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Volume 10, Number 7 July 2015 Home | LBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Social Issues Shelf Economic Studies Shelf
Writing/Publishing Shelf Gaming Shelf Photography Shelf
Archaeology Shelf Psychology Shelf Cookbook Shelf
Graphic Novel Shelf Audiobook Shelf Library CD Shelf
Library DVD Shelf Poetry Shelf Art Shelf
Science Shelf Philosophy Shelf American History Shelf
World History Shelf Native American Studies Shelf Holocaust Studies Shelf
Religion/Spirituality Shelf Literary Studies Shelf Biography Shelf
Education Shelf    

Reviewer's Choice

Fundamentals of Fire Protection for the Safety Professional, second edition
Lon H. Ferguson and Christopher A. Janicak
Bernan Press
c/o Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706
9781598887112 $79.00

Now in an updated second edition, Fundamentals of Fire Protection for the Safety Professional is a resource by expert authors Lon Ferguson, CSP, CFPS and Christopher Janicak, CSP, CEA, ARM, both of whom are Professors of Safety Sciences at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Readers will learn how to design fire safety management programs to not only prevent industrial fire, but also protect assets and promote safe evacuation if needed. Chapters walk one through the establishment of emergency action plans, fire prevention plans, fire alarm and fire extinguishment systems, and comprehensive fire management plans in compliance with OSHA and National Fire Protection Association standards. Particular attention is paid to the chemistry and physics of fire, the threat of mechanical and chemical explosions, hazardous processes, and more. Fundamentals of Fire Protection for the Safety Professional is an absolute "must-have" for any safety or business professional responsible for protecting both people and property.

The Social Issues Shelf

Rich Media, Poor Democracy
Robert W. McChesney
The New Press
126 Wall Street, floor 31, New York, NY 10005-4007
9781565849754, $22.95, 496pp,

Originally published in 2000, "Rich Media, Poor Democracy: Communication Politics in Dubious Times" by Robert W. McChesney is a meticulously researched exposition of how U.S. media and communication empires are threatening effective democratic governance. What happens when a few conglomerates dominate all major aspects of mass media, from newspapers and magazines to radio and broadcast television? Since the original publication of this prescient and award winning work the concentration of media power and the resultant "hypercommercialization of culture" has only intensified. A clarion work of enduring value and relevance, "Rich Media, Poor Democracy: Communication Politics in Dubious Times" is very highly recommended for community and academic library Media Studies and Political Science Studies reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists. Impressively well written and fully accessible for the non-specialist general reader with an interest on the impact of corporate media on local, state, and federal level governance, it should be noted that "Rich Media, Poor Democracy: Communication Politics in Dubious Times" is also available in a Kindle edition ($12.99).

The Economic Studies Shelf

Handbook of Research on Fair Trade
Laura T. Raynolds & Elizabeth A. Bennett, editors
Edward Elgar Publishing
9 Dewey Court, Northampton, MA 01060-3815
9781783474608, $270.00, 608pp,

Fair trade is a social movement whose stated goal is to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions and to promote sustainability. Members of the movement advocate the payment of higher prices to exporters, as well as higher social and environmental standards. The movement focuses in particular on commodities, or products which are typically exported from developing countries to developed countries. The movement seeks to promote greater equity in international trading partnerships through dialogue, transparency, and respect. It promotes sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers in developing countries. Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by Laura T. Raynolds (Co-Director, Center for Fair & Alternative Trade and Professor, Sociology Department, Colorado State University) and Elizabeth A. Bennett (Assistant Professor, International Affairs Department, Lewis & Clark College and Associate, Center for Fair & Alternative Trade, Colorado State University) is a compendium comprised of thirty seminal and scholarly articles by knowledgeable contributors and deftly organized into four major sections: Introduction to Fair Trade; The Fair Trade Movement; The Business of Fair Trade; Fair Trade and International Development. Provided with a useful fifty-nine page Index, the "Handbook of Research on Fair Trade" is a critically important and highly recommended addition to governmental, NGO, and academic library International Economics reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

The Writing/Publishing Shelf

The Frugal Editor, second edition
Carolyn Howard-Johnson
HowToDoItFrugally Publishing
9781505712117 $17.95 pbk / $9.00 Kindle

Now in an updated second edition, The Frugal Editor is part of the "How To Do It Frugally" series for writers and publishers, and an absolute "must-have" for virtually all aspiring and practicing authors in these tough economic times. Tips, tricks, techniques, and do-it-yourself editing secrets will aid in improving one's writing at every stage of the process - from creating an initial query letter to revising rough drafts, putting the finishing touches on the final manuscript, and marketing the published work. "Remember when you first realized that a blow-by-blow account of a movie bored your parents? It's true with books, too. When space is limited, your plot should be a mere logline, pitch, or teaser. Your credentials or experience will be far more impressive to an agent or publisher." Extensive appendices filled with useful things like professional sample cover letters or query letters, tips for Kindle formatting made easy, and more round out this top-notch guide by award-winning author and former New York publicist Carolyn Howard-Johnson. Also highly recommended is the second edition of "The Frugal Book Promoter" (9781463743291, $17.95 pbk / $9.95 Kindle).

The Gaming Shelf

A Brief History of Video Games
Richard Stanton
Running Press
c/o Perseus Book Group
250 W. 57th St., Suite 1500, New York, NY 10107
9780762456154 $14.95

Illustrated with full-color photography and screenshots on virtually every page, A Brief History of Video Games: The Evolution of a Global Industry is a researched, plain-spoken, and thoroughly accessible chronicle of video games as a pop culture phenomenon turned major creative industry. From the earliest arcade games, to the rise and fall of Atari, the industry resurrection driven by Nintendo, the proliferation of handheld systems, the more recent surge in mobile (smartphone) gaming, and more, A Brief History of Video Games is an edifying whirlwind tour of market forces, creative geniuses, and spectacular business successes and failures. A Brief History of Video Games is a "must-read" for serious minded game historians and curious video game connoisseurs alike!

The Photography Shelf

Michael Poliza
teNeues Publishing Group
7 West 18th Street, New York, NY, 10011
9783832798666, $59.95, 408pp,

World-renowned wildlife and nature photographer Michael Poliza's enormously popular photography book, "Africa" was originally published in 2006, and has now been re-released by the teNeuse Publishing Group in a smaller, 408 page hardcover coffee-table style edition. A stunning collection of photographs that captures Africa's elegant natural beauty and animal life, "Africa" is very highly recommended for personal, community and academic library Wildlife Photography collections. Indeed, this outstanding edition of "Africa" would be an ideal 'Memorial Fund' acquisition for library based collections.

Edward S. Curtis: One Hundred Masterworks
Christopher Cardzo
Prestel Publishing
900 Broadway, Suite 603, New York, NY 10003
9783791354217, $65.00, 184pp,

Edward Sheriff Curtis (February 16, 1868 - October 19, 1952) was an American ethnologist and photographer of the American West and of Native American peoples. Compiled with commentary and captioning by Christopher Cardzo (with contributions by A. D. Coleman; Louise Erdrich; Eric J. Jolly; and Michael Charles Tobia), "Edward S. Curtis: One Hundred Masterworks" flawlessly reproduced Edward Curtis vintage duo tone photographs of Native Americans. Selected from a personal archive of more than 3,000 Curtis originals, the brilliance of this early American pioneer in photography is a truly impressive compilation from beginning to end. "Edward S. Curtis: One Hundred Masterworks" is an extraordinary and highly recommended addition to community and academic library American Photography History and Native American Studies reference collections.

The Archaeology Shelf

Discovering the City of David
Ahron Horovitz
Aggid Books
c/o Koren Publishers Jerusalem Ltd.
PO Box 8531, New Milford, CT 06776-8531
9781592644216, $24.95,

"Discovering the City of David: A Journey To The Source" brings the wealth of archaeological finds and detailed research of ancient Jerusalem to the doorstep of non-specialist general readers for the first time. The first part surveys the major historical periods in the history of ancient Jerusalem. The second part is a guided tour of all the major sites in the City of David. Featuring illuminating drawings and exciting reconstructions, as well as fascinating photographs, this 116 page compendium is as informed and informative as it is stunningly beautiful to browse through. Deftly written commentaries and inherently interesting archaeological sites, "Discovering the City of David " is enthusiastically recommended for personal, community and academic library collections.

The Psychology Shelf

Frances Tustin Today
Judith L. Mitrani & Theodore Mitrani, editors
711 - 3rd Avenue, Floor 8, New York, NY 10017-9209
9781138820449, $200.00, 276pp,

Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by Judith L. Mitrani and Theodore Mitrani (Fellows of The International Psycho-Analytical Association, Training and Supervising Psychoanalysts at The Psychoanalytic Center of California in Los Angeles. They are founding members of the Board of Trustees of The Frances Tustin Memorial Trust, and authors, editors, translators and teachers in the private practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic therapy with Adults and Children in Los Angeles, California. ) "Frances Tustin Today" is comprised of thirteen erudite and scholarly articles that explore some of the ways and means by which Tustin's work has enabled psychoanalytic clinicians to enter into the elemental domain of sensation: what Bion called the 'proto-mental' area of the psyche-soma. Through detailed clinical contributions of several of her exponents worldwide and organized into two major section (Prenatality through Latency; Adolescence through Adulthood), "Frances Tustin Today" demonstrates how her ideas (rooted in decades of work with children on the autistic spectrum) have influenced and are being expanded, extended and applied to the treatment of ordinary patients from early childhood through adulthood. The contributors represent a selection of the contemporary thinking that organically grew out of Tustin's discoveries, and show that Tustin's model has added new dimensions to the fields of infant observation, family therapy and neuro-psychology. Each chapter is augmented by demonstrable clinical experience. "Frances Tustin Today" is a valuable resource for psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, educators and parents who are interested in learning more about this uniquely independent clinical observer's findings and their impact upon the treatment of autistic states in children, adolescents and adults by contemporary workers in the field of mental health. "Frances Tustin Today" is an exemplary body of scholarship and strongly recommended for professional and academic library Psychiatric Studies reference collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Frances Tustin Today" is also available in a paperback edition (9781138820456, $47.95) and in a Kindle format ($41.75).

The Cookbook Shelf

Vegan with a Vengeance
Isa Chandra Moskowitz
Da Capo Press
c/o Perseus Book Group
250 W. 57th St., Suite 1500, New York, NY 10107
9780738218335 $22.99 pbk / $13.08 Kindle

Illustrated with tantalizing, full-color photography throughout, Vegan with a Vengeance is a meatless, dairy-free cookbook filled with sumptuous delicacies to tempt every palate! Recipes such as Hazelnut Scones, Chickpea and Rice Soup with a Little Kale, Tempeh Reuben, BBQ Pomegranate Tofu, Raspberry Blackout Cake with Ganache and much more offer bold, alluring, and inventive flavor combinations. A choice pick for gourmet vegans (or gourmet non-vegans interested in enjoying a meatless meal now and then!), Vegan with a Vengeance is highly recommended.

New Prairie Kitchen
Summer Miller
c/o Agate Publishing
1328 Greenleaf Street, Evanston, IL 60202
9781572841673, $29.95, 256pp,

In "New Prairie Kitchen", freelance writer and culinary expert Summer Miller showcases twenty-five of the most exciting and groundbreaking chefs, farmers, and producers of artisanal goods from Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota. Their personal stories are interspersed with more than fifty chef-contributed recipes that range from refreshingly simple to exquisitely gourmet. Deftly organized by season and wonderfully illustrated with the full color photography of Dana Damewood, "New Prairie Kitchen" will transport readers to a revitalized Midwestern heartland where traditional favorites interweave with inspiring new flavors and techniques. The recipes themselves range from Sweet-Corn Chowder with Bacon and Sweet-Corn Salsa; Toast with Homemade Ricotta and Fresh Strawberry Jam; and Pork-Fennel Sausage with Pickled Mustard Seeds; to Spring Garlic Soup; Caramelized Pattypan Squash Salad with Summer Peaches; and Walleye Tacos with Charred Salsa. As much fun to browse through as it is 'kitchen cook friendly' to prepare menus with, "New Prairie Kitchen" is very highly recommended for personal, family, and community library cookbook collections. It should be noted that "New Prairie Kitchen" is also available in a Kindle edition ($16.17).

Lighten Up, Y'all
Virginia Willis
Ten Speed Press
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 17th floor, New York, NY 10019
9781607745730, $24.99,

The traditional cuisine of the American south is as delicious as it is usually 'weight-watcher unfriendly'. But no more! Not with the recipes that comprise Virginia Willis' "Lighten Up, Y'all: Classic Southern Recipes Made Healthy and Wholesome", a beautifully and profusely illustrated 232 page compendium showcasing southern cuisine that has been re-worked and modified with recipes that are as palate pleasing and appetite satisfying as they are nutritious and healthy. These dishes range from Cornmeal-Crusted Chicken Bites with Jalapeno Dipping Sauce; Grilled Potato Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette; Baked Zucchini Crisps; and Pan-Seared Fish Steaks with Cherry Tomatoes and Basil; to Smothered and Covered Chicken and Gravy; Rack of Lamb with Pecan-Mint Dipping Sauce; Buttermilk Biscuits with Turkey Sausage Gravy; and Multigrain Pecan Waffles. Each individual recipe notes the number of servings, is introduced with a brief commentary, provides a list of ingredients, and complete step-by-step instructions. "Lighten Up, Y'all: Classic Southern Recipes Made Healthy and Wholesome" will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to personal, family, and community library cookbook collections! It should be noted that "Lighten Up, Y'all" is also available in a Kindle edition ($11.84).

Vegan Tapas
Julia Barnard
MTC Books
PO Box 356, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171, Australia
9780980759075, $9.99,

Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in one's diet, as well as following an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of sentient animals. A follower of veganism is known as a vegan. Tapas are a wide variety of appetizers, or snacks, in Spanish cuisine. They may be cold (such as mixed olives and cheese) or hot (such as chopitos, which are battered, fried baby squid). In select bars in Spain, tapas have evolved into an entire, sophisticated cuisine. In Spain, patrons of tapas can order many different tapas and combine them to make a full meal. In some Central American countries, such snacks are known as bocas. In Mexico, similar dishes are called "botanas". Compiled and presented by Julia Barnard, "Vegan Tapas" is an impressive 190 page collection of 150 quick and delicious tapas snacks and bites expressively appropriate for sharing with family and friends. The recipes are organized into nine sections: Dips; Toppings; Vegetables; Tofu and Cheese; Grains, Pulses and Nuts; Potatoes; Bread, Polenta and Fritters; Pastries and Biscuits; Desserts. Of special note are the inclusion of an informative Introduction, the practical Cook's Notes, and a useful Index. Thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' throughout, "Vegan Tapas" is certain to be an enduringly popular addition to personal, family, and community library Vegetarian & Vegan cookbook collections. It should be noted that "Vegan Tapas" is also available in a Kindle edition ($6.99).

Wok Wisely: Chinese Vegetarian Cooking
Dharma Realm Cookbook Team, author
Jin Rou Shi, editor
Buddhist Text Translation Society
4951 Bodhi Way, Ukiah, CA 95482
9781601030757, $10.00, 200pp,

Not just a cookbook, but a way of life for your body, mind and spirit, "Wok Wisely, Chinese Vegetarian Cooking", presents not only a collection of nourishing, flavorful recipes, but information on how to keep the body in balance. Originally assembled by the Dharma Realm Cookbook Team in Chinese for a Buddhist monastery, this English version was done under the guidance of American Buddhist nun, Jin Rou Shi. In addition to recipes and tips on keeping the body in balance, "Wok Wisely: Chinese Vegetarian Cooking" contains nutrition facts from both Chinese classics and contemporary Western sources, guidelines for vegetarian children, quotes by about vegetarianism from the likes of actress Alicia Silverstone, physicist Albert Einstein, scientist Charles Darwin, poet George Bernard Shaw, and Buddhist masters, among others. "Wok Wisely: Chinese Vegetarian Cooking" also covers how to maintain a safe home through the use of natural cleaning products. Thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' from beginning to end, "Wok Wisely: Chinese Vegetarian Cooking" is very highly recommended and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to personal, family, and community library Vegetarian & Vegan cookbook collections.

Bake Good Things
William-Sonoma Editorial Staff
Weldon Owen, Inc.
415 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
9781616287672, $19.95,

"Bake Good Things: Simple Techniques and Foolproof Recipes for Everyday Eating" is a 144 page instructional cookbook specifically designed for the novice baker seeking to create a variety of delectable baked goods from scratch. Offering a complete course of step-by-step instructions, "Bake Good Things" is presented in individual chapters, each of which features a single baking technique accompanied by step-by-step directions and photos. The instructive recipes range from cookies and bars; to muffins and quickbreads; biscuits, scones, and cobblers; pies; cakes and cupcakes; and yeast breads and pizzas. These 'how to' lessons in baking detail any tools needed, reveal secrets to success, demystify confusing terms, and outline essential dos and don'ts. Each of the 60 recipes includes bonus information such as how to frost and decorate sweets, tips for buying the right ingredients, and how to hack everyday kitchen items to stand in for fancy baking tools you don't have laying around. As absolute "must" for the novice baker seeking to master the basics, "Bake Good Things" will prove to be of enduring value to experienced kitchen cooks as an addition to personal, family, and community library cookbook collections!

Vegan Everyday
Douglas McNish
Robert Rose Inc.
120 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 800
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4P 1E2
9780778804994, $24.95, 567pp,

Expertly compiled by Douglas McNish (a vegan executive chef, instructor and consultant, with a strong commitment to health and organics), "Vegan Everyday: 500 Delicious Recipes" is a 567 page culinary compendium showcasing five hundred recipes for nutritious and delicious dishes for vegans and vegetarians. Enhanced with two sections of color photographs of finished dishes, the recipes range from Grilled Tofu with Peanut Sauce; Spiced Pumpkin Cashew Butter; Indonesian Black Rice Salad; Creamy Sweet Potato Linguine; and Stir-Fried Broccoli with Ginger and Hoisin; to Shepherd's Pie with Cauliflower Mash; Grilled Portobellos with Sweet Potato Gratin and Sauteed Green Beans; Banana Goji Cookies; Buttermilk Biscuits; Fresh Berry Sabayon; and Watermelon Lime Granita. Each recipes is provided with serving size information, 'Tips' relevant to that particular recipe, a clear listing of ingredients, thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' directions, and even 'Variation' notes. No personal, professional, family, or community library vegetarian/vegan cookbook collection should be without a copy of "Vegan Everyday: 500 Delicious Recipes"!

The Graphic Novel Shelf

Just So Happens
Fumio Obata
Abrams ComicArts
c/o Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
115 West 18th Street, 6th floor
New York, NY 10011
9781419715969 $17.95

Sometimes there simply are no easy answers to life's most difficult questions. Just So Happens is a color graphic novel about a young woman coming to terms with both sides of her heritage and upbringing. Yumiko was born in Japan, the daughter of a Japanese father and British mother. Her parents divorced years ago due to irreconcilable differences; like her mother, Yumiko also chafed at the confining prospects of a dull job or becoming a traditional Japanese housewife. Instead, Yumiko opted to embark upon an ambition design career in London. Her success has made her a woman of two worlds, and she has grown close to her British fiance. Then, her father's sudden death from a mountaineering accident brings her back to the land of her roots. Just So Happens is a story of the search for identity, life-changing decisions and their consequences, grief, family, and love. Thoughtful and thought-provoking, Just So Happens is highly recommended, especially to connoisseurs of quality graphic novel literature.

The Audiobook Shelf

The Social Contract
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, author
Read by Neville Jason
Naxos of America, Inc.
1810 Columbia Avenue, Suite 28
Franklin, TN 37064
9781843799023 $34.98

Also available as a digital download ($23.00), The Social Contract is the unabridged audiobook reading of the classic treatise about the concept of human freedom in the context of political structures, originally penned by Genevan philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778). Rousseau puts forth the concept that the sovereign power of a nation-state lies not with an individual ruler, but rather the will of the population as a whole, and that the ideal form of governance is a direct democracy in which critical decisions are undertaken by citizens who meet in assembly, just as was once done in the ancient city-state of Athens. Rousseau's writings were literally revolutionary for their time, inspiring both the American Revolution and the French Revolution. A crucial, world-changing re-examination of humanity and governance, superbly read by prize-winning radio dramatist Neville Jason, The Social Contract is a "must-have" for public and college library audiobook collections. 5 CDs, 6 hours 16 min.

The Book of Speculation
Erika Swyler, author
Read by Ari Fliakos
Macmillan Audio
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10010
9781427261434 $39.99

The Book of Speculation is the unabridged audiobook version of a memorable debut novel. Librarian Simon Watson comes from a strange and tragic lineage. His mother, a circus mermaid who performed holding her breath, drowned in the waters overlooked by his dilapidated house on the Long Island Sound. His father is also dead. Then Simon discovers an ancient book that appears to be the log of a traveling carnival in the 1700s, reporting strange and mysterious events - including the drowning death of a circus mermaid on July 24th, the same day of the year that Simon's mother drowned. Could Simon's family be afflicted with a generational curse? Is there a way that Simon can protect his younger sister from the same fate? Elements of magic and intrigue intertwine in this captivating, original story. 9 CDs, 11.5 hours.

Louis L'Amour
Random House Audio Books
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 5th floor, New York, NY 10019
9780804192538, $30.00,

"If a man won't fight for what is rightly his, then he ain't much account." With this challenge from his dying father, young Shell Tucker rode out after three men who had stolen the twenty thousand dollars his father was carrying. Two of the men he hunted, Doc Sites and Kid Reese, were his friends. Dreaming of adventure, Tucker had wanted to join their gang. But now, with his father gone and the people back home desperately in need of the proceeds from the cattle drive, Shell was determined to uphold his father's reputation and recover their money. He knew the odds were against him. Finding his friends would be difficult. Getting the money back would be nearly impossible. "Tucker" is one of the late author Louis L'Amour's very best western novels and is brought to life with the superb narrative gifts of Michael Crouch in this complete and unabridged audio book edition. Certain to be an enduringly popular addition to personal and community library audio book collections, "Tucker" is given the very highest recommendation. (5 CDs, 6 Hours).

The Legend of Caleb York
Mickey Spillane & Max Allan Collins
Brilliance Corporation
PO Box 887, Grand Haven, MI 49417
9781501231117, $24.99,

In the heyday of American Western cinema, bestselling author Mickey Spillane wrote a film script for his good friend and Hollywood legend, John Wayne, star of western classics like Stagecoach, The Searchers, and True Grit. Though the film was never made, Max Allan Collins, Mickey Spillane's literary partner and executor, has adapted the original screenplay into a hard-hitting, action-packed novel that evokes the classic Westerns of the Duke. Trading his trench coat for a duster and Stetson, Spillane turns out to be every bit as compelling in the western genre as in his immortal detective stories. In "the Legend of Caleb York", crooked Sheriff Harry Gauge rules the town of Trinidad, New Mexico, with an iron fist. His latest scheme is to force rancher George Cullen into selling his spread and to take Cullen's beautiful daughter Willa for his bride--whether she's willing or not. The old man isn't about to go down without a fight. He sends out a telegram to hire the west's toughest gunslinger to kill the sheriff. But when a stranger rides into Trinidad, no one's sure who he is. Wherever he came from, wherever he's going, it's deadly clear he's a man who won't be pushed--and that he's a damn good shot. With stirring authenticity and heart-racing drama, Spillane and Collins add Caleb York to the roster of unforgettable western heroes. With a superb narration by Phil Gigante, this complete and unabridged edition "The Legend of Caleb York" is enthusiastically recommended for personal and community library audio book collections. (5 CD, 6 hours, 30 minutes).

Nina Raine
Read by a full cast
L.A. Theatre Works
681 Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291
9781580816670 $29.95

Vividly performed by a full cast of professional actors, Tribes is an audiobook play about a a young boy who has been deaf since birth. His family never learned sign language, and no one has truly understood him prior to his meeting with Sylvia. Sylvia is fluent with ASL, and her efforts to show Billy a new world reveals a conundrum of the human condition - what is communication and understanding, and can these things truly be shared? Tribes is an excellent and thought-provoking addition to public library audiobook collections, highly recommended. 2 CDs, 1 hour 33 min.

The Library CD Shelf

Paula Maya
Yellow House Records
c/o Press Junkie PR
$8.99 CD / $7.84 download

The sixth studio album by Austin-based keyboardist and singer/songwriter Paula Maya, Iluminar (meaning "To Shine) is a music CD celebration of Brazilian music, with world fusion, jazz, African soukous and Latin rhythm elements. Sung primarily in Portuguese, Iluminar features seven original songs plus one traditional bossa nova. Maya taps into the memories of her childhood, pours out her love for her new home of Austin, shares reggae about how oblivious, unrequited love can bring about a broken heart, and much more. International is an excellent choice for world medley music collections! The tracks are "Iluminar Voce" (5:17), "Baiao de Cabo Frio" (5:18), "Tarde em Itapoa" (3:33), "The Rain (Austin Springs)" (4:46), "Queria te Encontrar" (2:47), "Julia (instrumental)" (5:10), "So In Tune (bilingual)" (4:42), and "Menina Bonita" (3:49).

Sorrow Bound
Kaia Kater
Kingswood Records
c/o Hearth PR
$14.99 CD / $8.99 MP3

Music artist Kaia Kater presents Sorrow Bound, an album of ballads drawn heavily from Appalachian traditions. Kater's extensive study and masterful skill with the banjo and her soulful voice bring a fresh infusion into the roots music scene. Featuring mostly traditional arrangements with a few original compositions, Sorrow Bound is a modern folk treasury, by and for those with a passion for soulful Appalachian performance art. The tracks are "When Sorrows Encompass Me Round" (2:58), "Southern Girl" (3:23), "Sun to Sun" (2:04), "En Filant ma Quenouille" (2:19), "Moonshiner" (3:04), "Rose on the Mountain" (3:30), "Oh Darlin'" (2:39), "Valley Forge" (2:04), "West Virginia Boys" (2:12), "Salt River" (3:52), and "Come and Rest" (3:26).

Privately Published
c/o The Creative Service Company
4360 Emerald Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
$TBA CD / $8.91 MP3

Equilibrium is an instrumental album by new age keyboardist Kerani, created to celebrate the courage and accomplishments of women worldwide, including those who confronted or suffered death for their knowledge and perseverance. Kerani's piano and synthesizer, accompanied by orchestral instruments played by European professionals, convey a life-giving energy that lifts the spirit and the fires the imagination. The love, empathy, and understanding of "feminine energy" provides inspiration for this magnificent treasury. The tracks are "Equilibrium" (8:10), "Fragrant Mountain" (8:22), "Anchoress" (5:45), "Boudicca, Heart on Fire" (6:18), "Hypatia's Universe" (6:26), "O, Aeterne Deus" (6:02), "Lady's Grace" (6:25), "Avane" (5:48), and "The Wyse Wytch" (5:20).

White Sun
White Sun
c/o The Creative Service Company
4360 Emerald Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
$TBA CD / $11.99 digital

White Sun is the self-titled debut album of a modern musical group that balances the power of instrumentation with the healing resonance of mantras. The group White Sun consists of two dedicated Kundalini Yoga practitioners and teachers, and an Emmy Award-winning musician and producer. Mantras sung on the album are in a 600-year-old written language known as Gurmukhi, with even more ancient roots. The result is an experience that enriches the words of traditional mantras with melody and harmony, creating a beautiful wellspring in the mind's eye. Highly recommended! The tracks are "Trinity", "Aap Sahaee Hoa", "Rakhe Rakhanhar", "Ong Namo", "Rom Rom", "Mul Mantra", "Healing Gong", "Ardas", "Lakshman", "Sat Nam", "Ammatay", 'Ra Ma Da Sa", "Wish Fulfilling Gong", "Guru Ram Das" and "Ardas Choir".

The Library DVD Shelf

New Worlds
Starring Jamie Dornan
Acorn Media
c/o RLJ Entertainment
9781621722243 $39.99

Set during the era of North American colonization, New Worlds is a British historical drama miniseries about autocracy and rebellion. England's King Charles II rules with an iron fist; yet rebels risk life and limb to earn freedom and reforms. A secret love affair blossoms amidst the machinations of settlers, agents of the crown, wealthy nobles and impoverished natives. Intrigue, action, love, and violence interweave in this vivid saga of the Restoration, featuring breathtaking location shoots and cinematography. Bonus materials include a behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes, and a photo gallery. 4 episodes on 2 DVDs, 233 min.

Lovejoy Series 6
Starring Ian McShane
Chad Campbell
Publicity Department
Acorn Media
c/o RLJ Entertainment
9781621723905 $49.99

Lovejoy Series 6 is the DVD collection of the sixth and final series of Lovejoy, a British mystery-drama series featuring ever-so-slightly roguish antiques dealer Lovejoy, played with aplomb by Ian McShane. The high-spirited auctioneer Charlotte Cavendish (played by Caroline Langrishe) at last begins to respond to Lovejoy's romantic overtures, but doing so could put her in the crosshairs of a vengeful murderer from Lovejoy's checkered past. Can Lovejoy carve out a niche of prosperity in the antiques trade when a lifetime's worth of enemies relentlessly hound him? A "must-see" for connoisseurs of British television! 10 episodes on 3 DVDs, 500 min, SDH subtitles, contains mild coarse language and brief nudity.

The Poetry Shelf

A Ladder Of Cranes
Tom Sexton
University of Alaska Press
PO Box 756240, Fairbanks, AK 99775-6240
9781602232570, $14.95,

Blueberry Barren at Dusk: Wind has stripped it of snow / leaving a rocky field that glows // like embers beneath ash, a darker / mood, an open wound, late March // even the north wind seems to sigh, / not even a single crow in the sky. // From the idling car, I watch it darken / Above tall pines to the east a single star. Tom Sexton's slender book of poetry is one of those deftly crafted collections of verse that will linger in the mind and memory long after "A Ladder Of Cranes" has been finished and set back upon the shelf. This splendid little 60 page anthology is very highly recommended for community and academic library American Poetry collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "A Ladder Of Cranes" is also available in a kindle edition ($11.39).

The Art Shelf

Dali Pop-Ups
Martin Howard, author
Courtney Watson McCarthy, artist
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110-0017
9780500517505, $29.95, 25pp,

Salvador Dali (May 11, 1904 - January 23, 1989), was a prominent Spanish surrealist painter, sculptor, scenographer, filmmaker, jewelry designer, and writer born in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain. Decades after his death, Seven pop-ups and twenty-five full color illustrations of Dali's surreal paintings are brought to vividly life through the spectacular pages that comprise "Dali Pop-Ups". Produced in association with the Dali estate by paper engineer and graphic designer Courtney Watson McCarthy with informative commentary by Martin Howard, "Dali Pop-Ups brings some of the most celebrated paintings of Salvador Dali to spectacular three-dimensional life, thereby providing new layers of appreciation of the surreal genius of the artist. Due to the fragile nature of its pop-ups, "Dali Pop-Ups" is not suitable for community library collections, but would prove to be an immensely popular and unique addition to personal and academic library Art History collections in general, and to appreciative students of Dali's surrealism in particular.

John Fery
Larry Len Peterson
The Coeur d'Alene Art Auction
8836 North Hess Street, Suite B, Hayden, ID 83835
9780692348833, $75.00,

John Fery (1859 - 1934) (born Johann Nepomuk Levy) was an Austrian-born painter, known for his works of the Western United States. He was a painter of outdoor scenes, whose largest customer was the Great Northern Railway. His works were large format, often over 100 squar feet. Fery's paintings were hung in train stations and other places, promoting travel, particularly to Glacier National Park. Now the very best of Fery's work has been compiled along with informative commentary in Larry Len Peterson's "John Fery: Artist Of Glacier National Park & The American West". This 268 page coffee-table compendium chronologically showcases Fery's art with the paintings being flawlessly reproduced in full color. An extraordinarily beautiful book of Fery's art, "John Fery: Artist Of Glacier National Park & The American West" is enhanced with the inclusion of eleven pages of Notes; two appendices; a seven page Bibliography, and a comprehensive ten page Index, making it very highly recommended as an essential, core addition to personal, community, and academic library American Art History collections.

The Science Shelf

Intellectual Property in Molecular Medicine
Salim Mamajiwalla & Rochelle Seide
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
500 Sunnyside Boulevard, Woodbury NY 11797-2924
9781621820833, $135.00, 304pp,

Patents are an important way of protecting inventions in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. However, intellectual property law reforms have not kept pace with the rapid advances in genomics, synthetic biology, and stem cell research. Meanwhile, universities are increasingly spinning off companies that use these technologies, requiring the academic scientists involved to gain an understanding of intellectual property law and the patent system as it applies to biomedical innovations. Collaboratively compiled by Salim Mamajiwalla & Rochelle Seide, "Intellectual Property in Molecular Medicine" is a collection of articles providing a clear, current, and comprehensive understanding of biomedical intellectual property and the laws that protect it. The contributors describe patent laws and practices in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the European Union. They explain the roles of regulatory agencies in intellectual property, various opinions on the patentability of biological materials (e.g., DNA and stem cells), and the implications of recent court decisions (e.g., the Myriad case). Practical issues related to licensing agreements and patent applications are also discussed. The authors offer guidance on the criteria for patent eligibility (e.g., utility, nonobviousness, and novelty), issues related to timing and possession, and rules for determining inventorship. Other topics covered include trade secrets, research exemptions, and the protection of traditional knowledge related to biological resources. "Intellectual Property in Molecular Medicine" will serve as an essential reference for all scientists, physicians, and technology transfer professionals seeking to navigate the complex rules, regulations, and procedures concerning intellectual property in biotech and pharma. Enhanced with the inclusion of illustrations (17 color, 1 b&w), and a twenty-one page Index, "Intellectual Property in Molecular Medicine" is a seminal work of extraordinary scholarship throughout and an essential, core addition to professional and academic library Medical Research and Intellectual Property Rights reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

The Philosophy Shelf

The Philosophy Of Hilary Putnam
Randal E. Auxier
Open Court Publishing Company
70 East Lake Street, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60601
9780812698930, $179.95,

Hilary Whitehall Putnam (born July 31, 1926) is an American philosopher, mathematician, and computer scientist who has been a central figure in analytic philosophy since the 1960s, especially in philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, philosophy of mathematics, and philosophy of science. He is known for his willingness to apply an equal degree of scrutiny to his own philosophical positions as to those of others, subjecting each position to rigorous analysis until he exposes its flaws. As a result, he has acquired a reputation for frequently changing his own position. Putnam is currently Cogan University Professor Emeritus at Harvard University. The newest addition to the outstanding Open Court Publishing Company series 'Library of Living Philosophers', "The Philosophy of Hilary Putnam" is compiled and co-edited by the team of Randall E. Auxier (Professor of Philosophy, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale), Douglas R. Anderson (Professor of Philosophy, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale), and Lewis Edwin Hahn (former editor of the Library of Living Philosophers from 1981 to 2001). "The Philosophy Of Hilary Putnam" is a 960 page compendium of Professor Putnam's contributions to the study of philosophy deftly organized and presented in three major sections: Intellectual Autobiography of Hilary Putnam; Descriptive and Critical Essays on the Philosophy of Hilary Putnam with Replies; Bibliography of the Writings of Hilary Putnam. Enhanced with the inclusion of a thirty-five page Index, "The Philosophy Of Hilary Putnam" is an impressive body of scholarship and a highly recommended addition to academic library Contemporary Philosophy reference collections and supplemental studies lists. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "The Philosophy Of Hilary Putnam" is also available in a Kindle edition ($110.31).

The American History Shelf

Before Custer
M. John Lubetkin, editor
The Arthur H. Clark Company
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780870624315 $34.95

Before Custer: Surveying the Yellowstone, 1872 is an anthology of previously unpublished documents, primary sources and firsthand testimonies from the Northern Pacific Railroad's expedition to survey the Yellowstone Valley. Lakota chief Sitting Bull had warned the two surveying expeditions (eastern and western) not to enter the valley; his warning was ignored, sparking a deadly conflict. Before Custer meticulously annotates accounts of the survey's three-months struggle with Lakotas and other Plains Indian people, and the unfolding fallout from a military and public relations disaster. Ambushes harassed army forces of nearly a thousand men; a determined attack by Sitting Bull repulsed one surveying party before it could meet its objectives; and an ambush upon the other party resulted in the death of a member of President Ulysses S. Grant's family. The entire debacle directly led to the failure of the nation's largest private banking house, which in turn sparked the Panci of 1873; Sitting Bull became a focus of national attention; and George Armstrong Custer was transferred to the Department of Dakota. Intense, vivid, and an invaluable window into a tumultuous time in U.S. Government - Native American relations, Before Custer is a welcome addition to public and college library American History shelves.

Nixon's First Cover-Up
H. Larry Ingle
University of Missouri Press
2910 LeMone Boulevard
Columbia, MO 65201
9780826220424 $50.00

Nixon's First Cover-Up: The Religious Life of a Quaker President is a scholarly analysis of Richard Nixon's tenure as President of the United States, with particular focus on Nixon's background of evangelical Quakerism. Nixon was unquestionably a pragmatic politician, concealing his religion when he wanted to, and displaying it when advantageous. At times Nixon bent or even outright ignored the traditional rules of Quakerism. Author and retired history professor (University of Tennessee at Chattanooga) H. Larry Ingle applies his extensive knowledge of Quakerism to reveal new insights into the only American President to have resigned his office. Highly recommended, especially for public and college library American History collections.

Lincoln and Emancipation
Edna Greene Medford
Southern Illinois University Press
1915 University Press Drive, SIUC Mail Code 6806
Carbondale, IL 62901
9780809333639 $24.95

Part of the succinct yet illuminating "Concise Lincoln Library" series, Lincoln and Emancipation is a scholarly examination of the evolution of President Lincoln's perspective on slavery, from the beginning of the Civil War (when he was open to a noninterference compromise if it would save the Union) to championing the cause of abolition before the conflict ended. Lincoln and Emancipation explores not only President Lincoln's words and ideology as they evolved over time, but also the voices of those who clamored for slavery's end: abolitionists and Radical Republicans, War Democrats, and both enslaved and free black people. Thought-provoking and expertly researched, Lincoln and Emancipation is a welcome addition to American History collections.

War in the Chesapeake
Charles Patrick Neimeyer
Naval Institute Press
291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402
9781612518657 $44.95

War in the Chesapeake: The British Campaigns to Control the Bay, 1813-14 is nuanced history of the U.S. Navy's performance during the War of 1812. President James Madison's decision to go to war with Britain could have been disastrous; at the time, Britain was the decidedly superior military power, albeit distracted by an ongoing war with Napoleonic France. Britain achieved victory at Bladensburg and burned Washington, D.C., yet the fledgling nation of America earned a historic victory in its steadfast defense of Fort McHenry, remembered to this day in the words of the American national anthem. War in the Chesapeake goes beyond standard historical scrutiny to spotlight the notable achievements of individual naval leaders, such as John Rodgers and Stephen Decatur, as well as pay tribute to acts of courage on both sides (of course, the failings and acts of incompetence on both sides are also given close study). Extensive notes, a bibliography, and an index round out this superb military history, highly recommended especially for public and college library collections.

The World History Shelf

Dreams of the Hmong Kingdom
Mai Na M. Lee
University of Wisconsin Press
1930 Monroe Street, Third Floor, Madison, WI 53711-2059
9780299298845 $29.95

Drawing upon a wealth of oral interviews conducted in the United States, France, and Southeast Asia, as well as information from French archival documents, Dreams of the Hmong Kingdom: The Quest for Legitimation in French Indochina, 1850-1960 is a detailed study of the interplay between French colonial authority and the Hmong people. Hmong lived in China, Vietnam, and Laos, often negotiating with the French to maintain political autonomy amid a land of emerging nation-states, nationalist movements, and competing ideologies. The Hmong were themselves divided by clan rivalries, a situation that hampered their quest for sovereignty. Author Mai Na M. Lee examines a recurring pattern of two different types of Hmong leaders - political brokers who allied with Southeast Asian governments and the French, and messianic resistance leaders who claimed Heaven's authority as their own, inspiring rebellion. Thus the Hmong cycled through phases of collaboration and resistance. After World War II, the Hmong Ly clan and associates sided with the French and the monarchy in Laos, but the rival Hmong Lo clan and their supporters allied with Communist coalitions. Dreams of the Hmong Kingdom postulates that these Hmong leadership conflicts contributed to the destabilization of French rule. A thoughtful and extensive analysis of history, politics, and conflict, Dreams of the Hmong Kingdom is a welcome addition to public and college library World History shelves.

The Armenian Genocide
Alan Whitehorn, editor
PO Box 1911, Santa Barbara, CA 93116-1911
9781610696876, $89.00,

The Armenian Genocide was the Islamic Ottoman government's systematic extermination of its minority Armenian Christian subjects inside their historic homeland, which lies within the territory constituting the present-day Republic of Turkey. The total number of people killed as a result has been estimated as high as 1.5 million. The starting date is conventionally held to be 24 April 1915, the day Ottoman authorities rounded up, arrested and deported some 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders from Constantinople, the majority ultimately being murdered. The genocide was carried out during and after World War I and implemented in two phases: the wholesale killing of the able-bodied male population through massacre and subjection of army conscripts to forced labor, followed by the deportation of women, children, the elderly and infirm on death marches leading to the Syrian desert. Driven forward by military escorts, the deportees were deprived of food and water and subjected to periodic robbery, rape, and massacre. To this very day, the government of Turkey denies that the Armenian genocide ever took place. Other indigenous and Christian ethnic groups such as the Assyrians and the Ottoman Greeks were similarly targeted for extermination by the Ottoman government, and their treatment is considered by many historians to be part of the same genocidal policy. The majority of Armenian diaspora communities around the world came into being as a direct result of the genocide. Compiled and edited by Alan Whitehorn (Emeritus Professor of Political Science, royal Military College of Canada), "The Armenian Genocide: The Essential Reference Guide" is a 320 page compendium includes of a List of Entries and Maps; a List of Primary Source Documents; and informative Preface; a list of Acknowledgments. This is followed by an Overview; Causes; Consequences; Perpetrators; Victims, Bystanders; International Reaction; and A-Z Entries. Enhanced with the addition of a roster of Primary Source Documents; and Appendix (Historical Dilemmas in the Armenian Genocide); a Chronology; a Bibliography; an Index, and a listing of the Editor and Contributors. A solid work of detailed research and documented scholarship, "The Armenian Genocide: The Essential Reference Guide" is an essential and core addition to community and academic library Armenian History and Ottoman Empire History reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

The Native American Studies Shelf

Tipi: Home of the Nomadic Buffalo Hunters
Paul Goble, author/illustrator
Rodney Frey, Foreword
Wisdom Tales Publishers
1501 Hillside Dr., Bloomington, IN 47401
9781933316390, $26.95,

"Tipi: Home of the Nomadic Buffalo Hunters" is a magnificent new title about the history, culture, architecture, and aesthetics of the traditional home of nomadic buffalo hunters of North America. The award-winning illustrations and work of Paul Goble bring to life the origins, use, and historic display of the buffalo skin tipi shelter, traditionally used by the Lakota, Blackfeet, Kiowa, and other North American tribes of buffalo hunters. Considerable effort is evident in the description of habits of constructing and decoration of the tipi, with exquisitely detailed colored illustrations of traditional tipis and also in the presentation of the mythic background stories of the construction of the tipi of First Man and First Woman, with its door pitched to the East to greet the Sun and Morning Star rising. Many fascinating details are included, for example, a map of tipi dwelling tribes on page 16 shows distinctions between three and four-pole base tipis, and between nomadic and semi-nomadic tribes. In all, over 100 pages present beautiful illustrations of many different tipis, modern, traditional, and historic. This is a fascinating study of many different adaptations and customs reflected in different tribes' tipi construction and decoration. Like all Paul Goble creations, "Tipi" is meant to be read and savored, as the treasure of knowledge and custom that it represents so beautifully. "Tipi: Home of the Nomadic Buffalo Hunters" is appropriate and interesting for readers of all ages.

Prairie Man
Norman E. Matteoni
c/o Globe Pequot
c/o Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706
9781442244757 $18.95

Prairie Man: The Struggle Between Sitting Bull and the Indian Agent James McLaughlin is a carefully researched and detailed historical scrutiny of a conflict not just between individuals, but also worldviews. After the 1876 Battle of Little Big Horn, the infamous defeat of General George Armstrong Custer, Sitting Bull was publically vilified for refusing to sign treaties, and personifying resistance to U.S. intrusion upon Lakota lands. Indian Agent James McLaughlin represented the U.S. Government's point of view - the desire to "kill the Indian and save the man" by forcibly moving native tribes to reservations, dismantling their culture, and transforming them into Christian farmers. The story of the conflict between Sitting Bull and James McLaughlin reflects the stormy history between the U. S. and its native peoples, and is at once both worrying and edifying. Extensive notes and an index round out this welcome addition to public and college library Native American Studies or American History shelves.

The Holocaust Studies Shelf

Passionate Crusaders
Heather Voight
Privately Published
9780990305200 $10.99

Passionate Crusaders is the true story of a few righteous, individual Americans who worked to save more than 100,000 lives from the Nazi Holocaust. By January 1944, Treasury Department officials Henry Morgenthau, John Pehle, and Josiah DuBois had convinced President Franklin Roosevelt to create the War Refugee Board, an agency authorized to aid Jews and other groups persecuted by the Nazis. Though scholars have criticized the Board for failing to do more, the agency's achievements are noteworthy. Its members risked their reputations and sometimes their lives to save Jews, and pressured the War Crimes Commission to broaden its definition of war crimes to include the murder of civilians by their own countrymen. A bibliography and an index round out this thoughtful, well-researched, and accessible chronicle of human efforts to fight back against genocide.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

Understanding Jainism
Lawrence A. Babb
c/o International Specialized Book Services (dist.)
920 Northeast 58th Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, OR, 97213
9781780460321 $22.00

Understanding Jainism is an in-depth guide to the history and principles of the Jain faith. Jainism and Buddhism are the only surviving non-Vedic religious practice of ancient India, and thus are often grouped together, yet the two belief systems have profound differences. Unlike Buddhism, Jainism has not spread beyond the Indian subcontinent very much, yet it remains prominent among the medley of religions practiced there today. Understanding Jainism seeks to demystify Jain religious traditions, cultural practices, and doctrinal basics. The practices of both Jain laity and the monastic elite are analyzed, as are the social identities of Jain communities in modern-day Indian. Understanding Jainism is an absolute "must-have" for college and public library Religious Studies shelves, highly recommended.

The Literary Studies Shelf

Leo Tolstoy's 5 Greatest Novellas Annotated
Andrew Barger, editor
Bottletree Books LLC
6318 Anise Drive, Sarasota, FL 34238
9781933747163 $13.98

Leo Tolstoy's 5 Greatest Novellas Annotated is an anthology of lesser-known short novels by acclaimed Russian author of the classic "War & Peace", Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910). Annotated with hundreds of detailed explanations for difficult-to-translate Russian terms, and historic background information relevant to the stories, Leo Tolstoy's 5 Greatest Novellas Annotated is a superb resource for anyone seeking to not only enjoy but also better understand Tolstoy's work. The five novellas included are "The Invaders", "The Death of Ivan Ilyich", "Two Hussars", "Father Sergius", and "Master & Man". Highly recommended, especially for public and college library literary studies shelves.

The Biography Shelf

Gustave Trouve
Kevin Desmond
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9780786497096 $39.95

Gustave Trouve: French Electrical Genius (1839-1902) is a an expanded edition of the 2012 biography of the brilliant Parisian electrical engineer. In the course of his life, Trouve conceived and patented some 75 inventions, including the endoscope, the electrical car, and the frontal headlamp. He also created luminous fountains, an electric piano, an electric rifle, wearable technology and ultraviolet light therapy. Trouve never traveled to America, and was gradually forgotten after his accidental death in 1902, even though his ideas and inventions contributed significantly to modern-day industrialization. A wealth of black-and-white illustrations including vintage photographs and diagrams, chapter notes, a bibliography, and an index round out this edifying account of the man once dubbed "the French Edison" by the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. Highly recommended, especially for public and college library biography shelves.

The Education Shelf

Setting the Standard for Project-Based Learning
John Larmer, John Mergendoller, and Suzie Boss
1703 North Beauregard Street
Alexandria, VA 22311-1714
9781416620334 $27.95

Project-based learning is essentially a "learn through doing" approach, emphasizing student involvement in activities over traditional paper-based rote memorization or classroom lectures. Three experts from the Buck Institute for Education present Setting the Standard for Project Based Learning: A Proven Approach to Rigorous Classroom Instruction, a guide to making the most of hands-on project-based learning strategies for students of all grade levels. Chapters address the latest research on project-based learning, how to design and manage a project, how project-based learning can be utilized in informal education or summer programs, and much more. Numerous examples and an index round out this excellent addition to educator's resource shelves.

When Gifted Kids Don't Have All the Answers, revised & updated edition
Judy Galbraith, M.A. and Jim Delisle, Ph.D.
Free Spirit Publishing
217 Fifth Avenue North, Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55401-1299
9781575424934 $23.99 pbk / $16.49 Kindle

Now in a revised and updated edition including discussions of ADHD, Asperger's, the Common Core educational standards, and more, When Gifted Kids Don't Have All the Answers: How to Meet Their Social and Emotional Needs is a resource written for teachers, guidance counselors, parents, and others who work with gifted children. Offering practical strategies to aid children, including recommendations for dealing with issues of perfectionism, underachievement, and challenges to children's self-image and self-esteem. Classroom-tested activities, guided discussions, and plain-spoken testimonies make When Gifted Kids Don't Have All the Answers an invaluable educational resource, highly recommended for college library and professional educators' collections.

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Diane C. Donovan, Editor
Midwest Book Review
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