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Volume 7, Number 10 October 2012 Home | LBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Business Shelf Environmental Studies Shelf
Biography Shelf American History Shelf World History Shelf
Music Shelf Criminology Shelf Gardening Shelf
Education Shelf Science Shelf Theatre/Cinema Shelf
Poetry Shelf Autism Shelf Geriatric Studies Shelf
Health/Medicine Shelf Mathematics Shelf Social Issues Shelf
Philosophy Shelf Economic Studies Shelf Library Science Shelf
Literary Studies Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf Law/Justice Shelf
Language Studies Shelf Buddhist Studies Shelf Memoir Shelf
Nautical Shelf Fiction Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf
Psychology Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf Holocaust Studies Shelf
Aviation Shelf Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf Audiobook Shelf
Library CD Shelf Library DVD Shelf Anthropology Shelf
Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Native American Shelf Civil War Shelf
Fashion Shelf Architecture Shelf Writing/Publishing Shelf
Art Shelf    

Reviewer's Choice

Museums And Biographies
Kate Hill, editor
Boydell & Brewer Inc
668 Mount Hope Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620-2731
9781843837275, $99.00,

A biography is the record of a life. A museum is a depository of artifacts that record a life, a community, a culture, a history. The newest addition to the outstanding Boydell & Brewer 'Heritage Matters' series, "Museums and Biographies: Stories, Objects, Identities" is a 338 page scholarly compendium compiled and edited by Kate Hill (Senior Lecturer in History, University of Lincoln, UK) and comprises twenty-one original and seminal articles by an impressive roster of contributors organized into six distinctive sections: Individual Biography and Museum History; Problematizing Individuals' Biographies; Institutional Biographies; Object Biographies; Museums of Biography; and Museums as Autobiography. Enhanced with a number of black-and-while illustrations, a list of contributors, and a comprehensive index, "Museums And Biographies: Stories, Objects, Identities" is informed, informative, and a highly recommended addition to academic library reference collections.

The Time of Youth
Alcinda Honwana
Kumarian Press, Inc.
22883 Quicksilver Drive
Sterling, VA 20166
9781565494725, $27.95,

Africa is in a constant state of change. "The Time of Youth: Work, Social Change, and Politics in Africa" explores the dilemma faced by man within Africa, as the generations of those coming of age and should be starting careers only grow up to be stuck in limbo, an adulthood without fulfillment or work. Alcinda Honwana uses Africa as a case study, and uses it as an analyzing lens towards the rest of the world who are facing similar issues. "The Time of Youth" is insightful and intriguing read on the bigger picture of the world, highly recommended.

The Business Shelf

Cross-Cultural Business Behavior, fifth edition
Richard R. Gesteland
Copenhagen Business School Press
c/o International Specialized Book Services
920 Northeast 58th Avenue, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97213
9788763002387 $50.00

Now in an updated fifth edition, Cross-Cultural Business Behavior: A Guide for Global Management is an absolute "must-have" educational reference and resource for business professionals. An excellent choice for college courses or self-instruction, Cross-Cultural Business Behavior explains in plain terms how cultural distinctions can make all the difference in successful business negotiations - loud or soft vocal intensity, certain gesticulations, even the number of times one offers refreshments can be polite in one culture and rude in another. For example, in many Arabic countries one should offer food or drink at least three times before expecting the guest to accept, while in many Asian countries, declining an offer to drink tea even once is an insult. Perhaps most valuable is understanding how some cultures are "relationship-focused", rather than "deal-focused" like America; "relationship-focused" means that much more extensive networking and time spent building trust with local contacts is absolutely essential for getting any business done. Other cultural dichotomies, such as monochronic versus polychronic (how important is punctuality, or avoiding interruptions?), expressive versus reserved (how vocal is one expected to be?) and formal versus informal (how critically important is it to respect hierarchical status?) are also examined at length. Cross-Cultural Business Behavior also has brief segments that specify the business cultural practices of dozens of individual countries. There is especially valuable advice for young managers, or female managers (youth or femininity can confer drastically lower status in some nations), such as the importance of having someone older and higher status make initial introductions (status is to some extent transferable). And the insights into American business practices from a foreign perspective are fascinating! "From time to time international clients who want to set up a business in the United States ask Global Management, 'What should we do first?' Our answer is always the same: 'Find a good law firm.' Sure signs of a deal-focused business culture are dependence on written agreements, reliance on the legal system and readiness to go to court to defend rights. Americans expect their business partners to adhere to the terms of the contract and are immediately suspicious if that partner expresses a wish to renegotiate an agreement." Although Cross-Cultural Business Behavior is written especially for businesspeople, international travelers of all backgrounds will find its wisdom absolutely invaluable, and worthy of the highest recommendation.

Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck
Anthony K. Tjan, Richard J. Harrington, & Tusan-Yan Hsieh
Harvard Business School Press
60 Harvard Way
Boston, MA 02163
9781422161944, $25.00,

Excelling at one thing alone won't be enough to find success. "Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck: What it Takes to Be an Entrepreneur and Build a Great Business" as the authors focus on what one needs to succeed all in various degrees, although excelling at one is usually what's needed to push one over and find success. Profiling many individuals on their driven endeavors to decide their business success, "Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck" is a fantastic and much recommended advisory for those who have dreams of being the big dog int heir own company, complete with Entrepreneurial Aptitude Test.

The Environmental Studies Shelf

The Political Economy Of Environmental Justices
H. Spencer Banzhaf, editor
Stanford Economics and Finance
c/o Stanford University Press
1450 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1124
9780804780612, $60.00,

All environmental issues have economic impacts. Often those same environmental issues will have ethical and moral implications as well. Knowledgeably compiled and deftly edited by H. Spencer Banzhaf (Associate Professor of Economics, Georgia State University), "The Political Economy of Environmental Justice" is a 296-page compendium comprised of ten informed and informative articles by economic experts addressing environmental issues. These scholarly contributions are organized into four major sections: Household Behavior and Land Markets: Theoretical Considerations; Household Behavior and Land Markets: Empirical Explorations; The Behavior of Polluting Firms; and Governmental Regulation and Enforcement. Of special note is a Postscript by Terry l. Anderson: 'Who Owns the Environment?'. Enhanced with the inclusion of a comprehensive index, "The Political Economy of Environmental Justice" is an impressive body of seminal scholarship and very highly recommended for professional and academic library Environmental Studies and Economic Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Simulation Of Ecological And Environmental Models
Miguel F. Acevedo
CRC Press
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300
Boca Raton, FL 33487
9781439885062, $99.95,

Environmental research and studies have long been dependent upon computer simulations as a way of understanding environmental, ecological, and human-nature interaction impacts. "Simulation Of Ecological And Environmental Models" is a 486-page textbook which shows how to implement simulations and analyze the results using an open-source software platform. Organized into three major sections: Introduction, Mathematical Review, and Software Fundamentals; One-Dimensional Models and Fundamentals of Modeling Methodology; and Multidimensional Models: Structured Populations, Communities, and Ecosystems, "Simulation Of Ecological And Environmental Models" Offers a wealth of computer examples and exercises, as well as an open-source R package developed by academician and author Miguel F. Acevedo, which enables the reader to quickly produce simulations and explore the effects of changing conditions in the model. Informed, informative, practical, and a seminal work of detailed scholarship, "Simulation Of Ecological And Environmental Models" provides a comprehensive, unified presentation of ecological and environmental models making it an invaluable and highly recommended addition to academic library Environmental Studies reference collections and as primary curriculum textbook selection.

Tidal Marsh Restoration
Charles T. Roman & David M. Burick, editors
Island Press
1718 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 300
Washington, DC 20009-1148
9781597265768, $50.00,

The Marshes are biospheres with great diversity. "Tidal Marsh Restoration: A Synthesis of Science and Management" explores the advances in the attempts to restore damaged salt marshes that have been reduced in number through human excesses. The process requires a union of science, public policy, and engineering to oversee the entire process. Many writers come together to give a scholarly review on these elements on how they have succeeded and failed throughout the world. With a great amount of information, charts, and graphs spread throughout, "Tidal Marsh Restoration" is a scholarly take on this international project, highly recommended.

Rooftop Revolution
Danny Kennedy
Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc.
235 Montgomery Street, Suite 650
San Francisco, CA 94104-2916
9781609946647, $17.95,

The planet can only take so much abuse from us. "Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy -- and Our Planet -- from Dirty Energy" discusses the future of alternative energy and how it can save America in more than one way. Danny Kennedy believes that fully embracing alternative energy will create a sustainable solution for not only the environment, but the economy as well. With a foreword from retired General Wesley Clark, "Rooftop Revolution" is a must for environmental issues collections.

The Biography Shelf

Blackbird's Song
Michigan State University Press
1405 South Harrison Road, Suite 25
East Lansing, MI 48823-5245
9781611860504 $39.95

Blackbird's Song: Andrew J. Blackbird and the Odawa People is the true-life biography of Andrew J. Blackbird (ca. 1814-7 to 1908), who is perhaps best known for presenting a Native American perspective of his people's history in his groundbreaking book "History of the Ottawa and Chippewa People". In his writing, Blackbird chronicles how the Great Lakes people struggled to protect their land and preserve their culture, first through military conflict and then later through applying their rights as citizens. An accessible, in-depth accounting of Blackbird's life, works, and efforts to improve his people's welfare through peaceful advocacy, Blackbird's Song is highly recommended especially for public and college library biography and Native American studies shelves.

The Manliest Man
James W. Trent, Jr.
University of Massachusetts Press
PO Box 429
Amherst, MA 01004
9781558499591 $28.95

James W. Trent (professor of sociology and social work, Gordon College) presents The Manliest Man: Samuel G. Howe and the Contours of Nineteenth-Century American Reform, an accessible, reader-friendly biography of notable American reformer Samuel G. Howe. A veteran of the Greek War of Independence, a committed abolitionist, and the founder of the Perkins School for the Blind as well as the Massachusetts School for Idiotic and Feeble-Minded Children, Howe spoke out in favor of progressive services for disabled Americans. Extensive notes and an index enhance this thorough biography of a passionate and dedicated man, who spent his life working for a better future for America's underprivileged and downtrodden. Highly recommended, especially for public and college library collections.

Nature's Keeper
Gary Ferguson
Sweetgrass Books
c/o Farcountry Books
PO Box 5630, Helena, MT 59604
9781591520856, $14.95,

The natural world is something to be treasured. "Nature's Keeper: John Ripley Forbes and the Children's Nature Movement" tells the story of John Ripley Forbes and his push to conserve nature for the future all across the country, connecting with the poorest individuals and letting them see nature when they would otherwise wouldn't. "Nature's Keeper" is an enticing story of one man's efforts to keep environmentalism alive through decades of service, recommended.

The American History Shelf

The Poorhouse, second edition
Devereux Bowly, Jr.
Southern Illinois University Press
1915 University Press Drive
SIUC Mail Code 6806, Carbondale, IL 62901
9780809330522, $29.95,

Urban government subsidized housing for low income families was originally conceived as a reform effort and is an adopted policy by most large metropolitan 20th Century American cities. Chicago was one of the earliest experiments in this field. Unfortunately, public housing meant to upgrade the standard of living for the poor and the working class has resulted in unintended adverse consequences for its residents and the larger community. "The Poorhouse: Subsidized Housing in Chicago" by Chicago history and architecture expert Devereux Bowley, Jr., is a 288-page compendium providing a comprehensively detailed historical study of subsidized housing in the Chicago from 1895 down to the present time. Now in a newly updated and expanded second edition, "The Poorhouse" includes the decline and federal takeover of the Chicago Housing Authority, the demolition of the family high-rise buildings, and the replacement of earlier public high-rise family housing blocks with low-rise mixed income housing. Enhanced with 172 illustrations, extensive notations, and a comprehensive index, "The Poorhouse" is an impressive work of analytical historical scholarship and a highly recommended addition to governmental and academic library Urban Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Contested Territories
Charles Beatty-Medina & Melissa Rinehart, eds.
Michigan State University Press
1405 South Harrison Road, Suite 25
East Lansing, MI 48823-5245
9781611860450, $39.95,

Originally known as the Northwest Territory, the French, English, and later American traders and settlers of the 18th up through the mid-19th century encountered a diverse, complex, and sophisticated web of Native American communities. These encounters were sometimes peaceful, but often contested and violent. The collaborative editorial project of Charles Beatty-Medina (Associate Professor of History, University of Toledo) and Melissa Rinehart (Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Miami University-Middletown), "Contested Territories: Native Americans and Non-Natives in the Lower Great Lakes, 1700-1850" is a 256 page compendium comprised of seven scholarly contributions by experts in their fields who descriptively present analytical overviews of the evolving cultural dynamics of the region with special attention to political organization, economics, subsistence methods, religion, and kinship practices among the Native Americans. A model of seminal scholarship, "Contested Territories: Native Americans and Non-Natives in the Lower Great Lakes, 1700-1850" is strongly recommended for academic library American History reference collections in general, and Native American Studies supplemental reading lists in particular.

Journey Through America
Wolfgang Koeppen
Berghahn Books
150 Broadway, Suite 812, NY, NY 10038
9780857452313, $29.95,

The late Wolfgang Koeppen (1906-1996) is one of the best known German authors of the postwar period. His most acclaimed novels include: Pigeons on the Grass (1951), The Hothouse (1953) and Death in Rome (1954). In 1958, Wolfgang Koeppen toured the United States recording his observations. The result is an insightful and engaging treatise on America's major cities, cultures, racial relations, symbols, myths, and images -- all from a distinctly mid-20th century European perspective. Originally published in German as "Amerikafahrt", Wolfgang Koeppen's work is now translated into English (and furnished with an informative introduction) by Michael Kimmage (Associate Professor of History, Catholic University of America) and published by Berghahn Books as "Journey Through America". This deftly translated, 172-page compendium is a highly recommended addition to academic library 20th Century American History & Culture reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Tracking the Texas Rangers: The Nineteenth Century
Bruce A. Glasrud and Harold J. Weiss, Jr., editors
University of North Texas Press
PO Box 311336
Denton, TX 76203-1336
9781574414653 $29.95

Tracking the Texas Rangers: The Nineteenth Century collects sixteen previously published articles and chapter excerpts from a diversity of learned authors, revealing the complex and sometimes controversial history of the Texas Rangers during the 1800's. Accessible to historians and lay reader alike, Tracking the Texas Rangers covers the Rangers' formative early years, the Comanche Raid of 1840, their use of Colt revolvers, their organization and culture, and much more. Tracking the Texas Rangers provides not only a rounded portrait of not only the Rangers' history, but also their societal impact, how pop culture viewed them, and their long-term legacy. Individual writings include "'Rip' Ford's Indian Fight on the Canadian", "Rangers and Mounties Defending the Cattleman's Empire", "The Struggle for the Individual and the Union, 1888-1903", and much more. A timeline, bibliography, and index round out this "must-read" for anyone curious to learn more about the Texas Rangers!

The American Dream
Lawrence R. Samuel
Syracuse University Press
621 Skytop Road, Suite 110
Syracuse, NY 13244-5290
9780815610076, $24.95,

The concept of the American Dram is an integral part of American culture. "The American Dream: A Cultural History" is Lawrence R. Samuel, a cultural historian and his analysis of the mythology of the American Dream and what it means to the common man throughout American history since the term was christened in 1931. Looking at cultural elements and discussing the varying reality of that dream, "The American Dream" is a strong pick for American history and cultural studies collections, enthusiastically recommended.

From Sit-Ins to SNCC
Iwan Morgan & Philip Davies
University of Florida
15 Northwest 15th Street
Gainesville, FL 32611-2079
9780813041513, $69.95,

Every generation seeks to change the world in their own way. "From Sit-Ins to SNCC: The Student Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s" discusses the efforts of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee or the SNCC, and how they helped push for African American Civil Rights during the tumultuous 1960s. Looking at the origins of grassroots student activism in the period, the structure of these organizations, the collision with the White-dominated South, and other endeavors that helped push towards African American rights and equality during the period. A scholarly breakdown on how the college generation can make a major impact and change everything, "From Sit-Ins to SNCC" is a must for any American history or Black Studies collection.

Clash of Eagles
Carol Lea Clark
The Lyons Press
246 Goose Lane
Guilford, CT 06437
9780762778423, $22.95,

Early America tried to reach out internationally, and it didn't exclude now defunct entities like the Ottoman Empire. "Clash of Eagles: American's Forgotten Expedition to Ottoman Palestine" delves into this oft-forgotten entry in American history. In the 1840s, an American expedition was sent East towards modern Palestine and Israel. Lt. William Francis Lynch led the expedition, and author Carol Lea Clark presents the story of this unusual journey and what it really meant for America during its conflict with Mexico, and what can be learned from it today. "Clash of Eagles" is a strong addition to any American history collection, looking for elaborations of the lesser known incidents in its two hundred fifty year existence.

The Baron in the Grand Canyon
Steven Rowan
University of Missouri Press
2910 LeMone Boulevard
Columbia, MO 65201
9780826219824, $45.00,

The American west was mapped by many, but one particular adventurer made his impact known. "The Baron in the Grand Canyon: Friedrich Wilhelm von Egloffstein in the West" tells the story of German cartographer and explorer who did much of mapping the vast western half of the United States. Telling his life story of coming from Germany, and detailing his life using sources from across the globe, "The Baron in the Grand Canyon" is a scholarly take on the man and his work, a fine study of history with photography and imagery all throughout to enhance the study.

Room 306
Ben Kamin
Michigan State University Press
1405 South Harrison Road, Suite 25
East Lansing, MI 48823-5245
9781611860498, $24.95,

The Death of Dr. King was a blow for civil rights, but his death helped in some ways his life could not have. "Room 306: The National Story of the Lorraine Motel" tells the story surrounding the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King as many figures offer their insights on the on the impact of the event, from a personal perspective to the place of the civil rights movement after his fall. "Room 306" gives many intriguing perspectives on the impact of Dr. King and how his death spurred his life's goals.

The World History Shelf

London: A History
Jeremy Black
Carnegie Publishing
c/o International Publishers Marketing
22841 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles, VA 20166
9781859361726, $31.95,

"London: A History" by Jeremy Black is a 440-page, illustrated compendium of the history of England's single most important and universally identifiable metropolitan city. Originally founded by the Romans to serve as their capital, "London: A History" continues the city's history under Anglo-Saxon rule (410-1066); the city's medieval era (1066-1485); city life under the Tutors (1485-1603); under the kingship of the Stuarts (1603-1714); the city as the heart of the globe spanning British Empire (1714-1815); as a 'World City' (1815-1914; the decline of the city's international influence (1914-1945); and the city's modern era (1945-2010). Of special note is the concluding chapter 'Into the Future" and the author's 'Postscript: The Biography of a City". Informed and informative, "London: A History" is enhanced with the inclusion of copious notes and references, an extensive bibliography for further study, a list of included illustrations, and a comprehensive index. An impressive work of meticulous scholarship, "London: A History" is highly recommended for community and academic library World History and British History reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Course of Irish History, fifth edition
T. W. Moody, F. X. Martin, & Dermot Keogh, editors
Roberts Rinehart Publishers
c/o Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200
Lanham, MD 20706
9781570984495, $19.95,

Ireland has had a tumultuous history, but many call their origin their and seek to understand their heritage. "The Course of Irish History" is a collection of passages covering the many periods of the Irish history, from the earliest settlers to the modern crises, added with the fifth edition. A comprehensive study of Irish events and the people who made them happen, "The Course of Irish History" is very much informative history for those who want to fully understand the culture and how it was forged.

In Defence of The Terror
Sophie Wahnich
20 Jay Street, 10th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201-8346
9781844678624, $19.95,

The Terror led to mass executions to those loyal to the Royalist cause during the French Revolution. "In Defence of the Terror: Liberty or Death in the French Revolution" explores the implications of the Terror, a major event that usually shades the French Revolution's place in history. Sophie Wahnich presents a different take on the period, and why the mass executions may have been politically necessary, and the parallels that can be drawn to today's crises. "In Defence of the Terror" is an intriguing take on modern social issues and history, well worth considering. Also from Verso on the subject of politics and international affairs, "Irregular Army: How the US Military Recruited Neo-Nazis, Gang Members, and Criminals to Fight the War On Terror" (9781844678808, $26.95), discussing how the US Military may have recruited racial extremists for its international conflicts.

The Greek Library Of Saints John And Paul (San Zanipolo) At Venice
Donald F. Jackson
Arizona State University
PO Box 874402, Tempe, AZ 85287-4402
9780866984393, $45.00,

A painstaking work of original and seminal scholarship, "The Greek Library Of Saints John And Paul (San Zanipolo) At Venice" descriptively compiled by academician and Medieval Classics expert Donald F. Jackson is a 92-page compendium reconstructing the single most important collection of Greek manuscripts housed in the city of Venice around 1500 A.D. This particular collection was signally important to Renaissance era scholars. Of special note is a listing of the 'Zanipolo Manuscripts Acquired Late'; a 'Concordance of Manuscript References'; an 'Index of Greek Authors and Subjects', making "The Greek Library Of Saints John And Paul (San Zanipolo) At Venice" a very strongly recommended core addition to academic library Medieval and Renaissance Studies reference collections.

Churchill's War Lab
Taylor Downing
The Overlook Press
141 Wooster Street
New York, NY 10012
9781590208519, $20.00,

Science is behind every modern military victory. "Churchill's War Lab: Code-Breakers, Scientists, and the Mavericks Churchill Led to Victory" tells the story of Winston Churchill, famed British Prime Minister during World War II, and how his unique leadership style allowed Britain to stay competitive in the close and combative conflicts with Nazi Germany. The advances of the period, made to protect Britain with military might, helped lead the way in the post war years in its recovery. "Churchill's War Lab" is an important look at the power of science in warfare and in peacetime, and how one man can make it go that much further.

The Complete Roman Legions
Nigel Pollard & Joanne Berry
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10110-0017
980500251836, $39.95,

Their discipline almost allowed them to conquer the known world. "The Complete Roman Legions" tells the story of one of history's most elite fighting forces. Throughout Europe and the Middle East, their power was known for hundreds of years, but their might was not unmatchable, facing shameful defeat on multiple occasions. Drawing on archeological and historical study, this highly illustrated and graphed guide presents a very useful study reference or serves as an excellent coffee table book for those with a strong interest in the history of the legionnaires. "The Complete Roman Legions" is not to be overlooked, enthusiastically recommended.

The Music Shelf

Fire and Rain
David Browne
Da Capo Press
c/o Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center
Cambridge, MA 02142
9780306820724, $16.00,

The 1960s provided a revolution of music, and as the new decade approached, music was still changing. "Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970" analyzes this huge year in music history, which transitioned between eras. Analyzing the music among a cultural and political backdrop, David Browne provides a scholarly and informed history of legendary artists and their friendships and conflicts. "Fire and Rain" is an excellent choice for any music history collection.

The Criminology Shelf

Shattering the Illusion
Tracy J. Trothen
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3C5
9781554583560, $32.95,

Religious institutions often acted with a bit of secrecy behind them, but allegations of abuse have changed that. "Shattering the Illusion: Child Sexual Abuse and Canadian Religious Institutions" chronicles the policy shifts in Canada that seek to address the grim reality of child sex abuse throughout the country, branching from the Cornwall Inquiry, favoring no faith in particular to go under the microscope. From a professor of theology and ethics, "Shattering the Illusion" Is a strong addition to religious studies and social issues collections.

The Gardening Shelf

Rosemary Verey
Barbara Paul Robinson
David R. Godine Publishing
15 Court Square, Suite 320, Boston, MA 02108
9781567924503, $30.00,

The full power of dedication can make anything beautiful. "Rosemary Verey: The Life & Lessons of a Legendary Gardener" analyzes the life's work of the titular individual, Rosemary Verey. Her gardens gained international renown, and she gained acclaim and clientele in both stardom and royalty seeking her green thumb, allowing her to create quite the gardening empire. "Rosemary Verey" is the story of a remarkable individual, very much recommended reading, and a core addition for international biography collections.

The Education Shelf

Getting To Graduation
Andrew P. Kelly & Mark Schneider, editors
The Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 North Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218-4363
9781421406220, $45.00,

With respect to a long-term economic recession and very slow recovery, combined with increasing costs and graduate debt levels, the advisability of obtaining college and university degrees is under considerable national discussion. Cooperatively compiled and edited by Andrew P. Kelly (Research Fellow in Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy) and Mark Schneider (Vice-President of American Institutes for Research), "Getting to Graduation: The Completion Agenda in Higher Education" is a 344-page compendium comprised of eleven articulate contributions by experts in contemporary higher education policies. An impressive body of scholarship is deftly organized into four major sections: The Challenges; The Performance and Potential of Sub-Baccalaureate Programs; The Relationship between Policy and Completion; and The Lessons from Three States (Colorado, Texas, Ohio). Of special note are the informed and informative Introduction and Conclusion contributions of the editors. Enhanced with the inclusion of a comprehensive Index, "Getting to Graduation: The Completion Agenda in Higher Education" is a model body of scholarship and a highly recommended contribution to academic library Contemporary Education reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Healthy Children, Healthy Lives
Sharon Bergen & Rachel Robertson
Redleaf Press
10 Yorkton Court
St. Paul, MN 55117-1065
9781605540818, $29.95,

A healthy start can begin a healthy life. "Healthy Children, Healthy Lives: The Wellness Guide for Early Childhood Programs" is an early childhood education guide from Sharon Bergen & Rachel Robertson, as they advise parents and early childhood caregivers to emphasize nutrition and health in its many forms to form a strong foundation for learning and for life. "Healthy Children, Healthy Lives" comes packed with practical advice and wisdom, proving to be an excellent reference that should definitely not be overlooked. Also from Redleaf about the topic of caring for young children is "Building Brains: 600 Activity Ideas for Young Children" (9781605541174, $29.95), outlining hundreds of activities to set up for young children to learn at pre-school with teachers and other students.

Reading the Whole Page
Michelle Kelley
Maupin House Publishing
PO Box 90148
Gainesville, FL 32607
9781936700554, $34.95,

Literacy goes beyond just reading the worlds, it comes with understanding. "Reading the Whole Page: Teaching and Assessing Text Features to Meet K-5 Core Standards" is a guide for educators to help their students learn and understand advanced reading techniques and font eccentricities like bold and italic, as well as enhancing reading comprehension on a deeper level. With plenty of activities and exercises to help the learning process, "Reading the Whole Page" is enhanced with a CD-ROM that includes additional resources, making for a very much recommended addition to educational reference collections.

Attainment's RTI Workshop
Edward Schultz
Attainment Company
Box 930160, Verona, WI 53593-0160
9781578617067, $39.00,

Offering a new approach to working with students, "RTI Workshop How to Implement and Maintain a Successful Program" is a thoroughly 'user friendly", 96 page, print-based workshop whose focus is upon starting or maintaining a 'Response To Intervention' (RTI) program. Classroom teachers need not wait to address the academic and behavioral deficits of their students. By utilizing an RTI strategy they can address them beginning in kindergarten. Emphasizing the use of evidence-based practices delivered in an inclusive classroom, high quality instruction, and organized accumulation of ongoing data about each student, "Attainment's RTI Workshop" is enhanced with the inclusion of a PDF on a Win/Mac CD with a Classroom License for printouts, making it an invaluable and highly recommended instruction planning resource for both primary and secondary grade levels.

50 Games for Going Green
Carol Scaini & Carolyn Evans
Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc.
PO Box 5076
Champaign, IL 61820-5076
9781450419901, $19.00,

Environmentalism can be fun. "50 Games for Going Green: Physical Activities That Teach Healthy Environmental Concepts" is a guide for physical education instructors about teaching environmental concepts along with good physical education practice for children of any age. These games are easy to teach and come with plenty of diagrams for greater success, "50 Games for Going Green" is a strong pick for sports and fitness collections, physical education reference collections, and environmental studies collections, recommended.

School Success for Kids With Dyslexia
Walter E. Dunson
Prufrock Press
PO Box 8813
Waco, TX 76714-8813
9781593639624, $16.95,

Dyslexia can be quite intimidating for a young child to attempt to overcome. "School Success for Kids with Dyslexia & Other Reading Difficulties" is an educational guide for educators and parents to help young children face this disorder and how to best conquer it. Through understanding the disorder, Dr. Walter E. Dunson advises readers on how to train dyslexic students and encourage greater literacy among these students. "School Success for Kids with Dyslexia & Other Reading Difficulties" is a core addition to any educational reference collection focusing on learning disabilities.

The Science Shelf

Introducing Geomorphology
Adrian Harvey
Dunedin Academic Press
c/o International Specialized Book Services
920 NE 58th Ave. Suite 300
Portland, OR 97213-3786
9781906716325, $19.95,

The earth has many forms and it changes constantly. "Introducing Geomorphology: A Guide to Landforms and Processes" is an introduction to Geomorphology, an Earth science that studies the planet's landforms and their processes that constantly change it, and how millions of years of these changes have formed many of the Earth's landforms such as canyons, basins, glaciers, among other topics. Presented in full color with plenty of photographs and diagrams all throughout, "Introducing Geomorphology" is recommended for community and college library collections looking to expand their Earth science driven offerings.

Science for Seniors
Gloria Hoffner
Idyll Arbor
39129 264th Ave SE, Enumclaw, WA 98022
9781882883776, $28.00,

Age doesn't mean you have to stop learning. "Science for Seniors: Hands-On Learning Activities" is a guide to learning more about science with plenty of trivia and advice for those seniors who want to keep learning about the world around the, and are glued to their own life long love of learning. Touching on many topics and with experiments able to be done at any physical ability, "Science for Seniors" is a fine collection of knowledge and a choice pick for science-capable seniors.

The Theatre/Cinema Shelf

Stan Without Ollie
Ted Okuda & James L. Neibaur
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9780786447817, $38.00,

One of the most enduringly popular comedy duos is the team of Stan Laurel (16 June 1890 23 February 1965) and Oliver Hardy (January 18, 1892 - August 7, 1957). But what is not known to the general public is that before Stan teamed up with Ollie he had enjoyed a lengthy and successful movie career in his own right. Born Stanley Arthur Jefferson Laurel, his film career was launched with an appearance in the 1917 film 'Nuts in May' and continued through his final solo appearance in the 1928 production of 'Should Tall Men Marry?". The collaborative work of Ted Okuda and James L. Neibaur, "Stan Without Ollie: The Stan Laurel Solo Films, 1917-1927" is an illustrated, 248-page compendium filmography of all the dozens of short comedies Stan was in and includes those film productions he wrote and directed for other stars. A comprehensive and seminal work of theatrical history, "Stan Without Ollie: The Stan Laurel Solo Films, 1917-1927" is enhanced with the inclusion of an appendix, a bibliography, and an index, making it an ideal and highly recommended contribution to academic library Cinematic Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Location Sound Bible
Ric Viers
Michael Wiese Productions
12400 Ventura Blvd., #1111
Studio City, CA 91604
9781615931200, $26.95,

Good sound can add much to a program. "The Location Sound Bible" is a comprehensive reference for those who want to get the best sound possible on location for their shots, stating how to get that top quality sound without a top quality sound budget. From basic notes to consider on the nature of the shot, its surroundings, practical tips, boom mic use, editing, and much more, "The Location Sound Bible" is a strong and powerful reference for aspiring film makers who want to make sure it all comes together well.

True Acting Tips
Larry Silverberg
Limelight Editions
c/o Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group
19 West 21st Street, Suite 201
New York, NY 10010
9781458413765, $22.99,

Acting should capture the essence of life in its performances. "True Acting Tips: A Path to Aliveness, Freedom, Passion, and Vitality" is a guide to the higher level of theater, as Larry Silverberg outlines his own techniques in becoming a better actor, and bringing about genuine humanity on the stage, and communicating that humanity to the crowd. With plenty to consider for anyone who enjoys theater and wants to bring their act to greater life, "True Acting Tips" is a must for theater reference collection or any acting collection in general.

The Best Ten-Minute Plays
Lawrence Harbison, editor
Smith & Kraus Publishers
PO Box 127
Lyme NH 03768
9781575257822, $24.99,

Theater doesn't require a long production to get into. "The Best Ten-Minute Plays" is a collection of simple to the point plays for acting drills, with plays split into two-actor endeavors or more ensemble driven plays. Stories are varied for many topics, comedy, drama, tragedy, romance, among others. For the theatre teacher who wants a good repertoire for their students or those who want a taste of original theatre, "The Best Ten-Minute Plays" is a collection to be considered and is recommended. Also for Theatre reference from Smith & Kraus, "Directing Plays Directing People" (9781575257846, $17.95), exploring the directorial process when it comes to plays.

The Poetry Shelf

Red Thread
Teresa Mei Chuc
Fithian Press
PO Box 2790, McKinleyville, CA 95519
9781564745286, $14.00,

An opportunity in America is not to be squandered. "Red Thread" is a collection of poetry from Vietnamese immigrant Teresa Mei Chuc as she shares her experiences seeking asylum after the war and through her poetry, she speaks on the unique blend of memory and culture. "Red Thread" has plenty to ponder, a fine assortment of verse. "When I First Saw Daddy": he was like an Egyptian cat;/skinny, foraging, and stern,/just released form a Vietcong prison./He told us he hated the color red./Sixteen years later,/he wears a red sweatshirt and smiles./The pin tip opening in his heart enough/to let in a driblet of red.

Selected Poems
Gig Ryan
Bloodaxe Books
c/o Dufour Editions, Inc.
PO Box 7
Chester Springs, PA 19425-0007
9781852249212, $22.95,

Urban life is much the same everywhere, but there are elements exclusive to world as we know it. "Selected Poems" is a collection of poetry from Gig Ryan, who ponders her life as an Australian woman in this modern world where everything is rapidly changing. "Gig Ryan" is an insightful addition to general poetry collections, highly recommended. "City": A week ago you were a different person/Now soaring art sours/He works through his machines, digitalising your words/Anodised ring/we embark on normality//and protest from the glove box/of your brother's caprice/lollied trees and mountainous buildings/He's lined against the drinks/Make it a double I'll join my friends sooner/Addiction in the recycle bin/when you have to leave the cities of nostalgia. Also from Bloodaxe Books Poetry is "Stray" (9781852248925, $21.95) by Amanda Dalton tackling the lost nature of many people in the world, trying to find their way and something that resembles home.

Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love
Wally Swist
Southern Illinois University Press
1915 University Press Drive
SIUC Mail Code 6806
Carbondale, IL 62901
9780809330997, $15.95,

Our simple being can bring joy if we know where to find it. "Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love" is a collection of poetry from Wally Swist, who presents poetry of a philosophical and existential nature. Asking many questions and coming at readers with a sort of religion-free spirituality, "Huang Po and the Dimension of Love" is a very much worthwhile consideration, highly recommended. "Threshold": When he remembers the beginning, he looks/out the front windows of the cabin to the hills/and the colors of autumn this afternoon/in the sunlight, and thinks of her warmth,/her laughter. He remembers what was/beyond her smile, and thinking this/is all that matters: that continuum, that going/beyond they both enter, and a door/opens across another threshold,/where there is nothing but light, pure light.

The Autism Shelf

The Incredible 5-Point Scale, second edition
Kari Dunn Buron & Mitzi Curtis
AAPC Publishing
PO Box 23173, Shawnee Mission, KS 66283
9781937473075, $19.95,

Being able to express oneself emotionally is very important. "The Incredible 5-Point Scale: The Significantly Improved and Expanded Second Edition" explores the five point scale as it's applied to many children's problems in their life, so they can understand what's appropriate and what's not and how to express themselves clearly, including how teachers and parents can correct it. Aimed at autistic children, some of the lessons within could be applied to general behavior as well. With a CD-ROM containing additional resources of scales and forms, "The Incredible 5-Point Scale" is worth considering for teacher's reference collections and any parent or teacher who has to deal with Autism.

The Geriatric Studies Shelf

Connecting with Socially Isolated Seniors
Patricia Osage
Health Professions Press
PO Box 10624
Baltimore, MD 21285-0624
9781932529739, $32.95,

Loneliness is a fear held by many seniors. "Connecting with Socially Isolated Seniors: A Service Provider's Guide" discusses how to reach out for this seniors who may be drifting away into their own shells for the last few decades of their life. There are many factors that lead to seniors to withdraw themselves from society, stemming from depression of loss of loved ones, lack of romance, health, and other issues. Full color and filled with photography, "Connecting with Socially Isolated Seniors" is a strong reference for anyone looking after seniors, highly recommended.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Community Mental Health, second edition
Jessica Rosbenberg & Samuel J. Rosenberg
711 - 3rd Ave., Floor 8, NY, NY 10017-9209
9780415887410, $44.95,

Every urban community is home to community mental health centers tasked with providing a variety of mental health services and treatments to local residents. Now in a fully updated and expanded second edition, "Community Mental Health: Challenges for the 21st Century" is a 344 page compendium co-edited by Jessica Rosbenberg (Associate Professor of Social Work, Long Island University) and Samuel J. Rosenberg (Dean of the School of Social Science and Human Services, and Professor of Social Work and Sociology, Ramapo College of New Jersey) comprised of eighteen essays by experts in thematically relevant professions ranging from social work, nursing, psychology, and psychiatry, to public health, sociology, and law. Of special note are the newly added chapters focused on 'best practices' applied to specific groups such as veterans, Latinos, victims of the Great Recession, children and youth. Of special note the related materials such as PowerPoint slides and test blanks for teachers utilizing "Community Mental Health: Challenges for the 21st Century" as a curriculum textbook and accessible online at . A seminal work of impressive scholarship, "Community Mental Health: Challenges for the 21st Century" is very highly recommended for professional and academic library Social Work reference collections and Community Mental Health Services supplemental reading lists.

Multiple Sclerosis
T. Jock Murray, Carol S. Saunders, and Nancy J. Holland
Demos Medical Publishing
11 West 42nd Street, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10036
9781936303366, $18.95,

To have everyday life cause pain is no way to live at all. "Multiple Sclerosis: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed" is a guide for those ho have faced this recent diagnosis in their life and want to better understand it and how to treat it. From defining what it is, its symptoms, treatments, and how to live life to the fullest using it, "Multiple Sclerosis" is a strong and wisely recommended addition to general health collections, especially for those with a focus on senior-oriented afflictions.

Core Strength for 50+
Dr. Karl Knopf
Ulysses Press
PO Box 3440
Berkeley CA 94703-3440
9781612431017, $15.95,

Good health can continue for a lifetime. "Core Strength for 50+: A Customized Program for Safely Toning Ab, Back & Oblique Muscles" is a health guide from Dr. Karl Knopf, as he advises readers who are continually pass the half-century marker on how to build core strength, and how it can be more important in these later years than ever. From better posture and avoiding injury, to excelling at good sports, "Core Strength for 50+" is a strong pick for health and wellness collections.

The Mathematics Shelf

Mathematics Minus Fear
Lawrence Potter
Pegasus Books
80 Broad Street,5th Floor
New York, NY 10004
9781605983769, $24.95,

Far too many people are intimidated by fear in their lives. "Mathematics Minus Fear: How to Make Math Fun and Beneficial to Your Everyday Life" is a guide for mastering mathematics to flourish in many topics in everyday life, from gambling to games to even the chances of survival. Along with plenty of curious facts of math and its history and how it still reigns today, "Mathematics Minus Fear" is full of curious trivia and humor for anyone who doesn't want to fear the big numbers entering their lives.

Optimal Control With Applications In Space And Quantum Dynamics
Bernard Bonnard & Dominique Sugny
American Institute of Mathematical Sciences
PO Box 2604, Springfield, MO 65801-2604
9781601330130, $60.00,

In physics, quantum dynamics is the quantum version of classical dynamics. Quantum dynamics deals with the motions, and energy and momentum exchanges of systems whose behavior is governed by the laws of quantum mechanics. Quantum dynamics is relevant for burgeoning fields, such as quantum computing and atomic optics. In mathematics, quantum dynamics is the study of the mathematics behind quantum mechanics. Specifically, as a study of dynamics, this field investigates how quantum mechanical observables change over time. Most fundamentally, this involves the study of one-parameter automorphisms of the algebra of all bounded operators on the Hilbert space of observables (which are self-adjoint operators). These dynamics were understood as early as the 1930s, after Wigner, Stone, Hahn and Hellinger worked in the field. Recently, mathematicians in the field have studied irreversible quantum mechanical systems on von Neumann algebras. Volume Five in the outstanding American institute of Mathematical Sciences 'AIMS on Applied Mathematics', "Optimal Control with Applications in Space and Quantum Dynamics" is the collaborative work of Bernard Bonnard and Dominique Sugny (with the assistance of the editorial team of Benedetto Piccoli, Jose Antonio Carrillo de la Plata, Alessio Figalli, Kenneth Karlsen, James Keener, and Thaleia Zariphopoulou). This 283 page monograph is the combined result of two seminal research projects and focuses upon relevant geometric optimal control theory applied to control engineering. A model of scholarship and enhanced with reference notes and a comprehensive index, ""Optimal Control with Applications in Space and Quantum Dynamics" is strongly recommended as a core addition to professional and academic library Applied Mathematics reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Social Issues Shelf

Research Universities And The Future Of America
National Research Council
National Academies Press
500 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
9780309256391, $49.00,

A well-educated population is absolutely vital to America's economic, social, cultural, and national security interests. Changes in demographics, economic downturns, rising tuition costs, the growing influence of corporate funding, and some mis-adventurous national and state level public policies have had their impacts upon America's research universities. "Research Universities and the Future of America: Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to Our Nation's Prosperity and Security" is a 227-page report focusing on the need to strengthen and expand the partnership of the university with government, business, and philanthropy in general, and proposing ten specific actions to be taken to achieve those goals. This National Research Council report is an essential and core contribution for governmental, corporate, grant-provider, and academic library reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Animal Rights Without Liberation
Alasdair Cochrane
Columbia University Press
61 West 62nd Street, NY, NY 10023-7015
9780231158275, $29.50,

Thanks to local humane societies and such national groups as PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), the concept of animals having inherent rights to fair treatment has taken firm (albeit occasionally controversial) root in American society and culture. In "Animal Rights Without Liberation: Applied Ethics and Human Obligations", author Alasdair Cochrane (Lecturer in Political Theory, University of Sheffield, England) has written a 256-page compendium introducing a new theory of animal rights which is firmly grounded in their interests as sentient beings capable of thought and emotion. This is followed by his application of his theory to diverse animal-human relationships and activities ranging from genetic engineering, to pet-keeping, to hunting, to religious sacrifice, and more. Of special note is that this new theory obligates us to end practices causing suffering and death, but does not include an obligation to liberate them from human possession or exploitation for human purposes. Pragmatic, insightful, rational, iconoclastic, informed and informative, "Animal Rights Without Liberation: Applied Ethics and Human Obligations" is thoughtful and thought-provoking, making it a welcome and highly recommended addition to personal and academic library Contemporary Ethics reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Mobile Communication
Rich Ling & Scott W. Campbell, editor
Transaction Publishers
Rutgers University
35 Berrue Circle
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8042
1412849551, $34.95,

The world is more connected than ever, but people still drift apart. "Mobile Communication: Bringing Us Together and Tearing Us Apart" explores the influence of technology in communication and our world today. Rich Ling & Scott W. Campbell compile writings that study the impact of mobile communication, and what it has done to social cohesion, for better or worse. An intriguing blend of the impacts of technology on culture, "Mobile Communication" is a fine read, a core addition to any sociology and technology collections, very much recommended reading.

Beyond Zuccotti Park
Ron Shuffnab & Collaborators
New Village Press
PO Box 3049
Oakland, CA 94609
9781613320099, $19.95,

The right to peacefully assemble is one of the most treasured rights of the constitution. "Beyond Zuccotti Park: Freedom of Assembly and the Occupation of Public Space" explores what the Occupy movements over recent history and how they have brought a new challenge to the concerns surrounding the right to assembly and the legal battles that have spilled forth, as people have used the right to assembly strongly in their pursuit of social justice. "Beyond Zucotti Park" is a fine collection of thoughts and articles on the movement and the change it has made in ways that have not been expected in social planning and other elements of society, highly recommended.

The Philosophy Shelf

Living Well In Renaissance Italy
Timothy Kircher
Arizona State University
PO Box 874402
Tempe, AZ 85287-4402
9780866984713 $70.00

Historian Timothy Kircher presents Living Well In Renaissance Italy: The Virtues of Humanism and the Irony of Leon Battista Alberti, a scholarly study of how Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472) viewed humanist moral philosophy, in the time and place of Renaissance Italy. Chapters examine his razor-sharp use of irony in his writing, in order to explore the humanist fallacies of equating moral virtue with scholarly learning or good public reputation. Alberti's skepticism interleaves with the viewpoints of other humanists of the era, notably Francesco Petrarch and Giovanni Boccaccio. Footnotes on nearly every page expand and clarify the nuances of cross-examining Alberti's writings and ideas in translation, in this meticulous, in-depth resource ideal for college or gradual school philosophy libraries.

A Philosophical History of Love
Wayne Cristaudo
Transaction Publishers
Rutgers University
35 Berrue Circle
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8042
1412846269, $39.95,

Love has affected much throughout our history. "A Philosophical History of Love" discusses the long history behind of the concept of Love, its place in philosophy and religion throughout history. Wayne Cristaudo presents an intriguing break down of human history and one of the most base of emotions, from ancient philosophy of the Greeks, Christ, to the other extreme, the love of hate. "A Philosophical History of Love" is well worth considering for those musing philosophy and this unifying element of humankind, highly recommended.

Forgiving the Gift
Sean Lawrence
Duquesne University Press
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
9780820704487, $58.00,

Generosity is a core virtue in many cultures and many faiths. "Forgiving the Gift: The Philosophy of Generosity in Shakespeare and Marlowe" explores the concepts of generosity in the vein of modern culture when placed against the ideas of economy and self-interest. Exploring the idea of a gift economy and how famous Renaissance playwrights Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare explored this concept thoroughly, author Sean Lawrence presents an intriguing twist on the ideas of generosity in modern culture. "Forgiving the Gift" is a strong addition to general philosophy and literary studies collections.

The Economic Studies Shelf

The Good, The Bad, and The Economy
Louis Putterman
Langdon Street Press
212 3rd Avenue North, Suite 290
Minneapolis, MN 55401
9781938296017, $17.95,

There have been many utopian theories of economics, but the human element is often the most volatile one. "The Good, The Bad, and the Economy: Does Human Nature Rule Out a Better World?" discusses the economy and its failures due to the human natures in many economic systems, as Louis Putterman holds that human nature is often the biggest obstacle to a better tomorrow. With plenty to ponder on the ideas of human nature and inequality, "The Good, The Bad, and the Economy" is a solid and very much recommended read for social issues collections.

Devaluing to Prosperity
Surjit S. Bhalla
Peterson Institute for International Economics
1750 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036-1903
9780881326239, $19.95,

An economy flourishes or flounders on the strength of its currency. "Devaluing to Prosperity: Misaligned Currencies and Their Growth Consequences" is a scholarly study of currencies and their growth or lack their of. Author Surjit S. Bhalla applies his vast economic expertise to analyze the history of the world's currencies, the events leading up to our current problems, the place of globalization, and an informed out look on our future. "Devaluing to Prosperity" is a core addition to any community or college economic studies library collection, not to be overlooked.

The Library Science Shelf

The E-Copyright Handbook
Paul Pedley
Facet Publishing
9781856048279, $49.95,

Copyright law grows difficult to understand in the digital era. "The E-Copyright Handbook" is a guide for librarians, about the ins and outs of modern copyright in the digital and online era, which concerns the libraries branching into digital catalogs greatly. From the current debates that rage over the rights, e-books and ownership, wikis, creative commons, and other terms that often make copyright law difficult to fully understand. A scholarly and comprehensive reference, "The E-Copyright Handbook" is an absolute must for any librarian who wants to make sure their libraries legal matters are all in order.

The Newbery & Caldecott Awards
American Library Association
ALA Editions
c/o American Library Association
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
9780838936016, $27.00,

When you are shot on space in your library, it's important to make sure to get the best. "The Newbery & Caldecott Awards" is an updated guide to the award winners of the best children's literature in the past seventy plus years, analyzing the importance and value of these awards. Providing a summary for each winner as well as the honored books alongside them, "The Newbery & Caldecott Awards" is a strong and much recommended pick for library science reference collections, highly recommended.

The Literary Studies Shelf

The Green Thoreau
Carol Spenard LaRusso, editor
New World Library
14 Pamaron Way, Novato, CA 94949
9781608681433, $14.00,

Environmentalism isn't a modern invention, there have been strong opinions about preserving America's natural treasures for centuries. "The Green Thoreau: America's First Environmentalist on Technology, Possessions, Livelihood, and More" discusses the birth of American environmentalism from famed nineteenth century author Henry David Thoreau, who wrote much on nature, and how his writings still hold strong even today. Editor Carol Spenard LaRusso compiles Thoreau's work well for modern audiences. "The Green Thoreau" is a strong pick for a more complete literary understanding of Thoreau and his strong desires for a well guarded environment.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

What's on the Other Side?
Brent L. Top
Deseret Books
57 West South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
9781609070465, $15.99,

Mormonism disconnects with the rest of Christianity on what happens to the soul after death. "What's On the Other Side?: What the Gospel Teaches Us About the Spirit World" explores the Latter Day Saints' views on death and the afterlife, drawing from theological studies at Brigham Young University, and hopes to dispel some of the fear of death on the other side for followers of the Mormon faith. "What's On the Other Side?" is an intriguing read for those who want to better understand the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints.

The Law/Justice Shelf

Privacy & Libel Law
Paul Tweed
Bloomsbury Press
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315
New York, NY 10010
9781847669025, $30.00,

More than ever, people can know that the celebrities of the world are doing. "Privacy & Libel Law: The Clash with Press Freedom" analyzes the role of law in today's rising debate over libel and concerns over privacy, and the heavy influence of lobbyists into this debate, focusing not only on concerns in America, but as well as the United Kingdom and other areas of the world. Deftly analyzing the laws of privacy and the developments on both sides of the debate, "Privacy & Libel Law" is a core addition to law and social issues collections, recommended.

The Language Studies Shelf

Runes: A Handbook
Michael P. Barnes
Boydell Press
c/o Boydell & Brewer Inc
668 Mount Hope Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620-2731
9781843837787 $80.00

Accessible to readers of all backgrounds, Runes: A Handbook is a solid reference and resource to this early alphabetic writing system, used especially among Germanic peoples to write various languages, including Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian idioms. Runic inscriptions ranged from memorials to Christian prayers to ordinary messages and even early graffiti; they were carved into stone, wood, bone, metal, and any other hard surface that would receive them. Runes: A Handbook covers the origins and diversification of runes, how they were made, how they evolved through the centuries, their readings and interpretations, and much more. It should be emphasized that Runes: A Handbook is emphatically a user-friendly scholarly reference and resource for language studies shelves, not a metaphysical book of any kind. Highly recommended, especially for college library language studies and reference collections.

The Painted Word
Phil Cousineau
Viva Editions
2246 Sixth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710-2219
9781936740178, $16.95,

The English language has been far from pure, as speakers have taken languages from anything and everything they encounter. "The Painted Word: A Treasure Chest of Remarkable Words and Their Origins" explores the origins of many words we use, and their evolution throughout history. From compound words that become simply words, loan words, and how words lost all meaning to pick up another one entirely. "The Painted Word" is a worthy addition to any language studies reference collection, recommended.

composing(media) = composing(embodiment)
Kristin L. Arola & Anne Frances Wysocki, eds.
Utah State University Press
7800 Old Main Hill, Logan, Utah 84322
9780874218800, $29.95,

The new technology driven media (blogs, comics, Wikipedia, online maps, videos, games, digital interfaces, Pow Wow Regalia, etc.) has dramatically impacted upon human interactions and communications. Co-compiled and edited by Kristin L. Arola and Anne Frances Wysocki, "composing(media) = composing(embodiment)" is a 288-page compendium comprised of fourteen informed and informative contributions by expert commentators. Organized into two major sections ('Media = Embodiment' and 'Mediating Bodies ^ Mediated Bodies') with each section concluding with thematically appropriate 'Activities' for the reader to engage in, "composing(media) = composing(embodiment)" is an informed and informatively seminal work that is especially recommended for inclusion into academic library Language Arts & Rhetoric Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Buddhist Studies Shelf

Good Citizens
Thich Nhat Hanh
Parallax Press
PO Box 7355, Berkeley, CA 94707
9781935209898, $14.95,

Ethics, no matter how created, seem to have lost their role in modern society. "Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society" is a spiritually driven read as Thich Nhat Hanh touches on the spiritual and Buddhist worldview, and the importance of creating a good ethic in society, no matter what faith one would call their own. "Good Citizens" is a driven read with much value for a greater spiritual presence in society.

The Memoir Shelf

The Village Carpenter
Walter Rose
Linden Publishing
2006 South Mary
Fresno, CA 93721-9875
9781610350518, $15.95,

Factories are a relatively new introduction to human history, much of its production laying in the hands of the artisans. "The Village Carpenter: The Classic Memoir of the Life of a Victorian Craftsman" is a republishing of the 1937 book from Walter Rose, as he describes his grandfather's work as a carpenter and craftsman, looking back from the industrialized world into the time that had long since passed. A memoir that touches on cultural legacy and the charms that may be lost, "The Village Carpenter" is not to be overlooked.

The Nautical Shelf

Fatal Dive
Peter F. Stevens
Regnery Publishing, Inc.
One Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
9781596987678 $24.95

Award-winning writer and journalist Peter F. Stevens presents Fatal Dive: Solving the World War II Mystery of the USS Grunion, which investigates the mystery of an American submarine and her seventy-man that vanished beneath the waves in 1942, never to surface again. How and why was the submarine lost? The family of Commander Jim Abele relentless searched for the truth; money was no object as they sought the lost submarine, as well as information from the Japanese naval officers who were the last to see it. More than sixty years after the Grunion's end, its remains were discovered. Fatal Dive seeks to reconstruct the events leading up to the Grunion's end, as well as pay tribute to the men aboard it who gave their lives to serve their country; an appendix gives a brief biography each crewman, illustrated with black-and-white photographs. Highly recommended, especially for public and college library nautical history shelves.

Imperial Crossroads
Jeffrey R. Macris & Saul Kelly, editors
Naval Institute Press
291 Wood Road
Annapolis, MD 21402
9781591144892, $34.95,

The cradle of civilization has been jewel of the crown of many empires. "Imperial Crossroads: The Great Powers and the Persian Gulf" looks at the history behind the Persian Gulf and how many nations throughout history have made their mark on the seas, up to the modern day. Although colonialism has not been as prevalent, but the importance of the region is felt strongly in trade. Each chapter discusses the past, present, and potential futures of the Gulf, and makes for an interesting study of international relations. "Imperial Crossroads" is a fine addition to nautical history collections, highly recommended.

The Fiction Shelf

The Sun Worshippers/Yellowleg
A. S. Fleischman
Stark House Press
4720 Herron Road
Eureka, CA 95503
9781933586403, $19.95,

Many people applied their talents in the years following World War II, and Sidney Fleischman gained much renown. "The Sun Worshippers/Yellowleg" is a double novel of his work demonstrating some of the best of his work in the thriller genre and where his works have influenced the films and books of the modern day. "The Sun Worshippers/Yellowleg" is a strong pick for those seeking a compilation of classic fiction, highly recommended.

The Lighthouse Road
Peter Geye
Unbridled Books
2000 Wadsworth Boulevard, #195
Lakewood, CO 80214
9781609530846, $24.95,

The things we love may drive those very things away. "The Lighthouse Road" is a literary work of historical fiction, as a Norwegian immigrant woman finds herself alone with son at the turn of the twentieth century. As her son comes of age, she may find herself alone once more, as her son seeks his own path in life, and it may not be the wisest one. A novel of family drama and our bonds, "The Lighthouse Road" is a strong pick for general fiction collections, highly recommended.

Trading Dreams
J. L. Morin
Harvard Square Editions
2152 Beachwood Terrace, Hollywood, CA 90068
9780983321620, $14.95,

Wall Street's power is often daunting. "Trading Dreams" follows Jerry as she finds herself between accepting the status quo and making a mint, or delving into the protests on Wall Street, making a difference and not much else. Faced with her own decisions and the weight that comes with such decisions, she confronts her own demons and gains a bit of vengeful streak against her employer. "Trading Dreams" is an enticing and humorous read, not to be overlooked.

River of Fire
O Chonghui
Columbia University Press
61 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023-7015
9780231160667, $27.50,

Being a trailblazer means all the barriers are up for you to have to climb over. "River of Fire" is a collection of short fiction from Korean writer O Chonghui, as she provides an insight from a Korean woman in the last half of the twentieth century, exploring the nature of the every day individual, taking cues from Western writer Virginia Woolf with her work. Insightful and recommended reading, "River of Fire" is a strong addition to any international fiction collection, not to be overlooked.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Widow's Might
Sandra Brannan
Greenleaf Book Group Press
PO box 91869
Austin, TX 78709
9781608323722, $14.95,

Justice is often subjective. "Widow's Might" is a thrilling mystery from Sandra Brannan as Liv Bergen, who after solving one tragedy may find her in the center of a new one. As she seeks to the truth, she follows the trail of the 'Crooked Man', a man whose motives are not quite fully understood. As piece by piece it comes together, she faces competition from her own police department, and the enticement of romance. An entry into the Liv Bergen series, "Widow's Might" is a treasure of a mystery that shouldn't be overlooked.

Shadow of the Rock
Thomas Mogford
Walker & Company
175 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010
9780802779991, $25.00,

For a friend, one has to dig through the sands of the Sahara, and the heavy corruption of the people who live in it. "Shadow of the Rock" is a contemporary thriller from Thomas Mogford, follows Lawyer Pike Sanguinetti as he tries to aid his old friend Solomon Hassan through his accusations of murder, trying to stop an extradition. Working with a company called Dunetech to pass a deal, he finds there are few people to trust as he works with the company and finds he doesn't like what he sees. "Shadow of the Rock" is a must for those seeking a modern thriller that evokes the cities of Northern Africa well, highly recommended.

The Psychology Shelf

Coaching for Resilience
Adrienne Green & John Humphrey
Kogan Page USA
1518 Walnut Street, Suite 1100
Philadelphia, PA 19102
9780749466459, $39.95,

Inspiration doesn't come from shouting down and belittling one's workers. "Coaching for Resilience: A Practical Guide to Using Positive Psychology" is a guide to business coaching and success, on how to coach oneself to a positive mindset and use that mindset to spread through the work place for better productivity down the line. With plenty of tips for building a positive psychology and practical exercises on many levels, "Coaching for Resilience" is a strong addition for business psychology and management collections, highly recommended. Also from Kogan Page in human resources management is "The Professional Recruiter's Handbook: Delivering Excellence in Recruitment Practice" (9780749465414, $39.95), outlining the techniques in hiring employees that fit a business like a glove.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Terrier-Centric Dog Training
Dawn Antoniak-Mitchell
Dogwise Publishing
403 South Mission Street
Wenatchee WA 98801
9781617810770 $19.95

Expert dog trainer Dawn Antoniak-Mitchell presents Terrier-Centric Dog Training: From Tenacious to Tremendous, a practical how-to guide written especially for terrier owners. Terriers were originally bred selectively to dig and kill burrowing vermin; as a result, their instincts to chase and kill other animals (including cats!) are very powerful, and they are notorious for their loud barking and low arousal thresholds. So how does one teach a "natural born killer" to behave? Chapters teach the viewer how to keep their terrier's attention and focus, use the terrier's desired behaviors as rewards (for example, if the terrier wants to bark at a squirrel and you want to train him to come when called, an effective intermittent reward is to let your terrier bark at the squirrel for a little while after he comes to you), be aware of your terrier's "bubble" (people, dogs, or things that come too close to his personal space can set off a chain reaction), and more. Perhaps most important is understanding that terriers will always be terriers, and not border collies or Labrador retrievers, and plan one's training appropriately; for example, pets that are prey animals (rabbits, birds, piglets, etc.) will never be safe when alone with a terrier, no matter his training. Terrier-Centric Dog Training lives up to its title and is highly recommended as a solid general reference for terrier owners everywhere.

Knowing Horses
Les Sellnow & Carol A. Butler
Storey Publishing
210 Mass MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247
9781603427982, $14.95,

Horses have come along with mankind for generations. "Knowing Horses: Q & As to Boost Your Equine IQ" is a trivia and question and answer guide for the enthusiastic equestrian who wants to learn everything they can about horse history, competitions, genetic oddities, the horses of choice of international organizations, rodeos, and much more. "Knowing Horses" is a must for those who love horses and want to learn more about their favorite animals.

The Holocaust Studies Shelf

Visualizing the Holocaust
David Bathrick, Brad Prager, Michael D. Richardson
Camden House
668 Mount Hope Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620-2731
9781571135421, $39.95,

The extent of atrocity that the Holocaust wrought can make it hard to comprehend. "Visualizing the Holocaust: Documents, Aesthetics, Memory" is a collection of essays about the events of the genocide, the discovery of photographs, memories and narratives, and the relics of these events. Within, they touch on topics surrounding the Nazi's great evil and how this new generation is approaching this sensitive topic as those who have personally experienced it dwindle in number. "Visualizing the Holocaust" is a strong pick for history collections focusing on World War II and the Holocaust.

We Are Their Voice
Kathy Kacer
Second Story Press
20 Maud Street, Suite 401
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5V 2M5
9781926920771, $16.95,

The memory of the Holocaust fades as those who experienced it perish. "We Are Their Voice: Young People Respond to the Holocaust" is a collection of letters, essays, poetry, and other art that editor Kathy Kacer has put together from the submissions of middle school students during their own education in the Holocaust and its atrocity. An intriguing look on the Holocaust's impact on young mind, "We Are Their Voice" is a choice and highly recommended pick for Holocaust history collections.

The Aviation Shelf

Heroes and Landmarks of British Aviation
Richard Edwards & Peter J. Edwards
Pen & Sword Aviation
1848846452, $34.99,

The skies have been sought after by mankind, and Britain has always been on the forefront of the skies. "Heroes and Landmarks of British Aviation: From Airships to the Jet Age" explores the major figures throughout the past one hundred years who have assured Britain's prominence in the industry, from pioneers and innovators to ace pilots in peacetime and war. Races, new planes, the people and companies, these stories prove intriguing for those with a fascination in aviation. "Heroes and Landmarks of British Aviation" is a strong addition to general history and aviation collections, especially those with a focus on the United Kingdom.

The Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf

Tune Book 1: Vanishing Point
Derek Kirk Kim
First Second Books
175 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10010
9781596435162 $16.99

Award-winning author Derek Kirk Kim presents Tune Book 1: Vanishing Point, a black-and-white graphic novel about a young Korean-American man who drops out of college to pursue his art career, only to find the job market for artists is much rougher than he ever imagined... so rough that his best prospect is working for aliens from a parallel dimension! The perfect, eclectic blend of the foibles of everyday life (from hanging out with college friends, to struggling with a heavy crush on a female friend, to coping with hyper-achievement-focused parents) and outlandish science fiction, Tune Book 1 is the riotous kickstart to a grand adventure. Highly recommended. "'When I was a kid, I used to hoard giant cardboard boxes so I could make spaceships out of them...' 'Neat! How fast did it go?' 'What? No, it... it didn't move or anything. It was just a cardboard box...' 'Oh. When I was a kid, I made a mini dark matter hadron collider.'"

Thien Pham
First Second Books
175 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10010
9781596435810 $14.99

Sumo is an original graphic novel about a man named Scott, and his drive to turn his life around by becoming a professional sumo wrestler. The art is duotone, with color used to denote time. Duotone orange pages represent Scott's present struggle to move up in the ranks lest he be forced out of sumo; duotone blue pages tell of how Scott bid farewell to his friends and ex-girlfriend before leaving America for Japan; and duotone green pages tell of how Scott adapted to life in his new home, made a friend, and engaged in catch-and-release fishing with her. The simple art style is remarkably effective at conveying emotion, power, and the meticulous rigors of daily training that all sumo wrestlers undertake. Scott has the physical size and power necessary to become an excellent sumo wrestler, and the spiritual potential, but his mind keeps getting distracted by events from his past. Will Scott be able to move beyond what he was before, and learn to live in the present moment? Sumo is relatively light on text, and accessible to readers of all ages and backgrounds; fans of sumo wrestling especially are sure to enjoy it.

The Audiobook Shelf

The History Of The Peloponnesian War
Naxos of America, Inc.
1810 Columbia Avenue, Suite 28
Franklin, TN 37064
9781843795513, $41.98,

The Peloponnesian War (431 to 404 BC), was an ancient Greek war fought by Athens and its empire against the Peloponnesian League led by Sparta. Justifiably dubbed the father of "scientific history", Thucydides (c. 460 c. 395 BC) was a Greek historian and author. His seminal work, "The History Of The Peloponnesian War" has proven a time honored classic which not only reports the battles by provides insightful commentary on the personalities involved on both sides of the conflict. Superbly narrated by Neville Jason, this abridged, six CD, audio book of "The History Of The Peloponnesian War" is enhanced with technically flawless production values and has a total running time of 7 hours, 17 minutes. "The History Of The Peloponnesian War" is an enthusiastically recommended addition to personal, community, and academic library audio book collections.

The Metaphysical Poets
John Donne, Andrew Marvell, George Herbert, et. al., poets
Nicholas Boulton, Jonathan Keeble, et. al., narrators
Naxos of America, Inc.
1810 Columbia Avenue, Suite 28
Franklin, TN 37064
9781843795926 $14.98

The Metaphysical Poets is an audiobook anthology of groundbreaking poetry of the seventeenth century. In this era, poets such as the featured John Donne, Andrew Marvell, George Herbert, Thomas Carew, and Henry Vaughan created a new form of verse: metaphysical poetry, which examined both closely held religious feelings and the pleasures of the body in a new light. Their work was largely misunderstood or ignored generations, only to be rediscovered and hailed for its originality in the twentieth century. The Metaphysical Poets introduces the listener to an eclectic group of these pioneer poets, read aloud by a variety of skilled performers. Highly recommended for poetry buffs, seekers of inspiration, and public library audiobook collections. 1 CD, 79 min. 31 sec.

The Library CD Shelf

Agua del Sol
Hijos de Agueybana
Tumi Music
c/o Rock Paper Scissors
511 West 4th Street, Suite 2
Bloomington, IN 47404

Agua del Sol is an album by Hijos de Agueybana, a rhythm-heavy band devoted to Pueto Rico's Afro-Latin musical heritage, as encompassed by the heady beats of bomba music. Originally created by African slaves in centuries past, bomba is alive and humming today; Agua del Sol dares to blend elements of bomba with genres such as salsa and jazz, creating a unique and marvelously lively experience. Highly recommended, especially for connoisseurs of international music. The tracks are "Saludo al Sol" (6:08), "Ven Ven" (3:16), "Te Invito" (3:26), "Ohami" (3:16), "Morenita" (3:40), "Agua del Sol" (4:35), "No me dejes solo" (3:34), "Orgulloso" (4:11), "Eco" (4:07), "Loren" (4:31), "Bandido" (3:25), "En la Vecinda" (3:22), and "Te Invity/Jazz ver." (4:56).

Los Angeles Blues
Ciro Hurtado
Inti Productions
PO Box 3813, Hollywood, CA 90078
c/o The Creative Service Company
4360 Emerald Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
$15.00 CD / $9.99 MP3

Los Angeles Blues is a stirring solo acoustic guitar album by Ciro Hurtado, an artist known for his Latin style of "Andean Blues", a name he chose to reflect his Peruvian birthplace. His love of blending Latin tradition with American jazz and even rock 'n' roll into his guitar playing shines through in this emotional collection. Listeners who love creative and original Latin guitar songs will especially appreciate the captivating rhythms of Los Angeles Blues. The tracks are "Los Angeles Blues" (4:31), "Aguas" (4:34), "Camino a Cuzco" (4:17), "Spring in the Hills" (3:39), "Tahuampita" (3:59), "IrlAndes" (2:11), "Reencuentro" (3:01), "Reflection" (4:10), "La Campanera" (2:43), "La Negrita Tomasa" (2:48), and "Bordon Triste" (5:28).

Musicas E Palavras Dos Bee Gees
Ana Gazzola
Vista Del Mar Media
c/o Press Junkie PR (publicity)
PO Box 156914
San Francisco, CA 94115

Brazilian singer and songwriter Ana Gazzola presents Musicas E Palavras Dos Bee Gees - "The Ballads of the Bee Gees" translated in into Portuguese, with the approval of Barry and Robin Gibb. The beautiful Portuguese lyrics complement the gentle, romantic pop style performed by a piano, bass, drums, and guitar quartet. Musicas E Palavras Dos Bee Gees speaks to love and passion, resonating a deep emotional chord within the listener. An excellent choice for fans of both international and romantic pop culture music. The tracks are "Charade", "Emotion", "How Deep Is Your Love", "Guilty", "Shine Shine", "Run To Me", "First Of May", "The Only Love", "Words", "Too Much Heaven", and "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart".

The Library DVD Shelf

Food Allergies
Learning ZoneXpress
667 East Vine Street
Owatonna, MN 55060

Ideal for both young adult and adult viewers, Food Allergies (26 min.) is an educational DVD that teaches viewers the vital basics, from the difference between food allergy and food sensitivity, to why some schools are strict about keeping peanuts out of certain zones, to what celiac disease is and how it affects people who have it, harmful effects that food dyes can have on some people, and much more. Testimony from an allergy expert as well as people who live with food allergies every day add a human element to this real and potentially life-threatening issue. Printable teaching materials are available online to complement this invaluable resource. Also highly recommended for both school and public library DVD collections is "54321 + 8 Countdown To Your Health" ($79.95, 24 min.) a program designed to teach viewers in grade 6 and up about healthy daily habits: 5 servings of fruits & veggies, 4 glasses of water, 3 good laughs, 2 hours or less screen time, 1 hour physical activity, 8 hours or more sleep.

Chasing Water
A film by Peter McBride
Bullfrog Films, Inc.
PO Box 149
Oley, PA 19547
1937772330 $175.00

The winner of multiple awards, Chasing Water is a brief but enlightening documentary that shines a spotlight on the crucial environmental issue of fresh water scarcity. The once abundant Colorado River is running dry, 80 miles prior to where it used to flow into the Sea of Cortez. Why? Because human civilization is siphoning away the Colorado River's water along its length! Photographer Peter McBride travels the natural course of the Colorado River by raft, foot, and small plane, relating its story as well as revealing an ominous portent for fresh water sources worldwide, unless stronger conservation efforts are adopted (and quickly)! The story of Jon Waterman, the first man to paddle the entire length of the Colorado River, is also related. Music by Explosions in the Sky, This Will Destroy You, Jesse Cook, and Ludivico Einaudi enhances this sobering true story of an increasingly endangered watershed, highly recommended for both school and public library DVD collections. 18 min., SDH captions, subtitles.

Brave New World
Featuring Stephen Hawking
c/o Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
9781598288506 $49.99

Brave New World is a five-part documentary on DVD about the cutting-edge prospects of technology that could spark humanity's the next great revolution in science. Legendary physicist Stephen Hawking (author of "A Brief History of Time") provides introductions to episodes that explore game-changers such as driverless cars (potentially safer than human-driven cars), efforts to prevent the next pandemic (perhaps by genetically engineering a mosquito that will die naturally before malaria can reside within it), brain-controlled wheelchairs (programmed to respond to the brain's electricity), exoskeletons that enable the paralyzed to walk, architecture to create the fully sustainable cities of tomorrow, and even the possibility of endless clean energy from fusion. Accessible to viewers of all backgrounds, Brave New World is nothing less than visionary. Highly recommended, especially for public library DVD collections. 5 episodes on 2 DVDs, 231 min., widescreen, SDH subtitles.

Discoveries... America National Parks series
Bennet Watt HD Productions, Inc.
13021 - 244 Avenue SE
Issaquah, WA 98027
$24.95 each

Two beautiful new additions to the Discoveries... America National Parks documentary series on DVD are simply captivating to behold. "Alaska's Wrangell-St. Elias: America's Largest National Park" (9781604901641) is a captivating slice of both Alaska's wild lands and its civilization. The viewer receives a wondrous tour of the headwaters country of the Copper & Tanana drainages, the Alaskan practice of subsistence fishing with dip nets or fish wheels, the largest glaciers of North America, the Kennecott Copper Mill (the tallest wooden structure in North America, and the historical location of a past bonanza of mineral wealth), and Kennecott's sister town of McCarthy. "Hawaii: Volcanoes, Hana Belt Road & USS Arizona Memorial" (9781604901634) explores the beauty and storied history of the most remote major island group on earth. The viewer is guided to the gravesite of famous aviator Charles Lindbergh, who called the Hawaii coast of Hana home in his final days; the Hana Highway of Maui, a winding marvel marked by waterfalls, beaches, and surf-spattered coastline; Volcanoes National Park including the perpetually erupting Kilauea Volcano that has added roughly 500 acres of land to the Big Island in the past 30 years; and the memorial of the USS Arizona, a tribute to all the civilians and servicemen who made the ultimate sacrifice for their nation during the World War II surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Both documentaries are lush, vivid, informative, and highly recommended especially for armchair travelers and public library DVD collections.

Samuel Morris: The African Missionary to North America
Vision Video
PO Box 540
Worcester, PA 19490

Samuel Morris: The African Missionary to North America is an amazing documentary about the true-life story of an African prince who became a missionary to North America. In the late 1800's, Prince Kaboo of Liberia's Kru tribe was captured and held for ransom by a rival tribe, the Grebos. Kaboo's people ultimately could not afford the endless ransom demands, so the Grebos prepared to execute Kaboo - yet what can only be described a divine miracle (a bright flash of light and an inexplicable voice calling "Run, Kaboo, run!") enabled his escape. Kaboo received aid from an American missionary outpost, converted to Christianity, and took the new name of Samuel Morris. With a desire to learn more about the Heavenly Father that saved him, Samuel traveled to America, and his faith was destined to spark a transformation within Taylor University. An unforgettable and uplifting documentary, Samuel Morris: The African Missionary to North America is highly recommended for both public library and church library DVD collections. Also a choice pick from Vision Video is the Allen Wolf film "Harlem Grace" ($9.99), based on the true story of a Harvard graduate who decided to move to Harlem and dedicate himself to helping the homeless.

Geologic Journey II
Narrated by David Suzuki
Bullfrog Films, Inc.
PO Box 149
Oley, PA 19547
$745.00 (5-vol. set)

An Official Honoree of the 15th Annual Webby Awards, Geologic Journey II is a five-DVD set that blends the latest geologic findings with captivating cinematography, bringing the viewer on a worldwide tour of the tectonic forces that mold the surface of our planet. Exploring the natural history of volcanoes, glaciers, mountains, hills, jagged cliffs and more, all around the globe, Geologic Journey II is a heart-stopping adventure especially ideal for classroom viewing, or high school and public library DVD collections. Highly recommended. The five episodes (52 min. each) are "Tectonic Europe", "Along the African Rift", "The Pacific Rim: Americas", "The Western Pacific Rim", and "The Collision Zone: Asia". Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

The Anthropology Shelf

Hunter-Gatherer Behavior
Metin I. Eren
Left Coast Press, Inc.
1630 North Main Street, #400
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
9781598746020, $79.00,

Even in its infancy, humanity had strong impacts on its environment. "Hunter-Gatherer Behavior: Human Response during the Younger Dryas" discusses the historical global climate event of the 'Younger Dryas' and its effects on the human population at the end of the Pleistocene era. Looking at the changes in hunter-gatherer society as the climate changes, Metin I. Eren meets with other archeologists and anthropologists to provide a study of human behavior and how it adapted to new things. "Hunter-Gatherer Behavior" is a strong addition to any study of prehistory and early human behavior for community and college library collections, highly recommended.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Brian Froud's Trolls
Brian & Wendy Froud
Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
115 West 18th Street, 6th floor
New York, NY 10011
9781419704383 $35.00

Brian Froud's Trolls is an absolutely stunning, oversized hardcover filled with stylized illustrations and dreamlike fairy tales about trolls. But what exactly are trolls - predatory monsters that lurk under bridges, capricious tricksters who hide in woodlands, stone behemoths over which waterfalls pour, or beautiful maidens whose only outward sign of their otherworldly nature is the leaves and twigs growing out of their backs? Brian Froud, who worked on the concept design for the classic fantasy movies "The Dark Crystal" and "Labyrinth"; in his last conversation with Jim Henson, they talked about making a movie of trolls. Brian Froud's Trolls is essentially the movie that never was, lavish, original, strikingly beautiful, and a joy for fantasy lovers everywhere to page through. Highly recommended.

The Gnome Lexicon
Marcia Lewandowski, author
Nathan Vieland, illustrator
Pukwudje Publications
c/o Kelley & Hall (publicity)
Five Briar Lane, Marblehead, MA 01945
9780983257301 $27.00

The Gnome Lexicon is a sprightly book packed exploring the folklore and fantasy about gnomes from 59 different cultures. 70 different names for wee fae creatures and the legends behind them are all explored, with charming black-and-white drawings bringing imagination to life. The Gnome Lexicon is a treasury for folktale fans of all ages, and highly recommended as a giftbook to fantasy lovers everywhere, and especially to anyone who might have their very own gnome standing guard on their lawn!

The Native American Shelf

Native Performers in Wild West Shows
Linda Scarangella McNenly
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive
Norman, OK 73069
9780806142814 $34.95

Anthropology instructor Linda Scarangella McNenly presents Native Performers in Wild West Shows: From Buffalo Bill to Euro Disney, a scholarly examination of Wild West-themed performances throughout modern history that utilized Native American actors. McNenly draws upon archival materials and photographs as well as interviews with current professional performers and descendants of twentieth century performers to reveal contrary points of view. Some Native performers did not, and do not see Wild West shows as demeaning. Instead, these shows offered not only jobs and recognition, but also the opportunity to preserve and share cultural traditions. Certain Native families were even able to take creative control and construct their own Wild West shows. Chapters include "Where the Wild West Began: Buffalo Bill, Pawnee Bill, and the Miller Brothers", "Not the Only Show in Town: A Case Study of Mohawk Performers", "An Encore Presentation: Euro Disney's Spectacular Wild West Show", and much more. A handful of black-and-white photographs, copious notes, a list of references and an index round out this thoughtfully researched scrutiny, highly recommended especially for public and college library Native American studies shelves.

Terrible Justice
Doreen Chaky
The Arthur H. Clark Company
2800 Venture Drive
Norman, OK 73069
9780870624148 $39.95

Terrible Justice: Sioux Chiefs and U.S. Soldiers on the Upper Missouri, 1854-1868 is a scholarly and thorough examination of the interactions between the Dakota (also called "Sioux", meaning "snake", by their enemies) people and the U.S. military during the 1850's and 60's, a period marked by violent conflict and the creation of the Great Sioux Reservation. Scholar and freelance journalist Doreen Chaky writes with particular focus on oft-overlooked and little-known Dakota leaders and American army officers who played key roles during these turbulent times. Drawing upon soldiers' letters and journals, military and other communications, and the speeches of Dakota leaders, Terrible Justice paints a vivid picture of a clash between sharply divided cultures with dramatically polarized concepts of justice. Terrible Justice is a "must-have" for scholarly and college library Native American studies shelves, highly recommended.

The Civil War Shelf

"This Terrible Struggle for Life"
Thomas S. Hawley, M.D., author
Dennis W. Belcher, editor
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611
Jefferson NC 28640
9780786466580 $45.00

"This Terrible Struggle for Life": The Civil War Letters of a Union Regimented Surgeon gathers the Civil War correspondence of Dr. Thomas S. Hawley, who served the Union Army for four and a half years after graduating from medical school. Hawley writes of his interactions with wounded Union soldiers, captured confederate soldiers, pro-Northern and pro-Southern civilians, freed slaves, and more. Perhaps most insightful is his accounting of the early Civil War in Missouri, the Vicksburg Campaign, the Battle of Tupelo and the Battle of Nashville. Editor Dennis W. Belcher adds an immense amount of historical context to Hawley's letters, interleaving plain-spoken descriptions of important events in Hawley's life and in the unfolding war that affected his correspondence. A handful of black-and-white photographs, chapter notes, and an index round out this excellent Civil War primary source testimonial, highly recommended especially for public and college library collections.

The Fashion Shelf

A Perfect Fit
Gabriel M. Goldstein & Elizabeth E. Greenberg
Texas Tech University Press
PO Box 41037, Lubbock, TX 79409-1037
9780896727359, $49.95,

The multibillion dollar American garment industry that we have today arose out of the 19th century 'rag trade' entrepreneurial business culture of Jewish tailors, cutters, pre4ssers, peddlers, and shopkeepers. The newest addition to the outstanding Texas Tech University Press 'Costume Society of America Series", and the collaborative editorial work of Gabriel Goldstein (for two decades a curator and specialist in Jewish art and material culture for the Yeshiva University Museum) and Elizabeth Greenberg (fashion historian and curator of fine arts, Siena College, Loudonville, New York), "A Perfect Fit: The Garment Industry and American Jewry, 1860-1960" is a profusely illustrated, 264 page compendium comprised of thirteen informed and informative essays by experts. A seminal work and a truly impressive body of original scholarship, "A Perfect Fit: The Garment Industry and American Jewry, 1860-1960" is enhanced with the inclusion of extensive notations, an extensive bibliography, and a comprehensive index, making it a highly recommended and core addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library American History reference collections in general, and American Fashion History supplemental reading lists in particular.

Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017

Design Museum is a museum by the River Thames near Tower Bridge in central London, England. The museum covers product, industrial, graphic, fashion and architectural design. It was founded in 1989 and justifiably claims to be the first museum of modern design. Fashion expert Paula Reed is the style director at fashion weekly publication 'Grazia'. Reed draws upon her many years of experience and expertise in fashion to author a profusely illustrated trilogy showcasing three decades of seminal fashion history. "Fifty Fashion Looks That Changed The 1950s" (9781840916034, $20.00); "Fifty Fashion Looks That Changed The 1960s" (9781840916041, $20.00); and "Fifty Fashion Looks That Changed The 1970s" (9781840916058, $20.00). Each 112 page compendium features informed and informative commentary on the iconic fashion designs and their influence upon the popular culture. Each of these hardcover editions is also available in a Kindle edition. Although each volume is available separately, professional, community, and academic libraries should acquired all three volumes as highly recommended, core contributions to their 20th Century Fashion History reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Architecture Shelf

The Chapels of Notre Dame
Lawrence S. Cunningham & Matt Cashore
University of Notre Dame Press
310 Flanner Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556
9780268037352, $45.00,

The University of Notre Dame is a Catholic research university located in Notre Dame, Indiana, The name of the university, "Notre Dame," is French meaning "Our Lady," a Catholic honorific salutation in reference to the Virgin Mary, the patron saint of the university. It was founded by Father Edward Sorin, CSC, who was also the school's first president. It was established as an all-male institution on November 26, 1842, on land donated by the Bishop of Vincennes, Indiana. The university first enrolled women undergraduates in 1972. As of 2012 about 47 percent of the student body was female. Due to Notre Dame's Catholic character many Holy Cross priests serve the school (most notably the president of the university), its explicit commitment to the Christian faith, numerous ministries funded by the school, and the architecture around campus, especially the Main Building's gold dome topped by a golden statue of St. Mary, a replica of the Lourdes grotto, the 134-foot-tall (41 m) mosaic of Christ on the side of the Hesburgh Library (entitled "The Word of Life," but often referred to as 'Touchdown Jesus' because of his upraised arms and proximity to the stadium), and the ornate Basilica of the Sacred Heart, along with numerous chapels, statuary and religious iconography. What is less familiar to the general public is that Note Dame is also home to an impressive number of beautifully constructed chapels -- several of which are to be found in relatively obscure locations around the campus. "The Chapels Of Notre Dame" is a 152-page compendium comprised of the superb full color photography of Matt Cashore, enhanced with the informative commentary of Lawrence S. Cunningham as each of Notre Dame's chapels are perfectly showcased in a truly beautiful coffee-table volume that would grace the table and enhanced the library collection of anyone or any institution with an interest in the subject.

The Writing/Publishing Shelf

The Gutenberg Revolution
Richard Abel
Transaction Publishers
35 Berrue Circle
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8042
9781412849524, $24.95,

Johannes Gutenberg (c. 1398 February 3, 1468) was a German blacksmith, goldsmith, printer, and publisher who introduced printing to Europe. His invention of mechanical movable type printing started the Printing Revolution and is widely regarded as the most important event of the modern period. It played a key role in the development of the Renaissance, Reformation, the Age of Enlightenment and the Scientific Revolution and laid the material basis for the modern knowledge-based economy and the spread of learning to the masses. Gutenberg was the first European to use movable type printing, in around 1439. Among his many contributions to printing are: the invention of a process for mass-producing movable type; the use of oil-based ink; and the use of a wooden printing press similar to the agricultural screw presses of the period. His truly epochal invention was the combination of these elements into a practical system which allowed the mass production of printed books and was economically viable for printers and readers alike. Gutenberg's method for making type is traditionally considered to have included a type metal alloy and a hand mould for casting type. The use of movable type was a marked improvement on the handwritten manuscript, which was the existing method of book production in Europe, and upon woodblock printing, and revolutionized European book-making. Gutenberg's printing technology spread rapidly throughout Europe and later the world. "The Gutenberg Revolution: A History Of Print Culture" by publisher Richard Abel is a 200 page descriptive history of the impact of Gutenberg's invention upon 15th and 16th century culture. Able begins with a brief overview of western culture prior to 1450, then follows with chapters specific to Gutenberg's 'printing revolution' on the last half of the 15th century, the spread of printing and its consequences during the 16th century, then the role of printing in the 17th century. Of special note is Richard Abel's 'Epilogue: Closing Remarks and Summary'. Enhanced with the inclusion of an extensive bibliography and a very useful index, "The Gutenberg Revolution: A History of Print Culture" is a truly informative read and should be considered a mandatory acquisition for academic library Writing/Publishing reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Art Shelf

20th Century Design
Judith Miller
Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9781845337230, $19.99,

Modernist art applies to much more than abstract paintings hanging on the walls of the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. "20 Century Design: The Definitive Illustrated Sourcebook" by antiques expert Judith Miller (co-founder of Miller's Antiques Price Guide and the author of more than one hundred books) is a 304-page, superbly and profusely illustrated compendium six major sections: The Birth of Modernism; The Craft Movement; The Modern Movement; Art Deco; Mid-Century Modern; Postmodernism to Contemporary. Hallmarked by a combination of idiosyncratic, functional, and esthetic values, the representative examples range from practical furniture and household wares, to posters and sculptures. Informed and informative, an encyclopedic model in the breadth and comprehensiveness of its coverage, "20th Century Design" is especially recommended for artists, craftsmen, designers, and should be acquired as a core addition to professional and academic library reference collections and supplemental reading lists. Also very highly recommended from (Octopus Publishing as a companion volume is Judith Miller's "Mid-Century Modern: Living With Mid-Century Modern Design", (978184533693, $39.99).

Graphic Design Before Graphic Designers
David Jury
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY 10110-0017
9780500516461, $60.00,

Graphic design is a creative process most often involving a client and a designer and usually completed in conjunction with producers of form (i.e., printers, signmakers, etc.) undertaken in order to convey a specific message (or messages) to a targeted audience. The term "graphic design" can also refer to a number of artistic and professional disciplines that focus on visual communication and presentation. The field as a whole is also often referred to as Visual Communication or Communication Design. Various methods are used to create and combine words, symbols, and images to create a visual representation of ideas and messages. A graphic designer may use a combination of typography, visual arts and page layout techniques to produce the final result. Graphic design often refers to both the process (designing) by which the communication is created and the products (designs) which are generated. But before the modern age of contemporary graphic design there were pioneer practitioners of this visual art form for such items as handbills, signage, trade cards, games, ads, packaging, and more. In "Graphic Design Before Graphic Designers: The Printer as Designer and Craftsman: 1700-1914", David Jury (editor of the journal 'TypoGraphic') has authored a profusely and beautifully illustrated, 312-page compendium showcasing the history and evolution of graphic design in both Europe and America. Informed, informative, and a work of impressive, seminal scholarship, "Graphic Design Before Graphic Designers: The Printer as Designer and Craftsman: 1700-1914" is an indispensable and core addition to professional and academic library Graphic Design and Art History reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Ori Gersht: History Repeating
Al Miner, Yoav Rinon, Ori Gersht
MFA Publications
c/o Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
9780878467792, $60.00,

Ori Gersht (born 1967, Tel Aviv) is an Israeli fine art photographer. He is also a professor of photography at the University for the Creative Arts in Rochester, Kent, England.. "Ori Gersht: History Repeating" is a 256-page, beautifully illustrated compendium superbly showcasing his paintings and photography with informative commentary by Al Miner and additionally instructive contributions by Ronni Baer and Yoav Rinion. Enhanced with copious notes, an Artist Biography, a Selected Bibliography, a List of Illustrations, and a roster of contributors, "Ori Gersht: History Repeating" is a strongly recommended addition to personal and academic library 20th Century Art History reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

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Diane C. Donovan, Editor
Midwest Book Review
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Oregon, WI 53575-1129
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