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Volume 24, Number 8 August 2014 Home | IBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Mystery/Suspense Shelf Needlecraft Shelf
Audiobook Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf Automotive Shelf
Cookbook Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf Autism Shelf
Metaphysical Studies Shelf Sports Shelf Military Shelf
Art Shelf Computer Shelf Education Shelf
Technology Shelf Business Shelf Crafts Shelf
Social Issues Shelf Interior Design Shelf Architecture Shelf
Gardening Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Music Shelf
Travel Shelf Photography Shelf Botany Shelf
Political Science Shelf Railroading Shelf Science Shelf
Beer/Wine Shelf Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf
Criminology Shelf International Studies Shelf American History Shelf
World History Shelf Nautical Shelf Agriculture Shelf
Biography Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf Christian Studies Shelf
Writing/Publishing Shelf Aviation Shelf Library CD Shelf
Library DVD Shelf Hunting Shelf Language Studies Shelf
Philosophy Shelf Literary Studies Shelf Psychology Shelf
Library Science Shelf Economic Studies Shelf Parenting Shelf
Reference Shelf Money/Finance Shelf Law/Justice Shelf

Reviewer's Choice

Identity Theft Alert
Steve Weisman
FT Press
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300
Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
9780133902525 $16.99

Identity Theft Alert: 10 Rules You Must Follow To Protect Yourself From America's #1 Crime lives up to its title with its user-friendly warnings about the modern crime of identity theft - stealing someone's identity in order to drain their bank account, lay claim to their assets, file fraudulent tax returns, or other parasitic behavior. Identity theft can potentially bankrupt a victim, and tarnish their credit rating for years. How can ordinary people increase their security when shopping online, protect their social security number, or navigate social media without putting their financial future at risk? Identity Theft Alert walks the reader through practical guidelines, including steps to take when one discovers that one's identity has been compromised. "Be particularly wary of private ATMs as compared to those of major banks. Although these private ATM machines are perfectly legal, they are also more easily purchased by an identity thief, who can merely tamper with the inside of the machine to more readily steal your ATM card information." In today's information-driven world, guides such as Identity Theft Alert should be required reading especially for young people just starting out on their own, and on the shelves of public libraries everywhere.

Frank J. Pietrucha
Amacom Books
1601 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
9780814433683 $17.95

Supercommunicator: Explaining the Complicated So Anyone Can Understand is a guide written especially for business professionals, but its practical advice will prove useful to teachers, writers, activists, and anyone else who needs to quickly and efficiently explain complex subjects to a general audience. Chapters address the role of digital technology in a modern-day communication, the importance of knowing one's audience (especially where cultural issues are concerned), guidelines for espousing simplicity, how to "humanize" one's communication through brief anecdotes/testimonials/case examples, the value of getting one's audience emotionally invested, and much more. "It's important that you learn as much as you can about the subject, but it's equally important that you reason through what's relevant in that heap of data to various audiences. You are better equipped to simplify content for others once you have simplified it for yourself." Supercommunicator is highly recommended reading for any career professional, and an excellent choice for public library collections.

Her Next Chapter
Lori Day, M.Ed. with Charlotte Kugler
Chicago Review Press
814 North Franklin Street
Chicago, IL 60610
9781613748565 $16.95

Educational psychologist Lori Day, M.Ed. and her daughter Charlotte Kugler present Her Next Chapter, a guide to how mother-daughter book clubs can promote literacy and positive socialization, as well as provide a safe place where girls can freely discuss issues of girlhood and womanhood. Problems such as negative body image, bullying, gender stereotypes, and more can be addressed and brought out into the open. Her Next Chapter has suggestions for getting discussion going by choosing the right book, movie, or media recommendations, and using group activities to build girls' confidence. Even more important is the role that book clubs can play in teaching young girls how to protect themselves from sexual harassment - from street catcalls to groping to rape. "Not talking about dangerous situations like these leaves girls more vulnerable and more afraid to discuss incidents or ongoing abuses with their mothers. It's true we can never fully protect them, but we can absolutely put ourselves through our paces trying, and hoo boy, we've got to try!" Highly recommended, especially for public library collections, and for parents interested in putting a mother-daughter book club into practice.

Zen of the Plains
Tyra A. Olstad
University of North Texas Press
PO Box 311336
Denton, TX 76203-1336
9781574415520 $24.95

Part memoir, part nature narrative, Zen of the Plains: Experiencing Wild Western Places contemplates the beauty of plains land. Embellished with black-and-white photographs, vignettes, and hand-drawn maps, Zen of the Plains touches on subjects ranging from conservation to tourism, human concepts of wildness, and the meaning of "emptiness" when clear sky and flat land stretch as far as the eye can see. Meditative, philosophical, and evoking breathtaking wonder of nature's mysteries, Zen of the Plains is the next best experience to visiting a thriving prairie in person.

A Word from Our Sponsor
Cynthia B. Meyers
Fordham University Press
2546 Belmont Avenue, Bronx, NY 10458-5172
9780823253715, $32.00,

A Word from Our Sponsor: Admen, Advertising, and the Golden Age of Radio is a pick for any sociology or media studies collection and covers the 'golden age' of radio from the late 1920s to the late 1940s, when ad agencies were the key sources of radio entertainment. Most nationally broadcast programs on network radio were created and managed by these agencies, from Kraft's involvement in Music Hall to Rubicam's management of the comedy presentation Town Hall Tonight for Bristol-Myers. This survey fills in important ad industry history in connecting broadcasts and shows to these advertisers and considering their role and influence in the media arena, and makes for a fine combination of business and media history recommended for any college-level media studies collection.

Tiny Homes on the Move
Lloyd Kahn
Shelter Publications
P.O. Box 279, Bolinas, CA, 94924 USA
9780936070629, $28.95,

TINY HOMES ON THE MOVE: WHEELS AND WATER describes nomadic life in modern times and charts homes on wheels and water alike, from a school bus and a truck/camper to a sailboat. Over a thousand color photos pack a rich adventure account which will appeal to homeowners and travel fans alike, charting the moving explorations of all kinds of buildings.

The Norm Chronicles
Michael Blastland and David Spiegelhalter
Basic Books
c/o Perseus Books Group
250 W. 57th St., Suite 1500, New York, NY 10107
9780465085705, $16.99,

The Norm Chronicles: Stories and Numbers About Danger and Death comes from a journalist and a risk expert who tackle the statistics of risk and pair them with the stories of people experiencing risk through numbers and real-world encounters. Three very different characters are used here to explore risk and its perceptions, helping readers view danger from the vantage point of daily life experience. Anecdotes, stories, accidents, and numbers coalesce in a quirky, whimsical account highly recommended for any general reader.

Francesco Durante, Editor,
Fordham University Press
2546 Belmont Avenue, Bronx, NY 10458-5172
9780823260621, $40.00,

Italoamericana: The Literature of the Great Migration, 1880-1943 is a weighty, 1,000+ page study recommended for college-level audiences looking for a serious anthology key to Italian and American studies, and provides the first English-language edition of a collection of critical studies examining the social lives and psychology of Italian immigrants in America up to World War II. Many of the writings here have not been translated into English before, while works include insights on poetry, essays, and the extent of Italian-language literary history. With its focus on cultural and social change as well as literary representation of the Italian experience, this is a top pick recommended for any college-level literary or social issues holding strong in Italian-American heritage.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Dukkha Unloaded
Loren W. Christensen
YMAA Publications
PO Box 480
Wolfeboro, NH 03894-0480
9781594392832 $14.95

Dukkha Unloaded: A Sam Reeves Martial Arts Thriller is a high-stakes, action-packed novel featuring the gritty yet determined Detective Sam Reeves. While Reeves took a two-week trip in Southeast Asia, hate crimes erupted in his city of Portland, including a horrific lynching. The hideous crimes spark waves of protests, massing in the thousands to demand an end to the violence, and clashing with police. Sam has his own problems; he's been reassigned to the Intelligence Unit after his "bad shoot" several months ago. Sam can't rest until he uncovers the root of the monstrous violence tormenting his city, but while his enemies are carrying weapons ranging from bats and knives to rifles, Sam suffers from paralyzing fear at the thought of carrying a loaded gun! Caught amidst a war on two fronts - one with his own inner demons, and one with humans so vile they may as well be demons - Sam must find the perpetrators of hate before the entire city goes up in flames! Dukkha Unloaded is exciting to the end, and an excellent pick for public library mystery-thriller shelves. Also highly recommended are the other martial arts mysteries featuring Sam Reeves, "Dukkha Reverb" and "Dukkha: The Suffering".

Enigma of China
Qiu Xiaolong
Minotaur Books
c/o St. Martin's Publishing Group
175 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010
9781250048578 $15.99

The latest of an ongoing series of mysteries featuring the resolute and dogged Inspector Chen Cao, Enigma of China: An Inspector Chen Novel tells of how Chen's rise amid the ranks of the Party, indirectly lands him in trouble. Chen is called to sign off on the death of Zhou Keng, the disgraced son of a major Party member. Zhou Keng's corruption had been exposed via the internet; he apparently hanged himself while in extralegal detention. The Party wants to have Zhou's death declared a suicide - but is that really what happened? Chen has grave doubts, yet a thorough investigation might anger powerful and ruthless people. Is justice for a greedy and selfish victim truly worth the deadly risk? Thought-provoking moral quandaries distinguish Enigma of China, a mystery that will keep the reader guessing until the very end.

Cat on a Cold Tin Roof
Mike Resnick
Seventh Street Books
c/o Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive
Amherst, NY 14228
9781616148898 $15.95

Five-time Hugo Award winner Mike Resnick presents Cat on a Cold Tin Roof, a mystery novel starring one-bill-away-from-bankruptcy gumshoe Eli Paxton. This time, Eli is hired to find a missing cat... which happens to have a fortune in diamonds studding its collar! Expecting a simple search of animal shelters, Eli is dismayed to learn that his case is mixed up with mob, a Bolivian drug cartel, a Swiss bank account, and multiple unwitting jewelers! Eli finds the cat (with no collar), but can he evade criminal hit men? Or afford a new transmission for his car?

Yarn Over Murder
Maggie Sefton
Berkeley Prime Crime
c/o Penguin Group (USA)
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
9780425258422, $25.95,

YARN OVER MURDER: A KNITTING MYSTERY joins others in the 'knitting mystery' series and tells of Kelly and her knitting group, which are helping endangered alpacas at a ranch when wildfires begin. And when the ranch owner is found dead, suspicion falls on employee Connie and prompts Kelly and her friends to unravel a complex sequence of events. With knitting references spicing the story line, this is a powerful survey, highly recommended for any mystery fan and especially for those who enjoy knitting.

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

Elaine Viets's CATNAPPED! A DEAD-END JOBS MYSTERY (9780451466303, $24.95) joins others in the series to provide a new story of Helen and Phil, who here are trailing a kitty kidnapper. A bitter divorce centers around the custody of a cat, but when Mort is found dead and the cat vanishes, it's up to the P.I. team to probe the wider world of cat shows to find the thief and possible murderer. The result is a fine whodunit replete with intrigue and cat-oriented drama. Hy Conrad's MR. MONK IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS (9780451470560, $23.95) provides another Adrian Monk novel based on the hit TV series. Here Monk returns to San Francisco only to find that Natalie has opened an office for their detective business. They've barely opened the doors before their first case arrives in the form of an employee who has killed several hostages at work, then vanishes. There's surprisingly little to go on as Monk and Teeger search for clues and answers in an increasingly complex case.

The Needlecraft Shelf

Modern Nature-Inspired Quilts
Bernadette Mayr
Design Originals
c/o Fox Chapel Publishing Company
1970 Broad Street N.
East Petersburg, PA 17520
9781574218602 $24.99

Award-winning German quilt artist Bernadette Mayr presents Modern Nature-Inspired Quilts, a project guide for quilters of all skill and experience levels. Focusing on beautiful, freeform needlecraft art created without ruler or stencil, Modern Nature-Inspired Quilts encourages creativity with inspirational color photographs and detailed instructional guidelines. Tips, tricks, techniques, and an index round out this wonderful compendium of hands-on creative works, perfect for gift-giving or daily use around the house.

Marvelous Crochet Motifs
Ellen Gormley
P.O. Box 8000, Big Sandy, TX 75755
9781573674737, $9.95,

Crocheting is a process of creating fabric from yarn, thread, or other material strands using a crochet hook. The word is derived from the French word "crochet", meaning hook. Hooks can be made of materials such as metals, woods, or plastic and are commercially manufactured as well as produced by artisans. Crocheting, like knitting, consists of pulling loops of material through other loops, but additionally incorporates wrapping the working material around the hook one or more times. Crochet differs from knitting in that only one stitch is active at one time (exceptions being Tunisian crochet and broomstick lace), stitches made with the same diameter of yarn are comparably taller, and a single crochet hook is used instead of two knitting needles. Additionally, crochet has its own system of symbols to represent stitch types. "Marvelous Crochet Motifs" by Ellen Gormley showcases 48 different motifs and with superbly presented and illustrated instructions, will be a highly recommended and valued addition to any personal or community library Needlecraft collections.

Complete Dressmaking Skills
Lona Knight
250 Wireless Boulevard, Hauppauge, NY 11788
9781438003566, $24.99,

Complete Dressmaking Skills provides a paring between printed book format and online support systems that include 15 teaching clips online and even scanable QR codes for smartphones, and is a fine recommendation for any who would integrate new technology with learning the basics of dressmaking. This pairing makes for a unique coverage recommended for dressmakers of all levels, packing in advice on tools and equipment, troubleshooting guides, discussions of customization and decorative embellishments, and much more. The book stands well alone, with bright, close-up color photos throughout; but works exceptionally well with its website companion, making for a recommendation above all others.

The Techniques and Art of Weaving: A Basic Guide
Marylene Brahic
Schiffer Publishing
4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
9780764344138, $34.99,

The Techniques and Art of Weaving: A Basic Guide is a lovely pick for any who would learn about different kinds of weaving throughout history, and incorporate weaving in their own lives. Step-by-step instructions for various techniques from warping to threading a loom are provided in a logical sequence of instructional with projects backing how-to advice. From weaving a rug or a jacket to making placemats, this is filled with home decor projects as well as clothing, and encourages beginners to learn some basics. Its oversize presentation makes for a perfect pick for any new to weaving who want bright, inviting color photos and a coffee-table-style presentation.

Carolina Lily: New Quilts from an Old Favorite
Baxter Lasco
American Quilter's Society
PO Box 3290, Paducah, KY 42002-3290
9781604601374, $24.95,

Carolina Lily: New Quilts from an Old Favorite provides some 18 applications for the traditional Carolina Lily block, and is a recommendation for quilters especially interested in new variations on the old block. The National Quilt Museum's annual New Quilts from an Old Favorite Contest resulted in these variations and innovations, which are here reproduced to offer both the results of the contest and exhibit and new ideas quilters will appreciate. Especially recommended for those already familiar with Carolina Lily.

Martingale & Company
19021 Avenue NE, Bothell, WA 98011

John Q. Adams's BEYOND NEUTRAL: QUILTS INSPIRED BY NATURE'S ELEMENTS (9781604683905, $24.99) provides a fine survey of quilting color palettes and uses graphic designs to gain inspiration from nature. Here are 16 projects for all skill levels that focus on moving beyond classic neutral backgrounds to provide new nature-inspired designs. Full-page color photos of quilts and earth, plants and landscapes accompany step-by-step instructions and patterns for achievement, making this a solid quilter's project book. Kelly Ashton's HEXAGONS, DIAMONDS, TRIANGLES, AND MORE SKILL-BUILDING TECHNIQUES FOR 60-DEGREE PATCHWORK (9781604683691, $26.99) is for any interested in incorporating shapes into their builts, and provides a progressive instructional for piecing 12 shapes plus incorporating problem-solving tips for common pitfalls. From creating an original design using some 80 block examples herein to making your own pattern templates, this is packed with versatile ideas for building skills and is a pick for any needleworker's collection. Also important for such holdings is Cap Sease's CAST ON, BIND OFF: 211 WAYS TO BEGIN AND END YOUR KNITTING (9781604684292, $19.99), a fine compendium of specific instructions on how to cast on and bind off. Each technique is presented with step-by-step written instructions, easy how-to illustrations, and a photo of the finished edge. Tips describe when (and when not) to use each knitting technique and provide a wealth of color illustrations throughout, making for a treasure trove of information for all levels of knitter.

The Audiobook Shelf

Mambo in Chinatown
Jean Kwok, author
Angela Lin, narrator
c/o Random House Audio Books
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 5th floor
New York, NY 10019
9780553545630 $50.00

Superbly performed by actress Angela Lin, Mambo in Chinatown is the unabridged audiobook rendition of an original novel about a young Chinese-American woman at a crossroads between two worlds. At age twenty-two, elder daughter Charlie Wong has lived in Manhattan's Chinatown nearly all her life, content to share a tiny apartment with her widower father and look after her eleven-year-old sister. When Charlie starts work as a receptionist at a ballroom dance studio uptown, she crosses the boundary into an entirely different world, one with seemingly limitless possibilities. But then a chronic illness afflicts Charlie's younger sister, and their father's steadfastly refuses to allow her to be treated with Western medicine. As Charlie's sister's health steadily worsens, Charlie is at a crossroads, searching for a way to rescue her without shattering the bonds that connect her family. A soul-searching novel about confronting tough decisions and their consequences, Mambo in Chinatown is highly recommended, especially for public library audiobook collections. 10 CDs, 13 hours.

The Dog Who Could Fly
Damien Lewis, author
Derek Perkins, narrator
Tantor Media, Inc.
6 Business Park Road
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
9781494502447 $39.99

Now in an unabridged audiobook edition brought to life by AudioFile Earphones Award-winning performer Derek Perkins, The Dog Who Could Fly is the captivating true story of a fire-forged friendship between Royal Air Force airman Robert Bozdech, and an orphaned German shepherd puppy, whom Bozdech named Ant. Bozdech discovered Ant while shot down behind enemy lines during World War II, and hid the puppy inside his jacket as he escaped. Bozdech and Ant flew together with Bomber Command, saving each other's lives on multiple occasions; though Ant eventually had to stay on the ground due to injury, he faithfully awaited his owner by the runway during every mission. Both Bozdech and Ant were recognized as war heroes by the end of the conflict. An extraordinary portrait sure to capture the hearts of dog lovers everywhere, The Dog Who Could Fly is especially recommended for public library audiobook collections. 8 CDs, 9 hours.

The World According to Bob
James Bowen, author
Kristopher Milnes, narrator
Recorded Books, LLC
270 Skip Jack Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
9781490619620 $56.75

The World According to Bob: The Further Adventures of One Man and His Street-Wise Cat is the sequel to popular memoir "A Street Cat Named Bob", now available as an unabridged audiobook production. Author James Bowen and his adopted "street cat" Bob, a hefty orange-and-white bundle of fur and attitude, return to charm the hearts of readers. James may provide for Bob and teach him tricks, but Bob has been a comforting companion to James in the wake of illness, hard times, and even life-threatening danger. Cat lovers especially will enjoy this heartwarming story of true friendship! 5 CDs, 6 hours, tracks every 3 minutes for easy bookmarking.

The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing
Mira Jacob, author and narrator
Books on Tape
c/o Random House Audio Books
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 5th floor
New York, NY 10019
9780804193252 $60.00

The debut novel of Mira Jacob, The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing is a story of dark family secrets reaching past continents and generations. Professional photographer Amina learns from her somewhat unreliable mother that her father, brain surgeon Thomas Eapen, has be talking to deceased relatives. Amina returns home to a tangled family situation. Unraveling the cause of her father's unusual behavior leads her to look into a trip the family, including Amina's defiant brother Akhil, took to India twenty years ago. Confronting tragedy hidden in the past is the only way to help her father in the present, in this thought-provoking, vividly personal saga of memorable, all-too-human characters.

Kalona's Fall
P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast, authors
Caitlin Davies, narrator
Macmillan Audio
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315
New York, NY 10010
9781427241092 $19.99

A novella in the "House of Night" series, Kalona's Fall is the unabridged audiobook performance of a fantasy novel about the dark side of love. Award-winning fantasy and paranormal romance writer P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast weave the suspenseful saga of Kalona's fall from grace in the Otherworld. Both Kalona and his brother Erebus love the goddess Nyx in different ways; Erebus as Nyx's friend and confident, Kalona as Nyx's warrior and lover. But Kalona's jealousy mounts; as desire to have Nyx all to himself curles into anger, and malevolence. Suspenseful and at times shocking, Kalona's Fall is a "must-have" for fans dark fantasy! 3 CDs, 3.5 hours.

One Plus One
Jojo Moyes, author
Read by Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and Steven France
Penguin Audio
c/o The Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
9781611762730 $39.95

One Plus One is a wonderfully lighthearted romantic novel, now available as an unabridged audiobook performed by four talented actors and actresses. Jess Thomas is a struggling single mother, trying to keep her family's heads above water. Her ex-husband has vanished, her teenaged stepson is a bullying victim, and her daughter is a mathematical genius - but Jess has neither the money nor the means to send her to the Maths Olympiad. Or does she? Jess' family stumble across Geeky Ed, a tech millionaire whose personal life is in tatters. He agrees to drive them (and even their dog!) cross-country to the Maths Olympiad, in a road trip that will ultimately change all of their lives. A tongue-in-cheek, heartwarming story, One Plus One is highly recommended.

Thorn Jack
Katherine Harbour, author
Kate Rudd, narrator
Brilliance Corporation
PO Box 887
Grand Haven, MI 49417
9781480596818 $29.99

Thorn Jack: A Night and Nothing Novel is the unabridged audiobook rendition of a dark, gothic fantasy. Serafina "Finn" Sullivan still grieves for her older sister, Lily Rose, who took her own life one year prior. Now the eighteen-year-old Finn and her college professor father have returned to his hometown of Fair Hollow, along the Hudson River. Finn becomes entranced with the handsome, mysterious Jack Fata, heir to the town's most powerful family - and earns the ire of powerful, surreal enemies! The lives of Finn's friends are also in jeopardy, but help comes from the pages of a journal that Lily left behind. Lily's written words contain clues to the menacing, supernatural denizens of a shadowy world, ruled by the beautiful and terrifying Reiko Fata. Thorn Jack is intensely written, superbly performed, and exciting to the very end! 12 CDs, 13 hours 57 min.

Hachette Audio
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017

Sarah Lotz's THE THREE (9781478952268, $30.00) receives a fine reading by Melanie McHugh and Andrew Wincott, whose acting and reading training lends to an engrossing saga of harbingers of the apocalypse. When four passenger planes crash at nearly the same moment at four different points around the world, they release four children who survive unhurt: children with dangerous powers and who may portend the end of days. An engrossing saga becomes all the more compelling for its dual narration and vivid audio rendition! John Osteen's POWER OVER THE ENEMY (9781478953296, $25.00) comes from a late pastor and teacher who has spread his message of love far and wide. Dr. Paul Osteen reads this narrative of how modern Christians don't perceive Satan's evil in the world, are tormented by fears and addictions, and what to do about it. The answer lies in gaining power over temptations: this audio tells how to identify Satan's devices in the world, and is key for any Christian who would develop a better life.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

The World According to Bob
James Bowen
Thomas Dunne Books
c/o St. Martin's Press
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
9781250046321, $24.99,

The World According to Bob: The Further Adventures of One Man and His Streetwise Cat follows the author as he moves from being a street musician to an author and celebrity - because of writing about his pet, street cat Bob, in a prior book. This is a pick for cat-lovers both familiar with the prior A STREET CAT NAMED BOB and newcomers: either group will find this a hilarious and fun survey of their ongoing life together. It's a poignant, fun story highly recommended for any with an interest in cats and pet stories in general and the savvy, personable Bob in particular!

Touching the Wild: Living with the Mule Deer of Deadman Gulch
Joe Hutto
Skyhorse Publishing
307 West 36th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10018
9781626362130, $24.95,

Touching the Wild: Living with the Mule Deer of Deadman Gulch comes from a filmmaker, writer and naturalist who here tells of a man who has lived among the mule deer in Wyoming for some seven years. Now, mule deer aren't ordinary friendly animals with humans, so when one curious animal made friends with author Joe Hutto, it was an extraordinary experience made all the more unusual by his increasingly close associations with the animals. His story provides close-up natural history observation at its best and is a top pick for any who would better understand the mule deer and its world.

350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148

Amy Johnson's SMALL ANIMAL PATHOLOGY FOR VETERINARY TECHNICIANS (9781118434215, $49.99) offers a discussion of the technician's role in pathology, terminology and diagnosis and provides a fine survey packed with practical information technicians can use in their daily work. Each body system receives a review of anatomy and function, color images, and tip boxes highlighting important issues. Additional support is provided via a companion website that also offers review questions, case studies, and images from the book, making for a 'must have' reference for any veterinarian's library. Angela Taibo's VETERINARY MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY: GUIDE AND WORKBOOK (9781118527481, $69.99) provides a user-friendly guide for understanding veterinary medical terms, and explains the basics of using this terminology in the course of veterinary medicine. Any vet's office looking for quick references and any veterinary school appealing to students learning new phrases and terms will appreciate the pairing of case studies, word lists, tip boxes, and review exercises - not to mention a companion website of flash cards, PowerPoints and images. Species-specific chapters on lab animals, exotics and horses offer a wide coverage while explanations are logically arranged by body system, which lends to at-a-glance lookup reference, for those who would use this as a dictionary. The result is a powerful survey, highly recommended for any veterinary reference library.

The Automotive Shelf

The Tasca Ford Legacy
Bob McClurg
CarTech Inc.
39966 Grand Avenue, North Branch, MN 55056
781613251287, $39.95,

"The Tasca Ford Legacy: Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday!" by veteran automotive journalist Bob McClurg is a profusely illustrated, 192 page compendium showcasing the Tasca Ford which in the 1960s was the Ford Motorcar Company's effort to compete in the high performance muscle car category. This is the detailed story of the early days of Tasca Ford, when Bob Tasca was just getting his start, and continues through the growth of the dealership during its successful performance years, all the way to modern times. An impressively researched and deftly written automotive history "The Tasca Ford Legacy: Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday!" is informed, informative, and a highly entertaining read that is enthusiastically recommended for personal and community library American Automotive History collections.

Stealing Cars
John A. Heitmann & Rebecca H. Morales
Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-4363
9781421412979, $29.95,

STEALING CARS; TECHNOLOGY & SOCIETY FROM THE MODEL T TO THE GRAN TORINO provides a fine study of auto theft and culture, and examines a range of topics to include motives, methods, and more. Studies of transportation issues have typically focused on auto manufacturing history, so it's refreshing to see a treatment that considers users and the automobile's role in American life. Experts from technology, transit and cultural history combine forces to consider American priorities and values in a solid recommendation for any transportation history collection.

The Life of the Automobile
Steven Parissien
St. Martin's Press
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
9781250040633, $27.99,

The Life of the Automobile: The Complete History of the Motor Car considers the impact the car has made on the world, and considers the history of the car, their creators, and the social, political and economic influences on their evolution. Stories of those who had visions for bigger, better cars are brought to life in a story of the entrepreneurs and engineers who worked to create and promote the automobile. The result is a lively, wide-ranging history recommended for any transportation collection.

Cafe Racers
Paul D'Orleans
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
400 First Avenue North, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1722
9780760345825, $50.00,

Cafe Racers: Speed, Style and Ton-Up Culture features an oversized format paired with full-page color photos by Michael Lichter as it covers the cafe-racer subculture of racers that exceed speeds of 100 miles per hour on public roads throughout the U.K. and Europe. The term originally replied to rebellious riders who toured on modified motorcycles for sport, but evolved to grow into a sport representing the British counterculture and a movement that swept around the world. The modern cafe-racer movement is present in numerous countries and this book examines the phenomenon and its people and places. Lovely photos accompany in-depth history by Paul d'Orleans, profiling the bikes and their riders.

The Cookbook Shelf

World Vegan Feast
Bryanna Clark Grogan
Vegan Heritage Press
PO Box 628, Woodstock, VA 22664-0628
Andrews McMeel Publishing (distributor)
1130 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO 64106-2109
9780988949294, $18.95,

Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, as well as following an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of sentient animals. A follower of veganism is known as a vegan. Showcasing more than two hundred vegan recipes drawn from some fifty different countries and compiled by Bryanna Clark Grogan, "World Vegan Feast" is a 272 page compendium of vegan dishes that range from Creole French Toast with Hot Brown Sugar Sauce (New Orleans); Roasted Asparagus Crespelle with Besciamella Sauce (Italy); Sweet and Sour Pomegranate Soup (Iraq); and Korean Broccoli Fried Rice (Korea); to Pastry Wrapped Russian Loaf (Russia); Grown-Up Nanaimo Bars (Canada); Chai Cappuccino Pudding (India); and South African Mielie Bread (South Africa). Of special value for novice vegan chefs is the opening chapter offering 'user friendly' instruction on 'World Vegan Kitchen Essentials'. Very highly recommended for personal, professional, and community library Vegetarian & Vegan cookbook collections, it should be noted that "World Vegan Feast" is also available in a Kindle edition ($7.99).

The Complete Low-Carb Cookbook
George Stella
Quail Ridge Press
PO Box 123, Brandon, MS 39043
9781934193969, $24.95,

A carbohydrate is a large biological molecule. Carbohydrates perform numerous roles in living organisms including the storage of energy, as structural components, the backbone of the genetic molecule known as RNA, a component of DNA, and many other important biomolecules that play key roles in the immune system, fertilization, preventing pathogenesis, blood clotting, and development. In food science and in many informal contexts, the term carbohydrate often means any food that is particularly rich in the complex carbohydrate starch (such as cereals, bread, and pasta) or simple carbohydrates, such as sugar (found in candy, jams, and desserts). For anyone who must restrict their carbohydrates in order to control their weight or otherwise deal with diet related health issues, "The Complete Low-Carb Cookbook" is a 224 page compendium comprised of thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' non-sugar, non-wheat, low-carb recipes that range from Mixed Berry Muffins with Fresh Blueberries and Raspberries; Chicken Marsala; Grilled Herb Crusted Sirloin; Lemon Pepper Tilapia; and Sweet Potato Cakes; to Baked Zucchini Chips; Stella-Style Cheesecake; Coconut Flapjacks; and Scalloped Squash Casserole with Ham. Illustrated with full color photography of mouth-watering dishes, "The Complete Low-Carb Cookbook" is beautifully presented and would make an enduringly popular addition to personal, family, and community library cookbook collections.

Wild Rice Goose
John G. Motoviloff
University of Wisconsin Press
1930 Monroe Street, Third Floor
Madison, WI 53711-2059
9780299299040 $24.95

Wild Rice Goose and Other Dishes of the Upper Midwest is a cookbook emphasizing dishes created from "wildfoods" that one can obtain by hunting, fishing, or foraging. Recipes include Venison Pot Pie to Squirrel Stew, Cherry Pheasant Breasts, Mushroom-Roasted Duck, Iowa Baked Turtle, Wild Rice Quiche, and much more. Tips, tricks, and techniques for preparing freshly hunted or caught meat round out this "must-have" for gourmet outdoorsmen (and women)!

Truly Texas Mexican
Adan Medrano
Texas Tech University Press
PO Box 41037
Lubbock, TX 79409-1037
9780896728509 $29.95

Illustrated with full-color, full-page photography of its sumptuous dishes on virtually every other page, Truly Texas Mexican: A Native Culinary Heritage in Recipes is a wonderful treasury of 100 kitchen-tested recipes showcasing the heritage of Texas Mexican cuisine. From tasty Beef Tamales to Potato and Egg Tacos, Crab and Avocado Cocktail, Hibiscus Drink and much more, Truly Texas Mexican features flavors to remember. A superb addition to cookbook shelves!

Basil Thyme Coriander and Other Herbs
Jean-Paul Grappe
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
195 Allstate Parkway
Markham, Ontario, Canada L3R 4T8
9781554552887 $22.95

Basil Thyme Coriander and Other Herbs is a cookbook with a unique focus - the uses of twenty different herbs to add flavor to favorite dishes, as well as their therapeutic value. Color photography illustrates the herb profiles and sumptuous recipes such as Bay Leaf Flavoured Roast Sturgeon, Dill Crusted Lamb Chops, Scallops Poached in Almond Milk with a Savory Emulsion, and much more. Step-by-step instructions - including a reference section with photographs demonstrating how to execute certain cooking techniques like removing bitterness from endives, or preparing flounder roulades - a glossary, and an index round out this excellent cookbook. Basil Thyme Coriander and Other Herbs is an inspirational resource for chefs of all skill and experience levels interested in harnessing herbal power!

Choosing Raw
Gena Hamshaw, author
Hannah Kaminsky, photographer
Da Capo Press
c/o Perseus Book Group
250 W. 57th St., Suite 1500
New York, NY 10107
9780738216874 $19.99

Illustrated with full color photography, Choosing Raw: Making Raw Foods Part of the Way You Eat is half a primer of what it means to plan meals of raw, vegan cuisine, and half a recipe resource. Sample dishes include Curried Chickpea and Carrot Salad, Quinoa Breakfast Pudding (made with coconut milk), Creamy Basil and Ginger Noodles, Raw Vegan Blueberry Ginger Ice Cream (dairy free), and much more. A hands-on guide to a healthful way of eating, Choosing Raw is a welcome addition to any cookbook collection - one doesn't have to be a vegan to thoroughly enjoy nutritious and delectable vegan recipes!

Berries And Other Small Fruit
Jean-Paul Grappe
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
195 Allstate Parkway, Markham, Ontario, Canada L3R 4T8
9781554552870, $22.95,

Berries, seasonal fruits, and honey were mankind's first sweets. They were also vital sources of vitamins and minerals. They remain medically advocated elements of a nutritious diet. They are also the foundation of palate pleasing desserts. That's where "Berries And Other Small Fruit" comes into play. This 149 page compendium presents sixty recipes that will showcase the culinary use of berries in all ways imaginable ranging from fruit wine, jams, jellies, and grilled swordfish with blueberries, to clafouti, foie gras with figs, soups, crepes and more. Profusely illustrated throughout with full color photography, each individual recipes provides a detailed list of ingredients, preparation instruction and times, along with the number of servings. Thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' in organization and presentation, "Berries And Other Small Fruits" will prove to be an attractive and popular addition to any and all personal, family, and community library cookbook collections.

Cream Puffs
Hannah Miles
CICO Books
c/o Ryland Peters & Small
519 Broadway, 5th floor, New York, NY 10012
9781849755160, $16.95,

A profiterole, cream puff (US), choux a la creme or Profitrol (Turkey) is a French dessert choux pastry ball filled with whipped cream, pastry cream, custard, or (particularly in the US) ice cream. The puffs may be decorated or left plain or garnished with chocolate sauce, caramel, or a dusting of powdered sugar. In some areas, the term profiterole is used for small versions filled with whipped ice cream and topped with chocolate although the usage varies and can include other fillings. Now even the most novice of kitchen cooks can create bakery quality cream puffs in all manner of varieties and variations by following the recipes that Hannah Miles has compiled in "Cream Puffs And Other Delicious French Pastries", a 64 page compendium showcasing desserts that range from Triple Chocolate Cream Puffs and Pistachio Religieuse to a Strawberry Cream Puff Ring, Fresh Fruit Eclairs, and Strudel Cream Puffs with Caramel Glaze. Beautifully illustrated throughout, "Cream Puffs And Other Delicious French Pastries" is a truly elegant addition to any personal, professional, or community library cookbook collections.

The Donut
Michael Krondl
Chicago Review Press
814 North Franklin Street, Chicago, IL 60610
9781613746707, $16.95,

A doughnut or donut is a type of fried dough confectionery or dessert food. The doughnut is popular in many countries and prepared in various forms as a sweet snack that can be homemade or purchased in bakeries, supermarkets, food stalls, and franchised specialty outlets. They are usually deep-fried from a flour dough, and typically either ring-shaped or without a hole and often filled. Other types of batters can also be used, and various toppings and flavorings are used for different types, such as sugar, chocolate, or maple glazing. In addition to flour, doughnuts may also include such ingredients as water, leavening, eggs, milk, sugar, oil/shortening, natural flavors and/or artificial flavors. The two most common types are the toroidal ring doughnut and the filled doughnut - which is injected with fruit preserves, cream, custard, or other sweet fillings. A small spherical piece of dough may be cooked as a doughnut hole. Other shapes include rings, balls, and flattened spheres, as well as ear shapes, twists and other forms. Doughnut varieties are also divided into cake and risen type doughnuts. "The Donut: History, Recipes, and Lore from Boston to Berlin" by Michael Krondl is a wonderfully illustrated, 168 page compendium comprised of 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes for creating bakery quality donuts at home, as well as an informative and entertaining background on the folklore and history of one of the world's favorite fried treats. Of special note is the section prefacing the recipes themselves and offering an informed commentary on fat, frying tips, and topping for donuts. The variations of donut recipes range from Zalabia: Syrian Hanukkah Fritters; Whole Wheat Apple Cider Donuts, and Chocolate-Glazed Bismarcks with Marshmallow Cream; to Mexican Chocolate Churros; Dulce De Leche Raised Donuts with Salty Caramel Glaze; Key Lime Crullers; and Baked Red Velvet Donuts with Vanilla Bean Icing. Enthusiastically recommended, "The Donut: History, Recipes, and Lore from Boston to Berlin" will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to any personal, professional, family, or community library cookbook collections.

Make it Lighter
Angela Nilsen
c/o Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9780600627739, $24.99,

Make it Lighter provides a fine collection of healthier versions of favorite recipes, and offers the author's own tips for making the most of traditional dishes that have been slimmed down for modern eaters. This is more than another recipe collection: it outlines how she modified dishes and adds nutritional analysis and step-by-step photos. Tips for each dish range from using a nonstick skillet to use less oil to using olive oil substitutes for butter and cream-based dishes. The result is a powerful survey of delicious favorites recommended for any who want to diet without giving up their favorite comfort foods!

The New Greenmarket Cookbook
Gabrielle Langholtz
Da Capo Lifelong
c/o Perseus Book Group
250 W. 57th St., Suite 1500, New York, NY 10107
9780738216898, $24.99,

The New Greenmarket Cookbook gathers recipes and culinary tips from modern chefs who focus on farm-fresh ingredients, and provides home cooks with a set of insights on using fresh produce in innovative new ways. Ideas come from New York's best chefs and range from Fresh Fettuccini with Spring Greens to Spicy Watermelon Granita and Apricot Jam. The recipes follow a year's cycle at the market where local farmers and gardeners sell their wares, and accompany profiles of some twenty farmers who sell to New York City residents. A fine collection emerges!

Everyday Vegan Eats
Zsu Dever
Vegan Heritage Press
P.O. Box 628, Woodstock, VA 22664-0628
9780985466268, $19.95,

Everyday Vegan Eats: Family Favorites from My Kitchen to Yours presents plant-based meals that families will enjoy. Author and restaurant owner Zsu Dever's family went vegan years ago: this compiles the recipes she's used to keep them satisfied, and demonstrates methods for adapting traditional family recipes to vegan tastes. With her guidance even Baked Macaroni and Cheese and French Toast assume new, satisfying make-overs. Add color photos throughout and you have a winning guide.

A Change of Appetite
Diana Henry
Mitchell Beazley
c/o Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9781845338923, $34.99,

A Change of Appetite offers a fine collection of recipes for healthy eating and offers dishes inspired by world cuisines from Russia to Scandinavia, packed with flavor and appeal. While 'healthy' here is profiled, it's less about weight loss than about flavor and freshness. Chapters are packed with recipes organized by season for maximum use of fresh, seasonal ingredients and pair this approach with dishes packed with unusual flavor combinations from Ricotta with Summer Berries and Honey to Shawarma Chicken with Warm Chickpea Puree and Sumac Onions. Expect something delightfully different with this appealing coverage, recommended for any cookbook collection looking for something different.

Gluten-Free Baked Products
Jeffrey L. Casper and William A. Atwell
AACC International Press
3340 Pilot Knob Road, St. Paul, MN 55121
9781891127809, $179.00,

Food service professionals, chemists working with foods, and bakers involved with gluten-free baked products will all find this technical treatment of gluten-free baked goods to be key to developing and manufacturing gluten-free products. Chapters provide a basic introduction to such products, their development requirements, and how to understand Celiac disease and gluten intolerance: something quite essential as gluten is evident in many products one wouldn't ordinarily think about. From formulating snacks, cakes and breads to regulations and certification procedures, this is a 'must' for any interested in the latest gluten-free technology.

The Best of Rose Elliot
Rose Elliot
c/o Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9780600628774, $29.99,

The Best of Rose Elliot: The Ultimate Vegetarian Collection comes from one of England's best vegetarian chefs, and provides a fine collection from two of her books: vegetarian Supercook and Sumptuous Suppers. It's packed with influences from around the world, take-offs on meat dishes, and meals designed for parties to quick dinners alike. The result is a lovely collection of original creations that will expand any vegetarian cook's collection.

Da Capo Lifelong
c/o Perseus Book Group
250 W. 57th St., Suite 1500, New York, NY 10107,

Jane Barthelemy's GOOD MORNING PALEO: MORE THAN 150 EASY FAVORITES TO STAR YOUR DAY, GLUTEN- AND GRAIN-FREE (9780738217451, $18.99) provides recipes for some 150 low-carb recipes for breakfasts that are gluten-, grain-, and dairy-free, and is a pick for any who would use it to support either the Paleo diet or other diet plans. Recipes for Breakfast Burritos, Baked Eggs, Quiche Lorraine and others modify ingredients and use easy lists of staples commonly found in Paleo kitchens. The result is a fine survey recommended for any general cookbook collection; especially those seeking more Paleo guides. Terry Hope Romero's SALAD SAMURAI: 100 CUTTING-EDGE, ULTRA-HEARTY, EASY-T0-MAKE SALADS YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE VEGAN TO LOVE (9780738214870, $19.99) comes from an award-winning chef that shows how salads can move beyond bland, boring styles to become amazing entrees. From a Deviled Kale Caesar Salad to Seared Garlic Chickpeas, Spinach and Farro, expect a dose of 'exotic' ingredients (i.e. to be found in health food stores, not your everyday supermarket), amazing dressings, and meatless, dairy-free dishes arranged by season (even winter). A top pick for any looking for something different.

The All-New Vegetarian Passport
Linda Woolven
Whitecap Books
314 West Cordova St., Suite 201
Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6B 1E8
9781770501799, $34.95,

The All-New Vegetarian Passport: 350 Healthy Recipes Inspired by Global Cuisines is packed with color photos, arranged with color-coded pages by region to make for quick and easy referencing, and recipes that are geared to vegan and gluten-free options. From Asia and the Middle East to India and the Americas, this pairs recipes with icons on which are suitable for different diets, from celiac disease and diabetes to heart disease, arthritis and vegan diet plans. The result is a highly recommended pick for any vegetarian cook and collections catering to them.

Tea and Treats
Liz Franklin
Ryland Peters & Small
519 Broadway, 5th floor, New York, NY 10012
9781849754972, $24.95,

TEA AND TREATS is packed with over fifty recipes matching tea to sweets, and is the perfect item of choice for any who would create classic afternoon teas by understanding different kinds of teas and how they pair with sweets. In order to fully appreciate this approach, of course cooks should have an affinity for both. Those who do will find the coverage of teas offers many insights, from bubble teas and green and white teas to fruit trees - and will discover how to pair each kind of tea with the appropriate sweet flavors for best effect. The history and health applications of the teas are also included in a fine pick for any cookbook collection.

Itsu: The Cookbook
Julian Metcalfe and Blanche Vaughan
Mitchell Beazley
c/o Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9781845338985, $19.99,

Itsu: The Cookbook: 100 Low-Calorie Eat Beautiful Recipes for Health & Happiness comes from the London-based restaurant chain: the first and only fast food chain dedicated to light, healthy food. It's spent some ten years developing a range of fast, delicious and Asian-inspired dishes which are offered here to home cooks in a user-friendly manual packed with some 100 recipes from soups and salads to noodles and desserts. Each dish is less than 300 calories per serving, takes less than 30 minutes to prepare from scratch, and adheres to any dieter's plan. Add color photos for maximum impact and appeal!

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Health for Life
Karen E. McConnell, et al.
Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc.
PO Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61820-5076
9781450434935, $49.00,

The collaborative work of Karen E. McConnell (Pacific Lutheran University), Charles B. Corbin (Arizona State University), David E. Corbin (University of Nebraska at Omaha), and Terrir D. Farrar (Pacific Lutheran University), "Health for Life" is a 424 page textbook deftly organized into six major units of instruction: Understanding Health and Wellness; Preventing Disease and Seeking Care; Embracing Priority Lifestyles; Building Relationships and Lifelong Health; Avoiding Destructive Habits; Creating Health and Safe Communities. This collection of lessons plans provides an ideal high school level curriculum structure and would also prove to be thoroughly 'user friendly' for home schooling instruction as well. Exceptionally well organized and presented, "Health for Life" is enhanced with the inclusion a wealth student web resources, as well as an eight page glossary and a comprehensive index. Also very highly recommended for school Health & Fitness curriculums from Human Kinetics and now in a completely updated sixth edition is "Fitness for Life" (9781450497534, $39.00) by the team of Charles B. Corbin and Guy C. Le Masurier.

The Clinical Nutrition Manager's Handbook
Julie A. Grim & Susan Renee Roberts, editors
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
9780880914819, $55.00,

Clinical nutrition is nutrition of patients in health care. Clinical in this sense refers to the management of patients, including not only outpatients at clinics, but also (and mainly) inpatients in hospitals. It incorporates primarily the scientific fields of nutrition and dietetics. It aims to keep a healthy energy balance in patients, as well as providing sufficient amounts other nutrients such as protein, vitamins, minerals. "The Clinical Nutrition Manager's Handbook: Solutions For The Busy Professional" is a 271 page manual organized into ten informative chapters drawn from experienced clinical nutrition managers and offers a wealth of clinical nutrition management tools, 'best practices' and practical tips. "The Clinical Nutrition Manager's Handbook" covers staff hiring, management, and development; budgeting, financial management, revenue generation, and business plans; statutory and regulatory issues; quality control in foodservice operations; quality management and improvement; productivity and time management; strategic planning; innovations and trends in clinical nutrition; 'Nutrition Informatics; and conducting clinical research. "The Clinical Nutrition Manager's Handbook" is highly recommended for novice nutrition managers and has a great deal of enduring value for experienced nutritional management staff members as well.

The Dash Diet to End Obesity
William M. Manger, MD, PhD, Jennifer K. Nelson, MS, RD
Marion J. Franz, MS, RD, CDE, and Edward J. Roccella, PhD, MPH, authors
Hunter House Publishers
PO Box 2914
Alameda, CA 94501-2914
9780897936439 $15.95

The Dash Diet to End Obesity is practical guide to improving one's eating and health habits, the better to prevent hypertension and type 2 diabetes, as well as reduce excess weight. This is not a fad or crash diet book; there is no magic pill or quick fix to combat obesity - but a wealth of tips, tricks, and techniques (such as reducing the size of one's meal plate, and assigning half of it to fruits or vegetables) help make the gradual transition to wellness easier to achieve. "The problem with most diet books is that they oversimplify a complex subject. In real life, there are thousands of food items to choose from, portion sizes are not standardized, and calories aren't the entire story - you also must contend with sugar, salt, and saturated fat." The authors of The Dash Diet to End Obesity are all medical professionals, who apply their expertise to a list of recommended foods, and lifestyle improvements. The pros and cons of weight-loss surgery for the morbidly obese are also candidly discussed. An excellent guide of distilled wisdom, The Dash Diet to End Obesity is candid, forthright, and a "must-read" for anyone seeking to lose weight.

Confronting Chronic Pain: A Pain Doctor's Guide to Relief
Steven H. Richeimer, MD with Kathy Steligo
Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-4363
9781421412535, $24.95,

Confronting Chronic Pain: A Pain Doctor's Guide to Relief is filled with tips to help everyone who struggles with daily, chronic pain, and comes from a doctor who specializes in the field of pain management. Chapters survey what causes different kinds of pain, from arthritis and back pain to migraine and cancer - and offers the latest information on neurostimulators, pain medications, and alternative medicine alike. There are different, new approaches to pain management that a everyone should become familiar with: this book covers them all!

The Autism Shelf

101 Tips for Parents of Children With Autism
Arnold Miller and Theresa C. Smith
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Inc.
400 Market Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19106
9781849069602, $19.95,

101 Tips for Parents of Children With Autism: Effective Solutions for Everyday Challenges offers strategies to help children cope with obstacles and inappropriate behaviors, and is directed to parents who want to know more about the successful Miller Method. This book has been featured before but deserves ongoing mention for its expansion of Miller's techniques and for its important keys to understanding behavior modification.

The Asperkid's Game Plan
Jennifer Cook O'Toole
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
400 Market Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19106
9781849059596, $26.95,

The Asperkid's Game Plan provides a fine survey on structured play that engages kids with Asperger syndrome and uses strengths they already have to develop skills, making this a solid compendium of games and activities for parents and teachers alike. A range of scenarios shows how Aspie kids learn and how activities can be tailored to make the most of their abilities, making for an education title applicable to a range of budgets and scenarios.

Sleep Well on the Autism Spectrum
Kenneth J. Aitken
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
400 Market Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19106
9781849053334, $24.95,

Sleep Well On The Autism Spectrum: How To Recognise Common Sleep Difficulties, Choose The Right Treatment, And Get You Or Your Child Sleeping Soundly is an outstanding book for parents and individuals who look for better sleep patterns for those on the autism spectrum, and considers the special management of these individuals who struggle with sleep disorders. A range of sleep disorders and possible treatments consider their symptoms, how they evolve, and their treatment, making for a fine survey recommended for any psychology, health, and medicine collection.

LEGO-Based Therapy
Daniel B. LeGoff,
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
400 Market Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19106
9781849055376, $24.95,

LEGO-Based Therapy: How to Build Social Competence Through LEGO-Based Clubs for Children With Autism and Related Conditions offers a complete guide to the therapy that contains all the basics needed to set up and run a LEGO-Based Club for special-needs kids. It uses LEGO building to foster social development and social rules, and provides a manual outlining the theory and research of autism treatments and how the LEGO-Based Club idea works in real life. The result is a solid reference for any education or health collection working with autistic kids.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

Oracle of Visions
Ciro Marchetti
U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
179 Ludlow Street, Stamford, CT 06902
9781572817562, $21.95,

In Classical Antiquity, an oracle was a person or agency considered to interface wise counsel or prophetic predictions or precognition of the future, inspired by the gods. As such it is a form of divination. The word oracle comes from the Latin verb orare "to speak" and properly refers to the priest or priestess uttering the prediction. Oracles were thought to be portals through which the gods spoke directly to people. The lush Victorian-influenced images of Ciro Marchetti's "Oracle of Visions" deck provide unique perspectives for insightful divination and meditation in the ancient oracle tradition through the use of tarot cards. The imaginative scenes encourage us to set aside pre-conceived ideas and investigate the choices, decisions, and consequences faced each day. With impressively striking card images and very highly recommended, the "Oracle of Visions" set includes 52 cards and 140-page booklet.

Deviant Moon Tarot Deck
Patrick Valenza
U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
179 Ludlow Street, Stamford, CT 06902
9781572817715, $20.00,

The tarot is a pack of used from the mid-15th century in various parts of Europe to play a group of card games such as Italian tarocchini and French tarot. From the late 18th century until the present time the tarot has also found use by mystics and occultists in efforts at divination or as a map of mental and spiritual pathways. The creation of Patrick Valenza, "Deviant Moon Tarot Deck" presents uniquely alternative interpretations of traditional tarot with symbolism inspired by childhood dreams. Stylized moon-faced characters created from manipulated photographs of 18th century tombstones are set against evocative backgrounds. Incorporated into the artwork are surreal scenes of distant smoke stacks, insane asylums and abandoned buildings. The accompanying booklet gives interesting card descriptions and interpretations, both upright and reversed. The symmetric card backs, showing different phases of the moon, allow for reversed readings. Also included in the booklet is a unique ten-card spread called the Lunatic Spread, which mimics the shape of the full moon, and derives energy from its circular pattern. Hauntingly beautiful with metaphysical imagery, "Deviant Moon Tarot Deck" is truly extraordinary and highly recommended for personal and professional tarot deck collections.

Ancient Animal Wisdom
Stacy James & Jada Fire
U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
179 Ludlow Street, Stamford, CT 06902
9781572817722, $21.95,

Co-written by Stacy James and Jada Fire, and superbly illustrated by Jada Fires art work, "Ancient Animal Wisdom" is an oracle set that brings the energy and insight of 38 different African animal spirit guides into your life to help you connect with your own intuition and find clarity. Vibrant artwork is paired with inspirational passages. The 44-page illustrated guidebook offers 10 card spreads as well as numerological approaches for using the "Ancient Animal Wisdom" oracle cards. Unique, beautiful, inspiring, "Ancient Animal Wisdom" will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to any and all personal tarot card and oracle card collections.

Drawing Down the Sun
Stephanie Woodfield
Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
2143 Wooddale Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125
9780738740379, $19.99,

Drawing Down the Sun: Rekindle the Magick of the Solar Goddesses is a recommendation for any new age collection strong in goddess-based spirituality and the melding of spirit, mind and body, and features focus on fourteen different goddesses and how to use and recognize their different divine spirits through rituals and spells. Chapters discuss their different attributes, how to use healing energies differently for each, and how to incorporate solar magick and meditations into the mix, making this a fine guide for any looking to incorporate the divine feminine in their rituals and spiritual work.

The Sports Shelf

Racing Maxims & Methods of Pittsburg Phil
Edward W. Cole
Cardoza Publishing
5473 South Eastern Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89119
1580423140 $14.95

Pittsburg Phil personally amassed a fortune of $3,250,000 (worth $80 million in today's dollars) by investing his earnings from the racetrack. Racing Maxims & Methods of Pittsburg Phil contains the condensed horseracing wisdom of this well-known founder of the modern practice of handicapping (calculating the scoring advantage to equalize the overall odds of winning in sports - an indispensable part of the horse race betting industry). Chapters discuss handicapping horses by class and weight, how to identify side effects from drugs used on horses, the pivotal roles of trainers and jockeys, and more. A handful his brief yet cutting maxims round out this absolute "must-have" for anyone interested in placing bets on the sport. "If there are two or three very fast horses in a race, one or two of them will quit before the end of the journey. Hence, look out for your intelligent jockey."

The Greatest Golf Courses and How They Are Played
Mark Rowlinson, General Editor
c/o Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9780600628477, $19.99,

The Greatest Golf Courses and How They Are Played provides a unique insight into the world's best golf clubs, has been selected by a panel of experts and illustrated with computer art, and imparts the basics of what makes these courses exceptional and how to play them. Golfers will appreciate a fine survey profiling the golfing scene in different regions, with photos from experts in course design accompanying quotes from architects and players alike. From courses across America to Canadian courses, this packs in lovely photos to pair with statistics on the best golf courses around, and is a pick for any avid golfer.

The Military Shelf

War Of Attrition
William Philpott
The Overlook Press
141 Wooster Street, New York, NY 10012
9781468302684, $32.50,

Attrition warfare is a military strategy in which a belligerent side attempts to win a war by wearing down the enemy to the point of collapse through continuous losses in personnel and materiel. The war will usually be won by the side with greater such resources. The word attrition comes from the Latin root 'atterere' meaning to rub against, similar to the "grinding down" of the opponent's forces in attrition warfare. World War I, also known as the First World War, was a global war centered in Europe that began on 28 July 1914 and lasted until 11 November 1918. From the time of its occurrence until the approach of World War II, it was called simply the World War or the Great War, and thereafter the First World War or World War I. In America, it was initially called the European War. More than 9 million combatants were killed; a casualty rate exacerbated by the belligerents' technological and industrial sophistication, and tactical stalemate. It was one of the deadliest conflicts in history, paving the way for major political changes, including revolutions in many of the nations involved. It is commonly acknowledged that with the introduction of military technological advances, World War I was largely fought by all sides as a war of attrition. "War of Attrition: Fighting the First World War" by William Philpott (Professor of the History of Warfare, Department of War Studies, King's College, London, England) is a 416 page compendium providing an historically descriptive analysis with respect to how this international conflict was waged with respect to each sides resources, strategies, deployments, and battle engagement. A work of truly impressive and documented scholarship, "War of Attrition: Fighting the First World War" is a strongly recommended contribution to the growing library of World War I literature and an invaluable addition to both community and academic library 20th Century Military History reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

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

Chris McNab's SOVIET SUBMACHINE GUNS OF WORLD WAR II (9781782007944, $18.95) is for any collection strong in either military history or weaponry, and provides a coverage of the origins and development of the Soviet-made submachine guns of World War II. Chapters provide assessments of their strengths and limitations and provide strong historical and technical surveys of these guns and their impact on the war. The result is a powerful survey recommended for firearms and military history holdings. Barrett Tillman's US MARINE CORPS FIGHTER SQUADRONS OF WORLD WAR II (9781782004103, $25.95) provides a fine survey of Marine Corps action during the second world war, and covers Marine fighter squadrons operating legendary aircraft. It comes from an aviation historian who here provides tribute to individual flyers and combat operations alike, packing in historic details about the squadrons and their activities. The result is a powerful survey, highly recommended for any military history, Marine or aircraft history holding. Douglas C. Dildy's FALL GELB 1940(1): PANZER BREAKTHROUGH IN THE WEST (9781782006442, $21.95) provides a fine survey of the clash between German and French forces in 1940. Hitler moved 136 divisions through Belgium and northern France to destroy the Allied forces there and gain territory for campaigns against France and English: this follows the German efforts as its three Panzer corps embarked on their assault. Vintage black and white photos, charts, and maps accompany a fascinating chronology of military engagement perfect for any World War II history collection. David R. Higgins' JAGDPANTHER VS. SU-100 (9781782002956, $18.95) provides a powerful account of the Eastern Front in 1945 and focuses on the German Jagdpanther and Soviet SU-100 destroyers who fought each other during the final German offensive in the area. Chapters offer close inspection of weaponry, strategies, and fighters and come from an authority on armored warfare, offering a blend of vintage photos and color contemporary illustrations to reveal the weapons and their use. A fine recommendation for military collections strong in weapons analysis. CHALLENGE OF BATTLE: THE BRITISH ARMY'S ENTRY INTO THE FIRST WORLD WAR by Adrian Gilbert (9781849088596, $25.95) offers general military history holdings a close inspection of the British Army in 1914, considering its organization and tactics during the war and reviewing its progress and failings. Chapters examine the decisions made by officers and use diaries, letters and other historical documents to trace not just events, but how they affected all involved. A fine recommendation for any general collection. Also recommended for the same general military history audience is GARY GALLAGHER'S CIVIL WAR: FORT SUMTER TO APPOMATTOX (9781782006435, $30.00), an exploration of the political, historical and cultural significance of the war. Chapters consider the war from beginning to end with an eye to exploring how four bloody years of battle affected civilians and military fighters alike, making for a fine addition not just to military but general American history holdings alike. Chris McNab's HITLER'S FORTRESSES: GERMAN FORTIFICATIONS AND DEFENCES 1939-45 (9781782008286, $40.00) provides a detailed guide to every defensive project in the Third Reich, and packs in drawings, maps, and photos that include 3-D and cutaway views to further display defensive operations. Chapters offer insights into Germany's defensive history and strategies and make for a fine account recommended for any definitive military collection. TRENCH: A HISTORY OF TRENCH WARFARE ON THE WESTERN FRONT by Stephen Bull (9781472801326, $19.95) offers something different to readers of military history: a narrowed focus on the tactics, events, and struggles revolving around trench warfare. Photos, illustrations, trench maps and first-hand accounts accompany a detailed soldier's viewpoint of World War I, offering discussions of the new farm of warfare, its methods and tactics, and its impact on soldiers. It's an outstanding survey highly recommended for any interested in military history.

The Art Shelf

Jersey Shore Impressionists
Roy Pedersen
Down the Shore Publishing
PO Box 100, West Creek, NJ 08092
9781593220730, $36.00,

Impressionism is a 19th-century art movement that originated with a group of Paris-based artists. Their independent exhibitions brought them to prominence during the 1870s and 1880s, in spite of harsh opposition from the conventional art community in France. The name of the style derives from the title of a Claude Monet work, Impression, soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise), which provoked the critic Louis Leroy to coin the term in a satirical review published in the Parisian newspaper Le Charivari. Impressionist painting characteristics include relatively small, thin, yet visible brush strokes, open composition, emphasis on accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities (often accentuating the effects of the passage of time), ordinary subject matter, inclusion of movement as a crucial element of human perception and experience, and unusual visual angles. "Jersey Shore Impressionists: The Fascination of Sun and Sea 1880-1940" by American art historian and dealer Roy Pedersen is a beautifully illustrated 127 page compendium showcasing the distinctive artwork of a group of American impressionist painters using the seascapes and landscapes of the New Jersey shoreline for their inspiration. Informed, informative, and a sheer delight to browse through, "Jersey Shore Impressionists: The Fascination of Sun and Sea 1880-1940" is a seminal and highly recommended contribution to personal, professional, academic, and community library American Art History reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

Complete Guide to Watercolour Painting
David Bellamy
Search Press USA
1338 Ross Street, Petaluma, CA 94954-1117
9781844487349, $19.95,

Complete Guide to Watercolour Painting comes from a watercolourist who shares his expertise in a reference for artists that covers everything from landscapes and buildings to people. It offers seven step-by-step demonstrations, over 250 photos accompanying them, and other inspirational photos documenting the process and its results. From incorporating different kinds of perspective to working with nature and capturing light, this guide covers all the basics watercolourists must know in order to create a polished, professional-looking result. Any who would improve their skills or begin a project in watercolour will find this a winning survey.

Colliding Worlds
Arthur I. Miller
W. W. Norton & Company
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110
9780393083361, $35.00,

Colliding Worlds: How Cutting-Edge Science is Redefining Contemporary Art is a recommendation for arts and science holdings alike, and considers the common ground connecting these seemingly-disparate worlds. It comes from a professor and popular science writer who reviews the concept of the Third Culture, based on British novelist C.P. Snow's description of Western culture as divided between the sciences and the humanities. In this environment the two fuse and scientists and artists work together to create works that illustrate and display high-tech modern society. Chapters provide plenty of examples and support for the connections between the two seemingly-disparate disciplines and make for accessible reading for general-interest and specialty audiences alike!

The Computer Shelf

Creative Web Design with Adobe Muse
David Asch
Focal Press
c/o Elsevier/Butterworth Heinemann
3251 Riverport Lane, Maryland Heights, MO 63043
9780415811798, $39.95,

Adobe Muse is a product by Adobe Systems. The software is focused on allowing designers to create websites without having to write any code. This app is available through Adobe Creative Cloud. "Creative Web Design with Adobe Muse" by David Asch is an illustrated, 208 page, step-by-step formatted instruction guide that will enable even the most novice of web designers to easily incorporate Photoshop into Adobe Muse resulting in effective, efficient, and elegantly designed web pages. Of special note is a companion website with up-to-the-minute coverage of Muse and other tutorials to help design the perfect web page. Thoroughly 'user friendly' from first page to last, "Creative Web Design with Adobe Muse" is highly recommended for personal, professional, academic, and community library Computer Science instruction guide reference collections.

Facebook All-in-One For Dummies
Jamie Crager,
For Dummies
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9781118791783, $29.99,

Facebook All-in-One For Dummies has been completely updated to include Facebook's latest changes, from using mobile Facebook apps to managing pages, news feeds and timelines, and is a pick for both newcomers to Facebook and those who would delve into using the social media for marketing their own brand or pursuit. Chapters cover all aspect of connecting using social media, and assume no prior knowledge as they provide a sequence of opportunities for applying Facebook's structure to business and social pursuits alike. A great place for beginners to locate the latest information in the most accessible format!

Build an Awesome PC, 2014 Edition
Mike Riley
Pragmatic Programmers
2831 Eldorado Parkway, #103-381, Frisco, TX 75033-7438
9781941222171, $17.00,

The 2014 edition of Build an Awesome PC is edited by Jacquelyn Carter and provides a short yet in-depth focus on how to build a PC, pairing a tutorial approach with basics covering every point, from powering the motherboard to installing CPU cooling units and selecting a case. Any working on their own computer-making projects will find this packed with color photos throughout, and plenty of description of processes and pitfalls - enough to successfully complete a PC-building job!

A Practical Guide to Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, seventh edition
Mark G. Sobell
Prentice Hall Professional
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
9780133477436, $32.75,

The seventh updated edition of A Practical Guide to Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux blends a tutorial format suitable for classroom study with a programmer's desk reference, which makes it a recommendation for students and practicing professionals alike. The focus is on the latest Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux applications, with chapters from one of the world's leading Linux experts offering all the basics. But don't assume this is only for those with Linux backgrounds: no prior Linux experiences is needed and chapters begin with the basics of installation and applying Linux operations to different tasks. This edition includes new programming chapters, new tutorials, and the latest program versions and concerns, from security to cloud computing.

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

Michael Manoochehri's DATA JUST RIGHT: INTRODUCTION TO LARGE-SCALE DATA & ANALYTICS (9780321898654, $39.99) is recommended for businesses and computer collections interested in applying large-scale data to building applications. It's a survey that tells how to manage datasets, build pipelines and dashboards, and apply statistical analysis to business pursuits, and it's packed with a blend of theory and applications key to successful business pursuits in any industry. Techniques use many of the latest data analysis tools in a pick business leaders will find perfect for communicating with IT professionals. Brad Dayley's JQUERY AND JAVASCRIPT PHRASEBOOK (9780321918963, $29.99) provides a key reference of codes and commands and is recommended for any who would use jQuery more effectively. Its pocket tote appearance lends to a guide that is both compact and well organized, offering some 100 reusable code bits to code functional jQuery on the fly. With its fine arrangement, this is a top pick for any who seek a take-along tote.

WordPress for Dummies
Lisa Sabin-Wilson
For Dummies
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9781118791615, $24.99,

WordPress for Dummies covers the latest releases of WordPress and is a recommendation for both newcomers who would use it for the first time and those who would set up their first blog using either of the popular WordPress versions. From locating free themes and plug-ins to customizing templates and staying up to date with WordPress changes, this is a fine introduction for any who would apply WordPress to a blog or online pursuit, offering plenty of visuals and a chatty, easy format that lends to understanding.

The Education Shelf

Explore Personal Care
Don Bastian, Tom Kinney, Autumn Garza
Attainment Company
PO Box 930160, Verona, WI 53593-0160

Created by the team of Don Bastian, Tom Kinney, and Autumn Garza, "Explore Personal Care" is a complete and exceptional curriculum for teaching personal hygiene practices and related skills to transition students and is especially appropriate for use with grades 6 through 12. "Explore Personal Care" covers 35 vital personal care activities designed specifically for young women and 31 essential personal activities for young men. Included are the hygiene basics like brushing teeth and taking showers, to practical issues for young men and women such as buying clothes, being stylish, and getting along with friends. The student Survival Guide books -- one for women (EX-PW01T, $42.00) and one for men (Ex-PM01T, $42.00) -- include relevant vocabulary with definitions provided, enlarged text with symbols, step-by-step illustrated activity sequences, two comprehension quizzes, and instructive photo essays of the activities featuring age appropriate models. Throughout, the student books are heavily illustrated to support struggling readers. Very highly recommended for both public and private school Health & Hygiene curriculums (as well as home school curriculums), "Explore Personal Care" series is available as an Introductory Kit (EX-P10T, $259.00) and a Classroom Kit (EX-P20T, $499.00).

The Power of Playful Learning
Joyce Hemphill, Laura Scheinholtz, and Heather Von Bank
Capstone Press
PO Box 669, Mankato, MN 56002-0669
9781625219299, $19.95,

The collaborative project of professional educators Joyce Hemphill, Laura Scheinholtz, and Heather Von Bank, "The Power of Playful Learning: The Green Edition" is a 184 page collection of playful activities will support and complement a classroom curriculum with games and activities can be made almost entirely from common household recyclables. Each individual activity includes simple instructions for creating the game or toy and a list of educational and developmental benefits. These classroom based activities are nicely organized into five chapters based on skills being applied, and skills in number sense, objects in motion, and speaking and language are developed along the way. Estimating, measurement, and graphing Planning and development Putting things together Sequencing, making connections, and spatial relationships Developing a greater understanding of objects in motion. Thoroughly 'user friendly', "The Power of Playful Learning: The Green Edition" is very highly recommended as a school curriculum resource for preschool through fifth grade classes.

Leading the e-Learning Transformation of Higher Education
Gary Miller,
Stylus Publishing
22883 Quicksilver Drive, Sterling, VA 20166-2012
9781579227968, $35.00,

Leading the e-Learning Transformation of Higher Education comes for innovators in the field of on-line learning, and not only reviews the specifics of how technology is changing the world of higher education, but considers the leadership and educational challenges that come with the e-learning environment. Chapters share successes, explains how to blend e-learning into higher education goals, and comes from contributors who themselves hold leadership roles in their organizations. A 'must' for any educator involved in higher learning processes.

Uncommon Core
Michael W. Smith,
Corwin Press
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218
9781483333526, $29.95,

Uncommon Core: Where the Authors of the Standards Go Wrong About Instruction - and How You Can Get it Right provides a fine survey offering reader-based approaches as alternatives to text-based ones in the common core standards, and pinpoints misunderstandings about standards-based instruction that could prove detrimental to student learning. This is more than criticism of some of the approaches of common core instruction: it's packed with alternatives and discussions of criteria that augment and enhance the basic concepts of the common core. The result is a powerful teacher's guide packed with food for thought on customizing common core approaches for maximum benefit.

Your Left-Handed Child
Lauren Milsom
Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9780600628767, $14.99,

Your Left-Handed Child: Making Things Easy for Left-Handers in a Right-Handed World comes from an author who herself is a left-hander, as well as a mother of one - and she has owned the Left Handed Shop in London for some thirty years. Her title is packed with strategies for helping kids of all ages adjust to their left-handed nature, and covers everything from recognizing early signs of left-handedness from infancy to school years to helping young children learn even complicated tax such as getting dressed. Her coverage of manufactured aids and new designs accompanies educational strategies that will appeal to any educator or parent.

2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218,

Leslie Blauman with Jim Burke's THE COMMON CORE COMPANION: THE STANDARDS DECODED (9781483349855, $34.95) is recommended for educators of grades 3-5 who will find this a fine reference for any interested in the standards for literature and informational texts. Teaching ideas for each standard is accompanied by adaptations, tips on how to develop skills key to using the standards successfully, and a glossary of academic language for each standard. Add graphic organizers, rubrics, and reproducible planning templates and you have an educator's workbook that is geared to classroom teachers who want to adopt the standards to their own techniques and lesson plans. Kristen Swanson and Hadley J. Ferguson's UNLEASHING STUDENT SUPERPOWERS: PRACTICAL TEACHING STRATEGIES FOR 21ST CENTURY STUDENTS (9781483350969, $30.00) provides instructors with the basics of creating an inquiry-based, student-driven learning environment and pairs research with specific directions on how to turn ordinary students into stars. Each student has hidden talents, and part of a teacher's job is bringing these abilities to light and nurturing them. This book shows how, supports one of six 'superpowers', and encourages depth of thought and Common Core applications throughout.

The Technology Shelf

Understanding How Components Fail
Donald J. Wulpi, author
Brett Miller, editor
ASM International
9639 Kinsman Road, Materials Park, OH 44073-0002
9781627080149, $169.00, 300pp,

Specifically written for new engineers and technicians, and now in a newly updated and expanded third edition "Understanding How Components Fail" focuses on the metallurgical and materials evaluation for failure mode identification. Comprehensive information covering the basic principles and practices are clearly explained, along with recent technical knowledge and analysis tools; fatigue striation counting, modeling, and crack rate prediction; Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC) technology; and elevated temperature updates. Informed and informative, with each individual chapter featuring a succinct summary, "Understanding How Components Fail" is enhanced with and extensive appendix on 'Fracture Mechanics Concepts', a Glossary, and an Index. An ideal textbook for metallurgical engineering curriculums, "Understanding How Components Fail" is an essential and highly recommended addition to professional and academic library reference collections.

Highly Integrated Low-Power Radars
Sergio Saponara,
Artech House
685 Canton Street, Norwood, MA 02062
9781608076659, $149.00,

Highly Integrated Low-Power Radars discusses how highly integrated radar has been adopted by several new markets ranging from harbor traffic control to vital sign monitoring, and provides radar system engineers with scenarios and requirements of this technology. New advances in radio detection and ranging technology have led to a wide variety of different applications: this book discusses its adaptation to new markets and offers keys to scenarios, requirements and limitations alike, making it a key acquisition for any engineering collection strong in radar technology.

Envelope Tracking Power Amplifiers for Wireless Communications
Zhancang Wang
Artech House
685 Canton Street, Norwood, MA 02062
9781608077847, $179.00,

Envelope Tracking Power Amplifiers for Wireless Communications represents the first book on the market to provide a complete, in-depth introduction to design and theory involved in envelope tracking for wireless communications, and provides a complete introduction to theory and design applications for professionals in high-technology industries. The details are complete and cover underlying theory as well as design considerations and real-world applications, with chapters including math, charts and diagrams, extensive references, and numerous examples. All this makes for a key reference addition to any engineering collection.

The Business Shelf

Hyper Sales Growth
Jack Daly
Advantage Publishers Group
PO Box 1090
Poway, CA 92074-1090
9781599324388 $24.95

Entrepreneur Jack Daly presents Hyper Sales Growth, a guide built on his 20 years of experience in sales and management. Chapters discuss the importance of company culture, how to "think like a coach" (including how to recruit top performers, and the importance of training), expert salesman tips, tricks, and techniques, and much more. "Let's say that you were a salesperson calling on 50 people and I told you that you weren't getting enough business out of your territory and you'd better get busy. If you are like most people, you would go back in your territory and call on a lot more people. And that would be the wrong move on your part. Instead, you should identify the high-opportunity accounts and call on them more frequently." An excellent primer, reference, and resource for any and every professional in the field, Hyper Sales Growth is highly recommended.

What Your Boss Really Wants From You
Steve Arneson
Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc.
235 Montgomery Street, Suite 650
San Francisco, CA 94104-2916
9781626560772, $15.95,

What Your Boss Really Wants From You: 15 Insights to Improve Your Relationship provides a fine guide from a top executive coach who shows how to find answers to fifteen questions that will enable a better understanding of a boss's leadership style and goals. Examples from real life pair with details on how to analyze a boss's style and how to make the most of it, and contribute to a powerful survey highly recommended for any business or careers collection.

The Crafts Shelf

Pinterest Perfect!
Melissa Edghill and Amanda Wright
Walter Foster
3 Wrigley, Suite A, Irvine, CA 92618
c/o Dalyn Miller Public Relations
9781600583964 $19.95

Lavishly illustrated with full-color photographs of its step-by-step instructions on almost every page, Pinterest Perfect! is packed cover to cover with crafting ideas ranging from doodles to painting, papercrafts, and mixed media, drawn from the popular project-sharing website Pinterest. Pinterest Perfect! is very much a hands-on book, inviting the reader to create pin-worthy pieces of art at home. A superb gift for anyone into simple handicrafts, and a treasure trove of ideas for making unforgettable greeting cards or other little bits of delight, Pinterest Perfect is highly recommended.

Kalmbach Books
21027 Crossroads Circle, Waukesha, WI 53187-1612

Joe Silvera's SOLDERING BEYOND THE BASICS: TECHNIQUES TO BUILD CONFIDENCE AND CONTROL (9781627000291, $21.99) is all about learning soldering and applying it to jewelry-making projects, and is a pick for jewelry makers who would go to the next level of skill. Some sixteen projects from rings to earrings are included in a guide that teaches all kinds of soldering techniques, from using small mixed-gas torches and fluxes to sawing and more. Materials, tools, and how to set up a studio accompany these projects, making for a top pick for newcomers to metalworking. Chris Mrosko's BUILDING DIORAMAS (9780890248706, $21.99) comes from an acclaimed modeler who shows how to make dramatic dioramas to showcase models, and uses a step-by-step approach to diorama modeling that includes selecting the right foundation for the display, painting and using realistic elements, and creating dioramas that profile figures. Modelers will find this specific guide covers everything from historical scenes to modern global conflicts in a survey of military modeling that will delight any modeler.

The Social Issues Shelf

Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal
Aviva Chomsky
Beacon Press
25 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108-2892
9780807001677 $16.00

Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal is a critical examination of the social construct of restricting immigration in America, and declaring undocumented immigrants to be "illegal". Author Aviva Chomsky takes the daring stand that all immigration restrictions should be lifted, arguing that attempting to restrict immigration does no harm than good - it doesn't reduce the number of people who enter the U.S.; instead, it denies basic human rights to a broad group of migrants. Undocumented traces the history of how the concept of "illegal immigrant" arose, why this idea served the interests of the wealthy and powerful elite, and why it is ultimately detrimental. "Supporters of the idea of border control often argue that without draconian measures to deter migrants, floods of Mexicans and other Latin Americans would overwhelm the border and the country. They forget, perhaps, that during the many decades in which the border was relatively open, there were no floods. The number of undocumented immigrants in the United States began its precipitous rise after the country began to try to seal the border, in large part because instead of leaving after a season of work, migrants felt compelled to stay, since they realized that returning would be difficult." A thought-provoking take on a controversial subject, Undocumented is a "must-read" regardless of one's personal views.

The Transition Companion
Rob Hopkins
Chelsea Green Publishing Company
85 North Main Street, Suite 120
White River Junction, VT 05001
9781603583923 $29.95

Grassroots activist Rob Hopkins presents The Transition Companion: Making Your Community More Resilient in Uncertain Times, a call to action in a world increasingly beset by rising oil prices, climate change, and economic challenges. How can communities work together to respond to these problems? Chapters discuss running effective meetings and forming legal entities, the role of volunteers, fostering "street-by-street" behavior change, the link between social enterprise and entrepreneurship, and much more. "Be mindful of the language you and your group use in talks, printed materials and events, avoiding divisive 'them and us'-style messaging, however subtle. Work actively to avoid perceptions of being 'hippy' or excessively rooted in alternative culture; rather, ensure that the project remains as accessible to as wide a range of people as possible." The Transition Companion is especially recommended for public and community library collections, and deserves to be required reading for all environmental activists.

Transaction Publishers
10 Corporate Place South, Piscataway, NJ 08854

George Yancey's DEHUMANIZING CHRISTIANS: CULTURAL COMPETITION IN A MULTICULTURAL WORLD (9781412852678, $49.95) examines right-wing authoritarianism and its dehumanizing effects on Christians, considering how authoritarianism serves as a tool of the right-wing and progressives who would use it against conservative Christians. From methods both sides use to dehumanize their opponents to the existence and models of Christian dehumanizing actions, this is a powerful sociological survey that pinpoints actions of the left and right alike, considering the origins and actions of fear and loathing towards Christians. College-level sociology and religious studies readers alike will find this eye-opening. James A. Clapp's THE CITY (9781412852876, $89.95) appears in its second updated edition to provide a fine compilation of over three thousand quotes, from verses and proverbs to scripture and lyrics, on urban life from ancient to modern times. This reference reflects the words of over a thousand writers throughout history, from poets and public speakers to politicians and scientists, religious leaders and travelers. This second edition includes four hundred new entries, updates on their authors, and a expanded introduction and preface, making it a top pick for any studying urban culture.

The Interior Design Shelf

Ryland Peters & Small
519 Broadway, 5th floor, New York, NY 10012,

Ros Byam Shaw's ENGLISH ECCENTRIC: A CELEBRATION OF IMAGINATIVE, INTRIGUING AND STYLISH INTERIORS (9781849755030, $45.00) features some fourteen different interiors highly diverse in nature, from a tiny cottage filled with circus themes to a terraced home filled with political references. Each interior provides a host of inspirational choices readers will find central to producing their own English-style unusual decorations. Full-page color photos are perfect vehicles to display artworks, room accents, and how different influences are dictated by different kinds of structures. The result is a gorgeous presentation, recommended for any home and garden collection and arts libraries strong in interior design. Hilary Robertson works with photographer Anna Williams in THE STUFF OF LIFE (9781849755054, $35.00), a fine survey that covers possessions in the home. It comes from an interiors stylist who considers ways to style and display possessions, from ornaments to family photos, and is packed with colorful ideas for organizing and creating themes around possessions and their display.

The Architecture Shelf

Lake/Flato Houses: Embracing the Landscape
Guy Martin and Frederick Steiner, Introductions
University of Texas Press
PO Box 7819, Austin, TX 78713-7819
9780292758452, $45.00,

Lake/Flato Houses: Embracing the Landscape displays the works and sentiments of Lake/Flato Architects of San Antonio, Texas, and provides a fine survey of the works of a firm that uses local materials and workmanship to design modern, environmentally responsible buildings. Lake/Flato has received numerous awards for its sustainable architecture designs, and this showcases their works with a combination of color photos and architectural commentary perfect for any interested in inspirational treatments of landscape design.

The Gardening Shelf

Power Plants
Frankie Flowers and Bruce Wylde
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022-5299
9780062367747, $24.99,

Power Plants: Simple Home Remedies You Can Grow teaches how to harvest plants and how to use them in home-grown remedies: all that's required is a basic interest in gardening and herbal applications. Even novice gardeners who have only a few pots can use the tips here, which range from understanding which plants are easy and which require much tending to creating growing conditions that lead to bountiful harvests. With this guide in hand, any can choose particular plants that they want to grow with specific applications in mind, and will find here all the tools and techniques needed to create healthy plants and effective remedies.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume 30
Dave Wolverton, editor
Galaxy Press
7051 Hollywood Boulevard, Suite 200
Hollywood, CA 90028
9781619862654 $15.95

L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume 30 is the thirtieth anniversary anthology of winning science fiction and fantasy entries to the Writers of the Future Contest. The never-before-published stories are from a broad diversity of authors, including big names like Robert Silverberg and Orson Scott Card, but also some from rising literary stars. Each story is illustrated with a black-and-white artwork from the Illustrators of the Future Contest (now in its 25th year). Volume 30 of this superb series is highly recommended, especially for enthusiasts of the genre!

Earth Awakens
Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston
c/o Tor/Forge Books
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
9780765329066, $25.99,

EARTH AWAKENS covers the first Formic War that happened nearly a century before the beginning of Card's famous Ender's Game, and is set in a world before Ender Wiggin was born, providing the first book in a projected series. Here humans are just beginning to explore the solar system when an alien ship's arrival cuts off human off-world habitats and an Earth unaware that it's been invaded. When awareness does set in, only a few men and women realize the importance of thwarting the invasion before the planet falls. A vivid military-style story is spiced by strong characters and settings in this engrossing story.

The Music Shelf

Lyrical Solos
William Bay, composer
William Bay Music
c/o Mel Bay Publications
PO Box 66, Pacific, MO 63069
9780988832732 $14.99

"Lyrical Solos" for classical guitar by William Bay contains 19 exquisitely sensual solos of medium difficulty written in standard notation. These contemporary pieces evoke a broad spectrum of harmonies, moods, and tonal textures and colors, inviting the soloist to indulge in interpretation and expression. Titles such as "Daydreams," "Horizon," "Coming Home," and "Longing" represent the reflective nature of these expressive compositions, while "The Journey," "New Day," and "My Irish Home" explore some bright, moments filled with sunlight and warmth. Each solo is carefully marked for tempo, expression, and dynamics, with specific meters suggested. "Lyrical Solos" is a treat to explore, ready for the guitarist's touch to spring into life.

Cowboys and Indies
Gareth Murphy
St. Martin's Press
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
9781250043375, $27.99,

Cowboys and Indies: The Epic History of the Record Industry comes from an industry leader who creates a definitive history of the music business and the early pioneers who created labels and fostered musical talents. It uses memoirs, archives, and over a hundred interviews with top names in the recording industry, from company founders to artists, to provide a fine survey linking record labels to the trends and rise of music across the country. The result is an engrossing music history that every popular music collection should have!

The Travel Shelf

Walk Across Australia
David Mason
Rosenberg Publishing Pty Ltd
c/o International Specialized Book Services (distribution)
920 Northeast 58th Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, OR, 97213
9781922013996 $29.95

Illustrated with a modest amount of full-color photography, Walk Across Australia: The First Solo Crossing is the personal testimony of author David Mason, who challenged himself to cross the widest span of Australia on foot - from Byron Bay, NSW to Steep Point, WA. His only companions for the journey were three wild camels captured and trained for the purpose. His 4000-kilometer journey took eight months, and brought him into context with an extraordinary array of Australians (including indigenous people) and tourists; some kind, some thoughtless, and many happily wishing him well. Ultimately, Mason's journey was not man versus nature, but man learning to love nature, and to appreciate the beauty and strength of the continent under his feet. Walk Across Australia is a special treat for armchair travelers, highly recommended.

Discover Italy, third edition
Lonely Planet Publications
150 Linden Street
Oakland CA 94607
9781742207476 $24.99

Now in an updated third edition, Discover Italy is part of Lonely Planet's superb travel guides, designed to prove useful to businesspeople, tourists, or expatriates. A wealth of maps including a full-sized pull-out map, "must-see" highlights throughout the nation with information about their hours and accessibility, and a handy "survival guide" primer enrich this user-friendly resource. "Non-EU citizens planning to stay at the same address for more than one week are supposed to report to the police station to receive a permesso di soggiorno (a permit to remain in the country). Tourists staying in hotels are not required to do this." A "must-have" for anyone interested in visiting this grand and storied nation!

Guide to New York City with Children
Angela Hederman & Michael Berman
Little Bookroom
435 Hudson St, Suite 300, New York NY 10014
9781936941094, $22.00,

Guide to New York City with Children is arranged around the subjects 'play', 'eat' and 'shop', and offers up a treasure trove of ideas for everything from dolls and movies to computers, sports and animation. Parks and playgrounds in all neighborhoods, stadium information, ballet classes and events - there's something for everyone here, including restaurants - all reviewed for their family-oriented appeal. The result is a 'must' for any family planning a visit to New York City, as well as for residents of the Big Apple who want more kid-oriented travel options within the City boundaries.

The Photography Shelf

Amherst Media
175 Rano Street, Suite 200, Buffalo, NY 14207-2176

Brett Florens' ONE WEDDING: HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH FROM START TO FINISH (9781608956951, $27.95) goes behind the scenes of a typical shoot to consider all that's involved with shooting extraordinary wedding scenes. A real wedding, that of Claire and Chris, is used throughout to cover everything from the engagement shot and post-wedding practice to coverage of the day itself. By taking a single event and covering it thoroughly, ONE WEDDING provides plenty of insights into the design and production of the wedding shoots, and will prove especially revealing for any photographer interested in wedding shots. Rayment Kirby's FANTASY NUDE PHOTOGRAPHY: SPECIALIZED LIGHTING, POSING, AND DIGITAL COMPOSITING FOR CREATING AMAZING IMAGES (978108957071, $27.95) provides a fine survey covering not just your usual nude photography, but how to add a touch of fantasy in backgrounds and poses alike. Kirby uses digital technology to change photos of models, incorporate props, and set dramatic backgrounds - and shows photographers how to do the same to get the most from small shooting areas and a minimum of specialized equipment. With its in-depth details on processes and techniques, this is a 'must' for any interested in digital composition in general and working with nudes on a new level, in particular.

The Botany Shelf

Wildflowers of Unalaska Island
Suzi Golodoff
Snowy Owl Books
c/o University of Alaska Press
PO Box 756240
Fairbanks, AK 99775-6240
9781602232204 $24.95

Wildflowers of Unalaska Island is unique in that it's the first of its kind to focus on the Aleutian Islands. Full-color photographs or drawings on every page illustrate detailed botanical information (including history, descriptions, uses, and poisonous or non-poisonous qualities) of over 160 species of plants. Accessible to lay readers and serious botanists alike, Wildflowers of Unalaska Island is an eye-opening glimpse into these hardy yet beautiful Alaskan flora.

Handbook of African Medicinal Plants, second edition
Maurice M. Iwu
CRC Press
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300
Boca Raton, FL 33487
9781466571976, $139.95,

Handbook of African Medicinal Plants appears in its second updated edition to provide pharmacologists, anthropologists and others in the healing industry a compendium of African medical plant applications. This updated, expanded second edition reviews some 2,000 species of plants used in African medicine, pairs descriptions of usage with color photos and references tapping over 1,100 publications, and includes a catalog of plants used in traditional remedies along with a profile of 170 of the major herbs and their biology and botanical, common and African names. The result is key to any interested in African traditional medicine or botany, offering scientific surveys of folk use and biology alike.

Botanical Safety Handbook, second edition
Zoe Gardner and Michael McGuffin, Editors
CRC Press
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300
Boca Raton, FL 33487
9781466516946, $119.95,

The second updated edition of the American Herbal Product Association's handbook is a 'must' for any interested in herbal medicine and applications. Backed by an expert advisory council and covering clinical information and expert reviews, this covers the latest research on herbs and their applications - some 500 species of herbs and uses, all arranged in a classification system that highlights the safety of each listed species and its possible drug interactions. Healthcare professionals, regulatory agencies and herbal product consumers alike will appreciate a format that is packed with reference to studies, details on side effects, and everything needed to make the most of herbal products and their health applications.

Marine Plants of the Texas Coast
Roy L. Lehman
Texas A&M University Press
4354 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-4354
9781623490164, $32.00,

Marine Plants of the Texas Coast will appeal to biology students and nature lovers alike, as well as any with an interest in the Texas coastal region and its plant life. It packs in details describing the area's marine plants, uses author photos to update identification keys geared to visual factors, and comes from a veteran biologist and educator who describes the plants in four major sections. Text is arranged alphabetically by family then by genus and species, with the photos providing important keys to identification descriptions that follow. The result is a complete, authoritative guide that documents all the organisms fishermen and visitors encounter.

Wildflowers of the Eastern United States
John Eastman
Stackpole Books
5067 Ritter Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-6921
9780811713672, $29.95,

Wildflowers of the Eastern United States packs in discussions of well over a hundred flowers and also provides color close-up photos for all flowers, making for the perfect handbook for any interested in wildflower identification. It comes from a wild plant expert who discusses flower characteristics, biology, traditional uses and different wildflowers to be found in wetlands, clearings and fields, and it isn't geared to the specialist, but to the nature lover who wants a beginner's guide that doesn't assume prior identification experience, yet packs its pages with lively, in-depth information.

The Political Science Shelf

Abraham Lincoln, Philosopher Statesman
Joseph R. Fornieri
Southern Illinois University Press
1915 University Press Drive
SIUC Mail Code 6806
Carbondale, IL 62901
9780809333295 $34.50

Joseph R. Fornieri (Professor of Political Science, Rochester Institute of Technology) presents Abraham Lincoln, Philosopher Statesman, an examination of President Lincoln's political greatness. Well known for presiding over the end of slavery in America, and paving the way for an interracial democracy, Lincoln's achievements required expert statesmanship, from savvy in metaphorical "horse-trading" to his ability to stir noble idealism in the hearts and minds of all fellow Americans. Abraham Lincoln, Philosopher Statesman draws the connections between Lincoln's deeds and classic political theory as well as political philosophy, ethics, and history. Highly recommended, especially for college library Political Science shelves.

Global Gender Issues in the New Millennium, fourth edition
Anne Sisson Runyan and V. Spike Peterson
Westview Press
c/o Perseus Book Grop
250 W. 57th St., Suite 1500, New York, NY 10107
9780813349169, $39.00,

Global Gender Issues in the New Millennium is a pick for any college-level political science or women's studies collection, and provides a fine introduction to how gendered world politics affects social and political forces. Undergraduates and some graduates will find this packed with details that are tailored for classroom discussion and use, from questions at the beginning and conclusion of each chapter to exercises designed to test student understanding. This is a fourth updated edition that includes complete chapter revisions to provide more support to students with less background in gender politics, along with updates to data and related graphic presentation. The result is a 'must' for any college-level student of gender issues.

Interest Groups and Lobbying
Thomas T. Holyoke
Westview Press
c/o Perseus Book Grop
250 W. 57th St., Suite 1500, New York, NY 10107
9780813345819, $33.00,

Interest Groups and Lobbying: Pursuing Political Interests in America provides a college-level, in-depth exploration of interest group politics and lobbying and their role in political decisions, analyzing how interest groups lobby various branches of government and how they succeed or fail in their efforts. Chapters pair case studies and examples with reviews of such techniques, covering political and social interactions in a wide-ranging survey especially recommended for high school and college-level students of governmental studies.

Democracy's Dangers & Discontents
Bruce S. Thornton
Hoover Institution
c/o Leland Stanford Junior University
9780817917944 $19.95

Democracy's Dangers & Discontents: The Tyranny of the Majority from the Greeks to Obama is a political science essay on the perils of democratic government. Though hailed as the essence of freedom, democracy has its own shortcomings - notably the "tyranny of the majority", when a plurality of the governed choose to willfully subvert the rights of the minority. Author Bruce S. Thornton inspects examples of such misrule, from ancient Athens to the Obama administration. Democracy's Dangers & Discontents is unabashedly conservative, as some of its greatest criticisms are directed at America's entitlement system (which is a major driver of America's debt), the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. "Obamacare"), and the legacy of the Progressive movement. Democracy's Dangers & Discontents also questions alleged democracy movements such as the Arab Spring, and the deadly effects of the "tyranny of the majority" in nation-states where majority and minority populations have a history of blood feuds, or even genocide. Though one may not necessarily agree with all of Thornton's arguments, any and every defender of democracy should read Democracy's Dangers & Discontents cover to cover, the better to understand the weaknesses and failings of this multifaceted system of governance.

The Railroading Shelf

The Historical Guide to North American Railroads, third edition
Jeff Wilson and Randy Rehberg, Editors
Kalmbach Books
21027 Crossroads Circle, Waukesha, WI 53187-1612
9780890249703, $24.99,

The Historical Guide to North American Railroads appears in its third updated edition, providing rail buffs with new maps, a new index that allows for easier searching, and a larger format packed with additional details on listings ranging from route maps and statistics to history and details of equipment. Any with a special interest in North American railroads will find this a colorful, definitive guide packed with vintage and contemporary photos alike, tracing the entire history and evolution of North American railroading.

The DCC Guide, second edition
Don Fiehmann
Kalmbach Publishing
21027 Crossroads Circle, Waukesha, WI 53187-1612
9781627001038, $19.99,

The second updated edition of The DCC Guide covers the basics of the digital command control needed to control model trains, and covers DCC systems and their assembly and installation. From using the new Java Model railroad Interface technology and software to integrating computer controls into a DCC layout, this is a fine survey that tells model railroaders how to make the most of the wiring controlling their hobby. The result is an outstanding guide packed with illustrations and tips specific to model railroading.

The Science Shelf

The Island of Knowledge
Marcelo Gleiser
Basic Books
c/o Perseus Books Group
250 W. 57th St., Suite 1500, New York, NY 10107
9780465031719, $29.99,

Human knowledge is considered vast; but in actuality it's a small part of the universe of uncertainty and the unknown - and the more we discover, the more our 'island of knowledge' in this vast universe expands. This setting is used to examine the nature of knowledge and how humans try to make sense of the world. It surveys scientific history and how scientists and thinkers have uncovered truths about our universe. The result is a lively historical overview of the human race's changing knowledge base, recommended for any interested in science history.

Wild Connection
Jennifer L. Verdolin
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197
9781616149468, $18.95,

Wild Connection: What Animal Courtship and Mating Tell Us About Human Relationships provides an outstanding survey that offers a scientific view of animal and human behavior on dating and relationships, and considers the elements that makes individuals attractive to others. It uses animal behavior to make these connections, from considering how smell works and why humans mask their natural scents to how animals instinctively know how to locate compatible mates. With its human/animal associations, this is an excellent pick for any science or psychology general-interest reader.

The Beer/Wine Shelf

Illinois Wines & Wineries
Clara Orban
Southern Illinois University Press
1915 University Press Drive
SIUC Mail Code 6806
Carbondale, IL 62901
9780809333448 $22.95

Illustrated with gorgeous, full-color photography and maps throughout, Illinois Wines & Wineries: The Essential Guide is an extraordinary resource for tourists, travelers, and wine connoisseurs visiting or residing in the great state of Illinois. Certified sommelier Clara Orban offers a fact-filled summary of various Illinois wineries, including a brief history of each, varieties of grapes used, hours of operation, location, contact information, and much more. An index and a glossary of wine terms round out this handy and accessible guide, sure to prove appealing to wine enthusiasts of all experience levels!

Sustainable Homebrewing
Amelia Slayton Loftus
Storey Publishing
210 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247
9781612121229, $18.95,

Sustainable Homebrewing: An All-Organic Approach to Crafting Great Beer covers all the basics of not just brewing beer, but brewing an organic homebrew using organic ingredients. Aside from this difference, you'd think the process would be largely the same - and it is - but there are differences. For one, instructions advocate recycling the wort-chilling water, using spent grain in a compost pile, and growing your own organic ingredients. For another, the focus on reducing waste in homebrewing helps brewers make more economical brews. The result is a top pick for any who would modify their homebrewing techniques to include better ingredients and less waste!

American Sour Beers
Michael Tonsmeire
Brewers Publications
P.O. Box 1679, Boulder, CO 80306
9781938469114, $19.95,

American Sour Beers: Innovative Techniques for Mixed Fermentations narrows the usual brew-making focus to sour beers, offering a thorough investigation into the processes and ingredients used in American sour beer production and covering different methods of souring, fermentation techniques, aging and blending, safety and sanitation, and more. While some of this information is general to brewing as a whole, much of it is particular to producing a sour-style beer, making for a top pick for any interested in brewing.

The Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf

Graphic Classics Volume 25: Canine/Feline Classics
Eureka Productions
8778 Oak Grove Road, Mount Horeb, WI 53572
c/o Diamond Book Distributors
10150 York Rd., Suite 300, Hunt Valley, MD 21030
9780982563083 $19.95

Graphic Classics Volume 25: Canine/Feline Classics is a full-color graphic novel adaptations of several timeless short stories and poems featuring dogs - or cats! Art styles shift dramatically depending on the nature of each story, which is brought to life by a different, talented illustrator. From P.G. Wodehouse's "The Mixer" and the Indian folktale "The Honest Hunter and His Faithful Dog" (canine classics) to "The Cats" poem by H.P. Lovecraft and "The Beast from the Abyss" by Robert E. Howard (feline classics), these tales span a tremendous diversity of styles and cultural perspectives! Like all volumes in the Graphic Classics series, Graphic Classics Volume 25: Canine/Feline Classics is especially recommended for public library collections, as a graphic novel created specifically to spur interest in classic literature among readers age 12 to adult.

Examining Lois Lane
Nadine Farghaly, Editor
Scarecrow Press
c/o Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706
9780810892361, $50.00,

Collections strong in popular culture and comic history will appreciate the first anthology to limit its exploring on Lois Lane in EXAMINING LOIS LANE; THE SCOOP ON SUPERMAN'S SWEETHEART. Chapters consider her character, culture, and how she compares to mythological heroines. This is no light read, but a semi-scholarly treatment recommended for any collection serious about comic book history and analysis.

American Comic Book Chronicles 1965-69
John Wells
TwoMorrows Publishing
10407 Bedfordtown Drive, Raleigh, NC 27614
9781605490557, $41.95,

American Comic Book Chronicles 1965-69 provides the second volume in the series covering the mid-1960s: a pivotal era in comic book history, and provides a year-by-year account of publications, comic artists, trends, and history. From the big changes at Marvel Comics to the rage of the TV show Batman featuring Adam West, this gathers all the top moments of five years under one cover and covers not just superhero comics, but the entire industry, from the Gold Key classics and its appearance in a new digest form to The Archies. Comic book enthusiasts will appreciate this involving history!

The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf

A Field Guide to Actor Training
Laura Wayth
Applause Books
c/o Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group
19 West 21st Street, Suite 201
New York, NY 10010
9780879108243 $24.99

Author Laura Wyth has taught/coached acting, voice and musical theater at multiple distinguished institutions including Tufts University, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and the University of Miami. She shares her insight with prospective actors of all experience levels in A Field Guide to Actor Training: Navigating Acting Methods, Studio Classes, Private Training, and Graduate and Undergraduate Programs. A Field Guide to Actor Training covers major acting methodologies, vocal training, physical training, tips for selecting the right training for one's needs, and much more. "Often the actor is called upon to play a character that is very physically different from himself. Checkhov believed that the actor could learn how to inhabit a different person's body and features by clearly visualizing it and stepping into that imagined body." A "must-read" especially for anyone who intends to transform their passion for acting into a professional career!

The Zombie Book
Nick Redfern with Brad Steiger
Visible Ink Press
43311 Joy Road #414, Canton, MI 48187-2075
KT Public Relations
9781578595044 $19.95

The Zombie Book: The Encyclopedia of the Living Dead is an information-packed catalog of movies and television shows (and even some literature, folklore, and history) about zombies. From "Night of the Living Dead" to "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" to "The Walking Dead" and "World War Z", The Zombie Book is filled with entries of popular culture - as well as passages about real-life threats, history, and myth, such as anti-zombie preparations by the CDC and FEMA, Nazi experiments to resurrect the dead, the horror that is Mad Cow Disease, and more. A must-have for anyone fascinated by shambling, undead killing machines!

Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters
August Ragone
Chronicle Books
680 Second Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
9781452135397, $29.95,

Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters provides a fine survey of Eiji Tsuburaya's creations, providing coverage not from the usual Japan but from the U.S. and considering his involvement in Japanese productions. If you've ever seen a monster movie or TV show containing Godzilla, Ultraman or other characters, you probably already know Tsuburaya's works. This gathers hundreds of film stills, posters, and character art under one cover and provides a visual biography of both the man and his creations, packing in details about his influences and inspirations. The result is a definitive guide packed with color and details essential to any film or television history.

The Criminology Shelf

Labeling Theory: Empirical Tests
David P. Farrington and Joseph Murray, Editors
Transaction Publishers
10 Corporate Place South, Piscataway, NJ 08854
9781412842464, $59.95,

Labeling Theory: Empirical Tests: Advances in Criminological Theory V. 18 delves into the processes of a theory key to criminology whose recent advancements have been largely ignored, and is a reference for any college-level criminology collection. It details the history of the theory, its evolution and its applications, it considers previous tests of labeling theory, and it considers both the long-term effects of incarceration and both repeat offenders and future employment. The result is a technical survey and a 'must' for any criminology theory student.

The International Studies Shelf

China: The Big Lie?
Mario Cavolo
Long River Press
c/o China Books & Periodicals, Inc. (distribution)
360 Swift Avenue, Suite 48
South San Francisco, CA 94080
9781592651641 $19.95

China: The Big Lie? The Truth of Trillions in a Culture of Cash is neither a pro-China book, nor a China-bashing book. Author Mario Cavolo draws upon his years of experience living and working in China (as the husband of a Chinese woman - and son-in-law to a Chinese family!) to present tell the untold story of modern China's economy and society. Particular focus is placed on China's burgeoning "grey market" - the under-the-table cash economy not so easily tracked by common economic indicators. Chinese salaries may be low, but they're supplemented by grey market business, and masked by an strong, innate cultural tendency to stay quiet about one's family finances. So even though the middle class is shrinking and stagnating in America, the same is not true in China. What ramifications does this have for the global economy, or for the American businessperson trying to gain an foothold in China's market? China: The Big Lie? also serves as a crash-course introduction to the Chinese way of life and thinking for clueless Westerners, and is absolutely fascinating from cover to cover. "The foreign business people I know here in China who will most discourage a foreigner to attempt to negotiate serious business in Chinese are the ones who are most fluent in the language! ... They will warn you to use a formal, trained interpreter, to use a lawyer. Don't bother with your Chinese when it gets down to the brass tacks of the deal. They more fluent they became, the more they understood the culture, the thinking, and the more they knew they were guppies in a shark tank."

An Introduction to the Modern Middle East
David S. Sorenson
Westview Press
c/o Perseus Book Grop
250 W. 57th St., Suite 1500, New York, NY 10107
9780813349220, $45.00,

An Introduction to the Modern Middle East: History, Religion, Political Economy, Politics appears in its second updated edition to provide a fine review of the region, including coverage of the Arab Spring, changes in individual nations in the region, and the Iranian nuclear controversy. Different themes that evolve from regional history and interactions help organize content and keep the treatment lively and varied enough to allow for cross-comparisons of country history. Vignettes include the author's own personal experience from his travels throughout the Middle East and greatly enhance the background information, making this professor's treatment a fine pick for any college-level student of modern Middle Eastern affairs.

The American History Shelf

This Is America: A Short History of the United States
Edited by Duncan A. Campbell and David H. Levinson
Berkshire Publishing Group
120-122 Castle Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230-1506
9781614725718 $19.95 pbk.
9781614729266 $29.95 hc
9781614729273 $9.99 ebook

Thoroughly accessible to readers of all backgrounds, This Is America: A Short History of the United States lives up to its title as a brief yet solid overview of American history, from its earliest settlement to colonial times, its involvement in world wars, and modern-day politics. A timeline of major events in American history, an index, and a selection of suggested readings round out this excellent resource for anyone and everything seeking to quickly refresh and solidify their knowledge, including prospective immigrants or high school and college students. Highly recommended, especially for public library collections!

The WPA - Putting America to Work
Jeff Hill
Omnigraphics, Inc.
PO Box 31-1640, Detroit, MI 48231
9780780813311, $55.00,

The Work Projects Administration (WPA) was the largest and most ambitious American New Deal agency, employing millions of unemployed people (mostly unskilled men) to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads. In a much smaller but more famous project, the Federal Project Number One, the WPA employed musicians, artists, writers, actors and directors in large arts, drama, media, and literacy projects. Almost every community in the United States had a new park, bridge or school constructed by the agency. At its peak in 1938, it provided paid jobs for three million unemployed men and women, as well as youth in a separate division, the National Youth Administration. Headed by Harry Hopkins, the WPA provided jobs and income to the unemployed during the Great Depression in the United States. Between 1935 and 1943, the WPA provided almost eight million jobs. Full employment, which was reached in 1942 and emerged as a long-term national goal around 1944, was not the WPA goal. It tried to provide one paid job for all families in which the breadwinner suffered long-term unemployment. The WPA was a national program that operated its own projects in cooperation with state and local governments, which provided 10%-30% of the costs. Usually the local sponsor provided land and often trucks and supplies, with the WPA responsible for wages (and for the salaries of supervisors, who were not on relief.) WPA sometimes took over state and local relief programs that had originated in the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC) or Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) programs. It was liquidated on June 30, 1943, as a result of low unemployment due to the worker shortage of World War II. The WPA had provided millions of Americans with jobs for 8 years. Occasionally illustrated with black-and-white historical photos, "The WPA - Putting America to Work" by Jeff Hill is a 246 page compendium providing a detailed history and overview of the WPA in seven major chapters. Enhanced with a section of Biographies and a section of Primary Sources, as well as a Chronology, Sources for Further Study, a Bibliography, and a comprehensive Index, "The WPA - Putting America to Work" is a seminal work that is very strongly recommended for both academic and community library 20th Century American History collections.

The Making Of An Abolitionist
Denis Brennan
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9780786474257, $35.00,

William Lloyd Garrison (December 12, 1805 - May 24, 1879) was a prominent American abolitionist, journalist, suffragist, and social reformer. He is best known as the editor of the abolitionist newspaper The Liberator, which he founded in 1831 and published in Massachusetts until slavery was abolished by Constitutional amendment after the American Civil War. He was one of the founders of the American Anti-Slavery Society. He promoted "immediate emancipation" of slaves in the United States. In the 1870s, Garrison became a prominent voice for the woman suffrage movement. A work of exceptionally impressive historical research and scholarship, "The Making of an Abolitionist: William Lloyd Garrison's Path to Publishing The Liberator" by Denis Brennan (Professor of American History, Union College, Schenectady, New York) is a 224 page account of what founding and operating an abolition oriented newspaper meant to one of the key players in the Northern efforts to abolish slavery that were to culminate in the American Civil War. Enhanced with the inclusion of eighteen pages of Chapter Notes, eight pages of Bibliography, and a comprehensive Index, "The Making of an Abolitionist: William Lloyd Garrison's Path to Publishing The Liberator" is a very highly recommended addition to community and academic library 19th Century American History, 19th Century American Biography, and 19th Century American Journalism reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Gotham Unbound
Ted Steinberg
Simon and Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, 14th fl., New York, NY 10020
9781476741246, $32.00,

Gotham Unbound: The Ecological History of Greater New York provides a fine survey from an environmental historian and native New Yorker, who tells how the city was transformed from an unspoiled estuary to a huge city unparalleled in size and scope on the planet. This transformation was not without its costs: 'Gotham' is, as a result, especially vulnerable to climate change, and its focus on growth has long ignored the region's prior natural history and importance as a wetlands area. Any interested in environmental transformation in general and New York history in particular will find this a solid examination of the city's ecological evolution and changes.

The World History Shelf

1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed
Eric H. Cline
Princeton University Press
41 William Street
Princeton, NJ 08540
9780691140896 $29.95

1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed is a thoughtful analysis of one of the great mysteries of human history - what, precisely, caused multiple flourishing civilizations of the Late Bronze Age to fall into ruin? In 1177 B.C. invaders remembered only as the "Sea Peoples" devastated Egypt; even though the pharaoh's army and navy ultimately turned them back, it marked the beginning of a decline into a centuries-long dark age. But the mysterious Sea Peoples alone could not have caused such regression on a grand scale. Neither could droughts or earthquakes by themselves - the region had periodically suffered such calamities before. In plain terms accessible to readers of all backgrounds, 1177 B.C. examines how the most likely culprit is an interconnected mesh of factors producing a "multiplying effect" - natural disasters, the severing of trade routs in an increasingly interconnected economy, famine, invasion, and possibly internal rebellion (as witnessed in modern history such as the 1917 Russian Revolution). 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed also touches upon what the tragedies meant for history (they paved the way for the rise of Greece and the Roman Empire) and for humanity today (could the hard lessons of the past be repeated in modern fiascos such as the 2008 financial crisis?) Highly recommended, especially for public and college library collections.

Race to Revolution
Gerald Horne
Monthly Review Press
146 West 29th Street, Suite 6W
New York, NY 10001
9781583674451 $29.00

Race to Revolution: The United States and Cuba During Slavery and Jim Crow is a fascinating, scholarly scrutiny of how the histories of the United Sates and its island neighbor Cuba intertwine, with especial focus upon the how the black populations of each fared. Slavery was once a crucial part of both the American and Cuban economies. Black Cubans played a key role in achieving Cuba's independence, and their influence was felt in the radical politics of American black communities, as well as playing a role in the end of America's Jim Crow segregation era. But when those radical politics fomented the Cuban Revolution, America was stunned and shocked. Race to Revolution is the true story of slave traders, abolitionists, sailors, politicians, impoverished farmers, and revolutionaries. Extensive notes round out this meticulous historical summary, highly recommended for public and college library World History shelves.

Outlaws of the Atlantic
Marcus Rediker
Beacon Press
25 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108-2892
9780807033098 $26.95

Outlaws of the Atlantic: Sailors, Pirates, and Motley Crews in the Age of Sail is a close examination of the influences that seafarers had upon world history, especially during the "Age of Sail" from 1500 to 1850. Seafaring men tended to be removed from landed authorities, and their shared experience navigating the waves prompted their own codes and social relations. Even reviled pirates had their own forms of egalitarianism, defying an era of institutionalized slavery. Outlaws of the Atlantic explores how "motley" (read: "multiethnic") crews played a key role in the American Revolution, and affected societal history, both directly and via example. Notes and an index round out this thought-provoking account, especially recommended for public and college library world history shelves.

The Nautical Shelf

David Barrie
William Morrow & Company
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022-5299
9780062279347, $25.99,

SEXTANT: A YOUNG MAN'S DARING SEA VOYAGE AND THE MEN WHO MAPPED THE WORLD'S OCEANS comes from a sailing expert who tells of inventions, discoveries, and epic voyages, blending his stories of his own transatlantic passage as a young man with the tales of great navigators and seamen who undertook explorations that made maritime history. From the science and math involved in making such a journey to evolving maritime discoveries over the decades, SEXTANT reads like a travelogue or adventure story, but is so much more. Recommended for autobiography, nautical, history and travel collections as well as many a science reader!

The Agriculture Shelf

The Rabbit Raising Problem Solver
Karen Patry
Storey Publishing
210 Mass MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247
9781612121420 $19.95

Written in a question-and-answer format readily accessible to readers of all backgrounds, The Rabbit Raising Problem Solver is a solid resource for rabbit owners. Whether one keeps a single rabbit as a pet, or commercially raises them for their meat or fur, The Rabbit Raising Problem Solver is packed cover to cover with must-know information about reading rabbit body language, spotting signs of ill health, how to breed rabbits and prepare for kits, and much more. "Q: When should I separate baby rabbits into individual cages? A: Start by weaning the whole litter at 5 to 8 weeks old, by separating them from their dam but keeping each kit with one or more litter mates for company and comfort. Between the ages of 8 and 10 weeks, put each youngster in its own cage. Week 10 should be the age limit for cage sharing, with the exception of young does that get along well."

Biology, Detection, and Management of Plant Pathogens in Irrigation Water
Chuanxue Hong, et al.
APS Press
3340 Pilot Knob Road, St. Paul, MN 55121
9780890544266, $279.00,

Plant pathology is the scientific study of plant diseases caused by pathogens (infectious organisms) and environmental conditions (physiological factors). Organisms that cause infectious disease include fungi, oomycetes, bacteria, viruses, viroids, virus-like organisms, phytoplasmas, protozoa, nematodes and parasitic plants. Not included are ectoparasites like insects, mites, vertebrate, or other pests that affect plant health by consumption of plant tissues. Plant pathology also involves the study of pathogen identification, disease etiology, disease cycles, economic impact, plant disease epidemiology, plant disease resistance, how plant diseases affect humans and animals, pathosystem genetics, and management of plant diseases. The collaborative work of the editorial team of Chuanxue Hong; Gary W. Moorman, Walter Wohanka, and Carmen Buttner, "Biology, Detection, and Management of Plant Pathogens in Irrigation Water" is a 448 page compendium deftly organized into four major sections: Linkages Between Crop Disease and Irrigation Water; Diversity and Biology of Plant Pathogens in Water; Detection Technology and Economic Threshold for Plan Pathogens in Irrigation Water; Pathogen management Through Water Treatment. Of special note is the Appendix 'Partial List of Plant pathogens Found in Different water Sources and Crop Production Systems'. The impressive roster of contributors cover the links between crop diseases and irrigation water; the diversity and biology of plant pathogens in water; strategies and tactics for risk-avoidance and mitigation, system design, 'best practices', and more. Enhanced with the inclusion of 128 images, 37 line drawings, and a comprehensive Index, "Biology, Detection, and Management of Plant Pathogens in Irrigation Water" is an ideal textbook and highly recommended for Agricultural Department curriculums and Academic Library reference collections.

The Biography Shelf

Ludvig Irgens-Jensen: The Life and Music of a Norwegian Composer
Arvid O. Vollsnes
Toccata Press
c/o Boydell & Brewer Inc
668 Mount Hope Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620-2731
9780907689737 $80.00

Ludvig Irgens-Jensen: The Life and Music of a Norwegian Composer is an in-depth biography of Ludvig Irgens-Jensen (1894-1969), especially well-known for his 1930 symphony "Heimferd" ("Homecoming"). After World War II, the trend of modernism and Irgens-Jensen's own modesty eclipsed his fame, but his recordings form a legacy of profound beauty worthy of appreciation by successive generations. Author Arvid O. Vollsnes (Professor of Musicology, University of Oslo) gives Irgens-Jensen's work the scholarly scrutiny it deserves, in the full context of the composer's eventful life. Extensive appendices, a discography, an index, and an accompanying music CD round out this superb resource especially recommended for music scholars and college library collections.

Richardson Dilworth: Last of the Bare-Knuckled Aristocrats
Peter Binzen with Jonathan Binzen
Camino Books, Inc.
PO Box 59026
Philadelphia, PA 19102
9781933822860 $24.95

Richardson Dilworth: Last of the Bare-Knuckled Aristocrats is the biography of military veteran and politician Richardson Dilworth (1898-1974). Well-known as a liberal Democrat from a privileged background, who dared to challenge the entrenched hold of Republicans in Philadelphia, Dilworth persisted through multiple defeats, often exchanging heated insults with his opponents - hence his reputation as a "bare-knuckled aristocrat". Working with Joseph S. Clark (who would eventually join the U.S. Senate), Dilworth helped end the GOP's 67 years of local rule, serving as Philadelphia's district attorney, then its mayor, and finally head of the city's Board of Education during the 1960's. A handful of black-and-white photographs, a bibliography, and an index round out this fascinating portrait of a passionate and principled man, one of Pennsylvania's finest. Highly recommended.

Breath Of Wilderness
Kristin Eggerling
Fulcrum Publishing
4690 Table Mountain Drive, Suite 100
Golden, Colorado 80403
9781938486104, $12.95,

Sigurd F. Olson (April 4, 1899 - January 13, 1982) was an American author, environmentalist, and advocate for the protection of wilderness. For more than thirty years, he served as a wilderness guide in the lakes and forests of the Quetico-Superior country of northern Minnesota and northwestern Ontario. He was known honorifically as the Bourgeois - ' a term the voyageurs of old used of their trusted leaders. "Breath of Wilderness: The Life of Sigurd Olson" by Kristin Eggerling is a 112 page biography showcasing the life and accomplishments of an environmental and conservation pioneer. Enhanced with the inclusion of a US Conservation Time Line; Places to Visit; Take It Outside; To Learn More; Major Sources; and an Index, "Breath of Wilderness: The Life of Sigurd Olson" is specifically written for a young readership ages 9 to 12 and highly recommended for school and community library collections.

The Life Of Orson F. Whitney
Dennis B. Horne
Cedar Fort, Inc.
2373 West 700 South, Springville, Utah 84663
9781482114913, $39.99,

Orson Ferguson Whitney (1 July 1855 - 16 May 1931) born in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from April 9, 1906 until his death. Whitney was a politician, journalist, poet, historian and academic. In 1878, as a young man, Whitney began a career in writing with the business office of the LDS newspaper, the Deseret News, later becoming a reporter and the city editor. During a mission in Europe for the LDS Church from 1881 to 1883, he acted as editor of the church publication Millennial Star. In 1896 - 1897, Whitney taught English and Theology at Brigham Young College, in Logan, Utah. In 1899, Whitney accepted the position of Assistant Church Historian and served in that position until he was called as an apostle. Whitney was also involved in the politics of Salt Lake City and Utah. He served on the Salt Lake City Council in 1880, acted as City Treasurer from 1884 to 1890, and served as a State Senator in 1898, and again in 1901. "The Life of Orson F. Whitney: Historian, Poet, Apostle" is a 608 page compendium by Dennis B. Horne presenting the life, times, and accomplishments of a remarkable man that includes his personal as well as his professional life. A seminal and meticulously written account, "The Life of Orson F. Whitney: Historian, Poet, Apostle" is especially recommended for readers with an interest in Mormon history in general, and the life of the Mormon apostle Orson F. Whitney in particular.

John Mullan
Keith C. Petersen
WSU Press
PO Box 645910, Pullman, WA 99164-5910
9780874223217, $32.95, 336pp,

An accomplished road builder who got his initial training at West Point, completed the Northwest's first engineered highway at the age of thirty-two. What began as a course for horse and wagon traffic, by the time of his death in 1909, had evolved into planned and maintained route for automobiles and trucks. Eventually his 635 mile road system became a link in the Interstate Freeway I-90. A 19th century solider, explorer, and road builder in the American northwest, John Mullan is rescued from an undeserved obscurity with the publication of Idaho State Historian Keith C. Petersen's superbly written biography, "John Mullan: The Tumultuous Life of a Western Road Builder". Nicely illustrated with period photos, "John Mullan: The Tumultuous Life of a Western Road Builder" is a masterpiece of biographical and historical scholarship that is enhanced with the inclusion of Endnotes, a Bibliography, and an Index. Very highly recommended for community and academic library American Biography and 19th Century American History collections, it should be noted that "John Mullan: The Tumultuous Life of a Western Road Builder" will prove to be of immense interest for non-specialist general readers with an interest in the evolution of America's transportation road system in general, and the development of the road systems in the American northwest in particular.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

Meister Eckhart
Matthew Fox
New World Library
14 Pamaron Way, Novato, CA 94949
9781608682652, $17.95, 336pp,

Critique: Eckhart von Hochheim O.P. (c. 1260 - c. 1328), commonly known as Meister Eckhart, was a German theologian, philosopher and mystic, born near Gotha, in the Landgraviate of Thuringia in the Holy Roman Empire., Eckhart came into prominence during the Avignon Papacy, at a time of increased tensions between the Franciscan Order and Eckhart's Dominican Order of Preachers. In later life he was accused of heresy and brought up before the local Franciscan-led Inquisition, and tried as a heretic by Pope John XXII. He probably died before his verdict was received. He was well known for his work with pious lay groups such as the Friends of God and was succeeded by his more circumspect disciples John Tauler and Henry Suso. Since the 19th century, he has received renewed attention. Within popular spirituality he has acquired a status as a great mystic, though contemporary scholarship places him properly within the mediaeval scholastic and philosophical tradition. "Meister Eckhart: A Mystic-Warrior for Our Times" by Matthew Fox is a 336 page compendium showcasing Eckhart's thought and relevancy for contemporary students of Christian Metaphysics and what Fox describes as Creation Spirituality by means of posing metaphorical discussions between the 13th Century theologian and philosopher Meister Eckhart with such luminaries as Teilhard de Chardin, Thich Nhat Hanh, Carl Jung, Black Elk, Rumi, Adrienne Rich, and others. Informative, thought-provoking, and very highly recommended reading, it should be noted that "Meister Eckhart: A Mystic-Warrior for Our Times" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).

The Christian Studies Shelf

Purified and Enlightened
Mary Birmingham
World Library Publications
3708 River Road, Suite 400
Franklin Park, IL 60131-2158
9781584597087 $39.95

Purified and Enlightened: RCIA Sessions for Lent is a resource especially for initiation ministers who serve their flock during the season of Lent - traditionally a time of purification and enlightenment. Drawn from author Mary Birmingham's twenty-five years of experience with the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), Purified and Enlightened has session layouts for all five weeks of Lent, along with a brief theological and historical overview of Lent's role. An accompanying CD-ROM has reproducible handouts for the sessions and Powerpoint(R) presentations. Purified and Enlightened is highly recommended for ministers, especially for its ease of use. "While Lent's primary purpose is baptismal preparation and preparation for its renewal, part of that preparation is the acceptance of our baptismal responsibility to go out and be agents of change in the world. How will we ever know what needs changing if we do not take the time to explore that reality, and honestly and truthfully explore our own culpability in the pervasiveness of the evil that surrounds us?"

Dynamic Women of the Bible
Ruth A. Tucker
Baker Book House
PO Box 6287
Grand Rapids, MI 49516-6287
9780801016103 $17.99

Dynamic Women of the Bible: What We Can Learn from Their Surprising Stories is a serious-minded analysis of women in scripture. More than fifty biblical women are discussed, and their lives were often quite divergent from today's societal norms. The Bible has many references to polygamy, prostitution, fierce competition over men (especially polygamous wives such as Rachel and Leah competing for their husband's favor), as well as rape and sexual abuse. What lessons can we learn from women in Scripture, including notable unnamed women? What was everyday life once like for Mary, mother of Jesus? Sample "questions to think about" for each chapter help make Dynamic Women of the Bible especially valuable for women's Bible study groups, or for individual study.

The Writing/Publishing Shelf

Writing Nonfiction
Dan Poynter
Para Publishing
PO Box 8206-244
Santa Barbara, CA 93118-8206
1568601107, $14.95,

Now in a newly revised and expanded edition, "Writing Nonfiction: Turning Thoughts into Books" is a 144 page instruction manual by Dan Poynter -- aptly called the guru of self-publishing and a man who has been promoting and mentoring aspiring writers for more than three decades. Poynter teaches authors of non-fiction to 'build' their books utilizing free resources available on whatever their subject matter might be through accessing the internet for free research materials, quotations, art works, and stories. Of special note are the invaluable tips about finding editors, proof readers, and others to help polish an author's writing. "Writing Nonfiction: Turning Thoughts into Books" teaches aspiring authors how to repurpose the core content of their work into downloadable books, CDs, ebooks, audiobooks, reports, articles, seminars, and consulting gigs. The information about handling interviews, autograph signing, and fans is rarely (if ever) found elsewhere. Himself the author of more than one hundred books, Poynter draws upon his many years of experience to write one of the most 'user friendly' how-to manuals on the subject of writing and promoting self-published non-fiction to create an instructional reference work that, simply stated, is an essential addition to the personal reference collections of anyone who aspires to becoming a professional author. It should be noted that "Writing Nonfiction: Turning Thoughts into Books" is also available in a Kindle edition ($7.97).

The Insider's Guide to A Career in Book Publishing
Carin Siegfried
Chickadee Press
7308 Quail Meadow Lane, Charlotte, NC 28210
9780985336257, $14.95,

Having worked in the publishing industry for almost four decades, there is one undeniable fact that I've learned. Publishing is hard work, often with very little return on the invested dollar. But despite that fact, there is a never ending supply of young men and women who would like to establish a career for themselves within the publishing industry. A unique and seminal work, "The Insider's Guide to A Career in Book Publishing" by publishing industry veteran Carin Siegfried is a 134 page compendium that ought to be considered mandatory reading for anyone who aspires to a publishing career -- especially those for whom a publishing career automatically equates with being an editor because that's pretty much the extent of their familiarity with publishing. "The Insider's Guide to A Career in Book Publishing" is a thoroughly 'reader friendly' presentation of the different types of publishing houses and offers practical descriptions of the kinds of jobs the publishing industry offers. Basically an instruction manual, "The Insider's Guide to A Career in Book Publishing" explains how to research individual job categories; how to break a job description down to determine what is actually involved in it; covers searching for a publishing industry job both within New York as well as elsewhere in the country; and how to stand out in a crowded field of applicants for a targeted publishing industry position. Practical, informative, unique, and compactly comprehensive, "The Insider's Guide to A Career in Book Publishing" is very highly recommended for personal, academic, and community library Writing/Publishing instructional reference collections.

Build Your Author Platform
Carole Jelen & Michael McCallister
BenBella Books
10300 N. Central Expressway, STE 400, Dallas, TX 75204
9781939529251, $16.95,

It takes far more to write a successful book, fiction or non-fiction, that being a talented wordsmith. Once a book is written, the task remains of bringing it to the favorable attention of an intended readership. If an author is to be commercially and professional successful, that intended readership must be developed over time in the highly competitive world of publishing. "Build Your Author Platform: The New Rules: A Literary Agent's Guide to Growing Your Audience in 14 Steps" by the team of literary agent Carole Jelen and technical communications expert Michael McCallister is essentially a 384 page instruction manual specifically designed to teach authors how to define their literary and publication goals while developing a unique 'brand name' recognition for their work and themselves. Authors will learn how to utilize and implement website strategies, content, social presence, and media authority to increase their sales. Of special note is the practical guide to securing positive reviews. Replete with pragmatic and illustrative book marketing lessons, examples, success stories, and a wealth of tips and techniques, "Build Your Author Platform: The New Rules: A Literary Agent's Guide to Growing Your Audience in 14 Steps" will prove to ben an enduringly valuable addition to personal, professional, academic, and community library Writing/Publishing instructional reference collections. Very highly recommended to writers aspiring to become successful authors, it should be noted that "Build Your Author Platform: The New Rules: A Literary Agent's Guide to Growing Your Audience in 14 Steps" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).

Writing Wild
Tina Welling
New World Library
14 Pamaron Way, Novato, CA 94949
9781608682867, $14.95,

Creative writing is any writing that goes outside the bounds of normal professional, journalistic, academic, or technical forms of literature, typically identified by an emphasis on narrative craft, character development, and the use of literary tropes or with various traditions of poetry and poetics. Due to the looseness of the definition, it is possible for writing such as feature stories to be considered creative writing, even though they fall under journalism, because the content of features is specifically focused on narrative and character development. "Writing Wild: Forming a Creative Partnership with Nature" by published author Tina Welling is a 248 page instruction guide on how to tap into the natural world (including ourselves to create memorable and engaging stories while exploring ourselves and our surroundings. Of special note is the chapter on the 'Care and Feeding of a Writer'. As informed and informative as it is thoughtful and thought-provoking, "Writing Wild: Forming a Creative Partnership with Nature" is thoroughly 'reader friendly' and highly recommended to all aspiring authors, as well as community and academic library Writing/Publishing instructional reference collections. It should be noted that "Writing Wild: Forming a Creative Partnership with Nature" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).

The Aviation Shelf

Early Soviet Jet Fighters
Yefim Gordon & Dmitriy Komissarov
Hikoki Publications
c/o Specialty Press
99 Spring Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10012
9781902109350 $64.95

Early Soviet Jet Fighters is a reference of encyclopedic depth, filled to the brim with information about the development, history, and technical specifications of the first Soviet jet fighter airplanes, up through the mid-1940's. Roughly 750 black-and-white photographs, 50 specially-commissioned color drawings, and countless line drawings illustrate this meticulous, definitive resource. Readers with expertise in engineering and aeronautics will get the most out of Early Soviet Jet Fighters, but aviation enthusiasts of all backgrounds will find a wealth of fascinating facts and striking imagery. "During the very first engine run [of the first prototype Yak-Jumo] the exhaust gases melted the duralumin skin of the lower fuselage beyond the heath shield (which turned out to be too short) and burned up the tailwheel tyre; apparently nobody had realised that the tailwheel undercarriage was incompatible with the chosen engine placement and the rubbery tyre stood no chances in the hot exhaust!"

The Library CD Shelf

No Discount
Zongo Junction
Electric Cowbell Records
c/o Rock Paper Scissors
511 West 4th Street, Suite 2
Bloomington, IN 47404
$16.98 CD / $8.91 MP3

Afrobeat ensemble Zongo Junction presents No Discount, a rip-roaring original album of explosively enthusiastic songs. Guitar, pounding drums, and layers of synthesizers characterize this unstoppable, pulse-pounding collection, sure to excite fans of the genre with the passionate inducement to get up and dance! The tracks are "The Van That Got Away", "Longtooth", "Invented History", "No Discount", "21 Suspects in Madina", "Invented Search", "The National Zoo", "Tunnel Bar", and "Unknown Elsewhere."

Hamidbar Medaber
Privately Published
c/o Rock Paper Scissors
511 West 4th Street, Suite 2
Bloomington, IN 47404

The band Zebrina (a play on the Latin name for the plant colloquially called "wandering jew") is a lively mix of Klezmer, jazz, and jam performing the original compositions of Canadian jazz pianist Jonathan Feldman in Hamidbar Medaber, an album embodying the creative quest for knowledge. Entrancing yet energetic, Hamidbar Medaber works its way into the listener's spirit, fostering questions and wonder for life's miracles as well as open celebration. Highly recommended, especially for international music collections! The tracks are "Chant of Ages" (5:33), "Revolution in my Mind" (7:09), "The Spirit Within" (7:25), "The Desert Speaks" (6:57), "Higher Power" (7:59), "Breath of Life" (8:11), "The Guru's Advice" (6:46), and "Freedom Groove" (6:52).

NAWA: Ancient Sufi Invocations & Forgotten Songs From Aleppo
Sacred Voices of Syria
Lost Origin Sound Series
3320 Mt. Pleasant St. NW, Washington, DC 20010
c/o Rock Paper Scissors
511 West 4th Street, Suite 2, Bloomington, IN 47404
$TBA CD / $9.49 digital

NAWA: Ancient Sufi Invocations & Forgotten Songs From Aleppo gathers recordings of some of the oldest spiritual music known to humanity. When musician Jason Hamacher contacted the Syrian Orthodox Archbishop of the United States and learned that there were no recordings of liturgical chants from Urfa, Hamacher resolved to ensure that he would help preserve 1800 years of musical tradition in recorded form, available to the public. To experience and record ancient chant traditions, Hamacher traveled to Syria, working with its Christian, Jewish, and Islamic communities. Fortunately, Hamacher was able to gather most of NAWA before the onset of Syria's terrible civil war. Hundreds of years of spiritual, musical, and faith traditions are embedded in these powerful, profound liturgical chants, highly recommended especially for public and college library music collections. The tracks are "Fasel Al Jalal", "Mowashah Dhabya Wadi Al Naqah", "Fasel Al Sawi", "Fasel Kesmet Al Sawi", "Mowashah Al Refko Be Mattoon", and "Mowashah Habbatha Al Dugah".

Surya Chants of Light
Nadaka Gopika
c/o The Creative Service Company
4360 Emerald Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
$17.47 CD / $7.92 MP3

Surya Chants of Light is a music album of classic vedic chanting, sung in the original sanskrit and following the pronunciation and intonation traditions passed down in India for thousands of years. Music accompanying the chants balances the traditional Indian-raga with modern guitar-synth. Songs on Surya Chants of Light range from 4000-year-old vedic mantras to (relatively) recent Indian hymns, some of which are part of daily modern life. A solar theme of life-giving light binds these eight beautiful and inspirational selections. The tracks are "Suryaya Swaha", "Arogya Mantra", "Gayatri Mantra", "Navagraha", "Suryashtakam", "Dakshinam", "Surya Namaskar", and "Chidakash". 52 min.

Saguita al Bate
Leticia Rodriguez Garza
Privately Published
c/o Press Junkie PR
9901 Brodie Lane, Suite 160, PMB 221, Austin, TX 78748

Saguita al Bate is an EP music album featuring songs from Hispanic-American performer Leticia Rodriguez Garza, also known for creating the one-woman show "Canciones For Generations". Saguita al Bate has stellar, crystal-clear performances of three songs from "La Americana" plus a lively recording of "Saguita al Bate" (a song about a man pushed to the brink by his wife's love of baseball - or is she just infatuated with the handsome baseball player Alberto 'Saguita' Hernandez?). A celebration of life, love, family, and art, Saguita al Bate is a joy to listen to. The tracks are "Saguita al Bate", "Milonga Sentimental", "La Cumbancha", and "Incertidumbre".

Puerta Del Sur
Bio Ritmo
Privately Published
c/o Press Junkie PR
9901 Brodie Lane, Suite 160, PMB 221
Austin, TX 78748
$19.47 CD / $7.92 MP3

Latin dance band Bio Ritmo presents Puerta Del Sur, an album that reaches into the heart of salsa, rock, and the effort to revive "lost" Latin music. Overflowing with vibrant celebration, Puerta Del Sur showcases broad instrumental variety in complement to its lively lyrics. The result is a treat for Latin music connoisseurs everywhere! The tracks are "Se Les Olvido", "La Via", "Picaresca", "Perdido", "Motocilengua", "Pajaro Pio Pio", "Le Dicen Dolor", and "Codeina".

Knowledge Shine Bright
Privately Published
c/o Press Junkie PR
9901 Brodie Lane, Suite 160, PMB 221
Austin, TX 78748
$14.09 CD / $7.99 MP3

The second album of Washington DC live band See-I, Knowledge Shine Bright is an exciting album drawing inspiration from funk, house, dancehall, hip-hop, R&B, and rock music. Guest contributions from rappers Mr. Lif and Flex Mathews, as well as chanteuses Candice Mills and Edy Blu, enliven this original, heady nonstop ride. The tracks are "Never Give Up", "Real Steel", "King of the Road", "The Boogieman", "The Chase", "Rudeboy Razor", "Knowledge Shine Bright", "A Rebel in Blue", "Musical Murder", "Queen of Sheba", "Wrong Side of the Line", and "Revolution."

The Library DVD Shelf

Stop Traffick: Human Trafficking in America
Learning ZoneXpress
667 East Vine Street
Owatonna, MN 55060

Intended for grade 6 to adult viewers, Stop Traffick: Human Trafficking in America is a fictional short film on DVD about the modern-day slavery in America. The horrifying truth is that criminal human trafficking rings, usually specializing in forced or child prostitution, remain over 150 years after slavery was legally outlawed. But there is hope; in addition to law enforcement efforts, there are non-governmental organizations such as Worthwhile Wear that work to rescue victims of forced prostitution, and aids them with vocational training. Interviews with the film's producers, actors, the mother of a teenage trafficking victim, and Worthwhile Wear founder Dan Emr complement this chilling yet educational movie. A "must-have" especially for public library collections. 35 min (2 chapters).

Directed by Albert Nerenberg
The Disinformation Company
220 East 23rd Street, Suite 405
New York, NY 10010-4659
9781939517234 $19.98

Boredom is the first serious documentary on the subject of boredom. Exactly what is this mind-numbing state known to overcome those tasked with endless drudgery? Research suggests that boredom may in fact be a state of stress - and that the toll it takes on one's mental and emotional well-being could ultimately influence one's physical well-being, with potentially lethal consequences. Is the boredom of dead-end jobs and educational institutions actually promoted by our culture, and the most powerful individuals within it? Is there a better way? Bonus features include an abridged version on the same DVD ("Revolutionary Accelerated Unboring Version", 48 min.), "Stages of Boredom" (3 min.), and "The Mountain that Boredom Built" (4 min.). Antithetical to its own title, Boredom is the ultimate "must-see" documentary, highly recommended especially for public library collections. Not rated, 61 min. plus 55 min. of extras.

Bee People
9781939517272 $19.98

Honeybees have survived for 100 million years, but now these hard-working pollinators are facing threats to their survival. Bee People is a fascinating documentary about people who are working to protect both bees and the planet as a whole. Gregg "The Bee Guru" McMahan teaches viewers all about the role bees have in the well-being of the global ecosystem, and what humans can do to support bees, in this captivating and motivational film. Highly recommended, especially for public library documentary collections! Bonus features include a "Extracting Honey", a 16 minute featurette in which the Bee Guru travels to New York City to meet Tony Bees, a.k.a. "The Bee Cop". 102 min., not rated.

Children Without a Shadow
A film by Bernard Balteau
Sisu Home Entertainment

Children Without a Shadow is a true-life Holocaust documentary, revealing the life of Shaul Harel, a Beligian child hidden at 4 years of age. Harel survived genocide and had the chance to become a professor and live an adult life due to the bravery and compassion of both Jews and Christians. An extraordinary tale of hope amid the ashes of genocide, Children Without a Shadow is unforgettable. French and Hebrew with English subtitles (the 16 min. bonus featurette is also subtitled in English), widescreen.

Jews of Iran
A film by Ramin Farahani
Sisu Home Entertainment

Muslim director Ramin Farahani presents Jews of Iran, an extraordinary documentary about the Iran's Jewish minority, who have been a part of the land for over 2,700 years, and who all too often cope with persecution. Jews of Iran offers a vivid glimpse into their day-to-day lives and struggles, as well as their hopes for the future - both their own, and their nation's. Unforgettable to the very end, Jews of Iran is a documentary that will remind the viewer why religious tolerance - especially as practiced by the Jews - is of paramount importance. Farsi with 52 min., English subtitles. Also highly recommended is the documentary "Fringes" (English and Hebrew with English subtitles, 73 min., $24.95) by Paula Weiman-Kelman, featuring three spiritually uplifting stories about three young Jews - one in Israel, one in Canada, and one in the United States.

Half the Road
A documentary by Kathryn Bertine
Narrated by Bob Roll
Filmed & edited by Kevin Tokstad
First Run Features
630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213
New York, NY 10036

Directed by pro cyclist Kathryn Bertine, Half the Road is a documentary about women's professional cycling, examining both the passion that drives modern female athletes to compete, and the inequality that persists in male-dominated sports to this day. Why don't professional female cyclists get "half the road" in their competitions? Why is the famous Tour de France for men only? Interviewees include four-time Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington, and Kathrine Switzer ("K.V. Switzer"), the first woman to officially register and run the all-male Boston Marathon in 1967. Half the Road prompts the viewer to rethink their understanding of sports in general and cycling in particular, and is highly recommended.

Circle the Wagen
Directed by Ryan Steven Green
c/o Green Galactic (publicity)

Circle the Wagen is a full-length hybrid of documentary and comedy, following two adventurous roadtrippers, Dave and Charlie, along Route 66 in a 1972 VW bus. Can their beloved vehicle be saved from the relentless advance of age and wear? Their journey will take them to other automotive connoisseurs with a burning passion for classic cars, and help comes from the unlikeliest sources as they follow their hearts and dreams toward California! Highly recommended. Bonus features include commentary, an interview with directory Ryan Steven Green, deleted scenes, trailer & slideshow. Not rated, 86 min.

John Wesley: The Faith That Sparked the Methodist Movement
Christian History Institute
c/o Vision Video (distribution)
P.O. Box 540, Worcester, PA 19490

John Wesley: The Faith That Sparked the Methodist Movement is an documentary about 18th-century evangelist and social reformer John Wesley (1703-1791), one of the founders of the Methodist branch of the Christian faith. Interviews, on-location footing shot in Wesley's native England, and excerpts from John Jackman's 2010 dramatic film "Wesley" recreate the world in which Wesley lived, his spiritual struggle, and the results of his lifelong legacy. As educational as it is enlightening, John Wesley: The Faith That Sparked the Methodist Movement is highly recommended. English and Spanish languages tracks and subtitles, 55 min.

Secret State
Acorn Media
c/o RLJ Entertainment
9781621722267 $39.99

Based on the novel "A Very British Coup" by Chris Mullin, Secret State is a four-part political thriller about deadly machinations and repercussions. When a horrific industrial explosion kills 19 people, British Deputy Prime Minister Tom Dawkins (played by Gabriel Byrne) must investigate what caused the accident. Dawkins' search for answers is blocked at every turn by an uncooperative petrochemical company, and a plane crash involving the Prime Minister further complicates the search for justice. A behind-the-scenes featurette (11 min.) and an interview with Mullin (3 min.) enrich this tense story of scandal, the threat of war, and blood-in-the-water blackmail, highly recommended especially for connoisseurs of British drama. 4 episodes on 2 DVDs, 180 min., widescreen, SDH subtitles.

The Saint, Set 1
Acorn Media
c/o RLJ Entertainment
9781621721727 $49.99

Filmed in a variety of dazzling locations around the world, The Saint, Set 1 gathers three British feature-length movies based on the classy, super-sleuth literary character created by Leslie Charteris. Simon Templar, a.k.a. "The Saint", treads a fine line between both sides of the law, inspiring adoration from women, fear from criminals, and frustration from the police whom he tends to leave two steps behind on his daring heists. Always the model of an unflappable gentleman, The Saint confronts kidnappers, murderers, and the financial scammers in these unforgettable high adventures: "The Brazilian Connection", "The Blue Dulac", and "Fear in Fun Park". 3 movies on 3 DVDs, 296 min., fullscreen, SDH subtitles.

Mustang: The First 50 Years
TM Books & Video
PO Box 9228
Michigan City, IN 46361
9781936890859 $19.99

Mustang: The First 50 Years is a 2-DVD set about the extraordinary 50-year history of the Ford Mustang, from its creation in the early 60s to the 2015 Mustang GT. Designed from the get-go to emphasize both affordability and performance, the Mustang soared in popularity and came to exemplify the Baby Boomers' love of "life in the fast lane". Its success was also a triumph of marketing, redefining the Ford brand and becoming the company's most popular car since the Model T. Collectors, automotive enthusiasts, journalists, and former Ford employees (including Mustang designer Gale Halderman) all contribute to this fascinating documentary, interspersed with both archival and HD widescreen footage. 2 DVDs, 2 hours 30 min.

The Hunting Shelf

The Compassionate Hunter's Guidebook
Miles Olson
New Society Publishers
PO Box 189
Gabriola Island, BC, Canada, V0R 1X0
9780865717701 $17.95

The Compassionate Hunter's Guidebook: Hunting from the Heart is a hunting guide that emphasizes sustainability, conservation, and the noble art of transforming one's prey into nourishing food. Irresponsible hunting can be cruel and destructive, but responsible, compassionate hunting is part of the greater cycle of life. The key is to do no harm to the larger ecosystem, and to show respect for the animal life one harvests by making the fullest use of it. Chapters cover everything from compassionate hunting techniques to field dressing, skinning, butchering, and meat preservation. The Compassionate Hunter's Guidebook is worthy of the highest recommendation for every aspiring and practicing hunter.

The Language Studies Shelf

An Ovid Reader
Carole E. Newlands
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
1570 Baskin Road
Mundelein, IL 60060
9780865167223 $19.00

Part of Bolchazy's Latin Readers series, featuring passages from classic works annotated by experts in the field, An Ovid Reader: Selections from Seven Works serves as a solid resource for students and course instructors. Although the annotations extensively discuss linguistic nuances, it's notable that An Ovid Reader does not present a direct English translation of its Latin passages from "Amores", "Heroides", "Ars Amatoria", "Metamorphoses", "Fasti", "Tristia", and "Epistulae ex Ponto". A sizeable vocabulary selection rounds out this handy practice and study tool for intermediate to advanced students of Latin.

Startup Business Chinese Level 3
Jane C. M. Kuo
Cheng & Tsui Company
25 West Street
Boston, MA 02111-1213
9781622910304 $69.99

Enhanced with free audio downloads for speaking and listening comprehension practice, Startup Business Chinese Level 3: An Intermediate-High Course for Professionals lives up to its title as a teaching resource and reference. Building on the skills taught in Level 1 and Level 2, the Level 3 text broadens students' vocabulary and understanding of grammar structures, as well as incorporating lessons about Chinese culture and social courtesies. Although lessons include the traditional Chinese writing system, pinyin is included for dialogues and vocabulary, to benefit learners who choose to focus on the spoken language. An excellent teaching tool, whether for classroom use or self-study.

The Philosophy Shelf

Jurassic Park and Philosophy
Nicolas Michaud and Jessica Watkins
Open Court Publishing Company
70 East Lake Street, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60601
9780812698473 $19.95

The 82nd installment of the "Popular Culture and Philosophy" series, Jurassic Park and Philosophy: The Truth is Terrifying is an anthology of essays by learned authors scurtinizing the philosophical and ethical dilemmas raised by the "Jurassic Park" novels and movies. Are we really on the verge of bringing species back from extinction? If so, which animals deserve to be brought back first? Would it be truly right to defy natural evolution and bring back a dinosaur? What would our ongoing responsibility be to creatures resurrected from extinction? And what does this say about our brief human lifespans? "Your change from your one-year-old self to now has been significant, but seems slow to us, so slow we don't notice from day to day. So we think of you as the same person, even though you're different in every way that matters: memories, personality, and body. Death, though, changes all of that very radically, especially our ability to interact with others. Perhaps we could cline you, but it still wouldn't be you, for the same reason you aren't the same person as one-year-old you... because the clone is made of different matter, has different thoughts, feelings, and has some different memories, and it exists in a different place in time." Jurassic Park and Philosophy has not been prepared, authorized, or endorsed by the creators or producers of the "Jurassic Park" novels and movies; it examines quandaries with unfettered abandon. Accessible to readers of all backgrounds, yet methodical enough to appeal to philosophers, Jurassic Park and Philosophy is fascinating from cover to cover.

The Literary Studies Shelf

Indigenous Poetics in Canada
Neal McLeod, editor
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3C5
9781554589821 $42.99

Award-nominated author Neal McLeod (who grew up Cree on the James Smith Reserve in Saskatchewan and teaches indigenous studies at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario) edits Indigenous Poetics in Canada, an intensely scholarly anthology of essays by a diversity of experts in indigenous literature. Poetics are examined in the broadest sense of the word, as individual essays include discussion of oral traditions, language studies, the poetics of memory, the poetics of performance, the poetics of place and space, and contemporary indigenous poetry as well as classic tales. A detailed index rounds out this thoughtful and welcome addition to multicultural poetry and literary studies shelves.

The Collected Short Works Of Poul Anderson: Volume 6
Poul Anderson, author
Rick katze & Michael Kerpan, editors
PO Box 809, Framingham, MA 01701
9781610373067, $29.00,

Poul William Anderson (November 25, 1926 - July 31, 2001) was an American science fiction author who began his career during one of the Golden Ages of the genre and continued to write and remain popular into the 21st century. Anderson also authored several works of fantasy, historical novels, and a prodigious number of short stories. He received numerous awards for his writing, including seven Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards. "The Collected Short Works Of Poul Anderson: A Bicycle Built For Brew" is the sixth volume of his collected short stories. This 474 page compendium is comprised of an editorial introduction to Poul Anderson; Astrid Anderson Bear's 'My Father, Poul Anderson; and nine short stories: A Bicycle Built for Brew; Three hears and Three Lions; The Snows of Ganymede; Territory; The Sensitive Man; Silent Victory; The Three-Cornered Wheel; and A Plague of Masters. Of special note is for science fiction enthusiasts is the NESFA Press listing of currently available anthologies of Poul Anderson stories, as well as those of other masters of the science fiction genre. "The Collected Short Works Of Poul Anderson: Volume 6: A Bicycle Built For Brew" is very highly recommended and entertaining reading, and a 'must' for all Poul Anderson fans.

Femininity and Authorship in the Novels of Elizabeth von Arnim
Juliane Romhild
Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940
9781611477030, $70.00,

Elizabeth von Arnim (31 August 1866 - 9 February 1941), born Mary Annette Beauchamp, was an Australian-born British novelist. By marriage she became Grafin (Countess) von Arnim-Schlagenthin, and by a second marriage, Countess Russell. Although known in her early life as Mary, after the publication of her first book, she was known to her readers, eventually to her friends, and finally even to her family as Elizabeth and she is now invariably referred to as Elizabeth von Arnim. She also wrote under the pen name Alice Cholmondeley. "Femininity and Authorship in the Novels of Elizabeth von Arnim: At Her Most Radiant Moment" by Juliane Romhild (Lecturer in the Future Ready Program at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), is a 196 page literary study and analysis of the career, books, and literary issues reflected in the writings of von Arnim. A masterpiece of meticulous scholarship, "Femininity and Authorship in the Novels of Elizabeth von Arnim" is organized and presented in five major chapters: Elizabeth and Her German Garden; The Solitary Summer; The Adventures of Elizabeth in Rugers; In the Mountains; and All the Dogs of My Life. Of special note is Juliane Romchild's 'Conclusion'. Enhanced with a List of Abbreviations and Illustrations; an informative introduction; a roster of Works Cited and a comprehensive Index, "Femininity and Authorship in the Novels of Elizabeth von Arnim" is a seminal work and highly recommended for academic library Literary Studies and Women's Literature reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Reader as Peeping Tom
Jeremy Hawthorn
Ohio State University Press
180 Pressey Hall, 1070 Carmack Road
Columbus, OH 43210-1002
9780814212578, $69.95,

Peeping Tom is a character in the legend of Lady Godiva who watched Godiva riding naked. "The Reader as Peeping Tom: Nonreciprocal Gazing in Narrative Fiction and Film" by Jeremy Hawthorn (Emeritus Professor, Department of Language and Literature, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway) is a 272 page compendium that offers the unusual thesis that when we read a novel or watch a film, we become Peeping Toms. Spying on fictional characters, we can enjoy observing their private lives and most intimate secrets while safe in the knowledge that they are totally unaware of us. "The Reader as Peeping Tom: Nonreciprocal Gazing in Narrative Fiction and Film", examines the implications of this nonreciprocal relationship by focusing on works in which the relationships between characters are also nonreciprocal. Professor Hawthorn focuses on four novelists and three filmmakers whose works are concerned with surveillance, spying, and voyeurism: Hawthorne, Dickens, Melville, Henry James, Hitchcock, Michael Powell, and Francis Ford Coppola. Enhanced with the inclusion of a seven page Bibliography and a comprehensive Index, "The Reader as Peeping Tom: Nonreciprocal Gazing in Narrative Fiction and Film" is a masterpiece of original and seminal scholarship which is very highly recommended for academic library Literary Studies collections.

The Psychology Shelf

Children's Drawings
Antonio Machon
Fibulas Publishers
9788461655571, 26 Euros / $TBA

Children's Drawings: The Genesis and Nature of Graphic Representation is a studious and scholarly examination of graphic and artistic development in pre-school children (ages 1-7). Author Antonio Machon draws upon his years of experience as a professor of art education at the infant teacher training departments of Valladolid and Madrid universities, reconstructing the stages of scribbling and the origins of representation that children transition between. Children's drawings included both black-and-white and color illustrations of children's artwork to demonstrate its points, and is a worthy contribution to both child development psychology shelves, and pre-school art instruction shelves. "It is not true that what children draw originates from what they see. On the contrary, what they see originates from what they draw. That is, the process of reduction or simplification that characterises the drawings of children of these ages... is an application of what children already know from the forms of their drawing to what they see in real-life forms."

Clinical Neuropsychology
Michael W. Parsons & Thomas A. Hammeke, editors
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242
9781433816871, $59.95,

Clinical neuropsychology is a sub-field of psychology concerned with the applied science of brain-behaviour relationships. Clinical neuropsychologists use this knowledge in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and or rehabilitation of patients across the lifespan with neurological, medical, neurodevelopmental and psychiatric conditions, as well as other cognitive and learning disorders. Assessment is primarily by way of neuropsychological tests, but also includes patient history, qualitative observation and may draw on findings from neuroimaging and other diagnostic medical procedures. Clinical neuropsychology requires an in-depth knowledge of: neuroanatomy, neurobiology, psychopharmacology and neuropathology. The collaborative editorial project of psychologists Michael W. Parsons and Thomas A. Hammeke, "Clinical Neuropsychology: A Pocket Handbook for Assessment" is a 704 page compendium in a newly updated and expanded third edition that provides comprehensive information in a compact, organized, and accessible format that is specifically designed for neuropsychologists in the early stages of their training. This new edition leads users through the complicated process of assessing, diagnosing, and treating an enormous range of neurologic, neuropsychological, psychiatric, and behavioral disorders and syndromes. Of special note are the new chapters addressing cultural neuropsychology, somatic disorders, and the relationship between drug abuse and impulse control disorders. Throughout, relevant diagnostic information has been updated to reflect the newest DSM-5 criteria. "Clinical Neuropsychology: A Pocket Handbook for Assessment" is strongly recommended for professional and academic library Psychology & Psychiatry reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Library Science Shelf

The Academic Library Administrator's Field Guide
Bryce Nelson
ALA Editions
c/o American Library Association
50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611
9780838912232, $70.00,

An academic library is a library that is attached to a higher education institution which serves two complementary purposes to support the school's curriculum, and to support the research of the university faculty and students.[1] It is unknown how many academic libraries there are internationally. An academic and research portal maintained by UNESCO links to 3,785 libraries. According to the National Center for Education Statistics there are an estimated 3,700 academic libraries in the United States.[1] The support of teaching and learning requires material for class readings and for student papers. In the past, the material for class readings, intended to supplement lectures as prescribed by the instructor, has been called reserves. In the period before electronic resources became available, the reserves were supplied as actual books or as photocopies of appropriate journal articles. Academic libraries must determine a focus for collection development since comprehensive collections are not feasible. Librarians do this by identifying the needs of the faculty and student body, as well as the mission and academic programs of the college or university. When there are particular areas of specialization in academic libraries these are often referred to as niche collections. These collections are often the basis of a special collection department and may include original papers, artwork, and artifacts written or created by a single author or about a specific subject. "The Academic Library Administrator's Field Guide" by library science expert Bryce Nelson (Information School, University of Washington) is a 224 page compendium of practical instruction for academic library administrative staff on how to think and act politically; how to prepare for safety and security procedures; how to influence study and faculty perception of the academic library as a basic component of education; how to foster a librarian's identity as a teacher; how to communicate directly and effectively in person, at meetings, through email, etc.; how to assess and systematically collected data, and more. Highly recommended and essential reading for academic librarian charged with administrative responsibilities, it should be noted that "The Academic Library Administrator's Field Guide" is also available in a Kindle edition ($56.00). Also very strongly recommended from ALA Edition is Rebecca P. Butler's "Copyright for Academic Librarians and Professionals" (9780838912140, $80.00, 300 pages).

Preserving Complex Digital Objects
Janet Delve & David Anderson, editors
Facet Publishing
7 Ridgmount Street, London, England, WC1E 7AE
9781856049580, $115.00,

The collaborative editorship of Janet Delve and David Anderson (who are co-leaders of the interdisciplinary Future Prrof computer Group at the University of Portsmouth), "Preserving Complex Digital Objects" is a 224 page compendium comprised of twenty-five seminal research papers organized into six sections: Why and What to Preserve: Creativity versus Preservation; The Memory Institution/Data Archival Perspective; Digital Preservation Approaches, Practice and Tools; Case Studies; A Legal Perspective; Pathfinder Conclusion. An impressive and unique body of original scholarship, "Preserving Complex Digital Objects" is informed, informative, and a critically important addition to professional, corporate, governmental, and academic library collections on the preservation of digital materials such as simulations, visualizations, art, and video games.

The Economic Studies Shelf

Climate Change and the World Economy
David I. Stern, Frank Jotzo, Leo Dobes
Edward Elgar Publishing
9 Dewey Court, Northampton, MA 01060-3815
9781781009185, $390.00,

The newest addition to the outstanding 'International Library of Critical Writings in Economics' series from Edward Elgar Publishing, "Climate Change and the World Economy" is a 752 page compendium comprised of forty scientific articles generated between 1956 and 2012 in which leading experts in their fields describe, document, and analyze the impact of a global climate change upon a global and interdependent economic structure and international relationships. Beginning with an informed and informative introduction by the editorial team of David I. Stern, Frank Jotzo, and Leo Dobes, the articles are organized into three major sections: Trends, Drivers and Forecasts of Greenhouse Gas and Aerosol Emissions; Mitigation of Climate Change; Impacts and Adaptation. "Climate Change and the World Economy" is a critically important, and seminal addition to academic, corporate, and governmental library Environmental Studies and Economic Studies reference collections.

Who's Buying series
New Strategist Press
c/o Baywood Publishing Company
PO Box 337, Amityville, NY 11701-8337

New Strategist Press is the publisher of the outstanding "Who's Buying" series of economic data collections. The fourteen volumes comprising this series breaks down annual national consumer statistics by specific categories: "Whose Buying Alcoholic and Nonalcoholic Beverages: 10th Edition" (9781940308470, $68.95, 124pp); "Who's Buying Apparel: 9th Edition" (9781940308494, $68.95, 110pp); "Who's Buying at Restaurants and Carry-Outs: 11th Edition" (9781940308517, $68.95, 82pp); "Who's Buying by Age: 8th Edition" (9781940308531, $68.95); "Who's Buying by Race and Hispanic Origin: 9th Edition" (9781940308517, $68.95, 126pp); "Who's Buying Entertainment: 10th Edition" (97819040308579, $68.95, 156pp); Who's Buying for Pets: 11th Edition" (9781940308593, $68.95, 64pp); "Who's Buying for Travel: 10th Edition" (9781940308616, $68.95, 84pp); "Who's Buying Groceries: 11th Edition" (9781940308630, $68.95, 286pp); "Who's Buying Health Care: 10th Edition" (9781940308654, $68.95, 90pp); "Who's Buying Household Furnishings, Services, and Supplies: 11th Edition" (9781940308678, $68.95, 144pp); "Who's Buying Information and Consumer Electronics: 6th Edition" (9781940308739, $68.95, 126pp); "Who's Buying Transportation: 10th Edition" (9781940308692, $68.95, 134pp); "Who's Buying: Executive Summer of Household Spending: 9th Edition" (9781940308715, $68.95, 194pp). All of these new editions have been updated with 2012 economic and demographic data and are especially useful for analyzing pre- and post-Great Recession spending patterns and trends. Each individual volume features tables of contents and informative introductions. Very strongly recommended for professional, corporate, and academic library American Economic Studies reference collections, it should be noted that sample pages and PDF downloads with links to the Excel spreadsheet of each data table are available on the New Strategist Press web site at

The Parenting Shelf

Dad's Guide to Pregnancy for Dummies, second edition
Matthew M.F. Miller and Sharon Perkins, RN
For Dummies
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9781118858653 $16.99

Also available as an ebook, Dad's Guide to Pregnancy for Dummies is part of the extremely useful and user-friendly series of "For Dummies" guidebooks, created to demystify complex subjects and to be accessible to readers of all backgrounds. Dad's Guide to Pregnancy for Dummies is especially for expectant and new fathers; chapters outline how to prepare for the changes that becoming a parent will make in one's life, what to expect and how to care for one's wife during pregnancy, preparing for the miracle of childbirth (including steps to take to minimize risk of something going wrong), how to care for a newborn infant, and much more. Dad's Guide to Pregnancy for Dummies isn't only for men; women will also find its guidelines accessible and informative, especially women who are wondering how best to support an expecting friend or family member. Dad's Guide to Pregnancy for Dummies is an excellent choice for public library collections, and also makes a great baby shower gift!

The Reference Shelf

Aging in America
Bernan Press
c/o Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200
Lanham, MD 20706
9781598887020 $100.00

Aging in America is an in-depth reference source grounded in the data sources of the Decennial Census and the annual American Community Survey. The geographic detail of Census Bureau information distinguishes Aging in America, which facilitates the study of data by state, metro area, city, or congressional district for areas of a population of 65,000 or more. While most of the pages of Aging in America are devoted directly to raw data - charts, tables, graphs, and lists of numbers - the introduction and summary sections help readers of all backgrounds comprehend the broader trends of the accumulated figures. A "must-have" for the demographic reference section of college and scholarly library collections!

The Money/Finance Shelf

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, twelfth edition
Attorney Stephen Elias & Kathleen Michon, J.D., authors
Updated by Attorney Patricia Dzikowski
Nolo Press
950 Parker Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
9781413320268 $39.99

Now in its twelfth updated edition, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy is the definitive guide to the legal proceedings of chapter 13 bankruptcy in America, written especially for lay readers who may be confronting difficult financial decisions. The advantage of choosing chapter 13 bankruptcy as opposed to other types of bankruptcy relief (including chapter 7) is that one can avoid foreclosure on one's home, or repossession of one's car. Nolo upholds its distinguished track record of publishing accessible, user-friendly, top-notch legal guides, covering how to determine if one is eligible for chapter 13 protection, a survey of bankruptcy forms, the process of filing for bankruptcy, common legal issues while carrying out the bankruptcy plan, hiring and working with a lawyer, and much more. "Do you need a lawyer? For the vast majority of Chapter 13 filers, the answer is 'yes.' [...] the rub lies with the Chapter 13 repayment plan. Calculating plan payments has become quite difficult without the assistance of computer software, which is extremely expensive. In addition, it is not uncommon for the trustee or creditors to challenge or object to various aspects of your plan. In fact, most Chapter 13 plans need at least one modification along the way, even when prepared by an attorney."

The Law/Justice Shelf

Primer on International Copyright and Related Rights
Jorgen Blomqvist
Edward Elgar Publishing
9 Dewey Court
Northampton, MA 01060-3815
9781783470952 $120.00

Jorgen Blomqvist (Honorary Professor of International Copyright, University of Copenhagen, Denmark) presents Primer on International Copyright and Related Rights, a scholarly introduction to the international standards of copyright and related rights. Ideal for students and scholars seeking to improve their understanding of copyright law in an international context, Primer on International Copyright and Related Rights discusses rights of reproduction, translation, distribution, rental, resale, public performance, and much more. A "must-have" for law school libraries and serious students of international copyright regulations, as well as professionals in the field!

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