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Volume 7, Number 2 February 2012 Home | LBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Education Shelf Library Science Shelf
Theatre/Cinema Shelf Biography Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf
Poetry Shelf Memoir Shelf Gardening Shelf
Pets/Wildlife Shelf Islamic Studies Shelf Parenting Shelf
International Studies Shelf Women's Studies Shelf Literary Studies Shelf
Philosophy Shelf Language Studies Shelf Aviation Shelf
American History Shelf World History Shelf Fiction Shelf
Law/Justice Shelf Money/Finance Shelf Agriculture Shelf
Computer Shelf Art Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf
Business Shelf Economic Studies Shelf Large Print Shelf
Photography Shelf Cookbook Shelf Psychology Shelf
Travel Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf Sports Shelf
Audiobook Shelf Library CD Shelf Library DVD Shelf
Native American Studies Shelf Social Issues Shelf Fashion Shelf
Architecture Shelf Science Shelf  

Reviewer's Choice

The Best American Magazine Writing 2011
The American Society of Magazine Editors
Columbia University Press
61 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023-7015
9780231159401, $16.95,

The magazine can still provide some of the best writing on our modern world. "The Best American Magazine Writing 2011" is a compilation of the best articles from a wide array of magazines throughout the American dialogue, from the Rolling Stone to the New Yorker and many others. Offering thoughtful insight into politics, science, and popular culture, "The Best American Magazine Writing 2011" is a must for any general interest library collection.

The Education Shelf

What Do You Say When...?
Hal Holloman & Peggy H. Yates
Eye On Education
6 Depot Way West
Larchmont, NY 10538
9781596671478, $29.95,

Clarity is a teacher's best weapon to talk to students. "What Do You Say When...?: Best Practice Language for Improving Student Behavior" is an advisory from Hal Holloman & Peggy H Yates as she advises teachers to practice language to avoid confusion and prove to be better disciplinarians in their classrooms. A teacher who uses their words carefully can achieve better response for students and lead to better behaved and acting students in their classroom. "What Do You Say When...?" is a must for teachers who want to better understand the importance of words. Also from Eye on Education is Larry Ferlazzo's "Helping Students Motivate Themselves" (9781596671812, $29.95), a guide to the importance of self-motivation in education.

Differentiating Instruction with Centers
Julia Link Roberts
Prufrock Press
PO Box 8813
Waco, TX 76714-8813
9781593638399, $19.95,

Gifted students need a gifted education. "Differentiating Instruction with Centers in the Gifted Classroom" is a guide for teachers who want to rise their students talented abilities and create that high level educational experience. Advocating centers to put forth a focused study of a certain topic and give students what they need to excel in their interests, "Differentiating Instruction with Centers in the Gifted Classroom" is the combination of experience and dedication and leads to a very much recommended pick for teachers and educational administrators.

Teach Like a Champion Field Guide
Doug Lemov
c/o Wiley-Blackwell
350 Main Street
Malden, MA 02148
9781118116821, $32.95,

There are many techniques that can make a good teacher great. "Teach Like a Champion Field Guide: A Practical Resource to Make the 49 Techniques Your Own" is a guide for teachers from Doug Lemov as he explores the ins and outs of teaching, elaborating on 49 techniques that are commonly used, and encourages teachers to apply a personal touch to them, to try to meet their classes educational needs in any way they can, trying to find potential in students when it seems all hope has been lost. A vital pick for any teacher who wants to refine their skills, "Teach Like a Champion Field Guide" is an excellent and very much recommended read, not to be overlooked.

The Library Science Shelf

Small Public Library Management
Jane Pearlmutter & Paul Nelson
ALA Editions
c/o American Library Association
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
9780838910856, $45.00,

With space and money at a premium, knowing how to hit the fundamentals on a tiny budget is key for success. "Small Public Library Management" discusses what the small public librarian needs to know to deal with their daunting task in a small space. From understanding the details of a budget, answering tot he controlling library board, delegation, managing one's collection well, and managing to serve one's community when it may seem difficult, "Small Public Library Management" is a vitally useful handbook for any librarian who is feeling overwhelmed by the many constraints that surround them.

Know it All, Find it Fast
Heather Dawson
Facet Publishing
c/o Neal-Schuman Publishers
100 William Street, Suite 2004
New York, NY 10038-4512
9781856047593, $99.95,

With the mass of information available in today's world, managing it all can be overwhelming. "Know it All, Find It Fast for Academic Libraries" is a guide for librarians who want to be able to find the answers to the questions they may be asked, and find these answers quickly and effectively. Complete and comprehensive, author Heater Dawson, a library leader at the London School of Economics, provides the techniques needed to take a question and answer it for a patron quickly and effectively. Practical advice for librarians in managing their collections through technology and general know how, "Know it All, Find it Fast For Academic Librarians" is a strongly recommended addition for any librarians library science reference collection.

Teens Go Green!
Valerie Colston
PO Box 1911
Santa Barbara, CA 93116-1911
9781591589297, $40.00,

Gardening and green advocacy can be positive activities for youths. "Teens Go Green!: Tips, Techniques, Tools, and Themes for YA Programming" discussing how to embrace the green growing ideas and adapting them for after school programs to be used by librarians and other educators who want to advocate this green activity. With plenty of practical advice on how to get started and get the program going, common problems, and much more, "Teens Go Green!" is a top pick for those looking to expand the horizons of their school's youths.

The Theatre/Cinema Shelf

America's Film Legacy
Daniel Eagan
Continuum International Publishing Group
80 Maiden Lane, Suite 704
New York, NY 10038
9781441158697, $17.95,

The art of film can often seem lost with some of the bottom of the barrel films released, but there are important cornerstones of our culture in film. "America's Film Legacy: 2009-2010: A Viewer's Guide to The 50 Landmark Movies Added to the National Film Registry in 2009-10" chronicles the fifty films added to the National film registry in these years and discusses their historic value. These films capture events of history, are award winning, or had long lasting impacts on popular culture. "America's Film Legacy" is a strongly recommended pick for anyone who wants to understand why certain films have gained such renown.

The Complete Guide to Writing, Producing, and Directing a Low-Budget Short Film
Gini Graham Scott
Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing
33 Plymouth St., Suite 302
Montclair, NJ 07042
9780879103927, $19.99,

Budget is a big deal, but it's an obstacle that can be overcome. "The Complete Guide to Writing, Producing, and Directing a Low-Budget Short Film" is a guide for those who want to break into film-making through their own determination and endeavor. These films can be made for little money, and can be a great endeavor for those who simply love movies or want to start a career. "The Complete Guide to Writing, Producing, and Directing a Low-Budget Short Film" is an excellent pick worth considering for those who don't know where to start.

The Biography Shelf

Saving Big Ben
John R. Satterfield
Naval Institute Press
291 Wood Road
Annapolis, MD 21402
9781591148081 $34.95

Saving Big Ben: The USS Franklin and Father Joseph T. O'Callahan is the compelling battle of a most unusual war hero: Father Joseph T. O'Callahan, the first ever military chaplain to earn the Medal of Honor. In early1945, during the Okinawa campaign of World War II, the Essex-class aircraft carrier on which O'Callahan served (the USS Franklin, colloquially known as "Big Ben") suffered a devastating Japanese bomb attack. Hundreds of sailors were killed and Big Ben was left dead in the water. Amid the destruction, O'Callahan heroically organized firefighting crews, tended to the injured and dying, and rallied morale among the survivors. His bravery took a high toll; though he survived Big Ben's voyage back to New York Harbor, he suffered a stroke soon thereafter that caused him pain for the rest of his life. Saving Big Ben is an inspirational true story of leadership, strength of character, and heroism on the high seas, highly recommended especially for public and college library biography collections.

The Greatest Champion That Never Was
Jaclyn Weldon White
Mercer University Press
1400 Coleman Avenue
Macon, GA 31207-0001
9780881462524 $30.00

The Greatest Champion That Never Was: The Life of W.L. "Young" Stribling is the life story of a dedicated and talented boxer with integrity. William Lawrence Stribling, Jr., popularly known as "Young" Stribling, was born in a small Georgia town in 1904 to ordinary, working-class parents, and became a professional prizefighter at sixteen. His incredible rise through the ranks in his chosen sport led him to travel the world, attracting the attention of celebrities, royalty, and even gangsters - at one point Al Capone wanted to buy his contract and manage his career! During his twelve years in the ring, Stribling fought 287 matches, won 224 of them, and lost only 12 (the rest were draws or "no decision" fights). Even though he never earned a championship, Stribling remains to this day a shining example of not only skill and tenacity, but also sportsmanship, honor, and self-respect. A handful of vintage black-and-white photographs illustrate his inspirational true-life story, highly recommended especially for sports biography collections.

Lily, Duchess of Marlborough
Sally E. Svenson
Dog Ear Publishing
4010 W. 86th Street, Ste H
Indianapolis, IN 46268
9781457507762, $18.95,

Catching the attention of one nobleman is one thing, but three is a truly unique tale. "Lily, Duchess of Marlborough: A Portrait with Husbands" is the story of this New York woman who claimed marriage from three husbands from the British nobility and gained her own bit fame among the royals of the late nineteenth century. A unique biography, "Lily, Duchess of Marlborough" is a fine read for any biography collection.

A Life of Leadership
Rochel & George Berman
KTAV Publishing House
930 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306-6316
9781602801905, $25.00,

The call to leadership can come young when it's needed to be. "A Life of Leadership: Eli Zborowski: From the Underground to Industry to Holocaust Remembrance" traces the history of this lifelong leader who through determination helped push an underground in Poland during those vicious years in World War II. From there, he pushed forward and became a leader of industry and business in America, and doing his part to make sure the Jewish memory of his childhood would not fade and be forgotten. "A Life of Leadership" is a fine and recommended pick for any biography or Judaic studies collection.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Johns Hopkins ABX Guide 2012, third edition
John G. Bartlett, MD, Paul G. Auwaerter, MD, and Paul A. Pham, PharmD, editors
The Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218-4363
9781449625580 $24.95

Now in an updated third edition for 2012, Johns Hopkins ABX Guide: Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Diseases is a comprehensive, fact-filled reference and resource of antimicrobial agents, infectious diseases, and pathogens. Johns Hopkins ABX Guide is divided into five sections, each of which has entries: Diagnosis, concerning infectious diseases and complications with diagnostic and treatment suggestions; Pathogens, focusing on microbiology and therapy; Management, discussing common syndromes and their treatments; Anti-infective drugs, covering the dosing, side effects, drug interactions, and more for an immense variety of medicines; and Vaccines, including immunization recommendations. Although a highly technical reference intended for advanced students and professionals in the field, Johns Hopkins ABX Guide 2012 is surprisingly user-friendly and accessible. Johns Hopkins ABX Guide: Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Diseases is an excellent, up-to-date diagnostic tool worthy of the highest recommendation for college and professional medical libraries.

Integrated Clinical Orthodontics
Vinod Krishnan and Ze'ev Davidovitch, editors
350 Main Street
Malden, MA 02148
9781444335972 $149.99

Integrated Clinical Orthodontics is an advanced instructional and reference text concerning the interplay between orthodontics and other branches of clinical dentistry and medicine. Emphasizing patient-centered care, Integrated Clinical Orthodontics intersperses descriptive and technical medical text with full-color photography, particularly clinical-quality photographs of individual dental cases. A diversity of medical and orthodontic experts worldwide contribute to multidisciplinary health care guide, worthy of the highest recommendation especially for college and graduate level studies shelves and cutting-edge professional reference collections.

The Biology Of Alzheimer Disease
Dennis J. Selkoe, et al.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
500 Sunnyside Boulevard
Woodbury NY 11797-2924
9781936113446, $135.00,

The human body is a perfect example of 'planned obsolescence'. It is biologically designed on a cellular level to eventually cease to function. Old generations giving way to make room for new ones. That still does not deter medical science from trying to understand this process. One of the currently very active fields of inquiry is that of Alzheimer Disease and its effects on the human brain. Part of the outstanding 'Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine' series, "The Biology Of Alzheimer Disease" is a 375-page compendium knowledgeably compiled and deftly edited by the team of Dennis J. Selkoe, Eckhard Mandelkow, and David M. Holtzman and presents twenty-five major papers by experts in this specialized field and provides up-to-date information on every aspect of Alzheimer disease. Of special note are the erudite discussions on therapeutic strategies based upon the most recent findings. A core and essential addition to academic and medical libraries, "The Biology Of Alzheimer Disease" is especially recommended reading for neurobiologists, cell biologists, pathologists, and anyone else in the medical community with a particular interest in Alzheimer disease research.

ADHD/ADD Medications
Peter Levine, M.D., & Helen Neville, B.S., R.N.
Parenting Press
P.O. Box 75267, Seattle, WA 98175
9781936903016, $9.95,

"ADHD/ADD Medications" is a parents' fact book about the use of stimulant and nonstimulant medications to treat attention deficit disorder (with and without hyperactivity) in children to assist their learning and social interaction patterns. It is specifically designed to give parents nonjudgmental information about common treatment options while referring them to their child's physician for final decision making guidance. "ADHD/ADD Medications" is divided into four chapters covering first the basic question, Should My Child Use ADHD/ADD Medication?, then stimulant Medications, Questions and Concerns, More Treatment Options (information about Strattera), and finally appendices with dose details for stimulants and conversion from one stimulant to another. Additional resources are listed, including books for both adults and children, as well as related parent groups' web sites. Covering a common and controversial topic in a clear, concise format, "ADHD/ADD Medications" is a very helpful resource to parents and child educators and workers.

Understanding Anesthesia
Steven L. Orebaugh
The Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218-4363
9781421403175, $18.95,

Anesthesia can be dangerous, but it's often necessary to save lives. "Understanding Anesthesia: What You need to Know About Sedation & Pain Control" discusses this important topic from the perspective of anesthesiologist Steven L. Orebaugh, as he brings readers into a review of the many types of anesthesia, their applications, and what needs to be understood when using such an endeavor for surgery. For those faced with surgery in their near futures, "Understanding Anesthesia" is a strongly recommended reference that belongs in every community library health collection.

Front-of-Package Nutrition Rating Systems and Symbols
Institute of Medicine of the National Academies
National Academies Press
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
9780309218238, $45.00,

Good health needs a hand from marketing to take hold. "Front-of-Package Nutrition Rating Systems and Symbols" discusses the role of front of package notes and how they can drive the public to wiser food choices. Discussing the legal issues of claims of health that many products claim, it covers the issues of lack of information for many consumers, creating a standard regulation system and the stance of the FDA in presiding over this at times confusing but very important issue. "Front-of-Package Nutrition Rating Systems and Symbols" is a strong addition to any health law reference collection for community and college libraries.

The Do's & Don'ts of Hypoglycemia
Roberta Ruggiero
Frederick Fell Publishers
2131 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 305
Hollywood, FL 33020
9780883912591, $16.00,

Balancing one's blood sugar can often seem all too overwhelming. "The Do's and Don'ts of Hypoglycemia: An Everyday Guide to Low Blood Sugar" is a health reference from Roberta Ruggiero, president of the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation, Inc. Discussing the importance of diet, exercise, the affects of drugs and alcohol, and how to stop the downward slide to Diabetes, "The Do's and Don'ts of Hypoglycemia" is a strongly recommended pick for those who want to manage their disorder more effectively.

The Poetry Shelf

Breaking Silence
Jacob Sam-La Rose
Bloodaxe Books
Dufour Editions, Inc.
PO Box 7
Chester Springs, PA 19425-0007
9781852249151, $21.95,

Poetry catches more than words in a lesson. "Breaking Silence" is a collection of poetry from Jacob Sam-La Rose, who has gained much renown for his performance and poetry that discusses our personal struggles, the modern meaning of manhood, and so much more. Thoughtful and riveting reading, "Breaking Silence" is an excellent pick for world poetry collections. "Communion": Street corner spotlights, cupped hands,/spit-crossed palms: solid air pressed/through teeth and lips into high-hats,/kicks, snares and even bass; the moment/passed round like a chalice or smoke/and riding it all, always, someone/with a need to be heard.

Nitro Nights
W. S. Di Piero
Copper Canyon Press
PO Box 271, Port Townsend, WA 98368
9781556593802, $15.00,

We live on the edge more than we really should. "Nitro Nights" is a collection of poetry from W. S. Di Piero as he presents a thoughtful exploration of these people struggling to get by, with their own stories, and their own qualities that create the charm of our world "Nitro Nights" is a remarkable and much recommended pick for general poetry collections. "Sales": Miguel might, if he speaks English, call the colors/of ukuleles stretching their necks from yards/of canvas duffel yoked across his shoulders,/auroral azul, cherry pop, or mojito green,/under this Pac heights sky where the awful rich/snap their heels past shop windows, past goatskin bags,/fibristic sheets of celadon paper from Zhejiang,/FIAT cremini, and Cinco de Mayo gelato./Smiling past them, he passes with his happy load,/a display model whole and nude in his hand, on sale to no one, uplifted like a Stratocaster/sacramental from mahogany forests in Paraguay.

The Memoir Shelf

Silver Like Dust
Kimi Cunningham Grant
Pegasus Books
80 Broad Street,5th Floor
New York, NY 10004
9781605982724, $26.96,

To be detained by your own country is horrifying, but for over a hundred thousand Americans, it was reality. "Silver Like Dust" is a family history from Kimi Cunningham Grant, as she sought her grandmother's story about being held in America's Japanese-American internment camps during World War II, in a racist backlash following the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Set amid a black mark on American history, "Silver Like Dust" is a tale from a dying generation in the hope that it isn't lost to the passage of time. "Silver Like Dust" is a strongly recommended addition to any memoir collection, especially those with a focus on World War II.

The Gardening Shelf

The Fruit Gardener's Bible
Lewis Hill & Leonard Perry
Storey Publishing
210 Mass MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247
9781603425674, $24.95,

You can get good, sweet fruit from one's own resources. "The Fruit Gardener's Bible: A Complete Guide to Growing Fruits and Nuts in the Home Garden" is a guide for aspiring gardeners who want to produce edible fruits and nuts in their personal gardens. From picking what best grows in your region, working towards a better harvest, creating eye candy, staying organic and making it all worth your while. "The Fruit Gardener's Bible" is a fine pick for anyone with a love of gardening, a very much recommended read.

Keeping Your Houseplants Alive & Thriving
Sandy Baker
Atlantic Publishing Group
1405 SW 6th Ave
Ocala, FL 34471-0640
9781601383495, $24.95,

It takes more than a little water. "Keeping Your Houseplants Alive & Thriving: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply" is a straight forward guide to the everyday gardener from Sandy Baker, who advises readers on how to better care for their houseplant and make it grow into something to be proud of, from providing the right amount of food, water, and sunlight that many common and not so common breeds of plant need. "Keeping Your Houseplants Alive & Thriving" is an excellent choice and recommended pick for home gardening library collections.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Scott Cohen & Carolyn Doherty
Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
4880 Lower Valley Road
Atglen, PA 19310
9780764338540, $24.99,

Pets often become parts of the family, and taking them into consideration when considering one's gardens and lawns is often worth considering. "Petscaping: Training and Landscaping With Your Pet in Mind" is a guide to making sure one's landscaping plans keeps the pet in mind in creating a worthwhile set up for the pets to roam free and avoid hazards. With full color illustrations all throughout, "Petscaping" is a useful and much recommended pick for both pet and gardening community library collections.

Defending the Defenseless
Allie Phillips
Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200
Lanham, MD 20706
9781442202146, $34.95,

A dog cannot lodge a complaint when it has been wronged. "Defending the Defenseless: A Guide to Protecting and Advocating for Pets" is a guide for those who want to speak up for these struggling creatures who may be facing abuse by their owners or others. Allie Phillips encourages helping animal shelters, inspiring good practices to children, and opposing businesses which use animal testing. "Defending the Defenseless" is a good guide to getting involved for those who wan tot make a difference.

Canine Reproduction, third edition
Phyllis A. Holst
Alpine Publications, Inc.
38262 Linman Road
Crawford, CO 81415
9781577791140, $24.95,

For the dog breeder, understanding that dog reproduction is as complicated as human reproduction can be quite daunting. "Canine Reproduction: The Breeder's Guide" is a comprehensive reference from Phyllis A. Holst as she provides a useful guide to understanding the mating behaviors of dogs, issues surrounding their reproductive systems, their nurturing instincts, how dogs have personality in their own pursuits of reproduction, and creating a system that works for breeders. With additional information on infant puppy care, diet, health problems for the mother, and much more, "Canine Reproduction" is a fine pick to have on hand for any professional dog breeder.

The Islamic Studies Shelf

Ghazali on the Principles of Islamic Spirituality
Aaron Spevack
Skylight Paths Publishing
Sunset Farms Offices, Route 4
PO Box 237
Woodstock, VT 05091
9781594732843, $18.99,

Islamic spirituality can be a trying thing in the modern day. "Ghazali on the Principles of Islamic Spirituality" is a translated and annotated study of the work of this eleventh century Islamic scholar who discussed much fo the faith's early philosophy and theology, and whose work remains quite relevant even to the modern day. Sufism is a major element of orthodox Islam practices, and presents a great deal to consider. "Ghazali on the Principles of Islamic Spirituality" is a core addition to any community and library Islamic and general religious studies collection.

The Parenting Shelf

Everyday Parenting
Thomas J. Dishion, Elizabeth A. Stormshak, & Kathryn A. Kavanagh
Research Press Publishers
2612 North Mattis Avenue
Champaign, IL 61822
9780878226580, $18.95,

In many ways, a household is like a business that must be managed. "Everyday Parenting: A Professional Guide to Building Family Management Skills" discusses the struggles that many parents face as they try to manage their children through their lives and often find themselves struggling and over their heads. With plenty of exercises to help one manage the stress of their own lives and their children, as well as a PC CD with additional resources, "Everyday Parenting" is a top pick for the overwhelmed parent, very much recommended.

8 Strategies for Successful Step-Parenting
Nadir Baksh & Laurie Murphy
Hohm Press
PO Box 2501
Prescott, AZ 86302
9781935387084, $14.95,

Step-parenting can often prove a daunting endeavor. "8 Strategies for Successful Step-Parenting" discusses what step-parents can do to be important to their child's lives, a task that often leaves many step parents overwhelmed. From creating a bond with the child and creating a bond with both biological parents, and remembering that a step parent can mean the world, "8 Strategies for Successful Step-Parenting" is a strongly recommended pick for any new step parent who may be feeling overwhelmed.

100 Things I Wish I Knew in my Baby's First Year
Randy &Dean & Lorri Gorno
Paragon House
1925 Oakcrest Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55113
9781557788979, $14.95,

No one is the perfect parent, especially when shocked with the first year of a child's life. "100 Things I Wish I Knew in my Baby's First Year" is a collection of thoughts and ideas for new parents who are trying to cope with the often overwhelming time that comes to new parents. From dieting advice, understanding baby behavior, advice for better health for baby and parent, and much more. "100 Things I Wish I Knew in my Baby's First Year" is an excellent pick for new parents who are overwhelmed by the new life in their lives.

Hope for Parents of Troubled Teens
Connie Rae
Bethany House
c/o Baker Publishing Group
6030 E Fulton
Ada, MI 49301
9780764209468, $12.99,

When a child seems lost to the world, a parent's only question is what they can do. "Hope for Parents of Troubled Teens: A Practical Guide to Getting Them Back on Track" is a guide of parents who are concerned about their children and want to do what they can to help them get back on track for their lives. A parent can't force a teenager to get their lives together, but they can facilitate them in many ways, and Connie Rae explains how. "Hope for Parents" is an excellent advisory, very much recommended reading.

The International Studies Shelf

Unwrapping Swiss Culture
Spring Journal and Books
627 Ursulines Street #7
New Orleans, LO 70116
9781935528203, $25.95,

Neutrality, Chocolate, and Cough drops are the first things that come to mind when Switzerland is mentioned. "Unwrapping Swiss Culture: Spring - A Journal of Archetype & Culture" discusses Swiss culture through a lens of psychology, as many writers provide an intellectual look at Swiss culture and the works of master psychologists such as Jung. A scholarly and enlightening compilation, "Unwrapping Swiss Culture" is an excellent and much recommended pick for community library collections.

Why the U. S. Needs Saudi Arabia
Winberg Chai, editor
University of Indianapolis Press
1400 East Hanna Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46227-3697
9781880938782, $19.95,

Saudi Arabia is more than a source of oil for the United States. "Why the U.S. Needs Saudi Arabia" discusses American and Saudi Arabian relations, stating that America needs Saudi Arabia's assistance in its international affairs and trade. Winberg Chai is a scholar with a focus on Saudi Arabia, and offers a unique perspective on this partnership that has been both celebrated and denounced. "Why the U. S. Needs Saudi Arabia" is a fine pick for those studying international affairs, highly recommended.

The Soverignty Solution
Anna Simons, Joe McGraw, & Duane Lauchengco
Naval Institute Press
291 Wood Road
Annapolis, MD 21402
9781612510507, $32.95,

For greater peace around the world, sovereignty among many nations must be respected. "The Sovereignty Solution: A Commonsense Approach to Global Security" discusses American security and the bad habit of trying to police the world. The authors come together and use their combined expertise to claiming international security without threatening the independence of other nations, advocating common sense and cooperation instead of arrogance. To truly wage war on terror, one must rout the disease as well as the symptoms. "The Sovereignty Solution" is an excellent pick for community and library reference collections discussing important international issues.

What the U.S. Can Learn from China
Ann Lee
Berrett Koehler
235 Montgomery Street, Suite 650
San Francisco, CA 94104-2916
9781609941246, $27.95,

There is much to be learned from competition, including on the world stage. "What the U.S. Can Learn from China: An Open-Minded Guide to Treating Our Greatest Competitor As Our Greatest Teacher" discusses the rising rivalry between China and the United States, with China's growing economic power and America's waning influence. Too fast have many thinkers been to write China off as another Soviet Union, a them to be vilified, when we can take lessons to China and use them to improve America. With a strong overview of China's strengths and weaknesses, and how America can improve itself by taking the good and leaving the bad, "What the U.S. Can Learn from China" is a read well worth considering for anyone who wants to understand world economics.

The Women's Studies Shelf

Women, Gender, and Terrorism
Laura Sjoberg & Caron E. Gentry, editors
University of Georgia Press
330 Research Drive
Athens, GA, 30602-4901
9780820340388, $24.95,

Gender equality has become a more common occurrence... even in terrorism. "Women, Gender, and Terrorism" discusses the role of women and gender in the twenty first century, offering a unique view of the endeavor and what it speaks of in societies which may still strongly oppress women. The discussion touches on traditional Islam, the cultures of many countries where terrorism is a daily event, and additional thought on what it may mean in the bigger picture. "Women, Gender, and Terrorism" is a strong addition to any collection focusing on women's studies or social issues in general.

The Literary Studies Shelf

Spider Speculations
Jo Carson
Theatre Communications Group, Inc.
520 Eighth Avenue, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10018-4156
9781559362832, $16.95,

Stories tell of people, and to create riveting stories, one must understand people. "Spider Speculations" discusses the mind and storytelling form the perspective of Jo Carlson who creates a sociological and biological viewpoint on the art of storytelling, delving on the writings of many celebrated authors throughout the history of literature. An intriguing study of literature and what it means to us as physical human beings, "Spider Speculations" is an excellent addition to literary studies collections, very much recommended.

The Man Who Is and Is Not There
Andrew Stambuk
University of Massachusetts Press
PO Box 429
Amherst, MA 01004
9781558498983, $24.95,

What makes a legendary poet? "The Man Who Is and Is Not There: The Poetry and Prose of Robert Francis" discusses the work behind this poet of the twentieth century who worked out his hometown of Amherst, Massachusetts, a devoted disciple of Thoreau. His writings spanned throughout, and discussed faith, sexuality, and his hardline opposition of the Vietnam war. A fine study of the man and his work, "The Man Who Is and Is Not There" is an excellent pick for literary studies collections.

A Poet's Reich
Melissa S. Lane & Martin A. Ruehl, editors
Camden House
c/o Boydell & Brewer Inc
668 Mount Hope Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620-2731
9781571134622, $75.00,

The dialogue in Germany following the first World War I was fierce. "A Poet's Reich: Politics and Culture in the George Circle" analyzes the works of Stefan George, who entering this tumultuous period of German history, added to the debate throughout. Many thinkers of today's literary world come together and discuss George's work, its relationship with the rising Nazi party, and its impact on German literature and national dialogue for years after his death in 1933. "A Poet's Reich" is a strongly recommended addition to any literary studies collection focusing on world history.

The Philosophy Shelf

The Jester and the Sages
Forrest G. Robinson, Gabriel Noah Brahm Jr., Catherine Carlstroem
University of Missouri Press
2910 LeMone Boulevard
Columbia, MO 65201
9780826219527, $35.00,

Philosophy comes in many forms. "The Jester and the Sages: Mark Twain in Conversation with Nietzsche, Freud, and Marx" discusses a potential conversation between Mark Twain and these four men, who despite sharing a similar role throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, never truly met. In their time they saw much change in the avenues of faith and morality, which stepped away from complete reverence of Christianity. An intriguing read that presents much to ponder, "The Jester and the Sages" is an excellent addition to philosophy and literary studies collections.

The Language Studies Shelf

Ovid: Ars Amatoria/Remedia Amoris
Graves Haydon Thompson
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
1570 Baskin Road, Mundelein, IL 60060
0865163952, $33.00,

Ovid was arguably the most influential Roman poet of his day. Beginning with an informed and informative description and introduction by Professor Graves Haydon Thompson, "Ovid: Ars Amatoria/Remedia Amoris" is a superbly presented text of Ovid's Ars Amatoria presented in a three section: Liber Primus; Liber Secundus; and Liber Tertius. Professor Thompson then presents 'Remedia Amoris'. Each page of Latin text is profusely underlined with numbered English meanings of Latin words and word elements. Of special note is a comprehensive Basic Vocabulary to be found on the inside of the back cover in a special fold out page. "Ovid: Ars Amatoria/Remedia Amoris" is strongly recommended as a core addition to personal and academic library Latin Language Studies reference collections and a curriculum supplement text.

Innovations in NLP
L. Michael Hall & Shelle Rose Charvet
Crown House Publishing
6 Trowbridge Drive Suite 5
Bethel, CT 06801
9781845907341, $35.00,

The best trainer is the self. "Innovations in NLP: For Challenging Times" is a collection of essays from a wide variety of authors as they discuss developments in Neuro-linguistic programming, an alternative method of learning, and how to use it to improve one's skills and methods in their own life. Analyzing it completely and comprehensively with much to think about even to novices of NLP, "Innovations in NLP: For Challenging Times" is a strongly recommended pick for community and college library self-improvement collections.

The Aviation Shelf

Building the P-51 Mustang
Michael O'Leary
Specialty Press
39966 Grand Avenue
North Branch, MN 55056
9781570071901, $34.95,

World War II made controlling the skies invaluable, and the Mustang made sure America wouldn't be outgunned. "Building the P-51 Mustang: The Story of Manufacturing North American's Legendary World War II Fighter in Original Photos" discusses this legendary plane and how it was assembled on the home front to do war overseas. Packed cover to cover with articles and black and white photographs all throughout, Michael O'Leary puts together a must see for any fan of propeller fighter planes. "Building the P-51 Mustang" is an excellent addition to any historical aviation collection.

The American History Shelf

We've Got a Job
Cynthia Levinson
Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
1700 Chattahoochee Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30318-2112
9781561456277, $19.95,

The future should be something very important to young people. "We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March" discusses the Civil Rights movement in 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama. Daring to stand against police brutality and the segregation system of the era, they followed the words of Dr. Martin Luther King and helped push America into a more clear vision of Thomas Jefferson's decree of all men are created equal. "We've Got a Job" is a strongly recommended retrospective on the civil rights movement and one event that gained much ground in making it all matter.

Our Mark on This Land
Ren and Helen Davis
The McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company
431-B East College Street
Granville, OH 43023
1935778188, $29.95,

America's natural beauty is one of its unsung greatest treasures. "Our Mark on This Land: A Guide to the Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps in America's Parks" discusses the history behind this group, which for nine years leading up to World War II did much to establish much of America's nature and beauty beneath it all. Founded by Franklin Roosevelt in 1932, the effects of the program still show strongly, as the authors provide a guide to the handiwork of the group in the modern day. "Our Mark on This Land" is a fine addition to any environmentalism and history collection.

Cultivating Regionalism
Kenneth H. Wheeler
Northern Illinois University Press
c/o Chicago Distribution Center
11030 S. Langley Ave.
Chicago, IL 60628
9780875804446, $38.00,

As America expanded west, education played a bigger part than many believed. "Cultivating Regionalism: Higher Education and the Making of the American Midwest" discusses the role of the Midwestern college in establishing the Midwestern culture. Breaking away from the traditional educational programs of the East and South, the Midwest developed their own brand, giving the region a unique brand of culture and sense. "Cultivating Regionalism" is a fascinating study of educational history and how it helped the evolution of major part of Americana.

The World History Shelf

The San Juan Islands
JoAnn Roe
Caxton Press
312 Main Street
Caldwell, ID 83605
9780870045042, $16.95,

With a history of conflict and natural beauty, the San Juan islands have become a tourist attraction in recent years. "The San Juan Islands: Into the 21st Century" discusses the island's modern place, with a unique place and serenity in contrast to the urbanizing Washington state. With a booming farming, fishing, and other communities, "The San Juan Islands" is a much recommended pick for anyone seeking to learn about this beautiful archipelago.

Dancing with Colonels
Marjorie Havreberg
South Dakota State Historical Society Press
900 Governors Drive
Pierre, SC 57501-2217
9780984504138, $18.95,

At war, discussion of the future proves vital. "Dancing with Colonels: A Young Woman's Adventures in Wartime Turkey" is a collection of letters written by Marjorie Havreberg in her travels to Turkey as a wartime secretary throughout World War II, through America's neutrality and participation in the war. Her letters compile a unique view of the military powers in the many challenges of their jobs. A human look at the conflict from another perspective, "Dancing with Colonels" is an excellent addition to any history collection with a focus on the second world war.

Community and Frontier
John C. Lehr
University of Manitoba Press
301 St. John's College
Winnipeg, MB, Canada, R3T 2M5
9780887557255, $27.95,

In a new land, some people strive to make the most out of their plight. "Community and Frontier: A Ukrainian Settlement in the Canadian Parkland" discusses the foundation of one of the first Ukrainian settlements in western Canada. John C. Lehr discusses the Stuartburn colony, and the challenges it faced in its early history, and the discrimination that many Eastern European immigrants faced in the era. "Community and Frontier" is an excellent cultural history, highly recommended.

Stephen R. Bown
Thomas Dunne Books
c/o St. Martin's Press
175 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010
9780312616120 $27.99

A new world shoved a wedge in the old. "1494: How a Family Feud in Medieval Spain Divided the World in Half" discusses the split between Spain and Portugal as the two Iberian nations clawed at one another for control of the world's oceans. As Christopher Columbus returned from his legendary voyage, the Treaty of Tordesillas divided the world's oceans, making both countries super powers, and fired the first shot in debating the territorial status of the world's oceans. "1494" is a strong and much recommended addition to any history collection, especially those with a focus on the Renaissance and the discovery of the Americas.

The Anatomy of a South African Genocide
Mohamed Adhikari
Ohio University Press
The Ridges, Building 19
Athens, OH 45701
9780821419878, $16.95,

Genocide is still a very real threat in the modern world. "The Anatomy of a South African Genocide: The Extermination of the Cape San Peoples" traces modern African history, who recall the genocide faced by the Cap Sans people at the hands of European Colonialism. Bands of hunter gatherer societies were faced with the rising challenge of European colonialism and often faced militia over two centuries, leaving a people defeated in the modern day. "The Anatomy of a South African Genocide" chronicles this tragic tale, a very much recommended addition to any world history collection.

The Fiction Shelf

A Bend in the River of Life
Budh-Aditya Roy
Strategic Book Publishing
10625 Southwest 112th Avenue, Apt 3-206
Miami, FL 33176
9781612045078, $20.95,

"A Bend in the River of Life" by Budh-Aditya Roy is 376-page saga that recounts the experiences of a family for two generation and across five continents. The protagonist is Rana, born of a family of privilege in British India while World War Two raged abroad. When his parents separate just before Rana turns two, the child is given over to his grandmother and aunt to be raised. After the war concludes, conflicts on the Indian subcontinent arise that will ultimate result in the establishment (and enduring hostilities) break out which will compel Rana and his family to migrate from the newly formed Pakistan to the safety of India. Eventually Rana's mother returns adding further complications to family life. When he is a young man Rana graduates from university and works for an American bank, meets Keka who will become his wife and mother of two children. Keka dies in childbirth with the second child. In overwhelming grief Rana dives into his work and travels around the world. Ultimately there is a kind of redemption as 'The River of Life' carries Rana on to his ultimate destination. A compelling work of deftly written complexity from beginning to end, "A Bend in the River of Life" is an outstanding read and highly recommended for community library collections.

Shadow of the Mountains
Lynn Morris
Hendrickson Publishers
PO Box 3473
Peabody, MA 01961-3473
9781598567397, $12.95,

With good intentions, the wall of prejudice may be too insurmountable to beat. "Shadow of the Mountains" follows Cheney Duvall, an educated woman who has applied her trade as a doctor in many places. Answering the call of need to an Ozark mountain town results in superstition and hate from the very people she seeks to help. "Shadow of the Mountains" is a strongly recommended pick for community and library collections with a focus on historical fiction.

The Law/Justice Shelf

Institutes of Divine Jurisprudence
Christian Thomasius
Liberty Fund, Inc.
8335 Allison Pointe Trail, #300
Indianapolis, IN 46250-1684
9780865975194, $14.50,

There are laws that are laws just beyond the state saying so. "Institutes of Divine Jurisprudence with Selections from Foundations of the Law of Nature and Nations" is a republication of famed jurist and philosopher Christian Thomasius who throughout the seventeenth century contributed greatly tot he discussion of law and its meaning and purpose. A major force in the enlightenment, Thomasius's thoughts on natural law remain important reading, and Liberty Fund presents it for the first time in English, expertly done by Thomas Anhert. "Institutes of Divine Jurisprudence" is a strongly recommended addition to any law or philosophy collection.

The Money/Finance Shelf

Directory of Financial Aids for Women
Gail Ann Schlachter & R. David Weber
Reference Service Press
El Dorago Hills Business Park
5000 Windplay Drive, Suite 4
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-9319
9781588412164, $45.00,

Education's cost is high, but in today's world, it is too valuable to ignore. "Directory of Financial Aids for Women 2012-2014" is a guide for aspiring collegiate women to put together their college dreams. Complete and comprehensive, Gail Ann Schlacter & R. David Weber put together an invaluable compilation of what opportunities are available to women of any age who want to go to school, be it from high school or later in life. Comprehensive in its information and knowledge with plenty of contact info and complete eligibility, "Directory of Financial Aids for Women 2012-2014" is a must for any woman who needs help for education and doesn't know where to find it.

Marketing for Scientists
Marc J. Kuchner
Island Press
1718 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 300
Washington, DC 20009-1148
9781597269940, $19.95,

Science often finds itself on the cutting block when funds grow short. "Marketing for Scientists: How to Shine in Tough Times" discusses the marketing behind science, and states that in today's modern era, good marketing is needed to gain success and the funds they need to advance their curiosity and need for discovery. It all comes down to marketing to try to win grants, getting the job one seeks, and much more. "Marketing for Scientists" is a strong pick for anyone in a science career who often feels the money need to succeed just isn't there.

The Agriculture Shelf

Small Farmers, Big Change
David Wilson, Kirsty Wilson, & Claire Harvey
Practical Action Publishing
c/o Stylus Publishing
22883 Quicksilver Drive, Sterling, VA 20166-2012
9781853397127, $14.95,

Our future lies not in mega farms, but the works of the small farms. "Small Farmers, Big Change, Scaling Up Impact in Smallholder Agriculture" discusses small farms throughout the world, and the role of NGOs - Non-government organizations, have in promoting these small farms and meeting the world's demand for food. An issue that is a strong one the world over, the authors come from backgrounds of climate issues, humanitarianism, both important aspects of world agriculture. "Small Farmers, Big Change, Scaling Up Impact in Smallholder Agriculture" is a strongly recommended addition to agricultural studies and international issues collections.

The Computer Shelf

Web Development Recipes
Susannah Davidson Pfalzer
Pragmatic Programmers
P.O. Box 293325
Lewisville, TX 75029-3325
9781934356838, $35.00,

Internet development much catch eyes and stand the abuse of thousands. "Web Development Recipes" is a guide for those who are charged with developing modern websites which must go beyond a webpage with simply text and images. From making something work across many browser styles, use Web 2.0 elements, testing your website, understanding the many languages that blend together, "Web Development Recipes" is a must for anyone who wants a comprehensive lesson in understanding the modern art of website design.

Experimental Design
Douglas W. Cunningham & Christian Wallraven
CRC Press
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300
Boca Raton, FL 33487
9781568814681, $59.95,

Computer graphics are a fundamentally important aspect of on-line communication. The collaborative work of Douglas W. Cunningham and Christian Wallraven "Experimental Design: From User Studies to Psychophysics" is a 408-page compendium that examines in detail every aspect of how users both perceive and interpret computer graphic imagery. The data that is presented and interpreted represents a seminal contribution to the field of Computer Science. Enhanced with the inclusion of an extensive bibliography and a comprehensive index, "Experimental Design" is an ideal textbook and a critically important addition to academic library Computer Science instructional reference collections.

The Art Shelf

Nihilism, Art, and Technology
Sven-Olov Wallenstein
Department of Philosophy, Stockholm University
c/o Lightning Source
1246 Heil Quaker Boulevard
Las Vergne, TN 37086
9789174470734, $25.00,

"Nihilism, Art, and Technology" by Sven-Olov is a slender 92-page treatise on the role played by technology (with an particular emphasis on the thought of the German philosopher Martin Heidegger) in the development of an artistic avant-garde. Illustrating the complex relationship between art and technology Wallenstein draws the impact of photography, architecture and more. Erudite, insightful, informed, informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking, "Nihilism, Art, and Technology" is a rewarding, seminal read, as well as an especially recommended addition to
academic library Philosophy Studies reference collections and collegiate level supplemental reading lists.

The History of the Church
Jacques Duquesne & Francois Lebrette
Duquesne University Press
600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15282
9780820704371, $29.95,

Art has developed closely along with the church for many years. "The History of the Church" delves through the Christian church's history with relevant art pieces that have gained fame, hundreds of years after their creation. These works have attained their immortality much through the church, and Jacques Duquesne & Francois Lebrette bring readers a fascinating discussion of their connection and the art itself. "The History of the Church" is a fine addition to any Christian or Artistic studies collection.

Ian Baxter& Works 1958-2011
David Moos, editor
Goose Lane Editions
500 Beverbrook Court, Suite 330
Fredericton, NB, Canada, E3B 5X4
9780864926463, $45.00,

Art is created whether it's a snap of a button or a paint brush. "Iain Baxter & Works 1958-2011" looks into the unique art of Ian Baxter, who used photography to present an unusual angle on the world. Legally attaching an ampersand to the end of his name, making it legally Iain Baxter&, the ampersand recognized that art works with its beholder to be truly something worth viewing. "Iain Baxter & Works 1958-2011" is a full color, coffee table book that shouldn't be missed by lovers of intriguing art, highly recommended.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

Holy Misogyny
April D. DeConick
Continuum International Publishing Group
80 Maiden Lane, Suite 704, NY, NY 10038
9780826405616, $24.95,

The earliest decades of the Christian movement saw the beginnings of gender role conflicts exemplified by Paul's exhortation against women preaching in church gatherings. The suppression of women's roles in favor of male ecclesiastical privilege continued to strengthen in the succeeding early centuries and still have immense ramifications in the Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant congregations and churches today. "Holy Misogyny: Why the Sex and Gender Conflicts in the Early Church Still Matter" is a superbly researched 200-page compendium by April D. DeConick (Isla Carroll and Percy E. Turner Professor of Biblical Studies, Rice University) presenting the origins of such Christian doctrinal issues as to why God is male, the association of women with sin, the denial of priesthood to females, and more. Informed and informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking, "Holy Misogyny: Why the Sex and Gender Conflicts in the Early Church Still Matter" is a strongly recommended read for anyone concerned with the origin of gender equality issues within the contemporary Christian community.

A Constructive Theology of Intellectual Disability
Molly C. Haslam
Fordham University Press
2546 Belmont Avenue
University Box L
Bronx, NY 10458-5172
9780823239412, $24.00,

The nature of humanity is never absolute, and that fact is what makes it so often confusing. "A Constructive Theology of Intellectual Disability: Human Being as Mutuality and Response" is a study of philosophy and theology from Molly C. Haslam as she discusses the works of Gordon Kaufman & George Lindbeck, as well as the works of others, discussing the many aspects of humanity's role in the world, and trying to understand a very confusing topic. "A Constructive Theology of Intellectual Disability" is a strong pick for philosophy and anthropology collections, very much recommended.

The Business Shelf

The Ultimate Child Care Marketing Guide
Kris Murray
Redleaf Press
10 Yorkton Court
St. Paul, MN 55117
9781605540832, $29.95,

Even the best of intents need to market themselves. "The Ultimate Child Care Marketing Guide: Tactics, Tools, and Strategies for Success" is an advisory for those who have entered the child care business and want to reach out to potential clients, to inspire the trust needed to be an effective child care business. In a business of compassion and care, Kris Murray does well in explaining how to establish the professionalism and trustworthiness to excel in this field. "The Ultimate Child Care Marketing Guide" is a much recommended pick for business and child care collections.

The Economic Studies Shelf

The Handbook of International Trade and Finance, second edition
Anders Grath
Kogan Page USA
1518 Walnut Street, Suite 1100
Philadelphia, PA 19102
9780749463977, $80.00,

World trade can prove so very difficult. "The Handbook of International Trade and Finance" discusses the rules and knowledge behind international trade and how to gain a more complete understanding of high-end trading across the world. Anders Grath provides this complete and comprehensive guide to trading safely, dealing with international currency, insurance, and understanding the many types of trading plans. "The Handbook of International Trade and Finance" is an invaluable, complete and comprehensive resource text for community and college library financial studies collections focusing on international trade.

Theory as History
Jairus Banaji
Haymarket Books
PO Box 180165
Chicago, IL 60618
9781608461431, $28.00,

There are many ways for a country to produce, and their systems each carry their advantages and disadvantages. "Theory as History: Essays on Modes of Production and Exploitation" discusses economic theories and modes of production. Jairus Banaji, a professional researcher at Oxford, discusses materialism, the works of Marx, and countless other writers in the role of world economics and production. From the impact of slavery, the rise of the poor taking control, and the role of other philosophies and faiths impacting the discussion, "Theory as History" is a unique way to discuss history, economics, and the people behind it, a core addition to any community library history collection.

The Large Print Shelf

Iron Dust
Max Brand
Ulverscroft Large Print
PO Box 1230
West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9780753187548, $29.99,

A quiet blacksmith's life isn't for some people. "Iron Dust" follows Andrew Lanning, a man who was content with his life within the confines of the law. But a bad brawl one day puts him at odds with the world, and one dead sheriff in self-defense permanently puts him on the run. Struggling to get by, "Iron Dust" is another excellent addition to Sagebrush's Large print collection, a top pick for fans of westerns in general.

The Photography Shelf

The Grand Mesa
Leslie Larkin
Sweet Grass Books
c/o Farcountry Press
PO Box 5630, Helena, MT 59604
9781591520764, $29.95,

Nature's majesty is something truly wonderful to behold. "The Grand Mesa: A Journey Worth Taking" is a book of nature photography from Leslie Larkin as she takes readers on a photographic tour Colorado and the beautiful landscapes that lie around within, showing fields, mountains, lakes, and other awe-inspiring sights all throughout. Presented in full color, "The Grand Mesa" is a fine assortment of photography, very much recommended for nature lovers looking for a fine choice of coffee table book.

The Cookbook Shelf

Slow-Cooker Favorites: Country Comfort
Monica Musetti-Carlin
Mary Elizabeth Roarke
Hatherleigh Press
5-22 46th Avenue, Suite 200
Long Island City, NY 11101
9781578263745, $12.50,

"Slow-Cooker Favorites: Country Comfort" is a home style recipe collections of over 100 recipes, all easily prepared in your favorite slow cooker or home crock pot. Recipes are featured for breakfast and brunch, soups and sandwiches for lunch, appetizers and beverages, entrees and sides, and desserts. This is a practical yet imaginative collection, containing such examples as Caribbean Sweet Potato Curry Soup (p.31), Moroccan Vegetable Stew (p.78), and BBQ Tempeh "Ribs" (p.123) in addition to the more usual stuffed peppers, egg brunch casserole, or blueberry French toast. Some quite nice innovative recipes using the slow cooker are showcased in this delightful collection. In addition there are tips for a well-stocked pantry, chef's tips, baker's tips, and a helpful menu planner included in the end section. A request for future submissions ensures that more creative slow cooker menus and recipes will be presented in future Country Comfort titles, and the exotic elements contributed by a vast variety of locales generating recipes guarantees heightened interest. "Slow-Cooker Favorites: Country Comfort" is a modest classic cookbook that deserves a beloved space on any time-energy-challenged home cook's shelf.

The Smoothies Bible, second edition
Pat Crocker
Martine Quibell
Robert Rose Inc.
120 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 800
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4P 1E2
9780778802419, $24.95,

There are many ways to get that vital assortment of things we need for great life. "The Smoothies Bible" is the second edition of Pat Crocker's guide to the many ways of bringing out the taste of fruits and vegetables in their pursuit of greater health. A straight-forward recipe book that touches on countless ingredients to suit any taste, it also includes a gallery with full color photographs of many of the drinks presented. "The Smoothies Bible" is an inspirational and much recommended pick for cookbook collections of anyone who loves fruit. Also for Fruit Lovers from Pat Crocker and Robert Rose is the second edition of "The Juicing Bible" (9780778801818, $24.95) exploring a more juice based approach to enjoying fruit.

The Psychology Shelf

Handbook of Counseling Military Couples
Bret A. Moore
270 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
9780415887304, $44.95,

War and military action can put incredible pressure on families. "Handbook of Counseling Military Couples" discusses the unique stress that many military couples face that's different from typical civilian couples. Offering a comprehensive view of service, marriage, and relationship, Bret Moore hopes to advise therapists the ability to offer specialized support and understanding for their specific challenges. "Handbook of Counseling Military Couples" is a strong addition to any therapist who specializes in family or relationships reference collections.

Gambling, Space, and Time
Paulina Raento & David G. Schwartz
University of Nevada Press
Mail Stop 0166
Reno, NV, 89557-0166
9780874178531, $39.95,

Why do we gamble against all reason? "Gambling, Space, and Time: Shifting Boundaries and Cultures" is a social and psychological look at the practice of gambling throughout history. A collection of scholarly essays, the laws behind gambling through history are discussed, what compels us, and with much discussion of how law should enter this compulsion with reason and thought for the betterment of society. A riveting read that proves highly educational on this often misunderstood aspect of education, much recommended reading.

Pathological Gambling
Nancy M. Petry
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
9781433811777, $29.95,

What leads gambling to change from recreation to addiction? "Pathological Gambling: Etiology, Comorbidity, and Treatment" is a psychological discussion of gambling and its impulses from the perspective of the psychiatrist. Nancy Petry elaborates on the causes of gambling addiction, the effect of genetics, the many types of therapy to fight it, and much more. For any psychologist who wants to better understand this impulse control disorder, "Pathological Gambling" is a fine pick for psychological reference collections.

The Travel Shelf

Discover Europe
Lonely Planet Publications
150 Linden Street
Oakland CA 94607
9781742201313, $27.99,

Europe has so much to see that it can all prove quite overwhelming. "Discover Europe: Experience the Best of Europe" is a travel guide that seeks to give potential travelers a historic visit to Europe that will help them embrace the strong history that lies behind it. Chapters breakdown the British Isles, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Europe, and the best of Eastern Europe. "Discover Europe" is a comprehensive and thoughtful guide for those who want to plain an excellent stay in Europe, be it in one country or all throughout.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Back in the Habit
Alice Loweecey
Midnight Ink
c/o Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd.
2143 Wooddale Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125-2989
9780738726687, $14.95,

Sometimes a suicide is too convenient. "Back in the Habit" is a mystery thriller from Alice Loweecey. Giulia Falcone turned away from this degree of faith already, but she finds she must go back into the covenant to find out why a young nun apparently committed suicide, and confirm that it was even truly a suicide. But becoming an undercover nun can put a stop to your life in so many ways... "Back in the Habit" is a fast paced and often humorous novel, not to be overlooked, highly recommended.

The Sports Shelf

William Fotheringham
Chicago Review Press
814 N. Franklin, Chicago, IL 60610
9781569768174, $25.00,

A childhood hobby can turn into something much bigger. "Cyclopedia: It's All About the Bike" is a comprehensive discussion of all things cycling from William Fotheringham, as he guides readers through all there is to learn surrounding the history of cycling and the technology and culture that has risen up all around it. "Cyclopedia" is an excellent pick for anyone with a love of cycling and wants to learn much more on top of it all, or for general community library sports collections.

The Audiobook Shelf

The Obamas
Jodi Kantor, author
Robin Miles, narrator
Hachette Audio
237 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10017
9781611139730 $34.98

Featuring a bonus interview with author and New York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor, The Obamas is an examination of how Barack Obama and Michelle Obama struggled to adapt to life in the White House, after Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election. Living in the White House was isolating, disorienting, and completely changed how people interacted with them - even seemingly minor matters such as who does the President's laundry became a potential minefield. Partisan bickering especially seeped into their daily lives. An extraordinary perspective on the challenges, difficulties, and compromises Obamas have faced as well as the adaptations they have made to incomparable pressures from all sides, The Obamas strives to present an objective picture of the First Couple's interpersonal triumphs and failings alike. Highly recommended. 10 CDs, 12 hours.

Elizabeth the Queen
Sally Bedell Smith, author
Rosalyn Landor, narrator
Random House Audio Books
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 8th floor
New York, NY 10019
9780307934178 $45.00

Elizabeth the Queen is the unabridged audiobook rendition of an in-depth biography of Queen Elizabeth II. From a wealth of interviews and documents, some never previously available to the public, biographer and contributing editor of "Vanity Fair" Sally Bedell Smith paints a complex picture of the Queen who has led the Commonwealth through wars, economic upheavals, and more with incomparable poise. An unforgettably detailed look into the public and private life of a truly extraordinary woman, Elizabeth the Queen is a "must-have" for public library audiobook and biography collections. 17 CDs, 21 1/2 hours.

The House I Loved
Tatiana de Rosnay, author
Kate Reading, narrator
Macmillan Audio
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315
New York, NY 10010
9781427214850 $29.99

The House I Loved is the audiobook rendition of a historical novel by the bestselling author of "Sarah's Key" (which received a critically acclaimed film adaptation). Set in Paris during the 1860s, when Emperor Napoleon III has ordered a mass-scale renovation in Paris that is razing and replacing a large number of historic buildings, The House I Loved follows a courageous woman named Rose Bazelet who stands steadfast against the destruction of her own home. Waiting defiantly in her basement, she writes letters to her dearly beloved, late husband. In the process of remembering the past, she comes to terms with the deepest secrets she has hidden within her own heart. An emotional, poignant story of adoration, loss, and bravery, The House I Loved is an unforgettable listening experience, and highly recommended. 5 CDs, 6 hours.

A Shropshire Lad
A.E. Housman, author
Samuel West, narrator
Naxos of America, Inc.
1810 Columbia Avenue, Suite 28
Franklin, TN 37064
9781843794905 $14.98

Read aloud by veteran actor Samuel West, A Shropshire Lad is the audiobook rendition of classic poems by A.E. Housman. Originally written in 1895, A Shropshire Lad speaks of bygone love, squandered youth, rifts among friends, unfaithful girls, the bonds between men and the hardships and glories of being a soldier. A Shropshire Lad spoke so vividly to servicemen throughout the generations, particularly those who fought in World War I, that it has never been out of print, and is worthy of the highest recommendation for both private and public library audiobook collections. 1 CD, 64 min. 3 sec.

The Library CD Shelf

Time Rider
Uwe Gronau
Time Rider Music
c/o The Creative Service Company (publicity)
4360 Emerald Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Time Rider is the creation of German pianist, synthesist, organist, singer and composer Uwe Gronau, featuring twelve instrumental tracks and eight tracks with vocals. The mellow, contemplative mood of the music fuses elements of jazz, techno, trance, and more into a mesmerizingly smooth listening experience. The music provides the perfect backdrop for contemplating the mysteries of time, both from a scientific and from a metaphysical viewpoint. Time Rider encourages listeners to open their minds and their imaginations, and is highly recommended. The tracks are "Talking Keys and Congas" (3:35), "Sweet Memory" (3:22), "Novel Scene" (4:22), "Night Tune" (4:55), "Searching for the Truth" (3:10), "Jardin Exotique" (4:08), "Far in the East" (3:24), "Oriental Journey" (3:25), "A Fairy's Advice" (2:52), "Inner Face" (4:08), "Flotsam & Jetsam" (4:12), "Caged" (3:58), "In Silence" (3:22), "Time is a Sound" (3:27), "Time Rider" (3:54), "Calena" (4:00), "Far in the East" (2:45), "Remarks You Made" (4:53), "Interlude" (3:40) and "I'm at Home" (3:20).

New York Gypsy All Stars
Drom Records
c/o Rock Paper Scissors
511 West 4th Street, Suite 2
Bloomington, IN 47404

Romantech is an album by the New York Gypsy All Stars, an eclectic quintet that unites musical traditions of Greece, Turkey, and America into a freewheeling whole. Their creations have a strong, positive quality that promotes good feelings in the listener. From "Balkan Bollywood", a song mixing Turkish melody with Balkan flair, to "Romantek", a piece that layers techno beats and the use of the Turkish longa, Romantech displays hybrid vigor at its finest, and is highly recommended especially for private and public library international music collections. The tracks include "Romantek", "Balkan Bollywood", "Cross Winds", and "EZ Pass".

Peaceful Journey
Tron Syversen
TK Music Production
c/o Global Jounrey Music
492 S. Hwy 67
Sedalia, CO 80135
The Creative Service Company (publicity)
4360 Emerald Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Peaceful Journey: Music for Relaxation and Wellbeing lives up to its title with gently flowing piano and synthesizer tunes. Norway-based musician Tron Syversen drew upon nature, poetry, great artwork, and sacred places for inspiration, in crafting these harmonious songs ideal for meditation or deep relaxation. Peaceful Journey is also an excellent choice to help oneself unwind after a long day. The tracks are "Silent Dream" (5:30), "Rivers" (6:09), "The Beginning" (7:35), "Amorous" (5:38), "Nearness" (9:14), "Lullaby to Love" (6:06), "Your Dream" (6:29), "My Love" (5:01), and "Longing" (8:34). 61 min., 32 sec.

No Stranger Here
Shubha Mudgal, Ursula Rucker, & Business Class Refugees
c/o FlipSwitch (publicity)
PO Box 2207
Bloomington, IN 47404-2207

No Stranger Here is a cross-cultural blend of East Indian classic musical tradition, Western orchestra, electronica, and inspiration drawn from centuries-old poetry. The result is an extraordinary achievement that balances smooth vocals with heart-catching rhythms. An emotional and transcendent album, No Stranger Here is a welcome addition to international music collections. The tracks are "Seraphim Tones", "Drunk in Love", "Steadfast", "When I Was", "A Stranger Here", "Searching For You", "Something is Still Missing", "Above All Else", and "Outsider".

Leni Stern
Privately Published
c/o FlipSwitch (publicity)
PO Box 2207
Bloomington, IN 47404-2207

Inspired by jam sessions that performer Leni Stern held with two Malian musician friends, Sabani is an instrumental album that draws upon the qualities of the ngoni, a stringed instrument distantly ancestral to the banjo. Discovering the ngoni's qualities as "the ultimate blues instrument", Stern calls forth her love of jazz, blues, and learning from her West African friends. Sabani is a wonderful cross-cultural expression, highly recommended. The tracks are "Still Bleeding" (3:42), "Sorcerer (dan sogo)" (5:16), "The Cat That Stole The Moon (djakouma e kalo mine)" (2:16), "Like a Thief" (4:44), "I Was Born (Ibe Keneya)", (3:33), "An Saba" (5:37), "Papillon" (4:35), and "Djanfa" (4:20).

E Volo Love
Francois & the Atlas Mountains
Domino Recording Co.
c/o Rock Paper Scissors (publicity)
511 West 4th Street, Suite 2
Bloomington, IN 47404

E Volo Love is a vividly emotional music album blending indie rock and electronica, revealing the heights of intensity to which an electric guitar can reach. Elements of Afrobeat weave their way through this lively album overflowing with veteran performers' raw passion. E Volo Love is a choice pick highly recommended for international music collections. The tracks are "Les Plus Beaux", "Muddy Heart", "Edge of Town", "City Kiss", "Azrou Tune", "Buried Treasures", Cherchant Des Ponts", "Slow Love", "Bail Eternel", "Piscine", and "Do You Want to Dance".

The Library DVD Shelf

Tar Creek
Bullfrog Films, Inc.
PO Box 149
Oley, PA 19547
1937772020 $250.00

Licensed for public performance, Tar Creek is a documentary on DVD about one of the worst ongoing environmental disasters in the United States today: the Tar Creek Superfund site. Tar Creek was once the site of one of the largest lead and zinc mines worldwide; now it is 40 square miles of virtually uninhabitable land. Acid mine water has polluted the creeks; lead poisoning has caused permanent developmental and learning disabilities in the local children; and underground sinkholes consume backyards and ball fields. Nearly 30 years after being assigned cleanup for the Superfund program, the residents of Tar Creek - including Native American residents descended from survivors of the Trail of Tears - are fighting for justice. Even the buyout of homes and relocation of residents is plagued with unequal appraisals and worse. Tar Creek is a stark warning against corporate greed and expensive, destructive, and community-destroying environmental catastrophes, highly recommended especially for public and school library collections. 54 min., SDH captions.

In the Mayor's Footsteps
Featuring Mayor Amilcar Huancahuari
Bullfrog Films, Inc.
PO Box 149
Oley, PA 19547
$195.00 each

Intended for viewers in grades 7 through college, two volumes of the "Life" DVD series concerning the effects of globalization, "In the Mayor's Footsteps: Peru" and "In the Mayor's Foosteps: Brazil" follow Mayor Amilcar Huancahuari as he tries to reach out and help children at risk from the most crushing poverty, or worse, desperate violence. In "Peru", he visits the jungle city of Iquitos, the Andes mountains, and more. In areas so dangerous as to require a police bodyguard, Huancahuari searches for a way to protect children from the physical and mental damage that is the fallout of unrestrained violence. In "Brazil" he observes the Mina congregation of Sao Luis select a child Emperor and Empress, and discusses his trip with the Minister for Human Rights at the Modernist capital, Brasilia. Promoting Mayor Huancahuari's plans for a future where children have the opportunity to fulfill their highest potential, both DVDs are uplifting and very highly recommended especially for public and school library DVD collections. 26 min. each, SDH subtitles.

Starring Dervia Kirwan and Stephen Tompkinson
Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
9781598285901 $39.99

Originally broadcast on public television, Shades is a British romantic comedy with an unusual premise: the protagonists are both recently deceased. Maeve lost her life to a hit-and-run driver, while Mark died during a routine surgery. As spirits, they cannot communicate with the people they were in love with while alive, but they can speak openly with strangers. Can their efforts to right the wrongs of their life allow them to transcend their regrets? A thought-provoking and ultimately uplifting series, Shades is highly recommended. 6 episodes on 2 DVDs, 296 min., widescreen, SDH subtitles.

The Brontes of Haworth
Starring Michael Kitchen & Alfred Burke
Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
9781598287387 $39.99

The Brontes of Haworth: The Dramatic Lives of the Literary Legends is a period drama of the artistic endeavors and personal hardships of one of England's most well-known and accomplished literary families. The Reverend Patrick Bronte taught his children Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne to think for themselves and harness their imaginations; yet their transition to adulthood is a rocky one. Pressure to live up to their family's sky-high expectations is immense, and the young women in particular struggle to adapt the world outside their home. While the sisters are able to pursue a stable writing career, Branwell becomes increasingly self-destructive, inflicting ever-greater misfortunes on himself and the family. A gripping saga, enhanced with bonus material about the Brontes' home in Haworth, The Brontes of Haworth is a choice pick especially for public library DVD collections. 5 episodes on 2 discs, 260 min., SDH subtitles, 4:3 fullscreen.

A Cook's Tour
featuring Anthony Bourdain
Questar, Inc.
307 North Michigan Ave., Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60601
9781594646966 $59.99

A Cook's Tour in Search of the Perfect Meal: The Complete Series collects all 35 episodes of the popular gourmet television show, as originally seen on the Food Network, within a thinpack boxed set of 6 DVDs. Host Anthony Bourdain brings the viewer on a global tour from the United States to Mexico, the Americas, Europe, Morocco, Russia, Australia, Japan, and Asia, all in search of the most flavorful and memorable of meals. A showcase of cuisine ranging from authentic traditional to purely wild, A Cook's Tour is an extraordinarily enjoyable set, sure to prove popular in public library collections, and makes an excellent gift for foodie friends. 6 DVDs, 13 hours.

German Lineage in Modern Dance
Dr. Betsy Fisher
Dancetime! Publications
c/o WC Books
1200 County Road Rt. 523
Flemington, NJ 08822
$49.95 1-888-854-5602

Conceived and performed by expert choreographer and dance researcher Dr. Betsy Fisher, German Lineage in Modern Dance is a tribute to the tradition of Modern Dance from its origins in Germany before World War I to its breathtaking new developments in late twentieth century America. Featuring solo performances by dedicated individuals in the style of German Expression Dance, or Ausdruckstanz, German Lineage in Modern Dance blends these captivating dance segments with fascinating narration and original photographs. The result is an eye-opening tour of a vibrant dance tradition that has strong German roots but reaches out to its witnesses worldwide. A treasure to experience, German Lineage in Modern Dance is the next best thing to seeing modern dance performed in person, and is highly recommended to dance enthusiasts, scholars, and college library DVD collections alike. The featured choreography segments are "Mary Wigman: Witch Dance and Swinging Landscapes", "Dore Hoyer: two excerpts from Affectos Humanos", "Hanya Holm: Excerpt from Homage to Mahler", "Alwin Nikolais: Excerpt from the Tribe, plus photos by Tom Caravaglia", and "Murray Louis: Excerpt from Figura". 58 min.

Sensuality & Nationalism in Romantic Ballet
Prof. Claudia Jeschke and Robert Atwood
Dancetime! Publications
c/o WC Books
1200 County Road Rt. 523
Flemington, NJ 08822
$49.95 1-888-854-5602

Conceived by Prof. Claudia Jeschke (char of the dept. of dance studies, University of Salzburg) and dance history lecturer Robert Atwood, Sensuality & Nationalism in Romantic Ballet is an extraordinary, in-depth DVD documentary and reconstruction presenting restaged dances that were performed in the 19th century. Based entirely on the documentation of 19th century dance literature and iconography, Sensuality & Nationalism in Romantic Ballet strives to recreate the performances that were part of this era's culture, and that marked a distinct change in that media of the times began to portray stories and characters that were ordinary, everyday people. The influences of "national dance" are also considered, in this beautiful documentary and performance enhanced with a collection of stunning illustrations from the Derra de Moroda Dance Archives of Salzburg, Austria. Sensuality & Nationalism in Romantic Ballet is beautiful to behold, and enthusiastically recommended for amateur ballet connoisseurs and serious ballet reference shelves alike, especially including college library DVD collections. The recreated registered dances are "Fandango [1761]", "Vestris Gavotte [1832]", "Cachucha [1871", "Pas de L'Abeille [1843]", "Pas de la Esmeralda [1859]", and "Tyrolienne [1859]". 57 min.

The Native American Studies Shelf

American Indians of the Northeast and Southeast
edited by Kathleen Kuiper
Britannica Educational Publishing
Rosen Educational Services
29 East 21st St., New York, NY 10010
9781615306596, $35.25,

"American Indians of the Northeast and Southwest" is a small encyclopedia guide to over fifty six Native American peoples located in the Northeast and Southeast of North America in the 16th century and later. Here are presented the Algonquian groups, the Iroquois, the Mi'kmaq, the Mohicans, the Penobscot, and many more tribes of the Northeast plus the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminoles of the Southeast, and finally the Sauk, Fox, Ojibwa, and Illinois of the Great Lake areas, Wisconsin, and parts of the Great Lake states. In addition to condensed post colonization histories, information is presented on cultural traditions, traditional social strata, clans and kinship, belief systems, language, and practices of agriculture, hunting, and sustenance. European settlement, expansion, colonization, and encroachment is also presented, along with various disastrous results, including the Great Removal, the Trail of Tears, and many individual wars and uprisings of different native groups protesting their removal from their lands and other oppression. Although both parts of the Atlantic seacoast regions are referred to as the "Eastern Woodlands" Native American cultural area, there are distinct differences between the northern peoples and the southern tribes. A fierce pride in customs, practice, beliefs, and language of each nation continues to the present day, despite prolonged attempts at enforced relocation and assimilation. "American Indians of the Northeast and Southeast" makes some attempt to preserve some of this cultural heritage and legacy, in well researched scholarly chapters based on traditional historic sources (European). A Glossary and Bibliography add further enlightenment to the sources and language used. The text is clearly written using sophisticated language and concepts, and thus is recommended for adult or mature teen readership. Other recommended titles from this series include "American Indians of the Plateau and Plains (9781615306893, $35.25)," "Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic, Subarctic, and Northwest Coast (9781615306589, $35.25)," and "American Indians of California, the Great Basin, and the Southwest (9781615306824, $35.25)," all edited by Kathleen Kuiper.

The Eagle Returns
Matthew L.M. Fletcher
Michigan State University Press
1405 South Harrison Road, Suite 25
East Lansing, MI 48823-5245
9781611860221 $29.95

The Eagle Returns: The Legal History of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians is the true story of a Native American group connected by ties of kindred, shared geography, and language, in their quest to legally re-establish their right of self-governance. Chapters span the course of history from the 1836 Treaty of Washington and the 1855 Treaty of Detroit to the dispossession of the Grand Traverse Ban, federal recognition of the Grand Traverse Band, the development of modern tribal law and justice systems, even the history of the Grand Traverse Band's gaming businesses. Author Matthew L.M. Fletcher, a professor in Michigan State University's College of Law and an appellate justice for several Michigan tribal courts, brings his expertise to bear in this informative and meticulous chronicle. An excellent addition to public and college library Native American studies shelves with a legal focus, The Eagle Returns is highly recommended.

The Social Issues Shelf

Bombast: Spinning Atoms In The Desert
Michon Mackedon
Black Rock Institute Press
c/o Black Rock Institute
PO Box 14430, Reno, NV 89507
9780984101436, $30.00,

From the first atom bomb tests in the salt flats of Nevada down to the present day, nuclear issues have been an integral part of Nevada's politics, environmental issues, economics, and social concerns. In "Bombast: Spinning Atoms In The Desert" by Nevadan native and academician Michon Mackedon is a 236-page compendium laying out the history of how the military/industrial complex has influenced, deceived, and affected the Atomic Energy Commission, the Department of Energy, the weaponized and non-military advancement of nuclear science, the storage of nuclear byproducts, as well as the government and people of Nevada. Of special note is the chapter devoted to 'Atomic Culture in the Silver State'. Enhanced with the inclusion of 31 color plates, 15 b/w photographs, 6 illustrations, and extensive bibliography, and a comprehensive index, "Bombast: Spinning Atoms In The Desert" is informed, informative, and a highly recommended addition to academic library collections and contemporary nuclear issues supplemental reading lists.

The Fashion Shelf

Fashion Philosophy for Everyone
Jessica Wolfendale and Jeanette Kennett, editors
350 Main Street
Malden, MA 02148
9781405199902 $19.95

Fashion Philosophy for Everyone: Thinking with Style is an anthology of essays by a diversity of learned philosophers concerning the role of fashion in modern culture, and how choices in clothing shape people's lives and social expectations. Individual essays include "What Makes Something Fashionable?", "The Aesthetics of Design", "Fashion and Sexual Identity, of Why Recognition Matters", and "Sweatshops and Cynicism". Each essay has its own notes and sources; collectively they scrutinize the broader meaning of an entire industry grounded in trends and appearances. Fashion Philosophy for Everyone is a scholarly yet accessible work, and will appeal to college library collections as well as to anyone curious about the sociological underpinnings of fashion.

The Architecture Shelf

Roberto Burle Marx: The Modernity of Landscape
Lauro Cavalcanti, Fares El-Dahdah, and Francis Rambert, editors
151 Grand Street, 5th floor
New York, NY 10013
9788492861675 $49.95

Roberto Burle Marx: The Modernity of Landscape showcases the Palais de Chaillot 2011 exhibition and lecture series showcasing the lifetime achievements of internationally celebrated landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx. Stunning, full-color photography of Marx's roads, layouts, buildings, complexes, and more, as well as copies of inspired artworks and diagrams, fill this extraordinary compendium that is the next best thing to witnessing the exhibition in person. Essays by a variety of expert contributors, and even some previously untranslated texts by Marx himself, complement this beautiful and inspirational tribute with emphasis on Marx's ideas for the garden as an expression of art and incorporating landscape architecture into city structure. Highly recommended for especially for college library architectural studies shelves.

The Science Shelf

Handbook of Sustainable Energy
Ibon Galarraga, Mikel Gonzalez-Eguino, and Anil Markandya, editors
Edward Elgar Publishing
9 Dewey Court
Northampton, MA 01060-3815
9781849801157 $280.00

Handbook of Sustainable Energy is a scholarly assemblage of essays from a diversity of international experts discussing cutting-edge research concerning energy economics, renewable energy, efficiency, and climate policy. Individual essays include "Sustainability criteria for energy resources and technologies", "Energy supply and the sustainability of endogenous growth", "Nuclear power in the twenty-first century", "Energy and poverty: the perspective of poor countries", and much more. Charts, graphs, mathematical equations, and more aids enhance these rational essays backed by scientific data. In today's modern world where energy resources are increasingly scarce, climate change is a hot-button issue, and population growth continues to push the need to promote sustainable living, Handbook of Sustainable Energy is highly recommended as an absolutely invaluable contribution to graduate school libraries and the pool of literature available to professionals in the field.

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