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Volume 4, Number 7 July 2009 Home | LBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Library Science Shelf Writing/Publishing Shelf
Political Science Shelf Education Shelf American History Shelf
Self-Help Shelf Women's Studies Shelf Biography Shelf
Fiction Shelf World History Shelf Social Issues Shelf
Nautical Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf
Parenting Shelf Poetry Shelf Economics Shelf
Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf Cookbook Shelf Language Studies Shelf
Architecture Shelf Agriculture Shelf Literary Shelf
Business Shelf Gaming Shelf Money/Finance Shelf
International Studies Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Judaic Studies Shelf
Library CD Music Shelf Audiobook Shelf DVD Shelf
Christian Studies Shelf Photography Shelf  

Reviewer's Choice

Power from the Wind
Dan Chiras with Mick Sagrillo and Ian Woofenden
New Society Publishers
PO Box 189, Gabriola Island, BC V0R 1X0, Canada
9780865716209, $24.95,

What can the wind do for the world's power problems? "Power from the Wind: Achieving Energy Independence" discusses how people can use wind power to power their own homes on a small scale, reducing power consumption bills. Wind is cheap and renewable; to not harvest it for use is wasteful. Outlining how to get started harvesting wind power, author Dan Chiras answers many of the most commonly asked questions. "Power from the Wind" belongs in any collection for the environmentally thoughtful.

International Poisonous Plants Checklist
D. Jesse Wagstaff
CRC Press
c/o Taylor & Francis Group
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300, Boca Raton, FL 33487
9781420062526, $149.95,

While plants are essential for a properly working eco-system, some of them are hazardous to human health because of the biological toxins they contain. That's why every academic and community library should have on in its botanical reference collection a copy of "International Poisonous Plants Checklist: An Evidence-Based Reference" compiled and organized by plant toxicology expert D. Jesse Wagstaff. His collection of poisonous plant documents is the largest and most comprehensive anywhere in the world today. This A to Z encyclopedic reference defines the known set of toxic vascular plants of the world and includes their accepted botanic names; supports toxicity information for each plant through references drawn from primary literature; and features cross-references featuring selected synonyms and common names. A seminal, detailed, and highly recommended reference work, "International Poisonous Plants Checklist" includes all common animal feed plants, human food plants, as well as plants utilized in herbal products, dietary supplements, tonics, and therapeutic agents that also have toxic properties.

The Art of Aging
Alice & Richard Matzkin
Sentient Publications
1113 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 80302
9781591810810, $24.95,

Aging is something many regret, but it is undeniably part of life. "The Art of Aging: Celebrating the Authentic Aging Self" is an exploration through art for appreciating aging and coming to terms with one's own mortality. Covering mediums such as pencil, ink, paints, and sculpting, "The Art of Aging" delivers fine art and does much to give readers an appreciation for aging and the end of life. "The Art of Aging" is very much recommended for art collections and those intrigued with the senior mind.

I Should Have Stayed Home: Food
Roger Rapoport, Bob Drews, & Kim Klescewski
RDR Books
1487 Glen Avenue, Muskegon, MI 49441
9781571431219, $14.95,

Sometimes ignorance is bliss, especially when the main ingredient of one's delicious meal is termites. "I Should Have Stayed Home: Food" is a look at world cuisine and some of its less attractive attributes. The fine dishes discussed (such as ram testicles), while tasty, offer much to think twice about. Endlessly fascinating and oddly intriguing, "I Should Have Stayed Home: Food" is a highly recommended read for the interested connoisseur.

The Library Science Shelf

Making the Most of RFID in Libraries
Martin Palmer
Facet Publishing
c/o Neal Schuman
100 William Street, Suite 2004, New York, NY 10038
9781856046343, $110.00,

New technologies emerge everyday and many of them have applicable use to libraries. "Making the Most of RFID in Libraries" is a librarian's complete and comprehensive guide to Radio Frequency Identification. With the primary purpose of helping librarians decide if RFID is worth the effort for their libraries, it covers the technologies applications as a management system, the privacy issues that could emerge, possible health problems, installing the system, and training one's employees, as well as its viability in the future. Weighing each issue it discusses heavily for the unique needs of many libraries, "Making the Most of RFID in Libraries" is an absolute must read for any librarian considering Radio Frequency Identification for their library.

Hosting a Library Mystery
Elizabeth M. Karle
American Library Association
50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611
9780838909867, $36.00,

There are many things to inspire enthusiasm for the library, such as a good mystery. "Hosting a Library Mystery: A Programming Guide" is a guide to arranging a library mystery - a puzzle to inspire patrons to use the libraries resources to their fullest. Such events can generate much publicity and yield many other benefits for libraries as well as do much to educate patrons and teach them how to use a library properly. "Hosting a Library Mystery" is a fine read for libraries who are looking for good ways to bring attention to the library and promote knowledge.

The Writing/Publishing Shelf

The Playwright's Workout
Michael Bigelow Dixon & Liz Engelman
Smith and Kraus
PO Box 127, Lyme, NH 03768
9781575256177, $19.95,

Writing is a skill, and like any skill, it needs to be practiced. "The Playwright's Workout: Exercises for the Dramatic Imagination from Professional Playwrights" is a collection of writing and thought exercises for aspiring playwrights who want to hone their craft further. Drawing advice from over thirty acclaimed playwrights, "The Playwright's Workout" offers much wisdom to feast upon. "The Playwright's Workout" is well worth the investment for the playwrights and prose writers alike.

Graywolf Press
2402 University Avenue, Suite 203, Saint Paul, MN 55114

Graywolf Press is a premier and consistent publisher of poetry and prose with distinctive and enduring literary qualities and values. Now they have newly published two titles that will prove to be of immense and practical value to all aspiring writers regardless of the genre they are working in. "The Art Of Syntax: Rhythm Of Thought, Rhythm Of Song" (9781555975319, $12.00) by accomplished poet and essayist Ellen Bryant Voigt focuses upon the poetic language and examines signature musical scoring to reveal the basics and embellishments of the writer's craft as applied to fiction and non-fiction alike, but especially to the creation of verse. "The Art Of Time In Fiction: As Long As It Takes" (9781555975302, $12.00) by academician and author Joan Silber addresses five key ways in which time unfolds in fiction and the major task confronting all novelists -- determining the duration of their plots. Illustrated with examples drawn from such signatory authors as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Chinua Achebe, and Arundhati Roy, Silber's commentary is as insightful as it is informative. Both "The Art Of Syntax" and "The Art Of Time In Fiction" should be considered mandatory reading for any writer who wants to not only produce award-winning quality work, but to be able to interest whole new generations of readers in that work.

Write Like Hemingway
R. Andrew Wilson
Adams Media Corporation
57 Littlefield St, 2nd fl, Avon, MA 02322
9781598698961, $16.95,

Ernest Hemingway was one of those rare authors whose literary contributions where to shape and influence American literature well beyond his own life time. His writing style was direct, laconic, and as a pioneer of modern romanticism, his novels were a significant departure from the literary styles of storytelling that preceded him and became a model for a great many novelists that came after him. In "Write Like Hemingway: Writing Lessons You Can Learn From The Master", by academician R. Andrew Wilson (an expert in composition, creative writing, and American literature) provides aspiring writers with cogent insights into just what made Hemingway's writing style so effective, how he was able to make his characters distinctively memorable, his storylines so complex even when his storytelling techniques were so succinct. But "Write Like Hemingway" is much more than just another 'how-to' writing guide based on the work of an accomplished author, Professor Wilson's informed and informative text will also be of immense interest and value to scholars and students of Hemingway's work, as well as the non-specialist general reader to whom Hemingway's novels and stories have had an enduring impact.

Fearless Confessions
Sue William Silverman
University of Georgia Press
330 Research Dr., Athens, GA, 30602-4901
9780820331669, $19.95,

A memoir or autobiography is the story of your life as told by you (although many a celebrity and politician have been known to employ 'ghost writers' to polish up their life story manuscript). In "Fearless Confessions: A Writer's Guide To Memoir", Sue William Silverman (faculty advisor at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and the associate editor of the literary journal 'Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction') provides an extraordinary 'how to' instructional compendium providing practical advice and illustrative examples that will enable the reader to effectively write down their own life stories either in the form of a manuscript to be published or a website to be visited. Of special note is Sue Silverman's commentary on the ethics involved with creating a memoir, a writer's 'voice' in presenting a life story, and the realities of marketing an autobiography. Informed and informative, "Fearless Confessions" is replete with appendices laying out an impressive and extensive roster of relevant books of particular interest to aspiring writers seeking to tell their life story in a variety of forms and formats. Anyone considering writing their memoirs for publication or just for the benefit of their posterity would be well advised to secure a copy of "Fearless Confessions" before starting their autobiographical project.

Journal Keeping
Dannelle D. Stevens & Joanne E. Cooper
Stylus Publishing, Inc.
22883 Quicksilver Dr., Sterling, VA 20166-2012
9781579222161, $24.95,

There are many purposes for keeping a daily diary or personal journal. Making a written record of our lives, experiences, and thoughts often helps us to understand them better, provide an emotional relief, memorialize accomplishments, benefit our posterity, and establish the only kind of immortality that most of us can hope for. That's why "Journal Keeping: How To Use Reflective Writing For Learning, Teaching, Professional Insight, And Positive Change" by Dannelle D. Stevens and Joanne E. Cooper is such an invaluable and highly recommended instructional manual for aspiring diarists and journalists. "Journal Keeping" identifies and explains the uses of keep a journal for personal and/or professional development, how journal writing helps to organize, prioritize, and clarify creative thinking and problem-solving skills. Of special note is what the co-authors have to say about journal keeping in this era of the personal computer as a means to enhance and educator or administrator's management abilities, as well as decreasing the stress of their responsibilities. With its illustrative case studies, "Journal Keeping" is also of immense value as an instructional resource for aspiring writers seeking to hone their own creative abilities with respect to the written word. "Journal Keeping" is a highly recommended addition to personal, professional, academic, and community library reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Published
Sheree Bykofsky & Jennifer Basye Sander
c/o Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson St., NY, NY 10014-3658
1592575188, $19.95,

Although it has never been easier to publish a book (or harder to sell one) than now, it always helps the uninitiated to have a competent 'how to' manual to walk them through each consecutive step of the process. Now in a newly updated and expanded fourth edition, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Published" by the team of Sheree Bykofsky and Jennifer Basye Sander provide just such step-by-step assistance for the aspiring author wanting to become published, and the novice publisher wanting to successfully market their titles. Enhanced with the inclusion of a CD-ROM providing dozens of document templates, lists of agents, writer's conferences, and more, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Published" covers every aspect of the publishing process from beginning to end. Of special note is the advice and commentary on preparing a manuscript for publication, keeping track of publishing industry trends, and specific marketing strategies to successfully compete with other authors, publishers, and titles. Very highly recommended for personal and professional reference shelves and reading lists, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Published" will enable the reader to avoid common mistakes, utilize traditional bookstores as well as the online booksellers, understand the finer points of publishing contracts, and conduct a commercially successful publishing enterprise.

Jessie Lendennie
Salmon Poetry
c/o Dufour Editions, Inc.
PO Box 7, Chester Springs, PA 19425
9780956128751, $25.95,

Just as there is an art to writing poetry, so there is an art to the publishing of it. That's why "Poetry: Reading It, Writing It, Publishing It" by Jessie Lendennie (co-founder and managing director of Salmon Poetry) is such a useful compendium of practical information and useable insight drawn from poets and publishers in such diverse literary cultures as Ireland, Britain, America, Canada, Australia, and even Zimbabwe. The twenty-nine contributed essays are grouped thematically into three major sections: Reading It; Writing It; Publishing It. For anyone who aspires to write verse and have their poems published, Jessie Lendennie's "Poetry: Reading It, Writing It, Publishing It" is very strongly recommended and very useful reading.

Writer Watchdog Self-Publishing Directory, 2009 edition
New Vision Media
823-8 Burch Avenue, Durham, NC 27701
9780982267493, $19.99,

Now in a newly released 2009 edition, New Vision Media's "Writer Watchdog Self-Publishing Directory" is one of the most valuable references any aspiring (or well experienced) self-published author could hope to include on the professional reference shelf. The word 'useful' is a profound understatement when it comes to describing the value of its more than two hundred resource listings, expert advice and commentary drawn from a variety of notable contacts from the publishing industry, and its listings of discounts for many services from many service providers with respect to the self-publishing process. In fairness, it should be clearly noted that the Midwest Book Review is well identified as one of those 'useful' entries in the chapter dedicated to 'Book Review Resources'. Of special note is the inclusion of a series of informed and informative articles from 'Using a Book Printer or a Self-Publishing Service', to 'The Cost of Editing and Not Editing', to 'Selling Books without Bookstores', to (my personal favorite) 'Why You Need Book Reviews', and so many more practical and applicable self-publishing specific contributions. Simply stated, anyone contemplating the prospect and possibility of self-publishing should begin with a careful perusal of the "Writer Watchdog Self-Publishing Directory".

Publish Your First Magazine
Lorraine Phillips
360 Books
PO Box 105603, Atlanta, GA 30348-5603
9780982276501, $19.95,

In "Publish Your First Magazine: A Practical Guide For Wannabe Publishers", author Lorraine Phillips draws upon her many years of experience and expertise as the former publisher of the magazine 'SisterPower' to provide other aspiring magazine publishers with a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to magazine publication. "Publish Your First Magazine" intelligibly lays out all of the fundamental basics of publishing a magazine from setting it up, to design and branding, to advertisement rates and selling ads, to layout and content, to setting up a web site for the magazine, to recruiting and working with a printer, to magazine distribution, and more. As a kind of comprehensive workshop in a single 'user friendly' volume, "Publish Your First Magazine" is an absolutely essential instructional reference and guide for everyone and anyone contemplating producing a magazine in today's highly volatile and competitive marketplace.

101 Best Beginnings Ever Written
Barnaby Conrad
Quill Driver
2006 South Mary, Fresno, CA 93721
9781884956867, $15.95

The first line of any story is often the difference between making or breaking a tale, and author Barnaby Conrad here explores twelve types of beginnings, providing examples of eye-catching openings and discussing options. Any library catering to writers will find the approach offers a blend of strong literary openings and analysis of what makes them strong.

Best Little Books Of Short Story Ideas
Edward C. Jones III
Author House
1663 Liberty Drive, Suite 200, Bloomington, IN 47403-5161
9781438953243, $12.99,

Originally designed to help students in highschool and college needing ideas for their English literature and creative writing classes, Edward Jones' "Best Little Books Of Short Story Ideas" will also provide valuable assistance for writers afflicted with 'writer's block' and needing help getting their creative intellects and imaginations active again. A compilation of basic, unedited plot ideas derived from older short stories (published prior to 1989), these fifty-five entries will help aspiring writers to begin hammering out their own unique tales whether for an English class writing assignment or a professional quality story intended for commercial publication. "Best Little Books Of Short Story Ideas" is a very handy, 'user friendly', and recommended addition to a writer's reference shelf.

The Legal Forms Toolkit
Daniel Sitarz
Nova Publishing Company
1103 W. College St., Carbondale, IL 62901
9781892949486, $39.95,

Every incorporated American business must have a legal framework of permits and bylaws to operate. Every parent should have a will and/or trust to insure their assets will be entrusted properly allocated upon their passing. Every citizen at some point in their life will need to know about such legal issues and concepts as a power of attorney, deeds and leases, prenuptial agreements, and other commonly encountered legal situation. Frequently legal issues will be unique and not amenable to 'boiler plate' paperwork. All too often the high cost of an attorney precludes ordinary people from doing what they can do for themselves under U.S. laws, both state and federal. That's why "The Legal Forms Toolkit: The Ultimate Guide To Creating Custom Legal Forms" by attorney-at-law Daniel Sitarz is so timely and useful a resource. Enhanced with an accompany CD-Rom featuring hundreds of legal forms that can be readily printed out, "The Legal Forms Toolkit" is an ideal instruction and information manual that is superbly organized and thoroughly 'user friendly' by the non-specialist citizen needing to craft and create any kind of legal contract that would be in accordance with state and federal laws and guidelines. "The Legal Forms Toolkit" is very highly recommended for personal, professional, and community library reference collections.

The Political Science Shelf

Advice to War Presidents
Angelo M. Codevilla
Basic Books
c/o Perseus Books Group
387 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016
9780465004836, $27.50,

It is sad to say that in the past century, the majority of the time America has been at war with something. "Advice to War Presidents: A Remedial Course in Statecraft" is a discussion of the presidency and war, and how the majority of the modern presidents have presided over a war of some sort. Using Woodrow Wilson and World War I as starting points, author Angelo M. Codevilla goes through history drawing the lines and discussing the success and follies of the country. "Advice to War Presidents" is educational, interesting, and highly recommended.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to The Great Depression and the New Deal
Robert P. Murphy
Regnery Publishing
1 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001
9781596980969, $19.95,

There is more than one side to every story. "The Politically Incorrect Guide to The Great Depression and the New Deal" is an explanation of the newly emerging conservative view that the policies of Franklin Delano Roosevelt were not the Great Depression-busters that many believe them to be. Warning the reader that the current Obama administration is mirroring Roosevelt's mistakes, "The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression and the New Deal" is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the conservative perspective of this issue.

The Education Shelf

Eyewitness to the Past
Joan Brodsky Schur
Stenhouse Publishers
PO Box 11020, Portland, ME 04104-7020
9781571104977, $20.00,

History is a subject that can bore or fascinate, and much of it lies on how it's presented. "Eyewitness to the Past: Strategies for Teaching American History in Grades 5-12" is a guide for teachers to better presenting the ideas of history to students in middle and high schools, who commonly become disinterested in history around those ages. It is still possible to engage these students, and author Joan Brodsky Schur seeks to show educators how. "Eyewitness to the Past" is a top choice for history teachers.

Making Sense of Every Child Matters
Richard Barker, editor
Policy Press
c/o International Specialized Book Services
920 NE 58th Ave. Suite 300, Portland, OR 97213-3786
9781847420114, $35.95,

Every child can make all the difference in the world. "Making Sense of Every Child Matters: Multi-Professional Practice Guidance" is a guide to the recent United Kingdom act passed called "Every Child Matters", a program similar to the American "No Child Left Behind" act. For teachers and educators, author Richard Barker gives much advice to those who want to do their job as best as they can under this new educational movement. Tracking the policy in an up to date matter, "Making Sense of Every Child Matters" is a must for any teacher who practices their trade under the act.

The American History Shelf

Joan Hockaday
West State University Press
PO Box 645910, Pullman, WA 99164-5910
9780874222982, $29.95,

The natural beauty of the American Northwest simply cannot be touched. "Greenscapes: Olmsted's Pacific Northwest" takes a look at the life and times of Washington State at the turn of the twentieth century. Tracing the history of this time period, with liberally applied black and white and full color photography, "Greenscapes" is a vivid look at a time gone past. With its special focus on Washington State's natural beauty, "Greenscapes" is a solid recommendation for a coffee table book.

Mary McPhail Standaert & Joseph Standaert
Arcadia Publishing
420 Wando Park Blvd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
9780738568140, $21.99,

Every city has a story, and the story of Montreat, North Carolina, is as interesting as any other. "Montreat" relates the history of this small Carolina town that was founded more than a hundred years ago by a community of religious folks who lived in harmony, forming Christian colleges that still stand to this day. A piece of Americana and a fine entry into the postcard history series, "Montreat" is a highly recommended read.

Hornet Plus Three
Bob Fish
Creative Minds Press
c/o Beagle Bay Books
14120 Saddlebow Drive, Reno, NV 89511
9780974961071, $29.95,

It's hard to aim an object as it hurtles back down through the Earth's atmosphere. "Hornet Plus Three: The Story of the Apollo 11 Recovery" tells about the part of the Moon landing that is not often discussed - the recovery of the ship after it came back to Earth. An adventure in its own right, "Hornet Plus Three" mentions the unsung heroes of American space exploration - the men who helped get the astronauts back home. "Hornet Plus Three" is a must read for anyone who wants to know more about NASA.

The Self-Help Shelf

Invisible Scars
Catharine Dowda
New Horizon Press
PO Box 669, Far Hills, NJ 07931
9780882823089, $14.95,

Damage to the mind can cause far more harm than physical pain. "Invisible Scars: How to Stop, Change, or End Psychological Abuse" is an exploration of psychological abuse in relationships and how it can leave the relationship an overall negative. Such outcomes are preventable through good communication. Tips are provided for building healthy relationships in "Invisible Scars", a top pick for any reader with concerns about psychological abuse.

Earning Serendipity
Glenn Llopis
Greenleaf Book Group Press
PO Box 91869, Austin, TX 78709
Melissa Brown Publicity (publicity)
8605 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 20540, Los Angeles, CA 90069
9781929774913, $21.95,

Goodwill means a lot these days where everyone is suspicious of unethical conduct. "Earning Serendipity: 4 Skills for Creating and Sustaining Good Fortune in Your Work" is the good-hearted business man's guide to the power of goodwill and kindness in the world of business. Being a nice guy can do much in a field where everyone is viewed as cutthroat, and author Glenn Llopis hopes to inspire readers to be friendly and kind, while keeping a firm stance against any who would take unfair advantage of one's kindness. "Earning Serendipity" is a must read for business people of all backgrounds.

Communication Miracles for Couples
Jonathan Robinson
Conari Press
65 Parker Street, Suite 7, Newburyport, MA 01950
9781573244176, $12.95,

You may not know it, but you may be making life hell for your significant other. "Communication Miracles for Couples: Easy and Effective Tools to Create More Love and Less Conflict" is a relationship book focusing on the importance of communication in relationships. Severe arguments tear marriages apart, but most of them are avoidable by talking before the problem begins to truly take form. "Communication Miracles for Couples" is a must for any want to put a stop to their worst troubles before they start.

Learning from the Heart
Daniel Gottlieb
387 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016
9781402749995, $17.95,

Life's lessons are more invaluable than anything one is going to learn in school. "Learning from the Heart: Lessons on Living, Loving, and Listening" discusses and what it means to be human. Written by a man who has experienced both the best and worst of life, "Learning from the Heart" offers poignant insights into life and love, and how to push oneself forward to the future. "Learning from the Heart" is a moving read, highly recommended.

The Women's Studies Shelf

Women in Science
Vivian Gornick
The Feminist Press
365 Fifth Avenue, Suite 5406, New York, NY 10016
9781558615878, $15.95,

Science is no longer strictly a boy's club. "Women in Science: Then and Now" takes a look at the history of women in science, from when male scientists stated that a woman's inferior mind couldn't handle science, to today's fields where women are curing diseases and doing astrophysics work - in some cases better than any man can. Interviewing scientists of all shapes and sizes, author Vivian Gornick provides a motivating picture of how science can be and is a woman's game as well. "Women in Science" is an excellent read for any woman thinking of science as a career.

Dana Sullivan, editor
The Harvard Common Press
535 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118
9781558323971, $14.00,

It's a natural part of life, but it has drawn controversy in America's prudish society. "Unbuttoned: Women Open Up About the Pleasures, Pains, and Politics of Breastfeeding" discusses breastfeeding and the swirl of controversy and life lessons surrounding with it. Women persecuted for breastfeeding in public, women struggling to give their child the care they need, and other topics are presented. "Unbuttoned" is a top pick, especially recommended for new mothers.

The Biography Shelf

Seda's Story
Bonnie Maclachlan
Sumach Press
1415 Bathurst Street, #202, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5R 3H8
9781894549820, $18.95,

Abuse can leave scars for life, and time is not the ultimate healer for this. "Seda's Story" tells the story of a poor girl whose father, the man who is suppose to protect her until adulthood, abuses his power to wreak havoc on her life. Seda did not live long enough to publish her story on her own; her writings are now presented in their tragic form. A saddening tale of reality, "Seda's Story" is recommended for any who want a look at evil.

Check-Raising The Devil
Mike Matusow
Cardoza Publishing
5473 South Eastern Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89119
9781580422611, $24.95,

Nicknamed 'The Mouth' because of his seemingly constant chatter at the table, Mike Matusow is one of professional poker's most flamboyant characters. An accomplished and skilled player, Matusow is also famous (or perhaps infamous) for 'The Matusow Blow-Up'. This is the phenomena of Matusow's becoming emotionally out of control when doing badly in a Texas No-Limit Hold'em poker tournament. A very popular player among his professional colleagues, Mike has also had problems in his personal life that he has worked hard to overcome. That's why his autobiography, "Check-Raising The Devil" (written with the assistance of Amy Calistri and Tim Lavalli) is such a fascinating and informative read. Highly recommended for the legions of poker enthusiasts in general, and Matusow fans in particular, "Check-Raising The Devil" is a superbly written memoir.

The Fiction Shelf

J. Robert Lennon
Graywolf Press
2402 University Avenue, Suite 203, St. Paul, MN 55114
9781555975227, $22.00,

Paranoia is a powerful mental malfunction that makes one see things that aren't there. "Castle" is a novel following Eric Loesch and his renovation of his home in a New York forest. But his project isn't simple; Loesch must cut through a deceptive mystery in order to get the job done. "Castle" also contains much to make the reader think about, with allusion to social issues, making it a strong choice for literary fiction readers.

George Zebrowski
Golden Gryphon
3002 Perkins Road, Urbana, IL 61802
1930846592, $24.95,

Solving a difficult crime is always a challenge, but when one is losing one's mind, it is exponentially harder. "Empties" follows Detective Banek as he tries to come to terms with the insanity that surrounds his life and the case that is laid out in front of him. Love begins to stir as well, but it just seems to make an even more deadly cocktail with everything else. With plenty of noir elements, "Empties" is a riveting read first page to last.

The World History Shelf

A History of the French Anarchist Movement
David Berry
AK Press
674-A 23rd Street, Oakland, CA 94612-1163
9781904859826, $21.95,

What is an anarchist really? "A History of the French Anarchist Movement: 1917-1945" takes a look at this movement in France. The people once called for an overthrow of the French Government during a time when political upheaval, such as the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, had often proved successful. Offering another perspective on the political chaos that heavily dominated Europe in the first half of the twentieth century, "A History of the French Anarchist Movement" is a top pick for historians, both professional and amateur.

The Social Issues Shelf

Power and Poverty
Dewi Hughes
IVP Academic
PO Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL 60515-1426
9780830828098, $25.00,

There are people staving in Africa, and America knows it. America has sent aid to these people, yet they still starve. Why? "Power and Poverty: Divine and Human Rule in a World of Need" is a look at the causes of poverty through a religious perspective, examining those who abuse their power over people and drive them into destitution. Preaching a more faith-based approach, "Power and Poverty" is an intriguing read about the roots of power and faith.

41 Shots...and Counting
Beth Roy
Syracuse University Press
621 Skytop Road, Suite 110, Syracuse, NY 13244-5290
081560940X, $28.00,

One of the critically important issues of contemporary American culture is the intersection of race relations and law enforcement. As an experienced mediator in the San Francisco Bay Area and founder of the Practitioners Research and Scholarship Institute, author Beth Roy brings a special expertise to the subject in "41 Shots...and Counting: What Amadou Diallo's Story Teaches Us about Policing, Race, and Justice". The title refers to an incident in which New York police officers shot 41 times killing a young West African immigrant in 1999 as he was returning to his home from his place of work. His dramatic death incited intense interest in the African-American community. When the police officers were acquitted of any criminal conduct in the affair, the judicial system was looked upon by many minority groups as a seriously flawed instrument of enforcing social justice, proper police procedure, and inflaming racial tension. Strongly recommended for community and academic library contemporary social issues collections and reading lists, "41 Shots...and Counting" is an impressive recounting and analysis of the incident and its aftermath for the courts, the community, and the police.

Handbook Of Social Capital
Gert Tinggaard Svendsen
Gunnar Lind Haase Svendsen
Edward Elgar Publishing
9 Dewey Ct., Northampton, MA 01060
9781845423230, $235.00,

The Russian word 'troika' means 'threesome' and is derived from a sleigh or wagon pulled by three horses harnessed abreast. Compiling informed and informative contributions from a series of experts in their respective fields under the co-editorship of Danish academicians, Gert Tinggaard Svendsen and Gunnar Lind Haase Svendsen, the "Handbook Of Social Capital: The Troika of Sociology, Political Science and Economics" examines how these three disciplines work together in developing, shaping, influencing, and transforming social, political, economic and cultural networks. Given the current global economic crisis that has its root causes in the psychology of the marketplace every bit as much as any other factor, the "Handbook Of Social Capital" is timely, insightful, informed, informative, thoughtful, and thought-provoking reading which is especially recommended for students of sociology, economics, politics. With the underlying message that it takes a truly inter-disciplinary approach within these three social sciences to have a comprehensively accurate understanding of global affairs. A compilation of impressive and extensive scholarship, the "Handbook Of Social Capital" is strongly recommended for academic and professional library reference collections.

The Nautical Shelf

Island Salmon Fisherman
Robert H. Jones & Larry E. Stefanyk
Harbour Publishing
PO Box 219, Madeira Park, BC, Canada, V0N 2H0
9781550174250, $ 24.95,

A true fisherman will travel thousands of miles for a chance at a good catch. "Island Salmon Fisherman: Vancouver Island Hotspots" is a guide for the fishing tourist who is planning a trip to the Vancouver area and wants to enjoy its excellent fishing. With over eight hundred hot spots throughout the area for good fishing to be had, a fisherman will not run out of things to do in Vancouver. "Island Salmon Fisherman" is a must for the traveling fisherman.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Hiroshi Mitsumoto
Demos Health
386 Park Avenue South, Suite 301, New York, NY 10016
9781932603729, $39.95,

Lou Gehrig's disease cut short the career of a baseball icon and has cut short the lives of thousands since. "Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: A Guide for Patients and Families" is a guide for victims and families of Lou Gehrig's disease and how to deal with this incurable, but treatable disease. From symptoms to medicine, to more, "Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis" is a top pick for those who want to be armed with the knowledge they need to deal with the disease.

Catherine A. Marshall, et al.
Praeger Publishers
c/o Greenwood Publishing Group
88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881
9780313346040 $300.00

Collaboratively edited by the team of Catherine A. Marshall, Elizabeth Kendall, Martha E. Banks, and Reva Mariah S. Gover, Disabilities: Insights From Across Fields and Around the World is an impressively comprehensive three-volume compendium of information about human physical and mental disabilities, grounded in exhaustive academic, field, and cutting-edge research. Topics cover everything from straightforward definitions and causes of disabilities, to social actions taken to advance the rights of the disabled around the world, to innovative new approaches to interacting and working with the disabled, and much more. The result is an exhaustive, in-depth reference enthusiastically recommended for college library and professional practice reference shelves.

Fit Soul & Fit Body
Stephen R. Covey
6440 N. Central Expressway, Suite 503, Dallas, TX 75206
9781933771564, $24.95,

Health is a combination of many aspects, physical, mental, and spiritual. "Fit Soul & Fit Body: 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You" is a self-help and health guide with the honest philosophy that one can be the most physically fit person in the world and still be unhealthy if one is miserable. The mind and spirit are powerful things, and author Stephen Covey wants to inspire readers to train both alongside their bodies. "Fit Soul & Fit Body" is a combination approach and highly recommended.

Natural Treatments for Tics & Tourette's
Sheila J. Rogers
North Atlantic Books
2526 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
9781556437472, $19.95,

Tourette's can be a difficult disorder to deal with, but it's treatable. "Natural Treatments for Tics & Tourette's: A Patient and Family Guide" is an alternative treatment guide for sufferers of Tourette's who don't want to turn to traditional drugs and their high saturation of side effects. With insights from various medical experts, author Sheila Rogers offers many routes to minimizing the effects of Tourette's. "Natural Treatments for Tics & Tourette's" is a recommended read for those seeking other solutions to their Tourette's problems.

The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf

Blade Runners, Deer Hunters, and Blowing the Bloody Doors Off
Michael Deeley
Pegasus Books
80 Broad Street, Fifth Floor, New York, NY 10004
9781605980386, $25.00,

Some movies are simply popular, others gain a fandom years after popular culture has moved on. "Blade Runners, Deer Hunters, and Blowing the Bloody Doors Off" is a memoir by producer Michael Deeley, one of the minds behind such cult favorites like "The Italian Job" and "The Wicker Man". An insider's look at the life of a producer who may have not made blockbusters but who deserves his place in movie history, "Blade Runners, Deer Hunters, and Blowing the Bloody Doors Off" is an amazing glimpse into the film industry and how cult fandoms begin.

The Parenting Shelf

Mommy! I Have To Go Potty!, second edition
Jan Faull
Parenting Press
PO Box 75267, Seattle, WA 98175-0267
9780965047715, $14.95,

Now in an updated second edition, "Mommy! I Have to Go Potty! A Parent's Guide to Toilet Training" is a guide for parents who are facing this arduous task where they are trying to help their young children make that big leap to using the grown up toilet. With advice on dealing with the wide array of challenges that inevitably appear during this tough process for the child, "Mommy! I Have to Go Potty!" is a strong choice for any parent who dreads these challenges.

Helping You Anxious Child, second edition
Ronald M. Rapee & Collaborators
New Harbinger Publications, Inc.
5674 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609
9781572245754, $17.95,

Nervousness, anxiousness are natural emotions, but they need not be a lifestyle. "Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents" is a guide for parents of children who are facing common childhood fears. These fears, while normal, can be dealt with; it is better to do so, since some fears can morph into lifelong phobias that could impede the child in grown life. Now in an updated second edition, "Helping Your Anxious Child" is well worth the read for the parents of any child who needs help dealing with their fears.

The Poetry Shelf

A Million in Prizes
Justin Marks
Western Michigan University
1903 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49008
9781930974814, $15.00,

There is much to chuckle at within one's own consciousness. "A Million in Prizes" is a collection from award winning poet Justin Marks, offering his own brand of philosophy through entertaining verse and writing. A solid compilation, "A Million in Prizes" is a treasure for any poetry fan. "Mantra": Terrycloth sun setting over/the old steel-wool river//The air a translucent sphere of frayed twine/the truth can be so lame//shifting forms/unchanging my hands//know what they're doing.

The Economics Shelf

Bankruptcy of Our Nation
Jerry Robinson
New Leaf Press
PO Box 726, Green Forest, AR 72638
9780892216932, $13.99,

Could today's current economic turmoil be the end of America's prosperity? "Bankruptcy of Our Nation: 12 Key Strategies For Protecting Your Finances In These Uncertain Times" is a scholarly and economic view of today's crisis and how it will affect one's money at many levels, from national to personal, with an extra focus on the personal. Well worth the read for those who fear for their finances, "Bankruptcy of Our Nation" is a must.

The Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf

The Saturday Evening Pearls
Stephan Pastis
Andrews McMeel
1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106
0740773917, $10.99

This eighth collection of Pearls Before Swine comic strips deserves ongoing recommendation as an outstanding survey for both new and old fans of the Pearls syndicated comic strip. Black and white strips offer a ribald collection of outrageously funny encounters between hungry crocodiles, edible zebra neighbors, and more in a zany suburban setting. Any library with humor cartoon strips needs this.

Science Fiction Classics: Graphic Classics #17
Jules Verne, et al.
Eureka Productions
8778 Oak Grove Rd, Mount Horeb, WI 59572
9780978791971, $17.95, 1-608-832-6449

Science fiction has long been a staple of American popular culture from the days of pulp magazine, through motion pictures and television, and most pervasively, through books and comics. The newest addition to the impressive Eureka Production series of graphic novel adaptations of the world's great literature, Volume 17 showcases science fiction stories by Jules Verne, Stanley G. Weinbaum, E. M. Forster, and H. G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, Lord Dunsany, and Hans Christian Anderson. Each featured story is uniquely illustrated by a different artist. The result is a compendium of great graphic novel style adaptions that do full justice to the original authors and their seminal works. Graphic novel enthusiasts, as well as school and community librarians, would be well advised to visit the Eureka Productions website at for a complete listing of their Graphic Classics series.

The Cookbook Shelf

Rival Crock Pot
Publications International
7373 North Cicero Avenue, Lincolnwood, IL 60712
9781412725842, $15.98,

Publications International is a premier publisher of 'slow cooker' cookbooks, each of which is superbly designed to be thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' in using a crock-pot or slow cooker approach to meal preparation. A true classic in this specialized culinary field is "Rival Crock-Pot" which showcases recipes in three categories: 'Slow Cooker Favorites'; 'Winning Slow Cooker Recipes'; and 'Slow Cooker Recipes for All Occasions'. Spiral bound so as to lay out flat on a kitchen counter or table, "Rival Crock-Pot" is a trilogy of crock-pot recipes that will cover any and all dining occasions from simply family meals to elaborate celebratory dining. Profusely illustrated throughout, the chapters feature crock-pot recipes for Mexican, Italian, Asian, and American dishes, hearty meals for cold climes, casual dishes for barbecues and parties, and even desserts! The recipes range from Barbecued Pulled Pork Sandwiches; Fire and Ice Chili; Creamy Tomato Potato Soup; and Herbed Fall Vegetables; to Stuffed Chicken Breasts; Caribbean Sweet Potato & Bean Stew; Wild Rice and Mushroom Casserole; and Orange Date-Nut Bread. If you only have room for one crock-pot/slow-cooker cookbook, make it Publications International's "Rival Crock Pot". If there is more room on your cookbook shelf, then also very highly recommended from Publication International are: "One-Dish/Slow Cooker/Casseroles (9781412724869); "Rival Crock-Pot Incredibly Easy Recipes" (9781412725859); and "Rival Crock-Pot Slow Cooker Recipes" (9781412721837).

Easy Japanese Cooking: Noodle Comfort
Kentaro Kobayashi
Vertical, Inc.
1185 Avenue of the Americas, 32nd floor, New York, NY 10036
9781934287576, $14.95,

Every culture's culinary traditions include the concept of 'comfort foods', dishes that are as psychologically beneficial as they are easy to prepare and tasty. Beautifully illustrated, "Easy Japanese Cooking: Noodle Comfort" features more than fifty 'user friendly' recipes compiled by Kentaro Kobayashi that showcase Japanese 'comfort cuisine'. With their ingredient lists and step-by-step preparation instructions, the recipes range from Pan Fried Chicken Soba; Spicy Meat Tan Tan Noodles; and Fedelini with Crab and Cabbage; to Kiyamugi with Pork and Sesame Sauce; Dumpling Soup; and Yakisoba with Ham. Ideal for homemakers wanting to culturally enrich their family meals, "Easy Japanese Cooking: Noodle Comfort" is an ideal addition to their multi-cultural and ethnic cuisine cookbook collections.

The Language Studies Shelf

Strive For a 5
Hiromi Peterson et al.
Cheng & Tsui Company
25 West St., Boston, MA 02111-1213
9780887277092, $26.99,

Being conversant in the Japanese language is an essential linguistic skill for anyone seeking to do business or vacation in that country. Unfortunately, American public schools simply do not teach Japanese in their language courses. Fortunately for those seeking to learn Japanese there are the do-it-yourself language instruction manuals published by the Cheng & Tsui Company. Specifically designed to assist the study in passing the Advanced Placement Japanese Language and Culture Exam, "Strive For a 5" is the collaborative work of Hiromi Peterson, Naomi-Hirano-Omizo, and Junko Ady. This compendium of twenty practice exams addresses the grammar, vocabulary, kanji, and topics drawn directly from the AP exam; features listening, reading, writing, and speaking sections in the format of the AP exam; includes detailed Japanese cultural notes useful for the spoken cultural perspective presentation part of the AP exam; is enhanced with practical and insightful advice on succeeding in every part of the AP exam; features an answer key for self-evaluation and study planning; and even includes free downloadable audio recordings and AP kanji list from the internet. For a complete listing of their invaluable language study manuals, anyone with an interest in Asian languages would be well advised to visit the Cheng & Tsui Company website.

The Roots of Phonics, revised edition
Miriam Balmuth
Paul H. Brookes
PO Box 10624, Baltimore, MD 21285-0624
9781598570366, $29.95,

Language is an intriguing history all its own. Now in a newly revised edition, "The Roots of Phonics: A Historical Introduction" takes a look at the development of language throughout human history. English is a fascinating language, drawing heavily from neighboring languages such as Spanish, French, and the Native American tongues. Discussing the roots of our alphabet, the revolution of moving type and grammar, "The Roots of Phonics" is simply a must read to anyone who has wondered why they're saying the words they're saying.

The Architecture Shelf

Barbara Linz
H. F. Ullman
c/o Langenscheidt Publishing Group
PO Box 979, Spring House, PA 19477
9783833148903, $29.95,

Architecture is an art. Interior design is an art. The use of wood in architecture and in interior design is as integral as is paint to a painting or stone to a sculpture. Wood is one of the most versatile elements available to architects and in "Wood", author Barbara Linz draws upon superbly illustrated examples from more than forty architectural projects inspired by and beautifully showcasing the creative and innovative uses of wood as a construction material that transcends the mundane into the exotic, the merely functional into the truly magnificent. "Wood" is a superb addition to any academic, professional, or community library Architectural Studies reference collection. Also very highly recommended in the H. F. Ullman architectural design book series is "Glass" (9783833151699, $29.99).

The Agriculture Shelf

Small-Scale Grain Raising, second edition
Gene Logsdon
Chelsea Green Publishing
PO Box 428, White River Junction, VT 05001
9781603580779, $29.95,

Having one's own grain garden can be a satisfying experience. "Small-Scale Grain Raising: An Organic Guide to Growing, Processing, and Using Nutritious Whole Grains for Home Gardeners and Local Farmers" is a guide for the small gardener to expand their range of crops to include their own grain and wheat. Outlining a step by step process on how to cultivate grain on a small scale, author Gene Logsdon draws upon his expertise and teachers readers well. "Small-Scale Grain Raising" is educational and vital to anyone considering this venture.

Northern Treasure
Susan Davis Price
Afton Historical Society Press
PO Box 100, Afton, MN 55001
9781890434779, $40.00,

Minnesota may best be known to the general public as the 'land of a thousand lakes', but it is also home to a thriving agricultural and horticultural industry that has its roots in the pioneer efforts to grow fruit trees in the 1850s. In 1908 the Minnesota Fruit Farm was established, an enterprise that would evolve into the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and Horticultural Research Center. Informatively written by Susan Davis Price and enhanced with the photography of John Gregor, "Northern Treasure" is the story of this premier research center, its history, its mission, and its accomplishment. The range of the center is truly impressive, from the Japanese garden to a reconstruction of the original Minnesota prairie. An appreciated and popular destination for thousands of annual visitors, the center also offers workshops, classes, and educational events. Informed and informative, browsing through the pages of "Northern Treasure" is the next best thing to touring the center in person.

The Literary Shelf

How Contemporary Novelists Rewrite Stories From The Bible
Anthony C. Swindell
The Edwin Mellen Press
415 Ridge Street, Lewiston, NY 14092
9780773447646, $119.95,

Before the Bible as we know it today was compiled and canonized, it was a collection of orally transmitted stories that were written down decades and even centuries after the events recounted. From its inception as a sacred volume of authorized scriptures, the Bible has continued down through the years a rich source of literary inspiration for everything from Dante's "Inferno", to John Bunyon's "Pilgrim's Progress", to the contemporary novelists writing today. In "How Contemporary Novelists Rewrite Stories From The Bible", academician and pastor Anthony C. Swindell (Rector of St. Saviour, Jersey, Channel Islands, presents a seminal study of diverse contemporary novelists and their use of biblical stories and references as subject matter for their fiction. Informed and informative, Dr. Swindell begins with a knowledgeable introduction and then proceeds with chapters dedicated to a survey of principal texts; identifying eight theorists from Northrop Frye to Harold Finch; addressing theology as represented in fourteen reception-histories; and so much more. Of special note is Dr. Swindell's chapter on "The Hermenteutical Value of Literary Reception-Histories'. Enhanced with the includes of three appendices, an extensive bibliography, and a comprehensive index, "How Contemporary Novelists Rewrite Stories From The Bible" is a work of impressively detailed scholarship and a highly recommended addition to academic and seminary reference collections and reading lists.

The Business Shelf

Culture & Management In The Americas
Alfredo Behrens
Stanford University Press
1450 Page Mill Rd., Palo Alto, CA 94304-1124
9780804760140, $35.00,

Doing business successful in other countries and in other cultures from our own requires a knowledge of and a sensitivity toward customs, traditions, and attitudes that can vary significantly from those we are used to in North America. This is particularly true with respect to the business climates and cultures throughout Latin America. In "Culture & Management In The Americas", Alfredo Behrens (lecturer on Cross-Cultural Management in the international Executive MBA programme of the Fundacao Instituto de Administacao, Sao Paulo, Brazil) explains why and how traditional American corporate management has labored under false impressions of the cultural attributes and capabilities of Latin American managers and staff resulting in flawed leadership strategies impairing corporate success in those countries. Behrens then goes on to provide examples and explanations of how through the use of different tools available to corporate managers and policy makers, North American and Latin American can discover and communicate more effectively and more accurately with respect to management issues and tasks. Enhanced with extensive notes and a thoroughly index, "Culture & Management In The Americas" is a superbly presented and seminal work of meticulous research that is very strongly recommended for academic and corporate International Business collections and corporate management reading lists.

Built to Win
Hallam Movius & Lawrence Susskind
Harvard Business
60 Harvard Way, Boston, MA 02163
9781422110478, $29.95,

There's more to the process than simple buying and selling. "Built to Win: Creating a World-Class Negotiating Organization" is a guide to the power of negotiation in business. With many tips and tricks to increase one's negotiating skills in the business world, which will lead to more beneficial deals and profit for one's company, authors Hallam Movius & Lawrence Susskind draw freely from their own expertise. A business book that realizes knowledge is power, "Built to Win" is a fine and highly recommended read for any manager.

The Gaming Shelf

Dyval: Hell Unleashed
Carl Gleba
Palladium Books
38964 Webb Court, Westland, MI 48185-7606
9781574571653, $24.95,

The eleventh volume in Palladium Books outstanding 'Rifts Dimension' series of role-play gaming books, "Dyval: Hell Unleashed" by Carl Gleba is a compendium of illustrated information about Dyval, a realm with multiple dimensions known as the planes of Hell. Each of the Seven Layers of Dyvalian hell are mapped and described in detail. Included are descriptions of their inhabitants including Deevils of all descriptions, Deevil hosts, war steeds, chrysteel weapons, soul gems, skin armor, and so much more. Enhanced with encounter tables and adventure ideas, as well as statistics and conversion notes, "Dyval: Hell Unleashed" is a 'stand alone' source book that will enable gamers to immerse themselves in a Minion War as Hades invades Dyval Prime with the goal of dimensional conquest and the subjugation of the Deevils of Dyval. "Dyval: Hell Unleashed" is a welcome and highly recommended addition to role-gaming enthusiasts reference and source book collections.

The Money/Finance Shelf

Before, After, and Beyond Bankruptcy
Betty Odak
Pleasant Word
c/o WinePress Publishing
PO Box 428, Enumclaw, WA 98022
9781414112299, $11.99

Bankruptcy is not the end of the world. "Before, After, and Beyond Bankruptcy: Tips on Savings and Using Financial Resources Carefully and Wisely" is a guide to dealing with the threat of bankruptcy, how to potentially avoid it, and how best to manage one's finances if one is driven into filing for it. Using the story of the author's own adventure in bankruptcy for extra illustration, "Before, After, and Beyond Bankruptcy" is a must-get for anyone faced with the challenge of bankruptcy.

The International Studies Shelf

Bolivia In Focus
Dr. Robert J. Werner
Interlink Books
46 Crosby Street, Northampton, MA 01060-1804
9781566562997, $17.00,

Bolivia has a long and storied history, and a unique people have emerged from it. "Bolivia in Focus: A Guide to the People, Politics, and Culture" is an introduction to Bolivia and the country as a whole. Discussing everything from Bolivia's political instability to its culture, Dr. Robert Werner gives readers a large scope look at the country and its current status in a very complete form. "Bolivia in Focus" is a must for any who want to learn more about Bolivia.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Warden of Greyrock
K.V. Johansen
Orca Book Publishers
PO Box 5626, STN B, Victoria, BC V8R 6S4, Canada
9781554690053, $9.95,

Hatred for one's heritage is strongest and most unreasonable hatred. "Warden of Greyrock: The Warlocks of Talverdin" tells the story of halfbreed of Human and Nightwalker Maurey and the challenges he must face in his castle of Greyrock. Faced with a hostile cult, Maurey and his allies must solve the secret of the Yehillon if Maurey is to ever have a chance of living in peace. "Warden of Greyrock" is an entertaining fantasy adventure, highly recommended.

The Judaic Studies Shelf

Jewish Travel Guide 2009
Jewish Chronicle
Vallentine Mitchell
920 NE 58th Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, OR 97213-3786
9780853038801, $19.95,

Some places are more accommodating of one's faith than others. "Jewish Travel Guide 2009" is the must get guide for Jews who want to travel the world and be prepared for the challenges they will face in their faith along the way. Everything from the serious such as anti-semitism, to the convenient locations of local synagogues and kosher eateries, to interesting historic sites for the Jewish people around the world is covered. "Jewish Travel Guide 2009" is a must pick for the sight-seeing Jew.

The Library CD Music Shelf

Strange Cousin
Evergreene Music
450 West 31st Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001
c/o Rock Paper Scissors
511 West 4th Street, Suite 2, Bloomington, IN 47404

Performance band TriBeCaStan evolved out of a meeting of enthusiastic musicians during World Jug Band Day, when the cacophony of washboards and tubs transformed into "radical trad music", according to band member John Kruth. Flautist and master of Arabic scales Jeff Greene, Ween bassist David Dreiwitz, conch shell virtuouso (and Saturday Night Live band trombonist) Steve Turre, voice and box-fiddle player Jolie Holland, and ethno-jazz reed master Matt Darriau all combine to create one of the most unique urban folk bands in existence, whose pieces ultimately reflect the culture of a hypothetical hybrid nation. A soulful blend of musical cultural influences from Croatia to the Sahara, Strange Cousin is a joy to listen to and especially recommended to anyone interested in experiencing something truly unique. The tracks are "Mopti" (2:51), "Tonko the Zookeeper" (2:48), "Yusef's Motif" (3:05), "Raphaella" (2:34), "The Flowers" (2:06), "Dancing Girls" (3:29), "Tribecastani Traffic Jam" (2:59), "Sunda Sunday" (2:48), "Lady Dez" (3:15), "Black Ice" (4:02), "The Bottle Man" (2:45), "Otha's Blues" (3:48), "Princess Rahsaanica" (3:04), "Strange Cousin" (2:03), and "Many Mansions" (6:15). Highly recommended.

Granada Doaba
Rock Paper Scissors
511 West 4th Street, Suite 2, Bloomington, IN 47404

Though available in CD form, Granada Doaba is also offered for free download by its creators Gnawledge on their website - such is their desire to share their passionate love for music! Every track reflects the blending of cultures. From a unique style of flamenco with strong Arab influences that is native to Granada, to strains of the traditional Spanish guitar, Granada Doaba draws influence from centuries of musical history. The result is a lively fusion album, promoting peace and well-being as well as the unbridled joy of music. Highly recommended. The tracks are "Flamencologia", "Bohemia Al-Andalus","La Senda del Abuelo", "Nunca Fui a Granada", "No Te Rebeles (Seguiriya)", "Qanun Al-Tarab","Menudo Jaleo", "El Manisero de Potem Kin", "Calabazar de Sagua" "Yerbaguena", " La Lengaua del Rio", "Perro Cruzado", "Juxtapotente" and "El Arte de Escuchar".

As Time Goes By
Andrea Marcovicci
Andrea Song
c/o Miller Wright & Associates
1650 Broadway, Suite 1210, NY, NY 10019
AND09, $27.99,

Andrea Marcovicci is a cabaret singer whose justifiable enjoys an international reputation for the quality and artistry of her performances which now span more than three decades. "As Time Goes By: The Best Of Andrea Marcovicci" truly lives up to its title as seventeen of her greatest performances are flawlessly reproduced in this memorable CD recording. Two of the performances ('Lies of Handsome Men' and 'Young at Heart') have been newly recorded, while the other fifteen (including the title piece 'As Time Goes By') are drawn from her earlier album collections. With a total running time of 64:44, "As Time Goes By" is a 'must' for her legions of fans, and will well serve to one of 'the best in the business' to a whole new generation of appreciative listeners.

Two Ones
Soliloquy Records
c/o Mixed Media
20 Lockmere Road, Cranston, RI 02910
SOCD 2091, $15.98,

In "Two Ones", jazz clarinetist Harry Skoler teams up with vibist Ed Saindon to compose and perform original jazz creations, some of which are clarient and piano duets while others are quintet productions with Matt Marvuglio on flute, Barry Smith on bass, and Bob Tamagni on drums. The music is sweet, original, superbly performed and fluidly executed. The fifteen pieces comprising this memorable CD include among the Duos: Dad's Clarinet (4:17); Song for Jessy (5:21); Life's Dreams (2:30); Two Onederful (4:41); Jenna's Voice (4:42); Joyful Sorrow (2:40); Don't Say Words (3:39); and Hope (2:52). The Quintets include: Leaves of Autumn (7:30); Alpine Sunset (4:43); Joyful Sorrow (6:41); Giorgio's Theme (7:46); Piazzolla (4:49); Silent Serenity (5:44); and the title piece, Two As One (5:25). With its flawless technical production values, this "Two Ones" is enthusiastically recommended to the attention of all jazz enthusiasts and would make an enduringly popular addition to community library CD music collections.

Vayo Raimondo
Pantaleon Records
PO Box 33792, Portland, OR 97292
The Creative Service Company (publicity)
4360 Emerald Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80918
PAN-1009, $16.99,

Vayo Raimondo is one of those rarities in the world of the tango, he is an award winning artist who both writes and sings not just traditional themes, but the new tango music too. A true master of the tango musical genre, he always performs his music with acoustic instruments, even when offering his own contemporary compositions and lyrics, as well as variations from the musical structure of the tango. Now nine of his best pieces comprise "Tango", a technically flawless recording that includes La Cumparsita; Celos (Jealousy); Soledad (Loneness); Daniela; Three for Tango; Amame (Love Me); Nunca me Amo (She Never Loved Me); Dulce Engano (Sweet Deceit); and Milonga Sentimental. The vocal performance of Vayo Raimondo is supported by Miguel Pose (double bass), Julio Cobelli and Mario Nunez (guitars), Roman Raimondo (drums), Edison Bordon, Toto Damario, and Nestor Vaz (bandoneons). From one of the best and most popular musicians in the business, "Tango" is highly recommended for anyone who appreciates its emotional complexities and rhythms.

Vasen Street
PO Box 7367, Minneapolis, MN 55407
c/o Rock Paper Scissors (publicity)
511 West 4th Street, Suite 2, Bloomington, IN 47404
14.95 Euro,

Vasen Street is the hot new music album from the worldwide-popular Swedish trio Vasen, known for their catchy Swedish folk and dance themes. Reinventing centuries-old Swedish musical tradition with creative pizzaz, Vasen unique Swedish fiddle blend excites and delights. The result is especially recommended listening for anytime one needs a little extra syncretic energy - whether to perk up in the morning, stay alert while driving down the road, or work harder on the job. A vibrant, enlivening addition to public library CD collections and international music shelves. The tracks are "Rob's Polska" (3:25), "Srkaplandschottis" (2:40), "The Botanist" (3:42), "Gubben Wester (3:33), "Polska till Wik" (3:22), "Garageschottis" (3:16), "The Late Waltz" (3:33), "Asko Pasko Polska" (2:58), "Vasen Street" (3:19), "Absolute Swedish" (6:00), "Mordar Cajsas Polska" (2:43), "Hagsatra Brudmarsch" (2:56), "Lille Skutt" (2:39), "Tunggus och Lintas" (3:30), "Eklunda Polska nr 3" (2:41), and "Yoko" (5:01).

The Audiobook Shelf

Lord Valentine's Castle
Robert Silverberg, author
Stefan Rudnicki, narrator
Blackstone Audiobooks
PO Box 969, Ashland, OR 97520
9781433250620, $123.00 1-800-729-2665

Read by Grammy-winning audiobook producer Stefan Rudnicki, Lord Valentine's Castle is the unabridged audiobook rendition of Neubla Award-winning author Robert Silverberg's science fiction classic about a young, amnesiac apprentice juggler hired by a traveling troupe, amid a planet shared by a diversity of alien races as well as humans. With the aid of his friends, Valentine searches to regain his lost memory, his legacy, and indeed, his castle - but even when the secrets are rediscovered, one last, crucial test awaits him. With tracks every three minutes for easy bookmarking, Lord Valentine's Castle is an enthralling adventure especially recommended to listen to on long car or plane trips. 16 CDs, 19 1/2 hours.

All The Colors Of Darkness
Peter Robinson
Recorded Books, LLC
270 Skip Jack Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
C4874, $123.75,

Dramatically narrated by Simon Prebble, "All The Colors Of Darkness" is an Inspector Banks mystery/suspense novel by author Peter Robinson. Police Inspector Alan Banks is called upon to solve a grisly murder on the outskirts of Eastvale when the set designer for a local theater company is discovered hanging from a tree in the local forest. At first it's thought to be suicide, but when the victim's wealthy, lover is found beaten to death in his own home, it becomes quite clear that a cold blooded killer is at work. As with all of Peter Robinson's detective novels, the action comes fast, complicated, and replete with memorable characters and unexpected plot twists from beginning to end. A technically flawless recording, this complete and unabridged audio book production has 10 compact disks with a total running time of twelve hours. "All The Colors Of Darkness" is enthusiastically recommended for mystery buffs and, because of its production values and sturdy construction, all community library audio book collections.

Under The Volcano
Malcolm Lowry
Blackstone Audiobooks
PO Box 969, Ashland, OR 97520
9781433275029, $110.00,

Superbly narrated by accomplished stage actor John Lee, "Under The Volcano" by the late Malcolm Lowry is a riveting novel of the human condition which is set in 1938 against a Mexican backdrop. A former member of the British Embassy, Geoffrey Firmin and his wife Yvonne find themselves in Quauhnahuac and trying to deal with their failing marriage which is compounded by Geoffrey's emotional malaise and Yvonne's alcoholism. Then there is Geoffrey's half-brother Hugh and childhood friend Jacques adding further complications that must be dealt with. A technically flawless, complete and unabridged, 12 CD disk, audio book edition, "Under The Volcano" has a total running time of fifteen hours. Providing a true 'theatre of the mind' listening experience, "Under The Volcano" is very highly recommended for personal and community library audio book collections.

Planet Salt Spring
Arthur Black
Harbour Publishing
PO Box 219, Madeira Park, BC, Canada, V0N 2H0
9781550174700, $18.95,

Arthur Black is the voice of 'Basic Black', one of Canada's most popular radio shows in which he spins out stories stamped with his unmistakable wit and style. In "Planet Salt Spring" we are treated to more of his light-hearted look at his island home of Salt Spring where the grist for his home-spun tales range from watching gees and swallows on the hunt to drinking coffee in one of Salt Spring's many cafes. Sometimes thought to be Canada's equivalent of Garrison Keillor, Arthur Black is a consummate entertainer whose wit and wisdom are on full display in "Planet Salt Spring". This flawlessly produced audio CD has a total running time of 66 minutes, will serve as an excellent introduction for those new to his work, and is a 'must' for Arthur Black's legions of established fans.

On Basilisk Station
David Weber
Brilliance Corporation
PO Box 887, Grand Haven, MI 49417
9781423393382, $29.99,

David Weber is the gifted science fiction action/adventure writer who created the her Majesty's space navy officer Honor Harrington, a young woman assigned to command the destroyer class military ship 'Fearless'. When Honor runs afoul of certain members of the aristocracy, she and her ship are sent to Basilisk Station, a dumping ground for undesirable members of the naval military. That's where she encounters an old nemesis from cadet school -- a bully and incompetent whose own aristocratic status saved him from an even larger disgrace. Honor finds herself being set up to fail when she is put in charge of security for the station and the planet it monitors. Complicating things further is the initial hostility of her own crew, the inheritance of bad relations between former naval officers and the Basilisk Station personnel, and the gradually emerging presence of a plot by a rival space faring nation. Superbly narrated by Allyson Johnson, this flawlessly recorded, complete and unabridged, 13 disk CD set has a total running time of 15 hours, 15 minutes. "On Basilisk Station is the first volume of David Weber's Honor Harrington trilogy and will leave the listener looking eagerly toward the next two titles in their Brilliance audio book editions.

Torchwood: Lost Souls
Joseph Lidster
BBC Audiobooks America
42 Whitecap Drive, North Kingstown, RI 02852-7445
9781602836570, $14.95,

A very successful spin off from the perennially popular British science fiction television series 'Dr. Who', the 'Torchwood' series has expanded to include full-cast, special effects enhanced audio book productions from BBC Audiobooks America that provide the listener with a true 'theatre of the mind' experience. "Torchwood: Lost Souls" features four actors (John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Gareth David-Lloyd, and Freema Agyeman) who reprise their television roles in a harrowing tale of invasion from another dimension thanks to experiments at CERN (the world's largest particle accelerator) in Switzerland. Fans will appreciate "Torchwood: Lost Souls" being enhanced with the inclusion of a bonus program in the form of 'behind the scenes' interviews with series creator Russell T. Davies and members of the cast and crews. A technically flawless recording with state of the art production values, "Torchwood: Lost Souls" (with a total running time of 1 hour, 15 minutes) is a very highly recommended addition to community library audio book collections -- and a 'must' for Torchwood's legions of fans.

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
Katherine Howe
Hyperion Books
77 West 66th St., NY, NY 10023-6298
9781401393052, $39.99,

Connie Goodwin is a Harvard graduate student who needs spend her summer doing research as part of her doctoral dissertation. So it's a bit inconvenient when her mother asks her to got to Salem and handle the sale of her grandmother's abandoned home. But it's there that Connie unexpectedly finds ancient key hidden within a seventeenth-century family bible. The key contains an old, crumbling fragment of a parchment with the name Deliverance Dane written on it. This discovery compels Connie on a quest to find out who this woman was and to find a rare colonial artifact called a 'physic book' upon whose pages are recorded a lost knowledge of herbs -- and other stranger things. But things get even more complicated when Connie begins to experience visions of the old Salem witch trials and old dark secrets of the past begin to emerge. Superbly written by Katherine Howe and strongly recommended for community library audio book collections, this complete, unabridged, 11 disk, 13 hour DVD is flawlessly narrated by Katherine Kellgren.

Blue Moon: The Immortals
Alyson Noel, author
Katie Schorr, narrator
Macmillan Audio
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10010
9781427208422 $17.99 1-800-221-7945

Blue Moon: The Immortals is the unabridged audiobook presentation of the second book in Noel's widespread and popular Immortals series, a saga about love, power, and the inevitable repercussions of a (possibly) endless lifespan. As Ever gradually becomes accustomed to her powers as an immortal, her beloved Damen becomes afflicted with an inexplicable illness that threatens his memory and identity as well as his life. In search of a cure, she journeys to the mystic dimension of Summerland. There, she learns not only of the terrible history Damen has kept hidden from her, but also an ancient text that teaches her about the workings of time itself. She must make a choice - bend time itself to save her family from the accident that took their lives, or stay in the present and save Damen from certain doom! An enthralling, introspective fantasy adventure, highly recommended, even (or especially!) to those new to the Immortals series. 7 CDs, 8 hours.

The DVD Shelf

Olomana Gardens Permaculture and Aquaponies
Glenn Martinez
World Class Productions
423 Kanekapolei Street, Suite 9, Honolulu, HI 96815

Olomana Gardens Permaculture and Aquaponies is a DVD revealing the beauty and inner workings of Olomana Gardens, a permaculture farm meant to serve as a model of a modern, sustainable food growing system that can be applied to small-scale farms, as well as food production for residential lots. Showcasing integrated systems of animals, composting and vermicomposting, and aquaponics (a combination of aquaculture and hydroponics), Olomana Gardens is as much a beautiful tour of verdant green as it is a demonstration of practical means for future food production. A wonderful and educational viewing experience, extraordinarily timely in today's era of rising food and fuel prices, particularly recommended for public and school library DVD collections.

Half Pint: Live in Hollywood
MVD Entertainment Group
PO Box 280, Oaks, PA 19456
MVDV, $16.95,

Performing under the stage name Half Pint, this Jamaican singer is a master of the Reggae genre. "Half Pint: Live in Hollywood" showcases his performance as he 'rocked the crowd' at the Key Club which is located on Los Angeles' world famous Sunset Strip. His performance is backed up by the World Citizen Band as he offers an enthusiastic audience seventeen energetic pieces that include: Greetings; Mr. Land Lord; Hypocrites; Victory; cost of Living; Just Be Good; Sally; Hold On; Substitute Lover; gonna Take a Miracle; Children of His Majesty; One Big Family; Our Own Song; Level the Vibes; have Little Faith; and Crazy Girl. Of special note are the inclusion of Interviews 1 and 2. A truly impressive performance, watching "Half Pint: Live in Hollywood" at home is the next best thing to being front-row center at his live performance!

c/o Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403

Acacia is a premier producer of healthy and 'user friendly' exercise DVDs. Three of their newest releases are particularly recommended for personal and community library DVD collections. "Weight Loss Cardio Kick" (AMP-8211, $14.99) features Violet Zaki and consists of two 20-minute segments of high-energy moves designed to trim excess fat from the human frame. Of special note is the accompanying 16-page booklet featuring creative salad recipes. The DVD format also allows for the addition of a bonus kick-boxing tutorial. "Exhale: Core Fusion Thighs & Glutes" (AMP-8189, $14.99) provides five 10-minute workouts each specifically designed to life and tone the body quickly, efficiently, and appropriately. "Yoga To The Rescue For Neck & Shoulders" (AMP-8258, $14.99) features Desiree Rumbaugh providing a 30-minute, step-by-step, visual tutorial in a gentle, 'user friendly' program to address the aches, stiffness and tension of the neck and shoulder region. Each of these highly recommended exercise videos are technically flawless recordings and welcome additions to any dedicated exercise regime be it daily or weekly in nature. Anyone seeking to build up a library of health and exercise DVDs would be well advised to visit the Acacia web site at for a complete listing of all their available titles.

The Spy Factory
PBS Home Video
c/o SSA Public Relations
15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
WG43059, $24.99,

Produced for the Nova television series, "The Spy Factory" is a one hour documentary showcasing riveting true stories drawn from the American government's National Security Agency. Providing an exploration and explanation of this top secret agency's inner workings in terms of its technological capabilities, limitations and procedures, "The Spy Factory" addresses the pivotal question of our time: Are Americans safer today after the horrific attacks of 9/11? Revealed is the shocking disclosure that the NSA knew the identities of key 9/11 conspirators and have even tracked them on American soil for at last five years prior to the incident. All this an more presents sobering, informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking revelations of what the NSA is capable of accomplishing in terms of the effectiveness of high-tech surveillance in an age of terrorism -- and how the top echelons of the Bush administration failed us all. "The Spy Factory" is a highly recommended addition to community library DVD collections, and will prove to be of intense interest for non-specialist general viewers with an interest in national security issues.

Kirov Stars: Shakespeare Dance Trilogy
V.I.E.W. Video
34 East 23rd Street, NY, NY 10010
#2221, $19.99,

The plays of Shakespeare have always been a rich source of inspiration in the world of ballet. Now three strikingly costumed and choreographed productions have been compiled in a single outstanding DVD from V.I.E.W. Video. "Kirov Stars: Shakespeare Dance Trilogy" showcases the impressive talent of Kirov Ballet troupe in three of Shakespeare's best know dramas. the productions of 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'Hamlet' are performed to the music of Tchaikovsky. 'The Moor's Pavane' is drawn from Othello and is performed to the music of Henry Purcell. In all three productions, the music is expertly performed by the State Academic Orchestra of the USSR. The set designs are superb, the talent is memorable, and the production values of flawless. Enhanced for viewers with bonus features that include Tchaikovsky's biography, and a total running time of seventy minutes, "Kirov Stars: Shakespeare Dance Trilogy" is very highly recommended viewing for ballet enthusiasts and an enduring popular addition to community library DVD collections.

Monterey Media Inc.
566 St. Charles Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-3901
#319442, $26.95,

When Willie and his parents move into a new house the youngster is convinced that the place fairly lurks with evil aliens from outer space who are going to do him harm. Willie wants desperately for someone to save him. That's when Gooby shows up. A big, loveable, scruffy creature (who may just be as frightened of the world as Willie is of space aliens) to provide comfort and companionship to a beleaguered young boy. "Gooby" is a fully featured theatrical production starring Matthew Knight as Willie and Robbie Coltrane as the voice of Gooby. This flawless DVD edition of a thoroughly entertaining family movie has a total running time of 99 minutes and is very highly recommended as an enduringly popular addition to community library DVD collections.

Sharyn Pak
On Air Video
DVD, $16.95,

Now anyone can make wonderfully smelling, beautifully configured, superbly textured decorated soaps in the comfort of their own home just by following the 'user friendly' instructions and examples that comprise Sharyn Pak's new 'how to' video "Soapmaking: Easy Melt And Pour Creations". This 112 minute, full color, full frame DVD provides step-by-step demonstrations of the 'melt and pour' method of making soaps that can be created from beginning to end in less than an hour. the processes taught are the easiest and safest soap making techniques ever -- and the only limits to creativity are the mind's imagination. The tools required are common to every household beginning with a microwave oven, a measuring cup, a knife, and a small kitchen scale. Host Sharyn Pak provides a running commentary replete with tips, tricks and techniques that will result in truly impressive made-it-yourself soaps to grace any bathroom and make unique gift giving for any and all occasions. "Soapmaking" is recommended for do-it-yourself craft and hobby enthusiasts, and would make an enduringly popular addition to community library DVD collections.

Armchair Thriller
Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
AMP-8278, $59.99,

It's no secret that British television produces some of the finest mystery/suspense entertainment in the world. Case in point -- "Armchair Thriller", originally aired in the United States as part of the PBS 'Mystery!' television series. Showcasing four mystery stories ('Dying Day'; 'The Limbo Connection'; 'Rachel in Danger'; and 'The Victim'), "Armchair Thriller" offers truly flawless productions and has a total running time of 487 minutes. Replete with memorable characters, set designs, and BBC's usual high standards of performances, "Armchair Thriller" truly lives up to its title and is enthusiastically recommended to the attention of mystery buffs, and will make very welcome and popular addition to community library DVD collections.

Inside The Koran
First Run Features
630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213, New York, NY 10036
FRF 913799D, $24.95,

Prior to the tragic events of 9/11, most Americans had only the vaguest impression of Islam, principally gleaned from Hollywood films and literary novels involving the Crusades. For most Americans, all they knew was that Islam was started by a man named Mohammad and that its sacred book was called the Koran. With the attacks on American soil by Muslims who took as their ethical mandate the Islamic religion to do so, Americans viewed Islam to be intrinsically hostile to American cultural values. Even the American president George W. Bush was ignorant of the various divisions within the Islamic religion and view the diverse Muslim world as monolithic. The result was the continuing international tragedy we are still dealing with some eight years later. That's why "Inside The Koran: A Journey Into The Heart Of Islam", a film by Anthony Thomas and now available in a DVD format from First Run Features is such a vitally important addition to every community and school library collection, it is critically important viewing for every American citizen wanting accurate, descriptive, insightful information on one of the most important religious texts in the world today. "Inside The Koran" will also provide information and insight into the diversity of the Muslim world of ayatollahs, grand imams, mosques, and the lives of ordinary Muslims.

Crystal Productions
PO Box 2159, Glenview, IL 60025-6159

Crystal Productions is a premier producer of instructional and educational DVDs in the field of the do-it-yourself instructionals and crafts including art, photography, and more. Five of their latest DVDs are especially recommended for personal, family, school and library collections. The first two are by artist Peggy Flores and include "Junk Sculpture" (9781562906177, $29.95, 24 minutes), on making art out of cast-off materials such as discarded boxes, paper tubes, plastic bottles, egg cartons, and more, to make animals and other figures. In "Making Books" (9781562906191, $29.95, 25 minutes) Peggy shows how to custom make books that include a simple stitch binding, as well as pop-up books, accordion books, scrap books, notebooks, and diaries. Two new informed and informative art appreciation titles from Crystal Productions include "In Plain Sight: Public Art in the City" (9781562906238, $29.95) which explores the history from cave paintings to Santa Barbara, California's Herbert Bayer Chromatic Gate, and "Outsider Art: Mosaic Murals" (9781562906221, $29.95), showcasing the work of Isaiah Zager and his unique murals in Philadelphia. "Digital Digest Photography" (9781562906214, $29.95) covers every aspect of the digital photography process including cameras, f-stops, shutter speeds, ISO selection, exposure, batteries, white balance and more. Individuals, classroom teachers, and librarians seeking to build up their art history and instruction collections would be well advised to visit the Crystal Productions web site for a complete listing of their superbly produced instructional and educational DVDs for art students and crafts enthusiasts.

The Christian Studies Shelf

Christ and the Judgment of God, second edition
Stephen H. Travis
Hendrickson Publishers
1820 Jet Stream Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80921
9781598563382, $24.95,

The God of the Old Testament was one of massive power and vengeance, but what of the God of the New Testament? "Christ and the Judgment of God: The Limits of Divine Retribution in New Testament Thought" discusses the wrath of God when it pertains to the books of the New Testament and the arrival of Jesus Christ. Intellectual and scholarly, "Christ and the Judgment of God" carries much to think about, and gives readers insights that can't be found elsewhere. Now in an updated second edition, "Christ and the Judgment of God" is a strong recommendation for any Biblical scholar, be they professional or amateur.

Universal Truth
Lawrence R. Farley
Conciliar Press Ministries
PO Box 76, Ben Lomond, CA 95005-0076
9781888212600, $15.95,

How did early Christians get their message across to the masses? "Universal Truth: The Catholic Epistles of James, Peter, Jude and John" is a collection of the famed epistles, or letters, from four of Jesus's best known apostles. Granting a picture of early Christianity and how these individuals spread their message, and how they debated theology years after Jesus's resurrection, "Universal Truth" is an intriguing exploration of Christianity and its beginnings.

Constructing a Saint Through Images
James P. M. Walsh, translator
Saint Joseph's University Press
5600 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131-1395
0916101584, $40.00,

Ignatius of Loyola was one of the key figures of the Catholic church, honored in 1609 with a collection of images celebrating his life and work. "Constructing a Saint Through Images: The 1609 Illustrated Biography of Ignatius of Loyola" Shown here for American readers is the illustrated biography of man fully translated and explained for English speakers. Each image contains the original image in black and white, as the opposite page translates the words of the image to grant understanding to the reader. A way of learning of a man through contemporary works, "Constructing a Saint Through Images" is highly recommended.

They Are Us
Stephen Bouman & Ralston Deffenbaugh
Augsburg Fortress
PO Box 1209, Minneapolis, MN 55440
9780806657639, $14.99,

Love thy neighbor is a commonly trumpeted virtue of Christianity, and "They Are Us: Lutherans and Immigration" echoes this sentiment. Authors Stephen Bouman & Ralston Deffenbaugh explains this viewpoint in regards to immigration calling for Lutherans to take these lost souls under their wing and help them to the best of their power, stating that charity and generosity is the Christian way of life. "They Are Us" is a different and optimistic look at immigration, and a must read for Lutherans.

The Doctrines of Grace
James Montgomery Boice & Philip Graham Ryken
c/o Good News Publishers
1300 Crescent Street, Wheaton, IL 60187
9781581342994, $17.99,

There are many who have lost the way despite calling themselves Christians. "The Doctrines of Grace: Rediscovering the Evangelical Gospel" is a criticism of modern Christianity and how it has apparently lost its path in life, untrue to the original faith. Saying that Evangelicalism needs to abandon this casual faith and encourage Christians to return to their faith's roots, two pastors speak on modern Christianity, where it's heading, and what can be done. A must for those concerned for their faith, "The Doctrines of Grace" is recommended.

The Evangelical Movement In Ethiopia
Tibebe Eshete
Baylor University Press
One Bear Place, #97363, Waco, TX 76798
9781602580022, $54.95,

Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries on the African continent. Over the past several decades it has been ravaged by wars, famines, and epidemic disease. It has also been home to the Ethiopian Christian church whose members have been active participants in both the events of the day and in trying to expand their communities of faith even in the face of considerable hardships. This evangelical movement is not something imported from abroad, but has arisen from the ranks of the native Ethiopians themselves. That is the fundamental message of Tibebe Eshete's 480-page history and commentary "The Evangelical Movement In Ethiopia: Resistance And Resilience". Providing an informed and informative historical overview, "The Evangelical Movement In Ethiopia" begins with the first emergence of the Ethiopian Orthodox church from its earliest movement down to the present day. A native Ethiopian, Eshete then covers the first three centuries of the Evangelical Church including the war years, the restoration, and the renewed missionary work. The next major section is dedicated to the Pentecostal Church. The final major section covers the Ethiopian revolution including early church-state relations under Communist rule, responses of the southern evangelical church to persecution, the 'underground' Christian movement within Ethiopian society, and more. A seminal work of outstanding scholarship, "The Evangelical Movement In Ethiopia" is a core and strongly recommended addition to academic library Christian history reference collections in general, and African Christian Studies supplemental reading lists in particular.

From Jay-Z to Jesus
Benjamin Stephens III and Ralph C. Watkins
Judson Press
PO Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851
9780817015459, $15.00 1-800-458-3766

Written by West Angeles Church of God in Christ pastor Benjamin Stephens III, MDIV, and assistant dean of African-American Church Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary Ralph C. Watkins, From Jay-Z to Jesus: Reaching & Teaching Young Adults in the Black Church is an invaluable reference, guide, and resource to church leaders with regard to reaching out to young people ages 18 to 39. From a discussion of the developmental phases of young adults, to successful models for young adult ministry, how to preach effectively to young adults, and why the future of the church itself lies in the hearts of young people, From Jay-Z to Jesus is broad-ranging in scope with a firm focus on matters both practical and spiritual. "Questions to Consider" follow up each chapter. A "must-have" for church leaders - though written especially for leaders of predominantly African-American churches, From Jay-Z to Jesus is packed with practical advice useful to Christian leaders everywhere. "Real success as a Christian leader is developing a movement that can be sustained after God has called you to other levels of service. One of the most difficult tasks for a leader is prioritizing the time to develop a person or group of people who will replace you. In the midst of developing relationships, being creative, negotiating faith, and maintaining zeal, attention is easily removed from the necessity to prepare for the future. The easiest decision for a Christian leader is to avoid the complication of developing other leaders by managing all the responsibility on your own. By doing this, however, you set up your ministry for abrupt and devastating failure."

Purpose-Filled Presentations
Tony Jeary
Standard Publishing
8805 Governors Hill Dr., Ste. 400, Cincinnati, OH 45249
9780784723142, $14.99

Written by expert presenter Tony Jeary, Purpose-Filled Presentations: How any Christian Can Communicate More Effectively to Anybody, Anytime, Anywhere embodies its title with straightforward guidelines to increase one's confidence and communicate effectively. Written especially for Christians, Purpose-Filled Presentations is particularly ideal for church volunteers and leaders. Chapters address how to lead and empower small groups, maximizing teaching opportunities, interact positively with the media, and much more. Featuring a seven-step process to improve one's presentations in general, Purpose-Filled Presentations is an excellent guide especially recommended for church libraries.

The Complete Guide to Bible Translations
Ron Rhodes
Harvest House Publishers
990 Owen Loop North, Eugene, Oregon 97402-9173
9780736925464, $13.99 1-800-547-8979

Biblical scholar Ron Rhodes presents The Complete Guide to Bible Translations, a straightforward, easy-to-follow guide that literally lives up to its title. Chapters help the reader choose which English translation of the Bible best suits their needs, summarize the most prominent theories of translation (such as word-for-word versus phrase-for-phrase translation), examines the ongoing debate about gender-inclusive language, and most importantly, compares and contrasts the eighteen English translations of the bible from the King James Version to the New Living Translation. The analysis of each translation includes the history of its origin, its intended readership, advantages and disadvantages, and how it matches up to other translations when put side-by-side. An absolute "must-have" for church libraries and any individual of any background interested in a serious study of the Holy Bible - since before one begins to study, one needs to determine which translation one is using and how this choice affects the sacred text!

Tears of God
Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R.
Ignatius Press
PO Box 1339, Fort Collins, CO 80522
9781586172893, $10.95 1-800-651-1531

Spiritual director and psychologist Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel presents Tears of God: Persevering in the Face of Great Sorrow or Catastrophe, a guide for Christians to surviving and coping with times of great distress or loss. Offering prayers most suitable for weathering one's darkest hour, Tears of God looks to Christ's suffering and martyrdom as a source of wisdom and inspiration to all His followers. Amid terrible suffering, Christians are well served to remember Christ's ordeal on the cross, a powerful perspective and truth that no other religious faith can present. A deeply moving work of insurmountable faith, Tears of God is as profound as it is powerful.

Leaders Who Last
Margaret J. Marcuson
Seabury Books
445 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016
9781596270954, $20.00,

It's one thing to lead. It's another to keep that leadership going with loyal followers. "Leaders Who Last: Sustaining Yourself and Your Ministry" is a guide to crafting Church leadership that is sustainable and doesn't invite burnout. Dividing the many problems that face church leaders and ultimately bring them panic and confusion, author Margaret J. Marcuson offers many tips that will keep leaders spiritual and ready for the next challenges. "Leaders Who Last" is a must for the church leader who wants their position to be more than short term.

The Photography Shelf

Granite, Water, and Light
Mike Osborne
Heyday Books
PO Box 9145, Berkeley, CA 94709
9781597140997, $12.95,

For its sheer wild and natural beauty, there are few places within the confines of the United States that can match that of Yosemite. This is particularly true of its many spectacular waterfalls -- such as those beautifully documented and described in Mike Osborne's 64-page coffee table compendium "Granite, Water, and Light: the Waterfalls Of Yosemite Valley". Beautifully photographed images of the many falls that simple cascade down from the tops of towering cliffs, Yosemite Valley's elegant waterfalls are gazed upon with awe and appreciation by millions of annual visitors. More than a simple collection of elegant photographs, "Granite, Water, and Light" also provides the reader with information commentary on the geological structures of these waterfalls, as well as where and when to view them. Highly recommended and pleasurable reading, "Granite, Water, and Light" is perfect for the armchair traveler and the next best thing to being there!

Historic Photos Of Broadway
Leonard Jacobs
Turner Publishing Company
200 - 4th Avenue North, Suite 950, Nashville, TN 37219
9781596523623, $39.95,

The New York City theatrical district popularly known as Broadway had its pre-Civil War origins in the 1850s and continues to be considered the 'Mecca' of live theater to this very day. "Historic Photos Of Broadway: New York Theater, 1850-1970" is a photographic 'biography' of the theaters, performers, directors, producers, and theatrical productions replete with images obtained from the Billy Rose Theatre Division of the new York Public Library for the Performing Arts. With an informed and informative text (including photograph captioning) by Leonard Jacobs, "Historic Photos Of Broadway" offers a fascinating history of an icon of American popular culture and is a welcome, highly recommended addition to personal, community, and academic library collections.

Brian Vanden Brink
Down East Books
PO Box 679, Camden, ME 04843
9780892727933, $65.00,

Brian Vanden Brink is an architectural photographer who has been taking memorable pictures of the interiors and exteriors of American buildings for almost 30 years. In "Ruin: Photographs of a Vanishing America", Brian has captured hauntingly beautiful images of abandoned homes, churches, mills, are storefronts. A few of the images are in black-and-white, but most of them are in color. Of special note are the photographs of such unusual subjects as the 300 foot tall chimney of a lead smelter, and the stygian depths of an Air Force plutonium storage vault. Enhanced with an informed and informative foreword by historic preservation and architecture expert Howard Mansfield, "Ruin" is a fascinating browse and a very highly recommended addition for any personal, professional, academic, or community library American Photography collection.

Ghost Ranch And The Faraway Nearby
Craig Varjabedian
University of New Mexico Press
1312 Basehart Road SE, Albuquerque NM 87106-4363
9780826336217, $45.00,

An award-winning fine arts photographer, Craig Varjabedian's work showcased in "Ghost Ranch And The Faraway Nearby" presents his collection of black-and-white photographs depicting the impressive landscapes, scenery, and vistas of the New Mexico country known as Ghost Ranch. This fascinating compendium of compelling images is further enhanced by the inclusion of an informed introduction by Jay Packer, informative essays by Marin Sardy, Belden C. Lane, Douglas A. Fairfield, and Rob Craig. Of very special note is the Afterword by none other than the legendary painter Georgia O'Keeffe. "Ghost Ranch And The Faraway Nearby" is a unique and recommended addition to personal, professional, academic, and community library American photography collections.

Light Vision
Mohamad J. Vajed
Regent Press
2747 Regent Street, Berkeley, CA 94705
9781587901676, $27.00,

Black-and-white photography, when created by a skilled photographer like Irianian-born Mohamad J. Vajed, can and does rise to the level of fine art as evidence by "Light Vision: A Book of Black and White Photographs" which elegantly showcases his work of the past several years. The images are derived from such diverse subjects as plans and flowers, portraits, and studies of industrial forms. What elevates the mundane and ordinary to the memorable and extraordinary is Vajed's utilization of light and shadow. the result is a 120-page volume presenting 45 gelatin silver prints produced in a laser Fultone (Duotone) process and printed on 60lb Century Gloss Book paper. The result is a very strongly recommended addition to personal, professional, academic, and community library Contemporary Photographic Art collections.

Eddie Adams: Vietnam
Alyssa Adams, editor
Umbrage Editions
111 Front Street, Suite 208, Brooklyn, NY 11201
9781884167966, $50.00,

An award winning professional photojournalist, Eddie Adams was assigned to the Vietnam War where he took photographs that documented the brutalities and hardships of that horrific conflict. It was Adams who took the iconic photograph of the execution of a Vietcong prisoner by the national police chief of South Vietnam, firing a bullet into the head of a man standing an arm's length away on a Saigon street. Now a tour-de-force of Adams's work as a photojournalist has been expertly compiled and deftly edited by Alyssa Adams in "Eddie Adams: Vietnam", a 240-page memorial consisting of 200 black-and-white photographs that graphical portray detailed images from the urban and rural battlefields of Vietnam. Of special note are the succinct commentaries on Eddie Adams' work as a photojournalist from his fellow journalists ranging from Peter Arnett, David Halberstam, Tom Brokwa, and Tom Curley, to George Esper, Kerry Kennedy, David Kennerly, Morley Safer, and Bob Schieffer. "Eddie Adams: Vietnam" is a fitting tribute both to the man who photographed the conflict that was to alter America in ways that are still reverberating in American political culture to this very day.

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