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Volume 6, Number 9 September 2011 Home | CALBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Business Shelf Reference Shelf
Education Shelf Music Shelf Cookbook Shelf
Health/Medicine Shelf Needlecraft Shelf Theatre/Cinema Shelf
Pets/Wildlife Shelf Science Shelf Computer Shelf
Native American Shelf Social Issues Shelf Environmental Studies Shelf
Fiction Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf Audiobook Shelf
Crafts Shelf Political Science Shelf Travel Shelf
Christian Studies Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf Literary Studies Shelf
Military Shelf Metaphysical Studies Shelf Photography Shelf
Gardening Shelf Architecture Shelf Biography Shelf
Fantasy/SciFi Shelf American History Shelf Art Shelf
Sports Shelf Antiques/Collectibles Shelf Agriculture Shelf
California Shelf    

Reviewer's Choice

Shoe String Chic
Kerrie Hess
c/o Globe Pequot Press
Box 480, Guilford, CT 06437-0480
9781599219882, $16.95,

Shoe String Chic: 101 Ways to Live the Fashionably Luxe Life for Less offers a fine illustrated book for women who want to live and dress with fashion but on a shoestring budget. Art blends with the book's many tips which boil down to how to shop well, from finding a wedding dress in Paris for, $100 to shopping the European way and re-discovering one's own closet gems. Top designers provide a range of ideas on how to look great on a budget in this winning survey, recommended for any general lending collection strong in fashion planning.

The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning
Maggie Nelson
W.W. Norton & Company
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780393072150, $24.95,

The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning is a pick for arts and literature collections as well as social issues shelves, and tackles basic issues on the relationship between performed acts of cruelty and real life. It questions the nature of such portrayed acts in light of an image-laden social and political world, and offers consideration of the ways in which cruelty and horror are portrayed in film, literature and the arts. Her analysis of specific selected writers make this a fine survey recommended for any literary or artistic collection.

The Business Shelf

Everything is Obvious Once You Know the Answer
Duncan J. Watts
Crown Business
c/o Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9780385531689, $26.00,

Everything is Obvious Once You Know the Answer reveals how common sense reasoning leads us to believing we understand human behavior more than we actually do. Using common sense can undermine our ability to understand the world - and researcher Duncan Watts uses new technological innovations in social networking communication to study human behavior in a new way. His observations of music sharing, the evolution of music trends, and more offer solid business insights on politics, business, marketing and human behavior in a title key to any business or social issues collection.

Making the World Work Better
Kevin Maney, Steve Hamm, Jeffrey M. O'Brien
IBM Press
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300
Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0132755106, $29.99,

Making the World Work Better: The Ideas That Shaped a Century and a Company provides a fine history of IBM, surveying IBM's impact on technology, its changing role as a corporate entity in the community, and the ideas that it has fostered to shape not just business environments, but social environments alike. From the reinvention of the major corporation to how IBM changed the nature of scientific information sharing, this is a top reference for any lending library.

Brand Success
Matt Haig
Kogan Page
1518 Walnut Street #1101, Philadelphia PA 19102
9780749462871, $19.95,

BRAND SUCCESS: HOW THE WORLD'S TOP 100 BRANDS THRIVE AND SURVIVE focuses on workplace revolutions and techniques of 100 of the world's best-known companies and provides the winning approaches of global brands. Comments from brand leaders, psychologists and more discuss the underlying influences of brand success efforts, offering students and business readers a strong resource packed with insights into what makes a brand name winning. Highly recommended for any collection strong in business analysis.

Green Logistics
Alan McKinnon,
Kogan Page
1518 Walnut Sreet #1101, Philadelphia PA 19102
9780749456788, $55.00,

GREEN LOGISTICS: IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAIN ABILITY OF LOGISTICS is a fine recommendation for college-level business collections strong in product coordination and movement, from supply chains to delivery. It focuses on 'green' methods of transit, reverse logistics for the management of waste, and comes from a leading team of logistics analysts who discuss sustainable logistics and the role of government and business in fostering it. Any college-level business collection needs this survey.

The Power of Convergence
Faisal Hoque
1601 Broadway, New York NY 10019-7420
9780814416952, $27.95,

The Power of Convergence: Linking Business Strategies and Technology Decisions to Create Sustainable Success provides details on the benefits of managing business and technology together, and teaches business leaders how to blend the use of technology with their business objectives. Such integration requires agility in responding to new opportunities and THE POWER OF CONVERGENCE offer insight in how to cultivate such agility. Any business collection seeking a broader instructional for technology's applications to business needs this guide!

Collaborative Intelligence
J. Richard Hackman
Berrett-Koehler Publishers
235 Montgomery Street, Suite 650
San Francisco, CA 94104-2916
9781605099903, $29.95,

COLLABORATIVE INTELLIGENCE: USING TEAMS TO SOLVE HARD PROBLEMS gathers a set of best practices to provide a survey of intelligence professionals and their work. Chapters consider elements that contribute to team success or failure, showing how to avid teams that suffer from lack of organization and how to make the most of successful teams that produce results. The result provides a formula for success for any business looking at building stronger, more effective collaborative teams.

How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Bookkeeping Business
Lydia Clark
Atlantic Publishing
1405 SW 6th Avenue, Ocala FL 34471-0640
9781601382771, $39.95,

How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Bookkeeping Business comes with a companion CD-ROM containing all the forms from the book plus an editable business plan in Word format, and is a key winner for any business collection. It provides all the basics on how to start a bookkeeping business, from operating from home or office to keeping a qualified professional staff and managing employees and public relations alike. A 'must' for any small business collection.

Toward the Next Economics
Peter F. Drucker
Harvard Business Press
c/o Harvard Business Publishing
60 Harvard Way, Boston, MA 02163 USA
9781422131558, $29.95,

Toward the Next Economics and Other Essays gathers the best of Peter F. Drucker on the impact of social changes on business in particular and society in general. It has been reissued as a classic as part of the publisher's Drucker Library Series and presents twelve essays which are as relevant now as when they were written between 1972 and 1980. Any college-level business or social issues library will find this an excellent classic pick.

Harvard Business Press
c/o Harvard Business Publishing
60 Harvard Way, Boston, MA 02163 USA

THE INNOVATOR'S DNA: MASTERING THE FIVE SKILLS OF DISRUPTIVE INNOVATORS by Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen, Clayton M. Christensen (9781422134818, $29.95) tells how to change behaviors to improve creative impact and comes from authors who use research on disruptive innovation to show how this can lead to skills needed to move from idea to implementation in a business environment. Behaviors of the world's top innovators and companies are outlined in explorations of these five key skills, recommended for any serious business collection. B. Joseph Pine II and James H. Gilmore's THE EXPERIENCE ECONOMY (9781422161975, $24.95) provides a fine key to modern business success in discussing the Experience Economy, where businesses must form different connections to gain customer interest and lasting loyalty. In this economy it's the overall experience - not the product - that leads to ongoing success: chapters discuss the idea of experience innovation and explore how savvy companies excel by offering superior experiences to customers. Any business library needs this!

The Reference Shelf

Microwave Network Design Using The Scattering Matrix
Janusz A. Dobrowolski
Artech House
685 Canton Street, Norwood, MA 02062 USA
9781608071296, $129.00,

Microwave Network Design Using the Scattering Matrix is a recommended pick for college-level engineering and technology collections and offers technical details on the parameters of the scattering matrix for electrical engineers working with microwave circuits and systems. For the first time in any book, all approaches to wave variables are explored in a survey of voltage waves, pseudo waves, power waves and scattering parameters. Any college-level or engineering library will find this a solid, unique reference.

Prudent Practices in the Laboratory, updated edition
National Research Council of the National Academies
National Academies Press
500 - 5th St., N.W. Lockbox 285, Washington DC 20055
9780309138642, $99.95

Prudent Practices in the Laboratory: Handling and Management of Chemical Hazards provides a fine survey for any college-level or professional reference collection concerned with chemistry and lab hazards, and provides an updated edition covering best practices and the handling and transport of reactive chemicals, materials, waste products, and more. Chapters discuss laboratory facilities and the basics of working with chemicals in a guide highly recommended for any practicing lab tech and professional collections catering to them.

The Education Shelf

Cracking the GMAT, 2012 edition
Geoff Martz and Adam Robinson
The Princeton Review
c/o Random House Inc.
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9780375428241, $22.99,

The 2012 edition of Cracking the GMAT is a 'must' recommendation for any GMAT test-taker. It offers everything needed to master all sections of the GMAT test, provides access to two full-length practice tests, and packs in tips and ideas to understand and make the most of the test's objectives and strategies. Review of all GMAT topics makes this a solid winner for any GMAT test-taker!

The Financial Aid Handbook
Carol Stack and Ruth Vedvik
Career Press
220 West Parkway Unit 12, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
9781601631664, $16.99,

The Financial Aid Handbook offers a fine guide to college selection and payment ideas and will make a fine pick for families and students who want to know how to make the best of financial aid received from universities. From myths about paying for college to predicting scholarships and understanding how merit aid changes, this provides an excellent survey for any high school or education reference collection.

Thinking About Schools
Eleanor Blair Hilty, Editor
Westview Press
2465 Central Avenue, Boulder CO 80301
9780813344904, $55.00,

Thinking About Schools: A Foundations of Education Reader is developed for readers without an education background and provides basic articles for such an audience still interested in the foundations of education. Classic and modern readings address such issues as the history and process of school reform, educators and homosexual and minority student interests, standardization challenges, and more, documenting some of the key concerns and processes modern educators face. Any general lending library will find this a fine addition!

The Brain and Strengths Based School Leadership
Sheryl G. Feinstein & Robert W. Kiner
Corwin Press
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
9781412988452, $33.95,

The Brain and Strengths Based School Leadership shows how educational leaders can use business concepts combined with the latest brain research to lead more effectively, and she outlines four leadership styles that support these processes. Cognitive research blends with the practical challenges of school leadership in a discussion which juxtaposes case history examples with ideas on how to make better links between the brain, learning and leading. An excellent recommendation for education holdings appealing to principals and more.

Why Won't You Just Tell Us the Answer?
Bruce A. Lesh
Stenhouse Publishers
Box 11020, Portland, ME 04104-7020
9781571108128, $22.00,

Why Won't You Just Tell Us the Answer? Teaching Historical Thinking in Grades 7-12 is a recommendation for any history teacher who would involve students in investigating the past, and offers chapters packed with key concepts in understanding history along with sample units on how that concept can be taught. Specific historical events and details accompany insights on exploring context and text, teaching multiple perspectives, discussing change and historical significance, and more. Teachers are shown how to teach history using interpretive questions and interrogative evidence in this exciting alternative to traditional history paths, recommended for any educator's collection.

Choosing the Right College
Intercollegiate Studies Institute
ISI Books
3901 Centerville Road
Wilmington, DE 19807-1938
1610170059, $29.95,

Any high school collection strong in college choice needs Choosing the Right College: The Whole Truth About America's Top Schools. It provides detailed reports, insider's guides, discussions of courses and professors to seek out or avid, and more, considering the best values in college education. From academic requirements to statistics and best bets, sidebars of information accompany solid details.

The Music Shelf

Tone Manual
Dave Hunter
Backbeat Books
c/o Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group
19 West 21st Street, Suite 201, NY, NY 10010
9781617130045, $24.99,

TONE MANUAL: DISCOVERING YOUR ULTIMATE ELECTRIC GUITAR SOUND is for any serious guitarist who would understand the concepts and applications of tone to a guitar. From the evolution of the guitarist's idea of what makes good tone to an accompanying CD of recorded examples of playing considered to be tonally superior, this teaches the basics of what good tone means, how to achieve it, and how to improve a guitar sound, and is a 'must' for any music collection.

The Resurrection of Johnny Cash
Graeme Thomson
Jawbone Press
1700 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
9781906002367, $19.95,

The Resurrection of Johnny Cash: Hurt, Redemption and American Recordings provides a powerful survey of a man who turned his life around from struggling with a second bout of drug addiction and career failure to, two years later, his resurrection as a star. The Resurrection of Johnny Cash chronicles this resurrection and focuses on his fall and later rebirth. It focuses on the years between 1986 and 1995, telling of his ongoing struggles with addiction, career direction, and his return to the spotlight. Any country music collection seeing interest in Cash will find this a far different approach than the usual biographical coverage, and will want to include this.

Rockabilly Guitar
Fred Sokolow
Hal Leonard
P.O. Box 13819, Milwaukee, WI 53213
9781423493181, $14.99,

Rockabilly Guitar comes with a CD and provides a step-by-step set of lessons and songs for playing lead rhythm and lead rockabilly guitar. The CD includes 58 tracks for demo and play-along while the book offers lessons and explanations for patterns and formations. Any learning rockabilly guitar must have this!

Preachin' the Blues
Daniel Beaumont
Oxford University Press
198 Madison Avenue, New York NY 10016-4314
9780195395570, $24.95,

PREACHIN' THE BLUES: THE LIFE & TIMES OF SON HOUSE explores the unconventional life of Son House, offering a biography of the black musician's lasting influence on blues music and discussing how his personal life and habits strained his music and religious beliefs alike. While large parts of Son House's legacy have been lost, PREACHIN' THE BLUES offers what is known of the realities and myths surrounding his life, and offers new details about a rumored murder in Mississippi and conflicts that made his life and music so charged.

The Cookbook Shelf

Yotam Ottolenghi
Chronicle Books
680 - 2nd St., San Francisco CA 94107
9781452101248, $35.00,

PLENTY: VIBRANT VEGETABLE DISHES FROM LONDON'S OTTOLENGHI packs in color photos to accompany over a hundred recipes from London's famous Yotam Ottolenghi vegetarian restaurant. Food columnist and owner Ottolenghi offers entirely new ways of combining vegetables, offering such innovative creations as Chard and Saffron Omelettes, Bittersweet Salad, and lemon-infused Artichoke Gratin. Vegetarians will find it packed with main course veggie dishes, making this a 'must' for any serious vegetarian cookbook collection.

400 Best Sandwich Recipes
Alison Lewis
Robert Rose
120 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 800
Toronto, ON, Canada, M4P 1E2
9780778802655, $24.95,

400 Best Sandwich Recipes offers sandwiches from classics and burgers to wraps, offering literally hundreds of choices for different sandwiches. Recipes are arranged by meal, from lunchbox to breakfast sandwiches, and offer sections of color photos - but the 'meat' is in easy recipes that feature ethnic variety and innovative creations. Sun-Dried Tomato Sliders, Bondi Chicken Burger, and Grilled Salmon and Gruyere are only a few of the innovations here, recommended for any general cookbook library.

Phaidon Press
180 Varick Street, 14th floor, NY, NY 10014
9780714860787, $39.95,

TUSCANY offers some 50 recipes from Tuscany, accompanies by texts detailing traditional Tuscan ingredients, producers, and food markets. Photos of landscapes and products form all provinces of Tuscany accompany easy recipes from the famous Silver Spoon kitchen, along with articles on ingredients and Tuscan-specific insights. Any collection strong in regional Italian cookery needs this!

Modern Hospitality
Whitney Miller
Rodale Press, Inc.
400 South Tenth Street
Emmaus, PA 18098-0099
9781609613525, $23.99,

Modern Hospitality: Simple Recipes with Southern Charm includes a foreword by Gordon Ramsay and provides a fine recipe and hospitality collection based on Southern dishes and innovations. Over seventy original recipes profile regional ingredients any can duplicate, along with the author's stories of family and suggestions on how to serve the meals with Southern flare. From Butter-and Herb-Roasted Chicken to Molten Lava Cakes for a Crowd, Modern Hospitality is an excellent compilation of mouth-watering delights.

Fair Food
Oran B. Hesterman, PhD
Public Affairs Books
250 W. 57th St., #1321, New York NY 10107
9781610390064, $24.99,

FAIR FOOD: GROWING A HEALTHY, SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEM FOR ALL documents a 'broken food system' and how to fix it, identifying not just well-known dangers such as contamination and diet-related illness, but offering solid advice on what to do about the various issues affecting the world's food system. It comes from a food pioneer who goes beyond diet adjustment to share a vision for changing how food is grown, packaged, delivered, marketed and sold, and is a pick especially recommended for college-level collections strong in social issues and public policy-making processes.

French Classics Made Easy
Richard Grausman
Workman Publishing Company
225 Varick Street, NY, NY 10014-4381
9780761158547, $16.95,

French Classics Made Easy is a fine easy guide to classic French cooking and provides home chefs with keys to making authentic French food without the hassle. His culinary innovations and techniques help fit the classic style into the modern, busy American schedule and involves eliminating non-crucial steps, using shortcuts, and cutting fat without cutting flavor. What results is a fine, appealing French cookbook any ordinary American will find accessible.

Escoffier: Le Guide Culinarie, revised edition
H.L. Cracknell, R.J. Kaufmann, Georges Auguste Escoffier
111 River St., Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9780470900277, $70.00,

The revised edition of Escoffier: Le Guide Culinarie provides professional chefs and those interested with a classic reference that is the only authentic, unabridged English translation of the French chef's classic. New forwards from chefs Heston Blumenthal and Tim Ryan accompany a fine translation from the 1921 fourth edition and revision which provides English-speakers with over 5,000 recipes in narrative form. Any serious culinary collection MUST have this!

Try This: Traveling the Globe Without Leaving the Table
Danyelle Freeman
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022-5299
9780061881787, $16.99,

Try This: Traveling the Globe Without Leaving the Table will appeal to culinary and travel collections alike, and pairs food fats and history with travel writing. It comes from a popular restaurant blogger and critic who encourages readers to consider eating out as an adventure, filled with new foods and ethnic discoveries. Advocating the new world of 'culinary tourism', TRY THIS recommends tips for breaking old routines and 'ruts' in eating, telling how to gain reservations, great seats, and how to understand various cuisines. General lending libraries will find it a fun, solid reference.

Hunt, Gather, Cook
Hank Shaw
Rodale Press, Inc.
400 South Tenth Street
Emmaus, PA 18098-0099
9781605293202, $25.99,

HUNT, GATHER, COOK: FINDING THE FORGOTTEN FEAST pairs black and white photos with a key to foraging, fishing, hunting and cooking gourmet meals, and blends a knowledge of North American wild foods with techniques for preparing it. It explains how to track down wild mushrooms to fish to land creatures and goes beyond the usual camp cooking book to tell how to make buttermilk fried rabbit and many more dishes. The author is a former restaurant cook and proprietor of Hunter Angler Gardener Cook: his lends a far more gourmet feel to the art of wild ingredients than most competing wild foods cookbooks.

The Art of Breakfast
Dana Moos
Down East Books
PO Box 679, Camden, ME 04843
9780892729401, $28.95,

The Art of Breakfast comes from the former innkeeper of the Kingsleigh Inn in Mount Desert Island, and provides a fine cookbook telling how to make a breakfast look lavish. From fresh fruit salads to egg dishes, this covers all the basics from prepping ingredients the night before to enhancing a simple dish with a sauce. Over 100 Maine-inspired dishes are easily reproduced by anyone and focuses on artistic-looking results. Dishes arranged by category include color photos for eye-popping interest.

Vegan Family Meals
Ann Gentry
Andrews McMeel
1130 Walnut Street
Kansas City, MO 64106-2109
9781449402372, $25.00,

VEGAN FAMILY MEALS: REAL FOOD FOR EVERYONE comes from a Hollywood vegan chef, mother and restaurant founder who here provides family-friendly recipes for a family on a budget. VEGAN FAMILY MEALS is for the whole family, not just the vegan diner: it represents over a decade of vegan cuisine development by the author and shares recipes stars have loved for years. From Roasted Tomato Soup and Lasagna Rolls with Tofu Ricotta and Everyday Tomato Sauce to a vegan-style South American Stew stuffed in a whole squash, this is a pick for any vegetarian or vegan collection.

Gluten Free in Five Minutes
Roben Ryberg
DaCapo Lifelong
c/o Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9780738214627, $17.00,

Gluten Free in Five Minutes: 100 Rapid Recipes packs in over a hundred recipes for breads, cakes, muffins and more - all gluten free: a special challenge in baking. Consumers who spend time cooking from scratch avoid the possibility of gluten-contaminated machines that may counter the 'gluten-free' sticker on store bought products, and this title offers very easy options that can be prepared in minutes. Very highly recommended!

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Care at the Close of Life
Stephen J. McPhee,
c/o The McGraw Hill Companies
Two Penn Plaza, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10121-2298
0071637958, $70.00,

Care at the Close of Life: Evidence and Experience is a recommendation for college-level health collections and offers evidence-based guidance on caring for patients with life-limiting illnesses. It updates some forty journal articles originally published as part of JAMA's "Perspectives on Care at the Close of Life" series and includes newly published material as well, pairing case studies with clinical approaches. Any college-level medical library must have this unique, practical collection!

Pilates for Hip and Knee Syndromes and Arthroplasties
Beth A. Kaplanek, Brett Levine, William L. Jaffe
Human Kinetics
Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61825-5076
0736092242, $44.00,

Pilates for Hip and Knee Syndromes and Arthroplasties provides basic guidelines and techniques for using Pilates to restore function and range of motion with pre- and postoperative knee and hip syndromes, and is written for therapists, Pilates instructors, and personal trainers alike. It teaches how Pilates can become a basic fitness program for rehabilitation and recovery, offers tested references placing exercises in specific rehabilitation time lines from weeks to months, and adds case scenarios and sample Pilates mat programs. The specifics and their applications make this an outstanding survey for any Pilates user who wants to apply specific techniques to specific knee and hip recovery patterns, making for a top medical library reference.

Hearing the Person with Dementia
Bernie McCarthy
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Box 960, Herndon, VA 20172-0960
9781849051866, $17.95,

Hearing the Person with Dementia: Person-Centered Approaches to Communication for Families and Caregivers is written for families and professional caregivers and explains what happens to communication as dementia progresses. Method of verbal and non-verbal communication that work under such situations and exercises at the end of each chapter encourage caregivers to apply the techniques to their own situations in this fine survey for family caregivers.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Eating Disorders
Emily Sandoz, PhD, Kelly Wilson, PhD, Troy Dufrene
New Harbinger
5674 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609
9781572247338, $59.95,

Unlike traditional cognitive therapies, acceptance and commitment therapy does not try to change thoughts - it trains people to face them and change their responses to them. Eating disorder behaviors do serve a purpose, allowing sufferers to turn away from unpleasant emotions: ACT therapy offers a different, better set of skills for encouraging clients to develop new values, and has been proven to result in positive changes. Any who would apply ACT therapy to eating disorders must have this!

AIDS Sourcebook, fifth edition
Sandra J. Judd
Box 31-1640, Detroit MI 48231-1640
9780780811478, $95.00,

The fifth updated edition of AIDS Sourcebook is a pick for any general reference library strong in consumer health resources. It joins others in the red-edged Health Reference Series to provide the latest information available on research, treatments, prognosis, and tips for living with HIV/AIDS, along with updated statistics and the latest trends in healthcare. Any general healthcare holding should have this!

The Needlecraft Shelf

Thread Painting With Style
Nancy Prince
American Quilters Society
P.O. Box 3290, Paducah, KY 42002-3290
9781574326468, $28.95,

Thread Painting With Style comes from an award-winning quilter who teaches all the basics about thread painting, from supplies and techniques to six projects that will help readers practice thread painting. Color photos accompany many tips on how to assemble supplies and produce thread painting projects, making this a fine pick for needlework and crafting collections alike.

Hunter Star Quilts & Beyond
Jan Krentz
C&T Publishing
Box 1456, Lafayette, CA 94549
1571202102, $26.95,

Hunter Star Quilts & Beyond provides some nine Hunter Star quilt projects using the author's pieced or quick-fused methods and easy step-by-step instructions, and provides a fresh new look to an old-fashioned quilting block. This title offers six different ways to build Hunter star blocks, with color photos and diagrams covering each process from start to finish. Collections offering quilting books to seasoned quilters will find this a top pick.

Crochet Compendium
Connie Ellison
306 East Parr Road, Berne, IN 46711
9781592173419, $19.95,

CROCHET COMPENDIUM: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION OF CROCHET TECHNIQUES is truly 'the ultimate', sporting a guide to all kinds of crochet techniques and moving from bare-bones basics to specialty crochet such as lace work. It gathers DRG's best technique books and packs in some 16 techniques paired with full color illustrations and step-by-step instructions, providing an excellent reference perfect for beginners and advanced crochet workers alike.

Thimbleberries Small Wonders
Lynette Jensen
Landauer Publishing
3100 - 101st St., Urbandale, IA 50322
9781935726043, $29.95,

Thimbleberries Small Wonders offers over forty quilting projects for home decor, form table runners and wall quilts to pillow ruffles and small gifts, and provides a fine survey that pairs each project with color photos and step-by-step instructions. Even beginners new to needlework and sewing will find these projects quick and easy to put together, and will relish the variety of home accents possible with relatively few skills. Any general needlework or home and garden library will welcome this idea book!

Freeform Embroidery 200 Q&A
Deena Beverley
250 Wireless Road, Hauppauge, NY 11788
9780764163753, $18.99,

Freeform Embroidery 200 Q&A offers lay-flat spiral binding with lettering for easy shelf location and a Q&A format that makes it simple to answer questions on everything from basic stitches to finishing work. Step-by-step close-up color photos of stitches accompany all 'how to' instructions while full color page photos of completed results make it easy to follow techniques. Sidebars of expert tips and further insights into how each stitch is accomplished lends to a fine, fool-proof set of embroidery insights perfect for any needlework library.

The Theatre/Cinema Shelf

An Army of Phantoms
J. Hoberman
The New Press
38 Greene St., New York NY 10013
9781595580054, $29.95,

An Army of Phantoms: American Movies and the Making of the Cold War provides the second book in a trilogy that began with The Dream Life, published in 2003, and handles the post-World War II era from the mid-1940s through the mid-1950s. The American movie industry's changes, portraits of war and peace, and involvement in creating public interest movies with political statements is surveyed in a fine combination of movie and social American history. Hollywood after the war endured a period of crisis and change: AN ARMY OF PHANTOMS documents these social and political changes and the underlying civil war that tore apart the movie industry as a whole. Any film history library - and many a general American history collection - will find this involving.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Behavior of Exotic Pets
Valarie V. Tynes, Editor
350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148
9780813800783, $74.99,

Behavior of Exotic Pets is the first book written by behavioral experts who provide practical experience and applications for different species or groups of species commonly kept as exotic pets. From a wider rang of exotics than most pet coverages include to separate chapters on learning, welfare and behavioral pharmacology, this offers all kinds of applications for treating or handling exotics, and is a top pick for any college-level veterinary student or practicing vet.

The Art of Raising a Puppy
Monks of New Skete
Little, Brown & Company
c/o Hachette Book Group
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017
9780316083270, $25.99,

The Art of Raising a Puppy has been completely revised and updated: if only one puppy-raising manual were to be chosen for a collection, it should be this guide, which has already sold over 600,000 copies. For the first time in 20 years this revision streamlines the Monks' unique program that focuses on strengthening the bond between dog and owner. Over 125 new photos detailing puppy development stages, updated chapters on play and creating, tips for adopting dogs from shelters, and new details on raising an urban puppy make this an exceptional, ongoing recommendation for any pet or general lending library.

The Complete Book of North American Butterflies
Paul A. Opler, Editor
Thunder Bay Press
1350 Barnes Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA 92121
1607102765, $18.95,

The Complete Book of North American Butterflies provides a fine introduction to the subject and is a recommended pick for general collections interested in a basic butterfly primer. It teaches each butterfly's life cycle, features a guide to the major butterfly families, is packed with full-page color photos, and is an outstanding general reference to the North American butterfly's natural history.

The Science Shelf

Theo Gray's Mad Science
Theodore Gray
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers
151 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011
9781579128753, $19.95,

Theo Gray's Mad Science comes from the popular author of Popular Science Magazine's "Gray Matter" column and here offers over fifty extreme experiments for DIY scientists. His idea is to make science fun and accessible for the lay reader with an interest: safety guidelines accompany tips on everything from making sinking ice cubes to creating salt smoke. The color photos accompanying each experiment provide vivid, fun insights into chemical reactions and the science behind them in this fine pick for science and general collections alike.

Burt Rutan's Race to Space
Dan Linehan
Zenith Press
c/o Quayside Publishing Group
400 First Avenue North, Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55401
9780760338155, $30.00,

Burt Rutan's Race to Space: The Magician of Mojave and His Flying Innovations details Burt Rutan's efforts to foster citizen participation in space programs, and provides insights on three of his innovations for spaceflight. His dozens of air- and spacecraft inventions are covered in a survey chronicling his blend of engineering and innovation, surveying the life and achievements of a man best known for his remarkable spacecraft designs. His efforts to send humanity into space make for an involving, riveting account any space history library will welcome.

Beyond UFOs
Jeffrey Bennett
Princeton University Press
41 William St., Princeton NJ 08540
9780691149882, $18.95,

BEYOND UFOS: THE SEARCH FOR EXTRATERRESTRIAL LIFE AND ITS ASTONISHING IMPLICATIONS FOR OUR FUTURE is not a new age selection, but a fine scientific work that goes beyond fiction to consider the working world of astrobiology and its recent discoveries. It blends biology, astronomy and geology and has produced many fine results which are explored in surveys that conclude the likelihood of life is widespread, not rare. While the title offers skepticism about the likelihood we're actually being visited by aliens and questions the majority of UFO sightings, it also provides some fascinating insights on how these discoveries hold implications for our own civilization's choices.

F. Ronald Young
Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 N. Charles St., Baltimore MD 21218
9780801898921, $25.00,

FIZZICS: THE SCIENCE OF BUBBLES, DROPLETS, AND FOAMS offers a fine survey of the bubble and considers their creation, features, and wide-ranging effects on the world. Bubbles re the reasons coffee rings form and dolphins cannot swim faster: they are key to understanding our basic lives - and are here presented in a technological history perfect for science and general-interest collections alike.

The Man of Numbers
Keith Devlin
Walker & Company
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
9780802778123, $25.00,

THE MAN OF NUMBERS: FIBONACCI'S ARITHMETIC REVOLUTION is the first book to consider how the numbers we use became the standard - and the influence of Renaissance man Fibonacci in the process. Leonardo of Pisa, known as Fibonacci, was long believed to be the 'father' of numbers but only in 2003 was a document found linking his numbers to later algebra. This document establishes him as the man who brought Hindu-Arabic number to Italy - and this survey cements his influence, providing a science examination of his methods and history. Any math or biographical history holding will appreciate this!

The Nature of Nature
Bruce L. Gordon and William A. Dembski, Editors
ISI Books
3901 Centerville Road, Wilmington, DE 19807-1938
1935191284, $29.00,

The Nature of Nature: Examining the Role of Naturalism in Science provides a fine college-level in-depth resource blending biology, cosmology and science and presenting key thinkers in science and humanities who present a cultural debate over science's role in shaping our perception of nature. A range of scientists and intellectuals consider ideas surrounding the basic structure of the universe and the human mind in this powerful coverage for any college science library.

The Computer Shelf

CSS for Print Designers
JD Graffam
New Riders
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300
Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0321765885, $29.99,

CSS for Print Designers tells how to design effective Web sites using CSS basics, and is recommended for designers who have basic but minimal CSS skills. Learn to hand-code web pages, work with HTML5 and CSS3, and use style sheets in the design process in a slim but detail-packed guide that includes specific code, color sidebars of detail, and encouraging keys to building borders and different visual aspects of a web page. Any collection catering to web designers will find this a very accessible, fun guide!

TIBCO Architecture Fundamentals
Paul C. Brown
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300
Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
032177261X, $39.99,

TIBCO Architecture Fundamentals is a pick for any collection strong in IT technology, and provides architects and developers with solid solutions to common problems using blends of TIBCO products. Ideas, decision pros and cons, and techniques for documenting architectures are accompanied by thorough descriptions of problems and solutions, reviews of roles played by different TIBCO products, and charts and diagrams throughout. Advanced developers working with TIBCO architectures will find this a fine reference.

Game Development Tools
Marwan Y. Ansari, Editor
CRC Press
711 Third Avenue, New York NY 10017
9781568814322, $49.95,

Game Development Tools deserves ongoing recommendation for any collection catering to professional game developers, and offers the latest research on tools development. It's the first in-depth coverage of game tools and offers guidelines, applications of tools, and assessments of third-party applications for game developers seeking specific, advanced insights. From building pipelines to GPU debugging using NVIDIA's Parallel Nsight, this packs in details to help game and graphics programmers create better games in less time.

Network Warrior, second edition
Gary A. Donahue
1005 Gravenstein Hwy, Sebastopol, CA 95472
9781449387860, $49.99,

Network Warrior appears in its updated, second edition to cover Nexus and everything that wasn't on the CCNA Exam, and is a powerful pick for any computer techs involved in handling real-world networking situations. It considers routes, switches, and more using Cisco and other services and technologies, and offers plenty of insights into scenarios that won't be found in the exam. The completely revised second edition offers new content for wireless and new technologies as well as Cisco Nexus 5000 and 7000 switches. Any advanced computer collection needs this in-depth technical guide.

ASP.NET 4.0 In Practice
Daniele Bochiccio,
Manning Publications
Box 261, Shelter Island, NY 11964
1935182463, $54.99,

ASP.NET 4.0 In Practice is for any advanced computer collection strong in development and covers ASP.NET, a massive framework that requires many skills from developers. Over 100 ASP.NET techniques from pros cover the best techniques for widespread applications and are presented in context of problem solving techniques. Chapters teach how to make applications fast and secure, and will appeal to developers familiar with ASP.NET's basics who want to branch out into the technical techniques of control, building adapters, using advanced adaptive rendering, and more.

Mastering Autodesk Revit Architecture 2012
James Vandezande, Phil read, Eddy Krygiel
c/o Wiley-Blackwell
10475 Crosspoint Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN 46256
9780470937495, $69.99,

Revit is the latest Autodesk program key to any using 3D Autocad or its relatives, and this book offers an in-depth guide to any working with Revit Architecture 2012. It's been completely updated for Revit 2012 and tells how to document, create, model and apply effective designs using the Revit editor and API. From analyzing designs for sustainability to using Revit for virtualization applications and in construction, this is a technical in-depth guide that pairs project galleries with applied techniques from the official training guide of Autodesk, Revit's creator. Any developer's or autocad collection featuring Revit needs this!

The VueScan Bible
Sascha Steinhoff
Rocky Nook
26 West Mission St. Suite 3, Santa Barbara CA 93101-2432
9781933952697, $34.95,

The VueScan Bible: Everything You Need to Know for Perfect Scanning is a top pick for any photography or computer collection and surveys the basics of VueScan, one of the world's most widely used interfaces for digitizing film and prints on flatbed and film scanners. The program supports a huge range of cameras and is the only scanning program to support Linux, Windows and Mac alike, and this book truly is a wide-ranging 'bible' of detail telling how to handle various formats and files, how to output to several formats simultaneously, and how to use VueScan's advanced options. From initial setup to advanced handling, this is a major 'pick' for any photography or computer collection!

Cisco Firewalls
Alexandre M.S.P Morales, CCIE
Cisco Press
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300
Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
1587141094, $69.99,

CISCO FIREWALLS: CONCEPTS, DESIGN AND DEPLOYMENT FOR CISCO STATEFUL FIREWALL SOLUTIONS teaches how to create advanced security designs using the Cisco firewall product family. The entire family is surveyed with keys to firewall configuration basics and tools. Chapters explain each product, their specific applications, and tell how to deploy Cisco firewalls as part of any network. It's the first book to tackle firewalling Unified Communications systems and networks using all the Cisco firewall products, and is a top recommendation for any computer collection.

My New iPad 2
Wallace Wang
No Starch Press
38 Ringold St., San Francisco CA 94103
9781593273866, $24.95,

My New iPad 2 is a fine guide for getting the most from the iPad 2 and provides a step-by-step coverage for all the basics, from using the Maps app and the iPad calendar to setting up email accounts, using FaceTime to talk face-to-face, and setting passwords, controls and more. Any with a new iPad 2 will find this the manual that 'should be in the box'.

App Inventor for Android
Jason Tyler
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9781119991335, $34.99,

App Inventor for Android is for any programmer who would create apps with Google's App Inventor tool, and teaches the basics of its interface and functions. Learn to set up the App Inventor, connect to a phone, create an app with its Designer feature, and edit and streamline the app, which can range from games to Twitter. Different games are presented with step-by-step instructions on their creation, along with details on Collection Assistant for data processing, and more.

Using Layer Masks for Image Editing in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Tim Grey
Adobe Press
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300
Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0321786890, $34.99,

Using Layer Masks for Image Editing in Adobe Photoshop CS5 offers a video workshop pairing a paperback with 3.5 hours of video training on using the layer masking features in Photoshop CS5. It comes from a photographer and trainer who explains what a layer mask is and how to edit it using masking techniques. The video watch-and-work method offers a small window video with follow-along exercises for maximum effect in one of the best Photoshop video training products on the market, highly recommended for any photography or computer collection where videos are included.

Getting to Know ArcGIS Modelbuilder
David W. Allen
380 New York Street, Redlands, CA 92373-8100
9781589482555, $79.95,

Getting to Know ArcGIS Modelbuilder comes with a DVD that offers all data needed to complete the exercises provided in the book, which are steps to developing reusable geoprocessing workflows and models using ModelBuilder. Owners of the ArcGIS software will appreciate this specific focus and workbook which pairs the hands-on exercises with real-world applications and solid explanations. The ModelBuilder interface in ArcGIS 10 is a flowchart schematic that allows users to visually lay out tasks: this method is emphasized in a fine user's workbook recommended for any computer holding strong in ArcGIS software.

Microsoft Project 2010 Inside Out
Teresa S. Stone, Bonnie Biafore, Andreea Marinescu
Microsoft Press
c/o O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.
1005 Gravenstein, Hwy N.
Sebastopol, CA 95472-2811
9780735626874, $54.99,

Microsoft Project 2010 Inside Out provides literally hundreds of timesaving solutions to Microsoft Project 2010, pairing expert advice and sample files online with keys to developing strong project management skills. Learn to schedule tasks manually or use the automatic scheduling engine, manage activities in an enterprise environment, work with subproject-related fields and use SharePoint in a team work environment, among many other tasks. While this is featured in our Computer Shelf section, it is also a top pick for any business project manager and many a business reference collection will need this.

The Native American Shelf

Great Sioux War Orders of Battle
Paul L. Hedren
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069-8216
9780870623974, $39.95,

Great Sioux War Orders of Battle: How the United States Army Waged War on the Northern Plains, 1876-1877 is a specific, scholarly survey of the mechanics of one of the largest battles against Native Americans in U.S. history, and is a 'must' for any college-level Native American collection. It packs in strategy analysis, tactics, and deployments across different fronts and regions and blends military surveys with history and cultural insights alike. Analysis of different campaigns and fronts accompany lists of personnel and infantry and calvary members in a fine research-driven survey.

The Social Issues Shelf

Ours to Master and to Own
Immanuel Ness and Dario Azzellini
Haymarket Books
Box 180165, Chicago, IL 60618
9781608461196, $19.00,

Ours to Master and to Own: Workers' Control from the Commune to the Present provides a fine survey of wage earners who have challenged the traditional concept of capitalist working systems by forming democratic self-managed systems for controlling production without bosses. Examples from around the world and from different eras document modern struggles for worker rights and control of the process, offering a comprehensive text key for any business library strong in considering capitalism and worker rights and issues.

Who Are We
Gary Younge
Nation Books
387 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10016
9781568586601, $26.99,

WHO ARE WE AND SHOULD IT MATTER IN THE 21ST CENTURY comes from a journalist and Nation columnist who explores how our identities shape and unite or divide us as a nation, making this a fine pick for any college-level social issues collection. Chapters consider how personal identity perceptions relate to social and political power and how it determines elections, social structure, and more. The effects of similarities and differences in society are analyzed in chapters filled with social and political observations. WHO ARE WE is a lively, involving read and any social issues library will find it a fine acquisition.

The End of Growth
Richard Heinberg
New Society Publishers
Box 189, Gabriola Island, BC, Canada, V0R 1X0
9780865716957, $17.95,

The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality is a pick for business, economics and social issues collections alike, offering a survey of the ongoing financial crisis, its history, and how to avert future worst case scenarios. It re-evaluates economic theories in light of this new environment and discusses how families and communities can build a new economy better suited to 'green' objectives. THE END OF GROWTH provides much food for thought and is perfect for classroom discussion at the high school to college levels.

Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners
Steven Petrow
Workman Publishing Company
225 Varick Street, New York NY 10014
9780761156703, $17.95,

Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners provides practical wisdom for any who would understand LGBT issues and etiquette. From planning a same-sex wedding to helping a child handle anti-gay bullies or understanding gay dating, this offers LGBT people and their friends and families keys to handling many different situations - including many unique to the LGBT community, such as what to do when one partner is out and the other closeted. Any general lending library seeing an interest LGBT social issues will find this a practical, popular pick.

A Convergence of Civilizations
Youssef Courbage and Emmanuel Todd
Columbia University Press
61 West 62nd St., New York NY 10023
9780231150026, $35.00,

A Convergence of Civilizations: The Transformation of Muslim Societies Around the World argues that there are many connections between the evolution of Islam and Christianity, and they refute the idea what Christian and Muslim worlds are heading towards collision. Instead this book advocates new connections between the two civilizations, offering a history and geographic analysis that identifies Muslims as a diverse group offering potentials for new world connections, not disaster. Any college-level collection strong in Arab issues will find this a positive, enlightening survey.

Bradley R.E. Wright, PhD
Bethany House
11400 Hampshire Avenue South, Bloomington MN 55438
9780764208362, $14.99,

UPSIDE: SURPRISINGLY GOOD NEWS ABOUT THE STATE OF OUR WORLD comes from a Christian publisher and perspective and thus is a top pick for Christian libraries - but many a social issues collection will find this also an encouraging, positive survey. It provides positive changes that have taken place in the last decades and century, from the doubling of life expectancy around the world to cutting extreme poverty in half since the 1980s in developing countries. The best data has been culled to provide the truth about world issues from poverty to education and the environment: so why is nobody focusing on these changes? Read UPSIDE to find out.

The House by the Side of the Road
Richie Jean Sherrod Jackson
University of Alabama Press
Box 870380, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0380
9780817316945, $24.95,

The House by the Side of the Road: The Selma Civil Rights Movement documents the Selva voting rights campaign, which actually took place largely in the Jackson living room, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. set up his informal headquarters in the author's home. In recalling the events of 1965 Richie Jean Sherrod Jackson provides insights into not just the political and social aspects of civil rights conflicts, but the personalities and experiences of her times. Any civil rights library needs this!

The Environmental Studies Shelf

Integral Ecology
Sean Esbjorn-Hargens, PhD and Michael E. Zimmerman, PhD
Integral Books
c/o Shambhala
300 Horticultural Hall, Boston MA 02115
9781590307670, $35.00,

Integral Ecology: Uniting Multiple Perspectives on the Natural World packs in almost eight hundred pages of facts covering a philosophy of ecology and insights into environmental studies and surveying diverse views on both topics from scientists, economists, activists and philosophers. It unites insights from different perspectives into a theoretical framework for all, presents new insights on the concept of Integral Theory, and represents over a decade of research exploring different perspectives on ecology and methodologies. Real-life applications and examples include three in-depth case studies in this top pick for any college-level ecology or scientific philosophy collection.

Doing Environmental Ethics
Robert Traer
Westview Press
2465 Central Avenue, Boulder, CO 80301
9780813343976, $36.00,

Doing Environmental Ethics is a recommendation for college-level collections interested in discussions of ethical systems and how they apply to specific environmental issues. Science and social issues holdings alike will appreciate this wide-ranging discussion that includes economic and political theory in the broader picture of environmental ethics issues. Philosophy and discussions of what constitutes morality make this an outstanding pick for any college holding.

The Fiction Shelf

Hit List
Laurell K. Hamilton
Berkley Books
c/o Penguin Group (USA)
375 Hudson Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10014
9780425241134, $27.95,

HIT LIST provides a new addition to the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels, a successful eighteen-year series that profiles Anita's investigations and which has set the tone for vampire fiction in general. Here Anita heads to the Northwest to find a group of serial killers responsible for the deaths of wereanimals across the country - only to encounter a secret paranormal organization that will stop at nothing to kill. The involving story is hard to put down, and will be a top pick for any general lending library.

Tunnel Vision
Gary Braver
c/o Tor Books
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
9780765309761, $25.99,

TUNNEL VISION provides a fine tale telling of a bike accident, a student's coma, and a revival which sparks the interest of the religious world. Zack claims to be an atheist, but his miracle will change his world - and set off searches by others who are desperate to prove an afterlife exists. He and Sarah struggle to understand his out-of-body experiences - and face a possible deadly danger in this moving story of recovery and miracles recommended for any general-interest lending library.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Peter May
Poisoned Pen Press
6962 E. First Avenue #103, Scottsdale AZ 85251
9781590588413, $24.95,

BLOWBACK provides a riveting account of a promise made to a dying man and a forensics teacher who becomes involved in an unsolved murder. The dead man left forensic clues designed to reveal his killer's identity to his son - but when the son dies, the father's clues seem lost - until Enzo Macleod enters the picture. A cold case soon turns hot in this riveting mystery, perfect for collections strong in mystery accounts.

Robert K. Tanenbaum
Gallery Books
c/o Simon and Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, 14th fl.
New York, NY 10020
9781439149256, $26.00,

OUTRAGE is a powerful murder mystery that opens with a brutal double homicide in uptown Manhattan, which seems solved by the confession of a shy Bronx teen but which is complicated by a young district attorney who has cut corners to indict him and close the case. With the case being tried in the media while a killer continues his spree, it's up to Butch Karp's wife to connect the dots, which will bring her hot in the trail of danger. This tense thriller is recommended for any general lending library.

Smokin' Seventeen
Jacket Evanovich
Bantam Books
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 17th floor, New York, NY 10019
9780345527684, $28.00,

SMOKIN' SEVENTEEN provides a fine new Stephanie Plum novel of intrigue and mystery and is a top recommendation for any general library seeing popularity with her prior novels. Here Stephanie faces a killer who is leaving dead bodies with notes addressed to her personally. To complicate her investigations, friends and family are urging her to make a decision between two very different men in her life - and she finds her decisions will change her life in this hot thriller.

The Audiobook Shelf

Smokin' Seventeen
Janet Evanovich
Random House Audio Books
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 8th floor, New York, NY 10019
9780307932235, $32.00,

SMOKIN' SEVENTEEN provides a fine new Stephanie Plum novel spiced with Lorelei King's smooth, evocative voice and tells of dead bodies showing up on an empty construction lot of Vincent Plum's bail bonds company. To add complications to Stephanie's investigation, she's heading for a showdown of choice between two boyfriends and a third new arrival to town, and her grandmother is encouraging Stephanie to move to a new state as a killer stalks her. Any audio collection strong in mystery and intrigue will find this a winner!

Now You See Her
James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
Hachette Audio
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017
9781607886853, $34.98,

Now You See Her receives a fine reading by Elaina Erika Davis whose voice spices and accents this story of Nina, who arranges to vanish to save her life from a killer. Now to rescue an innocent man she must re-appear - and confront the killer after forming the perfect life she's built to shield herself from her past. A powerful plot with quick twists and turns makes for an involving, dynamic audio!

Hit List
Laurel Hamilton
Penguin Audio
c/o The Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
9780143145639, $39.95,

HIT LIST provides a fine audio reading by Kimberly Alexis, who adds quiet drama and passion to a new Anita Blake vampire investigative novel. Here a serial killer is hunting, Anita Blake is called in to catch it, and a hidden monster group may be to blame, hunting weretigers and humans like. It's up to Anita to find the source of the conflict - which probes ancient mysteries both deadly and legendary. Fans of Anita Blake and vampire mysteries will relish this audio.

Against All Enemies
Tom Clancy
Brilliance Audio
Box 887, Grand Haven MI 49417
1455829137, $39.99,

Against All Enemies receives a fine performance by Steven Weber, who has starred in several television series and who introduces a new hero in the form of ex-Navy SEAL Maxwell, who is investigating an unholy alliance of two powerful forces against the U.S. International intrigue and espionage permeate a powerful novel that offers a nonstop, engrossing thriller to any audience who relished his prior adventures.

The Crafts Shelf

Artist's Journal Workshop
Cathy Johnson
North Light Books
c/o F+W Media
4700 East Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236
1440308683, $22.99,

Artist's Journal Workshop provides a fine tool on how to create a journal for inspiration and exploration, and offers a basic query of what artists can gain from using the journal format. Nearly thirty international artists share advice and techniques from their own art journals and accompany over 25 hands-on exercises to help the reader cultivate a personal journal style. Loaded with color page examples and applied insights, this is a fine pick for any arts and crafts collection.

At Home with Handmade Books
Erin Zamrzla
c/o Shambhala
300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston MA 02115
9781590308226, $21.95,

At Home with Handmade Books: 28 Extraordinary Bookbinding Projects Made from Ordinary and Repurposed Materials will enhance any crafts collection and provides a fine introduction of handmade book options. From a read and write Bookmark Book to a tiny souvenir book, letter collection and stitching techniques for creating all kinds of books, this is a fine step-by-step survey suitable for any crafts library.

Wood Finishing 101
Bob Flexner
Popular Woodworking Books
c/o F+W Media
4700 East Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236
1440308454, $19.99,

Wood Finishing 101: The Step By Step Guide provides woodworkers with a fine survey of finishing techniques, using specific instructions on how to finish common woods and a range of finishing materials. Bob Flexner has been teaching wood finishing to hobbyists and pros for over twenty years: his guide is packed with easy instructions perfect for any general woodworking library.

Spotlight on Wire
Melissa Cable
Kambach Books
21027 Crossroads Circle, Waukesha, WI 53186
9780871164377, $21.95,

Spotlight on Wire provides techniques for loop wrapping and more, offering the basics on tools, techniques, and providing nearly thirty projects using various kinds of wire. Jewelry makers and aspiring makers will find this teaches all kinds of keys to twisting, folding, weaving or wrapping wire, with good-sized color photos covering every step of the way. A 'must' for any jewelry-making collection!

The Political Science Shelf

Saving the Bill of Rights
Frank Miniter
Regnery Publishing Inc.
One Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
9781596981508, $27.95,

Saving the Bill of Rights: Exposing the Left's Campaign to Destroy American Exceptionalism provides a fine survey of how the Bill of Rights is being taken away piece by piece by a dedicated minority of special interests. Author Frank Miniter's journalism background lends to his expose of specific assaults on all civil liberties, offering chapters that focus on how liberals in federal government are stifling free speech and threatening basic American rights.

The Eagle and the Elephant
Raymond E. Vickery Jr.
Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 N. Charles St., Baltimore MD 21218-4319
9781421401454, $30.00,

The Eagle and the Elephant: Strategic Aspects of US-India Economic Engagement is a pick for any college-level collection strong in India studies or international trade, and offers insights on how economic engagement affects choices the U.S. makes about India on strategic political issues. Case studies of major issues affecting both nations draw on the author's experience in the Commerce Department and as an economic consultant and provide key observations of processes and diplomacy for college collections.

Inside Al-Qaeda and the Taliban
Syed Saleem Shahzad
Pluto Books
c/o Palgrave Macmillan
175 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10010-7848
9780745331010, $26.00,

Inside Al-Qaeda and the Taliban: Beyond Bin Laden and 9/11 contends that as a strategist for Al-Qaeda, Bin Laden has actually been dead for years - and a new generation of leaders have masterminded the latest attacks. Author Syed Shahzad is an investigative journalist in Pakistan with a high level of access to Al-Qaeda and the Taliban: his insider's report is something no Western journalist can emulate, and is based on access to many top-level strategists and fighters in both movements throughout the Middle East. First-hand accounts blend with local knowledge to make for a hard-hitting set of insights for any Middle Eastern or terrorism collection.

Alabama Getaway
Allen Tullos
University of Georgia Press
330 Research Drive, Athens, GA 30602-4901
0820330493, $24.95,

ALABAMA GETAWAY: THE POLITICAL IMAGINARY AND THE HEART OF DIXIE is a top pick for any collection strong in Southern politics and achievements, offering a narrowed focus on Alabama's history and its conservative political imaginary. The recent history of the state and its political entwining makes for a lively discussion of the public shape of power and society, considering the state's political institutions and why they seem to be stuck in repetitive loops of uneven development. Collections strong in regional American politics in general and the South in particular will find this a fine college-level acquisition and analysis.

The Congressional Budget Office
Philip G. Joyce
Georgetown University Press
3240 Prospect Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
9781589017573, $29.95,

The Congressional Budget Office: Honest Numbers, Power and Policymaking investigates the 37-year history of this office and offers a blend of political, economic and social analysis. It was created in 1974 to provide nonpartisan analysis of how proposed legislation will impact the federal budget, and since has become a powerful influence on national policy choices. This is the only book-length history of the agency, using interviews with high-level participants and insights into budget debates to provide college-level political history holdings with an in-depth survey of how the office works.

The Travel Shelf

Great Britain, ninth edition
David Else,
Lonely Planet Publications
150 Linden Street, Oakland CA 94607
9781741795660, $29.99,

The ninth updated edition of GREAT BRITAIN provides destination-oriented travelers with a fine survey of all of Great Britain from big cities to small rural towns, offering plenty of insights on getting away, sights to see, things to do, and more. Small maps and color sidebars of key details accompany excellent descriptions of all the cultural and sightseeing opportunities the UK has to offer, updating all listings in a ninth edition that's key for any traveler to Great Britain and any travel library.

Turn Right at Machu Picchu
Mark Adams
c/o Penguin Publishing Group USA
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780525952244, $26.95,

Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time offers a survey of the history, folklore and culture of Machu Picchu, and offers two distinct stories; one covering the history of Hiram Bingham, an eccentric explorer who led an expedition through Peru in search of the city, and one telling of the author's own attempt to retrace Bingham's journey. General and travel collections alike will find this a winner!

The Christian Studies Shelf

Medical Ethics: Sources of Catholic Teachings, revised edition
Kevin D. O'Rourke, OP and Philip J. Boyle
Georgetown University Press
340 Prospect St. NW, Washington DC 20007
9781589017429, $39.95,

Medical Ethics: Sources of Catholic Teachings offers a fine revised, updated edition of a classic survey considering the Catholic Church and medical ethics, and is a pick for college-level Catholic medical holdings in particular. It focuses on the teachings of the Church in regard to health care ethics and is a top pick for medical students and professionals as well as Catholic readers, considering specific teachings of the Church on over seventy medical issues from abortion and AIDS to assisted suicide and health care reform. A 'must' for any serious college-level medical or spirituality shelf.

Migrations of the Holy
William T. Cavanaugh
William Eerdmans
2140 Oak Industrial Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
9780802866097, $18.00,

MIGRATIONS OF THE HOLY: GOD, STATE, AND THE POLITICAL MEANING OF THE CHURCH offers a cautionary examination of the rigid separation of religion and politics that limits church powers and sends citizens to the state for hope and salvation. Chapters urge Christians to resist this trend and the accompanying drive for nationality without the church, offering a survey of how theology can be re-woven into the political structure with benefits to both. College-level religious and political collections alike will find this an intriguing discussion.

Ethics for a Brave New World, second edition
John S. Feinberg and Paul D. Feinberg
Crossway Books
1300 Crescent Drive, Wheaton IL 60187
9781581347128, $35.00,

Ethics for a Brave New World has been updated and expanded for its second edition and provides a fine pick for any Christian collection. It covers a wide range of issues for modern times, substantially revises and adds topics of concern, and at over 800 pages is a weighty text not for the casual browser. But then - what casual reader is likely to pick up ETHICS FOR A BRAVE NEW WORLD? From divorce to euthanasia, this tackles all the latest religion-challenging issues of our times.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

God and Money
Nimi Wariboko
Lexington Books
c/o Rowman & Littlefield
4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706
9780739127247, $32.95,

God and Money: A Theology of Money in a Globalizing World is a pick for religion and economics collections alike, offering a creative, theological approach to understanding international economic issues. It shows how theology can connect to the modern global economy, helping readers see connections between money and morality and how theology and ethics are strongly connected to the nature of money. Scholarly religious collections will find this a 'must'.

The Literary Studies Shelf

Historical Milton
Thomas Fulton
University of Massachusetts Press
Box 429, Amherst, MA 01004
9781558498457, $28.95,

HISTORICAL MILTON: MANUSCRIPT, PRINT, AND POLITICAL CULTURE IN REVOLUTIONARY ENGLAND offers college-level students of Milton a fine analysis rethinking the most extensive manuscript record of reading from any major English poet of his times. It focuses on the only known political notebook of a radical writing during the English civil war, offering insights into the writing, observations, politics and research created during the 1630s. Any Milton student must have this!

My Business is to Create
Eric G. Wilson
University of Iowa Press
100 Kuhl House, Iowa City IA 52242
1587299909, $19.95,

MY BUSINESS IS TO CREATE: BLAKE'S INFINITE WRITING offers a fine survey of creativity in the face of neglect, poverty and even insanity, and tells how Blake not only produced literary achievements, but incorporated spiritual and ethical enlightenment into the process. His gospel is provided in a survey that will in intrigue any college-level collection strong in Blake's writings and is also a recommended pick for any literary artist seeking to blend their lives and psyche into their art.

The Military Shelf

Aces of the Legion Condor
Robert Forsyth
Osprey Publishing
4402 - 23rd Street, Suite 219
Long Island City, NY 11101-5058
9781849083478, $22.95,

Aces of the Legion Condor joins others in Osprey's military aircraft history titles and provides a survey of the Legion Condor, that represented the forefront of the Luftwaffe during the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39 through World War II. The Legion Condor were Germany's best: here a review of the Condor covers fighters, bombers, and the German pilots who flew them. Color photos, black and white vintage photos, and in-depth descriptions of the aircraft and their history make this a top survey!

Elite Fighting Forces
Jeremy Black, Editor
Thames and Hudson
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780500251768, $35.00,

Elite Fighting Forces From the Praetorian Guard to the Green Berets provides a fine survey of the most famous fighting forces in history: elite units specially trained for particular tasks. Over fifty such units around the world are considered in this history, produced by an international team of military historians who provide an updated account of forces including key battles, strategies, weapons and uniforms.

Viper Force
John M. Dibbs
Zenith Press
c/o Quayside Publishing Group
400 First Avenue North, Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55401
9780760340325, $40.00,

Viper Force: 56th Fighter Wing - To Fly and Fight the F-16 offers a blend of gorgeous aerial photos from John Dibbs to accompany personal interviews with Viper pilots conducted by Viper fight pilot Lt. Col. Robert Renner, USAF. The combination provides an oversized celebration of Viper forces from training to combat, and provides a powerful eye-opening survey perfect for any military or aviation history holding.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

Cell-Level Healing
Joyce Whiteley Hawkes, PhD
Atria/Beyond Words
Publicity Department
Atria Books
1230 Avenue of the Americas, NY, NY 10020
Beyond Words Publishing
20827 NW Cornell Road, Suite 500
Hillsboro, OR 97124
9781582703138, $15.00,

Cell-Level Healing: The Bridge from Soul to Cell comes from a biophysicist and healing facilitator who shows how to develop a capacity to touch body, mind and spirit for health objectives. It teaches individuals to explore basic powers of transformation and regeneration to attain new levels of spiritual and physical health, showing how to tap into innate healing abilities. Meditations on consciousness, discussions of flow, and tips on releasing emotional blockages makes for a fine new age title.

Tracking the Man-Beasts
Joe Nickell
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2119
9781616144159, $19.00,

Tracking the Man-Beasts: Sasquatch, Vampires, Zombies, and More comes from a veteran paranormal investigative reporter who explores the historical and cultural oddities of various legends, considering the concept that humanity has long shared the planet with elusive "man-beasts" and proving an expedition into wilderness experiences and history alike. Chapters probe folklore and history and provide a vivid survey of these age-old monsters in this fine study, recommended for general interest and new age collections alike.

Derrick Jensen
Seven Stories Press
140 Watts Street, New York, NY 10013
9781583229309, $24.95,

DREAMS uses the myths of ancient cultures paired with the ideas of modern thinkers from different walks of life to consider how dreams help lend meaning to the world. His insights on the 'other side' and its connections to scientific thinking provides a powerful environmental philosophy survey that questions linear thinking patterns and pair with the author's own life experiences in nature. New age and science holdings alike will find this a winning, wide-ranging survey.

The Photography Shelf

Canon EOS Rebel T3i/600D
Jeff Revell
Peachpit Press
1249 - 8th St., Berkeley CA 94710
032177664X, $24.99,

Canon EOS Rebel T3i/600D: From Snapshots to Great Shots is a 'must have' pick for any owner of the camera. It goes beyond the basic features to document how the Rebel can take great photos, teaching everything from the top ten things needed to know about shooting with the Rebel to using its features to get better shots and incorporating basic professional tips and tricks for great landscapes, portraits and action shots. Learn all the basics and concepts through applied techniques and instructions in this fine survey recommended for any Canon model camera owner.

The Gardening Shelf

Mini Farming
Brett L. Markham
Skyhorse Publishing
555 Eighth Avenue, Suite 903
New York, NY 10018
1602399840, $16.95,

MINI FARMING: SELF-SUFFICIENCY ON 1/4 ACRE provides plenty of keys to buying seeds, improving soil, using organic methods, canning and using produce and more, and is a 'bible' of information perfect for any collection strong in self-sufficiency and small-scale farming. It provides a holistic approach that tells how to produce over eighty percent of an average family's food on just one-quarter acre, and offers a tested method that can be applied to small lots in rural and urban areas alike. All kinds of lending library collections will thus find this a fine pick; not just the usual rural audience.

The Complete Guide to Preserving Your Own Seeds for Your Garden
Katie A. Murphy
Atlantic Publishing
1405 SW 6th Avenue, Ocala FL 34471-0640
9781601383525, $24.95,

The Complete Guide to Preserving Your Own Seeds for Your Garden: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply tells how to preserve a handful or two of seeds for next year's growing season, telling how to collect, store, and pass on seeds to ensure certain crops don't die out. Chapters tell how to seed plants until they bloom, how to choose optimum plants for harvesting seeds, and how to raise vegetables, biennial and perennials, and more. Home and garden libraries need this!

Water-Efficient Landscaping in the Intermountain West
Heidi A. Kratsch, Editor
Utah State University Press
7800 Old Main Hill, Logan, Utah 84322
9780874217896, $29.95,

Water-Efficient Landscaping in the Intermountain West: A Professional and Do-It-Yourself Guide provides a specific guide for any interested in water-efficient landscaping in the Mountain West region, and provides a working manual packed with information on the technical aspects of designing, building and maintaining such landscapes. Landscape architects and designers, contractors, and homeowners alike will find this a solid manual organized by landscape principles adapted to the intermountain climate and key to producing better landscaping. Tables, charts, landscape plans and checklists make this a fine, accessible resource.

The Architecture Shelf

New Natural Home
Dominic Bradbury
Thames & Hudson
500 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10110-0017
9780500515617, $35.00,

NEW NATURAL HOME: DESIGNS FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVING offers case studies, plans, and listings of house, materials and useful products for designing, building and creating sustainable environments. It offers architects plenty of design inspirations and models that have proven successful, selecting projects from around the world and pairing them with color photos by Richard Powers. Collections catering to architects, builders, homeowners and designers will find this filled with ideas for encouraging symbiotic relationships indoors and outdoors, urban or rural.

Verb Crisis
Mario Ballesteros, Albert Ferre, Irene Hwang
Actar D
575 Prospect St #301, Lakewood, NJ 08701
8496540979, $39.95,

Verb Crisis is a recommendation for college-level arts and architecture holdings, and provides an architectural response to changing urban environments and shifting cultural values. It defines 'crisis' as a definitive moment of change and is part of Actar's 'Verb' series examining cities, change and urban development challenges. Arts and architectural collections will find this a winner!

The Biography Shelf

Never in My Wildest Dreams
Belva Davis with Vicki Haddock
PoliPoint Press
c/o Berrett-Koehler Publishers
235 Montgomery Street, Suite 650
San Francisco, CA 94104-2916
9781936227068, $24.95,

Never in My Wildest Dreams: A Black Woman's Life in Journalism comes from the first black female television journalist in the western U.S. and provides a strong account of the racism and sexism Belva Davis had to overcome to be involved in the television news world. Her memoir covers her childhood, her coming of age in the crowded projects of Oakland California, and her entry into the reporter's world. Any collection strong in journalism, civil rights issues, women's issues, or biography will find this a compelling account.

Growing Up Laughing
Marlo Thomas
Hyperion Books
77 West 66th Street, New York, NY 10023-6298
9781401310639, $15.99,

Growing Up Laughing provides a fine autobiographical account of Marlo Thomas, daughter of nightclub and TV star Danny Thomas, and tells of her career in comedy and her adventures in Hollywood. Marlo Thomas's youth was filled with stars and great comics gathered around the family dinner table: as a result she picked up countless pointers and learned about comedy right in her own home. Fans of Thomas will relish her story of growing up in a comedy world.

The Strangest Man
Graham Farmelo
Basic Books
c/o Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9780465022106, $18.99,

The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom is a science biography survey recommended for science and biography collections alike. Paul Dirac was among the great scientific geniuses of his times: a colleague of Einstein and one of the discoverers of quantum mechanics, he also predicted antimatter and was the youngest theoretician to win the Nobel Prize in physics. His life as a loyal family man with wide-ranging artistic appreciation and his achievements make for a fine, notable survey.

Nothing Daunted
Dorothy Wickenden
c/o Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
9781439176580, $26.00,

NOTHING DAUNTED: THE UNEXPECTED EDUCATION OF TWO SOCIETY GIRLS IN THE WEST tells how the author discovered her grandmother's vivid accounts of her experience as a schoolteacher in the Colorado Rockies nearly 100 years earlier - and how her subsequent research led to friendships with some of her mother's descendants. Western history and exploration is told from the view of two privileged women from the East and is based on moving letters blending oral histories with original research, and should be in any frontier history holding!

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Are You There
Jack Skillingstead
Golden Gryphon Press
3002 Perkins Road, Urbana IL 61802
1930846614, $24.95,

Nearly thirty stories from Jack Skillingstead provide a fine set of very different worlds, from a future in which Earth has been devastated but Seattle is stuck in a time loop taking place one day before world destruction to the title story 'Rewind', in which a parapolice detective pursing a serial killer receives help from a memory module of the killer's mother - only to find himself falling in love with the module. Any science fiction collection, particularly those in which time slip novels are of interest, will relish this!

Ring of Fire III
Eric Flint
Baen Books
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
9781439134481, $25.00,

RING OF FIRE III provides new stories of Grantville, a town lost in time when it breaks away from West Virginia of modern times and is thrown back into an alternate world of the 1600s. This provides new stories of the lost American town, presenting short stories set in Flint's Ring of Fire series and offering a third exciting collection of tales inspired by his novel 1632. Fans of Flint and his best-selling series will relish this latest addition!

The American History Shelf

Making War and Minting Christians
R. Todd Romero
University of Massachusetts Press
Box 429, Amherst, MA 01004
9781558498884, $26.95,

Making War and Minting Christians combines a history of gender, religion and warfare in early colonial America, showing how Native and Anglo ideas of manhood developed in the context of Christian evangelization and colonial expansion and providing college-level American history readers with a survey of Native and Anglo interactions and concepts of masculinity and spirituality. These concepts shaped the nature of warfare on both sides, and are key to understanding the evolution of relations between the two groups.

The Art Shelf

Steven Heller & Louise Fili
Thames & Hudson
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110-0017
9780500515686, $45.00,

SCRIPTS: ELEGANT LETTERING FROM DESIGN'S GOLDEN AGE packs in full-page color displays of scripts on nearly every page and is accompanied by sections of historical notes on the evolution of scripts in advertising and public display. Script typefaces used for formal and public announcements alike and their decorative evolution are presented in a highly visual display tracing the evolving style and applications of scripts. Any arts or calligraphy collection will find this an elegant presentation of the history and use of scripts.

Hard Light: The Work of Emilio Sanchez
Rafael Diazcasas,
900 Broadway #603, New York NY 10003
9783791351315, $45.00,

Hard Light: The Work of Emilio Sanchez offers an oversized presentation blending queer theory with the works of Cuban-American painter Emilio Sanchez, who represented Cuban and New York environments on canvas in his New York City studios. From Caribbean seascapes and landscapes to New York's buildings, this offers a broad selection of his work and is accompanied by three essays that discuss Sanchez in relation to the Latin American art community, American modernist movements and homosexual creative artists alike. Any Latin or American arts collections will find this a fine survey.

Mike Perry
Princeton Architectural Press
37 East 7th St., New York NY 10003
9781568989433, $35.00,

PULLED: A CATALOG OF SCREEN PRINTING gathers over forty of the author's favorite designers to present innovative, unique designs in the screen printing industry. The focus here is on ad-hoc printing shops run small-scale: PULLED provides a diverse set of images and approaches to everything from overprinting and layering to producing abstract art using screen printing. Full-page color works pack a presentation highly recommended for any arts collection.

The Sports Shelf

Cultural Competence in Sports Medicine
Lorin A. Cartwright and Rene Revis Shingles
Human Kinetics
Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61825-5076
0736072284, $44.00,

Cultural Competence in Sports Medicine provides a fine resource for any health care professional who works with athletes and patients of diverse cultures, offering an assessment of different cultural attitudes, beliefs and expectations and exploring how cultural considerations for each stage in the physical assessment process influences communication and professional interactions. From dress to treatment techniques and different cultural assessments of physical contact, this is a fine pick for sports or health medicine collections alike.

Running on Empty
Marshall Ulrich
c/o The Penguin Group USA
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
9781583334232, $26.00,

RUNNING ON EMPTY: AN ULTRAMARATHONER'S STORY OF LOVE, LOSS, AND A RECORD-SETTING RUN ACROSS AMERICA blends an autobiography with an account of the author's record-setting run and life: almost thirty years of competing in extreme endurance races including over 100 foot races. It began when his 30-year-old wife was diagnosed with breast cancer and his doctor recommended he try running to reduce stress. This suggestion would change his life and lead to a newfound recognition of skills in this powerful story of achievement.

The Antiques/Collectibles Shelf

Collecting Rare Coins
Q. David Bowers
Whitman Publishing
3101 Clairmont Road Suite G, Atlanta, GA 30329
9780794834067, $9.95,

Collecting Rare Coins for Pleasure and Profit is for any beginner who has an interest in collecting rare coins, and who wants a guide to getting started. Stories, experiences, and examples of collecting create an easily-accessed, chatty account perfect for newcomers to coin collecting. A history of the rare coin market, discussions of grading and how it affects prices, and keys to starting a good coin collection make this a winning presentation.

The Agriculture Shelf

Homesteading in the 21st Century
George Nash & Jane Waterman
The Taunton Press
63 South Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470
1600852963, $24.95,

Homesteading in the 21st Century: How One Family Created a More Sustainable, Self-Sufficient, and Satisfying Life is for any who have thought about becoming more self-sufficient, living a simpler lifestyle, or paring down. It presents the idea that anyone can homestead, which involves everything from growing food and raising animals to building an actual homestead, and its chapters survey how to live more minimally. Readers tired of the rat race and general-interest collections catering to them will find this a winning survey!

The Backyard Goat
Sue Weaver
Storey Publishing
210 Mass MoCa Way, North Adams, MA 01247
9781603427906, $16.95,

THE BACKYARD GOAT: AN INTRODUCTORY GUIDE TO KEEPING PRODUCTIVE PET GOATS is for any who have a backyard and who want to raise a farm animal. Goats are easy and productive: this manual teaches how to raise healthy goats and covers all the basics from breeding to housing. It's a beginner's guide and also includes methods for utilizing the goat, from harvesting cashmere and harnessing a goat to pull a load to training a packgoat or making cheese. Any small-farm collection will find this an excellent introduction.

The California Shelf

La Jolla: Then and Now
Carol Olten,
Arcadia Publishing
420 Wando Park Blvd.
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
9780738582153, $21.99,

LA JOLLA joins others in the 'Then and Now' series to provide a fine survey of the Southern California town that first settled in the 1880s. Historical black and white vintage images of La Jolla appear side by side with contemporary photos documenting the vast changes the town has seen over the decades, making this a top recommendation for any Southern California history holding.

An Ideal Wine
David Darlington
HarperCollins Publishers
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022-5299
9780061704239, $26.99,

AN IDEAL WINE: ONE GENERATION'S PURSUIT OF PERFECTION - AND PROFIT - IN CALIFORNIA provides a powerful survey of the winemaking world in California and is a 'must' for any California collection strong in viticultural history. It provides a survey of the growing business of wine in this state, charting major public figures in the industry such as the radical, innovative and ever-changing Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyard, and reveals behind-the-scenes examinations of the visionaries of the evolving wine industry. A 'must' for any California wine book holding and many a general interest collection, this is a lively, involving read!

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