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Volume 12, Number 2 February 2017 Home | LBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Writing/Publishing Shelf Social Issues Shelf
Photography Shelf World History Shelf Fiction Shelf
Mystery/Suspense Shelf Psychology Shelf Literary Studies Shelf
Architecture Shelf Jobs/Careers Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf
International Studies Shelf Biography Shelf Human Sexuality Shelf
Theatre/Cinema Shelf Art Shelf Education Shelf
Graphic Novel Shelf Audiobook Shelf Library CD Shelf
Library DVD Shelf Judicial Studies Shelf Agriculture Shelf
Cookbook Shelf Philosophy Shelf Library Science Shelf
Pets/Wildlife Shelf Nautical Shelf Anthropology Shelf
Gardening Shelf Business Shelf Parenting Shelf

Reviewer's Choice

Powered by Girl
Lyn Mikel Brown
Beacon Press
24 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210
9780807094600, $16.00, PB, 216pp,

Drawing from a diverse collection of interviews with women and girl activists, "Powered by Girl: A Field Guide for Supporting Youth Activists" by Lyn Mikel Brown (Professor of Education and Human Development at Colby College, Waterville, Maine) is both a journalistic exploration of how girls have embraced activism and a guide for adults who want to support their organizing. Here we learn about the inter-generational support behind thirteen-year-old Julia Bluhm when she got Seventeen to go Photoshop free; nineteen-year-old Celeste Montano, who pressed Google to diversify their Doodles; and sixteen-year-old Yas Necati, who campaigns for better sex education. And we learn what experienced adult activists say about how to scaffold girls' social-change work. Professor Brown argues that adults shouldn't encourage girls to "lean in". Rather, girls should be supported in creating their own movements and developing their own ideas on their own terms. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Powered by Girl" is an extraordinary and life-affection read that is very highly recommended, especially for community and academic library Women's Studies collections and supplemental studies lists. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Powered by Girl" is also available in a Kindle format ($14.99).

Cutting Edge
Victor Harris
Tuttle Publishing
364 Innovation Drive, North Clarendon, VT 05759-9436
9780804847346, $24.95, HC, 160pp,

The Japanese sword has long been appreciated both as a weapon and as an object of art. Only in Japanese culture has the sword been developed to such a level of technological excellence and spiritual importance. As a cutting weapon, the fully developed curved katana, or samurai sword, of the samurai warrior was uniquely effective. As a cultural object, it offers invaluable insights into the social and spiritual history of the Japanese people. Victor Harris recently retired as Keeper of the Department of Japanese Antiquities in the British Museum. He is a world expert on Japanese swords. In "Cutting Edge: Japanese Swords in the British Museum" Harris offers a fascinating introduction to the design, manufacture and collecting of these Japanese weapons. Harris covers the development of sword art and designs, traditional forging methods, regional variations in style and signature works by legendary craftsmen. Harris' informed and informative commentary is enhanced with the inclusion of hundreds of photos (and 16 pages in full color) making it an ideal addition to community, college, and university library Japanese Culture collections in general, and Japanese Sword supplemental studies reading lists in particular. It should be noted for students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Cutting Edge" is also available in a Kindle format ($29.95).

The Writing/Publishing Shelf

How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically
Carolyn Howard-Johnson
HowToDoItFrugally Publishing
PO Box 1402, LaCanada-Flintridge, CA 91012 - 1402
9781536948370, $17.95, PB, 340pp,

In the pages of "How To Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically", Carolyn Howard-Johnson draws upon her many years of professional experience and expertise spent helping writers to avoid pitfalls, misconceptions, and out-and-out scams perpetrated on unsuspecting authors -- and helping them reach their dreams of obtaining great reviews, going on great book tours, and experiencing great launches. Simply stated "How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically" comprises the complete, comprehensive, and core manual for obtaining reviews and utilizing them in a practical, effective, and successful marketing campaign that includes all those things and for building the readership necessary for a financially prosperous and emotionally satisfying writing career. Covering every aspect of the book review process from solicitation to exploitation, "How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically" is thoroughly 'user friendly' in tone, content, commentary, organization and presentation. Basically, "How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically" is classified as a "must" for the instructional reference shelf of any and all authors and publishers be they novice beginners or seasoned professionals. While an essential and unreservedly recommended addition to community, college, and university library Writing/Publishing collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.95).

So You Want to Write a Screenplay
Taylor Gaines
Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc.
1405 S.W. 6th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471
9781620232156, $19.95, PB, 180pp,

Getting started as a screenplay writer at a young age is the key to mastering this specific literary skill. That's precisely the purpose driving Taylor Gaines to publish "So You Want to Write a Screenplay: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing for Film, Video, and Television". This thoroughly 'user friendly' instruction manuals includes: How to write a screenplay, from capturing the audience at the introduction to having a satisfying conclusion; How to use screenplay-writing software; How to pitch and sell your screenplay when the time comes; How to interact with agents, giving you a competitive edge over other young writers. Gaines has drawn upon interviews with a number of veteran screenwriters, producers, agents, and directors and provides a wealth of inside secrets to professional writing for television or the movies. While very highly recommended as a core addition to personal, community, college, and university Writing/Publishing collections in general, and screenwriting supplemental studies reading lists in particular, it should be noted that "So You Want to Write a Screenplay: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing for Film, Video, and Television" is also available in a Kindle format ($19.95).

The Social Issues Shelf

Indigenous Homelessness
Edited by Evelyn J. Peters and Julia Christensen
University of Manitoba Press
301 St. John's College, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, R3T 2M5
9780887558269 $34.95 pbk / $14.74 Kindle

Homelessness is, unfortunately, a social ill that disproportionately afflicts indigenous peoples. Indigenous Homelessness: Perspectives from Canada, Australia, and New Zealand is an anthology of essays by learned authors about the social issue of homelessness in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Why is the social paradigm failing to provide sufficient help? Authors explore how the strict rules and regulations of Canadian public housing actively prevent families from taking care of an adult relative in need (once child reaches adult age, they must pay rent and sign the lease or be ejected from public housing); how the practice of "police dumping" (forcibly transporting panhandling homeless people to shelters located in the dangerous, crime- ridden inner city) more closely resembles ethnic cleansing than any true effort to help; why policies to aid homeless indigenous people need to be more solidly grounded in the Indigenous cultural understanding of home, land, and kinship; and much more. Scholarly, serious, and thought-provoking Indigenous Homelessness is highly recommended for public and college library social issues shelves, and a "must-read" for anyone who works with homeless people as part of their profession.

Cyberbullying and the Wild Wild Web
J.A. Hitchcock
Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706
9781442251175 $30.00 hc / $16.19 Kindle

Cyberbullying and the Wild Wild Web: What Everyone Needs to Know is a "must-read" guide for parents, caretakers, educators, young adults, and everyone else to the harmful phenomenon of cyberbullying - using the internet or social media to harass others with threats, mockery, or worse. Chapters address what to do if one's own child is a victim of cyberbullying, or if one's own child engages in cyberbully themselves, and cover "Cell and Smartphone Know-how", "When Online Fun and Gaming Goes Wrong", "When an Adult Is a Cyberbully" and much more. Cyberbullying and the Wild Wild Web addresses a crucial social issue of the twenty-first century, and is a timely and much-needed contribution to school and public library collections. Highly recommended.

The Photography Shelf

The Noise of Ice: Antarctica
Enzo Barracco
Merrell Publishers
8755 Lookout Mountain Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046
9781858946566, $50.00, HC, 144pp,

When the photographer Enzo Barracco decided to mount a photographic expedition to Antarctica, inspired by the example of Sir Ernest Shackleton, he had much more than simple cold to contend with. As the world's last empty continent, the snowy lands of the South Pole are a challenge for the most seasoned explorer, with their merciless winds, treacherous seas and vast sheets of ice. Even to arrive on the continent itself involves a perilous journey by sea from southern Argentina through the notoriously rough Drake Passage. "The Noise of Ice: Antarctica" photographically explores what drove Barracco to embark on his journey, and tells the story of the expedition in words and astonishing photographs, all of them captured during the trip and many obtained in hazardous conditions. In his gripping text, Barracco explains how even his journey to Antarctica itself was undertaken with the essential help of an ice pilot, to spot and avoid icebergs that ship's radar can miss. He tells of how the waves on that first journey threw him to the deck and brought home how hostile such an environment is, and of his constant battle to protect his photographic equipment and all-important memory cards from the extreme cold. Most importantly, he explains that in capturing these beautiful landscapes, his intention is to remind us all of the precarious position in which this part of the world finds itself. Informative and visually impressive from cover to cover, as well as having special interest for students of photography and for armchair travelers with an interest in the Antarctic, "The Noise of Ice: Antarctica" is very highly recommended, especially for community, college, and university library collections.

The World History Shelf

Battle Royal
Hugh Bicheno
Pegasus Books
80 Broad Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10004
9781681773063 $27.95 hc / $14.99 Kindle

Thoroughly accessible to historians and lay readers alike, Battle Royal: The Wars of the Roses: 1440-1462 is the first of a two-volume, in-depth history of the Wars of the Roses, a violent series of dynastic wars fought between the houses of Lancaster and York in 1400's England. This turbulent, brutal struggle for power made a lasting mark on history, and is at once both fascinating and horrifying to learn about. Maps, a handful of color plates, and an index round out this superb reference and resource, highly recommended for public and college library collections as well as for personal reading lists and self-study.

A Voyage to New Holland and Round the World
Captain James Colnett RN, author
G. A. Mawer, editor
Rosenberg Publishing
c/o International Specialized Book Services
920 Northeast 58th Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, OR, 97213
9781925078893, $22.50, PB, 112pp,

No mariner knew the wide Pacific better than James Colnett, RN. He had sailed with Cook; he had filibustered in the north-west Pacific fur trade (nearly starting a war with Spain in the process); he had made a whaling reconnaissance to the Galapagos Islands. On his last voyage, the journal of which is published here as "A Voyage to New Holland and Round the World" for the first time, he took convicts to Sydney Cove in 1802-03 on HMS Glatton and returned with shipbuilding timber. Although the journal is an important record of a short-lived experiment using warships as convict transports, its wider interest lies in Colnett's observations on New South Wales as he found it in 1803. Sensitive to criticism but with unconventionally liberal views about the administration of justice, he is probably unique in his inability to discern any redeeming feature in Sydney, not even its harbor. In fact he believed New Zealand a better prospect for a colony in the region. However, his description of New South Wales as mutinous was prophetic, but that did not translate into support for Governor King in his struggle to control the officers of the New South Wales Corps. To the contrary, Colnett was instrumental in having Governor King recalled. Ironically, King was replaced by a man who already had a bad record with mutineers: the infamous Captain Bligh of the Bounty would become Governor Bligh of the Rum Rebellion. Edited with commentary by independent historian Granville Allen Mawer, "A Voyage to New Holland and Round the World" is an extraordinary and inherently fascinating account that is very highly recommended for personal, community, and academic library Maritime History & Australian History collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

The Prehistory of the Crusades
Burnam W. Reynolds
Bloomsbury Press
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10010
9781441155603, $108.00, HC, 288pp,

There is a vigorous scholarly debate on the exact beginnings of the Crusades, as well as a growing conviction that some practices of crusading may have been in existence, at least in part, long before they were identified as such. "The Prehistory of the Crusades: Missionary War and the Baltic Crusades" by Burnam W. Reynold ( Professor of History at Asbury University, Wilmore, Kentucky) explores how the Crusades came to be seen as the use of aggressive warfare to Christianize pagan lands and peoples. Professor Reynolds focuses on the Baltic, or Northern, Crusades, an aspect of the Crusades that has been little documented, thus bringing a new perspective to their historical and ideological origins. The Baltic Crusades were distinctive because they were not directed at the Holy Land, and they were not against Muslim opponents, but rather against pagan peoples. From the Emperor Charlemagne's wars against the Saxons in the 8th and 9th centuries to the Baltic Crusades of the 12th century,"The Prehistory of the Crusades" deftly explores the sanctification of war in creating the ideal of crusade. In so doing, it shows how crusading ultimately developed in the 12th and 13th centuries. Exceptionally well researched, organized and presented, "The Prehistory of the Crusades" is a thoroughly 'reader friendly' study that provides a valuable insight into the topic for students of medieval history and the Crusades. While unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library World History collections, it should be noted for students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Prehistory of the Crusades" is also available in a paperback edition (9781441143891, $29.95), and in a Kindle format ($23.79).

The Fiction Shelf

Guns At Q Cross
Merle Constiner
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9781785412233, $29.99, PB, Large Print, 150pp,

When Stiles Gilmore disembarks from the train, he doesn't look like what would be expected of the owner of the JJ ranch. Having traveled from one of the biggest cattle ranches in Texas to Prentice Creek, Idaho to check on the heard he sold to the Q Cross spread, he is shot at in the dark and starts to feel like an interloper at a rustlers' convention. With his life on the line, he must rely on his speed, his wits -- and his stag-handled .45. "Guns At Q Cross" showcases author Merle Constiner's genuine flair for deftly crafting impressively memorable and riveting reads and being a master of the western action/adventure genre. "Guns At Q Cross" is very highly recommended for community library Large Print Fiction collections in general, and all western novel fans personal reading lists in particular.

Destiny Valley
Fred Grove
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9781785412240, $29.99, PB, Large Print, 258pp,

The humble little cabin in the great Gila Wilderness of New Mexico Territory is more than a home to Evan Shelby. It's his last chance for life. He was diagnosed with tuberculosis and his condition was considered hopeless until he moved out here. It's been six months now since he showed any symptoms, and he's come to love the land and people in this little ranching community. But he's not the only one who loves the land. A major Texas cow outfit just opened a land office, and they plan to start a huge cattle ranch. They're not offering much money for folks' land, but they have plenty of hardcases to help convince people to sell. His friends have asked Evan to help, but as the invaders clash with the locals and tensions keep mounting, Evan may have the toughest battle of his life in front of him. With "Destiny Valley", author Fred Grove once again demonstrates why he is justifiably considered to be a master of the western genre. A consistently engaging and unfailingly entertaining read from cover to cover, this large print edition of "Destiny Valley" is especially recommended for personal reading lists and community library Western Fiction collections.

Cardinal Hill
Mary Anna Bryan
Mercer University Press
1501 Mercer University Drive, Macon, GA 31207-0001
9780881465730, $18.00, PB, 304pp,

Margaret Norman lives in a family with secrets, not the least of which is her own. But what concerns Margaret more is that her family will not talk about her mother, "Weezie," an artist who died shortly after Margaret was born. Her father, Jim Norman, a brooding attorney, is too obsessed with his own pain to share. Louisa, her older sister, is hostile toward Margaret and ignores her. Black housekeeper, Ida, who is helping to raise Margaret, does not think it her place to tell what others will not. And gentle great aunt, Maggie, did not know Margaret's mother. When close friend Lily May, Ida's daughter, suggests "...there may be stuff 'bout your momma folks oughtn't to know," Margaret rejects the notion, and determines to find out all she can. Early impressions of her mother as an ethereal beauty are strengthened when she discovers the romantic inscription on Weezie's tombstone. Those impressions change, however, when Margaret's art teacher--and Weezie's best friend--gives her a painting of Weezie portrayed as a gypsy. Finally, Ida shares what she knows, and Margaret must face painful truths concerning her mother. Set in the South during the 1930s and 1940s, "Cardinal Hill" takes place in a world where blacks and whites, although separated by custom and law, often thrive in personal relationships; where half a world away, a war disrupts lives of those close to home; and where little girls suspect that kissing causes babies. A consistently well written and unfailingly entertaining read from cover to cover, "Cardinal Hill" will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library General Fiction collections. For personal reading lists is should be noted that "Cardinal Hill" is also available in a Kindle format ($12.00).

As She Was Discovering Tigony
Olympe Bhely-Quenum, author
Tomi Adeaga, translator
Michigan State University Press
1405 South Harrison Road, Suite 25, East Lansing, MI 48823-5245
9781611862096, $20.95, PB, 274pp,

Dorcas Keurleonan-Moricet is a brilliant white geophysicist posted on assignment in Africa. She falls in love with a young African man, Segue n'Di, and enters into an extramarital affair with him. In her professional work, she discovers deposits of minerals of inestimable worth. Reading the current age of globalization and neoliberalism as one in which the riches of Africa are again being cynically exploited by multinational companies (including her own) Keurleonan-Moricet's views and her life gradually change. As the popular resistance against the dictatorial regime in power grows, she comes to play a key role in the unfolding political drama. Ably translated into English for an American readership by Tomi Adeaga, "As She Was Discovering Tigony" by Olympe Bhely-Quenum is a deftly crafted and consistently compelling read from beginning to end. While very highly recommended, especially for community and academic library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "As She Was Discovering Tigony" is also available in a Kindle format ($23.95).

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

The Cat Came Back
Louise Clark
Epublishing Works!
9781614178903, $27.99, HC, 334pp,

A young mother, Christy Jamieson just learned her husband Frank has embezzled his trust fund, sold their Vancouver mansion, and ran off with a socialite. Worse, Frank's trustees are telling Christy to let them handle it. But they aren't doing anything, and Frank's enemies are coming after her and her daughter. Desperate to find Frank and fend off his enemies, Christy asks journalist Quinn Armstrong for help. His price: the dirt on Frank. But the closer Christy and Quinn get to the dangerous truth, the more convinced they become that only the one who knows where Frank is at, is Stormy the Cat Stormy the Cat, who rescued by Quinn is not what he seems. A deftly crafted and consistently compelling read from beginning to end, "The Cat Came Back" is the first volume in author Louise Clark's new '9 Lives Cozy Mystery' series. Replete with unexpected twists and turns, "The Cat Came Back" is very highly recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to personal and community library Mystery/Suspense collections. For the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs it should be noted that "The Cat Came Back" is available in a paperback edition (9781614178583, $17.99), hardcover edition (9781614178903, $27.99) and in eBook format (9781614178576, $3.99).

The Psychology Shelf

The Left Brain Speaks, the Right Brain Laughs
Ransom Stephens
Viva Editions
2246 Sixth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710-2219
9781632280466, $18.95, PB, 252pp,

In "The Left Brain Speaks, the Right Brain Laughs: A Look at the Neuroscience of Innovation & Creativity in Art, Science & Life", physicist Ransom Stephens explains the interesting and often amusing tale of how the human brain works. Using understandable metaphors and easy to follow language, Stephens gives readers of any scientific level an introduction to neuroscience and shows them how things like creativity, skill, and even perception of self can grow and change by utilizing the body's most important muscle. Much like science popularizers Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson, Stephens employs a down to earth attitude and those interested in science will appreciate his thoughtful explanations of scientific terms. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "The Left Brain Speaks, but the Right Brain Laughs" will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community and academic library Psychology collections in general, and Neuroscience supplemental studies reading lists in particular. For students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject it should be noted that "The Left Brain Speaks, the Right Brain Laughs" is also available in a Kindle format ($12.99). Librarians should be aware that there is a complete and unabridged audiobook edition of "The Left Brain Speaks, the Right Brain Laughs" (Dreamscape Media, 9781520037455, $29.99, CD).

The Literary Studies Shelf

Arthur and Sherlock
Michael Sims
Bloomsbury Press
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10010
9781632860392 $27.00 hc / $9.99 Kindle

Arthur and Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes examines how physician and world-famous British author Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) came to create Sherlock Holmes, one of the most memorable figures in literary history, and practically define the detective story genre. Author Michael Sims examines Doyle's youth in Edinburgh, where he lived amid poverty and violence, as well as his university studies and medical practice. Drawing connections between the adventures in Doyle's professional life and the life of Doyle's cherished character, Arthur and Sherlock will prove fascinating to Sherlock Holmes connoisseurs, and is a "must" for public and college library Literary Studies collections. Highly recommended.

Tarzan, Jungle King of Popular Culture
David Lemmo
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9781476666952, $29.95, PB, 236pp,

David Lemmo is a veteran of three decades in the antiquarian books business. Some of his specialties included Edgar Rice Burroughs, pop culture, and comic books. In 2011, he helped create the North Coast Mangani, a chapter of the Burroughs Bibliophiles. In "Tarzan, Jungle King of Popular Culture" he draws upon his years of experience and expertise to provide an extraordinarily informed and informative literary analysis of Edgar Rice Burrough's arguably most important singular contribution to 20th Century American popular culture. From his first appearance in 1912, Tarzan became a multimedia franchise whose cultural influence extended well beyond mere entertainment. The original 20th century superhero, the Lord of the Apes was the inspiration behind such early archetypes as The Shadow and Doc Savage, themselves the basis for heroes like Batman and Superman. Long before Comic-Cons and Trekkies, the first Tarzan fan club was formed in America in 1916, pioneering the fandom movement that pervades modern pop culture. "Tarzan, Jungle King of Popular Culture" deftly examines Tarzan in his various media representations (hunter, warrior, secret agent, fighter of communists and Nazis) and in his numerous story arcs, including crossover adventures featuring historical characters like Arthur Conan Doyle and Nikola Tesla. A 'must' for the legions of Burroughs fans, "Tarzan, Jungle King of Popular Culture" is highly recommended for personal reading lists, as well as community and academic library 20th Century American Literature & Popular Culture collections. It should be noted that "Tarzan, Jungle King of Popular Culture" is also available in a Kindle edition ($17.99).

The Poetry of Everyday Life
Steve Zeitlin
Cornell University Press
512 East State Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
9781501702358, $26.00, HC, 280pp,

"The Poetry of Everyday Life: Storytelling and the Art of Awareness" by Steve Zeitlin (American folk culture expert and the founding director of the nonprofit cultural center City Lore) is essential a book of encounters. Part memoir, part essay, and partly a guide to maximizing your capacity for fulfillment and expression, "The Poetry of Everyday Life" taps into the artistic side of what we often take for granted: the stories we tell, the people we love, the metaphors used by scientists, even our sex lives. A folklorist, writer, and cultural activist, Steve Zeitlin explores how poems serve us in daily life and how they are used in times of personal and national crisis. In the first book to bring together the perspectives of folklore and creative writing, Zeitlin explores meaning and experience, covering topics ranging from poetry in the life cycle to the contemporary uses of ancient myths. An absolutely engaging, informed and informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking read from cover to cover, "The Poetry of Everyday Life" will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community, college, and university library Literary Studies collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Poetry of Everyday Life" is also available in a Kindle format ($14.04).

The Architecture Shelf

Making it Modern
Aaron Betsky
Actar D
c/o Actar Publishers
355 Lexington Avenue, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10017
9781940291154, $34.95, PB, 256pp,

Aaron Betsky is a critic, curator, educator, lecturer, and writer on architecture and design, who since August 2006 has been the director of the Cincinnati Art Museum. In "Making it Modern: The History of Modernism in Architecture of Design" she draws upon her many years of experience and expertise to provide an impressively informed and informative study. At its root, modernism is that fundamental. It is a question of having something to represent that is of the moment. In the most radical interpretation, modernism always comes too late. The modern is that which is always new, which is to say, always changing and already old by the time it has appeared. Modernism is always a retrospective act, one of documenting or trying to catch what has already appeared - an attempt to fix life as it is being lived. Modernity is just the very fact that we as human beings are continually remaking the world around us through our actions, and are doing so consciously. Modernism is a monument to or memory of that act, which in its own making tries to remake the world it is pretending to represent. An illustrated and exceptionally thoughtful and insightful study that is particularly well organized and presented, "Making it Modern" is very highly recommended for professional and academic History of Architecture collections in general, and Contemporary Architectural supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

A Whole-System Approach to High-Performance Green Buildings
David Strong & Victoria Burrows
Artech House
685 Canton Street, Norwood, MA 02062
9781608079599, $139.00, HC, 292pp,

The collaborative work of David Strong (who is currently a Director of David Strong Consulting and a visiting professor at the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development) and Victoria Burrows (who is currently the head of sustainability for a major international contractor. Her work as a consultant in sustainable development and green building rating systems has spanned across several continents, industries, and perspectives of the development process), "A Whole-System Approach to High-Performance Green Buildings" is authoritative new resource that provides architects and architectural students with a comprehensive review of the current approaches to the design and construction of sustainable buildings. "A Whole-System Approach to High-Performance Green Buildings" is hand-on guide that features global case studies with practical examples of both successful and unsuccessful designs. Of special note are the commentaries on energy efficiency, design, and computer modeling. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "A Whole-System Approach to High-Performance Green Buildings" is unreservedly recommended, especially for college and university Architectural Studies collections and supplemental architectural curriculum lists.

The Jobs/Careers Shelf

Wait, How Do I Write This Email?, second edition
Danny Rubin
News To Live By LLC
9780996349925, $16.99, PB, 272pp,

Whether its for personal correspondence, professional communications, or business transmissions, the use of Email is ubiquitous and fundamental to how our modern world operates today. Now in a fully updated and expanded second edition, Danny Rubin's "Wait, How Do I Write This Email?" is an ideal and thoroughly 'user friendly resource for anyone needing to use emails to build relationships, grow into careers, engaging in networking, embark on a job search, and more. "Wait, How Do I Write This Email?" includes smart LinkedIn templates, memorable handwritten notes, the outline for a powerful one-page resume, and a fresh cover letter strategy with a focus on storytelling. "Wait, How Do I Write This Email?" provides more than 100 email/document templates for networking and the job search. With each template, author and email expert Danny Rubin saves time and takes the stress out of professional email writing. Of special note for this new edition is the inclusion of four sets of classroom activities & teacher notes that correspond with select templates including networking, job search, LinkedIn and writing skills, as well as updates to instructions for sending private LinkedIn messages. While very highly recommended, especially for community and academic library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Wait, How Do I Write This Email?" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.99).

Cracking the Code to a Successful Interview
Evan Pellett
Blackstone Publishing
31 Mistletoe Road, Ashland, OR 97520
9781441700537, $14.95, PB, 111pp,

"Cracking the Code to a Successful Interview: 15 Insider Secrets from a Top-Level Recruiter" by interviewing and hiring expert Evan Pellett is a groundbreaking, scientific, proactive, cutting-edge, hands-on, proven approach to conducting job interviews for any position an employee is seeking to fill. Offering an eight-step interview method will give non-specialist general readers a proactive way to take control of and effectively respond to the interview. Readers will learn the secret, never-before-published ''questions behind the questions'.' These are the questions that every manager unconsciously needs answered in order to hire an applicant. While very highly recommended for community and academic library Jobs/Careers instructional reference collections, it should be noted that "Cracking the Code to a Successful Interview" is also available in a Kindle format ($6.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Blackstone Audio, 9781504760898, $19.95, CD).

Starting Your Career in Academic Psychology
Robert J. Sternberg
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242
9781433826382, $29.95, PB, 265pp,

In "Starting Your Career in Academic Psychology", Robert J. Sternberg (Professor of Human Development at Cornell University) draws upon his years of experience and expertise to provide a systematic guide for jump-starting a career in academic psychology at all stages, from applying and interviewing for academic positions, to settling in at a new job, to maximizing success during the pre-tenure years. Individual chapters cover all key skills in which new faculty must become proficient including: teaching, conducting and funding faculty-level research, serving the department and field, and "softer" activities such as networking and navigating university politics. Given the demands and competition in the field, "Starting Your Career in Academic Psychology" is comprehensive, thorough, and unreservedly recommended instructional guide that will prove to be an essential roadmap for new faculty.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Loving, Supporting, and Caring for the Cancer Patient
Stan Goldberg
Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706
9781442266155, $35.00, HC, 212pp,

At sometime most Americans will have someone in their lives touched by cancer. When that someone will say to them, "I have cancer," and when these three words are said, they must struggle with a response. Every year fourteen million people worldwide learn they are living with or may die from this insidious illness. The uncertainty of cancer causes anxiety in those diagnosed and feelings of inadequacy in loved ones and friends who want to help. In "Loving, Supporting, and Caring for the Cancer Patient: A Guide to Communication, Compassion, and Courage" author Stan Goldberg reveals ways of going beyond the response "I'm so sorry", and offers practical behaviors that will ease a loved one or friend's journey. These responses can range from being specific immediately after a diagnosis, to honoring their loved one or friend at the moment of passing. Based on Stan Goldberg's own cancer journey, thirty years of counseling and coaching people living with cancer and their loved ones, and as a bedside volunteer in four hospices over eight years, "Loving, Supporting, and Caring for the Cancer Patient" is comprised of poignant and illustrative accounts of clients and patients, personal reflections, and age-old stories filled with infinite wisdom. Exceptionally well written, organized, presented, and 'reader friendly' in tone, commentary, organization presentation, "Loving, Supporting, and Caring for the Cancer Patient" should be a part of every community library Health/Medicine collection. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Loving, Supporting, and Caring for the Cancer Patient" is also available in a Kindle format ($19.24). Simply stated, if you or someone you know is having to deal with a cancer diagnosis -- then read this book..

When an Adult You Love Has ADHD
Russell A. Barkley
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242
9781433823084, $19.95, PB, 408pp,

In "When an Adult You Love Has ADHD: Professional Advice for Parents, Partners, and Siblings", Dr. Russell Barkley (Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina) explains the science behind ADHD and how you can tell if your spouse, partner, friend, adult child, or sibling may have it. Professor Barkley shows how to guide your loved one toward the right treatment, and what to do if he or she doesn't want treatment. Adults with ADHD can be successful, achieve their goals, and live out big dreams -- and anyone with a basic understanding of this condition can be of practical and effective help by setting boundaries to manage one's own emotional and financial stress as well. Here presented are practical steps for helping a loved one accept and manage their disorder, and pursue paths in life where ADHD might not pose such a big problem. Exceptionally informed and informative, impressively and accessibly well written, "When an Adult You Love Has ADHD" is unreservedly recommended as a critically important addition to community and academic library collections. For the personal lists of non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject it should be noted that "When an Adult You Love Has ADHD" is also available in a Kindle format ($19.95).

The International Studies Shelf

Navigating Change for International NGOs
James Crowley & Morgana Ryan
Kumarian Press
c/o Lynne Rienner Publishers
1800 30th Street, Suite 314, Boulder, CO 80301
9781626375598, $26.50, PB, 223pp,

Both James Crowley and Morgana Ryan have extensive experience working with some of the world's largest NGOs in the areas of international development and humanitarian aid. In "Navigating Change for International NGOs: A Practical Handbook" they effectively collaborate to show how the managers, the staff, the board members and CEOs of international NGOs can best navigate the strategic changes that are needed so that their organizations can work effectively in today's complex environment. Having focused on the need for those changes in their previous book, "Building a Better International NGO" (9781565495821, $65.00 HC; 9781565495838, $24.95 PB), Crowley and Ryan now provide a practical, hands-on guide to achieving them. "Navigating Change for International NGOs" cuts through both jargon and platitudes to provide proven tools for leading strategic change tools that will help INGOs to improve their performance and increase their relevance as they grapple with new realities. Thoroughly 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation, "Navigating Change for International NGOs" is unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library collections.

The Biography Shelf

Not All Sunshine & Sand, revised edition
Paul Rowlands
5m Publishing
c/o International Specialized Book Services
920 Northeast 58th Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, OR, 97213
9781910456309, $24.95, PB, 292pp,

In this newly revised edition of "Not All Sunshine & Sand: The Tales of a UK-Middle East Truck Driver", Paul Rowlands takes his readers on a ride through foreign lands in the cab of a long-haul lorry, while providing an insider's perspective on overland travel. "Not All Sunshine & Sand" is a tremendous tale in which run-ins with the locals, dramatic encounters with foreign drivers, and mechanical problems seem the norm for a long-haul lorry driver. "Not All Sunshine & Sand" is a compelling memoir that takes the reader into Paul's world as a truck driver, initially around rural Suffolk and the rest of the UK, before embarking on the Middle East run. The long-distance lorry driver deals with life in the raw, with many hardships and occasional comforts: difficulties are tempered by the sheer beauty of mountain passes, lakeside stops and the generous hospitality of the people he meets. Trucking camaraderie has seen Paul through many a crisis, and he shares the belief that help is always at hand when a fellow driver is facing a problem. The new edition incorporates 72 photographs taken at the time, many of which have never been previously published. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Not All Sunshine & Sand" is very highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library Contemporary Biography collections, and will have particular interest for non-specialist general readers with an interest in the culture and current history of the Middle East.

The Human Sexuality Shelf

Virgin Envy
Jonathan A. Allan, Cristina Santos, Adniana Spahr, eds.
University of Regina Press
University of Regina, 3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, S4S 0A2
9780889774230, $24.95, PB, 256pp,

Collaborative compiled and co-edited by the team of Jonathan Allan (holder of the Canada Research Chair in Queer Theory and Assistant Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and English and Creative Writing at Brandon University, Brandon, Manitoba); Cristina Santos (Associate Professor at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario) and Adriana Spahr (Associate Professor at the Department of Humanities at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta) the contributors to "Virgin Envy: The Cultural (In)Significance of the Hymen" cover everything from medieval romance, to Bollywood films, to Twilight and True Blood, to destabilize the many assumptions about sexual purity. In particular, the hymen is called into question. How is virginity determined for those without a hymen? How do we account for the ways in which the "geography of the hymen" has changed over the course of history? And what about male and queer virginity? Issues of commodification, postcoloniality, and religious diversity are also addressed. A solid body of impressively presented scholarly studies, "Virgin Envy" is unreservedly recommended for community, university, and college Gender Studies collections and supplemental studies reading lists. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Virgin Envy" is also available in a an ebook format (9780889774254, $TBA).

The Theatre/Cinema Shelf

How To Audition On Camera
Sharon Bialy
Tilbury House, Publishers
12 Starr Street, Thomaston, ME 04861
9780884485254, $14.95, PB, 144pp,

Sharon Bialy is an award-winning casting director for television, film, and theater. Her television credits include The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul, Halt and Catch Fire, Breaking Bad, Gotham, The Last Tycoon, Flaked, Vice Principals, Phil Spector, The Unit, Jericho, Mind of the Married Man, and Picket Fences. Her film credits include Secret in Their Eyes, Black or White, Drugstore Cowboy, Point Break, Rudy, Mr. Holland's Opus, Reign O'er Me, and Red Belt. She draws upon her years of experience and expertise in "How To Audition On Camera: A Hollywood Insider's Guide for Actors" to provide answers to the twenty-five questions actors ask most frequently about how to nail an audition. What is the casting director looking for? If you mess up, can you start over? What is the most common mistake experienced actors make? Should you audition off book or can you look at the page? Should you dress in character? How much can you improvise? Actors (both novice and professional) are often misled by myths and outdated prescriptions. "How To Audition On Camera" is practical guide that replaces such misinformation with concise and accurate advice from someone who is in the room helping to make the decision on who gets the job. Bialy gets readers started immediately on the road to screen acting success. Informative and thoroughly 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation, "How To Audition On Camera" is very highly recommended, especially for community and academic library Theatre/Cinema/TV collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "How To Audition On Camera" is also available in a Kindle format ($9.99).

The Art Shelf

How to Paint Water in Watercolour
Joe Dowden
Search Press USA
c/o Publishers Group West
1700 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
9781782214199, $24.95, PB, 128pp,

A renowned expert at painting water, Joe Dowden uses the natural translucence of watercolor to capture its beauty. Teaching readers to paint what they see, he shares his simple but painstaking techniques so that they can achieve the same extraordinary, realistic and dramatic results. Novice artists will learn the essential tips to making water look wet, and from there they can paint flat, still water, puddles, rippled water, a sparkling sea, shallow water and a deep, calm river. Beginning artists will learn the essentials of watercolor painting from Joe's tuition, and even seasoned painters will have plenty to learn from his expertise at painting water, which is vital to so many landscapes. Beautifully and profusely illustrated throughout, "How to Paint Water in Watercolour" is thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, making it an ideal instructional textbook for art class curriculums, the personal reading lists of aspiring artists, as well as community and academic library Art Instruction collections and supplemental studies lists.

Renaissance and Reformation
The Staatliche Museen Zu Berlin
Prestel Publishing
900 Broadway, Suite 603, New York, NY 10003
9783791355399, $49.95, HC, 240pp,

"Renaissance and Reformation: German Art in the Age of Durer and Cranach" is an opulent coffee-table format volume that presents a colorful introduction to Renaissance art and history featuring more than a hundred outstanding paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, and treasures of the Age of the Reformation. This visually impressive publication is comprised of masterpieces by Albrecht Durer, Lucas Cranach the Elder and Lucas Cranach the Younger, Hans Holbein the Elder and Hans Holbein the Younger, Matthias Grunewald, and Tilman Riemenschneider, among others. By placing these works in their historical context, this beautifully illustrated volume uses art as a prism through which to consider the religious, social and political upheavals of the time. "Renaissance and Reformation" includes insightful texts that discuss pivotal subjects such as traditional imagery and devotion, Reformation and polemics, court life and culture, humanism and reality, as well as portraiture and representation. Biographies of the artists, an extensive bibliography and a glossary of central terms concerning the German Reformation make "Renaissance and Reformation" a comprehensive and highly recommended addition to personal, community, and academic library European Art History collections in general, and German Art History supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

Hunt Slonem
Glitterati Incorporated
630 Ninth Avenue, Suite #603, New York, NY 10036
9781943876358, $95.00, HC, 272pp,

Hunt Slonem is an internationally recognized American painter, sculptor, and printmaker. His work has been exhibited in more than 350 galleries and museums worldwide, and is represented in the permanent collections of over 100 museums, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Influenced by the exotic, lush landscapes of his childhood and youth in Hawaii and Nicaragua, Slonem painted richly colored, impressionistic visions that are celebrated worldwide -- and particularly sought-after are his paintings of birds. Now for the first time, Slonem's bird paintings are collected into a single volume, published in a lavish hardcover, coffee-table format edition. The paintings comprising "Birds" pays homage to these remarkable creatures through hundreds of engaging artistic works. Dramatic and vivid, Slonem's avian subjects seem unconfined to a flat surface, as the paintings brim with texture and movement. At the same time, the painter's unique "cross-hatching" technique unmistakably evokes the bars of a birdcage. The compelling nature of these paintings lies in the tension between the birds' ability to soar and their often captive state. Remarkably impressive and a visual joy to page through, "Birds" is unreservedly recommended for personal, community, and academic library Contemporary American Art History collections -- and would make an enduringly appreciated acquisition for any public library Memorial Fund.

New Expressions in Origami Art
Meher McArthur
Tuttle Publishing
364 Innovation Drive, North Clarendon, VT 05759-9436
9780804846776, $29.95, HC, 192pp,

Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding. Compiled by freelance Asian art curator, author and educator Meher McArthur, "New Expressions in Origami Art" showcases origami masterworks from twenty five leading paper artists who are pushing the boundaries of origami vigorously in new directions in terms of style, scale, materials, subject and scope. Stunning photos and informative essays demonstrate why origami is now an international art movement made possible largely through the efforts and artistic genius of a few contemporary masters. It was the trail blazing efforts of Japanese artist Akira Yoshizawa that elevated paper folding into an art form by showing how subtle shapes and figures could be created from a single sheet of paper though a variety of non-traditional folding techniques. Artists in other parts of the world (including the United States, France, England, China and Scandinavia) took Yoshizawa's cue and pushed these techniques further and further. The result has been the emergence of many new and surprising sculptural forms created through techniques such as wet folding, curved creasing, tessellating and the application of alternative materials besides paper. Informed and informative, "New Expressions in Origami Art" is an inherently fascinating and consistently compelling study that will prove to be of immense interest to fans of origami and will prove to be truly favored addition to personal, community, and academic library Contemporary Art History collections.

The Education Shelf

Take Five! for Language Arts
Kaye Hagler
Capstone Press
151 Good Counsel Drive, Mankato, MN 56001
9781937412036, $23.95, PB, 224pp,

Comprised of 180 classroom student exercises, "Take Five! for Language Arts" by Kaye Hagler (an educational consultant who mentors teachers throughout the Southeast) is specifically designed to help teachers transform those first chaotic five minutes of class into authentic learning experience. With "Take Five! for Language Arts" as a curriculum resource, students will exercise their mental muscles and sharpen language arts skills as they tackle Common Core Standard-based lessons and fun-filled activities. Whether students are inventing secret codes, concocting potions, rewriting history, making conjunction paper chains, or thinking like newspaper editors, these diverse and creative prompts will have them looking forward to the part of the day when they are asked to Take Five for critical thinking. Each ready-to-use "Take Five! for Language Arts" prompts includes corresponding Common Core standards, supply lists, language arts links, teacher tips, assessment options, rubrics, and digital connections that add more than 100 extension lessons. Students in grades 3-9 will enjoy beginning each day of the school year with a burst of critical thinking and fun with this comprehensive resource. Exceptionally 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Take Five! for Language Arts" is very highly recommended, especially for college and university library Teacher Education collections and studies lists, as well as elementary school classroom supplemental curriculum resource collections.

The Graphic Novel Shelf

Fuku Fuku Kitten Tales 2
Konami Kanata
Vertical, Inc.
451 Park Avenue South, 7th floor, New York, NY 10016
9781942993636 $10.95

Fuku Fuku Kitten Tales 2 is the second black-and-white manga (Japanese graphic novel) compilation of short and funny comic stories about the a precocious kitten named Fuku Fuku, and the patient, elderly woman who has adopted her. Konami Kanata (author of the "Chi's Sweet Home" series) brings Fuku Fuku's endearing exploits to life, in this heartwarming collection suitable for all ages. Also highly recommended for cat lovers everywhere is Fuku Fuku Kitten Tales 1 (9781942993438) and the Chi's Sweet Home series.

The Audiobook Shelf

A Short History of the World
Christopher Lascelles
Tantor Media, Inc.
6 Business Park Road, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
9781515961888, $19.99, CD,

In "A Short History of the World", Christopher Lascelles provides an informative and engaging overview of history beginning with the creation of the universe and the earth down to the present time and the near term issue of climate change. Easy to follow and assuming little prior knowledge of past events on the part of the listener, "A Short History of the World" is not a source for groundbreaking new theories on why things occurred, but rather provides an inherently interesting and broad overview of the generally accepted version of events so that non-historians will feel less ignorant when discussing the past. While "A Short History of the World" explores world history principally covers key people, events, and empires since the dawn of the first civilizations in and around 3500 BC. Epic in scope but refreshingly concise, "A Short History of the World" is expertly narrated in this complete and unabridged audio book by Guy Bethell and very highly recommended for personal, school, and community library audio book collections. 6 CDs, 7.5 Hours.

The Archivist
Martha Cooley, author
Narrated by George Guidall and Suzanne Toren
Recorded Books, LLC
270 Skip Jack Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
9781501908989 $TBA

The Archivist is the unabridged audiobook rendition of a powerful debut novel. Set within an elite American University, the story follows 65-year-old archivist Matthias Lane, and 35-year-old graduate student Roberta Spire. Roberta seeks to access to sealed letters within the university's collection, letters which were written from the renowned British author T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) to his close friend Emily Hale. Roberta believes these letters hold clues to Eliot's religious conversion, the suicide of his wife, and more. As the archivist Matthias weighs Roberta's request, he must consider the striking parallels between Eliot's life and his own. Profound, emotionally moving, and superbly performed by narrators George Guidall and Suzanne Toren, The Archivist is highly recommended for both personal and public library audiobook collections. 8 CDs, 10 hours.

Oh! To Be in England
H.E. Bates, author
Read by Philip Franks
Naxos of America, Inc.
1810 Columbia Avenue, Suite 28, Franklin, TN 37064
9781781980057 $28.98

First published in 1963, Oh! To Be in England is the fourth novel in author H.E. Bates' classic series beginning with "The Darling Buds of May", and now available in an unabridged audiobook edition superbly performed by theater actor Philip Franks. In Oh! To Be in England, all seven of the Larkin children are christened - a complex task, as the twins Zinnia and Petunia run wild, and the vicar Mr. Candy unexpectedly finds himself the object of Primrose's desire! When Pop buys a fairground on a whim, things only become more hectic, in this wry, witty, and wonderful tribute to the English countryside in summertime. As much a treasure today as it was over fifty years ago, Oh! To Be in England is highly recommended, especially for public library audiobook collections. 4 CDs, 4 hours 8 min 47 sec.

The Library CD Shelf

Joseph L. Young
Privately Published
$14.99 CD / $9.99 download

The fourth album of flute master and keyboardist Joseph L. Young, Ethereum is an original creation of instrumental sound, including the melodies from a vast array of ethnic flutes around the world. Delightfully far-reaching and inspirational, Ethereum is a treasure for aficionados of the flute, and connoisseurs of consciousness-expanding music. Highly recommended! The tracks are "Wavelength" (3:48), "Ethereum" (4:11), "Shimmer" (3:26), "Boundless" (3:27), "Illumination" (4:39), "Past Lives" (3:17), "Entangled" (4:45), "Drift" (3:43), "Free" (5:27), "Crystal Sunrise" (3:28), "Flirting with Fireflies" (3:36), and "Sapphire Moon" (4:40).

Paradise Painting
Uwe Gronau
Privately Published
$12.97 CD / $9.99 download

German keyboardist and composer Uwe Gronau presents Paradise Painting, an original new age soundscape that shines with beauty and passion. A dynamic range of musical styles influence these vibrant instrumental pieces. Paradise Painting is captivating, energetic, and highly recommended! The tracks are "Paradise Painting" (4:05), "Prophecy" (3:57), "Sounds Like a Smell" (4:02), "A Passion Play (revisited)" (4:31), "Carpe Diem" (4:59), "Sister" (4:47), "Diving Into The Deep" (3:30), "New Day" (3:16), "Teguise" (4:07), "Two Worlds" (5:06), "She's So..." (4:07), "Invisible Man" (2:47), and "End Of A Concert" (3:30).

The Light Within: Ambient Music Mixes
Greg Maroney
Privately Published
$10.85 CD / $8.99 MP3

The Light Within: Ambient Music Mixes is a beautiful music CD of calming piano music, although some songs feature the piano more prominently than others. Composer and performer Greg Maroney explores the digital keyboard as well as the piano, and synths of strings and ethereal vocals enrich the warm, mellifluous soundscape. The Light Within is perfect for calming the mind, and highly recommended for ambient music connoisseurs. The tracks are "Reverie" (6:59), "Time Without End" (7:06), "Waking Dream" (10:05), "Walking With the Moon" (7:31), "Be at Peace" (5:13), "Walking Toward the Light" (7:38), "Harvest the Night" (7:33), "Letting Go" (5:06), "The Endless River" (7:59), and "Capture the Wind" (7:49).

Color Tones
John Stein
Whaling City Sound
$16.99 CD / $8.99 MP3

Color Tones is a music album by jazz guitarist John Stein and his gifted band: drummer Ze Eduardo Nazario, bassist John Lockwood, Fernando Brandao on flutes, and Phil Grenadier on trumpets and mutes. Together, they have crafted a marvelously innovative album that explores the range of jazz from classic to funk to a touch of swing. Color Tones is adventurous, passionate, and enthusiastically recommended to jazz connoisseurs! The tracks are "The Commons" (4:52), "Angel Eyes" (6:14), "New Shoes" (4:29), "Five Weeks" (6:03), "Jo Ann" (4:43), "Neck Road" (3:39), "Labor of Love" (5:34), "Ebb and Flow" (5:48), "Four Corners" (4:40), "Salt Marsh Dawn" (4:41), and "Wall Stones" (5:43).

The Moonlights
Rachel Loshak and Dean Jones
Privatley Published

The Moonlights is a family-friendly music album for listeners of all ages, featuring original, eclectic, and charming songs. The gentle lyrics support soul-stirring music from a diverse variety of instruments, including guitars, marimba, English horn, records, organ pipes, strings, mbira, trombone, French horn and bass. The Moonlights is an emotionally uplifting audio experience, highly recommended! The tracks are "That Light", "Colour of Leaves", "Woodpecker", "Symphony for Dogs", "Mother and Father", "Seasons", "Early Bird", "City of Trees", "Starward", "Peaseblossom", "Dream Chasers", "Bake A Cake", "Ah, The Moon", and "Apples and Pears".

This Day Too: Music From Irish America
With Terence Winch, Michael Winch, and Jesse Winch
Celtic Thunder Music
c/o Free Dirt Records (dist.)

This Day Too: Music from Irish America is an album of both traditional and original songs from Irish-American performers, featuring Terence Winch (an acclaimed poet whose work has been featured on Garrison Keillor's "The Writer's Almanac" radio program), Michael Winch, Jesse Winch, and others from the traditional music community. The songs range in flavor from exuberant comedy to polka, jigs, reels, and heartfelt tributes. This Day Too is a treasure for connoisseurs of Irish music, highly recommended! Thet racks are "Johnny O'Leary's / Kilcummin Lasses / The Ballyvaughan Polka" (4:19), "Lannister's Ball (Game of Thrones Song)" (3:11), "Lally's Alley / Cat's Tail & Gravy" (5:07), "Nelly, My Love, and Me" (3:45), "Earl's Chair / The Green Groves of Erin / Sailor on the Rock" (4:49), "Childhood Ground" (5:07), "Tommy Mulhair's / Finish It Up / Boys of the Town" (4:49), "Cahercrea / The Ring Finger" (3:09), "Welcome Home" (3:14), "The Wonder Hornpipe / Austin Tierney's / The Thunder Reel" (5:07), "Sinning " (2:13), "The Blooming Meadows / The Monaghan Jig" (3:38), "This Day Too" (4:17), "In Memory of Michael Coleman / Hughie's Cap / Forget Me Not" (5:19), and "The Homes of Donegal" (4:14).

The Library DVD Shelf

A Light Beneath Their Feet
Starring Madison Davenport and Taryn Manning
Monterey Media Inc.
125 Auburn Court #220, Westlake Village CA 91362

A Light Beneath Their Feet is a powerful, emotionally moving movie about the struggles of a loving yet dysfunctional family. As a young mother with bipolar disorder steels herself for fast- approaching day when her daughter leaves for college, the daughter is torn between going to a local school where she can stay close to her unstable parent, or pursuing her dreams at a more prestigious yet faraway college. Complex human relationships and hard choices with no easy answers define this unforgettable story, highly recommended. A Light Beneath Their Feet is rated R due to some scenes of teenage sexuality and drug use. 90 min.

The Judicial Studies Shelf

A Theory of Tort Liability
Allan Beever
Hart Publishing
c/o International Specialized Book Services
920 Northeast 58th Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, OR, 97213
9781509903184, $94.00, HC, 270pp,

"A Theory of Tort Liability" by Allan Beever (Professor of Law at Auckland University of Technology) provides a comprehensive theory of the rights upon which tort law is based and the liability that flows from violating those rights. Inspired by the account of private law contained in Immanuel Kant's The Metaphysics of Morals, "A Theory of Tort Liability" shows that Kant's theory elucidates a conception of interpersonal wrongdoing that illuminates the operation of tort law. "A Theory of Tort Liability" then utilizes this conception, applying it to the various areas of tort law, in order to develop an understanding of the particular areas in question and, just as importantly, their relationship to each other. Professor Beever argues furthermore that there are three general kinds of liability found in the law of tort: liability for putting another or another's property to one's purposes directly, liability for doing something to a third party that puts another or another's property to one's purposes, and liability for pursuing purposes in a way that improperly interferes with the ability of another to pursue her legitimate purposes. It terms these forms: liability for direct control, liability for indirect control and liability for injury respectively. The result is a coherent, philosophical understanding of the structure of tort liability as an entire system. In developing its position, "A Theory of Tort Liability" considers the laws of Australia, Canada, England and Wales, New Zealand and the United States. An impressive contribution to the growing library of tort law, "A Theory of Tort Liability" is unreservedly recommended for academic library Judicial Studies collections in general, and supplemental studies reading lists in the specific areas of Contract Law, Commercial Law, Tort Law, Legal Philosophy, Comparative Law, and Restitution Law.

The Agriculture Shelf

Genetically Engineered Crops
National Academies Press
500 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
9780309437387 $89.00

Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects is an exhaustive, scholarly reference and resource that builds upon previous related publications from 1987 to 2010 to assemble a retrospective examination on the positive and negative effects of genetically engineered agricultural crops. Chapters examine questions and evidence about the economic, agronomic, health, safety, and more repercussions from the rise of such crops and food. Genetically Engineered Crops also offers recommendations to improve safety assessments, clarify regulations, and otherwise improve societal adaptation to genetic engineering technology. Appendices and a glossary round out this absolute "must" for agriculture professionals and university library reference shelves, highly recommended.

Animal Welfare in Extensive Production Systems
Juan J. Villabla
5m Publishing
c/o International Specialized Book Services
920 Northeast 58th Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, OR, 97213
9781910455548, $85.00, HC, 214pp,

There has been a lot written about animal welfare in intensive farming systems, but very little about animals reared in extensive agricultural systems. Yet these animals make up a significant proportion of the world's farm animal population, covering a significant portion of the globe. Animals kept in extensive conditions face their own unique set of challenges that are vital for anyone with an interest in farm animal welfare to understand. Compiled and edited by Juan J. Villabla "Animal Welfare in Extensive Production Systems" is comprised of nine major articles by experts who present those challenges in a practical way, backed up with thoroughly referenced research. The topics covered include: heat stress, water quality and availability, nutrition, predation, poisonous plants, transport, human-animal interactions, and neonatal mortality. "Animal Welfare in Extensive Production Systems" is an ideal curriculum textbook for animal welfare academics, students and researchers. It can also be beneficial to students in animal science, veterinary science and agriculture, and to farm industry producers and personnel. Enhanced with the inclusion of a listing of the contributors and their credentials, and a three page index, "Animal Welfare in Extensive Production Systems" is an unreservedly recommended addition to college and university library Agricultural & Veterinary Medicine collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

The Cookbook Shelf

Amber Locke
Mitchell Beazley
c/o Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9781784722340, $16.99, PB, 144pp,

Don't through away those perfectly good veggies currently languishing in your refrigerator. Us the recipes comprising Amber Locke's "Savor" cookbook to transform them into colorful and spectacularly tasty soups. From a refreshing gazpacho on a late afternoon in August to a chunky, wholesome stew on a cold winter's night, soup is not just incredibly versatile but is also an easy way to make the most of fresh, seasonal ingredients. Featuring more than 100 recipes, plus extra toppings and twists to pimp your soup, and enhanced with beautiful images throughout, "Savor" will prove to be a thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' source for palate pleasing, appetite satisfying, nutritious and delicious fare ranging from Creamy Chickpea Soup; Broccoli & Lemon Soup; Hidden Vegetable Soup; and Coconut Cauliflower Soup; to Black-Eyed Bean Chile Soup; Root Soup; Blue Spirulina Soup; Strawberry Soup; and Chocolate Puddle Soup. Each individual recipe begins with a succinct comment on the dish by Amber, serving size estimate, preparation and serving instructions, and a nutritional tip. A true culinary treasury, "Savor" is very highly recommended for personal, family, and community library cookbook collections.

The Plant Pure Kitchen
Kim Campbell
BenBella Books
10300 N. Central Expressway, Suite 400, Dallas, TX 75204
9781944648343, $19.95, PB, 280pp,

Compiled and showcased by Kim Campbell, "The Plant Pure Kitchen" is a culinary compendium comprised of 130 beautifully illustrated recipes vegetarian recipes that are as palate pleasing and appetite satisfying as they are 'kitchen cook friendly' to prepare and serve. These delicious and nutritious dishes range from Ginger Yeast Bread; Sweet Chili Broccoli Salad; Vegetable Chick Pea Stew; and Potato Veggie Enchiladas; to Stuffed Acorn Squash; Chopped Sweet and Sour Brussels Sprouts; Cranberry-Date Relish; Mom's Refrigerated Chocolate Pie; and Pudding Pops. Delightful to browse and inspiring to plan menus with, "The Plant Pure Kitchen" is unreservedly recommended for personal, family, and community library cookbook collections.

Diabetic Living Healthy Makeovers for Diabetes
Diabetic Living Editors
Better Homes & Gardens
c/o Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10003
9780544800649, $19.99, PB, 252pp,

Diabetic Living is the number one lifestyle magazine for people living with diabetes, written and reviewed by experts in diabetes management, as well as people living with diabetes. In "Diabetic Living Healthy Makeovers for Diabetes: Simple Ways to Transform Your Cooking" the editorial staff of Diabetic Living has compiled and profusely illustrated compendium of cooking instructions and recipes specifically for those who are having to deal with diabetes within themselves or a loved one. The key purpose is to enable even the most novice of kitchen cooks to make favorite dishes even healthier through boosting the fiber intake, reducing carbs by half, and lowering the sodium content of the meals they prepare. Of special note is the sections devoted to Remake Your Pantry; Cook Fresh; Restaurant Remakes At Home; and Dessert Transformations. Enhanced with the inclusion of asix page Recipe Index, and a one page metric conversion chart for product differences, volume & weight, "Diabetic Living Healthy Makeovers for Diabetes" will prove to be an enduringly popular and much referred to culinary resource for preparing palate pleasing, appetite satisfying, diabetes compatible dishes suitable for every and all dining occasions from simple family meals to elegant celebration occasions. Special note: visit for more helpful tips and delicious recipes from the folks at Diabetic Living magazine.

Farm to Table Asian Secrets
Patricia Tanumihardja
Tuttle Publishing
364 Innovation Drive, North Clarendon, VT 05759-9436
9780804847230, $15.95, PB, 144pp,

Born in Indonesia and raised in Singapore, Patricia Tanumihardja writes about food, travel and lifestyle through a multicultural lens and especially enjoys covering topics that converge on food, history and culture. In the beautifully illustrated pages of "Farm to Table Asian Secrets: Vegan & Vegetarian Full-Flavored Recipes for Every Season" she draws upon her years of experience and expertise to compile a culinary wealth of recipes for dishes that are as palate pleasing as they are appetite satisfying. Nutritious and delicious the offerings range from Golden Fresh Corn Fritters; Eggplant with Red Pepper-Tomato Sauce; Chinese Mushroom Buns; and Mixed Vegetable Yellow Curry; to Korean-Style Buffalo Broccoli; Kung Pao Potatoes; Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Sweet Chili Sauce; and Swiss Chard Brown Rice Sushi Hand Rolls. Of special note is Patricia's recipes for Gourmet Indonesian peanut Sauce! Thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' in organization and presentation, "Farm to Table Asian Secrets" will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to personal, family, professional, and community library cookbook collections!

The Philosophy Shelf

Freedom from the Free Will
Dimitris Vardoulakis
State University of New York Press
State University Plaza, Albany, NY 12246-0001
9781438462394, $80.00, HC, 190pp,

Franz Kafka (3 July 1883 - 3 June 1924) was a German-language writer of novels and short stories who is widely regarded as one of the major figures of 20th-century literature. Many of Kafka's narratives place their heroes in situations of confinement. Gregor Samsa is locked in his room in the Metamorphosis, and the land surveyor in The Castle is stuck in the village unable either to leave or to gain access to the castle. In "Freedom from the Free Will: On Kafka's Laughter", Dimitris Vardoulakis (Associate Professor of Philosophy at Western Sydney University, Australia) argues that Kafka constructs these plots of confinement in order to laugh at his heroes futile attempts to express their will. In this way, Kafka emerges as a critic of the free will and as a proponent of a different kind of freedom: one focused within the confines of one's experience and mediated by one's circumstances. Professor Vardoulakis contends that his sense of humor is the key to understanding Kafka as a political thinker. Laughter, in this account, is the tool used to deconstruct power. By placing Kafka in dialogue with philosophy and political theory, Professor Vardoulakis shows that Kafka can give us invaluable insights into how to be free and how to laugh. While very highly recommended for academic library Philosophy collections in general, and Franz Kafka supplemental studies lists in particular, it should be noted for students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Freedom from the Free Will" is also available in a Kindle format ($64.00).

The Library Science Shelf

The Data Librarian's Handbook
Robin Rice & John Southall
Facet Publishing
9781783300471, $95.00, PB, 192pp,

Robin Rice is Data Librarian at EDINA and Data Library, an organization with a national and local remit, based in Information Services at the University of Edinburgh. John Southall is Data Librarian for the Bodleian Libraries at Oxford, based in the Social Science Library and is subject consultant for Economics and Sociology. Together they have collaborative written "The Data Librarian's Handbook", a practical instruction guide and manual on how to collect, curate and crunch data for economic, social and scientific purposes. With contemporary case studies from a range of institutions and disciplines, tips for best practice, study aids and links to key resources, "The Data Librarian's Handbook" is essential reading for all new entrants to the field, library and information students and working professionals. "The Data Librarian's Handbook" covers: the evolution of data libraries and data archives; handling data compared to other forms of information; managing and curating data to ensure effective use and longevity; how to incorporate data literacy into mainstream library instruction and information literacy training; how to develop an effective institutional research data management (RDM) policy and infrastructure; how to support and review a data management plan (DMP) for a project, a key requirement for most research funders; approaches for developing, managing and promoting data repositories; handling and sharing confidential or sensitive data; and supporting open scholarship and open science, ensuring data are discoverable, accessible, intelligible and assessable. "The Data Librarian's Handbook" is very highly recommended for the practicing data librarian, those new in their post with little experience of providing data support. "The Data Librarian's Handbook" will also prove to be an invaluable reference for managers and policymakers, public service librarians, research data management coordinators and data support staff. "The Data Librarian's Handbook" is a unreservedly recommended as a core addition to community, governmental, and academic Library Science collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

Teaching Technology in Libraries
Carol Smallwood & Lura Sanborn, editors
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9781476664743, $55.00, 228pp,

Community, academic, governmental, and corporate libraries are charged with fostering new skills and capabilities, a challenging task in an era of rapid technological change. Developing new ways of teaching and learning within budget and time constraints is the key to keeping up-to-date. Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by the team of Carol Smallwood Lura Sanborn, "Teaching Technology in Libraries: Creative Ideas for Training Staff, Patrons and Students' is an impressively informed and informative collection of new essays by experienced librarians and library researchers describing an array of technology outreach and instruction programs that range from the theoretical to the practical, and intended for public, academic and school libraries, based on case studies and discussions of methodology. "Teaching Technology in Libraries" includes out of the box lessons, as well as outreach successes and technology instruction programs applicable to patrons and staff at public, academic and school libraries. Exceptionally well organized and presented, "Teaching Technology in Libraries" is especially recommended for college and university Library Science collections in general, and supplemental studies curriculums in particular. It should be noted for library students, staff members of community library systems, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject (such as board members of Friends of the Library groups) that "Teaching Technology in Libraries" is also available in a Kindle format ($16.19).

Practical Tips for Developing Your Staff
Tracey Pratchett and Gil Young, with Carol Brooks, Lisa Jeskins and Helen Monagle
Facet Publishing
9781783300181 $95.00

Practical Tips for Developing Your Staff is a methodical guide written by information professionals, for information professionals and librarians. Chapters offer a wide array of activities and tools to help professionals in the field tap the full potential of their staff. "Twitter is a great tool for networking. There are all sorts of librarians on Twitter and if you and your staff follow them, you can join in any conversation that interests you... A librarian on Twitter starts to develop a wider knowledge of their profession as they start to connect with a broarder range of people." An index rounds out this accessible, practical-minded reference and resource. Highly recommended.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Beware of the Dog
Pat Miller
Dogwise Publishing
403 South Mission Street, Wenatchee WA 98801
9781617811937, $19.95, PB, 196pp,

Pat Miller is the author of several best selling books on dogs and writes a column for the Whole Dog Journal. In "Beware of the Dog" she draws upon her years of professional experience and expertise to provide dog owners with a road map to evaluating, managing and modifying aggressive behavior in their pet canines. "Beware of the Dog" offers a wide-ranging look at all types of aggression and the way these troublesome behaviors develop. It explains the latest protocols for evaluating and dealing with the problems of aggressive dogs from classical conditioning to operant conditioning, and prescribes management strategies that really work. Written in an easy-to-understand style that meets the needs of trainers as well as the motivated dog owner, "Beware of the Dog" will prove to be an indispensable and invaluable instruction manual that is exceptionally well written, organized and presented. While very highly recommended for community library Pets/Wild Animal collections in general, and Dog Training supplemental studies lists in particular, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Beware of the Dog" is also available in a Kindle format ($7.96).

The Nautical Shelf

America's Sailors in the Great War
Lisle A. Rose
University of Missouri Press
113 Heinkel Bldg., 201 S. 7th St., Columbia, MO 65211
9780826221056 $36.95

America's Sailors in the Great War: Seas, Skies, and Submarines is a scholarly analysis of the demands placed on the American Navy during the First World War. At the time, the German innovation of the U-boat radically transformed naval warfare, creating the need for a brand new type of small warship, named the subchaser. The conflict also required the rise of a convoy system, in order to ensure that precious supplies could successfully be transported. Extensive notes, a bibliography, and an index enhance this welcome contribution to public and college library collections.

The Anthropology Shelf

War Magic
D. S. Farrer, editor
Berghahn Books
20 Jay Street, Suite 512, Brooklyn, NY 11201
9781785333293, $27.95, PB, 180pp,

Compiled and edited by Douglas Farrer (Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Guam), "War Magic: Religion, Sorcery, And Performance" is compelling volume comprised of seven erudite scholarly articles by experts in their fields that explore how war magic and warrior religion unleash the power of the gods, demons, ghosts, and the dead. Documenting war magic and warrior religion as they are performed in diverse cultures and across historical time periods, "War Magic" foregrounds embodiment, practice, and performance in anthropological approaches to magic, sorcery, shamanism, and religion. The contributors go beyond what magic 'represents' to consider what magic does. From Chinese exorcists, Javanese spirit siblings, and black magic in Sumatra to Tamil Tiger suicide bombers, Chamorro spiritual re-enchantment, tantric Buddhist war magic, and Yanomami dark shamans, religion and magic are re-evaluated not just from the practitioner's perspective but through the victim's lived experience. These original investigations reveal a nuanced approach to understanding social action, innovation, and the revitalization of tradition in colonial and post-colonial societies undergoing rapid social transformation. While unreservedly recommended for community and academic library General Anthropology, Cultural Studies, and Religion collections, as well as the personal reading lists of non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject.

The Gardening Shelf

The Quest for Shakespeare's Garden
Roy Strong
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110-0017
9780500252246, $19.95, HC, 112pp,

Sir Roy Strong is an art historian, museum curator, writer, broadcaster, and landscape designer. He has served as director of both the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He is also an honorary fellow of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. His thoroughly impressive study, "The Quest for Shakespeare's Garden" is published in association with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and deftly traces the origins of garden history and the Elizabethan garden, as well as telling the story of the Bard's own garden in Stratford-upon-Avon. Beautifully presented, the informed and informative text is accompanied by quotations from Shakespeare's works and 126 lush illustrations of his gardens, past and present, plucked from a multitude of sources including embroidered Elizabethan clothing and Victorian gardening books, as well as various gardens around the world. Exceptionally well organized and presented, "The Quest for Shakespeare's Garden" is a visual delight and a consistently compelling read with Strong's detailed account having been inspired by Shakespeare's works and supplemented by Francis Bacon's 1625 essay "Of Gardens" which provides Elizabethan-era advice to garden enthusiasts on such topics as topiary, seasonal gardens, scents, aviaries, and more. Simply stated, "The Quest for Shakespeare's Garden" will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to personal, community, college, and university library Gardening History collections and supplemental study reading lists.

The Business Shelf

The Complete Guide to Your First Rental Property, second edition
First edition by Teri B. Clark
Revised by Jim Kim
Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc.
1405 S.W. 6th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471
9781620230596 $19.95 pbk / $11.99

Now in a revised and updated second edition with new stories from real estate investors and landlords (giving property owners a chance to learn from their worst mistakes and best successes!), The Complete Guide to Your First Rental Property lives up to its title as a straightforward, accessible, no-nonsense guide to renting property as an investment or as a business. Step-by-step instructions, black-and-white as well as color photographs, sample forms, a glossary, and an index make The Complete Guide to Your First Rental Property a reader- friendly "must" for any prospective landlord. Highly recommended! "Using a [rental tenant] locator service is more cost effective if you use a year lease since the price is low relative to the turnover of your property. On the other hand, six-month leases or month-to-month leases increase the relative cost and may make the service an unwise choice."

The Parenting Shelf

Prevent-Teach-Reinforce for Families
Glen Dunlap, et al.
Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company
PO Box 10624, Baltimore, MD 21285-0624
9781598579789, $44.95, PB, 240pp,

Developed by a team of top behavior experts, "Prevent-Teach-Reinforce for Families" offers a highly effective intervention model that will successfully help families prevent behavior problems in children ages 2 - 10 by teaching proactive communication and social skills, and reinforcing positive behavior. In this expertly organized instruction guide, parents, teachers, and counselors will discover how to take on the role of PTR-F facilitator to meet each family's unique needs, and get a clear 5-step process for guiding families as they promote their child's positive behavior. With this comprehensive, adaptable model of behavior support, parents, teachers and counselors can strengthen family engagement, set each child on the path to healthy social-emotional development, and improve quality of life for the entire family. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Prevent-Teach-Reinforce for Families" is unreservedly recommended for academic library Behavior Modification, Education, and Early Childhood collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

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Diane C. Donovan, Editor
Midwest Book Review
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