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Volume 21, Number 11 November 2011 Home | IBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Civil War Shelf Business Shelf
Gaming Shelf International Studies Shelf American History Shelf
World History Shelf Biography Shelf Parenting Shelf
Christian Studies Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf Poetry Shelf
Sports Shelf Writing/Publishing Shelf Social Issues Shelf
Journalism Shelf Library Science Shelf Photography Shelf
Fiction Shelf Architecture Shelf Cookbook Shelf
Agriculture Shelf Theatre/Cinema Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf
Science Shelf Autism Shelf Art Shelf
Literary Studies Shelf Language Studies Shelf Native American Shelf
Pets/Wildlife Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf Audiobook Shelf
Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf Library CD Shelf Library DVD Shelf
Humor Shelf Jobs/Careers Shelf Philosophy Shelf
Military Shelf Buddhist Studies Shelf Education Shelf
Nautical Shelf Martial Arts Shelf Computer Shelf
Music Shelf Money/Finance Shelf Reference Shelf
Psychology Shelf Economic Studies Shelf Christmas Self
Memoir Shelf Self-Help Shelf Travel Shelf
Metaphysical Studies Shelf Needlecraft Shelf Crafts Shelf
Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Automotive Shelf Antiques/Collectibles Shelf
Environmental Studies Shelf Political Science Shelf Women's Studies Shelf

Reviewer's Choice

Joyce Tenneson
Down East Books
PO Box 679
Camden, ME 04843
9780892729760, $40.00,

The mystery and enigma of sea shells only adds to their beauty. "Shells" is a full color coffee table style book focusing on the majesty of the ocean's natural artistry. The photography is done by acclaimed photographer Joyce Tenneson who pairs her marvelous work with a bit of spiritual wisdom from some of the great thinkers and philosophers of history. For anyone with a favored study of sea shells, "Shells" is an excellent pick for both nature and photography collections.

Carolyn & Sean Savage
Harper Collins
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022
9780062004635, $26.99,

Mistakes happen, and those mistakes can tear the soul apart. "Inconceivable: A Medical Mistake, the Baby We Couldn't Keep, and Our Choice to Deliver the Ultimate Gift" tells the story of Carolyn and Sean Savage, who upon failing to conceive a child, opted for an IVF procedure. But they received the wrong embryo, and Carolyn discovered she was carrying another couple's child. Choosing to carry it rather than terminate it, they tell their story of being selfless and taking the pain intended for another. "Inconceivable" is a moving and much recommended read for memoir and parenting collections.

Be a People Person
John C. Maxwell
David C. Cook
4050 Lee Vance View, Colorado, Springs, CO 80918
9780781448437, $16.99,

You can't avoid people, so you may as well embrace them. "Be a People Person: Effective Leadership Through Effective Relationships" is a leadership and self-help book with an Christian-inspired take on business leadership as John Maxwell does well in suggesting what leaders of men in business and in life to lead them to greater success. "Be a People Person" is an excellent compilation that shouldn't be overlooked for self-help and Christian collections, highly recommended.

Hope for Families of Children with Cancer
Lynda T. Young & Johnathan Ward
c/o Abilene Christian University Press
1626 Campus Court, Abilene, TX 79601
9780891122890, $14.99,

Cancer can wreak havoc on life, and finding piece of mind through trying times is invaluable. "Hope for Families of Children with Cancer" is an inspirational read for families of those struggling to find hope and the will to move on as their child battles for their life. With humor and an uplifting story throughout, "Hope for Families of Children with Cancer" is an inspirational and much recommended read for anyone who is struggling with this terrifying endeavor.

The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes And Other Stories
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Canterbury Classics
c/o Baker & Taylor Publishing Group
10350 Barnes Canyon Road, Suite 100
San Diego, CA 93121
9781607102113, $24.95,

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's literary character Sherlock Holmes is a cultural icon and has no need of an introduction here. What should be addressed is how elegant this edition of "The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes And Other Stories" is its gilding, its ribbon bookmark, its embossed cover, and its informed and informative introduction by Michael A. Cramer. This outstanding anthology includes all the Sherlock Holmes tales of this master of deductive reasoning from 'A Study in Scarlet', to 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'. A simply beautiful volume, "The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes And Other Stories" would adorn the bookshelves of any Sherlock Holmes enthusiast and would make an enduringly popular edition for all school and community library collections.

Chocolate Wars
Deboarah Cadbury
Douglas & McIntyre
130 Spadina Avenue, Suite 405
Toronto, ON M5V 2L4, Canada
9781553659259, $19.95,

Chocolate can be a vicious game. "Chocolate Wars: The 150-Year Rivalry Between the World's Greatest Chocolate Makers" discusses the clashes many of the giants of chocolate told from the perspective of Cadbury. Telling of marketing war from the strange dominance of Quakers who place their pacifism aside for a quite pitched business battle. In England, only Cadbury survived of the original chocolate dynasties, and "Chocolate Wars" proves an intriguing breakdown of chocolate and business throughout the twentieth century.

A Carpenter's Life as Told by Houses
Larry Haun
Taunton Press
63 South Main Street, PO Box 5506
Newtown, CT 06470-5506
9781600854026, $22.95,

A home becomes the stage for much of life. "A Carpenter's Life as Told by Houses" is a blend of history and memoir from Larry Haun, as he covers one hundred years of homes, showing the changes of America and life during that time. From the schoolhouse of the late nineteenth century to homes built for charity throughout the country. Looking at the simplicity of life and what we all desire out of something called home, "A Carpenter's Life as Told by Houses" proves to be a fascinating and much recommended read for community library history and memoir collections.

A Decade of Hope
Dennis Smith with Deirdre Smith
Viking Press
c/o Penguin Group (USA)
375 Hudson Street, 4th floor, NY, NY 10014
9780670022939, $26.95,

A Decade of Hope: Stories of Grief and Endurance from 9/11 Families and Friends arrived a few days before the anniversary date but deserves ongoing recommendation for any collection where the events and lasting effect of 9/11 are evident. It provides a decade of gathered reflection and hours spent with the family of victims, presenting accounts through the eyes of a range of individuals whose lives changed forever that day. As a testimonial to hope and survival, A Decade of Hope is moving, reflective, and recommended for any general lending library!

Rising Above Bullying
Rosemary Hayes and Carrie Herbert
Jessica Kingsley Publisher
400 Market St. #400, Philadelphia, PA 19106
9781849051231, $24.95,

RISING ABOVE BULLYING: FROM DESPAIR TO RECOVERY covers bullying and its traumatic results, and reveals these results using the stories of eight children who have experienced extreme bullying then recovered through the help of a special learning center's program. Now parents and any working with children can have access to this approach in a title that surveys common issues, what teachers and parents can do to help a kid who is being bullied or one who is the bully, and how to teach kids survival skills to cope with bullies. The blend of practical advice and survival keys makes this a winner!

Ken Jennings
c/o Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
9781439167175, $25.00,

MAPHEAD: CHARTING THE WIDE, WEIRD WORLD OF GEOGRAPHY WONKS reflects the author's passion for geography and the wider world of geography enthusiasts, and is a fine pick for any general-interest collection. It surveys map fairs, specialty map librarians and collections, the computer geeks at Google Earth and more, offering chapters that probe the map's culture and history. Anecdotes and analysis discuss geographic illiteracy, GPS technology, and the map enthusiast's world. A lively, fun tone makes for an involving read!

Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 N. Charles St., Baltimore MD 21218

Virginia L. Naples,'s THE OTHER SABER-TOOTHS: SCIMITAR-TOOTH CATS OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE (9780801896644, $110.00) blends new research with previously published accounts to consider all aspects of the natural history of saber-tooth cats. From their world distribution patterns and how they interacted with non-prey animals to their biology and natural history, this pairs fine drawings with the latest information in a college-level collection suitable for any paleontological collection. E. Paul Zehr's INVENTING IRON MAN: THE POSSIBILITY OF A HUMAN MACHINE (9781421402260, $24.95) provides a vivid deconstruction of the Iron Man fantasy to consider if modern technology can create a suit of armor similar to the Iron Man story. Scientific analysis is used to consider how Iron Man's suit allows Stark to become a superhero - and how brain-machine interfaces can work to achieve the same. A fine pick for science and general holdings alike. Any collection strong in wildlife and natural history will relish James G. Sanderson and Patrick Watson's SMALL WILD CATS: THE ANIMAL ANSWER GUIDE (0801898854, $24.95). Even those well versed in small cats will find plenty of new names here to wonder at: Pallas' cat, fishing cats, sand cats, and more. Black and white photos accompany a lively set of insights on these varied cats, making for a scientific and fun guide.

The Civil War Shelf

Write Quick
Ann Fox Chandonnet and Roberta Gibson Pevear
Bethel Historical Society
PO Box 12
Bethel, ME 04217
9780978973698 $34.95

Write Quick: War and a Woman's Life in Letters, 1835-1867 gathers passages from the diary of Eliza Bean Foster, the wife of an enlisted soldier for the Union in the American Civil War, as well as more than 150 letters written during the antebellum and Civil War years. Over 50 original documents and previously unpublished black-and-white photographs enhance this firsthand testimony, which is exhaustively annotated with footnotes explaining the historical significance or context of specific passages. Eliza's life is followed from girlhood to motherhood, including her anxiety when her husband answered the call, her efforts to support herself and her family as a war widow, and her eventual passing from consumption. Write Quick is especially invaluable as a primary source about daily life on the home front, and highly recommended as a supplement to Civil War era correspondence collections.

The 11th Missouri Volunteer Infantry In The Civil War
Dennis W. Belcher
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9780786448821, $39.95,

Some of the forces comprising the Union armies were comprised of volunteer soldiers. One such group were the 11th Missouri Volunteers and in "The 11th Missouri Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War: A History and Roster", Civil War history enthusiast Dennis W. Belcher has created a 348-page compendium presenting the history of this active battlefield regiment that saw bloody action in a number of minor skirmishes and major encounters with Confederate forces. From the 11th Missouri's formation and first engagement at the Battle of Fredericktown, to its ultimate occupation of Alabama, the 11th Missouri carved a unique and valorous story for itself. Of special note is the concluding chapter focusing on 'Postwar Biographical Information' regarding key members of the 11th Missouri. Enhanced with the addition of three appendices, extensive footnotes, an impressive bibliography, and a comprehensive index, "The 11th Missouri Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War: A History and Roster" is a valued and seminal contribution to the growing library of Civil War Studies, and highly recommended reading for Civil War enthusiasts.

The Untold Civil War
James Robertson
National Geographic
1145 17th Street N. W.
Washington, DC 20036-4688
9781426208126, $40.00,

The camera gained ground just in time to capture the faces of men at war. "The Untold Civil War; Exploring the Human Side of War" is a delve into the hidden history behind the war, from its participants to the technological innovations to the very human stories behind it all. The heartbreak of losing all of one's sons, the aftershock of murder, the squeamish men in charge, and the heroes and nefarious individuals on both sides of the conflict. "The Untold Civil War" is a remarkable coffee table book sized read for community library photography and history collections.

The Business Shelf

Good Company: Business Success in the Worthiness Era
Laurie Bassi,
Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc.
235 Montgomery Street, Suite 650
San Francisco, CA 94104-2916
9781609940614, $27.95,

Good Company: Business Success in the Worthiness Era comes from an economist and human capital expert who provides a fine survey of a hopeful new economic era where bad corporate behaviors are no longer rewarded and 'good guys' do win. Chapters examine the business foundations of being a food company, offer a Good Company Index ranking the Fortune 100 companies on their records as employers, sellers and stewards of good practices, and provide keys on how businesses can become such a company.

Becoming an Exceptional Executive Coach
Michael H. Frisch,
1601 Broadway, New York NY 10019-7420
081441687X, $34.95,

Becoming an Exceptional Executive Coach comes from a team of veteran coaches and trainers and offers readers a model for developing a personal coaching style. It outlines the coaching relationship, discusses what each person brings to an organization and business relationship, and covers the basics of the executive coaching process. Chats, plans, contracts and other basics are covered in chapters that teach how to excel at listening and organization and how to assess and work with a business for maximum results.

The New Rules of Marketing & PR, third edition
David Meerman Scott
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9781118026984, $19.95,

The New Rules of Marketing & PR discusses all the basics of how to use social media and viral marketing to reach buyers directly, and provides a completely revised, updated third edition of a best-selling business classic. It's been four years since the first edition published and the author has spent all his time traveling and speaking about these new marketing opportunities. This third edition represents another extensive rewrite and includes tips and new stories gleaned from these travels, continuing to make this a top recommendation for any business marketing collection.

Worksite Health Promotion, third edition
David H. Chenoweth
Human Kinetics
Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61825-5076
0736092919, $64.00,

Worksite Health Promotion appears in its third updated edition to provide Dr. Chenoweth's professional consultant expertise to a wide range of readers. Updated details on HIPAA, GINA and other standards affecting workplace health, new sections on health management and budget development, added information on the latest health data and e-health technology, and expanded coverage of program evaluation are only a few of the additions to this fully revised survey of key issues affecting employee needs, making this a 'must' for any serious business holding.

The Mediation Process
Christopher W. Moore
989 Market Street, 5th floor
San Francisco, CA 94103-1741
9780787964467, $57.00,

The Mediation Process: Practical Strategies for Resolving Conflict appears in an updated, revised third edition to include an even more in-depth look at the cultural understandings of mediation. Any practicing in the field will fid it draws on case histories and examples form the authors own international mediation process, offering both general chapters on how to build trust to specifics on opening, organizing and closing a mediation session. Any business collection needs this!

Mastering Technical Sales, second edition
John Care and Aron Bohlig
Artech House
685 Canton Street, Norwood, MA 02062 USA
1596933399, $85.00,

Plan the perfect pitch, demonstrate products more effectively, negotiate contracts, and learn common selling mistakes and how to overcome them with the second updated edition of Mastering Technical Sales, a pick for any college-level business collection. This reference pairs case studies with timely topics and is directed to the marketer directly responsible for selling high-tech products or working with business training groups. A fine, technical survey!

Take the Lead
Betsy Myers with John David Mann
Atria Books
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
9781439160671, $25.00,

TAKE THE LEAD: MOTIVATE, INSPIRE, AND BRING OUT THE BEST IN YOURSELF AND EVERYONE AROUND YOU offers keys to effective leadership and uses personal stories from her experiences in government and in academia to discuss leadership and how it may be cultivated. Seven principles to guide leaders are surveyed, from building closer connections and collaboration to achieving clarity and taking risks. It's a fine survey and top recommendation for any business library strong in leadership skills.

Zero to 100,000
Sarah-Jayne Gratton & Dean Anthony Gratton
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300
Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
9780789748003 $19.99

Zero to 100,000: Social Media Tips and Tricks for Small Businesses is a solid guide to using social media to establish a solid brand presence so engaging that customers will eagerly spread word of its products and services entirely on their own. Chapters address the secrets of a successful blog, how to determine when a brand makeover is needed, suggestions for creating a noteworthy YouTube video, and much more, as well as direct testimony from social media experts. Zero to 100,000 lives up to its title as a guide to using online media to get the word about one's business out to literally thousands of people, and is highly recommended especially in the increasingly competitive modern world.

Capitalism at Risk
Joseph L. Bower, Herman B. Leonard, & Lynn S. Pain
Harvard Business School Press
60 Harvard Way
Boston, MA 02163
9781422130032, $29.95,

Capitalism only works if the capitalists act wisely. "Capitalism at Risk: Rethinking the Role of Business" discusses the role of business in today's society and life. Through innovation and in-business activism, business can dictate their own future and move towards a better future for the business and its employees, and the country as well, in their pursuit of sustainable profit. Understanding that business alone is not the only solution, Joseph L. Bower, Herman B. Leonard, & Lynn S. Pain offer insightful viewpoints on where business and government must meet to make prosperity happen. "Capitalism at Risk" is a much recommended read for anyone who wants to better understand the future role of business in successful capitalism.

The Underdog Edge
Amy Showalter
Morgan James Publishing
4410 E Claiborne Square, Suite 334
Hampton VA 23666-2071
9781600379987, $19.95,

Even against all odds, you can make a difference. "The Underdog Edge: How Ordinary People Change the Minds of the Powerful ...and Live to Tell About It" is a guide to making a difference when your particular interest isn't the juggernaut of business changing. From creating credibility as the underdog, showing just enough passion but not too much, activism that works, and how to make one's influence work. "The Underdog Edge" is worth considering for any business leader who wants to make their business work well against the odds.

Streamlined Process Improvement
H. James Harrington
Two Penn Plaza, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10121-2298
9780071768634, $40.00,

Running business well takes a good dose of effort. "Streamlined Process Improvement: The Breakthrough Strategy to Reduce Costs, Improvement Quality, Increase Customer Satisfaction, and Boost Profits" is an advisory on business management from H. James Harrington who suggests how to maximize one's business potential, by acting faster, cheaper, and getting better results through optimizing management. "Streamlined Process Improvement" is a fine pick for any manager who thinks their company could be doing a lot better with what it has.

Smart Office Organizing
Sandra Felton & Marsha Sims
PO Box 6287, Grand Rapids, MI 49516-6287
9780800720100, $13.99,

In order, you can get more done, faster. "Smart Office Organizing: Simple Strategies for Bringing Order to Your Workspace" is a manual from Sandra Felton & Marsha Sims on managing the mess of an office and bringing an unruly office into something resembling order. With a bit of humor but plenty of practicality on getting in order and more importantly, staying that way, "Smart Office Organizing" is useful and recommended reading for anyone daunted by the chaos of their workspace.

The Perfect Hire
Katherine Graham-Leviss
Entrepreneur Press
Two Penn Plaza, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10121-2298
9781599184210, $19.95,

Talent is not something to be glossed over. "The Perfect Hire: A Tactical Guide to Hiring, Developing, and Retaining Top Sales Talent" is a manager's guide to retain hires and keep a good employee under one's roof for years to come. Stating that it's easy to find new hires, but long term experienced leads to countless benefits for the business, Katherine Graham-Leviss states all one needs to know to make the most out of sales management. "The Perfect Hire" is a fine pick and much recommended read for community library business management collections.

The Corporate Whistleblower's Survival Guide
Tom Devine & Tarek F. Maassarani
Berrett-Koehler Publishers
235 Montgomery Street, Suite 650,
San Francisco, CA 94104-2916
9781605099866, $19.95,

The truth can be hard sometimes. "The Corporate Whistleblower's Survival Guide" is a guide to stopping violations done by corporations in a time where there is much fear to be had from above, leading some allowing such things to go about untended due to fear of reprisal. Pointing out the support options available to those who want to call in the authorities. From who to report to, finding allies, and dealing with hostility, "The Corporate Whistleblower's Survival Guide" is a must for anyone who wants to do what's right but doesn't want to live in fear of corrupt repercussions.

The Gaming Shelf

Play the Benko Gambit
Nicolai V. Pedersen
Everyman Chess
PO Box 480, 246 Goose Lane, Guilford, CT 06437-0480
9781857446340, $26.95,

Chess is about strategy above all else, and taking measured risks. "Play the Benko Gambit" is a guide to this useful chess strategy, using the delayed start of the black side to maximum effect, and build to situation, creating bait that will undoubtedly throw white off its game. With wise wisdom on using the plot and defending against it on both sides, "Play the Benko Gambit" is a must for anyone who wants to improve their chess playbook.

The International Studies Shelf

Protecting Heritage in the Caribbean
Peter E. Siegel & Elizabeth Righter
The University of Alabama Press
PO Box 870380
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0380
9780817356675, $27.50,

The blend of two cultures has led to an undeniably unique culture. "Protecting Heritage in the Caribbean" discusses the nationalism and reverence of culture for many Caribbean nations trying to keep their own culture in today's rapidly globalizing world Many minds and writers come together to provide perspective on the greater picture of the debates and the measures some nations are taking. "Protecting Heritage in the Caribbean" is a fine study, very much recommended reading for culture and history collections.

The American History Shelf

American Orient
David Weir
University of Massachusetts Press
Box 429, Amherst, MA 01004
9781558498792, $26.95,

AMERICAN ORIENT: IMAGINING THE EAST FROM THE COLONIAL ERA THROUGH THE 20TH CENTURY covers the American fascination with the Far East, exploring why the Orient and its image held quite a different meaning for Americans than Europeans. Unlike Europeans, Americans shared the experience of early colonial struggles with the peoples of China and India, and had a different perspective of the Oriental experience as a result. American writers in surveying Eastern writings found much to compliment the evolving values of the West, and this survey considers the fantasy and reality of the Oriental image in early America. Any college-level early American history collection will find this a scholarly, intriguing history.

A Short History of Lake Tahoe
Michael J. Makley
University of Nevada Press
Mail Stop 0166
Reno, NV, 89557-0166
9780874178500 $21.95

Black-and-white photographs regularly pepper A Short History of Lake Tahoe, the in-depth examination of one of the most beautifully scenic lakes in the American West. For millennia, Native Americans came to its shores; in more recent centuries, Lake Tahoe has attracted fortune hunters, scientists, and much more. From the lake's geology and natural history, to its influence upon the Washoe Indians, and even its inspiration to legendary author Mark Twain, entertainer Frank Sinatra, Olympic skier Julia Mancuso, and more, A Short History of Lake Tahoe is a rich, involved tapestry populated by colorful characters, and highly recommended especially for armchair travelers.

Maltese in Michigan
Joseph M. Lubig
Michigan State University Press
1405 South Harrison Road, Suite 25
East Lansing, MI 48823-5245
9781611860191 $12.95

Maltese in Michigan is a close look at one facet of Michigan's diverse ethnic and cultural heritage - the influence of Maltese immigrants. Ordinary people are probably most familiar of the Maltese through the cross displayed by firefighters, which is similar to the one used by the Knights of Malta. In the 20th century, the Maltese established themselves strongly in the city of Detroit, and their strong work ethic and Catholic faith have helped sustain them. A handful of black-and-white photographs illustrate this fascinating history, which touches on everything from common Maltese surnames, Maltese cuisine, and ethnic and social organizations, to individual reflections on the impact of World War II. Maltese in Michigan is an excellent addition especially to public and college library Michigan history shelves.

Washington Hall at Notre Dame
Mark C. Pilkenton
University of Notre Dame Press
310 Flanner Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
9780268038953, $30.00,

A centerpiece of a historic university, "Washington Hall at Notre Dame: Crossroads of the University, 1864-2004" casts the history of Notre Dame through one of its most important buildings, tracing the performance arts center from its early days to the modern era, reflecting the happenings of the campus and the world upon it. "Washington Hall at Notre Dame" is a worthy read for anyone who wants another perspective on the history of theatre and education in a major icon of both.

The Suppressed History Of America
Paul Schrag & Xaviant Haze
Bear & Company
c/o Inner Traditions International, Ltd.
One Park Street, Rochester, VT 05767
9781591431220, $15.00,

There is far more to American history than is ever encountered in school classrooms! The collaborative work of Paul Schrag and Xaviant Haze, "The Suppressed History of America: The Murder of Meriwether Lewis and the Mysterious Discoveries of the Lewis and Clark Expedition" is a 176-page compendium focusing upon obscure, overlooked, (and perhaps suppressed) issues brought about and/or ignored by famous 18th century explorations of Lewis and Clark. The authors highlight such controversial issues as the pre-Columbian Olmec culture, the legendary Floridian 'Fountain of Youth', the evidence of a Mississippi Mound Builders culture, the possible incursions of pre-Columbian Europeans upon the Americas, and more! Of special note is the chapter dealing with the authors perspective on the mysterious death of Meriwether Lewis. Enhanced with a wealth of footnote documentation, an extensive bibliography, and a comprehensive index, "The Suppressed History of America" is a unique and seminal contribution highly recommended for community and academic library collections, as well as the personal reading lists of non-specialist general readers with an interest in American History as it is never taught in public education courses.

Against The Gallows
Paul Christian Jones
University of Iowa Press
119 West Park Road
Iowa City, IA 52242-1000
9781609380489, $35.00,

Capital punishment, the taking of a life by the state, has been a continuing and controversial issue in American society, culture, politics, and law. In "Against the Gallows: Antebellum American Writers and the Movement to Abolish Capital Punishment", Paul Christian Jones (Associate Professor, Department of English, Ohio University) focuses upon the role played by 19th century writers and poets in creating a national debate over capital punishment. This 256-page compendium is a model of seminal scholarship. Of special note is the chapter devoted to 'Women's Anti-Gallows Writing', as reform movements of the day often shared similar proponents and opponents to the issues of the day -- including the movement seeking to abolish capital punishment for capital crimes. Informed and informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking, "Against The Gallows" is highly recommended for academic library "American History" collections, as well as the personal reading lists for non-specialist general readers with an interest in capital punishment from an historical perspective.

The Mormon War
Brandon G. Kinney
Westholme Publishing
904 Edgewood Road
Yardley, Pennsylvania, 19067
9781594161308, $28.00,

When Joseph Smith Jr. founded a new religion in 1831 that he called "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints", he and his followers would commonly become referred to as 'Mormons' after a sacred scripture claimed to be a translation of ancient records concerning pre-Columbian peoples. The early history of the Mormon movement saw Smith and his people moving creating what they hoped would be a utopian community in Navoo, Illinois. But Smith was constantly embroiled in conflicts with non-Mormon neighbors, ultimately resulting in the formation of a Mormon militia, armed clashes with non-Mormon communities, Smith's arrest upon the orders of Missouri governor Liburn William Boggs, and the murder at the hands of a mob of Smith and his brother while they were in custody at a Missouri jail. "The Mormon War: Zion and the Missouri Extermination Order of 1838" by Brandon G. Kinney is a detailed chronological history of this unique conflict in American history. Of special note are the political ramifications that underlay the conflict, including the obscure fact that at the time of his death Joseph Smith Jr. was a candidate for the presidency of the United States. Enhanced with a wealth of footnotes, an extensive bibliography, and a comprehensive index, "The Mormon War" is very highly recommended for academic library 19th Century American History collections, as well as to non-specialist general readers with an interest in Mormon History.

To Hazard Our Own Security
Michael Cecere
Heritage Books
100 Railroad Ave, Suite 104
Westminster, Maryland 21157-4826
9780788451744, $27.00,

Because Maine did not become a state in its own right until 1820, the role played in the American Revolution by of the fighting men of what was to become Maine has been understandably obscured. At the time of the American Revolution Maine was a part of the state of Massachusetts, and men from Maine fought in units historically identified as Massachusetts troops. Nevertheless, Main men fought in a number of key battles including the ill-fated U.S. invasion of Canada, the defense of Boston against the British siege of that critically important deepwater harbor, the battles for New York, Tenton, Princeton, Hubbardton, Saratoga, Monmouth, Rhode island, Newton, Stony Point, and Yorktown. Now proper, documented, and long overdue notice is provided in "To Hazard Our Own Security: Maine's Role in the American Revolution", a 358-page compendium compiled and written by Michael Cecere, and is an exceptional history, making it a seminal and highly recommended addition to community and academic library American History collections, and the personal reading lists for non-specialist general readers with an interest in the American Revolution.

A History of Utah Radicalism
John S. McCormick and John R. Sillito
Utah State University Press
7800 Old Main Hill
Logan, Utah 84322
9780874218145 $37.95

A History of Utah Radicalism: Startling, Socialistic, and Decidedly Revolutionary lives up to its title as a thorough scrutiny of historic radicalism in one of America's most conservative states. Chapters especially note the Socialist Party of America, which gained its peak political influence in 1900-1920. At least 115 Socialists in over two dozen Utah towns held elected office, and Socialists controlled governments of five separate municipalities at seven different points of time. A handful of black-and-white photographs illustrate this scholarly, well-researched chronicle, highly recommended for college library and Utah state history collections.

The World History Shelf

Moscow December 25, 1991
Conor O'Clery
Public Affairs Books
250 West 57th Street, #1321
New York, NY 10107
9781586487966, $26.99,

MOSCOW DECEMBER 25, 1991: THE LAST DAY OF THE SOVIET UNION provides an outstanding history of end of the Union and the power struggle between Gorbachev and Yeltsin, and appears in time for the 20th anniversary of the end of the Soviet Union. It uses one day's events for a close examination that comes from over 100 primary sources in both English and Russian, interviews with all involved, and the author's own reporting as a Moscow correspondent during those final times. Any collection strong in Russian history needs this in-depth coverage!

The Swerve
Stephen Greenblatt
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780393064476, $26.95,

THE SWERVE: HOW THE WORLD BECAME MODERN blends biography with history to consider how a 1417 Italian man's travels to remote monasteries seeking out ancient pagan Roman manuscripts would result in a discovery that would change the world. THE SWERVE reads with the excitement and passion of a novel but provides a fine accounting of the foundations of modern thinking and the evolution of culture and society. Any interested in early history and the evolution of human culture will find this an accessible read and a 'must' addition to library history holdings.

The Women of the Cousins' War
Philippa Gregory,
c/o Simon and Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, 14th fl.
New York, NY 10020
9781451629545, $26.00,

The Women of the Cousins' War: The Duchess, the Queen, and the King's Mother explores the historical characters and lives behind Philippa Gregory's Wars of the Roses novels, describing the lives of the heroines of her books. Gregory uses original documents, archaeology and histories of witchcraft in her biographical survey of a duchess who became the first lady of two rival courts, historian David Baldwin discusses the story of Elizabeth Woodville, the first commoner to marry an English king for love, and Michael Jones writes of Margaret Beaufort, of the House of Tudor. A fine pick for any history collection or fan of Philippa Gregory's historical novels.

Irish People, Irish Linen
Kathleen Curtis Wilson
Ohio University Press
19 Circle Drive, The Ridges, 1 Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701,
9780821419717, $49.95,

Irish history is one of turmoil, and Kathleen Curtis Wilson links it all together with linen. "Irish People, Irish Linen" is a discussion of the history of Ireland through their fabrics, speaking on the literal use of linen for the Irish people and the symbolism of its history as presented. With massive full color photographs throughout, this cultural history discusses many and countless things of a people struggling to survive and their drive to thrive. For any cultural history collection with a nod to fabrics, "Irish People, Irish Linen" is a scholarly and well composed history, a grade-A recommendation.

The First Sultan of Zanzibar
Beatrice Nicolini
Markus Wiener Publishers
231 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ 08542
9781558765443, $24.95,

The Middle East, India, and China all call the Indian Ocean their port, and with some European imperialism, you have an intriguing stage of history. "The First Sultan of Zanzibar: Scrambling for Power and Trade in the Nineteenth-Century Indian Ocean" discusses the meeting of these many powers in their pursuit of power and wealth in the region. From slave trade to pirates to the emergence of America, "The First Sultan of Zanzibar" provides a fascinating read of world international in the early nineteenth century.

From Empire to Empire
Abigail Jacobson
Syracuse University Press
621 Skytop Road, Suite 110
Syracuse, NY 13244-5290
9780815632559, $34.95,

Jerusalem's importance is well known to those who have gone to war for it. "From Empire to Empire: Jerusalem Between Ottoman and British Rule" delves into the crisis that Jerusalem faced during the period between the decline of the Ottoman Empire and when Britain claimed the holy land. Telling the story of World War I and the after affects as Jerusalem faced the walk from Palestine to the modern state of Israel, "From Empire to Empire" is an insightful and intriguing study of a period of history that isn't often spoken of.

The Crown Jewels
Anna Keay
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10110-0017
9780500515754, $65.00,

A symbol of the wealth of royalty, the Crown Jewels have captivated people throughout their history. "The Crown Jewels" discusses and shows with full color photographs all of the sights of the royalty's lavish and fine items in fine gems and jewelry, as well as set pieces throughout. Discussing the history surrounding the concept of the Crown and the wealth that comes with ruling over England back into the Iron Age, it provides a fascinating trace over the history behind these gems and what has spurred their accumulation. "The Crown Jewels" is a must for those with a fascination of British royalty and history, along with those who have a fascination with fine jewelry as well.

Writing the Mughal World
Muzaffar Alam & Sanjay Subrahmanyam
Columbia University Press
61 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023-7015
9780231158114, $29.50,

Through stability, culture thrives. "Writing the Mughal World: Studies on Culture and Politics" analyzes this pillar of culture in Southern Asia which blended studies from the known world over to become a center of knowledge and ideas. Discussing the politics and the effects of clash of culture on the area had on the area, this scholarly discussion speaks on its effects on history, and how its influence is still felt strongly even in the twenty first century. "Writing the Mughal World" is a treasure of world history, a core addition to any collection looking to empower its selection on India and its neighbors.

Big History
Berkshire Essentials
Berkshire Publishing Group
120-122 Castle Street,
Great Barrington, MA 01230-1506
9781933782928, $29.95,

Where does human history stand in the massive picture of the universe? "Big History" looks at human history in a much wider scope of thousands maybe millions of years. From ice ages, extinctions, to climate change, the writers at Berkshire provide an intriguing look at the march of history in the eyes of the planet instead of humanity. "Big History" is a fine and much recommended read for community and college library collections focusing on world history and science.

The Emperor and the Saint
Richard F. Cassady
Northern Illinois University Press
2280 Bethany Road
DeKalb, IL 60115
9780875804392, $35.00,

Men of power often turn their attention to knowledge. "The Emperor and the Saint: Frederick II of Hohenstaufen, Francis of Assisi, and Journeys to Medieval Places" looks at the historical relationship between Frederick II and Saint Francis of Assisi, as the enlightened ruler sought to engage the religious figure to seek greater knowledge in his world. A unique friendship over many years, and Richard Cassady does much in providing a look at the influences that the two had on each other and in their work. "The Emperor and the Saint" and is a choice pick and very much recommended addition to community and college library history collections.

The Ephemeral History of Perfume
Holly Dugan
The Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218-4363
9781421402345 $65.00

The Ephemeral History of Perfume: Scent and Sense in Early Modern England is a scholarly yet accessible history of how people created and applied perfumes in history, with particular emphasis on perfumes in early modern England. Defining "perfume" in a broad sense to include spices, flowers, herbs, animal parts, trees, resins, and other ingredients for creating artificial smokes, balms, scents, liquids and more, The Ephemeral History of Perfume covers how perfumes were used in everything from shut-in households to luxury markets and pleasure gardens. Especial attention is paid to the perfumes of frankincense, sassafras, rosemary, ambergris, and jasmine in this thoughtful, close study to the role that the human sense of smell has played in history. The result is an extraordinary and thoughtfully presented addition to British history shelves, covering an almost universally overlooked topic.

The Biography Shelf

Five Down No Glory
Richard K. Smith & R. Cargill Hall
Naval Institute Press
291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402
9781612510545, $36.95,

Fighting is just another way through life. "Five Down, No Glory: Frank G. Tinker, Mercenary Ace in the Spanish Civil War" tells the story of this individual, who passed through the US Naval Academy and earned rights as the top American ace throughout the Spanish Civil War. Brushing shoulders with many major figures throughout his day, he wrote his memoir, and faced a questionable suicide. Richard Smith & R. Cargill Hall seek to gain a more complete understanding of this man and what it meant. "Five Down, No Glory" is an intriguing discussion of a mercenary and what brings a man to that status.

Grant's Final Victory
Charles Bracelen Flood
Da Capo Press
c/o Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center
Cambridge, MA 02142
9780306820281 $27.50

Celebrated author Charles Bracelen Flood presents Grant's Final Victory: Ulysses S. Grant's Heroic Last Year, an unusual biography in that it focuses entirely on the final year of Civil War general and two-term American president's Grant's life. In 1884, Grant lost all his wealth to the cheating machinations of his business partner, and was diagnosed with terminal throat cancer. In a final bid to support his family, he endeavored to finish his memoirs before his time ran out. He was honored with sympathy and support not only from the North, which hailed him as a war hero, but also the South, who remembered him as the man who treated General Lee honorably during Lee's surrender at Appmattox Courthouse. A handful of black-and-white photographic plates illustrate this absorbing, vivid tale of one man's struggle against the inevitable, highly recommended.

Cecil Andrus: Idaho's Greatest Governor
Chris Carlson
Caxton Press
312 Main Street
Caldwell, ID 83605-3299
9780870045059 $17.95

Andrus' long-time press secretary Chris Carlson presents Cecil Andrus: Idaho's Greatest Governor, the life story of an ordinary yet courageous man - he dropped out of college, married his girlfriend in Reno, raised three daughters, and served in the Navy during the Korean War. His career path took him from gypo logging to selling industrial accident insurance, but he would eventually become Idaho's four-term governor and the mastermind behind conservation efforts to preserve the "Crown Jewels" of Alaska. Carlson offers an up-close and personal testimony of Andrus' life and accomplishments, as well as an insider's view of the "political rules" Andrus followed and his most exceptional qualities that ultimately benefitted the state of Idaho as a whole. The result is an excellent addition to both biography and Idaho state history shelves.

Stay By Me, Roses
Alice Blackmer Skinner
Swedenborg Publishers
320 North Church Street
West Chester, PA 19380
9780877853381, $19.95,

The desire to create never truly dies. "Stay By Me, Roses: The Life of American Artist Alice Archer Sewall James, 1870-1955" chronicles the story of 'Grandma Moses of the Midwest', a woman who while abandoning her dreams of being an artist early in life to be a housewife, later refound her calling. Alice Blackmer Skinner, a research psychologist, tells her story well with attention to history and detail. "Stay By Me, Roses" is a fine artistic biography, very much recommended reading.

Omar Bradley
Jim DeFelice
Regnery Publishing
One Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
9781596981393, $29.95,

It's the more quiet people who focus on work not glory that truly win wars. "Omar Bradly: General at War" is a biography of America's last five star general who through dedication worked through the European theater of the war to gain many victories in Northern Africa as well as in France, providing much support to his more famous contemporaries in Patton and Eisenhower. Jim DeFelice argues that Bradley's contributions outweigh the actions of both, despite receiving little of the renown of the era, even today. A fine biography of a soldier who maybe did more than any other in beating Hitler, "Omar Bradley" is a choice and much recommended read for any community library biography collection.

Monsieur Bernar Nahum
Adrian Streather
National Book Network (distribution)
4270 Boston Way, Suite 200
Lanham, MD 20706
9789944424851 $22.95

Monsieur Bernar Nahum: A Pioneer of Turkey's Automotive Industry is the life story of an exceptional and intelligent patriot who worked tirelessly to create and promote a thriving automotive economy in Turkey. Unwilling to see Turkey as only an importer or assembler of automobiles, Nahum sought to build a manufacturing industry from the ground up, in a republic that had little in the way of resources, infrastructure, or field know-how. Nahum's accomplishments include turning around how Ford saw Turkey from arm's-length reticence to a full partnership; and promoting the production and sales of tractors. A handful of black-and-white photographs illustrate captivating true tale of an entrepreneurial leader.

Becoming Ray Bradbury
Jonathan R. Eller
University of Illinois Press
1325 South Oak Street, Champaign, IL 61820-6903
9780252036293, $34.95,

Life influences more than any teacher, and looking at life offers perspective on a writer. "Becoming Ray Bradbury" looks at the life of this figure who came in his adult life to become quite the writer of fiction film, television, and other mediums for his work. Looking at history at looking for influences throughout his life, Jonathan R. Eller provides an excellent literary biography of the man, making "Becoming Ray Bradbury" is a strong addition for community library biography collections.

Andrew Graham-Dixon
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780393081497, $39.95,

CARAVAGGIO: A LIFE SACRED AND PROFANE could also have been featured in our 'Arts' section but is reviewed here for a fine survey equally recommended for any literary general-interest collection strong in the arts and in biography. Detailed chapters pair analysis of Caravaggio's pictures with insights on how he created them and the life influences that led to his art. It covers the intrigue in his life, from courtroom drama to conflicts, outlines the circles of Italy in which he traveled, and covers his brief controversial life before his death at age thirty-eight. Original Italian source materials lend to this powerful reconstruction of his life and times.

Prime Time
Jane Fonda
Random House
c/o Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9781400066971, $27.00,

PRIME TIME provides Jane Fonda's autobiography and also explores how the years between 45 and 50 - and beyond - can continue to prove some of the most satisfying years of life. From the importance of performing a 'life review' to asking what the ordinary person can do with a longer life, this blends a memoir with a guide to making the most of one's life, and will gain attention in any general-interest lending library simply through the Jane Fonda brand on the book.

Ethan Allen: His Life and Times
Willard Sterne Randall
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10100
9780393076653, $35.00,

Ethan Allen: His Life and Times focuses on a hero of the American Revolution whose single predawn attack on a British fort in 1775 made him famous. It's satisfying to see a more in-depth historical review of Ethan Allen's life and times: coverage comes from a renowned biographer who uses new source material to provide the only complete account of Ethan Allen and the late eighteenth-century New England world he inhabited. Any American history holding needs this survey of Ethan Allen's legacy and achievements. It's in-depth, detailed, and recreates the politics and controversies of eighteenth-century New England.

Deer in the Headlights
Levi Johnston
c/o Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
9781451651652, $25.00,

DEER IN THE HEADLIGHTS: MY LIFE IN SARAH PALIN'S CROSSHAIRS tells of Governor Palin's near-son-in-law who was seventeen when Palin became the vice presidential nominee. He was her daughter's live-in boyfriend and here provides his insider's view of Palin family interactions, politics, and more. Any who would understand more about the Palin family and its values, and the effects of high-level politics on family interactions, will find this an involving account of how Palin moved from welcoming Levi as part of her family to bullying him in courts. Any general lending library will find this a popular pick!

Adventures of an Accidental Sociologist
Peter L. Berger
Prometheus Books
59 Jon Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2119
9781616143893, $26.00,

Adventures of an Accidental Sociologist provides a memoir by a man who has published books on different aspects of the American social scene since the 1960s, and whose long-standing reputation is actually more an evolution of authority than a scholarly ambition. Indeed Peter L. Berger 'stumbled' into the field of sociology and his position of authority - and Adventures of an Accidental Sociologist recounts his journey. It's more than just a survey of how he entered the profession - it celebrates the other adventures his interest has led to and discusses the intellectual issues that motivated his work. Vignettes and discussions of global sociology make for a fine memoir especially recommended for any college-level sociology collection.

Eric Metaxas
Thomas Nelson Publishers
565 Royal Parkway, Nashville TN 37214
9781595552464, $19.99,

As Hitler and the Nazis rose, a small number of saboteurs worked to thwart him from inside the Third Reich - and one of these men was pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer. This biography of his work discusses his spirituality and spying and offers a powerful account of his decision to leave the safety of America to return to Hitler's Germany to continue his opposition, and provides an in-depth survey of the man and his many achievements. Any collection strong in spirituality, World War II or biography will find this a solid survey.

My Work is That of Conservation
Mark D. Hersey
University of Georgia Press
330 Research Drive, Athens, GA 30602-4901
0820338702, $24.95,

My Work is That of Conservation: An Environmental Biography of George Washington Carver traces the life and achievements of an Afro-American scientist best known as the man who developed a wide range of uses for the peanut. Carver's life and achievements have largely been forgotten: this offers a thorough assessment of his evolution, agricultural thinking, and his involvement with poverty and farming. Carver's idea of scientific agriculture would affect Southern environmental thinking as a whole, and this outlines in detail Carver's life and contributions in a key acquisition for science, ecology and Afro-American biography holding alike.

Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag
Sigrid Nunez
Atlas & Company
15 West 26th St., 2nd Floor, New York NY 10010
9781935633228, $20.00,

Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag is a recommendation for any collection where writer Susan Sontag's works have been of interest. Author Sigrid Nunez was an aspiring writer when she met Sontag, and dated his son, moving into the apartment with them. Sontag's influence on Nunez is documented in a blend of memoir and autobiography that adds a much more personal approach to Sontag's personality and achievements than the usual scholarly study of her writings. SEMPRE SUSAN is thus essential for any well-rounded study of Sontag's works and times!

Harriet Hosmer: A Cultural Biography
Kate Culkin
University of Massachusetts Press
Box 429, Amherst, MA 01004
9781558498396, $26.95,

Harriet Hosmer: A Cultural Biography tells of one of the turn of the century's most respected sculptors who opened the field of artistic expression to women. This explores not just her life but her times, pinpointing women's issues and surveying her work with a group of expatriate writers and artists who worked from Rome in the mid-19th century. Of particular note is analysis that more broadly includes women's rights advocates' use of art to promote their cause, and Hosmer's influence on them all.

William Morrow
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022-5299,

Amy Ephron's LOOSE DIAMONDS... AND OTHER THINGS I'VE LOST (AND FOUND) ALONG THE WAY (9780061958748, $19.99) celebrates friendships and romance and offers keys to fortune, friendships and life's changes. It provides a fine autobiography that follows her life from childhood tough marriage and considers the ups, downs and challenges that come with modern living, celebrating friendships and memories alike and exploring all kinds of challenges in life. Any general lending library will find this a vivid, fun read! Bristol Palin's NOT AFRAID OF LIFE: MY JOURNEY SO FAR (9780062089373, $25.99) provides a fine memoir by the daughter of Sarah Palin and recounts how her life was changed by her mother's politics. She was pregnant when her mother was chosen as John McCain's Vice Presidential running mate, and NOT AFRAID OF LIFE offers personal views of her life, her relationship with her former fiancee and unexpected pregnancy, and how her faith guided her through hard times. A striking account evolves. Linda Hogan's WRESTLING THE HULK: MY LIFE AGAINST THE ROPES (9780062030207, $25.99) recounts Hogan's long marriage to wrestler Hulk Hogan, exploring the truths behind her successes and struggles and the evolution of their relationship. From their first encounter to Linda's two decades of growth as his career takes off, this reveals everything from how they built a family life and business empire to how she learned of her husband's affair with a younger woman. General-interest collections will find these memoirs of very public figures engrossing.

The Parenting Shelf

Nutrition: What Every Parent Needs to Know
William H. Dietz & Loraine Stern, editors
American Academy of Pediatrics
141 Northwest Point Blvd.
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007-1098
9781581103212, $14.95,

Good nutrition is what every parent wants for their kids, but it can quite hard to obtain at times. "Nutrition: What Every Parent Needs to Know" is a guide for nutrition and related health topics for parents, proving as a comprehensive reference for parents that discusses everything from breastfeeding to dealing with picky eaters to exercise. "Nutrition" is well worth it for any family health resource, a grade-A pick.

Dr. Sandy's Top to Bottom Guide to Your Newborn
Sandy L. Chung
Sentient Publications
1113 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 80302
9781591811688, $17.95,

Parenting is a job that gets dumped on you all at once. "Dr. Sandy's Top to Bottom Guide to Your Newborn: Answers to the Questions Every New Parent Asks" is a guide for new parents to help them with the utterly daunting task of becoming a new parent and dealing with the load of knowledge needed to give the best for the baby and being responsible for the life of another. "Dr. Sandy's Top to Bottom Guide to Your Newborn" is a fine pick for any parent who feels overwhelmed.

Moms to Moms
Barbara Joy
Conari Press
c/o Red Wheel/Weiser
65 Parker Street, Suite 7
Newburyport, MA 01950-4600
9781573244831 $16.95

Moms to Moms: Parenting Wisdom for Moms in Recovery is an inspirational book filled with insights from dozens of mothers in recovery from alcohol and substance abuse. Grouped into overall topics such as "Why Is It So Hard to Be a Mom?", "What Lessons Have Your Children Taught You?", "What Legacy Do You Want to Leave Your Children?" and more, Moms to Moms is a thoughtful collection and a tribute to the value of being the best parent one can be. Most of the quotes, thoughts, and musings are fairly brief, making Moms to Moms easy to page through when one is in need of a dollop of wisdom. "We can't all leave a prestigious background or lots of money to our children, but we can leave them a legacy of love. -Naomi Rhode".

Keeping Your Child in Mind
Claudia M. Gold, MD
Da Capo Press
c/o Perseus Book Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge MA 02142
9780738214856 $15.00

Keeping Your Child in Mind: Overcoming Defiance, Tantrums, and Other Everyday Behavior Problems by Seeing the World Through Your Child's Eyes comes from a pediatrician who focuses on how to act around kids. Stories from her own pediatric practice accompany tips on how parents can understand a child's view of the world, with modern studies and the latest research in child behavior considering a child's age-appropriate needs and interactions with adults. From infants to teens, this offers different approaches to nurturing and build relationships with a child and is a pick for any parenting library.

Have a New Teenager by Friday
Dr. Kevin Leman
c/o Baker Publishing Group
PO Box 6287, Grand Rapids, MI 49516-6287
9780800720216 $17.99

Have a New Teenager by Friday: From Mouthy and Moody to Respectful and Responsible in 5 Days focuses on teen years and how teens can get through adolescence to become great adults. Surprisingly Dr. Leman maintains that the teen years can be the most fun years of life for everyone - and the secret lies in keeping your teen in your world while understanding his world. Chapters show how to overcome common teen obstacles and challenges to improve communication and gain mutual respect.

The Secret Power of Middle Children
Catherine Salmon PhD and Katrin Schumann
Hudson Street Press
c/o Penguin Group (USA)
375 Hudson Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10014
9781594630804 $25.95

The Secret Power of Middle Children: How Middleborns Can Harness Their Unexpected and Remarkable Abilities offers the first book on middle children and discusses birth order and its impact on family relationships. Middleborns are agents of change - more so than firstborns and lastborns. They have diplomatic skills, are outgoing, and are motivated more by fairness than money. This book offers insights on middle children at all stages of psychology and development, and insights into the advantages of being a middle child.

Jessica Kingsley Publishers
400 Market St. #400, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Joanne Steer and Kate Horstman's HELPING KIDS AND TEENS WITH ADHD IN SCHOOL (9781843106630, $34.95) offers a focus on different key issues affecting children with ADHD and school changes affecting them, and is a pick for any special needs or parenting collection. Each chapter focuses on a single issue around school transition and uses tested, proven successful strategies and tips to achievement in a workbook packed with photocopiable sheets to help kids learn. From goals to testing strategies, this is a winning guide! Deborah M. Plummer's HELPING CHILDREN TO IMPROVE THEIR COMMUNICATION SKILLS: THERAPEUTIC ACTIVITIES FOR TEACHERS, PARENTS AND THERAPISTS (9781843109594, $32.95) packs in fun ideas to help kids ages 4-11 with a speech or language disorder to develop communication skills. Activities, games, and techniques for helping kids develop specific skills accompany tips for customizing the activities and a theory section covering how play can be a therapeutic tool for enhancing communication. It's a fine activity book packed with working ideas to use with either groups or individuals and includes resources for speech and language therapists, students, teachers, parents and any working with kids!

The Christian Studies Shelf

Stories of Faith and Courage from the Vietnam War
Larkin Spivey
God and Country Press
c/o AMG Publishers
6815 Shallowford Road
Chattanooga, TN 37421
9780899570198 $16.99

Stories of Faith and Courage from the Vietnam War is a Christian daily devotional that features 365 true stories of the Vietnam war, as compiled by military historian Larkin Spivey. Biblical passages correspond to the stories in this emotionally and spiritually moving anthology of extraordinary hope in the darkest and most difficult of times, enhanced by historical overviews, maps, and photographs. Stories of Faith and Courage from the Vietnam War is a devotional like none other, and highly recommend.

The Calling
Kurt Senske
Concordia Publishing House
3558 South Jefferson Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63118-3968
9780758616661 $16.99

Dr. Kurt Senske (Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran Social Services of the South) presents The Calling: Live a Life of Significance, a Christian self-help guide for readers of all walks of life, discussing how to orient one's life to focus on the values of simplicity, humility, service to others, and of course taking proper care of oneself while searching for one's own goals. Chapters speak of the struggle to walk alongside God, and the true meaning of "living a life of significance", how to set and achieve personal goals, and more. A few consumable or reproducible pages for planning the steps of one's compassionate and dutiful life enhance this positive-minded resource.

Reading the Bible for All the Wrong Reasons
Russell Pregeant
Fortress Press
c/o Augsburg Fortress Publishers
100 Fifth Street, Suite 600
Minneapolis, MN 55402-1210
9780800698447, $14.99,

The Bible is a powerful tool, but misinterpreting it can harm your life. "Reading the Bible for All the Wrong Reasons" is a cautionary tale from Russell Pregeant as he advises readers on how to read the Christian Bible and come away spiritually rejuvenated instead of living with fear. With a powerful message that advises spirituality without dismissing all other logic, "Reading the Bible for All the Wrong Reasons" is a vital read on how to interpreting the Bible in today's world.

How to Defeat Harmful Habits
June Hunt
Harvest House Publishers
990 Owen Loop North
Eugene, Oregon 97402-9173
9780736923293, $14.99,

Bad habits can be more than a nuisance, it can change your life for the worst. "How to Defeat Harmful Habits: Freedom from Six Addictive Behaviors" is a guide to beating addiction in one's life, noticing a problem before it happens, and how to make one free of it to live one's life more devotedly, and how God can help. "How to Defeat Harmful Habits" is an inspirational and much recommended pick for anyone who fears their bad habits may be controlling their life.

The Little Flowers of Saint Francis
Brother Ugolino
Paraclete Press
PO Box 1568
Orleans, MA 02653
9781557257840, $17.99,

The story of Saint Francis of Assisi is one of the most faithfully revered. "The Little Flowers of Saint Francis" chronicles the volume surrounding this figure, arranged in chronological order surrounding the man and his follower's journeys and brush with many of the important people of his day, changing their lives and learning lessons from each other. "The Little Flowers of Saint Francis" is an excellent addition for those curious on the journeys of Saint Francis, or for students of his work.

The Power of Small
Jennifer Kennedy Dean
New Hope Publishers
100 Missionary Ridge, Birmingham, AL 35242
9781596693135, $14.99,

Many small things can lead to something much bigger. "The Power of Small: Think Small to Live Large" is an inspirational and devotional read from Jennifer Kennedy Dean as she encourages readers to keep it small and keep pushing it through their lives for better health and wellness. "The Power of Small" is an excellent pick for Christians who want to use faith and drive to move them through their lives more completely.

A Year of Prayers
Jack Bartlett
Resource Publications
c/o Wipf & Stock Publishers
199 West 8th Avenue, Suite 3, Eugene, OR 97401
9781610973373, $25.00,

Spirit is something that needs maintenance. "A Year of Prayers" is a collection of 365 poems from Jack Bartlett as he touches on many topics throughout the year to help readers gain that daily affirmation of life. "A Year of Prayers" is a choice and much recommended pick for poetry collections. "Your Breath": Lord, Over the water above the blue/it's you, now,/I feel your breath/moving leaves, shifting sands,/filling sails, mussing hair/that falls gently over a brow/while I pray,/I feel your breath that snuffs a candle/but doesn't take the light/of the world away.

An Introduction To The New Testament, second edition
Charles B. Puskas & C. Micahel Robbins
Cascade Books
c/o Wipf & Stock Publishers
199 West 8th Avenue, Suite 3
Eugene, OR 97401
9781606087855, $43.00,

Now in a fully updated second edition, "An Introduction To The New Testament" is a 394-page compendium divided into three major sections: 'The World of the New Testament' (providing an historical context); 'Interpreting the New Testament' (providing insights into the individual gospels, acts, epistles, and apocalyptic writings); 'Jesus and Early Christianity' (the transition from Judaic Christianity to Paulinian Christianity, from the historical Jesus to the influence of Paul). Of special note are the appendices on 'The Formation of the New Testament Canon'; 'English Translations of the new Testament', and an extensive forty-four page bibliography. "An Introduction To The New Testament" is a masterpiece of Biblical scholarship, superbly organized, thoroughly 'reader friendly', informed, informative, and highly recommended for personal, academic, church, and community library Christian Studies and New Testament Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Still, The Small Voice
Tom Mould
Utah State University Press
7800 Old Main Hill, Logan, Utah 84322
9780874218176, $39.95,

One of the things that originally distinguished The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (commonly referred to as The Mormons) was the concept of personal revelation. "Still, the Small Voice: Narrative, Personal Revelation, and the Mormon Folk Tradition" is a 416-page compendium by Tom Mould (Associate Professor of Anthropology and Folklore, Elon University, North Carolina) and is based upon ethnographic research, archival records, and published accounts by Mormons of their personal experiences with the divine within the context of Mormon traditions and communities. Professor Mould extends his findings to address cogent questions regarding folklorist aspects of these personal experiences in terms of performance, genre, and narrative. Of special note are the case examples of oral versus written traditions with respect to personal revelation. A work of seminal research, replete with copious notes, a list of cited works, and a comprehensive index, "Still, The Small Voice" is a valued and original contribution to academic library Mormon Studies, Christian Studies, Cultural Anthropology Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Servant Books
c/o St. Anthony Messenger Press
28 W. Liberty St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Rebeca Vitz Cherico edits ATHEIST TO CATHOLIC: STORIES OF CONVERSION (9780867169577, $13.99) offers compelling stories of conversion by individuals who provide unique accounts of personal journeys that led them to the Catholic Church. It's first person storytelling at its best and outlines the process to conversion which proves different for each person, with the variety lending a diverse sense of discovery to any Catholic reader or collection catering to them. Julie Davis' HAPPY CATHOLIC: GLIMPSES OF GOD IN EVERYDAY LIFE (9780867169744, $14.99) comes from the author's popular blog Happy Catholic and provides quotes from popular culture and the Bible alike. Her reflections discuss what it means to be a Christian in the modern world, reflect on ideas of suffering and living a good life, and provide examples from media paired with a lively set of insights to make for a fine and fun read for any Catholic.

Not a Fan
Kyle Idleman
5300 Patterson Avenue SE, Grand Rapids. MI 49530
9780310331933, $14.99,

NOT A FAN refutes the popular idea that Americans are 'fans of Jesus': in fact, it maintains that Jesus doesn't want fans and it condemns the 'fan culture' that has become a popular way of describing Christianity. It comes from a pastor who reveals new statistics about religion in this country - and is designed to motivate Christians to consider the elements and processes of becoming a true disciple rather than a casual 'fan'. A fine pick for any Christian collection!

5300 Patterson Avenue SE, Grand Rapids. MI 49530

Bryan Chapell's THE HARDEST SERMONS YOU'LL EVER HAVE TO PREACH (9780310331216, $19.99) offers pastors keys to developing sermons based on life's tragedies and difficulties, offering suggestions on how to approach different kinds of tragedies and addressing everything from issues of abortion and suicide to death from lingering illness. Sermons of other preachers serve as a fine resource guide in this highly recommended pick for any preacher's collection. John C. Lennox's SEVEN DAYS THAT DIVIDE THE WORLD: THE BEGINNING ACCORDING TO GENESIS AND SCIENCE (9780310492177, $16.99) pairs historical review with an exploration of major interpretations of the seven days presented in Genesis to consider the confusion surrounding Scripture versus science. This approach shows that Christians can be faithful to science and biblical interpretation alike, showing that Genesis offers more insights about God and creation's intention than mere focus on planetary age alone.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

A Lamp in the Darkness
Jack Kornfield
Sounds True
Box 8010, Boulder CO 80306-8010
9781604074482, $19.95,

A Lamp in the Darkness: Illuminating the Path Through Difficult Times pairs a book with a CD program packed with spiritual and psychological insights and offers in-depth tools for positive change. Spiritual and healing teachings become a program for practice and meditations that are intended to transform difficulty into positive perspectives and paths. New age and spirituality holdings alike will find this a fine synthesis of thought and action.

Religion in America
Denis Lacorne
Columbia University Press
61 West 62nd Street, NY, NY 10023-7015
9780231151009, $29.50,

RELIGION IN AMERICA: A POLITICAL HISTORY comes from a French political scientist who argues that religion has played a key role in the American republic's formation because of its blend of skepticism, American pragmatism, and religious innovation over two centuries of American history. Suitable for college-level political history and religion holdings alike, RELIGION IN AMERICA provides a European's perspective of religion's evolution and influence in this country, offering analysis of the role of religion in American lives and political pursuits. A fine scholarly assessment and history, this is a recommendation for any college-level collection!

Freedom from Within
Teresa Alexander
Balboa Press
c/o Hay House
1663 Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403
9781452501802, $35.99,

We have happiness in youth, but it is lost somewhere. "Freedom from Within: A Gift of Love" is a collection of wisdom from Teresa Alexander as she offers advice on finding the happiness and freedom of youth once more, after the reality of adulthood crashes in, so we can heal the wounds of life more effectively. "Freedom from Within" is a solid read of life and spirituality, highly recommended.

Medieval and Renaissance Spirituality
Maria Jaoudi
Paulist Press
997 Macarthur Boulevard, Mahwah, NJ 07430
9780809146598, $15.95,

The devotion of spiritual learning in the middle ages is truly extraordinary. "Medieval and Renaissance Spirituality: Discovering the Treasures of the Great Masters" discusses the writing and reflections of classical Middle Ages spirituality. For those studying classical spirituality for our future and for our lives, "Medieval and Renaissance Spirituality" provides a solid and insightful study of past spirituality and much to understand.

A Lamp in the Darkness
Jack Kornfield
Sounds True
413 South Arthur Avenue
Louisville, CO 80027
9781604074482, $19.95,

Darkness is unavoidable, but we can find the strength to conquer it. "A Lamp in the Darkness: Illuminating the Path Through Difficult Times" is a spiritual advisory from Jack Kornfield as he states the importance of compassion, healing, peace, forgiveness, and being down to earth in keeping one's head straight through hard and difficult times in life. "A Lamp in the Darkness" is an excellent pick for spirituality and self-help collections.

Feng Shui Your Life
Tisha Morris
Turner Publishing Company
200 4th Avenue North, Suite 950
Nashville, TN 37219
9781596528246, $14.95,

Sometimes one's life simply has too much going on to manage it effectively. "Feng Shui Your Life: The Quick Guide to Decluttering Your Home and Renewing Your Life" is an inspirational read from Tisha Morris as she applies the spiritual and philosophical aspects of Feng Shui to everyday life. For making everyday life flow more effectively and achieving harmony of soul and mind, "Feng Shui Your Life" is worth considering for self-help and spirituality collections.

The Continuum Companion to Hindu Studies
Jessica Frzier, editor
Continuum International Publishing Group
80 Maiden Lane, Suite 704
New York, NY 10038
9780826499660 $190.00

The Continuum Companion to Hindu Studies is an in-depth academic text studying the faith of Hinduism, featuring commissioned essays from international experts worldwide. Topics covered include the history of Hinduism, research methodologies applied to Hinduism (including anthropological, archaeological, art historical/visual approaches, philosophical/theological approaches, interdisciplinary approaches and more), regional perspectives of Hinduism including an assortment of localized traditions, and much more. The Continuum Companion to Hindu Studies is an excellent resource and enhancement to religious studies shelves, and especially recommended for academic and college library collections.

The Carmelite Tradition
Steven Payne & Phyllis Zagano
Liturgical Press
PO Box 7500, Collegeville, MN 56321-7500
9780814619124, $16.95,

Throughout history, there have been many ways to follow one's way to devotion. "The Carmelite Tradition: Spirituality in History" discusses the teacher Albert of Jerusalem and the hermit-penitents of Mount Carmel eight hundred years ago. Discussing what these lessons were and the importance of prayer and devotion, Steven Payne offers an intriguing study into historical study of Christ and the many different ways of faith. "The Carmelite Tradition" is an excellent addition to any religious history collection.

The Poetry Shelf

Tricks of Light
Jeanie Tomasko
Parallel Press
372 Memorial Library
728 State Street
Madison, WI 53575
9781934795279 $10.00

Tricks of Light is a chapbook of free-verse poetry nurse and outdoorswoman Jeanie Tomasko. The poems reflect her unabashed love of nature with a freewheeling vigor, and at times venture into purely experimental formats. Tricks of Light is best enjoyed outdoors, sitting on a sunny bench when taking a break from a long hike or bike ride. "Edge of September": Again this year it comes: / the shift in the wind / that certain slant of sun / the sudden red of sumac. // Out at the lake / birdsong is less urgent, / the young can feed themselves. / In a few days / something like light / will tug on wings. // I am at home with / the downside of summer. / I take stock of the woodpile. / Night comes earlier. The space / between cricket chirps, long. / I've stopped coloring my hair. // My husband fingers the gray / as if learning a tenderness.

New and Selected Poems
Robert Sward
Red Hen Press
PO Box 3537
Granada Hills, CA 91394
9781597092616, $24.95,

In life, there is inherent humor, and understanding that is key to understanding life. "New and Selected Poems: 1957-2011" is a collection of poetry from Robert Sward, looking to grant unique viewpoints on the world and the challenges we so often face and struggle to understand. "New and Selected Poems: 1957-2011" combines comedy and poignancy in a fine blend. "Iowa": What a strange happiness./Sixty poets have gone off drunken, weeping into the hills,/I among them./There is no one of us who is not a fool./What is to be found there?/What is the point in this?/Someone scrawls six lines and says them./What a strange happiness.

L-vis Lives!
Kevin Coval
Haymarket Books
PO Box 180165, Chicago, IL 60618
9781608461516, $16.00,

Though the color is different, the spirit is often the same. "L-vis Lives!" is a collection of poetry from Kevin Coral as he produces poetry that reflects on the whiteboy, what drives him, and how the drive is not so different. "L-vis Lives!" is an insightful and recommended delve into a unique brand of poetry. "The Critic Truths: A Found Haiku": at the photo shoot/the makeup artist spreads base/on his foundation.

Flyover Seasons
Gene Stark
North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc.
PO Box 451, St. Cloud, MN 56302
9780878395552, $9.95,

The fields of America have more than enough character to them. "Flyover Seasons" is a collection of poetry from Gene Stark as he talks about the Flyover country of America and what it has to offer the people of America in its soul and flavor. "Flyover Seasons" is an insightful assortment of poetry, very much recommended. "The Seed Season": Wild grass turning on an empty sky,/ripe grain burning on a foreign sea./Another seeding season/caught between reason and red diesel fuel./Corn profits turning in the corporate rain,/farm kids burning in the urban sprawl./subsidized to mediocrity,/mortgaged down the drain,/It gets hard to tell/where wild grass meets the grain.

Imaginary Menagerie
Ailbhe Darcy
Bloodaxe Books
c/o Dufour Editions, Inc.
PO Box 7
Chester Springs, PA 19425-0007
9781852249014, $21.95,

With humor and seeing a good chunk of the world, "Imaginary Menagerie" is a humorous study of life and everything else from Ailbhe Darcy who speaks with a frank passion in her debut volume. With plenty of metaphor and food for thought, "Imaginary Menagerie" is a fine assortment of poetry that shouldn't be overlooked for world poetry collections. "Silt Whisper": That summer one-eyed jacks were wild:/we learned new rules, left tea to brew.//Smoke stilled air. Leaves lay unturned./Unemployment was another high./I had been a storm in a polystyrene cup,/seeking scald, steam, instance, but now//we drew up lists, mapped out desire lines skipped/interviews to collect blooms paused before flight.//The only record of that time the silt of prophecy,/the memory of weight in our cupped hands.//For a short while we held the one breath:/I could never set it down.

Midnight Lantern
Tess Gallagher
Graywolf Press
250 Third Avenue N, Suite 600
Minneapolis, MN 55401
9781555975975, $28.00,

The sum of experiences reflect within each other well. "Midnight Lantern" is a wide anthology of the best and newest work from Tess Gallagher, a prolific, storied, and respected writer of Ireland, who spins her experiences with her country's unique status in the world into thoughtful work. "Midnight Lantern" is a fine and much recommended collection for world poetry collections. "Embers": He was suffering from too much light/the way our afternoons recover from/ morning rain by slicing the room/in half. I read to him to bring a voice/sideways, to touch him more, and join/our listening or laughter or mutual derision./To be one and none. Sometimes a rhyme can/snuff its substance, yet release/a second lasting. To speak aloud at a grave/breaks silence to another heat/shows through. Not Speaking, but the glow/of that we spoke.

The Sports Shelf

On Bicycles
Amy Walker, editor
New World Library
14 Pamaron Way, Novato, CA 94949
9781608680221, $16.95,

With the concerns of fuel, bicycles are making a serious come back. "On Bicycles: 50 Ways the Bike Culture Can Change Your Life" looks the evolution of bike life in today's society where much of the world now calls cities home. Bicycles have become a culture all their own, as Amy Walker compiles thoughts on many topics surrounding the bicycle in the modern day and bringing others into the world of biking. "On Bicycles" is useful work for anyone who wants to understand or get into serious biking.

Throw Like a Girl
Jennie Finch with Ann Killion
Triumph Books
542 South Dearborn St. #750, Chicago IL 60605
9781600785603, $14.95,

THROW LIKE A GIRL: HOW TO DREAM BIG & BELIEVE IN YOURSELF offers motivation and discussions for female athletes and is a pick for athletic and women's issues holdings alike. Chapters come from a NCAA softball champion and gold medalist and cover everything from femininity and body image to peer pressure, nutrition and competition. Her advice blends memoir with sports insights in a top pick for any female athlete.

Human Kinetics
Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61852-5076

Rick Horrow and Karla Swatek's BEYOND THE SCOREBOARD: AN INSIDER'S GUIDE TO THE BUSINESS OF SPORT (145041303X, $19.95) comes from a sport business analyst for Fox Sports and other TV shows, and offers an insider's view of the boardrooms and negotiating strategies of sport's financers and key players. It covers many things not featured in sports titles, from how sponsors receive return on investments to how pro teams negotiate with governments to make a stadium deal and how sports agencies maximize value of in-demand clients. Any sports library interested in the business angle will find this a key reference. Volker Nolte edits the second updated edition of ROWING FASTER: SERIOUS TRAINING FOR SERIOUS ROWERS (0736090401, $24.95), a comprehensive guide packed with techniques for optimizing rowing strokes, increasing strength, and upping rowing speed. Contributions from Olympic medalists and rowing experts from around the world accompany the latest research on adaptive rowing techniques, tips on team management, and more, making this a 'must' reference for any rowing club or collection catering to them!

The Writing/Publishing Shelf

Sell More Books!
J. Steve Miller & Cherie K. Miller
Wisdom Creek Press
5814 Sailboat Pointe, NW
Acworth, GA 30101
9780981875637, $14.95,

One of the things that every author must know and which is rarely (if ever) taught in a college creative writing class or one of those 'writer retreat' seminars is that once their book is published it will be mostly (if not entirely) incumbent upon the author to make potential readers aware of the book and want to buy it. Now that we have entered the era of digital publishing, that truism about becoming a successful writer by having an actual audience of readers is even more important than ever! That's why "Sell More Books!: Book Marketing and Publishing for Low Profile and Debut Authors Rethinking Book Publicity after the Digital Revolutions" should be considered mandatory reading for all aspiring authors and fledgling self-publishers. The collaborative work of Cherie Miller (President of the Georgia Writers Association) and her husband Steve (President of Legacy Educational Resources), "Sell More Books!" is a 344-page instructional textbook filled with 'tips, tricks and techniques' for selling a book; literally hundreds of 'real world' strategies for authors tasked with the necessity of selling books their own work; as well as figuring out which methods work best for selling what kinds or categories of books. Of special note is the wealth of practical, immediately implementable ideas for 'shoestring' and even 'no-string' marketing budgets. It should also be noted that the Midwest Book Review is cited twice as a marketing and publicity resource for authors. Exceptionally well organized, "Sell More Books!" should be on the personal and professional reference shelf of every author hoping to be commercially successful in their chosen (and highly competitive) career.

The Frugal Book Promoter, second edition
Carolyn Howard-Johnson
HowToDoItFrugally Publishing
9781463743291, $17.95,

Carolyn Howard-Johnson draws upon her many years of experience and expertise as a professional book publicist and marketing specialist to author "The Frugal Book Promoter". The 416-page compendium of commentary, advice, tips, tricks and 'real world' techniques on how to authors can obtain nearly free publicity on your own or by partnering with their publishers will prove to be an invaluable, practical, profitable, and thoroughly 'user friendly' instructional reference. It should be noted that the Midwest Book Review is cited four times. Of special note in this newly expanded and completely updated second edition are the sample letters query letters, media releases, blog entries, trade show invitations, phone pitch scripts, email auto-signatures, and tip sheets. Simply stated, "The Frugal Book Promoter" is the single most valuable addition any aspiring author or novice small press publishers can add to their personal and professional book marketing reference shelves -- and has a great deal of enduring value for even the more experienced publisher marketing directors and publicists.

The Plot Whisperer
Martha Alderson
Adams Media Corporation
57 Littlefield Street, 2nd floor
Avon, MA 02322
9781440525889, $14.95,

Few things are as difficult for the novice author (or even seasoned professional writers) as developing an effectively engaging plot for their readers. In "The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master", Martha Alderson draws upon her more than fifteen years of experience and expertise working with hundreds of writers in writer workshops, retreats, and plot consultations to compile a 256-page compendium of commentary, advice, and instruction on creating plot lines and subplots, scene trackers, character development and transformation, and all the other elements that go into good story telling from beginning to end. Thorough, comprehensive, and thoroughly 'user friendly', "The Plot Whisperer" is a highly recommended instruction manual that will prove to be of enduring value for aspiring authors regardless of what literary genre they find themselves working in.

Books, Crooks, and Counselors
Leslie Budewitz
Quill Driver Books
c/o Linden Publishing
2006 South Mary, Fresno, CA 93721
9781610350198, $14.95,

Courtroom drama has been a favorite genre for quite some time, "Books, Crooks, and Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedure" is a style writing guide for those who want to write crime thrillers from the crime scene to the court room procedure. From the characters to avoiding stumbling over the fallacies of writing these scenes and how to blend realism with drama, "Books, Crooks, and Counselors" is a fine pick for anyone who wants to create a mystery that is true to life yet still hard to put down, recommended.

Uncreative Writing
Kenneth Goldsmith
Columbia University Press
61 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023-7015
9780231149914 $22.50

Author and "uncreative writing" teacher of the University of Pennsylvania Kenneth Goldsmith presents Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age, a thoughtful examination of how writing techniques traditionally thought to be separate from those of creating literature, such as cutting and pasting, databasing, identity ciphering, and programming, can provide authors new inspiration for rethinking how they use language and creativity. From using Internet searches to craft poetry, to applying courtroom testimony, to generating poetry through use of artificial intelligence, Uncreative Writing connects the most unorthodox of methods to practices employed by famous writers and artists including Walter Benjamin, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, and Andy Warhol. The result is an invigoratingly different style of writing guide, that reveals how jump-starts to one's imagination can be achieved through what seems (at first glance) to be the unlikeliest of means. "If we think of words as both carriers of semantic meaning and as material objects, it becomes clear that we need a way to manage it all, an ecosystem that can encompass language in its myriad forms."

Relaxing the Writer
Amber Polo
Wordshaping Press
9781463727055 $11.99

Yoga teacher, librarian, and novel writer Amber Polo presents Relaxing the Writer: Guidebook to the Writer's High, a guide to putting oneself in the best possible mood to write. Chapters cover everything from ergonomics to easy-to-use stretches, aromatherapy, massage, meditation, using music or sound to one's benefit, tai chi, weight training, and even "apps to relax" that can be found on iPhones, iPods, or iPads. An easy-to-follow resource for improving the quality of surroundings outside the writer, the better to coax out the writer's internal creativity, Relaxing the Writer is highly recommended.

Writer's Digest Books
c/o F+W Media
4700 East Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236

The 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market (1599632284, $29.99) provides a fine writing reference packing in resources for novelists and short story writers, and packs in over 1,500 listings and articles from industry insiders. From identifying markets to getting paid, this revamps all contact and listing details and so each revision remains an essential acquisition, not something to 'fudge' on. The 2012 Photographer's Market (1440314195, $34.99) does the same for photographers seeking market for their work, updating marketing listings, covering a wide range of opportunities from magazines to stock agencies and ad firms, and including a free 1-year subscription to with the latest industry news. These are required, key acquisitions for any general lending library and any serious novelist or photographer who wants the latest industry trends and contacts at their fingertips.

2012 Guide to Literary Agents
Chuck Sambuchino, Editor
Writer's Digest Books
c/o F+W Media
4700 East Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236
1599632292, $29.99,

2012 Guide to Literary Agents offers a fine resource for locating a literary agent and has completely updated contact and submission information for agents seeking new clients. Advice accompanying these listings comes from top agents - some forty - and accompany articles on the entire process, from making a query and crafting a proposal to protecting works. Representations, terms, and member agents are include with each literary listing making for a powerful reference highly recommended for any collection appealing to would-be writers.

The Social Issues Shelf

Black in Latin America
Henry Louis Gates Jr.
New York University Press
838 Broadway, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10003
9780814732984, $26.95,

Black in Latin America provides a different in-depth survey of the African migration to the New World: one that tells how over ten and a half million were taken to the Caribbean and Latin America. Most surveys focus on what happened in America: this traces the cultural and social changes that began with these early African descendants and continues to this day. How race and African ancestry influence modern Latin America makes for a fine survey of the slave experience and a key acquisition for any college-level social issues and Afro-American history holding.

The Solemn Sentence of Death
Lawrence B. Goodheart
University of Massachusetts Press
Box 429, Amherst, MA 01004
9781558498464, $80.00,

The Solemn Sentence of Death: Capital Punishment in Connecticut provides a detailed study of the only state that has consistently executed people since 1960, and offers a history of Connecticut's death penalty that covers both the types of crimes that earned the death penalty to how executions changed over the decades. Collections strong in legal and social issues will find this a fine survey of one state's consistent habits and issues surrounding the legality of death.

Frances Moore Lappe
Nation Books
387 Park Avenue, New York NY 10016
9781568586830, $26.00,

ECOMIND: CHANGING THE WAY WE THINK TO CREATE THE WORLD WE WANT provides a fine survey that presents evidence that human beings see the world through a filter of basic belief patterns - and believe that there's not enough of anything. This idea that there's a basic 'lack of goods' fosters fear, guilt and hostility and actually creates scarcity. Chapters survey the world's current mental map, document its unscientific roots, and provide insights into connectedness and change that encourages more positive thinking patterns. It blends anthropology, biology, neuroscience and other disciplines with social issues and insights on the processes of change, making for a fine pick for a range of general-interest and science holdings alike.

The Ghetto
Ray Hutchison and Bruce D. Haynes, Editors
Westview Press
2465 Central Avenue, Boulder CO 80301
9780813345031, $40.00,

THE GHETTO: CONTEMPORARY GLOBAL ISSUES AND CONTROVERSIES provides original essays from leading scholars who consider the ghetto's various forms and differing issues. It presents original essays form leading scholars, providing essays that cover regions of the world and consider differing world experiences. Any urban studies or sociology program at the high school to college level needs this fine analysis.

Manufacturing Hysteria
Jay Feldman
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9780375425349, $28.95,

MANUFACTURING HYSTERIA: A HISTORY OF SCAPEGOATING, SURVEILLANCE, AND SECRECY IN MODERN AMERICA provides a survey of various forms of public hysteria, from World War I to post-September 11 attacks, and provides a survey of how elected officials and the media capitalize on public fear to isolate minorities and halt civil rights and liberties. While the policies and approaches of J. Edgar Hoover are identified as part of the cause, Feldman offers analysis that shows these tendencies have always been a part of America's psyche. Any collection strong in social issues needs this!

Epic Win for Anonymous
Cole Stryker
Overlook Press
141 Wooster St., New York NY 10012
9781590207109, $25.95,

Epic Win for Anonymous: How 4Chan's Army Conquered the Web introduces the world of 4chan, exploring its mostly-anonymous online members, web influence, and describing one of the Internet's oldest and largest websites where millions of anonymous members post and discuss cultural oddities. More than a discussion of the site, this analyzes the culture of Anonymous and 4chan and includes reflections from hackers, academics and more who discuss how this culture of anarchy affects Internet and Web culture as a whole. It has a bad reputation among some and is viewed as a positive force in other circles: EPIC WIN FOR ANONYMOUS is a recommended pick for computer and social issues holdings alike.

Faith And War
David E. Settje
New York University Press
838 Broadway, 3rd floor, NY, NY 10003
9780814741337, $39.00,

In "Faith And War: How Christians Debated the Cold And Vietnam Wars", David E. Settje (Associate Professor of History, Concordia University, Chicago, Illinois) focuses upon the role played by such Christian communities as the United Church of Christ, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Southern Baptist Convention, the Catholic clergy, and others in political and cultural debates with respect to America's involvement and participation in the 'Cold War' between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, as well as the Vietnam War. A model of seminal academic scholarship, informed and informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking, "Faith And War" is a 244-page compendium superbly organized into four primary sections: Christianity and the Cold War, 19684-1968; Christian Responses to Vietnam, 1964-1968; Christianity Confronts Cold War Nixon Policies, 1969-1973; and Christian America Responds to Nixon's Vietnam Policies. Enhanced with a wealth of footnotes, an extensive bibliography, and a comprehensive index, "Faith And War" is strongly recommended for community and academic library 20th Century American History collections in general, and the supplemental reading lists of non-specialist general readers with an interest in the role Christianity played in the formation of American foreign policy and political controversies.

Saving Civility
Sara Hacala
Skylight Paths
Sunset Farm Offices, Route 4, PO Box 237
9781594733147, $16.99,

Kindness to others is becoming an alien thing. "Saving Civility: 52 Ways to Tame Rude, Crude, & Attitude for a Polite Planet" is an inspirational guide for those who want to live their life in such a way that empowers good thought from oneself to spread civility around the world. With fifty two tips on helping turn the tide of bad wisdom, "Saving Civility" is a choice and much recommended read for those who understand the power of good thought.

Ronald Bishop
Baylor University Press
One Bear Place, #97363
Waco, TX 76798-7363
9781602582583 $24.95

More: The Vanishing of Scale in an Over-the-Top Nation is a critical re-examination of America's cultural obsession with pouring excesses of scale, passion, and demand into everything - a drive further fueled and fanned by the relentless media. From the questionable celebrity of women who have multiple births, taken to an extreme in the so-called "Octomom" who delivered eight babies in addition to the six children she already had, to the incessant demand to parent perfectly, to crossing the line in competitive sports and even going over edge in home improvement, More spotlights incidents and cultural phenomena that value excess, excitement, and extremes above all. It even possible, let alone culturally sanctioned, to engage in anything casually anymore? Is there no "down time" left to simply enjoy life, or does it all have to be driven by a "bucket list" up until the moment we die? Personal narratives and examples from recent news, popular television shows, books, etc. help to illustrate Bishop's point about the importance of critically evaluating one's desires and goals in an increasingly globalized and interconnected world that pushes people, politics, and lifestyles to their natural extremes. Highly recommended.

Stop the Islamization of America
Pamela Geller
WND Books
c/o Midpoint Trade books (distribution)
27 West 20th Street, Suite 1102
New York, NY 10011
9781936488360 $25.95

Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance is a sharply worded political manifesto decrying the level of influence that Islam has in America, a nation founded on the principle of religious freedom. Of especial note is the very real problem of American domestic violence directly connected Islam - so-called "honor killings" usually perpetrated by fathers or brothers who disapprove of their daughter's or sister's actions. Not enough is being done to help young women who are being beaten or murdered by their own family - Geller points out incidents in which women contacted the police, and were sent back to their families to die - nor is America's culture sufficiently getting across the message that harming women and girls is absolutely intolerable. Geller also speaks of "litigation jihad" and "cultural jihad", methods by which some Muslims are striving to remold American culture in Islam's image (although being a "cultural warrior" is certainly a practice open to Americans of all faiths and backgrounds). Although Stop the Islamization of America is extremely stringent, it nevertheless raises salient points for thought that even those who would dispute its core premise should consider at length.

9-11, Was There an Alternative?
Noam Chomsky
Seven Stories Press
140 Watts Street
New York, NY 10013
9781609803438, $13.95,

9-11 is a major turning point in history, and has led to much debate on the function of war. "9-11, Was There an Alternative?" is a collection of essays from famed political philosopher Noam Chomsky as he reprints his earlier work ten years after the attacks and offers follow up thinking on the war on terror, ideology, the clash of east and west, and thoughts on the future of the war on terror after the death of Bin Laden. "9-11" is a much recommended and scholarly discussion of social science and the war on terror.

The Journalism Shelf

Investigative Journalism in China
Jingrong Tong
80 Maiden Lane, Suite 704
New York, NY 10038
9781441101044, $110.00,

With no guaranteed freedom of the press, journalism in China is a very different beast. "Investigative Journalism in China: Journalism, Power, and Society" discusses this unique system under authoritarian rule where the urge for truth still can win out in situations where people can disappear not to be seen again without question. From understanding how journalism functions under the regime, finding legitimacy where much of the media is controlled by the state, analyzing many papers throughout the country, cultural issues, and why investigative journalism may be the key to reforming the China of the future. "Investigative Journalism in China" is a fine and much recommended study for any community or college library collection studying modern China, civil rights, and international journalism.

The Library Science Shelf

Guide to Security Considerations & Practices
Everett C. Wilkie
Association of College & Research Libraries
c/o American Library Association
50 East Hurton Street, Chicago, IL 60611
9780838985922, $65.00,

Not every book is so easily replaced. "Guide to Security Considerations & Practices: For Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collection Libraries" advises readers on how to best equip their libraries to protect their rare treasures of history, be they a thousand years old or merely a hundred. From the basics of standard physical security, setting up access permissions, vetting staff, and how to recover something when it is lost, "Guide to Security Considerations & Practices" is an absolute must for any librarian and library administrator who is tasked with protecting their treasures of history from the ravages of time, curiosity, and greed.

Understanding Librarians
Barbara Hull
c/o Neal-Schuman Publishers
100 William Street, Suite 2004
New York, NY 10038-4512
9781843346159, $75.00,

You can't assume a great deal of knowledge on others when teaching. "Understanding Librarians: Communication is the Issue" discusses the role of librarians and their librarians in the eyes of the public and how to work through such notions. Barbara Hull outlines the purpose of librarians, the stereotypes, dealing with language issues, disabilities, the purpose of education and information, and what libraries can do to get their message out there and working with the internet instead of competing without it. "Understanding Librarians" is a strongly recommended read for any librarian who wants their library to get their message out there and much more well known pillar of the community.

The Photography Shelf

The Passionate Photographer
Steve Simon
New Riders
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300
Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0321719891, $44.99,

THE PASSIONATE PHOTOGRAPHER: TEN STEPS TOWARD BECOMING GREAT provides practical tips and hints for becoming a fine photographer, from working on personal projects that inspire to shooting a large volume of work in a targeted manner that lends to competence and creativity. All the building blocks for self-improvement are presented in strategies for shooting, editing, and creating a body of 'passionate' photos that lend to advancement. Any photography library must have this!

Two Times Intro
Michael Stipe
Akashic Books
PO Box 1456
New York, NY 10009
9781617750236, $23.95,

A simple picture tells so much. "Two Times Intro: On the Road with Patti Smith" is a collection of black and white photography from Michael Stipe as he presents the two weeks the photographer and the musician spent together in 1995. A visual diary of the return to performance for Smith, "Two Times Intro" proves powerful, an excellent and much recommended addition to coffee tables or community library collections that have a focus on memoir, music, and photography.

People Pictures
Chris Orwig
Peachpit Press
c/o Pearson
1249 Eighth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
9780321774972, $29.99,

A good picture is more than simply that. "People Pictures: 30 Exercises for Creating Authentic Photographs" is guide to creating worthy photographs and capturing the spirit and soul of the subjects in said pictures. Chris Orwig advises readers on how best to work their photography to be something truly special, use the environment around the subject, and how to capture a moment that is a memory. "People Pictures" is a must for any photography enthusiast.

The Fiction Shelf

Ready Player One
Ernest Cline
c/o Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9780307887436, $24.00,

Ready Player One is a lively story suitable for science fiction and novel collections alike, is set in a near future world, and tells of one Wade Watts, who escapes poverty by spending his hours jacked into an online utopia. In OASIS you can be anything - and can be on any world or in an alternate reality. In the midst of this universe the ultimate lottery ticket is hidden by a millionaire who promises his fortune will go to the person who can solve the riddles he's scattered throughout his universe. Wade solves the first puzzle- and finds himself in a dangerous race that will even threaten his life in this riveting story.

The Opposite of Art
Athol Dickson
Howard Books
c/o Simon and Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, 14th fl.
New York, NY 10020
9781416583486, $15.99,

Death may just be another step on the road to finding one's calling. "The Opposite of Art" is a novel following the story of a dead artist, who upon his supposed death sees the world to learn how to express what cannot be expressed. A spiritual message of understanding what we usually cannot and what we learn testing the bizarre, "The Opposite of Art" is a profound and highly thought provoking work of literature, highly recommended.

The Baron Of Coyote River
L. Ron Hubbard
Galaxy Press
7051 Hollywood Boulevard, Suite 200
Hollywood, CA 90028
9781592123773, $9.95,

One of the newest editions to join the expanding library of L. Ron Hubbard's 'Golden Age' of pulp magazine stories to be reprinted by Galaxy Press for a new generation of appreciative readers, "The Baron Of Coyote River" is a solid action/adventure western complete with good guys, bad guys, and the law of the six-gun. Originally published in the September 1936 issue of 'All Western Magazine'. "The Baron Of Coyote River" is pure entertainment from first page to last with that L. Ron Hubbard touch giving this tale an enduring reader engagement from beginning to end. For those new to the Galaxy Press 'Golden Age Stories' collection, western novel enthusiasts are encouraged to visit for a complete listing of available titles.

River's Song
Melody Carlson
Abingdon Press
PO Box 801, Nashville, TN 37202
9781426712661, $14.99,

A new start is sometimes what you need to sort through a rut of a life. "River's Song" follows Anna Larson as she tries to piece together her broken life. Embracing her native heritage and the inheritance of her family home, she opens an inn and finds that her endeavor will find her peace in ways she never expected it to. "River's Song" is a thoughtful and touching read of Christian and spiritual fiction of facing mid-life crisis.

Purple Flat Top
Jack Nisbet
University of Washington Press
PO Box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145-5096
9780295991214, $18.95,

Through many paths, we all walk towards our own lives. "Purple Flat Top: In Pursuit of a Place" is a collection of short fiction from Jack Nisbet who ponders the many twists of life and learning as he resonates his time in the Northeastern corner of Washington state, seeing a clash of the natural and modern world. With humor and poignancy, "Purple Flat Top" is a fine assortment, very much recommended for any literary short fiction collection.

How to Stop Loving Someone
Joan Connor
Leap Frog Press
PO Box 2110, Teaticket, MA 02536
9781935248200, $15.95,

Sometimes it's over, but it's so hard to let go. "How to Stop Loving Someone" is a collection of short fiction as Joan Connor explores love and its subversions, as Connor explores love and the reality of truly attaining such a thing and keeping it. With many characters strewn about in different places on the road of love, "How to Stop Loving Someone" is an insightful and original collection that offers anything and everything to think about love and our lives.

Boardinghouse Stew
E. E. Smith
Phoenix International, Inc.
17762 Summer Rain Road
Fayetteville, Arkansas, 72701
Gulotta Communications (publicity)
341 Lexington St., Newton, MA 02466
9780983561514, $24.95,

Along the American west coast during the years of World War II the American Japanese were evacuated to camps in the country's interior. One unforeseen result of this fear-based governmental policy was the creation of a serious and enduring labor shortage. That's why Mrs. Mumson found herself hiring a young girl by the name of Eileen to perform housework and cooking for the diverse and colorful people under Mrs. Mumson's roof. "Boardinghouse Stew" by E. E. Smith is a masterful compilation of individual stories of those residences as reported by Eileen from her unique and effective vantage point as the maid and kitchen cook. Smith is an expert novelist and storyteller, who is a master of her literary craft. "Boardinghouse Stew" is a riveting read, rich in characters and crises that fully engage the reader's attention form first page to last. Also very highly recommended for both community library American Fiction collections and personal reading lists is E. E. Smith's novel "Times Like These" (9780982429594, $24.95, Phoenix International).

The Yellow Emperor's Cure
Kunal Basu
The Overlook Press
141 Wooster Street
New York, NY 10012
9781590207086, $26.95,

Love complicates everything. "The Yellow Emperor''s Cure" is a historical novel following surgeon Antonio Maria, as in an effort to save his father from syphilis, heads east to China to study their medicine. At first finding no value in their traditional medicine, he finds something more in Fumi, who takes over his life, and with war on the horizon, Antonio finds himself split between his father and his practice and his own love. "The Yellow Emperor's Cure" will prove to be quite the riveting and much recommended read for any historical fiction collection, highly recommended.

The Vices
Lawrence Douglas
Other Press LLC
2 Park Avenue, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10016
9781590514153, $15.95,

Friendship can come in many forms. "The Vices" is humorous and thoughtful tale from Lawrence Douglas as he writes of the search of the narrator who shall not be named as he looks for philosopher Oliver Vice and finds that his hero worship may not be as clear as he thought as he meets with the Vice family and all their eccentricities with it. "The Vices" is an excellent and top pick for any literary fiction collection.

The Architecture Shelf

A Visual Dictionary of Architecture, second edition
Francis D.K. Ching
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9780470648858, $55.00,

A Visual Dictionary of Architecture provides a fine second edition of a classic gathering that blends text definitions with hundreds of line drawings illustrating key concepts in architecture, and is a pick for both architecture and homeowner collections. It's grouped by themes and offers terms that can be accessed in different ways, creating a key reference for interior designs and all manner of folk involved in the building trades.

Drawing For Landscape Architecture
Edward Hutchison
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY 10110-0017
9780500342718, $65.00,

Formal gardens and elegant estate landscapes don't just happen -- the best of them are planned with all the elements of lawns, bushes, flower beds, trees, walkways, walls, water features, and buildings being the results of careful and imaginative planning. That's why "Drawing for Landscape Architecture: Sketch to Screen to Site" by Edward Hutchison is such a valuable instructional introduction for landscape architecture students and enthusiasts. In this fully illustrated, 240-page compendium, Hutchison draws upon his many years of experience and expertise as a landscape architect to methodical go through all the stages and aspects of designing a landscape beginning with assessing what is present, to on-site studies; creating sketches and design elements; the role of perspective and isometrics; developing the drawings and recording construction details. Of special note is the final chapter concerning 'real world' projects (St. John's College, Cambridge, and Coventry Peace Gardens) as thoroughly illustrated examples. Strongly recommended for professional and academic library Landscape Architecture and Garden Design instructional reference collection, "Drawing For Landscape Architecture" will also prove to be informed and informative reading for non-specialist general readers with an interest the landscaping their own estates.

Nano House
Phyllis Richardson
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10110-0017
9780500342732 $29.95

Featuring full-color photography throughout, Nano House: Innovations for Small Dwellings an architectural showcase of practical and ecologically responsible homes, each of which has fewer than 650 feet of living space. Rising to the challenge of creating flexible, energy-efficient places to live with modern standards of style as well as comfort, Nano House is a wonderful font of new ideas and techniques made possible with modern digital tools. Highly recommended as a resource for anyone designing homes where space is strictly limited, or the natural environment must be respected as much as possible, as well as a general repository of eco-friendly design tips, tricks, and techniques.

Housing Reclaimed
Jessica Kellner
New Society Publishers
PO Box 189, Gabriola Island
BC V0R 1X0, Canada
9780865716964, $24.95,

Home is what you make of it. "Housing Reclaimed: Sustainable Homes for Next to Nothing" is a delve for the creative and resourceful who want to claim homes from the most unlikely of places. Through repairing a home with recycled materials, re-purposing buildings into homes for many, creating something from nothing, and taking the condemned and restoring them to prominence. "Housing Reclaimed" is a fascinating read about the perseverance of making a home, with many lessons to be learned.

The Architecture of Alfred Browning Parker
Randolph C. Henning
University Press of Florida
University of Florida
15 Northwest 15th Street
Gainesville, FL 32611-2079
9780813036779, $50.00,

Modernism embraces utility alongside style. "The Architecture of Alfred Browning Parker: Miami's Maverick Modernist" delves into the unique work of Alfred Browning Parker who over many decades left his mark on Miami's suburbs with his unique style for both homes and businesses. Presented in full color with diagrams of much of his work, Randolph C. Hennig provides an informed walk through his work in all of its forms. "The Architecture of Alfred Browning Parker" is a fine pick for coffee tables and community library photography and architecture collections.

The Cookbook Shelf

Edible Brooklyn: The Cookbook
Rachel Wharton, editor
Sterling Epicure
c/o Sterling Publishing Company
387 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016-8810
9781402785542, $18.95,

With dishes ranging from the unusual to the elegant, "Edible Brooklyn: The Cookbook" is a compilation of recipes drawn from the kitchens, cafes, and restaurants of Brooklyn, New York. this 168-page illustrated compendium is the culinary and editorial triumph of Rachel Wharton, an award-winning columnist on Brooklyn's iconic restaurants and who holds a master's degree in Food Studies from New York University. Each recipe comes with a succinct introduction, an organized list of ingredients, and clear step-by-step preparatory instructions. From Pickled Fiddlehead Ferns; Braised Pork Shoulder with Cider Vinegar, Whole-Grain Mustard, and Brown Beer; Egg Noodles with Creamy Red Cabbage and Sweet Corn; and Cucumbers with Ricotta, Basil, and Mint; to Apple Vodka and Apple Rosemary Cocktail; Cinnamon Nut Rugelach; and Autumn Plate-Licker Cake, "Edible Brooklyn: The Cookbook" offers a wealth of local color, history, and information along with palate pleasing, appetite satisfying, 'kitchen cook friendly' dishes to serve up for any and all dining occasions. "Edible Brooklyn: The Cookbook" will prove to be a welcome and unique addition to personal, family, and community library collections.

The Louisiana Seafood Bible: Oysters
Jerald Horst & Glenda Horst
Pelican Publishing Company
1000 Burmaster Street
Gretna, LA 70053-2246
9781589809697, $25.00,

There's more to oysters than just the occasional pearl! In "The Louisiana Seafood Bible: Oysters", the husband and wife team of Jerald and Glenda Horst have compiled a profusely illustrated, 224-page compendium of history and general information on this versatile shellfish. After which is a cornucopia of superbly presented recipes for wonderful dishes featuring the delights of the oyster. The culinary wealth of oyster recipes range from Baked Oysters Bay Batiste; Drago's Charbroiled Oysters; Mama's Oyster Milk Soup; and Italian Fried and Baked Oysters; to Oyster Cutlets; Brown Gravy Oyster Spaghetti; Clubhouse Oysters; and Deviled Oyster Casserole. Each illustrated dish comes with a succinct introduction, a list of ingredients, and clear step-by-step instructions, making "The Louisiana Seafood Bible: Oysters" thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' and a highly recommended addition to personal, family, professional, and community library Speciality Cookbook collections.

Inside The Jewish Bakery
Stanley Ginsberg & Norman Berg
Camino Books
c/o KSB Promotions
55 Honey Creek, NE, Ada, MI 49301
9781933822235, $24.95,

Every culture around the globe has its own culinary flair and distinction when it comes to the culinary art of baking. This is especially true of Jewish culture with its impressive and diverse history that spans nations and crosses cultures. The collaborative work of Stanley Ginsberg and Norman Berg, "Inside the Jewish Bakery: Recipes and Memories from the Golden Age of Jewish Baking" is a nicely illustrated, 344-page compendium of both recipes and Jewish traditions. Superbly organized beginning with an historical overview of the world of European ghettos, then with informational presentations on the role of baking ingredients, their are specific chapters showcasing breads, bagels, rolls, 'Bialystoker Kuchen', pastries, cakes, cooks, fillings, toppings, icings, and finishings. Of special note is the chapter devoted to Passover Baking. Enhanced with numerous resources, copious notes, and a comprehensive index, "Inside the Jewish Bakery: Recipes and Memories from the Golden Age of Jewish Baking" is a very special and seminal addition to personal, family, community, and academic library Ethnic Cookbook collections.

Cutie Pies
Dani Cone
Andrews & McMeel
1130 Walnut Street
Kansas City, MO 64106-2109
9781449403058, $16.99,

Miniature, single-serving desserts are always a popular item. In "Cutie Pies: 40 Sweet, Savory, and Adorable Recipes", Dani Cone draws upon her years of experience and expertise as the founder and owner of three 'Fuel Coffee' locations in Seattle, Washington, (and especially her 'High 5 Pie' where she developed her signature tiny pastries that have gained national recognition) to compile a thoroughly 'user friendly', profusely illustrated, 160-page compendium of recipes to create superb little dishes that will please any palate and appropriate for any dining occasion. Beginning with an invaluable chapter on making the perfect crust, the recipes range from a Black Raspberry Cutie Pie; to a Tomato, Basil, and Mozzarella Petit-5; to a Broccoli, Chedar and Mushroom Flipsides; to a Cherry-Almond Piepop. Of special note is the concluding chapter dedicated to Full-Sized Pies. Enhanced with a section on metric conversions and equivalents, "Cutie Pies" will prove to be a unique and very popular addition to personal, family, and community library cookbook collections.

Kate Shaffer
Down East Books
PO Box 679, Camden, ME 04843
9780892729913, $29.95,

Chocolate has been popular every since the Spanish brought it back from the New World and the Europeans added a bit of sugar to it. Today there is an entire culinary industry devoted to chocolate -- not to mention outstanding specialized chocolate oriented cookbooks like Kate Schaffer's "Desserted: Recipes and Tales from an Island Chocolatier". This nicely illustrated, 176-page compendium combines anecdotal stories with mouth-watering recipes for truly elegant chocolate creations that will please even the most discerning of chocolate-lover palates. With recipes ranging from Earl Grey Truffles; Peruvian Chocolate Tart with Raspberry Curd; and Olive Oil Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream; to Cafe Chocolate Chip Cookies; Strawberry Balsamic Sorbet with Chocolate Black pepper Sauce; and Cocoa Nib Creme Brulee, "Desserted: Recipes and Tales from an Island Chocolatier" will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to any personal, family, or community library collections.

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home
Jeni Britton Bauer
Artisan Books
c/o Workman Publishing Company
225 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014-4381
9781579654368 $23.95

Featuring full-color photography on almost every page, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home is a practical-minded guide to using a basic ice cream machine and other simple cooking tools along with ordinary supermarket ingredients to create diverse and delectable flavors of ice cream, from Roasted Pistachio Ice Cream to Black Coffee Ice Cream and even Grapefruit Hibiscus Frozen Yogurt. Step-by-step instructions and creative combinations of different ice creams allow one to enjoy the stylings of a dessert gourmet in the privacy of one's own home! A definite treat for ice cream enthusiasts, highly recommended.

Off the Menu
Marissa Guggiana
Welcome Books
6 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011
9781599621029, $40.00,

The versatility of the best chefs in the world can't be constrained by a simple menu. "Off the Menu: Staff Meals from America's Top Restaurants" delves into what the chefs of the best restaurants in the world offer to their staff and themselves from what they have leftover out of their own menu. A cookbook based on improvisation and also studying the tradition of the staff meal, "Off the Menu" brings forth a wide variety of recipes, both innovative and new takes on old favorites, with plenty of full color photos cover to cover.

175 Best Babycakes
Kathy Moore & Roxanne Wyss
Robert Rose
120 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 800
Toronto, ON M4P 1E2, Canada
9780778802839, $24.95,

A bit of sweetness is all you need. "175 Best Babycakes: Cupcake Maker Recipes" is a guide to making the most out of a cupcake maker. From sweet indulgences to making bite sized appetizers and meals that won't make your diet run away screaming, "175 Best Babycakes" is enhanced with a spattering of color and easy to use instructions, making it an excellent companion for anyone who wants more out of a cupcake maker.

Vegan Holiday Kitchen
Nava Atlas
Sterling House Publisher
3468 Babcock Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15237-2402
9781402780059, $24.95,

A veritable culinary showcase for a vegan approach to holiday dining (as well as special occasion meals anytime of the year!), "Vegan Holiday Kitchen: More than 200 Delicious, Festive Recipes for Special Occasions" is a 320-page compendium of outstanding and distinctively 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes specifically suitable for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Passover, Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah, Easter, and Independence Day. There is a veritable cornucopia of palate pleasing, appetite recipes ranging from Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tortilla Casserole; Banana Chocolate-Chip Mini Loaves; New World Wassail; and Coconut-Almond Macaroons; to Lemony Asparagus Risotto; Grilled Tempeh with Green Beans and Pineapple; and Pan-Grilled Polenta. Of special note are the chapters showcasing recipes for summer entertaining, brunches, appetizers, and potluck dishes. "Vegan Holiday Kitchen: More than 200 Delicious, Festive Recipes for Special Occasions" is a welcome and highly recommended addition to the growing library of vegetarian and vegan cookbooks for personal, family, and community library collections.

Piece Of Cake!
Camilla V. Saulsbury
Robert Rose Inc.
120 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 800
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4P 1E2
9780778802778, $29.95,

Tired of making a cake out of a box? Want to try your hand at some homemade culinary excellence to share with family and friends but are pressed for time and hoping to avoid a lot of pot washing and bowl cleaning? Then "Piece of Cake!: One-Bowl, No-Fuss, From-Scratch Cakes" by Camilla V. Saulsbury is the 'kitchen cook friendly' cookbook for you! After an informed and informative preface and introduction on making cakes, "Piece Of Cake!" provides instructive commentary, instruction, and advice on such relevant issues as 'One-Bowl Cake-Making Mastery', Keey ingredients, and equipment needed. The recipes comprising this spiral bound culinary anthology range from a Hot Fudge Brownie Cake; Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cake; Spiced Yogurt Bundt; and Buttermilk Cake with Cheesecake Filling; to Rum Butter Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream; Cream Cheese Pound Cake with Candied Kumquat Sauce; Hazelnut Mascarpone Pound Cake; and Applesauce Cake with Cinnamon Icing. Of special note are all the recipes for frostings that go along with so many of these wonderful cakes -- and each cake being made from scratch using just one mixing bowl. Simply stated, "Piece Of Cake!" will prove to be a welcome and enduringly popular addition to any and all personal, family, and community library cookbook collections!

Culinary Mexico
Daniel Hoyer
Gibbs Smith, Publisher
PO Box 667, Layton UT 84041
9781423609605, $24.99,

There is so much more to Mexican cuisine than the taco, the enchilada, and the burrito! Daniel Hoyer's "Culinary Mexico: Authentic Recipes and Traditions" is a superbly illustrated, thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly', 216-page compendium of recipes reflecting the diversity and richness of Mexico's culinary culture and history. From Queso Fundido (Warm Cheese Dip); to Sopa Seca (Bread Soup); to Pollo en Escabeche Oriental (Eastern-Style Soused Chicken); to Salpicon de Res (Shredded Beef Salad); to Loma de Cerdo Negro a la Queretaro (Pork Loin with Black Prune Sauce), "Culinary Mexico offers up a cornucopia of dishes suitable for every dining occasion from the family meal to a celebratory feast. With each recipe graced with a succinct introduction, an organized list of ingredients, and careful step-by-step preparatory instructions, "Culinary Mexico" is a highly prized addition to personal, family, professional, and community library Ethnic Cookbook collections.

Just Tacos
Shelley Wiseman
The Taunton Press
63 South Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470
9781600854071, $19.95,

What began in Mexico as a peasant dish, then graduated to a street vendor staple, then crossed over into the U. S. in the form of fast food restaurant chains such as Taco Bell and Taco John. These fast food versions of the taco have seriously mislead the American public into a limited appreciation of the taco. That's why Shelley Wiseman's "Just Tacos: 100 Delicious Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner" is such a timely and appreciated specialized cookbook collection. A master of Mexican cuisine, Shelly Wiseman has compiled a superbly illustrated, thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' anthology of taco recipes that will please any palate and satisfy any appetite, all while expanding American consumer awareness of how versatile, adaptable, nutritious, and delicious the taco can be. From Tacos with melted Cheese and Poblano Strips; Seared Scallop Tacos with Jicama-Peanut Slaw; Yucatecan Pulled Pork Tacos; and Grilled Garlic-Marinated Skirt Steak Tacos; to Scrambled Eggs with Chorizo Tacos; Cheese Quesadillas; Chicken Tostadas; and Breakfast Burritos, "Just Tacos" will prove to be a popular addition to any and all personal, family, and community library Ethnic Cookbook collections.

The Easy Pressure Cooker Cookbook
Diane Phillips
Chronicle Books
680 Second Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
9780811872560, $27.50,

The pressure cooker can be one of the best tools the modern, time-limited, kitchen cooks can have in their culinary toolbox. Especially when there is Diane Phillips "The Easy Pressure Cooker Cookbook", a 480-page compendium of more than 300 wonderfully delicious and nutritious recipes specifically designed for use with a pressure cooker. The recipes range from Bacon and Potato Soup; Corn on the Cob with Chipotle Butter; Tropical Hawaiian Chicken; and Pork Rib Cassoulet; to Korean Barbecue Sirloin; Sun-Dried Tomato and Wild Mushroom Risotto; Mixed Bread Pudding with Orange Custard Sauce; and Ameretto Peach Conserve. "The Easy Pressure Cooker Cookbook" truly showcases both the versatility and ease with which gourmet quality meals can be prepared with confidence and reliability by means of a pressure cooker. "The Easy Pressure Cooker Cookbook" is strongly recommended for personal, family, and community library cookbook collections.

The Viennese Kitchen
Monica Meehan & Maria von Baich
Interlink Publishing Group
46 Crosby Street
Northampton, MA 01060-1804
9781566568654, $30.00,

Every family cookbook collection should have at least one that is a dedicated showcase of recipes for elegant dining occasions. "The Viennese Kitchen: Tante Hertha's Book of Family Recipes", a 224-page, profusely illustrated compendium and the collaborative effort of food writer Monica Meehan and her mother, Maria von Baich, is just exactly that. Based on an old, tattered, brown cooking notebook by BaronessTante Hertha (who was a beloved cousin of Maria's own mother and in her day ran a very popular catering service) "The Viennese Kitchen" reflects the culinary charms of Vienna in the early 1900s. The dishes range from Kaseauflauf (Cheese Souffle); Fisch im Bierleig (Beer-Battered Fish); and Kurbisgemuse (Creamed Pumpkin); to Krensuppe (Cream of Horseradish Soup); Bechamelstrudel (Bechamel Strudel); and Kartner Reindling (Carinthian Ring Cake). From appetizers to desserts, "The Viennese Kitchen" offers one elegant, palate pleasing, appetite satisfying, 'kitchen cook friendly' recipe after another, making it a prized addition to any personal, family, or community library cookbook collection.

Delicious Dishes for Diabetics
Robin Ellis
Skyhorse Publishing
307 West 36th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10018
9781616084585, $12.95,

Diabetes is not the end of enjoyment of food. "Delicious Dishes for Diabetics: Eating Well with Type 2 Diabetes" is a guide to conquering diabetes with good diet that will appeal to anyone with any problems with their diet, with plenty of tips and tricks for making it work when you can't prepare a big meal. Straightforward recipes for use of every persuasion, "Delicious Dishes for Diabetics" is a choice collection of recipes who wants to keep on eating well.

Gluten Free Makeovers
Beth Hillson
Da Capo Press
c/o Perseus
11 Cambridge Center,
Cambridge, MA 02142
9780738214610, $19.00,

When there's gluten intolerance present, the menu available to you seems to shrink. "Gluten Free Makeovers: Over 175 Recipes - From Family Favorites to Gourmet Goodies - Made Deliciously Wheat-Free" is a cookbook designed to expand the family chef's gluten free horizons, as Beth Hillson presents many useful alternatives to wheat even in foods that traditionally feature them. "Gluten Free Makeovers" is a straightforward and excellently composed cookbook, it can't be missed for gluten free cooks.

Rustic Italian
Domenica Marchetti
Weldon Owen
415 Jackson Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94111
9781616281656, $29.95,

Complex recipes are not the choice for everyday life. "Rustic Italian: Simple, Authentic Recipes for Everyday Cooking" is a cookbook from Domenica Marchetti as she walks readers through a grand assortment of cooking advice and wisdom on how to make a grand assortment of to the point daily dishes for everyday life, inspired by traditional Italian cooking. "Rustic Italian" is packed cover to cover with plenty of culinary wisdom with full color photographs throughout and an easy to follow style of recipes.

One-Dish Wonders
Gwen McKee & Barbara Moseley
Quail Ridge Press
PO Box 123
Brandon, MS 39043
9781934193686, $24.95,

One dish is more than just casseroles. "One-Dish Wonders" is a cookbook from the Recipe Hall of Fame as Gwen McKee and Barbara Moseley present a wide array of recipes with the only restriction of fitting into one dish. Chilies, soups, cakes, salads, and so much more, this to the point recipe guide promises to be easy to use and result in excellent food throughout. "One-Dish Wonders" is an excellent cookbook that shouldn't be ignored for any collection.

How to Make Your Own Drinks
Susy Atkins
Mitchell Beazley
c/o Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9781845336011, $16.99,

How to Make Your Own Drinks provides a fine recipe collection of drinks using fresh, local ingredients as their base. From locating sources of such ingredients to selecting and handling bottles and giving homemade drinks as gifts, this tells how to create alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks alike, and teaches the basics of making floral, wild, citrus, infused and other drinks. An outstanding pick!

Da Capo Press
c/o Perseus Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge MA 02142

Lois Dieterly's SINFULLY VEGAN: MORE THAN 160 DECADENT DESSERTS TO SATISFY EVERY SWEET TOOTH (9780738214887, $18.00) provides an updated, revised edition of SINFULLY BEGAN and adds 20 new recipes to her original title offering dairy-free dessert dishes. From ingredient substitutions and beakdowns of total time and nutrition for each dish to healthier options for desserts, this covers everything from vegan staples to creating quick dishes and is a pick for any vegan library. Alice Feiring's NAKED WINE: LETTING GRAPES DO WHAT COMES NATURALLY (9780306819537, $24.00) offers insights on the concept of natural wines and comes from a leading advocate for them, who makes her case that good California wine can only be made without additives and chemicals. The author's own winemaking experiments and experiences are detailed in a fin survey of the natural wine movement and changes in the modern wine market.

Good Bite Weeknight Meals
Sepideh Saremi, Editor
John Wiley
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9780470916582, $29.99,

Good Bite Weeknight Meals: Delicious Made Easy provides fine everyday recipes gathered from Web food bloggers and packs in over 140 dishes for quick family meals, pairing color photos of tem from Matt Armendairz of These dishes come from everyday people who faced long workdays, picky eaters and other challenges to food preparation: rather than resorting to fast foods, they adapted and developed homemade dishes that use modern appliances and techniques for quick and easy results. Any home cook who want chapters organized by main ingredient and recipes that go like lightning but feel like gourmet, should have this!

The Fearless Baker
Emily Luchetti and Lisa Weiss
Little, Brown
c/o Hachette Publishing Group
237 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9780316074285, $29.99,

The Fearless Baker: Scrumptious Cakes, Pies, Cobblers, Cookies, and Quick Breads That You Can Make to Impress Your Friends and Yourself comes from a pasty chef and provides nearly two hundred recipes along with advice beginners can use to produce flawless baking results. From classics to variations and new desserts, this pairs a glossary of common terms with discussions of appropriate baking equipment, the best ingredients, and tips to producing near-flawless cookies and desserts. Fun drawings accompany a fine pick for any baker.

Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies
Alice Medrich
Artisan Books
c/o Workman Publishing Company
225 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014-4381
9781579653972, $25.95,

Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies is a powerful book that offers new rules for cookies and new spins on classic tastes, pairing recipes with tips and ideas. Each recipe opens with the author's search for an ideal texture or taste, explores her journey, then provides a tested, proven successful recipe for obtaining the desired results. Color photos pepper a collection that will appeal to any cookie baker looking for something different.

The Agriculture Shelf

Raising Chickens for Dummies
Kimberly Willis
111 River St., Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9780470465448, $19.99,

Chickens aren't known for their intelligence, but caring for them can prove more troublesome than you would think. "Raising Chickens for Dummies" is an agricultural guide for anyone who wants to do their part in eating locally by raising their own chickens for whatever purpose they are seeking, be it for meat, eggs, or sale. From feed, housing, breeding, and much more, "Raising Chickens for Dummies" is a must for anyone who wants to get back to understanding this more and more acceptable practice in today's world.

The Theatre/Cinema Shelf

The Vampire Film
Alain Silver & James Ursini
Limelight Editions
c/o Hal Leonard
33 Plymouth St, Suite 302
Montclair, NJ 07042
9780879103958, $29.99,

Almost human, but all monster. "The Vampire Film: From Nosferatu to True Blood" discusses the history of the vampire in film, providing a unique blend of sex and violence that viewers have been devouring for decades. Presenting an index of all films from the traditionally revered Bram Stoker's Dracula, to the cheesy Dracula vs. Frankenstein, to movies featuring luchadores facing the armies of the undead. With countless color illustrations, for those looking for more vampire films, "The Vampire Film" is the compendium they should consider.

Anonymous: William Shakespeare Revealed
Roland Emmerich
Newmarket Press
18 E. 48th Street, New Yorkm NY 10017
9781557049926, $22.95,

William Shakespeare may be more legend than man. "Anonymous: William Shakespeare Revealed" is a film companion for the upcoming Roland Emmerich film surrounding the theory that Edward de Vere, the Earl of Oxford, as the true identity of the famous bard. With nearly two hundred color photos spread throughout, many bits and pieces discussing the legend of de Vere and Shakespeare, production notes, and much more, "Anonymous" is a fascinating period piece with much care put into the history of a man who revolutionized English literature.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Killer Colas
Nancy Appleton, PhD & G.N. Jacobs
Square One Publishers
115 Herricks Road, Garden City Park, NY 11040
9780757003417, $15.95,

KILLER COLAS: THE HARD TRUTH ABOUT SOFT DRINKS comes from an anti-sugar pioneer who pinpoints serious health concerns over soft drinks: concerns documented but ignored by an industry determine to profit at the expense of health. Links between colas and the increase of obesity, diabetes, cancer and other conditions are detailed along with the history and growth of the soft drink industry and its powerful influence. From the addictive qualities of soft drinks to links between colas and American health decline, this provides a powerful condemnation and study on why colas are dangerous to health. General and health libraries need this!

Alzheimer Disease Sourcebook, fifth edition
Amy L. Sutton, Editor
Box 31-1640, Detroit MI 48231-1640
9780780811508, $85.00,

The fifth updated edition of Alzheimer Disease Sourcebook provides a powerful reference with updated information on the causes, symptoms and stages of AD and other forms of dementia, and is a top pick for any general lending or health collection. Over sixty chapters cover the basics from how the brain declines to diagnosing and treating symptoms of dementia, living with AD, and caregiver concerns. A 'must' for any serious health collection, especially those where patrons are interested in the elderly!

Don't Kill the Birthday Girl
Sandra Beasley
c/o Random House Group
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9780307588111, $23.00,

Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales From an Allergic Life comes from an author who has lived with severe food allergies since infancy, from diary and nuts to seafood, and tells of the lives of those similarly diagnosed. People with food allergies don't have to be victims but they do have to understand their conditions and live differently. Chapters cover her health struggles and documents the course of a life lived with a deadly problem.

What Nurses Know... Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Lorraine Steefel
Demos Health
11 West 42nd Street, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10036
9781932603873, $16.95,

Fatigue is natural. Chronic fatigue however, disables your life. "What Nurses Know... Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The Answers You Need From the People You Trust" is full of advice and wisdom from many accomplished nurses on how to better deal with Chronic fatigue syndrome, to make the condition liveable with and beatable so one does not have to shut down their entire lives. Sage and much recommended reading, "What Nurses Know...Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" is a strong pick for any health and home remedy collection.

The Health Of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, And Transgender People
Institute of Medicine
National Academies Press
500 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
9780309210614, $59.95,

The medical issues especially pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender men and women has heretofore been relatively obscured due to the social stigma associated with these sexual orientations in the popular culture. But that cultural condition has been changing over the past couple of decades to the point where academia and the medical establishment has been concerning itself more and more with LGBT health issues. Under the direction of the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health Issues and Research Gaps and Opportunities, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies has produced "The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding: Building A Foundation For Better Understanding", a 362-page compendium organized into seven major sections. Following an explanatory summary providing a succinct overview of the LGBT community, and an informative introduction to both the LGBT community and this study, "The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People" goes on to address the LGBT health status in America within an historical and demographic perspective; the contemporary status of research in this specialized field of study; LGBT health issues in childhood and adolescence; LGBT health issues in early and middle adulthood; LGBT health issues in later adulthood; and concludes with recommendations respecting research, data collection, policy. A model of academic excellence, enhanced with four appendices (including a review of the literature), and a comprehensive index, "The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People" is strongly recommended as a core addition to academic and medical school library research reference collections.

The Weight Loss Surgery Workbook
Doreen A. Samelson
New Harbinger Press
5674 Shattuck Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609
9781572248991, $24.95,

When all else has failed, there is surgery, but it still is not easy. "The Weight Loss Surgery Workbook" is a self-help guide from Doreen A. Samelson who advises readers on how to best prepare for weight loss surgery when all of their other options have failed and surgery has been chosen as the answer. Preparation and recovery however, prove it is not a silver bullet. One must still make lifestyle choices and change the way they live to recover and live life anew. "The Weight Loss Surgery Workbook" is a must for anyone considering weight loss surgery or has it already scheduled ahead of them.

The Science Shelf

Introduction to Information Science and Technology
Charles H. Davis & Debora Shaw, editors
Information Today, Inc.
143 Old Marlton Pike
Medford, NJ 08055-8750
9781573874236, $59.50,

The information age is empowered by being connected and knowing the best options for the job. "Introduction to Information Science and Technology" discusses how to maximize the use of such technology in today's importance of connecting information to all those involved. Chapters grant a comprehensive overview of information technology, who needs the information, organization, use of the internet, and theories for more effective use in our future. "Introduction to Information Science and Technology" is a fine delve into the fast combining concepts of information and technology, and how to apply it to one's own endeavors, a core addition for community and college library technology collections.

Designing and Building Mini and Micro Hydropower Schemes
Luis Rodriguez and Teodoro Sanchez
Practical Action Publishing
Stylus Publishing
22883 Quicksilver Drive, Sterling, VA 20166-2012
9781853396465, $59.95,

The power of water hasn't caught on in the national level, but can be invaluable to certain communities. "Designing and Building Mini and Micro Hydropower Schemes: A Practical Guide" is a collection of advice for those who are pursuing this sort of power for their community. Ideal for remote communities that are far from the traditional power of the modern day, these works can provide enough power for small communities, with materials and manpower that can be acquired locally. Ideal for anyone who is in charge of managing public works for their community, "Designing and Building Mini and Micro Hydropower Schemes" is a vital addition to any engineering or power management collection.

Bioactive Compounds From Natural Resources, second edition
Corrado Tringali, editor
CRC Press
Suite 300
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW
Boca Raton, FL 33487
9781439822296, $189.95,

Knowledgeably compiled and deftly edited by Corrado Tringali (Professor of Organic Chemistry, University of California), "Bioactive Compounds from Natural Sources: Natural Products as Lead Compounds in Drug Discovery" is now in a newly updated and expanded second edition and continues to be a 648-page compendium of seminal articles and contributions by an impressive roster of academicians and specialists in their respective fields. Comprised of seventeen major academic papers, the subjects range from 'Strategies and Methods for a Sustainable Search for Bioactive Compounds', to 'Natural Products as Treatments for and Leads to Active Compounds in Viral Diseases', to 'Endo Microorganisms as a Source of Bioactive Compounds'. Enhanced with a Natural Source Index and a Subject Index, "Bioactive Compounds from Natural Sources" is an essential and core addition to professional and academic library Organic Chemistry reference collections and instructional supplemental reading lists.

The Inquisition of Climate Science
James Lawrence Powell
Columbia University Press
61 West 62nd Street, NY, NY 10023-7015
9780231157186, $27.95,

The Inquisition of Climate Science offers a fine assessment of the controversy surrounding climate science and climate change, documenting how media and special interest groups have succeeded not only in 'warping' the facts, but in casting overall disbelief in the scientific process as a whole. It's the first book to examine the history and milieu of the climate science denial process as a whole, documenting the deniers, their lack of credentials, their industry funding, and more. The dual focus on the nature and interests of deniers and the logic of their beliefs makes this a 'must' for any college-level science collection.

Artech House
685 Canton St., Norwood, MA 02062

Theodore Anderson's PLASMA ANTENNAS (160807143X, $139.00) covers the emerging technology of plasma antennas and is designed for professionals working in the design and protoypes of plasma antennas. Experimental work in the field and the latest developments are covered in discussions that include technical equations and over 70 illustrations. From overall plasma physics to smart antennas and steerable plasma antenna systems, this provides technical insights engineers will find key to understanding and working with such antennas. PHASED ARRAY ANTENNAS WITH OPTIMIZED ELEMENT PATTERNS by Sergei P. Skobelev (9781608071906, $139.00) provides engineers with an in-depth reference detailing array element characteristics and different approaches to optimum design. Numerical calculations serve as models for engineers in this fine reference. Artem Saakian's RADIO WAVE PROPAGATION FUNDAMENTALS (1608071375, $135.00) is another key reference for professional engineers and students who specialize in antenna and radar systems and covers all the basic facts of electromagnetic wave propagation of radio frequencies. From radio wave classification and antennas for different applications to equations and key discussions with nearly two hundred illustrations, this provides an outstanding survey for any college-level engineering library's reference collection. Elisa Bertino and Kenji Takahashi's IDENTITY MANAGEMENT: CONCEPTS, TECHNOLOGIES AND SYSTEMS (9781608070398, $99.00) provides a fine technical survey of digital identity management technology and its function in enhancing the network user experience and protecting privacy. It covers the basics of how to design and assess identity management issues and provide solutions with technical chapters reviewing the best practices in identity management, explanations of basic techniques, and more. Software and engineering professionals will find this a top pick! Leo A. Wrobel and Sharon M. Wrobel's DISASTER RECOVERY PLANNING FOR COMMUNICATIONS AND CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE (1596934689, $99.00) provides a fine survey of communications technology and critical infrastructure, showing how to simplify risk assessments and emergency procedures to disasters affecting our infrastructure. From developing safeguards and standards for such systems to creating plans for assessing vulnerabilities in everything from power grids to government agencies, this is a reference for any working in disaster management and for college-level collections catering to them. Victor C. Chan's THE MICRO-DOPPLER EFFECT IN RADAR (9781608070572, $139.00) is a fine reference for any college-level engineering collection and provides scientific, technical insights into the micro-Doppler effect in radar, from basic principles to applications. Engineers will find in-depth details on math and physics of the effect with technical theory paired with working examples. A DVD includes MATLAB source codes for simulations and radar data processing. A 'must' for any radar engineering collection!

The Autism Shelf

A Picture's Worth
Andy Bondy & Lori Frost
Woodbine House
6510 Bells Mill Rd., Bethesda, MD 20817
9781606130155, $19.95,

Communication is perhaps the most importance you can teach a child. "A Picture's Worth: PECS and Other Visual Communication Strategies in Autism" is a guide to helping one's autistic child better grasp communication through PECS, the picture exchange communication system, an easy to use system that help an autistic child grasp communication at a higher level. "A Picture's Worth" is a strong pick for educators and parents who want to work the PECS system into a child's education, highly recommended.

The Art Shelf

Abstracts: 50 Inspirational Projects
Rolina Van Vliet
Search Press
1338 Ross Street, Petaluma, CA 94954-1117
9781844487158, $25.95,

Abstracts: 50 Inspirational Projects provides artists with a fine survey on how to see abstractly and how to create ides and concepts from a range of sources, from music to visual inspirations. 50 projects and suggestions for 100 more are accompanied by full-page color photos and a fine attention to step-by-step detail and sources for inspirational improvisation. Any arts and crafts collection will find this a fine survey!

Designing Diagrams
Jan Gauguin
BIS Publishers
9789063692285, $49.00,

DESIGNING DIAGRAMS: MAKING INFORMATION ACCESSIBLE THROUGH DESIGN provides a fine survey of the tools and techniques used by builders and architects to model and demonstrate data and landscapes. From putting together uncluttered graphs and making volume diagrams for displaying quantitative measures to using GIS systems, this provides color diagrams accompanied by discussions of practical applications and the entire diagramming process. Arts and statistics collections at the college level will find this a top pick.

Generative Art
Matt Pearson
Manning Publications
Box 261, Shelter Island, NY 11964
1935182625, $39.99,

GENERATIVE ART is a pick for arts and computing collections alike, and explores the techniques and applications of algorithmic art forms. Examples of generative art accompany steps the author followed to create each art piece using the Processing programming language. While this could have been recommended in our Computer Shelf section, it's featured here for its dual interest to art students, as well.

Experimental Painting
Lisa L. Cyr
North Light Books
c/o F+W Media
4700 East Galbraith Road
Cincinnati, OH 45236
144030811X, $27.99,

Experimental Painting: Inspirational Approaches for Mixed Media Art pairs twelve step-by-step demonstrations of experimental art techniques from making custom tools to freeform painting with demonstrations covering mixed-media processes in the overall art world. It's a fine companion to her popular ART REVOLUTION, offering artist Lisa L. Cyr's insights into two- and three-dimensional techniques. Aspiring mixed-media artists will find this packed with color and ideas.

Gordon Miller
University of Washington Press
PO Box 50096
Seattle, WA 98145-5096
9780295991153, $55.00,

Artists, the sea, and ships have long been a popular combination. In "Voyages: To the New World and Beyond", Canadian marine artist and illustrator Gordon Miller has compiled an impressively reproduced collection of his work showcasing the antique sailing ships associated marine exploration from the middle ages through the end of the 19th century. Of special note are the informed and informative additions of an Introduction, an Epilogue (Sailing into History), and an appendices providing plans of historical ships. Beautifully reproduced and with accompanying commentaries, this 200-page coffee-table style art book is a very especial pleasure to browse through from beginning to end, and a highly recommended addition to personal, community, and academic Art History and Marine History collections.

Cyril Colnik, Man of Iron
Alan J. Strekow
Friends of the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum
c/o University of Wisconsin Press
1930 Monroe Street, Third Floor
Madison, WI 53711-2059
9780615481418 $45.00

Cyril Colnik, Man of Iron is an artbook showcase of the works of extraordinary metalsmith Cyril Colnik (1871-1958), an Austrian-born artist who earned a gold medal at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, and went on to a sixty-year career of crafting beautiful gates, bulstrades, chandeliers, grilles, ornaments for architecture, and other decor in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Full-color photography on every page, complemented by text captions describing the history, creation, or dimensions of various pieces fill this beautiful catalogue, which also includes a brief biography of Colnik. An excellent addition to art history shelves, particularly those with a focus on decorative architecture or metalworking.

Art Deco Postcards
Patricia Bayer
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10110-0017
9780500238882 $27.95

Art Deco Postcards is a full-color, compact-size artbook featuring the illustrations of 250 original Art Deco postcards from all over the world, plus a handful detachable and mailable postcards among its pages. A brief introduction to these unique and sweeping works of art quickly gives way to pages devoted entirely to showcasing the postcards themselves, just as they appeared to travelers and recipients, and a final "Notes on the Pictures" segment collects brief summaries about the sweeping pictures on each card. Art Deco Postcards is a treasure for anyone intrigued by twentieth century art.

Cultural Memories
Pamela McCallum
University of Calgary Press
2500 University Drive, N.W.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4
9781552382714, $34.95,

Withheld from one's culture, one learns to appreciate it just that much more. "Cultural Memories: And Imagined Futures: The Art of Jane Ash Poitras" discusses the work of Jane Ash Poitras, a woman of the First Nations who was raised by a German widow and didn't come to embrace her home culture until later in life. Embracing in wholly, she begun to understand it and through her art, expressed many of the concerns about her people. A fine study of Alberta Native Culture, "Cultural Memories" is filled with color photographs and makes for a much recommended read and addition to world and cultural art collections.

The Literary Studies Shelf

Bard Games
Victor L. Cahn
Taylor Trade Publishing
4501 Forbes Boulevard, Suite 200
Lanham, MD 20706
9781589796171, $11.95,

Shakespeare is a foundation of today's western literature, and there is no shortage of topics connected to him. "Bard Games" is a book filled with quizzes and games for those who want to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the works of Shakespeare and their impact on today's movies, literature, and theatre. For anyone looking for a fun way to study literary history, "Bard Games" are a choice pick, very much recommended reading.

The Changing Of Knowledge In Composition
Lance Massey & Richard C. Gebhardt, editors
Utah State University Press
7800 Old Main Hill, Logan, Utah 84322
9780874218206, $29.95,

Composition is the organizing of language in the format of the written word to convey information to a reader. There is a divergence of opinion and practice in academia with respect to composition and that is the focus of "Changing of Knowledge in Composition: Contemporary Perspectives", a 320-page knowledgeably compiled and deftly edited by Lance Massey (Assistant Professor of English, Bowling Green State University) and Richard C. Gebhardt (Professor Emeritus of English, Bowling Green State University) compendium of sixteen papers by academicians and researchers focusing on pertinent elements of the composition controversies within an academic context. informed and informative, an impressive body of impeccable scholarship by experts in this specialized field of study, "The Changing Of Knowledge In Composition" is especially recommended for academic library collections.

The Animal Side
Jean-Christophe Bailly
Fordham University Press
2546 Belmont Avenue
University Box L
Bronx, NY 10458-5172
9780823234448, $18.00,

Mankind quickly learned to cooperate with its animal neighbors. "The Animal Side" is a study of humanity and its connection to the rest of the animal kingdom, our differences, and countless similarities. Translated from the original French by Jean-Christophe Bailly by Catherine Porter, Bailly analyzes literature form around the world and the fascination that all of it blends together. "The Animal Side" is an insightful and much recommended addition to any literary studies and philosophy collection in community libraries.

The Language Studies Shelf

A Seneca Reader
James Ker
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
1570 Baskin Road
Mundelein, IL 60060
9780865167582, $19.00,

Seneca the Younger was a major writer of the classical era, and understanding his work understands literature that much better. "A Seneca Reader: Selections from Prose and Tragedy" delves into Seneca's work, granting him a brief biography, going over choice writings of his text, mapping important vocabulary, and much more to better understand the Latin language and command a better mastery of those important historical language. "A Seneca Reader" is a must for any student of Latin language and history.

The Native American Shelf

The Encyclopedia Of North American Indian Wars
Spencer C. Tucker, editor
Box 1911, Santa Barbara, CA 93116-1911
9781851096978, $310.00,

For some three hundred years, right up until the closing decade of the 19th century, the North American continent was the battleground between European settlers and Native Americans. Knowledgeably compiled and deftly edited by academician and historian Spencer C. Tucker, "The Encyclopedia of North American Indian Wars, 1607-1890: A Political, Social, and Military History" is a 1318-page, three-volume compendium covering all of America's 'Indian Wars' ranging from the early 1600s on the eastern coast, to the final subjugation of the American Plains Indian tribes in the late 1880s. From detailed biographies of key Native American figures; to the diverse social, cultural, and religious aspects of Native American life; to an historical roster of significant battles, skirmishes, and treaties between the whites and the Native Americans, "The Encyclopedia Of North American Indian Wars" is informed, informative, superbly organized, splendidly presented, thoroughly 'reader friendly', and a very high value addition to both community and academic library Native American Studies reference collections.

Sustaining the Cherokee Family
Rose Stremlau
University of North Carolina Press
116 South Boundary Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3808
9780807872048 $24.95

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the American federal government strived to forcibly integrate Native American nations into American society through a policy of systematic land allotment. Sustaining the Cherokee Family: Kinship and the Allotment of an Indigenous Nation is the fascinating true story of how this policy impacted the Cherokee Nation, with especial focus on individual families and communities in contemporary northeastern Oklahoma. Chapters focus on how Cherokee family's organization, cultural values, economic and social practices enabled them to survive under the government's policy, by blending the new system into economies of their current community. Author Rose Stremlau (assistant professor of history and American Indian studies, University of North Carolina at Pembroke) purports that extended family bonds among the Cherokee helped the communities retain a strong collective spirit and resist federal assimilation policy, even as they endeavored to survive. Highly recommended, especially for Native American history and studies shelves.

Ahtna Travel Narratives
Jim McKinley & collaborators
University of Alaska Press
PO Box 756240
Fairbanks, AK 99775-6240
9781555001056, $20.00,

The native people of the Americas provide a cultural study that is unique among the world's interests. "Ahtna Travel Narratives: A Demonstration of Shared Geographic Knowledge among Alaska Athabascans" discusses the Athabascans, a people unique in their reliance on foraging in the difficult lands of Alaska, as Jim McKinley & other scholars of these people, provide a unique and fascinating study of these people and their culture, language, and lore. With plenty of black and white photography throughout, "Ahtna Travel Narratives" is an excellent pick, very much worth considering for community and college library collections focusing on culture and language.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Going Home
Jon Katz
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 17th floor
New York, NY 10019
9780345502698, $22.00,

It becomes much more than a dog through years of companionship. "Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die" discusses the grief that we face when we lose the connection to our beloved pets and how our connection to our pets may be just as strong as the ones we have our human family. Touching on philosophy and the reasons behind this empathy and bonds, "Going Home" is a moving read for anyone who wants to understand the profound emotional bonds we form outside our own species.

As I See It
Bill Stephenson
Dorrance Publishing Co.
701 Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
9781434910721, $35.00,

In the dog pound, all hope may be lost for many dogs. "As I See It" is a moving read from Bill Stephenson as he ponders his time with his many faithful dogs. Telling of how he chose each of them from the pound, the challenges of melding these new dogs, and the love that comes from all directions, "As I See It" is a remarkable and heartwarming read for any dog lover who enjoys tales of rescue from the big sleep.

All My Dogs
Bill Henderson
David R. Godine
PO Box 450, Jaffrey, NH 03452
9781567924350, $19.95,

The sad reality is that humans outlive dogs many times over. "All My Dogs" is a unique memoir from Bill Henderson as he tells his own tale of the main dogs of his life, reflecting on their unique personalities and their impact on his life, empowered by touching drawings all throughout. For those seeking poignant tales of man and dog, "All My Dogs" is a choice and much recommended collection, a top pick.

K-9 Trailing
Jeff Schettler
Alpine Publications, Inc.
38262 Linman Road
Crawford, CO 81415
9781577791195, $34.95,

The dog's superior sense of smell is quite useful, but it needs to be trained, for both dog and trainer. "K-9 Trailing" discusses the details of modern canine training to get them to track something down by sense of smell. This training program outlines all the details of tracking by scent, the details to pick up on along the way, and reading the dog's communications. "K-9 Trailing" is a strong pick for those curious in how scent trails work or for those who will soon be dealing with tracking dogs in the future.

350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148

Kenneth Drobatz,'s MANUAL OF TRAUMA MANAGEMENT IN THE DOG AND CAT (9780470958315, $79.99) provides a quick reference for any vet seeking to stabilize an animal after trauma, and should be on the reference shelves of any practicing clinic. It covers specific types of trauma and its management, using an outline format to speed at-a-glance information perfect for emergency consultation. Clinical details are accessible to clinical and emergency settings alike, making this a detailed, essential reference. Clifford Smith & Alfred Jarecki's ATLAS OF COMPARATIVE DIAGNOSTIC & EXPERIMENTAL HEMATOLOGY (9781405171076, $99.99) is for college-level veterinary science holdings and offers over 400 color photos of normal and abnormal blood cells in lab animals. Such photos are arranged in chapters by species and accompanied by notes, with this revised new edition surveying the latest research and findings in laboratory animal hematology. A fine college reference! J. Scott Weese & Martha B. Fulford's COMPANION ANIMAL ZOONOSES (9780813819648, $124.99) provides a fine resource on diseases transmissible between animals and humans and surveys the latest research on disease incidence, risk, and management. The extent of companion animal zoonoses is surveyed in a title that offers vets and pet owners with details on preventing the spread of diseases. Prevention and control are covered in chapters that discuss diagnosis, distribution patterns, and more. Heidi Featherstone and Elaine Holt's SMALL ANIMAL OPTHAMOLOGY: WHAT'S YOUR DIAGNOSIS? (9781405151610, $54.99) provides a fine overview of the range of ophthalmic conditions in dogs and cats, from discharges to blindness, and pack in illustrations for each case that will assist vets in making accurate diagnosis. Basic information on common and uncommon eye conditions enables clinicians to develop appropriate diagnostic and treatment plans and step-by-step photos make this a top technical recommendation suitable for any clinic or vet's collection!

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Dawn on Kukulkan
Jock Whitehouse
Red Wheel/Weiser/Conari
65 Parker Street, Suite 7
Newburyport, MA 01950-4600
9781578634774, $16.95,

As 2012 draws closer, the fate of t he world will lie in the hands of the daring enough to stop it. "Dawn on Kukulkan: The Return of the Beginning: December 21, 2012" is a metaphysical thriller as Jock Whitehouse follows his previous novel of Mesoamerican mythology and a follow up to the Ledge of Quetzal telling the story of Daniel Bancroft. Riveting reading that keeps readers reading, "Dawn on Kukulkan" is an excellent and much recommended pick for metaphysical fiction collections.

J. E. Fishman
c/o Greenleaf Publishing Group
PO Box 91869, Austin, TX 78709
9780983380900, $24.95,

A voice is something truly powerful. "Primacy" is an animal rights thriller as J. E. Fishman crafts a tale of scientist Liane Vinson who enters Pentalon, a cutting edge animal testing facility and learns much about what goes on behind the scenes. When a bonobo gains a voice, Liane finds much problems in the lab's methods and learns that a new voice, a remarkable scientific and development of sociology, may quickly be silenced. An entertaining novel that touches on the wrong direction of corporations, regulation, and animal rights protesters, "Primacy" is a quick paced and much recommended read.

Bad Moon Rising
Ed Gorman
Pegasus Books
80 Broad Street,5th Floor
New York, NY 10004
9781605982601, $25.00,

It's easy to point to others as the enemy. "Bad Moon Rising" is a mystery novel from Ed Gorman as he tells of a Hippie Commune finding its home in Black River Falls. The community tolerates their presence, and when a murder happens, fingers are quickly pointed towards them. Investigator Sam McCain believes something is amiss and that the witch hunt the town is embarking on is not entirely justified. A story of facing justice for the unpopular, "Bad Moon Rising" is a riveting blend of town drama, mystery, and legal thriller, highly recommended.

Kage - The Shadow
John Donahue, PhD
Box 480, Wolfeboro, NH 03894
9781594392108, $12.95,

Kage - The Shadow provides a fine martial arts thriller and the fourth in John Donahue's repertoire, discussing the deepening relationship between student and teacher as it tells of a wasteland outside of Arizona where a cross-border smuggler is found dead. An author's mysterious death and an assassin's mission involves Connor Burke in a dangerous journey to investigate an underground movement that leads him to native cultures and an ageless mystery. A fine blend of intrigue and fantasy evolve in a fast-paced martial arts thriller.

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

Nicholas Kilmer's A PARADISE FOR FOOLS (9781590589342, $24.95) provides a fine Fred Taylor art mystery and explores an unusual scenario: a tattooed woman's art comes from a rare, valuable work which Fred Taylor knows to be important. His search for the source of the tattoo art leads him to an illegal tattoo parlor and plenty of denials that the work of art exists in this vivid chase for the truth, recommended for any mystery library. Also recommended is Mitchell Scott Lewis' MURDER IN THE 11TH HOUSE (9781590589502, $24.95), first in a projected 'David Lowell' series blending astrology with mystery. An unusual detective agency uses the signs to solve cases - and in this case, the charts and David Lowell's knowledge may not be enough to solve the murder of a state judge and prove the innocence of a bartender wrongly accused of the crime. A fast-paced, unusual mystery evolves! DEVIL'S PLAYTHING by Matt Richtel (9781590588871, $24.95) tells of an elderly woman in her 80s who suffers severe dementia - and who carries a dangerous memory buried within her that could change the world for the worse. Her grandson, an investigative medical journalist, is assigned to figure out her secret before a conspiracy goes wrong - and his search for the truth will attract an attention that changes their lives in this fast-paced thriller.

Berkeley Prime Crime
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014

Susan Wittig Albert's THE DARLING DAHLIAS AND THE NAKED LADIES (9780425241288, $25.95) is third in the Darling Dahlias Mystery series set in 1930s Alabama and featuring the ladies of a garden club who also solve local mysteries. Here an elderly recluse faces visitors who may be dangerous dancers - and who may have more on their minds with a visit than a racy past. The garden club becomes involved in a cover-up in this gripping story, recommended for any general mystery collection. Margaret Coel's THE PERFECT SUSPECT (9780425243480, $25.95) provides a fine Catherine McLeod mystery and an exciting sequel - three years later - to her popular BLOOD MEMORY. Here an upscale neighborhood seems an unlikely place for a governor candidate's murder - but when his wife is arrested, it's up to journalist Catherine McLeod to follow up on a tip that states the real murderer left the scene - and was not wife Sydney. Danger stalks her too, in this fine sequel recommended for any mystery collection. Also recommended for general libraries is Susan Wittig Albert's THE TALE OF CASTLE COTTAGE (9780425243503, $24.95), which joins others in the 'Cottage tales of Beatrix Potter' series and is a special pick for prior fans. Set in the summer of 1913 after her recovery from illness, this tells of Beatrix's struggle to finish an overdue writing project so she can marry her fiance and settle down. Unfortunately illness and writer's block aren't her only problems: thefts on construction sites and stubborn in-laws who won't condone their wedding add to a mystery and a vivid novel of England.

The Audiobook Shelf

The Secret Fate of Mary Watson
Judy Johnson, author
Eloise Oxer, narrator
Bolinda Publishing
186 S Long Swamp Rd
Jackson, ME 04921
9781742853024 $108.95

Victorian Premier's Literacy Award winning author Judy Johnson presents The Secret Fate of Mary Watson, a novel set in 1879 Queensland, now available in an unabridged audiobook rendition superbly performed by veteran actress Eloise Oxer. The Secret Fate of Mary Watson follows young Mary, flat broke, having fled her home at the boisterous age of 19, seeking to earn a living. She starts as a pianist in a Cooktown brothel, becomes a spy in smuggling operations, and eventually moves to Lizard Island as part of a marriage of convenience. Lizard Island is a lawless place, populated by ruthless enemies - and also hidden secrets to tempt her innermost desires! Based on the true story of an extraordinary women who persevered in the North Queensland frontier, The Secret Fate of Mary Watson is a riveting listening experience and highly recommended. 12 CDs, 14 hours 30 min.

Kate Veitch, author
Edwina Wren, narrator
Bolinda Publishing
186 S Long Swamp Rd
Jackson, ME 04921
9781742149165 $103.95

Trust is a harrowing novel of what lies beneath the surface of a seemingly idyllic life. Susanna Greenfield feels blessed by fortune; she has a successful career as an art teacher, prosperous husband, two teenaged children, a strong relationship with her mother, and things seemed to have turned a corner with her younger sister. Susanna's creative spirit seems to be dwindling as of late, but that seems a small price to pay for her happiness... until the fractures underneath the lies supporting her life begin to manifest. Vividly written with complex, believable characters who struggle with problems that are are too real, Trust is highly recommended for both personal and public library audiobook collections. 11 CDs, 12 hours 59 min.

Great By Choice
Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen, authors
Jim Collins, narrator
Harper Audio
10 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022-5299
9780062121028 $39.99

Great By Choice is the unabridged audiobook rendition researcher Jim Collins and management professor Morten Hansen's study of why some companies adapt better to tumultuous times than others. Examining the dynamics of today's modern world from an analytical perspective, Great By Choice reveals that the most successful leaders were also the most disciplined, logical, and paranoid; that being excessively hasty in one's decisions and actions was a swift route to destruction no matter how quickly the modern world shifts; and that the most prosperous companies actually transformed themselves on reaction to a lesser degree than their less successful competitors. Supported heavily with extensive research and data, Great by Choice reveals the path to business excellence is built first and foremost upon intelligent decision-making, not random happenstance, and is highly recommended. 8 CDs, 9 hours.

The Healing
Wanda E. Brunstetter, author
Jaimee Draper, narrator
Oasis Audio
289 Main Place
Carol Stream, IL 60188
9781598599831 $29.99

Award-winning author Wanda Brunstetter presents The Healing, a gentle, unabridged audiobook novel about the long and difficult road to recovery after losing a loved one, as well as the tangled web that human hearts can become. When Samuel Fisher of Pennsylvania loses his wife at far too early an age, his brother Titus talks him into moving to Kentucky, along with his four children. In his new home, he works with English contractor on a bed-and-breakfast. Esther Beiler helps take care of Samuel's children and develops feelings for Samuel himself, but will his heart remain closed from grief? Or could he already have fallen for the beautiful innkeeper? God's loving presence fills the background of this heartwarming tale of relearning the spiritual as well as the mortal joy of true love, highly recommended. An included PDF offers a Fisher Family Tree, discussion questions, and a recipe for boyfriend cookies. 8 CDs.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Robert Louis Stevenson, author
Roy McMillan, narrator
Naxos of America, Inc.
1810 Columbia Avenue, Suite 28
Franklin, TN 37064
9781843794455 $22.98

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is the unabridged audiobook adaptation of Stevenson's classic dark fable of a scientist whose experiments unleash a monstrous, murderous alter ego. At once both exhilarated by his other side yet fearfully constrained to hide it lest he suffer discovery or even execution, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde remains as tense and chilling today as ever, even as it depicts the eternal contest between good and evil. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is especially recommended as an excellent addition to public library audiobook collections. 3 CDs, 3 hours 21 min.

Pacific Heights
Paul Harper
Brilliance Audio
PO Box 887, Grand Haven, MI 49417
1455823635, $29.99,

PACIFIC HEIGHTS provides a fine novel performed by Mel Foster, an Audie award winner with a strong acting background, and tells of former intelligence officer Martin, who faces a dangerous genius who can obtain any information he needs. His entry into the rich Pacific Heights world and his affairs with the wives of two powerful businessmen lead Martin on a dangerous mission to stop a man well versed in psychological warfare - and possibly murder.

Hachette Audio
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017

Preston & Child's COLD VENGEANCE (9781609413866, $39.98) receives a fine reading by Rene Auberjonois whose spirited voice lends drama and action to the story of a special agent who discovers his wife was murdered - and who seeks revenge and her betrayers. His search will take him from Scotland to New York City - and the more he digs into his wife's past, the more he learns she may have been involved in her own murder. A gripping audio thriller evolves! Equally gripping is James Patterson and Marshall Karp's KILL ME IF YOU CAN (9781607884675, $34.98), narrated by actor Jason Culp who lends drama and interest to the story of an innocent art student who finds, $13 million in diamonds and finds himself leading a complex life, hunted by killers. A top-rate thriller evolves that springs to life in audio! Speaking of top thrillers, Nelson DeMille and Thomas Block's MAYDAY (9781611138375, $24.98) receives a powerful reading by Scott Brick who has narrated prior unabridged stories by DeMille for Hachette, so here lends uniformity and high drama to the story of a missile that strikes a jumbo jet leaving three survivors to land the plane or perish. High drama packs this top pick! George Pelecanos' THE CUT (9781609417918, $29.98) provides a fine novel narrated by HBO's Dion Graham, who has made his name on Broadway and off Broadway, and tells of Spero Lucas, hired for special investigations for a defense attorney after he returns from serving in Iraq. He is good at recovering stolen property - but when he's hired by a business to find out who has been stealing, problems evolve in this fast-paced novel of intrigue.

Penguin Audio
c/o The Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014

Jussi Alder-Olsen's THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES (9781611760354, $39.95) receives a fine reading by actor Erik Davies, who has appeared in film and TV and whose dramatic skills and voice lends to the first in a series featuring chief detective Carl, who was a fine homicide detective in Copenhagen until he was nearly killed. His companions didn't survive and Carl blames himself - until a promotion leads him to a new special investigation division with a unique purpose. Intrigue and engrossing twists of plot keep this an outstanding survey! Lev Grossman's THE MAGICIAN KING (9781611760255, $39.95) receives a fine reading by Mark Bramhill, who has many theatre credits to his name and whose dramatic reading lends to this fine sequel to the best-selling THE MAGICIANS. Here Quentin is attending a secret college for magic in upstate New York and has graduated only to discover the magical utopia of his childhood is actually real - and dangerous. His probe of this unpredictable fantasy world makes for fine fast-paced listening suitable for any fantasy audio collection. Readers of classics who want a fine audio to listen to will relish John Steinbeck's classic SWEET THURSDAY (9780142429242, $39.95) in audio, narrated by actor Jerry Farden and appearing unabridged on CDs. It's a postwar continuation of CANNERY ROW and is also set in California's Monterey, offering an outstanding survey of a host of protagonists. Clive Cussler and Justin Scott's THE RACE (9781611760170, $39.95) is narrated by actor Scott Brick, who provides a fine and passionate drama to this story returning Isaac Bell to listeners. It's 1910, and chef investigator P.I. Bell faces danger when he faces down one Harry Frost, who has made his millions leading a gang of murderers in cities across the country. A dangerous cross-country game emerges in this thriller. W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV's VICTORY AND HONOR (9781611760309, $39.95) provides a new novel in Griffin's 'Honor Bound' saga and pairs it with actor Scott Brick's smooth and vivid voice. Scott lends a tone of excitement and action to this espionage story, providing political intrigue and telling of a possible world war centered around one Joe Stalin and his ambitions. Daring encounters and conflicts keep this fast-paced and charged.

The Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf

Carmine Infantino
Jim Amash with Eric Nolen-Weathington
TwoMorrows Publishing
10407 Bedfordtown Dr., Raleigh, NC 27614
9781605490250, $26.95,

Carmine Infantino is the artistic penciler and cover artist who helped define the characters and setting of the Silver Age of comics, helping create the modern Flash Gordon and Batman and serving as the editorial director and president of DC comics. His life, career, and pencil work is profiled in this in-depth interview covering the extent of his works and experiences in the comics industry, making this a 'must' for any collection strong in comics history.

Bubbles & Gondola
Renaud Dillies
NBM Publishing
40 Exchange Place, Suite 1308
New York, NY 10005-2742
9781561636112 $16.00

Bubbles & Gondola is a color graphic novel featuring a heartwarming story that readers of all ages can enjoy. Charlie the Mouse writes for a living, or tries to, but he lives a reclusive existence and has a bad case of writer's block. He is struggling for inspiration when a little blue bird visits him; the bird names himself Solitude ("from now on your Solitude is me!") and helps Charlie garner the courage to see the world outside his quasi-agoraphobic shell. A fair has come to Charlie's hometown, and daring to venture outside, play music with other people, and meet new faces could be just what Charlie needs to find the inspiration of his dreams! Bubbles & Gondola is a joy to read from cover to cover, and highly recommended.

Marvel Comics in the 1970s
Pierre Comtois
TwoMorrows Publishing
10407 Bedfordtown Dr., Raleigh, NC 27614
9781605490342, $27.95,

A classical era in comics, the 1970s was the last stop before the modern era of the 1980s for comic book fans. "Marvel Comics in the 1970s" traces the history of the company throughout the decade and the rise of Publisher Stan Lee. The roles of countless authors of the era and the foundation and changes many characters faced during the period, "Marvel Comics in the 1970s" is packed with plenty of photos and proves to be a fine read for any comic fan and historian, much recommended.

Inventing Iron Man
E. Paul Zehr
The John Hopkins University Press
2715 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-4363
9781421402260, $24.95,

Iron Man provides a unique study of superhero, a superhero who is within the realm of real life. "Inventing Iron Man: The Possibility of a Human Machine" looks at the science behind Tony Stark and his power that comes not from being an alien or radiation, but from human ingenuity. From neuro science to the basic logistics a flying suit of armor fit for human use, from the limits of the human body, "Inventing Iron Man" is a unique and much recommended read for anyone with an interest in the reality of super science.

The Book of Human Insects
Osamu Tezuka
Vertical, Inc.
451 Park Avenue South, 7th floor
New York, NY 10016
9781935654209 $21.95

Suggested for readers age sixteen and older due to nudity, violence, and mature situations, The Book of Human Insects is a full-length graphic novel by Osamu Tezuka (1928-1989), who is known internationally as the godfather of manga (Japanese comics) due to his pioneering efforts in the art form. Tezuka's provocative and enduring literary contributions to what was once considered a trivial medium transformed how Japan, and arguably the world perceived comics as a whole; his most well-known works include "Astro Boy", "Kimba the White Lion", and his eight-volume biographical epic "Buddha". Begun in 1970, The Book of Human Insects is a more grim example of Tezuka's work, as it spotlights the career of a multitalented sociopath. The twentysomething protagonist Toshiko Tomura (b. 1947) has achieved fame and wealth for her novel "The Book of Human Insects"; her previous accomplishments have also included the prestigious New York Design Academy Award, and a star-studded career with a theater troupe. Yet beneath her ever-metamorphosing exterior lies an empty, selfish, inward-focusing soul, unwilling or incapable of feeling empathy for her fellow human beings, and therefore unable to reciprocate the true love of one of the few honest men who crosses her path (amid the cavalcade of paparazzi, political extremists, crooked corporate cronies and even outright murderers she tends to encounter). Ultimately a deconstruction of the worst elements of humanity's predatory and competitive nature - and what competition or "survival of the fittest" truly mean when taken to their logical conclusion - The Book of Human Insects is as much a cautionary tale as it is a fascinating portrait of the postmodern culture's dark side. Highly recommended.

How to Master the Art of Selling
Tom Hopkins
Smarter Comics
c/o Hachette Book Group
237 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10017
9781610660037, $12.95,

Selling is a skill for more than getting someone to buy a product. "How to Master the Art of Selling" is a motivational guide in comic form as Tom Hopkins walks readers through a humorous and informative lesson in business and sales. It's as much about the salesman as it is about the product, and Tom Hopkins more than explains the process. "How to Master the Art of Selling" is a fine choice for any business person who never gave up his comics.

The Library CD Shelf

Songs from Yeats' Bee-loud Glade
Poems by W.B. Yeats
Music by Kyle Alden
Hearth Music

Songs from Yeats' Bee-loud Glade sets the lyrics of thirteen of W.B. Yeats' poems to modern-folk music composed by the talented Kyle Alden. Expert mandolin player Mike Marshall, former Frank Zappa bassist Scott Thunes, and violinist Athena Tergis of the Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra perform the music that perfectly balances the Irish poet's immortal musings. The result is a treasure for any music lover who also relishes classic poetry. The tracks are "Brown Penny" (3:03), "Running to Paradise" (3:39), "Colonel Martin" (5:21), "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" (3:20), "The Song of Wandering Aengus" (2:09), "The Cloak, the Boat and the Shoes" (2:31), "The Valley of the Black Pig" (3:46), "The Mask" (2:37), "The Pilgrim" (5:08), "The Heart of the Woman" (2:32), "The Cap and Bells" (3:40), "The Blessed" (5:59), and "The Well and the Tree" (2:16).

New Deli
Evergreene Music
450 W. 31st St., 7th Fl.
New York, NY 10001-4608

New Deli is the latest irreverent music album by TriBeCaStan, a band so eclectic they practically form their own musical nation. Freely borrowing rhythm, instruments, traditions, and the simple love of music from cultures across the world, their performance includes melodies of the charango (a stringed instrument) and the marimbula (a large thumb piano) drawn from jams with Cuban musicians, to the baritone saxophone strains of Claire Daly, the newest addition to TriBeCaStan's tight-knit group. The extraordinary, world-spanning nature of New Deli is a perfect snapshot of an increasingly interconnected world as reflected in music, and an excellent, fresh addition to international music CD collections. The tracks are "Song for Kroncha" (4:24), "Louie's Luau" (4:20), "Freaks for the Festival" (4:37), "Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" (3:44), "Dive Bomber" (3:23), "A Crack in the Clouds" (4:29), "Bed Bugs" (5:22), "Jovanka" (4:01), "Daddy Barracuda" (5:18), "Two for Ornette" (4:27), "Guinea" (3:46), "His Axe Fell into Honey" (5:48), "El Bumpa" (3:41), "The Brain Surgeon's Wife Serves Lunch" (3:07), and "The Mystery of Licorice McKechnie" (3:41).

To My Surprise
The Mike Longo Trio plus two special guests
Consolidated Artists Productions
The Creative Service Company
4360 Emerald Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Jazz pianist Mike Longo, bassist Bob Cranshaw and drummer Lewis Nash along with horn-player special guests Jimmy Owens (trumpet and flugelhorn) and Lance Bryant (tenor saxophone) present To My Surprise, a music CD showcase of acoustic jazz. Brimming with energy, complexity, and drive, To My Surprise is an original treasure, highly recommended especially for jazz lovers. The tracks are "A Picture of Dorian Mode" (5:30), "Still Water" (5:19), "New Muse Blues" (6:00), "Limbo" (3:31), "Alone Again" (9:12), "I Hadn't Any One Til' You" (5:49), "Old Devil Moon" (5:59), "Magic Bluze" (3:24), "To My Surprise" (6:00), "You've Changed" (6:29), "Eye of Hurricane" (3:24), and "In the Wee Small Hours" (4:25).

Boom Boom Boom: Round Dance Songs
Gentlemen's Club
Canyon Records Productions
3131 West Clarendon Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85017

Boom Boom Boom: Round Dance Songs is a Native American music album gathering Pow-wow groups from all across the Great Lakes region, including Midnite Express, Pipestone, Eyabay, and Tha Tribe. Solid drumming forms the core of this music; the song lyrics range from lonely heartbreak to the joy of forming new connections. A vibrant, driving musical experience, Boom Boom Boom is a cream of the crop addition to Round Dance music collections. The tracks are "Funkadelic" (3:46), "Big Girlz" (4:12), "They Dance For You" (3:54), "Lil' Red's Medley" (3:14), "The Only One for Me" (3:28), "Don't Think I'll Go Out Tonight" (4:15), "All That Jazz" (4:09), "Oh Me, Oh Me" (3:30), "Big City Bouncin'" (3:33), "Still Missin' U" (4:18), "I-29" (4:29), "The G-Club" (3:46), "Judy Dooty" (3:46), "The Anthem" (4:44), "Baaki" (4:10), "Nothing You Could Say" (3:17), "Scoutin'" (4:25), and "English River" (3:48).

After the Disquiet
Privately Published
c/o FlipSwitch (publicity)
PO Box 2207
Bloomington, IN 47404-2207

After the Disquiet is a music CD album featuring the multicultural stylings of Ravish Momin and the band Tarana. All the compositions are by Momin; the music blends jazz with Asian, Middle-eastern, and African elements, creating a smooth and lively listening experience. The tracks are "Disposable", which is based on a North-Indian folk song; "Hava", which is inspired by the famous Palace of Air in Jaipur, India and its revolutionary placement of windows to promote air-flow in the desert; "Night Song", a tribute to the late, great jazz bassist Wilber Morris that features a sprinkling of hip-hop rhythm; and "The Black Teeth of Trees", an improvised piece that draws upon the pulse-pounding intensity of dance clubs and electronic beats. After the Disquiet is a superb choice for music connoisseurs looking to experience something fresh!

The Library DVD Shelf

Case Histories
Starring Jason Isaacs
Based on novels by Kate Atkinson
Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
9781598287899 $39.99

Based on the Jackson Brodie novels by Kate Atkinson, Case Histories is the British detective series originally seen on "Masterpiece Mystery", now available on DVD with a bonus 15 minute behind-the-scenes featurette. Set in Edinburgh, Case Histories follows the efforts of Jack Brodie in everything from looking for lost cats to confronting spouses gone astray to catching murderers. Brodie himself has a dark past with which he struggles to come to terms, in this character-driven series enthusiastically recommended to mystery lovers everywhere. 6 episodes on 2 DVDs, 347 min., widescreen, SDH subtitles.

From the Ground Up
Gage & Gage Productions
Bullfrog Films, Inc.
PO Box 149
Oley, PA 19547

Intended for high school age viewers and up, From the Ground Up is a DVD documentary following five widows of New York firefighters, ten years after their husbands died in the September 11th attacks. An emotional portrayal of the strengths one most gather from within to confront daily life after losing one's love, From the Ground Up reveals the healing value of making a difference in one's community. A true story of everyday heroism and learning how to channel pain and loss into a positive drive to make the world a better place, From the Ground Up is highly recommended especially for school and public library DVD shelves. 30 min., SDH captions.

Jamie Oliver's Food Escapes
Questar, Inc.
307 North Michigan Ave., Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60601
9781594646676 $59.99

Jamie Oliver's Food Escapes is a six-DVD thinpack set following Cooking Channel star Jamie Oliver across Europe and North America on a voyage to discover and share wondrous varieties of culture, food, and tradition. Truffle and boar hunting in the French Pyrenees, spear fishing off an island next to Athens, sweet prawns from Venice and more contribute to the delectable, authentic dishes that Jamie learns and demonstrates, along with traditional cooking techniques used in regions worldwide. An eclectic multicultural experience as well as a mouth-watering cooking program, Jamie Oliver's Food Escapes is a superb series that gourmands of all walks of life are sure to savor. The programs are "Athens", "Venice", "Marrakesh", "Stockholm", "The French Pyrenees", and "Andalucia". 6 DVDs, 5 hours.

Stretching & Priming Your Canvas, second edition
Hosted by Larry Withers
On Air Video Inc.
8203 Westminster Rd.
Elkins Park, PA 19027

Now in a completely revised second edition, Stretching & Priming Your Canvas is a DVD guide to preparing one's canvas for acrylic or oil painting, hosted by experienced artist Larry Withers. A step-by-step primer accessible to artists of all skill and experience levels, Stretching & Priming Your Canvas covers how to assemble the stretcher frame, size by using rabbit skin glue, prime with either oil primer or acrylic gesso, prepar panels for painting, care for and maintain canvas, and more. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in acrylic or oil painting! 42 min.

Exhale: Core Fusion Power Sculpt
With Fred DeVito and Elisabeth Halfpapp
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 650
Silver Spring, MD 20910
9781598287288 $16.99

Husband and wife fitness experts Fred DeVito and Elisabeth Halfpapp presents Exhale: Core Fusion Power Sculpt, which packs a solid mind-body spa workout into a single DVD. Featuring five 10-minute workout segments plus a 5-minute bonus stretching segment ideal for limbering up or cooling down, Exhale: Core Fusion Power Sculpt combines yoga, Pilates, strength training, and the deep-muscle movements that are the hallmark of a Core Fusion workout. An excellent, easy-to-use fitness DVD for enthusiasts of all skill and experience levels, Exhale: Core Fusion Power Sculpt is highly recommended. 55 min., widescreen.

Qigong for Healing
Lisa B. O'Shea
YMAA Publications
PO Box 480
Wolfeboro, NH 03894-0480
9781594392320 $29.95

Hosted by Chinese Healing Arts Center certified Qigong therapist Lisa B. O'Shea, Qigong for Healing is a DVD tutorial to the Chinese art of harmonizing the body's energy, the better to prompt healing and resolve psychological and emotional issues. Lisa O'Shea demonstrates step-by-step instructions for nourishing the body with qi, removing blockages that impede good health, and practicing the Rising Lotus Medical Qigong form. An accessible guide that viewers of all backgrounds can emulate and learn from, Qigong for Healing is a welcome addition to new age and alternative medicine reference shelves. 180 min.

Dracula: The Vampire and the Voivode
Directed by Michael Bayley Hughes
Narrated by Jason Walford Davies
Walking Shadows and Virgil Films & Entertainment
c/o Greenleaf & Associates (publicity)

Dracula: The Vampire and the Voivode is an amazing documentary about author Bram Stoker and his legendary novel, Dracula, that spawned an immortal legend. Filmed in Transylvania, Whitby, London and Dublin, Dracula: The Vampire and the Voivode was produced in association with the Transylvanian Society of Dracula; interviews with historical experts help the viewer separate the legend of the vampire from the historical facts of the violent ruler Vlad "The Impaler" Draculea III (1431-1476), whose iron-fisted rule is widely credited for inspiring the horror mythos. Anyone who truly loves vampire stories will find Dracula: The Vampire and the Voivode a "must-see" about how it all began. 84 min.

Between Two Worlds
Alan Snitow & Deborah Kaufman
Bullfrog Films, Inc.
PO Box 149
Oley, PA 19547

A choice pick of multiple film festivals, Between Two Worlds: The American Jewish Culture Wars is a documentary that closely examines recent turmoil in American Jewish identity. What does it truly mean to be Jewish? To what extent can one criticize Israel while remaining loyal to it? How does a Jewish hero of World War II and Holocaust concentration camp liberator cope when his grandchildren are Muslims? Tempers flare at a Jewish film festival that dares to show a movie about a Jewish protestor of the Palestinian occupation who was killed by Israeli bulldozers, and at a college campus when both sides argue over monetary divestment from Israel as a form of protest against Israel's policy. Between Two Worlds a close and critical examination of morals, ethics, religious and cultural identity, and what it truly means to have a dialogue about all these things, and is worthy of the highest recommendation especially for high school, college, and public library collections. 70 min.

Butterflies & Bulldozers
A film by Ann & Steve Dunsky
Bullfrog Films, Inc.
PO Box 149
Oley, PA 19547
159458902X $250.00

Butterflies & Bulldozers is the story of San Bruno Mountain and its rare butterflies, the site of America's first Habitat Conservation Plan. The Habitat Conservation Plan is actually a compromise that allows development in exchange for habitat preservation; can a system of such difficult choices and trade-offs sustainable or effective? Participants and observers of the delicate balance offer their insight, in this captivating, even-handed documentary enthusiastically recommended especially for high school and public library DVD collections. 62 minutes, SDH captions.

An Ecology of Mind
A film by Nora Bateson
Bullfrog Films, Inc.
PO Box 149
Oley, PA 19547
1594589054 $250.00

An Ecology of Mind is the award-winning documentary of Gregory Bateson's life, as constructed by his youngest daughter, Nora Bateson. Bateson made great contributions to science with his theories of "the double bind" and "the pattern which connects"; his ideas influenced anthropology, psychiatry, information science, urban planning, biology, ecology, and more. His story is presented with black-and-white footage of films he shot in the 1930s with his wife, photographs, filmed lectures, and contemporary interviews. The keen yet personal portrait of an extraordinary man, An Ecology of Mind also looks to the future, and draws upon Bateson's way of thinking to reveal practical approaches to humanity's tremendous modern-day challenges. 60 min., SDH captions, licensed for public performance.

We Still Live Here / As Nutayunean
Anne Makepeace
Bullfrog Films, Inc.
PO Box 149
Oley, PA 19547

We Still Live Here / As Nutayunean is an extraordinary DVD documentary about a cultural revival among the Wampanoag Tribes of Cape Cod, known in history as the tribe that aided the survival of the Pilgrims, originating the holiday known as Thanksgiving. Linguist Jessie Little Doe Baird, the winner of a MacArthur 'genius' award, has sparked efforts to revitalize and reclaim the Wampanoag language. With the language restoration comes the reinvigoration of culture, traditions, and roots; Jessie's own daughter Mae is the first Native speaker of Wampanoag in a century. We Still Live Here is a powerful and emotionally moving documentary, highly recommended for public, high school, and college library DVD collections. 56 min., SDH captions.

Element: Hatha & Flow Yoga for Beginners
Tamal Dodge
Anchor Bay Entertainment
2401 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 200
Troy, MI 48084-3304
01313235964, $21.98,

Second-generation yoga instructor Tamal Dodge has designed an entire program designed for bare-bone beginners, and packages it in a DVD kit that pairs two 30-minute practices to explore yoga with a woven, cotton yoga strip used in the Hatha practice to increase flexibility. The DVD contains both static and flow programs and presents basic, challenging postures in sequences beginners can readily follow. Any newcomer to Hatha will find this essential.

Element: Total Body Pilates with Mini Ball
Lisa Hubbard
Anchor Bay Entertainment
2401 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 200
Troy, MI 48084-3304
013132359793, $21.98,

Element: Total Body Pilates with Mini Ball uses a small inflatable ball the size of a beach towel along with a DVD of an ocean view and instruction to provide two workouts from a Pilates expert. The mini ball emulates the work done by several Pilates machines, the ocean view on the accompanying DVD enhances the background, and the kit with ball and instructional DVDs blend classic Pilates with modern moves in two programs: one 20 minutes for a fast-paced workout for busy viewers, and a longer 30-minute program that narrows the focus on core strength. Any seeking a simple home Pilates instructional program will find this package appealing.

The Humor Shelf

Fail Harder community
Andrews & McMeel
1130 Walnut Street
Kansas City, MO 64106-2109
9781449403072 $12.99

Anyone who has ever delighted in the failure of others will laugh out loud at Fail Harder, a full-color compendium of photographs from the community depicting everything from cringe-inducing typos to potentially life-threatening incidents of catastrophic failure, worldwide. From a sign proclaiming "Mother's Day M.I.L.F. Cupcakes!" to a children's cup that labels a crudely drawn picture of a walrus as a "dolphin", to a disturbing view of butcher shop right next to a cemetery and an out-of-order suicide hotline atop a bridge, Fail Harder lives up to its title and then some. Fail Harder is especially recommended as a gag gift to friends with a wicked sense of humor (or perhaps just a little too much love of schadenfreude)!

Go Fish
Mr. Fish
Akashic Books
PO Box 1456
New York, NY 10009
9781617750144 $18.95

Recommended for adult readers due to its mature content, Go Fish: How to Win Contempt and Influence People is an anthology of single-panel cartoons by the irreverent, outspoken, and at times utterly vulgar political cartoonist Mr. Fish, interspersed with Fish's brief yet verbose original essays railing against human stupidity and hypocrisy (to say the least) plus a final appendix entitled "Why I Am Not a Cartoonist". Most cartoons are black-and-white; some are in color. Although some of the cartoons have been previously published in "Harper's Magazine", the "LA Weekly", and the "Village Voice", among other places, many of the cartoons have never before been published in any format. This may possibly be because of their utterly unpopular satire, or because of their graphic nature - although Fish's sparse artwork is not entirely shock value, neither does he shy from cursing or using depictions of violence, human genitalia, sexual acts, or defecation to drive home his point. One of the most innocuous cartoons shows a lawyer telling a prisoner, "Great news! We just found out that Justice isn't really blind and that she's into white rich guys!", while one of the less innocuous cartoons shows President Ronald Regan pledging allegiance and masturbating at the same time. Fish is just as harsh if not more so upon President Bush and especially President Obama, whose support for war and corporate interests over the well-being of ordinary Americans earns him relentless scorn - one cartoon shows Obama in a waterlogged boat labeled "U.S.A.", casting at the ocean with a bucket, and proclaiming "If we bail out the ocean then the boat won't sink." Raw, severe, raging, and twistedly funny, Go Fish is a one-of-a-kind compilation meant to provoke thought as well as entertain - if anything, motivating readers to stop being complacent, open their eyes to injustice, and actually do something about it seems to be the author's primary motivation, when he is not descending into a bottomless pit of personal despair and denial. Highly recommended.

The Best of the Rejection Collection
Matthew Diffee
Workman Publishing
225 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014-4381
9780761165781, $13.95,

For every success, there are dozens of failures. "The Best of the Rejection Collection: 293 Cartoons That Were Too Dumb, Too Dark, or Too Naughty for the New Yorker" interviews many of the authors regularly published in the New Yorker, the work that was tossed out by the editors for not fitting in with the themes of the paper. A sort of director's cut, Matthew Diffee presents a humorous and much recommended collection for anyone who appreciates the New Yorker's style. "The Best of the Rejection Collection" is a choice pick that shouldn't be overlooked by any comics and cartoon collection.

When Parents Text
Lauren Kaelin & Sophia Fraioli
Workman Publishing
225 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014
9780761166047, $10.95,

Texting is like learning a new language to some. "When Parents Text: So Much Said...So Little Understood" is a collection of humor as Lauren Kaelin & Sophia Fraioli collect wisdom and thought from their parents and their combats with this new technology. With humor and heartwarming moments, "When Parents Text" is a fine pick for any parent or kid who are dealing with technology in their own way.

The Secret Book of CIA Humor
Ed Mickolus
1000 Burmaster Street, Gretna, LO 70053
9781589809048, $24.95,

Not even the top level of espionage can resist cracking a joke. "The Secret Book of CIA Humor" delves into the humor through the eyes of ex-CIA officer Ed Mickolus as he provides a breakdown of the real CIA, a place where there is much on the line, but above else, people are still human being who need a laugh and an outlet for their evil intentions. With much humor and an original take of what goes on inside the lives of CIA agents, "The Secret Book of CIA Humor" is not to be overlooked.

The Jobs/Careers Shelf

Constables, Marshals, and More
Lorie Rubenser and Gloria Priddy
Publicity Department
University of North Texas Press
PO Box 311336
Denton, TX 76203-1336
9781574413274 $19.95

Constables, Marshals, and More: Forgotten Offices in Texas Law Enforcement is a detailed description of the careers and duties of Texas' lesser-known police workers, such as constables and marshalls, as well as little-known offices such as railroad police, racing commission, cattle brand inspector, university police, fire marshall, city marshall, game warden, bailiff, game warden, and much more. Though invaluable to anyone researching information about these posts, Constables, Marshals, and More is especially useful to students and others seeking a prospective career in one of these areas. Accessible to readers of all backgrounds, Constables, Marshals, and More focuses especially on the duties and qualifications of each post, as well as its modern-day role, and is highly recommended especially for vocational college libraries.

The Philosophy Shelf

Philip K. Dick and Philosophy
D.E. Wittkower, editor
Open Court Publishing Company
70 East Lake Street, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60601
9780812697346 $19.95

Part of an extraordinary series concerning elements contemporary culture and philosophy, Philip K. Dick and Philosophy: Do Androids Have Kindred Spirits? is an anthology of essays by learned authors discussing philosophy inherent in and concerning this legendary science fiction author's works. From issues of identity crisis, to the implications time travel has on causality, to how science fiction technology could potentially transform morality, to even two philosophical essays by Philip K. Dick himself, Philip K. Dick and Philosophy offers a broad range of thought-provoking viewpoints. Highly recommended especially for thinking fans of Philip K. Dick's classic works.

The Military Shelf

Black Ops Vietnam
Robert M. Gillespie
Naval Institute Press
291 Wood Road
Annapolis, MD 21402
9781591143215 $41.95

Black Ops Vietnam: The Operational History of MACVSOG is a scholarly study of the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam Studies and Observations Group (MACVSOG), which was officially activated in January of 1964 and existed for nine years. MACVSOG played a critical part in air operations over North Vietnam, the war in Laos, the Tet Offensive, Operation Lam Son 719, the Easter Invasion, and the Son Tay POW Raid. Assembled from declassified documents and memoirs, Black Ops Vietnam is an in-depth focus on the deeds of this elite group, and its true stories are especially relevant amid today's problematic, complex, and difficult ongoing counter-insurgency operations. Highly recommended, especially for college library military history shelves.

The Elusive Enemy
Douglas Ford
Naval Institute Press
291 Wood Road
Annapolis, MD 21402
9781591142805 $22.95

The Elusive Enemy: U.S. Naval Intelligence and the Imperial Japanese Fleet studies U.S. naval operations and intelligence-gathering in the Pacific theater during World War II, with particular emphasis on the struggle to obtain qualitative intelligence about the military capabilities of the Japanese Navy. Drawing upon historical case studies as well as recently declassified intelligence documents to support its analysis, The Elusive Enemy posits that only through combat did the U.S. Navy garner a complete understanding of its foe - all other efforts yielded information that might be useful but was otherwise lacking. Chapters explore everything from initial perceptions of the Japanese Navy to how those views changed during the course of the war, to the necessary evolutions in U.S. Naval air combat doctrine, and more. A methodical and serious-minded contribution to military and naval history shelves, The Elusive Enemy is especially recommended for college library collections.

The Final Mission of Bottoms Up
Dennis R. Okerstrom
University of Missouri Press
2910 LeMone Boulevard
Columbia, MO 65201
9780826219480 $29.95

Part of The American Military Experience series, The Final Mission of Bottoms Up: A World War II Pilot's Story tells the story of B-24J Liberator "Bottoms Up" and its crew of eight young men. Near the end of World War II, an anti-aircraft shell crippled "Bottoms Up", and despite the crew's desperate efforts, further German fire over what is now Croatia spelled the plane's doom. Co-pilot Lee Lamar expected to die that day, yet miraculously survived his bailout; he would endure as a prisoner of war at a stalag on the Baltic Sea until the war ended, and he would never see most of his fellow crewmen again. In 2006, more than sixty years later, Croatian archaeologist Luka Bekic discovered the wreckage of "Bottoms Up", and searched out more about the crew's identities and fates. Bekic contacted Lee Lamar, who had married and raised and family; with Bekic's help, Lamar was able to visit the crash site and meet the Croatian Partisans who had helped some members of his crew escape. The Final Mission of Bottoms Up is a meticulously accurate reconstruction of the plane's final, fateful voyage and the heroism of its crew, absorbing to the final page, and a welcome addition to military biography and history shelves.

Osprey Publishing
4402 - 23rd Street, Suite 219
Long Island City, NY 11101-5058

Martin Pegler's OUT OF NOWHERE: A HISTORY OF THE MILITARY SNIPER, FROM THE SHARPSHOOTER TO AFGHANISTAN (9781849086455, $14.95) provides an excellent military history and a revised edition to consider all aspects of a sniper's training, psychology, tactics, equipment and training. The major wars of modern times where snipers are profiled provide first-hand accounts from veteran snipers and does a fine job of documenting the importance of snipers in military operations. Any military library will find this packed with insights. Scott McGaugh's BATTLEFIELD ANGELS: SAVING LIVES UNDER ENEMY FIRE FROM VALLEY FORGE TO AFGHANISTAN (9781849085151, $24.95) provides the fine biography of one Jonathan Letterman, a Union surgeon during the Civil War credited with being the 'father' of American military combat medicine. He coordinated the first battlefield evacuation system, and along with others in the military developed battlefield medical techniques that saved lives. BATTLEFIELD ANGELS documents these key medical personnel and their life-saving efforts and will appeal to military and medical collections alike.

The Buddhist Studies Shelf

The Dalai Lama's Little Book of Compassion
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Hampton Roads Publishing Company
65 Parker St., Ste. 7,
Newburyport, MA 01950
9781571746702 $12.95

The Dalai Lama's Little Book of Compassion: The Essential Teachings is a compact book written by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, condensing the distilled essence of his most important teachings into plain terms accessible to readers of all backgrounds. Chapters address how to confront the real and inevitable specter of death; how to deal with anger and emotion; the interconnected nature of reality; and more. A question-and-answer segment expounds and clarifies the Dalai Lama's core message - that the way to overcome suffering is through the guidance of compassion. "While the most important thing in family life is children, birth control is also extremely important. Of course, from the Buddhist viewpoint, each individual human life is very precious. From that viewpoint, birth control is not good. But at the same time, the world's population is simply getting too great... the conclusion is quite clear that we have to use birth control for the benefit of all humanity. Birth control is very necessary."

The Education Shelf

Developing 21st Century Literacies
Mary Jo Langhorne, et al.
Neal-Schuman Publishers
100 William Street, Suite 2004
New York, NY 10038-4512
9781555707521, $75.00,

Their library is a key component of a school's educational resources. One of the main duties of a school librarian is to teach academic skills such as research and critical thinking. The collaborative work of Mary Jo Langhorne, Denise Rehmke, and the Iowa City Community School District, "Developing 21st Century Literacies" is a superbly organized 300-page compendium providing school libraries with an informed and informative 'real world' guide to providing students with the entire roster of library learning tools. Of special note is the wealth of sample lessons and units for both individual and group learning. "Developing 21st Century Literacies" will prove to be an enduringly valued addition to college and university Library Science curriculums; in-service training programs for K-12 school librarians; and as a personal reference for home schooling parents as well.

How To Co-Teach
Elizabeth Potts & Lori A. Howard
Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company
PO Box 10624
Baltimore, MD 21285-0624
9781598571691, $34.95,

Nothing is more vital to a successful democracy than an education citizenry. And that education begins in the school classroom and the presence of an effective classroom teacher -- especially working in collaborative classroom settings with another instructor. "How to Co-Teach: A Guide for General and Special Educators" is the collaborative work of special education academicians Elizabeth Potts and Lori A. Howard. This 224-page compendium provides a thoroughly 'user friend' instructional guide of commentary, advice, techniques, and insights for novice educators that will improve the effectiveness of their classroom co-teaching strategies, practices, and approaches. Of special note is the chapter on 'Working with Parents'. Informed and informative, "How to Co-Teach" should be considered mandatory reading by classroom teachers at all grade levels, and a core addition to academic library Education Studies reference collections.

Guided Research In Middle School
LawDawna Harrington
Linworth Books
Box 1911, Santa Barbara, CA 93116-1911
9781598848601, $35.00,

Teaching a child how to do methodical research on a subject is to teach that child skills fundamentally critical for problem solving, critical thinking, and organizing both thought and information. Developed by LawDawna Harrington, "Guided Research in Middle School: Mystery in the Media Center" is a thoroughly 'kid friendly', 120-page compendium of basic lessons plans (complete with reproducible handouts) that can be smoothly incorporated into any middle-school educational curriculum. "Guided Research in Middle School: Mystery in the Media Center" is not only highly recommended as a Middle School curriculum supplement, but would also prove to be ideal for use by home schooling parents in teaching children how to best utilize the resources of school and community libraries to carry out research assignments on any subject.

Kindergarten Magic
Kathy MacMillan & Christine Kirker
ALA Editions
50 East Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611
9780838910696 $50.00

Kindergarten Magic: Theme-Based Lessons for Building Literacy and Library Skills lives up to its title as a planner for librarians and teachers to create lessons that will help young students develop their basic literacy and library skills. Over six hundred lesson seeds are presented, from fingerplay rhymes to writing activities, reading activities, take-home projects, simple crafts and much more. For example, one counting-themed activity is: "Print a variety of [paper] owls and write different numbers on their chests. Place each owl in its own nest. Have the children place the appropriate number of eggs, corresponding to the owl's number, in its nest." Kindergarten Magic is an excellent, creative, and easy-to-use supplementary resource of activities, ideal not just for librarians and educators, but also parents, babysitters, and homeschoolers!

Philosophy of Education, third edition
Nel Noddings
Westview Press
2465 Central Avenue, Boulder, CO 80301
9780813345314, $33.00,

Philosophy of Education returns a classic text to print in a newly updated third edition packed with philosophical thought related to teaching theory and practice. Chapters include a new chapter on multiculturalism and cosmopolitanism in teaching and provide both a history of the teaching process and an update to the evolution of educational perspectives and approaches. College-level teacher collections will find this a fine addition!

Schools for Misrule: Legal Academia and an Overlawyered America
Walter Olson
Encounter Books
900 Broadway, Suite 601, NY, NY 10003
9781594032332, $25.95,

Schools for Misrule: Legal Academia and an Overlawyered America blends history with commentary on corporate legal processes and analyzes the legal academic system and its influences. Legal scholars have affected academia at many different levels: SCHOOLS FOR MISRULE documents this trend, documenting dubious lawsuits and the effects of legal misrule on all kinds of systems. Society has gotten increasingly litigious in a dangerous trend - and SCHOOLS FOR MISRULE maintains the types of legal teachings in law schools is part of the problem. With its discussions of political and legal changes, this is a top pick for any concerned about legal trends in America.

Corwin Press
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320

FIVE PRACTICES FOR ORCHESTRATING PRODUCTIVE MATHEMATICS DISCUSSIONS by Margaret S. Smith and Mary K. Stein (9781452202907, $29.95) is a pick for teachers working with math students and encourages classroom discussions that teach basic math reasoning skills. More than just another title on how to teach math, it's a survey of how to instigate and direct productive discussions about math deductions and reasoning, and advocates a full-classroom approach that encourages participation beyond memorizing formulas. Any math teacher needs this! Marilyn L. Grady's LEADING THE TECHNOLOGY-POWERED SCHOOL (9781412949484, $28.95) provides a fine survey of current technology and how to integrate it into the school structure and curriculum. K-12 school principals receive keys to assessing classroom technical needs, handling cyber safety issues, creating an interdisciplinary approach, and more, and will find this essential to building a fine technology environment. Theory blends with case study histories for maximum understanding. Diana L. Stephens & Randall B. Lindsey's CULTURALLY PROFICIENT COLLABORATION - USE AND MISUSE OF SCHOOL COUNSELORS (9781412986984, $29.95) provides a fine case for recognizing professional school counselors as leaders of change. It offers keys and a framework for utilizing school counselors as change agents for results-based programs and school change, pairing case stories with activities for building educator skills as leaders and agents of such changes. Any collection strong in school leadership will welcome its proactive approach. Babette Moeller,'s MATH FOR ALL PARTICIPANT BOOK GRADES 3-5 (9781412995214, $38.95) outlines a mathematics professional development program for inclusive classrooms which was developed by the Education Development Center and Bank Street College of Education. From how to assess and work with student strengths and weaknesses to using specific strategies to teach math concepts, this offers real-world-tested lessons and links neurodevelopmental demands of math interactions with student abilities. Step-by-step insights on how to customize the materials make this a winner.

Mometrix Media LLC
3827 Phelan, #179, Beaumont, TX 77707

Mometrix Media is a premier publisher of professional certification preparatory study and exam guides. Each instructional and practice test guide is painstakingly prepared by experts in their particular fields. Of special note is that each one is founded upon original research revealing test weaknesses that can be capitalized upon by test takers for maximum exam scores. The Mometrix Media instructional text taking exam guides include "ISEE Exam Secrets Study Guide: Practice & Review for the Independent School Education Exam" (9781609710057, $77.99); "GED Exam Secrets Study Guide: GED Test Review for the General Educational Development Test" (9781609718442, $48.99); "NCE Secrets Study Guide: NCE Exam Review for the National counselor Examination" (9781610722315, $77.95); ACCUPLACER Exam Secrets Study Guide: ACCUPLACER Test Review for the ACCUPLACER Exam" (9781609710026, $62.99); "Secretds of the PTCB Exam: PTCB Test Review for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Examination" (9781610727990, $48.99); "Adult CCRN Exam Secrets: CCRN Test Review for the Critical Care Nurses Certification Examinations" (9781609712709, $91.99); "CEN Exam Secrets: CEN Test Practice & Review for the Certification for Emergency Nursing Examination" (9781609712990, $91.99); "NCLEX-RN Secrets Study Guide: NCLEX Test Review for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses" (9781610722414, $62.99); "COMPASS Exam Secrets: COMPASS Test Review for the Computer Adaptive Placement Assessment and Support System", (9781609710125, $62.99); ASVABD Secrets Study Guide: ASVAB Test Review for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery" (9781609712136, $77.99). Superbly organized, expertly presented, and thoroughly 'user friendly', each guide is highly recommended for aspiring certification test takers, and the entire series should be a part of every academic library study guide instructional reference collections.

The Nautical Shelf

Full Steam Ahead
Rita Kohn, editor
Indiana Historical Society Press
Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center
450 W. Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
9780871952936 $19.95

Full Steam Ahead: Reflections on the Impact of the First Steamboat on the Ohio River, 1811-2011 is an amazing look at the historical and epic journey of the steamboat "New Orleans", which left from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in October of 1811. The "New Orleans" was the first of its kind: a steamboat that could actually travel upriver! Its maiden voyage was marked by turbulent events, from the appearance of the Great Comet to the New Madrid Earthquake that shook the Mississippi River. Black-and-white photographs illustrate this involving, meticulously researched, extensively detailed chronicle of a turning point in American nautical history. Highly recommended especially for steamboat buffs!

Paradise Cay
Box 29, Arcata, CA 95518-0029

Carolyn and Bob Mehaffy's CRUISING GUIDE TO THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS, 2nd Edition (0939837730, $29.95) provides a fine cruiser's guide that's been updated and revised to offer Hawaiian cruisers all the basics. From finding anchorages and harbors - and charts that help identify and guide to each - to histories of each destination and descriptions of its current offerings, this is a top pick. Ed Bowler's CRUISING GUIDE TO SAN DIEGO BAY (0939837552, $29.95) provides a complete compilation of the latest sailing information about San Diego Bay and its harbors and includes current bay rules, charts, identification of marinas and anchorages, and lists of hotels, restaurants and other locales of interest to cruises. The latest information is presented in a top cruiser's guide for any destination-bound cruiser.

The Martial Arts Shelf

Shin Gi Tai
Michael Clarke
YMAA Publications
PO Box 480
Wolfeboro, NH 03894-0480
9781594392177 $22.95

Okinawan Goju-ryu Karate teacher and Kyoshi 7th dan black belt Michael Clarke presents Shin Gi Tai: Karate Training for Body, Mind, and Spirit, which lives up to its title as a resource about not only the mechanics of karate, but also the essence of what karate truly is - a means to hone the mind as well as the body, and to realize the art's greater purposes of achieving balance, controlling one's own ego, and learning how to successfully avoid conflict. Chapters are structured around the physical, mental, and spiritual techniques of Karate training, as well as speculations on the future of karate, and true stories of three great karate experts. Black-and-white photographs add a visual dimension to the explanations of physical techniques in this solidly well-rounded reference and resource. Shin Gi Tai is a choice pick for readers of all skill and experience levels, from novices curious to learn more about karate to advanced practitioners seeking to deepen their understanding. Highly recommended.

Let's Get It On!
John McCarthy
Medallion Press
1020 Cedar Ave., Suite 216, Saint Charles, IL 60174
9781605421414, $24.95,

For what was first a no holds barred brawl, you needed someone especially forceful to maintain anything that resembled order. "Let's Get It On!: The Making of MMA and Its Ultimate Referee" tells the story of 'Big' John McCarthy who starting with its second event in UFC 2, served as a pillar of the sport in its earliest days. With the aid of Sports Journalist Loretta Hunt, Sharing his story of how a cop of two decades goes into refereeing a brutal sport, "Let's Get It On!" is a remarkable tale of life and the formation of a new sport.

The Computer Shelf

Java Performance
Charlie Hunt & Binu John
Addison Wesley
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300
Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
9780137142521, $59.99,

Java continues to develop in complexity, utility, and reliability. The latest addition to outstanding Addison Wesley's 'The Java Series' and the collaborative work of Java experts Charlie Hunt and Binu John, "Java Performance" is a 720-page compendium that begins with strategies, approaches, and methodologies for Java users, the addresses operating system performance monitoring, Java application profiling tips, bench marking Java applications, web service performance, and a great deal more. Of special note is the chapter devoted to 'Java Persistence and Enterprise Java Beans Performance. Enhanced with a list of bibliographical links, appendices, and a comprehensive index, "Java Performance" is highly recommended as a valued instructional reference for Java users.

Microsoft BizTalk Server 2010 Unleashed
Brian Loesgen, et al.
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300
Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
9780672331183, $59.99,

The impressive collaboration of Brian Loesgen, Charles Young, Jan Eliasen and Scott Colestock, "Microsoft BizTalk Server 2010 Unleashed" is an 864-page compendium on the Microsoft BizTalk Server software. Users will learn all aspects in support of any business requirement or necessity including the creation of maps for intransforming inbound and outbound XML messages, BizTalk infrastructure, building rules-based solutions utilizing Microsoft's 'Business Rules Framework', creating RFID applications, and more. Informed, informative, comprehensive, superbly organized, and 'user friendly', "Microsoft BizTalk Server 2010 Unleashed" is highly recommended for personal and professional instructional reference collections.

Trevor Burnham
Pragmatic Programmers
P.O. Box 293325
Lewisville, TX 75029-3325
9781934356784, $29.00,

JavaScript is very popular for web programmers, but there can be improvements. "CoffeeScript: Accelerated JavaScript Development" is a guide to developing with this improved JavaScript takeoff that seeks to create more clean and sleeker programming, and how to use it to the fullest in the same situations as JavaScript. For those who want to get started in this language, "CoffeeScript" is an excellent introduction that should not be overlooked.

Introducing HTML5, second edition
Bruce Lawson & Remy Sharp
New Riders
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300
Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
9780321784421, $34.99,

Now in a completely updated and expanded second edition, "Introducing HTML 5" is the cooperative work of computer experts Bruce Lawson and Remy Sharp. This 312-page compendium covers every aspect of HTML5 including new semantics and structures, JavaScript APIs, controlling native multimedia, building intelligent web forms, storage options, Web SQL, IndexedDB, mobile app with geolocation, offline storage options, subtitling formats, in-browser web conferencing, browser history controls, and more. Thoroughly 'user friendly' and superbly organized, "Introducing HTML5" is an ideal instruction manual for novice HTML5 users and a welcome addition to personal, professional, school, community, and academic Computer Science instructional reference collections.

iOS Recipes
Matt Drance and Paul Warren
Pragmatic Programmers
P.O. Box 293325
Lewisville, TX 75029-3325
9781934356746, $33.00,

iOS Recipes tells programmers how to take an iPhone and iPad application to a new level and comes from a former Apple expert and a graphical-systems programmer who join to provide a fine set of solutions to common problems in iOS development. iOS developers receive an overview of U1Kit and its elements and how they apply to different projects, and receive chapters that show how to tweak games and apps using iOS recipes proven successful. Programming collections will find this a fine addition!

Java All-in-One for Dummies
Doug Lowe
For Dummies
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9780470371725, $39.99,

Java All-in-One for Dummies provides a fine key to learning about creating websites and mobile applications using Java. From the basic of what Java does to working with files, databases, and Java's database interface, this provides keys to coding and using Java to create effective, interactive sites. Any programmer or collections catering to them will find this more than a basic primer, covering the basics on Java's strengths, weaknesses, and real-world applications.

c/o Wiley-Blackwell
10475 Crosspoint Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN 46256

Eric Wing's Autodesk Revit Architecture 2012: No Experience Required (9780470945063, $39.99) provides students with a step-by-step introduction to learning Revit and uses a sample four-story building to teach the basics of using Revit to design and document an architectural project. From using formulas to importing and exporting to other formats, Autodesk Revit Architecture 2012: No Experience Required is the perfect starting place for engineers and architects seeking to learn Autodesk's Revit standards. Mastering AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 by Richard Graham and Louisa Holland (9781118016817, $79.99) provides a fine detailed tutorial for AutoCad Civil 3D and is a pick for engineers who want the latest details on AutoCad Civil 3D's abilities. Working engineers with a basic familiarity with AutoCad will find the Civil 3D coverage offers the latest guidelines to using the software, from best methods in creating, designing and displaying data to preparing for the Civil 3D 2011 Certified Associate and Certified Professional exams. A great reference for working professionals who want the latest details!

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

Doug Hellmann's THE PYTHON STANDARD LIBRARY BY EXAMPLE (9780321767349, $59.99) offers literally hundreds of tested modules for interacting with the internet and computer operating system, and is a fine pick for any developer's library. It builds on the author's popular Python Module of the Week blog series and explains both code and techniques for using the Python library more effectively. Users receive a complete coverage of Python's Standard Library and will find this an outstanding reference offering all the keys to building better Python applications. Klaus Forster and Bernd Oggl's HTML5 GUIDELINES FOR WEB DEVELOPERS (0321772741, $34.99) provides a fine web programmer's guide to HTML5 and comes from two pioneering web developers who discuss new techniques through examples. It's packed with tips for integrating HTML5 with JavaScript and the DONM, presenting HTML5 examples supported by current browsers and discussing the major challenges of HTML5 development processes. A fine pick for any starting to work with HTML5 programming! Technical collections will welcome Capers Jones and Olivier Bonsignour's THE ECONOMICS OF SOFTWARE QUALITY (0132582201, $79.99), recommended for any college-level collection strong in software engineering. Data from hundreds of software organizations show how integrated inspection and static analysis and testing can achieve stronger deficit removal rates. Engineers receive chapters that teach how to quantify non-functional quality and how to achieve better results from QA and testing. Very highly recommended!

The Music Shelf

Modern Guitar Rigs
Scott Kahn
Hal Leonard Corporation
PO Box 13819, Milwaukee, WI 53213
9781423499442, $24.99,

MODERN GUITAR RIGS: THE TONE FANATIC'S GUIDE TO INTEGRATING AMPS AND EFFECTS is a pick for any working musician's shelf and is for players who want to move beyond a simple pedal board and combo amp. It offers instructions for building pro-level rigs and includes a DVD, exploring effects loops, rigs of leading guitar players, amp setups and configurations, gear, and more. Interviews with leading custom rig builders accompany black and white photos and illustrations and keys to getting the most from a guitar and rig arrangement.

Ben Fong-Torres
Running Press
2300 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-4371
9780762439843, $30.00,

Friendship may come and go, but good music is forever. "Eagles: Taking it to the Limit" is an anniversary study of forty years of legendary rock group The Eagles, who have gone through countless members and constant mishaps and lawsuits yet have still remained strong through it all and united by their music. Packed with photographs from the bands at the many stages of its career from its formation to its recent reunion tours, "Eagles" is a choice pick, very much worth considering for fans of the band of would be rock and roll historians.

A Rocket in my Pocket
Max Decharne
Serpent's Tail
c/o Meryl Zegarek Public Relations
255 West 108th Street, Suite 901
New York, NY 10025
9781846687211, $18.95,

The spirit of Elvis' rock and roll still lives. "A Rocket in my Pocket: The Hipster's Guide to Rockabilly Music" is a guide to this genre that gained notoriety for its large assortment of one hit wonders and retains a certain spirit that is lost in modern rock music, although there are artists out there who keep the music living on, keeping up the hepcat lifestyle that has lived on far beyond the 50s. "A Rocket in my Pocket" is a must for anyone who wants to better understand Rockabilly music, as well as the people who have created it and the people who still love it.

Thematic Catalogue Of Troubadour And Trouvere Melodies
Donna Mayer-Martin & Dorothy Keyser
Pendragon Press
PO Box 190, Hillsdale, NY 12529
9780918728821, $120.00,

Medieval troubadors were more than itinerant or court entertainers, they were vessels by which culture and custom, ideals and ideologies were propagated through their poetry and music. Trouvere's did much the same a few generations later, but are distinguished in that they wrote in Old French. "Thematic Catalogue of Troubadour and Trouvere Melodies" is a 369-page compendium developed by the late musicologist Donna Mayer-Martin who was unable to see the completion of her project. Fortunately academician Dorothy Keyser was able to complete the project and bring it to publication for the enduring benefit of academia. This is an impressive body of seminal scholarship and will prove to be a valued and appreciation contribution to the growing library of Medieval Studies reference works. Graced with a lengthy, informed, and informative introduction, "Thematic Catalogue of Troubadour and Trouvere Melodies" is superbly organized beginning with a thematic catalogue of troubadour melodies, and index of trouvere composers and their songs, and the contents of both troubadour and trouvere manuscripts. Of special note for scholars is the inclusion of a 'List of Works Cited' and an extensive bibliography. A masterwork of specialized research, "Thematic Catalogue of Troubadour and Trouvere Melodies" will prove to be a prized addition to academic library reference collections.

The Money/Finance Shelf

How The Stock Market Really Works, fifth edition
Leo Gough
FT Press
1330 Avenue of the Americans, 35th floor
New York, NY 10019
9780273743552, $24.99,

Investing in the stock market can not only be confusing, it can be financially disastrous for those novice investors that are unaware of possible pitfalls or potential opportunities. Now in a fully updated and expanded fifth edition, "How The Stock Market Really Works" compiled and written by personal finance and investment authority Leo Gough, offers an thoroughly 'user friendly' instruction manual covering every aspect of the stock market including choosing competent financial advisors, stock shares, investment bonds, assessing company finances, various investment strategies, the foreign exchange system, overseas investments, and more. Of special note are the chapters devoted to derivatives, to fraud, to the current financial crisis that has battered the American in general and the stock market in particular. Simply stated, "How The Stock Market Really Works" is an essential addition to community library collections and invaluable for non-specialist general readers considering or already investing in stocks and bonds.

The Reference Shelf

Federal Street Press
25-13 Old Kings Highway North, #277
Darien, CT 06820

Federal Street Press is justifiably acclaimed for publishing inexpensive dictionaries. They go to great pains every year to keep their titles fully up to date, economical, thoroughly 'user friendly', and imminently portable. Their nine new titles continue the Federal Street Press reputation of inexpensive excellence with: Webster's Dictionary for Students: 4th Edition (9781596951235, $3.99); Webster's Dictionary for Students: Special Encyclopedic Editions: Four Edition (9781596951259, $4.49); Webster's For Students Dictionary/Thesaurus Set (9781596951273, $7.99); Webster's Rhyming Dictionary (9781596951129, $3.99); Webster's American English Dictionary/Webster's American English Thesaurus Set (9781596951167, $6.99); Webster's Dictionary & Thesaurus for Students: 2nd Edition (9781596951075, $12.98); Webster's Everyday Spanish-English Dictionary (9781596951174, $3.99). Of special note for educators and parents are two new Federal Street Press titles: Webster's Essential Literacy Skills: Grade 2 Reading (9781596951099, $9.98) and Webster's Essential Liteary Skills: Grade 3 Reading (9781596951112, $9.98). Each and every one of them is highly recommended, so much so that no student, no family, and no school library, should be without one or more of these superbly produced titles.

The Psychology Shelf

Shrink Rap
Dinah Miller, MD.,
Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 N. Charles St., Baltimore MD 21218
9781421400129, $19.95,

Shrink Rap: Three Psychiatrists Explain Their Work is a strong recommendation for parents and families interested in different types of psychiatry services offered to patients. It uses three psychiatrists from different specialties to explain how psychiatry works, comes from the authors' popular blog and podcast, and discusses the successes and failures of psychiatry and psychological treatments. Any health collection will find this a key acquisition.

The Social Psychology Of Morality
Mario Mikulincer & Phillip R. Shaver, editors
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
9781433810114, $79.95,

The definition of good and bad, moral and immoral, ethical and unethical, is heavily determined and shaped by a combination of psychological, social, and cultural influences both overt and cover. It is the complex combination of these factors that provide the foundation for personal morality and moral judgments. "The Social Psychology of Morality: Exploring the Causes of Good and Evil" is a 416-page compendium knowledgeable compiled and deftly edited by the team of Mario Mikulincer (Professor of Psychology, New School of Pychology, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliy, Israel) and Phillip R. Shaver (Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of California, Davis). Composed of twenty-two articles by experts in their respective fields of study and practice, "The Social Psychology Of Morality" is organized into five major sections: Basic Issues and Controversies; Motivational and Cognitive Processes; Developmental, Personality, and Clinical Aspects; Good and Evil: Morality, Conflict, and Violence; Synthesis. A seminal body of original scholarship, "The Social Psychology Of Morality" is an informed, informative, and valued contribution to the growing body of literature on the subject of Morality and a very highly recommended addition to professional and academic library Psychology Studies reference collections, as well as commended to the attention of non-specialist general readers with an interest in ethics, morality, and psychology.

The Economic Studies Shelf

Extreme Money
Satyajit Das
FT Press
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300
Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
9780132790079, $29.99,

EXTREME MONEY: MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE AND THE CULT OF RISK uses over thirty years of the author's personal experience in global finance to reveal the dangerous money games that have fostered fake growth and wealth while endangering jobs and the world's economic climate. 'Extreme money' is the name Das assigns to this high-stakes world of banking which has come to dictate world economics - and 'extreme money' is a key recommendation for any economics or international financing collection.

Capital And The Debt Trap
Claudia Sanchez Bajo & Bruno Roelants
Palgrave Macmillan
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10001
9780230252387, $100.00,

In every financial crisis there is also financial opportunity. What economists have known from the days of 19th Century 'Boom & Bust' cycles, through the 20th Century 'Great Depression' driven reforms, down to the economic disasters (both foreign and domestic) of the present day, is that debt can be a useful tool to regulate the economic system, bringing order and stability out of chaos and volatility. That is the central message of "Capital And The Debt Trap: Learning From Cooperatives In The Global Crisis", a 288-page compendium by the team of Claudia Sanchez Bajo and Bruno Roelants in which the authors draw upon four 'real world' case studies of how cooperatives have been able to generate wealth despite significant regional and global financial disruptions. Of special note is the concluding chapter 'The Global Crisis: Mother of All Warnings". Informed, analytical, and informative, "Capital And The Debt Trap" will prove to be thoughtful, thought-provoking, and usefully instructive, making it especially recommended for professional, governmental, and academic library Economic Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Christmas Shelf

Christmas Classics
Questar, Inc.
307 North Michigan Ave., Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60601
9781594646843 $19.99

Christmas Classics is a two-DVD set compiling four of the most beloved Christmas-themed movies. "Mary of Nazareth" is a portrait of Jesus Christ's mother, directed by Cannes award-winner Jean Delannoy; "The Story of Silent Night" follows the true story of the young Austrian priest who was divinely inspired to write the timeless carol praising the birth of Jesus; "Mystery of the Three Kings" traces the history behind the Biblical story in which three rulers visited the newborn Jesus; and "An Old-Fashioned Christmas" showcases thirty-five holiday songs the whole family can enjoy. An inspirational and joyful collection, Christmas Classics lives up to its title and is highly recommended especially for public library holiday collections. 2 discs, 390 min.

The Nine Lives of Christmas
Sheila Roberts, author
Kathleen McInerney, narrator
Macmillan Audio
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315
New York, NY 10010
9781427214188 $29.99

The Nine Lives of Christmas is a heartwarming Christmas story - from a cat's point of view! Ambrose the cat is at risk of losing his ninth and final life; when he prays for rescue, a firefighter named Zach saves him. In exchange, Ambrose seeks to connect Zach with Merilee, a good woman who works at the Pet Palace. But Merilee is painfully shy, while Zach has a reputation for being a ladies' man; it'll take all of Ambrose's cleverness and perhaps even a Christmas miracle to make these two realize they're just right for one another! A delightfully charming story, The Nine Lives of Christmas is especially recommended as a holiday giftbook to cat lovers. 6 CDs, 7 hours.

Pearl Harbor Christmas
Stanley Weintraub
Da Capo Press
c/o Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center
Cambridge, MA 02142
9780306820618 $24.00

Pearl Harbor Christmas is a different type of holiday book - it focuses on a tense time in America's history, the Christmas season that began scarcely two weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that precipitated America's direct involvement in World War II. From the unprecedented Washington meeting between Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt three days before Christmas, to the churning preparations for war that underlay the festive holiday atmosphere, Pearl Harbor Christmas succinctly captures not only the historical events, but the emotions of people at the crossroads of turbulent times. Highly recommended especially as a serious-minded addition to public library holiday shelves.

The Memoir Shelf

David & Lee Roy: A Vietnam Story
David L. Nelson and Randolph B. Schiffer
Texas Tech University Press
PO Box 41037
Lubbock, TX 79409-1037
9780896726949 $29.95

David & Lee Roy: A Vietnam Story is a memoir of the profound impact of life's divergent paths. In the 1960's, two American high school friends enrolled themselves in Marine Corps officer training. David Nelson went to law school, the JAG office, and eventually Okinawa, while Lee Roy Herron was assigned to the infantry, language school, and Vietnam. Two months into his tour of duty, Herron was killed on the Vietnam War's front lines. Nelson felt immense sorrow over the loss of his friend for many years, and questioned the vagaries of fate that sent only one of them to the front lines. In 1997, a chance encounter with a retired officer moved Nelson to investigate Lee Roy's death, and learn more about his service. His journey would take him from West Texas to battle sites in Vietnam, and bring incredible revelations about Nelson's heroism. David & Lee Roy is enthusiastically recommended, especially for Vietnam memoir collections.

Never Give Up
Ruthe Rosen
Cypress House
155 Cypress Street, Fort Bragg, CA 95437
9781879384866, $16.95,

14 is too young to die, and few wish to accept such a fate. "Never Give Up: How to Find Hope and Purpose in Adversity" is an inspirational read from Ruthe Rosen as she tells the story of her daughter Karla as she faced certain death due to a brain tumor, and made the most of what little life they had left. Telling the story of the Let It Be Foundation and their purpose, "Never Give Up" is inspirational and uplifting reading for anyone who sees the people they love facing death too soon.

Monk's Tale
Edward A. Malloy
University of Notre Dame Press
310 Flanner Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556
9780268035228, $25.00,

A man of many careers, Edward Malloy always let his faith guide him. "Monk's Tale: Way Stations on the Journey" is a continuing memoir from Malloy as he tells his story of joining the faculty at the University of Notre Dame, climbing the ranks and seeing much of what the campus had to offer through the years, including a strong impact on Catholic higher education throughout the United States. "Monk's Tale" is a choice read for those seeking inspiration of how to make a difference in both the Catholic and secular worlds.

Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me
Ian Morgan Cron
Thomas Nelson
PO Box 141000
Nashville, TN 37214
9780849946103, $15.99,

Our lives have many twists and turns through it all, no matter where we came from. "Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me" is a memoir from Ian Morgan Cron as he discusses his life through the perspective of faith and a father who had a career that was far from normal. With a good dose of humor and faith through it all, "Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me" is a choice memoir for any community library collection.

Keep This Quiet!
Margaret A. Harrell
Saeculum University Press
5048 Amber Clay Lane, Raleigh, NC 27612
9780983704508, $17.95,

Hunter S. Thompson is perhaps one of the most enigmatic figures of the twentieth century. "Keep This Quiet!: My Relationship with Hunter S. Thompson, Milton Klonsky, and Jan Mensaert" is a memoir from Margaret A. Harrell as she discusses her own way with many of the legends of the literary world in the middle of the twentieth century. With a solid dose of humor and another perspective on these writers from a personal friend, "Keep This Quiet!" is a moving read and much recommended to any literary studies or memoir collection.

The Self-Help Shelf

How to Forgive
Lynda Bevan
Loving Healing Press
5145 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
9781615990306, $14.95,

Bottling anger for an eternity is not a good idea. "How to Forgive: A Practical Guide" is a guide to understanding the power of forgiveness and doing so in one's life. From the mildest of transgressions to life changing mistakes, Lynda Bevan advises readers on how to forgive and how to allow relationships to live once more with pain pushed off. "How to Forgive" is a fine read that shouldn't be overlooked by any who want to deal with their long held anger.

Defeating Depression
Leo J. Battenhausen
New Horizon Press
PO Box 669, Far Hills, NJ 07931
9780882823249, $14.95,

Depression can tear apart one's life. "Defeating Depression: The Calm and Sense Way to Find Happiness and Satisfaction" is a self-help guide from Leo J. Battenhausen advises readers on how to win out over the depression that may be tearing apart a life. With plenty of practical advice for staying on top of one's emotions and stress, "Defeating Depression" is a choice pick for community library self-help and mental health collections.

The Travel Shelf

Touring the Western North Carolina Backroads, third edition
Carolyn Sakowski
John F. Blair
1406 Plaza Drive,
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
9780895875594, $19.95,

The back roads hold the soul of America's natural beauty. "Touring the Western North Carolina Backroads" is the third edition of Carolyn Sakowski's guide to experiencing the natural beauty of the plains, forests, and rivers throughout the state's western region. For those who enjoy the backroad aesthetic and will be visiting North Carolina, "Touring the Western North Carolina Backroads" is an excellent pick packed with maps and black and white photographs throughout.

The War of 1812
John Grant & Ray Jones
Turner Publishing Company
c/o Horizons Plaza
PO Box 1263, Buffalo, NY 14240
9781596528307, $24.95,

America's first great war after its independence was a struggle for survival. "The War of 1812: A Guide to the Battlefields and Historic Sites" is a guide for those who want to see the major sites of this great clash between the British Empire and its fledgling former colonies. With full color photographs throughout and covering the major sites of the war for those who want to tour the battle and gain a better understanding of it, "The War of 1812" is an excellent addition to history and photography collections focusing on military history.

Lonely Planet
150 Linden Street
Oakland CA 94607
9781741794618, $24.99,

There are sights in the world that you will only see in Tasmania. "Tasmania" is a travel guide from Lonely Planet who offers insights on how to best see the country and experience it, with plenty of information and full color photographs throughout, showing the glory of its natural beauty, personal evaluated by the editors of Lonely Planet. For anyone looking for a unique and beautiful location to visit and seeking to be prepared, "Tasmania" is a travel guide that can't be overlooked.

Eat Smart In Norway
Joan Peterson
Ginkgo Press
PO Box 5346, Madison, WI 53705
9780977680139, $14.95,

For a good many years now, Joan Peterson has been travel to other countries to research and write what can only be describe as unique culinary travel guides. "Eat Smart In Norway" is the eleventh and newest of these guides and like all the others is an informed and informative compendium of 'real world' information on how a visitor can eat and drink like the locals do. "Eat Smart In Norway" will enable the reader to decipher Norwegian restaurant menus, shop knowledgeably in Norway's marketplaces, and experience Norwegian culinary culture at it diversely finest. Enhanced with color photography and sprinkled through with authentic but very much 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes. No traveler to Norway, whether for business or for pleasure, should be without their very own copy of Joan Peterson's "Eat Smart In Norway"! One word of final advice and recommendation, visit the Ginkgo Press web site at for a complete listing of all of Peterson's 'Eat Smart' travel guides.

Apples Are from Kazakhstan
Christopher Robbins
Atlas & Company
15 West 26th Street, 2nd floor, NY, NY 10010
9781934633939, $15.00,

Apples Are from Kazakhstan provides a fine survey by an author who enjoyed unprecedented access to the Kazakh president as he traveled the country. His story of encounters with nomads and their culture, the rich country that is Kazakhstan, and the traditions of its diverse peoples makes for a powerful travel memoir of a little-covered region - and a 'must' for any armchair traveler's collection!

Lonely Planet
150 Linden Street, Oakland CA 94607

Peter Dragicevich,'s PERTH & WEST COAST AUSTRALIA (9781741790467, $21.99) is a fine take-along tote for any planning a trip to the area, and especially for independent travelers who want solid, tested and new advice on where to stay, eat, and what to do. From a pull-out map of Perth and listings of regional attractions to smaller area maps and highlighted sidebars of unusual information, this provides an outstanding read for any traveler to the region, and for travel collections that seek more of a regional focus on Australia than the all-in-one general guides offer. MONGOLIA (9781741793178, $29.99) by Michael Kohn and Dean Starnes offers independent travelers a fine guide to a little-covered region which requires flexibility and knowledge to traverse successfully. Chapters offer small city maps, sidebars of historical and culture notes, and practical keys to lodging and other travel specifics that will make it a snap to plan a Mongolian visit from afar. KUALA LUMPUR MELAKA & PENANG (9781741792164, $22.99) by Simon Richmond provides an excellent, in-depth survey perfect for destination-oriented travelers to Kuala Lumpur and the region. Small maps, the latest tips from travelers to the region, and hints on where to go and what to see make this a top take-along tote. James Bainbridge,'s MOROCCO (9781741795981, $25.99) provides a fine take-along tote designed for any independent traveler to Morocco, and pairs small maps of selected areas with plenty of information on where to stay, what to do, where to eat. The cultural and social insights make this a particularly involving title for any bound for Morocco.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

Haunted Wisconsin, third edition
Michael Norman
Terrace Books
c/o University of Wisconsin Press
1930 Monroe Street, Third Floor
Madison, WI 53711-2059
9780299285944 $19.95

Now in its third edition with updates and multiple new contributions, Haunted Wisconsin remains a premier source of ghost stories, unexplained phenomena, and just plain spooky happenings in the Badger State. From the Ghost Island of the Chippewa Flowage, to the widely witnessed (by three hundred spectators!) poltergeist of St. Croix County, to a phantom basketball player and more, the anecdotes in Haunted Wisconsin are sure to fascinate anyone intrigued by inexplicable mysteries. A thoroughly entertaining read from cover to cover, Haunted Wisconsin is a choice pick especially for enthusiasts of spook!

Who Are You in the Tarot?
Mary K. Greer
Weiser Publishers
65 Parker Avenue, Suite 7
Newburyport, MA 01950
9781578634934 $21.95

Who Are You in the Tarot? is a metaphysical guide to using one's birth date and knowledge of the Tarot to learn more about one's identity. Professional tarot consultant Mary K. Greer teaches the reader how to apply principles of numerology and techniques such as journaling and self-exploration to reveal how one's own personality aligns with the characters of the major and minor tarot arcana. Early chapters discuss birth cards, tarot constellations, and techniques for working with one's personal cards, followed by an in-depth discussion of individual tarot constellations and their broader significance. Who Are You in the Tarot? is a fascinating supplementary resource for anyone with an interest in self-discovery through the medium of tarot.

Coventry Magic with Candles, Oils, and Herbs
Jacki Smith
Red Wheel/Weiser/Conari
65 Parker Street, Suite 7
Newburyport, MA 01950-4600
9781578635108 $21.95

Witch, healer, creator of the magical candle supplier Coventry Candles Jacki Smith presents Coventry Magic with Candles, Oils, and Herbs, a primer for tapping into primal energies to attract luck, love, money, power, creativity, and more. Jacki speaks in plain terms about the human drives that magic can modify, and how to do so in a beneficial fashion. "A flickering flame may be burning off the bad wishes of others, or there may be spirits present. It may not be interfering with your spell yet, but you can take action to make sure it never does. Light a reversing or protection candle if you feel the interference is others' green eyes of envy. If it is the spirit trying to communicate, take a moment and ask them to talk to you in a way you can understand. Some people use candles to communicate with spirits, so give the spirits their own candle with which to play through which to talk to you." Multiple appendices further explore nuanced details of practicing magic in depth, making Coventry Magic an excellent and user-friendly addition to metaphysical shelves.

Conscious Creation
Dee Wallace
Ozark Mountain Publishing
PO Box 754, Huntsville, AR 72740
9781886940260, $14.00,

Taking control of one's own destiny is easier than one thinks. "Conscious Creation: Directing Energy to Get the Life You Want" is an inspirational guide from Dee Wallace as she encourages people to find their own path through life and drive themselves forward, making themselves who they want to be, conquer their fears and be their own definition of magnificent. "Conscious Creation" is a shining and strongly recommended read, not to be overlooked.

Jim Harold's Campfire
Jim Harold
New Page
c/o Career Press
220 West Parkway, Unit 12, Pompton, NJ 07444
9781601631947, $14.99,

Messages from beyond scare us, but endlessly entice us. "Jim Harold's Campfire: True Ghost Stories" is a collection of connections to the paranormal and what they mean for those of us in the world of the living. With a focus on the endlessly interesting, the stories are stories of saved lives, last wills and testaments, and what happens when you tease the beyond. "Jim Harold's Campfire" is an intriguing and much recommended addition to community library metaphysical and paranormal collections.

The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide
James Fadiman, PhD
Park Street Press
c/o Inner Traditions
Box 388, Rochester, VT 05767
9781594774027, $18.95,

The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide provides a detailed review of visionary drugs and their use in psychotherapeutic applications and for increased personal awareness. His survey provides new uses for LSD and other psychedelics, considers common myths about them, discusses dosage and low-dose applications, and considers how psychedelic use can lead to personal breakthroughs and spiritual understanding. New age collections will find this a winner!

Meditation for Multitaskers
David Dillard-Wright, PhD
Adams Media Corporation
57 Littlefield Street, 2nd floor, Avon, MA 02322
1440524904, $19.95,

Meditation for Multitaskers: Your Guide to Finding Peace Between the Pings comes with a CD of guided exercises and comes from a meditation expert who uses Eastern and Western traditions alike to bring serenity to a daily routine. It's designed for those who are over-achievers and hard workers and tells how to use these to cut the busy life and get relief, whether at the office or at home. The multifaceted approach allows this access to business people and is especially recommended for this as well as general audiences.

New Page Books
c/o Career Press Inc.
PO Box 687, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417

Jim Harold's CAMPFIRE: TRUE GHOST STORIES (9781601631947, $14.99) is written by the host of two popular podcast programs and provides almost six dozen ghost stories told to the author by some of his thousands of listeners. These were selected as some of the most frightening, perfect for reading in the dark, and provides a range of tales not to be found in other ghost story collections from a teen who plays with an Ouija board only to find a connection to the devil to a deceased grandfather's connection to butterflies. Any collection strong in ghost stories will find this satisfyingly diverse and different. Dr. Bob Curran's THE WORLD'S CREEPIEST PLACES (9781601631909, $15.99) provides a fine survey of the paranormal and comes from an author who visits some of these sites, examining their history, tradition and the creepy feelings they evoke in visitors. From Ireland to the Middle East, he visits and analyzes the places where people have long reported visits from the otherworld, from vampires to zombies and ghosts. General lending libraries will find this a popular pick.

The Needlecraft Shelf

Knitivity: Create Your Own Christmas Scene
Fiona Goble
Andrews & McMeel
1130 Walnut Street
Kansas City, MO 64106-2109
9781449403652, $16.99,

With a bit of determination and know how, you can make a truly unique nativity scene. "Knitivity: Create Your Own Christmas Scene" is a guide from Fiona Goble as she walks readers through the basics on how to get into knitting crochet and create patterns set around Christmas and making something of your own based on your own design and hands. "Knitivity" is a must for any devout Christian knitting enthusiast or one simply looking to try something new this Christmas.

Color & Design
Heather Thomas
3100 NW 101st Street, Suite A
Urbandale, IA 50322
9781935726098, $29.95,

Colorful materials capture eyes and make for a delightful experience. "A Fiber Artist's Guide to Color & Design: The Basics & Beyond" is a needlework guide for those who want to imbue their work with more color and more style. With plenty of patterns and inspiration throughout, Heather Thomas walks readers through what they need to know to understand the process. Using full color photos to provide examples, "A Fiber Artist's Guide to Color & Design" is a solid and much needed addition to any needlework and art collection, enthusiastically recommended.

Exploring Color in Knitting
Sarah Hazell & Emma King
250 Wireless Boulevard
Hauppauge, NY 11788
9780764147395, $16.99,

Good color can make good work great. "Exploring Color in Knitting: Techniques, Swatches, and Projects to Expand Your Knitting Horizons" is a full color knitting guide from Sarah Hazell & Emma King as they advise readers and do it yourself fashion enthusiasts to embrace many colors in their work, proving that the results are well worth the additional labor. "Exploring Color in Knitting" is a fine addition to community and personal needlecraft library collections.

Just Around the Corner
Kari M. Carr
Martingale & Company
19021 Avenue NE, Bothell, WA 98011
9781604680362, $24.99,

JUST AROUND THE CORNER: QUILTS WITH EASY MITERED BORDERS tells how to create a 'frame' using folded fabric strips, a ruler and a sewing machine to create scalloped edges and more. Nine projects from quilts to table toppers outline all the basics of creating and using such strips, pairing patterns and color photos with step-by-step descriptions. Mitering used to be challenging: not so with the technique presented in JUST AROUND THE CORNER, recommended for any quilter's collection!

The Crafts Shelf

Encaustic Mixed Media
Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch
North Light Books
c/o F+W Media
4700 East Galbraith Road
Cincinnati, OH 45236
1440308705, $24.99,

Encaustic Mixed Media offers something new to the crafts shelf: the perspective that art supplies need not be limited to crafts stores. From tar and patching plaster to using clayboard or creating retro shadowboxes with miniature chairs, ENCAUSTIC MIXED MEDIA: INNOVATIVE TECHNIQUES AND SURFACES FOR WORKING WITH WAX provides a wide range of tools and techniques perfect for that artist seeking something different.

The Absolute Beginners Guide
Cindy Thomas Pankopf
Kalmbach Publishing Company
21027 Crossroads Circle
Waukesha, WI 53186
9780871164315, $21.95,

Making jewelry out of baked clay is as ancient a technique as we know of. Its enduring popularity persists to this day. That's why "The Absolute Beginners Guide: Making Metal Clay Jewelry: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started" by Cindy Thomas Pankopf will prove to be as popular as it is instructive and 'user friendly'. Aspiring jewelry makers are provided with a fully illustrated text presenting everything anyone will need to know in order to get started on the projects comprising this 112-page compendium. Beginning with basic materials, tools, and techniques, "The Absolute Beginners Guide" presents a series of do-it-yourself projects ranging from Stamped Charms, to Bejeweled Cobra Earrings, to a Fairy House Necklace, to a Crossover Ring, to a Mosaic Pendant, and so much more! Clear, step-by-step, illustrated instructions will guarantee success, making "The Absolute Beginners Guide" ideal for novice individual hobbyists, as a school crafts curriculum supplemental textbook for students, and a popular addition to community library Crafts/Hobbies instructional reference collections.

Jewelry For The New Romantic
Nealay Patel
Kalmbach Publishing Company
21027 Crossroads Circle
Waukesha, WI 53186
9780871164278, $19.95,

A fun and productive pastime is the making of jewelry. Beautifully and profusely illustrated throughout, Nealay Patel's "Jewelry for the New Romantic: Unexpected Techniques with Crystals and Beading Wire" is an 80-page compendium of ten do-it-yourself projects showcasing how to make remarkably outstanding necklaces, bracelets, and earrings using crystals and beading wire. The thoroughly 'user friendly', step-by-step instructions and techniques will enable even the most novice of craft workers to produce up to thirty quality jewelry pieces with a decidedly contemporary look. "Jewelry for the New Romantic: Unexpected Techniques with Crystals and Beading Wire" is highly recommended for personal and community library instructional reference collections.

Origami for Busy People
Marcia Joy Miller
Tuttle Publishing
364 Innovation Drive
North Clarendon, VT 05759-9436
9784805311486 $16.95

Origami for Busy People: 27 Original On-the-Go Projects lives up to its title with detailed color illustrations clarifying step-by-step directions for crafting eye-catching creations with folded paper - from a jack-o'-lantern to a fluted vase to a lake monster and much more. Each project is complex enough to engage the reader's mind as well as his or her hands, yet simple enough to be completed in a brief amount of time; patterns are categorized into "coffee-break origami", "lunchtime origami", and "after-work origami". 48 perforated sheets of folding paper, specially designed for use in creating these delicately beautiful works, and a "getting started" introduction to origami basics enhance this excellent hands-on resource, ideal for anyone curious about this widely beloved Japanese art. Highly recommended for origami practitioners of all skill and experience levels.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

The Red Duke
C.L. Werner
The Black Library
c/o BL Publishing
1525 Hulse Road, Unit 1
Pt. Pleasant, NJ 08742
9781849700740 $8.99

Set in the grim Warhammer Fantasy gaming universe, The Red Duke is grim novel about the Red Duke, once an honorable knight struck down in battle, risen as an unspeakable vampire to bring endless terror to the living. His murderous campaign was stopped centuries ago, but the witch Jacquetta has resurrected him to begin the slaughter anew! Does the troubled and war-torn land of Bretonnia stand a chance against the undead embodiment of corruption? A blood-soaked saga that will especially appeal to fans of vampire villains, The Red Duke is a thoroughly satisfying horror-fantasy from cover to cover.

L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers Of The Future
Kevin J. Anderson, executive editor
Galaxy Press
7051 Hollywood Boulevard, Suite 200
Hollywood, CA 90028
9781592128488, $44.95,

L. Ron Hubbard was one of the luminary writers from the Golden Age of pulp magazine publishing. Knowledgeably compiled and deftly edited by Science Fiction author Kevin J. Anderson, "L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers Of The Future: The First 25 Years" is a 270-page, profusely illustrated history of a program created to provide new and aspiring authors in the genres of fantasy and science fiction with a forum in which to introduce their work to the reading public through winning against a field of competitors what became a prestigious award. "L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers Of The Future" aptly describes the annual contest, the judges, the workshops associated with the program, the awards events, and more. Of special note is the list of winners. Enhanced with several appendices (including one detailing the rules of the annual literary contest), "L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers Of The Future" will prove to be of immense interest to anyone who has ever participated or who is considering participating in one of these annual events, and therefore highly recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library collections.

Anna Dressed in Blood
Kendare Blake
TOR Books
c/o Tor/Forge
175 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10010
9780765328656, $17.99,

ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD is slated for a teen audience with its teen ghost hunter protagonist, but is a fine dark novel for any age reader and is reviewed here for its interest to adult readers as well as teens. Cas kills the dead, as is his heritage - and he travels the country with his witch mother and spirit-sniffing cat to follow legends about the murderous dead. One stymies him: a legend called Anna Dressed in Blood, who turns out to be a girl mixed up with curses, still wearing the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder. She's a killer who spares his life - and he finds this intriguing. A ghost hunter novel of a different type evolves in a satisfying fantasy packed with twists and turns of plot.

Heaven's Shadow
David S. Goyer & Michael Cassutt
Ace Books
c/o Penguin Group USA
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780441020331, $25.95,

Heaven's Shadow is the first book in a trilogy and opens a series with the discovery of an unknown object on collision course with earth. An international competition to land on the object and make claims pits two rival astronaut teams in a race that will ultimately result in an unexpectedly dangerous confrontation. Science fiction and suspense blends in a fast-paced plot that is hard to set aside. Highly recommended for any science fiction or fantasy collection.

Gears of War: Coalition's End
Karen Traviss
Gallery Books
c/o Pocket Books
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
9781439183953, $26.99,

Gears of War: Coalition's End provides a fine bridge novel for the Gears of War trilogy and continues the story of the Delta squad and their struggles against the Locust Horde, which has swarmed over and killed much of humanity. Mankind's war against extinction is nearing an end, and it's up to a handful of refugees to rebuild their world and face a different siege from an unexpected, deadlier force. As military science fiction goes, this is a winner.

Baen Books
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020

Michael Z. Williamson's ROGUE (9781439134627, $24.00) is military science fiction at its best: it tells of one Kenneth Chinran, commander of a unit charged with taking out an entire planet during a war. Chinran's conscious is bothering him - but one of his man becomes a trained sociopath with a new mission. Only Chinran can track down the killer in his own unit in this captivating military survey perfect for any military science fiction collection. David Drake and John Lambshead's INTO THE HINTERLANDS (9781439134610, $25.00) tells of Allen, born on a distant colonial planet hoping to work his way into a higher social level as a country squire. Unfortunately his relatives send him on a journey for investment opportunities in the Hinterlands - where he finds a ragtag group of traders and poor people struggling to make a better life for themselves. When military conflict enters the Hinterlands, Allen finds himself at the heart of a battle that may determine his destiny in this fast-paced military novel.

The Automotive Shelf

Art of the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle
Dain Gingerelli, text
David Blattel, photography
c/o Quayside Publishing Group
400 First Avenue North, Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55401
9780760341308 $40.00

Art of the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle is a full-color, coffe-table photography showcase of the many different types of Harley-Davidson brand motorcycles, from historic bikes made in the 50's and 60's to police motorcycles to the latest 2011 releases. Each two-page spread features a lavish photograph of a particular bike, a paragraph of descriptive text, and a brief chart of specifications and lore concerning that model. Motorcycle enthusiasts everywhere will find Art of the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle a joy to simply page through.

How to Build Period Correct Hot Rods
Gerry Burger
39966 Grand Avenue, North Branch MN 55056
9781934709320, $24.95,

How to Build Period Correct Hot Rods is a 'must' for any hot rodder's library and any car buff's reference collection, providing a fine how-to guide to selecting and installing the correct components for a vintage hot rod. Veteran hot rod buff Gerry Burger explains how to identify, buy or build a period correct hot rod from the 1950s through the 70s, offering assessments of stock parts and high-performance parts and explaining how to match parts to a rod.

The Antiques/Collectibles Shelf

2012 North American Coins & Prices
David C. Harper, Editor,
Krause Publications
c/o F+W Media
4700 East Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236
9781440217258, $19.99,

2012 North American Coins & Prices is a reference for any coin collector with holdings from the U.S., Canada and Mexico. It packs in nearly 47,000 individual coin listings that are organized by country, denomination and date of issue, and it includes small black and white photos to aid in the identification process. This latest edition vastly updates the section on Canadian coins, revamps market prices from all three countries, and while some of the changed prices don't appear to accurately reflect true market value - particularly in Mexican coins - it does a good job of documenting the types of coins on the market. A good starting place for any coin collector.

Colleen Moore's Doll Castle
Carol Stevenson
Little Creek Press
5341 Sunny Ridge Road
Mineral Point, WI 53565
9780982802366 $18.00

Filled with full color photography throughout, Colleen Moore's Doll Castle: Made by Rich Toys with Related Toys and Books is a showcase of the elaborate toys created by Rich Toys, Effanbee and Tootsietoy. Close-up views of an eight-roomed doll castles gives glimpses of minescule yet lovingly crafted furnishings, down to a poster of the Chicago World's Fair, and the text describes how the miniature playthings were skillfully created. Colleen Moore's Doll Castle is an especial delight for antique, toy, and dollhouse collectors.

The Environmental Studies Shelf

Clean Energy Nation
Congressman Jerry McNerney PhD and Martin Cheek
Amacom Books
1601 Broadway, New York NY 10019-7420
9780814413722, $27.95,

CLEAN ENERGY NATION: FREEING AMERICA FROM THE TYRANNY OF FOSSIL FUELS discusses American energy use, dependence, and climate change and provides a fine survey on how to achieve energy independence. The focus here is on coverage of what can be done - and what is already working - to resolve the issues, and considers the potential of alternative energy's pros and cons. The focus offers concrete goals for strengthening the country and its energy industry as a whole, making this a powerful recommendation for any lending library.

The Political Science Shelf

Three Famines
Thomas Keneally
Public Affairs
250 West 57th Street, #1321, New York, NY 10107
9781610390651, $27.99,

THREE FAMINES: STARVATION AND POLITICS surveys the man-made triggers and political choices that cause famine. It's a hard-hitting consideration of how droughts and crop shortages in countries that rely on one or two staple crops result in starvation and provides a history of the three largest food shortages around the world in modern history and the political choices revolving around who to feed. Both victims and villains are covered in a fine survey of three famine experiences vastly separated by time and place but offering examples of how administrative and political incompetence have been as dangerous as crop failures. Political and social history holdings at the college level will find this comparison intriguing and worthy of classroom debate.

The Women's Studies Shelf

The New Latina's Bible, updated edition
Sandra Guzman
Seal Press
1700 - 4th St., Berkeley CA 94710
9781580053587, $19.95,

The New Latina's Bible: The Modern Latina's Guide to Love, Spirituality, Family and La Vida provides a fine survey offering advice on a host of topics of concern to Latina women, from family and body image to careers, and gathers the stories of modern Latina women as examples of special challenges affecting this group. The author provides an updated new edition that contains two new chapters on domestic violence, dating and depression and discusses spiritual legacy as well as social values and Latina experience. Any women's or ethic issues collection will find this filled with practical ideas and insights.

James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Diane C. Donovan, Editor
Midwest Book Review
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Oregon, WI 53575-1129
phone: 1-608-835-7937

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