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Volume 5, Number 12 December 2010 Home | CALBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Judicial Studies Shelf Humor Shelf
Social Issues Shelf Gardening Shelf Computer Shelf
Metaphysical Studies Shelf Literary Shelf Needlecraft Shelf
Photography Shelf Antiques/Collectibles Shelf Cookbook Shelf
Business Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Automotive Shelf
Railroading Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf Biography Shelf
Science Shelf Music Shelf Library CD Music Shelf
Library DVD Shelf Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf Martial Arts Shelf
Sports Shelf Military Shelf Islamic Studies Shelf
Religion/Spirituality Shelf Judaic Studies Shelf Christian Studies Shelf
Travel Shelf Audiobook Shelf Fiction Shelf
Mystery/Suspense Shelf Art Shelf Interior Design Shelf
Architecture Shelf Education Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf
World History Shelf American History Shelf Native American Shelf
Political Science Shelf Nautical Shelf California Shelf

Reviewer's Choice

Joe Dan Lowry & Joe P. Lowry
Gibbs Smith, Publisher
PO Box 667, Layton UT 84041
1423602897, $75.00,

TURQUOISE; THE WORLD STORY OF A FASCINATING GEMSTONE pairs an oversized, coffee-table-size eye catcher with the history and folklore of turquoise, covering its arts, traditions, and effects on human lives from prehistoric to modern times. Artifacts and collection photos represent cultures from around the world while stories, science and more capture all the facets of the gemstone in a pick recommended for any science collection strong in minerals and gems - and many a general-interest holding!

A Gift of Angels
Bernard Fontana
University of Arizona Press
355 S. Euclid Ave Suite 103, Tucson, AZ 85719
9780816528400, $75.00,

A GIFT OF ANGELS: THE ART OF MISSION SAN XAVIER DEL BAC is simply stunning: a lavish, oversized presentation packing in color photos by Edward McCain with a survey of a mission built in the late 1700s. The mission is a destination for Catholics where locals and visitors pray to Saint Francis: its art, sculptures and paintings hold wide appeal both for arts and spirituality collections and the volume comes from an anthropologist who lives within a mile of the Mission. 200 gorgeous oversized color photos and a spiritual and artistic analysis make this an outstanding pick!

Pitch Perfect
William Tyson
Stylus Publishing
22883 Quicksilver Dr., Sterling, VA 20166-2102
9781579223335, $19.95,

PITCH PERFECT: COMMUNICATING WITH TRADITIONAL AND SOCIAL MEDIA FOR SCHOLARS, RESEARCHERS, AND ACADEMIC LEADERS is a 'must' for any collection strong in media communication, business and public relations. It covers the basics of how to attract media attention, offering examples and anecdotes from different academic disciplines to show how to explain research to a larger audience than fellow academics. It considers common issues and offers a fine survey for scholars unused to handling the media, and is a 'must' for any education or college-level holding.

1911: The First 100 Years
Patrick Sweeney
Gun Digest Books
c/o F&W Publications, Inc.
4700 East Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236
1440211159, $29.99,

In 1911 the automatic pistol changed the face of firearms history, with a gun known as the 1911 offering something every different in the way of fast, small, versatile shooting. 1911: The First 100 Years is a pick for any collection where guns are of interest, following the history of the fighting handgun from its development to its modern face. Photos collected from around the world supplement a tribute to this pistol and make for a unique historical reference.

Gunn's Golden Rules
Tim Gunn with Ada Calhoun
Gallery Books
c/o Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
9781439176566, $23.99,

GUNN'S GOLDEN RULES: LIFE'S LITTLE LESSONS FOR MAKING IT WORK offers the author's philosophy, which he's honed his entire life and which has made him a success at most things in life. Stories of fashion divas and demands accompany Tim Gunn's own basic eighteen tested principles for success. A fine blend of fashion experience, observation and life savvy lend to a lively survey perfect for arts and general lending collections alike!

The Constitution of the United States
Sam Fink
Welcome Books
6 West 18th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY, 10011
9781599620824, $29.95,

The Constitution of the United States appears in an oversized presentation, is inscribed and illustrated by artist Sam Fink, and originally appeared in a larger format as a limited edition portfolio in 2006. Its reprint here offers all a fine color trade edition of a lovely art and history reference, perfect for gift-giving or inclusion in any general American history or arts holding.

At Home
Bill Bryson
Doubleday & Company
c/o Random House
1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
9780767919388, $28.95,

AT HOME: A SHORT HISTORY OF PRIVATE LIFE offers a blend of memoir and insights on the history of domestic life, telling of the author's decision to learn about ordinary things in life by exploring each room in his 19th-century church rectory English home. From refrigeration in the kitchen and the evolution of household management to how homes were built and have changed over the decades, this is a fine survey of home history and changing meaning and is recommended for any general lending library.

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating
Elisabeth Tova Bailey
Algonquin Books
127 Kingston Dr #105, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
9781565126060, $18.95,

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is poetic, revealing, and lovely: a survey of the meaning of life which began with the author's chronic illness that left her bedridden. A potted plant brought as a gift houses a woodland snail - and her observations reveal an appreciation for nature and its connections to the human condition that can't be beat. No general lending library should be without this inspirational meditation on life's changes and meaning.

I Do, Now What?
Giuliana & Bill Rancic
Ballantine Books
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 17th floor, New York, NY 10019
9780345524997, $25.00,

I DO, NOW WHAT? SECRETS, STORIES AND ADVICE FROM A MADLY-IN-LOVE COUPLE provides a real-life romance and its aftermath. If it sounds familiar, the couple was on the Style Channel for their Italian wedding: this picks up on the aftermath, presenting their frank assessment of marriage. The third season of 'Giuliana & Bill' coincides with this book's publication and probes secrets behind their marriage success in this fine account, recommended for any general lending library.

The Judicial Studies Shelf

The Happy Lawyer
Nancy Levit & Douglas O. Linder
Oxford University Press
198 Madison Avenue, New York NY 10016-4314
9780195392326, $19.95,

The Happy Lawyer: Making a Good Life in the Law should be in every law student's hands and in every college catering to law students. It focuses on cases of attorney discontent and law firm management and provides a 'happiness toolbox' for students preparing for a legal career. Chapters pinpoint common issues in law management - and help students avoid pitfalls in their career choices, as a result. Very highly recommended!

The Humor Shelf

Pearls Before Swine: When Pigs Fly
Stephen Pastis
Andrews McMeel
1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106
9780740797378, $12.99,

Pearls Before Swine: When Pigs Fly offers an outstanding new collection of Pearls presented in black and white and color throughout. From the demise of newspapers to neighbors arguing over acorns and property rights, the strips present a range of loveable characters and fun situations perfect for newcomers and old fans alike! Any general lending library with any interest in modern strips must have this.

The Social Issues Shelf

Blue-Ribbon Babies
Christine Ward Gailey
University of Texas Press
PO Box 7819, Austin, TX 78713-7819
9780292721272, $50.00,

BLUE-RIBBON BABIES AND LABORS OF LOVE: RACE, CLASS AND GENDER IN U.S. ADOPTION PRACTICE is recommended for college-level collections strong in family studies and social issues. It analyzes how class, gender and race influence public and private adoption in this country, comparing U.S. experience with international practices. Interviews with adoption social workers, lawyers, and would-be parents blend with the author's own long-term participant observation and analysis in this fine survey.

The Pot Book
Julie Holland, M.D., Editor
Park Street Press
c/o Inner Traditions
One Park Street, Rochester, VT 05767
9781594773686, $19.95,

THE POT BOOK: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO CANNABIS covers the social, political and medical realm of cannabis and offers contributions and analysis by doctors, scientists and others who explore its presence in our culture. The latest scientific and social research comes from experts who debunk popular myths and offer a survey embracing the latest research across disciplines: perfect for general or college-level holdings.

Birth Control on Main Street
Cathy Moran Hajo
University of Illinois Press
1325 S. Oak St., Champaign, IL 61820-6903
9780252077258, $25.00,

Birth Control on Main Street: Organizing Clinics in the U.S., 19916-1939 gathers individual stories and records from previously overlooked birth control clinics to consider the relationships and issues that defined the clinics in urban areas and neighborhoods across the country. Previous histories have focused on national trends: this uses individual case studies to supplement existing histories and is a pick for any serious social issues college-level history holding.

Somebody Else's Century
Patrick Smith
c/o Random House
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9780375425509, $25.95,

Somebody Else's Century: East and West in a Post-Western World offers essays that probe the East's attempt to adopt Western technology and modernize their world. Strategies that the cultures of Japan, China and India have employed are revealed in a reflection of how Asians receive Western products and ideas but retain their own values. History and culture blend in a probe all Asian issues collections will want.

Bringing Progress to Paradise
Jeff Rasley
Conari Press
c/o Red Wheel Weiser
65 Parker St Suite 7, Newburyport, MA 01950
9781573244824, $15.95,

Bringing Progress to Paradise: What I Got from Giving to a Mountain Village in Nepal offers the story of a climbing expedition leader and attorney whose trek to a village in Nepal changed his life. His group was only the third group of white people ever seen in this farming village: as a result, the group had been untainted by Western values - and with relatively few desires. Rasley's help in finishing a school building led to electricity for the village - and to Rasley's own personal changes in this inspirational narrative.

Spinning the Law
Kendall Coffey
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst NY 14228-2119
9781616142100, $26.00,

SPINNING THE LAW: TRYING CASES IN THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION discusses high-profile courtroom dramas and analyzes media strategies to present an entertaining survey blending the author lawyer's personal cases and experiences with insights on how law is 'spun' for public opinion. From common myths associated with the law and assumptions about legal concepts to lawyer vendettas, this provides a key survey for any general or legal lending library.

C Street
Jeff Sharlet
Little, Brown
c/o Hachette Book Group
237 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9780316091077, $26.99,

C STREET: THE FUNDAMENTALIST THREAT TO AMERICAN DEMOCRACY offers a fine analysis of C Street, a fundamentalist group of religious activists that call themselves the Fellowship and influence many. Linked to congressional sex scandals and more, C Street has evolved to blend piety and corruption in American politics - and this reports on many behind-the-scenes activities and the global impact of the Family, including their underlying agenda and campaigns to inject Christ into the fabric of our social and political world. A 'must' for any serious lending library!

Eugene Robinson
c/o Random House
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9780385526548, $24.95,

DISINTEGRATION: THE SPLINTERING OF BLACK AMERICA offers a different perspective on the issue of race in America, arguing that decades of affirmative action and immigration has fundamentally changed America's criteria for racial progress. Instead of one 'black America' there are now four distinct groups with different experiences and agendas: history and social analysis shows the four black Americas are becoming increasingly polarized - and distinct.

Bringing Progress to Paradise
Jeff Rasley
Conari Press
c/o Red Wheel Weiser
65 Parker St., Suite 7, Newburyport, MA 01950
9781573244824, $15.95,

BRINGING PROGRESS TO PARADISE: WHAT I GOT FROM GIVING TO A MOUNTAIN VILLAGE IN NEPAL offers the story of a climbing expedition leader and attorney whose trek to a remote village led to his evolution as a philanthropist. His involvement with the village's concerns and needs makes for inspirational, moving reading about social change.

The Gardening Shelf

Sunset Western Garden Book of Edibles
P.O. Box 62375, Tampa, FL 33662
0376039183, $24.95,

Sunset Western Garden Book of Edibles offers complete directions for growing over 190 vegetables, herbs and more both in the ground and in containers, offering details ranging from Western microclimates and growing seasons to planning and creating a kitchen garden. Over 300 page of color photos and techniques come from the editors of Sunset Magazine and provide many top insights.

The Computer Shelf

Microsoft Excel 2010 in Depth
Bill Jelen
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0789743086, $39.99,

Microsoft Excel 2010 in Depth packs in techniques, shortcuts, and specifics on streamlining work and maximizing time. Tested, proven solutions to common Excel 2010 problems cover circumstances other references overlook, focusing on troubleshooting problems and work-arounds for common processes and issues. Other books cover program specifics: this is one of the few to focus on real-world obstacles and their solutions.

Droid X for Dummies
Dan Gookin
Wiley Publishing
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9780470903193, $24.99,

Any computer collection strong in the latest hardware options must have this in-depth visual coverage of Droid X, the latest new device. From custom configuration and new apps to how to sync and use it, this covers everything about its use and maintenance, and is a 'must' for any new Droid user.

Photoshop for Video, fourth edition
Richard Harrington
Peachpit Press
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0321703553, $54.99,

The fourth updated edition of Photoshop for Video updates this guide for video professionals, maintaining the hands-on applications that teach theory along with specific applications and adding a focus on quick techniques for busy video producers. From working with logos and 3D to using scripts and creating backgrounds, this teaches basic skills and includes a DVD with source video files and stock footage. Color screenshots and examples throughout make this a top pick.

Parallel Programming with
Colin Campbell,
Microsoft Press
9780735651593, $29.99,

Parallel Programming with Design Patterns for Decomposition and Coordination on Multicore Architectures offers programmers using a fine collection of proven patterns and practices for blending into any project. Quality source code and documentation are developed for software development teams using parallel programming and offers proven keys to frequently used patterns. Technical computer collections need this!

A Guide to Claims-Based Identity and Access Control
Dominick Baier,
Microsoft Press
9780735640597, $29.99,

A Guide to Claims-Based Identity and Access Control: Authentication and Authorization for Services and the Web provides a fine survey of patterns and practices that hold proven results for application developers. Designs that work provides a survey of claims-based identity systems drawing links between innovative approaches and building applications that authenticate and authorize users. A fine, technical guide for any serious development collection!

The Developer's Guide to Social Programming
Mark D. Hawker
Addison Wesley
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0321680774, $39.99,

The Developer's Guide to Social Programming shows developers how to build applications that work seamlessly with the major social networking sites, from Twitter to Facebook and Google Friend. Learn to use a range of code and solutions to address many common social programming issues, and learn to build integrated social applications that work with a range of platforms in a title packed with real-world applications and paired with a website containing the book's code examples and further resources.

Beginning Rails 3
ClovesCarneiro Jr. and Rida Al Barazi
Apress, Inc.
233 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013
9781430224334, $39.99,

BEGINNING RAILS 3 offers a fine guide for professionals by professionals and covers the basics of Rails for any who want to develop Web applications using the Ruby on rails Web framework. Rails 3 is a fine modular application: each chapter is designed around a specific segment of the framework and shows how to help the components work together for optimum results. Computer collections covering Rails will find this an excellent starting point!

Map Scripting 101
Adam Duvander
No Starch Press
38 Ringold St., San Francisco CA 94103
9781593272715, $34.95,

MAP SCRIPTING 101 offers over seventy useful script examples that show readers how to create interactive maps and mashups, using different tools from Twitter's friend-finder to a real-time weather map. Create, embed and use basic maps by setting boundaries and levels, use filter location markers, and customize maps for visitors in this key to using Google Earth's KML and other popular online mapping programs. A unique, useful and highly recommended guide!

Programming Entity Framework, second edition
Julia Lerman
1005 Gravenstein Hwy North, Sebastopol, CA 95472
9780596807269, $59.99,

Programming Entity Framework's second updated edition is a top pick for any serious programming collection. It offers a fine introduction to using data in .NET applications, providing a hands-on survey of the latest EF4 version in Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4. Programmers will find this packed with core concepts, tips on how to query data and create Windows forms, and more, with reusable examples throughout making this a hearty, recommended reference.

Oracle Solaris Cluster Essentials
Tim Read
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0132486229, $59.99,

Oracle Solaris Cluster Essentials provides keys for any IT organization interested in building clustering platforms using Oracle Solaris Cluster. Both oracle Cluster 3.2 and Solaris Cluster Geographic are explored in detail, written by an expert and covering both disaster recovery features and requirements for designing a cluster system. The result is a complete introduction and hands-on guide that's a 'must' for collections catering to IT managers and programmers alike.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

The Secret History of Consciousness
Meg Blackburn Losey, Ph.D.
Weiser Books
c/o Red Wheel Weiser
65 Parker St., Suite 7, Newburyport, MA 01950
9781578634613, $16.95,

The Secret History of Consciousness: Ancient Keys to Our Future Survival follows the author's probe of channeled information from different worlds to her startling conclusion: reality isn't happening to us - we are happening to reality. The idea that we create our experience - and that we can change them by changing our perceptions - isn't a new one. What is new is the link between this thought and a range of ideas, from the meaning of the Mayan Calendar and the Kaballah to the Pyramids and Atlantis. New age libraries will relish these connections.

The Weiser Field Guide to Witches
Judika Illes
Weiser Books
c/o Red Wheel Weiser
65 Parker St., Suite 7, Newburyport, MA 01950
9781578634798, $14.95,

The Weiser Field Guide to Witches: From Hexes to Hermoine Granger, from Salem to the Land of Oz offers a fine, wide-ranging survey of witches from early practitioners to modern movies. Historical legends appear alongside popular modern figures like Harry Potter to provide a fine, involving history survey perfect for new age and general lending collections alike.

The Literary Shelf

Through the Language Glass
Guy Deutscher
Metropolitan Books
c/o Henry Holt
175 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10010
9780805081954, $28.00,

Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages explores the influence of culture on language and perception, blending a wide-ranging history of different languages' development with a new investigation of linguistics. Traditional linguistics has claimed cultural differences between languages are only superficial: Guy Deutscher argues that different languages can lead to different ways of thinking entirely. His is a title highly recommended for any collection strong in linguistics and culture.

Seeds of Change
Priscilla Leder, Editor
University of Tennessee Press
293 Communications Building, Knoxville, TN 37996-0325
1572337192, $46.00,

Seeds of Change: Critical Essays on Barbara Kingsolver is a top pick for any college-level collection strong in courses analyzing Kingsolver's works. It represents the first collection of essays to critique the range of Kingsolver's works, commenting on all her novels, poetry, essays and providing a memoir. A brief biography rounds out the survey which is a 'must' for any lending library.

The Needlecraft Shelf

Kaleidoscope Quilts: The Workbook
Paula Nadelstern
C&T Publishing
Box 1456, Lafayette, CA 94549
9781607051794, $24.95,

Kaleidoscope Quilts: The Workbook tells how to create one-block masterpieces in a fine survey featuring 12 projects with clear, step-by-step instructions. A showcase of quilts from Paula's exhibit pack the presentation, which is loaded with color images and specifics on how to recreate these masterful designs. Notes on templates, designing, and more make this a powerful recommendation!

Vampire Knits
Genevieve Miller
Potter Craft
c/o Crown Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9780307586605, $18.99,

VAMPIRE KNITS: PROJECTS TO KEEP YOU KNITTING FROM TWILIGHT TO DAWN capitalizes on the vampire frenzy sparked by Twilight and other books to present projects inspired by vampire settings. From black scarves and 'bloody socks' in red to a truly innovative scarf tinged with rivulets of red 'blood', this packs in a wealth of innovative projects perfect for needlework knitters seeking something different.

Little Green Dresses
Tina Sparkles
Taunton Press
Box 5506, Newtown, CT 06470-5506
9781600851216, $22.95,

LITTLE GREEN DRESSES: 50 ORIGINAL PATTERNS FOR REPURPOSED DRESSES, TOPS, SKIRTS, AND MORE comes from the former host of the DIY Network's STYLELICIOUS, and shows how to shop at thrift stores and other places for clothing you can refashion and change. From transforming garments you already own to locating new ones, this offers a key to smart shopping paired with some 50 original patterns and Sparkles' approach to re-patterning and changing existing clothes, making for an outstanding guide!

SuperStrata Quilts
Pamela Mostek and Susan Nelsen
Martingale & Company
20205 - 144th Ave NE, Woodinville, WA 98072-8478
9781564779885, $24.99,

SUPERSTRATA QUILTS: CELEBRATING THE COLORS OF BALI is inspired by Bali and offers rich quilts using an easy versatile strip-set technique. SuperStrata here can be produced in a range of widths to create unique modern quilts, with the full color photos on nearly every page supplementing easy directions for all levels of quilters. Any quilting collection will find this focus unique and exciting!

Cathy Carron
SixthandSpring Books
161 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10018
9781936096046, $19.95,

COWLGIRLS: THE NECK'S BIG THING TO KNIT narrows the knitting focus from the general sweater to cowl necked creations, offering more than 40 designs for cowls, snoods, bandannas, collars and more. It pairs full-page color photos of completed projects with keys to yarns, usage and customization options and is a top pick for any knitter's collection!

Masterful Machine Pieced Quilts
Jean Biddick
American Quilters Society Publishing
Box 3290, Paducah, KY 42002-3290
9781574326598, $26.95,

Masterful Machine Pieced Quilts comes with a pattern CD inside and tells how to create machine-pieced quilts and masterpieces inspired by the mosaic floors of the Truro Cathedral in England. Freezer-paper piecing instructions tell how to create mosaic designs in fabric, with step-by-step instructions surveying the entire process for creating nine quilt projects in this pick recommended for all quilter levels of experience.

The Sock Knitter's Workshop
Ewa Jostes and Stephanie van der Linden
Watson Guptill Publications
1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
9780823085538, $19.99,

The Sock Knitter's Workshop teaches the basics of how to knit socks with fine results and comes from experts who share their tips. From basic materials and tools to foolproof techniques, this offers keys to mixing and matching different methods to produce original, unusual results. Step-by-step directions accompany hundreds of color photos perfect for any basic knitting library.

The Photography Shelf

Digital Art Revolution
Scott Ligon
Watson Guptill Publications
1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
9780823095360, $29.99,

Digital Art Revolution: Creating Fine Art With Photoshop offers a fine survey for artists and beginners alike who want to explore digital art possibilities. Clear directions and exercises presume no prior knowledge and explore all visual and technical possibilities involved, featuring the work of some 40 of the best digital artists working today. From working with purposeful distortion to creating a composite image, this is packed with essential, practical applications and color examples.

Taking Stock
Rob Sylvan
Peachpit Press
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
9780321713070, $29.99,

TAKING STOCK: MAKE MONEY IN MICROSTOCK CREATING PHOTOS THAT SELL comes from a Stockphoto inspector who has spent nearly a decade on a team that decides which photos get sold on one of the most popular microstock sites around. He's made tens of thousands of dollars off his own microstock photos - and thus is the perfect author for this key to licensing photos as stock, learning which are in demand, and using techniques to make photos sell. Very highly recommended!

3D in Photoshop
Zorana Gee and Pete Falco,
Focal Press
c/o Elsevier/Butterworth Heinemann,
9780240813776, $49.95,

3D IN PHOTOSHOP: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE FOR CREATIVE PROFESSIONALS provides a powerful guide to creating 3D and blending it into designs using Photoshop CS5 Extended. Photoshop users will find this packed with tips and tricks to getting started, while a wealth of technical insights offers keys for those who have the basics down and wish more. There is no existing 3D Photoshop guide on the market, making this a top pick.

Unleashing the Raw Power of Adobe Camera Raw
Mark Chen
Amherst Media
Box 586, Buffalo, NY 14226
9781608952380, $34.95,

UNLEASHING THE RAW POWER OF ADOBE CAMERA RAW: MASTER TECHNIQUES FOR PROFESSIONAL DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHERS offers an extensive survey that goes beyond the basics to use all the potential of Adobe Camera Raw. Techniques described in step-by-step format range from how to regain clipped details in RAW files to making color adjustments using the filter and brush tools, retouching in Camera Raw instead of Photoshop, reducing noise in images, and much more. A top pick for any who would move to the next level in Camera Raw.

America Swings: Photographs by Naomi Harris
Richard Prince and Dian Hanson
6671 Sunset Blvd. #1508, Los Angeles, CA 90028
9783836522281, $39.99,

America Swings: Photographs by Naomi Harris is recommended for a range of collections, from photography and social history libraries to those interested in sexuality. Graphic nude images make this a specialty acquisition but the artistry of Naomi Harris' choices provide as much arts detail as social history, making this a fine pick for libraries not avoiding graphic sexual nudity.

The Antiques/Collectibles Shelf

100 Greatest U.S. Error Coins
Nicholas P. Brown, David J. Camire, Fred Weinberg
Whitman Publishing
3101 Clairmont Rd Suite C, Atlanta, GA 30329
9780794832384, $29.95,

100 Greatest U.S. Error Coins appears in an oversized presentation perfect for any coin collector. Three of the hobby's best-known error-coin specialists create an illustrated coffee-table book on the topic, examining the oddities produced by the U.S. mint and adding to Whitman Publishing's '100 Greatest' library. Photos and text provide both a history of how error coins happen and ranks and descriptions of each production.

Valentines: A Collector's Guide
Barbara Johnson, Ph.D.
Collector Books
Box 3009, Paducah, KY 42002-3009
9781574326420, $29.95,

Valentines: A Collector's Guide packs in identification and values from the 1700s-1950s, with each page holding good-sized clear color photos of valentines and listings of publishers, printer markings, and values. Arranged by type of valentine - from 1920s fold-down cards to 1940s novelties, this is a top reference for any lending library.

The Cookbook Shelf

The Food Stylist's Handbook
Denise Vivaldo
Gibbs Smith, Publisher
PO Box 667, Layton UT 84041
9781423606031, $50.00,

The Food Stylist's Handbook offers chefs and food lovers a fine survey of the art of food styling, pairing lovely color photos throughout with keys to equipment, ingredients and ideas that produce a photo that sells food. From bacon to condiments, this explores how food is put together with the camera in mind, and is a 'must' for any culinary collection.

The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook
Rachel Saunders
Andrews McMeel Publishing
1130 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO 64106-2109
0740791435, $35.00,

The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook packs in details reflecting jam fan Rachel Saunders' 10-year exploration of fruit and her personal quest for the best. From recounting her personal affection for fruit through discussions of each stage of cooking jellies, marmalades, jams, and pie fillings, this packs in not just recipes, but explanations of their underlying influences on success. No culinary library should be without this 'bible', which goes far beyond your usual jam cookbook.

The Best of America's Test Kitchen 2011
Editors of America's Test Kitchen
America's Test Kitchen Publishing
17 Station St., Brookline, MA 02445
1933615648, $35.00,

The Best of America's Test Kitchen 2011 offers an outstanding compilation of unique dishes and great recipes - all of which have been tested and refined for virtually foolproof production in the home kitchen. Black and white photos accompany step-by-step preparation instructions perfect for general cooks. The voice of the test cook who refined each dish accompanies each recipe, providing many culinary insights in an outstanding top pick highly recommended for any general or culinary collection.

Primal Cuts
Marissa Guggiana
Welcome Books
6 West 18th St., New York NY 10011
9781599620886, $37.50,

PRIMAL CUTS: COOKING WITH AMERICA'S BEST BUTCHERS offers a focus on locally sourced meats with a survey of techniques and recipes from butchers across America, in effect creating a modern 'bible' packed with the latest meat insights. Each step is illustrated in a visual cookbook that describes 100 recipes and covers everything from hot dogs to roasted goose and braised rabbit. The butchers themselves receive high profile in this unique presentation, highly recommended for any culinary collection.

Harvest to Heat
Darryl Estrine & Kelly Kochendorfer
63 South Main St., Box 5507, Newtown, CT 06470-5507
9781600852541, $40.00,

HARVEST TO HEAT: COOKING WITH AMERICA'S BEST CHEFS, FARMERS, AND ARTISANS features over fifty fine restaurant chefs across the country, pairing their stories with recipes. More than just another recipe collection, this draws important connections between chefs, farmers, and more, adds candid photos and stories from the field and kitchen, and offers a melting pot of dishes from Roasted Chicken with Lemon Thyme and Summer Truffles to Pearl Onions and Fiddlehead Ferns with Vanilla Jelly.

Capitol Hill Cooks
Linda Bauer
Taylor Trade
c/o Rowman & Littlefield Group
4501 Forbes Blvd. #200, Lanham, MD 20706
9781589795501, $26.95,

CAPITOL HILL COOKS offers a fine collection of recipes from members of Congress and every president from Washington and Lincoln to Obama. Favorite dishes of top officials round out the selection, with many contributors discussing their ethnic backgrounds, family favorites, and how their top dishes evolved. From Peach Muffins to Roast Wild Duck, it's a top winner!

The Indian Slow Cooker
Anupy Singla
c/o Surrey Books
1328 Greenleaf St., Evanston, IL 60202
9781572841116, $19.95,

The Indian Slow Cooker offers some 50 easy, authentic recipes for making Indian food using the slow cooker. Busy families will find this a salvation: it features classic Indian dishes - mostly vegetarian specialties with some meat dishes - adapted for the slow cooker's features. From Tangy Tamarind Chickpeas to Butter Chicken, color photos pair with sumptuous dishes throughout in a pick recommended for any ethnic cookery collection.

Lara Ferroni
Sasquatch Books
119 S. Main St. #400, Seattle, WA 98104
9781570616419, $16.95,

DOUGHNUTS: SIMPLE AND DELICIOUS RECIPES TO MAKE AT HOME offers some fifty recipes, paired with color photos throughout, for all kinds of doughnuts, from Old-Fashioned and Chocolate Raised doughnuts to innovations such as German Chocolate and a Portuguese Malasada yeasted creation. Packed with discussions of glazes and basics, this is a pick for any general lending library.

Perfect One-Dish Dinners
Pam Anderson
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
215 Park Avenue S., New York NY 10003
9780547195957, $32.00,

Perfect One-Dish Dinners: All You Need for Easy Get-Togethers offers a selection of 'best, foolproof' dishes for entertaining and family alike, selecting outstanding dishes which offer twists on traditional fare. From Rum-Raisin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust and Chicken Potpie with Green Apples and Cheddar Biscuits to Spicy Coconut Shrimp Stew, this is packed with color photos to enhance and complete the presentation. General cookery collections will welcome the emphasis on 'best, foolproof' dishes!

The America's Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook
America's Test Kitchen
17 Station St., Brookline, MA 02445
1933615567, $34.95,

The America's Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook comes from a team of a dozen test cooks who spent two years developing some 800 healthy everyday dishes. The idea was to put flavor first - then to be sure the dish was healthy. Test cooks made numerous versions of traditional dishes in their search for just the right recipe combining taste with nutritional value - and foolproof results. This binder of recipes, packaged with sturdy hardcover spine lettering, represents a treasure trove for any home cook!

Canning for a New Generation
Liana Krissoff
Stewart, Tabori & Chang
115 West 18th St., New York NY 10011
9781584798644, $24.95,

Canning for a New Generation: Bold, Fresh Flavors for the Modern Pantry provides a fine handbook offering new ways to preserve seasonal bounty. Organized by season and accompanied with color photos, this provides recipes for making over 150 canned, pickled, dried or frozen foods - and recipes for dishes using these foods. From Smokey Corn Chowder to Mango Jam with Lime, expect something satisfying different in this innovative collection, with gorgeous color photos by Rinne Allen.

Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef
Shauna James Ahern & Daniel Ahern
Wiley Professional Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9780470419717, $29.95,

It's a love story and a recipe book all in one - and it tells what happens when a successful chef falls in love with a gluten-free girl. Shauna's determination to eat well despite her diagnosis with celiac disease leads to a chef who spent his life cooking at great restaurants across the country. Their mutual shared interest in great food leads to his innovative recipes - and to Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef, recounting their romance and marriage, stories about food, and original dishes that evolved from their relationship. An outstanding, appealing collection, this should be on every culinary library's shelf.

The Business Shelf

Brian Tracy
Berrett-Koehler Publishers
235 Montgomery St. #650, San Francisco CA 94104-2916
9781605094113, $18.95,

GOALS! HOW TO GET EVERYTHING YOU WANT - FASTER THAN YOU EVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE offers over twenty different ways to set and achieve goals in all areas of life. Based on over 20 years of research and interviews with over two million people around the world, this offers a survey of the entire process of organizing life around personal and financial desires, and provides keys to techniques that work uniformly for all kinds of goals. A top selection any business library will relish!

The New Era of Enterprise Business Intelligence
Mike Biere
IBM Press
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0137075421, $44.99,

The New Era of Enterprise Business Intelligence: Using Analytics to Achieve a Global Competitive Advantage is a pick for business and computer libraries alike, offering not theory but a complete 'how to' blueprint for using business intelligence. From creating winning strategies to spreading the business intelligence throughout an organizational structure, this covers everything from avoiding technology bias to setting up a project that interacts with the entire company structure.

India Inc.
Vikas Pota
Nicholas Brealey Publishing
20 Park Plaza #1115A, Boston MA 02110
9781857885248, $32.95,

INDIA INC: HOW INDIA'S TOP TEN ENTREPRENEURS ARE WINNING GLOBALLY uses in-depth interviews with the country's ten top business people to consider the entrepreneurs following in the footsteps of pioneers. The stories mix business savvy with biographical sketches of the leaders and provide fine insights into Indian business perspectives and challenges in a pick especially recommended for college-level global business collections.

Rethinking the MBA
Srikant M. Dater, David A. Garvin, Patrick G. Cullen
Harvard Business School Press
60 Harvard Way, Boston, MA 02163
9781422131640, $39.95,

Any business collection must have a copy of RETHINKING THE MBA: BUSINESS EDUCATION AT THE CROSSROADS. It provides an in-depth examination of the current state of business education and offers keys for future trends in business education, documenting the move away from traditional programs to more diverse offerings. Extensive research includes interviews with dozens of deans and executives alike and analyzes eleven top MBA programs in an outstanding survey.

Selling to Anyone Over the Phone, second edition
Renee K. Walkup & Sandra McKee
1601 Broadway, New York NY 10019
0814414834, $17.95,

Selling to Anyone Over the Phone appears in its second updated edition to provide a fine survey on how to generate better leads. From partnering with decision makers for better results to new chapters on using the latest technology from webinars to teleconferencing, this updates all details and includes new material on integrating the phone with other options. No business collection should be without this!

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

After America
John Birmingham
Del Rey
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 17th floor, New York, NY 10019
9780345502919, $26.00,

After America follows WITHOUT WARNING, the story of a wave of energy that devastates America and causes chaos in the rest of the world. AFTER AMERICA picks up three years later, where a skeleton US Government in Seattle is directing the nation's reboot - and where a battle for New York City is taking place. Violence, intrigue and underlying sub-plots keep AFTER AMERICA moving strongly and provides a gripping story accessible to newcomers to John Birmingham as well as prior fans of WITHOUT WARNING. General collections will want this!

The Book of the Living Dead
John Richard Stephens, Editor
Berkley Books
c/o Penguin Group (USA)
375 Hudson Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10014
9780425237069, $15.00,

The Book of the Living Dead provides an excellent collection of short stories based on the idea of the Living Dead - the dead who walk. A wide range of contributors, from Sir Walter Scott and Amy Lowell to Alexander Pushkin and Mary Shelley, provide classics from 'Frankenstein' to 'The Hand' and provide very different approaches and perspectives. A 'must' for any horror enthusiast!

1635: The Eastern Front
Eric Flint
Baen Books
Box 1403, Riverdale, NY 10471
9781439133897, $25.00,

1635: The Eastern Front tells of the Thirty Years War which continues in 1635, but with a new force, the United States of Europe, affected by the West Virginians from the 20th century who have been catapulted there by a mysterious accident. Continuing the story, THE EASTERN FRONT follows leader Mike, who has lost an election, and the evolving conflicts which are evolving in the new regime. A gripping saga evolves.

Troubled Waters
Sharon Shinn
Ace Books
c/o Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014-3658
9780441019236, $24.95,

TROUBLED WATERS tells of Zoe, a women of blood and water who is to become the King's fifth wife upon the death of her father. She escapes to live in a transient community, discovers her secret inheritance of power, and finds she must take her place in the royal palace, there to uncover a web of deception and danger that risks destroying her. An outstanding fantasy with many political twists, this is a pick for any serious science fiction collection!

The Bookman
Lavie Tidhar
Angry Robot/Osprey Group
Lace Market House, 54-56 High Pavement, Nottingham, NG1 1HW, UK
9780857660343, $7.99,

THE BOOKMAN tells of a young poet whose beloved is killed in a terrorist act committed by the mysterious Bookman - an event that changes his life and leads him on a quest to uncover the truth about the Bookman. A world of pirates, revolution, and mystery lead the Orphan on a journey that results in self-discovery as much as revelations of the truth surrounding The Bookman in this riveting fantasy, recommended for any fantasy collection.

Angry Robot/Osprey Group
Lace Market House, 54-56 High Pavement, Nottingham, NG1 1HW, UK

Colin Harvey's WINTER SONG (9780857660251, $7.99) tells of Karl Allman, whose spaceship crashes on a planet that's a backwater. Faced with a harsh environment and little hope of escape, Karl makes a series of discoveries about aliens and survival that will test his courage and his survival skills alike. A gripping saga evolves. Kaaron Warren's SLIGHTS (9780857660077, $7.99) will appeal to horror readers interested in touches of the supernatural. Stevie is a killer who brings her victims back to life for insights on the afterlife: her quest for the truth will lead to a personal knowledge of other realms in this thrilling horror read, packed with satisfyingly unexpected twists and turns. Mike Shevdon's SIXTY-ONE NAILS (9780857660282, $7.99) is a dark fantasy centered around a growing secret war happening beneath London's streets. A dark magic will be unleashed to devastate the world, unless someone can stop it. A fine saga evolves!

The Automotive Shelf

The Corvette in the Barn
Tom Cotter
Motorbooks International
c/o Quayside Publishing Group
400 First Avenue North, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55401
9780760337974, $26.00,

The Corvette in the Barn: More Great Stories of Automotive Archaeology began with the author's love for driving down country roads seeking unusual cars. He gathered stories about cars parked in barns and on back roads and in 2005 THE COBRA IN THE BARN became a national hit. THE CORVETTE IN THE BARN follows several others in the series, packing in Corvette history and insights on collectors and enthusiasts alike. No automotive library should be without!

Formula 5000 Motor Racing
Derek Lawson
Veloce Publishing
Parkway Farm Business Park, Middle Farm Way
Poundbury, Dorchester, DT1 3AR, England
9781845842161, $79.95,

Formula 5000 Motor Racing: Back Then . And Back Now covers an event that celebrated its 40th anniversary in Europe in 2009 and provides a detailed history of the championships form 1969 and the impact F5000 cars and drivers have had on motorsports as a whole. Tables list events, top drivers, and their cars and pair with over 200 photos in black and white and full color, many previously unpublished. Add an insider's motorsports analysis and observations and you have a winning 'must' for any motorsports collection.

The Railroading Shelf

A Farewell to Steam
Tony Butcher
Ian Allan Publishing
45/46 Lower Marsh, Waterloo, London SE1 7RG
9780711034808, $32.95,

A Farewell to Steam provides a lovely pictorial survey of special train services that operated in the last days of steam. This photographic celebration offers over 40 images with captions to trace the history of the last days of steam, offering a collection of images largely unpublished and packed with keys to bygone rail history.

Scenery by the Seasons
Randy Rehberg, Editor
Model Railroader Books
c/o Kalmbach Books
21027 Crossroads Circle, Waukesha, WI 53186
9780890247174, $19.95,

Scenery by the Seasons is a pick for any model railroader hobbyist who wants a guide to selecting a season for a layout. From mountain and lake scenery to creating a transitional season, backdrop tips, detailing, and making trees and more contribute to an outstanding survey perfect for any model railroader.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Pediatric Dosage Handbook, 17th edition
Carol K. Taketomo, PharmD
1100 Terex Road, Hudson, OH 44236
9781591952831, $59.95,

The 17th updated edition of Pediatric Dosage Handbook should be on the shelves of any serious health or health reference collection. It provides nurses and the medical community with keys to pediatric dosages and this updated edition features over 20 new drug monographs, updates to hundreds of others, and updated appendix topics. Neonates, infants and children are all covered in a key organized alphabetically for quick, easy reference!

Albert Ellis: Evolution of a Revolution
Drs. James McMahon and Ann Vernon, Editors
Barricade Books
185 Bridge Plaza North #309, Fort Lee, NJ 07024
9781569804346, $19.95,

Psychology collections won't want to miss Albert Ellis: Evolution of a Revolution. It focuses on the works and ideas of a mental health professional whose perspective challenged traditional thinking, changing psychology's traditional role from a psychoanalytic model to an approach in which results could be measured. Selections of his writings accompany analysis perfect for any college-level psychology collection.

Skinny Bitch
Rory Freedman & Kim Barnouin
Running Press
2300 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19103
0762424931, $13.95,

Women interested in diet and health will relish the up-front approach and insights of SKINNY BITCH: A NO-NONSENSE, TOUGH-LOVE GUIDE FOR SAVVY GIRLS WHO WANT TO STOP EATING CRAP AND START LOOKING FABULOUS. It comes from a former model and models' agent who reveal a lifestyle that will encourage healthy choices. Very highly recommended for any general lending collection!

Autism and the Edges of the Known World
Olga Bogdashina
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
400 Market St. #400, Philadelphia, PA 19106
9781849050425, $19.95,

Autism and the Edges of the Known World: Sensitivites, Language and the Constructed Reality blends science and the experiences of people with autism in a fine survey considering traditional ideas of sensory perception and how they pertain to the autism experience. Linguistics, philosophy, science and health alike blend in a wider survey of how the senses and language interact differently in the autistic individual - and how autism can help foster new concepts of what it means to be human. College-level health collections will relish this presentation!

How the Mind Uses the Brain
Ralph D. Ellis and Natika Newton
Open Court
70 East Lake St. #300, Chicago, IL 60601
9780812696639, $39.95,

How the Mind Uses the Brain blends philosophy and health issues with surveys of consciousness and the latest advances in neuroscience to reveal relationships between the mind and brain. The authors argue here for a new approach, enactivism, and break with tradition which sees consciousness as the end result of causes and effects. Collections strong in philosophy and brain health need this!

Prescription for Nutritional Healing, fifth edition
Phyllis A. Balch, CNC
c/o Penguin Group (USA)
375 Hudson Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10014
9781583334003, $30.00,

Prescription for Nutritional Healing appears in its fifth updated edition to provide a handy A-Z reference to drug-free remedies for common ailments. From herbs and minerals to food supplements, this updated guide includes the latest research and offers a complete reference to nutritional healing. No general collection should be without this 856-page survey of disorders and remedies.

Critical Care Nursing Practice Guide
Elizabeth Simon
Jones & Bartlett Learning
40 Tall Pine Drive, Sudbury, MA 01776
9780763778484, $35.95,

Critical Care Nursing Practice Guide: A Road Map for Students and New Graduates provides a step-by-step practical guide to help new nursing graduates and students with their first critical care assignment. From assessing patients to working with a team, this covers everything from setting priorities to analyzing emergencies, and is key for any new nurse's reference.

Anatomy & Physiology for Psychotherapists
Kathrin A. Stauffer
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780393706048, $32.50,

Anatomy & Physiology for Psychotherapists: Connecting Body & Soul provides a powerful guide to psychotherapy and comes from a therapist who considers the organ systems of the human body and their connections to emotions. From basic physiology to how each system affects psychotherapy, this is packed with details key to any college-level collection.

Love Unlimited
Leonie Linssen & Stephan Wik
Findhorn Press Ltd.
Delft Cottage, Dyke, Forres IV36 2TF, Scotland
9781844091836, $16.95,

LOVE UNLIMITED: THE JOYS AND CHALLENGES OF OPEN RELATIONSHIPS follows the stories of twelve couples and individuals considering non-monogamous relationships and values. It doesn't advocate open relationships, as one might expect; but it does reveal different solutions and possibilities in common relationship issues. The stories here are from real case history examples and offer keys to life solutions and how open relationships can work.

Jennifer Ackerman
Twelve Books
c/o Hachette Publishing Group
237 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9780446541152, $22.99,

AH-CHOO! THE UNCOMMON LIFE OF YOUR COMMON COLD comes from a scientist who addresses common misconceptions about colds, offers the latest research, and tells what works and what doesn't, in treatment options. Facts, fiction and fun permeate a history and health guide to the common cold, making this a fine pick for any general lending library.

The Biography Shelf

With Love and Laughter, John Ritter
Amy Yasbeck
Gallery Books
c/o Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
9781416598411, $26.00,

With Love and Laughter, John Ritter provides actress Amy Yasbeck's memoir of the life she shared with her husband, John Ritter, who was one of America's most popular film and TV actors when he died suddenly in 2003. Her memoir covers the life they shared and how Amy Yasbeck survived his loss. Her account of lessons she learned from his unique approach to life offers a rich pairing of recollection and life purpose in this outstanding biography, which any film or general lending library will find popular.

The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance
Elna Baker
c/o Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014-3658
9780452296497, $15.00,

The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance provides a fine, funny debut memoir from a stand up comedienne who provides insights on being a single practicing Mormon living in New York. Overweight for most of her life, when she lost 80 pounds she found her religious beliefs were attacked for the first time - especially when she falls in love with an atheist. A fine, funny memoir evolves.

One Step at a Time
Josh Bleill with Mark Tabb
Triumph Books
542 South Dearborn St., Suite 750, Chicago, IL 60605
9781600785290, $22.95,

ONE STEP AT A TIME; A YOUNG MARINE'S STORY OF COURAGE, HOPE, AND A NEW LIFE IN THE NFL tells of a soldier who lost both of his legs in Iraq and two of his fellow marines - and who went on to find faith, personal courage, and a new life. This autobiography follows his life from his enlistment and active duty to his extensive rehabilitation and job as a community spokesman for the Indianapolis Colts. A fine, inspirational story, this is a pick for spiritual and general collections alike.

Late, Late at Night
Rick Springfield
Touchstone Books
c/o Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020
9781439191156, $26.00,

LATE, LATE AT NIGHT; A MEMOIR is a top pick for any general lending library strong in modern musician autobiographies. It tells of the pop star's real life, considering the highs and lows of his life and offering his experiences in entertainment. From a childhood in Australia to a persona tackling depression and insecurity, this provides a revealing, moving account that Springfield fans must have.

Lady Gaga: Looking for Fame
Paul Lester
Omnibus Press
c/o Music Sales Corp
257 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10010
9781849384056, $17.95,

LOOKING FOR FAME: THE LIFE OF A POP PRINCESS offers a vivid biographical coverage of Stefani Germanotta's rapid rise as a global star, Lady Gaga. She transformed the 80s glam style for modern audiences and shot from obscurity to world fame in just a few years: this coverage will please any interested in Lady Gaga's rise.

Songs of Blood and Sword
Fatima Bhutto
Nation Books
387 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10016
9781568586328, $26.95,

Songs of Blood and Sword: A Daughter's Memoir tells of a teen facing a series of family assassinations. Fatima Bhutto's family was one of rich feudal landlords who became powerful in Pakistan - their rise and fall mirrors Pakistani life and experience and Fatima's determination to uncover the truth behind her father's murder provides a fine personal survey of Pakistani politics and history. A top pick for any contemporary social issues collection and many a general lending library.

Sleep in Me
Jon Pineda
University of Nebraska Press
1111 Lincoln Mall Suite 400, Lincoln NE 68588-0630
9780803225350, $21.95,

SLEEP IN ME is a startling account of the author's teenage sister's car accident: an accident which changed her overnight from a lively high school cheerleader to a girl in a wheelchair who was unable to talk. Pineda's account of his sister's cheerleading and overnight transformation makes for a powerful survey of the impact of tragedy on a young boy's coming of age in this outstanding, vivid family memoir.

The Science Shelf

Lawless Universe
Joe Rosen
Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218
9780801895814, $30.00,

LAWLESS UNIVERSE: SCIENCE AND THE HUNT FOR REALITY maintains that any universal understanding of the universe can't come from scientific investigation alone, but through the additional tools of nonscientific comprehension and insight. The close relationship between science and metaphysics and the line between objective science and subjective intuition are explored in a powerful presentation.

Present at the Creation
Amir D. Aczel
c/o Crown Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9780307591678, $25.99,

PRESENT AT THE CREATION: THE STORY OF CERN AND THE LARGE HADRON COLLIDER comes from an author who interviewed directors and scientists and who was allowed rare access to the lab at CERN. His history of the Large Hadron Collider, the most powerful machine ever built with the intention of re-creating the hot, dense conditions that existed within the first second after the birth of the universe, makes for a fine blend of science and history in a top pick for any science collection.

Annie Murphy Paul
Free Press
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
9780743296625, $26.00,

ORIGINS: HOW THE NINE MONTHS BEFORE BIRTH SHAPE THE REST OF OUR LIVES comes from a journalist who decided to investigate the emerging science of pre-birth influences when she became pregnant. Her investigation into fetal research labs, interviews with experts around the globe, and surveys of pregnancy as a stage for overall well-being throughout life offers much food for thought, based on the latest science.

The Music Shelf

Lowside of the Road
Barney Hoskyns
Broadway Books
1745 Broadway, New York, NY, 10036
9780767927093, $19.99,

LOWSIDE OF THE ROAD: A LIFE OF TOM WAITS offers a treasure trove of detail in an entertaining biography perfect for any popular music collection. Tom Waits is one of the most critically acclaimed singer-songwriters today: this is the first serious in-depth coverage to examine his life and career and uses the author's unusual access to the reclusive Waits' inner circle and exclusive interviews with Waits over the years to provide an unusual, well-rounded coverage.

Real Moments: Bob Dylan
Barry Feinstein
Omnibus Press
c/o Music Sales Corporation
257 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010
9781847721051, $34.95,

Real Moments: Bob Dylan is a recommendation for any library interested in a photo memoir of Dylan. Oversized black and white photos come from both a professional photographer and a close friend, are accompanied by a foreword by Bob Neuwirth, and provide excellent candid photos of the musician which are not to be found elsewhere. Photography and music collections alike will relish this!

The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones
Jim Derogatis & Greg Kot
Voyageur Press
c/o Quayside Publishing Group
400 First Avenue North, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55401
9780760338131, $35.00, m

The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock n Roll Rivalry offers a fine title by two music journalists who tackle the issue of which band is the greatest - the Beatles or the Rolling Stones. Over 400 images and a timeline charting and contrasting the rise of each band makes for a case for each and invites readers to decide. Any Beatles or Stones fan will relish this lavish display.

The Library CD Music Shelf

Chocolate Paper Suites
Krista Detor
Tightrope Records
c/o Rock Paper Scissors
511 West 4th Street, Suite 2, Bloomington, IN 47404
B003ZVHZU4 CD, $16.93,

From her opening lovely Oranges Fall Like Rain to her more pensive Night Light: Dazzling and the Joni Mitchell-like Madness of Love, CHOCOLATE PAPER SUITES blends poetry with a unique folksy indie sound inspired by her big-top life. Her CD is a series of suites on themes, offering a lovely and colorful collection packed with stunning lyrics and twists on ideas. If you're looking for something truly different and original with a touch of Joni's folksy guitar style, this is an exception to the rule and stands out from the crowd: highly recommended!

John & Roy Holmes
John Holmes & Roy Holmes
c/o Warner Music Group
75 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10019

JOHN & ROY HOLMES is an outstanding, pleasant surprise: it opens with Any Day Now, a song combining folk with African-influenced rhythms, and makes for a compelling, attention-grabbing presentation right off the bat. 'Get Myself a Gun' adds harmonica and a folksier beat - it too is compelling, sans the African influence - and it could easily serve as a soundtrack addition. Instrumentation ranges from guitar and violin to accordion and pedal steel. In fact, each song in John & Roy Holmes' album is satisfyingly diverse and melodic, making this a highly recommended presentation.

Steel Pan Music and Feelin Good
Panazz Players
Goin Native
Box 617153, Orlando, FL 32861

STEEL PAN MUSIC - JAZZ EDITION is lovely: a nine (and sometimes ten) piece band with steel pans (a.k.a. steel drums) as their focus sounds much like a jazz group might be, centered around a saxophone section. Naturally the "jazz edition" CD is the jazzier of the CDs (its companion is FEELIN GOOD), but jazz and pop sensibilities are found on each. Only three musicians do not play the pans: there's a full trapset (modern drum kit), congas and a percussionist who doubles on drums. I was surprised to hear a Gypsy Kings medley (four tunes) on the FEELIN GOOD CD, along with old standards like 'Fly Me to the Moon' and 'Cheek to Cheek'. Then a new piece: 'Pan of the 21st Century'. A top pick for any ethnic music collection!

The Library DVD Shelf

Hot Body Yoga
Denise Austin
No ISBN, $14.98,

HOT BODY YOGA follows trainer Denise Austin's YOGA BODY BURN, and offers a new yoga workout DVD designed to sculpt and encourage a lean body. Newcomers and yoga veterans alike will appreciate routines in two 30-minute sessions that begin with 'yoga fit' and move to 'yoga sculpt', the more advanced yoga workout. An excellent pick for any DVD fitness collection!

Anchor Bay Entertainment
2401 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 200, Troy, MI 48084-3304
No ISBN, $14.98 each,

10 MINUTE SOLUTION: RAPID RESULTS FAT BURNER provides a fine survey for those who claim they have no time to exercise, offering a series of segments ranging from power sports drills to low impact routines and even kickboxing and cardio mixes. Any home exerciser or DVD libraries catering to them will welcome this quick approach. Exercisers who love to dance will relish DANCE WITH JULIANNE: JUST DANCE! It comes from a Nashville recording artist and two-time winner of 'Dancing with the Stars' and offers a dance workout DVD that's a different side to her cardio ballroom prior release. Learners need no prior dance skills to appreciate this - and don't have to be fit, either. A warm-up is followed by three fun ten-minute intervals. DANCE OFF THE INCHES: CARDIO HIP HOP comes from Jennifer Galardi, who offers fresh new dance steps for both fans of her original DVD and those new to the series. Three dance routines provide fine total body workouts based on the hip hop dance routines she's developed. All are top picks.

What if God Were the Sun?
142298835X, $14.95,

Lacey Chabert and Gena Rowlands star in a story of love and loss when a young ER nurse planning an upcoming wedding finds her lack of faith shaken by disaster. Her father's sudden death - with her unknowingly in the next room - leads her to a grief that overshadows everything in her world until a terminally ill patient provides the key to understanding. A warm, rich story of faith emerges.

The Dive from Clausen's Pier
1422988341, $14.95,

The Dive from Clausen's Pier tells of Carrie, who is just realizing she doesn't love her fiance when a tragic diving accident leaves him paralyzed. She flees for New York City and there meets an older man in hopes of discovering her values and path in life in this warm, outstanding story.

31 East 32nd Street, #1201, New York, NY 10016
No ISBN, $24.95,

There are few places of pure quiet left in the U.S., and finding these places is a challenge. For thirty years nature sound recorder Gordon Hempton's life mission has been to find and record these places: SOUNDTRACKER follows his search and the DVD includes a fine interview with its director, deleted scenes, project information and even a map to 'the quietest places in the U.S.' Very highly recommended!

Wade in the Water, Children
31 East 32nd Street, #1201, New York, NY 10016
No ISBN, $24.95,

WADE IN THE WATER, CHILDREN offers a poetic look at life in Crescent City post-Katrina through the eyes of its youngest citizens on the 5th anniversary of the hurricane. Private videos, uncensored interviews and more provide fresh insights on the Katrina experience from the eyes of kids who are surviving it today.

Down Under the Sea
Smithsonian Networks
No ISBN, $19.98,

A 2-disc set packs two maritime adventures onto DVD: The Big Blue, an account of the blue whale, and Secrets of the Great Barrier Reef, exploring the life of Australia's finest natural resource. Presented in letterbox with Dolby and subtitling for the deaf, this brings the underwater world directly into the modern living room.

Breath-Centered Yoga
Leslie Kaminoff
Human Kinetics
Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61825-5076
0736092358, $16.95,

Breath-Centered Yoga provides an exceptional coverage of for complete forms that can be done anywhere at any time, by any age user. Detailed instruction on breathing and movement pack a DVD that also includes five alternate audio tracks with specialized details, and original music from Robert Spalding Newcomb.

The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf

The Video Editor's Guide to Soundtrack Pro
Sam McGuire and David Liban
Focal Press
c/o Elsevier/Butterworth Heinemann
30 Corporate Drive, Burlington, MA 01803,
9780240811734, $44.95,

The Video Editor's Guide to Soundtrack Pro will reach a variety of collections, from those strong in digital video workbooks to recording arts and film producers. Step-by-step instruction on the basics of audio editing using Soundtrack Pro offers keys to working with projects, tools, acoustics and more. A DVD included offers both video and audio files to be used with the book's instruction on mixing sound and effects. The result's a powerful pick for any film or digital collection.

Brady Brady Brady
Sherwood Schwartz & Lloyd J. Schwartz
Running Press
2300 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19103
9780762439621, $24.95,

BRADY BRADY BRADY: THE COMPLETE STORY OF THE BRADY BUNCH AS TOLD BY THE FATHER/SON TEAM WHO REALLY KNOW offers a fine, definitive history of the hit TV show as told by the father/son team who created it. Each tells of the story's roots, how it evolved, and all kinds of personal details about plots, characters and more. Any fan of Brady Bunch and any library devoted to film or TV history will find this lively reading.

101 Cult Movies You Must See Before You Die
Steven Jay Schneider, General Editor
250 Wireless Road, Hauppauge, NY 11788
0764163493, $14.99,

101 Cult Movies You Must See Before You Die provides a fine collection listing popular cult movies, in-depth coverage of plots, assessments of what made them cult movies, and movie statistics from director to music and producer. Add a color photo from each film and you have a wonderful reference lending to browsing and new cult film discoveries.

Killer Kaiju Monsters
Ivan Vartanian, Editor
Collins Design
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022-5299
9780061655791, $27.99,

Killer Kaiju Monsters: Strange Beasts of Japanese Film offers color illustrations of the most famous Japanese Kaiju monsters, descriptions of their strengths and powers, and a breakdown of plots and stories of Kaiju dramas and battles. Any collection strong in Japanese cinema or horror will find this packs in detail and illustration in a top pick for any lending library strong in film.

The Projectionist
Kendall Messick & Brooke Anderson
Princeton Architectural Press
37 East 7th St., New York NY 10003
9781568989334, $40.00,

Gordon Brinckle seemed like an ordinary man living in a 1950s-era home in Delaware, who was known as the night projectionist at the local movie theatre. But in his space time he was constructing a miniature version of a grand movie palace in his basement, the Shalimar, and his surveys his colorful fantasy work and his artistic attention to theatre style and detail. Brinckle's original artwork, architectural plans and drawings accompany an essay by Brooke Davis Anderson of the American Folk Art Museum who considers Gordon's work. The result is an outstanding survey key to any film history collection and many an arts library.

Tale As Old As Time
Charles Solomon
Disney Editions
114 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10011-5690
9781423124818, $40.00,

TALE AS OLD AS TIME: THE ART AND MAKING OF THE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is a 'must' for any animation or film book library. Packed with color photos in an oversized presentation, it tells of the re-creation of the 1980s Beauty and the Beast legend, offering behind-the-scenes insights into its many changes, ups and downs, 1991 acclaim, and more. Interviews with artists, producers, voice actors and more accompany sketches, caricatures, and animation drawings make this oversized presentation a top recommendation.

The Martial Arts Shelf

Tai Chi Chuan: Classical Tang Style
Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
Box 480, Wolfeboro, NH 03894
1594392005, $24.95,

Tai Chi Chuan: Classical Tang Style: The Complete Long Form and Qigong is a 'must' for any in-depth martial arts library. This revised edition of a classic offers beginners a fine introduction to Tai Chi using a step-by-step guide to the form and basics. From a history of the discipline to its thirteen postures and Tai Chi Qigong sets, this offers exceptional keys to understanding the art form and its heritage.

The Sports Shelf

Year of the Blackhawks
Andrew Podnieks
Fenn Publishing Company
c/o Key Porter Books
Six Adelaide Street East, 10th floor, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5C 1H6
9781551683355, $19.95,

Year of the Blackhawks: Celebrating Chicago's 2009-10 Stanley Cup Championship Season is a 'must' for any collection interested in the Blackhawks team and their evolution. The coverage went to print immediately following their Game 6 win over the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010 and is jointly published by Fenn Publishing and the National Hockey League. Color photos of amazing Blackhawk moves on the ice accompany documentation of their many achievements.

The Gipper
Jack Cavanaugh
Skyhorse Publishing
555 - 8th Avenue Suite 903, New York NY 10018
9781616081102, $24.95,

THE GIPPER: GEORGE GIPP, KNUTE ROCKNE AND THE DRAMATIC RISE OF NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL provides a fine story of the legend of George Gipp, and comes from a veteran sportswriter and Pulitzer Prize nominee who shows readers what it means to 'win one for the Gipper'. Any library strong in baseball history needs this fine survey of a sports figure who moved from baseball to football and whose relationship with a coach transformed a small Midwest all-male school to a college football legend.

Ring of Fire
Rick Broadbent
Marketing Department
Motorbooks International
c/o Quayside Publishing Group
400 First Avenue North, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55401
9780760339541, $27.99,

RING OF FIRE: THE INSIDE STORY OF VALENTINO ROSSI AND MOTOGP blends the stories of two great riders - Rossi and Mike Hailwood - and offers insights into MotoGP racing. It comes from a sports writer who has collaborated with motorcycle racing legend Ron Haslam on his autobiography and offers an insider's survey of Rossi's life and the evolution of MotoGP racing as a whole. Any library catering to motorcycle riders should have this!

The Military Shelf

The Rocket Propelled Grenade
Gordon L. Rottman
Osprey Publishing
4402 - 23rd Street, Suite 219, Long Island City, NY 11101-5058
9781849081535, $17.95,

The Rocket Propelled Grenade joins the other in Osprey's new Weapon series, to provide military libraries with specific focus on the history, development and use of small arms throughout history. This surveys how the rocket propelled grenade, developed just after World War II, grew to have strategic influence beyond expectation. It's one of the most important weapons of this century, and deserves this in-depth coverage.

The Militarization of the Persian Gulf
Hossein Askari, Amin Mohseni, Shahrzad Daneshvar
Edward Elger Publishing
82 Winter Sport Lane, Williston VT 05495
9781847206114, $155.00,

The Militarization of the Persian Gulf: An Economic Analysis is a pick for college-level military analysis holdings. The authors consider why the Persian Gulf is the most militarized region in the world - and considers arms imports and military deployment history. Any library strong in Middle East issues will find this packed with analysis and details on military expenditures and their tolls - and thus military libraries especially will find this a powerful, specific pick.

4Troops: The Mission is Music
Former Cpt. Meredith Melcher,
Newmarket Press
18 E. 48th St., New York NY 10017
9781557049476, $16.95,

4Troops: The Mission is Music is accompanied by a bonus CD with 2 exclusive live songs and tells of U.S. army combat veterans who served, decided to enlist, and performed music while serving, bringing band music to the troops. The overall survey of troops making music for each other offers a fine description of basic training, the musical group's formation, and its integration into the army life. A fine pick for military and music holdings alike.

Hope Unseen
Captain Scotty Smiley & Doug Crandall
Howard Books
c/o Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
9781439183793, $24.99,

HOPE UNSEEN: THE STORY OF THE U.S. ARMY'S FIRST BLIND ACTIVE-DUTY OFFICER tells of an officer's blindness and a religious transformation that led him to become an athlete and army commander, winning the MacArthur Leadership Award. Military, religious and general lending collections alike will find this an inspiring autobiography of a man who succeeded against all odds.

Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Salutes the Armed Forces
Bathroom Readers' Press
Box 1117, Ashland, OR 97520
1592239803, $18.95,

Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Salutes the Armed Forces is a fine leisure reading choice packing humor with history and reference information about soldiers. From a history of the draft and how the Pentagon got its shape to the making of war hero Sgt. Rock, this packs in a lively survey perfect for any general lending library, especially those catering to trivia fans and military personnel.

Patton's Third Army in World War II
Michael Green & James D. Brown
Zenith Press
c/o Quayside Publishing Group
400 First Avenue North, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55401
9780760336915, $50.00,

Military collections seeking a highly illustrated account of Patton in World War II will find this a specific analysis of Patton's command of the Third Army, with in-depth analysis of the armor he championed. Archival photos, quotes, and history blend in a detailed survey of Patton's campaign and the strategic innovations he fostered. The photos make for an unusually detailed 'you are there' coverage in a fine oversized edition suited to military collections and coffee tables alike.

From Storm to Freedom
John R. Ballard
Naval Institute Press
291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402
9781591140184, $37.95,

FROM STORM TO FREEDOM: AMERICA'S LONG WAR WITH IRAQ covers the two Iraq campaigns as if they were one conflict, offering a military analysis of interactions between Iraq and the U.S. from 1990 to 2010. The author's assessment of the long war against Iraq includes interactions between government leaders and military alike, revealing how the modern war developed and its military challenges.

The Islamic Studies Shelf

Deepak Chopra
c/o HarperCollins
383 Sacramento St., Suite 500, San Francisco CA 94111-3653
9780061782428, $25.99,

MUHAMMAD: A STORY OF THE LAST PROPHET provides a powerful biography perfect for any spirituality collection. It's the latest in Chopra's series of 'teaching novels' and uses a series of narrators representing a cross-section of 7th century Middle East society to re-create events and ideas of the times. A lively, accessible read results that will appeal to a wide audience.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

Glimpses of Eternity
Raymond Moody, MD & Paul Perry
16 E. 34th St., New York NY 10016
9780824948139, $19.99,

GLIMPSES OF ETERNITY: SHARING A LOVED ONE'S PASSAGE FROM THIS LIFE TO THE NEXT is the first to explore shared death experiences - where family and friends share a loved one's journey to the next life - and comes from a forensic psychiatrist and leading authority who provides dozens of stories of people who have participated in such experiences. Dr. Moody experienced this himself when his mother passed away: different types of shared death experiences are explored in a survey blending science and spirituality.

The Judaic Studies Shelf

Hillel: If Not Now, When?
Joseph Telushkin
Schocken Books
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9780805242812, $24.00,

This addition to the Jewish Encounters series offers a new book about Hillel, a scholar and rabbi of the Talmud, but doesn't offer the usual biography format, as little is known about Hillel's life. Instead it gathers his stories, teachings, and legal rulings from the Talmud and provide insights on his perspective on ethical living and Jewish life, offering clear explanations and details of Rabbi Hillel's perspective. A top pick and a 'must' for any Judaic studies collection.

The Christian Studies Shelf

The Power of Persistent Prayer
Cindy Jacobs
Bethany House
c/o Baker Publishing Group
Box 6287, Grand Rapids, MI 49516-6287
9780764205033, $19.99,

The Power of Persistent Prayer comes from an instructor who offers encouragement to help break through barriers that stifle prayers. Keys to seeing prayers answered begins with the basic question of why pray when God knows our needs already - and progresses to understanding links between prayer and the will of God. Any who would understand this link simply must have this discourse.

The Next Christians
Gabe Lyons
Doubleday Religion
c/o Random House
1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
9780385529846, $19.99,

The Next Christians: The Good News About the End of Christian America offers a hopeful view of Christianity's future transformation. Following his bestseller UNCHRISTIAN, this goes on to focus on a new generation of Christians who want to be a social force as much as a spiritual power. The next generation embodies six revolutionary characteristics - and provides hope for a true new beginning. Spirituality collections will want this.

The Travel Shelf

Sarina Singh,
Lonely Planet Publications
150 Linden Street, Oakland CA 94607
9781741791518, $29.99,

Lonely Planet's extensive INDIA, though quite thick at over 1,200 pages of small-print detail, is a 'must' take-along tote for any independent traveler to the country who wishes details on everything from India's festivals and local attractions to elephant safaris, camel treks, yoga and more. Chapters organized by region offer quick access to local attractions and review everything from accommodations to food. Very highly recommended for independent travelers and libraries catering to them!

Atlas of Remote Islands
Judith Schalansky
Penguin Books
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780143118206, $28.00,

Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot On and Never Will is a fine pick for armchair travel and geography collections alike. It blends history and science to create a story around each island: imagined realities for survival, possible rare animals and inhabitants, and more. The inclusion of color maps throughout enhances this unique presentation, recommended for any general lending library.

The Audiobook Shelf

Fall of Giants
Ken Follett
Penguin Audio
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780142428276, $59.95,

John Lee's voice is on numerous audios and he also has an extensive acting background, lending high drama and interest to Ken Follett's drama, the first novel in The Century Trilogy. Here five inter-related families move through the first world war, Russian Revolution, and women's rights in lives that become entwined. A complex, involving inter-generational read evolves.

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk
David Sedaris
Hachette Audio
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017
9781600244995, $24.98,

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk features original music, offers a bonus fable and pfd file on disc, and offers a hilarious survey and comedy narrated by David Sedaris, Elaine Stritch, Dylan Baker and Sian Phillips. Any familiar with Sedaris' brand of humor will find this an enticing, fun fable.

Legends of Shannara: Bearers of the Black Staff
Terry Brooks
Brilliance Audio
PO Box 887, Grand Haven, MI 49417
1441805001, $38.99,

Legends of Shannara: Bearers of the Black Staff receives an outstanding performance by veteran audio narrator Phil Gigante, whose voice enhances this story of the aftermath of a demon-led war that tore apart the U.S. leaving ruins and nearly ending humankind. Survivors protected by magic and a valley find five centuries later that the magic has vanished and requires heroes to come to the rescue in this gripping saga, perfect for fantasy collections.

The Fiction Shelf

The Love Goddess' Cooking School
Melissa senate
Gallery Books
c/o Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
9781439107232, $15.00,

The Love Goddess' Cooking School tells of Holly, who is waiting for love and culinary expertise. When neither seems forthcoming despite her efforts, she is in despair - until an inheritance of a recipe leads to a desire to become an Italian cooking teacher. But her students are after much more than culinary lessons in this fine story of romance, friendships, and happiness.

The Recipe Club
Andrea Israel & Nancy Garfinkel
c/o HarperCollins
10 E. 53rd St., New York NY 10022-5299
9780061992292, $15.99,

The Recipe Club: A Novel About Food & Friendship is a fine story of a recipe club and the friendships it sparks. Lilly and Val are two lifelong friends who form a two-person club in childhood, only to find it challenged later in life. Loyalty and loss blend and are bonded by food in this fine story of food, love and connections.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Murder, She Wrote: The Queen's Jewels
Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain
Obsidian Mystery
c/o The Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
9780451231260, $22.95,

Murder, She Wrote: The Queen's Jewels is the latest in the bestselling series and comes from a mystery author whose prior books have proved riveting reads. Based on the TV series, this finds Jessica heading to London for a relaxing vacation that turns out to be a deadly mystery. In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean she must try to enjoy the cruise ship and locate a priceless diamond all at once. An outstanding story evolves!

Fiber & Brimstone
Laura Childs
Berkeley Prime Crime
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780425236741, $24.95,

FIBER & BRIMSTONE: A SCRAPBOOKING MYSTERY offers the seventh in the author's popular scrapbooking mystery series, this set in New Orleans at Halloween, where real corpses have scrapbooker/sleuth Carmela seeking out who is responsible. What seems to be a cut-and-dry case evolves into a killer's work in framing another in this fine mystery.

The Art Shelf

Acrylic Innovation
Nancy Reyner
North Light Books
c/o F&W Publications, Inc.
4700 East Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236
1600618642, $29.99,

ACRYLIC INNOVATION: STYLES & TECHNIQUES FEATURING 64 VISIONARY ARTISTS comes with a bonus DVD and shows how modern artists are using acrylic as not just a substitute for oil or watercolor, but a medium that allows for more versatility. A bonus DVD features two lessons on video from the book whilst the book compiles techniques from 64 practicing artists who demonstrate 29 styles in step-by-step demonstrations. Very highly recommended!

Legal Guide for the Visual Artist, fifth edition
Tad Crawford
Allworth Press
10 E. 23rd St., New York NY 10010
9781581157420, $29.95,

The fifth updated edition of Legal Guide for the Visual Artist offers a powerful blend of art and law for any visual artist, from cartoonists and photographers to illustrators and web designers. It covers everything from copyrights and contracts to special risks for art and artists, video and multimedia, taxes and more. No artist's collection should be without this wide-ranging guide!

Still Life Painting Atelier
Michael Friel
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9780823034086, $35.00,

Still Life Painting Atelier: An Introduction to Oil Painting teaches how to use thumbnails and line drawings to handle composition, how to understand color mixing, how to choose between different brushes and their effects, and more. Beginning to intermediate artists who want a traditional oil painting approach will relish the step-by-step illustrations and keys to producing fine finished results.

The Art of Drew Struzan
Drew Streuzan & David J. Schow
Titan Books
144 Southwark St., London SE1 0UP, UK
9781848566194, $34.95,

Arts and science fiction collections alike will appreciate this survey of film and movie artist Drew Struzan's finest works. From his movie posters for 'Back to the Future' and his Waterworld sketches to Hook and more, this offers a pairing of his striking renderings with his insights on how these inspirationals developed. Any film, science fiction or arts collection will find this oversized survey essential!

Silhouette Art
Vana Chupp
Chronicle Books
680 Second Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
9780811876025, $18.95,

SILHOUETTE ART offers a powerful collection of papers, instructions and patterns for making modern silhouette art heirlooms, and is a pick for home artists looking for a kit packed with innovations and detail. The materials in this package mean you needn't have artistic skills and abilities to make stunning silhouettes to frame or use for all kinds of purposes; all is needed is a photo for the templates provided, a pair of scissors, and the step-by-step directions herein.

P.S. - I Made This...
Erica Domesek
Abrams Image
115 - W. 18th St., New York NY 10011
9780810996038, $18.95,

P.S. - I Made This... comes from author Erica Domesek's popular website of the same name, and offers a designer DIY inspiration collection of unique projects and ideas. Over twenty-five original projects inspired by fashion and trends make for a pairing of step-by-step instructions and ideas perfect for arts and crafts collections alike.

The Interior Design Shelf

Language of Interior Design
Alexa Hampton
Clarkson Potter
c/o Crown Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9780307460530, $50.00,

Language of Interior Design offers arts and interior design collections a fine, oversize presentation surveying Alexa Hampton's aesthetic development and vision. She grew up with a design legend father and at age thirteen worked at his firm, which she now owns and operates. Her creations blend modern design with new interpretations of classics, and make for a fine coffee-table-sized survey illustrating her design process in interiors. Homeowners will find these inspirational.

Lars Bolander's Scandinavian Design
Heather Smith MacIsaac
Vendome Press
1334 York Avenue, New York NY 10021
9780865652583, $40.00,

Lars Bolander's Scandinavian Design is a fine choice for any college-level interior design library, offering a tour of the best of Scandinavian design concepts and applications. Color photos pack a study of exterior and interior features, with chapters covering everything from doorways and lighting to textiles, different rooms, and how to build in harmony with nature. Lars Bolander is one of Sweden's foremost interior designers, and his expertise in re-creating the Scandinavian look in all kinds of homes around the world lends to an outstanding survey.

Interior Design Clients
Thomas L. Williams
Allworth Press
10 E. 23rd St., New York NY 10010
9781581156768, $24.95,

INTERIOR DESIGN CLIENTS: THE DESIGNER'S GUIDE TO BUILDING AND KEEPING A GREAT CLIENTELE provides a powerful survey covering marketing, budgeting, presentations and overall project management. Any business collection appealing to interior designers must have this: it pairs business savvy with specifics key to the interior design industry, creating an excellent overall key to business success.

The Architecture Shelf

Fabricating Architecture
Robert Corser, Editor
Princeton Architectural Press
37 East 7th St., New York NY 10003
9781568988894, $29.95,

FABRICATING ARCHITECTURE: SELECTED READINGS IN DIGITAL DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING offers twelve key essays illustrating the range of ideas embodied by digital design, offering college-level readers essays by critics, theorists, and architects alike. These texts discuss digital design and manufacturing in architectural engineering applications and will prove a 'must' for any serious architectural library.

The Education Shelf

Including One, Including All
Leslie Roffman, Todd Wanerman, Cassandra Britton
Redleaf Press
10 Yorkton Court, St. Paul MN 55117
9781605540139, $39.95,

INCLUDING ONE, INCLUDING ALL; A GUIDE TO RELATIONSHIP-BASED EARLY CHILDHOOD INCLUSION tells educators how to build strong relationships with families and kids, creating an inclusive learning environment. A review of the idea of inclusion and description of a method that strengthens it is basic to chapters packed with notes, sidebars of supporting detail, and case history examples.

Teaching Lifetime Outdoor Pursuits
Jeff Steffen & Jim Stiehl, Editors
Human Kinetics
Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61825-5076
0736079998, $39.00,

TEACHING LIFETIME OUTDOOR PURSUITS includes a CD-ROM with unit plans and lessons and presents some 12 outdoor pursuits that can be blended into an existing outdoor program for middle to high school students. Activities are presented by experts who provide clear instruction on what to teach and how to teach it, and can be blended easily into an existing PE program and objectives. Also included are keys to including school administrators in the process of adding outdoor pursuits to a PE program.

Speech to Print, second edition
Louisa Cook Moats
Brookes Publishing
Box 10624, Baltimore MD 21285-0624
1598570501, $34.95,

The second updated edition of SPEECH TO PRINT: LANGUAGE ESSENTIALS FOR TEACHERS provides a winning survey for elementary educators. It's developed by expert Louisa Cook Moats and helps teachers understand written and spoken English and how kids learn to read: scientific research on reading and comprehension accompany exercises teachers can use to reinforce their ideas.

Cracking the AP Biology Exam, 2011 Edition
Kim Magloire
The Princeton Review
c/o Random House Inc.
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9780375429965, $18.99,

The 2011 edition of Cracking the AP Biology Exam is a pick for any student planning on taking the exam. It covers all the topics most likely to appear on the test, tells how to take drills and quickly eliminate wrong answer choices, and teaches the 12 AP Biology labs and what is needed to answer questions about them. Highly recommended as a 'must' for any collection catering to students.

A Child's Brain
Robert Sylwester
Corwin Press
2455 Teller Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
9781412962711, $30.95,

A CHILD'S BRAIN: THE NEED FOR NURTURE considers how a child's brain works and changes during different stages of childhood. Parents and educators receive keys to understanding a child's cognitive development and considers the neurobiology of childhood, factors that affect development, and how to promote successful learning. Parents and educators will find this an invaluable guide to understanding the neurological changes that occur during childhood.

Time-Travel Math
Amy Bernstein
Prufrock Press
Box 8813, Waco, TX 76714-8813
9781593634131, $19.95,

TIME-TRAVEL MATH: AN ADVANCED GEOMETRY ADVENTURE FOR GRADES 4-5 offers a fine set of insights on geometry concepts and teaches how to use geometry to tackle fun math mysteries. From using math to draw human figures with the right proportions and creating works of art to learning about perimeter from ancient Egypt, this ties in history and math for teachers interested in creating unusual, involving learning plans for kids under-challenged by the usual math approaches.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Global Birding
Les Beletsky
National Geographic Books
c/o National Geographic Society
1145 - 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-4688
9781426206405, $35.00,

GLOBAL BIRDING: TRAVELING THE WORLD IN SEARCH OF BIRDS offers a fine, world-wide survey of birds and pairs lovely color photos with insights on birds of different environments, from mountains to prairies. Chapters divided by different countries of the world cover local birding opportunities, are specific in scope, and provide armchair naturalists and would-be travelers alike with fine insights into the natural history of each region. General lending collections will find this a specific, fine pick!

Medicine and Surgery of Camelids, third edition
Murray E. Fowler
10475 Crosspoint Boulevard, Indianapolis, IN 46256
9780813806167, $149.99,

Medicine and Surgery of Camelids is a 'must' technical vet's reference for any practice handling llamas, alpacas, camels or their kin. From nutrition to diseases and emergency care, this provides all the basics with expanded information in this third edition reflecting the latest research. Significant updates to parentage verification and diseases alike accompany full color photos in this specialized, key reference for any camelid vet's library and many a college veterinary collection.

Cesar's Rules
Cesar Millan & Melissa Jo Peltier
Crown Archetype
c/o Crown Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9780307716866, $25.99,

CESAR'S RULES: YOUR WAY TO TRAIN A WELL-BEHAVED DOG offers an outstanding survey from a man who has starred in National Geographic channel's 'Dog Whisperer'. There's a huge variety of training options and theories: this shares the most effective of them all, teaching how to train a dog to be a happy, well-behaved household member. From showing good leadership qualities to sending consistent messages, this is a 'must' for any confused about dog training options and routines.

The World History Shelf

Zahi Hawass & Franck Goddio
National Geographic Society
1145 - 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-4688
9781426205453, $28.00,

The National Geographic official companion to the exhibition stands well alone for any library interested in relics and history related to Egypt in CLEOPATRA: THE SEARCH FOR THE LAST QUEEN OF EGYPT. Egyptologist Zahi Hawass and marine archaeologist Franck Goddio join forces to provide a solid survey of history and architectural wonders, with color photos throughout packing in relics from Cleopatra's time and life. Libraries will find this an outstanding survey lending to leisure browsing.

The American History Shelf

The Lean Years
Irving Bernstein
Haymarket Books
Box 180296, Chicago, IL 60618
9781608460632, $25.00,

THE LEAN YEARS: A HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN WORKER, 1920-1933 is a top pick for any American history collection, especially those seeing popularity with Irving Bernstein's companion title THE TURBULENT YEARS. This provides a fine social history of the 1920s era, examining inequality and struggles that preceded events in THE TURBULENT YEARS. It comes from a social historian who offers a fine survey of the decade's social and political turmoil.

The Native American Shelf

Pushing the Bear
Diane Glancy
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780806140698, $14.95,

PUSHING THE BEAR: AFTER THE TRAIL OF TEARS tells of the survivors of the Cherokee Trail of Tears, focusing on the Cherokees' resettlement and the years following Removal. It's a powerful novel that takes facts and brings them to life, and begins at a point where other accounts leave off, resulting in a riveting story hard to put down.

A Guide to the Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest, third edition
Robert H. Ruby, John A. Crown, Cary C. Collins
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780806140247, $26.95,

The third edition of A Guide to the Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest offers an expanded section of photos, updated reading lists, and a revised pronunciation guide, enhancing its histories of each Northwest tribe. Collections strong in Pacific Northwest history in general and Native American history and culture in particular will relish this fine collection, a 'must' basic reference.

Native American Art
Gerald W.R. Ward,
Museum of Fine Arts Publications
465 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115
9780878467518, $20.95,

Native American Art represents the latest volume in MFA Publications' MFA HIGHLIGHTS series, offering a fine history of Native artworks as represented in the Museum's holdings. 100 little-known works, many published here off the first time, are presented in a survey that focuses on rarely displaced pieces that represent the interaction of native works with other cultures. Color representations capture these objects from ancient to modern and offer objects from across the North American continent in this outstanding recommendation for any Native American collection.

The Political Science Shelf

Young Mr. Obama
Edward McClelland
Bloomsbury Press
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10010
9781608190607, $24.00,

YOUNG MR. OBAMA: CHICAGO AND THE MAKING OF A BLACK PRESIDENT offers a fine survey of how local Chicago politics shaped Obama. Links between the city's social and political culture and Obama's growth in its Afro-American community makes for a fine focus that is a pick for any library strong in political leader biography.

Power in Words
Mary Frances Berry & Josh Gottheimer
Beacon Press
25 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108-2892
9780807001042, $24.95,

POWER IN WORDS: THE STORIES BEHIND BARACK OBAMA'S SPEECHES, FROM THE STATE HOUSE TO THE WHITE HOUSE includes eighteen speeches and comes from the chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights under Clinton and a presidential speechwriter. Their analysis of the rhetoric and writings of Barack Obama pairs the speeches themselves with analysis of the politics at their time and offer first-hand accounts from Obama's speech writers to consider his choice of words and their impact. No Obama collection should be without this specific, detailed analysis!

The Nautical Shelf

2011 Nautical Almanac, Commercial Edition
Paradise Cay
Box 29, Arcata, CA 95518-0029
9780939837885, $29.95,

The Commercial Edition of Paradise Cay's 2011 Nautical Almanac is a reference that should be in every mariner's library. It packs in reference tables of calculations for star charts, standard times, correction tables and more, and offers specifics for every day of the year for 2011. Very highly recommended for any mariner and nautical libraries catering to them!

The Nautical Sextant
W.J. Morris
Paradise Cay
Box 29, Arcata, CA 95518-0029
9780939837892, $39.95,

The Nautical Sextant offers pictures, prose knowledge gained by the author from his years restoring sextants from around the world. Any enthusiast of the sextant will find this offers a history of the sextant's manufacture and mechanics, offering navigators and collectors alike a strong survey of its history and usage from ancient to modern times. There's nothing quite like this on the market, making it a strong pick for a wide range of libraries, from nautical to technological and history holdings.

The California Shelf

William B. Secrest
Craven Street Books
2006 S. Mary St., Fresno, CA 93721
9781884995651, $15.95,

You had to be tough as nails to be the law in a new land. "Showdown!: Lionhearted Lawmen o f Old California" looks at the history surrounding old California as America first started to claim the state as its own territory. Telling their story of where they stood for the law, these stories aren't pretty, but they are true stories of men of the law standing against a wild and untamed land. An exciting and intriguing piece of history, "Showdown!" is a fine read, very highly recommended.

San Francisco's Playland at the Beach
James R. Smith
Craven Street
c/o Linden Publishing
2006 S. Mary Street, Fresno, CA 93721-3311
9781884995675, $21.95,

With the turn of the twentieth century, leisure was no longer some crazy crack-pot myth to many Americans. "San Francisco's Playland at the Beach" looks at the history of this famed amusement park, one of the first to appear in the United States. For twenty years, the park was live and did excellent business, becoming an icon of the city. Tracing its history with plenty of black and white photos, "San Francisco's Playland at the Beach" is a fine addition to any photography collection, or as a coffee table book for the amusement park lover.

The Frontier of Leisure
Lawrence Culver
Oxford University Press
198 Madison Avenue, New York NY 10015-4314
9780195382631, $29.95,

THE FRONTIER OF LEISURE: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND THE SHAPING OF MODERN AMERICA earns a place in any California history shelf in general and for Southern California collections in particular, but will reach into American social history holdings as well. It provides an urban and cultural history surveying how leisure changed in America and became a part of suburban developments across the country. Los Angeles is used as a case in point, with a survey of changing leisure trends beginning in the 1870s and progressing to modern times.

Vineyards & Vaqueros
George Harwood Phillips
The Arthur H. Clark Company
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780870623912, $45.00,

Vineyards & Vaqueros: Indian labor and the Economic Expansion of Southern California, 1771-1877 is a pick for any college-level California or Native American history holding. It surveys the rise and importance of Indian labor to the early economic development of the Los Angeles region, offering the first volume in a new series 'before Gold: California under Spain and Mexico'. Chapters survey the rise and fall of the missions and the ranchos and consider how the Indians were blended into these institutions. A key pick for any in-depth California history holding!

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

Dr. Michael A. Moodian's RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA (073858004X, $21.99) joins others in the 'Images of America' collection and comes from a local author who offers a fine gathering of vintage photos of a community of the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. The original ranch covered 230,000 acres - one of the largest in the Southwest - and this surveys its growth, ownership changes, and the construction and evolution of city landmarks alike. Southern California collections, in particular, will relish this history! Northern California libraries must have Katherine Powell Cohne's SAN FRANCISCO'S NOB HILL (0738581283, $21.99), a fine pick covering early European settlements in the area, its rise during the 1849 Gold Rush, and how it came to be a focal point for showy homes. Photos from the archives of Grace Cathedral and other local establishments including private sources provide an astounding collection key to any San Francisco history coverage.

Best Rail Trails California
Tracy Salcedo-Chourre
Falcon Guides
c/o Globe Pequot Press
Box 480, Guilford, CT 06437-0480
9780762746774, $15.95,

Best Rail Trails California offers a fine survey of over 70 rail trails in California, covering the state's extensive system and its invitation to walkers and bikers alike. Mile-by-mile descriptions of popular rural and urban trails plus listings of other rail trails make for a key acquisition that includes plenty of detail, from small maps and notes on difficulty and opportunities for breaking up a trail into segments to notes on nearby amenities and surface.

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