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Volume 12, Number 4 April 2017 Home | LBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Biography Shelf Social Issues Shelf
Economic Studies Shelf Science Shelf Literary Studies Shelf
Political Science Shelf Fiction Shelf Interior Design Shelf
Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Civil War Shelf American History Shelf
World History Shelf Education Shelf Psychology Shelf
Art Shelf Cookbook Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf
Theatre/Cinema Shelf Photography Shelf Library Science Shelf
Jewelry Shelf Audiobook Shelf Library CD Shelf
Library DVD Shelf Sports Studies Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf
Language Studies Shelf Nautical Shelf Agriculture Shelf
Environmental Studies Shelf Architecture Shelf  

Reviewer's Choice

Your Right To Privacy
Jim Bronskill & David McKie
Self-Counsel Press Inc.
4152 Meridian Street, Suite 105-471, Bellingham, WA, 98226
9781770402638, $14.95, PB, 144pp,

Jim Bronskill is a reporter in the Ottawa bureau of The Canadian Press news agency, specializing in security and intelligence, the RCMP and justice-related issues. David McKie teaches data journalism and research methods at Algonquin College, the University of King's College, and Carleton University. In "Your Right To Privacy: Minimize Your Digital Footprint" they team up to draw upon their experience and expertise with respect to the use of the Internet to hack, snoop, and invade people's privacy for nefarious and often criminal purposes. Your personal information can be seen and shared and your privacy can be violated. "Your Right To Privacy" is a definitive guide to minimizing your digital footprint, protecting your vital information, and prevent that Internet-based information from being misused. Bronskill and McKie persuasively argue there are steps each of us can take to keep our important data out of reach while still participating fully in new technologies. They identify the pitfalls we can make and the small moves that will help us avoid them. "Your Right To Privacy" makes an important, significant, practical contribution in enforcing our right to privacy at a time when governments, special interests and others are trying to watch everything we do. "Your Right To Privacy" outlines in detail how to keep your information as safe as possible in an age of hacking, sharing and surveillance. "Your Right To Privacy" is the definitive guide on how to minimize your digital footprint and protect your privacy in the digital age. Thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Your Right To Privacy" is unreservedly recommended for community and academic library collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Your Right To Privacy" is also available in a Kindle format ($8.69).

Global Sustainability
Mark Lefko
Morgan James Publishing
11815 Fountain Way, Suite 300, Newport News, VA 23606-4448
9781683501770, $29.95, HC, 172pp,

Mark Lefko has coached and mentored more than 100 CEOs and company presidents, bringing with him 35 years of real-world C-level business experience. In "Global Sustainability: 21 Leading CEOs Show How to Do Well by Doing Good" he draws upon both his many years of experience and expertise, as well as that of twenty-one others, to explore how the Global Sustainability movement is shaping the growth of the most profitable companies around the world; how a company can participate fully in this movement -- and profit from its participation; and how the guiding ethical principles of the CEO can shape a company's identity -- and why they're vital to corporate survival and progress. As Mark Lefko emphasizes in this exceptionally well organized and presented volume -- "Global Sustainability is about more than just doing good; it's about doing well by doing good. While very highly recommended for community, corporate, and academic library Business Management collections and supplemental studies reading lists, it should be noted for student and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Global Sustainability" is also available in a paperback edition (9781683501763, $17.95) and in a Kindle format ($9.99).

The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt
Richard H. Wilkinson
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110-0017
9780500051009, $39.95, HC, 256pp,

Profusely illustrated throughout with 535 images (173 of which are in color), "The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt " by Richard H. Wilkinson (Director of the University of Arizona's Egyptian Expedition) is a comprehensive survey of all Egypt's temples, from Luxor and Karnak to those in the delta, oases and Nubia. "The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt" deftly traces the processes of building and decorating, how they functioned, and what happened when they were robbed and desecrated. A comprehensive history of the evolution Egyptian temples, "The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt" also discusses the Egyptian pantheon, rites and festivals. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, impressively informed and informative, "The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt" is an especially recommended addition to community and academic library Egyptology collections and supplemental studies reading lists. It should be noted for students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt" is now newly available in a paperback edition (9780500283967, $26.95).

The Biography Shelf

John D. Pihach
University of Regina Press
University of Regina, 3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, S4S 0A2
9780889774582 $22.95

Mudeater: An American Buffalo Hunter and the Surrender of Louis Riel is the biography of a multitalented survivor of the Old West. Born as the son of a Wyandot Chief in 1849, Irvin Mudeater was a great and remarkably adaptable frontiersman. He ran wagon trains to Santa Fe, fought off "Indian attacks", survived the American Civil War, drove a stagecoach, and lived as a plainsman on the frontier. He was also known as a renowned buffalo hunter, and engaged in the wasteful practice of mass slaughter - allegedly killing 126 head of buffalo in just one day. In 1882, Mudeater moved to Canada, where he assumed the name "Robert Armstrong" and a white identity, and played a crucial role in bringing the fugitive Metis leader Louis Riel into custody. Mudeater is a true-life saga that reads like a Wild West adventure novel, and highly recommended especially for public and college library biography collections.

The Social Issues Shelf

How to Kill a City
Peter Moskowitz
Nation Books
c/o Perseus Book Group
250 W. 57th St., Suite 1500, New York, NY 10107
9781568585239 $26.99

Gentrification is the process by which an influx of affluent residents drives up the value of a city's property. This often has the unfortunate side effect of forcing working-class community residents to move out because they can no longer afford to pay skyrocketing rents or property taxes. How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood is a scathing criticism of the negative effects gentrification has had on American cities, with case studies of New Orleans, Detroit, San Francisco, and New York. Attracting wealthy residents to Detroit may seem beneficial at first glance, but when a sizeable portion of Detroit's cash-strapped budget is spent subsidizing its most well-off residents (in the form of tax breaks and other financial incentives) while the poor and working-class struggle to pay astronomically high water bills, something is clearly amiss and unjust. Freelance journalist Peter Moskowitz explores the role that race and class have played in gentrification, and predicts a bleak future if nothing is done to mitigate current trends. What will happen to American society as more and more impoverished people are forced to move to the suburbs, which have fewer social services, no public transportation, and a decided lack of employment opportunities for anyone who can't afford to own a car? Notes and an index round out this persuasive case for more public involvement in city government, a national rent regulation law, and more protection of public lands (among other suggested measures) before America's cities become the primary domain of capital instead of people. Highly recommended.

The Economic Studies Shelf

Disaster Capitalism
Antony Loewenstein
20 Jay Street, 10th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201-8346
9781784781156, $26.95, HC, 384pp,

Independent Australian journalist, documentary maker and blogger Antony Loewenstein traveled across the US, Britain, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea and Australia to witness the reality of Disaster Capitalism -- the hidden world of privatized detention centers and militarized private security, formed to protect corporations as they profit from war zones. He visits Britain's immigration detention centers, tours the prison system in the United States, and digs into the underbelly of the companies making a fortune from them. In the pages of "Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing Out of Catastrophe", Loewenstein reveals the dark history of how large multinational corporations have become more powerful than governments, supported by media and political elites. Extraordinary, compelling, informative, thought-provoking, unsettling, "Disaster Capitalism" is a critically important and highly recommended addition to community and academic library Economics collections and Contemporary Social Issues supplemental studies reading lists. It should be noted for students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Disaster Capitalism" is also available in a paperback edition (9781784781187, $16.95) and in Kindle format ($8.99).

The Science Shelf

The Oceanographer's Companion
George A. Maul
CRC Press
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300, Boca Raton, FL 33487
9781498773065, $119.95, PB, 206pp,

Scientists and engineers embarking on their first voyage for oceanographic or meteorological research are often unprepared for the experience. Going to sea involves learning a new language - that of the seaman. A working knowledge of the specialized language related to seafaring is necessary for clear communications, as well as for the safety and well-being of the members of the scientific party and the ship's crew. Drawing upon his years of experience and expertise teaching oceanographers, ocean engineers, marine meterorologists at the Florida Institute of Technology, George A. Maul's "The Oceanographer's Companion" is intended to familiarize students, scientists, and non-specialist general readers with the basics of navigation, seamanship, marine engineering, communications, safety-of-life-at-sea, shiphandling, knots and splices, first aid, and so much more. A complete course of practical instruction, "The Oceanographer's Companion" is profusely illustrated throughout and exceptionally well organized and presented, offering the reader a very practical manual and guide replete with illustrative examples, making it very highly recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library Oceanography collections in general, and supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

The Literary Studies Shelf

Towards Sherlock Holmes
Stephen Knight
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9781476666167, $35.00, PB, 236pp,

Crime fiction is the literary product of the burgeoning metropolis of the 19th century and features specialists who identify criminals to protect an anxious citizenry. Before detectives came to play the central role, the protagonists tended to be lawyers or other professionals. Major English writers like Gaskell, Dickens and Collins contributed to the genre (Fergus Hume's "The Mystery of a Hansom Cab" was a best-seller in 1887) and American and French authors created new forms. "Towards Sherlock Holmes: A Thematic History of Crime Fiction in the 19th Century World" by Stephen Knight (a Research Professor in English Literature at the University of Melbourne, Australia) deftly explores thematic aspects of 19th century crime fiction's complex history, including various social and gender roles between different time periods and settings, and the imperial elements that made Sherlock Holmes seem dynamically contemporary. An inherently fascinating literary study, "Towards Sherlock Holmes " is impressively informative and a seminal work of outstanding scholarship. Enhanced with ten pages of Notes, an eight page Bibliography, and a five page Index, "Towards Sherlock Holmes" is unreservedly recommended for community and academic library Literary Studies collections. For the personal reading lists of students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject, it should be noted that "Towards Sherlock Holmes" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.99).

The Political Science Shelf

U.S. Foreign Policy and the Other
Michael Patrick Cullinane & David Ryan, editors
Berghahn Books
20 Jay Street, Suite 512, Brooklyn, NY 11201
9781782384397, $120.00, HC, 280pp,

John Quincy Adams warned Americans not to search abroad for monsters to destroy, yet such figures have frequently habituated the discourses of U.S. foreign policy. Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by Michael Patrick Cullinane ( Reader in U.S. history at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England) and David Ryan (Professor and Chair of Modern History at University College Cork, Ireland), "U.S. Foreign Policy and the Other" is collection of essays focuses on counter-identities in American consciousness to explain how foreign policies and the discourse surrounding them develop. Whether it is the seemingly ubiquitous evil of Hitler during World War II or the more complicated perceptions of communism throughout the Cold War, these essays illuminate the cultural contexts that constructed rival identities. The essay contributors challenge our understanding of "others", looking at early applications of the concept in the eighteenth century to recent twenty-first century conflicts, establishing how this phenomenon is central to decision making through centuries of conflict. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "U.S. Foreign Policy and the Other" is unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Political Science collections and supplemental studies lists. It should be noted for students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "U.S. Foreign Policy and the Other" is also available in a paperback edition (9781785333507, $34.95).

Lobbycratic Governance
Godfrey Harris
The Americas Group
520 South Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 204, Los Angeles, CA 90049-3534
9780935047868, $24.95, PB, 290pp,

After the Kennedy assassination, the loss of the Vietnam War, and the Nixon resignation, many disillusioned voters dropped out of active involvement with government. This permitted large corporation backed organizations and multi-millionaire/billionaires to fill the void, aided by term limits and Citizens United, which in turn allowed lobbyists and technocrats to use their legal power and unlimited funds to takeover the machinery of government. With well funded lobbyists and technocrats, supported by their lawyers, controlling government operations, elected politicians on both a state and a federal level have functionally become mere concierges and enablers, not policy makers. Given this state of affairs, voters have effectively lost the ability to influence government through their representatives. But in the pages of "Lobbycratic Governance" by Godrey Harris (who has been a public policy consultant based in Los Angeles, California, since 1968, and began consulting on government affairs after teaching American and comparative government at UCLA and Rutgers) they now have a chance to get that influence back by bringing to the fore a controversial, but effective, electoral technique. Now with the rise of the 'indivisible' political protest movement, "Lobbycratic Governance" will prove to be an invaluable instructional guide for anyone seeking to wrest our political democracy from the corruptive influence and control of Big Money. Simply stated, every community and academic library should have a copy of "Lobbycratic Governance" as part of their Political Science collection.

The Fiction Shelf

The Insurrectionist
Herb Karl
Academy Chicago Publishers
c/o Chicago Review Press
814 North Franklin Street, Chicago, IL 60610
9781613736333, $15.99, PB, 336pp,

"The Insurrectionist" by Herb Karl is a deftly crafted historical novel that follows the militant abolitionist John Brown from his involvement in Bleeding Kansas to the invasion of Harpers Ferry and the dramatic conclusion of his subsequent trial. In this consistently compelling work of fiction, Karl carefully blends historical detail with dramatic personal descriptions to reveal critical episodes in Brown's life, illuminating his character and the motives that led up to the Harpers Ferry invasion, giving readers a complete picture of the man who has too often been dismissed as hopelessly fanatical. Brown's friendship with Frederick Douglass and their ongoing debate on how to end slavery, his devoted family, who stand by him despite the danger, and his struggles to secure funding and political favor for his cause against deeply entrenched politicians all make for a surprisingly contemporary story of family, passion, race, and politics. A riveting read from cover to cover, "The Insurrectionist" reveals the author's genuine storytelling skills and impressive attention to historical detail. While very highly recommended, especially for community and academic library American Historical Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Insurrectionist" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.99).

The Gardens of Consolation
Parisa Reza
Europa Editions
214 West 29th Street, Suite 1003, New York, N.Y. 10001
9781609453503, $16.00, PB, 208pp,

In the early 1920s, in the remote village of Ghamsar, Talla and Sardar were two teenagers who dreamed of a better life, fell in love and married. Sardar brings his young bride with him across the mountains to the suburbs of Tehran, where the couple settles down and builds a home. From the outskirts of the capital city, they will watch as the Qajar dynasty falls and Reza Khan rises to power as Reza Shah Pahlavi. Into this family of illiterate shepherds is born Bahram, a boy whose brilliance and intellectual promise are apparent from a very young age. Through his education, Bahram will become a fervent follower of reformer Mohammad Mosaddegh and will participate first-hand in his country's political and social upheavals. Aptly translated from French into English for an American readership by Adriana Hunter, "The Gardens of Consolation" is a deftly crafted and consistently compelling novel that will linger in the mind and memory long after the book is finished and set back upon the shelf. While very highly recommended for community and academic library Literary Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Gardens of Consolation" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.99).

Texas Vengeance
Ralph Hayes
Lindford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9781444830781, $20.99, PB, Large Print,

Luther Bastian's younger brother was murdered by outlaws. Now Bastian is a black-clad bounty hunter, and outlaws know that he comes to kill - not capture. He cannot be reasoned with, persuaded or bought-off. So, when a gang of lawless men boldly and brutally kill a Texas Ranger in the remote town of Medicine Bend, Captain Mallory knows just the man hunter to call. But this time, during his pursuit of his prey, Bastian is befriended by a small boy and a young woman. Can they help him see the world as a better place, and put an end to his quest for retribution? Author Ralph Hayes is a master of the western action/adventure genre and "Texas Vengeance" is a compelling and superbly crafted entertainment from cover to cover. This large print edition of "Texas Vengeance" is very highly recommended, especially for community library collections and dedicated western fans.

The Interior Design Shelf

Kelly Hoppen: The Art of Interior Design
Kelly Hoppen
300 Park Avenue South, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10010
9780847848942, $60.00, HC, 328pp,

In "Kelly Hoppen: The Art of Interior Design", this South African interior designer draws upon her many years of experience and expertise to offer insightful, practical, inspiring advice on achieving a personal signature style. A profusely and beautifully illustrated do-it-yourself course in home design, "Kelly Hoppen: The Art of Interior Design" is a must for any aspiring home decorator wanting to give their home or apartment a touch of Hoppen's distinctive style that is the perfect combination of luxury and simplicity. In the pages of "Kelly Hoppen: The Art of Interior Design" Hoppen reveals her trade secrets and shares her expert knowledge to ensure that her reader's own decorating projects, however big or small in scale, runs smoothly, stays within budget, and achieves the look that is wanted. In part one of the book, The Groundwork, she advises on basics, setting out the design process and weighing the choices, analyzing space, and working out what to do to improve the ergonomics of a home. She also identifies personal requirements and personal style. In the section Getting Started she looks at each room or key area in the home in detail, offering advice and ideas, highlighting the key issues and fundamental design principles applicable to each space, and providing helpful hints and guidelines on all aspects of decorating and furnishing that room. Ending with an invaluable address book of some of Hoppen's favorite sources, and with space to add the reader's own contacts and recommendations, "Kelly Hoppen: The Art of Interior Design" is an essential companion to any DIY home decorating project. Exceptionally well written and thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Kelly Hoppen: The Art of Interior Design" is very highly recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library Interior Design instructional reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Question and Answer
Poul Anderson
PO Box 809, Framingham, MA 01701
9781610373135, $32.00, HC, 550pp,

Poul William Anderson (November 25, 1926 - July 31, 2001) was an American science fiction author who began his career during the Golden Age of the genre and continued to write and remain popular into the 21st century. Anderson also authored several works of fantasy, historical novels, and a prodigious number of short stories. He received numerous awards for his writing, including seven Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards. "Question and Answer" is the seventh volume in the NESFA Press project to bring his entire canon into print for the benefit of current and future generations of science fiction enthusiasts. Comprised of twelve of Anderson's short stories, "Question and Answer" is enhanced further with the inclusion of an informative Editor's Introduction; Vincent Di Fate's article 'Poul Anderson'; and 'Editorial Thank You', and a listing of other NESFA Press Books currently available. Simply stated, "Question and Answer" is unreservedly recommended to the attention of the legions of Poul Anderson fans, and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to both community and academic library Science Fiction collections.

The Civil War Shelf

The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, Volume III
Ezra A. Carman, author
Thomas Clemes, editor
Savas Beatie
PO Box 4527, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
9781611213027 $32.95 hc / $9.99 Kindle

The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, Volume III: Shepherdstown Ford and the End of the Campaign is the third and final volume of an in-depth analysis of the Maryland Campaign (also known as the Antietam Campaign) of the American Civil War. Originally authored by Union army officer Ezra Carman (1834-1909), the trilogy has been painstakingly edited by Thomas Clemens, and enriched with the additions of bibliographical and genealogical reference material, a statistical study of casualties, a scholarly analysis of Lincoln's decision to relieve General McClellan of his command, Clemens' executive summary of the entire campaign, and much more. All three volumes of this invaluable primary testimony are highly recommended for public and college library collections. The first two volumes are The Maryland Campaign of September 1862: Volume 1, South Mountain (9781932714814, $37.50 hc / $9.99 Kindle) and The Maryland Campaign of September 1862. Volume II: Antietam (9781611211146, $37.50 hc / $9.99 Kindle).

The American History Shelf

The Hello Girls: America's First Women Soldiers
Elizabeth Cobbs
Harvard University Press
79 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
9780674971479 $29.95

Just as America became involved in World War I, U.S. General John Pershing urged a handful of specially qualified women to volunteer as well. These women were trained experts in the most advanced communications technology of the era - the telephone switchboard. The Hello Girls: America's First Women Soldiers is the story of these women. They were America's first female soldiers, although their struggle for recognition as military veterans was destined to last another sixty years. The Hello Girls is not just a military history; it tells the story of these courageous women in the context of the women's suffrage movement and the communications revolution. Extensive notes and an index round out this superb contribution to public and college library American History collections.

Bold Women in Montana History
Beth Judy
Mountain Press Publishing Company
PO Box 2399, Missoula, MT 59806
9780878426768 $14.00

The state-by-state "Bold Women" series is designed to be thoroughly accessible to teens and young adults, yet readers of all ages will enjoy their true tales of daring, independent women who shaped history. The sixth book in the series, Bold Women in Montana History presents the stories of Blackfeet warrior Running Eagle; Native American rights champion Elouise Cobell; the bronc-riding Greenough sisters; Jeannette Rankin, America's first congresswoman; and much more. A handful of black-and-white photographs, an index, and a list of suggested websites to visit round out this superb historical anthology, especially recommended for high school and public library American History collections.

The World History Shelf

An Illustrated Brief History of China
Wang Jian & Fang Xiaoyan
Tuttle Publishing
364 Innovation Drive, North Clarendon, VT 05759-9436
9781602201569, $19.95, PB, 128pp,

As a major cradle of human civilization, China has maintained its cohesion and cultural identity for thousands of years. With China's historical evolution as a backdrop, each section comprising "An Illustrated Brief History of China: Culture, Religion, Art, Invention" by Wang Jian and Fang Xiaoyan focuses on the outstanding achievements of the period it covers and clearly sets out the long-established and profound cultural development of the Chinese nation. A profusely and beautifully illustrated Chinese history, this impressively informed and informative study takes the reader on a visual journey of the most brilliant and significant segments of Chinese civilization over the course of five thousand years. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "An Illustrated Brief History of China" will prove to be an enduringly popular and appreciated addition to personal, community, and academic library Chinese History collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

Stilwell and Mountbatten in Burma
Jonathan Templin Ritter
University of North Texas Press
1155 Union Circle #311336, Denton, TX 76203-5017
9781574416749 $29.95 hc
9781574416862 $TBA ebook

Stilwell and Mountbatten in Burma: Allies at War, 1943-1944 examines the unusually contentious relationship between American General Joseph "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell and British Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten in the China-Burma-India Theater and the South East Asia Command for a twelve-month period during World War II. Ritter was notoriously anti-British, as Stilwell and Mountbatten in Burma demonstrates with original archival material - yet additional archival refutes the accusation that Stilwell's hatred of the British led him to wastefully sacrifice the lives of his men during the 1944 North Burma Campaign. Appendices, extensive endnotes, an annotated bibliography and an index round out this transfixing, informative, and highly recommended contribution to public and college library world history collections.

Truman, Franco's Spain, and the Cold War
Wayne H. Bowen
University of Missouri Press
113 Heinkel Bldg., 201 S. 7th St., Columbia, MO 65211
9780826221179 $50.00

Truman, Franco's Spain, and the Cold War is a scholarly analysis of the rocky diplomatic relationship between America and Spain during Truman's presidency (1945-1953). Truman held Francisco Franco's fascist dictatorship in low regard, yet the State Department and the Department of Defense urged President Truman to form an alliance with Spain to gain a strategic advantage in the Cold War. Although an alliance eventually formed in 1953, its long delay was a detriment to U.S. plans for the defense of Europe. Extensive notes, a bibliography, and an index round out this erudite chronicle, highly recommended for public and college library World History collections.

The Education Shelf

Take 5! for the Language Arts
Kaye Hagler
Capstone Press
151 Good Counsel Drive, Mankato, MN 56001
9781496608086 $23.95 pbk / $9.99 Kindle

Part of the excellent Take 5! series for professional educators, Take 5! for the Language Arts: Writing that Builds Critical-Thinking Skills is designed to aid instructors of children in grades K- 2 teach the basics of writing and clear-minded reasoning. Packed with mini-lessons, guidelines on the different purposes of writing (informative, narrative, opinion, and descriptive writing), and ready-to-use daily writing prompts (enriched with links and digital resources) that can kick off each classroom day with fun and thought-provoking activities, Take 5! for the Language Arts is a "must-have" for early education teachers. Also highly recommended is Take Five! for Language Arts: 180 Bell-ringers That Build Critical-Thinking Skills (9781937412036, $23.95).

Inspiring Young Minds
Julie Smart
Redleaf Press
10 Yorkton Court, St. Paul, MN 55117-1065
9781605545189, $29.95, PB, 200pp,

"Inspiring Young Minds: Scientific Inquiry in the Early Years" by Julie Smart (Professor of Math and Science Education at Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina) provides educators a concrete guide for using research-based principles of inquiry to help children ages 3 to 8 in exploring their world. Using real-life examples and discussions on facilitating and guiding children, you will be able to engage and maximize STEM learning. "Inspiring Young Minds" uses case studies to focus on the teacher's interaction with children and includes how to use inquiry-based practice, in addition to why you should use this method. Web content and reproducible lesson plans make it easy to begin using proven inquiry-based instruction. Detailed accounts of conversations with children about science will help classroom teachers to understand different methods and tools that will enrich and inspire young minds with inquiry-based instruction. Thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Inspiring Young Minds" is very highly recommended for academic library Teacher Education collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

Compassionate Critical Thinking
Ira Rabois
Rowman & Littlefield
c/o Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706
9781475828818, $44.00, HC, 146pp,

Teachers can't add any more minutes to a school day, but with mindfulness they can add depth to the moments they do have with students in their classroom. "Compassionate Critical Thinking: How Mindfulness, Creativity, Empathy, and Socratic Questioning Can Transform Teaching by Ira Rabois (recently retired from the Lehman Alternative Community School, a public secondary school in Ithaca, NY, where he taught English, Philosophy, History, Drama, Karate, and Psychology for 27 years) demonstrates how to use mindfulness with instructional effectiveness to increase student participation and decrease classroom stress, and it turns the act of teaching into a transformational practice. Many books teach mindfulness, but few provide a model for teaching critical thinking and integrating it across the curriculum. The purpose of "Compassionate Critical Thinking" is to show teachers how to create a classroom culture of compassionate critical thinking. When students feel a lack of meaning and purpose in their school lives, they resist learning. Using a Socratic style of inquiry, "Compassionate Critical Thinking" changes the classroom dynamic to encourage self-reflection, insight, and empathy. Vignettes capture dialogue between teacher and students to illustrate how mindfulness practices elicit essential questions which stimulate inquiry and direct discovery. What bigger mystery is there, what more interesting and relevant story, than the story of one's own mind and heart and how they relate us to the world? Impressively written, organized and presented, "Compassionate Critical Thinking" is especially recommended for college and university library Teacher Education collections in general, and student teacher supplemental studies reading lists in particular. For the personal reading lists of classroom teachers and school district in-service training curriculums, it should be noted that "Compassionate Critical Thinking" is also available in a paperback edition (9781475828825, $22.00) and in a Kindle format ($13.19).

Bold Moves for Schools
Heidi Hayes Jacobs & Marie Hubley Alcock
1703 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311-1714
9781416623052, $31.95, PB, 200pp,

"Bold Moves for Schools: How We Create Remarkable Learning Environments" by the team of Heidi Hayes Jacobs (Founder and President of Curriculum Designers providing professional services to schools, organizations and agencies to create modern learning environments, upgrade curriculum and support teaching strategies to meet the needs of contemporary learners) and Marie Hubley Alcock (President of Learning Systems Associates, an education consulting company, and founder of Tomorrow's Education Network, which is a nonprofit association dedicated to improving literacy development) focuses on how educators can transform old schools into remarkable learning environments. Packed from cover to cover with fresh ideas and action strategies for teachers, leaders, and policy makers, "Bold Moves for Schools" offers a compelling vision from the research and hands-on work of two internationally recognized educators, authors, and thought leaders."Bold Moves for Schools" proposes a new approach to pedagogy as the basis for the bold moves teachers and leaders need to make to engage all learners and prepare them for now and into the future. It examines every aspect of K - 12 education, including teacher roles, curriculum, instruction, and assessment, as well as the physical and virtual learning spaces that engage 21st century teachers and learners. With thought-provoking proposals and practical strategies for change, "Bold Moves for Schools" sets educators on the path of redefining and re-energizing their profession and creating exciting new learning environments that truly work in today's and tomorrow's dynamic environments. Exceptionally and impressively well written, organized and presented, "Bold Moves for Schools" is strongly recommended for school district, college, and university library Teacher Education collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

The Psychology Shelf

The Art and Science of Mindfulness
Shauna L. Shapiro & Linda E. Carlson
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242
9781433804656, $59.95, HC, 194pp,

Drawing from Buddhist teachings and psychological theory, "The Art and Science of Mindfulness: Integrating Mindfulness Into Psychology and the Helping Professions" by the team of Shauna L. Shapiro (Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Psychology, Santa Clara University, California) and Linda E. Carlson (Enbridge Research Chair in Psychosocial, Department of Psychology, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada) explores why mindful awareness is integral to the therapeutic healing process and shows clinicians how to connect with this deeper awareness. "The Art and Science of Mindfulness" deftly integrates the art and science of mindfulness to engender greater well-being in both clinicians and their patients. Enhanced for academia with the inclusion of four appendices, a three page list of references, and a three page index, "The Art and Science of Mindfulness" is unreservedly recommended for professional, college, and university library Psychology/Psychiatry collections and supplemental studies reading lists. It should be noted for students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Art and Science of Mindfulness" is also available in Kindle format ($59.95).

The Art Shelf

Sculptural Secrets for Mosaics
Julee Latimer
c/o Simon and Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, 14th fl., New York, NY 10020
9780764352447, $19.99, HC, 80pp,

Julee Latimer is an internationally recognized artist with a full-time studio in Melbourne, Australia. For the past ten years, her practice has revolved exclusively around sculpture for mosaic art. With easy-to-follow guidance and more than 175 photos, her instruction manual and guide will help mosaic artists meet the challenge of creating 3-D substrates. "Sculptural Secrets for Mosaics" explains various approaches to issues ranging from reaching the needed levels of density and strength to applying tesserae to coils, twists, and spheres. Latimer also offers a behind-the-scenes look at her experiences with six of her sculptures, from the starting moments of inspiration to their completion. She demonstrates the techniques on a variety of interior and exterior works, both freestanding and wall mounted. From an undulating wall sculpture's base of chicken wire, plaster bandages, and thinset, to a large outdoor armchair sculpture's base of foam, fiberglass mesh, and concrete, this guide will help to demystify 3-D structures for aspiring sculptors and mosaic artists. Of special note is a gallery section of sculptures to enjoy and study offers additional inspiration to mosaic makers and enthusiasts alike. Profusely illustrated and thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Sculptural Secrets for Mosaics" is especially recommended for personal, community, technical college, and university library instructional art collections in general, and mosaics creation projects supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

The Animator's Sketchbook
Tony White
CRC Press
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300, Boca Raton, FL 33487
9781498774017, $49.95, PB, 328pp,

"The Animator's Sketchbook: How to See, Interpret & Draw Like a Master Animator" by British Academy Award-winning animation director, animator, author and educator Tony White will teach students of animation how to improve their work through observation and drawing. "The Animator's Sketchbook" will show readers how to access their inner "animator". With over 60 different gesture and drawing exercises, instruction manual and guide enhances vision, analysis, understanding, and the core skills required to become a master animator. Filled with extensive practice pages, "The Animator's Sketchbook" invites students to demonstrate what they learn. Each individual exercise is timed, so that the skills acquired, are optimized for efficiency and comprehension. The style and technique of the art produced will be entirely up to the reader, thus making no two sketchbooks alike. Comprehensive, practical, and thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "The Animator's Sketchbook" is a 'consumable' and very highly recommended for personal instructional reference collections, and would prove an ideal academic art class animation curriculum textbook.

The Cookbook Shelf

Everyday Diabetes Meals: Cooking for One or Two
Laura Cipullo & Lisa Mikus
Robert Rose Inc.
120 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 800, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4P 1E2
9780778805663, $24.95, PB, 288pp,

Careful meal planning is critically important to successfully managing diabetes. Collaboratively compiled by Laura Cipullo (NYC's expert Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian, Registered Yoga Teacher and President of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals) and Lisa Mikus (a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician), "Everyday Diabetes Meals: Cooking for One or Two" is comprised of 150 recipes and 14-day meal plan specifically designed for just one or two servings. Each individual recipe meets the American Diabetes Association's recommendation standard of 45 gram to 60 gram carbohydrate allotment. These are recipes for dishes that will eliminate or decrease risk of insulin resistance, eliminate or decrease hypoglycemic and hyperglycemic episodes and decrease risk for the health issues associated with diabetes. Additional benefits of "Everyday Diabetes Meals" is a reduction in food bills, slimming waistlines, and improved blood sugar management! The 'diabetes friendly' dishes range from Overnight Oats with Peanut Butter; Blackberry Coffee Cake Muffins; Garlicky Tofu and Green Beans; Weeknight Salmon Patties; and Angel-Hair Pasta with Shrimp, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Peppers; to Shrimp Pad Thai; Browned Beef Chili; Beet and Goat Cheese Salad; Fennel Sweet Potato Salad; and Dark Hot Chocolate. "Everyday Diabetes Meals" also offers [practical information on the many faces of diabetes, the complications associated with diabetes and when to screen for them, and the connection between inflammation, obesity and diabetes and much more. It should be noted that the recipes are designed for one or two people, but can be easily scaled up for large dining/entertaining occasions. Thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly', "Everyday Diabetes Meals" is especially recommended for the cookbook collections of families with diabetic members, as well as certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library cookbook collections.

Low-Fodmap and Vegan
Jo Stepaniak
The Book Publishing Company
PO Box 99, Summertown, TN 38483
9781570673375, $17.95, PB, 144pp,

The term FODMAP is an acronym, derived from "Fermentable, Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides And Polyols". FODMAPs are short chain carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed in the small intestine. Pinpointing and eliminating FODMAPs while maintaining nutritional excellence can be especially challenging for vegans, because FODMAPs are found in an extensive range of common vegan foods and ingredients. In this groundbreaking resource and cookbook, Jo Stepaniak is the author and coauthor of more than two dozen books on vegan cuisine, health, and compassionate living. In "Low-Fodmap and Vegan: What to Eat When You Can't Eat Anything", Jo lays bare not only the FODMAPs vegans with IBS need to avoid, but also the wide assortment of nutritious plant-based foods that are generally well tolerated. Easy-to-read tables and shopping lists arm readers with all the information they need to navigate the supermarket and purchase kind-to-the-gut fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, beverages, and condiments. Over 100 scrumptious low-FODMAP recipes will help readers prepare spectacular seasonings as well as mainstays for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, so they can stay healthy and satisfied while pampering their delicate digestive systems. More information can be found on Informed and informative, "Low-Fodmap and Vegan" is impressively well written, organized and presented, making it an ideal and much needed addition to community and academic library vegan-based dietary and cookbook collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Low-Fodmap and Vegan" is also available in a Kindle format ($7.99).

Our Best Bites
Sara Wells & Kate Jones
Shadow Mountain Publishing
P.O. Box 30178, Salt Lake City, Utah 84130-0178
9781629722634, $21.99, PB, 272pp,

Sara Wells and Kate Jones are two moms who love to cook. As busy wives and mothers, they began their popular cooking blog based on the philosophy that cooking good food for your family doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. Together, they draw upon their years of experience and expertise in "Now Our Best Bites" to showcase 150 recipes intermingled with favorite blog requests with each individual and thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes being accompanied by a mouth-watering, full-color photo, beautifully illustrated, step-by-step tutorials. Of special note are the ideas for using leftover ingredients, as well as the shortcuts and tips for cooking, and serving suggestions. The recipes themselves range from Sour Cream Pound Cake; Cilantro-Lime Vinaigreete; Sweet and Sour Meatballs; Indian-Spiced Pork Skewers; and Chicken Tortilla Soup; to Baby Back Ribs; Pesto Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes; Louisiana-Style Red Beans and Rice; Mini Cheesecake Tarts; Texas Sheet Cakes; and Cherry Chocolate Ice Cream. A pure culinary pleasure to browse and a cornucopia of menu planning ideas, "Our Best Bites" is enthusiastically recommended as an enduringly popular addition to personal and community library cookbook collections.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Assessing Aggression Thresholds in Dogs
Sue Sternberg
Dogwise Publishing
403 South Mission Street, Wenatchee WA 98801
9781617812033, $19.95, PB, 152pp,

Sue Sternberg has devoted her personal and professional life to helping dogs and people live together happily. Sue is known internationally for developing testing procedures to improve the odds of successful dog adoptions. In "Assessing Aggression Thresholds in Dogs", Sue draws upon her years of experience and expertise to prove new testing and assessment methods for canine shelter workers and both amateur and professional dog trainers! Sue has been developing and refining these assessment techniques for decades to help shelter workers and trainers determine the likelihood that a dog will engage in aggressive behaviors. "Assessing Aggression Thresholds in Dogs" also includes Sue's newest protocols based on the theory that sociability is the key predictor of a dog's potential for aggression. In addition to a number of step-by-step tests for shelter workers to use, Sue has included a section for trainers and behaviorists for use in home visitations to better design training and management programs for their clients. Informed and informative, "Assessing Aggression Thresholds in Dogs" is comprehensive and thoroughly 'user friendly' in both organization and presentation, making it an ideal and highly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library dog training and behavior instructional reference collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Assessing Aggression Thresholds in Dogs" is also available in a Kindle format (9781617812033, $18.95).

The Theatre/Cinema Shelf

Encyclopedia of American Film Serials
Geoff Mayer
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9780786477623, $75.00, PB, 316pp,

One of the 'yesteryear joys' of going to the movies on a Saturday afternoon were the weekly cliff-hanger serials. From their heyday in the 1910s to their lingering demise in the 1950s, American film serials delivered excitement in weekly installments for millions of moviegoers, despite minuscule budgets, nearly impossible shooting schedules and the disdain of critics. Early heroines like Pearl White, Helen Holmes and Ruth Roland broke gender barriers and ruled the screen. Through both world wars, such serials as Spy Smasher and Batman were vehicles for propaganda. Smash hits like Flash Gordon and The Lone Ranger demonstrated the enduring mass appeal of the genre. Providing insight into early 20th century American culture, "Encyclopedia of American Film Serials" by Geoff Mayer analyzes four decades of productions from Pathe, Universal, Mascot and Columbia, and all 66 Republic serials. Simply stated, no personal, professional, community, or academic library American Film Industry History collection or supplemental studies reading lists would be considered comprehensive or complete without including a copy of the "Encyclopedia of American Film Serials"

Making it Big in Shorts
Kim Adelman
Michael Wiese Productions
12400 Ventura Blvd., #1111, Studio City, CA 91604
9781615932566, $16.95, PB, 160pp,

Each year 8,000+ short films compete to fill 60 slots at the Sundance Film Festival. On an average day, 792 film and video projects vie for funding on Kickstarter. And every minute 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube. In this competitive environment, a short filmmaker can no longer invest time, money, and dreams of glory in the theory that "if you build it, they will come." The challenge is making the right kind of short: one that will make a splash. Covering the nuts-and-bolts of production while stressing the importance of artistic expression, this invaluable handbook shows a first-time filmmaker how to make a buzzworthy little film that could launch a lucrative Hollywood career. Packed with over 75 photos and insider advice from dozens of high-profile professionals, including Sundance and Tribeca festival programmers and Academy Award winners and nominees, "Making It Big in Shorts" puts the emphasis on making films shorter, faster, and cheaper. Thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Making it Big in Shorts" is a critically important and core addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library Performance Arts instructional reference collections in general, and Film/Video Production supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

The Photography Shelf

The Photo Ark
Joel Sartore
National Geographic Press
101 West 104th Street, Suite 8, New York, NY 10025
9781426217777, $35.00, HC, 400pp,

"The Photo Ark: One Man's Quest to Document the World's Animals" is lush book of photography that represents National Geographic's Photo Ark, a major cross-platform initiative and lifelong project by nature photographer Joel Sartore to make portraits of the world's animals -- especially those that are endangered as a species. Sartore's powerful visual message, that to know these animals is to save them, is conveyed with humor, compassion, and imaged art Sartore circled the earth, visiting zoos and wildlife rescue centers, to create studio portraits of 12,000 species, with an emphasis on those facing extinction. He has photographed more than 6,000 already and now, thanks to a multi-year partnership with National Geographic, he may reach his goal. "The Photo Ark" wonderfully showcases his animal portraits: from tiny to mammoth, from the Florida grasshopper sparrow to the greater one-horned rhinoceros. Paired with the eloquent prose of veteran wildlife writer Douglas Chadwick, "The Photo Ark" presents a thought-provoking argument for saving all the species of our planet that is unreservedly recommended for personal, community, college, and university library Contemporary Photography collections in general, and Wildlife Preservation supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

The Library Science Shelf

Library Partnerships With Writers and Poets
Carol Smallwood & Vera Gubnitskaia, editors
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9781476665399, $55.00, PB, 248pp,

Libraries and writers have always had a close working relationship. Rapid advances in technology have not changed the nontechnical basis of that cooperation: author talks, book signings and readings are as popular as ever, as are workshops and festivals. Compiled and edited by the team of Carol Smallwood (a recipient of multiple Pushcart nominations, and the author of journal articles, as well as editor of numerous books, including one in Poets & Writers Magazine List of Best Books for Writers) and Vera Gubnitskaia (a reference librarian at Valencia College, Winter Park, Florida, who has worked in public and academic libraries in Russia and the United States, and has given talks at Florida Library Association and Florida Literacy conferences), "Library Partnerships With Writers and Poets: Case Studies" is compendium of 29 new essays from nearly 50 contributors from across the United States presents a variety of projects, programs and services to help librarians establish relationships with the literary world, promote literature to the public and foster creativity in their communities. Exceptionally well organized and presented, "Library Partnerships With Writers and Poets" is unreservedly recommended for college and university Library Science collections and supplemental studies reading lists. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, community librarians, published authors and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Library Partnerships With Writers and Poets" is also available in a Kindle format ($29.99).

The Good, the Great, and the Unfriendly
Sally Gardner Reed
ALA Editions
c/o American Library Association
50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611
9780838914984, $57.00, PB, 168pp,

Simply stated, Friends of the Library groups are fundamental to the success of any and all community libraries. Executive Director of United for Libraries and former Executive Director of Friends of Libraries U.S.A., Sally Gardner Reed has decades of experience liaising between Friends groups and the libraries that they support, serve, and (sometimes) exasperate. In "The Good, the Great, and the Unfriendly: A Librarian's Guide to Working with Friends Groups" she cuts to chase of building and maintaining these important relationships, showing not only how to effectively harness Friends' goodwill and enthusiasm but also sharing tactful techniques for steering an ineffective or unfriendly group down the right path. Her pragmatic approach will resonate with public and academic library directors, volunteer coordinators, and other library staff who work with Friends. Written with knowing humor and focused on getting positive results, "The Good, the Great, and the Unfriendly" provides guidance for developing a Friends group for public and academic libraries; explains how to merge a Friends group with a foundation; gives pointers on encouraging Friends to attract new and active members, working with the Friends board to develop leadership skills, and other crucial partnership strategies; addresses the sticky situation of "unfriendly" Friends, with sage advice on handling Friends who seem unmotivated when it comes to fundraising or advocacy, are uncommunicative, overstep their bounds, and other difficult issues; and shares fundraising, advocacy, programs, and membership development best practices from Friends groups across the country. Tailored specifically to librarians' perspective, "The Good, the Great, and the Unfriendly" will inform and empower libraries to work effectively with Friends groups for greater fundraising, engagement, and advocacy outcomes. An absolutely vital addition to the Library Science college and university collections, as well as the instructional reference collections of all community and academic librarians, "The Good, the Great, and the Unfriendly" would make an especially appropriate and invaluable librarian in-house workshop curriculum supplement.

The Jewelry Shelf

Flora: The Art of Jewelry
Patrick Mauries & Evelyne Posseme
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110-0017
9780500519424, $24.95, HC, 128pp,

For many centuries, flowers have provided a source of inspiration for jewelers. The sumptuous selection of floral pieces showcased in the pages of "Flora: The Art of Jewelry" have all been selected from the magnificent jewelry collection of the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, and range from the seventeenth century to the present day. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, flowers were imitated in enamel or used as motifs for elaborate bodice ornaments made of gemstones. Brooches, pendants, and rings took the form of bouquets or flower baskets. The stylized blooms of the Empire style were followed by the highly naturalistic blossoms of the later nineteenth century. Flowers continued to flourish in the sinuous shapes of Art Nouveau, the geometric designs of Art Deco, and the sculptural simplicity of modernism, with great artists including Rene Lalique and Georges Fouquet constantly reworking nature's forms for their style-conscious clientele. Now, contemporary designers such as Claude Lalanne, Lorenz Baumer, and JAR continue to create floral jewelry for today's trend setters. Enhanced with 112 beautifully photographed illustrations of simply elegant pieces of flower themed jewelry selected by Evelyne Posseme (Chief Curator at the Musse des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, France) with articulate descriptive commentaries by author and fashion expert Patrick Mauries, "Flora: The Art of Jewelry" is exceptionally well organized and presented, making it unreservedly recommended for the personal reading lists of professional jewelry makers and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject, as well as both community and academic library Art History collections in general, and 17th-18th Century Jewelry Making supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

The Audiobook Shelf

The Six-Day War
Guy Laron
Read by William Hughes
Blackstone Audiobooks
31 Mistletoe Road, Ashland, OR 97520
9781538400906 $34.95

The Six-Day War: The Breaking of the Middle East is the unabridged audiobook rendition of an in-depth study of the Six-Day War of June 1967, when Israel clashed with the military might of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, and emerged victorious in a conflict that redrew the map of the Middle East. Author and lecturer Guy Laron examines the root causes of this conflict, refuting that it was solely prompted by regional tensions and focusing on how American and Soviet policies, a global economic crisis, and especially Syria's actions led up to the hostilities. The Six-Day War marked the downfall of Arab nationalism, the growth of Islamic extremism, and animosity between Jews and Palestinians that continues to the present day. Drawing upon interdisciplinary knowledge and exhaustive archival research, The Six-Day War is a sober, edifying, and highly recommended contribution to public and college library audiobook collections. 13 CDs, 15 hours 30 min.

Washington Square
Henry James
Read by Adam Sims
Naxos of America, Inc.
1810 Columbia Avenue, Suite 28, Franklin, TN 37064
9781843799801 $41.98 CD / $28.00 download

Washington Square is the unabridged audiobook rendition of the classic, tragicomedy novel by Henry James, originally published as a serial story in 1880. Set in New York City during the 1840s, Washington Square follows the kindly heiress Catherine Sloper and her fortune-seeking suitor Morris Townsend. Sloper's father distrusts Townsend and seeks to thwart his romantic pursuits, while Sloper's busybody aunt encourages the budding relationship. But amid all the antics and deceit, young Sloper gradually begins to think for herself and find the resolve to make her own decisions. Performed by screen and theater actor Adam Sims, Washington Square is a timeless work of literature about inner growth and resolve, highly recommended especially for public library audiobook collections. 6 CDs, 6 hours 43 min. 38 sec.

The Library CD Shelf

The Land of Nod
Richard Dillon
Privately Published
$12.97 CD / $9.99 download

The Land of Nod: Lullabies for the Listless is a music CD of original solo piano lullabies, designed to aid relaxation and peaceful sleep. Beautiful and expressive, The Land of Nod will help listeners of all ages unwind. The tracks are "The Land Above The Sky" (3:34), "No More Tears" (2:30), "Jouet Triste (Sad Toy)" (3:00), "Rocking Chair" (2:59), "Kainehe (Whispering Sea, Rumbling Sea)" (4:48), "Marmalade Skies" (4:21), "Sea of Forgetfulness" (3:33), "La Luna (The Moon)" (2:11), "Looking Glass River" (3:35), "My Bed Is A Boat" (3:09), "Shadows On The Wall" (3:31), "Papillon (Butterfly)" (2:39), "The Land of Nod" (3:01), "Moonrise" (4:19), and "Sleepyhead" (4:23).

Vintage Italia
Putumayo World Music
122 Industrial Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70121

Vintage Italia is an anthology popular and classic Italian songs, presented by a variety of talented performers. Some of the treasured favorites date back to the 1950s and 1960s, while others are newer recordings by nostalgic music artists. Vintage Italia is a treasure for world music connoisseurs, highly recommended for both personal and public library music collections. The tracks are "Boccuccia di Rosa" (2:17), "Ba... Ba... Baciami Piccina" (2:33), "T'ho Voluto Bene (Non Dimenticar)" (3:35), "Accarezzame" (3:07), "Musetto" (1:39), "Piccolissima Serenata" (3:00), "Roma Nun Fa la Stupida Stasera" (3:11), "Ninna Nanna" (4:40), "Dimestichezze d'Amor" (3:28), "Cristina's World" (3:55), and "Torna A Surriento" (3:01).

The Library DVD Shelf

Great Basin: Caves, Trains & Wide Open Spaces
Bennet Watt HD Productions, Inc.
13021 - 244th Avenue SE, Issaquah, WA 98027
9781604902112 $24.95 DVD
9781604902341 $24.95 Blu-ray

Part of the "Discoveries... America National Parks" series of beautiful, high-definition video essays showcasing America's natural splendors, Great Basin: Caves, Trains & Wide Open Spaces is a virtual tour of this spectacular area of high desert and mountains. Spotlights include the Great Basin National Park of Nevada; the Nevada Northern Railway National Historic Landmark, a museum that invites visitors to take a walking tour through old railroad buildings, and observe living, breathing locomotives from the 19th century; and the Nevada Northern Railway, one of the most complete rail facilities still in existence. A treasure for admirers of nature's breathtaking splendor and railroading fans alike, Great Basin is enthusiastically recommended for public library collections, gift-giving, or simply savoring the next best thing to a personal cross-country vacation! 56 min., available in both DVD and Blu-ray format.

Historic Massachusetts: Pilgrims to the 21st Century
Bennet Watt HD Productions, Inc.
13021 - 244th Avenue SE, Issaquah, WA 98027
9781604902105 $24.95 DVD
9781604902334 $24.95 Blu-ray

Part of the "Discoveries... America National Parks" series of high-definition DVDs showcasing key natural and historical locations in America, Historic Massachusetts: Pilgrims to the 21st Century tours heritage trails, museums, and much more in the Massachusetts area. Fourteen national parks are spotlighted, including Boston National Historical Park, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site, Minuteman National Historical Park, Salem Maritime National Historic Site, and much more. Edifying, educational, and the next best thing to touring these venerable locations in person, Historic Massachusetts: Pilgrims to the 21st Century is highly recommended especially for public library collections. 51 min.

The Reinhold Niebuhr Story
A film by Martin Doblmeier
First Run Features
630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213, New York, NY 10036

Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) was an American Protestant theologian, professor at the Union Theological Seminary for more than 30 years, and a leading public intellectual of the 20th century. His writings, including "Serenity Prayer", "Moral Man and Immoral Society", and "The Nature and Destiny of Man" hold timeless influence as a voice of American conscience. The Reinhold Niebuhr Story is a DVD documentary from award-winning director Martin Doblmeier, dedicated to Reinhold Niebuhr's life, work, and philosophy. Brimming with archival material and featuring new interviews with former president Jimmy Carter, civil rights leader Andrew Young, "New York Times" writer David Brooks, author Susannah Heschel, and more historians and theologians, The Reinhold Niebuhr Story is edifying, enlightening, and highly recommended for public library DVD collections. 60 min., optional English subtitles.

The Sports Shelf

Hal Trosky: A Baseball Biography
William H. Johnson
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9781476666457, $29.95, PB, 184pp,

Hal Trosky played first base (and was team captain) for the Cleveland Indians during the Great Depression. His career stretched from the heyday of Babe Ruth through the end of World War II. It was a time when the American League had perhaps the three greatest ever first basemen (Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx and Hank Greenberg) whose feats consigned Trosky to the footnotes of history. Yet at his peak he played comparably to other pros, leading the American League in RBIs in 1936. Trosky left baseball at 34, his career cut short by migraine headaches, and was elected to the Indians' All-Time team in 1969. Drawing on family archives and exhaustive research, this first ever biography by William H. Johnson covers his early years in Iowa, his Major League career and his post-baseball life. Exceptionally informative, thoroughly 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation, "Hal Trosky: A Baseball Biography" is an unreservedly recommended addition to community and academic library American Sports Biography collections and American Baseball History supplemental studies reading lists. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Hal Trosky: A Baseball Biography" is also available in a Kindle format ($17.99).

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Abuse and Violence Information for Teens, second edition
Keith Jones
Omnigraphics, Inc.
155 W. Congress, Suite 200, Detroit, MI 48226
9780780814561, $69.00, HC, 340pp,

Now in a fully updated and expanded second edition, "Abuse And Violence Information For Teens" is a comprehensive work that discusses contributing factors and warning signs for the most commonly experienced types of abuse and violence toward adolescents and young adults. Facts about seeking medical care and mental health services for the physical and emotional consequences are also included. A section on prevention and safety suggests ways teens can help prevent violence and offers guidelines for staying out of harm's way. In addition, information about victims' rights is provided, and "Abuse and Violence Information for Teens" concludes with a resource section featuring statistical data, directories of organizations and agencies able to offer assistance, and suggestions for additional reading. This new edition of "Abuse and Violence Information for Teens" is critically important and core addition to community, college, and university library collections.

Tobacco Information for Teens, third edition
Keith Jones
Omnigraphics, Inc.
155 W. Congress, Suite 200, Detroit, MI 48226
9780780813878, $69.00, HC, 376pp,

A critically important and impressively comprehensive reference which is now in a newly updated and significantly expanded third edition, "Tobacco Information For Teens" offers updated information about the health consequences associated with smoking and other forms of tobacco use. It explains some of the cultural influences that can make tobacco use seem attractive and how teen curiosity can lead to nicotine-related problems. The various methods by which nicotine is consumed, including different types of cigarettes, cigars, hookah pipes, smokeless products, and even secondhand smoke, are explained. A section on cancers associated with tobacco describes the organs most commonly affected. A section on other health concerns related to tobacco use discusses some of the most common smoking-related diseases, including those that impact the heart, lungs, circulatory system, eyes, and sex organs. For teens who want to stop smoking (or seek to help a friend or family member quit) facts about smoking cessation are included along with tips for dealing with the effects of nicotine withdrawal. Simply stated, no community, college, or university library Health/Medicine collection should be without a copy of this new edition of "Tobacco Information for Teens".

Diet Information for Teens, fourth edition
Keith Jones
Omnigraphics, Inc.
155 W. Congress, Suite 200, Detroit, MI 48226
9780780813861, $69.00, HC, 392pp,

With the rising rates of juvenile diabetes, with the chronic struggle against adolescent bulimia and anorexia, this newly updated and expanded fourth edition of "Diet Information For Teens" provides updated information about healthy eating patterns and making smart dietary choices, including facts from the recently released Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the MyPlate food guidance system. The book discusses the essential components of a well-constructed diet and explains how major food groups - such as grains, vegetables, fruits, and protein foods - play an important role in providing the vitamins and minerals needed to maintain good health. Dietary elements that may need to be limited, such as caffeine, sugar, fat, and salt, are also discussed along with tips for reducing screen time, staying active, and addressing weight-related concerns. A special section on eating and disease provides information about foodborne illness, eating disorders, and disorders where dietary choices are an essential part of disease management procedures. The book concludes with cooking tips and directories of resources for dietary and fitness information. Thoroughly 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation, "Diet Information for Teens" is an unreservedly recommended addition to community, college, and university library Health/Medicine instructional reference collections.

The Language Studies Shelf

Talking Back, Talking Black
John McWhorter
Bellevue Literary Press
c/o NYU School of Medicine
550 First Ave., OBV A612, New York, NY 10016
9781942658207 $19.99 hc / $10.27 Kindle

Talking Back, Talking Black is a scholarly, in-depth analysis of Black English - its form, structure, development, and history, in full context of the cultural, educational, and political issues that have worked against the study of Black English as a dialect in its own right. Linguistics and Western Civilization instructor John McWhorter applies his expertise this fascinating study of the elements that distinguish Black English. Talking Back, Talking Black is especially recommended for college library Language Studies collections.

The Nautical Shelf

Tin Can Titans
John Wukovits
Da Capo Press
c/o Perseus Book Group
250 W. 57th St., Suite 1500, New York, NY 10107
9780306824302 $28.00 / $18.99 Kindle

Military historian John Wukovits presents Tin Can Titans: The Heroic Men and Ships of World War II's Most Decorated Navy Destroyer Squadron, a detailed accounting of the officers and sailors whose efforts made Destroyer Squadron 21 (Desron 21) the most acclaimed of the war. Desron 21's success came at a high cost. Of twelve destroyers, only three survived bombing raids, torpedoes, and kamikaze attacks; 372 crewmembers lost their lives, and many more were wounded. Tin Can Titans draws on diaries and letters of crew members and personal interviews with Desron 21 survivors, revealing the naval aspect of the Pacific war through the eyes and ears of those who fought it. Highly recommended, especially for public and college library nautical and military history collections.

The Agriculture Shelf

Postharvest, sixth edition
Ron Wills and John Golding
745 Atlantic Avenue, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02111
9781786391483 $75.00

Postharvest: An Introduction to the Physiology and Handling of Fruit and Vegetables is the definitive, scholarly, instructional textbook addressing critical concepts and practical technologies pertinent to handling harvested produce and slowing decay as much as possible. Enhanced with an index for ease of use, Postharvest covers issues of packaging, transport, temperature management, the control of pests and diseases, and more. Now in an updated sixth edition with new information the impact of convenience marketing of fresh-cut produce, sustainability in pest control systems, a discussion of "superfoods" and other topics, Postharvest is a definitive agricultural text. Postharvest is a "must-have" for college library agricultural studies collections, highly recommended.

The Environmental Studies Shelf

Atomic Geography
Melvin R. Adams
Washington State University Press
PO Box 645910, Pullman, WA 99164-5910
9780874223415 $22.95

Award-winning author Melvin Adams presents Atomic Geography: A Personal History of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, a serious-minded reflection on the immense effort that has been put into cleaning up the contamination of Hanford Nuclear Reservation, also known as the Hanford Site. Hanford was home to the first full-scale plutonium production reactor in the world, and today it is the most contaminated nuclear site in the United States. Yet Hanford is also a wildlife refuge, and home to some plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world. A handful of black-and-white and color photographs, a glossary, a list of references, and an index enrich this testimony of an extremely difficult environmental restoration task that is still ongoing today. Highly recommended, especially for public and college library environmental studies collections.

The Architecture Shelf

Giraffes, Telegraphs And Hero Of Alexandria
Sabine Mueller & Andreas Quednau, editors
Ruby Press
9783944074139, $50.00, PB, 430pp,

Architects Sabine Mueller and Andreas Quednau of the German architectural firm SMAQ approach design through the use of narrative, telling stories about their projects contexts in order to accommodate the diverse and conflicting scales of contemporary urbanity. This monograph presents a selection of SMAQ projects in a way that brings this narrative quality to the fore. Interweaving short stories, project drawings, and photographs shed light on how design solutions gradually evolved out of the process, while three linked essays explain the guiding principles behind the firm's work, intriguingly named Giraffe, Telegraph, and Hero of Alexandria. A profusely illustrated volume that will be of particular and special interest to architectural students and practitioners, "Giraffes, Telegraphs And Hero Of Alexandria: Urban Design By Narration" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to professional, college, and university library Architectural Design collections in general, and supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

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