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Volume 3, Number 11 November 2008 Home | CALBW Index

Table of Contents

Donovan's Picks Computer Shelf Agriculture Shelf
Pets/Wildlife Shelf Needlecraft Shelf Music Shelf
Cookbook Shelf Audiobook Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf
Political Science Shelf Social Issues Shelf Islamic Studies Shelf
Military Shelf Self-Help Shelf Metaphysical Studies Shelf
Business Shelf Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf Science Shelf
Art Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf Homeowner Shelf
Antiques/Collectibles Shelf Education Shelf Literary Shelf
World History Shelf International Studies Shelf Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf
Photography Shelf Nautical Shelf Crafts Shelf
Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Martial Arts Shelf Sports Shelf
Gaming Shelf California Shelf Philosophy Shelf
American History Shelf Woodworking Shelf Economics Shelf
Judaic Studies Shelf Library DVD Shelf Travel Shelf

Donovan's Picks

Hello, Everybody! The Dawn of American Radio
Anthony Rudel
Houghton Mifflin
215 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10003
9780151012756, $26.00

Radio changed the face of religion, sports and even the country itself and the author spent years as a radio broadcaster on the radio station of the New York Times, so he observed these changes in action. His discussion of how the internet explosion paralleled the American radio changes, how radio was used by politicians to influence American hearts and minds, and how radio even led to modern marketing and business world changes makes for a lively social commentary perfect for general interest, American history, and social science libraries.

When Technology Fails
Matthew Stein
Chelsea Green Publishing
Box 428, White River Junction, VT 05001
9781933392455, $35.00

Any library strong in self-reliance and survival skills or emergency planning needs WHEN TECHNOLOGY FAILS: A MANUAL FOR SELF-RELIANCE, SUSTAINABILITY, AND SURVIVING THE LONG EMERGENCY. It covers all the basics, from supplies, energy, heat and power to low-tech medicine, metalworking, engineering, water quality and shelter and provides an assessment of risks during good times and bad. It's been fully revised and expanded; the fist edition was written pre-9/11 and pre-Katrina and provides an excellent, in-depth survey essential for any general lending library.

Implausible Beliefs in the Bible, Astrology and UFOs
Allan Mazur
Transaction Press
35 Berrue Circle, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8042

Why do people accept ideas contradicted by science or logic? Public affairs professor Allan Mazur here offers rationale, examining the nature of irrational belief systems and their cultural and political ramifications. From standards for judging believes deemed implausible to descriptions of who tends to accept them in this country, IMPLAUSIBLE BELIEFS offers an in-depth examination of the focus and meaning of religious views in modern society, and deserves a place on the shelf of any college-level social issues collection and the study list of non-specialist general readers with an interest in how belief systems are created, evolve, and endure.

The Computer Shelf

Eclipse: Building Commercial-Quality Plug-Ins, 2nd Edition
Eric Clayberg and Dan Rubel
c/o Pearson Education
801 East 96th Street, 3rd floor, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759, 1-800-428-5331
032142672X, $59.99 www.awprofessional/com/series/eclipse

Eclipse has become a dominant force in applications and its success rests largely on its generous plug-in applications which extend its abilities to developers. That's why the second updated edition Eclipse: Building Commercial-Quality Plug-Ins is key to any advanced programming collection specializing in Java or Eclipse: it's been revised to incorporate Eclipse 3.1 and 3.2 APIs, and offers both a quick introduction and a step-by-step reference for experienced Eclipse users to take the next advanced steps. Any programmer seeking an advanced Eclipse 'bible' of detail must have this.

CSS Artistry: A Web Design Master Class
Andy Clarke
New Riders
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
9780321584847, $99.99

CSS ARTISTRY provides a book/dvd package perfect for learning CSS, pairing tested design techniques and numerous visual examples with keys to understanding the latest in web design specifications. From initial design tips to advanced topics such as microformats and CSS modules, this package makes for a unique self-teaching tool and is highly recommended for any CSS student.

Networking, 2nd Edition
Jeffrey S. Beasley
Prentice Hall/PTR
c/o Pearson Education
801 East 96th Street, 3rd floor, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759, 1-800-428-5331
0131358383, $95.00

College-level computer libraries strong in topics of computer networking and IT configuration need the 2nd updated edition of NETWORKING. It provides basic knowledge of computer networks up to advanced concepts in Ethernet networks and routers, covering everything from theory to installation and protection issues. Net-challenge software provides a simulated, hands-on experience in such exercises, and the protocol analyzer software included with the text uses demos to reinforce written examples. A winning classroom text indeed.

Electronic Tribes
Tyrone L. Adams and Stephen A. Smith, Editors
University of Texas Press
Box 7819, Austin TX 78713-7819
9780292717749, $24.95

College-level collections strong in communication or media studies, as well as computer libraries and cultural anthropology holdings, will find ELECTRONIC TRIBES a satisfying blend of sociology and computer tech savvy. It provides sixteen essays examining the social uses and abuses of online communication forms, including analysis of MySpace, multiplayer role playing games, and other groups. An invaluable survey for high school and college holdings alike.

Graphics & Visualization: Principles and Algorithms
T. Theoharis, G. Papaioannou,
A.K. Peters ltd.
888 Worcester Street Suite 230, Wellesley, MA 02482
9781568812748, $79.00

College-level computer and engineering collections strong in applied graphics and analysis of visual data via computer will find Graphics & Visualization: Principles and Algorithms makes an excellent classroom text as well as supplemental reading. It integrates coverage of computer graphics and other visualization topics, from shadow generation and particle tracing to spatial subdivision and vector data visualization, and it provides a thorough review of literature from multiple experts, making for a comprehensive review essential to any advanced computer graphics study.

The Productive Programmer
Neal Ford
1005 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastapol, CA 95472
9780596519780, $39.99

Here's another 'foundation pick' for serious programming collections: a guide that tells how to save time and enhance productivity with tools which can be adopted over many platforms and styles. Work smarter, get the most out of a computer, and improve coding habits with a guide that tells how to apply streamlining habits to the programming environment.

The Agriculture Shelf

Diseases of Poultry, 12th Edition
Y.M. Saif, Editor-in-Chief
Blackwell Publishing
2121 State Avenue, Ames, IA 50014
9780813807188, $219.99

Any college-level veterinary medicine library and any practicing vet working with farm animals MUST have DISEASES OF POULTRY. The 12th updated edition represents an extensive update and overhaul and packs in over 1300 pages of facts, from articles on various types of infections and their treatment to diagnosis, management, and flock health. It's the most extensive reference on the market and will easily prove a vet's 'bible' of information for poultry management many a farmer with a flock will need it, as well.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

The Bully Breeds
Dr. David Harris
Kennel Club Books
40 Broad Street, Freehold, NJ 07728
9781593786649, $39.95

What are the real 'bully dogs' and the truth about the breeds? This examines six bull-and-terrier dogs, offering photos, narrative by a judge and bulky breed historian, and considering the history and development of these special breeds. It also includes the author's life with a bully, considers new breeds being developed, and surveys its impact on competitions and beyond. Highly recommended for any library strong in dog breeds or competition history.

The Needlecraft Shelf

One Ball Knits
Fatema, Khadija and Hajera Habibur-Rahman
770 Broadway, New York NY 10003
9780823033225, $18.95

20 stylish designs made with a single ball or skein of yarn makes for an outstanding collection of wraps, gloves, and even jewelry. Knitters know how often a single skein or small ball of yarn remains after a larger project: now there's an easy guide to making better use of 'leftovers' in a modern way. Highly recommended for avid knitters.

Hooked on Feathers
Sally Terry
American Quilter's Society
Box 3290, Paducah, KY 42002-3290
9781574329735, $24.95

All kinds of sewing machines can be used for this free-motion technique for versatile no-mark feathers which eliminates backtracking and provides quick, eye-catching quilter's results. Libraries strong in quilting how-to guides will appreciate a step-by-step approach to creating machine-quilted feathers which blends colorful examples with charts and instructions for polished results.

The Music Shelf

Wild Boy: My Life in Duran Duran
Andy Taylor
Grand Central Publishing
c/o Hachette Group USA
237 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9780446509305, $26.99

WILD BOY is the first inside story of the rise and fall of the band Duran Duran and deserves a spot on the shelf of any library strong in music history in general and rock in particular. The band produced a string of hits that gained a worldwide audience and were the defining pop act of the 1980s, but fell apart at the height of their popularity. Group leader and author Andy Taylor shares the story of what went wrong, adding decades of rock n roll anecdotes to an account of the pressures of fame and fortune. A wild ride through the 80s provides an involving insider's account of its emerging music scene.

Sound Mixing Tips and Tricks
Eddie Bazil
PC Publishing
Keeper's House, Merton, Thetford, Norfolk IP 25 GOH, UK
9781906005047, $18.95

Any musician interested in sound mixing audio manipulation will find essential the slim but specific Sound Mixing Tips and Tricks, a survey of the dynamics of manipulating and improving audio. Industry pro Eddie Bazil provides an unusual blend of layman's language and tips to becoming a better producer and mixer, offering 'before' and 'after' audio examples from actual multi-track recordings throughout to explain the basic principles at work. Sidebars of tips make for quick and easy at-a-glance information.

The Cookbook Shelf

The Man Who Ate the World: In Search of the Perfect Dinner
Jay Rayner
Henry Holt and Company
175 5th Avenue, New York NY 10010
0805086692, $25.00

Author Jay Rayner searches the world for the perfect meal, traveling to places around the globe, meeting master chefs, and eating exotic foods. His memoir includes interviews with famous chefs, restaurateurs and eaters, and provides a lively blend of food culture and food history perfect for general-interest libraries strong in food history and culture.

Wine Appreciation Guild
360 Swift Avenue, South San Francisco, CA 94080

Sherrie S. McLeroy and Roy E. Frenfro, Jr., Ph.D.'s GRAPE MAN OF TEXAS: THOMAS VOLNEY MUNSON & THE ORIGINS OF AMERICAN VITICULTURE (9781934259047, $39.95) is a fine addition not just to Texas collections but to any library strong in American wine industry and wine grape development. It tells of a horticulturist and inventor who developed over 200 new varieties of grapes, and it surveys his lasting impact on the American wine industry as whole. This second updated edition adds new papers on wine grape production and special challenges, rounding out the extensive biographical information. David Copp's HUNGARY: ITS FINE WINES AND WINEMAKERS (9638675969, $45.00) is a 'must' for any serious wine library, especially as very few books on the topic explore Hungarian wine history in depth. Chapters pair full-page color photos with details on Hungarian wine makers and regional production and grapes, reviewing Hungarian history with an eye to revealing its major producers, the evolution of the industry as a whole, and its development in perspective of overall Eastern European history. Jamie Ross's WHERE ANGELS TREAD: THE STORY OF VINA MONTES (9568077731, $19.95) charts the evolution of the Chilean wine industry from its primitive production roots to its fast rise as a worldwide force. In 1988 four key winemakers met to construct a plan of action to take advantage of Chile's unique climate, developing a plan which was to elevate Chilean wines to global standards. One man Vina Montes made a huge impact, as this explores. All these titles are top picks for any serious wine library.

The Cook's Country Cookbook
America's Test Kitchen
17 Station Street, Brookline, Ma 02445
9781933615349, $34.95

American home cooking is the focus of THE COOK'S COUNTRY COOKBOOK, a cornerstone of any basic cooking collection offering up foolproof results and regional American dishes. Vintage cookbooks, old recipe boxes, and cross-country travel uncovered a host of dishes but all had to be tested, and many modified, to produce superior and failsafe results. Dishes such as corned beef hash, fried chicken, meatballs and more are given more than just recipes: each dish receives extensive comments on how the America's Test Kitchen editors tested and retested, adjusting recipes to produce superior results. So cooks receive not only recipes, but insights into the influences upon and differences between good cooking and superior results. THE COOK'S COUNTRY COOKBOOK should be as basic an acquisition as The Joy of Cooking: both are 'bibles' of essential culinary information that beginners simply must have.

Cuisines of the Axis of Evil
Chris Fair
Globe Pequot Press
Box 480, Guilford, CT 06437
9781599212869, $24.95

Cuisines of the Axis of Evil and Other Irritating States: A Dinner Party Approach to International Relations provides a very different kind of cookbook. Author Chris Fair has dined with soldiers in Afghanistan and prostitutes in India, and even had Taliban tea in Peshawar. His cookbook specializes in recipes from the 'axis of evil' countries of the world, while his stories blend culinary insights with cultural observations and a heavy dose of humor. Any who would 'know thy enemy' must know what they eat and CUISINES OF THE AXIS OF EVIL covers it all. Libraries strong in international cuisine and humor will find it an enticing pick.

The America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book
America's Test Kitchen
17 Station Street, Brookline, MA 02445
1933615222, $34.95

This companion to the AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN FAMILY COOKBOOK offers a collection of foolproof recipes, step-by-step directions, product ratings and troubleshooting guides for a range of quick dishes, no-knead breads, no-bake cookies, and more. The lay-flat thick binder format lends to kitchen use and explanations cover how or why a recipe works, what could go wrong, and how to avoid any uncertainties. Over 700 recipes offer baking results guaranteed to succeed.

Huckleberry Cookbook
Alex and Stephanie Hester
Three Forks
c/o Globe Pequot Press
Box 480, Guilford, CT 06437
9780762747955, $14.95

Any who reside in the northern states know huckleberries are exceptional for pies and jams: they are stronger than their blackberry cousins and can be used to spice up pancakes, and even savory dishes. Most huckleberry recipes focus on the sweet, so it's a satisfying note that Alex and Stephanie Hester's HUCKLEBERRY COOKBOOK includes a much wider range of dishes, from Roasted Potatoes with Thyme and Huckleberry to Huckleberry Chicken Salad. No glitzy color photos but the very easy dishes don't need them.

International Cuisine
International Culinary Schools at the Art Institutes
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9780470052402, $45.00

College-level libraries with departments in hospitality studies will find INTERNATIONAL CUISINE a fine basic comprehensive guide for the student or semi-professional cook. It provides an overview of different cuisines and cultures of the world, linking history, geography, religion and food and selecting countries that are culinary representatives of world foods. Recipes blend with these discussions for maximum impact.

The Diabetic Chef's Year-Round Cookbook
Chris Smith
American Diabetes Association
1701 N. Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311
1580402925, $19.95

Most diabetics equate diet plans with traditional and sometimes even boring choices: not so with chef Chris Smith's The Diabetic Chef's Year-Round Cookbook: a guide packed with tasty, creative and unusual appetizers, main dishes, sides and even desserts. From explanations of cooking tricks to bring out maximum taste to seasonal and month-long menus, this collection of dishes ranges from Sweet Pea with Tarragon Soup and Chicken Cassoulet to Pierogis with different fillings. An appealing, different cookbook for any collection strong in diabetic cooking guides.

Summer Gatherings
Rick Rodgers
William Morrow
10 East 53rd Street, New York NY 10022
9780061438509, $17.95

Even though summer is past, the basic message of SUMMER GATHERINGS: CASUAL FOOD TO ENJOY WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS is still lively: it comes from a cooking instructor and tells how to take summer bounty to produce casual, uncomplicated dishes for family and friends. Lending to cookouts, picnics and more, SUMMER GATHERINGS pairs color photos with appealing dishes perfect for summer sharing.

The Audiobook Shelf

Brilliance Audio
PO Box 887, Grand Haven, MI 49417, 1-800-854-7859

Kay Hooper's BLOOD DREAMS (1423332954, $34.95) enjoys veteran narrator Joyce Bean's smooth voice as it tells of a killer without conscious who makes his mistake when he murders the daughter of a powerful U.S. senator. Bishop and his FBI Crimes Unit find themselves in trouble even with their psychic abilities in this story of a monster killer. Meg Gardiner's CHINA LAKE (1423361172, $36.95) enjoys the melodic performance voice of Tanya Eby Sirois as it tells of Evan, whose ex-sister-in-law Tabitha has joined a dangerous religious cult and is determined to regain custody of her son. The cult will do anything to get him including murder and when Evan's brother becomes a murder suspect, it's up to her to solve the dilemmas in this tense, wonderful thrill that sparkles under audio treatment. Joy Fielding's CHARLEY'S WEB (1423325524, $36.95) receives veteran Susan Ericksen's stage and TV background and fine rendition as it tells of a journalist's investigation into the mind of a killer which places her own family in his path. Andrea Kane's TWISTED (1423362462, $36.95) benefits from veteran narrator Joyce Bean's smooth, professional voice as it tells of a former FBI Special Agent whose involuntary retirement from the force isn't permanent when she finds herself taking on a dangerous case involving a vanished childhood friend. As more women vanish, she teams up with Agent Derek to find out why. Karen Marie Moning's KISS OF THE HIGHLANDER (1423341473, $29.95) receives Phil Gigante's acting career and 20 years experience in film and TV as it tells of Highlander Drustan MacKeltar, who has slumbered for almost five centuries hidden in a cave until awakened by a beautiful lass from his future. How can Drustan return to his own century and world to save his people? A 'Somewhere in Time'-style romance emerges with many satisfying twists. John Saul's BLACK LIGHTNING (1423355814, $36.95) also enjoys Phil Gigante's voice as it tells of a series of murders by a butcher who stalks his victims after a killer convicted for the murders is executed, lending to Seattle journalist Anne Jeffers' nightmares. When will the killing stop? Jill Conner Browne's SWEET POTATO QUEENS' GUIDE TO RAISING CHILDREN FOR FUN AND PROFIT (1423311280, $29.95) receives the author's own powerful voice as it provides a hilarious look at the mysteries of parenting. Dean Koontz's STRANGERS (1423339479, $48.95) receives veteran narrator Dick Hill's smooth, clear reading style s it tells of a handful of strangers and victims who are stuck in a desert nightmare. For something dark and dangerous has drawn them all to a hotel and to a deadly truth that will change the world in this gripping audio thriller. Stephen J. Cannell's AT FIRST SIGHT (142336774X, $34.95) receives Scott Brick's TV and stage voice, perfect for spicing a vivid story of one Chick Best, a self-absorbed California millionaire with a trophy wife and a problem daughter. Everything changes when Chick falls in love with a girl. Daniel Judson's THE WATER'S EDGE (142330425X, $38.95) receives Christopher Lane's smooth voice and experience at reading over 150 audios as it tells of one Jake, who finds a series of murders a portent that the Castello crime family is facing major trouble. And Jake has information which can tip the game, so he's in the eye of the storm T. Jefferson Parker's L.A. OUTLAWS (1423305973, $36.95) receives a powerful joint narration by David Colacci and Susan Ericksen as it tells of Allison, a modern-day Jesse James thief who donates much of her catch to charity until a job turns into murder and involves a rookie cop in investigation and danger. Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen's SILENT THUNDER (1423329511, $36.95) provides a fine pairing of a lovely reading by Jennifer Van Dyck, who has extensive Broadway and play credits to her name, and a complex story of a brilliant marine architect commissioned to inspect a nuclear attack sub. For nonfiction Brilliance has a host of options. Ahmed Rashid DESCENT INTO CHAOS (1423368061, $49.95) receives Arthur Morey's smooth voice, seasoned by his award-winning accolades, as it maintains that Pakistan and Afghanistan are where the war is playing out, not Iran. Bruno Aziza and Joey Fitts' DRIVE BUSINESS PERFORMANCE (142336029X, $29.95) receives radio talk show host Jim Bond's fine narration which powers an account of how a business owner can increase performance in an organization. Set and meet objectives using the experiences of Fortune 500 business savvy with this audio survey. Jim Hightower and Susan DeMarco adapt SWIM AGAINST THE CURRENT: EVEN A DEAD FISH CAN GO WITH THE FLOW (1423363582, $29.95), offering uplifting stories of mavericks that broke free of corporations and business politics to figure out new methods of doing business. Roger Fritz's POWER OF A POSITIVE ATTITUDE (1423364422, $19.95) receives Christopher Lane's extensive audio background as it surveys how to turn mistakes into assets, adopt and understand leadership capabilities, and more. Susan B. Wilson and Michael S. Dobson's GOAL SETTING: HOW TO ACHIEVE AN ACTION PLAN AND ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS (1423363930, $19.95) appears in a second edition and enjoys Jim Bond's talk show host background as it provides tools to putting together plans that work. Stephen A. Ruffa's GOING LEAN (1423364562, $29.95) also enjoys Jim Bond's smooth voice as it tells how to follow the example of larger corporations who have heightened value and set a foundation for achievement. All are excellent choices for leisure listening collections.

The Girl Who Stopped Swimming
Joshilyn Jackson
Hachette Audio
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017
9781594839221, $39.98

Laurel hasn't seen a ghost in thirteen years but one day she awakens to find a dead girl standing by her bed, the ghost of her daughter's best friend who leads her to her body in a pool, and suddenly Laurel's secret talent is exposed. THE GIRL WHO STOPPED SWIMMING is an outstanding winner powered by the author's own vivid narrative style.

Water's Lovely
Ruth Rendell
Random House Audio Books
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 8th floor, New York, NY 10019, 1-800-726-0600
9780739342961, $29.95

Rosalyn Landor's TV credits and narrative skills enhance this story of Ismay, who recalls the day her stepfather is discovered dead in the bathtub and lives a nightmare nine years later, still in the same house with her sister. When her little sister becomes involved with a man for the first time, Ismay's memories of the event won't be halted in this tense thriller.

The Genius
Jesse Kellerman
Penguin Audio
375 Hudson Street, New York NY 10014
9780143143130, $29.95

Kirby Heyborne has received many credits for his starring role in Saints and Soldiers: his voice lends just as well to this fine story of one Ethan, a would-be new art dealer who discovers a treasure trove of original art in a New York slum. His treasure turns to trial as the questions arising about the source of the art point out that they could be evidence in a wider crime spree. An outstanding mystery evolves, highly recommended for any lending library strong in mystery audios.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

More Harm Than Good
Alan Zelicoff, MD & Michael Bellomo
1601 Broadway, New York NY 10019
0814400272, $24.00

MORE HARM THAN GOOD: WHAT YOUR DOCTOR MAY NOT TELL YOU ABOUT COMMON TREATMENTS AND PROCEDURES should be a 'must' for any general-interest lending library strong in consumer health issues. It covers many common medical conditions commonly over-treated, considers other options, and tells how to discuss issues with a doctor. Included is a basic understanding of disease and health affecting such decisions.

Playing, Laughing and Learning with Children on the Autism Spectrum
Julia Moor
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
400 Market Street #400, Philadelphia, PA 19106
9781843106081, $21.95

Parents of kids newly diagnosed as having autism are often concerned bout how to interact with their child for maximum effectiveness. Playing, Laughing and Learning with Children on the Autism Spectrum is more than just a book about how to play with such a child: it shows how to break down activities into manageable stages, gain a child's attention, and build on play-oriented achievements for broader impact. Any parent with an autistic child will find this a winning guide, as will educators working with special education kids.

Nurturing Nonviolent Children
Elsie Jones-Smith
88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881
9780275984038, $39.95

NURTURING NONVIOLENT CHILDREN: A GUIDE FOR PARENTS, EDUCATORS AND COUNSELORS offers parents and libraries catering to them a fine blend of social issues assessment, health and parenting skills by a longtime psychologist and counselor who is also a parent and past teacher. This volume focuses on research and case histories alike, discussing the growing problem of youth violence, its causes, and how adults can use specific strategies to nurture nonviolence as a lifestyle. The blend of social issues assessment, psychology, and parenting techniques offers a satisfying blend of research-based self-help techniques perfect for both school and public libraries.

The Political Science Shelf

The Conservative's Handbook
Phil Valentine
Cumberland House Publishing
431 Harding Industrial Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37211
9781581826223, $19.95

Syndicated talk-show radio host Phil Valentine provides a guide to conservatism and its beliefs in a lovely simulated leather hardcover with a gold-half-jacket designed to enhance both home and public libraries. Here's an A-Z encyclopedia of hot issues and modern topics, with chapters offering in-depth discussions of single topics from conservative analysis and standpoint. An excellent acquisition for any library strong in social issues or politics.

The Social Issues Shelf

The Long Baby Boom
Jeff Goldsmith
Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
0301888314, $24.95

THE LONG BABY BOOM: AN OPTIMISTIC VISION FOR A GRAYING GENERATION is a 'must' for any college-level collection on social issues and contemporary American social history. It discusses the positive impact baby boomers have on the economy and takes a different approach in assessing the impact their choices and trends will have on the American social fabric. Any college-level collection strong in social issues needs this different approach.

The Transition Handbook
Rob Hopkins
Green Books
Foxhole, Dartington, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EB, England
9781900322188, $24.95

There are over thirty formal Transition Initiatives in the UK including towns, islands and cities with over 500 globally at the launch stage and so THE TRANSITION HANDBOOK: FROM OIL DEPENDENCY TO LOCAL RESILIENCE has global implications for change. It's a model that decreases oil dependency at the grassroots level, offering insights on addictions, oil culture, and transition processes and alternatives. A 'must' for any serious about change.

The Book of Ethics
Cynthia M.A. Gepper & Roberts
Hazelden Foundation
PO Box 11, Center City, MN 55012-0011
9781592854929, $34.95

Professionals working with addicts will appreciate THE BOOK OF ETHICS, a survey of common ethical questions clinicians encounter during the course of treatment. From the cultural and spiritual concerns of addiction treatment to how treatment goals can actually spark adverse effects in addicted patients, THE BOOK OF ETHICS: EXPERT GUIDANCE FOR PROFESSIONALS WHO TREAT ADDICTION is a top pick for any serious college-level health or psychology shelf catering to working professionals in the field as well as for any library strong in social issues explorations.

Toolbox for Sustainable City Living
Scott Kellogg and Stacy Pettigrew
South End Press
7 Brookline Street #1, Cambridge, MA 02139
9780896087804, $16.00

With over half the world's population residing in cities, TOOLBOX FOR SUSTAINABLE CITY LIVING becomes more important than ever, providing step-by-step instructions for city dwellers on how to manage waste, reclaim land, and generate energy using cheap, recycled materials. From composting to graywater discharge, chapters cover all the basics including water storage, conservation, and much more.

Born Digital
John Palfrey and Urs Gasser
Basic Books
c/o Perseus Publicity Department, 1-800-242-7737
387 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10016-8810
9780465005154, $25.95

The first generation of 'digital natives' children born and raised in the digital world are coming of age, and our society will be changed by their perceptions and different worldviews. BORN DIGITAL considers these changing perceptions and is based on in-depth original research, including interviews from members of this generation. Philosophy blends with social issues and insights in an invaluable pick for a brave new world, perfect for any discussions or collections strong in social issues, philosophy or science.

The Islamic Studies Shelf

Dictionary of Islam
Azim Nanji
345 Hudson, New York NY 10014
9780141013992, $18.00

Islam is a global faith with millions of followers world-wide, so this survey of Muslim history, beliefs and cultures is essential to understanding many Islamic terms that permeate today's culture. From key terms relating to Islam to highlights of people, events and religion, DICTIONARY OF ISLAM is a reference no school or public library should be without.

The Islamic Challenge in Europe
Raphael Israeli
Transaction Books
300 McGaw Drive-Raritan Center, Edison, NJ 08837
9781412807500, $44.95

Europe has experienced periodic Islamist attacks that have taken many lives: while attention has been paid to attacks on the UK, France and Germany, less notice has been made of their impact on the rest of Europe. THE ISLAMIC CHALLENGE IN EUROPE assesses overall dangers, discussing potentials for problems in a range of countries. Any college-level collection strong in terrorist studies or European social issues needs this.

The Military Shelf

The Triumph of Martyrs
Nir Rosen
Potomac Books Inc.
22841 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles, VA 20166-2012
9781597971843, $17.95

Journalist Nir Rosen lived and reported in occupied Iraq: his TRIUMPH OF THE MARTYRS: A REPORTER'S JOURNEY INTO OCCUPIED IRAQ reveals his year and a half in Iraq, detailing its violent changes to its first elections in 2005. He speaks fluent Iraqi-accented Arabic, so was able to go beyond the usual reporter's turf into the homes of average Iraqi: THE TRIUMPH OF MARTYRS thus offers up a rare set of insights highly recommended for any military history collection.

Osprey Publishing
443 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10016

Martin Bowman's P-47 THUNDERBOLT VS. BF 109G/K (9781846033155, $17.95) covers the largest single-engined fighter machine and the conflict between the P-47 and the BF 109G/K fighters. From differences in pilot training and combat tactics to basic construction elements of the jet themselves, this collection of first-hand accounts from the fighters is a pick for any military library. Also important is John Weal's JUNKERS JU 87 STUKAGESCHWADER OF THE RUSSIAN FRONT (9781846033087, $22.95), a final volume in the trilogy on the Junkers JU 87 Stuka, and recommended for collections with the prior books. The concluding history of the fighting aircraft surveys how its power was finally shattered during World War II, and makes for an outstanding survey. Gordon Rottman's US PATROL TORPEDO BOATS WORLD WAR II (9781846032271, $17.95) provides military specialty collections with a focus on World War II torpedo boats and their development, considering their design and deployment and providing a rich survey especially important considering they are rarely seen today. Steve Nichols' MALTA SPITFIRE ACES (9781846033056, $22.95) surveys the reign of the Spitfire aircraft, one of the premier fighters of World War II, and follows its influence on the siege of Malta, where aces provided unique aerial defense during one of the most decisive air battles of the war. Ed Gilbert's FRONTIER MILITIAMAN IN THE EAR OF 1812 (9781846032752, $18.95) surveys the Southwestern frontier and the actions of untrained men who formed militia forces worthy of historical mention. Stephen Bull's WORLD WAR II STREET-FIGHTING TACTICS (9781846032912, $18.95) considers street-to-street fighting technique and circumstances during the war and is based on rare wartime British, US, German and Soviet training documents which describe how house-to-house combat was to be conducted. Neil Short's THE STALIN AND MOLOTOV LINES (9781846031922, $18.95) surveys World War I Soviet Western defenses, considering plans to build fortifications and analyzing Stalin's steps to remedy faults in defenses. Steven J. Zaloga's PANTHER VS. SHERMAN: BATTLE OF THE BULGE 1944 (9781846032929, $17.95) provides a specialty focus on the machines of war which were designed and developed with the battle environment at hand. Steve Davies' RED EAGLES: AMERICA'S SECRET MIGS (9781846033780, $25.95) reveals the story of the secret MIGs in America during the Cold War: a notable achievement, as many of the records of the times were destroyed or remains classified. Steve Davies interviewed over thirty of the Red Eagle pilots along with others in their squadron to help piece together their account. The result's a powerful survey. Stephen Bull and Gordon L. Rottman's INFANTRY OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR TACTICS (9781846032820, $24.95) is a pick for any World War II military library: it focuses on the infantry's special challenges during the war, using personal memoirs of individual soldiers to focus on individual practice and adding training manual contents to outline theories and tactics. Add modern photos and diagrams and color reviews of tactics and you have a battlefield manual perfect for strategy analysis. Gary Sheffield's WAR ON THE WESTERN FRONT: IN THE TRENCHES OF WORLD WAR I (9781846033414, $19.95) provides a fine day-by-day survey of the daily lives of common soldiers who died in the trenches of combat during the war. From their recruitment to training and war tactics of the times, this follows developments in weaponry and technique and is an invaluable guide for any military library. Andrew Thomas and Warren Thompson's AMERICAN NIGHTFIGHTER ACES OF WORLD WAR 2 (9781846033063, $22.95) provides an excellent survey of the RAF's role in helping American fighters develop top-notch craft and techniques, considering the various types of fighting craft of World War II. From histories of elite fighter pilots to first-hand accounts from combat veterans, this text includes thirty specially commissioned original color artworks and fine vintage photos. All are outstanding military guides recommended for specialty military collections.

Hitler's Secret Commandos
Helmut Blocksdorf
Pen & Sword Books Ltd.
Freepost, 47 Church Street, Barnsley South Yorkshire S70 2BR
Casemate (distributor)
1016 Warrior Road, Suite C, Drexel Hill, PA 19026, 1-610-853-9131
1844157830, $32.95

HITLER'S SECRET COMMANDOS: OPERATIONS OF THE K-VERBAND offers the history of the K-Verband naval commando unit established in 1943 to work against Allied amphibious invaders. German achieves, first-hand accounts, and other published material lends to the first comprehensive history of this unit, recommended for any specialty military library strong in World War II strategy and history.

The Self-Help Shelf

Life is Sweet
Addie Johnson
Conari Press
65 Parker Street, Suite 7, Newburyport, MA 01950
9781573243230, $14.95

LIFE IS SWEET: 333 WAYS TO LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE AND FIND THE HAPPINESS IN FRONT OF YOU represents the author's collection of stories that struck her and taught her how to become happier in her seeing and experience of the world. From relationships and underlying love to life purpose, LIFE IS SWEET is a winning collection showing how to get to a happier place in life.

Soul Currency
Ernest D. Chu
New World Library
14 Pamaron Way, Novato, CA 94949
9781577316244, $22.95

SOUL CURRENCY: INVESTING YOUR INNER WEALTH FOR FULFILLMENT AND ABUNDANCE provides a new way of understanding the flow and potential of inner wealth, and how to harvest and nurture traits of integrity, imagination, love and intuition. From identifying false beliefs that hold us back to capitalizing on life experience and perspective, SOUL CURRENCY is an inspirational guide for any who would grow, and a fine new age library pick.

The Law of Attraction Plain and Simple
Sonia Ricotti
Hampton Roads
125 Stoney Ridge Road, Charlottesville, VA 22902
9781571745835, $15.95

Tired of complaining about life? Sonia Ricotti explains how to apply eleven simple steps to increase happiness, from the basics of deciding what you want and how to get it to choosing thoughts, connecting mind and body, and attracting into our lives what we put out into the universe. An invigorating, enlightening guide to living life more fully.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

Grimoire of the Necronomicon
Donald Tyson
Llewellyn Publications
2143 Wooddale Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125-2989
9780738713380, $18.95

Drawn from the astral plane and set in print is this book of ritual magic of the Cthulhu Mythos, a pick for any collection strong in occultism in general and Lovecraft in particular. From the foundations of placing altars to symbols, forms and magic of Cthulhu worlds, GRIMOIRE OF THE NECRONOMICON is an involving read.

The Wicca Handbook
Eileen Holland
Weiser Publishers
65 Parker Avenue Suite 7, Newburyport, MA 01950
9781578634385, $16.95

New witches and Wiccan practitioners receive a basic exploration to many of the initial steps to becoming a witch, blending history and tradition with reviews of basic initiations and magical practices for the Wiccan year. It comes from a High Priestess whose goal is to not just provide a guide, but a working handbook packed with clear directions and details on spells, healing, health and when and how to conduct rituals.

The Business Shelf

Emotional Intelligence for Managing Results in a Diverse World
Lee Gardenswartz, Jorge Cherbosque and Anita Rowe
Davies-Black Publishing
1055 Joaquin Road, 2nd Floor, Mountain View, CA 94043
9780891062554, $32.95

Emotional Intelligence has long been valuable in predicting management and leadership success, but isn't enough to solve workplace differences. This guide offers fresh insights into how to manage business ambiguity, blending evidence from groups across America with hands-on exercises, checklists, and assessment tools blending key principles of EQ with issues of diversity and conflict. Managers and team leaders alike and any business library catering to them will discover chapters filled with useful, important tips.

E-Learning and Business Plans
Elaina M. Norlin and Tiffini A. Travis, editors
Scarecrow Press
4501 Forbes Blvd. Suite 200, Lanham MD 20706
0810851954, $60.00

E-learning has become a convenience for many since computers have become everyday, but e-learning options also involve many educational, social and technological changes and new demands. E-LEARNING AND BUSINESS PLANS: NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CASE STUDIES provides a review of developing nonprofit business plans for all kinds of e-learning projects both large and small. This review holds broad implications making E-Learning and Business Plans a pick for college-level collections strong not just in business books, but in computer or education topics as well. It offers professionals, nonprofits and researchers keys to understanding typical nonprofit business plans and experiences in the e-learning arena and makes for an invaluable pick.

The Nonverbal Advantage
Carl Kinsey Goman
Berrett-Koehler Publishing
235 Montgomery Street, #650, San Francisco CA 94104-2916
9781576754924, $19.95

The latest research and opinions on nonverbal communication skills are examined in a fine survey for coaches, business leaders and workers alike, with chapters telling how to understand and speak body language to take advantage of workplace atmosphere. Chapters offer analysis of this language, and use black and white photos to analyze and provide examples of common body language.

Family Wars
Grant Gordon and Nigel Nicholson
Kogan Page
525 S. 4th Street #241, Philadelphia, PA 19147
9780749446307, $37.50

FAMILY WARS: CLASSIC CONFLICTS IN FAMILY BUSINESS ND HOW TO DEAL WITH THEM offers up case history examples from big business Gallo, Koch Industries, Guinness to illustrate family succession battles, power struggles, and the common issues that affect family business interactions. Tips on how to contain or resolve these issues accompany the case histories from real life, making FAMILY WARS an outstanding pick for any business library collection.

The Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf

From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books
Arie Kaplan
Jewish Publication Society
2199 Arch Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103
9780827608436, $25.00

Since their first appearance in the 1930s comic books have influenced American ideas of heroism and action: FROM KRAKOW TO KRYPTON reveals the Jewish subtexts of these stories and considers the influence of Jews on not just the comic world but upon American culture as a whole. It's a top pick for both Judaic studies collections and any collection strong in comic book history, holding interviews with Art Spiegelman, Al Jaffee and more and offering an analysis of both the Jewish people behind comics and the contents themselves.

TwoMorrows Publishing
10407 Bedfordtown Drive, Raleigh, NC 27614

If you're a Flash comics fan, you must have Keith Dallas's THE FLASH COMPANION (1893905985, $26.95); it's packed with interviews and articles about the Flash creators through the decades of Flash creations, and presents a fine history of all the artists as well as previously-unpublished scenes. Black and white comics throughout illustrate behind-the-scenes coverage perfect for any comprehensive cartoon, comic or graphic novel library, and for many a general-interest collection. Jack Kirby's CHECKLIST: GOLD EDITION (1605490059, $14.95) is the most thorough listing of Jack Kirby's work compiled and is fully updated into a definitive 'Gold Edition' with a decade's worth of corrections and additions by top historians, in a new trade paperwork format. It lists every published comic featuring Kirby's work, includes dates, page counts, and even inkers and even cross-references reprints. George Khoury and Eric Nolen-Weathington's MODERN MASTERS V. 18: JOHN ROMITA JR (1893905950, $14.95) covers Marvel Comics winner John Romita Jr, who grew his art from teenage years to a thirty-year career with Marvel. His powerful action in Spider-Man, X-Men, and more covered some of Marvel's most famous characters and comics: here interviews and black and white comics offer superb, invaluable insights for any fan of Romita or Marvel's works. Glen Cadigan's TITANS COMPANION 2 (189390587X, $26.95) picks up where its predecessor left off, covering all the Teen Titans from the mid-1990s through their comeback. Add interviews with solo Titans writers, black and white trips and more and you have a companion to Volume 1 that makes the pair a top pick. Highly recommended for specialty collector's libraries.

The Science Shelf

Ichthyo: The Architecture of Fish
Dr. Daniel Pauly,
Chronicle Books
680 2nd Street, San Francisco CA 94107
9780811861922, $35.00

Originally created to preserve a record of scientific samples dating from the 19th century, the black and white x-rays of fish at the Smithsonian have become works of art in and of themselves, and ICHTHYO presents the best of this collection. Black and white plates offer x-rays from the Smithsonian Institution collection and are a recommended specialty pick for any college-level science collection dealing with fish or artworks from natural history.

Physics for Future Presidents
Richard A. Muller
W.W. Norton
500 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780393066272, $26.95

Presidents learning about the latest terrorist threats often have to have a foundation of scientific knowledge and health savvy to assess the potential destructive capacities and dangers of various devices: PHYSICS FOR FUTURE PRESIDENTS teaches this foundation, providing a lively, non-technical primer of information for any who would select the right leader to handle such problems. It comes from a top educator and physics researcher and covers the physics of all types of terrorist weapons. Both general-interest and science libraries will find it a welcome addition.

Fruitless Fall
Rowan Jacobsen
Bloomsbury USA
500 5th Avenue, New York NY 10010
9781596915374, $25.00

If there's no pollination, there's no fruit and that time is approaching as commercial bee-keepers chart that one third of the world's entire bee population had mysteriously died last year. FRUITLESS FALL tells the larger story of why bees are key to our lives and provides a wide-ranging story of beekeeping methods, cause of bee deaths, common myths, and the solutions to keeping bee populations healthy. Any natural history library needs this.

The Art Shelf

Antonio Lopez Garcia
Cheryl Brutvan
MFA Publications
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02113
9780878467334, $24.95

He was called the 'greatest realistic artist alive' by Robert Hughes and creates the quintessential blend of realism with haunting viewpoints and twists of light, so ANTONIO LOPEZ GARCIA is a 'must' for any serious art library collection. It gathers under one cover the major paintings and drawings of his career, revealing the Spanish artist's methods and adding detailed explanations and explorations of themes to each full-page color image.

A Marquetry Odyssey
Silas Knopf
Hudson Hills Press
3556 Main Street, Manchester, VT 05254
1555952879, $65.00

A MARQUETRY ODYSSEY: HISTORICAL OBJECTS AND PERSONAL WORK comes from an author/artist who has years of acclaim and experience in creating 'pictures in wood', offering his account of the practice of marquetry from ancient Egypt to modern times and documenting his lifelong involvement in marquetry. Personal artistic memoir blends well with marquetry history and an assessment of objects of art, with color photos throughout capturing a wide range of changing topics.

Susan Meiselas
547 West 27th Street, New York NY 10001
9781597110716, $50.00

NICARAGUA JUNE 1978-JULY 1979 offers Susan Meiselas' color photos and provides a powerful account of a nation in turmoil recommended not just for art libraries specializing in photographic journalism, but for collections strong in Latin American history and culture. This new edition is published on the 30th anniversary of the popular insurrection and of the photographer's first trip to Nicaragua, and includes a DVD of the film PICTURES FROM A REVOLUTION in which Meiselas returns to the original scenes she photographed, tracking down her subjects and re-interviewing them. A powerful work.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

The Apostate's Tale
Margaret Frazer
Berkeley Prime Crime
375 Hudson Street, New York NY 10014
9780425219249, $24.95

Crime-solving nun Dame Frevisse investigates wrongdoing at the priory in the 18th installment of Frazer's acclaimed Medieval mystery series. Here the nuns are preparing for the end of lent when the return of long-gone Sister Cecely, who fled the nunnery with a man nine years earlier, disrupts proceedings. The presence of the non and her illegitimate son threaten the nunnery's peace in this fast-paced mystery, highly recommended for any mystery collection.

Cool Cache
Patricia Smiley
c/o New American Library
375 Hudson Street, New York NY 10014
9780451224019, $23.95

This Tucker Sinclair mystery is a fine pick for any mystery collection, particularly for California collections but for any strong in regional U.S. settings and mysteries. Here a new chocolate shop, Nectar, boasts all kinds of secret recipes from a Belgian great-grandfather and it's up to Tucker Sinclair to help assure its success. When her protective efforts fail and a murder results, Tucker must follow some bizarre chocolate-covered clues to solve the mystery. A fine thriller evolves.

Queen of the Flowers
Kerry Greenwood
Poisoned Pen Press
6962 E. First Avenue #103, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
9781590581711, $24.95

The circus is in town and St. Kilda is having its first Flower Festival parade, in which Phryne Fisher is to be Queen. The only problem at first is an unstable flower maiden but when malady spreads to include Phryne's own adopted daughter and the mystery deepens to something much more personal and dangerous, QUEEN OF THE FLOWERS really heats up. Libraries strong in mysteries will find it a thrilling addition.

The Homeowner Shelf

Natural Swimming Pools: A Guide for Building
Michael Littlewood
Agri Media, Germany
c/o Powells Technical Bookstore (distribution)
Portland, Oregon
9783860373507, $99.95

Any who wish to learn how to build a natural swimming pool and any library catering to homeowners needs Natural Swimming Pools: A Guide for Building. It walks builders through all stages of understanding the system, plumbing, and maintenance of a natural swimming pool, covering techniques and using detailed scale drawings to impart specs on a range of project ideas. Add color photos throughout and a wide variety of options and you have an outstanding reference.

Award Winning Green Roof Designs
Steven Peck
Schiffer Publishing
4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
9780764330223, $39.99

College-level libraries strong in building design and architectural guides will find AWARD-WINNING GREEN ROOF DESIGNS a treasure trove of projects from Canada to Florida which reflect multi-disciplinary, collaborative designs using plants as rooftop energy-savers. From visual unity to practical structural changes, AWARD WINNING GREEN ROOF DESIGNS is packed with keys to learning from the best green roof design projects, with color photos throughout.

The Antiques/Collectibles Shelf

Schroeder's Antiques Price Guide, 27th Edition
Collector Books
Box 3009, Paducah, KY 42002-3009
9781574326147, $19.95

The 27th 2009 edition holds over 50,000 antiques and collectibles listings, with small color photos peppering a strong survey of valuations. An organization by manufacturer makes it easy to look up toys, glassware, and much more, while the latest prices are important keys to assessing collections, flea market values, and more. Both collector's libraries and individuals will find it an important and basic reference and because prices change so readily, its yearly updates are essential.

The Education Shelf

The Best Law Schools' Admissions Secrets
Joyce Putnam Curll
Sourcebooks Inc.
Box 4410, Naperville, IL 60567-4410
1402211821, $17.95

When trying to beat law school competition, how do you know what to do go get in the 'yes' pile? Insider Joyce Curll, former Dean of Admissions for Harvard Law School, provides some of the secrets to getting in that pile; from preparing the application and understanding differing state laws to learning how the admissions process works behind the scenes. No other law school guidebook offers this level of expertise and insider advice, making it a 'must' for would-be law students and libraries catering to them.

Corwin Press
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320

Bill McNeal and Tom Oxholm's A SCHOOL DISTRICT'S JOURNEY TO EXCELLENCE: LESSONS FROM BUSINESS AND EDUCATION (9781412741587, $28.95) offers educators a survey of improved outcomes, instructional leadership, and assessments geared to establishing a partnership to help students meet grade-level expectations, and support schools. Chapters survey quality, leadership and more. Ron Nash's THE ACTIVE CLASSROOM (9781412960878, $26.95) offers a set of strategies for involving students, from creating a welcoming interactive environment fostering learning to managing classroom discussions and interdependent learning. Marilyn Gootman's THE CARING TEACHER'S GUIDE TO DISCIPLINE (9781412962841, $32.95) is directed to teachers of grades K-6 and shows how to help students learn self-control and responsibility. The third updated edition shows teachers how to guide student behavior to develop positive, supportive relationships and how to set roles and develop student problem-solving techniques. Ellen McIntyre,'s 6 PRINCIPLES FOR TEACHING ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS IN ALL CLASSROOMS (9781412958349) provides educators with an instructional approach to ESL lessons, providing lessons, tips and more from teachers who have been trained in the proven instructional model presented here. Barbara Brauner Berns and Judith Opert Sandler edit MAKING SCIENCE CURRICULUM MATTER (9781412967235, $25.95) is based on the National Science Foundation's Instructional Materials Development program, and offers an examination of the work of four NSF-funded dissemination centers. From establishing K-12 science programs to instigating reform measures for existing programs, it's a winning guide education collections will appreciate. Ann I. Nevin, Richard A. Villa and Jacqueline S. Thousand's A GUIDE TO CO-TEACHING WITH PARAEDUCATORS: PRACTICAL TIPS FOR K-12 EDUCATORS (9781412957649, $28.95) focuses on paraeducators and their roles, offering a plan of work through school system existing supports that show how teachers and paraeducators can work together. From reproducible forms for co-teaching objectives to K-12 examples of effective student encouragement, this book's a fine source for educators interested in co-teaching mechanics. Barbara L. McCombs and Lynda Miller's SCHOOL LEADER'S GUIDE TO LEARNER-CENTERED EDUCATION: FROM COMPLEXITY TO SIMPLICITY (9781412960175, $36.95) provides a model for creating and sustaining a learner-centered classroom blending ideals of educational psychology with practical classroom applications. From blending learning standards and providing leadership to preparing students for global citizenship and applying tools needed for transition points, SCHOOL LEADER'S GUIDE TO LEARNER-CENTERED EDUCATION: FROM COMPLEXITY TO SIMPLICITY is a winner. David A. Squires' CURRICULUM ALIGNMENT: RESEARCH-BASED STRATEGIES FOR INCREASING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT (9781412960076, $33.95) covers the basic theory of alignment and how it can help student achievement goals. Aligning what is taught, written and tested can improve performance of not just single students, but the entire school. Chapters tell how to use alignment as a design element, expanding options for better test scores and student achievement in the process. Charles J. Russo and Allan G. Osborne Jr.'s SECTION 504 AND THE ADA (9781412955096, $26.95) provides a strong but simple legal desk reference for educators interested in protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities. From testing accommodations and educational access issues to employee rights and the legal rights of parents, this provides an excellent comprehensive survey. The second updated edition of David Smokler's INTERACTIVE LEARNING EXPERIENCES: INCREASING STUDENT ENGAGEMENT AND LEARNING, GRADES 6-12 (9781412960878, $22.95) teaches how to energize adolescent learning through memorable learning experiences based on brain-compatible teaching principles. Nine new sample learning experiences plus a revised assessment chapter covering standards-based education and NCLB reflect just some of the updated details which can be used to connect hundreds of themes across the middle to high school curricula. A top choice for any serious teaching library.

Reaching and Teaching the Child With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Heather Mackenzie
Jessica Kingsley Publications
400 Market Street #400, Philadelphia PA 19006
9781843106234, $24.95

Educators and parents alike will find Reaching and Teaching the Child With Autism Spectrum Disorder a fine approach to educating kids with autism, offering insights on such a child's behavior, blending research with clinical experience, and offering tips on developing independent learning skills with such kids. It's a key component of any parent or educator's library using a broad spectrum of proven autism teaching skills to reach kids hitherto deemed 'unreachable'.

The Literary Shelf

Facts on File Companion to the World Novel
Michael D. Sollars
Facts on File Inc.
132 West 31st Street, 17th Floor, New York NY 10001
9780816062331, $140.00

The two-volume reference WORLD NOVEL 1900 TO THE PRESENT provides an excellent new guide packing over 500 entries on the world's great modern novels and novelists from literary scholars around the world. Novel analysis and biographies of authors come with appendixes, a bibliography and discussions of major novels, making for an excellent review suitable for college-level classroom text assignment.

Facing Unpleasant Facts: Narrative Essays
George Orwell
Harcourt Books
215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10003
9780151013616, $25.00

George Orwell was an essayist before all, producing many short nonfiction works on the events of his times. This reveals his narrative essay skills, packing in a blend of autobiography, memoir and social observation in an outstanding collection. Many different types of collections will want this, from college-level libraries strong in Orwell studies to libraries with broad overall strengths in essays and literature.

Scare Tactics: Supernatural Fiction by American Women
Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock
Fordham University Press
University Box L, 2546 Belmont Avenue, Bronx, NY 10458
9780823229857, $50.00

College-level libraries strong in either American women's fiction or supernatural fiction will find SCARE TACTICS in a fine addition, providing a scholarly assessment of supernatural fiction writings by American women and analyzing this genre's feminist roots. Between the end of the Civil War to about 1930, hundreds of such supernatural tales were published by women. Quotes from writings accompany a powerful analysis.

The Secret Life of Words
Henry Hitchings
Farrar Straus Giroux
18 West 18th Street, New York NY 10011
9780374254100, $27.00

Words are key to everyday living and an average person spends the day immersed in using them, but how many think about usage and its evolution? THE SECRET LIFE OF WORDS offers a history of the English language and vocabulary changes over the decades but goes a step beyond competing books in analyzing how word choices observe and record history, reflect social change, and document or change the past. From word originals and their cultural connections to the evolving meaning of everyday expressions, THE SECRET LIFE OF WORDS is packed with insights and offers a lively tone appropriate not just for high school to college-level libraries, but for general-interest lending libraries.

The First Word
Christine Kenneally
Penguin Books
375 Hudson Street, New York NY 10014
9780143113744, $16.00

Language's use and development has received much discussion elsewhere, but this is the first book to trace breakthroughs in the new field of language history, showing how a handful of scholars took evolutionary linguistics from speculation to fact-supported science, and surveying how words were made and disseminated. An excellent reader both for college and high-school level linguistics collections and for general readers interested in literary development.

Mark Twain's Travel Literature: The Odyssey of a Mind
Harold H. Hellwig
McFarland & Company
Box 611, Jefferson, NC 28640
9780786436514, $35.00

College-level collections strong in studies of Mark Twain will relish Mark Twain's Travel Literature: The Odyssey of a Mind, a survey of his class works of fiction and travel and how they dealt with travel as a central issue. Analysis is scholarly and detailed with chapters quoting examples from his works to reinforce perceptions of people, culture, and social issues. A 'must' for any school where mark Twain receives in-depth analysis.

The World History Shelf

A Splendid Exchange
William J. Bernstein
Atlantic Monthly Press
841 Broadway, New York NY 10003
0871139790, $30.00

A SPLENDID EXCHANGE: HOW TRADE SHAPED THE WORLD focuses on world trade trends from early times to modern times. Traders introduced new commodities into the marketplace, bringing with them new ideas and concepts, and introduced 'miracles' to those unfamiliar with changing technology or world products. Chapters provide a lively history of the principles of trade and their evolution, and make for a strong and revealing collection.

The International Studies Shelf

The Encyclopedia of the Arab-Iraeli Conflict
Spencer C. Tucker, Editor
Box 1911, Santa Barbara, CA 93116-1911
9781851098415, $395.00

High school to college libraries strong in Jewish history and culture or Middle East history will find the volumes of THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT: A POLITICAL, SOCIAL AND MILITARY HISTORY to be key to understanding the region's conflicts. A quick A-Z reference of facts offers quick look-up for conflicts, decisions, military actions, individuals and all events relating to the Arab-Israeli conflicts over the decades, while black and white images of individuals and events supplement additional reading advice. Excellent as a basic historical reference opening doors for further research.

The Concrete Dragon
Thomas J. Campanella
Princeton Architectural Press
37 East 7th Street, New York NY 10003
9781568986272, $35.00

Thomas J. Campanella's THE CONCRETE DRAGON: CHINA'S URBAN REVOLUTION AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE WORLD explores China's trends during the 1980s, a period when unprecedented urban change affected the country and produced Chinese entrepreneurs who mimicked the wealth and acquisitions of the Western world. There were fewer than 200 cities in 1970s China; today there are nearly seven hundred. Chapters survey patterns of growth between city and country and the individuals who made it all come to life.

The History of Pakistan
Iftikhar H. Malik
Greenwood Press
88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881
9780313341373, $45.00

Joining others in the 'Greenwood Histories of Modern Nations' is a fine survey of Pakistan's evolution and development, from its early influence in Indo-Islamic culture to its establishment as a separate state. Included in the history are notes on political interactions within the region, influential individuals, and military confrontations. It's a fine historical introduction for high school or college-level holdings strong in regional country histories.

A Historical Geography of China
Yi-Fu Tuan
Transaction Books
300 McGaw Drive-Raritan Center, Edison, NJ 08837
0202362000, $29.95

High school to college level libraries strong in Chinese studies or geography will find this a fine survey of the Chinese landscape, its alterations, and its evolution from early to modern times. Traditional Chinese settlement patterns and architecture are considered in an in-depth treatment of how social and political changes affected these patterns. Sociology libraries will find it a winner.

Canada and the United States: Ambivalent Allies, 4th Edition
John Herd Thompson and Stephen J. Randall
University of Georgia Press
330 Research Drive, Athens, GA 30602-4901
0820331139, $24.95

The United States and Canada have the world's largest border and trading relationship and so they share a long history of trade relations. Any college-level collection strong in Canada history in general and US-Canada relations in particular thus needs Canada and the United States: Ambivalent Allies, a 4th updated edition extensively rewritten and updated to reflect new scholarly arguments and discoveries on the nature and analysis of cultural, economic and political developments.

The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf

The Alfred Hitchcock Story
Ken Mogg
Titan Books
144 Southwark Street, London SE1 OUP, UK
9781845767082, $35.00

Any library strong in film biography and history in general with Alfred Hitchcock fans in residents needs THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK STORY, a fine illustrated celebration of his works which pairs over 450 rare posters, photos, lobby cards, books and more with film historian Ken Mogg's analysis of Hitchcock's life, work and influences. Film-by-film discussions offer articles by Hitchcock experts who over his works and experimental styles.

The Photography Shelf

The Best of Photographic Lighting, 2nd Edition
Bill Hurter
Amherst Media
Box 586, Buffalo, NY 14226
9781584282174, $34.95

Any public library or photographer's collection interested in a basic, foundation guide to photographic lighting will find the 2nd updated edition of The Best of Photographic Lighting is a winner. It covers all the basics of how lighting works and how to control it, from light modifiers and studio lighting techniques to special techniques for photographic food, people and more. Very highly recommended as a basic photographer's text.

Practical HDRI
Jack Howard
Rocky Nook
26 West Mission Street Suite 3, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
9781933952321, $32.95

Any advanced photography library needs PRACTICAL HDRI, discussing high dynamic range imaging for photographers: it comes from a well-known expert who explores the new frontier of such digital capture, offering an illustrated text covering all the basics of HDRI filming. From step-by-step tutorials to advanced workflows and file management, cameras and software, it's an item of choice any serious photographer will welcome.

Photoshop Lightroom Adventure
Mikkel Aaland
1005 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol, CA 95472
059610099X, $39.99

Adobe's next-generation Photoshop instructional is covered by an award-winning photographer who offers a guided tour of Lightroom and tells how it can make photos vibrant and unique. Using photos to share knowledge about Lightroom's potentials, PHOTOSHOP LIGHTROOM ADVENTURE offers expert tips from real world, on-location shootings, has been updated for the latest release of Lightroom, and offers step-by-step direction for managing and presenting photos, paired with lovely examples from a range of top photographers. From using different modules such as Develop to black and white effects, no Photoshop collection should be without PHOTOSHOP LIGHTROOM ADVENTURE.

The Nautical Shelf

How to Trim Sails, 2nd Edition
Peter Schweer
Sheridan House
145 Palisade Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
1574092200, $19.95

HOW TO TRIM SAILS: DINGHIES TO OFFSHORE CRUISERS is a practical guide for owners and crew sailing all kinds of boats, explaining what sail trim is, how to achieve it, and how to trim for different kinds of winds. Both racers and cruisers of all experience levels receive an excellent guide key to any sailing or nautical effort and key to any collection catering to sailors.

The Crafts Shelf

Easy Beading, V. 4
BeadStyle Books
Kalmbach Books
c/o Watson-Guptill Publications
21027 Crossroads Circle, Waukesha, WI 53186
9780871162632, $29.95

From beaded necklaces and bracelets to belts and earrings, this project guide for beaders comes packed with fashionable ideas pairing lovely photos of finished pieces with completely illustrated steps for basic techniques. From close-up photos for step-by-step crafters to beading options and unusual designs, this is a treasure trove of jewelry ideas perfect for jewelry fans and libraries catering to them.

Inventive Metal Clay for Beaders
Irina Miech
c/o Watson-Guptill Publications
21027 Crossroads Circle, Waukesha, WI 53186
9780871162588, $21.95

18 projects for any metal clay worker provide all the basics for working with metal clay materials, from using texture plates and applying enamel to blending in metals and decorations to create pendants, necklaces, beads and more. Both beginner and intermediate projects in metal clay work make for an outstanding introduction, highly recommended for basic crafts sections and libraries strong in jewelry making.

Friendship Bracelets All Grown Up
Jo Packham
Martingale & Company
20205 144th Avenue NE, Woodinville WA 98072-8478
9781564778468, $18.95

Take the traditional friendship bracelet concept, add new embellishments, and make it a fashion statement and you have a crafts guide turning an old idea to a fresh new look even women will find appealing. From wrapped bracelets to necklace/bracelet pairings, Friendship Bracelets All Grown Up is an excellent bracelet production guide crafters will enjoy.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

The Best of Jim Baen's Universe #2
Eric Flint & Mike Resnick
Baen Books
Box 1403, Riverdale, NY 10471
1416555706, $14.00

The online magazine JIM BAEN'S UNIVERSE is in its third year and the book The Best of Jim Baen's Universe #2 gathers the best under one cover, presenting on- and off-line readers with a synthesis of top names and stories. These are a diverse presentation of plots and sagas, offering a wide range blending all kinds of science fiction. And the authors Nancy Kress, Kevin Anderson, Elizabeth Bear can't be beat. Very highly recommended for any discriminating science fiction library.

The Martial Arts Shelf

The Way to Black Belt
Lawrence A. Kane and Kris Wilder
YMAA Publications
23 North Main Street, Wolfeboro, NH 03894
9781594390852, $24.95

If your goal is earning a black belt, THE WAY TO BLACK BELT is an important key to achieving the goal. It outlines step-by-step goals, covers how to reach them, how to find a good instructor, and how to overcome training plateaus. Chapters include sidebars of information and clear outlines of paths to black belt status. An invaluable guide, highly recommended for both black belt pursuers and any library catering to them.

The Sports Shelf

Sport First Aid
Melinda J. Flegel
Human Kinetics
Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61825-5076
0736076018, $39.95

Coaches involved in teaching sports at any level from high school to college will find essential SPORT FIRST AID: A COACH'S GUIDE TO THE CARE AND PREVENTION OF ATHLETIC INJURIES. Now in its 4th updated edition, SPORT FIRST AID has been newly revised and updated to reflect the latest research and best practices and provides coaches with action steps for over a hundred common athletic injuries and illnesses. From the latest guidelines for using CPR and the Heimlich maneuver to operating external defibrillators and controlling bleeding, as well as handling and identifying steroid use among athletes, SPORT FIRST AID is an exceptional reference any sporting or coach's library needs.

The Gaming Shelf

Beginning Bridge
Barbara Seagram and Linda Lee
Master Point Press
331 Douglas Avenue, Toronto, Ontario Canada M5M 1H2
9781897106334, $19.95

Libraries strong in game instruction in general catering to bridge players in particular will welcome BEGINNING BRIDGE, a guide for newcomers that tells how to understand all aspects of the game. The author's previous book has become a best-seller on the subject: this user-friendly beginner's guide is certain to earn similar status, with its clear directions and diagrams and black and white illustration throughout.

First Lego League: The Unofficial Guide
James Floyd Kelly and Jonathan Daudelin
No Starch Press
555 DeHaro Street #250, San Francisco CA 94107
9781593271855, $29.95

FIRST LEGO LEAGUE is an international program for kids ages 9-14 which blends an interactive robotics program with a sports atmosphere. All levels of Lego users from novices to experienced gamers will find this an excellent survey of the history, objectives and structure of the FLL competition, surveying the basics of organizing a team, building winning robots, and more.

The California Shelf

Cacti, Agaves, and Yuccas of California and Nevada
Stephen Ingram
Cachuma Press
Box 560, Los Olivos, CA 93441
9780978997106, $25.95

California and Nevada hold a vast array of plant life, many desert plants and Cacti, Agaves, and Yuccas of California and Nevada is therefore a key pick for any California travel or nature collection strong in botany. Sixty species are featured with detailed description complimented by nearly three hundred color photos, 16 botanical watercolors, and over fifty maps. It serves as both a field guide identifying plants and as a natural history survey for any California collection strong in plants.

The Philosophy Shelf

Atheism Explained: from Folly to Philosophy
David Ramsay Steele
Open Court
315 5th Street, Peru, IL 61354
9780812696370, $17.95

Any interested in a blend of spirituality and philosophy which states the case for atheism will find this a fine addition for both religious and philosophy shelves and many a general-interest library collection. David Ramsey Steele explains atheism blending scholarship, history and religious inspection, with chapters covering issues of religious experience. It's an excellent introduction to the topic, perfect also for high school classroom debates.

The American History Shelf

Stagecoaches Across the American West 1850 to 1920
John A. Sells
Hancock House Publishers
1431 Harrison Avenue, Blaine, WA 98230-5005
9780888396051, $ 44.95, 336 pp.,

The stagecoach is an iconic symbol of the American west. History buffs and Wild West enthusiasts will delight in "Stagecoaches Across the American West 1850 to 1920", an impressively detailed and beautifully illustrated history of the stagecoach. Western history buff John A. Sells presents a well crafted, meticulously researched and deftly written treatise on the importance and impact of stagecoaches with respect to the westward expansion in the United States. A seminal work of American history, "Stagecoaches Across the American West 1850 to 1920" provides readers with a comprehensive look at stagecoach culture, the business and industries impacted by stagecoaches and the all important rules of stagecoach travel -- which could often mean the difference between life and death for its passengers, drivers and guards. A journey in time when the pony express and express mail were new, "Stagecoaches Across the American West 1850 to 1920" is replete with photos and maps, making it enthusiastically recommended for personal, community, and academic library American Western Frontier History reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

With Picks, Shovels & Hope
Wayne K. Hinton with Elizabeth A. Green
Mountain Press
Box 2399, Missoula, MT 59806
9780878425464, $30.00

While WITH PICKS, SHOVELS AND HOPE: THE CCC AND ITS LEGACY ON THE COLORADO PLATEAU will likely be a top pick for Colorado libraries, any interested in public lands management, Depression-era history, or the Civilian Conservation Corps will find this a key historical guide. It tells the story of a group of young men who worked to restore forests, farmlands and more in America's national public lands, and it provides a survey replete with fine color photos of Colorado natural landscapes, throughout. A fine achievement.

The Woodworking Shelf

Turning Wood
Richard Raffan
Taunton Press
Box 5506, Newtown, CT 06470-5506
9781561589562, $24.95

Thousands of novice turners have used TURNING WOOD WITH RICHARD RAFFAN to help them learn, and this classic text has been completely revised and updated to include a new chapter on hollow vessel turning and new techniques for lathes, tools, and maintenance. Color step-by-step photos throughout illustrate the techniques demonstrated while projects make it easy to learn wood turning basics. Any library catering to novice woodworkers will find it a winner.

The Economics Shelf

New Frontiers in Free Trade
Razeen Sally
Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC 20001
9781933995212, $18.95

International trade policy has lost its way, becoming disconnected from business and consumer realities and modern free trade agreements are based on outdated models and negotiations. That's the message of New Frontiers in Free Trade: Globalization's Future and Asia's Rising Role. Chapters examine the benefits of free trade systems and analyze the dangers of confronting the world trading system, offering formulas for getting trade policies back on line and opening freer markets linked to the rise of both Asia and modern times. College-level collections strong in both business and politics will find this a fine addition.

The Judaic Studies Shelf

Turim: Studies in Jewish History and Literature, V. 2
Michael A. Shmidman, Editor
KTAV Publishing House
930 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306
9781602800267, $30.00

TURIM represents the second of two volumes honoring Rabbi Dr. Bernard Lander, founder of Touro College and a distinguished Jewish scholar, and any collection strong in Judaic studies needs both volumes to round out a survey of ancient to modern Jewish history and literature. It offers broad, far-reaching assessment of Jewish philosophy, religion and literature and includes extensive quotes from source material and analysis from Jewish scholars prominent in their fields. The result is an outstanding, complex survey perfect for scholarly Jewish studies collections.

The Library DVD Shelf

Horatio Hornblower: Collector's Edition
A&E Videos
c/o A&E Television Networks
235 East 45th Street New York , NY 10017
DVD, 1422915239, $59.95

The entire swash-buckling film series appears on 8 DVDs in this collector's edition of HORATIO HORNBLOWER, following the sailor from midshipman to commander and offering many high-seas adventures. In having all eight films connected in one DVD package, viewers enjoy an unbroken series in this Emmy-winning adaptation of the classic novels of C.S. Forester. Also included in the DVD presentation: an interview with star Ioan Gruffudd, filmmaker commentary, 3 bonus related sailing programs and an expose on the making of Hornblower, and more information on both the novels and the films they inspired. DVD libraries will find it a top pick.

The Travel Shelf

The Practical Nomad
Edward Hasbrouck
Avalon Travel
1700 4th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
9781566918282, $21.95

The 4th updated edition of THE PRACTICAL NOMAD: HOW TO TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD comes from a former travel agent and veteran travel writer who offers the 'bible' of world travel. From choosing destinations and travel companions to getting the time and money for extended world roaming, understanding border crossings and entry requirements, and using print and online travel resources, this provides a set of first-hand and professional recommendations key to any successful nomadic adventure and essential for any library catering to travelers and wannabe adventurers.

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