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Volume 3, Number 6 June 2008 Home | CALBW Index

Table of Contents

Donovan's Picks Psychology Shelf Fiction Shelf
Sports Shelf Philosophy Shelf Parenting Shelf
Cookbook Shelf Education Shelf Science Shelf
Self-Help Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf Military Shelf
Interior Design Shelf Social Issues Shelf Business Shelf
Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Photography Shelf
Art Shelf California Shelf Theatre/Cinema Shelf
Needlecraft Shelf Music Shelf Political Science Shelf
Economics Shelf Literary Shelf Computer Shelf
Antiques/Collectibles Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf  

Donovan's Picks

Year of the Fires
Stephen J. Pyne
Mountain Press
Box 2399, Missoula, MT 59806
9780878425440, $16.00

YEAR OF THE FIRES: THE STORY OF THE GREAT FIRES OF 1910 is a 'must' for any college-level collection strong in professional firefighter training as well as many a general-interest collection strong in American history. It describes the first major forest fire crisis faced by the U.S. Forest Service, is written by a former firefighter, and is packed with details on decision-making processes during fire fights. Engrossing, revealing and educational all in one package.

Tales from the Galley
Doreen Armitage
Harbor Publishing
Box 219, Madeira Park, BC V0N 2H0 Canada
9781550174380, $39.95

TALES FROM THE GALLEY: STORIES OF THE WORKING WATERFRONT provides a fine collection of stories by men who earn their living in or on the sea. From a former Coast Guard captain who tries to rescue a fishing boat crew against all odds to a tugboat skipper whose tow of a mountain of logs breaks apart in the sea, these are moving, riveting stories of heroism and impossible odds and make for perfect reading for any enthusiast of the sea, and for libraries catering to them.

The Psychology Shelf

Boundaries in Human Relationships
Anne Linden
Crown House Publishing
6 Townbridge Drive, Suite 5, Bethel, CT, 06810-2858
9781845900762, $29.95,

Boundaries are invaluable for any relationship, and the key to having the most healthy relationship possible. "Boundaries in Human Relationships: How to be Separate and Connected" is an informed and informative treatise that can help readers relationships by encouraging them to set forth healthy boundaries with them and their partners, to make each of them more complete people on their own to unlock a more complete love between both of them. "Boundaries in Human Relationships: How to Be Separate and Connected" is a deftly researched and composed piece of work, and is highly recommended for community library psychology shelves everywhere.

The Fiction Shelf

B as in Beirut
Iman Humaydan Younes
Interlink Books
46 Crosby Street, Northampton, MA 01060-1804
9781566567091, $15.00,

The debut novel of Iman Humaydan Younes is a grand piece of fiction in "B as in Beirut". Four interlocking narratives Lilian, mother of two, desperate to get out of Lebanon even if she must leave her husband behind; Warda, in crisis over the death of her daughter and finding her life meaningless; Camilia, a visitor stuck in the hostile land due to violence; and Maha, who is there willingly despite her world falling part piece by piece around here and with little hope of improving. The attention to detail makes this tale haunting in that although it is fiction, it isn't too far from reality. "B as in Beirut" is a conflicting and heart-wrenching tale of near reality, and is recommended to any who want an idea of the atrocities in Lebanon and deserves a place on any community library world fiction shelf.

The Sports Shelf

Tee to Green
David A. Goslin with Mary Beth McGirr
Quill Driver Books
1254 Commerce Avenue, Sanger, CA 93657
9781884956737, $14.95 1-800-497-4909

Many never get around to enjoying the sport of golf until later in life due to the perception that golf is an "old man's sport". Those who start late however will see it is not as easy as it seems and there is indeed a physical and mental toll to the game. "Tee to Green: A Guide to Golf After 50" is there to help those late adapters get started, and may help a few seasoned veterans get a bit of a refresher course. "Tee to Green: A Guide to Golf After 50" covers subjects such as understanding these new challenges, setting reasonable goals, and building and sustaining an enthusiasm for the game. It's highly recommended for its titled target audience (Starting Golfers over 50) and deserves a place on community library sports shelves.

The Philosophy Shelf

The Aesthetic Sense of Life
Bruce Fleming
University Press of America
c/o Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706
9780761839163, $25.00 1-800-462-6420

While everyone has a philosophy that guides their lives, relatively few consciously articulate that philosophy or realize the complexities, paradoxes, or inconsistencies it embodies. "The Aesthetic Sense of Life: A Philosophy Of The Everyday" by Bruce Fleming (Professor of English, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland) focuses upon how we should view the world around us and derive value from living fully in the present. Professor Fleming deftly considers basic answers to basic questions in an articulate and 'reader friendly' text making clear the value and meaning of becoming 'life aware' every minute of our waking day. "The Aesthetic Sense of Life" is a cogent and persuasive argument that the meaning of our lives is to be found in the ordinary patterns of our lives, in being conscious of those patterns and the multitude of small life experiences from which those patterns are derived. Indeed, that it is our very awareness of the details of those patterns that create our aesthetic appreciation for the richness and meaning of the 'everyday'. A welcome addition to academic library reference collections, "The Aesthetic Sense of Life" is especially recommended to the attention of the non-specialist general reader with an interest in aesthetics, philosophy, values, and self-awareness.

The Parenting Shelf

Children with Spina Bifida: A Parent's Guide
Marlene Lutkenhoff, R.N., M.S.N., editor
Woodbine House
6510 Bells Mill Road, Bethesda, MD 20817
9781890627775, $21.95 1-800-843-7323

Now in an updated second edition with new information on IDEA and special education, the latest on orthotics and wheelchairs, new medical treatments for incontinence and other medical issues, and much more, Children with Spina Bifida: A Parent's Guide is a no-nonsense, plain-spoken discussion answering the many questions that parents have when they first learn their child or unborn child has been diagnosed with the birth defect of spina bifida. Edited by Marlene Lutkenhoff, R.N., M.S.N., Children with Spina Bifida: A Parent's guide addresses the causes of spina bifida, neurosurgery, urological and bowel management, common medical concerns, physical therapy, day-to-day parenting issues, school issues, legal rights, matters of emotional development and much more. Black-and-white photographs and brief testimonies of parents of children with spina bifida, as well as teens and adults with spina bifida, round out this absolute "must-have" for any parent, caretaker, or teen sibling of a spina bifida child. Highly recommended. "Many adults with spina bifida are able to go to college, find fulfilling jobs, get married, and live on their own with no assistance... Independence should be the ultimate goal for the majority of children with spina bifida."

The Cookbook Shelf

Best Chicken Recipes
Cooks Illustrated
America's Test Kitchen
17 Station Street, Brookline, MA 02445
1933615230, $35.00

America's Test Kitchen roasted some 40 chickens to find a foolproof recipe for roast chicken and this is an example of just one of the exhaustive testing methods conducted on each and every recipe featured in BEST CHICKEN RECIPES making it the best. Chapters divided by type of chicken roasted and baked, fried, or stir-fried for example make it easy to locate dishes by method, while a peppering of color photos and clear step-by-step 'how to' explanations make for an exceptionally easy presentation. Highly recommended: any general-interest library catering to any level of home cook needs this.

Cuisines of Portuguese Encounters
Cherie Y. Hamilton
Hippocrene Books
171 Madison Avenue, New York NY 10016
0781811813, $29.95

The entire Portuguese-speaking world is embraced under one cover in an unusual cookbook which covers Portugal and its colonies alike. From Brazil and Cape Verde to Goa and Portugal, chapters survey different regions in addition to offering recipes unique to that region. The blend of culinary history and recipe is outstanding, making for an excellent pick for any library strong in international cuisines and history.

Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen
Trisha Yearwood
Clarkson Potter Publishers
c/o The Crown Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, #B1, New York, NY 10019-4305
9780307381378, $29.95

GEORGIA COOKING IN AN OKLAHOMA KITCHEN: RECIPES FROM MY FAMILY TO YOURS is an outstanding blend of Southern traditional dishes with a modern flair. From Uncle Wilson's Baked Onions made with sweet Vidalia onions and bacon to simple meat loaf and collard greens, dishes tend towards simplicity and ease and many full-page color photos are displayed throughout. As an added attraction, Yearwood's childhood memories are paired with the dishes, making this a top pick for general interest libraries including both Southern cooking and country music titles in their collections.

The Education Shelf

Managing Diverse Classrooms
Carrie Rothstein-Fisch and Elise Trumbull
1703 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311-1714
9781416606246, $25.95 1-800-933-2723

The United States continues to grow more diverse by the day, and our educators need to be able to deal with that the right way. "Managing Diverse Classrooms: How to Build On Student's Cultural Strengths" does just that giving educators everything they need to fully appreciate the diversifying of America, showing them why it matters, and what they need to do. Presenting a simple framework that will cover many ideas such as Communication with families, homework, and motivation, "Managing Diverse Classrooms: How to Build On Student's Cultural Strengths" is highly recommended to community library education shelves and a suggestion to teachers everywhere.

CSI Expert! Forensic Science for Kids, Grades 5-8
Karen K. Schulz, author
David Parker, illustrator
Prufrock Press
PO Box 8813, Waco, TX 76714-8813
9781593633127, $17.95 1-800-998-2208

Designed for classrooms in grades 5-8, CSI Expert! Forensic Science for Kids is a guide for educators to rousing kids' interest in science through twenty-five different lab activities concerning hot modern topics ranging from blood stains to fingerprinting and identifying counterfeit checks. A hands-on learning resource that meets national science standards, CSI Expert! divides each lab into (inexpensive) "materials needed", "essential question", "background research", step-by-step "experiment procedures", and various supplementary items such as reproducible data tables for students to fill in or sample charts and graphs. An easy-to-use educational supplement ideal for spicing up one's curriculum, and highly recommended for homeschooling teachers as well as grade school science instructors.

Tools for Matching Readers to Texts
Heidi Anne E. Mesmer
The Guilford Press
72 Spring Street, New York, NY, 10012
9781593855970, $25.00,

Correctly pegging the reading level for readers is an invaluable technique to insuring literacy. "Tools for Matching Readers to Texts: Research-Based Practices" provides guidelines for nailing each and every student's reading level correctly and without much room for error using traditional formulas and new developments with solid examples of their methods. Enhanced with indexes and appendixes, "Tools for Matching Readers to Texts: Research-Based Practices" is highly recommended to education shelves and an essential read for educators.

Reaching Every Reader
Pat Miller
Linworth Books
3650 Olentangy River Road, Suite 250, Columbus, Ohio 43214
1586832840, $39.95

Literacy is flat out one of the most important skills in the modern world today, and to be without it is to be severely handicapped in today's highly competitive and demanding world. Now in an updated and expanded second edition, "Reaching Every Reader: Instructional Strategies for in the Library for Grades K-5 Second Edition" seeks to help educators assure there students can read, and to assure that they can read well for the information age. Advising teachers to create lessons that are fun & quick to get their students into reading - while still meeting educational standards, and enhanced with an index and invaluable appendixes, "Reaching Every Reader: Instructional Strategies for in the Library for Grades K-5" is heartily recommended to educators everywhere and deserves a place on any community library education shelf.

The Best and the Worst of Leadership
Harry J. Martin, Ph.D. & Dennis F. Lekan, Ed.D.
Adams Busienss & Professional
c/o Beaver's Pond Press
7104 Ohms Lane, Suite 101, Edina, MN 55439
9781592982103, $23.95 1-952-829-8818

Leadership is a lot harder than it seems. "The Best and the Worst of Leadership: Essential Learning for Emerging Readers" seeks to coach readers to excel their techniques to be better prepared for now and the future for problems such as customer demands, investor expectation, competitor tactics, scrutiny, and information overload. Using both good and bad leaders as excellent examples for what to and not to do to challenge yourself to become a "Higher-order leader." Highly recommended for any business people in any form of leadership and it should find itself onto any business or self-help library shelves.

Corwin Press
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320

Harvey F. Silver,'s Math Tools Grades 3-12 (9781412957823) collection of tools for math instruction promotes an active learning style, incorporating four tested learning styles from classroom situations and offering over sixty instructional tools for supporting different kinds of learners. From designing lessons and linking them to the NCTM standards to understanding how design translates to classroom action, MATH TOOLS offers up a powerful key to success. Eric Jensen and LeAnn Nickelsen's DEEPER LEARNING: 7 POWERFUL STRATEGIES FOR IN-DEPTH AND LONGER-LASTING LEARNING (9781412952040, $40.05) comes from two nationally recognized experts who outline concepts of the Deeper Learning Cycle, an instructional model which blends brain research, educational standards, and learning differences to explain seven stages of knowledge processing and evaluation. Educational templates for this process make it easy to translate theory to action, making for a fine pick for educator collections. Kenneth Leithwood and Brenda Beatty's LEADING WITH TEACHER EMOTIONS IN MIND (9781412941457, $28.95) uses a blend of theory supported by research to show how teachers' emotional well-being can affect classroom performance. From job satisfaction and morale to stress, burnout, engagement and commitment, this also develops a leadership approach that accounts for teacher emotions and strives for maximum achievement on all levels: educator collections will find this an invaluable approach. Robert Prigo's MAKING PHYSICS FUN: KEY CONCEPTS, CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES, & EVERYDAY EXAMPLES GRADES K-8 (9781412926638, $33.95) provides a fine gathering of exercises in physics for kids from grades K-8. From experiments demonstrating waves and sound to fluids, forces and light, these are fun examples to build and test. Roger Pierangelo and George Giuliani's SPECIAL EDUCATION ELIGIBILITY: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE FOR EDUCATORS (9781412917858, $25.95) offers guidelines for determining student eligibility for special education services. Legal and special education experts provide chapters organized by specific disability, covering characteristics of disabilities and eligibility decisions at all phases of the evaluation process. Educator libraries will also benefit from Richard Lougy, Silvia DeRuvo and David Rosenthal, MD's TEACHING YOUNG CHILDREN WITH ADHD: SUCCESSFUL STRATEGIES AND PRACTICAL INTERVENTIONS FOR PRE K-3 (9781412941600, $25.95), a survey of the facts about ADHD which provides general education teachers with a description of how it appears in preschool and primary grades. From interventions and ideas for helping kids with ADHD learn the basics to tips for understanding medications and appropriate or inappropriate responses, this pairs profiles of kids with ADHD with tested solutions teachers can use throughout the analysis, intervention and educational process. William N. Bender and Cara Shores' RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR EVERY TEACHER (9781412953863, $28.95) offers up examples and forms based on the problem-solving and standards-based approaches to RTI. From how these techniques benefit students who are culturally or economically challenged to chapters surveying RTI classroom techniques, this manual is a fine recommendation for any teacher who would incorporate RTI into the classroom environment. Marliee Sprenger's THE DEVELOPING BRAIN: BIRTH TO AGE EIGHT (9781412955355, $27.95) tells how early childhood teachers, administrators and parents can understand the latest brain research and how it translates into educational strategies to foster cognitive growth. Chapters cover the basic research on the brain as it relates to educators and child development issues, pairing this survey with developmental checklists and over 100 brain-based activities for classroom or childcare environments.

The Science Shelf

More Than Darwin
Randy Moore and Mark D. Decker
Greenwood Press
88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881
9780313341557, $85.00

MORE THAN DARWIN is encyclopedia of the people and places revolving around the evolution-creationism controversy lists names of participants, and explains their lives and how they evolved their theories, and explores the writings which made them famous and contributed to debates on either side. High school and college-level libraries strong in evolutionary theory will find the encyclopedic approach makes for easy references and information.

Introduction to Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering
A.J. Nair
Infinity Science Press
11 Leavitt Street, Hingham, MA 02043
9781934015162, $69.95

College-level collections strong in genetic engineering will find this a fine collection for novices in genetics and also for engineering and biology students, covering all the basics of these topics and providing a fine manual for self-study. From discussions of medical advances and patents to issues of bioethics and basic genetic principles, INTRODUCTION TO BIOTECHNOLOGY AND GENETIC ENGINEERING provides excellent discussions on the latest topics, from stem cell research to cloning.

The Self-Help Shelf

Flight from Intimacy
Janae B. Weinhold, Ph.D. & Barry K. Weinhold, Ph.D.
New World Library
14 Pamaron Way, Novato, CA 94949
9781577316053, $14.95

If a person has trouble being close to others, is a perfectionist, acts self-centered and never asks for help, these are signs they may suffer from 'counter-dependency', the opposite of co-dependency. Two psychologists team up to reveal counter-dependency as the barrier to creating strong relationships, examining the foundations of counter-dependency, showing how to spot and cope with such people, and teaching how to gain and heal within committed relationships. The result is an outstanding guide which reveals some little-covered roots of relationship issues, making for a recommended pick for any library strong in self-help psychology.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Choices in Breast Cancer Treatment
Kenneth D. Miller, M.D.
The Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-4363
9780801886850, $18.95 1-800-537-5487

It's a great sign of the times that there has been so much research pushing the advancement of breast cancer research where there are so many treatments available but it creates another problem in itself where it isn't fully clear which treatment is right for you and your needs. "Choices in Breast Cancer Treatment: Medical Specialists and Cancer Survivors Tell You What You Need to Know" tells you that every case is unique and that there is no one singular correct treatment for the frightening disease. It discusses each of the possibilities and the pros and cons of each. Highly recommended to every women who is fearful and intimidated by the sheer number of options set in front of them, and for community library health shelves in general.

Parkinson's Disease
Nutan Sharma
Greenwood Publishing Group
88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881
9780313342172, $45.00 1-800-225-5800

Part of the "Biographies of Disease" series, Parkinson's Disease is a straightforward presentation of what modern science and medicine has to tell us about the history, symptoms, causes, treatments, and natural course of Parkinson's Disease. Written in plain terms for readers of all backgrounds, Parkinson's Disease includes case study stories and thoughtful discussions of how cases of Parkinson's Disease affect the family as a whole. A list of useful resources, a glossary, and an index round out this educational text especially recommended for public and college libraries, medical students, and anyone who needs accurate, up-to-date information about this debilitating affliction. Highly recommended.

Blood Matters
Masha Gessen
Harcourt Publishers
15 East 26th Street, New York NY 10010
9780151013623, $25.00

BLOOD MATTERS: FROM INHERITED ILLNESS TO DESIGNER BABIES, HOW THE WORLD AND I FOUND OURSELVES IN THE FUTURE OF THE GENE tells of genetics using the author's foundation of experience as the starting point. In 2004 she was told she had a mutation that predisposed her to ovarian and breast cancer: the problem proved what to do with this knowledge. BLOOD MATTERS explores how genetic information is reshaping the decision-making process and how these new decisions are reshaping knowledge of self. Any general interest lending library strong in health references will find this an excellent lend as well as college-level collections strong in genetic health books.

Jennifer Fecio McDougall and Martha Gorman
Box 1911, Santa Barbara, CA 93116-1911
9781598841213, $55.00

The second updated edition of EUTHANASIA is a recommended pick for high school to college-level libraries: it provides details on the science, medicine, politics and sociology of euthanasia, discussing end-of-live issues around the world, providing capsule biographies of those who have participated in euthanasia, and surveying the documents relating to dying with dignity. The result is a powerful recommendation not just for health collections, but for social issues sections as well.

Monday Morning Choices
David Cottrell
c/o HarperCollins
10 East 53rd Street, New York NY 10022
9780061451911, $19.95

The premise is simple here: change your Monday, change your life and here are 12 strong, explicit ways to do so. These lessons emphasize making the right decisions leading to more success. From character choices which define the type of person you will be on this road to 'action choice' to point out places where one can take charge, and investment choices which discuss how you choose who you will spend time with, MONDAY MORNING CHOICES is all about placing the 'choice tools' under more reasoned, personal control and is a pick not just for New Age collections, but for any general-interest lending library.

The Military Shelf

Counterinsurgency in Modern Warfare
Daniel Marston and Carter Malkasian, Editors
Osprey Publishing
443 Park Avenue South Suite 806, New York NY 10016
9781846032813, $27.95

Insurgency, terrorism and bloodshed have resulted in counter insurgencies ranging from military operations to politics, but successful strategies are often forgotten in the aftermath of war. The authors here gather a history and strategic commentary on the nature and effectiveness of counterinsurgency doctrine from early times to modern. Conflicts are outlined along with the strategies that proved successful, making Counterinsurgency in Modern Warfare a fine choice for any serious military library.

The Interior Design Shelf

Weekend Kitchen Makeovers
Paul Ryan with Bridget Bradley
Lark Books
Sterling Publishing Company
387 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10016
1579909183, $17.95

WEEKEND KITCHEN MAKEOVERS: ILLUSTRATED TECHNIQUES AND STYLISH SOLUTIONS tells how to update or renovate an existing kitchen from a DYI standpoint. Remodel your own space through a series of some eleven featured weekend makeover tasks, which here receive step-by-step written description accompanied by step-by-step color photos. Any general-interest public library catering to homeowners will find this a popular lend.

The Social Issues Shelf

Mothers Without Citizenship
Lynn Fujiwara
University of Minnesota Press
111 Third Avenue South, Suite 290, Minneapolis, MN 55401-2520
9780816650767, $22.50

Lynn Fujiwara (assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, University of Oregon) presents Mothers Without Citizenship: Asian Immigrant Families and the Consequences of Welfare Reform, a scholarly, extensively researched, and highly critical account of the American government's increasingly hostile attitude toward immigrants in general and Asian immigrants particular, especially female Asian immigrants and their children. Taking to task policy changes in the 1990's to the present day, which enacted draconian cuts in public assistance to poor immigrant families among other stigmatizations, Mothers Without Citizenship questions the nationalist assumptions that poverty is the fault of the poor, or the racist assumption that Asian immigrants are a "model minority" that does not need the health care, food stamps, or other public services provided as a safety net against the ravages of utter destitution. The overall climate for immigrants in general has only become worse in the wake of the September 11th attacks. "Within Asian Pacific Islander communities, the drastic increase of deportations among Cambodians and Filipinos has alarmed communities as families are separated, and as people are deported back to a country they do not know and/or where they will face persecution. Thus, even though new voting blocs have emerged and reshaped local politics with high immigrant constituencies, the pervasive "terrorist" threat has subjugated political consciousness of immigrant rights." A strongly worded and much-needed counterbalance to consider in the wake of rising anti-immigrant sentiment.

Analyzing Urban Poverty
Rosario C. Giusti de Perez and Ramon A. Perez
ESRI Press
380 New York Street, Redlands, CA 92378-8100
9781589481510, $29.95

The two architect/authors involved in ANALYZING URBAN POVERTY spent years working on projects to revitalize barrios in their home country Venezuela, and their new book explains in detail how people can use GIS technology to identify and ultimately improve the quality of life in poor urban areas. Collections catering to urban planers and designers, architects, and which are strong in sociological analysis will find this crosses genres in surveying the real-world applications to GIS in helping the poor, making it an invaluable, unique guide.

Kicking the Carbon Habit
William Sweet
Columbia University Press
61 West 62nd Street, New York NY 10023
9780231137119, $19.95

Most books discussing environmental management and conservation focus on cutting oil consumption: KICKING THE CARBON HABIT: GLOBAL WARMING AND THE CASE FOR RENEWABLE AND NUCLEAR ENERGY is different, advocating a reduction in the U.S. use of coal and coal-fired plants which fuel emissions. From the latest research on climate change to political issues associated with global warming, this is a excellent survey perfect for both school and public libraries interested in issues surrounding global environmental concerns.

The Other Game
Phil Dahl-Bredine & Stephen Hicken
Orbis Books
Box 308, Maryknoll, NY 10545
9781570757808, $19.00

THE OTHER GAME: LESSONS FROM HOW LIFE IS PLAYED IN Mexican VILLAGES provides examples on religion and society alike, teaching how the U.S. can learn from the unique economic structures of Mexican campesinos. The indigenous society featured here isn't an ideal; it's a practicing reality: chapters cover all kinds of issues, from the romanticization of primitive life to fostering hopes for local communities and Mexican society. A recommended pick for either spirituality or social issues collections alike.

Domestic Violence, 2nd Edition
Margi Laird McCue
Box 1911, Santa Barbara, CA 93116-1911
9781851097791, $55.00

Joining others in the 'Contemporary World Issues' series is a newly updated edition of DOMESTIC VIOLENCE which focuses on criminal justice, social influences, cultural differences, and other factors affecting the evolution of domestic violence. From law enforcement and health care system restrictions to human rights documents, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE is an excellent pick for high school to college-level collections strong in social issues discussions.

The Business Shelf

Human Resource Transformation
William J. Rothwell,
Davies-Black Publishing
1055 Joaquin Road, 2nd Floor, Mountain View, CA 94043
9780891062516, $34.95

In 1998 the authors identified key business trends which would influence organizations into the 21st century, from technology and globalization to cost containment and knowledge. A decade later their predictions have uniformly come true and their new book continues the journey, describing how human resource professionals are posed to change organizations. From historic human resources viewpoints of trends shaping the workforce to future projections, strategy and concept link here to create an important survey perfect for college-level business libraries.

The Turnaround Kid
Steve Miller
10 East 53rd Street, New York NY 10022
9780061251276, $25.95

THE TURNAROUND KID: WHAT I LEARNED RESCUING AMERICA'S MOST TROUBLED COMPANIES recounts the high points of the author's career rescuing American business disasters and in the process offers college-level business libraries the opportunity to understand the evolution of a business genius. Blending business management concepts with a memoir, THE TURNAROUND KID shows how the author turned around his own life as well as businesses, reshaping and restructuring the very foundations of big business procedures in the process. An inspiring, enlightening account.

Internet Riches
Scott Fox
1601 Broadway, New York NY 10019-7420
0814409954, $17.95

E-business consultant Scott Fox reveals strategies he's used to build million-dollar internet enterprises in INTERNET RICHES: THE SIMPLE MONEY-MAKING SECRETS OF ONLINE MILLIONAIRES. It packs in interviews, action plans, and details on how to start and foster a successful internet business. From different business models to handling multiple opportunities, INTERNET RICHES is packed with exciting ideas for any contemplating moving wholly or partially online and makes for a fine addition to any general-interest or business lending library.

The Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf

America Gone Wild
Ted Rall
Andrews McMeel Publishing
4520 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64111
0740760459, $12.95

Deserving of ongoing mention is a fine collection packed with humorous political commentary and controversial digs at everything from political events and individuals to science and social issues. Large-size black and white comics poke fun at all kinds of scenarios, making for a fine addition to any public library holding and promising lasting interest and relevance.

Boneyard Volume 3
Richard Moore
40 Exchange Place, Suite 1308, New York NY 10005
1561635154, $12.95

Richard Moore's spoof of horror cliches continues with BONEYARD V. 3, a fine full-color graphic novel packed with fine dialogue telling of one Michael Paris, who may have subdued the devil himself but now is beset upon by the IRS. The solution beyond selling the yard full of strange creatures: a swimsuit calendar featuring the monsters themselves. It's a hilarious spoof perfect for any collection strong in graphic novels and comedy.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Miles in Love
Lois McMaster Bujold
Baen Books
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
1416555226, $29.00

At first glance Bujold fans might be enthusiastic at yet another addition to the Vorkosigan world but actually this is 3 novels under one cover: two prior books reprinted plus a much shorter novelette. Still, science fiction collections with fans of either Bujold or military science fiction will find it a very popular, recommended acquisition; especially for newcomers who will find the 'three books under one cover' setup attractive.

The Photography Shelf

Digital Photography from the Ground Up
Juergen Gulbins
Rocky Nook
26 West Mission Street Suite 3, Santa Barbara CA 93101
9781933952178, $34.95

Digital photography is covered in a bare-bones, basic guide for novices which will help such an audience begin with a solid foundation in photography principles. Most digital photo books focus on photo editing techniques, but this covers everything from workflow and image capture to print and storage. From the basics of how imaging occurs in digital cameras to what to look for in a new camera and how to improve image shooting as well as editing and presentation, DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE GROUND UP is a fine beginner's title perfect for either photography or general-interest lending libraries.

Brooklyn Storefronts
Paul Lacy
W.W. Norton
500 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780393330021, $17.95

Any New York library or collection strong in New York architecture or retail will find photographer Paul lacy has done something special here, capturing disappearing Brooklyn mom and pop stores which have been part of Brooklyn's look for decades. All types of stores are featured in a series of fine color photos, with addresses on facing pages allowing visitors to come see for themselves. A fine display for any library strong in New York history and culture.

The Art Shelf

Rhythms of Modern Life: British Prints 1914-1939
Clifford S. Ackley
MFA Publications
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
9780878467242, $60.00

College-level art libraries strong in British prints will find this title accompanies a major exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Metropolitan Museum, but stands well alone for art libraries across the country. It provides over 100 of these British prints, many published for the first time, and accompanies lovely full-color, often full-page designs with essays on both history and techniques. A fine recommendation for any serious art library.

Merrell Publishing
740 Broadway, Suite 1202, New York, NY 10003

Leslie Geddes-Brown's THE WATER GARDEN (9781858944104, $49.95) provides a lovely survey of water used in garden design, and comes from a gardens expert who celebrates water gardens worldwide. In juxtaposing the efforts of a range of designers, homeowners and gardeners alike will find plenty of ideas under one cover, making this the perfect choice for libraries featuring home and garden sections. Salomon Grimberg's FRIDA KAHLO: THE STILL LIFES (1858944376, $49.00) explores all her documented still lifes some forty which have received far less analysis than her more famous self-portraits. From older well-known still lifes to recently-uncovered treasures, THE STILL LIFES is a top pick for any art library strong in Kahlo representation and analysis. Bernd Polster edits GERMAN DESIGN FOR MODERN LIVING: THE CLASSICS (9783832177768, $34.95), a comprehensive guide to German design classics recommended especially for college-level art libraries strong in international design. German design fostered several schools which gained world-wide recognition: GERMAN DESIGN FOR MODERN LIVING packs in over 1,000 images and profiles over 150 classic products from furniture to electrical goods.

The California Shelf

San Francisco Art Deco
Michael F. Crowe and Robert W. Bowen
Arcadia Publishing
420 Wando Park Blvd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
0738547344, $19.99

The Art Deco period began in the mid 1920s and lasted for 20 years, producing a wealth of buildings all around San Francisco during the Roaring Twenties. This volume of vintage photos gathers a display of the art deco architecture of the times, packing in a range of building fronts, advertisements, and more. A highly recommended pick for any California history or art library alike.

Immigration at the Golden Gate
Robert Eric Barde
Praeger Publishers
88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881
9780313347825, $49.95

IMMIGRATION AT THE GOLDEN GATE: PASSENGER SHIPS, EXCLUSION, AND ANGEL ISLAND draws intriguing contrasts between the immigration gateways of Angel Island on the West Coast and Ellis Island on the East, exploring differences between the two entry points, considering their different roles, and providing a history of the Angel Island Immigrant Station which operated from 1910-1940, when public hostility to newcomers posed a threat to the new California immigrants. Any college-level collection strong on either general American immigrant experience or California history in particular must have this.

Gables and Fables
Anne Bloomfield and Arthur Bloomfield
Heyday Books
Box 9145, Berkeley, CA 94709
9781597140560, $19.95

Part historical piece and part gossip, GABLES AND FABLES: A PORTRAIT OF SAN FRANCISCO'S PACIFIC HEIGHTS tours over a hundred of the structures of one of San Francisco's richest neighborhoods, blending architectural observation with a social history of the city that is perfect for any California history library. Chapters survey changing ownerships, politics, and social life surrounding these structures, with line drawings by Kit Haskell rounding out the historical backgrounds.

California's Day of the Grizzly
William B. Secrest
Word Dancer Press
1254 Commerce Way, Sanger, CA 93657
1884995535, $25.00

Collections strong in California history or natural history will relish CALIFORNIA'S DAY OF THE GRIZZLY, which uses diaries kept by early explorers, miner's journals, newspaper accounts and more to detail the sad story of the California grizzly and those who made it extinct. Quotes from source material and black and white drawings and illustrations enhance an in-depth account perfect for any high school to public library collection strong in California history and culture.

California Residential Foreclosures
Fred Crane
Zyrus Press
PO Box 17810, Irvine, CA 92623
9781933990231, $19.95,

Real Estate is one of the true ways for one to truly make themselves a millionaire - "California Residential Foreclosures: The Complete Guide to Equity Purchases and the Laws Governing Distress Sales" is a timely and comprehensive guide to any would be landlord who wants to make their fortune in real estate. Stating that now is the time due to thousands of homes in California about to be on the market, the demand is high and the money is there to be made. "California Residential Foreclosures: The Complete Guide to Equity Purchases and the Laws Governing Distress Sales" is a top pick for anyone looking to get into west coast real estate and for community library real estate collections.

The Theatre/Cinema Shelf

How to Be a Working Actor
Mari Lyn Henry & Lynne Rogers
Back Stage Books/Watson-Guptill
770 Broadway, New York NY 10003
0823088952, $19.95

The 'survival guide' for working actors has been completely updated and expanded with a new foreword by actor Joe Mantegna in a title which covers everything from putting together a professional wardrobe and creating an appealing head shot to working with agents and mangers, locating jobs, joining unions, and more. The focus on how to find work in TV, theatre and movies is well done and makes for a top recommendation for libraries ranging from arts colleges to general-interest lending collections.

The Needlecraft Shelf

Adventure & Applique
Suzanne Marshall
American Quilter's Society
Box 3290, Paducah, KY 42002-3290
9781574329476, $26.95

Award-winning quilter Suzanne Marshall shares her applique techniques and tips on how to make a quilting project outstanding, surveying unique methods not to be found elsewhere. From ancient printer art inspirations to sewing tips such as how to handle backgrounds, this is packed with invaluable information: a top pick for any needlework library.

The Music Shelf

At the Grammys
Ken Ehrlich
Hal Leonard
19 West 21st Suite 201, New York NY 10010
1423430735, $29.95

AT THE GRAMMYS! BEHIND THE SCENES AT MUSIC'S BIGGEST NIGHT comes from a behind-the-scenes author who has experienced all kinds of events at the music industry's biggest celebration, and brings these backstage stories to audiences who relish music. The first-person recollections of encounters with Bruce Springsteen, Ellen DeGeneres, and more make for absorbing personal encounters perfect for music libraries, general-interest collections, or for any patron interested in music history and events.

The Opera Companion
George Martin
Amadeus Press
19 West 21st Street, Suite 201, New York NY 10010
9781574671681, $19.95

Any opera fan and any library catering to them even to beginning music lovers will appreciate THE OPERA COMPANION, a comprehensive manual which pairs a glossary of terms and synopses of the 47 most-performed operas with a guide to going to the opera. Novices will find the information clear and well defined, eliminating any mystery about opera plots, methods and delivery, while those with opera experience will find it a moving, involving survey packed with trivia and details perfect to further opera enjoyment.

The Political Science Shelf

Framing The Future
Bernie Horn
Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc.
235 Montgomery Street, Suite 650, San Francisco, CA 94104-2916
9781576754597, $24.95 1-800-929-2929

A central theme in Framing The Future: How Progressive Values Can Win Elections And Influence People" by Bernie Horn (a senior director for policy and communications at the Center for Policy Alternatives in Washington, D.C.) is that for the last seven years, the federal government has been disastrously dominated by a small cadre of neo-conservative ideologues in both foreign affairs and domestic issues. The only antidote to the damage done to America's prestige abroad and our economic foundations at home in an American style democracy is the election of a majority of responsible progressives to the halls of congress and the White House. "Framing The Future" is based upon sound research, polling, and testing methodology to create simple step-by-step instructions on how political and social progressives can best and most effectively articulate their positions on the issues of the day (especially during electoral contests) and employ successful strategies to gain back the levers of government to advance their own solutions to the political, social, cultural, and economic problems that currently beset our nation. Simply stated, "Framing The Future" should be considered mandatory reading for every political activist, candidate for political office, and social issue advocacy group in the country.

The Cult of the Presidency
Gene Healy
Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC 20001
9781933995151, $22.95

THE CULT OF THE PRESIDENCY: AMERICA'S DANGEROUS DEVOTION TO EXECUTIVE POWER emphasizes that just changing the presidency does not eliminate the concerns the Bush years have provoked over a resurgent Imperial Presidency. This book argues that the fault lies not in what leader is in office, but in our own expectations and definitions of the commander-in-chief, and chapters offer a blend of scholarly research, legal analysis, and cultural commentary suitable for any college-level library strong in American politics and government.

The Real McCain
Cliff Schecter
PoliPoint Press
80 Liberty Ship Way Suite 22, Sausalito, CA 94965
9780979482298, $14.95

Any interested in current affairs and politics will find THE REAL MCCAIN: WHY CONSERVATIONISTS DON'T TRUST HIM AND WHY INDEPENDENTS SHOULDN'T makes for a hard-hitting, critical analysis of the gap between McCain's public record and his media image. Numerous sources blend with the author's sometimes humorous observations to make for an involving survey of McCain's history of flips on major public issues and policy.

The Economics Shelf

The Economics of Socialism After World War Two: 1945-1990
J. Wilczynski
Transaction Publishers
35 Berrue Circle, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8042
0202362280, $29.95

College-level collections strong on socialist and economic systems will welcome this historical review of socialist economic post WWII. It analyzes the major points of socialistic economics, from profit and growth to consumption, labor, pricing and banking, offering a comprehensive survey of the economics of formerly communist regimes and economic systems. It's a comprehensive survey suitable for classroom discussion at the college level.

The Triumph of Capitalism
Robert A. Degen
Transaction Publishers
Rutgers University, 35 Berrue Circle, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8042
9781412806893, $39.95 1-888-999-6778

Capitalism is the world's socioeconomic system of choice so much so that to question it is akin to heresy in the United States. "The Triumph of Capitalism" examines the history of the system from early roots in ancient society to mercantilism to its full blown emergence with the coming of the industrial revolution. It discusses how it overcame its greatest threats in the twentieth century among the likes of the great depression and the world wars. Professor of Economics at Emeritus at Sewanee, The University of the South and World War II veteran Robert A. Degan presents an all in all wide-ranging assessment of the world of today's dominant economic system. "The Triumph of Capitalism" is highly recommended to Economics libraries, and for anyone who wants a more in-depth understanding of capitalism and its history.

The Literary Shelf

Language for a New Century
Tina Chang, Nathalie Handal and Ravi Shankar, Editors
W.W. Norton
500 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
0393332381, $27.95

LANGUAGE FOR A NEW CENTURY: CONTEMPORARY POETRY FROM THE MIDDLE EAST, ASIA AND BEYOND provides an unprecedented collection of poetry from the East, blending and presenting works by Middle Eastern and Asian writers. Some 400 poets are featured here, selecting poets whose works represent a wider artistic movement in the East. It's a literary anthology no college-level collection should be without.

Isherwood on Writing
Christopher Isherwood
University of Minnesota Press
111 Third Avenue South Suite 290, Minneapolis, MN 55401
9780816646937, $25.95,

A pioneer for openly homosexual writers, Christopher Isherwood was known for more than just being a gay author he was a master of his craft who didn't let that label control everything he did. Writing novels alongside for film and theater, Christopher Isherwood was one of the better writers of the 20th century and now in "Isherwood on Writing" we now hear from the man himself as he discusses his craft and the life and times of his heyday in London and Hollywood and literary friendships with other great authors such as Virginia Woolf and Aldous Huxley. Despite all the notes that may suggest otherwise, Isherwood comes out as profoundly American, making "Isherwood on Writing" highly recommended for both academic and community library biography, literary studies, and gay studies reference collections.

The Computer Shelf

800 East 96th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46240

The 2008 edition of Andrew and Paul Hudson's FEDORA UNLEASHED (0672329778, $49.99) presents an in-depth survey of Fedora 8, and is a recommended pick for any Linux or advanced programming computer library. It covers everything from using daily software applications to configuring Fedora 8 to run under different environments, including how to customize the software for a range of objectives. Chapters cover networking, domains, PHP and combining commands and make for an excellent, detailed programmer's reference. Brad Dayley's TEACH YOURSELF DJANGO IN 24 HOURS (067232959X, $34.99) offers step-by-step directions to accomplish the most common Django tasks, and is a fine pick for computer libraries strong in web development for beginning to intermediate audiences. From lessons which build a framework of logical knowledge to questions and answers and exercises at the end of each lesson, TEACH YOURSELF DJANGO IN 24 HOURS is perfect not just for self-study but for classroom assignment.

Emergent Design
Scott L. Bain
501 Boylestown, #900, Boston MA 02116
0321509366, $49.99

EMERGENT DESIGN: THE EVOLUTIONARY NATURE OF PROFESSIONAL SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT is for college-level libraries strong in software engineering, and discusses the foundations of systems development, helping developers work with the flow of ideas inherent in emergent design principles. From tips on how to produce more professional software designs to testing designs throughout the process and learning when to stop, EMERGENT DESIGN is a fine choice for software engineers who would streamline their efforts to produce quality designs early in the process.

C++ GUI Programming with QT4
Jasmin Blanchette and Mark Summerfield
Prentice Hall
Upper Saddle River, NJ
0132354160, $59.99

The fact that this is the ONLY official best-practice guide to QT 4 programming makes it a 'must have' for any college-level or specialty computer library serious about catering to C++ programmers. QT4 enables developers to build stronger C++ applications that run on systems from Linux to Windows without source code changes, and this revised, expanded documentary includes the latest, proven solutions for all kind of GUI development asks. This update includes new coverage of databases, XML and other programming concerns. A 'must' reference for serious, advanced programmers and computer libraries.

Essential Linux Device Drivers
Sreekrishnan Venkateswaran
Prentice Hall
Upper Saddle River, NJ
0132396556, $44.99

This detailed guide to writing Linux device drivers is a solid acquisition for collections strong in advanced Linux programming: it's for audiences with a working knowledge of operating systems and C but not necessarily device driver writing and brings together all the basic concepts and methods needed to address common programming scenarios. Many driver are discussed in no other book, making Essential Linux Device Drivers a 'must have' for any collection serious about Linux programming applications.

The MySpace.Com Handbook
T. Brian Chatfield
Atlantic Publishing Group
1405 SW 6th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34417
9781601381217, $24.95

MySpace began as a forum for kids but has expanded far beyond, allowing adults to connect with past friends and classmates, and form new relationships with those with similar hobbies. Adults now have a guide to the basics of, from how to create a profile and how and why to blog to staying connected and safe online. Any general-interest lending library will find it an excellent reference to a popular contemporary website.

Let Us C
Y.P. Kanetkar
Infinity Science Press
11 Leavitt Street, Hingham, MA 02043
9781934015254, $54.95

The 8th updated edition of a classic considered a foundation work in C programming is now available, and any college-level or technical library strong in C programming will find the new edition has been extensively edited, revised, and updated, complete with a CD-ROM added with more examples. From hundreds of step-by-step examples and exercises for self-study to a basic coverage focusing on both the latest techniques and introductory material for beginners, LET US C is a reference any computer library must have.

Programming for Chemical Engineers
Raul Raymond A. Kapun, Jr.
Infinity Science Press
11 Leavitt Street, Hingham, MA 02043
9781934015094, $69.95

Chemical engineering students and industry pros receive an applications approach to writing reusable computer programs which covers both theory and applications. From testing algorithms and debugging programs to validating results and using statistics to analyze them, PROGRAMMING FOR CHEMICAL ENGINEERS USING C, C++ AND MATLAB is a top pick for college-level engineering or computer libraries.

The Antiques/Collectibles Shelf

Flea Market Trader 17th Edition
Collector Books
P.O. Box 3009, Paducah, KY 42002-3009
9781574325829, $15.95

Thousands of items with current values in full color are featured in a fine survey that makes for an excellent handbook reference suitable for car or take-along flea market tote. The latest current values are profiled making this a 'must' for any avid collector/investor who deals in a range of items, from toys and dolls to kitchen collectibles.

Collector Books
P.O. Box 3009, Paducah, KY 42002-3009

The 16th updated edition of Garage Sale & Flea Market Annual (9781574325843, $19.95) is a winner, offering a book packed with current values on today's collectibles. Black and white photos accompany pages of values that open with product and company histories and provide at-a-glance values guides. The result is a fine survey perfect for lending libraries and neo-professional collectors alike. Classic 80s Home Video Games Identification and Value Guide (9781574325737, $24.95) by Robert P. Walker and Jason W. Brassard offers a hefty blend of large-size color photos of video games packages and values. Arranged by maker and system, this home video games reference is a 'must' for any who would collect such. Laura M. Mueller's OVERVIEW OF AMERICAN COMPACTS & VANITY CASES (9781574325676, $29.95) surveys vanity cases and compacts, from wood and metal to elaborate decorating styles. With good-sized, clear photos in full color and full-page period ads surrounding their marketing from Avon and other major manufacturers, OVERVIEW OF AMERICAN COMPACTS & VANITY CASES is a top pick any specialty collector needs.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

Christianity Islam
Frithjof Schuon
World Wisdom Inc.
1501 E. Hillside Dr., Bloomington IN 47401
9781933316499, $19.95

CHRISTIANITY ISLAM: PERSPECTIVES ON ESOTERIC ECUMENISM offers a new translation with selected letters fully revising the original French and offering both an appendix of selections from letters and other previously unpublished writings. The result is a blend of philosophy and spirituality recommended especially for any New Age or spirituality library strong in analysis of religious traditions.

Introduction to Hindu Dharma: Illustrated
Michael Oren Fitzgerald
World Wisdom Inc.
1501 E. Hillside Dr., Bloomington IN 47401
9781933316482, $22.95

Selections from more than 4,000 discourses of Kanchi Sankaracharya (1894-1994) compose Introduction to Hindu Dharma: Illustrated. Covering prayer, virtue, and conflict between traditional Hindu dharma and modernity, Introduction to Hindu Dharma welcomes both newcomers and those already familiar to the sage and his spiritual legacy. An excellent recommendation for any interested in Hindu beliefs and discussions of Eastern religion alike.

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