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Volume 5, Number 4 April 2010 Home | CALBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Automotive Shelf Self-Help Shelf
Education Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf Business Shelf
Needlecraft Shelf Science Shelf Environmental Studies Shelf
Computer Shelf Reference Shelf Music Shelf
Gardening Shelf Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf Social Issues Shelf
International Studies Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf
World History Shelf Military Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
Antiques/Collectibles Shelf Cookbook Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf
Biography Shelf Sports Shelf Gaming Shelf
Photography Shelf Audiobook Shelf Art Shelf
Architecture Shelf Judaic Studies Shelf Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf
Language Studies Shelf Nautical Shelf California Shelf

Reviewer's Choice

Mr. Monk and Philosophy
D. E. Wittkower, Editor
Open Court
70 East Lake St. Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60601
9780812696745, $19.95

Mr. Monk and Philosophy: The Curious Case of the Defective Detective tells of former San Francisco police detective Adrian Monk, master of crime-solving and slave to his worries. Any who know the Monk mystery series will relish Mr. Monk and Philosophy, a survey of crime-solving and philosophy on one of TV's most popular detectives. Perfect for general libraries trying to inject classic philosophy principles into daily living.

Jetpack Dreams
Mac Montandon
Da Capo Press
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9780306818349, $16.95

JETPACK DREAMS: ONE MAN'S UP AND DOWN (BUT MOSTLY DOWN) SEARCH FOR THE GREATEST INVENTION THAT NEVER WAS searches for a new millennium of dreams that never quite came to life. His survey of personal transportation and science fiction alike offers a lively search for a rocket-powered reality in a fun survey perfect for general lending libraries, science fiction and transportation collections alike.

Marry Him
Lori Gottlieb
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780525951513, $25.95

MARRY HIM: THE CASE FOR SETTLING FOR MR. GOOD ENOUGH offers a case for 'settling' rather than reaching for the stars, maintaining that adjusting expectations on romance is key to being happier in one's choices. From what contemporary women really want to why women need to quit searching for Prince Charming and settle for Mr. Good Enough, this offers eye-opening insights into happy marriages and what makes for 'good enough'.

The Automotive Shelf

How to Build Altered Wheelbase Cars
Steve Magnante
CarTech Inc.
39966 Grand Avenue, North Branch, MN 55056
9781934709269, $29.95

How to Build Altered Wheelbase Cars comes from a writer who walks you through the history of the altered wheelbase period then shows how to perform radical modifications. Color photos abound in a survey packed with step-by-step photos for upgrading cars and including coverage of GM, Ford and Mopar projects alike. Any library catering to DIY car enthusiasts will find this a unique, popular lend.

The Self-Help Shelf

So Long, Insecurity
Beth Moore
Tyndale House
351 Executive Drive, Carol Stream, IL 60188
9781414334721, $24.99

So Long, Insecurity is a book for women who have long faced chronic insecurity - a crippling condition that is self-sabotage. Psychological self-examination blends with professional insights and keys to defusing insecure thoughts and actions to make for a powerful assessment of women's unique burdens and how they typically translate into self-destructive behaviors. General collections strong in women's issues will relish this.

The Education Shelf

Improving Student Achievement
Beverly Nichols
Linworth Books
3650 Olentangy River Road, #250, Columbus, OH 43214
1586832905, $44.95

Improving Student Achievement: 50 More Research-Based Strategies for Educators introduces a fine selection of research-based strategies and tips for classrooms and packs research summaries into a guide to actual practices that foster student achievement. These short summaries state issues and actions, providing tips any educator can use to improve student learning, and is a pick for any education collection.

Drama Games and Acting Exercises
Rod Martin
Meriwether Publishing Ltd.
Box 7710, Colorado Springs, CO 80933-7710
9781566081665, $17.95

Drama Games and Acting Exercises: 177 Games and Activities is for any classroom teacher looking to enliven classroom activities through drama. Monologues, duologues, performance poetry, improvisation, and more accompany short plays and scenes suitable for all ages in a teacher's exercise guide perfect for any acting class.

It's Only the Janitor
Roderick B. Park
Rockpile Press/Cypress House
155 Cypress St., Fort Bragg, CA 95437
9780982193389, $29.95

Stories from the author's own career as dean, vice chancellor and chancellor tell of life as an academic administrator, offering stories of how Roderick Park negotiated with student protestors, handled academic department politics, and dealt with governing boards. Any education library will find this a fine blend of autobiography and administrative insights.

Wasted: Why Education Isn't Educating
Frank Furedi
80 Maiden Lane Suite 704, New York NY 10038
9781847064165, $26.95

Wasted: Why Education Isn't Educating tells how government ministers, social commentators and parents obsess about the problems of education - without asking why it's of ongoing concern or why many solutions just don't work. Analysis examines typical education debates and uses thinkers from the Greeks to modern critics to examine what goes on in schools and what works and doesn't. Any educator's library needs this.

Brookes Publishing
Box 10624, Baltimore, MD 21285-0624

June E. Downing's INCLUDING STUDIES WITH SEVERE AND MULTIPLE DISABILITIES IN TYPICAL CLASSROOMS (1557669082, $46.95) is a pick for any special education collection interested in inclusion. K-12 teachers receive research-based, practical strategies for including students with cognitive impairments in an assessment building on previous editions to provide advice on common challenges. From understanding teaching accountability processes to easing transitions for students and writing measurable IEP goals, this is a powerful assessment tool for college-level education libraries. Sybil M. Berkey's TEACHING THE MOVING CHILD: INSIGHTS THAT WILL TRANSFORM YOUR K-3 CLASSROOM (1598570641, $29.95) is for teachers operating in the K-3 classroom environment and comes from an occupational therapist with nearly 35 years of classroom experience. Elementary educators receive a fine guide to improving student skills, minimizing stress, and optimizing learning through seating, lighting and visual and auditory stimuli.

Learning Through Child Observation
Mary Fawcett
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
P.O. Box 960, Herndon, VA 20172-0960
9781853022883, $29.95

Learning Through Child Observation is a handbook for any working with young children and their families in any kind of setting, whether private or public, and explores the role of observation and the need to see children 'holistically' and to understand them both individually and within their community and family context. From differing theories of child development to how to observe and analyze, this is a key acquisition for any childhood education library.

The Choreography of Presenting
Kendall Zoller and Claudette Landry
Corwin Press
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
9781412976923, $31.95,

The Choreography of Presenting: The 7 Essential Abilities of Effective Presenters provides educators with a fine survey of body language and physical behavior that lends credibility to audience presentations and learning. From common presentation challenges and conflicts to practical exercises, this is a fine guide that will easily cross over to business and general libraries, too!

Best Practices for Training Early Childhood Professionals
Sharon Bergen
Redleaf Press
10 Yorkton Court, St. Paul, MN 55117
9781933653402, $29.95

Best Practices for Training Early Childhood Professionals offers keys to early childhood directors involved in staff training and development, using a model based on developmentally appropriate practices to establish a rounded raining plan for new policies, regulatory requirements, or community goals. These are proven techniques, not theories, and provide a solid framework for organizing and setting goals for training.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Autism and its Medical Management
Michael G. Chez, MD
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
400 Market St. #400, Philadelphia, PA 19106
9781849058179, $19.95

Autism and its Medical Management: A Guide for Parents and Professionals explains the medical aspects of autism and how parents and professionals alike can use current medical knowledge to better understand these aspects. From a review of autistic spectrum disorders and how they are diagnosed to different types of autism and medical interventions, this offers a bridge between medical and parental worlds and offers explorations of treatments and options for ASDs. Health and parent's collections alike will find it important.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Glycemic Index Weight Loss
Lucy Beatle and Joan Clark-Warner, MS, RD, CDE
Alpha Publishers
375 Hudson, New York NY 10014
9781592578559, $18.95

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Glycemic Index Weight Loss tells how to build a weight-loss plan using one of two glycemic index programs. From sample healthy meals and recipes to tips on how to shop based on the index, this offers counts and loads for fighting fat and includes quick at-a-glance sidebar tips for fighting fat. Any library needs this.

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

YOU CAN BEAT THE ODDS: SURPRISING FACTORS BEHIND CHRONIC ILLNESS AND CANCER provides a 6-week program for immunity-building, and uses scientifically-based techniques that have helped survivors for a decade. From risk factors greater than diet or smoking to the flexibility of genetic inheritance, YOU CAN BEAT THE ODDS is a tested, inspirational 'must' for any health collection.

Living Well with Pain and Illness
Vidyamala Burch
Sounds True Audio
413 South Arthur Avenue, Louisville, CO 80027
9781591797470, $15.95 1-800-333-9185

Living Well with Pain and Illness: The Mindful Way to Free Yourself From Suffering comes from an author who faced two spinal injuries and disability and chronic pain - and set out to accept her challenges with compassion and peace. Meditation and mindful living blends in a five-step model of mindfulness and how to use it for stress reduction and healing in a pick for any new age or healing library.

Contagious Diseases Sourcebook, second edition
Joyce Brennfleck Shannon
Box 625, Holmes, PA 19043
9780780810754, $93.00

Contagious Diseases Sourcebook appears in its second updated edition to provide basic consumer information on self-care, medications, drug resistance, and more. Types of diagnostic tests, treatments, and self-care practices are explained in a fine choice for any general lending library seeking the latest details.

Ariel Gore
Farrar Straus Giroux
18 West 18th St., New York NY 10011
9780374114893, $24.00

BLUEBIRD: WOMEN AND THE NEW PSYCHOLOGY OF HAPPINESS comes from an author who observed that Positive Psychology - the study of happiness - was one of the most popular courses on the Harvard campus. Her research into why discovered that many don't know how to find and cultivate happiness in their lives - especially women - and this book offers the results of surveys of women who were asked to answer six questions to evaluate their happiness potential. Highly recommended for any general lending collection.

Radical Forgiveness
Colin Tipping
Sounds True Audio
413 South Arthur Avenue, Louisville, CO 80027
9781591797647, $16.95

RADICAL FORGIVENESS provides a new five-stage process for letting go of anger and blame and finding peace in any situation. New age, health, and psychology collections alike will welcome the idea of forgiveness and the easy-to-use techniques that embrace accountability, faith, and the basics of developing a forgiving attitude.

Diabetes Rising
Dan Hurley
Kaplan Publishing
1 Liberty Plaza, 24th floor, New York, NY 10006
9781607144588, $26.95

No library - health or general - should be without DIABETES RISING: HOW A RARE DISEASE BECAME A MODERN PANDEMIC, AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT: it's one of the most important, wide-ranging books about the epidemic of diabetes to be published in recent years. It comes from the author's interviews with hundreds of physicians, researchers and patients around the world and presents interlocking scientific theories to explain the rise of diabetes and how to prevent or even cure both types. An astounding, direct assessment that's long been needed, this is a top pick and stands well apart - and above - the wealth of diabetes history and management tools on the market.

Pilates Anatomy
Dr. Abby Ellsworth
Thunder Bay Press
10350 Barnes Canyon Road, San Diego, CA 92121
9781607100157 $19.95

Pilates Anatomy: A Comprehensive Guide includes poster and provides a survey of the muscle system and body alignment involved in pilates. From target muscles worked in each exercise to step-by-step instructions for each movement for beginning, intermediate and advanced practitioners, this packs in visual keys to correct pilates and is a 'must' for any health collection.

Fat Chance
Julie Hadden
16 E. 34th St., New York NY 10016
9780824947880, $22.00

FAT CHANCE: LOSING THE WEIGHT, GAINING MY WORTH comes from a contestant from The Biggest Loser and tells of her journey from childhood to how she made it to the weight-loss show, where she lost nearly half her body weight and transformed her life. Religious perspectives blend with personal and social insights in a story of behind-the-scenes events from the Biggest Loser show and its contestants, making this a special pick for both health and spirituality libraries.

The Business Shelf

Small Change
Michael Edwards
Berrett-Koehler Publishers
235 Montgomery Street, Suite 650, San Francisco CA 94104-2916
9781605093772, $16.95

Small Change: Why Business Won't Save the World comes form a former Ford Foundation director who shows that a market approach to economics hurts more than it helps - and that real change will only come when business acts more like civil society. Examples from his many years in the social sector draw important collections between social transformation's values and business approaches, and make for a 'must' for any business or social issues collection.

Blogging to Drive Business
Eric Butow and Rebecca Bollwitt
c/o Pearson Technology Group
800 E. 96th St., Indianapolis, IN 46240
078974256X, $21.99

Blogging to Drive Business: Create and Maintain Valuable Customer Connections tells how to launch an effective business blog to make the most of a business, from creating a long-term strategy to staffing the blog and integrating it with business marketing programs. The result goes far beyond the usual 'how to write' blog scenario and links the blog to concrete strategies and business pursuits, making this a powerful, involving survey any business or general library must have.

The Value of Nothing
Raj Patel
175 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10010
9780312429249, $14.00

The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy offers a revolutionary new theme on business, opening with Oscar Wilde's observation that "nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing" and translating this to how value in the world is misplaced. His survey asks how we can rebalance society and limit markets and shows how social organizations around the world are using these concepts already. Highly recommended for any business library.

How to Write Fast Under Pressure
Philip Vassallo
1601 Broadway, New York NY 10019-7420
0814414850, $18.95

How to Write Fast Under Pressure provides an easy process for being productive even under deadlines and work-related writing challenges. The issue is more than producing volume - it's about producing quality writing under pressure, and How to Write Fast Under Pressure offers clear techniques based on the mnemonic DASH criteria perfect for writers working under pressure. Any business collection needs this.

Marshall Goldsmith with Mark Reiter
Hyperion Books
77 West 66th Street, New York, NY 10023-6298
9781401323271, $26.99

MOJO: HOW TO GET IT, HOW TO KEEP IT, HOW TO GET IT BACK IF YOU LOSE IT offers a spirited survey of survival skills for the new workplace, exploring the idea of mojo, its major building blocks, and eleven specific actions that can enhance the process of change. Simple exercises for improving workplace behavior and productivity level offers keys to turning negativity into mojo.

What Would Google Do?
Jeff Jarvis
Harper Business
10 E. 53rd St., New York NY 10022
9780061709715, $26.99

WHAT WOULD GOOGLE DO is not just another analysis of a computer company's rise to power: it's a whole new way of thinking about and assessing business, offering a new approach to business and culture that considers the clear, new rules of successful business management. From visionary leadership to how the Google era has evolved, WHAT WOULD GOOGLE DO is a pick for any serious business library.

Rediscovering Values
Jim Wallis
Howard Books
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
9781439183120, $24.00

REDISCOVERING VALUES ON WALL STREET, MAIN STREET, AND YOUR STREET: A MORAL COMPASS FOR THE NEW ECONOMY draws important connections between financial crisis and money, showing the fallacies of popular ads and business strategies and inviting readers to use the current economic crisis to uncover new principles to work by. Spirituality, ethics and business blend in a satisfying survey recommended for these library holdings.

The Lean Machine
Dantar P. Oosterwal
1601 Broadway, New York NY 10019-7420
0814413781, $27.95

THE LEAN MACHINE: HOW HARLEY-DAVIDSON DROVE TOP-LINE GROWTH AND PROFITABILITY WITH REVOLUTIONARY LEAN PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT offers a behind-the-scenes account of Harley-Davidson's post-bankruptcy growth period, surveying how the company's product development approaches changed and how it achieved breakthroughs in design, marketing, and new business concepts. Both business and transportation history libraries will find this a popular, inviting read pairing one company's history with a review of business approaches.

Innovation X
Adam Richardson
989 Market St., 5th Floor, San Francisco CA 94103-1741
9780470482193, $27.95

INNOVATION X: WHY A COMPANY'S TOUGHEST PROBLEMS ARE ITS GREATEST ADVANTAGE comes from a creative director at a global innovation firm and surveys how customers, competitors and technologies change quickly and often. Leaders who seek clarify about challenges and flexibility will find this an inspirational discussion.

The Needlecraft Shelf

A Rainbow of Stitches
Agnes Delage-Calvet, et.a.
Watson Guptill Publications
1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
9780823014781, $24.99

A Rainbow of Stitches: Embroidery and Cross-Stitch Basics Plus More Than 1,000 Motifs and 80 Project Ideas offers stitchers from beginner to expert a survey of how to stitch, a project idea book, and a reference of motifs under one cover. Some 80 projects are grouped by color and motifs range from alphabets to flowers, leaves, and fairies in a fine blend of patterns and photos perfect for any needlework library.

Top-Notch Knits
Martingale & Company
20205 - 144th Ave NE, Woodinville, WA 98072-8478
9781564779427, $24.99

TOP-NOTCH KNITS: 33 DESIGNS TO JAZZ UP YOUR WARDROBE comes from a range of top knitwear designers and offers designs for scarves, wraps, shells, tees, cardigans and jackets. Over 30 projects are presented with full-page color photos modeling the designs and accompanying clear directions. Knitting libraries will find this packed with refreshing, new ideas.

Punchneedle: The Complete Guide
Marinda Stewart
Krause Publications
4700 East Galbraith Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45236
0896896528, $29.99

Punchneedle: The Complete Guide is for any library strong in embroidery guides, and offers everything needed to know about using punchneedle techniques on more than 20 different types of fabric from silk to wool. Different threads, creating special effects, and more accompany nine projects on a range of surfaces. Packed with troubleshooting tips and special techniques, this offers a spine-labeled, lay-flat binding for easy at-a-glance information and library shelving.

Friendship Triangles
Edyta Sitar
3100 NW 101st St. Suite A, Urbandale IA 50322
9780981804095, $24.95

FRIENDSHIP TRIANGLES comes from a fabric designer and quilter who introduces her techniques for half square block quilts and Triangle Block Exchange Programs. Over a dozen projects in color offer tips on using triangles in a range of quilting styles, and make for a fine survey that adds projects ranging from table toppers and runners to full quilts.

Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece
Gail Callahan
Storey Publishing
210 MassMoca Way, North Adams, MA 01247
9781603424684, $18.95

Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece is an excellent 'must' for any needleworker who wants to learn how to dye their own yarn. From creating fresh new color blends from old yarns to recipes designed to work in the kitchen via slow cooker, microwave or stovetop, this tells how to experiment with heat, color and fiber to maximum effect and is a 'must' for any needlework library. Lay-flat binding with spine lettering lends to library location and practical use alike.

The Science Shelf

From Eternity to Here
Sean Carroll
c/o Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014-3657
9780525951339, $26.95

FROM ETERNITY TO HERE: THE QUEST FOR THE ULTIMATE THEORY OF TIME come from a Caltech theoretical physicist and blogger for Discover, and offers a new way of thinking about time - a directional way of thinking. Time owes its conditions to events before the Big Bang - and Sean Carroll postulates that actually our universe is part of a larger family of universes, some of which experience time running in the opposite direction. An intriguing, detailed survey recommended for any library strong in popular physics titles and theories.

The Environmental Studies Shelf

Storms of My Grandchildren
James Hansen
175 - 5th Avenue, Suite 300, New York NY 10010
9781608192007, $25.00

STORMS OF MY GRANDCHILDREN: THE TRUTH ABOUT THE COMING CLIMATE CATASTROPHE AND OUR LAST CHANCE TO SAVE HUMANITY offers a call to action from the world's leading climate scientist on climate issues, offering a survey of the truth about global warming and human-caused climate change and showing why the latest ideas on solutions won't work. We must phase out all coal and achieve radical goals if our children are to avoid global meltdown and horrific storms: that's the message of this important guide, recommended for any library strong in climate change facts and history.

The Computer Shelf

Programming in Objective-C 2.0, second edition
Stephen H. Kochan
Addison Wesley
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0321566157, $44.99

The second edition of Programming in Objective-C 2.0: A Complete Introduction to the Objective-C Language for Mac OS X and iPhone Development is a pick for any advanced developer's library. It tells of a language that has become the standard for application development on the Mac OS X and iPhone platforms, and provides new programmers with step-by-step introductions to its language and use. This second edition has been updated and expanded to cover Objective C 2.0 and is a pick for any developer's collection.

SSL and TLS Theory and Practice
Rolf Oppliger
Artech House
685 Canton Street, Norwood, MA 02062
1596934476, $89.00,

SSL and TLS Theory and Practice is a pick for any college-level computer library strong in Internet security. It provides a basic and thorough introduction to SSL and TLS protocols, covering their design, development, and comparing them to other Internet security protocols. Tips on how to employ these and configure security solutions make for a powerful technical survey any programmer's library needs.

IBM Lotus Connections 2.5
Stephen Hardison,
IBM Press
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0137000537, $39.99

IBM Lotus Connections 2.5 provides a fine key to leveraging social networks using Lotus Connections 2.5, offering the first book to cover this product. From building networks that promote agility to discussing how this new product can streamline operations and be successfully implemented, IBM Lotus Connections 2.5 offers a solid pick for any computer library.

Web Design for Developers
Brian P. Hogan
Pragmatic Programmers
Box 293325, Lewisville, TX 75029-3325
9781934356135, $42.95

Web Design for Developers: A Programmer's Guide to Design Tools and Techniques offers programmers and website developer collections a fine survey of how to make web applications better without a professional designer on staff. From choosing the right colors and fonts and avoiding costly accessibility mistakes to spicing an application, this packs in common Photoshop tricks, CSS techniques, and how to redesign a web site from the ground up.

The Reference Shelf

GNSS Applications and Methods
Scott Gleason and Demoz Gebre-Egziabher, editors
Artech House
685 Canton St., Norwood, MA 02062
9781596933293 $139.00

College-level collections strong in GNSS technology will find GNSS Applications and Methods a top reference. It's written by leading experts and discusses the basics of GNSS, providing many examples of applications and including software with processing tools and real GPS data sets. Professionals already well versed in GNSS will find this both a refresher course and a template for advancing skills, offering insights critical to future development projects.

The Music Shelf

Michael Jackson Before He Was King
Todd Gray
Chronicle Books
680 - 2nd St., San Francisco, CA 94107
9780811875066, $29.95

Michael Jackson Before He Was King comes from a photographer who worked with Michael Jackson for several years before becoming his personal photographer, following the Jacksons through their entire evolution. This gathering of unseen pictures of Michael taken over a span of 10 years follows public and private life alike and provides an intimate portrait of his earlier years. Any music library strong in rock or soul popular music in general and Michael Jackson in particular must have this.

Me, the Mob and the Music
Tommy James with Martin Fitzpatrick
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
9781439128657, $25.00

Me, the Mob and the Music: One Helluva Ride with Tommy James and the Shondells comes from a rock star who's compiled 24 gold singles and 9 platinum albums. This blend of memoir, rock history, and mob epic recounts his career and his relationship with Morris Levy, a kingpin in the music industry. The evolving relationship between Tommy James and his group and a Bronx bully who swindled his way to the top makes for a moving, involving account documenting an era of rock music history and key figures who made it happen.

The Rise and Fall of EMI Records
Brian Southall
Omnibus Press
257 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10110
9781847722447, $29.95

EMI's decline from a powerful music giant over two decades of rejected takeovers, unsuccessful mergers and profit warnings makes for a powerful analysis of record industry changes and provides a strong survey of how the industry has experienced light-speed change. Any interested in music industry history will find this a powerful guide to not just EMI's rise and fall, but to an industry's vast changes.

Good Vibrations: The Physics of Music
Barry Parker
Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218-4363
0801892643, $27.95

Good Vibrations: The Physics of Music explains the physics responsible for differences in musical notes and properties. This combines with a history of sound and a survey of acoustics, electronics, and the human ear using physics as a base for understanding how sounds are made and perceived. An outstanding survey, this is a pick for all collections, particularly music libraries.

Dance of Days, fourth edition
Ark Andersen & Mark Jenkins
Akashic Books
Box 1456, New York NY 10019
9781933354996, $21.95

DANCE OF DAYS: TWO DECADES OF PUNK IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL offers a compelling account of the culture and nature of punk rock, with a narrowed focus on Washington, D.C.'s insurgent punk scene. This fourth edition updates and expands prior information and provides a fine history of a grassroots rock movement that came of age in the early 90s. Popular music collections will relish its approach and depth.

Jazz Age: People and Perspectives
Mitchell Newton-Matza, Editor
Box 1911, Santa Barbara, CA 03116-1911
9781598840339, $85.00,

Jazz Age: People and Perspectives joins others in the 'Perspectives in American Social History' titles to cover how farmers, Afro-Americans, and ordinary people were affected by the rise of the 'jazz age' and its musical and cultural heritage. Both music and social issues history libraries will find this a fine reader, packed with analysis of a popular form of music that continues to impact society to this day.

Pro Tools 8 Power! The Comprehensive Guide
Christopher R. Burns, Colin MacQueen with Steve Albanese
Course Technology
c/o Cengage Learning, Inc.
200 First Stamford Place, Stamford, CT 06902
159863898X, $44.99

Pro Tools 8 Power! The Comprehensive Guide competes well with other Pro Tools references, packing in the latest versions of Pro Tools for music and multimedia users at all levels and providing review of basic audio concepts, editing, mixing, plug-ins, MIDI and more. Shortcuts for both Windows and Mac environments provide notes and tips alongside instructions and lessons that hold black and white screen shots throughout. Computer and music libraries alike will want this.

I Am Ozzy
Ozzy Osbourne
Grand Central Publishing
237 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9780446569897, $26.99

I AM OZZY is a pick for any fan of rock star Ozzy Osbourne or for general libraries strong in contemporary musician autobiography. It comes from one of the most colorful figures in music history, describes the passion and excesses of his rock n roll lifestyle from drugs to violence, and makes for a fine and revealing survey of the rock star's life and perspective.

Metodo Flamenco Para Instrumentos Melodicos
Juan Parrilla
Mel Bay Publications
4 Industrial Drive, Pacific, MO 63069-3611
9788493737832, $44.99

The FLAMENCO METHOD FOR MELODIC INSTRUMENTS offers keys to transposing for instruments in B flat and E flat and packs in sheet music for tangos, solea, alegrias, and studies of each 'palo' of main flamenco stylings. From explanations of different measures to a theme composed by the author that helps pupils apply learning from exercises, this is a 'must' for any guitar collection and especially for learners interested in classical music styles. There's nothing like it on the market, making for an exceptional acquisition.

The Rock Guitar Experience
Eric Slone
Alfred Publishing
Box 10003, Van Nuys, CA 91410-0003
0739060120, $16.95

The Rock Guitar Experience: Your Practical Guide to the Landmark Styles of Rock offers a fine history of rock guitar taught through musical examples, covering the techniques, styles and artists of each era and offering standard music notation and TAB for intermediate to advanced guitarists. A CD includes live performances of every example in a fine guide for any interested in rock guitar history and stylings.

Tammy Wynette: Tragic Country Queen
Jimmy McDonough
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780670021536, $27.95

Any library strong in country music history of biographies can't be without TAMMY WYNETTE: TRAGIC COUNTRY QUEEN. It provides a rich, in-depth biography of the singer who began life as Wynette Pugh, growing up on a small Mississippi farm with many dreams. Interviews with family, friends and colleagues power a survey telling the story of her music song by song, making for a powerful addition to any music library strong in country music stars.

The Gardening Shelf

The Pruning Book
Lee Reich
Taunton Press
Box 5506, Newtown, CT 06470-5506
9781600850950, $21.95

THE PRUNING BOOK has been completely revised and updated with over 250 photos and 135 drawings to explain ass aspects of making pruning cuts on everything from ornamental trees and bushes to topiaries. Author Lee Reich is a horticulturist who provides here the latest information and updated illustrations for all levels of gardener, from beginners to advanced.

The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf

The Independent Film Producer's Survival Guide
Gunnar Erickson, Harris Tulchin and Mark Halloran
c/o Music Sales Corp
257 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10110
9780825637230, $27.95

The Independent Film Producer's Survival Guide: A Business and Legal Sourcebook is a 'must' for any college-level performing arts library. It gives independent producers vital information about the business and legal concerns of movie production, from deal making and hiring directors and actors to finance and using industry-standard forms. All the basics pack an important industry 'must' that no film library should be without.

Audrey Hepburn: International Cover Girl
Scott Brizel
Chronicle Books
680 - 2nd St., San Francisco CA 94107
9780811868204, $45.00

Any library strong in film star history in general or Audrey Hepburn in particular must have the lavishly illustrated Audrey Hepburn: International Cover Girl. It packs in over 600 international magazine covers featuring her, accompanying these full-page color reproductions with a fine survey of her life and personal and film history. These covers have been gathered under one cover for the first time and are key for any film history library.

Classic Movie Guide, second edition
Leonard Maltin
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014-3658
9780452295773, $25.00

The second updated edition of Leonard Maltin's popular CLASSIC MOVIE GUIDE covers movies from silents through 1965: thousands of films including expanded director and star indexes, more foreign films, and capsule reviews of forgotten films. Cable, TV and DVD films alike are covered, making this an exceptional reference for any vintage film fan.

The Social Issues Shelf

The Empathic Civilization
Jeremy Rifkin
Tarcher Books
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014-3658
9781585427659, $27.95

THE EMPATHIC CIVILIZATION: THE RACE TO GLOBAL CONSCIOUSNESS IN A WORLD IN CRISIS maintains that we are at a turning point in human history and the coming decades could determine human survival on Earth. His belief is that global discussions must move away from economics, energy security and markets alone and focus on human consciousness itself - in less than a generation. Chapters provide a new interpretation of the history of civilization and the evolution of empathy and its purpose in the world. A 'must' for libraries ranging from new age and science to psychology and social issues collections.

You Are Not a Gadget
Jaron Lanier
Alfred A. Knopf
c/o Random House
1745 Broadway, 17th floor, NY, NY 10019
9780307269645, $24.95

YOU ARE NOT A GADGET: A MANIFESTO tells what happens when we stop shaping technology and technology begins shaping us. Author Jaron Lanier was the first to predict the changes the Internet would bring to all lives: his first book offers a cautionary look at its pros and cons, considering the web's evolution and ongoing impact on human lives. Any computer or social issues library needs this.

Murder Behind the Badge
Stacy Dittrich
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2119
9781591027591, $25.00

Murder Behind the Badge: True Stories of Cops Who Kill offers a true-crime narrative that reads like a thriller and comes from a former police officer and detective who tells eighteen stories about cops who kill. Any library strong in either law enforcement or social issues will find this a solid, intriguing coverage of what motivates cops to kill.

The Autobiography of an Execution
David R. Dow
237 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9780446562065, $24.99

The Autobiography of an Execution is a must for any high school to college-level library strong in social issues in general and capital punishment and legal issues in particular. It tells of a Texas execution and comes from a lawyer who specializes in representing death-row cases. His witness of executions and the legal process offers an insider's view of the minds of judges, experiences of prison, and the death row chambers themselves. A gripping, personal survey.

Miah L. Issitt
Box 1911, Santa Barbara, CA 93116-1911
9780313365720, $35.00

HIPPIES: A GUIDE TO AN AMERICAN SUBCULTURE explores the psyche and history of the American counterculture's influence on everything from music and fashion to war, peace, and the mainstream establishment. From hippie leaders and icons such as Timothy Leary to how 1960s America was transformed by the movement, HIPPIES is a powerful pick for any American history collection from high school to college levels.

The International Studies Shelf

Understanding Central America, fifth edition
John A. Booth,
Westview Press
2465 Central Avenue, Boulder, CO 80301
9780813344218, $35.00

The 5th updated edition of Understanding Central America: Global Forces, Rebellion and Change represents a major upgrade, updating events and even rethinking the basic theoretical issues at the heart of any key understanding of the region as a whole. As such this remains a powerful textbook on Central American politics, and a 'must' for any college-level library.

African Perspectives on China in Africa
Firoze Manji and Stephen Marks, Editors
c/o Pambazuka Press
9780954563738, $19.95,

African Perspectives on China in Africa offers college-level material for any library serious about China's involvement in Africa. Traditional commentary focuses on either assessing how the interests of Western capital might be affected or denouncing China's practices - the same actually as those of the West and Europe. This collection of essays from the prize-winning electronic newsletter Pambazuka News offers different views united by their concerns for social justice in Africa.

Beyond Repair
Charles S. Faddis
Lyons Press
Box 480, Guilford, CT 06437-0480
9781599218519, $22.95

BEYOND REPAIR: THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE CIA offers a powerful survey by a former CIA operations officer who gives his insider's account of why the CIA is not prepared to do its job. From underlying weaknesses in the system due to bureaucracy to how the CIA has eroded rather than strengthened, this is a 'must' for any who would understand the CIA's pros and cons.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

The Me I Want to Be
John Ortberg
Zondervan Publishing House
5300 Patterson Avenue, S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49530
9780310275923, $19.99

The Me I Want to Be: Becoming God's Best Version of You encourages readers to worry not so much about achievements or even experiences, but the spiritual tasks individuals hold in life. Biblical quotes provide inspiration while text assesses possibilities for becoming a positive, God-abiding person in the world. Any spiritual library seeking inspirational writings tied to Bible study will find this a solid pick.

Transforming Our Painful Emotions
Evelyn Eaton Whitehead & James D. Whitehead
Orbis Books
Box 308, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0308
9781570758706 $20.00

Psychology and spirituality libraries alike will find appealing the knowledge in Transforming Our Painful Emotions: Spiritual Resources in Anger, Shame, Grief, Fear and Loneliness. Chapters cover how we deal with these emotions, how they relate to original guilt and spiritual concepts, and how to successfully change them to positive routes. A different, top pick!

The Good and Beautiful Life
James Bryan Smith
InterVarsity Press
P.O. Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL 60515-1426
9780830835324, $22.00

The Good and Beautiful Life: Putting On the Character of Christ isn't just another Biblical treatise: it's a spiritual study guide that offers opportunities for soul training, reinforcing biblical messages and encouraging small group discussions and interactions with other spiritual leaders. It adds to the Apprenticeship series to help Christians experience change through spiritual formation and continues the work begun in THE GOOD AND BEAUTIFUL GOD: picks for any Christian library.

The Genesis Record
Henry M. Morris
Baker Publishing Group
6030 E. Fulton, Ada, MI 49301
9780801072826, $45.00

THE GENESIS RECORD: A SCIENTIFIC AND DEVOTIONAL COMMENTARY ON THE BOOK OF BEGINNINGS is the only commentary with the complete Book of Genesis written by a creationist scientist as a narrative rather than a critical verse-by-verse analysis. Any spirituality library will find this an outstanding guide through early history, offering the background needed to understand all Scripture. Applications of Genesis to Christian living also make this an outstanding reflection of some thirty years of teaching Bible classes.

Pass the Jelly
Gary Crowley
Sentient Publications
1113 Spruce St., Boulder, CO 80302
9781591810926, $14.95

PASS THE JELLY: TALES OF ORDINARY ENLIGHTENMENT is a top pick for any who would understand the false assumptions of life and the path to spiritual living. Using one unusual day and correlating events from childhood, Gary Crowley provides a satisfying blend of spiritual insight, autobiography and his Pass the Jelly Principle - that people 'do what they do' in a cause-and-effect chain. Spirituality and new age libraries will find this enlightening.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

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

Berkeley Prime Crime publishes some of the best mysteries available: packed with twists and turns of plot, changing themes, and strong characterization. Some new arrivals are real winners and especially recommended for discriminating collections. Rebecca Kent's MURDER HAS NO CLASS (9780425232071, $6.99) is set in Bellhaven Finishing School where Meredith faces corruption and a feisty ghost, Rebecca Hale's HOW TO WASH A CAT (9780425232040, $6.99) tells of a historic San Francisco antiques shop whose owner is found dead - and whose niece finds an array of characters with unusual dedication to the shop's contents, B.B. Haywood's TOWN IN A BLUEBERRY JAM (9780425232651, $6.99) comes packed with blueberry recipes as it tells of a blueberry farm's owner who handles berries and murder alike, Mary Stanton's AVENGING ANGELS (9780425233092, $7.99) tells of an attorney who handles murder cases for the souls of the dead, Toni L. Kelner's WHO KILLED THE PINUP QUEEN? (9780425232057, $6.99) tells of an entertainment reporter who writes about - and becomes involved in - the lives of former stars, and Betty Hechtman's A STITCH IN CRIME (9780425233108, $7.99) provides a fine crochet mystery providing both crochet patterns and recipes in the context of its sewing mystery. All are outstanding recommendations.

A Dark Matter
Peter Straub
Doubleday & Company
c/o Random House
1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
9780385516389, $26.95

A DARK MATTER is a powerful psychological thriller revolving around a life-changing horror affecting the lives of a group of teens years after the event. A secret ritual leads to a gruesome murder and secrets of the past arise to haunt all participants in this powerful, involving story fueled by superior psychological tension and characterization. General libraries strong in novels will find this a popular lend.

Frag Box
Richard A. Thompson
Poisoned Pen Press
6962 E. 1st Ave #103, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
9781590586785, $24.95

FRAG BOX offers a fine Herman Jackson mystery and tells of a murdered Vietnam vet from his past who is beaten in broad daylight - and who leaves behind a will naming Jackson as his sole heir. Jackson seeks justice - and a box of cash that Charlie's killers also seek in a dangerous cat-and-mouse mystery perfect for any general mystery collection.

The World History Shelf

Paths Without Glory
James L. Newman
Potomac Books
22841 Quicksilver Dr, Dulles, VA 20166-2012
9781597972871, $29.95

Paths Without Glory: Richard Francis Burton in Africa offers a fine biography of a man who contributed some of the first ethnographic accounts of Africa's peoples - yet led him to illness and many enemies, even as his discoveries worked to his disadvantage. Any library strong in exploration history in general or African culture in particular will find this survey, packed with diplomatic and political insights, to be key to an understanding of the continent's history.

The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England
Ian Mortimer
Touchstone Books
c/o Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
9781439112892, $26.00

The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century offers a lively social history of Medieval England, the heart of the Middle Ages, and offers insights into a world that thrived hundreds of years before electricity and modern medicine. Letters, household accounts, poems and more offers make for a literary time machine introducing the most basic of Medieval daily living to general-interest audiences rather than the specialty history approaches of similar Medieval studies.

The Military Shelf

In the Heat of Battle
Donough O'Brien
443 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10016
9781846034640, $24.95

IN THE HEAT OF BATTLE: A HISTORY OF THOSE WHO ROSE TO THE OCCASION AND THOSE WHO DIDN'T offers a fine survey of war, military ranks, and how heroes emerged form battles. From early fighters such as George Washington and Rommel to anti-heroes such as Custer, this survey considers how individuals contributed to or changed the course of history through their military choices.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Suicide Kings
George R.R. Martin, Editor
TOR Books
175 - 5th Ave, New York NY 10110
9780765317834, $25.99

SUICIDE KINGS provides a fine 'Wild Cards' novel telling of a destroyed Africa where the Wild Card virus kills 90 percent of those who catch it, but give the survivors unusual powers. Tom Weathers is strongest of these new survivors: he can fly, he has superhuman strength, he can shoot heat rays from his hands - and he's involved in a righteous cause - any one. Plenty of twists and turns mark the 'Wild Cards' scenarios provided in this engrossing collection.

The Adamantine Palace
Stephen Deas
ROC Books
c/o Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780451463135, $24.95

The power of the Realms depends on its dragons, guarded by their handlers and bred for hunting and war. But a mysterious liquid administered to them is all that stands between the Realms and disaster, keeping the dragons in control and strong a Prince thinking of power and plotting murder to get it and a Queen set on using her daughters to gain a powerful prize adds to the mystery of a missing dragon in this powerful story, perfect for any fantasy library.

The Antiques/Collectibles Shelf

Star Wars Super Collector's Wish Book, fifth edition
Geoffrey T. Carlton
Collector Books
Box 3009, Paducah, KY 42002-30009
9781574326345, $29.95

The fifth updated edition of Star Wars Super Collector's Wish Book is a pick for any collection, offering dealers, collectors and Star Wars fans a fine survey of some 50,000 collectibles from 1976 to 2010. Ten thousand color photos accompany the latest values and make for a strong pick for any Star Wars collector and any library catering to them.

The Cookbook Shelf

Light & Healthy 2010
America's Test Kitchen
17 Station St., Brookline, MA 02445
1933615575, $35.00

Light & Healthy 2010 takes the best recipes developed in the Test Kitchen over the past year and figures out ways to cut the fat and calories without cutting flavor. The result are recipes that had to pass multiple taste tests to be included here, from lightening a full-fat Spinach Lasagna to Eggplant Parmesan and Black Bean Burgers. Any general lending library will find its bright photos and clear, easy directions to be a winner.

Face Food Recipes
Christopher D. Salyers
Mark Batty, Publisher
36 West 37th St #409, New York NY 10018
9780981960029, $19.95

FACE FOOD RECIPES offers a how-to approach for making Charaben at home - faces sculpted in food. From Spiderman's face made of sushi rice and nori to panda bears, railways, bees and mice made out of rice, this takes decorating to a whole new level in an outstanding presentation perfect for culinary libraries. Recipes and color photos on facing pages make it easy for home cooks to reproduce eye-catching results.

Tessa Kiros
Andrews & McMeel Publishing
1130 Walnut St, Kansas City, MO 64106-2109
0740785168, $34.99

VENEZIA: FOOD & DREAMS is not your everyday cookbook: it pairs dynamic recipes with bright colorful photos of Venetian streets and dishes alike, blending a travelogue with a culinary exploration of Venice. Venetian staples and specialties range from Scallops in lemon juice to Fish Soup and Vegetable Risotto in a gilt-edged lavish book perfect for both gifts and general lending.

Modern Gastronomy A to Z
Ferran Adria
CRC Press
6000 Broken Sound Pkwy NW #300, Boca Raton, FL 33487-2742
9781439812457 $59.95

College-level collections strong in culinary references will appreciate this dictionary of modern cooking that emphasizes the nature of ingredients, their reactions, and their interactions. Cooking and chemistry blend in a reference key to any advanced culinary collection where chefs are learning more than recipes. This is the first English translation of the best-selling Lexico Cientifico Gastronomico and provides definitions for each ingredient or term. A highly recommended, technical culinary reference!

More Vegetables, Please!
Elson M. Haas, MD and Patty James, MS
New Harbinger Publications
5674 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609
9781572245907, $21.95

More Vegetables, Please! Offers over 100 recipes for the whole family, including tips for adding vegetables to a family's favorite dishes, making them taste good with sauces, and appealing to even picky eaters. From The Best Kale Salad Ever spiced with garlic and avocado to Stuffed Baked Potatoes filled with something different, this is an appealing pick. No color photos - but the easy dishes don't need them.

The Vintage Table
Jacqueline de Montravel and Editors of Romantic Homes Magazine
Clarkson Potter Publishers
c/o The Crown Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, #B1, New York, NY 10019-4305
9780307460547, $35.00

THE VINTAGE TABLE: PERSONAL TREASURES AND STANDOUT SETTINGS offers insights into table settings and mixing and matching vintage and modern pieces to fine effect. Unlike most antiques guides to glassware, this doesn't assume only antiques or an unlimited budget: it shows how to make the most of a few fine pieces and comes packed with color photo examples for pairing family china and newer finds. A top pick for any general lending library.

Salty Sweets
Christie Matheson
Harvard Common Press
535 Albany St., Boston MA 02118
9781558324152, $19.95

SALTY SWEETS: DELECTABLE DESSERTS AND TEMPTING TREATS WITH A SUBLIME KISS OF SALT demonstrates how salt helps balance and heighten sweets, and packs in recipes for cookies, cakes and candies that combine salt and sweet in the only cookbook to explore this area. Over seventy recipes range from Butterscotch Brownies and Sweet and Salty Pecans to an unusual Carrot Cake with Maple-Cream Cheese Frosting. Any general library will welcome this different title.

Harvard Common Press
535 Albany St., Boston MA 02118

Two color-photo-packed guides by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig featuring lay-flat binding pair photos of finished results with fine recipes featuring easy step-by-step processes. PLANKING (9781558326682, $12.95) tells how to cook on a wood plank to infuse food with smoky richness. No special equipment is needed - it's a board and this book and 25 techniques contained herein, for quick success! GRILLING FISH (9781558326699, $12.95) offers a similar format and covers a few basics for grilling that apply to all fish. The photos, easy recipes and lay-flat binding lend to kitchen use and make great gifts for reluctant cooks.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Guide to Companion Parrot Behavior, second edition
Mattie Sue Athan
250 Wireless Blvd, Hauppauge, NY 11788
0764142135, $14.99,

The second updated edition of Guide to Companion Parrot Behavior is a pick for any library strong in animal and bird behavior: it tells how to choose the right parrot, train it, and how to consider toys, household hazards, and environment. From how a bird inhabits a controlled environment to making the most of its first few days in the home, this should be a 'must' for any new parrot owners and, particularly, would-be owners who would gain useful knowledge key to making purchasing decisions.

Healing Companions
Jane Miller
New Pages
Box 687, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
9781601630933, $16.99

HEALING COMPANIONS: ORDINARY DOGS AND THEIR EXTRAORDINARY POWER TO TRANSFORM LIVES is the first book to show how dogs benefit those who suffer from emotional issues. It shows how to choose a companion dog with healing in mind, how to understand the requirements of a service dog, and how to provide the dog with proper care. Any general or pet-oriented collection will find this a key pick.

Pet Photography 101
Andrew Darlow
Focal Press
30 Corporate Drive #400, Burlington, MA 01803
9780240812151, $14.95

PET PHOTOGRAPHY 101: TIPS FOR TAKING BETTER PHOTOS OF YOUR DOG OR CAT offers simple techniques for taking better pet photos, from ideas for holidays photos and action shots to using all kinds of cameras - even cell phones. From choosing a camera to post-production, this packs in photos and links, articles and resources on pet photography.

Atlas of Clinical Avian Hematology
Phillip Clark, Wayne Boardman and Shane Raidal
9781405192484, $149.99

Atlas of Clinical Avian Hematology provides a fine guide to the hematological characteristics of birds, packing in color photos to assist in interpretation of hematological data and covering 100 species of birds. From how to collect and handle blood samples to peculiar hematological characteristics unique to birds, this is a 'must' for any avian vet's collection.

The Biography Shelf

Just Don't Fall
Josh Sundquist
Viking Press
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780670021468, $25.95

JUST DON'T FALL: HOW I GREW UP, CONQUERED ILLNESS, AND MADE IT DOWN THE MOUNTAIN tells of an amputee who achieved his dream - to race in the Olympics. He was nine when he was diagnosed with a cancer that claimed his left leg: JUST DON'T FALL tells of his health struggles, his dreams, and how he achieved them and is a pick for any sports or general lending library, offering an impassioned, real voice of courage.

All Things At Once
Mika Brzezinski
Weinstein Books
345 Hudson St, 13th Floor, New York NY 10014
9781602861114, $24.95

ALL THINGS AT ONCE comes from the co-host of 'Morning Joe' on TV and tells of a self-made woman who grew up believing she could do anything. She's a media sensation and a political force - and here provides insights into decades of struggle to blend a busy career with motherhood. A top pick for any general lending library strong in inspirational autobiographies of popular public figures.

The Collector
Jack Nisbet
Sasquatch Books
119 South Main St., Suite 400, Seattle, WA 98104
1570616132, $23.95

THE COLLECTOR: DAVID DOUGLAS AND THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE NORTHWEST surveys David Douglas's discoveries of hundreds of western plants and tells how the son of a stonemason who lived in a rural Scottish village became the premier botanical explorer of the Pacific Northwest. His early fascination with nature and botany and the moves that would led him to become a leading authority make for fascinating reading especially recommended for any natural history collection.

The Sports Shelf

Running Anatomy
Joe Puleo and Dr. Patrick Milroy
Human Kinetics
Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61825-5076
9780736082303, $19.95

RUNNING ANATOMY offers a fine illustrated guide to running strength and building endurance that focuses on improving such performance by increasing strength and optimizing running efficiency. Fifty of the most effective strength exercises for runners accompany step-by-step directions and anatomical illustrations showing these muscles in action. Any sports or general library catering to runners needs this approach.

The Ferrari Phenomenon
Matt Stone & Luca Dal Monte
David Bull, Publishers
4250 E Camelback Rd Suite 150K, Phoenix, AZ 85018-9692
1935007084, $39.95

The Ferrari Phenomenon: An Unconventional View of the World's Most Charismatic Cars provides an outstanding pictorial and historical survey of Ferrari, covering not only the cars they fostered but the family name, pop culture, and mystery surrounding them. The Ferrari Phenomenon offers a focus on Enzo Ferrari's life, facts about cars and historic races, and packs in photos of the Ferrari factor and its history. An outstanding pick for any auto buff's collection.

Racing While Black
Leonard T. Miller with Andrew Simon
Seven Stories Press
140 Watts Street, New York NY 10013
9781583228968, $24.95

RACING WHILE BLACK: HOW AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN STOCK CAR TEAM MADE ITS MARK ON NASCAR tells of the author's experience of putting together a stock-car team with his father and leading it from idea to racing. It also tells the history of the Afro-American struggle to be included in a traditionally white, Southern sport. Not only NASCAR fans but any fans interested in auto racing history in general as well as Afro-American history libraries need this inspirational, involving story.

Gold Medal Physics
John Eric Goff
Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218
9780801893223, $25.00

Gold Medal Physics: The Science of Sports pairs discussions of some amazing recent feats in athletic history with surveys of physics and science behind soccer, cycling, football, skating, jumping and other competitive sports. The result is an explanation that explains physics in clear layman's terms and offers illustrations and math equations to build upon and reinforce sports knowledge. Perfect for sports and science libraries alike.

The Official Formula 1 Season Review 2006
Haynes Publishing
1844253457 19.99 Brit. pounds

Any library strong in auto racing histories needs The Official Formula 1 Season Review 2006. It offers the in-depth, behind-the-scenes story of the 2006 World Championship told by drivers and team personnel and offers color photos and text describing experiences of drivers, team principals, and more. Statistics, color graphics, and more provide an important reference covering the race for each of the 18 Grand Prix weekends, making for a visual wonder.

The Gaming Shelf

Problem Corner
Patrick Jourdain
Master Point Press
331 Douglas Avenue, Toronto, Ontario Canada M5M 1H2
9781897106471, $19.95

PROBLEM CORNER is featured in Bridge Magazine and provides the author's bridge keys for intermediate and advanced players. It covers problems and solutions blending real-life deals and constructed themes, and will appeal to any avid bridge player seeking insights to challenges.

Producing Games
D.S. Cohen, Sergio A. Bustamante II
Focal Press
30 Corporate Drive #300, Burlington, MA 01803
9780240810706, $39.95

PRODUCING GAMES: FROM BUSINESS AND BUDGETS TO CREATIVITY AND DESIGN packs in keys for game designers and producers, presenting all the key roles in game development and how they relate to producers. From secrets of the gaming industry to managing managers' expectations, this is packed with insights covering everything from scheduling and staff to design quality and creating next-generation games. Any game developer's collection needs these guidelines!

The Photography Shelf

Build a Better Photograph
Michael E. Stern
Rocky Nook
26 W. Mission St. #3, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
9781933952185, $34.95

Build a Better Photograph offers an experienced photographer's insights into the steps taken to build a picture idea. From 3D scanning and compositing to inspiration, this shows exactly how photographers conceptualize, blend ideas into work, and create finished products. The accompanying DVD offers additional images and short videos of photographic sessions, making for an outstanding recommendation for any seeking insights into the inspirational process.

Handmade Design Workshop
Carmen Sheldon & Robin Williams
Peachpit Press
1249 - 8th St., Berkeley, CA 94710
9780321647153, $39.99

Handmade Design Workshop: Create Handmade Elements for Digital Design offers a fine inspirational survey of design work showing how to use traditional artist's tools to create hand-made elements for use in digital design work. From learning how to blow, salt, spray and sponge to exploring clay, collage and found objects, this shows how to create illustrations even if you can't draw, with the inclusion of photography into the mix. Any photography or crafts collection needs this.

Exhibiting Photography
Shirley Read
Focal Press
30 Corporate Drive #400, Burlington, MA 01803
9780240809397, $29.95

EXHIBITING PHOTOGRAPHY: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO CHOOSING A SPACE, DISPLAYING YOUR WORK, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN tells how to create and organize photo exhibitions, offering step-by-step guidance, anecdotes, and case studies of real situations to help photographers improve their marketing and business skills. From the technical requirements of exhibiting to locating the right space, approaching a gallery and pricing and selling, this is packed with keys to successful exhibits and is a 'must' for any aspiring photographer.

The Best of Wedding Photojournalism, second edition
Bill Hurter
Amherst Media
Box 586, Buffalo, NY 14226
9781584282730, $34.95

The Best of Wedding Photojournalism: Techniques and Images for Professional Digital Photographers appears in an updated second edition covering the history of photojournalism and its role in modern wedding photography. From selecting the right equipment to preparing an image and creative ideas, this covers all the basics for any library catering to neo-professionals.

Smart Object Pipeline
Ted Dillard
Lark Books/Sterling
387 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10016-8810
9781600593970, $29.95

SMART OBJECT PIPELINE: REVOLUTIONARY TACTICS FOR THE PHOTOSHOP LAYER WORKFLOW tells how to edit in Photoshop layers and markets, and how to gain access to a digital image to maximize image quality. Smart object technology teaches access to the raw file, and offers a clear, specific guide to Photoshop layering's complexities perfect for any Photoshop collection.

The Audiobook Shelf

Drawn in Blood
Andrea Kane
Brilliance Corporation
Grand Rapids, MI 49417
144180188X, $38.99

Joyce Bean provides a seasoned voice to this fine story of a former FBI Special Agent who has faced dangers but here finds it has invaded her family life when her mother is viciously attacked in her posh apartment. Her struggles to save her father from danger involve her in struggle and romance - and a possible betrayal of family secrets in the process. Audio libraries will find this riveting.

Burnt Offerings
Laurell K. Hamilton
Penguin Audio
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780143144076, $39.95

Kimberly Alexis provides a passionate, involving voice to spice the unabridged Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novel BURNT OFFERINGS. Here Anita is called upon to help, rather than fight, vampires when an arsonist targets St. Louis's undead. No familiarity with Anita Blake previous sagas is needed to appreciate this fine blend of fantasy and thriller.

Absolute Power
David Baldacci
Hachette Audio
9781607883210, $24.98

Scott Brick's extensive audiobook skills lend to a powerful story of deadly passion turned to murder and a runaway witness who has just seen a slaying involving the President of the United States. Fine tension evolves in a complex political and social thriller perfect for fans of Baldacci or audio thrillers.

French Revolutions
Tim Moore
Clipper Audio
c/o Recorded Books
270 Skipjack Road, Prince Frederick, D 20678
9781407448800, $72.75,

French Revolutions: Cycling the Tour de France receives a fine narration by Andrew Wincott who lends zest and life to this fine blend of travelogue and comedy telling of Tim Moore's cycling in France's greatest event. Can Tim tackle a professional competition? A fun, lively listen evolves perfect for any library where cycling is of patron interest.

Alice I Have Been
Melanie Benjamin
Random House Audio Books
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 8th floor, New York, NY 10019
9780307713445, $35.00

ALICE I HAVE BEEN enjoys a fine narration by actress Samantha Eggar, who has appeared in award-winning films and whose smooth voice spices the story of Alice Hargreave, now eighty-one, whose life has been changed at one fateful moment in her tenth year when she urged a friend to write down his fanciful imaginings and helped change the world. A love story and literary mystery blend in this fine vivid, unabridged audio.

The Art Shelf

The International Art Markets
James Goodwin, Consulting Editor
Kogan Page
525 S. 4th St #241, Philadelphia, PA 19147
9780749455927, $39.95

The International Art Markets offers over forty chapters written by nearly sixty locally-based experts in the art trade, covering over twenty countries around the world and focusing on key information needed to understand the market in each country. From a summary of each individual art market to structure, performance, and insights on trade associations, museums, exhibitions, dealers and more, this is a 'must' reference for any serious global artist or collection catering to them.

How to Paint Abstracts
Dani Humberstone
Search Press USA
1338 Ross Street, Petaluma, CA 94954-1117
9781844482900, $17.95

How to Paint Abstracts teaches how to create a variety of abstract paintings using mixed media blending style, color and texture. From explanations about techniques to step-by-step demonstrations on how to build skills, this is a fine pick for any beginning crafter and packs in step-by-step color examples for maximum results.

Understanding Jewellery, revised edition
David Bennett & Daniela Mascetti
Antique Collector's Club
6 W. 18th St., 4th Floor, New York NY 10011
9781851494309, $89.50

Understanding Jewellery has been revised and fully updated and offers identification and dating of all kinds of jewelry, from the late 18th century until the end of the millennium. From gemstone origins, values and testing methods to explanations of how values vary and good-sized color photos of bracelets, necklaces, pendants and more, this is a pick for collectors, dealers, and any interested in the history and development of jewelery.

Draw Sci Fi
Gecko Keck
Search Press
1338 Ross St., Petaluma, CA 94954-1117
9781844484775, $17.95

DRAW SCI FI comes packed with information from experts and provides step-by-step projects on how to draw aliens, robots, humanoids and cities. From materials and basic drawing techniques to step-by-step sci fi projects to test and advance skills, DRAW SCI FI is a real winner for any beginning artist who loves science fiction.

Lemuel Maynard Wiles
Geoffrey K. Fleming
Southold Historical
c/o Hudson Hills Press
3556 Main St., Manchester, VT 05254
9781555953539, $40.00

Lemuel Maynard Wiles: A Record of His Works 1864-1904 tells of a teacher who taught young men the science of penmanship before he achieved his true calling as a painter. Once he acknowledged his gift, he blended painting and teaching in a career that lasted forty years. This explores his career, includes his personal record book, and documents landscape subjects, patrons who helped out, and more. College-level art collections will find this a fine comprehensive resource.

Titan: The Last Days
Mark Hudson
Walker & Company
175 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10010
9780802710765, $27.00

Titan: The Last Days offers art libraries a survey of one Tiziano Vecillio, also known as Titan, who worked on a number of paintings that vanished when his studio was looted after his death. This considers his relationships with his mentors, rivals and patrons and offers a biography of Titan's life and times, re-creating 16th century Venice for any who would study his life and works.

Art Making & Studio Spaces
Lynne Perrella
Quarry Books
100 Cummings Center, Suite 406-L, Beverly, MA 01915-6101
1592535399, $24.99

Art Making & Studio Spaces is a visual studio tour that considers artists in their unique work spaces. From the relationship between artist and studio to how work space influences art, this blends photos by artists with personal insights that offer budding artists tips on how to set up a private studio. Any collection catering to artists will find this a fine survey.

Drawing Autism
Jill Mullin
Mark Batty Publisher
36 W. 37th St. #409, New York NY 10018
9780981960005, $34.95

DRAWING AUTISM celebrates the artistry and self-expression found in the drawings, paintings and collages created by people diagnosed with autism. Over 50 contributors exhibit a range of unique perspectives on how autistic individuals see themselves and their world, offering pages packed with full-page color illustrations and in many cases the artists' own insights of their thoughts, feelings and experiences. Any library strong in autism insights or alternative art needs this.

The Architecture Shelf

Built By Hand
Bill Steen,
Gibbs Smith
Box 667, Layton, UT 84041
158685237X, $50.00

BUILT BY HAND: VERNACULAR BUILDINGS AROUND THE WORLD offers a stunning collection of photos by Japanese photographer Yoshio Komatsu elaborating traditional architecture around the world. His photos cover vanishing early buildings built by designers who often used simple tools and materials rather than machines and mass-produced techniques. This is a key acquisition for any architecture library, packed with color and insights into vernacular buildings.

The Judaic Studies Shelf

Four Thousand Years of Jewish History Then and Now
Jack Lefcourt
930 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306
9781602801325, $16.95

Four Thousand Years of Jewish History Then and Now is geared to young readers but will reach all ages with its survey of Jewish people across forty years of history. Color photos, maps, diagrams and text pack in eye-catching details and history perfect not just for the pre-teen and teen readers it's intended for, but for families and all ages.

The Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf

Marvel Comics in the 1960s
Pierre Comtois
TwoMorrows Publishing
10407 Bedfordtown Dr., Raleigh, NC 27614
1605490164, $27.95

Marvel Comics in the 1960s is a 'must' for any library strong in comics history. It provides an issue-by-issue guide to a company that led the industry for decades, producing dynamic pop-culture contributions by new artists and offering analysis of four phases of Marvel history. A top pick for any library, it is packed with black and white illustrations throughout.

The Language Studies Shelf

Just a Phrase I'm Going Through
David Crystal
Madison Avenue, New York NY 10016
9780415485746 $26.95

Just a Phrase I'm Going Through: Life in Language is a pick for both college-level linguistics collections and any interested in his involvement with language. It blends autobiography with reflections on language's evolution and meaning and will be a top pick for any library strong in either linguistics or David Crystal's prior books on language.

The Nautical Shelf

The Year of the Boat
Lawrence W. Cheek
Sasquatch Books
119 S. Main St. #400, Seattle, WA 98104
9781570615443, $23.95

THE YEAR OF THE BOAT: BEAUTY, IMPERFECTION, AND THE ART OF DOING IT YOURSELF provides an outstanding memoir of building a wooden sailboat. The author opted to build a 13 1/2-foot sailing dinghy of classic lines - only to find out later tat it was too difficult to build from scratch. His journey into DIY ship-building makes for a fascinating, involving read perfect for nautical and general-interest collections alike.

The California Shelf

Complete Guide to Planning Your Estate in California
Linda A. Ashar, J.D. and Sandy Baker
Atlantic Publishing
1405 SW 6th Ave, Ocala FL 34471
9781601384256, $24.95

Complete Guide to Planning Your Estate in California is a 'must' for any legal or California public library: it offers a step-by-step plan to protect your assets, limit taxes, and build an estate and provides California residents with clear legal guidelines based on the latest findings. California-specific information makes this a more important acquisition than the usual general estate planner title and keeps the information relevant to California concerns.

Arcadia Publishing
420 Wando Park Blvd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

William J. Butler's MARCH AIR FORCE BASE (0738571598, $21.99) is a strong pick for California history and military history collections alike, chronicling a Riverside, California base that became a major flight-training institution. This joins others in the Images of America series, offering a visual history of the base's origins, growth, and development and using vintage photos with captions to trace this history. Joseph Mariotti, George Vincent, Jeff Rubin and the Pinole Historical Society's PINOLE (0738570427, $21.99) provides a fine set of vintage black and white images of a city that began as the cornerstone of a massive land grant nearly 200 years ago and grew to become today's sprawling city. The Pinole Historical Society's many images of the changing town successfully document Pinole's many changes and make for a fine addition for any Bay Area library.

Botanical Serigraphs
Gene Bauer
380 New York St., Redlands, CA 92378-8100
9781589482531, $40.00

Botanical Serigraphs is the first compilation of the entire series of flora prints and writings created by Gene Bauer in the 1970s. She visited 56 California botanical gardens and arboretums for this work, recording in pencil the plant or tree that caught her imagination and describing it in detail. This collection packs in detail and is a pick for California history, natural history and arts libraries alike.

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