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Volume 9, Number 8 August 2014 Home | LBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Writing/Publishing Shelf Art Shelf
Literary Studies Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf Education Shelf
Library Science Shelf Biography Shelf Cookbook Shelf
Psychology Shelf Economic Studies Shelf American History Shelf
World History Shelf Military Shelf Language Studies Shelf
Social Issues Shelf Graphic Novel Shelf Audiobook Shelf
Library CD Shelf Library DVD Shelf Parenting Shelf
Reference Shelf Political Science Shelf Money/Finance Shelf
Botany Shelf Law/Justice Shelf Theatre/Cinema Shelf

Reviewer's Choice

Identity Theft Alert
Steve Weisman
FT Press
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300
Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
9780133902525 $16.99

Identity Theft Alert: 10 Rules You Must Follow To Protect Yourself From America's #1 Crime lives up to its title with its user-friendly warnings about the modern crime of identity theft - stealing someone's identity in order to drain their bank account, lay claim to their assets, file fraudulent tax returns, or other parasitic behavior. Identity theft can potentially bankrupt a victim, and tarnish their credit rating for years. How can ordinary people increase their security when shopping online, protect their social security number, or navigate social media without putting their financial future at risk? Identity Theft Alert walks the reader through practical guidelines, including steps to take when one discovers that one's identity has been compromised. "Be particularly wary of private ATMs as compared to those of major banks. Although these private ATM machines are perfectly legal, they are also more easily purchased by an identity thief, who can merely tamper with the inside of the machine to more readily steal your ATM card information." In today's information-driven world, guides such as Identity Theft Alert should be required reading especially for young people just starting out on their own, and on the shelves of public libraries everywhere.

Frank J. Pietrucha
Amacom Books
1601 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
9780814433683 $17.95

Supercommunicator: Explaining the Complicated So Anyone Can Understand is a guide written especially for business professionals, but its practical advice will prove useful to teachers, writers, activists, and anyone else who needs to quickly and efficiently explain complex subjects to a general audience. Chapters address the role of digital technology in a modern-day communication, the importance of knowing one's audience (especially where cultural issues are concerned), guidelines for espousing simplicity, how to "humanize" one's communication through brief anecdotes/testimonials/case examples, the value of getting one's audience emotionally invested, and much more. "It's important that you learn as much as you can about the subject, but it's equally important that you reason through what's relevant in that heap of data to various audiences. You are better equipped to simplify content for others once you have simplified it for yourself." Supercommunicator is highly recommended reading for any career professional, and an excellent choice for public library collections.

The Writing/Publishing Shelf

Writing Nonfiction
Dan Poynter
Para Publishing
PO Box 8206-244
Santa Barbara, CA 93118-8206
1568601107, $14.95,

Now in a newly revised and expanded edition, "Writing Nonfiction: Turning Thoughts into Books" is a 144 page instruction manual by Dan Poynter -- aptly called the guru of self-publishing and a man who has been promoting and mentoring aspiring writers for more than three decades. Poynter teaches authors of non-fiction to 'build' their books utilizing free resources available on whatever their subject matter might be through accessing the internet for free research materials, quotations, art works, and stories. Of special note are the invaluable tips about finding editors, proof readers, and others to help polish an author's writing. "Writing Nonfiction: Turning Thoughts into Books" teaches aspiring authors how to repurpose the core content of their work into downloadable books, CDs, ebooks, audiobooks, reports, articles, seminars, and consulting gigs. The information about handling interviews, autograph signing, and fans is rarely (if ever) found elsewhere. Himself the author of more than one hundred books, Poynter draws upon his many years of experience to write one of the most 'user friendly' how-to manuals on the subject of writing and promoting self-published non-fiction to create an instructional reference work that, simply stated, is an essential addition to the personal reference collections of anyone who aspires to becoming a professional author. It should be noted that "Writing Nonfiction: Turning Thoughts into Books" is also available in a Kindle edition ($7.97).

The Insider's Guide to A Career in Book Publishing
Carin Siegfried
Chickadee Press
7308 Quail Meadow Lane, Charlotte, NC 28210
9780985336257, $14.95,

Having worked in the publishing industry for almost four decades, there is one undeniable fact that I've learned. Publishing is hard work, often with very little return on the invested dollar. But despite that fact, there is a never ending supply of young men and women who would like to establish a career for themselves within the publishing industry. A unique and seminal work, "The Insider's Guide to A Career in Book Publishing" by publishing industry veteran Carin Siegfried is a 134 page compendium that ought to be considered mandatory reading for anyone who aspires to a publishing career -- especially those for whom a publishing career automatically equates with being an editor because that's pretty much the extent of their familiarity with publishing. "The Insider's Guide to A Career in Book Publishing" is a thoroughly 'reader friendly' presentation of the different types of publishing houses and offers practical descriptions of the kinds of jobs the publishing industry offers. Basically an instruction manual, "The Insider's Guide to A Career in Book Publishing" explains how to research individual job categories; how to break a job description down to determine what is actually involved in it; covers searching for a publishing industry job both within New York as well as elsewhere in the country; and how to stand out in a crowded field of applicants for a targeted publishing industry position. Practical, informative, unique, and compactly comprehensive, "The Insider's Guide to A Career in Book Publishing" is very highly recommended for personal, academic, and community library Writing/Publishing instructional reference collections.

The Art Shelf

Jersey Shore Impressionists
Roy Pedersen
Down the Shore Publishing
PO Box 100, West Creek, NJ 08092
9781593220730, $36.00,

Impressionism is a 19th-century art movement that originated with a group of Paris-based artists. Their independent exhibitions brought them to prominence during the 1870s and 1880s, in spite of harsh opposition from the conventional art community in France. The name of the style derives from the title of a Claude Monet work, Impression, soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise), which provoked the critic Louis Leroy to coin the term in a satirical review published in the Parisian newspaper Le Charivari. Impressionist painting characteristics include relatively small, thin, yet visible brush strokes, open composition, emphasis on accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities (often accentuating the effects of the passage of time), ordinary subject matter, inclusion of movement as a crucial element of human perception and experience, and unusual visual angles. "Jersey Shore Impressionists: The Fascination of Sun and Sea 1880-1940" by American art historian and dealer Roy Pedersen is a beautifully illustrated 127 page compendium showcasing the distinctive artwork of a group of American impressionist painters using the seascapes and landscapes of the New Jersey shoreline for their inspiration. Informed, informative, and a sheer delight to browse through, "Jersey Shore Impressionists: The Fascination of Sun and Sea 1880-1940" is a seminal and highly recommended contribution to personal, professional, academic, and community library American Art History reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

The Literary Studies Shelf

Indigenous Poetics in Canada
Neal McLeod, editor
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3C5
9781554589821 $42.99

Award-nominated author Neal McLeod (who grew up Cree on the James Smith Reserve in Saskatchewan and teaches indigenous studies at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario) edits Indigenous Poetics in Canada, an intensely scholarly anthology of essays by a diversity of experts in indigenous literature. Poetics are examined in the broadest sense of the word, as individual essays include discussion of oral traditions, language studies, the poetics of memory, the poetics of performance, the poetics of place and space, and contemporary indigenous poetry as well as classic tales. A detailed index rounds out this thoughtful and welcome addition to multicultural poetry and literary studies shelves.

The Collected Short Works Of Poul Anderson: Volume 6
Poul Anderson, author
Rick katze & Michael Kerpan, editors
PO Box 809, Framingham, MA 01701
9781610373067, $29.00,

Poul William Anderson (November 25, 1926 - July 31, 2001) was an American science fiction author who began his career during one of the Golden Ages 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. "The Collected Short Works Of Poul Anderson: A Bicycle Built For Brew" is the sixth volume of his collected short stories. This 474 page compendium is comprised of an editorial introduction to Poul Anderson; Astrid Anderson Bear's 'My Father, Poul Anderson; and nine short stories: A Bicycle Built for Brew; Three hears and Three Lions; The Snows of Ganymede; Territory; The Sensitive Man; Silent Victory; The Three-Cornered Wheel; and A Plague of Masters. Of special note is for science fiction enthusiasts is the NESFA Press listing of currently available anthologies of Poul Anderson stories, as well as those of other masters of the science fiction genre. "The Collected Short Works Of Poul Anderson: Volume 6: A Bicycle Built For Brew" is very highly recommended and entertaining reading, and a 'must' for all Poul Anderson fans.

Femininity and Authorship in the Novels of Elizabeth von Arnim
Juliane Romhild
Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940
9781611477030, $70.00,

Elizabeth von Arnim (31 August 1866 - 9 February 1941), born Mary Annette Beauchamp, was an Australian-born British novelist. By marriage she became Grafin (Countess) von Arnim-Schlagenthin, and by a second marriage, Countess Russell. Although known in her early life as Mary, after the publication of her first book, she was known to her readers, eventually to her friends, and finally even to her family as Elizabeth and she is now invariably referred to as Elizabeth von Arnim. She also wrote under the pen name Alice Cholmondeley. "Femininity and Authorship in the Novels of Elizabeth von Arnim: At Her Most Radiant Moment" by Juliane Romhild (Lecturer in the Future Ready Program at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), is a 196 page literary study and analysis of the career, books, and literary issues reflected in the writings of von Arnim. A masterpiece of meticulous scholarship, "Femininity and Authorship in the Novels of Elizabeth von Arnim" is organized and presented in five major chapters: Elizabeth and Her German Garden; The Solitary Summer; The Adventures of Elizabeth in Rugers; In the Mountains; and All the Dogs of My Life. Of special note is Juliane Romchild's 'Conclusion'. Enhanced with a List of Abbreviations and Illustrations; an informative introduction; a roster of Works Cited and a comprehensive Index, "Femininity and Authorship in the Novels of Elizabeth von Arnim" is a seminal work and highly recommended for academic library Literary Studies and Women's Literature reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Reader as Peeping Tom
Jeremy Hawthorn
Ohio State University Press
180 Pressey Hall, 1070 Carmack Road
Columbus, OH 43210-1002
9780814212578, $69.95,

Peeping Tom is a character in the legend of Lady Godiva who watched Godiva riding naked. "The Reader as Peeping Tom: Nonreciprocal Gazing in Narrative Fiction and Film" by Jeremy Hawthorn (Emeritus Professor, Department of Language and Literature, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway) is a 272 page compendium that offers the unusual thesis that when we read a novel or watch a film, we become Peeping Toms. Spying on fictional characters, we can enjoy observing their private lives and most intimate secrets while safe in the knowledge that they are totally unaware of us. "The Reader as Peeping Tom: Nonreciprocal Gazing in Narrative Fiction and Film", examines the implications of this nonreciprocal relationship by focusing on works in which the relationships between characters are also nonreciprocal. Professor Hawthorn focuses on four novelists and three filmmakers whose works are concerned with surveillance, spying, and voyeurism: Hawthorne, Dickens, Melville, Henry James, Hitchcock, Michael Powell, and Francis Ford Coppola. Enhanced with the inclusion of a seven page Bibliography and a comprehensive Index, "The Reader as Peeping Tom: Nonreciprocal Gazing in Narrative Fiction and Film" is a masterpiece of original and seminal scholarship which is very highly recommended for academic library Literary Studies collections.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Health for Life
Karen E. McConnell, et al.
Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc.
PO Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61820-5076
9781450434935, $49.00,

The collaborative work of Karen E. McConnell (Pacific Lutheran University), Charles B. Corbin (Arizona State University), David E. Corbin (University of Nebraska at Omaha), and Terrir D. Farrar (Pacific Lutheran University), "Health for Life" is a 424 page textbook deftly organized into six major units of instruction: Understanding Health and Wellness; Preventing Disease and Seeking Care; Embracing Priority Lifestyles; Building Relationships and Lifelong Health; Avoiding Destructive Habits; Creating Health and Safe Communities. This collection of lessons plans provides an ideal high school level curriculum structure and would also prove to be thoroughly 'user friendly' for home schooling instruction as well. Exceptionally well organized and presented, "Health for Life" is enhanced with the inclusion a wealth student web resources, as well as an eight page glossary and a comprehensive index. Also very highly recommended for school Health & Fitness curriculums from Human Kinetics and now in a completely updated sixth edition is "Fitness for Life" (9781450497534, $39.00) by the team of Charles B. Corbin and Guy C. Le Masurier.

The Clinical Nutrition Manager's Handbook
Julie A. Grim & Susan Renee Roberts, editors
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
9780880914819, $55.00,

Clinical nutrition is nutrition of patients in health care. Clinical in this sense refers to the management of patients, including not only outpatients at clinics, but also (and mainly) inpatients in hospitals. It incorporates primarily the scientific fields of nutrition and dietetics. It aims to keep a healthy energy balance in patients, as well as providing sufficient amounts other nutrients such as protein, vitamins, minerals. "The Clinical Nutrition Manager's Handbook: Solutions For The Busy Professional" is a 271 page manual organized into ten informative chapters drawn from experienced clinical nutrition managers and offers a wealth of clinical nutrition management tools, 'best practices' and practical tips. "The Clinical Nutrition Manager's Handbook" covers staff hiring, management, and development; budgeting, financial management, revenue generation, and business plans; statutory and regulatory issues; quality control in foodservice operations; quality management and improvement; productivity and time management; strategic planning; innovations and trends in clinical nutrition; 'Nutrition Informatics; and conducting clinical research. "The Clinical Nutrition Manager's Handbook" is highly recommended for novice nutrition managers and has a great deal of enduring value for experienced nutritional management staff members as well.

The Education Shelf

Explore Personal Care
Don Bastian, Tom Kinney, Autumn Garza
Attainment Company
PO Box 930160, Verona, WI 53593-0160

Created by the team of Don Bastian, Tom Kinney, and Autumn Garza, "Explore Personal Care" is a complete and exceptional curriculum for teaching personal hygiene practices and related skills to transition students and is especially appropriate for use with grades 6 through 12. "Explore Personal Care" covers 35 vital personal care activities designed specifically for young women and 31 essential personal activities for young men. Included are the hygiene basics like brushing teeth and taking showers, to practical issues for young men and women such as buying clothes, being stylish, and getting along with friends. The student Survival Guide books -- one for women (EX-PW01T, $42.00) and one for men (Ex-PM01T, $42.00) -- include relevant vocabulary with definitions provided, enlarged text with symbols, step-by-step illustrated activity sequences, two comprehension quizzes, and instructive photo essays of the activities featuring age appropriate models. Throughout, the student books are heavily illustrated to support struggling readers. Very highly recommended for both public and private school Health & Hygiene curriculums (as well as home school curriculums), "Explore Personal Care" series is available as an Introductory Kit (EX-P10T, $259.00) and a Classroom Kit (EX-P20T, $499.00).

The Library Science Shelf

The Academic Library Administrator's Field Guide
Bryce Nelson
ALA Editions
c/o American Library Association
50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611
9780838912232, $70.00,

An academic library is a library that is attached to a higher education institution which serves two complementary purposes to support the school's curriculum, and to support the research of the university faculty and students.[1] It is unknown how many academic libraries there are internationally. An academic and research portal maintained by UNESCO links to 3,785 libraries. According to the National Center for Education Statistics there are an estimated 3,700 academic libraries in the United States.[1] The support of teaching and learning requires material for class readings and for student papers. In the past, the material for class readings, intended to supplement lectures as prescribed by the instructor, has been called reserves. In the period before electronic resources became available, the reserves were supplied as actual books or as photocopies of appropriate journal articles. Academic libraries must determine a focus for collection development since comprehensive collections are not feasible. Librarians do this by identifying the needs of the faculty and student body, as well as the mission and academic programs of the college or university. When there are particular areas of specialization in academic libraries these are often referred to as niche collections. These collections are often the basis of a special collection department and may include original papers, artwork, and artifacts written or created by a single author or about a specific subject. "The Academic Library Administrator's Field Guide" by library science expert Bryce Nelson (Information School, University of Washington) is a 224 page compendium of practical instruction for academic library administrative staff on how to think and act politically; how to prepare for safety and security procedures; how to influence study and faculty perception of the academic library as a basic component of education; how to foster a librarian's identity as a teacher; how to communicate directly and effectively in person, at meetings, through email, etc.; how to assess and systematically collected data, and more. Highly recommended and essential reading for academic librarian charged with administrative responsibilities, it should be noted that "The Academic Library Administrator's Field Guide" is also available in a Kindle edition ($56.00). Also very strongly recommended from ALA Edition is Rebecca P. Butler's "Copyright for Academic Librarians and Professionals" (9780838912140, $80.00, 300 pages).

Preserving Complex Digital Objects
Janet Delve & David Anderson, editors
Facet Publishing
7 Ridgmount Street, London, England, WC1E 7AE
9781856049580, $115.00,

The collaborative editorship of Janet Delve and David Anderson (who are co-leaders of the interdisciplinary Future Prrof computer Group at the University of Portsmouth), "Preserving Complex Digital Objects" is a 224 page compendium comprised of twenty-five seminal research papers organized into six sections: Why and What to Preserve: Creativity versus Preservation; The Memory Institution/Data Archival Perspective; Digital Preservation Approaches, Practice and Tools; Case Studies; A Legal Perspective; Pathfinder Conclusion. An impressive and unique body of original scholarship, "Preserving Complex Digital Objects" is informed, informative, and a critically important addition to professional, corporate, governmental, and academic library collections on the preservation of digital materials such as simulations, visualizations, art, and video games.

The Biography Shelf

Ludvig Irgens-Jensen: The Life and Music of a Norwegian Composer
Arvid O. Vollsnes
Toccata Press
c/o Boydell & Brewer Inc
668 Mount Hope Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620-2731
9780907689737 $80.00

Ludvig Irgens-Jensen: The Life and Music of a Norwegian Composer is an in-depth biography of Ludvig Irgens-Jensen (1894-1969), especially well-known for his 1930 symphony "Heimferd" ("Homecoming"). After World War II, the trend of modernism and Irgens-Jensen's own modesty eclipsed his fame, but his recordings form a legacy of profound beauty worthy of appreciation by successive generations. Author Arvid O. Vollsnes (Professor of Musicology, University of Oslo) gives Irgens-Jensen's work the scholarly scrutiny it deserves, in the full context of the composer's eventful life. Extensive appendices, a discography, an index, and an accompanying music CD round out this superb resource especially recommended for music scholars 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 the biography of military veteran and politician Richardson Dilworth (1898-1974). Well-known as a liberal Democrat from a privileged background, who dared to challenge the entrenched hold of Republicans in Philadelphia, Dilworth persisted through multiple defeats, often exchanging heated insults with his opponents - hence his reputation as a "bare-knuckled aristocrat". Working with Joseph S. Clark (who would eventually join the U.S. Senate), Dilworth helped end the GOP's 67 years of local rule, serving as Philadelphia's district attorney, then its mayor, and finally head of the city's Board of Education during the 1960's. A handful of black-and-white photographs, a bibliography, and an index round out this fascinating portrait of a passionate and principled man, one of Pennsylvania's finest. Highly recommended.

Breath Of Wilderness
Kristin Eggerling
Fulcrum Publishing
4690 Table Mountain Drive, Suite 100
Golden, Colorado 80403
9781938486104, $12.95,

Sigurd F. Olson (April 4, 1899 - January 13, 1982) was an American author, environmentalist, and advocate for the protection of wilderness. For more than thirty years, he served as a wilderness guide in the lakes and forests of the Quetico-Superior country of northern Minnesota and northwestern Ontario. He was known honorifically as the Bourgeois - ' a term the voyageurs of old used of their trusted leaders. "Breath of Wilderness: The Life of Sigurd Olson" by Kristin Eggerling is a 112 page biography showcasing the life and accomplishments of an environmental and conservation pioneer. Enhanced with the inclusion of a US Conservation Time Line; Places to Visit; Take It Outside; To Learn More; Major Sources; and an Index, "Breath of Wilderness: The Life of Sigurd Olson" is specifically written for a young readership ages 9 to 12 and highly recommended for school and community library collections.

The Cookbook Shelf

World Vegan Feast
Bryanna Clark Grogan
Vegan Heritage Press
PO Box 628, Woodstock, VA 22664-0628
Andrews McMeel Publishing (distributor)
1130 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO 64106-2109
9780988949294, $18.95,

Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, as well as following an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of sentient animals. A follower of veganism is known as a vegan. Showcasing more than two hundred vegan recipes drawn from some fifty different countries and compiled by Bryanna Clark Grogan, "World Vegan Feast" is a 272 page compendium of vegan dishes that range from Creole French Toast with Hot Brown Sugar Sauce (New Orleans); Roasted Asparagus Crespelle with Besciamella Sauce (Italy); Sweet and Sour Pomegranate Soup (Iraq); and Korean Broccoli Fried Rice (Korea); to Pastry Wrapped Russian Loaf (Russia); Grown-Up Nanaimo Bars (Canada); Chai Cappuccino Pudding (India); and South African Mielie Bread (South Africa). Of special value for novice vegan chefs is the opening chapter offering 'user friendly' instruction on 'World Vegan Kitchen Essentials'. Very highly recommended for personal, professional, and community library Vegetarian & Vegan cookbook collections, it should be noted that "World Vegan Feast" is also available in a Kindle edition ($7.99).

The Complete Low-Carb Cookbook
George Stella
Quail Ridge Press
PO Box 123, Brandon, MS 39043
9781934193969, $24.95,

A carbohydrate is a large biological molecule. Carbohydrates perform numerous roles in living organisms including the storage of energy, as structural components, the backbone of the genetic molecule known as RNA, a component of DNA, and many other important biomolecules that play key roles in the immune system, fertilization, preventing pathogenesis, blood clotting, and development. In food science and in many informal contexts, the term carbohydrate often means any food that is particularly rich in the complex carbohydrate starch (such as cereals, bread, and pasta) or simple carbohydrates, such as sugar (found in candy, jams, and desserts). For anyone who must restrict their carbohydrates in order to control their weight or otherwise deal with diet related health issues, "The Complete Low-Carb Cookbook" is a 224 page compendium comprised of thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' non-sugar, non-wheat, low-carb recipes that range from Mixed Berry Muffins with Fresh Blueberries and Raspberries; Chicken Marsala; Grilled Herb Crusted Sirloin; Lemon Pepper Tilapia; and Sweet Potato Cakes; to Baked Zucchini Chips; Stella-Style Cheesecake; Coconut Flapjacks; and Scalloped Squash Casserole with Ham. Illustrated with full color photography of mouth-watering dishes, "The Complete Low-Carb Cookbook" is beautifully presented and would make an enduringly popular addition to personal, family, and community library cookbook collections.

The Psychology Shelf

Children's Drawings
Antonio Machon
Fibulas Publishers
9788461655571 26 Euros / $TBA

Children's Drawings: The Genesis and Nature of Graphic Representation is a studious and scholarly examination of graphic and artistic development in pre-school children (ages 1-7). Author Antonio Machon draws upon his years of experience as a professor of art education at the infant teacher training departments of Valladolid and Madrid universities, reconstructing the stages of scribbling and the origins of representation that children transition between. Children's drawings included both black-and-white and color illustrations of children's artwork to demonstrate its points, and is a worthy contribution to both child development psychology shelves, and pre-school art instruction shelves. "It is not true that what children draw originates from what they see. On the contrary, what they see originates from what they draw. That is, the process of reduction or simplification that characterises the drawings of children of these ages... is an application of what children already know from the forms of their drawing to what they see in real-life forms."

Clinical Neuropsychology
Michael W. Parsons & Thomas A. Hammeke, editors
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242
9781433816871, $59.95,

Clinical neuropsychology is a sub-field of psychology concerned with the applied science of brain-behaviour relationships. Clinical neuropsychologists use this knowledge in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and or rehabilitation of patients across the lifespan with neurological, medical, neurodevelopmental and psychiatric conditions, as well as other cognitive and learning disorders. Assessment is primarily by way of neuropsychological tests, but also includes patient history, qualitative observation and may draw on findings from neuroimaging and other diagnostic medical procedures. Clinical neuropsychology requires an in-depth knowledge of: neuroanatomy, neurobiology, psychopharmacology and neuropathology. The collaborative editorial project of psychologists Michael W. Parsons and Thomas A. Hammeke, "Clinical Neuropsychology: A Pocket Handbook for Assessment" is a 704 page compendium in a newly updated and expanded third edition that provides comprehensive information in a compact, organized, and accessible format that is specifically designed for neuropsychologists in the early stages of their training. This new edition leads users through the complicated process of assessing, diagnosing, and treating an enormous range of neurologic, neuropsychological, psychiatric, and behavioral disorders and syndromes. Of special note are the new chapters addressing cultural neuropsychology, somatic disorders, and the relationship between drug abuse and impulse control disorders. Throughout, relevant diagnostic information has been updated to reflect the newest DSM-5 criteria. "Clinical Neuropsychology: A Pocket Handbook for Assessment" is strongly recommended for professional and academic library Psychology & Psychiatry reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Economic Studies Shelf

Climate Change and the World Economy
David I. Stern, Frank Jotzo, Leo Dobes
Edward Elgar Publishing
9 Dewey Court, Northampton, MA 01060-3815
9781781009185, $390.00,

The newest addition to the outstanding 'International Library of Critical Writings in Economics' series from Edward Elgar Publishing, "Climate Change and the World Economy" is a 752 page compendium comprised of forty scientific articles generated between 1956 and 2012 in which leading experts in their fields describe, document, and analyze the impact of a global climate change upon a global and interdependent economic structure and international relationships. Beginning with an informed and informative introduction by the editorial team of David I. Stern, Frank Jotzo, and Leo Dobes, the articles are organized into three major sections: Trends, Drivers and Forecasts of Greenhouse Gas and Aerosol Emissions; Mitigation of Climate Change; Impacts and Adaptation. "Climate Change and the World Economy" is a critically important, and seminal addition to academic, corporate, and governmental library Environmental Studies and Economic Studies reference collections.

Who's Buying series
New Strategist Press
c/o Baywood Publishing Company
PO Box 337, Amityville, NY 11701-8337

New Strategist Press is the publisher of the outstanding "Who's Buying" series of economic data collections. The fourteen volumes comprising this series breaks down annual national consumer statistics by specific categories: "Whose Buying Alcoholic and Nonalcoholic Beverages: 10th Edition" (9781940308470, $68.95, 124pp); "Who's Buying Apparel: 9th Edition" (9781940308494, $68.95, 110pp); "Who's Buying at Restaurants and Carry-Outs: 11th Edition" (9781940308517, $68.95, 82pp); "Who's Buying by Age: 8th Edition" (9781940308531, $68.95); "Who's Buying by Race and Hispanic Origin: 9th Edition" (9781940308517, $68.95, 126pp); "Who's Buying Entertainment: 10th Edition" (97819040308579, $68.95, 156pp); Who's Buying for Pets: 11th Edition" (9781940308593, $68.95, 64pp); "Who's Buying for Travel: 10th Edition" (9781940308616, $68.95, 84pp); "Who's Buying Groceries: 11th Edition" (9781940308630, $68.95, 286pp); "Who's Buying Health Care: 10th Edition" (9781940308654, $68.95, 90pp); "Who's Buying Household Furnishings, Services, and Supplies: 11th Edition" (9781940308678, $68.95, 144pp); "Who's Buying Information and Consumer Electronics: 6th Edition" (9781940308739, $68.95, 126pp); "Who's Buying Transportation: 10th Edition" (9781940308692, $68.95, 134pp); "Who's Buying: Executive Summer of Household Spending: 9th Edition" (9781940308715, $68.95, 194pp). All of these new editions have been updated with 2012 economic and demographic data and are especially useful for analyzing pre- and post-Great Recession spending patterns and trends. Each individual volume features tables of contents and informative introductions. Very strongly recommended for professional, corporate, and academic library American Economic Studies reference collections, it should be noted that sample pages and PDF downloads with links to the Excel spreadsheet of each data table are available on the New Strategist Press web site at

The American History Shelf

This Is America: A Short History of the United States
Edited by Duncan A. Campbell and David H. Levinson
Berkshire Publishing Group
120-122 Castle Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230-1506
9781614725718 $19.95 pbk.
9781614729266 $29.95 hc
9781614729273 $9.99 ebook

Thoroughly accessible to readers of all backgrounds, This Is America: A Short History of the United States lives up to its title as a brief yet solid overview of American history, from its earliest settlement to colonial times, its involvement in world wars, and modern-day politics. A timeline of major events in American history, an index, and a selection of suggested readings round out this excellent resource for anyone and everything seeking to quickly refresh and solidify their knowledge, including prospective immigrants or high school and college students. Highly recommended, especially for public library collections!

The WPA - Putting America to Work
Jeff Hill
Omnigraphics, Inc.
PO Box 31-1640, Detroit, MI 48231
9780780813311, $55.00,

The Work Projects Administration (WPA) was the largest and most ambitious American New Deal agency, employing millions of unemployed people (mostly unskilled men) to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads. In a much smaller but more famous project, the Federal Project Number One, the WPA employed musicians, artists, writers, actors and directors in large arts, drama, media, and literacy projects. Almost every community in the United States had a new park, bridge or school constructed by the agency. At its peak in 1938, it provided paid jobs for three million unemployed men and women, as well as youth in a separate division, the National Youth Administration. Headed by Harry Hopkins, the WPA provided jobs and income to the unemployed during the Great Depression in the United States. Between 1935 and 1943, the WPA provided almost eight million jobs. Full employment, which was reached in 1942 and emerged as a long-term national goal around 1944, was not the WPA goal. It tried to provide one paid job for all families in which the breadwinner suffered long-term unemployment. The WPA was a national program that operated its own projects in cooperation with state and local governments, which provided 10%-30% of the costs. Usually the local sponsor provided land and often trucks and supplies, with the WPA responsible for wages (and for the salaries of supervisors, who were not on relief.) WPA sometimes took over state and local relief programs that had originated in the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC) or Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) programs. It was liquidated on June 30, 1943, as a result of low unemployment due to the worker shortage of World War II. The WPA had provided millions of Americans with jobs for 8 years. Occasionally illustrated with black-and-white historical photos, "The WPA - Putting America to Work" by Jeff Hill is a 246 page compendium providing a detailed history and overview of the WPA in seven major chapters. Enhanced with a section of Biographies and a section of Primary Sources, as well as a Chronology, Sources for Further Study, a Bibliography, and a comprehensive Index, "The WPA - Putting America to Work" is a seminal work that is very strongly recommended for both academic and community library 20th Century American History collections.

The Making Of An Abolitionist
Denis Brennan
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9780786474257, $35.00,

William Lloyd Garrison (December 12, 1805 - May 24, 1879) was a prominent American abolitionist, journalist, suffragist, and social reformer. He is best known as the editor of the abolitionist newspaper The Liberator, which he founded in 1831 and published in Massachusetts until slavery was abolished by Constitutional amendment after the American Civil War. He was one of the founders of the American Anti-Slavery Society. He promoted "immediate emancipation" of slaves in the United States. In the 1870s, Garrison became a prominent voice for the woman suffrage movement. A work of exceptionally impressive historical research and scholarship, "The Making of an Abolitionist: William Lloyd Garrison's Path to Publishing The Liberator" by Denis Brennan (Professor of American History, Union College, Schenectady, New York) is a 224 page account of what founding and operating an abolition oriented newspaper meant to one of the key players in the Northern efforts to abolish slavery that were to culminate in the American Civil War. Enhanced with the inclusion of eighteen pages of Chapter Notes, eight pages of Bibliography, and a comprehensive Index, "The Making of an Abolitionist: William Lloyd Garrison's Path to Publishing The Liberator" is a very highly recommended addition to community and academic library 19th Century American History, 19th Century American Biography, and 19th Century American Journalism reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The World History Shelf

1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed
Eric H. Cline
Princeton University Press
41 William Street
Princeton, NJ 08540
9780691140896 $29.95

1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed is a thoughtful analysis of one of the great mysteries of human history - what, precisely, caused multiple flourishing civilizations of the Late Bronze Age to fall into ruin? In 1177 B.C. invaders remembered only as the "Sea Peoples" devastated Egypt; even though the pharaoh's army and navy ultimately turned them back, it marked the beginning of a decline into a centuries-long dark age. But the mysterious Sea Peoples alone could not have caused such regression on a grand scale. Neither could droughts or earthquakes by themselves - the region had periodically suffered such calamities before. In plain terms accessible to readers of all backgrounds, 1177 B.C. examines how the most likely culprit is an interconnected mesh of factors producing a "multiplying effect" - natural disasters, the severing of trade routs in an increasingly interconnected economy, famine, invasion, and possibly internal rebellion (as witnessed in modern history such as the 1917 Russian Revolution). 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed also touches upon what the tragedies meant for history (they paved the way for the rise of Greece and the Roman Empire) and for humanity today (could the hard lessons of the past be repeated in modern fiascos such as the 2008 financial crisis?) Highly recommended, especially for public and college library collections.

Race to Revolution
Gerald Horne
Monthly Review Press
146 West 29th Street, Suite 6W
New York, NY 10001
9781583674451 $29.00

Race to Revolution: The United States and Cuba During Slavery and Jim Crow is a fascinating, scholarly scrutiny of how the histories of the United Sates and its island neighbor Cuba intertwine, with especial focus upon the how the black populations of each fared. Slavery was once a crucial part of both the American and Cuban economies. Black Cubans played a key role in achieving Cuba's independence, and their influence was felt in the radical politics of American black communities, as well as playing a role in the end of America's Jim Crow segregation era. But when those radical politics fomented the Cuban Revolution, America was stunned and shocked. Race to Revolution is the true story of slave traders, abolitionists, sailors, politicians, impoverished farmers, and revolutionaries. Extensive notes round out this meticulous historical summary, highly recommended for public and college library World History shelves.

Outlaws of the Atlantic
Marcus Rediker
Beacon Press
25 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108-2892
9780807033098 $26.95

Outlaws of the Atlantic: Sailors, Pirates, and Motley Crews in the Age of Sail is a close examination of the influences that seafarers had upon world history, especially during the "Age of Sail" from 1500 to 1850. Seafaring men tended to be removed from landed authorities, and their shared experience navigating the waves prompted their own codes and social relations. Even reviled pirates had their own forms of egalitarianism, defying an era of institutionalized slavery. Outlaws of the Atlantic explores how "motley" (read: "multiethnic") crews played a key role in the American Revolution, and affected societal history, both directly and via example. Notes and an index round out this thought-provoking account, especially recommended for public and college library world history shelves.

The Military Shelf

War Of Attrition
William Philpott
The Overlook Press
141 Wooster Street, New York, NY 10012
9781468302684, $32.50,

Attrition warfare is a military strategy in which a belligerent side attempts to win a war by wearing down the enemy to the point of collapse through continuous losses in personnel and materiel. The war will usually be won by the side with greater such resources. The word attrition comes from the Latin root 'atterere' meaning to rub against, similar to the "grinding down" of the opponent's forces in attrition warfare. World War I, also known as the First World War, was a global war centered in Europe that began on 28 July 1914 and lasted until 11 November 1918. From the time of its occurrence until the approach of World War II, it was called simply the World War or the Great War, and thereafter the First World War or World War I. In America, it was initially called the European War. More than 9 million combatants were killed; a casualty rate exacerbated by the belligerents' technological and industrial sophistication, and tactical stalemate. It was one of the deadliest conflicts in history, paving the way for major political changes, including revolutions in many of the nations involved. It is commonly acknowledged that with the introduction of military technological advances, World War I was largely fought by all sides as a war of attrition. "War of Attrition: Fighting the First World War" by William Philpott (Professor of the History of Warfare, Department of War Studies, King's College, London, England) is a 416 page compendium providing an historically descriptive analysis with respect to how this international conflict was waged with respect to each sides resources, strategies, deployments, and battle engagement. A work of truly impressive and documented scholarship, "War of Attrition: Fighting the First World War" is a strongly recommended contribution to the growing library of World War I literature and an invaluable addition to both community and academic library 20th Century Military History reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Language Studies Shelf

An Ovid Reader
Carole E. Newlands
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
1570 Baskin Road
Mundelein, IL 60060
9780865167223 $19.00

Part of Bolchazy's Latin Readers series, featuring passages from classic works annotated by experts in the field, An Ovid Reader: Selections from Seven Works serves as a solid resource for students and course instructors. Although the annotations extensively discuss linguistic nuances, it's notable that An Ovid Reader does not present a direct English translation of its Latin passages from "Amores", "Heroides", "Ars Amatoria", "Metamorphoses", "Fasti", "Tristia", and "Epistulae ex Ponto". A sizeable vocabulary selection rounds out this handy practice and study tool for intermediate to advanced students of Latin.

The Social Issues Shelf

Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal
Aviva Chomsky
Beacon Press
25 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108-2892
9780807001677 $16.00

Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal is a critical examination of the social construct of restricting immigration in America, and declaring undocumented immigrants to be "illegal". Author Aviva Chomsky takes the daring stand that all immigration restrictions should be lifted, arguing that attempting to restrict immigration does no harm than good - it doesn't reduce the number of people who enter the U.S.; instead, it denies basic human rights to a broad group of migrants. Undocumented traces the history of how the concept of "illegal immigrant" arose, why this idea served the interests of the wealthy and powerful elite, and why it is ultimately detrimental. "Supporters of the idea of border control often argue that without draconian measures to deter migrants, floods of Mexicans and other Latin Americans would overwhelm the border and the country. They forget, perhaps, that during the many decades in which the border was relatively open, there were no floods. The number of undocumented immigrants in the United States began its precipitous rise after the country began to try to seal the border, in large part because instead of leaving after a season of work, migrants felt compelled to stay, since they realized that returning would be difficult." A thought-provoking take on a controversial subject, Undocumented is a "must-read" regardless of one's personal views.

The Transition Companion
Rob Hopkins
Chelsea Green Publishing Company
85 North Main Street, Suite 120
White River Junction, VT 05001
9781603583923 $29.95

Grassroots activist Rob Hopkins presents The Transition Companion: Making Your Community More Resilient in Uncertain Times, a call to action in a world increasingly beset by rising oil prices, climate change, and economic challenges. How can communities work together to respond to these problems? Chapters discuss running effective meetings and forming legal entities, the role of volunteers, fostering "street-by-street" behavior change, the link between social enterprise and entrepreneurship, and much more. "Be mindful of the language you and your group use in talks, printed materials and events, avoiding divisive 'them and us'-style messaging, however subtle. Work actively to avoid perceptions of being 'hippy' or excessively rooted in alternative culture; rather, ensure that the project remains as accessible to as wide a range of people as possible." The Transition Companion is especially recommended for public and community library collections, and deserves to be required reading for all environmental activists.

The Graphic Novel Shelf

Graphic Classics Volume 25: Canine/Feline Classics
Eureka Productions
8778 Oak Grove Road, Mount Horeb, WI 53572
c/o Diamond Book Distributors
10150 York Rd., Suite 300, Hunt Valley, MD 21030
9780982563083 $19.95

Graphic Classics Volume 25: Canine/Feline Classics is a full-color graphic novel adaptations of several timeless short stories and poems featuring dogs - or cats! Art styles shift dramatically depending on the nature of each story, which is brought to life by a different, talented illustrator. From P.G. Wodehouse's "The Mixer" and the Indian folktale "The Honest Hunter and His Faithful Dog" (canine classics) to "The Cats" poem by H.P. Lovecraft and "The Beast from the Abyss" by Robert E. Howard (feline classics), these tales span a tremendous diversity of styles and cultural perspectives! Like all volumes in the Graphic Classics series, Graphic Classics Volume 25: Canine/Feline Classics is especially recommended for public library collections, as a graphic novel created specifically to spur interest in classic literature among readers age 12 to adult.

The Audiobook Shelf

Mambo in Chinatown
Jean Kwok, author
Angela Lin, narrator
c/o Random House Audio Books
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 5th floor
New York, NY 10019
9780553545630 $50.00

Superbly performed by actress Angela Lin, Mambo in Chinatown is the unabridged audiobook rendition of an original novel about a young Chinese-American woman at a crossroads between two worlds. At age twenty-two, elder daughter Charlie Wong has lived in Manhattan's Chinatown nearly all her life, content to share a tiny apartment with her widower father and look after her eleven-year-old sister. When Charlie starts work as a receptionist at a ballroom dance studio uptown, she crosses the boundary into an entirely different world, one with seemingly limitless possibilities. But then a chronic illness afflicts Charlie's younger sister, and their father's steadfastly refuses to allow her to be treated with Western medicine. As Charlie's sister's health steadily worsens, Charlie is at a crossroads, searching for a way to rescue her without shattering the bonds that connect her family. A soul-searching novel about confronting tough decisions and their consequences, Mambo in Chinatown is highly recommended, especially for public library audiobook collections. 10 CDs, 13 hours.

The Dog Who Could Fly
Damien Lewis, author
Derek Perkins, narrator
Tantor Media, Inc.
6 Business Park Road
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
9781494502447 $39.99

Now in an unabridged audiobook edition brought to life by AudioFile Earphones Award-winning performer Derek Perkins, The Dog Who Could Fly is the captivating true story of a fire-forged friendship between Royal Air Force airman Robert Bozdech, and an orphaned German shepherd puppy, whom Bozdech named Ant. Bozdech discovered Ant while shot down behind enemy lines during World War II, and hid the puppy inside his jacket as he escaped. Bozdech and Ant flew together with Bomber Command, saving each other's lives on multiple occasions; though Ant eventually had to stay on the ground due to injury, he faithfully awaited his owner by the runway during every mission. Both Bozdech and Ant were recognized as war heroes by the end of the conflict. An extraordinary portrait sure to capture the hearts of dog lovers everywhere, The Dog Who Could Fly is especially recommended for public library audiobook collections. 8 CDs, 9 hours.

The World According to Bob
James Bowen, author
Kristopher Milnes, narrator
Recorded Books, LLC
270 Skip Jack Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
9781490619620 $56.75

The World According to Bob: The Further Adventures of One Man and His Street-Wise Cat is the sequel to popular memoir "A Street Cat Named Bob", now available as an unabridged audiobook production. Author James Bowen and his adopted "street cat" Bob, a hefty orange-and-white bundle of fur and attitude, return to charm the hearts of readers. James may provide for Bob and teach him tricks, but Bob has been a comforting companion to James in the wake of illness, hard times, and even life-threatening danger. Cat lovers especially will enjoy this heartwarming story of true friendship! 5 CDs, 6 hours, tracks every 3 minutes for easy bookmarking.

The Library CD Shelf

No Discount
Zongo Junction
Electric Cowbell Records
c/o Rock Paper Scissors
511 West 4th Street, Suite 2
Bloomington, IN 47404
$16.98 CD / $8.91 MP3

Afrobeat ensemble Zongo Junction presents No Discount, a rip-roaring original album of explosively enthusiastic songs. Guitar, pounding drums, and layers of synthesizers characterize this unstoppable, pulse-pounding collection, sure to excite fans of the genre with the passionate inducement to get up and dance! The tracks are "The Van That Got Away", "Longtooth", "Invented History", "No Discount", "21 Suspects in Madina", "Invented Search", "The National Zoo", "Tunnel Bar", and "Unknown Elsewhere."

Hamidbar Medaber
Privately Published
c/o Rock Paper Scissors
511 West 4th Street, Suite 2
Bloomington, IN 47404

The band Zebrina (a play on the Latin name for the plant colloquially called "wandering jew") is a lively mix of Klezmer, jazz, and jam performing the original compositions of Canadian jazz pianist Jonathan Feldman in Hamidbar Medaber, an album embodying the creative quest for knowledge. Entrancing yet energetic, Hamidbar Medaber works its way into the listener's spirit, fostering questions and wonder for life's miracles as well as open celebration. Highly recommended, especially for international music collections! The tracks are "Chant of Ages" (5:33), "Revolution in my Mind" (7:09), "The Spirit Within" (7:25), "The Desert Speaks" (6:57), "Higher Power" (7:59), "Breath of Life" (8:11), "The Guru's Advice" (6:46), and "Freedom Groove" (6:52).

NAWA: Ancient Sufi Invocations & Forgotten Songs From Aleppo
Sacred Voices of Syria
Lost Origin Sound Series
3320 Mt. Pleasant St. NW, Washington, DC 20010
c/o Rock Paper Scissors
511 West 4th Street, Suite 2, Bloomington, IN 47404
$TBA CD / $9.49 digital

NAWA: Ancient Sufi Invocations & Forgotten Songs From Aleppo gathers recordings of some of the oldest spiritual music known to humanity. When musician Jason Hamacher contacted the Syrian Orthodox Archbishop of the United States and learned that there were no recordings of liturgical chants from Urfa, Hamacher resolved to ensure that he would help preserve 1800 years of musical tradition in recorded form, available to the public. To experience and record ancient chant traditions, Hamacher traveled to Syria, working with its Christian, Jewish, and Islamic communities. Fortunately, Hamacher was able to gather most of NAWA before the onset of Syria's terrible civil war. Hundreds of years of spiritual, musical, and faith traditions are embedded in these powerful, profound liturgical chants, highly recommended especially for public and college library music collections. The tracks are "Fasel Al Jalal", "Mowashah Dhabya Wadi Al Naqah", "Fasel Al Sawi", "Fasel Kesmet Al Sawi", "Mowashah Al Refko Be Mattoon", and "Mowashah Habbatha Al Dugah".

The Library DVD Shelf

Stop Traffick: Human Trafficking in America
Learning ZoneXpress
667 East Vine Street
Owatonna, MN 55060

Intended for grade 6 to adult viewers, Stop Traffick: Human Trafficking in America is a fictional short film on DVD about the modern-day slavery in America. The horrifying truth is that criminal human trafficking rings, usually specializing in forced or child prostitution, remain over 150 years after slavery was legally outlawed. But there is hope; in addition to law enforcement efforts, there are non-governmental organizations such as Worthwhile Wear that work to rescue victims of forced prostitution, and aids them with vocational training. Interviews with the film's producers, actors, the mother of a teenage trafficking victim, and Worthwhile Wear founder Dan Emr complement this chilling yet educational movie. A "must-have" especially for public library collections. 35 min (2 chapters).

Directed by Albert Nerenberg
The Disinformation Company
220 East 23rd Street, Suite 405
New York, NY 10010-4659
9781939517234 $19.98

Boredom is the first serious documentary on the subject of boredom. Exactly what is this mind-numbing state known to overcome those tasked with endless drudgery? Research suggests that boredom may in fact be a state of stress - and that the toll it takes on one's mental and emotional well-being could ultimately influence one's physical well-being, with potentially lethal consequences. Is the boredom of dead-end jobs and educational institutions actually promoted by our culture, and the most powerful individuals within it? Is there a better way? Bonus features include an abridged version on the same DVD ("Revolutionary Accelerated Unboring Version", 48 min.), "Stages of Boredom" (3 min.), and "The Mountain that Boredom Built" (4 min.). Antithetical to its own title, Boredom is the ultimate "must-see" documentary, highly recommended especially for public library collections. Not rated, 61 min. plus 55 min. of extras.

Bee People
9781939517272 $19.98

Honeybees have survived for 100 million years, but now these hard-working pollinators are facing threats to their survival. Bee People is a fascinating documentary about people who are working to protect both bees and the planet as a whole. Gregg "The Bee Guru" McMahan teaches viewers all about the role bees have in the well-being of the global ecosystem, and what humans can do to support bees, in this captivating and motivational film. Highly recommended, especially for public library documentary collections! Bonus features include a "Extracting Honey", a 16 minute featurette in which the Bee Guru travels to New York City to meet Tony Bees, a.k.a. "The Bee Cop". 102 min., not rated.

Children Without a Shadow
A film by Bernard Balteau
Sisu Home Entertainment

Children Without a Shadow is a true-life Holocaust documentary, revealing the life of Shaul Harel, a Beligian child hidden at 4 years of age. Harel survived genocide and had the chance to become a professor and live an adult life due to the bravery and compassion of both Jews and Christians. An extraordinary tale of hope amid the ashes of genocide, Children Without a Shadow is unforgettable. French and Hebrew with English subtitles (the 16 min. bonus featurette is also subtitled in English), widescreen.

Jews of Iran
A film by Ramin Farahani
Sisu Home Entertainment

Muslim director Ramin Farahani presents Jews of Iran, an extraordinary documentary about the Iran's Jewish minority, who have been a part of the land for over 2,700 years, and who all too often cope with persecution. Jews of Iran offers a vivid glimpse into their day-to-day lives and struggles, as well as their hopes for the future - both their own, and their nation's. Unforgettable to the very end, Jews of Iran is a documentary that will remind the viewer why religious tolerance - especially as practiced by the Jews - is of paramount importance. Farsi with 52 min., English subtitles. Also highly recommended is the documentary "Fringes" (English and Hebrew with English subtitles, 73 min., $24.95) by Paula Weiman-Kelman, featuring three spiritually uplifting stories about three young Jews - one in Israel, one in Canada, and one in the United States.

The Parenting Shelf

Dad's Guide to Pregnancy for Dummies, second edition
Matthew M.F. Miller and Sharon Perkins, RN
For Dummies
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9781118858653 $16.99

Also available as an ebook, Dad's Guide to Pregnancy for Dummies is part of the extremely useful and user-friendly series of "For Dummies" guidebooks, created to demystify complex subjects and to be accessible to readers of all backgrounds. Dad's Guide to Pregnancy for Dummies is especially for expectant and new fathers; chapters outline how to prepare for the changes that becoming a parent will make in one's life, what to expect and how to care for one's wife during pregnancy, preparing for the miracle of childbirth (including steps to take to minimize risk of something going wrong), how to care for a newborn infant, and much more. Dad's Guide to Pregnancy for Dummies isn't only for men; women will also find its guidelines accessible and informative, especially women who are wondering how best to support an expecting friend or family member. Dad's Guide to Pregnancy for Dummies is an excellent choice for public library collections, and also makes a great baby shower gift!

The Reference Shelf

Aging in America
Bernan Press
c/o Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200
Lanham, MD 20706
9781598887020 $100.00

Aging in America is an in-depth reference source grounded in the data sources of the Decennial Census and the annual American Community Survey. The geographic detail of Census Bureau information distinguishes Aging in America, which facilitates the study of data by state, metro area, city, or congressional district for areas of a population of 65,000 or more. While most of the pages of Aging in America are devoted directly to raw data - charts, tables, graphs, and lists of numbers - the introduction and summary sections help readers of all backgrounds comprehend the broader trends of the accumulated figures. A "must-have" for the demographic reference section of college and scholarly library collections!

The Political Science Shelf

Abraham Lincoln, Philosopher Statesman
Joseph R. Fornieri
Southern Illinois University Press
1915 University Press Drive
SIUC Mail Code 6806
Carbondale, IL 62901
9780809333295 $34.50

Joseph R. Fornieri (Professor of Political Science, Rochester Institute of Technology) presents Abraham Lincoln, Philosopher Statesman, an examination of President Lincoln's political greatness. Well known for presiding over the end of slavery in America, and paving the way for an interracial democracy, Lincoln's achievements required expert statesmanship, from savvy in metaphorical "horse-trading" to his ability to stir noble idealism in the hearts and minds of all fellow Americans. Abraham Lincoln, Philosopher Statesman draws the connections between Lincoln's deeds and classic political theory as well as political philosophy, ethics, and history. Highly recommended, especially for college library Political Science shelves.

The Money/Finance Shelf

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, twelfth edition
Attorney Stephen Elias & Kathleen Michon, J.D., authors
Updated by Attorney Patricia Dzikowski
Nolo Press
950 Parker Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
9781413320268 $39.99

Now in its twelfth updated edition, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy is the definitive guide to the legal proceedings of chapter 13 bankruptcy in America, written especially for lay readers who may be confronting difficult financial decisions. The advantage of choosing chapter 13 bankruptcy as opposed to other types of bankruptcy relief (including chapter 7) is that one can avoid foreclosure on one's home, or repossession of one's car. Nolo upholds its distinguished track record of publishing accessible, user-friendly, top-notch legal guides, covering how to determine if one is eligible for chapter 13 protection, a survey of bankruptcy forms, the process of filing for bankruptcy, common legal issues while carrying out the bankruptcy plan, hiring and working with a lawyer, and much more. "Do you need a lawyer? For the vast majority of Chapter 13 filers, the answer is 'yes.' [...] the rub lies with the Chapter 13 repayment plan. Calculating plan payments has become quite difficult without the assistance of computer software, which is extremely expensive. In addition, it is not uncommon for the trustee or creditors to challenge or object to various aspects of your plan. In fact, most Chapter 13 plans need at least one modification along the way, even when prepared by an attorney."

The Botany Shelf

Wildflowers of Unalaska Island
Suzi Golodoff
Snowy Owl Books
c/o University of Alaska Press
PO Box 756240
Fairbanks, AK 99775-6240
9781602232204 $24.95

Wildflowers of Unalaska Island is unique in that it's the first of its kind to focus on the Aleutian Islands. Full-color photographs or drawings on every page illustrate detailed botanical information (including history, descriptions, uses, and poisonous or non-poisonous qualities) of over 160 species of plants. Accessible to lay readers and serious botanists alike, Wildflowers of Unalaska Island is an eye-opening glimpse into these hardy yet beautiful Alaskan flora.

The Law/Justice Shelf

Primer on International Copyright and Related Rights
Jorgen Blomqvist
Edward Elgar Publishing
9 Dewey Court
Northampton, MA 01060-3815
9781783470952 $120.00

Jorgen Blomqvist (Honorary Professor of International Copyright, University of Copenhagen, Denmark) presents Primer on International Copyright and Related Rights, a scholarly introduction to the international standards of copyright and related rights. Ideal for students and scholars seeking to improve their understanding of copyright law in an international context, Primer on International Copyright and Related Rights discusses rights of reproduction, translation, distribution, rental, resale, public performance, and much more. A "must-have" for law school libraries and serious students of international copyright regulations, as well as professionals in the field!

The Theatre/Cinema Shelf

A Field Guide to Actor Training
Laura Wayth
Applause Books
c/o Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group
19 West 21st Street, Suite 201
New York, NY 10010
9780879108243 $24.99

Author Laura Wyth has taught/coached acting, voice and musical theater at multiple distinguished institutions including Tufts University, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and the University of Miami. She shares her insight with prospective actors of all experience levels in A Field Guide to Actor Training: Navigating Acting Methods, Studio Classes, Private Training, and Graduate and Undergraduate Programs. A Field Guide to Actor Training covers major acting methodologies, vocal training, physical training, tips for selecting the right training for one's needs, and much more. "Often the actor is called upon to play a character that is very physically different from himself. Checkhov believed that the actor could learn how to inhabit a different person's body and features by clearly visualizing it and stepping into that imagined body." A "must-read" especially for anyone who intends to transform their passion for acting into a professional career!

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