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Volume 5, Number 6 June 2010 Home | CALBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Computer Shelf Metaphysical Studies Shelf
Music Shelf Fashion Shelf Art Shelf
Dance Shelf Architecture Shelf Native American Shelf
Needlecraft Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
Photography Shelf Education Shelf Science Shelf
Environmental Studies Shelf Sports Shelf Travel Shelf
Cookbook Shelf Crafts Shelf Fiction Shelf
Health/Medicine Shelf Psychology Shelf Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf
Literary Shelf Parenting Shelf Audiobook Shelf
Military Shelf Women's Studies Shelf Biography Shelf
Nautical Shelf Social Issues Shelf World History Shelf
Business Shelf Economics Shelf Jobs/Careers Shelf
Pets/Wildlife Shelf Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf Antiques/Collectibles Shelf
Gardening Shelf Library DVD Shelf Civil War Shelf
Language Studies Shelf California Shelf  

Reviewer's Choice

The Genius in All of Us David Shenk
c/o Bantam Doubleday Dell
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9780385523653, $26.95

The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You've Been Told about Genetics, Talent, and IQ is Wrong provides an optimistic message as it considers new scientific findings and research that shows how cognitive science and genetics explain and analyze the science behind human potential. New findings offer some startling new insights into how genius exists in all of us, and makes for a fine discussion suitable for any general lending library.

50 is the New Fifty
Suzanne Braun Levine
c/o Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014-3658
9780452296053, $15.00

50 IS THE NEW FIFTY: TEN LIFE LESSONS FOR WOMEN IN SECOND ADULTHOOD tells of a journey begun when the author stepped off a 90-foot cliff in an Outward Bound Program to fulfill a personal mission and reconnect with her inner tomboy at age fifty. It tells how she created her own 'second adulthood' - and offers an inspiring path for others to follow. Any general lending library will find this a popular read.

From My Cold Dead Paws
Jonathan Parkyn,
Ulysses Press
Box 3440, Berkeley, CA 94703
9781569757321, $12.95

From My Cold Dead Paws: Cats and the Guns They Love blends humor, cats, and guns and is a visual survey of guns spoofing both felines and rifles. Any who like either cats or guns - especially both - will appreciate the photos of cats with guns accompanied by gun specs and cat details in a hilarious little read perfect for gift-giving, to the right person with a quirky sense of humor!

Live the Life You Love
Dr. Susan Biali, MD
Beaufort Books
27 West 20th St., Suite 1102, New York NY 10011
9780825305993, $16.95

LIVE THE LIFE YOU LOVE: 7 STEPS TO A HEALTHIER, HAPPIER, MORE PASSIONATE YOU provides an outstanding self-help guide focusing on being true to yourself. It shows how to live authentically and achieve a happier life and questions the motivation to help others at one's own expense, anti-aging foods and routines, and more. Physical and mental health suggestions are linked and reinforced in this fine addition to any self-help library.

My Mother's Clothes
Jeannette Montgomery Barron
Welcome Books
6 West 18th Street, 4th Fl., New York, NY, 10011
9781599620770, $24.95

My Mother's Clothes: An Album of Memories comes from a photographer who creates a fine portrait and memoir of her late mother through her clothing and personal possessions. Her visual album was intended to spark her mother's memories as her Alzheimer's progressed - and became both a memorial and art work celebrating her mother's love for exquisite clothes. Recommended for art and general library holdings alike!

The Busy Couple's Guide to Sharing the Work & the Joy
Kathy Peel
Tyndale House Publishers
351 Executive Drive, Carol Stream, IL 60188
9781414316208, $16.99

The Busy Couple's Guide to Sharing the Work & the Joy offers solutions to dozens of household challenges busy couples face, and offers keys to understanding how better to share duties, joys, and challenges alike. From tools to decide how equity is maintained to guidelines to negotiating money management preferences, holiday celebrations, and family interactions, this is a couple's guide perfect for any general lending library.

Arctic Circle
Robert Leonard Reid
David R. Godine
9 Hamilton Place, Boston, MA 02108
9781567923506, $27.95

Arctic Circle: Birth and Rebirth in the Land of the Caribou tells of a sixty-year-old's dream to trek north, and a long-ago promise made to an Alaskan homesteader that one day he'd journey to the Arctic and write about it. This chronicles his experiences in the Arctic, from his personal odyssey to his encounters with wildlife and people unique to the Arctic Circle. It's an outstanding survey for any general library strong in true life adventure and nature.

The Red Sox and Philosophy
Michael Macomber, Editor
Open Court
70 East Lake St, Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60601
9780812696776, $19.95

Philosophy and sports collections alike will appreciate the messages in The Red Sox and Philosophy: Green Monster Meditations. It brings together a team of some thirty of America's leading thinkers to reveal the Red Sox mysteries, from proof that the Sox are the greatest sports team to moral heroes and Red Sox hats and fans. The fun guide links philosophy to popular culture.

The Nine Rooms of Happiness
Lucy Danziger and Catherine Birndorf MD
c/o Hyperion Books
77 West 66th Street, New York, NY 10023-6298
9781401323356, $24.99

The Nine Rooms of Happiness: Loving Yourself, Finding Your Purpose, and Getting over Life's Little Imperfections offers a top pick for any woman with high standards and dissatisfaction in life. It comes from the editor-in-chief of Self Magazine and a women's health psychiatrist and uses the metaphor of a house to discuss friendship, social life, and relationships. Common self-destructive patterns are surveyed in a consideration of how to find passion, purpose and meaning in life.

The Bride & Groom's Wedding Checklist & Planner Guide
Heather Grenier
Atlantic Publishing
1405 SW 6th Ave., Ocala, FL 34471-0640
9781601384096, $29.95

The Bride & Groom's Wedding Checklist & Planner Guide is a complete guide focused on managing cost while making sure a wedding's outcome is elegant and pleasing for all involved. Wedding organization basics, pros and cons accompany tips on various stages of the planning process, budgeting options, and includes a CD-ROM of checklists and charts.

Italy of My Dreams
Matthew White
Pointed Leaf Press
136 Baxter St., Suite 1C, New York NY 10013
9780982358528, $65.00

Italy of My Dreams: The Story of An American Designer's Real Life Passion for Italian Style comes from an American interior designer whose work has been featured extensively in magazines around the country. It shows how a childhood interest became a connection with the art and architecture of Italy, and is packed with photos of interiors, exteriors, and projects representing Italy's best. A fine celebration, this is a pick for any college-level arts and architecture collection.

The Edge: Muse Edition
Cengage Publishing
200 First Stamford Place, Stamford, CT 06902
143548181X, $89.95

A lay-flat binder format and insertable sheets offers a fine survey of the art and science of 'needs assessment' and provides a consultation for beauty operators on how to assess the needs of clients. The latest techniques in haircutting, coloring and makeup are packed in a print binder with step-by-step color technical details and a DVD supporting it all.

The Computer Shelf

Practices for Scaling Lean & Agile Development
Craig Larman and Bas Vodde
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0321636406, $49.99

Practices for Scaling Lean & Agile Development is for any library strong in software engineering in general and Agile development in particular. It tells how to blend lean thinking and agile principles and practices into a more effective product, discussing what makes code low-quality and how to create high-quality code results using Agile architecting. Any Agile developer needs this in-depth survey of product development specifics.

DB2 PureXML Cookbook
Matthias Nicola and Pav Kumar-Chatterjee
IBM Press
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0138150478, $54.99

DB2 PureXML Cookbook is a 'must' for any advanced-level library strong in database surveys in general and DB2 in particular. It focuses on using XML data in the process of implementing DB2, and provides fine technical coverage on a range of issues, from identifying inefficient XML queries and updating XML documents to importing and replicating XML data and optimizing its performance. Very highly recommended!

Ubuntu Linux Starter Kit
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0672330601, $39.99

The UBUNTU LINUX STARTER KIT offers everything needed to learn Linux, from a DVD including Firefox, the suite, and more to a book guide with step-by-step directions for installation and an overview of the basics of working with Ubuntu Linux. The dual-boot option allows for Windows to be kept on the learner's computer, making this version of Ubuntu Linux 9.10 and its manual especially invaluable as a teaching tool.

Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway
Jim Harrison,
Microsoft Press
One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-6399
9780735626386, $59.99

Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway: Administrator's Companion is a 'must' for any serious computer administrator's library: it covers all the basics of TMG networks and administration, from publishing rules and URL filtering to managing VPN solutions and caching. Learn how to monitor and troubleshoot performance and address we-based th4reats to a business in this essential reference to Forefront TMG, a key reference and very highly recommended for any serious computer collection or business administrator's library.

HTML & CSS: The Good Parts
Ben Henick
1005 Gravenstein Hwy North, Sebastopol, CA 95472
9780596157609, $34.99

HTML & CSS: The Good Parts reviews superior ways to use HTML and advanced CSS techniques in we design. It tells how to avoid the common traps of unnecessary HTML usage and work-arounds and reveals cleaner approach to web development, making this a top pick for any computer programming collection.

Social Networking Spaces
Todd Kelsey
Apress, Inc.
233 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013
9781430225966, $29.99

Social Networking Spaces: From Facebook to Twitter and Everything In Between provides a fine tour of social networking systems, offering a user-friendly format to explore how to use social networks to connect with and share with family and friends. Eleven social network sites are 'toured' with details on using them with mobile devices, exchanging information and more. A powerful survey, any computer or general library will appreciate this.

Metaprogramming Ruby
Paolo Perrotta
Pragmatic Programming
P.O. Box 293325, Lewisville, TX 75029-3325
9781934356470, $32.95

METAPROGRAMMING RUBY: PROGRAM LIKE THE RUBY PROS provides tips on metaprogramming to programmers at all levels, from beginners to experts, and explains metaprogramming techniques in a basic style. From understanding the basics of Ruby's options and models to applying metaprogramming in daily work and projects, this packs in fine examples of metaprogramming in action and over thirty practical recipes to write better code. Any Ruby collection must have this.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

How to Attain Enlightenment
James Swartz
1113 Spruce St., Boulder, CO 80302
9781591810940, $15.95

How to Attain Enlightenment explains and focuses on Vedanta, the science of self-inquiry, and considers the myths behind the state of enlightenment and its connections to happiness. The ancient teachings of Vedanta form a foundation of knowledge and practice that has questioned the nature of reality itself, and this survey of love, lifestyle, experience and more offers a fine survey perfect for new age libraries.

The Shift
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Hay House
Box 5100, Carlsbad, CA 92018-5100
9781401927097, $17.95

THE SHIFT: TAKING YOUR LIFE FROM AMBITION TO MEANING offers a companion book to a movie of the same name and shows how to move from Ambition to Meaning in life. This shift highlights spirituality and moves concerns to a life where every choice is influenced by purpose. The result is an engrossing, positive read any new age library will want, backed by Dr. Dyer's famous name.

Roswell and the Reich: The Nazi Connection
Joseph P. Farrell
Adventures Unlimited Press
One Adventure Place, Kempton, IL 60946
1935487051, $19.95

Roswell and the Reich: The Nazi Connection offers a unique, fascinating survey analyzing an unusual question: whether the Roswell crash was really a Nazi operation. It comes from an Oxford-educated historian and physicist who considers the amazing new technologies the Nazis were developing towards the end of World War II, and reviews the best-known Roswell information from UFO advocates and skeptics alike to provide a powerful, serious consideration.

Welcome to the Fifth Dimension
Bianca Gaia and Diane LeBlanc
North Atlantic Books
Box 12327, Berkeley, CA 94712
9781556438400, $19.95

Welcome to the Fifth Dimension: The Quintessence of Being, The Ascended Masters' Ultimate Secret is based on the author's popular workshop and gathers original channeled teachings from Mother Earth's consciousness. Chapters show how to explore the five dimensions of inner being and how to refine and define a personal spiritual mission in life, and will appeal to any new age reader and libraries catering to them.

Atlantis and 2012
Frank Joseph
Bear & Company
c/o Inner Traditions
Box 388, Rochester, VT 05767
9781591431121, $16.00

Atlantis and 2012: The Science of the Lost Civilization and the Prophecies of the Maya is based on over 25 years of research around the world and statements by Edgar Cayce about Atlantis and Lemuria, and shows how the Mayan calendar was actually brought to Mexico by survivors of Atlantis. Chapters explain how it was invented, how it predicts cycles of global creation and renewal, and coincides the calendar with scientific studies. New age libraries will relish the unusually concrete approach!

The Music Shelf

Pop Goes to Court
Brian Southall
Omnibus Press
c/o Music Sales Corp
257 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10010
9781847721136, $24.95

Pop Goes to Court: Rock N Pop's Greatest Court Battles provides a fine survey of big pop litigation battles over the past 40 years, discussing roots of legal action ranging from royalty disagreements to copyright violations of both music and music paraphernalia. Lively documentation provides riveting, outstanding reading.

Music Money and Success, sixth edition
Jeffrey Brabec and Todd Brabec
c/o Music Sales Corp
257 Park Avenue S, New York NY 10010
9780825673467, $24.95

The sixth updated edition of Music Money and Success: The Insider's Guide to Making Money In the Music Business is a winner, offering insights on songwriting, recording, contracts and copyright protections. From handling production to understanding fees, this is a 'must have' winner.

Joan Jett
Todd Oldham
Ammo Books
2404 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 4G, Los Angeles, CA 90057
9781934429600, $34.95

Joan Jett is a lovely authorized tribute to Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, featuring many new photos, excerpts from some thirty years worth of interviews, and more. From Joan's roots starting the rock band The Runaways to her touring years with her band and her entry into the professional music world by starting her own independent rock label, JOAN JETT is a 'must' for any rock music library, packed with black and white photos and insider insights.

Neon Angel
Cherie Currie with Tony O'Neill
IT Books
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022-5299
9780061961359, $24.99

NEON ANGEL: A MEMOIR OF A RUNAWAY ANGEL provides the fine memoir of lead singer of The Runaways Cherie Currie, and accompanies a major motion picture of the same name. It documents the singer's life as a Runaway in a world of sex, drugs and music and provides a fine survey suitable for any rock music history holding.

Advanced Lead Guitar Concepts
Joshua Craig Podolsky
Mel Bay Publications
PO Box 66, Pacific, MO 63069
9780786682362, $29.99

Advanced Lead Guitar Concepts offers a new method for learning and advancing in lead guitar playing, and offers an analysis of the techniques used by the author, a recording guitarist who's worked with THE ALIEN BLAKK. From improvisation and solo playing to techniques, this provides a book written in standard notation with tablature and including a CD and DVD. Guitar players will relish the many practical applications.

The Fashion Shelf

Fashion Since 1900, second edition
Valerie Mendes and Amy de la Haye
Thames & Hudson
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780500204023, $21.95

The second updated edition of Fashion Since 1900 provides a fine history of the evolution of fashion sense, from the impact of the Internet and fashion blogs in modern times to key movements and innovations in style for both men and women. This latest update includes a chapter that discusses the importance of new fashion centers in India and China. College-level fashion libraries will find this a fine survey.

Fashion Design Course
Steven Faerm
250 Wireless, Hauppauge, NY 11788
0764144235, $23.99

FASHION DESIGN COURSE is a fine pick for any collection strong in the basic principles and practices of fashion design. It offers step-by-step tutorials, exercises, and interviews with industry professional to each how to create a personal fashion design collection, surveying texture, mood and detail and offering keys to creating a design portfolio to highlight design skills. Packed with color and variety, this is a fine pick for a wide range of collections.

The Art Shelf

African Signs
Rob Floor and Gert van Zanten
KIT Publishers
Box 95001, 1090HA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
9789460220807 $45.00

AFRICAN SIGNS provides a powerful, oversized selection detailing the vanishing art of handpainting in Africa, and is a pick for any college-level library where African art is a focus. Full-page color examples of African signs accompany keys to understanding the nature of African folk advertisement art. A 'must' for any serious African art library.

Botanical Portraits with Colored Pencils
Ann Swan
250 Wireless, Hauppauge, NY 11788
0764169742, $18.99

Botanical Portraits with Colored Pencils offers the first practical guide to creating botanical artworks using colored pencils. The usual format is watercolors - which can be demanding. Colored pencils have become more popular for detail work among botanical artists, and their use here focuses on their visual effects and the basics of matching colors and achieving detail in botanical drawings. Any botanical artist needs this.

Gardens in Perpetual Bloom
Nancy Keeler
MFA Publications
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
9780878467495, $24.95

Gardens in Perpetual Bloom: Botanical Illustration in Europe and America 1600-1850 presents nearly 100 prints by accomplished illustrators in a lovely, affordable volume perfect for libraries unable to afford the more lavish displays usually in print - and usually limited to only the most dedicated of art libraries. Here are over a hundred full color illustrations accompanied by commentary on the history and evolution of the field of botanical illustration and stories behind these prints and artists. Very highly recommended!

Brushwork Essentials
Mark Christopher Weber
North Light Books
4700 E. Galbraith Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45236
1440306745, $24.99

Brushwork Essentials: How to Render Expressive Form and Texture With Every Stroke offers artists many keys to superior painting techniques, covering basic brushstrokes which lend to superior oil paintings. From mixing and loading paint to shaping a brush and applying it, Brushwork Essentials is packed with gorgeous color illustrations of techniques, throughout.

The Designer's Graphic Stew
Timothy Samara
100 Cummings Center Suite 406L, Beverly MA 01915-6101
159253547X, $40.00

The Designer's Graphic Stew: Visual Ingredients, Techniques, and Layout Recipes for Graphic Designers uses the guise and format of a cookbook to explain the basics of good graphic design. 'Recipes' cover visual embellishments and treatments from borders to grids, discussing strategies for accomplishing rhythm, contrast and more and coding and cross-referencing categories for mix-and-match opportunities. Collections catering to graphic design students need this rich collection of effective examples.

Islamic Glass in the Corning Museum of Glass V. 1
David Whitehouse
c/o Hudson Hills Press
3556 Main St., Manchester, VT 05254
9781555953553, $95.00

Islamic Glass in the Corning Museum of Glass V. 1 is a specialty item highly recommended as a foundation 'must' for any college-level art library strong in glass art or history. Unique in its extensive coverage, Islamic Glass in the Corning Museum of Glass V. 1 documents one of the richest collections of early Islamic glass in the country. This is first in a projected series of three volumes, and packs in over 595 objects and fragments of the Islamic world between the 8th and 11th centuries. The extensive background paired with the clear, good-sized color photos of collection holdings creates a simply outstanding gathering.

The Art of Jaime Hernandez: Secrets of Life and Death
Todd Hignite
115 West 18th St., New York NY 10011
9780810995703, $40.00

The Art of Jaime Hernandez: Secrets of Life and Death is a pick for any serious arts library and especially for collections strong in graphic novels and comics. It's reviewed here under 'Arts' for its larger impact on general art collections, profiling the achievements of a private artist who opens his archives here for the first time to provide sketches, childhood drawings, and unpublished art from his entire career. In case you don't recognize his name - he's one of three Mexican-American brothers who in 1981 took the graphic novel world by storm with their first comic book LOVE AND ROCKETS. A 'must' acquisition!

The Dance Shelf

Exploring Dance Forms and Styles
Helene Scheff,
Human Kinetics
Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61825-5076
0736080236, $64.00,

EXPLORING DANCE FORMS AND STYLES: A GUIDE TO CONCERT, WORLD, SOCIAL, AND HISTORICAL DANCE includes a DVD with 83 minutes of video showing 39 dance performances, student worksheets, and teacher fact sheets to accompany an outstanding dance reference. It allows teachers to introduced students to a range of dance forms in a resource that covers the characteristics of dance and styles and can appeal to novices as well as seasoned dancers. Whether developing an individual dance style or complete dance unit, this is a guide teachers must have!

The Architecture Shelf

Building to Endure
Paul Lusk and Alf Simon, Editors
University of New Mexico Press
1 University of New Mexico, MSC05 3185, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
9780826347978, $45.00

BUILDING TO ENDURE: DESIGN STRATEGIES OF ARID LANDS considers the history and architecture of human habitation in the American Southwest and similar arid regions to propose new and old strategies to create more equitable communities for future generations. Architectural and social issues collections alike will find this a fine survey considering the patterns of human settlement and including a range of design examples old and new.

Eco Design: The Sourcebook, revised edition
Alastair Fuad-Luke
Chronicle Books
680 - 2nd St., San Francisco, CA 94107
0811855325, $35.00

The revised edition of Eco Design: The Sourcebook offers college-level architecture and design collections a handy directory of designers, manufacturers, and product listings paired with over eight hundred color illustrations of objects for living and working. Small color photos are accompanied by detailed descriptions, making for a fine and lasting reference any architecture collection needs.

The Native American Shelf

Living in Two Worlds
Charles Eastman
World Wisdom
Box 2682, Bloomington, IN 47402-2682
9781933316765, $24.95

LIVING IN TWO WORLDS: THE AMERICAN INDIAN EXPERIENCE is edited by Michael Oren Fitzgerald and comes from an author who was the first and greatest of the Native American authors during the first three decades of the 20th century. It tells how he embraced his cultural traditions while living in the modern world, and offers selections from five of Eastman's most important works paired with nearly three hundred vintage photos and paintings, and nine interviews with modern native readers. Native collections need this.

The Needlecraft Shelf

500 Art Quilts
Lark Books
c/o Sterling Publishing Company
387 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10016
9781600590580, $24.95

500 Art Quilts: An Inspiring Collection of Contemporary Work packs in gorgeous quilt art and offers a display of masterpieces perfect for any quilter seeking artistic inspiration. Many look almost like paintings as they provide photo-printed inspirations, landscapes, abstracts, geometric designs and more. A lovely collection, this stands out from the usual 'how to' quilter's guide offering plenty of artistic inspiration!

Better Together
Karen Sievert
Martingale & Company
20205 - 144th Ave NE, Woodinville, WA 98072-8478
9781564779380, $22.99

BETTER TOGETHER: TWO-BLOCK DESIGNS FOR DYNAMIC QUILTS tells how to create blocks, put them together, and create striking quilts that are better than their parts. Projects are lap-sized quilts and offer all skills levels eye-catching projects and designs ranging from various stars combinations to tiles. Quiltmaking basics offer many basic insights perfect for general quilter's libraries.

Fabric to Dye For
Frieda Anderson
C&T Publishing
Box 1456, Lafayette, CA 94549
9781571208231, $23.95

Fabric to Dye For offers over seventy hand-dyed colors to increase a fabric stash, including five fused quilt projects. Step-by-step directions cover everything from creating and stocking a work area to mixing the dyes and drying hand-dyed fabrics, while formulas use standard, easy measurements. Any needlework or quilter's library needs this.

Toe-Up Socks for Everybody
Wendy D. Johnson
c/o Crown Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9780307463852, $22.99

TOE-UP SOCKS FOR EVERYBODY: ADVENTUROUS LACE, CABLES, AND COLORWORK FROM WENDY KNITS offers sock knitters both intermediate and advanced designs for the whole family. A range of over twenty sock patterns for men, women and kids offers all kinds of sizes and different approaches to socks, covering everything from thigh highs to kids' theme socks. Any knitter's collection needs this.

Beautiful Alphabet Applique
Zena Thorpe
American Quilter's Society
Box 3290, Paducah, KY 42002-3290
9781574326543, $22.95

Beautiful Alphabet Applique tells how to create elegant alphabets using modern materials and full-size patterns and directions based on the author's award-winning Illuminated Alphabet Quilt. A wallhanging with alternate letter patterns accompany tips on how to make the entire alphabet or blend them into a different quilt using just a few letters. Quilters will relish the full-page color photos throughout!

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

Life in Year One
Scott Korb
Riverhead Books
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014-3658
9781594488993, $25.95

LIFE IN YEAR ONE: WHAT THE WORLD WAS LIKE IN FIRST-CENTURY PALESTINE provides a powerful survey from a writer and religious historian who examines Palestine, a troublesome backwater of the Roman Empire that became the birthplace of Christianity and the spiritual center of Judaism. Any interested in what Jesus' world looked like and felt like will find this an outstanding re-creation of the past, offering a lively, fun history using ancient resources as well as the author's own visit to and observation of the area.

Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist
Stephen Batchelor
Spiegel & Grau
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 17th floor, New York, NY 10019
9780385527064, $26.00

Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist comes from an author who in the early 70s was one of the first Westerners to abandon his middle-class life to travel to India and become a monk, later joining a Zen Buddhist monastery in South Korea. His rejection of karma and reincarnation and acceptance of Buddhism led to his classic book BUDDHISM WITHOUT BELIEFS: this continues his argument that karma and reincarnation were inherited features of ancient Indian civilization - and not original parts of Buddha's teachings. Spirituality libraries with Buddhist thinking guides will relish this.

Scripture by Heart
Joshua Choonmin Kang
InterVarsity Press
Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL 60515-1426
9780830835362 $15.00

SCRIPTURE BY HEART: DEVOTIONAL PRACTICES FOR MEMORIZING GOD'S WORD comes from a pastor who has discovered the benefits to memorizing scripture - and who provides here some 30 short devotional readings and spiritual practices connected to the memorization process. From focusing and setting goals to setting memorization deadlines, this offers a fine connection between concentration and higher forms of thought.

When God Spoke to Me
David Paul Doyle
New Page Books
Box 687, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
9781601631060, $15.99

When God Spoke to Me: The Inspiring Stories of Ordinary People Who Have Received Divine Guidance and Wisdom provides an outstanding survey in dozens of real experiences of divine conversation and change. From sudden inspiration to different voices God uses, this makes a fine choice for any spirituality library.

Jesus Wars
Philip Jenkins
c/o HarperCollins
353 Sacramento Street, Suite 500, San Francisco CA 94111-3653
9780061768941, $26.99

JESUS WARS: HOW FOUR PATRIARCHS, THREE QUEENS, AND TWO EMPERORS DECIDED WHAT CHRISTIANS WOULD BELIEVE FOR THE NEXT 1,500 YEARS comes from a fine historian who reviews the often-violent story of how the Church kept its belief that Jesus was human. Christians have struggled to resolve tensions between contentions that Jesus was either fully human or fully divine: this provides a focus on the fifth-century battles that decided the future of Christian thinking and is a 'must' for any serious Christian history library.

To Change the World
James Davison Hunter
Oxford University Press
198 Madison Ave, New York NY 10016
9780199730803, $27.95

To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World provides a fine blend of history and religious analysis, considering why Christian efforts to change the world have consistently gone awry. From popular models of world-changing among modern Christians to flaws in basic ideas of change, this offers a fine survey that includes a proposal for a different method of Christian engagement with the world.

The Complete Psalms
Pamela Greenberg
Bloomsbury Press
175 - 5th Avenue Suite 300, New York NY 10010
9781608191208, $26.00

The Complete Psalms: The Book of Prayer Songs in a New Translation offers a new translation that's been praised for rendering the psalms in a way that allows new insights into the text. A focus on language and meaning offer this rare major biblical translation by a woman and creates a modern version focusing on the key underlying meaning and the poetic beauty of the language. Any spirituality collection will find this meaningful and fine.

The Christian Atheist
Craig Groeschel
Zondervan Publishing House
5300 Patterson Avenue, S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49530
9780310327899, $19.99

The Christian Atheist: Believing in God But Living as if he Doesn't Exist documents the author's own journey toward a God-honoring life and the lessons he learned during the process. His conversation about Christian Atheist tendencies and habits makes for a survey of the ways people can believe in God but live the opposite way. Christian collections need this: it's perfect material for debate and spiritual reflection.

Bringing Up Girls
Dr. James Dobson
Tyndale House Publishers
351 Executive Drive, Carol Stream, IL 60188
9781414301273, $25.99

BRINGING UP GIRLS: PRACTICAL ADVICE AND ENCOURAGEMENT FOR THOSE SHAPING THE NEXT GENERATION OF WOMEN provides parents and teachers with some key insights into raising girls. Biblical principles form the foundation for a guide that blends child-rearing ideas with surveys of the latest issues affecting girls, from family relationships to cultural influences and spiritual development.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Shalador's Lady
Anne Bishop
ROC Books
c/o Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780451463159, $24.95

This addition to the Black Jewels series provides the next installment in the erotic fantasy and returns readers to a land decimated by corrupt queens and witches alike. Theran, last of his line, asked rules to send a Queen who follows the Old Ways of the Blood to restore the land - but Lady Cassidy is not confident of her powers. Can she save her kingdom, or is it doomed? A fine, tense thriller evolves.

The Sorcerer's House
Gene Wolfe
TOR Books
175 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10010
9780765324580, $24.99

The Sorcerer's House offers a gripping fantasy set in a modern town in the American Midwest and tells of Bax, an educated man staying at a motel who writes letters to his brother and others revealing the story of an empty house in town, his move into it, and his confrontation with the supernatural. His life is changed - and each letter builds upon the saga in this gripping story, a highly recommended pick for fantasy and science fiction readers with an affinity for the supernatural.

Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
Baen Books
Box 1403, Riverdale, NY 10471
9781439133453, $24.00

SALTATION tells of young Theo, who excels in pilot school while finding she's behind in social mores of life. After surviving a mid-air emergency in a training plane, she encounters a Scout pilot, develops a romance, and becomes the focal point of violence and controversy in her school. Space action and romance blend in an outstanding survey perfect for any science fiction collection.

Robert J. Sawyer
Ace Books
c/o Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780441018185, $24.95

WWW:WATCH offers the second volume in a series begun in WWW:WAKE, and provides the ongoing story of a blind teenage who can surf the net mentally, following its paths, thanks to a new signal-processing implant. Caitlin's talents also expose her to Webmind - a sentient web-living being - and to danger by a secret U.S. government agency that tries to wipe out Webmind. A riveting action story evolves, especially recommended for prior fans of WWW:WAKE.

The Photography Shelf

Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers
Martin Evening
Focal Press
30 Corporate Dr #400, Burlington, MA 01803
9780240521251, $49.95

Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is a fine reference offering an extensive revision of photographer Martin Evening's celebrated Photoshop 'bible'. It's been fully updated for CS4 and is packed with tutorials, illustrations and screen shots, tips on how to use a digital camera and how to get a handle on CS4's new features. An accompanying DVD offers two hours of video tutorials and images from the book to work with alongside text, making this an especially important acquisition for classroom or supplemental textbook study.

Misery Obscura
Eerie Von
Dark Horse Comics
10956 SE Main St., Milwaukee, OR 97222
9781595822659, $29.95

Misery Obscura: The Photography of Eerie Von is a pick for any alternative art collection or any music library strong in punk rock coverage. It covers the life and achievements of a man who began as the unofficial photographer for punk legends ad bands, capturing the dark heart of the punk and Goth styles of the 1970s-90s. His documentation of budding punk rock superstars offers outstanding photography and approaches to stage photography that should not be missed.

From Still to Motion
James Ball,
New Riders
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0321702115, $49.99

FROM STILL TO MOTION: A PHOTOGRAPHER'S GUIDE TO CREATING VIDEO WITH YOUR DSLR offers a fine and complete exploration to making video and moving from still to motion pictures, offering recommendations on gear, lighting, lenses, exporting media management, sound, and more. From the basics of camera selection and usage to after-shoot editing, this is an outstanding pick for any film or photography library.

The Education Shelf

Guide to College Majors
Princeton Review
Random House Inc.
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 17th floor, New York, NY 10019
9780375429699, $21.00

Guide to College Majors is a 'must' for any high school reference collection. It packs in details on courses, how to prepare for college, and career options in over 400 majors, with the new 2010 edition covering the basics of how technical and four-year schools can contribute to a career. A 'must have' reference for any high school library.

NCLEX-RN, 2010-2011 Edition
Barbara J. Irwin, BSN, RN
Judith A. Burckhardt, PhD, RN
Kaplan Publishing
1 Liberty Plaza, 24th Floor, New York NY 10006
9781419553448, $35.00

NCLEX-RN: STRATEGIES, PRACTICE AND REVIEW offer a fine test preparation guide for any taking the NCLEX-RN exam. Two practice tests - one on an accompanying CD-ROM - review all basics, provide detailed answer explanations and analysis, and provide the latest information. A new content review section and strategies for CAT techniques and success make this a 'must' reference for any student.

Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites, second edition
Marcia L. Tate
Corwin Press
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
9781412978507, $30.95

This updated and expanded second edition of Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites tells how to use brain-compatible strategies to help students become better learners. 20 field-tested, brain-compatible instructional strategies are reviewed in chapters that guide teachers through applying active learning techniques from cooperative learning to project-based instructional methods.

Choosing a School for a Child With Special Needs
Ruth Birnbaum
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
400 Market St. #400, Philadelphia, PA 19106
9781843109877, $24.95

Choosing a School for a Child With Special Needs offers an outstanding survey telling parents how to place a child with special needs at a new school. From considering special units within mainstream schools to special schools and involving therapists or home schooling, this provides guidelines general enough to apply to a wide range of possibilities and child needs, pinpointing the factors that go into selecting the right institution. Any collection strong in education or special needs concerns will welcome this survey.

One on One With Second Language Writers
Dudley W. Reynolds
University of Michigan Press
839 Greene Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3209
9780472032822, $21.95

One on One With Second Language Writers: A Guide for Writing Tutors, Teachers and Consultants provides a top pick for writing tutors, discussing factors that make writing techniques more or less effective and showing how to respond to student needs. From activities for individual practice and instruction to samples that can be analyzed and assessing how assignments are understood, this is a 'must' for any ESL teacher and for education libraries.

From Tutor Scripts to Talking Sticks
Paula Kluth and Sheila Danaher
Brookes Publishing
P.O. Box 10624, Baltimore, MD 21285-0624
1598570803, $34.95

From Tutor Scripts to Talking Sticks offers a time-saving way to boost student skills with teacher-designed, tested programs to engage them. Kids in K-12 classrooms receive fun activities and easy lessons with materials lists, directions, and recommended reading. Highly recommended for any education library seeking keys on differentiated instruction.

The Science Shelf

How to Keep a Naturalist's Notebook
Susan Leigh Tomlinson
Stackpole Books
5067 Ritter Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
9780811735681, $19.95

How to Keep a Naturalist's Notebook is a winner, offering nature-lovers and birders keys to keeping a field notebook for accurately recording nature observations. From field sketching and drawing to going beyond basic recording, this is a 'must' for any aspiring field observer.

The Environmental Studies Shelf

Say Goodbye to the Cuckoo
Michael McCarthy
Ivan R. Dee
1332 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60642-2694
9781566638562, $26.95

Say Goodbye to the Cuckoo: Migratory Birds and the Impending Ecological Catastrophe offers the first evidence that migrant bird declines are on the rise in both the Old World and the New. It explains how Americans and Europeans have just realized their birds are birds of two environments - and doubly vulnerable to environmental degradation. This is a top survey for any science collection.

Ranger Confidential
Andrea Lankford
Falcon Guides
c/o Globe Pequot Press
Box 480, Guilford, CT 06437-0480
9780762752638, $16.95

Ranger Confidential: Living, Working and Dying in the National Parks is a fine account blending the author's autobiography with a detailed account of the job she loves: working in some of the biggest national parks in the nation. Her candid, funny and eye-opening account of her career provides fine insights into a world where park rangers struggle with issues of safety, protection - and sometimes even murder. Any general lending library will find this a fascinating, unique read.

The Sports Shelf

Strength Training Anatomy, third edition
Frederic Delavier
Human Kinetics
Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61825-5076
0736092269, $19.95

The third updated edition of Strength Training Anatomy is a winner, offering new exercises, additional stretches, and more of the author's detailed illustrations to show how muscles perform during strength exercises. Anatomy comes to life in over 600 color illustrations that reveal muscles and how they work during strength training, acting like an x-ray of information that athletes will appreciate.

Growing Up Nascar
Humpy Wheeler & Peter Golenbock
Motorbooks International
c/o Quayside Publishing Group
400 First Avenue North, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55401
9780760337752, $25.00

GROWING UP NASCAR: RACING'S MOST OUTRAGEOUS PROMOTER TELLS ALL is quite simply a 'must' for any NASCAR race fan. It tells an insider's story by a man who became a fan way back in 1949 and made it his life's work. From early days to NASCAR's transition to a multi-billion-dollar business, this packs in behind-the-scenes business and racing details any fan will need to thoroughly understand the history and evolution of the sport. A top pick!

The Travel Shelf

South America on a Shoestring
Regis St. Louis,
Lonely Planet
150 Linden St., Oakland, CA 94607
9781741049237, $34.99

South America on a Shoestring: Big Trips on Small Budgets appears in its 30th updated edition to highlight itineraries and picks on South American destinations. Backpackers and trekkers will find here a handy guide written by experts and packed with accurate advice on the latest South America destinations. Highly recommended for any library strong in independent traveler's guides.

Haida Gwaii: The Queen Charlotte Islands, third edition
Dennis Horwood
Heritage House
Box 468, Custer, WA 98240-0468
9781894974820, $19.95

Haida Gwaii: The Queen Charlotte Islands tells of Haida Gwaii, a 'must see' place on the lists of world travelers. It provides a fine outdoor guide to the islands in a third updated edition packed with maps, local history, and a suggested five-day itinerary that includes where to stay and what to see. Some sixteen pages of color photos enhance the information, making this a 'must' for any general lending library.

The Cookbook Shelf

The Good Stuff Cookbook
Spike Mendelsohn
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
111 River St., Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9780470527924, $24.95,

What this country needs in its present state of political, environmental, and economic turmoil is a collections of thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes for comfort food. That's why "The Good Stuff Cookbook: Burgers, Fries, Shakes, Wedges, and More" compiled by Spike Mendelsohn with the assistance of Micheline Mendelsohn will prove to be such welcome addition to personal and community library collections. Beautifully illustrated throughout, the recipes range from a Farm Fresh Ensalada Wedge; to Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus; to Horton's Kids Grilled Cheese; to a Bananas Foster Shake. From desserts like Cheesecake-Blueberry Blondies, to party dishes like Cinnamon Twisted Donuts, "The Good Stuff Cookbook" is 256 pages packed with palate pleasing, appetite satisfying dishes suitable for any and all dining occasions.

Malaysian Cooking
Carol Selva Rajah
Charles Tuttle
c/o Tuttle Publishing
364 Innovation Drive, North Clarendon, VT 05759-9436
9780804841252, $19.95

Malaysian Cooking: A Master Cook Reveals Her Best Recipes is packed with lovely large-size color photos by Masano Kawana inspired by her childhood memories, and offers dishes any Asian cook will find appealing. From Bean Sauce Noodles with Prawns and Sausage, spiced with sweet soy sauce and chili paste, to Ginger Soy Chicken with Rice Wine, filled with herbs and flavor, this is especially recommended for its focus on Malaysian dishes, as usually Malaysian fare is not given its own book but blended in with more general 'Asian' cookbooks. A top pick any general lending library strong in ethnic cooking will find popular and eye-catching.

Brewing With Wheat
Stan Hieronymus
Brewers Publications
Box 1679, Boulder, CO 80306-1679
9780937381953, $17.95

Brewing With Wheat is a 'must' for any home brewer's library. It covers the style and nature of wheat beer styles around the world, offering a historical journey through the development of beer style brewed with wheat and offering details on the world's most interesting styles. Brewing details and recipes make this a 'must'.

Eat What You Love
Marlene Koch
Running Press
2300 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19103
9780762434329, $29.95

EAT WHAT YOU LOVE: MORE THAN 300 INCREDIBLE RECIPES LOW IN SUGAR, FAT AND CALORIES comes from an author who combines her love of food and culinary skills with a background in nutrition to re-create favorite dishes. All recipes are quick - most under 30 minutes - and flavorful. Color photos and sidebars of information complete an appealing, wonderfully helpful package.

Fred Thompson
Harvard Common Press
535 Albany St., Boston MA 02118
9781558324008, $12.95

BOURBON: 50 ROUSING RECIPES FOR A CLASSIC AMERICAN SPIRIT provides creative ways to use bourbon and offers a history and survey of the uses of bourbon. Color photos throughout accompany a recipe collection packed with bourbon delights: a recommendation for any library strong in drink recipes and new mixed drink ideas.

What's New, Cupcake?
Karen Tack and Alan Richardson
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
215 Park Avenue, New York NY 10003
9780547241814, $16.95

What's New, Cupcake? Ingeniously Simple Designs for Every Occasion is a top reference offering zany theme cupcake designs perfect for everything from kids' parties to dinners. All that's required is candies readily available and cake mix and canned frosting: this focus on easy designs that look complicated and impressive paired with lovely large-size color photos makes this a 'must' for any general lending library.

For All the Tea in China
Sarah Rose
Viking Press
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780670021529, $25.95

For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History reads with the passion and excitement of fiction but offers a fine food history packed with intrigue and action from real history. It tells of one Robert Fortune, a Scottish botanist and plant explorer and early industrial spy who was appointed by the East India Company to secretly infiltrate forbidden Chinese territory and obtain information about tea manufacturing. This outstanding history connects his efforts with the entire present-day tea industry and is a 'must' for any food history collection.

Whoopie Pies
Sarah Billingsley and Amy Treadwell
Chronicle Books
680 - 2nd St., San Francisco CA 94107
9780811874540, $16.95

WHOOPIE PIES are a cake-like cookie with creamy fillings - and this cookbook packs in dozens of mix-and-match recipes for assembling a wide range of them. Vanilla, Pumpkin, Red Velvet and other Whoopie Pies are hand-sized sweet sandwiches made using the drop method, and are appealing new ideas for cooks seeking something different. Color photos pair with recipes for a fine pick any cook will relish.

Cooking for Two: 2010
America's Test Kitchen
17 Station St., Brookline, MA 02445
1933615605, $35.00

Cooking for Two: 2010 offers the second installation in an annual recipe collection and gathers the test kitchen's favorite recipes of the year, modified to serve two. Over 150 test kitchen recipes from casseroles to roasts appear in a collection packed with breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes - all geared for two people, so there's no waste. Color photos and the promise of kitchen tested and modified dishes for healthier, tastier alternatives makes this a top pick.

The Crafts Shelf

Painting Butterflies & Blooms
Sherry C. Nelson
North Light Books
4700 E. Galbraith Rd., Cincinnati OH 45236
1600613322, $24.99

Painting Butterflies & Blooms offers a lovely step-by-step process packed with visual examples and basic directions for transferring designs and painting butterflies, flowers and moths of all colors and sizes. Each butterfly is painted showing foliage part of its native habitat and reference photos and design specs abound, making this a top presentation.

The Fiction Shelf

Wild Ride
Jennifer Cruise and Bob Mayer
St. Martin's Press
175 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10010
9780312533779, $25.99

WILD RIDE comes from a romance and adventure novelist who join forces to provide a hilarious paranormal novel about one Mary, whose attempt to restore the Dreamland amusement park introduces her to an entire supernatural world. Her wild ride introduces her to both romance and danger in this gripping story highly recommended for general lending libraries. It reads like a roller coaster, packed with satisfying ups and downs and twists and turns of plot!

William Peter Blatty
Forge Books
c/o Tor Books
173 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10010
9780765325129, $24.99

DIMITER is a milestone not only because it comes from an award-winning author, but because he's not written a full-length novel since his 1983 best-seller LEGION - until now. DIMITER is a story of murder, revenge and suspense - a novel packed with historical background and romance, intrigue and espionage. Set in 1970s Albania, it offers a gripping saga of a prisoner's connections to dangerous world events and is a 'must' for any Beatty fan and many newcomers.

The Ragtime Fool
Larry Karp
Poisoned Pen Press
6962 E. 1st Ave #103, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
9781590586990, $24.95

The Ragtime Fool provides a fine, satisfying mystery set in 1951 when ragtime is making a comeback in Missouri. A ceremony to celebrate Scott Joplin comes under fire when an old friend wants to suppress secrets. Fast action and strong characterization make this a winner.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

The Top 10 Lyme Disease Treatments
Bryan Rosner
BioMed Publishing Group
Box 9012, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
9780976379713, $46.00,

Lyme disease is caused by a microorganism spread by the bite of a tick. Often difficult to diagnose, it can prove exceptionally debilitating and sometimes fatal. "The Top 10 Lyme Disease Treatments: Defeat Lyme Disease with the Best of Conventional and Alternative Medicine" is a 367-page compendium of information on the modern treatment approaches currently available in treating lyme disease, as well as cogent commentary on creating an effective and comprehensive treatment plan. Informed and informative, "The Top 10 Lyme Disease Treatments" addresses in detail the five core treatment protocols for lyme disease; five supportive supplements in aiding the body's natural immune system to deal with a lyme disease infection; and a series of appendices dealing with a wide variety of pertinent issues ranging from avoiding processed sugar in the diet to the BioMed Publishing Group's product catalog. "The Top 10 Lyme Disease Treatments" should be considered essential reading for anyone having to deal with the condition of a lyme disease infection. Also very highly recommended for both personal and community library Health/Medicine reference collections is Bryan Rosner's "Lyme Disease And Rife Machines" (0976379708, $46.00).

Get Smart
Samantha Heller, MS, RD, CDN
Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218-4363
0801893763, $18.95

GET SMART: SAMANTHA HELLER'S NUTRITION PRESCRIPTION FOR BOOSTING BRAIN POWER AND OPTIMIZING TOTAL BODY HEALTH comes from a registered dietician and exercise physiologist who tells how to change a few dietary habits to produce better brain power and health. Different budgets and food choices are considered in chapters packed with recommendations for change, and this provides a fine user-friendly approach based on the latest scientific and medical research to include recipes as well as food lists. Perfect for health and general collections alike!

Combating Violence & Abuse of People With Disabilities
Nancy M. Fitzsimons
Paul H. Brookes Publishing
Box 10624, Baltimore, MD 21285-0624
1598570013, $34.95

Combating Violence & Abuse of People With Disabilities: A Call to Action offers advice not just for families but for professionals and self-advocates on how to stop abuse before it begins and how to empower the disabled to fight back. From identifying common situations that lead to such violence to taking appropriate action if abuse is suspected, this is a powerful pick for any lending library.

The Treatment Trap
Rosemary Gibson and Janardan Prasad Singh
Ivan R. Dee
1332 N. Halsted St., Chicago IL 60642-2694
9781566638425, $24.95

THE TREATMENT TRAP: HOW THE OVERUSE OF MEDICAL CARE IS WRECKING YOUR HEALTH AND WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT IT focuses on overuse in health and the growing number of Americans who are receiving diagnostic tests and treatments that are not medically necessary. One-third of Americans say they did not need the treatments they got: this collects their stories and discusses health care reforms and overuse issues. Social issues collections need this.

Stretching: 30th Anniversary Edition
Bob Anderson
Shelter Publications
Box 279, Bolinas, CA 94924
9780936070469, $19.95

Stretching: 30th Anniversary Edition is a wonderful survey packing in new computer stretches to supplement basic physiology, health and fitness details. Here are new tips on office ergonomics and preventing repetitive tress injuries and a new 2-color design illustrating each stretch. A fine pick for both health and sports libraries alike.

Environmental Health Sourcebook, third edition
Laura Larsen, Editor
Box 31-1640, Detroit, MI 48231-1640
9780780810785, $93.00

The third updated edition of Environmental Health Sourcebook packs in over fifty chapters documenting and updating environmental hazards and their effect on human health. From threats to specific populations around the world to medical hazards and consumer products, this provides college-level health libraries with the latest medical facts and research.

The Psychology Shelf

Emotional Disorders
Steven G. Feifer, D.Ed and Gurmal Rattan, Ph.D.
School Neuropsych Press
Box 413, Middletown, MD 21769
9780970333759, $49.95

Emotional Disorders: A Neuropsychological, Psychopharmacological, and Educational Perspective explores the emotional disorders of kids from an educational and neuropsychological perspective alike, surveying how biology relates to mood and anxiety disorders and considering the neural basis of empathy and altruistic behaviors. Educators and psychologists alike will relish a discussion that pairs science, health and educational strategies in this key college-level discussion.

The Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf

Dan Dare Pilot of the Future: Safari in Space
Frank Hampson, Don Harley and Frank Bellamy
Titan Books
144 Southwark St., London SE1 0UP, UK
9781848563728, $24.95

Dan Dare Pilot of the Future: Safari in Space offers new feature material and a new introduction and celebrates over fifty years of science fiction hero Dan Dare, who has been the star of British comics. Full color accompanies classic comic tales restored for a new hardback collector's edition, perfect for any in-depth library and serious fan of comics and graphic novels around the world.

Age of TV Heroes
Jason Hofius and George Khoury
TwoMorrows Publishing
10407 Bedfordtown Dr., Raleigh, NC 27614
1605490105, $39.95

Age of TV Heroes considers the history of live-action TV adventures of comic book heroes, offering a color hardcover packed with stories of actors, screen shots, and trivia. Color photographs embellish the new, exclusive interviews and commentary from Adam West, Lynda Carter and more, bringing to life the superhero phenomenon. Any comics or graphic novel library must have this.

50,000,000 Pearls Fans Can't Be Wrong
Stephan Pastis
Andrews McMeel
1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106-2109
0740791419, $12.99

50,000,000 Pearls Fans Can't Be Wrong: Stephan's Gold Records V. 13 offers a new 'Pearls Before Swine' collection featuring Pig, Rat, Zebra and the notoriously dumb crocs who hunger after them. Social commentary blends with outrageously funny scenes in both black and white and color, making this a top pick for any cartoon or comic strip collection.

Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year, 2010 Edition
Charles Brooks, Editor
1000 Burmaster St., Gretna, LA 70053
9781589807532, $14.95

The 2010 edition of Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year continues to offer a winning selection of comic strips and political commentary, and is a top pick for libraries that have seen popularity with other political commentary collections. The major events of the year - a year experiencing one of the worst economic downturns in U.S. history - are chronicled in a fine collection of black and white panels of observation, documentation, and humor.

The Literary Shelf

Alice Beyond Wonderland
Cristopher Hollingswoth, Editor
University of Iowa Press
100 Kuhl House
119 West Park Road, Iowa City, IA 52242-1000
1587298198, $42.95

ALICE BEYOND WONDERLAND: ESSAYS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY is for any college-level collection studying the magic of Lewis Carroll. It includes works by some of the most famous modern scholars in the field of Lewis Carroll studies, examining both the literary choices and cultural world of Carroll's myths. Especially relevant considering the new Alice movie's impact and the renewed interested in Lewis Carroll that is being generated by its popularity.

The Parenting Shelf

The Autism Mom's Survival Guide
Susan Senator
c/o Shambhala Publications, Inc.
300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
9781590307533, $16.95

The Autism Mom's Survival Guide (for Dads, Too!) tells how to create a happy family life while raising a child with autism. The experiences of autistic parents, researchers and professionals are revealed in a survey on how to find satisfaction after an autism diagnosis and comes from a mother of three boys, the oldest of whom has autism. Parents will find this an inspirational read filled with practical facts.

The Audiobook Shelf

The Dying Earth
Jack Vance
Brilliance Audio
Box 887, Grand Haven, MI 49417
1441814558, $29.99

The Dying Earth represents Volume 1 in 'Tales of the Dying Earth' and provide stories packed with fantasy settings and ideas. From spell-binders and twk-men who ride dragonflies and trade information for salt to blurred distinctions between good and evil in alternate realms, this is a fine and spirited pick for any audio library.

Black Hills
Dan Simmons
Hachette Audio
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017
9781600247866, $39.98

BLACK HILLS receives a powerful dual narration by Erik Davies and Michael McConnohie and provides a fine tense thriller of psychological suspense blending history and the supernatural. Set on the American frontier in 1876, it tells of an uncanny psychic connection between a dying soldier and a pre-teen Sioux boy haunted by Custer's ghost-voice and his psychic abilities. His childhood vision offers pointers to a dangerous future in this fine story, packed with twists, turns and intrigue.

Staying True
Jenny Sanford
Random House Audio
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9780307736284, $25.00

STAYING TRUE is narrated by the author and provides a fine unabridged production of her discovery that her husband was having an affair - and that he hadn't ended it. Her decision to not be the victim in the resulting tabloid news covers all the choices she made, and why. A splendid autobiography tells of her decisions and growth, making for a fine listen for any general audio collection.

Deep Shadow
Randy Wayne White
Penguin Audio
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780143145424, $39.95

DEEP SHADOW receives veteran narrator George Guidall's spirited and professional voice as it tells of a seemingly easy dive that traps two of Doc Ford's friends in an underwater cave. Ford himself escapes - only to find the collapse is no accident as murders and ex-cons are intent on preserving an underwater secret. An outstanding, tense audio thriller evolves.

Living in Favor Abundance and Joy
Joel Osteen
Simon and Schuster Audio
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
9781442305069, $29.99

Living in Favor Abundance and Joy is available ONLY on audio and offers ten of the author's most inspiring sermons, recorded live at Lakewood Church. The audio focus and excitement can't be beat and creates an inspirational 'you are there' church atmosphere perfect for any spirituality library.

Blood Atonement
Dan Waddell
Clipper Audio
c/o Recorded Books
270 Skipjack Rd., Prince Frederick, MD 20678
9781407448251, $51.95

BLOOD ATONEMENT enjoys a fine narration by Colin Mace, whose strong and clear voice brings to life a fine murder mystery. A woman's body, a missing daughter, and a similar modus to a vanished teen three years earlier brings DCI Foster and genealogist Nigel Barnes to duty as they piece together clues to crimes present and past - and make some surprising conclusions. Any audio library will appreciate the durable packaging and powerful blend of plot and reader.

The Military Shelf

Matt Gallagher
DaCapo Press
c/o Perseus Book Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9780306818806, $24.95

KABOOM: EMBRACING THE SUCK IN A SAVAGE LITTLE WAR offers a soldier's account of the realities of war gleaned from his blog 'Kaboom', relaying his experiences supporting the counterinsurgency efforts in Iraq. From daily missions to constant confrontations with death, his blog gained notoriety and became controversial - and the Army forced him to shut it down. No military library should be without this.

Dunkirk 1940: Operation Dynamo
Douglas C. Dildy
Osprey Publishing
443 Park Avenue South, Suite 806, New York, NY 10016
9781846034572, $19.95

Dunkirk 1940: Operation Dynamo is a 'must' for any detailed World War II collection, filling a gap in the publisher's coverage of the war and focusing entirely on the Battle of Dunkirk in 1940, when German forces successfully cut off several units of Allied troops, stranding them in Dunkirk. In contrast to other histories, this provides a description of the operation from a strategy perspective, detailing overlapping struggles and results to fill in many gaps. Any military library specializing in World War II needs this.

All American All the Way
Phil Nordyke
Zenith Press
400 First Avenue North #300, Minneapolis, MN 55401
9780760338230, $22.99

All American All the Way: From Market Garden to Berlin provides a fine World War II military history survey focusing on the experiences of the 82nd Airborne Division. Personal reports and unit histories blend with facts and a complete bibliography and index perfect for any in-depth military history holding.

The Women's Studies Shelf

A Thousand Sisters
Lisa J. Shannon
Seal Press
1700 - 4th St., Berkeley, CA 94710
9781580052962, $24.95

A Thousand Sisters tells of the author's comfortable life, until an episode of Oprah taught her about women suffering in the Congo and led her to join Women for Women International, helping women ignored by the world. Her journey to help them began as a 30-mile solo trail run to raise sponsorships for them and evolved into a journey to the Congo, and makes for riveting reading perfect for women's rights and general lending collections alike.

The Biography Shelf

Where Mercy is Shown, Mercy is Given
Duane 'Dog' Chapman
Hyperion Books
77 West 66th Street, New York, NY 10023-6298
9781401323714, $26.99

Any familiar with 'Dog: The Bounty Hunter' knows the method of Duane 'Dog' Chapman, who hunts down any who have jumped their bounty - and then teaches them lessons about alternatives and choices. This collection recounts the experiences that have taught him important lessons over the years. Stories of his personal challenges pair with his favorite bounty-hunting stories to make for a powerful spiritual and social change book, recommended for any general lending library.

The Nautical Shelf

Sustainable Sailing
Dieter Loibner
Sheridan House
145 Palisade St., Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
9781574092844, $24.95

SUSTAINABLE SAILING: GO GREEN WHEN YOU CAST OFF provides a fine survey of best practices showing sailors how to reduce their carbon footprint and lessen their impact on the environment. From issues on sewage and burning fossil fuels that pollute to using toxic paints, SUSTAINABLE SAILING considers alternatives and new options in a fine pick for any sailor's library.

The Social Issues Shelf

Shut Up, America!
Brad O'Leary
WND Books
9781935071099, $25.95

SHUT UP, AMERICA! THE END OF FREE SPEECH exposes the movement that would take all the power out of the First Amendment, documenting how censorship is evolving and how the free ideas fostered by President Reagan is being challenged by left-wing politicians. Right-wingers and any concerned about the nature and threats to free speech will want to consider the message here, which both documents and defines free speech's nature.

Beyond the Echo Chamber
Jessica Clark and Tracy Van Slyke
The New Press
38 Greene St., New York NY 10013
9781595584717, $19.95

Beyond the Echo Chamber: Reshaping Politics Through Networked Progressive Media offers a fine vision for turning old strategies into models for the future, drawing from various sources to feature case studies on influential social change projects, from Brave New Films to Feministing. Journalists, bloggers and readers have changed media, politics and social opinion: this documents their power and is a 'must' for any social issues library.

Do One Green Thing
Mindy Pennybacker
Thomas Dunne
c/o St. Martin's Press
175 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110-7848
9780312559762, $16.99

DO ONE GREEN THING: SAVING THE EARTH THROUGH SIMPLE, EVERYDAY CHOICES is a concise, easy presentation of steps any individual can take towards green living choices, and it offers a fine chart showing which green behaviors can be swapped for a non-green counterpart. Much like exchanges in Weight Watchers used to be, this guide offers an easy 'diet for a greener planet' and should be on the shelves of any general lending library.

The World History Shelf

Brian Fagan
Bloomsbury Press
175 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10010
9781596915824, $28.00

CRO-MAGNON: HOW THE ICE AGE GAVE BIRTH TO THE FIRST MODERN HUMANS offers a fine survey of the Cro-Magnons and how they survived the Ice Age climate eons ago. From their artifacts and known facts about their lives and makeup to encounters between Cro-Magnons and Neanderthals, this offers a vivid recreation of processes of adaptation and change, and is a pick for any general history or science library.

The Man Who Ate His Boots
Anthony Brandt
Alfred A. Knopf
c/o Random House
1745 Broadway, 17th floor, New York, NY 10019
9780307263926, $28.95

The Man Who Ate His Boots: The Tragic History of the Search for the Northwest Passage tells of the adventurers who searched for the Passage from the beginnings early in the age of exploration through its development as a national British obsession to its final conclusion. A rich history, this is a powerful survey indeed and perfect for general lending and world history collections alike, drawing important connections between exploration and politics.

The Business Shelf

Payback Time
Phil Town
Crown Business
c/o The Crown Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, #B1, New York, NY 10019-4305
9780307461865, $26.99

PAYBACK TIME: MAKING BIG MONEY IS THE BEST REVENGE offers a key to understanding long-term investing's downside, and refutes the common notion that this is the safest, best way to invest. Instead Phil Town advocates the idea of 'stockpiling' - how to get rich in bad markets - and offers a strategy designed to earn the reader millions. Any investment-oriented collection needs this approach.

The Three Secrets of Green Business
Gareth Kane
c/o Stylus Publishing
Box 605, Herndon, VA 20172-0605
9781844078745, $26.95

The Three Secrets of Green Business: Unlocking Competitive Advantage in a Low Carbon Economy is written by a green business expert who offers a 'how to' guide to making a business green. From changing management, marketing and more to taking easy steps to cutting waste and energy usage, this offers both small and large changes and a model for implementation. Business libraries will relish the specific discussions over more general idea titles.

How the Best Leaders Lead
Brian Tracy
1601 Broadway, New York NY 10019-7420
0814414346, $24.95

How the Best Leaders Lead identifies best practices for achieving top results in tough markets, and shares the author's techniques, developed through his work with top executives and business owners around the world. These aren't just ideals: they are field-tested strategies all managers at any level can implement immediately - and they analyze not only qualities of good leadership, but the pitfalls and tricks of implementation. Business collections catering to managers will find this a popular lend.

Mobile Marketing
Cindy Krum
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0789739763, $24.99

Mobile Marketing: Finding Your Customers No Matter Where They Are tells how to use new mobile marketing technologies to create more personal, measurable sales campaigns. From understanding mobile demographics and possibilities to leveraging mobile advertising, this packs in key details for an important survey essential to any business endeavor.

8 Things We Hate About I.T.
Susan Cramm
Harvard Business School Press
60 Harvard Way, Boston, MA 02163
9781422131664, $16.95

8 Things We Hate About I.T.: How to Move Beyond the Frustrations to Form a New Partnership with I.T. is a pick for any business collection. It comes from an IT expert whose intent on exploring the different pressures experienced by IT and business users intends to bring the two closer together. Business leaders want technology to drive quick results, IT leaders also must consider longer-term effects and plan for the future. This outlines what new partnership paradigms between IT and business managers should look like, and is an important recommendation for any business collection.

Appetite for America
Fred Harvey
Bantam Books
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9780553804379, $27.00

Appetite for America: How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire that Civilized the Wild West provides an outstanding business survey and biography of the man considered to be the founding father of the American restaurant industry. He was the first 'foodie' hero and his waitresses, the Harvey Girls, and their partners at the Santa Fe railroad helped create the culture and food interests of this country. This blend of history, biography, business and culinary history guide is thus a 'must' for a wide range of collections.

How to Be a Fierce Competitor
Jeffrey J. Fox
Jossey-Bass, Inc.
989 Market Street, 5th floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-1741
9780470408544, $19.95

How to Be a Fierce Competitor: What Winning Companies and Great Managers Do in Tough Times provides a fine survey telling business leaders how to discover opportunity in the toughest of business climates. Fierce competitors gain market share, open new horizons, hire good, recently fired talent and speed innovation - and Jeffrey Fox shows companies how to hone the 'fierce competitor' more for maximum success. Highly recommended.

Go Logo!
Mac Cato
Rockport Publishers
100 Cummings Center, Suite 406L, Beverly MA 01915-6101
1592535178, $45.00

Both arts and business libraries need GO LOGO! A HANDBOOK TO THE ART OF GLOBAL BRANDING. It provides creative and brand custodians a diagnostic analysis of and guideline to the twelve prerequisites for establishing a brand's emotional benchmarks, and is based on the author's fifty years of global branding enterprises. Examples come from many creators and offer fine insights into the entire brand development process.

The Economics Shelf

13 Bankers
Simon Johnson and James Kwak
c/o Random House
1745 Broadway, 17th floor, New York, NY 10019
9780307379054, $26.95

13 BANKERS: THE WALL STREET TAKEOVER AND THE NEXT FINANCIAL MELTDOWN comes from one of the most cited economists in America and offers a fine survey of U.S. financial history, documenting showdowns between American democracy and business. The roundup of events shows why our future is imperiled by finance and its gains, and makes a case for reigning in financial freedom. Any serious business and economics library needs this.

Limits To Free Trade
David Hanson
Edward Elgar Publishing
9 Dewey Court, Northampton, MA 01060-3815
9781847202475, $115.00,

The imposition of a tariff is how the nations of the world have manipulated their trade barriers -- sometimes to protect their domestic producers and industries, sometimes to aid them in the diplomatic relations with other countries. In "Limits to Free Trade: Non-Tariff Barriers in the European Union, Japan and United States", David Hanson (Associate Professor of International Business, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) focuses on the increasing use of non-tariff barriers imposed upon international trading by the economic powerhouses of Japan, the European Common Market, and the United States. Of special note are Professor Hanson's perspectives and insights into current and new future prospects for the liberalization of trade between these three world economic powers within the overall context and framework of the World Trade Organization agreements. "Limits To Free Trade" ranges over a wide diversity of relevant issues ranging from international agreements, to regional trade policies, to import trade barriers, to movements for trade reforms. Informed, informative, and strongly recommended for academic library reference and resource collections, "Limits To Free Trade" is a model of detailed and articulate scholarship.

The Jobs/Careers Shelf

Your Career Game
Nathan Bennett & Stephen A. Miles
Stanford Business Books
c/o Stanford University Press
1450 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304-1124
0804756287, $24.95

YOUR CAREER GAME: HOW GAME THEORY CAN HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR PROFESSIONAL GOALS shows how game theory can help readers take charge of their careers. It can be used to manage coworkers, managers, and others in a way that supports career goals - and it tells how workers can become better 'players' in their own game. Conversations with a range of successful professionals make this a fine career management survey.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Raising Miniature Livestock
Sue Weaver
Storey Publishing
210 Mass MoCa Way, North Adams, MA 01247
9781603424813, $19.95

Raising Miniature Livestock is a fine survey of how to raise miniature farm animals. Such animals thrive on less land and cost far less to raise: chapters tell how to choose, care for, and train and breed everything from miniature horses and donkeys to pigs, sheep, goats and llamas. Health and identification chapters are specific, in-depth and key to any farm library.

Wild Horse Annie and the Last of the Mustangs
David Cruise & Alison Griffiths
c/o Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
9781416553359, $26.00

Wild Horse Annie and the Last of the Mustangs: The Life of Velma Johnston is a 'must' for any wildlife or animal library and for horse collections in particular. It tells how Velma organized support for the wild mustangs in a three-decade campaign against ranchers, legislators, and the Bureau of Land Management. Her encounter with a truck of battered mustangs that were to be slaughtered for pet food would change her life and makes for an engrossing story of devotion and wildlife conservation.

A Rat Is a Pig Is a Dog Is a Boy
Wesley J. Smith
Encounter Books
900 Broadway Suite 601, New York NY 10003
9781594033469, $25.95

A Rat Is a Pig Is a Dog Is a Boy: The Human Cost of the Animal Rights Movement tells how the concept of animal rights has become part of Western culture, considering the history and evolution of animal rights ideology and also considering different causes and obligations to humanity. This survey provides a calm refute to animal rights over human rights and tells how a more balanced affection for animals can be fostered, instead. Perfect for any library debating animal rights and social issues.

Exotic Small Mammal Care and Husbandry
Ron E. Banks,
10475 Crosspoint Boulevard, Indianapolis, IN 46256
9780813810225, $49.99

Exotic Small Mammal Care and Husbandry is a fine basic reference for handling and treating small animals in the vet clinic. It covers everything from mice and hamsters to ferrets and focuses on housing, nutrition and diseases. Basic anatomy and preventative care are included in a fine easy approach many a pet owner will also appreciate.

The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf

Samuel French, Inc.
45 West 25th Street, NY, NY 10010-2751

Samuel French is this country's premier publisher of plays, having literally thousands of them available to theatrical producers, directors, actors, and the general public. A prolific publisher in the field, nine of their titles recently submitted for review are especially to be recommended: Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros' "The Argument/The Wedding Play/The Airport Play" (0573632235, $16.99); "2 Across: A comedy of Crosswords and Romance" (0573633681, $49.90) by Jerry Mayer; "Welfarewell" (9780573698347, $8.95) by Cat Delaney; "All Aboard the Marriage Hearse" (9780573660290, $9.95) by Matt Morillo; "Back Back Back" (9780573696121, $9.95) by Itamar Moses; Michael Vukadinovich's "Billboard" (9780573662805, $9.95); "Apostasy" (9780573696084, $9.95) by Gino Dilorio; "Biff and Charlie" (9780573652493, $29.95) by Chambers Stevens; and "Beasley's Christmas Party" (9780573696541, $8.95) by C. W. Munger and based on a story by Booth Tarkington. Academic librarians, community theater groups, and student thespians should visit and become familiar with the Samuel French website at for a complete and descriptive listing of their huge library of theatrical plays.

Clint: A Retrospective
Richard Schickel
Sterling Publishing
387 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10016-8810
9781402774720, $35.00

Clint: A Retrospective tells of a leading actor who has made a successful career and has earned five Academy Awards for his efforts. A coffee-table-sized retrospective packed with photos and history provides a chronological tribute to Eastwood's works from his earliest work in Rawhide in 1959 to his later role in Invictus in 2009. From movie stills to hundreds of photos from publicity releases, this is a Clint celebration no Eastwood fan - or film library - should be without.

Animation Development from Pitch to Production
David B. Levy
Allworth Press
10 E. 23rd St., New York NY 10010
9781581156614, $24.95

Animation Development from Pitch to Production offers a fine guide to creating and pitching an animated project or series. The author has experienced all phases of the pitching process and has experienced both successes and failures: Animation Development from Pitch to Production documents the process and shows readers how to develop projects through collaborations and partnerships as well as individually. Film libraries need this!

Filmmakers and Financing, sixth edition
Louise Levison
Focal Press
30 Corporate Drive #400, Burlington, MA 01803
9780240812526, $29.95

Any library strong in film and business must have this updated sixth edition of Filmmakers and Financing. It packs in keys on how to raise funds for independent films and exposes many industry secrets to the effort, showing how to create a business plan to attract investors and using different chapters to focus on different sections of the plan. Updated industry data has been completely revised for this edition and includes details on distribution for online and foreign markets.

The Antiques/Collectibles Shelf

Antique Trader Tools Price Guide, third edition
Clarence Blanchard
700 East State St., Iola, WI 54990-0001
1440205531, $24.99

The third updated edition of Antique Trader Tools Price Guide is a fine survey blending some 700 color photos with actual prices received at auctions with over 2,000 listings of tools ranging from braces and saws to levels, gauges, and more. Details on market trends, investing, and building a collection make this a key collector's choice.

The Gardening Shelf

Energy-Wise Landscape Design
Sue Reed
New Society Publishers
Box 189, Gabriola Island, BC V0R 1X0, Canada
9780865716537, $29.95

Energy-Wise Landscape Design: A New Approach for Your Home and Garden is a real winner, offering tips on sustainable living and showing how to add natural beauty to a landscape without intensive energy usage. From constructing new homesites and reducing or changing a lawn to choosing better plants, this is packed with key insights.

Dream Gardens Of England
Barbara Baker, et al.
Merrell Publishers
38 High Avenue, 4th floor, Nyack, New York 10960
9781858945118, $39.95,

English gardens are justifiably world famous for their elegance, charm, and beauty. In "Dream Gardens of England: 100 Inspirational Gardens", Barbara Baker (an accomplished gardener with a small, densely planted walled garden of her own) has compiled a 352-page compendium surveying one hundred diverse but authentically examples of English gardens and gardening styles. Comprised of the expert color photography of Jerry and Marcus Harpur, each superbly presented photograph is accompanied by a succinctly informed and informative caption. The result is a tour-de-force excursion exploring gardens of all sizes and styles. Of special note are the gardens that are open viewing by the general public. A visual delight to simply browse through and a source of horticultural inspiration for gardeners everywhere, making "Dream Gardens Of England" a popular and highly recommended addition to personal and community library Gardening/Horticultural reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

From Container To Kitchen
D. J. Herda
New Society Publishers
PO Box 189, Gabriola Island, BC, Canada, V0R 1X0
9780865716650, $19.95,

No 'store bought' fruit or vegetable will have the taste and nutritional value of something grown yourself and harvested from your personal garden. For anyone not living in a rural area, there might not be enough arable land to put in a garden. That's why growing those veggies and fruits in a pot is the ideal solution for anyone seeking to 'grow their own'. "From Container to Kitchen: Growing Fruits and Vegetables in Pots" by D. J. Herda is a superbly organized and presented 240-page compendium of practical commentary and instructional advice covering every aspect of growing plants in containers. Even the most novice container gardener will be successful by following the instructions on selecting the right sized container and placing it in the proper location; optimizing soil composition and soil nutrients; managing light, water and humidity; selecting the optimal fruits and vegetables suitable for container gardening; dealing with pest and plant diseases; and extending the harvest for maximum production. As comprehensive as it is 'user friendly', "From Container to Kitchen: Growing Fruits and Vegetables in Pots" is an ideal instruction manual and strongly recommended for both personal and community library Gardening reference and resource collections.

The Library DVD Shelf

Pilates! A Gentle Formula to a Strong Body
Risa Sheppard
Sheppard Method
2180 Westwood Blvd. # 2b, Los Angeles, CA 90025
B003D1A3OG, $19.95

Pilates! A Gentle Formula to a Strong Body is a fine pick covering the Sheppard Method of Pilates - a classic form here presented in two thirty-minute mat workout sessions, one for beginners, one for intermediates. Each workout provides flexibility and strength with all moves clearly explained and illustrated from a Pilates instructor who does personal training and private classes, and certifies instructors in The Sheppard Method. Any exercise DVD library will welcome this.

The Civil War Shelf

You'll Be Scared
Philip M. Cole
Colecraft Industries
970 Mt. Carmel Road, Orrtanna, PA 17353
9780977712595, $16.95,

"You'll be Scared. Sure - You'll be Scared. Fear, Stress, and Coping in the Civil War" by Philip M. Cole is a truly unique contribution to the growing library of Civil War literature. The focus is upon the emotion of fear that was the common experience of men who fought, bled and died in the numerous combat engagements that comprised the American Civil War. "You'll be Scared. Sure - You'll be Scared. Fear, Stress, and Coping in the Civil War" discusses the role fear played, including the impact such factors as stress, sleep deprivation, physical fatigue, hunger, ideological motivation, discipline, comradery, and diversions played to ameliorate or aggravate the emotion of fear. Expertly drawing upon eyewitness accounts and observations, "You'll be Scared. Sure - You'll be Scared. Fear, Stress, and Coping in the Civil War" is a carefully crafted work of superlative research. Of special note are the three appendices and copious end notes, making this specialized perspective on soldiering an especially informed and informative read which is highly recommended for academic and community library Civil War Studies collections, as well as the supplemental reading lists of Civil War enthusiasts.

The Language Studies Shelf

Language Into Language
Saul Sibirsky & Martin C. Taylor
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9780786448111, $49.95,

The need to translate speech and written documents from one language into another is a vitally important process for all categories of human communication from business, to science, to politics, to literature, to jurisprudence, to cultural entertainments. Drawing upon his many years as a professional translator and teacher of phonetics, Saul Sibirsky has written "Language into Language: Cultural, Legal and Linguistic Issues for Interpreters and Translators", a 254-page compendium that is specifically designed to offer novice and professional translators with a theoretical and practical source for working in bilingual and bicultural environments and language transactions in any field of endeavor. After providing a historical perspective, "Language into Language: Cultural, Legal and Linguistic Issues for Interpreters and Translators" goes on to address language and the legal system; professional standards for interpreters and translators; their training and certification; the differences and distinctions between interpretation and translation; cultural implications of bilingualism; and a great deal more. Given the multicultural make-up of the American populace, "Language into Language: Cultural, Legal and Linguistic Issues for Interpreters and Translators" will prove to be especially germane to the needs of courtroom personnel, social-service workers, language teachers, business executives, and governmental diplomats. Exceptionally well written and enhanced with extensive chapter notes; an extended bibliography, and a comprehensive index, "Language into Language: Cultural, Legal and Linguistic Issues for Interpreters and Translators" is strongly recommend for personal, professional, academic, and community library Language Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The California Shelf

No Rooms of Their Own
Ida Rae Egli, Editor
Heyday Books
Box 9145, Berkeley, CA 94709
9781890771010, $16.95

No Rooms of Their Own: Women Writers of Early California, 1849-1869 offers a fine collection of literary writings from fifteen women who wrote in diaries and were decades ahead in their feminist thoughts. Liberated from usual roles in a frontier world, their essays, poems, and stories describe their challenges and make for inspirational reading highly recommended for either California history or women's issues libraries.

Luis Ortega's Rawhide Artistry
Chuck Stormes and Don Reeves
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780806140919, $29.95

Luis Ortega's Rawhide Artistry: Braiding In the California Tradition comes from an acclaimed rawhide braider of horse gear who made his craft a work of collectible art and fostered a generation of gear makers. This reviews his life, art and career and is the first book-length coverage of rawhide braiding in North America, making it a top pick for both California and arts history holdings. Black and white and color images abound in this top pick, unparalleled in its coverage.

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