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Volume 13, Number 1 January 2018 Home | LBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Writing/Publishing Shelf Reference Shelf
Sociology Shelf Money/Finance Shelf Education Shelf
Biography Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf Jobs/Career Shelf
Agriculture Shelf Genealogy Shelf American History Shelf
World History Shelf Civil War Shelf Fiction Shelf
Social Issues Shelf Jewelry Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf
Psychology Shelf Technology Shelf Economic Studies Shelf
Graphic Novel Shelf Audiobook Shelf Library CD Shelf
Library DVD Shelf Cookbook Shelf Architecture Shelf
Military Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Art Shelf
Parenting Shelf Computer Shelf Photography Shelf
Automotive Shelf Philosophy Shelf Aviation Shelf
Journalism Shelf Criminology Shelf Holocaust Studies Shelf


Reviewer's Choice

Why Cops Die (And How to Prevent It)
Gerald W. Garner
Charles C. Thomas, Publisher
2600 South First Street, Springfield, IL 62704
http://www.ccthomas.com
9780398092030 $32.95 amazon.com

Assembled by a police chief who spent 15 years as a sergeant, Why Cops Die (And How To Prevent It) is a manual filled cover to cover with advice for countering threats to a law enforcement officer's safety. Although Why Cops Die is written especially for police officers, anyone who needs or wants to understand just how dangerous police work is can learn from the anecdotes, case studies, and solid guidelines that responsible cops use to protect their lives and the lives of others. From the importance of always searching for the next threat, to properly handcuffing and controlling prisoners, to using light to one's advantage (such as giving one's eyes a chance to adjust to light changes, and not letting light frame one's silhouette into an inviting target), to avoiding deadly accidents while cleaning one's firearm and much more, Why Cops Die is brimming with lifesaving information, and is an absolute "must-have" for aspiring and practicing law enforcement professionals everywhere, as well as for public, college, and police libraries.

Design As Democracy
David de la Pena, et al.
Island Press
2000 M St NW Suite 650, Washington, DC 20036
www.islandpress.org
9781610918473, $40.00, PB, 344pp, www.amazon.com

One of the primary political/social questions of our time is: How can we design places that fulfill urgent needs of the community, achieve environmental justice, and inspire long-term stewardship? The fundamental answer is that by bringing community members to the table, we open up the possibility of exchanging ideas meaningfully and transforming places powerfully. Collaboration like this is hands-on democracy in action. It's up close. It's personal. For decades, participatory design practices have helped enliven neighborhoods and promote cultural understanding. Yet, many designers still rely on the same techniques that were developed in the 1950s and 60s. These approaches offer predictability, but hold waning promise for addressing current and future design challenges. "Design as Democracy: Techniques for Collective Creativity" is specifically intended to help community members and activists to reinvigorate democratic design, providing inspiration, techniques, and case stories for a wide range of contexts. Deftly compiled and edited by six leading practitioners and academics in the field of participatory design, with nearly 50 contributors from around the world, "Design as Democracy" shows how to design with communities in empowering and effective ways. The flow of the book's nine chapters reflects the general progression of community design process, while also encouraging readers to search for ways that best serve their distinct needs and the culture and geography of diverse places. Each chapter presents a series of techniques around a theme, from approaching the initial stages of a project, to getting to know a community, to provoking political change through strategic thinking. Readers may approach the book as they would a cookbook, with recipes open to improvisation, adaptation, and being created anew. Impressively 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Design as Democracy: Techniques for Collective Creativity" is an extraordinary and 'real world practical' read that is unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Social Science, Political Science, and Contemporary Social Issues collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Design as Democracy: Techniques for Collective Creativity" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $23.99).

I Will Not Fear
Melba Pattillo Beals
Revell
c/o Baker Publishing Group
6030 East Fulton, Ada, MI 49301
www.bakerbooks.com
9780800729431 $16.99 www.revellbooks.com

I Will Not Fear: My Story of a Lifetime of Building Faith Under Fire is the autobiography of author Melba Pattillo Beals, of one of the black students chosen to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. She was only 15 years old when she bravely attended the institution in spite of bullying, hatred, and death threats. Her faith in God sustained her through a lifetime of challenges. She married a white man who loved her and who carried no racial prejudice - yet cultural (not racial!) differences led to their divorce; he wanted a stay-at-home housewife, while she longed for a college education and a career. She pursued both as a single mother, and became a writer and an NBC television news reporter. Her story is one of resourcefulness, courage, and a bedrock of trust in God. I Will Not Fear is highly recommended for both public library collections and personal reading lists.


The Writing/Publishing Shelf

So You Want to Publish Your Own Book & E-book
Myra Faye Turner
Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc.
1405 S.W. 6th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471
www.atlantic-pub.com
9781620232545, $34.95, Library Binding, 230pp, www.amazon.com

A deftly presented instruction guide and manual specifically written for aspiring self-publishing authors, "So You Want to Publish Your Own Book & E-book: A Step-by-Step Guide to Fun & Profitable Publishing" draws upon author Myra Faye Turner's years of experience and expertise to show how to write a killer query letter and book proposal. Aspiring authors of all ages (but especially young adults) will also learn what to look for in literary agents and editors and how to read the fine print on contracts. The creative part of book publishing is covered with beautifully colored photography and graphics; you will learn how to create an eye-catching cover as well as some basics on book design. Reader familiarity is the biggest factor in sales, with 60 percent of readers saying they're more likely to purchase if they've heard of the author. This may seem like a catch 22, especially for young people, but "So You Want to Publish Your Own Book & E-book" offers dozens of low-cost tactics to get an author's name into a public awareness. Also covered are book tours, signings, and how to make the most of Amazon's marketplace. Advice and information from all types of publishers and authors provides a 'real world' window into today's publishing industry. Exceptionally 'user friendly' in tone and comprehensive in coverage, "So You Want to Publish Your Own Book & E-book" is unreservedly recommended for any aspiring writer seeking a profitable and successful self-publishing approach to their career. While especially recommended for highschool, community library, college and university library Writing/Publishing instructional reference collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "So You Want to Publish Your Own Book & E-book" is also available in a paperback edition (9781620232194, $19.95).

The Coffee Break Screenwriter Breaks the Rules
Pilar Alessandra
Michael Wiese Productions
12400 Ventura Blvd., #1111, Studio City, CA 91604
www.mwp.com
9781615932825 $12.95 amazon.com

A follow-up to the enormously popular and informative guide "The Coffee Break Screenwriter" (9781615932429, $26.95), The Coffee Break Screenwriter Breaks the Rules is about writing a script for television, theater, or cinema ten minutes at a time - and about making one's script stand out from the rest by breaking the major rules of screenwriting. But rules exist for a good reason, and shouldn't broken thoughtlessly - it's important to understand why the rule exists, and why breaking it in a specific manner can punch up one's work. "The safe writer is the unemployed writer. He or she keeps getting the comment, 'Interesting, but not for us.' You want to turn this around to 'Fascinating. We don't have anything like it!'" The Coffee Break Screenwriter Breaks the Rules is a "must-have" for every aspiring or professional screenwriter, highly recommended.

The American Writer
Lawrence R. Samuel
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
www.mcfarlandpub.com
9781476671024, $39.95, PB, 170pp, www.amazon.com

The American writer (both real and fictitious, famous and obscure) has traditionally been situated on the margins of society, an outsider looking in. From The Great Gatsby's Nick Carraway to the millions of bloggers today, writers are generally seen as onlookers documenting the human condition. Yet their own collective story has largely gone untold. Tracing the role of the writer in the United States over the last century, "The American Writer: Literary Life in the United States from the 1920s to the Present" by Lawrence R. Samuel (an independent scholar and a published author of works on 20th century American cultural history) describes how those who use language as a creative medium have held a special place in our collective imagination. An inherently fascinating and impressively informative study that is augmented for academia with the inclusion of a three page Bibliography and a three page Index, "The American Writer" will prove to be particularly interesting to the current generation of writers, and should be considered a 'must' for inclusion into both community and academic library 20th Century American Literature and Writing/Publishing collections.


The Reference Shelf

The World Almanac And Book Of Facts 2018
Sarah Janssen
World Almanac
c/o Infobase
132 West 31st Street, New York, NY 10001
www.infobasepublishing.com
9781600572111, $36.95, HC, 1008pp, www.amazon.com

"The World Almanac And Book Of Facts 2018" is the 150th Anniversary special edition of the best-selling reference book of all time. This edition's larger hardcover format offers larger type sizes and more user-friendly access to thousands of facts. Special features for this 2018 edition include: 150 Years of The World Almanac: A special feature celebrating The World Almanac's historic run includes highlights from its distinguished past and some old-fashioned "facts," illustrating how its defining mission has changed with the times; Historical Anniversaries: The World Almanac's recurring feature expands to incorporate milestone events and cultural touchstones dating to the book's founding year, from the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson to the publication of Little Women; World Almanac Editors' Picks: Greatest Single-Season Performances: In light of Russell Westbrook's unprecedented 42 regular-season triple-doubles (and the second-ever season triple-double), The World Almanac takes a look back in sports history for athletes' best single-season runs; Statistical Spotlight: A popular new feature highlights statistics relevant to the biggest stories of the year. These data visualizations provide important context and new perspectives to give readers a fresh angle on important issues; The Obama Presidency: A year after Barack Obama's second term came to a close, The World Almanac reviews the accomplishments, missteps, and legacy of the 44th president; The World at a Glance: This annual feature of The World Almanac provides a quick look at the surprising stats and curious facts that define the changing world; Other New Highlights: A brand-new biography of the 45th president and profile of the Trump administration; official 2016 election results; and statistics on criminal incarceration and sentence lengths, health care, overdose deaths, shootings, terrorism, and much more. Simply stated, now home, school, or community library General Reference collection will or should be considered either complete or comprehensive without the inclusion of "The World Almanac And Book Of Facts 2018". It should be noted that "The World Almanac And Book Of Facts 2018" is also available in a paperback edition (9781600572135, $14.99) and in a digital book format (eTextbook, $10.99).


The Sociology Shelf

Context, Context, Context
Barry Oshry
Triarchy Press
https://www.triarchypress.net
c/o International Specialized Book Services
920 Northeast 58th Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, OR, 97213
www.isbs.com
9781911193289, $20.00, PB, 158pp, www.amazon.com

It is in the very nature of human beings that we are resistant to change. This is especially true in the organizations we create. Organization Development initiatives, Leadership Development programs, and Business Transformation plans all founder too often on our resistance and reluctance, on the tendency of people and things to slip back to how they were before. For a long time, Systems Thinkers have understood that the problem lies with our failure to look at the surrounding organizational structures and dynamics, at the wider picture, at the context. In "Context, Context, Context: How Our Blindness to Context Cripples Even the Smartest Organizations", Barry Oshry draws his many years of experience and expertise to deftly explain the nature of the problem with our organizational structures, and the ways in which we can dissolve the problem. "Context, Context, Context" is written in play-form: a simple briefing conversation between a recently hired team member and the Chief Contextual Thinker for a Business Consultancy firm. They discuss the change initiative they are running for a key client. The conversational format allows Oshry to introduce the relevant theory clearly and in sequence, while addressing questions and misunderstandings as they arise. The result is a guide to Systems Thinking for Organizations that's as short, clever, engaging, bright, and helpful as any business book you have ever picked up. "Context, Context, Context" is a story with the potential to transform any organization and it is written for anyone interested in the workings and structures of human organizations: from Board Directors and Chief Executives, through Middle Managers to interested workers. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Context, Context, Context" is unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, corporate, community, and academic library Systems Thinking, Organization Development, Sociology, and Business Management collections and supplemental studies reading lists.


The Money/Finance Shelf

The Encore Curve
Andy Raub
Brown Books Publishing Group
16250 Knoll Trail Drive, Suite 205, Dallas, TX 75248-2871
www.brownbooks.com
9781612548937, $23.95, HC, 273pp, www.amazon.com

Longer life expectancy and increasing intellectual capital have transformed our notion of the golden years. When Social Security became law back in the 1930s the average life expectancy was a full decade lower than it is today. One of the unintended consequences if that with an average life expectancy in the high 70s many (especially among the Babyboomer generation) are just not ready for a life without work; fear outliving their money; fear outliving their meaning. That's why Andy Raub has written "The Encore Curve: Retire with a Life Plan that Excites You" as a thoroughly 'user friendly' instruction manual and guide with which anyone can create the retirement of their dreams -- what Raub calls 'a memorable encore'. "The Encore Curve" examines two crucial questions: "Now what am I going to do?" and "Will I have enough money?" and guides the reader toward the answers, with unique coaching methods to help them find and fund retirement goals. Part workbook, part personal journey, "The Encore Curve" will equip the both emotionally and economically to define the next phase of their life, develop and then pursue a powerful vision for their future (regardless of their present age), with Raub's "Peace of Mind Investor Process". Using simple, insightful exercises and worksheets, "The Encore Curve shows how to: Determine priorities; Maximize income; Design fulfilling, worry-free retirement; Refocus life by putting first things first; Organize finances and build a spending plan; Assess risk and recovery options; Avoid mistakes by making adjustments to the new rules of the game: Manage finite funds in the face of increasing costs; Devise a contingency plan for sudden life changes; Take advantage of retirement's opportunities and challenges; Match money to dreams; Make the future bigger than the past. Impressively informative, exceptionally well written, thoroughly accessible in organization and presentation, "The Encore Curve" is unreservedly recommended, especially for senior center, community, and academic library Money Management & Retirement Planning instructional reference collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Encore Curve" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).


The Education Shelf

Screen Schooled
Joe Clement and Matt Miles
Chicago Review Press
814 North Franklin Street, Chicago, IL 60610
www.chicagoreviewpress.com
9781613739518 $18.99 pbk / $9.99 Kindle amazon.com

Schreen Schooled: Two Veteran Teachers Expose How Technology Overuse Is Making Our Kids Dumber is not an anti-technology book, but rather a cautionary expose against the overuse of technology in the classroom. Yes, it's important that young people know how to use computers and smartphones, but in the vast majority of cases, they learn these skills on their own - and adding more laptops and smartphones to the classroom creates more distractions and interruptions than benefits. Veteran teachers Joe Clement and Matt Miles reveal that too much screen saturation can induce cognitive and social deficits in young people, taking away from the face-to-face interaction that builds social skills, replacing the physical activity that cultivates good health, and eroding the mental focus needed to master challenging subjects. Even things like requiring e-mailed homework submission, or forcing students to use cumbersome (or even outdated!) electronic textbooks add unneeded barriers to the crucial goals of education, and teaching critical thinking skills. Screen Schooled deserves the careful consideration of educational professionals everywhere, and is highly recommended.

When Smart Kids Underachieve in School
Todd Stanley
Prufrock Press
PO Box 8813, Waco, TX 76714-8813
www.prufrock.com
9781618217035, $19.95, PB, 175pp, www.amazon.com

A classroom teacher for 18 years and is currently the gifted services coordinator for Pickerington Local Schools, Todd Stanley draws upon his years of experience, expertise and research in "When Smart Kids Underachieve in School: Practical Solutions for Teachers" to take an informed and informative look at the 10 most common reasons why some smart, advanced, and gifted students do not reach their achievement potential. The reasons for underachievement range from social-emotional needs, lack of proper programming, not being challenged, and potential learning disabilities. Each individual chapter discusses a different cause and three practical strategies that can be used to overcome it. Useful for K-12 teachers, counselors, gifted coordinators, and administrators, "When Smart Kids Underachieve in School" is an easy-to-read and essential instructional resource for any educator looking to identify, understand, and reverse underachievement. While very highly recommended for school district, college, and university library Teacher Education collections and supplemental studies lists, it should be noted for student teachers, classroom teachers, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "When Smart Kids Underachieve in School" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

The New Early Childhood Professional
Valora Washington, Brenda Gadson, Kathryn L. Amel
Teachers College Press
1234 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027
www.tcpress.com
9780807756638, $28.95, PB, 160pp, www.amazon.com

For today's early childhood educator, change is a non-negotiable reality. While the size, force, and direction of change can often seem overwhelming, "The New Early Childhood Professional" shows the way toward overcoming these gigantic odds or ''Goliaths". "The New Early Childhood Professional" recounts some of the heroic stories and strategic approaches used by early childhood educators who participated in the CAYL Institute Fellowship programs. The for collaborative authors share a specific framework with concrete steps to help educators become positive change makers in the field of early care and education. Complete with resources, tools, and questions for reflection, "The New Early Childhood Professional" is handbook that takes readers through four progressive paths toward becoming an architect of change. Analysis: When confronting seemingly insurmountable situations, instead of being overwhelmed, think and reflect about the situation and discover hidden insights. Advance: Better understand the nature of problems while also strengthening your vision and identity through planning and preparation. Act: Begin with everyday challenges and use what you know from every situation, in every interaction with a child, parent, peer, or administrator. Accelerate: Focus on what you want to change, gather allies, document, and communicate. Informative, well written, exceptionally accessible in both organization and presentation, "The New Early Childhood Professional" is unreservedly recommended for school district, college, and university library Early Childhood Teacher instructional resource collections and supplemental studies lists. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of student teachers, classroom teachers, and nons-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The New Early Childhood Professional" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $21.38).

Teaching to Strengths
Debbie Zacarian, Lourdes Alvarez-Ortiz, Judie Haynes
ASCD
1703 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311-1714
www.ascd.org
9781416624608, $28.95, PB, 204pp, www.amazon.com

Half the students in U.S. schools are experiencing or have experienced trauma, violence, or chronic stress. "Teaching to Strengths: Supporting Students Living with Trauma, Violence, and Chronic Stress" uses real-world examples as well as research-based principles, to show how classroom teachers can: Identify inherent assets that students bring to the classroom. Connect to students' experiences through instructional planning and delivery; Foster students' strengths through the use of predictable routines and structured paired and small-group learning experiences; Develop family and community partnerships. Educational experts Debbie Zacarian, Lourdes Alvarez-Ortiz, and Judie Haynes effectively collaborate to outline a comprehensive, collaborative approach to teaching that focuses on students' strengths and resiliency. "Teaching to Strengths" encourages classroom educators to embrace teaching and school wide practices that support and enhance the academic and socio-emotional development of students living with trauma, violence, and chronic stress. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Teaching to Strengths: Supporting Students Living with Trauma, Violence, and Chronic Stress" is a critically important and unreservedly recommended addition to school district, college, and university library Teacher Education collections and supplemental studies lists. It should be noted for education students, classroom teachers, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Teaching to Strengths: Supporting Students Living with Trauma, Violence, and Chronic Stress" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $27.48).

Teaching Creative Thinking
Bill Lucas & Ellen Spencer
Crown House Publishing
81 Brook Hills Circle, White Plains, NY 10605
www.crownhousepublishing.com
9781785832369, $22.95, PB, 216pp, www.amazon.com

"Teaching Creative Thinking: Developing Learners Who Generate Ideas And Can Think Critically" by Bill Lucas (Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning) and Ellen Spencer (Senior Researcher at the Centre for Real-World Learning) is an action-oriented and research-led instructional study that is packed from cover to cover with examples and case studies of successful practice, and pitfalls to avoid. "Teaching Creative Thinking" deftly explores the ways in which teachers can help learners to cultivate the dispositions which evidence suggests are going to be valuable to them both at school and in later life. Creative thinking is original, purposeful and valuable. In many ways, creative thinking is a social activity and it usually takes place in response to an issue or problem facing an individual or group. Successful students value knowledge and skills at the same time as understanding the importance of developing their capabilities as learners in every lesson they experience. Exceptionally well written and thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Teaching Creative Thinking" is unreservedly recommended for professional, school district, college and university library Teacher Education reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists. It should be noted for education students, classroom teachers, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Teaching Creative Thinking" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $15.99).

Effective Teaching: Evidence and Practice, fourth edition
Daniel Muijs & David Reynolds
Sage Publications
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218
www.sagepub.com
9781473944428, $99.00, HC, 392pp, www.amazon.com

The collaborative project of Daniel Muijs (Professor of Education, University of Southampton) and David Reynolds (Professor of Educaiton, Swansea University), and now in a newly updated and expanded fourth edition, "Effective Teaching: Evidence and Practice" is an impressively written and effectively organized textbook that digs into the research behind different aspects of teaching in order to provide an informed and informative understanding of what underpins high quality teaching. "Effective Teaching: Evidence and Practice" explores what the evidence shows about the effectiveness of different approaches, drawing from a variety of educational schools of thought. "Effective Teaching: Evidence and Practice" should be considered essential reading for all students on initial teacher education courses including undergraduate, postgraduate, School Direct, Teach First, and employment-based routes into teaching, and also qualified teachers wanting to deepen their understanding of educational research. While very highly recommended for college and university Teacher Education curriculums and academic library Teacher Education collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, class room teachers, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Effective Teaching: Evidence and Practice" is also available in a paperback edition (9781473944435, $33.00) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.04).

Special Considerations for Students with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder
Diane Adreon & Brenda Smith Myles
AAPC
11209 Strang Line Road, Lenexa, KS 66215
www.aapcpublishing.net
9781942197300, $25.95, PB, 277pp, www.amazon.com

School administrators play a key role in creating a mind-set within their school district, region, or school as to how school personnel approach various challenges they may encounter when working with students and families. In many instances, a school administrator can provide certain accommodations for students with disabilities, as well as guide decisions regarding how teachers address behavioral challenges. The singular purpose of "Special Considerations for Students with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Guide for School Administrators" by Diane Adreon (Associate Director of the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities) is to provide school administrators with useful and 'real world' practical suggestions and strategies that can increase student achievement, engagement, positive behavior, and social skills for high-functioning students on the spectrum (HF-ASD); help reduce educator stress and frustration; and increase positive interactions between families and school personnel so that the school day is more successful for all parties. Exceptionally well written, and thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Special Considerations for Students with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder" is unreservedly recommended for school district, college, and university library Educational Administration collections and Special Education/Autism supplemental studies reading lists.


The Biography Shelf

Harold, the People's Mayor
Dempsey Travis
Agate Publishing
1328 Greenleaf Street, Evanston, IL 60202
www.agatepublishing.com
9781572842373, $17.00, PB, 368pp, www.amazon.com

"Harold, the People's Mayor" is the authorized and impressively informative biography of Harold Washington, Chicago's first black mayor, and was written by the late civil rights activist and prolific author Dempsey Travis, a man whose personal friendship with Washington spanned more than 50 years. Travis drew on recollections, notes, and several hundred hours' worth of interviews with Washington and his close associates in order to craft a portrait of Washington that spans his childhood, military years, political career, and death. Travis gained deep insights into Washington during the years he knew him, both as a boy and a man, and those combined with his encyclopedic knowledge of Chicago politics have resulted in an essential work of political biography and Chicago history. A significant and unreservedly recommended addition to community and academic library 20th Century American Biography, Black Studies, and Political Science collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Harold, the People's Mayor" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.01).


The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Safe Handling and Restraint of Animals
Stella J. Chapman
Wiley-Blackwell
350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148
www.wiley.com/wiley-blackwell
9781119077909, $50.00, PB, 312pp, www.amazon.com

Stella J. Chapman is a veterinarian with a keen interest in animal welfare and behaviour, and the role that the veterinarian has to play in animal husbandry. Stella has lectured at the Sydney School of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney, Australia and the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Surrey, UK. In "Safe Handling and Restraint of Animals: A Comprehensive Guide" by she takes a holistic approach to the handling of a wide variety of animal species. "Safe Handling and Restraint of Animals" is comprehensive resource offers a thorough overview of how to safely handle and restrain a number of commonly encountered species including dogs, cats, small mammals, exotic pets, horses and farm animals. Each chapter discusses the behavior of the species and then outlines the appropriate handling and restraint methods, including any equipment required, multiple explanatory photographs, and useful further reading. "Safe Handling and Restraint of Animals" features: Coverage of a wide range of species commonly encountered by veterinary staff and those working within animal industries: Key points and self-assessment questions at the end of each chapter: A glossary of terms. All this and more assures that "Safe Handling and Restraint of Animals" is ideal for students of any academic animal-related degree or diploma program, including veterinary medicine, veterinary nursing, and animal studies and husbandry. While very highly recommended for veterinary clinic, college and university library Veterinary Medicine collection, it should be noted for veterinary students, practicing veterinarians, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Safe Handling and Restraint of Animals" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $40.99).

Villager Jim's Moorland Wildlife
Villager Jim
White Owl
c/o Casemate
1940 Lawrence Road, Havertown, PA 19083
www.casematepublishers.com
9781526706751, $39.95, HC, 176pp, www.amazon.com

Over the past few years, Villager Jim has been photographing wildlife in his garden as well as in the beautiful countryside that surrounds his home in the Derbyshire Peak District. In the pages of "Villager Jim's Moorland Wildlife"us on a photographic journey to his very favorite places on the moors surrounding the Peak District National Park. From presenting wonderful images of wild deer to those of breathtaking buzzards and other birds of prey, Villager Jim allows us a glimpse of his daily moorland travels with all the abundant wildlife that lives in that part of the world. Villager Jim often concedes that it is his most favorite place on earth, being out alone with his camera within this unforgiving landscape, watching the sun rise on the horizon, whilst at the same time, seeing stags wander, grazing on the moorland. It is here also that many of his favorite birds of prey abound. And, of course, Villager Jim is there to capture the beautiful landscape shots rolling in mists or washed in the golden light of dawn. A beautiful book to simply browse through, each captioned full color photographic image is a visual gem and will have immense appeal to wildlife enthusiasts everywhere. While very highly recommended, especially for both community and academic library Contemporary Photography and Pets/Wildlife collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Villager Jim's Moorland Wildlife" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $23.97).


The Jobs/Career Shelf

Machining For Dummies
Kip Hanson
For Dummies
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
http://www.dummies.com
9781119426134, $29.99, 312pp, www.amazon.com

Metalworking is an exciting field that's currently experiencing a shortage of qualified machinists. Covering everything from lathe operation to actual CNC programming, "Machining For Dummies" provides the aspiring machinist with everything it takes to make a career for yourself as a skilled machinist. Written by Kip Hanson, an expert drawing upon his more than thirty years of experience and expertise, "Machining For Dummies" offers real-world advice based on experience in the industry. A deftly written, hands-on guide "Machining For Dummies" begins with basic topics like tools, work holding, and ancillary equipment, then goes into drilling, milling, turning, and other necessary metalworking processes. "Machining For Dummies" also covers robotics and new developments in machining technology that are driving the future of manufacturing and the machining market. Especially recommended for anyone aspiring to a career as a machinist, "Machining For Dummies" is very highly recommended as a highschool Shop Class textbook, and should be a part of every technical college and community library collection. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Machining For Dummies" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $15.99).


The Agriculture Shelf

Oily Hands and the Smell of Diesel
David Harris
Old Pond Publishing
https://www.oldpond.com
c/o International Specialized Book Services
920 Northeast 58th Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, OR 97213
www.isbs.com
9781910456989, $24.95, PB, 206pp, www.amazon.com

1960 saw the dawn of an era of unprecedented innovation and development in farm machinery. It was a period of rapid technical advancement, that produced machines which are the mainstay of the current very buoyant vintage tractor restoration movement. At the start of the decade, spark-ignition Standard Fordson tractors still occasionally required repair; by the end of the decade, the Fordson Diesel Major had been replaced by the Ford 1000 series. The history of these iconic brands is well-known. "Oily Oily Hands and the Smell of Diesel: Tales of a Ford Dealer Engineer in the 1960s" by David Harris (who has spent 50 years working in agricultural machinery repair in Sussex for two different Ford Tractor dealers) gives an alternative view-the inside story of the agricultural machinery repair trade. An entertaining, informative, and personal account of his time spent at a Ford main tractor dealership, working on Ford, Fordson, County, Roadless and Muirhill tractors, Chaseside loaders, Claas combines, and New Holland and Jones balers, amongst others, David Harris deftly describes the technical challenges in detail, and tells of the ups and downs of life in the workshop and out in the field. Exceptionally well-written, organized, and replete with historical photographs, "Oily Hands and the Smell of Diesel" is a simply 'must-read' for anyone who is or was involved in the machinery industry, anyone looking to restore or repair vintage agricultural machinery, and anyone with a general interest in farming and machinery history. While highly and unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Agricultural History, Automotive History, and Farm Machinery History collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Oily Hands and the Smell of Diesel" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $23.70).


The Genealogy Shelf

The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy, fourth edition
Val D. Greenwood
Genealogical Publishing Company
3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 260, Baltimore, MD 21211
www.genealogical.com
9780806320663, $49.95, PB, 806pp, www.amazon.com

Now in a completely updated fourth edition, "The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy" by genealogist Val D. Greenwood is a complete course of instruction that in the timeless principles of genealogical research. While identifying the most current classes of records and research tools, "The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy" is both a textbook and an all-purpose reference resource that is specifically designed to help the present generation of family history researchers better understand and utilize all available resources. Completely updated to incorporate all the latest developments, principles, and resources relevant to family history research, this new fourth edition provides a clear, comprehensive, and up-to-date account of American genealogy. Of special note are the two chapters about technology as it relates to family history research -- one dealing with significant concepts and definitions, and the other with specific resources and applications, including major family history websites and Internet resources. In addition, virtually every chapter provides information on Internet websites pertinent to the subject discussed in that chapter. Impressively informative and thoroughly 'user friendly' in format, organization, and presentation, "completely updated, incorporating all the latest developments, principles, and resources relevant to family history research" is an ideal textbook on the subject and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library Genealogy collections and supplemental studies lists.


The American History Shelf

Thieves' Road
Terry Mort
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197
www.prometheusbooks.com
9781633883338 $18.00 pbk
9781616149611 $11.99 ebook

Thieves' Road: The Black Hills Betrayal and Custer's Path to Little Bighorn chronicles the history of General George Armstrong Custer's lesser-known expedition to the Black Hills of South Dakota in 1874, and how it led to the Battle of Little Bighorn two years later. Why was Custer's investigation of the Black Hills so important? Because Custer discovered gold, at a time when America was suffering its worst economic depression since its founding, which in turn sparked a gold rush of white prospectors into the sacred lands of the Lakota (also known as Sioux) Native Americans. This set the stage for bloody conflict, during the Grant administration when the "peace policy" with Native American tribes involved forcibly settling them on reservations, and the federal Indian Bureau was horrendously corrupt. Notes, a bibliography, and an index round out this expertly researched yet thoroughly accessible historical chronicle. Thieves' Road brings the dark and greedy side of American history to vivid life, and is highly recommended especially for public and college library collections.

To Become an American
Leslie A. Hahner
Michigan State University Press
1405 South Harrison Road, Suite 25, East Lansing, MI 48823-5245
http://msupress.org
9781611862539, $39.95, PB, 280pp, www.amazon.com

Pledging allegiance, singing the "Star-Spangled Banner", wearing a flag pin -- these are all symbolic markers of modern patriotism, emblems that announce the devotion of American citizens to their country. Most of these nationalistic performances were formulized during the early twentieth century and driven to new heights by the panic surrounding national identity during World War I. In "To Become an American: Immigrants and Americanization Campaigns of the Early Twentieth Century", Leslie A. Hahner ( Associate Professor of Communication at Baylor University) argues that, in part, the Americanization movement engendered the transformation of patriotism during this period. Americanization was a massive campaign designed to fashion immigrants into perfect Americans, that is, those who would be loyal in word, deed, and heart. The larger outcome of this widespread movement was a dramatic shift in the nation's understanding of Americanism. Employing a rhetorical lens to analyze the visual and aesthetic practices of Americanization, Professor Hahner contends that Americanization not only tutored students in the practices of citizenship but also created a normative visual metric that modified how Americans would come to understand, interpret, and judge their own patriotism and that of others. An original work of seminal scholarship, "To Become an American" is enhanced for academia with the inclusion of forty-eight pages of Notes, a twenty-eight page Bibliography, and a nine page Index. While unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academics, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "To Become an American" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $31.95).


The World History Shelf

The Everyday Life of the Templars
Helen J. Nicholson
Fonthill Media
c/o Casemate
1940 Lawrence Road, Havertown, PA 19083
www.casematepublishers.com
9781781553732, $32.95, HC, 192pp, www.amazon.com

The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon, also known as the Order of Solomon's Temple, the Knights Templar or simply as Templars, were a Catholic military order recognized in 1139 by papal bull Omne Datum Optimum of the Holy See. The order was founded in 1119 and active from about 1129 to 1312. The Knights Templar did not write about themselves, or keep diaries. However, the records of the Templars' estates tell us how they lived -- from the buildings they lived in and their furnishings, to the books and ornaments in their chapels, and their clothes and crockery. These early fourteenth-century records tell us about the men and women who worked for the Templars on their lands and in their houses, their tenants, and the people who owed them money. We can see what animals they kept, from fine warhorses to hard-working plough animals, alongside cattle, pigs, and vast flocks of sheep. Drawing on these records, along with archaeological evidence and the Templars' own regulations, "The Everyday Life of the Templars: The Knights Templar at Home" by Helen J. Nicholson (who teaches at the University of Cardiff and is a leading international researcher on the history of the Knights Templar) sets out to reconstruct how the Templars lived from day to day, in both the Middle East and Western Europe. The result is a fascinating insight into the everyday lives of these pious men, who were not powerful nobles or churchmen, yet held great influence in medieval Europe. An impressively informative and seminal work of compelling scholarship, "The Everyday Life of the Templars" is unreservedly recommended for personal, community, and academic library History Collections in general, and Knights Templar supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

Bethlehem: Biography of a Town
Nicholas Blincoe
Nation Books
c/o Perseus Book Group
250 W. 57th St., Suite 1500, New York, NY 10107
www.nationbooks.org
9781568585833, $28.00, HC, 288pp, www.amazon.com

Bethlehem is so suffused with history and myth that it feels like an unreal city even to those who call it home. For many, Bethlehem remains the little town at the edge of the desert described in Biblical accounts. Today, the city is hemmed in by a wall and surrounded by forty-one Israeli settlements and hostile settlers and soldiers. In the pages of "Bethlehem: Biography of a Town", novelist, playwright, and screenwriter Nicholas Blincoe tells the town's history through the visceral experience of living there, taking his readers through its stone streets and desert wadis, its monasteries, aqueducts, and orchards to show the city from every angle and era. Blincoe's portrait of Bethlehem sheds light on one of the world's most intractable political problems, and he maintains that if the long thread winding back to the city's ancient past is severed, the chances of an end to the Palestine-Israel conflict will be lost with it. An impressively informative and inherently fascinating read from cover to cover, "Bethlehem: Biography of a Town" is an extraordinary and exceptionally well written, organized and presented history -- and one that is unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Bethlehem: Biography of a Town" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $16.99).


The Civil War Shelf

Turning Points of the American Civil War
Edited by Chris Mackowski and Kristopher D. White
Southern Illinois University Press
1915 University Press Drive, SIUC Mail Code 6806, Carbondale, IL 62901
www.siupress.com
9780809336210 $24.50 pbk
9780809336227 $24.50 ebook amazon.com

Turning Points of the American Civil War is an anthology of scholarly essays by assorted authors examining multiple points that shifted the course of the American Civil War, such as the Confederate victory at Chancellorsville, the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Federal victory at Vicksburg, and the 1864 presidential election. Individual writings include "'Oh, I Am Heartily Tired of Hearing about What Lee Is Going to Do': Ulysses S. Grant in the Wilderness" and "'Far Better in the Present Emergency': John Bell Hood Replaces Joseph E. Johnston", and more. Edited by the co-founders of Emerging Civil War, a public history-oriented platform for sharing original scholarship about the American Civil War, Turning Points of the American Civil War is studiously researched, yet accessible to readers of all backgrounds. An index rounds out this excellent contribution to public and college library Civil War collections.

Under the Crescent Moon with the XI Corps in the Civil War
James S. Pula
Savas Beatie
PO Box 4527, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
www.savasbeatie.com
9781611213379, $34.95, HC, 312pp, www.amazon.com

The XI Corps served in the Army of the Potomac for just twelve months (September 1862-August 1863), during which it played a pivotal role in the critical battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Thereafter, the corps hastened westward to reinforce a Union army in besieged Chattanooga, and marched through brutal December weather without adequate clothing, shoes, or provisions to help rescue a second Northern army under siege in Knoxville, Tennessee. Despite its sacrifices in the Eastern campaigns and successes in Tennessee, the reputation of the XI Corps is one of cowardice and failure. James S. Pula sets the record straight in his two-volume study Under the Crescent Moon: The XI Corps in the American Civil War, 1862-1864. "Under the Crescent Moon: From the Defenses of Washington to Chancellorsville, 1862-1863" draws extensively on primary sources and allows the participants to speak directly to readers. The result is a comprehensive personalized portrait of the men who fought in the "unlucky" XI Corps, from the difficulties it faced to the accomplishments it earned. As the author demonstrates time and again, the men of the XI Corps were good soldiers unworthy of the stigma that has haunted them to this day. A long overdue study, "Under the Crescent Moon with the XI Corps in the Civil War: From the Defenses of Washington to Chancellorsville, 1862-1863" by James S. Pula (Professor of History at Purdue University Northwest) will stand as the definitive history of the XI Corps. While unreservedly recommended as an essential addition to both community and academic library American Civil War collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated Civil War buffs that "Under the Crescent Moon with the XI Corps in the Civil War: From the Defenses of Washington to Chancellorsville, 1862-1863" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $20.97).

William Edmondson "Grumble" Jones
James Buchanan Ballard
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
www.mcfarlandpub.com
9781476670768, $39.95, PB, 294pp, www.amazon.com

William Edmondson "Grumble" Jones (May 3, 1824 - June 5, 1864) stands among the most notable Southwest Virginians to fight in the American Civil War. The Washington County native graduated from Emory & Henry College and West Point. As a lieutenant in the "Old Army" between service in Oregon and Texas, he watched helplessly as his wife drowned during the wreck of the steamship Independence. He resigned his commission in 1857. Resuming his military career as a Confederate officer, he mentored the legendary John Singleton Mosby. His many battles included a clash with George Armstrong Custer near Gettysburg. An internal dispute with his commanding general, J.E.B. Stuart, resulted in Jones's court-martial conviction in 1863. Following a series of campaigns in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, he returned to the Shenandoah Valley and died in battle in 1864, leaving a mixed legacy. Being resurrected from an undeserved obscurity for a new generation of appreciative Civil War buffs, "William Edmondson "Grumble" Jones: The Life of a Cantankerous Confederate" by Civil War historian and biographer James Buchanan Ballard is unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university library American Civil War History collections and supplemental studies lists. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academics, and Civil War buffs that "William Edmondson "Grumble" Jones: The Life of a Cantankerous Confederate" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).


The Fiction Shelf

Wendell Berry Port William Novels & Stories: The Civil War to World War II
Jack Shoemaker, editor
The Library of America
14 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022
www.loa.org
9781598535549 $40.00 amazon.com

Part of the "Library of America" series immortalizing illustrious works in convenient hardbound form, Wendell Berry Port William Novels & Stories: The Civil War to World War II is an anthology of classic novels and stories by American poet, farmer, activist, and novelist Wendell Berry. His tales set in Port William, Kentucky have threaded history from the Civil War to the present, and are populated with generations of families. Wendell Berry Port William Novels & Stories: The Civil War to World War II is a satisfying literary compilation, rich in depth, and memorable characters. A chronology with notes on the texts rounds out this excellent anthology, highly recommended for personal or public library literary classics shelves.

Doting
Henry Green
NYRB Classics
c/o New York Review of Books
435 Hudson Street, Suite 300, New York, NY 10014
www.nybooks.com
9781681371412, $14.00, PB, 208pp, www.amazon.com

Henry Green was the pen name of Henry Vincent Yorke (29 October 1905 - 13 December 1973), an English author best remembered for the novels Party Going, Living and Loving. He published a total of nine novels between 1926 and 1952. "Doting" was the last of Henry Green's novels, and as its title would suggest, a story of yearning and lusting and aging in which a wife and a brash young woman run hilarious circles around a hapless hardworking civil servant suddenly seized by long-dormant urges. "Doting" stands out from the rest of Green's work in its brilliant, experimental use of dialogue. Green was fascinated with the extravagance, ambiguity, absurdity, and unintentional implications and consequences of everyday human communication, and in "Doting" language slips and slides the better to reveal the absurdity and persistence of love and desire, exciting laughter while troubling the heart. An inherently fascinating and engaging read from cover to cover, "Doting" is unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Literary Fiction collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Doting" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.99).

The Duel And Colonel Chabert
Joseph Conrad & Honore de Balzac
Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
www.ulverscroftusa.com
9781444834772, $32.50, PB, Large Print, 270pp, www.amazon.com

Joseph Conrad's "The Duel" is the story of Lieutenant D'Hubert, who is sent to arrest Lieutenant Feraud for wounding a civilian in a duel, Feraud truculently insists on fighting the other officer, thereby sparking a deadly feud between the two Hussars which will erupt in recurrent duels across many miles and many years "Colonel Chabert" by Honore de Balzac find that the japes of the law-clerks in the office of M. Derville are interrupted by the arrival of an old man in a tattered box-coat, seeking the attorney. He claims he is Chabert -- the brave cavalry Colonel, beloved by Napoleon, who was presumed slain at Eylau. And he wants M. Derville to win back the money and honor stolen away from him. Now in a large print edition, "The Duel And Colonel Chabert" bring both of these short story literary classics back into print for the appreciative benefit of readers requiring this particular format. Indeed, this simply outstanding edition of "The Duel And Colonel Chabert" is unreservedly recommended for both personal reading lists and community library Literary Fiction collections.

Wishes Can Come True
Angela Britnell
Linford Romance Library
Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
www.ulverscroftusa.com
9781444834703, $20.98, PB, Large Print, 288pp, www.amazon.com

Meg Harper is shocked when the man she knows as Lucca Raffaele, who stood her up in Italy the previous summer, arrives to stay at her family home in Tennessee -- this time calling himself her step-cousin and using the name of Jago Merryn. Jago is there to acquire a local barbecue business, but discovering the woman who came close to winning his heart is only one of the surprises in store for him. Can they move past their mistrust and seize a second chance for their wishes to come true? In "Wishes Can Come True" author Angela Britnell has crafted a wonderfully entertaining romance complete with unexpected twisted and turns ultimately leading to an inherently entertaining conclusion. This large print edition from the Linford Romance Library collection "Wishes Can Come True" will prove to be a very popular addition to both personal reading lists and community library Contemporary Romance Fiction collections.

Bill Riley's Head
Douglas Hirt
Five Star Books
10 Water Street, Suite 310, Waterville, ME 04901
http://gale.cengage.com/fivestar
9781432838171, $25.95, HC, 233pp, www.amazon.com

"Bill Riley's Head" finds bounty hunter T. J. Ragland riding across the bleak Dakota Territory carrying the head of Bill Riley in a gunny sack, bound for Fort Leavenworth where a three-thousand-dollar bounty reward awaits him. Reaching the sorry little town of Bend City, tucked into a wide bend in the Missouri River, Ragland intends to catch a riverboat to Fort Leavenworth. Due to some poor decisions, Bill Riley's head is stolen. Marshal Bethany Bulger is a no-nonsense sort of woman who would like nothing better than for Ragland to leave town. Ragland finds this curious until he discovers that Bethany and some other folks are neck deep in insurance fraud. Throw in a drunken Indian, an undercover Pinkerton's detective, foreign agents, and murder, and Ragland quickly discovers a lot more is happening in Bend City than its sleepy appearance suggests. With his genuine knack for writing action/adventure western novels, author Douglas Hirt has produced yet another riveting read that will be fully appreciated by all dedicated western buffs. While unreservedly recommended, especially for community library Western Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Bill Riley's Head" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.99).

Bullet Catch Showdown
I. J. Parnham
Linford Western Library
Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
www.ulverscroftusa.com
9781444834888, $20.99, PB, Large Print, 232pp, www.amazon.com

Stage magician Malachi Muldoon is the world's most dangerous practitioner of the arcane arts with his performance of the notorious and potentially lethal bullet catch. His show in Bear Creek draws the interest of Adam Clements and Deputy Hayward Knight. While Clements is keen to join Malachi on stage and become part of his act, Hayward is out to try and solve a mystery: it seems that, wherever Malachi Muldoon performs, a trail of bodies is left behind. A 'Black Horse Western' by an impressively skilled storyteller, I. J. Parnahm seamlessly blendes a murder mystery with key elements of an action/adventure western adventure. The result is an original and purely entertaining read from beginning to end and one that is unreservedly recommended for both personal reading lists and community library Western Fiction collections.

Riding For Justice
Ben Bridges
Linford Western Library
Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
www.ulverscroftusa.com
9781444834482, $20.99, PB, Large Print, www.amazon.com

The mining town of King Creek sits in the heart of the Nevada goldfields. It has no law to speak of but Stover's Law -- ruthlessly enforced by one greedy woman, her three callous sons, and a dozen hired gunmen. The Stover family is systematically fleecing the townsfolk of everything they have, with anyone standing in their way either bought off - or killed off. In desperation, Pearl Denton turns to her old friend, legendary town-tamer Sam Judge, for help. "Riding For Justice" by Ben Bridges is another compelling and deftly crafted action/adventure western by a master of the genre -- and this large print edition is certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library Western Fiction collections in general, and the personal reading lists of dedicated western fans in particular.


The Social Issues Shelf

Containing Addiction
Matthew R. Pembleton
University of Massachusetts Press
PO Box 429, Amherst, MA 01004
www.umass.edu/umpress
9781625343154, $90.00, HC, 336pp, www.amazon.com

The story of America's "War on Drugs" usually begins with Richard Nixon or Ronald Reagan. In "Containing Addiction: The Federal Bureau of Narcotics and the Origins of America's Global Drug War" by Matthew R. Pembleton (a writer and historian based in the Washington, DC region who also teaches at American University), argues that its origins instead lie in the years following World War II, when the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (the country's first drug control agency, established in 1930) began to depict drug control as a paramilitary conflict and sent agents abroad to disrupt the flow of drugs to American shores. U.S. policymakers had long viewed addiction and organized crime as profound domestic and trans-national threats. Yet World War II presented new opportunities to implement drug control on a global scale. Skeptical of public health efforts to address demand, the Federal Bureau of Narcotics believed that reducing the global supply of drugs was the only way to contain the spread of addiction. In effect, America applied a foreign policy solution to a domestic social crisis, demonstrating how consistently policymakers have assumed that security at home can only be achieved through hegemony abroad. The result is a drug war that persists into the present day. With the dramatic and horrific rise of opioid addition in this country it is useful in assessing America's drug policies to be aware of the political and social history the first created and then reinforced a 'war on drugs' mentality, policy, and consequences. A seminal work of outstanding researched-based social policy history, "Containing Addiction" is an impressively informed and informative study that is unreservedly recommended for governmental, community and academic library Social Issues collections in general, and Federal Drug Policy supplemental studies lists in particular. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academics, governmental policy makers, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Containing Addiction" is also available in a paperback edition (9781625343161, $36.95).

Stand Up to Stigma
Pernessa C. Seele
Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc.
1333 Broadway, Suite 1000, Oakland CA, 94612
www.bkconnection.com
9781626569379, $17.95, PB, 168pp, www.amazon.com

Stigma is a mark of disgrace or infamy; a stain or reproach, as on one's reputation. A simple two-syllable word, it carries the weight of negative and often unfair beliefs that we hold about those who are different from us. Stigmas lock people into stereotyped boxes and deny us all the right to be our authentic and whole selves. Dr. Pernessa Seele is a longtime public health activist who started one of the first AIDS education programs in the 1980s, has crafted a proven method to address stigma. "Stand Up to Stigma: How We Reject Fear and Shame" is powerful presentation in which Dr. Seele confronts stereotype development, shows how to undo the processes and effects of stigma, and explains how we can radically change cultural thinking on the individual, interpersonal, and societal levels to put an end to stigmatization once and for all. With a deftly crafted message that is both timely and timeless, "Stand Up to Stigma" is an impressively useful contribution to our current national dialogue and should be a part of every community and academic library collection. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Stand Up to Stigma" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $17.95) and is also available as a complete and unabridged audio book (Dreamscape Audio, 9781520082240, $29.99, CD).

Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation
Dr. Renate Klein
Spinifex Press
www.spinifexpress.com.au
9781925581034 $19.95 pbk / $8.69 Kindle amazon.com

Author Dr. Renate Klein, a co-founder of FINRRAGE (Feminist International Network of Resistance to Reproductive and Genetic Engineering), makes a firm case for why legal surrogacy and its associated fertility industries are morally unconscionable. Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation fiercely criticizes the practice of surrogacy - that is, having a woman carry and give birth to a baby, in order to serve the reproductive needs of another person or persons, who will become the child's parent(s). Both "commercial surrogacy", where the surrogate mother is paid, and "altruistic surrogacy", where the surrogate mother is not compensated, are subject to the harshest scrutiny. Modern IVF technology has made it possible for surrogate mothers to carry children that are not genetically related to them, but the process of pregnancy is not so easily distanced or sanitized. Surrogate pregnancy (which almost always ends in Cesarian section) has serious risks to the physical and mental health of the surrogate, and if the unborn child is found to be defective it is usually aborted. The practice of surrogacy, Dr. Renate Klein argues, is abhorrent because it commodifies women's bodies (much like prostitution), pushes impoverished and vulnerable women to be used for money, risks harm to the surrogate (there have been recorded cases where the surrogate died), ignores the emotional bond between a pregnant woman and her developing child (regardless of whether they share genes), and deprives the baby of the right to be raised by its birth mother. Regardless of the reader's personal stance on the matter, Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation deserves extended study and discussion, and is highly recommended for social issues shelves.


The Jewelry Shelf

Rings
Rachel Church
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110-0017
www.thamesandhudsonusa.com
9780500519745, $24.95, HC, 160pp, www.amazon.com

Rings are perhaps our most personal and evocative pieces of jewelry, bought for special occasions but worn every day. A symbol of love or a fashion accessory, a sign of commitment, status, or wealth, rings may mark weddings, remember the dead, or act as a visual sign of devotion to one's faith. From sculptural gem-set bands worn in medieval times to Art Deco masterpieces, dramatic gemstone "rocks" of the 1950s, and innovative works of art created by contemporary jewelers, rings have appeared on our fingers for hundreds of years. Beautifully illustrated and exceptionally informative, "Rings" by Rachel Church (Curator in the Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics, and Glass Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, with a special responsibility for their Rings collection) deftly narrates the evolution of ring design from 1200 to the present day, offering a unique account of this highly popular accessory. After a general introduction, chronological chapters feature 200 varied illustrations, from period paintings and sketches to special photography of key pieces. Of special note is the inclusion of a detailed bibliography, a glossary, and an index. An inspiring, impeccably researched, and concise history, "Rings" is an ideal visual and narrative resource for students, jewelry designers, and anyone with an interest in the history of jewelry and fashion. While unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library 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 "Rings" is also available in a paperback edition (Victoria & Albert, 9781851777853, $16.95).


The Health/Medicine Shelf

Vanishing Bone
William H. Harris
Oxford University Press
198 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016-4314
www.oup.com/us
9780190687762, $21.95, HC, 248pp, www.amazon.com

When dozens of holes appeared in a patient's femur alongside his hip prosthesis, experts were baffled as such a phenomenon had never been seen before. Over the first four decades of total hip surgery, the severe bone destruction multiplied, crippling many thousands of patients. Eventually identified as "periprosthetic osteolysis", this devastating disease affected over 1 million patients and was the leading cause of failure in total hip surgery. While total hip surgery dramatically reversed severe arthritis of the hip, the same operation simultaneously created a relentless 'particle generator' in the body. Ironically, in the effort to do good, doctors were simultaneously doing major harm. In "Vanishing Bone: Conquering a Stealth Disease Caused by Total Hip Replacements", Dr. William H. Harris (Alan Gerry Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Emeritus at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts) takes readers on a detective adventure in contemporary medical science, from the identification of the cause of the disease through the complex process of affecting its cure. Dr. Harris and his colleagues played an important role in solving the mystery of this disease, pointing to its molecular biology, recognizing the unusual wear of the prostheses, and ultimately developing a new material for use in the manufacture of hip implants. With more than 6 million people walking on this stable, low-wear material, the disease has been virtually eliminated among those with total hip replacements worldwide. Diseases are rarely observed, revealed, and eliminated in one lifetime. "Vanishing Bone" tells the informative and inherently fascinating story of one such disease through an engaging account of scientific and medical innovation. While unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Health/Medicine collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Vanishing Bone" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99).


The Psychology Shelf

Research In Rehabilitation Counseling, third edition
Phillip D. Rumrill, Jr. & James l. Bellini
Charles C. Thomas, Publisher
2600 South First Street, Springfield, IL 62704
http://www.ccthomas.com
9780398091996, $49.95, PB, 358pp, www.amazon.com

Now in a newly updated, revised and expanded third edition, "Research In Rehabilitation Counseling" by Phillip D. Rumrill, Jr. (School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences, Kent State University) and James L. Bellini (Department of Counseling and Human Services, Syracuse University) provides a complete course of instruction in the basics that researchers and academics would need to begin conducting a research investigation in the field of psychological counseling. "Research In Rehabilitation Counseling" was written as a primary text for graduate level students and practitioners concerning the role of research in contemporary rehabilitation counseling. "Research In Rehabilitation Counseling" provides a comprehensive overview of the philosophical, ethical, methodological, and analytic fundamentals of social science research, as well as to specify aspects of rehabilitation research that distinguish it from scientific inquiry in other helping professions. This new third edition of "Research In Rehabilitation Counseling" has been thoroughly revised to accurately reflect the variation and wealth of research methodologies used in contemporary rehabilitation counseling research more than 300 new references have been added. Most of the research examples cited were published in peer-reviewed rehabilitation counseling journals over the past decade, and these examples represent the current status of research methods as well as the most relevant contemporary topic areas of research and scholarship in the field. Accordingly, "Research In Rehabilitation Counseling" may be used both as a research textbook and as a general introduction to the current scholarship. Because "Research In Rehabilitation Counseling" was written as an introductory research methods textbook for graduate students in rehabilitation counseling, it's primary focus is on the role of readers as professional consumers of rehabilitation research. Unreservedly recommended for college and university library Psychology/Psychiatry collections and supplemental studies reading lists, "Research In Rehabilitation Counseling" will prove to be an invaluable resource for counselors, administrators, policymakers, educators, researchers, people with disabilities, consumer advocates, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject.


The Technology Shelf

Advanced Electromagnetic Computation, second edition
Dikshitulu K. Kalluri
CRC Press
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300, Boca Raton, FL 33487
www.crcpress.com
9781498733403, $129.95, HC, 376pp, www.amazon.com

Now in a fully updated and significantly expanded second edition, "Advanced Electromagnetic Computation" by Dikshitulu K. Kalluri (Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell) discusses commercial electromagnetic software. Algorithms of Finite Differences, Moment method, Finite Element method and Finite Difference Time Domain method are each informatively illustrated in the pages of "Advanced Electromagnetic Computation". Hand-computed simple examples and MATLAB-coded examples are used to explain the concepts behind the algorithms. Case studies of practical examples from transmission lines, waveguides, and electrostatic problems are given so students are able to develop the code and solve the problems. Two new chapters have been added to this new second edition of "Advanced Electromagnetic Computation" including advanced methods based on perturbation techniques and three dimensional finite element examples from radiation scattering are included. Profusely illustrated and exceptionally organized and presented, "Advanced Electromagnetic Computation" is an ideal textbook and unreservedly recommended for technical college and university library Electromagnetic Technology collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students that "Advanced Electromagnetic Computation" is also available in a digital book format (eTextbook, $109.39). Also very highly recommended is the companion textbook by Professor Kalluri, "Principles of Electromagnetic Waves and Materials: 2nd Edition" (9781498733298, $129.95 HC / $109.39 Kindle, 670pp).

Interference and Resource Management in Heterogeneous Wireless Networks
Jiandong Li, Min Sheng, Xuun Wang; Hongguang Sun
Artech House
685 Canton Street, Norwood, MA 02062
www.artechhouse.com
9781630813406, $139.00, HC, 224pp, www.amazon.com

Jiandong Li is a vice president and professor at Xidian University, Xi an China. Min Sheng is currently a professor at the Broadband Wireless Communications Laboratory at the School of Telecommunications Engineering, Xidian University, Xi an China. Xijun Wang is an associate professor in the School of Telecommunications Engineering, Xidian University, Xi an China. Hongguang Sun is currently a lecturer with the school of telecommunications Engineering, Xidian University, Xi an China. Together the have effectively collaborated to publish "Interference and Resource Management in Heterogeneous Wireless Networks" as an authoritative resource offering a comprehensive overview of heterogeneous wireless networks, small cells, and device-to-device (D2D) communications. A comprehensive textbook, "Interference and Resource Management in Heterogeneous Wireless Networks" provides definitive insight into network modeling and performance analysis of heterogeneous wireless networks. Interference management framework and design issues are covered as well as details about resource mobility, channel models, and typical and statistical interference modeling. A comprehensive and accessibly organized resource "Interference and Resource Management in Heterogeneous Wireless Networks" explains leveraging resource heterogeneity in interference mitigation and presents the challenges and feasible solutions for concurrent transmission. Moreover, complete coverage of interference alignment in MIMO heterogeneous networks for both downlink and uplink is presented. "Interference and Resource Management in Heterogeneous Wireless Networks" provides performance results for an ideal partially connected interference network as well as a practical heterogeneous network. Students and technicians will find practical guidance for LTE and LTE-Advanced as well as 5G in this resource. New techniques and designs for heterogeneous wireless networks are included as well. "Interference and Resource Management in Heterogeneous Wireless Networks" is unreservedly recommended for professional and academic library Wireless Network Technology collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

Audio Production Basics with Pro Tools First
Frank D. Cook & Eric Kuehnl
Hal Leonard
c/o Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing
PO Box 13819, Milwaukee, WI 53213
www.halleonardbooks.com
9781495095580, $24.99, PB, 304pp, www.amazon.com

The collaborative project of Frank D. Cook (President of NextPoint Training, Inc., a Pro Tools Author, an Avid Master Instructor, and an Adjunct Professor at Sacramento City College and American River College in Sacramento, California) and Eric Kuehnl (Director of Partner Programs at NextPoint Training, Inc., an Avid Master Instructor, and Co-Director of the Music Technology Program at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California) "Audio Production Basics with Pro Tools First" is an exceptionally well written instruction manual that teaches the basics of composing, recording, editing, mixing, and processing audio using the free Pro Tools ! First software. Specifically designed for the beginner in digital audio, "Audio Production Basics with Pro Tools First" offers a first step for aspiring audio engineers, new media professionals, and anyone else seeking better results for their audio endeavors. "Audio Production Basics with Pro Tools First" covers basic computer and digital audio workstation concepts, audio and MIDI recording techniques, the Pro Tools user interface, techniques for selecting and navigating, fundamentals of mixing and signal processing, and options for creating a stereo bounce. Of special note are the power tips going beyond the basics using many of the same tools the pros use to unleash the true power of this award-winning technology. Including online media resourced, "Audio Production Basics with Pro Tools First" is unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library Music Technology instructional reference collections.


The Economic Studies Shelf

The Age of Monopoly Capital
Nicholas Baran & John Bellamy Foster
Monthly Review Press
134 W. 29th Street, Suite 706, New York, NY 10001
www.monthlyreview.org
9781583676523, $59.00, HC, 544pp, www.amazon.com

Paul A. Baran and Paul M. Sweezy were two of the leading Marxist economists of the twentieth century. Their seminal work, "Monopoly Capital: An Essay on the American Economic and Social Order" (published in 1966, some two years after Baran's death), was in many respects the culmination of fifteen years of correspondence between the two, from 1949 to 1964. During those years, Baran, a professor of economics at Stanford, and Sweezy, a former professor of economics at Harvard, then co-editing Monthly Review in New York City, were separated by three thousand miles. Their intellectual collaboration required that they write letters to one another frequently and, in the years closer to 1964, almost daily. Their surviving correspondence consists of some one thousand letters. The letters selected for inclusion into "The Age of Monopoly Capital" span from 1949 to 1964 and illuminate not only the development of the political economy that was to form the basis of Monopoly Capital, but also the historical context (the McCarthy Era, the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis) in which these thinkers were forced to struggle. Not since Marx and Engels carried on their epistolary correspondence has there has been a collection of letters offering such a detailed look at the making of a prescient critique of political economy -- and at the historical conditions from which that critique was formed. Informative, insightful, unique, "The Age of Monopoly Capital" is enhanced for academia with the inclusion of a Chronology, a Bibliography, a Glossary of Names, and an Index, making it an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and academic library Economics collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists of economics students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Age of Monopoly Capital" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $59.00).


The Graphic Novel Shelf

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World
Debbie Tung
Andrews McMeel Publishing
1130 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO 64106-2109
www.andrewsmcmeel.com
9781449486068 $14.99 pbk / $8.99 Kindle amazon.com

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story is a black-and-white memoir in graphic novel format, by author Debbie Tung, a cartoonist and illustrator based in England. Her comics are about the trials and travails of navigating a world where everyone is expected to be gregarious and social, when she is naturally a book-loving introvert who needs quiet and personal space. "My outer self: Calm, cheerful, friendly, and easygoing. My inner self: A mixture of frustration, insanity, and dying on the inside." Quiet Girl in a Noisy World is charming, insightful, and highly recommended for public library collections and personal reading lists.

Out of the Woods: A Journey Through Depression and Anxiety
Brent Williams, author
Korkut Oztekin, illustrator
Educational Resources Ltd
www.edresources.co.nz
9780473390068, $27.95, HC, 160pp, www.amazon.com

Presented in a graphic novel format by author Brent Williams and illustrator Korkut Oztekin' "Out of the Woods: A Journey Through Depression and Anxiety" is intended to help people understand and overcome depression and anxiety. It is the Brent Williams personal story told entirely through Korkut Oztekin's 700 beautifully hand drawn watercolor illustrations. "Out of the Woods" is an immensely practical guide for sufferers, their loved ones, and professionals working in the area too. Featuring a graphic memoir format that blends a compelling personal story with the latest medical research, "Out of the Woods" is ideal for people who are in the depths of depression and struggling to read and take on board information. "Out of the Woods" doesn't pretend there is a quick way out of these illnesses, but instead encourages people to make small steps to slowly build their own lasting recoveries. An inspiring story that will give vital information and hope to many people, "Out of the Woods" is a unique, effective, insightful, life altering read that is unreservedly recommended for personal reading lists, as well as counseling center, community, and academic library Psychology/Psychiatry collections and supplemental studies reading lists.


The Audiobook Shelf

Hacks
Donna Brazile
Hachette Audio
1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10104
www.HachetteAudio.com
9781478999591 $35.00 amazon.com

Now in an unabridged audiobook edition that includes a PDF of supplemental material, Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House lives up to its title as an insider account of how Russian hacking of the DNC and blunders perpetrated by the Clinton campaign and the Obama administration paved the way for Donald Trump's presidential victory. Author Donna Brazile, a longtime Democratic strategist known for her problem-solving talents, guides the reader through the brash, utterly unprecedented, and ultimately unpunished efforts of a foreign power to meddle in American elections. How much of Trump's victory was due to Russian hacking and how much was due to American voters' distaste for Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton may never be known for certain, but Hacks is disturbing no matter where one stands on politics. Highly recommended, especially for personal and public library audiobook collections. 8 CDs, 8.5 hours.

Between Silk and Cyanide
Leo Marks, author
Eric Martin, narrator
Tantor Media, Inc.
6 Business Park Road, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
www.tantor.com
B077D352LC, $59.99, CD, www.amazon.com

In 1942, Leo Marks left his father's famous bookshop, 84 Charing Cross Road, and went off to fight the war. He was twenty-two. Soon recognized as a cryptographer of genius, he became head of communications at the Special Operations Executive (SOE), where he revolutionized the code making techniques of the Allies and trained some of the most famous agents dropped into occupied Europe, including "the White Rabbit" and Violette Szabo. As a top code maker, Marks had a unique perspective on one of the most fascinating and, relatively little-known military espionage aspects of the Second World War. "Between Silk and Cyanide: A Codemaker's War, 1941-1945" is an inherently fascinating and impressively informative memoir of the man who transformed code-making and code-breaking for the Special Operations Executive in World War Two, and who after the war went on to become an award-winning scriptwriter. Deftly narrated by Eric Martin, this audio book edition is complete and unabridged, as well as featuring in the form of a bonus supplemental material in a printable PDF format. Very highly recommended, especially for community library audio book collections, "Between Silk and Cyanide: A Codemaker's War, 1941-1945" is comprised of 18 CDs, with a running time of 20 hours and 35 minutes.

Supernormal
Meg Jay, PhD
Read by the author
Hachette Audio
1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10104
9781478993865 $30.00 www.HachetteAudio.com

Supernormal: The Untold Story of Adversity and Resilience is the unabridged audiobook rendition of clinical psychologist Meg Jay's examination of the fundamental question - how do those who endure trauma growing up adapt and build a productive life? And how does it feel to overcome the adversity of childhood suffering? As many as 75% of us may encounter harsh, life- changing events in childhood, from severe bullying to the death of a parent, divorce, alcoholism or drug abuse in the family, the imprisonment of a parent, or other ills, making those who weather childhood tragedies "supernormal". Thoroughly accessible to readers of all backgrounds, Supernormal is insightful, thought-provoking, and highly recommended. 8 CDs, 10 hours.

The Dog's Last Walk (And Other Pieces)
Howard Jacobson
Narrated by the author
Recorded Books, LLC
270 Skip Jack Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
9781501977473 $TBA www.recordedbooks.com

The Dog's Last Walk (And Other Pieces) is an unabridged audiobook rendition of award-winning British novelist and journalist Howard Jacobson's collected newspaper pieces, originally written for the "Independent", an English periodical that ceased in 2016. Here are reflections upon all matters of life - intimacy, gossip, politics, respectable manners, and much more. Read aloud by the author with a dry sense of humor and captivating insight, The Dog's Last Walk is highly recommended for public library audiobook collections and personal listening. 9 CDs, 10.5 hours.

Ever Yours, Oscar
Oscar Wilde, author
Peter Wylde, compiled
Brian Bedford, narrator
L.A. Theatre Works
681 Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291
www.latw.org
9781682660607, $29.95, CD, www.amazon.com

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 - 30 November 1900) was an Irish poet and playwright. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. He was imprisoned for homosexuality and after his eventual release moved to spend his last years in France. Compiled by Peter Whylde and skillfully narrated by Brian Bedford, "Ever Yours, Oscar" is comprised of excepts from letters and editorials by Oscar Wilde that reveal little-known aspects of the man whose timeless works range from The Picture of Dorian Gray to The Importance of Being Earnest. Inherently fascinating, emotionally moving, this audio book production offers a flawless 'theatre of the mind' experience for the listener. Simply stated, "Ever Yours, Oscar" is decidedly and unreservedly recommended for personal, community, and academic library audio book collections. (1 Hour 6 Minutes).


The Library CD Shelf

Spirit Wheel
Terra Guitarra
www.terraguitarra.com
Privately Published
$15.00 CD / $9.49 MP3 amazon.com

The ninth album by acoustic guitar duo Terra Guitarra (lead guitarist and composer Bruce Hecksel and his partner Julie Patchouli), Spirit Wheel features all original songs with a combination of acoustic and rhythm-guitar playing, as well as additional instrumentation from bass, drums, and hand percussion played by both members. Keyboards and wood flutes in four songs further accentuate the dreamy, immersive tracks conducive to reflection, meditation, and creativity. Spirit Wheel is a joy to experience, highly recommended. The tracks are "Autumn's Breath" (4:57), "Ambrosia" (6:43), "Daydream" (5:45), "Spirit Wheel" (6:06), "Lemuria (7:09), "Palamino" (5:55), "Cloud Caravan" (6:17), "Mountain Lake" (6:15), "Oriel" (6:50), and "Zephyr" (8:06).

Let There Be Light
Tom Moore and Sherry Finzer
senseofpurposecommunications.com
sherryfinzer.com
Heart Dance Recordings
$14.99 CD / $8.91 MP3 amazon.com

Multi-instrumentalist Tom Moore and award-winning New Age flutist Sherry Finzer have worked together to release Let There Be Light, a beautiful follow-up album to their previous collaberation of Whispers from Silence. The instrumental music of Let There Be Light resonates with the listener, inspiring creativity, easing stress, and fostering meditative contemplation. A beautiful celebration of "light" in all its meanings and forms, Let There Be Light is highly recommended especially for New Age connoisseurs. The tracks are "The Way of the White Clouds" (6:42), "First Light" (7:03), "Timeless Journey" (6:37), "Full Moon Night" (5:17), "A Celebration of Life" (6:07), "Sacred Ground" (6:01), "Waves of Light" (5:52), "Tides of Time" (5:27) and "A Deeper Light" (5:29). 54 min., 35 sec.


The Library DVD Shelf

The Pulitzer at 100
Directed by Kirk Simon
With Martin Scorsese, et. al.
First Run Features
630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213, New York, NY 10036
$24.95 www.firstrunfeatures.com

Academy Award-winning director Kirk Simon presents The Pulitzer at 100, a documentary about 100 years of the Pulitzer Prize, an annual award honoring achievements in journalism and the arts in the United States. Here are interviews with over a dozen Pulitzer Prize recipients including Toni Morrison, Nicholas Kristof, Paula Vogel, and Thomas Friedman. Threaded through the stories of Pulitzer prizewinners is the history of the man who created the Pulitzer prize, Joseph Pulitzer, who first came to America to fight as a mercenary in the Civil War. A fascinating survey of the Pulitzer's role in recognizing excellence over the course of a century, The Pulitzer at 100 is especially recommended for public and college library DVD collections. 91 min.

Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe
A film by Maria Schrader
First Run Features
630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213, New York, NY 10036
$24.95 www.firstrunfeatures.com

Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe is a dramatic film based on the true-life story of world-famous Austrian writer Stefan Zweig (1881-1942). As a Jewish intellectual, he was forced into exile by the rise of Nazi Germany. Eventually he emigrated to South America, yet he despaired at the downfall of Europe. Although Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe is not intended to be a documentary, the saga stays close to historical events. Poignant and tragic, Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe is highly recommended for personal and public library DVD collections. 106 minutes; English, German, Portuguese, French, and Spanish languages options; English subtitles.


The Cookbook Shelf

Mix-and-Match Mama Simmers
Shay Shull
Harvest House Publishers
2975 Chad Drive, Eugene, Oregon 97408
www.harvesthousepublishers.com
9780736968980 $14.99 amazon.com

Featuring a full-color photograph illustrating each recipe, Mix-and-Match Mama Simmers: Slow- Cooker Creations Your Family Will Love lives up to its title with delicious recipes that are perfect for that common yet invaluable kitchen countertop appliance, the slow cooker. Individual recipes include "Spinach and Chicken Enchiladas", "Italian Wedding Soup", "Brisket Ranch Sandwiches", "Pulled Pork Tacos", "Gooey Butterscotch Cake" and much more. Mix-and-Match Mama Simmers is enthusiastically recommended for anyone with a slow cooker, as well as for public library cookbook collections.

Eat Dairy Free
Alisa Fleming
BenBella Books
10300 N. Central Expressway, STE 400, Dallas, TX 75204
www.benbellabooks.com
9781944648725, $19.95, PB, 256pp, www.amazon.com

Of special and particular interest for those who are lactose intolerant, "Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets" is a practical collection beautifully showcasing more than 100 satisfying yet nutritious dairy-free recipes. Every bite contains easy-to-find, budget-friendly whole foods, and each dish has been tested and approved by both kids and adults. Completely free of milk, including casein, whey, and lactose, its recipes are safe for those with milk allergies and other dairy-related health issues. And for those with further special diet needs, there are also fully tested gluten-free and egg-free options, as well as many soy- and nut-free dishes. "Eat Dairy Free" even includes menu plans for busy weekdays, make-ahead meals, and entertaining. With thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes for dishes that range from Chocolate Banana Split Muffins; Speedy Skillet Granola parfaits; Chili-Spiced Squash Crescents; and Nacho Pasta; to Garlic Shrimp Scamp with Asparagus; Chinese K-Runch Salad; Black & Blue Berry Crisps; and Elvis Bonbons. Of special note is the section devoted to dressings and vinaigrettes. A truly extraordinary and enduringly popular addition to personal, family, professional, and community library cookbook collections, it should be noted that "Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.69).

The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook
Victoria Moran & J. L. Fields
BenBella Books
10300 N. Central Expressway, STE 400, Dallas, TX 75204
www.benbellabooks.com
9781944648688, $19.95, PB, 256pp, www.amazon.com

For nearly six years, acclaimed author, speaker, podcaster, and Main Street Vegan Academy director, Victoria Moran, has trained individuals to become vegan lifestyle coaches and educators. Now, Victoria has teamed up with one her Academy alums turned faculty member, cookbook author, culinary instructor, and radio host, JL Fields, to bring that very same coaching into the pages of "The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook: Over 100 Plant-Sourced Recipes Plus Practical Tips for the Healthiest, Most Compassionate You". In "The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook", Victoria and JL (along with over a hundred certified vegan lifestyle coaches), provide more than 100 of their favorite plant-sourced recipes ranging from Palm Oil-Free Vegan Buttah; Pepperoni Pizza Puffs; Kale and Portobello Enchiladas; and Brooklyn Barley Stew; to Beefless Goulash; Roasted Vegetable Cheese Bowl; Vegan Golumpkis Lasagna; and Divinely Decadent Chocolate Stout. More than just another vegan cookbook, "The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook" is a complete guide to going vegan, from FAQs, troubleshooting, and menu plans, to inspiration and innovations for navigating the culinary, nutritional, and social landscape of plant-based eating. Beautifully illustrated and thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' in organization and presentation, "The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook is unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, and community library cookbook collections. It should be noted that "The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.69).

The Advanced Art of Baking & Pastry
R. Andrew Chlebana
Wiley
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
www.wiley.com
9781118485750, $102.95, PB, 496pp, www.amazon.com

Upon completing an AAS in Culinary Arts from Joliet Junior College, R. Andrew Chlebana went to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park to study baking and pastry. Andrew began his career working for the Four Seasons Chicago focusing on fine dining desserts. His career has included positions at The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island Grill Room, opening team of the Ritz-Carlton Washington D.C. and Pastry Chef/Corporate Account Manager at Albert Uster Imports, Inc. Andrew has spent the last nine years teaching baking and pastry at Joliet Junior College in Joliet. In "The Advanced Art of Baking & Pastry" he draws upon his years of experience and expertise to create what is essentially an instructional textbook for culinary students wanting to master the arts and skills of baking and of making pastries. "The Advanced Art of Baking & Pastry" covers bread making, viennoiserie, modern pastry techniques, creams and mousses, frozen deserts, cake mixing and baking, assembling cakes, tarts and pies, plated deserts, petits-fours, chocolate and confections, chocolate work, and sugar work. Of special note is the introductory section with essential information of professionalism, food safety, tools and equipment, and key terms. An ideal textbook for culinary school, community, and academic library cookbook collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Advanced Art of Baking & Pastry" is also available in a digital book format (eTextbook, $80.00).


The Architecture Shelf

Architecture and Waste
Hanif Kara, Leire Asensio Villoria, Andreas Georgoulias
Actar D
c/o Actar Publishers
355 Lexington Avenue, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10017
http://actar.com
9781945150050, $44.95, HC, 400pp, www.amazon.com

Architecture and design currently play a minor role in the design and construction of industrial building types, especially waste-to-energy facilities. Through comparing the well-established waste-to-energy industries in Sweden with less established engagements in the northeast of the United States, opportunities and lessons are revealed. "Architecture and Waste: A (Re)planned Obsolescence" presents a refreshed, design-led approach to waste-to-energy (WTE) plants, reflecting work done at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD). Architecture and design currently play a minor role in the design and construction of industrial building types, especially waste-to-energy facilities. Architects have a critically important role to play in integrating waste-to-energy plants physically and programmatically within their urban or suburban contexts, as well as potentially lessening the generally negative perception of energy recovery plants. A meticulous work of scholarship by the architectural team of Hanif Kara, Leire Asensio Villoria, and Andreas Georgoulias, "Architecture and Waste: A (Re)planned Obsolescence" is an especially recommended addition to professional, college, and university library Contemporary Architectural Issues collections and supplemental studies reading lists.


The Military Shelf

Instruments of Battle
James Tanner
Casemate
1940 Lawrence Road, Havertown, PA 19083
www.casematepublishers.com
9781612003696, $32.95, HC, 288pp, www.amazon.com

"Instruments of Battle: The Fighting Drummers and Buglers of the British Army from the Late 17th Century to the Present Day" examines in detail the development and role of the British Army's fighting drummers and buglers, from the time of the foundation of the army up to the present day. While their principal weapon of war was the drum and bugle (and the fife), these men and boys were not musicians as such but fighting soldiers who took their place in the front line. The origins of the drum and bugle in the Classical Period and the later influence of Islamic armies are examined, leading to the arrival of the drum and fife in early Tudor England. The story proper picks up post-English Civil War and the drum's period of supremacy through much of the eighteenth century army; certain myths as to its use are dispelled. The bugle rapidly superseded the drum for field use in the nineteenth century until developments on the battlefield consigned these instruments largely to barrack-life and the parade-ground. But there are surprising examples of the use of the bugle in the field through both World Wars and the story is brought up to most recent times and relegation to an almost exclusively ceremonial role. This is all set against a background of campaigns, battles, changing tactical methods and the difficult processes of command and control on the battlefield. Also covered is a relevant comparison with other armies, particularly American and French. The wider roles of drummers, especially, as battlefield heralds, as adjuncts to recruiting and dispensers of punishment are considered, as well as the other roles they and buglers assumed, out of practicability, on the modern battlefield. Stories of the drummers and buglers themselves provide social context to their place in the army. A unique and informative body of seminal scholarship and an invaluable contribution to military history collections and supplemental studies reading lists, "Instruments of Battle: The Fighting Drummers and Buglers of the British Army from the Late 17th Century to the Present Day" is an extraordinarily and inherently fascinating read from first page to last.

The 100 Hour War
Mario Overall & Dan Hagedorn
Helion and Company
c/o Casemate
1940 Lawrence Road, Havertown, PA 19083
www.casematepublishers.com
9781911096504, $49.95, PB, 104pp, www.amazon.com

In July 1969, while the world was expectant about the upcoming first manned landing on the moon, two little-known Central American States crossed sabers in what was derogatorily coined by the media as 'The Soccer War'. Far from a simple out-of-hand sports passion, this conflict had its complicated origins back in the early 20th century when the North American companies United Fruit and its rival, Standard Fruit, operated in Honduras -- and both deemed it necessary to import workers from El Salvador, since the locals were insufficient in numbers. What followed was an exodus of more than 300,000 Salvadorans who settled in Honduras which, for a while, the latter country's government saw this as beneficial. That is until the early 1960s, when political changes and the liberalization of the region's commerce through the Common Market Treaty made it painfully evident that the country that benefitted the most from it was El Salvador, while Honduras would be destined to carry a heavy economic burden. Inevitably, it chilled the relations between the two countries and had a direct bearing in the treatment from the Hondurans towards the Salvadoran peasants. Amidst sporadic violence against the immigrant peasants, the two governments began negotiations aimed at solving the immigration problem and signed three agreements. However, while the negotiations were taking place, clandestine armed groups were organized in Honduras with the purpose of harassing and controlling the Salvadoran people living in that country. This situation was worsened by a coup d'etat that brought to the presidency the Honduran General Oswaldo Lopez Arellano, who had a very different point of view than his predecessor regarding the immigrants' situation. Shortly after, the expelling of thousands of Salvadorans began, which lead inevitably to war. "The 100 Hour War: The Conflict Between Honduras And El Salvador In July 1969" is backed by more than 20 years of research and deftly explores meticulously the actions undertaken by both countries in the air and on the ground during this short but intense confrontation, and that saw the last dogfights between World War II-era piston-engine aircraft in the world. Besides an impressive selection of photos, "The 100 Hour War" also features a section of color profiles and markings, and a set of tables detailing the identities of the aircraft operated by both countries during the conflict. Impressively informative, profusely illustrated, and an inherently fascinating read from beginning to end, "The 100 Hours War" is unreservedly recommended for personal, community, and academic library 20th Century Military History collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

The Endless Battle
Andy Flanagan
Goose Lane Editions
500 Beverbrook Court, Suite 330, Fredericton, NB, Canada, E3B 5X4
www.gooselane.com
9781773100050, $18.95, PB, 210pp, www.amazon.com

Near the end of October 1941, a few hundred soldiers from New Brunswick were among the 1,975 Canadian troops who set sail from Vancouver to reinforce the British Colony of Hong Kong. Within two short months, after a hard-fought but disastrous battle against the Imperial Japanese Army, the island fell to the invaders on Christmas Day, and its defenders were ordered to surrender by the governor of Hong Kong. The survivors were taken captive. Based on the first-hand accounts of the author's father, Andrew "Ando" Flanagan, a rifleman from Jacquet River, NB, "The Endless Battle" explores the Battle of Hong Kong and its long aftermath, through the eyes of the soldiers. During their captivity, the POWs endured starvation, forced labor, and brutal beatings. They lived in deplorable conditions and many died from illness. But the soldiers stuck together, bound by their camaraderie, loyalty to King and Country, and collective desire to sabotage the Japanese war effort. Writing intimately and sensitively about the lingering effects of the trauma of the soldiers held in captivity, Andy Flanagan shows both the heroism of individual soldiers and the terrible costs of war in this unique and deftly written history. Impressively informative and inherently compelling, "The Endless Battle: The Fall of Hong Kong and Canadian POWs in Imperial Japan" is unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library World War II Military History collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated military buffs that "The Endless Battle" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $18.00).

Nuns, Nazis, and Notre Dame
Gerald Ambrose O'Reilly, author
Tim Pletkovich, author
Vandamere Press
PO Box 149, St. Petersburg, FL 33731
www.vandamere.com
9780918339829, $19.95, PB, 192pp, www.amazon.com

Gerald Ambrose O'Reilly dropped out of Notre Dame at the height of World War II to join the Army and eventually became a member of the storied Tenth Mountain Division. Nine days after sailing from Hampton Roads, The Eighty-Fifth Infantry of the 10th Mountain Division arrived in Naples, Italy. Almost immediately, they were moved inland and began fighting. Their first major engagement was the taking of Mt. Belvedere, which had withstood two earlier assaults by the British and Brazilians. The 10th Mountain Division continued to fight their way northward crossing the Po River, finally making a dash across the Po Valley to keep the retreating German Army from escaping through the Alps. With victory in Europe and the dropping of the Atom Bomb on Japan, the Tenth Mountain Division returned to the states. "Nuns, Nazis, and Notre Dame" presents a biographical account of a life lived in 'interesting times' that includes a childhood during the years of the Great Depression, and a trolley-dodging, stickball kid from Brooklyn became part of a specialized group of mountain warriors, who triumphed over their German nemesis in the Alpines of Italy during a critical juncture of the Second World War. Occasionally illustrated throughout with black-and-white photography, "Nuns, Nazis, and Notre Dame" is an impressively informative and inherently fascinating memoir that is unreservedly recommended for personal reading lists, as well as community and academic library American Biography and World War II Military History collections.

Operation Squarepeg
Reg Newell
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
www.mcfarlandpub.com
9780786478385, $35.00, PB, 221pp, www.amazon.com

In late January 1944 a force of New Zealand soldiers and Allied specialists undertook a daring behind the lines reconnaissance of the Japanese-held Green Islands of Papua New Guinea. The New Zealand Army's largest amphibious operation of World War II followed two weeks later. The Japanese contested the invasion with air power and inflicted heavy damage on the American cruiser USS St. Louis. After landing, the New Zealanders pushed inland and encountered fanatical Japanese defenders entrenched in thick jungle. Allied engineers including the famed Seabees then built airfields, roads and shipping facilities. The seizure of the Green Islands completed the encirclement of the main Japanese base in the South Pacific at Rabaul. A memorable but overlooked action of the Pacific War, Operation Squarepeg involved a diverse force of Allied sailors, soldiers and airmen that included Charles Lindbergh and future U.S. president Richard Nixon. An impressively researched and exemplary study, "Operation Squarepeg: The Allied Invasion of the Green Islands, February 1944" is exceptionally well written, organized and presented, making it an invaluable and seminal contribution to the growing library of World War II literature. While especially recommended for community and academic library World War II Military History collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of military history buffs that "Operation Squarepeg" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $18.99).


The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Telling the Map
Christopher Row
Small Beer Press
150 Pleasant Street, Suite 306, Easthampton, MA 01027-1875
http://smallbeerpress.com
9781618731326, $16.00, PB, 288pp, www.amazon.com

Christopher Rowe's stories have been finalists for the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Theodore Sturgeon awards, frequently reprinted, translated into a half-dozen languages, praised by the New York Times Book Review, and long listed in the Best American Short Stories. He holds an MFA from the Bluegrass Writer's Studio. Rowe and his wife Gwenda Bond co-write the Supernormal Sleuthing Series for children, and reside in a hundred-year-old house in Lexington, Kentucky. "Telling the Map" is an anthology showcasing ten of his of his best science fiction short stories. Included are: The Contrary Gardener; Another Word for Map is Faith; Jack of Coins; The Unveiling; Nowhere Fast; Two figures in a Landscape Between Storms; Gather; The Force Acting on the Displaced Body; The Voluntary State; and The Border State. This anthology of deftly crafted stories that are particularly noteworthy for their originality, "Telling the Map" is unreservedly recommended, especially for community library Science Fiction & Fantasy collection. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated science fiction fans that "Telling the Map" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.99).

The Outcasts of Time
Ian Mortimer
Pegasus Books
80 Broad Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10004
www.pegasusbooks.com
9781681776163, $25.95, HC, 400pp, www.amazon.com

In 1348, England is in the grip of the Black Death. Two brothers, John and William, fear that they will shortly die and suffer in the afterlife. But as the end draws near, they are given an unexpected choice: either to go home and spend their last six days in their familiar world, or to search for salvation across the forthcoming centuries -- living each one of their remaining days ninety-nine years after the last. John and William choose the future and find themselves in 1447, ignorant of almost everything going on around them. The year 1546 brings no more comfort, and 1645 challenges them in further unexpected ways. It is not just that technology is changing: things they have taken for granted all their lives prove to be short-lived. As they find themselves in stranger and stranger times, the reader travels with them, seeing the world through their eyes as it shifts through disease, progress, enlightenment, and war. But their time is running out -- can they do something to redeem themselves before the six days are up? Original, inherently fascinating, and a consistently entertaining read from cover to cover, "The Outcasts of Time" showcases author Ian Mortimer's genuine flair for narrative driven storytelling. While very highly recommended, especially for community library Science Fiction collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of science fiction fans that "The Outcasts of Time" is also available in a paperback edition (9781471146589, $9.95), in a digital format (Kindle, $8.39), and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Tantor Audio, 9781541459748, $29.99, CD).


The Art Shelf

Beauty in the City: The Ashcan School
Robert A. Slayton
Excelsior Editions
c/o State University of New York Press
State University Plaza, Albany, NY 12246-0001
www.sunypress.edu
9781438466415, $29.95, HC, 195pp, www.amazon.com

The Ashcan School was an artistic movement in the United States during the early 20th century that is best known for works portraying scenes of daily life in New York, often in the city's poorer neighborhoods. Some of the artists working in this style included Robert Henri (1865 - 1929), George Luks (1867 - 1933), William Glackens (1870 - 1938), John Sloan (1871 - 1951), and Everett Shinn (1876 - 1953), some of whom had met studying together under the renowned realist Thomas Anshutz at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and others of whom met in the newspaper offices of Philadelphia where they worked as illustrators. In "Beauty in the City: The Ashcan School" Robert A. Slayton (Henry Salvatori Professor of American Values and Traditions at Chapman University) deftly presents an informative and major new interpretation of the Ashcan School of Art, deftly arguing that these artists made the working class city at the turn of the century a subject for beautiful art. Beautifully and profusely illustrated throughout, "Beauty in the City: The Ashcan School" is an inherently fascinating read that is as original as it is informative. A compelling work of seminal scholarship, "Beauty in the City: The Ashcan School" is enhanced for academia with the inclusion of twelve pages of Notes, a ten page Bibliography, and a three page Index. While unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library American Art History 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 "Beauty in the City: The Ashcan School" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $19.04).


The Parenting Shelf

We Don't Talk Anymore
Kathy McCoy
Sourcebooks Inc.
1935 Brookdale Road, #139, Naperville, IL 60563
www.sourcebooks.com
9781492651130, $16.99, PB, 368pp, www.amazon.com

Estrangement or partial estrangement from an adult son or daughter is one of a parent's worst nightmares. It can mean angry silences and anguished days and nights wondering what went wrong. Becoming estranged from a parent can be equally painful for an adult child, who may miss the relationship they once shared. Written by Kathy McCoy (a psychotherapist and expert on family relationships), "We Don't Talk Anymore: Healing after Parents and Their Adult Children Become Estranged" is a tender and practical exploration of estrangement for both parents and adult children. Each individual chapter also provides compassionate, practical insights focused on what both parents and adult children can do, including: Finding courage to reach out to your loved one; Understanding the conflict and discovering a new and fulfilling connection; Letting go and rebuilding your life. Revealing the first steps to take with respect to healing parent/child breaches, "We Don't Talk Anymore" will prove to be a practical and effective instructional guide and resource. While unreservedly recommended for both family counseling center, community and academic library Parenting collections and supplemental studies reading lists, it should be noted for the personal reading lists that "We Don't Talk Anymore" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

Twinsight: How to Raise Confident, Emotionally Healthy Twins
Dara Lovitz
Familius
1254 Commerce Way, Sanger, CA 93657
www.familius.com
9781945547720, $16.99, PB, 224pp, www.amazon.com

Inevitably, twins experience life differently than singleton children. Growing up they are compared to each other in everything from athletics to academics. They encounter unique social issues (what happens when one child is invited to a social outing while her twin is not?). They can even have difficulty forming deep relationships outside of the twinship. Yet no previously published book on the subject of twins effectively helps parents navigate these unique emotional challenges until "Twinsight: How to Raise Confident, Emotionally Healthy Twins" by Dara Lovitz. This 'real world practical' instructional book bypasses the usual discussions on how to pay for two tuitions (a conundrum, to be sure!) and instead tackles deeper questions: How do you help twins feel like individuals? Should they be expected to be each other's caretaker? How can a parent avoid comparing? How can you encourage relationships outside the twinship? and more! Drawing on over seventy interviews with adult twins and their non-twin siblings, as well as expert insights from educators and psychologists and exhaustive research, author Dara Lovitz offers parents a definitive roadmap to raising emotionally healthy twins now and into the future. Impressively informative, deftly written, and thoroughly 'parent friendly' in organization and presentation, "Twinsight: How to Raise Confident, Emotionally Healthy Twins" is an extraordinary and highly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library Contemporary Parenting collections.


The Computer Shelf

Empirical Research for Software Security
Lotfi ben Othmane, Martin Gilje Jaatun, Egard Weippl, editors
CRC Press
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300, Boca Raton, FL 33487
www.crcpress.com
9781498776417, $139.95, HC, 322pp, www.amazon.com

With the rise of criminal hacking and governmental sponsored cyber espionage, developing secure software demands the deft integration of numerous methods and tools into the development process, and software design is based on shared expert knowledge, claims, and opinions. Empirical methods, including data analytics, allow extracting knowledge and insights from the data that organizations collect from their processes and tools, and from the opinions of the experts who practice these processes and methods. Expertly compiled and collaboratively edited by the team of Lotfi ben Othmane (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Iowa State University), Martin Gilje Jaatun (Senior Scientist at SINTEF ICT), Egard Weippl (Research Director of SBA Research and Associate Professor at the Vienna University of Technology), "Empirical Research for Software Security: Foundations and Experience" introduces the reader to the fundamentals of empirical research methods, and demonstrates how these methods can be used to hone a secure software development life cycle based on empirical data and published best practices. An impressive and very highly recommended addition to professional, corporate, governmental, and academic library Software Engineering collections and Computer Cyber Security supplemental studies lists, it should be noted for students, academics, cyber security experts, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Empirical Research for Software Security: Foundations and Experience" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $126.38).


The Photography Shelf

Photograph Restoration and Enhancement, second edition
Vickie Ellen Wolper
Mercury Learning
22841 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles, VA 20166
www.merclearning.com
9781683921509, $54.95, PB, 350pp, www.amazon.com

While focusing on Photoshop CC 2017 and now in a fully updated and expanded second edition, "Photograph Restoration and Enhancement: Using Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 Version" offers users of all versions of Photoshop comprehensive projects that will guide the reader through the process of creating professional restorations and enhancements. "Photograph Restoration and Enhancement" and its companion videos and projects will effective teach how to repair all types of photograph damage, multiple ways to improve discolored photographs, a variety of ways to digitize photographs too large to scan, create the highest quality images at manageable file sizes, colorize black and white photos, and how to add and remove content from your photographs. "Photograph Restoration and Enhancement" is a building-block style book is packed with inventive, easy to apply photograph restoration and tonal correction techniques for returning cherished memories back to their original grandeur, and enhancement tips for converting digital and print photographs into treasured favorites. Key features include: Seven demonstration videos on how to perform key restoration and enhancement techniques: Using the Quick Mask mode, the Layer via Copy command, the Polygonal Lasso tool, the Clone and Patch tools, the Liquify filter, plus multiple ways to repair Red-Eye, and how to redo areas of your restoration; Hands on projects provided with each chapter, specifically tailored to reinforce the tools and techniques introduced in the chapter; Includes colorizing of black and white photographs; Photoshop quick tips for efficiency and accuracy. The Companion Files (included with this text and also available by contacting the publisher) include: Photographs to complete all projects covered in the text; Extra Try It Yourself Projects for each chapter; Copies of all figures used in the text; 7 Demonstration videos. An ideal curriculum textbook, "Photograph Restoration and Enhancement" is especially recommended for community and academic library Photography & Computer instructional reference collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of photography students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Photograph Restoration and Enhancement" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $34.95).


The Automotive Shelf

The Writing's on the Truck
John Corah
Old Pond Publishing
www.oldpond.com
c/o International Specialized Book Services
920 Northeast 58th Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, OR, 97213
www.isbs.com
9781910456996 $32.95 amazon.com

Consisting almost entirely of full-color, captioned and previously unpublished photographs throughout, The Writing's on the Truck: The Tales and Photographs of a Traditional Signwriter offers a glimpse into the art and profession of traditional signwriting on commercial vehicles. Author and professional signwriter John Corah has lent his skilled handwork to ERFs, Leylands, Guys, Fodens, Atkinsons, Albions, AECs and more vehicles. Today, computer generated vinyl lettering has all but eradicated hand-painted vehicle livery; The Writing's on the Truck showcases anecdotes from decades past, as well as efforts to preserve and restore classic trucks. The Writing's on the Truck is a pleasure to page through, and especially recommended for vintage automotive connoisseurs.


The Philosophy Shelf

Aesthetics
Theodor W. Adorno, author
Eberhard Ortland, editor
Wieland Hoban, translator
Polity
c/o Blackwell Publishing
350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148
www.politybooks.com
9780745679402, $28.95, PB, 376pp, www.amazon.com

The late Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969) was a prominent member of the Frankfurt School, was one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century in the areas of social theory, philosophy and aesthetics. Precisely translated into English by Wieland Hoban, and deftly edited by Eberhard Ortland, "Aesthetics" is a volume of lectures given by Adorno on the subject of aesthetics in the winter semester of 1958 - 9, and which formed the foundation for his later "Aesthetic Theory" which is widely regarded as one of his greatest works. The lectures cover a wide range of topics, from an intense analysis of the work of Georg Luk cs to a sustained reflection on the theory of aesthetic experience, from an examination of works by Plato, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard and Benjamin, to a discussion of the latest experiments of John Cage, attesting to the virtuosity and breadth of Adorno's engagement. All the while, Adorno remains deeply connected to his surrounding context, offering us a window onto the artistic, intellectual and political confrontations that shaped life in post-war Germany. This edition of "Aesthetics" will appeal to a broad range of students and scholars in the humanities and social sciences, as well as anyone interested in the development of critical theory, making it a critically important and unreservedly recommended addition to community and academic library Contemporary Philosophy collections in general, and Theodor W. Adorno supplemental studies lists in particular. It should be noted for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Aesthetics" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $17.99).


The Aviation Shelf

Fairchild C-82 Packet: The Military and Civil History
Simon D. Beck
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
www.mcfarlandpub.com
9781476669755, $45.00, PB, 325pp, www.amazon.com

Originally designed as a cargo and paratroop transport during World War II, the Fairchild C-82 Packet is today mainly remembered for its starring role in the Hollywood film "The Flight of the Phoenix" (1965). Its ungainly appearance earned it the nickname the flying boxcar but the aircraft was the first to achieve practical end-loading and aerial delivery of cargoes. Its outsized capacity served the U.S. military's needs for more than ten years -- civilian operators flew it in remote locations like Alaska and South America for a further three decades. In the pages of "Fairchild C-82 Packet: The Military and Civil History" aviation historian Simon D. Beck ably provides a comprehensively informative history of the C-82, detailing each of the 224 aircraft built, with technical diagrams, multiple appendices and more than 200 black-and-white photos. An extraordinary contribution to the growing library of Aviation History, "Fairchild C-82 Packet: The Military and Civil History" is unreservedly recommended, especially for the personal reading lists of aviation buffs, as well as both community and academic library 20th Century Aviation History collections.


The Journalism Shelf

As I Saw It
Marvin Scott
Beaufort Books
27 West 20th Street, Suite 1102, New York, NY 10011
www.beaufortbooks.com
9780825308420, $26.95, HC, 260pp, www.amazon.com

Over a journalism career spanning more than 50 years, veteran reporter Marvin Scott has seen it all. From international headlines to local heroes, this eleven-time Emmy Award - winner and member of the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame has covered the news with objectivity and integrity, bringing journalistic excellence to every level of reporting. Scott has interviewed six presidents, visited the frontlines of war in the Middle East and Asia, and witnessed the rise of America's space program all in a day's work. Now in the pages of "As I Saw It: A Reporter's Intrepid Journey", Scott reflects on the stories that have stuck with him personally over the years, and the people who gave them life. Alongside marches with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and tense meetings with Yasser Arafat, Scott brings us Burt and Linda Pugach, the couple whose lifelong marriage was forged in deadly obsession; Abraham Zapruder, who shot history's most infamous piece of film; Charlie Walsh, the everyman hero who gave the banks a run for their money; and Stephanie Collado, the eleven-year-old girl who needed a heart and touched his. From political scandals to hauntings at Amityville, local tragedies, triumphs and absurdities find their place alongside accounts of crime and redemption, war and celebrity on a national scale, all told with Scott's signature passion and candor. "As I Saw It" deftly pairs Scott's unique storytelling and photography to give his readers a new look at the singular experiences of a lifelong reporter, and the stories that shaped a generation. Very highly recommended for both community and academic library Contemporary Journalism collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "As I Saw It" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $10.99).


The Criminology Shelf

London's Gangs at War
Dick Kirby
Pen & Sword Books
https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk
9781473894761, $19.99, PB, 240pp, www.amazon.com

The 1950s and 1960s saw a changing of the guard in London's gangland. A new and even more ruthless breed of criminal emerged to replace the aging generation of likes of Sabini, Mullins and Hayes. Protection rackets on bookies, club owners and shopkeepers were frequent. Prostitution and drugs offered rich pickings. Police corruption was all too commonplace. Thanks to media interest the names of Charlie Richardson, Mad Frankie Fraser, Scarface Smithson and the Nichols became as widely known as they were feared. And then there were the Kray Twins, whose notoriety and brutality became watchwords. "London's Gangs at War" by Dick Kirby (who joined the Metropolitan Police in 1967 and has spent half of his twenty-six years service with Scotland Yards' Serious Crime Squad and the Flying Squad) is a true insiders book that reveals the gangsters did not have it all their own way. An inherently fascinating read that is immensely informative and exceptionally well written, "London's Gangs at War" is an extraordinary study and an unreservedly recommended addition to both community and academic library Criminology collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of True Crime buffs that "London's Gangs at War" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.59).


The Holocaust Studies Shelf

Starving Ukraine
Serge Cipko
University of Regina Press
University of Regina
3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, S4S 0A2
www.uofrpress.ca
9780889775060, $27.95, HC, 273pp, www.amazon.com

In 1932-33, a famine - the Holodomor ("extermination by hunger") - raged through Ukraine, killing millions of men, women and children. Although the Soviet government denied it, news about the catastrophe got out. Canadians came to learn about the famine from many sources, though the reports were sometimes contradictory. Through an extensive analysis of the newspapers, political speeches, and protests, "Starving Ukraine: The Holodomor and Canada's Response" by Serge Cipko (Coordinator of the Ukrainian Diaspora Studies Initiative for the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Alberta in Edmonton) deftly examines both Canada's reporting of the famine and the country's response to it, highlighting the importance of journalists and protestors. An extraordinary work of seminal scholarship, "Starving Ukraine" is enhanced for academia with the inclusion of an Appendix, ninety-two pages of Notes, a fourteen page Bibliography, and a fourteen page Index. Exceptionally well organized and presented, "Starving Ukraine" is unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library 20th Century History collections in general, and Slavic Studies supplemental reading lists in particular.


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