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Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Theatre/Cinema Shelf Business Shelf
Military Shelf Photography Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf
Social Issues Shelf Biography Shelf Railroading Shelf
Writing/Publishing Shelf Sports Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf
World History Shelf Environmental Studies Shelf Native American Shelf
Buddhist Studies Shelf Black Studies Shelf Judaic Studies Shelf
Nautical Shelf Woodworking Shelf Parenting Shelf
Gardening Shelf Interior Design Shelf Poetry Shelf
American History Shelf Architecture Shelf Computer Shelf
Literary Shelf Music Shelf Library Science Shelf
Audiobook Shelf Money/Finance Shelf Needlecraft Shelf
Art Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Civil War Shelf
Library Video/DVD Shelf Political Science Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf
Cookbook Shelf Psychology Shelf Genealogy Shelf
Gaming Shelf Education Shelf Fiction Shelf
Philosophy Shelf International Studies Shelf Science Shelf
Travel Shelf Hunting/Fishing Shelf Criminology/Penology Shelf
Language Studies Shelf Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf Hobby Shelf
Self-Help Shelf    

Reviewer's Choice

Gift Wrapping With Textiles
Chizuko Morita
Kodansha America
575 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022
4770027362 $19.95

Enhanced throughout with visually stunning full color photography, Gift Wrapping With Textiles: Stylish Ideas From Japan by Chizuko Morita is a fun and informative introduction to the creative art of gift wrapping for all items and gifts of every size with the designer innovation of textiles and cloth materials. Expansively guiding readers through the Japanese-based ideas for stunning gift-wrap presentations for wine, books, CDs, pictures, posters, balls, and boxed items, Gift Wrapping With Textiles bases its techniques on century-old Japanese traditional roots, along with additional items to freshen up everyday items such as pillows, baskets, dinner tables, flower pots and bouquets, and much more. A simply beautiful book, Gift Wrapping With Textiles is very highly recommended for discerning readers searching for a new and stylistic approaches to impressively wrapping their gifts for friends, family, and associates.

Mrs. Grossman's Sticker Magic
Andrea Grossman & Leslie C. Carola
Hugh Lauter Levin Associates
9 Burr Road, Westport, CT 06880
0883637073 $30.00

Recognized as the woman who invented the first sticker and subsequently pioneered the entire sticker industry, Andrea Grossman founded Mrs. Grossman's Paper Company more than twenty-five years ago with rolls of red heart stickers and launched a specialized crafts industry that has now gained popularity world wide. Mrs. Grossman's Sticker Magic, by Andrea Grossman and Leslie C. Carola is a superbly illustrated and presented guide to sticker art and the creative world of sticker decoration. Introducing readers to the fun and active art of sticker production, Mrs. Grossman's Sticker Magic offers readers such fun sticker projects as the Star Folding Album; Classic Flourish Gatefold Card; the Torn, Folded Vellum; and the Pup Fabric Frame. A simply outstanding showcase collection of remarkably entertaining activities. Mrs. Grossman's Sticker Magic is very highly recommended for artistic hobbyists, and most particularly for sticker enthusiasts.

The Foundation Center's Guide To Proposal Writing
Jane C. Geever
The Foundation Center
79 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003
1931923922 $46.60

The substantial revised and thoroughly updated fourth edition of The Foundation Center's Guide To Proposal Writing from the Foundation Center by fund raising expert Jane C. Geever is an authoritative guide to the basics of proposal writing in order to secure funding for any kind of project or study. Featuring pre-proposal planning tips, components of the proposal, and guidance from grantmakers, The Foundation Center's Guide To Proposal Writing delves deeply into a comprehensive and "user-friendly" reference for grantmaking, decision making, and significant strategies for successfully compiling and shaping proposal formats and requests. The Foundation Center's Guide To Proposal Writing is very strongly recommended for anyone requiring a complete and thorough instructional guide through the evaluation process and writing skills for grant applications and funding proposals.

Real Estate Forms Simplified
Daniel Sitarz
Nova Publishing
1103 W. College St, Carbondale, IL 62901
1892949091 $29.95

Real Estate Forms Simplified: A Complete And Comprehensive Source For All Standard Real Estate Forms by real estate lawyer Daniel Sitarz is superbly organized and presented guide simplifying and demystifying what would ordinarily be a complex, expensive, and even painful process for non-specialist general readers wanting to buy, sell or lease a home, land, or commercial property. Real Estate Forms Simplified provides a single volume "user-friendly" resource for real estate transaction papers and procedures, including rental, lease, sales, disclosure, closing, and more. Enhanced with an accompany CD with all of the featured forms for easy print out and customization, Real Estate Form Simplified is very strongly recommended for anyone seeking to buy, lease, or sell any kind of property.

The World Almanac Book Of Records
Mark Young, editor
World Almanac Education Group
0886879469 $14.95

The World Almanac Book Of Records: Firsts, Feats, Facts And Phenomena from the World Almanac Education Group is a knowledgeable and informative 504-page compendium of the peculiar, renowned, interesting, and simply fun facts. Providing readers with an expansive knowledge of universal discovery trivia, The World Almanac Book Of Records offers information on diverse subjects ranging from Ireland's first arrivals, to the world's biggest Buddha, to the longest traveling spacecraft, to the introduction of the electric chair, to the invention of Lincoln Logs. A popular addition to any personal, tavern, or community library reference collection, The World Almanac Book Of Records is very highly recommended as an educational and "bet settling" collection of facts, feats, firsts, and strange phenomena.

The Antiquities Act
David Harmon et al
The University of Arizona Press
355 S Euclid Avenue, Suite 103, Tucson, AZ 85719
0816525617 $19.95

Ably compiled and co-edited by the team of David Harmon (Executive Director of the George Wright Society), Francis P. McManamon (Chief Archaeologist of the National Park Service), and Dwight T. Pitcaithley (former Chief Historian of the National Park Service and current teacher at the New Mexico State University), The Antiquities Act: A Century Of American Archaeology, Historic Preservation, And Nature Conservation is an exceptionally impressive collection of informed and informative essays and writings by academicians and experts focusing upon the Antiquities Act of 1906 and its contributions to American archaeology, the preservation of historic buildings, and its role in nature conservancy. The Antiquities Act has been involved with the preservation of natural and cultural treasures ranging from Thomas Edison's laboratory and the Olympic National Park, to such awe-inspiring sights as the Devil's Tower National Monument. A core addition to academic and community library reference collections, The Antiquities Act is very strongly recommended reading, especially for students of American history, archaeology, and park systems.

Wilson's Practical Meat Inspection
W. G. Wilson
Blackwell Publishing
2121 State Avenue, Ames, IA 50014
1405124938 $99.99 1-515-292-0140

The newly revised and substantially updated seventh edition of Wilson's Practical Meat Inspection by W. G. Wilson is a documented and in-depth descriptive survey of animal processing and the associated dangers of infected and diseased meats. Expertly and methodically guiding readers through comprehensive study of the intricacies of processing meat products, Wilson's Practical Meat Inspection provides an analysis of diseases, disorders, infections, viruses, and other issues damaging or endangering particular meats, while providing readers with a practical and well established reference to meat safety related legislation. As a textbook study of animal produce and the food industry, as well as its cautionary details of the meat processing industry in an age of BSE, foot-and-mouth disease, and other potential meat-related health hazards, Wilson's Practical Meat Inspection is confidently recommended reading for food safety activists, government policy makers, meat quality control inspectors, meat processors, food scientists, and the non-specialist general reader seeking a sound, well written introduction to meat processing, meat inspection, meat safety related issues.

The New Wisconsin Almanac
Jerry Minnich
Prairie Oak Press
923 Williamson St., Madison, WI 53703
1931599653 $16.95

Fun and informative, The New Wisconsin Almanac by Jerry Minnich is an impressive collection of Wisconsin facts, stories, and miscellaneous information. Exploring the Badger State's history and weather, The New Wisconsin Almanac is also a superb gardening calendar, a compendium of household tips, trivia teasers, and even cottage recipes. The New Wisconsin Almanac advises, informs and entertains its readers with an entertaining wealth of researched, documented, and simply fascinating information. The New Wisconsin Almanac is very strongly recommended for all gardeners, environmentalists, and homemakers living, working, and vacationing in Wisconsin, as well as those merely wishing for an engaging collection of sparsely known and highly readable trivia on and about the great Badger State.

The Reiki Touch
William Lee Rand
Sounds True
PO Box 8010, Boulder, CO 80306
159179370X $39.95

The Reiki Touch: Complete Home Learning System by William Lee Rand is a remarkable collection of all the tools necessary to learn the art of Reiki. Inclusive of a DVD video, thirty cards, two CDs and a one-hundred page workbook, The Reiki Touch expertly features complete instructions for hand positions, scanning techniques, and other advanced uses of Reiki to detect auras and perceive past lives. A "user friendly" and easy-to-follow instructional resource, The Reiki Touch is a very highly recommended kit for anyone who would like to become more active and proficient in Reiki.

Martyrdom In Milwaukee
Thomas M. Geiger
Privately Published
N3869 Jefferson St., Sullivan, WI 53178
0977312003 $14.95

Martyrdom In Milwaukee: A Treatise On The Brookfield, Wisconsin, Shooting is an up-close and personal remembrance of Terry Ratzmann and the members of the Church of God, who suffered a devastating shooting in March of 2005. In the wake of terrible murder, author Thomas M. Geiger focuses his debut writing effort into a positive testimony of the importance of healing, forming connections between people of faith, and spreading comfort in God's power to bring justice and comfort in the realm beyond death. A spiritually invested book and a moving tribute to the faith, love, and endurance of the church's members.

Ferris Wheels
Norman Anderson
Popular Press
c/o University of Wisconsin Press
1930 Monroe Street, Third Floor, Madison, WI 53711-2059
087972532X $45.95 1-800-621-2736

A photomechanical reprint of the 1992 Bowling Green University Press edition, Ferris Wheels: An Illustrated History by Norman Anderson is an informative documentation of the ever-popular amusement park and carnival ride. Guiding reader through its remarkable history, Ferris Wheels reveals George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr.'s most creative and timeless constructions through its over one-hundred and ten year history as a key feature for American carnivals and fairgrounds. Profusely illustrated with historical photographs and line drawn sketches, Ferris Wheels is very highly recommended reading and a welcome addition to personal and community library collections.

Still Standing
Michael P. Harker
The University of Iowa Press
100 Kuhl House, Iowa City, IA 52245
0877459770 $9.95

Still Standing: A Postcard Book Of Barn Photographs by midwestern photographer Michael P. Harker is a striking new collection of thirty memorable black-and-white photograph postcards featuring the diverse barns of Iowa and the Midwest farmsteads. Vivid images of barn structures in all manner of weathering and disrepair, the images are simply stunning, Still Standing features barns ranging from a pioneer Swedish design, to Dutch, square, round, brick and wood structures for an impressively diverse compilation. Still Standing is very highly recommended for all lovers of the greater Midwest area searching for an enthralling anthology of pictorial representative postcards definitively creating the image of what really makes the Iowa and its surrounding states exactly what they are. The only problem is whether or not anyone could bring themselves to actually use the individual pages as the actual postcards they are expertly designed to be -- and therefore no longer continue to have and enjoy them for themselves!

The Healing Power Of Love
Gloria Lintermans & Marilyn Stolzman
Champion Press, Ltd.
765 Main Street, Belgium, WI 53004
1932783512 $16.00

Co-authored by Gloria Lintermans and Marilyn Stolzman, The Healing Power Of Love: Transcending The Loss Of A Spouse To New Love is a sensitive guide through difficulties often associated with losing one love and eventually gaining another. Deftly compiling twelve inspirational stories about new and loving relationships following the loss of a beloved spouse or partner, The Healing Power Of Love provides readers with the power of transition and a gentle guidance to finding and fully loving another as illustrated by heartwarming intimacy, situational assessment, and life-affirming truths helping to realize our emotional self-fulfillment. The Healing Power Of Love is very strongly recommended for its intimate and exemplary stories illustrating how a new love can heal the painful loss of an old one. Also very highly recommended from Gloria Lintermans and Marilyn Stolzman is The Healing Power Of Grief (1932783-482, $16.00, Champion Press).

The Theatre/Cinema Shelf

Art By Committee
Charna Halpern
Meriwether Publishing
PO B 7710, Colorado Springs, CO 80933
1566081122 $22.95

Inherently entertaining and informative, Art By Committee: A Guide To Advanced Improvisation offers its readers an inspired and inspiring understanding of the philosophy and visual outlook of life through the wisdom and guidance of Charna Halpern. As a long-term improvisational co-creator and comically creative mind, Charna presents Art By Committee as her most informative and constructive guide to date through the incredible art of improv acting and performance. Art By Committee is very strongly recommended for all students of acting and improvisational comedy, as well as those searching for a personal history of Del Close and Charna Halperns.

Today In History: Musicals
Joe Stollenwerk
Emmis Books
1700 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45206
1578602653 $14.95

Today In History: Musicals by actor, singer, writer, teacher Joe Stollenwerk (who is also the Artistic Director of Ovation Theatre Company, Cincinnati, Ohio), is a superbly organized and presented collection of insights and anecdotes drawn from the history of film and stage musical production. Organized within the context of a complete year, readers will follow Today In History: Musicals through each day's unique and informative content replete with fun trivia and informative tidbits of facts ranging from the July 31st telling of Avenue Q's opening in 2003, to the February 7th story about the premier of Pinocchio. Written and presented in a creative and entertaining manner for the enjoyment of non-specialist general readers, Today In History: Musicals is very strongly recommended reading for all students and fans of Broadway and big-screen musicals.

Screen World
John Willis
Applause Books
19 West 21st Street, #201, NY, NY 10010
155783668X $24.95

Screen World: 2005 Film Annual Volume 56 by movie expert and critic John Willis with the assistance of Barry Monush is an expertly presented guide through the 2005 year of American and foreign film productions. Providing readers with an in-depth explorations of the wonderfully diverse world of the cinema, Screen World provides a succinct description of every 2005 movie from La Vie Promise; The Polar Express; and Garden State, to Paper Clips; Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind; and Team America: World Police. A core addition to film school and film buff reference collections, Screen World is a "must" for all lovers of the big-screen and is justifiable designated as the ultimate reference for 2005's quite remarkable year of moviemaking.

Contesting Identities
Aaron Baker
The University of Illinois Press
1325 South Oak St., Champaign, IL 61820
0252073541 $16.00

Contesting Identities: Sports In American Film by Aaron Baker (Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at Arizona State University) is an in-depth study of the films that had as their primary focus or theme sports and athletic competition. Guiding readers through a complete understanding of the film industry's sports movies from the era of silent movies through the blockbuster productions of today, Contesting Identities provides an informative review of sports films elements and issues such as race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, and more. A seminal contribution to Film & Cinema Studies supplemental reading lists and academic library reference collections, Contesting Identities is very strongly recommended for film students and sports enthusiasts searching for a comprehensive and intelligible grasp of the historical progression, identity, ideals, and production of sports-oriented films.

The Business Shelf

Leading Through Conflict
Mark Gerzon
Harvard Business School Press
300 N. Beacon St, Watertown, MA 02472
159139919X $27.95 1-617-783-7410

Leading Through Conflict: How Successful Leaders Transform Differences Into Opportunities is an outstanding presentation of the business leadership ideas of Mark Gerzon (President of Mediators Foundation). Showcasing his experience-based approaches to creating a more productive and confluent environment throughout for corporate managers and administrators engaged in an organizational struggle or situational conflict, Leading Through Conflict offers an expert commentary on the three principle forms of leadership (demagogue, manager, mediator), and eight principle tools used in mediation for conflict resolution, Leading Through Conflict is very highly recommended as an expert study into handling conflict any business or any other type of organizational setting.

Achieving Strategic Excellence
Edward E. Lawler, III, et al.
Stanford University Press
1450 Page Mill Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94304
0804753318 $50.00

Co-authored by the team of Edward E. Lawler, III (Distinguished Professor of Business and Director of the Center for Effective Organizations in the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California), John W. Boudreau (Professor and Research Director at the Marshall School of Business and Center for Effective Organizations at University of Southern California), and Susan Albers Mohram (Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Effective Organizations at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California), and with the assistance of Alice Yee Mark, Beth Neilson, and Nora Osganian, Achieving Strategic Excellence: A Assessment Of Human Resource Organizations is a seminal study of the human resources functions and attributes in large corporations. Focusing on a range of relevant issues ranging from how Human Resources contributes to the value of corporations, to the use of information technology, Human Resources science, design, and activities, "outsourcing", and more, Achieving Strategic Excellence guides readers through diverse aspects of effectively managing of human capital. Achieving Strategic Excellence is very strongly recommended for MBA students corporate board members, CEOs, and Human Resource managers.

Choosing And Using Consultants And Advisors
Harold Lewis
Kogan Page International
525 S. 4th St., 241, Philadelphia, PA 19147
0749446390 $29.95

Choosing And Using Consultants And Advisors: A Best Practice Guide To Making The Right Decision And Getting Good Value by Harold Lewis (a writer, editor and independent consultant with more than 30 years of professional experience working with client authorities and consultancy organizations) is an informative and "reader friendly introductory study of the selection process for obtaining effective professional help for a business project. Choosing And Using Consultants And Advisors accurately and expertly educates readers on identifying a need for professional help, understanding how consultants operate and how they charge, defining requirements and specifying the job to be done, selecting the right consultants, drawing up contracts, keeping track of work, dealing effectively with problems, and developing successfully working and professional partner relationships. A core addition to personal, professional, and university level business management studies reference collections, Managerial Studies reference collections, Choosing And Using Consultants And Advisors is very highly recommended and informative reading for all business professionals, executives, managers, and MBA studies for its complete and helpful collection of intelligible and easy-to-follow consulting information.

How To Write A Great Business Plan For Your Small Business In Sixty Minutes Or Less
Sharon L. Fullen & Diana Padmoroff
Atlantic Publishing Company
1405 SW 6th Ave, Ocala, FL 34474
0910627568 $39.95

How To Write A Great Business Plan For Your Small Business In Sixty Minutes Or Less, is expertly co-authored by Sharon L. Fullen and Diana Padmoroff and offers a complete and concise descriptive explanation of the often difficult process involved in writing an effective business plan. Informatively presenting readers with a thorough understanding of the many intricacies and elements of a properly written business plan, and the difficulties frequently encountered in its preparation under the stress of deadlines, How To Write A Great Business Plan For Your Small Business In Sixty Minutes Or Less introduces the advantages and disadvantages of exploring certain risks in business. How To Write A Great Business Plan For Your Small Business In Sixty Minutes Or Less is very strongly recommended for all aspiring entrepreneurs seeking a step-by-step guide to the quick and effective development of a practical and "user friendly" plan for their business enterprise.

Building A Global Success
Samih T. Darwazah
Hudson Hills Press
PO Box 205, Manchester, VT 05254
0974986097 $17.95

Written by the founder and chairman of Hikma Group, a billion-dollar multinational pharmaceutical company, Building A Global Success is the true story of how one man combined centuries of Middle Eastern wisdom with American values and know-how to build a successful business - one that put people first, respected employees, emphasized research and invention, encouraged education, and invested in America. Building A Global Success is about the power and enlightened self-interest of positive values rather than the greed, ruthlessness, hypocrisy, and poor quality that have spelled out financial as well as moral ruin of so many other businesses. Offering valuable lessons to businesses and corporations of all sizes, Building A Global Success is a positive-minded, true testimony of how business practices and ethics can be combined for greater success on all levels.

An UnAmerican Business
Donald Kalff
Kogan Page International
525 S 4th St, 241, Philladelphi, PA 19147
0749444908 $35.00

An Unamerican Business: The Rise Of The New European Enterprise by Donald Kalff (co-founder and CEO of Immpact, a biotech company, and a Visiting Professor, Leiden University School of Management, Netherlands) is an interpretive theoretical study of the establishment and success of European corporate business models in the global marketplace to the disadvantages of traditional American corporations. Deftly presenting a conceptual theory of the European enterprise model constructed from ideals of ethical evaluation, economic concerns and considerations, An Unamerican Business offers an outline to a truly progressive ideal for the enterprising and productive international corporate values and business perspectives. A "must read" for MBA students and corporate executives responsible for international marketing, and a high priority addition to academic library "Business Studies" reference collections, An Unamerican Business is very strongly recommended and knowledgeable reading.

Customer Astonishment
Darby Checketts
Robert D. Reed Publishers
PO Box 1992, Bandon, Oregon 97411
9781931741682 $14.95

Customer Astonishment: Ten Secrets To World-Class Customer Care by Darby Checketts (President of Cornerstone Professional Development, Mesa, Arizona) is an informed guide to creating a positive and effective customer relationship regardless of the service or project being provided. Knowledgeably conducting an exploration of good marketing skills for both the employees and the company, Customer Astonishment deftly addresses the issues of professional accountability, simplistic economic value, and personal satisfaction between sales rep and the customer. With the inclusion of Darby Checketts' "10 Secrets to World-Class Customer Care", Customer Astonishment is very strongly recommended as invaluable, profitable, reading.

The Military Shelf

Afghanistan And The Troubled Future Of Unconventional Warfare
Hy S. Rothstein
Naval Institute Press
291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402
159114745X $26.95

Afghanistan And The Troubled Future Of Unconventional Warfare by Hy S. Rothstein (Department of Defense Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California) is an analytical study of conventional and unconventional uses of tactics in the "War on Terrorism" as it is currently being waged in the mountains and valleys of Afghanistan. Arguing that although the operation in Afghanistan was presented as unconventional the Bush administration, but was in actuality, a case of America's military power being employed in a segmented and quite conventional manner, Afghanistan And The Troubled Future Of Unconventional Warfare provides an in-depth overview of the Afghan war and why certain situational intricacies may imply, but not require, unconventional or irregular tactics. An important and seminal contribution to Military Studies reference collections and reading lists, Afghanistan And The Troubled Future Of Unconventional Warfare is very strongly recommended work of impeccable scholarship.

Shaping U.S. Military Forces
D. Robert Worley
88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881
0275990311 $49.95

Shaping U.S. Military Forces: Revolution Or Relevance In A Post-Cold War World by D. Robert Worley (Johnson Hopkins University Washington Center for the Study of American Government) is an informed and informative descriptive history and analysis of the American military from the end of the Cold War era to the present day in terms of innovations and adaptations as the global threats to American national security have evolved in a post-Cold War international political environment. Shaping U.S. Military Forces delves deeply into historically significant events which have resulted in the deployment of American military forces in Kosovo, the Gulf War, Somalia, Panama, and the current Afghani and Iraqi wars. Shaping U.S. Military Forces is very strongly recommended for political science students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the post-Cold War American military operations, tactics, utilization, and deployments.

Lost Souls Of The River Kwai
Bill Reed & Mitch Peeke
Isis Reminiscence Series
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA)
Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
075319354X $32.50 1-800-955-9659

Lost Souls Of The River Kwai: Experiences Of A British Soldier On The Railway Of Death, is co-authored by Bill Reed and Mitch Peeke is the simply riveting autobiographical story of Bill Reed's service in the British Army during World War II, including his capture by the Japanese who put him and his fellow POWs to work as a slave laborer in southeast Asia. Surviving under lethally abusive conditions (including being tortured by his captors), Lost Souls Of The River Kwai tells of Reed's enforced participation on the "Railway of Death" and offers readers a vivid description of how just how traumatically the experience effected him for the rest of his life. A candid memoir of remarkable content for readers seeking documentation of the terrors of being a POW in World War II subject to the terrors of the cruelly merciless Japanese, Lost Souls Of The River Kwai is very strongly recommended reading. Large Print format.

The Photography Shelf

Dance In Cuba
Gil Garetti
Balcony Press
512 E. Wilson, #213, Glendale, CA 91206
Chronicle Books, dist.
85 - 2nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
1890449342 $65.00

Dance In Cuba by master photographer Gil Garetti is a vivid collection of black-and-white images which lucidly showcase the art of dance and in a series of intriguing visual pictures highlighting the styles, practitioners, moves, and insights of the dance. An impressive compendium of exquisite photographs, Dance In Cuba is enhanced with a selection of insightful quotes and words of wisdom on the Cuban art of the dance. An appropriate addition to any Photographic Studies reference collection, Dance In Cuba is very strongly recommended as a coffee table photography book for its generous pictorial display on the art of the dance.

Digital Wedding Photography
Bambi Cantrell & Skip Cohen
Amphoto Books/Watson-Guptill
770 Braodway, New York, NY 10003
0817433244 $29.95

Digital Wedding Photography: Professional Techniques With Style by professional photographers Bambi Cantrell and Skip Cohen is a remarkably "user friendly" illustrated guide to the art of digital photography focusing on ever aspect of wedding preparations, ceremony, and celebration. Introducing aspiring photographers to the many variable aspects of digital photography techniques, Digital Wed-ding Photography provides a complete understanding of how to employ digital technology for a greater artistic and creative photographic image, how to capture events as well as enthusiasm and emotion throughout the day, the effective thought process of a photojournalist, understanding clients, delivering color and black-and-white photos with deft style, how to create awe-inspiring albums and Web sites, as well as digital photography service marketing, and a wealth of additionally informative tips. For its grasp of the most effective strategies and approaches, Digital Wedding Photography is very highly recommended for novice photographers wanting to enhance their photographic wedding portrait skills.

The New Life
Lise Sarfati
Twin Palms Publishers
PO Box 10229, Santa Fe, NM 87504
1931885451 $75.00

The New Life is an impressive collection of visually intimate photography showcasing the photographic skill and visionary eye of Lise Sarfati. Featuring pensive poses illustrating the sensitive and natural existence her young subjects, Sarfati deftly acknowledges beautifully entrancing, thoughtful and dimensional aspects of young generation's "smileless state". A welcome addition to any personal, professional, or academic library's Photographic Studies reference collection, The New Life is very strongly recommended for its elevation of portrait photography to a kind of modern art and an inherently fascinating compendium of acute and pristine photography at the hands of a master photographer.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

The Lost Sayings Of Jesus
Andrew Phillip Smith
Skylight Paths Publishing
PO Box 237, Woodstock, VT 05091
1594731721 $16.99

The Lost Sayings Of Jesus: Teachings From Ancient Christian, Jewish, Gnostic, And Islamic Sources--annotated And Explained is expertly translated and annotated by Andrew Phillip Smith is a compendium of the timeless wisdom of Jesus of Nazareth drawn from sources that include not only the New Testament, but writings from many of the non-canonical ancient writers of the Apocrypha, early church fathers, the Qur'an, the Talmud, and other fragments of the gnostic gospels recently discovered, restored and translated. The Lost Sayings Of Jesus offers readers an impressively organized body of annotated quotes and excerpts arranged in of five basic sections with the "sayings" on the right page and the commentaries on the left page: Christian Sayings, Jewish Sayings, Gnostic Sayings, Islamic Sayings, and two additional sections "Further Traditions, Fictions, And Forgeries", and "Suggestions for Further Reading". A core addition to personal, seminary, academic, and community library reference collections, The Lost Sayings Of Jesus is very highly recommended reading for all students of the Abrahamic religions offering as complete and engaging collection as is currently possible on the many teachings ascribed to Jesus of Nazareth, whom some called a prophet and others the Christ.

Prayer Or Mantra?
David G. Smithson M.D.
Seventy-Three Publications
PO B 23207, Shawnee Mission, KS 66283
0977621138 $11.95

Prayer Or Mantra?: A Contrast Between Christian Prayer And Eastern Meditation by Dr. David G. Smithson is an impressively informative and "reader friendly" exploration and analytical comparison of eastern meditation practices and western traditions of religious prayer through a multi-perspective analysis of both. Prayer Or Mantra? provides students of eastern philosophy and western science with the newly emerging discipline of neurotheology which examines the origins of spiritual experiences within the brain, addressing such issues as what happens when praying in the Christian sense as opposed to the Eastern sense; how the issue of "personhood" is a critical point of differentiation between each view; if prayer and meditation are documentably advantageous for human health; what events brought about the popularity of transcendental meditation in the west during 1960s; whether eastern meditation is actually a type of "high"; and the relationship of Christian meditation and Christian prayer. Prayer Or Mantra? is to be given high praise and strong recommendation for its deft analytical contribution to the similarities and distinctions between meditation and prayer.

Why Are The Japanese Non-Religious?
Toshimaro Ama
University Press of America
4501 Forbes Boulevard, Lanham MD 20706
0761830561 $20.00

Why Are The Japanese Non-Religious?: Japanese Spirituality: Being Non-Religious In A Religious Culture by Toshimaro Ama (Professor of International Studies at Meiji Gakuin University, Japan) is an in-depth study of Japanese culture in terms of religious and philosophical belief systems. Definitively presenting the Japanese religions into "revealed" or organized beliefs and "natural" or folklore based religions, Why Are The Japanese Non-Religious? deftly presents Japanese cultural adaptations of Buddhism and Confucianism, as well as the cultural integration with folklore, ancestor worship, and Shinto. An important and seminal contribution to academic library Japanese Studies reference collections, Why Are The Japanese Non-Religious? is to be given high praise for a scholarly presentation addressing fundamental questions such as the nature of being "non-religious" within the context of Japanese cultural history.

After God
John Panteleimon Manoussakis
Fordham University Press
University Box L, Bronx, NY 10458-5172
0823225321 $28.00 1-800-247-6553

Skillfully edited by John Panteleimon Manoussakis, Ph.D., After God: Richard Kearney And The Religious Turn In Continental Philosophy is an anthology of essays in response to the recent work of philosopher Richard Kearney. The central question binding the diverse discussions is, "Who or what comes after God?" Topics for contemplation range from Heidegger's last God to Levinas' God of Infinity, Marion's God without Being, Kearney's "God who may be", and much more. An eclectic and in-depth philosophical work tackling the exalted riddle of the nature of the greatest possible being with respect, logic, and truth-seeking aplomb. Highly recommended especially for philosophical and religious studies shelves; lay readers may need to familiarize themselves with basic philosophical principles and precepts to fully comprehend the subtler nuances of After God, yet the subject is surely profound enough to warrant interest from all.

The Everything History Of The Bible Book
Jeffery Donley
Adams Media
57 Littlefield Street, Avon, MA 02322
1593375565 $14.95

The Everything History Of The Bible Book: From Divine Inspiration To Modern Day Discoveries -- A Complete Reference by Jeffery Donley (an internationally recognized authority in Biblical Studies and the history of the Bible) is a complete and thorough history of the foundation scriptures of the Christian church. Supplying non-specialist general readers with a concise reference for everything from Josephus' Testimony, to Nero's persecution of the early Christians, The Dead Sea Scrolls, the mystery of the Linen Cloth of Christ's original burial, documents from the Jerusalem Temple Library, to The Garden of Eden, The Everything History Of The Bible Book provides an informative foray into the "forgotten" gospels and their omission from the Biblical Cannon, the existence of documented historical support for Biblical events, accepted, disputed, and completely rejected Testaments, a "decoding" of Da Vinci and his ideals, and the Shroud of Turin. An ideal addition to personal, church, and community library reference collections, The Everything History Of The Bible Book is very strongly recommended for anyone with an interest in studying the Christian Bible, its history, its many values, constructs, ideals, visions, objects, scriptures, and so much more.

What God Knows
Harry Lee Poe & J. Stanley Mattson, eds.
Baylor University Press
One Bear Place, #97363, Waco, TX 76798
1932792120 $29.95 1-800-710-3217

What God Knows: Time And The Question Of Divine Knowledge is an assembly of essays by theologians, physicists, and philosophers concerning the problems of time itself, and its implications in human understanding of and faith in God. Individual essays include "The Problem of Time in Biblical Perspective", "God, Time, and Eternity", "Time and the Physics of Sin", and many more. A scholarly collection, mostly accessible to lay readers yet intended particularly for readers with some background in the logical rigors of philosophy or theology, and highly recommended for modern theology and religious studies shelves.

The Social Issues Shelf

Social Security
John Attarian
Transaction Publishers
35 Berue Circle, Piscataway, NJ 08854
1412804914 $34.95

Social Security: False Consciousness And Crisis by the late John Attarian (1956-2004) who had served as Adjunct Scholar at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Michigan, is an in-depth, 393-page study of the economic and political issues affecting the Social Security Administration and its polices. John Attarian expertly guides the reader through systematic rulings occasioned by demographic realities, the growing disillusions of the citizenry with respect to the availability and sufficiency of the Social Security system in their retirement years, to the executive controls and exploitations of Social Security trust funds, as well as governmental administrators and congressional political maneuvers with respect to a Social Security-based "retirement insurance" program and its implications for future generations. A work of seminal importance for today's national debate on the subject, Social Security is very strongly recommended for all students of political science, fiscal politics, and economic trends as they have effected the Social Security program in the past and the present, as well as projected impacts concerning the future of Social Security's availability to American citizens in the future.

Crisis Of Abundance
Arnold Kling
Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001
1930865899 $16.95

Crisis Of Abundance: Rethinking How We Pay For Health Care by professional economist Arnold Kling is an in-depth and informative study of the American health care system and the troubling attributes which, when analyzed, require change if a worsening national crisis in health care is to be avoided. Offering a series of observational-based descriptive analysis as to current health care system stresses, Crisis Of Abundance presents a solid argument stating that not everybody requires extensive health care. Crisis Of Abundance is to be given high praise and very strongly recommended for its iconoclastic yet informative presentation of critically important issues surrounding the present and deepening crisis in American health care, as well as the cultural and political issues affecting attempts at reform.

The Wal-Mart Effect
Charles Fishman
The Penguin Press
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
1594200769 $25.95 1-800-847-5515

The Wal-Mart Effect: How the World's Most Powerful Company Really Works - And How It's Transforming The American Economy is a no-holds-barred book for the everyman about the tremendous economic clout exerted by retailing behemoth Wal-Mart. Award-winning journalist Charles Fishman, himself a Wal-Mart shopper, explores how Wal-Mart's exhortation "Always low prices. Always." is taken to soulless extremes. Wal-Mart has performed miracles, such as single-handedly dealing a staggering blow to inflation and eliminating inefficiencies in packaging and distribution; Wal-Mart has also engaged in such irresponsible practices as turning a blind eye to labor abuses or environmental destruction committed by suppliers overseas, and relentlessly pressuring suppliers to cut costs further every year regardless of inflation, until the suppliers wind up in bankruptcy. Yet American shoppers, trained from birth to seize bargains, vote with their debit cards to propel Wal-Mart into the status it enjoys today - a gargantuan that actually creates economic forces rather than be subject to them. Academic studies of Wal-Mart's effect are smoothly summarized and translated into layman's terms, revealing that the only net jobs Wal-Mart creates are Wal-Mart jobs; that a startling proportion of Wal-Mart workers accept public assistance just to survive on a Wal-Mart salary; and that Wal-Mart does indeed have a crushing effect on local prices. The Wal-Mart Effect is more than a cautionary tale of the threats such unrestrained economic power poses, particularly to small businesses and communities; it is above all, a call to arms to the American government and people to step forward and be the ethical counterbalance to unrestrained capitalistic forces. And the most crucial lynchpin of that counterbalance is information - the American people need to know far more about Wal-Mart, and other mega-corporations like it, than they are willing to divulge. The failings of Enron have shown what too much corporate secrecy can bring; it is time for an information revolution to pave the way to better understanding of the true Wal-Mart effect.

Legalized Gambling
David M. Haugen
Facts On File
123 W. 31st Street, New York, NY 10001
0816060541 $45.00

Legalized Gambling by David M. Haugen is an excellent reference to the diverse issues surrounding the legal aspects of gambling. Providing a complete chronology of important events, a glossary of terms, bibliographical listings, and a comprehensive index, Legalized Gambling offers readers a compendium of the essential information relevant to the complex workings of gaming casinos, the legal premises of gambling, ethical questions and analysis of gambling, and a great deal more useful, critically important information. With the increasing popularity and availability of gambling in America today, Legalized Gambling is very strongly recommended for all readers as a thorough guide to the manifold issues of gambling and its history in America.

Public Health For The Twenty-first Century
Louis Rowitz
Jones And Bartlett Publishers
40 Tall Pine Drive, Sudbury, MA 01776
0763747785 $51.95

Public Health For The Twenty-First Century: The Prepared Leader by Louis Rowitz (School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois) is an in-depth 521-page study of the public health leadership policy and the need to address fundamental health preparedness issues on a global scale rather than a provincial one. Addressing a variety of public health concerns ranging from SARS, to bioterrorism, to health issues arising from the events of 9/11, and so much more, Public Health For The Twenty-First Century offers readers a complete introduction to community preparation and governmentally influenced adaptations based upon studies of actual events and interviews with concrete suggestions directed toward the improvement of public awareness and public health leadership in our medical and governmental responses. For its precise directives for situational and societal health and medical policy reforms, Public Health For The Twenty-First Century is very strongly recommended reading for health issue activists, medical service administrators, and governmental policy makers.

Mixed Messages
David L. Brunsma
Lynne Rienner Publishers
1800 - 30th St., #314, Boulder, CO 80301
1588263983 $26.50

An impressive work of painstaking scholarship, Mixed Messages: Multiracial Identities In The "Color-Blind" Era is deftly compiled and expertly edited by David L. Brunsma (Assistant Professor of Sociology and Black Studies, University of Missouri), is a collection of cultural and societal perceptive essays and writings about racial differentiation in modern society. Covering the broad spectrum of racially relevant interaction, Mixed Messages knowledgeably approaches the issues of an open society's grasp of racism, racial identity, gender in race, and freedom in-spite of racism through contributions from more then twenty-five scholars and social justice activists. Mixed Messages is very strongly recommended as an outstanding and thoroughly accessible study of racial issues and cultural trends in modern America.

The Biography Shelf

The Invincible Duff Green
W. Stephen Belko
University of Missouri Press
2910 LeMone Blvd, Columbia, MO 65201
0826216471 $44.95

The Invincible Duff Green: Whig Of The West by W. Stephen Belko (Assistant Professor of History and Historic Preservation at the University of West Florida) presents the remarkable life and times of Duff Green, famed entrepreneur, land speculator, lawyer, militia officer, newspaper editor, and politician who was influential in the early to mid 1800's. Showcasing the outstanding contributions of Green's various careers within the historical era and political context of Jacksonian democracy, The Invincible Duff Green offers an expansive and knowledgeable biographical analysis of his accomplishments and influential role in the rising acceptance of "Manifest Destiny" and the American development of a nation that would stretch from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and from Canada to Mexico. The Invincible Duff Green is very strongly recommended reading as the life story of a man who helped to shape what America was to become.

Anne Boleyn
Joanna Denny
Da Capo Press/Perseus Books Group
Eleven Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
0306814749 $26.00 1-800-242-7737

Anne Boleyn: A New Life Of England's Tragic Queen is a biography of Anne Boleyn, wife to King Henry VIII, and one his many victims executed through the courts on charges of adultery. Anne Boleyn: A New Life Of England's Tragic Queen stands firmly against accounts written by Boleyn's enemies, which presume her guilt on the charge; instead, the biography reveals how callous Henry VIII wanted Boleyn out of the way so that he could wed again and, he hoped, conceive a son. Boleyn's final days were characterized by a strength of grace and spirit, and above all, a desire to protect her daughter Elizabeth from the brutal intrigues of the aristocracy and even her own husband. A compelling and extensive scrutiny of the much-maligned Queen and her legacy to British history.

Trafficking In Sheep
Anne Barclay Priest
The Countryman Press
PO B 1206 Rt. 12, Woodstock, VT 05091
0881506362 $19.95

Trafficking In Sheep: A Memoir -- From Off-Broadway, New York, To Blue Island, Nova Scotia by Anne Barclay Priest is the engaging tale of a working class actress and divorced mother of two young boys as she vacations to a coastal region off of the coast of Nova Scotia. Readers will become enthralled in Trafficking In Sheep as it follows Pries through her increasing passion for Blue Island, leading to her purchase of a serene and beautiful house and the eventual buying of an island in view of her house in vain attempt to preserve her view. A highly recommended memoir that would grace any community library's Biography collection, Trafficking In Sheep is recommended for its creative and entertaining narrative of intriguing stories which are both funny and intimate.

The Railroading Shelf

Gorgeous Garden Railways
Marc Horovitz & Pat Hayward
Kalmbach Publishing
PO Box 1612, Waukesha, WI 53187-1612
0871162326 $24.95

Railway gardening is combination of model railroading and designed gardening. Expertly co-authored by Marc Horovitz and Pat Hayward, Gorgeous Garden Railways is an impressive showcase of beautifully intricate model towns and railroad communities combined with backyard gardening and introduces readers to a short history of the hobby. Gorgeous Garden Rail-ways is a beautifully presented compendium of trains and rolling stock used in garden railways, including miniature buildings, structures and bridges that line the track, horticultural requirements of garden railroads, how to incorporate ponds and water features, and a vivid pictorial tour of some of the world's most beautiful garden railways. Gorgeous Garden Railways is very highly recommended for all model railway enthusiasts, as well as landscapers and gardeners intrigued by the addition of wonderful model railroads as a part of their garden esthetics.

The Model Railroader's Guide To Junctions
Jeff Wilson
Kalmbach Publishing
PO Box 1612, Waukesha, WI 53187
0890246467 $18.95

A welcome addition to any dedicated model railroader's reference collections, The Model Railroader's Guide To Junctions by Jeff Wilson is a "user friendly" and creative introduction to often difficult task of building and mastering model railroad junctions. Delving deeply into the study of various aspects of model railroad crossroads and junction intersections, The Model Railroader's Guide To Junctions informatively presents the model railroader with a remarkable mapping of diverging routes, diagrams for track layouts and operations, wisdom for improving junctions for realistic, attractive, and functional styles. The Model Railroader's Guide To Junctions is very strongly recommended for all model railroading hobbyists searching for a knowledgeable and step-by-step instructional guide to building effective crossroads and junctions for the model railroad layouts.

The Writing/Publishing Shelf

Joy Writing
Kenn Amdahl
Clearwater Publishing Company
PO Box 778, Broomfield, CO 80038-0778
0962781525 $12.95

Joy Writing: Discover And Develop Your Creative Voice by published author Kenn Amdahl is an expertly presented introductory guide to the artful approaches to creative writing. Covering the major aspects of the writing process, Joy Writing begins with the fundamental question of "Why Writer?" and then presents five major sections in methodical order: "Before You Write"; "Beginning to Write"; "Thinking about Language"; "The Overall Flow of any Work: and "Improving". For its outstanding perspective, interpretation, and quite stimulating presentation, Joy Writing is very strongly recommended and "user friendly" reading for both novice and seasoned writers alike, but most particularly those aspiring writers struggling with expressing or developing their own distinctively artistic and creative style.

Getting Started As A Freelance Writer
Robert W. Bly
Sentient Publications
1113 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 80302
159181037X $18.95 1-303-443-2188

In Getting Started As A Freelance Writer, professional writer Robert W. Bly draws upon more than twenty-five years of experience and expertise (he became a self-made millionaire while still in his thirties and is the author of more than one hundred articles and sixty books) offers aspiring writers and authors a comprehensive understanding of the highly competitive process of becoming a published freelance writer. Introducing readers to a complete knowledge of where the work for writers is to be found, how to get paid assignments, the fine art of negotiating fees and contracts, how to turn out acceptable manuscripts, and how to insure getting paid, Getting Started As A Freelance Writer provides a concise exploration and complete knowledge of what freelance writing is all about. An informed and informative resource for a sustainable progression into the world of profitable writing and freelance authorship, Getting Started As A Freelance Writer is very strongly recommended as a key "how to" reference for anyone at the beginning of their professional writing career.

Ordinary Miracles
Danny Iny
1650 Lincoln, Apartment 1201, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3H 1H1
1411672526 $14.95

Ordinary Miracles: Harness The Power Of Writing And Get Your Point Across! by Danny Iny is an informed and informative introduction to the writing process as a modern medium for communication. Insightfully providing readers with information clarifying the misinformed understandings presented in grade school and how they might be effecting the writing of many students, Ordinary Miracles addresses such issues as writing structures for effectively presenting solid and compelling arguments; how grammar can be used effectively by sometimes breaking rules; the subtle differences in structure and how it affects readers; and how to choose just the right words to get a specific point across. Ordinary Miracles is very strongly recommended reading for classroom teachers and aspiring writers for its concise understanding of the process of writing as an evermore creative, persuasive, and informative medium for communication.

Writes Of Life
Robert Yehling
Koboca Publishing
PO Box 133, Tomales, CA 94971
0974499773 $10.95 1-813-994-6262

Robert Yehling draws upon his experience and expertise as an author of fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry, the spoken word, and teaching workshops around the country in Writes Of Life: Using Personal Experiences In Everything You Write. An informed and informative introduction to the fine craft of writing, Robert Yehling deftly guides aspiring writers through the process and practice of using their own (and others) true life experiences by deliberately incorporating them into their writing style. A very strongly recommended and instructive resource and reference for novice writers searching for greater and easier expression through their authorship and compositions, Writes Of Life comprehensively and logically approaches the intricate art and medium of writing and in doing so has much to offer even the more experienced author.

Artful Sentences
Virginia Tufte
Graphics Press, LLC
PO Box 430, Cheshire, CT 06410
0961392185 $16.00

Artful Sentences: Syntax As Style by Virginia Tufte (Distinguished Emeritas Professor of English at the University of Southern California) is a remarkable collection of over one-thousand sentences demonstrating the utilization of syntax to create a distinctive writing style, and which were selectively compiled by Professor Tufte from the works of authors published in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Exemplifying the use of syntax to create a uniquely recognizable writing style, Artful Sentences features sentences showcasing every imaginable style as an writer, speechmaker, essayist, storyteller, and novelist, ranging from the example of Frank Lloyd Wright to David Gelernter. With a logical and definitive analysis of the actual root sentence structure, Artful Sentences is very strongly recommended for linguistics, literature, and English students, as well as aspiring authors seeking to distinguish their work in the highly competitive publishing marketplace.

The ABCs Of Writing For Children
Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff
Quill Driver Books
1831 Industrial Way, #101, Sanger, CA 93657
1884956289 $26.95

Expertly compiled and painstakingly organized by Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff , The ABCs Of Writing For Children: 114 Children's Authors And Illustrators Talk About The Art, The Business, The Craft And The Life Of Writing Children's Literature is a comprehensive reference focusing on diverse aspects writing books and stories for children of various ages, including the business aspects of being published in various forums and formats. Providing especially informative interviews and commentaries from such expert and seasoned published authors of children's literature as Ted Arnold, R.L. Stine, David Greenberg, Alexis O'Neill, Richard Peck, and so many others, The ABCs Of Writing For Children offers a complete grasp and all-inclusive analysis of the literary art and practical business of writing for a juvenile readership ranging from preschool to young adult. Included are lists of recommended books and periodicals, a glossary, resources, and an extensive index. A core addition to personal, professional, and scholastic "Writing & Publishing" reference collections and supple-mental reading lists, The ABCs Of Writing For Children is very strongly recommended for all aspiring children's authors whether they are writing poetry, short stories, novels, or other forms of creative literature for young readers.

Book Publishing Encyclopedia
Dan Poynter
Para Publishing
PO Box 8206, Santa Barbara, CA 93118
1568601271 $19.95

Book Publishing Encyclopedia: Tips And Resources For Authors And Publisher by Dan Poynter (the legendary guru of small press publishers) is an in-depth, knowledgeable, experienced based and "real world tested" compendium of useful, practical, and helpful information pertaining to the difficult and somewhat complex process of publishing and authorship. Providing a "user-friendly" guide to saving time and money in the publishing process, the utilization of internet resources, and more then 1001 tips, techniques and strategies on how to write, publish and promote a book, the Book Publishing Encyclopedia deftly informs novice publishers of the most effective approaches to profitable book publishing in an increasingly competitive marketplace. The Book Publishing Encyclopedia is very strongly recommended for all readers and writers searching for the ultimate and concise reference for publishing an authored work. Indeed, no personal, professional, or community library "Writing/Publishing" reference collection can be considered complete without the inclusion of Dan Poynter's Book Publishing Encyclopedia which is available in a variety of formats including soft cover, large print, LIT, PF, MobiPocket, and Palm. See the Dan Poynter website at for specific ordering information.

The Sports Shelf

Tour de France
James Startt
Van der Plas Publications
1282 - 7th Ave., San Francisco, CA 94122
1892495503 $29.95

Tour de France: The 2005 Tour de France In Photographs by James Startt is a remarkable collection of vivid photography showcasing the 2005 Tour de France and is supported by an informative documentation of the world's premier long distance bicycle race. Intimately capturing invaluable moments of the race from many outstanding perspectives, Tour de France deftly compiles one-hundred-and-fifty full color and visually striking images. For its timeless and acute photographic documentation of the annual event, Tour de France is very strongly recommended for all bicycling enthusiasts.

The Secret To A Great Golf Swing
Mike Cortson
Seven Locks Press
PO Box 25689, Santa Ana, CA 92799
0976734605 $12.95 1--714-545-2526

The Secret To A Great Golf Swing by past PGA tour player manager Mike Cortson is an informed and highly portable pocket guide (just keep it in your golf bag while on the golf course for instant refreshing and reminders) to the most effective way to address and execute hitting the ball. Introducing a comprehensive understanding of the secret swing and thumb and hand placement, The Secret To A Great Golf Swing deftly guides aspiring golfers through step-by-step pictures and detailed descriptions including form for their shoulders, knees, arms, stance, etc. for the most practical and game improving approach to golfing. For improving golfing performance, The Secret To A Great Golf Swing is very strongly recommended for all novice golfers searching .

Kayaking Made Easy
Dennis Stuhaug
Falcon Guide/Globe Pequot Press
PO Box 480, Guilford, CT 06437
0762738596 $17.95

This newly expanded and revised third edition of Kayaking Made Easy: A Manual For Beginners With Tips For The Experienced by Dennis Stuhaug is a complete and thorough "how to" guide to the sport and recreation of kayaking. Providing readers with a concisely presenting approach to preparing for and engaging in kayaking, Kayaking Made Easy offers a truly "user friendly" guide to everything from choosing the right hull for individual needs, outfitting the kayak with seat, flotation, spray deck and other fittings, mastering basic maneuvers from the sweep stroke to the sculling brace, and assembling a kayaking wardrobe that is both comfortable and affordable, to safe navigation through the hazards of wind, fog, eddies and rip currents, and ensuring that all companions, including kids, enjoy the active and fun ride. A welcome addition to personal and community library reference collections, Kayaking Made Easy is very strongly recommended reading for novice kayakers, and has much of value to offer even seasoned kayakers.

Tom Browning's Tales From The Reds Dugout
Tom Browning with Dann Stupp
Sports Publishing L.L.C.
804 North Neil St., Suite 100, Champaign, IL 61820
1596700467 $19.95 1-877-424-2665

Tom Browning's Tales From The Reds Dugout is the story of professional baseball player Tom Browning in his own words. Inducted into the 2006 Reds Hall of Fame with Tom Seaver and Lee May, Browning's accomplishments in baseball include a "perfect game" and the excitement of contributing to the win of the 1990 World Series Championship. Covering the greatest moments of his sporting life, as well as his days after a broken arm spelled the end of his baseball career, Tom Browning's Tales From The Reds Dugout is a folksy, down-home collection of human foibles, timeless moments, great challenges and the power of teamwork. Highly recommended.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Mayo Clinic On Managing Diabetes
Maria Collazo-Clavell, M.D.
Mayo Clinic
200 - 1st Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905
1893005380 $19.95

This completely revised and fully updated second edition of Mayo Clinic On Managing Diabetes: How To Prevent, Control And Live With Diabetes is drawn from the collective studies of the Mayo Clinic studies on diabetes prevention and care. Offering readers a complete and thorough understanding of diabetes, Mayo Clinic On Managing Diabetes includes in-depth research information on the pre-diabetes stage; the latest guidelines for testing blood sugar; selecting and using a glucose monitor; the value of health checkups; advances in insulin delivery; new medications for diabetes; the latest on transplantation; tips to achieve a healthier weight; advice for enjoying healthier foods; safe exercise strategies; avoiding serious complications arising from diabetes; reducing the risk of heart and blood vessel disease; recognizing and responding to diabetic emergencies; sexual issues for both men and women with diabetes; and unique issues for children with diabetes. Mayo Clinic On Managing Diabetes is very strongly recommended for all readers concerned with diabetes and searching for a comprehensive guide to its prevention, as well as for parents wishing to aide their children in prevention of juvenile diabetes.

Randall Neustaedter
North Atlantic Books
PO Box 12327, Berkeley, CA 94712
1556435681 $7.95 1-510-559-8277

Flu: Alternative Treatments And Prevention (Proven Strategies To Protect Yourself And Your Family) by Randall Neustaedter is a little pocketbook offering a complete and thorough understanding of the influenza virus and how to avoid contracting it. As every winter provides reasonable outbreak of the flu, Flu offers readers an understanding of how influenza attacks the body and why it can be deadly, the truth of flu vaccines, effective alternative therapies, and how to prevent or manage the flu at home or with homeopathy, herbs and diet. Now that we are facing "Bird Flue", Randall Neustaedter's Flu is especially timely and highly recommended for all readers concerned with the health of themselves and their family for its comprehensive and complete coverage of exactly what is necessary to in the whole process of flue prevention and treatment.

Make Over Your Metabolism
Robert Reames
Meredith Books
1716 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309
0696230550 $24.95

Robert Reames draws upon more than twenty years of professional experience as a physical trainer in Make Over Your Metabolism: Four Weeks To A Faster Metabolism And A Fitter, Firmer Body, an informed and informative introduction expertly guiding readers through a four week program of metabolism control and exercise to develop a fitter, healthier, stronger, firmer body. Make Over Your Metabolism covers such issues as workout options for any level of fitness, exercises for working out at home, on the road, or in the gym, journal pages to track progress, tips to keep motivated, and a four-week meal plan with foods that boost calorie-burning muscle. Make Over Your Metabolism is very highly recommended for men and women searching for a competent, concise, "user friendly" guidance through the process of food management, exercise, and metabolism control.

The Zombie Curse
Arthur M. Fournier
Joseph Henry Press
c/o National Academies Press
500 5th St., NW, Washington, DC 20001
0309097363 $27.95

The Zombie Curse: A Doctor's Twenty-Five-Year Journey Into The Heart Of The Aids Epidemic In Haiti by Arthur M. Fournier (Physician at the Jackson Memorial Hospital and Professor of Family Medicine and Internal Medicine and Vice-Chairman of Family Medicine and Associate Dean for Community Health in Miami, Florida) is the remarkable story of Dr. Fournier's passionate struggle to understanding the terrifying truths of the AIDS virus. Having first been introduced to an AIDS patient in 1979, Fournier determined to take action in helping to discover the cure for this lethal epidemic as it swiftly unfolded throughout the United States and the world. The Zombie Curse reveals the devastation experienced by the Haitian people as the prescriptions offered had little or no effect on the patients, and the broadening tragedy became increasingly pervasive through Haitian society. Very strongly recommended for all non-specialist general readers seeking a greater understanding of the early years of the AIDS outbreak, The Zombie Curse is an outstanding account of the terrible first years of the AIDS epidemic and a first-hand account of the often empty pursuit of helping the Haitian victims AIDS.

Movement With Meaning
Barbara Larsen
Health Professions Press
PO Box 10624, Baltimore, MD 21285
1932529144 $29.95

Movement With Meaning: A Multisensory Program For Individuals With Early-Stage Alzheimer's Disease by Barbara Larsen (Education and Family Consultant, Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center, California) offers a knowledgeable approach for non-specialist general readers to interactive, multisensory movement reinforcement programs for those digressively being effected by the onset of Alzheimer's disease. Providing a complete and thorough introduction and survey of various activities and exercises for Alzheimer's patients with the goal of reducing tension, enhancing relaxation, improving physical balance and coordination, decreasing disorientation, and increasing overall social interaction, Movement With Meaning deftly guides readers to a knowledgeable and expert understanding of a wide range of gentle dance movements, yoga-inspired poses, breathing exercises with music and poetry, and so much more. For its exclusive and "reader friendly" grasp of many ideal and helpful aides for the betterment of the recessive disease, Movement With Meaning is very highly recommended for all family members or health care providers supervising or coordinating the life and activities of those effected by Alzheimer's.

101 Tips On Foot Care For People With Diabetes
Jessie H. Ahroni & Neil M. Scheffler
American Diabetes Association
1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311
1580402496 $14.95

Expertly co-authored by Jessie H. Ahroni (family nurse practitioner and former research manager for the Seattle Diabetic Foot Study) and Niel M. Scheffler (podiatrist in private practice in Baltimore, Maryland and former president for Health Care and Education of the American Diabetes Association, Mid-Atlantic Region) 101 Tips On Foot Care For People With Diabetes is an informed and informative compendium on the prevention and treatment of diabetes related foot problems. Providing a clear and "reader friendly" understanding of diabetes and its attributive issues with respect to the health and care of the feet, 101 Tips On Foot Care For People With Diabetes guides readers in what to do to prevent diabetic foot problems, the best shoes to wear when one has diabetes, how to know if there is an infection, what is peripheral neuropathy, and what effects smoking may have upon the feet of a diabetic. For its through and complete understanding of all the variables involved in foot-care and guidance for the diabetic, 101 Tips On Foot Care For People With Diabetes is confidently and urgently recommended reading for anyone who has been diagnosed with diabetes.

The Fluoride Deception
Christopher Bryson
Seven Stories Press
140 Watts St, New York, NY 10013
1583227008 $18.95

The Fluoride Deception by investigative reporter Christopher Bryson is a concise and in-depth documented study of fluoride ingestion and the breakthrough discoveries claiming certain excess amounts to be damaging to human health. Deftly guiding readers through three years of study, The Fluoride Deception provides a conceptual understanding of how fluoride was the most damaging environmental pollutant of the cold war era, and its modern effect on such conditions as ADHD, chronic fatigue, arthritis, alzheimer's, certain cancers, and a number of other health-related issues. A welcome contribution to academic and community library Health & Medicine reference collections, The Fluoride Deception is to be given high praise and is very strongly recommended for its informative insights into fluoride and its dark history.

American Cancer Society's Complete Guide To Colorectal Cancer
Bernard Levin, et al.
American Cancer Society
1599 Clifton Rd., NE, Atlanta, GA 30329
0944235557 $19.95

Colorectal Cancer is a condition whose successful treatment depends on how early it is detective. The American Cancer Society's Complete Guide To Colorectal Cancer is expertly compiled and edited by a team of knowledgeable and authoritative cancer experts, the result is a thorough guide for the non-specialist general reader to all aspects of colorectal cancer including its prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment options, complementary and alternative therapies, living well after cancer, caregiving, coping with practical matters, screening, decision making, and so much more. An authoritative 418-page compendium of up-to-date information that should be on the Health & Medicine reference shelf of every public library in the country, the American Cancer Society's Complete Guide To Colorectal Cancer is very strongly recommended for colorectal patients and their families.

The World History Shelf

Imperium Legionis
Jose Sanchez Toledo
Andrea Press/Casemate
2114 Darby Road, Second Floor, Havertown, PA 19083
8496527239 $35.95

Imperium Legionis: A Detailed Study Of The Roman Army During The Empire by historian and author Jose Sanchez Toledo is a remarkably illustrated survey of the makeup, duties, and armaments of the Imperial Legions that established, expanded, and defended the great Roman Empire. A thorough and in-depth historical survey of Rome and the methods and details of its army, Imperium Legionis covers every element of a soldiers outfit from the sandals worn, to the variations of helmets, body armor, weaponry, and the many different types of soldiers such as legionary, cavalry, centurion, optio, aquilifer, and more. A welcome and popular addition to any personal, academic, or community library collection, Imperium Legionis is very highly recommended reading, especially for students of the history and accomplishments of ancient Rome.

Goodbye To The Vikings?
Richard Hodges
c/o International Publishers Marketing
PO Box 605, Herndon, VA 20172
0715634291 $31.00

Goodbye To The Vikings?: Re-reading Early Medieval Archaeology by Richard Hodges (Director of the Institute of World Archeology, School of World Art Studies, University of East Anglia and Scientific Director of the Butrint Foundation) is an in-depth and insightful study of the historical recordings of the Vikings during the early Middle Ages of European history when Vikings had their largest impact as explorers, traders, raiders, and settlers. Drawing from examples of the fifth and tenth centuries, Hodges addresses such intriguing subjects as the identity of King Arthur, the Pirenne thesis, feudalism, nationalism in the early medieval history, the Viking's position in European history, and archeological findings related to Viking settlements, technologies, and culture. Goodbye To The Vikings? is very strongly recommended for non-specialist general readers with an interest in Viking culture and medieval history.

Voices In A Revolution
Melvin J. Lasky
Transaction Books
390 Campus Dr, Somerset, NJ 08773
1412805503 $24.95

Voices In A Revolution: The Collapse Of East German Communism by the journalist and editor Melvin J. Lasky (1920-2004) is a concise documentation of the communist state of East Germany throughout its history from its creation at the conclusion of World War II to its eventual reunification with West Germany. A descriptive historical analysis of Germany's political role as a proxy for the Soviet Union during the Cold War era, Voices In A Revolution includes the occurrences, particulars, freedoms, memorable dispositions, landmarks, ideals, and persistence of both East and West Germans who shared the common goal of national reunification into a once again united country. An informed and informative study of the history of German Communism and the disposition of the Germany republic with the collapse of the Berlin Wall, Voices In A Revolution is a scholarly and invaluable addition to academic library 20th Century European History reference collections.

The Millionaires' Unit
Marc Wortman
Public Affairs
250 West 57th St., #1321, NY, NY 10107
1586483285 $26.00

The Millionaires' Unit: The Aristocratic Flyboys Who Fought The Great War And Invented American Air Power by Marc Wortman is the fascinating story of several young men, courageously facing the dogfights of World War I and their individual contribution to American dominance in the skies. As many of these young men were students of Yale in 1916, The Millionaires' Unit tells of the heroic pursuit of their destiny and dedication. Even with their privileged positions as sons of the leading members in America's corporate industry, the nature of selfless leadership emerged through the relentless (and occasionally hazardous) efforts of their Yale flying club. A uniquely specialized history of the war driven advanced in aviation as reflected in the lives and accomplishments of six young men, The Millionaires' Unit is very strongly recommended reading and a prized addition to personal, academic, and community library Aviation History reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Environmental Studies Shelf

Voices From The Gathering Storm
Joseph C. Arcos, et al.
Word Association Publishers
205 - 5th Avenue, Tarentum, PA 15084
1595711015 $32.00 1-800-827-7903

Expertly compiled and co-edited by the team of environmental experts and activists Joseph C. Arcos, Mary F. Argus, and Frederick J. DiCarlo, Voices From The Gathering Storm: The Web Of Ecological-societal Crisis is an evocative and informative collection of important and timely essays pertaining to the often controversial subject of the global environment and its digressively deteriorating state. Knowledgeably covering a spectrum of our most dire environmental predicaments and offering practical suggestions for environmental change and improvement, Voices From The Gathering Storm explores with a remarkable understanding the principle debates and issues surrounding the ecological crisis as perceived from the expertise and vantage points of nineteen well distinguished and articulate contributors. An essential addition to personal and academic library Environmental Studies reading lists and reference collections, Voices From The Gathering Storm is very strongly recommended as a remarkable body of study on the need for proper care of Earth's ever-so fragile global environments and the impact of ecological crises upon human societies around the world.

Common Seaweeds Of The Gulf Of California
Mark D. Readdie, et al.
Sea Challengers
4 Sommerset Rise, Monterey, CA 93940
0930118383 $19.95

Common Seaweeds Of The Gulf Of California by the team of Mark D. Readdie, Marla Ranelletti, and Richard M. McCourt is an expansive and bilingual (English/Spanish) reference for all of the seaweeds found in the coastal regions of the California Bay. Common Seaweeds Of The Gulf Of California delves deeply into seventy-eight species of seaweeds in an attempt to inform readers of their coastal environment, and includes a coverage of historical environmental research in the Gulf and the basics of marine algal biology, as well as the physical environment in which the marine organisms live. Common Seaweeds Of The Gulf Of California is very highly recommended for all students of marine biology, particularly with respect to the California coast, for its concise bilingual commentary on seasonal growth patterns, ecology, and geographical particulars of common seaweed plant life.

Fifty Ways To Save The Ocean
David Helvarg
Inner Ocean Publishing
PO Box 1239, Makawao, Maui, HI 96768
1930722664 $12.95

Fifty Ways To Save The Ocean by environmental activist David Helvarg (founder of Blue Frontier) is an informed introduction to the innovative ways anyone can use to help preserve Earth's oceans and aquatic-life. Expertly guiding readers through diverse ways to effectively contribute to bettering the condition the great oceans, Fifty Ways To Save The Ocean provides a keen understanding of which fish should not be eaten and which species are endangered or could impact adversely human health; how to save energy and how that might help out the seas; proper diving, surfing, and tide pool equipment; support for local marine education; and keeping an ocean-friendly aquarium. Fifty Ways To Save The Ocean is enthusiastically recommended reading, especially for environmentalists hoping to do their part in contributing to the best health of Mother Earth's oceanic environments.

Creating A Sustainable World
Trent Schroyer & Thomas Golodik
The Apex Press
777 United Nations Plaza, Suite 3C, New York, NY 10017
1891843362 $23.95

Expertly compiled and co-edited by Trent Schroyer (Professor of Sociology and Philosophy, School of Theoretical and Applied Science, Ramapo College) and environmental writer Thomas Golodik, Creating A Sustainable World: Past Experiences, Future Struggles is an in-depth collection of essays and writings from many of the world's greatest environmental experts, critics and academicians offering knowledgeable analysis and philosophical interpretations on the environ-mental ideals of a democratic nation coming into conflict with the economic demands of a market-driven culture. Deftly presenting a four part study of world sustainability with an extensive epilogue, Creating A Sustainable World includes such commentaries as Fairness In A Fragile World: A Memo On Sustainable Development by Wolfgang Sachs, et al; Sustainable Development: A System Of Knowledgeable Approach by Stephen Marglin; and Economic Strategies For Sustainability by Wayne Hayes. Also available in a hardcover edition (189184-3370, $34.95), Creating A Sustainable World is very strongly recommended for academic library Environmental Studies reference collections, and the supplemental reading lists for environmental activists and governmental policy makers.

The Native American Shelf

Robert Birmingham & Lynne Goldstein
Wisconsin Historical Society Press
c/o University of Wisconsin Press
1930 Monroe Street, Third Floor, Madison, WI 53711-2059
0870203622 $14.95 1-800-621-2736

Aztalan: Mysteries Of An Ancient Indian Town is a quest to untangle ancient mysteries surrounding Aztalan, a place 50 miles west of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Who were the early indigenous people who once lived in Aztalan between AD 1050 and AD 1100, and why did they disappear? Written by expert archaeologist Robert Birmingham and anthropology professor Lynne Goldstein, and filled with black-and-white maps, drawings, and photographs of artifacts on almost every other page, Aztalan: Mysteries Of An Ancient Indian Town discusses the cultural landscape, the influence of the Mississippi River, and deductions concerning daily life in this ancient settlement. The text is documented and studious, without being stuffy or confusing. Enthusiastically recommended for students, professionals, lay readers curious about the field of Native American archaeology.

She's Tricky Like Coyote
Lionel Youst
The University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
0806136936 $24.95

She's Tricky Like Coyote: Annie Miner Peterson, An Oregon Coast Indian Woman by Lionel Youst (an independent scholar specializing in the history and anthropology of the Pacific Northwest) is the story of Annie Miner Peterson's remarkable life. An impressive biography showcasing Annie's hardships, determined endeavors and many accomplishments, She's Tricky Like Coyote carries the reader through the remarkable story of her 79 years of life as related through interviews with relatives, revealed in anthropological studies, and drawing upon a short autobiography, all of which combine in creating a unique story of a very special Native American woman of her times. Volume 224 in "The Civilization of the American Indian" series and a welcome contribution to academic library Native American Studies and Women's Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists, She's Tricky Like Coyote is very highly recommended reading, especially for students of the Western coastal region's Native American tribal history and culture.

A Song For The Horse Nation
George Horse Capture
Emil Her Many Horses
Fulcrum Publishing
16100 Table Mountain Parkway, Suite 300, Golden, CO 80403
1555911129 $12.95

Co-authored by George Horse Capture and Emil Her Many Horses, A Song For The Horse Nation: Horses In Native American Cultures is an engaging celebration of the horse and its profound influence upon the Native American culture. Deftly guiding readers through a profusely illustrated compilation of beadwork, textiles, paintings, drums, tools, pottery, and photographs of the horse in Native American history, art, and culture, A Song For The Horse Nation includes a text enriched with poems, shorts, details, translations and more. A welcome addition to personal, academic, and community library Native American Studies collections, A Song For The Horse Nation is very highly recommended as an insightful compendium of the horse as an iconic figure in the Native American experience.

Native Americans And The Criminal Justice System
Jeffery Ian Ross & Larry Gould
Paradigm Publishers
PO Box 960, Herndon VA 20172-0960
1594511802 $35.00 1-703-661-1592

Compiled and co-edited by Jeffery Ian Ross (Associate Professor, Division of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Social Policy, University of Baltimore) and Larry Gould (Professor of Criminal Justice, Northern Arizona University), Native Americans And The Criminal Justice System is a seminal and ground-breaking study of the history of the Native American involvement in the municipal, state and federal justice system. Offers readers an informed analysis of historical, social, and cultural roots of Native American codes of social behavior and debunking certain myths associated with native American criminal conduct, Native Americans And The Criminal Justice System is recommended for its impressive and scholarly documentation. Part of the Paradigm Publishers "Ethnic and minority Studies" series, Native Americans An The Criminal Justice System is a core addition for academic library Native American Studies and Judicial Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Buddhist Studies Shelf

Qigong Meditation
Yang Jwing-Ming
YMAA Publication Center
4334 Washington Street, Rosindale, MA 02131
1594390673 $29.95

Qigong is a form of meditation and stylized exercise that has its roots in Buddhism. Qigong Meditation: Small Circulation by Chinese martial arts and Qigong expert Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming is an excellent guide for western readers to the practice of Qigong style mediation practiced throughout Asia. Expertly providing readers with the basic concepts underlying this form of meditation for the improvement and control of personal energy circulation, Qigong Meditation offers an in-depth and practical understanding of the fundamentals for its revitalizing and energizing practices. A core addition to Qigong, meditation, martial arts, Buddhist Studies, and Eastern spirituality reference collections, Qigong Meditation is very strongly recommended for readers seeking to practice Qigong meditation.

Kindness, Clarity, Insight
The Dalai Lama
Snow Lion Publications
PO Box 6483, Ithica, NY 14851
1559392517 $19.95

The newly revised and updated twenty-fifth year anniversary edition of Kindness, Clarity, Insight by The Fourteenth Dalai Lama His Holiness Tenzino Gyatso, is expertly translated and co-edited by Jeffery Hopkins and Elizabeth Napper. Offering remarkably enduring insights into the wit and wisdom of the Dalai Lama., Kindness, Clarity, And Insight deftly covered many diverse subjects ranging from "Karma", to "Meditation", to "Eight Verses for Training the mind", to "The Path to Enlightenment", to "Tibetan Views on Dying", and so much more. An essential addition to any personal, academic, or community library Buddhist Studies reference collection and supplemental reading list, Kindness, Clarity, Insight offers a Buddhist perspective which is very strongly recommended for all students of the teachings of the Dalai Lama.

The Black Studies Shelf

Pursuing A Promise
F. Erik Brooks
Mercer University Press
1400 Coleman Ave, Macon, GA 31207
0881460184 $35.00

Pursuing A Promise: A History Of African Americans At Georgia Southern University by F. Erik Brooks (Assistant Professor of Political Science, Georgia Southern University) is an impressively researched and presented study of the struggles and hardships faced by African Americans when integrating the schooling systems of the South in general, and Georgia Southern University in particular. Delving deeply into a thorough study of the first district A&M school, Pursuing A Promise guides its readers through the history of the school's eventual conversion into a regional university. An impressive work of original scholarship, Pursing A Promise is a seminal addition to academic library Black Studies and American Education History reference collections.

The Judaic Studies Shelf

Mark Twain's Jews
Dan Vogel
KTAV Publishing
930 Newark Ave., Jersey City, NJ 07306
0881259160 $22.95

Mark Twain's Jews by Dan Vogel (Professor of English at Yeshiva University and Dean of Stern College for Women) is a seminal and informative study investigating the anti-Semitism of the famous and influential American author and public speaker Mark Twain (1835-1910). Carrying readers through an in-depth analysis concerning the anti-Semitic content of Twain's personal letters, newspaper articles, essays, lectures and sketches reflecting the Jewish religion collectively, Mark Twain's Jews knowledgeably reveals a logical justification of Twain's intentions and beliefs as reflected in his particular writings. An impressive work of original scholarship, Mark Twain's Jews is very strongly recommended reading for students of the life and thought of Mark Twain, as well as a supplemental addition to American History reference collections with respect to anti-Semitism of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Jewish Spiritual Direction
Rabbi Howard Avruhm Addison
Jewish Lights Publishing
PO Box 237, Woodstock, VT 05091-0237
1580232302 $30.00

Jewish Spiritual Direction: An Innovative Guide From Traditional And Contemporary Sources, knowledgeably compiled and expertly co-edited by Rabbi Howard Avruhm Addison and psychotherapist Barbara Eve Breitman is an in-depth study of Jewish theology and Judaic spiritual philosophy. Deftly presenting the symbolic, scriptural, and ritual complexities of Jewish practice and custom, Jewish Spiritual Direction offers commentaries and contributions by sixteen learned men and women on such issues as the vocabulary of Jewish spiritual direction; spiritual direction as a contemplative practice; contemplation and social action; cultivation of a hearing heart; spiritual types; community for spiritual direction; and so much more. A core addition to any personal, synagogue, or academic library's Judaic Studies reference collection, Jewish Spiritual Direction is very strongly recommended as a complete and "user-friendly" guide that draws upon both ancient and contemporary Judaic sources.

The Nautical Shelf

It's Your Boat Too
Suzanne Giesmann
Paradise Cay Publications
PO Box 29, Arcata, CA 95518-0029
0939837692 $14.95

It's Your Boat Too: A Woman's Guide To Greater Enjoyment On The Water by Suxanne Giesemann is the personal narrative of Giesemann's of her twenty years of experience as a commanding officer and leadership instructor for the U.S. Navy. Bringing to the attention of her readers the empowering abilities of water craft from rowboats and dinghies to sailing ships and motorboats, It's Your Boat Too is an original and encouraging study of letting go of our fears as we address the open water in craft propelled by power or sail. Drawing skillfully upon her extensive knowledge of nautical exploration and offering experienced instruction on becoming a more competent, a safer, and a confident boater, It's Your Boat Too is recommended for all aspiring sailors (particularly women), who wish to enjoy boating upon the open sea. Also very highly recommended for the nautically minded is Mark Nicholas The Essentials Of Living Aboard A Boat: The Definitive Guide For Liveaboards (0939837668, $17.95).

Understanding Boat Communications
John C. Payne
Sheridan House Inc.
145 Palisade St, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
1574092294 $14.95

Understanding Boat Communications by John C. Payne (an experienced sailor and professional marine electrical engineer) is an expert guide to on board ship and boat communication devices, strategies, and diverse particulars. Descriptively analyzing the many complexities of the boating world's electronic communication systems and technologies, Understanding Boat Communications offers readers a comprehensive introduction to GMDSS Communications, ERIRBs, PLBs, SARTs, RTEs, NAVTEX, VHF Radio Communications, SSB/HF Radio Communications, Amateur Ham Radio and Short Wave Radio, E-mail services and Internet, Satellite Communications and Weatherfax. A critically important introductory and instructional reference, Understanding Boat Communications is very strongly recommended for expert and novice boaters whatever craft they sail that has a communication system. Also very highly recommended as a companion volume is John C. Payne's Understanding Boat Electronics (1574092286, $14.95, Sheridan House).

The Woodworking Shelf

Greene And Greene
Darrell Peart
Linden Publishing
2006 South Mary, Fresno, CA 93721
0941936961 $24.95

In Greene And Greene: Design Elements For The Workshop, Darrell Peart draws upon his many years of professional experience and expertise in both commercial and custom furniture making to provide home shop woodworking enthusiasts with a series of "how to" lessons in vitally important aspects of furniture making. Profusely illustrated and offering a complete, step-by-step, "user-friendly" instructions for creating classic Greene And Greene details such as ebony plugs, leg indents, brackets and pulls, Greene And Greene is enhanced with over two-hundred photographs and drawings, pictures of Greene and Greene inspired designs created by contemporary craftsmen, and in-depth background information on Charles and Henry Greene. An impressive contribution to any personal, school woodshop, or community library woodworking reference collections, Greene And Greene is very strongly recommended for any woodworking buff's do-it-yourself furniture making projects.

The Complete New Router Book For Woodworkers
Chris Marshall
Landauer Publishing
3100 NW 101st Street, Suite A, Urbandale, IA 50322
1890621943 $24.95

The Complete New Router Book For Woodworkers: Essential Skills, Techniques And Tips by woodworking expert Chris Marshall is an insightful and informative collection of basic information and do-it-yourself projects for the innovative woodworking tool called the router. Expertly guiding its readers in the manifold uses of the router through the intricate art of router woodworking and carpentry craftsmanship, The Complete New Router Book For Woodworkers includes practical, "user friendly", illustrated instructions ranging from router selection, safety and maintenance, bits, stules, features and uses, template routing, building joinery, table options and table techniques. With a text enhanced with the inclusion of more than 740 photos and line drawn illustrations, even the most novice woodworking can carry through any one of the ten projects showcased with step-by-step directions. A quite remarkable guide through all the necessary skills, machine analysis, production issues, and project requirements, The Complete New Router Book For Woodworkers is very strongly recommended for weekend hobbyists and do-it-yourself woodworking enthusiasts.

The Parenting Shelf

Fine Motor Skills For Children With Down Syndrome
Maryanne Bruni
Woodbine House
6510 Bells Mill Rd., Bethseda, MD 20817
1890627674 $19.95

The substantially revised and updated second edition of Fine Motor Skills For Children With Down Syndrome: A Guide For Parents And Professionals by pediatric occupational therapist Maryanne Bruni offers a thoroughly "user friendly" study detailing particular tactics and effective strategies for training the motor skills of children with Down Syndrome. Introducing readers to invaluable tips on determining when a child is ready for preprinting and printing activities, strategies for encouraging self-help skills for independent living, research on how children with Down Syndrome learn, expanded suggestions for useful toys, activities, equipment, and grandparent lists, useful information for computer use, and more, Fine Motor Skills For Children With Down Syndrome enables a thorough grasp of greatly helpful and very practical information for a more educated approach to aiding children with Down syndrome. For its concise and essential comprehension of dire information, Fine Motor Skills For Children With Down Syndrome is very strongly recommended for all teachers, parents, guardians, grandparents, caregivers and counselors for children with Down Syndrome.

Parenting Gifted Kids
James R. Delisle
Prufrock Press
PO Box 8813, Waco, TX 76714-8813
1593631790 $16.95

Parenting Gifted Kids: Tips For Raising Happy And Successful Children by teacher, counselor, college professor, and parent James R. Delisle is an expert collection of tactful and educated approaches to the raising of creative and self-motivated children. Deftly examining and exploring the the findings of child-psychology and his experiences of over thirty years of working with children, Professor Delisle offers his readers an cogent understanding of giftedness in children, how to work with the school system, dealing with perfectionism in gifted children, being an adult role model for children, building a child's character, and helping kids achieve their goals and dreams. For its clear, concise, and invaluably practical information, Parenting Gifted Kids is very highly recommended for all parents, counselors, and teachers of a gifted child.

The Gardening Shelf

David D. Stuart
Timber Press
133 SW 2nd Avenue, Suite 450, Portland, OR 97204
0881926884 $34.95

The newest title in the "Royal Horticultural Society Plant Collector Guide" series, Buddlejas by David D. Stuart (an independent horticultural consultant and former curator of Longstock Park Gardens) is an extraordinary introduction and guide offering gardeners an in-depth knowledge of every known species of the Buddleja plant. Providing even the most novice gardening enthusiasts with a plethora of information for each of the many featured Buddleja species, Stuart draws upon his more than fourteen years of experience with the plants to share his invaluable wisdom for what is the most accommodating and rewarding type of garden plants covering such issues as a variety of climates, resistance of animals, as well as highs in heat and lows in cold. Profusely illustrated in full color throughout, Buddlejas is very strongly recommended as a complete and thorough reference guide to successfully growing and treating the multitude of featured Buddleja plants and the various dangers generally encountered when planting and caring for such plants.

The Interior Design Shelf

Tropical Style
Gillian Beal
Periplus Editions
Tuttle Publishing, dist.
364 Innovation Drive, North Claredon, VT 05759-9436
0794604153 $29.95

Tropical Style: Contemporary Dream Houses In Malaysia by Gillian Beal (an expert in vernacular architecture) with photographs by Jacob Termansen and Pia Marie Molbech, is an impressive collection of superbly produced photography vividly illustrating the interior designs of contemporary Malaysian homes and resorts. Showcasing thirty-five awe inspiring indigenous and cross-cultural building and room interiors, Tropical Style offers readers an armchair traveller's visit to Kuala Lumpur, coastal, and island beach retreats of Malaysia. A welcome addition to personal and professional Interior Design reference collections, Tropical Style is very strongly recommended as an expansive collection of what Malaysian and Southeast Asian homes have to offer by way of interior designs and beautiful living.

The Poetry Shelf

The Book Of The Rotten Daughter
Alice Friman
BkMk Press
University Of Missouri - Kansas City
5100 Rockhill Rd, Kansas City MO 64110
1886157545 $13.95

The Book Of The Rotten Daughter is an artistic and evocative poetry showcasing the intuitive poetry of Alice Friman. Compiling over thirty remarkable works from Friman's engaging, stylistic, and memorably poetic rhetoric, The Book Of The Rotten Daughter presents visionary ideals of a timeless poetry incorporating teasing word images. Visitation Rights: I sit by a ravine dumped with November,/every leaf the color of old pennies. Ginko,/oak, maple, hackberry--no difference./Back to the dirt factory.//Why isn't that comfort comfort enough?/After all, one makes do: a sycamore/preens in a rag of winter sun and/each mica-studded boulder flinging light away/balls up and waits for heat. Still,/April's promise is midget, parsley on a plate,/compared to this://High noon and no shadow. December's black-/white, bone-bark schematic/that snow, like Noah's sheet, rushes in to cover,/pretending the sinkhole's not there/or the fallen sparrow broken in a ditch. Look.//The sun's out hunting for his children./A once-a-week father in a blue car./A regular Mr. Razzledazzle flashing his brights/on every lake, every puddle, every teaspoon of water/searching for the bodies. Too late too late/says my cup of tea. All the honey's gone.

"Words For The Hour"
Faith Barret & Cristanne Miller, editors
University of Massachusetts Press
PO Box 429, Amherst, MA 01004
1558495096 $24.95

Ably edited and expertly compiled by Faith Barret (Assistant Professor of English, Lawrence University) and Cristanne Miller (W.M. Keck Distinguished Professor of English, Pomona College), "Words For The Hour": A New Anthology Of American Civil War Poetry is an impressive and timeless collection of poetry from the era of the American Civil War. The poetry comprising "Words For The Hour" describes every aspect of the civil war and ranges from works by such famed writers as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, to a gathering of remarkable lyrics by anonymous poets. The Vessel Of Love, The Vessel Of State: The vessel of love, the vessel of state,/Each is ballasted with hats./Every Congress that we hold/Means the union is dissolved./But though the south is still enslaved,/By that oath the Union's saved,/For 'tis our love and not our hate/Interests us in their fate.

Craig Crist-Evans, et al.
University of Iowa Press
119 West Park Road, Iowa City, IA 52242
0877459886 $22.95 1-800-621-2736

Compiled by the team of Craig Crist-Evans, Kate Fetherston, and Roger Weingarten, Manthology: Poems On The Male Experience is an anthology of poems by ninety-three varied authors about maleness, gender, sexuality, war, peace, and self-doubt. At times mercilessly brutal, at times introspective, ranging among male subjects from fathers, sons, and protectors to drug addicts, victims, soldiers and criminals, Manthology offers a raw glimpse to the complexities and challenges of the male experience. When My Dead Father Called: Last night I dreamt my father called to us. / He was stuck somewhere. It took us / A long time to dress, I don't know why. / The night was snowy; there were long black roads // Finally, we reached the little town, Bellingham. / There he stood by a streetlamp in cold wind, / Snow blowing along the sidewalk. I noticed / The uneven sort of shoes that men wore. // In the early Forties. And overalls. He was smoking. / Why did it take us so long to get going? Perhaps / He left us somewhere once, or did I simply / Forget he was alone in winter in some town?

The Light At The Edge
Marilyn Chandler McEntyre
Fithian Press
PO Box 2790, McKinleyville, CA 95519
1564744574 $12.00

The Light At The Edge is an impressive collection of poetry drawn from the collective works of Marilyn Chandler McEntyre. Creatively analyzing, comforting, and questioning the actualities of life, McEntyre's original and articulate poetry deftly, seemingly effortlessly, maneuvers within the intricacies of the English language to expertly craft images that linger in the reader's mind and imagination. David's Portion: Elbows planted, he lifts one/sneakered foot, then the other,/while eyes and tongue find their way/over the ancient sounds.//His not-yet-man's voice rises,/falls light, and lifts again. It softens/the guttural edges of words/ragged with centuries of sorrow.//Only a few lines a day./Only enough to drop a blessing/on these autumn afternoons.//Obedient, impatient, foot tapping/him toward the last lines,/syllable by hard-won syllable/he grows into his song.

A Knight Rides On
Donald J. Gruby
Beavers Pond Press
7104 Ohms Lane, Suite 216, Edina MN, 55439

Nichol Wind Brausen provides graceful monotone illustrations for Donald Gruby's narrative poem saga in A Knight Rides On, an entertaining and thoughtful tale of dedicated romance as a prince, a princess, and a moody cupid battle to find the purist expression of true love. The story unfolds from the perspective of each character, as A Knight Rides On unfolds as an original story of happiness, joyful endings, and an indifference to the difficulties that confront a quest for true love. Cupid Awakens: Someone disturbs/my restful sleep. I wake with a smile,/remembering that I had gone/to sleep with a grin./I best continue to beam as I wake./This better be good./Something worthy/of my attention/is what I require./I'm not in the mood/for another silly love story./This will have to be excellent.

Blue Lash
James Armstrong
Milkweed Editions
1011 Washington Avenue South, Ste 300, Minneapolis, MN 55415
1571314245 $14.95

Blue Lash is an evocative collection of James Armstrong's metaphorical rhetoric laid out in poetic verse. Offering a clear and persuasive philosophical perspective, Blue Lash offers swift and clever poetic insights to life, death, love, beauty, and humanity. Lutheran Sea: One wave follows another/beneath the heel of the wind;/the spray blows landward,/but lacking salt or iodine/it smells oddly Protestant,/carrying the faintest tang/of wet iron,/well water/sluiced in a bucket/from a cabin you visited once/when you were a boy,/water that numbed the tongue/as if it had dripped/from a seam of ice,/blue and glistening,/in a cave/where nymphs of winter/with red fingers/preened before mirrors of frost,/dead cold sober.

Wu Wei Poems
Tom Crawford
Milkweed Editions
1011 Washington Avenue South, #300, Minneapolis, MN 55415-1246
1571314237 $14.95 1-800-520-6455

Wu Wei Poems is a book of poetry brimming with the memory of years spent visiting China, from the sights and smells of local villages to the dancing of street monkeys and a young girl steeling herself to butcher her first chicken. The poems after the author's return home balance Buddhist sentiment and Eastern perspective with the traditional Western cultural grounding, and illustrates the search for grace and transcendence through mundane experience. Though succinct, the poems linger in mind with the palpable tang of bittersweet emotion. Yuan Fen: The worn bowl / we eat from is always home. / I took nothing from China / it didn't want from me. / So, here is my heart / where the Jialing River / joins the great Yangtze. / The world here, / broken and dirty, / feeds me, sings.

Sakura Park
Rachel Wetzsteon
Persea Books
853 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
0892553243 $16.50

Sakura Park showcases Rachel Wetzsteon's poetic style and talent as she invites the reader to share in an emotional wealth of romantic insights with respect to the meaning of love, life, truth and beauty. Pemberley: The park was very large. We drove/for some time through a beautiful wood/until the wood ceased, and the house came into view./Inside were miniatures, small faces/we gawked at until a housekeeper showed us/the maste's finer portrait in an upper room./I dredged up a shaming moment:/you asked me a question, then ducked as I spewed/an idiot's vitriol, blindness disguised as rage./The house stood well on rising ground, and beneath its slopes the thirsty couples/held their glasses high at Cafe Can't Wait./ I spent time at its flimsy tables/but then I walked under trees whose leaves/exhaled gusty stories of good deeds;/I learned empty houses are excellent teachers;/I sent you away and felt you grow/tremendous sin your absence. Ask me again.

In The Middle Distance
Linda Gregg
Graywolf Press
2402 University Avenue, Suite 203, St. Paul, MN 55114
1555974392 $14.00

In The Middle Distance is a superbly presented body of work showcasing the poetry of Linda Gregg. The vividly authored verse anthologized In The Middle Distance distinctively defines the artistic and creative mind of Gregg both in her poetry's inherent wisdom and narrative solace. Beauty: There she was on Entertainment Tonight/Someone had caught a glimpse of Bardot/after all these years. Brigitte Bardot/running through the trees, across a meadow,/a dog running with her. The hair still long./Then another part showing her on the patio,/aged. (Sun-damaged, we say.) The violation/of beauty never happens just once./When my father heard his beloved dog/had chased and killed the rancher's sheep,/he went right out and shot it. Because,/he said, once they ran with the pack/and tasted blood, it would never stop.

A Bilingual Edition Of Poetry Out Of Communist China
Huang Xiang
The Edwin Mellen Press
PO Box 450, Lewiston, NY 14092
0773465049 $129.95

A Bilingual Edition Of Poetry Out Of Communist China translated by Andrew G. Emerson is an engaging extensive collection of poetry and biographical information of renowned poet, accomplished writer, and acclaimed scholar Huang Xiang. Introducing American readers to a complete translation of Xiang's works, A Bilingual Edition Of Poetry Out Of Communist China deftly showcases an impressive body of vivid imagery, beautiful language, and distinctively lyrical rhetoric. Drifting (Sixteen Lines For My Hometown--Love of China): A blanket of snow still unmelted/A wooden fence damp but still sound//A sun halo faint, undispersed/A shepherd's pipe blown without cease//A mug of strong tea undiluted/A jug of wine never finished//A grave-stone where mourning continues/A will nearly dry but not dead//An anecdote told without end/A nursery-rhyme never grown up//A bodily stone undestroyed/A spot of ink not yet removed// A family attachment unbroken/An emotion held in unexpressed//A fever that will not go down/A life of blood-pressure too high.

The American History Shelf

The Sum Of Our Past
Judy Busk
Signature Books
564 W. 400 N., Salt Lake City, UT 84116
1560851848 $32.95 1-800-356-5687

The Sum Of Our Past: Revisiting Pioneer Women by Judy Busk (Professor of English and Dean of Humanities, Snow College, Utah Humanities Council) is a simply outstanding, photographically illustrated research based study of women in the age of pioneering in the American west. Showcasing the remarkable stories of women making their way through the treacherous terrains of the American western frontier as manifested through the life experiences of several particularly representative women, The Sum Of Our Past offers an intimate and intriguing narrative about strong-willed and enduring women pioneers. A welcome and valued contribution to academic and community library collections, The Sum Of Our Past is very strongly recommended, especially for students of Women's Studies and American History for its concise and particular documentary presentation of the life and times of remarkable women whose endurance was the foundation upon which our contemporary America is built.

The Battle For Las Vegas
Dennis N. Griffin
Huntington Press
3665 South Procyon Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89103
0929712374 $14.95

The Battle For Las Vegas: The Law Vs. The Mob by author and former law enforcement officer Dennis N. Griffin is a the story of Mob control of Las Vegas casinos throughout the 1970's and 80's. As controlled by the "Chicago Outfit", the Las Vegas mob front was overseen by Allen R. Glick, Frank Rosenthal, and Tony Spilotro and others. The Battle For Las Vegas tells the amazingly detailed and documented history of organized crime in America's premier city of legalized gambling as seen through the perspective of law enforcement charged with the responsibility for eliminated mob influence and violence. As an informed and informative documentation of the work of numerous Las Vegas police officers and federal agents, The Battle For Las Vegas is a dramatic and highly recommended account of the war waged against the Mafia for control of legitimate gambling in Las Vegas.

Slavery And The Making Of America
James Oliver Horton & Lois E. Horton
Oxford University Press
198 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016
0195304519 $18.95

Deftly co-authored by James Oliver Horton (Benjamin Banneker Professor of American Studies & History at George Washington University, and Historian Emeritus at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian) and Lois E. Horton (Professor of History at George Mason University), Slavery And The Making Of America is the companion volume to the PBS television miniseries of the same name and is an invaluable study of inclusion and influence of the African culture arising from conditions of slavery in the American south. Informing the reader with vivid and descriptive pictures, as well as providing precise understandings and accounts of historical occurrences and happenings from the African slave culture with stories from fugitive slaves, Civil War soldiers and many more engaging stories from the lives of many historical figures. Slavery And The Making Of America is very strongly recommended to all students of the African-American slave trade, and the emancipation of slaves in American cultural and political history.

Race Mixing
Renee C. Romano
University of Florida Press
15 NW 15th St., Gainseville, FL 32611
0813029805 $24.95

Race Mixing: Black-White Marriage In Postwar America by Renee C. Romano (Professor of History at Wesleyan University) is an extraordinary study documenting the historical progression of the integration of the black and white cultures in America through racial intermarriage. Presenting a thorough and informative understanding of the social revolutions since the 1950's and 1960's, Race Mixing follows the lives of illustrative mixed-race couples and their experiences while incorporating the political and social struggles which established modern acceptability of what was once a statutory crime in a number of American states. For its painstaking scholarship providing both academia and non-specialist general readers a concise understanding of the cultural revolution represented by interracial marriages, Race Mixing is very strongly recommended reading, especially for students of American culture and the civil rights ordinances.

Utah At The Beginning Of The New Millenium
Cathleen D. Zick & Ken R. Smith
The University of Utah Press
1795 East South Campus Drive, #101, Salt Lake City, UT 84112
0874808529 $22.95

Expertly compiled and co-edited by Cathleen D. Zick (Department of Family and consumer Studies, Institute of Public and International Affairs, University of Utah) and Ken R. Smith) Department of Family and Consumer Studies, Institute of Public and International Affairs, Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah), Utah At The Beginning Of The New Millennium: A Demographic Perspective is a concisely documented study of Utah's economic, religious, scientific, ethical, and cultural history. Utah At The Beginning Of The New Millennium offers readers a grasp of such fundamental Beehive State issues as public policy and population, while offering a scholarly analysis debunking stereotypes and misconceptions. Utah At The Beginning Of The New Millennium is a very strongly recommended read for students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the contemporary culture, economics, demography, and general characteristics of Utah.

Hidden Assets
Richard Rosenfeld
Missouri Historical Society Press
c/o University of Missouri Press
2910 LeMone Blvd, Columbia MO 65201
1883982561 $22.95

Hidden Assets: Connecting The Past To The Future Of St. Louis by Richard Rosenfeld (Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Missouri-St. Louis) is a historical and analytical study of the metropolitan area of St. Louis and its rich and colorful past, as well as providing a practical understanding of its future, and the challenges it may soon be facing in industry, economy, and demography. Providing a concise study of the past years, of city growth which could well serve as a template for similar studies of other American cities, Hidden Assets deftly delves into the living past of the great river city of St. Louis, Missouri. and is recommended reading for anyone with an interest in the history and socio-economics of St. Louis.

Flint Hills Cowboys
Jim Hoy
University Press of Kansas
2502 Westbrooke Circle, Lawrence, KS 66045-4444
0700614567 $29.95

Flint Hills Cowboys: Tales Of The Tallgrass Prairie by Jim Hoy (Professor of English and Director of the Center for Great Plains Studies at Emporia State University) is the engaging combination of personal memories, frontier history, and folklore tales about the prairie lands of the Flint Hills country of eastern Kansas. A remarkable and inherently fascinating anthology of stories and anecdotes of the rodeo, ranching, ranch hands, and working with stubborn cattle and contrary horses, Flint Hills Cowboys reflects upon a half-century of life and times in the Flint Hills. As a superbly presented compendium of action, humor, lore, and history, Jim Hoy's Flint Hills Cowboys is very strongly recommended and entertaining reading for all anyone with an interest in the landscape, people and history of the Flint Hills country.

The Architecture Shelf

Studies In Hellenistic Architecture
Frederick E. Winter
University of Toronto Press
2250 Military Road, Towanda, NY 14150
0802039146 $150.00

Studies In Hellenistic Architecture by Frederick E. Winter (Professor Emeritus in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Toronto) is an in-depth study and scholarly documentation of the developmental process of major and notable buildings and building-types constructed during the Hellenistic age of the fourth century BC. Analyzing the intricate art of specific architectural constructs of the era, Studies In Hellenistic Architecture delves into the antiquarian building projects found in what is now Spain, Afghanistan, Provence, North Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Adriatic. Also noting regional developments, as well as including instructive and detailed illustrations and photographs, Studies In Hellenistic Architecture is to be given high praise and is strong recommendation for academic library Architectural Studies reference collections, as well as supplemental reading lists for students of historical architecture of Roman and Hellenistic design.

Egyptian Palaces And Villas
Shirley Johnston & Sherif Sonbol
Abrams Books
115 W 18th Street, New York, NY 10011
0810955385 $50.00

Deftly authored by Shirley Johnston with help from Sherif Sonbol, Egyptian Palaces And Villas: Pashas, Khedives, And Kings is an inspiring collection of photographic and informational documentation of historical and modern Egyptian architecture and the progressive means by which it has come to be. Focusing on architectural design from the nineteenth century, Egyptian Palaces And Villas artistically presents an illustrious compendium of Egypt's most timeless and visually engaging domestic structures. An ideal choice for academic or public library Memorial Fund acquisition selections, Egyptian Palaces And Villas is very highly recommended reading for students of Egyptian culture, history and architecture.

The Passive Solar House
James Kachadorian
Chelsea Green Publishing
Box 428, White River Junction, VT 05001
0930031970 $24.95

The Passive Solar House: Using Solar Design To Heat And Cool Your Home by civil engineering and solar home expert James Kachadorian is an informed and informative guide to the complexities involved in converting a building to the effective, environmentally friendly, financially beneficial technology of solar power. Deftly presenting a "reader friendly" study of the solar power conversion process, The Passive Solar House covers such relevant issues as equipment and insulation requirements for a designing and adapting solar powered house; "sun spaces"; heating and cooling requirement; insulation, venting, and fresh air; basic layouts and floor plans; interior design for year around comfort, and more. A welcome addition to personal, community library, and academic library Architectural Studies reference collections, The Passive Solar House is very strongly recommended for non-specialist general readers searching for a comprehensive introduction to creating a solar powered home in any urban or rural climate zone or region of the country.

Basements, Attics And Garages
Creative Homeowner Editors
Creative Homeowner
24 Park Way, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
1580112927 $19.95 1-800-631-7795

A welcome addition to personal and community library Architectural Studies and Interior Design reference collections, Ultimate Guide To Basements, Attics And Garages: Plan - Design - Remodel is a collective and collaborative effort of the editorial staff at "Creative Homemaker" magazine is showcases an expansive array of informative insights and "do-it-yourself" projects for developing, enhancing, and expanding key areas of the home with particular focus on garages, basements, and attics. Introducing readers to innovative and easy-to-follow, step-by-step sequences, which effectively guide them through the entire process of construction, Basements, Attics And Garages is a remarkable compendium of ideas and projects enhanced of over 580 helpfully precise photographs and illustrations, and "user-friendly" presentation of techniques and requirements for making special conversions. Basements, Attics And Garages is very strongly recommended for all readers involved in home-maintenance and interior design for its complete and thorough coverage of plumbing, lighting, windows, walls, floors, and ceilings as well as its knowledgeable exploration of the self-motivated, do-it-yourself construction and remodeling conversion process.

Mehrdad Yazdani
Joseph Giovannini, introduction
Balcony Press
512 East Wilson Avenue, Suite 213, Glendale, CA 91206
1890449296 $29.95

Mehrdad Yazdani is a superbly organized and presented visually descriptive documentation of the architectural designs of the master architect Mehrdad Yazdani. Providing readers with a wealth of full-color photographs of Yazdani's impressive architectural accomplishments showcased on page after page of his uniquely designed buildings from the 1980s to the present, Mehrdad Yazdani also features brief and succinct texts on Yazdani's grand designs. A core addition to professional and academic library Architectural Studies reference collections, Mehrdad Yazdani is very strongly recommended for its introduction to the gifted work of determined and progressively contemporary architect.

The Computer Shelf

O'Reilly & Associates
1005 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol CA 95472

If O'Reilly is featured time and again for its computer books, it's for two simple reasons: volume and quality. O'Reilly publishes an amazing number of computer books monthly and equally amazing is the quality and timeliness of their titles, which continue to address important and current issues in the computer world. Andrew Sheppard's Skype Hacks: Tips & Tools For Cheap, Fun, Innovative Phone Service (0596101899, $24.95) tells how to make the Internet telephony Skype application work well. Haven't heard of Skype? It brings a range of new possibilities for those tired of the confusion of internet telephony options, and Skype Hacks covers all the basics; from how to set up a Skype server and put shortcuts on the computer to avoiding Skype problems and spammers. The program may be newer but the idea of money-saving internet telephony just went up a notch with the ease Skype Hacks offers. Jenifer Tidwell's Designing Interfaces: Patterns For Effective Interaction Design (0596008031, $49.95) tells how to design a range of interactive software applications for the web and other services, showing software engineers how to understand the patterns common to design solutions. Here are tips on everything from navigation and forms to using graphic editors and structuring for actions. Color screen shots, graphs and tables pack pages which demonstrate the how, when and why of interface design. Michael Kittel and Geoffrey LeBlond's ASP.NET 2.0 Cookbook (0596100647, $54.95) appears in its updated 2nd edition to include all new tips for version 2.0. Here are over a hundred solutions in C# and Visual Basic aimed to web developers who want an edition completely revised for 2.0. Recipes run from the very simple coding solution to entire development strategies and use O'Reilly's problem-and-solution oriented approach. This format lends to at-a-glance reference consultation or to use as a classroom text. Either way, the authors' some thirty years experience working with ASP.NET lends to an authoritative text of solutions to common problems. The second volume of Bill von Hagen and Brian K. Jones' Linux Server Hacks: Tips & Tools For Connecting, Monitoring, And Troubleshooting (0596100825, $29.95) takes the original volume one step further, following up with an offering of over a hundred fresh, new hacks in a second volume to expand Linux opportunities. Hacks here only take a few minutes to read through but provide many answers to problems ranging from remotely running a GUI Linux desktop environment for end users to centralizing Windows font resources and combining network storage areas on new servers. Mac users aren't forgotten in the O'Reilly lineup, either: James Duncan Davidson and Jason Deraleau's Running MAC OS X Tiger: A No-Compromise Power User's Guide To The Mac (0596009135, $39.95) is for advanced OS X users who want more details on customizing Tiger. From creating user accounts and handling files and permissions to managing printers and monitoring activities, Running MAC OS X Tiger is packed with shortcuts, tips, and customization options.

The Literary Shelf

The Works Of Peter Handke
David N. Coury & Frank Pilipp
Ariadne Press
270 Goins Court, Riverside, CA 92507
1572411392 $38.50

Compiled, edited, and co-authored by David N. Coury (Associate Professor of German and Humanistic Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay) and Frank Pilipp (Professor of German in the School of Modern Languages at Georgia Institute of Technology), The Works Of Peter Handke: International Perspectives offers readers an expansively interpretive understanding of the established theatrical, poetic, and essay writings of poet, playwright and author Peter Handke. Contributors explore Peter Handke's various works through acute and precise detailings and analysis ranging from his prose and novels, to the literary significance of his German poetry with praisable accuracy and articulate conceptual comprehension. A collective work of outstanding literary scholarship, The Works Of Peter Handke is very strongly recommended personal reading lists and academic library reference collections.

The Nobbie Stories For Children And Adults
C. L. R. James
The University of Nebraska Press
1111 Lincoln Mall, Lincoln, NE 68588
080322608X $17.95

Written by the late C. L. R. James (1901-1989) and expertly edited by the late Constance Webb (1918-2005), The Nobbie Stories For Children And Adults is an engaging collection of short stories showcasing a gifted storyteller's insights and creative narratives reflecting a quite genuine wisdom of the world skillfully tailored for the appreciation and entertainment of all ages. Authored in form of letters to his four-year-old son, Nobbie, during the time James was exiled in England by hostile American authorities, The Nobbie Stories For Children And Adults offers readers both young and old entrance into a world of original and illustrative tales of friendship, conflict, community, ethics, and power. As an eccentric and engaging collection of homespun stories suitable for children and adults alike, The Nobbie Stories For Children And Adults is to be given high praise and is very strongly recommended for both academic and community library collections.

Irish Women Writers
Alexander G. Gonzalez, Ed.
Greenwood Publishing
PO Box 5007, Westport, CT 06881-5007
0313328838 $99.95

Ireland's remarkable and long literary tradition receives a fine A-Z encyclopedic reference in Irish Women Writers: An A-to-Z Guide, which charts these women writers as they created over the centuries. Here are listings for 1944 Dublin-born academic Ruth Dudley Edwards, Janet McNeill, who spent most of her life near Liverpool, and Marina Carr, one of the most distinctive Irish women playwrights of our times. Especially recommended as a strong college-level reference pick.

The Music Shelf

The Words And Music Of Frank Zappa
Kelley Fisher Lowe
Praeger Publishers
88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881
0275987795 $44.95

The newest volume in Praeger's "Singer-Songwriter Collection" series, The Words And Music Of Frank Zappa is not so much a biography of Zappa's life as it is a close study of the popular culture songs associated with this rock music composer. Leaving no note unturned, author and academician Kelley Fisher Lowe scrutinizes everything from Zappa's gift for satire to contribution to "progressive rock" to his scathing criticisms of American culture and society, his drive to speak out politically, and much more. Highly recommended for students and scholars of modern American music in general, and Zappa's song lyrics in particular.

Official Vintage Guitar Price Guide 2006
Alan Greenwood & Gil Hembree
Vintage Guitar Books/Hal Leonard
PO Box 13819, Milwaukee, WI 53213
1884883176 $24.95

Research in the vintage guitar instrument market blends with a user-friendly format, quick reference organization which lends to fast lookup, and insights on what influences vintage guitar values. Instruments covered in this official Guitar Magazine price guide range from inexpensive wall hangers to classics from the 1950s. Each listing receives a good-sized black and white photo to accompany company history, models and dates, and excellent condition low and high values. An authoritative 'must' for any who would deal in vintage guitars.

The Library Science Shelf

The Big Book Of Children's Reading Lists
Nancy J. Keane
Libraries Unlimited
88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881
1591583349 $35.00

A thoroughly "user friendly", core reference book, The Big Book Of Children's Reading Lists is a compendium of one hundred "ready to use" book lists compiled by Nancy J. Keane (Library Media Specialist, Rundlett Middle School, Concord, New Hampshire) and specifically designed for classroom teachers as a curriculum supplement resource, school and community librarians as an "age appropriate" collections guide, homeschooling parents, and for children involved in independent studies. From ABC books, to ethnic folktale anthologies, to math, social studies and the sciences, to character education and values, The Big Book Of Children's Reading Lists offers rosters of thematically appropriate books that can be considered as premium examples of their particular categories. Also highly recommended is Nancy Keane's "book talk" website at and her early work, Booktalking Across The Curriculum: The Middle Years (Libraries Unlimited, 2002).

Poetry Aloud Here
Sylvia M. Vardell
ALA Editions
c/o American Library Association
50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611
0838909167 $38.00

Poetry Aloud Here: Sharing Poetry With Children In The Library by Sylvia M. Vardell (Professor at the Texas Woman's School in the School of Library and Information Studies) is an expert and instructive study on how to progressively and positively promote poetry in the lives of children, ages five to twelve. Deftly guiding readers through presentation tactics and valuable understandings of the world of poetry among youth, Poetry Aloud Here introduces a wealth of informative and practical ideas for leading young children to appreciate poetry in a meaningful, participatory, and fun manner. Poetry Aloud Here is very highly recommended reading for teachers, librarians, and parents searching for a "user-friendly" reference for creating a creative and effective introduction to poetry for children.

The Audiobook Shelf

The Gnostic Gospels
Elaine Pagels
Books On Tape
400 Hahn Road, Westminster, MD 21157
1415929165 $36.00

The Gnostic Gospels, authored by Elaine Pagels and ably narrated by Lorna Raver, is the remarkable and unabridged audio audiobook edition of the original landmark study of gnostic Christianity and its eventual suppression by the orthodox church leaders. A brilliant study, originally published in 1979, with a total running time of seven hours and five minutes on five audio cassettes, The Gnostic Gospels deftly explores the theological implications of such gnostic documents as the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, and many others that before 20th century archaeological discoveries were primarily known only through the anti-gnostic writings of the early church fathers. The Gnostic Gospels expertly describe the emergence of many varying and competing Christian sects during the early centuries of the Christian movement with the principle distinction being orthodox communities holding to the necessity of a priestly hierarchy and the gnostic communities emphasizing a personal relationship with God not requiring an intermediate authority. For its insightful, informed, and superb presentation, The Gnostic Gospels (which is also available in a six disc unabridged CD format, 1415929173, $45.00) is very strongly recommended for its intriguing, thought provoking, and inherently fascinating history of early Christian movements, personalities, and nearly forgotten Christian scriptures.

The Wal-Mart Effect
Charles Fishman
Tantor Media, Inc.
114 Mill Rock Road East, Old Saybroo, CT 06475
1400102235 $34.99 1-877-78-6867

The Wal-Mart Effect: How the World's Most Powerful Company Really Works - And How It's Transforming The American Economy is a no-holds-barred book for the everyman about the tremendous economic clout exerted by retailing behemoth Wal-Mart. Award-winning journalist Charles Fishman, himself a Wal-Mart shopper, explores how Wal-Mart's exhortation "Always low prices. Always." is taken to soulless extremes. Wal-Mart has performed miracles, such as single-handedly dealing a staggering blow to inflation and eliminating inefficiencies in packaging and distribution; Wal-Mart has also engaged in such irresponsible practices as turning a blind eye to labor abuses or environmental destruction committed by suppliers overseas, and relentlessly pressuring suppliers to cut costs further every year regardless of inflation until they wind up in bankruptcy. Yet American shoppers, trained from birth to seize bargains, vote with their debit cards to propel Wal-Mart into the status it enjoys today - a gargantuan that actually creates economic forces rather than be subject to them. Academic studies of Wal-Mart's effect are smoothly summarized and translated into layman's terms, revealing that the only net jobs Wal-Mart creates are Wal-Mart jobs; that a startling proportion of Wal-Mart workers accept public assistance just to survive on a Wal-Mart salary; and that Wal-Mart does indeed have a crushing effect on local prices. The Wal-Mart Effect is more than a cautionary tale of the threats such unrestrained economic power poses, particularly to small businesses and communities; it is above all, a call to arms to the American government and people to step forward and be the ethical counterbalance to unrestrained capitalistic forces. And the most crucial linchpin of that counterbalance is information - the American people need to know far more about Wal-Mart, and other mega-corporations like it, than they are willing to divulge. The failings of Enron showed what too much corporate secrecy can bring; it is time for an information revolution to expose and pave the way to better understanding of the true Wal-Mart effect. This flawlessly recorded, complete and unabridged, 8 CD disk edition is expertly narrated by Alan Sklar and has a total running time of 9.5 hours.

The Money/Finance Shelf

Manage For Profit Not For Market Share
Herman Simon et al
Harvard Business School Press
300 N. Beacon St., Watertown, MA 02472
1591395267 $35.00

Expertly co-authored by Hermann Simon (Founder and Chariman of Simon-Kucher and Partners Strategy and Marketing Consultants, Germany), and SKP partners of Boston's division, Frank F. Bilstein and Frank Luby, Manage For Profit Not For Market Share: A Guide To Greater Profits In Highly Contested Markets is an important and timely study of the issues concerning adoptive profit versus market share in today's volatile stock market. Introducing readers to investment management, marketing, and providing a clearly presented and accessible explanation a complex monetary subject, Manage For Profit Not For Market Share provides a clear and applicable guide for understanding the differentiation between mature products, as well as addressing such issues as effective price increases, new orders to segmenting customers, proper timing to various activities, and the effect of consumer preferences. Manage For Profit Not For Market Share is very strongly recommended and profitable reading for investors, account managers, brokerage executives, and consultants for all formats of corporate or business sales as an exclusive and expansive interpretation of competitive profit sales, marketing, and innovative, practical guidance through modern business progress.

The Needlecraft Shelf

Spinning In The Old Way
Priscilla A. Gibson-Roberts
Nomad Press
PO Box 484, Fort Collins, CO 80522
0966828984 $14.95

Spinning In The Old Way: How (And Why) To Make Your Own Yarn With A High-Whorl Handspindle by Priscilla A. Gibson-Roberts is an expertly informative introduction to a fun and inexpensive system for creating sturdy and reliable yarn. Providing needlecrafters at all skill levels with a unique and productive guide which is simple to master and easy to do, plus which is economical, suited for busy lives and spare moments, versatile, and efficient, Spinning In The Old Way offers the do-it-yourself enthusiasts with a means to acquire self-created yarn for their needlecraft projects. A unique and welcome addition to any personal or community library needlecraft reference collection, Spinning In The Old Way is very strongly recommended to everybody in the habit of knitting and crocheting as an exclusively comprehensive and "user-friendly" reference for anyone interested in the fiber crafts wishing to create the perfect strand.

Step-By-Step Sewing Course
Reader's Digest Press
260 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016
0762106301 $26.95

Step-By-Step Sewing Course: Essential Techniques For Making Over 150 Creative Home Projects is the result of the collective efforts of the Reader's Digest editorial staff and offers the novice needle-crafter a comprehensive and thoroughly "user friendly" instructional guide to the art of fabric sewing and textile crafting. Enhanced with a wealth of step-by-step illustrations, Step-By-Step Sewing Course offers sewing students as wealth of practical tips and expert guidance through a series of more than 150 outstanding sewing projects ranging from quick and easy bedspreads, tablecloths with lace panels, and decorative window treatments for every type of window, to shower curtains and bath mats, pillows with romantic ruffles, duvet covers, padded fabric headboards, gift bags for special occasions, and so much more. An ideal addition to personal, school, and community library needlecraft reference collections, Step-By-Step Sewing Course is very strongly recommended as an ideal "how to" guide to the fun and skilled standards of sewing.

Memories And Milestones
Debbie Mumm
Leisure Arts
5701 Ranch Dr, Little Rock, AR 72223
1574865838 $19.95

Memories And Milestones by Debbie Mumm is a remarkable collection of quality quilting and sewing projects, each of which would create a memorable keepsake in its own right. Providing a complete do-it-yourself" instructions for each individual project, Memories And Milestones showcases the Paint Box Wall Quilt; Coffee and Conversation Wall Quilt; Handmade Cards; Bead-dazzled Planter, and so many more. Memories And Milestones is very strongly recommended to needlecrafters as an informative and fun compendium representing the timeless art of quilting plans and accessory sewing projects.

The Art Shelf

Lissa Hunter
Abby Johnston
Upala Press
265 Stevens Avenue, Suite 1, Portland, MA 04103
1929565143 $55.00

Beautifully illustrated throughout, Lissa Hunter: Histories Real And Imagined by Abby Johnston focuses upon an impressive collection of eclectic pieces created in a multitude of images by the unique artistry of Lissa Hunter. Presenting 228 pages of full-color pictures and creative graphic arts, Lissa Hunter: Histories Real And Imagined details the amazing style and imagery of Hunter's most intriguing and tangible works throughout the collective life of her career. A welcome addition to any personal, academic, or community Art History collections, Lissa Hunter: Histories Real And Imagined is very strongly recommended for readers searching for documented compendium of images and commentary for Lissa Hunter's unique and definitive artistic style.

Henri Matisse
Olivier Berggruen & Max Hollein
575 Prospect St, Lakewood, NJ 08701
3791334735 $19.95

Compiled and co-edited by art historians Oliver Berggruen and Max Hollein, Henri Matisse: Drawing With Scissors, Masterpieces From The Late Years is a compilation of learned essays on the work of the great artist after age-related illness, which confining him either to his bed or a wheel chair, would no longer permit him to paint, so Mattise took up cutting out colored paper patterns and having his assistants mount them in special patterns under his guidance (often from his wheel chair). The profusely illustrated essays include "Jazz: Rhythm and Meaning (Margret Stuffmann); "Painting with Scissors: Jazz and Verve" (Michael Anthonioz); "Drafts for Publications and Maquettes" (Ingrid Pfeiffer); "Decoration beyond Decoration" (Remi Labrusse); "Resonance and Depth in Matisse's Paper Cut-Outs" (Olivier Berggruen); "The Windows in the Chapel of the Rosary in Vence" (Ingrid Pfeiffer); "Philodenros" (Hannes Bohringer); and "Painting alone remains full of adventure - Matisse's Cut-Outs as an Inspiration for Nicolas de Stael, Ellsworth Kelly and Andy Warhol" (Gunda Luyken). A superb guide, Henri Matisse is very strongly recommended addition to personal and academic library Art History reference collections is enhanced with the inclusion of an informative foreword by Max Hollein and Olivier Berggruen, an extensive biography of Mattise, a list of illustrated works, and a selected bibliography for further study.

Nine Lives
Karen Smith
Scalo/Prestel Publishing
900 Broadway, #603, NY, NY 10003
3039390368 $45.00

Nine Lives: The Birth Of Avant-Garde Art In New China by Karen Smith (an acknowledged expert in avant-garde art and art history) is a profusely illustrated, 453-page, in-depth mapping of the history of modern or avant-garde art in China since around 1993 to the present. Providing readers with a detailed and historically accurate depiction of the progression of contemporary art and artistic cultural diversity in mainland China, Nine Lives impressively compiles and references the paintings, photography, visual and dimensional arts, all within the framework of a clear and concise history of China's social and political culture, ultimately resulting in an the unexpected transition to contemporary art. A seminal work of impressive scholarship and a core addition to academic library Art History reference collections, Nine Lives is very recommended and rewarding reading, especially for students of Chinese culture and modern societal landmarks as reflected through Chinese art, politics, social activism, and modern artistic symbolism.

Life Lessons
Sherry Chayat
Syracuse University Press
1600 Jamesville Ave, Syracuse, NY 13210
0815608179 $34.95 1-800-365-8929

Now in its second edition, Life Lessons: The Art Of Jerome Witkin presents the insight of award-winning art critic and author Sherry Chayat into the marvelous oil paintings of artist and fine arts professor Jerome Witkin. Numerous illustrations of Witkin's oil paintings, many of which are in full color, reveal his passion for human figures in a variety of situations from mundane life to fantastic, otherworldly dialogues. The extensive text scrutinizes the history of individual artworks as well as common themes to Witkin's creations, which balance upon the fine line between contemporary realism and the nuances of artistic license. A highly recommended and welcome contribution to artbook and art history shelves.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Black Pockets
George Zebrowski
Golden Gryphon Press
3002 Perkins Road, Urbana, IL 61802
1930846401 $24.95

Black Pockets And Other Dark Thoughts by George Zebrowski is an impressively entertaining collection of this accomplished author's memorable short stories of horror gathered together under one cover, and includes the novella "Black Pockets" which was written especially for this anthology of dark fantasy. Combining metaphorical lore and a born storyteller's skills, Black Pockets contributes works analyzing personal, political, metaphysical, and vividly intimate stories ranging from the dwellings of Gore Vidal in The Coming Of Christ The Joker, to the mind of Tim and the mysterious girl in First Love, First Fear. Black Pockets is very highly recommended reading, particularly for horror fantasy enthusiasts for its deft authorship of original and highly evocative tales that will haunt your dreams long after the volume is finished and set back upon the shelf.

Horse Passages
Jennifer Macaire
Medallion Press
225 Seabreeze Avenue, Palm Beach, FL 33480
1932815120 $9.99

Horse Passages by Jennifer Macaire is the story Carl and Meagan Cadet and the Federation, a group devoted to saving the beautiful and magical horses who travel through galaxies. Readers will follow Meagan and Carl as they choose to join forces with the Jeffries brothers and pursue battle with the Raiders. Meagan and Luke Jeffries find themselves have to escape from the captivity of the barbaric aliens, something that has never before been done. An engaging novel taking place on a world far away, featuring an intimately detailed plot, Horse Passages is very highly recommended as action/adventure science fiction novel and an altogether entertaining read.

The Civil War Shelf

The 48th Pennsylvania In The Battle Of The Crater
Jim Corrigan
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
0786424753 $35.00 1-800-253-2187

Journalist Jim Corrigan presents The 48th Pennsylvania In The Battle Of The Crater: A Regiment Of Coal Miners Who Tunneled Under The Enemy, the true story of a battle of the American Civil War. When Grant attempted to claim the Confederate railway nexus of Petersburg, Virginia, the resulting stalemate should have been broken by Union commander General Ambrose Burnside's plan to allow the 48th Pennsylvania, a regiment from the mining town of Pottsville, to tunnel under Confederate entrenchments and apply explosives. Yet bickering among the Union leadership, and superb cooperation among the Confederate leadership, led to the Union's downfall at Petersburg and cost an opportunity to bring an early end to the war. The 48th Pennsylvania In The Battle Of The Crater examines the details of this historic conflict with black-and-white photographs, a list of forces in the Battle of the Crater, a table of casualties, a list of soldiers decorated for gallantry, and a wealth of research and detailed notes supporting the meticulous accounting of details. An index rounds out this scholarly and welcome addition to Civil War and military history shelves.

Den Of Misery
James R. Hall
Pelican Publishing Company
1000 Burmaster Street, Gretna, LA 70053
1589803515 $25.00 1-800-843-1724

Den Of Misery: Indiana's Civil War Prison is the harrowing true story of a Union prison during the Civil War. Much has been written of the abominable conditions suffered by Union POW's, but little light has been shed upon what Confederate POW's endured; Den Of Misery reveals incidents of abuse, hardship, and even cold-blooded murder. Journalist James Hall meticulously documents the brutality of Camp Morton, Indiana's so-called model Civil War prison, the years of its harsh existence, its final days, and its legacy. A handful of black-and-white photographs illustrate this chilling, serious-minded account.

Civil War Battlefields
Jeff Shaara
Ballantine Books
1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
0345464885 $18.95

Civil War Battlefields: Discovering America's Hallowed Ground by civil war historian and author Jeff Shaara is a concise and focused study of the history of America's Civil War in terms of significant battlefields. Offering readers an informed and informative guide such fields of conflict as Shiloh, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, New Market, Chickamauga, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg/Appomattox, Civil War Battlefields deftly and expertly explores their history and contributions to the course of the war, as well as their identifying their modern locations and landmark details, enhanced with more than forty maps and seventy photographs. An important contribution to the growing library of American civil war literature, Civil War Battlefields is very strongly recommended as an in-depth and inherently interesting study of the American Civil War battlefields -- then and now.

The Battle Of Monroe's Crossroads
Eric J. Wittenberg
Savas Beatie
PO Box 4527, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
1932714170 $32.95

The Battle Of Monroe's Crossroads and the Civil War's Final Campaign is an in-depth study of one of the most critical cavalry battles of the American Civil War. Waged at dawn on March 10, 1865, the battle of Monroe's Crossroads was a vicious affair, waged mostly at close quarters with swords, pistols, carbines, and bare hands. Renowned cavalry historian Eric J. Wittenberg vividly describes the fierce life-and-death struggle from beginning to bitter end, with appendices clarifying such data as the order of battle an the identification of casualties. Black-and- white illustrations and an index round out this superb addition to Civil War military history shelves.

The Library Video/DVD Shelf

Secrets Of Lost Empires
WGBH Boston Video
c/o SSA Public Relations (publicity)
1438 Madison Avenue, 16th Floor PH-1
New York, NY 10016
DVD $39.95 (3-disc-set)

Secrets Of Lost Empires: Pyramid; Obelisk; Inca; Colosseum; Stonehenge from WGBH Boston Video is an exclusive 3-disc, 280 minute, full color, documentation of the Great Pyramid of Giza (with Egyptologist Mark Lehner), Obelisk's undoubtedly difficult construction, the Roman Colosseum (with historian Rainer Graefe), Stonehenge (with archeologist Julian Richards, engineer Mark Whitby and Roger Hopkins), and the Inca cultural intricacies and surviving. As a unique and invaluable study of the many great wondrous creations and constructions of antiquity, Secrets Of Lost Empires explores many vivid details of histories awe-inspiring innovations. A welcome addition to school and community library DVD collections, Secrets Of Lost Empires is enhanced with special DVD features including printable materials for classroom teachers, access to the NOVA website, scene selection, and closed captions, and is very strongly recommended to all students of historical architecture, historical societal studies, historical culture, and historical innovation, as well as to those who thoroughly enjoy a richly informed documentary compilation of anthropological, Egyptian, Roman, British, and Incan archeology and studies.

Purlie Victorious
MPI Media Group
16101 South 108th Avenue, Orland Park, IL 60467
DVD7736 $14.98

Starring Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, and Alan Alda, Purlie Victorious, originally a popular Broadway production, is the intriguing story of a black preacher's return to his home in rural Georgia to claim a rightful inheritance and diminish the powers of his once served 'boss' Ol' Cap'n Stonewall Jackson Cotchipee. As an activist film in the midst of the civil rights movement in the 1960's, Purlie Victorious entertains viewers with a great plot as Purlie's persuasion convinces his young girl-friend to claim herself a long-lost relative of Cotchipee's family. When the deception fails to work, rendering Purlie "dispositioned" to go into hiding. Remarkably, however, Cotchipee's son, Charlie, intervenes to the couples assistance and hopefully their eventual success. Purlie Victorious is very highly recommended for its interesting and progressive message. (black & white, 100 minutes)

The Political Science Shelf

Beyond Identity Politics
Moya Lloyd
Sage Publications
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
0803978855 $35.95

Beyond Identity Politics: Feminism, Power And Politics by Moya Lloyd (Lecturer in Politics, Queen Mary, University of London) is an in-depth, scholarly study of patriarch and feminist politics as manifest and illustrated through three principle themes. Retaining focus on subjectivity, power, and politics in feminism, Beyond Identity Politics deftly analyses the modern ideals of political involvement for women and the progressive theoretics from Moya Lloyd's perspective on diminishing societal paradigms and the rise of new understandings in gender-based politics. A core addition to academic library Women's Studies and Political Science reference collections, Beyond Identity Politics is very strongly recommended for anyone searching for a grasp of modern gender politics concerning the treatment and perspectives of women in the political arena.

Uncompromising Positions
Elizabeth Anne Oldmixon
Georgetown University Press
34240 Prospect Street NW, Washington, DC 20007
158901071X $26.95

Uncompromising Positions: God, Sex And The U.S. House Of Representatives by Elizabeth Anne Oldmixon (Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of North Texas) is a knowledgeably written analysis of the ongoing debate between religious traditionalists and progressives on such issues as abortion, gay marriage and school prayer. Presenting significant information and statistics important to fueling the debate of the highly controversial issues, Uncompromising Positions takes a step beyond the general approach to contemporary American politics. Uncompromising Positions is very highly recommended to all students of the political sciences and American debate.

When Courts And Congress Collide
Charles Gardner Geyh
The University of Michigan Press
839 Greene Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
0472099221 $29.95

When Courts And Congress Collide: The Struggle For Control Of America's Judicial System by Charles Gardner Geyh (Professor of Law and Charles L. Whistler Faculty Fellow at Indiana University at Bloomington) is an in-depth, comprehensive, and scholarly study of the history of various checks and balances involved in the procedures of the American court system. Analyzing the influence of the judicial decision-making and control through congressionally appointed judges, When Courts And Congress Collide produces a definitive study of the intricate political power struggle arising from the ideological processes of judicial powers and competing influences throughout the entirety of America political, cultural, and economic life. When Courts And Congress Collide is very strongly recommended to students of American history and political science, as well of the study of the American judicial system in history, in the present, and the foreseeable future.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

The Language Of Miracles
Amelia Kinkade
New World Library
14 Pamaron Way, Navato, CA 94949
1577315103 $15.95

The Language Of Miracles: A Celebrated Psychic Teaches You To Talk To Animals by Amelia Kinkade is an informed and informative introduction to the art of communicating with pets and animals. Guiding readers a accessibly presented and comprehensive understanding of the wonderful world of animals, The Language Of Miracles provides pet owners with the ultimate solution for any and all troubles encountered communicating with new pets established animal companions. The Language Of Miracles is very strongly recommended reading for those who are intimately involved with their pets or animals are searching for a effective way to more easily communicate with their beloved non-human companions.

Waterfowl Ecology and Management
Guy A. Baldassarre and Eric G. Bolen
Krieger Publishing Company
PO Box 9542, Melbourne, FL 32902-9542
1575242605 $112.50 1-800-724-0025

Now in an updated second edition, Waterfowl Ecology And Management is an exhaustive, scientific minded guide written especially for waterfowl biologists and those charged with the upkeep of waterfowl habitats. Chapters discuss in-depth the life cycle of various waterfowl species, common diseases affecting the species and how to prevent or control them, the habitation they need, legal policy and history concerning waterfowl conservation, and much more. The extensive detail of this 500+ page hardcover guide is ideal for specialists. A top-quality reference, illustrated with black-and-white diagrams and photographs, and featuring a lengthy index for easy reference. Highly recommended for field professionals.

Newman's Birds Of Southern Africa
Kenneth Newman
Struik Publishers
c/o International Publishers Marketing
22841 Quicksilver Dr., Dulles, VA 20166
1868727351 $23.95 1-800-758-3756

Now in a fully revised eighth edition, Newman's Birds Of Southern Africa is a field guide to over 900 species of Southern African birds illustrated throughout with realistic full-color artwork. Each species has an entry with a map indicating their distribution, their common and scientific name, a brief paragraph with a basic physical description and notes on distinguishing characteristics, and a gorgeous, realistic color illustration. A revised introduction teaches the reader step-by-step how to use the guide to quickly identify avian species, and a glossary, index and birdwatching checklist round out this first-class resource. A treat for bird lovers due to the top-quality artistry alone, as well as being a quintessential identification guide, Newman's Birds Of Southern Africa is enthusiastically recommended for amateur birdwatchers and professional biologists alike.

The Kingmaker
Avalyn Hunter
Eclipse Press
3101 Beaumont Centre Circle, Lexington, KY 40513
1581501374 $26.95 1-800-582-5604

The Kingmaker: How Northern Dancer Founded A Racing Dynasty by Avalyn Hunter (a frequent contributor to "The Blood-Horse" magazine and author of "American Classic Pedigrees") is the remarkable story of racing enthusiast E. P. Taylor's determination to provide the world with a thoroughbred racing horse from his own native Canada. Carrying its readers along through an inherently fascinating account of Taylor and his horse, Northern Dancer, as they made their way to the 1964 Kentucky Derby, The Kingmaker includes legendary stories of the men and horses behind Taylor's impressive accomplishments. A superbly written and presented history, The Kingmaker is very strongly recommended for readers with an interest in the dynamic world of professional horse racing in general, and the accomplishments of Northern Dancer in particular.

The Face In The Window
Dianne Eibner
Dogwise Publishing
PO Box 2778, 701 B Poplar Street, Wentatchee, WA 98807
0968700829 $19.95

The Face In The Window: A Guide To Professional Dog Walking by professional dog walker Dianne Eibner is an expert introduction to the fun and profitable business of dog walking. Introducing readers to many of the aspects of the complexities encountered when working with dogs such as their particular personalities, their probable interest in passerby's, The Face In The Window serves as an ideal reference for managing dogs in cars, covers the regulation of finances in starting up a dog walking business, and a great many more informative and interesting details of such a venture. The Face In The Window is very highly recommended and practical reading for all aspiring dog walkers, particularly those with the intention of having their own business.

Storey Publishing
210 Mass Moca Way, N. Adams MA 01247

Two wonderful horse guides are fine picks for any library strong in horse books. Heather Smith Thomas's Stable Smarts: Sensible Advice, Quick Fixes, And Time-Tested Wisdom From An Idaho Horsewoman (1580176100, $18.95) comes from a woman who raises horses and cattle in Idaho and goes far beyond your usual horse management book. Here are hints on how to tell and purchase the best quality hay, making a makeshift hackamore, preparing homemade pest repellents, and fixing fences and more. Virtually all the equipment associated with a horse and ranch, from trailers to leads and bedding, are revealed in a book packed with practical tips and insights. Judith Dutson's 96 Horse Breeds Of North America (1580176127, $29.95) pairs stunning color photos by Bob Langrish with a fine survey of each of the 96 horse breeds of North America. Sidebars of information include height, place of original and special qualities for at-a-glance reference, while more extensive paragraphs on breed characteristics, history, conformation and color provide in-depth details. Perfect for any with an affection for horses and an interest in the breeds.

Raptors In Your Pocket
Dana Gardner
University of Iowa Press
100 Kuhl House, Iowa City, IA 52242
0877459746 $9.95

Raptors In Your Pocket: A Guide To Great Plains Birds Of Prey by Dana Gardner is an informative, color illustrated, "user friendly", highly portable reference for rightfully identifying the raptors of the great state of Iowa. Providing fourteen plastic coated waterproof panels showing twenty-six species both perched and in flight, and throughout various dark, light, and juvenile phases, as well as male/female differentiation, Raptors In Your Pocket offers the perfect guide for ease in identifying the great aviary raptors of the Great Plains area. Raptors In Your Pocket is very highly recommended for all bird-watchers/observers and naturalists searching for a quick and useful display reference to identify when sighting these impressive birds of prey.

Notes On Cardiorespiratory Diseases Of The Dog And Cat
Mike Martin & Brendan Corcoran
Blackwell Publishing
PO Box 570, Ames, IA 50010
1405122641 $59.99 1-800-862-6657

The substantially revised and updated second edition of Notes On Cardiorespiratory Diseases Of The Dog And Cat co-authored by Mike Martin (RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology) and Brendan Corcoran (Senior Lecturer and Director of the Hospital for Small Animals, University of Edinburgh, Royal School for Veterinary Studies) addresses health and medical issues of diagnosis and treatment often encountered with cats and dogs with respect to their cardiorespiratory systems and cardiology related problems. Providing a comprehensive and superbly organized presentation an ideal textbook for veterinary students, Notes On Cardiorespiratory Diseases Of The Dog And Cat details the latest developments in the treatment of heart disease, practitioner oriented guidance with advice on how to achieve the best diagnostic results for radiography, echocardiography, and airway examples, and an all-inclusive glossary of drugs, a table for CPR and appendices on breed predispositions and normal echo-values for dogs and cats. Notes On Cardiorespiratory Diseases Of The Dog And Cat should be a part of veterinarian school reference collections.

The Cookbook Shelf

Salsas And Tacos
The Santa Fe School of Cooking
Gibbs Smith
PO Box 667, Layton, UT 84041
1423600150 $12.95

Salsas And Tacos from the Santa Fe School of Cooking is an outstanding collection of beautifully illustrated, flavorful, fulfilling, and easy-to-prepare recipes. Providing kitchen cooks with easy-to-follow guidelines and unique information on a specialized regional cooking style, Salsas And Tacos showcases recipes ranging from Chargrilled Fish Tacos With Caribbean Seasonings; Adabo Pork Tacos With Grilled Pineapple; and Tropical Fruit Salsa; to Creamy Chicken And Almond Tacos; Roasted Pepper Relish With Raisins And Pinon Nuts; and Steak And Mushroom Tacos With Green Chiles. Salsas And Tacos is very highly recommended for all fans of the Mexican style cookery and for those aspiring gourmet cooks who are searching for an inspired compendium of dining ideas with a bit more spice and a lot more taste.

Williams-Sonoma: Mastering Cakes, Fillings & Frostings
Elinor Klivans
The Free Press
1230 Ave. of the Americas, NY NY 10020
0743267397 $19.95 1-800-223-2336

Superbly illustrated with step-by-step photography, Williams-Sonoma: Mastering Cakes, Fillings & Frostings is a "kitchen cook friendly" introduction to the many variations available when approaching the decorative and tasteful creation of cakes for any dining or celebratory occasion. Covering pound cakes, sheet cakes, layer cakes, and so many utterly delicious frostings and fillings, Williams-Sonoma: Mastering Cakes, Fillings & Frostings deftly guides aspiring cake makers in an easy-to-follow manner, through recipes for cakes ranging from Vanilla Cheesecake; Citrus Curd; and Pound Cake, to Vanilla Buttercream; Devil's Food Cake; and Sponge Sheet Cake, as well as an informative selection of ingredients, tools, and histories. For all readers searching for a complete and thorough collection of professional and high-class cakes, Williams-Sonoma: Mastering Cakes, Fillings & Frostings is very highly recommended.

The Storm Gourmet
Daphne Nikolopoulos
Pineapple Press
PO Box 3889, Sarasota, FL 34230
1561643343 $9.95

The Storm Gourmet: A Guide To Creating Extraordinary Meals Without Electricity by journalist and culinary expert Daphne Nikolopoulos is a recipe book showcasing the remarkable and innovative creation of wonderful meals prepared without the convenience of electricity. Showcasing recipes ranging from South of the Border Corn Soup; Cranberry-Lime Fizz; and Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip; to Grapefruit Relish; Hearts of Palm Salad; and Pesto and Chickpea Spread, The Storm Gourmet informatively presents readers with a "kitchen cook friendly" guide to home gardening and care expertly compiled for precise knowledge of what is and is not necessary. The Storm Gourmet is very highly recommended for all readers searching for a complete guide to eating when the power has failed, or for those with an old cottage in the middle of the woods uncorrupted by the need for electric appliances.

Delectably Danish
Julie Jensen McDonald
Penfield Press
215 Brown Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52245
0941016048 $10.95

Delectably Danish: Recipes And Reflections is a flat-spined cookbook of uniquely Danish delicacies, from Danish Liver Loaf to Rum Soup, Irene's Danish Kringle, Tivoli Salad and so much more. Black-and-white and color photographs offer a visual peek into Danish culture, and the text gives an ultra-condensed rundown of Danish history and holidays, as well as famous Danes. A highly affordable introduction to Danish culinary culture, filled with easy- to-follow recipes.

All-New Complete Step-by-Step Diabetic Cookbook
Anne Cain
Oxmoor House
PO Box 2262, Birmingham, AL 35201
0848731123 $19.95

Expertly compiled, edited and organized by Anne Cain, the All-New Step-By-Step Diabetic Cookbook is a collection of the tasteful and healthy recipes for beverages, breads, fish and shellfish, vegetarian entrees, meats, poultry, salads, sandwiches, side dishes, soups and desserts, all of which are specifically designed for the beneficial dining of anyone with diabetes related dietary needs. Providing over three-hundred great-tasting dishes, the All-New Complete Step-by-Step Diabetic Cookbook offers readers a culinary wealth of easy to prepare recipes ranging from Turkey Stroganoff; Wagon Wheel Beef Soup; and Italian Biscuit Knots; to Buttermilk Pie; Cheesy Squash Casserole; and Potato-Vegetable Pie. A superb addition to personal and community library kitchen cookbook collections, the All-New Complete Step-by-Step Diabetic Cookbook is enthusiastically recommended as an outstanding cookbook for all its remarkably informative, useful, "kitchen cook friendly" contributions to pleasant dining.

Gluten-Free French Desserts And Baked Goods
Valerie Cupillard
Book Publishing Company
PO Box 99, Summertown, TN 38483
1570671877 $14.95

Gluten-Free French Desserts And Baked Goods by Valerie Cupillard is a creative, profusely illustrated and wonderfully presented compendium of easy, step-by-step, "kitchen cook friendly" recipes for gluten-free meals and delicious sweets. With its thoroughly "user-friendly" layout of each individual recipe, Gluten-Free French Desserts And Baked Goods dishes range from Hazelnut Cake with Almond Cream; Chestnut English Cream; and Lemon Brioche; to Quinoa Bread with Tumeric; Autumn Shortbread Cookies; and Amaranth Snow-Topped Cake. A popular addition to the cookbook shelf of anyone having to have a gluten-free diet for themselves or a loved one, Gluten-Free French Desserts And Baked Goods is very highly recommended as a simply superb collection of wholesome and flavorful desserts with a quite special, French cuisine flair.

Quick-N-Easy Mexican Recipes
Susan K. Bollin
Golden West Publishers
4113 N. Longview, Phoenix, AZ 85014
091484685X $6.95 1-800-658-5830

Quick-N-Easy Mexican Recipes: Marvelous Mexican Meals--In Minutes! by Susan Bollin is a delightful and "kitchen cook friendly" compendium of Mexican culinary recipes each of which can be accomplished in just minutes for quick, easy, delicious dining. Showcasing more than 150 tasteful and easy dishes for dips, breads, soups, salads, appetizers, beverages, entrees, and deserts, Quick-N-Easy Mexican Recipes offers wonderful "south of the border" recipes ranging from Sloppy Joses; Chile con Queso II; and Nogales Cheese Dip; to Marinade por Fajitas; Mexican Eggnog; and Saltillo Corn Pudding. With a comb binding for flat spreading the book on the kitchen counter, Quick-N-Easy Mexican Recipes is very strongly recommended, especially for the novice chef wanting to build up their collection of ethnic and regional cookbooks for its array of flavorful and quick Mexican dining for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or in-between snacking.

Full Moon Feast
Jessica Prentice
Chelsea Green Publishing
85 N. Main Street, Suite 120, White River Junction, VT 05001
1933392002 $25.00

Full Moon Feast: Food And The Hunger For Connection by Jessica Prentice is an engaging guide to the beautifully intricate art of culinary creations in synchronization with the cycles of an agrarian calendar. Accurately following the thirteen lunar cycles in periods of their yearly contributions and celebrations, Full Moon Feast knowledgeably explores varying moons cycles with seasonally appropriate recipes ranging from Blood Moon Swedish Meatballs; Stir-fry of Pork and Vegetables with Ginger; and Beef Broth; to Egg Moon's Avocado and Hard-Cooked Eggs with a Lemony Dressing; Stracciatella (Roman Egg Drop Soup); and Spring Tonic Nettle Soup. A unique original concept in cookbooks, Full Moon Feast is very highly recommended as a concise and "kitchen cook friendly" guide to the full-moon celebrations through healthy dining.

Weekend Cooking
Whitecap Books
351 Lynn Avenue
North Vancouver, BC, Canada V7J 2C4
1552857875 $29.95

Weekend Cooking is an outstanding collection of 140 recipes (with wine suggestions) compiled by the Canadian television, radio, and magazine personality Ricardo. Featuring recipes from Shrimp with Garlic and Pastis; Crunchy French Toast and Creme Anglaise (French vanilla sauce); and Osso Bucco Veal Shanks with Tomatoes and White Wine; to Sublime Coconut Cake; and Lamb Chops with Mint and Green Pea Couscous, Weekend Cooking compiles tasteful, decorative, and creative foods drawing from the past three years of "Ricardo Magazine." Profusely illustrated and thoroughly "kitchen cook friendly", Weekend Cooking is recommended as representing some of the very best of Canadian cuisine!

A Taste of Sunshine
Jenny Bristow
Blackstaff Press
c/o Dufour Editions, Inc.
Box 7, Chester Springs, PA 19425-0007
0856407755 $22.95 1-800-869-5677

A Taste Of Sunshine is a brand new collection of recipes inspired by Mediterranean cuisine and lifestyle. Ireland's beloved and famous chef Jenny Bristow presents recipes for sumptuous creations such as Warm Goat's Cheese Salad, Fish Stew, Summertime Fruit Salad in a Jar, Scented Summer Clementines, and more. Many recipes are illustrated with luscious color photography; all are straightforward and easy-to-follow with meticulous instructions and tips. Ideal for cooks of all skill and experience levels, A Taste Of Sunshine lives up to its title.

The Psychology Shelf

Treating Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
Janet E. Farmer et al
Guilford Publications
72 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
1593852460 $48.00

Knowledgeably co-edited and authored by the team of Janet E. Farmer (Department of Health Psychology, University of Missouri, Columbia), Jacobus Donders (Psychology Service, Mary Free Bed Hospital, Grand Rapids, Michigan), and Seth Warschausky (Department of Physical Medications and Rehabilitation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) Treating Neurodevelopmental Disabilities: Clinical Research And Practice is a scholarly collective presentation of in-depth discussions, observations, studies, and research in understanding of neurologically inclined disorders and dysfunctions. As modern sciences and neurological studies trace along an ultimately greater understanding of the brain's physiological and neurological processes, Treating Neurodevelopmental Disabilities informs the reader of the significant benefits which neurosynergenic procedures may effectively treat and aide young victims of neurodevelopmental disabilities. Treating Neurodevelopmental Disabilities is very strongly recommended reading for all students of the psychological, neurological, and anatomical sciences, as well as psychologists, psychiatrists, neurologists, and academicians searching for a greater understanding of the practical application of modern innovative scientific discoveries in the field of developmental neurology.

Life Coaching
Dave Ellis
Crown House Publishing Limited
4 Berkeley Street, Norwalk, CT 06850
1904424945 $29.95

Very highly recommended reading, Life Coaching: A Manual For Helping Professionals by workshop instructor and professional life coach Dave Ellis is an effective guide for all therapists, counselors, social workers, consultants, and other helping professionals searching for a comprehensive understanding of life coaching presented in a "user-friendly", easy to follow text. Introducing an expert innovative interpretation an approach to life coaching, Life Coaching acts uncompromisingly as expert reference for readers in search of a more active, effective, and knowledgeably informed conceptual therapeutic framework. Life Coaching is an excellent addition to the library reference collections of all counselors working with life coaching.

Developmental Sport And Energy Psychology
Maureen R. Weiss
Fitness Information Technology Inc.
PO Box 6116, Morgantown, WV 26506-6116
1885693362 $63.00

Developmental Sport And Energy Psychology: A Lifespan Perspective by Maureen R. Weiss (Linda K. Bunker Professor of Education, University of Virginia) is a complete, 596-page textbook providing a thoroughly documented introduction to the expanding field of developmental psychology and the influence of psychological objective, mindset, ideals, exploration, and perspective upon various physical behaviors and athletic activities. Extensively exploring the growing field of sport and exercise psychology, Professor Weiss has deftly compiled the fundamental concepts and controversies surrounding psychological developmental issues in youth and adolescence, as well as middle and older adulthood as related to participation in athletic sport and physical exercise, in terms of psychological self-perception, social influences, motivation, and self regulation skills, as well as moral development, diversity, disabilities, and injury throughout life. For its concise grasp and methodical presentation, Developmental Sport And Energy Psychology is very strongly recommended for students of psychology in general, and sports psychology in particular.

Psychological Treatment Of Chronic Illness
Len Sperry
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE, Washington DC 20002-4242
1591473543 $59.95

Psychological Treatment Of Chronic Illness: The Biopsychosocial Therapy Approach, deftly written by Len Sperry (Professor and Doctoral Program Coordinator at Florida Atlantic University and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin) is an invaluable 221-page introduction into the behavioral treatment of patients with a condition of chronic illness. With over twenty years of experience treating patients with psychotherapy for a spectrum of health-related issues, Professor Sperry's offers expert, practical, knowledgeable, and informative information that is very strongly recommended reading for psycotheraputical practitioners, psychology and medical students, and patients diagnosed with a chronic illness.

The Genealogy Shelf

Scottish Highlanders On The Eve Of The Great Migration 1725-1775
David Dobson
Clearfield Company
3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 260, Baltimore, MD 21211
0806352884 $18.50 1-800-296-6687

Scottish Highlanders on the Eve of the Great Migration 1725-1775: The People of Argyll is a straightforward listing of names and what few facts are known about the Scottish people of the county of Argyll, a location from which many pioneer emigrants came and later settled in colonial North Carolina, upper New York, Jamaica, and the Canadian Maritimes. A dry genealogical reference, Scottish Highlanders on the Eve of the Great Migration 1725- 1775 lists individual names, known relations, occupations, and parishes, and similar highly condensed information. A solid reference for amateur or professional genealogists tracing family lines.

Address Book For Germanic Genealogy
Ernest Thode
Genealogical Publishing Company
1001 N Calvert St., Baltimore, MD21202
0806315261 $24.95

Now in an updated sixth edition, Address Book For Germanic Genealogy by genealogist Ernest Thode is an in-depth and superbly organized collection of informative and helpful documentation for aspiring genealogists seeking a greater knowledge or understanding of the resources available to them in researching their Germanic ancestry. Covering every imaginable location and available contact with the particular facilities listed, Address Book For Germanic Genealogy is also inclusive of a list of helpful phrases and questions in German for greater ease in accomplishing or pursuing the desired information. Address Book For Germanic Genealogy is among leading resources for assistance in genealogical research with its expansive, exclusive, and informative documentation of everything one might need to trace their Germanic heritage, and is very strongly recommended to everybody seeking a complete genealogical understanding and recording of their Germanic ancestors.

The Gaming Shelf

One Up Trivia
Ken Weber
Running Press
2300 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
0762426810 $9.95

One Up Trivia by Ken Weber (Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto) is an impressive compendium organized into sections focused on classic movies, geography, headlines, sports, the natural world, weirdness, history, the arts, legends, industry and inventions. One Up Trivia provides answers to a wealth of fun and informative questions such as: When did the US government start issuing stamps?; What does "paparazzi" mean in Italian?; and What country is the world's largest producer of diamonds? to What country has the largest number of sheep?; What's missing on the Mona Lis face?; and What is the second most common surname in the US? One Up Trivia is very highly recommended as an extensive trivia resource for trivia-based party games and contests.

The Education Shelf

The Assistant Principal
Catherine Marshall & Richard M. Hooley
Corwin Press
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
076193152X $29.95

The newly revised and updated second edition of The Assistant Principal: Leadership Choices And Challenges is co-authored by Catherine Marshall (Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) and Richard M. Hooley (Superintendent of the Valley Central Schools, Hudson Valley, New York) is an informative introduction to the assistant principle position in public schools. Guiding readers through the many intricacies of the assistant principle role in elementary, junior high, and senior high schools, The Assistant Principal covers policy concerns in the principal assistant position, the assistant principalship as a gateway to upper administrative mobility, the importance of support and motivation, and the dependancy of assistant principals upon school principles and their leadership styles. The Assistant Principal is very highly recommended for all educators and school administrators searching for a well authored and highly detailed presentation pertaining to the often difficult role and responsibilities of the assistant principal.

The Bully And Me
Helen Carmichael Porter
The Pilgrim Press
700 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115
1896836798 $29.95

The Bully And Me: Stories That Break The Cycle Of Torment by educator and professional storyteller Helen Carmichael Porter is an excellent introduction to the difficult world of bullying in childhood -- especially at school. Offering readers a remarkable study of the victimization that effects so many children in every community and at every socio-economic level, The Bully And Me compiles a multitude of observations, interviews, personal advice, and tips for communication skills, survival, and supportive understandings. For its informative and helpful guidance through the often difficult issues surrounding childhood stress brought on by tormenting bullies, flawed social skill development, and reinforced maltreatment by peers, The Bully And Me is very strongly recommended for all school administrators and policy makers, as well as classroom teachers and parents whose students and children live in fear of the school setting due to the terrors of childhood bullying.

Seven Simple Secrets
Annette Breaux & Todd Whitaker
Eye On Education
6 Depot Way, Larchmont, NY 10538
1596670215 $29.95

Ably co-authored by education expert and public speaker Annette Breaux and Dr. Todd Whitaker (Professor of Educational Leadership, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana), Seven Simple Secrets: What The Best Teachers Know And Do offers a broad introduction to curriculum planning, classroom instructional tactics, the importance of confidence and professionalism, the roll of discipline, and insights into sustaining motivation for maximum effectiveness in teaching children at any grade level. All of which are a "must-know" for classroom-based teachers. Seven Simple Secrets provides aspiring teachers with comprehensive, documented, experienced based, readily assimilable guidance that will prove to be invaluable in carrying out the art, craft, and science of classroom instruction.

Teaching Actively
Mel Silberman
Pearson, Allyn and Bacon
75 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116
0205455379 $29.99

Teaching Actively: Eight Steps And Thirty-Two Strategies To Spark Learning In Any Classroom by Mel Silberman (Professor Emeritus of Psychological Studies, Temple University) is an outstanding guide to creatively providing an effective learning environment for children of any age and applicable to any instructional subject. Logically analyzing and comprehensively breaking down the constructs of learning, Teaching Actively features worksheets for each of eight specific steps to the application of thirty-two distinctive strategies in the classroom, demonstrates how to facilitate discussions, games, practice exercises, role-plays, and so much more. Showcasing insightful and practical advice for inspiring a classroom-wide learning binge that would engage even the more reluctant young learners, Teaching Actively is very strongly recommended for classroom teachers at all levels of education for as a thoroughly "user-friendly", accessibly authored compendium of helpful and intelligible information.

Read! Perform! Learn!
Toni Buzzeo
Upstart Books
PO Box 800, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538
1932146598 $16.95

Read! Perform! Learn!: Ten Reader's Theater Programs For Literacy Enhancement by author and School Library Media Specialist Toni Buzzeo is an informative and "classroom teacher friendly" curriculum supplement with respect to the world of theater, the English language, and the benefits of literacy for children. Acting as an elaborate and in-depth guide for media, Language Arts, and the performing arts, and reading proficiency, Read! Perform! Learn! deftly introduces an effective and accessible approach to teaching children an enhanced standard of reading skills for the artistic, entertaining, and usefully applicable areas of English. As a curriculum enhancement resource for educating of children grades K-5 in the subjects of literature, theater, and English Language Arts, Read! Perform! Learn! is very strongly recommended for library media specialists, children's librarians, and classroom teachers, and home schooling parents.

Children And Chess
Alexey W. Root
Teacher Ideas Press
c/o Libraries Unlimited Press
88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881
1591583586 $25.00

Children And Chess: A Guide For Educators by academician and chess expert Alexey W. Root is an in-depth analysis of using the game of chess as an effective educational tool as evidenced through psychological studies. Introducing readers to the incorporation of chess into a classroom curriculum, Children And Chess deftly explores the contribution which the game can have with respect to enhancing children's reading, math, science, and social studies skills. Providing a remarkably comprehensive grasp of the game's valuable for a child's intellectual skill development, Children And Chess is very strongly recommended reading for teachers and homeschooling parents of young students searching for a fun and highly educational activity.

Running Book Discussion Groups
Lauren Zina John
Neal-Schuman Publishers
100 William Street, #2004, NY NY 10038
1555705421 $55.00

Running Book Discussion Groups: A How-To-Do-It Manual by librarian, writer, and book group leader Lauren Zina John is an outstanding introduction and in-depth guide to the ever-popular and effective educational technique and activity of reading in groups. Informing readers of variable approaches to the stylistic presentation of leading such book oriented groups, Running Book Discussion Groups deftly covers such issues as book group organization, recruitment, resources, members, discussions and discussion kits, proper book selection for particular grouping interests, and so much more. Running Book Discussion Groups is very highly recommended for all librarians for their patrons, classroom teachers for the students, and anyone wanting to set up a book discussion group for socializing in their homes, and are searching for a comprehensive and expert "how to" guide for establishing and maintaining book discussion groups.

Understanding And Promoting Transformative Learning
Patricia Cranton
Jossey Bass
111 River St., 4th fl, Hoboken, NJ 07030
0787976687 $45.00

This newly revised and updated second edition of Understanding And Promoting Transformative Learning: A Guide For Educators by Patricia Cranton (Visiting Professor of Adult Education, The Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg, and Adjunct Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University) is a scholarly study of the transformative learning theory laid out for teachers of adult students in settings that range from night school to the college campus. Providing a complete mapping of transformative learning and supported with thorough discussion of how adult students are in fact transformative learners, Understanding And Promoting Transformative Learning offers a ready grasp of theoretical developments involved such issues as the role of imagination, spirituality, and the importance of connecting critical information in the midst of various transformations. An important addition to professional and academic library "Education Studies" reference collections, Understanding And Promoting Transformative Learning is very strongly recommended reading, an outstanding presentation of the cognitive learning procedures involved in the processes of transformative learning.

The Learning Leader
Douglas B. Reeves
1703 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311-1714
1416603328 $26.95

The Learning Leader: How To Focus School Improvement For Better Results by Douglas B. Reeves (Director of the Center for Performance Assessment, an international organization dedicated to improving student achievement and educational equity) is an 121-page compendium of tactics and strategies appropriate for teaching and guiding students to achieve their best efforts in the classroom regardless of the curriculum or subject being studied. Addressing important issues such as the dimensions of leadership, the dilemmas of grading, transformation between learning and leading, improving a school through leadership, and so much more, The Learning Leader acts as a complete mapping of the struggles often faced by educators in new schools, positions of combined administrative and "on the line" teaching. Critically important reading, especially for those new to teaching, The Learning Leader is very strongly recommended for student teachers seeking their teaching certificates, as well as recently repositioned teachers searching for an adaptive reference for effectively guiding of their students to improved scholastic results.

The Fiction Shelf

Distant Shores
Gary E. Parker
Howard Publishing
3117 No. 7th St., West Monroe, LA 71291
1582294925 $12.99

Distant Shores by Gary E. Parker is the story of Theo, a young slave boy in the year of 1865, and his quest to discover his mother after a dream of her presence on the Oak Plantation. Deftly carrying readers through the tale of young Theo's engaging pursuit, Distant Shores brings the boy's travels to Lynette Wheeler, a hotel owner in Richmond whose secrets of over twenty years will reveal to Theo the truths he must know. Distant Shores is a very highly recommended and entertaining reading novel of one young man's sometimes harrowing adventures in the post-slavery, post-Civil War south.

The Jasmine Isle
Ioanna Karystiani
Europa Editions
1045 Westgate Drive, Suite 90, Saint Paul, MN 55114-1065
1933372109 $14.95 1-800-283-3572

The debut novel of Crete-born author Ioanna Karystiani, The Jasmine Isle is a tragic love story about a young woman commanded by her mother to marry a man she does not love, while the man she does love marries her sister. A poignant tale set on the island of Andros, The Jasmine Isle at its heart is not only a tangled love story, but also a striking depiction of the strength women must find in their solidarity when their husbands, brothers and sons must embark on harrowing sea voyages that could last months. An impeccable work of modern literature, highly recommended for its bittersweet taste of domestic life among those who prosper or perish by the will of the sea.

A Clearing In The Wild
Jane Kirkpatrick
WaterBrook Press/Random House
1745 Broadway, 17th fl, NY, NY 10019
1578567343 $13.99

Set in the 1850s and based upon true events through the tiny community of Bethel Missouri and its people, A Clearing In The Wild by novelist Jane Kirkpatrick is the engaging story of Emma Wagner. As the young Emma becomes less and less restrained by social barriers in an evocative tale of a young woman standing up for her individualism against the social, cultural, and religiously based strictures imposed upon women of the era. Jane Kirkpatrick's epic novel is characterized by memorable characters embedded in an original and engaging plot that rivets the readers total attention from beginning to end. A Clearing In The Wild is a welcome acquisition for any community library, and will result in readers seeking out Jane Kirkpatrick's many previous novels including A Land Of Sheltered Promise (1578567335), and her three volume "Tender Ties" series from WaterBrook Press.

The Freedom Of Jenny
Julie Burtinshaw
Raincoast Books
9050 Shaughnessy Street, Vancuver, BC, Canada V3P 6E5
1551928396 $12.95

Julie Burtinashaw's novel, The Freedom Of Jenny, is the story of Jenny Estes, a young daughter of a ex-slaves and Madagascar natives, and her family's quest to live in California. As the family realization that California is not so much the better life they had expected, The Freedom Of Jenny carries the tattered family even further north to Canada's Salt Spring Island as Jenny's responsibilities involve the whole family. An engagingly original and nicely crafted tale of self discovery, The Freedom Of Jenny is recommended as a work of entreating fiction with historically accurate occurrences as one young woman and her family strive for a new life.

The Bed She Was Born In
Jeri Fitzgerald Board
Parkway Publishers
PO Box 3678, Boone, NC 28607
1933251220 $24.95 1-800-821-9155

The Bed She Was Born In by Jeri Fitzgerald Board is an entertainingly original and superbly crafted novel of five different women who unknowingly provided the future generations of women with the tools for political and social changes which were to revolutionize American life. There is Adaire Sanderson in the terrifying years of the American Civil War, as well as the lives of Anna, Ludie, and Millie in early 1900's, on through to the adoption of Maddie Gatson. The Bed She Was Born In carries its readers the fascinating personal stories of five examples of empowered, empathetic individuals from 1865 progressively through to 1932. For its remarkable insights, The Bed She Was Born In is very strongly recommended for readers with an interest in feminist literature -- and a welcome addition to any community library American fiction collections.

Strumpet City
James Plunkett
Gill & Macmillan
c/o Irish Books & Media, Inc.
1433 Franklin Avenue East, Minneapolis, MN 55404
071714058X $16.95

Strumpet City by novelist James Plunkett is the entertaining Irish tale of Fitz, Fr O'Connor, Rashers Tierney, and the infamous hero of Plunket, Jim Larkin. Deftly narrating the intertwined story of these four men, Strumpet City swiftly races through the streets of Dublin in 1913 with a riveting plot characterized with an evocative theme of underlying realism, historical unionism, and the evocative difference between good and evil. Strumpet City is very strongly recommended, especially for historical fiction fans searching for an engaging (albeit fictional) account of the Irish society in the opening decades of twentieth century as illustrated through actual events, the dark side of the capitalism, and the struggling heroism of the working class.

The Philosophy Shelf

The Cosmopolitan Self
Mitchell Aboulafia
University of Illinois Press
1325 S. Oak Street, Champaign, IL 61820
0252073878 $20.00 1-800-545-4703

The Cosmopolitan Self: George Herbert Mead And Continental Philosophy is a thought-provoking commentary by Mitchell Aboulafia (Professor of Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University) on the pragmatic insights of American philosopher George Herbert Mead. Examining Meads' precepts with regard to pluralism, universalism, and nurturing a temperament and environment where democracy can thrive, The Cosmopolitan Self draws insight by comparing Mead to the assertions of other philosophers in search of the most relevant, accurate, and justifiable conclusions. Extensive notes and an index round out this thoughtful critique, especially recommended for philosophy and college library shelves.

Dialogue With Nietzsche
Gianni Vattimo
Columbia University Press
61 West 62nd Street, NY, NY 10023-7015
0231132409 $29.50 1-800-944-8648

Dialogue With Nietzsche is an anthology of essays by Gianni Vattimo, one of Europe's foremost philosophers, whose postwar thought has helped bring analysis of Nietzsche into the focus of postwar scrutiny. Essays presented include "Nihilism and the Problem of Temporality", "Philosophy as Ontological Activity", "Nietzsche and Contemporary Hermeneutics", "The Wisdom of the Superman", "The Gay Science", and many more. Themes explored in depth range from a comparison Heidegger's philosophy with Nietzsche's to the viability of Nietzsche's views of truth, ethics, aesthetics, and more. Vattimo often quotes fragments from Nietzsche's notebooks, many of which have never been previously translated into English. An extensive section of notes and an index make this scholarly and rigorous collection more accessible to lay readers as well as intermediate to advanced philosophy students. Especially recommended for philosophy libraries and scholars of Nietzsche's writings.

The International Studies Shelf

Establishing Law And Order After Conflict
Seth G. Jones, et al.
PO Box 2138, Santa Monica, CA 90407
0833038141 $27.50

Collaboratively co-authored by the team of Seth G. Jones, Jeremy M. Wilson, Andrew Rathmell, and K. Jack Riley, and enhanced with the inclusion of an extensive bibliography for further study and reference, Establishing Law And Order After Conflict is a 261-page seminal study of the post-Cold War reconstruction and international security forces, in terms of establishing a post-conflict justice system in the aftermath of oppressive authoritarian governments and what were often brutal and bloody conflicts. Offering a descriptive interpretation of the efforts involved in rebuilding economically, politically, and physically on a national level for countries such as Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan, Establishing Law And Order After Conflict delves deeply into an informed analysis of conflict and reform aimed at providing a much needed foundation for restoring national security. Establishing Law And Order After Conflict is very highly recommended for it's concise, thorough, and scholarly presentation of the modern reconstruction process in societal, economic, and cultural stabilization of impoverished and conflicted countries.

Ethnic Nationalism
Gi-Wook Shin
Stanford University Press
1450 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304-1124
080475408X $24.95

Ethnic Nationalism: Genealogy, Politics, And Legacy by Gi-Wook Shin (Director of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center) explores the roots, politics, and legacy of Korean ethnic nationalism. Descriptively analyzing the separation and differences in the communist north and democratic south of the Korean peninsula, Ethnic Nationalism addresses the general identity formation of the two Koreas. A core addition to academic library International Studies reference collections, Ethnic Nationalism is strongly recommended to the attention of political science, sociology, and cultural anthropology students studying the contrasts and similarities of North and South Korea through their collective history of anti-colonialism, civil war, authoritarian politics, democratization, territorial division, and globalization.

The Science Shelf

Darwin's Black Box
Michael J. Behe
The Free Press
1230 Ave. of the Americas, NY NY 10020
0743290313 $15.00

This tenth anniversary edition of Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge To Evolution by Michael J. Behe (Professor of Biological Sciences at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania) will introduce a new generation of readers to a conclusive affirmation of evolution as an explanation for how the diversity of life has come to exist as we know it today. Drawing from a wealth of informative sources, Darwin's Black Box presents the logic and science behind the concept of evolution. A timely contribution to contemporary debates concern the theologically based concept of intelligent design, Darwin's Black Box is very strongly recommended reading, especially for non-specialist general readers with an interest in the theory of evolution.

Taking Place
Enrico Baraldi, et al.
Science History Publications
PO B 1240, Sagamore Beach, MA 02562
0881352527 $49395

Expertly co-authored and edited by the team of Enrico Baraldi (Assistant Professor at the Department of Business Studies and an associate of the Uppsala STS Center, Uppsala University), Hjalmar Fors (Assistant Professor at the Department of History of Science and Technology, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm), and Anders Houltz (Assistant Professor of Industrial Heritage Studies at the Department of History of Science and Technology, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm) Taking Place: The Spacial Contexts Of Science, Technology And Business is the complex and interwoven history of science, technological advancements, and the pervasive influence of industry. Knowledgeably addressing the flow and justification of history's organized and progressive pursuit of the sciences and the reciprocal involvement with business, Taking Place provides readers with a scholarly and descriptive analysis which is a recommended addition to academic library History of Science reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Human Species And Beyond
Rajesh Singh
Synergy Books
2100 Kramer Lane, Suite 300, Austin, TX 78758
0976498170 $17.95

Human Species And Beyond by Rajesh K. Singh is the collective study and predictive interpretation of the potential progression of the human mind and body in the forthcoming seven billion years as the estimated remainder of earth's life. Introducing a wide array of intellectual concepts concerning the past three-and-one-half billion years (including human evolution), Human Species And Beyond discusses the spiritual and supernatural ideologies of evolution for the human race in researched and documented text revealing how our biological makeup might likely continue to develop. Human Species And Beyond is very strongly recommended for its grasp of evolution both historically and futuristically to non-specialist general readers searching for an insightful and engaging study of human evolution.

Forensic Science
William J. Tilstone, et al.
Box 1911, Santa Barbara, CA 93116-1911
1576075923 $95.00

Collaboratively authored by the team of forensic experts William J. Tilstone (Executive Director, National Forensic Science Technology Center, Largo, Florida), Kathleen A. Savage (Academic Program Manager, national Forensic Science Technology Center, Largo, Florida), and Leigh A. Clark (Crime Laboratory Analyst, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Jacksonville Regional Operations Center: Serology/DNA section, Jacksonville, Florida), Forensic Science: An Encyclopedia Of History, Methods, And Techniques is a complete, A to Z reference covering every aspect of forensic sciences research and processes. Providing an up-to-date encyclopedia compilation of information contributed by leading experts in DNA, blood, fingerprints, and all the related fields of forensic science, Forensic Science includes entries pertaining to notable and notorious individuals in the history of forensic science and technology, legal standards, as well as important, breakthrough cases, comprehensive understandings of various and in-depth topics all pertaining to the forensics of investigation science. A superbly organized and presented textbook on the subject, Forensic Science is very strongly recommended for students of forensics, as well as the non-specialist general reader with an interest in forensic science as practiced daily in virtually every community in the country.

The Travel Shelf

There Is Room At The Inn
Candy B. Harrington
Demos Medical Publishing, LLC
386 Park Avenue, Suite 301, New York, NY 10016
1932603611 $21.95

There Is Room At The Inn: Inns And B And Bs For Wheelers And Slow Walkers by Candy B. Harrington is a resource and travel planning compendium of thoroughly researched information on Inn and B&B accommodations throughout America. An extensive and reliable guide for identifying and booking ideal locations for physically disinclined people traveling anywhere in the country, Candy Harrington has compiled and expertly organized an informative grouping of handicap accessible Inn and B&B lodgings by state. There Is Room At The Inn notes important details regarding the access features of each inn and B&B guest room, while offering useful comments from innkeepers regarding their own attitudes about access. Additionally enhanced with suggestions for easily-accessed sights in surrounding areas, and a checklist of questions for travelers to ask innkeepers, There Is Room At The Inn is very strongly recommended for anyone in need of a comprehensive and accurate information resource on America's most handicap accessible inns, suites, B&Bs, dude ranches, safari parks, and mountain retreats.

Cafe Life Paris
Christine & Dennis Graf
Interlink Publishing Group
46 Crosby St., Northhampton, MA 01060
1566566215 $20.00

Expertly researched and co-authored by Christine and Dennis Graf, Cafe Life Paris: A Guidebook To The Cafes And Bars Of The City Of Light is an insightful and engaging survey of the many wonderful cafes and bars to be found in and around in the beautiful city of Paris. Superbly illustrated throughout, Cafe Life Paris showcases each unique and tasteful stop, offering readers a descriptive introduction to what these cafes and bars have to offer, including a variety of entertainments ranging from music, to philosophical discussions, to cabaret performances. There are cafes which draw students, others which are undiscovered treasures known only to the locals, some famed and a "must" on ever tourist itinerary, and more. Cafe Life Paris is very strongly recommended as compendium of beautiful, romantic, entertaining, and colorful cafes and bars which is perfect for planning any visit from a weekend excursion to a month long holiday in this Parisian "City of Lights".

One-Hundred Best Spas Of The World
Bernard Burt & Pamela Price
The Globe Pequot Press
PO Box 480, Guilford, CT 06437
0762734361 $17.95

Part of the outstanding "Insiders' Guide" series, and now in an expanded and thoroughly updated edition, One-Hundred Best Spas Of The World is expertly co-authored by Bernard Burt and Pamela Price is a superbly organized and "user friendly" compendium of the best spas worldwide. Descriptively showcasing each featured spa, One-Hundred Best Spas Of The World offers essential details on their facilities and services, FAQs on spa etiquette, the best spa packages, and practical planning tips for a stress-free vacation. One-Hundred Best Spas Of The World is very highly recommended for all readers anticipating a vacation anywhere around the globe and are searching for the best choice of spas available in the planned destinations.

Moon Handbooks: Nova Scotia
Andrew Hempstead
Avalon Travel
1400 65th St, #250 Emeryville CA 946008
1566919010 $16.95

Moon Handbooks: Nova Scotia by Andrew Hampstead is an informative and portable pocket guide to the wonderfully eclectic island of Nova Scotia, Canada. Introducing readers to a complete collection of sights, restaurants, the intricacies of Halifax, "Coastal Cruisin'", "The History Lover's Tour", and accommodations, Moon Handbooks: Nova Scotia includes twenty-seven easy-to-read maps and provides a unique firsthand perspective of the whole Nova Scotia experience. An invaluable aide for planning itineraries, Moon Handbooks: Nova Scotia is very strongly recommended for all readers anticipating a visit to this beautiful area of Canada.

Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls
Cadogan Guides/Globe Pequot Press
PO Box 480, Guilford, CT 06437-0480
1860113176 $19.95

Part of the outstanding "Cadogan Guides" series, the newly updated and revised fourth edition of Tuscany, by travel experts Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls is a completely "user friendly" guide to enjoying all that the land and people of Tuscany have to offer. Vividly capturing the pure Italian beauty and grace of the land, Tuscany offers a wealth of information for the visitor ranging from particular itineraries for wine-tasting, nature lovers, and art enthusiast. Perfect for travelers on a budget, replete with maps for towns, cities, and roads, a superb reference for sampling local food and drink, offering invaluable suggestions for enjoying the history, art and culture of the region, enhanced with photography, Tuscany is very strongly recommended for anyone visiting to Tuscany for its comprehensive, easy-to-use, portable from ideal for travelers and vacationers.

The Camper's Guide To Outdoor Pursuits
Jack Drury & Eric Holmlund
Sagamore Publishing
804 North Neil St., Champaign, IL 61820
1571670742 $19.95

The second edition of The Camper's Guide To Outdoor Pursuits: Finding Safe, Nature-Friendly, And Comfortable Passage Through Wild Places by Jack Drury and Eric Holmlund is an experience-based approach to all aspects of camping expeditions and organized nature-explorations. Addressing such universal camping issues as food, shelter, dangerous animals and how to avoid them, route planning, fire building, bushwhacking, and gear/supplies packing, The Camper's Guide To Outdoor Pursuits clearly and methodically defines all of the necessities for a successful camping experience, and competently informs the aspiring camper of what's needed in an easy-to-follow format. The Camper's Guide To Outdoor Pursuits is very strongly recommended, especially for the novice camper and nature enthusiast searching for a thoroughly "user friendly" how-to guide to camping and environmental exploration.

The Hunting/Fishing Shelf

The Benchside Introduction To Fly Tying
Ted Leeson & Jim Schollmeyer
Frank Amato Publications
PO Box 82112, Portland, OR 97282
157188369X $45.00

Collectively compiled and authored by fly fishing experts Ted Leeson and Jim Schollmeyer, The Benchside Introduction To Fly Tying is an impressive collection of fly recipes, tying steps, and techniques. Guiding readers through a compendium packed from cover to cover with professional, in-depth information on the artistic nature of fly fishing, The Benchside Introduction To Fly Tying provides a comprehensive, step-by-step approach to color blending, knot tying, hook measurements, fly proportions, threads and materials. A core addition to any dedicated fly fishing reference collection, The Benchside Introduction To Fly Tying is very strongly recommended as the ultimate illustrated guide for the fly fishing enthusiast from novice to veteran.

The Criminology/Penology Shelf

Working With Women Offenders
Joann Brown Morton
American Correctional Association
4380 Forbes Blvd., Lanham, MD 20706
1569912114 $40.00

Working With Women Offenders: In Correctional Institutions by women's correctional expert Joann Brown Morton is an informative introduction and explanation into the difficult work inevitably faced when dealing with women in correctional facilities and settings. Analyzing both the psychological and operational challenges, Working With Women Offenders expertly addresses the historical, legal, social and gender-oriented issues thorough an examination of detailed particulars, including the certainties of mental illnesses. Working With Women Offenders is very highly recommended for all psychologists, social workers, clergy, wardens, guards, governmental policy makers, and correctional reform activists involved with incarcerated women offenders.

The Language Studies Shelf

Looking At Latin
Anna Andresian
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
1000 Brown Street, Unit 101, Wauconda, IL 60084
0865166153 $49.99

Providing the basic fundamental structures of a timeless language, Looking At Latin: A Grammar For Pre-College by Anna Andresian is a knowledgeably informed, expertly presented, and easy-to-follow exploration of the Latin language specifically designed for Honors Studies and other pre-college students of Latin. Providing young readers with a comprehensive and "user-friendly" general understanding of Latin grammar, Looking At Latin includes a detailed table of contents enabling an easy-to-find mapping of the subject areas covered within its pages, grammatically arranged topics, dynamic layout complete with text boxes, arrows, examples, and color illustrations, and is expressly designed to target Latin students from middle school through high school. An impressive contribution to personal and school library Language Studies reference collections, Looking At Latin is very confidently recommended for novice students of Latin, as well as their classroom teachers and their supportive parents.

The Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf

Silver Star
Jack "King" Kirby
TwoMorrows Publishing
10407 Bedfordtown Drive, Releigh, NC 27614
1893905551 $19.95

Silver Star: Graphite Edition (The Complete Visual Novel In Pencil Form) by Jack "King" Kirby is the compilation works of the legendary comic book illustrator whose "Silver Star" concept in the mid 1970's was originally intended as a film screenplay but was too much ahead of its time for the Hollywood movie makers of that decade. Creatively presenting this historical comics landmark in the form of a graphic novel just as Kirby drew it in pencil and with no color inking, Silver Star presents six of Jack Kirby's original mini-series books of action-packed, enthralling superhero stories brought to life with distinctive Kirby art. A seminal event in comic book annals, Silver Star is very strongly recommended for all fans and collectors of Jack "King" Kirby's comic book and graphic novel art and authorship as a unique addition to his legendary body of work.

The Hobby Shelf

The Decorated Bag
Genevieve A. Sternbenz
Creative Homeowner
24 Park Way, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
158011296X $19.95 1-201-934-7100

The Decorated Bag: Embellishing Handbags, Purses, And Totes by Genevieve A. Sternbenz is an eclectic collection and guide to the fun and inspiring art of embellishing hand-carried bags, beautifying their various designs in creative and interesting ways. Ably guiding readers through an easy-to-follow, step-by-step process for do-it-yourself projects ranging from the "Buttoned-Up Hobo Handbag" to the "Pave Polda-dot Purse", The Decorated Bag is enhanced with 175 photographs, patterns, art, and features more than fifty exclusive designs. The Decorated Bag is very highly recommended for handicraft enthusiasts and weekend hobbyists.

The Self-Help Shelf

Eliminate Chaos
Laura Leist
Sasquatch Books
119S Main St., #400, Seattle, WA 98104
1570614679 $19.95

Eliminate Chaos: The Ten-Step Process To Organize Your Home And Life by Laura Leist is an incredibly useful collection of ideals and innovations for properly organizing an efficient and space-friendly home environment. Drawing upon organizational skills developed through Laura's many years of professional experience, Eliminate Chaos provides readers with a thorough understanding of the procedures for making organization a key priority in the general lifestyle, establishing a home-organization "staging-area", making valid decisions about stuff, categorizing what is kept, making the most of space, and maintaining the new life of cleanliness. Eliminate Chaos is to be given high praise and recommendation as a completely "user friendly" instruction manual for organizing the home through an easy to apply ten step process.

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