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Volume 3, Number 12 December 2008 Home | CALBW Index

Table of Contents

Donovan's Picks Nautical Shelf Judicial Studies Shelf
Sports Shelf Crafts Shelf Architecture Shelf
Metaphysical Studies Shelf Art Shelf Photography Shelf
Parenting Shelf Social Issues Shelf International Studies Shelf
Philosophy Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf Judaic Studies Shelf
Literary Shelf Language Studies Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf
Psychology Shelf Biography Shelf Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf
Interior Design Shelf Audiobook Shelf Antiques/Collectibles Shelf
Education Shelf Cookbook Shelf Gardening Shelf
Hunting/Fishing Shelf Martial Arts Shelf Music Shelf
Business Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf Science Shelf
Environmental Studies Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf Library DVD Shelf
Military Shelf California Shelf Computer Shelf
Calendar Shelf Native American Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
Needlecraft Shelf    

Donovan's Picks

What on Earth Happened?
Christopher Lloyd
Bloomsbury USA
5th Avenue, New York NY 10010
1596915838, $45.00

How old is the universe, and when did life begin? Who discovered writing and how did human culture evolve? WHAT ON EARTH HAPPENED? Blends the history of earth science and the history of humans on earth in a wide-ranging survey accessible to general-interest audiences and libraries catering to them. This lively, vivid analysis of both earth and human history makes for an engrossing read any general lending library will find appealing.

The Year We Disappeared
Cylin Busby & John Busby
175 - 5th Avenue, 8th Floor, New York NY 10010
1599901412, $17.99

THE YEAR WE DISAPPEARED - A FATHER-DAUGHTER MEMOIR tells of a police officer gunned down and left for dead the night before he was to testify against a ruthless local criminal - and of his determination to survive. That move would place his family under 24-hour armed guard surveillance, unable to visit friends and tied to medical bills and a long recovery. With the shooter uncaptured, the Busbys realized their only hope of peace was to sever all ties with friends and family and go into hiding. A powerful story of true crime and survival makes for a gripping saga.

Held in the Light
Anne Morrison Welsh and Joyce Hollyday
Orbis Books
PO Box 308, Maryknoll, NY 10545
9781570758027, $20.00

In 1965 devout Quaker Norman Morrison immolated himself on the steps of the Pentagon as a protest against the Vietnam War. His family's experiences with his actions, with peace issues, and their eventual healing make for a vivid memoir in HELD IN THE LIGHT, recommended for any general-interest library, especially those strong in Quaker beliefs.

Titanic's Last Secrets
Brad Matsen
Twelve Books
c/o Hachette Publishing Group
237 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
0446582050, $27.99

After their successful investigation of the truth about a sunken Nazi U-boat off the New Jersey coast, divers John Chatterton and Richie Kohler take on an investigation of the Titanic, seeking answers to questions of why the Titanic sank so quickly. The divers worked with a marine forensic historian and probed achieves no historian had ever seen: the truth comes to light in TITANIC'S LAST SECRETS, a 'must' for any collection strong in true-life adventure history.

Lowcountry Hurricanes
Walter J. Fraser Jr.
University of Georgia Press
330 Research Drive, Athens, GA 30602-4901
0820328669, $24.95

LOWCOUNTRY HURRICANES: TREE CENTURIES OF STORMS AT SEA AND ASHORE offers a fine illustrated history of how hurricanes have changed lives and landscapes along the Georgia-South Carolina seaboard. From the first documented storm in 1686 to modern times, this provides a fine survey any library strong in either U.S. weather or regional Southern history will find intriguing.

Roadside Geology of Connecticut and Rhode Island
James W. Skehan
Mountain Press Publishing
Box 2399, Missoula, MT 59806
0878425470, $26.00

Any library strong in U.S. regional geology and any collection with a focus on the East Coast will welcome Roadside Geology of Connecticut and Rhode Island, an addition to the expanding U.S. series. Connecticut and Rhode Island's geology is covered in chapters that focus on different sites, geologic experiences, and local history. With maps, charts, and lots of easily-absorbed detail, this lends to a destination-bound traveler's take-along tote as well as to public lending libraries.

Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba
Tom Gjelten
Viking Press
375 Hudson Street, New York NY 10014
9780670019786, $27.95

In 1862 a businessman in Cuba with little experience in rum opened a small distillery hoping to make a working man's drink - and invented a formula that made his rum famous. Bacardi's company brought worldwide fame to Cuba and in decades to follow it would become integral with Cuban politics, economics and social life. BACARDI AND THE LONG FIGHT FOR CUBA documents the company's history and in the process provides hard-hitting insights on Cuban history and culture. A fine pick for any general-interest library.

Dixie Emporium
Anthony J. Stanonis
University of Georgia Press
330 Research Drive, Athens, GA 30602-4901
0820331694, $24.95

Any collection strong in regional American tourism, food, and in Southern culture will relish DIXIE EMPORIUM: TOURISM, FOODWAYS, AND CONSUMER CULTURE IN THE AMERICA SOUTH. It's a fine set of essays exploring the unique culinary and cultural heritage of the South, examining how tourists have influenced regional definitions and covering and analyzing images from the Ozark hillbilly to the black Christian home. College-level collections strong in regional American culture as well as general-interest collections strong in Southern history and culture will find this absorbing.

The GPS Handbook
Robert I. Egbert & Joseph E. King
Burford Books
32 Morris Avenue, Springfield, NJ 07081
1580801498, $16.95

The revised, updated edition of the original 2003 GPS HANDBOOK: A GUIDE FOR THE OUTDOORS includes all the latest models of hand-held GPS units from major manufacturers and surveys new features to make outdoors tracking and location easier and fun. From how GPS works and how to link to laptops and cell phones to coordinating GPS with maps, software and geocaching, this is a basic guide any library strong in outdoors titles and tools will find a popular pick.

The Nautical Shelf

Ice Bears and Kotick
Peter Webb
Sheridan House
145 Palisade Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
9781574092646, $17.95

Fans of sailing and nautical adventuring will relish ICE BEARS AND KOTICK, a true story of a boat journey sailing and rowing through the ice pack. Their many survival challenges and sailing adventures will appeal to any small-boat sailor and to any library catering to true adventure readers, with its 'you are there' high-impact moments of encounters with icebergs and wildlife alike.

The Judicial Studies Shelf

Cato Supreme Court Review 2007-2008
Ilya Shapiro, editor
Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC 20001
9781933995175, $15.00

Contributors to Cato's seventh volume of the Cato Supreme Court Review, an annual critique of the Court's most important decisions from the last term, provide basic political, social and legal analysis key to any college-level collection strong in legal or political studies. From challenges to Constitutional amendments to big business issues in the Supreme Court decision-making process, these articles survey some of the most important decisions of our times.

Crime Victim's Guide to Justice
Mary L. Boland, Attorney
Sphinx Legal
c/o Sourcebooks
Box 4410, Naperville, IL 60567-4410
1572486554, $22.95

If you've been the victim of crime you have rights and obligations within the criminal justice system - and the opportunity to seek your own justice. CRIME VICTIM'S GUIDE TO JUSTICE tells how to report a crime, get help to investigate a case, effectively testify at trial and sentencing, and pursue a civil case against an assailant. It's an outstanding victim's guide to the court system and victim rights that is a key to working effectively within an often-puzzling system. General-interest as well as legal libraries will find it a popular lend and an important reference selection.

The Sports Shelf

Playing Tennis After 50
Kathy Woods & Ron Woods
Human Kinetics
Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61825-5076
0736072446, $17.95

Whether you're over 50 and new to tennis or returning to the game after a long break, PLAYING TENNIS AFTER 50 is for any who would return to the sport. Discussions range from beginning to advanced techniques and cover everything from singles and doubles play to practice and improvement tips for any over 50. The exercises for over-50 participants are a key and important part of this fine resource.

The Sports Lover's Guide to Recovery
Andrew L. Dieden
Center City, MN 55012-0176
9781592854851, $14.95

Sports fans seeking a tactical approach to sobriety will find a set of concrete tips from a recovering addict who offers keys to overcoming addiction based on sports ideas. From understanding the rules of a new game to training, applying athlete models of success to the recovery process, and understanding how to handle tough calls, The Sports Lover's Guide to Recovery makes for a fine blend of sports analogy and psychology, perfect for psychology and general-interest libraries strong in either sports models or recovery.

Remember The AFL
Dave Steidel
Clerisy Press
1700 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206
9781578603237, $29.95,

Football is America's single most viewed and popular sport. In 1959, eight wealthy businessmen who were unable to obtain or develop football franchises with the well-established National Football League (NFL) banded together to create a rival organization called the American Football League (AFL). During its limited lifetime the AFL gained the interest and loyalty of its fans but ultimately failed to survive in the corporate competition for revenue with the teams of the NFL. "Remember The AFL: the Ultimate Fan's Guide To The American Football League" is a superbly illustrated history that combines Dave Steidel's meticulous and exhaustive historical research with hundreds of period photographs (including many of the AFL related classic football cards and collectibles) to provide nostalgia with an overview of the rise and fall of the teams, players, managers, and owners of the AFL teams. Enhanced throughout with statics, trivia, anecdotal stories, and more, "Remember The AFL" is a seminal work and a highly recommended addition to personal, academic, and community library Sports & Athletic football history reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Crafts Shelf

Crafting Jewish
Rivky Koenig
Artscroll/Shaar Press
4401 Second Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11232
Marcus Wynn Group (publicity)
222 - 44th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232
9781422608173, $29.99,

Specifically intended for craft making projects with a Jewish theme, "Crafting Jewish: Fun Holiday Crafts And Party Ideas For The Whole Family" is a 272-page compendium of superbly illustrated, thoroughly 'user friendly', homemade craft projects offering clear step-by-step instructions for more than 120 useful and decorative items ranging from making Shanah Tova Cards; to yogurt cup plant container gardening, to a 'no-sew' pillow, to a decorator mirror. Of special interest is the crafting notes for adults and for children, the introduction to a kosher kitchen, and the photographically illustrated 'Product Guide' for basic items from pompoms to pipe cleaners, to paint markers, to micro beads. Offering projects that will give as much pleasure to make as they are to gift to loved ones, "Crafting Jewish" will provide hours of fun and a lifetime of memories.

The Architecture Shelf

Revolving Architecture
Chad Randl
Princeton Architectural Press
37 E. 7th Street, New York NY 10003
9781568986814, $35.00

REVOLVING ARCHITECTURE: A HISTORY OF BUILDINGS THAT ROTATE, SWIVEL AND PIVOT explores the history and construction of a unique type of building, pairing photos of a range of unusual structures to discussions of a revolving jail superior in surveillance to revolving restaurants, houses and even theatres. The in-depth surveys explore how the structure as conceived, building challenges, and pros and cons alike. Any library strong in architecture needs this unusual assessment.

Zen Architecture
Paul Discoe & Alexandra Quinn, authors
Roslyn Banish, photographer
Gibbs Smith, Publisher
PO Box 667, Layton UT 84041
9781423600091, $40.00,

The principles of Zen Buddhist philosophy as applied to architecture and interior design have been a particular area of professional interest for architect, builder, and ordained Zen Buddhist priest Paul Discoe. With the assistance of Alexandra Quinn, he has written "Zen Architecture: The building Process As Practice", a compendium of information and insight into the study, design, and building of structures ranging from Zen temples and residential projects, to grand estates and modular structures. Profusely enhanced with the full color photography of Roslyn Banish, "Zen Architecture" also features floor plan sketches, landscaping embellishments, and occasional quotes from Zen masters. As beautiful and informative as it is inspired and inspiring, "Zen Architecture" is a welcome addition to the growing body of architectural, interior, and landscaping design literature, and a highly recommended acquisition for personal, professional, academic, and community library reference collections.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

Interdimensional Universe
Philip Imbrogno
2143 Wooddale Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125-2989
9780738713472, $17.95

Interdimensional Universe draws upon the author's thirty years of investigation into UFOs, collecting case studies and conducting his own field research. Philip Imbrogno has provided new details on the experiences of paranormal experts, blending the latest quantum theories to new studies on UFO phenomena and the paranormal as a whole. His knowledge of early UFO activities extends to modern times, his investigations includes four of the best-known UFO sightings of modern times, and his research is key to any UFO library.

The Chemical Choir: A History of Alchemy
P.G. Maxwell-Stuart
80 Maiden Lane Suite 704, New York NY 10038
9781847251480, $24.95

New age libraries and any interested in spiritual topics will find THE CHEMICAL CHOIR a fine review of alchemy and its evolution from early to modern times. The history of alchemy embraces changing human legacies and perceptions: chapters cover historical, cultural and religious changes accompanying changing ideas of alchemy and its practices. It's a fine, wide-ranging survey new age collections will welcome.

Magic Words: A Dictionary
Craig Conley
Weiser Books
500 - 3rd Street, Suite 230, San Francisco CA 94107
9781578634347, $24.95

Any interested in the words and philosophy of Wicca and magic will find MAGIC WORDS a fascinating dictionary packed with magic words and phrases from around the world. Over seven hundred essay-style entries probe the origins of magical words, their history, and their variations. Sources range from ancient Medieval alchemists to modern necromancers and magical legends, making for a fine trivia and study reference.

The Encyclopedia Of Witches, Witchcraft & Wicca
Rosemary Ellen Guiley
Facts On File, Inc.
c/o Infobase Publishing
132 West 31st Street, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10001
9780816071036, $85.00, 1-800-322-8755

Rosemary Ellen Guiley is a foremost authority on the paranormal and the author of 31 non-fiction books on paranormal topics. In "The Encyclopedia Of Witches, Witchcraft & Wicca" she draws upon her many years of expertise and study to compile a comprehensive encyclopedia of information in a newly revised, updated and expanded third edition which features more than 480 separate entries, making it a key reference on the subject of witchcraft principles, practices, and history, as well as its modern incarnation as the Wiccan religion. This new edition features updated information on the treatment of women accused of being witches by the Inquisition, amulets, charms, spells, familiars, biographies of contemporary Wiccans, and more. Of special note is the updated information about the portrayal of witches in such popular entertainments as films, television, stage plays, and novels. An impressive and definitive compilation of information, "The Encyclopedia Of Witches, Witchcraft & Wicca" is strongly recommended for personal, academic, and community library Metaphysical Studies and Wiccan Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Art Shelf

A Place of Refuge: Maynard Dixon's Arizona
Thomas Brent Smith & Donald J. Hagerty
Tucson Museum of Art
c/o University of Oklahoma Press
140 North Main Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701
9780911611366, $40.00

The artist Maynard Dixon first traveled to Arizona in 1900 to experience his perception of a 'vanishing West'. His paintings would capture this wild landscape - and here Thomas Brent Smith explores Dixon's focus on the 'old West', pairing a biographical essay with works drawn from his early Arizona landscapes up to his last years. Vintage photos accompany full-page color paintings and plenty of literary insight in a book perfect for either Arizona or general-interest art libraries.

The Man Who Made Vermeers
Jonathan Lopez
Harcourt Inc.
215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10003
9780151013418, $26.00

Deserving of ongoing mention is the story of a man whose lifetime of disappointment led him to become famous for forging Vermeers - and whose much-publicized story wasn't true. Author Jonathan Lopez tracked down primary sources in four countries and five languages to reveal the real story of the man famous for forging Vermeers, revealing the real story of his talents and efforts. A 'must' for any art library strong in Van Meegeran's legend and art world deceit.

The Loggia Of Raphael
Nicole Dacos
Abbeville Press
137 Varick Street, Suite 504, New York, NY 10019-1105
9780789210043, $125.00,

Any list of Grand Masters of the western art world will include the name of Raphael (1483-1520). A loggia is a colonnaded porch that is part of the second story of the Apostolic Palace of the Vatican in Rome. It was designed and decorated by Raphael, a process that began in 1517 and concluded in 1519. Widely acknowledged to epitomize the spirit of the Italian Renaissance with its synthesis of Christian and classical themes, the thirteen square vaults of Raphael's loggia, each of which includes four frescoes of scenes from the Bible, as well as other architectural elements decorated with 'grotesques' modeled after ancient Roman wall paintings, this complex work of enduring beauty is magnificently showcased in "The Loggia Of Raphael: A Vatican Art Treasure" by art historian Nicole Dacos, who is Director of Research at the fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique in Belgium and arguably the foremost authority and expert on the subject. Superbly illustrated throughout with 200 illustrations, "The Loggia Of Raphael" is a 352-page compendium of detailed information making it a core addition to personal, professional, academic, and community library Art History reference collections. Indeed, no study of the life and work of Raphael can be considered comprehensive without the inclusion of "The Loggia Of Raphael" as part of the student's reading list.

The Photography Shelf

Minimalist Lighting
Kirk Tuck
Amherst Media
Box 586, Buffalo, NY 14226
9781584282303, $34.95

Learn how to create professional lighting results with minimal lighting equipment, from selecting small, computerized, battery-powered flash units and lightweight accessories to using them for maximum effect. Tips on interacting with people, controlling color temperature, and fourteen case studies offering details on a range of minimal lighting sets and options pair with numerous color photo examples throughout. Any library catering to neo-professional photographers will find this a winner.

Night & Low-Light Photography
Jill Waterman
Amphoto Books
c/o Watson-Guptill
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
0817432418, $29.95

Photographing after dark is a challenge to many and plenty of books offer single photographer methods to address different concerns. Few, however, compile the varying approaches of some thirty top professional photographers, offering a blend of real-life projects and unique approaches to night and low-light photography and including commercial and art works as well as everyday topics. From working with different kinds of film and development methods to photographing weather, nature, and more, Night & Low-Light Photography is an item of choice for any aspiring neo-pro photographer.

50 Photographers You Should Know
Peter Stepan
500 Broadway Suite 603, New York NY 10003
9783791340180, $19.95

From Diane Arbus and Robert Capa to Dorothea Lange and Hiroshi Sugimoto, 50 Photographers You Should Know covers all the major images and approaches of a selected 50 of some of the greatest photographers in history, outlining how these people pushed boundaries and approaches to revolutionize their art. Any photography library - and many a general-interest lending library - must have this.

MFA Highlights: Photography
Anne E. Havings,
MFA Publications
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
9780878466764, $22.50

This latest volume in the MFA Highlights series offers over a hundred photos from the museum's collection, with an introductory essay covering the overall history of photography's technical and artistic development, then moving to a range of images and studies demonstrating both early and later photographers. Any collection strong in photographic history, particularly at the college level, will find this an excellent survey and catalog.

Historic Photos Of Christmas In Chicago
Rosemary K. Adams
Turner Publishing Company
200 - 4th Avenue North, Suite 950, Nashville, TN 37219
9781596525115, $39.95,

Christmas in Chicago has long been a very special time in a very special American city. Now that seasonal and historical time of urban celebration has been captured and showcased with "Historic Photos Of Christmas In Chicago", a compilation of black-and-white photography compiled with text and captions by Rosemary K. Adams. From snow-covered scenes of Chicago in 1913, to crowds of holiday shoppers, to Santa Claus and the children, "Historic Photos Of Christmas In Chicago" showcases almost 200 memorable and nostalgic images gathered from the archives of the Chicago History Museum. Simply stated, "Historic Photos Of Christmas In Chicago" should be part of every Chicago community library state history collections, is an ideal gift for native Chicagoans, and would aptly serve as a template for similar photographic commemorations of Christmas histories for other American cities.

The Parenting Shelf

Baby Scrapbook
Katie Daynes & Fiona Watt, editors
c/o EDC Publishing
PO Box 470663, Tulsa, OK 74146-6515
9780794519575, $19.99,, 1-800-475-4522

Every parent will want to remember the outstanding details and milestones of their child's growing up. One of the best ways to record and preserve those memories is with a scrapbook. Co-compiled and edited by Katie Daynes and Fiona Watt, "Baby Scrapbook" is a sturdy, spiral bound 'fill-in-the-blank' scrapbook guide that children can use to record everything from the day they were born, to their family tree, to birthday and holiday celebrations, and more! Of special fun worthy note is the section of colorful stickers to use on the various large and easy to handle pages for young fingers. Fun to use and recommended for all families, "Baby Scapbook" will serve to create a family nostalgic legacy that will last a lifetime.

Social Issues Shelf

"I Am Innocent!"
Jay Robert Nash
Da Capo Press
c/o Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9780306815607, $24.95

Collections strong in general interest, law, or social issues will find "I AM INNOCENT!" A COMPREHENSIVE ENCYCLOPEDIC HISTORY OF THE WORLD'S WRONGLY CONVICTED PERSONS to be an intriguing survey from ancient to modern times. From the witchcraft victims of Salem to forensic science misconduct, the influence of confessions and fingerprinting and other types of evidence, and evolving legal persecution systems around the world, I AM INNOCENT provides a striking analysis of evidence, legal justice and injustice.

Post Carbon Cities
Daniel Lerch
Post Carbon Press
PO Box 917, Sebastopol, CA 95473
9780976751052, $30.00

POST CARBON CITIES: PLANNING FOR ENERGY AND CLIMATE UNCERTAINTY provides local governments in the U.S. and Canada with a guidebook on peak oil and global warming. It serves as a bridge between current resources and local government planning agencies, offering a call to action in assessing and converting energy sources and providing a set of lessons and game plans based on real-world successes. A powerful, clear message lends for any government planning attempt.

America's Nuclear Wasteland
Max S. Power
Washington State University Press
Box 645910, Pullman, WA 99164-5910
9780874222951, $19.95

Cold-War era nuclear operations and weapons production produced the legacy of over 2,000 tons of radioactive spent nuclear fuel, over 100 million gallons of radioactive liquids, and 1.7 trillion gallons of contaminated groundwater. In recent years the department of Energy has expanded cleanup activities, but the migration of radioactive compounds in water and soil persists. America's Nuclear Wasteland charts the issues stemming from contamination, examining the political, social and environmental impact alike. A 'must' for any social issues collection.

Gay America
Linas Alsenas
Harry Abrams
115 West 18th Street, New York NY 10011
9780810994874, $24.95

GAY AMERICA: STRUGGLE FOR EQUALITY is billed as the first gay history book published specifically for teens, but it's reviewed here for its importance to all age groups, and should be considered a foundation title for any collection seeking to include a thorough and simple history of gay rights and struggles in America. Period photos lavishly illustrate a historically accurate survey of gay life in the U.S., blending first person accounts with stories of discrimination and changing perceptions. A 'must' for any general-interest or young adult collection strong in gay issues.

The International Studies Shelf

Conflict Between India and Pakistan: An Encyclopedia
Peter Lyon
Box 1911, Santa Barbara, CA 93116
9781576077122, $85.00

Joining others in the 'Roots of Modern Conflict' titles is this stand-alone encyclopedia covering the history of conflict between India and Pakistan. Entries arranged by person, place and event alike offer much detail - often a page or more - followed by cross-references and bibliographical listings for further readings. Any high school to college library strong in Asian issues and culture needs this.

After the Taliban: Nation-Building in Afghanistan
Amb. James F. Dobbins
Potomac Books Inc.
22841 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles, VA 20166
9781597970839, $24.95

AFTER THE TALIBAN could easily have been featured in our Military Shelf section but is reviewed here for its wider-ranging importance to any college-level collection strong in military policy, politics, social issues and Afghan culture. It provides an insider's account - from an American Ambassador who oversaw other nation-building efforts around the world - of the special challenges involved in rebuilding the region after the Taliban, examining relationships between the Afghan and Iraqi ventures and showing how resources have been drained from the original Afghan effort.

The Philosophy Shelf

Why I Became An Atheist
John W. Loftus
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197
9781591025924, $19.95

Both spirituality and general-interest lending libraries will welcome WHY I BECAME AN ATHEIST: A FORMER PREACHER REJECTS CHRISTIANITY. It provides a key analysis - from a former evangelical Christian and an ordained minister of the Church of Christ - of atheism's concepts and the credibility of key Christian tenets. In providing a memoir of his journey from believer to atheist, his explanations embrace the philosophical, scientific, historical and spiritual issues key to belief systems. A fine title for serious debate and reflection, recommended for any spirituality shelf.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

Ancestral Grace
Diarmuid O'Murchu
Orbis Books
Walsh Bldg, Box 308, Maryknoll, NY 10545
9781570757945, $22.00

ANCESTRAL GRACE: MEETING GOD IN OUR HUMAN STORY offers a synthesized history of humankind from African roots to modern times, juxtaposing this history with reflections on spirituality and anthropology to show God has been and will always be with us. Any religious collection will find this a satisfying analysis blending science and religion with a dose of philosophy and history.

The Judaic Studies Shelf

An Introduction to Islam for Jews
Reuven Firestone
Jewish Publication Society
2100 Arch Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia PA 19103
9780827608641, $18.00

Islam has been explored in many a book, but this is directed to the Jewish reader - and as such, An Introduction to Islam for Jews is perfect for any Jewish reader seeking an understanding of Islam. From how God is represented in the Qur'an to differing beliefs and changes between past and modern Islamic thinking, it's a scholarly yet accessible title perfect for any Jewish reader.

The Literary Shelf

The Hidden Adult
Perry Nodelman
Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-4363
0801889804, $35.00

THE HIDDEN ADULT: DEFINING CHILDREN'S LITERATURE surveys the plots, themes, approaches and structures of six major works in his efforts to define the shared characteristics of children's literature. From ALICE IN WONDERLAND to DR. DOOLITTLE and HENRY HUGGINS, these classics are analyzed with attention to the 'markers' that point out this is children's literature - and then uses a rang of critical and culture viewpoints to define a theory of children's literature. A 'must' for any collection catering to librarians or any studying children's literature, especially at the college level.

The Language Studies Shelf

Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue
John McWhorter
Gotham Books
c/o Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson Street, New York NY 10014-3658
9781592403950, $22.50

Genetic and linguistic research by author John McWhorter adds to a fine survey of the history of English in OUR MAGNIFICENT BASTARD TONGUE: THE UNTOLD HISTORY OF ENGLISH. Chapters survey the rules of English and consider how they were developed, from the influence of other cultures on English developments, from Vikings to Celts, to how it evolved. Add a survey of quirks and trivia and you have a lively title as suitable for public lending libraries as for high school to college-level collections.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Home Massage
Suzette Hodnett & Chuck Fata
Touch Communications Home Massage
6444 East Spring Street, Long Beach, CA 90815
9780981691107, $21.95,

Human beings are genetically wired so that touch is one of the five senses of the body. The function of touch is not restricted to providing tactile information about our surroundings, but to also serve as a source of physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Massage is a very special form of touch and under the right conditions is conducive to intimacy and bonding, as well as being medically therapeutic. Co-authored by Suzette Hodnett and Chuck Fata, "Home Massage: Transforming Family Life Through The Healing Power Of Touch" applies the principles of tactile massage to create and enhance the bonding of family members in this modern age of cell phones, iPods, and the computer where touch is an increasingly neglected means of communication between loved ones. Informed and instructive, "Home Massage" is enhanced with the inclusion of 239 black/white photos, 5 color photos, endnote, a bibliography, and an index. A thoroughly 'user friendly', illustrated, step-by-step instruction manual, "Home Massage" is appropriate and recommended for personal and community library Health/Medicine reference collections.

Insight Yoga
Sarah Powers
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115-4544
9781590305980, $24.95,

Yoga is an enduringly popular form of exercise and meditation whose antiquarian origins combined principles of Chinese medicine, the influence Taoism, and practices of Buddhist meditation in "Insight Yoga: An Innovative Synthesis of Traditional Yoga, Meditation, And Eastern Approaches To healing And Well-Being". Profusely illustrated with black-and-white photography, yoga expert and practitioner Sarah Powers has drawn upon her many years of experience and expertise to provide even the most novice of yoga students with an integrated basic yoga practice that will enhance their physical, emotional and spiritual health. Deftly combining basic information with clearly laid out and step-by-step instructions, "Insight Yoga" will prove a welcome and valued addition to personal, professional, and community library yoga instruction reference collections.

The Psychology Shelf

Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today
Pam Schweitzer and Errollyn Bruce
Jessica Kingsley
Box 960, Herndon, VA 20172-0960
9781843106494, $45.00

REMEMBERING YESTERDAY, CARING TODAY: REMINISCENCE IN DEMENTIA CARE - A GUIDE TO GOOD PRACTICE explains how creative reminiscence work can contribute to positive relationships between people with dementia and those who care for them. The ideas herein have been developed and tested internationally over a period of ten years, and provides a fine planning tool for organizing group and individual reminiscence work. Any collection strong in senior health issues will find it a winner.

The Biography Shelf

Florence Nightingale: Making of An Icon
Mark Bostridge
Farrar Straus Giroux
18 West 18th Street, New York NY 10011
0374156654, $35.00

Florence Nightingale was homeschooled to be a Victorian lady but chose instead to become a nurse - then an unsuitable profession for her class. Despite her widespread actions it's surprising to note this is the first major biography of Florence Nightingale in more than fifty years - and it uses much previously unpublished material to explore her world, from family papers to journals. A vivid biography of her life and times makes for a top pick for any lending library strong in either health history or biography.

Amarcord: Marcella Remembers
Marcella Hazan
Gotham Books
c/o Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson Street, New York NY 10014
9781592403882, $27.50

Marcella Hazan has been credited with introducing Italian food to the English-speaking world, but until now she's received relatively little attention for her personal life. Her memoir begins in Egypt, where she spent her early childhood, follows her unexpected journey back to family roots in Italy at a young age, and follows her initial ambition to become doctor and professor of science before she marries, moves to America, and began taking cooking lessons to re-create the taste of her homeland. Any who are fans of Hazan's cookbooks, and who like autobiographies, will relish this story of how she evolved to become a world-class cook and teacher.

Who Are You: The Life of Pete Townshend
Mark Wilkerson
Omnibus Press
257 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10010
9781847727046, $29.95

This new edition of the classic biography of Who rocker Pete Townshend has been expanded to include a new interview with Townshend plus contributions from family and friends. Over six hundred pages detail his life and times, bringing alive the era which saw the rise of The Who as an influential figure in musical popular culture.

The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf

Understanding Screenwriting
Tom Stempel
80 Maiden Lane, New York NY 10038
9780826429391, $23.42

UNDERSTANDING SCREENWRITING: LEARNING FROM GOOD, NOT-QUITE-SO-GOOD, AND BAD SCREENPLAYS is more than just another 'how to write' guide for aspiring film writers: it uses actual productions to analyze what makes a screenplay successful - or not. Stories highlight writers' works and juxtapose short takes with longer analysis of key works in the industry, making it the perfect guide for any library strong in screenwriting and drama.

The Legs Are the Last to Go
Diahann Carroll
c/o HarperCollins
10 East 53rd Street, New York NY 10022
9780060763268, $24.95

Hollywood has no use for a woman over forty - but actress Diahann Carroll isn't conventional and her career defied the norm. Any who have followed her films will find her autobiography The Legs Are the Last to Go is a gripping story of her career, her professional and personal relationships, the lessons she's learned from Hollywood and life, and racial politics in Hollywood. Any comprehensive film library needs this.

The Interior Design Shelf

More Dream Homes
Andreas von Einsiedel and Johanna Thornycroft
Merrell Publishers Limited
740 Broadway, Suite 1202, New York, NY 10003
1858943779, $39.95

College-level libraries strong in interior design will welcome MORE DREAM HOMES: 100 INSPIRATIONAL INTERIORS. It presents a new selection of some 100 interiors of all styles from around the world, from city apartments to holiday retreats, and packs in over 800 photos throughout. Design ingenuity, choices, and specs are covered in an outstanding recommendation for any art library strong in interior design.

Create the Space You Deserve
Jill Butler
c/o Globe Pequot Press
Box 480, Guilford, CT 06437
9781599212906, $24.95

Fine photos and original ideas mark a guide to expressing unique artistic sentiments through home decor. From examples of a garage transformed into an outbuilding studio to secrets of setting up room themes and structures that work, photos pair with the author's renovation projects and experiences to make for a lively, personal journal of how to create change. Home and garden collections will find it a lively appeal.

The Audiobook Shelf

Rich Dad's Advisors: Guide to Investing in Gold and Silver
Michael Maloney
Hachette Audio
237 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
1600245072, $24.98

As financial markets swing wildly investors often turn to tried-and-true investments as solid as gold and silver - despite the fact they too fluctuate. RICH DAD'S ADVISORS: GUIDE TO INVESTING IN GOLD AND SILVER provides a review of economic cycles that contribute to gold and silver's importance as an investment vehicle, with chapters considering how and where to invest money in precious metals. An outstanding introduction for any novice to investing in precious metals.

More Than It Hurts You
Darin Strauss
Penguin Audio
375 Hudson Street, New York NY 10014
9780143143338, $39.95

Arthur Morey, a Harvard attendee and off-Broadway actor, lends a firm and gripping voice to this story of a woman who will risk all to feel emotionally charged, and the changes that happen when a medical crisis enters her life and brings with it a questioning doctor. This fine story of several lives on the cusp of change makes for an excellent, emotional tale perfect for listeners of audio novels.

Perfect Poison
M. William Phelps
Brilliance Audio
Box 887, Grand Haven, MI 49417
1423349245, $38.95

J. Charles lends an experienced voice - experienced in theatre, radio, TV and film - to this fine biography of a killer and a nurse implicated in a swarm of sudden deaths and emergencies occurring under her watch. The story is real - and even more detailed and horrifying than news coverage provided. True crime audio libraries must have this.

The Antiques/Collectibles Shelf

Pictorial Guide to Costume Jewelry
Ariel Bloom
Collector Books
Box 3009, Paducah, KY 42002-3009
9781574325799, $29.95

Any collector of costume jewelry needs this identification and values guide, and libraries catering to collectors will find it a popular lend. That's because costume jewelry finds its way into estate and yard sales more easily and in more abundance than other types of jewelry, making this collector's guide key to a wide range of users, from neo-pros to beginners. A fine reference survey indeed.

The Education Shelf

Skill-Based Story Cards: Biographies
Remedia Publications
15887 North 76th Street, #120, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
REM 1072B, $49.99,, 1-800-826-4740

The ability to read fluently and comprehensively is a life-long skill that is fundamental to succeeding in the modern world. Designed specifically for children with a 3rd to 4th grade reading level, "Skill-Based Story Cards: Biographies" is a collection of 80 biography cards of famous men and women ranging from Clara Barton, to Martin Luther King Jr., to Eleanor Roosevelt, to Tiger Woods, to Frank Lloyd Wright. Each card is specifically designed to improve the child's reading comprehension skills while being motivated to engage in the act of reading through the discovery of interesting facts about interesting people. Superbly produced, "Skill-Based Story Cards: Biographies" is an especially recommended and effective contribution to reading instruction curriculums for both community schools and home-schooling parents.

The Best 368 Colleges, 2009 Edition
Robert Franek, with Tom Meltzer, et.a.
Princeton Review
c/o Random House
2315 Broadway, New York NY 10024
9780375428722, $21.95

What are colleges REALLY like? This college guide offers many differences, from answer from students covering each school's unique features, from classes to financial aid programs, to rankings revealing 62 categories based on how students rated their school's programs, dorms, and more. Whether searching by cost, financial aid, admissions criteria, or programs, The Best 368 Colleges, 2009 Edition deserves a place in any collection serious about catering to college students.

Corwin Press
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320

Secondary classroom teachers and collections catering to them will find Cheryl M. Rose & Carolyn B. Arline's UNCOVERING STUDENT THINKING IN MATHEMATICS GRADES 6-12 (9781412943770, $30.95 ) is actually an action plan of strategies and assessment routines - some thirty of them - discussing standards, research results, and the development of mathematics assessment probes. Teachers learn how to build on student understanding to create accessible links to more math knowledge, and will find the math resources specific and useful in real-world applications. Maryln Appelbaum's THE ONE-STOP GUIDE TO IMPLEMENTING RTI (9781412964456, $25.95) covers academic and behavioral intervention for grades K-12. It covers the entire process of implementing RTI concepts in the classroom and school, blending the latest research with real-world scenarios. Linda E. Reksten's SUSTAINING EXTRAORDINARY STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT (9781412917537, $23.95) covers the key elements needed for overcoming common school challenges from staff shortages to academic achievement. Chapters cover the basics of using educational data to target instruction and achieve better results. Bob Algozzine, Pam Campbell and Adam Wang's 63 TACTICS FOR TEACHING DIVERSE LEARNERS K-6 (9781412942386, $40.95) provides teacher-tested instructional methods that can be used for all grades for students with or without disabilities. From how to teach all kinds of students in the same classroom setting to choosing strategies appropriate for different grades and abilities, it's an excellent guide. Frank S. Kely, Ted McCain and Ian Jukes' TEACHING THE DIGITAL GENERATION: NO MORE COOKIE-CUTTER HIGH SCHOOLS (9781412939270, $36.95) tells educators how to address the learning needs of secondary students using new technology to foster learning. Chapters key such technology to the basics of critical thinking, problem solving, and digital literacy. The second edition of Anne Hanson's BRAIN-FRIENDLY STRATEGIES FOR DEVELOPING STUDENT WRITING SKILLS (9781412963503, $33.95) offers insights on core teaching principles, using a seven-step framework to promote writing skills and blending test preparation with instruction on writing in social studies, science, math and more. Sidebars of case studies reinforce learning techniques. Randi Stone's BEST PRACTICES FOR TEACHING READING (9781`412924597, $28.95) tells how to enrich a classroom, blending firsthand accounts of instructional strategies and lessons with 40 classroom-tested strategies to help students get excited about and succeed in reading. The second edition of Jerry Evanski's CLASSROOM ACTIVATORS: MORE THAN 100 WAYS TO ENERGIZE LEARNERS (9781412968829, $25.95) gathers practical strategies for teachers of all grade levels, offering tips to help students view the learning environment as something exciting. These ideas are intended to keep students excited and motivated throughout the learning process. The second edition of Xue Lan Rong and Judith Preissle's EDUCATING IMMIGRANT STUDENTS IN THE 21ST CENTURY: WHAT EDUCATORS NEED TO KNOW (9781412940955, $30.95) provides directions on making informed instructional decisions for immigrant students, and updates an earlier classic. The updates consider influences on linguistic transition and achievement, strategies for working with immigrant families, and using data-based management methods to assess learning. All are top picks for educator's libraries.

The Cookbook Shelf

Mrs. Charles Darwin's Recipe Book
Dusha Bateson & Weslie Janeway
Glitterati Inc.
225 Central Park West, Suite 305, New York, NY 10014
The Lisa Ekus Group (publicity)
57 North Street, Hatfield, MA 01038
9780980155730, $35.00,

Most cookbooks are simple compilations of recipes. But every once in a while one comes along that is so much more! Such is the case with the newly revised and illustrated edition of "Mrs. Charles Darwin's Recipe Book", a brilliantly presented compendium of recipes, culinary instructions and personal anecdotes about the every day life in the Charles Darwin household as recorded by his wife Emma Wedgwood Darwin. Culinary enthusiasts Dusha Bateson and Weslie Janeway have teamed up to recreate and test every one of the 55 recipes that Emma Darwin had recorded for her own use and for her posterity. Combining superb recipes with Victorian era commentaries on dining at the Darwin household, "Mrs. Charles Darwin's Recipe Book" offers a an series of dishes ranging from Fish Croquettes; Celery Sauce; Potato Rissoles; and Stewed Mushrooms; to Vegetable Soup; Nesselrode Pudding; Quince Jelly; and Scotch Cake. The beautifully rendered drawings of plants and the full color photography of finished dishes, as well as the occasional reproductions of Mrs. Darwin's handwritten entries, makes "Mrs. Charles Darwin's Recipe Book" a welcome and unique addition to personal, professional, and community library cookbook collections.

150 Things to Make With Roast Chicken and 50 Ways to Roast It
Tony Rosenfeld
Taunton Press
Box 5506, Newtown, CT 06470-5506
9781561588459, $14.95

Roast two chickens on Sunday and have a week of various meals using this menu planner - and if you think you'll tire of a week of roast chicken dishes, think again. 150 THINGS TO MAKE WITH ROAST CHICKEN offers huge variety, from slow-cooked Southern Spiced Chicken with Chipolte Sauce to a West African Chicken and Peanut Stew. It has no color photos, but the simple, quick dishes don't need them - any general interest cookbook library, especially those catering to busy working home cooks, needs this.

The Story of Sushi
Trevor Corson
Harper Perennial
10 East 53rd Street, New York NY 10022
9780060883515, $14.95

Any fan of sushi will find fascinating this history of sushi around the world, which covers sushi's origins in Asia, its journey to the U.S., and those pioneers who brought sushi to this country and introduced it to Americans. From the natural history of sea creatures to the plates and palates of America, THE STORY OF SUSHI will make an excellent gift for any interested in sushi in general or cookery in particular - and any history catering to cooks.

Baked: New Frontiers in Baking
Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito
Stewart, Tabori & Chang
115 W. 18th Street, New York NY 10011
9781584797210, $29.95

Not all bakers want to re-do traditional recipes - the authors left their advertising careers and opened their dream bakery, Baked, to do something different - and their cookbook reflects their different course. From a Chocolate Stout Milkshake and a Sweet and Salty Cake to Oatmeal Cherry Nut Cookies, BAKED excels in new dishes and flavors you just won't see elsewhere - and includes plenty of color photos for added attraction. A top pick for any baker's shelf and any lending library bakers frequent.

Stephane Reynaud
180 Varick Street, 14th Floor, New York NY 10014
9780714848488, $29.95

Home cooks seeking new entertainment options will find the terrine a strong possibility: here over 100 recipes blend vegetables, meat, fish and dessert terrines for home cooks, pairing lovely color photos of finished products with easy directions for packing and baking or cooling a range of terrines. From an Oxtail and Red Wine Terrine to Wild Boar Terrine with Blackcurrents, it's a winning adaptation of classic French techniques that home cooks will appreciate.

Cooking from China's Fujian Province
Jacqueline M. Newman
Hippocrene Books
171 Madison Avenue, New York NY 10016
078181183X, $29.95

200 easy recipes explores China's Fujian province in southeastern China, offering some unusual dishes containing sweet potatoes, wheat and sweet and pungent flavors. Food notes, cultural insights, and discussions of popular Fujianese dishes are featured in a fine collection of dishes such as Steamed Fish with Litchi, Sweet Potato Leaves with Rabbit, and Taro Root Casserole. No comprehensive regional Chinese cookbook collection should be without it.

Sauces: Classical and Contemporary Sauce Making, 3rd Edition
James Peterson
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9780470194966, $49.95

This complete revision of a James Beard Award-winning classic is quite simply a 'must' for any library creating a comprehensive, professional culinary section. It proved an essential sourcebook upon its initial publication nearly two decades ago and remains a classic - reappearing in revamped form to reflect expanded professional attention to sauces adapted from culinary traditions around the world. Chapters offer an easy pairing of sauce to food with such chapter headings as 'Integral Meat Sauces' and 'Using Crustacean Flavors on Meat and Fish'. A number of less substantial titles offer saucemaking recipes, but this delves into the influences on success and differences between average and superior results, and is a clear winner among competing saucemaking titles. Very highly recommended.

Giada's Kitchen: New Italian Favorites
Giada de Laurentiis
Clarkson Potter Publishers
c/o The Crown Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, #B1, New York, NY 10019-4305
9780307346599, $32.50

Giada teaches all facets of Italian cooking from traditional to contemporary, and her GIADA'S KITCHEN provides the Food Network star her own cookbook, with a new perspective: cooking with vibrant foods that look visually appealing on the plate, as well as delicious. From snacks to party fare and food for kids, her dishes offer lighter versions of traditional dishes - all done up for maximum visual and health appeal. Highly recommended.

The Gardening Shelf

Japanese Gardens
Geeta K. Mehta & Kimie Tada
Tuttle Publishing
364 Innovation Drive, North Clarendon, VT 05759-9436
9784805309421, $34.95,

Japanese gardens are legendary for their natural tranquility and artistically elegant use of space and topography. Co-compiled and written by Geeta K. Mehta and Kimie Tada, "Japanese Gardens: Tranquility, Simplicity, Harmony" visually showcases an impressive and memorable series of Japanese temple gardens, private gardens, and public gardens. Profusely illustrated throughout in full color photography by Noboru Murata, "Japanese Gardens" is an informed and informative tour through the best examples of Japanese gardening techniques and philosophy extant today. An elegant, beautiful, inspired and inspiring compilation, "Japanese Gardens" is a welcome and enthusiastically recommended addition to personal, professional, academic, and community library Gardening & Landscape Design reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Vertical Garden: From Nature to the City
Patrick Blanc
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10010
9780393752597, $60.00

Author Patrick Blanc is the creator of vertical gardens and over a hundred of his creations appear in public and private placers around the world, from museums and showrooms to private homes, hotels and restaurants. This exquisite survey of his best works offers both visual display of the 'plant walls' he has created and written science, nature and architectural insights into how they are maintained. From hazardous impacts to unique requirements and positive results, THE VERTICAL GARDEN is filled with gorgeous photos and plenty of practical insights, and is recommended both for general-interest libraries strong in home and garden design and for college-level art collections strong in architecture.

The Hunting/Fishing Shelf

Records of North American Big Game, 12th Edition
Boone and Crockett Club
250 Station Drive, Missoula, MT 59801
9780940864610, $34.95

RECORDS OF NORTH AMERICAN BIG GAME is a big records book detailing North American big game trophies. The original edition appeared over 75 years ago: this latest holds over 900 pages packed with detailed information hunters will appreciate, from antler sizes of deer, locale of capture, hunter and date killed to the jaguar world's record from Mexico. An outstanding statistics compilation key to any serious hunter's library.

The Martial Arts Shelf

Tai Chi Dynamics
Robert Chuckrow, Ph.D.
YMAA Publications Center
23 North Main Street, Wolfeboro, NH 03894
9781594391163, $20.95

Intermediate and advanced Tai Chi practitioners will appreciate a handbook that goes beyond the basics and applies both logic and basic scientific principles of anatomy and physics to muscular action, breathing and Tai Chi movements. Underlying concepts in alternative health and activity are reinforced in a book pairing easy physics rules with insights into spiritual and health development. Libraries already strong in beginning tai chi introductions need this next step guide.

Sunrise Tai Chi
Ramel Rones with David Silver
YMAA Publications Center
23 North Main Street, Wolfeboro, NH 03894
9781594390838, $16.95

The history and underlying meaning of Tai Chi Chuan are revealed from a modern vantage point for beginners new to the discipline. Chapters tell how to both practice and understand tai chi movements, from exercises to prepare for the movements to developing a mind/body program.

The Music Shelf

Words and Music of Patti Smith
Joe Tarr
88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881
9780275994112, $39.95

Any library strong in rock music or songwriting needs Words and Music of Patti Smith: it provides a scholarly, college-level analysis of the lyrics of her punk music creations, surveys Dylan and the other classic legends of inspiration that affected her life, and considers her influence on the 1970s New York club rock scene as a whole. An excellent key to understanding both Patti Smith and the rock music of her times.

Notable Moments of Women in Music
Jay Warner
Hal Leonard
7777 West Bluemound Road, Milwaukee, WI 53213
9781423429517, $19.95

Women in this book have helped shape the modern music scene, and here Jay Warner traces the overall history of women in music, from vaudeville to Woodstock and today's modern music stars. All genres are covered, from gospel to rock, punk to pop - and the biographies of such as Bessie Smith, Diana Ross, Madonna, Alicia Keys and more makes for an outstanding, lively survey highly recommended for any library strong in either women's history or music history.

Your Pro Tools Studio
Robert Correll
Course Technology
25 Thomson Place, Boston, MA 02210
1598635301, $24.99

Learn how to set up a home or project studio using Pro Tools with YOUR PRO TOOLS STUDIO, a survey of various digital systems, hardware capabilities, software interactions and, music objectives. There's a range of options involved in installing and setting up Pro Tools software: YOUR PRO TOOLS STUDIO covers them all and is a pick for any library strong in music and computer applications for the musician.

I Want to Take You Higher
Jeff Kaliss
Backbeat Books
c/o Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group
19 West 21st Street, Suite 201, New York, NY 10010
9780879309343, $24.95

Sly and the Family Stone have left their mark on rock, funk and pop music - and their biography I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER follows the highs and lows of the group, which moved from local to global fame and back - undermined by drugs. With cooperation from Sly himself as well as band members and friends, Jeff Kaliss provides the first in-depth, insider's account of Sly and the Family Stone, and is a pick for any library strong in modern music history.

Jump for Joy
Gena Caponi-Tabery
University of Massachusetts Press
PO Box 429, Amherst, MA 01004

If the 1930s was the Swing Era, the years before were the Jump Era - when jump tunes were everywhere bringing black culture into mainstream America. JUMP FOR JOY: JAZZ, BASKETBALL & BLACK CULTURE IN 1930S AMERICA covers the rise of jump music and black culture, chronicling various sports triumphs fostered by black Americans and showing how these achievements fostered black culture into the mainstream. Any college-level library strong in either music history or black culture needs this.

The Business Shelf

Bankruptcy for Small Business
Wendell Schollander and Wes Schollander, Attorneys
Sphinx Legal
c/o Sourcebooks
Box 4410, Naperville, IL 60567-4410
1572486651, $22.95

Many small business owners make decisions that prevent them from using the bankruptcy laws to save their businesses or homes: BANKRUPTCY FOR SMALL BUSINESS tells how to structure a business to accept the future potential and protections of bankruptcy. So many bankruptcy books address consumer concerns alone that this is a necessary addition to any business library. Chapters discuss different kinds of bankruptcy, how to keep a business alive after filing, what creditors are legally allowed, and more. Any business library must have this.

The Business Plan Workbook
Colin Barrow, Paul Barrow, and Robert Brown
Kogan Page
525 South 4th Street #241, Philadelphia, PA 19147
9780749452315, $39.95

Any business or business library seeking a detailed step-by-step plan reviewing the processes and procedures for creating a business plan need this book. It pairs professional advice with real-world applications, updating examples throughout and including them from a large cross-section of business structures at various stages of development. More so than competing, simpler books, it provides the in-depth tools for analysis and review.

Geoff Smart & Randy Street
Ballantine Books
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 17th floor, New York, NY 10019
9780345504197, $24.00

The authors identify the 'single biggest problem in business today' as unsuccessful hiring - and this book tells how to hire based on Smart and Street's 'A Method', refined and based on one of the largest research studies of its kind. From identifying common hiring mishaps and defining outcomes in employees to asking the right interview questions and attracting the right people, WHO is a key guide for any business manager and any library catering to them.

Plugged In: The Generation Y Guide to Thriving at Work
Tamara Erickson
Harvard Business School Press
60 Harvard Way, Boston, MA 02163
9781422120606, $16.95

Generation Y enters the workforce with Facebook, text messaging and email savvy - but also with habits termed 'narcissistic' and 'impatient' in the traditional work world. PLUGGED IN is for Generation Y and helps these members plug their unique abilities into the changing work world. More than just a career guide, it covers how to use generational differences to business advantage, and is a 'must' for any comprehensive business collection.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Berkeley Prime Crime
375 Hudson Street, New York NY 10014

Michele Scott's A VINTAGE MURDER (9780425222546, $6.99) provides a fine story of intrigue as it tells of Nikki and her boss boyfriend who come to Australia to visit a winery, but walk onto an epic Hollywood movie set complete with a too-real murder scenario. Ex-actress Nikki is asked to take the dead actress' role - and soon finds herself a target. Charlaine Harris' AN ICE COLD GRAVE (9780425224243, $7.99) tells of Harper, who heads to Doraville to find a missing boy - one of several teens who've vanished over the last five years. Her ability to hear the voices of the dead lead her to his body - and into a dark mystery steeped in the small town's secrets. Krista Davis's THE DIVA RUNS OUT OF THYME (9780425224267, $6.99) tells of one Natasha Smith, known for her gourmet meals, and childhood rival Sophie who tries to compete with her. When Sophie's search for just the right ingredients leads her to discover a corpse, casting suspicion on her activities, she becomes personally involved in more than kitchen investigations. Fran Rizer's CASKET CASE (9780425224281, $6.99) tells of a dead town pharmacist and Callie's investigation. Her funeral home experience places her too close to death - and to murder - in this survey of suspicious circumstances. Susan Whittig Albert's THE TALE OF BRIAR BANK: THE COTTAGE TALES OF BEATRIX POTTER (9780425223611, $23.95) tells of a country house retreat where Miss Beatrix Potter has retreated, and a death villagers are sure has to do with a treasure discovery. The town's animals know more than the Big Folk: only the loyal fox terrier knows for sure, but Bailey Badger and others - even the local dragon - also know parts. Miss Potter is also involved with romantic and parental troubles: can she add a murder investigation into the mix? A fine, fun story based on a classic literary figure, perfect for mystery collections seeking something different.

c/o New American Library
375 Hudson Street, New York NY 10014

A 'Fat City' mystery, Kathryn Lilley's A KILLER WORKOUT (9780451225351, $6.99) is set in Durham, North Carolina - the diet capital of the world - and tells of a TV reporter who signs on for active duty at a boot camp-style fitness program. Brutal exercise and bland food leads to murder and foul play in this fine exercise thriller. Clare O'Donohue's THE LOVER'S KNOT (9780452289796, $13.00) tells of Nell, who receives a lovely handmade quilt from her grandmother as an engagement gift, is broken-hearted when her fiancee calls off the wedding, and finds herself working in her grandmother's quilt shop. When a local handyman is found murdered in the shop, Nell finds herself not only involved in a mystery, but attracting the attention of the local handsome police chief. A fine mystery evolves. Joanna Carl's THE CHOCOLATE SNOWMAN MURDERS (9780451225061, $19.95) blends chocolate trivia with a mystery revolving around an arts festival, a chocolate holiday creation, and the murder of a visiting dignitary. A deadly snowman and a killer blend in a dangerous formula packed with suspense. Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain's MURDER, SHE WROTE: A SLAYING IN SAVANNAH (9780451225054, $21.95) tells of Jessica's cumbersome inheritance when an old friend's passing leaves her money with many strings attached - among them, solving the murder of Tillie's fiance decades earlier. Her journey to Savannah uncovers a host of potential dangers and suspects in this riveting mystery.

The Science Shelf

The Way We Work
David Macaulay
Houghton Mifflin
222 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116
9780618233786, $35.00

From how humans breathe or see to how eyes perceive, this is an outstanding focus on how humans work blending basic physiological reviews and medical facts with an analysis of the human body's systems and how they affect daily functioning. Large-size, clear, bright color drawings - many full-page - throughout accompany lively facts about the human body designed to capture and retain interest for all ages, from high school students through general-interest adult readers.

The Seventy Great Mysteries of the Natural World
Michael J. Benton, Editor
Thames & Hudson
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10010
9780500251430, $45.00

Any general-interest or school collection strong in natural wonders needs The Seventy Great Mysteries of the Natural World. It packs in seven sections exploring the origins of the planet and life, covering animal evolution and behavior, and pairing bright color photos with color sidebars of eye-catching facts. From how deep life can live under ice and rock to why there are size differences between organisms, it's a lively and eye-catching series of articles perfect for general-interest collections strong in science and nature facts.

Sun in a Bottle
Charles Seife
Viking Press
375 Hudson Street, New York NY 10014
9780670020331, $25.95

Scientists and some of the world's biggest thinkers have long been involved in studies of fusion energy, dreaming of its potentials as a power source: SUN IN A BOTTLE: THE STRANGE HISTORY OF FUSION AND THE SCIENCE OF WISHFUL THINKING covers the history and scientists of fusion science, examining different quests and dreams and considering both the science of fusion power and why and how potential has consistently failed. General-interest libraries will find it involving.

Dry Storeroom No. 1
Richard Fortey
Alfred A. Knopf
c/o Random House
1745 Broadway, 17th floor, New York, NY 10019
9780307263629, $27.50

London's Natural History Museum, a place of many treasures, offers many surprises - and natural scientist Richard Fortey provides tour of the museum unlocking not only its contents, but a lively history of the discipline itself. Chapters follow explorers, scientists, collection methods and categorization challenges, offering a fine blend of biography, natural science and museum collecting history, and reflections on the past, present and future state of nature in the human world.

O'Reilly Media
1005 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol, CA 95472

Two outstanding statistics guides are 'musts' for a range of libraries seeking basic statistics references, from high school and college libraries to general-interest lending libraries. Sarah Boslaugh and Paul Andrew Watters' STATISTICS IN A NUTSHELL: A DESKTOP QUICK REFERENCE (9780596510497, $34.99) is for any who would use statistics in a job and who wants a quick understanding without textbook depth. Each chapter is supported by graphics, formulas, and solved examples reinforcing basic applied ideas. It's an outstanding reference. For those who want more in-depth understanding equivalent of a lively course, choose Dawn Griffiths' HEAD FIRST STATISTICS (9780596527587, $34.99). It's a powerful teaching tool based on 'brain savvy' research on learning methods, and it covers interactive, real-world statistics applications using graphics, popular topics such as sports analysis, and more to reinforce statistics concepts. Students will find it a stimulating, easy way to learn what is usually a dry topic. Both are top picks for any collection seeking statistics references.

The Environmental Studies Shelf

America's Forested Wetlands
Jeffrey K. Stine
Forest Historical Society
701 William Vickers Avenue, Durham, NC 27701
0890300712, $8.95

Wetlands provide ecological services to life on Earth but before the 1930s few people worried about their preservation. AMERICA'S FORESTED WETLANDS details the history of American attitudes and actions towards wetlands and follows the history of the clear-cutting of cypress swamps to the draining of marshes and wetlands. Any college-level collection strong in natural resources management needs this introduction to wetlands management.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Manual of Skin Diseases of the Dog and Cat, 2nd edition
Sue Paterson
Blackwell Publishing
2121 State Avenue, Ames, IA 50014-8300
9781405167536, $99.99

The second updated edition of Manual of Skin Diseases of the Dog and Cat provides an important reference both for libraries catering to vets and for a vet's quick reference at the office. It offers color photos of common skin diseases in both the dog and cat, offering insights on testing, treatment options, and life cycles of diseases. A key acquisition for any collection catering to vets at all levels, as well as for offices.

We Bought a Zoo
Benjamin Mee
Weinstein Books
345 Hudson Street, 13th Floor, New York NY 10014
9781602860483, $24.95

This true story of a young family who bought a broken down zoo with 200 wild animals and how they managed to revive their family and the zoo makes for a powerful memoir to fascinate any interested in wildlife management. The zoo was located in the English countryside and author Mee, who specializes in animal behavior, had a dream to run it as a family business. His family efforts and the engaging stories of zoo residents who sometimes proved a challenge makes for fascinating reading. General-interest lending libraries will love it.

The Very Best of African Wildlife
Gerald Hinde
c/o International Publishers Marketing
Box 605, Herndon, VA 20172-0605
1770073779, $28.00

For a coffee-table photo guide to African wildlife, you can't go wrong with Gerald Hinde's stunning display. It surveys the range of the continent's wildlife, offering a blend of aerial and close-up ground shots of different species and adding notes about their natural history and habitats. A gorgeous introduction for any interested in Africa's natural wonders.

The Library DVD Shelf

Chris Isaak Christmas
Koch Vision
1417230991, $19.99,

Chris Isaak is joined by Michael Buble, Brian McKnight and Stevie Nicks in this Christmas celebration featuring such classics as White Christmas, Let It Snow, Christmas on TV and more. It's mixed in surround sound for the finest of listening experiences, is captured in high-definition, recorded live in Chicago and provides five of Isaak's own holiday originals as well as the complete performance as original broadcast on PBS. An outstanding presentation.

Dog the Bounty Hunter: Best of Season 4
A&E Home Video
c/o A&E Television Networks
235 East 45th Street New York , NY 10017
1422906418, $19.95,

The fourth season of DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER finds him tracking down more criminals then handing more tough love after capture. Baby Lyssa joins Dog's family team in this set of Dog adventures: a series of more gripping action-packed - and spiritual-packed - true crime stories to attract both prior Dog fans and newcomers to his bounty hunting business.

The Military Shelf

Deceiving Hitler
Terry Crowdy
Osprey Publishing
443 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10016
9781846031359, $25.95

By 1941 every German spy in Britain had been captured by the British secret service and offered the option of double-crossing the Germans, or death. Those who chose life - the majority - formed a secret unit that embarked on a range of deceptive campaigns during the war, from creating fake tanks to hide British weakness to deceiving Hitler about the D-Day landings. No collection strong in World War II history should be without this extensive survey of the various deception plots - and even many a general interest lending library will find it a fascinating, different pick.

The California Shelf

Strangers in a Stolen Land
Richard Carrico
Sunbelt Publications
1256 Fayette Street, El Cajon, CA 92020-1511
9780932653826, $14.95

STRANGERS IN A STOLEN LAND: INDIANS OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY FROM PREHISTORY TO THE NEW DEAL is recommended for any Southern California history collection and for any library strong in regional Native American history. It's especially important given that comparatively few Native American titles focus on California Natives, versus the wealth of information available for other U.S. regions. He original edition of this title covered San Diego County Indian history from 1850-1880: this expanded edition incorporates many new chapters on San Diego County history into the 1900s. A key, important survey highly recommended for any comprehensive California history or Native American collection.

San Francisco's Pacific Heights and Presidio Heights
Tricia O'Brien
Arcadia Publishing
420 Wando Park Blvd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
0738559806, $19.99

The prestigious Pacific Heights and Presidio Heights areas of San Francisco receive a fine visual history in this latest addition to the Images of America series, which uses archival photos and local history to provide an early coverage of some of the City's key neighborhoods. From banker's mansions to pre-Earthquake structures and major figureheads who resided in these neighborhoods, SAN FRANCISCO'S PACIFIC HEIGHTS AND PRESIDIO HEIGHTS is an outstanding selection for any California history collection.

The Computer Shelf

The Complete Guide to Torque X for XNA
John Kanalakis
A.K. Peters Ltd.
888 Worcester Street, Suite 230, Wellesley, MA 02482
9781568814216, $59.00

Anyone can create a game for the Xbox 360 console without a publishing contract thanks to Microsoft's gaming platform arrangements - and the Torque X Framework makes game development a snap for gamers who would utilize code, sample games and instructions to create games for the Xbox 360. From code examples to exploring the Torque X Framework and adding game functionality, this is an outstanding survey for any game programmer or gamer's library.

Marc Wandschneider
Prentice Hall/PTR
c/o Pearson Education
801 East 96th Street, 3rd floor, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759 1-800-428-5331
9780137155750, $69.99

Top Web developer and author Marc Wandschneider shows how to build secure Web applications with PHP and MySQL, offering a blend of booklet and video lessons package showing how to set up PHP on Windows and Mac OS X, and then how to apply development projects. The intense video approach - some 8 hours of video paired with instruction - makes for a powerful learning tool any PHP and MySQL learner needs. Very highly recommended.

The ActionScript 3.0 Migration Guide
Kris Hadlock
New Riders
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
1249 - 8th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
0321555589, $29.99

Many Flash developers have hesitated to switch from ActionScript 2.0 to ActionScript 3.0, fearing the increased complexities of a new object-oriented version of the language - but actually 3.0 is easy to use, as this slim handbook explains. Learn how to update code through step-by-step code comparisons, handle events using the vent model, and more through a guide that covers a range of easy enhancements.

Python for Unix and Linux System Administration
Noah Gift & Jeremy M. Jones
1005 Gravenstein Highway South, Sebastopol, CA 95472
9780596515829, $49.99

Learn how to use the Python language to handle various tasks when managing Unix and Linux servers with the systems administrator's guide Python for Unix and Linux System Administration. It offers in-depth assessments of common administrative issues, from data backup to concurrence, and includes details on how to run various tasks and how to master the iPython shell. Perfect for Unix and Linux programmers and collections catering to them.

The IDA Pro Book
Chris Eagle
No Starch Press
555 DeHaro Street Suite 250, San Francisco CA 94107
9781593271787, $59.95

IDA needs no source code to be successful; it can automatically analyze millions of apcodes that make up an executable and provides disassembly the foundations of using mnemonics. From using IDA to support new processors and filetypes to exploring plug-ins and using IDA's debugger, this is a fine survey for any computer library catering to programmers. From using non-Windows formats to using scripting, all aspects of IDA are covered in detail.

MySQL, 4th Edition
Paul DuBois
c/o Pearson Education
801 East 96th Street, 3rd floor, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759 1-800-428-5331
0672329387, $49.99

MySQL is an open source relational database management system renowned for its speed and ease of use, and the 4th updated edition MYSQL offers programmers a fine guide to administering MySQL 5.0 and 5.1. This edition has been extensively revised and updated to cover the latest MYSQL features, adding coverage of new version features and covering using DBI in web applications, managing MySQL user accounts, and setting up replication servers. Programming collections need this.

The Calendar Shelf

Andrews McMeel Publishing
1130 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO 64106

Three excellent wall calendars are top picks for any seeking monthly humor from comic strip winners. The 2009 'Pearls Before Swine' wall calendar by Stephen Pastis (07407874239, $13.99) provides 12 fun months of single panel humor from the strips paired with good-sized calendar boxes for easy write-in appointments. A free magnetic frame is included with the latest Dilbert 2009 calendar (0740774050, $13.99) which also includes strips, single-panel presentations in full color, write-in boxes and humor perfect for office pursuit. Jeff Foxworthy's 2009 wall calendar YOU MIGHT BE A REDNECK IF (0740774387, $13.99) offers full-size single-panel illustrations of the 'You Might Be a Redneck If' scenarios, with excellent calendar date boxes. All make perfect gifts for office or home, lending to monthly humor.

The Native American Shelf

Fire Light
Linda M. Waggoner
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780806139548, $34.95

Artist and teacher Angel De Cora painted FIRE LIGHT to capture memories of her Nebraska Winnebago childhood, and for her biography Linda Waggoner issues images largely overlooked by scholars to reveal her life and lasting contributions. Black and white vintage images throughout accompany a survey of De Cora's courage and success at the turn of the 20th century. There's been little documentation of her journey and background, making FIRE LIGHT even more essential to any Native American history shelf - and many an art library, as well.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Mark L. Van Name & T.K.F. Weisskopf, Editors
Baen Books
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
1416555234, $22.00

What it means to be human is changing as technological development explodes - and this changing nature is revealed in TRANSHUMAN, a survey from leading science fiction writers who explore questions of how humanity is changing. TRANSHUMAN covers everything from extraordinary individuals and lives to everyday people facing challenges to their humanity. It's packed with twists, turns and intriguing tales perfect for any science fiction library or reader.

Torchwood: The Official Magazine Yearbook
Various Authors
Titan Books
144 Southwark Street, London SE1 DUP, UK
9781845769369, $14.95

Any science fiction fan of the TV series TORCHWOOD will find TORCHWOOD: THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE YEARBOOK winner. It packs in color photos to accompany plot synopsis, credits, dates, color sidebars of detail, and more. Vivid stories and accounts make TORCHWOOD a winning yearbook especially recommended for fans of the series who want a keepsake of its highlights.

The Needlecraft Shelf

Bethany S. Reynolds
American Quilter's Society
Box 3290, Paducah, KY 42002-3290
9781574329650, $26.95

The 10th anniversary of Stack-N-Whackipedia offers many innovations: brand new designs and 13 mini workshops, along with a dozen projects for full-size quilts covering a range of skills. Lesson plans for teachers and shop owners blend with charts for yardage and cutting to make for an outstanding presentation perfect for quilting libraries.

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

Chris Lynn Kirsch's SNUGGLE-AND-LEARN QUILTS FOR KIDS (9781564776154, $21.95) tells how to make quilts pairing applique with warm kid-friendly fabrics and adding an element of education into the process. From place mats teaching tableware placement to color displays and labels, full-page patterns and photos of completed projects enhance a fine needlework guide. Faina Goberstein and Dawn Leeseman's CASUAL, ELEGANT KNITS (9781564778406, $29.95) provides a range of classy designs for men and women that knitters will find varied and satisfying to reproduce. Over 24 projects cover styles perfect for modern living. Any library catering to needleworkers will find these fine and different choices.

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