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Volume 5, Number 11 November 2010 Home | BW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Self-Help Shelf American History Shelf
International Studies Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf
Crafts Shelf Education Shelf Gardening Shelf
Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf Computer Shelf Architecture Shelf
Audiobook Shelf Cookbook Shelf Art Shelf
Political Science Shelf Christian Studies Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf
Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Music Shelf Business Shelf
Needlecraft Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf Judicial Studies Shelf
Biography Shelf Social Issues Shelf Military Shelf
Photography Shelf Science Shelf Gaming Shelf
Environmental Studies Shelf Human Sexuality Shelf Fiction Shelf
Metaphysical Studies Shelf Travel Shelf Wine Shelf

Reviewer's Choice

Soapmaking the Natural Way
Rebecca Ittner
Lark Books
c/o Sterling Publishing Company
387 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10016
9781600596018, $19.95,

SOAPMAKING THE NATURAL WAY tells how to use ingredients form herbs and flowers to oils to learn a safer method of soapmaking than the old lye and chemical harsh methods. Basic techniques are covered with over forty eco-friendly projects attached, with color photos providing keys to producing all kinds of soaps, from hand soaps and foot soaps to lemon bar scrubs.

Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things
Reader's Digest
9780762106493, $15.95,

Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things offers a fine compendium of ordinary household products and how they can be used for different things. From polishing rings with toothpaste to cleaning ink stains and using cooking spray to prevent sauce stains, this packs in over 2,000 ways to save money and time with common products and is a fine reference for any general lending library!

The VES Handbook of Visual Effects
Jeffrey A. Okun & Susan Zwerman, Editors
Focal Press
30 Corporate Drive, #400, Burlington, MA 01803
9780240812427, $64.95,

The VES Handbook of Visual Effects offers a fine technical reference for any college-level collection strong in media technology. It surveys visual effects techniques and best practices learned from both research and practical applications, covering techniques for all VFX artists and producers and applying technical knowledge to industry standards. A 'must' for any involved in any aspect of visual effects production.

How to Disappear
Frank M. Ahearn with Eileen C. Horan
The Lyons Press
246 Goose Lane, Guilford, CT 06437
9781599219776, $16.95,

HOW TO DISAPPEAR: ERASE YOUR DIGITAL FOOTPRINT, LEAVE FALSE TRAILS, AND VANISH WITHOUT A TRACE comes from an author who built his first career by finding people who didn't want to be found - from celebrities to White House intern Monica Lewinsky. The 'skip tracer' techniques he developed in the process lead to his second career counseling those who didn't want to be found - and lends an expertise to this fine recommendation for any general lending library.

The Self-Help Shelf

I Can Make You Confident
Paul McKenna
Sterling Publishing Company
387 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10016
9781402769221, $22.95,

I Can Make You Confident: The Power to Go for Anything You Want includes a guided hypnosis CD and offers the author's insights on how to activate confidence and motivation. Any library strong in self-help guides will find this a positive survey of easy techniques to short-circuit fear and create confidence and self-belief in a few minutes. Any general self-help collection needs this!

The Power
Rhonda Byrne
Atria Books
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
9781439181782, $23.95,

THE POWER provides a fine, vivid survey of how to supercharge and realize the personal power within. From the power's relationship to human lives and aspirations to handling love as the ultimate life power, this identifies powerful aspirations, how to take reactions off negative, automatic pilot, and how to achieve personal power and positive achievement.

The American History Shelf

The Dragon's Tail
Robert A. Jacobs
University of Massachusetts Press
PO Box 429, Amherst, MA 01004
9781558497276, $24.95,

THE DRAGON'S TAIL: AMERICANS FACE THE ATOMIC AGE analyzes the early impact of atomic power on American culture and society, considering the common themes and images related to the bomb's development and considering the social climate that evolved around it, from considerations of how to survive a nuclear war to how nuclear power was presented in films, novels, magazines and by the government. A fine, key acquisition for any social history collection focusing on evolving American responses to the nuclear age!

Religion and the American Constitutional Experiment, third edition
John Witte Jr. & Joel A. Nichols
Westview Press
2465 Central Avenue, Boulder, CO 80301
9780813344751, $42.00,

Religion and the American Constitutional Experiment provides an excellent multidisciplinary approach to American religious liberty, appears in a third updated edition, and provides college-level history classes with an in-depth survey of the history, theory, law and analysis of American religious liberty form colonial to modern times. This is the only coverage to provide a review of all facets of American religious history, and the latest edition includes seven new cases following the latest Supreme Court rulings.

The International Studies Shelf

Latin American Politics and Development, seventh edition
Howard J. Wiarda & Harvey F. Kline
Westview Press
2465 Central Avenue, Boulder, CO 80301
9780813344591, $49.00,

The seventh updated edition of Latin American Politics and Development is a 'must' for any college-level collection strong in Latin American events and development. It's been updated throughout to include contributions from new experts in the field, offers three new chapters on Bolivia, Ecuador and Mexico, and surveys the current economic crisis in Argentina, among other modern events. No college-level Latin holding should be without this in-depth analysis, which holds expanded sections on key topics.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care
Elisa M. Mazzaferro, Editor
10475 Crosspoint Boulevard, Indianapolis, IN 46256
9780813820439, $99.99,

Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care adds to Blackwell's 'Five-Minute Veterinary Consult Clinical Companion' series of vet references and is a 'must' for any college-level vet reference collection. It provides a condensed handbook with bullet points, alphabetically organized topics, and keys based on quick clinical consultation. Emergency and critical care information needs to be fast: this book's approach assures in-depth discussions don't get bogged down in organizational structure.

Do Whales Get the Bends?
Tony Rice
Sheridan House
145 Palisade St., Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
9781574092905, $17.95,

From how deep and far penguins journey to why the blows of different whales look different and how to understand the natural history of various fish species, this belongs on any nautical or nature shelf. It comes from a cruise ship operator's synthesis of common questions by patrons and offers over 118 questions on sea life and man's relationship to the sea. The fact that each entry is only a few pages long at most makes for a title of perfect interest to browsers and lay readers.

Dawn Light
Diane Ackerman
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780393338751, $15.95,

DAWN LIGHT: DANCING WITH CRANES AND OTHER WAYS TO START THE DAY comes from a poet and naturalist who offers meditations on animal life and new beginnings in the world. A year of dawns offers both natural history and spiritual reflection on animals rising or sleeping, offering observations of birds and flora reactions to light in a moving account recommended for any general lending library strong in nature topics.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

American Nursing
Patricia D'Antonio
Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218
0801895650, $30.00,

AMERICAN NURSING: A HISTORY OF KNOWLEDGE, AUTHORITY, AND THE MEANING OF WORK provides a fine, original survey of the history of nursing in America, considering its change from an informal, near-volunteer role to one requiring formal training of primarily women. Nurses became professionals and offered women new choices and opportunities: this offers a rich analysis of the complex relationships between the evolving nursing role and women's changes.

Food Cures
Reader's Digest
9780762107971, $17.95,

FOOD CURES pairs immune-boosting recipes with discussions of healing foods, pairing food choices with healing of particular conditions. Learn how to fight disease with immune-boosting food choices, and absorb 'prescriptions' for foods for lung cancer, macular degeneration, cataracts and more. Nutritional supplements are included in recipe and diet advisements.

30-Day Method
Tracy Anderson
Grand Central Publishing
c/o Hachette Publishing Company
237 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9780446562041, $25.99,

Tracy Anderson's 30-DAY METHOD: THE WEIGHT-LOSS KICK-START THAT MAKES PERFECTION POSSIBLE offers a unique workout designed to eliminate the pain and increase the benefits of weight loss. Ten years of scientific research blends with proven results training Hollywood's top stars. Unlike most exercise guides, this offers a different focus - on smaller, accessory muscles that create a long, lean look. Three proven 10-day muscle work sequences accompany a dance cardio routine on DVD and dozens of recipes for a well-rounded guide suited to any exercise collection.

Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book, fifth edition
Susan M. Love, MD with Karen Lindsey
Da Capo Press
c/o Perseus Books Group
Eleven Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9780738213590, $22.00,

This fully updated, revised fifth edition of Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book reflects the latest and many changes in breast health research which represents a virtual revolution in the field. New discoveries are even questioning the foundation of early detection and uniform responses to breast cancer, presenting the concept that more aggressive treatment is more effective. Many shifts in breast health science make this massive coverage a key acquisition for any health library.

Instant Recess
Toni Yancey
University of California Press
2120 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720
Jane Wesman Public Relations (publicity)
322 Eighth Avenue, Suite 1702, New York, NY 10001
9780520263765, $22.95,

Good health shouldn't take a lot of time. "Instant Recess: Building a Fit Nation 10 Minutes at a Time"is a guide to finding one's own sense of health and well-being without destroying one's life in the process. Aimed at both employers and employees, Tony Yancey states that healthy people make happier employees and happier employees make for a better running business. "Instant Recess" is full of plenty of wisdom and is a solidly recommended read all around.

The Crafts Shelf

Craft Hope: Homemade Crafts for a Cause
Jade Sims
c/o Sterling Publishing Company
387 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10016
9781600596247, $17.95,

Craft Hope: Homemade Crafts for a Cause offers crafters a special book following the meaning and mix of craft and community and tells of her founding of, an organization that combines crafting with a desire to help others. Tens of thousands of crafters in more than 100 countries now follow the Craft Hope site and make handmade items for cause around the world, and this book documents projects that can be made and donated to specific charities.

Blinkybugs! Make Your Own Electronic Insects
Ken Murphy
Chronicle Books
680 - 2nd St., San Francisco CA 94107
9780811871402, $19.99,

Blinkybugs! Make Your Own Electronic Insects receives outstanding illustration by Alexander Tarrant: while not a lending library pick, it's a superior, highly recommended gift pick for anyone with kids. The blinky bugs teach kids about electricity and circuitry and everything needed to build three such bugs is included here. A booklet of step-by-step instruction accompanies very simple tools.

Create Colorful Aluminum Jewelry
Helen Harle
Kalmbach Books
21027 Crossroads Circle, Waukesha, WI 53186
9780871164049, $14.95,

Create Colorful Aluminum Jewelry provides an excellent survey of how to use aluminum cans to make fine jewelry. Some 20 projects offer designs and variations, covering punch out shapes and easy steps to making affordable, appealing jewelry designs. A lovely addition to any jeweler's craft guides!

The Education Shelf

Web 2.0 How to for Educators
Gwen Solomon & Lynne Scrum
1710 Rhode Island Ave., NW Suite 900, Washington, DC 20036
9781564842725, $34.95,

The new wave of social media and interactivity with the internet has made many new opportunities for education. "Web 2.0 How-To For Educators" is a guide for educators on how to use the newest form of the internet and communications tools to its fullest extent. With greater amount of information at everyone's fingertips, a teacher can guide their students to a greater educational experience with ease. Filled cover to cover with plenty of ideas and resources, "Web 2.0 How-To for Educators" is something that should be at the hands of every technology-minded teacher.

Lens on Outdoor Learning
Wendy Banning & Ginny Sullivan
Redleaf Press
10 Yorkton Court, St. Paul, MN 55117-1065
9781605540245, $49.95,

The great outdoors has plenty to teach the young and curious. "Lens on Outdoor Learning" is a guide for those who want to teach very young children the wonders of the natural world through the great outdoors. Filled with tips and activities to encourage children's natural curiosity about the world around them, Wendy Banning and Ginny Sullivan draw on their own particular experience with outdoor education and provide a packed book with full color photos throughout. A powerful resource for educating pre-Kindergarten to early elementary grade children, "Lens on Outdoor Learning" is not a resource to be missed.

Content-Based Curriculum for High-Ability Learners, second edition
Joyce VanTassel-Baska, Ed.D. & Catherine A. Little. Ph.D.
Prufrock Press Inc.
PO Box 8813, Waco, TX 76714-8813
1593633998, $95.00,

The second edition of Content-Based Curriculum for High-Ability Learners provides a fine introduction to curriculum development in gifted and talented education, and comes from a range of experts who use the latest curriculum design techniques to discuss content and government standards. The basics of curriculum development, from accelerated learning in content areas to concept development, are covered in a fine set of techniques organized into chapters covering how to adapt curricula to student needs. From concept-oriented ideas to professional development to support curriculum changes, this should be a key acquisition for any education collection focusing on gifted learning opportunities and strategies!

Prufrock Press Inc.
PO Box 8813, Waco, TX 76714-8813

Manisha Shelley Kaura And S.R. Kaura, MD's ROCKIN' ROOT WORDS offers a powerful set teaching the most common roots, suffixes and prefixes, providing a series of cartoons and visuals to cement learning, and presenting a workbook packed with charts, reproducibles, and topics. Word parts are taught using 'word webs' and offers relationships students can understand from daily life. Book 1 (9781593634148, $19.95) covers grades 3-5; Book 2 (9781593634155, $19.95) reaches grades 6-8. They're top picks any education collection should have. Also a top pick is BUDDING BOTANISTS: A Life Science Unit for High-Ability Learners in Grades 1-2 (1593633866, $39.95). It comes from the Center for Gifted Education and helps kids investigate botany with a series of discussions on the life cycles of plants and how plants can be used to various purposes. This book easily keys to curriculum objectives in science and is a fine choice.

Deeno's Dream Journeys in the Big Blue Bubble
Julia Langensiepen
Jessica Kingsley, Publishers
400 Market St., Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19106
9781849050395, $26.95,

Deeno's Dream Journeys in the Big Blue Bubble: A Relaxation Programme to Help Children Manage Their Emotions provides a fine introduction to special relaxation techniques for children. Each week a new story about the adventures of Deeno the Dinosaur uses a fantasy world to teach a new set of 'magic words' for relaxation. Any adult seeking to guide kids to calming relaxation techniques will find this child-oriented approach to be different and useful.

Paul H. Brookes Publishing
Box 10624, Baltimore, MD 21285-0624

The second updated edition of Jack A. Naglieri and Eric B. Pickering's HELPING CHILDREN LEARN: INTERVENTION HANDOUTS FOR USE IN SCHOOL AND AT HOME (9781557669988, $39.95) comes with a CD of handouts in English and Spanish (Spanish handouts by Tulio M. Otero and Mary A. Moreno), and packs in details and photocopiable instructions that fit with RTI goals and help build foundational skills form memory and listening to self-control. Entire classes as well as individuals will benefit from this course of instruction. The second edition includes nearly thirty new handouts and Spanish translations, keeping this an exceptional acquisition. Also exceptional is Dawn M. Den, Victoria Carr and Susan Hart Bell's ADDRESSING CHALLENGING BEHAVIORS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD SETTINGS (1557669848, $34.95), a teacher's guide to preventing and resolving common behavior problems in young children. Early childhood teachers receive a guide based on the latest research that tells how to use verbal and nonverbal communication to strengthen relationships with kids and families alike, with a CD-ROM included with printable tools and worksheets. From free play to naptime and changes, this comes packed with powerful keys to success. Susan B. Neuman and Michael L. Kamil's PREPARING TEACHERS FOR THE EARLY CHILDHOOD CLASSROOM: PROVEN MODELS & KEY PRINCIPLES (1598570811, $39.95) provides early childhood educators with a fine survey of lessons learned form the eight top-performing programs to receive grants. From who benefits from professional development participation to proven models for choosing content and mentoring, this is a fine pick for any early education library.

Corwin Press
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320

David B. Spangler's STRATEGIES FOR TEACHING WHOLE NUMBER COMPUTATION: USING ERROR ANALYSIS FOR INTERVENTION AND ASSESSMENT (1412981069, $35.95) packs in many rare details for teachers on error analysis, offering keys to the common mistakes students make, and how to correct them. Through error analysis teachers can identify common math issues students have - and can encourage students to make their own corrections. No educator's library should be without this approach. Also recommended is Denise H. Daniels and Patricia K. Clarkson's A DEVELOPMENTAL APPROACH TO EDUCATING YOUNG CHILDREN (9781412981149, $25.95), a fine survey showing how current research and theory from educational psychology can help create a child-centered learning environment. From how kids develop to how to create positive relationships in developmentally appropriate classrooms, this comes packed with case studies, exercises, games and tools. Andrea Honigsfeld and Maria G. Dove's COLLABORATION AND CO-TEACHING: STRATEGIES FOR ENGLISH LEARNERS (9781412976503, $35.95) provides a fine survey of collaborative programs and how they foster learning for ESL students. From understanding different strategies for ELL students to using templates, planning guides and other tools, this provides both structure and well-grounded applications and is a pick any ESL educator needs. Janet A. Hale and Richard F. Dunlap, Jr.'s AN EDUCATIONAL LEADER'S GUIDE TO CURRICULUM MAPPING; CREATING AND SUSTAINING COLLABORATIVE CULTURES (9781412974196, $33.95) provides a powerful tool for administrator showing how school and district-level leaders can create and guide a curriculum mapping initiative. From how leaders can create professional development maps to examples of educational leaders' curriculum mapping needs, this packs in a fine survey for educational libraries catering to administration professionals!

Is Everybody Ready for Kindergarten?
Angele Sancho Passe
Redleaf Press
10 Yorkton Court, St. Paul MN 55117-1065
9781605540153, $24.95,

Is Everybody Ready for Kindergarten? offers early childhood professionals a range of tools for easing the transition into kindergarten for parents and young learners alike. From descriptions of typical development and characteristics of four- to six-year-olds to common concerns parents hold about kindergarten, this offers planning for kids and parents alike.

The Gardening Shelf

Eat Your Yard!
Nan K. Chase
Gibbs Smith
PO Box 667, Layton, UT 84041
1423603842, $19.99,

EAT YOUR YARD! EDIBLE TREES, SHRUBS, VINES, HERBS AND FLOWERS FOR YOUR LANDSCAPE offers landscaping ideas and culinary uses for a range of flowering fruit trees and bushes, includes herbs and choices for all climates, and tells how to create an edible landscape. From choosing appropriate plants to recipes for using their bounty, this is packed with fine detail any homeowner/gardener will want to learn about.

How to Grow a School Garden
Arden Bucklin-Sporer & Rachel Kathleen Pringle
Timber Press
133 SW 2nd Avenue, Suite 450, Portland, OR 97204-3527
9781604690002, $24.95,

How to Grow a School Garden: A Complete Guide for Parents and Teachers offers all the instruction necessary to plan for and maintain a school garden. From gaining support from teachers and administration to managing volunteers through different semesters, this tells how to reclaim a piece of schoolyard to turn it into a garden project for students and teachers to work on together. A fine pick for any educator's school project collection.

The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf

Larry Stempel
W.W. Norton & Company
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780393067156, $39.95,

SHOWTIME: A HISTORY OF THE BROADWAY MUSICAL THEATER offers an in-depth, lively history of Broadway musicals in an engaging narrative starting with the Astor Palace Opera House riot of 1849 and following the subsequent growth of the musical form from minstrel shows to burlesque. Broadway stage comes to life in all its evolutionary process in a thorough history representing decades of research.

Film Management 101, second edition
Deborah Patz
Michael Wiese Productions
12400 Ventura Blvd. #1111, Studio City, CA 91604
9781932907773, $39.95,

The second updated edition of Film Management 101 is a 'must' for any collection strong in video and film references. It offers a guide for production managers and production coordinators alike, surveying film through pre-visualization to post-production and providing chapters form a filmmaker who has worked on award-winning productions since the mid-1980s. From shooting schedules and production calendars to how to absorb daily production reports and set up a tracking system for documentation, this is a powerful winner!

The Computer Shelf

Microsoft Excel Dashboards & Reports
Michael Alexander & John Walkenbach
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9780470620120, $39.99,

Microsoft Excel Dashboards & Reports packs in a fine survey of spreadsheets and how to use them. Dashboards provide at-a-glance views on business processes, organizing data into fine structures, and Excel is an ideal choice for creating these Dashboards - but how? This book covers all the technical knowledge involved in changing data to reporting tables perfect for high-impact reports. No Excel user should be without this: it tells how to report data in a useful, enhanced fashion!

Top-Down Network Design, third edition
Priscilla Oppenheimer
Cisco Press
800 - E. 9th St., Indianapolis, IN 46240
1587202832, $75.00,

The third updated edition of Top-Down Network Design offers a fine technical book on designing networks that are on par with business goals, providing a guide to reliable, secure networks. The top-down approach allows programmers to focus on applications and user requirements - and this third edition includes updated and expanded materials on wireless networks, virtual private networks, and more. No programming collection should be without this technical guide!

How to Do Everything iPad
Joli Ballew
c/o The McGraw Hill Companies
Two Penn Plaza, 11th fl., NY, NY 10121-2298
0071748695, $25.00,

How to Do Everything iPad tells how to get the most from an iPad, from configuring and customizing the system to selecting a data plan, setting up Mail, downloading apps from the app store, and more. Learn how to navigate, manage contacts, download games and more with a book packed with black and white screen shots and examples throughout!

A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux, third edition
Mark G. Sobell
Prentice Hall Professional
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
013254248X, $49.99,

The third updated edition of A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux offers a fine reference perfect for any Ubuntu Linux computer collection, packing in hundreds of practical applications for Ubuntu with keys to security, Perl scripting, common administration tasks, and more. From keeping Ubuntu systems current to handling configuration issues, this is a solid reference to the latest Ubuntu applications and challenges.

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

Eric Jendrock,'s THE JAVA EE6 TUTORIAL: BASIC CONCEPTS, fourth edition (9780137081851, $49.99) offers a fine Java programming language key using task-oriented, example-driven details on developing enterprise applications for Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 6. Members of this program's documentation tem contribute valuable practical applications for new and intermediate Java programmers alike, making this a 'must' for any serious Java programmer. Lee Ackerman and Celso Gonzalez's PATTERNS-BASED ENGINEERING: SUCCESSFULLY DELIVERING SOLUTIONS VIA PATTERNS (0321574281, $54.99) is for any college-level software engineering library strong in successful software systems. It comes from two experts who use their enterprise development experience to show how to deliver using a patterns-based approach, and it tells how to optimize the entire development process.

Sams Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML and CSS in One Hour a Day, sixth edition
Laura Lemay and Rafe Colburn
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0672330962, $44.99,

The sixth updated edition of Sams Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML and CSS in One Hour a Day has been completely revised and updated to cover HTML5 and other new web developments. Its step-by-step tutorial offers coverage of all the basics, surveys all the basics, and teaches how to move from beginning to advanced topics - all in one-hour lesson segments. A fine pick for self-study as well as school reference holdings!

The Architecture Shelf

The Woodland House, second edition
Ben Law
Permanent Publications
c/o Chelsea Green Publishing Company
Box 428, White River Junction, VT 05001-0428
9781856230445, $29.95,

The Woodland House provides a fine manual for any builder who dreams of designing a woodland home. The basics of self-building include discussions on design, budget, and building stages from different angles and include a seven-year update detailing the extension of the house and round-wood engineering calculations. Law's woodsman background - over twenty years of it - lends to this fine second edition with its seven-year update. Any homeowner or builder's library needs this.

Thermally Active Surfaces in Architecture
Kiel Moe
Princeton Architectural Press
37 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10003
9781568988801, $55.00,

Thermally Active Surfaces in Architecture offers ten modern case studies, including projects around the world by major world architects, and discusses sustainability in building. Based on a groundbreaking new study by 2009 Rome Prize-winning architect Kiel Moe, it argues that water is far better at channeling energy - and that heating and cooling systems separated from ventilation lend to the entire structure becoming the primary thermal system. College-level architecture students must have this specific, in-depth reference!

Inclusive Housing: A Pattern Book
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY
9780393733167, $39.95,

Inclusive Housing: A Pattern Book is a recommendation for any library strong in architecture and social design. It focuses on housing that provides access to people with disabilities and tells how to blend inclusive design practices into neighborhood and housing designs. Urban patterns and design practices offer adaptable applications for all styles of housing in diverse neighborhoods, making this a fine pick for any urban planning collection.

The Audiobook Shelf

Penguin Audio
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014

Clive Cussler and Grant Blackwood's LOST EMPIRE: A FARGO ADVENTURE (9780142428481, $39.95) receives a fine reading by Scott Brick as it returns the heroes of SPARTA GOLD to a new adventure. Newcomers and old fans will relish this thriller telling of a relic's discovery, a mystery that takes Sam and Remi on a journey around the world, and ruthless enemies. Robin Cook's CURE (9780142428108, $39.95) receives a fine reading from the seasoned voice of George Guidall, who lends smooth excitement to this equally smooth, taunt thriller about a NYC medical examiner who returns to work only to find her first case is a real puzzler - possibly inviting her own death! W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV's THE VIGILANTES (9780142427804, $39.95) receives actor Scott Brick's fine voice as it offers a new novel in Griffin's police chronicle series the Badge of Honor. Murders, copycats, and vigilante groups claiming false credit are only a few of the interactions keeping this story line moving swiftly. Terry McMillan's GETTING TO HAPPY (9780142428412, $39.95) returns to the characters of WAITING TO EXHALE, and is a recommended pick for any prior fans of the group. The audio narration lends drama and action to the story of a group of women friends who face the ups and downs of daily living. William Gibson's ZEDRO HISTORY (9780142428450, $39.95) provides an outstanding pairing of reader Robertson Dean, who has acted on and off Broadway and in local theatre, and Gibson's story of one Hollis Henry, who finds herself too heavily involved in international business and arms dealers. A tense showdown evolves in this engrossing account. These deserve acquisition for any audio lending library!

Brilliance Audio
PO Box 887, Grand Haven, MI 49417

Philip Roth's THE FACTS: A NOVELIST'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY (1441805699, $24.99) offers a fine account of Roth's fiction and provides the autobiography of a writer who has changed the modern novel forever. Five episodes from Roth's life were the impetus for change and evolution: this surveys the progress and process of that change, and will reach any general lending library. Also recommended is Roth's MY LIFE AS A MAN ($29.99, 1441805397), narrated by Dan John Miller who lends a spicy and vivid reading of a long marriage ended by death and fueled by moral blackmail - even after death. Sherryl Woods' HOME IN CAROLINA (1441850088, $29.99) provides a fine performance by Mary Robinette Kowal, whose experienced voice acting lends drama and tension to this story of Annie Sullivan, whose homecoming in South Carolina is bittersweet. Broken romance and rebuilding lives makes for a dramatic account. Robert K. Tanenbaum's BETRAYED (1441868712, $29.99) receives a fine reading by Mel Foster, an Audie award winner whose acting background lends high drama to the story of the founder of a Harlem mosque who faces new allegations of terrorism. Different investigators are turning up sinister facts in this gripping legal thriller. Lyndsay Sands' SINGLE WHITE VAMPIRE (1441817999, $29.99) receives a fine spirited performance by Jeffrey Cummings, a stage actor who lends an avid voice to this funny drama about a publishing editor's involvement with an author whose vampire romances are becoming a hit. A fun set of interactions evolves. John Lescroart's THE MERCY RULE (1423386930, $38.99) receives a fine performance by David Colacci, whose decades of audio recording experience lend a seasoned tone to this story of a former bartender and reluctant defense attorney who faces a challenging case that threatens his family life. Ridley Pearson's IN HARM'S WAY (1423383559, $29.99) receives an excellent performance by Christopher Lane, who has narrated over 100 audio books and those spices the story of a Sun Valley sheriff whose faces romantic issues and possible puzzling connections in his life. Daniel Silva's THE REMBRANDT AFFAIR (1423328159, $36.99) receives a fine performance by veteran Phil Gigante and tells of two families and a terrible secret that ties them. The murder of an art restorer and a long-lost portrait by Rembrandt combine to make for a gripping story. These are fine picks for any lending library.

Rules of Betrayal
Christopher Reich
Random House Audio
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 8th fl., New York, NY 10019
9780739384985, $40.00,

RULES OF BETRAYAL receives a fine, spirited reading by Paul Michael who adds drama and spice to the story of a doctor in Afghanistan who finds himself searching for a missing wife and battling an arms dealer and a decades-old international secret. Espionage and romance combine in a satisfying thriller.

Hachette Audio
237 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017

POWER THOUGHTS by Joyce Meyer (9781607886310, $29.98) receives Sandra McCollom's fine voice and power as it covers an audio followup to BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND and takes its principles further. Overcoming negative thinking is the focus here, with twelve strategies designed to fight the mind's usual course in developing negative patterns. Nicholas Sparks' SAFE HAVEN (9781607886198, $34.98) receives Rebecca Lowman's TV and stage background and experience, creating a familiar voice to spice the story of a mysterious young woman whose sudden arrival in a small North Carolina town sparks questions about her past. She avoids personal ties until two relationships lead to love and the revelation of a secret pain. Dr. Creflo Dollar's WINNING IN TROUBLED TIMES (9781607883869, $24.98) receives media veteran Vince Bailey's long-time background in narrating audio, commercials and broadcasts, which brings to life his account of how to move beyond personal strife and even addictions to appreciate God's Word and its healing powers. Answer to overcoming common obstacles and moving on through the power of faith makes for inspirational listening spiritual collections will enjoy!

The Cookbook Shelf

Cooking for Isaiah
Silvana Nardone
c/o Reader's Digest
9781606521656, $24.95,

COOKING FOR ISAIAH: GLUTEN-FREE AND DAIRY-FREE RECIPES FOR EASY, DELICIOUS MEALS tells of the author's search to develop great-tasting meals for her son Isaiah after he was diagnosed with food intolerances to gluten and dairy. Recipes here are easy to make, appealing, and accompanied by color photos as well as insights into how Isaiah's food intolerances lead him to a greater appreciation of food and a willingness to try new flavor combinations. Any general lending library and many a health collection will welcome this.

New York Cooks
Barbara Winkler and Joan Krellenstein
SixthandSpring Books
c/o SoHo Publishing Company
101 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 1301, New York, NY 10013
1933027789, $29.95,

NEW YORK COOKS: 100 RECIPES FROM THE CITY'S BEST CHEFS is a 'must' for any cookbook collection strong in American regional cuisine in general and New York fare in particular. It provides some hundred dishes grouped by ethnic influence or style, it presents dishes presented by chefs who consider them some of their favorite dishes, and it includes many photos and biographical surveys of the chefs, who are profiled as much as their creations. Don't expect a completely new, innovative collection - many of the dishes can be found in other cookbooks; but do expect a superior level of explanation and detail on the New York culinary scene.

Everyday Raw Desserts
Matthew Kenney
Gibbs Smith
Box 667, Layton, UT 84041
9781423605997, $19.99,

Everyday Raw Desserts packs in a range of dishes from puddings and pies to chocolate and ice cream - all 'raw' and bursting with unexpected flavor. From dehydrated - not baked - Blueberry-Filled Linzer Cookies to no-bake Stone Fruit Pie with a crust made of almonds and maple syrup, this is packed with color photos and exciting desserts any general lending library will relish!

Better Homes & Gardens New Cookbook, fifteenth edition
Better Homes & Gardens
Wiley Trade Publications
111 River St., Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9780470556863, $29.95,

The fifteenth updated edition of Better Homes & Gardens New Cookbook is - shall we say it - better than ever, packing in over 1,400 recipes. As 1,000 are new, with over 1,000 color photos and a new look blending with the classic red plaid cover - this is a top pick for any cook who wants new recipes blending in ethnic flavors that simmer in America's melting pot. Busy cooks will appreciate the 'cook once, eat twice' concept to streamline cooking, while a chapter covering cooking basics and pantry stocking assures success. No cookbook library should be without this updated basic classic!

Desserts 4 Today
Abigail Johnson Dodge
Taunton Press
63 South Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470
9781600852947, $17.95,

DESSERTS FOR TODAY: FLAVORFUL DESSERTS WITH JUST FOUR INGREDIENTS offers a collection of over a hundred dessert recipes - each using only 4 ingredients! Most recipes are ready in about 30 minutes from beginning to end and all offer easy step-by-step instructions paired with color photos, making them suitable for any general lending library!

Sterling Publishing Company
387 Park Avenue South, NY, NY 10016-8810

Noga Hitron's MINI-CAKES: TINY TREATS TO SURPRISE & DELIGHT (9781402739989, $17.95) uses basic recipes to create small cakes that offer eye-popping, spectacular results. From covering a cake with fondant and supporting paste figures and objects to using modeling pastes, this focus on fine small cake results is packed with color photos throughout, easy instructions, and inspiring mini-cake approaches! Noga Hitron also presents THE ART OF CUPCAKES: MORE THAN 40 FESTIVE RECIPES (9781402759000, $17.95), a survey for creating fun, eye-opening cupcakes, from pandas and hippos to bunnies, baby faces and more. An assortment of cupcake ideas are easy and fun to create!

The Art Shelf

Romancing the West
Alfred Jacob Miller
University of Washington Press
PO box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145-5096
9780615351711, $34.95,

The relationship between America and its native neighbors was captured well through the eyes of many artists, but perhaps no better than Alfred Jacob Miller. "Romancing the West: In the Bank of America Collection" collections the work that Miller put forth throughout his career, focusing on capturing the essence of the natives throughout the west, a defeated yet still proud people. His work is reproduced in full color throughout the volume, expertly compiled and commentated on by Margaret C. Conrads. "Romancing the West" is an excellent addition to any art collection.

115 - W. 18th St., New York NY 10011

James Victore's VICTORE OR, WHO DIED AND MADE YOU BOSS? (9780810995918, $40.00) provides an outstanding collection of Victore's visual arts graphic design projects. He's spent over twenty-five years seeking to make his works personal reflections: VICTORE surveys his 'greatest hits' and discusses the business and teaching of modern graphic design using his nearly fifty most popular projects as examples in the course of discussion. Graphic design collections will consider this a huge hit. Mansfield Bascom's WHARTON ESHERICK: THE JOURNEY OF A CREATIVE MIND (9780810995758, $80.00) is published to coincide with an exhibition and gathers the works of the artist. Some forty years in making, this book is based on interviews with the artist and his family, friends and contemporaries and represents the first, only examination of his works and life. No serious arts library should be without!

500 Cabinets
Julie Hale, Editor
Sterling Publishing Company
387 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016-8810
9781600595752, $24.95,

500 CABINETS: A SHOWCASE OF DESIGN & CRAFTSMANSHIP provides a fine survey of 500 cabinets which are works of art as much as functional furniture. They cover special techniques in shape, detailing, color or more and John Grew Sheridan, himself a leading furniture maker, invites readers to appreciate the qualities of these unique pieces in an outstanding survey for arts and interior design libraries.

The Political Science Shelf

Onward Christian Soldiers?, fourth edition
Clyde Wilcox and Carin Robinson
Westview Press
2465 Central Avenue, Boulder, CO 80301
9780813344539, $32.00,

ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS? THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT IN AMERICAN POLITICS reviews the expansion of the Christian right and the part it's played in American politics, considering the figureheads of right power, political connections, and the history of the religious right through modern times. This updated fourth edition carries the discussion through the first part of the Obama administration and offers fine, rational discussion for college-level spirituality or political classes alike!

Westview Press
2465 Central Avenue, Boulder, CO 80301

The fifth updated edition of Colbert C. Held and John Thomas Cummings's MIDDLE EAST PATTERNS (9780813344010, $52.00) has been revised and updated and is a reader recommended for all high school to college-level students of the region's history, politics and economics. New material on development economics and political economy compliment new sections on terrorism, piracy, women's health and perspectives on patterns both within and between nations. Karl Yambert edits THE CONTEMPORARY MIDDLE EAST: A WESTVIEW READER (9780813344652, $44.00), introducing the region's most pressing concerns and conflicts. Pieces by a range of leading scholars, journalists and politicians make this a required reader packing in twenty new chapters and a new opening essay. Jan Knippers Black edits the fifth updated edition of LATIN AMERICA: ITS PROBLEMS AND ITS PROMISE (9780813344003, $50.00), providing a multidisciplinary approach for college-level students of Latin American issues. Three new chapters on Bolivia, Ecuador and Mexico and updates with new materials on different Latin nations' developments make this a powerful introduction to the latest Latin American political issues. The sixth updated edition of David El Long, Bernard Reich and Mark Gasiorowski's THE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA (9780813344492, $50.00) provides a new introduction to the region's social and physical geography, new updates on individual national interests, and data tables for each country that lend college-level students easy cross-comparisons. These are very highly recommended!

The Blueprint
Ken Blackwell & Ken Klukowski
The Lyons Press
246 Goose Lane, Guilford, CT 06437
9780762761340, $22.95,

THE BLUEPRINT: OBAMA'S PLAN TO SUBVERT THE CONSTITUTION AND BUILD AN IMPERIAL PRESIDENCY comes from a noted conservative leader and a DC-based constitutional attorney and journalist who write about President Obama's 'blueprint' to centralize power in the White House and change the face of the country. They identify more than twenty tactics being used to this end: whether you agree or not, it's an intriguing survey of Presidential strengths, duties, and the changing American court system.

The Christian Studies Shelf

Ancient Christian Writers
Julian of Toledo
Paulist Press
997 MacArthur Blvd., Mahwah, NJ 07403
9780809105687, $49.95,

What happens in the after life is a question that baffles many still in the modern day. "Julian of Toledo" is an entry into Paulist Presses' Ancient Christian Writers series, following the seventh century Spanish writer as he provided many answers to the questions surrounding the afterlife that was on the tip of the tongues of many Christians during his era. Another perspective of early Christianity and Spanish Christianity in general, "Julian of Toledo" is excellently translated and presented by Tommaso Stancati, making it a solid addition to any Christian studies collection.

Know the Words of Jesus in 30 Days
J. Stephen Lang
16 East 34th St., New York NY 10016
9780824948078, $24.99,

Know the Words of Jesus in 30 Days offers a fine, definitive guide set in a 30-day format to help teach the words of Jesus in thirty easy lessons. Cultural insights, facts, and spiritual discussions lend an interactive approach to the survey, supplementing Biblical quotes with detailed surveys explaining meaning and underlying ideas in Jesus' teachings.

Tending to Eden
Scott C. Sabin
Judson Press
PO Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851
9780817015725, $18.00,

Environmentalism and Christianity do have some crossover. "Tending to Eden: Environmental Stewardship for God's People" discusses being an environmental steward as well as a Christian. Many Christian leaders chime in throughout the book on their own experiences of blending faith and helping the environment and give readers powerful message. "Tending to Eden" is a fine collection, and is highly recommended.

The Road to New Life
Phil Rehberg
Pleasant Word
c/o WinePress Publishing
PO Box 428, Enumclaw, WA 98022
9781414116372, $11.99,

Knowing you have someone powerful on your side makes life a lot easier to live. "The Road to New Life: The Way of Jesus of Nazareth" is a guide to finding God and living your life with him on his side, to travel through one's life with God in mind to help you through your pain and the nonstop challenges that one constantly faces along the way. Thoughtful and driven reading, "The Road to New Life" holds a powerful message, highly recommended.

Intervarsity Press
Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL 60515-1426

Alister McGrath's THE PASSIONATE INTELLECT: CHRISTIAN FAITH AND THE DISCIPLESHIP OF THE MIND (9780830838431, $22.00) explores the roots of Christian faith and identity, considering how Christian leadership and theology has evolved and how divisions have been created in the faith. The focus on changing worship of Jesus and what unifies Christian believers around the world makes for a fine survey college-level spiritual libraries will appreciate. Also a pick is Larry Warner's JOURNEY WITH JESUS: DISCOVERING THE SPIRITUAL EXERCISES OF SAINT IGNATIUS (9780830835416, $18.00). This is a pick for Christians who seek to learn more about Jesus and comes from a spiritual director who uses spiritual exercises from Saint Ignatius to guide believes on the path. Prayers and scripture readings that focus on the life of Christ support exercises that are powerful indicators of Jesus' basic beliefs.

Zondervan Atlas of the Bible
Carl G. Rasmussen
Zondervan Publishing House
5300 Patterson Avenue, S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49530
9780310270508, $39.99,

Zondervan Atlas of the Bible packs in three-dimensional maps, over 100 topic images, chronological charts and more to provide a visual geographic treat representing a major revision of the award-winning NIV Atlas of the Bible. Bible study groups as well as pastors and teachers will find this an outstanding presentation completely revamping images and arrangements, lending to a fine blend of geographic and visual representation of biblical era events perfect for any spirituality collection.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

A Place for Truth
Dallas Willard, Editor
InterVarsity Press
Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL 60515-1426
9780830838455, $20.00,

A PLACE FOR TRUTH: LEADING THINKERS EXPLORE LIFE'S HARDEST QUESTIONS gathers the most notable presentations from The Veritas Forum, providing a series of philosophical and social reflections on truth, faith and science, atheism and more. Though many of the reflections are of a spiritual nature, this will easily cross over from religious to secular collections offering many fine insights on the nature of Man as well as God.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

The Blackness Within
Gill Ainsworth
Apex Publications
PO Box 24323, Lexington, KY 40524
9780984553525, $16.95

The gods of old still roam and are as cruel as they ever were. "The Blackness Within: Stories of the Pagan God Moccus" is a collection of thirteen short stories surrounding the figure of the Celtic god of fecundity and his wrath during his life and his death. Riveting, dark, violent, and endlessly exciting, "The Blackness Within" is a gripping collection that will be hard to put down.

The Truth of Valor
Tanya Huff
DAW Books
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780756406202, $24.95,

THE TRUTH OF VALOR provides a fine Confederation novel and tells of Torin, who is trying to build a new life with Craig on his ship the Promise. Pirates attack, Craig is taken prisoner and Torin left for dead, and Torin must call in the Marines to get him back and keep the pirates from even more dangerous intentions in this riveting military science fiction saga.

The Music Shelf

Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music
W.K. McNeil, Editor
270 Madison Avenue, New York NY 10016
9780415875691, $54.95,

Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music is a 'must' for any library and offers a fine reference covering all aspects of Afro-American and white gospel, from history to recording techniques. Organized alphabetically, it covers events, presents biographies of notable musicians, and covers publications, significant songbooks, and the evolution of performing groups and choirs. A 'must' for any music collection, especially those focusing on American music.

Bob Dylan in America
Sean Wilentz
Doubleday & Company
c/o Random House
1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
9780385529884, $28.95,

BOB DYLAN IN AMERICA offers a fine survey blending a critical analysis of Dylan's music with folk and rock music history and national trends. More than just another biography, this follows Dylan's move into the folk music scene and the culture and literature that sprang up around it. Author Sean Wilentz had rare access to studio tapes, recording notes, rare photos and more - all of which lend a different spin on Dylan's life and influence. No popular music library should be without this!

Tattoos & Tequila
Vince Neil with Mike Sager
Grand Central Publishing
237 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9780446548045, $27.99,

Tattoos & Tequila: To Hell and Back with one of Rock's most Notorious Frontmen provides a fine collection of reflections, memoirs and vignettes on rock and roll from the legendary lead singer of Motley Crue. Tidbits include behind-the-scenes events and facts that even avid fans may not know, interviews with friends, family and co-stars, and plenty of lively insights. Highly recommended for any library strong in rock star autobiographies.

The Business Shelf

Shopper Intimacy
Rick Deherder & Dick Blatt
FT Press
1330 Avenue of the Americans, 35th floor
New York, NY 10019
9780137075430, $34.99,

Shoppers are more informed than ever, which means marketing strategies must change to meet them. "Shopper Intimacy: A Practical Guide to Leveraging Marketing Intelligence to Drive Retail Success" is a guide to marketing in this higher informed world, encouraging closer marketing to shoppers which requires more intensive marketing. Also discussed is the cost of doing so and how to understand when it's not worth the costs. "Shopper Intimacy" is a thoughtful dissection of modern marketing, very highly recommended.

It's a Jungle in There
Steven Schussler
Union Square
c/o Sterling Publishing Company
387 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016
9781402762895, $19.95,

Leaders in societies used to be determined by brawn and cunning. In today's world, the brawn isn't that important. "It's a Jungle In There: Inspiring Lessons, Hard-Won Insights, and Other Acts of Entrepreneurial Daring" is a guide to being the Alpha male in today's business world through examples of those who have dared and succeeded through being bold and confident enough to try. A good entrepreneur is undaunted by bad times and soars during good times, and it's all about being a force of nature in business to succeed. Drawn heavily on his own experiences, Steven Schussler gives readers much practical inspiration, and makes "It's a Jungle In There" quite the guide for succeeding in business

The Leadership Equation
Gary M. Blau
Paul H. Brookes
PO Box 10624, Baltimore, MD 21285-0624
9781598570922, $49.94,

A good leader is something universal, in business in the family. "The Leadership Equation: Strategies for Individuals Who Are Champions for Children, Youth, and Families" is a guide for being a leader in the many avenues of life and how to choose the right leadership style for each situation. From building relationships, inspiring greatness in those around you, and much more, "The Leadership Equation" focuses on educational and family based businesses, but its value is useable anywhere.

How to Put Your Book Together and Get a Job in Advertising
Maxine Paetro
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780393732856, $32.95,

Simply stated, "How to Put Your Book Together and Get a Job in Advertising" is a 'must have' for any who would break into the ad business. It is a classic and tells the entire reality of the business and how to break into it. Yes, it's been in print for over thirty years - and remains the industry 'bible' and go-to reference, packed with details fully updated to reflect top firm operations in modern times. From editing copy to the odds of employment, this is a fine winner!

Delivering Happiness
Tony Hsieh, CEO
Business Plus
c/o Grand Central
237 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9780446563048, $23.99,

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose provides an outstanding survey of Zappos, the online retailer that's grossing over, $1 billion in gross merchandise sales annually - AND debuting unusual business practices in the process. CEO Tony Hsieh shares different lessons he's learned from business and life and presents an amazing story of how he found happiness in the process of business success. Both personal and business collections will relish this approach!

Configuration Management Best Practices
Bob Aiello & Leslie Sachs
Addison Wesley
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0321685865, $39.99,

Configuration Management Best Practices offers practical methods for addressing six ideas basic to software engineering, linking them to real-world business objectives. While this is a title for software development companies, it's reviewed here because no business collection should be without it, either. The keys to implementing a best practices format and designing applications that take full advantage of CM best practices make this an outstanding selection!

The Needlecraft Shelf

Creative Sewing Techniques by Machine
Nancy Fiedler
AQS Publishing
Box 3290, Paducah, KY 42002-3290
1574326686, $24.95,

Creative Sewing Techniques by Machine teaches all the basics of how to get the most from a sewing machine, from using basic parts and auxiliary pieces to using the machine for embellishments. Nine sewing machine educators have developed 13 projects to demonstrate the machine's versatility, making this a fine addition to any basic needlework or general lending library.

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

Laura Militzer Bryant and Barry Klein's THE NEW KNITTER'S TEMPLATE: YOUR GUIDE TO CUSTOM FIT AND STYLE (9781604680102, $24.99) is a pick for any knitter's library. It comes with lay-flat hard cover binding perfect for filing on the shelf or laying open to knit with, it offers keys to knits that fit better and flatter, and reviews techniques and templates from some 16 sizes. Styling details and options receive fine coverage using templates easy to adjust to individual purposes. Outstanding! Also a fine pick is Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene's COUNTRY THREADS GOES TO CHARM SCHOOL (9781604680065, $24.99), packing in a lovely collection of nearly twenty small quilts that can be made from 5" squares. From using low-cost fabrics to making last-minute gifts, these are outstanding creations!

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Berkeley Prime Crime
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014

Another fine Wind River Reservation mystery receives Margaret Coel's hallmark of mixing crime mysteries with Native American characters and issues in THE SPIDER'S WEB (9780425236604, $24.95). Here outsider Marcy moves to the reservation - and introduces murder when the Arapaho she intends on marrying is shot. With Marcy the prime suspect, a Native attorney and a priest find each other on opposing sides of a conflict that could end the peace of the nation in this winning thriller, recommended for any mystery collection. Also a top pick is Susan Wittig Albert's THE TALE OF OAT CAKE CRAG: The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter (0425236617, $23.95), a seventh Potter tale that finds Beatrix in hiding from her parents, whom she knows will disapprove of her secret engagement. A teen dragon, an injury to Fred L. Baum, and more blend fantasy into a light mystery perfect for prior Albert fans of the Beatrix Potter series.

The Judicial Studies Shelf

A Plea for Justice
Fred B. McKinley
Eakin Press
PO Box 21235, Waco, TX 76702
9781935632047, $24.95,

When the truth can't be found, too often a scapegoat is fingered. "A Plea for Justice: The Timothy Cole Story"tells the story of Cole, a tragic one of a man wrongfully accused and who spent the last decade and then some of his life in prison for crimes he never committed. He fought his charges past his conviction, fighting the charges to his death. His family still fought past his death before finally earning it. A look at the Dark Side of Criminal Justice, "A Plea for Justice" is a must read for those skeptical of the court systems.

The Biography Shelf

Conversations with Cronkite
Walter Cronkite & Don Carleton
University of Texas Press
Box 7819, Austin, TX 78713-7819
9780976669739, $29.95,

Conversations with Cronkite offers a fine oral history of newsman Walter Cronkite, who comments on everything from the history he's witnessed and reported to the state of journalism and reporting. Suitable both for college-level journalism libraries and general-interest collections, this offers selections from interviews between the journalist and his friend, oral historian Dr. Don Carleton. Very highly recommended!

Not By Chance Alone
Elliot Aronson
Basic Books
c/o Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9780465018338, $27.50,

NOT BY CHANCE ALONE: MY LIFE AS A SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGIST documents the evolution of a shy boy from an impoverished background who became one of the world's most celebrated social scientists. Elliot Aronson is the only person to have won all three high honors from the American Psychological Association: his autobiography documents his life and era in an inspirational, moving account recommended for general to college-level libraries.

The Social Issues Shelf

Storied Landscapes
Frances Swyripa
University of Manitoba Press
301 St. John's College, Winnipeg, MT, Canada, R3T 2N2
9780887557200, $29.95,

Although the United States more famously has the melting pot moniker, it is not an exclusive concept. "Storied Landscapes: Ethno-Religious Identity and the Canadian Prairies" discusses the wide range of cultures that exist throughout the western provinces of Canada and the unique array of people and culture throughout the region. Analyzing both religious and ethnic cultures deeply with their history, "Storied Landscapes" is a scholarly and highly educational read on the range of people that call Canada home.

Yes You Can!
Jane Drake & Ann Love
Tundra Books
75 Sherbourne Street, 5th Floor, Toronto, ON, Canada, M5A 2P9
9780887769429, $14.99,

Making a difference isn't just a job for preachers and politicians. "Yes You Can!: Your Guide to Becoming An Activist!" is a guide to empowering oneself to make a difference and stand up for your beliefs. Looking at the organizations that have made a difference, the strategies of their success are taken from them and give readers a thoughtful and powerful resource on how to get started. "Yes You Can!" is a top pick and very highly recommended read for the ambitious and driven.

Self-Sufficient City
IAAC contributors
Actar D
158 Lafayette Street, 5th fl., New York, NY 10013
9788492861330, $34.95,

SELF SUFFICIENT CITY: ENVISIONING THE HABITAT OF THE FUTURE represents over 100 proposals gathered from a worldwide debate on the future of urban areas, and is much more than a singular vision of city planning. College-level urban studies collections will find this contributes discussions on how humanity will live in the future, based on social, cultural and technological challenges of modern times. Color photos and designs accompany short discussions of projects, re-constructions, and everything from changed energy systems to changed emphasis and values. Packaged in a pocket-sized paperback tote which is thick with detail, this is an outstanding pick!

Virgins? What Virgins?
Ibn Warraq
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2119
9781616141707, $19.00,

Virgins? What Virgins? And Other Essays offers a fine gathering of witty, pointed writings gathering Warraq's best works on the Koran and problems inherent in interactions between East and West. From an introductory personal autobiographical piece charting his England upbringing to articles considering political Islam and its promises and threats, this is a 'must' for any collection seeking to understand Muslim beliefs and purpose.

Matthew E. Kahn
Basic Books
c/o Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9780465019267, $26.95,

CLIMATOPOLIS: HOW OUR CITIES WILL THRIVE IN THE HOTTER FUTURE considers the blend of economic and environmental factors affecting urban dwellings. Author Matthew Kahn is an urban environmental economist who offers surveys of how entrepreneurs will be producing products that help urban areas adapt to changing climate - and shows how capitalism will push this process. Any urban studies or science collection - and many a business holding - will consider this an involving survey.

W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110

Cordelia Fine's DELUSIONS OF GENDER: HOW OUR MINDS, SOCIETY AND NEUROSEXISM CREATE DIFFERENCE (9780393068382, $25.95) is a pick for health and social issues collections alike, examining the foundations of gender differences and questioning research into the sexes and the connection that have been drawn. From hardwired psychological differences between the sexes to new interpretations of research facts, this examines how neuroimaging has been used and questions the false science which has sprung from it, creating an entirely new social milieu. An outstanding survey! Kwame Anthony Appiah's THE HONOR CODE: HOW MORAL REVOLUTIONS HAPPEN (9780393071627, $25.95) blends history, philosophy and social observation in a call to arms from one of the leading public intellectuals in America. It explores the origins and course of moral revolutions in history, considering how political and social revolutions occur and offering insights on a series of historical, social revolutions. The moral challenges of our times are all surveyed in a fine pick for social issues collections at the high school to college level.

The World in 2050
Laurence C. Smith
c/o Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014-3658
9780525951810, $26.95,

THE WORLD IN 2050: FOUR FORCES SHAPING CIVILIZATION'S NORTHERN FUTURE considers that the 21st century could see the decline of the southwestern U.S. and European Mediterranean, and the rise of northern nations as new forces shape the geography of the world. Many titles have focused on geographic change: this offers a wider-ranging view of what the world might look like in just forty years - and considers natural resources and social change alike. General libraries will find it an intriguing lend.

Murder City
Charles Bowden
Nation Books
387 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10016
9781568584492, $27.50,

MURDER CITY: CIUDAD JUAREZ AND THE GLOBAL ECONOMY'S NEW KILLING FIELDS provides a powerful, eye-opening expose of a city just over the US-Mexican border once filled with factories and American-owned sweat shops. Now that the factories have begun to shut down, the city has fallen into violence - and is known today is a hotspot for murder, kidnapping and extortion rather than a low-scale business center. Its transformation and its soaring murder rate are examined in this thought-provoking survey of what happens in third world nations when business moves elsewhere. A powerful pick for any social issues library!

The Military Shelf

Erwin Rommel
Pier Paolo Battistelli
Osprey Publishing
4402 - 23rd Street, Suite 219, Long Island City, NY 11101-5058
9781846036859, $18.95,

Erwin Rommel, nicknamed 'The Desert Fox', is covered here in a survey that blends over 40 photos from a range of European collectors with color plates of battles, maps, and in-depth coverage of Rommel's strategies. It comes from an author with a PhD in military history and is not to be missed by any in-depth military collection.

Osprey Publishing
4402 - 23rd Street, Suite 219, Long Island City, NY 11101-5058

Jacqueline Mitchell, Compiler's BLITZ SPIRIT (9781849084376, $14.95) tells of the London bombings and the emergence of 'blitz spirit', where ordinary people mustered courage against all odds. This compilation offers the best examples of this spirit, adds color photos and memorabilia shots, and makes for a lively read coinciding with the 60th anniversary of the Blitz in a fine spirited, involving discussion recommended for military and history collections alike. Tony Holmes edits WINGS OF COURAGE: TALES FROM AMERICA'S ELITE FIGHTER GROUPS OF WORLD WAR II (9781849082198, $24.95), which focuses on four elite fighter units across the European and Pacific areas. Using their experiences readers gain a unique insight into battles against Germany and Japan, with eyewitness accounts of campaign histories offering a fine survey of American fighter pilots' experiences from Europe to the Pacific. Lon Nordeen & David Isby's M60 vs. T-62: COLD WAR COMBATANTS 1956-92 (9781846036941, $17.95) tells of the M60 and T-62 weapons designed at the height of the Cold War as the superior combat tanks of their day. Their test in Middle East battles makes for a fine survey here, including technical specs and insights. Alexander Mladenov's MIL MI-24 HIND GUNSHIP (9781846039539, $17.95) provides a fine survey of another Cold War fighting machine: this being the first Soviet helicopter to function as both a gunship and an assault transport. Its experiences in Afghanistan and its use around the world is documented by an expert on the Hind.

Noble Warrior
James E. Livingston, Colin D. Heaton, Anne-Marie Lewis
Zenith Press
c/o Quayside Publishing Group
400 First Avenue North, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55401
9780760338070, $28.00,

NOBLE WARRIOR: THE STORY OF MAJ. GEN. JAMES E. LIVINGSTON, USMC (RET.), MEDAL OF HONOR documents the life and career of a major general who has seen historic battles and who analyses these events at the highest military level. Personal stories of battlefront experiences and his Medal of Honor actions makes fro a powerful survey of a World War II vet who also helped plan and execute the evacuation of Saigon. Military collections will find this inspiring, vivid reading!

The Photography Shelf

Photo Trekking
Nick Onken
Amphoto Books
c/o The Crown Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, #B1, New York, NY 10019-4305
9780817432805, $24.99,

PHOTO TREKKING comes from a professional photographer who offers keys to the new generation of travel photos. From breaking into the travel photo industry to shooting great, unique photos on location, this pairs full-color, often full-page shots of scenes and people with the author's tips on what makes the photo outstanding. Photographers who travel and intend on documenting their experiences - especially for income - must have this!

Photoshop CS5: Essential Skills
Mark Galer, M.Ed & Philip Andrews
Focal Press
c/o Elsevier/Butterworth Heinemann
30 Corporate Drive, Burlington, MA 01803
9780240522142, $44.95,

Photoshop CS5: Essential Skills provides a fine project-oriented approach to mastering CS5 skills. Three parts are presented in a series of stepped-up lessons that lead learners from beginning to advanced techniques, providing a software package of guided lessons based on real-world applications and problems. Over ten hours of accompanying movie tutorials reinforces the lesson plans, making this a top 'must' for any Photoshop learner who would self-study or supplement classroom studies.

Focal Press
c/o Elsevier/Butterworth Heinemann
30 Corporate Drive, Burlington, MA 01803

Corey Hilz's LENSBABY: BENDING YOUR PERSPECTIVE (9780240814025, $29.95) offers a fine survey of possibilities for using different lenses in the Lensbaby suite. Tips on composition accompany full color images created by a Lensbaby expert with complete coverage of all Lensbaby accessories and systems packing a practical guide to photography recommended for any serious user or collection. Ltd's DIGITAL PAINTING TECHNIQUES: MASTERS COLLECTION: V. 1 (9780240521749, $49.95) offers a range of digital inspirations and techniques from some 25 professional artists. More than just a galley of images, this features step-by-step techniques that beginners through intermediate users can easily follow, inspired by world computer graphics artists. Photography, computer and arts collections alike will relish this!

The Science Shelf

Introductory Concepts in Information Science, second edition
Melanie J. Norton
Information Today, Inc.
143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055-8750
9781573873949, $49.50,

When information flows like water, what happens to the information stations of old? "Introductory Concepts in Information Science" is the second edition of Melanie J. Norton's study of information and its place in today's world. She and other scholars discuss information science, defining the topic and the place of its study. Looking at the history of information repositories, the economics behind it, and the future of libraries and other such repositories, "Introductory Concepts in Information Science" will prove to be a very useful and very highly recommended read that is a fine addition to community and college library collections.

Am I a Monkey?
Francisco J. Ayala
The John Hopkins University Press
2715 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-4363
9780801897542, $12.95,

Evolution has been a hot button issue ever since Darwin presented it. "Am I a Monkey?: Six Big Questions About Evolution" looks to explain six concepts about evolution and popular misconceptions about the whole bigger picture according to evolution, and offers reasonable ideas to support the theory and states that evolution and God are not enemies. "Am I a Monkey?" is a strongly recommended read for science collections with plenty of food for thought.

Losing Our Cool
Stan Cox
The New Press
38 Green Street, 4th fl., New York, NY 10013
1595584897, $24.95,

LOSING OUR COOL is the first close-up look at air conditioning and how it's affecting our environment, and is a top pick for any library strong in environmental science. Chapters offer documented dangers to both human and environmental health, including insights on how AC can spread disease and how its inefficient use has resulted in vastly increased energy consumption. More than just a condemnation, Stan Cox moves beyond documentation to show how such systems can be replaced with better options. General collections will welcome this survey!

The Shape of Inner Space
Shing-Tung Yau and Steve Nadis
Basic Books
c/o Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9780465020232, $30.00,

The Shape of Inner Space: String Theory and the Geometry of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions comes from an award-winning mathematician and science writer combination who explore the concept of additional dimensions so small we haven't noticed them yet - and how they may be fundamental to our understanding of how the universe operates. From how geometry has been basic in our attempts to understand the universe to how different shapes can correspond to different universes, co-existing along ours, this provides a powerful, thought-provoking consideration perfect for any general science lending library.

The Gaming Shelf

Studying Chess Made Easy
Andrew Soltis
c/o Anova Books
9781906388676, $22.95,

Studying Chess Made Easy offers a fine guide to studying chess and holds tips and details perfect for beginners to experienced players who have the basics down but need to learn openings and strategy. From why chess study is unique to how to develop intuition and how to learn from pro players, this focus provides many essential keys to the learning process.

The Environmental Studies Shelf

How to Live a Low-Carbon Life, second edition
Chris Goodall
c/o Stylus Publishing
PO Box 605, Herndon, VA 20172-0605
9781844079100, $24.95,

The second updated edition of How to Live a Low-Carbon Life is a continuing pick to any homeowner or renter who would reduce a carbon footprint. New government targets on emissions and the latest calculations on how to lead a low-carbon life accompany chapters discussing water heating, cooking, appliances, home heating and more. All the major energy consumers are surveyed in this fine guide.

Energy for Keeps, third edition
Marilyn Nemzer
Energy Education Group
c/o Pixyjack Press
PO Box 149, Masonville, CO 80541 USA
9780974476551, $24.95,

The third expanded edition of ENERGY FOR KEEPS: CREATING CLEAN ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLE RESOURCES provides the latest details on green energy sources, from ocean energy and solar power to biomass and geothermal. Explanations of how electricity is produced from a range of sources accompanies a survey useful as a classroom tool for students of science and social studies from 6th grade into college. Packed with inviting illustrations and clear explanations, this is a pick for a wide range of collections.

Design with Microclimate
Robert D. Brown
Island Press
Suite 300, 1718 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20009
9781597267403, $30.00,

Comfort is more complex than one would think. "Design with Microclimate: The Secret to Comfortable Outdoor Space" discusses microclimate and the finer details of climate that should go into landscape and architecture in providing a comfortable area outdoors. Not all about temperature, the protection of shade and the other effects of plants and trees are also discussed. "Design with Microclimate" is a thoughtful and very useful read for any informed landscaper.

The Human Sexuality Shelf

Sexuality, second edition
Anne Krabill Hershberger
Herald Press
616 Walnut Avenue, Scottsdale, PA 15683-1999
9780836195149, $16.99,

Sex and Christianity have never been the most understanding of each other. "Sexuality: God's Gift" discusses sexuality and Christianity. Discussing the many moors and values that often come with Christianity and sex, Anne Krabill Hershberger discusses much from pornography, same-sex relationships and compassion, sex before marriage, among other topics. A worthy read for Christian unsure of their own sexual values, "Sexuality: God's Gift" is a fine read, recommended.

The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex
Kristen Schaal & Rich Blomquist
Chronicle Books
680 - 2nd St., San Francisco CA 94107
9780811871266, $24.95,

The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex provides a hilarious survey by a comedy team, sex practitioners and a real-life couple who explore sex in history, social issues, role playing, jokes, and more. Illustrations and funny surveys consider myths, spoof reality, and provide hours of entertaining reading in this exploration of sexual life and human ironies.

Loving Sex
Ellen Nicolas Rathbone
Down There Press
15608 South New Century Drive, Gardena, CA 90248
9780940208384, $14.95,

Almost every woman would love their intimate experiences to be better. The rest are liars. "Loving Sex: Every Woman's Guide to Sensual Sexuality" is a guide to achieving that higher high when in the throes of passion. Outlining the important elements of a wonderful experience like communication, knowing yourself, knowing your partner, and pushing the experience beyond what you ever thought it could be. From prolonging the experience, certain products, and more, "Loving Sex" is a must for any who want to raise their experiences to another level.

The Fiction Shelf

My Other Women
Pauline Carey
The Porcupine's Quill
68 Main St., Erin, Ontario, N0B IT0
9780889843271, $22.95,

With free love, marriage seems foreign. "My Other Women" follows fiercely independent and marriage abstaining Andrea Dermot, an artist who finds her doses of love in the form of married men on the stage in Canadian theatre. She finds friends in her lovers' wives, and leaves her in an interesting position of friendship, sexuality, independence, and love. Thoughtful and riveting reading, "My Other Women" is a read that will be hard to put down.

John Toomey
Dalkey Archive
1805 S. Wright Street, MC-011, Champaign, IL 61820
9781564786012, $13.95,

When you let apathy take control, apathy can take you on quite the ride. "Sleepwalker" tells the story of Stuart Byrne and his dissatisfaction with life, and the adventures he faces in trying to fill that emptyness that is taking apart his soul. One of the beautiful people, he finds that good looks are more than just a perk; they're quite the advantage in society. Thoughtful and humorous, "Sleepwalker" is quite the read, very highly recommended.

Great House
Ncole Krauss
WW Norton
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110
Goldberg McDuffie Communications, Inc.(publicity)
444 Madison Avenue, Suite 3300, New York, NY 10022
9780393079982, $24.95,

A mere desk can hold more power than one would think. "Great House" tells the story of a desk, once owned by a Chilean poet who met a tragic end, and now in the possession of a lonely American writer. Twisting many stories, the desk serves as the link between them on and what carries on between us through generations. With plenty to ponder and writing that will be hard to put down, "Great House" is a fine work of literary fiction.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

Live From The Other Side
Maureen McGill & Nola Davis
Ozark Mountain Publishing
PO Box 754, Huntsville, AR 72740
9781886940710, $12.00,

The affirmation that one is still watching over you can be all you need to go on. "Live from the Other Side" is a collection of experiences that people who have encountered their loved ones who have passed on and how their experiences have done much to empower them and encourage them. "Live from the Other Side" is an insightful and touching metaphysical read, highly recommended.

The Travel Shelf

Carless in Chicago
Jason Rothstein
Lake Claremont Press
1026 W. Van Buren St., 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60607
9781893121485, $15.95,

Chicago is one of the biggest cities in the world, and without a car, it can seem quite overwhelming. "Carless in Chicago" is a guide to getting around the second city without the aid of a personal automobile. From trains, bikes, buses, or even just hoofing it, Jason Rothstein explains that going without a car is not only healthy and good for the environment; it's also very doable. "Carless in Chicago" is a must for any visiting the town, or looking for a way around their home much more easily. Also from Chicago guides are "The Chicago River Architecture Tour" (9781893121331, $12.00) a guide to the finest buildings in Chi-town, and "Historic Bars of Chicago" (9781893121829, $15.95), exploring the best and most famous bars throughout the city.

The Wine Shelf

The Great Domaines of Burgundy, third edition
Remington Norman and Charles Taylor MW
Sterling Publishing Company
387 Park Avenue South, NY, NY 10016-8810
9781402778827, $35.00,

The third edition of The Great Domaines of Burgundy: A Guide to the Finest Wine Producers of the Cote D'Or offers a completely revised, updated edition of a classic work on the wines of Burgundy, offering nearly forty new entries and surveying nearly 140 of Burgundy's best producers. Charles Taylor has interviewed the owners of these estates: his profiles blend with maps, charts, and tips on tasting and buying Burgundy making this a pick for any general wine collection.

Wine by Design
Sean Stanwick & Loraine Fowlow
Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9780470721414, $75.00,

Wine by Design discusses the relationship between wine, art and architecture and is a pick for any arts or architectural collection. It explores the design of wineries, presenting surveys of selected wineries and describing how wine establishments work with architects to create establishments that foster wine sales and presentation. A fine survey for any architecture and food collection results.

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