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Volume 5, Number 5 May 2010 Home | CALBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Fashion Shelf Art Shelf
Audiobook Shelf Education Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf
Business Shelf Political Science Shelf Judaic Studies Shelf
Metaphysical Studies Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf Homeowner's Shelf
Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Needlecraft Shelf Cookbook Shelf
Health/Medicine Shelf Social Issues Shelf Computer Shelf
Sports Shelf Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf International Studies Shelf
Parenting Shelf Library Reference Shelf Genealogy Shelf
Travel Shelf World History Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf
Fiction Shelf Biography Shelf Military Shelf
Music Shelf Transportation Shelf Environmental Studies Shelf
Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf Nautical Shelf Photography Shelf
Antiques/Collectibles Shelf Self-Help Shelf Christian Studies Shelf
California Shelf    

Reviewer's Choice

About a Mountain
John D'Agata
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780393068184, $23.95

ABOUT A MOUNTAIN began when the author helped his mother move to Las Vegas one summer, and began following a local story of the federal government's plan to store the nation's high-level nuclear waste at nearby Yucca Mountain. His survey of the politics, social issues, health concerns and more surrounding this event creates a hard-hitting series of investigative and philosophical essays probing the heart of nuclear issues and impact.

The Body in Early Modern Italy
Julia L. Hairston and Walter Stephens, editors
The Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-4363
9780801894145 $70.00 1-800-537-5487

From shame to celebration, the human body has guaged a wide variety of discussion from society. "The Body in Early Modern Italy" discusses the human body through the eyes of the artists and intellectuals of the early modern period of Italy, as many scholars and thinkers from universities all over the world to lend their expert opinions and insights on the subject. From the human body as a metaphor for the potential of mankind, to the prostitute as an icon of physicality, to the many meanings of phallic imagery in art, "The Body in Early Modern Italy" is a highly insightful look into history and art, a top pick for such collections for both community and college libraries.

Every Day in Tuscany
Frances Mayes
Broadway Books
1745 Broadway, New York, NY, 10036
9780767929820, $25.00

Every Day in Tuscany: Seasons of An Italian Life pairs 25 original recipes with a fine travelogue and chronicle of Tuscany's people, art, cuisine and lifestyle, making this much more of a memoir and travelogue than a recipe book. Chapters provide a personal story of the author's current life in Tuscany, reflecting on her previous books on the topic and the changes she's experienced since. Prior fans will relish this ongoing saga.

Offbeat Bride, second edition
Ariel Meadow Stalling
Seal Press
1700 - 4th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
9781580053150, $16.95

OFFBEAT BRIDE: CREATIVE ALTERNATIVES FOR INDEPENDENT BRIDES provides a fine survey of wedding options for women who want to walk off the beaten aisle. This new second edition provides updated details on budgets, options, and everything from vegan buffets to handling wedding crashers. It's an outstanding pick for the modern bride seeking a different experience.

Shocking True Story
Henry Scott
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9780375421396, $26.00

Shocking True Story: The Rise and Fall of Confidential, "America's Most Scandalous Scandal Magazine" provides the true story behind the scenes of Confidential, studying the social and political impact of the scandal magazine and its major challenges. From private eyes and informants paid by the magazine to lawyers and investigators who worked to vet the articles, this colorful expose comes packed with vintage black and white photos throughout. Any general library will find it eye-catching and a fun lend.

Making Toast
Roger Rosenblatt
Ecco Press
10 E. 53rd St., New York NY 10022-5299
9780061825934, $21.99

MAKING TOAST: A FAMILY STORY provides an intimate family portrait in telling how the author and his wife faced the sudden death of their daughter, a 38-year-old pediatrician. They moved to Maryland to help raise their three grandchildren - and this personal account of their new life and its challenges provides a powerful saga any lending library must have.

Kids, Wealth and Consequences
Richard A. Morris and Jayne A. Pearl
Bloomberg Press
731 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022
9781576603482, $34.95

Kids, Wealth and Consequences: Ensuring a Responsible Future for the Next Generation offers keys to helping children lead successful lives despite any economic circumstances whether rich or poor. It tells how to link happiness to events other than money but shows how to teach kids the real value of acquiring wealth. From financial and spiritual choices to how money enters into contentment, this is a valuable survey no family should be without.

Who Owns the World
Kevin Cahill with Rob McMahon
Grand Central Publishing
c/o Hachette Book Group
237 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9780446581219, $15.99

WHO OWNS THE WORLD THE SURPRISING TRUTH ABOUT EVERY PIECE OF LAND ON THE PLANET is a 'must' for any general lending library, covering the relationship between landownership and poverty and providing the results of the first landownership survey of all every territory and country in the world. Real estate figures and facts cover a range of cultural and modern issues and provide a different way of viewing land ownership and real state.

Colored Gemstones, second edition
Antoinette Matlins, P.G.
Gemstone Press
Box 237, Woodstock, VT 05091
0943763452, $18.99

Deserving of ongoing mention and recommendation for any general consumer's library is the second updated edition of the jewelry and shopper's guide Colored Gemstones. It's been newly updated and expanded to provide all the details needed to buy, collect and sell all kinds of gems. From what qualifies as a gemstone to how to evaluate color, price, and stones, this offers key details any gemstone buyer must have.

VFX Artistry
Spencer Drate and Judith Salavetz
Focal Press
30 Corporate Drive #400, Burlington, MA 01803
9780240811628, $36.95

VFX ARTISTRY: A VISUAL TOUR OF HOW THE STUDIOS CREATE THEIR MUSIC offers a stunning and fine book profiling the works of several modern visual effects studios. Hundreds of color images pack a visual survey of how the studios move from concept to completed project. Noted studios around the world are the feature of this powerful 'must have' collection recommended for any film or arts collection.

The Fashion Shelf

The Color of Style
David Zyla
c/o Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780525951537, $25.95

THE COLOR OF STYLE: A FASHION EXPERT HELPS YOU FIND THE COLORS is a top pick for any general lending library. It focuses on helping women find colors that 'pop' for them, understanding why certain colors or styles work and others do not, and developing a True Color sense in 3-style approaches. Any library strong in fashion and style, and any general collection, will welcome this approach.

The Art Shelf

Fine Art and High Finance
Clare McAndrew, editor
Bloomberg Press
731 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022
9781576603338, $39.95

FINE ART AND HIGH FINANCE: EXPERT ADVICE ON THE ECONOMICS OF OWNERSHIP offers a team of leaders' insights on art collecting and investing, surveying key economic issues unique to the art collecting market. From how fine art is bought and sold to relationships between supply and demand and subjective and financial values, this is a top pick for any involved in art buying and selling, offering concrete insights into the economic factors influencing art value.

Creative Mixed Media
Sherrill Kahn
Martingale & Company
20205 - 144th Ave NE, Woodinville, WA 98072-8478
9781564779489, $28.99

Creative Mixed Media offers fine insights on how to paint, stitch, stamp and embellish all on the same project. 16 creative techniques with paper and fabric offer artists a range of ideas, including using ordinary items such as baby wipes and hair gel to creative advantage. There's a gallery of projects for each technique, making for an inspiring, wonderful collection of creative ideas perfect for any arts or crafts collection.

Metal Clay Rings
Irina Miech
Kalmbach Publishing
21027 Crossroads Circle, Waukesha, WI 53186
9780871162786, $19.95

Metal Clay Rings tells how to make your own metal clay rings with no metalsmithing skills needed. Metal clay begins moist and malleable and works like clay, so you can form and fire the clay to create silver rings. Beginners to users familiar with metal clay will appreciate 18 original designs and ideas for tools and supplies - and especially the clear, close-up color 'how to' photos covering each step of the process.

Follow the Sun: Robert Lougheed
Don Hedgpeth
Diamond Trail Press
c/o University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780578039701, $65.00

Follow the Sun: Robert Lougheed tells of the man behind Mobile Oil's legendary flying Pegasus, who created numerous magazine covers yet also painted for his own pleasure. FOLLOW THE SUN is the first title to showcase his efforts, packing in over 400 color reproductions tracing his entire history and works. Any library strong in painters and Western history needs this survey.

John Baldessari
Sharon Coplan Hurowitz
Hudson Hills Press
Box 205, Manchester, VT 05254-9911
9781555952907, $125.00

John Baldessari: A Catalogue Raisonne of Prints and Multiples, 1971-2007 packs in a fine survey of John Baldessari's works, with full-page color photos accompanying facing notes on his projects and commissions. John Baldessari lived and worked in California all his life and gained notice with his early text paintings and award-winning postmodern works. Both California and general arts libraries need this survey of his works.

The Audiobook Shelf

Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates
Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein
Penguin Audio
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780143144984, $29.95

Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates offers explorations on death and a history of how humans approach death, and whether there's a hereafter. From big thinkers to musicians and fellow philosophers, this offers an engaging, insightful survey perfect for any audio library.

Fantasy in Death
J. D. Robb
Brilliance Audio
PO Box 887, Grand Haven, MI 49417
1423383680, $38.99

Fantasy in Death tells of one Bart, founder of a computer gaming giant who can't wait to lose himself in his company's latest top secret game project. He locks himself in a room to play it - and is found next morning in a pool of blood. Lieutenant Eve Dallas faces one of the most challenging puzzles of her career in this thriller.

Split Image
Robert B. Parker
Random House Audio
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 8th floor, New York, NY 10019
9780739357484, $32.00

James Naughton provides a spirited reading in SPLIT IMAGE, a tense thriller telling of a Jesse, who is struggling with alcoholism and a failed marriage when murder enters the picture as P.I. Sunny enlists his help in investigating a murder. A romance brews in the face of disaster in this fine thriller, perfect for any general audio lending library.

Worst Case
James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
Hachette Audio
237 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9781600247842, $39.98

WORST CASE is narrated by Bobby Cannavale, Orlagh Cassidy and John Glover, and provides a lively, engaging detective thriller about one Michael Bennett, who is the only one able to stop the most ingenious killer in New York history. With the best case survival and the worst case death, a gripping thriller evolves, perfect for mystery and suspense audio listeners.

The Education Shelf

GMAT 2010-2011 Premier Edition
Kaplan Publishing
1 Liberty Plaza, 24th floor, New York, NY 10006
9781607142706, $39.99

Libraries strong in test preparation kids will find this GMAT test guide a top winner. 6 full-length practice tests (4 in the book, 2 online) pack in details and include a CD-ROM for offline practice, while in-depth explanations cover why one answer is correct and the others are wrong. The instructors involved have scored in the top percentile themselves, so this represents tested, first-hand knowledge key to any GMAT student's success!

What Next?
Mary Cullinane & Frederick M. Hess
Harvard Education Press
8 Story Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
9781934742440, $29.95,

Technology has radically changed everything. "What Next?: Educational Innovation and Philadelphia's School of the Future" discusses the school of the future in the form of a Philadelphia school district teaming up with Microsoft to make a more technology-driven school that used the internet and computers to revise how students learn and that can adapt with the changing times. "What Next?" is a top pick for those trying to gain a greater grasp of the importance of technology in modern education.

Collaborative Teaching in Elementary Schools
Wendy W. Murawski
Corwin Press
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
9781412968096 $38.95

Collaborative Teaching in Elementary Schools offers a user-friendly resource based on the author's extensive experience and educational research, and provides case studies and scenarios of co-teachers in the field. From tested instructional and behavioral strategies to self-tests for teaching effectiveness, Collaborative Teaching in Elementary Schools is a resource packed with ideas and perfect for any education library.

What's The Big Idea?
Jim Burke
361 Hanover Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3912
0325021570 $28.13

WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA? QUESTION-DRIVEN UNITS TO MOTIVATE READING, WRITING, AND THINKING shows how planning around questions gives students tools to understand content, deepen comprehension, and clarify thinking. Teachers will appreciate this narrowed focus on the role of question-and-answer in the learning process, and will find this an important addition to any education collection.

The Flat World and Education
Linda Darling-Hammond
Teachers College Press
1234 Amsterdam Avenue, NY, NY 10027
9780807749623, $21.95,

The Flat World and Education: How's America's Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future provides a fine wake-up call to America's educational system, surveying the need to create high-achieving, equitable schools for all. From connections between resources and outcomes to common practices of improving countries, The Flat World and Education assumes a rare global stance in examining how educational systems are affected by economics. Any education or social issues library needs this.

Sounds Like Fun, revised edition
Cecile Cyrul Spector
Brookes Publishing
Box 10624, Baltimore, MD 21285-0624
159857048X $29.95

Sounds Like Fun: Activities for Developing Phonological Awareness appears in a revised edition to provide readers with a fine survey of phonics. From using humor as a learning tool and helping older readers work on phonological awareness to lessons that require no materials or extra training, this is a pick any teacher can use, and is a 'must' for any language arts educator's library.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

Morning Coffee with God
Michael Dennis
Ozark Mountain Publishing
PO Box 754, Huntsville, AR 72740
9781886940680, $14.50,

God is an adviser to anyone, if you know how to ask him properly. "Morning Coffee with God" is a spiritual self-help guide where Michael Dennis gives readers advice on how to look to the divine for guidance in their everyday lives, how to be introspective and find their answers as they go through life and deal with the slew of emotions that are the human experience. "Morning Coffee with God" is a choice and highly recommended pick for those who want more of God in their lives.

The Loser Letters
Mary Eberstadt
Ignatius Press
PO Box 1339, Fort Collins, CO 80522
9781586174316 $13.95 1-800-651-1531

An iconic and fascinating read, "The Loser Letters: A Comic Tale of Life, Death, and Atheism" is a memoir musing on faith and religion from Mary Eberstadt, as she reflects on her own journey into atheism, and explains why she abandoned Christianity without attacking it, and even defending it at times. Thoughtful and intriguing reading, "The Loser Letters" is a top pick and highly recommended read for those who want a different take on faith.

Missional Map-Making
Alan J. Roxburgh
989 Market Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco CA 94103-1741
9780470486726, $24.95

Missional Map-Making: Skills for Leading in Times of Transition helps leaders who are handling shifts in the world and church, providing resources for new paths in building a different more effective church. Church leaders provide their insights on evolving connections between church and new congregational make-ups, offering fellow leaders tools for change. Step-by-step strategies also offer specifics, not generalities.

Brilliant Moon
Dilgo Khyentse
Shambhala Publications
300 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115
9781590307632, $29.95

Brilliant Moon provides the autobiography of Dilgo Khyentse, adds memories from family, friends and students, and is translated by Ani Jinba Palmo as it uses anecdotes and stories to tell of the live of the Buddhist meditation master and scholar. From his life of study and teaching to his spiritual insights and how he became a renowned meditation master and teacher, this is a pick for any Buddhist collection.

You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence But You Can't Make Him Think
Ray Comfort
WND Books
27 West 20th St., Suite 1102, New York NY 10011
9781935071068, $22.95

You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence But You Can't Make Him Think offers a 'talk to atheists' and confronts the notion that there is no hell and no creator. From weaknesses within the atheist argument to foundations of Christian thought, this is a thought-provoking survey of both the Gospel and religion - and sows seeds of doubt in traditional atheist beliefs. Spirituality libraries will find this thought-provoking.

Why I Am a Buddhist
Stephen T. Asma, Ph.D.
Hampton Roads
c/o Red Wheel Weiser
65 Parker St., Suite 7, Newburyport, MA 01950
9781571746177, $21.95

Why I Am a Buddhist: No-Nonsense Buddhism with Red Meat and Whiskey tells of a Buddhist who eats red meat, drinks a bit much, and likes sports - and has taught Buddhism for many years in the States and Asia despite his contention that gurus are 'screwballs'. This refreshingly different approach provides a fine difference to his book, which tells how to find individual answers in Buddhist beliefs, rather than a 'one size for all' approach. His approach makes Buddhism accessible to a much wider audience, and makes this a pick for any serious spirituality collection.

The Homemade Atheist
Betty Brogaard
Ulysses Press
Box 3440, Berkeley, CA 94703
9781569757840, $14.95

THE HOMEMADE ATHEIST offers a former Evangelical woman's journey. Betty Brogaard was a fundamentalist church member who married a minister - but the more she began to understand Christianity, the more she questioned it - and found no answers. Her journey from religion to free thinking is a thought-provoking addition to any spirituality collection.

The Way of the Shepherd
Dr. Kevin Leman and William Pentak
Zondervan Publishing House
5300 Patterson Avenue, S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49530
9780310250975, $14.99

The Way of the Shepherd: 7 Ancient Secrets to Managing Productive People offers a new perspective on leadership, telling of a cub reporter who lands an interview and gains keys to exceptional leadership from the most respected CEO in America. From how to lead people so they will see their work as a calling and not just a job to energizing a workforce, this blends spirituality and business insights for both kinds of collections.

How to Reach Your Full Potential for God
Charles E. Stanley
Thomas Nelson Publishers
PO Box 141000, Nashville, TN 37214
9781400200924, $21.99

How to Reach Your Full Potential for God comes from a teacher and pastor who offers seven keys to living a better life of purpose, offering Biblical connections to fulfilling a God-given potential for peace. Biblical teachings pair with everyday life case histories and scenarios to make for an involving, meaningful survey.

Why I Stayed
Gayle Haggard with Angela Hunt
Tyndale House Publishers
351 Executive Drive, Carol Stream, IL 60188
9781414335858, $25.99

WHY I STAYED: THE CHOICES I MADE IN MY DARKEST HOUR tells of a wife who heard on the radio the first accusations against her pastor husband for using illegal drugs and having a three-year homosexual affair with him. WHY I STAYED explains her revelations, decisions, and how her very beliefs were put on the line by her husband's actions. Any spirituality collection will find this eye-opening and revealing.

The Bread of Angels
Stephanie Saldana
Doubleday & Company
c/o Random House
1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
9780385522007, $24.95

The Bread of Angels: A Journey to Love and Faith details the year the author spent as a Fulbright scholar in Syria studying the role of Jesus in Islam. While there she fled to an ancient desert monastery to confront her fading faith - and fell in love with a French novice monk. A vivid portrait of the country and her faith and its relationship to Islamic faiths evolves.

Dug Down Deep
Joshua Harris
Multnomah Books
12265 Oracle Blvd., Suite 200, Colorado Springs, CO 80921
9781601421517, $19.99

Joshua Harris discusses how to discover Christian truth, relating in the process his own rise to success in the Christian evangelical world before he realized his spiritual ideals lacked a personal knowledge of God. His search involves readers in considering how God speaks to individuals, who the Holy Spirit is, and more.

The Business Shelf

Leadership and Self-Deception
The Arbinger Institute
Berrett-Koehler Publications
235 Montgomery Street, Suite 650, San Francisco CA 94104-2916
9781576759776, $16.95

Leadership and self-deception: Getting Out of the Box appears in paperback in a new edition revised throughout to make its story even more compelling. It adds a section outlining ways readers have been using the LEADERSHIP AND SELF-DECEPTION publication since 2000 to change their lives and work - and makes for a powerful survey that should be in every business library.

Analytics at Work
Thomas Davenport, et al.
Harvard Business Press
60 Harvard Way, Boston, MA 02163
9781422177693, $29.95

The collaborative work of Thomas Davenport, Jeanne G. Harris and Robert Morison, "Analytics at Work: Smarter Decisions, Better Results" provides a powerful survey of how analytics may be leveraged to make better business decisions. Managers can use analytics in daily operations in individual as well as overall decisions. This book shows how different types of analytical tools work and apply to different business decision-making processes. New research and examples makes this a winner.

The Complete Guide to Transgender in the Workplace
Vanessa Sheridan
Box 1911, Santa Barbara, CA 93116-1911
9780313365843 $39.95

The Complete Guide to Transgender in the Workplace documents over 150 companies that have adopted gender identity into their employee nondiscrimination policies, surveying the business case for treating transgender workers with dignity. Guidelines and policy examples tell how to keep workplace harmony and offer many insights on worker relationships and identity challenges alike.

The Political Science Shelf

The Campaign Manager, fourth edition
Catherine Shaw
Westview Press
2465 Central Avenue, Boulder, CO 80301
9780813344515, $37.50

The fourth updated edition of THE CAMPAIGN MANAGER is packed with updated references, samples and resources complimenting tested, proven advice using the author's three terms as mayor of Ashland, Oregon. It tells how to run a successful campaign, from packaging a candidate's qualities to gaining volunteers and winning debates and media attention. Any library strong in local election savvy needs this.

Lies the Government Told You
Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
Thomas Nelson Publishers
565 Royal Parkway, Nashville, TN 37214
9781595552662, $24.99

Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power, and Deception in American History reveals how American freedoms are being eroded by government processes. It uses the author's in-depth knowledge of American law and history and politics to examine ideals of personal liberty and limited government involvement, and it documents and pinpoints government deception. Any collection strong in civil liberties discussions must have this.

The Making of Evangelicalism
Randall Balmer
Baylor University
One Bear Place, #97363, Waco, TX 76798-7363
9781602582439, $19.95,

To try to lead spiritually without a Church's backing. "The Making of Evangelicalism: From Revivalism to Politics and Beyond" discusses Evangelicalism in America. Randall Balmer traces its history of how it came to be, its roots in politics, and its role today, and how many sects and branches of Christianity have their own evangelists with their own goals. "The Making of Evangelicalism" is an intriguing discussion of a major force in American history.

The Judaic Studies Shelf

The Royal Table
Rabbi Norman Lamm
KTAV Publishing
930 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306
9781602801394, $25.00

Joel B. Wolowelsky compiles and edits THE ROYAL TABLE: A PASSOVER HAGGADAH, discussing the most popular Jewish liturgical book after the prayerbook. Insights come from Rabbi Lamm's engaging spiritual observations and provide a powerful reading for any Jewish studies group or family.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

Psychic Communication
Laila Del Monte
Bear & Company
PO Box 388, Rochester, VT 05767
9781591431008, $16.00,

The call of the healer is one hard to ignore. "Psychic Communication with Animals for Health and Healing" is a combination of memoir and spirituality book as she states that there is much to learn from animals that can lead to improved health in humans as well as improved health in animals. Intuition is a powerful tool Laila Del Monte argues, and she provides much in the way of spiritual inspiration. "Psychic Communication with Animals for Health and Healing" is a choice pick for spiritual readers who want to understand another aspect of healing.

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

How to Attain Enlightenment: The Vision of Nonduality explains methods of Vedanta in his survey of spiritual techniques, pairing theory with practice and explaining the myths and realities behind an enlightened state. From reflections on moving to a larger living space and clutter to assimilating experiences, How to Attain Enlightenment is a powerful survey any new age library needs.

Stars of Wisdom
Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso
Shambhala Publications
300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston MA 02115
9781590307755, $18.95

Stars of Wisdom: Analytical Meditation, Songs of Yogic Joy, and Prayers of Aspiration is a pick recommended for Buddhist collections and comes from a Tibetan master known for his songs of realization and his lively teaching style. Chapters survey how to gain peace and wisdom through step-by-step analysis, making for a powerful collection.

Pleiadian Initiations of Light
Christine Day
New Pages
Box 687, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
9781601630995, $21.99

Pleiadian Initiations of Light tells how to make positive, healing changes in life through the gifts of Pleiadians and comes from a spiritual teacher and channeler who offers her healing energy life work. Energy workers at all levels receive guidance plus two audio CDs explaining exercises and meditations linked to chapters in the book.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Joel Sartore
National Geographic
1145 17th St. NW, Washington DC 20036-4688
9781426205750, $24.00

RARE: PORTRAITS OF AMERICA'S ENDANGERED SPECIES profiles over sixty-nine animals and plants in North America facing extinction, and provides fine photos of species on the edge. These are the rarest of the rare in our country - the photos are both a record of their existence and a plea for their continued existence.

Walking Thunder: In the Footsteps of the African Elephant
Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson
Merrell Publishers
38 High Avenue, 4th floor, Nyack, New York 10960
9781858945057, $60.00

A gorgeous record of the African elephant and its plight is revealed in Walking Thunder: In the Footsteps of the African Elephant, a survey of the animals in their natural habitats. Black and white full-page photos range from extreme close-up shots to longshot views and accompany quotes, essays, and history and natural history of human and elephant interactions. Any natural history library will relish this oversized presentation, as much an art book as a natural history survey.

Turtles: The Animal Answer Guide
Whit Gibbons and Judy Greene
Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218
080189350X, $24.95

Turtles: The Animal Answer Guide considers different types of turtles and the natural history surrounding them, and is a pick for both college-level and general collections. Scientific study and analysis blends with basic encyclopedia coverage to reveal turtles in science and literature alike, blending photos and a question-and-answer format to make for an accessible discussion.

Stockdog Savvy
Jeanne Joy Hartnagle-Taylor and Ty Taylor
Alpine Publications
38262 Linman Rd, Crawford, CO 81415
9781577791065, $29.95

STOCKDOG SAVVY: SELECTING, TRAINING AND TRIALING A WORKING STOCKDOG covers all breeds of herding dogs and all types of stock work and features profiles of key herding personalities and problem solving techniques. Any owner of a herding dog will appreciate the specifics on how to work sheep, cattle, goats or exotic livestock.

Lol Cat Bible
Martin Grondin
Ulysses Press
Box 3340, Berkeley CA 94703
9781569757345, $12.95

LOL CAT BIBLE is a fun little survey offering LOLSpeak and is a fine gift for any who live for their cats. Fun cat stories in 'cat speak' accompany whimsical color photos throughout making this a top pick for any cat-loving collection.

Illustrated Guide to Equine Diseases
Sameeh M. Abutarbush
Wiley Blackwell
10475 Crosspoint Boulevard, Indianapolis, IN 46256
9780813810713, $124.99,

Illustrated Guide to Equine Diseases provides color illustrations of hundreds of internationally recognized horse diseases and conditions. From diagnostics such as CAT scan and postmortem findings to clinical approaches to managing each condition, from diagnosis to management, this packs in tools key to any working with horses, whether it be vets, owners, nurses or horse stable managers.

The Homeowner's Shelf

Complete Guide to Building Your Own Tree House
Robert Miskimon
Atlantic Publishing
1405 SW 6th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471-0640
9781601382443, $29.95

A fine CD-ROM accompanies Complete Guide to Building Your Own Tree House: For Parents and Adults who are Kids at Heart, a guide for adult tree house building. From selecting and preparing a tree to tree house basics, waterproofing, safety, building regulations and more, this offers step-by-step instructions for some 15 tree house designs and adds a color insert from tree houses around the U.S. An outstanding, top pick.

Complete Idiot's Guide to Selling Your Home
Katie Severance and Nancy Gentile
Alpha Books
c/o Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014-3658
9781592578634, $18.95

Complete Idiot's Guide to Selling Your Home offers strategies for selling a home at its highest possible price in any kind of market, offering the basics on all steps from open house to closing. From working with (and without) agents and brokers to making repairs before listing and staging a home, this is a top pick for any general lending library, offering easy basics for newcomers to home sales.

More Not So Big Solutions for Your Home
Sarah Susanka
Taunton Press
Box 5506, Newton, CT 06470-5506
9781600851483, $22.95

More Not So Big Solutions for Your Home offers practical solutions for homes of all sizes and consists of articles from author Sarah Susanka, written originally for Inspired Home and Fine Homebuilding magazines. It offers many solutions to common home design challenges, from determining space needed to designing a comfortable guest room and fixing a room that has imperfections built in. Any home design library will find this packed with new ideas.

Home Staging in Tough Times
Barbara Jennings, CSS/CRS
Ahava Press
7501 Slater Avenue, Suite C, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
9780984135608 $34.95

Home Staging in Tough Times offers a number of tips, ideas and concepts never before published by home stager expert Barbara Jennings, who offers plenty of examples, forms, sample letters, promotional articles and more to go beyond the usual 'how to stage a home' guide. Learn how to open and operate a home staging business with a practical, hands-on guide professionals and home sellers alike will appreciate.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Except the Queen
Jane Yolen and Midori Snyder
ROC Books
c/o Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780451462732, $23.95

Except the Queen tells of sisters who are proud members of the high court of the Fair Queen, who are favored until they discover the Queen's secret. Cast out from court and stripped of powers, they are banished to Earth - where they struggle with evil and danger from their own world. A riveting fantasy makes for a vivid story perfect for any fantasy collection.

Live Free or Die
John Ringo
Baen Books
Box 1403, Riverdale, NY 10471
9781439133323, $26.00

Live Free or Die tells of the first aliens to visit Earth - a seemingly friendly contact gone bad. The Horvath's control brings Earth peace - but also brings controversy and an iron grip that leads a hero to rebel. Warfare and bravery permeate a powerful saga blending military and psychology strengths for a vivid, fine story perfect for any science fiction collection.

Coyote Destiny
Allen Steele
c/o Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780441018215, $25.95

COYOTE DESTINY provides a fine, gripping novel of interstellar civilization and concludes the Coyote saga: as such it is recommended for prior Coyote readers. Coyote's starbridge remains cut off from earth and no ships from humankind's home world have come through hyperspace. So when a ship from Earth unexpectedly arrives, the inhabitants of Coyote are cautious: especially when its story reveals a traitor may be amongst them. An outstanding blend of drama and tension emerge.

Tad Williams
DAW Books
c/o Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780756405496, $27.95

SHADOWRISE is Volume 3 of the Shadowmarch series, and as such is a recommended pick for collections owning the prior volumes. Here royal twins Barrick and Briony have been forced to flee their homeland and face some terrible truths about their families and situation. And even once these are faced - they still must rescue their kingdom and home from traitors in this intense, gripping saga.

Black Magic Sanction
Kim Harrison
EOS Books
10 E., 53rd St., New York NY 10022
9780061138034, $25.99

Black Magic Sanction offers the latest addition to Kim Harrison's fine Hollows paranormal series profiling bounty hunter Rachel Morgan, who here becomes the prey, hunted by her own kind - witches. If they catch her she faces more than prison in this fine blend of fantasy and paranormal detective thriller, perfect for collections seeing prior Kim Harrison popularity.

Gardens of the Sun
Paul McAuley
c/o Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197
9781616141967, $16.00

Gardens of the Sun takes place after the Quiet War, which results in interstellar prison camps, looting, and a fragile 'victory' by Earth's forces. A group of refugees struggle to preserve enlightenment and the old values as a band of fanatics prepare for a final battle that could destroy the human species in this riveting military sci fi adventure, recommended for any strong military science fiction library.

Deep Navigation
Alastair Reynolds
Box 809, Framingham, MA 01701
9781886778900, $26.00

DEEP NAVIGATION offers a collection of short stories of Alastair Reynolds covering his entire career, including his first published story to the last published within the last year. It's a top pick for any Reynolds fan, and appears in a limited edition to boot, making this a certain, quick collector's item as well as a strong science fiction library addition.

The Needlecraft Shelf

Tile Quilt Revival
Carol Gilham Jones & Bobbi Finley
C&T Publishing
Box 1456, Lafayette, CA 94549
9781571208019, $23.95

Tile Quilt Revival is a 'must' for any quilter's collection because it reinvents a nearly forgotten quilting form, and won't be seen in every quilter's guide. It offers 6 projects teaching about design and construction of tile quilts modern and traditional, including a history of the quilts, a photo gallery, and tips for using a favorite applique method to achieve them. Large-size patterns in back make this a fine choice for quilters seeking something different.

Mason Dixon Knitting
Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne
Potter Craft
c/o Crown Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9780307586452, $22.99

Mason Dixon Knitting evolves from a popular knitting blog and offers a new kind of knitting guide with fine photos, great patterns, and an original viewpoint. Stories, artistic insights, and humor blend to do as well in print as on line, making for an outstanding set of knitting projects paired with stories, insights, jokes and color photos throughout. Any knitting library needs this.

The Cookbook Shelf

Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights
Sophie Dahl
William Morrow
10 E. 53rd St., New York NY 10022
9780061450990, $35.00

Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights: Recipes for Every Season, Mood and Appetite comes from a famous model, actress and writer who pairs funny kitchen stories with favorite recipes for each season. From her father's chicken curry and her mother's baked acorn squash to Asparagus Soup with Parmesan, this packs in many fine dishes.

Becoming Raw
Brenda Davis, RD and Vesanto Melina, MS, RD with Rynn Berry
Book Publishing Company
Box 99, Summertown, TN 38483
9781570672385, $24.95

BECOMING RAW: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO RAW VEGAN DIETS tells how to design a raw or mainly raw vegan diet based on nutritional guidelines and the latest research. From concerns about getting enough protein by eating mainly fruit to preventing chronic diseases through a vegan diet, BECOMING RAW teaches a balanced approach to understanding the fundamental concepts of the vegan diet.

Terra Madre
Carlo Petrini
Chelsea Green
Box 428, White River Junction, VT 05001
9781603582636, $20.00

Terra Madre: Forging a New Global Network of Sustainable Food Communities comes from a founder of the Slow Food Movement, which has become a world-wide phenomenon. It describes, on a global scale, the idea that food is eating us - in the form of large-scale industrial agriculture that is running rampant around the world and fixing prices without regard for quality or producers. An eye-opening book, this belongs in culinary and social issues collections alike.

Daisy: Morning, Noon and Night
Daisy Martinez with Chris Styler
Atria Publishing
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
9781439157534, $30.00

Daisy: Morning, Noon and Night: Bringing Your Family Together with Everyday Latin Dishes offers the author's own adaptations of Latin cuisine and comes from her family's travels to different Latin American countries, experiencing each country through its food and culture. Daisy kept notes on the foods her family enjoyed: her re-creations of these dishes makes for a vivid survey, spiced with color photos throughout.

The Best Simple Recipes
America's Test Kitchen
17 Station St., Brookline, MA 02445
1933615591, $26.95

The Best Simple Recipes packs in over 200 foolproof dishes that cook in 30 minutes or less - foolproof because they've been tested and refined in America's Test Kitchen. An added bonus; ingredients often serve double duty, such as the mayonnaise in a chicken dish that serves as the foundation for the slaw's dressing as well as the chicken's basic coating. Notes on using fresh spices over dried and other important cooking notes make this a real winner. Color photos abound in a recommendation for any general lending library.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Holistic Anatomy
Pip Waller
North Atlantic Books
2526 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
9781556438653, $19.95

Holistic Anatomy: An Integrative Guide to the Human Body provides a fine blend of anatomy, physiology and pathology to explore the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of how humans exist within and interact with their environment. Scientific terminology and detailed descriptions are woven with observations of life and health in a fine guide for any alternative health collection.

Junqueira's Basic Histology Text & Atlas, twelfth edition
Anthony L. Mescher
c/o The McGraw Hill Companies
Two Penn Plaza, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10121-2298
0071630201, $69.95

The twelfth updated edition of Junqueira's Basic Histology Text & Atlas continues three decades of unparalleled importance, explaining the function of cell and tissue structure in the human body and using the latest research. Over 1,000 illustrations include new full-color micrographs, drawings, and new chapters as well as expanded legends, making this edition essential for any college-level medical library.

Environmental Health Sourcebook, third edition
Laura Larsen, Editor
Box 31-1640, Detroit, MI 84231-1640
9780780810785, $93.00

Environmental Health Sourcebook provides a newly updated third edition to the series, discussing the effects of the environment on human health and specific populations in jeopardy. 53 chapters in seven major parts discuss indoor and outdoor hazards, foods and consumer products, medical hazards, and how to understand their health effects. A top pick for any health collection.

Conflict of Interest in Medical Research, Education and Practice
Bernard Lo and Marilyn J. Field, Editors
National Academies Press
500 5th Street Northwest, Lockbox 285, Washington DC 20055
030913188X, $54.95

Conflict of Interest in Medical Research, Education and Practice examines the nature and ethics of conflict of interest in medicine. College-level audiences receive details on identifying, limiting and managing conflicts of interest through short-term actions and long-term programs by institutions and individuals alike, and makes recommendations on risk prevention and structure which are key to any college-level collection strong in medical ethics debates.

The Social Issues Shelf

Fatal System Error
Joseph Menn
Public Affairs
250 West 57th Street, #1321, New York, NY 10107
9781586487485, $25.95

Fatal System Error covers the hunt for the new criminals intent on bringing down the Internet with major assaults on business and social websites. Cybercrime is no longer limited to smart computer students: it's been discovered by gangs intent on stealing financial data from consumers and defense secrets from governments. This considers both Russian and American cyber-crime gangs in a serious consideration of cyber-crime's growth and increasing sophistication. Any computer or social issues library needs this.

Simple Gestures
Andrea B. Rugh
Potomoc Books
22841 Quicksilver Dr., Dulles, VA 20166
9781597974349, $29.95

SIMPLE GESTURES: A CULTURAL JOURNEY INTO THE MIDDLE EAST describes the author's efforts to know a bout the cultures of the Middle East: a forty-year effort that led her to research countries where she lived and worked, ranging from Syria and Afghanistan to Pakistan. Her discoveries blend autobiography with cultural observations to make for a lively read recommended for any Middle East collection.

Change Your World, Change Your Life
Angela Perkey
Conari Press
65 Parker St., Suite 7, Newburyport, MA 01950
9781573244633, $15.95

Change Your World, Change Your Life: Discover Your Life Purpose Through Service tells how to be of service in the world and how to create a win-win situation, and is written for college students just out of school. It shows students how to uncover their desire to help with world issues by starting closer to home, and provides stories from people who have skills as well as no specific skills, often operating on a shoestring. An empowering read for any general lending library.

Not in My Neighborhood
Antero Pietila
Ivan R. Dee
1332 North Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60642-2694
9781566638432, $28.95

NOT IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD: HOW BIGOTRY SHAPED A GREAT AMERICAN CITY offers a powerful survey of a Baltimore issue that shaped a city's psyche when discrimination policies toward blacks and Jews shaped a world. Baltimore's history serves as a microcosm for the evolution of prejudice, racial policies, and residential segregation ordinances in effect in 1917 and beyond. Eye-opening and recommended for any college-level social issues collection.

The Routes of Man
Ted Conover
Alfred A. Knopf
c/o Random House
1745 Broadway, 17th floor, New York, NY 10019
9781400042449, $26.95

The Routes of Man: How Roads Are Changing the World and the Way We Live Today explores six key byways in the world, presenting both history and the author's interactions with the locals affected by roads. Politics, social issues, and economics blend in a survey of the real costs of being connected in the world, a consideration for any college-level social issues library.

The Computer Shelf

CSS Cookbook, third edition
Christopher Schmitt
1005 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol, CA 95472
9780596155933, $49.99

The third updated edition of CSS Cookbook is a winner, offering recipes showing how to customize a solution to meet web design and programming needs. Hundreds of recipe examples show how to format web pages and pack in code samples and details on special effects and enhancements. A 'must' for any CSS or web programmer's collection.

The Extreme Searcher's Internet Handbook, third edition
Randolph Hock
Information Today Inc.
143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055
9780910965842, $24.95

The third updated edition of The Extreme Searcher's Internet Handbook is a winning acquisition for any library serious about Internet searches and research. Strategies and tools go far beyond using search engines more effectively, including coverage of portals, social networks, and using Web 2.0 resources such as Twitter and YouTube. A top pick for any general collection strong in research.

Practical Asterisk 1.4 and 1.6 from Beginning to Expert
Stefan Wintermeyer and Stephen Bosch
Addison Wesley
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0321525663, $49.99 www.informit/com/aw

Practical Asterisk 1.4 and 1.6 from Beginning to Expert offers a fine guide to networking and telephony operations for Asterisk, a program notorious for its poor internal documentation. This volume is thus a 'must' for any Asterisk user, going beyond 'supporting documentation' to BE the documentation key to getting Asterisk to work well. From configuring the initial system to using its powerful features, Asterisk programmers will find this a 'must'.

A Practical Guide to Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, fifth edition
Mark G. Sobell
Prentice Hall
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0137060882, $49.99

The fifth updated edition of A Practical Guide to Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux offers an all-in-one reference packed with all the techniques needed to succeed with Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The latest coverage of Fedora 12 and REHL 5 is just the tip of the reference iceberg, setting this reference far above and beyond competing Linux books. From better coverage of network administration tasks and complete directions on using yum for Linux updates to a 500+ term glossary and index, this also includes a DVD with the full version of the Fedora 12 release.

CLR Via C#, third edition
Jeffrey Richter
Microsoft Press
One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-6399
9780735627048, $59.99

The third updated edition of CLR Via C# provides an important, definitive guide to mastering CLR and .NET development, and comes from a programming expert and longtime consultant to Microsoft's .NET team. It shows how to build, share and use version applications, assemblies, and more, using generics and interfaces and working with special CLR types. From exceptions to dynamic applications using CLR hosting, this is a powerful pick for any serious C# programmer's library.

All-in-One CISSP Exam Guide, fifth edition
Shon Harris
McGraw Hill
c/o The McGraw Hill Companies
Two Penn Plaza, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10121-2298
0071602178, $79.99

The fifth updated edition of All-in-One CISSP Exam Guide provides complete coverage of the latest release of the CISSP exam, is written by a leading expert in IT security certification, and offers a course text accompanied by a CD-ROM of hundreds of practice exam questions and a video training excerpt by the author. Both students practicing for the exam and workers on the job need this detailed, in-depth course, jam packed with information and tests to be certain of comprehension.

The Sports Shelf

Thrive Fitness
Brendan Brazier
DaCapo Lifelong
c/o Perseus Publishing Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9780738213620, $15.95

THRIVE FITNESS: THE VEGAN-BASED TRAINING PROGRAM offers a six-week workout plan perfect for vegans interested in strength and health training. It pairs illustrated exercises with step-by-step directions including the top fifteen foods to fuel workouts and some thirty vegan recipes, making for an exceptional survey recommended for any health or sports training library.

The Ammo Encyclopedia, second edition
Michael Bussard
Blue Book Publications
8009 - 34th Avenue South, Suite 175, Minneapolis, MN 55425
1936120011, $29.95

The second updated edition of The Ammo Encyclopedia is a pick for any hunter or gun collector's library. The author has been involved in the firearms and ammunition industries for over forty years: his expertise lends to a survey of product lines, ballistics, obsolete and current firearms, and much more. Black and white photos and diagrams abound in this key reference, essential for any firearms collector.

Essentials of Skiing
Harold Harb
Hatherleigh Press
5-22 46th Avenue, Suite 200, Long Island City, NY 11101
9781578263646, $19.95

Essentials of Skiing: the Fastest Way to Master the Slopes teaches the six steps to skiing perfection, and comes from the inventor of the Primary Movement Teaching System, which has helped thousands of professional and recreational skiers achieve ski expertise. From coordinating upper and lower body movements to increasing balancing and controlling speed, this provides clear black and white, step-by-step photos for every phase of skiing instruction.

Roger Maris
Tom Calvin and Danny Peary
c/o Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
9781416589280, $26.99

Roger Maris: Baseball's Reluctant Hero provides a definitive biography of a fine ballplayer who started out as a modest Midwesterner who broke Babe Ruth's single-season home-run record. Despite his many achievements, Roger Maris as ridiculed by fans and vilified by the press: this story tells of how an outsider was unfairly judged, and corrects the record for any who would understand the real story.

Grand Prix Showdown
Christopher Hilton
Haynes Publishing
861 Lawrence Drive, Newbury Park, CA 91320
9781844257096, $34.95

Grand Prix Showdown is a fine survey of every championship-deciding Grand Prix since 1950. It packs in a fine survey of the World Championship and surveys showdown races and moods, covering driver efforts, experiences, and providing a book completely updated form the 1992 first edition with all-new racing memories. Any racecar collection must have this.

Growing Up NASCAR
Humpy Wheeler and Peter Golenbock
400 First Avenue North #300, Minneapolis, MN 55401
9780760337752, $25.00

Growing Up NASCAR: Racing's Most Outrageous Promoter Tells All provides an intriguing survey by a man who as a pre-teen attended the first NASCAR race in Charlotte in 1949 and loved it so much that it became his life's work. He moved from race promoter to track manager and beyond, encountering the greatest NASCAR racers of all time - and this autobiography provides a powerful insider's report of the sport, perfect for any race car history library.

The Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf

Kick-Ass: Creating the Comic Making the Movie
Mark Miller
Titan Books
144 Southwark Street, London SE1 OUP, UK
9781848564091, $19.95

Kick-Ass: Creating the Comic Making the Movie accompanies the movie based on the best-selling comic book by Mark Miller and John Romita Jr. It tells of a high school student and comic book fan who is also the superhero Kick-Ass, who encounters a violent nemesis on the Internet. Color photos from both comic and movie accompany insights into plot, development, and more. Any comics or graphic novel collection needs this.

Superheroes and Beyond
Christopher Hart
Watson Guptill Publications
1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
9780823033058, $21.99,

Superheroes and Beyond: How to Draw the Leading & Support Characters of Today's Comics comes from a best-selling author of drawing and cartoon books and provides step-by-step instructions on how to develop characters as well as draw them. From the use of light and dark and foreshortening poses to superhero dynamics and action, this goes far beyond your typical 'how to draw comics' approach.

The International Studies Shelf

Robert Andre LaFleur
Box 1911, Santa Barbara, CA 93116-1911
9781598841664, $85.00

CHINA joins others in the 'Asia in Focus' series offering high school to college-level readers a powerful survey packed with recent scholarship and details examining the nation's history and geography. From its political dominance to its economy, this offers detailed coverage of the country and its controversies and impacts on the world, and is a 'must' for any seeking an in-depth survey of the nation, from its resources to its peoples.

The Parenting Shelf

Your Baby's First Year Week by Week, third edition
Glade B. Curtis, MD, MPH and Judith Schuler, MS
DaCapo Lifelong
c/o Perseus Publishing Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9780738213729, $16.95

Any library strong in parenting and childcare will find this third edition of the classic has been completely revised and updated, including the latest pediatric guidelines and recommendations and some fifty new topics from food allergies to cord-blood banking. The latest research into common medical problems and daily baby care make this a 'must' reference.

The Library Reference Shelf

Goode's World Atlas, 22nd edition
Howard Veregin, Editor
Rand McNally & Company
8255 North Central Park, Skokie, IL 60076
9780321652003, $41.00

The twenty-second edition of Goode's World Atlas results from the latest blend of geographic scholarship and GIS technology for map production, and thus is a major reworking of the atlas, not just an update. It offers new maps on topics ranging from global climate change to water resources, and provides an outstanding survey for any library seeking the latest geographic resources.

The Genealogy Shelf

A Who's Who Of Your Ancestral Saints
Alan J. Koman
Genealogical Publishing Company
3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 260, Baltimore, MD 21211
9780806318240, $34.95

Many people of European descent can trace their roots to the major figures of Christianity and history. "A Who's Who of Your Ancestral Saints" looks at saints through history, and their earthly connections to many figures of history, giving a brief family history of each to help genealogy students tracing their own history perhaps make the connection to a major link in their own family tree. "A Who's Who of Your Ancestral Saints" is a choice pick for those fascinated by the long history of us all.

Who Do You Think You Are?
Megan Smolenyak
Viking Press
c/o Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780670021635, $24.95

Who Do You Think You Are? The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History provides a fine companion to the NBC series that stands alone well for any unfamiliar with the show. The author is a genealogist, writer and media personality who has traced famous celebrity roots and who here tells how readers can trace their own roots. Each week a different celebrity surveys family history - and embarks on emotional as well as family revelations as they follow their family mysteries through time. Collections strong in celebrity insights and genealogical research will find this a winner.

The Travel Shelf

Crazy Wacky Theme Restaurants Tokyo
La Carmina
Mark Batty Publishers
36 W. 37th St. #409, New York NY 10018
9780982075418, $24.95,

Deserving of ongoing recommendation is Crazy Wacky Theme Restaurants Tokyo, a survey of Tokyo eateries ranging in theme from Hello Kitty to Drag Maids and more. Color photos pack every page and offer lively accompaniment to the theme insights, which offer a healthy dose of Japanese cultural history as well as restaurant insights.

Complete National Parks of the U.S.
Mel White
National Geographic
1145 - 17th St NW, Washington DC 20036-4688
9781426205279, $40.00

Complete National Parks of the U.S. is a 'must' for any collection catering to domestic travelers. While many competing books on the nation's parks are in print, this one differs with its inclusion of monuments, battle sites, scenic trails, and seashores with in-depth visiting details paired with color photos. Discussions of how to best view the park offer details not just on the park, but surrounding natural attractions. A powerful pick.

Henry Stedman
Trailblazer Publications
The Old Manse, Tower Road, Hindhead, Surrey, GU 26 6 SU, UK
9781905864249, $19.95

KILIMANJARO: THE TREKKING GUIDE TO AFRICA'S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN is a top pick for any who plan on embarking on a trek to the mountain. It covers everything, from city accommodations and restaurants nearby to what to see en route, then how to plan and book a trek to Kilimanjaro. Any outdoor or travel collection needs this.

The World History Shelf

The History of the Medieval World
Susan Wise Bauer
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780393059755, $33.00

The History of the Medieval World From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade is a fine choice for any college-level library strong in medieval history and culture. It provides five clear sections linked by themes: Unity, fractures, New Powers, States and Kingdoms, and Crusades, with each section offering chapters focusing on distinct periods of time. Maps, timelines, and history pack in a complex, detailed account perfect for any Medieval history library.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Cook the Books
Jessica Conant-Park and Susan Conant
Berkeley Prime Crime
c/o Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014-3658
9780425232460, $23.95

COOK THE BOOKS: A GOURMET GIRL MYSTERY provides the fifth installment of the culinary mystery series pairing recipes with drama. Chloe Carter is in her second year of social work school here and needs to find a job as an assistant to a cookbook writer to pay her bills. When the job turns out to be more than she expected - even dangerous - trouble begins. A fine mystery, this is a pick for any mystery library.

Joe Hill
William Morrow
10 E. 53rd St., New York NY 10022
9780061147951, $25.99

Libraries strong in novels of psychological suspense won't want to miss HORNS, telling of a privileged life who dreams of a bright future with his childhood sweetheart - until her murder brings Ig under suspicion. His grief and rage grows into an unusual power that will allow him to know the darkest secrets of those he touches in this powerful thriller, that takes hold and doesn't let go.

Freeze Frame
Peter May
Poisoned Pen Press
6962 E. 1st Ave Suite 103, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
9781590586945, $24.95

FREEZE FRAME tells of a long-ago promise made to a dying man that leads a forensics expert to study a man murdered nearly twenty years ago. This begins the fourth of seven cold cases written up by a Parisian journalist - in which Enzo seeks to extend his track record for reviving and curing long mysteries. Mystery libraries will relish this.

The Fiction Shelf

Linden's Last Life
Alan Cohen
Hay House, Inc.
PO Box 5100, Carlsbad, CA 92018-5100
9781401924157 $15.95 1-800-654-5126

An endless cycle of misery takes more than death to stop. "Linden's Last Life: The Point of No Return is Just the Beginning" follows Linden Kozlowski, a man on the edge who wants to end it all. A monk tells him that ending his life will just begin his misery anew, and he must go on a mystic journey to break the rebirth cycle. But when he goes on the process, he finds that maybe ceasing his existence might not be the best idea. "Linden's Last Life" is a spiritual and thought provoking read, highly recommended.

Genoa Bay
Bette Nordberg
Kregel Publications
PO Box 2607, Grand Rapids, MI 49501
9780825462962 $14.99 1-800-733-2607

Nothing comes without conflict. "Genoa Bay" is the story of single mother Brandy Beauchamp as she tries to establish her new life as a bed and breakfast owner on Vancouver Island. But standing in the way of her new business venture is a local real estate tycoon who proves to be more persuasive than Brandy would like. "Genoa Bay" is a choice pick for general fiction collectors, a read women will love.

In The Fullness of Time
Vincent Nicolosi
Fonthill Press
331 West 57th Street Ste 299, New York, NY 10019
c/o Atlas (distributor)
30 Amberwood Pkwy, PO Box 388, Ashland, OH 44805
9780692004647 $24.00

Time rolls on and people are never so easily equipped to deal with it. "In The Fullness of Time" tells the story of Tristan Tecumseh Hamilton, a distinguished gentlemen who looks back on his life and how things have changed through his the town of Marion, Ohio. A story of facing the changing times and remembering what is important in one's life and what stays persistent, "In the Fullness of Time" is a choice and very highly recommended read not to be missed.

The Golden Age
Michal Ajvaz
Dalkey Archive
1805 S. Wright Street, MC-011, Champaign, IL 61820
9781564785787, $14.95,

Every society has their own customs, but no matter how alien they seem, they are always still human. "The Golden Age" tells the story of a traveler who comes upon a small island with a unique world view, where many of the people sit and dream all day, and contribute to a communal collection of stories. This great story gives insight into humanity and its literature. From the Czech Republic, masterfully translated by Andrew Oakland, "The Golden Age" is a novel that shouldn't be missed.

Firefly Rain
Richard Dansky
Gallery Books
c/o Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
9781439148631, $15.00

Any reader who loves classic horror and supernatural ghost stories will relish the poetic, literary approach of FIREFLY RAIN. Jacob comes back to his childhood home after his parents die, only to find something is trying to keep him in the home and small down - and the small town people are 'in' on the mystery. An outstanding, literary supernatural ghost story takes on many unexpected, satisfying twists and turns of plot making it a top pick for general lending collections.

The Biography Shelf

Mrs. Adams in Winter
Michael O'Brien
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
18 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011
9780374215811 $27.00

The last few decades of peace are telling of a war-weary continent that has not avoided conflict for such long periods. "Mrs. Adams in Winter: A Journey in the Last Days of Napoleon" tells the story of the wife of John Quincy Adams, as she traveled through Europe after the long string of the Napoleonic wars which devastated the region. Her life was spent traveling much of the world, and has shaped much of her and her husband's politics. "Mrs. Adams in Winter" is a solid addition to any historical biography collection.

The Life We Were Given
Dana Sachs
Beacon Press
25 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108-2892
9780807042410, $25.95,

To let your child live thousands of miles from you for a chance at a better life was a sacrifice many Vietnamese parents made. "The Life We Were Given: Operation Babylift, International Adoption, and the Children of War in Vietnam" looks at the history of Operation Babylift, where the United States government helped relocate thousands of Vietnamese children from war-torn Vietnam. Dana Sachs reflects on her past well, and gives new insight on these tragic events. "The Life We Were Given" is an eye opening and thought provoking read, highly recommended.

Americo Paredes
Manuel F. Medrano
University of North Texas Press
1155 Union Circle #311336, Denton, TX 76203-5017
9781574412871, $22.95,

America is a melting pot of culture, and no part of that culture should be shunned. "Americo Paredes: In His Own Words, An Authorized Biography" tells the story of Americo Paredes, a key figure representing Latino culture along the American and Mexican border, when in his days such influence was minimized. An influential scholar and teacher, his progress is still felt in the modern day. "Americo Paredes" is a key addition to any biography collection focusing on major Hispanic intellectuals in America.

Susan Boyle: Dreams Can Come True
Alice Montgomery
Overlook Press
141 Wooster St., New York NY 10012
9781590204214, $21.95

Susan Boyle: Dreams Can Come True offers the first biography of the singing star who provided an eye-opening performance in last year's 'Britain's Got Talent' competition, and is a pick for any general lending library, especially those strong in popular music. Her story charts her Scottish roots and the events and people that led to her development. Singing has always been her passion: this tells how her passion evolved. An inspirational, vivid story.

The Military Shelf

The Counterterrorist Manual
Leroy Thompson
Frontline Books
47 Church St., Barnsley, S. Yorkshire, England, S70 2AS
9781848325142, $39.99,

The Counterterrorist Manual: A Practical Guide to Elite International Units provides a finely illustrated guidebook to antiterrorist units deployed to handle airplane, ship, train and bus hijackings. Units around the world are examined in a survey of these elite antiterrorist units and their operations, a pick for any military library and packed with color photos of equipment and more.

War in the Pacific 1941-45
Richard Overy
Osprey Publishing
4402 - 23rd St. Suite 219, Long Island City, NY 11101
9781849083942, $45.00

With its handsome illustrated slipcase and packed with documents, maps and memorabilia from the war, WAR IN THE PACIFIC: 1941-45 is a winning survey blending a coffee table book format with a narrative packed with photos and 20 pull-out documents from the war covering key points. Most coverages of the topic don't contain nearly this amount of visual documentation, making this a top pick for any military history collection.

Wanting War
Jeffrey Record
Potomac Books
22841 Quicksilver Drive, Sterling, VA 20166
9781597974370, $24.95

Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq provides the first in-depth analysis of the reasons why President Bush went to war in Iraq, documenting rationales both presented and underlying, and the war's impact on U.S. international relations and future military efforts abroad. New assessments of Bush's presidency, recent memoirs by key administration decision makers, and more lend to a survey perfect for critical debate.

The Music Shelf

Techno Rebels, second edition
Dan Sicko
Wayne State University Press
The Leonard N. Simons Building
4809 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201-1309
9780814334386 $19.95 1-800-978-7323

Techno has revised what can be defined as music to much of the country. "Techno Rebels: The Renegades of Electronic Funk" is an updated second edition of the book that discusses Detroit's role in the foundation of techno and electronica, expanding on the history and the major figures who took this genre and made it their own, pioneering their own brand of music. "Techno Rebels" is a must for anyone interested in music history and for community library music collections.

The Rise and Fall of EMI Records
Brian Southall
Omnibus Press
c/o Music Sales Corporation
237 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10010
9781847722447, $29.95

The Rise and Fall of EMI Records deserves ongoing recommendation as a strong pick for any library strong in music history. It tells of a visionary company that began in the UK in 1931 manufacturing hardware and software - recorders and records and tapes - and grew to dominate the music industry. From its rise to fame to its decline over two decades, this packs in business and music industry history in a powerful recommendation.

The Gramophone Classical Music Guide 2010
Presto Classical
Omnibus Press
c/o Music Sales Corporation
Box 572, Chester, NY 10918
0860249220, $34.95

The Gramophone Classical Music Guide 2010 is a 'must' for any classical music reference collection. It has over 400 new, fully revised recommendations on CDs, DVDs and downloads, packing in over 3,000 reviews of currently available CDs and offering major coverage of DVDs including concerts, opera, historic recordings and documentaries. A starred rating system and more make this a key acquisition for any serious classical music fan.

The King and Dr. Nick
George Nichopoulos, MD with Rose Clayton Phillips
Thomas Nelson Publishers
PO Box 141000, Nashville, TN 37214
9781595551719, $24.99

The King and Dr. Nick: What Really Happened to Elvis and Me tells of the author's personal encounters with Elvis, which began with a house call made to treat him and resulted in a 10-year friendship between Elvis and 'Dr. Nick". Medical and social issues led to suspicions and an unflattering spotlight on Dr. Nick after Elvis' death: this survey recounts the performer's pros and cons and examines the motivations and methods behind the man he tried to save. Any Elvis fan needs this different observation.

Louisiana Rocks!
Tom Aswell
Pelican Publishing
1000 Burmaster St., Gretna, LA 70053-2246
9781589806771, $29.95

Louisiana Rocks provides an outstanding study and history arguing that rock and roll began in New Orleans in 1947 with Roy Brown's recording of 'Good Rockin Tonight'. The book continues with its assessment of Louisiana influences of swamp pop, Cajun, zydeco, and more, with profiles of major figures accompanying discussions of the role played by independent recording studios and local radio stations in the promotion of local Louisiana artists. An outstanding presentation!

The Transportation Shelf

Blood, Iron and Gold
Christian Wolmar
Public Affairs
250 West 57th St., Suite 1321, New York NY 10107
9781586488345, $28.95

Blood, Iron and Gold: How the Railroads Transformed the World tells how railroads altered time and the nature of communications and connections. Trains created a manufacturing industry, made perishables more widely available, fostered the idea of the vacation, and more. A fine survey of their lasting social impact makes this an intriguing, revealing guide.

Anglo-American Cars from the 1930s to the 1970s
Veloce Publishing
Veloce House, Parkway Farm Business Park
Middle Farm Way, Poundbury, Dorchester, DT1 3AR, England
9781845842338, $29.95

Anglo-American Cars from the 1930s to the 1970s provides an outstanding survey of different vintage cars from the 1930s to the 1970s, juxtaposing vintage black and white and color photos and ads with discussions of the history and evolution of British cars powered by American engines and American cars fitted with British power. An outstanding survey, this will appeal to any auto buff interested in car history and culture.

The Environmental Studies Shelf

Rewilding the World
Caroline Fraser
Metropolitan Books
175 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10010
9780805078268, $28.50

Rewilding the World: Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution covers the world biodiversity crisis and how a pioneering group of biologists and environmental doers are working to change the world. Their effort to save species and lands through restoring habitats and reviving wildlife migration corridors makes for inspirational, involving reading.

The Biochar Debate
James Bruges
Chelsea Green
Box 428, White River Junction, VT 05001
9781603582551, $14.95

The Biochar Debate: Charcoal's Potential to Reverse Climate Change and Build Soil Fertility offers the first book to introduce the promises and ideas of biochar (fine-grained charcoal used as a soil supplement). It offers new ideas on the relationship between biochar and combating global warming, telling how to use it to increase crop yields and help the soil. Natural resources libraries need this.

The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf

The Art of How to Train Your Dragon
Tracey Miller-Zarneke
Newmarket Press
18 E. 48th St., New York NY 10017
9781557048639, $40.00

The Art of How to Train Your Dragon packs in over 350 pieces of development artwork that includes early character designs, story sketches, and concept paintings in a fine companion to HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON. Filmmaker insights and commentary are keys to understanding behind-the-scenes choices and decisions, making this a powerful visual survey highly recommended for both general-interest and filmmaking collections alike.

The Independent Film Producer's Survival Guide, third edition
Gunnar Erickson, Harris Tulchin and Mark Halloran
Schirmer Books
257 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10010
9780825637230, $27.95

The Independent Film Producer's Survival Guide appears in its third updated edition to provide film producers with a business and legal reference packed with industry insights. From understanding business information to digital movie making specs, distribution, marketing and finance, this provides plenty of insights on everything from presales to hiring producers. Music producers must have this.

The Nautical Shelf

Looking Astern
Loretta Krupinski
Down East Books
PO Box 679, Camden, ME 04843
9780892727490, $29.95

LOOKING ASTERN: AN ARTIST'S VIEW OF MAINE'S HISTORIC WORKING WATERFRONTS offers Maine residents and any fascinated by nautical life a beautiful pairing of the maritime artist's lovely color paintings paired with details on Maine's evolving waterfront towns and history. Economic, social and architectural details are revealed in a fine coffee table keepsake perfect for any collection strong in nautical topics in general or Maine history.

The Photography Shelf

Off-Camera Flash
Rod and Robin Deutschmann
Amherst Media
Box 586, Buffalo, NY 14226
9781584289920, $34.95

OFF-CAMERA FLASH: CREATIVE TECHNIQUES FOR DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHERS is a key reference for any photography collection. It covers all the basics of off-camera work, from selecting off-camera flash equipment and wired and wireless solutions to adjusting the flash's power levels, creating dramatic close-ups and long shots, and creating superior images. A 'must' for any serious photography reference collection.

The Antiques/Collectibles Shelf

Standard Catalog of World Coins 1801-1900, sixth edition
George S. Cuhaj, Editor
Krause Publications
700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54990-0001
0896899403, $70.00

The sixth updated edition of Standard Catalog of World Coins 1801-1900 is a 'must' for any serious coin collector and libraries catering to them: it offers comprehensive coin listings and the latest market prices gathered from over 150 experts around the world. Each coin listing provides the latest values by date and grade, detailed images and designs for identification, and additional specs on coins struck in gold, platinum, palladium and silver. A user's guide and more makes this a special winner.

The Self-Help Shelf

Be the Star You Are!
Cynthia Brian
1225 Franklin Ave., STE 325, Garden City, NY 11530-1693
9781600376320, $17.95,

Breaking out of one's shell is vital for being the most that one can be. "Be the Star You Are!: For Teens: Simple Gifts for Living, Loving, Laughing, Learning, and Leading" is a guide to help teens become the person that they are destined to become and to defeat the anxiety that plagues so many through their teenage years. Written by a life coach, Cynthia Brian hopes readers will take her advice and make the most of their teenage years. "Be the Star You Are!" is a choice pick for any teen who wants to rise up in their life.

The Christian Studies Shelf

American Magnificat
Maxwell E. Johnson, editor
The Liturgical Press
St. John's Abbey, PO Box 7500, Collegeville, MN 56321-7500
9780814632598 $19.95 1-800-858-5450

Spiritual comfort and knowledge is still spiritual comfort and knowledge, regardless of its source. "American Magnificat: Protestants on Mary of Guadalupe" discusses how Mary of Guadalupe, a tradition of Mexican Catholics has spread towards being embraced by some other aspects of Christianity, namely the protestant faith, and the influences that ignore sect or branch are things that cannot be ignored. "American Magnificat" is a choice addition to any Christian studies or general religious collection.

The California Shelf

Golden Gate Gardening, third edition
Pam Peirce
Sasquatch Books
119 South Main St #400, Seattle, WA 98104
9781570616174, $29.95

The third updated edition of Golden Gate Gardening is a winner, offering a complete book of vegetable gardening specific to the San Francisco Bay Area and perfect for any San Francisco library. Completely updated and revised, this third edition includes new vegetable varieties, the latest pest management ideas, expanded resource lists and new recipes, and much more. Very highly recommended!

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

John Schmale and Kristina Schmale's PETALUMA AND SANTA ROSA RAILWAY (0738559598, $21.99) offers a fine survey of a railway that operated for 81 years as an egg-hauling enterprise in California's Sonoma County. It provided efficient trail service and enabled botanist Luther Burbank to locate his experimental farm near Sebastopol. The result is a fine celebration of the train's impact on the area's growth and culture. Lydia B. Zaverukha and Nina Bogdan's RUSSIAN SAN FRANCISCO (0738571679, $21.99) provides a fine survey of Russian history in the City and uses vintage portraits from private collections and Russian cultural museums alike. The importance of San Francisco's Russian population is well detailed in this fine survey. Both are packed with rare archival photos and 'musts' for any serious California library strong in regional history.

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