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Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Poetry Shelf Audiobook Shelf
Genealogy Shelf Computer Shelf Psychology Shelf
Cookbook Shelf Native American Shelf Music Shelf
Pets/Wildlife Shelf Gaming Shelf American History Shelf
Economics Shelf Fiction Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
Biography Shelf Judaic Studies Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf
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Architecture Shelf Writing/Publishing Shelf Military Shelf
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Civil War Shelf Travel Shelf Art Shelf
Theatre/Cinema Shelf Nautical Shelf Parenting Shelf
Business Shelf Fashion Shelf Sports Shelf
Gardening Shelf Social Issues Shelf Judicial Studies Shelf
Literary Shelf Self-Help Shelf Needlecraft Shelf
Money/Finance Shelf Political Science Shelf World History Shelf
International Studies Shelf Language Studies Shelf Science Shelf
Environmental Studies Shelf Metaphysical Studies Shelf Women's Studies Shelf
Photography Shelf Buddhist Studies Shelf Interior Design Shelf
Islamic Studies Shelf Black Studies Shelf Large Print Shelf

Reviewer's Choice

H.P. Lovecraft In Popular Culture
Don G. Smith
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
078642091X $32.00 1-800-253-2187

H.P. Lovecraft In Popular Culture is a survey and critique of pop culture phenomena derived from the horror stories and mythos of author H.P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft was especially well-known for creating inhuman fiends such as Great Cthullu that slept for eons and periodically awoke to torture and enslave humanity; his vision of a merciless universe and the near-omnipotent, diabolically cruel entities that ruled it has provided inspiration for role-playing games, television shows, comic books, movies, varieties of music, and more. Numerous individual pop culture works are succinctly summarized and critiqued, in this handy, easy-to-use reference for casual Lovecraft fans and serious literature students alike.

From Betty Crocker To Feminist Food Studies
Arlene Voski Avakian & Barbara Haber
University of Massachusetts Press
P.O. Box 429, Amherst, MA 01004
1558495118 $24.95

College-level students of culinary and feminist studies won't want to miss the unusual history in From Betty Crocker To Feminist Food Studies: Critical Perspectives On Women And Food: it gathers scholarly essays from a range of disciplines to address issues of economics, society and culture in food history, using gender as its foundation. Thirteen essays are arranged under four headings by history, representations, marketplace and resistances, following the history of scholarly food writing and feminist food studies. From studies on the influence of large corporations in determining what made up a proper meal in this country to surveys on how women have kept families nourished, essays consider race, gender, and social identity as it relates to food.

Oxford Dictionary Of Superstitions
Iona Opie & Moira Tatem
Oxford University Press
198 Madison Ave., NY, NY 10016-4314
0192806645 $17.95 1-800-451-7556

Oxford Dictionary Of Superstitions is a no-nonsense, definitive reference to superstitions ranging from spells, cures, and rituals to taboos, charms and omens. Entries are arranged alphabetically by subject; each listing presents a handful of historical citations that offer evidence of the belief. A select bibliography and analytical index round out this exemplary and easy-to-use quick reference.

Getting It Right This Time
Barry McCarthy & Emily McCarthy
270 Madison Ave., New York NY 10016
0415951690 $16.95

Plenty of books discuss marriage and how to build a lasting, loving relationship, but few hone in on remarriage issues and identify the factors that can lead to its end. Getting It Right This Time: How To Create A Loving And Lasting Marriage tells how to identify common vulnerabilities and traps so they don't affect a new relationship. From understanding how to commit to a second family to blending insights gained from research studies, Getting It Right This Time blends scholarship with practical application.

Slot Car Racing
Robert Schleicher
MBI Publishing
380 Jackson St., #200, St. Paul MN 5510
0760321019 $29.95 www.motorbooks

OK, so it's a hobby sport and not a real race car: that doesn't mean slot car racing is a kids' sport – far from it. Over the years it's become one of the most popular hobbies of adults, and Slot Car Racing: Tips, Tricks & Track Plans provides an excellent set of details on how to fine-tune one's cars for optimum performance. From modifying and maintaining slot cars to putting together over fifty offered track plans, slot car enthusiasts receive a guidebook packed with tips which come from a slot car enthusiast himself. Learn how to build your own slot car and gain the most from the models available with this outstanding guide.

Muskets Of The Revolution And The French & Indian Wars
Bill Ahearn
Andrew Mowbray Inc., Publishers
PO Box 460, Lincoln, RI 02865
1931464197 $49.99 1-800-999-4697

Muskets Of The Revolution And The French & Indian Wars is an extensive reference, history, and discussion of the smoothbore longarm musket as used in Early America. Covering British, French, Dutch, German, Spanish and American weapons, Muskets of the Revolution is filled with black- and-white photographs of sample muskets on virtually every page, and the thoroughly researched and detailed history is supplemented with footnotes, a bibliography, and an index. A "must-have" resource for collectors, historians and gun aficionados, Muskets Of The Revolution And The French & Indian Wars covers its topic with singular depth and brilliance.

Classic Considerations
Marie Carducci Bolchazy
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
1000 Brown Steet, Unit 1, Wanconda, IL 60084
0865166188 $14.95

Classic Considerations: Useful Wisdom From Greece And Rome by Marie Carducci Bolchazy is a compendium of reflection on the thought and philosophical vision of the ancients made available in translation and applicable to the circumstances of contemporary readers. Introducing readers to an understanding and compelling glimpse of the core of Western humanities, Classic Considerations consists of wisdom from a psychiatrist who works with Vietnam veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, a journalist, a famous football coach, a judge, college students, a renowned business and personal development speaker and writer, and a minister for a wide understanding of the interconnecting world of modern philosophy and interpretive study to completely provide an encouraging outlook on life and society. Showcasing the original Greek language quotations, Classic Considerations is very highly recommended to all readers with an interest in Latin or Greek philosophies and their continuing relevance for the present day.

Grand Canyon
Ann Zwinger & Michael Collier
The University of Arizona Press
355 S Euclid Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85719
0816524327 $14.95

A work of impressively accessible scholarship, Grand Canyon: Little Things In A Big Place, knowledgeably authored by Ann Zwinger (Adjunct Professor, Colorado College) and illustrated with black and white photography from Michael Collier offers an intimate and descriptive survey at the awe-inspiring spectacle of the Grand Canyon including the rare beauty and striking imagery of one of the world's greatest natural wonders as well as a comprehensive and brief exploration into its more precise recreational and geological complexities. Grand Canyon: Little Things In A Big Place is very strongly recommended for all readers searching for an overall introduction to the Grand Canyon, as well as those aspiring to vacation in exploration of the great wonder for its remarkable detailing and timeless perspective of the panoramic sight.

Remapping Knowledge
Mihai I. Spariosu
Berghahn Books
PO Box 605, Herndon, VA 20172-0605
1845450817 $75.00

A concise and accurate descriptive analysis, Remapping Knowledge: Intercultural Studies For A Global Age by Mihai I. Spariosu (Research Professor at the University of Georgia, Athens) is a comprehensive and scholarly study of the historical and modern theories of global intelligence. Presenting the progression and emergence of globalization and generational definition and revolution-oriented developments in intercultural research of dialogue, educational programs, supranational authority and predefinite goals and cultural aims, Remapping Knowledge innovatively describes the intricate detailing of global authority, intercultural paradigm, and security amidst change. Enhanced with an appendix ("Quantum Relations Theory: A Brief Overview"), extensive bibliographical references, and a comprehensive index, Remapping Knowledge is very strongly recommended for college and university reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Madonna King
University of Queensland Press/ISBS
920 NE 58th Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, OR 97213-3786
0702235075 $29.95

Catalyst: The Power Of The Media And The Public To Make Change by Madonna King (Senior Columnist with the Courier-Mail and broadcaster with Brisbane's Newstalk) is an in-depth presentation of the effect public opinion and the media has upon government policies, big business, as well as political figures and activists. Providing the reader with an extensive and comprehensive analysis media intervention and influence, Catalyst draws from interviews with over 130 people, including state premiers, attorney generals, Supreme Court judges, journalists, academics, social workers, and even convicted criminals. Catalyst offers a unique and conceptual grasp of politics, criminology, sociology, and the great exposure to media the general public still retains, granting them a decent perspective on their empowered those who govern them in the private and/or public sectors of control.

The Kimono Of The Geisha-Diva Ichimaru
Barry Till, et al.
Pomegranate Communications
Box 808022, Petaluma, CA 94975-8022
0764935135 $18.95

Collaboratively researched and co-authored the team of by Barry Till, Michiko Warkentyne, and Judith Patt (all of whom are from the curatorial department at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria), The Kimono Of The Geisha-Diva Ichimaru is a visually impressive photographic and informative biographical compendium of the life and success of the world renowned Japanese artist Ichimaru (1906-1997), and her collection of kimonos now owned by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. The Kimono Of The Geisha-Diva Ichimaru presents story of her childhood which found her born into poverty, sold to a geisha house as a young teenager, and of her achieving fame as a singer and musician. Beautifully illustrated throughout, The Kimono Of The Geisha-Diva Ichimaru is very highly recommended to students of Japanese culture.

Greenwood Press
PO Box 5007, Westport, CT 06881-5007

Morocco's history and culture typically is surveyed lightly in more general overviews of the region, so it's a pleasure to see an in-depth, country-specific title aimed at college-level readers. Raphael Chijioke Njoku 's discussion Culture And Customs Of Morocco (0313332894, $49.95) allows for a thorough understanding of Moroccan culture; from its history and religious influences through its social, political and cultural strengths. Chapters also provide critical overviews of changes and improvements in progress, as well as surveying the country's people, land, and economy. A powerful coverage which will appeal into high school and public library collections. William M. Clements edits The Greenwood Encyclopedia Of World Folklore And Folklife (0313328471, $449.95), a hefty four-volume reference college collections will welcome as a definitive, thorough guide to world cultural diversity. The folklife and traditions of cultures around the world are organized by geographic region and covers folklore in daily life – which also makes the collection worthy of high school library consideration. Music, arts and crafts, stories and poems, and modern world challenges of folklore and society are covered for each culture and black and white photos pepper the accounts. Especially valuable are short surveys of studies which have been done on the cultures and folklore, their focuses, and a bibliography of reference materials. An outstanding collection, World Folklore And Folklife is recommended as a pick for any library holding seeking reference material on the topic – even if only one representative collection were considered.

Voices And Votes
Jonathan Kasparek & Bobbie Malone
Wisconsin Historical Society
University of Wisconsin, dist.
816 State Street, Madison, WI 53706-1482
0870203630 $15.95

Expertly researched and co-authored by Johnathan Kasparek and Bobbie Malone, Voices And Votes: How Democracy Works In Wisconsin is an informed and informative study of historical happenings and significant landmarks in Wisconsin's political evolution. Knowledgeably offering an extensive compendium for young readers to learn from, Voices And Votes grants a comprehensive and thorough analysis of the history and civics of Wisconsin's state, tribal, and local governments. Voices And Votes is very strongly recommended reading material for students and adults for its invaluable, "reader friendly" format providing an accessible reference for Wisconsin's political history. Part of the "Badger History" series from the Wisconsin Historical Society, No Wisconsin school or community library should be without at least one copy of Voices & Votes: How Democracy Works In Wisconsin.

Canadian Cultural Poesis
Garry Sherbert, et al.
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3C5
0889204861 $38.95

Expertly edited and authored by the academic team of Garry Sherbert (Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Regina), Annie Gerin (Curator and Assistant Professor of Art History and Art Theory in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa), and Sheila Petty (Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Professor of Media Studies at the University of Regina), Canadian Cultural Poesis: Essays On Canadian Culture is an outstanding 524-page compendium offering in-depth and subject-specific analysis of Canadian art, film, literature, sociology, technology, regionalism, communication, women's studies, and more. Collectively drawing from the work of scholars, journalists, essayists, and writers, Canadian Cultural Poesis focuses upon the reinvention, innovative, and eclectic world of Canada's individual and national perspectives of its own distinctive cultural independence. A welcome addition to academic library reference collections, Canadian Cultural Poesis is very highly recommended to all anthropological students, scholars of the arts and intricacies of intercultural modern society, and those engaged in the study of Canada's nationalism as reflected in its own unique and identifiable culture.

Anglo-Saxon England In Icelandic Medieval Texts
Magnus Fjalldal
University of Toronto Press
10 St. Mary Street, Suite 700, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4Y 2W8
0802038379 $60.00 1-800-565-9523

Anglo-Saxon England In Icelandic Medieval Texts is the first scholarly work to give an overview of what Icelandic medieval texts say about Anglo-Saxon England with regard to its language, culture, history, and geography. Among the texts that Professor Magnus Fjalldal (Department of English, Haskoli Islands, University of Iceland) scrutinizes are family sagas, shorter paettir, histories of Norwegian and Danish kings, and the Icelandic lives of Anglo-Saxon saints. In response to a hostile Norwegian court and kings, Icelandic authors from the early thirteenth century imagined a largely fictitious version of England, resembling a theater stage more than a nation, in which Scandinavian saga heroes swept in to solve the problems of kindly and generous yet bumbling kings. A heavily researched, invaluable contribution to scholars of medieval literature, Norse culture, and Anglo-Saxon England, with careful scrutinies of texts rarely studied outside of Iceland or in the English language, recommended for college library and graduate studies shelves.

The Poetry Shelf

Flying Home
Spencer L. Duffy
American Literary Press
8019 Belair Road, Suite 10, Baltimore, MA 21236
1561679100 $8.95 1-800-873-2003

Flying Home is an interesting and vivid collection of lyrical and active poetry from the stimulating collective works of Spencer L. Duffy. Unique and comforting, Flying Home is filled from first page to last with a timeless verse that will be appreciated by poetry enthusiasts both young and old. I Believe: I believe in the power,/I believe in the force/I believe there's a heaven above/I believe in the mystery of a baby's smile/I believe in the power of love//I believe in the triumph of right over wrong/I believe there is strength for today/I believe in the dawn that follows the dark/I believe love will find a way//I believe father time is an endless past/Who tells all we need to know/I believe all our striving will finally cease/And we'll rest just beyond the shore

Because Why
Sarah Fox
Coffee House Press
27 N 4th Street, Suite 40, Minneapolis, MN 55401
1566891868 $15.00

Because Why is an engaging collection of evocative and original poetry drawn from the work of teacher, creative writer, and poet Sarah Fox. Because Why showcases the focus and brilliance of Fox's wordsmithing imageries. Everybody Loves Eric Dolphy: Father glues the hippo back/together, as he's done before/when the others broke.//It's no small task.//Opened envelopes hang like cranes on a line. Herons,/in real life, are bigger but hard,//to make of paper.//When Elvis died, nothing/happened to the weather. Nectar/toured the planet, nesting//in the mouths of bees.//A cello murmurs something/about tennis, or sailing./Only the walls know for sure--//they're so discreet!//Days are short here, nights/shorter. We sleep/like blind sailors in beds//that deliver us secretly home.

Guilty At The Rapture
Keith Taylor
Hanging Loose Press
231 Wyckoff Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
1931236615 $15.00 1-212-206-8465

Guilty At The Rapture is an engaging compendium showcasing insightful and enriching works of Keith Taylor (University of Michigan). Poem for poem, Guilty At The Rapture hooks readers with the persuasive and agile linguistics of Taylor's stylistic prose and poetic rhetoric. Celebration: Even now boys go down/to muddy rivers in July./They still strip/and wash away/Indiana sweat,/still catching bullfrogs/hiding under leaves,/stick firecrackers/into those slimy throats,/throw the bodies out/over the water, and clap.//At night boys/pick house sparrows/from traps, tie tiny/bombs to bird-backs,/and let the sparrows go/free, black silhouettes/against the haze of stars.//The bombs explode in/swirls of burning feathers.//The boys celebrate Independence.//Wings fly apart.

The Sights Along The Harbor
Harvey Shapiro
Wesleyan Press
215 Long Lane, Middleton, CT 06459
0819567957 $29.95

The Sights Along The Harbor: New And Collected Poems is a definitive compendium of the diligent and inspiring poetry of scholar, professor, and veteran journalist Harvey Shapiro. Insightfully engaging his readers with conceptual, intuitive, and often a particularly Jewish rhetorical and lyrical work, The Sights Along The Harbor remarkably draws together the past fifty years of Shapiro's best work. How Many Times: How many times; Can you go back to the same scene; With love? I never hope to know./We work patiently at our quarrels,/Starting them now like love,/Deliberately but with elaborate/Ease. When they catch/We marvel at the blaze,/Crowding in close./"Inexhaustible." We shout at one another,/Happy for the moment./I never hope to know/How many times.

Walking Through The Horizon
Margaret Holley
The University of Arkansas Press
201 Ozark, Fayetteville, AR 72701
1557288127 $16.00

Walking Through The Horizon is a timeless collection of occasionally inspiring, sometimes intimate, and often insightful poetry drawn from the works of Margaret Holley. These are tactful and creative poems of philosophy, observation, and resplendent beauty. Sleeping In The Inland Sea: Tonight we wake in a Precambrian wind/that sends the mesquite leaves and acacia petals/flying like snow. Phoenix city lights waver/on the floor of the vast inland sea that is still smoothing/the rounded humps of Camelback and Squaw Peak./Seabirds sleep in the ark of our porch,/as waves lap at the bouldered shore of the Black Mountain./The wind chimes clang like a buoy bell in the current./We rarely speak in these 3 a.m. wakings,/preferring to reach and sleepily hold, as if words were yet/to be invented. As if we had not yet outgrown our gills./As if the city strewn to the south like stars/were a vision, as mirage, a destination,/something our dumb clinging is meant to serve./Where are we sailing to, packed into the hulls/of our oarless beds like so much cargo?/How many eons will it take us to reach the shore/of morning, to fit our voices around the habitual courtesies/of our old and forgetful souls?

Poems: Second Edition
J.H. Prynne
Dufour Editions
PO Box 7, Chester Springs, PA, 19425
1852246561 $37.95

Poems is an inspired and inspirational collection of Britain's leading late Modernist poet J.H. Prynne. Prynne's highly acclaimed collection of poems, now expanded upon in this second edition of Poems, will alter the perceiving nature of the reader as the words manipulate the language to induce questioning on the minds of every reader. Poems is a highly recommended read for all dedicated poetry lovers as well as students of philosophy. Swallow Your Pride: At work on the potash table/reckoning up for a new song/put one, put one, from between the fingers/or at the checkout you are lost to view;/just a little better/making a fresh start/in promise to see all these signs/sit stable and by heart: so long/further to got, about to part.

Ashes Of Light
Lyubomir Levchev
Curbstone Press
321 Jackson Street, Willimantic CT 06226
1931896305 $14.95

Principally translated by Valentin Krustev, with supplemental translations by Jack Harte, Ashes Of Light anthologizes philosophical, metaphorical, intuitive, and eccentric poetical rhetoric drawn from the works of Lyubomir Levchev. Gracing readers with the slight of tongue and diligent touch of realism, Ashes Of Light confronts life with vividly wording images and verse. Caprice No. Two: Dammit!/This world is so mercurial,/so entertaining/and so kind/that it starts reminding me/of the house of a hanged man!/And I am giggling./I am wandering the streets/with some friend of mine/who figures out the cunning game/and then guess what their legs are like./And I am giggling…//Yet how I feel like talking about the rope!/Ah, how I feel like talking about the rope!…

Legitimate Dangers
Michael Dumanis & Cate Marvin, eds.
Sarabande Books
2234 Dundee Road, Louisville, KY 40205
1932511296 $24.00 1-800-283-3572

Legitimate Dangers: American Poets Of The New Century is an anthology of innovative, and exciting poetry. All the poets whose works were selected were born after 1960, did not publish their first book before 1995, and have no more than three books published. Though diverse in individual background and the manner in which they approach the craft of poetry, each has a unique voice and tone contributing to a singularly memorable and original omnibus. A black-and-white photograph of each poet precedes the selection of his or her works. Enthusiastically recommended for poetry lovers in search of fresh inspiration. Ars Poetica (the idea) by Dana Levin: would it wake the drowned out of their anviled sleep- / would it slip the sun like a coin behind their eyes- // The idea, the teacher said, was that there was a chaos / left in matter - a little bit of not-yet in everything that was- // so the poets became interested in fragments, interruptions- / the little bit of saying lit by the unsaid- // was it a way to stay alive, a way to keep hope, / leaving things unfinished? // as if in complete a sentence there was death-

The Audiobook Shelf

Don't Know Much About Mythology
Kenneth C. Davis
Books On Tape
400 Hahn Road, Westminster, MD 21157
1415915938 $83.20

Don't Know Much About Mythology: Everything You Need To Know About The Greatest Stories In Human History But Never Learned, deftly authored by Kenneth C. Davis and superbly narrated by John Lee is an insightful and concise presented study of the world of historical mythology ranging from Sumer and Babylon to the Greeks and Romans, to Egypt and Africa, to the Celts and the Scandinavians, to the islanders and aboriginals of the south seas, to the native cultures of north and south America. Complete and unabridged on thirteen cassette tapes for a total of twenty hours and twenty minutes, Don't Know Much About Mythology presents for listeners a significant overview of the gods, goddesses, and creation stories which shaped human societies and cultures down through recorded millennia. Also available in a 17 disc CD format ($102.40), Don't Know Much About Mythology is very strongly recommended listening for anyone with an interest in mythological, history, anthropology, and folklore for its insightful, easy-to-follow, nicely organized and inherently entertaining information.

Kimberley Sun
Di Morrissey
Bolinda Audio Books
48 Oxford Woods, Falmouth, ME 04105
1740937945 $104.00

Expertly narrated by Kate Hood, is an engaging unabridged audiobook of the novel Kimberley Sun by Di Morrissey. Lily Barton is a beautiful fifty-three-year-old adventurer searching for diversity and change in her life. The setting is a beach on the Kimberly coast in Australia, where Kimberley Sun carries readers through the story of Lily and her daughter Sami, Farouz, the son of an Afghan camel driver, Bobby, the Chinese-Aboriginal man who is caught up in the murder of a German tourist, and Biddy, the survivor of the Captain Tyndall and Olivian era as well as the peculiar artist taking mysterious refuge in the seclusion of the desert. A technically flawless 20 cassette recorded book (which is also available in an unabridged CD format), Kimberley Sun is very highly recommended an outstanding telling of a truly enthralling tale as well as the sequel to Di Morrissey's Tears Of The Moon.

Brilliance Audio
PO Box 887, Grand Haven, MI 49417

Nicci French's Catch Me When I Fall (159600052X, $26.95) receives Anne Flosnik's gripping voice which captures the whirlwind story of a successful married businesswoman who is loved by all - in her real world life – and makes reckless mistakes in another life. When her two very different lives collide, trouble involves all her friends. Joy Fielding's Mad River Road (1597376477, $36.95) receives Judith West's warm voice, which pours suspense into the romance/murder story of an ex-prisoner who goes to great lengths to track down his former wife, whom he blames for his imprisonment. Greg Iles' Turning Angel (1596008784, $26.95) receives veteran Dick Hill's usual smooth and smoky rendition as it tells of sexual intrigue and murder. Penn Cage, lawyer hero of The Quiet Game, returns and provides a gripping saga of ethics, morals, and instinct as a cat/mouse game evolves in a world of blackmail and violence. A romance, a thrilling man, and a quest for vengeance marks a novel packed with twists and turns. W.E.B. Griffin's The Hostage (159737119X, $42.95) enjoys an unabridged format and a solid reading by veteran Dick Hill as it returns Delta Force major Charley Castillo to headlines. Hill brings to life all the drama and espionage intrigue in this story of a Homeland security agent who investigates the kidnapping of a murdered American diplomat's wife in Argentina. Jennifer Crusie's Anyone But You (1423304896, $26.95) enjoys Susan Ericksen's warm and passionate reading as it tells of a woman turning forty and looking to bring a puppy into her life. Instead she gets the overweight and depressed Fred, a hound who changes her life. A funny story of a matchmaking hound and the woman who grows to love him.

The Hitler Book
Henrik Eberle & Matthias Uhl
Tantor Media
114 Mill Rock Road East, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
1400102030 $39.99 1-877-782-6867

Deftly read by Michael Prichard and competently researched by historians Henrik Eberle and Matthias Uhl, The Hitler Book: The Secret Dossier Prepared For Stalin From The Interrogations Of Hitler's Personal Aides is a simply fascinating portrait of Adolf Hitler which came about as the result of Stalin's orders for its writing whence post war proof of Hitler's suicide was not sufficient enough of a confirmation of his death for the leader of the USSR. As an intricate explanation and informative documentation of the living truths of Adolf Hitler, The Hitler Book defines the every attainable detailing of what private life he persistently retained as well as the stresses and complexities he had endured throughout his life and dictatorship. The Hitler Book is very strongly recommended to all students and peoples intrigued by the history of the Third Reich, World War II, Adolf Hitler and the more personal occurrences of his life all subject in this previously unreleased documentation.

The Genealogy Shelf

Black Genesis
James M. Rose & Alice Eichholz
Genealogical Publishing
3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suited 260, Baltimore, MD 21211
0806317353 $24.95

Black Genesis: A Resource Book For African-American Genealogy co-authored by James M. Rose(Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies and founder of the Ethnic Genealogy Research Center at Queens College, New York) and Alice Eichholz (Director of Lifelong Learning at Union Institute & University, nationally known genealogical researcher, author and lecturer in family history), is an impressive and meticulously precise study of the elemental constructs of Afro-American genealogically oriented history and the research of family histories. Black Genesis is strongly recommended for all personal and professional African-American genealogy reference collections and resources.

The Computer Shelf

Geometric Data Structures For Computer Graphics
Elmar Langetepe & Gabriel Zachmann
A K Peters, Ltd.
888 Worcester Street, Suite 230, Wellesley, MA 02482
1568812353 $59.00

Expertly co-authored by Elmar Langetepe (Assistant Professor at the University of Bonn, Germany) and Gabriel Zachmann (Professor for Computer Graphics and Multimedia at the Technical University of Clausthal, Germany), Geometric Data Structures For Computer Graphics is a comprehensive documentation of the computer sciences of data structures and algorithms from computational geometry. Providing readers to an extensive guide to the sciences, definitions, properties, algorithms, and examples of Quadtrees, Orthogonal Windowing and Stabbing Queries, BSP Trees, Bounding Volume Hierarchies, Distance Fields, Voronoi Diagrams, and Geometric Proximity Graphs, as well as a knowledgeable reference of using the existing kinetic, robust, and dynamic data structures. A work of expert and experienced scholarship, Geometric Data Structures For Computer Graphics is very strongly recommended to advanced students of computer and graphic sciences with respect to geometric data structures.

1005 Gravenstein Hwy N., Sebastopol CA 95472

O'Reilly's latest computer books continue to offer a broad range of topics, expert author advice, and an attention to detail which makes them appropriate for a wide interest level, from beginners to advanced users. Abe Fettig's Twisted: Network Programming Essentials (0596100329, $29.95) provides insights on the open source network application framework written in Python. Twisted offers Python programmers a powerful flexible option, producing programs which won't lock up and which are event driven by network events. Its stability and reliability lends to a program which is versatile, very easy for programmers to manipulate, and which can be used to write a web server, enable applications via email, and more. Review the program's strengths with this bible of advice in hand. Andy Lester, Chris Stone, Chuck Toporek and Jason McIntosh's MAC OS X Tiger In A Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference (0596009437, $39.95) is also a winner: it provides an overview of OS X Tiger Version 10.4 and focuses on the Unix layer, covering over 300 of Tiger's Unix commands, reviewing basic system and network features and functions, and providing a reference chick has been tested and checked against Tiger for optimum, flawless performance. D. Ryan Stephens, Christopher Diggins, Jonathan Turkanis and Jeff Cogswell's C++ Cookbook (0596007615, $44.95) is packed with solutions for C++ programmers. Four experts combine forces to provide a range of C++ solutions to programmer problems, from working with stream-based content and objects to multithreading, mathematical programming, internationalization, and more. Thomas A. Limoncelli's Time Management For System Administrators (0596007833, $24.95) tells how to retain control over time during project management tasks, and comes from real examples taken from the author's own career in desktop support and server management. From handling interruptions and keeping a calendar to developing routines for frequent issues, Time Management For System Administrators should reach the entire computer industry with solutions applicable to a range of issues. Deke McClelland and Galen Fott's Photoshop Elements 4 One-On-One (0596100981, $34.95) is the next best thing to personal lessons with author expert Deke McClelland, an expert on digital imaging. His 12 lessons are based on real-world projects and provide step-by-step instructions which helps organize photos, crop and size them, adjust them to correct common problems, and even email them and create online galleries. An accompanying video offers 2 hours of training, but the meat here is a handbook packed with color photos, color sidebar 'pearls of wisdom', and clear lesson explanations. Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene's Applied Software Project Management (0596009488, $39.95) provides software engineers with a handy guide to what makes software projects succeed. From building a schedule and creating requirements and cases to managing an outsourced project, reviewing design and requirements, conducting interviews, and testing, Applied Software Project Management is broad enough to apply to all kinds of projects, yet specific enough to provide solid solutions. Kirk McElhearn, Richard Giles & Jack Herrington's POD Casting Pocket Guide (0596102305, $9.95) comes packed with tips for listening to, locating and making podcasts. Podcasting has become a popular new medium and any who would use Itunes to download and listen to podcasts will find this a clear, easy way of learning how to access. Digital video enthusiasts will welcome Digital Video Production Cookbook (0596100310, $29.95) tells how to create bluescreen effects, work with backlighting, shoot under different lighting conditions, handle staging stunts, and more. Step-by-step instructions pair with real-world examples, color photos from sample digital video productions, and tips from professionals for amateur and independent filmmakers, with details ranging from focus and impact shots to off-camera, visual effects and editing cuts. Peter Krogh's The Dam Book: Digital Asset Management For Photographers (059610083, $34.95) shares the philosophy of digital asset management and draws some important connections on how it applies to daily workflow. From creating a photo archive for long-term storage to considering the latest programs and cataloging software for organizing images, The Damn Book shows photographers how to organize, access, configure and keep track of images. Anthony Molinaro's SQL Cookbook: Query Solutions And Techniques For Database Developers (0596009763, $39.95) is for developers who know the basics of the SQL query language but don't know enough about its advanced capabilities. There's a lot which can be accomplished with SQL: developer Molinaro covers all the techniques and features which make this language important. From using pivot operators and MODEL clauses to creating histograms, summarizing data into buckets, and walking a string, SQL Cookbook uses a problem/solution format to allow for quick and easy referencing for troubleshooters, yet is basic enough for relative newcomers to learn from. Sal Mangano's XSLT Cookbook: Solutions And Examples For XML And XSLT Developers (0596009747, $49.95) covers all the advanced features of the Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations, a tool for processing XML. It's a daunting tool even for developers, and XSLT Cookbook helps developers with a set of problems and answers which cover all kinds of performance issues, from the basics of creating charts, graphics and generating code to handling data, processing math, and designing. Recipes cover all levels of use and provide developers with plenty of real-world examples. Jim Farley and William Crawford's Java Enterprise In A Nutshell: A Practical Guide (0596101422, $44.95) packs in tutorials on a number of enterprise Java tools, offering new material covering Xdoclet and Java 5.0 Annotations, JavaServer Faces, and the Hibernate API. Also included are open source testing and build tools, tips on writing SOAP-based web services, J2EE security issues and operations, and much more. Serious Java developers will want this as an essential desk reference. Peter Prinz & Tony Crawford's C In A Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference (0596006977, $39.95) does the same for C programmers who write code using C: experts Prinz and Crawford have compiled a desk reference manual which offers quick reference answers to common C issues and functions, from compiler options to contents of standard headers, finding or removing data from the tree, and much more. Stuart Cheshire and Daniel H. Steinberg's Zero Configuration Networking: The Definitive Guide (0596101007, $39.95) tells how to integrate hardware and software with no configuration files in between – and no error messages. Zeroconf is a standard for building self-configuring applications, from LANs to printer files and file-sharing software: Zero Configuration Networking tells how to put it all together with easy implementation. Three 'Hacks' titles provide options for working with networks, images and programs. Mark Pilgrim's Greasemonkey Hacks: Tips & Tools For Remixing The Web With Firefox (0596101651, $24.95) covers the Firefox extension Greasemonkey, which allows one to alter web pages visited. Learn how to mimic Javascript functions on other people's sites, streamlining web scripts and applications to make web sites easier to access. From fixing broken links to enhancing fonts and images, owners of the Greasemonkey extension won't want to be without this guide. Rob Flickenger & Roger Weeks' Wireless Hacks 2nd Edition: Tips & Tools For Building, Extending, And Securing Your Network (0596101449, $24.95) has been completely revised and expanded to include more than thirty new hacks and extensive revisions of the old ones. From using Bluetooth and mobile radios and data networks to detecting and monitoring your own wireless network, Wireless Hacks 2nd Edition keeps up with the latest technology and options in the wireless world. Kyle Rankin's Linux Multimedia Hacks: Tips & Tools For Taming Images, Audio, And Video (059-6100760, $29.95) covers a program which typically disappoints multimedia fans with what seems like shortcomings in playing DVDs or MP3 files. Overcome these seeming detriments with a book which tells how to tweak and build Linux multimedia entertainment systems. Both newcomers and advanced users of Linux learn how to edit images, audio and video, manage music, burn DVDs and VCDs, and much more. Linux Multimedia Hacks isn't just one developer's knowledge base: it reflects contributions from many Linux experts – even the software creators themselves. Christian Benvenuti's Understanding Linux Network Internals (0596-002556, $49.95) provides a guide to networking on Linux which explores how its IP protocols work. Basic network operations are explained and implementation code followed in detail in a course on how protocols work and are utilized in the networking environment. Chapters survey processing, queing, fragmentation and more. Elisabeth Freeman and Eric Freeman's Head First HTML With CSS & XHTML (059610197X, $34.95) provides a 'brain friendly' tour of HTML for the non-expert. Learn how HTML works with CSS and learn why and how common mistakes are made in a title which packs color models and screen shots throughout, assumes no prior knowledge in either XHTML, HTML or CSS, and which provides a learner's organized course to creating standards-based web pages which work. Gerald Knight's Analyzing Business Data With Excel (0596100736, $39.99) provides an outstanding set of connections between Excel and standard business use. Plenty of 'how to' computer books focus on the fundamentals of learning Excel without applying these lessons to basic business data analysis: Analyzing Business Data With Excel solves this in using real-world business problems as examples. From pivot tables and charts to statistical analysis choices and applications which can be easily updated, no business user should be without Analyzing Business Data With Excel. Michael Schmalz's (0596009739, $39.95) shows how to combine the two programs to get the best from both. All too often Excel and Access users remain separate; yet user interfaces exist which allow Access databases to be integrated with Excel's analytical features for maximum results. Chapters cover everything from VBA applications and graphs to working across desktops with package applications. Another essential reference from O'Reilly.

Learn To Program
Chris Pine
Pragmatic Bookshelf
9650 Strickland Road, Suite 103-255, Raleigh, NC 27615
0976694042 $19.95 1-800-699-7764

Learn how to write programs quickly and easily even if your programming skills are almost non-existent with Learn To Program, which uses the popular new programming language Rudy to provide a turn- key course for bare-bones beginners. Begin with the easy one-line programs and advance to more complicated real-life applications with a book which shows how to write a range of programs, from handy utilities and applications to streamlining computer operations for maximum speed and efficiency. You can't get any easier than Learn To Program.

The Psychology Shelf

Psychology In The Genome And Neuroscience Era
Charles F. Zorumski & Eugene H. Rubin
American Psychiatric Publishing
1000 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209
1585622427 $54.00

Deftly co-edited by Charles F. Zorumski (Samuel B. Guze Professor and Head, Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri) and Eugene H. Rubin (Professor of Psychiatry, Vice Chair for Education, Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri), Psychology In The Genome And Neuroscience Era is compendium of scholarly, in-depth studies of the various understandings of neurodevelopmental sciences in genetic and neurological approaches for the diagnosis and prevention of neurodegeneration in psychopathological procedures. Knowledgeably analyzing the psychiatric disorders, Psychopathology In The Genome And Neuroscience Era addresses such issues as psychiatric genetics and what are becoming more innovative and progressive treatments and preventative engagements of neuroscientists today, Psychology. In The Genome And Neuroscience Era readers are provided with seminal concepts of what recent discoveries may likely provide for the future of psychopathology research and education. A core addition to professional and academic library reference collections, Psychology In The Genome And Neuroscience Era is very strongly recommended reading for practicing psychological and neurological professionals and students for its invaluable, superbly presented and comprehensive content.

Psychedelic Horizons
Thomas B. Roberts
Imprint Academic
PO Box 7147, Charlottesville, VA 22906
1845400410 $34.90

Psychedelic Horizons by Thomas B. Roberts (Professor in the Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and foundations at Northern Illinois University) is an outstanding study of the human mind and what may actually be beneficially derived from the use of psychedelic experiences for the human mind, body, and overall cognitive process. Exploring the evidence of how psychedelic-occasioned mystical experiences may boost the human immune system, Psychedelic Horizons provides readers with an informative comprehension of Stansislav Grof's view of the mind as a way to understand art, psychedelics adding new cognitive programs to our thinking skills, and an expansive redefinition of intelligence and what it means to be well-educated. Psychedelic Horizons is very highly recommended to psychology students and all non-specialist general readers, particularly those subversive in thought, for its stimulating and progressive thought and concept of the actualities of psychedelics and the human mind, psyche and thought.

Healing Night
Rubin R. Naiman
Syren Book Company
5120 Cedar Lake Road, Minneapolis, MN 55416
0929636538 $14.95

Healing Night: The Science and Spirit of Sleeping, Dreaming, and Awakening, authored by sleep and dream medicine specialist Rubin R. Naiman (Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona's Program in Integrative Medicine), provides the reader with theoretical, historical, and psychological understandings of dreams, including a multitude of strategies and innovative ideas for assisting, conditioning, treating or growing beyond sleep disorders. Introducing readers to diverse conceptual explorations of dreaming and dream sciences drawn from a variety of perceptive interpretations and over twenty-five years of medical dream-oriented experience, Professor Naiman enables the reader to arrive at a concise and highly acute understanding of dreams in spiritual, scientific, and medical ideologies. Healing Night is very strongly recommended for readers suffering from sleep disorders, as well as students of the dream-sciences and psychology, and those searching for tools to evaluate dream interpretation utilizing perspectives from philosophical, literary, mythological, and modern psychological sciences.

Working With Parents Makes Therapy Work
Kerry Kelly Novick & Jack Novick
Jason Aronson
c/o Rowman & Littlefield
15200 NBN Way, Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17214
0765701073 $35.00 1-717-794-6420

Working With Parents Makes Therapy Work, by Kerry Kelly Novick and Jack Novick (both of whom are Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychoanalysts on the faculty of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute) is a comprehensive, "reader friendly" and exceptionally informative guide for properly identifying and contributing to a healthy parent-child relationship for the potential and long-lasting benefit of the child in a therapeutical pursuit. Supplying an expansively illustrative content of examples, studies, in-depth detailing, Working With Parents Makes Therapy Work covers diverse but common situations with fathers, divorcees', various family structures, communication modes, family secrets and loyalty ideals, and provides germane discussions on the value of a parent's involvement of their teen's life. Vitally important reading for counselors and psychotherapists working with families in clinical settings, Working With Parents Makes Therapy Work is also very highly recommended for the struggling parents of struggling children and teens for its invaluable and accessible contribution of helpful insights and general content.

Children In Family Contexts
Lee Combrinck-Graham
Guilford Publications
72 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
1593852630 $55.00

The newly updated, revised and expanded second edition of Children In Family Contexts: Perspectives On Treatment is expertly compiled and edited by Lee Combrinck-Graham (Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Yale Child Study Center, New Haven, Connecticut) is an extensive and informative study of child psychology and the effectiveness of various methods and theories employed in the practice of aiding troubled children. Comprehensively and knowledgeably compiling the collective modern understandings of childhood emotional and behavior problems, development, and individual variables, Children In Family Contexts describes a impressive range of treatments, advances, and environmental interactions which help in creating a positive progression, including pharmacotherapy, and so much more. For its extensive and articulate inclusion of diverse viewpoints resulting in providing an accessibly complete and thorough understanding of all given perspectives, Children In Family Contexts is very strongly recommended reading for psychotherapists, parents of troubled children, and students of child psychology and case-particular approaches to treatment.

Essentials Of Clinical Hypnosis
Steven Jay Lynn & Irving Kirsch
American Psychological Association
PO Box 92984, Washington, DC 20090
1591473446 $69.95

Essentials Of Clinical Hypnosis: An Evidence-Based Approach co-authored by Steven Jay Lynn (Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York at Binghamton) and Irving Kirsch (University of Plymouth) is a scholarly study and core reference on the practice of clinical hypnosis, and the discoveries made as result of the efforts of clinical hypnosis practitioners. As a highly informative and in-depth study, knowledgeably researched and ably written, Essentials Of Clinical Hypnosis is among the primary collections in pertinence to hypnosis and the discoveries associated with it. An important and seminal contribution to academic and professional library collections, Essentials Of Clinical Hypnosis is very strongly recommended reading for all psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists and students of psychology, hypnotherapy and modern scientific/physiological discovery.

The Cookbook Shelf

Sweet Alternative
Ariana Bundy
Whitecap Books
351 Lynn Avenue, North Vancouver, BC, Canada, V7J 2C4
1552857425 $29.5

Sweet Alternative: More Than 100 Recipes Without Gluten, Dairy And Soy by Ariana Bundy, and enhanced with full color photographs from Lisa Linder, is mouth-watering collection of recipes for delightfully tasty, but gluten, dairy, and soy free dishes. The "kitchen cook friendly" recipes range from Flower Power; Blue Agave Tequila Sorbet; and 'Raw' Honey Florentines, to Konnyaku and Lime Noodle Granita; Japanese Green Tea; and Luscious Fruit Tart, Sweet Alternative is an expansive and innovative showcase collection of decorative, artistic, fulfilling, exotic, and flavorful foods. Sweet Alternative is very strongly recommended to all consumers with a desire to cut-back or restrict their gluten, dairy, and soy intake as a healthy alternative for its uncompromisingly lush and desirable presentation.

Fast Cooking In A Slow Cooker Every Day Of The Year
JoAnn Rachor
Family Health Publications
3963 N. M-63, Benton Harbor, MI 49022
1878726269 $14.95

Fast Cooking In A Slow Cooker Every Day Of The Year: A Slow Cooker Vegetarian Cookbook by JoAnn Rachor is a mouth-watering collection of innovative, easy-to-prepare, and simply delicious culinary dishes. Presenting a compilation of over 300 low fat, cholesterol-free and meat-free recipes, enhanced with a wealth of tips and techniques for a successful preparation, each recipes is specially designed to fit most slow-cookers, delicious lasagna, macaroni and cheese, scalloped potatoes, sweet potatoes, beans and baked potatoes, Fast Cooking In A Slow Cooker Every Day Of The Year features an exclusive content of recipes ranging from Garden Style Spaghetti; Maple Almond Sweet Potatoes; Lentil Loaf; and Incredibly Delicious Bean Cuisine, to Roasted Garlic; Pock-et and Crock-it Sandwiches; and the Heavenly Fruit Pizza or Personal Fruit Pizza or Pita Fruit Pizza. Fast Cooking In A Slow Cooker Every Day Of The Year is very highly recommended to all vegetarians inclined to the culinary arts and with an interest in the easy and innovative use of a slow cooker for its great and unique comprehensive understanding of vegetarian friendly cuisine.

Mastering The Craft Of Smoking Food
Warren R. Anderson
Burford Books
32 Morris Ave, Springfield, NJ 07081
1580801358 $18.95

One of the oldest methods known to man for preserving meat, smoking over a controlled fire is a technique mastered by every human culture we have knowledge of. Mastering The Craft Of Smoking Food by Warren Anderson is a new and expansive instructional guide for properly cooking in the tasteful culinary style of smoking. Inclusive of master strategies for making bacon, ham, pastrami, jerky, sausage, smoked cheese, salmon, beef and so many more delicious meats, Mastering The Craft Of Smoking Food features a culinary wealth of expertise and do-it-yourself tactics for smoking any and every kind of meat. Enhanced with illustrations and recipes for their preparation, Mastering The Craft Of Smoking Food is very highly recommended for aspiring amateur kitchen cooks and seasoned professional chefs alike as a simply superb and "user friendly" reference for the preparation of smoked meats.

A Taste Of Arizona
Karen Billideau
Northland Publishing
PO Box 1389, Flagstaff, AZ 86002
0873588878 $6.95 1-800-346-3257

A Taste Of Arizona is a spiral-bound cookbook of easy-to-make traditional Arizona taste treats. From Broken Arrow Bean Dip to Phoenix Grapefruit Salad, Rillito Beef Burritos, Hopi Blue Corn Bread, Santa Cruz Cranberry Relish, and Patagonia Rice Pudding, these flavorful creations allow one to experience Arizona culinary life without leaving the kitchen. Notes on the history of certain dishes round out this mouth-watering collection..

Mexican Everyday
Rick Bayless
W.W. Norton
500 – 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
039306154X $29.95

Rick Bayless created and cooked at a pair of Chicago's long-running Mexican restaurants, and was purveyor of the multi-million dollar Frontera Foods: here his detailed knowledge and experience of the cuisine lends to Mexican Everyday, which shows how to present flavorful cuisine. Recipes are featured on the new and fourth season of the PBS series 'Mexico One Plate at a Time' and bring to life the flavors to be found in a daily Mexican kitchen. From a spicy, smoky Chorizo Dressing to Rustic Roasted Tomato Salsa and Quick Cowboy Beans, Bayless provides gorgeous color photos to supplement his step- by-step easy instructions, bringing Mexican flavors alive for a wide audience.

Cristina's Of Sun Valley
Cristina Ceccatelli Cook
Gibbs Smith Publisher
PO Box 667, Layton, OH 84041
1423600487 $45.00

Cristina's Of Sun Valley, deftly authored by Cristina Ceccatelli Cook is an interesting collection of reflections of the life and experiences of the author, as well as an outstanding cookbook of simple, elegant, palate pleasing, appetite satisfying dishes. Drawing upon her many years of experience and expertise, Cook's understanding of her boundaries in cooking spread beyond that of most, as readers will discover in Cristina's Of Sun Valley among other interesting tales of what made the extraordinary woman who she is today. Cristina's Of Sun Valley is very highly recommended to all readers with an interest or understanding of the culinary arts, particularly those looking for an intriguing story to accompany such "kitchen cook friendly" recipes as Clams and Mussels with a Swirl; Crispy Salmon Salad; Turkey Soup with Toasted Almonds; Barley Risotto; and Key Lime Pie.

The Native American Shelf

Bear Island
Gerald Vizenor
University of Minnesota Press
111 Third Avenue South, Suite 290, Minneapolis, MN 55401
0816646996 $19.95

Bear Island: The War At Sugar Point by Gerald Vizenor (Professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico) is the history of the battle in 1898 at Sugar Point Minnesota when the Anishinaabe people's sought to protect their land from the U.S. soldiers who set about to attack them. Written in the format of a narrative poem based on an extensive research which draws from myth, memory, legend, and history, Bear Island vividly depicts a succinct episode in Native American history. "Hole in the day/returned to the bears/by natural reason/heard the cause/manners of court/ordered in english/clever comebacks/in anishinaabe/always misconstrued/falsely summoned/then abandoned/by the court…" --Gerald Vizenor, (Bear Island, P.43)

Lakota Noon
Gregory F. Michno
Mountain Press Publishing Company
PO Box 2399, Missoula, MT 59806
0878423494 $18.00

Lakota Noon: The Indian Narrative Of Custer's Defeat by Gregory F. Michno is a narrative documentation of the famous battle at Little Bighorn -- but told from the perspective of the Lakota's warriors who fought and defeated Custer and the 7th Cavalry. Introducing the readers to a comprehensive and extensively researched study of the event, Lakota Noon educates readers on every given aspect of Little Bighorn's epic battle from beginning to end. For its outstanding research and well authored and illustrated text of invaluable and insightful information about every aspect, feature and timeline of the battle at Little Bighorn, Lakota Noon is very strongly recommended reading, especially for students of American history and Native American history.

Indian Summer
Thomas Jefferson Mayfield
Heyday Books
PO Box 9145, Berkeley, CA 94709
159714035X $13.95

Indian Summer: Traditional Life Among The Choinumne Indians Of California's San Joaquin Valley by Thomas Jefferson Mayfield offers an eye-witness account of life of the Native American people in California in the nineteenth and early twentieth century as described by the author, who is the only known outsider to have ever lived entirely among the California Indians while they were still leading their traditional lives. Having been adopted by the Choinumne Yokuts at the age of six, Mayfield was raised to speak their language, wear their clothing, eat their foods, navigate their boats, hunt their game, and build with them their houses. Indian Summer is the first hand account of all of these Native American traditions season-by-season, providing contemporary readers with a glimpse into the natural daily life of the Choinumne Yokuts people. Indian Summer is very strongly recommended for personal and academic library Native American reading lists and reference collections.

Writing The Cross Culture
James Treat
Fulcrum Publishing
1600 Table Mountain Parkway, Suite 300, Golden, CO 80403
1555915418 $15.95

Deftly compiled and professionally edited by James Treat (Associate Professor of American Indian Studies, University of Illinois), Writing The Cross Culture: Native Fiction On The White Man's Religion is a provocative and somewhat iconoclastic anthology of writings based upon the Native American cultural transformation and adaptations of the beliefs and practices of the Christian faith. Featuring works ranging from satire to philosophy, Writing The Cross Culture presents a creative collective interpretation of the significant occurrences in the Native American culture as impacted by Christianity. Writing The Cross Culture is very strongly recommended to students of Native American history and literature as a quite unique perspective on an often neglected aspect of contemporary Native American culture.

The Music Shelf

Chicago Blues
David Whiteis
University of Illinois Press
1325 South Oak Street, Champaign, IL 61820-6975
0252073096 $20.00 1-800-545-4703

Chicago Blues: Portraits And Stories is a collection of revealing depictions of selected Chicago blues artists and true tales from the city's pubs and lounges, juxtaposed to reveal a vital and dynamic part of African-American culture. Written by the winner of the 2001 Keeping the Blues Alive Award for his journalistic achievements, Chicago Blues includes portraits of blues artists the author has personally known and the life stories of past pioneers. B/W photographs sparsely illustrate this eclectic and captivating account of venues such as East of Ryan and the Starlight Lounge, and artists such as Jumpin' Willie Cobbs, Harmonica Khan, pianist Sunnyland Slim, and many more.

Arthur Kempton
University of Michigan Press
839 Greene Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
0472030876 $19.95

Boogaloo: The Quintessence Of American Popular Music is the paperback edition of the informative and informational textbook offering an intriguing history of the art and influence for African-American music presented by American popular music expert Arthur Kempton. (formerly a radio disc jockey, deputy superintendent of Boston's public school system, an educational consultant, and a frequent contributor to the "New York Review of Books"), An eloquent approach to the politics and historical significance of pop-culture, Boogaloo is an explorative documentation of the what a difference the Afro-American culture had in influencing the movement of America's transitional decades and from which trend to the next. Very strongly recommended to all American history enthusiasts, students of Back History, and students of American music, American Culture, Boogaloo is to be given very high praise for its extensively researched and well documented presentation.

Greatest Guitar Solos Of All Time
Wolf Marshall
775A Southpoint Boulevard, Petaluma, CA 94954
0793593093 $19.95

Greatest Guitar Solos Of All Time: Transcriptions And Lessons For Eighteen Famous Solos by Wolf Marshall (and accompanied by a CD recording), is an outstanding collection of 18 guitar solo transcriptions and lessons, as well as a thoroughly "user friendly" guide for what is rock history's most intricate and renowned guitar solo works. Greatest Guitar Solos Of All Time features: Alright Now by Free, Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You and You Shook Me by Led Zepplin, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, Crazy Train by Ozzie Osbourne, Crossfire by Stevie Ray Vaughn, While My Guitar Gently Weeps by The Beatles, Evil Ways by Santana, Hey Joe by Jimi Hendrix, Hound Dog by Elvis Presley, Iron Man by Black Sabbath, No Particular Place To Go by Chuck Berry, Sultans Of Swing by Dire Straits, Sunshine Of Your Love by Cream, Sweet Child O' Mine by Guns N' Roses, Walk This Way by Aerosmith, and You Really Got Me by Van Halen, Greatest Guitar Solos Of All Time is a superb compendium and very strongly recommended to all students of guitar, as well as performers of classic rock and dedicated guitarists looking for a good reference and instructive introduction to playing the included pieces.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Hossein Amirsadeghi, et al.
Chronicle Books
85 Second St., San Francisco, CA 94105
0811854019 $35.00

Expertly edited by Hossein Amirsadeghi with enhanced with full color photographs from Rik van Lent Sr. and Rik van Lent Jr. and an informative text by Peter Upton, Arabians is an extensive pictorial documentation and understanding of a distinctive equine of historic lineage -- the Arabian Horse. Providing readers with an detailing of the breeds origin, use, recorded development, and the interesting historical significance of the prestigious and fascinating animal. Arabians is very highly recommended as illustrated compendium of detailed writings about a truly noble and enduringly popular animal.

Tread Lightly
Rich Wagner & Margie Wagner
Rio Nuevo Publishers
500 fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110
1887896767 $14.95

Expertly co-authored by Rich Wagner (Emergency Room Physician with a Ph. D in pharmacology and professional wildlife photographer) and Marie Wagner (an accomplished photographer and Registered Nurse), Tread Lightly: Venomous And Poisonous Animals Of The Southwest is a superbly illustrated and informative guide to identifying, avoiding, and surviving the venomous and poisonous wildlife in the American southwest. Tread Lightly provides the reader with an extensive understanding of each featured animal's range and habitat, physical characteristics, diet, behavior, reproduction and life cycles. Tread Lightly's thoroughly "reader friendly" text is enhanced with the inclusion of 55 full-color photographs of the animals to avoid (as well as harmless ones often encountered in the same region) for a more informed approach to identifying dangerous wildlife. An invaluable reference for avoidance of bites and an accurate aide of what to do in the case of an attack, Tread Lightly is very strongly recommended to hikers, campers, sightseers and vacationers in these areas inhabited by poisonous or venomous animals.

Right On Target!
Mandy Book & Cheryl S. Smith
Dogwise Publishing
PO Box 2778, 701B Poplar, Wenatchee, WA 98807
1929242328 $19.95

Right On Target!: Taking Dog Training To A New Level is knowledgeably co-authored by dog experts Mandy Book and Cheryl Smith. This informed and informative introduction to properly and effectively training a dog methodically takes the reader through the intricate process of training a dog for a more sports oriented form of activity. Drawing from their many years of experience with dogs, Mandy Book and Cheryl Smith deftly explore the mapping of a proper training routine with an easy-to-follow and "user-friendly" format accessible and applicable by even the most novice dog owner. Right On Target! is very strongly recommended to all readers wishing for a more effective and thorough training manual for guidance of bringing their canine companion through all of the proper training procedures required for a great show and a lot of recreational activities.

The Foaling Primer
Cynthia McFarland
Storey Publishing
210 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247
1580176089 $19.95

The Foaling Primer: A Month-By-Month Guide To Raising A Healthy Foal by long-term horse owner Cynthia McFarland is an in-depth analysis and "user friendly" guide to taking proper care of a newborn horse. Exploring the cares for the pregnant mare, assistance at birth, coping with the common problems of newborn colts, what to expect in the first days and weeks, nutrition and the foal, early handling and training, first hoof care, grooming and bath, vaccinations and veterinary care, and weaning the foal, The Foaling Primer is a dependable and comprehensive month-to-month guide to proper care of a baby horse. The Foaling Primer is very strongly recommended, especially to all novice caretakers of newborn horses.

The Gaming Shelf

Play the Queen's Gambit
Chris Ward
Everyman Chess/Globe Pequot Press
PO Box 480, Guilford, CT 06437
1857444116 $23.95 1-800-243-0495

Written by chess Grandmaster and former British Champion Chris Ward, as well as an expert in the Queen's Gambit tactic, Play The Queen's Gambit is an in-depth examination of everything about this well-known tactic, in which White takes the initiative from the beginning and strives to dominate the center of the board. Play The Queen's Gambit discusses Black's many defenses and popular variations of the initial gambit, offering a wealth of sample games illustrated with figures to clearly make its point. Indeed, Play The Queen's Gambit lives up to its title by demonstrating its points almost entirely through sample games, and is best read with a chessboard nearby to act out the moves and reveal the nuances of chess technique discussed. A welcome learning tool, highly recommended for intermediate to advanced chess players seeking to improve their game.

The Idiots Guide To Poker Tells
Bobbi Dempsey & Andy Bloch
Alpha Books
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
1592574548 $9.95

Thanks to the power of television, the games of poker (especially No Limit Texas Hold 'em) have emerged from their seedy backroom origins to the elegance of multimillion dollar hotels and tournaments. The Idiots Guide To Poker Tells: Learn How To Read Your Opponents' Every Move by Bobbi Dempsey and Andy Bloch (a top poker pro who has won over $750,000 playing poker) is an informed collection of advice on winning at poker by playing the players as much as the cards. The Idiots Guide To Poker Tells provides readers with foolproof tips to help recognize all types of "tells" (behaviors that reveal the strength or weakness of an opponents hand), as well game-saving advice on avoiding tells, recognizing fake tells, surefire strategies for dealing with the five different player personalities, and techniques for sharpening already natural skills at reading other players. For its outstanding knowledge of the game's inner-workings, The Idiots Guide To Poker Tells is a compact and portable paperback, and very strongly recommended to all poker players whether they are playing for high-stakes or peanuts.

The American History Shelf

The History And Stories Of The Best Bars Of New York
Jef Klein
Turner Publishing Company
200 4th Avenue North, Suite 950, Nashville, TN 37219
1563119714 $37.95

Knowledgeably authored by Jef Klein and featuring the outstanding photography of Cary Hazelgrove, The History And Stories Of The Best Bars Of New York is an intriguing collection of histories and tales about the inherently fascinating and justly famed bars, pubs, and clubs of New York City. Introducing readers to an extensive survey of New York bars, The History And Stories Of The Best Bars Of New York includes fun stories and facts presented in a casual, almost conversational style, for places such as Milano's Bar, the Dublin House, The Sketchpad, Callahan's, White Horse Tavern and many more. The History And Stories Of The Best Bars Of New York is very highly recommended to all New York scene enthusiasts and bar-hoppers veterans for its remarkable clarity and universal comprehension of its unique and exclusive content.

Subterranean Fire
Sharon Smith
Haymarket Books
PO Box 180165, Chicago, IL 60618
193185923X $16.00 1-773-583-7884

Sharon Smith's Subterranean Fire: A History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States is a critical history of the U.S. labor movement and workers' resistance from the nineteenth century to the present day. From class struggle, to the uphill battle for industrial unions, to the harsh retaliation of employers, to the dismantling of the New Deal labor laws by Neoliberal presidents and the rise of the Neocons, Subterranean Fire explores a fierce battle on both sides for power, wealth, and legitimacy. A very heavily researched history that not only chronicles worker efforts to fight back, but also warns against the uncertain future that excessive compliance can and might bring, Subterranean Fire is informative reading, especially for students of the American labor movement.

The Archaeology Of The Donner Party
Donald L. Hardesty, et. al.
University of Nevada Press
Mail Stop 166, Reno, NV, 89557-0076
0874176611 $18.95 1-877-682-6657

Professor of Historic Preservation and Anthropology Donald Hardesty presents The Archaeology Of The Donner Party, an extensively researched history of an ill-fated expedition to California in the winter of 1846-1847. Trapped by snow in the uppermost reaches of the Sierra Nevada, half of the Donner Party perished from starvation; the remaining half had to cannibalize their dead to survive. The tragedy became fuel for legends, folklore, and stories about westward expansion; but what truly happened? The Archaeology Of The Donner Party turns to the science of archaeology to unravel long-standing mysteries. Contributions by Michael Brodhead, Donald Grayson, Susan Lindstrom, and George Miller aid the author in gathering as much raw data as possible, some of which is offered in the form of charts for the reader's perusal; the result is an astute cross-examination of the telltale footprints of history. A handful of black-and-white The Archaeology Of The Donner Party is welcome not only for its meticulous reconstruction of a devastating tragedy, but also as an example of how archaeology can aid in the study of relatively recent history as surely as the history of civilizations from thousands of years ago.

Awakening To Equality
Karl E. Lutze
University of Missouri Press
2910 LeMone Blvd, Columbia, MO 65201
0826216323 $29.95

Awakening To Equality: A Young White Pastor At The Dawn Of Civil Rights by Karl E. Lutze is the engaging story of a young Lutheran priest's approach to the newly emerging era of American civil rights activism in 1945 as a newcomer to the world of clerical practice. As the young Karl Lutze found himself placed in Oklahoma's Muskogee, amidst a greatly African American community, Awakening To Equality carries the reader through the inherently fascinating saga of his dual practice in Tulsa and Muskogee, and his journey through sights and experiences of black and white power rallies, activism from both races, and an economically impoverished but spiritual enriched black culture. Providing an unforgettable story and a timeless perspective of significant time in American 20th Century cultural and political history, Awakening To Equality is very strongly recommended to students of American history, particularly the Civil Rights movement, for its invaluable eye-witness perspective.

The Case Of The Japanese Americans During World War II
Minoru Kiyota
Mellen Press
PO Box 450, Lewiston, NY 14092
0773464506 $99.95

Knowledgeably compiled and expertly edited by retired academician and scholar Minoru Kiyota, The Case Of The Japanese Americans During World War II: Suppression Of Civil Liberty is a comprehensive study of the incarcerated treatment of the 112,000 Japanese-Americans imprisoned in a system of camps in America after the Pearl Harbor attack that launched America's overt involvement in World War II. Illustrated by the experiences of many individual Japanese American ordeals in these relocation camps, The Case Of The Japanese Americans During World War II is an accurate and informative revelation of what daily life was like for those who were held prisoner -- some of whose sons took service in the American armed forces European Theatre campaigns. The Case Of The Japanese Americans During World War II is very strongly recommended to all readers searching for a complete, thorough, and expansive knowledge of American Government's treatment of Japanese Americans, treatment which has a continuing relevance in this present era of a "War on Terrorism" and Islamic Americans.

"I Must Be A Part Of This War"
Patricia Kollander & John O'Sullivan
Fordham University Press
University Box L, 2546 Belmont Avenue, Bronx, NY 10458
0823225283 $32.95

"I Must Be A Part Of This War": A German American's Fight Against Hitler And Nazism by Patricia Kollander (with the help of John O'Sullivan) is the engaging story of Kurt Frank Korf's informant status after his move to America in 1937 brought him to work for the FBI, feeding them the information he was continually obtained from German-American pro-Nazi leaders such as Fritz Kuhn and German-American Bund during their progressively increasing pre-war influence with New York's German immigrant community. "I Must Be A Part Of This War" details happenings and occurrences rarely recognized in historical references for World War II on the American homefront, as well as a potentially epic tale of Korf's incredible significance in the great war against Nazism in America. "I Must Be A Part Of This War" is a unique and seminal addition to academic and community library 20th Century American History collections.

The Mason County "Hoo Doo" War, 1874-1902
David Johnson
University of North Texas Press
PO Box 311336, Denton, TX 76203
1574412043 $27.95

The Mason County "Hoo Doo" War, 1874-1902 by biographer and historian David Johnson is an informed and informative history based upon extensive research of the Post-Reconstruction age in Texas around the mid 1870s, when the "Hoo Doo War" broke out in the Texas hill country of Mason County. Introducing the reader to a genuine Texas frontier story of the fight against an element of criminal intent, The Mason County "Hoo Doo" War, 1874-1902 delves deeply into a heretofore obscure bit of Texas history, exposing a graphic and sinister criminal activity culminating in the death of Sheriff John Clark. The Mason County "Hoo Doo" War, 1874-1902 is very strongly recommended to all students of American Western History in a true life story that rivals any fiction account of lawless times in the Old West.

The Economics Shelf

And The Money Kept Rolling In (And Out)
Paul Blustein
Public Affairs
250 W 57th St, #1321, NY, NY 10107
1586483811 $15.00 1-212-397-6666

And The Money Kept Rolling In (And Out): Wall Street, The IMF, And The Bankrupting Of Argentina by journalist Paul Blustein is an expert and accessible written study of the IMF and the fall of the Argentina's economic system and social conditions in 2001. Carrying readers through an extended descriptive survey and analysis of the factors leading up to and contributing to the socioeconomics crisis in Argentina, And The Money Kept Rolling In (And Out) deftly recounts the collapse of the peso and the endemic poverty inducing an economic downfall which threw millions of Argentina citizens into a state of impoverishment. As an invaluable commentary on the recent Argentinean economic crisis, And The Money Kept Rolling In (And Out) is very strongly recommended reading for students of corporate business, politics, economics, and Argentina history.

Dirty Dealing
Peter Lilley
Kogan Page International
1210 Ingram Drive, Chambersburg, PA 17201
0749445122 $22.50

The fully revised and updated third edition of Dirty Dealing: The Untold Truth About Global Money Laundering, International Crime And Terrorism by global crime expert Peter Lilly is an informed and informative study of international corruption and crime as resulting in over two trillion US dollars being siphoned for illegal purposes every year. Introducing readers to a methodical and documented account based upon expertly researched information and analysis, Dirty Dealing provides a progressive basis for comprehending the global funding of international terrorism, major national and international organized criminal groups, the impact of the internet and "cyber laundering", and international anti-money laundering strategies for all types of corporate and multinational businesses. A seminal work of considerable scholarship and insight, Dirty Dealing is very strongly recommended reading for students of economics, criminology, and global terrorism.

The Economic Impacts Of Terrorist Attacks
Harry W. Richardson, et al
Edward Elgar
136 West Street, Suite 202, Northampton, MA 01060
1845423011 $110.00

Knowledgeably compiled and expertly co-edited by the team of Harry W. Richardson (James Irvine Chair of Urban and Regional Planning in the School of Policy, Planning and Development and the Department of Economics at the University of Southern California), Peter Gordon (School of Policy, Planning and development and the Department of Economics at the University of Southern California), and James E. Moore II (Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the Department of Civil Engineering and School of Policy, Planning and Development at the University of Southern California), The Economic Impacts Of Terrorist Attacks is a ground-breaking study of the extensive damage done to the American economy as a result of terrorism with a particular focus on the attacks in 2001. Introducing readers to a wealth of informed and informative statistics and facts concerning the direct and indirect economic impact of the terrorist attack on the world trade center, The Economic Impacts Of Terrorist Attacks also draws upon and presents information from and about American seaports, highways, airports, electric power infrastructure, and the differences in effect between natural disasters and the terrorist attacks upon the general economy. The Economic Impacts Of Terrorist Attacks is very highly recommended to students of politics, economics, and the present "war on terrorism".

The Fiction Shelf

Pawel Huelle
Serpent's Tail
255 West 108th Street, Suite 9D1, New York, NY 10025
1852428694 $14.00 1-800-283-3572

Written in homage to the late Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal, Mercedes-Benz: From Letters to Hrabal is Polish author Pawel Huelle's novel based on stories from Pawel's family. In the format of a descriptive letter to Hrabal, Mercedes- Benz relates how Pawel took driving lessons in the 1990's, after the end of communism in Poland; how Pawel's father owned Mercedes-Benz cars, which were sometimes raced and even crashed; how Pawel's grandparents had to survive the Russian Army's confiscations, and much more. The indomitable Mercedes-Benz is a running theme through the family memoirs, and a handful of illustrative b/w photographs pepper this poignant look at the transition between generations. An unforgettable work of fictional literature.

The Hermit King
William Cobb
Livingston Press
University of West Alabama, Station 22, Livingston, AL 35470
193198266X $15.95

Set in American in 1944, The Hermit King is a novel about two prankster children in Alabama, captivated by the legend of a mysterious, one-eyed black hermit living in the swamps and carrying a bullwhip as long as five men. Their irresistible curiosity leads them into terrible danger, in this sober story about being forced to grow up all too soon. Now in a new edition revised by the author, accompanied by five short stories, and with a foreword by Bert Hitchcock offering perspective upon how the novel fits into author Cobb's works, The Hermit King is a vivid peek into the heart of America sixty years ago.

Dark Future: Route 666 Jack Yeovil
BL Publishing
1525 Hulse Road, Unit 1, Pt. Pleasant, NJ 08742
184416327X $10.99

Book 2 of the "Demon Download Cycle", Dark Future: Route 666 is an engaging and welcome addition to the dark fantasy series by Jack Yeovil. Elder Nguyen Seth is an evangelist in an America blinded with a media controlled by big business and shadowy corporations. Enthralling readers in an ever-twisting plot, Dark Future: Route 666 carries readers through the life of US Cavalry trooper Leona Tyree as the questioning of Elder Seth's actual intentions begins. Dark Future: Route 666 is very strongly recommended to all readers with an interest in apocalyptic fiction or occult horror, as well as fans who are already following the "Demon Download Cycle". Also strongly recommended is the first book in this outstanding series, Dark Future: Demon Download.

The Bamboo Sword
Shuhei Fujisawa
Kodansha America
575 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022
4770030053 $22.00

The Bamboo Sword And Other Samurai Tales by Shuhei Fujisawa is a superb collection of eight intrinsically interesting and truly evocative stories inspired by two popular Japanese films: "The Twilight Samurai" and "The Hidden Blade". These tales of the samurai include: A Passing Shower; All For A Melon; Kozuru; Shinza, The Samurai; Out Of Luck; The Runaway Stallion; Dancing Hands; and the title piece, The Bamboo Sword. Shuhei Fujisawa has written an exciting and engaging collection of remarkable samurai stories. that will grasp and hold the readers total attention from beginning to end. The Bamboo Sword is very highly recommended to all readers intrigued by tales of the eastern regions and the orient in general, and those who enjoy Japanese samurai lore in particular.

Jumping Over Fire
Nahid Rachlin
City Lights Publishers
261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133
0872864529 $12.95

Nahid Rachlin's Jumping Over Fire is the intimately crafted story of an Iranian family who find themselves caught up in the midst of an Islamic revolution, corruption, a hostage crisis, and exile in America. As the family of the young Nora and her adopted brother Jahan struggle with their futile living conditions which results in their immigrating to America, Jumping Over Fire explores the daily lives of these two young people and their parents as they individually carry themselves through their new American circumstances. Jumping Over Fire is very strongly recommended, particularly for those with an interest in the all to common post 9/11 American mentality which may often be cold and cruel in the prejudice against immigrants from Islamic cultures and countries.

Cooking With Fernet Branca
James Hamilton-Paterson
Europa Editions
116 East 16th St., New York, NY 10003
193337201X $14.95

Cooking With Fernet Branca by James Hamilton-Paterson is a hilarious and original novel telling of a modern celebrity ghostwriter, Gerald Samper, and his obscure exploration of the culinary arts. Following Samper through his recent writing of a young teen idol, Cooking With Fernet Branca engages readers into the coincidental and consistent meeting of the newly arrived Marta, the runaway from an ex-soviet republic and her terrible family, and Gerald as their lives as the two protagonists progressively connect. Skillfully crafted, wryly humorous, and showcasing the author's unique wit, Cooking With Fernet Branca is very highly recommended to all readers searching for a highly intricate comedy and entirely random collection of some of the most unpleasant foods and culinary ideas yet to have been included in literature.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

F.M. McPherson
Medallion Press
19802 Gunn Highway, Odessa, FL 33556
1932815309 $12.99

Exceptionally well written from beginning to end, Secrets by F.M. McPherson is a gripping fantasy tale about Mike, the ex-member of a homonid pack whose horrific witness of the human group rape and torture of his pack-sister brings him to a vow seeking revenge upon all humans, resulting in his removal from the pack. Deftly depicting the estranged life of the sixteen-year-old, Secrets carries readers through the gripping story of the young man, his father, and his only friend who has just as deep a secret as himself. An intricate novel ideal for those who enjoy mythic fantasy fiction, Secrets is very highly recommended reading.

Realms Of The Elves
Philip Athans
Wizards Of The Coast
PO Box 707, Renton, WA 98057
078693980X $6.99

Compiled and expertly edited by Philip Athans, Realms Of The Elves: The Last Of The Mythal Anthology is an impressive and memorable collection of fantasy stories and the history of Faerun. Showcasing the storytelling talents of Richard Lee Byers, Ed Greenwood, Erik Scott de Bie and many others, Realms Of The Elves is comprised of such entertaining tales as: Traitors, The State Of Valmxian, Necessary Sacrifices, The Greater Treasure, Comrades At Odds, Tears So White, and The Bladesinger's Lesson. Realms Of The Elves is very highly recommended to all readers of the wonderfully heroic fantasy with a Mythal orientation, for those searching for a new and engaging fantasy series, and as an ideal introduction to the Elven world.

The Empire Of Ice Cream
Jeffrey Ford
Golden Gryphon Press
3002 Perkins Road, Urbana, IL 61802
1930846398 $24.95

The Empire Of Ice Cream by Jeffrey Ford is an impressively engaging collection of fourteen of the author's most evocative and best crafted short stories. Intertwining fantasy, reality, the straight-up peculiar, The Empire Of Ice Cream showcases: The Annals of Eelin-Ok, Jupiter's Skull, A Night in the Tropics, The Beautiful Gelreesh, Boatman's Holiday, Botch Town, A Man of Light, The Green Word, Giant Land, Coffins on the River, Summer Afternoon, The Weight of Words, The Trentino Kid, and the title piece, The Empire of Ice Cream. With a conclusive analysis and detailing of each story in the form of an author note, The Empire Of Ice Cream is confidently recommended to fantasy enthusiasts, as well as (and most particularly) to those who have not yet discovered the literary talent and storytelling style of Jeffrey Ford.

The Biography Shelf

Gourd Girls
Pricilla Wilson
Mt. Yonah Press
2319 Duncan Bridge Road, Sautee, GA 30571
096511967X $11.95

Gourd Girls by Priscilla Wilson is the story of Janice Lymburner and Priscilla Wilson, two young women whose decision to begin a business soon came to be their most favored pastime. Readers will follow the two girls as they are discovering themselves and their knack for the unexpected, giving Gourd Girls a great and powerful intimacy as the community, their families, and their friends join the girls to create an inspiring unity amidst such an unlikely business as the growing and selling of gourds. A remarkable tale in its vividly written in familiar story telling narrative style, Gourd Girls is very strongly recommended reading for anyone who aspires to have a business of their own one day.

The Devil And Dr. Barnes
Howard Greenfeld
Camino Books
PO Box 59026, Philadelphia, PA 19102
0940159929 $17.95

The Devil And Dr. Barnes: Portrait Of An American Art Collector by Howard Greenfeld is an extensive study of an eccentric man's defiant accomplishments in the creation of the his prestigious art collection obtained for the mere enjoyment of the imagery. Engaging its readers in the fascinating life of Albert Coombs Barnes, The Devil And Dr. Barnes provides readers with an engaging biography of a complex, passionate individual, his life and involvement with the art world, drawing upon accounts from Gertrude and Leo Stein, Berrtrand Russe, John Dewy and a great many more of his contemporaries. The Devil And Dr. Barnes is a vivid depiction of a remarkable life and is very highly recommended reading for art students and collectors.

Escape From East Berlin
Annemarie Struwe Cronin
Vantage Press
419 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10016
0533151996 $15.95

Escape From East Berlin: An American Tale by Annemarie Struwe Cronin is the autobiographical story of the young woman's firsthand experience in the midst of World War II, and the years of struggle thereafter. As an intimate description of the life and times of Annemarie Cronin, Escape From East Berlin details the destruction of her hometown by Allied bombing, the discovery of her brother Karl having been sent to a Siberian work camp, through the daily struggle to survive, to her gradually creating a reputation in the north of Africa as a singer, which in turn led to her marriage of Tom Cronin, a U.S. Air Force major. Escape From East Berlin is very highly recommended reading as the candid memoir of a German citizen in caught up in the violence of World War II and its aftermath, and an inspiring tale of overcoming every barrier on the way to personal happiness and a good life in America.

Still Life With Chickens
Catherine Goldhammer
Hudson Street Press
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
1594630259 $21.95

Still Life With Chickens is a captivating memoir of the life and times of Catherine Goldhammer. An exceptionally well written and entertaining memoir, Still Life With Chickens tells of the poorly positioned Goldhammer, her daughter, and their move from their suburban home to a rustic dwelling by the sea -- and the Goldhammer family's transformation from a life of chaotic disorganization to one of confluent diligence and an eclectic servitude to a brood of six newly purchased baby chickens. Very highly recommended reading (especially for those interested in a riveting tale of mother and daughter in pursuit of a better and more fulfilling life for themselves), Still Life With Chickens is an inspirational story of personal growth and familial revival.

The Quander Quality
James W. & Rohulamin Quander
Robert D. Reed Publishers
PO Box 1992, Bandon, OR 97411
193174162X $24.95

The Quander Quality: The True Story Of A Black Trailblazing Diabetic co-authored by the father and son team of James W. Quander and Rohulamin Quander is the engaging biography of the late James W. Quander (1918-2004). Telling the intriguing story of Quander's diagnosis of diabetes shortly before his sixth birthday, and his dedicated and courageous pursuit to live a fulfilled and purposeful life, The Quander Quality is the inspirational and deeply personal history of how Quander eventually became on of the sixteen men ordained in the United States when the Permanent Diaconate was revived after an eight-hundred-year hiatus. An inspirational and engaging example of living and pursuing life to its greatest limits, The Quander Quality is very highly recommended as for all readers searching for a true life example of timely and enduring truths manifested in an ordinary human being with an extraordinary determination.

Sandra Day O'Connor
Ann Carey McFeatters
University of New Mexico Press
MSC11 6290, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
0826332188 $21.95 1-800-249-7737

The second volume of the "Women's Biography" series, Sandra Day O'Connor: Justice In The Balance is the remarkable true story of the first female United States Supreme Court justice. From her humble beginnings on a cattle ranch, where she learned important lessons about hard work, self-reliance, and the greatness of the outdoors, to her studies at Stanford University, her struggle to find a job as a lawyer in an era when law firms did not want to hire women, the responsibility of juggling her career with marriage, politics, three children, and breast cancer, and her nomination to her judicial post of prestige by President Ronald Regan. A solid biography of the "quiet feminist", written for readers of all backgrounds, and especially recommended for school and public library collections.

The Mayor Of MacDougal Street
Dave Van Ronk & Elijah Wald
Da Capo Press/Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Ctr, Cambridge, MA 02142
030681479X $14.95

Now reissued in paperback, The Mayor Of MacDougal Street: A Memoir, written by the late Dave Van Ronk (1936-2002) with help from Elijah Wald, is the story telling of a pioneer musician and acoustics visionary. Enthralling readers with tales of his youth and the revival of blues and folk music in the 1960s in Greenwich Village. As one of the leading active members of the revival after the "Great Folk Scare", Van Ronk's musical journey as related in The Mayor Of MacDougal Street, his involvement in various jazz bands, the early years in Washington Square Park, his youthful pursuit of interest in traditional American music, his encounters with Joan Baez and Bob Dylan and so others. The Mayor Of MacDougal Street is very strongly recommended reading for all folk music enthusiasts for its remarkable memoir accounts a musicians life and times.

Old Hopes For A New Place
Stephen Rowe
Michigan State University Press
1405 South Harrison Road, Suite 25, East Lansing, MI 58823-5202
0870137654 $39.95

Knowledgeably compiled and edited by Stephen Rowe (Chair of the Philosophy Department, Williams James College), Old Hopes For A New Place: The Legacy Of Arend D. Lubbers At Grand Valley State University is a compilation of inspirational and engaging speeches from the famed and respected Arend "Don" Lubbers. Introducing the reader to a man who's work has tangibly effected students from times of the Vietnam and cold wars, through Reganism, Generation X and the cultural technological revolution of the computer age, Old Hopes For A New Place creates a vivid account of the changes and effects of Grand Valley State University's outstanding president upon both students and faculty. Old Hopes For A New Place is very highly recommended reading, especially for those who appreciate an intriguing biography, depicting the life and pursuit of an outstanding figure in Grand Valley State University history.

Marietta Holley
Kate H. Winter
Syracuse University Press
1600 Jamesville Ave, Syracuse, NY 13244
0815630883 $19.95 1-315-443-2597

Marietta Holley: Life With "Josiah Allen's Wife" by Kate H. Winter (English Department Lecturer at the State University of New York at Albany) is an engaging biographical look into the intriguing life of Marietta Holley. This scholarly biographical and literary study deftly explores the historical interests of the popular writer Marietta Holley and many of the secrets that made her life and writing what it became. A very highly recommended read for students of literature, women's studies, and regional American cultural history.

The Judaic Studies Shelf

Music Of A People
Velvel Pasternak
Tara Publications
29 Derby Avenue, Cedarhurst, NY 11516
1928918255 $24.95 1-800-827-2400

Music Of A People is a rich collection of Jewish music as well as an instructional guide for playing them on piano, guitar, and singing them. The quintessential Jewish songs include: Adon Olam; Al Kol Ele; Am Yisrael Chai; Artza Alinu; Ata Echad; Bai Mir Bitsu Shein; Bashana Haba'a; Chai; Dayenu; Der Rebbe Elimelech; Donna Donna; Eli, Eli; Erev Shel Shoshanim; Hal'luyah; Hanaava Babanot; Hine Ma Tov; Hora; Kol Nidre; Ocho Kandelikas; Od Yishama; Oifn Pripitichik; Ose Shalom; Ovinu Malkenu; Rozhinkes Mit Mandlen; Rumania, Rumania; Shalom Alechem; Siman Tov; Sisu Et Y'rushalayim; Tsena Tsena; Tumbalalaika; Y'rushalayim Shel Zahav; Yiddishe Momme and thirty six more compositions. Music Of A People is an invaluable compendium for music appropriate to Jewish celebrations, traditional events, and joyous music for all personal and familial occasions. Music Of A People is very highly recommended - especially for its extensive inclusion of music appropriate for jewish wedding ceremonies and receptions.

To Honor And Respect
Richard F. Address with Andrew L. Rosenkranz
URJ Press
633 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017
0807409456 $10.00

Very highly recommended, To Honor And Respect: A Program And Resource Guide For Congregations On Sacred Aging by Richard F. Address with Andrew L. Rosenkranz is an authoritative and informative introduction, guide and reference with respect to an extensive involvement in a congregation consisting significantly of older and aging adults. Enlightening readers on modern and growing medical technology, To Honor And Respect provides readers with original rituals to mark the milestones of aging with fun, inventive, intuitive, and progressive practices for ideal understanding of the process of living and dying. To Honor And Respect offers invaluable insight into Judaic perspectives on aging and death, as well as an excellent aide in completing the spiritual journey for oneself or a loved one.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

The Lost Sutras Of Jesus
Ray Riegert & Thomas Moore
Ulysses Press
PO Box 3440, Berkeley, CA 94703
1569755221 $11.95

Deftly co-authored by established Christian authors Ray Riegert and Thomas Moore, The Lost Sutras Of Jesus: Unlocking The Ancient Wisdom Of The Xian Monks is an expansive introduction to the fascinating and insightful discoveries and explorations of the aged and invaluable understandings of the Xian Monks. Introducing its readers to the often intricate and highly enlightened practices of Eastern religions and their peculiar relationship with Christ, The Lost Sutras Of Jesus follows the tale of a Christian band of missionaries around 640 A.D. and their documentation and transcripts of Christ's doings, and the texts discovery over nine-hundred years later. The Lost Sutras Of Jesus is very highly recommended reading, especially for dedicated students of the Christian religion, Eastern philosophy, and apocryphal the path of Christ and his "missing years" prior to his ministry and death in Israel, granting its readers and invaluable translation of inspirational and engaging, near two-thousand year-old scripture.

The Woman's Book Of Spirit
Sue Patton Thoele
Conari Press/Red Wheel/Weiser
368 Congress Street, 4th floor, Boston, MA 02210
1573242640 $14.95 1-800-423-7087

The Woman's Book Of Spirit is a collection of serene meditations for women of all religious backgrounds. Each of the meditations are 1-2 pages in length, and all are designed to awaken the wisdom and knowledge within the reader. Divided into categories including: "Embracing Angels and Other Emissaries", "Creating Spiritual Touchstones", "Nourishing Our Souls", and much more, The Woman's Book Of Spirit offers refreshment for the drained, weary psyche, and demonstrates how to open oneself up to the breathtaking wonder of the divine. The spiritual suggestions for personal meditation can be contemplated one at a time over a series of days, or all at once. Highly recommended.

Sufism Love & Wisdom
Jean-Louis Michon & Roger Gaetani, eds.
World Wisdom
1501 East Hillside Drive, Bloomington, IN 47401
0941532755 $24.95

Sufism Love & Wisdom is an anthology of essays by American and European authorities on Sufism. Including new translations from French appearing in English for the first time, a glossary, and an index, Sufism Love & Wisdom strives to re-orient understanding of Beauty and Truth. Essay topics include "Sufism and Islam", "Sufism in Muslim Spain", "On the Name Allah", "Sufi Answers to Questions on Ultimate Reality", and much more. An anthology reflecting profound faith in sacred ideals, Sufism Love & Wisdom is very highly recommended for Sufi religious studies reading lists, as well as academic and public library World Religion reference collections.

St. Oswald of Northumbria
Marianne E. Kalinke
Arizona State University
PO Box 874402, Tempe, AZ 85287-4402
2503522939 $43.00 480-727-6503

St. Oswald Of Northumbria: Continental Metamorphoses studies the legend of St. Oswald, whose cult proliferated in medieval Germany. From the earliest German Oswald legend, to later renditions that were retold in the style of bride- quest romances in which Oswald no longer died as a martyr, St. Oswald Of Northumbria scrutinizes how a legend can change according to the needs and demands of those who tell it, as well as the passage of time. St. Oswald Of Northumbria contains both the legends themselves and contemplative reflections upon their mutability. The original legends offered are "Osvalds Saga", which is the oldest vernacular legend on the continent, and an edition of "Van Sunte Oswaldo Deme Konninghe", an abbreviated Low German legend deriving from the earliest version. Both legends are presented in their original tongue as well as in English translation. A scholarly work especially recommended for religious history and college library shelves.

Eastern Philosophy
Kevin Burns
Enchanted Lion Books
45 Main St, Suite 9, Brooklyn, NY 11201
1592700535 $18.95

Eastern Philosophy: The Greatest Thinkers And Sages From Ancient To Modern Times by Kevin Burns offers a descriptive survey of spiritual and philosophical figures from the dawn of history. Presenting more then fifty major figures, Eastern Philosophy offers readers a succinct understanding of the lives and messages of such influential sages as Mohandas Gandhi, Laozi, Al-Hallaj, Confucius, Al-Kindi, Zoroaster and the histories of such philosophies as Indian and Hindi, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Islamic, and Zoroastrianism. Eastern Philosophy is accessible and very highly recommended reading, especially for students of the great world religions and philosophies.

Soul Moments
Isabel Anders
Cowley Publications
4 Brattle St., #309, Cambridge, MA 02138
1561012459 $14.95

Soul Moments: Times When Heaven Touches Earth by Isabel Anders (Managing Editor of Synthesis Publications) is an inspired and inspiring anthology of deftly crafted stories depicting everyday occurrences in which the secular and sacred worlds overlap. With an observational and particularly perceptive understanding of her religious life, Anders tactfully presents a spirituality enhancing contribution to her reader's comprehension of the realities which involve their spiritual existence on every level in every day life. Soul Moments is very strongly recommended for all anyone regardless of their denominational background who is searching for a grasp of the constants effecting their lives day-in and day-out.

The Death Of The Mythic God
Jim Marion
Hampton Roads Publishing Company
1125 Stoney Ridge Road, Charlottesville, VA 22902
1571744061 $14.00

The Death Of The Mythic God by Christian mystic and public policy lawyer Jim Marion is a superbly crafted conceptual guide to his interpretive understandings of the God who is seeming to fade away in the myth of our contemporary and progressive society. As Marion carries his readers through his various interpretations and narrative commentary, The Death Of The Mythic God enlightens readers to a more fulfilling ideal of the God as not separate from the human, but one with the everyday lives of individual as they begin to expand their conscious awareness of a spiritual path. The Death Of The Mythic God is most especially recommended to the attention of readers searching for an alternative take and inspiring wisdom on the Christian path of religion.

Taking Religious Pluralism Seriously
Barbara A McGraw and Jo Renee Formicola
Baylor University Press
Waco, TX 7698-7363
1932792333 $34.95

Taking Religious Pluralism Seriously: Spiritual Politics On America's Sacred Ground ably edited by Barbara A McGraw and Jo Renee Formicola is an informed and informative compilation study of the religious right and the secular left determining the role of religion in American public life. Although America claims one of its most basic fundamental rules is the restriction of religious influence, this much is disproven with the situational analysis given in Taking Religious Pluralism Seriously. Very highly recommended for its enlightening and thought-provoking information, Taking Religious Pluralism Seriously is an excellent read for students of Political Science, Theology, and all non-specialist general readers with an interest in Church/State separation issues.

The Four Yogas
Swami Adiswarananda
Skylight Paths Publishing
Sunset Farm Offices, Route 4, PO Box 237, Woodstock, VT 05091
1594731438 $29.99

The Four Yogas: A Guide To The Spiritual Paths Of Action, Devotion, Meditation And Knowledge by Swami Adiswarananda (Minister and Spiritual Leader of the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center of New York) is an extensive interpretive collection of the ideals and concepts underlying the spiritual philosophies of Yoga and the true callings of the acceptance of its pathway. Comprehensively exploring the theoretics and ideologies of progressive introspection, and through Yoga, the finding of one's inner-most self, The Four Yogas recognizes the both the artistic and the philosophical approach to Yoga and provides readers with a plethora of informative commentaries drawn from Karma Yoga, Bhakti-Yoga, Raja-Yoga, and Jnana-Yoga. The Four Yogas is very strongly recommended to all readers with an interest in the Hindu religion and wishing to explore a more Yoga-oriented aspect of their spiritual development and practice.

Theological Bio-Ethics
Lisa Sowle Cahill
Georgetown University Press
3240 Prospect Street NW, Washington, DC 20007
1589010752 $26.95

Theological Bio-Ethics: Participation, Justice, And Change by Lisa Sowle Cahill (J. Donald Monan Professor of Theology at Boston College and former President of the Society of Christian Ethics and Catholic Theological Society of America) is an in-depth introductory study of the bio-ethical practice of Christian-Catholic students or practitioners of the biological sciences, and the ethical approaches to employ within the context of such controversial issues. Readers will discover a progressive understanding of generally con-temporary constructs of Christian understandings on the social conditions, individualistic, and scientific progression that form public perspective of bio-ethics and the modern pursuit of a greater scientific understanding of the truths that define life. Theological Bio-Ethics is very strongly recommended to all readers in practice of the Christian faith for its informative content on important modern and subversive sciences and progression.

Encyclopedia Of Religion In The South
Samuel S. Hill & Charles H. Lippy, eds.
Charles Reagan Wilson, consulting editor
Mercer University Press
1400 Coleman Avenue, Macon, GA 31207
0865547580 $60.00

Now in an updated second edition, Encyclopedia Of Religion In The South is a one-volume reference, compiled by a trio of professors, presenting historical and other information pertaining to religion in the American South in alphabetically organized entries. From Appalachian Religious Music and the concept of Atonement, to the role of religion in the Civil Rights Movement to Bishop John Freeman Young (1820-1885), the entries summarize history in clear terms accessible to the lay reader. An introduction offers a straightforward overview of religious belief in the South. Encyclopedia Of Religion In The South is a seminal and recommended for college Religious Studies and American Regional Culture collections.

The Library Science Shelf

The New OPL Sourcebook
Judith A. Siess
Information Today, Inc.
143 Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055
1573872415 $39.50

The New OPL Sourcebook: A Guide For Solo And Small Libraries by Judith A. Siess (President of Information Bridges International, Inc.) is an impressively informed study of the often difficult process of managing a small school or community library. Featuring a wealth of practical and useful tips for librarians, The New OPL Sourcebook offers its readers an invaluable understanding and reference for management including time planning, finances, marketing and communications, technology, education, downsizing and out-stretching, knowledge management, and the future of the librarian profession. An extensively researched resource packed from cover to cover with highly valued and applicable information, The New OPL Sourcebook is very strongly recommended as an instructive guide -- especially for librarians of smaller libraries systems.

The Whole Library Handbook
George M. Eberhart
ALA Editions
50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611
0838909159 $37.80

Very highly recommended, The Whole Library Handbook 4: Current Data, Professional Advice, And Curiosa About Libraries And Library Services, knowledgeably compiled and edited by George M. Eberhart (Senior Editor of "American Libraries" magazine for the American Library Association) provides a complete understanding of library functions, orders, procedures, and perspectives focused on people, materials, guidelines, technology, operations, funding, staff development, issues, diversity, the internet, and librarians. Exploring the vast conceptual development of 20th-century libraries movements and modern progressive fundamentals, The Whole Library Handbook 4 concerns the innovative grasp of the ideals and perspective contrast of the innovative and adaptive modern library system. The Whole Library Handbook 4 is very strongly recommended reading, especially for academic, corporate, and community librarians and library system administrators for its exclusive coverage of every necessary grasp of the new age of library science.

The Reference Librarian's Policies, Forms, Guidelines, And Procedures Handbook
Rebecca Brumley
Neal-Schuman Publishers
100 William St., #2004, NY, NY 10038
1555705693 $125.00

A very strongly recommended instructional reference and resource, The Reference Librarian's Policies, Forms, Guidelines, And Procedures Handbook: With CD-Rom by expert librarian Rebecca Brumley is a precise collective reference for students of the library sciences and administration roles in library systems. The Reference Librarian's Policies, Forms, Guide-lines, And Procedures Handbook addresses every intricate detailing of a library's constructs, including management, personnel, selection and evaluation resources, circulation and interlibrary loan, query categories, resources and Assistance offered, in-person patron assistance, and an exploratory virtual reference on disc. The Reference Librarian's Policies, Forms, Guidelines, And Procedures Handbook is the ideal reference and study for all library systems from small community libraries to multi-branched urban libraries searching for a guide to the overall betterment of the flow in their working system.

The Library Video/DVD Shelf

The Great San Francisco Earthquake
F. Murray Abraham, narrator
WGBH Boston Video
c/o SSA Public Relations
148 Madison Avenue, 16th Floor PH-1 New York, NY 10016
159375471X $19.95

As seen on public television, The Great San Francisco Earthquake is a documentary DVD of the terrible earthquake that struck California in 1906, a titanic 8.3 on the Richter scale, causing the worst catastrophe suffered by a North American city in the twentieth century. The quake itself, and the subsequent firestorms that virtually destroyed western America's largest metropolis of the era, are remembered in newly restored movie footage from the period and personal accounts of eyewitnesses. Narrated by Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham, The Great San Francisco Earthquake captures the havoc of a century-old tragedy and the resilience of the survivors' collective spirit. 1 hour, closed-captions.

Harry Chapin
MPI Media Group
16101 South 108th Avenue, Orland Park, IL 60462
0788606638 $24.98 1-800-777-2223

Harry Chapin: Remember When is a DVD collection of live performances of the greatest hits of multi-platinum selling singer, songwriter, and humanitarian Harry Chapin. In addition to his music, Chapin is well-known for co-founding World Hunger Year, and posthumously received the Congressional Gold Medal for his efforts to combat worldwide starvation. Including personal commentary by Chapin's children and widow, Harry Chapin: Remember When features all performances in their entirety, along with looks at vintage photographs and even Chapin memorabilia. Eleven classic performances form a fitting tribute to Chapin's legacy: Taxi, Mr. Tanner, I Wanna Learn A Love Song, Remember When The Music, W.O.L.D., Story Of A Life, Cat's In The Cradle, Circle, Song For Myself, Dancin' Boy, Better Place To Be, and I Wonder What Would Happen To This World. 60 min., color.

The Education Shelf

The Study Skills Handbook
Jay Amberg
Good Year Books
299 Jefferson Road, Parsippany, NJ 07054
0673360989 $12.95

The Study Skills Handbook by classroom teacher Jay Amberg is a comprehensive study and reference for improving a student's basic study skills and academic performance. Focusing on critically important aspects of note-taking, test-taking, listening, textbook reading, memory improvement, time management, and volunteering from which one might tactfully draw from to become more experienced, more curriculum-friendly, and overall more effective and knowledgeable student, The Study Skills Handbook deftly enhances a student's performance with modern academics. The Study Skills Handbook is very highly recommended reading for all high-school students searching for a practical and expert reference for improving their academic performance, as well as those college or university students hoping to become more effective in their studies and truly get the most from their classes and courses of study.

Study Abroad
Stephanie M. Oxford
Where In The World Publishing
PO Box 246, Friant, CA 93626
0976004909 $9.95

Study Abroad: Travel Vacation In College by Stephanie M. Oxford suggests an innovative approach to an active and fun pursuit of foreign study for college students. Introducing reader to a quite comprehensive but thoroughly "user friendly" guide for overseas studies preparation, determining study objectives while traveling, learning how to vacation overseas while earning a college degree, the diverse research opportunities of the varying programs for studying abroad, establishment of a budget and expenses, as well as "knowhow" for the needed money, detailed preparation of checklist for packing needs, insight from the personal experiences of former travel students, and an exclusive companion for aide in achieving set goals, Study Abroad is an engaging, practical, invaluable planning resource for studying abroad.

So - Why Do You Homeschool?
Mimi Davis
Xulon Press
380 Crown Oak Center Drive, Longwood, FL 32750
1597815721 $12.99

Very highly recommended reading for anyone considering homeschool their child, So - Why Do You Homeschool?: Answering Questions People Ask About Home Education by Mimi Davis (homeschooling mother of four) is an informative presenting a comprehensive and knowledgeable introduction to the realities and possibilities of homeschooling. Offering a "user-friendly" understanding, addressing over 70 pertinent questions, So- Why Do You Homeschool? is an ideal addition to the personal reading lists and library collections of homeschoolers (and curious non-homeschoolers!) for its practical, experienced based information as well as its remarkable grasp of the entire home-schooling process.

Survival Guide For College Students With ADHD Or LD
Kathleen Nadeau
Magination Press
750 1st St, NE, Washington, DC 20002
1591473896 $9.95

This fully updated second edition of Survival Guide For College Students With ADHD Or LD is an outstanding compendium of explanation and advice gathered from the expertise, experience, and original studies of Kathleen G. Nadeau (Clinical Psychologist and nationally known specialist on attentional learning disabilities). Introducing readers to an intelligent and informed presentation of the difficulties involved in the process of post-secondary schooling for troubled students, Survival Guide For College Students With ADHD Or LD nicely educates its readers on just how to find the most suitable college, how to build a productive and positive relationship with professors, mastering the total utilization of the support and services and accommodations provided, how to select and schedule the desired courses, choosing a major and prospective career, and how to manage time properly in order to get everything done and still have personal time. Survival Guide For College Students With ADHD Or LD is very strongly recommended as essential for all aspiring college students with ADHD or any other form of learning disabilities for its precision and detail concerning the college classroom experience and how to make the most of it.

Breaking The Code
J. Richard Gentry
361 Hanover St., Portsmouth, NH 03801
0325009228 $22.00

Breaking The Code: The New Science Of Beginning Reading And Writing by professional development provider and former elementary teacher and university professor J. Richard Gentry offers a rather comprehensive understanding of the science behind children's seemingly sudden understanding of reading and writing. Aptly introducing varying constructs, tips, and guidance for teachers and parents supporting children through the early years of learning to read and write, Breaking The Code combines neurological and psychological studies with practical classroom knowledge and experienced-based wisdom in an innovative and concise exploration of early childhood literacy development. Breaking The Code is very highly recommended to all teachers, parents, and counselors of young elementary level or below children for both its scholastic and detailed approach to children's psychology in literacy and reading comprehension.

Global Issues And Adult Education
Sharan B. Merriam et al
111 River St., 4th fl., Hoboken, NJ 07030
0787978108 $48.00

Expertly compiled and co-edited by the team of Sharan B. Merriam (Professor of Adult Education at the University of Georgia), Bradley C. Courtenay (Professor of Adult Education at the University of Georgia), and Ronald M. Cervero (Professor and head of the department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy at the University of Georgia), Global Issues And Adult Education: Perspectives From Latin America, Southern Africa, And The United States is a 520-page compendium of well informed and knowledgeably written interpretations and investigations of modernization and the importance of adult education with the challenges faced daily with the innovations and technology, as well as world issues at hand. Introducing readers to the concept of global productivity and progression as result of proper adult education, Global Issues And Adult Education informatively guides its readers through the seven-year study and the works of nearly forty academic experts on the topic of worldly supportive and positive aspect of proper adult education. Global Issues And Adult Education is very highly recommended reading, especially for students of adult education for its invaluable and scholarly presentations of educating today's adults.

When Writing Workshop Isn't Working
Mark Overmeyer
Stenhouse Publishers
PO Box 11020, Portland, ME 04104-7020
1571104046 $16.00

Very strongly recommended reading for teachers whose young students don't seem to be benefitting from their writing workshop assignments and experiences, When Writing Workshop Isn't Working: Answers To Ten Tough Questions Grades 2-5 by Mark Overmeyer (Literacy Coordinator for Cherry Creek Schools near Denver, Colorado) is an invaluable reference for teachers in attempt to aide them in their teaching of students struggling with writing. Introducing readers to an easy-to-follow and "user-friendly" format, When Writing Workshop Isn't Working answers questions like; how do I help students who don't know what to write about?, how do I help students develop stronger vocabulary and word choice?, How do I prepare my students for standardized tests without compromising my writing program?, how should I assess student writing?, and how can I help my students use revision effectively? When Writing Workshop Isn't Working is an invaluable compendium of information and studies on bringing ease to the education and writing abilities of young people between grades two and five.

Quick And Easy Grammar Games To Boost Writing Power
Catherine DePino
Teacher Ideas Press
c/o Libraries Unlimited
88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881
1591583284 $23.00

A very highly recommended classroom curriculum development reference, Quick And Easy Grammar Games To Boost Writing Power by Catherine DePino (Assistant Professor of Education and a Student Teaching Supervisor for Temple University) is a cogently organized and thoroughly "user friendly" introduction and guide for classroom teachers with respect to teaching grammar, writing, and literacy. Enhanced by its easy-to-follow format, Quick And Easy Grammar Games To Boost Writing Power guides teachers through several practical units focused on teacher tips, games and warm-up activities and lesson plans, follow-up activities, homework helper, and writing practice exercises. Quick And Easy Grammar Games To Boost Writing Power is an excellent and very well authored, step-by-step reference for the teaching of proper and helpful tactics for the betterment of a child's writing abilities with particular attention to proper punctuation and sentence structure.

The Architecture Shelf

Estimating And Bidding
Richard J. Langedyk
PO Box 6500, Carlsbad, CA 92018
1572181559 $69.50

Newly revised, updated and expanded, this fourth edition of Estimating And Bidding: For Builders And Remodelers by Richard J. Langedyk (Senior Instructor for Construction Estimating Institute of America in Sarasota, Florida since 1982) is an extensive collective study of the variables and intricacies involved in estimating and configuring construction costs and bids for building, renovating, remodeling, and general house improvements. Providing builders, architects and do-it-yourself home-owners with a knowledgeably authored instructional and reference study, Estimating And Bidding is enhanced with inclusion of a CD-ROM software estimating for ease in electronically locating pricings and approximations as a quick and easy solution for the most efficient and simple tool. Estimating And Bidding is very highly recommended to professionals estimating and bidding for building and remodeling houses for its invaluable and endlessly helpful efficiency simply not to be found elsewhere in such a "user friendly" format.

25 Tropical Houses In The Philippines
Tuttle Publishing
364 Innovation Drive, North Clarendon, VT 05759-9436
0794603157 $45.00

25 Tropical Houses In The Philippines by Elizabeth V. Reyes, featuring the photography of A. Chester Long, is an impressive collection of the innovative architectural designs showcasing Philippines creativity and artistic approaches to crafting modern furniture and buildings. Featuring a substantial compendium of vivid full-color photography, 25 Tropical Houses In The Philippines acts as an ultimate guide for students of architecture of Filipino modern culture and design. A welcome addition to professional and academic library Architectural Studies collections, 25 Tropical Houses In The Philippines for anyone who has an interest in the art of modern architectural design in a tropical south-seas climate.

Architecture 05
Merrell Publishers
c/o 60 Cycle Media
134 W. 26th, #607, NY, NY 10001
185894306X $19.95

A seminal contribution to professional and academic library Architectural Studies reference collections, Architecture 05: The Guide To The Riba Awards is a compendium of collective studies from Merrell Publishers' most knowledgeable and studious architectural experts and researchers. Introducing readers to the Royal Institute of British Architects' presentation of the year 2005's award winning projects, Architecture 05 is comprised of thirteen chapters of informed and expertly presented content including: Teaspoons and Tower Blocks; The Stirling Prize 2005; Special Awards; The Architects' Journal First Building Award; The Crown Estate Conservation Award; The Manser Medal; The RIBA/Arts Council England Client Of The Year; The RIBA Inclusive Design Award; The RIBA Sustainability Award; The Stephen Lawrence Prize; The RIBA Awards; Maps, Lists and Sponsors; and an Index. Architecture 05 showcases the very best in this yearly celebration of British Architecture.

Ritual House
Ralph L. Knowles
Island Press
1718 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20009
1597260509 $35.00

Ritual House: Drawing On Nature's Rhythms For Architecture And Urban Design is an eclectic and innovative introduction and study of urban planning and architectural design drawing upon the years of experience and expertise of academician, researcher, architectural policy and design consultant Ralph Knowles. Ritual House is presented to the reader in a easy and engaging manner, with Professor Knowles depicting several particular housing developments and major historical projects, including their architectural significance and architectural design. Ritual House is very strongly recommended to students of Architectural Studies and Urban Development interested in the process of architectural design, students of architecture, as well as the non-specialist general reader wanting a better understanding of the esthetic and mechanical particulars of architecture..

The Writing/Publishing Shelf

The Business Of Writing For Children
Aaron Shepard
Shepard Publications
1102 Olympia Avenue NE, #18, Olympia, WA 98506
0938497111 $10.00

The Business Of Writing For Children: An Award-Winning Author's Tips On How To Write, Sell, And Promote Your Children's Books by journalist, travel writer, and former Vatican employee, Aaron Shepard is a remarkable guide to writing a marketable and influential children's book. Shepard really delves into every necessary dimension of how to write the best children's book possible, what is most effective approach to take, how to publish what you've written, what resources are needed, etc. The Business Of Writing For Children is very strongly recommended to all aspiring or struggling children's authors as this compendium of practical and seasoned advice and instruction is sure to provide precisely the information needed to for success.

How To Write Fiction Like A Pro
Robert Newron Peck
Maupin Press
PO Box 90148, Gainsville FL, 32607
0929895851 $15.95

A very highly recommended introduction to writing at a professional level, How To Write Fiction Like A Pro: A Simple-To-Savvy Toolkit For Aspiring Authors by Robert Newton Peck (the author of over sixty published books) is an quite innovative and thoroughly "user friendly" instructive guide for all novice writers seeking to properly and effectively write a successful work of commercially viable fiction. Introducing conceptual and creative tactics which Peck has previously employed with considerable success, How To Write Fiction Like A Pro has a light format which is easy-to-follow for even the most inexperienced novelist. How To Write Fiction Like A Pro is an excellent addition to the reference collections of all aspiring or working authors of fiction stories for its informed and informative content and intriguing comprehensive ideals. If you dream of one day writing the "great American novel", then begin with a quick and careful reading of Robert Peck's How To Write Fiction Like A Pro!

The Military Shelf

War Elephants
John M. Kistler
Praeger Publishers
88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881
0275987612 $44.95

War Elephants is the fascinating story of how elephants have fought in human armies for more than three thousand years. From elephants that battled alongside legendary Roman legions, to elephants in modern history who have suffered bombs and napalm for their service, War Elephants examines the pachyderms' role in the equivalent of tanks, bulldozers, cargo haulers and cavalry throughout the millennia. Now after the elephants have made such great sacrifices in warfare, it is the elephants themselves who desperately need protection. A serious-minded work of significant military history scholarship by professional librarian John Kistler, War Elephants is recommended reading for anyone curious about the important role elephants have played in human history.

Mission Raise Hell
James F. Christ
Naval Institute Press
291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402
1591141133 $34.95 1-800-233-8764

Mission Raise Hell: The U.S. Marines on Choiseul, October-November 1943 is a narrative history of the 2nd marine Parachute Battalion's diversionary raid on the island of Choiseul during World War II. Put together from interviews of seventy-one U.S. Marine paratroopers, every piece of written information that author James Christ could unearth, Mission Raise Hell reveals the true story of a gritty and dangerous operation. The 650-man battalion was literally told to raise hell - to hit and run but not get bogged down - because there were neither troops nor ships available to bail them out. Without hope of rescue, the Marines were entirely on their on in hostile territory. Their valiant efforts are preserved vividly in this riveting account that is surely the next best thing to seeing history in action.

Like Wolves On The Fold
Lieutenant Colonel Mike Snook
MBI Publishing Company
380 Jackson Street, Suite 200, St. Paul, MN 55101-3885
1853676594 $34.95 1-800-458-0454

Written by a serving officer of the Royal Regiment of Wales, formerly the 24th, Like Wolves On The Fold: The Defence Of Rorke's Drift is the fascinating true story of one of the most improbable victories in military history. In January of 1879, a Zulu host attacked a single company of the 24th Regiment of the British Army and a handful of recuperating hospital patients. Retreat was not an option, and the enemy outnumbered the defenders nearly thirty to one. Like Wolves On The Fold shows how sheer bloody-mindedness, as much as any other quality, turned the tables on the Zulus. Like Wolves On The Fold also surveys the remainder of the war, and examines the tragic end of the war's participants. A collection of inset photographs and artwork, most in black and white but a few in color, round out this rousing military history, which pays full respect to both sides in a bloody conflict.

In Hostile Skies
James M. Davis, author
David L. Snead, editor
University of North Texas Press
PO Box 311336, Denton, TX 76203-1336
1574412094 $27.95

In Hostile Skies: An American B-24 Pilot In World War II is the military memoir of James Davis, who piloted a B-24 as part of the Eighth Air Force on almost thirty missions in the European Theater during World War II. Chapters recount the story of his service from his dreams of flying, to training, his first mission, terrible close calls, the end of the tour, and coming home after the war. A handful of black-and-white historical photographs nicely illustrate this gripping firsthand testimony, so visceral as to be the next best thing to personally experiencing the wonders of flight and the terrors of war.

Medal Of Honor
Ron Ownes
Turner Publishing Company
PO Box 3101, Paducah, KY 42002-3101
1563119951 $25.95 1-615-255-2665

Written by a thirty-year veteran of the Oklahoma City Police Department, Medal Of Honor: Historical Facts And Figures scrutinizes the historical facts and figures concerning those who earned America's highest award for combat valor: the Medal of Honor. From the very first recipient, through various wars, campaigns, and non-combat actions, Medal Of Honor presents lists of who earned a medal, data concerning their age, rank, and location of action, averages of figures, and more. Medal Of Honor is a compendium of facts rather than a narrative-style work of nonfiction, and serves as an excellent reference and resource for military historians and researchers.

The Library CD Music Shelf

The Promise
c/o Rock Paper Scissors
216 West Allen Street, Suite 137, Bloomington, IN 47403
CD-PIR1901 $21.98

Boban Markovic, "The King of Balkan Brass", and his ten-member Orkestar, Serbia's leading brass band, have won numerous awards over the past ten years at the annual Guca Brass Band Festival. The Promise - The King of Balkan Brass is their latest music CD album, featuring Boban's original music accompanied by Markovic's talented, trumpet-blowing son Marko. The Promise is Boban Markovic's first all-studio production, and like his previous albums, is solidly rooted in Gypsy folk tunes. A lively, toe-tapping musical experience that transcends borders with its sheer enthusiasm and vivacity. English text information is included. 55 min.

The Sound Of Wilson Pickett
Wilson Pickett
Rhino Entertainment Company
c/o Collectables Records
PO Box 35, Narbeth, PA 19072
COL-CD-7768 $12.98

The Sound Of Wilson Pickett is compiled from the timeless works of Wilson Pickett and is an superbly produced CD album featuring the most recognized and memorable songs of his career. With a tracklist compiled of Soul Dance Number Three (2:38); Funky Broadway (3:33); I Need A Lot Of Loving Every Day (2:30); I Found A Love, Part One (2:30); I Found A Love, Part II (2:59); You Can't Stand Alone (2:47); Mojo Mamma (1:59); I Found The One (2:30); Something Within Me (3:40); I'm Sorry About That (3:03); and Love Is A Beautiful Thing (2:12), The Sound Of Wilson Pickett is a remarkable re-release of Pickett's soulful music from a 1967 recording. Also highly recommended from Collectables Records is the CD album of Wilson Pickett performances, The Midnight Mover (COL-CD-7769, $12.98).

The Colorful World
Jay Begaye
Canyon Records
3131 W Clarendon Av, Phoenix AZ 85017
CR-6403 $15.99

The Colorful World: Songs From The Dine Heartland is a compilation of pieces showcasing the award winning musical talents of Jay Begaye and is a welcome and valued addition to Native American music collections. The Dine Nation musical contributions comprising this outstanding recording include: Interstate 40 (4:36); Sending Letters (4:07); Yellowstone Dawn (4:16); "Dine" Flag Song (4:30); Short-N-Snappy (3:57); In Beauty We Walk (4:04); Precious Love (4:53); Cotton Candy/ Lollipop (4:18); Saving Dookoosliid (3:50); and Chicken Dance (2:59), With a total running time of 46:26, The Colorful World presents listeners with a profound beauty of sound and spirit. Also very highly recommended from Canyon Records is Confederacy Style: Pow-Wow Songs Recorded Live at Post Falls (CR-6405, $15.99), by the Blackfoot Confederacy.

Young & Rollins
Bolero Records
18653 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 314, Tarzana, CA 91356
BOL7132 $15.98

Superbly produced and performed, Mosaic, the latest album from the Latin guitar duo Young and Rollins, is an artistically impressive collection combining salsa, flamenco, Latin jazz and classically inclined guitar music. Consisting of melodic, colorful new compositions from the remarkable duo, Mosaic is an eclectic venture into the world of classical-acoustic guitar as never before heard. The tracklist of Mosaic includes Mediterranean Romance (4:55), Mistral (4:22), Madrugada (5:13), Mi Tierra (4:46), Torero (3:58), Fuego Gitano (4:09), Coming Home (4:10), Amorosa (4:26), Ocho Rios (3:16), and the cover title piece Mosaic.

c/o Rock Paper Scissors
216 West Allen Street, Suite 137, Bloomington, IN 47403
CD $19.98

Volume 1 of the "Music of Central Asia" series, Tengir-Too: Mountain Music of Kyrgyzstan is a deluxe music CD and DVD combination that brings to life the diverse musical culture of a region that has long been inaccessible to outsiders. Embracing Kyrgyzstan Jewish traditions of the harp, fiddle and plucked string instruments as well as moving vocals, Tengir-Too includes a 48-page booklet with color photographs, comments upon the region and its music, and the vocals in their original language and English translation. The DVD offers a series introduction, 24- minute film, interactive glossary, and map; the music CD has 18 tracks - Novelty (3:14), The Spoiled Girl (2:07), I Burn, I Smoulder Like Charcoal (3:27), Kokotoi's Memorial Feast (6:26), Gift (2:07), Impudent One (3:21), I'm Sad To Say Goodbye (2:33), Attila Khan, (3:28), Ak Satkyn and Kulmyrza (9:10), Ocarina (2:00), Flower (3:36), On the Road (2:27), Soviet (3:11), I Remember (5:04), Wide Valley (2:39), I Miss You (3:31), Kambarkan (4:50), A Melody That Wakes Up a Girl (2:47). A truly unique, authentic and inspirational listening experience.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

"How I Conquered Diabetes"
Bruce Gould
Frank Amato Publications
PO Box 82112, Portland, OR 97282
1571883819 $9.95

A seminal contribution to alternative medicine reference collections and supplemental reading lists, "How I Conquered Diabetes" by Bruce Gould is an extensive exploration of the impairing and damaging horrors of diabetes, and how one man was quick to rid himself of its control. Introducing readers to his own medical history and situation, Bruce Gould wrote "How I Conquered Diabetes" in order to educate others dealing with this all to common malady on his own immediate action and initiative for combating diabetes without insulin treatments or prescription drugs. A vivid account of Gould's personal struggle and an indispensable aide for those with diabetes (particularly type two diabetes), "How I Conquered Diabetes" is very strongly recommended, especially for non-specialist general readers who have (or know anyone with) diabetes and looking for viable treatment alternatives to insulin and prescription medication.

Lose That Baby Fat
La Reine Chabut
Rowman & Littlefield
4501 Forbes Boulevard, Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706
1590771028 $16.95

Lose That Baby Fat: Bouncing Back The First Year After Having A Baby: A Mom-friendly Fitness Program by La Reine Chabut is an informative exploration and encouraging mapping and reference for women worried for not being able to lose their post-natal additional weight. Diligently guiding its readers through the expertise and knowledgeable strategies of the author, Lose That Baby Fat offers a thoroughly "reader friendly" understanding of how and what makes a body work to loose fat and weight after having a baby. Lose That Baby Fat is very highly recommended for all mothers and soon-to-be mothers as an easy-to-follow, helpful reference for quick and effective post-natal weight loss.

The Asthma Breakthrough
Henry Osiecki
Vital Health Publishing
PO Box 544, Bloomingdale, IL 60108
1890612227 $13.95

Very highly recommended and informative reading for anyone suffering from asthma, this expanded and updated second edition of The Asthma Breakthrough: Breathe Freely--Naturally by Henry Osiecki (an international lecturer in clinical nutrition at universities, colleges, and professional seminars) is an extensively researched and expertly presented study of the innovative, safe and effective nutritional and natural medical information for dealing with asthma. Introducing readers to a vast understanding of the crippling disorder, The Asthma Breakthrough offers readers helpful strategies for a greater more healthy and active life despite allergy based asthmatic conditions. The Asthma Breakthrough is a an invaluable addition to alternative medicine library reference collections and would prove of great value for medical practitioners treating asthmatic patients, as well as non-specialist general readers with asthma disorder.

The Health Disparities Myth
Jonathan Klick & Sally Satel
American Enterprise Institue Press
1150 17th Street, NW Washington, DC 20036
0844771929 $15.00

Expertly co-authored by Jonathan Klick (Jeffrey A. Stoops Professor of Laq at the Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida) and Sally Satel (Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institutes and staff psychiatrist for the Oasis Clinic in Washington D.C.), The Health Disparities Myth: Diagnosing The Treatment Gap is an iconoclastic study of the differentials and variables in treatment of hospital patients and the prejudice which doctors may have in their treatment choices based upon race. Delving into a deeply profound investigation of the realities for which patients really are treated, The Health Disparities Myth comprehensively guides readers through its exclusive perceptive analysis of health care, race, socioeconomic, geographic, and ethnic factors in the fair or otherwise treatment of hospital patients. The Health Disparities Myth is very strongly recommended to students of medicine, sociology, health care systems, and the ethics of medical treatment related to hospital care.

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

Make Over Your Metabolism: Four Weeks To A Faster Metabolism And A Fitter, Firmer Body is an informative introduction to strategies of author and expert trainer Robert Reames to acquiring and maintaining physical fitness. Exploring the reasons for metabolism and how best to manipulate your body through its unique do-it-yourself plan, Make Over Your Metabolism deftly guides readers through timesaving exercise techniques, nutritional advice, and proven tactics for increasing energy and metabolism for a more fit, trim, and toned body. A welcome and "reader friendly" addition to personal and community library reference collections, Make Over Your Metabolism is very highly recommended for readers in search of an effective weight-loss and stay-fit health and exercise guide.

In Search Of The Alzheimer's Wanderer
Mark L. Warner
Purdue University Press
1207 South Campus Courts, Bldg. E, West Lafayette, IN 47907
1557533997 $24.95 1-800-247-6553

In Search Of The Alzheimer's Wanderer: A Workbook To Protect Your Loved One by Mark L. Warner is a "user friendly" instructional workbook and guide to the "what-to-do" aspect of dealing with a wandering Alzheimer's patient. Acting as an in-depth reference for all caregivers of patients and loved ones with Alzheimer's, In Search Of The Alzheimer's Wanderer details just what to do in anticipation and planning for a wandering occurrence with such things as understanding what objects they may never leave home without, what behaviors they might display to attract attention, and whether or not they might hide while being searched for, as well as a comprehensive list of things to do in order of time from fifteen minutes after the discovery of the missing, to the first hour, etc. In Search Of The Alzheimer's Wanderer is commended to all caregivers of Alzheimer's patients for its invaluable ideas and strategies which are likely to become necessary in the incident of a wandering individual. Also very highly recommended from Purdue University Press is Mark L. Warner's The Complete Guide To Alzheimer's Proofing Your Home (1557532-028).

HIV/AIDS Primary Care Guide
Jeffrey Beal, et al.
Crown House Publishing Limited
4 Berkeley Street, Norwalk, CT 06850
1845900278 $75.00

Expertly compiled and edited by the team of Jeffrey Beal (Clinical Director of the Florida/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center and an Associate Professor at the University of South Florida, Center for HIV Education and Research), Joanne J. Orrick (Clinical Assistant Professor at the University Colleges of Nursing and Pharmacy and Faculty Member of the Florida/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center), and Kimberly Alfonso (Assistant Director of the Florida/Caribbean AIDS education and Training Center), HIV/AIDS Primary Care Guide is an in-depth and "reader friendly" study focusing upon the complexity of the care and management of AIDS victims, as well as an informative treatise on the care and treatment of child, adolescent, and adult HIV/AIDS patients. Representing the collective research of twenty-five of the Florida/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center's faculty and the contributions of thirty-seven guest authors, HIV/AIDS Primary Care Guide provides readers with a up-to-date understanding of the recommended treatment and procedures of involved treating and accommodating AIDS victims. HIV/AIDS Primary Care Guide is very strongly recommended to all medical practitioners, caregivers, families, and individuals involved with AIDS or HIV infection.

Living With Colon Cancer
Eliza Wood Livingston, CNM, PMHNP
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-9827
1591023475 $18.00

Colon cancer doesn't receive the publicity devoted to other types of cancer, yet it's the third most common malignancy in the world and the second leading cause of death from cancer, aside from lung cancer. Living With Colon Cancer: Beating The Odds tells of the author's own battle against colon cancer, her survival after a terrible diagnosis, and how to cope with treatment and emotional highs and lows. Insights on what to expect and how to handle it are well done and very specific.

The Martial Arts Shelf

American Police Jiu-Jitsu
S. J. Jorgensen
Paladin Press
7077 Winchester Cir., Boulder, CO 80301
1581604505 $12.00 1-800-392-2400

Originally published in 1930, and now reprinted at an affordable price by Paladin Press, American Police Jiu-Jitsu is a classic handbook and training course by internationally famous jiu-jitsu instructor S. J. Jorgensen. Featuring 150 black-and-white photographs and 50 brief lessons concerning the practical application of jiu-jitsu, American Police Jiu-Jitsu reveals aggressive self- defense moves for disarming assailants armed with guns, knives, and clubs. Written for the benefit of civilians as well as police departments worldwide, American Police Jiu-Jitsu is a classic self defense manual and highly recommended.

The Civil War Shelf

A Thrilling Narrative
Captain Dennis E. Haynes, author
Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr., editor
The University of Arkansas Press
201 Ozark Ave., Fayetteville, AR 72701
1557288119 $29.95 1-800-626-0090

A Thrilling Narrative: The Memoir Of A Southern Unionist is the memoir of Captain Dennis E. Haynes, and a rarity indeed - the true tale of a Southern unionist. Few Southern Unionists wrote of their experiences after the American Civil War, and A Thrilling Narrative is the only publication of Louisiana Unionist, and the only account of the First Louisiana Battalion Cavalry Scouts, a unit that existed for less than three months and only saw action during the Red River Campaign of 1864. In A Thrilling Narrative, Haynes speaks of how he opposed the secession of Texas and became a hunted man for it, his terrible journey to reach Union troops in Louisiana, and the cruelty that he and other Union sympathizers suffered at the hands of the Confederates. Notes and an index round out this powerful glimpse at the harrowing difficulties of taking a stand that is unpopular to one's neighbors.

The Confederate Ninth Tennessee Infantry
James R. Fleming
Pelican Publishing Company
1000 Burmaster Street, Gretna, LA 70053
1589803310 $29.95

The Confederate Ninth Tennessee Infantry by James R. Fleming (winner of the Jefferson Davis medal for excellence in preservation and research of Civil War history by the United Daughters of the Confederacy) is an in-depth 344-page study of what is known as the "Southern Confederates" who were among the most educated, religious, and prestigious collections of troops to have been involved in the American Civil War. Introducing the reader to documentation consisting of letters, memoirs, war records and obituaries from individuals of the group, The Confederate Ninth Tennessee Infantry enlightens the readers to an little known aspects of the American civil war. The Confederate Ninth Tennessee Infantry is very strongly recommended to Civil War buffs for its new perspective of the American civil war in general, and battles such as Columbus, Perryville, and Atlanta.

The Travel Shelf

A Cook's Guide To Chicago
Marilyn Pocius
Lake Claremont Press
54650 N Rockwell St, Chicago, IL 60625
1893121267 $19.95

A Cook's Guide To Chicago: Where To Find Everything You Need And Lots Of Things You Didn't Know You Did by Marilyn Pocius is expanded and updated second edition of an informed and informatively detailed exploration into the great city of Chicago's tasty delicacies and dishes. Inclusive of recipes ranging from Yucca With Marilyn's Mojo; Genna's Spinach Risotto; and Lee's Borscht to Pickled Pink; Double-Ginger Rhubarb Chutney; and Chef Tim's Vietnamese-Style Pork Tenderloin, A Cook's Guide To Chicago offers readers not only the addresses, histories, and tastes of remarkable restaurants, but easy-to-follow and "kitchen cook friendly" recipes from them as well. A Cook's Guide To Chicago is very strongly recommended for all readers with an interest in the culinary arts and for those wishing to discover the most intriguing culture of the amazing Chicago area.

Sarina Singh, et al.
Lonely Planet
150 Linden Street, Oakland, CA 94607
1740596943 $29.99

This expanded and updated eleventh edition of India is the result of considerable research and study by Lonely Planet's expert staff including Sarina Singh and ten associates. India is an comprehensive and highly portable 1140-page paperback guide to the diverse country of India. Introducing travelers to a significant grasp of Indian culture and land, India offers readers a "user-friendly" reference for best accommodations for budget, historical information, lesser known locations such as national parks, remote tribal villages and serene secluded mountain treks, comprehensive understandings of Indian cuisine, and transportation information with over 200 precise maps. India from Lonely Planet is very strongly recommended to anyone planning to visit any part of this remarkable country either for business or for pleasure.

The Great Skiing & Snowboarding Guide
Peter Hardy & Felice Hardy
Cadogan Guides/Globe Pequot Press
PO Box 480, Guildford, CT 06437
1860113354 $22.95 1-800-243-0495

The Great Skiing & Snowboarding Guide: 2006 by ski and snowboard experts, Peter and Felice Hardy is an expansive and detailed mapping of the greatest snowboarding and skiing resorts, mountains, and schools in the world. Included is 351 pages of invaluable information on the top resorts in 75 countries, along with personal recommendations and phone numbers for the best hotels, restaurants, ski schools, and kindergartens, full color maps of major resorts, essential facts and figures on each resort, from lift passes to teaching facilities, full directory of over 200 tour operations with details of the destination covered, as well as contact information for tourist offices and travel insurance companies. The Great Skiing & Snowboarding Guide is a detailed and accurate contribution to the snowboarding and skiing society which is confidently recommended to all snowboarders and skiers searching for an ultimate and portable guide for planning their vacations at some of the best ski resorts in the world.

Biking Illinois
David Johnsen
Trails Books
923 Williamson St., Madison, WI 53703
1931599645 $19.95

Biking Illinois: 60 Great Road Trips And Trail Rides by biking enthusiast David Johnsen is an outstanding collection of "bicycle friendly" statewide biking trails accompanied with maps and photography for a greater understanding of Illinois' road trips and trail rides. Providing readers with a detailed description of each of the featured sixty bike trail, Biking Illinois features trails following the path of Louis and Clark, as well as the Garden of the Gods, and the Shawnee National Forest, and the Great Western Prairie Triangle. Biking Illinois is very highly recommended to all cyclists searching for a an instructive reference for planning their next big biking expedition -- particularly those who live near or in Illinois variable terrain.

Breakfast Santa Fe Style
Kathy Barco & Valerie Nye
Sunstone Press
PO Box 2321, Santa Fe, NM 87504-2321
0865345015 $19.95

Expertly co-authored by New Mexico-based freelance writer Kathy Barco & Valerie Nye (Assistant Professor and Serials Librarian at the College of Santa Fe), Breakfast Santa Fe Style: A Dining Guide To Fancy, Funky, And Family Friendly Restaurants is an informative, fun, and easy-to-use reference collection of restaurants, diners, pubs, grills, and clubs of the Santa Fe area. Presenting readers with an expansive compendium of local favorites, hard to find particulars, and homey, "family friendly" restaurants, Breakfast Santa Fe Style offers a quick and simple method of finding "Fancy, Funky, Family Friendly, and Fast" places, suitable for the likes of any Santa Fe culinary connoisseur. Breakfast Santa Fe Style is very highly recommended for visitors and residents of the Santa Fe area for its extensive and acute knowledge of the best local dining facilities that will enhance any personal or family outing.

The Art Shelf

Reading Women
Stefan Bollman
Merrell Publishers Limited
49 West 24th St., 8th fl., NY, NY 10010
1858943329 $24.95 1-212-929-8344

Featuring 200 beautiful color images of artwork from the Middle Ages to the present, Reading Women is a celebration of women's love of books as depicted in paintings and drawings. Each eye-catching illustration has a facing page offering a brief history of the art, and a smattering of critical interpretation by editor, educator, and author Stefan Bollman. A forward by award-winning author Karen Joy Fowler is the perfect final touch to this masterpiece collection, making Reading Women highly recommended for personal and community library artbook collections.

Art Of Japan
Nancy Grossman, et al.
Hudson Hills Press
PO Box 205, Manchester, VT 05254
0940717840 $50.00

Selected by Nancy Grossman, James T. Ulak, and Marjorie Williams, Art Of Japan: Masterpieces From The Cleveland Museum Of Art is a showcase of classic Japanese paintings, sculpture, pottery, plaques, and more in the Cleveland Museum's collection. Each piece is accompanied by a paragraph or two of text by Laurence Channing describing its history and identification. An exquisite glimpse into cultural expressions of Japanese history and tradition, Art Of Japan is highly recommended for artbook shelves, and the next best thing to personally visiting the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Art Deco New York
David Garrard Lowe
770 Broadway, New York NY 10003
0823002845 $40.00

If you are seeking an art deco survey of New York City alone, look no further than the historical and artistic coverage Art Deco New York, which covers the city's Art Deco influences between the two world wars. Not just architecture but fashion and design – even film –are surveyed in a colorful collection of images of major Deco representations. Chapters accompany such illustration – most in color, by the way – with discussions of artistic staffs, models of Art Deco nightclubs, cultural icons – virtually anything influencing the movement. It's anything but a narrow focus on architecture, and portrays the extent of the movement as it influenced different industries in New York.

The Theatre/Cinema Shelf

3-D Filmmakers
Ray Zone
Scarecrow Press
4501 Forbes Boulvard, Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706
0810854376 $35.00 1-800-462-6420

3-D Filmmakers: Conversations With Creators Of Stereoscopic Motion Pictures is an anthology of interviews by stereographer, film historian, and award-wining 3-D artist Ray Zone, of twenty-one professionals in this specialized cinema field. From the producer of "Bwana Devil", the 1952 feature that initiated a surge of 3-D films, to producers and cinematographers of 3-D films in the 1970's and 80's, to individuals involved with 3-D theme parks, current IMAX films, and the new format of digital 3-D cinema, 3-D Filmmakers offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the evolving developments of this exciting cinema niche. Especially recommended for fans of 3-D.

The Greatest Movie Car Chases Of All Time
Jesse Crosse
Motorbooks International
729 Prospect Ave., Osceola, WI 54020
0760324107 $24.95

The Greatest Movie Car Chases Of All Time by Jesse Crosse is a unique and exclusive collection of the greatest Hollywood car chases and hot pursuits every recorded on film. Providing the reader with a simply outstanding and profusely illustrated history of each featured chase (as well as a superb understanding of where how it was created), The Greatest Movie Car Chases Of All Time concludes with a countdown of what may definitively be the greatest ten car chases ever to make the big screen. The Greatest Movie Car Chases Of All Time is a superbly organized and presented compendium showcasing fantastic and memorable moments in automotive movie history that stay with us all, and is very highly recommended reading.

The Nautical Shelf

Sea Of Dreams
Adam Mayers
McClelland & Stewart
75 Sherbourne Street, Suite 500, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5A 2P9
0771057547 $21.00

Sea Of Dreams: Racing Alone Around The World In A Small Boat, by Adam Mayers is the riveting story of a fast-paced, around-the-world race for the "Around Alone" yacht race. Derek Hatfield in his yacht "Spirit of Canada" raced against twelve others around the world, beginning in New York Harbor, with stops in England, South Africa, New Zealand, and Brazil, and finally ending in Newport, Rhode Island. Sea Of Dreams is an amazing tale and very highly recommended reading, especially for anyone in search of a gripping and nautically inclined true-life story of a fearless pursuit of a dangerous race on the high seas.

The Parenting Shelf

Raising A G-Rated Family In An X-Rated World
Brent & Phelecia Hatch
Greentree Publishing
PO Box 27672, Tempe, AZ 85285
096530129X $21.95

Raising A G-Rated Family In An X-Rated World: A Survival Guide From A Family Of Nine by Brent and Phelecia Hatch is a remarkable and comprehensive guide for readers wishing to grant their children a pure and happy childhood even in the presence of the family values hostile media of the modern day. Introducing readers to a practical and innovative techniques for the protective betterment of a child's cultural surroundings, Raising A G-Rated Family In An X-Rated World includes tips and strategies for dealing with television, music, the internet, argument to compliance ratios, general communication between parents and children, and "family friendly" discussion of problems. Raising A G-Rated Family In An X-Rated World is very highly recommended to parents fearing the corrosive potential of their children's exposure to the dangers of modern media and the contemporary world.

Just Me
Just Jackie
One Blue Button Publishing
5090 Richmond, #182, Huston, TX 77056
0976284901 $11.95

Just Me: What Your Child Wants YOU To Know About Parenting by wife, mentor, entrepreneur, marketing executive and multitasking mom Just Jackie is an encouraging, illustrated and "reader friendly" guide for parents struggling to understand and address their children's needs and desires. Introducing readers to forty-three succinctly informative chapters (no more than two pages each), Just Me follows three main subject areas: I Need Discipline And Structure; I Crave Love And Understanding; and I Wand Guidance And Support. Just Me is very highly recommended to anyone (but especially to new parents) wanting conceptual insights to their child's mind and desires. Just Me is also available is a CD audiobook format (0976284928, $16.95) featuring the five young voices of Lyndze Duke, Abraham Rutherford, Caitlin Yates, Benjamin Rose, and Lindsey Gregory.

"Don't Bother Me Mom--I'm Learning!"
Marc Prensky
Paragon House
1925 Oakcrest Avenue, Suite 7, St. Paul, MN 55113-2619
1557788588 $19.95

"Don't Bother Me Mom--I'm Learning!" by Marc Prensky (founder and CEO of Games2train) is a fascinating study of how computer and video games may actually be beneficial to the children playing them. Providing readers with an unique approach to contemporary games and their content, "Don't Bother Me Mom--I'm Learning!" delves deeply into the education benefits of gaming in the form of calculated risk taking, strategy formulation and execution, as well as addressing complex moral and ethical decisions in the midst of gameplay which may actually help children. "Don't Bother Me Mom--I'm Learning!" is very strongly recommended to all parents for its engaging analysis of children seemingly addicted to computer and video based gaming.

Camping With Kids
Goldie Gendler Silverman
Wilderness Press
1200 - 5th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
0899973612 $16.95

Very highly recommended reading for all parents wishing to instill an appreciation of the out-of-doors in their children, Camping With Kids: The Complete Guide To Car, Tent, And RV Camping by Goldie Gendler Silverman is an informative commentary and compendium of valued and helpful tips for parents hoping to indulge their children in an outdoor camping expedition. Introducing dozens of concepts and ideas for a fun and active time camping, Camping With Kids provides readers with expert advice, quick quizzes for decisive camping particulars, helping hands for getting kids involved, imaginary camping for preparation, and checklists for assistance in organization. Camping With Kids is a superbly authored and deftly compiled with wisdom drawn from more then 100 expert campers, as well as offering a wealth of innovative ideas making it perfect for all parent/child camping adventures.

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 James R. Delisle (Professor of Gifted Education at Kent State University) is an informative and "parent friendly" reference for enabling a truly gifted child to expressively and productively achieve their life goals, develop sound character, and general enjoy their life. Examining overly excitable children, the type of gift granted to each child, working with the school system, dealing with perfectionist children, being a positive role model, building a child's character, and helping kids achieve their set goals and dreams, Parenting Gifted Kids is very highly recommended reading, especially to all new parents of a gifted child.

Dreams To Reality
Laura Haskins-Bookser
Morning Glory Press
6595 San Haroldo Way, Buena Park, CA 90620-3748
1932538364 $14.95 1-715-828-2049

Dreams To Reality: Help For Young Moms, Education, Career And Life Choices by Laura Haskins-Bookser is a highly detailed, in-depth, "reader friendly" guide for singe and/or young mothers. Introducing readers to sage advice and informative, experienced-based strategies for receiving grants and loans, finding colleges with single-parent housing, short-term job training, and handling setbacks, making Dreams To Reality the greatest preparatory companion for all young mothers entering or seeking to remain in college. Dreams To Reality is very strongly recommended for all single-young mothers anticipating but fearing a college level atmosphere of education for its invaluable knowledge and guidance of the coming situation.

The Business Shelf

The Outsourcing Handbook
Mark J. Power et al
Kogan Page US
525 S 4th St., 241, Philadelphia, PA 19147
0749444304 $55.00

The Outsourcing Handbook: How To Implement A Successful Outsourcing Process, a collectively written descriptive analysis by Mark J. Power (President of ROS Incorporated), Kevin C. Desouza (Information School, University of Washington), and Carlo Bonifazi (Co-founder and Vice-President of ROS Incorporated), is a definitive study of corporate outsourcing as the evermore popular weapon in the multinational competition of global economics. Providing and an expansive grasp of strategic assessment, defining ones needs, vendor assessment, negotiation and contract management, project initiation and transition, management of relationships, continuing, modifying, and terminating arrangements, and the repeating process -- all in aide of developing the readers skills in the outsourcing process -- The Outsourcing Handbook is a comprehensive, "user-friendly", nicely organized reference and guide which is confidently recommended reading, especially for corporate leaders and governmental policy makers.

Prime Rib and Boxcars
Tom Blake
Tooter's Publishing
2957 Calle Fontera, San Clemente, CA 92673
0972796622 $32.95

Prime Rib And Boxcars: Whatever Happened To Victoria Station? by syndicated columnist Tom Blake is the intriguing story of the author's remarkable experience as an eight-year-running executive of a fast-paced chain of restaurants called the Victoria Station. As the company progressively grew from relatively humble beginnings to nearly 100 units nationwide, producing sales in excess of $100,000,000, the successful business upon which it was founded began to fail. Whatever Happened To Victoria Station? takes the story from its beginning in December of 1969 and provides the reader with a timeless and cautionary tale, which is very highly recommended reading for those who remember the successfully growing chain and curious as to what really did happen to once prosperous Victoria Station, as well as for those who find themselves currently engaged in business expansions of their own.

Workforce Crisis
Ken Dychtwald, et al.
Harvard Business School Press
300 N Beacon St, Watertown, MA 02472
1591395216 $29.95

Co-authored by Ken Dychtwald (Founder and CEO of Age Wave), Tamara J. Erickson (Executive Officer of The Concours Group), and Robert Morison (Executive Vice President of the Concours Group), Workforce Crisis: How To Beat The Coming Shortage Of Skills And Talent is an expert study of the baby-boom generation who are now nearing retirement, and the declining birth rates of coming generations, and what effective tactics and strategies might most effectively be utilized in assessing the impact on the general workforce available to the business community. Exploring the complex intricacies of the coming workforce issues, Workforce Crisis persuasively presents a comprehensive reference for various age groups of employees including the young (18-34), the mid-career (35-54), and the mature (55+) worker. Workforce Crisis is very strongly recommended reading for corporate level personnel managers and planners, as well small-business companies anticipating their workforce requirements in the coming years.

Network Marketing
Dr. Joe Rubino, editor
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
111 River St, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5773
0471716766 $19.95 1-800-225-5945

Author Joe Rubino is a network marketer and personal development trainer whose books have been distributed around the world: his gathering of success insights from the best network marketers around the globe thus relies not only on his knowledge and background, but upon that of some of his best contacts. Nearly forty top marketers share their secrets on how to build wealth, from building real residual income and achieving freedom to understanding formulas and routines for business and management success. An excellent guide covers the basics of making network contacts work – and managing money right. Network Marketing is highly informative reading.

Avoiding The Corporate Death Spiral
Gregg Stocker
American Society For Quality (ASQ)
600 Plankinton Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53201-3005
087389684X $40.00

Avoiding The Corporate Death Spiral: Recognizing And Eliminating The Signs Of Decline by Gregg Stocker (Director of Quality & Performance Improvement at ICO Polymers, Inc.) is an informed study of valid tactics and knowledgeable approach to the avoidance of catastrophic corporate failure. Introducing readers to a wealth of factual and conceptual strategies, Avoiding The Corporate Death Spiral presents to readers all the warning signs of the several-year-long process of organizational decline and the "death spiral". For its invaluable content and analysis of the factors associated with corporate downfall, Avoiding The Corporate Death Spiral is very strongly recommended to all business executives, corporate administrators, consultants, investors, and governmental regulators.

Shelf Life
A. J. Scribante
Regnery Publishing
Jane Wesmen Public Relations (publicity)
322 Eighth Ave, #1702, NY, NY 10001
0895260255 $27.95

Shelf Life: How An Unlikely Entrepreneur Turned $500 Into $65 Million In The Grocery Industry is the story behind the amazing life and achievements of A. J. Scribante (Founder and CEO of Majers Corporation, a national marketing information consulting firm). Autobiographically depicting a life of corporate success, Shelf Life tracks Scribante's small businessman's rise to entrepreneurial power and productivity through times often difficult and assaulted with many hardships, which were met with great persistence and an enabling "self-power". An exceptionally well written memoir, Shelf Life is very highly recommended reading, especially for entrepreneurs, as well as the non-specialist general reader, for its instructive, informative account of an entrepreneur who made his fortune in the grocery business.

The Professional Caterer's Handbook
Lora Arduser & Douglas Robert Brown
Atlantic Publishing Company
1405 SW 6th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34474
0910627606 $79.95

The Professional Caterer's Handbook: How To Open And Operate A Financially Successful Catering Business (With CD-Rom), expertly co-authored by Lora Arduser and Douglas Robert Brown, is an informative introduction and comprehensive guide to properly establishing and managing a catering business. Comprehensively mapping out an easy-to-follow, "user-friendly" compendium of strategies and tactics for establishing a company name and reputation, The Professional Caterer's Handbook presents logical and effective advise vitally important for all aspiring catering entrepreneurs. The Professional Caterer's Handbook is very strongly recommended as instructional reading for all small catering business developers, those hoping to create a professional catering business, and for those seeking to expand their catering business.

The Fashion Shelf

Nineteenth-Century Fashion In Detail
Lucy Johnston
V&A Publications/Harry N. Abrams
115 West 18th Street, NY, NY 10011
1851774408 $50.00

Nineteenth-Century Fashion In Detail is a gorgeous display of high-class 19th century Western clothing fashions. Shirts, dresses, gloves, shoes, and much more; each clothing piece is illustrated with a large full-color photograph, and its history and composition is described at length as befits a fabric work of art. The exquisite embroidery, tailoring, patterns, and other eye-catching details of the sample pieces make Nineteenth-Century Fashion In Detail a superb reference and inspirational sourcebook for clothing designers, costumers, and vintage clothing collectors. Also highly recommended are the companion volumes Historical Fashion in Detail: The 17th and 18th Centuries, and Modern Fashion in Detail.

The Sports Shelf

The Little Big Book Of Baseball
H. Clark Wajabayashi
Welcome Books
6 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011
1932183914 $24.95

Deftly compiled and edited by baseball enthusiast H. Clark Wajabayashi, The Little Big Book Of Baseball is a portable 352-page compendium of baseball and its timeless history. Providing readers with an expansive collection of literary excerpts, essays, recipes, poems, songs, leagues and lore, and facts of America's favorite sport, The Little Big Book Of Baseball's content ranges from The Interior Stadium by Roger Angell, The Front Lines To The Ballpark by Tom Brokaw, Baseball And Football by George Carlin, A Connecticut Yankee by Mark Twain and many more writings and fun teachings. The Little Big Book Of Baseball is very highly recommended for fans who consider the sport among their most favored pastimes, as well as those searching for a more expert grasp on the history and collective vision of baseball as a highly detailed and greatly accurate understanding of the ever-popular sport and its impact upon American popular culture.

The Gardening Shelf

Easy Garden Projects
Barbara Pleasant
Yankee Books/Rodale Books
400 S 10th Street, Emmaus, PA 18098
0899094007 $23.95

Easy Garden Projects: 200 Do-It-Yourself Ideas To Help You Grow Your Best Garden Ever, knowledgeably compiled and expertly edited by Barbara Pleasant, is a simply outstanding collection of innovative projects and intelligent ideas for bringing greater ease to gardening in a good many of its diverse aspects. Including instructional details of objects and innovations such as a Long-Handled Watering Wand, fashioning a Flashy Scarecrow, and making a Twig Tower in a pot, to making a Light Box from a drawer, weaving a wheat Good Luck Charm, and building a Rock Swale, Easy Garden Projects is an invaluable and practical "how to" reference. Easy Garden Projects is very highly recommended to all gardening specialists, hobbyists, and enthusiasts for its wealth of fun and inexpensive tips and projects.

Cass Turnbull's Guide To Pruning
Cass Turnbull & Kate Allen
Sasquatch Books
119 S Main St, #400, Seattle, WA 98104
1570614687 $19.95 1-800-775-0817

Now in an updated second edition, Cass Turnbull's Guide To Pruning is a no-nonsense guide to pruning plants the right way, since the wrong way can lead to "water sprouts" (stringy, hairy twigs that grow straight up on a tree) or other eyesores and disasters. Professional gardener Cass Turnbull gives step-by-step instructions for pruning more than 160 species of trees, shrubs, ground covers, vines, and more. Over 150 b/w illustrations clarify the various techniques, and new highlights of the second edition include additional chapters on pruning ground covers and hedges, expanded coverage of mounding-habit, cane-growing, and tree-like shrubs, pruning tips organized by regions of America, new illustrations, and more. Cass Turnbull's Guide To Pruning is a superb supplementary reference and resource for gardeners, homeowners, and landscapers.

The Social Issues Shelf

Breakfast At Noon
C.R. Yeager
Raku Publishing
30799 Pinetree Road, #411, Pepper Pike, OH 44124
0977066207 $21.95

Breakfast At Noon: Backwards In The 'burbs by C.R. Yeager is an easy-to-follow and quite humorous take on the conundrum of living the suburban life in an age of the "Sandwich Generation". Focusing upon the compromises invoked by raising children while also taking care of aging parents, Breakfast At Noon offers fifty-one tactfully authored essays ranging in subject from Handbag Hell; Heavy Petting; and Once Smitten, Twice Shy; to Cease and De-list. Breakfast At Noon is very highly recommended reading, particularly for members of the Sandwich Generation for its hilarious satirical but all-too-true interpretation of life and responsibility for baby boomer age grown-ups as well as offering a thoroughly thought-out and well written social analysis.

The Age Of War
Gabriel Kolko
Lynne Rienner Publishers
1800 30th Street, Suite 314, Boulder, CO 80301
1588264394 $19.95

The Age Of War: The United States Confronts The World by Gabriel Kolko (Research Professor Emeritus, York University, Toronto, Canada) is an informed and comprehensive study of what may potentially occur in Professor Kolko's prediction of the world's current state and instability. Enlightening readers on the inter-national environment's likelihood to produce another great war due to its flailing status, The Age Of War describes the American ideals and irrational pursuit of control of the world through a contemporary expression of a kind of "manifest destiny" mentality. A impeccably researched and well authored historical documented and predictive study, The Age Of War is very strongly recommended reading for all young Americans registered for the draft, scholars of American politics and contemporary social issues, modern political science, and those searching for a conceptual interpretation of America's coming potential future on the international scene.

Home Economics
Nandita Sharma
University Of Toronto Press
2250 Military Road, Towanda, NY 14150
0802048838 $30.00

Home Economics: Nationalism And The Making Of 'migrant Workers' In Canada by Nandita Sharma is an in-depth study of homelessness and how such a significant and growing homeless population may be attributed to immigrants and Canada's immigration laws. Meticulously investigating the global system of various national states, Home Economics comprehensively presents an accessible understanding of the intricacies involved in living as a 'migrant worker' or 'illegal' in every aspect of contemporary life. A work of impressive scholarship and detailed research, Home Economics is a seminal contribution to professional, governmental, and academic library collections -- and highly recommended reading for immigration policy makers and social activists involved with immigration issues.

Private Prisons In America
Michael A. Hallet
University of Illinois Press
1325 South Oak St., Champaign, IL 61820
0252073088 $25.00

A seminal, ground breaking work in penology, A Critical Race Perspective: Private Prisons In America by Michael Hallett (Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Director of the Center for Race and Juvenile Justice Policy at the University of North Florida) is an extensively researched, comprehensively written, impressively informed and scholarly study of the profiting organization of the modern, corporately owned, private sector prison and the alleged manipulation of the penal system to enhance profitability. Enlightening readers to the key concepts of the inter-workings of the profit industry of privately owned and operated prison systems with their focus on cost-effectiveness, contract monitoring, and seemingly significant focus on the imprisonment of African-American men in attempt to raise profits, Private Prisons In America informatively investigates the wrongful pursuit of the prison system and the question of truly honorable justice can have a profit motive.

The Judicial Studies Shelf

Neighbor Law
Cora Jordan
Nolo Press
950 Parker Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
141330060X $26.99

The newly expanded and updated fifth edition of Neighbor Law: Fences, Trees, Boundaries, And Noise by attorney and mediator Cora Jordan is an informed and informative reference guide to the complex laws and regulations concerning neighborly disputes and intricacies. Deftly covering laws concerning such issues as water runoff and flooding, trees that hang over property line, problems with neighboring businesses, noisy neighbors, unclear boundary lines, blocked views, high or unsightly "spite" fences, dangerously deteriorating fences, dangers to children, and so much more, Neighbor Law is a complete and thorough compendium ideal for non-specialist general readers wanting to know (and be able to enforce) their rights as a property owner in a neighborhood of property owners. Neighbor Law is very strongly recommended for anyone searching for a "user friendly" informational documentation of all the rules and regulations concerning proper neighbor responsibilities and an understanding of what can and can not be lawfully done when a conflict arises between neighbors.

Teens Take It To Court
Judge Tom Jacobs
Free Spirit Publishing
217 5th Avenue, Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1299
1575421992 $14.95

Teens Take It To Court: Young People Who Challenged The Law--And Changed Your Life by Judge Tom Jacobs (Adjunct Professor at the Arizona State University School of Social Work) is an informative and thought provoking collection of cases brought to court by young people who have historically taken the judicial initiative and changed the course of American history by doing so. Introducing its readers to a constructive and progressive understanding of the laws and the judicial system, Teens Take It To Court addresses such issues as to whether or not parents have the right to give police permission to search a minor's personal belongings over the child's objection, if parents retain the right to prevent their daughter from getting an abortion, if prayer at a school function is voluntary, or if wearing gang symbols or colors should be illegal. An invaluable addition to school and community library collections, Teens Take It To Court is very highly recommended for interested parents and children, and for those searching for a reference when taking action in court for youth-related cases.

The Literary Shelf

Searching For Jane Austen
Emily Auerbach
University of Wisconsin Press
1930 Monroe Street, Third Floor, Madison, WI 53711-2059
0299201848 $21.95 1-800-621-2736

Searching For Jane Austen studies the life and writings of Jane Austen, the well-known author of numerous literary classics. In particular, Searching For Jane Austen devotes itself to six of Austen's novels, scrutinizing not only the works themselves but two hundred years of literary criticism about "Northanger Abbey", "Sense and Sensibility", "Pride and Prejudice", "Mansfield Park", and "Emma". Author and English professor Emily Auerbach challenges the perceived image of Austen as pining and romantically frustrated, instead presenting a bold counter-portrait of Austen as buoyant, fearless, and adaptable. A handful of black-and-white illustrations intersperse the respectful yet lively text. Additional chapters discuss how Austen is viewed today, and an appendix closely examines Mark Twain's notorious disdain for Austen's works - was this petty rivalry, serious-minded repugnance, or jocular tongue-in-cheek mockery? Especially recommended for college library literary criticism reference collection

The Irish Martyr
Russel Working
University of Notre Dame Press
310 Flanner Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556
0268044082 $18.00

The Irish Martyr is an engaging collection of Russel Working's most intriguing short stories. As a catching insight into Working and his muse's product, The Irish Martyr is collectively an almost invasively detailed and descriptive presentation of style and story unique to this author. The ten stories comprising this anthology include: Halloween, Via Dolorosa; Perjury; The Sky Ranch; The World In The First Year Of The Wire; Inmates; Help; Dear Leader; The Tin Man; Slava; and the title piece, The Irish Martyr. Working's greatest release of short stories yet, The Irish Martyr is enthusiastically recommended reading especially for those who have yet to discover the ever-engaging literary creative and storytelling style of Russel Working.

Moderns Worth Keeping
Russel Fraser
Transaction Books
390 Campus Drive, Somerset, NJ 08873
0765802848 $34.95

Moderns Worth Keeping by Russel Fraser (Austin Warren Professor Emeritus of English Literature and Language, University of Michigan) is an extensive and engaging introduction to fourteen of the most influential and needed writers from the twentieth-century . The impressively insightful commentaries on the writers Oscar Wilde, J.M. Synge, Edwin Muir, George Mackay Brown, Paul Valery, Eugenio Montale, Osip Mandelstam, R.P. Blackmur, Allen Tate, James Dickey, Delmore Schwartz, Austin Warren, Francis Fergusson, and Kingsley Amis are as informed and they are informative. Moderns Worth Keeping is a scholarly and well authored compendium and a core contribution to academic library collection of twentieth-century literature.

Critical Pasts
Philip Smallwood
Bucknell University Press
Associated University Presses, dist.
2010 Eastpark Blvd, Cranbury, NJ 08512
083875595X $25.00

Deftly compiled and expertly edited by Philip Smallwood (Professor of English at the University of Central England in Burmingham), Critical Pasts: Writing Criticism, Writing History offers the reader an understanding and analysis of modern thought and scholarship on the theory, practice, and cultural value of historical literary criticism. Involving the work of Stephen Penn, Paul Trolander, Zeynep Tenger, Tom Mason, April London, Gavin Budge, Adam Rounce, Robert Eaglestone, Philip Smallwood, and Gary Day, Critical Pasts is an accessible conceptual grasp of literary etiquette, relationship, and historical variations of past and present literary criticism. An invaluable addition to academic library collections, Critical Pasts is very highly recommended and instructive reading, especially for students and scholars of literature -- especially within the context of historical authorship and criticism.

The Classical Trivium
Marshall McLuhan, author
Terrence Gordon, editor
Gingko Press Inc.
5768 Paradise Drive, Suite J, Corte Madera, CA 94925
1584230673 $39.95 1-415-924-9615

The Classical Trivium: The Place Of Thomas Nashe In The Learning Of His Time is a previously unpublished work of the late Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), presenting the story of western literary culture from antiquity to the Elizabethan age. Examining the divisions of classical Rhetoric, Grammar, and Dialectic, in a strategy that he would later refine in his media analysis of the 1960s and 70s, The Classical Trivium, he connects the roots of ancient philosophy with modern-day interpretive and evaluative techniques. More than a half-century after it was written, The Classical Trivium remains a superb lens through which to examine the traditions of Elizabethan writer Thomas Nashe. Divided into four chapters, three devoted to sections of The Trivium and the fourth to Thomas Nashe himself, The Classical Trivium is a "must-read" book, especially for college library shelves and students of classical literature and philosophy.

Other People's Letters
Mina Curtiss
Helen Marx Books/Turtle Point Press
233 Broadway, Rm. 946, NY, NY 10279
1885586361 $17.50

Other People's Letters: In Search Of Proust by Mina Curtiss is an account of the author's journey to Paris in 1947 to assemble a volume of Proust's letters and meet with his correspondents. Carrying the reader through the true story of her intriguing quest, of meeting famed authors in aristocratic salons, and recounting her encounter with Celeste Alabaret, Other People's Letters is a unique memoir of rare engagements and the pursuit of a literary life. Other People's Letters is very strongly recommended to all readers with an interest in the writings of Mina Curtiss, the era of the mid-twentieth century literary intellects, and the impressive biographical documentation of one.

The Hopwood Awards
Nicholas Delbanco, et al.
The University of Michigan Press
839 Greene St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
0472069268 $24.95

Expertly compiled and co-edited by the team of Nicholas Delbanco (Professor of English and Director of the Hopwood Program at the University of Michigan), Andrea Beauchamp (Program Associate at the Hopwood Program), and Michael Barrett (Associate Editor at the Hopwood Program, University of Michigan) The Hopwood Awards: Seventy-Five Years Of Prized Writing is an impressive literary anthology of University of Michigan students who won the prestigious Hopwood Award for literature and showcasing three generations of these outstanding writers. Inclusive of writings drawn from the work of John Ciardi, Anne Stevenson, Henry Van Dyke, Max Apple, Cid Corman, Sarah Messer, Laura Kasischke, Garret Hongo and so many more remarkable authors, The Hopwood Awards presents an eminent compendium of intellectual literature. The Hopwood Awards is very highly recommended reading for its showcased compilation of prizewinning literary talent.

The Self-Help Shelf

Strength In The Storm
Eknath Easwaran
Nilgiri Press
PO Box 256, Tomales, CA 94971
1586380176 $14.00

Strength In The Storm by Eknath Easwaran is an unusually insightful collection of philosophical perception and societal interpretation of the everyday tedium encountered in the course of ordinary daily life. Introducing readers to an uncompromisingly conceptual and helpful system of ideals and coping techniques, Strength In The Storm astutely guides its readers through life's universal issues as they present themselves. Strength In The Storm is especially recommended reading for those who are searching for an instructive and "user friendly" guide for seeking happiness and obtaining contentment, as well as those who find themselves chronically unhappy with their daily struggle with situational stresses, relationships, or the seeming indifference of the world around them.

The Needlecraft Shelf

Generation T
Megan Nicolay
Workman Publishing
708 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
0761137858 $14.95

Generation T: 108 Ways To Transform A T-shirt by Meagan Nicolay is an introductory "how to" guide for converting an old T-shirt into a fun and trendy new article of clothing or accessory. Drawing upon her many years of experience and expertise, Nicolay offers a step-by-step, easy-to-follow conversion process applicable to any T-shirt transformation project. Generation T is an innovative and expressive solution to reusing T-shirts and make them into customized tees, tank tops, tube tops, T-shirts, handbags, patchwork blankets, iPod cozies, leg warmers, and more. A unique addition to any do-it-yourself needlecraft or fashion accessory reference collection, Generation T is very highly recommended for the resourceful and trend-setting teen with a knack for style, sewing, and innovation.

Flowering Quilts
Kim Schaefer
C & T Publishing
PO Box 1456, Lafayette, CA 94549
1571203389 $26.95

Flowering Quilts: 16 Charming Folk Art Projects To Decorate Your Home by quilting expert Kim Schaefer is a beautifully presented and "user-friendly" needlecraft guide to making sixteen artistic quilting projects. Introducing readers to an easy-to-follow mapping of the construct and design of quilts ranging from Potted Flowers Table Runner, Big Happy Flowers Table Runner, and Checkerboard Tulip Table Runner, to Sunflower Table Runner, Sun Flowers Wall Quilt, Log Cabin Pot Wall Quilt, Raggy Flowers Wall Quilt, A Bloomin' Dozen Wall Quilt, Flowering Quilts provides an extensive and impressive collection of unique and intricate flower-quilts as well as the pattern layout designs for ease in their creation. Flowering Quilts is very highly recommended to all readers searching for a comprehensive and easily read contribution to the flower-design of do-it-yourself quilting projects.

The Money/Finance Shelf

Personal Bankruptcy
Daniel Sitarz
Nova Publishing Company
1103 W College St, Carbondale, IL 62901
1892949342 $29.95

This completely updated fourth edition of Personal Bankruptcy by bankruptcy attorney Daniel Sitarz is a "user friendly" instructional introduction and guide to the new 2005 Bankruptcy Act and the process of properly proceeding a declaration of bankruptcy. Providing readers with official files and forms, checklists and questionnaires, sample completed forms, and particular state exemption lists, Personal Bankruptcy is the essential reference tool as a legally valid production for all fifty states for the non-specialist general reader considering the invocation of bankruptcy to set in order their financial affairs. Personal Bankruptcy is very strongly recommended, especially for those hoping to correctly and lawfully engage in the process of filing for bankruptcy and are searching for a thorough and reliable study on how to proceed.

The Political Science Shelf

In Our Hands
Charles Murray
American Enterprise Institute Press
1150 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036
0844742236 $20.00

In Our Hands: A Plan To Replace The Welfare State by Charles Murray (the W. H. Brady Scholar in Culture and Freedom at the American Enterprise Institute) is an analytical study of the broken social compact arrangements of welfare, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid and the author's approach to the betterment of our collective nation as result of his theoretical proposals. Educating readers on a thought-provoking comprehension of the many issues involved in American financial plans for future generations, In Our Hands presents Murray's ideals of granting every American over twenty-one years of age $10,000 after eliminating the troubling issues of income transfer programs. In Our Hands is very highly recommended to students of socioeconomics and modern American financial regulation and progression for its remarkable perspective on the current system and the well-studied, gathering of information and documentation that Charles Murray provides.

With God On Their Side
Esther Kaplan
The New Press
38 Greene St, New York, NY 10013
159558031X $16.95

With God On Their Side: How Christian Fundamentalists Trampled Science, Policy, And Democracy In George Bush's White House by Brooklyn-based radio and print journalist Esther Kaplan is an informed, hard-hitting, no nonsense investigation into the collaboration of a power-hungry President and his supporters of the fundamentalist Christian right. Delving deeply into the details of the covert conspiracies and overt deal-making for gaining political empowerment among fellow Christians in the first term of Bush's election, With God On Their Side comprehensively supports and documents the arguments presented while intricately mapping out the Bush Administration's attacks upon the democratic principle of separation of church and state. With God On Their Side is very highly recommended for students of political science, and contemporary social activists who support the continued separation between the powers of the government and the demands of the religious community.

Promises Betrayed
Bob Herbert
Times Books
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
0805078649 $26.00

Promises Betrayed: Waking Up From The American Dream by Bob Herbert (Op-Ed Columnist for the New York Times) is an in-depth analysis of the political struggle of citizens of minority groups and their confrontation with the power-based, vested interest realities of America which seek to maintain a discriminatory status quo. A study of the over-frequent application of the death penalty and the demagoguery of terrorism to control public opinion and electoral politics, Promises Betrayed acutely provides readers with a timeless and timely exposure of the truths in situations such as the fabrication of drug charges against several people on the racist behalf of a police officer in Tulia, Texas; an eleven-year-old girl's conviction of homicide despite any evidence supporting her confession as having been coerced, and so much more. Promises Betrayed is very strongly recommended for social activists, students of law and political science, as well non-specialist general readers seeking an understanding of the realities of the American political system and the endemic persecution of the innocent.

The World History Shelf

Vindiciae Gallicae And Other Writings On The French Revolution
James Mackintosh
Liberty Fund, Inc.
8335 Allison Pointe Trail, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46250-1684
0865974632 $12.00 1-800-955-8335

Vindiciae Gallicae And Other Writings On The French Revolution is the first modern and fully annotated version of the work of British Parliament member, lawyer, moral philosopher, and historian Sir James Mackintosh (1765-1832): Vindiciae Gallicae, a defense of the French Revolution, and an additional voice to the debate stirred by his famous contemporary Sir Edmund Burke's treatise "Reflections on the Revolution in France". Mackintosh's other presented writings include "A Letter to the Right Honourable William Pitt on His Apostacy from the Cause of Parliamentary Reform", "A Discourse on the Law of Nature and nations", and "On the State of France in 1815". Select chronologies, a Dramatis Personae, and an index round out this excellent edition of historical and political writings, highly recommended for college library shelves.

An American Heroine In The French Resistance
Judy Barrett Litoff
Fordham University Press
25646 Belmont Avenue, University Box L, Bronx, NY 10458-5172
082322581X $29.95 1-800-247-6553

Expertly edited by Judy Barret Litoff who also provides an informative introduction, An American Heroine In The French Resistance: The Diary And Memoir Of Virginia d'Albert-Lake is the remarkable story of Virginia d'Albert-Lake's devoted and hazardous service as active member of the French Resistance to the Allied forces during World War II, and the risks she took which nearly cost her life. Introducing readers to her efforts to aid an Allied airman in getting him to safety, An American Heroine In The French Resistance vividly depicts the horrors d'Albert-Lake faced in her eventual imprisonment in the German prison camp of Ravensbruek. An heroic tale of total commitment to the French Resistance, An American Heroine In The French Resistance is very highly recommended reading as the articulate memoir of a strong woman who laid her life on the line in the defence of her country under German occupation, and an invaluable contribution to the growing library of World War II memoirs and autobiographies by a generation now passing from among us into history and legend.

The International Studies Shelf

Religious Identity And Political Destiny
Deepa S. Reddy
Rowan & Littefield Publishing Group
15200 NBN Way, Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17214
075910686X $26.95

Religious Identity And Political Destiny: Hindutva In The Culture Of Ehnicism by Deepa S. Reddy (Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Houston--Clear Lake) offers a complete understanding of the significance of the religious contribution to the political system in India and the south of Asia. Introducing readers to a comprehensive and scholarly study of the theological and public or civic differentials in Indian culture, Religious Identity And Political Destiny explores the intricacies of Hinduism from the perspective of an original study, including autobiographical happenings, and ethnographic concepts to thoroughly cover a grasp of the ideological involvement with respect to the expanse of general Indian life. Religious Identity And Political Destiny is very strongly recommended to students of anthropology, Asian or Indian history, ethno-nationalism, global feminism, and Hindu-culturalism for its exclusive content and sound research.

The Language Studies Shelf

China Books & Periodicals, Inc.
360 Swift Avenue, Suite 48 South San Francisco, CA 94080 1-800-818-2017

New Century Chinese is a three-volume consumable textbook set to aid the user in learning how to read and write Mandarin Chinese for the new millennium, both simplified and complex characters. Intended to be used in conjunction with classroom instruction or a set of separately available audio tapes (the audio tapes are not necessarily packaged with the books and not included in their list price) for their oral activities, New Century Chinese seeks to broaden the user's vocabulary. Volume 1 (7561909659, $14.95), Volume 2 (7561910703, $16.95) and Volume 3(7561911637, $16.95) together form a complete college-level course with basic grammatical structures, approximately 1,200 useful vocabulary, selected reading materials, and opportunities to practice Chinese in both communicative and interactive contexts. Simple illustrations and fill-in-the-blank written exercises round out this invaluable teaching tool whether used in a formal educational institution or individually to acquire basic linguistic familiarity.

The Science Shelf

Food Biochemistry & Food Processing
Y. H. Hui et. al.
Blackwell Publishing
PO Box 570, Ames, IA 50010-0570
0813803780 $249.99 1-800-862-6657

Knowledgeably compiled and deftly edited by the international team of Y.H. Hui (an food industry consultant), Wai-Kit Nip (Food Technologist Emeritus, Department of Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering, University of Hawaii, Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii), Leo M. L. Nollet (Professor of Biotechnology, Hogeschool Gent, Ghent, Belgium), Gopinadhan Paliyath (Associate Professor, Department of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada), and Benjamin K. Simpson (Associate Professor and Enzymologist, Department of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry, McGill University, Quebec , Canada), Food Biochemistry & Food Processing is a comprehensive coverage of developments, advances, and innovations in the biochemical, technological, enzymes, chemistry, and fermentation of food. Detailing many various agricultural commodities, specific foods and products in terms of their biochemical makeup, Food Biochemistry & Food Processing provides expansive research based overview of all types of food products. Food Biochemistry & Food Processing is very highly recommended as a basic and seminal text and professional reference for the study of the food sciences, including biochemistry, enzymology, and food processing.

The Environmental Studies Shelf

Lee Rozelle
The University of Alabama Press
PO Box 870380, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
081731492X $29.95

Ecosublime: Environmental Awe And Terror From New World To Oddworld by Lee Rozelle (Assistant Professor of English at the University of Montevallo) offers an expansive and impressive variety of literature and cultural artifacts, drawing from nineteenth-century, modern, postmodern, and millennial texts in their portrayal of the ecological progression and digression of America. Thoughtful and thought-provoking, Ecosublime explores the endlessly intricate detailing of the conceptual ideals of modernists and presented philosophies ranging from Edgar Allen Poe, to William Carlos Williamson, Charles W. Chesnutt and a great many others. Ecosublime is very highly recommended reading (especially for non-specialist general readers) for its progressive, interpretive perspective of environmentally relevant commentary.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

Secrets Of The Holy Lance
Jerry E. Smith & George Piccard
Adventures Unlimited Press
One Adventure Place, Kempton, IL 60946
1931882436 $16.95

Expertly researched and knowledgeably co-authored by Jerry E. Smith and George Piccard, Secrets Of The Holy Lance: The Spear Of Destiny In History And Legend is an explorative study of the historical pursuit, ownership from Constantine to Adolph Hitler, and influence of the spear attributed Christian folklore as the one used by a Roman legionnaire, Cascus Longinus on the body of Jesus Christ when He was crucified just outside of Jerusalem and thought to be endowed with supernatural powers as a result. Revealing the spear's metaphysical truths and cult history, Secrets Of The Holy Lance informs its readers by providing them with a progressively unfolding understanding of this empowering object's mythic truths and background, leading readers to questions with respect to its current whereabouts and future destiny. Secrets Of The Holy Lance is very highly recommended reading, especially to anyone interested in the timeless stories surrounding of the Spear of Longinus.

Beyond Fear
Don Miguel Ruiz & Mary Carroll Nelson
Council Oak Books
2105 East 15th St, #B, Tulsa, OK 74104
1571780386 $14.95 1-800-247-8850

Beyond Fear: A Toltec Guide To Freedom And Joy from the teachings of don Miguel Ruiz as recorded by Mary Carrol Nelson (Founder of the Layerists in Multi-Media) is a spiritual interpretive guide to the teachings of don Miguel Ruiz and his interpretation of Toltec practices. Inclusive of guidance through the basic elements of Toltec wisdom and the spiritual practice, tools for transformation such as exercises and ceremonies, an imaginary journey to Teotihuacan, information on the life after death, prophecies about the evolution of humanity, and biographical information on don Miguel Ruiz and his training with his curandera mother, Mother Sarita, Beyond Fear is provides the reader with an insightful understanding of the message and philosophy of Ruiz. Beyond Fear is very highly recommended reading for students of Toltec philosophy, metaphysical studies, those seeking a more innovative interpretation of life and spiritual ideals, and most particularly those who have studied from the Four Agreements.

The Women's Studies Shelf

The Eloquence Of Mary Astell
Christine Mason Sutherland
University of Calgary Press
2500 University Drive, N.W., Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4
1552381536 $44.95 1-800-565-3770

Christine Sutherland (Professor in the Faculty of Communication and Culture, University of Calgary) presents The Eloquence Of Mary Astell, a seminal and scholarly study of the role that women in general, and Mary Astell (1666-1731) in particular, have played in the history of rhetoric. Mary Astell's importance as an Enlightenment thinker was overlooked in the years following her death, but recently her contributions and influence has become more properly recognized by historians. Mary Astell's deliberate choice to move beyond the limited format for rhetoric that was the norm for common female conversation, and into the more public realms of participation in philosophy, academia and political debate, broke new ground and set a positive example for future generations of women up to the present day. A welcome addition to college library, women's studies, and communications studies collections, The Eloquence Of Mary Astell presents illustrative excerpts of Astell's rhetoric, a firm grounding in the context within which Astell expressed herself, extensive notes, a bibliography, and an index.

The Photography Shelf

Venice: City Of Art
Matteo Varia, author
Livio Bourbon, photographer
I.B. Tauris/Palgrave MacMillan
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
1845112008 $25.95

Venice: City Of Art with creative and vividly visual photography from Livio Bourbon and enhanced with writings by Matteo Varia is an artistic and inspiring introduction of one of Italy's truly beautiful and historic cities. Engaging its readers with 128 pages of endlessly amazing and intriguing visual poetry, Venice: City Of Art is a timeless contribution to the classically enriching world of Venice, Italy. Venice: City Of Art is very highly recommended, especially to anyone with any interest in Venice for its eccentric architecture, artistic heritage, and cultural legacy.

The Buddhist Studies Shelf

The Great Kagyu Masters
Victoria Huckenpahler, editor
Khenpo Konchog Gyaltsen, translator
Snow Lion Publications
PO Box 6483, Ithaca, NY 14851
1559392444 $16.95 1-800-950-0313

Translated by Tibetan Rinpoche Khenpo Konchog Gyaltsen, Tibet The Great Kagyu Masters: The Golden Lineage Treasury is a collection of the wisdom of the early sages of the Kagyu sages of Tibet, many of whom are virtually unknown to non-Tibetans. Presenting the life stories of several enlightened masters including Tilopa, Naropa, Marpa, Milarepa, Gampopa, and others, The Great Kagyu Masters is part biography, part religious history, and part insight into principles and teachings of this dynamic path of Tibetan Buddhism. Many of the biographical sketches alternate between standard prose and verse form. An enthusiastically welcome addition to public library, Buddhist history and Buddhism study shelves.

First Buddhist Women
Susan Murcott
Parallax Press
PO Box 7355, Berkeley, CA 94707
188837554X $15.95 1-800-863-5290

First Buddhist Women: Poems And Stories Of Awakening tells the true story of the wives, mothers, teachers, courtesans, prostitutes, and travelers who became the first female followers of the Buddha. Professor Susan Murcott offers a translation and extensive commentary upon the Therigatha, the earliest know collection of women's religious poetry, and contemplates issues of spiritual enlightenment and societal demands that are as important today as they were thousands of years ago. First Buddhist Women is written with a decidedly objective eye, observing equally both the positive aspects that Buddhism brought to the lives of women, particularly those women who pursued enlightenment or joined the sangha, and the negative aspects, especially those who were in effect widowed when their husbands renounced the earthly world following Buddha's example. Highly recommended for women's and Buddhist studies shelves.

The Interior Design Shelf

Updating Ranches
M. Caren Connolly & Louis Wasserman
The Taunton Press
PO Box 5506, Newton, CT 06470-5506
1561587419 $19.95

Knowledgeably co-authored by architects M. Caren Connolly and Louis Wasserman, Updating Ranches is an interesting collection of ranch-styled house interior design ideas for remodeling, renovating, and building the one of America's most popular house styles. Featuring over twenty houses and their interiors in full color photographs, Updating Ranches is a comprehensive, inspiring, informative, and thoroughly "reader friendly" introduction and pictorial guide of ranch-style houses. Profusely illustrated throughout, Updating Ranches is very highly recommended, especially to architectural designers, and ranch-styled home owners.

The Islamic Studies Shelf

Manufacturing Human Bombs
Mohammed M. Hafez
United States Institute of Peace
1200 17th Street, NW, Washington D.C., 20036-3011
1929223722 $12.50

Knowledgeably written by Mohammed M. Hafez (Visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Missouri, Kansas City) Manufacturing Human Bombs: The Making Of Palestinian Suicide Bombers is an insightful and chilling study of the Palestinian suicide bombers during the Al-Aqsa intifada that began in the year 2000 and continues to be a primary weapon among Islamic fundamentalists. Providing western readers with an in-depth understanding of the deaths, war, killings, and reasoning and rationale to these terrifying and seemingly indiscriminate attacks, Manufacturing Human Bombs creates an intricate detailing of Middle East mentality, lifestyle, honor, and progression of those who elect to become suicide bombers and those who elect to employ them. Manufacturing Human Bombs is very highly recommended reading to all students of the Middle Eastern culture, the suicidal extremes of the bombers themselves, the attitudes of the victimized society that breeds them, and the issues surrounding phenomena of suicide bombers in countries such as Iraq, Israel, Chechnya, and Afghanistan.

The Black Studies Shelf

Closing The Racial Academic Achievement Gap
Matthew Lynch
African American Images
1909 W. 95th Street, Chicago, IL 60643
0974900060 $14.95 1-773-445-0322

Closing The Racial Academic Achievement Gap by Matthew Lynch is an in-depth study of the factors involved in the prominent gap in educational development between whites and blacks, and allowances which are based upon race. Knowledgeably covering the aspects of the racially based exclusions and limits within academic institutions, Closing The Racial Academic Achievement Gap comprehensively presents understandings and answers to the questions of what contributing factors might serve to widen the achievement gap between African Americans and their white counter parts?; how can African American Parents help their children succeed in school?; what groups should be held accountable for allowing African American students to fail through the cracks?; how should teachers respond to academic failure and misbehavior of African American children?; and how should we better educate African American children in the "Age of Information Technology? Closing The Racial Academic Achievement Gap is very strongly recommended reading for school administrators, and teachers, as well as to parents and guardians of African American children.

The Large Print Shelf

No Cure For Death
Hazel Holt
Magna Large Print
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
0750524537 $32.50 1-800-955-9659

No Cure For Death is a large-print mystery about an unseemly medical practice. When a doctor belabored by charges of misdiagnosing a patient who suddenly died turns up dead himself, all leads point to the drug addict who was the last person to have seen him alive. However, the intrepid Sheila Malory has a suspicion that the doctor's death was far more than a random act of violence, and embarks on a treacherous search through the flaws and casual cruelties of a questionable health care system for evidence of foul play. A gut-twisting sleuth story from start to finish.

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