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Volume 5, Number 9 September 2010 Home | CALBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Automotive Shelf Social Issues Shelf
Crafts Shelf Fiction Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf
Biography Shelf Cookbook Shelf Science Shelf
Gaming Shelf Sports Shelf Christian Studies Shelf
Buddhist Studies Shelf Computer Shelf Travel Shelf
Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf Education Shelf Photography Shelf
Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Metaphysical Studies Shelf Business Shelf
Music Shelf Audiobook Shelf Needlecraft Shelf
American History Shelf Architecture Shelf Art Shelf
Military Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf Gardening Shelf
Money/Finance Shelf Political Science Shelf Literary Shelf
Nautical Shelf Library DVD Shelf Antiques/Collectibles Shelf
Martial Arts Shelf Math Shelf Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf
California Shelf    

Reviewer's Choice

Do it Gorgeously
Sophie Uliano
c/o Hyperion Books
77 West 66th Street, New York, NY 10023-6298
9781401341398, $19.99,

DO IT GORGEOUSLY comes from the author of The Gorgeously Green Diet and Gorgeously Green, continuing her discussion on how to add beauty and style to daily life without polluting the environment. It comes from an environmentalist who says you can do both - and who provides affordable ideas on self-sufficiency based on green projects and recipes ranging from making your own natural sunscreen to making organic teething biscuits.

American Fires
Stephen J. Pyne
Forest History Society
701 Wm. Vickers Ave, Durham, NC 27701
9780890300732, $9.95,

The Forest History Society's 'Issues Series' is a winner, offering a survey of historic attitudes of the American public and fire fighting professionals toward wildfires and prescribed fires, and offering the general reader a historical basis for understanding the history and policies of fire management. A fine pick for general lending libraries concerned with environmental issues.

Tara Guerard
Gibbs Smith
Box 667, Layton, UT 84041
1423607376, $30.00,

WEDDINGS BY TARA GUERARD packs in details for twelve 'dream weddings', from a formal Southern wedding to an ocean island one. Specific weddings are based on the author's experience as an entertainer and offers details on themes, choosing atmosphere, and setting up a successful event. Color photos throughout offer outstanding examples of successful weddings in a pick for any general lending library.

Amazing Book of Cards
Joshua Jay
Workman Publishing Company
225 Varick St., New York NY 10014
9780761158424, $16.95,

Joshua Jay's Amazing Book of Cards pairs a 106-minute DVD featuring tutorials and demonstrations for nearly thirty tricks with a book giving step-by-step photo instruction for doing nearly fifty fetes with a deck of cards. Any studying amateur magic tricks will find this an amazing display of tricks and stunts, suitable for entertaining.

The Black Eye
Michal Chelbin
Twin Palms Publishing
54 1/2 East San Francisco, Santa Fe, NM 87501
9781931885850, $65.00,

THE BLACK EYE continues Michal Chelbin's exploration of athletes and performers, offering studies on wrestlers and a fine pairing of colored backgrounds and athlete profiles. This oversized display of full-page color photos will earn a place on any contemporary art photography shelf, but deserves mention also as a pick for any sports library where wrestlers are of interest.

Come to Win
Venus Williams
c/o HarperCollins
10 E. 53rd St., New York NY 10022-5299
9780061718250, $25.99,

COME TO WIN: BUSINESS LEADERS, ARTISTS, DOCTORS, AND OTHER VISIONARIES ON HOW SPORTS CAN HELP YOU TOP YOUR PROFESSION is edited by Venus Williams with Kelly E. Carter, and offers a fine guide suitable for business and sports collections alike. It shows how to turn a sports background into success off-field and comes from a winning sports figure who has asked nearly fifty former athletes who have made it big off-field about their formulas for success. From visualizing techniques to turning losses into learning tools, this packs in keys to achievement.

The Spice Necklace
Ann Vanderhoof
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
215 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10003
9780618685370, $25.00,

THE SPICE NECKLACE: MY ADVENTURES IN CARIBBEAN COOKING, EATING, AND ISLAND LIFE deserves a spot in a range of collections: from travel and memoirs to culinary and nautical books. It tells of a husband and wife who set off on a voyage of culinary discover, tracking wild oregano-eating goats in the Dominican Republic and gathering nutmegs on an old Grenada estate. A host of characters makes for lively vignettes, while the author's own seventy-some recipes reflecting island life feature unique creations not to be found elsewhere.

Is He Lying to You?
Dan Crum
Career Press
Box 687, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
9781601631039, $14.99,

IS HE LYING TO YOU? AN EX-CIA POLYGRAPH EXAMINER REVEALS WHAT MEN DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW offers over a hundred examples of deception from an author who uses his experience as a detector to offer a course in the same tactics he used in the CIA. From two reasons we miss deception to how to listen for deception to recognize its signs, this is packed with excellent insights perfect for general lending libraries.

The Obama Diaries
Laura Ingraham
Threshold Editions
c/o Simon and Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, 14th fl., New York, NY 10020
9781439197516, $25.00,

THE OBAMA DIARIES provides a hilarious, moving account of diary entries purportedly written by President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, and others connected to the president, and reveal different perspectives of a president who departs from his media image. At once enlightening, funny and pointed, this will appeal on different levels to any general lending library.

Losing Our Cool
Stan Cox
New Press
38 Greene St., New York NY 10013
9781595584892, $24.95,

LOSING OUR COOL: UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTHS ABOUT OUR AIR-CONDITIONED WORLD (AND FINDING NEW WAYS TO GET THROUGH THE SUMMER) is the first book to address air-conditioning's past and future, investigating its role in different cultures and offering insights on climate control issues. It comes from a scientist and environmentalist who documents how air conditioning technology has held promise and side-effects alike, and it explores some surprising health issues - and how they can be changed.

Life is a Verb
Patti Digh
c/o Globe Pequot Press
246 Goose Lane, Suite 200, Guilford, CT 06437
9781599212951, $19.95,

LIFE IS A VERB: 37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful, and Live Intentionally is a 'must' for any general lending library. It offers inspirational reading from an author who questions: "what would you be doing today if you only had 37 days to live?" From speaking up to saying 'yes' to more things, this is packed with inspirations for daily living. Any library seeking inspirational writings will relish this!

How to Achieve A Heaven on Earth
John E. Wade II, Editor
1000 Burmaster St., Gretna, LA 70053-2246
9781589805972, $19.95,

How to Achieve A Heaven on Earth packs in 100 contributions from notable personalities from Al Gore and Thomas L. Friedman to George W. Bush, all of whom explore themes of peace, freedom, and spiritual and racial harmony. These essays encourage readers to reflect on their own means of achieving peace in their lives, making for a fine addition to any general lending library!

Memento: My Life in Stories
Michael McQueen
Chronicle Books
680 - 2nd St., San Francisco CA 94107
9780811873758, $19.95,

Recommended as a gift for any who would write about their lives, MEMENTO: MY LIFE IN STORIES provides autobiographers with a series of blank pages and a structure that lends to filling them with memories. From reflections on life experiences and values to reflections on growing up and key memories, this provides an outstanding family keepsake in an easily-used structure.

Being Wrong
Kathryn Schulz
10 E. 53rd St., New York NY 10022-5299
9780061176043, $26.99,

BEING WRONG: ADVENTURES IN THE MARGIN OF ERROR comes from a journalist who shows that our way of thinking about error is wrong. Stories range from Arctic misadventures to failed marriages as she surveys where errors come from, why they're hard to face, and what happens when beliefs fail. A vivid survey, this deserves a place in any general lending library.

Uncle John's Endlessly Engrossing Bathroom Reader, 22nd edition
Bathroom Readers' Institute
Box 1117, Ashland, OR 97520
9781607100362, $18.95,

Uncle John's Endlessly Engrossing Bathroom Reader is perfect for fans of Reader's Digest or other Bathroom Readers: continuing its tradition of blending humor with trivia reference in digestible 'snippets' of facts and fun. This 22nd edition collects the best in pop humor, history, and science and covers everything from the history of surfing to horse mysteries, trash, and more. Fine, light reading!

The Automotive Shelf

American 'Independent' Automakers
Veloce Publishing
9781845842390, $29.95,

Any car buff interested in autos made from 1945 to 1960 MUST have this review of the old-timers, which includes model history and complete ranges. Unique, rare models, production data, and issue dates accompany over a hundred color photos, original ads and brochure images to make for an outstanding story told through text and auto maker advertising.

The Social Issues Shelf

The Abundant Community
John McKnight & Peter Block
Berrett-Koehler Publishers
235 Montgomery St., Suite 650, San Francisco CA 94104-2916
9781605095844, $26.95,

THE ABUNDANT COMMUNITY: AWAKENING THE POWER OF FAMILIES AND NEIGHBORHOODS analyzes the impact consumerism has had on families and communities. With advertising promoting ever greater levels of consumption in an economy that is no longer supporting increased levels of consumer activity, this offers a concrete, important new possibility to re-discover what makes a satisfying life and community. Social issues libraries will find this a real winner!

Terrorizing Ourselves
Benjamin H. Friedman, et al.
Cato Institute
2000 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20001
9781935308300, $24.95,

Compiled by the editorial team of Benjamin H. Friedman, Jim Harper and Christopher A. Preble, TERRORIZING OURSELVES: WHY COUNTERTERRORISM IS FAILING AND HOW TO FIX IT offers experts' opinions on counterterrorist efforts, analyzing strategic counterterrorism policies based on the last eight years of experience and providing insights based on tested policies and facts. Social issues and perspectives on what governs and builds terrorists make this a fine college-level classroom discussion text.

Thriving Beyond Sustainability
Andres R. Edwards
New Society Publishers
Box 189, Gabriola Island, BC VOR 1X0, Canada
9780865716414, $17.95,

Thriving Beyond Sustainability: Pathways to a Resilient Society is for any collection strong in environmental studies or current affairs, offering keys to individual, organization and community action around the world that are building alternative pathways. From green commerce and ecological design to social changes, this is a clear pick for any library concerned with green social changes.

Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
Regnery Publishing
One Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
9781596981492, $24.95,

NULLIFICATION: HOW TO RESIST FEDERAL TYRANNY IN THE 21ST CENTURY defines 'nullification' as the tool the Founders used to protect the people from an overreaching federal government. Here the concept is resurrected and applied to modern times, showing how modern politicians are using it to check federal tyranny and government growth. Historical writings and speeches of the Founding Fathers contribute to a case for nullification's importance in today's political arena.

Erik Rush
WND Books
9781935071822, $25.95,

NEGROPHILA discusses the mindset behind manipulation employed to divide and destroy American society, according to Erik Rush. It comes from a black man who discusses the phenomenon of whites believing blacks are somehow more benevolent and less corruptible than themselves, leading to patronizing behaviors, and it provides evidence of Negrophilia in the White House itself, making this a bold contention of hidden dangers in racial belief systems.

The Crafts Shelf

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

CREATIVE MIXED MEDIA: PRINT, PAINT, STITCH, STAMP, EMBELLISH tells how to make a project unique through a series of strong master techniques. Galleries of design and craft options for each of the techniques make it easy to assemble and produce a personal range of innovations using such everyday materials as baby wipes, hair gel, and more. The focus on creative art pieces makes this a 'must' for any crafts library!

Your Seed Bead Style
Bead&Button Magazine
Kalmbach Books
21027 Crossroads Circle, Waukesha, WI 53186
9780871162847, $17.95,

YOUR SEED BEAD STYLE offers nearly thirty editor-tested projects teaching how to embellish stitched work with glass, pearls, shells, metals, gemstones and more. Seed Beads can be mixed with other materials to add depth to a range of works, and these how-to photos cover all the steps involved in applying techniques to finished projects.

Easy Beading V. 6
BeadStyle Magazine
Kalmbach Publishing
Box 1612, Waukesha, WI 53187-1612
9780871162915, $29.95,

Easy Beading V. 6 packs in color photos and step-by-step instructions for over 80 projects taken from BeadStyle Magazine's sixth year of publication. From different materials and styles to design alternatives and obtaining supplies, this packs in a range of projects perfect for any jewelry maker who would receive new projects and design ideas culled from a major publication's best works.

The Fiction Shelf

Imperial Bedrooms
Bret Easton Ellis
Alfred A. Knopf
c/o Random House
1745 Broadway, 17th floor, New York, NY 10019
9780307266101, $24.95,

IMPERIAL BEDROOMS will especially appeal to fans of his previous debut novel LESS THAN ZERO, and follows the teens into middle age. A successful screenwriter returns from New York to Los Angeles to help cast his new movie and faces his issues when he meets a lovely young actress determined to win a role in his movie. His interactions with her will reveal some frightening character defaults in this moving story, especially recommended for fiction collections that have seen popularity with his LESS THAN ZERO.

In the Name of Honor
Richard North Patterson
Henry Holt
175 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10010
9780805087741, $26.00,

In the Name of Honor offers a powerful novel of post traumatic stress disorder and a trial where a soldier's trauma lands him in a court-martial. A lawyer's defense and issues of value and justice permeate a powerful military and legal fiction piece highly recommended for any general lending collection.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Eye of the Virgin
Frederick Ramsay
Poisoned Pen Press
6962 E. First Avenue #103, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
9781590587607, $24.95,

EYE OF THE VIRGIN provides a satisfying Ike Schwartz mystery as it follows two mysterious, possibly connected events connected to an icon in a faculty member's possession. When an outdated spy chip is found on the icon, investigator Charles Garland is drawn into a puzzling international thriller. Mystery collections will find the novel's twists and turns satisfying and different.

Mr. Monk is Cleaned Out
Lee Goldberg
Obsidian Mystery
c/o The Penguin Group, USA
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
9780451230096, $22.95,

MR. MONK IS CLEANED OUT is based on the TV series created by Andy Breckman and here tells of Monk's firing as a consultant because of the financial crisis. Nobody can afford him - and his money is wiped out due to a shady investment. He's broke, and a job search with Natalie results in his PI skills being put to the test in this fun, whimsical detective tale.

The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree
Susan Wittig Albert
Berkeley Prime Crime
375 Hudson, New York NY 10014
9780425234457, $24.95,

The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree is set in 1930 America, when in cities across America times are getting tough. The ladies of Darling, Alabama face hard times with courage and the help of their town social club - which also knows how to solve mysteries. Small town intrigue abounds in this satisfying novel, recommended for any general lending library strong in mysteries.

The Biography Shelf

Tip It!
Maggie Griffin
114 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10011
9781401324049, $23.99,

TIP IT! THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MAGGIE provides fine personal information from a regular star on Kathy Griffin's show MY LIFE ON THE D-LIST. It presents new personal information on Hollywood figures and encounters, blends sarcasm and humor with observations, and comes juxtaposed with daughter Kathy's interactions with her mother. It's a fun read, recommended for film and biography holdings alike.

Sliding Into Home
Kendra Wilkinson with Jon Warech
Gallery Books
c/o Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
9781439180914, $25.00,

Sliding Into Home: A Memoir tells of the life of a Playboy cover model and star of two hot TV shows, covering her childhood as an athletic tomboy, her rebellious teen years and involvement in drugs, and her rise to become a popular Playboy cover model. Any familiar with her name, and biography and film holdings alike, will relish this insider's expose.

Jan's Story
Barry Petersen
Behler Publications
22365 El Toro Road, #135, Lake Forest, CA 92630
9781933016443, $15.95,

JAN'S STORY: LOVE LOST TO THE LONG GOODBYE OF ALZHEIMER'S tells of love lost to early onset Alzheimer's Disease - and of ongoing love. This coverage tells of how Barry and Jan came together - and how Alzheimer's parted them. It's both a celebration of life and a story of how a loving couple battled disease as long as they could, and it offers an inspiring story of courage, optimism, and decreasing options. A fine account, highly recommended!

Uncharted TerriTori
Tori Spelling
Gallery Books
c/o Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
9781439187715, $25.00,

UNCHARTED TERRITORI will find its place in both film and biography collections, offering her stories of juggling work, family and reality TV alike. From her bout with swine flu to jury duty and trying to balance motherhood with acting requirements, this is a special pick for fans of Tori Spelling, especially audiences who enjoyed her prior books.

The Cookbook Shelf

Hungry Town
Tim Fitzmorris
Stewart, Tabori & Chang
115 W. 18th St., New York NY 10011
9781584798019, $24.95,

HUNGRY TOWN: A CULINARY HISTORY OF NEW ORLEANS serves up an outstanding culinary history by an author involved in the New Orleans food scene for over three decades, as a restaurant critic, editor, and host of a daily radio talk show devoted to cooking and dining in New Orleans. His survey holds over twenty recipes but is especially noted for being a food memoir of the town and offers insights into local restaurateurs who weathered Hurricane Katrina to continue their craft. A vivid set of stories comes to life in a rich presentation recommended for any regional American culinary collection.

The 30 Minute Vegan's Taste of the East
Mark Reinfeld & Jennifer Murray
Da Capo Press
c/o Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge MA 02142
9780738213828, $18.95,

Vegan cookbook libraries must have this quick cook's guide, TASTE OF THE EAST. It gathers vegan dishes from across Asia, all quick 30-minute or less fixes, and packs in cooking charts, key Asian pantry ingredients, new preparation techniques and more. A centerfold of color photos accompanies 150 Asian-inspired dishes, from Sesame Asparagus to Kung Pao Tempah.

You Can Can
Better Homes & Gardens
Wiley Culinary
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River St., 4-02, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9780470607565, $17.95,

YOU CAN CAN offers a fun and easy guide to canning fruits and vegetables pairing full-page color photos with tips on canning and preserving farmer's market favorites and fresh produce. Over 100 recipes cover pickles, jams, chutneys, salsas and even cordials, offering more than the usual jam-oriented canning book and providing keys to success. Any general lending library will find it a fresh, contemporary approach!

The Science Shelf

Absolutely Small
Michael D. Fayer, Ph.D.
1601 Broadway, New York NY 10019-7420
0814414885, $24.00,

ABSOLUTELY SMALL: HOW QUANTUM THEORY EXPLAINS OUR EVERYDAY WORLD comes from an award-winning physics scholar and teacher who believes that quantum physics should be accessible to any person - and who uses ABSOLUTELY SMALL to explain its importance. From why everyday mysteries have quantum roots to how to understand quantum mechanics without math, this offers an invaluable guide for any general lending library.

Long for This World
Jonathan Weiner
Ecco Press
10 East 53rd St., New York NY 10022-5299
9780060765361, $27.99,

LONG FOR THIS WORLD; THE STRANGE SCIENCE OF IMMORTALITY comes from an award-winning author who discusses life expectancies and scientists who are working to add centuries to our lifespans. The latest insights on the science of aging from around the world presents the findings of leading scientists in the field of longevity and makes for a powerful survey of science behind life goals. Highly recommended!

Drawing the Map of Life
Victor K. McElheny
Basic Books
c/o Perseus Books Group
387 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10016
9780465043330, $28.00,

DRAWING THE MAP OF LIFE: INSIDE THE HUMAN GENOME PROJECT offers a fine case study for how science is done in the real world, considering the scientific surprises that have overturned ideas of what a gene or genome is and does. From ongoing conflicts in definitions and approaches to new applications made possible by the Human Genome Project, this is a
powerful pick for any science or general collection.

Acoustic Wave and Electromechanical Resonators
Humberto Campanella
Artech House
685 Canton St., Norwood, MA 02062
9781607839774, $139.00,

Acoustic Wave and Electromechanical Resonators: Concept to Key Applications joins others in the 'Integrated Microsystems Series' titles and is a pick for electrical engineering collections at the college level. It's a ground-breaking survey providing professionals with a comprehensive survey of FBAR and MEMS and NEMS systems, covering everything from design and fabrication to integrating these devices with standard CMOS technologies. Charts, diagrams and black and white photos make this a top technical reference!

Ocean Globe
Joe Breman, Editor
380 New York St., Redlands, CA 92373-8100
9781589482197, $64.95,

OCEAN GLOBE considers the science of bathymetry from its early history through modern GIS systems and other technologies used to map the ocean floor. Contributions from explorers, historians and others offer a fine resource for any interested in coastal management, geographic mapping, and marine biology alike. While this is a solid pick for science collections, it's recommended for any college-level geography or reference collection, as well!

The Gaming Shelf

Lay the Favorite
Beth Raymer
Spiegel & Grau
1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
9780385526456, $25.00,

LAY THE FAVORITE: A MEMOIR OF GAMBLING offers a fun survey of the world of sports betting and comes from an author who arrived in Las Vegas in 2001, hoping to land a job as a cocktail waitress in a casino. Her job with a professional sports gambler tells of her years in the high-stakes world of sports betting, tracing her experiences in a volatile business world laced with dangers. Any interested in gambling insider reports will find this fascinating.

Fundamentals of Game Development
Heather Maxwell Chandler and Rafael Chandler
Jones & Barlett
40 Tall Pine Drive, Sudbury, MA 01776
9780763778958, $69.95,

Fundamentals of Game Development offers a fine, unique survey covering the practical aspects of developing a game, and is directed to the beginning game developer and game production courses. A hands-on approach uses examples and exercises to cover all parts of game development from initial concept and game genres to design, building characters and action, and more. An accompanying CD-ROM includes blank versions of all templates and forms discussed in the course. Very highly recommended!

Game Engine Gems 1
Eric Lengyel, Editor
Jones and Bartlett Publishers
40 Tall Pine Drive, Sudbury, MA 01776
9780763778880, $69.95,

Game Engine Gems 1 offers dozens of new articles from leading software professionals in game development, offering 'gems' presenting previously unpublished techniques relating to game engines and real-time virtual simulations. From evaluating middleware and presentation layers to using motion blur and dynamic code, this is a 'must' for any who would work with game engines to create superior products.

The Sports Shelf

Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription, sixth edition
Vivian H. Heyward
Human Kinetics
Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61825-5076
0736086595, $79.00,

Unique in its scope and depth is a guide to assist exercise students and practitioners alike in bridging the gap between the latest exercise research and its applications. It's been updated throughout, includes details from the 2010 edition of ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise testing and Prescription, and uses the latest new techniques, from GPS to interactive video games, to change exercise behavior and promote fitness. College-level fitness libraries and any serious sports collection should have this in-depth reference.

Win Forever
Pete Carroll with Yogi Roth
c/o Penguin Group, USA
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9781591843238, $25.95,

WIN FOREVER: LIVE, WORK, AND PLAY LIKE A CHAMPION is an autobiography of Pete Carroll, who became the Seahawks' eighth head coach in 2010 and who led nine seasons bringing champions to fruit at USC. His teams were ranked in the top AP 25 for 102 consecutive games and he was named Coach of the Decade: his coaching career and sports insights are invaluable and make for lively reading, here!

Coming Back Stronger
Drew Brees with Chris Fabry
Tyndale House Publishers
351 Executive Drive, Carol Stream, IL 60188
9781414339436, $26.99,

COMING BACK STRONGER: UNLEASHING THE HIDDEN POWER OF ADVERSITY provides a memoir from a quarterback who faced a shoulder injury that threatened his career. It left Drew Brees without a team - and facing having to learn to throw a football anew. Four years later Brees has come back - and lessons involved in this return provides the dual story of his comeback and the return of the city of New Orleans from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

The Christian Studies Shelf

Connecting Like Jesus
Tony Campolo & Mary Albert Darling
989 Market Street, San Francisco CA 94103
9780470431023, $21.95,

CONNECTING LIKE JESUS: PRACTICES FOR HEALING, TEACHING AND PREACHING offers some fine tools for using Jesus' teachings to connect with the community. From better listening and teaching love to listening to what's not being said, this is a fine pick for Christian collections who would use wisdom from Jesus to reach into the world.

ESV Bible Atlas
John D. Currid & David P. Barrett
1300 Crescent St., Wheaton, IL 60187
1433501929, $55.00,

Any in-depth Christian collection must have the ESV BIBLE ATLAS. It offers a powerful reference combining history, geography and archaeological findings along with religious connections to Biblical passages, offering students of Scripture or pastors a fine survey of the Bible's setting and background. Maps and pictures all in color pack a powerful presentation perfect for any student of Biblical history.

Church 3.0
Neil Cole
989 Market St., San Francisco CA 94103-1741
9780470529454, $24.95,

CHURCH 3.0: UPGRADES FOR THE FUTURE OF THE CHURCH comes from the author of the best-selling ORGANIC CHURCH which described an innovative segment of modern Christianity. This argues that Christianity needs more than new worship formats: it news a complete upgrade. The history here traces past 'upgrades' and discusses issues ranging from finances and kids to what to do with worship and rituals. A top pick for any spirituality library!

The Buddhist Studies Shelf

Chonyi Taylor
Snow Lion Publications
Box 6483, Ithaca, NY 14850
9781559393447, $16.95,

ENOUGH! A BUDDHIST APPROACH TO FINDING RELEASE FROM ADDICTIVE PATTERNS explains addictive behavior, how it's triggered, and how to use Eastern meditations and Buddhist teachings to overcome these patterns. The result is a fusion of East/West perspectives in a practical guide key for any spirituality or self-help collection.

The Computer Shelf

Using Mac OS X Snow Leopard
Yvonne Johnson
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0789743264, $24.99,

Using Mac OS X Snow Leopard isn't just another book: it pairs 'show me' video walks through tasks with 'tell me' audio - delivered in a Free Web Edition that comes with every book - and provides a complete connection between text and printed word. Here is everything needed to know about the Mac OS X operating system - updated online to keep current to the latest changes and information. Computer collections will find it a 'must'!

Certified Ethical Hacker Study Guide
Kimberly Graves
Sybex, Inc.
c/o Wiley-Blackwell
10475 Crosspoint Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46256
9780470525203, $49.99,

Certified Ethical Hacker Study Guide covers all exam objectives for CEHv6, includes real-world scenarios and exercises, and pairs this with exam prep software featuring the entire book in pdf and electronic flashcards. The result is a powerful pick for any studying for the CEHv6 who wants a clear do-it-yourself home classroom in a book. Highly recommended!

ExpressionEngine2: A Quick-Start Guide
Ryan Irelan
Pragmatic Programmers
P.O. Box 293325, Lewisville, TX 75029-3325
9781934356524, $34.95,

ExpressionEngine2: A Quick-Start Guide covers all aspects of ExpressionEngine2, from installation to familiar and little-known options. Any library catering to website developers will find this a fine guide, offering a quick way of mastering ExpressionEngine2 and teaching the skills needed to create and manipulate templates, optimize a site's performance, and more.

TCL Scripting for Cisco IOS
Ray Clair, CCIE,
Cisco Press
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
1587059452, $60.00,

TCL Scripting for Cisco IOS offers a fine guide to building and modifying TCL scripts to automate network tasks. It's for advanced web design and administrator collections and covers everything from modifying IOS router configurations to understanding how TCI functions with the Cisco IOS environment, and is packed with black and white screen shots and step-by-step coverage.

Smart Home Automation with Linux
Steven Goodwin
Apress, Inc.
233 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013
9781430227786, $34.99,

Smart Home Automation with Linux: Learn How to Connect Your Home from Your PC is written for Linux professionals who would automate a home using Linux. Automatic includes reading TV schedules digitally and using them to program a video remotely through email or the Web, and streaming music between different machines. The fine links between computer and home systems make for a real winner, here!

iPad: The Missing Manual
J.D. Biersdorfer
1005 Gravenstein Hwy North, Sebastopol, CA 95472
9781449387846, $24.99,

iPad: The Missing Manual covers all the basics of how to get the most from the iPad, from its tricks and how to get around issues to basics of connecting, e-reading, and handling email accounts. All the basics are here, making this a fine standard coverage and a 'must' reference for iPad owners.

Learning Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2010
111 Mclnnis Parkway, San Rafael, CA 94903
9780240811932, $49.95,

Learning Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2010 is a 'must' for any who would learn Autodesk 3ds Max Design in a production environment. Each chapter offers a series of lessons plus a hands-on, real-world lab application to cover both theory and application. The approach teaches how to use user interface and 3D workplace alike, and shows how to apply various lighting effects and design standards for maximum efficiency. Black and white screen shot examples pack every chapter.

SOA with .Net & Windows Azure
Thomas Erl, Editor/Co-Author
Prentice Hall Professional
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0131582313, $54.99,

SOA with .Net & Windows Azure: Realizing Service-Orientation with the Microsoft Platform provides a technical, in-depth guide to building service-oriented solutions with Microsoft .net technologies and the Windows Azure Cloud Computing platform. From design paradigms and principles unique to SOA to orchestration patterns and service optimization, this is an outstanding, top reference and a 'must-have bible' packed with technical expertise programmers must have.

Lean Integration
John G. Schmidt and David Lyle
Addison Wesley
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0321712315, $39.99,

LEAN INTEGRATION: AN INTEGRATION FACTORY APPROACH TO BUSINESS AGILITY is a pick for any information technology library. It shows how to use proven 'lean' techniques to leverage the benefits of continuous improvement across all integration sectors and draws on the authors' experiences to offer solid management and information technology background to IT managers, project leaders, and more.

The Travel Shelf

Dream Hikes Coast to Coast
Jack Bennett
Menasha Ridge Press
Box 43673, Birmingham, AL 35243
9780897327107, $24.95,

Dream Hikes Coast to Coast tells serious hikers how to turn dreams into reality and comes from a hiker who has climbed to the summits in all 50 states. Decades of his trail experience lends to specifics in Jack Bennett's coverages of challenging diverse hikes in some 15 states, making this a 'must' for any serious sports or travel library!

100 Hikes in New Mexico, third edition
Craig Martin
Mountaineers Books
1001 SW Klickatat Way #201, Seattle WA 98134
9781594850783, $18.95,

The third updated edition of 100 Hikes in New Mexico includes over twenty new hikes, over 100 new maps, and hikes easily accessible from Santa Fe and Albuquerque. It offers a completely updated guide to New Mexico's hiking trails and comes from a veteran hiker, and is a 'must' for any outdoors or travel collection, packing in all the details needed to plan a trip specifically for outdoors adventuring.

Exploring Havasupai
Greg Witt
Menasha Ridge Press
Box 43673, Birmingham, AL 35243
9780897326544, $19.95,

EXPLORING HAVASUPAI: A GUIDE TO THE HEART OF THE GRAND CANYON offers a destination traveler's guide to one of the world's natural wonders. While plenty of guides cover the Grand Canyon area, few narrow the focus to Havasupai's spectacular wonders, offering detailed instructions to reaching each of its popular waterfalls, hidden grottoes, and more. Over 100 color photos capture the region's beauty. A 'must' for any bound to the Grand Canyon intent on exploring its wonders.

Backpacking Wyoming
Douglas Lorain
Wilderness Press
1345 - 8th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
9780899975054, $18.95,

BACKPACKING WYOMING offers backpackers and destination-bound travelers a key survey detailing backpacking opportunities in Wyoming, covering some 28 trips and offering field-tested itineraries ranging from two days to two weeks. Each trip rates difficulty and terrain, offers details on elevation gain and permits, and packs in everything the backpacker needs to create a successful trip.

Lonely Planet Egypt
Matthew D. Firestone
Lonely Planet
150 Linden Street, Oakland, CA 94607
9781741793147, $25.99,

EGYPT is another fine destination-oriented guide from Lonely Planet Publishers, and comes from an expert who offers an updated coverage packed with maps, color chapters, and more. From money and local medical services to history and touring, no independent traveler's library should be without this winner! As a take-along tote, it's outstanding!

The Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf

Tales of Mystery Volume 1
Boris Karloff
Dark Horse
10956 SE Main St., Milwaukee, OR 97222
9781595822192, $49.95,

Tales of Mystery Volume 1 gathers the two-issue run of BORIS KARLOFF THRILLER, unavailable since 1962, and the first two issues of the comic that continued the series for the next two decades, packaging all in a book packed with lovely full-color panels throughout. The result is a 'must' for any fan of Karloff in particular and graphic novels and comics. It does an outstanding job of gathering Karloff masterpieces that might otherwise be lost to time, and deserves a place in any graphic novel library.

Modern Masters Volume 22: Mark Buckingham
Eric Nolen-Weathington
TwoMorrows Publishing
10407 Bedfordtown Drive, Raleigh, NC 27614
1605490148, $15.95,

Modern Masters Volume 22: Mark Buckingham provides a fine catalog of the works of one of the most prolific comic book illustrators in the industry. Readers may know his works from Sandman, Spider-Man and other series: he's won multiple Eisner Awards and his black and white illustrations here accompany insights from interviews relating how he finds inspiration and draws his scenes. A fine pick for any definitive collection on comic artists!

Problem Identified And You're Probably Not Part of the Solution
Scott Adams
Andrews & McMeel
1130 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO 64106-2109
0740785346, $16.99,

Problem Identified And You're Probably Not Part of the Solution offers a new Dilbert cartoon strip collection providing yet another hilarious set of strips thematically linked under one cover. Black and white and some color panels illustrate ironies and inconsistencies between employers and employees and make this a top pick for any general lending library.

The Education Shelf

Incredible Edible Science
Liz Plaster & Rick Krustchinsky
Redleaf Press
10 Yorkton Court, St. Paul, MN 55117
9781605540177, $29.95,

Incredible Edible Science: Recipes for Developing Science and Literacy Skills provides nearly two hundred science-based activities encouraging kids to investigate science concepts in math, language and more. Each uses easy, readily-available materials and includes questions and vocabulary words to encourage kids to think about the food-based activities herein. Tips on cooking safety, health, and organization complete the fine ideas.

Teaching with Author Web Sites K-8
Rose Cherie Reissman and Mark Gura
Corwin Press
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
9781412973861, $28.95,

Teaching with Author Web Sites K-8 tells teachers how to make full use of the Internet as an instructional tool, with a focus on author web sites to show how popular student authors can deepen a student's engagement with their works. Activities that encourage reluctant learners include both web research and classroom activities, and provide keys to using web sites as learning tools in math, science, and social studies alike.

MCAT Verbal Reasoning and Writing Review
Kaplan Publishing
1 Liberty Plaza, 24th Floor, New York NY 10006
9781607146407, $35.00,

MCAT Verbal Reasoning and Writing Review offers a comprehensive set of practice and review routines highly recommended for any MCAT test-taker. Proven strategies from Kaplan's top instructors accompany over 200 questions and tips on how to understand reading and plan essays. A 'must' for any MCAT student!

Cracking the LSAT, 2011 edition
Adam Robinson & Kevin Blemel
Princeton Review
2315 Broadway, New York NY 10024
9780375429804, $37.99,

The 2011 edition of Cracking the LSAT offers six full-length practice tests - 2 in the book and 4 online - along with video tutorials, detailed explanations for all types of questions, and a comprehensive website with further instruction. With all this packed into a 'classroom in a book' LSAT success is vastly improved making this a pick for any test-taker looking for a comprehensive at-home study guide accompanied by web support.

The Photography Shelf

Advanced Lighting Techniques
Christopher Grey
Amherst Media
Box 586, Buffalo, NY 14226
9781584289982, $34.95,

Advanced Lighting Techniques: Tricks of the Trade for Digital Photographers offers an outstanding survey that goes beyond lighting basics and offers neo-professionals a series of 'tricks' used in the industry to create complex effects. Many are inventive solutions to address particular photography challenges, and chapters covering accents with side lights, underfill and underlighting, location shoots, and more make for an outstanding collection suitable for any advanced photographer's library.

How to Cheat in Photoshop CS5
Steve Caplin
Focal Press
c/o Elsevier/Butterworth Heinemann
30 Corporate Drive, Burlington, MA 01803,
9780240522043, $44.95,

How to Cheat in Photoshop CS5: The Art of Creating Realistic Photomontages includes a DVD for Mac or PC with over three hours of video tutorials and packs in a fine professional treatment of the latest Photoshop CS5. Step-by-step instructions are based on projects that reinforce learning, tips on how to fine-tune and tweak results, and a wealth of updates on the latest new Photoshop CS5 features, from Puppet Warp to Content-Aware Fill. Any CS5 user MUST have this!

Understanding Exposure, revised edition
Bryan Peterson
c/o Watson-Guptill
770 Broadway, New York NY 10003
0817463003, $25.95,

The revised edition of UNDERSTANDING EXPOSURE is outstanding, using the author's professional photography as examples for explaining the basics of light, shutter speed, and results. Tips on great shooting using either film or digital camera supplement photo examples and make this an outstanding survey for any basic photography collection!

Focus on Digital Landscape Photography
George Schaub
Lark Photography
c/o Sterling Publishing Company
387 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016-8810
9781600595967, $17.95,

Focus on Digital Landscape Photography provides quick, easy techniques for a range of scenes, telling what any digital photography needs to know from using camera tools to check images in the field to reducing shadows in forest shots or enhancing landscapes with built-in flash. Color photo examples accompany tips on metering, exposure and more in this outstanding guide.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson V. 3: The Saturn Game
Poul Anderson
Box 809, Framingham, MA 01701
1886778892, $29.00,

Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson V. 3: The Saturn Game continues the extensive documentation of prolific science fiction writer Poul Anderson and is a 'must' for any library seeing popularity with the prior two collections of his works. A color cover by Bob Eggleton accompanies three of Anderson's Hugo and Nebula award-winning stories along with fifteen others. 7 limericks and two songs are also included in this winning package.

Mission of Honor
David Weber
Baen Books
Box 1403, Riverdale, NY 10471
9781439133613, $27.00,

Mission of Honor is accompanied by a free CD-ROM and continues the story of Honor Harrington and the Manticore kingdom. She's prepared to risk anything to stop a deadly war - but her plans may be thwarted by hidden enemies who pose even deadlier threats. Military science fiction comes to life in this new sparkling story of danger and sacrifice.

The Fuller Memorandum
Charles Stross
Ace Books
c/o Penguin Group, USA
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780441018673, $24.95,

THE FULLER MEMORANDUM tells of a computer wizard taking a needed break from his field when a top secret dossier, the Fuller Memorandum, vanishes - along with his boss. Convinced that his boss didn't steal it, Bob finds himself on the wrong side of international spies, demons and a dangerous faith determined to re-introduce a deadly terror into the world in this gripping saga, a top pick for any science fiction library.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

N. Nosirrah
Sentient Publications
1113 Spruce St., Boulder, CO 80302
9781591810957, $9.95,

2013: How to Profit from the Prophets in the Coming End of the World provides a powerful survey blending humor, social observation, and spirituality. It's a guide to finding peace during end-of-world times and it offers a satisfying tongue-in-cheek viewpoint perfect for any new age collection. Where most new age titles offer 'end of world' scenarios in all seriousness, it's refreshing to see a different approach and blend that's both serious and with a dose of humor!

The Presence Process, revised edition
Michael Brown
Namaste Publishing
Box 62084, Vancouver BC, Canada, V6K 4A3
9781897238462, $19.95,

The revised edition of the popular PRESENCE PROCESS: A JOURNEY INTO PRESENT MOMENT AWARENESS blends spirituality with alternative healing and self-help insights, offering a survey of how to take control to empower personal life choices. From embracing personal responsibility to altering experience itself, this is a powerful, life-affirming presentation highly recommended for any new age collection.

The Business Shelf

How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Medical Billing Service
Laura Gater
Atlantic Publishing
1405 SW 6th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471-0640
9781601382801, $39.95,

How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Medical Billing Service packs in a book and CD-ROM format and offers keys to breaking in and being successful in the medical billing service arena. Being a business owner in this lucrative sector has great earnings potential, so a book offering insights into the keys to set up such a service makes for an invaluable career opportunity business collections need!

Your Virtual Success
Alan Blume
Career Press
220 West Parkway, Unit 12, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
9781601631015, $14.99,

YOUR VIRTUAL SUCCESS: FINDING PROFITABILITY IN AN ONLINE WORLD offers keys to making a virtual business a success, providing a virtual model that has proven its prowess in producing large, six-figure deals with people the author's never met. From using free or low-cost services to hire and expand a business to creating a low-risk virtual startup, this is packed with keys to success and is a 'must' for any business and many a general lending library.

Rod McQueen
Key Porter Books
6 Adelaide St East, 10th Floor, Toronto Ontario Canada M5C 1H6
9781552639405, $32.95,

BLACKBERRY: THE INSIDE STORY OF RESEARCH IN MOTION tells of a generation enamored by their Blackberry smartphones - and follows its history from its modest appearance in 1999 to how it became one of the most popular and famous technology gadgets in the world. Research in Motion is the company behind the BlackBerry's marketing program - and this follows its rise and the key influences of two leaders who have set business industry standards through their efforts. Business libraries need this!

Surviving the War for Talent in Asia
Christina SS Ooi
IBM Press
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0137009518, $29.99,

Surviving the War for Talent in Asia: How Innovation Can Help tells how companies can locate and keep leaders in Asia and New Zealand. Seven new case studies and details based on IBM's experience offers CEOs and business managers essential keys to identifying and maintaining Asian talents, making this a top pick for any global-oriented business library.

The Music Shelf

Like Me
Chely Wright
c/o Random House
1745 Broadway, 17th floor, New York, NY 10019
9780307378866, $25.95,

LIKE ME: CONFESSIONS OF A HEARTLAND COUNTRY SINGER provides a fine memoir of Chely Wright's life and career growing up in America's heartland. From her determination to become a country music singer to her early knowledge of her desires for women, she writes of country music associations, experiences, and friendships. A fine pick for music and general lending libraries alike.

Shelter from the Storm
Sid Griffin
1700 - 4th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
9781906002275, $19.95,

SHELTER FROM THE STORM: BOB DYLAN'S ROLLING THUNDER YEARS offers a survey of a specific time in Dylan's life, when his Rolling Thunder Revue, a gypsy caravan troupe, re-invented the traveling troubadour tradition and delivered amazing live performances to audiences across the country. During this time his personal life became shambles even as his career was expanding to enter the acting realm. Musician and author Sid Griffin covers all aspects of these years in a survey that's a 'must' for any Dylan fan and collection covering his life and times.

The Audiobook Shelf

Mary Alice Monroe
Brilliance Audio
PO Box 887, Grand Haven, MI 49417
1441852743, $29.99,

SWEETGRASS receives an excellent performance by Sandra Burr, who has narrated hundreds of titles and whose smooth voice spices the story of eight generations of the Blakely family, facing skyrocketing taxes and development nearby. Can they sell the one family heirloom that has held their family together for generations? A fine story evolves!

Private Life
Jane Smiley
Random House Audio
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9780307715319, $40.00,

PRIVATE LIFE receives a fine reading by Kate Reading, who offers an award-winning theatre background voice to spice the story of 'old maid' Margaret who at 27 in post-Civil-War Missouri marries a captain famous in their small town. Margaret's perceptions of marriage is challenged as time goes on and a move to far away California brings new challenges and a preoccupied husband. A fine story of a devoted wife emerges.

Miracle on the 17th Green
James Patterson & Peter De Jonge
Hachette Audio
237 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9781607882022, $24.98,

Miracle on the 17th Green receives a fine reading by Brian Bascle, who has performed numerous character voices for LucasArts and more, and who adds a dramatic fair to this story of Travis, who feels disconnected from his life and family. His discovery of his self and talents while playing golf make for a fine story of change.

Win Forever
Pete Carroll with Yogi Roth
Penguin Audio
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780142428528, $25.95,

Pete Carroll narrates his own account and adds a solid, appealing flavor to his story of how he rose to fame as the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. While libraries strong in sports interests will be the most likely enthusiasts of this audio autobiography, so will any collection interested in autobiographies of winning attitudes and life perspectives.

Church People
Garrison Keillor
Highbridge Audio Books
201 Sixth Street SE, Suite 220, Minneapolis, MN 55414
9781598879292, $24.95,

CHURCH PEOPLE is a powerful survey by Midwest lifestyle commentator Garrison Keillor, who comments on the Lutherans of Lake Wobegon who wear cardigans, go to church, and work hard. It's based on live broadcasts of Keillor's A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION and provides a vivid and fun commentary perfect for any lending library!

The Needlecraft Shelf

Fast, Flirty, and Fun
Sarah M. Bisel
Martingale & Company
20205 - 144th Ave NE, Woodinville, WA 98072-8478
9781564779977, $24.99,

FAST, FLIRTY AND FUN: EASY QUILTS FROM FABULOUS FABRICS provides a fine survey of eye-catching quilts novices and experienced quilters alike will relish. From the roles different colors and fabrics play in creating powerful visual quilts to easy methods for cutting and applique, this offers some innovative ideas and twists on traditional quilting, and is a top pick for any quilter's library.

A Quilt Block Challenge: Vintage Revisited
Mary Kerr
4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
9780764334573, $24.99,

A Quilt Block Challenge: Vintage Revisited is for any who have half-made a quilt and abandoned it. It tells how to take a partial quilt project and 'remake' it to heirloom status, offering chapters that show how to integrate quilt blocks into new images. Vintage Revisited tells how to also take old quilts and re-make them, with color photos on nearly every page covering the process and offering personal insights. Any quilter's library must have this!

3D Folded Blocks
Geesje Baron & Esther Vermeer
American Quilter's Society
Box 3290, Paducah, KY 42002-3290
9781574326642, $26.95,

3D FOLDED BLOCKS offers keys to creating three-dimensional blocks for some seventy traditional and original blocks. 12 projects range from wall hangings and a shopping bag to a trinket box and use fat-quarter-friendly blocks in easy projects perfect for newcomers to the concept! Quilting libraries need this!

The American History Shelf

Now We Are Enemies
Thomas Fleming
American History Press
921 Leigh Valley Drive, Franklin, TN 37069
9780984225668, $22.95,

NOW WE ARE ENEMIES: THE STORY OF BUNKER HILL appears in a special 50th anniversary edition of a classic history which remains the most complete account of the battle. It originally appeared in 1960 and was the first book about the battle in nearly 100 years: this new edition sports a new Introduction and a new Foreword and index, and is a 'must' for any serious American history library!

Horace Plunkett in America
Lawrence M. Woods
Arthur Clark Company
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780870623943, $36.95,

Horace Plunkett in America: An Irish Aristocrat on the Wyoming Range is a 'must' for any college-level Western American history library. Detailed and well researched, it tells of one Horace Plunkett, who left for the West from Britain in 1879 seeking relief for medical issues, only to launch a ranching career in Wyoming that would change the cattle industry and his life. Plunkett is commonly remembered for his political roles: this offers a contrasting examination of his American years.

Anything Goes
Lucy Moore
Overlook Press
141 Wooster St., New York NY 10012
9781590203132, $25.95,

ANYTHING GOES: A BIOGRAPHY OF THE ROARING TWENTIES offers a dramatic, fast-paced history surveying the period of the 1920s in America, covering its many social and political changes and the literary and cultural responses to these changes. The lively survey is a top pick for any American History shelf or popular lending library, packaging drama with history in a satisfying manner.

The Architecture Shelf

CAD for Interiors: Beyond the Basics
Joseph A. Fiorello Jr.
10475 Crosspoint Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46256
9780470438855, $50.00,

Collections strong in architecture and interior design appealing to uses of AutoCAD and 3D drawing will appreciate a powerful hands-on approach to the latest 2D Drafting and Annotation Workspace and the 3D Modeling Workspace, keys to accessing many AutoCAD functions. It offers step-by-step reviews of drawing building floor plans and elevations and covers commands and advanced plotting features, making this a pick for arts, architecture and computer collections alike.

The Art Shelf

From Process to Print: Graphic Works by Romare Bearden
Romare Bearden Foundation
Box 808022, Petaluma, CA 94975
9780764951480, $35.00,

From Process to Print: Graphic Works by Romare Bearden provides a fine survey of the etchings and screenprints of a fine artist, and accompanies the traveling exhibition of the same title organized by the Romare Bearden Foundation. Over seventy-five color reproductions demonstrate his printmaking as Bearden reworks images and themes and illustrates his thinking process. Prints based on collages and a range of works make this a definitive Bearden collection highly recommended for any arts collection!

Remo Camerota
Mark Batty Publisher
36 West 37th St. #409, New York NY 10018
9780982075470, $19.95,

Drainspotting: Japanese Manhole Covers is a fine, recommended pick for both arts and Japanese culture libraries. Its subject is artistic Japanese manhole covers, and color photos of different covers pack every page, illustrating the covers of both contemporary and historic art. Any Japanese art library needs this!

We Are Paper Toys!
Louis Bou
Collins Design
c/o HarperCollins
10 E. 53rd St., New York NY 10022-5299
9780061995125, $29.99,

We Are Paper Toys! Present over thirty paper toy designer's products, includes a CD with pdf templates of some of the paper toys featured here, and offers insights from the artists on how they created their paper toys. Step-by-step instructions for creating amazing paper toys pair well with in-depth artist profiles and interviews and make for a rare glimpse into a little-covered topic certain to be a hit for both arts and general lending libraries.

Creative Wildfire
L.K. Ludwig
Quarry Books
c/o Quayside Publishing Group
400 First Avenue North, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1721
9781592536016, $24.99,

CREATIVE WILDFIRE: AN INTRODUCTION TO ART JOURNALING - BASICS AND BEYOND covers a fine activity for any who need to be creative. It shows how to combine drawing, painting, document ideas and journaling to expand the usual concept of a journal, offering features and activities to get started and covering advanced design. Interviews with journaling artists accompany coverages packed with color along with a lovely recycled, blank art journal in back in a take-along size. A fine gift piece for any would-be writer!

Miguel Trillo
Actar D
575 Prospect St., Suite 301, Lakewood, NJ 08701
9788496540743, $44.95,

PHOTO-IDENTITIES offers a montage of Miguel Trillo's color photos of different young people around the world, capturing band members and their fans, pub-goers, concert attendees, and more. The photos represent a history of youth subcultures and captures their variety, making this a fine pick not just for art and photography libraries, but for any collection strong in social issues and counter culture images!

Color Harmonies
Rose Edin & Dee Jepsen
North Light Books
4700 East Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236
1600611923, $24.99,

COLOR HARMONIES: PAINT WATERCOLORS FILLED WITH LIGHT packs in a gorgeous presentation of five demonstrations offering step-by-step creation of light-filled paintings. From techniques for adding texture to placing pure color notes side-by-side, this tells how to maximize color that doesn't just compliment, but 'pops' the results. Any crafts and painting library needs this!

Charlie Russell & Friends
Peter Hassrick
Denver Art Museum
100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver, CO 80204-2788
University Oklahoma Press, distributor
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
091473864X, $10.95, www.oupress/com

CHARLIE RUSSELL & FRIENDS is a powerful addition to any art library devoted to Western American artists. It represents an issue of Western Passages devoted to Charlie Russell's group and represents the work of five scholars and the holdings of the Denver Art Museum, who pair small color photos of works with extensive text analysis and references. A 'must' for any serious art reference collection!

Milton Avery
Robert Hobbs
Hudson Hills Press
Box 205, Manchester, VT 05254
9780933920958, $85.00,

MILTON AVERY is the first book to offer an in-depth tribute to the range of the artist's influential work, and is a 'must' acquisition for any serious college-level art collection. It packs in all of Avery's most important paintings, including many new ones, in oversized color plates covering the early 1920s to the early 60s, and it offers text by Robert Hobbs who explores his art and life in depth. The result is an extensive, authoritative coverage not to be missed!

Ink in the Hood
Dragon Randy Holder
4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
9780764333330, $29.99,

Ink in the Hood provides tattoo artists an essential handbook on how to tattoo dark skin. It provides keys based on the author's experience tattooing hundreds of people of color, and reflects his techniques and nearly four hundred striking color photos of his work. A 'must' for any tattoo artist or collection catering to them!

The Military Shelf

A Tactical Ethic
Dick Couch
Naval Institute Press
291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402
9781591141372, $22.95,

A TACTICAL ETHIC: MORAL CONDUCT IN THE INSURGENT BATTLESPACE comes from a combat veteran who considers the importance of battlefield ethics in combating terrorists without losing local support. He analyzes mistakes made past and present around the world and offers a critical look at the battlefield conduct of U.S. ground combat units fighting on modern battlefields. Any military library must have this.

Toyotomi Hideyoshi
Stephen Turnbull
Osprey Publishing
4402 - 23rd Street, Suite 219, Long Island City, NY 11101-5058
9781846039607, $18.95,

Toyotomi Hideyoshi is a fine choice for any military history library. It covers the life of the greatest military commander in the history of samurai, charting his importance to the military and social world of early Japan and following his offensives in 1587 and 1590. A fine, rare survey covers both strategy and history.

The Most Dangerous Enemy
Stephen Bungay
Zenith Press
c/o Quayside Publishing Group
400 First Avenue North, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55401
9780760339367, $40.00,

The Most Dangerous Enemy: An Illustrated History of the Battle of Britain provides an in-depth, illustrated survey of the Battle of Britain and comes from an author who set out to uncover the truths behind the myths of this epic battle. His is the most detailed account in print of the Battle of Britain, and offers first-hand experiences, historical debates, and more. Highly recommended as a key acquisition for any military history collection.

The American Way of War
Tom Engelhardt
Haymarket Books
Box 180165, Chicago, IL 60618
9781608460717, $16.95,

The American Way of War: How Bush's Wars Became Obama's offers a fine survey of the art of making and marketing American military might around the world, and comes from an author who runs the website. His commentary on military procedures, politics and social issues draws important connections between all and makes this an invaluable recommendation for any military or social issues collection.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

The World of Wolves
Marco Musiani,, Editors
Michigan State University Press
1405 South Harrison Rd, Room 25, East Lansing, MI 48823-5245
9781552382691, $34.95,

THE WORLD OF WOLVES: NEW PERSPECTIVES ON ECOLOGY, BEHAVIOR AND MANAGEMENT provides a fine survey of the grey wolf, examining wolf ecology, management, and conservation. Case studies from diverse corners of the world offers insights on the wolves, their habitats, prey, and interactions with humans, and offer a fine survey of wolf science that any college-level collection strong in natural history must have.

Jim Cole with Tim Vandehey
St. Martin's Press
175 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10010
9780312601096, $25.99,

BLINDSIDED: SURVIVING A GRIZZLY ATTACK AND STILL LOVING THE GREAT BEAR offers a blend of personal memoir and science story of survival, and comes from an author who spent years visiting Alaska and national parks in search of grizzlies in the backcountry. His survey offers not only natural history, but tells of his survival of a grueling grizzly attack that left him maimed - and still appreciative of the bear.

Handbook of Veterinary Communication Skills
Carol Gray and Jenny Moffett
10475 Crosspoint Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46256
9781405158176, $49.99,

Handbook of Veterinary Communication Skills covers all key areas of communication and surveys everything from ethics and legal aspects to handling clients, colleagues, and difficult treatment options alike. Real-life case studies accompany step-by-step guidelines showing how to handle specific situations, and examples of written resources that can be used in practice. Any library catering to veterinary students must have this!

Raw & Natural Nutrition for Dogs
Lew Olson, Ph.D.
North Atlantic Books
Box 12327, Berkeley, CA 94712
9781556439032, $16.95,

RAW & NATURAL NUTRITION FOR DOGS is a key guide to making homemade, nutritious meals for dogs, and is a 'must' for any pet owner who wants specifics on nutritional needs and raw foods. Recipes and diets for a range of pet conditions can be adapted by weight for different breeds and ages and offer whole-food recipes perfect for any new to at-home pet foods.

The Gardening Shelf

Alluring Lettuces
Jack Staub
Gibbs Smith
Box 667, Layton, UT 84041
1423608291, $16.99,

Alluring Lettuces and Other Seductive Vegetables for Your Garden features over seventy appealing vegetables from lettuces and peppers and carrots and more, blending stories and history with simple recipes perfect for gardeners who are also cooks. Lovely drawings of original art in full color embellish a fine presentation recommended for any home and garden general lending library.

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

From Container to Kitchen: Growing Fruits and Vegetables in Pots is a gardening pick for any looking to improve their vegetable options. Novice home gardeners and pros alike receive a color illustrated, in-depth guide packed with recipes and gardening tips alike, covering everything from growing conditions and usage to companion planting.

The Money/Finance Shelf

Living Trusts for Everyone
Ronald Farrington Sharp
Allworth Press
10 East 23rd St., Suite 510, New York NY 10010
9781581156744, $14.95,

Living Trusts for Everyone: Why a Will is Not the Way to Avoid Probate, Protect Heirs, and Settle Estates advocates trusts and explains them in clear language, maintaining that a trust if often better than a will, and less costly. From understanding different types of trusts and how to fund them to selecting an attorney and considering the costs of paperwork, this is a fine pick!

Gold: Everything You Need to Know to Buy and Sell Today
Jeff Garrett & Q. David Bowers
Whitman Publishing
3101 Clairmont Rd Suite C, Atlanta, GA 30329
9780794832063, $12.95,

Gold: Everything You Need to Know to Buy and Sell Today offers a 120-page hardcover in a library-quality shipcase accompanied by text and illustrations with pullouts of insider information. From bullion-value charts and coinage specs to weight conversions and more, this offers pullouts that can be used while buying, selling or trading gold, and is a top pick for any actively involved in the gold market.

Jewelry & Gems: The Buying Guide, seventh edition
Antoinette Matlins & A.C. Bonanno
Gemstone Press
Box 237, Woodstock, VT 05091
0943763711, $19.99,

The collaborative work of Antoinette Matlins, PG & A.C. Bonanno, FGA, PG, ASA, "Jewelry & Gems: The Buying Guide" has been completely updated and expanded into its seventh edition, and deserves repeated, ongoing mention as a powerful guide for any consumer interested in buying gems and jewelry. New gems, designs, and prices pack a reference any gem and jewelry buyer must have, covering everything from false claims to key questions to ask when buying. It's been recommended by us before - and deserves ongoing attention and interest, as there's simply nothing like it on the market!

The Political Science Shelf

United States Protocol
Ambassador Mary Mel French
Rowman & Littlefield
4501 Forbes Boulevard, Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706
9781442203198, $44.95

United States Protocol: The Guide to Official Diplomatic Etiquette belongs on the shelves of any college-level political science or reference shelf, covering the basics involved in communicating with government and business officials, international organizations, and more. Instructions, tables, diagrams, and more cover the latest in diplomacy and covers everything from official address to encounters with Presidents.

The Literary Shelf

Every Word Has Power
Yvonne Oswald, MHT, MNLP, MTLT
Beyond Words
c/o Simon and Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, 14th fl., New York, NY 10020
1582701814, $14.95,

EVERY WORD HAS POWER: SWITCH ON YOUR LANGUAGE AND TURN ON YOUR LIFE offers compelling connections between words and life choices, showing how to filter unsupportive words to produce outstanding results and offering a formula to blend language with physical well-being. Easy tools draw connections between language and change and offer further keys to self-growth using literary tools. General and high school to college-level holdings will find this a satisfying self-help reader.

The Nautical Shelf

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

SUSTAINABLE SAILING: GO GREEN WHEN YOU CAST OFF shows sailors how to reduce carbon footprints and lessen environmental impact, offering chapters on dealing with sewage, fuel, toxic paints, and more. The link between boat-specific operations and maintenance requirements and environmental awareness makes this a special pick for any nautical collection!

Leeward Anchorages, second edition
Chris Doyle
Cruising Guides
Box 1017, Dunedin, FL 34697-1017
9780944428825, $29.95,

Leeward Anchorages is a 'must' for any nautical collection or cruiser: it packs in graphic descriptions and aerial photos for dozens of anchorages and harbors throughout the Leeward Islands, and is an excellent supplement and 'must' for any who own the charts but want a second updated edition packing in color photos and a horizontal format with handy plastic spiral binding and double pages of details.

The Library DVD Shelf

A Celtic Pilgrimage
John O'Donohue
New Perspectives Productions
c/o Sounds True
413 South Arthur Avenue, Louisville, CO 80027
No ISBN DVD, $19.95,

A CELTIC PILGRIMAGE offers a fine blend of philosophy, spirituality and travel lore as it follows Irish poet John O'Donohue on a journey through Western Ireland. History, culture, and travel insights make this a 'must' acquisition for any collection strong in Irish culture.

Secrets of the Great Barrier Reef
Smithsonian Networks/Infinity
No ISBN, $9.98,

Any library strong in natural history or educational DVDs will find a treasure in SECRETS OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF, presented in letterbox and including Dolby Digital surround sound. Subtitles for the deaf accompany an outstanding journey suitable for any general lending library!

'Lifetime' DVDs

Two fine DVDs from TV's 'Lifetime' channel offer teens and adults extraordinary insights and personal perspectives, and are recommended picks for any lending library. TO BE FAT LIKE ME (1422981304, $14.95) tells the story of a high school junior who experiences firsthand the prejudice directed at overweight teens when she changes in shape from slim to obese, overnight. Her insights make for a compelling story of prejudice and weight. GIRL, POSITIVE (1422981282, $14.95) tells of a teen who is shocked to find her boyfriend may be HIV positive. Rachel's had unprotected sex with him and she herself is at risk in this moving story, highly recommended for any library catering to teens.

The Antiques/Collectibles Shelf

Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, 16th edition
George S. Cuhaj, Editor
Krause Publications
700 East State St., Iola, WI 54990-0001
1440211590, $60.00,

The 16th edition of Standard Catalog of World Paper Money provides small black and white images and an authoritative text packed with details on world paper money from 1961-Present. Any paper money collector will easily consider this a 'bible' reference, offering grading standards insights, written descriptions of the issues, and more! Any library specializing in collectibles in general or collectible money issues, needs this!

The Expanded A-Z Guide to Collecting Trivets
Margaret Lynn Rosack
Collector Books
Box 3009, Paducah, KY 42002-3009
9781574326413, $39.95,

The Expanded A-Z Guide to Collecting Trivets is a fine reference for any trivet collector. It offers good-sized photos on every page that lend well to identification, histories of trivet makers and trends, and surveys that lend to valuing a trivet collection. Any library catering to collectors should consider this specialized yet detailed coverage.

The Martial Arts Shelf

The Little Black Book of Violence
Lawrence A. Kane and Kris Wilder
Box 480, Wolfeboro, NH 03894
1594391297, $24.95,

The Little Black Book of Violence: What Every Young Man Needs to Know About Fighting is a pick for both martial arts and social issues libraries. It is written primarily for men ages 15-35 and it provides critical details specific to street survival that most martial arts instructors don't teach. From the deadly 'cutting from the herd' technique used to corner victims in a rest room situation to moving away from an attack's strength to gain advantage, this should be a part of any urban library!

Meditations on Violence
Sgt. Rory Miller
23 North Main St., Wolfboro, NH 03894
1594391181, $18.95,

MEDITATIONS ON VIOLENCE offers a fine blend of martial arts and law enforcement insights and comes from an experienced martial artist and veteran correction officer who offers his insights gained from brawls, tactical operations, and ambushes. There is a difference between martial arts and violence: this offers critical thinking on the topic and tells how to adapt training methods to reality, and makes for a top self-defense pick for a range of collections, including those interested in social issues.

The Math Shelf

The Babylonian Theorem
Peter S. Rudman
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2119
9781591027737, $26.00,

The Babylonian Theorem: The Mathematical Journey to Pythagoras and Euclid offers a fine sequel to HOW MATHEMATICS HAPPENED and comes from a physicist who explores the early history of math and how it was used to solve amazing problems. Illustrations from early Egyptian texts shows how math evolved and presents a 'Babylonian Theorem' which he shows was used to drive the Pythagorean Theorem. College-level math and science collections especially will find this an intriguing math analysis.

The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf

275 Acting Games: Connected
Gavin Levy
Meriwether Publishing
Box 7710, Colorado Springs, CO 80933-7710
9781566081696, $19.95,

275 Acting Games: Connected provides a fine workbook of theatre games for developing acting skills. While it's intended for the young adult actor, any actor entering theatre will find this an outstanding workbook which outlines connections between exercises, purpose, and industry objectives. Drama collections must have this!

Sex and the City 2
Eric Cyphers
Running Press
2300 Chestnut St., Philadelphia PA 19103
9780762440597, $19.95,

Sex and the City 2: The Stories. The Fashion. The Adventure. Offers photos by Craig Blakenhorn and introductions by Sarah Jessica Parker and Michael Patrick King as it provides a fine sequel and companion book to SEX AND THE CITY. This is a 'must' for any collection where SEX AND THE CITY 2 is a hit, picking up two years after the first movie left off and examining the movie-making process, offering behind-the-scenes insider insights from writers, directors, producers, and stars alike. Popular film libraries will relish this presentation!

Fantastic TV
Steven Savile
Plexus Publishing Ltd
c/o PGW, Distributors
1700 - 4th St., Berkeley, CA 94710
9780859654203, $19.95,

FANTASTIC TV: 50 YEARS OF CULT FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION provides a fine illustrated celebration of five decades of science fiction and fantasy series shows, interviewing writers and creators and offering insights into classics from Star Trek and Lost in space to The X-Files and Lost. Add black and white photos throughout and you have an outstanding survey, highly recommended for any television or film library.

Firefly: Still Flying
Ben Edlund,
Titan Books
144 Southwark St., London SE1 OUP, UK
9781848565067, $19.95,

Firefly: Still Flying celebrates Joss Whedon's TV series with a fine pictorial survey of the award-winning 'sci fi-western' TV show from a cult writer and director. The show appeared briefly on TV in 2002 - but has sold over half a million copies on DVD with the hit movie Serenity its offshoot. Fans will find FIREFLY: STILL FLYING a fine celebration of the shows' cast, crew, and episodes, and film libraries will welcome this!

Extra Lives
Tom Bissell
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9780307378705, $22.95,

EXTRA LIVES: WHY VIDEO GAMES MATTER comes from an author passionate about video games, who has spent hours enjoying his passion He argues that while this is a 'golden age' for gaming - they could be even better. His critique discusses how video games dazzle and frustrate - and how they could be further revamped. This memoir offers a fine, lively discussion for any video game fan.

The Films of Johnny Depp
William B. Parrill
McFarland & Company
Box 611, Jefferson, North Carolina, 28640
9780786440221, $55.00,

The Films of Johnny Depp was published last Fall but given the popularity and ongoing importance of Depp's productions, deserves ongoing recommendation to any serious film library as a definitive survey of Johnny Depp's productions. Over two hundred pages pack in a filmography, biography, photos and references to his works, making this a powerful tribute to his achievements and a key reference for any serious film collection.

Film Noir: The Encyclopedia, revised edition
Alain Silver,
Overlook Press
141 Wooster St., New York NY 10012
9780715638804, $25.00,

Film Noir: The Encyclopedia is edited by world authorities on the topic and packs in a history of the uniquely American film style and its changes. This edition has been completely revised, expanded and redesigned and packs in photos along with film reviews of casts, plot and entries that explore the classic noir movement and its offshoot, "neo-noir". Any definitive film collection must have this!

Producer to Producer
Maureen A. Ryan
Michael Wiese Productions
12400 Ventura Blvd. #1111, Studio City, CA 91604
9781932907759, $39.95,

Producer to Producer offers free downloadable production templates, a survey of development, scripts, budgeting, and sales and distribution, and all the information needed to guide the user through low-budget, independent film producing. Tips form over 20 years of production experience come from a producer who tackles all aspects of the process in step-by-step detail, making this a 'must' for any film library.

Johnny Depp Photo Album
Christopher Heard, Editor
Plexus Publishing Ltd.
110 Riverside Dr, Apt 5-F, New York NY 10024
9780859654302, $19.95,

Johnny Depp Photo Album is a pick for any film and biography collection, is illustrated in color and black and white, and offers a visual biography of Johnny Depp. Film stills and candid shots off-set accompany a survey of his life, movies, and times in a powerful pick perfect for any film or popular lending library.

The California Shelf

A Coast to Explore
Miles O. Hayes & Jacqueline Michel
Pandion Books
Box 328, Columbia, SC 29202
9780981661810, $29.95,

A Coast to Explore: Coastal Geology and Ecology of Central California receives fine drawings by Joseph M. Holmes and comes from two coastal geologists who have decades of experience conducting scientific research on the California coast. It describes key ecological resources along the coast, explains the science and geology of the changing coastline, and is a 'must' for any serious California natural history library!

Golden Gate
Kevin Starr
Bloomsbury Press
175 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10010
9781596915343, $23.00,

GOLDEN GATE: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF AMERICA'S GREATEST BRIDGE provides a fine history of California's Golden Gate Bridge, offering a lively survey of its construction, its pioneering attributes, and its meaning in the general scheme of American history. Its social, political, artistic and historical importance receives an entire survey in a fine guide highly recommended for any California history collection and many a bridge history library.

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