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Volume 9, Number 11 November 2014 Home | LBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Military Shelf Psychology Shelf
Mathematics Shelf Cookbook Shelf Music Shelf
Graphic Novel Shelf Audiobook Shelf Library CD Shelf
Library DVD Shelf Art Shelf Native American Studies Shelf
Women's Studies Shelf American History Shelf World History Shelf
Civil War Shelf Political Science Shelf Judaic Studies Shelf
Large Print Shelf Education Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf
Literary Studies Shelf Science Shelf Biology Shelf

Reviewer's Choice

The Political Economy of Ageing and Later Life
Alan Walker & Liam Foster, editors
Edward Elgar Publishing
9 Dewey Court, Northampton, MA 01060-3815
9781843762485, $325.00, 640pp,

Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by Alan Walker (Professor of Social Policy and Social Gerontology, University of Sheffield, UL) and Liam Foster (Lecturer in Social Work, University of Sheffield, UK), "The Political Economy of Ageing and Later Life: Critical Perspectives" 640 page compendium comprised of thirty of the most important and influential articles and papers on ageing and later life of the past half century. Organized in four major parts, "The Political Economy of Ageing and Later Life: Critical Perspectives" examine policy creation and implementation, practice and critical gerontology including both feminist and international perspectives. Including an original introduction and key works not available in scholarly libraries, "The Political Economy of Ageing and Later Life: Critical Perspectives" is a critical assembly of work and will be of immense assistance to anyone looking to understand the consequences of our ageing population on society. A seminal work of scholarship, "The Political Economy of Ageing and Later Life: Critical Perspectives" is highly recommended for academic library collections.

The Military Shelf

Operation Thunderclap and the Black March
Richard Allison
Casemate Publishers
908 Darby Road
Havertown, PA19083
9781612002651 $34.95

Thoroughly accessible to readers of all backgrounds, Operation Thunderclap and the Black March: Two World War II Stories from the Unstoppable 91st Bomb Group tells of Operation Thunderclap, the Allies' offensive launched in February 1945 during World War II. These were deep-penetration air raids that placed extraordinary demands on bomber crews. The divergent stories of two B-17 crew members are the central focus; one crew member flew 31 missions until the end of the war, and other was shot down during his first combat mission and taken prisoner, but survived the deadly Black March of 6,000 Allied POWs, one-quarter of whom died to the elements, disease, starvation, and exhaustion. A vivid portrayal of the horrors of war through the eyes of brave soldiers, Operation Thunderclap and the Black March is a welcome addition to World War II history shelves.

Canine Warrior
John C. Burnam
Lost Coast Press
155 Cypress Street, Fort Bragg, CA 95437
9781935448242 $28.95

Author John C. Burnam, Master Sergeant, U.S. Army (Ret.) served in the military as a German shepherd scout-dog handler during the Vietnam War. During and after the war, he gained a tremendous appreciation for the dogs' keen senses; their smell, hearing, and sight were far more acute than those of humans, enabling them to find enemy ammunition and supplies as well as camouflaged tunnel entrances. Service dogs saved countless American lives by enabling American troops to avoid ambushes and booby traps. Canine Warrior: How a Vietnam Scout Dog Inspired a National Monument tells the true stories of war dogs in the combat zones of Vietnam. The loyalty of these animals would eventually be honored with a national monument, in part due to the efforts of Burnam and other colleagues who respect the dogs' bravery and faithful service. A fascinating, heavily researched, and at times keenly personal testimony of the soldier-and-dog teams of Vietnam, Canine Warrior is highly recommended.

The Psychology Shelf

Psychological Practice With Women
Carolyn Zerbe Enns, Joy K. Rice, Roberta L. Nutt, eds.
Marketing Department
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242
9781433818127, $69.95, 304pp,

Collaboratively compiled and edited by the team of Carolyn Zerbe Enns (Professor of Psychology, Cornell Collge), Joy K. Rice (Clinical Psychologist and Emerita Professor at the University of Wisconsin - Madison), and Roberta L. Nutt (Training Director of the Counseling Psychology Doctoral program, University of Houston), "Psychological Practice With Women: Guidelines, Diversity, Empowerment" is a 304 page compendium is comprised of ten major scholarly articles presenting and illustrating practice guidelines for working with diverse groups of women. Drawing on psychological, multicultural, and feminist research, the individual papers consider many of the unique concerns of specific groups of women, including Black/African American women; Latinas; lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women; Asian-Pacific Islander women; Native women; women with disabilities; and women in transnational and international contexts. Ample case studies apply the guidelines, emphasizing how practitioners can use clients strengths and resilience to promote empowerment. Enhanced with a comprehensive Index, "Psychological Practice With Women: Guidelines, Diversity, Empowerment" is an important and highly recommended addition to academic library Psychology/Psychiatry Studies collections in general, and Feminist Psychology Studies supplemental reading lists in particular.

The Mathematics Shelf

Fractal Geometry, third edition
Kenneth Falconer
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9781119942399, $60.00,

A fractal is a natural phenomenon or a mathematical set that exhibits a repeating pattern that displays at every scale. If the replication is exactly the same at every scale, it is called a self-similar pattern. Fractals can also be nearly the same at different levels. Fractals also includes the idea of a detailed pattern that repeats itself. Fractals are different from other geometric figures because of the way in which they scale. Doubling the edge lengths of a polygon multiplies its area by four, which is two (the ratio of the new to the old side length) raised to the power of two (the dimension of the space the polygon resides in). Likewise, if the radius of a sphere is doubled, its volume scales by eight, which is two (the ratio of the new to the old radius) to the power of three (the dimension that the sphere resides in). But if a fractal's one-dimensional lengths are all doubled, the spatial content of the fractal scales by a power of two that is not necessarily an integer. This power is called the fractal dimension of the fractal, and it usually exceeds the fractal's topological dimension. As mathematical equations, fractals are usually nowhere differentiable. Now available in a fully updated and expanded third edition, "Fractal Geometry: Mathematical Foundations and Applications" by Kenneth Falconer (University of St. Andrews, UK) is a 400 page introduction to the complex mathematical science of fractal geometry. Enhanced with the inclusion of fourteen pages of References and a comprehensive Index, "Fractal Geometry: Mathematical Foundations and Applications" will prove an ideal textbook for either undergraduate or graduate level curriculums and a core addition to academic library Advanced Mathematics reference collections. It should be noted that "Fractal Geometry: Mathematical Foundations and Applications" is also available as an eTextbook ($46.92).

The Cookbook Shelf

Vegan Casseroles
Julie Hasson
Running Press
c/o Perseus Book Group
250 W. 57th St., Suite 1500
New York, NY 10107
9780762448845 $20.00

Illustrated with full-color photography of many of its delicacies, Vegan Casseroles: Pasta Bakes, Gratins, Pot Pies, and More is a treasury of vegan "comfort food" recipes, perfect for family dining or festive entertainment! Animal product-free dishes include Jambalaya, Zucchini Basil Casserole with Buttery Crumb Topping, Blueberry Peach Skillet Pie, Mujadara, and much more. An introduction with recommendations for selecting vegan ingredients rounds out this excellent addition to any and every vegan cookbook collection. "Not all sugars are vegan, as cane sugar is sometimes filtered through bone char (from animals). Beet sugar (granulated white and brown) and organic sugars are processed without the use of bone char."

100 Best Quick Gluten-Free Recipes
Carol Fenster
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
215 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10003
9780544263710 $16.99

Illustrated with a handful of color photographs, 100 Best Quick Gluten-Free Recipes lives up to its title as a no-nonsense compendium of easy-to-prepare, gluten-free dishes. 100 Best Quick Gluten-Free Recipes is a must-have for those with gluten intolerance (who are advised to prepare their own food to avoid endemic cross-contamination in restaurants and packaged food products), but one doesn't have to be gluten-intolerant to appreciate mouth-water dishes such as Cranberry-Orange Scones with Orange Glaze; Hazelnut-Quinoa Salad; Swiss Steak; Shrimp, Sausage, and Pineapple Skewers; No-Cook Chocolate Cheesecake and much more. An extensive introduction to gluten-free cooking, including recommendations for gluten-free and dairy-free ingredients, rounds out this excellent, user-friendly cookbook.

Cooking with Ancient Grains
Maria Baez Kijac
Adams Media Corporation
57 Littlefield Street, 2nd floor, Avon, MA 02322
9781440579561 $19.99

Illustrated with full-color photography of many of its sumptuous dishes, Cooking with Ancient Grains: 75 Delicious Recipes for Quinoa, Amaranth, Chia, and Kaniwa lives up to its title as a compendium of user-friendly recipes for these four gluten-free grains. From Janina's Papaya Shake with Chia to Seven-Vegetable Salad with Quinoa and Kaniwa, Argula and Radicchio Salad with Goat Cheese, Red Quinoa Risotta with Porcini Mushrooms, Chocolate Triangles with Quinoa Flour, and more, Cooking with Ancient Grains is a treasury of unusual, flavorful, and healthy delights!

Mexican Flavors
Hugh Carpenter & Teri Sandison
Andrews McMeel Publishing
1130 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO 64106-2109
9781449453664, $35.00,

Compiled by the Mexican culinary experts Hugh Carpenter and Teri Sandison, "Mexican Flavors: Contemporary Recipes from Camp San Miguel" is a wonderfully illustrated, 224 page compendium of recipes and commentary carefully organized and presented in eleven chapters beginning with 'Flavor Building Blocks' and 'Core Recipes', and ending with 'Desserts to Win Friends' and 'Drinks to Refresh and Elevate the Spirit'. Replete with kitchen cook friendly recipes ranging from a Tangerine-Serrano Salsa and a Watermelon Relish, to Mushroom Enchiladas with Salsa Mexicana and Cream; Coconut-Ancho Soup with Mushrooms; Lobster with Mexican Accents; Mexican Chili with Lamb and Black Beans; and Garlic Bread Scented with Cumin. Of special value for American kitchens is the inclusion of the section 'Metric Conversions and Equivalents'. "Mexican Flavors: Contemporary Recipes from Camp San Miguel" is an enthusiastically commended addition to personal, professional, family, and community library Ethnic Cookbook collections.

Indian For Everyone
Anupy Singla
Surry Books
c/o Agate Publishing
1328 Greenleaf Street, Evanston, IL 60202
9781572841628, $35.00,

Compiled by Indian cuisine expert Anupy Singla, "Indian for Everyone: The Home Cook's Guide to Traditional Favorites" is a beautifully illustrated, 288 page compendium comprised of thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes organized and presented in sections devoted to Street Foods as Snacks; Vegetable Stir Fries; Lentil and Bean Soups, Vegetable Curries; Poultry, Mead, and Seafood; Breads; and Desserts. Of special note is the basic information for beginners on 'Getting Started' -- covering basic tools of the trade, Indian spices and herbs, the Fridge and the Pantry. Enhanced with an opening chapter on 'The Basics' (spice blends, chutneys, shortcuts, and beverages), "Indian for Everyone: The Home Cook's Guide to Traditional Favorites" is a complete and invaluable addition to personal, professional, family, and community library Ethnic Cookbook collections! It should be noted that "Indian for Everyone: The Home Cook's Guide to Traditional Favorites" is also available in a Kindle edition ($16.99).

The Music Shelf

Piano for Dummies, third edition
Adam Perlmutter, author
For Dummies
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9781118900055, $24.99,

"Piano for Dummies" is a condensed, simplified piano self instruction guide for adults who have some piano experience and background and desire to improve their skills further. Supplemented by a helpful list of accompanying audio tracks available at, that demonstrate 95 music examples, "Piano for Dummies" presents compacted piano instruction material in six main sections with 20 chapters. These include Getting Started with Piano, Deciphering Squiggles on Paper to Create Sound, One Hand at a Time, Living in Perfect Harmony, Technique Counts for Everything, and the Part of Tens. All this material is comfortably compressed and presented in logical sequences that progress from the small components and building blocks to the big picture. Musical examples from well-known songs, classical music, jazz, and other styles are used for teaching, each example is headed with a blackened track number to point out the appropriate audio resource. Black and white illustrations, standard notation, and using signpost symbols as reminders are all enhanced learning techniques employed. "Piano for Dummies" can assist purchasing or choosing a piano or keyboard, finding a good teacher, and improving technique, learning and piano performance skills. In addition, chapter 19 lists 10 suggested ways to supplement "Piano for Dummies" for those who want to explore further. "Piano for Dummies" is a well-organized, effectively presented, streamlined resource for adult keyboard students/performers who want to take their skills to the next level.

Sites of Popular Music Heritage
Edited by Sara Cohen, Robert Knifton, Marion Leonard, and Les Roberts, editors
711 - 3rd Avenue, Floor 8, New York, NY 10017-9209
9780415824507 $125.00

Sites of Popular Music Heritage: Memories, Histories, Places is an anthology of scholarly essays by learned authors, examining the challenges and conflicts involved in attempting to preserve a cultural record of popular music. Sometimes amateur collectors step up to archive music that is snubbed by more established institutions, but what is the overall effect on the world's musical legacy? Individual writings include "Popular Music and the 'Problem' of Heritage", "'Still Here?': A Geospatial Survey of Welsh-Language Popular Music", "Engaging Nostalgia: Popular Music and Memory in Museums", "Why I Didn't Go Down to the Delta: The Cultural Politics of Blues Tourism" and much more. An index rounds out this thoughtful, studious collection, especially recommended for college library Music Studies shelves.

The Graphic Novel Shelf

Les Miserables
Victor Hugo, original author
Adapted by Crystal Silvermoon
Art by SunNeko Lee
English script by Stacy King
Udon Entertainment
Morpheus Publishing Limited
9781972925164 $19.99

Part of the "Manga Classics" series drawn in the iconic style of manga (Japanese comics), Les Miserables (the title is a French phrase meaning "The Miserable Ones") is a black-and-white graphic novel adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel of the human struggle against adversity. Set in France during the years after Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo, the story is against the backdrop of a suffering populace, beset by famine and unemployment, and woefully neglected by the monarchist government. One miserable soul among many is Jean Valjean, who was condemned to nearly two decades in prison for the crime of stealing a loaf of bread. Recently released, he is turned away from every doorstep, and has no way to support himself - until a merciful man of the cloth uses the priceless silver utensils of his church to offer Valjean a chance for redemption. Yet Valjean is ever hounded by the implacable policeman Javert, and his efforts to evade capture become more difficult when he adopts Cosette, a severely neglected young girl. Star-crossed love, unyielding duty, and a restless populace's desperate attempts for revolution weave a tragic tale - amid such tumultuous world, is there any ray of hope of a better life for Valjean or Cosette? Les Miserable is as faithful to the original novel as possible, given that a significant amount of the book's story is necessarily omitted in order to complete the saga in a single manga volume. Highly recommended, especially for high school and public library graphic novel collections.

Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austin, original author
Adapted by Stacy King
Art by Po Tse
Udon Entertainment
Morpheus Publishing Limited
9781927925188 $19.99

Part of the "Manga Classics" series drawn in the iconic style of manga (Japanese comics), Pride and Prejudice is a black-and-white graphic novel adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel about customs, courtship, and reputation among the landed gentry of England during the early 1800's. The protagonist Elizabeth Bennet is the second of five daughters of a country gentleman. Her mother lacks social graces and is obsessed about finding suitable husbands for each daughter - not an easy task. Not only are sufficiently wealthy men difficult to woo given the Bennet family's less-than-spectacular level of opulence, but not all of the Bennet daughters are agreeable to social norms. Elizabeth herself is too strong-willed to compromise on an insincere or foolish husband, and the youngest Bennet daughter has a shocking taste for common soldiers! When Elizabeth meets the reserved Mr. Darcy at a ball, her reaction is anything but positive - in a social circle where the highest importance is placed on appearances, Darcy goes out of his way to rebuff others and be reclusive. Her opinion of him worsens when she learns that he allegedly denied a childhood friend his rightful inheritance, and even worse, prevented Elizabeth's sickly older sister from marrying a gentleman she loved with all her heart! Will pride and prejudice make Elizabeth and Darcy into bitter enemies for life? Wonderfully brought to life with clean, sweeping artwork, Pride and Prejudice is especially recommended for high school and public library graphic novel collections.

The Audiobook Shelf

Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation
Bill Nye, author and narrator
Corey S. Powell, editor
Macmillan Audio
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315
New York, NY 10010
9781427252098 $39.99

Scientist, engineer, comedian, inventor, and creator-host of the Emmy Award-winning PBS/Discovery Channel show "Bill Nye the Science Guy" presents Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation, an exploration of how the science of humanity's origins directly affects our everyday life, and how acknowledging evolution and the workings of nature is crucial to understanding science itself. Now in an unabridged audiobook rendition, Undeniable explains why race doesn't really exist; the pros and cons of genetically modified food; the transformations wrought by 4.5 billion years of time; and why the search for alien life just might find aliens here on Earth! Thoroughly accessible to listeners of all backgrounds, Undeniable is an impassioned defense of the scientific method - humankind's most reliable and adaptable means of understanding the natural world as it truly is, not how dogma dictates it should be. 8 CDs, 9.5 hours.

Mary and the Giant
Philip K. Dick, author
Performed by Kate Rudd
Brilliance Corporation
PO Box 887
Grand Haven, MI 49417
9781455814404 $14.99

Mary and the Giant is the unabridged audiobook rendition of Philip K. Dick's classic novel following a young woman in 1950s California. Mary Anne Reynolds is a free-spirited soul; she falls passionate in love first with a middle-aged record shop owner, then with a black blues singer. Her neighbors in the small town of Pacific Park are collectively offended by her disregard of social norms, including their expectations of how a woman should live and who she should date. Will Mary's amorous relationships force her to get out of town before she's metaphorically tarred and feathered? A literary precursor to the 1960's upheval in women's everyday roles, Mary and the Giant is an excellent selection for public library audiobook collections. 7 CDs, 7 hours 43 min. Also highly recommended is the unabridged audiobook version of Philip K. Dick's saga of deteriorating marriage and emotional trauma, "Puttering About in a Small Land" (9781455814442, $14.99, 9 CDs, 11 hours, 3 min.).

Winter Street
Elin Hilderbrand, author
Read by Erin Bennett
Hachette Audio
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017
9781478955016 $30.00

Winter Street is the unabridged audiobook adaptation of a heartwarming Christmas story. Kelley Quinn is the father of four grown if somewhat dysfunctional children - the eldest is struggling with guilt over his work as an unethical hedge fund manager, the second is a bartender conducting a questionable love affair, the third is a daughter dating a commitment-shy man, and the fourth shocked the family by joining the Marines. With three drama-prone older children, the fourth child unreachable in Afghanistan, a second wife who's a little too affectionate with another man in a Santa Claus suit, whiskey, a small house fire, and more craziness, who can possibly save the family's holiday gathering? It just might be none other than Quinn's ex-wife! Winter Street is a playfully entertaining audio adventure, especially recommended for getting into the holiday spirit. 6 CDs, 7 hours.

The Woman Who Would Be King
Kara Cooney
Read by the author
Books on Tape
c/o Random House Audio Books
1745 Broadway, 5th floor
New York, NY 10019
9780804128360 $45.00

Kara Cooney (associate professor of Egyptian art and architecture, UCLA) presents The Woman Who Would Be King, an unabridged audiobook rendition of her studious yet accessible account of Hatshepsut, Egypt's second documented female pharaoh; her rule took place almost 1500 years before the birth of Christ. Records indicate that Hatshepsut was a successful leader; she oversaw a period of prolific construction. Yet twenty years after her reign, her likeness was systematically eradicated (literally chiseled off the stone) from most but not all records of the pharaohs. How did she obtain such power and success in the male-dominated ancient world, and why was there an attempt to erase her memory? The Woman Who Would Be King is an extraordinary fusion of biography, archaeology, and analysis of women's roles, highly recommended especially for public library audiobook collections. 9 CDs, 10.5 hours.

The Corinthian
Georgette Heyer, author
Georgina Sutton, narrator
Naxos of America, Inc.
1810 Columbia Avenue, Suite 28
Franklin, TN 37064
9781843798552 $47.98

Superbly performed by theater actress Georgina Sutton, The Corinthian is the unabridged audiobook version of a classic novel first published in 1940. Sir Richard Wyndham, the titular Corinthian, is a wealthy, handsome man weary of his family's endless pressure to get married. Yearning for an escape from the doldrums, he elopes with the plucky Penelope Creed, who is herself evading an arranged marriage. The unusual duo form an alliance that escalates into zany excitement, as they cross-dress, bump into escaped criminals, and even become unlikely heroes as the situation warrants. A hint of mutual attraction grows stronger the more they work together, in this delightfully timeless adventure! 7 CDs, 8 hours 22 min.

An Irish Doctor in Peace and at War
Patrick Taylor, author
John Keating, narrator
Macmillan Audio
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315
New York, NY 10010
9781427243850 $39.99

An Irish Doctor in Peace and at War is the unabridged audiobook rendition of Patrick Taylor's novel about an Irish doctor whose dreams of marriage to his sweetheart are interrupted by World War II. Doctor Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly is assigned to the HMS Warspite, a gigantic battleship with a crew of twelve hundred. Fingal struggles to tend to the crew's injuries as well as the casualties of those brought aboard... and the temptation to break his fidelity to his hometown beloved is very strong! Contrasting the wartime violence is Fingal's more sedate life over twenty years later, in which his deadliest challenge appears to be combating an outbreak of German measles... until a dark secret threatens to shatter his hard-won comfort. Nuanced and enthralling, An Irish Doctor in Peace and at War is highly recommended for public library audiobook collections and connoisseurs of quality stories. 11 CDs, 13.5 hours.

The Library CD Shelf

Alex Skolnick's Planetary Coalition
Global Music Project
c/o Rock Paper Scissors (publicity)
511 West 4th Street, Suite 2
Bloomington, IN 47404

Metal and jazz guitar player turned global music networker Alex Skolnick presents Alex Skolnick's Planetary Collection, an incredible, cross-cultural acoustic music CD showcasing the talents of twenty-seven musicians across the breadth of five continents. A truly global fusion, Planetary Coalition carries a strong, positive message of community and kinship through the shared joy of musical harmony. An absolute "must-have" for multicultural music and library CD collections! The tracks are "Island in the Sky" (6:28), "Salto" (5:30), "Passage to Pranayama" (8:16), "Taksim Square" (5:51), "Playa La Ropa" (4:03), "Django Tango" (5:07), "Old World Dance" (6:19), "Alla La K'E" (2:13), "Back to the Land" (6:00), "Mojito" (5:01), "Rock of Ramallah" (4:37), "Negev Desert Sunset" (4:45), "Return of the Yi People" (4:53), and "Sleeping Gypsy" (5:54).

Jazz Carnatica
Arun Ramamurthy Trio
Privately Published
c/o Rock Paper Scissors (publicity)
511 West 4th Street, Suite 2
Bloomington, IN 47404

Jazz Carnatica is a unique fusion of South Indian Classical music and jazz, by the performing trio of Arun Ramamurthy (violin), Sameer Gupta (bass), and Perry Wortman (drums), with guest artists Marc Cary (piano), Trina Basu (violin), and Akshay Anantapadmanabhan (mridangam). Jazz Carnatica transforms millennia-old classical pieces with a fine balance between traditional, rhythmic rigor and artistic creativity, staying true to the enduring spirit of Indian devotional music. The result is a captivating and inspirational listening experience, worthy of the highest recommendation for multicultural music collections. The tracks are "Dhanasri" (5:25), "Maha G" (7:20), "4th Dimension" (8:53), "Simple Joys" (9:06), "Darbari Kanada" (3:40), "Govardhana" (7:56), "Delusions" (8:47), "Conception" (7:07), "Revati" (6:22).

Songs of Time Lost
Piers Faccini & Vincent Segal
Six Degrees Records
c/o Press Junkie PR
$12.98 CD / $9.49 MP3

Songs of Time Lost is the first joint music album of vocalist/guitarist Piers Faccini and cellist Vincent Segal, who have known one another for twenty-five years. Their collaboration transcends boundaries of musical style, a unique virtuoso fusion to surprise and delight. A musical treasure and an excellent gift for connoisseurs, Songs of Time Lost is highly recommended. The tracks are "Jesce Sole", "The Closing Of Our Eyes", "Cammina Cammina", "Cradle to the Grave", "Quicksilver Daydreams of Maria", "Villanella Di Cenerentola", "A Half of Me", "Mange Pou Le Coeur", "Cicerenella", "Wenn Ich Mir, Was Wunschen Durfte", "Everyday Away From You", "Dicitencello Vuje", and "Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor".

The Library DVD Shelf

Growing Cities
First Run Features
630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213
New York, NY 10036

Growing Cities is a documentary DVD about urban farmers, activists, and ordinary people working to help America feed itself in an unorthodox manner - by growing food within cities. Some cultivate food in their backyards to stretch their own food budget; others are actively teaching their children to eat healthier, and still others are searching for new ways to practice sustainable agriculture in the twenty-first century. Bonus features include four shorts ("Ultra Fresh Goat's Milk", "Back to the Roots", "Squirrel for Lunch", and "Blooper Reel"). Educational and inspirational, Growing Cities is a choice pick for high school classroom and public library DVD collections. 93 min., with optional English SDH captions and Spanish subtitles. Also highly recommended is award-winning filmmaker Daniel Karslake's "Every Three Seconds" (100 min., $24.95), an eye-opening documentary about five ordinary people who each decided to step up and personally combat the social problems of hunger and extreme poverty, changing the world for the better one person at a time.

The Allergy Fix
A Dreamfilm Documentary
Bullfrog Films, Inc.
PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547
1941545157 $250.00

Licensed for public performance, The Allergy Fix is a documentary about food allergies. Food allergies are when an individual's immune system regards food proteins as a hostile invader, triggering reactions that can range from uncomfortable to lethal. More than three times as many children have food allergies now, compared to twenty years ago. Despite a wealth of research, the cause of most food allergies is unknown, though evidence exists to support a variety of hypotheses. Traditionally, the only sure way to cope with food allergies is through complete avoidance of the problematic foods, or immediate medical intervention if food allergens are accidentally consumed ("cross-contamination" is a serious threat for those with life-threatening food allergies, who typically cannot risk eating at restaurants). Could there be ways to prevent food allergies from developing, or even cure them? The Allergy Fix examines practices ranging from giving peanuts to babies to the use of parasitic worms, and explores why Amish farm families have so few allergies. Fascinating, educational, and informative, The Allergy Fix is especially recommended for public library DVD collections. 43 min., SDH captions.

Powerpoint Presentation series
Crystal Productions
1812 Johns Drive
Glenview, IL 60025-1581
$14.95 each

Three inexpensive "Powerpoint Presentation" art DVDs from Crystal Productions are excellent "how-to" instructionals for self-study or classroom instruction; each program is divided into "slides" and can be potentially be presented on a whiteboard, or viewed on students' computers. Gail Price's "Tempera Painting & Techniques" (9781562907893) demonstrates the basics of color mixing and color values when using tempera paint as a medium, as well as how a simple ruler, protractor, or other found objects can create the basic frame for vibrant paintings, from still life to landscapes. Wet-into-wet painting methodology is also covered, as is egg tempera painting. Gail Price's "Drawing with Charcoal & Pastels" (9781562907976) walks viewers through the different types of charcoal and pastels, and reveals how they are used to create artwork ranging from still life to figures, animals, and much more. Arthur Turner's "Color Perceptions" (9781562907990) focuses especially upon color phenomena, including proportion of colors, hue, value, intensity, figure-ground relationships, luminosity, and iridescence. All three are highly recommended especially for school library DVD collections!

Who Shot My Father?
A film by Liora Amir Barmatz
SISU Home Entertainment
340 W 39th St., 6th fl
New York, NY 10018

Who Shot My Father? is a documentary about the unsolved murder of Israeli Air Force Attache Colonel Joe Alon, who was killed in Washington DC in the year 1973. His daughters still work to uncover the truth; Who Shot My Father? includes interviews with FBI agents, Mossad chiefs, a former American Air Force Chief Commander, and details about Alon's courageous and dutiful life. Who Shot My Father? is a truly unforgettable real-life mystery. 72 min., Hebrew and English with English subtitles. Also highly recommended is the DVD "Zubin Mehta: Zubin and I" (66 min., English and Hebrew with English subtitles) by Ori Sivan, an extraordinary portrait of the brilliant and talented maestro of the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Art Shelf

Japanese Design: Art, Aesthetics & Culture
Patricia J. Graham
Tuttle Publishing
364 Innovation Drive
North Clarendon, VT 05759-9436
9784805312506 $24.95

Former professor and museum curator Patricia J. Graham presents Japanese Design: Art, Aesthetics & Culture, a studious exploration of the artistic ideals that permeate Japanese culture, from its architecture and fine objects of art to everyday utensils or snack food packaging. Full color photography on almost every page illustrate Graham's insights into the history, traditions, and aesthetic principles of expressions ranging from folk crafts to architecture, clothing, pottery, woodblock printings, silk hangings and much more. A treasury for art connoisseurs as well as students and scholars in search of inspiration, Japanese Design: Art, Aesthetics & Culture is highly recommended.

The Native American Studies Shelf

The Edge of the Woods
Jon Parmenter
University of Manitoba Press
301 St. John's College
Winnipeg, MB, Canada, R3T 2M5
9780887557668 $29.95

The Edge of the Woods is a scholarly examination of the Iroquois nation, called "Iroquoia", during the 16th and 17th centuries. Although the time period covered involves the resounding impact of Euopean colonization, this history especially focuses upon Iroquoia, drawing both upon Iroquois oral history and the latest archaeological findings. "Evidence suggests that Iroquois traders, whose freedom to travel and trade was guaranteed by League 'covenants' with New France and New York, had acquired intimate knowledge of both the Albany and Montreal markets by the late 1670s. After obtaining high-quality pelts from the north shore of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence valley, Iroquois hunters exchanged some locally to French traders, either in Montreal or 'in the bush.'" Maps, figures, and exhaustive notes round out this extremely studious text, ideal for college library Native American Studies shelves.

American Indians in U.S. History, second edition
Roger L. Nichols
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780806143675 $24.95

Now in a revised second edition with more focus placed upon Native American social, economic, and cultural issues, American Indians in U.S. History is a concise, scholarly survey of American Indians from prehistory to the twenty-first century. The saga of American Indian tribes is divided into four main eras: pre-colonial, colonial, during the United States' rise to power as a nation, and 1900 onward. Both Euro-American and tribal sources form the basis of this serious-minded chronicle of war, genocide, cultural suppression, resistance, and survival. "...One observer denounced those who favored legalizing tribal ceremonies as 'idiotic, exceedingly stupid, and ignorant.' Yet, during the 1930s, as they came to realize that most Indian religions encouraged family stability and abstinence from alcohol, some health-care workers and bureaucrats changed their minds. As a result, these pan-tribal religious groups came to be seen as helping to improve reservation life, and gradually whites recognized some Native healers as having legitimate places in their communities." Highly recommended, especially for public and college library history and Native American Studies shelves.

The Women's Studies Shelf

Changing the Game
Joanne L. Goodwin
University of Nevada Press
Mail Stop 0166, Reno, NV, 89557-0166
9780874179606 $27.95

Changing the Game: Women at Work in Las Vegas, 1940-1990 explores a historical change in Las Vegas that reflected evolving cultural attitudes toward women in America. As the Las Vegas hotel and casino industry expanded in the 1940s, more and more women entered the local workforce - for the next fifty years, a notably greater proportion of Las Vegas women worked than the proportion of American working women as a whole. Changing the Game looks at both the microcosm of individual women's efforts to earn economic success, and how their work experience foreshadowed trends in the American labor force. Topics discussed include the challenges of balancing work with family responsibilities, the unionization of service workers, and especially the desegregation of the labor force by sex and race. Notes and an index round out this studious, analytical evaluation, especially recommended for American History and Women's Studies shelves.

The American History Shelf

Women and the Texas Revolution
Mary L. Scheer, editor
University of North Texas Press
PO Box 311336, Denton, TX 76203-1336
9781574415773 $16.95

Women and the Texas Revolution is an anthology of scholarly essays by historians and researchers, examining the roles that women played during the Texas Revolution (also known as the Texas War of Independence), in which Texas broke away from Mexico's colonial authority and became its own republic. Writings include "Continuity, Change, and Removal: Native Women and the Texas Revolution", "Traveling the Wrong Way Down Freedom's Trail: Black Women and the Texas Revolution", "Two Silver Pesos and a Blanket: The Texas Revolution and the Non-Combatant Women Who Survived the Battle of the Alamo", and much more. An index rounds out this erudite and insightful contribution to American History shelves, highly recommended for public and college library collections.

Reno, Las Vegas, and the Strip
Eugene P. Moehring
University of Nevada Press
Mail Stop 0166, Reno, NV, 89557-0166
9780874179552 $34.95

Reno, Las Vegas, and the Strip: A Tale of Three Cities is a historical study of the Nevada cities of Reno and Las Vegas since 1945, focusing on the years after 1970. The growth of corporate gaming, tourist resorts that blossomed into mega-extravaganzas, and a culture that shifted to allow for increased personal leisure and a stable middle class all shaped the cities' economic development. Urban development issues, rather than social history, is the primary scrutiny of this erudite, well-reasoned, and meticulous history. "Aside from reigniting the periodic debate about the virtues of higher education and economic diversification, the Great Recession [of 2009], more than any previous economic slowdown, affected every gaming property and building project in the Las Vegas metropolitan area." Reno, Las Vegas, and the Strip is an excellent contribution to American History shelves with a focus on urban studies.

The World History Shelf

The Patriotic Consensus
Jody Perrun
University of Manitoba Press
301 St. John's College
Winnipeg, MB, Canada, R3T 2M5
9780887557491 $31.95

When World War II raged, Winnipeg was Canada's fourth-largest city, and far from united; it had strong class divisions and a history of political protest. The war had a profound effect upon the entire city - nearly one in ten Canadians served in uniform, and others supported the war effort through initiatives such as the Victory Loan campaigns or calls for voluntary community service. The Patriotic Consensus: Unity, Morale, and the Second World War in Winnipeg examines the Canadian home front and the cultural tug-of-war between the unifying effect of shared sacrifice and the divisiveness of deep-seated ideological divides. Author and history teacher Jody Perrun puts forth a persuasive argument that wartime societal cohesion was especially strengthened by two factors - the burden of shared sacrifice, and both official and unofficial information management. A bibliography and an index round out this thoughtful, heavily researched and lucidly presented historical scrutiny.

Pepper, Silk & Ivory
Marvin Tokayer and Ellen Rodman, PhD
Gefen Publishing House
86 Cedarhurst Ave, Suite 134, Cedarhurst, NY, 11516
Meryl L. Moss Media Relations, Inc. (publicity)
9789652296474 $24.95

Rabbi Marvin Tokayer and television producer Ellen Rodman, PhD present Pepper, Silk & Ivory: Amazing Stories about Jews and the Far East, a historical examination of an oft-overlooked chapter in Jewish history - interactions between Jewish people and the Far East. Amazing stories about unconventional Jewish individuals and institutions who influenced eastern history include those of "Two-Gun Cohen" (the "Uncrowned Jewish King of China" who served as a general in the Chinese Army), Beate Sirota Gordon (who refused to leave the room or relent until the Japanese Constitution included rights for women and children), a synagogue in Burma that had 126 Torahs, and much more. The anecdotal, storytelling style makes Pepper, Silk & Ivory a thoroughly accessible browse for readers of all backgrounds. A handful of black-and-white photographs and an index round out this fascinating and welcome addition to Judaic Studies and World History shelves.

The Civil War Shelf

The Early Morning of War
Edward G. Longacre
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780806144986 $29.95

The Early Morning of War: Bull Run, 1861 is an in-depth historical analysis of the first major military campaign of the American Civil War. Federals presumed the battle would be quick and decisive, but when the Confederates retaliated with a powerful counterattack, both sides soon realized that the Civil War would be longer, deadlier, and costlier than any of them imagined. First Bull Run (also known as First Manassas) was a turning point in tactics, weaponry, and the American way of war, with reverberations that would continue to the turn of the twentieth century. Notes, an extensive bibliography, and an index round out this heavily researched and meticulously presented contribution to Civil War shelves, especially the collections of academic libraries.

The Political Science Shelf

The Secret Coalition
Gary A. Donaldson
Carrel Books
c/o Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
307 West 36th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10018
9781631440007 $34.95 print

Also available as an ebook, The Secret Coalition: Ike, LBJ, and the Search for a Middle Way in the 1950s is the history of an American era of political compromise. In the 1950's, the American President Dwight "Ike" Eisenhower was a moderate Republican, who resisted the reactionary elements of his own party, and the Senate leader was the Democrat Lyndon "LBJ" Johnson, a consummate "horse trader" skilled at the art of negotiation. Both men believed in working together; both were willing to partly compromise their ideals for the greater good. They shaped the 1950's as a time of political moderation, well worth studying given today's extreme political polarization, to the brink of holding America's credit rating hostage. Researched with scholarly precision, yet accessible to readers of all backgrounds, The Secret Coalition includes extensive notes, a bibliography, and an index. A welcome contribution to American History and Political Science shelves.

Immigration and the Border
David L. Leal and Jose E. Limon, editors
University of Notre Dame Press
310 Flanner Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556
9780268013356 $46.00

Immigration and the Border: Politics and Policy in the New Latino Century is an anthology of essays by learned authors concerning a modern hot-button topic - the current and ongoing "fourth wave" of immigration to America, which is primarily Latino. A political backlash against unauthorized immigration, so strong as to be felt by all Latino-Americans including those who are lawful citizens, is currently ongoing. Immigration and the Border directly addresses the facts driving these crucial social issues. Individual writings include "The Political Consequences of Latino Immigrant Transnational Ties", "U.S. and Mexican Schools as Regulators of Dropout Rates for Chicano Students", "Indecent Proposal? The Rise and Success of Arizona Propositions 200", "Latino Youth Activists in the Age of Globalization", and much more. Immigration and the Border is an invaluable repository of information, and a welcome contribution to public and college library shelves.

The Judaic Studies Shelf

A Guide to the Complex
Shlomo M. Brody
Maggid Books
c/o Koren Publishers Jerusalem Ltd.
PO Box 8531, New Milford, CT 06776-8531
9781592643516 $29.95

Even though A Guide to the Complex: Contemporary Halakhic Debates adopts a scholarly tone, with copious notes and references to the philosophy and teachings of individual rabbis, technical terminology is not used in excess, and Hebrew words are almost always defined next to their English equivalents. As a result, this survey of debates on serious issues and ethical dilemmas is thoroughly accessible to readers of all faiths and backgrounds. Author and Rabbi Shlomo M. Brody, well-known for his popular "Ask the Rabbi" column in "The Jerusalem Post", presents a straightforward anthology of interpretations of Jewish law concerning issues ranging from contraception and abortion, to prayers for the terminally ill ("May I pray for the death of a relative who is suffering greatly?"), cruelty to animals ("Is foie gras kosher?"), adopting foreign rituals ("May one place a memorial wreath at a military funeral?"), female rabbinic ordination, Yom Kippur prohibitions ("May one wear Crocs?") and much more. Often, different notable rabbis have held conflicting opinions on such topics throughout history; A Guide to the Complex examines these different points of view and the reasoning behind them, as well as noting those cases when individual consultation and careful consideration of specific circumstances is especially warranted. An absolute "must-have" for any serious-minded Judaic Studies shelf, or for readers who wish to learn more about interpretations of Jewish law.

The Large Print Shelf

High Noon in Snake Ridge
Scott Connor
Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9781444819922 $20.99

Part of the Linford Western Library series, High Noon in Snake Ridge is a large-print paperback packed with Old West adventure. When Matthew Jennings returns to Snake Ridge to reconcile with his family, he is alarmed to find his brother dead. He accepts a job as deputy town marshal to facilitate the hunt for his brother's murderer, but the apparent evidence points to the one man that Matthew cannot imagine to be the killer - Matthew's own father! Worse, a bloodthirsty outlaw delivers Matthew an ultimatum to leave town by noon or die, setting the stage for a lethal showdown! High Noon in Snake Ridge is especially recommended for fans of the genre, as well as public library Western and Large Print collections.

The Education Shelf

Tools for Teaching Writing
David Campos and Kathleen Fad
1703 North Beauregard Street
Alexandria, VA 22311-1714
9781416619048 $39.95

Tools for Teaching Writing: Strategies and Interventions for Diverse Learners in Grades 3-8 is a guide for classroom educators that recognizes both the ongoing student literacy crisis, and the challenges of strictly limited teaching time. Chapters are packed with thirty step-by-step writing reproducible worksheets and graphic organizers, strategies that can be adjusted to the needs of struggling readers or those learning English as a second language, progress monitoring forms, parent resources, and much more. Emphasis is placed upon eight core assets to writing well: focus, coherence, organization, development of ideas, voice, word choice, conventions, and presentation. Tools for Teaching Writing is a superb supplementary resource, highly recommended for elementary, middle grade, and junior high educators everywhere.

Meeting Wise
Kathryn Parker Boudett and Elizabeth A. City
Harvard Education Press
8 Story Street, 1st floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
9781612506944 $26.95

Kathryn Parker Boudett (director of the Data Wise Project, Harvard Graduate School of Education) and Elizabeth A. City (executive director of the Doctor of Education Leadership Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education) present Meeting Wise: Making the Most of Collaborative Time for Educators, a resource that focuses upon how skillful and efficient meeting planning in schools (from elementary schools to colleges) can become a fundamental building block for overall educational improvement. Chapters address how a "Meeting Wise Checklist" can streamline business without accidentally overlooking crucial needs, foundational and recurring setup tasks (such as setting group norms), strategies for participation including conflict management, and much more. "When you have the most significant personal authority in the room (for example, you're the principal in a room full of teachers [...]), your role as a [meeting] participant can be tricky. The key is being aware of the fact that what you do or say has the power to sway the direction of the meeting and potentially undermine the facilitator's ability to do his or her job... First, choose carefully where you sit. Try not to sit at the head of the table, which would reinforce your authority. Also, avoid speaking first, since your comments are likely to influence the conversation in a particular direction." Highly recommended especially for educators; Meeting Wise is also an extremely useful resource for any career professional.

Seeing Red, revised and updated
Jennifer Simmonds
New Society Publishers
PO Box 189
Gabriola Island, BC, Canada, V0R 1X0
9780865717602 $19.95

Now in a revised and updated edition, Seeing Red: An Anger Management and Anti-Bullying Curriculum for Kids is a resource especially for educators of elementary and middle grade children. The offered curriculum is meant to be shared weekly in a confidential space with a consistent group. Activities can be adjusted according to the ages of one's students. The fundamental purpose is to teach young people healthy ways to deal with provocation and teasing, to control their emotions, be aware of hair-triggers, take responsibility for mistakes, and much more. Seeing Red includes an extensive anti-bullying component, including material specific to cyber-bullying and learning about social media. A user-friendly resource compatible with classroom activities or homeschooling, Seeing Red is highly recommended.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Pilates for Breast Cancer Survivors
Naomi Aaronson, MA, OTR/L, CHT, CPI, CET and Ann Marie Turo, OTR/L
Demos Health
11 West 42nd Street, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10036
9781936303571 $21.95

Professional occupational therapists Naomi Aaronson and Ann Marie Turo present Pilates for Breast Cancer Survivors: A Guide to Recovery, Healing, and Wellness, a step-by-step resource to to improving one's fitness level, flexibility, and endurance while relieving cancer treatment side effects such as lymphedema, fatigue, depression, peripheral neuropathy (damage to the nerves that can affect sensation or movement), osteoporosis, and upper extremity impairment. Black-and-white photography demonstrates the movements and exercises that anyone can perform, at the gym or in the privacy of their own home. An excellent, user-friendly guide for therapists and laypeople alike, Pilates for Breast Cancer Survivors is also available as an ebook.

The Literary Studies Shelf

The Woman in the Window
Russell Scott Valentino
Ohio State University Press
180 Pressey Hall, 1070 Carmack Road
Columbus, OH 43210-1002
9780814212677 $54.95

Russell Scott Valentino (professor and chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Indiana University of Bloomington) presents The Woman in the Window: Commerce, Consensual Fantasy, and the Quest for Masculine Virtue in the Russian Novel, a literary analysis that presents a new way to examine the construction of virtue as depicted in Russian literature. As a new type of economic world destabilized and transformed Russia from the early nineteenth century onward, authors grappled with the question: how could a self-interested commercial man be perceived as a socially upstanding, masculine character or protagonist? Among the various classic works scrutinized are Gogol's "Dead Souls", Nabokov's "Lolita", and DeLillo's "Cosmopolis". Notes, a bibliography/filmography, and an index round out this studious and worthy contribution to literary studies shelves.

The Science Shelf

A Concise History of Solar and Stellar Physics
Jean-Louis Tassoul and Monique Tassoul
Princeton University Press
41 William Street, Princeton, NJ 08540
9780691165929 $29.95

A Concise History of Solar and Stellar Physics examines the evolution of the scientific discipline of astronomy from ancient times to modern-day discoveries. The reader's familiarity with the basics of calculus and physics is presumed; college students, scholars, and scientists will find A Concise History of Solar and Stellar Physics enlightening. Mathematical equations, occasional graphs, and a few black-and-white photographs illuminate the scientific principles in the text (and the pioneering researchers who developed them)! Appendices and an index round out this excellent resource especially recommended for college library astrophysics shelves.

The Biology Shelf

The Genetics and Biology of Sexual Conflict
William R. Rice and Sergey Gavrilets, editors
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
500 Sunnyside Boulevard
Woodbury NY 11797-2924
9781621820598 $135.00

The Genetics and Biology of Sexual Conflict is a scholarly anthology of essays written and edited by professional biologists about the principles that drive the biology of sexual conflict in nature, and their role in the evolution of animal species. Writings include "The Evolution of Sexually Antagonistic Phenotypes", "Sexual Conflict, Life Span, and Aging", "Sex Chromosome Drive", "Infanticide as Sexual Conflict: Coevolution of Male Strategies and Female Counterstrategies", "Is Sexual Conflict an 'Engine of Speciation'?" and much more. Extensive research, citations, and an index underscore this cutting-edge scientific compendium, especially recommended for college library biology collections.

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