seagram and David Bird
Master Point Press
331 Douglas Avenue, Toronto, Ontario Canada M5M 1H2
9781897106518, $19.95

Any newcomer to bridge will welcome Planning the Play of a Bridge Hand, a fine survey for beginners covering the basic techniques of the game. The focus is on learning what play to make at what stage of the game: here two fine bridge teachers and authors explain how to make a plan as a declarer in an easy step-by-step process accessible by even bare-bones beginners. A top pick, highly recommended!

The Sports Shelf

Live All You Can
Jay Martin
Columbia University Press
61 West 62nd Street, NY, NY 10023-7015
9780231147941, $22.95

LIVE ALL YOU CAN: ALEXANDER JOY CARTWRIGHT AND THE INVENTION OF MODERN BASEBALL makes a case for Cartwright as the real inventor of baseball, belaying the popular idea that Doubleday achieved this. Cartwright was an avid ballplayer and his personal papers serve witness to how he used elements from various ball games to form positions and laws governing modern-day baseball. He worked to promote baseball nation-wide, and his efforts are detailed in a blend of biography and baseball history perfect for any sports library.

The Beckham Experiment
Grant Wahl
Crown Publishing
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9780307407870, $24.99

THE BECKHAM EXPERIMENT: WHO THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS ATHLETE TRIED TO CONQUER AMERICA tells of a European soccer champ who let the security of his home sport to begin a risky new venture in the U.S. His goal was to increase the popularity of soccer in this country and make himself known to Americans: THE BECKHAM EXPERIMENT follows his American experience and uses interviews with Beckham himself to spice a sports chronicle key for any serious soccer collection.

The Audiobook Shelf

Brilliance Audio
Box 887, Grand Haven, MI 49417

Jim Bond provides a seasoned voice and fine narrative viewpoint to Larry Dossey, MD's The Power of Premonitions (1423392957, $29.99), a survey of the possibilities of premonition and how to sense the future. Dr. Larry Dossey questioned the nature of coincidence during his first year of medical practiced when he experienced a week of premonitions about his patients - all of which came true. His inquiry blends research, science and personal insights in a fine, satisfying survey any general audio library or new age collection will relish. Health Geraham's THE DEATH DEALER (142339738X, $29.99) is a winner read by Fred Stella and Natalie Ross, who provide a fine narration to the story of a string of homicides mirroring an author's strange stories. Excellent tension and drama come to life under the dual narrative style. Terry Goodkinhd's WIZARD'S FIRST RULE (1423377923, $44.95) receives an excellent reading by Sam Tsoutsouvas who adds spice and stirring drama to this story of Richard, who encounters a mysterious woman in his forest sanctuary. Their relationship calls him to reach beyond his sword to a greater cause - a cause that will change their world. The TV series 'Legend of the Seeker' is based on this thrilling fantasy saga. John Irving's A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY (1423391632, $49.99) offers an unabridged reading by Joe Barrett in a fine story set in the summer of 1953, when two eleven-year-old best friends playing baseball are involved in a tragic death. The boy who hits the ball that kills his best friend's mother believes he's God's instrument - and his revelations provide frightening in this tense story. P.T. Duetermann's NIGHTWALKERS (1423336259, $36.99) receives veteran narrator Dick Hill's smooth and engrossing voice as it tells of an ex-con, a mysterious stalker, and pranks gone bad. Cam will need all his abilities to stay alive and ahead of his stalker in this engrossing saga. Close in title but not in topic is Healther Graham's NIGHTWALKER (1423391241, $34.99), read by Tanya Eby Sirois and Fred Stella and telling of Jessy, who places a gambling bet that nets her a fortune. A man is murdered before her eyes and a private detective attracted to Jessy finds himself immersed in a puzzle in this riveting thriller. Suzanne Brockmann's HOT PURSUIT (1423342755, $38.99) receives Renne Raudman and Patrick G. Lawlor's fine dual narrative style as it tells of Alyssa, team leader of the nation's foremost personal security company whose latest challenge is to protect herself from a serial killer she's tracked for years. Intrigue and drama are especially lively under the dual narration. Chris Kuzneski's THE PLANTATION (1423389689, $29.98) receives veteran Dick Hill's fine voice and provides a swift action-packed survey of a number of disappearances of people across America of all ages. These are kidnappings researched years in advance with the idea of revenge, and it's up to Jonathan Payne to uncover the mystery of his girlfriend's abduction in this riveting thriller. Mary Alice Monroe's LAST LIGHT OVER CAROLINA (1423331230, $34.99) is narrated by Sandra Burr and provides a moving story of a woman struggling to prove that love never dies. Thirty years of love and sorrow blend in a powerful survey of romance, separations and hard times. Eric Jerome Dickey's RESURRECTING MIDNIGHT (1423345673, $36.99) receives Dion Graham's compelling, smooth voice and tells of an international assassin who is one of the most feared hired guns in the world. When Gideon is forced to take on an assignment that will lead him to Argentina in pursuit of a package sought by other assassins, a tense world adventure erupts. Very highly recommended. Alice Hoffman's TURTLE MOON (1441812458, $29.99) receives Sandra Burr's solid and experienced narrative style as it tells of a small town changed in May, when migrating sea turtles return to the town. A murder, a missing body, and a vanished pre-teen turns everything upside down in this thriller, brought to life in audio. John Updike's MY FATHER'S TEARS AND OTHER STORIES (1423397924, $29.99) receives Luke Daniels' professional acting voice to spice a final collection of short stories blending stories of the author's native Pennsylvania with stories of New England and travel abroad. These short features come to life in an outstanding presentation perfect for any collection including Updike classics. Saul Bellow's HENDERSON THE RAIN KING (142339349X, $29.99) receives Joe Barrett's fine voice as it provides a 50th anniversary audio edition of Saul Bellow's classic story of one man's spiritual quest to Africa. Listening to HENDERSON THE RAIN KING provides a perfect introduction to Bellow's abilities - and makes for a fine addition to any audio library covering classic writings. Nicci French's UNTIL IT'S OVER (1423343697, $34.99) receives Anne Flosnik's compelling voice spiced by her background as a stage and TV actress as it tells of Astrid, on her way home when her neighbor knocks her off her bike. The same neighbor is beaten to death hours after the accident - and Astrid finds herself too close to a series of murders. Joe R. Lansdale's BAD CHILI (1423384385, $29.99) receives a fine narration by veteran Phil Gigante as it provides a hilarious thriller centered around Hap, who wants to change his life until he finds himself wrongly fingered for murder. A fun thriller makes for an unusual combination of tension and laughter. Iris Johansen's DEADLOCK (1423329244, $36.99) receives Jennifer Van Dyck's warm voice and tells of Emily, a U.N. artifacts expert who finds herself in a dangerous struggle for survival when her crew comes under attack and she's held hostage by an evil captor. Chris Kuzneski's THE LOST THRONE (1423389565, $29.99) receives veteran narrator Dick Hill's smooth voice as it provides a quick thriller with plenty of history and humor blended in. The combination when paired with audio is killer: fast action, twists of plot, and an excitement that just won't quit! David Ellis' THE HIDDEN MAN (142337925X, $29.99) receives actor Luke Daniels' professional voice and provides another thriller from David Ellis, this introducing Jason Kolarich, a Midwestern successful attorney struggling with a tragedy that threatens his life. A murder gives him pause in this fine thriller.

Hachette Audio
237 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017

Dylan Baker provides a fine voice spiced with his acting expertise in James Patterson & Richard Dilallo's Alex Cross's Trial (9781600248535, $39.98), a survey of Alex, who reveals his family history and struggles for survival in the Ku Klux Klan era in the form of this novel of the times. Murder, love, and bravery are written in the voice of Detective Alex Cross and provide a riveting audio listen. J. Randy Taraborrelli's THE SECRET LIFE OF MARILYN MONROE (9781600246517, $29.98) receives Robert Petkoff's fine narrative style and tells of Norma Jeane Baker, a.k.a. Marilyn Monroe, who built a flamboyant and brief career. Portraits of the women influential in the life of Monroe form her mother to her legal guardian are revealed in a biographical sketch that comes to life in audio. Teri Woods' ALIBI (9781600246432, $26.98) receives a vivid narration by Paula Jay Parker-Martin, who has contributed her skills to over twenty movies, and follows the experiences of two men who are robbing one of Philadelphia's biggest drug lords when plans go awry. A fine crime thriller evolves. Deborah Bedford and Joyce Meyer's ANY MINUTE (9781600246302, $29.98) receives Ellen Archer's award-winning voice and background as a narrator, actress and singer as it tells of Sarah, driven to success at any cost and wishing to do good in the world. When her car plunges off a bridge into a river, her spirit remains alive in this absorbing novel of a new life., $20 PER GALLON by Christopher Steiner (9781600246920, $29l.98) receives John Wolfe's fine film and TV background as it tells of a near future where the price of gas will rise for decades, changing our everyday life forever. From transport choices to timelines, this chronicles a very different world.

Penguin Audio
375 Hudson, New York NY 10014

Frank Bruni's BORN ROUND; THE SECRET HISTORY OF A FULL-TIME EATER (9780143145240, $39.95) tells of the author's endless hunger, a family life of large-size Italian meals, and a relationship with food that proved a challenge for years. He was a new York Times restaurant critic in 2004 - and this brought him face to face with his relationship with food. This is a dual story of weight and culture and the evolution of a food critic, is na5rrated by the author, and will delight any food fan. Terry Goodkind's THE LAW OF NINES (9780143145233, $39.95) receives Mark Deakins' fine acting and stage voice as it tells of Alex, a struggling Midwest artist who inherits a huge expanse of land that turns him and his loved ones into a target. Danger everywhere makes for an involving, vivid story that comes alive in audio. Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor's TRAVELING WITH POMEGRANATES (9780143144953, $34.95) receives a dual narration by the authors and provides a touching memoir of a journey through Greece and France in an effort to reconnect the mother/daughters. Their journeys and their discoveries blend in a personal memoir and travelogue about spiritual growth, mother/daughter interactions, and more. An inspiring addition to any audio library.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

Spirits of '76
Daniel W. Barefoot
John F. Blair, Publisher
1406 Plaza Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
9780895873620 $15.95 1-800-222-9796

Attorney and folklore collector Daniel W. Barefoot presents Spirits of '76: Ghost Stories of the American Revolution, a compendium of eerie legends and tales of hauntings connected to ghosts of national heroes of the Revolutionary War - as well as the spirits of the soldiers who fought and died. The anthology of spooky lore handed down through the generations has chilling tales from each of early America's thirteen states. From haunted Revolutionary War sites to the meandering spirit of Patrick Henry's mentally ill wife to tales of heroism and horror beyond the grave, Spirits of '76 is thrilling to read and highly recommended to anyone who loves ghost stories.

2012 Biography of a Time Traveler
Stephanie South
New Page Books
3 Tice Road, PO Box 687, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
9781601630650, $17.99,

Stephanie South brings readers an insight into the man behind a cultural phenomena in "2012: Biography of a Time Traveler". She tells the story of Jose Arguelles who was the originator of the idea of the Mayan prophecies and the 2012 prophecy. Tracing his history and how he came to his ideas and how it has taken many people by storm, South gives readers much insight into the man. "2012: Biography of a Time Traveler" is a must for any metaphysical reader.

Matrix Energetics
Richard Bartlett, DC, ND
Atria Books
1230 Ave of the Americas, NY, NY 10020
Beyond Words Publishing
20827 NW Cornell Road, Suite 500
9781582702384, $14.00

MATRIX ENERGETICS: THE SCIENCE AND ART OF TRANSFORMATION provides a hands-on guide to energy and change and comes from a doctor who discovered that a light touch coupled with focused intent could restore his clients on many levels. This provides tools and hope for hands-on change to any who would relish new body/mind connections and applied healing techniques: new age libraries in particular will find it engrossing.

Advanced Chi Nei Tsang
Mantak Chia
Inner Traditions
One Park St., Rochester, VT 05767
9781594770555, $14.95

ADVANCED CHI NEI TSANG: ENHANCING CHI ENERGY IN THE VITAL ORGANS blends health with martial arts in a survey examining negative energies, stress, and the Advanced Chi Nei Tsang techniques used on reflex points to release energy blockages. New age libraries strong in chi energy health guides will find this specific and packed with color illustration anatomy examples throughout.

The Psychology Shelf

The Scientific American Day in the Life of Your Brain
Judith Horstman
989 Market St., 5th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-1741
9780470376232, $25.95

The Scientific American Day in the Life of Your Brain offers a 24-hour journal of what's happening in the brain as a human eats, sleeps, wakes up, fights, worries and more. It combines the latest cutting-edge research with new imaging techniques to provide a visual and verbal coverage of a range of mental considerations and is a fine pick for all kinds of libraries, from schools at the high school level on up to general lending collections.

The Role of Companion Animals in Counseling and Psychology
Jane K. Wilkes, RN, MAPPC
Charles Thomas, Publisher, Ltd.
2600 S. First St., Springfield, IL 62704
9780398078638 $29.95

The Role of Companion Animals in Counseling and Psychology: Discovering Their Use in the Therapeutic Process provides therapists and students alike with a key to understanding how companion animals can make a difference. Chapters describe human-animal bonds in assisted therapies and quote many research studies in the process of exploring the potentials of this bond. Any college-level psychology collection needs this.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

The Insomnia Workbook
Stephanie A. Silberman
New Harbinger Publications
5674 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609
9781572246355, $21.95,

A good night's sleep sets the way for a better day ahead. "The Insomnia Workbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Getting the Sleep You Need" is a solid guide to combating insomnia. Suggesting therapies and strategies from fully evaluating one's sleeping habits to understanding what may be causing one's problem, author Stephanie Silberman gives readers a fairly comprehensive toolkit that should not be missed by those fighting to get a good night's rest. "The Insomnia Workbook" is a fine and highly recommended health manual that executes its goal well.

Men's Health Concerns Sourcebook, third edition
Sandra J. Judd, Editor
Box 31-1640, Detroit, MI 48231-1640
9780780810334, $93.00

The third updated edition of MEN'S HEALTH CONCERNS SOURCEBOOK provides the latest details on the health conditions of most importance to men. It includes guidelines for wellness, facts about screenings and checkups, and the latest details on sexual dysfunction and disorders. A glossary of terms and discussions of problems specific to males makes this an outstanding guide for health and general lending libraries alike.

Born Round
Frank Bruni
Penguin Press
375 Hudson, New York NY 10014
9781594202315, $25.95

Author Frank Bruni was working as a bureau chief for the New York Times in Rome when he was called upon to become a restaurant critic - job that challenged him to not become fat again. This story of his struggle with food and weight (and with a new job that required him to taste food as a profession) makes for a fine memoir and is a top pick for health and culinary libraries alike.

50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life and the 50 Diabetes Truths That Can Save It
Riva Greenberg
DaCapo Lifelong
c/o Perseus Book Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9780738213200, $14.95

There's a deluge of misinformation on the market about diabetes. Author Riva Greenberg - also a patient - separates myth from truth in "50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life and the 50 Diabetes Truths That Can Save It", a fine survey identifying the fifty most common popular diabetes myths and the realities. Interviews with experts in diabetes care accompany details on not just myths, but how to use real information to manage the condition and live a longer, healthier life.

Bodies in Doubt
Elizabeth Reis
Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218
0801891558, $55.00

What does it mean to be human? Humanity incorporates physical and cultural sexuality - yet not all bodies are clearly male or female. BODIES IN DOUBT: AN AMERICAN HISTORY OF INTERSEX offers a historical, cultural, social and medical survey of intersex in America from early to modern times and argues that medical practice cannot exist outside of broader cultural influences. This history of how Americans have handled ambiguous bodies and changing criteria for judging proves it - and is key to any health collection.

Understanding Care Homes
Katherine Froggatt,, Editors
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
400 Market St. #400, Philadelphia, PA 19106
9781843105534 $34.95

UNDERSTANDING CARE HOMES: A RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PERSPECTIVE offers a survey on how research and development can provide better care home environments. From wider community involvement to concerns of residents and staff managers alike, UNDERSTANDING CARE HOMES ties care home routines and perspectives into a bigger picture, making this a 'must' for any health library.

The Malpractice Cure
Edward D. McCarthy, Esq.
Kaplan Publishing
1 Liberty Plaza, 24th Floor, New York NY 10006
9781427799593, $26.95

THE MALPRACTICE CURE: HOW TO AVOID THE LEGAL MISTAKES THAT DOCTORS MAKE explains the habits of doctors and their office policies that most patients ignore - and offers issues on staffing, systems management, and good communications that keep a physician from court. Practical advice for medical people consider everything from hospital settings and experiences to peer review processes and common healthcare concerns. A 'must' for any medical library concerned with legal best practices.

The Real Truth About Aging
Neil Shulman, MD,
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197
9781591027195, $21.98

THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT AGING; A SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR OLDER ADULTS AND CAREGIVERS teaches how to navigate the healthcare system, learning what new approaches and research affect quality of life, how to understand the latest research results, and how to prevent common injuries that affect one's life. From basic facts on the aging process to chapters on preventative medical testing, this is an essential acquisition.

The Big Necessity
Rose George
Henry Holt
5th Ave., New York NY 10010
0805090835, $15.00

THE BIG NECESSITY: THE UNMENTIONABLE WORLD OF HUMAN WASTE AND WHY IT MATTERS delve into the history and consideration of human waste products and the growing stress on sewage systems that is creating what will become a crisis. Rose George examines the sewers and systems of London, Paris and New York to consider where their issues are and how they may fail, pairing a history with a fine social observation of waste products and management. Any general lending library and many a health collection needs this assessment.

Food, Inc.
Karl Weber, Editor
Public Affairs
250 W. 57th St., New York NY 10107
9781586486945, $14.95

FOOD, INC: A PARTICIPANT MEDIA GUIDE offers a survey of how industrial food is making us sicker and poorer - and what can be done about it. This is a new kind of film tie-in book that goes behind the scenes of the 2009 documentary to probe resources and advice on how consumers can take action around food issues, expanding on the film's themes and offering a truly complimentary survey. Highly recommended for any library interested in health and food connections.

The Metabolism Miracle
Diane Kress, RD, CDE
Da Capo/Lifelong
c/o Perseus Book Group
2300 Chestnut #200, Philadelphia, PA 19103
9780738212777, $25.00

THE METABOLISM MIRACLE: 3 EASY STEPS TO REGAIN CONTROL OF YOUR WEIGHT PERMANENTLY discusses the phenomenon of Metabolism B, an inherited condition that causes the body to over process carbohydrate foods into excess body fat. The author is a registered dietician who has helped thousands with the syndrome to lose weight: her survey uses the latest research and her own experience to develop a plan to thwart it. General-interest collections will find this a winner.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Field Guide to Songbirds of South America: The Passerines
Robert S. Ridgely and Guy Tudor
University of Texas Press
Box 7819, Austin TX 78713-7819
9780292719798, $49.95

College-level collections strong in South American nature guides, particularly those possessing prior volumes in the series, will find "Field Guide to Songbirds of South America: The Passerines" continues the trend as an essential reference for professional ornithologists and birders: the only volumes to provide complete scientific coverage of the continent's passerines. It's hefty - over 700 pages - yet compact, so birders can take it into the field, and it extracts and updated the identification information from "The Birds of South America", with over a hundred color plates and 150 additional color illustrations of subspecies and females accompanying extensively updated color range maps and more. Very highly recommended as a 'foundation title' for any serious birder's library.

The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf

Motion 4
Mark Spencer
Peachpit Press
1249 - 8th St., Berkeley, CA 94710
0321635299, $54.99

APPLE PRO TRAINING SERIES: MOTION 4 shows how to create eight sophisticated projects including a 3D show promo, a DVD motion menu, and more using Motion 4's powerful features. Part of the Apple Pro Training series of self-paced tutorials, MOTION 4 packs in lesson and media files in a DVD-ROM and provides templates, insights on animation and motion graphics design, and much more in a fully revised classic keyed to Motion 4's latest features. A 'must' for any serious about animation and superior, polished results using Motion 4.

The Photography Shelf

Amherst Media
Box 586, Buffalo, NY 14226

Three outstanding photography guide are top picks for any photographer's reference collection, blending color photo examples throughout with fine discussions of professional techniques. Kirk Tuck's COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY HANDBOOK: BUSINESS TECHNIQUES FOR PROFESSIONAL DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHERS (9781584282600, $34.95) provides a history of commercial photography and discussions of licensing fees, pricing, legal aspects of commercial photography, and more. Everything from stock photos to marketing and developing a portfolio provide all the basics for those who would enter the commercial realm. Peter Bilous' BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO PHOTOGRAPHING NUDES (9781584282631, $34.95) provides insights into general nude photography, from locating models and creating nude images with all kinds of models to creating a plan for each session and posing a model. Mark Chen's CREATIVE WEDDING ALBUM DESIGN WITH ADOBE PHOTOSHOP (9781584282617, $34.95) packs in techniques for professional digital photographers who would understand how to put together a complete wedding album. From working with layer masks and adding creative enhancements with channels and color balancing with Levels to applying filters and gradients, this is a 'must' for any serious wedding photographer and for libraries catering to them.

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

Susan Ruddick Bloom's DIGITAL PAINTING IN PHOTOSHOP (9780240811147, $39.95) is a 'must' reference for any serious photography collection: it surveys a lesser-covered capability of the Photoshop program and provides keys to re-interpreting, not just re-touching, photos. Chapters show how to use the most basic of Photoshop's tools to create artistic styles and lovely illustrations from photos. Packed with color photo examples, this is a winner. Also winning is the fourth updated edition of Eric Renner's PINHOLE PHOTOGRAPHY FROM HISTORIC TECHNIQUE TO DIGITAL APPLICATION (9780240810478, $44.95), which covers all aspects of pinhole photography from science to the latest digital techniques. From a beginner's introduction to pinhole cameras to expanded information and zone plate practices for more advanced users, this is packed with color photos of the latest, most original pinhole results.

Mastering Photographic Composition, Creativity, Personal Style
Alain Briot
Rocky Nook
26 West Mission St., Suite 3, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2432
9781933952222, $44.95

Mastering Photographic Composition, Creativity, Personal Style examines the idea of a photographer's personality and how that is linked to a photo's style. It follows artistic concepts that have rarely been associated with photography, follows his first book MASTERING LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY, and is packed with different rules of photo composition based on his personal experiences as an artist and teacher. Any photographer serious about self-growth and mastering a different formula for fine art composition will find this a 'must'.

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Duane Vandenbusche
Arcadia Publishing
420 Wando Park Blvd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
0738569194, $21.99,

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison offers a fine photographic history of one of the deepest, most inaccessible canyons in the U.S.: a 53-mile gorge in Gunnison and Montrose Counties. History professor author Duane Vandenbusche has written six books on the Gunnison country: this packs in images and history in an outstanding survey recommended for any collection strong in U.S. parks history or Colorado history.

The Women's Studies Shelf

The Voice of Success
Joni Wilson
1601 Broadway, New York NY 10019
0814412807, $17.95

Written just for women, THE VOICE OF SUCCESS is an excellent business/self-help guide showing professional women how to adopt and nurture a strong voice. It comes from a vocal coach who has helped women across the country communicate more effectively, and it provides a range of tips on everything from defeating jitters and developing strong vocal power to understanding how hormones affect one's voice. A top pick for business and women's collections.

The Military Shelf

A Toast for You And Me V. II
Robert C. Valentine
Dig-Cam Publishing
Box 3522, Los Angeles, CA 90032
1880633842, $32.98

A TOAST FOR YOU AND ME: AMERICA'S PARTICIPATION, SACRIFICE AND VICTORY is packed with previously unpublished color photos and offers a unique and lively original look at World war II culture and events. In-depth research contributes to a powerful survey of underlying forces in the war ("I firmly believe the reason so many Americans joined the war effort was because of their love of country and freedom. But when 'doing your part' turned into hard day-by-day relentless work and sweat, the film as a useful medium to educate and raise morale was supremely invaluable." A 'must' for any military history collection and many a general lending library with more of a social impact focus on events.

The Architecture Shelf

The Earth-Sheltered House: An Architect's Sketchbook
Malcolm Wells
Chelsea Green Publishing
Box 428, White River Junction, VT 05001
9781603581073, $24.95

THE EARTH-SHELTERED HOUSE is a classic in sustainable-building books and comes from a legend in the area of environmentally responsible architecture, who offers a fine survey of tips and personal experiences designing a range of structures. Homey handwritten notes accompany black and white drawings and diagrams perfect for any library strong in alternative architecture and environmentally-conscious structures.

DeWalt Building Code Reference
American Contractors Exam Services
Delmar Cengage Learning
5 Maxwell Drive, Clifton Park, NY 12065-2919
Craftsman Book Company (publicity)
6058 Corte Del Cedro, Carlsbad, CA 92011
9780977718399, $24.95,

The law can be a tricky and fickle thing. "DeWalt Building Code Reference: The Ultimate Code Reference for Residential Construction" is a guide to dealing gingerly with building code laws that all too often land projects in limbo due to some obscure violation. Covering the countless aspects of construction and what one needs to prepare for, "DeWalt Building Code Reference" is highly recommended and should be on the shelf of anyone in the construction business.

The Gardening Shelf

Growing Stuff
Black Dog Publishing
10A Acton St., London WC1X 9NG, UK
9781906155681, $24.95

GROWING STUFF: AN ALTERNATIVE GUIDE TO GARDENING offers a practical gardener's guide for all spaces, sizes and budgets. Its projects are easy to follow, offer hints and recipes for windowsills, balconies, and full gardens in the city, and pack in entry-level projects and insider tips. Alternative approaches include guerrilla gardening and growing carrots in boots! Color photos throughout lend to a book that is truly a unique standout in the huge world of gardener's guides - and a top pick for any general lending library.

The Computer Shelf

Addison Wesley
501 Boylston St. #900, Boston MA 02116

Jim Marino and Michael Rowley's UNDERSTANDING SCA (0321515080, $44.99) is a key to service component architecture and a 'must' for any college-level library strong in software development. It offers a history of SCA's development, how it fits with other enterprise technologies, and offers a host of best practices for designing SCA applications. Highly recommended for software designers. Christian Collberg's SURREPTITIOUS SOFTWARE (0321549252, $59.99) packs in tips on security and tools for fighting software piracy and covers all the latest programs that both attackers and defenders use to analyze programs. From fingerprinting software to identify its author to tamper-proofing software with guards, strengthening content, and detecting code theft, this is a key acquisition for any serious software library, unparalleled in its content and coverage.

Google SketchUp for Site Design
Daniel Tal, ASLA
10475 Crosspoint Boulevard, Indianapolis, IN 46256
9780470345252, $49.95

Google SketchUp for Site Design offers design professionals tips on how to use the SketchUp tools and functions to construct models of exterior spaces and architecture. Both architecture and computer graphics libraries will benefit from specific tips for beginners and advanced SketchUp users, offering insights on creating models that are easy to follow and optimized for computer performance. SketchUp exercises, models and discussions of how the 3D modeling application is linked with contracting and design makes for a fine survey.

Content Strategy for the Web
Kristina Halvorson
New Riders
c/o Pearson Technology Group
1249 - 8th St., Berkeley CA 94710
0321620062, $24.99

If your website is outdated and out of control, then Content Strategy for the Web is for you. It comes from the founder of a nationally renowned agency specializing in writing for the web and offers a business-related content strategy that's been tested and proven in the marketplace. From maintaining consistent and compelling content over time to getting practical staffing advice to keep it there, here's a book not to be missed.

The Process of Software Architecting
Peter Eeles and Peter Cripps
Addison Wesley
c/o Pearson Technology Group
501 Boylston St. #900, Boston MA 02116
0321357485, $49.99

The Process of Software Architecting is for any library strong in software engineering, and provides a solid guide to architecting a software system. From the architect's role in creating reusable assets that fit into requirements present and future to how to architect in a complex system, The Process of Software Architecting is a pick for any advanced computer library.

Atlantic Publishing
1405 SW 6th Ave, Ocala, FL 34474-7014

Bruce C. Brown's GOOGLE INCOME (9781601383006, $24.95) packs in chapters of advice on understanding how Google works and how its ad capabilities can generate revenue. From how to best market a business using these tools to understanding common mistakes that can hurt selling and marketing approaches, GOOGLE INCOME is a fine addition to both business and computer collections and general-interest libraries. Stephen Woessner's SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION (9781601384430, $24.95) tells how to increase Google rankings and enhance site traffic using just 15 easy steps, from adding anchor links to content to creating custom page titles. It's an outstanding survey for any interested in search engine operations and how to improve business visibility online. T. Brian Chatfield's THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO WIKIS (9781601383198, $24.95) tells teachers, businesses and individuals how to set up and use wikis online using the wiki format. Ordinary people can load a Web site and start writing using these basics of writing a wiki. Chapters offer top strategies for wiki marketing and link wikis to search engine optimization.

The Library DVD Shelf

How Bruce Lee Changed the World
History Made Every Day
1422937410 $19.95

How Bruce Lee Changed the World is a 'must' for any library strong in martial arts history. This DVD provides his who biography, from his birth in San Francisco to his mysterious death at the age of 32. It also follows how ancient martial arts were fostered by his films, and offer rare interviews and home movies from big martial arts film names. A 'must' for any serious martial arts or film collection.

History Made Every Day

Libraries will find these outstanding DVDs popular picks, offering fine historical and biographical reviews. ART OF WAR (1422948137, $14.95) reviews Sun Tzu, who wrote ART OF WAR over 2,400 years ago. This special from History blends a biography of Sun Tzu with a survey of war's lessons and great battles in history and is a pick for any military library in particular. MANSON (1422950581, $19.95) reveals the mastermind of one of the most notorious murders in U.S. history, offering first-person accounts, footage, and a survey of a man who looks back at the nine months leading up to and including the murder of Sharon Tate. MYSTERIES OF THE FREEMASONS (1422951375, $19.95) provides a fine survey of the world's oldest secret society, reviewing codes, murder, and offering a blend of reenactments and expert interviews to survey Freemason history. Highly recommended.

Jeeves and Wooster: The Complete Series
Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry
A&E Videos
c/o A&E Television Networks
235 East 45th Street, New York, NY 10017
1422940527, $59.95

Jeeves and Wooster: The Complete Series is a top pick for any who enjoy British mystery and humor, providing a fine collection telling of British aristocrat and bumbler Bernie and Jeeves, his hilarious resourceful valet who keeps him out of trouble. An outstanding presentation of British humor will keep viewers laughing.

10 Minute Solutions: Quick Sculpt Pilates
Andrea Leigh Rogers
Anchor Bay Entertainment
9042 Beverly Blvd #201, Beverly Hills CA 90210
01313165419 6, $24.97

Any interested in a series of Pilates lessons that are NOT time-consuming or expensive will welcome this DVD kit, that comes with a toning ball and inflation device along with a DVD of techniques. It's easy to choose routines that are 10 minutes or under - and to easily inflate and deflate the ball for take-along toting.

10 Minute Solutions: Belly, Butt & Thigh Blasters
Jessica Smith
Anchor Bay Entertainment
9042 Beverly Blvd #201, Beverly Hills CA 90210
013131631791, $16.98

Jessica Smith holds certifications from various fitness academies, Powerhouse Pilates and more programs, and her 10 Minute Solutions: Belly, Butt & Thigh Blasters comes packaged with its own sculpting loop to demonstrate easy 10-minute routines for butt, thighs, tummy and belly flab. Any home exerciser needs this fine set of routines.

Summer Montabone, CSCS DVDs
$19.95 each

TOTAL BODY CONDITIONING IN HOME OR TRAVEL provides innovative workout options using a ball, band or body weight. Total body conditioning with these options is broken down into easy techniques for training at home or on the road and provides busy professionals a total workout that can be done virtually anywhere. RESISTANCE BAND STRENGTH TRAINING IN HOME OR TRAVEL can be done with any small resistance band and offers a full course for upper and lower body workouts. From stretches to cardio routines, these bands offer keys to success!

Think and Get Slim: Natural Weight Loss
Esther and Jerry Hicks
Hay House, Inc.
PO Box 5100, Carlsbad, CA 92018-5100
9781401926557, $29.95

THINK AND GET SLIM offers a fine DVD program presenting the teachings of the channeled Abraham, who responded numerous times to workshops held between 2006 and 2008 on the topic of weight loss and consciousness. Abraham teaches how to modify thoughts in a Law of Attraction manner, rather than the usual diet/exercise routines: it's a fine addition to any weight loss program!

Mandie and the Secret Tunnel
Bridgestone Multimedia Group
804 N. 2nd Ave. E., Rock Rapids, IA 51246
9780740319181, $19.95

Mandie and the Secret Tunnel is a video for all ages. Based on the best-selling Mandie books by Lois Gladys Leppard, it's set in the late 1800s and revolves around young Mandie Shaw, who just lost her father and sets out to find a new home, assisted by some Cherokee Indian friends. When strangers to a uncle's fortune show up to claim his estate, adventures and dangers evolve. A fine family viewing pick.

E1 Entertainment
22 Harbor Park Drive, Port Washington, NY 11050

The complete first season of SANCTUARY (1417232259, $44.98) is offered in a fine 4-DVD set featuring the original series, following one Dr. Helen Magnus on her quest to study and protect legendary creatures that live with humans. Surround sound, widescreen selection, and numerous extras include audio commentaries on all 13 episodes with case and crew, bloopers, and more in a set not to be missed. MARY WHITE (1417231149, $14.98) is perfect for families with kids: it comes from a father who lost his teen daughter to a horseback-riding accident in 1921, and who celebrated her life with a newspaper editorial. MARY WHITE became a TV film and here offers White's reflections on his last year with Mary as they together fought against racial segregation and for women's rights. DAKOTA SKYE (1417232099, $24.98) also provides a fine family pick in telling of Dakota, cursed with the ability to see the truth in any lie she hears. She's seventeen and apathetic towards life - until Jonah shows her there's more than lies - and complicates her choices by being her boyfriend's best friend. CHRIS ISAAK: GREATEST HITS LIVE (1417232323, $19.99) is packed with lovely vocals and examples of some of his finest shows, and is a 'must' for any fans of the musician. From bonus track songs to haunting melodies and a fine live performance captured in high definition and mixed with surround sound, this brings the art of a live performance right into the living rooms of home listeners!

The Antiques/Collectibles Shelf

Krause Publications
700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54990-0001

The eighth updated edition of David C. Harper, Editor's 2010 U.S. COIN DIGEST: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO CURRENT MARKET VALUES (9780896898165, $16.99) is an essential pick for any interested in coin collecting. It includes a CD of details and lay-flat binding as its pages reference all types of coins in a handy presentation perfect for quick reference. Values at various grades are included as well as statistics on mint numbers. Any coin collector needs this - plus they also need his 2010 NORTH AMERICAN COINS & PRICES: A GUIDE TO U.S., CANADIAN AND MEXICAN COINS, 19TH EDITION (0896898369, $19.99). It provides newly updated prices and new coin issues for over 45,000 individual coins from early Colonial issues to modern times. Coins are listed in 11 grades and new chapters have been added for the new 2009 cents and six new 2009 quarters of the U.S. Over 3,000 black and white photos pack this primer.

The Nautical Shelf

Chapman Piloting & Seamanship
Charles B. Husick
Hearst Books
c/o Sterling Publishing
387 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10016-8810
9781588167446, $59.95

The nautical 'bible' Chapman Piloting & Seamanship has been completely updated and reviewed with new charts, photos and illustrations for its 66th anniversary edition, making it an ongoing foundation title for any serious nautical collection. Chapters have been fully updated with the latest U.S. regulations, fees and federal laws and cover everything from how to assist a stranded boat charts vs. maps, considering radar's pros and cons, and more. A 'must' reference.

Navigation Through the Ages
Donald Launer
Sheridan House
145 Palisade St, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
9781574092783, $23.95

From new developments in navigation to the early history of seafarers, Navigation Through the Ages explores navigational tools invented by different civilizations in different eras and packs in topics in a historical overview of navigation techniques. Emergency signaling, electronics, and ancient mariner skills are all covered in a lively, non-technical survey perfect for general-interest audiences and collections.

The Judicial Studies Shelf

How to Win Your Case in Small Claims Court Without a Lawyer
Charlie Mann
Atlantic Publishing Group
1405 SW 6th Ave, Ocala, FL 34471-0640
9781601383068, $24.95,

Why complain when the legal fees are higher than what's at stake? "How to Win Your Case In Small Claims Court Without a Lawyer" shows readers what they need to know about the legal jungle of small claims court, which in spite of the term, is no small task to deal with. A must read for those who want to file a complaint but are put off by legalese, "How to Win Your Case in Small Claims Court Without a Lawyer" is indispensable.

The Political Science Shelf

Camelot and the Cultural Revolution
James Piereson
Encounter Books
900 Broadway, Suite 601, New York, NY 10003-1239
9781594032585, $15.95,

Even though it happened four decades ago, the Kennedy Assassination still holds heavy weight on today's America. "Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism"discusses the far reaching aspects of President Kennedy's assassination, and how Lee Harvey Oswald's merciless bullets shattered the progressive momentum that America had for the first half of the century. The aftereffects of the assassination continue to hold modern liberalism at a strange place to this day. An intriguing and fascinating dissection of the past forty-five years of liberal politics, "Camelot and the Cultural Revolution" is a scholarly and intriguing read, enthusiastically recommended.

The Poetry Shelf

Lovely Legs
Jean O'Brien
Salmon Poetry
c/o Dufour Editions
PO Box 7, Chester Springs, PA 19425
9780956128720, $21.95,

It takes a heavy mind to make light of the severe. "Lovely Legs" is a collection of poetry from Jean O'Brien reflecting on her own experiences and what she has learned. Exploring human nature and drawing many intriguing conclusions through verse, "Lovely Legs" is an excellent collection and choice pick. "Strawberry Feast": I love the red lusciousness/of the strawberry feast,/dipping them into sugar/their tart sweetness/a treat for my lips,/their plump roundness/rolls on my tongue./juice smears my cheek/I bite deep.

Days Like This Are Necessary
Walter Bargen
BkMk Press
c/o University of Missouri - Kansas City
5101 Rockhill, Kansas City, MO 64110
9781886157705, $15.95,

You only get better with experience. "Days Like This Are Necessary" is a collection of poetry from Walter Bargen, the first Poet Laureate of Missouri. Drawing on a long catalog of poetry, he presents a fine blend of new work and work from his past leading to an excellent book of poetry. "Days Like This Are Necessary" is an excellent collection that should not be missed. "Handmade Table": It's midnight; the lights/are off. Hands glow/in their own concentration//like someone else's gloves,/thin and old, the wrong size,/and out of style.//They shake in the only/world they know./On a scratched oak table//two hands are folded;/the right cupping the left,/the left tight as a fist.

The Science Shelf

Micro Mania
Jordan D. Brown
25 Whitman Road, Morganville, NJ 07751
9780982306420, $19.95,

They're anywhere and everywhere. "Micro Mania: A Really Close-Up Look at Bacteria, Bedbugs, & the Zillions of Other Gross Little Creatures That Live In, On, & All Around You!" is a guide to the micro world that sits all around us , as well as all the things that humans seem to miss about the world around them. Magnifying this microscopic world, "Micro Mania" brings the disgusting to enlightenment. "Micro Mania" is a choice pick for science and educational collections aimed at younger readers.

The American History Shelf

A Marvelous Hundred Square Miles
Suzanne Barta Julin
South Dakota State Historical Society Press
900 Governors Drive, Pierre, SC 57501-2217
9780979894060 $25.95

Award-winning author and South Dakota native Suzanne Barta Julin presents A Marvelous Hundred Square Miles: Black Hills Tourism, 1880-1941, an engaging, in-depth history of the Black Hills mountain park, from its inception to the contributions of famous people who helped promote Black Hills tourism (such as Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Nicholas Black Elk, and more), to the private organizations that labored to turn Black Hills into a popular destination despite its remote location. More than 70 black-and-white photographs and two maps illustrate this informative chronicle, accessible to lay readers and dedicated historians alike.

James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Diane C. Donovan, Editor
Midwest Book Review
278 Orchard Drive
Oregon, WI 53575-1129
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