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Volume 11, Number 7 July 2016 Home | LBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Health/Medicine Shelf Economic Studies Shelf
Mystery/Suspense Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Geography Shelf
Jobs/Careers Shelf Education Shelf Fiction Shelf
Pets/Wildlife Shelf Writing/Publishing Shelf Cookbook Shelf
Journalism Shelf Literary Studies Shelf Architecture Shelf
Political Science Shelf Art Shelf Photography Shelf
Autism Shelf Military Shelf Audiobook Shelf
Library CD Shelf Library DVD Shelf Multimedia Shelf
Parenting Shelf American History Shelf World History Shelf
Civil War Shelf Music Shelf Travel Shelf
Women's Studies Shelf Library Science Shelf Philosophy Shelf
Business Shelf Gardening Shelf Technology Shelf

Reviewer's Choice

One Child Reading: My Auto-Bibliography
Margaret Mackey
University of Alberta Press
Ring House 2, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6G 2E1
9781772120394, $60.00, PB, 596pp,

"One Child Reading: My Auto-Bibliography" is a significant and unique contribution to our understanding of reading and literacy development in which Margaret Mackey (Professor, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta) draws together memory, textual criticism, social analysis, and reading theory in an extraordinary act of self-study. A unique work of exemplary scholarship, "One Child Reading" reflects a remarkable academic undertaking. Seeking a deeper sense of what happens when we read, Mackey revisited the texts she read, viewed, listened to, and played as she became literate in the 1950s and 1960s in St. John's, Newfoundland. This tremendous sweep of reading included school texts, knitting patterns, and games, as well as hundreds of books. The result is not so much a memoir but rather a deftly theorized exploration of how a reader is constructed. "One Child Reading: My Auto-Bibliography " is especially commended to the attention of librarians, classroom teachers, and anyone involved in literacy development. A consistently compelling read that is as thoughtful as it is thought-provoking, "One Child Reading: My Auto-Bibliography" is an essential and highly recommended addition to community, college, and academic library collections.

The Labor Relations Process, 11th edition
William H. Holley, William H. Ross, Roger S. Wolters
Cengage Learning, Inc.
20 Channel Center Street, Boston, MA 02210
9781305576209, $372.95, HC, 774pp,

Drawing upon their many years of experience and expertise as academicians and globally recognized arbitration experts, William H. Holley Jr. (Auburn University, William H. Ross (University of Wisconsin - La Crosse), and Roger S. Wolters (Auburn University) have effectively collaborated in writing this newly updated and expanded 11th edition of "The Labor Relations Process" covering all aspects of the labor movement, labor relations, and collective bargaining. The result is an impressively well written, organized, and presented volume that will prove to be a comprehensive and thoroughly 'reader friendly' curriculum textbook. Packed from cover to cover with real-world examples and quotes from practitioners in the field, "The Labor Relations Process" deftly explores labor's history from inception to current and emerging trends, touching on government, white-collar, and international contexts for an unmatched perspective of the topics. Individual chapters include an in-depth analyses of the relationship between management and labor, including key participants in the processes, and the rights and responsibilities of each. Labor agreements, collective bargaining, contract administration, arbitration, and other critical issues and processes highlight the complex, exciting nature of organized labor, and introduce your students to the many professional opportunities available to them today. Enhanced with the inclusion of an appendix (Collective Bargaining negotiations Exercise), a three page Author Index, and a twelve page Subject Index, "The Labor Relations Process" is unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university library collections. It should be noted for students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Labor Relations Process" is also available in a Kindle edition ($150.84 Rent / $247.49 Purchase).

Lost Among the Birds
Neil Hayward
Bloomsbury Press
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10010
9781632865793, $28.00, HC, 416pp,

Birding was a lifelong passion. It was only among the birds that Neil found a calm that had eluded him in the confusing world of humans. But this time he also found competition. His growing list of species reluctantly catapulted him into a Big Year--a race to find the most birds in one year. His peregrinations across twenty-eight states and six provinces in search of exotic species took him to a hoarfrost-covered forest in Massachusetts to find a Fieldfare; to Lake Havasu, Arizona, to see a rare Nutting's Flycatcher; and to Vancouver for the Red-flanked Bluetail. Neil's Big Year was as unplanned as it was accidental: It was the perfect distraction to life. Neil shocked the birding world by finding 749 species of bird and breaking the long-standing Big Year record. He also surprised himself: During his time among the hummingbirds, tanagers, and boobies, he found a renewed sense of confidence and hope about the world and his place in it. Inherently interesting and impressively well written, organized and presented, "Lost Among the Birds: Accidentally Finding Myself in One Very Big Year" is especially recommended as an enduringly popular addition to community library collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Lost Among The Birds" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.59).

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Dr. Lani's No-Nonsense Bone Health Guide
Lani Simpson, DC, CCD
Hunter House Publishers
PO Box 2914, Alameda, CA 94501-2914
9781681625683, $32.95, HC, 336pp,

Dr. Lani Simpson is a chiropractic doctor and a Certified Clinical (bone) Densitometrist (CCD). She has been an expert in women's health care for 25 years, treating thousands of patients with a multidisciplinary and holistic approach to health. Part whistle-blower book, part bone health bible, "Dr. Lani's No-Nonsense Bone Health Guide" is the first consumer book to expose the shocking difficulty of getting an accurate bone density reading and the serious risks of long-term use of osteoporosis medications, which are often prescribed based on inaccurate readings. In addition to this vital information about bone density testing, Dr. Simpson cuts through the confusion and inaccuracies surrounding osteoporosis and explains what readers can do now to build and maintain healthy bones for life. Dr. Simpson shares her well-rounded, whole-body approach to bone health, including discussions of digestive health, diet, supplements, exercise, and how aging affects the bones. Readers learn surprising facts about what foods and medicines might hurt bone health and which ones will help build strong bones. Also included is a thorough discussion of calcium supplementation and how to do it right. "Dr. Lani's No-Nonsense Bone Health Guide" is the key to long, healthy, fracture-free golden years. Thoroughly 'reader friendly' in tone, content, commentary, organization and presentation, "Dr. Lani's No-Nonsense Bone Health Guide" will prove to be an invaluable and enduringly popular addition to community library Health/Medicine collections. It should be noted for the non-specialist general reader with an interest in the subject that "Dr. Lani's No-Nonsense Bone Health Guide " is also available in a paperback edition (9780897936613, $18.95) and in a Kindle format ($10.99).

The Economic Studies Shelf

International Monetary Cooperation
C. Fred Bergsten & Russell A. Green, editors
Peterson Institute for International Economics
1750 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20036
9780881327113, $23.95, PB, 312pp,

The issue of countries artificially manipulating the value of their currencies is at the center of most debates about trade in the United States today. Critics of liberalizing trade have charged, for example, that China has suppressed the value of its currency in order to make its exports cheaper and imports more expensive. Thirty years ago, however, the Reagan administration confronted Japan with the same accusation. Then in a secret meeting in 1985, finance ministers from the United States, Japan and three other major economies in the world gathered in New York City at the Plaza Hotel in an effort to resolve a crisis caused by that criticism. The Plaza Accord coordinated exchange rates among the countries present, in turn depreciating the dollar and restoring some equity to the global market. Was that meeting a success? Or did it usher in 30 years of tensions that have hurt, rather than helped, the cause of improved trade? In late 2015, policymakers and academics held a Plaza Retrospective conference in Houston to evaluate the accord's successes and drawbacks, and how its collaborative spirit can be applied to today's increasingly integrated world economy. Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by Fred Bersten and Russell Green, "International Monetary Cooperation: Lessons from the Plaza Accord After Thirty Years) features analytical contributions by former Treasury Secretary James A. Baker III and former Federal Reserve chairman Paul A. Volcker, along with several others. Both informative and thought-provoking, "International Monetary Cooperation: Lessons from the Plaza Accord After Thirty Years" is especially commended and a critically important addition to professional, governmental, and academic library Contemporary Economics reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists. It should be noted for academia and the non-specialist general reader with an interest in the subject that 'International Monetary Cooperation: Lessons from the Plaza Accord After Thirty Years" is also available in a Kindle edition ($19.95).

Five Easy Theses
James M. Stone
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10003
9780544749009, $26.00, HC, 288pp,

America today confronts a host of urgent economic problems that are self-generated within our country and imposed upon us from abroad through the phenomena of globalization. Many of these economic problems are seemingly intractable, but some we are entirely capable of solving according to James M. Stone (Founder and Chief Executive of the Plymouth Rock group of insurance companies, and former chairman of the U.S. commodity Futures Trading Commission. In "Five Easy Theses: Commonsense Solutions to America's Greatest Economic Challenges", Stone presents specific, common-sense solutions to a handful of our most pressing challenges, showing how simple it would be to shore up Social Security, rein in an out-of-control financial sector, reduce inequality, and make healthcare and education better and more affordable. The means are right in front of us, Stone explains, in various policy options that if implemented could preserve or enhance government revenue while also channeling the national economy toward the greater good. Thoroughly accessible in tone, commentary, organization and presentation, "Five Easy Theses" is especially recommended for non-specialist general readers with an interest in the necessity of economic reforms and problem solving. While a critically important and unreservedly commended addition to community and academic library American Economics collections and supplemental studies reading lists, it should be noted that "Five Easy Theses" is also available in a Kindle edition ($12.99).

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

A Front Page Affair
Radha Vatsal
Sourcebooks Inc.
1935 Brookdale Road, #139, Naperville, IL 60563
9781492632665, $15.99, PB, 336pp,

The Lusitania has just been sunk, and headlines about a shooting at J.P. Morgan's mansion and the Great War are splashed across the front page of every newspaper. Capability "Kitty" Weeks would love nothing more than to report on the news of the day, but she's stuck writing about fashion and society gossip over on the Ladies' Page -- until a man is murdered at a high society picnic on her beat. Determined to prove her worth as a journalist, Kitty finds herself plunged into the midst of a wartime conspiracy that threatens to derail the United States' attempt to remain neutral, and to disrupt the privileged life she has always known. An impressively well written and consistently compelling read from beginning to end, Radha Vatsal's "A Front Page Affair" is the first book in what is justifiably expected to be an outstanding series featuring rising journalism star Kitty Weeks. While very highly recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs that "A Front Page Affair" is also available in a Kindle edition. Librarians should also be aware that "A Front Page Affair" has a large print edition (Thorndike Press, 9781410490841, $31.99) as well.

Buffalo Jump Blues
Keith McCafferty
Viking Books
c/o Penguin Group USA
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
9780525429593, $26.00, HC, 320pp,

In the wake of Fourth of July fireworks in Montana's Madison Valley, Hyalite County sheriff Martha Ettinger and Deputy Sheriff Harold Little Feather investigate a horrific scene at the Palisades cliffs, where a herd of bison have fallen to their deaths. Victims of blind panic caused by the pyrotechnics, or a ritualistic hunting practice dating back thousands of years? The person who would know is beyond asking, an Indian man found dead among the bison, his leg pierced by an arrow. Farther up the valley, fly fisherman, painter, and sometime private detective Sean Stranahan has been hired by the beautiful Ida Evening Star, a Chippewa Cree woman who moonlights as a mermaid at the Trout Tails Bar & Grill, to find her old flame, John Running Boy. The cases seem unrelated -- until Sean's search leads him right to the brink of the buffalo jump. "Buffalo Jump Blues" weaves a gripping tale of murder, wildlife politics, lost love, and is another terrific read from the pen of Keith McCafferty. The fifth book in McCafferty's outstanding Sean Stranahan Mystery Series, "Buffalo Jump Blues" will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections. For the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs it should be noted that "Buffalo Jump Blues" is also available in a Kindle edition ($12.99).

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Judith K. Dial & Thomas A. Easton, editors
PO Box 809, Framingham, MA 01701
9781610373104, $17.00, PB, 176pp,

As usual, NESFA (the New England Science Fiction Association) has published still another outstanding and memorable anthology of science fiction and fantasy stories by a series of authors who individually and collectively are masters of the genre. "Conspiracy!" is both the title and the underlying them of the short stories comprising this exceptional collection that ranges from Masons and Dragons (David Clements), the Bavarian Illuminati (Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald) and the New World Order Shariann Lewitt); the Shaver Mystery (science writer Jeff Hecht); cell phones and weather control (Rev DiCerto); Atlantis and Lemuria (Paul DiFilippo); Roswell (H. Paul Shuch of SETI fame); Mermaids (Cat Rambo and Mike Resnick); ancient immortals who guide our breeding (Steven Popkes); quality management (Allen Steele); Santa Claus (James Cambias); -- and then there are the squirrels (Sarah Smith). A riveting read from first page to last, "Conspiracy!" is certain to be an enduringly popular addition to the personal reading lists of all science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts, as well as community, college, and university library Contemporary Science Fiction & Fantasy collections.

The Geography Shelf

The Handy Geography Answer Book
Paul A. Tucci
Visible Ink Press
43311 Joy Road, #414, Canton, MI 48187-2075
9781578595761, $21.95, 450pp,

Geography is more than just maps and finding your destination. It is about the land, the people on that land, the delicate balance of nature, and our very interdependence upon it, despite the miracles of technology and grocery stores. It's about the effects of nature on places and people, as well as how politics, borders, cities, and towns affect our lives. This newly updated and expanded third addition of "The Handy Geography Answer Book" by Paul Tucci traces the history of geography from Eratosthenes and Alexander von Humboldt, to latitude and longitude, and the latest advances in the Global Positioning System (GPS). It provides insights into economic, social, historic, culture, religious, political, and climate geography, plus oceanography, demographics, and more. "The Handy Geography Answer Book" is an informed and informative tour the world, including its natural features, and the ever-changing mark humans make on our planet. With knowledgeable answers to 1,200 questions from the trivial (longest, hottest, tallest), to how geography has influenced history, religion, architecture, and the location of cities. From covering such questions as: Who first had the idea that there is a magnetic North Pole? What is interesting about Google's "Streetview"? How many people are projected to live on the planet in 2050? Which state has the highest annual divorce rate? What are the largest and smallest counties in the U.S.?, and so much more, this new edition of "The Handy Geography Answer Book" is a "must" for all school and community library Geographical Studies collections, as well as the personal reading lists for students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject of geography.

The Jobs/Careers Shelf

Launching Your Career in Nursing and Midwifery
Annabel Smoker
Palgrave Macmillan
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10001
9781137362407, $21.00, PB, 192pp,

Gaining your first job as a nurse or midwife is becoming not only highly competitive but an increasingly more complex process. "Launching Your Career in Nursing and Midwifery" by Annabel Smoker (Lecturer in Nursing and Faculty Lead for Employability at the Faculty of Health Science and University of Southampton, UK.) will enable the reader to get ahead of the other applicants with an informed, informative, practical and thoroughly 'user friendly' guide offering application advice, interview preparation techniques, a comprehensive overview of the selection process and insider tips. You'll also find a wealth of information on career planning, continuing professional development and next steps. Offering scenarios, practice questions and the thoughts and observation of newly qualified professionals anyone seeking to become a licensed nurse and/or midwife should consider "Launching Your Career in Nursing and Midwifery: A Practical Guide" an essential and critically important read. While very highly recommended for community, college, and university library Health/Medicine collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of aspiring candidates for nursing school or midwifery programs that "Launching Your Career in Nursing and Midwifery: A Practical Guide" is also available in a Kindle edition ($15.87).

The Education Shelf

Two Books Are Better Than One!
Shari Frost
Capstone Press
1710 Roe Crest Drive, North Mankato, MN 56003
9781496606082, $24.95, PB, 128pp,

It is no longer sufficient to teach letters, letter sounds, sight words, and simple texts in kindergarten through second grade. Not when children today are expected to read and comprehend texts in a variety of genres with increasing complexity. Then they must integrate the ideas and concepts from those texts into their own writing. "Two Books are Better Than One: Reading and Writing (and Talking and Drawing) Across Texts in K-2" by Shari Frost (who in the course of her academic career has served as an elementary classroom teacher, a reading specialist, a professional developer, and an instructor at the university level, and who is currently a consultant with literacy coaches, intervention specialists, classroom teachers, and children in classrooms to support the improvement of literacy instruction in the Chicago Public Schools) helps teachers meet those demands. Each individual chapter contains an anchor lesson focused on a different way of connecting texts, including: by theme, characters, perspective, structure, or genre. The lessons feature research-based and common-core-aligned strategies: interactive read-alouds; shared reading and writing; scaffolded small group reading; accountable talk; close reading; and opinion, narrative, and explanatory writing. Each anchor lesson features two high-quality children's books, and each chapter is rounded out with a list of other recommended book pairs to support classroom teachers in creating their own lessons. While very highly recommended for elementary school classroom teachers in grades K-2 and a critically important addition to college and university Teacher Education reference collections, it should be noted that "Two Books are Better Than One: Reading and Writing (and Talking and Drawing) Across Texts in K-2" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).

Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn
Mike Anderson
1703 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311-1714
9781416621836, $27.95, PB, 160pp,

Offering students choices about their learning, says author Mike Anderson in "Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn: The Key to Student Motivation and Achievement", is one of the most powerful ways teachers can boost student learning, motivation, and achievement. Anderson offers numerous examples of choice in action, ideas to try with different students, and a step-by-step process to help you plan and incorporate choice into your classroom. "Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn" covers: What effective student choice looks like in the classroom; Why it's important to offer students choices; How to create learning environments, set the right tone for learning, and teach specific skills that enable choice to work well. When students have more choices about their learning, they can find ways of learning that match their personal needs and be more engaged in their work, building skills and work habits that will serve them well in school and beyond. "Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn" teacher-friendly guide offers everything you need to help students who are bored, frustrated, or underperforming come alive to learning through the fundamental power of choice. "Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn" is so well written, organized and presented that it is very highly recommended for teachers and homeschooling parents alike. While very highly recommended for school and academic library Teacher Education instructional reference collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn" is also available in a Kindle edition ($14.57).

Emerging Strategies for Supporting Student Learning
Barbara Allan
Facet Publishing
7 Ridgmount Street, London, England, WC1E 7AE
9781783300709, $75.00, PB, 192pp,

Barbara Allan is an author and trainer. Her background includes managing workplace and academic libraries. She has spent many years working in business schools where her focus was on enhancing learning, teaching and the student experience, and the internationalization and employability agendas. The higher education landscape is rapidly evolving due to changes in the student population (millennial's, increasing diversity, changing work habits), technology (the rise in the use of social media) and learning spaces (the increase in physical and virtual social learning spaces). In "Emerging Strategies for Supporting Student Learning" Allan presents the first book to bring together recent developments in both theory and practice, covering a wide range of tools and techniques which will suit students in different contexts, from large groups of 500+ to very small classes of research students. Making extensive use of case studies, examples, checklists, and tables, "Emerging Strategies for Supporting Student Learning" features: an analysis of the current higher education landscape, the changes that are occurring and the diverse nature of student populations; an exploration of new theories of digital literacy including case studies demonstrating how library and information workers have applied these models in practice; a demonstration of the many different ways in which academic library and information services are working in support of student employability; a theoretical overview of different approaches to teaching and learning including Kolb's learning cycle, Laurillard's conversational framework for university teaching, Entwistle's teaching for understanding at university, Land and Meyer's threshold concepts and the Higher Education Academy's work on flexible pedagogies; practical guidance on designing, developing and evaluating courses and other learning and teaching events in different situations including face-to-face, flipped classroom, blended learning, and online learning; and an exploration of approaches to personal and professional development including 90+ approaches to workplace learning; accredited courses; short courses, conferences and workshops; networking through professional organizations; and developing online networks. "Emerging Strategies for Supporting Student Learning" will be essential reading for different groups working in colleges and universities including library and information workers, staff developers, educational technologists, educational development project workers, educational change agents and students of library and information science who are planning their careers in higher education institutions. Simply stated, "Emerging Strategies for Supporting Student Learning" is a critically important and invaluable addition to professional, college, and university library Educational Studies and Library Science collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Fiction Shelf

The Lost Garden
Li Ang
Columbia University Press
61 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023-7015
9780231175548, $75.00, HC, 248pp,

"The Lost Garden" by Li Ange begins with the family of Zhu Yinghong, whose father, Zhu Zuyan, was imprisoned in the early days of Chiang Kai-shek's rule. Zhu Zuyan spends his days luxuriating in his Lotus Garden, which he builds according to his own desires. Forever under suspicion, he indulges as much as he can in circumscribed pleasures, though they drain the family fortune. Eventually the entire household is sold, including the Lotus Garden. "The Lost Garden" then tranfers to modern-day Taipei, where Zhu Yinghong falls for Lin Xigeng, a real estate tycoon and playboy. Their cat-and-mouse courtship builds against the extravagant banquets and decadent entertainments of Taipei's wealthy businessmen. Though the two ultimately marry, their high-styled romance dulls over time, leading to a dangerous, desperate quest to reclaim the enchantment of the Lotus Garden. Ably translated into English for an American readership by Howard Goldblatt, "The Lost Garden" is a consistently compelling read from beginning to end. While very highly recommended for both community and academic library Literary Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Lost Garden" is also available in a paperback edition (9780231175555, $25.00) and in a Kindle format ($14.74).

The Last House Officer
Gwyn Williams
Y Lolfa
c/o Dufour Editions, Inc.
PO Box 7, 124 Byers Road, Chester Springs, PA 19425-0007
9781784611224, $17.00, PB, 299pp,

Owen Morgan is a junior doctor trying to find his feet in the modern Welsh healthcare system. Unfortunately he is peculiarly ill-equipped to survive the demands of the ever-changing world of hospital medicine - or indeed of his feisty Indian wife, his two sons, and their tumultuous home life. Born to Welsh working-class parents, Owen and his family must overcome cultural issues, health issues, family quarrels, and personality incompatibilities during the biggest upheaval in medical training for decades as a Labour government pushes through its controversial reforms. And then there is Colleen. The very lovely, ever loyal Colleen - the love of Owen's life. If only he knew it. An exceptional and deftly crafted story, "The Last House Officer" clearly showcases author Gwyn Williams as an impressively gifted novelist. "The Last House Officer" is very highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library General Fiction collections.

The Lamentations of Zeno
Ilija Trojanow, author
Philip Boehm, translator
20 Jay Street, 10th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201-8346
9781784782191, $19.95, HC, 176pp,

Zeno Hintermeier is a scientist working as a travel guide on an Antarctic cruise ship, encouraging the wealthy to marvel at the least explored continent and to open their eyes to its rapid degradation. It is a troubling turn in the life of an idealistic glaciologist. Now in his early sixties, Zeno bewails the loss of his beloved glaciers, the disintegration of his marriage, and the foundering of his increasingly irrelevant career. Troubled in conscience and goaded by the smug complacency of the passengers in his charge, he starts to plan a desperate gesture that will send a wake-up call to an overheating world. "The Lamentations of Zeno" by German novelist Ilija Trojanow is deftly translated into English for an appreciative American readership by Philip Boehm. A compelling and complex work, "The Lamentations of Zeno" is an consistently compelling read from beginning to end. While very highly recommended for both community and academic library Literary Fiction collections, it should be noted for academia and the non-specialist general reader that "The Lamentations of Zeno" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).

The Lawless West
Jon Tuska, editor
Sagebrush Large Print Westerns
Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9781785412097, $29.99, PB, 312pp,

Compiled and edited by Jon Tuska (is the co-founder of the Golden West Literary Agency, as well as co-author or co-editor of numerous works on the American West, including the "Encyclopedia of Frontier and Western Fiction", "Westward the Women" and "Billy the Kid") "The Lawless West"), "The Lawless West" is comprised of three classic western stories by three classic western authors. These simply outstanding tales include: "From Missouri" by Zane Grey; "Over the Northern Border" by Max Brand; and "Riders of the Dawn" by Louis L'Amour. "The Lawless West" is a 'must read' for all devoted western action/adventure fans. This particular large print edition is especially recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library Western Fiction collections.

The Devil's Anvil
Steve Hayes
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9781444827880, $20.99, Large Print Paperback, 232pp,

The two murderous McClory cousins have busted out of Yuma Pen, heading for Indian Territory leaving a trail of death in their wake. Somebody has to bring them in - and that job falls to Deputy US Marshal Liberty Mercer, a young and dedicated woman who sets off to run the outlaws to ground. But to reach the McClory stronghold in Silver Rock Canyon, Mercer and her makeshift posse consisting of Raven Bjorkman, Latham Rawlins (who turns out is the brother of Liberty's one-time love Latigo) and the bounty hunting Dunn brothers must cross the deadly, searing desert known as the Devil's Anvil. Steve Hayes is a consummate master of the western action/adventure genre and in "The Devil's Anvil" has written yet another truly riveting yarn that showcases one of the most unusual law enforcers the west has ever know. Extraordinarily entertaining from first page to last, "The Devil's Anvil" is very highly recommended for community library Western Fiction collections, as well as the personal reading lists for all dedicated western buffs.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Home Alone And Happy!
Kate Mallatratt
Hubble & Hattie
9781845848613, $19.99, PB, 96pp,

People with a canine companion shouldn't wait until their dog becomes anxious when left alone at home before investing time in teaching him how to become comfortable alone? Owners often assume that their dog will sleep, yet many dogs suffer from anxiety and stress when left alone, and some owners only discover this when their dog becomes destructive, or a neighbor complains about his barking. "Home alone and happy!: Essential life skills for preventing separation anxiety in dogs and puppies" is written by Kate Mallatratt to address the need to educate pet owners before the problems of separation anxiety arise. Beautifully illustrated, with worksheets to evaluate your dog's level of contentment and chart his progress, "Home Alone And Happy" is specifically commended to the attention of all dog owners wanting to learn how their canine companion can spend quality time alone and avoid the stress of separation anxiety.

The Writing/Publishing Shelf

Ten Characteristics of Quality Indexes
Margie Towery
Information Today, Inc.
143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055-8750
9781573875264, $45.00, PB, 140pp,

In publishing there are three major categories of indexes: Bibliographic index (a regularly updated print periodical publication that lists articles, books, and/or other information items); General Index (a detailed list, usually arranged alphabetically, of the specific information in a publication); Subject Indexing (describing the content of a document by keywords). Among the community of professional indexers, Margie Towery is well know for the quality of expertise as consummate indexer. In "Ten Characteristics of Quality Indexes: Confessions of an Award-Winning Indexer", Margie has distilled her more than two decades of experience for the benefit of novice indexers. "Ten Characteristics of Quality Indexes " defines and explores the characteristics of quality indexes: audiences and accessibility, metatopics and index structure, accuracy, comprehensiveness, conciseness, consistency, clarity, reflexivity, readability, and common sense. Writing in an engaging and accessible style, Margie shares her own struggles in indexing and offers strategies for overcoming challenges such as bias and language, indexing blocks, and working with authors. Her digressions into research on reading and decision-making provide a wider context for thinking about quality, while her suggestions and checklist for evaluating indexes round out this essential volume for professional indexers at every skill level. Simply stated, "Ten Characteristics of Quality Indexes" is emphatically and unreservedly recommended as mandatory reading for anyone aspiring to become a professional indexer.

Indexing Tactics & Tidbits
Janet Perlman
Information Today, Inc.
143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055-8750
9781573875257, $45.00, PB, 170pp,

"Indexing Tactics & Tidbits: An A to Z Guide" by Janet Perlman (who draws upon her more than 30 years of experience and expertise as a professional indexer of books and journals) is very highly-recommended reference for indexing professionals. A master indexer, Janet Perlman presents a treasure trove of practical, in-depth explanations and advice present in an alphabetical format. While bringing her own in-depth, conversational style and a multitude of fresh topics to the table, "Indexing Tactics & Tidbits" provides answers and insights on such vital subjects as audience analysis, clients and contracts, computers and software, ethics and standards, index depth and length, index structure, periodical indexing, professional resources, quality and usability, work methods and strategies, and much more. Thoroughly 'user friendly' in tone, content, organization and presentation, new and experienced indexers alike will appreciate how "Indexing Tactics & Tidbits comprehensively and accessibly addresses the tasks of indexing by one of the truly preeminent indexers working in publishing today. Indeed, "Indexing Tactics & Tidbits" will prove to be a core and valued addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university Writing/Publishing instructional reference collections in general, and Indexing supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

The Cookbook Shelf

Short Order Dad
Robert Rosenthal
Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
307 West 36th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10018
9781634509800, $17.99, PB, 272pp,

Although it's written with a sense of humor, "Short Order Dad: One Guy's Guide to Making Food Fun and Hassle-Free" by Robert Rosenthal is a serious culinary resource for dads (and anyone else) wanting to make great tasting food at home - even if they have never used a chef's knife or a roasting pan before. "Short Order Dad" offers step-by-step instructions in basic techniques and presents a playbook of simple recipes that achieve the most taste with the fewest ingredients and the least effort. "Short Order Dad" also covers all the essentials, from shopping ingredients and cooking tools to appetizers, soups and salads, snacks, entrees, sauces and dressings, sides, desserts, cocktails and more, to make anyone a successful chef. Beautifully illustrated throughout, the recipes range from Pineapple Upside-Down Pancakes; Braised Chicken with 41 Garlic Cloves; Toasty Bruschetta; and Seared Tuna Wrap with Mango Chutney; to Grapefruit Avocado Salad; Baked Potato Fries; Chocolate Covered Strawberries; and The Vesper Martini. While very highly recommended for personal, family, and community library cookbook collections, it should be noted that "Short Order Dad" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.98).

Pure Food
Kurt Beecher Dammeier
BenBella Books
10300 N. Central Expressway, Suite 400, Dallas, TX 75204
9781942952176, $34.95, HC, 300pp,

With the proliferation of artificial additives, hormones, antibiotics, and the thousand other man-made substances and chemical cocktails lurking in our grocery bags, eating healthy, natural foods is trickier than ever. It's no coincidence that America's health is flagging, with obesity and type 2 diabetes now at epidemic levels. But planning menus with chef, restaurateur, food entrepreneur, retailer, and nutrition educator Kurt Dammeier's "Pure Food: A Chef's Handbook for Eating Clean, with Healthy, Delicious Recipes" will enable even the most novice of kitchen cooks to prepare meals that are demonstrably easier to make and much healthier to eat because each of the more than 70 features recipes are based on pure, additive-free ingredients and preparation instructions. Unlike most cookbooks, the recipes comprising "Pure Food" are organized in threads which start with a primary meal component like chicken, and progress through a series of dishes that use the primary ingredient in different ways to help kitchen cooks to get the most from their cooking. The recipes range from Oven Dried Tomatoes; Beef and Mushroom Lasagna; Lamb Gyros; and Old Bay Roasted turkey Breast Plus Stock; to White Fish Salad; Farror Cakes with Bacon and Parsley; Purple Potato Salad with Pea Vines; and Beecher's No-Bake Super-Light Cheesecake. Beautifully illustrated throughout, "Pure Food" will prove to be a welcome and enduringly popular addition to personal, family, and community library cookbook collections. It should be noted that "Pure Food" is also available in a Kindle edition ($20.49).

The Journalism Shelf

Words Matter
Edited by Amanda Dahling and Mary Kay Blakely
University of Missouri Press
113 Heinkel Bldg., 201 S. 7th St., Columbia, MO 65211
9780826220899 $29.95

Words Matter: Writing to Make a Difference presents examples of exceptional "long form" journalistic writing by various graduates of the Missouri School of Journalism. These writings are grouped into three categories: profiles, first person journalism, and personal memoirs. Each essay is followed up with a "postscript" in which the author describes what they learned about writing, journalism, and the business of getting published. An excellent resource for self-study or for instructors or students in writing programs, Words Matter is highly recommended, particularly for college library collections.

Health and the Media
Valentina Marinescu & Bianca Mitu, editors
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9781476663029, $39.95, PB, 260pp,

Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by Valentina Marinescu (Professor at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work at Bucharest University in Bucharest, Romania) and Bianca Mitu (a Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield in the United Kingdom) "Health and the Media: Essays on the Effects of Mass Communication" is comprised of ten major essays analyzing the relationship between medicine and the media from different perspectives. Each of these new essays fill a gap in this emerging field by providing new information on approaches to health communication and important reevaluations of health literacy theories. The contributors discuss ideas and methodologies across a range of topics, including multifaceted health communication, media coverage of maternal health, the rhetoric of diagnosis in autoimmune illness, media representation of the sick in data-driven healthcare, and health news coverage in print media. Informed and informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking, "Health and the Media: Essays on the Effects of Mass Communication" is unreservedly recommended for professional, college, and academic library collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist readers with an interest in the subject that "Health and the Media: Essays on the Effects of Mass Communication" is also available in a Kindle edition ($24.99).

The Literary Studies Shelf

Proust for Beginners
Steve Bachmann, author
Van Howell, illustrator
For Beginners LLC
155 Main Street, Suite 211, Danbury, CT 06810
9781939994448 $15.95

Lavishly illustrated with black-and-white sketches and caricatures on almost every page, Proust for Beginners is a guide to the life and works of French novelist Marcel Proust (1871-1922), who is particularly well-known for the modernist classic "In Search of Lost Time". Accessible to readers of all backgrounds, Proust for Beginners explains the complex subjects and themes that Proust tackled, in a clear, reader-friendly style. The cartoons and caricatures add a unique dash of zest and flair to this excellent resource for high school, college, and public library literary studies collections!

The Tempest
Cass Foster
Five Star Publications Inc.
PO Box 6698, Chandler, AZ 85246-6698
9781589852365, $8.99, PB, 98pp,

Educator, director, playwright, and nationally known stage fight choreographer, Cass Foster is a lifelong master of Shakespearean theater. He devotes himself to making Shakespeare more approachable to students and theater companies alike through his highly lauded Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series. "The Tempest" is the eighth and newest addition to this outstanding series but is an abridged, condensed version of the play so that it can be performed in approximately one hour. Especially recommended for students and local community theatre groups, Cass Foster's edition provides the same lyrical language enjoyment that the unabridged original provides.

Approaches to Teaching the Works of Anton Chekhov
Michael C. Finke & Michael Holquist
Modern Language Association
26 Broadway, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10004-1789
9781603292672, $40.00, HC, 248pp,

The literary works of Anton Chekhov are unflinching in the face of human frailty. With their emphasis on the dignity and value of individuals during unique moments, they help us better understand how to exist with others when we are fundamentally alone. Written in Russia at the end of the nineteenth century, when the country began to move fitfully toward industrialization and grappled with the influence of Western liberalism even as it remained an autocracy, Chekhov's plays and stories continue to influence contemporary writers. The essays comprising "Approaches to Teaching the Works of Anton Chekhov" provide classroom strategies for teaching Chekhov's stories and plays, discuss how his medical training and practice related to his literary work, and compare Chekhov with writers both Russian and American. This compilation of essays also aims to help classroom instructors with the daunting array of new editions in English, as well as with the ever-growing list of titles in visual media: filmed theater productions of his plays, adaptations of the plays and stories scripted for film, and amateur performances freely available online. Thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Approaches to Teaching the Works of Anton Chekhov" is very highly recommended for college and university library collections. For the personal reading lists of students, teachers, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the work of Anton Chekov, it should be noted that "Approaches to Teaching the Works of Anton Chekhov" is also available in a paperback edition (9781603292689, $24.00) and in a Kindle format ($14.40).

Bob Seger's House and Other Stories
Michael Delp & M. L. Liebler, editors
Wayne State University Press
4809 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201-1309
9780814341940, $24.99, PB, 328pp,

Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by Michael Delp (former Director of Creative Writing at the Interlochen Arts Academy) & M. L. Liebler (an award-winning poet, literary arts activist, and professor), "Bob Seger's House and Other Stories" is a unique collection of twenty-two short stories written by some of Michigan's most well-known fiction writers. The scope of this literary anthology reflects the dynamic and diverse writing that is currently taking place by people who consider their home to be the Great Lakes state. Stories are far-ranging, from the streets of Detroit and the iconic presence of the auto industry to the wild tracts of the Upper Peninsula, to a couple on the west coast trying to figure out parenting. "Bob Seger's House and Other Stories" vibrates with that tension, of metal versus rock and human frailty taking on the pitfalls and hardships of living in this world. An inherently and consistently compelling read comprised of deftly written literary masterpieces, "Bob Seger's House and Other Stories" is very highly recommended for both community and academic library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections and supplemental studies lists. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Bob Seger's House and Other Stories" is also available in a Kindle edition ($14.19).

The Architecture Shelf

Graphic Guide to Frame Construction, fourth edition
Rob Thallon
The Taunton Press
63 South Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470
9781631863721, $29.95, PB, 256pp,

Now in an newly updated and expanded fourth edition, the "Graphic Guide to Frame Construction" by Rob Thallon, (a professional architect and the Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Oregon) is a comprehensive visual handbook filled with hundreds of meticulous drawings showing the framing details you need to understand when building with wood. This new edition of a classic instructional guide reflects the most recent changes in residential frame construction. "Graphic Guide to Frame Construction" contains more details for engineered wood products, fasteners, and seismic hold-down requirements, as well as the latest IRC code updates. It is well annotated and covers foundations, floors, walls, stairs, and roofs. Because examples are taken from actual job sites, "Graphic Guide to Frame Construction" is enhanced with invaluable visual aids that can help builders and homeowners alike to tackle a wide range of framing projects. Comprehensive and thoroughly 'user friendly' in tone, content, organization and presentation, "Graphic Guide to Frame Construction" is very highly recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library Architectural Studies instructional reference collections.

The Political Science Shelf

American Maelstrom
Michael A. Cohen
Oxford University Press
198 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016-4314
9780199777563, $29.95, HC, 448pp,

Michael A. Cohen is a national political columnist for The Boston Globe. He writes regularly on American politics and U.S. foreign policy and has previously been a columnist for the Guardian and Foreign Policy. In "American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division" he provides a detailed analytical history of the election of 1968 which was immediately caught up in a swirl of powerful forces, and the nine men who sought the nation's highest office that year attempted to who attempted to ride those political forces to victory -- or merely just survive them. On the Democratic side, Eugene McCarthy energized the anti-war movement; George Wallace spoke to the working-class white backlash; Robert Kennedy took on the mantle of his slain brother. Entangled in Vietnam, Johnson, stunningly, opted not to run again, scrambling the odds. On the Republican side, 1968 saw the vindication of Richard Nixon, who out-hustled Nelson Rockefeller, Ronald Reagan and George Romney, by navigating between the conservative and moderate wings of the Republican Party. The assassinations of first Martin Luther King, Jr., and then Robert Kennedy seemed to push the country to the brink of chaos, a chaos reflected in the Democratic Convention in Chicago, in which for the first time in American political history such an event became a kind of televised horror show. Vice President Hubert Humphrey emerged as the nominee, and, finally liberating himself from Johnson's grip, nearly overcame the lead long enjoyed by Nixon who, by exploiting division and channeling the national yearning for order, would be the last man standing. Enhanced with the inclusion of forty-six pages of Notes; an eight page Bibliographic Essay, and a thirty-five page Index, "American Maelstrom" is an impressively well written, researched, organized and presented study that will prove to be an invaluable and appreciated addition to both community and academic library 20th Century American History and Political Science reference collections. For personal reading lists of academics and non-specialist readers with an interest in the subject, it should be noted that "American Maelstrom" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).

The Art Shelf

Gerhard Richter: Panorama
Nicholas Serota & Mark Godfrey, editors
Distributed Art Publishers
155 Sixth Avenue, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10013-1507
9781938922923, $65.00, HC, 312pp,

Gerhard Richter is a German visual artist who has produced abstract as well as photorealistic paintings, as well as photographs and glass pieces. His art follows the examples of Picasso and Jean Arp in undermining the concept of the artist's obligation to maintain a single cohesive style. First published on the occasion of the major retrospective exhibition that opened at Tate Modern in 2011, this newly expanded edition of "Gerhard Richter: Panorama" continues to offer the most complete overview of the artist's entire career to date. This stunningly illustrated survey encompasses works from the late 1950s to the present and includes his photo-paintings, abstractions, landscapes, seascapes, portraits, color charts, grey paintings, glass and mirror works, sculptures, drawings and photographs. All this combines to provide a definitive account of Richter's achievements. It also includes studio photographs, archival images and texts by an array of international critics and curators. This expanded edition of "Gerhard Richter: Panorama" includes a new text by Mark Godfrey that covers works made since the 2011 exhibition, including the Strip, Flow and Birkenau paintings, as well as an updated chronology. With more than 300 illustrations, and an interview between Richter and Nicholas Serota, Director of Tate, "Gerhard Richter: Panorama" remains the most comprehensive survey of one of the world's pre-eminent contemporary artists and is very highly recommended for personal, community, and academic library Contemporary Art History collections in general, and Gerhard Richter supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

The Photography Shelf

Ivan de la Nuez
c/o Distributed Art Publishers
155 Sixth Avenue, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10013-1507
9788416354733, $30.00, HC, 240pp,

Ivan de la Nuez, an essayist, art critic and exhibition curator born in Havana in 1964, has been the head of the Cultural Activities Department at the Contemporary Culture Center of Barcelona (2009-2011) and the Exhibitions Director at La Virreina Centre de la Imatge (2000-2009). He collaborates with Babelia, El Pais newspaper's cultural insert, as well as different magazines and newspapers in the United States, Europe and Latin America. Compiled, edited and presented by Nuez, this bilingual edition of "Iconocracia: An Image of Power and the Power of Images in Contemporary Cuban Photography" brings together the works of approximately 30 Cuban photographers from different generations and political perspectives. This impressively presented collection reflects the diversity of contemporary Cuban society and culture, making it a critically important, unique, and highly recommended contribution to personal, professional, community, and academic library Contemporary Photography collections.

The Autism Shelf

Relationship Building & Sexual Awareness for Kids with Autism
Susan Helghway & Susan kidd Webster
Future Horizons
721 West Abram Street, Arlington, TX 76013
9780986067327, $24.95, PB, 188pp,

Federal law requires that every school district educate school age children. An essential part of a well rounded education is the building of a child's self-esteem so they can make informed choices. "Relationship Building & Sexual Awareness for Kids with Autism" is a STARS 2 adapted version of the original STARS guidebook that is focused on school-aged children. The STARS 2 model concentrates on four areas: Understanding Relationships, Social Skills Training, Sexual Awareness, and Assertiveness with the goals of promoting positive sexuality and preventing sexual abuse. Assessment tools help identify the strengths and needs of each individual, and then the activities can be catered to address specific needs. The collaborative effort of Susan M. Heighway (who is a certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Madison, Wisconsin), and Susan Kidd Webster (a Senior Lecturer and Field Faculty Associate at the University of Wisconsin in Madison) "Relationship Building & Sexual Awareness for Kids with Autism: STARS 2) is very highly recommended for professional, school district, college, and university educational reference collections for teaching and working with autistic children.

The Military Shelf

The Battle Of Jutland
John Brooks
Oxford University Press
198 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016-4314
9781107150140, $49.99, HC, 584pp,

The naval engagement known as the Battle of Jutland was a battle on the high seas fought by the British Royal Navy's Grand Fleet under Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, against the Imperial German Navy's High Seas Fleet under Vice-Admiral Reinhard Scheer during the First World War. The battle was fought from 31 May to 1 June 1916 in the North Sea, near the coast of Denmark's Jutland Peninsula. It was the largest naval battle and the only full-scale clash of battleships in the war. "The Battle of Jutland" by military scholar John Brooks is a major new account of the Battle of Jutland and begins with the building of the two fleets wherein Brooks reveals the key technologies employed, from ammunition, gunnery and fire control, to signaling and torpedoes, as well as the opposing commanders' tactical expectations and battle orders. In describing Jutland's five major phases, Brooks offers important new interpretations of the battle itself and how the outcome was influenced by technology, as well as the tactics and leadership of the principal commanders, with the reliability of their own accounts of the fighting reassessed. "The Battle Of Jutland" draws on contemporary sources which have rarely been cited in previous accounts, including the dispatches of both the British and German formations, along with official records, letters and memoirs. An impressively well researched, written, organized and presented study, and one that adheres to the highest standards of scholarship, "The Battle Of Jutland" is enhanced with the inclusion of a twenty-seven page Bibliography; a seven page Index of Warships and Formations; and a twenty page General Index. While very highly recommended for both community and academic library 20th Century Military History and 20th Century Naval History collections in general, and World War I supplemental studies lists it particular, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of academia and the non-specialist general reader with an interest in the subject the "The Battle Of Jutland" is also available in a Kindle edition ($31.20).

The Audiobook Shelf

The Seventh Sense
Written and read by Joshua Cooper Ramo
Hachette Audio
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017
9781478909101 $30.00

The Seventh Sense: Power, Fortune and Survival in the Age of Networks is the unabridged audiobook rendition of Joshua Cooper Ramo's insights into how technology-driven connections have changed the world - and are still changing it. The modern internet and smartphones have enabled people to create global networks as never seen before, and those who have mastered these networks achieve phenomenal success - whether they are business leaders, generals, investors, politicians, or terrorists (one particularly grim example is ISIS, a terrorist organization unparalleled in its mastery of social media). The Seventh Sense ultimately isn't just about witnessing the power of human connections, but also harnessing that power to change the world. Highly recommended. 9 CDs, 10 hours.

The Colonists
Raymond F. Jones, author
Justine Lerman, narrator
c/o Brilliance Corporation
PO Box 887, Grand Haven, MI 49417
9781511357081, $14.99, CD,

What qualities are needed to leave Earth behind and never return? To start life anew on a far off planet? A desire to leave and never return? A pioneer spirit? How would you select someone to take that trip? Dr. Ashby believes in testing, but are his parameters correct? His experiment with human volunteers is unique and fully immersive as he seeks to answer those questions -- and the reply may not be what you would expect. Raymond Jone's "The Colonist" is a terrific science fiction yarn that is brought to live in a genuine 'theatre of the mind' experience with the superbly executed narration by Justine Lerman. "The Colonist" is very highly recommended for community library audio book collections and the listening pleasure of dedicated science fiction fans.

The Creature from Cleveland Depths
Fritz Leiber, author
Jim Roberts, narrator
c/o Brilliance Corporation
PO Box 887, Grand Haven, MI 49417
9781511357098, $14.99, CD,

Fritz Leiber (1910-1992) was equally adept at writing science fiction, fantasy and horror. In the course of his career his literary works were honored with the Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy awards. Now in a complete and unabridged audio book edition of a classic Fritz Leiber science fiction short story, narrator Jim Roberts performs "The Creature from Cleveland Depths". The story of a writer and his wife who refuse to move below-ground after the cold-war gets hot. However, the writer still serves as a consultant for a below-ground company seeking to come up with new "gadgets". His latest product idea is called "The Tickler", a device that is with you at all times to remind you of appointments and "suggests" little motivations to improve efficiency. Then the device begins to have unintended and frightening consequences which only the inventor seems to recognize. With flawless production values, this audio book edition of "The Creature from Cleveland Depths" is unreservedly recommended for community library audio book collections and a "must" for the legions of Fritz Leiber fans.

The Library CD Shelf

Beyond Karma
Gyuto Monks of Tibet
Featuring Kim Cunio & Heather Lee

Beyond Karma is a music CD of sacred sounds from a variety of different cultures. Australian sacred music duo Kim Cunio and Heather Lee join The Gyuto Monks of Tibet in this celebration of religious diversity and sacred traditions. The tremendous resonance of the Gyuto Monks' harmonic chant is an experience to cherish and remember; it not only music, but also tantric practice. Highly recommended, especially for international and spiritual music collections. Also a choice pick for listeners eager to broaden their musical horizons is the Spanish-language album "Selva" ("Jungle", $TBA) by Peruvian guitarist Ciro Hurtado.

In the Midst of Stars
Heart Dance Records
$12.97 CD / $9.99 download

In the Midst of Stars is a beautiful music album by talented duo Majestica - bassist and multi-instrumentalist Cass Anawaty, and award-winning multi-flutist Sherry Finzer. The two have created an extraordinary medley of ambient tracks, reflecting inspiration from the natural world as well as a celebration of human ingenuity. A "must" for connoisseurs of fine instrumental music, In the Midst of Stars is especially for recommended meditation or relaxation. The tracks are "In the Midst of Stars" (4:31), "Carousel" (4:01), "In Bloom" (5:31), "Close of Day" (5:01), "Lone Mountain" (5:10), "View from the Summit" (4:13), "How Does it Feel" (5:07), and "Aurora Australis" (10:31). 44 min 8 sec.

Hazmat Modine
Barbes Records
$10.99 CD / $7.99 MP3

Extra-Deluxe-Supreme is the third studio album by the band Hazmat Modine, a group known for their signature tuba and harmonica as well as horn section, guitars, accordion, and much more. Extra-Deluxe Supreme draws upon a medley of American musical traditions including Gospel, rhythm and blues, country, and early jazz. At once both a celebration of and an imaginative spin upon quintessentially American music, Extra-Deluxe Supreme is a joy to experience. The tracks are "Another Day" (4:22), "Plans" (5:10), "Your Sister" (5:35), "Up & Rise" (5:25), "Arcadia (Coffee, Salt & Laces) (5:33), "Moving Stones" (3:58), "Whiskey Bird" (6:03), "All of My Days" (4:50), "End of Sweet Dreams" (5:00), and "Most of All" (4:40).

You Ain't Never Been to Texas
Johnny Lee
c/o Webster Public Relations (publicity)
PO Box 23015, Nashville, TN 37202
$11.99 CD / $8.99 MP3

You Ain't Never Been to Texas is a bona fide country music album, featuring the guitar play and stirring vocals of Johnny Lee. Love, loss, courage, pride, and celebration of the Lone Star State are recurring themes in this "must-have" for country music fans! Highly recommended. The tracks are 'Lonesome Love List", "What's Forever For", "Who's Left, Who's Right", "Deep Water", "Never Been to Texas", "Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me", "Good Lovin' Woman Bad", "Wish I Could Love That Way Again", "2 Steps from the Blues", "Who Did You Love", "Bullets First", and "Worth Watching".

The Library DVD Shelf

California Redwoods to Death Valley
Bennet Watt HD Productions, Inc.
13021 - 244th Avenue SE, Issaquah, WA 98027
9781604902082 $24.95 DVD
9781604902310 $24.95 Blu-ray

Part of the "Discoveries... America National Parks" series (each program is available in both DVD and Blu-ray formats), California Redwoods to Death Valley showcases a diversity of national parks and historic sites in California, including Redwoods National and State Parks, Death Valley National Park, Mojave National Preserve, Sand to Snow National Monument, Cesar Chavez National Monument, Pinnacles National Park, Channel Island national Park and much more. Beautiful, panoramic photography makes this educational and edifying DVD the next best thing to witnessing California's natural splendor in person! Highly recommended, especially for public library DVD collections. 50 min.

Yalom's Cure
A film by Sabine Gisiger
First Run Features
630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213, New York, NY 10036

Yalom's Cure is a DVD documentary about the life's work of author, scholar, and psychotherapist Irvin D. Yalom. Yalom is especially well known for his efforts in developing "existential psychotherapy", a practice that integrates philosophy into psychotherapy, and Yalom's books have been incorporated into college courses in psychology. Part biography, part exploration of the human psyche, Yalom's Cure reveals how Yalom's work in the field of psychotherapy changed the ways in which psychotherapists can help patients in need. Yalom's Cure is highly recommended, especially for public and college library DVD collections. 74 min., optional English subtitles.

Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art
A film by James Crump
First Run Features
630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213, New York, NY 10036

Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art is a DVD documentary about the inception of "land art" in the late 1960's and early 1970's. A handful of artists, including Michael Heizer, Walter de Maria, and Robert Smithson created gigantic expressions in the American southwest desert. Astounding in their scope and audacity, these works include "Spiral Jetty", "Double Negative", and "Lightning Field". Troublemakers includes rare footage as well as interviews with Smithson, Heizer, Nancy Holt, Dennis Oppenheim, Carl Andre, Virginia Dwan, Charles Ross, and more. Troublemakers is highly recommended for community library and as well as personal art history DVD shelves. DVD extras include artist and filmmaker biographies, as well as a discussion between director James Crump and the director of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Philippe Vergne. 72 min. optional English subtitles.

The Multimedia Shelf

Virginia Beauty: A Love Song for the Commonwealth
Joyce Johnson Rouse
Rouse House Music
PO Box 450, Independence, VA 24348
$12.00 CD / $9.99 download

Composer Joyce Johnson Rouse (a.k.a. "Earth Mama") created Virginia Beauty: A Love Song for the Commonwealth as a tribute to Virginia's natural beauty, hardworking people, and rich history. A medley of expert musicians perform Virginia Beauty in standard, bluegrass, abbreviated, and instrumental versions. Virginia Beauty is also enriched with bonus materials; when the CD inserted into a computer, the user gains access to printable documents and suggestions for using the song in performance and education. Highly recommended! The audio tracks are "Long Version", "Bluegrass Version - Featuring Dale Ann Bradley", "Short Version", and "Instrumental Track".

The Parenting Shelf

Mindsets for Parents
Mary Cay Ricci & Margaret Lee
Prufrock Press
PO Box 8813, Waco, TX 76714-8813
9781618215246, $16.95, PB, 184pp,

All parents want their children to be successful in school, sports, and extracurricular activities. But it's not just about giving your kids praise or setting them on the right direction. Research shows that success is often dependent on mindset. Hard work, perseverance, and effort are all hallmarks of a growth mindset. That's where "Mindsets for Parents: Strategies to Encourage Growth Mindsets in Kids" by Mary Cay Ricci (an education consultant, speaker) and Margaret Lee (an education administrator and consultant in Maryland) comes in. Designed to provide parents with a roadmap for developing a growth mindset home environment, "Mindsets for Parents " has a conversational style and uses real-world examples make the popular mindsets topic approachable and engaging. It includes tools for informally assessing the mindsets of both parent and child, easy-to-understand brain research, and suggested strategies and resources for use with children of any age. "Mindsets for Parents " gives parents and guardians powerful knowledge and methods to help themselves and their children learn to embrace life's challenges with a growth mindset and an eye toward increasing their effort and success! Thoroughly 'reader friendly' in tone, content, commentary, organization and presentation, "Mindsets for Parents" is very highly recommended for community library Parenting Skills instructional reference collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Mindsets for Parents" is also available in a Kindle edition ($11.63).

The American History Shelf

Chicago Transformed
Joseph Gustaitis
Southern Illinois University Press
1915 University Press Drive, SIUC Mail Code 6806
Carbondale, IL 62901
9780809334988 $29.95

Chicago Transformed: World War I and the Windy City is an extensively researched analysis of how the demands of the First World War from 1913 to 1919 fundamentally changed the city of Chicago. Chapters address Chicago's economic, cultural, and political history, as well as the impact of the war on Chicago's soldiers, wartime daily life in Chicago (sometimes described as "wheatless, meatless, and coalless"), Chicago women and their participation in the first sexual revolution, Chicago's evolving ethnic demographics, and much more. A handful of black-and-white photographs, notes, and an index round out this welcome contribution to American History shelves, highly recommended especially for college library collections.

Jefferson, Lincoln, and the Unfinished Work of the Nation
Ronald L. Hatzenbuehler
Southern Illinois University Press
1915 University Press Drive, SIUC Mail Code 6806
Carbondale, IL 62901
9780809334902 $19.50

Jefferson, Lincoln, and the Unfinished Work of the Nation examines how two of America's greatest leaders, President Jefferson and President Lincoln, grappled with the political problems facing the nature. Each chapter focuses on a different vital issue confronted by both men: race and slavery, the pros and cons of political parties, state rights vs. federal authority, religion and the presidency, the president's powers under the American Constitution, and the appropriate political economy for a republic. Author Robert L. Hatzenbuehler (professor emeritus of history, Idaho State University) draws upon Jefferson's and Lincoln's own words in their written correspondence, essays, and speeches in this fascinating study, enhanced with extensive source notes and an index. Highly recommended, especially for public and college library American History collections.

The Infamous Dakota War Trials of 1862
John A. Haymond
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9781476665108, $39.95, PB, 276pp,

The U.S.-Dakota War was the bloodiest Indian conflict of the 19th century and erupted in southwestern Minnesota during the summer of 1862. In the war's aftermath, a hastily convened commission of five army officers conducted trials of 391 Indians charged with murder and massacre. In 36 days, 303 Dakota men were sentenced to death. In the largest simultaneous execution in American history, 38 were hanged on a single gallows on December 26, 1862 -- an incident now widely considered an act of revenge rather than judicial punishment. Providing fresh insight into this controversial event, "The Infamous Dakota War Trials of 1862: Revenge, Military Law and the Judgment of History" by conflict historian John A. Haymond (who is also the executive director of the Mower County Historical Society in Austin, Minnesota) deftly examines the Dakota War trials from the perspective of 19th century military law. Haymond discusses the causes and far-reaching consequences of the war, the claims of widespread atrocities, the modern debate over the role of culture in lawful warfare and how the war has been depicted by historians. Impressively researched and notably well written, organized and presented, "The Infamous Dakota War Trials of 1862" is an exceptional work of historical scholarship and very strongly recommended for community and academic library Native American Studies and 19th American History collections. For students and non-specialist general readers it should be noted that "The Infamous Dakota War Trials of 1862" is also available in a Kindle edition ($24.99).

The World History Shelf

Among the Headhunters
Robert Lyman
Da Capo Press
c/o Perseus Book Group
250 W. 57th St., Suite 1500, New York, NY 10107
9780306824678 $25.99

Among the Headhunters: An Extraordinary World War II Story of Survival in the Burmese Jungle lives up to its title as an amazing true story of endurance, survival, and rescue. When a Curtiss C-46 Commando crashed on the mountainous border between India and Burma in August of 1943, all but one of the twenty-one passengers and crew survived, in the largest ever parachute evacuation of an airplane. These survivors were stranded in the extremely remote and unmapped land of the Nagas of the Patkoi Hills, a tribe of headhunters known to practice human sacrifice, whose village had been burned twice by the British. Japanese soldiers were also relatively close. United States Army Air Forces were able to send sustenance, but the survivors' rescue would ultimately take nothing less than a military expedition. Among the Headhunters is an unforgettable true-life story of danger, suspense, courage, and reconciliation. Highly recommended!

The Civil War Shelf

The Second Day at Gettysburg
David L. Shultz and Scott L. Mingus Sr.
Savas Beatie
PO Box 4527, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
9781611210743 $32.95

The Second Day at Gettysburg: The Attack and Defense of Cemetery Ridge, July 2, 1863 is an in-depth historical and military analysis of American Civil War's largest and bloodiest battle. The battle of Gettysburg lasted three days; the second day marked the most significant turning point of Gettysburg, and ultimately, the entire Civil War. Historian David L. Shultz and award-winning history author Scott L. Mingus research, trace, and reconstruct each detail of the battle's progression, in language accessible to readers of all backgrounds. Enhanced with occasional black-and-white photography, a bibliography, and an index, The Second Day at Gettysburg is highly recommended for public and college library Civil War shelves, as well as for personal edification.

The Music Shelf

Devil's Music, Holy Rollers and Hillbillies
James A. Cosby
Marketing Department
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9781476662299, $35.00, PB, 264pp,

Rock music today is universal and its popular history is well known. Yet few know how and why it really came about. Taking a fresh look at events long overlooked or misunderstood, "Devil's Music, Holy Rollers and Hillbillies: How America Gave Birth to Rock and Roll" by pop culture expert James A. Cosby (who is a regular contributor on pop culture matters for tells how some of the most disenfranchised people in a free and prosperous nation strove to make themselves heard, and in the process changed the world. Describing the genesis of rock and roll, "Devil's Music, Holy Rollers and Hillbillies" covers everything from its deep roots in the Mississippi Delta, key early figures, like deejay "Daddy-O" Dewey Phillips and gospel star Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and the influence of so-called "holy rollers" of the Pentecostal church who became crucial performers--Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard. Enhanced with the inclusion of twenty-four pages of Notes, a ten page Bibliography, and a nineteen page Index, "Devil's Music, Holy Rollers and Hillbillies" is an extraordinary and highly recommended addition to community, college, and university library American Music History collections. It should be noted for the personal reading of students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Devil's Music, Holy Rollers and Hillbillies" is also available in a Kindle edition ($24.99).

The Travel Shelf

Last-Minute Travel Secrets
Joey Green
Chicago Review Press
814 North Franklin Street, Chicago, IL 60610
9781613735046, $16.99, PB, 240pp,

For a great many people traveling today (especially by air), getting from one place to another is all too often an exercise in frustration, inconvenience, disappointment, irritation, resentment, and exhaustion. Fortunately, "Last-Minute Travel Secrets" by Joey Green truly lives up to its subtitle: "121 Ingenious Tips to Endure Cramped Planes, Car Trouble, Awful Hotels, and Other Trips from Hell". Readers will discover how to correct uncomfortable accommodations using everyday household products such as: Uncorking a wine bottle with a sneaker; Protecting your car from bug splatters with cooking spray; Finding your car in a parking lot using a water bottle; Use a motel bathtub as a washing machine; Muffle the sound of crying babies using tampon earplugs; Purify and desalinate ocean water with a T-shirt; and so much more! "Last-Minute Travel Secrets" also includes interesting and strange travel sidebars and fascinating trivia to keep you entertained until your lost luggage arrives. Offering a wealth of practical tips, tricks and techniques for the traveler, "Last-Minute Travel Secrets" is very highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library Travel Guide collections. It should be noted that "Last-Minute Travel Secrets" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).

The Women's Studies Shelf

Tongue of Fire
Donna M. Kowal
State University of New York Press
State University Plaza, Albany, NY 12246-0001
9781438459738, $75.00, HC, 222pp,

In "Tongue of Fire: Emma Goldman, Public Womanhood, and the Sex Question", Donna M. Kowal (Associate Professor of Communication Studies at The College at Brockport, State University of New York) informatively examines the speeches and writings of the Most Dangerous Woman in the World within the context of shifting gender roles in early twentieth-century America. As the notorious leader of the American anarchist movement, Emma Goldman captured newspaper headlines across the country as she urged audiences to reject authority and aspire for individual autonomy. A public woman in a time when to be public and a woman was a paradox, Goldman spoke and wrote openly about distinctly private matters, including sexuality, free love, and birth control. Recognizing women's bodies as a site of struggle for autonomy, she created a discursive space for women to engage in the public sphere and act as sexual agents. In turn, her ideas contributed to the rise of a feminist consciousness that recognized the personal as political and rejected dualistic notions of gender and sex. This impressively researched and exceptionally well written, organized and presented study is a very highly recommended addition to community and academic library Women's Studies and 20th Century American History collections. Students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the life and accomplishments of Emma Goldman should note that "Tongue of Fire" is also available in a Kindle edition ($71.25).

The Library Science Shelf

Forging the Future of Special Collections
Melissa A. Hubbard, Robert H. Jackson, Arnold Hirshon, eds.
Neal-Shuman Publishers
c/o American Library Association
50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611
9780838913864, $85.00, PB, 224pp,

Once treated as exclusive spaces for valuable but hidden and under-utilized material, over the past few decades library special collections departments have been transformed by increased digitization and educational outreach efforts into unique and highly visible major institutional assets. What libraries must now contemplate is how to continue this momentum by articulating and implementing a dynamic strategic vision for their special collections. Drawing on the expertise of a world-class array of librarians, university faculty, book dealers, collectors, and donors, "Forging the Future of Special Collections" is a collected volume of expert articles that survey the emerging requirements of today's knowledge ecosystem and charts a course for the future of special collections. Expanding upon the proceedings of the National Colloquium on Special Collections organized by the Kelvin Smith Library of Case Western Reserve University in October 2014, "Forging the Future of Special Collections" is a timely resource for special collections librarians, administrators, academics, and rare book dealers and collectors that: recounts the factors that governed the growth and use of special collections in the past; explores ways to build 21st-century special collections that are accessible globally, and how to provide the expertise and services necessary to support collection use; gives advice on developing and maintaining strong relationships between libraries and collectors, with special attention paid to the importance of donor relations; provides critical information on how libraries and their institutions' faculty can best collaborate to ensure students and other researchers are aware of the resources available to them; showcases proactive, forward-thinking approaches to applying digital scholarship techniques to special collections materials; looks at how the changes in the way authors work from analog to digital increases the importance of archives in preserving the aspects of humanity that elevate us; and examines sustainable and scalable approaches to promoting the use of special collections in the digital age, including the roles of social media and crowdsourcing to bring collections directly to the user. More than simply a guide to collection management, "Forging the Future of Special Collections" details myriad ways to forge the future of special collections, ensuring that these scholarly treasures advance knowledge for years to come. Simply stated, no private, community, governmental, corporate, college, or university library should be without it's own copy of "Forging the Future of Special Collections". No academic Library Science collection would be either adequate or complete without the inclusion of "Forging the Future of Special Collections".

The Philosophy Shelf

Batman, Superman, and Philosophy
Edited by Nicolas Michaud
Open Court Publishing Company
70 East Lake Street, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60601
9780812699180 $19.95

Part of the excellent "Pop Culture and Philosophy" series, Batman, Superman, and Philosophy: Badass or Boyscout? is an anthology of edifying essays by learned authors about the philosophy inherent in the popular superhero comic book characters Batman and Superman. Both are bound by a personal code never to kill, yet each follows a very different style to pursue their vigilante goal. Essays question which superhero makes a better role model or inspiring myth; which is more moral or rational; and even question which could better fight terrorism. Enhanced with references and an index, Batman, Superman, and Philosophy scrutinizes these pop culture favorites with the rigorous logic, and the conclusions may surprise comic book fans, movie fans, and amateur philosophers alike!

The Business Shelf

The Trusted Executive
John Blakey
Kogan Page
1518 Walnut Street, Suite 1100, Philadelphia, PA 19102
9780749474225, $27.95, PB, 240pp,

John Blakey is one of the UK's leading executive coaches and a member of the CEO coaching faculty at Manchester Business School, as well as Vistage International and the National Health Service. In "The Trusted Executive: Nine Leadership Habits that Inspire Results, Relationships and Reputation" Blakey draws upon his years of experience and expertise to help business and governmental leaders create a trust-building strategy for a globalized, technology-enabled, diverse, and increasingly skeptical world. Through innovative coaching exercises, personal anecdotes, inspirational CEOs and well-researched business models, "The Trusted Executive" provides the tools leaders need to create a strategy for building trust in themselves and their companies. Author John Blakey presents a three-pillared approach to trustworthy leadership based on ability, integrity, and benevolence, as well as explaining how to develop and measure organizational trust, handle trust violations, and manage a constantly changing work environment and diverse workforce. While very highly recommended for community, corporate, governmental, and academic library Business Management instructional reference collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, professionals, and the non-specialist general reader with an interest in the subject, that "The Trusted Executive" is also available in a Kindle edition ($17.86).

The Gardening Shelf

The Little Veggie Patch Co. DIY Garden Projects
Mat Pember & Dillon Seitchik-Reardon
Hardie Grant Books
c/o Chronicle Books
680 Second Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
9781743790991, $34.95, PB, 272pp,

The collaborative effort of Australian gardening experts Mat Pember and Dillon Seitchik-Reardon, "The Little Veggie Patch Co. DIY Garden Projects: Easy Activities For Edible Gardening and Backyard Fun" is a fun and practical collection of outdoor DIY projects that will transform your backyard living space into the ultimate functioning vegetable garden. "The Little Veggie Patch Co. DIY Garden Projects" includes thirty-eight hands-on, step-by-step activities that will help cultivate handiness and get the aspiring gardener out into the garden. It's easy and a whole lot of fun to get hands dirty building cubbyhouses, making dream planter boxes, and harvesting edible green walls made out of inexpensive or up-cycled materials. Individual chapters include projects for kids, vertical gardening, garden basics, using recycled materials, and more. There are projects for every skill level, ranging from the first-time novice gardener, to those who seriously know their way around a circular saw. A collection of recipes for what to do with the produce you've grown in the kitchen truly makes this the ultimate gardener's kitchen companion as well. The Little Veggie Patch Co. crew will inspire the green thumb in every reader. Profusely illustrated throughout and thoroughly 'reader friendly' in tone, content, organization and presentation, "The Little Veggie Patch Co. DIY Garden Projects" will prove to be an outstanding and enduringly popular addition to personal, family, and community library gardening instructional reference collections.

The Technology Shelf

An Introduction to 3D Printing
Victoria Zukas & Jonas A. Zukas
First Edition Design Publishing
c/o Computational Mechanics Associates
5903 Wakehurst Way, Baltimore, MD, 21239-0314
9781622878963, $29.95, PB, 132pp,

3D printing refers to the various processes used to synthesize a three-dimensional object. In 3D printing successive layers of material are formed under computer control to create an object. These objects can be of almost any shape or geometry and are produced from a 3D model or other electronic data source. Basically, a 3D printer is a type of industrial robot. The collaborative project of Victoria and Jonas Zukas, "An Introduction to 3D Printing " provides an overview of 3D print technology. It also serves to take the confusion out of the jargon and make sense out of common shortcuts. "An Introduction to 3D Printing" deftly describes the basic processes, the materials used, and the application of the technology in industry, space, medicine, housing, clothing and consumer-oriented products such as jewelry, video game figures, footwear, tools and what must now seem like an infinity of bunnies, eagles and busts of Star Wars and Star Trek figurines in a dazzling array of colors. Informed and informative, "An Introduction to 3D Printing" is enhanced throughout with black-and-white photography for a text that is thoroughly 'reader friendly' in tone, commentary, content, organization, and presentation. While very highly recommended for corporate, community, college, and university library Science/Technology collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists that "An Introduction to 3D Printing" is also available in a Kindle edition ($24.95).

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