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Volume 10, Number 4 April 2015 Home | LBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Economic Studies Shelf Jobs/Careers Shelf
Health/Medicine Shelf Writing/Publishing Shelf Library Science Shelf
Poetry Shelf Cookbook Shelf Political Science Shelf
Literary Studies Shelf Sports Shelf American History Shelf
World History Shelf Biography Shelf Criminology Shelf
Holocaust Studies Shelf Fiction Shelf Philosophy Shelf
Environmental Studies Shelf Military Shelf Education Shelf
Psychology Shelf Audiobook Shelf Library CD Shelf
Library DVD Shelf Journalism Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf
Civil War Shelf Reference Shelf  

Reviewer's Choice

Lived Experience From The Inside Out
Antonio Calcagno
Duquesne University Press
600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15282
9780820704784, $24.95,

Edith Stein, also known as St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, OCD (12 October 1891 - 9 August 1942), was born into an observant Jewish family, but was an atheist by her teenage years. Moved by the tragedies of World War I, in 1915 she took lessons to become a nursing assistant and worked in a hospital for the prevention of disease outbreaks. After completing her doctoral thesis in 1916 from the University of Gottingen, she obtained an assistantship at the University of Freiburg. From reading the works of the reformer of the Carmelite Order, St. Teresa of Jesus, OCD, she was drawn to the Catholic Faith. She was baptized on 1 January 1922 into the Roman Catholic Church. She then taught at a Catholic school of education in Speyer. As a result of the requirement of an "Aryan certificate" for civil servants promulgated by the Nazi government in April 1933 as part of its Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service, she had to quit her teaching position. She was admitted to the Discalced Carmelite monastery in Cologne the following October. She received the religious habit of the Order as a novice in April 1934, taking the religious name Teresa Benedicta of the Cross ("Teresa blessed by the Cross"). In 1938 she and her sister Rosa, by then also a convert and an extern Sister of the monastery, were sent to the Carmelite monastery in Echt, Netherlands for their safety. Despite the Nazi invasion of that state in 1940, they remained undisturbed until they were arrested by the Nazis on 2 August 1942 and sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp, where they died in the gas chamber on 9 August 1942. She was canonized by Pope Saint John Paul II in 1998. She is one of the six patron saints of Europe. "Lived Experience from the inside out: Social and Political Philosophy in Edith Stein" by Antonio Calcagno (Associate Professor of Philosophy, King's University College, University of Western Ontario) is a 231 page treatise the focuses upon Edith Stein's philosophy works produced before she converted to Catholicism. An impressive work of seminal scholarship, "Lived Experience From The Inside Out" is highly recommended for academic library collections in general, and Edith Stein studies supplemental reading lists in particular.

On the State
Pierre Bourdieu
c/o Blackwell Publishing
350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148
9780745663296, $45.00,

Pierre Bourdieu (August 1930 - 23 January 2002) was a sociologist, anthropologist, philosopher, and renowned public intellectual. Bourdieu's work was primarily concerned with the dynamics of power in society, and especially the diverse and subtle ways in which power is transferred and social order maintained within and across generations. In conscious opposition to the idealist tradition of much of Western philosophy, his work often emphasized the corporeal nature of social life and stressed the role of practice and embodiment in social dynamics. Bourdieu's research pioneered novel investigative frameworks and methods, and introduced such influential concepts as cultural, social, and symbolic forms of capital (as opposed to traditional economic forms of capital), the habitus, the field or location, and symbolic violence. Bourdieu's seminal contributions to the sociology of education, the theory of sociology, and sociology of aesthetics have achieved wide influence in several related academic fields (e.g. anthropology, media and cultural studies, education), popular culture, and the arts. The collaborative editorial team of Patrick Champagne, Remi Lenoir, Franck Poupeau, and Marie-Christine Riviere, and translated into English for an American readership by David Fernbach, "On The State" is a 480 page compendium comprised of the chronologically organized lectures Bourdieu gave at the College de France from 1989 to 1992. Enhanced with the inclusion of two appendices, eighteen pages of Notes, two Bibliography lists, and a forty-five page Index, "On The State" is a very highly recommended addition for academic library collections in general, and Pierre Bourdie Studies supplemental reading lists in particular.

The Economic Studies Shelf

Labor In The Global Digital Economy
Ursula Huws
Monthly Review Press
146 West 29th Street, Suite 6W, New York, NY 10001
9781583674642, $75.00 (HC), 240pp,

The term "digital economy" refers to an economy that is based on digital technologies. The digital economy is also sometimes called the Internet Economy, the New Economy, or Web Economy. Increasingly, the "digital economy" is intertwined with the traditional economy making a clear delineation harder. We live in an increasingly digital world. In "Labor In The Global Digital Economy", Ursula Huws (Professor of Labour and Globalisation, University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom) ties together disparate economic, cultural, and political phenomena of the last few decades to form a provocative narrative about the shape of the global capitalist economy at present through seven informed and informative essays. She examines the way that advanced information and communications technology has opened up new fields of capital accumulation: in culture and the arts, in the privatization of public services, and in the commodification of human sociality by way of mobile devices and social networking. These trends are in turn accompanied by the dramatic restructuring of work arrangements, opening the way for new contradictions and new forms of labor solidarity and struggle around the planet. "Labor in the Global Digital Economy" is a forceful critique of our dizzying contemporary moment, one that goes beyond notions of mere connectedness or free-flowing information to illuminate the entrenched mechanisms of exploitation and control at the core of capitalism. Exceptionally well written and presented, "Labor In The Global Digital Economy" is an extraordinary body of commentary and highly recommended for community and academic library collections. It should be noted that "Labor In The Global Digital Economy" is also available in a paperback edition (9781583674635, $19.00) and a Kindle edition ($9.99).

The Jobs/Careers Shelf

The Final Hurdle
Dennis Hursh
Advantage Media Group
News & Experts
9781599323138, $69.97, 128pp,

"The Final Hurdle: A Physician's Guide to Negotiating a Fair Employment Agreement" is an instructional guide in which author Dennis Hursh draws upon his more than twenty-three years of experience and expertise as a physician's attorney to help doctors protect their best interests in the hiring process for employment whether it be with a clinic, a hospital, or a private practice. "The Final Hurdle" covers all aspects of the negotiating process including compensation and benefits, restrictive covenants, call coverage, what is to be expected as an employee, contract terms and issues, malpractice insurance, as well as private practice issues. Of special note is the provision of 'Ten Key Questions' that will prove invaluable. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "The Final Hurdle" is thoroughly 'user friendly' and should be considered essential reading for those new to medical practice -- and has a great deal of value as a refresher course for those who are considering changing their medical employment. It should be noted that "The Final Hurdle" is also available in a Kindle edition ($47.85).

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Eat Out, Eat Well
Hope S. Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE
American Diabetes Association
1701 North Beauregard Street
Alexandria, VA 22311
c/o Dalyn Miller Public Relations
9781580405423 $17.95

Eat Out, Eat Well is an in-depth guide to enjoying healthy meals at restaurants - no, that doesn't necessarily have to be a contradiction in terms! Chapters include tips and strategies for gluten-free restaurant dining, portion control suggestions, suggestions to help children eat healthier food, information about the best and worst menu options at different types of restaurants, and much more. Advice specific to different regional cuisines (such as the menus of Japanese restaurants, or Middle Eastern restaurants) makes Eat Out, Eat Well especially valuable for health-conscious gourmets! Highly recommended for both personal and public library health and nutrition shelves.

Retinal Disorders
Eric A. Pierce, Richard Masland, Joan W. Miller, eds.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
500 Sunnyside Boulevard, Woodbury NY 11797-2924
9781621820178, $135.00,

The vertebrate retina is a light-sensitive layer of tissue, lining the inner surface of the eye. The optics of the eye create an image of the visual world on the retina (through the cornea and lens), which serves much the same function as the film in a camera. Light striking the retina initiates a cascade of chemical and electrical events that ultimately trigger nerve impulses. These are sent to various visual centers of the brain through the fibers of the optic nerve. In vertebrate embryonic development, the retina and the optic nerve originate as outgrowths of the developing brain, so the retina is considered part of the central nervous system (CNS) and is actually brain tissue. It is the only part of the CNS that can be visualized non-invasively. The retina is a layered structure with several layers of neurons interconnected by synapses. The only neurons that are directly sensitive to light are the photoreceptor cells. These are mainly of two types: the rods and cones. Rods function mainly in dim light and provide black-and-white vision, while cones support daytime vision and the perception of color. A third, much rarer type of photoreceptor, the intrinsically photosensitive ganglion cell, is important for reflexive responses to bright daylight. Neural signals from the rods and cones undergo processing by other neurons of the retina. The output takes the form of action potentials in retinal ganglion cells whose axons form the optic nerve. Several important features of visual perception can be traced to the retinal encoding and processing of light. "Retinal Disorders: Genetic Approaches to Diagnosis and Treatment" is a 446 page compendium comprised of thirty-two scholarly articles deftly organized into four major sections: Genetics of Inherited Retinal Degenerations; Genetics of Age-Related macular Degeneration; Glaucoma; Gene/Genetic therapies for Inherited Retinal Disorders. The newest addition to the Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine series, "Retinal Disorders: Genetic Approaches to Diagnosis and Treatment" is a critically important and strongly recommended addition to academic library and medical school ophthalmology reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

Quintessence of Dental Technology 2015
Quintessence Publishing
4350 Chandler Drive, Hanover Park, IL 60133
9780867156898, $132.00,

With its focus on the newest techniques and materials for esthetic restorative outcomes, "Quintessence of Dental Technology 2015" features original articles on CAD/CAM, conservative adhesive restorations, non-prep veneers, pink esthetics, full-mouth reconstructions, and overall challenging cases. Two state of the art articles are presented: Mastering Esthetic and Functional Rehabilitation of the Severely Worn Dentition by Sergio Arias et al, and CAD/CAM Technology for Complete Denture Fabrication, by Tae Kim and Sillas Duarte, Jr., Neimar Sartori et. al. provide this year's Biomaterials Update on CAD/CAM High-Strength Glass Ceramics. Profusely enhanced with 915 illustrations, the "Quintessence of Dental Technology 2015" is a 220 page, information packed resource that is an essential addition to professional and academic library Dental Technology & Prosthodontics Studies reference collection and supplemental studies reading lists.

Ben A. Barres, Marc R. Freeman, Beth Stevens, editors
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
500 Sunnyside Boulevard, Woodbury NY 11797-2924
9781621820277, $135.00,

Glial cells, sometimes called neuroglia or simply glia, are non-neuronal cells that maintain homeostasis, form myelin, and provide support and protection for neurons in the brain and peripheral nervous system. Neuroscience currently identifies four main functions of glial cells: to surround neurons and hold them in place; to supply nutrients and oxygen to neurons; to insulate one neuron from another; and to destroy pathogens and remove dead neurons. Glial cells do have some effects on certain physiological processes like breathing, and in assisting the neurons to form synaptic connections between each other. The latest volume in the 'Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology' series, "Glia" is collaboratively compiled and co-edited by the team of Ben A. Barres (Stanford University School of Medicine), Marc R. Freeman (University of Massachusetts medical School), Beth Stevens (Harvard medical School; Boston children's Hospital). This 486 page volume includes twenty-six seminal and erudite articles by experts in the field of Glial cell research and deftly organized into six major sections: Astrocytes; Oligodendrocytes and Myelination; Schwann Cells; Microglia; Glia in Small Genetic Model Systems; Disease and Repair. Enhanced with the inclusion of a comprehensive nine page Index, "Glia" is a model of collaborative scholarship and a critically important and essential addition to professional, medical school, and university library Medical Studies reference collections.

The Writing/Publishing Shelf

2015 Guide To Self-Publishing
Robert Lee Brewer, editor
Writer's Digest Books
c/o F+W Media
10151 Carver Road, Suite 200, Blue Ash, OH 45242
9781599638478, $29.99,

Self-publishing is the publication of any book or other media by the author of the work, without the involvement of an established third-party publisher. A self-published physical book is said to be privately printed. The author is responsible for and in control of the entire process, including, in the case of a book, the design of the cover and interior, formats, price, distribution, marketing and public relations. The authors can do it all themselves or out-source all or part of the process to companies that offer these services. Writer's Digest Books specializes in publishing 'how to' books for authors and "2015 Guide to Self-Publishing, Revised Edition: The Most Comprehensive Guide to Self-Publishing" is their newest instructional reference manual for aspiring authors who wish to publish their own work. This 362 page instruction guide is as comprehensive as it is "user friendly" and includes such do-it-yourself features as self-publishing checklists, a pay-rate chart, sales tax tips, and so much more. Of special note are the interviews with successful self-published authors, a self-publishing calendar, access to an exclusive e-book formatting webinar, lists of conferences, organizations, book fairs, and festivals that will prove invaluable to the commercial success of a self-publishing author. Simply stated, the "2015 Guide to Self-Publishing, Revised Edition: The Most Comprehensive Guide to Self-Publishing" is an absolute 'must' for anyone contemplating or already embarked on a self-publishing project -- and is also available in a Kindle edition ($14.99).

Writing Short Stories
Courttia Newland & Tania Hershman
Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
c/o Bloomsbury Press
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10010
9781408130803, $19.95,

A short story is a brief work of literature, usually written in narrative prose. Emerging from earlier oral storytelling traditions in the 17th century, the short story has grown to encompass a body of work so diverse as to defy easy characterization. At its most prototypical the short story features a small cast of named characters, and focuses on a self-contained incident with the intent of evoking a "single effect" or mood. In doing so, short stories make use of plot, resonance, and other dynamic components to a far greater degree than is typical of an anecdote, yet to a far lesser degree than a novel. While the short story is largely distinct from the novel, authors of both generally draw from a common pool of literary techniques. In "Writing Short Stories", Courttia Newland and Tania Hershman draw upon their many years of experience and success as short story writers to produce a 304 page instruction manual and guide that will prove to be an informative and invaluable read for any writer seeking to master the short story format. "Writing Short Stories" is deftly organized into three major sections. The first part explores the nature and history of the short story form, includes personal reflections by the Newland and Hershman, and helps novice writers in getting started with ideas, planning and research. The second part features tips by an impressive number of successful and experienced short story writers. The third part focuses upon practical advise on shaping plots, exploring characters, dealing with 'writer's block', rewriting, and getting published. An invaluable 'how to' reference, "Writing Short Stories" is strongly recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic Writing & Publishing reference collections.

How I Did It: Establishing A Playwriting Career
Lawrence Harbison, editor
Applause Books
c/o Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group
19 West 21st Street, Suite 201, New York, NY 10010
9781480369634, $24.99,

A playwright, also known as a dramatist, is a person who writes dramatic literature or drama. These works may be written specifically to be performed by actors, or they may be closet dramas - simple literary works - written using dramatic forms, but not meant for performance. For more than 30 years, Lawrence Harbison was in charge of new play acquisition for Samuel French, Inc. He edits annual anthologies of best plays by new playwrights and women playwrights, best ten-minute plays, and monologues for men and for women. In "How I Did It: Establishing A Playwriting Career", Harbison draws upon his experience and expertise to provide aspiring playwrights with a thoroughly user friendly, 342 page instruction manual and guide in the form of Q&A interviews with thirty professional playwrights. The result is an informed and informative compendium that should be considered a "must read" by anyone contemplating becoming a successful playwright whether it be for film, stage, or television. "How I Did It: Establishing A Playwriting Career" is a critically important addition to community and academic library Writing/Publishing reference collections.

The Library Science Shelf

A Manual of Library Automation and Networking, third edition
N. R. Satyanarayana, author
Assisted by Abdul Mannan Khan
Ess Ess Publications
c/o International Specialized Book Services
920 Northeast 58th Avenue, Suite 300
Portland, OR, 97213
9788170007210 $63.00

Now in a revised and enlarged third edition, A Manual of Library Automation and Networking is an in-depth, problem-solving analysis addressing how to use information technologies to facilitate the tasks of swiftly identifying, locating, and disseminating required information. Chapters discuss library automation software packages, library system analysis and design, telecommunications and networking, library document digitization, and much more. A handful of black-and-white illustrations, a glossary, and an index enhance this technical resource created by field professions, for field professionals. Highly recommended, especially for its methodical demystification of relevant media formats and computer programming tools, from magnetic tape to database software and more.

The Accidental Data Scientist
Amy Affelt
Information Today, Inc.
143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055-8750
9781573875110, $39.50,

Big data is a broad term for data sets so large or complex that traditional data processing applications are inadequate. Challenges include analysis, capture, curation, search, sharing, storage, transfer, visualization, and information privacy. The term often refers simply to the use of predictive analytics or other certain advanced methods to extract value from data, and seldom to a particular size of data set. "The Accidental Data Scientist: Big Data Applications and Opportunities for Librarians and Information Professionals" by library and information specialist Amy Affelt is a 224 page instruction manual and guide showing librarians and other information specialists how to leverage their skills and training to master emerging tools, techniques, and vocabulary; create mission-critical Big Data research deliverables; and discover rewarding new career opportunities by embracing their inner Data Scientist. Impressively articulate, effectively well organized, exceptionally well written, definitively comprehensive, informed and informative, "The Accidental Data Scientist" is a 'must read' for student librarians and has a wealth of invaluable information for even experienced librarians and data information processors. A critically important addition to university level 'Library Science' instructional reference collections, it should be noted that "The Accidental Data Scientist" is also available in a Kindle edition ($27.65).

Librarian's Guide to Online Searching, fourth edition
Suzanne S. Bell
Libraries Unlimited
PO Box 1911, Santa Barbara, CA 93116-1911
9781610699983, $55.00,

Now in a fully updated fourth edition, the "Librarian's Guide to Online Searching: Cultivating Database Skills for Research and Instruction" by Suzanne S. Bell is a 310 page compendium that will function as a complete course of instruction on the development and utilization of library-based databases for the use of library staff and patrons alike. Comprehensively informed and informative, the "Librarian's Guide to Online Searching: Cultivating Database Skills for Research and Instruction" covers database structures, social science databases, science and medicine databases, bibliographic databases, humanities databases, and numeric databases. Of special interest are the chapters devoted to 'Focus on People'; 'Choosing the Right Resource for the Question'; 'Teaching Other People about Dababases'; and 'Database Teaching Opportunities'. A complete course of instruction under one cover, "Librarian's Guide to Online Searching: Cultivating Database Skills for Research and Instruction" is an ideal Library Science curriculum textbook and a critically important addition to professional and university library instructional reference collections.

Cultural Heritage Information: Access and Management
Ian Ruthven & G. G. Chowdhury, editors
c/o American Library Association
50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611
9780838913475, $110.00,

Cultural heritage is the legacy of physical artifacts and intangible attributes of a group or society that are inherited from past generations, maintained in the present and bestowed for the benefit of future generations. Cultural heritage includes tangible culture (such as buildings, monuments, landscapes, books, works of art, and artifacts), intangible culture (such as folklore, traditions, language, and knowledge), and natural heritage (including culturally significant landscapes, and biodiversity). Compiled and co-edited by Ian Ruthven (Professor of Information Seeking and Retrieval, Department of Computer and Information Science, University of Strathclyde) and Gobinda Chowdhury (Professor in Information Science and Head of the Department of Mathematics and Information Sciences, Northumbria University), "Cultural Heritage Information Access and Management" is a 360 page compendium comprised of eleven informed and informative seminal articles by scholars and experts in cultural heritage issues. Enhanced throughout with figures and tables, as well as 113 page Index, "Cultural Heritage Information: Access and Management" is a critically important and valued addition to university level Library Science & Information Science reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

The Poetry Shelf

Times Beach
John Shoptaw
University of Notre Dame Press
310 Flanner Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556
9780268017859, $24.00, 144pp,

Synopsis: Winner of the Notre Dame Review Book Prize, "Times Beach" is an ambitious collection of poems by John Shoptaw that evokes the cultural and environmental history of the Mississippi watershed and meditates on how its rivers are ceaselessly shaping, and shaped by, the lives around them. Shoptaw's free verse and narrative poetry guides us from the Mississippi's headwaters in Lake Itasca to its delta in the Gulf of Mexico, weaving together episodes in the life of the river system; the New Madrid earthquakes; the 1927 flood; the EPA's eradication of the dioxin-laced town of Times Beach; each arising from his own memories of growing up in the Missouri Bootheel: picking cotton, being baptized in a drainage ditch, and working in a lumber mill. The poems comprising "Times Beach" each showcase ring the changes on the big muddy place and hymn its everlasting possibilities. A seminal body of work, "Times Beach" is very highly recommended for personal, community, and academic library Contemporary American Poetry collections and reading lists.

The Cookbook Shelf

Diabetes Cookbook For Dummies, fourth edition
Alan L. Rubin, MD & Cait James, MS
For Dummies
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9781118944264, $22.99,

Now in a fully updated and expanded fourth edition, "Diabetes Cookbook For Dummies" is an ideal cookbook for planning and preparing meals for anyone having to deal with diabetes. More than just a collection of thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes, the "Diabetes Cookbook For Dummies" also provides useful information and instruction on how to portion daily kilocalories; ways to make smart choices when eating out; tips on grocery shopping; advice on setting up a diabetic kitchen; guidance on deciphering nutritional labels, a section of recipes for diabetes appropriate snacks and treats; and safe ways to include desserts in a diabetes-based diet. The profusion of recipes in this 408 page culinary compendium range from a Live Cucumber and Avocado Soup; to a Gluten-Free Skillet Cornbread; to a Salmon Steaks Vinaigrette; to a Beer-Braised Pork and Crip-Herb Cabbage with Apple-Tarragon Dipping Sauce; Chocolate Meringue Bits with Strawberries and Cream. Simply stated, "Diabetes Cookbook For Dummies" should be a part of every diabetics home cookbook collection, and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition for community cookbook collections as well. It should be noted that "Diabetes Cookbook For Dummies" is also available in a Kindle edition ($13.99).

1,001 Best Low-Fat Recipes, second edition
Sue Spitler & Linda R. Yoakam
Agate Publishing
1328 Greenleaf Street, Evanston, IL 60202
9781572841697, $20.99, 700pp,

Now in a newly updated and significantly expanded second edition, "1,001 Best Low-Fat Recipes" is collaboratively compiled and co-edited by culinary expert Sue Spitler and registered dietician Linda R. Yaokam. This cornucopia of low-fat recipes showcases 'kitchen cook friendly' dishes that would please any palate and satisfy any appetite. The recipes are organized into 15 chapters: Appetizers, Snacks, and Beverages; Soups; Meats; Poultry; Fish and Seafood; Stews; Eggs and Cheese; pasta; Grains, Beans, and Legumes; Casseroles; Vegetable Side Dishes; Salads and Dressings; Breads and Sandwiches; Desserts; Memorable Menus. From the simple to the elegant, each recipes includes a list of ingredients, step-by-step instructions, estimated servings, nutritional figures per serving, and exchanges. From Greek Beef and Lentil Stew; Pasta with Oyster Mushrooms; Herbed Polenta; and Fruit Stuffed Vidalia Onions; to English Muffin Bread; Chocolate Buttermilk Cake with Mocha Frosting; and Double-Crust Apple Pie, "1,001 Best Low-Fat Recipes" will prove to be a terrific resource for meal planning and an enduringly popular addition to personal, family, and community library cookbook collections.

Secrets from the La Varenne Kitchen
Anne Willan
Spring House Press
9781940611150, $17.95,

In 1975, Anne Willan, was on of the culinary icon who helped to launched the modern culinary industry. She founded Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne in Paris and educated some of today's most notable chefs including Steve Raichlen, Gale Gand, Virgina Willis, Martha Holmberg, and Alexandra Guarnaschelli. Upon enrolling at La Varenne, all students received a helpful and easy reference tool: La Varenne Basic Recipes. The booklet was based on chef Albert Jorant's belief that "there are only fifty basic recipes in the culinary repertoire, and all other dishes can be made from them." Edited by Anne Willan, La Varenne Basic Recipes was fifty-five staple bound pages with a card stock cover and it was a treasure-trove of essential recipes for any aspiring chef. Now that culinary instruction manual is available to all American kitchen cooks as "Secrets from the La Varenne Kitchen: 50 Essential Recipes Every Cook Needs to Know", a 136 page compilation deftly organized into six chapters: Stocks and Aspic; Hot and Cold Sauces; Pastries and Cakes; Fillings, Frostings, and Meringues; Ice Creams, Sherbets, and Poached Fruits; Cooking with Sugar. A complete haute cuisine instruction course under one cover, "Secrets from the La Varenne Kitchen: 50 Essential Recipes Every Cook Needs to Know" is strongly recommended for personal, cooking school, community, and academic library culinary instruction collections.

Artisan Cake Company's Visual Guide to Cake Decorating
Elizabeth Marek
Race Point Publishing
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
400 First Avenue North, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1722
Dalyn Miller Public Relations
9781937994693, $30.00,

Cake decorating is one of the sugar arts that uses icing or frosting and other edible decorative elements to make plain cakes more visually interesting. Alternatively, cakes can be molded and sculpted to resemble three-dimensional persons, places and things. Cakes are decorated to mark a special celebration (such as a birthday or wedding). They can also mark national or religious holidays, or be used to promote commercial enterprises. However, cakes may be baked and decorated for almost any social occasion. Liz Marek is the owner of Artisan Cake Company in Portland Oregon. With the "Artisan Cake Company's Visual Guide to Cake Decorating" she draws upon her years of experience and expertise to create a profusely illustrated, 224 page instruction manual and guide that will enable even the most novice of kitchen cooks to create elegant decorative masterpieces that will grace any dining occasion from simple family parties to the most epicurean celebratory occasion. "Artisan Cake Company's Visual Guide to Cake Decorating" features cake and frosting recipes, elements and principles of cake design, textures and finishes, modeled figures, sugar flowers, celebration cakes, and the 'Science of Structure'. "Artisan Cake Company's Visual Guide to Cake Decorating" is enthusiastically recommended for personal, family, and community library cookbook collections.

Asian Cooking Made Simple
Habeeb Salloum
Farcountry Press
PO Box 5630, Helena, MT 59604
9781591521341, $25.00,

"Asian Cooking Made Simple: A Culinary Journey Along The Silk Road And Beyond" by Candandia food and travel writer Habeeb Salloum is a profusely and beautifully illustrated, 176 page compendium comprised of thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes for dishes drawn from the kitchens and restaurants of the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Korea, China. Also featured are recipes from the tables and culinary heritage of Uyghur, Kashmiri Wazan, Inda, Sri Lanka, Iran, Iraq, the Arabian Gulf, Yemen, Syria, and Turkey. Of special note for American kitchens are the sections devoted to Asian Condiments and an impressive one page list of References. These are superbly presented dishes that would please even the most gourmet of palates and are as much fun to browse through as they are practical to plan meals and menus with. "Asian Cooking Made Simple" will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to personal, family, professional, and community library cookbook collections.

Modern Southwest Cooking
Ryan Clark
Rio Nuevo Publishers
PO Box 5250, Tucson, AZ 85703
9781933855912, $16.95,

In "Modern Southwest Cooking", professional chef and culinary expert Ryan Clark draws upon his more than 15 years of experience and expertise in Southwestern kitchens to compile a beautifully illustrated, 152 page compendium showcasing regional recipes for food and beverages that range from a Prickly Pear Mojito; Rattlesnake Bean Dip & Salsa Amarillo; Pan-Seared Sea Bass with Sweet corn Broth; and Crab Mashed Avocado with Pickled Scallions; to Chicken Meatballs in Mole; Chorizo Roasted Pork Belly; Garlic Aioli, Orange Pepper Jelly; and Rhubarb-Pineapple Crumble. Each featured recipe includes a succinct introduction, a complete list of ingredients, and step-by-step fool-proof instructions that will allow even the most novice of kitchen cooks to turn out professional restaurant quality dishes suitable for any and all dining occasions. "Modern Southwest Cooking" is certain to be an enduringly popular addition to personal, family, and community library cookbook collections.

Eat Right For Your Sight
Jennifer Trainer Thompson
The Experiment Publishing
220 East 23 Street, Suite 301, New York, NY 10010-4674
9781615192496, $24.95,

Macular degeneration, often age-related macular degeneration (AMD or ARMD), is a medical condition that usually affects older adults and results in a loss of vision in the center of the visual field (the macula) because of damage to the retina. It occurs in "dry" and "wet" forms. It is a major cause of blindness and visual impairment in older adults (>50 years), afflicting 30-50 million people globally. Macular degeneration can make it difficult or impossible to read or recognize faces, although enough peripheral vision remains to allow other activities of daily life. "Eat Right for Your Sight: Simple, Tasty Recipes that Help Reduce the Risk of Vision Loss from Macular Degeneration" is a beautifully illustrated, 240 page compendium comprise of palate pleasing, appetite satisfying, nutritionally enhanced dishes that would be appropriate for any and all dining occasions -- and have the additional benefit of being impressive sources of the kinds of nutrients that healthy eyes and eyesight require. The thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes range from Roasted Butternut Squash Hummus; Fish Soup with Vegetables; Spinach Salad with Cured Salmon and Pached Egg; Garlic-Lime Pork Chops; and Spicy Udon Noodles; to Broccoli with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Pine Nuts; Spiced Almonds with Cinnamon; Carrot Cake; Homemade Vegetable Juice; and Strawberry-Orange Smoothie. Enhanced with the inclusion of a Nutrients Table; 'Foods to Have in Your Pantry'; and advice for 'Getting Started', "Eat Right For Your Sight" is very highly recommended for personal, family, and community library cookbook collections. It should be noted that "Eat Right For Your Sight" is also available in a Kindle edition ($11.99).

The Magical Slow Cooker
Sarah Olson
Front Table Books
c/o Cedar Fort, Inc.
2373 West 700 South, Springville, Utah 84663
9781462115334, $19.99,

A slow cooker, also known as a Crock-Pot, is a counter top electrical cooking appliance that is used for simmering, which requires maintaining a relatively low temperature (compared to other cooking methods such as baking, boiling, and frying), allowing unattended cooking for many hours of pot roast, stews, soups, "boiled" dinners and other suitable dishes, including dips, desserts and beverages. It is one of the most versatile and (in terms of time) 'labor friendly' methods of cooking a meal. "The Magical Slow Cooker: Recipes for Busy Moms" by Sarah Olson is a 224 page culinary compendium showcasing superbly illustrated crock pot recipes for nutritious and delicious dishes that would please any palate, satisfy any appetite, and appropriate for any dining occasion from simple family meals to elegant dining occasions. The step-by-step recipes range from Ham Breakfast Burritos; Italian Beef Sliders; Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole; Chicken Tortilla Soup; Cowboy Chili Beans; and Texas Peach Barbecue Sandwiches; to a Pot Roast Dinner; Lemon Rosemary Chicken; Black Bean Tostadas; Stuffed Poblano Peppers; Blueberry Buckle; Strawberry Rhubarb Cornbread Cobbler; and Peanut Butter Chocolate Fondue. As much fun to browse through as inspiring to plan menus with, "The Magical Slow Cooker: Recipes for Busy Moms" is very highly recommended for both family and community library cookbook collections. It should also be noted that "The Magical Slow Cooker: Recipes for Busy Moms" is also available in a Kindle edition ($8.99).

The Political Science Shelf

The Contemporary Conflict Resolution Reader
Hugh Miall, et al.
c/o Blackwell Publishing
350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148
9780745686769, $99.95,

Conflict resolution, otherwise known as reconciliation, is conceptualized as the methods and processes involved in facilitating the peaceful ending of conflict and retribution. Often, committed group members attempt to resolve group conflicts by actively communicating information about their conflicting motives or ideologies to the rest of the group (e.g., intentions; reasons for holding certain beliefs), and by engaging in collective negotiation. Dimensions of resolution typically parallel the dimensions of conflict in the way the conflict is processed. Cognitive resolution is the way disputants understand and view the conflict, with beliefs and perspectives and understandings and attitudes. Emotional resolution is in the way disputants feel about a conflict, the emotional energy. Behavioral resolution is how one thinks the disputants act, their behavior. Ultimately, a wide range of methods and procedures for addressing conflict exist, including but not limited to negotiation, mediation, diplomacy, and creative peace building. The collaboratively compiled and co-edited by Hugh Miall (Professor of International Relations at the University of Kent), Tom Woodhouse (Adam Curle Professor of Conflict Resolution at the University of Bradford), Oliver Ramsbotham (Emeritus Professor of Conflict Resolution at the University of Bradford), and Christopher Mitchell (Professor Emeritus of Conflict Resolution at George Mason University), "The Contemporary Conflict Resolution Reader" is a 408 page compendium comprised of seventy-three informed and informative articles relevant to conflict resolution issues and which are deftly organized into six major sections: Foundations; Conflict Theories and Analysis; Praxis (1) Conflict Prevention and Nonviolence; Praxis (2) Mediation, Negotiation and Reconciliation; Praxis (3) Peacebuilding; Challenges and Future Directions. Enhanced with the inclusion of a one page 'Toolbox' and a useful index, "The Contemporary Conflict Resolution Reader" is very highly recommended for academic library Political Science reference collections in general, and Conflict Resolution Studies supplemental reading lists in particular. It should be noted that "The Contemporary Conflict Resolution Reader" is also available in a paperback edition (9780745686776, $34.95).

Handbook of Political Citizenship and Social Movements
Hein-Anton van der Heijden, editor
Edward Elgar Publishing
9 Dewey Court, Northampton, MA 01060-3815
9781781954690, $290.00,

Social movements are a type of group action. They are large, sometimes informal, groupings of individuals or organizations which focus on specific political or social issues. In other words, they carry out, resist or undo a social change. Modern Western social movements became possible through education and increased mobility of labor due to the industrialization and urbanization of 19th century societies. It is sometimes argued that the freedom of expression, education and relative economic independence prevalent in the modern Western culture are responsible for the unprecedented number and scope of various contemporary social movements. Compiled and edited by Hein-Anton van der Heijden (Associate Professor in Political Sciences, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands), the "Handbook of Political Citizenship and Social Movements" is a 712 page compendium comprised of an informative Introduction and twenty-five scholarly articles that are deftly organized into four major sections: Political citizenship: Approaches and Forms; Social Movements: Current Approaches and Recent Developments; Contemporary Social Movements; Social Movements and Political Citizenship in the Global South. Enhanced with the inclusion of a fifty-one page Index, the "Handbook of Political Citizenship and Social Movements" is an essential addition to academic library Political Science reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

The Literary Studies Shelf

Robert Frost's Poetry of Rural Life
George Monteiro
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9780786497898, $45.00,

Robert Lee Frost (March 26, 1874 - January 29, 1963) was an American poet. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech. His work frequently employed settings from rural life in New England in the early twentieth century, using them to examine complex social and philosophical themes. One of the most popular and critically respected American poets of the twentieth century, Frost was honored frequently during his lifetime, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry. He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1960 for his poetical works. On July 22, 1961, Frost was named Poet laureate of Vermont. "Robert Frost's Poetry of Rural Life" by George Monteiro (Professor Emeritus of English, Brown University) is a 192 page treatise on Frost's rural life themes offering an informed and informative literary critique that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Robert Frost's Poetry of Rural Life" is very highly recommended for academic library American Poets collections in general, and Robert Frost Studies supplemental reading lists in particular. It should be noted that "Robert Frost's Poetry of Rural Life" is also available in a Kindle edition ($23.99).

The Sports Shelf

High-Powered Plyometrics
James Radcliffe & Robert Farentinos
Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc.
PO Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61820-5076
9781450498135, $21.95,

Plyometrics, also known as "jump training" or "plyos", are exercises in which muscles exert maximum force in short intervals of time, with the goal of increasing both speed and power. This training focuses on learning to move from a muscle extension to a contraction in a rapid or "explosive" manner, such as in specialized repeated jumping. Plyometrics are primarily used by athletes, especially martial artists and high jumpers, to improve performance, and are used in the fitness field to a much lesser degree. Now in a fully updated and significantly expanded second edition, "High-Powered Plyometrics" is a 215 page instructional guide co-authored by James Radcliffe and Robert Farentinos. Especially recommended to the attention of both amateur and professional athletes and martial arts students, as well as athletes, coaches, and strength and conditioning experts, "High-Powered Plyometrics" showcases the principles of high-intensity plyometric training, power assessments, and development of long- and short-term conditioning programs. A perfect, do-it-yourself hands-on guide, "High-Powered Plyometrics" should be a part of every school athletic program and academic library Athletics & Sports instructional reference collection.

The American History Shelf

The Great Divide
Thomas Fleming
Da Capo Press
c/o Perseus Book Group
250 W. 57th St., Suite 1500, New York, NY 10107
9780306821271 $27.99

Historian Thomas Fleming (well-known for his guest appearances on PBS, C-SPAN, and the History Channel, and his contributed articles to "American Heritage" and "MHQ") presents The Great Divide: The Conflict Between Washington and Jefferson that Defined a Nation, an in-depth examination of the deep and severe political disagreements between two of America's most influential Founding Fathers. Each had drastically different visions of the presidency, what America's foreign policy should be, the role of merchants and farmers in a republic, and whether or not the new nation would last. Their clash of wills would resonate in American politics for generations, even to the present day. A fascinating study of strong-willed genius, The Great Divide is a "must-have" for college and public library American History shelves.

In the Path of Destruction
Richard Waitt
WSU Press
PO Box 645910, Pullman, WA 99164-5910
9780874223231 $22.95

Author and scientist Richard Waitt was a member of a U.S. Geological Survey team conducting research in the Cascades. In the Path of Destruction: Eyewitness Chronicles of Mount St. Helens is the culmination of his efforts to gather eyewitness accounts of Mount St. Helens' eruption. The fruit of decades of investigation and recording, In the Path of Destruction is extraordinarily clear, interspersing the stories of survivors with occasional black-and-white photographs or maps. The next best thing to witnessing a volcano eruption in person (and far safer!), In the Path of Destruction is highly recommended.

The Long Gilded Age
Leon Fink
University of Pennsylvania Press
3905 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-4112
9780812246889, $45.00, 216pp,

The Gilded Age in United States history is the late 19th century, from the 1870s to about 1900. The term was coined by writer Mark Twain in "The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today" (1873), which satirized an era of serious social problems masked by a thin gold gilding. The Gilded Age was an era of rapid economic growth, especially in the North and West. American wages, especially for skilled workers, were much higher than in Europe, which attracted millions of immigrants. The increase of industrialization meant, despite the increasing labor force, real wages in the US grew 60% from 1860 to 1890, and continued to rise after that. However, the Gilded Age was also an era of poverty as very poor European immigrants poured into the country. "The Long Gilded Age: American Capitalism and the Lessons of a New World Order" by Leon Fink (Distinguished Professor of History, The University of Illinois - Chicago) is presented in five definitive chapters (The American Ideology;' Great Strikes Revisited; The University and Industrial Reform; Labor's Search for Legitimacy; coming of Age in Internationalist Times". "The Long Gilded Age" is an impressive work of seminal scholarship that is enhanced with the inclusion of an informative Introduction and Epilogue, 40 pages of Notes; and a five page Index. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "The Long Gilded Age" is very strongly recommended for academic library American History, Economic Studies, and Labor History reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists. It should be noted that "The Long Gilded Age" is also available in a Kindle edition ($36.00).

The World History Shelf

Truth & Tales
Fiona Somerset & Nicholas Watson
Ohio State University Press
180 Pressey Hall, 1070 Carmack Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1002
9780814212714, $69.95,

In European history, the Middle Ages, or Medieval period, lasted from the 5th to the 15th century. It began with the collapse of the Western Roman Empire and merged into the Renaissance and the Age of Discovery. The Middle Ages is the middle period of the three traditional divisions of Western history: Antiquity, Medieval period, and Modern period. The Medieval period is itself subdivided into the Early, the High, and the Late Middle Ages. Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by Fiona Somerset (Professor of English and Medieval Studies, University of Connecticut) and Nicholas Watson (Professor of English and Medieval Studies, Harvard University), "Truth and Tales: Cultural Mobility and Medieval Media" is a 360 page compendium comprised of fourteen erudite articles by expert scholars and researches. These seminal articles are deftly organized into five sections: The Truth of Tales 1; Repetition and Continuity: The Claims of History; Cultural Divides and Their Common Ground; New Media and the Literate Laity; The Truth of Tales 2. A model collection of scholarly contributions, "Truth and Tales: Cultural Mobility and Medieval Media" is a valued and essential addition to academic library Medieval Studies reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists. It should be noted that "Truth and Tales: Cultural Mobility and Medieval Media " is also available as a Multimedia CD ($14.95).

Toronto: Biography of a City
Allan Levine
Douglas & McIntyre
#211 - 2323 Quebec Street, Vancouver, BC V5T 4S7 Canada
9781771000222, $36.95, 464pp,

Toronto is the most populous city in Canada and the provincial capital of Ontario. It is located in Southern Ontario on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario, with the original city area lying between the Don and Humber rivers. According to the 2011 Census, the city had 2,615,060 residents while its census metropolitan area (CMA), which comprises the majority of the Greater Toronto Area, had a population of 5,583,064. The history of Toronto began in the late 18th century when the British Crown purchased its land from the Mississaugas of the New Credit. The settlement established there became York, which lieutenant governor John Graves Simcoe designated as the capital of Upper Canada. The city was ransacked in the Battle of York during the War of 1812. In 1834, York became a city and renamed to Toronto. It was damaged in two huge fires in 1849 and 1904. Since 1954, the city occasionally expanded its borders through amalgamation with surrounding municipalities, most recently occurring in 1998. This process has left Toronto with clearly defined neighborhoods that have retained their distinctive nature, earning it the nickname the "City of Neighborhoods". The character, anecdotes and circumstance oriented commentaries comprising author Allan Levine's captivating prose integrates the sights, sounds and feel of Toronto with a broad historical perspective, linking the city's present with its past through themes such as politics, transportation, public health, ethnic diversity and sports. "Toronto: Biography of a City" invites readers to discover the city's lively spirit over four centuries and to wander purposefully through the city's many unique neighborhoods, where they can encounter the striking and peculiar characters who have inhabited them: the powerful and powerless, the entrepreneurs and the entertainers, and the moral and the corrupt, all of whom have contributed to Toronto's collective identity. Very highly recommended for community and academic library collections, "Toronto: Biography of a City" is informed and informative reading -- and could well serve as a template for other metropolitan histories.

The Biography Shelf

American Mythmaker
Mark J. Dworkin
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780806146850 $29.95

American Mythmaker: Walter Noble Burns and the Legends of Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, and Joaquin Murrieta is the first literary biography of Walter Noble Burns (1872-1932), Spanish-American War veteran, "Chicago Tribune" journalist (who covered J. Pershing's pursuit of Pancho Villa in Mexico), and most notably of all, the man who transformed three obscure-at-the-time individuals - an outlaw, a marshal, and a bandit - into legends of the American West. He wrote the three books that propelled Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, and Joaquin Murrieta into the American public consciousness, applying both his journalistic training and his skill at storytelling. Burns' work influenced how America would perceive the history of the West for generations to come. Enriched with extensive notes and an index, American Mythmaker demystifies Burns' life, accomplishments, influences, and legacy, and is especially recommended for public and college library collections.

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

Richardson Dilworth: Last of the Bare-Knuckled Aristocrats is a biography of Richardson Dilworth (1898-1974), a politician dedicated to reforming corruption. A liberal Democrat who moved to Philadelphia in 1926, Dilworth challenged the Republican political dominance, weathering repeated defeats and earning the moniker "bare-knocked aristocrat". In 1951, Dilworth and Joseph S. Clark ended 67 years of GOP control of the city (often marked by corruption). Clark served one term as mayor, followed by a place in the U.S. Senate. Dilworth served first as Philadelphia's district attorney, then as its mayor, and finally as head of the city's Board of Education during the turbulent 1960s. The stirring life story of a noble and principled Pennsylvania man, Richardson Dilworth: Last of the Bare-Knuckled Aristocrats is highly recommended especially for public library biography shelves.

A Great And Terrible King
Marc Morris
Pegasus Books
80 Broad Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10004
9781605986845, $29.95,

Edward I (17 June 1239 - 7 July 1307), also known as Edward Longshanks and the Hammer of the Scots, was King of England from 1272 to 1307. The first son of Henry III, Edward was involved early in the political intrigues of his father's reign, which included an outright rebellion by the English barons. In 1259, he briefly sided with a baronial reform movement, supporting the Provisions of Oxford. After reconciliation with his father, however, he remained loyal throughout the subsequent armed conflict, known as the Second Barons' War. After the Battle of Lewes, Edward was hostage to the rebellious barons, but escaped after a few months and joined the fight against Simon de Montfort. Montfort was defeated at the Battle of Evesham in 1265, and within two years the rebellion was extinguished. With England pacified, Edward joined the Ninth Crusade to the Holy Land. The crusade accomplished little, and Edward was on his way home in 1272 when he was informed that his father had died. Making a slow return, he reached England in 1274 and was crowned at Westminster on 19 August. He spent much of his reign reforming royal administration and common law. Through an extensive legal inquiry, Edward investigated the tenure of various feudal liberties, while the law was reformed through a series of statutes regulating criminal and property law. Increasingly, however, Edward's attention was drawn towards military affairs. After suppressing a minor rebellion in Wales in 1276 - 77, Edward responded to a second rebellion in 1282 - 83 with a full-scale war of conquest. After a successful campaign, Edward subjected Wales to English rule, built a series of castles and towns in the countryside and settled them with English people. Next, his efforts were directed towards Scotland. Initially invited to arbitrate a succession dispute, Edward claimed feudal suzerainty over the kingdom. In the war that followed, the Scots persevered, even though the English seemed victorious at several points. At the same time there were problems at home. In the mid-1290s, extensive military campaigns required high levels of taxation, and Edward met with both lay and ecclesiastical opposition. These crises were initially averted, but issues remained unsettled. When the King died in 1307, he left to his son, Edward II, an ongoing war with Scotland and many financial and political problems. "A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain" by Marc Morris (Fellow of the Royal Historical Society) is a 480 page biography of one of England's most influential medieval monarchs. In "A Great And Terrible King", British historian Marc Morris examines afresh the forces that drove Edward throughout his relentless career: his character, his Christian faith, and his sense of England's destiny, as well as the competing reasons that led Edward's opponents (including Robert Bruce) to resist him. Enhanced with color and b&w photos, a list of abbreviations, chapter notes, a bibliography, Family Trees, and a comprehensive index, "A Great And Terrible King" is an extraordinary read and highly recommended for both community and academic library collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "A Great And Terrible King" is also available in a Kindle edition ($14.49).

A Triumph Of Genius
Ronald K. Fierstein
c/o American Bar Association
321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60610
9781627227698, $35.00, 644pp,

Edwin Herbert Land (May 7, 1909 - March 1, 1991) was an American scientist and inventor who was best known to the general public as the co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation. Among other things, he invented inexpensive filters for polarizing light, a practical system of in-camera instant photography, and his retinex theory of color vision. His Polaroid instant camera, which went on sale in late 1948, made it possible for a picture to be taken and developed in 60 seconds or less. "A Triumph of Genius: Edwin Land, Polaroid, and the Kodak Patent War" by Ronald K. Fierstein is a riveting biography showcasing the spectacular life of Edwin Land, perhaps the most important, yet least known inventor and technology entrepreneur in American history. Land's most famous achievement was the creation of a revolutionary film and camera system that could produce a photographic print moments after the picture was taken. "A Triumph of Genius" takes you behind the scenes of this reclusive genius's discoveries, triumphs, and defeats, including his involvement over four decades with top-secret U.S. military intelligence efforts during World War II and through the Cold War in the service of seven American presidents. Additionally provided is an analytical history of one of our nation's most important legal battles over intellectual property -- Polaroid versus Kodak. This corporate and legal struggle is a story of almost operatic dimension. What began as a cooperative and collegial relationship ended in Kodak's betrayal. The conflict led to an epic legal battle, a dramatic event for Land who, from the witness stand, personally starred in a compelling courtroom drama. Exceptionally well researched, written, and presented, "A Triumph of Genius: Edwin Land, Polaroid, and the Kodak Patent War" is very highly recommended for personal, community, and academic library 20th Century American Biography collections. It should be noted that "A Triumph Of Genius" is also available in a Kindle edition ($8.49), as an audio book CD ($31.49), and as an audible download ($32.95).

The Criminology Shelf

The Real World of Sherlock
B.J. Rahn
Amberley Publishing
c/o Casemate Publishers
908 Darby Road, Havertown, PA19083
9781445637648 $34.95

The Real World of Sherlock explores the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary literary sleuth of the Victorian era. Chapters explore the real-life critical thinkers that likely influenced Doyle, particularly Dr. Joseph Bell; the connection between Doyle's literature and that of Edgar Allen Poe, inventor of the detective story; and the practices of police detectives as well as crime scene investigation at the time. An excellent companion to Doyle's works, The Real World of Sherlock is as enlightening as it is fascinating, and highly recommended.

Violent Offenders, third edition
Grant T. Harris, et al.
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242
9781433819018, $79.00,

The collaborative work of Grant T. Harris (Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology at Queen's University at Kingston, Canada and adjunct professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto, Canada); Marnie E. Rice (Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, McMaster University, Canada); Vernon L. Quinsey (Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Biology, and Psychiatry, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada); and Catherine A. Cormier (a Research and Clinical Psychometrist with the Research Department of the Waypoint Centre), "Violent Offenders: Appraising and Managing Risk" is a 470 page compendium that is now in an updated and expanded third edition which is deftly organized into five major sections: Historical and Methodological Context; A New Generation of Follow-Up Research; Development of Actuarial Violence Risk Assessment Tools; Changing the Practice of Violence Risk Assessment; and Altering the Risk of Violence and Final Conclusions. Enhanced with the inclusion of thirteen Appendices, seventy-six pages of References, and a twelve page Index, "Violent Offenders: Appraising and Managing Risk" is a seminal study adhering to the highest standards of scholarship and a critically important addition to academic library Psychological Studies and Criminology Studies reference collections.

The Holocaust Studies Shelf

Moroni and the Swastika
David Conley Nelson
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780806146683 $29.95

Moroni and the Swastika is a harrowing account of how some fourteen thousand Mormons survived and prospered in Nazi Germany - through extensive collaboration with Adolf Hitler's National Socialist government. Mormon officials sought to fit into the Third Reich by emphasizing common ties with the Nazi state, including interest in genealogical pursuits and a love of sports. Husband served in the Wehrmacht and sons joined the Hitler Youth; congregations prayed for a German victory when the war began; Jewish references were carefully scrubbed from hymnals, lesson plans, and liturgical practices. One American mission president wrote an article for the official Nazi Party newspaper, enthusiastically gushing about the parallels between Utah Mormon and German Nazi society. Author, historian, and U.S. Marine Corps veteran David Conley Nelson documents this dark chapter in twentieth-century Mormon history, decrying attempts to rewrite what truly happened: greater and more willing collaboration than offered by other small religious groups in that time and place, to the point where some Mormon leaders of WW II Germany could legitimately be called Nazis. As disturbing as it is informative, Moroni and the Swastika is a vital addition to world history and holocaust studies shelves.

Female SS Guards And Workaday Violence
Elissa Mailander, author
Patricia Szobar, translator
Michigan State University Press
1405 South Harrison Road, Suite 25, East Lansing, MI 48823-5245
9781611861709, $49.95 (HC), $31.96 (Kindle),

Majdanek was a Nazi German concentration and extermination camp established on the outskirts of the city of Lublin during the German occupation of Poland in World War II. Although initially purposed for forced labor rather than extermination, the camp was used to kill people on an industrial scale during Operation Reinhard, the German plan to murder all Jews within their General Government territory of Poland. The camp, which operated from October 1, 1941 until July 22, 1944, was captured nearly intact, because the rapid advance of the Soviet Red Army during Operation Bagration prevented the SS from destroying most of its infrastructure; but also, due to the ineptitude of commandant Anton Thernes who failed in his task of removing incriminating evidence of war crimes. Majdanek, also known to the SS as Konzentrationslager Lublin, remains the best preserved Nazi concentration camp of the Holocaust. Unlike other similar camps in Nazi occupied Poland, Majdanek was not located in a remote rural location away from population centres, but within the boundaries of a major city. This proximity led the camp to be named 'Majdanek' ("little Majdan") by local people in 1941 because it was adjacent to the city's district of Majdan Tatarski ("Tatar Maidan") in Lublin. The Nazi documents initially called the site "Prisoner of War Camp of the Waffen-SS in Lublin" because of the way it was operated and funded. It was renamed by RSHA in Berlin as Konzentrationslager on April 9, 1943; however, the local Polish name is how it is remembered. "Female SS Guards and Workaday Violence: The Majdanek Concentration Camp, 1942-1944" by Elissa Mailander (Formerly a visiting fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies in Washington D.C., and now an Associate Professor at the Centre d'histoire de Sciences Po and on the staff of the Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales and the Centre interdisciplinaire d'etudes et de recherches sur l'Allemagne in Paris) is a 434 page historical study about how otherwise "ordinary women " who were the camp guards, like their male counterparts, became capable of the sustained, systemic, brutal, dehumanizing violence that was the daily life in a holocaust concentration camp. An impressive work of seminal scholarship, "Female SS Guards and Workaday Violence: The Majdanek Concentration Camp, 1942-1944" is a critically important and highly recommended contribution to academic library Holocaust Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Fiction Shelf

Nonprofit: A Novel
Matt Burriesci
New Issues Poetry & Prose
c/o Western Michigan University
1903 W. Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5463
c/o Marian Brown PR
9781936970292 $26.00

Winner of the 2014 Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Award for the Novel, Nonprofit: A Novel is an eyebrow-raising saga about a man caught in the midst of professional and personal crises. John MacManus left Chicago to become executive director of Quill & Pad, a longstanding nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing American letters. Two months into his new job, MacManus discovers the cleverly concealed red ink - Quill & Pad is bankrupt. Despite a paper trail suggesting seven million in the bank, Quill & Pad's actual resources are stripped down to its last five hundred thousand. Just where did all of Quill & Pad's money go? How can MacManus bankroll Quill & Pad's upcoming benefit gala and avoid horrendous financial scandal? MacManus' life at home becomes even more tangled when he learns that he and his wife cannot conceive children without expensive medical assistance - he has to undergo corrective testicular surgery, and she has to begin hormone replacement therapy. Witty, tongue-and-cheek, and painting a darkly humorous picture of modern-day graft and corruption, Nonprofit: A Novel is a must-read for the twenty-first century.

Mikheil Javakhishvili, author
Donald Rayfield, translator
Dalkey Archive Press
1805 S. Wright Street, MC-011, Champaign, IL 61820
9781564788795, $17.95,

Mikheil Javakhishvili (November 8, 1880 - September 30, 1937) was a Georgian novelist who is regarded as one of the top twentieth-century Georgian writers. His first story appeared in 1903, but then the writer lapsed into a long pause before returning to writing in the early 1920s. His recalcitrance to the Soviet ideological pressure cost him life: he was executed during Joseph Stalin's Great Purge and his writings were banned for nearly twenty years. Ably translated into English by Donald Rayfield and the latest addition to the outstanding 'Georgian Literature Series' from the Dalkey Archive Press, "Kvachi" is a 512 page novel that wonderfully showcases the storytelling talents of a major literary figure. "Kvachi" is the story of a confidence trickster that engages in insurance fraud, bank robbery -- when he's not engaged as a womanizer and associating with the infamous Rasputin. A film maker, a revolutionary, and a pimp, Kvachi is a man of many endeavors -- most of them illegal! Banned in Communist Russia, "Kavachi" is highly recommended and entertaining reading. It should be a part of every academic library's Georgian Literature collection in general, and Mikheil Javakhishvili literary studies supplemental reading list in particular.

The Philosophy Shelf

Anthropology & Philosophy
Sune Liisberg, Esther Oluffa Pedersen, and Anne Line Dalsgard, editors
Berghahn Books
20 Jay Street, Suite 512, Brooklyn, NY 11201
9781782385561, $95.00,

Anthropology is the scientific study of humans, past and present, that draws and builds upon knowledge from the social sciences, life sciences, and humanities. Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems, such as those connected with reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language. Dialogue is a written or spoken conversational exchange between two or more people, Collaboratively compiled and edited by the academic team of Sune Liisberg (External Lecturer of Philosophy, Psychology, and Intercultural Communication, Aarhus University), Esther Oluffa Pedersen (Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Roskilde), and Anne Line Dalsgard (Associate Professor, Aarhus University), "Anthropology & Philosophy: Dialogues on Trust and Hope" is a 302 page compendium comprised of an informative Introduction and six scholarly dialogues, each of which includes a Joint Statement, the discussion itself, and a list of References. Enhanced with the inclusion of an Epilogue (Anthropology and Philosophy in Dialogue?) by Anne Line Dalsgard and Soren Harnow Klausen, a four page Notes on Contributors, and a sixteen page Index, ""Anthropology & Philosophy: Dialogues on Trust and Hope" is a thoughtful and thought-provoking read that is a significant and highly recommended addition to academic library Anthropology and Philosophy reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

The Environmental Studies Shelf

Protecting The Wild
George Wuerthner, Eillen Crist, Tom Butler, editors
Island Press
2000 M St NW Suite 650, Washington, DC 20036
9781610915489, $24.95,

A park is an area of open space provided for recreational use. It can be in its natural or semi-natural state, or planted, and is set aside for human enjoyment or for the protection of wildlife or natural habitats. It may consist of rocks, soil, water, flora and fauna and grass areas, but may also contain buildings and other artifacts such as play grounds. Many natural parks are protected by law. A wilderness is a natural environment on Earth that has not been significantly modified by civilized human activity. Conservation is the ethical of resource use, allocation, and protection. Its primary focus is upon maintaining the health of the natural world, its fisheries, habitats, and biological diversity. Secondary focus is on materials conservation, including non-renewable resources such as metals, minerals and fossil fuels, and energy conservation, which is important to protect the natural world. Those who follow the conservation ethic and, especially, those who advocate or work toward conservation goals are termed conservationists. Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by the team of George Wuerthner (Ecological Projects Director, Foundation for Deep Ecology), academician Eillen Crist (Department of Science and Technology in Society, Virginia Tech), Vermont-based conservation activist Tom Butler (Board President of the Northeast Wilderness Trust), "Protecting the Wild: Parks and Wilderness, the Foundation for Conservation" is a 392 page compendium comprised of twenty-eight articles contributed by expert researchers, scholars, and environmental activists. These seminal articles are deftly organized into three major sections: Bold Thinking About Protecting The Wild; Rewilding The Earth, Rewilding Ourselves; Protected Areas: The Foundation For Conservation. Enhanced with an informed and informative Introduction and Afterword; a list of Acknowledgments; a list of Contributors, fifty-six pages of Notes; and a thirty-nine page Index, "Protecting the Wild: Parks and Wilderness, the Foundation for Conservation" is a critically important contribution to academic library Environmental Studies reference collections and the supplemental studies lists for non-specialist general readers with an interest in preserving local, county, state, and federal parks and wilderness designated areas. It should be noted that "Protecting the Wild: Parks and Wilderness, the Foundation for Conservation" is also available in a Kindle edition ($14.39).


The Military Shelf

The Modern Mercenary
Sean McFate
Oxford University Press
198 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016-4314
9780199360109, $29.95, 272pp,

A mercenary is a person who takes part in an armed conflict who is not a national or a party to the conflict and is motivated to take part in the hostilities by the desire for private gain. Currently the United States is calling its mercenaries by the term 'private contractors'. "The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order" by Sean McFate (Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and an Associate Professor at the national Defense University) is a 272 page analytical survey identifying and explaining the economic structure of the contemporary mercenary industry and reveals in specific and documented detail how mercenary firms operate on the ground. Drawing from his experience and expertise as a former U.S. Army paratrooper and private military contractor, Sean McFate provides an unparalleled perspective into the nuts and bolts of the industry, as well as a sobering prognosis for the future of war. An extraordinary and seminal work, "The Modern Mercenary" combines a broad ranging theory of the today's use of mercenary assets with an true insider's understanding of what the world of the private military industry is actually like. Exceptionally well written, "The Modern Mercenary" is a critically important addition to community and academic library Military Studies reference collections and is thoroughly accessible and commended to the non-specialist general reader with an interest in the employment of contemporary mercenary forces by the United States and other nations. It should be noted that "The Modern Mercenary" is also available in a Kindle edition ($14.99).

The Education Shelf

Giants in the Nursery
David Elkind, PhD
Redleaf Press
10 Yorkton Court, St. Paul, MN 55117-1065
9781605543703 $29.95

In Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP), a teacher or caregiver instructs children while taking into account theories of child development, the child's individual strengths and weaknesses as gleaned through authentic assessment, and the child's cultural background. Author David Elkind, PhD (Professor Emeritus of Child Development, Tufts University) presents Giants in the Nursery: A Biographical History of Developmentally Appropriate Practice, a close examination of the history and usage of the educational concept of DAP. Especial focus is placed upon the psychology pioneers whose ideas shaped DAP into the form it is used today, including John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Maria Montessori, Sigmund Freud, and much more. An excellent, thoughtful, well-reasoned account, ideal for college library educational studies shelves.

Sharing the Blue Crayon
Mary Anne Buckley
Stenhouse Publishers
480 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101-3451
9781625310118 $20.00

Mary Anne Buckley, an elementary school teacher of eleven years' experience, presents Sharing the Blue Crayon: How to Integrate Social, Emotional, and Literary Learning, an educational guides about weaving social and emotional learning into the standard curriculum for young children. Students need to learn valuable skills such as empathy, how to function as part of a group, self-control, and how to give and receive feedback, as surely as they need to learn how to read and write well. Chapters discuss classroom-tested educational strategies, with illuminating anecdotes. A list of references and an index round out this excellent resource, highly recommended for professionals in the field.

Evaluating and Supporting Early Childhood Teachers
Angele Sancho Passe, MA
Redleaf Press
10 Yorkton Court, St. Paul, MN 55117-1065
9781605543666 $24.95

Early childhood education consultant of thirty years' experience Angele Sancho Passe presents Evaluating and Supporting Early Childhood Teachers, a professional guide to defining quality teaching, establishing best practices, supporting the development of teachers, and creating a positive workplace community. Filled with tips, tricks, tools, and techniques, Evaluating and Supporting Early Childhood Teachers is a "must-have" for professionals in the field. "Communication needs to happen officially in large groups, small groups, and individually. It needs to happen in writing and in person. When communication is not explicit, a secondary system of rumors and hearsay tends to develop through the grapevine... If you are not clearly communicating information to your teachers, they will fill in the blanks with their own ideas and interpretations."

Teaching Reasoning
Laurel Hecker, Julia A. Simms, Ming Lee Newcomb
Marzano Research Laboratory
555 N. Morton Street, Bloomington, IN 47404
9780990345817, $34.95,

Reason is the capacity for consciously making sense of things, applying logic, establishing and verifying facts, and changing or justifying practices, institutions, and beliefs based on new or existing information. It is closely associated with such characteristically human activities as philosophy, science, language, mathematics, and art and is considered to be a definitive characteristic of human nature. The concept of reason is sometimes referred to as rationality and sometimes as discursive reason, in opposition to intuitive reason. Reason or "reasoning" is associated with thinking, cognition, and intellect. Reason, like habit or intuition, is one of the ways by which thinking comes from one idea to a related idea. For example, it is the means by which rational beings understand themselves to think about cause and effect, truth and falsehood, and what is good or bad. It is also closely identified with the ability to self-consciously change beliefs, attitudes, traditions, and institutions, and therefore with the capacity for freedom and self-determination. Collaboratively compiled by the Marzano Research Development Team of Laurel Hecker, Julia A. Simms, Ming Lee Newcomb, "Teaching Reasoning: Activities and Games for the Classroom" is a 312 page compendium of classroom based activities and games specifically designed to foster the use of reasoning on the part of students ranging from Kindergarten through the 12th grade. Offering a wealth of tools for reinforcing student reasoning and the transmission of complex information so essential for academic and lifetime success, "Teaching Reasoning" is a versatile and highly recommended school curriculum supplement resource that is exceptionally 'user friendly' for both classroom instructors and their students. It should be noted that "Teaching Reasoning" is also available in a Kindle edition ($18.69).

The Psychology Shelf

Doing Exercise Psychology
Mark B. Andersen & Stephanie J. Hanrahan, editors
Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc.
PO Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61820-5076
9781450431842 $71.00

Also available as an ebook, Doing Exercise Psychology is a resource created especially for psychologists, therapists, and exercise scientists. Chapter especially address how to overcome mental barriers to exercise for greater health, or therapeutic treatment. From research on adjunct exercise therapy for alcohol use disorders, to learning how to use "motivational interviewing" (communication designed to strengthen personal motivation for and commitment to a goal), to reshaping ingrained bad diet or exercise habits, to the nuances of inspiring a sports team to victory, Doing Exercise Psychology spells out methodologies, priorities, and best practices. An invaluable resource for psychologists and fitness professionals alike, Doing Exercise Psychology is especially recommended for college library collections.

The Audiobook Shelf

Racing Demon
David Hare
L.A. Theatre Works
681 Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291
9781580818919 $29.95

Eleven talented actors present a vivacious, full-cast performance in Racing Demon, the audiobook production of a critically lauded play about the roles that priests play. Four clergymen each try to make sense of their mission and calling, while the Church of England's influence is confusing and contradictory. Racing Demon is especially memorable for its straightforward revelations about gay ordination and the doctrine of the priesthood. Eyebrow-rasing, emotional, insightful, and as relevant today as when it was first performed in 1990, Racing Demon is enthusiastically recommended. 2 CDs, 2 hours 3 min.

The Library CD Shelf

In Style Again
Jim Ed Brown
Plowboy Records
c/o Webster & Associates (publicity)
33 Music Sq West, Ste 100B
Nashville, TN 37203-6606
$10.00 CD / $9.49 MP3

Country music singer Jim Ed Brown presents In Style Again, his first solo album in three decades. Smoothly performed with resolute spirit, In Style Again has a unique, trip-down-memory-lane storytelling flair. The tracks are "When The Sun Says Hello To The Mountain", "Tried And True", "In Style Again", "Watching The World Walking By", "You Again", "I Love It", "Don't Let Me Cross Over", "Older Guy", "It's A Good Life", "Lucky Enough", "Laura (Do You Love Me)", "The Last One", and "Am I Still Country?"

The Library DVD Shelf

Code Black
Bullfrog Films, Inc.
PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547
1941545262 $350.00

Licensed for public performance, Code Black is a documentary in which physician Ryan McGarry gives the viewer access to America's busiest Emergency Department. Following a team of young doctors-in-training, Code Black shows the struggle to save lives, the failings of a complex and overloaded system, and Los Angeles County Hospital's legendary trauma bay "C-Booth". Harrowing and unforgettable, Code Black is an insider's glimpse into America's only 24/7 healthcare safety net, highly recommended especially for public and college library DVD shelves. 81 min., SDH captions, not rated (contains graphic ER scenes and some profanity).

Refuge: Caring for Survivors of Torture
Bullfrog Films, Inc.
PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547
1941545300 $325.00

Licensed for public performance, Refuge: Caring for Survivors of Torture is a DVD documentary about refugees and asylum seekers who are survivors of politically motivated torture, and who seek to immigrate to the U.S. Some arrive legally; some are undocumented; some have families; and some are entirely on their own. Advocates for torture survivors include principled healthcare and social service professionals as well as citizen volunteer, who cooperate to provide care and support to survivors in search of new lives. Refuge: Caring for Survivors of Torture focuses on five treatment and support programs in Minneapolis, Atlanta, the Boston area, and Washington D.C. Drawing upon interviews with survivors, professionals, and volunteers, Refuge: Caring for Survivors of Torture is a moving testimony to individual courage, conscience, and dedication, as well as a call to action. Highly recommended, especially for public and college library DVD collections. 57 min., closed captioned.

GO SLOW WHOA Nutrition
PO Box 8082, Shawnee Mission, KS 66208
9781559426008 $79.95

Thoroughly accessible to young students, GO SLOW WHOA Nutrition is a brief, educational DVD about basic nutrition and learning to make healthy choices. Simple animation brings to life a "game show" format where the anthropomorphic foods Jonathan Apple, Turkey Sandwich, and Crunchy Carrot provide the right answers; meanwhile, Candy Bar and Do Nut struggle to get started and often wind up in the Yuck Shack. Topics covered include the basic food groups; the effects of too much sugar, salt, or high fructose corn syrup; the importance of drinking water; keeping portions at a healthy size; limiting between-meal snacks; and incorporating positive habits into one's daily routine. Given America's current obesity epidemic, informative shows such as GO SLOW WHOA Nutrition are strongly recommended for homeroom viewing, public library collections, and school library DVD shelves from the kindergarten/elementary to high school grades! 15 min., closed-captioned.

Keep it Clean! Hygiene
Original lyrics & music by Rainmaker Bob Walkenhorst
PO Box 8082, Shawnee Mission, KS 66208
9781559426022 $79.95

Keep it Clean! Hygiene is a brief, educational DVD for all ages about the basics of good hygiene. Original music and rap lyrics by Rainmaker Bob Walkenhorst helps viewers remember key information about head to toe cleanliness, including acne prevention, brushing & flossing, eye safety, hearing safety, simple first aid and wound care, hand washing "musts", and the valuable role of good hygiene in preventing the spread of bacteria or viruses that can cause colds, the flu, stomach maladies, or worse infections. Keep it Clean! Hygiene is an excellent resource for homeroom viewing in school classrooms, and highly recommended especially for public and school library DVD collections. 18 min., closed-captioned.

Discoveries... America National Parks: Washington D.C.
Bennet Watt HD Productions, Inc.
13021 - 244 Avenue SE
Issaquah, WA 98027
9781604901788 $24.95

Part of the high-definition "Discoveries... America National Parks" video essay series (each of which is available in both DVD and Blu-ray), Discoveries... America National Parks: Washington D.C. is a beautiful tour of dozens of notable locations in America's capitol city. Locations surveyed include the Theodore Roosevelt Island Memorial, the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site to the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, multiple departments of the Smithsonian Institution, and much more. Striking footage and educational narration make Discoveries... America National Parks: Washington D.C. especially appealing to public and school library DVD collections as well as armchair travelers! 50 min.

The Journalism Shelf

Student Journalism & Media Literacy
Megan Fromm, Homer L. Hall, and Aaron Manfull
The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc.
29 East 21st Street, New York, NY 10010
9781477781326 $106.60

Student Journalism & Media Literacy is an extensive, educational textbook about journalism and media literacy. Accessible to high school and college students alike, chapters discuss news writing, feature writing, column writing, sports writing, editorial writing, headline writing, writing yearbook copy, style and editing, photography, caption writing, digital content creation, managing a news website, ethics and digital citizenship, careers in journalism, and much more. Full-color photography embellishes the point-by-point concepts, in this educational text brimming with information about the latest revolutions that the Internet has brought to the field of journalism. Student Journalism & Media Literacy is a superb resource for teaching an introductory course, and highly recommended for high school and college library Journalism and Media Studies shelves, or for self-study.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Canine Nutrigenomics
W. Jean Dodds, DVM and Diana R. Laverdure
Dogwise Publishing
403 South Mission Street
Wenatchee WA 98801
9781617811548 $24.95

Canine Nutrigenomics: The New Science of Feeding Your Dog for Optimum Health is about the emerging veterinary science discipline of canine nutrigenomics - how diet affects a dog's gene expression at the cellular level, and the role of nutrition in promoting health and preventing disease. Chapters focus on practical applications - how to feed one's dog in a manner to control their weight, or help them resist cancer, arthritis, or the effects of aging. Accessible to pet owners and veterinarians alike, Canine Nutrigenomics is an enlightening resource for taking the best possible care of man's best friend (though of course, no book can substitute for a regular checkup at the vet's office)!

The Civil War Shelf

Engineering Victory
Justin S. Solonick
Southern Illinois University Press
1915 University Press Drive
SIUC Mail Code 6806, Carbondale, IL 62901
9780809333912 $37.50

Engineering Victory: The Union Siege of Vicksburg is a scholarly, historical analysis of the largest and most successful siege in American history: Union major general Ulysses S. Grant's siege of the city of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Author Justin S. Solonick, Ph.D. (adjunct instructor, Dept. of History and Geography, Texas Christian University) contests the view that Vicksburg's Confederate garrison surrendered due to being starved out, instead contesting that they were "dug out" via Grant's siege tactics. Detailing how the few engineers available to Grant gave Union troops a crash course in military engineering, combined with the ingenuity of Midwestern soldiers, hastened the surrender of Vicksburg, Engineering Victory is a thought-provoking and welcome contribution to Civil War and military history collections.

The Reference Shelf

The Guide to Online Due Diligence Investigations
Cynthia Hetherington
Facts on Demand Press
c/o BRB Publications Inc.
c/o National Book Network (dist.)
4501 Forbes Boulevard, Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706
9781889150611 $22.50

The Guide to Online Due Diligence Investigations: The Professional Approach on How to Use Traditional and Social Media Resources for Investigations lives up to its title as a straightforward guidebook to using the Internet to conduct research, particularly with regard to business. The practice of "due diligence" refers to mandatory or voluntary investigations prior to signing a contract. Such investigations are particularly important prior to acquiring a target company or its assets - it is important to know the overall value of those assets before becoming their legal owner! Online resources ranging from databases to social media are invaluable tools for conducting a due diligence investigation before signing the bottom line. Chapter topics include Investigating People Connected to Businesses; Court Records, Regulatory Sanctions & Enforcement Boards; Asset and Lien Searching; Using Industry Sources; Internet Searches and Social Media Tactics; Client Interaction: Intake, Preparing the Report, and Billing; and much more. Covering investigations that are global as well as American-based, The Guide to Online Due Diligence Investigations is an absolute "must-have" for professionals in the field.

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Diane C. Donovan, Editor
Midwest Book Review
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