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Volume 6, Number 3 March 2011 Home | LBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Native American Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf
Computer Shelf Business Shelf Architecture Shelf
Pets/Wildlife Shelf Cookbook Shelf Photography Shelf
Art Shelf Islamic Studies Shelf Genealogy Shelf
Psychology Shelf Library Science Shelf Education Shelf
Buddhist Studies Shelf American History Shelf Theatre/Cinema Shelf
Library CD Shelf Library DVD Shelf Audiobook Shelf
Civil War Shelf Biography Shelf Military Shelf
Crafts Shelf Homeowner's Shelf Fashion Shelf
Needlecraft Shelf Martial Arts Shelf  

Reviewer's Choice

Threads of Identity
Widad Kamel Kawar
Rimal Publications
c/o International Publishers Marketing
22841 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles, VA 20166
9789963610419 $50.00 1-800-758-3756

Threads of Identity: Preserving Palestinian Costume and Heritage is the culmination of years of research and documentation of Arab costumes, textiles, and artifacts that impact Palestinian women's daily lives. Costumes, jewelry, other such artifacts reflect a vital yet rapidly diminishing factor of traditional culture; Threads of Identity examines not only the traditional dresses, textiles, and weavings but also the rural and urban customs, cuisines, and celebrations. Color photographs of textile artifacts on virtually every page and interviews with women who witnessed key events (and terrible traumas) of the twentieth century distinguish this immense, deep, and thought-provoking history. Highly recommended.

Secrets And Practices of The Freemasons
Jean-Louis De Biasi
Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
2143 Wooddale Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125
9780738723402, $19.95,

Freemason symbols and rituals have impacted American culture in an impressive variety of ways ranging from the dollar bill to Mormon temple ceremonies. Writer, lecturer, philosopher, and member of several Masonic Grand Lodges in North America, Jean-Louis De Biasi is also a member of the 32nd degree of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States. Therefore he brings to his 312-page compendium, "Secrets and Practices of the Freemasons: Sacred Mysteries, Rituals and Symbols Revealed" an authenticity, authority, and expertise that is as impressive as it is informed and informative. De Biasi begins with an overview of the masonic tradition, the focuses on ritual symbolisms and practices in a manner that makes them fully accessible and understandable to the non-specialist general reader. Enhanced with appendices that include the Masonic Decalogue, Marcus Vitruvius, The Hermetic Tree of Life, Symbol for the Practice: Knights of the Sun, and Masonic Ciphers, as well as an extensive glossary and a comprehensive index, "Secrets And Practices of The Freemasons" is an ideal and strongly recommended addition to personal, community, and academic library reference collections.

The Native American Shelf

Great Sioux War Orders Of Battle
Paul L. Hedren
The Arthur H. Clark Company
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780870623974, $39.95,

The Lakota Sioux and the Northern Cheyenne were some of the finest light mounted calvary fighters of their day. For almost two years (1876-1877) they fought off one third of the United States army in combat scenarios that took place on twenty-seven battlefields that ranged across five western states comprising America's northern plains. By the end of the conflict there were hundreds of casualties, millions of dollars in expenses and destroyed properties, tremendous social upheavals, and a pervasive public view that the army was chronically inept. "Great Sioux War Orders Of Battle: How The United States Army Waged War On The Northern Plains, 1876-1877" by award-winning historian Paul L. Hedren is a 240-page compendium of meticulous and painstaking historical research documenting how the army quickly adapted to fighting what amounted to an unconventional guerrilla style war of hit and run. That the army, while experiencing horrific defeats at Powder River and Little Big Horn, were able to go on and win what was aptly termed the 'Great Sioux War'. The latest addition to the Arthur H. Clark Company's outstanding 'Frontier Military Series', Hedren's informed and informative "Great Sioux War Orders Of Battle" is enhanced with a number of pertinent appendices, an extensive bibliography, and a comprehensive index, making it and exceptional and highly recommended addition to personal, academic, and community library Western History, 19th Century American Military History, and Native American History reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Sitting Bull Surrender Census
Ephriam D. Dickson III
South Dakota State Historical Society Press
900 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501
9780982274972, $49.95,

The wars were over, and the thousands of native Americans now faced something far worse than warfare-bureaucracy. "The Sitting Bull Surrender Census: The Lakotas at Standing Rock Agency, 1881" serves as a historical document looking at the thousands of native Americans of several tribes who submitted to the census for American records. With a bit of history, it sits mostly as an excellent resource for anyone researching their own past, with names of many families, their relatives, their possessions, ages, and more. A fine addition to any genealogical or history resource collection, "The Sitting Bull Surrender Census" is very highly recommended.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Winning Health Promotion Strategies
Anne Marie Ludovici-Connolly
Human Kinetics
PO Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61825-5076
9780736079655, $29.00,

Health is something the whole community can get behind. "Winning Health Promotion Strategies" is a guide for government officials at the local level of government promote better health through their people and fight the epidemic of obesity that is washing over our land and causing problems on many levels of our lives. With plenty of advice on staging events and promoting health with creative programs, "Winning Health Promotion Strategies" is a thoughtful guide for anyone who wants to take charge of the health problems the world faces.

Combating Micronutrient Deficiencies
Brian Thompson & Leslie Amoroso
Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
c/o Stylus Publishing, Inc.
22883 Quicksilver Drive, Sterling, VA 20166-2012
9781845937140, $180.00,

More than two billion people suffer from a micronutrient deficiency of trace minerals and vitamins that has debilitating effects on their physical health, mental acuity, learning ability, and economic productivity. The 'cure' for a micronutrient deficiency is to be found in food production, dietary diversification, and food fortification. The global problem of micronutrient deficiencies is of serious concern to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Two of their staff, Brian Thompson and Leslie Amoroso, have collaborated to compile "Combating Micronutrient Deficiencies: Food-Based Approaches", a 256-page compendium of nineteen articles by experts in their fields, that has as its focus thematically appropriate, applicable, sustainable techniques, strategies, and practices to insure the production of safe, good-quality food as a means of successfully ameliorating micronutrient deficiencies anywhere in the world. Enhanced with bibliographic references and a comprehensive and exhaustive index, "Combating Micronutrient Deficiencies" is a significant and invaluable addition to professional and academic library Nutritional Studies reference collections.

The Computer Shelf

Using JRuby
Charles O. Nutter, Nick Sieger, Thomas Enebo, Ola Bini, and Ian Dees, authors
Jacquelyn Carter, editor
Pragmatic Programmers
P.O. Box 293325, Lewisville, TX 75029-3325
9781934356654 $34.95

Using JRuby: Brining Ruby to Java is a structured tutorial and reference to using the Ruby language with Java; JRuby allows for one to run the user-friendly Ruby language on platforms such as Google App Engine and Android. Chapters cover the basics of installing JRuby and driving Java from it, building relational databases and software for deployment with JRuby, testing one's code, and much more. A solid quick reference section allows for those who have gained a working familiarity with JRuby to swiftly identify command-line options, parameter types, return values, etc. with a final reference segment focusing especially on JRuby for sysadmins. A wealth of examples and sample code round out this absolute "must-have" for any programmer with an interest in JRuby.

PKI Uncovered
Andre Karamanian, Srinivas Tenneti, and Francois Dessart
Cisco Press
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
9781587059162 $65.00

Three experts in Cisco's systems present PKI Uncovered: Certificate-Based Security Solutions for Next-Generation Networks, a guidebook to help networking professionals plan, design, operate, and troubleshoot a PKI-based identity management security system. In today's modern world where identity theft is one of the fastest-growing forms of crime, the PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) system allows both security and scalability - it not only effective, but adaptable in the long term. PKI Uncovered includes a summary of core PKI concepts and building blocks, design suggestions, handling integration in large-scale site to site as well as remote access VPN solutions, and detailed, illustrative case studies. PKI Uncovered is intended especially for enterprise network security designers, planners, architects, operators, and support personnel, and presupposes basic familiarity with principles of computer science, but its subject material is layered and modular, the better to guide the learning process for advanced issues. A "must-have" reference, resource, and educational for any professional or aspiring worker in the field.

Adobe Acrobat X Classroom in a Book
Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
9780321751256, $54.99,

Adobe Acrobat has become one of the most used formats in modern education and industry. "Adobe Acrobat X Classroom in a Book: The Official Training Workbook from Adobe Systems" is a guide to using Adobe Acrobat X to its maximum potential. Arranged as 13 lessons, the people at Adobe will guide readers through to maximize their value and increase efficiency and productivity. Lessons elaborate on the many tools, how to work with PDF files, and elaborating further on how to use the versatile format. Along with a CD-ROM to enhance lessons and much more, "Adobe Acrobat X Classroom in a Book" is a vital addition to any library collection focusing on technology and education.

The Business Shelf

Government Contracting
William Sims Curry
CRC Press
270 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016
9781420085655, $69.95,

Private businesses are needed to do much of what the government seeks, but it is a minefield of finding the right people for the job. "Government Contracting: Promises and Perils" is a guide for government officials who want to make sure that the deals they seek to secure with private businesses aren't ones that lead to poor decisions and corruption. On the government side, contracts should always defend public interest and avoid wasteful spending while maintaining a level of quality, and William Sims Curry writes on how to avoid the worst of decisions with simple principles and how to avoid being exploited by private industry. "Government Contracting" is a must for any government official.

International Handbook of Maritime Business
Kevin Cullinane
Edward Elgar
William Pratt House, 9 Dewy Court, Northampton, MA 01060
9781847209344, $215.00,

Although air has become the preferred way to move many goods, the ocean is still a billion dollar business. "International Handbook of Maritime Business" is a brain trust of many of today's best economists, scholars, and business people as they converge to discuss what it takes to succeed and succeed well in the maritime industry. Chapters discuss topics such as business models, using ports, analyzing trade routes throughout the world, long distance trade, international law, and countless other topics. Enhanced with indexes other useful tools, "International Handbook of Maritime Business" is a complete and comprehensive guide that should be at hand for any individual or business trying to succeed on the oceans for profit.

Lean Office And Service Simplified
Drew Locher
CRC Press
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300, Boca Raton, FL 33487
9781439820315, $39.95,

In today's fiercely competitive and highly volatile business climate, keeping operational overhead expenses to a productive minimum is essential to both short term profitability and long-term viability. That's why Drew Locher's thoroughly 'user friendly' 194-page compendium, "Lean Office And Service Simplified: The Definitive How-to Guide" is such a valuable and enthusiastically recommended instructional reference for anyone faced with the responsibility of managing a business to its effective maximum performance in both its physical plant and its human resources. "Lean Office And Service Simplified" begins by explaining the key concepts of 'Value Stream', 'Standard Work', 'Flow', 'Level Pull', and 'Visual Management'. Every aspect of a functioning office is covered in accessible detail including sales, marketing, purchasing, accounting, customer service, mentoring, performance measurement, and more. Of special note is the chapters devoted to 'Lean Tools for Office and Services' and 'The Quality Toolbox'. Enhanced with a section of thematically appropriate Forms and a comprehensive Index, "Lean Office And Service Simplified" is informed and informative reading making it highly recommended for personal, professional, academic, and community library Business Management reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Architecture Shelf

Fifty State Capitals
Jim Stembridge
Coho Publishing
5429 Ballyntyne Cree Lane South, Salem, OR 97302
9780983029205, $27.95,

Every state has one -- a capital building housing the state legislature and serving as the focal point and principle headquarters for state law making. The building's external and internal shape and structure have as their architectural goals both the semblance of authoritative majesty and the facilitation of deliberation and decision-making on the political issues of the day founded on legislative debate, political deliberation, citizen input, and lobbyist argument. Capital buildings serve as icons of American political liberty based upon the classical ideals of democracy and elected representative government. "Fifty State Capitals: The Architecture Of Representative Government by Jim Stembridge is a 128 page descriptive compendium showcasing 276 color photographs covering every state capital in the Union. Enhanced with a glossary, references, and an index, "Fifty State Capitals" is an especially recommended addition to school and community library American History and Architectural Studies instructional reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

New Natural Home
Dominic Bradbury
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110-0017
9780500515617, $35.00,

Beginning with its physical placement and environmental orientation, the architecture of a house is the most critically important aspect of both its aesthetic and practical value. Drawing from illustrated examples from around the world, "New Natural Home: Designs For Sustainable Living" by architectural expert Dominic Bradbury is a 256-page superbly organized and readily accessible publication illustrated with the architectural photography of Richard Powers. Cogently addresses the four principle issues of where and when to create a modern natural home; manipulation of the elements impacting on the building; the use of natural products in construction and ornamentation; and reductions in domestic energy usage through architectural design elements, "New Natural Home" offers a wealth of ideas and 'real world' examples that can be adapted and applied to any architectural home design project. Enhanced with the inclusion of a Director of Architects and a comprehensive Index, "New Natural Homes" is thoroughly 'reader friendly' and a highly recommended addition to personal, professional, academic, and community library Architectural Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Structure In Action
Pat Hastings, et al.
Dogwise Publishing
403 South Mission Street, Wenatchee WA 98801
9780967841441, $29.95,

In "Structure In Action: The Making Of A Durable Dog", canine judge and evaluator Pat Hastings, with the assistance of veterinarian Wendy E. Wallace and author Erin Ann Rouse, has compiled a profusely illustrated, 162-page compendium of information focused specifically on how a dog's physical structure can enhance or inhibit its performance and explains in cogent detail the importance of the animal's physiological design. Dog owners and breeders will learn how to analyze their observations of dogs for the prevention of problems and the improvement of canine behavior; the susceptibility to injury of 'bulging eyes' in lap dogs; that an extreme downward slope of a dog's back can be prone to breakdowns of the front quarters resulting in eroding an ability to run and jump; and so much more. Thoroughly reader friendly, informed and informative, "Structure In Action" is a core addition to professional, personal, academic, and community library instructional reference collections on canine development and health.

The Cookbook Shelf

Comfort Food
Rick Rodgers
Oxmoor House
PO Box 11095, Des Moines, Iowa 50336-1095
9780848733049 $34.95 1-888-859-8056

Award-winning cookbook author Rick Rodgers presents Comfort Food: Warm and Homey, Rich and Hearty, a Williams-Sonoma title that lives up to its claim with detailed, step-by-step recipes for some of America's most widely beloved, sumptuous dishes that evoke the pleasure of hearth and home. Full-color photographs illustrate delicacies ranging from Lobster Rolls to Cheesesteaks, Maple Baked Beans, Devil's Food Layer Cake, and even the occasional healthy main course such as Fish Tacos. Cooking tips, tricks, and techniques pepper this beautiful collection of recipes perfect for family gatherings, special occasions, and holiday celebration. Highly recommended.

Ma Baseema
The Chaldean American Ladies of Charity
Huron River Press
PO Box 7797, Ann Arbor, MI 48107-7797
9781932399257 $35.00

The culmination of a concerted effort by the Chaldean American Ladies of Charity to preserve and promote Chaldean culture and heritage, Ma Baseema: Middle Eastern Cooking with Chaldean Flair collects the favored gems of the most extraordinary cooks in the Chaldean community. Dishes reflect a way of life in which hospitality is of paramount value and spices add especial zest; recipes range from Eggplant Dip to Stuffed Grape Leaves, Fried Curry Fish, Vegetarian Spiced Rice, Tahini Sesame Candy and much more. Full color photographs illustrate this sumptuous and welcome addition to any international cookbook collection.

Everyday Raw Desserts
Matthew Kenney
Gibbs Smith, Publisher
PO Box 667, Layton UT 84041
9781423605997, $19.99,

The best of all desserts care not only delicious but nutritious as well! In "Everyday Raw Desserts", Matthew Kenney draws upon his years of experience and expertise as a professional chef, caterer and food writer, to compile a superbly illustrated, 144-page compendium of innovative dessert recipes that showcase both traditional favorites and creatively innovative new ones suited to the palate of raw food enthusiasts. Seventy-five recipes cover all manner of treats ranging from cakes, pies, cookies and puddings, to flans, brownies, candies, and ice cream. Each recipe is thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly', making "Everyday Raw Desserts" a unique and highly prized addition to personal and community library cookbook collections.

The Photography Shelf

Serial Photography
Harald Mante with Eva Witter-Mante
Rocky Nook
26 West Mission Street, Suite 3, Santa Barbara, CA 93102
9781933952734 $39.95

Freelance photo designer Harald Mante presents Serial Photography: Using Themed Images to Improve Your Photographic Skills lives up to its title with innumerable tips, tricks, and techniques that photographers of all skill and experience levels can use to improve the quality of their work. Full-color photographs on every page illustrate the points, suggestions, and recommendations given by the descriptive and user-friendly text. "The automatic flash units built into many of today's cameras often spoil the atmosphere in a photo by producing 'hard' shadows, so a tripod and long shutter speeds are preferable for shooting at dusk. When street lamps are already lit but the remaining daylight still produces silhouettes, you can use these mixed light sources to produce interesting color images." Highly recommended as a supplementary tool for professional and amateur photographers alike.

The Art of Flower Photography
Lucian Niemeyer
Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
9780764336331 $34.99

While The Art of Flower Photography is specifically written for photographers of all skill and experience levels, its dazzlingly beautiful color images of flowers in bloom on virtually every page make it a worthy addition to the bookshelf of anyone who truly enjoys striking nature photography. Chapters discuss lighting, adjustments in approach for palette, film and digital photography, the care and effective usage of equipment, and more. A truly extraordinary display of 215 color photographs demonstrates visual principles in fine detail, in this user-friendly photography guide that combines straightforward, methodical instructions with heartrending natural beauty.

Bush Of Ghosts
John Liebenberg & Patricia Hayes
c/o International Publishers Marketing
22841 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles, VA 20166
9781415201008, $33.00,

"Bush Of Ghosts: Life And War In Namibia 1986-90" is a 304 page compendium of black-and-white photography taken by professional new photographer John Liebenberg during the Namibian conflict that raged between 1986 and 1990 on the African continent. With the assistance of Patricia Hayes (Professor of History at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa), "Bush Of Ghosts" is more than just another book of historical photos, it is an informed and informative collection of images that brings to life the people and places that were involved and struggled to live through a time of brutal conflict. "Bush Of Ghosts" is a highly recommended addition to academic and community library collections, as well as the supplemental reading lists for non-specialist general readers with an interest in 20th Century African history.

The Art Shelf

Ikebana Style
Keiko Kubo
c/o Shambhala Publications, Inc.
300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115-4544
9781590306734 $19.95 1-800-733-3000

Ikebana Style: 20 Portable Flower Arrangements Perfect for Gift Giving lives up to its title with an assortment of superbly beautiful flower stylings worthy of the ancient Japanese artistic practice. Each arrangement is illustrated with stunningly beautiful full-color photographs, and offers step-by-step instructions that any reader can perform after obtaining the requisite flowers and simple containers. A gorgeous introduction to Ikebana, Ikebana Style is enthusiastically recommended for creating centerpieces that visitors or dinner guests are sure to remember.

The Strange Life of Objects
Lelia Amalfitano & Judith Hoos Fox
University of Washington Press
PO box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145-5096
9781883015459, $49.00

Art can be expressed in the subtlest of ways. "The Strange Life of Objects: The Art of Annette Lemieux" looks at the work of this unique artist who chose not canvas or sculpting as her medium, but things. Her original approach turned heads for years on the art scene, telling her stories in many creative ways, commonly without words, but simple expressions. Packed cover to cover with photos of her work with color where applicable, as well as insight from Lelia Amalfitano and Judith Hoos Fox into the subtle aspects of the work, "The Strange Life of Objects" is a thoughtful retrospective, very highly recommended.

All About Techniques in Calligraphy
250 Wireless Boulevard, Happauge, NY 11788
9780764163883, $29.99,

There's more to calligraphy than just fanciful writing. "All About Techniques in Calligraphy: An Indispensable Manual for Artists and Hobbyists" is a guide for those who want to get into the art of calligraphy and better understand how to turn simple words into quite the fantastic art form. Detailing the practice and granting readers a new understanding of it, the guide outlines everything from history to the materials needed, the value of certain inks, paper, and much more. "All About Techniques in Calligraphy" is a top pick for those with an interest in the art.

Jewelry By Artists
Kelly H. L'Ecuyer
MFA Publications
c/o Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
9780878467501, $55.00,

The Daphne Farago Collection, housed in Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, is one of the finest in the world. In "Jewelry By Artists: In The Studio 1940-2000" the focus is on studio jewelers work by a variety of independent artists in small workshops producing unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that are decorative objects and fine sculpture in their own right over a period of six decades. Showcasing more than 150 bracelets, brooches, necklaces, and rings by some of the best artist-jewelers, including Alexander Calder, Art Smith, Margaret De Patta, Robert Ebendorf, and Gijs Bakker, "Jewelry By Artists" is a superbly illustrated, 312 page compendium that includes informed and informative presentations on the relationship between jewelry and the body, the use of non-traditional materials, and the diverse cultural meanings associated with the creation of these elegant works of decorative art. Enhanced with extensive notes, a chronology of selected jewelry exhibitions, a bibliography, selected jewelry making manuals, and an index of featured artists, "Jewelry By Artists" will prove to be a highly prized addition to professional, academic, community, and personal 20th Century Art History instructional reference collections.

The Islamic Studies Shelf

Islam in Europe
Nilufer Gole
Markus Wiener
231 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542
9781558765269, $26.95,

Islam is growing faster in Europe than anywhere else in the world. "Islam in Europe: The Lure of Fundamentalism and the Allure of Cosmopolitanism" looks at the conflicts that have erupted as the Christian-inspired Western culture of Europe has been struck with a rise of Islam throughout the continent. Comparing two worlds, one where Islam faces persecution and where Islam radically lashes back at slights, to one where Muslims embrace their new home in peace and without fear of those around them. The two worlds exist in the same region, and Nilufer Gole's research and study makes "Islam in Europe" a very enticing read that should prove hard to put down.

The Genealogy Shelf

Genealogy, the Internet, and Your Genealogy Computer Program
Karen Clifford
Genealogical Publishing Company
3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Suite 260, Baltimore, MD 21211-1953
9780806318752, $39.95,

The Internet and technology has brought a whole new way to find out one's roots. "The Complete Beginner's Guide to Genealogy, the Internet, and Your Genealogy Computer Program" is a guide to those who want to create their own family tree and history to better understand their past and how the latest technological developments of the internet have made piecing together family history easier than ever. "The Complete Beginner's Guide to Genealogy, the Internet, and Your Genealogy Computer Program" is a fine pick and very highly recommended.

The Psychology Shelf

The Psychology of Prejudice
Lynne M. Jackson
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
9781433809200, $69.95,

Why does humanity hate itself so quickly? "The Psychology of Prejudice: From Attitudes to Social Action" is a scholarly study on the thought behind prejudice throughout history. Lynne M. Jackson provides an educated thesis on the concept, defining prejudice and what seems to fuel it. Staring through history to gain context on why we discriminate and the reality of trying to change it for the future. Chapters discuss differences and how they might trigger prejudice, ideology, children's beliefs, and the politics behind it. Complete with indexes and plenty of useful resources, "The Psychology of Prejudice" is a fascinating and strongly recommended resource for community and college library collections.

The Library Science Shelf

Defusing the Angry Patron
Rhea Joyce Rubin
Neal Schuman
100 William Street, Suite 2004, New York, NY 10038
9781555707316, $65.00,

When the people you serve as dissatisfied, something has to be done and quick. "Defusing the Angry Patron" is a guide for librarians who are faced with negativity aimed at their library which can cause untold damage to the library's reputation and hurt its standing in the community. Author Rhea Joyce Rubin draws on her own experience on the topic and applies her thirty years of expertise to help librarians to understand anger, stopping hostile behavior by avoiding things that could invoke it, dealing with this anger in a positive way, avoiding backlash, and making your library better in the face of crisis. Sage and wise, "Defusing the Angry Patron" is a guide that should very much be considered for any library science collection that wants to improve their crisis prevention catalog.

Comic Book Collections for Libraries
Bryan D. Fagan & Jody Condit Fagan
Libraries Unlimited
c/o ABC Clio
130 Cremona Drive, PO Box 1911, Santa Barbara, CA 93116-1911
9781598845112, $45.00,

Comics have become a solid part of modern culture, perhaps even more than the novel. "Comic Book Collections for Libraries" is a guide for librarians who are considering adding comic books to their library and how to go about doing it effectively and efficiently. From finding the right comic books to phase into your collections, working it with other media featured at one's library, and much more, "Comic Book Collections for Libraries" is a highly useful and highly recommended read for any librarian who wants to create greater interest in their facility.

Children's Core Collection, twentieth edition
Anne Price, editor
H.W. Wilson
950 University Avenue, Bronx, NY 10452
9780824211066 $150.00 1-800-367-6770

Part of publisher H.W. Wilson's Core Collection Series, the updated twentieth edition of Children's Core Collection continues to serve as a premier listing of quality fiction and nonfiction books for children in preschool through grade six, along with professional materials for children's libraries. More than 11,000 titles are presented in the twentieth edition, to be updated with annual supplements featuring more recently published materials. Each entry includes a one-paragraph summary of the book, as well as a brief and relevant review excerpt. An exhaustive author, title, and subject index allows for quick and easy cross-referencing. As a reference and resource, Children's Core Collection is an indispensable advisory to children's library collection development, worthy of the highest recommendation.

The Education Shelf

Understanding the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Students
Thomas P. Hebert
Prufrock Press
5926 Balcones Drive, Suite 220, Austin, TX 78731
9781593635022, $95.00,

When you are told you're smart, and are gifted, there is a certain amount of pressure placed on you to succeed. "Understanding the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Students" explores the challenges that these students often face. Thomas P. Hebert, Ph.D, has been studying educational psychology for years and states that gifted and talented students run the risk of their talents leading them wrong, and in such, he offers teachers of these students advice to help them live up to their potential without crushing their spirit. With chapters on helping underachievers, cultural challenges that often come with such talents, and the extra challenge that comes with dealing with the gifted among the gifted, "Understanding the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Students" is a wise read for any educator who understands education is not all about getting an A.

101 School Success Tools for Smart Kids with Learning Difficulties
Betty Roffman Shevitz, Marisa Stemple, Linda Barnes-Robinson, and Sue Jeweler
Prufrock Press
PO Box 8813, Waco, TX 76714-8813
9781593635336 $19.95 1-800-998-2208

101 School Success Tools for Smart Kids with Learning Difficulties lives up to its title with a wide assortment of useful strategies for parents and teachers to use to improve the instruction of intelligent children with learning disabilities. Reproducibles, checklists, worksheets, and charts enhance this creative and forward-thinking guide. Ideas and suggestions range from encouraging students to engage in journaling, to overseeing an accommodations checklist that ensure's the educational environment is optimal for students with disabilities, to a guide plan to developing higher critical thinking. Opening a lesson with something as simple as the exhortation "This is going to be really hard, but it's going to be really fun!" can potentially help students bolster energy and get in the right mindset to enthusiastically tackle challenging problems. 101 School Success Tools for Smart Kids with Learning Difficulties is an excellent, easy-to-use resource, and even though it is designed especially to benefit a select group of students, its wide-ranging positive strategies will prove useful to instructors of students of all types and backgrounds.

How to Plan Rigorous Instruction
Robyn R. Jackson
1703 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311-1714
9781416610939 $22.95 1-800-933-2723

Part of the "Mastering the Principles of Great Teaching" series, How to Plan Rigorous Instruction is a guide for teachers of all backgrounds to planning and executing lessons that help students go beyond basic educational standards. The concept of "rigor" in education is defined as "a quality of instruction that requires students to construct meaning and impose structure on situations rather than expect to find them already apparent". The goal of "rigorous instruction" to do more than simply expand students' knowledge and ability; it is also to improve students' understanding and the ways in which they are able to think. Chapters outline strategies for assessing rigor in the classroom; selecting rigorous course material; choosing rigorous instruction strategies; and much more. An excellent educational supplement enhanced with a handful of photocopiable templates, How to Plan Rigorous Instruction is highly recommended.

The Buddhist Studies Shelf

Introduction to Kalachakra Initiation
Alexander Berzin
Snow Lion
PO Box 6483, Ithaca, NY 14851
9781559393737, $18.95,

The Buddha is not a person, but instead a state of being. "Introduction to the Kalachakra Initiation" is a guide to this specific discipline of Buddhism, focusing on breaking the bonds life has put on the self to find their own way to enlightenment. Spiritual, thoughtful and with a lot to think about for Buddhists and Non-Buddhists alike, "Introduction to Kalachakra Initiation" is a fine addition to any Buddhist studies collection.

The American History Shelf

Slavery on Trial
James M. Campbell
University Press of Florida
University of Florida, 15 Northwest 15th Street, Gainesville, FL 32611-2079
9780813035666 $27.95 1-800-226-3822

Slavery on Trial: Race, Class and Criminal Justice in Antebellum Richmond, Virginia draws upon more than 7,000 criminal cases recorded between 1830 and 1860 in Virginia before the American Civil War to give a chilling picture of how racism and the institution of slavery had an overwhelming effect on the justice system. Contradictions in the law as applied to slaves, free blacks, poor whites, immigrants, and women are scrutinized at length. Chapters explore how the stigma of being black stymied most hope or opportunity for justice, the logistics of policing a city, the common trends of slave trials, and much more. A handful of black-and-white photographs and a wealth of notes enhance this somber, thoughtful, heavily researched and deftly presented examination of historical injustice.

The Epidemic
David DeKok
The Lyons Press
246 Goose Lane, Guilford, CT 06437
9780762760084 $22.95 1-800-836-0510

Former award-winning investigative reporter David DeKok presents The Epidemic: A Collision of Power, Privilege, and Public Health, the true story of how a greedy and careless businessman, William T. Morris, who ignored known engineering principles designed to prevent water contamination in his reckless pursuit of profits. The result was an epidemic of typhoid that struck 522 homes in Ithaca, and was especially notorious for killing students of Cornell University. Yet those most responsible for the devastation were never punished, and Morris' legacy - the corporation that started as Associated Gas & Electric Co., and later became known as General Public Utilities Corp. - committed one injustice against the public interest after another, the most notorious of which would be the Three Mile Island nuclear accident in 1979. A haunting and disturbing cautionary tale of unchecked corporate power and incompetence, and the horrifically tragic results, The Epidemic is highly recommended especially for public and college library collections.

The Theatre/Cinema Shelf

At This Theatre
Robert Viagas & Louis Botto
Hal Leonard
7777 West Bluemound Road, Milwaukee, Wi 53213
9781557837646, $38.99,

Broadway in America is synonymous with theatre. "At This Theatre: 110 Years of Broadway Shows, Stories, and Stars" looks at the long history that the Publication 'Playbill' has had in crafting programs for many of the greatest show in the past century and then some. With an assortment of color photos showing the many important shows of the major theaters from across the country. With plenty of history and discussion of these productions, "At This Theatre" is an ideal pick for any collection focusing on theatre history or for one searching for a coffee table for one who can't get enough of Broadway.

The Library CD Shelf

The Natural World of Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen
Composed by Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen
Performed by Ars Nova Copenhagen and conductor Paul Hillier
c/o Naxos Audio Books
416 Mary Lindsay Polk Drive, Suite 509, Franklin, TN 37067
$16.99 1-877-629-6723

The Natural World of Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen offers six of the greatest choral musical works from the professional career of Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen (b. 1932), as performed by Nova Copenhagen and their expert conductor Paul Hillier (who happens to be a longtime personal friend of Gudmundsen-Holmgreen). This production is a "hybrid multichannel" audio CD that can play on all SACD and CD players. The Natural World of Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen evokes emotion and wonder, reflecting and lingering upon the listener's soul with its measured, soulful passages. A profound and worthy addition to international music collections, The Natural World of Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen is highly recommended. The tracks are "Examples" [1970] (9:08), "Again" [2006] (17:32), "6 Simple Danish Songs" [2002] (9:05), "Statements" [1969] (6:05), "Three Stages" [2003] (13:04), and "Four Madrigals from the Natural World" [2001] (16:03).

Telepath Music
c/o Flipswitch (publicity)
PO Box 2207, Bloomington, IN 47404-2207

Crush is a globe-spanning music album by American producer Michael Christie (recording under the name "Telepath") and featuring a variety of vocalists (each performing different songs), including Elliot Martin and Monsoon, Becky Ribeiro, Pervez Khan, Stephanie Morgan, Sarabjit Kaur Babbu, Kevin Meyame, Maitrayee Patel, and Williamtell. The music ranges from elements of classic East Indian and Arabic themes to an undercoursing of Afrobeat, and even dub-style elements that add a unique flair. The result is an eclectic mix of word-spanning songs that inspire the listener to broaden his or her musical understanding of the world at large. An album that reflects the modern age of exploration, cooperation, harmony, and globalization, Crush is an exceptional listening experience and highly recommended. The tracks are "Intro", "Justify", "In This Time", "Dust", "Crush", "Rohi", "Mama", "Lacuna", "Carry The One", "Down The Block", "Freedom", "The Ancient Ones", "Critical Mass", "Connection X", and "Mirrors".

Room of Wonders
Jayme Stone
c/o Rock Paper Scissors
511 West 4th Street, Suite 2, Bloomington, IN 47404

Room of Wonders is a music album created by banjo player Jayme Stone and inspired by the urge to dance - specifically, the overwhelming yearning to dance that Stone felt when listening to Bach's French Suites. Stone tapped into that primal power as revealed within international folk and acoustic rhythms, to craft an extraordinary vision of energy and vibrancy. Musicians on the banjo fiddle, guitar, bass, nyckelharpa, trumpet, trombone, drums, and accordion blend their talents into this moving, memorable, and lively expression of the joy of life. The tracks are Krasavaska Ruchenitsa; The Reels; Vinicius, Planinsko Horo; Moresca Nuzirle; Andrea Beget; Bach: Allemande from the French Suite No. 6; In Other Rooms, Other Wonders; and Troll Kingdom Polska.

The Library DVD Shelf

Extraordinary Birds
Questar, Inc.
307 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60601
9781594646249 $49.99 DVD / $34.99 Blu-ray

Available as a 6-DVD thinpack set ($49.99) or Blu-ray ($34.99), Extraordinary Birds is an amazing collection of episodes from the long-running public television documentary series "Nature", focusing especially on the glories, trials, and tribulations of birds undergoing their daily struggle to survive. The hour-long episodes range from a feature about hummingbirds - extraordinary, tiny creatures who feed on nectar and insects, and are capable of incredible migratory feats; raptors, predatory birds whose amazing talents for thermal soaring (vultures), high-speed diving (peregrine falcons), or silent flying (owls) have been studied for inspiration to create military aircraft; parrots, the social birds of extraordinary intelligence who can bond with their owners as closely as a dog (but as equals, rather than as the subordinate-master relationship a dog has with its owner) ; and much more. Eight incredible episodes on 6 DVDs make up this enlightening and extraordinary collection, worthy of the highest recommendation especially for public library collections, and also as the perfect gift for bird lovers everywhere. Over 7 hours.

God in America
c/o SSA Public Relations
15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
9781608832910 $34.99

God in America: How Religious Liberty Shaped America is a DVD collection of a series from the award-winning producers of "American Experience" and "Frontline", about the role religion has played in American history and public life. From the complex interplay between religion and democracy, to political arguments about religion, to religious influence in social reform movements, to how America's commitment to religious freedom has allowed a vast diversity of faiths and movements to flourish, God in America is an eye-opening, and informative discourse. Featured historical figures rage from the Pueblo leader Po'pay to abolitionist Frederick Douglass, Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, evangelist Billy Graham, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and many more.

Easy Yoga for Arthritis with Peggy Cappy
Peggy Cappy
c/o SSA Public Relations
15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
9781608832804 $19.99

Easy Yoga for Arthritis with Peggy Cappy is a user-friendly fitness DVD that teaches basic yoga movements and poses meant to strengthen muscles and increase mobility especially for people who are challenged by arthritis, recovering from injury, or coping with the stiffness of advancing age. Instructor Peggy Cappy leads the viewer with three offered modifications for each pose: standing, seated, or using a chair for support. Meditation is also an important part of this stress-relieving workout. A user-friendly workout guide designed to help viewers of all fitness and experience levels look and feel better, Easy Yoga for Arthritis with Peggy Cappy is especially recommended for fitness libraries catering to senior citizens and others with mobility challenges. 110 min.

Upstairs Downstairs Complete Series, 40th anniversary edition
Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
9781598285116 $199.99

Now available in a 40th anniversary edition with over 25 hours of new bonus material, Upstairs Downstairs Complete Series gathers all 68 episodes of the widely beloved British drama series following the wealthy, blue-blooded Bellamys (the "upstairs") and their loyal, energetic, and quirky servants (the "downstairs"). The foibles of daily life, the tumultuous impact of social change across the decades, and the pursuit of star-crossed (or star-blessed?) love lend a satisfying richness to this enduring, heartwarming, and memorable series. The great wealth of bonus material includes 24 episode commentaries, interviews with the stars, composer and editor, an alternate pilot episode, an essay by star and cocreator Jean Marsh, and much more. Upstairs Downstairs Complete Series is an absolute "must-have" for British drama fans, and highly recommended for public library collections. 21 discs, 57 hours plus bonus material, SDH subtitles.

Murphy's Law, series 3
Starring James Nesbitt
Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403

As originally seen on BBC, Murphy's Law, series 3 is a two-DVD thinpack boxed set containing all six episodes of the third season of the gripping saga of undercover London cop Murphy. A tense, multifaceted crime drama, Murphy's Law delves deeper into the dark heart of human nature with each episode, as the unfolding story follows Murphy in his assumed identity of a hit man, seeking to bring down a London crime boss and cop killer. Murphy has lost friends, lovers, and his own daughter; now his own identity is in jeopardy in this viciously chilling and suspenseful saga. 352 min., widescreen, SDH subtitles.

Tai Chi & Qi Gong Basics with Matthew Cohen
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 650, Silver Spring, MD 20910
9781598286120 $19.99

Tai Chi & Qi Gong Basics with Matthew Cohen is a fitness DVD that taps into ancient Chinese martial art of Tai Chi and the centuries old health practice of Qi Gong to provide a fitness regimen that promotes both physical strength and mental calm. Martial arts master of thirty years' experience Matthew Cohen guides the viewer through a Tai Chi program and a Qi Gong program. The Tai Chi program teaches core poses of the art, and demonstrates how to link the postures in a harmonious manner that promotes flexibility and endurance. The Qi Gong program involves slow, repetitive movements intended to foster healing in the body, immune system, and mind. A bonus question and answer session with Matthew Cohen about the positive aspects of Tai Chi and Qi Gong round out this user-friendly DVD. Tai Chi & Qi Gong Basics is a welcome supplement to any DVD health, fitness, and activity library. 70 min, widescreen.

Play Again
Bullfrog Films, Inc.
PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547

Play Again is a documentary that questions the consequences of human society's increasing alienation from the natural world. The documentary focuses on six teenagers who, as is common in America, spend five to fifteen hours a day viewing technological screens in one form or another. Each of these young people is brought on a wilderness adventure - no electricity, cell phone coverage, video games or virtual reality. The result is a journey to discover just what is missing in our modern, technology saturated life; how can it be reacquired, and how can an appreciable, healthy balance between natural and digital worlds be found? Play Again is an excellent and thought-provoking evaluation of how to promote a biologically and spiritually sustainable future for the next generation. 80 min., SDH captioned.

Adventures Unlimited Press
PO Box 74, Kempton, IL 60946 1-815-253-6390

Three exciting DVDs from Adventures Unlimited Press take the viewer on an extraordinary tour through unexplained mysteries and metaphysical wonders. "Ancient Technology in Egypt with David Hatcher Childress and Christopher Dunn" (98 min., $19.95) evaluates British engineer Dunn's theory that there could have been a Giza Power Plant - perhaps the ancient Egyptians could have used power tools such as electric saws and drills. Dunn and Childress travel to the Great Pyramid, Abu Garab, the Serapeum and more places in search of answers to enduring riddles. In "Ancient Technology in Mexico & the Southwest with David Hatcher Childress" (85 min., $19.95) Childress explores northern Mexico and the American Southwest in search of advanced technology hidden within the remains of the distant past. From former cities near the Grand Canyon to concrete canals in central Arizona to the megaliths of the once-great Toltec capital Tula and the interior of the Great Pyramid of Cholula, Ancient Technology in Mexico & the Southwest will leave the viewer with an astounding new impression of bygone civilizations. "Atlantis, Megaliths, Tesla and ET Archaeology: The Incredible Worldwide System of Wireless Power" (108 min., $19.95) explores a broad, interconnected panoply of ancient wonders - opening with the megalithic structures in Peru and Bolivia, then moving on to the accomplishments of the Vimanas and the Hindu Rama Empire, Nikola Tesla's wireless transmissions, the secret inventions of Guglielmo Marconi, the origin of flying saucer and flying wing technology in the 1930s and 40s, and much more. A wondrous survey of astonishing ancient achievements, "Atlantis, Megaliths, Tesla & ET Archaeology" will stun, amaze and delight from beginning to end.

The Booty Barre: Total New Body
Tracey Mallett
ATP Fitness Productions Inc.
c/o 411 Video Information
PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953

International fitness expert Tracey Mallett presents The Booty Barre: Total New Body, a fitness DVD workout that blends techniques from pilates, dance, calisthenics and yoga. Structured around fat-burning interval training, deep toning isometric conditioning, and elongating techniques of pilates and dance, The Booty Barre is an all-around flexibility and body-strengthening workout requiring only a sturdy chair (or ballet barre) and a set of 3-5 pound dumbbells for equipment. Modifications to tune the workout to properly challenge viewers of all fitness levels are included in this energetic DVD. 60 min.

Dance a Gogo: Sexy Nightclub Workout Ultimate Edition
Andrea Lin
Walking Shadows
9595 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 900, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Dance a Gogo: Sexy Nightclub Workout Ultimate Edition is a fitness DVD that makes getting in shape fun and sexy with moves from nightclubs. Choreographer Andrea Lin shows viewers how to exercise their sex appeal as well as their bodies with hip-hop, ballroom, salsa, and Asian dance moves to invigorate and titillate. The program consists of "Music Video Dance Workout" (7 min.), "Latin Groove Dance Workout" (7 min.), "Nightclub Fun" (7 min.), "Back View Dance Along" (20 min.), "Movement Breakdown" (20 min.) and a 10 minute bonus. Dance a Gogo lives up to its title and then some; it's an invigorating workout ultimately about the rush of simply being alive.

The Audiobook Shelf

Titus Groan
Mervyn Peake, author
Rupert Degas, narrator
Naxos Audio Books
416 Mary Lindsay Polk Drive, Suite 509, Franklin, TN 37067
9781843795407 $28.98 1-877-629-6723

Titus Groan is the abridged audiobook adaptation of volume one of the popular Gormenghast trilogy of novels. A dark yet vibrantly charged narrative, Titus Groan tells of Titus, who is born the 77th Earl of Groan and heir to the mysterious rituals that govern the lives and actions of nearly everyone around him. But the wicked and deceitful Steerpike threatens the social order with the willingness to lie, cheat, and even commit premeditated murder. Classical music enhances the reading by veteran audio performer Rupert Degas, who lends his dulcet talents to this captivating saga of intrigue, betrayal, and terrible responsibility. Highly recommended especially for audiobook aficionados and public library collections. 4 CDs, 5 hours 9 min.

What Alice Forgot
Liane Moriarty, author
Caroline Lee, narrator
Bolinda Publishing
186 S Long Swamp Rd, Jackson, ME 04921
9781742146775 $113.95

What Alice Forgot is the unabridged audiobook adaptation of Liane Moriarty's haunting novel of lost memories and surfacing troubles. Ten years have disappeared from Alice Love's recollection of her life. She has three children she doesn't remember giving birth to, and her husband has turned hostile and is in the process of divorcing her. As she searches for what she has lost, she gradually discovers increasingly shocking and difficult truths. Performed by award-winning actress and narrator Caroline Lee, What Alice Forgot is a thoughtful and involving drama, highly recommended especially for public library collections. 13 CDs, 15 hours 43 min.

The Shadow Thief
Alexandra Adornetto
Bolinda Publishing
186 S Long Swamp Rd, Jackson, ME 04921
9781742850023 $63.95

Read by author Alexandra Adornetto, The Shadow Thief: Book One is the unabridged audiobook adaptation of an engaging fantasy adventure set in the all too ordinary town of Drabville. Milli Klompet yearns for adventure, and unexpectedly gains the opportunity when she and others are taken prisoner by the offbeat Mr and Mrs Mayor and a sinister gathering of magicians, led by the ruthless Aldor. Aldor plans to swallow the shadows of every citizen in Drabville, assimilating their skills and talents to make himself into the ultimate power. Milli and her best friend, amateur geologist Ernest Perriclof, must work together to escape the Shadow Keepers and match their wits against the wicked Aldor before Drabville is doomed. The Shadow Thief is a striking, high-spirited quest, especially recommended for public library collections. 5 CDs, 5 hours 31 min.

A Raisin in the Sun
Lorraine Hansberry
L.A. Theatre Works
681 Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291
1580818005 $25.95 1-800-708-8863

Brought to life with a full cast performance, A Raisin in the Sun is a highly recommended audiobook following a blue-collar African-American family struggling to survive during difficult times. Widow and matriarch Mama Lena has collected insurance money from the untimely loss of her beloved husband; she dreams of using it to move to a better home. But her son wants to buy a liquor store, while her daughter yearns to go to medical school. When resources are strictly limited, can there be any compromise between drastically different family aspirations - and will the family tear itself apart over money? A deeply involving dramatic saga unfolds. 2 CDs 140 min.

The George Bernard Shaw Collection
George Bernard Shaw
L.A. Theatre Works
681 Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291
1580817912 $99.95 1-800-708-8863

The George Bernard Shaw Collection gathers the full-cast performances of eight of George Bernard Shaw's classic short plays into a single compendium. The featured works are "Mrs. Warren's Profession", "Arms and the Man", "Candida", "The Devil's Disciple", "Major Barbara", "The Doctor's Dilemma", "Misalliance", and "Pygmalion". All are stirringly brought to life with emphatic, passionate strength and heart, making The George Bernard Shaw Collection worthy of the highest recommendation for both personal and public library audiobook collections. 16 CDs, 8 hours 20 min.

Etiquette Scholar: Dining Etiquette
Read by Katherine Valentine King
Yellowstone Publishing, LLC
5335 South Grant Street, Littleton, Colorado 80121
9780980195118 $14.95

Etiquette Scholar: Dining Etiquette is a brief tutorial audiobook discussing the basic social graces of attending a meal, particularly at a restaurant, but also brimming with solid advice for attending a dinner party or respectfully sharing a meal at a friend's house. The six sections are "Introduction", "The Table", "Enjoying the Meal", "Handling the Check", "Special Topics", and "Dining Etiquette Essentials". A concise yet absolutely invaluable resource for learning how to look and act one's best in any social or business interaction based around a meal, Etiquette Scholar: Dining Etiquette is worthy of the highest recommendation. 1 CD, 42 min.

Galaxy Press
7051 Hollywood Boulevard, Suite 200, Hollywood, CA 90028

Two unabridged, multicast-performance audiobook adaptations (with music and sound effects) bring L. Ron Hubbard's classic pulp action-adventure stories to vivid life. Originally published in the May 1940 issue of Five Novels Monthly, "On Blazing Wings" (9781592122325, $9.95, 2 CDs, 2 hours) follows David Duane, a mercenary ace fighter pilot with the soul of an artist. Duane takes a mission that pits him against Russian Communists in Finland, When Duane's plane is shot down, Duane discovers a bizarre, mysterious city distinguished by luxury and ornamented with golden minarets. As Duane struggles to remember his true inner purpose, he finds himself at a perilous crossroads, for he years desperately to save the woman he loves... a woman who serves as a Russian officer. Bob Caso is the lead performer of this thrilling adventure. "The Carnival of Death" (9781592122684, $9.95, 2 CDs, 2 hours) was originally published in the November 1934 issue of Popular Detective; the story centers upon undercover US narcotics agent Bob Clark, who stumbles across the horrific work of a decapitating killer. Are the murders being committed by four tribal headhunters working for Shreve's Mammoth Carnival? Or is someone else wreaking havoc behind the scenes? When Clark becomes the captive of the tribal headhunters, he had better pray that they are not the ones responsible! Jim Meskimen is the lead performer of this suspenseful murder mystery. Both audiobooks are highly recommended especially for fans of the Golden Age.

The Civil War Shelf

A Civil War Gunboat in Pacific Waters
Hans Konrad Van Tilburg
University Press of Florida
University of Florida, 15 Northwest 15th Street, Gainesville, FL 32611-2079
9780813035161 $69.95 1-800-226-3822

A Civil War Gunboat in Pacific Waters: Life on Board USS Saginaw is the dramatic true story of the civil war gunboat the USS Saginaw, and her crew. The boat served in Pacific and Asian waters between 1860 and 1870, and sank in one of the word's most remote coral reefs, Kure Atoll. Miraculously, the crew survived a sixty-eight day open-boat voyage and was rescued; the shipwreck itself would not be rediscovered until 130 years later. A classic story of naval disaster brought to vivid life, A Civil War Gunboat in Pacific Waters is painstakingly researched and strikingly retold. Highly recommended especially for military and nautical history shelves.

The Biography Shelf

Sojourner Truth: A Biography
Larry G. Murphy
Greenwood Press
PO Box 1911, Santa Barbara, CA 93116-1911
9780313357282 $35.00

Sojourner Truth: A Biography is the life story of a remarkable woman, born an illiterate slave, who escaped to freedom, adopted the name Sojourner Truth, and dedicates herself to a lifetime of advocacy for abolition and human dignity. She was a skilled orator who moved hearts and minds across America as she traveled. Sojourner Truth: A Biography is based upon her public pronouncements, her personal correspondence, journalistic accounts of principal historical actors, and frames the events of her life amid the larger happenings of American social and political history. A handful of vintage black-and-white photograph illustrate this exceptional portrait, highly recommended for both public and college biography collections.

The Military Shelf

The US Army's First, Last, and Only All-Black Rangers
Edward L. Posey
Savas Beatie
PO Box 4527, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
9781611210774 $18.95

Master Sergeant (Ret.) Edward L. Posey presents The US Army's First, Last, and Only All-Black Rangers, a military history chronicling the elite, all-volunteer 2D Ranger Infantry Company (Airborne) during the Korean War from 1950-1951. This unit, which existed for ten months (three months of training and seven months of combat deployment) before being deactivated, is notable in that it was the only all-black Ranger unit in the history of the American army. Chapters chronicle the unit's grueling training regimen, the men's struggles with segregation and racism, and the combat actions in Korea that earned accolades and medals. An inset section of vintage black-and-white photographs enhances this methodical, respectful, and invaluable contribution to American military history shelves, particularly those with a focus on African-American issues or the Korean War.

Women in Combat
Rosemarie Skaine
PO Box 1911, Santa Barbara, CA 93116-1911
9781598844597 $55.00

Part of ABC-CLIO's "Contemporary World Issues" series, Women in Combat is a solid, unbiased reference handbook concerning a vital modern-day issue - that of women serving in military combat. Chapters trace the history of women in the military, controversies about their service such as their effects on unit cohesion and readiness, some proposed solutions ranging from all-female platoons to establishing gender-neutral performance-based requirements, the worldwide perspective of women in combat from military roles to female participation in guerilla military and even as suicide bombers, biographical sketches, data and documents, and much more. A sober, clearly and thoughtfully written reference, Women in Combat is highly recommended especially for public and college library military shelves.

P. Matthysen, M. Kalkwarf & M. Huxtable
30 Degrees South Publishers
c/o International Publishers Marketing
22841 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles, VA 20166
9781920143411 $80.00 1-800-758-3756

"Recce": A Collector's Guide to the History of the South African Special Forces is a superbly researched and presented close study of the South African Special Forces, who are primarily used in intelligence gathering but sometimes applied to offensive action. Roughly 2,500 color photographs illustrate this in-depth examination of these elite troops' selection and training processes, insignia/kit/equipment, awards, memorabilia, and a thorough history of their uses and actions. A foreword by the late Lt. General F. W. Loots rounds out this absolute "must-have" for any reader interested in learning more about this extraordinary military organization.

The Crafts Shelf

Toymaking with Children
Freya Jaffke
Floris Books
15 Harrison Gardins, Edinburgh
c/o Myrick Marketing & Media (publicity)
PMB 248, 455 Sam Ridley Parkway West, Smyrna, TN 37167
9780863157691 $25.00

Toymaking with Children is a guide to undertaking simple handcrafts to make toys for young children. Many of the suggested crafts can be assembled by a parent and child working together. Black-and-white diagrams and color photographs illustrate the step-by-step instructions for creating playthings from inexpensive materials, such as a flopsy doll, a wooden horse and wagon, knitted kittens, or simple marionettes. All projects are simple enough that parents of all crafting skill and experience levels can learn to do them, though anyone with skills in needlework, knitting, or woodworking will have a slight edge. An introductory essay on the natural stages of play children go through as they mature, and suggestions for how adults can help children play, rounds out this excellent, hands-on how-to guide.

The Homeowner's Shelf

The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling, third edition
Charlie Wing
The Taunton Press
63 South Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470
c/o Craftsman Book Company
6058 Corte del Cedro, Carlsbad, CA 92009
9781600852466 $29.95

Now in an updated third edition, The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling: A Comprehensive Guide to Choosing the Right Materials and Systems for Every Part of Your Home is a massive and thorough reference manual that will prove useful to homeowners of all backgrounds. Masonry, sheathing, siding, roofing, plumbing, wiring, heating, cooling, incorporating passive solar power, sustainable building and taking advantage of renewable energies, and much more are covered in this all-encompassing guide featuring a wealth of diagrams and color photographs to illuminate its meticulous guidelines. Those who have no familiarity with the tricks of the home improvement trade can quickly look up the mechanics of what a project entails, and those who have been in the business for years will still find tips, tricks, and techniques galore for every aspect of almost any process. A truly outstanding guidebook, worthy of the highest recommendation to any homeowner or home maintenance professional.

The Fashion Shelf

Power Dressing
Robb Young
Merrell Publishers
38 High Avenue, 4th floor, Nyack, New York 10960
9781858945156 $29.95

Power Dressing: First Ladies, Women Politicians & Fashion lives up to its title with a panoply of brief, fashion-conscious portraits of more than 50 first ladies and female politicians from over 30 countries around the world. Most of the extraordinary modern women featured have one to four pages to summarize their public career and - the book's focus - describe how they chose to wear what they did, and who their fashion designers were. Full color photographs on every page illustrate this compelling collection, brimming with unspoken rules of the fashion social game at the highest levels of political power.

The Needlecraft Shelf

Knitting Over the Edge
Nicky Epstein
Sixth&Spring Books
c/o SoHo Publishing Company
101 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 1301, New York, NY 10013
9781936096022 $19.95

The sequel to "Knitting On the Edge", Knitting Over the Edge: Unique Ribs, Cords, Appliques, Colors, Nouveau is Nicky Epstein's second collection of edgings, now available in paperback. More than 350 new and distinctive edge combinations like ribs, cords, appliques, and more offer an immense variety of stylish designs. A number of signature fashion creations are also included, such as a full-length coat, and a rose-ornamented capelet, but the primary focus is on crafting knitting borders that can add an especially distinctive and delightful touch to any creation. Full-color, close-up photographs and step-by-step instructions make Knitting Over the Edge a user-friendly guide for any knitter eager to take their craft to the next level.

Fearless Fair Isle Knitting
Kathleen Taylor
The Taunton Press
63 South Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470
9781600853272 $24.95 1-800-477-8727

Fearless Fair Isle Knitting: 30 Gorgeous Original Sweaters, Socks, Mittens, and More lives up to its title with knitting projects for sweaters, socks, dresses, vests, mittens, hats, bags, and more. Each pattern has an estimated difficulty, an extensive and highly specific list of required materials, step-by-step instructions, and meticulous charts that use colored squares to vividly indicate which color of yarn to use for each stitch. Full-color photographs round out this solid, hands-on guide to making beautiful and memorable handcrafted gifts. A highly recommended addition to any knitter's library.

The Martial Arts Shelf

Hidden Hands
Phillip Starr
Blue Snake Books
c/o North Atlantic Books (distribution)
2526 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704-2607
9781583942437 $17.95 1-800-788-3123

Hidden Hands: Unlocking the Secrets of Traditional Martial Arts Forms is a guide for martial arts practitioners of all styles and experience levels on how to learn more from forms training. Author and multidisciplinary master Phillip Starr has trained in the martial arts of xingyiquan, baguazhang, taijiquan, northern Shaolin kung fu, Kyokushinkai karate, and Filipino arnis, and even developed his own art, yiliquan (One Principle Boxing), which blinds three of China's classical internal systems with a form of northern kung fu. His diverse and extensive background has taught him how to examine the principles, exercises, and underlying concepts at work behind traditional forms. Black-and-white photographs illustrate the general techniques, observations, insights, and reinforced training that can be gleaned from the classical forms, in this superb supplement highly recommended for martial arts practitioners of all backgrounds. "Are retreating movements defensive? Movements that involve withdrawing from the aggressor's attack don't necessarily imply that you are retreating, although they do imply that you are employing defensive movements. These movements often allow you to control distance while you continue to engage the enemy."

James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Diane C. Donovan, Editor
Midwest Book Review
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