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Volume 23, Number 8 August 2013 Home | IBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Writing/Publishing Shelf Money/Finance Shelf
International Studies Shelf Language Studies Shelf Criminology Shelf
Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf Fiction Shelf
Christian Studies Shelf Military Shelf Computer Shelf
Music Shelf Cookbook Shelf Business Shelf
Education Shelf Travel Shelf Needlecraft Shelf
Science Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf Technology Shelf
Judicial Studies Shelf Social Issues Shelf Psychology Shelf
Health/Medicine Shelf Photography Shelf Environmental Studies Shelf
Philosophy Shelf Native American Studies Shelf Audiobook Shelf
Library CD Shelf Library DVD Shelf Blu-ray Shelf
Poetry Shelf Civil War Shelf American History Shelf
World History Shelf Crafts Shelf Art Shelf
Gardening Shelf Political Science Shelf Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf
Biography Shelf Railroading Shelf Antiques/Collectibles Shelf
Parenting Shelf Theatre/Cinema Shelf Geology Shelf
Nautical Shelf Sports Shelf Literary StudiesShelf
ArchitectureShelf Mathematics Shelf Reference Shelf
Holocaust Studies Shelf Bookstore Accessories Shelf  

Reviewer's Choice

The Water Footprint of Modern Consumer Society
Arjen Y. Hoekstra
711 - 3rd Avenue, Floor 8
New York, NY 10017-9209
9781849714273 $40.95

The Water Footprint of Modern Consumer Society is a scholarly examination of just how much water today's society uses in everything from agriculture to the production of commercial goods, as well as domestic uses. A "water footprint" is a measurement of just how much water is directly and indirectly used toe create a product - for example, 1 kilogram of beef takes 15,000 liters of water, and 1 pair of jeans takes 8,000 liters of water to produce. Such measurements can be applied to quantify and map water use, with the goal of fostering a sustainable water ecology. Imports of water-intensive products can be beneficial to nations where fresh water is scarce, but this in turn creates a dependency of the water supplies of foreign nations. Chapters discuss the water footprint of biofuels, the supply-chain water footprint of paper, how to make water use more efficient, pitfalls to watch out for in trade, the importance of product transparency, and much more. An absolute "must-have" reference and resource, especially for problem-solvers confronting the twenty-first century challenges of overpopulation, desertification, and water scarcity, The Water Footprint of Modern Consumer Society is worthy of the highest recommendation especially for college and university library collections.

Green Bay Packers: Green, Gold and Glory
Sport Illustrated Editorial Staff
Sports Illustrated Books
Time Home Entertainment
c/o Shreve Williams Public Relations
9781618930385, $34.95,

The Green Bay Packers are unique in the NFL -- they are the only professional football team in the country to be owned by ordinary citizens and therefore will never be moved from Green Bay, Wisconsin to any other part of the country. That's just one small part of their legend and legacy, all of which are captured in the illustrated pages of "Green Bay Packers: Green, Gold and Glory". This 176 page hardcover, coffee table compendium is comprised of extraordinary stories and spectacular photographs showcasing the history of this unique football franchise, making it a "must have" addition to all Wisconsin community and college libraries, as well as the personal collections of every die-hard Packer fan!

Bazooka Joe And His Gang
The Topps Company
Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
115 West 18th Street, 6th fl.
NY, NY 10011
9781419706325, $19.95,

The Topps Company (founded in 1938) was the premier producer of a bubble gum that debuted in 1952 and featured a mini-comic known Bazooka Joe. "Bazooka Joe And His Gang" is a 224 page, profusely illustrated compendium comprised of informed and informative essays and information by Talley Morse (son of Bazooka Joe artist and co-creator Wesley Morse), Nancy Morse, Kirk Taylor, and others. Readers will be treated to original Bazooka Joe jokes and fortunes, tiny ads for mail-order merchandise of the period, preliminary sketches, advertising and promotional images, original art from the Topps archives, and four Bazooka Joe bonus trading cards. "Bazooka Joe And His Gang" is especially recommended to anyone for whom Bazooka Joe and bubble gum was a part of their long ago childhood.

Top 10 For Men, new edition
Brendan McGinley & Brian Cullen
Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9780600625872, $14.99,

Every now and then a book comes along that is a perfect resource for winning bar bets. The new edition of "Top 10 For Men" is just such a volume of obscure but very nicely packaged information. Compiled by the team of Brendan McGinley and Brian Cullen, this compact 304 page compendium is comprised of some 250 lists organized into major sections: Animals; Sex; TV & Film; Internet; Music; Print (my personal favorite!); Visual Arts; Video Games & Applications; Automotive, Mechanical & Travel; Food; Drink; Global; Federal; Municipal; Money & Business; The Natural World; Society & Humanity; Death & Disaster; ...And Then Pirates Attack (only one list -- but it's a beauty!); General Sport; Football; Baseball; Basketball; Hockey; Tennis; Golf; Olympics & Athletes. A pure pleasure to simply browse through, "Top 10 For Men" is highly recommended for personal and community library collections.

A Heaven of Words: Last Journals, 1956-1984
Glenway Wescott, author
Jerry Rosco, editor
University of Wisconsin Press
1930 Monroe Street, Third Floor
Madison, WI 53711-2059
9780299294243 $24.95

A Heaven of Words: Last Journals, 1956-1984 gathers writings from American intellectual and novelist Glenway Wescott. From a humble origin on a simple Wisconsin farm, Wescott blazed a keenly remarkable life, interacting with the fellow creative giants of his era and cherishing his loves of literature and the arts. These transcripts of his day-by-day journals offer a glimpse into his everyday life as a human being, rather than edifying him on a pedestal. Frank, honest, and fascinating, A Heaven of Words: Last Journals, 1956-1984 is highly recommended.

Against the Grain
Lowery Sims
Monacelli Press
236 West 27th Street, 4th floor
New York, NY 10001
9781580933445, $45.00,

Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft, and Design considers the evolution of conceptual trends in modern wood making and packs in examples ranging from furniture to sculptures and installations created since 2000 which defy neat categorization aside from their medium. Modern wood artists have incorporated whimsical and fun elements into their often-surprising creations, with each of these displays offering technical departures from standard wood art works. This book accompanies an exhibit on the topic and will prove key to attendees, but also stands alone well as a fine art title recommended for any modern arts collection.

The Quick Guide to Wild Edible Plants
Lytton John Musselman and Harold J. Wiggins
Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218-4363
9781421406712, $24.95,

The Quick Guide to Wild Edible Plants: Easy to Pick, Easy to Prepare packs in over 100 color illustrations to accompany detailed descriptions to help readers recognize edible plants from nettles and day lilies to wild sorrel. The authors have, for decades, taught courses on locating and preparing local plants: this pairs recipes with insights on plant properties and provides a peppering international dishes that use the plants, from Softstem Bulrush to Black Locust Flower Fritters. With its in-depth coverage of a wide range of roots, flowers, stems and leaves of wild plants to its discussions of culinary applications, this is a reference recommended for culinary and botanical holdings alike!

The Writing/Publishing Shelf

Around The Writer's Block
Rosanne Bane
Jeremy P. Tarcher
c/o Penguin Group, USA
375 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014-3657
9781585428717, $15.95,

Writer's block is a condition, primarily associated with writing as a profession, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work. The condition varies widely in intensity. It can be trivial, a temporary difficulty in dealing with the task at hand or extreme condition lasting years on end. Every novice writer and every professional author will, sooner or later, be afflicted with 'writer's block' and end up staring at a sheet of blank paper or a blank computer screen, unable to set down a coherent idea -- or even a meaningful sentence. That's why "Around the Writer's Block: Using Brain Science to Solve Writer's Resistance" by Rosanne Bane should be a core part of every writer's 'how to' resource and reference collection. This deftly written, 320 page compendium covers ever aspect and symptom of writer's block -- and what can be done to overcome them and even avoid them in the future. Of special note is her real-world commentary on the subject of self-sabotage. Informed, informative, practical, and thoroughly 'user friendly', "Around the Writer's Block: Using Brain Science to Solve Writer's Resistance" will prove to be the best investment any aspiring or professional writer can make with respect to advancing their literary career.

Writing the Science Fiction Film
Robert Grant
Michael Wiese Productions
12400 Ventura Blvd., #1111
Studio City, CA 91604
9781615931361, $26.95,

Any collection strong in screenwriting, performing arts and film will find this a solid addition, offering insights into how to write science fiction for the genre. Classic and cult science fiction films from Star Wars to Aliens are used to show how the genre has changed, what makes it compelling to modern viewers, and how writers can adjust their science fiction writing to lend to a film production. From changing a cliche plot to turn it into something fresh and different to handling new technology and its jargon in the film environment, Writing the Science Fiction Film is packed with insights perfect for aspiring genre writers and film producers alike, and is a pick for film and literary collections.

A Quick Guide to Screenwriting
Ray Morton
Limelight Editions
c/o Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group
19 West 21st Street, Suite 201
New York, NY 10010
9780879108045, $12.99,

A Quick Guide to Screenwriting joins others in the 'Quick Guide' series, with this gathering together an assessment of principles key to understanding screenwriting basics. Any involved in the art will find this blends history, business savvy, and writing insight along with specifics on film industry requirements to teach the basics of formatting, differentiating between different types of screenplays and their requirements, and developing a story. The attention to detail without assumption of any prior industry knowledge makes this a fine recommendation for any film and creative writing holding.

The Money/Finance Shelf

Money 101
Barbour Publishing
P.O. Box 719
Uhrichsville, OH 44683
9781620297483 $12.99

Part of the "Bible Guides for Life" series intended for readers of all ages, Money 101 is an accessible primer about basic money management from a Christian point of view. The values of scripture as well as common sense are used to reinforce recommended guidelines, and budgeting pointers are made with the importance of charitable giving or tithing to churches in mind. Chapters cover how to set up and abide by a budget, saving and investing effectively, debt management, when to rent or buy (especially where mortgages are concerned), insurance and retirement concerns, and much more. "Remember, though, to account for inflation when you think about retirement. Most financial books state 2 to 4 percent as the yearly rate of inflation. So to really know how much your lifestyle will cost, you have to figure that in. If it costs you $1,000 a month just to keep the household running right now and if inflation is at 4 percent, then next year it will take you ($1,000 x .04 = 40) $1,040 to run that same household." Highly recommended, especially as a basic self-teaching resource or an educational tool for Christian parents to share with their teenaged children.

Debt Cures II
Kevin Trudeau
Equity Press
9780982513705, $29.95,

Debt Cures II They Really Don't Want You to Know About teaches how to avoid debt and build wealth and packs its pages with not just advice on avoiding debt, but what goes on with banks, credit card lenders, and others who would profit off consumer debt. The federal government and the lending industry aren't working for the American people, and the public needs to know what's going on so individuals can fight the trend. Consumer advocate Trudeau here shares information about government and debt institutions alike, offering keys to freedom that will delight any consumer who wants a different approach to getting ahead.

Free Money
Kevin Trudeau
Equity Press
978098189709, $29.95,

FREE MONEY "THEY" DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT offers insights on all kinds of sources of 'free' money, from house ownership to locating free grant money from public and private institutions alike, and provides methods to locating this free money. From quick cash involving getting as much as $10K in a day to life insurance specifics and locating free medical help, this title is packed with many important strategies and resources for gaining access to money that is, technically, 'yours' already. Highly recommended for any business or consumer collection!

Happy Money
Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton
Simon and Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, 14th fl.
New York, NY 10020
9781451665062, $25.00,

HAPPY MONEY: THE SCIENCE OF SMARTER SPENDING uses new research to demonstrate that changing the way people spend as little as $5 can increase their happiness, and provides principles that any reader can use to increase daily happiness as well as those of customers and others. The focus on spending differently rather than earning more helps readers focus on the money you have rather than strategies to keep increasing it, demonstrating the cost of wealth and the kinds of behaviors that promote happiness. Five key principles to help readers gain more happiness from their spending contribute to an important survey that should be in any general lending library.

The International Studies Shelf

The World Through Arab Eyes
Shibley Telhami
Basic Books
c/o Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9780465029839, $27.99,

The World Through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the Reshaping of the Middle East is a 'must' for any who would understand the region, and offers insights from ordinary Arabs who live and work there. Over a decade of original public opinion polling data from six countries lend to an examination that uses not scholarly research but experiences from everyday Arab residents to explore politics, social issues, and attitudes on everything from the U.S. to media and individual countries in the region. Any who would understand the Arab psyche must have this: it charts the evolution of different perceptions and attitudes in the region and shows how Arabs have come to view their world.

The Legacy of Tiananmen Square
Michel Corimer
Goose Lane Editions
500 Beverbrook Court, Suite 330
Fredericton, NB, Canada, E3B 5X4
9780864929027, $29.95,

The Legacy of Tiananmen Square comes from a veteran journalist who covers the history of struggles to bring civil rights to China, and is a 'must' for any collection strong in Chinese history and social order. Historical research blends with interviews with dissidents living in exile to trace the events leading to social uprisings among the Chinese people, charting post-Tiananmen Square history. This book was translated from French by Jonathan Kaplansky and updated by Corimer to include updates to 2012, making for a strong study highly recommended for any collection strong in Chinese history, culture and social evolution.

Asia's Unknown Uprisings V. 2
George Katsiaficas
PM Press
PO Box 23912, Oakland, CA 94623
9781604864885, $28.95,

Asia's Unknown Uprisings V.2: People Power in the Philippines, Burma, Tibet, China, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand and Indonesia 1947-2009 provides a fine social history of uprisings in the region, relating these uprisings to those of 1968 and providing a focus on events of the 1980s and 1990s for its second volume. It's difficult to find comprehensive histories of these uprisings, but this offers not only accounts of events and social interactions, but places them in perspective of world developments and major sociological theories. The result is a powerful analysis that should be in the holdings of any college-level collection strong in Asian history: a 'must' for any who already have the prior volume.

Evolving Iran
Barbara Ann Rieffer-Flanagan
Georgetown University Press
3240 Prospect Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007
9781589019782, $26.95,

EVOLVING IRAN: AN INTRODUCTION TO POLITICS AND PROBLEMS IN THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC is recommended for any college-level Middle East studies collection, and provides a strong political analysis to show how and why political decisions are taken in Iran. Any who would understand the social and political forces at work in the country need this book, which considers post-revolutionary Iranian events and which corrects much of mainstream media's perceptions. Students of the Middle East, in particular, will find this offers many insights in a reasoned and well-researched consideration of everything from the election process and the birth of a new political system to human rights issues.

Democracy in East Asia: A New Century
Larry Diamond,, Editors
Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218-4363
9781421409689, $29.95,

Democracy in East Asia: A New Century is a pick for any political science collection at the college level and offers an in-depth survey of the political climates throughout Asia, from China and the Philippines to Thailand and Burma. A range of Asian and non-Asian authors debate the desirability and presence of democratic forces in Asia, providing in-depth discussions that embrace all the basic issues affecting the region. Any holding strong in Asian politics and social issues will find this a solid, updated volume presenting the latest dynamic issues affecting the entire region.

The Language Studies Shelf

Language Attitudes in the American Deaf Community
Joseph Christopher Hill
Gallaudet University Press
800 Florida Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002-3695
9781563685453, $80.00,

Language Attitudes in the American Deaf Community offers college-level readers an analysis that assesses cognitive, affective and behavioral types of responses toward particular language varieties, from ASL to contact signing and Signed English. It considers social groups in the American Deaf community and how they use and choose among these disparate signing types, considers racial and generational issues involved in signing communication, and evaluates different signing standards and the values they hold. The result is a unique 'must' for any collection strong in deaf community culture and issues.

The Criminology Shelf

The Anatomy of Violence
Adrian Raine
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 17th floor, New York, NY 10019
9780307378842, $35.00,

THE ANATOMY OF VIOLENCE: THE BIOLOGICAL ROOTS OF CRIME belongs in science and social issues collections alike, offering research into the biological roots of violence and discussing the new field of neurocriminology, which applies scientific investigation to crime and its motivations. From genetic research that shows how abnormal physiological functioning lends to criminal activities to how killers experience conditions that lend to violence, this covers social, legal, scientific, health, and ethical issues in one fell swoop, and is recommended for college-level science, health and social issues holdings alike. Any collection strong in criminology will find this a 'must'.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Burdens of the Dead
Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint, Dave Freer
Baen Books
PO Box 1188, Wake Forest NC 27588
9781451638745, $25.00,

Burdens of the Dead blends a vivid plot with issues of politics, magic and high drama set in an alternate 16th century where magic is a daily part of life. Here an Italian captain., Benito must deal with dangerous magic and the siege of Constantinople while discovering that his infant daughter has been abducted by agents of Venice's enemy. His efforts to rescue her will place him in conflict with his own father, who commands the evil duke's army - and the personal and political conflicts that ensue will change his world. High drama and swift action make for a powerful alternate history novel especially recommended for fans of military sci fi!

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Poisoned Pen Press
6962 E. First Ave., #103
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Martin Edwards's THE FROZEN SHROUD (9781564201059, $24.95) takes place on Halloween just before the First World War, and tells of a young woman's corpse found frozen and battered. Her ghost is said to haunt the area. Five years ago another women is killed in the same manner. Daniel Kind, a specialist in murder history, is fascinated by the similarities between the cases, but his fascination with history takes a frightening turn when a third murder occurs, reviving long-cold cases and requiring professional intervention that brings two investigators in touch with their own dangerous past secrets. A riveting mystery evolves, perfect for any mystery library. Tina Whittle's BLOOD, ASH & BONE (9781464200939, $24.95) is for any who enjoy the noir detective writings of Dashiell Hammett's style but who want the added bonus of a thriller in the mix, and tells of one Tai Randolph, who seeks to escape the world of homicide investigations by spending time in the bucolic Savannah. The only trouble is, the gun shop owner finds trouble even there as her ex-boyfriend shows up, asks for her help, and involves her in a case involving a stolen Civil War artifact and a new case. Murder is everywhere in her life in this story that blends intrigue with the complexities of a relationship's evolution in a fine mystery recommended for any mystery library.

c/o Penguin Group (USA)
375 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014

Denise Swanson's NICKLED-AND-DIMED TO DEATH (9780451239426, $7.99) provides the second book in the Devereaux's Dime Story Mystery series featuring a store owner and sleuth. Here Devereaux Sinclair faces a complex love life and seeks to escape confusion and intrigue by looking over the antiques her friend Elsie has to sell. When Elsie is shot, she must clear her friend's name and investigate the real murderer in this fine mystery. C.S. Harris' WHEN MAIDENS MOURN (9780451414229, $7.99) is the seventh in the Sebastian St. Cyr historical mystery and is set in 1812 London, providing a gripping saga as Sebastian investigates the murder of his new bride's good friend and finds himself immersed in an investigation that also complicates their newfound marriage. Heather Blake's THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE WITCHY (9780451239693, $7.99) tells of Darcy Merriweather, the Enchanted Village's newest Wishcrafter who has become involved in a town celebration when the cake delivery boy is found murdered. His ghost imprints on Darcy and she finds herself more than casually involved in uncovering the truth behind his murder in this fine supernatural thriller. Kate Carlisle's A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY (9780451415967, $23.95) provides a new bibliophile mystery - the latest in the series - and tells of one Brooklyn, who discovers handwritten notes and strange symbols in a cookbook she was restoring for her sister. When the cookbook's owner is found dead and the cookbook goes missing, she comes to believe it was more than a case of mystery meals and her ensuing investigation probes complicated relationships in a fine, twisting story line. Laura Alden's CURSE OF THE PTA (9780451415066, $7.99) is the fourth book in the best-selling series and tells of PTA president Beth Kennedy, who hires a consultant after a financial windfall, but becomes involved in a dangerous game when he's found murdered on school property. Ella Barrick's THE HOMICIDE HUSTLE: A BALLROOM DANCE MYSTERY (9780451239747, $7.99) provides the third book in a fine ballroom dance-based mystery series, and tells of a dance show competition turned deadly when its producer is murdered, involving competitor Stacy in a dangerous search for the killer. Molly MacRae's DYEING WISHES (9780451239563, $7.99) provides a fine 'Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery' and is second in the series that includes not just a sleuth, but her supernatural sidekick. A visit to a farm involves Kath and her friends with two murders - including someone they know. Melissa Bourbon's A CUSTOM-FIT CRIME (9780451417190, $7.99) is fourth in a series of mysteries centering around a custom dressmaking shop in Texas. Here Harlow is challenged to find the murderer of a design rival before she becomes implicated in the crime - and finds her friends and business are both at risk in this riveting thriller. All are outstanding recommendations for any mystery reader.

Berkeley Prime Crime
c/o Penguin Group (USA)
375 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014

Betty Hechtman's YARN TO GO; A YARN RETREAT MYSTERY (9780425252215, $7.99) provides an excellent title in a mystery series featuring a baker who hosts yarn retreats while solving crime. Casey's inheritance of a yarn retreat business from her grandmother isn't the only puzzle she's inherited: along with it comes a murder and an investigation only she can conduct. Daryl Wood Gerber's FINAL SENTENCE: A COOKBOOK NOOK MYSTERY (9780425258040, $7.99) provides the first in a new series featuring Jenna, owner of a cookbook store and cafe located in a small California town. When she helps her aunt open a culinary bookshop, she faces more than opening day challenges when her former roommate and celebrity chef is found murdered just before they can open. Is the murder connected to the store? Virginia Lowell's ONE DEAD COOKIE: A COOKIE CUTTER SHOP MYSTERY (9780425260692, $7.99) provides the fourth book in the Cookie Cutter Shop mystery series, this revolving around a batch of special cookies and a murder. It's up to baker Olivia and her best friend to uncover the murderer in a sweet mystery filled with satisfying cookies and queries. Annette Blair's TULLE DEATH DO US PART: A VINTAGE MAGIC MYSTERY (9780425251935, $7.99) provides the sixth book in the mystery series which revolve around the protagonist's visions received from the vintage clothing she handles. Here a vintage petticoat leads her to an unsolved, old mystery and its new ramifications. Lorna Barrett's MURDER ON THE HALF SHELF: A BOOKTOWN MYSTERY (9780425262733, $7.99) provides a lovely new story of one Tricia Miles, who finds herself once more involved in a puzzling murder when the co-owner of a new bed-and-breakfast is found murdered. All are satisfying mysteries perfect for any collection!

The Fiction Shelf

Sun And Sand
Max Brand
Five Star Books
295 Kennedy Memorial Drive
Waterville, ME 04901
9781432827014, $25.95,

Frederick Schiller Faust (May 29, 1892 - May 12, 1944) was an American author known primarily for his thoughtful and literary Westerns under the pen name Max Brand. Now brought back into print for a new generation of appreciative readers by Five Star Books is a Max Brand classic: "Sun And Sand: A Western Trio". This 222 page compendium is comprised of three Max Brand western saga short stories: The Flaming Rider; Outlaw Buster; and the title piece, Sun And Sand. Each of these thoroughly entertaining stories showcase Brand's storytelling abilities and demonstrate why he continues some 70 years after his death to be one of America's favorite writers of stories set in the Old West. For those to whom this will be their first introduction to Max Brand westerns, it should be noted that an impressive listing of them published and available from Five Star Books are also featured in "Sun And Sand". As with all of his westerns, "Sun And Sand" is a highly recommended entertainment and will make an enduringly popular addition for community library collections.

Trouble in Store
Carol Cox
Bethany House Publishers
11400 Hampshire Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55438
9780764209567 $14.99

Set in 1880's Arizona, Trouble in Store is a historical novel blending elements of romance, mystery, and suspense. Melanie Ross and Caleb Nelson contest with one another for a struggling mercantile business; at first Caleb is determined to get her out of the way by marrying her off, but gradually Caleb realizes his growing attraction to her - he doesn't want her to marry another man. As Melanie's sharp new ideas start to improve the store's financial outlook, she grows closer to Caleb. But someone wants to sink their burgeoning business, even if it's at the cost of Melanie's and Caleb's lives! Picturesque attention to detail brings the American West setting to life, in this vivid and thoroughly enjoyable novel from prolific and popular author Carol Cox.

Escape From Paris
Carolyn Hart
Seventh Street Books
c/o Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197
9781616147938, $13.95,

Set in 1940s England before the German invasion, ESCAPE FROM PARIS revolves around two American sisters in Paris who risk their lives to save a downed British airman from Nazi arrest, realizing the danger they are in only when they read a public notice demanding that any harboring English soldiers are to deliver them to Nazi authorities. The Gestapo sets a trap to find such traitors, and the two sisters struggle with intrigue, danger, and romance as they find challenge and danger in occupied Paris. Any who enjoy historical settings and powerful stories of courage and love will find this a winning novel.

Baskerville: The Mysterious Tale of Sherlock's Return
John O'Connell
Atria Books/Marble Arch Press
c/o Simon and Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, 14th fl.
New York, NY 10020
9781476730233, $15.00,

Baskerville: The Mysterious Tale of Sherlock's Return offers a delightful take-off on the Sherlock Holmes tales and a focus on journalist Bertram Robinson, who meets his hero Arthur Conan Doyle on a troop ship coming back from South Africa. He's even more delighted when Doyle suggests they collaborate on a new story that brings the two to become not just friends, but co-writers and adventurers, experiencing many of the mysteries intrinsic to The Hound of the Baskervilles. Part true story and part creepy novel, Baskerville: The Mysterious Tale of Sherlock's Return is a delightful page-turner that tells of love, companionship, and a dangerous bog's deep secrets. Holmes fans will relish this engrossing tale.

G.P. Putnam's Sons
c/o Penguin Group USA
375 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014

Alex Grecian's THE BLACK COUNTRY (9780399159336, $26.95) provides a follow-up story to Grecian's prior acclaimed debut novel The Yard and tells of detective Inspector Walter Day, who moves outside the crime scenes of London to investigate the disappearance of a young boy and his parents in a remote coal mining town. The only evidence is a human eyeball found in a bird's nest - but it won't remain the only evidence as he uncovers close-held town superstitions, misfortunes, and an epidemic which threatens everyone. With mining falling apart, the town also seems to follow as Day embarks on a race against time to uncover the heart of a deadly mystery. Beatriz Williams' A HUNDRED SUMMERS (9780399162169, $26.95) follows her acclaimed debut novel of 2012, Overseas, with a follow-up offering a Depression-era story of love and secrets. The setting is the summer of 1938 where a New York socialite travels to her family's coastal cottage with her mother and six-year-old sister. A whirlwind romance has left her broken-hearted and intent on recovering when her plans are challenged by her ex-best friend and her former fiance, who also arrive in town for the season. Gossip, betrayal, and repressed feelings arise to challenge and confuse all of their lives in this tense novel of romance, recovery, and new beginnings. Royce Prouty's STOKER'S MANUSCRIPT (9780399158551, $25.95) provides a powerful story of terror, suspense and mystery as it tells of brothers who were outcasts even before they were orphaned as infants in Romania. Even in America the Barkeley brothers can't escape the curse that lies over them. The story begins years later, following one brother, who has become a priest in the Midwest, and the other who has become a buyer and seller of rare books. Both face the dangers and evils of their past when Stoker's famous Dracula manuscript emerges with clues hidden within its pages that reveal the burial sites of Dracul family members. Will their investigations unearth a sleeping secret best left hidden? A fine story emerges, highly recommended for any collection strong in mysteries and horror.

The Christian Studies Shelf

Stephen M. Miller's Complete Guide To The Bible: Student Edition
Stephen M. Miller
Barbour Publishing
P.O. Box 719, Uhrichsville, OH 44683
9781620298015, $9.99,

Profusely illustrated throughout, "Stephen M. Miller's Complete Guide To The Bible: Student Edition" is a 256 page compendium that is thoroughly 'reader friendly' and suitable for students of all 66 books comprising the Holy Bible. A topical section deftly addressing key life issues through biblical scripture; noting two ways to approach studying the Bible; helping students to select the right Bible for them; organized into two major section (with the first being an alphabetical presentation of theological issues ranging from anger to worship, the second being descriptive presentations of the various books comprising the Bible as a whole), an enhanced with the inclusion of a Search Engine Index, "Stephen M. Miller's Complete Guide To The Bible: Student Edition" is especially recommended for both individual and group biblical study curriculums, as well as church and community library Christian Studies reference collections.

The Complete Introduction to The Devout Life
St. Francis de Dales, author
Fr. John-Julian, translator
Paraclete Press
PO Box 1568, Orleans, MA 02653
9781612612355, $26.99,

Francis de Sales (21 August 1567 - 28 December 1622) was a Bishop of Geneva and is honored as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church. He became noted for his deep faith and his gentle approach to the religious divisions in his land resulting from the Protestant Reformation. He is known also for his writings on the topic of spiritual direction and spiritual formation. Ably translated into English by Father John-Julian, OJN (Founder of the Episcopal contemplative monastic Order of Julian of Norwich), "The Complete Introduction to The Devout Life" is a 448 page compendium written specifically for the benefit of non-clergy Catholics and especially addresses the demands of ordinary and secular life in a world that all too often antagonistic to spirituality. Enhanced by Father John-Julian's erudite commentary, "The Complete Introduction to The Devout Life" is informed, informative, thoughtful, thought-provoking, inspired and inspiring, making it an ideal addition to academic, and church library Christian Studies reference collections and personal reading lists.

Reaching For God
Roberta Werner
The Liturgical Press
St. John's Abbey, PO Box 7500
Collegeville, MN 56321-7500
9780814635513, $19.95,

The Order of Saint Benedict (Latin name: Ordo Sancti Benedicti) is a Roman Catholic religious order of independent monastic communities that observe the Rule of Saint Benedict. Within the order, each individual community (which may be a monastery, a priory or abbey) maintains its own autonomy, while the organization as a whole exists to represent their mutual interests. The Benedictine Confederation, which was established in 1883 by Pope Leo XIII in his brief Summum semper, is the international governing body of the order, headed by the Abbot Primate. Members of the order generally use the initials O.S.B. after their name. "Reaching for God: The Benedictine Oblate Way of Life" by Sister Roberta Werner, OSB, is a 176 page compendium presenting an overview of Benedictine life and prayer designed specifically for lay readers. Highly recommended reading, "Reaching for God: The Benedictine Oblate Way of Life" is informed, informative, and also available in a Kindle edition ($11.19).

Seven Events That Shaped The New Testament World
Warren Carter
Baker Publishing
c/o Baker Publishing Group
6030 East Fulton, Ada, MI 49301
9780801039164, $21.99,

Seven Events That Shaped The New Testament World documents key moments in early Christian history and provides an introduction to the worlds surrounding the New Testament, narrowing its focus to seven selected key moments in the centuries before and after Jesus. It considers the beginnings of the Christian movement, documents how religious and political factors blended into the New Testament writings, and comes from a leading New Testament scholar who provides a very accessible consideration of events. His style lends to a document that is perfect for scholars and leisure readers alike, adding black and white illustrations throughout and offering plenty of insights into the cultural mix of Greek, Roman and Jewish experiences. No Christian library should be without this!

The Good Bishop
Phyllis Theroux
Orbis Books
PO Box 308, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0308
9781626980242, $20.00,

THE GOOD BISHOP: THE LIFE OF WALTER F. SULLIVAN offers a fine account of a bishop who reflected the love of Christ while leading his church by example, visiting prisoners, celebrating Mass with the elderly, and embracing all kinds of people. His outgoing attitude and perspective led to his humble yet spiritual message reaching a wide audience, and is covered in a fine religious biography that considers his Christian life, background, and many achievements. Any collection strong in Christian biography and following the lives of leaders will find this a top pick.

Road Trip to Redemption
Brad Mathias
Tyndale House Publishers
351 Executive Drive
Carol Stream, IL 60188
9781414363943, $14.99,

Road Trip to Redemption offers important keys to family relationships as it provides the autobiography of Mathias' own family structure and the revelations he faced as a busy yet contented father who notices his middle child withdrawing but receives word from God that it's more than normal teen angst. His resulting investigation into Bethany's secret will challenge their family and prompts a road trip across the country that brings them into the knowledge of how far apart they drifted, and how to return to a closer structure. Any seeking inspiring stories of revelation and family changes will find this a powerful account.

The Military Shelf

The Military Advantage 2013
Terry Howell
Naval Institute Press
291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402
9780870210334, $27.95,

The benefits available to active military personnel and/o to veterans are complex, originating in the congress, signed off by the president, interpreted by the Joint Chiefs, and administered by a bureaucracy . The benefits and the rules under which they are governed can change significantly in a short time as underscored by the changes that have occurred as a result of the current military drawdown and budget cuts. That's why "The Military Advantage 2013: The Guide to Military and Veteran's Benefits" as compiled and presented by Terry Howell will prove to be an invaluable reference for members of the military and their families. This current and up-to-date edition covers transition assistance program changes, new veteran employment resources, new VRAP GI Bill and other GI Bill updates, new spouse and family resources, TRICARE fee increases, changes to military pay and survivor benefits, and a great deal more. Of special note are the helpful tips on preparing for a transition from military to civilian status. Simply stated, a copy of "The Military Advantage 2013: The Guide to Military and Veteran's Benefits" should be a part of every community library collection, every military assistance organization's reference collection, and essential reading for active military personnel and veterans. It should also be noted that "The Military Advantage 2013: The Guide to Military and Veteran's Benefits" is also available in a Kindle edition ($15.37).

The Birth Of The Royal Marines 1664-1802
Britt Zerbe
Boydell Press
c/o Boydell & Brewer Inc
668 Mount Hope Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620-2731
9781843838371, $99.00,

The Royal Marine Corps is the marine corps and amphibious infantry of the United Kingdom and forms part of the Naval Service (along with the Royal Navy, Royal Fleet Auxiliary and associated organizations). The Royal Marines were formed in 1755 as marine infantry for the Royal Navy. However, it can trace its origins back to the formation of "the Duke of York and Albanys maritime regiment of foot" at the grounds of the Honourable Artillery Company on 28 October 1664. "The Birth of the Royal Marines, 1664-1802" by maritime history expert Britt Zerbe is a 294 page compendium providing an exceptionally well researched and presented military history from its founding in 1664, through its participation in the 'Seven Years War', and concludes in 1802 when it was made a permanent and officially sanction part of the British military establishment. Informed and informative, "The Birth of the Royal Marines, 1664-1802" is a seminal work of impressive scholarship and is enhanced with the inclusion of several appendices, a select biography, and a comprehensive index, making it a strongly recommended addition to academic library Military History reference collections in general, and British Military history supplemental reading lists in particular.

The English Civil Wars 1642-1649
Bob Carruthers
Pen & Sword
c/o Casemate Publishers
908 Darby Road, Havertown, PA19083
9781781591475, $14.95,

Seven years of catastrophic civil wars raged across the British Isles and changed the course of British politics, religion, society, and culture. The latest addition to the outstanding Pen & Sword 'Military History from Primary Sources' series, "The English Civil Wars 1642-1649" is a succinct and profusely illustrated history of the period by Bob Carruthers. From its beginning in 1642 to its conclusion in 1649, the detailed descriptions of the diverse fighting forces and alliances, the battles, the trial and execution of the king, and the ascendancy of Cromwell, "The English Civil Wars 1642-1649" provides an excellent and particularly well written overview, making it highly recommended reading for students of 17th Century British History, and a valued addition to academic library European Military History reference collections. It should also be noted that "The English Civil Wars 1642-1649" is also available in a Kindle edition ($2.99).

21st Century Mahan
Benjamin F. Armstrong, editor
Naval Institute Press
291 Wood Road
Annapolis, MD 21402
9781612512433 $21.95

21st Century Mahan: Sound Military Conclusions for the Modern Era collects five lesser-known writings of Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840-1914), a United States Navy flag officer, geostrategist, and historian, colloquially dubbed "the most important American strategist of the nineteenth century". His concept of "sea power", the idea that the nations with greater naval power would exert more influence upon the world and upon history, directly affected the strategic thinking of countries worldwide, sparking a European naval arms race in the 1890's (the U.S. participated as well). Mahan's most famous work is "The Influence of Seapower upon History", which is not reproduced herein; 21st Century gathers five of Mahan's other writings, with analysis by Lt. Cdr. Benjamin F. Armstrong, USN. Armstrong offers reader-friendly introductions to Mahan's writings, which have invaluable insights into strategic thinking. 21st Century Mahan is especially recommended as a core volume for nautical and military shelves.

Going for Broke
James M. McCaffrey
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780806143378, $34.95,

GOING FOR BROKE: JAPANESE AMERICAN SOLDIERS IN THE WAR AGAINST NAZI GERMANY provides a detailed history of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II and is a pick for any in-depth collection on the topic. When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941 Americans responded with patriotic fervor and thousands of volunteers, including Japanese Americans, rushed to recruitment centers. Most Japanese Americans were turned away and many were detailed. When the army eventually decided to admit second-generation Japanese Americans, it created the 442nd regimental Combat Team consisting of mostly soldiers drafted before Pearl Harbor, volunteers from Hawaii, and other recruits: their voices fill a collection that documents their achievements and conflicts at home and abroad, and makes for a moving story.

Osprey Publishing
4301 21st St, Suite 220B
Long Island City, NY 11101

BOLT ACTION: ARMIES OF THE SOVIET UNION (9781780960906, $24.95) is a pick for Bolt Action players who want extensive information on the military forces of the Soviet Union for their war gaming endeavors. Detailed army lists will enable players to construct Soviet armies for any battle period, while sidebars of information on cost, composition, options and special rules for each game clarify what will be involved in re-creating the scenes. Any Bolt Action player will find this in-depth supplement involving and specific, packed with color images throughout. Mark Stille's THE NAVAL BATTLES FOR GUADALCANAL 1942: CLASH FOR SUPREMACY IN THE PACIFIC (9781780961545, $21.95) follows six months of battles and major encounters in Guadalcanal in 1942, and is a pick for any military history holding seeking specific details on this arena of engagement. This title details the experiences of both navies over the course of time, following its impact on the Japanese Empire and U.S. forces alike. Howard Gerrard's color illustrations accompany maps and vintage black and white photos throughout. Douglas C. Dildy & Warren E. Thompson's F-86 SABRE VS. MiG-15: KOREA 1950-53 (9781780963198, $18.95) considers the effect of advanced jet interceptors from Soviet forces during World War II, and is a pick for military and aviation collections alike. It follows battles and then de cades of competition between the world's superpowers in conducting air operations over the Middle East, Vietnam and more, and it provides a dual focus on F-86 Sabre and MiG-15 fighters in particular, pairing the history with vintage black and white and color photos throughout. Martin Pegler's THE VICKERS-MAXIM MACHINE GUN (9781780963822, $18.95) is for collections strong in weapons development, and tells of American inventor Hiram maxim, who perfected the world's first self-powered machine gun, the Maxim. He had hoped the gun would put an end to war: instead it lead to slaughters beyond past history, and served to pioneer a new era in guns. Expert Martin Pegler provides a close inspection of how this weapon changed battles, with vintage black and white photos capturing the action. Stephen Manning's THE MARTINI-HENRY RIFLE (9781780965062, $18.95) follows the British Army's first purpose-designed breechloader, which replaced the successful Snider-Enfield and offered more accurate shooting capabilities. This rifle was introduced in the mid-1870s and changed British fire power forever, becoming the mainstay of British forces as they operated around the world. Any collection strong in early colonial warfare will find this specific assessment of the rifle and its function on the battlefield to be packed with detail and insights, including many illustrations of the rifle itself. Mark Lardas' BRITISH FRIGATE VS. FRENCH FRIGATE 1793-1814 (9781780961323, $18.95) provides a solid account of early naval battles and provides a focus on the frigates who faught over forty battles. Marine and military history holdings alike will find this packed with discussion of frigate technology, battles, frigate warfare and more - all enhanced with color artwork, diagrams and vivid, historically accurate illustration. Carl Molesworth's CURTISS P-40 LONG-NOSED TOMAHAWKS (9781780969091, $18.95) documents the evolution of a modern fighter that would blend the handling abilities of the P-36 with much more performance, and is a pick for aviation and military collections alike. It provides the complete story of this evolution, from design and development through its service with the RAF, and it is packed with vintage photos and charts throughout, making it a solid visual reference as well. All are top picks for any military holding!

The Computer Shelf

Cloud Computing
Kris Jamsa
Jones & Bartlett Learning
5 Wall Street, Burlington, MA 01803
9781449647391, $93.95,

Cloud computing is a colloquial expression used to describe a variety of different types of computing concepts that involve a large number of computers that are connected through a real-time communication network (typically the Internet). Cloud computing is a jargon term without a commonly accepted non-ambiguous scientific or technical definition. In science, cloud computing is a synonym for distributed computing over a network and means the ability to run a program on many connected computers at the same time. The popularity of the term can be attributed to its use in marketing to sell hosted services in the sense of application service provisioning that run client server software on a remote location. "Cloud Computing" by computer expert Kris Jamsa is a superbly organized and presented 324 page compendium the presents an articulate and 'user friendly' introduction to cloud technologies in general, and specifics about an a service (SaaS), platform as service (PaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and desktop virtualization in particular. Of special note are the real-world case studies providing examples of moving information into the cloud. Informed and informative, "Cloud Computer" is an excellent instructional textbook and a highly recommended addition to professional, community, and academic library Computer Science reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

jQuery, CSS3, and HTML5 for Mobile and Desktop Devices
Oswald Campesato
Mercury Learning and Information
c/o International Publishers Marketing
22841 Quicksilver Drive
Dulles, VA 20166
9781938549038 $51.95

jQuery, CSS3, and HTML5 for Mobile and Desktop Devices: A Primer lives up to its title and then some. Intended for readers who have basic knowledge of CSS/HTML/JavaScript, jQuery, CSS3, and HTML5 for Mobile and Desktop Devices teaches intermediate to expert programmers how to create mobile web applications, render web pages in Android and iOS, craft 2D or 3D graphics and animations with CSS3, and more. Methodical, "user-friendly" instructional text and a wealth of sample code clarify this enlightening instructional text, ideal for self-study, and further enhanced with a bonus DVD of source code and 4-color graphics. A "must-have" reference and resource for any programmer interested in gaining greater command of and versatility with jQuery, CSS3, and HTML5!

Network Security A Beginner's Guide, third edition
Eric Maiwald
c/o The McGraw Hill Companies
Two Penn Plaza, 11th Floor, NY, NY 10121-2298
9780071795708, $40.00,

Network Security A Beginner's Guide is written by a professional with over twenty years of experience in the field of network security and provides a fully updated third edition of a classic guide to include the latest threats to systems and security best practices. From defining common security terms and assessing their meaning and response potentials in a network environment to four basic kinds of attacks, how they are implemented, and options to protecting information and systems, this explains the basics of how to create a security policy, manage and assess risks, and audit a company for best practices. With its guide to real-world practice, budget considerations, tips on applying new techniques and management skills at work, and more, this updated new edition is a 'must' for any network security collection.

Nagios: Building Enterprise-Grade Monitoring Infrastructures for Systems and Networks, second edition
David Josephsen
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300
Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
9780133135732, $44.99,

Nagios: Building Enterprise-Grade Monitoring Infrastructures for Systems and Networks appears in its second updated edition to revise and update all information related to the Nagios platform and its tools, and is a key acquisition for any computer holding appealing to network programmers. From learning the basics of how Nagios works to optimizing it for large-scale enterprise applications, using it for system monitoring, and covering the basics of managing a Nagios system, this is filled with specifics programmers can apply to virtually any scale network operation, and is a top recommendation packed with examples on how to handle any server system - including remote applications. A 'must' for any network programmer and libraries catering to them.

c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300
Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759

Paul DuBois's fifth edition of MySQL (9780321833877, $49.99) continues to offer the definitive, basic reference of using, programming and applying MySQL 5.5 and 5.6, updating all information for these latest versions and providing important links between the program and real-world business applications. From getting information into a database and formulating queries to get the right feedback to the program's latest features and new opportunities, this reference covers nearly anything a MySQL developer needs to know to write MySQL programs using different languages, administer general MySQL applications, and optimize and customize the program. Collections appealing to programmers will find this a powerful reference. Christian Wenz's PHP AND MYSQL PHRASEBOOK (9780321834638, $29.99) has been updated to include PHP 5.4, and provides a pocket-sized dictionary of key code and commands that programmers will find a fine reference for any endeavor. It is concise, flexible, and packed with over 100 customizable code bits to streamline the programming process: any PHP and MySQL library will appreciate this quick reference!

Cisco Press
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300
Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759

Wendell Odom's Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching 200-120 Official Cert Guide Library (9781587143878, $59.99) packages two powerful books in one slipcase (CCENT / CCNA ICND1 100-101 Official Cert Guide andCCNA ICND2 200-101 Official Cert Guide), provides reviews of techniques and content for the latest exam strategies, and provides a complete self-study package designed to help students identify weaknesses, understand the structure and content of the exams, and prepare adequately. Over 150 minutes of video training by the author accompanies templates to help organize study time, discussions of network fundamentals and basics of management, troubleshooting sections to help master this segment of the exam, and exercises and quizzes to back up all information. The result is an extensive survey packed with specifics and keys to success that takes the latest exam structure and synthesizes the information in such a way that any can further their abilities and applications in the real testing environment. Oh - in case you want the books separately - they are available. Odem's Cisco CCENT/CCNA ICND1 100-101 (9781587143854, $39.99) stands well alone, for example, as a complete study guide in itself and offers the same format - including 90 minutes of video mentoring from the author - that will help any test preparer ace the intricate, complex exam. All the successful elements contained in the library are right here for test-takers of the 100-101 version to benefit from.

For Dummies
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774

Microsoft Office 2013 For Dummies (9781118407111, $27.99) now includes a new two and a half hour DVD to accompanying a book packed with step-by-step directions covering Office 2013 basics. From entering and working with data to handling the new Ribbon interface, enhancing Word documents, and crunching data in Excel, this offers details about using Office's features and incorporating shortcuts to make the entire process easier. All of the suite's new features are covered in a book and video training program that uses real-world applications for creating documents and manipulating data. Any who look to get up to speed quickly, especially those new to the 2013 version, will find this set essential for self-study. Arduino For Dummies by John Nussey (9781118446379, $24.99) is filled with real-world examples of applied Arduino functions and is a pick for any who would learn physical computing. Electronics engineering collections as well as computer reference holdings will find this filled with keys to building basic circuits that control things, showing how to build easy prototypes using the hardware and software combination that represents an Arduino-based system. The result is a multi-faceted step-by-step introduction perfect for any who would learn Arduino's systems and potentials.

The Music Shelf

The Complete Copland
Aaron Copland & Vivian Perlis
Pendragon Press
PO Box 190, Hillsdale, NY 12529
9781576471906, $80.00,

Aaron Copland (November 14, 1900 - December 2, 1990) was an American composer, composition teacher, writer, and later in his career a conductor of his own and other American music. Instrumental in forging a distinctly American style of composition, in his later years he was often referred to as "the Dean of American Composers" and is best known to the public for the works he wrote in the 1930s and 1940s in a deliberately accessible style often referred to as Populist and which the composer labeled his "vernacular" style. Works in this vein include the ballets Appalachian Spring, Billy the Kid and Rodeo, his Fanfare for the Common Man and Third Symphony. The open, slowly changing harmonies of many of his works are archetypical of what many people consider to be the sound of American music, evoking the vast American landscape and pioneer spirit. In addition to his ballets and orchestral works, he produced music in many other genres including chamber music, vocal works, opera and film scores. "The Complete Copland" is a 360 page compendium enhanced with some one hundred illustrations. Co-written by Copland and music historian Vivian Perlis, "The Complete Copland" is a comprehensive and wonderfully detailed chronological overview of Copland's life and work. A welcome addition to academic library 20th Century Music History reference collections, "The Complete Copland" is also highly recommended for non-specialist general readers with an interest in learning about the contributions of Aaron Copland to American music.

The Best Beatles Book Ever
Paul Charles
Dufour Editions, Inc.
PO Box 7
Chester Springs, PA 19425-0007
9780802313560, $16.95,

The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. Their best-known lineup, consisting of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, became the greatest and most influential act of the rock era, introducing more innovations into popular music than any other rock band of the 20th century. Rooted in skiffle and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later utilized several genres, ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic rock, often incorporating classical elements in innovative ways. In the early 1960s, their enormous popularity first emerged as "Beatlemania", but as their songwriting grew in sophistication, they came to be perceived by many fans and cultural observers as an embodiment of the ideals shared by the era's sociocultural revolutions. "The Best Beatles Book Ever" by musicologist and author Paul Charles focuses on the years The Beatles were writing and recording their music together as a group effort. Informed and informative, "The Best Beatles Book Every" is very strongly recommended reading for their legions of fans -- now aging Babyboomers -- and will prove to be a popular addition to academic and community library 20th Century Music History reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Jazz And Machine-Age Imperialism
Jeremy F. Lane
University of Michigan Press
839 Greene Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3209
9780472118816, $70.00,

Although originating as a late 19th century American musical form, Jazz became very popular very quickly in France during the first five decades of the 20th century. "Jazz and Machine-Age Imperialism: Music, "Race," and Intellectuals in France, 1918-1945" by Jeremy F. Lane (Associate Professor, Department of French and Francophone Studies, University of Nottingham, UK) is a 240 page compendium which challenges the perception that jazz was easily and universally received by white French music critics when it arrived along with American black jazz musicians fleeing discrimination and finding a cultural home in a racially tolerant France. Of special note is the inclusion of the author's 'Coda: Jazz After Empire'. An impressive and extensive work of original scholarship, "Jazz And Machine-Age Imperialism" features extensive notes, a lengthy bibliography, and a comprehensive index, making is strongly recommended for academic library 20th Century Musicology and 20th Century French Cultural History reference collections, as well as Jazz History enthusiast supplemental reading lists.

Grateful Dead and the Art of Rock Improvisation
David Malvinni
Scarecrow Press
4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200
Lanham, MD 20706
9780810882553, $45.00,

Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California. The band was known for its eclectic style, which fused elements of rock, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, country, improvisational jazz, psychedelia, and space rock, and for live performances of long musical improvisation. They were ranked 57th in the issue The Greatest Artists of all Time by Rolling Stone magazine. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 and their Barton Hall Concert at Cornell University (May 8, 1977) was added to the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry. The Grateful Dead have sold more than 35 million albums worldwide. "Grateful Dead and the Art of Rock Improvisation" by academician and musicologist David Malvinni is a 296 page compendium focusing on an exploration of the band's musical signature through a targeted selection of their songs ranging from Viola Lee Blues and Midnight Hour, to Love Light and Dark Star. Offering a philosophical framework, "Grateful Dead and the Art of Rock Improvisation" provides an aesthetic appreciation of the musical stylings of this legendary band. A seminal work of outstanding and original scholarship, "Grateful Dead and the Art of Rock Improvisation" is written in a form and format that will make it easily accessible to non-specialist general readers and fans of the Grateful Dead. "Grateful Dead and the Art of Rock Improvisation" is a highly recommended addition to academic library Popular Culture and 20th Century American Music reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Left of the Dial
David Ensminger
PM Press
PO Box 23912, Oakland, CA 94623
9781604866414, $20.00,

LEFT OF THE DIAL: CONVERSATIONS WITH PUNK ICONS features interviews by musical journalist and musician David Ensminger with some of punk music's most famous figures, from Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys to Dave Dictor of MDC, and provides a fine survey of punk music's political sentiments and cultural traditions. Punk music advocated social justice, created different insights into values and social issues, and used music to change worlds. Ensminger used key graphics from his large punk flyer collection to add visuals along with photos by Ben Desoto shot during the punk and hardcore movements, making for a fine and outstanding recommendation for any contemporary music history holding and many a social issues shelf.

Detroit Rock City
Steve Miller
Da Capo Press
c/o Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9780306820656, $16.99,

DETROIT ROCK CITY: THE UNCENSORED HISTORY OF ROCK 'N ROLL IN AMERICA'S LOUDEST CITY comes from an investigative journalist and Detroit native who conducted over 200 interviews with musicians and promoters to provide an oral history of Detroit's evolving music scene. It's a pick for Detroit and music history collections alike, offering a vivid portrait of an American city and its many musical styles and musicians; from punk rocker Iggy Pop to Alice Cooper's unlikely audience in the form of inmates from a hospital for the criminally insane. Political, social and musical changes are surveyed in a powerful recommendation for any popular music collection.

The Cookbook Shelf

The Global Vegan Family
Brian P. McCarthy
Lantern Books
128 Second Place, Brooklyn, NY 17231
9781590564158, $22.00,

Veganism is the dietary practice of abstaining from the use of animal products as food, as well as an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of sentient animals. A follower of veganism is known as a vegan. "The Global Vegan Family Cookbook" is an outstanding 368 page compendium of 'kitchen cook friendly' vegan recipes compiled by professional chef Brian P. McCarthy. There are vegan recipes for every dining occasion and range from appetizers, soups, salads, dressings, and sides, to breakfast, entrees, beverages, breads and pastries. Of special note is the chapter devoted to vegan recipes for sauces, dips and spreads. Enhanced with the inclusion of a glossary, conversion charts, abbreviations, a protein list, and a comprehensive index, "The Global Vegan Family Cookbook" will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to personal, family, and community library cookbook collections.

You Still Won't Believe It's Gluten-Free
Roben Ryberg
Lifelong Books
c/o Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center
Cambridge, MA 02142
9780738216690, $18.99,

Wheat allergy is a rare allergy which typically presents itself as a food allergy, but can also be a contact allergy resulting from occupational exposure to the gluten properties of wheat. Like all allergies, wheat allergy involves immunoglobulin E and mast cell response. Typically the allergy is limited to the seed storage proteins of wheat, some reactions are restricted to wheat proteins, while others can react across many varieties of seeds and other plant tissues. Twenty-seven potential wheat allergens have been successfully identified. The most severe response is exercise/aspirin induced anaphylaxis attributed to one omega gliadin that is a relative of the protein that causes celiac disease. Other more common symptoms include nausea, urticaria, atopy. It is critical for those who have an allergy to wheat that they consume only gluten free meals. "You Still Won't Believe It's Gluten-Free: 200 More Delicious, Fool-Proof Recipes You and Your Whole Family Will Love" by Roben Ryber (founder of Miss Roben's Gluten-Free Foods) is a 312 page compendium comprised of thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes for gluten free dishes that will please any palate and satisfy any appetite. The recipes range from Coffee Cake Muffins; Pumpkin Bread; Chicken Pot Pie; and Roast Beef with Red Wine and Mushrooms; to Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes; Stir-Fried Cabbage; Chocolate Cake; Fresh Cranberry Salad; and a No-Cook Pizza Sauce. Strongly recommended for personal, family, and community library cookbook collections, it should also be noted that "You Still Won't Believe It's Gluten-Free: 200 More Delicious, Fool-Proof Recipes You and Your Whole Family Will Love" is also available in a Kindle edition ($10.44). Also highly recommended is Roben Ryberg's "The Ultimate Gulten-Free Cookie Book" (9780738213767, pb., $16.95; Kindle edition ($9.99).

Mary Rolph Lamontagne
Advantage Publishers Group
PO Box 1090, Poway, CA 92074-1090
c/o Dalyn Miller PR
9781599323862 $29.99

Eats: Enjoy All the Seconds is a full-color, softcover cookbook that emphasizes several positive dimensions of a good meal: healthy food created from fresh ingredients that don't bust one's kitchen budget. Featuring recipes designed to ensure that one's healthy ingredients are fully used up, Eats categorizes its offerings by ingredient color (Greens, Whites, Yellows), and each showcased food has a "master recipe" with guidelines for transforming a basic dish into a flexible array of intriguing alternate recipes. From poached plums to avocado and watermelon gazpacho to lamb and sweet potato curry, mushroom and chickpea fries and more, Eats is a delightful array of offerings accessible to cooks of all skill and experience levels. A medley of tips concerning the health benefits of various ingredients, storage suggestions, and "green fingers" gardening advice round out this superb cookbook for personal use or gift-giving.

The Grilling Book
Adam Rapoport, editor
Andrews & McMeel
1130 Walnut Street
Kansas City, MO 64106-2109
9781449427528, $45.00,

Grilling season is upon us once again. That's why drawn from the pages of the ever elegant Bon Appetit gourmet dining magazine and deftly compiled by Adam Rapoport, "The Grilling Book" is as timely as it is an invaluable resource. Showcasing more than 350 thoroughly 'user friendly' recipes and handsomely illustrated throughout with more than 100 full-color photographs, "The Grilling Book" offers a full spectrum of cuisines suitable for the family grill. The recipes are nicely organized and presented: Chicken, Burgers and Dogs, Beef, Pork, Lamb, Fish, Shellfish, Vegetables, Flatbreads and Pizza, Sids and Salads, Sauces, and even Drinks. Of special note is the opening chapter on Grill Prep which will prove extraordinarily useful for the grilling novice. From exotic delicacies such as Malaysian Wings with Tumeric and Lemongrass; to such staple fare as Sirloin Steak with Chopped Salad, This 432 page compendium of superbly presented recipes is a core addition to personal, family, and community library Cookbook collections! It should also be noted that "The Grilling Book" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.34).

Crock-Pot The Original Slow Cooker: Comfort Food Diet Cookbook
Publications International
7373 North Cicero Avenue
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
9781450808969, $5.99,

A Crock-Pot is a counter top electrical cooking appliance that is used for simmering, which requires maintaining a relatively low temperature compared to other cooking methods (such as baking, boiling, and frying) for many hours, allowing unattended cooking of pot roast, stews, soups, "boiled" dinners and other suitable dishes. The Crock-Pot Comfort Food Diet Cookbook illustrates and showcases 200 thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes that have 500 or less calories per serving. The recipes range from Cheese Grits with Chiles and Bacon; Butternut Squash-Apple Soup; Middle Eastern Beef and Eggplant Stew; and Italian-Style Sausage with Rice; to Curry Chicken with Mango and Red Pepper; Bean Ragout with Cilantro-Cornmeal Dumplings; Wild Rice and Dried Cherry Risotto; and Parmesan Potato Wedges. A full nutritional analysis accompanies each recipe. An ideal cookbook for anyone having to watch their weight but craving dishes that will please the palate while satisfying the appetite, "Crock-Pot The Original Slow Cooker: Comfort Food Diet Cookbook" is a very strongly recommended addition to personal, family, and community library cookbook collections.

Grilling, Grilling & More Grilling!
Dror Pilz
Imagine Publishing
c/o Charlesbridge Publishing
85 Main Street, Watertown, MA 02472
9781936140916, $18.95,

There's just something about cooking on the grill and summer that goes so well together! There is such an enormous cornucopia of dishes that can be prepared on the backyard grill, and it's cookbooks like "Grilling, Grilling & More Grilling!" are such welcome additions to personal, family, and community library cookbook collections. Superbly illustrated throughout with full-color photographs by Danya Weiner and expertly compiled by Dror Pilz, the recipes range from a Mozzarella, Pesto & Grilled Vegetable Sandwich; a Sauteed Cherry Tomato & Garlic Bruschetta; and Asian Style Bok Choy; to Hamburger Napolitano; Chicken Satay Skewers with Peanut Sauce; and Smoked Beef Spare Ribs. There are even desert recipes such as Cinnamon Pear Kabobs and Grilled Bananas with Chocolate! Every recipes in this 144 page compendium is clearly laid out enabling even the most novice of family chefs to produce superbly prepared dishes that will please any palate and satisfy any appetite!

Mango & Mint
Nicky Garratt
PM Press
PO Box 23912, Oakland, CA 94623
9781604863239, $17.95,

A vegan recipe is one that excludes any animal product. Vegan dishes are to be found pretty much every culture around the globe. "Mango & Mint: Arabian, Indian, and North African Inspired Vegan Cuisine" is a 256 page compendium compiled by vegetarian Nicky Garratt and is comprised of an impressively diverse collection of thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' vegan recipes guaranteed to please any palate and satisfy any appetite. The recipes range from such exotic dishes as Poori (from India); Ajvar (Turkish); and Donuts in Syrup (Lebanese) to such substantial fare as Stuffed Peppers (Arabian); Eggplant and Chickpeas (North African); and Grilled Vegetables in Oil (Mediterranean). Of special note is the section devoted to 'Recycled' featuring terrific recipes utilizing leftovers. Enhanced with a section of full-color photographs of finished dishes, "Mango & Mint: Arabian, Indian, and North African Inspired Vegan Cuisine" will prove to be a very highly prized and special addition to personal, family, and community library cookbook collections.

Nile Style, expanded edition
Amy Riolo
Hippocrene Books, Inc.
171 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
9780781813075, $18.95,

Now in a newly expanded edition, "Nile Style: Egyptian Cuisine and Culture" is a 240 page compendium showcasing an amazing diversity of Egyptian dishes. Nicely illustrated throughout with both black/white and full-color photography, "Nile Style" provides authentic recipes for dishes associated with festivals, ceremonies and celebrations both ancient and modern. The thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes range from Egyptian Whole Wheat Pita Bread; Citrus Green Bean Salad; Macaroni with Meat and Bechamel Sauce; and Sweet Fritters Topped with Syrup; to Lamb Pita Sandwiches; Double Chocolate Baklava; Egyptian Bread Pudding; and Macerated Dates with Apricots and Raisins. Enhanced with a glossary of ingredients common to Egyptian cuisine; a buyer's guide; a bibliography; a general index, and a recipe index, "Nile Style" is an enthusiastically recommended addition to personal, family, and community library ethnic cookbook collections.

Franny's: Simple Seasonal Italian
Andrew Feinberg, et al.
Artisan Books
c/o Workman Publishing Company
225 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014-4381
9781579654641, $35.00,

Franny's is an enduringly popular restaurant located in Brooklyn, New York. In "Franny's: Simple, Seasonal, Italian", the culinary team of Andrew Feinberg, Francine Stephens, and Melissa Clark have created 376 page compendium of simple but elegant Italian dishes that will enable even the most novice of kitchen cooks to prepare meals to rival any 5 Star restaurant. The recipes range from Tomato and Cranberry Bean Soup with Pumpkin, Escarole, and Parmigiano-Reggiano; Spaghetti with Artichokes; Extra-Virgin Olive Oil and Sea Salt Pizza; and Caramel Gelato; to Fried Green Tomatoes with Anchovy Mayonnaise; Red Rice Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Corn; and Sugar Snap Peas with Ricotta, Mint, and Lemon. Of special note is the chapter devoted to cocktails and other drinks appropriate for an Italian cuisine. Enhanced with full color photographs throughout, "Franny's: Simple Seasonal Italian" is strongly recommended for personal, professional, and community library ethnic cookbook collections.

Greek Revival from the Garden
Patricia Moore-Pastides
University of South Carolina Press
718 Devine Street
Columbia, SC 29208
9781611171907 $27.95

Full-color photography on almost every page enhances Greek Revival from the Garden: Growing and Cooking for Life, a sumptuous cookbook that incorporates healthy lifestyle tips. Author Patricia Moore-Pastides presents Mediterranean diet recipes that are accessible to cooks of all skill and experience levels, as well as a "growing" sections filled with tips, tricks, and techniques especially for organic gardeners. Recipes include "Zucchini, Almond, and Minto Pesto over Pasta", "Garlicky, Lemony Hummus", "Cabbage, Walnut, and Cranberry Salad", "Parsleyed Meatballs in Cinnamony Tomato Sauce", and much more. Greek Revival from the Garden makes an excellent giftbook for anyone who loves gardening or preparing healthful food!

Gourmet French Macarons
Mindy Cone
Front Table Books
c/o Cedar Fort, Inc.
2373 West 700 South
Springville, Utah 84663
9781462112197 $24.99

Featuring full-color photography of sumptuous delicacies on practically every other page, Gourmet French Macarons is a specialty cookbook filled with over 75 recipes for specially designed macarons (soft, sandwich cookies with delicious filling). Step-by-step instructions walk cooks of all skill and experience levels through basic macaron preparation, creating cookies with vibrant colors or fun shapes, techniques, templates, and much more. The recipes range from macarons that look like rainbows on clouds, to adorable animal face sandwich cookies, to a macaron that resembles a small-scale wedding cake. Highly recommended especially for budding gourmet chefs looking to add a special touch to an internationally popular dessert!

Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue
New York NY 10017

Kay Plunkett-Hogge & John Vincent's LEON: FAMILY & FRIENDS (9781840916195, $29.99) provides the latest book from the LEON team and packs in over 200 recipes divided into three unusual sections: Today, Tomorrow and Yesterday. Advice includes how to encourage young children to cook, and how to incorporate evening time in the family. Would-be teen cooks also get their own section: "10 Things You Should Know How to Cook Before You Leave Home". From feeding family and friends to make-ahead meals and more, this pairs family photos, stories and recipes with a focus on food's connection to tradition and home. And with such fare as Henry's Meatballs with Herb Salad or Lychees with Fresh Ginger & Sherry, there's plenty of variety to enjoy! Any cookbook collection will find this an inviting addition. Alain Coumont & Jean-Pierre Gabriel's LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN COOKBOOK (9781845337483, $29.99) comes from a pioneer promoting organic food cookery and presents over 100 of the author's recipes for breads, soups, main courses, and dishes for all meals. It opens with a focus on bread-baking, providing recipes for world-famous breads and providing insider tips on everything from achieving the right crust to creating sourdough starter. Baking bread at home is the first key to embracing the 'slow life' which involves better foods produced at a slower pace. Accompanying the bread recipes are ideas for sandwiches made with the fresh breads - then accompanying dishes which build meals from whole grains and healthy choices. Add color photos and commentary reinforcing the idea of slower foods and natural cooking and you have a fine book for any whole foods cook.

The Southern Vegetarian Cookbook
Justin Fox Burks & Amy Lawrence
Thomas Nelson Publishers
PO Box 141000, Nashville, TN 37214
9781401604820, $24.99,

THE SOUTHERN VEGETARIAN COOKBOOK: 100 DOWN-HOME RECIPES FOR THE MODERN TABLE is for any who want to use vegetarian dishes as either a mainstay or a side dish accompanying meat, and comes from self-trained home cooks who seek new ways of cutting back on meat consumption. The authors lost a combined 100 pounds in the course of putting together these recipes, focusing on a diet of grains and vegetables and updating traditional Southern fare. The result is a bright, appealing cookbook highly recommended for any Southern cook who wants healthier, vegetable-based dishes based on familiar appealing fare.

Andrews McMeel Publishing
1130 Walnut Street
Kansas City, MO 64106-2109

Bon Appetit's THE GRILLING BOOK: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE FROM BON APPETIT (9781449427528, $45.00) is no light reference: it packs in over four hundred pages of reference on grilling techniques, tips and recipes and illustrates every one with step-by-step color photo instructions to cover not just grilling, but the basics of preparing foods for the grill, from butterflying a bird to making pizza crust. Everything from gourmet sauces and rubs to a fancy Lobster Paella or a tastier burger are included in a book packed with fresh new ideas, tried and tested techniques, and tips for successful grilling whether it be for a party or for a family. If only one grilling book were to be included in a collection - this would be a top contender! Brigit Binns's THE NEW WINE COUNTRY COOKBOOK: RECIPES FROM CALIFORNIA'S CENTRAL COAST (9781449419127, $35.00) offers a lovely survey of California history and culinary developments based on local and natural foods from around the state. Don't expect these dishes to be familiar regional specialties, either; Binns creates her own original dishes such as Seared and Braised Feta-Stuffed Chicken Thighs with White Wine and Green Olives and uses insights from local winemakers to pair her dishes with coastal California wines as well as wines from other regions of the world. The result is a lovely cookbook that incorporates California culinary culture and ingredients: perfect for California and regional American cookbook collections looking for something different.

From a Polish Country House Kitchen
Anne Applebaum & Danielle Crittenden
Chronicle Books
680 Second Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
9781452110554, $40.00,

From a Polish Country House Kitchen: 90 Recipes for the Ultimate Comfort Food began with a family's acquisition of a falling-down Polish manor house in 1988 as Communism fell in the country. The house had been confiscated and abandoned: they began rebuilding it - and author Anne Applebaum was forced to make do with local, fresh ingredients from the Polish countryside around her. Color photos by Bogdan and Dorota Baily accompany a fine survey of modern Polish flavors and cooking and celebrates this country with dishes such as Orange-Saffron Rum Cake, Roast Chicken with Clementines, and Eggplant Cavier. The result is a satisfying collection of unique dishes highly recommended for any ethnic food collection; even those which have traditional Polish cookbooks but who seek more modern touches and interpretations.

200 Easy Mexican Recipes
Kelley Cleary Coffeen
Robert Rose
120 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 800
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4P 1E2
9780778804369, $24.95,

200 EASY MEXICAN RECIPES: AUTHENTIC RECIPES FROM BURRITOS TO ENCHILADAS provides a fine assembly of basic Mexican dishes any American cook can reproduce with a minimum of spices and ingredients, and tells how to use simple recipes to produce authentic Mexican creations. From Tex-Mex favorites to adaptations of traditional Mexican cuisine, this covers everything from specialty breads to fresh Baja Fish Tacos and Spicy Grilled Vegetables, and is a top recommendation for any general cookery collection.

The Yankee Chef
Jim Bailey
Schiffer Publishing
4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
9780764341915, $34.99,

The Yankee Chef: Feel Good Food for Every Kitchen packs in over five hundred New England-based recipes in a top pick recommended for any American cookbook holding. Color photos and lively discussions accompany recipes gathered from three generations of Yankee chefs, offering a satisfying blend of traditional, classic comfort food dishes and innovations on themes. The simple fare combined with culinary and regional insights makes The Yankee Chef deserving of ongoing recommendation for any basic cookbook collection.

Diners, Drive-Ins, Dives: Funky Finds in Flavortown
Guy Fieri
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022-5299
9780062244659, $21.99,

Diners, Drive-Ins, Dives: Funky Finds in Flavortown comes from a popular television show and provides the third entry in his series, offering behind-the-scenes insights into restaurants and their fare. The focus is on original chef creations and roadside stands, offering a book that acts as both a travel guide to diners (complete with a color foldout map that shows the location of each diner in this book) and a recipe guide for any who want something new, tested, and wide-ranging. From a Cioppino fish stew tweaked by a third-generation-owned restaurateur in Santa Cruz to Lauer-Kraut Burgers and a Potato and Cheese Pan-Fried Pierogi, this is packed with flavorful finds that will earn it a place in cookbook and travel collections alike.

The Business Shelf

Internet Marketing
Herschell Gordon Lewis
Racom Communications
150 North Michigan Avenue, #2800
Chicago, IL 60601
978193199252 $19.95

Internet Marketing: Tips, Tricks, and Tactics lives up to its title with a wealth of straightforward tips to taking full advantage of the Internet to promote one's business. Chapters discuss the pros and cons of various tools, including mailing lists, pay-per-click advertising, sensible rules for emails to businesses, and warnings that the Internet is one of the most price-driven markets around (because any consumer can look up competing offers with just a few clicks). "If ever the 'KISS' principle ('Keep It Simple, Stupid') applies, it applies right here. Extended payments? Let them argue that out with their credit card source. Shipping and handling charges? Build them in, because 'Free shipping' has been tested and retested so many times that the concept, at least through this decade and possibly well into the next, is a no-brainer. Problems in arithmetic are automatic response-suppressors. So whether you try for an immediate close or ask them to 'Click here,' simplicity is next to godliness." An index and a few black-and-white email or advertisement images to demonstrate key points round out this brief but invaluable reference and resource, highly recommended especially to professional marketers and small business entrepreneurs who wear a promoter's hat (among many others).

Successful E-Mail Marketing Strategies
Arthur Middleton Hughes and Arthur Sweetser
Racom Communications
150 North Michigan Avenue, #2800
Chicago, IL 60601
9781933199160 $49.95

Successful E-Mail Marketing Strategies from Hunting to Farming describes strategies to effectively promote one's product or service without resorting to unpopular e-mail "spamming". As the titular metaphor suggests, instead of "hunting" for sales by sending out millions of emails, marketing efforts should instead focus on using email to cultivate positive relationships with subscribers, also know as "farming". Chapters discuss useful tips, tricks, and techniques, from crafting attention-grabbing subject lines, to determining how much email is enough, to adding an interactivity component to one's emails, viral marking, and much more. A solid resource packed with useful ideas, Successful E-Mail Marketing Strategies is an excellent choice for college library Business shelves, and a "must-have" for marketing professionals everywhere in today's increasingly technology-driven world.

The Truth About Negotiations
Leigh Thompson
FT Press
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300
Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
9780136007364, $22.99,

Negotiation is a dialogue between two or more people or parties, intended to reach an understanding, resolve point of difference, or gain advantage in outcome of dialogue, to produce an agreement upon courses of action, to bargain for individual or collective advantage, to craft outcomes to satisfy various interests of two people/parties involved in negotiation process. Negotiation is a process where each party involved in negotiating tries to gain an advantage for themselves by the end of the process. Negotiation is intended to aim at compromise. Negotiation occurs in business, non-profit organizations, government branches, legal proceedings, among nations and in personal situations such as marriage, divorce, parenting, and everyday life. The study of the subject is called negotiation theory. Professional negotiators are often specialized, such as union negotiators, leverage buyout negotiators, peace negotiators, hostage negotiators, or may work under other titles, such as diplomats, legislators or brokers. "The Truth About Negotiations" by Leigh Thompson (J. Jay Gerber Distinguished Professor of Dispute Resolution and Organizations, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University) is a 224 page instruction guide that covers every aspect of the negotiation process. Of special note is the commentary on responding to temper tantrums and repairing broken trust. Offering a wealth of practical, real-world tips, tricks and techniques, "The Truth About Negotiations" is the perfect introduction to the skills required for successful negotiations in business or any other area of life. Highly recommended reading for anyone charged with the responsibility of conducting any form of negotiation, it should be noted that "The Truth About Negotiations" is also available in a Kindle edition ($10.19) and as an unabridged audio book ($17.95).

Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton
Peter Fretwell and Taylor Baldwin Kiland
Naval Institute Press
291 Wood Road
Annapolis, MD 21402
9781612512174 $27.95

How did the American POW's imprisoned at the "Hanoi Hilton" not only survive, but also continue to perform well at their careers after the end of their internment? Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton: Six Characteristics of High-Performance Teams is a business leadership guide grounded upon what can be learned from six bedrock principles of POW culture. Chapters focus on the personal characteristics that drive successful teamwork, and draw lessons from training methods used by both Navy SEALs and Olympic athletes. Six principles for defining and enacting a mission form the core of Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton, an invaluable advice book especially for any newly promoted businessperson.

Keeping Up with the Quants
Jinho Kim
Harvard Business Review Press
c/o Harvard Business School Press
60 Harvard Way, Boston, MA 02163
9781422187258, $27.00,

Keeping Up with the Quants: Your Guide to Understanding and Using Analytics is recommended for reference and business shelves alike, and provides an introduction covering why everyone needs analytical skills. Managers especially need to make sense of a range of data that could affect decisions, and this book reviews tools for improving an understanding of data analytics and applying this to decision-making processes. From formulating a hypothesis to interpreting analytical results and communicating these results in an organizational structure, this provides a key coverage perfect for professionals who want a better grounding in understanding and applying data results to business goals.

The Education Shelf

The Common Core
Maureen McLaughlin & Brenda J. Overturf
International Reading Association
PO Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139
9780872078154, $32.95,

The ability to read with ease and comprehensive is a core essential to success and should be a skill set instilled as early as possible in students Kindergarten through 5th grade. It is so important that Federal 'No Child Left Behind' standards were created to insure reading proficiency in grade school children. "The Common Core: Teaching K-5 Students to Meet the Reading Standards" is the collaborative work of Maureen McLaughlin (Professor of Reading Education, east Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania) and Brenda J. Overturf (Literacy Consultant) is a 206 page compendium comprised of two major sections: 'The Evolution of the Common Core Standards' and 'Teaching the Common Core State Standards for Reading'. Of special note are the occasional 'Essential Resources' lists. Timely, 'user friendly', and practical, "The Common Core: Teaching K-5 Students to Meet the Reading Standards" is highly recommended for academic library "Education Studies" instructional reference collections, and would prove a welcome and valued curriculum supplement for student teachers.

Starting With Science
Marcia Talhelm Edson
Stenhouse Publishers
477 Congress Street, Suite 4B
Portland, ME 04101-3451
9781571108074, $19.00,

The minds of young children are naturally curious about the world around them. That makes them perfect candidates for teaching them the skills of inquiry and analysis that will stand them in good stead throughout their academic careers and life in general. "Starting With Science: Strategies for Introducing Young Children to Inquiry" by Marcia Talhelm Edson (Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Education, Boston University) is a 149 page instructional compendium the explains what inquiry-based science is; how preschool, kindergarten, and primary grade teachers can incorporate inquiry-based science into their classroom curriculums (even when confronted with budget cuts); what the roles of children, teachers, and the environment play in inquiry-based science programs. Of special note is the commentary on effective instructional strategies when implementing inquiry-based science into a school curriculum. Deftly written, accessible organized, and effectively presented, "Starting With Science: Strategies for Introducing Young Children to Inquiry" is highly recommended reading and a critically important addition to professional and academic library Educational Instruction reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Focus on Preschoolers
Carol Copple, Sue Bredekamp, Derry Koralek, and Kathy Charner, editors
National Association for the Education of Young Children
1313 L. Street NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005-4101
9781928896968 $29.00

The National Association for the Education of Young Children presents Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Focus on Preschoolers, a guide carefully designed especially for instructors of preschool-aged children, featuring selections chosen by expert educators and articles from the NAEYC's award-winning, peer-reviewed journal, "Young Children". Chapters include a summary of physical, social/emotional, cognitive, and literacy development in preschool-aged children; guidelines for developmentally-appropriate curriculums with examples; advice for planning a curriculum with goals in mind; and much more. "Besides environmental print, the literacy-rich classroom includes a well stocked library corner and writing center, displays of children's writing, and theme-related literacy props (e.g., menus, order pads, signs) in play areas. Seeing print used for such purposes and increasingly making use of it in various ways are important components of preschool literacy learning." As user-friendly as it is brimming with expertise, Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Focus on Preschoolers is a "must-have" for preschool teachers, homeschoolers who instruct preschool students, and early childhood educational reference shelves. Highly recommended.

Youth, Education, and Marginality
Kate Tilleczek and H. Bruce Ferguson, editors
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3C5
9781554586349 $38.99

Youth, Education, and Marginality: Local and Global Expressions is an anthology of scholarly essays by learned authors scrutinizing the problems faced by young people who mare marginalized in schools - whether due to ethnicity, poverty, sexual orientation, or other factors. In addition to delineating the challenges confronting marginalized youth, Youth, Education, and Marginality also opens a dialogue with critiques about initiatives to improve the ongoing situation. Sample essays include "The Unique Status of Marginalization: The Birth of Youth-Empowering Parents", "Marginalized Youth in Education: Social and Cultural Dimensions of Exclusion in Canada and the United Kingdom", "Does Special Education Marginalize Young People?: The Need for Evidence-Informed Practices", and many more. Youth, Education, and Marginality explores a social issue directly impacting the development of the next generation worldwide, and is highly recommended especially for college library Educational Studies reference collections and reading lists.

Teaching Twos and Threes
Deborah Falasco
Redleaf Press
10 Yorkton Court
St. Paul, MN 55117-1065
9781605541327, $34.95,

With the expansion of preschool and daycare programs for the children of working parents, the education of children 2 and 3 years of age is of critical important. "Teaching Twos and Threes: A Comprehensive Curriculum" by preschool education specialist Deborah Falasco (lead teacher for the two- and three-year-old program at the Vassar College laboratory Wimpfheimrer Nursery school) is a superbly organized and presented 280 page compendium comprised of 'user friendly' activities and program ideas for engaging and interesting 2 and 3 year olds in a variety of learning activities that are as entertaining as they are developmentally instructive. Of special note is the chapter devoted to 'Cooking Experiences and Mealtime Success'. Enhanced with illustrations, templates and examples of weekly curriculum planning sheets, 'Art and Other Recipes', 'Songs and Chants', and a useful Index, "Teaching Twos and Threes" is a highly recommended for homes schooling parents, as curriculum supplement for daycare and preschool programs, as well as an important addition to academic library Childhood Education reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

When Writing With Technology Matters
Carol Bedard & Charles Fuhrken
Stenhouse Publishing
477 Congress Street, Suite 4B
Portland, ME 04101-3451
9781571109378, $20.00,

When Writing With Technology Matters provides teachers with theory that supports the applications of technology in the classroom - and provides tested strategies for blending this technology into the English Language Arts curriculum. It considers the development of critical thinking, collaboration and empowerment that come from the curriculum and discusses how these goals can all be enhanced through the proper application of technology, showing teachers how to create a classroom environment that uses technology to allow students to become more effective writers. Step-by-step projects provide all the basics and can be used as formulas for success or samples for teachers planning their own technology-based projects. Education collections concerned with integrating technology with classroom goals will find this a top pick.

The Travel Shelf

Moon Colorado
Steve Knopper
Moon Publications
c/o Avalon Travel
1700 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
9781612381213, $19.99,

Moon Colorado offers the author's inside information on where to go, what to see, and how to get around the state, to choosing among the state's ski resorts. Trip strategies include short and long tours, adventure experiences such as ice fishing, mountain biking to restaurants, and more. The book's logical division by areas of the state makes it easy to locate activities and advice for specific regions. Any destination-oriented collection covering travel to Colorado will find this a fine addition.

Bradt Guides
1st Floor IDC House, The Vale
Chalfont St Peter, Bucks, England, SL9 9RZ

Catriona Rainsford's The Urban Circus: Travels with Mexico's Malabaristas (9781841624440, $16.99) is a fine armchair read for any interested in Mexican culture and journeys and charts the author's two-year adventure across Mexico as she encounters a band of traveling street performers, or malabaristas, and learns circus skills and street entertainment culture. Humor, insights, and fun encounters with the different byways and cultures that is Mexico offer readers a lively survey that considers the nation's peoples, social issues, and underground worlds. Readers who enjoy accounts of circus life in general will also find this a unique story, packed with lively insights and accounts. Tom Chesshyre's A TOURIST IN THE ARAB SPRING (9781841624754, $16.99) began a year after the first uprisings of the Arab Spring when author Tom Chesshyre traveled as a tourist across Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt. His is adventure travel writing at its best, charting journeys sometimes arduous and frightening, and offering discussions and encounters with all kinds of people, from preachers and smugglers to rebel soldiers. The result is a fine story that armchair readers will find involving, revealing the cultures and everyday lives of a wide range of peoples.

Italian Ways
Tim Parks
W. W. Norton & Company
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110
9780393239324, $25.95,

ITALIAN WAYS: ON AND OFF THE RAILS FROM MILAN TO PALERMO provides a new Italian travel book suitable for any who are interested in either journeys via train in general or Italian society in particular, and uses the author's train rides from urban to rural Italian byways to argue that it's the Italian train system which best represents Italy in the 21st century. His reflection on the history of rail travel in the country and how politics and social issues influence the train's culture and progress blends a fine travel account with background history key to any who would ride the Italian rails and understand their history. Lively writings offering insights into Italian culture and psyche make for a powerful story for any who want more insights and background.

The Needlecraft Shelf

500 Simply Charming Designs For Embroidery
E & G Craft Company Editors
Fox Chapel Publishing Company
1970 Broad Street N.
East Petersburg, PA 17520
9781574215090, $14.99,

Embroidery is the art or process of forming decorative designs with hand or machine needlework. "500 Simply Charming Designs For Embroidery" is an lavishly illustrated, 88 page compendium of thoroughly 'user friendly' monograms and motifs that can enable even the most novice of needlecrafters into creating appealing, attractive, cute and delightful embroidered images. Of special note is the instructive information on embroider basics and fifteen basic stitches. Enhanced with a photo gallery of finished projects, "500 Simply Charming Designs For Embroidery" is an enthusiastically recommended addition to personal and community library Needlecraft reference collections.

Knit Your Socks on Straight
Alice Curtis
Storey Publishing
210 Mass MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247
9781612120089 $16.95

Spiral-bound to lay flat for ease of use, Knit Your Socks on Straight: A New and Inventive Technique with Just Two Needles is a step-by-step guide to knitting creative and comfortable socks. An introduction helps acclimate beginning to intermediate knitters to the techniques used, and each of the twenty sock patterns has step-by-step instructions that can be adjusted for a wide range of sizes. Pattern notes and full-color photography embellish this hands-on knitting guide, perfect for practical use or for creating memorable, handmade gifts. Highly recommended!

Star Trek Cross-Stitch
John Lohman
Gallery Books
c/o Simon and Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, 14th fl.
New York, NY 10020
9781476718668, $19.99,

STAR TREK CROSS-STITCH: EXPLORE STRANGE NEW WORLDS OF CRAFTING provides needleworkers with a fun collection of some thirty cross-stitch projects made by Star Trek fans and perfect for gift-giving ideas. From tote bags to pillows, this profiles fan creations and also includes pattern images, photos of finished results, and many alternate patterns. The projects range from images of classic Trek objects to quotable phrases and even tribbles. The result is a fun array of whimsical Trek ideas
perfect for any Trekkie.

C&T Publishing
1651 Challenge Drive
Concord, CA 94520-5206

Jona Giammalva's The Essential A-line: Make 17 Flirty Skirts from 1 Basic Pattern (9781607056690, $26.95) comes from a seamstress who tells how to make an A-line skirt from a single pattern using 17 variations to make skirts in a range of sizes. Color photos throughout accompany step-by-step instructions in a fine guide packed with keys to producing A-Line style skirts with a range of 'tweaks' so they all look differently appealing. It's extraordinary to see some seventeen variations created from one simple pattern: it comes printed on both sides so one will need to trace the pattern to use it; but the clear photos and directions leave nothing to wonder. Any sewer who likes skirts in general and the basic A-Line in particular will love this book. Simply Retro with Camille Roskelley: Fresh Quilts from Classic Blocks (9781607056843, $22.95) offers quilters new ideas on traditional quilting, exploring modern print combinations and showing how to use precuts, yardage and scraps to supersize blocks or create alternative block arrangements. From using simple half-square triangles to creating big sizes and unique pattern combinations, this is a fine collection of ideas for any who would do something different with traditional quilting approaches as a background.

Designing Fashion Accessories
Marta Rodriguez Hidalgo and Gabriel Martin Roig
Schiffer Publishing
4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
9780764342158, $45.00,

Designing Fashion Accessories: Master Class in Professional Design uses photos, illustrations, sketches, and insights from professional designers to document trends in fashion manufacture and design, and is a pick for any serious needleworker interested in charting fashion accessories, their construction, and their art. From hats to purses and beyond, each consideration includes a materials list and tools along with a history of the accessory and its changing fashion impact. While any arts collection strong in fashion design will want to include this, it's the needleworker with an interest in fashion products who will also find it an inspiration and a revealing history.

Gooseberry Patch Stitching for the Kitchen
Gooseberry Patch
Sixth&Spring Books
161 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 1301
New York, NY 10013
9781936096572, $22.95,

Gooseberry Patch Stitching for the Kitchen offers a set of stitching projects teaching how to stitch aprons, casserole covers, tea cozies, hot pads and napkins, and is a fine pick for any looking to blend gift-giving stitching projects with kitchen-specific, useful items. Recipes, artwork and two 28" x 40" pattern sheets are packed into a handy book filled with projects to appeal to all levels of needleworker and any with an affection for cooking and entertaining.

Happy Endings
Mimi Dietrich
Martingale & Company
19021 Avenue NE, Bothell, WA 98011
9781564775009, $24.99,

Happy Endings: Finishing the Edges of Your Quilt teaches how to finish a quilt and is a recommendation for beginners and experienced quilters alike. New ideas cover quilt backings, battings, bindings and more, offering a new section on quilt borders and new creative ideas for finishing edges. Patterns, step-by-step color illustrations, and fun finishing techniques make for a fine collection of ideas perfect for any quilter who wants to produce polished borders and finishing touches.

The Science Shelf

Gyorgy Scrinis
Columbia University Press
61 West 62nd Street, NY, NY 10023-7015
9780231156561, $32.95, 368 pp.,

Nutritionism is an alleged paradigm that assumes that it is the scientifically identified nutrients in foods that determine the value of individual food stuffs in the diet. It is the idea that the nutritional value of a food is the sum of all its individual nutrients, vitamins, and other components. In "Nutritionism: The Science and Politics of Dietary Advice", Gyorgy Scrinis (Lecturer in Food Politics, School of Land and Environment, University of Melborne, Australia) provides a science-based framework and terminology for analyzing the characteristics and consequences of nutritionism. "Nutritionism: The Science and Politics of Dietary Advice" documents how nutritionism has aligned the demands and perceived needs of consumers with the commercial interests of food manufacturers and corporations. Professor Scrinis offers an alternative paradigm for assessing the healthfulness of foods that privileges food production and processing quality, cultural-traditional knowledge, and sensual-practical experience, and promotes less reductive forms of nutrition research and dietary advice. "Nutritionism: The Science and Politics of Dietary Advice" is an impressive work of detailed scholarship and highly recommended for academic library Health & Medicine reference collections. It should also be noted that "Nutritionism: The Science and Politics of Dietary Advice" is also available in a Kindle edition ($17.59).

Unexpected Expectations
Leonard M. Wapner
CRC Press
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300
Boca Raton, FL 33487
9781568817217, $39.95,

Unexpected Expectations: The Curiosities of a Mathematical Crystal Ball explores how paradoxical challenges revolving around math expectation often prompts a reexamination of basic math premises, and considers those paradoxes associated with math expectations. Any with a basic algebra background will appreciate this discussion of probability theory, the laws of probability, and applications of mathematical expectation value to results and decision making. College-level readers will find these discussions range from scientific to philosophical and provide a lively discourse embracing everything from quantum mechanics to game theory.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Health and Nutrition for Dogs and Cats
David G. Wellock
Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200
Lanham, MD 20706
9781442220867 $36.00

Written in plain terms to be accessible to pet owners everywhere, Health and Nutrition for Dogs and Cats: A Guide for Pet Parents is a practical, no-nonsense demystification of how to properly care for one's pet. From the basics of how to select quality pet foods (lately commercial pet foods have seen an explosion of grain and other unsavory ingredients, which do not provide any nutritional or beneficial value to dogs or cats), tailoring the diet of one's pet to its specific needs, allergies in pets, precautions to take against pet parasites, and more. Health and Nutrition for Dogs and Cats is not a comprehensive pet health resource; it focuses primarily on nutrition-related issues, not first aid for injuries or other medical matters such as vaccination schedules. Yet the in-depth, user-friendly guideline are an absolute "must-read" for any current or prospective pet owner! Highly recommended. "Words such as premium, ultra, and holistic are powerful lures, promises of a quality level too often undelivered in terms of your pet's nutrition... a pet food manufacturer can package the absolute lowest quality pet food ever produced and legally label it as ultra or super or premium or holistic pet food, or use any of the descriptors in whatever combination they prefer."

Get the Ball Rolling
Dianna L. Stearns, M.A., CPDT-KA, CDBC, CATT
Dogwise Publishing
403 South Mission Street
Wenatchee WA 98801
9781617811111 $24.95

Spiral-bound to lay flat or wrap its cover around for ease of use, Get the Ball Rolling: A Step by Step Guide to Training for Treibball is a training manual for dog owners interested in the sport of Triebball, in which one's dog is expected to perform various tasks with a fitness balls (usually lightweight, brightly colored, and inflatible). These tasks usually tap into the dog's herding instincts and training, and the dog is expected to perform off-leash, at an increasing distance from its handler. Treibball can be practiced for simple canine (and human) exercise, or as training for a canine sport. Chapters offer step-by-step instructions for dog owners of all backgrounds through beginner, intermediate, and advanced Treibball training tips, tricks, techniques, and tactics, including clicker training methods. A copy of the Sanctioned Trial and Competition Rules of the American Treibball Association, a glossary, and an index round out this "must-have" manual for anyone interested in trying out a canine sport that channels their beloved pet's natural herding instincts into a fun challenge!

The Backyard Sheep
Sue Weaver
Storey Publishing
210 Mass MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247
9781603429672, $16.95,

"The Backyard Sheep: An Introductory Guide to Keeping Productive Pet Sheep" by Sue Weaver is a 224 page instructional guide to every aspect and factor in having a pet sheep from choosing the breed of sheep best suited to a particular climate, facility and purpose; to housing and feeding issues; identifying and treating illnesses; breeding ewes; sheering; and milking. Of special note is the instructive commentary on making sheep milk based cheese and yogurt. Informed, informative, very nicely illustrated, and thoroughly 'user friendly', "The Backyard Sheep: An Introductory Guide to Keeping Productive Pet Sheep" is practical, comprehensive, and highly recommended for personal and community library Pets/Wildlife reference collections.

350 Main Street
Malden, MA 02148

Sarah Wolfensohn and Maggie Lloyd's HANDBOOK OF LABORATORY ANIMAL MANAGEMENT AND WELFARE (9780470655498, $64.99) is a 'must' for any collection strong in laboratory animal management and veterinary science, and appears in its fourth updated edition to update and reorganize all chapters and recommendations. It's designed with lay-flat binding with side lettering to lend to easy laboratory and library use alike, it covers principles applicable to all species as well as specific groups, and this new edition includes changes in European legislation, adds new chapters on ethical considerations, and provides new information on environments for lab animals. The result is a solid pick for any collection concerned with laboratory and testing conditions. The fourth updated edition of Simon Platt and Natasha Olby's BSAVA MANUAL OF CANINE AND FELINE NEUROLOGY (9781905319343, $149.99) includes a companion DVD and provides a fine coverage of the latest diagnostic procedures and clinical presentations of neurological diseases, expanding and adding to developments in the field and addressing the genetics and biology of common diseases. Discussions of breed associations and breeding policies, traditional Chinese approaches to medicine, and advancements in imaging technology provide vets and their offices with a key reference that offers the latest insights on changes in the field. A 'must' for any practice!

The Technology Shelf

Information Warfare and Electronic Warfare Systems
Richard A. Poisel
Artech House
685 Canton Street, Norwood, MA 02062
9781608077052, $129.00,

Information warfare is the latest battle in the new war arena around the world and this book represents the first to address this style of warfare and communication electronic warfare's special challenges. It surveys EW system performance, presents results if system simulations, and provides engineers and researchers working in defense and aerospace with a survey of the properties of information communication systems, theory, and changes. Any practicing electronic warfare engineer will find this filled with key details essential for understanding the entire process and its military applications.

Understanding Smart Sensors, third edition
Randy Frank
Artech House
685 Canton Street, Norwood, MA 02062
9781608075072, $139.00,

The third updated edition of Understanding Smart Sensors provides a complete and authoritative summary of the latest applications affecting smart sensors, and here presents a completely expanded, revised edition offering new material on everything from sensor fusion and wireless technologies to cloud sensing. Charts, diagrams and figures accompany discussions of the latest research and development in smart sensor technology, providing engineers with a solid discussion on microelectronics and its applications. Professionals will appreciate the technical in-depth discussions, the resource guide and glossary of key terms, and the blend of history and science that assure a complete understanding of the evolution and future of smart sensor technologies. A 'must' for any electronics engineering collection.

Antennas and Site Engineering for Mobile Radio Networks
Bruno Delorme
Artech House
685 Canton Street, Norwood, MA 02062
9781608077038, $129.00,

Antennas and Site Engineering for Mobile Radio Networks provides electronics engineers with the first book to discuss specific antennas for commercial and private mobile radio networks, and offers descriptions of specific antennas used in mobile phone networks, how they operate, antenna site engineering specs and challenges, and the math and physics needed to understand all facets of antennas and site engineering. Explanations and real-world applications help antenna professionals make the best decisions on deployment and applications, making for a complete, solid reference.

The Judicial Studies Shelf

The Power of Habeas Corpus in America
Anthony Gregory
Cambridge University Press
32 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10013-2473
9781107036437 $99.00 hc
9781107617773 $TBA pbk

The Power of Habeas Corpus in America: From the King's Prerogative to the War on Terror is a scholarly, academic study of one of the most crucial and fundamental American rights - a guarantee against unlawful detention, the right that a person under arrest must be brought before a judge or into court, or released if there is insufficient cause to be detained. Chapters scrutinize how the interpretation and execution of the principle of habeas corpus has evolved in American law from colonial days, when the basic principle was inherited from English common law, to President Abraham Lincoln's temporary suspension of habeas corpus (due to the pressures of the Civil War), its use during the World Wars (with particular note to President Roosevelt's internment of Japanese-Americans), to "Obama's Legal Black Hole", in which American citizens designated "enemy combatants" can be held indefinitely without trial. Appendices dissecting notable court cases, a historical term chart, a selected bibliography, and an index round out this "must-have" for judicial and legal studies shelves, worthy of the highest recommendation especially for college and university libraries.

Gender & Justice
Sally J. Kenney
711 - 3rd Avenue, Floor 8
NY, NY 10017-9209
c/o MM Book Publicity
2817 West End Avenue, Suite 126-274
Nashville, TN 37203
9780415881449, $37.95,

A person's gender influences every aspect of their public as well as personal life. This socio-biological fact is reflected in the laws of every culture and every society we have record of. "Gender and Justice: Why Women in the Judiciary Really Matter" by Sally J. Kenney (Professor of Political Science, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana) is a 328 page compendium comprise of descriptively analytical assessments focused on significant gender based legal issues arising from the geographical jurisdictions, court decisions, and judicial figures drawn from the legal systems of North America and Europe. In this impressive work of seminal scholarship, Professor Kenney documents and articulates a persuasive case for the value a gender analysis of legal systems and decisions, as well as there being more politically and judicially astute women appointed to the bench. Informed, informative, and enhanced with the inclusion of extensive notes, a substantial bibliography, and a comprehensive index, "Gender & Justice" is very strongly recommended as a core addition to academic library Gender Studies reference collections.

Genetic Resources, Equity and International Law
Camena Guneratne
Edward Elgar Publishing
9 Dewey Court, Northampton, MA 01060-3815
9780857934949, $150.00,

Genetic Resources, Equity and International Law joins other college-level contributions in the 'New Horizons in Environmental and Energy Law Series' and provides an in-depth, scholarly analysis of existing international law as it pertains to genetic resources and manipulation around the world. Different approaches to handling intellectual property rights and genetic materials are analyzed in chapters that document sustainable development efforts, legal ramifications, and issues of equity and resource management. Students and scholars in environmental and genetic studies to legal professionals will find this offers a fine analysis of current international law developments based on the interactions between scholars and lawyers, and will welcome the in-depth focus on genetic resources and accompanying rights issues.

Sally E. Hadden & Patricia Hagles Minter, Editors
University of Georgia Press
330 Research Drive, Athens, GA, 30602-4901
9780820344997, $26.95,

SIGNPOSTS: NEW DIRECTIONS IN SOUTHERN LEGAL HISTORY studies southern legal heritage and is a recommendation for collections strong in regional legal history and Southern culture alike. Contributors provide some seventeen essays by both established and rising scholars that consider new directions in southern legal history across time, locales and more. They explore everything from civil rights, succession, reapportionment, prohibition, legal institutions and their evolution, and more, and they provide much food for thought in social issues areas. The result is a scholarly collection recommended for any library strong in regional American history in general and Southern history and culture in particular.

The Social Issues Shelf

America's Education Deficit and the War on Youth
Henry A. Giroux
Monthly Review Press
146 West 29th Street, Suite 6W
New York, NY 10001
9781583673447 $16.95

Social critic and educator Henry A. Giroux presents America's Education Deficit and the War on Youth, a scathing indictment of the myriad deleterious manners in which American society is failing the impoverished, the disabled, minorities and especially young people. Giroux particularly warns against growing influence of religious, market-worshiping, and other forms of fundamentalism, and the current trends in American society toward glorifying cruelty (not only in popular media, but also in public policy that slashes food stamps and other benefits from the desperately poor who need it most). The "school-to-prison pipeline", in which youthful indiscretions such as dress code violations, doodling on desks, spitwads, or food fights are criminalized - sometimes even as charged misdemeanors with fines and possible jail time - reinforces a disturbing trend in America's de facto war on young people, culminating in for-profit prisons and notorious "kids for cash" scandals, in which warped laws and values make it lucrative to send young people to jail for any excuse whatsoever. Awareness of the systemic problems in American society is the first step toward combating them, and to this end America's Education Deficit and the War on Youth does not disappoint.

Blessings of the Burden
Alan R. Burt
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
2140 Oak Industrial Drive, NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
9780802868602 $26.00

Blessings of the Burden: Reflections and Lessons in Helping the Homeless is the testimony of social worker Alan R. Burt, who has strived to aid the homeless for the past nineteen years, and now serves as the director of an organization that works to help the homeless of Cape Cod. A faithful Christian, Burt speaks not only of his personal and spiritual experiences working on behalf of those most in need, but also of cost-effective approaches that have successfully improved dire situations. Blessings of the Burden pays homage to the religious mission to serve the poor and the suffering, in the name of Jesus Christ, but its primary focus is on the humanitarian work, not on the religious beliefs of those who undertake it. One particularly eye-opening moment comes from Burt's interview of Rick Presbrey, who opened the NOAH (No Other Alternative Housing) Shelter: "'What the community forgets, or wants to forget, is that the NOAH Shelter was opened because of the community's failure to provide enough affordable housing. The NOAH Shelter is not the cause of homelessness on Cape Cod. The cause of homelessness is the low-paying jobs and lack of housing that is affordable because costs are driven up by seasonal renters and second-home buyers.'" A profound and highly recommended account of individual and group efforts to fight a serious and enduring social ill, Blessings of the Burden is highly recommended.

Who Owns the Future?
Jaron Lanier
Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, 14th fl.
New York, NY 10020
9781451654967, $28.00,

WHO OWNS THE FUTURE? examines the effects network technologies have had on our economy, arguing that the rise of digital networks such as Facebook and Google has led to recession and all but destroyed the middle class. Thanks to digital changes more industries face even more challenges to success - but there is an alternative that would allow technology's benefits to stabilize the middle class and allow it to grow, and this book focuses on these possibilities. Examination of recent ventures consider how the modern digital revolution has centralized wealth rather than benefiting society as a whole. The vision of a new model for a more humanistic economy makes for an engrossing survey of future choices and how technology can be purposely used to build a better social structure.

America 3.0
James C. Bennett and Michael J. Lotus
Encounter Books
900 Broadway, Suite 601, New York, NY 10003
9781594036439, $25.99,

America 3.0: Rebooting American Prosperity in the 21st Century-Why America's Greatest Days Are Yet to Come offers an optimistic view of the future, maintaining that the country is set to enter its greatest era of prosperity yet, and using a combination of historical, political and social analysis to support this contention. Chapters present America's transition points as representing America 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0. The focus is more closely on the tradition between the present (2.0) and the future (3.0), considering the pattern of the last major transition the nation experienced from small to big business and small to big worlds, and blending traditional cultural comparisons and insights with surveys of the accompanying social and political processes which will herald the new era. A fascinating survey, America 3.0 belongs in social issues and political studies collections alike.

The Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218-4363

Donald B. Kraybill,'s THE AMISH (9781421409146, $29.95) is no light treatment of the Amish people, but an in-depth survey from three authors who spent over twenty-five years researching Amish history, religion and culture. It uses archival material, oral history, and interviews to provide an in-depth survey of Amish society and provides intriguing chapters exploring how they have interacted with the forces of modern society to create a culture that has enabled them to thrive in America. Charts and black and white illustrations pepper an exploration of faith, gender, family relationships, government and civil social behaviors, and much more, offering an in-depth coverage highly recommended for any studying Amish culture. Valerie Weaver-Zercher's THRILL OF THE CHASTE: THE ALLURE OF AMISH ROMANCE NOVELS (9781421408910, $24.95) reveals the blossoming cottage publishing industry of Amish fiction. In 2012 there was one Amish romance published every four days - and this is the first book to analyze this growing trend in romance fiction and consider its roots in popular culture and literature. Romance novels with Amish protagonists are discussed in chapter that research and interview readers, publishers and authors alike to consider the roots of an Amish romance and what makes it different from the genre as a whole. While literary collections will be the most likely purchasers of THRILL OF THE CHASTE, it's reviewed here for its importance to any social issues holding, as well.

Corrupted Culture
Vincent Ryan Ruggiero
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197
9781616147495, $19.00,

CORRUPTED CULTURE: REDISCOVERING AMERICA'S ENDURING PRINCIPLES, VALUES, AND COMMON SENSE presents a strong case for restoring the traditions and values associated with Western views of human nature. In this view such nature is imperfect but holds much potential for goodness and wisdom: this analysis considers today's social problems in light of these long-held values and advocates the root causes of a culture in decline and how the downfall can be reserved. College-level collections will find this survey of cultural trends in America makes for a powerful account.

The Psychology Shelf

Scott Barry Kaufman
Basic Books
c/o Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9780465025541, $29.99,

UNGIFTED: INTELLIGENCE REDEFINED explores the latest research in genetics and neuroscience and considers changes in the world of cognitive psychology and social development as he considers the world of special abilities in children and how traditional assessments of gifted and ungifted children lack in accuracy and diagnosis. Scott Barry Kaufman was himself deemed 'ungifted', sent to a school for learning disabled students, and told he would never achieve greatness. UNGIFTED is his answer to the failures of a system, documenting the science of assigning labels to children and revealing the psychology of achievement that often fails to take the individual into account. Kaufman is a professor at NYU and received his PhD in psychology from Yale, so he's in the perfect position to comment authoritatively about the labels of 'gifted' and 'ungifted' and how they evolve. Any health or education collection needs this.

Internet Sex Offenders
Michael C. Seto
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
9781433813641, $69.95,

A sex offender is a person who has committed a sex crime. What constitutes a sex crime differs by culture and legal jurisdiction. Most jurisdictions compile their laws into sections, such as traffic, assault and sexual. The majority of convicted sex offenders have convictions for crimes of a sexual nature; however, some sex offenders have simply violated a law contained in a sexual category. Some of the crimes which usually result in a mandatory sex-offender classification are: a second prostitution conviction, sending or receiving obscene content in the form of SMS text messages (sexting), relationship between young adults and teenagers resulting in corruption of a minor (if the age between them is greater than 1,060 days; if any sexual contact was made by the adult to the minor, child molestation has occurred). If sexual conduct occurred, unlawful sexual conduct involving a minor has occurred. Other serious offences are sexual assault, statutory rape, bestiality, child sexual abuse, incest, rape, and sexual imposition. With the coming of the internet, sexual predators are able to expand their operations, especially against minors. "Internet Sex Offenders" by academician and registered clinical psychologist Michael C. Seto is a 320 page compendium that provides an extensive and detailed examination of the internet's impact on sexual offenders and predators. Beginning with an overview of online sexual offending, "Internet Sex Offenders" continues with chapters on child pornography, solicitation, etiology, online offender characteristics, the connection between online and contact offending, risk assessment, and intervention. Of special note is the final chapter: Conclusions and Future Directions. Enhanced with the inclusion of four resource sections (Juvenile Prostitution, trafficking and Sex Tourism; Assessment of Online Offenders; Treatment; Glossary of Technical Terms), an extensive reference listing, and a comprehensive index, "Internet Sex Offenders" is an important work of seminal scholarship and a highly recommended addition to professional and academic library Psychological Studies reference collections in general, and Sexual Predator/Offender supplemental reading lists in particular.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Arthritis and You
Naheed Ali, M.D.
Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200
Lanham, MD 20706
9781442219014, $36.00,

Arthritis is a form of joint disorder that involves inflammation of one or more joints. There are more than one hundred different forms of arthritis. The most common form, osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease), is a result of trauma to the joint, infection of the joint, or age. Other arthritis forms are rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and related autoimmune diseases. Septic arthritis is caused by joint infection. The major complaint by individuals who have arthritis is joint pain. Pain is often a constant and may be localized to the joint affected. The pain from arthritis is due to inflammation that occurs around the joint, damage to the joint from disease, daily wear and tear of joint, muscle strains caused by forceful movements against stiff painful joints and fatigue. "Arthritis and You: A Comprehensive Digest for Patients and Caregivers" by Dr. Naheed Ali is a 364 page compendium presenting medical information on these various types of arthritis and their symptoms. Dr. Ali also providing both traditional and alternative arthritis treatment options and the role of caregivers with respect to helping someone with an arthritic condition. Of special note is Dr. Ali's commentary on the mental aspects of this serious medical condition. Enhanced with the inclusion of appendices (including arthritis related links, arthritis organizations, and a list of specialized arthritis clinic), a glossary, extensive notes, a substantial bibliography, and a comprehensive index, "Arthritis and You: A Comprehensive Digest for Patients and Caregivers" is recommended for clinical and community library Health & Medicine reference collections, as well as the personal reading list for the non-specialist general reader with an interest in understanding what arthritis is and what can be done about it. It should also be noted that "Arthritis and You: A Comprehensive Digest for Patients and Caregivers" is also available in a Kindle edition ($28.49).

Healing Lyme Disease Coinfections
Stephen Harrod Buhner
Healing Arts Press
c/o Inner Traditions International, Ltd.
One Park Street, Rochester, VT 05767
9781620550083, $19.95,

Lyme disease (Lyme borreliosis) is an infectious disease caused by at least three species of bacteria belonging to the genus Borrelia. Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in the Northern Hemisphere. Early symptoms may include fever, headache, fatigue, depression, and a characteristic circular skin rash called erythema migrans (EM). Left untreated, later symptoms may involve the joints, heart, and central nervous system. In most cases, the infection and its symptoms are eliminated by antibiotics, especially if the illness is treated early. Delayed or inadequate treatment can lead to more serious symptoms, which can be disabling and difficult to treat. "Healing Lyme Disease Coinfections: Complementary and Holistic Treatments for Bartonella and Mycoplasma" by herbal medicine expert Stephen Harrod Buhner is a superbly organized and presented 512 page compendium that focuses on the complex synergy between infection's impact on the body and effective natural holistic methods applying herbs and vitamin/mineral supplements to the conditions, symptoms and damages that lyme disease gives rise to. Informed, informative, and very highly recommended for community and academic library Health/Medicine reference book collections, "Healing Lyme Disease Coinfections" should be considered essential reading for the non-specialist general reader with concerns about lyme disease with respect to themselves or a family member.

Spare Parts
Renee C. Fox and Judith P. Swazey
Transaction Publishers
10 Corporate Place South, Piscataway, NJ 08854
9781412851572, $29.95,

SPARE PARTS: ORGAN REPLACEMENT IN AMERICAN SOCIETY features a new introduction by the author as it considers medical history and new major developments in the field of organ replacement from the 1980s to the beginning of the 1990s. College-level readers will appreciate the survey of biomedical advances, social and cultural changes in the perception of organ transplantation, and the history of the Jarvik-7 artificial heart in the U.S. Descriptions are based on primary data gained from interviews, participant observation, and analysis of medical journals and newspapers alike, with a new introduction reviewing some recent developments in the field. Any health or social issues collection needs this.

Step-by-Step Tapping
Sue Beer & Emma Roberts
c/o Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9781856753289, $16.99,

Step-by-Step Tapping provides in-depth coverage of EFT, or Emotional Freedom Technique, and covers a self-help tool that provides any reader with an easy tool linking mental problem areas with acupressure points on the body. The connections between the two can help reconnect mind/body messages, and offers clear opportunities for restoring health and happiness by applying EFT tapping techniques. There's no complexity in these procedures, and all that's required is an awareness of mind/body links and how to use them, to make this a powerful pick for self-help health and alternative health collections alike.

Tai Chi - The Perfect Exercise
Arthur Rosenfeld
Da Capo Press
c/o Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9780738216607, $19.99,

Ordinarily Tai Chi - The Perfect Exercise: Finding Health, Happiness, Balance, and Strength would have been featured in our Sports section for its martial arts focus - but it's reviewed here so that health holdings won't miss its important connection between tai chi and overall physical and mental wellbeing. It comes from a tai chi master and Taoist monk who considers the martial art form, explains its connections to building optimal health, and shows how it can become a part of daily life. Beginners and advanced readers are provided with physical exercises to try on their own, presented in order of difficulty for a graded learning process, and receive understanding on how it helps lower blood pressure, helps with sleep, and heightens immune system response, among other attributes. No health collection should be without this.

The Photography Shelf

A Russian American Photographer in Tlingit Country
Sergei Kan
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780806142906, $39.95,

The Tlingit are an indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest Coast of America. Their name for themselves is Lingit, meaning "People of the Tides" The Tlingit are a matrilineal society that developed a complex hunter-gatherer culture in the temperate rainforest of the southeast Alaska coast and the Alexander Archipelago. An inland subgroup, known as the Inland Tlingit, inhabits the far northwestern part of the province of British Columbia and the southern Yukon Territory in Canada. Knowledgeably compiled by Tlingit cultural expert Sergei Kan, and the newest addition to the 'Charles M. Russell Center Series on Art and Photography of the American West' from the University of Oklahoma Press, "A Russian American Photographer in Tlingit Country: Vincent Soboleff in Alaska" is a 288 page compendium showcasing 104 duotone and 33 black-and-white photos taken by Vincent Soboleff in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Each flawlessly reproduced image is accompanied by an informative caption. Of special note is Sergei Kan's informed and extended introduction. Enhanced with two pages of references and an index, "A Russian American Photographer in Tlingit Country: Vincent Soboleff in Alaska" a work of considerable scholarship and highly recommended for academic library Native American and History of Photography reference collections in general, and to non-specialist general readers with an interest in Tlingit culture in particular.

Porch Dogs
Nell Dickerson
John F. Blair, Publisher
1406 Plaza Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
9780895875976 $29.95

Porch Dogs is a unique coffee-table photography book; each full-color, full-page image shows a beloved family pet relaxing upon a porch (or in a yard, or in a shop, or at the docks...). All manners of dog breeds are on display, in these sometimes heart-touching, sometimes humorous images that dog fanciers everywhere can thoroughly appreciate and enjoy. Each photograph has a brief caption putting the dog and its chosen setting in context, but Porch Dogs is primarily lets each picture speak for itself. For example, one striking image shows a hunting dog sitting next to a leaning rifle, with the caption "Memphis is a 'gun dog' because the gun cannot hunt without her. It's up to Memphis to nose, search, point, and retrieve. What good is that gun without a dog?" Highly recommended especially as a giftbook for canine aficionados!

New York City of Trees
Benjamin Swett
The Quantuck Lane Press
c/o W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10110
9781593720520 $29.95

New York City of Trees is a delight of arboreal photography. Every two-page spread features a gorgeous, full-color image of a species of tree growing in New York on the right, and a single page of text about the tree species' history on the left. Dozens of different New York trees are profiled in all, each with its own unique story to tell. A treat for nature lovers and a delight for casual browsing, New York City of Trees makes a fine giftbook, or visitor's souvenir!

Alvarado's Pin-Up Nudes
Robert Alvarado
Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
9780764344442, $34.99,

Alvarado's Pin-Up Nudes offers a second collection of Alvarado's pin-up photography and provides full-page color portraits exploring his penchant for costuming, texture, and adding humor and color to his images of females. It's these techniques which set his pin-up nudes apart from traditional works and other contemporary artists, offering styling and themes that transform and expand the vision of what a pin-up art form can be. This volume celebrates the extent of his recent pin-up nudes and creates an inviting, unique assembly that any arts holding will find a fine addition.

The iPad for Photographers, second edition
Jeff Carlson
Peachpit Press
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300
Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
9780321907479, $24.99,

The iPad for Photographers appears in an updated second edition to provide keys to using iPad and iPad mini tablets for photographers working in the field who want to forego the usual laptop. The lightweight iPad more readily lends to field work and provides a large screen, plenty of apps, and online access to sharing work when in the field. Novices to professionals will find this an in-depth discussion of how to apply iPad basics to photography, from taking shots and importing and exporting them to arranging images in the field, assigning keyword tags, and editing photos on the go. It's been fully updated with new tricks and tips, and is a 'must' for any who would use their iPad in the field!

The Environmental Studies Shelf

Water: Security, Economics and Governance
R. Quentin Grafton, Jamie Pittock, Maree Tait, & Chris White, editors
Tilde University Press
c/o International Publishers Marketing
22841 Quicksilver Drive
Dulles, VA 20166
9780734611413 $59.95

Water: Security, Economics and Governance is a scholarly reference and resource of selected essays, Australian and international case studies, and constructive approaches to worldwide problems concerning water security (ensuring that human beings have enough water to fill their needs), water economics (examining how market failures can exacerbate water insecurity), and water governance (or the lack thereof). As the global population rises and fresh water becomes more scarce, enabling effective water economics and water governance to provide water security to all who need it becomes more and more crucial. Water: Security, Economics and Governance is an absolutely crucial stepping stone toward a sustainable future, worthy of the highest recommendation, especially for public and college library Environmental Studies shelves.

The Fast-Changing Arctic
Barry Scott Zellen, editor
University of Calgary Press
2500 University Drive, N.W.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4
9781552386460, $41.95,

Climate change is now an undeniable fact and affects every aspect of our civilization -- including international security issues. Compiled and edited by Arctic security specialist Barry Scott Zellen "The Fast-Changing Maritime Arctic: Defense and Security Challenges in a Warmer World", is a 250 page compendium comprised of sixteen original articles on how the thawing of the Arctic is impacting security issues on a global scale. The contributed articles are deftly organized into four major sections: Arctic Climate Change: Strategic Challenges and Opportunities; Cooperation and Conflict: Paths Forward; Regional Perspectives; and Concluding Observations. Of special note are the Foreword "Witnessing an Arctic Renaissance" by Alaskan Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell and the Afterword, "Think Again - The Arctic", by Lawson W. Brigham (Distinguished Professor of Geography and Arctic Policy, University of Alaska, Fairbanks). This outstanding anthology of seminal scholarship will prove to be a critically important contribution to professional, governmental, NGO, community, and academic library Environmental Studies reference collections.

Combating Climate Change: An Agricultural Perspective
Manjit S. Kang and Surinder S. Banga, Editors
CRC Press
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300
Boca Raton, FL 33487
9781466566705, $99.95,

College-level collections strong in agricultural studies won't want to miss this collection of articles discussing the impact of climate change on plant pathogens and diseases. Contributors come from scientists around the world and cover everything from global food security to agricultural changes, the development of more efficient food crops, and genetic mitigation of climate change effects through developing climate-resistant crops. Many issues related to agriculture's latest challenges are surveyed in a powerful collection that is technical, specific, and discusses how human intervention on agricultural production can mitigate the rigors of climate change. These articles will prove key to any student of agriculture, and should be in every college-level agricultural studies program.

The Philosophy Shelf

Philosophy and Melancholy
Ilit Ferber
Stanford University Press
1450 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1124
9780804785204, $24.95,

Melancholia is a mood disorder of non-specific depression, characterized by low levels of both enthusiasm and eagerness for activity. Walter Bendix Schonflies Benjamin (15 July 1892 - 26 September 1940) was a German literary critic, philosopher, social critic, translator, radio broadcaster and essayist. Combining elements of German idealism or Romanticism, historical materialism and Jewish mysticism, Benjamin made enduring and influential contributions to aesthetic theory and Western Marxism, and is associated with the Frankfurt School. Among his major works as a literary critic are essays on Goethe's novel Elective Affinities; the work of Franz Kafka and Karl Kraus; translation theory; the stories of Nikolai Leskov; the work of Marcel Proust and perhaps most significantly, the poetry of Charles Baudelaire. He also made major translations into German of the Tableaux Parisiens section of Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du mal and parts of Proust's la recherche du temps perdu. Benjamin committed suicide in Portbou at the French - Spanish border while attempting to escape from the Nazis. "Philosophy and Melancholy: Benjamin's Early Reflections on Theater and Language" by Ilit Ferber is a 264 page compendium offering informed and informative commentary on Benjamin's early writings in general, and the concept of melancholy within his writings in particular. An impressive work of articulate scholarship, "Philosophy and Melancholy: Benjamin's Early Reflections on Theater and Language" is a highly recommended and welcome addition to academic library Philosophical Studies reference collections and an important critique for students of Walter Benjamin's life and work.

Splendor Of The True
James S. Cutsinger
State University of New York Press
State University Plaza
Albany, NY 12246-0001
9781438446103, $27.95,

Frithjof Schuon (June 18, 1907 - May 5, 1998) was born to German parents in Basel, Switzerland. He is known as a philosopher, metaphysicist and author of numerous books on religion and spirituality. Schuon is recognized as an authority on philosophy, spirituality and religion, an exponent of the Religio Perennis, and one of the chief representatives of the Perennialist School. Though he was not officially affiliated with the academic world, his writings have been noticed in scholarly and philosophical journals, and by scholars of comparative religion and spirituality. Criticism of the relativism of the modern academic world is one of the main aspects of Schuon's teachings. In his teachings, Schuon expresses his faith in an absolute principle, God, who governs the universe and to whom our souls would return after death. For Schuon the great revelations are the link between this absolute principle - God - and mankind. The newest addition to the outstanding SUNY series in Western Esoteric Traditions, "Splendor of the True: A Frithjof Schuon Reader" by James S. Cutsinger (Professor of Theology and Religious thought, University of South Carolina) is a 370 page compendium comprised of selected and translated (from the original French) writings of Frithjof Schuon. Deftly organized into five major sections: Religion & Tradition; The Perennial Philosophy; Human Nature and Destiny; Sacred Art and Symbolism; and Spirituality, "Splendor of the True" provides the contemporary reader with a full and articulate introduction to Schuon's thought and perspectives. Enhanced with an informed and informative introduction by Professor Cutsinger, "Splendor of the True" is a highly recommended addition to academic library Religious Studies and 20th Century Philosophy Studies reference collections.

The Human Eros
Thomas M. Alexander
Fordham University Press
2546 Belmont Avenue
University Box L
Bronx, NY 10458-5172
9780823251216 $35.00

The Human Eros: Eco-Ontology and the Aesthetics of Existence is an extensive philosophical treatise, drawing upon the contemplations of John Dewey, Ralph Waldo Emerson, George Santayana, and Native American traditions. Author Thomas M. Alexander (Professor of Philosophy, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale) postulates that humans have the need to experience meaning and value, or "Human Eros." Cultures are describes as environments or "spiritual ecologies" which have the potential to cultivate Human Eros. Nature plays a key role in sustaining human cultural exisenct, yet Western philosophy is lacking in models that take ecological thinking into account. With the concept of "eco-ontology", Alexander searches for ways to better incorporate the role of Nature into the human search for meaning, beginning with acknowledging the power that Nature has over Being. A call to incorporate Dewey's philosophy into a pragmatic and ecological philosophy, The Human Eros is an in-depth read for intermediate to advanced students in philosophy, and an excellent addition to university and graduate school philosophy libraries.

The Politics of Survival
Lara Trout
Fordham University Press
2546 Belmont Avenue
University Box L, Bronx, NY 10458-5172
9780823232963, $26.00,

The Politics of Survival: Pierce, Affectivity, and Social Criticism is a pick for any collection strong in American philosophy and political structure and focuses on the reflections of Peirce and discussions of social justice. Trout provides college-level philosophy students with a fine account of how Peirce's philosophy rises above his personal prejudices to provide tools for analyzing and criticizing those who believe they hold no prejudices. Chapters consider the juxtaposition of sociology, philosophy, and psychology as they analyze Charles S. Peirce's philosophy and its impact on social criticism as a whole.

The Wire and Philosophy
David Bzdak,, Editors
Open Court Publishing Company
70 East Lake Street, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60601
9780812698237, $19.95,

The Wire and Philosophy: This America, Man joins over seventy others in the Popular Culture and Philosophy series and is a pick for philosophy and TV and film collections alike, documenting the evolution of HBO's The Wire and how the five-season, sixty-episode dramas has achieved an enduring fame. Over twenty philosophers who are fans of the show reveal its underlying philosophical issues and explore different facets of The Wire's culture in a lively treatment that offers many links between traditional philosophical thought and modern TV and film culture. The result will fascinate a wide audience and is a strong pick for any film holding.

The Native American Studies Shelf

Great Basin Indians
Michael Hittman
University of Nevada Press
Mail Stop 0166
Reno, NV, 89557-0166
9780874179095 $65.00

Michael Hittman (professor emeritus of anthropology, Long Island University) presents Great Basin Indians: An Encyclopedic History, an omnibus scrutiny of the prehistory, history, culture, geography, religion, intertribal relations, notable individuals, and more concerning Native American tribes of the Great Basin. Drawing upon a wide diversity of sources including archives, interviews, and even recent results from DNA and gender studies, Great Basin Indians distills scholarly knowledge while highlighting important terms in bold for easy cross-reference. An absolute "must-have" for public and college library Native American Studies shelves!

Bird Medicine
Evan T. Pritchard
Bear & Company
c/o Inner Traditions International, Ltd.
One Park Street, Rochester, VT 05767
9781591431589, $18.00,

BIRD MEDICINE: THE SACRED POWER OF BIRD SHAMANISM is a pick for new age and Native American holdings alike, and blends scholarly research with over 200 firsthand accounts of bird encounters from traditional Native Americans and their descendants. Chapters explore the spiritual traditions of birds in Native cultures, synthesize beliefs between tribes to consider how different birds hold different spiritual meaning and impact, and consider how shamans have the ability to travel inside of birds - even after death. The result is a powerful set of bird sign interpretations that any can apply to their own beliefs.

Women and Ledger Art
Richard Pearce
University of Arizona Press
355 South Euclid Avenue, Suite 103
Tucson, AZ 85719-6654
9780816521043, $24.95,

Women and Ledger Art: Four Contemporary Native American Artists covers a style of art traditionally created by men to document the lives of male warriors on the Plains. Over the last forty years the ledger art form has been adopted by Native female artists who are turning stories of women's lives into ledger-style pictures. Author Richard Pearce focuses on four such modern artists and their works, offering in-depth discussions to accompany their images. Native American and arts holdings alike, as well as libraries concerned with women's history and issues, will find this a unique contribution to these fields.

Indian Tribes of Oklahoma: A Guide
Blue Clark
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780806140612, $19.95,

Indian Tribes of Oklahoma: A Guide blends scholarship with Native organ traditions to provide a fine story of each Indian tribe of Oklahoma. Each entry summarizes the tribe's history, culture, and blends their origin tales with archaeological research to consider their evolution and attributes. From tribal websites and bibliographical recommendations to photos of prominent tribal members and overviews of tribal achievements, this is a fine and well-detailed survey for any interested in Oklahoma Native American history.

The Audiobook Shelf

On the Genealogy of Morals
Friedrich Nietzsche, author
Ian Johnston, translator
Duncan Steen, narrator
Naxos of America, Inc.
1810 Columbia Avenue, Suite 28
Franklin, TN 37064
9781843796848 $34.98

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) was a German philosopher and author who challenged how people viewed morality, religion, and the role of the individual. After his death, his ideas were notoriously cherry-picked by the Nazis, who ignored his strong criticisms of anti-Semitism, his cautions against excessive nationalism, and his pride in his alleged Polish heritage; Nietzsche would very likely have abhorred the Holocaust, and despised the misuse of his name. On the Genealogy of Morals is one of Nietzche's more accessible works, now available in unabridged audiobook format. Ian Johnston's brand new translation clarifies Nietzsche's continued evaluations of the meaning of morality, originally published a year after his morality treatise "Beyond Good and Evil". In On the Genealogy of Morals, Nietzsche searches for an understanding of morality that is not dependent on Judeo-Christian tradition, questioning past philosophers for their unthinking reliance on the Bible. The very notion of morality has the potential for manipulating the populace, in manners that can breed weakness or feeble minds, especially when talented, intelligent individuals are not expected to (or forbidden to) think for themselves. Critical and unrelenting, On the Genealogy of Morals is a classic of philosophy, highly recommended especially for public and college library audiobook collections. 5 CDs, 6 hours 33 min.

The Plot to Save Socrates
Paul Levinson, author
Mark Shanahan, narrator
Listen & Live Audio
PO Box 817
Roseland, NJ 07068
9781593160746 $24.95

The Plot to Save Socrates is the unabridged audiobook adaptation of Paul Levinson's thought-provoking work of science fiction. In the year 2042, a young graduate student named Sierra stumbles upon evidence that legendary philosopher Socrates might have escaped his historical execution - by traveling through time! So begins a time-twisting adventure that will take Sierra and her classical scholar boyfriend Max from era to era. But just who is trying to save Socrates, and could rescuing Socrates ultimately be detrimental to human history? A lively cast of historical figures populates this epoch-bending adventure, highly recommended especially for fans of alternate history novels! 7 CDs, 10 hours.

The Black Moth
Georgette Heyer, author
Julian Rhind-Tutt, narrator
Naxos of America, Inc.
1810 Columbia Avenue, Suite 28
Franklin, TN 37064
9781843797593 $59.98

Dashingly performed by award-winning actor Julian Rhind-Tutt, The Black Moth is the unabridged audiobook rendition of Georgette Heyer's debut novel, written when she was only seventeen. When the suave Jack Carstares is wrongly accused of cheating at a card game, he must flee for his life - but he returns later under the pretense of being a highwayman. He is an adventurer at heart rather than a robber, destined to become entangled with the plight of a damsel, the machinations of a Duke, the threat of a duel and two high-stakes kidnappings! Composed with flair and panache, The Black Moth is a classic that withstands the test of time, highly recommended for audiobook connoisseurs and public library collections. 9 CDs, 11 hours 38 min.

Look Back in Anger
John Osborne, author
Directed by Rosalind Ayres
L.A. Theatre Works
681 Venice Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291
9781580819145 $29.95

Look Back in Anger is an audiobook on CD of the full-cast performance of a classic play set in the United Kingdom, during the social turmoil of the 1960's; the iconically abrasive and restless lead figure of Jimmy Porter was the original source of the colloquialism "angry young man". Jimmy is virtually impoverished, barely making enough money from his candy stall and jazz trumpet playing to scrape by; he vociferously vents his frustrations on his wife, a woman from an upper-class background. Jimmy's furious temper are merciless words threaten to destroy everyone around him - his wife, her actress friend, and an amiable boarder who tries to help keep the peace. A thought-provoking glimpse into the darker side of human interactions and morality, Look Back in Anger is a compelling tale, vividly brought to life through the artistry of five immensely talented actors. Highly recommended. 2 CDs, 2 hours 23 min.

Black Towers To Danger
L. Ron Hubbard
Galaxy Press
7051 Hollywood Boulevard, Suite 200
Hollywood, CA 90028
9781592122356, $12.95,

L. Ron Hubbard was a master storyteller in the golden age of pulp magazines. Galaxy Press is dedicated to bringing Hubbard's amazing stories to life in vivid audio book theatrical productions. One of their latest efforts is Hubbard's "Black Towers To Danger" which originally appeared in the pages of the October 1936 issue of "Five Novels Monthly". This audio production is superbly enhanced with music and sound effects augmenting a talented multicast performance under the dramatic narration of R. F. Daley. The unabridged, 2 CD, two hour 'theatre of the mind' experience features the story of Bill Murphy, a wildcat oil driller in the wilds of Venezuela), Marcia Stewart (owner of a rival oil drilling outfit who is led to believe Bill murdered her father), and a roster of rogues, villains, friends, and the local military. The action is non-stop with many a cliff-hanger plot twist. Pure audio book entertainment at its best and hallmarked by flawless technical production values, "Black Towers To Danger" is an enthusiastically recommended action/adventure for personal and community library audio book collections. It should also be noted that "Black Towers To Danger" is also available in a paperback edition (9781592122578, $9.95, 132 pp).

Diana Palmer, author
Eric G. Dove, narrator
Brilliance Corporation
PO Box 887
Grand Haven, MI 49417
9781455816576 $29.99

Protector is the unabridged audiobook adaptation of Diana Palmer's blend of intrigue and romance. Hayes Carson is a Texan obsessed with righteous revenge; he suspects that Minette Raynor provided the illegal drugs that killed his brother, and he won't let her go unpunished. Minette is an undercover DEA agent hampered not only by Hayes' investigation, but also her own growing attraction to him. Yet her lawful duty is dangerous and her cover could be jeopardized - at her darkest hour, Hayes may be the only one who can save her life! Enthralling from beginning to end, Protector is a solidly character-driven drama, highly recommended. 7 CDs, 7 hours 30 min.

Massacre Pond
Paul Doiron, author
Hentry Leyva, narrator
Macmillan Audio
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315
New York, NY 10010
9781427235183 $39.99

Massacre Pond is the unabridged audiobook adaptation of award-winning author Paul Doiron's cryptic murder mystery. When the carcasses of ten moose are found butchered on the estate of wealthy animal-rights activist Elizabeth Morse, at first it appears to be simply a protest over the potential job losses from her plan to buy timberland for a new national park. But then evidence of a ruthless murder is discovered amid the animal slaughter. The strikingly beautiful Maine woods contrast against a killer's ugly agenda in this tightly written novel, superbly performed by Henry Leyva. 8 CDs, 10 hours.

Holy Orders
Benjamin Black, author
John Keating, narrator
Macmillan Audio
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315
New York, NY 10010
9781427231673 $39.99

Set in 1950's Ireland, a nation rigidly under the control of the Catholic Church, Holy Orders is the unabridged audiobook rendition of a grim murder mystery, part of a series of novels featuring the dogged investigator Quirke. When the close friend of Quirke's daughter is murdered, Quirke works with Inspector Hackett to find out why... and runs into opposition at every turn, as the church works ruthlessly to protect its own interests above all others, including that of Justice. Quirke's knowledge of pathology puts him in a unique position to untangle the darkest of secrets, in this dark and suspenseful saga. 8 CDs, 9.5 hours.

Relaxation Techniques series
John Lentz, D.Min.
Crown House Publishing
6 Trowbridge Drive Suite 5
Bethel, CT 06801
$14.95 each

Licensed therapist and ordained minister John D. Lentz presents the Relaxation Techniques series of audio CDs, designed to help the listener relieve stress, improve awareness, master unruly emotions, and encourage the body's natural healing. Each CD is designed for repeat use, as often as the listener needs to ingrain their calming wisdom and master their techniques. An excellent choice for personal use or gift-giving to over-stressed friends, the Relaxation Techniques series is highly recommended. Individual CDs in the series are "Relaxation Techniques for Cooling Anger" (9781935810100, 31 min.), "Relaxation Techniques for Reclaiming Natural Sleep" (9781935810094, 40 min.), "Relaxation Techniques for Healing Allergies" (9781935810087, 27 min.), "Relaxation Techniques for Healing Migraine Headaches" (9781935810117, 43 min.), "Relaxation Techniques for Relieving Loneliness" (9781935810124, 32 min.), and "Relaxation Techniques for Healing from Trauma" (9781935810131, 30 min.).

Tempted by a Cowboy
Vicki Lewis Thompson, author
Arika Rapson, narrator
Tantor Media, Inc.
2 Business Park Road, Unit 2
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
9781452613475 $19.99

The second novella of the "Perfect Man" series by popular, prolific, and award-winning romance author Vicki Lewis Thompson, Tempted by a Cowboy is now available as an unabridged audiobook on CD. Astrid Lindberg is the heir of a billionaire family, yet she has a personal passion for taking care of horses, and strives to follow her calling as a veterinarian. Her parents expect her to marry a wealthy gentleman, but her wandering eyes return to the handsome, salt-of-the-earth rancher Fletcher Grayson. Grayson is one of her own clients; common sense advises against mixing business and pleasure... yet a chance accident that brings her to tend to Grayson's horses in the early morning hours sparks an attraction that overwhelms prudence! Mature themes are present in this sizzling hot love story, enthusiastically recommended especially for fans of the genre. 2 CDs, 2.5 hours.

Happy This Year!
Will Bowen
Brilliance Audio
PO Box 887, Grand Haven, MI 49417
9781469278513, $24.99,

Happy This Year! The Secret to Getting Happy Once and for All is read by the author and teaches how to align thoughts, words and actions to achieve better personal achievement in and satisfaction with life. The goal is to achieve an attitude change that transforms self and images of success: Will Bowen is the founder of A Complaint Free World, a nonprofit that has affected people around the world, and which promotes lifestyle changes and tools for happiness. Any self-help or achievement-oriented collection will find this an inspirational and fine pick, strengthened by the author's own fine narration of his words.

Random House Audio Books
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 5th floor
New York, NY 10019

Arte Johnson, known for his work on TV's Laugh In, narrates Carl Hiaasen's BAD MONKEY (9780739385142, $40.00), an outstanding thriller which tells of Andrew Yancey's investigation of a boating accident which may be murder. But first he must handle a cast of characters, from a newly ex-lover to a voodoo witch, a new love, and a bad monkey. The outline of the saga is a mystery but what Hiaasen does with it turns it into a fun tale packed with twists, turns, and characters that come alive in audio. Any collection seeing popularity with Hiaasen's work will find BAD MONKEY a winner! Jim Gaffigan's DAD IS FAT (9780804147996, $32.00) is narrated by the author in an unabridged production which brings to life a comic account of five children, a two-bedroom apartment in New York City, and fun experiences surrounding too many children and too little space. It's a hilarious and fun story that any audio listener will relish, commenting on parenthood and relationships.

The Library CD Shelf

The Other Side of the Air
Jayme Stone
Privately Published
c/o Rock Paper Scissors (publicity)
511 West 4th Street, Suite 2
Bloomington, IN 47404

Banjoist, composer, and world traveler Jayme Stone presents The Other Side of the Air, a symphonic album of the combined efforts of multiple talented individuals playing everything from the trumpet to stringed instruments to flute, oboe, and more, while Jayme's banjo lends its unique and distinctive melody. Drawing inspiration from musical traditions around the globe, The Other Side of the Air carries a fresh sense of exploration, adventure, and wonder. Highly recommended, especially for public library music collections. The tracks are "Radio Wassoulou" (3:24), "The Cinnamon Route" (4:27), "Sing It Right" (4:55), "A Poet In Her Own Country" (4:40), "Soundiata" (4:59), "Alexander Island" (1:14), "Debussy Heights" (5:57), "Movement One" (7:28), "Movement Two" (5:11), "Interlude" (1:40), "Movement Three" (7:01), and "Tennessee Waltz" (4:38).

Turn Turn Turn
Dan Zanes & Elizabeth Mitchell
Festival Five Records, LLC
323 Dean St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
$13.00 CD / $8.99 MP3

Grammy-winner Dan Zanes and Grammy-nominee Elizabeth Mitchell present Turn Turn Turn, a collaborative music album for listeners of all backgrounds. Some tracks are original creations; others are joyful performances of classic American folk songs. An upbeat, positive-minded listening experience, Turn, Turn, Turn evokes fond memories and pleasant feelings. Highly recommended! The tracks are "Sail Away Ladies", "Honeybee", "Coney Island Avenue", "So Glad I'm Here", "Turn! Turn! Turn!", "Now Let's Dance", "When You're Smiling", "Raccoon and Possum", "Hot Weather Music", "Wim Wam Waddle", "In The Sun", "My Creole Belle", "Shine", "Train Is A-Coming", and "When I Get Home".

Bliss of Being
The Pure Heart Ensemble
RichHeart Music, BMI
419 Creekside Drive
Asheville, NC 28804
c/o The Creative Service Company (publicity)
4360 Emerald Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
$13.37 CD / $8.99 MP3

Bliss of Being is a beautiful music CD collaboration from The Pure Heart Ensemble (New Age pianist Richard Shulman, cellist Adriana Contino, flutist Kate Steinbeck, vocalist Dielle Ciesco, and crystal bowl player Bob Hinkle). Together, they have created an expression of exuberant joy, that reminds the listener of the divine spark that gives life to all. Bliss of Being is a treasure for anyone who enjoys uplifting New Age music to experience, and makes an excellent gift for any occasion! The tracks are "The Bliss of Healing", "Beginning the Journey", "Remembering the Goal", "Transition to a New Way", "Heading Home", "The Journey Deepens", "Remembering the Bliss", "New Openings", "Divine Connection", "Resting in God", "Loving All", and "When We Go Home We Go Together".

Cumba Mela
Press Junkie PR
9901 Brodie Lane
Suite 160, PMB 221
Austin, TX 78748

"Atropolis" is the electronic-themed musical persona of Adam Partridge, an expert in multi-instrument music composition and ethnomusicology who embraces the DJ culture. Transitions is the second album by Atropolis. A number of guest performers add their vocals or unique instrumental talents to Atropolis' tracks. In keeping with Atropolis' love of music around the world, Transitions embraces a wide medley of different cultural stylings, smoothly shifting from one vivid experience to the next in an unpredictable yet always thoroughly enjoyable flow. The tracks are "Urban Chief", "Spring Heat", "Pomporaso" with Boogat, "Adjust", "Which Way To Go" with Carol C., "Unsure", "Una Mezcla Costena" with Darwin Escorcia, "Together", "Reza Por Mi" with Lido Pimienta, "Realizations", "El Pacifico" with Brent Arnold, and "Transitions".

The Shimmering Land
Meg Bowles
c/o The Creative Service Company
4360 Emerald Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
$12.83 CD / $5.99 MP3

The Shimmering Land is an ambient, New Age album by synthesist and licensed psychoanalyst Meg Bowles. The instrumental music engenders a sensation of mystery, wonder, and admiration for the transient yet beautiful flare of life amid the unimaginable vastness of the cosmos. Meg's original songs are as fantastic as they are creative, in this treasury of melodious inspiration. The tracks are "Undulant Sea" (7:01), "The Sweetness of Mist" (8:50), "Venus Rising" (14:22), "Into the Gloaming" (9:16), "Beneath the Radiant Stars" (10:50), and "Nightwalk Across the Isle of Dream" (9:48).

The Library DVD Shelf

Dare To Cook with Chef Tom Small series
Bennet Watt HD Productions, Inc.
13021 - 244 Avenue SE
Issaquah, WA 98027
$24.95 each

Hosted by professional gourmet chef Tom Small, the "Dare To Cook" series of DVDs offers easy-to-follow lessons for cooks of all skill and experience levels. Techniques are meticulously demonstrated, with meticulous instructions. "Gourmet Food Preservation" (9781604900743) covers pickled vegetables, dairy concerns, preserving in oil, freezing, preserving in alcohol, and vinegars; "Canning Basics" (9781604900736) covers water bath canning, pressure canning, freezing, and safety concerns; "Thanksgiving Ready to Serve in 5 1/2 Hours" (9781604900774) covers a wealth of tips, tricks, and techniques to conserving time while preparing a culinary feast; "Seafood Basics" (9781604900767) covers cooking with shellfish, fish, sauces, beer batter & breading mixes, grilling/smoking, and more; and "Barbecue & Grilling" (9781604900750) covers rubs, sauces, four ways to barbecue pork sirloin, two ways to barbecue pork loin, grilling, smoked brisket, and chicken in marinade. All the DVDs in the series are region free, and worthy of the highest recommendation for aspiring and practicing cooks, as well as for public library "how-to" DVD collections!

Missions that Changed the War: Germany's Last Ace
Narrated by Gary Sinise
c/o Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
9781598288315 $49.99

Originally broadcast on the Military Channel in 2011, Missions that Changed the War: Germany's Last Ace is a four-part documentary about three of the most successful and important fighter pilots involved in the air battles over Germany during World War II. Lt. Col. Hubert Zemke, Lt. Robert Rankin, and Luftwaffe squadron commander Gunther Rall are each profiled through original footage, analysis from military experts, and never-before-seen interviews. Particular focus is given to May 12, 1944, the day that Nazi armaments minister Albert Speer determined that Germany had lost the war. A 22-minute interview with historian Dr. Kurt Braatz and a 16-page viewer's guide round out this engrossing, information-packed DVD set, enthusiastically recommended for military aviation buffs as well as public library collections.

Midsomer Murders Set 22
Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
9781598289886 $49.99

Also available as a 2-disc Blu-ray set ($59.99), Midsomer Murders is a 4-disc DVD collection of the demonstrably popular and long-lived British murder mystery television series inspired by the novels of Caroline Graham. Detective Chief Inspector John Barnaby (played by Neil Dudgeon) and his enthusiastic partner Detective Sergeant Ben Jones (played by Jason Hughes) solve four perplexing and terrible crimes amid the picturesque village setting of Midsomer County. The collected episodes are "The Sleeper under the Hill", "The Night of the Stag", "A Sacred Trust", and "A Rare Bird", plus a bonus 34-minute "Midsomer Murders in Conversation" segment. Midsomer Murders is a series oriented toward mature viewers; in Set 22, "A Sacred Trust" has sexual situations and "The Sleeper under the Hill" has disturbing images. Any connoisseur of British murder mysteries is sure to enjoy this latest installment of the enthralling, intelligently written, and superbly performed "Midsomer Murders" programs! 372 min. plus bonus, SDH subtitles, widescreen. Also enthusiastically recommended for fans of the genre to savor are Midsomer Murders Series 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 ($59.99 for each set), which Acorn has recently repackaged as individual series sets on DVD, in their original U.K. broadcast order, with SDH subtitles!

The Host
Universal Studios Home Entertainment

The Host is an unnerving movie based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer, author of the wildly popular "Twilight Saga". An unseen, unknown enemy is making its move on humanity - by moving into their bodies, seizing control of their minds, and erasing all memories from their brains! Melanie Stryder (played by Saoirse Ronan) is torn between this terrifying threat and the need to protect the people she loves most, as a terrifying invasion (epidemic?) sweeps the nation! Bonus features include deleted scenes, a feature commentary with Stephenie Meyer, the screenwriter/director Andrew Niccol, and producer Nick Wechsler. The Host is available in an ultimate "anytime, anywhere" edition that includes Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy, and Ultraviolet (a format that adapts well to streaming and downloading), all in one package. An absolute "must-see" for Twilight fans, The Host is a solidly entertaining and thought-provoking film. 2 hours 6 min.

Between Us
A film by Dan Mirvish
Monterey Media Inc.
566 St. Charles Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-3901
9781569943717 $26.95

Between Us is a dark comedy about the toll of dysfunctional relationships, exacerbated by conflicts over money, sex, and children. Grace and Carlo are New York newlyweds who visit their friends Sharyl and Joel in the Midwest. Sharyl and Joel are wealthy, but bitterness beneath the surface is rending their marriage apart. A few years later, both couples reunite in New York, but the dynamics have swung radically in the opposite direction. Thought-provoking, witty, and with a razor edge to its biting humor, Between Us is absolutely unforgettable. Bonus features include a commentary track, deleted scenes, a visual effects reel, and a glimpse behind the scenes. 90 min., closed-captioned, widescreen, rated R for language and some sexual reference.

Creating Circular Art
Peggy Flores
Crystal Productions
1812 Johns Drive
Glenview, IL 60025-1581
9781562906887 $29.95

Creating Circular Art is a hands-on, how-to DVD guide to creating art based on drawing circles with a protractor. Featuring radial designs, paper arrow templates, creative applications of rulers/protractors/triangles, the use of symmetry with multiple geometric shapes, mandala art, how to create works resembling Celtic design, and much more, Creating Circular Art illustrates its ideas and techniques with easy-to-follow examples. Educational, inventive, and inspirational, Creating Circular Art is enthusiastically recommended for artists of all skill and experience levels, as well as library and art school DVD collections.

Healing Through Movement: Pilates Head to Toe
Zayna Gold
Boston Body Barre
c/o 411 Video Information (publicity)
PO Box 1223
Pebble Beach, CA 93953

Award-winning Pilates expert and creator of the Boston Body Barre certification programs Zayna Gold presents Healing Through Movement: Pilates Head to Toe, a full-body DVD workout created especially to aid those with autoimmune digestive disorders such as Crohn's, colitis, celiac, and IBS. Healing Through Movement is accessible to viewers of all fitness levels, and features exercises that improve muscle tone, prevent bone loss, and strengthen the core and back muscles. Divided into a standing full-body sculpt workout and a mat-based session, Healing Through Movement is an invaluable, easy-to-use, and highly recommended resource especially for anyone seeking the healing benefits of exercise. 45 min.

Quick Fit with Andrea Metcalf
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 650
Silver Spring, MD 20910
9781621721048 $19.99

Certified personal trainer Andrea Metacalf, bestselling author of "Naked Fitness", presents Quick Fit, a DVD program of no less than thirty five-minute routines that one can easily mix-and-match into a workout tailored to one's personal tastes! Cardio, strength training, and Pilates figure prominently among the five-minute routines (some of which previously appeared in the programs "Keeping Fit: Strength, Cardio, and Pilates"). A user-friendly workout DVD that invites variety, creativity, and the personal joy of a satisfying exercise session even when one is short on time, Quick Fit with Andrea Metcalf is enthusiastically recommended. 150 min., widescreen.

'Ellen Barrett Live' workouts
Ellen Barrett
No ISBN, $15.00 each,

Ellen Barrett's DVD workouts offer up small pieces of exercise - each workout is about 30-45 minutes - but are designed to produce quick results, blending yoga and Pilates with dance moves for maximum, fun enjoyment. ELLEN BARRETT LIVE: FUSION FLOOR WORKOUT is done on a mat with no standing exercises, no props, and no shoes: it provides a complete workout with moves building strength. SLEEK SCULPT EXPRESS graduates to hand weights and offers choreographed movements designed to help muscles work naturally into other movements. SUPER FAST BODY BLAST furthers the efforts, using a range of motions to work the body while providing easy joint movements. The three together provide a powerful workout set that is especially highly recommended for any with injuries or special exercise requirements. They go where few workout programs go, and are designed to be easy on the body.

The Blu-ray Shelf

Prime Suspect
Helen Mirren
Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
9781621720645 $119.99

Prime Suspect: The Complete Collection collects the entire, award-winning British police drama, originally created by crime writer Lynda La Plante and broadcast on "Masterpiece Theatre" and "Mystery!", on Blu-ray. Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren plays the role of Detective Jane Tennison, a relentless officer beset on all sides by problems - horrific crimes to solve, callous sexism from her co-workers, and the whispers of her personal demons. The gritty realism and all-too-human characterizations lend a strong sense of depth to these dark, captivating, and feature-length mysteries. Behind-the-scenes specials and a photo gallery round out this excellent addition to British drama and mystery collections, worthy of the highest recommendation for connoisseurs of the genre. hours plus bonus, 9 mysteries on 7 Blu-ray discs, approx 25 hours plus bonus, SDH subtitles.

The Poetry Shelf

Antjie Krog
Seven Stories Press
140 Watts Street
New York, NY 10013
9781609804633 $23.95

Skinned is a hardcover collection of the works of one of South Africa's best-known and widely beloved poets Antjie Krog. The poems range from brief, free-verse affairs to an epic poem based on the life of Lady Anne Barnard of Scotland, who lived in a castle at Cape Town with her husband from 1797 to 1802. Many of the poems were penned with apartheid was strict state policy, yet voices from those who lived in South Africa well before colonial forces arrived. Changeable, thought-provoking, and mind-opening, Skinned is highly recommended. "Free from the Tyranny of One": dare light slip so soft / dare sand reel so free // dare skin say so much / in this search for an identity?"

Charles Dickens
Trafalgar Square Publishing
PO Box 257, Howe Hill Road
North Pomfret, VT 05033
9781847493026, $14.95,

Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 - 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's most memorable fictional characters and is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period. During his life, his works enjoyed unprecedented fame, and by the twentieth century his literary genius was broadly acknowledged by critics and scholars. His novels and short stories continue to be widely popular. What are less well known to the reading public is that he was also a poet. Now his poetry has been collected and made available to a new generation of readers by Trafalgar Square Publishing with "Poems", a 134 page compendium showcasing this master storyteller's gift for poetic expressions ranging in diverse forms and across an impressive spectrum of subjects. "Poems" is very highly recommended for personal, community, and academic library Poetry collections in general, and supplemental reading lists for students of Charles Dickens writings in particular.

Voices of the Future
Presented by Etan Thomas
Haymarket Books
PO Box 180165, Chicago, IL 60618
9781608462711, $18.00,

Voices of the Future comes from an NBA star who created an opportunity for young poets to openly express their thoughts on all kinds of social issues, gathering the results in this volume to provide encouragement for kids to write about the issues and ideas that concern them the most. Anticipate a collection that identifies the poet and the poet's age, and organizes all poems by subject, from President Obama to racism, police brutality, and relationships. Voices of the Future is a project designed to encourage young people to express themselves and this book is a powerful portrait of that expression, highly recommended for literary, social issues and student collections alike.

The Civil War Shelf

Lincoln and Reconstruction
John C. Rodrigue
Southern Illinois University Press
1915 University Press Drive
SIUC Mail Code 6806
Carbondale, IL 62901
9780809332533 $19.95

President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in office before the end of the American Civil War, yet his plans for the postwar reconstruction may have had more impact than previously thought. Lincoln and Reconstruction examines Lincoln's wartime reconstruction initiatives, as well as his writings and speeches pertaining to the topic. Author John C. Rodrigue (professor of history, Stonehill College) has composed a thoughtful, critical, and detailed analysis of Lincoln's views and efforts, noting that Lincoln concerned himself with the challenges of reconstruction from the inception of the Civil War. Lincoln and Reconstruction is an excellent pick especially for public and college library American History or Civil War shelves.

General Grant and the Rewriting of History
Frank P. Varney
Savas Beatie
PO Box 4527
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
9781611211184 $32.95

General Grant and the Rewriting of History: How the Destruction of General William S. Rosecrans Influenced Our Understanding of the Civil War challenges popular preconceptions about the Civil War, and especially of the famous Union General Ulysses S. Grant, who went on to be a two-term President of the United States. Grant's memoirs are often taken as a definitive historical accounting - but memoirs are only as accurate as the man who pens them. Historian Frank P. Varney has spent years critically comparing Grant's memoirs with a wealth of other primary sources, and has come to an astonishing conclusion: while Grant was undoubtedly a great general, he was also skilled at manipulating the truth for his own benefit, and nursed grudges with a vengeance. General Grant and the Rewriting of History examines evidence that Grant made biased reports, falsified official documents, and lied to an army court of inquiry. Grant particularly targeted Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans for character assassination, and to a dramatic extent succeeded; to this day, Rosecrans is infamous for a battlefield breakdown that very likely never happened, since the only sources of it are from unreliable informants, who are flatly contradicted by other accounts. General Grant and the Rewriting of History is not only an invaluable addition to Civil War studies and reference shelves, but also a sharp caution against putting too much blind faith in any one person's testimony, memoir, or historical accounting. Highly recommended.

The American History Shelf

Seat of Empire
Jeffrey Stuart Kerr
Texas Tech University Press
PO Box 41037
Lubbock, TX 79409-1037
9780896727823 $39.95

Seat of Empire: The Embattled Birth of Austin, Texas is the fascinating true story behind the founding of Austin. In 1838, Texas vice president Mirabeau B. Lamar envisioned the construction of a prosperous city amid natural wilderness. Lamar's quest to make Austin a reality would prompt a legendary political battle between Lamar and Sam Houston, hero of San Jacinto and well-known throughout the Republic of Texas. Threats from the Comanche nation and the Mexican army as well as the challenges of frontier trailblazing also endangered the nascent city. Thoroughly accessible to lay readers and historians alike, Seat of Empire is highly recommended especially for public and college library American History collections.

Florida Under Five Flags, fifth edition
Rembert W. Patrick
University Press of Florida
University of Florida
15 Northwest 15th Street
Gainesville, FL 32611-2079
9780813044903 $14.95

Originally published in 1945 and now in its fifth edition, Florida Under Five Flags chronicles the history of Spanish, French, British, American, and Confederate rule over the Sunshine State. Written by Professor of History Rembert W. Patrick (1909-1967), is a lively distillation of the highlights of Florida's political, cultural, and demographic revolutions. The result is a page-turner history, thoroughly accessible to readers of all backgrounds, ideal for public and college library state history collections. Highly recommended!

Learning Las Vegas
Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
Museum of New Mexico Press
c/o Gulotta Communications Inc.
341 Lexington Street, Newton, MA 02466
9780890135785, $39.95,

Before there was a gambling mecca in Nevada called Las Vegas, there was an ethnic community in New Mexico called Las Vegas. "Learning Las Vegas: Portrait of a Northern New Mexican Place" by landscape historian Elizabeth Barlow Rogers (founding president of New York City's Central Park Conservancy and Foundation for Landscape Studies) is a 284 page compendium showcasing the cultural legacy, history, and people of this New Mexican community. Beautifully illustrated with full color photography, this is a case study in how the town's history can be viewed as two combined and yet distinctive populations: Hispanic and Anglo. Of special note is that this community located in the southernmost range of the Rocky Mountains is home to some 900 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. A unique and seminal work, "Learning Las Vegas: Portrait of a Northern New Mexican Place" would well serve as a template for similar studies of other distinctive American communities. Informed and informative, ""Learning Las Vegas: Portrait of a Northern New Mexican Place" is especially recommended for academic library reference collections in general, and the supplemental reading lists for students of Urban Community Conservancy and Restoration Studies.

John Wilkes Booth: Beyond the Grave
W.C. Jameson
Taylor Trade Publishing
4501 Forbes Boulevard, Suite 200
Lanham, MD 20706
9781589798311 $22.95

Award-winning author and John Wilkes Booth descendant W.C. Jameson presents John Wilkes Booth: Beyond the Grave, the latest in his far-reaching "Beyond the Grave" series re-examining notable outlaws of history. John Wilkes Booth: Beyond the Grave suggests the possibility that Booth, the notorious assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, was never captures and executed; instead, another man was apprehended in Booth's place, while Booth continued his acting career, married, and had children. The evidence supporting this theory is largely circumstantial; Jameson draws upon papers and diaries from private collections to make his case, as well as offer a new window into the mind of a President-killer. Regardless of whether one believes the central premise, John Wilkes Booth: Beyond the Grave is a captivating perspective, thoroughly accessible to lay readers and historians alike.

Woodward Avenue
Robert Genat
CarTech Inc.
39966 Grand Avenue
North Branch, MN 55056
9781613250914, $29.95,

Back in the 50's and early 60's one of the favorite pastimes of the younger generation was to cruise their cars up and down a fashionable street -- especially on a Saturday night. This happened routinely in just about every city and every suburb large or small. "Woodward Avenue: Cruising the Legendary Strip" by Robert Genat is a profusely illustrated compendium by Robert Genat that celebrates this American cultural custom as it was on Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. A 160 page compendium of stories about the races, the hot rods, and 'Detroit Iron', during a golden age of American automotive dominance, "Woodward Avenue" is a terrific celebration and memorial of a 20th Century American pastime now long gone and never to be seen again.

America 1933
Michael Golay
Simon and Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, 14th fl.
New York, NY 10020
9781439196014, $26.99,

AMERICA 1933: THE GREAT DEPRESSION, LORENA HICKOK, ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, AND THE SHAPING OF THE NEW DEAL comes from a celebrated historian who focuses on Lorena Hickok's journalistic contributions to Roosevelt's administration during the Great Depression, and is a special recommendation for any collection strong in Depression history and analysis of American history. Its focus on the New Deal and how it was reported and charted places Lorena Hickok's contributions in the limelight - as they should be - and provides documentation of how millions of Americans experienced the Depression. A powerful account, this will appeal to general-interest, American history and American political studies holdings alike.

Yellowstone National Park Past and Present
Suzanne Silverthorn & I-Ting Chiang
Schiffer Publishing
4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
0764341758, $24.99,

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK PAST AND PRESENT is a 'must' for any with an interest in America's national park history in general and Yellowstone's evolution and development in particular, and is packed with vintage and contemporary photos throughout its discussion. From its natural wonders to the development of tourism and attention to preserving Yellowstone's natural wonders, this title surveys all of Yellowstone's management, challenges, and beauty and synthesizes all in an oversized title designed to reveal all of the park's many wonders. Any American history collection, especially those strong in national park developments, will find this a lovely addition.

The World History Shelf

Place and Replace
Adele Perry, Esyllt W. Jones, and Leah Morton, editors
University of Manitoba Press
301 St. John's College
Winnipeg, MB, Canada, R3T 2M5
9780887557408 $34.95

Place and Replace: Essays on Western Canada is an anthology of sixteen erudite, interdisciplinary essays about how best to define and understand western Canada, whether from a historical, cultural, or political point of view. Essays include "Examining the Future of First Nations Agriculture by Exploring the Implications of the Manitoba Indian Agricultural Program", "Railways, Racism, and Chineseness on the Prairies", "The Importance of Place: Or, Why We're Not Post-Prairie", "Defining Prairie Politics: Campaigns, Codes, and Cultures", and many more. An index rounds out this thoughtful, scholarly cross-examination of regional and national identity.

Diana Howansky Reilly
University of Wisconsin Press
1930 Monroe Street, Third Floor
Madison, WI 53711-2059
9780299293406, $24.95,

The forced relocation of civilian populations based on ethnicity has been well known since biblical times beginning with the removal of the Jewish population to Babylon with the fall of Jerusalem. The European aftermath of World War II saw a continuation of what was to later become known as 'ethnic cleansing' with the compulsory relocation of Poland's Ukrainian by the newly installed communist government as part of a Soviet-Polish population exchange code-named 'Operation Vistula'. "Scattered: The Forced Relocation of Poland's Ukrainians after World War II" by Diana Howansky Reilly is a 192 page compendium providing a detailed (and sometimes chilling) history of the events as experienced by three siblings, Petro, Leania and Hania Pyrtej. A seminal work of impressive research drawing upon interviews and archival materials, "Scattered" is a work of impeccable scholarship that is written with the dynamic narrative of a novel. Informed and informative, "Scattered" is highly recommended for community and academic library collections. It should also be noted that "Scattered" is available in a Kindle edition ($17.95).

The Crafts Shelf

Nails, Nails, Nails!
Madeline Poole
Chronicle Books
680 Second Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
9781452119021, $14.95,

NAILS, NAILS, NAILS! 25 CREATIVE DIY NAIL ART PROJECTS comes from a Los Angeles-based stylist who provides 25 nail art projects that range from stripes and printers to glitter, and outlines professional nail-art techniques in the process. Chapters provide step-by-step photos, provide notes on when one can do one's own nails and when one should use a helping hand, and provides lovely shots of finished nails to help readers understand the entire design and its results. Any who would produce winning nails will find this an artistic 'must'.

The Art Shelf

Space: Currencies in Contemporary African Art
Thembinkosi Goniwe, editor
Unisa Press
c/o International Specialized Book Services
920 Northeast 58th Avenue, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97213
9781868886807, $46.00,

Curated by Thembinkosi Goniwe and Melissa Mboweni, the exhibition Space: Currencies in Contemporary African Art was held at Museum Africa in Newtown (Johannesburg, South Africa), from May to July 2010. The exhibit featured 25 artists, 4 art collectives, and 6 writers whose work provided creative and intellectual dialogue, which in personal and intimate ways animates imaginative and reflective engagement with social matters and human experiences in contemporary Africa and the diaspora. Compiled and edited by Thembinkosi Goniwe, "Space: Currencies in Contemporary African Art" is a 172 page compendium comprised of essays that include the following: Debating and Framing Space: Currencies in Contemporary African Art; Imagined Communities; African Art as a Source of Knowledge; Comfortable Contradictions: South Africa, Africa, and the Marketplace; Curating Contemporary African Art: Questions of Mega-Exhibitions and Western Influences; The Scars of Dissipation: Memory, Catharsis, and the Search for the Aesthetic. Superbly and profusely illustrated in full color, "Space: Currencies in Contemporary African Art" is very highly recommended for personal and academic library African Art reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Modern Nature
Erin B. Coe, et al.
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY 10110-0017
9780500093740, $40.00,

Georgia Totto O'Keeffe (November 15, 1887 - March 6, 1986) was an iconic American artist. Born near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, O'Keeffe first came to the attention of the New York art community in 1916. She made large-format paintings of enlarged blossoms, presenting them close up as if seen through a magnifying lens, and New York buildings, most of which date from the same decade. Beginning in 1929, when she began working part of the year in Northern New Mexico - which she made her permanent home in 1949 - O'Keeffe depicted subjects specific to that area. O'Keeffe has been recognized as the Mother of American Modernism. She first honed her remarkable skills as an artist wile summering at Alfred Stieglitz's family estate at Lake George in upstate New York. It is this early time period in her career as an artist that is the subject of "Modern Nature: Georgia O'Keeffe and Lake George", a superbly illustrated, 200 page compendium enhanced with commentaries by the team of Erin B. Coe (Chief Curator of the Hyde Collection), Gwendolyn Ownes (former consultant curator and assistant director of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, Canada), and Bruce Robertson (Professor of Art History, University of California, Santa Barbara). Informed, informative, and showcasing flawlessly reproduced paintings, "Modern Nature: Georgia O'Keeffe and Lake George" will prove to be a welcome and popular addition to personal, community, and academic library 20th Century American Art History reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Gardening Shelf

Back to Eden
Frank W. Porter
Orange Frazer Press
PO Box 214
Wilmington, OH 45177
9781939710000 $20.00

Featuring full-color photographs every few pages, Back to Eden: Landscaping with Native Plants is a gardening and landscaping guide written especially for Americans living east of the Mississippi River (in both the northeastern and the southeastern parts of the nation). Chapters walk the reader through selecting optimal plant species, cultivating a garden of native plants, warding off pests, even the option of creating a rain garden. A brief history of human efforts to identify and cultivate native plants rounds out this hands-on, reader-friendly guide, enthusiastically recommended for gardeners of all skill and experience levels. "How can you begin to create a native plant landscape? You can start by planting a butterfly garden. You can build a rain garden or a small pond that will not only prevent runoff but attract wildlife. You can replace non-native species in your flowerbeds. You can replace much of your lawn with low-maintenance groundcovers. And you can learn from others and share what you learn."

The Cutting Garden
Sarah Raven
Frances Lincoln Publishers
74-77 White Lion Street
Islington, London, N1 9PF
9780711234659 $29.95

Winner of "Best Specialist Gardening Book" from the Garden Media Guild, The Cutting Garden: Growing & Arranging Garden Flowers lives up to its title with methodical, easy-to-follow instructions, captivatingly illustrated with full-color photography throughout. Chapters instruct the reader in the basics of cultivating a garden for all seasons, and the fine art of flower arranging to please aesthetic sensibilities. "Remember that a flower arrangement doesn't have to be in a conventional vase. Create romantic globes with billowing flowers and branches of foilage; or construct enormous swags and medallions to hang inside or out." Detailed, plant-by-plant listings of need-to-know information about flowers especially suitable for cutting and arrangements, as well as in-depth descriptions of specific flower arrangements suited to different seasons fill this truly beautiful, hands-on guide, sure to prove invaluable to amateur and professional gardeners alike!

My 100 Favourite Herbs
Margaret Roberts
Struik Publishers
c/o International Publishers Marketing
22841 Quicksilver Drive
Dulles, VA 20166
9781431702442 $27.00

Featuring striking full-color photography on virtually every page, My 100 Favourite Herbs is a guide to growing herbs for use in cooking, home medication, cosmetics, and more. Each herb has a variety of possible uses listed, along with tips and tricks for cultivation or companion planting. For example, the "Feverfew" planet can be used to make a moth-repellent free of toxic chemicals, or bait for snails and slugs. A most enjoyable browse from cover to cover, My 100 Favourite Herbs is enthusiastically recommended, especially for gardeners of all skill and experience levels - even green thumbs cooped up in the big city, who may not have room for more than a simple windowsill garden!

The Political Science Shelf

Timothy Sisk
c/o Blackwell Publishing
350 Main Street
Malden, MA 02148
9780745661582 $59.95

Part of the "War and Conflict in the Modern World" series, Statebuilding is a scholarly analysis of creating competent, legitimate, and sustainable institutions of governance, particularly in the wake of civil war. Author Timothy Sisk (Professor of the Josef Korbel School for International Studies, University of Denver) scrutinizes means to aid a nascent state's ability to integrate social differences, manage conflicts and resources, set national priorities. Whether a global statebuilding enterprise can successfully craft peaceful, just, democratic, and stable nation-states is as yet unknown; Statebuilding offers information, tools, and positive ideas gleaned from hard-learned lessons to aid in the process. "Several findings resonate in the experience to promote rule of law. The first is that countries emerging from conflict inevitably face difficult decisions on transitional justice, both in terms of the extent and nature of prosecution of war-time atrocities but also the often selective and incomplete nature of such prosecutions... The second is that many practitioners, at least, recognize that the now-common model of a Truth and Reconciliation Commision, the mechanism used in democratizing Chile or post-war/democratizing South Africa, is not a one-size-fits-all solution that can be dropped into other social contexts." Statebuilding is an absolute "must-have" for college and university library political studies shelves, worthy of the highest recommendation.

The Forgotten Conservative
John M. Pafford
Regnery Publishing, Inc.
One Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
9781621570370 $27.95

The Forgotten Conservative: Rediscovering Grover Cleveland examines the principles, political thinking, and legacy of Stephen Grover Cleveland (1837-1908), well-known as the only American president who has ever served two non-consecutive terms. Although Cleveland was a Democrat, his beliefs and ideals will sound familiar to modern-day conservatives. President Cleveland cut taxes at every opportunity, championed limits on federal power, vetoed more bills than all his predecessors combined (most often on the grounds that Congress was either spending too much, or acting in absence of a clear Constitutional mandate), and held that men should look to their neighbors and communities for charity when needed, rather than becoming dependent on the government. At the end of Cleveland's second term, the Democratic party turned notably more progressive, yet Cleveland's ideals and policies remain part of a historical legacy that resonates with American conservatives over a century later. The Forgotten Conservative is an excellent addition to Political Science shelves; liberals and conservatives alike will find this portrait of a strong-willed and resilient national leader fascinating from cover to cover.

The Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf

Science: A Discovery in Comics
Margaret de Heer, author/artist
NBM Publishing
160 Broadway, Suite 700 East Wing
New York, NY 10038
9781561637508, $19.99,

"Science: A Discovery in Comics" is a well-organized, witty presentation of the history of science in graphic novel form. Starting as a guided chronological tour, hosted by figures of author Margaret and spouse Yiri, "Science a Discovery in Comics" takes the enthralled reader from Archimedes and the ancient Greeks to quantum theory and modern times, all in comic format. Easy to read, simple graphic explanations help present complex history, theory, and practices of science, making the vast, intimidating subject accessible to junior high students and adults. Subject areas presented include Chemistry, Astronomy, Physics, Biology, Geology, and Quantum Theory. A fascinating example of this ambitious treatment is an illustrated comparison between the classical world view of science and the quantum world view, on page 171: This pairs and compares determinism with non-determinism, the universe viewed as a machine vs. the universe viewed as an organic system, incompatible opposites vs. complementary opposites, objective observation vs. subjective participation, and reductionism vs. holism. Each "ism" is illustrated by a simple example, and the sense of vast comparison is efficiently and correctly conveyed, with charm, humor, and style. "Science A Discovery in Comics" is part of an educational graphic novel series by the author, with an earlier title explaining Philosophy through human history. For easy access to a difficult area of study, try reading "Science a Discovery in Comics." You will find both knowledge and entertainment in abundance.

Star*Reach Companion
Richard Arndt
TwoMorrows Publishing
10407 Bedfordtown Drive
Raleigh, NC 27614
9781605490519 $27.95

Star*Reach Companion is a historical chronicle of the 1970's independent comic magazine that had tremendous lasting influence on the modern comic industry. Great comic creators including Dave Stevens, Frank Brunner, Barry Windsor-Smith, Ken Steacy, Davie Sim, and many more gained crucial exposure in this legendary magazine. A wealth of interviews and a handful of comic stories (some in black and white, some in color) from Star*Reach and its sister magazine Imagine round out this excellent contribution to comics history and reference shelves. Highly recommended!

Arthur de Pins
NBM Publishing
160 Broadway, Ste. 700, East Wing
New York, NY 10038
9781561637348 $14.99

Zombillenium is an oversized, hardcover graphic novel in full-color with a tongue-in-cheek horror theme. The Zombillenium amusement park is the ultimate job creation station for monsters of every stripe - vampires, werewolves, mummies, zombies, skeletons and more! When an ordinary man named Aurelian, driven to the brink of murderous rage over his wife's infidelity, is accidentally killed and turned into an unknown breed of monster, at first he thinks he's just having a really terrible day. But at Zombillenium, the contracts are for eternity - and the penalty for breaking them is immolation! "What were you thinking of this morning when you slipped that revolver into your pocket? Huh? Kill your wife's lover? Being hired at Zombillenium is never an accident!" Aurelian's only friend at his new job is the intern Gretchen, a natural-born witch with hard-to-control magic powers. Can he adapt to his new carnival life - and can Zombillenium adapt to stiff competition from other theme parks? Even the dead are subject to tough economic times, in this wry, brisk-paced, and character-driven genre deconstruction that readers of all ages and backgrounds will thoroughly enjoy! Highly recommended, especially for public library graphic novel collections.

07-Ghost, Volume 5
Yuki Amemiya and Yukino Ichihara
Viz Media LLC
295 Bay Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
9781421549989 $9.99

Volume five of the 07-Ghost continues the skillful English translation of an action-packed, black-and-white manga (Japanese comic) series, faithfully presented with its artwork "unflipped" (in the original right-to-left reading order, rather than mirrored to mimic American comics). Set in a mysterious world only partly analogous to our own, the story centers upon Teito Klein, a boy with an unknown past who has resolved to become the master of an immensely powerful artifact, called the Eye of Mikael. In volume five, Ayanami's Imperial Army has taken the Eye of Mikael from Teito. Determined not to give up, Teito undergoes the Bishop Examination; at stake are the travel privileges he will need to reclaim the eye. But the duties and powers that Bishops have over shepherded mortal souls are not to be trifled with; to prove himself worthy Teito must face challenges both within and without, including a personal confrontation with... Ayanami? A strong, emotionally moving story evolves.

Dan Spiegle: A Life In Comic Art
John Coates with Dan Spiegle
TwoMorrows Publishing
10407 Bedfordtown Drive
Raleigh, NC 27614
9781605490496, $14.95,

"Dan Spiegle: A Life In Comic Art" is an illustrated history of one of the most respect men in the select field comic book artists. For more than sixty years he has turned out quality work beginning with the Hopalong Cassidy newspaper strips, to his 34 year tenure on Dell and Gold Key comic book adaptations of TV and movie shows, to his work in the 1980s on DC comic titles, to his artwork for Dark Horse titles. The commentary is in the form of an extended Q&A session between John Coates and Spiegle. The result is a fascinating, informed, informative, and highly recommended overview and an amazing professional history that will have enormous appeal to Spiegle's legion of fans.

The Biography Shelf

Nelson: The Sword Of Albion
John Sugden
Henry Holt & Company
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 400
New York, NY 10010-7725
9780805078077, $45.00,

Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, KB (29 September 1758 - 21 October 1805) was a British flag officer famous for his service in the Royal Navy, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. He was noted for his inspirational leadership and superb grasp of strategy and unconventional tactics, which resulted in a number of decisive naval victories. He was wounded several times in combat, losing one arm and the sight in one eye. Of his several victories, the best known and most notable was the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, during which he was shot and killed. "Nelson: The Sword of Albion" by John Sugden is the second volume of a two-volume biography of one of Britain's most revered naval heroes. As with the first volume, "Nelson: A Dream Of Glory" (published in 2013, and available in Pimlico paperback edition, 9781845951917, $18.03), "Nelson: The Sword Of Albion" is a masterpiece of detailed and documented biographical research but written with all the dramatic flair of an historical novel, making it strongly recommended for both academic and community library collections. It should also be noted that "Nelson: The Sword Of Albion" is also available in a Kindle edition ($24.99).

Senator Richard B. Russell and My Career as a Trial Lawyer
Charles E. Campbell
Mercer University Press
1400 Coleman Avenue
Macon, GA 31207-0001
9780881464320 $35.00

Senator Richard B. Russell and My Career as a Trial Lawyer: An Autobiography is the true story of author Charles E. Campbell, with particular emphasis on his lifelong career in law, a calling he pursued ever since high school. As a University of Georgia student, Campbell agreed to become a member of Senator Russell's staff only on the condition that Campbell be permitted to attend law school at night. Campbell worked for Russell from 1966 until Russell's death in 1971, and earned an appointment as Russell's aide in the process. He had a front-row seat to history in the making, including the Washington riots following Martin Luther King Jr.'s murder, Russell's dealings with his friend and colleague Lyndon Johnson, and Russell's final vote by proxy to help Senator Robert Byrd defeat Senator Edward Kennedy for the post of assistant Democratic leader in the Senate. Yet Russell's passion burned brightest for trial law, and continued to shine throughout the course of his career. Vivid and accessible to readers of all backgrounds, Senator Richard B. Russell and My Career as a Trial Lawyer is insightful and engaging from cover to cover. "In my opinion, no change in the practice of law during the last forty years has been more damaging to the profession than the shocking disappearance of ethics, professionalism, and civility. All of this is not the fault of attorneys, as American society in general has become less civil."

The Making of Markova
Tina Sutton
Pegasus Books
80 Broad Street, 5th Floor, NY, NY 10004
9781605984568, $39.95,

Dame Alicia Markova (1 December 1910 - 2 December 2004) was an English ballerina and a choreographer, director and teacher of classical ballet. Most noted for her career with Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and touring internationally, she was widely considered to be one of the greatest classical ballet dancers of the 20th century. She was the first British dancer to become the principal dancer of a ballet company and, with Dame Margot Fonteyn, is one of only two English dancers to be recognized as a prima ballerina assoluta. She was a founder dancer of the Rambert Dance Company, The Royal Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, and was co-founder and director of the English National Ballet. An true and international star in the 20th century world of ballet, "The Making of Markova: Diaghilev's Baby Ballerina to Groundbreaking Icon" is an informed and informative, 682 page biography by Tina Sutton. Born Lilian Alica Marks, this remarkable and justifiably ambitious woman dealt with an enormous range of responsibilities and difficulties ranging from the care of her mother and sisters in a wartime England, to a pervasive anti-Semitism, to managing her own career and finances in an era where women rarely did. Informed and informative, "The Making of Markova: Diaghilev's Baby Ballerina to Groundbreaking Icon" is highly recommended for community and academic library 20th Century Biography, as well as the personal reading lists for non-specialist general readers with an interest in the history of the ballet.

The Empress Has No Clothes
Joyce M. Roche
Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc.
235 Montgomery Street, Suite 650
San Francisco, CA 94104-2916
9781609946364, $18.95,

"The Empress Has No Clothes: Conquering Self-Doubt to Embrace Success" is the personal memoir of Joyce Roche who has achieved considerable success in her chosen career of business management. She has served as CEO of Girls Incn; President of Carson Products Company (now part of L'oreal); was the first African-American Vice President of Avon Products; and the recipient of the 2006 'Women of Power' Legacy awarded by 'black Enterprise Magazine. She currently sits on the boards of four Fortune 500 companies and a number of non-profit organizations. A women who has led a remarkable life in the corporate world, "The Empress Has No Clothes" is a 240 page deftly written autobiography and the story of how she rose from humble beginnings to earn an ivy League MBA but despite all her successes in the business world had to wrestle with the chronic feeling of inadequacy and 'feeling like a fraud' when tackling the tough problems and business decisions upon which so much depended for herself and other. Candid, thoughtful, and thought-provoking, "The Empress Has No Clothes" is highly recommended reading and an excellent addition to business school and community library American Biography collections. It should also be noted that "The Empress Has No Clothes" is also available in a Kindle edition ($7.99).

Mad for Speed
Elsa A. Nystrom
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9780786470938, $39.95,

From 1905 to 1915, Joan Newton Cuneo was famous for being America's top female racer and an advocate for more and better roads, as well as the benefits of driving for women. "Mad for Speed: The Racing Life of Joan Newton Cuneo" by Elsa A. Nystrom (Professor of History, Kennesaw State University, Georgia) is a 232 page biography of a remarkable women that includes her family history, her marriage to (and divorce from) Andrew Cuneo, her life in New York society, her interest in and involvement with automobile racing, her partnership with her race car mechanic Louis Disbrow, her racing victories, her remarriage and her death. Of special note is the chapter on Joan Cueneo's female car racing and auto tour rivals. A work of impressive and deftly written scholarship, "Mad For Speed" is a valued contribution to academic library Women's Studies and 20th Century Automobile Racing History reference collections. A remarkable woman who led a remarkable life, "Mad for Speed" is also available in a Kindle edition ($14.74).

The Railroading Shelf

Old Time Railroad Stories
Michael Gillespie, editor
Great River Publishing
W987 Cedar Valley Road
Stoddard, WI 54658
9780971160255 $19.95

Illustrated with a handful of vintage black-and-white photographs, Old Time Railroad Stations: An Anthology of True Adventures, Humorous Tales, and High Melodrama Written by Those Who Lives the Era collects classic, eye-opening stories (possibly embellished, but grounded firmly in real-life events) about railroads and the people who run and ride on them. Each story is by a different author, ranging from anonymous tales to an article from the New York Times to heartrending stories about the dangers of rail travel. A brief introduction to each tale by high school teacher Michael Gillespie puts the events in historical context. Thoroughly accessible to readers of all backgrounds, Old Time Railroad Stories is a treat for trainspotters, railroading aficionados, and rail-curious casual browsers, highly recommended.

50 Ways To A Better-Looking Layout
Jeff Wilson
Kalmbach Publishing Company
21027 Crossroads Circle
Waukesha, WI 53186
9780890248195, $19.95,

A fundamental part of the model railroading experience is the creation of a realistic miniaturized layout that reflects urban, suburban, and rural settings through which the model trains will pass. In "50 Ways To A Better-Looking Layout", model train expert Jeff Wilson has compiled a series of 'user friendly' do-it-yourself projects to specifically improve a model train layout's buildings, scenery, vehicles, rolling stock, and trackside features. From model open boxcars, to improved structure roofs, to renumbered locomotives, to model weed-grown tracks, these projects will enhance any model train layout. Of special note are the instructional guide on creating 3-D signes from stir sticks!. "50 Ways To A Better-Looking Layout" is a welcome and highly recommended addition to model railroading enthusiast reference collections.

The Antiques/Collectibles Shelf

Miller's Antiques Encyclopedia, new edition
Judith Miller, general editor
Mitchell Beazley
c/o Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9781845337698, $50.00,

Judith Miller is an acknowledged world-class expert when it comes to antiques. Among her many accomplishments in this field is being a co-founder of Miller's Antiques Price Guide which is considered a fundamental reference for sellers and collectors. Now in a new and completely up-to-date edition, "Miller's Antiques Encyclopedia" is a definitive and profusely illustrated, 592 page compendium comprised of detailed antiques accessibly organized into succinct categories ranging from Furniture, Ceramics, Jewelry, and Art Nouveau, to Dolls, Glass, Toys, Games, and more. The work of some four experienced antiques consultants under the general editorship of Judith Miller, "Miller's Antiques Encyclopedia" is an extraordinary and important reference for professional, community, and academic library Antiques/Collectibles collections.

The Parenting Shelf

Co-Parenting 101
Deesha Philyaw and Michael D. Thomas
New Harbinger Press
5674 Shattuck Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609
9781608824632 $16.95

Formerly married couple Deesha Philyaw and Michael D. Thomas draw upon their real-life experience as co-parents to present Co-Parenting 101: Helping Your Kids Thrive in Two Households after Divorce. The plain-terms advice covers the basics of making divorce as amicable as possible, including the options of using mediators or collaborative divorce; the "musts" and "must-nots" of co-parenting; never-married and noncustodial parents; fifteen things that one can do for one's children spite of an uncooperative ex; and much more. "While a highly detailed plan can certainly benefit even congenial co-parents, it is ideal for co-parents who find themselves disagreeing more than they agree or for situations where there is hostility and resistance to sharing custody. A detailed plan also allows you to stipulate arrangements for the children at different ages, recognizing that as they get older, certain aspects of your co-parenting situation may need to change." Co-Parenting 101 is an absolute "must-have" for any separating, divorcing, or divorced couple with children, worthy of the highest recommendation.

The Theatre/Cinema Shelf

Dada, Surrealism, and the Cinematic Effect
R. Bruce Elder
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3C5
9781554586257 $85.00

Filmmaker, critic, and teacher R. Bruce Elder presents Dada, Surrealism, and the Cinematic Effect, a companion to his earlier volume "Harmony and Dissent", about the early reception of cinema among the intellectual community, including art theorists, philosophers, cultural theorists. The common belief is that the first film critics disdained the plebeian nature of early cinema, yet Dada, Surrealism, and the Cinematic Effect challenges this assumption with evidence of a different reception. Some writers of the early cinematic era had envisioned it as a new art of untapped potential, with the ability to superbly reflect day-to-day life. This more positive view was especially widespread among critics whose passions included the foremost fields of art, particularly the Dada and Surrealist movements. Extensively researched and heavily annotated with an index, Dada, Surrealism, and the Cinematic Effect is especially recommended for cinema history shelves.

The Geology Shelf

Geologic History of Florida
Albert C. Hine
University Press of Florida
University of Florida
15 Northwest 15th Street
Gainesville, FL 32611-2079
9780813044217 $39.95

Full-color photographs, charts, and maps intersperse Geologic History of Florida: Major Events That Formed the Sunshine State, an excellent instructional text discussing Florida's natural history. Although Geologic History of Florida will prove particularly useful to students of Earth history and geology, the text is quite "user-friendly" and accessible to readers of all backgrounds. The "Essential Points to Know", "Essential Terms to Know", "Keywords", and "Essential References to Know" following each chapter will aid immensely in gaining quick mastery of the subject matter. Geologic History of Florida is an excellent classroom text, and a worthy contribution to public, high school, or undergraduate college library collections.

The Nautical Shelf

Saltwater Leadership
RADM Robert O. Wray Jr., USN
Naval Institute Press
291 Wood Road
Annapolis, MD 21402
9781612512129 $22.95

Naval Academy graduate and former nuclear engineer of surface ships Robert O. Wray Jr. presents Saltwater Leadership: A Primer on Leadership for the Junior Sea-Service Officer, a resource written especially for young officers. Offering an overview of leadership studies, advice drawn from 380 senior seagoing officers, and a five-step process to improving one's leadership skills that can be customized to suit personal needs, Saltwater Leadership is practical, sage, and enlightening. "Regardless of what model you choose - regardless of what kind of action plan you write - take an hour of your busy life and make a plan for the rest of your life... as some of my seagoing friends have (correctly) noted, 'A failure to plan is a plan to fail.'" Highly recommended, especially for anyone with aspirations to become an officer in the Navy.

The Sports Shelf

NIAAA's Guide To Interscholastic Athletic Administration
Michael L. Blackburn, et al.
Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc.
PO Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61820-5076
9781450432771, $49.00,

NIAAA stands for the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, an organization that provides leadership programs, resources, and services in order to fulfill their mission statement of improving and providing high-quality athletic opportunities for students. The collaborative editorial effort of Michael L. Blackburn, Eric Forsyth, John r. Olson, and Bruce Whitehead, the "NIAAA's Guide To Interscholastic Athletic Administration" is a 408 page informational and instructional compendium designed to give those new to athletic administrative duties and responsibilities a practical, 'real world' introduction and is organized into four major sections: Leadership Orientation; Operational Process; Financial Matters; and Physical Assets. Of special note is the introduction by Eric Forsyth and John Olson, 'Challenges in Today's Interscholastic Sport Administration'. Enhanced with the inclusion of References and a comprehensive Index, "NIAAA's Guide To Interscholastic Athletic Administration" is an ideal curriculum textbook on the subject and should be a part of every academic library Sports/Athletics reference collection.

The Literary Studies Shelf

Slavery in American Children's Literature, 1790-2010
Paula T. Connolly
University of Iowa Press
119 West Park Road
Iowa City, IA 52242-1000
9781609381776, $42.50,

Pro-slavery and anti-slavery sentiments were embedded in children's literature as a way of conditioning young readers to either accept or reject that institution in American culture and society. But this phenomena has never been rigorously studied until now with the publication of "Slavery in American Children's Literature, 1790-2010" by Paula T. Connolly (Associate Professor of English, University of North Carolina at Charlotte). This 270 page compendium of seminal scholarship examines both well known and obscure antebellum children's literature, then goes on to provide an instructive overview of the changes in children's literature with respect to slavery as reflected by an evolving context of American racial politics from the post-civil war Reconstruction era through the Civil Rights era, and into contemporary times of the 21st century. Enhanced with the inclusion of extensive notes, a substantial bibliography, and a comprehensive index, "Slavery in American Children's Literature, 1790-2010" is unique, informed, informative, and very highly recommended addition to academic library American History, Black Studies, and American Literary History reference collections. It should also be noted that "Slavery in American Children's Literature, 1790-2010" is available in a Kindle edition ($34.00).

Daphne du Maurier at Home
Hilary Macaskill
Frances Lincoln Publishers
74-77 White Lion Street
Islington, London, N1 9PF
9780711233720 $40.00

Illustrated throughout with both black-and-white vintage and modern-day color photographs, Daphne du Maurier at Home is a coffee table book offering an in-depth glimpse into the life and influences of Daphne du Maurier (1907-1989), the British author of globally beloved books such as "Rebecca", "Jamaica Inn", "Frenchman's Creek", and more. Journalist and travel writer Hilary Macaskill takes the reader on a tour of the homes that du Maurier lived in, the people and countryside of Cornwall that inspired her first novel, and the interplay of events that inspired one of her readers, a young major in the Grenadier Guards, to meet and eventually marry her. An index rounds out this wonderful complement to du Maurier's literary works, thoroughly accessible to literary scholars and casual browsers alike!

The Architecture Shelf

The Architecture of McKim, Mead, and White 1879-1915
Allan Greenberg and Michael George
Taylor Trade Publishing
4501 Forbes Boulevard, Suite 200
Lanham, MD 20706
9781589798182 $19.95

The Architecture of McKim, Mead, and White 1879-1915 gathers black-and-white reproductions of plans, elevations, and details of works by the well-known architectural firm led by Charles Follen McKim, William Rutherford Mead, and Stanford White, known for creating some of the most beloved and memorable buildings in America. Their national landmarks include the Boston Public Library, Pennsylvania Station in New York, and the campus of Columbia University. A brief introduction discusses these legendary architects and the principles guiding their works, but most of The Architecture of McKim, Mead, and White 1879-1915 is devoted entirely to full-page diagrams and renditions. These historic, fine-detail architecture illustrations are an invaluable reference and resource especially recommended for college and university library collections.

The Mathematics Shelf

An Introduction To Partial Differential Equations With MATLAB, second edition
Matthew P. Coleman
CRC Press
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300
Boca Raton, FL 33487
9781439898468, $89.95,

A differential equation is a mathematical equation for an unknown function of one or several variables that relates the values of the function itself and its derivatives of various orders. Differential equations play a prominent role in engineering, physics, economics, and other disciplines. Now in an expanded second edition, "An Introduction to Partial Differential Equations with MATLAB" by academician Matthew P. Coleman (Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut) is a 683 page compendium providing students with a detailed and accesible tradement of Partial Differential Equations (PDE) and their applications. Readers will require a basic knowledge of multivariable calculus. "An Introduction To Partial Differential Equations With MATLAB" features problem-solving exercises, proofs, extended challenges, and MATLAB exercises. Of special note is the MATLAB code for tables and figures accessible on Professor Coleman's website. "An Introduction To Partial Differential Equations With MATLAB" will prove an excellent academic textbook and is highly recommended for college and university library Applied Mathematics reference collections.

Rephael Wenger
CRC Press
Suite 300
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW
Boca Raton, FL 33487
9781466570979 $89.95

Isosurfaces: Geometry, Topology & Algorithms is an advanced mathematical text focused upon isosurfaces - three-dimensional representations of continuous functions (or scalar fields) that have a domain of 3D space. Such functions and their representations are an invaluable tool for solving real-world engineering problems, among other quandaries. "Two well-established procedures in medical imaging produce extensive scalar field data. Computer tomography (CT) scanners send beams of radiation through a person and measure the amount of radiation that arrives at various detectors... Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners measure changes in a magnetic field caused by excited hydrogen nuclei in water. Mathematical transformations map these measurements to water density values at sample points within the person." Diagrams, figures, and some full-color illustrations help illuminate the meticulous theories and definitions. A bibliography and index round out this scholarly text, highly recommended for professionals working with isosurface models or graduate school mathematics shelves.

The Reference Shelf

The Manual To Online Public Records, third edition
Michael Sankey and Cynthia Hetherington
BRB Publications
PO Box 27869
Tempe, AZ 85285
9781889150604 $22.50

Now in an updated third edition, The Manual To Online Public Records is a hands-on, how-to guide to extracting the information one needs from public records in America, including/especially online records. Chapters teach the reader how to quickly evaluate online sites (especially ones that charge for their services) and identify which sites have little or no value; tips and tricks for more efficient searches; an outline of which reference sources are entirely free (keeping in mind that some unscrupulous "research" businesses can and will charge customers for free information), and more. A state-by-state directory of some of the most common, useful public record sources and vendors, complete with websites, rounds out this excellent, easy-to-use resource especially recommended for genealogy researchers.

The Holocaust Studies Shelf

The Unwritten Diary of Israel Unger
Carolyn Gammon and Israel Unger
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3C5
9781554588312 $24.99

Part of the "Life Writing Series" of Wilfrid Laurier University Press, The Unwritten Diary of Israel Unger is the true-life memories of Holocaust survivor Israel Unger, one of only a handful of Polish Jews to survive to the end of World War II in the city of Tarnow, down from a population of 25,000 at the start of the Nazi occupation. Chapters recount the hardships Unger endured as one of nine people who hid for two years in an attic crawl space, emerging only to forage for food at night, a situation similar (but not identical) to that of Holocaust victim Anne Frank. Yet the end of the war did not bring safety to Polish Jews; anti-Semitism, false accusations of the "blood libel" myth, and possible collaboration by the authorities prompted multiple postwar murders of repatriated Jews. The deadly Kielce pogrom was one of Poland's most vicious postwar massacres. To protect their children, Israel's parents sent him and his brother as "orphans" to France. The Unger family was eventually reunited, but struggled with an uncertain future, until they obtained papers granting them the opportunity to emigrate to Canada in 1951. Although The Unwritten Diary of Israel Unger spans nations and continents, the threat of persecution and the shadow of the Holocaust remain ongoing themes, culminating full circle when Unger speaks of searching through records of the Holocaust (and the brave people who resisted it), including a visit to his birth house. An erudite, honest, and thought-provoking personal testimony, The Unwritten Diary of Israel Unger is a welcome contribution to public and college library Holocaust Studies shelves, highly recommended.

The Origins and Onset of the Romanian Holocaust
Henry Eaton
Wayne State University Press
4809 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201-1309
9780814338728, $29.95,

The Holocaust was the mass murder or genocide of approximately six million Jews during World War II, a program of systematic state-sponsored murder by Nazi Germany, led by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party, throughout German-occupied territory. Of the nine million Jews who had resided in Europe before the Holocaust, approximately two-thirds were killed. Over one million Jewish children were killed in the Holocaust, as were approximately two million Jewish women and three million Jewish men. A network of over 40,000 facilities in Germany and German-occupied territory were used to concentrate, hold, and kill Jews and other victims. These are grim statistics and most attention in books and films about the Holocaust focus on Germany. Lesser known is the massive killings inflicted upon the Romanian Jews that took place in Romania shortly after Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union and was significantly abetted by antisemitic Romanians. "The Origins and Onset of the Romanian Holocaust" by Henry Eaton (a retired associate professor of history with the University of North Texas) is a 224 page compendium detailing a national tragedy arising from Romania's history of antisemitism. Informed and informative, "The Origins and Onset of the Romanian Holocaust" is a significant and highly recommended addition to Holocaust Studies supplemental reading lists and academic library 20th Century Romanian History reference collections.

The Bookstore Accessories Shelf

Peter Pauper Press, Inc.
202 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601

A good bookstore has more to offer than just books! A good bookstore is also an excellent source for such non-book (but book related) items as bookmarks, note cards, journals, calendars, weekly planners and activity kits. To fill these bookstore inventory needs some publishers must be acknowledged as premier leaders. Chief among them is the Peter Pauper Press. Founded in 1928, is one of America's leading publishers of fine gift books, humor books, compact references, travel guides, unique journals, quality stationery, holiday cards, and innovative children's activity books. They publish approximately 100 books and ancillary products per year.

Among their newest releases are "Chevron Note Cards" (9781441313706, $8.99), a premium boxed stationery set that is comprised of 14 quality stock cards measuring 3-1/2 inches x 5 inches, and 15 matching designer envelopes. Each card is blank allowing personal messages. Two other outstanding note card sets are "Typewriter Note Cards" (9781441313614, $8.99) and "Whistling Owls Small Boxed Holiday Cards" (9781441311832, $10.99).

One of the latest Peter Pauper Press activity kits is their "Origami Animals Kit" (9781441311405, $5.99) that provides step-by-step instructions for six fun projects: Elephant, Fox, Horse, Jumping Frog; Mouse; and Pig. Included are 36 sheets of premium origami paper in unique patterns. Featured are illustrations by Martha Day Zschock and a handy carrying handle.

Among their newest journals is the "Camouflage Journal" (9781441305473, $10.00) whose cover replicates the military's 'MultiCam' pattern and provides 160 lightly-lined pages for personal entries ranging from making notes, to recording thoughts, sketches, quotations, etc. The journal itself is six inches wide and eight inches high. Of special note is the elastic band admirably serves as a book mark or to keep the journal closed.

Peter Pauper Press is known for their weekly planners and engagement calendars. A superb example of the latter is their Obsidian 2014 Compact Engagement Calendar (9781441311160, $12.99) whose cover is designed after a 17th century, French. elaborate gold-tooled, raised embossing appearance. Covering 16 months (September 2013 - December 2014), there are pages in the back providing space for recording contact information for family and friends, as well as writing down personal notes. 5 Inches by 7 inches, a hardback binding, an elastic band place holder, and an inside back cover pocket capable of holding receipts, tickets, postcards, etc. make this an invaluable management tool.

A truly beautiful addition to their address book series is their "Feathers Address Book" (9781441310026, $8.99) with its unique cover design portraying an array of peacock feathers with iridescent highlights, Pocket sized, 160 pages, an attached elastic band, and with a concealed wire binding, there is also an inside back cover pocket for holding business cards or notes, this is an elegantly designed and enduringly useful compendium for all manner of contact information.

A cornucopia of book marks are offered by the Peter Pauper Press ranging from a traditional "Never Judge a Book by Its Movie" (a beaded bookmark in a clear plastic protective sleeve and measuring 2-1/2 inches wide by 7-1/8 inches high) to "Calligraphy i-clips" (a set of 8 laminated i-clips packaged in a clear plastic sleeve with each individual clip measuring 3/4 inch wide and 1 inch high) folded.

Whether for individual and personal gift giving, libraries and library support groups looking for project incentive and award prizes, or management needing to stock up a bookstore's inventory with book related quality merchandise, the Peter Pauper Press web site at is a very highly recommended resource.

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