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Volume 6, Number 5 May 2011 Home | CALBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Women's Studies Shelf Automotive Shelf
Education Shelf Needlecraft Shelf Woodworking Shelf
Gardening Shelf Agricultural Shelf Audiobook Shelf
Art Shelf Photography Shelf Christian Studies Shelf
Religion/Spirituality Shelf American History Shelf World History Shelf
Cookbook Shelf Military Shelf Travel Shelf
Health/Medicine Shelf Sports Shelf Business Shelf
Political Science Shelf Computer Shelf Crafts Shelf
DVD Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf Parenting Shelf
Metaphysical Studies Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf Science Shelf
Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf Philosophy Shelf Biography Shelf
Literary Shelf Music Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
Social Issues Shelf Homeowner's Shelf California Shelf

Reviewer's Choice

The Millionaire Messenger
Brendon Burchard
Experts Academy Press/Morgan James
5 Penn Plaza, 23rd Floor, New York NY 10001
9781600379383, $21.95,

The Millionaire Messenger: Make a Difference and a Fortune Sharing Your Advice offers specific key to packaging advice and consulting to make a difference, and stands out from the realm of how-to titles for philanthropists. Learn the author's 10-step plan for making an impact AND an income based on personal knowledge and lessons from life and business through a title that teaches how to package assets for maximum personal and philanthropic gain. No other title offers such specifics!

Nature's Spectacle
John Sheail
c/o Stylus Publishing
Box 605, Herndon, VA 20172-0605
9781849711296, $99.95,

NATURE'S SPECTACLE: THE WORLD'S FIRST NATIONAL PARKS AND PROTECTED PLACES celebrates the attraction of parks as wilderness or places that sparked both controversies and conflict as much as pleasure in local communities. The first century of national parks which fostered attention to conservation built an uncertain foundation from which to build the modern conservation movement: chapters here document legislation, politics, decision-making, and conservation issues of the world's first protected places.

Sex and the River Styx
Edward Hoagland
Chelsea Green
PO Box 428
White River Junction, VT 05001-0428
9781603583374, $17.95,

Sex and the River Styx presents essays written over the course of thirteen years that explore themes of aging, love and sex through stories of diverse, different peoples and places around the world. Its literary and social focus highlights the power of the essay as a form, musing on missed opportunities and focusing on future potentials. A fine addition to any collection strong in literary social reflection.

Badass: The Birth of a Legend
Ben Thompson
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022-5299
9780062001351, $16.99,

Badass: The Birth of a Legend offers a fine survey of mythic tales and legendary titans and provides a vivid account perfect for any general collection. From Rama and Thor to Moby Dick, Sinbad and Sampson, this is packed with explorations of myths, folklore and pop culture and retells epic hero tales with a modern kick that's irresistible. General-interest and literary libraries alike will find the tales evocative and the approach unforgettable.

The Collective Memory Reader
Jeffrey K. Olick, Vered Vinitzky-Seroussi, Daniel Levy
Oxford University Press
198 Madison, New York NY 10016
9780195337426, $39.95,

The Collective Memory Reader offers a range of essays from scholars who present, analyze and evaluate past and modern contributions on the subject of collective memory. Sections cover history, memory, power, media and modes of transmission, and more, and consider the concept, history and impact of collective memory as a whole. College-level collections will find this a key reader packed with scholarly reflections and references.

The Women's Studies Shelf

Sarah Brokaw
c/o Hyperion Books
77 West 66th Street, NY, NY 10023-6298
9781401341190, $23.99,

Fortytude: Making the Next Decades the Best years of Your Life - Through the 40s, 50s, and Beyond offers women keys to making the most of their forties, and uses personal stories and real-life examples of women to explain how midlife can serve as a vehicle for more enjoyment and less negative attitudes. Common issues women face in their forties, from dating and sexuality to changing careers and handling loss of friends and family, are discussed in chapters that identify five qualities held by women who make the most successful midlife transitions. General libraries will find this a fine pick!

The Automotive Shelf

100 Cars Britain Can Be Proud Of
Giles Chapman
Trafalgar Square Publishing
814 N. Franklin St., Chicago IL 60610
9780752456867, $18.95,

100 Cars Britain Can Be Proud Of celebrates British cars and designs, from the 1890s Lanchester to today's minis and moderns. Here is a history packed with color photos and lively descriptions of the British engineers, designers and auto manufacturers who have created cars with unique styling for decades. Auto buffs must have this fine, appealing survey.

Preston Tucker & Others
Arvid Linde
Veloce Publishing International
9781845840174, $39.95,

Preston Tucker & Others is highly recommended for any auto buff interested in automotive innovators. It celebrates the pioneering innovators of automotive designs who took radical approaches to design, and offers a history lavishly illustrated, well researched and packed with color photos. A top pick for any collection strong in auto innovations and history!

The Education Shelf

Being and Becoming a Management Education Scholar
Charles Wankel and Robert DeFillippi, editors
Information Age Publishing
11600 North Community House Rd, #250
Charlotte, NC 28277
9781607523468, $45.99,

Being and Becoming a Management Education Scholar provides college-level readers with a fine survey consisting of reports by scholars leading the main research publication venues in the discipline of management on what it takes to succeed in academic management education. From changing career possibilities of the researcher of management education to leveraging leadership roles in scholarship, this offers scholarly essays, conclusions and extensive bibliographical references key to any scholarly pursuit.

Visible Thinking in the K-8 Mathematics Classroom
Ted H. Hull, Don S. Blaka, Ruth Harbin Miles
Corwin Press
2455 Teller Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
9781412992053, $31.95,

Visible Thinking in the K-8 Mathematics Classroom offers a fine interactive approach to math instruction that illustrates the benefits of visible thinking, offering vignettes, word problems, classroom scenarios and more to illustrate classroom strategies in action. The idea is to show why making student thought processes visible is the key to successful math instruction: chapters offer plenty of illustration on visible thinking's benefits. Educator libraries will find this a fine pick!

GRE 2011: Strategies, Practice, and Review
Kaplan Publishing
1 Liberty Plaza, New York NY 10006
9781419549908, $22.99,

GRE 2011: Strategies, Practice, and Review offers keys to successfully completing the graduate record exams, providing two practice tests with answers, proven strategies for success, and tips and reviews for each section of the test. The revised GRE is presented with the latest updates and information in this important guide, a 'must' for any collection appealing to students taking the exam.

The Needlecraft Shelf

Crazy Quilting
Allie Aller
C&T Publishing
Box 1456, Lafayette, CA 94549
9781607051732, $29.95,

CRAZY QUILTING: MODERN PIECING & EMBELLISHING TECHNIQUES FOR JOYFUL STITCHING provides a range of creative piecing methods which lend dimension and new ideas for any needlework artist. From using 3-D ribbon flowers to embroidery and embellishments for cousins, small quilts, and more, this packs in a host of ideas needleworkers will find useful for a wide range of applications. A top pick for any needlework collection!

The Great North American Afghan
Knitter's Magazine/Elaine Rowley, Editor
XRX Books
PO Box 1525, Sioux Falls, SD 57101
9781933064246, $12.95,

The Great North American Afghan features over twenty unique knitted squares from over twenty designers and provides new ideas to build knitting skills and new techniques. The square teaches all the basics of cables, bobbles, applique and more, teaching the basics of producing a versatile afghan design with one simple pattern. Any knitter will appreciate this easy approach!

Fearless Fair Isle Knitting
Kathleen Taylor
Taunton Press
63 South Main St., Newtown, CT 06470-5507
9781600853272, $24.95,

Fearless Fair Isle Knitting: 30 Gorgeous Original Sweaters, Socks, Mittens and More is for any newcomer to Fair Isle's complexities who have knitting basics down and want to move to the next level. Easy patterns such as a floppy hat or fingerless mittens are provided along with details on more advanced projects such as a Nordic snowflake sweater dress design or a shawl. Any intrigued by Fair Isle will find this a winner!

Pathways from Quilt Top to Quilted
Sally Terry
American Quilter Society Publishing
Box 3290, Paducah, KY 42002-3290
9781574326802, $28.95,

Pathways from Quilt Top to Quilted comes from a teacher's decades of quilting expertise and provides all the basics any machine quilter needs. From preventing common problems to handling excess fabric and learning how to build dozens of quilting designs from basic shapes, this offers specific chapters on borders, backing, marking techniques and more, and is a top pick for any beginning quilter who would move forward on basic steps.

Interlocking Crochet
Tanis Galik
Krause Publications
4700 E. Galbraith Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45236
1440212392, $22.99,

INTERLOCKING CROCHET: 80 ORIGINAL STITCH PATTERNS PLUS TECHNIQUES AND PROJECTS provides a fine step-by-step workbook illustrating the crochet techniques that turn yarn into interlocking crochet fabric. It tells how to create a unique look through unique projects that use the interlocking crochet technique, and provides some ten projects demonstrating this technique's versatility. Photos aren't just your usual completed projects: they're of the stitches that take you there. All levels of crocheter will appreciate this!

Modern Basics
Amy Ellis
Martingale & Company
19021 - 120th Ave #102, Bothell, WA 98011
9781604680157, $22.99,

MODERN BASICS; EASY QUILTS TO FIT YOUR BUDGET, SPACE, AND STYLE offers beginners a fine starting point to quilting, offering some fourteen different designs, each made from just one block. The basics of creating a block and using them with modern fabrics are covered in a guide that includes how to make quilting a part of a busy life. Gorgeous color photos cover step-by-step piecing techniques, materials, cutting, and more. Beginners will find this a highly accessible pick!

How to Use, Adapt, and Design Knitting Patterns
Sam Elliott and Sidney Bryan
250 Wireless Road, Hauppauge, NY 11788
0764145029, $21.99,

How to Use, Adapt, and Design Knitting Patterns offers a fine survey of how to adapt a knitting pattern to personal desire. The authors explain how knitting patterns work, how to get the best results from any pattern, and how to tailor a pattern to suit individual tastes. Knitters from beginners to advanced will find this covers all the basics of how to take a design and adapt it, with color photos throughout covering all the basics of reworking instructions. Highly recommended!

The Art of Elegant Hand Embroidery
Janice Vaine
Landauer Publishing
3100 - 101st St., Urbandale IA 50322
9781935726029, $34.95,

The Art of Elegant Hand Embroidery offers a blend of hardcover with lay-flat binding and spine lettering for easy location and over two hundred pages of ribbonwork, embroidery and stumpwork stitches and techniques, and is perfect for any needlework collection. Color photos of each stitch accompany good-sized step-by-step illustrations and provide color and easy instruction to a book that includes applique and features all patterns in DVD. Any interested in artistic needlework applications will find this a winner!

The Woodworking Shelf

How to Choose and Use Bench Planes & Scrapers
John English
Linden Publishing
2006 South Mary, Fresno, CA 93721
9781933502298, $21.95,

How to Choose and Use Bench Planes & Scrapers is a top recommendation for any woodworker or homeowner interested in selecting and using the right and plane for a woodworking project. It's essentially a shop manual and covers bench, molding, joinery and specialty planes, teaching basics on how to operate a bench plane, plane a panel, and more. Home handymen will find this a winner!

The Gardening Shelf

Sugar Snaps and Strawberries
Andrea Bellamy
Timber Press
135 SW - 2nd Ave #450, Portland, OR 97204-3527
9781604691245, $19.95,

Sugar Snaps and Strawberries: Simple Solutions for Creating Your Own small-Space Edible Garden provides the basics on how to grow organic food with little square footage. From creating healthy soil and deciding what to plant to harvesting the using a crop, this provides basics on such specifics as how to move sheltered indoor seedlings outdoors, how to create a garden bed without digging, choosing plants for the small edible garden, and more.

100 Cool Mushrooms
Michael Kuo and Andy Methven
University of Michigan Press
839 Greene Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3209
9780472034178, $27.95,

100 Cool Mushrooms provides an excellent visual guide for any mushroom collector. It covers a range of notable North American mushrooms - including rare mushrooms not to be found in every field guide - and describes the ecology and features of each. All are accompanied by color photos that often include close-up shots, and provide the authors' personal insights into each. No mushroom reference library should be without this!

The Agricultural Shelf

The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals
Gail Damerow, Editor
Storey Publishing
210 Mass MoCa Way, North Adams, MA 01247
9781603429696, $24.95,

The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals teaches the basics of how to raise chicks, use the produce from animals and poultry, and more. From producing better meat from cattle to handling births, feeding goats, and more, this is packed with keys for small-space farmers and focuses on obtaining superior results from farming efforts. Any small farming operation needs this!

The Audiobook Shelf

The Killing Edge
Heather Graham
Brilliance Audio
PO Box 887, Grand Haven, MI 49417
1423398718, $34.99,

THE KILLING EDGE receives a fine narration by Julia Whelan, who adds drama and tension to the tale of one Chloe Marin, a teen when a party at a beach mansion turns into a killing spree, leaving her one of the few to survive. Ten years later she's channeling her trauma into a positive career for victims - until the ghost of a vanished swimsuit model involves Chloe in a search for the truth. Audio libraries strong in intrigue will find this a moving production!

Pictures of You
Caroline Leavitt
Highbridge Audio Books
201 Sixth Street SE, Suite 220
Minneapolis, MN 55414
9781615736553, $34.95,

Pictures of You provides an engrossing novel that tells of two women running away from their marriages who collide on a highway. The survivor will pick up piece of her life plus those of the other woman in an engrossing story of two parallel lives that literally collide and are changed by their encounter and shared experiences. General fiction audio collections will find this a winner!

Beginning Meditation
Sally Kempton
Sounds True
Box 8010, Boulder CO 80306
9781604070972, $19.95,

BEGINNING MEDITATION is a pick for any newcomer to meditation and covers the basics of how to choose a meditative practice. A review of key principles and their underlying paradoxes accompanies six guided meditations to support beginners in the process. This audio adds a layer of excitement to the process of self-discovery through meditation, and comes from a teacher who has spent over forty years covering the basics for new students.

Harry Beckwith
Hachette Audio
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017
9781607886235, $26.98,

UNTHINKING: THE SURPRISING FORCES BEHIND WHAT WE BUY receives a fine narration by LJ Ganser, who has narrated over 300 audio books and who adds spice and vigor to the story of three sources of influence over human behaviors. His research from thirty years of working with hundreds of businesses around the world provides a fine assessment of what influences choices and consumer drive, from childhood to culture. A fine pick for any business collection!

The Art Shelf

Modern North
Julie Decker, Juhani Pallasma, Edwin Crittenden
Princeton Architectural Press
37 East 7th St., New York NY 10003
9781568988993, $45.00,

MODERN NORTH: ARCHITECTURE ON THE FROZEN EDGE presents over thirty modern architectural structures located in northern Canada, Scandinavia, and Alaska that are built for extreme conditions. These conditions become a part of the building design and harness solar energy to its maximum, and these architectural examples offer a new definition for northern building and harsh climates. No architecture collection should be without!

Jewelry by Artists
Kelly H. L'Ecuyer
MFA Publications
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston MA 02115
9780878467501, $55.00,

Jewelry by Artists: In the Studio 1940-2000 provides a fine survey of studio jewelers who work as independent artists in small workshops, producing unique pieces that are works of art as much as adornment. This history features over 150 pieces from the Daphne Fargo Collection and examines the major events, ideas and jewelers who shaped the evolution of studio jewelry art. Full-page color photos pack a volume that will prove essential to any serious jewelry history holding.

Painting Watercolour Landscapes the Easy Way
Terry Harrison
Search Press
1338 Ross Street, Petaluma, CA94954-1117
9781844484645, $25.95,

Painting Watercolour Landscapes the Easy Way follows up to Terry Harrison's BRUSH WITH WATERCOLOUR to explain how watercolor brushes can create gorgeous landscapes. It explains what brushes can be used for and shows techniques for landscape painting, offering a series of step-by-step demonstrations showing the brushes in action. Color examples abound, making this a top recommendation.

Torn Posters
Jean-Pierre Vorlet
Hudson Hills Press
PO Box 205, 74-2 Union Street, Manchester, VT 05254
9781555953324, $60.00,

TORN POSTERS is the result of over 40 years of shooting pictures in the cities of the world with an eye to capturing its oddities, and this collection profiles photographer and plastic artist Jean-Pierre Vorlet's street scenes and posters. Full-page color representations capture daily life and culture and captures the beauty and oddities to be found in a city, covering walls, posters, and visual poems reflecting urban culture. It's a top pick for any college-level arts collection seeking representation of Vorlet's work or modern poster art in particular.

Figure Poses for Fashion Illustrators
Sha Tahmasebi
250 Wireless Road, Hauppauge, NY 11788
9781438070490, $24.99,

Figure Poses for Fashion Illustrators offers correctly proportioned fashion poses suitable for a range of styles and shows design students how to draw and clothe the figure perfectly every time. Students can copy from the book's figures, can use a range of garment blocks and details, and can access the book's accompanying CD-ROM to further expand the drawing process. The slightly oversized presentation allows for clear full-page drawing examples throughout. No illustration collection or fashion library should be without this.

Digital by Design
Conway Freyer, Sebastien Noel, Eva Rucki
Thames & Hudson Inc.
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780500289013, $34.95,

Digital by Design: Crafting Technology for Products and Environments provides an excellent sourcebook on the works of designers who are creating new relationships between technology, products, and human interactions. The London design firm Trioka here presents some 100 objects and installations that represent this blend of technological influence and design, including interviews with critics and artists alike. Over four hundred illustrations, most in color, accompany this bright, appealing survey.

Graphic Design Translated
Peter J. Wolf
c/o Quayside Publishing Group
400 First Avenue North, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55401
159253595X, $50.00,

GRAPHIC DESIGN TRANSLATED; A VISUAL DIRECTORY OF TERMS FOR GLOBAL DESIGN is presented in five languages - English, French, German, Italian and Spanish - and provides an excellent collection of over 200 common terms culled from design history, printing, general typography, and more. Visual representation of each term helps students identify terms while the global approach lends to a working knowledge of all industry basics. No college-level graphic design collection should be without this!

Painting Sunlight & Shadow with Pastels
Maggie Price
North Light Books
4700 East Galbraith Rd, Cincinnati OH 45236
1440303916, $24.99,

Painting Sunlight & Shadow with Pastels comes from a master pastel artist who shares techniques for painting beautiful light and reflections. Thirteen step-by-step demonstrations offer a range of lighting situations while five contributing artists explore different styles, approaches and subjects from landscapes to people. The pastel concepts can be applied to any medium and are liberally illustrated with colorful examples throughout, making this a top pick for any painting or arts collection!

The Photography Shelf

Norman Mauskopf
Twin Palms Publishers
54 1/2 East San Francisco St., Santa Fe NM 87501
9781931885928, $60.00,

Descendants comes from an artistic and social photographer who has spent the last decade photographing the Hispanic people and their culture, creating photo documents that reflected insights into their religion and community. It's a stunning collection of black and white photos presented in an oversized oblong format perfect for capturing the community's images - and perfect for both arts and Hispanic culture collections.

Flash Techniques for Macro and Close-Up Photography
Rod and Robin Deutschmann
Amherst Media
Box 586, Buffalo, NY 14226
9781608952908, $34.95,

Flash Techniques for Macro and Close-Up Photography provides a fine survey of key techniques for focus and covers everything from using the macro lens and mixing in flash to using flash modifiers and working with fast and slow shutter speeds alike. From creating indoor and outdoor close-up images to designing images of nature, this begins with the basics and moves out to the broader spectrum of photo science.

Create Great iPhone Photos
Allan Hoffman
No Starch Press
555 DeHaro Street, #250, San Francisco, CO 94107
9781593272852, $29.95,

CREATE GREAT iPHONE PHOTOS: APPS, TIPS, TRICKS AND EFFECTS shares basics on how to take impressive photos using the iPhone's many features. The phone can apply filters, add-ons can edit them with special effects, and iPhone users can even produce vintage photo strips and more using recommended best iPhone apps for different projects. Learn how to locate apps, create special effects, and more with this outstanding guide recommended for any iPhone user.

The Christian Studies Shelf

King's Cross
Timothy Keller
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780525952107, $25.95,

KING'S CROSS: THE STORY OF THE WORLD IN THE LIFE OF JESUS comes form a Christian writer who provides new insights into the Life of Jesus from the Gospel of Mark. Any seeking in-depth insights into Jesus will find this a fine analysis covering major themes of revitalization, rescue, and how Jesus opens his heart to his disciples and to God. An engrossing survey, this is a winning pick for any Christian library.

Jesus of Nazareth
Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI
Ignatius Press
PO Box 1339, Fort Collins, CO 80522
9781586175009, $24.95,

"Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week from the Entrance Into Jerusalem to the Resurrection" provides the second volume in Pope Benedict XVI's definitive work on Christ's life, and explores Jesus journey to the Cross and his Resurrection. This sequel to the first analysis furthers the discussion of Jesus' life and explorations and makes for a top exploration for any scholarly Christian collection.

The Christian Faith
Michael Horton
Zondervan Publishing House
5300 Patterson Avenue, S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49530
9780310286042, $49.99,

The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims On the Way offers a solid, in-depth volume packed with a re-assessment of 17th century Reformed theology and is written for pastors, students and Christian readers who will appreciate the synopsis of biblical passages. Reviews of theologies evolving from these passages, theological debates, and interactions between different Christian movements accompany charts, sidebars, and discussion questions perfect for spirituality readers at all levels. Any college-level Christian collection needs this all-embracing survey.

A Field Guide to God
Patty Kirk
16 E. 34th St., New York NY 10016
9780824947927, $21.99,

A Field Guide to God: A Seeker's Manual tells how to discover the presence of a God we can't see, hear or touch. It presents the author's perceptions of God's ongoing presence and invites fellow seekers to be more proactive in developing strategies for discerning God's presence in everyday life. A fine survey of the author's journey to spiritual enlightenment, this deserves a spot in any Christian collection.

Pekka M.A. Pitkanen
InterVarsity Press
Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL 60515-1426
9780830825066, $40.00,

APOLLOS OLD TESTAMENT COMMENTARY 6: JOSHUA is a pick for any college-level collection strong in religious study. It provides a close examination of the book of Joshua, with Pekka M.A. Pitkanen presenting it in its Ancient Near Eastern context. Literary and archaeology examination lends to the author's perspective that Joshua is best presented as a conquest document that helps define Israelite identity in Yahwistic terms. Serious college-level Christian scholars will find this packed with insights and assessments.

The Pastor
Eugene H. Peterson
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022-5299
9780061988202, $25.99,

THE PASTOR comes from an author of over thirty books who offers his life story as one answer to the question of what it means to become a pastor. Eugene H. Peterson was asked to begin a new church in Maryland: he accepted - and learned he wasn't sure what the essence of being a pastor really was. His discoveries of all that his new job entailed led to deeper spiritual understanding in this guide, a top pick for any spirituality collection.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

Religion Enters the Academy
James Turner
University of Georgia Press
330 Research Drive, Athens, GA 30602-4901
9780820337401, $26.95,

Religion Enters the Academy: The Origins of the Scholarly Study of Religion in America proves college-level spirituality collections with a fine survey of the discipline of religious studies and how it developed outside academic circles. The trend toward comparing Christianity with other religions and its migration to academic circles over the decades makes for a fascinating study that surveys the entire evolution of religious scholarship.

The American History Shelf

American Tempest
Harlow Giles Unger
DaCapo Press
c/o Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9780306819629, $26.00,

AMERICAN TEMPEST: HOW THE BOSTON TEA PARTY SPARKED A REVOLUTION provides a lively history of the Tea Party and its aftermath, and comes from a historian who recounts the period when colonists didn't have representation in Parliament, yet were expected to pay British taxes. It discusses how patriots tried to unite the colonies into an independent nation, and it documents efforts by individuals to get colonists to think about the concept of individual rights and liberties. Take American history, supercharge it with drama, and you have a nonfiction story that reads like a novel yet is packed with easily-accessible facts!

The World History Shelf

Gaiety of Spirit
Frances Klatzel
Rocky Mountain Books
9781897522981, $26.95

Gaiety of Spirit: The Sherpas of Everest provides a vivid account of modern mountaineering and the ethnic people who settled in the Himalayas about 500 years ago. Renowned for their mountain knowledge, the Sherpas evolved a rich culture and abilities to guide others through their mountains. For three decades the author lived and worked with Sherpas near Mount Everest: her account blends with color photos to reveal their history, culture, and achievements in a fine celebration suitable for any multicultural collection.

Central Asia in World History
Peter B. Golden
Oxford University Press
198 Madison Avenue, New York NY 10016-4314
9780195338195, $19.95,

Central Asia in World History offers high school to college-level libraries with a fine general survey that goes back thousands of years to pinpoint the major contributions Central Asians have made to the world. From traders who moved in the Mongol Empire to Central Asia's position between Eastern and Western worlds, this offers a social, political and historical survey key to understanding the entire region.

Victorious Insurgencies
Anthony James Joes
University of Kentucky Press
663 South Limestone St., Lexington, KY 40508-4008
9780813126142, $40.00,

Victorious Insurgencies: Four Rebellions That Shaped our World analyzes rebel victories that changed not just their countries, but the world arena. These were: the triumph of Maoists in China, the Viet Minh against the French in Indochina, Castro's followers in Cuba, and the Afghan mujahideen against the Soviet Union. His analysis pinpoints military and political blunders made by counterinsurgent forces that cost them victory, and considers and influence of international communities on events. College-level and military holdings will consider this a fine analysis!

The Cookbook Shelf

The Best One-Dish Suppers
Cook's Illustrated Editors
America's Test Kitchen
17 Station St., Brookline, MA 02445
1933615818, $35.00,

The Best One-Dish Suppers packs in some of the best tested recipes from issues of Cook's Illustrated Magazine, offering foolproof favorites that covers not just the usual crock pot, casserole dish or soup pot, but a range of kitchenware, from Dutch ovens to roasting pans. Add a focus on a range of ethnic influences and main-dish fare not hampered by 'fillers' such as desserts and salads and you have a winning collection packed with recipes and details on what makes them outstanding! Any general lending library will find this a popular pick.

Vegan Baking Classics
Kelly Rudnicki
Agate Publishing
c/o Surrey Books
1328 Greenleaf St., Evanston, IL 60202
9781572841123, $17.95,

Vegan Baking Classics provides fine baking recipes free of any animal ingredients and provides foolproof dishes that are easy to cook. Plant-based diets can be easy and cost effective, too: VEGAN BAKING CLASSICS proves this, providing simple, inexpensive recipes that are delicious for all. Color photos compliment Irish Soda Bread, Cinnamon Rolls (made with dairy-free shortening), Chocolate Chip Bars, and more.

Sandi Vitt & Michael Hickman
University of Alberta Press
Ring House 2, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E1 Canada
9780888643483, $10.95,

RHUBARB: MORE THAN JUST PIES deserves steady, ongoing recognition as remaining one of the few books on rhubarb on the market! Nearly 150 recipes feature rhubarb in breads and muffins to main courses - and of course, pies - and is packed with a range of ideas for cooking with rhubarb, from jams to desserts. Highly recommended!

Go Nuts
Debbie Harding
TouchWood Editions
340-1105 Pandora Avenue, Victoria, BC, Canada, V8V 3P9
9781926741116, $19.95,

GO NUTS: RECIPES THAT REALLY SHELL OUT provides a range of nut dishes that embrace both exotic and traditional foods. From Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes to Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Nut Crust or Meatballs in Curried Peanut Sauce, this is packed with appealing nut applications that cover all kinds of nuts and goes far beyond the usual nut cookbook. Any culinary collection will find it appealing. No color photos - but the recipes stand well without them.

Quick & Easy Family Favorites
Gooseberry Patch
Oxmoor House
PO Box 11095, Des Moines, Iowa 50336-1095
9780848732998, $29.95,

Quick & Easy Family Favorites provides a range of quick family-friendly dishes tested from Gooseberry Patch creators Vicki and Jo Ann, whose creations come embellished with color photos throughout. Over 200 tested recipes streamline the cooking process, cover every meal from breakfast to dinner, and use convenient mixes and pre-prepared ingredients to mix with 'scratch' cooking. Cooks will find this an appealing winner!

Grilled Cheese, Please!
Laura Werlin
Andrews & McMeel
1130 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO 64106-2109
9781449401658, $16.99,

GRILLED CHEESE, PLEASE! 60 SCRUMPTIOUSLY CHEESY RECIPES shares some 50 recipes that promote the grilled cheese sandwich and elevate it from a classic to a work of culinary art. These 'new' grilled cheese sandwiches are packed with unusual flavor, from Cubano, Greek and other world-influenced variations to Shepherd Sandwich with Ham and Tomato, infused with different cheeses. Any who consider the classic grilled cheese sandwich 'boring' will want this!

Food of Life
Najmieh Batmanglij
Mage Publishers
9781933823478, $54.95,

Past editions of this book have provided plenty of insights on Iranian cooking, but this expanded, larger edition of FOOD OF LIFE: ANCIENT PERSIAN AND MODERN IRANIAN COOKING AND CEREMONIES continues to remain unparalleled in world culinary literature. Menus and recipes associated with major Persian events are accompanied by color photos, discussions of how food has inspired Persian culture, and many step-by-step discussions. Its redesign for a broader audience offers even more color and more dishes and makes for a powerful presentation key to any ethnic cooking collection.

French Fries
Zac Williams
Gibbs Smith, Publisher
PO Box 667, Layton UT 84041
9781423607441, $16.99,

French Fries provides an outstanding survey of some sixty recipes for every kind of fry, from pesto to sweet potato. Over 125 pages and fifty color photos, this packs in a host of recipes and dishes which take the traditional fry and goes a step further, creating Green Bean Fries, Nacho Fries, and more. Dips, revised flavors and other techniques transform the French fry into something completely different, add international flavors, and make for an innovative collection sure to prove popular for any cookbook collection in a general lending library setting. Color photos abound, embellishing the results!

The Military Shelf

Nez Perce 1877
Robert Forczyk
Osprey Publishing
4402 - 23rd Street, Suite 219, Long Island City, NY 11101-5058
9781849081917, $19.95,

Nez Perce 1877: The Last Fight provides a fine addition to Osprey's 'Campaign' series detailing command strategies and tactics, and covers the Nez Perce, who refused to surrender and accept resettlement. Instead Chief Joseph organized some 750 warriors and ran for the Canadian border - and nearly made it. Black and white and color photos and maps throughout illustrated by Peter Dennis enhance an outstanding survey!

Guns of the Civil War
Dennis Adler
Zenith Press
c/o Quayside Publishing Group
400 First Avenue North, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55401
9780760339718, $40.00,

GUNS OF THE CIVIL WAR traces the history of gun making in the South and covers those made by established makers and companies, from handguns and rifles to the evolution of cartridges and arming the Union and Confederacy. Legendary guns and armsmakers of the Civil War era receive coverage in fine photos and close-up details suitable for both Civil War buffs and arms collectors alike. Very highly recommended!

The Travel Shelf

Italy Dish by Dish
Monica Sartoni Cesari
The Little Bookroom
435 Hudson St., 3rd Floor, New York NY 10014-3994
9781892145901, $24.95,

Italy Dish by Dish provides a pocket-sized, comprehensive translator to unique Italian specialties and dishes not to be found elsewhere, and is a take-along tote recommendation to any food fan heading over to Italy. Chapters include sections listing regional cheese and wines, a recipe from the area, and insights into unique names used to identify local food variations. From meat to wine, this is a top pick!

Hiking Grand Canyon National Park
Ron Adkison
Falcon Press
c/o Globe Pequot Press
246 Goose Lane, Suite 200, Guilford, CT 06437
9780762760602, $18.95,

Hiking Grand Canyon National Park is the perfect take-along tote for any who would hike the trails of the park. It covers a range of trail opportunities, from easy day hikes for novices and children to extended backpack trips for wilderness campers. With its specific directions, survey of 'best' day and overnight hikes for all abilities, difficulty ratings and more, this packs in details on all kinds of outdoors opportunities and is a top pick for any sports and outdoors collection or travel library.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Allergies Sourcebook, fourth edition
Amy L. Sutton, editor
Box 31-1640, Detroit, MI 48231-1640
9780780811447, $95.00,

The fourth updated edition of ALLERGIES SOURCEBOOK provides basic consumer information about the immune system and allergic disorders from sinusitis and asthma to allergy triggers, and belongs in any general health or lending library's reference collection. The latest treatment options and facts about an allergy diagnosis pack this survey, which provides updated details on the causes, triggers and prevalence of common allergic disorders. The wealth of facts under one cover makes this a highly recommended pick!

The Longevity Project
Howard S. Friedman, Ph.D.
Leslie R. Martin, Ph.D.
Hudson Street Press
c/o Penguin Group USA
375 Hudson Street, New York NY 10014
9781594630750, $25.95,

The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study comes from researchers who use an eight-decade-long Stanford University study to find lessons on who lives a long, healthy life and why. Their results dispel many myths about longevity, happiness, and aging and promote the idea of living conscientiously instead. Chapters don't offer a pat formula but instead promote living a 'life with purpose' and cultivating connections to the world. Any general lending collection will find this an attractive guide.

The OCD Workbook, third edition
Bruce M. Hyman, Ph.D & Cherry Pedrick, RN
New Harbinger
5674 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609
9781572249219, $24.95,

THE OCD WORKBOOK, THIRD EDITION provides a fine newly revised updated guide to overcoming obsessive-compulsive disorder. It's been updated to include the latest evidence-based approaches to managing OCD, it packs in daily strategies that can be used by anyone, and includes details for family members who seek to support loved ones with the disorder. Many books discuss OCD: few pack in the practical coping strategies of this workbook, recommended for any health or general lending library!

The Brain-Savvy Therapist's Workbook
Bonnie Badenoch
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780393706390, $25.95,

The Brain-Savvy Therapist's Workbook offers a powerful pick reviewing how the brain and body interact, and how the latest brain research can apply to understanding relationships. From empathy and understanding memory and perception to practicing compassionate release, this is a top recommendation for both college-level and general-interest collections appealing to working therapists seeking connections between research findings and treatment strategies.

Water Fitness Lesson Plans and Choreography
Christine Alexander
Human Kinetics
Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61825-5076
0736091122, $30.00,

Water Fitness Lesson Plans and Choreography is a 'must' for any instructor who wants to crate exercise activities for shallow or deep water. It provides over seventy lesson plans and 576 activities, including class objectives, conditioning phases, and cool-down activities, and it discusses fitness objectives and how instructors can lead water fitness classes for all levels. A 'must' for any educator's shelf and for any health collection where water fitness is of interest.

Reading as Therapy
Timothy Aubry
University of Iowa Press
100 Kuhl House, 119 West Park Road, Iowa City, IA 52242-1000
1587299550, $39.95,

READING AS THERAPY: WHAT CONTEMPORARY FICTION DOES FOR MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS argues that modern fiction serves as a therapeutic tool for lonely, dissatisfied middle-class American readers, maintaining that modern literature's appeal depends on its ability to resonate psychologically with it readers and gives them therapeutic value. This survey offers insights suitable for both literary and psychology collections, linking therapy and the therapeutic approach with reading and literature - and considering the pros and cons of this link. A fine survey, this is suitable for any college-level collection strong in either discipline.

Body Encyclopedia
Lisbeth Marcher and Sonja Fich
North Atlantic Books
Box 12327, Berkeley, CA 94712
9781556439407, $34.95,

Some forty years of research and theory come together in this key acquisition for any mind-body psychology collection. It offers a satisfying blend of tested results from clinical practice paired with decades of research, considering diagnosis and treatment that will place body psychotherapy in line with mainstream medicine. Chapters cover anatomy, related character structures and ego function, bodymapping techniques, and more and provide a powerful guide to the psychological functions of the muscular system. Not to be missed!

Preparing to Pass the Medical Assisting Exam
Carlene Harrison and Valerie Weiss
Jones & Bartlett
40 Tall Pine Drive, Sudbury, MA 01776
9780763754020, $64.95,

Preparing to Pass the Medical Assisting Exam comes with an interactive CD-ROM with over 1,000 review questions and a timed pre-test and comes packed with details helping prepare medical assistants to pass the AMA's CMA exam or the AMT's RMA exam. Three areas tested in these exams include medical terminology, anatomy, common diseases, legal issues, billing and coding, and more. Review questions and answers offer a fine reference for any collection catering to medical assisting students.

Advanced Cardiovascular Exercise Physiology
Denise L. Smith & Bo Fernhall
Human Kinetics
Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61825-5076
0736073922, $69.95,

Advanced Cardiovascular Exercise Physiology joins others in the college-level 'Advanced Exercise Physiology Series' of titles to offer in-depth, technical consideration of the effect of acute and chronic exercise training on each part of the cardiovascular system. It uses the latest medical research to discuss physical responses and adaptations to chronic aerobic and resistance exercise training and provides black and white diagrams and illustrations throughout. Any collection catering to health or exercise coaching will find this a technical 'must' reference.

The Sports Shelf

Run! 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss
Dean Karnazes
Rodale Books
400 South 10th St., Emmaus, PA 18098-0099
9781605292793, $24.99,

Run! 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss offers stories of author Dean Karnazes' mega-endurance endeavors, providing stories of his running achievements and adventures. From the obstacles and challenges a runner faces to philosophical and physical questions involving running, pain and competition, this is an outstanding series of personal insights on the nature and special challenges of the runner.

Rob Ruck
Beacon Press
25 Beacon St., New York NY 02108-2892
9780807048054, $25.95,

RACEBALL: HOW THE MAJOR LEAGUES COLONIZED THE BLACK AND LATIN GAME comes from a winning sports historian who considers who African Americans have largely left the sport of baseball, where they made such early influence and headway. This history of baseball considers the sport from the realm of Afro-American influences, considering the lines dividing races and nations and how ballplayers evolved. Social issues and sports libraries alike will find this involving.

The Business Shelf

It's Not Really About the Hair
Tabatha Coffey with Richard Buskin
IT Books
10 East 53rd St., New York NY 10022-5299
9780062023100, $21.99,

It's Not Really About the Hair: The Honest Truth About Life, Love, and the Business of Beauty comes from a hairstylist and business woman who stars in her own hit TV show. Her autobiography blends business insights with her rise in the ranks of the competitive hairstyling world, making this a fine set of business experiences perfect for either business or fashion libraries.

Army of Entrepreneurs
Jennifer Prosek
1601 Broadway, New York NY 10019-7420
081441673X, $23.00,

ARMY OF ENTREPRENEURS: CREATE AN ENGAGED AND EMPOWERED WORKFORCE FOR EXCEPTIONAL BUSINESS GROWTH shares a system the author developed to make entrepreneurial behavior the basis of her successful public relations firm. Proof of the pudding of her success is her move from one office that generated about, $2 million in 1995 to three offices and, $10 million today. Her tested model is presented here in step-by-step format showing how to recruit, train and motivate staff members to be entrepreneurial in their existing work. Highly recommended!

The Art of Action
Stephen Bungay
Nicholas Brealey Publishing
20 Park Plaza, Suite 1115A, Boston, MA 02116
9781857885590, $29.95,

THE ART OF ACTION: HOW LEADERS CLOSE THE GAPS BETWEEN PLANS, ACTIONS AND RESULTS uses the author's experience as a consultant, military historian and senior manager to examine the 19th century Prussian Army and how it empowered junior officers to build agility and initiative. Chapters focus on shared characteristics and how managers often disconnect between goals and results, and offer ideas on better management strategy that can be applied to any business setting.

Accounting for Value
Stephen Penman
Columbia Business School
3022 Broadway, New York, NY 10027
9780231151184, $44.95, www.cup/

ACCOUNTING FOR VALUE teaches investors and analysts how to handle accounting in evaluating equities, offering the basics of investing and value and considering how to pay based on knowledge rather than speculation. From avoiding paying too much for a stock to calculating capital, this is a top pick for any investor who would apply basic accounting principals to investment strategy, and will appeal especially to any college-level business collection strong in investing principles.

Marketing Outrageously Redux, revised edition
Jon Spoelstra
Bard Press
5275 McCormick Mtn Dr., Austin TX 78734
9781885167736, $16.95,

Marketing Outrageously Redux: How to Increase Your Revenue by Staggering Amounts is an outstanding business and marketing guide that tells how to market much more effectively - by pushing the envelope. This revised edition covers basic ground rules for alternative marketing strategies and uses plenty of case history examples to explore plans that worked, plans that did not, and why. From simple tests to take for self-analysis to generating excitement and creating special effects in marketing, this is a 'must' for any business collection.

Fostering Sustainable Behavior, third edition
Doug McKenzie-Mohr
New Society Publishers
Box 189, Gabriola Island, BC V0R 1CX0 Canada
9780865716421, $24.95,

The third updated edition of Fostering Sustainable Behavior provides practitioners and educators with a fine set of techniques and practices that can be applied to any environmental program. From using norms to fostering sustainable behaviors to seeking commitments, creating incentives, and tweaking effective messages, this packs in keys to community-based social marketing and is a top recommendation.

50 Jobs in 50 States
Daniel Seddiqui
Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc.
235 Montgomery Street, Suite 650, San Francisco, CA 94104-2916
9781605098258, $15.95,

50 Jobs in 50 States: One Man's Journey of Discovery Across America tells of an unemployed USC grad who tried 50 jobs in 50 weeks in 50 states. His journey surveyed industries and cultures often unique to the states he traveled in: being an auto mechanic in Michigan, a weddings coordinator in Vegas, a coal miner in West Virginia. Any who have searched for jobs in this tough market will relate to the author's search and obstacles - and many successes!

Earth Capitalism
Patrick U. Petit, Editor
Transaction Publishers
Rutgers-State University of New Jersey
35 Berrue Circle, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8042
9781412811064, $29.95,

EARTH CAPITALISM: CREATING A NEW CIVILIZATION THROUGH A RESPONSIBLE MARKET ECONOMY argues that human greed is the reason why we're depleting the Earth's resources - and it can be overcome through attention to a more balanced give-and-take in lifestyle. From finding happiness grounded in gratitude for plenty to appraising life and bounty, this provides ethical values to global economics and promotes a different path to global capitalism. College-level collections on business analysis will find this perfect for classroom debate.

Working for Yourself, eighth edition
Lisa Guerin, editor
Nolo Press
950 Parker Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
1413313310, $39.99,

The eighth updated edition of WORKING FOR YOURSELF covers all the latest laws and taxes for the one-person business and is packed with examples and free legal and tax details. Step-by-step instructions cover everything from contracts and agreements to determining how much to charge clients, how to maintain a home or outside office, assuring timely payments, and more. Independent contractors, freelancers and consultants will appreciate the range of details which are very specific and include the basics of how to get paid reliably and on time. Very highly recommended; an essential pick for the self-employed and collections catering to them!

The Political Science Shelf

Restoring the Republic
Devin Nunes
WND Books
2020 Pennsylvania Ave NW, #351, Washington, DC 20006
9781935071198, $24.95,

RESTORING THE REPUBLIC; A CLEAR, CONCISE, AND COLORFUL BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA'S FUTURE comes from a young Congressman who offers a specific vision for political and social recovery. Nunes was elected to Congress in 2002 at age 29: he's in his fourth term and his experience lends to a series of prescriptions for the problems affecting the nation. Add behind-the-scenes political dealings and you have a vivid, pointed account from a Republican California congressman who has his own formula for positive social changes.

Our Last Best Chance
King Abdullah II of Jordan
Viking Press
c/o Penguin Group USA
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780670021710, $27.95,

Our Last Best Chance: The Pursuit of Peace in a Time of Peril is quite simply a 'must' foundation acquisition for any collection strong in Middle East politics. Written by a King who has ruled Jordan for twelve years, it documents political, economic and social struggles in the region, offers the King's perspective on changes that should be made, and considers the major influences on lasting peace in the entire region. King Abdullah II has seen four wars since coming to power - and he believes the region is at a crossroads. Current events mirror his concerns, which have become prophetic in scope in the wake of change.

The Age of the Warrior: Selected Essays
Robert Fisk
Nation Books
387 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10016
9781568586397, $18.99,

The Age of the Warrior: Selected Essays gathers the author's unique viewpoint and reporting under one cover for the first time, collecting writings largely from the last five years to explore the Middle East and the political and military conflicts there. Fisk is best known for his reporting of this region, but this essays include other reflections on such diverse topics as the Titanic and Blair and Bush. Enjoy a witty, biting analysis that cuts through the confusion and creates an often-angry analysis of injustices and inequalities. College-level libraries strong in political essays or Middle East issues need this.

The Comeback
Cary Shapiro
Beaufort Books
27 West 20th St., Suite 1102, New York NY 10011
9780825305627, $24.95,

THE COMEBACK: HOW INNOVATION WILL RESTORE THE AMERICAN DREAM offers condemning evidence on how the federal government has developed a set of misguided policies, and provides the author's blueprint of how Americans can restore the dream from innovative change. Throughout its history American innovators have driven the nation's economic success: this offers a range of changes to encourage and re-establish such innovation, from reforming immigration laws and honing in on untapped international markets for American products to protecting U.S. companies threatened by foreign legal challenges. A 'must' for any American political science holding!

The National Security Enterprise
Roger Z. George & Harvey Rishikof, Editors
Georgetown University Press
3240 Prospect St NW, Washington DC 20007
9781589016989, $32.95,

The National Security Enterprise: Navigating the Labyrinth provides an outstanding survey of how the U.S. makes its national security decisions, covering how the National Security Council, Departments of Defense and State, and other government branches operate and how the current system is suffering from underlying organizational dysfunction. Included are how diplomats, military officers, spies and law enforcement officials interact, and how policy and their interactions affect national security processes as a whole. Any political science collection needs this!

The Progressive's Guide to Raising Hell
Jamie Court
Chelsea Green Publishing
Box 428, White River Junction, VT 05001
9781603582933, $14.95,

The Progressive's Guide to Raising Hell: How to Win Grassroots Campaigns, pass Ballot Box Laws, and Get the Change We Voted For advocates 'direct democracy' and provides a toolkit for achievement with this manual on 'how to'. The author is a longtime organizer of successful ballot campaigns and reform initiatives and here provides step-by-step directions to force and expose opponent mistakes and leverage public opinion for positive change. Political studies collections and general lending libraries need this specific guide to making a political difference.

The Computer Shelf

Windows 7 Device Driver
Ronald D. Reeves
Addison Wesley
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0321670213, $49.99,

Windows 7 Device Driver provides applications programmers with a fine reference; the first to writing high-performance Windows 7 device drivers. The author is a driver developer and instructor and here teaches the basics of implementing best practices for designing and debugging User Mode and Kernel Mode Drivers. From I/O request and ques to troubleshooting WMI support, this technical reference is a 'must'.

Arduino: A Quick Start Guide
Maik Schmidt
Pragmatic Programmers
P.O. Box 293325, Lewisville, TX 75029-3325
9781934356661, $35.00,

Arduino: A Quick Start Guide is edited by Susannah Davidson Pfalzer and is packed with Arduino projects that tell how to create gadgets using step-by-step instructions and photos throughout. No electronics experience is required for using this open source blend of hardware and software. Users receive plenty of black and white photos to accompany the written instruction in this winning overview.

Microsoft Excel 2010: Data Analysis and Business Modeling
Wayne L. Winston
Microsoft Press
9780735643369, $49.99,

Microsoft Excel 2010: Data Analysis and Business Modeling is a 'must' for computer and business collections alike. It teaches the basics of using Excel to solve common business problems, from analyzing sales effectiveness and seeing how ads and low prices affect sales to calculating break-even numbers and doing projections. Those with basic Excel knowledge will appreciate this survey, which teaches the basic business modeling process and analysis techniques.

Eloquent JavaScript
Marjin Haverbeke
No Starch Press
38 Ringold Street, San Francisco CA 94103
9781593272821, $29.95,

Eloquent JavaScript tells how to write code that is effective and flexible, and teaches the basics of how code applies to building complexity. From the basics of programming and syntax to using object-oriented programming and scripting browsers, this packs in a fine survey of creating not just functional but useful code from scratch, and provides a fine survey packed with examples that illustrate how to streamline code for efficiency and beauty. Programmers will find this a key to successful code creation.

Joomla! 1.6: A User's Guide
Barrie M. North
Prentice Hall Professional
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0132487063, $44.99,

Joomla! 1.6: A User's Guide is a strong pick for any web development collection, covering the open source management system in detail in a title that covers all the basic design concepts and moves to explore how to create Joomla sites from scratch. From using Joomla 1.6's nested categories to optimizing Joomla sites for search engines and understanding traffic routing, this covers all the basics!

iOS 4 Programming Cookbook
Vandad Nahavandipoor
1005 Gravenstein Hwy North, Sebastopol, CA 95472
9781449388225, $49.99,

iOS 4 Programming Cookbook comes packed with solutions and ideas for programming iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and is a top pick for any working with these devices, Objective-C, and more. Learn to build apps that play audio and video, use the Core Motion framework, receive code examples from XML files and keys to effective implementation, and more in this advanced reference pick perfect for any general computer collection catering to programmers.

Implementing Technology Solutions in Libraries
Karen C. Knox
Information Today Inc.
143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055
9781573874038, $35.00,

Implementing Technology Solutions in Libraries: Techniques, Tools, and Tips from the Trenches is a pick for library staff members who want a guide to implementing technology in a library setting. The focus here is on identifying the major components of a technology project, adapting technology to meet individual library needs, and keeping documentation and an IT inventory to streamline the project and keep it on track. From assessing the effectiveness of a system to tweaking it mid-way, this is a 'must' for any library considering adding technology and making changes.

Game Development With Unity
Michelle Menard
Course Technology
20 Channel Center St., Boston MA 02210
1435456580, $39.99,

Game Development With Unity shows game developers how to use the Unity game engine to build games that can be played on all platforms, from web to Wii. From interface commands and keys to setting up a 3D game to the basics of general game design theory paired with skills geared to getting up and running, this covers basic concepts and walks the programmers through building a game. HTML resource files for each chapter, a shader test, and final project files are included on an accompanying DVD.

Game Physics Pearls
Gino Van den Bergen and Dirk Gregorius
A.K. Peters
5 Commonwealth Rd, Suite 2C, Natick, MA 01760
9781568814742, $59.00,

GAMES PHYSICS PEARLS is for any working in the area of games physics, and offers software engineers and game developers a collection of articles on tricks of the trade in game physics written by those in the trade. The common theme here is experience; contributors write based on their own experiences in developing tools and runtime libraries in game companies or middleware houses that produce physics software for games on PCs and consoles, and each article discusses the practical applications of implementing the algorithms. Technical game development collections will find this a winner!

The Crafts Shelf

Mixed Metal Mania
Kim St. Jean
Kalmbach Books
21027 Crossroads Circle, Waukesha, WI 53186
9780871164162, $21.95,

Mixed Metal Mania offers a metalworking workshop in a book and covers all the techniques and basics needed to teach metal working for jewelry. Learn to solder, rivet and wire pieces ranging from necklaces to bangles in a title packed with color photos and step-by-step images of jewelry-making processes. Outlines of basic tools and materials accompany each project, making this a fine pick for any jewelry maker.

The DVD Shelf

Supreme 90 Day System
Tom Holland
One TeleBrands Plaza, Fairfield, NJ 07004
No ISBN, $19.99

SUPREME 90 DAY offers a nutrition and fitness plan and features 10 DVDs created by fitness professionals John Dull and Michele Collier. Tom Holland stars in what is effectively a personal trainer in a box, offering a tested, verified fitness routine that advocates making realistic changes in daily life paired with a daily workout program that targets a different area of the body six days a week, half an hour a day. Weights and a stability ball are required for this training routine, which advocates a graded movement from one level to another.

The Secret of Moonacre
Entertainment One
1417233850, $24.98,

The Secret of Moonacre deserves ongoing recommendation as a fine fantasy the entire family can enjoy. It tells of teen Maria, left orphaned and homeless and forced to leave her London home to live at the mysterious Moonacre Manor with an eccentric uncle - only to find there an ancient feud and her true identity as the last Moon Princess. A fine saga evolves!

The Nature of Existence
Walking Shadows
9595 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 900, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
No ISBN, $24.99,

This spiritual documentary is presented in widescreen and packs in a commentary track, theatrical trailers, and expanded bonus material to accompany a fine survey by a documentary producer who traveled the world for four years, exploring its philosophies, religions and beliefs. Roger Nygard's personal and spiritual discoveries make for an outstanding survey suitable for any collection strong in documentaries.

Dance Off Inches: Country Line Dance Party!
Amy Blackburn
Anchor Bay Entertainment
2401 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 200, Troy, MI 48084-3304
013132182490, $14.98,

Dance Off Inches: Country Line Dance Party is a 43-minute workout routine developed by certified personal trainer Amy Blackburn, who teaches new moves for any who would line dance their way to fitness. Three new dances are taught; Scoot Those Boots, Ride 'Em Cowboy and Brand New Boyfriend Boogie: a separate 10-minute guide walks newcomers through the foundation steps to making these more advanced calorie-burning moves. A perfect pick for any exercise collection!

Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman: Complete Season Three
A&E Videos
c/o A&E Television Networks
235 East 45th Street, New York, NY 10017
1422920941, $49.95,

Joining the complete Season 1 and 2 DVD collections is the ongoing TV saga's complete Season 3, packaged in a fine 8-CD disc set which is compact and accessible. Bonus features include commentary with Jane Seymour and Joe Lando on the double episode 'For Better Or For Worse' and cast biographies to accompany episode discs with four double episodes, several episodes presented in two parts, and a range of new stories centered around a female frontier doctor's career and blossoming romance with a 'mountain man'. Very highly recommended as a fine pick for any DVD library featuring popular TV series shows!

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

A Butterfly in Flame
Nicholas Kilmer
Poisoned Pen Press
6962 E. First Avenue #103, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
9781590587911, $24.95,

A Butterfly in Flame provides a fine Fred Taylor art mystery set in an academy in Boston and telling of a secretive art collector's employee who goes undercover as a faculty member to uncover problems among faculty and students alike. In a sleepy small town backwater sleeping danger erupts in a satisfying blend of mystery and politics that immerses the reader from beginning to end.

Silent Mercy
Linda Fairstein
c/o Penguin Group USA
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014-3657
9780525952022, $26.95,

SILENT MERCY provides a powerful Alex Cooper novel and is a fine pick for both newcomers and old fans of the Cooper suspense stories. This latest thriller has Alexandra Cooper and Mike Chapman hunting for a brutal serial killer in New York City - a murder hunt that leads them through churches and synagogues across town. Clues in the religious institutions may lead to their suspect in this riveting, engrossing thriller.

The Parenting Shelf

The Complete IEP Guide, seventh edition
Attorney Lawrence M. Siegel
Nolo Press
950 Parker St., Berkeley, CA 94710
1413313132, $34.99,

Any interested in special education and legal support for the Individual Education Program will welcome the seventh updated edition of The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child. It packs in the latest keys to understanding eligibility rules, working with outside experts, preparing for and attending IEP meetings, and resolving disputes with school districts, covering the latest laws and court decisions. Forms, sample letters and resources pack a strong survey that will help parents create a plan for meeting a child's special ed needs. Both legal and education reference libraries need this!

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

Natural Chi Movement
Tienko Ting
North Atlantic Books
Box 12327, Berkeley CA 94712
9781556439674, $18.95,

Natural Chi Movement: Accessing the World of the Miraculous provides a powerful assessment of how to access and harness the powers of spiritual energy - or, miracles. He tells how Natural Chi Movement gives us access to not only energy but the spiritual world with all its wonders, and it presents chapters outlining this movement and its illuminations. New age collections will find this a real winner!

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Rabbits: The Animal Answer Guide
Susan Lumpkin and John Seidensticker
Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218
0801897890, $24.95,

There are over 90 species of rabbits, hares and pikas, new species are being found, and RABBITS: THE ANIMAL ANSWER GUIDE covers the entire group. Color photos blend with physiology and ecology to discuss rabbits and their relationships with humans, with chapters covering everything from breeding and habitats to conservation. This fine survey blends evolutionary history with ecology to provide fine discussions of rabbits and their habitats. College-level science and wildlife collections will find this a top pick!

Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care
Lisa Powell,
350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148
9781405167529, $49.99,

Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care: Case Studies in Client Communication, Morbidity and Mortality uses real case expels presented as a collection of short studies to illustrate the different situations likely to arise in emergency practice. Each chapter provides the case then highlights common pitfalls that all vets encounter, with a strong focus on better communication and barriers to effective communication. The presentation of real-world cases from experienced vets makes this a key study for any college-level vet student's library.

The Science Shelf

A Practical Guide to Error-Control Coding Using Matlab
Yuan Jiang
Artech House
685 Canton St. Norwood, MA 02062
1608070883, $119.00,

A Practical Guide to Error-Control Coding Using Matlab is a top selection for any college-level digital communications technical collection. It offers clear instructions on code construction, decoding algorithms, and error correcting, and demonstrates computer simulations designed to help master key concepts - included on a companion DVD with over 90 MATLAB programs and over 270 equations. Professionals can apply these codes to their own projects in this outstanding survey!

Deep Freeze
Dian Olson Belanger
University Press of Colorado
5589 Arapahoe Avenue, Suite 206C, Boulder, CO 80303
9781607320661, $25.95,

DEEP FREEZE: THE UNITED STATES AND THE INTERNATIONAL GEOPHYSICAL YEAR, AND THE ORIGINS OF ANTARCTICA'S AGE OF SCIENCE provides college-level science holdings with a fine account of the U.S. Navy Seabees and scientists who risked lives and isolation to provide a U.S. presence in Antarctica. Interviews, diaries, memoirs and official records provide a fine history of the U.S. presence in Antarctica with a focus on its scientific evolution and study.

The Handy Physics Answer Book, second edition
Paul W. Zitzewitz, Ph.D.
Visible Ink Press
43311 Joy Road #414, Canton, MI 48187-2075
9781578593057, $21.95,

The Handy Physics Answer Book appears in its second updated edition to explain complicated science concepts for the lay reader, and is a recommendation for any general lending library. It's been completely updated to cover the latest physics research and includes discussions of all the different branches of physics, linking physics to everyday questions such as why cats always land on their feet and the real danger of looking at an eclipse.

Life of Earth
Stanley A. Rice
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2119
9781616142254, $28.00,

Life of Earth: Portrait of a Beautiful, Middle-Aged, Stressed-Out World offers an outstanding survey from a biologist who discusses the evolution of life and how humans are changing the world. This earth history piece discusses Earth's diversity of life in terms of evolutionary developments, considering the keys of symbiosis, sex, and altruism as determinants of the planet's biodiversity. College-level readers of science and technology will find this packed with outstanding revelations perfect for discussion.

Roadside Geology of Missouri
Charles G. Spencer
Mountain Press Publishing
Box 2399, Missoula, MT 59806
9780878425730, $20.00,

Roadside Geology of Missouri offers a fine blend of travel and geology science specifically geared to Missouri's geological terrain. From its flat plains and sand boils to layers of limestone and caves, this offers a geologic history of the region and presents color photos on nearly every page to explore geologic history using maps and road markers throughout the entire state. Any geology or travel collection with interest in Missouri or the geology of the U.S. will find this a winning, unique acquisition.

Moonwalking with Einstein
Joshua Foer
Penguin Press
c/o Penguin Group (USA)
375 Hudson Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10014
9781594202292, $26.95,

MOONWALKING WITH EINSTEIN: THE ART AND SCIENCE OF REMEMBERING EVERYTHING refers to a memory device the author used during his participation in the US Memory Championship - a mnemonic that helped him memorize an entire deck of playing cards. In the process of studying for the Memory Championship Joshua Foer discovered techniques for improving memory, and his investigation into how memory works and doesn't makes for a powerful survey perfect for any general lending library.

The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf

Literary Lost
Sarah Clarke Stuart
Continuum International Publishing Group
80 Maiden Lane, Suite 704, New York, NY 10038
9781441140807, $19.95,

LITERARY LOST: VIEWING TELEVISION THROUGH THE LENS OF LITERATURE offers a fine scholarly analysis of the allusions, literature and biblical references in the hit TV series, considering its social and philosophical reflections, its recurring images and themes, and nearly a hundred books in Lost's literature. Its many literary allusions have played key roles in wider discussions of the series: this pinpoints those literary references and lends to a powerful survey of Lost and its wider-ranging literature.

Bringing Up Oscar
Debra Ann Pawlak
Pegasus Books
c/o W. W. Norton & Company
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110
9781605981376, $27.95,

BRINGING UP OSCAR: THE STORY OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO FOUNDED THE ACADEMY is a 'must' for any general or film collection interested in how the Oscars were founded. It surveys the pioneers who transformed movies into art by founding the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, telling of nearly forth achievers who created a platform for awards and critiques that would change the movie industry. The lively survey and movie history makes this a top pick.

The Philosophy Shelf

Philosophy of Mind, third edition
Jaegwon Kim
Westview Press
2465 Central Avenue, Boulder, CO 80301
9780813344584, $38.00,

Philosophy of Mind's third updated edition provides a revised edition of the classic, including two new chapters on consciousness to reflect new studies on the topic in science and philosophy, and revising chapters on behaviorism and more to reflect the latest research. New web resources supplement discussions of the core philosophy of mind idea in a thorough update to provide an in-depth review of substance dualism for college-level students of philosophy. College philosophy holdings should continue to find this a 'must' survey.

The Biography Shelf

My Ruby Slippers
Tracy Seeley
University of Nebraska Press
1111 Lincoln Mall, Suite 400, Lincoln NE 68588-0630
9780803230101, $15.95,

By the time the author was nine she had lived in seven towns and thirteen different houses. Thirty years later a diagnosis of cancer and betrayal and love led her to seek her roots, and "My Ruby Slippers: The Road Back to Kansas " is the story of her search for family, self, and roots in Kansas. Engrossing and hard to put down, this autobiographical account of an odyssey will resonate with many who face their own muddied waters in returning to a home that is only vaguely defined, making this a pick for any general-interest lending library.

Welcome to My World
Johnny Weir
Gallery Books
c/o Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
9781451610284, $26.00,

WELCOME TO MY WORLD provides a fine memoir by an unconventional figure skater whose three-time U.S. National Champion status and personality made him an American icon. Johnny Weir's style challenged and changed the figure skating world: here he tells how an ordinary boy from rural Pennsylvania became a world champion. Skaters and general-interest readers alike will find this a moving autobiography.

One of Us
Mark Osteen
University of Missouri Press
2910 LeMone Blvd., Columbia MO 65201
9780826219022, $29.95,

ONE OF US: A FAMILY'S LIFE WITH AUTISM provides a father's moving diary of raising a son with severe autism. From a one-year-old with little interest in toys or other children to screaming anxiety attacks, Cameron was not only developmentally delayed - he was eventually diagnosed auth autism. This isn't another story of a relatively mild case: it tells of a family coping with debilitating autism, with a child who will never be cured - and it provides an important set of coping mechanisms within its moving memoir.

Signalman Jones
Tim Parker
Sheridan House Inc.
145 Palisade St., Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
9781574093094, $17.50,

SIGNALMAN JONES is based on the recollections of one Geoffrey Holder-Jones, a 1939 English naval signalman who participated in World War II and patrolled the waters off Canada and Newfoundland before returning to Britain in 1944. His true story comes from personal conversations and a scrapbook entrusted to author Tim Parker sixty years after the wear, and deserves a place in any military history or biography collection.

Buzz: The Life & Times of Busby Berkeley
Jeffrey Spivak
University of Kentucky Press
663 S. Limestone St., Lexington KY 40508-4008
9780813126432, $39.95,

Buzz: The Life & Times of Busby Berkeley is a pick for film and biography holdings alike, covering the career and personal life of film director and choreography Busby Berkeley, whose films changed the nature of the musical film itself and saved Warner Bros studio. Berkeley's own unpublished memoirs, personal letters, legal documents and more compliment interviews with those who worked with him for a wide-ranging survey key to any serious film or biography library.

Hal Needham
Little, Brown
c/o Hachette Book Group
237 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9780316078993, $25.99,

STUNTMAN! MY CAR-CRASHING, PLANE-JUMPING, BONE-BREAKING, DEATH-DEFYING HOLLYWOOD LIFE provides the memoir of a stunt man who broke over fifty bones doing movie and TV shows, acting as a stand-in for movies and performing amazing stunts. His accounts of Hollywood and his roots as the son of an Arkansas sharecropper make for a fine survey packed with high drama and acting and stuntman insights.

The Literary Shelf

Point Made
Ross Guberman
Oxford University Press
198 Madison Avenue, New York NY 10016-4314
9780195394870, $19.95,

POINT MADE: HOW TO WRITE LIKE THE NATION'S TOP ADVOCATES offers some 50 easily-remembered techniques for attorneys, but goes beyond technique to present examples from the nation's fifty most prominent living lawyers. From court justices to attorneys, these excerpts on major cases provide keys to great writing, and accompany a step-by-step guide to writing all kinds of motions or briefs. Checklists, expels and real-world applications make for a top reference any legal student - and many a lawyer - should have.

The Origins of Grammar
Martin Edwardes
80 Maiden Lane, Suite 704, New York NY 10038
9781441170989, $39.95,

The Origins of Grammar: An Anthropological Perspective examines the origins of language and grammar and considers the nature of being human. Spiritual, physical and social differences between people are covered within the realm of analyzing language and language grammar, considering the evolution of self-recognition and grammatical form. Highly recommended for college-level collections strong in literary and social connections.

Natural Abundance
Ruth L. Miller, Editor
Beyond Words/Atria
20827 NW Cornell Rd. #500, Hillsboro, OR 97124
9781582702858, $14.00,

NATURAL ABUNDANCE: RALPH WALDO EMERSON'S GUIDE TO PROSPERITY comes from a scholar and spiritual leader who edits Emerson's wisdom to reveal the truth which underlies his often-difficult language. The focus is on Emerson's writings on transcendentalism and nature, and this survey applies his principles and writings to easily-understood modern life scenarios in a pick recommended for literary and spiritual holdings alike.

The Writer's Guide to the Courtroom
Donna Ballman, J.D.
Behler Publications
22365 El Toro Rd., Box 135, Lake Forest, CA 92630
9781933016535, $18.95,

The Writer's Guide to the Courtroom is a fine writing reference that covers all the basics of the legal system for any writer seeking to incorporate the justice system into fiction. From depositions and business lawsuits to fraud, negligence and trial calls, this tells writers how to create realistic, believable legal systems within a fictional context.

The Music Shelf

Pro Tools 101 Official Courseware
Avid Technology Inc.
Course Technology/Cengage Learning
143545880X, $49.99,

Pro Tools 101 Official Courseware offers official courseware consisting of a book and accompanying disc and provides a detailed introduction to Certified Pro Tools training. It was developed as the foundation course of a certification program and provides a guide that can serve as a classroom tool or individual study program alike, teaching the basics of Pro Tools system. Updated for Pro Tools 9 software, this new edition covers all the basics of handling multitrack recordings, MIDI sequences, and virtual instruments and uses hands-on tutorials to cement the information. Computer music collections need this!

December 8, 1980: The Day John Lennon Died
Keith Elliot Greenberg
Backbeat Books
c/o Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group
19 West 21st Street, Suite 201, New York, NY 10010 1-800-637-2852
9780879309633, $24.99,

December 8, 1980: The Day John Lennon Died offers a minute-by-minute examination of the events leading up to the moment when Mark David Chapman killed the rock star, then uses the same format to consider the aftermath of John Lennon's death. This close examination of events lends a 'you are there' atmosphere to the account, which is a vivid survey of all the pieces and interactions of John Lennon's world at the time. No Beatles collection should be without this re-creation of John Lennon's final day.

How's Your Dad?
Zoe Street Howe
Omnibus Press
257 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10010
9781849380744, $24.95,

How's Your Dad? offers many biographical surveys of the sons and daughters of rock musicians and the family life they experienced, from Julian Lennon and Dylan Howe to Calico Cooper and Aaron Horn. Kids of major figures in the music industry are profiled in a fine set of memoirs perfect for any rock music collection and many a general lending library where there's interest in famous personalities.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Mercedes Lackey with Steve Libbey, Cody Martin & Dennis Lee
Baen Books
Box 1403, Riverdale, NY 10471
9781439134191, $26.00,

INVASION: BOOK ONE OF THE SECRET WORLD CHRONICLE comes with a free CD-ROM and is based on characters first created in City of Heroes. Here super-powered metahumans defend earth from killer Nazi war machines - a group that has obtained high technology that even the metahuman forces can't defend. Tight military action, riveting characterization, and a fast pace keep this a top read highly recommended for any military sci-fi collection.

The King of the Crags
Stephen Deas
ROC Books
9780451463760, $25.95,

The King of the Crags: The Memory of Flames, Book II tells of Prince Jehal, whose lover has hundreds of dragons and their riders at her call thanks to his plots. But he's not stopping with her rule - he wants the glory for himself, even as his girlfriend finds her iron hand shaken when she puts a popular on queen on trial for treason. Prophecies and power struggles blend in a fine survey recommended for any fantasy collection!

The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man
Mark Hodder
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197
9781616143596, $16.00,

The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man is set in 1862 - and it's an 1862 era altered by time. Sir Richard Francis Burton is one of the few people able to perceive this change in course - and when a clockwork-powered man of brass is found abandoned in Trafalgar Square, Burton and his assistant find themselves searching for the stolen Granier Collection - fragments of a meteorite that fell to Earth in prehistoric times. Their discoveries will lead to a journey of adventure involving a haunted mansion, international dangers, and a mystery that continues the line begun in THE STRANGE AFFAIR OF SPRING HEELED JACK.

Daybreak Zero
John Barnes
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780441019755, $26.95,

DAYBREAK ZERO continues the techno-thriller begun in the end-of-civilization saga Directive 51. Here a year has passed since the outbreak of Daybreak, which killed billions, vaporized Washington DC, and brought nations to a halt. But Daybreak isn't over: it keeps evolving new threats and even though world politics has changed, it continues to threaten the future of humanity in this riveting thriller, a 'must' for any collection seeing popularity with either Directive 51 or apocalyptic science fiction.

The Social Issues Shelf

The Money Class
Suze Orman
Spiegel & Grau
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9781400069736, $26.00,

THE MONEY CLASS: LEARN TO CREATE YOUR NEW AMERICAN DREAM tells how to reconsider the American Dream and comes from an author who provides a different perspective on personal finance for our changing times. Chapters discuss what it really means to become financially honest, how to raise kids with strong financial values, and how to understand the basics of credit, real estate and retirement. It's a powerful, recommended pick for any interested in new concepts of money and ethics.

The Asylum
Leah McGrath Goodman
William Morrow
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022-5299
9780061766275, $27.99,

THE ASYLUM: THE RENEGADES WHO HIJACKED THE WORLD'S OIL MARKET offers insights into the underworld that reigns over global oil prices - the New York Mercantile Exchange - and exposes a private arena where traders influence even the world oil cartel OPEC. For the first time author Leah McGrath Goodman exposes the traders of the New York Mercantile Exchange and their violent history and influence, considering the personalities of the oil traders and their rags-to-riches stories. Goodman spend thousands of hours interviewing the only individuals who understand how the world oil market really works: THE ASYLUM is thus a 'must' for any who would understand underlying influences upon world oil prices.

World Wide Mind
Michael Chorost
The Free Press
1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020
9781439119143, $26.00,

WORLD WIDE MIND: THE COMING INTEGRATION OF HUMANITY, MACHINES, AND THE INTERNET provides a new perception of human interaction with computers: a physical blend of computer/human psyche that used to be only in science fiction but is moving into the realm of reality. Chorost himself has two cochlear implants that enable him to hear, and proposes that further merges between technology and biology can be achieved in the future. His visits to engineers building wearable computers with 24/7 online capabilities and implants that would allow paralysis victims to communicate explores the world of neural interfaces and their promise in an exciting recommendation for general and college-level collections alike.

The Homeowner's Shelf

Complete Guide to Landscape Projects
Black & Decker
Creative Publishing International
400 First Avenue North #300, Minneapolis, MN 55401
1589235649, $24.99,

Complete Guide to Landscape Projects teaches how to build a range of landscapes, packing in step-by-step color photos and DIY details on everything from rain barrels and low-voltage landscape lighting to walls, flagstone steps, and more. From plantings to fences and structures, this packs in outdoor projects that make use of basic landscape principals and easy construction guidelines. Homeowners will find this a 'must' project guide, and general lending libraries will find it a popular pick.

The California Shelf

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

E.J. Stephens and Marc Wanamaker's EARLY WARNER BROS. STUDIOS (0738580910, $21.99) provides an outstanding visual history of Warner Brothers, who have produced thousands of films and TV shows at their major facility in Southern California's Burbank region. It comes from a former WB Studios worker and newspaper columnist who also volunteers as a docent for the museum, and it packs in vintage images of one of the most influential film companies in American entertainment history. Any film or California library will find this revealing. Tammy Durston and Steve Oliff's ANNAPOLIS AND THE GUALALA RIVER (0738581143, $21.99) offers a fine history of a hidden community and comes from a researcher who grew up in Annapolis and who works with its historical society to gather vintage photos and stories from many of the locals. Archives from several county collections nearby were culled to provide a fine display of Annapolis history. The Filipino American National Historical Society, Manilatown Heritage Foundation, and Pinay Educational Scholarships' FILIPINOS IN SAN FRANCISCO (9780738581316, $21.99) provides a fine survey of the Filipinos who have lived and worked in the city for over five generations. These photos of early immigrants and their stories makes for a fine survey of the Filipino community in the city, documenting their contributions in all areas of life. The Western Sonoma Historical Society's SEBASTOPOL'S GRAVENSTEIN APPLE INDUSTRY (0738581739, $21.99) offers insights into Sonoma County's unique Gravenstein apple industry, which added millions of dollars to the local economy. This tells of the apple's unique heritage and influence and gathers images from a range of local archives in a powerful history key to any northern California collection. Judith Marvin and Terry Brejla's JAMESTOWN AND WESTERN TUOLUMNE COUNTY (0738581712, $21.99) tells of a Gold Rush hamlet that eventually yielded millions of dollars in gold, and became a trade and supply depot for mining. The Sierra Railway's arrival in 1897 cemented Jamestown's status and helped it become a central spot in Tuolumne County, and this history documents its transitions and growth. Pam Vaughan, Brendan Vaughan and the Laws Railroad Museum's BISHOP (0738581836, $21.99) provides a fine history of a small town located between two of the highest mountain ranges of the U.S. Named after Sam Bishop, a cattle rancher who settled there, this follows the influx of ranchers and farmers to the region and the pivotal role it played in the area's development.

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