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Basic Survival: A Beginner's Guide
Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
307 West 36th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10018
9781510724679, $12.99, HC, 144pp, www.amazon.com
David Nash is a verifiable preparedness MacGyver. He is both an academically trained professional emergency manager as well as a personal prepper. Nah is also a homesteader who raises a variety of animals, bees, and plants in a small suburban yard. He runs the popular prepper's blog www.tngun.com. With "Basic Survival: A Beginner's Guide" he draws upon his years of experience and expertise to write an impressively informative, engagingly illustrated survival instruction manual for the non-specialist general readers concerned with the possibilities and probabilities of natural disasters, global conflict, and political unrest. Thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Basic Survival" dispels myths, introduces concepts, and teaches the basics of how to start preparing for disaster. "Basic Survival" is an effective and comprehensive resource that offers a effective guide to being prepared when any form of emergency occurs -- with or without prior warning. While very highly recommended, especially for community and academic library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Basic Survival: A Beginner's Guide" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.86).
Pezo von Ellrichshausen
c/o Actar Publishers
355 Lexington Avenue, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10017
9781945150470, $24.95, HC, 188pp, www.amazon.com
Deftly introduced by an informative and thoughtful essay about the vague contradiction between intentionality and chance, necessity and accident, reason and futility, authorship and anonymity, "Naive Intention" presents a large selection of numerous images that inform Pezo von Ellrichshausen's cross production between art, architecture and academia. Each page contains a single picture and a brief caption describing it. Beyond a comprehensive depiction of the individual works, the monograph also underlines transversal notions of inventory, format, scale, regulation and value within the pictorial representation. In the fashion of a personal album, each individual drawing, painting, photograph, model or building, evokes the mental world behind the couple's production. "Naive Intention" is a study that could be read both as a collection of ideas, one after another, or as the same one that persists over time. Erudite, thought-provoking, and an inherently fascinating read, "Naive Intention" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to professional, college, and university library Art & Architecture collections and supplemental studies reading lists.
The Writing/Publishing Shelf
FLASH!: Writing the Very Short Story
W. W. Norton & Company
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110
9780393352351, $15.95, PB, 224pp, www.amazon.com
The history of fiction has been dominated by the novel and the short story. But now a brave new genre has emerged: very brief fiction. "FLASH!: Writing the Very Short Story" by John Dufresne (who is the author of ten previous books, including two fiction writing guides, as well as a professor in the MFA program at Florida International University) identifies the qualities that make for excellent flash fiction, demystifies the writing process, and guides writers by exercise and example through the world of the very short story. Dufresne's characteristic warmth, wit, and humor remind writers of the joy in the creative process, making "FLASH!: Writing the Very Short Story" a perfect and ideal guide for any writer interested in trying a new form. A unique and thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "FLASH!: Writing the Very Short Story" should be considered a 'must read' by any writer seeking to master the literary art of this relatively new literary art form. While especially and unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Writing & Literature instructional reference collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "FLASH!: Writing the Very Short Story" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
The Social Issues Shelf
Larry L. Franklin & J. D. Rakesh
History Publishing Company, LLC
PO Box 700, 15 Heyhoe Woods Road, Palisades, New York 10964-0700
9781933909837, $19.95, PB, 240pp, www.amazon.com
The collaborative work of Larry L. Franklin and J. D. Rakesh, "Supermax Prison: Controlling The Most Dangerous Prisoners" is a penetrating look at the violence that swept the American prison system in the 1980's and 1990's and the organizational structure mirroring the Mafia that erupted in them. The inmates had to make a choice between joining a gang that offered protection, friendships, financial rewards, access to drugs and other contraband or serving as a lone inmate in a dangerous, even lethal world. The worst in this violent world were sent to the supermax prison, Tamms, located in Illinois. "Supermax Prison" is the story of Tamms and the men incarcerated there. Impressively informed and informative, "Supermax Prison: Controlling The Most Dangerous Prisoners" is a deftly crafted and extraordinary study that is highly and unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Contemporary American Judicial System collections and supplemental studies lists. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of criminology students, governmental prison policy makers, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Supermax Prison" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $2.99).
The Pets/Wildlife Shelf
Whales: Their Biology and Behavior
Phillip Hammond, et al.
Comstock Publishing Associates
c/o Cornell University Press
512 East State Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
9781501716560, $19.95, PB, 144pp, www.amazon.com
Profusely illustrated throughout, "Whales: Their Biology and Behavior" explores the lives of the world's largest living mammals. Drawing on the latest scientific research, "Whales" describes these incredible animals' evolution from terrestrial to marine mammals, their life cycle, diversity and distribution, and the ecosystems of which they are a part. Whales highlights the many extraordinary aspects of these intelligent and social creatures, including the complex vocalizations they use to communicate over vast distances. The collaborative work of Philip Hammond, Sonja Heinrich, Sascha Hooker, and Peter Tyack, "Whales" also investigate the role of whales in human culture, from whaling to whale watching, and emphasize how scientists monitor the current threats to whales and the methods they use to conserve their future. Spectacular photographs of whales in the wild reveal the private lives of these fascinating and majestic ocean giants, making "Whales" an invaluable, informative, 'reader friendly', and enduringly appreciated addition to personal, school and community library Pets/Wildlife collections in general, and Whales supplemental studies reading lists in particular.
The American History Shelf
Brooks D. Simpson, editor
The Library of America
14 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022
9781598535556, $40.00, HC, 807pp, www.amazon.com
There are few periods in American history more consequential but less understood than the Reconstruction era following the end of the American civil war. This was the name given to the tumultuous twelve years after Appomattox, when the battered nation sought to reconstitute itself and confront the legacy of two centuries of slavery. Compiled and edited by Brooks D. Simpson (who is the Foundation Professor of History at Arizona State University), this Library of American edition of "Reconstruction" is an anthology that brings together more than one hundred contemporary letters, diary entries, interviews, petitions, testimonies, and newspaper and magazine articles by well-known figures including Frederick Douglass, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Andrew Johnson, Thaddeus Stevens, Ulysses S. Grant, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mark Twain, Albion Tourgee, as well as by dozens of ordinary men and women, black and white, northern and southern, to tell the story of our nation's first attempt to achieve racial equality. Through their eyes readers experience the fierce contest between President Andrew Johnson and the Radical Republicans resulting in the nation's first presidential impeachment; the adoption of the revolutionary Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments; the first achievements of black political power; and the murderous terrorism of the Klan and other groups that, combined with northern weariness, indifference, and hostility, eventually resulted in the restoration of white supremacy in the South. Throughout, Americans confront the essential questions left unresolved by the defeat of secession: What system of labor would replace slavery, and what would become of the southern plantations? Would the war end in the restoration of a union of sovereign states, or in the creation of a truly national government? What would citizenship mean after emancipation, and what civil rights would the freed people gain? Would suffrage be extended to African American men, and to all women? An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking read from beginning to end, "Reconstruction" is unreservedly recommended for both school, community, college, and university library 19th Century American History collections and supplemental studies lists. It should be noted for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Reconstruction" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $19.99).
An African American and Latinx History of the United States
24 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210
9780807013106 $27.95 hc / $18.99 Kindle amazon.com
Paul Ortiz (associate professor of history, University of Florida) presents An African American and Latinx History of the United States, an in-depth chronicle of the long and difficult quest for civil rights of African Americans and Latinx people. Chapters chronicle labor and solidarity movements among both ethno-racial communities, from the post-Civil War Reconstruction to the Gilded Age, the Great Depression, the Civil Rights era, and beyond. Written with scholarly precision, yet thoroughly accessible to lay readers, An African American and Latinx History of the United States is a "must-have" for public and college library American History collections. Extensive notes and an index round out this superb resource.
Fire, Pestilence, and Death: St. Louis 1849
Christopher Alan Gordon
Missouri Historical Society
c/o University of Chicago Press (dist.)
1427 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
Fire, Pestilence, and Death: St. Louis 1849 draws upon the resources of the Missouri Historical Society to present a tumultuous year in the history of St. Louis, as told from newspaper accounts, letters, diaries, city and county records, contemporary publications, and more from the people who lived through it. In 1849, St. Louis was a frontier town struggling with rapid population growth, and suffering from poor infrastructure. A horrific cholera epidemic and the Great Fire of 1849 devastated the city, yet there was also an inspirational capability for optimism, resilience, and the will to rebuild. Meticulously researched and engagingly presented, Fire, Pestilence, and Death: St. Louis 1849 is a choice pick for public and college library American History collections.
Chicago Review Press
814 North Franklin Street, Chicago, IL 60610
9781613730102 $26.95 hc / $13.19 Kindle amazon.com
America 1844: Religious Fervor, Westward Expansion, and the Presidential Election that Transformed a Nation chronicles a pivotal time in America's history. Henry Clay and James K. Polk both ran for election - and if Henry Clay had won, America might look very different (and smaller) than it does today. Polk's victory ensured the push for westward expansion that extended the union to Texas, California, and Oregon. 1844 was also a time of religious turmoil, and incidents of anti-Mormon and anti-Catholic violence, as well as the "Great Disappointment" when thousands of followers of a preacher named William Miller believed Christ would return to earth in October 1844. Author and journalist John Bicknell brings chaos, controversy, and conflict to life in this expertly researched history written with both the precision of a scholar and the flair of a master storyteller. Highly recommended, especially for public and library American History collections.
The World History Shelf
Atlas of Empires
Companion House Books
Fox Chapel Publishing Company
1970 Broad Street N., East Petersburg, PA 17520
9781620082874, $19.99, PB, 240pp, www.amazon.com
"Atlas of Empires: The World's Great Powers from Ancient Times to Today" by historian Peter Davison tells the story of how and why the great empires of history came into being, operated and ultimately declined, and discusses the future of the empire in today's globalized world. Featuring 60 beautiful and detailed maps of the empires' territories at different stages of their existence and organized thematically to reflect the different driving forces behind empires throughout history (such as faith, nomadic culture, nationhood and capitalism), each section discusses the rise and fall of the empires that existed in a region: their government and society, wealth and technology, war and military force, and religious beliefs. From the earliest empires of the Sumerians and the Pharaohs to the modern empires of the USSR and the European Union, "Atlas of Empires" showcases a story that reveals how empires are created and organized, how later empires resolve the problems of governance faced by earlier empires, and how the political and cultural legacies of ancient empires are still felt today. An absolute pleasure to browse, impressively informative, beautifully and profusely illustrated throughout, remarkably well written, organized and presented, "Atlas of Empires" is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, community and academic library World History collections and supplemental studies lists.
The Civil War Shelf
That Bloody Hill
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9781476669588, $35.00, PB, 239pp, www.amazon.com
During the American Civil War, Hilliard's Legion (a part of Archibald Gracie's Brigade of Alabama Confederates) fought in the battle of Chickamauga. "That Bloody Hill: Hilliard's Legion at Chickamauga" by Lee Elder shows conclusively that Gracie's command was never forced from the berm at the top of the Horseshoe Ridge and that some men from Hilliard's Legion penetrated to the top of the Ridge. A reexamination of the battle's conclusion highlights the Legion's role in the final movement. A Medal of Honor citation is corrected and the Legion's post-war contributions are explored. A complete roster is included, with biographical notes on most of the soldiers. Impressively informative, exceptionally well researched, written, organized and presented, "That Bloody Hill" is an invaluable contribution to the growing body of American Civil War literature and unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of Civil War buffs that "That Bloody Hill" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Brian Steel Wills
University Press of Kansas
2501 West 15th Street, Lawrence, KS 66049
9780700625086 $34.95 hc / $23.15 Kindle amazon.com
Brian Steel Wills (professor of history, Kennesaw State University) presents Inglorious Passage: Noncombat Deaths in the American Civil War, a scholarly study drawing upon letters, diaries, obituaries, and more primary sources to examine a rarely discussed phenomenon of the American Civil War - mortality from noncombat deaths. An estimated up to two-thirds of the soldiers who died in the Civil War perished from disease; others succumbed to accidents, murder, suicide, sunstroke, or drowning. Inglorious Passages also discusses thousands of civilians who lost their lives in factories, in battles near their homes, and other dire circumstances connected to wartime production and supply. Extensive notes, a bibliography, and an index round out this worthy contribution to public and college library Civil War shelves.
The Military Shelf
Vitebsk: The Fight and Destruction of Third Panzer Army
Otto Heidkamper, author
Linden Lyons, translator
1940 Lawrence Road, Havertown, PA 19083
9781612005485, $32.95, HC, 256pp, www.amazon.com
The city of Vitebsk in Belarus was of strategic importance during the fighting on the Eastern Front, as it controlled the route to Minsk. A salient in the German lines, Vitebsk had been declared a Festerplatz (a fortress town) meaning that it must be held at all costs. A task handed to 3rd Panzer Army in 1943. Otto Heidkamper was chief of staff of Georg-Hans Reinhardt's 3rd Panzer Army, Army Group Center, which was stationed around Vitebsk and Smolensk from early 1942 until June 1944. His detailed account of the defense of Vitebsk through the winter of 1943 into 1944, right up to the Soviet summer offensive, is a valuable firsthand account of how the operations around Vitebsk played out. Twenty maps accompany the narrative. During this time, 3rd Panzer Army undertook numerous military operations to defend the area against the Soviets; they also engaged in anti-partisan operations in the area, deporting civilians accused of supporting partisans and destroying property. Finally, in June 1944, the Soviets amassed four armies to take Vitebsk, which was then held by 38,000 men of 53rd Corps. Within three days, Vitebsk was encircled, with 53rd Corps trapped inside. Attempts to break the encirclement failed, and resistance in the pocket broke down over the next few days. On June 27, the final destruction of German resistance in Vitebsk was completed. Twenty thousand Germans were dead and another 10,000 had been captured. Deftly translated into English by Linden Lyons, "Vitebsk: The Fight and Destruction of Third Panzer Army" by Otto Heidkamper (who was a highly decorated Wehrmacht general who commanded several divisions during World War II, the recipient of the Knight's Cross, and Chief-of-Staff of 3rd Panzer Army during the Vitebsk battles) is an impressively informed and informative account that is a highly valued addition to the growing library of World War II military histories and memoirs. While unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library collections and supplemental studies reading lists, it should be noted for students, academia, and military buffs that "Vitebsk: The Fight and Destruction of Third Panzer Army" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $15.89).
Victory at Midway
James M. D'Angelo
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9781476670713, $35.00, PB, 206pp, www.amazon.com
Retired physician James M. D'Angelo founded the International Midway Memorial Foundation in 1992 for the purpose of preserving the memory of the Battle of Midway. He has written articles on Midway in Wings of Gold, a publication of the Association of Naval Aviation, the newsletter of the Naval Order of the United States and is also editor of the quarterly newsletter of the International Midway Memorial Foundation. He lives in Bradenton, Florida. In "Victory at Midway: The Battle That Changed the Course of World War II" he draws upon his expertise to inform a new generation of readers of a pivotal battle in America's ultimate defeat of the Japanese when some five months after Pearl Harbor, the Imperial Japanese Navy had won a string of victories in a campaign to consolidate control of Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. Then in June of 1942, Japan suffered a devastating defeat at the Battle of Midway and was never again able to take the offensive in the Pacific. Bringing fresh perspective to the battle and its consequences, "Victory at Midway" identifies Japan's operational plan as a major factor in its Navy's demise and describes the profound effects Midway had on the course of the war in Europe. An impressively informative, exceptionally well written account, "Victory at Midway" is unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library World War II history collections in general, and the Battle of Midway supplemental studies lists in particular. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Victory at Midway" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $18.99).
American Amphibious Warfare
Gary J. Ohls
Naval Institute Press
291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402
9781682470886, $39.95, HC, 320pp, www.amazon.com
"American Amphibious Warfare: The Roots of Tradition to 1865" by Gary J. Ohls (who recently retired as Professor of Joint Maritime Operations in the Naval War College Program at the Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, California and has served a thirty-six year career in the United States Marine Corps) offers an informed and informative analysis of the early amphibious landing operations from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War. Through a case study approach, the operational and strategic significance of each action is analyzed and its impact on the development of the United States is assessed. By focusing on seven major campaigns, Gary J. Ohls provides readers with a richer appreciation of the origins of American amphibious warfare. An impressively detailed and exceptionally well researched, written, organized and presented study, "American Amphibious Warfare" is unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library American Military History collections and supplemental studies lists. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated military history buffs that "American Amphibious Warfare" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $35.23).
Vietnam's American War
Cambridge University Press
One Liberty Plaza, Fl. 20, New York, NY 10006
9781107104792, $99.99, HC, 306pp, www.amazon.com
Communist forces in the Vietnam War lost most battles and suffered disproportionally higher casualties than the United States and its allies throughout the conflict. The ground war in South Vietnam and the air war in the North were certainly important in shaping the fates of the victors and losers, but they alone fail to explain why Hanoi bested Washington in the end. To make sense of the Vietnam War, students of the conflict must look beyond the war itself. In his new study, "Vietnam's American War: A History", Pierre Asselin (Dwight E. Stanford Chair in the History of US Foreign Relations at San Diego State University, specializing in East/Southeast Asia and the larger Cold War context) deftly explains the formative experiences and world view of the men who devised communist strategies and tactics during the conflict, and analyzes their rationale and impact. Drawing on two decades of research in Vietnam's own archives, Professor Asselin (who speaks Vietnamese, and regularly travels to Vietnam for research), includes classified policy statements and reports. Professor Asselin expertly and straightforwardly relates the Vietnamese communist experience - and the reasons the war turned out the way it did. Offering a unique and impressively informed and informative perspective, "Vietnam's American War: A History" is an extraordinary study of exceptional scholarship and unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Vietnam War collections and supplemental studies lists. It should be noted for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Vietnam's American War: A History" is also available in a paperback edition (9781107510500, $27.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $22.00).
The Cookbook Shelf
The Self-Care Cookbook
c/o Agate Publishing
1328 Greenleaf Street, Evanston, IL 60202
9781572842298, $24.95, HC, 288pp, www.amazon.com
Dr. Frank Ardito has been a professor of health and wellness sciences for more than 20 years. In "The Self-Care Cookbook: A Holistic Approach to Cooking, Eating, and Living Well" he draws upon his experience and expertise to explore the intersection of cooking, eating, health, and wellness by offering 130 recipes specifically designed to help improve every aspect of life. "The Self-Care Cookbook is divided into 10 chapters, each of which focuses on one dimension of personal wellness: physical, spiritual, emotional, environmental, intellectual, nutritional, protectoral, social, occupational, and financial. Each chapter includes 13 recipes ranging from starters to mains to desserts that will support well-being through carefully selected ingredients and cooking methods. For example, the intellectual wellness chapter includes foods that improve cognition and kitchen techniques that challenge the brain. "The Self-Care Cookbook" encourages you to prepare these recipes by yourself, for yourself, as a way to create a true sense of wholeness and satisfaction. A balanced life includes both celebratory and health-supportive foods, and "The Self-Care Cookbook" will help you decide which you most want or need at any given moment. With recipes ranging from Classic Holiday Turkey; Stewed White Beans with Tomatoes and Sage; Second-Day Fajitas; and Steamed Artichokes; to Lemon-Blueberry Pavlova with Dark Chocolate; Farro Salad with Pear, Blueberries, and Feta; Ginger Sweet Potatoes; and Multi-Shaped Pasta Salad with peas and Feta, "The Self-Care Cookbook: A Holistic Approach to Cooking, Eating, and Living Well" is highly recommended for family and community cookbook collections. It should be noted that "The Self-Care Cookbook: A Holistic Approach to Cooking, Eating, and Living Well" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.72).
Bake: The Essential Companion
364 Innovation Drive, North Clarendon, VT 05759-9436
9780804849654, $12.99, HC, 272pp, www.amazon.com
Alison Thompson has been passionate about cooking since she was a child, writing her first cookbook when she was just 11 years old. Having worked with some of the finest pastry chefs in the world, she now has 15 years of experience under her belt as a professional chef and pastry chef and is the founder and head pastry chef of Alison Louise Designer Cakes, a wedding and special occasion cake business. In "Bake: The Essential Companion" she draws upon her experience and expertise to share culinary creations that continue to delight her clientele and her family. There's a recipe here for every occasion and every part of your meal from dinner to side dishes and, of course, dessert! With more than 200 mouth-watering recipes including her all-time favorite bread recipes, cakes and cookies, Alison also presents dozens of unique pastry recipes that are usually only found in a specialty pastry shop. She even includes a section on gluten-free baking with over 20 gluten-free recipes. Basically a complete cooking class under one cover, "Bake: The Essential Companion" will prove to be a palate pleasing, appetite satisfying, beautifully illustrated, 'kitchen cook friendly', and enduringly popular addition to personal, professional, family, and community library cookbook collections.
The Technology Shelf
Engineering Optical Networks
685 Canton Street, Norwood, MA 02062
9781630814472, $159.00, HC, 407pp, www.amazon.com
A human capability management and leadership coach, author, speaker, poet, consultant, and freelance trainer, Sudhir Warier draws upon his more than 35 years of experience and expertise in the telecom and IT industries to provide a complete course of instruction in the field of optical networks in "Engineering Optical Networks" provides a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental concepts of transport and data networks. This resource examines backbone network architectures and functions. The evolution, key components, and techniques of telecommunication networks are presented, including voice and data transmission, fiber optic communication and optical link design. "Engineering Optical Networks" deftly explores the photonic network architecture and includes chapters on transport networks, synchronous optical networks, optical transport networks, and dense wavelength division multiplexing. Impressively informative and exceptionally well organized and presented, "Engineering Optical Networks" will prove to be an ideal curriculum textbook and is especially recommended as an addition to corporate, professional, and academic library Engineering & Optical Network Technology collections.
Frequency Measurement Technology
Ignacio Llamas-Garro, Marcos Tavares De Melo, Jung-mu Kim
685 Canton Street, Norwood, MA 02062
9781630811716, $129.00, HC, 222pp, www.amazon.com
The collaborative work of Ignacio Llamas-Garro (Senior Researcher at the Cntre Tecnologic de Telecommunications de Cataluny, Barcelona, Spain), Marcos Tavares De Melo (Associate Professor, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil), and Jung-mu Kim (Professor, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju, Korea), "Frequency Measurement Technology" is a unique first-of-its-kind instructional reference and resource that provides practical coverage of the design and implementation of frequency measurement receivers, which aid in identifying unknown signals. The technologies used in frequency measurement interferometry-based on-delay lines and filters are fully explored and provide practitioners with concrete examples of microwave photonics implementations. The designs and concepts that cover conventional photonic instantaneous frequency measurement (IFM) circuits are explained. "Frequency Measurement Technology" also provides details on new designs for microwave photonic circuits and reconfigurable frequency measurement (RFM) circuits using diodes and MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS). An ideal curriculum textbook on the subject, "Frequency Measurement Technology" is an exceptional and unreservedly recommended addition to professional, corporate, college, and university library Advanced Technology instructional reference collections.
The Architecture Shelf
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10010
9781635570229, $28.00, HC, 320pp, www.amazon.com
Roma Agrawal is a thirty-three-year-old structural engineer whose professional resume including the building of bridges, skyscrapers, and sculptures. In "Built: The Hidden Stories Behind our Structures ", she deftly explains how construction has evolved from the mud huts of our ancestors to skyscrapers of steel that reach into the sky. "Built" reveals how humans have tunneled through solid mountains; how we've walked across the widest of rivers, and tamed nature's precious water resources. "Built" also showcases the visionaries who created the groundbreaking materials used to build the Pantheon and the Eiffel Tower; and explains how careful engineering can minimize tragedies like the collapse of the Quebec Bridge. Interweaving science, history, illustrations, and personal stories, "Built" offers a simply fascinating and impressively informative history of architecture, a subject that makes up the foundation of our everyday lives. While especially and unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Architecture History collections and supplemental studies curriculums, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Built" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Essential Cordwood Building
New Society Publishers
PO Box 189, Gabriola Island, BC, Canada, V0R 1X0
9780865718524, $39.99, PB, 144pp, www.amazon.com
Cordwood building (using log-ends set in insulated mortar) is a versatile, economical, low-impact, and beautiful building method. Its durability and performance has been proven in beautiful, centuries-old buildings in North America and Europe. Yet until now, there has been no trusted, practical guide to cordwood construction using the material in a wide variety of construction projects. Distilling decades of experience and best practices, "Essential Cordwood Building" by Rob Roy (Director of Earthwood Building School in West Chazy, New York) is the first fully illustrated, step-by-step guide to cordwood building. Ideal for the DIYer and professional designer and builder alike, it covers: Wood species selection, log-end length, and seasoning; Cement, lime putty, and cob mortar options; Wall cavity insulation options; Budgeting and estimating; Highly illustrated, step-by-step building techniques; Window and door frame installation, pointing and chinking, finishing, and plastering; Special designs and decorative features; Code references, compliance, building science, and best practices; Troubleshooting and maintenance. Profusely illustrated, exceptionally informative, thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Essential Cordwood Building" is an extraordinary and unique instructional guide and manual that is unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library Contemporary Architecture collections and supplemental studies lists. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of architecture students, architects, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Essential Cordwood Building" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $32.04).
The Health/Medicine Shelf
The Low-FODMAP Diet Step by Step
Kate Scarlata & Dede Wilson
Life Long Books
c/o Perseus Book Group
250 W. 57th St., Suite 1500, New York, NY 10107
9780738219349, $23.99, PB, 384pp, www.amazon.com
Comprised of easy, delicious, everyday recipes for the many sufferers of IBS and other digestive disorders, "The Low-FODMAP Diet Step by Step: A Personalized Plan to Relieve the Symptoms of IBS and Other Digestive Disorders" was specifically compiled by the team of Kate Scarlata (who is a digestive health specialized registered dietitian with over 25 years working in the nutrition field and a research collaborator with the FODMAP pioneers at Monash University in Australia) and Dede Wilson (who has been a recipe developer for 30 years, the author of 14 cookbooks, and hosted two of her own nationally syndicated public television series sponsored by KitchenAid.) for those who suffer from IBS or have a chronically sensitive stomach. Many everyday foods contain FODMAPs -- a group of carbohydrates that can wreak havoc on your digestive system. "The Low-FODMAP Diet Step by Step" is an accessible, three-step low-FODMAP diet that is backed up by the most up-to-date, sound medical advice. "The Low-FODMAP Diet Step by Step" will allow for: Identifying FODMAPs and what foods contain them; Customizing your own gut-friendly plan to alleviate painful symptoms; Using an elimination diet to help determine your food triggers; Stocking your low-FODMAP pantry, with food lists and more; Providing easy, delicious recipes for every meal, with specific food reintegration tips. Beautifully illustrated throughout and offering thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes that are as palate pleasing as they are appetite satisfying, "The Low-FODMAP Diet Step by Step" is very highly recommended for family and community library cookbook collections. It should be noted for the personal cookbook collections of IBS sufferers that "The Low-FODMAP Diet Step by Step" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $15.99).
Janeway's Immunobiology, ninth edition
Kenneth Murphy & Casey Weaver
c/o Taylor & Francis Group
270 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10018
9780815344452, $285.00, HC, 924pp, www.amazon.com
Now in a fully updated and expanded ninth edition "Janeway's Immunobiology" continues to be the premier textbook for students studying immunology at the undergraduate, graduate, and medical school levels. As an introductory text, students will appreciate the clear writing and informative illustrations, while advanced students and working immunologists will value its comprehensive scope and depth. This new edition of "Janeway's Immunobiology" presents immunology from a consistent point of view throughout -- that of the host's interaction with an environment full of microbes and pathogens. Now thoroughly revised ninth edition brings the content up-to-date with significant developments in the field, especially on the topic of innate immunity, and improving the presentation of topics across chapters for better continuity. While unreservedly recommended for college and university library Health/Medicine collections in general, and as an Immunobiology curriculum textbook in particular, it should be noted for that this new edition of "Janeway's Immunobiology" is also available in a Loose Leaf edition (9780815345503, $95.00); in a paperback edition (9780815345053, $200.00); and in a digital book format (Kindle, $80.74 Buy; $36.03 Rent).
The Connections Activity Program for People with Dementia
Ellen Bikoff-Phipps & Barbara A. Braddock
Health Professions Press
PO Box 10624, Baltimore, MD 21285-0624
9781938870392, $34.99, PB, 152pp, www.amazon.com
Developed for both professional and family caregivers by Ellen Bikoff-Phipps (Vice President of Programs & Services for the Alzheimer's Association, Central & Western Virginia Chapter, and part-time adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Gerontology, and who specializes in creative therapeutic design for persons diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias) Barbara A. Braddock (Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, and who has a special interest in healthcare and therapeutic service delivery systems for persons experiencing a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders), "The Connections Activity Program for People with Dementia: A Planning and Intervention Guide" is a strength-based intervention that includes tools and step-by-step instructions for matching a person's level of cognitive function and current abilities with activities tailored to past interests. It helps reduce caregiver stress by explaining how to break down and structure activities so a person can engage in them as independently as possible. The Connections Activity Program shows how, with proper support, people with dementia care enjoy meaningful engagement and improved emotional well-being. It is an impressively organized and presented instructional guide and manual on using the Connections tools to: Gather information about a person's past and present interests and hobbies; Understand a person's current level of cognitive function; Identify remaining strengths and abilities; Individualize activities to promote maximum involvement; Use verbal and visual cues to support the person's ability to self-initiate and engage; Adapt activities to each level of cognitive function. "The Connections Activity Program for People with Dementia" is an indispensable resource that includes detailed case examples illustrating how the Connections approach works as well as sample intervention guides that walk through how to implement specific activities and adapt them for people with early-, middle-, and late-stage dementia. "The Connections Activity Program for People with Dementia" is an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library Health/Medicine instructional reference collections in general, and Alzheimers and Dementia Caregiving supplemental studies reading lists in particular.
The Aviation Shelf
Testbeds, Motherships and Parasites
Frederick A. Johnsen
99 Spring Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10012
9781580072410, $32.95, PB, 204pp, www.amazon.com
"Testbeds, Motherships and Parasites: Astonishing Aircraft From the Golden Age of Flight Test" is the definitive work on the converted bombers and transports that served as the critically important launch vehicles to the headline-grabbing X-Planes. Covered are scores of aircraft of all types converted for use as "flying laboratories" to test engines, wings, cockpits, and aerodynamic devices all in the name of aviation progress. Also included are the "parasite" aircraft carried aloft to be launched and recovered by their motherships. The availability of already-flying airframes that could be modified easily for specific airborne test work saved years of engineering time, not to mention the lives of countless test pilots who did not have to face airborne risks of the unknown. Profusely illustrated throughout, "Testbeds, Motherships and Parasites" is a unique and to-be-treasured addition to personal, community, and academic library Aviation History collections and supplemental studies reading lists.
The Education Shelf
Teaching Mathematics Meaningfully, second edition
David H. Allsopp, LouAnn H. Lovin, and Sarah van Ingen
Brookes Publishing Company
PO Box 10624, Baltimore, MD 21285-0624
9781598575583, $39.95, PB, 400pp, www.amazon.com
Math skills are fundamentally important life skills. Unlocking math concepts for struggling learners is the goal of this newly updated and expanded second edition of "Teaching Mathematics Meaningfully". Filled with invaluable tips, tools, and research-based strategies for Grades K - 12, this comprehensive resource fully prepares classroom teachers to demystify math for a wide range of learners, including students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and mild cognitive disabilities. Thoroughly updated and aligned with current state standards, this second edition of "Teaching Mathematics Meaningfully" includes the latest research, an enhanced instructional framework, expanded coverage of hot topics like RTI and assessment, and more. And with the practical materials ranging from activities to printable planning forms teachers will have concrete ways to help students make sense of math, improve their proficiency, and generalize their knowledge in multiple contexts. Thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Teaching Mathematics Meaningfully" is an ideal curriculum textbook and is unreservedly recommended for school district, college, and university library Teacher Education collections and supplemental studies reading lists.
Doing Time, Writing Lives
Patrick W. Berry
Southern Illinois University Press
1915 University Press Drive, SIUC Mail Code 6806, Carbondale, IL 62901
9780809336371, $40.00, PB, 160pp, www.amazon.com
"Doing Time, Writing Lives: Refiguring Literacy and Higher Education in Prison" by Patrick W. Berry (Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at Syracuse University) offers a much-needed analysis of the teaching of college writing in U.S. prisons, a racialized space that (despite housing more than 2 million people) remains nearly invisible to the general public. Through the examination of a college-in-prison program that promotes the belief that higher education in prison can reduce recidivism and improve life prospects for the incarcerated and their families, Professor Berry exposes not only incarcerated students' hopes and dreams for their futures but also their anxieties about whether education will help them. Combining case studies and interviews with the author's own personal experience of teaching writing in prison, "Doing Time, Writing Lives" chronicles the attempts of incarcerated students to write themselves back into a society that has erased their lived histories. It challenges polarizing rhetoric often used to describe what literacy can and cannot deliver, suggesting more nuanced and ethical ways of understanding literacy and possibility in an age of mass incarceration. A seminal work of original, informed and informative scholarship, "Doing Time, Writing Lives" is a unique and unreservedly recommended addition to community and academic library Penology collections and supplemental studies lists. It should be noted for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Doing Time, Writing Lives" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $38.00).
The Art Shelf
Postmodern Design Complete
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110-0017
9780500519141, $95.00, HC, 480pp, www.amazon.com
Originating as a rebellious movement in philosophy and literature, Postmodernism proclaimed the death of modernism and promoted a new, nonlinear way of approaching architecture and design, spearheaded by Michael Graves, Robert Venturi, Ettore Sottsass, and Alessandro Mendini. It became a style in itself and the defining look of the 1980s. Enhanced with more than 1,000 illustrations in both color and black & white, "Postmodern Design Complete" by Judith Gura (who is a design historian and author currently serving on the faculty of the New York School of Interior Design and who has taught at Pratt Institute and FIT) is the comprehensive reference to this period of vibrant design, as it profiles key creators including Graves, Mendini, Sottsass, Venturi, Charles Jencks, and Denise Scott Brown and covers the fields of architecture, furniture, graphic design, textiles, and product and industrial design. A section on Living with Postmodernism presents fifteen seminal homes and their furnishings; and a final section titled Postmodernism Continues is a comprehensive overview of contemporary makers. Highly informed and accessible texts bring together classics and little-seen rarities, unusual objets d'art, and mass-produced items. This definitively informed and informative volume also includes a foreword by Charles Jencks and an afterword by Denise Scott Brown, a four page listing of the contributors and their credentials, a three page listing of References, a three page Further Reading bibliography, and a four page Index. Exceptionally well organized and presented, "Postmodern Design Complete" is an extraordinary work of definitive scholarship that is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library Art & Design instructional reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.
Reptiles & Amphibians in Contemporary Art
E. Ashley Rooney
Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
9780764354441, $24.99, HC, 112pp, www.amazon.com
There are more than 17,000 species of reptiles and amphibians. They are a fascinating and beautiful wildlife that generally ignored by most people. Compiled with insightful captioning and commentary by E. Ashley Rooney, "Reptiles & Amphibians in Contemporary Art" is a colorfully illustrated book showcasing the work of 20 artists who have taken those cold-blooded animals as inspiration and transformed them into pieces of art that change the way we perceive our world. The unusual shapes, glittering colors, and perfectly adapted bodies of chameleons, turtles, snakes, frogs, and even dinosaurs offer us new ways to see and be inspired, in media ranging from fiber to glass and from paper to gold. An intriguing collection of superbly reproduced images, "Reptiles & Amphibians in Contemporary Art" is a unique and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, community, and academic library art book collections.
The Graphic Novel Shelf
Breaking the Ten: Volume 2
Sean Michael Wilson, author
Michiru Morikawa, illustrator
160 Broadway, Ste. 700, East Wing, New York, NY 10038
9781681121178, $12.99 PB; $7.99 Kindle, 112pp, www.amazon.com
In this sequel to "Breaking the Ten, Vol. 1" (9781681120218, $12.99 PB; $7.99 Kindle), David now becomes increasingly more desperate, and his extreme behavior is causing fights with everyone who cares for him: with the devilish Mr. Black, the saintly Mr. White, and even with his loving parents. But his quest goes on, driving him to break the rest of the ten commandments in order to draw out the elusive divinity to face a grief stricken man. Until, finally, he is faced with the most serious commandment all: "Thou shalt not kill." Will he do it? Or will God stop him? Another riveting read by acclaimed comic book author Sean Michael Wilson and distinctively drawn by artist/illustrator Michiru Morikawa in the manga tradition, this second volume in the "Breaking the Ten" series is unreservedly recommended for community library graphic novel collections and the personal reading lists of graphic novel and manga fiction fans.
The Audiobook Shelf
Al Capone's Beer Wars
John J. Binder, author
David Colacci, narrator
Tantor Media, Inc.
6 Business Park Road, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
9781541466821, $29.99, CD, www.amazon.com
Although much has been written about Al Capone and his bootleg empire during Prohibition, there has not previously available complete and detailed history of organized crime in Chicago during Prohibition. "Al Capone's Beer Wars: A Complete History of Organized Crime in Chicago during Prohibition" is an exhaustively researched history that covers the entire period from 1920 to 1933. Author John J. Binder is a recognized authority on the history of organized crime in Chicago, and in "Al Capone's Beer Wars" informatively discusses in impressive detail all the important bootlegging gangs in the city and the suburbs -- and also examines the other major rackets including prostitution, gambling, labor and business racketeering, and narcotics. A major focus is how the Capone gang-one of twelve major bootlegging mobs in Chicago at the start of Prohibition-gained a virtual monopoly over organized crime in northern Illinois and beyond. Binder also describes the fight by federal and local authorities, as well as citizens' groups, against organized crime. In the process, he refutes numerous myths and misconceptions related to the Capone gang, other criminal groups, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, and gangland killings. What emerges is a big picture of how Chicago's underworld evolved during this period. This broad perspective goes well beyond Capone and specific acts of violence and brings to light what was happening elsewhere in Chicagoland and after Capone went to jail. Aptly narrated by David Colacci, this complete and unabridged audio book edition of "Al Capone's Beer Wars" (9 CDs, 11 Hours) is unreservedly recommended for personal, community, and academic library collections.
The Tug of War
David Rambo, playwright
Directed by Brian Kite
Performed by Seamus Dever, David Selby, Rich Sommer, Josh Stamberg, et. al.
L.A. Theatre Works
681 Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291
9781682660478 $29.95 www.latw.org
The Tug of War is an audiobook rendition of the full-cast performance of a play based on the Cuban Missile Crisis, a turning point in American history. In 1962, the judgment of newly inaugurated president Jon F. Kennedy was all the only thing that could prevent the outbreak of World War III, as the Soviet Union sought to transport nuclear missiles to Cuba. Dramatic, captivating, and superbly performed by talented actors, The Tug of War is highly recommended for both personal and public library audiobook collections. Supplemental content includes a panel discussion with playwright David Rambo, Richard Anderson (Professor of Political Science at UCLA), Geoff Cowan (a university professor at USC), and Bob Stern (past president of the LA-based Center for Government Studies). 3 CDs, 2 hours 41 min.
Crazy Like a Fox
Rita Mae Brown, author and narrator
Recorded Books, LLC
270 Skip Jack Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Crazy Like a Fox is the unabridged audiobook adaptation of a novel in the adventurous "Sister Jane" series, featuring the intrepid Jane Arnold and her four-legged friends. Murder is afoot, and mystery, as the long-presumed-dead owner of an invaluable hunting horn reappears - is he a ghost? An imposter? Or something else? Written with wit, flair, and style, Crazy Like a Fox is sure to prove an irresistible pick for personal and public library audiobook collections. 8 CDs, 8.5 hours.
The Library CD Shelf
Seashells In My Pocket
Optimistic Flamingo Music
$TBA CD / $9.49 MP3 amazon.com
Seashells In My Pocket is a beautiful, solo piano album combining contemporary, new age, and classical sounds into a harmonious fusion. The songs enrich the imagination and set one's mind and spirit gently adrift. This original treasure is highly recommended, especially for solo piano connoisseurs. The tracks are "Cozumel Blue Waters", "Wishing Stones", "Island Cathedral", "Sleepy Tide", "Moonlight Over Moorea", "Dunn's River Falls", "Palm Trees Sway", "Mysterious Caverns", "Cadillac Mountain Sunset", "The Mermaid's Tears", "Monterey Morning", "Ocean Stars", and "Sailing Home". 54 min.
Whaling City Sound
c/o Naxos of America (dist.)
$15.99 CD / $8.99 MP3 amazon.com
An original album showcasing the vocal talent of Fred Farell, the saxophone and wooden recorder of Dave Liebman, and the acoustic piano of Richie Beirach, Distant Song is a hybrid of jazz, spiritual, and creative experimentation. Sweeping and soul-touching, Distant Song lingers gently in the mind and memory. Highly recommended, especially for connoisseurs of original and inspirational music. The tracks are "Broken Wing", "Lonnie's Song", "Forgotten Fantasies" (instrumental), "Leaving", "Tomorrow's Expectations", "Sunday Song", "Mitsuku", "Zal (instrumental)", "Places", and "Distant Song". 59 min. 44 sec.
The Library DVD Shelf
East West 101, series 1
c/o RLJ Entertainment
Set in Sydney, Australia, East West 101, series 1 is an unusual detective drama in that its protagonist is also devout Muslim, who strives to earn respect in a post 9/11 world. Detective Zane Malik (played by Don Hany) often clashes with his conservative superior, Senior Detective Roy Crowley (played by William McInnes), but when personal tragedy spills into their professional lives, the two need one another's aid to pursue justice. Insightful and sharply written, East West 101 is a "must-see" for connoisseurs of quality detective stories that dare to break the mold. A behind-the-scenes featurette rounds out this excellent drama, recommended for mature viewers, due to the presence of coarse language, violence, and sexual situations. 6 episodes on 2 DVDs, 324 min., widescreen.
The Fiction Shelf
Joanes Nielsen, author
Kerri A. Pierce, translator
Open Letter Books
c/o University of Rochester
Lattimore Hall 411, Box 270082, Rochester, NY 14627
9781940953663, $16.95, PB, 380pp, www.amazon.com
Joanes Nielsen is the author of four novels, a collection of stories, three volumes of essays, and eight poetry collections. He's been nominated on five occasions for the Nordic Council's Literature Prize. One of the first Faroese books to be translated into English, "The Brahmadells" is his epic novel chronicling the lives of a particular family against the larger history of the Faroe Islands, from the time of Danish rule, through its national awakening, to its independence. Filled with colorful characters and various family intrigues, the novel incorporates a number of genres and styles as it shifts from individual stories to larger world issues. There are historical documents, including nineteenth-century medical journals, documents detailing the lives of real historical figures, digressions about religion, a measles outbreak, and many other travails, large and small. A simply fascinating and consistently entertaining read from cover to cover, "The Brahmadells" is an extraordinary and highly recommended addition to both community and academic library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Brahmadells" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $13.95).
Mouths Don't Speak: A Novel
Katia D. Ulysse
232 Third Street, #A115, Brooklyn, NY 11215
9781617755927, $15.95, PB, 224pp, www.amazon.com
No one was prepared for the massive earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, taking over a quarter-million lives, and leaving millions of others homeless. Three thousand miles away, Jacqueline Florestant mourns the presumed death of her parents, while her husband, a former US Marine and combat veteran, cares for their three-year-old daughter as he fights his own battles with acute PTSD. Horrified and guilt-ridden, Jacqueline returns to Haiti in search of the proverbial "closure." Unfortunately, the Haiti she left as a child twenty-five years earlier has disappeared. Her quest turns into a tornado of deception, desperation, and more death. So Jacqueline holds tightly to her daughter -- the only one who must not die. A deftly scripted and compelling read from first page to last, "Mouths Don't Speak: A Novel" by Katia D. Ulysse is one of those rare and inherently riveting novels that will linger in the mind and memory long after the book itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf. While especially and unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Mouths Don't Speak" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
The Marshal and the Moonshiner
C. M. Wendelboe
Five Star Books
10 Water Street, Suite 310, Waterville, ME 04901
9781432837280, $25.95, HC, 251pp, www.amazon.com
Conmen and gangsters preyed upon people's weaknesses for a quick buck in an era that saw few bucks to spare, making criminals of everyday folks in the rural Great Depression. In a place as wild as the West ever was, in the heyday of the badmen and the lawmen, the law is in short supply. U.S. Marshal Nelson Lane chases a fleeing murder suspect from the frontier of the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming all the way to the big city of El Reno in Oklahoma -- out of his element in both places and nearly everywhere in between. His only help is an Indian rookie deputy sheriff, and she is as wild as any other young woman in that time with access to booze and men: Not much help to a widower alcoholic struggling in recovery. While she might get Nelson killed unintentionally, a shady sheriff dealing in illicit booze, his henchman warning to him to leave, and run of the mill moonshiners just taking care of business are running him down and trying to kill him from all sides. When his persistence pays off and he finally catches up with the murderer, Nelson must find it in himself to look beyond the law and deliver the ultimate justice. A riveting read from cover to cover, "The Marshal and the Moonshiner" reveals author C. M. Wendelboe's impressive talent for enhancing his narrative driven novel with clever and unexpected twists and turns. Highly recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Marshal and the Moonshiner" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.99).
The Mystery/Suspense Shelf
The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Haunting of Torre Abbey
9781785655821, $12.95, PB, 336pp, www.amazon.com
Sherlock Holmes receives a request for aid from Lord Cary, whose family home, Torre Abbey, is seemingly haunted. While skeptical, Holmes believes that the Carys are in danger, a belief that proves horrifyingly accurate when a household member dies mysteriously. As strange sightings and threatening apparitions become almost commonplace, Holmes and Watson must uncover the secrets of the abbey if they are to have any hope of protecting the living and avenging the dead. An absolutely 'must read' for the legions of Sherlock Holmes fans, "The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Haunting of Torre Abbey" is a deftly crafted novel by Carole Bugge who has fully honored the legendary detective originally created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. While an unquestionably popular addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Haunting of Torre Abbey" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.99).
Escape Through the Andes
Thomas M. Daniel
c/o Daniel & Daniel Publishers
PO Box 2790, McKinleyville, CA 95519
9781564746023, $14.95, PB, 160pp, www.amazon.com
Pursued by Bolivian security agents, Gonzalo Mamani, a Bolivian physician and spy for the CIA, and Paul Morgan, an authority on tuberculosis, and Gonzalo's North American mentor, colleague, and friend, must elude pursuers to reach safety in the Peruvian coastal town of Salaverry within ten days. Leaving La Paz, Bolivia, they race around Lake Titicaca and across the inter-mountain Andean plateau to Huatahata, Copacabana, Tiawanacu, Puno, Cuzco, Machu Picchu, and points in between. In their flight, they repeatedly, narrowly escape capture. An impressively crafted and unfailingly entertaining novel from beginning to end, "Escape Through the Andes" by Thomas M. Daniel is an original and unreservedly recommended addition to community library Suspense Thriller Fiction collection. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Escape Through the Andes" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.20).
The Genealogy Shelf
A Cooperative Method of Learning Logic and Analysis in Genealogy
William M. Litchman
5810 Ruatan Street, Berwyn Heights, Maryland 20740
9780788457838, $27.00, PB, 130pp, www.amazon.com
A Cooperative Method of Learning Logic and Analysis in Genealogy: The Power of Truth, Evidence, and Analytical Thinking" was specifically written by William M. Litchman for aspiring and novice genealogists who have not have had the advantage of scientific training, the skills of logical and analytical thinking so basic to science and to genealogy. In a lifetime of teaching, Litchman found ways to help others build the skills needed to provide believable proof for conclusions based only on indirect and limited evidence. With "A Cooperative Method of Learning Logic and Analysis in Genealogy", these skills are accessible anyone who has the desire, dedication, and persistence to learn to think rationally, using logic and analysis to work through proofs where evidence is fragmentary and piece-meal. Beginning genealogists and family historians can now follow the learning path outlined in Chapter 1 of "A Cooperative Method of Learning Logic and Analysis in Genealogy" and use real-life examples of how logic and rational thinking leads to solving tricky family-history problems -- as well as utilize the method outlined there to develop abilities and skills for finding solutions in genealogical research. Impressively and accessibly organized and presented, "A Cooperative Method of Learning Logic and Analysis in Genealogy" is unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library Genealogy instructional reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.
White Pennsylvania Runaways, 1773-1775
Joseph Lee Boyle
3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 260, Baltimore, MD 21211
9780806358437, $45.00, PB, 532pp, www.amazon.com
While everyone is aware that Africans were imported and held as slaves, it is an obscure fact of American history that European whites were also imported and held in a form of slavery called 'indentured servitude'. Inevitably some of these folk would run away from their masters. that is the subject of "White Pennsylvania Runaways, 1773-1775" by Joseph Lee Boyle. This unique volume is comprised of transcription of the ads offering rewards for the capture and return of runaway servants taken from 24 colonial newspapers from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, and New York. The ads provide information on more than 2,500 persons, giving name, age, sex, height, place of origin, occupation, speech, physical imperfections, clothing, and more. An inherently fascinating browse revealing an often overlooked aspect of American history, "White Pennsylvania Runaways, 1773-1775 " is unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library American History and Genealogical Research reference collections.
The Religion/Spirituality Shelf
Mimetic Theory and World Religions
Wolfgang Palaver & Richard Schenk, editors
Michigan State University Press
1405 South Harrison Road, Suite 25, East Lansing, MI 48823-5245
9781611862621, $29.95, PB, 470pp, www.amazon.com
Those who anticipated the demise of religion and the advent of a peaceful, secularized global village have seen the last two decades confound their predictions. Rene Girard's mimetic theory is a key to understanding the new challenges posed by our world of resurgent violence and pluralistic cultures and traditions. Girard sought to explain how the Judeo-Christian narrative exposes a founding murder at the origin of human civilization and demystifies the bloody sacrifices of archaic religions. Meanwhile, his book "Sacrifice", a reading of conflict and sacrificial resolution in the Vedic Brahmanas, suggests that mimetic theory's insights also resonate with several non-Western religious and spiritual traditions. Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by Wolfgang Palaver (Professor of Catholic Social Thought at the School of Catholic Theology at the University of Innsbruck) and Richard Schenk (who is a Roman Catholic Priest of the Dominican Order, served as a Professor of Philosophy and Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley from 1990 to 2011, and as the President of the Catholic University of Eichstatt-Ingolstadt from 2011 to 2014), "Mimetic Theory and World Religions" collects engagements with Girard by scholars of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism and situates them within contemporary theology, philosophy, and religious studies. An impressively body of erudite scholarship, "Mimetic Theory and World Religions" is unreservedly recommended for community and academic library Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Sociology collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Mimetic Theory and World Religions" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $23.95).
The Literary Studies Shelf
Voices, Places: Essays
Paul Dry Books
1700 Sansom Street, Suite 700, Philadelphia, PA 19103-5214
9781589881235, $19.95, PB, 250pp, www.amazon.com
In "Voices, Places: Essays" celebrated poet David Mason deftly explores surprising connections in geography and time, considering writers who traveled, who emigrated or were exiled, and who often shaped the literature of their homelands. He writes of seasoned travelers (Patrick Leigh Fermor, Bruce Chatwin, Joseph Conrad, Herodotus himself), and writers as far flung as Omar Khayyam, Jamal al-Din al-Afghani, James Joyce, and Les Murray. In the end, he turns to his own native region, the American West, with Wallace Stegner, Edward Abbey, Robinson Jeffers, Belle Turnbull, and Thomas McGrath. The nineteen essays are about familiarity and estrangement, the pleasure and knowledge readers can gain by engaging with writers' lives, their travels, their trials, and the homes they make for themselves. Thoughtful and thought provoking, engaged and engaging, "Voices, Places: Essays" offers extraordinary and erudite commentaries and observations making it an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and academic library Contemporary Literary Studies collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Voices, Places: Essays" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
The Autism Shelf
Teaching Essential Discrimination Skills to Children with Autism
Rebecca MacDonald & Susan Langer
6510 Bells Mill Road, Bethesda, MD 20817
9781606132579, $24.95, PB, 200pp, www.amazon.com
Discrimination skills enable us to tell one object from another, understand that different things have different names, and use those names to perform a wide range of cognitive and language skills, including following spoken instructions, communicating, and reading. "Teaching Essential Discrimination Skills to Children with Autism" by Rebecca MacDonald (who is a Licensed Psychologist in Massachusetts and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who serves as the Director of Intensive Instructional Preschool Program for children with autism at the New England Center for Children) and Susan Langer (who is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and serves as the Chief Program Officer at the New England Center for Children) outlines a systematic, evidence-based curriculum to promote children's learning. Based on the thirty years of research, the user-friendly text and illustrative case studies cover: Delivering effective instruction (repeat trials, brisk pacing, child's active participation, reinforcement); Types of discrimination skills (understanding differences, matching like to like, matching words to objects, following spoken-word instructions); Prompting and prompt fading; Prerequisite skills (imitation, readiness to learn); Overcoming barriers to learning (lack of scanning, low motivation); Assessing a child's entry level to the curriculum; Curriculum sequence, specific discrimination skills instruction, and remedial strategies. Parents and educators can use "Teaching Essential Discrimination Skills to Children with Autism" to teach the foundational discrimination skills that help children become more proficient and independent in a variety of ways, such as using picture activity schedules and augmentative and alternative communication systems, mastering more complex academic skills, and applying learning across many situations in their daily lives. "Teaching Essential Discrimination Skills to Children with Autism" is unreservedly recommended for family, school district, college, and university library Teacher Education collections in general, and Autism Special Education supplemental studies reading lists in particular.
Behavior Support for Students with ASD
Dr. Debra Leach, Ed.D. BCBA
Brookes Publishing Company
PO Box 10624, Baltimore, MD 21285-0624
9781681251998, $39.95, PB, 256pp, www.amazon.com
When students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) engage in challenging behavior, how can teachers best respond? "Behavior Support for Students with ASD: Practical Help for 10 Common Challenges" by Dr. Debra Leach (Professor of Special Education at Winthrop University and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst) is practical guidebook shows classroom teachers how to effectively address ten of the most common classroom behavior challenges ranging from following directions to handling transitions, with skill, insight, and compassion. Beginning with an in-depth overview of the characteristics that students with ASD may have, plus foundational guidance on using functional behavior assessment (FBA) and multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) to address challenging behaviors, "Behavior Support for Students with ASD" then for each of the ten behaviors, provides a dedicated chapter on how to: Understand your students. Learn more about the academic, social, cognitive, and physical challenges that may contribute to each behavior; Assess their behavior with an easy-to-use FBA checklist for assessing the function of each specific challenging behavior, along with classroom examples and helpful tips for accurately assessing items on the checklists; Support positive behavior by discovering how to use research-based strategies to help students develop more adaptive behaviors. Vignettes and sample intervention plans show how to translate assessment into effective supports tailored to each student's needs. "Behavior Support for Students with ASD" is an essential instructional guide and manual for all teachers of ASD students in Grades K - 12, making it decidedly and unreservedly recommended for school district, college, and university library Teacher Education collections in general, and ASD Special Education supplemental studies reading lists in particular.
The Parenting Shelf
The Unspeakable Loss
Da Capo Life Long Books
c/o Perseus Book Group
250 W. 57th St., Suite 1500, New York, NY 10107
9780738219752, $16.99, PB, 256pp, www.amazon.com
Nisha Zenoff lost her son in a tragic accident when he was just seventeen years old. Now, with decades of experience as a grief counselor and psychotherapist, in the pages of "The Unspeakable Loss: How Do You Live After a Child Dies?" she offers support and guidance drawn from her own journey, as well as from others who have experienced the death of a child. "The Unspeakable Loss" helps those who mourn to face the urgent questions that accompany loss: Will my tears ever stop?; Who am I now without my child?; How can I help my other children cope?; I lost my only child, how do I live?; Will my marriage survive?; Will life ever feel worth living again? No matter where the reader is in their own grieving process, "The Unspeakable Loss" will provide a space to constructively mourn, and helps in understanding how the death of a child affects siblings, other family members and friends -- recognizing that they all grieve differently. And while there is no one prescription for healing, "The Unspeakable Loss" provides tools to practice the important aspects of grieving that are easily forgotten -- self-compassion and self-care. Written with a remarkable blend of compassion, insight, and 'real world' practicality, "The Unspeakable Loss" is highly recommended as essential reading for any parent experiencing the loss of a child under any circumstance. While unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Parenting instructional reference collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Unspeakable Loss" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Hachette Audio, B076VRQ115, $24.95, 6 Hours 45 Minutes, Audible Audio Edition).
The Gardening Shelf
364 Innovation Drive, North Clarendon, VT 05759-9436
9784805314777, $17.99, HC, 96pp, www.amazon.com
Terrarium gardening offers unlimited gardening possibilities, even when space is limited. Although terrariums have been around since Victorian times, Japanese garden design has perfected the art form with a modern and minimalist twist. The container gardening trend fits well with the small-space living concept refined in Japan and elsewhere. "Miniature Terrariums: Tiny Glass Container Gardens Using Easy-to-Grow Plants and Inexpensive Glassware!" by Fourwords (The green shop division of Actus Interiors, a Japanese chain of stores dedicated to providing goods that promote healthy, functional and beautiful living spaces) is terrarium gardening book that features step-by-step instructions to guide the reader through each stage of the process including: Choosing and Mixing soils; Finding unusual containers; Caring for plants; Showing off the finished product! All the plants used in this instructional guide and manual are easy to find, easy to grow, extremely low-maintenance, and can last for a long time. Not only does "Miniature Terrariums" show how to choose plants, but how to find unique glass containers to put them in, which can be displayed anywhere, or given as a gift! "Miniature Terrariums" offers a practical way to garden that deftly combines the arts of landscape design, Zen gardening, and home decoration -- but is manageable and accessible enough for anyone to enjoy! "Miniature Terrariums "Miniature Terrariums" is unabashedly and enthusiastically recommended for personal, community, and academic library Gardening instructional reference collections in general, and Terrarium Management supplemental studies reading lists in particular.
The Money/Finance Shelf
Credit Repair, 13th edition
Attorneys Amy Loftsgordon and Cara O'Neill
950 Parker Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
9781413324280 $24.99 pbk / $22.60 Kindle amazon.com
Now in an updated 13th edition, Credit Repair is a guide to improving bad credit, written by professional bankruptcy and foreclosure attorneys. Crafted to be in-depth yet thoroughly accessible to readers of all backgrounds, Credit Repair covers how to prioritize debts and create a budget, negotiate with creditors, correct credit report errors and remove old information, avoid identity theft and credit repair scams, and much more. Access to the nolo.com website, where one can download the forms contained in Credit Repair and obtain timely legal updates, complements this "must-have" guide for anyone struggling with credit woes. Highly recommended, both for personal use and for public library collections.
Accounting and Finance for Managers, second edition
Matt Bamber & Simon Parry
Kogan Page USA
1518 Walnut Street, Suite 1100, Philadelphia, PA 19102
9780749481148, $49.95, HC, 488pp, www.amazon.com
Now in a revised and updated second edition, "Accounting and Finance for Managers: A Decision-Making Approach" by the team of Matt Bamber (Assistant Professor in Accounting at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management) and Simon Parry (a Research Fellow at Newcastle University who has taught professional, MBA and other postgraduate courses for 15 years, as well as being a chartered accountant with over 25 years' experience) is specifically designed for MBA, EMBA, MA and MSc Business and Management students who require a grounding in the key concepts of accounting and finance. Including real financial statements and worked examples from well-known businesses, as well as full exercises and questions at the end of each chapter, this accessible guide provides students with the financial tools and analytical skills for managerial advantage. Taking a uniquely practical approach that focuses on the financial aspects of business decisions, the book covers all the core topics of accounting and finance, including basic bookkeeping, financial analysis, business planning, cash-flow analysis, and investment decisions this second edition of "Accounting and Finance for Managers" contains updated examples and case studies from Burberry, Ryanair and Whitbread, new content on corporate governance and ratio analysis, reflective activities and a new chapter on financing decisions. Bonus online material includes guidance and teaching advice, additional questions and lecture slides for each chapter. Simply stated, "Accounting and Finance for Managers" is an ideal textbook for accounting and finance curriculums, and unreservedly recommended as a core addition to professional, college, and university library Accounting/Finance instructional reference collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of accounting students, practicing accountants, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Accounting and Finance for Managers" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $43.54).
The Biography Shelf
Anne Bonny: The Infamous Female Pirate
Phillip Thomas Tucker
1234 West Sims Way Box 1240, Port Townsend, WA 98368
9781627310451, $22.00, PB, 220pp, www.amazon.com
"Anne Bonny: The Infamous Female Pirate" by Phillip Thomas Tucker is the story of the most famous female pirate in history and provides a remarkable personal odyssey from a time when women were almost powerless and at the lowest level of the social order on both sides of the Atlantic. This new biographical work fills considerable gaps in Anne Bonny's life beyond her mythology to rescue an actual person for posterity. After turning her back on everything she knew growing up in South Carolina to find a sense of personal freedom, Anne Bonny sailed the Caribbean's pristine waters during the Golden Age of Piracy in the early eighteenth century. Few accurate records exist about these law-breakers, whose lifestyles called for hanging. Fortunately, Anne Bonny was a notable exception to the rule, as she was caught off the Jamaican coast and tried by a court of law, whose records have fortunately survived. Having relapsed into a figure of mythological proportions in American popular culture, "Anne Bonny: The Infamous Female Pirate" reveals a woman determined to survive and succeed in 'a man's world'. Exceptionally well researched, written, organized and presented, "Anne Bonny: The Infamous Female Pirate" is unreservedly recommended and will prove to be an especially popular addition to both community and academic library Biography collections and Women's History supplemental studies lists. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Anne Bonny: The Infamous Female Pirate" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $13.20).
Renoir: An Intimate Biography
Barbara Ehrlich White
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110-0017
9780500239575, $39.95, HC, 432pp, www.amazon.com
Expertly researched and beautifully written by Barbara Ehrlich White (who is an Adjunct Professor Emerita of Art History at Tufts University, Massachusetts as well as arguably the world's leading authority on Auguste Renoir's life and work), "Renoir: An Intimate Biography" fully reveals this most intriguing of Impressionist artists. The narrative is interspersed with more than 1,100 extracts from letters by, to, and about Renoir, 452 of which come from unpublished letters. Renoir became hugely popular despite great obstacles: thirty years of poverty followed by thirty years of progressive paralysis of his fingers. Despite these hardships, much of his work is optimistic, even joyful. Close friends who contributed money, contacts, and companionship enabled him to overcome these challenges to create more than 4,000 paintings. Renoir had intimate relationships with fellow artists (Caillebotte, Cezanne, Monet, and Morisot), with his dealers (Durand-Ruel, Bernheim, and Vollard) and with his models (Lise, Aline, Gabrielle, and Dedee). Barbara Ehrlich White's lifetime of research informs this fascinating biography that challenges common misconceptions surrounding Renoir's reputation. A definitively impressive work of exhaustive and painstaking scholarship, "Renoir: An Intimate Biography" is an extraordinarily well written, organized and presented biography study that will prove to be a critically important addition to both community and academic library collections. It should be noted for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in his life and career that "Renoir: An Intimate Biography" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $19.24).
105 South Court Street, Montgomery, AL 36104
9781603063715 $29.95 pbk / $9.99 Kindle amazon.com
Bitter Harvest: Richmond Flowers and the Civil Rights Revolution is not only the life story of Alabama Attorney General Richmond Flowers (1918-2007), but also a window into the America's tumultuous civil rights era. Although Flowers began his career as a segregationist, and was elected as Alabama's attorney general in 1962 while promising to "send the Yankees a message", when the national law demanded an end to segregation, Flowers chose to uphold the law. Flowers suffered hardship for this moral and ethical choice, and was ultimately forced to sacrifice his political career. He was even sentenced to prison for charges that he claimed were fabricated against him due to his stance on segregation (Flowers was paroled after 16 months, and eventually pardoned by President Jimmy Carter). His story is part of a wider tale of reactionary hatred and violence during the civil rights era, a time when much of Alabama's leadership utterly failed the state by tacitly encouraging lawlessness and brutality. Bitter Harvest is a welcome addition to public and college library biography shelves, highly recommended.
The Travel Shelf
Rain Falling on Tamarind Trees
C. L. Hoang
Willow Stream Publishing
9780989975605, $12.95, PB, 133pp, www.amazon.com
Rain Falling on Tamarind Trees: A Travelogue of Vietnam is the true-life testimony of author C.L. Hoang, who returned to observe his ancestral homeland, including his native city of Saigon, after decades of absence. Hoang writes of Vietnam's beautiful natural wonders; the thousand-year capital of Hanoi and the even more ancient imperial Vietnam capital of Hue; and much more. Filled cover to cover with historical and cultural vignettes, personal reminiscence, and over forty photographs, Rain Falling on Tamarind Trees is the next best thing to a personal trip to this vibrant and storied country. Highly recommended, especially for armchair travelers and public library collections.
The Political Science Shelf
George R. Tyler
10300 N. Central Expressway, Ste 400, Dallas, TX 75204
9781942952923 $16.95 pbk / $16.10 Kindle amazon.com
Why is there so much gridlock and stagnation in the American political system? How can American government truly become "of the people, by the people, and for the people" once more? Author and economist George R. Tyler examines how other wealthy democracies have restrained the overwhelming role of money in politics in Billionaire Democracy: The Hijacking of the American Political System. Practical and serious-minded solutions to America's current, disastrous state of affairs (including an unprecedented explosion of "fake news", or lies disguised as news stories on the internet) are discussed at length. Billionaire Democracy is a "must-read" for every American voter, and worthy of the highest recommendation for public library Political Science collections.
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