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Volume 7, Number 10 October 2012 Home | BW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Social Issues Shelf Cookbook Shelf
Music Shelf Technology Shelf Computer Shelf
Sports Shelf Martial Arts Shelf Photography Shelf
Business Shelf Education Shelf Travel Shelf
Needlecraft Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf Political Science Shelf
Health/Medicine Shelf Metaphysical Studies Shelf Writing/Publishing Shelf
Crafts Shelf Art Shelf Gardening Shelf
Science Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Philosophy Shelf
Audiobook Shelf Military Shelf Native American Shelf
Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf Christian Studies Shelf
Criminology Shelf Wine Shelf Calendar Shelf

Reviewer's Choice

Selena Rezvani
Jossey Bass
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9781118104903, $26.95,

PUSHBACK: HOW SMART WOMEN ASK - AND STAND UP - FOR WHAT THEY WANT comes from a popular Washington Post columnist and leadership consultant who argues that self-advocacy is critical for success even as women traditionally back off from the tools of such advocacy, from negotiations to pushing ahead. This book discusses an approach for taking a firm position at home and at work, considering the best strategies for confronting an issue head-on without damaging a relationship and interviewing top female business leaders on their processes and successes. The result is a powerful account, highly recommended for any business or women's issues holding.

You're So Invited
Cheryl Najafi
St. Martin's Press
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
125001199X, $29.99,

YOU'RE SO INVITED: PANIC LESS, PLAY MORE, AND GET YOUR PARTY ON differs from most home entertainment guides, pairing twelve photographed theme parties with top tips on how to throw a memorable party. From repurposing things around the house to putting together fun food and cleaning everything at eye level before guests arrive, this covers everything from unique party themes to recipes, and provides a fun new approach to celebrating. Any home party-giver will find this an inviting entertainment guide to success.

The Other Side of the Ice
Sprague Theobald with Allan Kreda
Skyhorse Publishing
307 West 36th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10018
1616086238, $24.95,

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ICE: ONE FAMILY'S TREACHEROUS JOURNEY NEGOTIATING THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE is a powerful, multi-faceted exploration of a sailor's 8,500-mile trek to negotiate the treacherous and notorious Northwest Passage - a journey that would challenge his survival and lead to a sailor's desperate attempt to reunite his family after a messy divorce. Nautical adventure blends with personal challenges in a powerful saga that is impossible to put down, recommended for nautical and general-interest, true-adventure collections alike.

The Social Issues Shelf

The Mindful Carnivore
Tovar Cerulli
Pegasus Books
80 Broad Street,5th Floor
New York, NY 10004
9781605982779, $26.95,

THE MINDFUL CARNIVORE: A VEGETARIAN'S HUNT FOR SUSTENANCE tells of a boy who spent his summers fishing for trout and hunting bullfrogs. His early experiments with vegetarianism led to his becoming a vegan by the age of twenty - but ten years later, in declining health, he returned to omnivory and later found himself in the woods as a hunter. His personal journey and insights into the philosophy, ethics, and experiences of hunting, food choices, and vegetarian and vegan choices makes for an engrossing multi-faceted survey of everything from personal health to making mindful environment choices with less impact, and is a pick for any collection strong in vegetarian titles and ethical concerns.

What's The Matter With White People?
Joan Walsh
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9781118141069, $25.95,

WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH WHITE PEOPLE? WHY WE LONG FOR A GOLDEN AGE THAT NEVER WAS comes from a popular Salon columnist who argues that the biggest divide in America today is not about ideology, but about two competing perspectives on why everything has collapsed since the 1970s. One side maintains America has spent the time bankrupting the country providing advantages to underachievers and those undeserving; the other sees a country that is being bankrupted by the very rich. Walsh follows trends that began in the 1970s and continue to modern times, using her extended family to describe how liberals have contributed to the "us vs. them" mentality rather than developing a better vision of a fairer system. This candid assessment makes for a lively discussion of both sides, perfect for any general lending library.

The Cookbook Shelf

The Fresh & Green Table
Susie Middleton
Chronicle Books
680 Second Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
9781452102658, $24.95,

The Fresh & Green Table: Delicious Ideas for Bringing Vegetables Into Every Meal pairs lovely color photos by Annabelle Breakey with dishes that feature clear step-by-step preparation techniques and two or three flavors that feature produce in a fresh new way. Thus you will find recipes for Butternut Squash, Jonagold Apple and Carmelized Onion Tian, a Chilmark Harvest Chowder with green beans, white fish, butternut squash and scallops, and Chile Rice with Green Beans and Toasted Pecans packed with fresh, new flavors not to be found elsewhere. A fine addition to any cook's vegetable harvest gathering!

Tacos, Quesadillas & Burritos
Laura Washburn
Ryland Peters & Small
20-21 Jockey's Fields, London WC1R 4BW
9781849752152, $15.95,

Tacos, Quesadillas & Burritos packs in a range of fillings for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike and collects recipes with modern twists on themes to invite newfound interest. From Chipotle Chicken and Chorizo, Bean and Pepper or Chicken Mole to breakfast quesadillas for sharing, this is a fine survey that includes the side dishes and salsas for finishing the taco, quesadilla or burrito offering. Easy preparation and fun dishes make this a fine collection for any wanting to expand their filling repertoire.

Quick and Easy Low-Cal Vegan Comfort Food
Alicia C. Simpson
The Experiment, LLC
260 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3 South
New York, NY 10001 - 6408
9781615190423, $17.95,

Quick and Easy Low-Cal Vegan Comfort Food provides Southern standard comfort fare in some 150 new recipes that cover meals from breakfast to dinner. Every recipe includes detailed nutritional data to compliment daily menus for vegan adaptations low in calories. From Pinto Beans in Ancho Chile Sauce to Chik'n Pot Pie and a vegetable-based and vegan cheese White Lasagna, this provides fine color photos and easy step-by-step instructions. Only a smattering of specialty vegan ingredients substituting meats and dairy is required: most of the dishes rely on fresh spices and vegetables in this winning survey, highly recommended for any vegan cook.

The Music Shelf

Andre Millard
Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218-4363
9781421405254, $22.95,

BEATLEMANIA: TECHNOLOGY, BUSINESS, AND TEEN CULTURE IN COLD WAR AMERICA is reviewed in our music section for its link to popular music, but in fact is a social history that considers the Beatles' global rise to recognition and how changes in the way music was produced, recorded, sold and marketed coincided with their meteoric rise in fame. It's a history of the Beatles and of the changes affecting music-making and playing technology, with chapters documenting the influence of world commerce and changing styles of expression around the world. Any interested in either the Beatles or the undercurrents of the music industry as a whole will find this a thought-provoking discussion especially suitable for college-level music collections strong in popular music!

The Technology Shelf

LED Lighting: A Primer to Lighting the Future
Sal Cangeloso
Maker Press
c/o O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.
1005 Gravenstein, Hwy N.
Sebastopol, CA 95472-2811
9781449334765, $6.99,

LED Lighting: A Primer to Lighting the Future is a compact 58-page primer that nearly qualifies as a 'pamphlet' but holds So much more. It's a project book explaining the working parts of a 'simple' LED bulb and explains challenges electronics companies face as they market LED-style lighting. It provides keys to the drivers, circuits and applications of LED lighting, discusses non-bulb and bulb LED applications alike, and will delight homeowners and handymen who want more details on how LED actually works. Any collection strong in handy guides, homeownership and construction will find this key to understanding how LED systems work.

High-Level Information Fusion Management and Systems Design
Erik Blasch and Eloi Bose
Artech House
685 Canton Street, Norwood, MA 02062
9781608071517, $149.00,

High-Level Information Fusion Management and Systems Design offers developers, designers and users of fusion data services a clear technical exploration of alternate methods to represent and model various situations, and is a key to better design practices in fusion systems. Chapters discuss the latest theories, cover algorithms and software components of the systems, and survey the specifics of measuring results and meeting system goals. The result is a powerful technical reference highly recommended for engineering reference holdings.

Implementing Successful Building Information Modeling
Erika Epstein
Artech House
685 Canton Street, Norwood, MA 02062
9781608071395, $129.00,

BIM is the process of generating and managing building data during a structure's lifecycle, and is a system and software program used by modern architectural firms who find it allows them to produce better quality work. Case studies of firms of all sizes offer construction engineers and architects a fine survey of how to implement BIM in the field, exploring how collected data can be added to and used during the life of the building. Any collection strong in architectural modeling and BIM processes will find this a solid reference linking real-world applications to engineering design challenges.

The Computer Shelf

Microsoft Press
c/o O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.
1005 Gravenstein, Hwy N.
Sebastopol, CA 95472-2811

Orin Thomas,'s TRAINING KIT: ADMINISTERING MICROSOFT SQL SERVER 2012 DATABASES: EXAM 70-462 (9780735666078, $69.99) provides a fine self-paced training kit for any interested in installing and configuring SQL Server 2012 and managing databases. From monitoring and optimizing SQL Server to implementing its newest functions, this offers practice tests on a CD and provides a complete kit packed with study resources. Screen shots, lesson summaries, and lesson reviews accompany concrete, foundation-building basics key to acing the 70-462 Exam. Joseph Davies' UNDERSTANDING IPv6, 3RD EDITION (9780735659145, $49.99) covers Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, offering up an in-depth technical guide recommended for advanced computer collections specializing in Windows operating systems specs. It's written by a networking expert and explains IPv6 features, benefits, and tweaks and tips, covering everything from experimenting with configurations to deploying IPv6 connectivity on an IPv4-only intranet. Best practices from the Microsoft corporate network case study accompany quizzes and everything needed to get IPv6 up and running successfully.

YUI 3 Cookbook
Evan Goer
Yahoo! Press
c/o O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.
1005 Gravenstein, Hwy N.
Sebastopol, CA 95472-2811
9781449304195, $39.99,

YUI 3 Cookbook is for any collection catering to web developers and teaches how to solve a range of problems in web applications quickly and easily. It provides a definitive guide to version 3 of the popular open source JavaScript library and shows how to handle common programming challenges. Chapters teach how to build a YUI application anywhere, how to use YUI scales with base code, apply animations, debug and unit test a JavaScript application, and much more.

1005 Gravenstein, Hwy N.
Sebastopol, CA 95472-2811

The second updated edition of Ryan Troy & Matthew Helmke's VMWARE COOKBOOK (9781449314477, $44.99) packs in step-by-step solutions in a guide designed to help virtualization programmer with VMware ESXi in a range of network applications. From the basics of handling computer clusters and storage to the latest advances in vCloud Director and cloud security, this provides system administrators with the basics of managing cloud resources and logical and physical networks alike, and is a 'must' for any seeking to automate ESXi installations. VCloud Director and vShield are included in this fine survey! Brian W. Fitzpatrick and Ben Collins-Sussman's TEAM GEEK A SOFTWARE DEVELOPER'S GUIDE TO WORKING WELL WITH OTHERS (9781449302443, $24.99) blends a career guide with advice for software engineers who produce fine code but struggle with interpersonal relations. It provides a fun guide to basic patterns and anti-patterns involved in working on teams and with users, is geared to a typical developer's assessment routines, and comes from two respected software engineers who consider the 'team' factor involved in software development. A 'must' for any who want specific insights in working on teams and with end users. Susan Prosser and Stuart Gripman's FILEMAKER PRO 12: THE MISSING MANUAL (9781449316280, $39.99) provides a fine manual that focuses on making the most of Filemaker Pro 12's many features. From a basic introduction to the program that includes keys to creating one's first database to cataloging data, creating professional documents, and using its many advanced features, this links business applications to all of Filemaker Pro 12's functions and is, quite simply, a 'must' for any planning serious use of the program. Simon St. Laurent,'s LEARNING RAILS 3 (9781449309336, $34.99) is for web developers and designers ready to learn Rails, and offers an introduction that uses the basics of the Web to explain Rails operations and logic. Programmers with this Web knowledge will this find LEARNING RAILS 3 to be an accessible, revealing survey that uses basic HTML experience to build insights on building forms, applications, and models with the Rails system. Very highly recommended for any programmer looking for a jumpstart to Rails. David Sawyer McFarland's DREAMWEAVER CS6: THE MISSING MANUAL (9781449316174, $49.99) covers all the important details of the program and offers A-Z guidance on Dreamweaver CS6's many advanced features. From using libraries and templates and learning the basics of the latest design ideas to designing sites for smartphones, tablets and desktop PCs, this offers a complete printed guide to the program from introductory to advanced features, using black and white charts, graphs, and illustrations at every step to simplify the explanations. A 'must' for any learning Dreamweaver CS6.

C++ Primer, fifth edition
Stanley B. Lippman,
Addison Wesley
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300
Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
9780321714114, $59.99, www.informit/com/aw

The fifth updated edition of the C++ 'bible', C++ PRIMER, has been completely rewritten for the new C++11 Standard and provides a blend of tutorial and reference fully updated for any seeking to use the core language and its standard library to write code. The standard library is completely explored here, with its functions, applications to code, and more. Examples have been revised to use the new language features and the focus is on a tutorial and reference book blend that offers at-a-glance information as well as a step-by-step instructional. Any collection strong in the latest C++ language MUST have this extensive reference!

OSX Mountain Lion for Dummies
Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus
For Dummies
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9781118394182, $24.99,

OSX Mountain Lion for Dummies appears in complete color and provides all the basics of working with iCloud, Messages, email, Safari web surfing and more, teaching the basics of getting the most from OS X Mountain Lion and your Mac. Mac newcomers receive guidelines to all the basics, from the mouse to the desktop and processes unique to the OS X operating system, and receive special tips on options for customizing the process. Chapters focus on timesaving routines and tools, managing folders, handling music and video calls, and much more. The result's a powerful survey highly recommended for any Mac newcomer to OS X.

Digital Wars
Charles Arthur
Kogan Page USA
1518 Walnut Street, Suite 1100
Philadelphia, PA 19102
9780749464134, $19.95,

DIGITAL WARS: APPLE, GOOGLE, MICROSOFT AND THE BATTLE FOR THE INTERNET provides a powerful history of the rapidly-evolving digital arena or three major companies, offering an intriguing behind-the-scenes survey of their battles for control from digital music and search engines to smartphones. Chapters offer a lively discourse that charts the personalities, encounters, and oddities of the digital universe and provide many intriguing moments that are not documented elsewhere. The result, under one cover, is essentially a history of how today's digital world evolved - and how strong competition keeps it lively and filled with twists and turns for business and consumer alike. Any social issues or computer history holding will find this a vivid, interesting addition.

Think Like a Programmer
V. Anton Spraul
No Starch Press
38 Ringold Street, San Francisco, CO 94103-4403
9781593274245, $34.95,

Think Like a Programmer: An Introduction to Creative Problem Solving breaks down the ways programmers solve problems and offers step-by-step assessments of simple programming concepts, showing how to use a tool to solve real programming issues in new ways. Readers will learn strategies to apply to particular types of problems and ways to avoid frustration in a title which teaches the basics of not just writing code, but solving the real-world problems that stem from it. It shows programmers how to split problems into components to make them easier to solve, use code reuse with functions and libraries, pick a data structure suitable for a particular job, and more. Any programmer's reference library needs this practical collection of real-world solutions to common programming issues.

The Sports Shelf

Classic Hikes of North America
Peter Potterfield
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780393065138, $39.95,

Classic Hikes of North America: 25 Breathtaking Treks in the United States and Canada comes from a veteran adventure journalist who has crossed the country assessing hiking trails, culling the potentials down to some twenty-five of the best. Lovely photos in an oversized hardcover suitable for displaying them accompanies hiking directions and assessments of each hike's attractions, pairing lovely images with "you are there" descriptions that will lure any hiker to new heights. Detailed information on each trail assures there will be no surprises for any who wish to use this 'best of the best' as a travel guide, while the lush photos and descriptions will also appeal to armchair hikers and collections catering to them.

The Martial Arts Shelf

Kim, Bok Man
YMAA Publications
PO Box 480, Wolfeboro, NH 03894-0480
9781594392276, $34.95,

TAEKWONDO: DEFENSE AGAINST WEAPONS offers sparring and patterns from Taekwondo's technical founder and is an excellent addition to any serious martial arts collection. Grandmaster Kim, Bok Man is one of the most recognized authorities of the art in the world. This volume originally appeared in 1979 and here provides a review of the defense techniques taught to military and black belts alike. Beginners can view the application of their training in weapon defenses, while advanced students will learn basic training that's long been part of Taekwondo. Step-by-step black and white photos throughout follow every form and movement and accompany a history and discussion of sparring, defense against weapons, and training and hand and foot techniques. Any martial arts holding will find this a classic instructional.

The Photography Shelf

The Sony SLT-A77
Carol F. Roullard and Brian Matsumoto
Rocky Nook
802 East Cota Street, 3rd Floor
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
9781937538019, $34.95,

The Sony SLT-A77: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide provides photographers with information about the unique features of the Sony SLT-A77 which comes with an electronic viewfinder and a fixed mirror, and teaches how to obtain exceptional photos and videos using the camera's automatic modes. It tells how to use built-in adjustments, GPS, colorization modes and more and provides keys to using the accessory Sony shoe-mount flash and third-party software and accessories. From advantages of Sony's advanced features to using the camera with the older Minolta Maxxum lenses, this is packed with outstanding tips for getting the most from a Sony SLT-A77.

The Business Shelf

Paid Owned Earned
Nick Burcher
Kogan Page USA
1518 Walnut Street, Suite 1100
Philadelphia, PA 19102
9780749465629, $26.95,

Paid Owned Earned: Maximizing Marketing Returns in a Socially Connected World offers a fine survey that will appeal to any business holding for marketing and advertising professionals, and offers a framework that reveals marketing opportunities inherent in socially connected media. Marketing options are discussed in chapters that consider the specifics of optimization, broadcasting messages, listening to considers via social media connections, and much more. College-level marketing and business holdings will find this a winner!

Stand Up For Yourself Without Getting Fired
Donna Ballman
Career Press
220 West Parkway, Unit 12
Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
9781601632357, $15.99,

Stand Up For Yourself Without Getting Fired focuses on how to resolve workplace issues without endangering one's job, and comes from an attorney who provides answers to questions surrounding making a case for discrimination or harassment, understanding privacy issues in the workplace, what it means to be an independent contractor versus an employee, and much more. It provides key advice for any career-threatening situation and offers tips that range from logical to eye-opening. Any business collection needs this!

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

Laura Stack's WHAT TO DO WHEN THERE'S TOO MUCH TO DO (9781609945404, $15.95) teaches readers how to do less and achieve more, and comes form an author who has been teaching professionals the basics of building workable organization systems for some twenty years. Activity shouldn't be confused with productivity: what counts is making sure key projects don't become lost on the task list. This introduces the basics of work triage and tells how to assign levels of urgency to different tasks in a powerful recommendation for any business collection. Hugh Sinclair's CONFESSIONS OF A MICROFINANCE HERETIC: HOW MICROLENDING LOST ITS WAY AND BETRAYED THE POOR (9781609945183, $27.95) provides the true story of a young IESE Business School grad who joined the microfinance industry in the early 2000s intending to do good in the world. His discovery of a global network of corruption and betrayals of the poor and his efforts at exposing this wrongdoing would result in death threats, aggressive retaliations, and legal action. This provides a memoir and financial detective story that could fall under many headings, from business and finance insights to social issues, true crime, political expose and more. The result is an eye-opening examination of the world of microfinance that reveals the dark side of the industry and provides a powerful account for many different kinds of collections. Soren Kaplan's LEAPFROGGING: HARNESS THE POWER OF SURPRISE FOR BUSINESS BREAKTHROUGHS (9781609944940, $27.95) combines extensive research with some 20 years in strategy and innovation to identify a process for using surprise to foster business breakthroughs. Surprise is a key in creating these breakthroughs and is inherent in the way leaders and organizations handle uncertainty. Those managers and groups willing to change to encourage and accommodate surprise will find this a magic potion for business change and success - and will find LEAPFROGGING the perfect path to business enlightenment, recommended for business and general holdings alike!

Team Turnarounds
Joe Frontiera and Daniel Leidl
Jossey Bass
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9781118144787, $25.95,

TEAM TURNAROUNDS: A PLAYBOOK FOR TRANSFORMING UNDERPERFORMING TEAMS discusses how turnaround works for teams and managers and uses interviews with team managers and turnaround masters in the NFL, MLB, and NCAA along with managers at top global firms who have reversed their company's decline. Chapters outline the six basic steps every team takes to undertake a turnaround, offering stories from legendary individuals and teams who successfully made the change and experienced success. The result is a winning formula a range of businesses will wish to adopt.

The Education Shelf

Cracking the AP Calculus AB & BC Exams 2013
David S. Kahn
The Princeton Review
c/o Random House Inc.
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9780307944863, $19.99,

Cracking the AP Calculus AB & BC Exams 2013 offers proven techniques for gaining a higher score, five full-length practice tests combined with detailed explanations, a review of topics, a cheat sheet of key formulas, and much more, updating strategies to reflect the latest AP test scoring changes and providing a solid reference for any who would take the standardized exam and succeed. The practice tests are filled with problems, answers, and detailed explanations designed to enhance overall understanding, making this a top pick for any studying for the 2013 exams.

Corwin Press
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218

Howard M. Knoff's SCHOOL DISCIPLINE, CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT, & STUDENT SELF-MANAGEMENT: A PBS IMPLEMENTATION GUIDE (9781412993968, $36.95) teaches the basics of implementing a schoolwide discipline and safe schools program and is based on Project Achieve, a national model of improvement. Educators will find this offers a model for similar achievement across the board, blending academics, instruction and achievement with discipline, behavior management, and more. Classroom charts, posters, and worksheets contribute to an outstanding survey highly recommended for schools looking for an integrated, tested program of advancement. 41 ACTIVE LEARNING STRATEGIES FOR THE INCLUSIVE CLASSROOM (9781412993975, $36.95) by Diane Casale-Giannola and Linda Schwartz Green will reach educators of grades 6-12 with research motivating adolescents to learn. Strategies focus on creating a more engaged interactive classroom environment and also focus on self-directed learning processes, offering clear keys that include materials, directions, sample applications, and more. Erin E. Barton and Beth Harn's EDUCATING YOUNG CHILDREN WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS (9781412987288, $41.95) provides educators with all the basics needed to educate a child with autism. From improving skills for communication and socialization to including families in educational pursuits and using a student's interests to teach, this includes forms, charts, activities, and the latest research on autism and educational processes, and is a solid pick for any special education collection. Also highly recommended for this audience is Geoff Colvin and Martin R. Sheehan's MANAGING THE CYCLE OF MELTDOWNS FOR STUDENTS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER (9781412994033, $31.95), a key to keeping autistic meltdowns from taking over a classroom. Practical steps to recognizing, preventing and responding to common phases of meltdown behaviors with autism spectrum disorder students provides a guide that advocates positive behavior support and gives basic keys to achieving these goals. Teachers will find this a package for recognizing and handling the different phases of meltdown, and will find this an essential addition to any approach to teaching autistic students. Richard Sagor and Deborah Rickey's THE RELENTLESS PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE (9781412996457, $27.16) describes a leadership philosophy based on the search for wisdom and shows how to retain high-quality teachers, keep them motivated, and incorporate accountability into the school improvement quest. Chapters offer a concrete formula for bringing out the best in school leaders, presenting a proven leadership model that works well in the school environment. Principals and educational leaders will find this filled with solid leadership advice. Page Keeley,'s A LEADER'S GUIDE TO MATHEMATICS CURRICULUM TOPIC STUDY (9781412992602, $41.95) teaches the basics of linking standards and research to mathematics practice, and is a fine companion to MATHEMATICS CURRICULUM TOPIC STUDY. Here is a survey that offers designs and guidelines for common topic studies and keys to programs for half- and full-day workshops and individual coaching alike, accompanied by a CD-ROM containing handouts, slides and reproducibles. The purpose is to link standards and research to actual math practice, and chapters provide all the tools and templates needed to strengthen a math teacher's program. Nic Cooper and Betty K. Garner's DEVELOPING A LEARNING CLASSROOM (9781452203881, $28.95) explores the basics of creating a learning-centered classroom founded on relationships, relevance and rigor. From creating a safe environment for questions and interactions to pairing student learning profiles with teacher approaches, this is packed with brain-based strategies considering how we teach students and who these students are. Linda Gross Cheliotes and Marceta Fleming Reilly's OPENING THE DOOR TO COACHING CONVERSATIONS (9781452202570, $31.95) provides a fine guide to the coaching style of leadership, blending stories by coaches on the Coaching for Results team with discussions of building coaching values and practices, handling issues of accountability, and developing team loyalty and trust. The focus on coach leadership principles as they play out in real-world situations makes for a powerful guide highly recommended for any education collection interested in coaching team teaching.

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

Deborah A. Bruns and Stacy D. Thompson's FEEDING CHALLENGES IN YOUNG CHILDREN: STRATEGIES AND SPECIALIZED INTERVENTIONS FOR SUCCESS (9781598571219, $39.95) provides a new book to address feeding challenges in young children, and offers advice based on the latest research and input from professionals in resolving diverse feeding issues in kids from birth to 5. School, home and child care settings alike are covered while a CD-ROM holds nearly 50 pages of printable forms, handouts, and records for daily feeding notes. Tips on issues ranging from feeding team requirements and specialized feeding equipment to rating scales and interventions for failures to thrive, while tips for youngsters with oral motor difficulties round out all the practical details in a title highly recommended for health and education collections alike. Philippa H. Campbell, Suzanne A. Milbourne and Alexis A. Kennedy's CARA'S KIT FOR TODDLERS: CREATING ADAPTATIONS FOR ROUTINES AND ACTIVITIES (9781598572483, $24.95) is a pick for early childhood and early intervention specialists and provides a fine spiral-bound kit and CD-ROM packed with step-by-step ideas for adapting environments, activities and materials for kids ages 18-36 months. The kid focuses on toddler development and shows how to make daily activities and routines run easily through a range of techniques to help kids meet daily challenges. From music to visual supports to enhance learning, this is a creative winner.

Cracking the AP World History Exam 2013
Monty Armstrong,
The Princeton Review
c/o Random House Inc.
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9780307944917, $19.99,

Cracking the AP World History Exam 2013 offers a set of proven techniques for a higher score and packs in two full-length practice tests, timelines, summaries, key terms and new strategies that reflect the AP test scoring change. This isn't just a set of questions and answers: it's a powerful collection of world history reviews that help students understand the basics of world history events and questions likely to appear on the exam. Highly recommended for any collection appealing to AP test-takers.

Teach Your Children Well
Madeline Levine, PhD
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
10 East 53rd Street, NY, NY 10022-5299
9780061824746, $26.99,

TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL: PARENTING FOR AUTHENTIC SUCCESS provides a powerful survey arguing tat we must embrace a different way of thinking about success if we're to effectively teach children values and meaningful ideals in life. Too often success in school is defined by high grades; but academic success in school doesn't necessarily lead to a better life. This book advocates allowing kids the time and energy to explore and develop coping methods and a sense of self. Chapters show how to achieve this success in conjunction with academic aims, and provide a fine guide for any teacher or parent searching for a different approach to evaluating educational goals.

Degree Mills
Allen Ezell and John Bear, PhD
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197
9781616145071, $21.00,

DEGREE MILLS: THE BILLION-DOLLAR INDUSTRY THAT HAS SOLD OVER A MILLION FAKE DIPLOMAS reviews the industry and statistics surrounding fake PhDs and provides many stunning facts - such as the revelation that over half of all new PhDs are fake. The problem has become an international epidemic as hundreds of degree mills sell thousands of fake degrees weekly. Author Allen Ezell is a long-time FBI agent specializing in diploma mills and John Bear is an expert witness on degree fraud: together they provide a top reference for any working in business, government or academic circles who must verify degree accuracy.

The Travel Shelf

Lonely Planet Publications
150 Linden Street
Oakland CA 94607

ESTONIA, LATVIA & LITHUANIA by Brandon Presser, (9781741795813, $26.99) provides a fine survey from five expert authors who together represent three solid months of research into moving around a less-touristed travel destination. It covers three Baltic nations in detail, surveying hundreds of architectural gems, including small line maps, and practical advice on moving around and between the small countries. John Noble,'s GEORGIA, ARMENIA & AZERBAIJAN (9781741794038, $25.99) comes from three expert authors who together represent some four months of research into independent travel in each of these countries, and is a top pick for any heading to the region. It covers natural beauty and manmade attractions equally, with sidebars of at-a-glance information and small line maps throughout complimenting practical information perfect for advance travel planning and budget-oriented readers. The result is a fine guide: both are top picks for any destination-oriented traveler and collections catering to them! Nick Ray and Greg Bloom's CAMBODIA (9781741799651, $23.99) covers the entire country, packs in sidebars of information and small maps throughout, and is the item of take-along choice for any planning an independent journey through the country. It provides a lovely survey outlining the best of the country and how to make the most of a journey there whether you have weeks or months, and it's filled with all the travel insights any would need to know to navigate the country successfully. Anthony Ham,'s KENYA (9781741796735, $26.99) packs in practical keys to making the most of a visit to Kenya, with a special focus on looking for animals in the countryside. From visiting small camps with guided tours to moving easily around the country and sleeping and eating, it's a 'must' for any heading to Kenya in search of animals and culture. Even more remote is Madagascar, and Emilie Filou and Paul Stiles' MADAGASCAR (9781741791754,$27.99) provides important keys to moving around rainforest and beaches alike in a country once notorious for its rare wildlife and difficulty in seeing them. Chapters packed with small line maps and detailed destination advice offer important keys to navigating Madagascar's back roads and cities like. Mary Fitzpatrick,'s EAST AFRICA (9781741796728, $32.99) provides a fine account documenting the wildlife of East Africa and the best ways to see it, pairing small local line maps throughout with descriptions of on- and off-the-beaten path attractions and how to get to them. Any heading to East Africa must use this practical guide as a planner! Kevin Raub,'s COLUMBIA (9781741797983, $26.99) provides a fine survey representing over a hundred days of research, listing beaches, colonial cities and small towns, and numerous national parks. Information for independent travelers includes everything from accommodations and food to budgeting, creating an excellent take-along tote for any who want a specific guide to Columbia alone. China Williams,'s SOUTHEAST ASIA ON A SHOESTRING (9781741798548, $26.99) packs in nearly a thousand pages in a thick take-along tote and travel planner that reveals how to move around Southeast Asia on a budget, and is a pick for independent travelers interested in the many opportunities available for eye-opening journeys through different countries. Expert authors who live and work in Southeast Asia contribute to a volume packed with details on how to take big trips on small budgets in a pick for any who would travel independently in the region. Daniel Robinson,'s ISRAEL & THE PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES (9781741799361, $24.99) offers a pull-out map of Jerusalem and new information on all the Territories and Israel, including Petra and Siani, and is a 'must' for any heading on a trip to the region. From highlights to travel tips for getting around, this is packed with top tips for any visitor to the region and is arranged in such a way that independent travelers will learn the most about getting around and seeing sights on and off the beaten path.

The Needlecraft Shelf

Quilts from Grandmother's Garden
Jaynette Huff
Martingale & Company
19021 Avenue NE, Bothell, WA 98011
9781564776426, $24.99,

Quilts from Grandmother's Garden: A Fresh Look at English Paper Piecing provides a fine set of projects inspired by the Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt tradition, teaching how to sew hexagons into applique units for lovely floral designs. Ten projects include a wall quilt and numerous flowers, leaves and nature scenes that can all be created using 1/4" to 1/2" hexagon shapes. Patterns and color photos throughout lend to a lovely gathering of unique projects based on an old tradition, and perfect for quilters seeking something different.

American Quilter's Society
PO Box 3290
Paducah, KY 42002-3290

Karen S. Fisher's EASY GRID QUILTS (9781604600131, $24.95) provides some fourteen quilt projects that combine colors, contrasts and more in five simple grid formats to teach quilters the basic of grid line quilting. Easily-sewed squares and rectangles may be combined using grid quilting to create complex-looking quilts, while optional machine applique instructions and design suggestions are included. Any who would learn how to use quilt grids to maximum advantage will find this a winning set of projects teaching all the basics. Karen Linduska's CREATIVE USES FOR DECORATIVE STITCHES (9781604600278, $24.95) provides a fine book filled with some 11 projects using the built-in decorative stitching features of a home sewing machine, and is a recommended pick for any needlework collection focusing on machine basics. It shows how to apply different uses to single stitches, how to combine stitches, and how to use threads and more in a variety of projects, and teaches the basics of varying stitches by length, width, and density as well. Any who would better use their machine's built-in features will find this packed with useful information!

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

No Way to Kill a Lady
Nancy Martin
Obsidian Mystery
c/o Penguin Group (USA)
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
9780451237057, $23.95,

NO WAY TO KILL A LADY: A BLACKBIRD SISTERS MYSTERY provides the long-awaited eighth book in the mystery series - the first since 2009 - and will prove an engrossing read for fans of the prior sagas. Here a great-aunt's death leaves three sisters an estate worth millions - but when they travel to claim their inheritance they find the house has been gutted and abandoned. The sisters are individually experiencing scandal, from a sex scandal to a love child - but this scene involves them all in murder as well, when a body is discovered in the abandoned mansion. Twists and turns of plot permeate a tense thriller, filled with solid characterization and unpredictable moments.

Berkeley Prime Crime
c/o Penguin Group (USA)
375 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014

Peg Cochran's ALLERGIC TO DEATH (9780425251461, $7.99) centers around Gigi, whose new gourmet deli is just becoming famous when an esteemed restaurant reviewer drops dead from a severe peanut allergy right after eating one of Gigi's dishes. The trouble is, the recipe included no peanuts - and it's up to Gigi to clear her name before her business goes down in flames. Rochelle Staab's BRUJA BROUHAHA (9780425251492, $7.99) tells of a psychologist and an occult professor who form an unlikely bond and attempt to solve a mystery while investigating a witch's hex. The only trouble is, murder complicated by the hex are turning an entire neighborhood upside down - and it's up to Liz and Nick to set things right. Allison Kingsley's A SINISTER SENSE (9780425251416, $7.99) revolves around a Maine bookstore and owner Stephanie Quinn, who employs her mind reader cousin to add mystery and intrigue to the store's mix. Add a dead body and a troublesome dog and you have a vivid story hard to put down. Annette Blair's CLOAKED IN MALICE (9780425251430, $7.99) tells of Maddie's passion for vintage clothes, and the visions she gets from touching the. But a beautifully dressed girl who enters the store brings with her visions of a decades-old kidnapping and murder - and Maddie and her FBI agent boyfriend Nick find themselves hot on the trail of a killer in this engrossing story. Ellery Adams' PIES AND PREJUDICE (9780425251409, $7.99) tells of Ella Mae, who bakes pies when things become difficult. So when she catches her husband cheating she returns to her Georgia hometown to bake pies - and finds they have magical effects on their enthusiastic audience. Her ownership of a pie shop with magic lends to trouble when a fiance is found murdered by Ella's own rolling pin, casting suspicion on her name and life. All are satisfying, engrossing mysteries.

The Political Science Shelf

Who's Counting?
John Fund and Hans Von Spakovsky
Encounter Books
900 Broadway, Suite 601, New York, NY 10003
9781594036187, $16.99,

WHO'S COUNTING: HOW FRAUDSTERS AND BUREAUCRATS PUT YOUR VOTE AT RISK focuses on issues of our election system from voter fraud to vote counting, and is a fine pick for any interested in American elections and voter integrity. It surveys problems, public confidence issues, and the need to scrutinize our own election process to assure safe and fair voting. Many states have passed laws requiring photo ID to be shown at the polls and curbing the use of absentee ballots which lend to fraud: WHO'S COUNTING considers the many influences on voter fraud and is a key acquisition for any political studies collection strong in voter rights and democracy's issues and challenges.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Choosing Cesarean: A Natural Birth Plan
Magnus Murphy, MD and Pauline McDonagh Hull
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197
9781616145118, $21.00,

Choosing Cesarean: A Natural Birth Plan considers the fact that cesarean delivery is often portrayed as an emergency procedure, not as a choice a woman and her physician may make for elective reasons, and it provides an argument that such perceptions of cesarean are misguided. It makes a case for surgery as a legitimate decision for informed women and collects medical evidence from around the world that readers are unlikely to find elsewhere in one place to support the idea that a planned cesarean is often the safest way for a baby to be born. Written with the general reader in mind, this will be a choice for any medical library and for general collections strong in pregnancy guides.

Legal and Ethical Issues for Health Professionals, third edition
George D. Pozgar
Jones & Bartlett Publishers
40 Tall Pine Drive, Sudbury, MA 01776
9781449672119, $31.50,

The third updated edition of Legal and Ethical Issues for Health Professionals not only updates statistics: it provides new quotes, case studies, a completely revamped Summary Case chapter offering insights on the text's principles, and a new Appendix on using Internet resources. A student companion website features crossword puzzles, interactive flashcards, and web links while instructor resources include PowerPoint presentations and more. The expanded discussions and additions of much more information in the legal and ethical realm makes this a powerful text recommended for college students in the health care professions.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

The Mystery of Spirituality
Mark Perry
World Wisdom
1501 East Hillside Drive, Bloomington, IN 47401
9781936597130, $24.95,

The Mystery of Spirituality: Grandeur and Delusion of the Human Condition is a fine addition to any new age religion or psychology holding and considers what it means to be a human being created 'in the image of God'. Psychology, sociology, spirituality and more blend in a fine insightful gathering of archetypes and insights into the nature of divinity, making for a series of philosophical and studied reflections perfect for a range of spirituality holdings. The essays will neatly spill over into the realm of general spirituality, rather than being limited to new age readers alone.

The Writing/Publishing Shelf

Sell Your Book Like Wildfire
Rob Eager
Writer's Digest Books
c/o F+W Media
4700 East Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236
9781599634210, $16.99,

Sell Your Book Like Wildfire: The Writer's Guide to Marketing & Publicity provides first-time authors with a powerful reference to selling a book and comes from a marketing expert who explains how to use the best promotional methods to get a book noticed. From building a brand and securing speaking engagements to creating a fan base using social media to generate excitement, this covers all the basics to selling more books, and is a pick for any author - particularly self-published writers who need more insights on the marketing side of the biz.

2013 Writer's Market
Carol Tice,
Writer's Digest Books
c/o F+W Media
4700 East Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236
9781599635934, $27.99,

The 2013 Writer's Market continues to remain the best printed resource available for making the most of one's writing career, identifying sources for publication that range from magazines and book publishers to contests, awards, and more. Introductory chapters provide essays on everything from self-promotion to locating freelance opportunities online, while pages packed with concrete, annually-updated information include such basics as editor names, notes on bylines and payment policies, fiction and nonfiction needs, and more. No general or public lending library should be without this key reference.

You Can't Make This Stuff Up
Lee Gutkind
Da Capo Press
c/o Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9780738215549, $16.00,

You Can't Make This Stuff Up: The Complete Guide to Writing Creative Nonfiction - from memoir to Literary Journalism and Everything Between provides a comprehensive guide to creative nonfiction and pairs writing exercises and analysis of techniques used by the best writers with excerpt examples from a range of works, tips for getting published, and more. It's a top pick for writers seeking inspiring, practical accounts of how prose can be created, marketed, and more. From ethical questions on turning nonfiction into creative writing to handling the fine line between fact and fiction, this covers common pitfalls and provides concrete approaches to success.

The Crafts Shelf

Kalmbach Publishing Company
21027 Crossroads Circle
Waukesha, WI 53186

Mary Wohlgemuth's METAL CLAY & COLOR: INVENTIVE TECHNIQUES FROM 20 JEWELRY DESIGNERS (9780871164414, $21.95) compiles projects from top designers who provide colorful projects and tips for adding color to silver, bronze and copper clay jewelry. Readers already versed in metalwork who want to go the next step receive instruction on how to compliment metal tones through adding ceramics, enamel, fireable gemstones, seed beads and more, with step-by-step color photos capturing techniques and a range of styles and applications. Any jewelry-crafting library needs this! Such a library also must have BeadStyle Magazine Editors' SIMPLY STYLISH CRYSTAL JEWELRY (9780871164452, $17.95), a fine guide for beginners new to crystal jewelry creation. It packs in over thirty of the top projects form the pages of Bead Style Magazine, showing how to create jewelry sets and individual pieces alike, and how to blend crystals with chain, jump rings and more. The reference chart for crystal shapes and complete guides to supplies needed for each project make this a beginner's 'bible' of crystal projects, paired with easy step-by-step and full color photos throughout.

The Art Shelf

Splash 13: The Best of Watercolor
Rachel Rubin Wolf, Editor
North Light Books
c/o F+W Media
4700 East Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236
9781440310355, $35.00,

Splash 13: The Best of Watercolor: Alternative Approaches explores watercolor solutions and insights from over a hundred watercolor innovators and masters, and displays over a hundred paintings accompanied by artist insights into how they achieved them. From how they handled realism and abstraction to accidents that proved fortuitous and outside-the-box thinking on everything from brushes and watercolors to composition, this is a powerful presentation perfect for any watercolor artist seeking innovative approaches, and packs in color photos displaying the full potentials of the art!

The Gardening Shelf

The Seed Underground
Janisse Ray
Chelsea Green Publishing Company
85 North Main Street, Suite 120
White River Junction, VT 05001
9781603583060, $17.95,

The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food offers stories of ordinary gardeners who try to save open-pollinated varieties of old-time seeds, and blends their stories with that of Janisse Ray, who watched her grandmother save squash seed and who herself cultivated a garden rich in heirloom varieties and local strengths. It's a story of not just gardening, but harvesting and preserving vintage varieties of food, and will appeal to gardening and culinary collections alike with its powerful account of saving seeds and old varieties on the verge of vanishing.

The Science Shelf

Tropic of Chaos
Christian Parenti
Nation Books
116 East 16th Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10003
9781568587295, $16.99,

TROPIC OF CHAOS: CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE NEW GEOGRAPHY OF VIOLENCE comes from a writer who documents the new era of climate war fostered by changing world weathers, linking climate change to social breakdown and the spreading of government failures around the world. It goes beyond the usual prediction process usually associated with discussions of world disaster potentials and hones in on how changing weather patterns in turn change people patterns, leading to new encounters and conflicts. The result is a powerful discussion that's a 'must' for science and nature and social issues collections alike!

c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 17th floor
New York, NY 10019

Gregory Chaitin's PROVING DARWIN: MAKING BIOLOGY MATHEMATICAL (9780375423147, $24.00) provides a fine survey that shows how Darwin's theory of evolution works on a mathematical level, and is a fine pick for any math collection interested in connections between biology and math. Chapters assemble proof that Darwin's theory works on a purely mathematical level, arguing that evolution can't be proven without a mathematical theory in place as well. He's developed a paradigm that can mathematically explain life itself - and the pioneers of math and biology worlds alike come together in a fine introduction to metabiology and its foundations, perfect for science and lay collections alike. Giulio Tononi's PHI: A VOYAGE FROM THE BRAIN TO THE SOUL (9780307907219, $30.00) explores the latest scientific findings around consciousness and uses a branch of science originally applied to computers and telecommunications to brain research to provide some amazing insights providing that there is more to a human being than cellular reactions. It uses the latest science to consider a new theory of consciousness and how it develops and considers how this human consciousness is an evolving, developing facet of human personality itself. The neuroscientific account is told by Galileo and follows his journey through different ways of seeing and analyzing science and consciousness. The result blends science, art and fiction in an inviting an paradigm-challenging set of ideals perfect for new age, science and philosophy collections alike.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Lord Tyger
Philip Jose Farmer
Titan Books
144 Southwark Street, London SE1 OUP, UK
9780857689665, $9.95,

Lord Tyger is the first book to be reissued from Farmer's classic grandmaster series, and follows a social experiment gone awry when Ras Tyger, kidnapped as a child and raised in a remote African valley by people he believes to be apes, goes outside his kingdom to discover an outer world governed by very different rules. This remake of Tarzan offers a twist on the theme and will continue to enthrall modern audiences with its vivid account.

The Philosophy Shelf

The Walking Dead and Philosophy
Wayne Yuen, Editor
Open Court Publishing Company
70 East Lake Street, Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60601
9780812697674, $19.95,

The Walking Dead and Philosophy: Zombie Apocalypse Now packs in the thinking of over twenty philosophers who explain, in twenty chapters, different philosophical applications of the zombie myth and its popularity in culture. From the moral status of zombies to rules of justice in a world infected by zombies, this combines philosophical reflections with popular science fiction horror in a lively account recommended for any philosophy, science fiction or horror library.

The Audiobook Shelf

The Long Walk
Brian Castner
Random House Audio Books
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 8th floor, New York, NY 10019
9780449806401, $35.00,

THE LONG WALK: A STORY OF WAR AND THE LIFE THAT FOLLOWS comes from an electrical engineer who served three tours in the Middle East as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, and who here recounts battles, the tolls war exacts on men and women who fight, and the ultimate price of survival. It's a riveting and moving story that comes to life in audio form, highly recommended for any military or nonfiction audio collection.

The Military Shelf

World War II US Cavalry Groups: European Theater
Gordon L. Rottman
Osprey Publishing
4402 - 23rd Street, Suite 219
Long Island City, NY 11101-5058
9781849087971, $18.95,

World War II US Cavalry Groups: European Theater provides a fine history of how US Cavalry groups operated in Europe during World War II, and is a fine survey that illustrates the cars, jeeps, light tanks and more that comprised the mechanized Cavalry groups assigned to perform classic cavalry tasks on a drive from Normandy to Berlin. Chapters consider unit organization, equipment, strategies during missions, and more, and provides vintage black and white photos paired with a few color illustrations and charts by Peter Dennis. Any military collection strong in World War II equipment must have this!

The Native American Shelf

Buying America from the Indians
Blake A. Watson
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780806142449, $45.00,

Buying America from the Indians provides an in-depth social and legal survey of the court decision that ultimately defined Native American property rights, establishing the basic principles that govern American Indian property rights today. This examination of the Johnson v. McIntosh decision and its history provides a fine survey of the history of Native land rights in this country, offering considerations of how speculative ventures in Native lands affected not only the Indians but the outcomes of wars and encounters with others interested in American soil. The result is a powerful social and legal history recommended for any college-level holding strong in Native legal rights.

The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf

A Horrible Experience of Unbearable Length
Roger Ebert
Andrews McMeel Publishing
1130 Walnut Street
Kansas City, MO 64106-2109
9781449410254, $16.99,

Why would one want to read reviews of exceptionally bad movies? Because of movie critic Roger Ebert's unerring wisdom and wit, which presents over two hundred reviews of movies given two stars or lower since 2006. His commentary is astute, lively and thought-provoking and movie buffs with a sense of humor will find this an exceptional and in-depth review of films so bad that perhaps they even will be good to rent for a laugh. There's nothing like it on the market, making this a recommendation for any movie collection.

Screen Dynamics
Gertrud Koch,, Editors
c/o Columbia University Press
61 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023-7015
9783901644399, $29.50,

SCREEN DYNAMICS: MAPPING THE BORDERS OF CINEMA attempts to reconsider the limits of film and its appearance in the movie theater versus home images, Internet displays, or IMAX super-theaters. It provides scholarly, college-level essays considering the limits of film and the theater environment, considering the idea of cinematic presentation, installation art in experimental film, and the characteristics of the high definition image. The result is a wide-ranging survey perfect for college-level film holdings.

Camera Historica
Antoine de Baecque
Columbia University Press
61 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023-7015
9780231156516, $35.00,

CAMERA HISTORICA: THE CENTURY IN CINEMA offers a new approach to cinema history, and defines, locates and interprets cinematographic forms in seven different bodies of cinema, from 1950s modern works to French New Wave, modern Hollywood films that portray history in fictional formats, and more. It provides college-level cinema students with a theoretical framework for viewing the intersection between cinema and history, offering a critical perspective on the successes and failures of this approach and providing a fine historical overview that considers how film interprets human experience in a fine account for any college-level film history holding.

Project Runway
With Eila Mell
Weinstein Books
Weinstein Books
345 Hudson Street, 13th floor
New York, NY 10014
9781602861787, $25.00,

PROJECT RUNWAY: THE SHOW THAT CHANGED FASHION follows the TV series in which designers compete for cash, prizes and the opportunity to show their creations at New York Fashion Week, and tells how the show's birth in 2004 has brought more attention on the fashion industry, new talent, and cultural trends than ever before. Chapters pack in over a hundred original interviews and over 1,000 photos to follow how the show came to be, its evolution, and its long-time impact, with exclusive interviews with series producers, judges and more accompanying insider insights into how Project Runway evolved. Add color photos from the show and you have a wonderful addition to any fashion or television collection.

The Last Word
Tom Lazarus
Michael Wiese Productions
12400 Ventura Blvd., #1111
Studio City, CA 91604
9781615931194, $22.95,

THE LAST WORD: DEFINITIVE ANSWERS TO ALL YOUR SCREENWRITING QUESTIONS provides a fine survey from a veteran screenwriter and script consultant who shares some 30 years of experience in a collection arranged by topics and offering keys to marketing scripts and producing better writing. Chapters use plenty of examples to cover endings, beginnings, and everything that happens in between, considering techniques such as playing a joke, graphing out moments where information is disclosed in the course of a script, and making characters 'fit' their roles. Any scriptwriting class or film library needs this in-depth coverage on what techniques elevate a script to marketable status.

Graphic Horror
John Edgar Browning
Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
9780764340826, $39.99,

GRAPHIC HORROR: MOVIE MONSTER MEMORIES is a top choice for film memorabilia and film history holdings alike; especially those strong in horror movies. This compiles monsters from major and minor horror films alike and covers domestic and international posters, movie stills, and publicity shots. Commentary from horror fiction writers, editors, and scholars accompany these movie posters and stills and provide plenty of insights into their cultural and film backgrounds, offering fans and professionals in film a fine resource to the genre and its evolution.

Never Sleep with the Director
Anneloes van Gaalen, Editor
BIS Publishers
Het Sieraad, Postjesweg 1
1057 DT Amsterdam, The Netherlands
9789063692766, $18.00,

Never Sleep with the Director: And 50 Other Ridiculous Film Rules is for movie-lovers and any who would understand the rules and history of Hollywood, independent film and the industry, and offer a compendium of useful tips for editors. It gathers cliches, codes of conduct, advice for struggling actors, and more under one cover and accompanies 'rules' with quotes from directors and actors who comment on the rule and its possibilities. The result is a fun and insightful collection highly recommended for any film library.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Gifts of the Crow
John Marzluff and Tony Angell
Free Press
c/o Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020
9781439198735, $25.00,

Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans provides a vivid survey from a crow expert and author who is a prominent research authority on the birds. John Marzluff teams up with artist and fellow naturalist Tony Angell to provide an in-depth, detailed look at corvids in general, considering crow behaviors, intelligence, actions, and even generosity in giving gifts to people who feed them. The fun stories of crow encounters blend with illustrations of the birds and their anatomy in a fine survey of the natural history of crows, recommended for any general lending collection.

Hawks in Flight, second edition
Pete Dunne,
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
215 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10003
9780395709597, $26.00,

The second updated edition of HAWKS IN FLIGHT blends a range of selected photos with David Sibley's fine illustrations and offers a different approach to raptor identification, covering all of the raptors that breed in North America. It includes two decades of raptor identification refinement and offers a unique method of easily identifying a challenging bird that typically flies high and is usually seen at a distance. The first edition of this classic provided a new method of identification relying on general body shape and movements: this update offers further methods in a fine pick for any collection strong in bird identification, from general holdings to ornithological collections.

Manual of Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, second edition
Douglass K. Macintire,
350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148
9780813824734, $89.99,

The second updated edition of Manual of Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Medicine provides key details on common emergencies in small animals and offers a new edition with completely new chapter on orthopedic injuries, wound management, and expanded toxicology information and treatment protocols. Chapters are packed with indexing and cross-references, offer a fine outline format for emergency reference, and includes tables, drug dosages, formulas and illustrations throughout. The result is a fine pick for any veterinary or animal medical reference library.

The Christian Studies Shelf

Sister Wendy's Bible Treasury
Sister Wendy Beckett
Orbis Books
PO Box 308, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0308
9781570759727, $35.00,

Sister Wendy's Bible Treasury: Stories and Wisdom Through the Eyes of Great Painters is suitable for art and religious collections alike and here provides a fine anthology of famous scenes and wisdom from the Bible. Paintings by all the classic artist - van Gogh, Titan, Raphael, and more - accompany discussions of traditional Bible stories that inspired them, with the color artistic illustrations throughout making this a treasure trove of detail. Sister Wendy's link between art and Biblical analysis has always been strong, and this winning pick is outstanding!

The Criminology Shelf

Presumed Guilty
Jose Baez and Peter Golenbock
BenBella Books
10300 N. Central Expressway, Ste 400
Dallas, TX 75204
9781937856380, $26.95,

PRESUMED GUILTY: CASEY ANTHONY: THE INSIDE STORY comes on the one-year anniversary of the Casey Anthony verdict and tells of a missing girl and three years of investigation and trial during which her mother, Casey Anthony, was presumed guilty. Her defense attorney, author Jose Baez, succeeded in gaining a not-guilty verdict against all odds, and this true crime thriller shares secrets the defense knew but didn't reveal to anyone until now. It tells how a struggling dropout became a high-profile defense attorney and how his efforts to seek justice turned a seemingly cut-and-dry case into an astonishing legal upset, and provides a legal thriller highly recommended for any true crime collection.

Masters of True Crime
R. Barri Flowers, Editor
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197
9781616145675, $19.00,

MASTERS OF TRUE CRIME: CHILLING STORIES OF MURDER AND THE MACABRE offers a set of riveting stories assembled by criminologist R. Barri Flowers and provides, under one cover, some of the best true-crime writers in the world. There are seventeen contributors who provide not just outlines of notorious cases, but rich narratives that draw readers into the crime, history, emotions and perspectives of those surrounding the event. The result is a selection of stunning murder cases form the beginning of the 20th century to modern times: a 'must' for murder mystery and true crime collections alike.

The Wine Shelf

The Homebuilt Winery
Steve Hughes
Storey Publishing
210 Mass MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247
9781603429900, $19.95,

The Homebuilt Winery: 43 Projects for Building and Using Winemaking Equipment provides step-by-step projects for building custom equipment using basic materials, and accompanies this with step-by-step instructions for setting up and maintaining a home winemaking area. From production and storage to basic equipment, this covers all the basics of making and using the equipment and storing its results, making for a fine recommendation for any home handyman interested in attempting wine-making. It's packed with clear illustrations that eliminate any guesswork, making this a powerful and useful guide!

The Calendar Shelf

365 Quilt-Block Patterns Perpetual Calendar
Judy Hopkins
That Patchwork Place
c/o Martingale & Company
19021 Avenue NE, Bothell, WA 98011
9781604882105, $29.99,

365 Quilt-Block Patterns Perpetual Calendar offers a spiral-bound booklet pairing lovely quilt blocks through the years with a perpetual calendar honoring the memory of quilting author Judy Hopkins. Each day features an inspiring quilt block, patterns for piecing, and a color illustration to accompany cutting instructions and a lettered line drawing. The result is a fine daily block perfect for avid quilters who need a booklet/desk calendar format.

If You See Anything Important on the Internet, Could you Write It Down for Me?
Scott Adams
Andrews McMeel Publishing
1130 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO 64106-2109
9781449416959, $13.99,

The 2013 wall calendar If You See Anything Important on the Internet, Could you Write It Down for Me is a recommendation not just for home walls, but for any cubicle or business environment where Dilbert's often-pointed comments on the ironies of business hit home. A large single color panel that stands alone well is taken from a strip featured below it, while the days of the month are laid out in a format that includes room for notes at month's end and small boxes of the prior and forthcoming month's dates. A fine guide for any cubicle resident!

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