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Volume 26, Number 10 October 2016 Home | IBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Library Science Shelf Fiction Shelf
Mystery/Suspense Shelf Christian Studies Shelf Judaic Studies Shelf
Graphic Novel Shelf Audiobook Shelf Library CD Shelf
Library DVD Shelf Travel Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
Needlecraft Shelf Sports Shelf Cookbook Shelf
Photography Shelf Education Shelf Biography Shelf
Poetry Shelf Automotive Shelf Computer Shelf
Writing/Publishing Shelf Metaphysical Studies Shelf Beer/Wine Shelf
Art Shelf LGBT Studies Shelf Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf
Christmas Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf Psychology Shelf
Science Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf Military Shelf
Environmental Studies Shelf American History Shelf Civil War Shelf
Social Issues Shelf Money/Finance Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf
Political Science Shelf Wisconsin Shelf  

Reviewer's Choice

Policing in Milwaukee: A Strategic History
George L. Kelling
Marquette University Press
PO Box 3141, Milwaukee, WI 53201-3141
9781626003002 $25.00

Policing in Milwaukee: A Strategic History is a carefully researched, scholarly chronicle of the police department of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Chapters chronicle how Milwaukee used to be one of America's most crime free cities; in the first half of the twentieth century, Milwaukee was a trailblazer in terms of controlling corruption, applying technological advances to improve policing, and developing a community relations program. How did the modern-day tragedy of Milwaukee's current urban failings and disturbingly high crime rate come to be? Author George Kelling, a Milwaukee native who has studied policing for over forty years, scrutinizes the cruel lessons of the past, while offering suggestions and hope for an improved future. Policing in Milwaukee: A Strategic History is highly recommended for public and college library collections, as well as criminology and policework studies shelves.

My Cool Treehouse
Jane Field-Lewis, author
Tina Hillier, photographer
c/o Trafalgar Square Publishing
388 Howe Hill Road, North Pomfret, VT 05053
9781910496183, $24.95, HC, 160pp,

A tree house or tree fort is a platform or building constructed around, next to or among the trunk or branches of one or more mature trees while above ground level. Tree houses can be used for recreation, work space, habitation, observation or as temporary retreats. In "My Cool Treehouse: An Inspirational Guide to Stylish Treehouses" photographer Tina Hillier uses high-end interiors, landscape and lifestyle photography and styling in the specially commissioned images (shot in all seasons and weather conditions) to illustrated author Jane Field-Lewis insightful commentary giving information about the location, the owners and their inspiration as well as style notes as the two effectively collaborate to showcase 35 treehouses with different budgets and styles, ranging from the rustic that seem to disappear into the foliage, to the futuristic made out of contemporary materials. A pure delight to simply browse through, and an inspiring resource to glean ideas for building a treehouse of your own, "My Cool Treehouse" is enthusiastically recommended as an enduringly popular addition for community library collections. For personal reading lists of all treehouse enthusiasts it should be noted that "My Cool Treehouse" is also available in a Kindle format ($11.99).

Appalachian Odyssey
Jeffrey H. Ryan
Down East Books
c/o Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706
9781608935789, $22.95, PB, 320pp,

Unlike through-hikers that complete the Appalachian Trail in one several month trip, Jeffrey Ryan took a different approach. Grabbing weeks here and days off there, it took Jeffrey twenty-eight years to finish the trail one section at a time. Along the way he learned much about himself and made many new friends, including his best friend, Wayne, who made the journey with him from start to finish. Including 75 color photos, "Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-Year Hike on America's Trail" is engaging read that is part memoir, part natural history and lore, and part practical advice. Certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library collections, "Appalachian Odyssey" is especially recommended reading for anyone who has hiked the Appalachian Trail, is planning to hike it themselves, or are armchair travelers merely wishing to hiking it some day.

Paris Nights
Cliff Simon with Loren Stephens
Waldorf Publishing
2140 Hall Johnson Road, #102-345, Grapevine, Texas 76051
9781943848928, $24.95,

Paris Nights: My Year at the Moulin Rouge is a memoir by actor Cliff Simon, who details his transformation from a soldier to an entertainer when a one-way ticket to Paris changed his life. Readers receive a vivid account of this process as Simon moves from South Africa to Paris to Hollywood; but the focus is as much upon the sights, sounds, and experience of Paris and the culture of the Moulin Rouge as it is upon Cliff Simon's evolutionary process, adding the feel of a thriller piece into the exploration of one man's amazing life.

Living Yellowstone
Michel Pierre
c/o Farcountry Press
PO Box 5630, Helena, MT 59604
9781591521822, $19.95, PB, 80pp,

The Yellowstone National Park, is the oldest national, and by many standards, the most popular park in the world. Yellowstone is not only one of the most wonderful and scenic places on earth, but it is also one of the most geographically and botanically active. By comparing pictures taken at the same places at different times between 1998 and 2015, "Living Yellowstone: The Park 10 and 25 years After the Fires" beautifully and strikingly illustrates the short-term evolution of the landscapes and features of the park. An extraordinary volume, "Living Yellowstone" is unreservedly and enthusiastically recommended for personal, community, and academic library collections. Also on the theme of Yellowstone, very highly recommended for children, and distributed by Farcountry Press, is "Yellowstone National Park: A Cautionary Coloring Book" (Caput Mortuum Books, 9780692747254, $8.95, PB, 32pp).

The Library Science Shelf

Library Volunteers Welcome!
Carol Smallwood & Lura Sanborn, editors
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9780786497805, $55.00, PB, 254pp,

Volunteers, such as 'Friends of the Library' groups, are critically important to the daily operation of any library and fundamentally necessary for such activities as community fund raising. Finding and retaining the right people, motivating them and matching their skills with projects is challenging. Collaborative compiled and co-edited by experienced librarians Carol Smallwood and Lura Sanborn, "Library Volunteers Welcome!: Strategies for Attracting, Retaining and Making the Most of Willing Helpers" is collection of 30 new essays bringing together the experiences of numerous individuals across the U.S., providing ideas, projects and best practices for volunteer recruiting and management. These erudite and knowledgeable contributions are organized into five major sections; Recruitment and Retention; Policies and Process; Mentoring and Empowering; Placement, Programs and Responsibilities; Outreach. Exceptionally well organized and presented, "Library Volunteers Welcome! is an absolutely essential addition to college and university Library Science collections, and is an enduringly valuable read for any community or academic librarians charged with establishing or maintaining volunteer organizational support for their libraries. It should be noted that "Library Volunteers Welcome!" is also available in a Kindle format ($16.19).

40+ New Revenue Sources for Libraries and Nonprofits
Edmund A. Rossman III
ALA Editions
c/o American Library Association
50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611
9780838914380, $65.00, PB,

When governmental budgets require cuts one of the first to feel the impact of decreased revenues are the public and academic libraries. When times are hard, NGOs are compelled to find supplemental revenue sources where ever they can. This is the underlying and fundamental reason why every library and every NGO must have a copy of "40+ New Revenue Sources for Libraries and Nonprofits" in their instructional reference collections. Laying out with exceptional clarity specific supplemental revenue generating ideas and projects that range from various forms of advertising, to diverse naming rights, to sponsorships, to vending machines, to crowdfunding, and so much more, "40+ New Revenue Sources for Libraries and Nonprofits" will prove to be an enduringly valued, practical, and effective resource. Of special note are the chapters on Legal and board Policy Considerations; Impact of Technology: Internet and Social media: and Establishing Value, Statistical Reports, and Targeting Prospects. Simply stated, "40+ New Revenue Sources for Libraries and Nonprofits" should be considered mandatory reading for every library director and every library board member.

The Librarian's Guide to Book Programs and Author Events
Brad Hooper
ALA Editions
c/o American Library Association
50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611
9780838913840, $55.00, PB, 135pp,

From hosting authors to planning and coordinating book activities such as book signings and book clubs, libraries are perfect venues for readers to interact directly with authors and their books. And mounting literary programming can be relatively easy and straight forward with the help of Booklist's Brad Hooper' "The Librarian's Guide to Book Programs and Author Events" which comprehensively covers how to provide a wide range of programming that targets a librarian's specific community of book lovers. "The Librarian's Guide to Book Programs and Author Events" includes step-by-step guidance adaptable to any type of audience, from children and teens to millennials and older adults; shows how to plan author readings, coordinate book signings, and put together and moderate an author panel; offers marketing and outreach pointers, including interviewing authors for local radio, library podcasts, or webinars; lays out the nuts-and-bolts of organizing and hosting book clubs, with suggestions for facilitating book group discussions; presents ideas for creating displays of staff favorites and other ways to get staff involved and engaged; and explores programs for community-wide book events, such as 'One Book, One City' programs Using this practical and thoroughly 'user friendly' guide, community libraries can connect book lovers eager to learn about recent and noteworthy books to authors and fellow book lovers. "The Librarian's Guide to Book Programs and Author Events" is also very highly recommended and informative reading for writers and publishers wanting to create author lectures and signing events as a means of marketing their books to libraries.

The One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide
Heidi E. Buchanan & Beth A. McDonough
ALA Editions
c/o American Library Association
50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611
9780838914861, $50.00, PB, 160pp,

The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education is good news for one-shot instructors. With its six frames and conceptual approach you're freed from a long list of outcomes and can instead focus on big ideas. Now in an significantly updated and expanded second edition, "The One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide" is a concise guide will help librarians to stay organized and use their limited time wisely. "The One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide" covers: creative solutions for real-life problems, such as a difficult assignment or controversial topic, illustrated with 13 vignettes from professionals in the field; efficient assessment despite limited time or resources; specialized settings like an online class or classroom without computers; practical ideas on instruction for the six frames; choosing the right lesson for the right student at the right time; how to use concept maps; and creating assignments for active learning and experiential learning. Filled from cover to cover with strategies to guide students utilizing library resources towards meeting their instructors' expectations for critical thinking, "The One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide" is a practical resource will also empower librarians to become better, more confident teachers. Thoroughly 'user friendly' in tone, commentary, organization and presentation, "The One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide" is very highly recommended for college and university Library Science instruction reference collections in general, and the supplemental studies reading lists for any member of a community or school library staff.

The Fiction Shelf

Doctor Thorne: The Chronicles of Barsetshire
Anthony Trollope
Oxford University Press
198 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016-4314
9780198785637, $15.95, PB, 500pp,

Anthony Trollope (24 April 1815 - 6 December 1882) was one of the most successful, prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era. Now a major television series, Trollope's "Doctor Thorne: The Chronicles of Barsetshire" has been reissued by Oxford University Press for a new generation of appreciative readers. "Doctor Thorne" is the compelling story of the squire of Greshamsbury who has fallen on hard times, and it is incumbent on his son Frank to make a good marriage. But Frank loves the doctor's niece, Mary Thorne, a girl with no money and mysterious parentage. He faces a terrible dilemma: should he save the estate, or marry the girl he loves? Mary, too, has to battle her feelings, knowing that marrying Frank would ruin his family and fly in the face of his mother's opposition. Her pride is matched by that of her uncle, Dr. Thorne, who has to decide whether to reveal a secret that would resolve Frank's difficulty, or to uphold the innate merits of his own family heritage. The character of Dr. Thorne reflects Trollope's own contradictory feelings about the value of tradition and the need for change. His subtle portrayal, and the comic skill and gentle satire with which the story is developed, are among the many pleasures of this delightful novel. No community, college, or university library collection of great English literature of the Victorian era would be complete without including a copy of Anthony Trollope's "Doctor Thorne: The Chronicles of Barsetshire".

Reverend Colt
James Clay
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9781444826074, $20.99, PB, 304pp,

When his wife Christina was murdered by a man she had tried to help, Preacher Paul Colten's idealism died in the dust -- and he took the first steps on the road to becoming the gunfighter known as Reverend Colt. Upon arriving in Grayson in pursuit of a man he was hired to kill, Reverend Colt finds a town under the brutal control of a wealthy rancher. Though he admires the local newspaper's stand against corruption, he knows that Grayson's rulers will not be stopped by editorials. Reverend Colt's skills with a weapon will be put to the ultimate test. Author James Clay is an impressively talented novelist with a complete mastery of the action/adventure novel as demonstrated by this large print edition of his western saga "Reverend Colt". A riveting read from first page to last, "Reverend Colt" is especially recommended for the personal reading lists of all western buff and this large print edition would prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library collections.

Witness Seeker
Stone Wallace
Five Star Books
10 Water Street, Suite 310, Waterville, ME 04901
9781432832209, $25.95, 265pp,

His name is Chance Gambel. His occupation: Witness Seeker. It's a perilous profession where he is hired to search for witnesses to crimes so that they might testify for or against the accused in trials held throughout the frontier territories of the Southwest, circa 1880. Chance embarks on his most perilous assignment when he teams with a mysterious Mexican named Francisco Velasquez to search for the vicious outlaw gang leader, Silvano Ramos, who brutally murdered Francisco's sister. Their journey is fraught with adventure, danger, prejudice and mistrust as Chance remains unaware of what Francisco's true intentions are toward him: Friend or foe? A unique and exceptionally well story from first page to last, "Witness Seeker" will have a special appeal to diehard Western fans as it highlights suspense, excitement, romance and a stirring climax the reader that is as unexpected as it is memorable. While "Witness Seeker" is certain to be an enduringly popular and appreciated addition to community library Western Fiction collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists that it is also available in a Kindle edition ($3.99).

Seeking Alice
Camilla Trinchieri
Excelsior Editions
c/o State University of New York Press
State University Plaza, Albany, NY 12246-0001
9781438461281, $19.95, PB, 224pp,

"Seeking Alice" is gripping story of love and loss centers on Marco, an Italian diplomat; Alice, his American wife; and their young children. Stationed in Prague during World War II, Marco and Alice become enemies when the United States enters the war, forcing Alice and the children to move from Prague to Rome and finally to Cernobbio in a desperate attempt to flee to Switzerland. Through alternating passages narrated by Alice and daughter Susie, readers shuttle back and forth between war-torn Europe and 1950s Massachusetts to search for answers and unravel the mystery about what really happened to Alice during the war. "Seeking Alice" by Camilla Trinchieri is a deftly crafted and compelling story of the disintegration of an American and Italian family caught in Europe during World War II. It is one of those all-too-rare novels that will linger in the mind and memory long after the book itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf. While very highly recommended for community, college, and university library Literary Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Seeking Alice" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.99).

How Can I Keep from Singing
Loretta Cobb
Livingston Press
University of West Alabama, Station 22, Livingston, AL 35470
9781604891652, $30.00, HC, 247pp,

Bonita Byrnes comes of age during the civil rights movement in Birmingham's working class neighborhoods. Pearl, her mother, runs a boarding house. Ida, her black cook with enormous faith, becomes her confidante as Pearl goes from one bad relationship to another, leaving Bonita's father for a young Marine, just home from Korea. Their lives are complicated by what we now would call his PTSD from World War II. He drinks to excess, becomes violent at times, and moves from job to job. Lucinda, her older sister, does not like the stepfather. Bonita's father Phil marries a new wife and does very little to help with the girls though he is quick to criticize Pearl's efforts. "How Can I Keep from Singing" is one of those deftly crafted novels with fully conceived characters and a deftly woven storyline of unexpected twists and turns that will linger in the mind and memory of the reader long after the book itself is finished and set back upon the shelf. While strongly recommended for community and academic library Literary Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "How Can I Keep From Singing" is also available in a paperback edition (9781604891669, $17.95).

Peregrine Island
Diane B. Saxton
She Writes Press
9781631521515, $16.95, PB, 267pp,

The lives of the Peregrine family are turned upside down one summer when so-called "art experts" appear on the doorstep of their Connecticut island home to appraise a favorite heirloom painting. When incriminating papers, as well as other paintings, are discovered behind the artwork in question, the appraisal turns into a full-fledged investigation. Antagonism mounts between grandmother, mother, and child, who begin to suspect one another, as well as the shady newcomers in their midst, of foul play. With a roster of carefully crafted characters and a deftly woven plot, "Peregrine Island" is a riveting read from beginning to end and clearly showcases author Diane Saxton as a consummately skilled novelist. While highly recommended for community and academic library Literary Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Peregrine Island" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.95).

Lorin Adegbenro
Belle Isle Books
c/o Brandylane Publishers
5 South First Street, Richmond, VA 23219
9781939930361, $16.00, PB, 214pp,

Eric's life sucks. Born without the use of his hands and treated like a burden by his adoptive parents, he finds himself haunted by frightening spirits-until an altogether different sort of spirit appears to him, in the form of an old man. The old man has a story to tell-the story of a boy named Phoenix. After losing his mother when he was just three, Phoenix knows he has to fulfill her last wish: protect Hali, a young girl who came to Willow Oaks Orphanage along with Phoenix and his twin sisters. But fourteen years after her adoption, Phoenix has no idea where she is. To find her, and his own purpose, he'll have to follow his instincts and heart-perhaps straight into the ocean. And along the way, the lives of Phoenix and Eric will intertwine in a way that Eric never imagined. A unique and compelling novel by an exceptionally gifted writer, "Phen" is certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library General Fiction collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Phen" is also available in a Kindle format ($5.99).

How to Party With an Infant
Kaui Hart Hemmings
Simon and Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, 14th fl., New York, NY 10020
9782501100796, $26.00,

How to Party With an Infant comes from the author of The Descendants and tells of Mele, who is raising her daughter as a single mother in San Francisco, supported by a parent group. All is difficult but going well until her ex returns with the news that he's getting married, and wants Ellie to participate in his wedding. Disturbed by this news, Mele needs a new, distracting hobby - and a cookbook-writing contest could be just the ticket. A fun story of change and transformation evolves, perfect for leisure readers looking for a mix of humor and pointed observation about love, motherhood, and independence.

The Shattered Tree
Charles Todd
William Morrow & Company
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022-5299
9780062386274, $25.99,

The Shattered Tree adds to the Bess Crawford prize-winning series and brings the World War I nurse into her own hospital when she's shot on the battlefield and sent to Paris to recover. Isolated from her familiar world, surrounded by strangers, and still questioning the real identity of an officer she'd treated on the battlefield, Bess faces a search for the truth that will bring her into further danger in this gripping historical story that blends World War I politics and intrigue with a nurse's struggle to survive.

Close to Home
Deborah Raney
Abingdon Press
2222 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., PO Box 280988, Nashville, TN 37228-0988
9781501817458, $24.99, HC, 286pp,

Bree Cordel Whitman is a Whitman by marriage, but sometimes she forgets she wasn't born into Grant and Audrey's family. Her late husband, Timothy Whitman, gave his life for his country on a windblown hill in Afghanistan. Bree has let the love of Tim's family keep her ties to him strong -- in the same way she keeps Tim's memory alive for them. But it's been almost five years, and she can't hang onto the past forever. Fighting the guilt she feels for wanting to love again, she can't help her dreams about a tall, dark, and handsome man -- a man who is not her Tim. How can she accept the flirtations from Drew Brooks without throwing the Whitman family back into grieving? And how can Drew compete with the ghost of a hero and the hero's very alive family who seem to hold some spell over the woman who shares their name -- a woman he might just love? Another terrifically entertaining and deftly crafted romance by an exceptionally talented author, "Close to Home" is the fourth title on Deborah Raney's outstanding 'Chicory Inn' series and enthusiastically recommended for community library Romance Fiction collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of romance enthusiasts that "Close to Home" is also available in a paperback edition (9781426770463, $14.99) and in a Kindle format ($9.99).

The Beautiful Pretender
Melanie Dickerson
Thomas Nelson Publishers
PO Box 141000, Nashville, TN 37214
9780718026288, $15.99, PB, 314pp,

The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble born ladies who meet the king's approval to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character. Avelina has only two instructions: keep her true identity a secret and make sure the margrave doesn't select her as his bride. Since the latter seems unlikely, she concentrates on not getting caught. No one must know she is merely a maidservant, sent by the Earl of Plimmwald to stand in for his daughter, Dorothea. Despite Avelina's best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can't deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse, with far deadlier consequences! A medieval fairy tale of a romance story from the pen of Melanie Dickerson, "The Beautiful Pretender" is a riveting read from beginning to end and enthusiastically recommended for the personal reading lists of romance enthusiasts and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library Romance Fiction collections.

Snowfall on Haven Point
RaeAnne Thayne
HQN Books
c/o Harlequin Books
225 Duncan Mill Road, Don Mills, Ontario, Canada, M3B 3K9
9780373789894, $7.99, PB, 384pp,

It's been two rough years since Andrea Montgomery lost her husband, and all she wants is for her children to enjoy their first Christmas in Haven Point. But then Andie's friend asks a favor -- to keep an eye on her brother, Sheriff Marshall Bailey, who's recovering from a hit and run. Andie will do anything for Wyn, even park her own misgivings to check on her grouchy, wounded bear of a brother. Marshall hates feeling defenseless and resents the protective impulses that Andie brings out in him. But when a blizzard forces them together for the holidays, something in Marshall begins to thaw. Andie's gentle nature is a salve, and her kids' excitement for the holidays makes him forget why he never wanted a family. If only he and Andie can admit what they really want (which is each other) their Christmas wishes might come true after all. A truly gifted and original storyteller, author RaeAnne Thayne has penned another riveting entertainment with the publication of "Snowfall on Haven Point". Very highly recommended for community library Romance Fiction collections.

Tricks Every Boy Can Do
Paul Buchanan
Harvard Square Editions
2152 Beachwood Terrace, Hollywood, CA 90068
9781941861158, $22.95, PB, 258pp,

Frankie and Alive, born on the eve of the Great Depression, are identical brothers-not twins, exactly; they're the survivors of a set of triplets. Though they're genetically indistinguishable, they're different as oranges and avocados. Alvie, meek and thoughtful, frets every small decision and feels fairly certain his dead sister is haunting him. Frankie, brash and irrepressible, has a passion for bebop and five-card draw, and he isn't above standing in for his brother when it suits him. As the two boys grow into men, through deceptions, betrayals, and twists of fate, they bend each other's destinies. But then they both fall for the same remarkable woman, Lydia-the one soul who sees them both for who they truly are. She's also the woman who has to choose between them. Exceptional, consistently compelling, wryly funny while exploring issues of sibling rivalry, "Tricks Every Boy Can Do" is a riveting read from first page to last and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community and academic library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Tricks Every Boy Can Do" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.99).

Here Comes the Sun
Nicole Dennis-Benn
Liveright Publishing Corporation
c/o W. W. Norton & Company
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110
9781631491764, $26.95, HC, 352pp,

At an opulent resort in Montego Bay, Margot hustles to send her younger sister, Thandi, to school. Taught as a girl to trade her sexuality for survival, Margot is ruthlessly determined to shield Thandi from the same fate. When plans for a new hotel threaten their village, Margot sees not only an opportunity for her own financial independence but also perhaps a chance to admit a shocking secret: her forbidden love for another woman. As they face the impending destruction of their community, each woman (fighting to balance the burdens she shoulders with the freedom she craves) must confront long-hidden scars. From a much-heralded new writer, Here Comes the Sun offers a dramatic glimpse into a vibrant, passionate world most outsiders see simply as paradise. In the pages of Nicole Dennis- Benn pens novel "Here Comes the Sun" the reader is deftly introduced to a world hidden among pristine beaches and the wide expanse of turquoise seas of Jamaica. A riveting read from beginning to end, "Here Comes the Sun" is an impressive demonstration of author Nicole Dennis-Benn's original storytelling skills and a highly recommended addition to community library General Fiction collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Here Comes the Sun" is also available in a paperback edition (9781631492945, $15.95) and in a Kindle format ($12.89).

The Pilgrim
F. W. Baue
Pergola Press
9780984807734, $25.00, HC, 199pp,

"The Pilgrim" by F. W. Baue is a deftly constructed and consistently compelling novel that follows the geographical, intellectual and spiritual sojourns of Paul Gottlieb, a young musician searching for reality in the cultural maelstrom of the 1960s San Francisco. The first in a planned five volume series, "The Pilgrim" reveals author F. W. Baue as an especially gifted storyteller with a positive knack for developing memorable characters and a deftly scripted plot that will hold the reader's rapt attention from beginning to end. "The Pilgrim" is very highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library General Fiction collections.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

The Paris Librarian
Mark Pryor
Seventh Street Books
c/o Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228
9781633881778, $15.95, PB, 270pp,

When Hugo Marston's friend Paul Rogers dies unexpectedly in a locked room at the American Library in Paris, The local police conclude that he died of natural causes. But that's not what Hugo thinks. As he pokes around the library, Hugo discovers that rumors are swirling around some recently donated letters from American actress Isabelle Severin. The reason: they may indicate that the actress had aided the Resistance in frequent trips to France toward the end of World War II. Even more dramatic is the legend that the Severin collection also contains a dagger, one she used to kill an SS officer in 1944. As Hugo delves deeper into the stacks at the American library he finally realizes that the history of this case isn't what anyone suspected. But to prove he's right, Hugo must return to the scene of a decades-old crime. A simply riveting read from first page to last, "The Paris Librarian" is a consistently compelling series of unexpected plot twists and surprising turns by a master of the genre. While "The Paris Librarian" is very highly recommended for all community library Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs that "The Paris Librarian" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.99).

The Hemingway Thief
Shaun Harris
Seventh Street Books
c/o Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228
9781633881754 $15.95 pbk / $9.99 Kindle

The debut novel of Wisconsin author Shaun Harris, The Hemingway Thief is an exciting mystery-thriller with a literary bent. When novelist Henry "Coop" Cooper and hotel owner Grady Doyle rescue a drunken man from a pair of thugs, they make a discovery that kicks off a wild adventure. Supposedly, a stolen first draft of celebrated author Ernest Hemingway's "A Moveable Feast" hides clues to a suitcase that Hemingway lost in Paris in 1922, back when he was young and unpublished. The suitcase is a hidden treasure of lost Hemingway stories, of incalculable value - but Cooper and Doyle aren't the only ones out to claim the prize, and their search quickly turns extremely dangerous! Fast-paced and laced with biting humor, The Hemingway Thief is highly recommended.

Kill Joy / The Virgin Huntress
Elisabeth Sanxay Holding
Stark House Press
1315 H Street, Eureka, CA 95501
9781933586977, $19.95, 240pp,

Elisabeth Sanxay Holding (1889 - 1955) was an American novelist and short story writer who primarily wrote detective novels in the hardboiled school of detective fiction. Now for the benefit of a whole new generation of appreciative mystery fans the Stark House Press has brought back into print two of her best suspense thrillers under one cover. In 'Kill Joy', a young lady finds trouble when she follows her employer to a house where death seems to stalk its every visitor. In 'The Virgin Huntress' a young man tries to stay one step ahead of the huntress who tries to uncover his questionable past. A true master of the genre, "Kill Joy / The Virgin Huntress" offers a superbly presented introduction to the impressive writing style of Elizabeth Sanxay Holding and will prompt dedicated mystery buffs to seek out her other novels including the Stark House Press edition of "Lady Killer / Miasma" (978-0966784879, $19.20, PB, 270pp).

The Vanished
Lotte Hammer
Bloomsbury Press
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10010
9781632864857, $28.00, HC, 448pp,

Lotte Hammer is a master of the mystery/suspense genre and "The Vanished" is the latest novel in her outstanding 'Konrad Simonsen' series. Lying at the bottom of his apartment stairs, a postman is found dead. At first glance, his death appears to be a simple fall, a straightforward accident and the perfect case for Detective Chief Superintendent Konrad Simonsen to return to after a severe heart attack. But when he is called to investigate, new forensic evidence comes to light and something doesn't add up. Did the postman fall or was he pushed? When life-size images of a girl are discovered plastering the walls of the dead man's attic, the case takes a new and sinister turn. Who is she? Could she be alive? Soon the homicide team find themselves delving into the past, but as they approach the truth, Simonsen discovers long-hidden skeletons in his own closet. A riveting read from first page to last, "The Vanished" is a consistently compelling and deftly crafted novel that will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections. For the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs it should be noted that "The Vanished" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).

A Cast of Falcons
Steve Burrows
The Dundurn Group
3 Church Street, Suite 500, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5E 1M2
9781459732148, $15.99, PB, 384pp,

A man falls to his death from a cliff face in western Scotland. From a distance, another man watches. He approaches the body, tucks a book into the dead man's pocket, and leaves. When the Scottish police show visiting Detective Chief Inspector Domenic Jejeune the book, he recognizes it as a call for help. But he also knows that answering that call could destroy the life he and his girlfriend Lindy have built for themselves in the village of Saltmarsh, in north Norfolk. Back in Saltmarsh, the brutal murder of a researcher involved in a local climate change project has everyone looking at the man's controversial studies as a motive. But Sergeant Danny Maik, heading the investigation in Jejeune's absence, believes a huge cash incentive being offered for the research may play a crucial role. With their beleaguered Chief Superintendent blocking every attempt to interview the project's uber-wealthy owners, Jejeune and Maik must work together to find their answers. But will the men's partnership survive when the danger from above begins to cast its dark shadow? A riveting read from beginning to end, "A Cast of Falcons" clearly demonstrates novelist Steve Burrows impressive mastery of the mystery/suspense genre. Memorable characters play out against a web of unexpected plot twists and surprises. While highly recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for enthusiastic mystery buffs that "A Cast of Falcons" is also available in a Kindle format ($7.55).

The Christian Studies Shelf

Word by Word
Marilyn McEntyre
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
2140 Oak Industrial Drive, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
9780802873866, $17.99,

Word By Word: A Daily Spiritual Practice selects fifteen specific words plus a dozen more and then ties the word to a week. Readers can spend that week reflecting on that single word from seven different angles, much in the manner of centering prayer practices. Several paragraphs of detail accompany each phrase to help guide spiritual philosophers' thought processes, with chapters reflecting on the nature of good spiritual practices, challenges and acceptance processes, understanding how the Spirit works in lives, and more. The result is a deeply reflective set of daily insights recommended for spirituality readers from all faiths.

You Lost Me
David Kinnaman
Baker Books
c/o Baker Publishing Group
6030 East Fulton, Ada, MI 49301
9780801015892, $15.99, PB, 254pp,

More than half of all Christian teens and young adults cease any active involvement in church. Based on research conducted by the Barna Group, "You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church . . . and Rethinking Faith" by David Kinnaman exposes ways the Christian community has failed to equip young adults to live "in but not of" the world--to follow Christ in the midst of profound cultural change. "You Lost Me" is a wide-ranging study that deftly debunks persistent myths about young church dropouts and examines the likely consequences for young adults and for the church if we maintain the status quo. The faith journeys of the next generation is a continuing challenge to the established church, while at the same time also be a source of hope for the community of faith. Kinnaman, with the help of an impressive series of contributors drawn from across the Christian spectrum, offers ideas for pastors, youth leaders, parents, and educators to pass on a vibrant, lasting faith, and ideas for young adults to find themselves in wholehearted pursuit of Christ. "You Lost Me" is a timely and exceptional study that is unreservedly recommended for all members of the Christian community (regardless of denominational affiliation) who are charged with working to inspire young men and women to participate in their local churches. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "You Lost Me" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.99).

The Invitational Life
Steve Carter
David C. Cook
c/o Cook Communications
4050 Lee Vance View, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
9780781413978, $16.99, PB, 201pp,

Historically from its inception down to the present day, the community of Christ has a great tradition of invitation. But as individual Christians, inviting others to faith requires leaning in to our own story, overcoming fear, and stepping out. But the good news is for everyone -- always and anywhere. As ordinary Christians we can help keep it going. Using Scripture and story, Steve Carter (a teaching pastor for Willow Creek Community Church, an American non-denominational and multi-generational Evangelical Christian mega church located in the Chicago suburb of South Barrington, Illinois) casts a vision for nonthreatening conversations that point people to Christ in the pages of "This Invitational Life: Risking Yourself to Align with God's Heartbeat for Humanity". Most significantly, Steve shows that only through risking it all will we discover what God is truly like. An absorbing, thoughtful and thought-provoking read from beginning to end, "The Invitational Life" is very highly recommended to the attention of all members of the Christian community regardless of their denominational affiliation. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Invitational Life" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.49).

Finding Home with the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Billy Graham
Jess Archer
Westbow Press
c/o Thomas Nelson Publishers
PO Box 141000, Nashville, TN 37214
9781512721614, $11.95, PB, 123pp,

The Beatles was one was the greatest rock band of all time. Bob Dylan was a misunderstood poet and a convert to Christianity. Billy Graham was justifiably called "America's Pastor". The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Billy Graham were the three forces of artistic and spiritual expression in Jess Archer's childhood, as well as the trio of figures in her father's conversion to Christianity and life's work. "Finding Home with The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Billy Graham" is Archer's true account of growing up inside the world of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. For fifteen years her family traversed the globe to prepare cities for Billy Graham's large-scale, sweeping evangelistic meetings. Her memoir details the gritty struggles she faced as the new kid in town and the intense anxiety of their transitory life. With humor, insight, and help from two of the greatest musical forces on the planet, Archer explores the universal question, "Where is home?" Through her father's boss, Billy Graham, she finds her way toward the answer to that question. An inherently fascinating read from beginning to end, "Finding Home with the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Billy Graham" is enthusiastically recommended, especially for members of the Christian community, and would prove to be an enduringly popular and unique addition to any church or community library collection.

None Like Him
Jen Wilkin
Crossway Books
1300 Crescent Street, Wheaton, IL 60187
9781433549830, $12.99, PB, 176pp,

A member of the Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas, Jen Wilkin is a speaker, writer, and teacher of women's Bible studies. During her seventeen years of teaching, she has organized and led studies for women in home, church, and parachurch contexts. In "None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That's a Good Thing)" Jen points out that Christians consider God to be self-existent, self-sufficient, eternal, immutable, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, sovereign, infinite, and incomprehensible -- and we human beings are not. And that's a good thing because our limitations are by divine design. We were never meant to be God. But at the root of every sin is our rebellious desire to possess attributes that belong to God alone. Calling us to embrace our limits as a means of glorifying God's limitless power, "None Like Him" invites us to celebrate the freedom that comes when we rest in letting God be God. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "None Like Him" is especially recommended reading for all members of the Christian community, clergy and lay-people alike. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "None Like Him" is also available in a Kindle edition ($8.57) and in a complete and unbridged CD Audio Book format ($15.98).

Unraveling the Family History of Jesus
Steven Donald Norris
Westbow Press
c/o Thomas Nelson Publishers
PO Box 141000, Nashville, TN 37214
9781512720518, $44.95, HC, 484pp,

Steven Donald Norris studied graduate-level theology at The School of Theology, Claremont, California. Nearing retirement after a career in the secular market, he has combined his avocational interest in genealogy with his research into the history of the family of Jesus. In "Unraveling the Family History of Jesus" Norris draws upon his years of research to write a detailed history of the extended family of Jesus from 100 BC through AD 100 and the influence they had on Jesus, the first century Christian movement, and on the history of Judea. Informed and informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking, "Unraveling the Family History of Jesus" is an inherently fascinating and consistently compelling read from beginning to end. While highly recommended for church, community, seminary, and academic library Christian Studies collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of all members of the Christian community regardless of their denominational affiliation that "Unraveling the Family History of Jesus" is also available in a paperback edition (9781512720501, $34.95).

Rapture Ready...Or Not?
Terry James
New Leaf Publishing Group
PO Box 726, Green Forest, AR 72638
9780892217427, $14.99, PB, 316pp,

Jesus stated clearly that it will be "business as usual" right up until He catastrophically intervenes again in the affairs of mankind with what is popularly known as 'The Second Coming of Christ'. In "Rapture Ready...Or Not?" by Terry James (author, general editor, and co-author of numerous books on Bible prophecy) provides a detailed, precise frame of reference of where this generation stands on God's prophetic timeline; what the strange, troubling things happening in a world seemingly gone insane with unstoppable violence means for the immediate future and beyond; and reflects on the very the Bible as the Word of God being the only hope the reader and those he or she loves has for escaping God's righteous judgment that is about to fall on a rebellious world. "Rapture Ready...or Not" is for this generation of readers who are confused and look upon a world that seems to have destroyed opportunity for a bright, abundant future. The Rapture is about to catastrophically strike an unsuspecting world of both unbelievers and believers. Jesus Christ is the Shelter from the coming Tribulation storm of God's wrath and judgment. Informative, compelling, thoughtful and thought-provoking, "Rapture Ready...Or Not?" is strongly recommended reading for all members of the Christian community regardless of their denominational affiliation. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Rapture Ready...Or Not?" is also available in a Kindle format ($7.99).

Good God
Lucas Miles
Worthy Publishing
6100 Tower Circle, Suite 210, Franklin, TN 37067
9781617956720, $15.99, PB, 224pp,

Deep inside every Christian is the hope that God is good. Yet faced with personal hardship or the world's tragedies, it's easy to doubt God's character and to blame Him for our pain. "Good God: The One We Want to Believe in but Are Afraid to Embrace" by Lucas Miles (Senior Pastor of Oasis Granger and President of the Oasis Network for Churches) unpacks our misguided concepts of God so that we can begin to see Him as he truly is -- pure, loving, and completely good. Most of us want to believe that God is good, but we cannot find a way to harmonize God's goodness with the evil that exists in this world. "Good God" introduces the God that we all want to believe in but have been too afraid to embrace. With the Bible as his guide, Lucas takes readers on a journey to uncover the lost and forgotten nature of the Creator of the Universe and discover a real relationship with God. Informed, informative, thoughtful, thought-provoking, inspired and inspiring, "Good God" is very highly recommended reading for all members of the Christian community regardless of their denominational affiliation. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Good God" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.40).

Days? Or Ages? The Genesis Question
Jerry Harmon
Westbow Press
c/o Thomas Nelson Publishers
PO Box 141000, Nashville, TN 37214
9781512726640, $33.95, HC, 220pp,

In "Days? Or Ages? The Genesis Question: A Layman Looks at Creation's Calendar", Jerry Harmon offers a fresh look at a centuries-old debate. Does the Bible say creation was accomplished within one week of time beginning a few thousand years ago, or over countless millennia beginning millions or even billions of years in the distant past? Opinions abound from biblical scholars, scientists and laypeople alike, and achieving a clear perspective can be difficult at best. "Days? Or Ages? The Genesis Question" summarizes a thorough examination of Genesis 1, including relevant passages from other parts of the Bible, all in plain, straightforward language. Rather than begin with assumptions, as so many opinions do, and from there select and interpret scriptures in such a way as to support a given view; this work instead first provides a detailed examination of what Scripture itself appears to reveal-all Scripture that bears on the issue-and then examines what one might reasonably conclude. Although written by a layman, in "Days? Or Ages? The Genesis Question" Jerry draws from a wealth of scholarly works by some of the world's leading theologians and other learned professionals. Whatever one's opinion might be, this thesis will be informative reading and a significant resource to help clear away some of the clouds of mystery surrounding one of the Bible's most challenging subjects -- is the Genesis creation story literal or metaphorical? While very highly recommended for church, seminary, community, and academic library Christian Studies collections, it should be noted for all members of the Christian community that "Days? Or Ages? The Genesis Question" is also available in a paperback edition (9781512726633, $17.95) and in a Kindle format ($6.99).

Living Liturgy for Cantors: Year A, 2017 edition
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.
The Liturgical Press
2950 Saint John's Road, PO Box 7500, Collegeville, MN 56321-7500
9780814648216, $5.80, PB, 213pp,

The 2017 edition of "Living Liturgy for Cantors" is a spiritual resource designed to help cantors perform their ministry with more meaning and beauty. Offering thoughtful exploration of the meaning of the text and suggestions for spiritual preparation, it helps cantors gain insight into how the responsorial psalm is connected to the readings of the day and their daily lives. In making these connections, cantors are able to sing the psalm with greater understanding and lead the assembly more effectively in the Liturgy of the Word. "Living Liturgy for Cantors" begins with the First Sunday of Advent 2016 and includes the following: Readings and responsorial psalm for every Sunday; Readings and responsorial psalm for Ash Wednesday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil Mass, and holy days of obligation; Reflection connecting the psalm to the readings of the day; Suggestion for psalmist's spiritual preparation; and a "How-to" guide for using the book. This 2017 edition of "Living Liturgy for Cantors" is very highly recommended for church and seminary Christian Studies instructional reference collections.

The Judaic Studies Shelf

Me, Myself and God
Rabbi Jeff Roth
Jewish Lights Publishing
PO Box 237, Woodstock, VT 05091
9781580238755, $18.99, PB, 160pp,

Many of our human existential struggles stem from the sense of disconnection, alienation and loneliness that comes from a fragmented view of reality. The typical concept of "self" creates a profound sense of isolation from other beings, leaving us feeling lost and hopeless. But the practice of mindfulness, combined with the teachings of Torah, offer a direct path to liberate ourselves from alienation, awaken to the truth of the present moment and create a new relationship with God. Drawing on the insight and audacity of Jewish mystics, and rooted in a rich understanding of Torah, Rabbi Jeff Roth helps readers overcome this sense of separation and reconnect with a more harmonious flow of life in the pages of "Me, Myself and God: A Theology of Mindfulness". Rabbi Roth equips spiritual seekers of all faiths (or no particular faith) with powerful techniques rooted in Jewish mystical practices: using the raw material of sacred texts as building blocks for the construction of new worlds, and experiencing the present through mindfulness meditation and loving attention to each moment. By letting go of our old notions of reality, we can recognize the undivided nature of the world and enter into a transformative divine awareness. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Me, Myself and God" is impressively informative and positively inspiring from beginning to end, making it a valued and highly recommended addition to personal, synagogue, community, and academic library Judaic Theology collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

Who Stole My Religion?
Richard H. Schwartz
Urim Publications
c/o Lambda Publishers
527 Empire Boulevard, Brooklyn, New York 11225
9789655242348, $28.95, HC, 302pp,

"Who Stole My Religion?: Revitalizing Judaism and Applying Jewish Values to Help Heal Our Imperiled Planet" by Richard H. Schwartz (President of the Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians and President Emeritus of Jewish Vegetarians of North America) was specifically written to be a wake up call to members of the Jewish community to apply Judaism's powerful teachings on justice, peace, compassion, kindness, and environmental sustainability to help shift our imperiled planet onto a sustainable path. Schwartz extols Judaism, arguing that Judaism is a radical, transformative religion, but many Jews, especially Orthodox Jews, are in denial about climate change and are supporting conservative politicians and policies that are inconsistent with Jewish values. "Who Stole My Religion?" provides a thought-provoking read, and he demonstrates that the future of humanity depends on Jews applying Judaism's highest values in response to today's crises. Erudite, informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking, "Who Stole My Religion?" is a consistently compelling read and highly recommended for personal, synagogue, community, and academic library Judaic Studies collections.

The Graphic Novel Shelf

Tyrannosaurus Rex
Ted Rechlin
Rextooth Studios
9781591521747 $16.95

Tyrannosaurus Rex is a full-color, hardcover graphic novel chronicling the life of Cobalt, a ferocious predatory dinosaur from the Cretaceous Period. Tyrannosaurs Rex does not anthropomorphize Cobalt in any way; instead, the story draws directly upon the latest scientific research and theories to reconstruct how these gigantic beasts lived, hunted, and raised their families millions of years ago. "All Cobalt knows is that he needs to eat. But there's much more to it than that. An apex predator, like T. Rex, plays a critical role in the health of the ecosystem. The predator kills the old, sick and the weak, keeping plant eater herds strong and free of disease. Too many herbivores would decimate the vegetation. There would be no plants left to clean the air. Eating the herbivores keeps that from happening." Dinosaur fans of all ages will thoroughly enjoy Tyrannosaurus Rex cover to cover! Highly recommended, both for personal and public library graphic novel collections.

The Audiobook Shelf

Spain in Our Hearts
Adam Hochschild, author
Narrated by Henry Strozier
Recorded Books, LLC
270 Skip Jack Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
9781501906329 $TBA

Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939 is the unabridged audiobook rendition of a keen historical study of Americans who became deeply involved in the Spanish Civil War. As Spain's democratic government struggled against a fascist uprising led by Francisco Franco, and aided by Hitler and Mussolini, American volunteers rushed to Spain - and many lost their lives. Here are the stories of a nineteen-year-old Kentucky woman who went to Spain on her honeymoon; a Swarthmore College senior who became the first American casualty in the battle for Madrid; rival New York Times reporters who covered the war; and much more. Spain in Our Hearts is fascinating, enlightening, and a superb addition to public and college library audiobook collections.

Real Food, Fake Food
Larry Olmsted, author
Read by Jonathan Yen
Highbridge Audio Books
270 Skip Jack Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
9781681681948 $34.99

Culinary gourmand and award-winning food journalist Larry Olmsted (who writes the "Great American Bites" column for USA Today) presents Real Food, Fake Food: Why You Don't Know What You're Eating & What You Can Do About It, a scathing expose of how severely unregulated the food industry can be, now available as an unabridged audiobook. Chapters describe bait-and-switch schemes designed to gouge diners while presenting fraudulent substitutes for the finest dining. From fake "Kobe beef", to imitation Parmesan cheese, to why restaurants can legally lie when they claim their food is "organic", "dry aged", "heritage breed" or "wild caught", and more, Real Food, Fake Food teaches viewers how to recognize authentic meats, cheeses, wine/spirits, and seafood, and ensure that the delicacies they enjoy are the genuine article. Highly recommended. 12 hours on 10 CDs.

Gail Carriger
Hachette Audio
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017
9781478960966, $30.00,

"Imprudence" is the sequel to Gail Carriger's wonderfully original and entertaining action/adventure fantasy "Prudence". In "Imprudence" we find that the shapeshifting capable Rue and the crew of her dirigible the Spotted Custard returning from India with revelations that shake the foundations of England's scientific community. Queen Victoria is not amused, the vampires are tetchy, and something is wrong with the local werewolf pack. To top it all off, Rue's best friend, Primrose, keeps getting engaged to the most unacceptable military types. Rue has family problems as well. Her vampire father is angry, her werewolf father is crazy, and her obstreperous mother is both. Worst of all, Rue's beginning to suspect what they really are is frightened. Once again Prue sets out, this time to Egypt, to aid her parents, evade mysterious attackers, and find her immortal friend (a shape shifting lioness queen) hidden tribe to warn them of their eminent danger. Wonderfully brought to life in a true 'theatre of the mind" experience by the narrative skills of voice-over artist Moira Quirk, "Imprudence" offers twelve hours of listening pleasure flawless recorded on 11 CDs. "Imprudence" will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library audio book collections and is a "must" for all science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts.

Can I Say
Travis Barker with Gavin Edwards
Blackstone Audiobooks
31 Mistletoe Road, Ashland, OR 97520
9781504716550 $39.95

Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums is unabridged audiobook biography of punk band Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. Barker's life story reads almost like a Byronic tragedy - despite his phenomenal success as a rock star, his marriage (chronicled for an MTV reality show) fractured, and drug addiction gradually devoured him. Two severe shocks forced him to rethink his flawed choices and turn his life around. One was when he nearly perished in a terrifying plane crash, and when his friend and fellow crash survivor DJ AM died of an overdose. Barker shares his hard-learned lessons, his passion for drumming, and the inspiration to find meaning in one's own life no matter how difficult the path. Highly recommended. 9 CDs, 10 1/2 hours.

Song of the Skylark
Erica James, author
Narrated by Genevieve Swallow
Recorded Books, LLC
270 Skip Jack Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
9781501928703 $TBA

Song of the Skylark is the unabridged audiobook rendition of a heartfelt novel about a down-on-her-luck young woman, and the life lessons she learns from an unexpected mentor. Bad luck has plagued Lizzie for most of her life, but when she falls hard for her boss, loses her job, and is forced to move in with her parents, she feels like she's hit the bottom. But when she takes a volunteer job and meets Mrs. Dallimore, an unlikely friendship forms. Mrs. Dallimore tells Lizzie of the adventures - and hard luck - of her own youth. Sometimes bad luck can turn around when it's least expected! Song of the Skylark is a beautiful story, emotionally performed by narrator Genevieve Swallow, and highly recommended. 12 CDs, 15 hours.

The Orphan Mother
Robert Hicks, author
Read by Adenrele Ojo
Hachette Audio
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017
9781478940579 $35.00

Brought to life as an unabridged audiobook, smoothly performed by Adenrele Ojo, The Orphan Mother is a historical novel set in the post-Civil War era. Mariah Reddick was once a slave to Carrie McGavock, the "Widow of the South"; now, earns a respectable, if unglamorous living as a midwife to the Franklin, Tennessee community. But conspiracy and tragedy befall her when her son is assassinated. Her search to find who murdered him and why extends beyond immediate political repercussions - the fate of the town, and perhaps the entire state could be at stake! Gripping and heartrending, The Orphan Mother is highly recommended. 10.5 hours on 9 CDs.

The Selfless Act
Wanda Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter, authors
Rebecca Gallagher, illustrator
Oasis Audio
289 Main Place, Carol Stream, IL 60188
9781613758212 $9.99

The sixth in a six-part series, The Selfless Act concludes a series about an Amish family in Ohio's Holmes County. In The Selfless Act, Joel questions the degree to which he has let the desire for money and possessions control his life. Can Joel return to the faith he abandoned, and will his family and Kristi ever be able to trust him again? A soulful and heart-touching story, now available as an unabridged audiobook emotionally performed by Rebecca Gallagher, The Selfless Act is highly recommended. 3 CDs.

A Faerie's Revenge
Rachel Morgan, author
Arielle Delisle, narrator
Tantor Media, Inc.
6 Business Park Road, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
9781515901518, $39.99, CD,

Still reeling from a shocking revelation of the true identity of someone she trusted and loved, guardian trainee Calla Larkenwood finds the threads of her world unraveling further when she's accused of a horrifying crime of attempted faerie genocide she didn't commit. A deadly magical disease has entered the Guild, threatening to wipe out every guardian, and someone is intent on framing Calla for it. With the Guild Council focusing their investigation on her, and the discovery of her hidden powers, instead of searching for the real criminal, Calla watches her dream of becoming a guardian rapidly slipping away as she is hunted by those she had hoped to join. Time is running out. As the lines between good and bad, right and wrong, begin to blur, whom can she turn to for help? The fifth volume in Rachel Morgan's outstanding 'Creepy Hollow' fantasy series, the action is non-stop, the plot twists and turns utterly unexpected, and the cliff hanger ending truly riveting and leaving the listener looking eagerly toward the next installment of Calla Larkenwood's adventures. Very highly recommended, especially for community library audio book collections, complete and unabridged, "A Faerie's Revenge" is flawless produced and vividly brought to life by narrator Arielle Delisle's impressive narrative skills. (8 CDs, 9 hours).

Hachette Audio
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017

James Patterson 'Bookshots Flames' offers a series of original romance novels which can be listened to in just a few hours of passionate, compelling action, and four new arrivals to the series are wonderful additions to any romance listener's collection. Jen McLaughlin's The McCullah Inn in Maine (9781478967613, $10.00) documents Chelsea's determination to begin her life and love again, until she bumps into her old flame, who helps her fix up her inn. Erin Bennett's narration brings the passion and drama to life. Erin Knightley's Learning to Ride (9781478967590, $10.00) is narrated by Courtney Patterson, who perfectly captures the drama in a rodeo master who doesn't want love to limit his world. When he sees Madeline at a local honky-tonk, at first he's not impressed; but her worldly ways belay a heart that is surprisingly resistant to his wiles. 'Bookshots' also offers non-romances such as Maxine Paetro's Women's Murder Club: The Trial (9781478967352, $10.00), narrated by veteran reader January LaVoy who adds spice to the story of an accused murderer able to threaten lawyers, jurors and police involved in his case before he goes to trial for murder. A powerful saga is hard to put down. Little Black Dress, with Emily Raymond (9781478967576, $10.00), is narrated by Helen Wick and documents the life of a lonely magazine editor who spends her nights alone until a dress changes her life and loosens her inhibitions. All are engrossing listens, perfect for busy readers who seek high drama packed into a minimum of time.

The Library CD Shelf

Steven Kirby
Whaling City Sound
1310 Tucker Road, No. Dartmouth, MA 02747
c/o Naxos of America, Inc. (distribution)
1810 Columbia Avenue, Suite 28, Franklin, TN 37064
$13.99 CD / $8.99 MP3

Jazz guitarist Steven Kirby presents Illuminations, a striking album of both instrumental pieces and lyrical vocalizations from the dulcet-toned Aubrey Johnson. Guest jazz musicians including John Funkhouser (piano/keys), Greg Loughman (bass), Mike Connors (drums/percussion), Bill Vint (sax/flute), Mark Shilansky (piano), Steve Hunt (keys), and Ed Lucie (bass) interleave their talent with Kirby's exceptional guitar playing. The smooth, evocative music is a joy to experience, in this treasure recommended for both personal and public library collections. The tracks are "Parabola" (5:58), "I Hear a Rhapsody" (5:01), "Illuminations" (7:46), "Beautiful Rain" (5:09), "Lake Of Stars" (7:49), "Slow Circle" (6:35), "May The 4ths Be With You" (5:35), "A Luz Das Estrelas" (3:11), "Over The Rainbow" (6:04), "Returning" (6:05), and "Last Song" (6:24).

Tim Ray Trio (Tim Ray, John Lockwood, and Mark Walker)
Whaling City Sound
1310 Tucker Road, No. Dartmouth, MA 02747
c/o Naxos of America, Inc. (distribution)
1810 Columbia Avenue, Suite 28, Franklin, TN 37064
$13.99 CD / $8.99 MP3

Windows is a classic piano trio album by Tim Ray, John Lockwood, and Mark Walker, performing some of the most beloved piano trio standards plus a pair of original compositions (Ray's "Joy" and Lockwood's "12 x 7"). Windows is a succinctly mellifluous piano trio performance, highly recommended for connoisseurs of coordinated artistry. The tracks are "I'm Beginning to See the Light" (5:37), "Monk's Dream" (5:12), "Toys" (6:27), "DE-Train" (3:50), "Joy" (6:38), "I've Been to Memphis" (5:47), "Dolphin Dance" (3:23), "Windows" (5:37), "So Tender" (5:52), "Star Eyes" (6:51), "Peace" (5:22), and "12 x 7" (3:08).

Beyond Words
Dan Chadburn
Privately Published
$12.97 / $9.99 download

Beyond Words is the sixth album by pianist and composer Dan Chadburn. Beautiful and elegant, the songs cascade with joy, celebrating life, love, and the ineffable mysteries of creation. A solo piano masterpiece, Beyond Words is a "must" for connoisseurs, a treasure for public library collections, and makes an unforgettable gift! The tracks are "Awakening" (4:02), "Joyful Morning" (3:04), "Healing Waters" (3:02), "Crossroads" (4:33), "Shelton Rain" (3:44), "Tears of Angels" (3:37), "Love is Love" (3:15), "Falling Forward" (3:52), "Lazy Sky Afternoon" (4:07), "Kal-Boy" (4:21), "Heroes" (3:45), "Country Harvest" (3:31), "An Evening in Florence" (3:01), and "Lullaby for Peace" (2:21).

Landscapes of the Heart
Gary Schmidt
Privately Published
$11.99 CD / $11.99 download

Landscapes of the Heart: Piano-based Meditations is a New Age piano/instrumentation album featuring the soulful compositions of pianist Gary Schmidt. Created especially to foster meditation and quiet contemplation, Landscapes of the Heart has a still, sparkling beauty that lingers in the mind long after the last note has faded. Highly recommended for personal and public library music collections, as well as for gift-giving. The tracks are "The Beauty We Love" (3:37), "When the Silence Speaks" (2:54), "Reaching into Romance" (3:11), "Waltz in 2/4" (5:17), "A Blanket of White" (3:45), "You Already Have Wings" (4:41), "Gnossienne no. 1" (3:51), "Gnossienne no. 5" (3:48), "Restless" (3:46), "A Dawn I Remember" (3:10), "This New Day" (3:32), "Between Two Worlds" (4:01), and "Solus" (2:41).

John Brown's Body
Easy Star Records
$11.99 CD / $9.49 MP3

The American reggae band John Brown's Body celebrates 20 years of music with the release of their eleventh full-length album, Fireflies. Founding members Elliot Martin (lead vocals) and Tommy Benedetti (drums) and newer members Jay Spaker (guitar/vocals), Jon Petronzio (keys), Dan Africano (bass), Sam Dechenne (trumpet), TJ Shaper (trombone), and Mike Vitale (tenor saxophone) synchronize their talent in a deep, multi-layered soundscape of reggae rhythm. Some of the songs include serious-minded social commentary; all are a "must-listen" for reggae connoisseurs! The tracks are "Who Paid Them Off?", "Hard Man Fe Dead", "High Grade", "Bad Man", "New Fashion", "Like a Queen", "Fireflies", "Mystery", "Pure Fire", and "Mash Them Down".

Threads of Memory / Fio da Memoria
Luisa Maita
$11.99 CD / $9.49 MP3

Fio da Memoria ("Thread of Memory" in English) is the second album by award-winning, world-touring Brazilian singer-songwriter Luisa Maita. The Portuguese songs, supported by downtempo electronica and stylings inspired by Brazilian pop, evoke celebration for the eternal journey toward personal growth and revelation. Smooth and beautiful, Threads of Memory is a treasure for international music collections. The tracks are "Na Asa", "Around You", "Ole", "Porao", "Fio da Memoria", "Musica Popular", "Ela", "Volta", "Sutil", "Folia", and "Jump".

Uai So
Benji Kaplan
$15.00 CD / $9.99 download

Uai So is a music album by talented composer and guitarist Benji Kaplan celebrating Brazil's rich musical potpourri. Kaplan's Portuguese vocals combine with elements of jazz, samba, forro, and classical Brazilian heritage, in this wonderful expression of a vibrant land and its resilient people. Uai So is a pleasure to listen to, enthusiastically recommended for world music collections. The tracks are "Amargura e Docura", "Uai So", "Lagrimas na Areia", "Chorando ern Oracao", "Rabiscando (Para Guinga)", "Ceu Aberto", "Fuga de Alcatraz (Instrumental version)", "Sempre Mudando", "A Gente se Manifesta", "Valsa da Metropole", "Fuga de Alcatraz (voice and guitar version)", and "Oculos cor de Rosa".

The Library DVD Shelf

Talent Has Hunger
Directed by Josh Aronson
First Run Features
630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213, New York, NY 10036

Filmed over the course of seven years, Talent Has Hunger is a documentary on DVD about learning the art of music. The film follows expert cello teacher Paul Katz, and his work to guide gifted young people to master the cello and hone their talent. Talent Has Hunger is not only about cello playing, but also about the power of music to build self-esteem, promote inspiration, and develop character. Talent Has Hunger is highly recommended, especially for public and school library DVD collections. Bonus materials include an interview with director Josh Aronson, "Cello Lessons" by Paul Katz, student updates, and biographies. 83 min.

Starring Jessica Raine, Hans Matheson, and Clarke Peters
Acorn Media
c/o RLJ Entertainment

Jericho is a 3-disc DVD set of an 8-part British Western television series, set during the 1870's in the rugged, untamed land of Yorkshire. Jessica Raine (known for her appearance in "Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime) stars as Annie Quaintain as an impoverished widow with two children. Forced to sell her house and furnishings just to settle her deceased husband's debts, Annie searches for work in Culverdale Valley, where a vast railway viaduct is under construction. Surviving and protecting her children in the rough-and-tumble shantytown of Jericho, where everyone seems to be on the run or hiding a dark secret, is difficult enough. Then a terrible crime puts Annie's tenuous new life in jeopardy! Featuring beautiful, on-location scenery, memorable characters, and a vivid recreation of frontier life over a century ago, Jericho is enthusiastically recommended for Western connoisseurs. Bonus material includes a behind- the-scenes featurette. It should be noted that Jericho contains violence, strong language, and sexual situations. 8 episodes on 3 DVDs, 390 min. plus bonus, widescreen, SDH subtitles.

Enter the Faun
A film by Tamar Rogoff and Daisy Wright
First Run Features
630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213, New York, NY 10036

Enter the Faun is an emotional movie about an unlikely, blossoming bond between Tamar Rogoff, an experienced female choreographer, and Gregg Mozgala, a neophyte male actor with cerebral palsy. As Tamar trains Gregg to become a dancer, the two grow closer, in spite of Tamar's lack of medical knowledge and Gregg's physical limitations. Enter the Faun is a passionate, emotional saga about abandoning stereotypes and the quest to achieve one's full potential. Highly recommended. 68 min.

How to Correct Common Shooting Errors
Dave Love
Championship Productions
2730 Graham Street, Ames, IA 50010

NBA shooting coach Dave Love presents How to Correct Common Shooting Errors, an instructional DVD for basketball coaches and players. Topics covered include how to correct one's grip on the basketball, avoiding major mistakes that contribute to short or flat shots, applying proper rotation to the basketball, and much more. Easy-to-follow demonstrations are the signature of this excellent "how-to" shooting technique guide! Highly recommended, especially for school library DVD collections. 52 min.

Winter: The Complete Series
Starring Rebecca Gibney
Acorn Media
c/o RLJ Entertainment

Winter: The Complete Series is a 2-DVD set of the pilot TV film "The Killing Field" and all 6 episodes of the Australian murder mystery series "Winter". Rebecca Gibney (known for her role in "Packed to the Rafters") stars as Detective Eve Winter, a jaded policewoman who sets aside her yearning to retire in order to pursue justice for the victims of a possible serial killer. A missing teenager, a field in which the corpses of five dead women are buried, and a cold case murder from eight years ago - could all of these mysteries be connected? Winter's methodical search to reconstruct the mind of a killer is at once both fascinating and horrifying. Winter: The Complete Series is a "must-see" for connoisseurs of the genre! It should be noted that Winter: The Complete Series contains coarse language, disturbing images, nudity, and sexual situations. 2 DVDs, feature-length pilot plus 6 episodes, 356 min., SDH subtitles.

The Travel Shelf

Lonely Planet New York City, tenth edition
Lonely Planet Publications
150 Linden Street, Oakland CA 94607
9781559922081, $31.99, 351pp,

Packed from cover to cover with information that will guarantee a fantastic visit to one of the world's premier cities, the "Lonely Planet New York City" travel guide is a do-it-yourself passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await the visitor to the 'Big Apple'. Exceptionally 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Lonely Planet New York City" offers a kaleidoscopic dining scene; allows the picking of a neighborhood best suited for walking tours, and spending the day exploring; and getting lost inside the priceless collections at the sprawling Metropolitan Museum of Art, and so much more. This fully updated and expanded tenth edition of "Lonely Planet New York City" should be considered a premier resource of planning a trip to NYC for the tourist, and a compendium of useful information for those newly moving to NYC for business, education, or family ties. While very highly recommended for community library Travel Guide collections, it should be noted that "Lonely Planet New York City" is also available in a paperback edition (9781743601198, $21.99) and in a Kindle format ($12.99).

North Carolina Waterfalls, third edition
Kevin Adams
John F. Blair, Publisher
1406 Plaza Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
9780895876539, $29.95, PB, 469pp,

Now in a newly updated and expanded third edition, "North Carolina Waterfalls" by photographer, naturalist, writer, and teacher Kevin Adams provides information for 1,000 North Carolina waterfalls in general and highlights over 250 of the best waterfalls found in North Carolina with full descriptions, comprehensive directions, and four-color photographs in particular. The third edition now includes: High Falls on the West Fork of the Tuckasegee River; Fall Creek Falls in the new Mayo River State Park; Reece Place, East Fork, and Graveley falls in the new Headwaters State Forest; Two waterfalls in Pinnacle Park in Sylva; Many waterfall gems hidden away in Pisgah and Nantahala national forests unknown to the general public; as well as waterfalls east of the mountains such as Carvers Falls in Fayetteville and Lanier and Fish Jump falls in Raven Rock State Park. Enhanced with detailed trail directions, helpful photography tips and beauty ratings, "North Carolina Waterfalls" is the definitive guide to its subject and ideal for planning trips to enjoy the scenic waterfalls North Carolina has to offer the visitor.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Ancient Egyptian Supernatural Tales
Jonathan E. Lewis, editor
Stark House Press
1315 H Street, Eureka, CA 95501
9781944520052, $19.95, PB, 290pp,

Gleaned from the pulp magazines and short story anthologies of yesteryear, "Ancient Egyptian Supernatural Tales" is superb collection of stories compiled and edited by Jonathan Lewis. These are classic short stories in which ancient Egyptian mysticism, mummies, and other supernatural occurrences play a significant role. Included are chilling tales by such luminary authors as Edgar Allan Poe, Louisa May Alcott, Arthur Conan Doyle, Tennessee Williams, H. Rider Haggard, Algernon Blackwood, Sax Rohmer and more. Enhanced with an informative introduction by Lewis, "Ancient Egyptian Supernatural Tales" also includes 'Notes for Further Readings' and a listing of the Original Dates of Publication for the stories showcased in this outstanding anthology. A riveting read from beginning to end, "Ancient Egyptian Supernatural Tales" is a 'must' for all dedicated fantasy fans and will prove to be a valued and appreciated addition to community Science Fiction & Fantasy collections, as well as academic library Literary Fiction collections.

Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge
Larry Correia and John Ringo
Baen Books
PO Box 1188, Wake Forest NC 27588
9781476781495, $27.00,

Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge is recommended for both prior readers of the Monster Hunter sci-fi detective series and newcomers, who will find it easy to step into the story of an ex-Marine, Chad, who is charged with a mission from Heaven that pucks him from death's grip and sends him back to Earth in search of a sign. When he joins a group called "Monster Hunters International", charged with protecting people against monsters, Chad finds his troubles are just beginning. One pleasure of this story is its blend of military, supernatural, and science fiction themes. Readers interested in all three genres will thus find this crossover story involving and fast-paced, combining weapons and confrontations with powerful scenarios of confrontation and change.

Hell Divers
Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Blackstone Publishing
31 Mistletoe Road, Ashland, OR 97520
9781504725842, $24.99, HC, 356pp,

More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search for a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers -- the men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need. When one of the remaining airships is damaged in an electrical storm, a Hell Diver team is deployed to a hostile zone called Hades. But there's something down there that's far worse than the mutated creatures discovered on dives in the past -- something that threatens the fragile future of humanity. Original, riveting, and exceptionally well written from first page to last, "Hell Divers" showcases author Nicholas Sansbury Smith as an impressively skilled storyteller and a master of the science fiction genre. While enthusiastically recommended for community library Science Fiction collections, it should be noted for the personal reading list of science fiction enthusiasts that "Hell Divers" is also available in a mass market paperback edition (9781455115983, $9.99) and in a Kindle format ($4.99).

The Needlecraft Shelf

Jillian Moreno
Storey Publishing
210 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247
9781612125213, $29.95, HC, 240pp,

In "Yarnitecture: A Knitter's Guide to Spinning: Building Exactly the Yarn You Want", Jillian Moreno draws upon her more than twenty years of experience and expertise to help aspiring knitters to create your dream yarn. Dedicated needlecrafters will discover the pleasures of designing and building custom-made yarn by spinning it themselves, choosing everything from color to feel and gauge. Thoroughly 'knitter friendly' in commentary, organization, and presentation, "Yarnitecture" goes through every step of yarn construction, with detailed instructions and step-by-step photos showing how to select the fiber wanted (wool, cotton, silk, synthetic), establish a foundation, and spin a beautiful yarn with the desired structure, texture, and color pattern. In addition to teaching the techniques needed for success, "Yarnitecture" also offers 12 uniquely original patterns from prominent designers, each one showcasing hand-spun yarns. While enthusiastically recommended for knitters and community library needlecraft instructional reference collections, it should be noted that "Yarnitecture" is also available in a Kindle format ($13.50).

Lisa H. Calle's Divide and Design
Lisa H. Calle
American Quilter's Society
PO Box 3290, Paducah, KY 42002-3290
9781604603996, $24.95, PB, 96pp,

Lisa H. Calle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Textile Management and Marketing from the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science. She took on quilting in 1997 after her first son was born and she left retail management. After winning her first ribbon in 2006 she became addicted to competitive quilting. She began teaching in 2006 and absolutely loves it. She also started her own quilting business called Stone House Quilting. In "Lisa H. Calle's Divide and Design", she takes quilting to a whole new level with her innovative technique. Even the most novice of needlecrafters can easily follow Lisa's simple three-step process to create a graphically stunning quilt design. Now no one need feel overwhelmed by all the negative space in quilting with Lisa's proven technique. Lisa helps quilters spend less time staring at their project and more time putting their craft into practice. Includes quilt patterns with lots of open space to help quilters practice this technique. Thoroughly 'user friendly' with respect to the instructive commentary, organization, and presentation, "Lisa H. Calle's Divide and Design" is enthusiastically and unreservedly recommended for personal and community library Needlecraft instructional collections in general, and Quilting supplemental studies lists in particular.

The Sports Shelf

The Captain Myth
Richard Gillis
Bloomsbury Press
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10010
9781620407165, $26.00, HC, 272pp,

The Ryder Cup is a biennial men's golf competition between teams from Europe and the United States held every two years with the venue alternating between courses in the United States and Europe. Richard Gillis is an award-winning journalist working for several of the world's leading newspapers and publications. Formerly editor of SportBusiness International magazine, he then became Cricket Correspondent of the Irish Times. In "The Captain Myth: The Ryder Cup and Sport's Great Leadership Delusion" he provides a comprehensive exploration of the world of the Ryder Cup, and explores what it takes to win this coveted trophy. Accustomed to playing for and winning large sums of money, the twelve players on each side are paid nothing for this competition; instead they play for national pride alone. Even more, in this singularly individual sport, fierce competitors such as Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson, or Rory McIlroy and Jason Day, must act as a team. Having consulted leadership gurus, team building experts, and sports psychologists, and exploring the often surprising roles played by some of the game's greatest stars since the first match in 1927, Gillis' "The Captain Myth" is probing and insightful analysis that every fan of golf will want to read -- especially as the 2016 Ryder Cup unfolds. While enthusiastically recommended for community library Sports/Athletics collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of golfing enthusiasts that "The Captain Myth" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.99).

Yoga for Climbers
Nicole Tsong
Mountaineers Books
1001 SW Klickitat Way, Suite 201, Seattle, WA 98134-1161
9781594859953, $16.95, PB, 240pp,

Nicole Tsong is the adventurous spirit behind "Fit for Life," the popular weekly fitness column in The Seattle Times. She has lived and worked around the globe, including in Alaska, China and Washington, D.C. For the past decade, she has lived in Seattle, where she teaches yoga at leading yoga studios around the city, and trains and mentors new yoga teachers. For three years, she has taught kids yoga at the White House Easter Egg Roll. On her own time, she explores the mountains and beaches of the Pacific Northwest with her partner Chris, lifts heavy weights and plays violin for Orchestra Seattle. In "Yoga for Climbers: Stretch, Strengthen, and Climb Higher" Nicole draws upon her years of experience and expertise to show how to create a yoga practice at home that will keep aspiring mountain climbers healthy, prevent injuries, and support and improve their outdoor passions. Nicely illustrated, "Yoga for Climbers" is a thoroughly 'user friendly' guide that features easy-to-understand yoga poses and sequences designed to address the specific stresses that climbing enacts on the body. Of special note is the overview of body areas most affected y climbing and tips from professional climbers who practice yoga. While very highly recommended for community library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Yoga for Climbers" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.99).

The Cookbook Shelf

Cook's Science
Guy Crosby
America's Test Kitchen
17 Station Street, Brookline, MA 02445
9781940352459, $40.00, HC, 504pp,

Compiled by Guy Crosby and edited by the staff of Cook's Illustrated, "Cook's Science: How to Unlock Flavor in 50 of our Favorite Ingredients" is compendium specifically designed to showcase and highlight 50 specific ingredients and the (sometimes surprising) science behind them:. Each individual chapter explains the science behind one of the 50 ingredients in a short, informative essay. The topics covered range from pork shoulder, to apples, to quinoa, to dark chocolate -- and then move onto an original (and sometimes quirky) experiment, performed in America's Test Kitchen facilities and designed to show how the science works. "Cook's Science" includes 50 dynamic, full-page color illustrations, giving in-depth looks at individual ingredients, "family trees" of ingredients, and cooking techniques like sous vide, dehydrating, and fermentation. The 400+ foolproof recipes included take the science into the kitchen, and range from French-Style Pork Stew; Sesame-Crusted Salmon with Lemon and Ginger; Triple-Chocolate Mousse Cake; Italian-Chicken Soup with Parmesan Dumplings; to Rigatoni with Beef and Onion Ragu; Crispy Orange Beef; Savory Corn Muffins; Vietnamese Beef Pho; Rich Chocolate Tart; and Almond Biscotti. A unique combination of Food Science and Food Dishes, "Cook's Science" is unreservedly recommended for personal, family, professional, community, and academic library cookbook collections. It should be noted that "Cook's Science" is also available in a Kindle format ($39.99).

101 One-Dish Dinners
Andrea Chesman
Storey Publishing
210 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247
9781612128412, $16.95, PB, 192pp,

Ideal for time-stressed kitchen cooks, the one-dish meal is a winning formula for today's busy families. In "101 One-Dish Dinners: Hearty Recipes for the Dutch Oven, Skillet & Casserole Pan", Andrea Chesman shows off the versatility of Dutch ovens, skillets, and casserole pans. Classic baked dishes like ham and potato gratin, chicken potpie, and vegetable lasagna go head-to-head with diverse stovetop suppers like jambalaya, seafood paella, and pad Thai. For those looking for something a little lighter but still filling, there are plenty of meal-in-a-bowl salads and timeless soups. Serve up a nourishing meal tonight with little fuss and fewer dishes! The beautifully illustrated, step-by-step, kitchen cook friendly recipes range from Mediterranean Seafood Stew; Italian Wedding Soup; Risotto Primavera; to Louisiana Red Beans & Rice; Stovetop Mac 'N' Cheese with Ham & Peas; Roast Pork with Sauerkraut; and Taco Salad. Palate pleasing, appetite satisfying, a pleasure to browse through and a joy to plan menus with, "101 One-Dish Dinners: Hearty Recipes for the Dutch Oven, Skillet & Casserole Pan" is enthusiastically recommended for personal, family, and community library cookbook collections. It should be noted that "101 One-Dish Dinners" is also available in a Kindle format ($11.83).

Fast and Easy Five-Ingredient Recipes
Philia Kelnhofer
The Countryman Press
500 - 5th Avenue, LBBY 1, New York, NY 10110-0105
9781581573992, $21.95, PB, 240pp,

With Fast and Easy Five Ingredient Recipes you'll find over 100 recipes that only require five ingredients (or less) and use simple ingredients in unique ways. That makes every dish showcased and illustrated in this culinary compendium to be ideal for kitchen cooks who are short on available time in their kitchens. The thoroughly palate pleasing and appetite satisfying recipes range from Chicken Couscous Avocado Salad; Cheesy Bacon Potatoes; Red Wine Steak and Mushrooms; and Tilapia Tacos; to Graham Cracker cookie Truffles; Chocolate Caramel Bread Pudding; Icebox Cake; and Quick Marinara Sauce. Whether for weeknight meals or last minute dinner parties, these five-ingredient recipes will save both time and money. Philia Kelnhofer (aka 'Phi') started her food blog as a place to share her favorite recipes with friends and family. After getting numerous requests for more of her five-ingredient meals, she introduced Five Ingredient Fridays with the simple belief that "five ingredients is all it takes to create fantastic dishes". Now everyone can benefit from her years of culinary expertise and experience with "Fast and Easy Five-Ingredient Recipes". While highly recommended for family and community library cookbook collections, it should be noted that "Fast and Easy Five-Ingredient Recipes" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.99).

I Love Soup
Beverly LeBlanc
c/o Watkins Media
9781848997646, $19.95, PB, 176pp,

Compiled by culinary expert Beverly LeBlanc, "I Love Soup: More Than 100 of the World's Most Delicious and Nutritious Recipes" is an extraordinary compendium of thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' soups for any and all dining occasions. "I Love Soup" begins with an informative Introduction that includes techniques, basic recipes, accompaniments, and finishing touches. The individual soups themselves are truly impressive and range from Beef Consomme with Porcini Mushrooms; Italian Wedding Soup; Thai Meatball & Coconut Soup; Chicken Mulligatawny Soup; and Teriyaki Salmon Ramen; to Broccoli & Parsley Soup; Egyptian Aubergine & Tomato Soup; Arame & Tofu Soup; and Bloody Mary Party Soup. Beautifully illustrated throughout, "I Love Soup" is enthusiastically recommended for personal, professional, family, and community library cookbook collections.

Eat in My Kitchen
Meike Peters
Prestel Publishing
900 Broadway, Suite 603, New York, NY 10003
9783791382005, $35.00, HC, 256pp,

Meike Peters is the Berlin-based writer and photographer behind the food blog 'Eat in My Kitchen', which she began in 2013. In the pages of "Eat in My Kitchen: To Cook, to Bake, to Eat, and to Treat", she has drawn upon her years of experience and expertise to compile palate pleasing, appetite satisfying, kitchen cook friendly recipes that she has organized into sections for Salads, Vegetables, Soup, Pasta, Sandwiches, Seafood, Meat, Savory Baking, Sweets, and Preserves. Beautifully and profusely illustrated throughout, the dishes themselves range from Potato-Sauerkraut Latkes with Juiper Sour Cream Dip; Wild Mushroom Spaghetti with Orange butter and Crispy Sage; Crayfish with Beet Mousse on Sourdough; and a Maltese Tuna and Spinach Pie; to Rustic Meatloaf with Leeks and Mountain Cheese; German Pretzel Buns; Donauwelle Marbled Cherry Cake with Vanilla Buttercream and Chocolate; and Lemon Cardamom Crescent Milk Rolls with Poppy Seeds. Of special note is the chapter of kitchen cook interviews called 'Meet In Your Kitchen'. A mouth-watering experience to browse through, and a culinary delight to plan menus with, "Eat in My Kitchen" is gladly recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to personal, family, professional, and community library cookbook collections.

Vegetarian Sushi Secrets
Marisa Baggett
Tuttle Publishing
364 Innovation Drive, North Clarendon, VT 05759-9436
9784805313701, $15.95, PB, 128pp,

Sushi on a vegetarian menu? It can be with the help of Marisa Baggett's "Vegetarian Sushi Secrets: 101 Healthy and Delicious Recipes". This vegetarian cookbook offers completely new ways for localvores to enjoy their community supported agriculture and market vegetables with sushi rice. This is the ultimate farm-to-table book with a creative Asian flair! Marisa starts by giving surefire recipes for making perfect sushi rice every time. She provides tips on which vegetables work best with sushi rice and how to create your own original combinations. Marisa not only shows you how to make the usual thick and thin rolls but other types of sushi that are just as delicious - and even easier to make! The recipes and pairings range from Basic Furikake Seasoning; Party Spinach Salad; Cucumber and peanut Boats; Apple Daikon Rolls; and Sweet Potato and Shiitake Rolls; to Roasted Poblano and Avocado Rolls; Pickled Green Tomato Hand Rolls; and Fruit-Filled Mochni Balls. Enthusiastically recommended and thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' in presentation and organization, "Vegetarian Sushi Secrets" will prove to be a unique and enduringly popular addition to personal, professional, family, and community library Vegetarian Cookbook collections. It should be noted that "Vegetarian Sushi Secrets" is also available in a Kindle format ($15.99).

My Halal Kitchen
Yvonne Maffei
Agate Surrey
c/o Agate Publishing
1328 Greenleaf Street, Evanston, IL 60202
9781572841741, $29.95, HC, 214pp,

Halal is the Arabic: word for "permissible" and refers to any object or action which is permissible to use or engage in according to Islamic law. In a culinary context, it refers to permissible foods. "Halal" food is what Muslims consider acceptable to eat, just as "kosher" food is what Jews consider acceptable to eat. Yvonne Maffei is the founder of the hugely popular cooking blog and Islamic lifestyle website My Halal Kitchen. Her new book, "My Halal Kitchen: Global Recipes, Cooking Tips, and Lifestyle Inspiration", celebrates halal cooking and shows American homemakers just how easy it can be to prepare halal meals. "My Halal Kitchen" showcases more than 100 recipes from a variety of culinary traditions, proving that halal meals can be full of diverse flavors. Home cooks will learn to make classic American favorites and comfort foods, as well as international dishes that previously may have seemed out of reach. "My Halal Kitchen" also includes resources that break down the basics of halal cooking and outline common non-halal ingredients, their replacements, and how to purchase (or make) them. This truly impressive and illustrated culinary compendium provides an informative overview of halal food and cooking, resources and a bibliography, a metric conversion chart, and offers recipes for broths, cheese, cream, yogurt, condiments, salad dressings, flavor extracts, bread, pizza, pie crust, as well as American, Asian, French, Italian, and Latin cuisines. Of special note is the recipe for Berry Hot Sipping Chocolate! While very highly recommended for personal, professional, family, and community library cookbook collections, it should be noted that "My Halal Kitchen" is also available in a Kindle format ($16.19).

The Microbiome Cookbook
Pamela Ellgen
Ulysses Press
PO Box 3440, Berkeley CA 94703-3440
9781612435978, $14.95, PB, 208pp,

The Microbiome is the ecological community of commensal, symbiotic and pathogenic microorganisms that literally in habit our body. Human health is dependent on a healthy microbiome. Compiled by paleo food blogger, certified personal trainer Pamela Ellgen, "The Microbiome Cookbook: 150 Delicious Recipes to Nourish Your Microbiome and Restore your Gut Health" is a compendium of thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes for dishes that will improve digestion, neutralize toxins, quell inflammation, support immunity, and boost metabolism. As palate pleasing as they are appetite satisfying, the recipes range from Butternut Squash Bisque; Pan-Seared Scallops Over Polenta; Frozen Banana ice Cream with Cacao Nibs; and Grain-Free Crepes; to Cauliflower Rice; Crustless Greek Yogurt Cheesecake; Mint Chocolate Smoothie; and Potato Salad in White Wine Vinaigrette. Enhanced with the inclusion of a Glossary of Terms, Conversions Charts, a list of References, a Recipe Index, and an opening chapter on 'The Basics of Microbiotia', "The Microbiome Cookbook" is a unique and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, family, professional, and community library cookbook collections. It should be noted for that "The Microbiome Cookbook" is also available in a Kindle format ($8.45).

Brain Power Cookbook
Readers Digest Editorial Staff
Reader's Digest Trade Publishing
44 South Broadway, White Plains, NY 10601
9781621453208, $24.99, HC, 304pp,

The old saying 'we are what we eat' is especially true when it comes to the health of the human central nervous system starting with the brain. Compiled by nutritionists and the editorial staff of the Readers Digest Press, "Brain Power Cookbook" is a beautifully and profusely illustrated compendium comprised of 175 thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly recipes for palate pleasing, appetite satisfying dishes specifically designed to keep our mental capacities able the think fast, keep calm under stress, and boost mental performance. In addition to the mouth-watering recipes themselves, "Brain Power Cookbook" shows readers how the brain functions and discover what foods affect our brainpower and how we feel. There are recipes for easy-to-prepare snacks, soups, salads, main course, and even desserts. There are brain boosting recipes for particular situations including: breakfast ideas for sustained energy, lunches to avoid that afternoon slump, and quiz-night snacks for fast brainwork. The recipes range from Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup; Turkey and Bean Burritos; Tahi-Style Mussels with Chile and Basil; and Tuna with Parsley and Pomegranate Salad; to Chicken and Vegetable Curry; Roast Beef with Salsa Verde; Pear, Cranberry and Ginger Crisp; and Buttermilk Puddings with Mixed Berries. As much a pleasure to browse through as it is a practical source of inspiration for menu planning, the "Brain Power Cookbook" is enthusiastically recommended for personal, family, and community library cookbook collections!

South Your Mouth Some More!
Mandy Rivers
Quail Ridge Press
PO Box 123, Brandon, MS 39043
9781938879180, $19.95, PB, 208pp,

"South Your Mouth Some More!" by popular food Blogger Mandy Rivers ( is the epitome of southern cooking and the sequel to her first southern cuisine recipe collection "South Your Mouth". This new and beautifully illustrated volume of authentic southern recipes has palate pleasing, appetite satisfying, kitchen cook friendly recipes ranging from: Bacon-Wrapped Pineapple Jalapeno Poppers; Buffalo Chicken Chili; Simple Seafood Salad; and Twice-Baked Potato Casserole; to Country Chicken Pie; Mama's Red Velvet Cake; Cookie Sandwiches with Creamy Marshmallow Frosting; and Grandma Betty's peanut Butter Fudge. Like her earlier cookbook collections, "South Your Mouth Some More!" is a wealth of recipes that are good enough for Sunday dinner, yet easy enough for any day of the week. Simply stated, "South Your Mouth Some More!" will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to personal, family, and community library cookbook collections! It should be noted that "South Your Mouth Some More!" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.99).

Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017

Dan Doherty's Toast Hash Roast Mash (9781784721374, $29.99) comes from a British cook whose prior title was named among the best cookbooks of the year in various food magazines. His latest title presents home cooking comfort food; and if the British have in the past received a reputation for poor fare, it's certainly not reflected here. These informal, easy dishes blend international flavors with approaches that take traditional recipes and revise them: thus, the traditional rarebit receives a fresh take with a Blue Cheese, English Mustard and Onion Jam recipe and the Scotch Egg and Indian Bhaji are melded into a hybrid renegade recipe called The Scotch Bhaji. Color photos abound, measurements are provided in Imperial and metric, and dishes pair the familiarity of comfort food with new innovations for maximum appeal. Amber Locke's Nourish: Vibrant Salads to Relish & Refresh (9781784722326, $16.99) focuses on dressings, salad varieties, and creations which are visually eye-catching and appealing as well as filled with nutrition. There are so many salad cookbooks already on the market that one might wonder what sets this one apart from the rest; but a glance at the color photos throughout proves that these dishes feature not just unusual pairings of ingredients, but especially captivating results. From a 'Massaged Kale Salad with Oranges & Cranberries' to a colorful Carrot, Fig & Blueberry Salad with almonds and spinach, these are color and flavor combinations not seen elsewhere, and offer many unique variations that imbibe new life into the salad idea. Jane Baxter & John Vincent's Leon: Happy Salads (9781840917185, $19.99) doesn't contain quite the vibrancy and eye-popping color of Nourish; but it packs in some 100 recipes for all kinds of salads, from traditional fare to lunchbox creations and hearty fare that can make for an entire meal; and it also comes with full-page color photos with salads displayed in particularly-nice serving dishes as it explores such fare as Polish Herring & Potato Salad, a Belgian Steak Salad, and Black Riced Peas. The result is a wide-ranging definition that takes the salad a step further into becoming a mainstream part of the American dinner table.

Mitchell Beazley
c/o Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017

Kay Plunkett-Hogge's A Sherry & A Little Plate of Tapas (9781784721541, $19.99) packs in fun recipes for tapas and small plates that are often paired with Spanish sherry, offering some 80 recipes for both cold and cooked tapas that will make for perfect appetizers or party fare. The accompanying details on sherry, which is often paired with them, discuss sherry's history, production, and offers advice on which recipes in the book pair best with different styles of sherry. Color photos pepper the book and round out the recipes and insights on both tapas and sherry, making this a fine, fun recommendation for any cook interested in small plates and appetizers. Hoxton Street Monster Supplies' The Monster's Cookbook: Everyday Recipes for the Living, Dead, and Undead (9781784722333, $14.99) provides some seventy recipes for "monster treats" that range from 'Spliced Earwax Pie' (a buttery production made with ginger, apples, lemon and corn syrup) to 'Thickest Human Snot Curd' "made by troll housewives" in a form of mincemeat made with apples, ginger wine, and stem ginger in syrup. All are different, intriguing dishes accompanied by fun commentary on the appropriateness of each dish to trolls, giants, ogres, and more. Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2017 (9781784721473, $16.99) appears in a 40th anniversary edition to update a very popular pocket guide to wine. This year's edition has some 40 wine series charting industry changes, plus a new change in the US chapter, now arranged alphabetically by state rather than by region. The new look and updates (which include thousands of new entries) keep this pocket reference a winner for any who regularly buy wine.

The Photography Shelf

National Geographic Greatest Landscapes
National Geographic Press
101 West 104th Street, Suite 8, New York, NY 10025
9781426217128, $40.00, HC, 400pp,

A simply gorgeous photographic compendium, "National Geographic Greatest Landscapes: Stunning Photographs That Inspire and Astonish" truly lives up to its subtitle. Flawlessly reproduced in full color are to be found some of the world's most beautiful locations immortalizing the beauty of the great outdoors that showcase evocative and often unseen visual images of extraordinary landscapes from around the world. Ranging from vast deserts in twilight, snowcapped mountain ranges at the brink of dawn, a forest in the height of autumn colors, and so much more, these indelible images will magnify the beauty, emotion, and depth that were professionally captured in the split second of a camera flash. "National Geographic Greatest Landscapes" takes readers on a spectacular visual journey and offering an elegant conduit to the world around them. Paired with illuminating insights from celebrated photographers, "National Geographic Greatest Landscapes" beautiful book weaves a vibrant tapestry of images that will linger in the mind and memory long after the book itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf. Simply stated, "National Geographic Greatest Landscapes" unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library Contemporary Photography collections.

Michael Gross
Atria Books
c/o Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020
9781476763460, $28.00,

Focus: The Secret, Sexy, Sometimes Sordid World of Fashion Photographers provides a strong history of fashion photography and is a recommended for arts history and photography collections alike. Focus considers over a dozen fashion photographers and their works, covering the industry's changes from the late 1940s to modern times and including background information on rivalries between peers, editors, and publishers. Interviews with some of the top participants in the industry blend with author anecdotes of his own experiences in the fashion world to create a powerful survey of the trends, influences, and challenges of the fashion photography industry.

Anthony Hernandez
Anthony Hernandez
c/o Distributed Art Publishers
155 Sixth Avenue, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10013-1507
9781942884019, $49.95, HC, 280pp,

Since the early 1970s, when he began photographing on the streets of his native Los Angeles, Anthony Hernandez has consistently pushed his photography into uncharted territory, challenging himself by adopting new formats and subject matter. Moving from black and white to color, from 35mm to large-format cameras, and from the human figure to landscapes to abstracted detail, he has produced an unusually varied body of work united by its arresting beauty and subtle engagement with social issues. At first largely unaware of the formal traditions of the medium, Hernandez developed his own style of street photography, one uniquely attuned to the desolate allure and sprawling expanses of LA. Published to accompany the his first photographic retrospective, "Anthony Hernandez" offers a comprehensive introduction to a career in photography of more than 40 years, tracing his evolution as well as highlighting continuities across his practice. The beautifully illustrated catalogue represents the full range and breadth of Hernandez's work, with an extensive plate section that includes many photographs that have never before been exhibited or published. A seminal work enhanced with an informative introduction by Robert Adams, "Anthony Hernandez" is unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library Contemporary Photography collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

Terence Donovan: Portraits
Terence Donvan, photographer
Philippe Garner, contributor
9788862084826, $50.00, HC, 176pp,

Terence Daniel Donovan (14 September 1936 - 22 November 1996) was an English photographer and film director best noted for his fashion photography of the 1960s. Newly published by Damiani, "Terence Donovan: Portraits" is dedicated to the portraiture of this legendary photographer. Donovan's interest in portraiture spanned the entirety of his four-decade career. During this time, he worked for major British and international magazines including Vogue, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar and Elle. Donovan undertook numerous private portrait commissions, photographing public figures from the worlds of the arts, politics, and business, in addition to members of the British Royal family. Some of his many sitters include Yasser Arafat, Naomi Campbell, Sean Connery, Diana Princess of Wales, Twiggy, and Charlotte Rampling, among many others. Along with his iconic portraits, "Terence Donovan: Portraits" features unseen work from Donovan's archive, never previously published or exhibited. "Terence Donovan: Portraits" also includes magazine spreads, contact sheets, and pages from diaries and daybooks -- rare ephemera that provide a unique insight into Donovan's working practice. "Terence Donovan: Portraits" is an extraordinary volume of work and highly recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library photography collections.

The Education Shelf

Opening Doors to Quality Writing series
Bob Cox
Crown House Publishing
6 Trowbridge Drive Suite 5, Bethel, CT 06801
$19.95 pbk / $9.99 Kindle

Created by independent educational consultant, teacher coach, and English teacher of 23 years' experience Bob Cox, the Opening Doors to Quality Writing series is intended especially to aid professional educators. Both volumes draw upon beloved classic books as a stimulus to show young people how to improve their own writing skills. "Opening Doors to Quality Writing: Ideas for Writing Inspired by Great Writers for Ages 6 to 9" (9781785830136) draws upon beloved texts such as "The Secret Garden" and "The Wizard of Oz"; while "Opening Doors to Quality Writing: Ideas for Writing Inspired by Great Writers for Ages 10 to 13" (9781785830143) uses classics such as "Tess of the D'Urbervilles", "The Hound of the Baskervilles", and "Wuthering Heights" to motivate young people. Both books describe methods for teaching poetry and prose, and discuss "access strategies" to help foster an initial spark of interest, "reading journeys" to encourage intelligent debate, "wings to fly" concepts to inspire original writing in one's students, and more. A glossary, bibliography, and accompanying CD-ROM of useful pedagogical materials round out these superb resources for grade school English instructors.

Get Better Faster
Paul Bambrick-Santoyo
c/o Wiley Trade Publishing Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9781119278719, $36.95, PB, 496pp,

Paul Bambrick-Santoyo is the Chief Schools Officer for high schools and K-12 content development at Uncommon Schools. Paul has trained school leaders worldwide in instructional leadership in his work as cofounder of the Relay National Principals Academy Fellowship and founder and dean of the Leverage Leadership Institute. In "Get Better Faster: A 90-Day Plan for Coaching New Teachers" he draws upon his years of experience and expertise to provide a wealth of instructive tools showing how school leaders can effectively guide new teachers to success. Over the course of "Get Better Faster", he breaks down the most critical actions leaders and teachers must enact to achieve exemplary results. Designed for coaches as well as beginning teachers, "Get Better Faster" focuses on the actionable (and the practice-able) that drives effective coaching. Packed from cover to cover with practical training tools, including agendas, presentation slides, a coach's guide, handouts, planning templates, and 35 video clips of real teachers at work, Get Better Faster will teach educators: The core principles of coaching: Go Granular, Make Feedback More Frequent; Top action steps to launch a teacher's development in an easy-to-read scope and sequence guide; The four phases of skill building including Phase 1 (Pre-Teaching): Dress Rehearsal, Phase 2: Instant Immersion, Phase 3: Getting into Gear, Phase 4: The Power of Discourse. Thoroughly 'user friendly' in tone, commentary, organization and presentation, "Get Better Faster" is unreservedly recommended for college and university Teacher Education instructional reference collections. For the personal reading lists of students, educators, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject it should be noted that "Get Better Faster" is also available in a Kindle format ($19.99).

The Journey Is Everything
Katherine Borner
PO Box 6926, Portsmouth, NH 03802-6926
9780325061580, $31.88, PB, 210pp,

It is truly unfortunate that all too many students only know the concept of an"essay" as being a 5-paragraph, tightly structured writing assignment that must check all the boxes of a standardized formula. How did essays in school get so far away from the role essays have in a literate world? In "The Journey Is Everything: Teaching Essays That Students Want to Write for People Who Want to Read Them", Katherine Bomer, (one of the country's most gifted teachers of writing), makes a powerful case for teaching the essay as a way to restore writing to thinking -- that it is in fact this approach to essay writing is vitally necessary for students to be success in college and in a career. "The Journey Is Everything" persuasively argues that the close reading of essays fulfills the recommendations of state and national standards, while practice in essay writing leads to better academic and test writing. "The Journey Is Everything" gives educators the tools, strategies, and activities to bring a unit on more authentic writing into their practice. By following the advice and precepts laid out in "The Journey Is Everything", teachers and their students will rediscover the power of the essay to bring out a students' true thinking-their true selves. Simply stated, "The Journey Is Everything" should be a part of every college and university library's Teaching/Education reference collection in general, and every educator and aspiring writer's Literary Essay Instruction supplemental studies reading list in particular.

The Power of the Adolescent Brain
Thomas Armstrong
1703 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311-1714
9781416621874, $27.95, PB, 207pp,

In the pages of The Power of the Adolescent Brain: Strategies for Teaching Middle and High School Students", Thomas Armstrong (an educator, a psychologist, and a writer who has worked in the education field for more than 40 years) looks at the power and promise of the teenage brain from an empathetic, strength-based perspective and then goes on to describe what middle and high school educators can do to make the most of their students' potential. "The Power of the Adolescent Brain" deftly explains what we know about how the adolescent brain works and proposes eight essential instructional elements that will help students develop the ability to think, make healthy choices, regulate their emotions, handle social conflict, consolidate their identities, and learn enough about the world to move into adulthood with dignity and grace. "The Power of the Adolescent Brain" provides practical strategies and real-life examples from schools that illustrate these eight key practices in action. In addition, there is a glossary of brain terms, a selection of brain-friendly lesson plans across the content areas, and a list of resources to support and extend the book's ideas and practices. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "The Power of the Adolescent Brain" is unreservedly recommended for professional, college, and university library Education reference collections in general, and adolescent psychology supplemental studies reading lists in particular. For the personal reading lists of students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject it should be noted that "The Power of the Adolescent Brain" is also available in a Kindle format ($14.57).

Creative Block Play
Rosanne Regan Hansel
Redleaf Press
10 Yorkton Court, St. Paul, MN 55117-1065
9781605544458, $39.95, PB, 159pp,

Rosanne Regan Hansel has been both a teacher and administrator for a variety of early childhood programs. She was also the Early Childhood Specialist for the Math Science Partnership at Rutgers University and currently serves as Education Program Development Specialist for the Department of Education. In "Creative Block Play: A Comprehensive Guide to Learning through Building" she draws upon her years of experience and expertise to showcase how to encourage a child's development in a variety of domains through block play. "Creative Block Play" is profusely enhanced with photos that illustrate block play in real classrooms and stories contributed by teachers who have successfully used block play to encourage children's development in a variety of domains. Thoroughly 'user friendly' in tone, commentary, organization and presentation, "Creative Block Play" is enthusiastically recommended for college and university library Teacher Education collections and supplemental studies reading lists. For the personal reading lists of students and classroom teachers it should be noted that "Creative Block Play" is also available in a Kindle format ($39.95).

The Education Revolution
Horacio Sanchez
Corwin Press, Inc.
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218
9781506332062, $30.00,

The Education Revolution: How to Apply Brain Science to Improve Instruction and School Climate blends the latest findings in neuroscience with discussions of psychology and educational connections to provide teachers with tools for new strategies based on the latest brain research, and is a fine guide to improving classroom and school-wide results. From behavior modification and management to new learning discoveries, the collection provides teachers with lessons as well as research, linking strategies for promoting student success with discussions of interventions and different learning levels.

The Best 381 Colleges: 2017 Edition
The Princeton Review
c/o Random House Inc.
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9781101920060, $23.99, PB, 880pp,

Now in a newly updated and expanded 2017 edition, "The Best 381 Colleges" from The Princeton Review continues to be the definitive guide to America's colleges. Starting with an extensive and informative introduction; followed by school rankings and lists; the 381 colleges are then alphabetically organized and presented with key statistics, as well as student and administration commentaries; and the concludes with an Index of Schools, an Index of Schools by Location, and an Index of Schools by Tuition. This is the 25th Anniversary edition of "The Best 381 Colleges:" and should be considered a mandatory addition to highschool counseling offices and community library educational resource reference collections. It should be noted for students and their families that "The Best 381 Colleges: 2017 Edition" is also available in a Kindle format ($14.99).

The Pop Culture Zone, second edition
Allison D. Smith & Trixie G. Smith
Cengage Learning, Inc.
20 Channel Center Street, Boston, MA 02210
9780840028433, $128.00, 512pp,

Why bring pop culture into the composition classroom? It's something students know and can get passionate about, and it also functions as a bridge to academic culture and concerns. Now in a fully updated and expanded second edition, "The Pop Culture Zone: Writing Critically about Popular Culture" is the collaborative project of Allison D. Smith (Professor of English and Coordinator of Graduate Teaching Assistants at Middle Tennessee State University) and Trixie G. Smith (Director of The Writing Center and a member of the faculty in Rhetoric and Writing at Michigan State University), "The Pop Culture Zone" focuses on students' relationship with pop culture including films, television programs, social networks, and advertisements -- and how this relationship can help them become better critical thinkers, readers, and writers. Students learn to listen to viewpoints that differ from their own, summarize their views effectively, compare and contrast, and present their ideas in a way that creates a continuing conversation of ideas. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "The Pop Culture Zone" is unreservedly recommended for college and university Teacher Education collections in general, and Pop Culture Curriculum supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

The Author's Apprentice
Vicki Meigs-Kahlenberg
Stenhouse Publishers
480 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101-3451
9781571109415, $33.33, PB, 242pp,

Whether it's a creative writing class in school or a writer's workshop retreat in some idylic setting for contemplation and conversation, aspiring writers of all ages, but especially young writers, will profit immensely from "The Author's Apprentice: Developing Writing Fluency, Stamina, and Motivation Through Authentic Publication" by Vicki Meigs-Kahlenberg, who draws upon her many years of experience and expertise as an educational consultant who collaborates with teachers and young writers in classroom settings to create this outstanding instruction manual and guide. In this complete course of instruction under one cover, Vicki reinvents the writer's workshop using an authentic and engaging "apprenticeship" approach that is based on the writing advice of middle grades and young adult authors students are currently reading. "The Author's Apprentice" provides a year long planning guide, weekly writing challenges, ideas for publication possibilities, step-by-step lesson plans, and hundreds of author quotes to motivate student learning. The ideas and lessons in this book are not a quick and easy journey, but becoming a better writer (and ultimately a published author) never is. Impressively well constructed, exceptionally well organized and presented, "The Author's Apprentice" is especially recommended for elementary school writing students in grades 4 to 8, as well as having substantial and practical value for aspiring writers of any age or background.

The Biography Shelf

Finding Dorothy Scott: Letters of a WASP Pilot
Sarah Byrn Rickman
Texas Tech University Press
PO Box 41037, Lubbock, TX 79409-1037
9780896729728 $24.95

During World War II, more than 1,100 female pilots flew military aircraft for the United States Army Air Forces; they were known as WAFS (Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron) or WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots). Finding Dorothy Scott: Letters of a WASP Pilot is the true-life story of one such woman. Dorothy Scott was patriotic, engaging, ambitious, and ultimately, a heroine who gave her life for country; she perished in a mid-air crash, one of thirty-eight WASP pilots who died while carrying out their duty. Her twin brother donated her wartime correspondence, which is interleaved with her biography. Finding Dorothy Scott is fascinating, inspirational, and highly recommended.

Mario Cuomo: Remembrances of a Remarkable Man
William O'Shaughnessy
Whitney Media Publishing Group
c/o Fordham University Press (distribution)
2546 Belmont Avenue, University Box L, Bronx, NY 10458-5172
9780823274260 $35.00

Mario Cuomo: Remembrances of a Remarkable Man is a tribute to American Democratic politician Mario Cuomo (1932-2015), who served three terms as governor of New York, among other accomplishments. Cuomo was a devout Catholic who did not believe that religion should dictate politics; a staunch opponent of the death penalty; a leader; and a family man. Author William O'Shaughnessy shared a thirty-eight year friendship with Cuomo, and has assembled a wealth of previously unpublished material, including excerpts from Cuomo's inspirational speeches, personal letters to his children and grandchildren, vignettes from his time in office, and the story behind why he refused entreaties to run for President of the United States. A handful of color photographs and an index round out this touching remembrance of Cuomo's life, work, legacy, and camaraderie.

All for the Greed of Gold
Edited by Catherine Holder Spude
Washington State University Press
PO Box 645910, Pullman, WA 99164-5910
9780874223354 $27.95

All for the Greed of Gold: Will Woodin's Klondike Adventure collects the writings of William Jay Woodin, who took part in the Alaska Gold Rush with his father and others. The Woodin family planned to earn a fortune not by mining, but by providing supplies. William's diaries, short story, and 1910 memoir provide a vivid, first-person account of the hardships of travel, and the dream of chasing fortune through the rugged wilderness. It's particularly notable that William's party elected to travel the lesser-used White Pass Trail and Tutshi Trail; William's writings reflect valuable insight into surviving this route during the turn of the century. Extensive notes, a bibliography, and an index round out this candid and enlightening primary source, highly recommended for both public and college library biography collections.

The Essential RuPaul
John Davis
Smith Street Books
c/o Rizzoli
300 Park Avenue South, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10010
9781925418057, $14.95, HC, 96pp,

RuPaul Andre Charles, who is known professionally by as RuPaul, is an American actor, drag queen, model, author, television personality, and recording artist. "The Essential RuPaul: Herstory, Philosophy & Her Fiercest Queens" by John Davis (an Australian nightclub DJ and event promoter who can easily recite the chronological order of elimination of every Drag Race contestant while debating the importance of a winner's sewing skills over comedic ability) is an essential guide for fans of the most famous drag queen in the world. Bursting onto the scene over two decades ago with the huge hit Supermodel of the World, RuPaul has been confounding critics to clear her own path over the many years since. Most recently, RuPaul has again become an unlikely pop-cultural icon by producing and starring in RuPaul's Drag Race -- a reality television series that judges the charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent of the competing drag queens. Over seven seasons and numerous spin-off series (including All Stars and RuPaul's Drag U), RuPaul's Drag Race has become a cult global hit with legions of fans knowing the catchphrases, the personalities, the catfights. "The Essential RuPaul" celebrates Ru's history (or herstory, as she frames it) and philosophy ("If you can't love yourself -- how in the hell you gonna love someone else"), as well as profiling the most loved and reviled queens from her TV series. "The Essential RuPaul" is a 'must read' for the true fans, and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library biography collections in general, and LGBT supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

Beyond the Robot
Gary Lachman
Jeremy P. Tarcher
c/o Penguin Group, USA
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014-3657
9780399173080, $26.00, PB, 416pp,

Colin Henry Wilson (1931 - 2013) was an English writer, philosopher and novelist. Wilson, wrote 118 books in his lifetime and purveyed a philosophy of mind power and human potential that made him one of the least understood and most important voices of the twentieth century. Wilson helped usher in the cultural revolution of the 1960s with his landmark work, "The Outsider", first published in 1956. "The Outsider" was an intelligent, meticulous, and unprecedented study of nonconformity in all facets of life. Wilson, finally, became a prolific and unparalleled historian of the occult, providing a generation of readers with a responsible and scholarly entry point to a world of mysteries. In "Beyond the Robot: The Life and Work of Colin Wilson" historian Gary Lachman (a personal friend of Wilson and a meticulous scholar of his work), provides an extraordinary and delightful biography that delves into the life, thought, and evolution of one of the greatest intellectual rebels and underrated visionaries of the twentieth century. While unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university library Literary Biography collections in general, and Colin Wilson supplemental studies lists in particular, it should be noted for students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the life and work of Wilson that "Beyond the Robot" is also available in a Kindle format ($11.99).

The Poetry Shelf

The Music Is Written
Tatiana Pietrzak
RoseDog Books
9781434995834, $11.00, PB, 57pp,

Tatiana Pietrzak has written a book of poetry all about music. The Music Is Written is a compilation of poetry that explores the intimate world of sound, rhythm, and musical origins. Sound and rhythm can be found in everything. These poems explore the possibilities of where one might be able to find music and are meant to inspire the expression of it, hidden within all things. It was written to encourage musicians young and old, as well as increase appreciation for the listener. Almost all people pick up an instrument at some point in their lives and are affected by music in ways they probably have not yet explored. Tatiana Pietrzak graduated with a Master's in Liberal Arts from St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After studying in London, Paris, Siena, and Florence, she lived and worked for four years in Beijing in film and television. She has published articles in the Beijing University Newsletter, the Eagle, and the Santa Fe New Mexican. In addition, she has won two Editor's Choice awards from the National Library of Congress and was granted a Distinguished Membership from the Board of Directors and Advisory Committee of The International Society of Poets. Presently Tatiana is working on her first novel and a second compilation of poetry.

No Acute Distress
Jennifer Richter
Southern Illinois University Press
1915 University Press Drive, SIUC Mail Code 6806, Carbondale, IL 62901
9780809334827, $15.22, PB, 69pp,

Jennifer Richter is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University who she has received an Oregon Literary Fellowship and currently teaches in Oregon State University's MFA program. "No Acute Distress" is a collection of her free verse poetry and showcases her rather impressive wordsmithing abilities and poetic talents. While highly recommended for both community and academic library Contemporary American Poetry collections, it should be noted for poetry enthusiasts that "No Acute Distress' is also available in a Kindle format ($14.31). Chief Complaint: How many doctors does it take to screw in a lightbulb? // None -- what doctor has time for that? / They all have to work on their patients.

The Automotive Shelf

Hot Rod Gallery II
Pat Ganahl
CarTech Inc.
838 Lake Street South, Forest Lake, MN 55025
9781613252819, $39.95, HC, 192pp,

In his first book, "Hot Rod Gallery: A Nostalgic Look at Hot Rodding's Golden Years: 1930-1960" (9781613252826, $34.95), author and automotive historian Pat Ganahl opened his personal archives and shared 192 pages and 350 photos of "some" of the most interesting and best photos of his collection. Filled with fascinating images of some of the coolest cars and builders, long-forgotten car clubs, and great shots of the dry lakes, nostalgia fans flocked to grab a piece of hot rodding history all in one convenient package. Now in a second volume, "Hot Rod Gallery II: More Great Photos and Stories from Hot Rodding's Golden Years", Ganahl has dug even deeper into his massive archive for even cooler and more never-before-seen photos in both color and black and white to provide another album of great hot rodding photos. He was pleasantly surprised to find that he had more great stuff in old files and folders, hidden away for decades. In this new edition to what is proving to be a truly great series for automotive fans and hot rod enthusiasts are even more dry lakes shots, post-war rods, lead sleds, show circuit cars, and a chapter on marvelous mills. No personal, community, or academic library Automotive History collections can be considered comprehensive without acquiring a copy of "Hot Rod Gallery" and "Hot Rod Gallery II"!

The Computer Shelf

Introduction to Scientific and Technical Computing
Frank T. Willmore, Erick Jankowski, Coray Colina, editors
CRC Press
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300, Boca Raton, FL 33487
9781498745048, $79.95, HC, 289pp,

Created to help scientists and engineers write computer code, "Introduction to Scientific and Technical Computing" is practical instructional compendium that addresses the important tools and techniques that are necessary for scientific computing, but which are not yet commonplace in science and engineering curricula. "Introduction to Scientific and Technical Computing" is comprised of nineteen specific articles by experts in the field summarizing the most important topics that computational researchers need to know about. It leverages the viewpoints of passionate experts involved with scientific computing courses around the globe and aims to be a starting point for new computational scientists and a reference for the experienced. Each contributed chapter focuses on a specific tool or skill, providing the content needed to provide a working knowledge of the topic in about one day. While many individual books on specific computing topics exist, none by this CRC Press edition of "Introduction to Scientific and Technical Computing" is explicitly focused on getting technical professionals and students up and running immediately across a variety of computational areas. Impressively well organized and presented, "Introduction to Scientific and Technical Computing" is especially recommended for academic library Computer Science and Technology reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists. It should be noted for students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Introduction to Scientific and Technical Computing" is also available in a Kindle format ($72.20).

C++ Plus Data Structures, sixth edition
Nell Dale, Chip Weems, Tim Richards
Jones & Bartlett Learning
5 Wall Street, Burlington, MA 01803
9781284089189, $159.95, 838pp,

Now in a newly updated and expanded sixth edition, "C++ Plus Data Structures" by C++ software experts Nell Dale, Chip Weems, Tim Richards, explores the specifications, applications, and implementations of abstract data types with unmatched accessibility. Topics such as modularization, data encapsulation, information hiding, object-oriented decomposition, algorithm analysis, life-cycle software verification models, and data abstraction are carefully presented to foster solid software engineering techniques. New features enhancing this revised sixth edition include range-based for loops and threads; Trees Plus, that emphasizes balancing of search trees by covering AVL Trees, Red-Black Trees, and B-Trees; a new chapter on Sets, Maps, and Hashing; Sorting, which now includes practical performance issues and parallel merge sort; and new chapters in the second half of the text that are now easier to assign in alternate orders, supporting a wider range of course goals and organizations. Of special note are the pedagogical features that include: chapter openers with goals, marginal definition boxes, algorithm boxes, C++ boxes, function boxes, case studies, chapter summary, and end of chapter exercises. An ideal textbook for C++ based curriculums and a core addition to college and academic library Computer Science collections, it should be noted for students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "C++ Plus Data Structures" is also available in a Kindle format ($151.95).

The Writing/Publishing Shelf

I'm Published! Now What?
Jeffrey S. Copeland
Paragon House
3600 Labore Road, Suite 1, St. Paul, MN 55110-4144
9781557789198, $18.95, PB, 286pp,

Every year there are dozens of writer workshops and hundreds of academic classes in creative writing -- none of which touch upon what aspiring authors should do after their books have been written and published. "I'm Published! Now What?" by Jeffrey S. Copeland (the successful other of numerous books and a Professor in the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Northern Iowa, where he teaches courses in literature and English Education) is practical guide to conducting successful book readings, events, and promotions will help authors (and their publishers) to understand and navigate the shifting sands of the publishing world. Practical and 'real world based', "I'm Published! Now What?" is thoroughly 'user friendly' guide that will thoroughly demystify book marketing and prepare authors (and their publishers) to work effectively with bookstore event coordinators. Copeland quite correctly points out that the best friends an author can have are inside bookstores. Drawing upon his own years of experience and expertise, Copeland also shares what to do after events to maximize and build upon success. If an author and/or their publisher has time for only one "how to" book on developing effective marketing strategies and plans, the would be well advised to make it "I'm Published! Now What?"! While unreservedly and enthusiastically recommended for community, college, and academic library Writing/Publishing instructional reference collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of novice (and even established) authors that "I'm Published! Now What?" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.95).

Editing Research
Valierie Matarese
Information Today, Inc.
143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055-8750
9781573875318, $49.50, PB, 244pp,

Editors who work directly with academic researchers, helping to make their draft manuscripts suitable for publication in peer-reviewed scholarly journals, refer to themselves as authors editors. As a profession, author editing has been around for more than a half-century, but its role in research communication is often underappreciated and sometimes misunderstood. In "Editing Research: The Author Editing Approach to Providing Effective Support to Writers of Research Papers", authors editor and former researcher Valerie Matarese documents the history of author editing and illustrates through interviews with experienced editors the varied ways in which these language professionals support researchers in their efforts to publish. "Editing Research" fills a void in the historical record of academic publishing and provides an up-to-date account of how authors editors facilitate research communication and contribute to good publication practice. Enhanced with the inclusion of figures, tables, sidebars, a twenty-page listing of references, two pages of abbreviations, and an eleven page index, "Editing Research" is an exceptional, highly recommended, and absolutely practical addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library Writing/Publishing instructional reference collections.

MLA Handbook, eighth edition
The Modern Language Association of America
26 Broadway, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10004-1789
9781603292627, $12.00, PB, 146pp,

The Modern Language Association is the preeminent authority on research and writing, Now in a fully updated and significantly revised eighth edition, The "MLA Handbook" takes a fresh look at documenting sources. Works are published today in a dizzying range of formats. A book, for example, may be read in print, online, or as an e-book -- or perhaps listened to in an audio version. On the Web, modes of publication are regularly invented, combined, and modified. Previous editions of the MLA Handbook provided separate instructions for each format, and additional instructions were required for new formats. In this groundbreaking eighth edition of its instruction manual, the MLA recommends instead one universal set of guidelines, which writers can apply to any type of source. Shorter and redesigned for easy use, this eighth edition of the MLA Handbook deftly guides writers through the principles behind evaluating sources for their research. It then shows them how to cite sources in their writing and create useful entries for the works-cited list. Simply stated, any writer and editor working in any format should have a copy of this newly published eighth edition of the "MLA Handbook" as a core part of their personal reference library as well as every community or academic library's "Writing/Publishing" instructional reference collection!

Navigating Indieworld
Julie A. Gerber & Carole P. Roman
4900 LaCross Rd., North Charleston, SC 29406
9781537228068, $12.99, PB, 146pp,

Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of forty books. Julie A. Gerber is the founder of Away We Go Media, a social media management and consulting firm for authors. In "Navigating Indieworld: A Beginner's Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing Your Books" Roman and Gerber effectively collaborative to provide a complete course of step-by-step instructions for self-publishing authors on how to be financially successful and create/reach as large a customer base for their books as possible. Of special note is the inclusion of a Directory that features a listing of resources for Blogs & Websites; Book Tours; Book Trailers; Communities & Social Media; Covers; Formatting Services & Tutorials; Illustrators & Agencies; Marketing Services; Photo Editing; Publications; Radio; Reference Books; Voice Artists. It should be noted that the Midwest Book Review is twice cited resource. The information is as sound as it is practical, the tone is thoroughly 'user friendly', the organization and presentation are excellent. Simply stated, "Navigating Indieworld" should be considered a 'must read' for anyone considering or already engaged in self-publishing. It should be noted that "Navigating Indieworld" is also available in a Kindle format ($2.99).

Why Write?
Mark Edmundson
Bloomsbury Press
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10010
9781632863058, $26.00, HC, 288pp,

A prizewinning scholar and academician, Mark Edmundson is on the faculty of the University of Virginia. In "Why Write?: A Master Class on the Art of Writing and Why it Matters", Professor Edmundson tackles the critically important question that every writer, author, and novelist struggles with at some point in their literary careers in this day and age. Why write when it sometimes feels that so few people really read -- read as if their lives might be changed by what they're reading? Why write, when the world wants to be informed, not enlightened; to be entertained, not inspired? Writing is backbreaking, mindbreaking, lonely work. So why do it? Because writing, as Professor Edmundson explains, is one of the greatest human goods. Writing teaches us to think; it can bring our minds to birth. And once we're at home with words, there are few more pleasurable human activities than writing. Because this is something Professor Edmundson believes everyone ought to know he has created an effectively persuasive defense in behalf of essential reading (both practical and inspiring) for anyone who yearns to be a writer, anyone who simply needs to know how to get an idea across, and anyone else who finds themselves having or wanting to put pen to paper. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Why Write" is a consistently compelling read from beginning to end and very highly recommended for community, college, and university library Writing/Publishing instructional reference collections. For the personal reading lists of students, aspiring writers, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject, it should be noted that "Why Write" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.99).

The Mindful Writer
Dinty W. Moore
Wisdom Publications
199 Elm Street, Somerville, MA 02144
9781614290070, $12.95, HC, 152pp,

Dinty W. Moore is a professor at Ohio University, where he directs the graduate program in creative writing. A highly regarded and active figure on the literary scene, Moore is often invited to speak and teach writing workshops nationally and internationally. He has published several books of fiction and nonfiction, including two books on the craft of writing. "The Mindful Writer: Noble Truths of the Writing Life" by Professor Moore is not a typical "how to write" book, rather it is an illumination of the creative process: where writing and creativity originate, including how mindfulness plays into work, how to cultivate good writing habits, how to grow as a writer and a person, and what it means to live a life dedicated to the craft of writing. Inherently fascinating, absolutely practical, and creatively inspiring, "The Mindful Writer" will prove to be of enduring benefit for novice writers and established professionals alike. While unreservedly and enthusiastically recommended for community, college, and university library collections, it should be noted for students, aspiring writers, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Mindful Writer" is also available in a paperback edition (9781614293521, $9.95) and in a Kindle format ($6.99).

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

Born to Heal
Luke Adler
Healer Press
c/o Luke Adler Healing
1633 Willamette Street, Eugene, OR 97401
9780692665077, $19.95,

Born to Heal: Heal Yourself Heal the World is an uplifting saga of spiritual and physical growth and blends autobiography with discussions of Eastern and Western practices that promote both self-healing and the greater good of society. Luke Adler is a board-certified acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, as well as a healer and a teacher, and he offers blend of autobiography, case studies, and exercises to help readers clarify their own paths to understanding illness and their part in its evolution.

U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
179 Ludlow Street, Stamford, CT 06902

U.S. Games Systems is the country's premier publisher of tarot decks and books. Four of their newest titles are outstanding examples of tarot cards are: "Dreaming Way Lenormand" offering a charming 36-card Petit Lenormand deck illustrated by Kwon Shina and written by Lynn Araujo (9781572817586, $15.95), offering fresh, new perspectives for this traditional system of fortune telling; "Fin de Si cle Kipper" by Ciro Marchetti (9781572818453, $21.95), a 39 tarot card traditional German fortune telling deck with rich images telling the stories of the workers as well as the wealthy during the Industrial Revolution; "Mystical Wisdom Card Deck" illustrated by Josephine Wall and written by Gaye Guthrie (9781572818323, $22.95) a 46 tarot card deck offering archangels, goddesses, spirit animals, fairies and wonderful, mystical creatures delivering uplifting messages and gentle advice to help tarot readers; "Chrysalis Tarot Deck and Book Set" by Toney Brooks and holly Sierra (9781572818439, $32.95) an attractive 78 tarot card set that includes a custom full-color spread sheet and an illustrated companion book to "Chrysalis Tarot" (9781572818439, $32.95) that explores the spiritual journey of self-discovery and transformation that leads to higher consciousness. Each of these four simply exceptional and deftly crafted tarot decks would grace any collection and be ideal additions for students and practitioners of the metaphysical science and art of tarot.

The Beer/Wine Shelf

Beer FAQ
Jeff Cioletti
Backbeat Books
c/o Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group
33 Plymouth Street, Suite 302, Montclair, NJ 07042-2677
9781617136115 $24.99

Beer FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the World's Most Celebrated Adult Beverage lives up to its title as an all-encompassing guide to the beloved, celebrated, and widely enjoyed alcoholic beverage that is beer. Chapters discuss the ingredients of and craft of brewing beer, the history of beer creation and consumption worldwide, the evolution of modern beer packaging, beer in film and television, the most highly regarded beer bars in the world, and much more. A handful of black-and-white as well as a few color photographs, plus a bibliography and an index, round out this accessible, go-to guide written by a beer lover (Jeff Cioletti, whose beer credentials include serving as the creator and host of the weekly web beverage news show "The Drinkable Week"), for beer lovers.

This Calls for a Drink!
Diane McMartin
Workman Publishing Company
225 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014-4381
9780761184843 $14.95

Certified Sommelier Diane McMartin presents This Calls for a Drink! The Best Wines & Beers to Pair with Every Situation, a handy alcohol-connoisseur's guide that lives up to its title. Chapters cover the optimal wines for dating, going out with friends, birthday celebrations, gift-giving, movie-watching, reading, weddings, baby showers, and much more. "Roasted root vegetables (because what else are you going to do with those knobby things, seriously?) take on wonderful caramelly flavors and aromas. Echo those nutty, browned flavors with a brown ale! This traditional style, with roots in British pub culture, will make a meal of vegetables feel a little more substantial." A wealth of fascinating facts about the creation, culture, and history of various beers and wines round out this entertaining connoisseur's guide, enhanced with an index for easy quick reference. Highly recommended, especially as a gift for friends who love fine drinks!

The Art Shelf

Drawing Superheroes Step by Step
Christopher Hart
Sixth&Spring Books
161 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 1301, New York, NY 10013
9781942021605 $19.95

Drawing Superheroes Step by Step is a user-friendly guide to drawing the strong physiques, dynamic poses, and facial expressions of larger-than-life men and women, in a style that will instantly resonate with fans of popular superhero comic books. Author Christopher Hart has created a cast of original super-powered characters to showcase the steps of making comic book art come alive. "The female hero's head is the same as the guy's head, but more tapered. Her eyes are larger than male eyes, too. The eyebroes are higher and arching - a glamorous effect. Super angular cheekbones? Only if she's a supervillain. Just lightly indicate the cheekbones or omit them entirely." Black-and-white sketches leading up to a final color image vividly demonstrate the artistic principles and superhero tropes described. Drawing Superheroes Step by Step is a "must" for any aspiring artist interested in bringing the superhero stories in their imagination to life!

How to Draw Sci-Fi Utopias and Dystopias
Prentis Rollins
Monacelli Studio
c/o Monacelli Press
236 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001
9781580934466 $25.00

Prentis Rollins, a professional illustrator for DC Comics, presents How to Draw Sci-Fi Utopias and Dystopias: Create the Futuristic Humans, Aliens, Robots, Vehicles, and Cities of Your Dreams and Nightmares, a guide ideal for intermediate to advanced artists. The focus is upon crafting vivid and highly detailed images of futuristic societies, carefully created to evoke emotional reactions of awe or trepidation. Chapters refresh basics about both drawing and science fiction, and focus on how to draw humans, aliens & robots, land vehicles, flying vehicles, and cityscapes in a sci-fi universe. "The human body is the hardest thing you'll ever draw, and the most rewarding. The best way to learn how is by doing it from live models in drawing classes, but it is essential to commit to memory some basic facts about proportions, muscle groups, the big differences between male and female bodies, and foreshortening. Those are the things I'll concentrate on here." Black-and-white sketches leading up to full-color illustrations demonstrate the principles in this inspirational and hands-on practical guide.

The LGBT Studies Shelf

The Transgender Teen
Stephanie Brill and Lisa Kenney
Cleis Press
101 Hudson Street, Suite 3705, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302
9781627781749 $16.95 pbk / $11.49 Kindle

Thoroughly accessible to readers of all backgrounds, The Transgender Teen: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Teens lives up to its title as a practical-minded guide to help parents better understand their transgender or non-binary (not exclusive to a single gender-identity) children. Chapters discuss the gender spectrum, goals of adolescent development, understanding how the stress of being in a minority can impact one's teenage child, professional support and mental health considerations, how to help one's child become more resilient, and more. "'Reparative therapy', also known as conversion therapy, refers to therapy or other actions designed to alter a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. We want to be very clear here: There is no clinical evidence or scientific validity for such therapy being effective. In fact, quite to the contrary, there is a wealth of evidence that it is harmful and can dangerously exacerbate the risk factors already discussed. If you have your child in such therapy or are engaged ina program designed to 'cure' them right now, we strongly urge you to stop this treatment immediately and gather more information about this approach to prevent potentially irreparable harm to your child." The Transgender Teen is an absolute "must-read" for parents of transgender or non-binary children, and highly recommended for public library collections and the reading lists of professional therapists.

The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf

Britcoms FAQ
Dave Thompson
Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing
33 Plymouth St, Suite 302, Montclair, NJ 07042
9781495018992 $19.99

Britcoms FAQ: All That's Left To Know About Our Favorite Sophisticated, Outrageous British Television Comedies is a survey of the finest in British television comedy shows, from the 1950's to modern times. Assembled with care and appreciation for British culture, Britcoms FAQ discusses how British comedy transitioned from radio to television, as well as its history on vinyl and compact disc, and how it shifted over time from simple humor to a force for political and social critique. Also showcased are common recurring themes in British sitcoms, such as dysfunctional families, rebellion against conventional society, class warfare, censorship, and the legacy of Monty Python. An exhaustive appendix (including episode lists) and an index round out this "must-have" for connoisseurs of the genre!

The Christmas Shelf

The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book
Chris McVeigh
No Starch Press
245 - 8th Street, San Francisco, CO 94103-3910
9781593277666 $19.95 pbk / $15.95 Kindle

The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book: 15 Designs To Spread Holiday Cheer is a guide to using LEGO children's toys to create three-dimensional holiday decorations, with completely visual, step-by-step instructions. There is almost no text; simply full-color photographs displaying the number and types of LEGOs for each project, and showcasing how those pieces are put together. 15 projects total are presented, including classic Christmas decorations such as a snowflake, a wreath, and a gingerbread house; geometric designs such as a barrel and a lantern; and fun items such as an arcade, a computer, and a burger. It should be noted that The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book is not authorized or endorsed by the LEGO Group; it's purely a labor of love by author and LEGO enthusiast Chris McVeigh. The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book is a great way for LEGO aficionados of all ages to get ready for the holiday season!

The Health/Medicine Shelf

The Survival Doctor's Complete Handbook
James Hubbar, MD
Reader's Digest Trade Publishing
44 South Broadway, White Plains, NY 10601
9781621453055, $19.99, PB, 288pp,

"The Survival Doctor's Complete Handbook: What to Do When Help is NOT on the Way"" is specifically designed to be an essential guide to taking care of your family's health when you can't get medical help or the answers of what to do right away due to natural disasters disrupting normal communications and transportation or any other circumstance. "The Survival Doctor's Complete Handbook" is comprehensive, going well beyond immediate first aid, and covering such medical emergencies as: how to put a dislocated joint back into place; how to prevent hypothermia when your heat has gone out; what to do for asthma when you don't have your inhaler; whether you can really drink your own urine if you run out of water; what to feed your toddler if he has a fever and you have no medicine; and so much more. "The Survival Doctor's Complete Handbook" features more than 100 illustrations, along with quick quizzes and real-life examples, and goes step-by-step through the essentials of medical care during a crisis. It is interesting to note that after more than 30 years of practicing family medicine in Mississippi and Colorado, Dr. James Hubbard has combined his medical training with his outdoors experience to become one of the nation's top survival-medicine experts. More of his practical, evidence-based tips are based on his website, "The Survival Doctor's Complete Handbook" is a critically important addition to personal, family, and community library Health/Medicine collections in general, and the Emergency Medicine supplemental studies reading lists in particular. It should be noted that ""The Survival Doctor's Complete Handbook"" is also available in a Kindle format ($12.99).

Mind Body Diabetes Type 1 and Type 2
Emma Mardlin
Findhorn Press
9781844096879, $17.99, PB, 255pp,

In "Mind Body Diabetes Type 1 and Type 2", by clinical practitioner in Mind/Body medicine, Emma Marlin (who has more than 21 year's experience of T1 diabetes and personally achieving 5.8% HbA1C on minimal insulin,) draws upon her extensive experience and expertise to provide the reader with a positively refreshing and unique information, support and practical resource book to emotionally and physically 'stop diabetes now', and create profound and positive change on many levels. "Mind Body Diabetes Type 1 and Type 2" provides a very new and exciting way of thinking about diabetes as well as containing ground breaking practical resources to stop diabetes; something that can be taken as far as the reader personally chooses, applicable to all types of diabetes, and circumstances. Informative, practical, and exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Mind Body Diabetes Type 1 and Type 2" is an ideal introduction specifically designed for the non-specialist general reader having to deal with diabetes within themselves or a loved one. While unreservedly recommended for personal, community, and academic library Health/Medicine collections in general, and Diabetes supplemental studies reading lists in particular, it should be noted that "Mind Body Diabetes Type 1 and Type 2" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.99).

Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Inc.
400 Market Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Two powerful new books are highly recommended picks for collections strong in physical and mental health, tackling topics not ordinary seen in book form. Juliet Grayson's Landscapes of the Heart: The Working World of a Sex and Relationship Therapist (9781785921865, $21.95) comes from a teacher and psychotherapist who follows her client sessions through the barriers of relationship problems and into better relationships. Her ability to integrate and use different approaches has resulted in a new methodology in the UK, but her book promises therapists in all countries new tools and approaches that show how to heal different types of dysfunctional relationships. All mental health collections would benefit from her unique perspective. Margaret Rooke's Creative Successful Dyslexic: 23 High Achievers Share Their Stories (9781785920608, $15.95) is an inspiration for any who struggle with dyslexia. Unfortunately, that very condition may make these stories difficult to access by the very audience who would benefit most from them. That said, the inspirational collection will prove invaluable to any who have family members or friends diagnosed with dyslexia. Stories cover achievement and success and offer first-person accounts from over twenty well-known people who document their realization of new strengths.

The Psychology Shelf

Helping Children and Adolescents Think About Death, Dying and Bereavement
Marian Carter
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Inc.
400 Market Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19106
9781785920110, $27.95,

Helping Children and Adolescents Think About Death, Dying and Bereavement is directed to any adult who would educate kids about loss, showing how to support and speak with young people as they face death. Kids of all ages, up through adolescents, can better understand the process if adults around them are willing to help. This book shows how, whether the death they face be their own, a family member, a friend, or a pet. Added into the psychological tips is a historical overview of theories revolving around death and children, allowing readers to understand different methods for exploring and explaining the process.

The Science Shelf

In the Company of Microbes
Elio Schaechter
ASM Press
1752 N St. NW, Washington, DC 20036
9781555819590, $20.00, PB, 292pp,

With more than 1,000 posts and 2 million views, the online Small Things Considered blog has been attracting the attention of microbiologists for the past decade. Throughout the years, Elio Schaechter and his team of dedicated bloggers have shared exciting, unexpected, and unusual stories from the microbial world. Now they have compiled the best of their work into a single volume. "In the Company of Microbes: Ten Years of Small Things Considered" is an extraordinary compilation of carefully selected, wise, amusing, and even profound statements about the ubiquity and relevance of the microbial world. In the pages of "In the Company of Microbes" Schaechter, past ASM Presidents, and distinguished microbiologists from around the globe reflect on personal, sometimes historic interactions with microbes and unexpected discoveries, with each individual essay conveying the excitement and sense of surprise that microbiology holds for them. An inherently fascinating read from beginning to end, "In the Company of Microbes" is informative, thought-provoking, and occasionally inspiring, making it unreservedly recommended for the personal reading lists of academic and non-specialist general readers with an interest in microbiology. Simply stated, every community, college, or university library should have a copy of "In the Company of Microbes" as a integral part of their Microbiological Studies collection.

Marine Omics: Principles and Applications
Se-Kown Kim, editor
CRC Press
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300, Boca Raton, FL 33487
9781482258202, $229.95, HC, 724pp,

Compiled and presented by Se-Kown Kim (Distnguished Professor in the Department of Marine Bio Covergence Science and Technology and Director of Marine Bioprocess Research Center at Pukyong National university, Busan, South Korea), "Marine Omics: Principles and Applications" provides comprehensive coverage on current trends in marine omics of various relevant topics such as genomics, lipidomics, proteomics, foodomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics, nutrigenomics, pharmacogenomics and toxicogenomics as related to and applied to marine biotechnology, molecular biology, marine biology, marine microbiology, environmental biotechnology, environmental science, aquaculture, pharmaceutical science and bioprocess engineering. Comprised of thirty-two erudite and cutting-edge science articles by marine environmental scientists, "Marine Omics: Principles and Applications" is a major and substantive contribution to the field and a critically important addition to college and university library Marine Science collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

Ocean Solutions, Earth Solutions, second edition
Dawn J. Wright, Editor
ESRI Press
380 New York Street, Redlands, CA 92378-8100
9781589484603, $59.99,

Ocean Solutions, Earth Solutions appears in its second updated edition to provide a weighty coverage of the latest oceanography research gained from applying spatial analyses and GIS. Professional oceanographers, marine scientists, and students of these fields will find it packed with geographic and oceanography facts in a guide that includes the original and updated 16 chapters plus seven new ones covering GIS best practices. Color maps and illustrations, overviews of geospatial programs and background details on different coasts and environments, and visual resources for assessment contribute to a powerful guide that is in-depth, well-detailed, and an invaluable reference for any oceanography collection interested in GIS mapping illustrations of marine environments and principles.

The Circle
Alfred S. Posamentier and Robert Geretschlager
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197
9781633881679, $25.00,

The Circle: A Mathematical Exploration Beyond the Line is a math title recommended for any level of math enthusiast who enjoys thought-provoking leisure discussions of math's applications to daily life. Unlike most math books, this one narrows the focus to the circle and its basic properties, offering a history of geometry that begins with the circle and leads to deeper discussions of how geometry applies to everyday life and understanding. The presence of circles have changed human society and reach from math discussions to art and technology: The Circle embraces a wide range of these perspectives and is recommended to not just math enthusiasts but general-interest readers as an intriguing and fun coverage.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Crow and Walshaw's Manual of Clinical Procedures in Dogs, Cats, Rabbits and Rodents, 4th ed.
Jennifer E. Boyle
350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148
9781118985700, $69.99, PB, 408pp,

Now in a fully updated and revised fourth edition, "Crow & Walshaw's Manual of Clinical Procedures in Dogs, Cats, Rabbits, & Rodents" by veterinarian and academician Jennifer E. Boyle provides practical, up-to-date information on common veterinary procedures for gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, dogs, cats and rabbits with detailed line drawings and photographs that demonstrate not only pertinent anatomical relationships, but also operational motions. A classic veterinary clinical manual, "Crow and Walshaw's Manual of Clinical Procedures in Dogs, Cats, Rabbits and Rodents" provides practical, up-to-date information on common veterinary procedures; features detailed line drawings and photographs demonstrate pertinent anatomical relationships and operational motions; and is reinforced with a companion website offering interactive multiple choice questions and answers, and images from the text in PowerPoint. An ideal college or university Veterinary School curriculum textbook, "Crow and Walshaw's Manual of Clinical Procedures in Dogs, Cats, Rabbits and Rodents" will prove to have enduring value as a reference work for veterinary clinics. It should be noted that "Crow and Walshaw's Manual of Clinical Procedures in Dogs, Cats, Rabbits and Rodents" is also available in a Kindle format ($52.99).

The Military Shelf

Flame On: U.S. Incendiary Weapons, 1918-1945
John W. Mountcastle
Stackpole Books
5067 Ritter Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-6921
9780811716895, $21.95, 224pp,

"Flame On: U.S. Incendiary Weapons, 1918-1945" by Brig. Gen. John Mountcastle, USA Ret., (who was the U.S. Army's chief of military history from 1994 to 1998, a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and Duke University, and a veteran of Vietnam, who also taught at West Point) is a concise and comprehensive history of the development and use of incendiary weapons- (including flamethrowers, incendiary bombs, napalm, and more) by the American military in the twentieth century, with a special focus on World War II. "Flame On" Describes how the U.S. created its incendiary weapons program virtually from scratch during World War II. Included are such pivotal episodes as: Omaha Beach on D-Day; the skilled performance of an armored flamethrower battalion in the Pacific; as well as the history of incendiaries from ancient times to World War II and through Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm. The latest addition to the simply outstanding 'Stackpole Military History' series, "Flame On" is enhanced with the inclusion of twenty-eight pages of Notes, a thirty-four page Bibliography, and a comprehensive Index. Impressively well researched, written, organized and presented, "Flame On" is a critically important and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library American Military History reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

The Environmental Studies Shelf

Climate Change and American Policy
John R. Burch, Jr., editor
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9781476665276, $39.95, PB, 340pp,

Climate change has long been a contentious issue, even before its official acknowledgment as a global threat in 1979. Government policies have varied widely, from Barack Obama's dedication to environmentalism to George W. Bush's tacit minimizing of the problem to Republican officials' refusal to acknowledge the scientific evidence supporting anthropogenic climate change. Compiled, edited, and presented by John R. Burch, Jr. (Dean of Library Services and a Professor at Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, Kentucky) chronologically presents an informative collection of important policy-shaping documents that shows how the views of both advocates and deniers of climate change have developed their arguments over the past four decades. Enhanced with the inclusion of a ten page Bibliography and an eleven page Index, "Climate Change and American Policy: Key Documents, 1979-2015" is unreservedly recommended as a core addition to professional, community, college, and university library Environmental Studies and Contemporary Social Issues collections in general, and Climate Change supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

The American History Shelf

Lincoln's Greatest Journey
Noah Andre Trudeau
Savas Beatie
PO Box 4527, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
9781611213263 $32.95

Historian and award-winning author Noah Andre Trudeau presents Lincoln's Greatest Journey: Sixteen Days that Changed a Presidency, March 24 - April 8, 1865, is a close examination of the longest trip (and break from the White House) that President Abraham Lincoln undertook since taking office. It was a sixteen-day sojourn, taken as the Civil War was winding down to a close. Lincoln's Greatest Journey meticulously reconstructs the trip day-by-day, and further explores its ramifications upon the President, and by extension, the nation. Chapter notes, a bibliography, and an index round out this fascinating historical and character study, highly recommended for public and college library collections.

The Ides of War
Stephen Howard Browne
University of South Carolina Press
718 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29208
9781611176599 $44.99

The Ides of War: George Washington and the Newburgh Crisis challenges the assumption that the United States of America has never confronted the possibility of a coup d'etat. In 1783, shortly after America's birth as an independent nation, an existential crisis nearly overwhelmed America's destiny. The man who averted disaster was none other than Founding Father George Washington, commander-in-chief of the U.S. Army, who delivered a crucial address to a roomful of restive and severely disaffected officers. The Ides of War closely examines the Newburgh Crisis, also known as the Newburgh Conspiracy, that almost escalated into a military coup at the end of the Revolutionary War. Stephen Howard Browne (professor of rhetorical studies, Pennsylvania State University) has assembled an expertly researched, meticulously detailed analysis, enhanced with notes and a bibliography. Highly recommended, especially for public and college library American History collections.

Soap Suds Row
Jennifer J. Lawrence
High Plains Press
P.O. Box 123, Glendo, WY 82213
9781937147105 $18.95

Soap Suds Row: The Bold Lives of Army Laundresses, 1802-1876 tells the story of military laundresses who aided the U.S. Army in the 1800's, including during the Civil War era. Some were the wives of soldiers; others were heroines, spies, cross-dressers, teachers, prostitutes, or women who had been held captive by Indians. Some managed to care for small children even as they worked for and lived with the Army. Soap Suds Row is filled with fascinating true stories of the bravest and most unorthodox among these women. A registry of known laundresses, a bibliography, and an index round out this welcome addition to public and college library American History shelves.

The Civil War Shelf

Decision at Tom's Brook
William Miller
Savas Beatie
PO Box 4527, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
9781611213089 $29.95 hc / $9.99 Kindle

Award-winning nonfiction writer William Miller presents Decision at Tom's Brook: George Custer, Thomas Rosser, and the Joy of the Fight, a close study of The Battle of Tom's Brook, during the American Civil War. The focus is on two opposing military leaders, who had once been friends during their teenage years at West Point. George A. Custer's allegiance lay with the Union, while Thomas L. Rosser was loyal to the Confederacy. In the fall of 1864, General Phil Sheridan vowed to turn the breadbasket Shenandoah Valley into "a desert", and set Custer to the task. Rosser was ordered to stop Custer, and harassed the Federals for three days until October 9, when each ambitious leader sought to seize an advantage over the other in the open fields above Tom's Brook. Their clash would reveal the capabilities of Custer's cavalry, and directly affect the overall campaign in Shenandoah Valley. Enhanced with black-and-white photographs on almost every page, Decision at Tom's Brook draws upon research into primary source documents, yet distills its scholarship into accessible, reader-friendly prose. Highly recommended, especially for public and college library Civil War shelves.

The Social Issues Shelf

Prison Industrial Complex For Beginners
James Braxton Peterson, author
John Jennings and Stacey Robinson, illustrators
For Beginners LLC
155 Main Street, Suite 211, Danbury, CT 06810
9781939994318 $15.95 pbk / $15.95 Kindle

Written to be accessible to readers of all backgrounds, and featuring striking black-and-white illustrations on almost every two-page spread, Prison Industrial Complex For Beginners candidly explains inherent problems and injustices in America's law enforcement and prison systems. Young, male people of color, especially young black men, are particularly likely to be targeted with harsher sentences for the same crime. Chapters address how mandatory minimum sentencing and the failed War(s) on Drugs caused prison rates to skyrocket due to increased incarceration of nonviolent, low-level offenders; how private prisons directly profit, both by being paid to hold inmates and by having the inmates work for less than minimum wage; how this profit motive fosters judicial corruption, such as in the notorious "Kids for Cash" scandal; how the current prison emphasis on punishment rather than rehabilitation increases recidivism rates; and much more. Notes, suggestions for further reading, and a possible syllabus for a "Black Prison Narratives" college course round out this sober and thought-provoking account. Prison Industrial Complex For Beginners is highly recommended, and a worthy addition to the "For Beginners" series of illustrated nonfiction books addressing complex topics for everyday readers.

The Money/Finance Shelf

Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits, fifth edition
Ilona Bray, J.D.
Nolo Press
950 Parker Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
9781413322989 $29.99

Now in an updated fifth edition that covers the latest legal and tax restrictions in the United States, Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits: Real-World Strategies That Work is an accessible, plain-terms guide compiled from the experience of over 50 fundraisers, foundation staffers, journalists, and other professionals. Chapters address how to appropriately thank donors (and help them satisfy the IRS), how to attract legacy or inheritance gifts, tax rules for business activities designed to raise funds, research grant prospects, designing a website to draw in donors, outreach via both traditional and social media, and much more. "Test your nonprofit's donor-response experience. It's hard to know, from where you sit, what it's actually like to make an online donation to your organization. You might ask a friend or relative to do so (a few bucks is enough), then to tell you (honestly) how well your organization followed up. Did the 'thank-yous' come as promptly as expected?" An index and a wealth of sample documents and worksheets round out this "must-have" for every American nonprofit organization. It should be noted that no book, including Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits, can substitute for the counsel of a trained attorney. However, Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits can help the reader identify problematic situations where the hiring services of a trained attorney is a wise idea! Highly recommended.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

Foxe's Book of Martyrs
John Foxe
Edited by Paul L. Maier and R. C. Linnenkugel
Kregel Publications
2450 Oak Industrial Drive, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
9780825443299 $29.99

Foxe's Book of Martyrs was a scholarly text written in 1570 by British historian John Foxe (1516/17 - 1587), chronicling the stories of all known Christian martyrs from the persecutions of the early church up to oppression targeted against Protestants in the sixteenth century. Foxe's original text was massive in scope, literally thousands of pages long; this abridged, one-volume version, carefully edited by Paul L. Maier (professor emeritus of ancient history, western Michigan University) and R. C. Linnenkugel (a former student of Dr. Maier) takes care to include every martyr mentioned in the original version. An index and an assortment of classical portraits and paintings in full color enrich this accessible condensation of a classic work of scholarship. Maier's abridgement is especially recommended for its accessibility; archaic terms and phrases have been rewritten in plain terms for modern-day readers, and commentary has been added to help place historical figures in context. Foxe's Book of Martyrs is highly recommended for public, college, and church library collections.

The Political Science Shelf

Struggling for the Soul of Our Country
Preston M. Browning Jr.
Wipf and Stock Publishers
199 West 8th Avenue, Suite 3, Eugene, OR 97401-2960
9781498209960, $64.00, HC, 338pp,

In "Struggling for the Soul of Our Country", author Preston Browning (a member of the English Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago for thirty years, as well as a Fulbright lecturer in Yugoslavia) focuses on a series of fundamental issues with respect to the issue of: what does it mean to struggle for the soul of a country and how does the life of citizenship influence our common future? While discussing major cultural and political issues, Professor Browning addresses the deeper questions haunting many of our citizens and reflects upon the spiritual dimension of the crises America faces today. With essays such as "American Global Hegemony vs. the Quest for a New Humanity," "Why I Am a Christian Socialist," and "American Dystopia" Professor Browning examine aspects of American political and cultural life in an effort to shed light on the pathologies that are undermining the health of the country's soul. "Struggling for the Soul of Our Country" invites the reader to examine the development of America as a militaristic empire, initiating multiple wars abroad, including a disastrous war in Iraq, and fostering at home a culture of violence that led to the assassination of an American president, John F. Kennedy, by agents of the US government. Impressively well reasoned, written, organized and presented, "Struggling for the Soul of Our Country" is very highly recommended as a core addition to community and academic library Contemporary American Political Science collections and supplemental studies lists. For students and non-specialist general readers it should be noted that "Struggling for the Soul of Our Country" is also available in a paperback edition (9781498209946, $39.00) and in a Kindle format ($9.99).

The Wisconsin Shelf

Death in Cold Water
Patricia Skalka
University of Wisconsin Press
1930 Monroe Street, Third Floor, Madison, WI 53711-2059
9780299309206 $24.95

Death in Cold Water is the third novel in the Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery series, set in beautiful Wisconsin. Set in the fall season, when tourists arrive and football games captivate the public's attention, Death in Cold Water opens with the disturbing disappearance of elderly philanthropist and dedicated Green Bay Packers fan Gerald Sneider. Then human bones wash up on Lake Michigan shore. Death in Cold Water becomes increasingly chilling as Dave Cubiak probes deeper into the motives of people who might commit murder - could it have been Sneider's greedy son? Or the unknown sender of threats to the National Football League? A suspenseful mystery, keenly crafted with a knack for keeping the reader guessing to the end, Death in Cold Water is highly recommended for connoisseurs of the genre.

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