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Volume 12, Number 3 March 2013 Home | SPBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Writing/Publishing Shelf Theatre/Cinema Shelf
Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf Travel Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf
Fiction Shelf Self-Help Shelf Business Shelf
Homeowner's Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf
Poetry Shelf LGBT Shelf Memoir Shelf
Biography Shelf Music Shelf Wine Shelf
Humor Shelf Language Studies Shelf Art Shelf
Parenting Shelf Sports Shelf Psychology Shelf
Jewelry Shelf Social Issues Shelf Military Shelf
Gardening Shelf Cookbook Shelf Relationship Shelf
World History Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf Christian Studies Shelf
Metaphysical Studies Shelf Fashion Shelf  

Reviewer's Choice

The New Power of Face Reading
Rose Rosetree
Women's Intuition Worldwide
116 Hillsdale Drive, Sterling, VA, 20164-1201
9781935214083, $18.95,

Understanding a facial expression's communication can do wonders for interpersonal relationships. "The New Power of Face Reading" is an inspirational read from Rose Rosetree, who advises on how to discern changes in the facial expressions of others, and how to better understand the deeper meaning behind these often subconscious actions. "The New Power of Face Reading" is a must for anyone who wants to hone their intuition and social skills. Highly recommended!

The Rainbow Troops
Andrea Hirata
Sarah Crichton Books
18 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011
9780374246310, $26.00,

On the verge of destruction, a school continues to teeter. "The Rainbow Troops: A Novel" is the English release of Indonesia's best selling book by Andrea Hirata, who writes a saga shaded with autobiographical elements about growing up in a poverty-stricken village in Indonesia, on the island of Belitong. Hirata tells of the schoolhouse's struggles to provide a worthy education and the students' drive to flourish against all odds. "The Rainbow Troops" is a must for international literary collections, not to be missed.

The Writing/Publishing Shelf

Self-Publish Successfully
Sheryn Hara with Paul S. Carr III
Book Publishers Network
PO Box 2256, Bothell, WA 98041
c/o News & Experts (publicity)
3748 Turman Loop, Suite 101, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544
9781937454500 $12.95

Independent publisher Sheryn Hara presents Self-Publish Successfully, a practical-minded guide to self-publishing that covers writing and editing, distribution, marketing (including using the internet and social media for publicity), and more. "Only use a printer whose main job is printing. There are a lot of smaller printing companies and ever larger commercial printers who will print books, but you get the best quality from a real book printer. Most of these are located in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, primarily because they are close to the large Canadian paper mills." Accessible to prospective authors of all backgrounds, Self-Publish Successfully is an excellent primer, filled valuable for its tips, tricks, and techniques on what to do (and what not to do!) at every step of the self-publishing process. Highly recommended!

How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure
Lynette M. Smith
All My Best
5852 Oak Meadow Drive, Yorba Linda, CA 92886
9780985800802, $19.99,

The majesty of the letter has faded much in past years, but that treasure can come back. "How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure: For Special Occasions and Occasions Made Special" is a guide to making letter writing special for the modern day. With tips on making the content of the letter worthwhile, making it more than a piece of paper in an envelope, bringing an event together, and much more, "How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure" is a fine collection of reference and advice, not to be missed.

The Theatre/Cinema Shelf

Basics Of Stage Combat: Single Sword
Andrew Ashenden
23331 Water Circle
Boca Raton, FL 33486-8540
9781612331720, $25.95,

Whether on the theatre stage or the movie studio, the use of a sword is the most commonly encountered weapon usage requirement for the aspiring actor. It can (and often is) the most hazardous of stage weaponry in the hands of the inexperienced and unskilled. That's why "Basics Of Stage Combat: Single Sword", a 134-page instruction manual and guide by Andrew Ashenden is such a seminal and invaluable work. Drawing from his many years of experience and expertise Ashenden ( who has been an Equity fight directory in television, film and theatre) enables the aspiring actor to develop a practical foundation for the safe yet dramatic use of the single rapier, sabre, 18th Century small sword in terms of thrusts, lunges, hand positions, footwork, binds, beats, cutting, and basic fighting positions. Of special note is the brief fight choreography sequence used to illustrate dramatic but safe sword fighting on screen or on stage. Profusely illustrated and throughly 'user friendly', "Basics of Stage Combat: Single Sword" is an ideal and highly recommended, especially for high school and university Drama Departments, and local theatre group instructional reference collections.

The Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf

It's a Cat Thing
Barry Corbett
Corbett Features
100 Cummings Center, Suite 246-F
Beverly, MA 01915
9780976229452 $9.95

The second published collection of the black-and-white "Ginger and Shadow" webcomic, It's a Cat Thing continues the adventures of two talking housecats with vastly different temperaments (Ginger the confident mouser, and Shadow the shy and nervous feline recluse). "'Ginger?! Come here, little kitty! Gingie!' 'I think Mom's calling you.' 'Yeah, I heard her.' 'Aren't you going to go and see her?' 'Nope. It's a cat thing. You wouldn't understand.' 'Well that's just... hey! I'm a cat, too!'" It's a Cat Thing is delightfully witty, and makes a wonderful gift for cat lovers everywhere. Also highly recommended is "Kitty Nirvana: The First Ginger & Shadow Collection" (9780976229445, $9.95), winner of a Silver Medal at the IPPY awards hosted by Independent Publisher Magazine.

The Travel Shelf

Postcards Home
W. D. Mast
Green Pieces Cartoon Studio
7094 East Chaparral Road, Suite A110-496
Scottsdale, AZ 85250-7210
9780983344476, $14.95,

Postcards are easy mementos to remember how to see the world we've traveled. "Postcards Home" is a blend of memoir, correspondence and full color photography from W. D. Mast as he shares the postcards of his journey as well as the photos of the things he's seen over the years, meeting different lands with occasional big events in history. "Postcards Home" is a strong pick for travel and photography collections, recommended.

Two Are Better
Tim & Debbie Bishop
Open Road Press
698 Huntington Avenue
Marlborough, MA 01752
9780985624828, $19.95,

Life's adventures are better enjoyed with another in our life. "Two Are Better: Midlife Newlyweds Bicycle Coast to Coast" is a memoir of an adventure from Tim & Debbie Bishop who upon saying their vows left behind long established life to set out and see the entire world as they know it. Sharing their story of going across America in ten weeks by bicycle, they seek to inspire any other readers to see and experience the world on their journeys. "Two Are Better" is an insightful and charming read complete with full color photos throughout, very much recommended reading.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Cadaver Blues
J. E. Fishman
Stonegate Ink
c/o Shelton Interactive
3006 Bee Caves Rd., Building A, Suite 300
Austin, TX 78746
9781938426650, $12.95,

The charm of a nice rack can take us on an enlightening voyage. "Cadaver Blues" follows debt man at the bottom of his life Phouc Goldberg as Mindy enters his life and has requests for him, and quickly learns she has more to show him than boobs. Learning about the world in a whole new way, "Cadaver Blues" is a humorous and intriguing novel of finding a new spark in life through a little curiosity.

Falling off the Wind
Richard Meibers
Martin & Lawrence Press
43 Nod Road, Groton, MA 01450
9780982073285, $14.95,

Spurned and accused, it can be a long road to put life back together. "Falling Off the Wind" is a novel from Richard Meibers as he presents an intriguing break down of Clement Schuetz's life. An accusation of murder and a his ship, he tries to fix everything and may find love anew in the process. "Falling Off the Wind" is a twisting and riveting read, not to be missed for those seeking works of modern fiction.

A Killer's Grace
Ronald Chapman
Seeing True Press
300 South Street, Unit 213, Simpsonville, SC 29681
9780615642611, $12.95,

What drives a murder to kill? "A Killer's Grace" is a novel following Kevin Pitcairn, a journalist who tries to find the meaning of the letters sent to him by a serial killer, and trying to understand the deeper evil men are capable of, and how there may be redemption in spite of this evil. "A Killer's Grace" is an exciting thriller that should be hard to put down until the story is done.

Crisis of Faith
Eliza Wood
Kaye & Mills
8840 Wilshire Boulevard, Third Floor
Beverly Hills, CA 90211-2606
9781938341014, $24.95,

Christian fundamentalism grows more intense, and who says they will not be tempted by the methods of their Islamic cousins? "Crisis of Faith" is a thriller following a country in crisis, as a new American president, faced with the rising crisis of fundamentalism turned violent and a slew of other problems weighing heavily on the country, must face down the Christian faith in America and try to understand its involvements in America's problems. "Crisis of Faith" is a controversial and insightful twist of religion and politics, much recommended.

Remember Me, Vendetta
Carlos Alexander Murray
Bittersweet Publishing
PO box 11936, Merrillville, IN 46411
9780984497801, $18.95,

Something to retire with is what many seek, even in the drug business. "Remember Me, Vendetta" is a contemporary thriller following drug dealer Carlos Andretti as he tries to make one more big run at the top to try to get out of the business. But even in that run, he sees the harm the business causes, and makes "Remember Me, Vendetta" is an exciting read cover to cover.

The Ice Woman Assignment
Austin S. Camacho
Intrigue Publishing
10200 Twisted Stalk Ct., Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
9780979478888, $14.95,

A powerful new drug entering the scene is a new market for the criminal overlords to take over. "The Ice Woman Assignment" is a thriller following psychically linked business partners Morgan Stark and Felicity O'Brien as they enter a security venture and find themselves against the rise of Ice, a drug being trafficked by a pair of brothers with their own psychic gifts. "The Ice Woman Assignment" is a keenly exciting adventure, highly recommended.

It Takes Two to Strangle
Stephen Kaminski
Cozy Cat Press
2452 Reflections Dr., Aurora, IL 60502
9780988194311, $14.95,

Being murdered once implies a strongly negative relationship, but murder twice is just excessive. "It Takes Two to Strangle" is a mystery following Damon Lassard and his detective friend Gerry Sloman as they find the owner of a carnival dead, with extra brutality leveled at him. Finding those responsible won't be easy as one must balance life along with living. "It Takes Two to Strangle" is a humorous and exciting read that should prove very hard to put down, recommended.

J. L. Whitehead
Four Brothers Publications
PO Box 92, Collingswood, NJ 08108
978083801009, $15.00,

Brotherhood is strong, but how far can those bonds go? "Bruthas" " is a novel of three siblings coping with the many faces of Philadelphia, with three different paths. From high level professionals to those struggling with who they are, the main focus on the action is brother Nate's struggles with the underworld that has consumed the neighborhood of 'The Block'. An exciting story with plenty of twists and turns, "Bruthas" is a fine addition to those who enjoy crime fiction with a nod to literary works.

Beta: Project Avatar
A. M. D. Hays
PO Box 88454, Honolulu, HI 96830
9780985418205, $25.99,

Technology grows ever more powerful, and may overpower us. "Beta: Project Avatar" is a military thriller about the deadly fallout of a cutting-edge military program that went too far. Cryptographer Dee Lockwood has to act fast to break the codes of the AI of Project Avatar, else many lives will be lost in the process. Riveting reading that will prove very hard to put down, "Beta: Project Avatar" is an excellent and much recommended addition to thriller collections.

A Dream of Daring
Gen LaGreca
Winged Victory Press
PO Box 16730, Chicago, IL 60616-0730
9780974457963, $16.95,

Old ways do not fade into the night quietly. "A Dream of Daring" is a novel set on the dawn of the industrial revolution. Tom Edmunton builds a proto-tractor, and tries to bring a world of change about Louisiana with his invention. But the whiplash is hard, as a loved one is killed, and his invention is stolen. Faced with a crossroads and the charms of multiple women, "A Dream of Daring" is an enticing blend of mystery and romance, much recommended reading.

The Lie-Catcher in the Primate House
Lindsay Crane
Print and Pixel Books
PO Box 1397, Lafayette, CA 94949
9780983305194, $8.95,

Trafficking animals is a whole new cruelty. "The Lie-Catcher in the Primate House" is a thriller from Lindsay Crane as deception detecting specialist Julie Heidebrecht discovers those who are smuggling endangered animals across international borders with cruel intentions. With danger lurking at every turn for her, can she find those responsible for they endanger both animal and human lives? "The Lie-Catcher in the Primate House" is an exciting thriller that should be hard to put down.

Toby Tate
PO Box 338, North Webster, IN 46555
9781937771515, $16.99,

What do you do when your enemy is something you can't truly understand? "Lilith" is a psychological thriller from Toby Tate as he tells the story of Hunter and Lisa, reporters aboard the USS Gerald Ford who learn of an unexpected and incomprehensible force that is stewing above their ship that comes along as a Hurricane in North Carolina. Their may be a fight, and the pair don't fully understand why or how there can be victory. "Lilith" is a strong addition to horror fiction collections, recommended.

Charles D. Martin
Chaney-Hall Publishing
660 Newport Center Drive, Suite 1220
Newport Beach, CA 92660
9780985198404, $23.95,

Coming from nothing means you have nothing to lose. "Provocateur" follows Nadia, a young Russian woman who comes to America through less than standard means, and ends up with a very unique career in tempting the big wigs of many targets for a private special ops company that uses her talents very creatively. "Provocateur" is a suspenseful thriller that should prove very hard to put down, highly recommended.

Lies of Convenience
M. M. Gornell
Champlain Avenue Books, Inc.
2360 Corporate Circle Drive, Suite 400
Henderson, NV 89074
9780985500801, $13.99,

For family, we find ourselves willing to endure the worst. "Lies of Convenience" follows Margot, a Midwestern woman who moves to the Mojave desert to meet with her niece. Pressures from the harsh environment of the desert, as well as the people in it, are a heavy burden; she struggles to cope with the weight of it, and protect her niece. "Lies of Convenience" is a blend of drama and mystery, much recommended.

John Leahy
Necro Publications
5139 Maxon Territory, Sanford, FL 32771
9781478224891, $12.95,

Secrets lie beneath the world that if uncovered, may very well damn us all. "Crogian" is a horror adventure from John Leahy, the fifth book in his Fresh Flesh Series following Ken Forde, a farmer who is on the frontlines as chemicals and dark secrets go awry, threatening the wipe out civilization as they know it. "Crogian" is a riveting thriller that should prove hard to put down.

Aqua Regia
Enrique Henri
Granny's Books Publishing
1152 Hwy 70A, Wilson, OK 73463
9780981861159, $15.99,

The path from a cruel life is a difficult road to travel. "Aqua Regia" is a novel following Enos Butler, a man who has to deal with the growing and troubled nature of his life to rise up through the ranks of the world in this no-holds-barred thriller that spares nothing on action adventure and everything else in its story. For those who like world traveling thrillers, "Aqua Regia" may be a choice and much recommended pick, not to be overlooked.

Saving Grace
Pamela Fagan Hutchins
Skipjack Publishing
PO Box 31160, Houston, TX 77231
9780988234802, $18.95,

Getting away from it all is easier said than done. "Saving Grace" is the story of attorney Katie Connell who wants to leave her career behind for a bit when it all goes to hell. But in the islands of St. Marcos, she finds many more problems from voodoo, to infidelity, and even violence. "Saving Grace" is a riveting drama with plenty of twists and turns for an exciting read, highly recommended.

The Fiction Shelf

Daughters of Fire
Tom Peek
Koa Books
PO Box 988
Hana, Hawaii 96713
9780982165621 $20.00

Set amid the beauty, volcanoes, and intrigue of Hawaii, Daughters of Fire is an original novel exploring the meeting point between cultures. When a visiting anthropologist falls in love with a Hawaiian anthropologist, the new couple becomes entangled in dangerous events - politicians will use any nefarious means, possibly even murder, to hide the fact that a long-dormant volcano next to the popular Kona coast is gradually coming back to life! An engaging saga of suspense, crafted with a deep understanding and appreciation for Hawaii's unique history and culture, Daughters of Fire is highly recommended.

Long Road Home
Richard G. Zevitz & Michael C. Braswell
Branden Books
PO Box 812094, Wellesley, MA 02482
9780828324656, $18.95,

At war, we struggle for survival, but for what? "Long Road Home: The Trials and Tribulations of a Confederate Soldier" is a story of the struggles of the individual soldier through these tough roads of war. Following two soldiers of the south as they forge friendships and watch them break away for the chance to return home as they hope to do. "Long Road Home" is a riveting read for fans of Civil War oriented fiction, highly recommended.

Amidst Traffic
Michel Sauret
One Way Street Production
2516 Spring Garden Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
9780988378407, $14.00,

Short episodes through our lives link us with those around us. "Amidst Traffic" is an anthology from Michael Sauret, who shares a collection of his stories shared over many publications, telling these personal stories of many people through their lives and intermingling. "Amidst Traffic" is a strong addition to any contemporary short fiction collection, enthusiastically recommended.

The Mongoliad
Neal Stephenson & Collaborators
47 North
PO Box 400818, Las Vegas, NV 89140
9781612182384, $14.95,

The wrath of the Mongol forces was quite the sight. "The Mongoliad" (the third and final book of "The Foreworld Saga") is a collection of long stories about the spread of the Mongol Empire into Europe, and the many battles to hold back and defend their homeland. Telling the story of this great conflict on both sides, "The Mongoliad" is an enticing addition to any historical fiction collection focused on martial epics and warfare, highly recommended.

Destiny in Sydney
D. Manning Richards
Aries Books
6040 Thrave Lane, Manassas, VA 20112
9780984541003, $13.99,

As the British rushed to call Australia their empire, many destinies were founded. "Destiny in Sydney" is a historical epic from D. Manning Richards telling of the foundation of British colonies on the mass of Australia, telling the story of many individuals as they may find love where they least expect it, cope with their troubled heritage, the plagues of racism and the struggles with the people who truly own the continent. "Destiny in Sydney" is an exciting read for those who enjoy historical fiction, recommended.

A Ginseng Cure
Lucy B. Hoopes
Abecedarian Books, Inc.
2817 Forest Glen Drive
Baldwin, MD 21013
9780982298589, $14.95,

Racism can provide so much division within a society. "A Ginseng Cure" is a novel set in the fictional Indiana town of Sardisvale, following the events of the all white town, and the conflicted daughter it drove away, learning the nature of the town's heavy racism and its ties to the Ku Klux Klan. Exploring the mindset of small town America and the tension of racial issues, "A Ginseng Cure" is a fine and much recommended addition to general fiction collections, not to be missed.

The Wind from Entouhonoron
Art Tirrell
Lock 8 Book Publishers
200 Water Street Ste 3B
Oswego, NY 13126
9780981768564, $19.95,

The legacy of what led up to our lives can prove so very difficult. "The Wind from Entouhonoron" is a historical epic from Art Tirrell, set amongst the effects of two hundred years and the lead up to the international backdrop of the War of 1812. With interpersonal drama at every turn and much to ponder about life and living, "The Wind from Entouhonoron" is a strong addition to those who love sweeping historical dramas, very much recommended reading.

Goodnight, Brian
Steven Manchester
The Story Plant
PO Box 4331, Stamford, CT 06907
9781611880618, $15.95,

For family and for love, we give everything we can to help and support them. "Goodnight, Brian" is a novel of love and family as he tells the story of a man facing death and the love of his grandmother through these difficult times that may have soon claim his life. A poignant and riveting tale of the strength of familial love, "Goodnight Brian" is a profound and very much recommended addition to general fiction collections, highly recommended.

The Sheltering Tower
Mack Hicks
Splenium House
288 Beach Dr., Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
9780615628202, $9.99,

Betrayal can leave many lives hanging in the balance. "The Sheltering Tower" is the story of a group of many struggling to endure these rough times of life. Juanita, a homeland security agent, and Monk McIntyre, a pastor, come together to cope with betrayal of the church and their government. Taking solace in others, "The Sheltering Tower" explores the comfort we find in others when those who are suppose to help us don't.

Meditation on Space-Time
Leonard Seet
Excelsior Publishing
20867 Houseman Terrace
Ashburn, VA 20148
9780967493725, $14.95,

Trying to understand the universe is not something so easily done. "Meditation on Space-Time" follows one man who tries to consider the world around him and considers the very personal side of the universe-spanning scientific question, trying to understand natural laws in an unnatural world. With plenty of humor about life, "Meditation on Space-Time" is a strong pick for those seeking a metaphysical twist on the novel, recommended.

The Self-Help Shelf

Thriving Through Tough Times
Deidre Combs
Combs & Company
1940 West Dickerson St. Suite 206
Bozeman, MT 59718
9781466202993, $15.95,

The strength to carry on in life rings through us universally. "Thriving Through Tough Times: Eight Cross-Cultural Strategies to Navigate Life's Ordeals" is a guide to finding the strength to push on when everything seems to go wrong. Taking notes from many cultural traditions and how to find greater success, "Thriving Through Tough Times" is a powerful and much recommended pick for motivational collections, highly recommended.

How to Put Your Whole Self In
Dr. Donald Huntington
Park Place Publications
PO Box 829, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
9781463750541, $14.95,

Putting in only half-effort doesn't get you too far anywhere. "How to Put Your Whole Self In: 101 Instructions on Becoming Good for Yourself, Good for Others, & Good for Heaven's Sake" is a driven inspirational guide from Dr. Donald Huntington as he advises readers on improving their life and demeanor for themselves and everyone around them on many levels. Insightful and inspirational, "How to Put Your Whole Self In" is a must for general health and wellness collections, not to be missed, highly recommended.

The Encyclopedia of Mental Imagery
Gerald Epstein & Barbarah L. Fedoroff, editors
ACMI Press
351 East 84th Street, Suite 10D
New York, NY 10028
9781883148102, $35.00,

Our mind can paint wonderful pictures that only we can see, but it's often difficult to share those pictures. "The Encyclopedia of Mental Imagery: Colette Aboulder-Muscat's 2,100 Visualization Exercises for Personal Development, Healing, and Self-Knowledge" discusses the power of mental imagery and what it can to for us in our motivational and spiritual aspects of our lives. Driven with ideas on therapy and teaching ourselves to realize what we want out of life, "The Encyclopedia of Mental Imagery" is a choice addition to self-help and spiritual wellness collections.

Irreverent Reverend
Dr. A. Joseph Baroody
Joggling Board Press
PO Box 13029, Charleston, SC 29422
9780984107384, $14.95,

Humor is a powerful thing for our lives. "Irreverent Reverend: What Goes Wrong Can Make You Better" is a novel from Dr. A. Joseph Baroody who shares stories as a man of faith and counseling as he presents an insightful collection of stories on life, living, and healing drawing up on his faith and good humor. "Irreverent Reverend" is a strong addition to self-help and faithful collections, very much recommended reading.

The Business Shelf

Mark Fidelman
33 Manchester Road, Brookline, MA 02446
9781937134433, $29.95,

Social media has revolutionized the way business is done. "Socialized! How the Most Successful Businesses Harness The Power of Social" is a guide for businesses who want to better and more completely connect with their customers, build brand loyalty and use the internet to as a powerful and cost-effective marketing tool. A comprehensive primer on building that web identity and understanding the basic principles of marketing and adapting them for a new world, "Socialized!" is a strong addition to business and marketing collection looking to better understand Web 2.0 and social media in its many breeds.

Nature's Formula
Robert Lehman
Digital Legend Publishing
4700 Clover St., Honeoye Falls, NY 14472
9781934537220, $14.95,

The world of finance is hardly intuitive. "Nature's Formula: Or How the World Works" is a discussion of the financial principals of the business world from Robert Lehman, who offers insights on compound interest, taking notes on business, and how to apply these financial ideas to the many pieces of everyday life. Written with a wealth of insight grounded in decades of experience, "Nature's Formula" has plenty to think about, very much recommended reading.

Intentional Leadership
Jane A. G. Kise
Triple Nickel Press
555 North Morton Street, Bloomington, IN 47404
9780983302070, $24.95,

Good leadership is invaluable in any situation. "Intentional Leadership: 12 Lenses: For Focusing Strengths, Managing Weaknesses, and Achieving Your Purpose" is an inspirational read from Jane A. G. Kise who advises readers on how to find their leadership, evaluate their own strengths and weaknesses, and become the person that people want to follow on many levels, bringing the best out of yourself and others. With plenty of practical advice and wisdom for facing life's successes and failures, "Intentional Leadership" is a must for business and self-help collections, highly recommended.

Leading Firms
David C. Kuhlman
Select Books
1 Union Square West, Suite 909
New York, NY 10003
9781590799574, $16.95,

Good leadership can take us so very far in our lives. "Leading Firms: How Great Professional Service Firms Succeed & How Your Firm Can Too" is a driven business guide from David C. Kuhlman on building up good leadership and ideas for one's firm and keeping those ideas going strong in our lives. Wit tips on rising through the ranks with the right type of leadership for your job, "Leading Firms" is a must for self-improvement and business oriented collections.

The Homeowner's Shelf

Power with Nature, third edition
Rex A. Ewing
Pixyjack Press
PO Box 149, Masonville, CO 80541
9780977372492, $24.00,

Renewable, clean energy is very much possible. Now in an updated third edition, "Power With Nature, 3rd Edition: Renewable Energy Options for Homeowners" is a guide for those who want to embrace the renewable energy sources of the world for their own energy usage, even if the established electricity sources around them aren't fully caught up with the times. "Power with Nature" is full of illustrated diagrams and black and white photography, making it a core addition to any collection advocating alternative energies.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Door To Anywhere
Poul Anderson
PO Box 809, Framingham, MA 01701
9781886778979, $29.00,

The late, great Poul William Anderson (November 25, 1926 - July 31, 2001) was an American science fiction author who began his career during one of the Golden Ages of the genre and continued to write and remain popular into the 21st century. Anderson also authored several works of fantasy, historical novels, and a prodigious number of short stories. He received numerous awards for his writing, including seven Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards. Fortunately for a new generation of appreciative fans of science fiction and fantasy, many of Poul Anderson's works are being reprinted in an outstanding 'Collected Short Stories' series by NESFA Press, the fifth volume of which, "Door To Anywhere", has now been published. This 512 page compendium is comprised of twenty-one of Anderson's immortal tales ranging from The Year of the Ransom; White King's War; Death Womb' and The Star Plunderer; to Fairy Gold; The Life of Your Time; The Fatal Fulfillment; and the title piece, Door to Anywhere. For over fifty years Poul Anderson held his position as one of the most popular writers in the science fiction genre, and "Door To Anywhere" amply demonstrates why. All science fiction fans and enthusiasts would be well served to visit the NESFA Press web site at to see a complete listing of their reclaimed list of 'time lost' classics by Poul Anderson and many other luminaries of Science Fiction & Fantasy.

The Katar Legacy
Tobin Loshento
New Libri Press
4230 95th Ave SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040
9781614690054, $14.95,

Support may come where we least expect it in life. "The Katar Legacy" is the first book in the Katar fantasy series from Tobin Loshento as he tells of the return of the Tarth, ancient evils of the past that threaten the cities after millenia of rule by the five families. With twists and turns and plenty of adventure, "The Katar Legacy" is well worth considering for those who want a different taste of fantasy.

Mercedes Lackey
Phoenix Pick
PO Box 10339, Rockville, MD 20849-0339
9781612420493, $12.99,

Food, water, air, all necessities zombies don't particularly care for. "Reboots" is a twist of science fiction and fantasy from famed genre author Mercedes Lackey, working with Cody Martin in the Stellar Guild series, teaming new authors with bestsellers. Martin and Lackey create a story of deep space exploration where the undead as just a matter of course for Earth, and how these unusual humans past their expiration contribute to science by being shoved into deep space. "Reboots" strikes a good deal of humor with its intriguing concept, much recommended. Also from Phoenix Pick science fiction and fantasy Stellar Guild series is "On the Train" (9781612420769, $12.99) by Harry Turtledove and Rachel Turtledove, telling the story of a train on the rails through the mechanical and magical. "When the Blue Shift Comes" (9781612420745, $12.99) teams Robert Silverberg and Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, telling the story of humanity's true immortals and their impact on its destruction. "Tau Ceti" (9781612420479, $12.99) from Kevin J. Anderson & Steve Sevile, telling the story of the search for humanity's new home in the stars.

The Fridgularity
Mark. A. Rayner
Monkeyjoy Press
46 Duchess Ave., London, ON Canada N6C 1N2
9781927590003, $15.99,

The internet is accessible by more and more things, even when it may be that it isn't the best idea. "The Fridgulairty" is a science fiction adventure following Blake Given and his web-enabled fridge which has chosen to take on the world by shutting off the internet, and Blake has to deal with the sudden disappearance of the once so vital internet, while trying to live life as a human being. With plenty of humor and much more, "The Fridgularity" is an exciting, sci-fi view askew, highly recommended.

Aris Returns
Devin Morgan
Broad Lit
14011 Ventura Blvd., Suite 206 E.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
9780985959616, $14.99

Single events can uproot and change our lives more than we could ever expect. "Aris Returns" is a novel of suspense, as Psychologist Sarah Hagan works with a troubled young man and finds out that an ancient vampire lives in her patient, and what's more, the revelations may yet entirely uproot his life entirely. "Aris Returns" is an exciting storm laced with paranormal romance, highly recommended and not to be missed.

Sentry's Time
A. M. Boyle
The Wolf Pirate Project
337 Lost Lake Drive, Divide, CO 80814
9780982234372, $16.00,

Peace never comes easily. "Sentry's Time: Veil of Redemption" follows the continuing struggles of Jack Monterey, who tries to put the problems with his identity behind him only to have greater threats to the Balance emerge and force him to protect it and the world as he knows it, and face what he has struggled so much to put away for good. "Sentry's Time" is an insightful and recommended addition to fantasy and science fiction collections, not to be missed.

The Loathsome Lady
Lynne Namka
Talk, Trust, & Feel Therapeautics
5398 Golder Ranch Road, Tucson, AZ 85739
9781480061347, $5.99,

The stories of King Arthur have been called romances, and for some they seek more romance to it. "The Loathsome Lady" is a twist of the ancient tales with the love aspect kicked up as Lynne Namka takes a side view of romance and the balance of power between sexes, with a zesty dash of humor. "The Loathsome Lady" is an enticing and much recommended addition to general fantasy collections.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Discover the Joy of Good Health
John Inzerillo
Humanix Books
PO Box 1608, Lake Worth, FL 33460
9780893348649, $17.95,

Good health can carry us through much further than just not irritating our doctors. "Discover the Joy of Good Health" is a health and wellness guide from John Inzerillo who offers insight on using better health all around to improve and lengthen our lives, encouraging a mix of physical and emotional health, finding better peace and happiness in the process. "Discover the Joy of Good Health" is a choice addition to general health and wellness collections.

One Size Does Not Fit All
Abby Campbell
Body Works Publications
301 W. Main Ave. #44, Gastonia, NC 28053
9781939015006, $19.95,

The guidelines may share similarities, but finding the right path to fitness is key to finding better health in our lives. "Our Size Does Not Fit All" is a health advisory from Abby Campbell who advises readers on forging what they want out of their health and creating an ideal plan for health and wellness to attain the fitness they seek. With plenty of practical advice for building good healthy lifestyles, "One Size Does Not Fit All" is a choice addition to general health and wellness collections.

The Poetry Shelf

Lit From Inside
Anne Marie Macari & Carey Salerno
Alice James Books
238 Main Street Farmington, ME 04938
9781882295968, $19.95,

Forty years of poetry shows the changes of time, and the things that unify us through the ages. "Lit From Inside: 40 Years of Poetry from Alice James Books" compiles poetry from many different poets and shares their work, getting a wild stretching voice through time and knowledge. "Lit From Inside" is an enticing pick for any literary poetry collection, recommended. "Handshake" by Peter Waldor: Very small is very beautiful/where the vein shakes/hands with the artery; shake of strangers/who sense they want/to be friends./Once, my father surprised/me by shaking my hand./Once, he spilled a basket/of peaches into a stream.

Yvette Neisser Moreno
Gival Press
PO Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203
9781928589761, $15.00,

With wide acceptance in poetry circles, Yvette Neisser Moreno presents "Grip", a compilation of her award winning poetry, showing a warming and insightful providing a look into the moving heart we all share. "Grip" is a fine addition to contemporary poetry collections, not to be missed. "Smoke": Holding in one hand the checkered tube/that carried tobacco up from burning red coals,/from water bubbling in glass below,/Hussein slowly exhaled through pursed lips.//After losing his vision, this became his art:/forming swirls of smoke/that hung above his dark glasses/in long, curved shapes,/like the outlines of a dream.

Love If We Can Stand It
Bruce F. Kawin
Thames River Press
c/o Lightning Source
1246 Heil Quaker Blvd., La Vergne, TN 37086
9780857289216, $5.99,

Love has driven so much in human history that it is natural to find inspiration in it. "Love If We Can Stand It" is a collection of poetry from educated and established poet Bruce F. Kawin who discusses much in her life of living and taking of life, and the twists love places on us. "Love If We Can Stand It" is a strong addition to modern poetry collections. "The Trees": I will not praise God but I will praise the trees./I will praise the strong grass and the catalog of ferns/and the names in each language for water.

In The Path of Lightning
Charles Ades Fishman
Time Being Books
10411 Clayston Road, St. Louis, MO 63131
9781568091761, $17.95,

Intensity is all the more strong when it comes suddenly and without warning. "In The Path of Lightning" is a collection of poetry from Charles Ades Fishman who shares his insights on the world and touches on the quiet nature of life and how it may change in an instant. "In the Path of Lightning" is a fine assortment of verse, not to be missed. "Words": In your closed mouth, father,/I found words: long words/that described small islands/short words that embraced/the deepest desires esoteric/words that transported me/to microambient worlds words/that worshiped and despaired/that were toxins ointments slaves/words stripped from rare/ecclesiastical bindings/or ripped from the air.

Bird Calls
Maria Mello
Four Square Press
85 Devonshire Street, 10th Floor
Boston, MA 02109
9780985168926, $12.00,

Naturally graceful, birds fill the imaginations of many. "Bird Calls" is a collection of poetry from Maria Mello who offers insight on these creatures and how to better appreciate them through her poetry. A fine pick for bird lovers, "Bird Calls" is a fine pick, not to be missed. "Water": A circle of silver catches my eyes/in the nighttime garden./It is only the moon caught/in the fresh-filled bird bath.

Zen Bytes
Dennis E. Donham
Twin Creeks Press
782 Cherry Wood Place, Gahanna, OH 43230
9781257094769, $14.99,

Simple thoughts can lead to a simple, yet fulfilling life. "Zen Bytes" is a collection of simple and to the point poetry from Dennis E. Donham as he presents his spiritual thoughts on life and living, using fourteen syllables to bring together though. "Zen Bytes" is worth considering for those seeking spiritual poetry, recommended. "No Vacancy": gather no dust/in your mind/in your mind/it is already/too full.

Diamond Plate
W. Joe Hoppe
Obsolete Press
PO Box 72, Victor, IA 52347
9781938911187, $10.00,

A simple beauty has no time to be embraced. "Diamond Plate" is a collection of poetry from W. Joe Hoppe who takes a simple approach to poetry and living using his to the point nature to tell quite the story. "Diamond Plate" is an assortment of work that is well worth considering. "Garbage Truck Aubade": Rare cold this January morning/grey sky trees leave car exhaust garbage cans/line the curbs in frozen plastic rows/waiting like baby birds might/if their jobs were to feed/mama garbage truck/as she huffs glowingly along/street after brittle frost covered street/hunger unabated by temperature.

The LGBT Shelf

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap
Paulette Mahurin
Blue Palm Press
PO Box 61255, Santa Barbara, CA 93160
9780977186617, $14.95,

For it to be illegal to love another person is obscene, but not that far in the past. "The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap" is a novel set at the end of the nineteenth century, with the backdrop of Oscar Wilde's imprisonment for having sex with another man. Following the effects of this event on a small Nevada town, author Paulette Mahurin touches on the state of gay society during this period well. "The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap" is a strong addition to historical fiction collections exploring gay issues.

The Sin Warriors
Julian E. Farris
Lethe Press
118 Heritage Avenue
Maple Shade, NJ 08052-3018
9781590212745, $15.00,

Many struggle with trying to figure out who they are. And some face persecution over who they love. "The Sin Warriors" is a novel from Julian E. Farris following David Ashton, a young man who comes into age in the swing of the chaotic 1950s, where McCarthyism puts him in the sights of a state senator out to make a name for himself. When he starts to find happiness, that happiness is threatened, and love faces a tumultuous period. "The Sin Warriors" is an enticing addition to any gay historical fiction collection, highly recommended.

The Memoir Shelf

My Son, Billy
Bill Mays, Sr.
Word Association Publishers
205 Fifth Avenue, Tarentum, PA 15084
9781595718327, $19.95,

The voice of Billy Mays is engraved in the minds of almost anyone who has seen an infomercial. "My Son, Billy: A Father Remembers the Greatest Pitchman Ever" is a memoir from the father of famed infomercial pitchman Billy Mays, who departed far too soon, sharing his memories of his enthusiastic salesman of a son who gained a bit of renown in pop culture for his unique style of pitching. A moving and dedicated memory of a son lost, "My Son, Billy" is a strong addition to memoir and biography collections, recommended.

My Magical Journey
Milt Larsen
Brookledge Corporation
7001 Franklin Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90028
9781939178015, $40.00,

A little bit of magic can go far in brightening the lives of those who see it. "My Magical Journey: The First 30,000 Days" is a memoir from Milt Larsen as he explores the world of show business as a magician and branching out to other fields to work with a cast of characters in show business, including the world of business as well as working with the USO. An intriguing glimpse through the eyes of someone who has seen virtually every corner of Hollywood, "My Magical Journey" is a memoir very much worth considering, highly recommended.

Anatomy of a Hustle
Clinton E. Galloway
Phoenix Publishing Corporation
4139 Via Marina, Suite 801
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
9780970886026, $15.95,

Trying to make a difference can form in many ways. "Anatomy of a Hustle" is a memoir from Clinton E. Galloway as he tells the story of himself and his brother Carl's efforts to do what they can to change the plight of South Central Los Angeles. With the advent of cable television, they sought to make their mark and democratize the technology and the many roadblocks that came with trying to do something positive. "Anatomy of a Hustle" is well worth considering for memoirs focusing on black issues and South Central Los Angeles.

A Woman of Interest
Cindy Zimmermann
WIS Global LLC
PO Box 44005 Phoenix, AZ 85064
9780988608009, $24.95,

A murder near our lives can change everything we know. "A Woman of Interest: A Memoir In Letters" follows the memoirs of Cindy Zimmerman coping with the murder of her husband where law enforcement began to suspect her involvement in his demise. Sharing role in uncover some truth to the case and clear her name, she presents a true life murder mystery and touches on the power of writing in convincing others. "A Woman of Interest" is a must for true crime and memoir collections, highly recommended.

Slightly Famous
Jake Sasseville
City of Sass
1001 Avenue of the Americas Ste.
1000 New York, NY 10018
9780615670133, $15.99,

Fame comes in many forms, even if we don't fully understand it. "Slightly Famous: All Revolutions Start with a Faceless Figure in the Crowd" is a memoir of being washed up at 22. After his late night show after Jimmy Kimmel was canceled months after being launched, he tells the story of achieving slightly fame and all the perks it doesn't entitle him to. With humility and humor, "Slightly Famous" is a strong addition to memoir collections focusing on youth and clawing one's way back up to far from the top.

The Biography Shelf

Pat McGrath Avery
Red Engine Press
15 Torrey Pines, Laguna Vista, TX 78578
9781937958022, $34.95,

When we see so much that's terrible, seeking out beauty is only natural. "Emergence" tells the story of nature cinematographer John Box, who after his rough beginnings through World War II, became a respected and renown lover of nature, capturing the sights and sounds of the country. With many insights on life and living through life, "Emergence" is a fine addition to biography collections focusing on nature enthusiasm, highly recommended.

The Music Shelf

Band Aids
Thomas J. Dust & Laura Jane Dust
23331 Water Circle
Boca Raton, FL 33486-8540
9781612330730, $25.95,

Drawing upon their more than sixty years of experience and expertise in teaching music, managing music classrooms, and directing bands, Thomas and Laura Dust have written "Band Aids: A Program Guide for the New Band Director", a thoroughly 'user friendly', 202 page instruction manual specifically designed to guide new and aspiring band directors of school and community bands. Every aspect of a band director's responsibilities are covered including classroom management, instrumentation, organization, dealing with parents, and even taking those inevitable band trips. The focus is not on the teaching of music per se, but on how to lead and management a band of diverse musicians ranging from beginners to the more experienced players. Of special note are the Tips and Key Points segments allowing for quick reviews of material covered. "Band Aids" is the seminal instruction guide and enthusiastically recommended for anyone having the responsibility of directing a community or school based band.

The Italian Crooners
Richard Grudens
Celebrity Profiles Publishing Company
PO Box 344, Stonybrook, NY 11790-0344
0976387700, $21.95,

A great voice is something to be cherished and revered. "The Italian Crooners: Bedside Companion" is a compilation of music and history from Richard Grudens who guides readers through the big band era and the best male singers of Italian descent who made their mark with their voices, telling their story and touching on how these individuals helped revolutionize the big band scene. "The Italian Crooners" is worth considering for anyone with a strong interest in musical history.

The Wine Shelf

Sherry, Manzanilla, & Montilla
Peter Liem & Jesus Barquin
575 Grand Street #E102
New York, NY 10002
9780985981501, $29.95,

Good wine can make something good great. "Sherry, Manzanilla, & Montilla: A Guide to the Traditional Wines of Andalucia" is a guide for wine enthusiasts on how to better embrace this forgotten treasure of liquor as authors Peter Liem & Jesus Barquin offer their expertise on these many wines, discussing the many brands and makers throughout the world, offering much insight on finding the best of these wines. For any wine lover who wants to get to experience the best that the world behind them has to offer, "Sherry, Manzanilla, & Montilla" is a fine addition to any wine study or reference collection.

The Humor Shelf

Never Say Neigh
Mary Farr
Two Harbors
212 3rd Avenue North, Suite 290
Minneapolis, MN 55401
9781938690594, $12.95,

Companionship can take us so very far in our lives and bring us so much joy. "Never Say Neigh: An Adventure in Fun, Funny, and the Power of Yes" is an inspirational and humorous read from Mary I. Farr who writes about her favorite bay gelding horse Noah Vail. The uplifting stories tell of taking chances and living life to the fullest no matter what obstacles are strewn about the track. With a good dose of humor and plenty to entice the horse lover in all of us, "Never Say Neigh" is a great gift for equinophiles and a worthy addition to humor and self-help collections.

The Language Studies Shelf

Kenneth P. Cash
Seekers Publishing, Inc.
PO Box 31630
Independence, OH 44131
9780615402406, $11.95,

Good grammar is vital to making writing look professional. "Grammar/Spelling" is a grammar and English language mastery guide as Kenneth P. Cash seeks to help readers gain a more complete and comprehensive mastery of language and how to make it all work for them for the long term. "Grammar/Spelling" is a choice reference, not to be missed for community library and education collections.

The Art Shelf

Superior Tattoo Bible: Book Three
Wolfgang Productions
PO Box 223, Stillwater, MN 55082
9781935828754, $27.95,

The art of tattoos is art you have to love enough to bare on your body. "Superior Tattoo Bible: Book Three" is the third book from ArtKulture dedicated to collected captivating tattoo art with many sources, inspirations, and purposes, taking themes from fantasy, religion, Eastern cultures, patriotism, and so much more. "Superior Tattoo Bible" is presented in full color where appropriate, and makes for a choice and recommended pick, not to be missed.

The Parenting Shelf

Live Wires
Judith Widener Muir
Bright Sky Press
2365 Rice Blvd., Suite 202
Houston, TX 77005
9781936474660, $24.95,

There is so much mental stimulation in today's world that it can prove too overwhelming. "Live Wires: Neuro-Parenting to Ignite Your Teen's Brain" is a guide to parenting in the digital age, for parents who want to cultivate a passion for learning in their children. "Live Wires" teaches parents and children alike how to filter through the rampant information overload in today's hyperconnected world. With tips on facing the ailments that so often plague modern teens on many levels, "Live Wires" is a must for twenty-first century parenting collections, highly recommended.

The Sports Shelf

I Hike
Lawton Grinter
Grand Mesa Press
PO Box 1854, Wheat Ridge, CO 80034
9780985241506, $14.95,

Hiking puts you up close and personal with the world. "I Hike: Mostly True Stories from 10,000 Miles of Hiking" is a memoir from dedicated hiker Lawton Grinter who shares the encounters and stories of his life long love of hiking, touching on the culture that has formed within those who have done thousands of miles, with plenty of humor. "I Hike" is a fine addition to humor and memoir collections focused on life's adventures.

The Psychology Shelf

Good Mood, Bad Mood
Charles D. Hodges
Shepherd Press
PO Box 24, Wapwallopen, PA 18660
9781936908509, $13.95,

One's mood shouldn't be so out of one's hands, should it? "Good Mood, Bad Mood: Help and Hope for Depression and Bipolar Disorder" explores the mental health epidemic behind bipolar disorder and depression, and how the rising amount of cases can better be dealt with, taking notes on the success and failures of medication. "Good Mood, Bad Mood" is a strong addition to any psychology and mental health studies collection, highly recommended.

The Jewelry Shelf

Gold, Platinum, Palladium, Silver, & Other Jewelry Metals
Renee Newman
International Jewelry Publications
560 W. Main St., Suite C-200
Alhambra, CA 91801
9780929975474, $19.95,

Precious metals charm us with their gleam, but it's all too easy to be led astray. "Gold, Platinum, Palladium, Silver, & Other Jewelry Metals: How to Test, Select, & Care for Them" is a guide for those with an interest in jewelry, be it professional or amateur, and how to better identify these materials as legitimate, care for the metals, and how to get the best price for your jewelry. With full color photography all throughout, "Gold, Platinum, Palladium, Silver, & Other Jewelry Metals" is an invaluable and much recommended resource, not to be missed.

The Social Issues Shelf

The 12 Steps to Peace
Johnny F
Booth Media Group
1386 Nightshade Road, Carlsbad, CA 92011
9781477129791, $15.99,

The world has a serious addiction to violence. "The 12 Steps to Peace" seeks to treat this international problem like we approach other addictions, taking note of the 12 step programs and what it has done for alcoholics. Taking notes of what he has seen around the world, and the united traits we all share, author Johnny F brings forth a very spiritual and very much recommended read with "The 12 Steps to Peace".

The Military Shelf

Deros Vietnam
Doug Bradley
Warriors Publishing Group
16129 Tupper St., North Hills, CA 91343
9780985338817, $14.95,

In the midst of conflict, we often question our purpose and value in the conflict. "Deros Vietnam: Dispatches from the Air-Conditioned Jungle" offers a different perspective on the Vietnam conflict, taking stories from all up and down the chain of command as the people. The true tales depict struggle with the ins and outs of everyday life, the grinding boredom and the will to stay sane where every day might be your last. "Deros Vietnam" is a collection worth considering, recommended.

The Gardening Shelf

Grow Your Own In Pots
Kay Maguire
Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue
New York NY 10017
9781845337179, $14.99,

Gardening can be an enticing and productive hobby. "Grow Your Own In Pots: With 30 Step-By-Step Projects Using Vegetables, Fruit, and Herbs" is a comprehensive guide to getting started in gardening for those who want to embrace the use of food crops for their own use, with tips on growing healthy and bountiful crops for personal use, and how to do so even when their arable space isn't plentiful. "Grow Your Own In Pots" is presented in full color, an excellent and vital resource for beginner gardening collections.

The Cookbook Shelf

Clodagh's Kitchen Diaries: Delicious Recipes Throughout the Year
Clodagh McKenna, author
Kate Whitaker, photographer
Kyle Books Limited
c/o National Books Network
4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200
Lanham, MD 20706
9781906868864, $27.95,

"Clodagh's Kitchen Diaries: Delicious Recipes Throughout the Year" is a March release of beloved Irish food diva Clodagh McKenna's treasured recipes in a seasonal, month by month cycle. Compared to American food personalities Rachael Ray and Martha Stewart, Clodagh McKenna shares a gourmet talent that relies on fabulous fresh produce and traditional Irish favorites. Recipes are organized in chapters by the month, starting with January, and presented accompanied with stunning color photos. Standard measurements are used for the American edition, and ingredients are easily found in farmers' markets and fine food stores. There are many unusual fish recipes in addition to tea pastries and delicacies. An example of the former is her Good Friday Fish, Roasted Hake With Minted Hollandaise Sauce, presented with roasted asparagus and new potatoes scattered with mint leaves, found in her April chapter. Delicious! For February we have some wonderful offerings including Baked Spinach, Tomato, and Ricotta Pasta, Chocolate, Orange, and Cardamom Pancakes, and Red Velvet Cupcakes. Of course March features updates of traditional Irish recipes, including Guinness and Beef Stew, Mint and Chocolate Cupcakes, Potato Cakes, and Cheddar Cheese Soup Scones. Because Mother's Day is celebrated in March in Ireland, a full Mother's Day Tea menu is presented from Buttermilk Scones to Coffee, Walnut, and Cardamom Cake, with Cucumber, Salmon, and Cream Cheese Sandwiches and more in between. Fabulous, fresh creative recipes featuring favorite ingredients are presented again and again. In summer we have Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad. In September we have wonderful creative recipes for soups, salads, and sandwiches. November has a wonderful Chicken, Tarragon, and Mushroom pie, while December has Smoked Salmon Terrine with Dill and Lemon Cream, and orange and Cinnamon Mince Pie Roulades for dessert. For a fabulous array of healthy and delicious seasonal fare with an Irish twist, read Clodagh's Kitchen Diaries. It's the perfect St. Patrick's Day indulgence.

Culinary Capital
Peter Naccarato and Kathleen Lebesco
Berg Publishers
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
9780857853837, $29.95,

Food has always proved a vital and central to culture, and to this day plays a massive role. "Culinary Capital" discusses the growing impact of the culinary industry and its role in social culture. An anthropological study that offers much fascination and education on modern culture, and its growing outreach to many other topics in culture, such as gender roles and economic issues. An excellent new lens to place on social issues, "Culinary Capital" is a strong addition to social studies collections, enthusiastically recommended, not to be missed.

The Relationship Shelf

Drink Wine and Giggle
Lynne Everatt, Deb Mangolt, & Julie Smethurst
The Fig & The Vine Publishing & Media
753 Winthrop Street, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
9780988337008, $19.95,

The people around us drive us and bring us joy. "Drink Wine and Giggle: 101 Ways Girlfriends Can Connect, Have Fun, and Be Inspired" is an encouraging guide for women who want to better connect with their girlfriends with suggestions on how to more completely form that bond with our best friends and keep that love of humor strong. "Drink Wine and Giggle" is a must for those who want to strengthen those bonds even further.

The World History Shelf

Cuba & Angola
Fidel Castro, Raul Castro, Nelson Mandela, et. al., authors
Mary-Alice Waters, editor
Pathfinder Press
PO Box 162767, Atlanta, GA 30321-2767
9781604880465, $12.00,

Liberation often can come in international brotherhood. "Cuba & Angola: Fighting for Africa's Freedom and Our Own" is a collection of writings and photography from Cuba's revolutionary leaders, focusing on the struggles for freedom, and the link between the plight of the Cuban people and the shared difficulties of many African nations. An intriguing and international anthology of writings by Castro, Mandela, and others, "Cuba & Angola" is a strong addition to international history and studies collections.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

Thinking Wild, Its Gifts of Insight
Theo Grutter
Turning Stone Press
8301 Broadway, Suite 219
San Antonio, TX 78209
9781618520319, $22.95,

Our minds often wander, and it's a gift to embrace their free nature. "Thinking Wild, Its Gifts of Insight: A Way to Make Peace with my Shadow" is an inspirational and spiritual read from Theo Grutter who shares his own experiences with allowing his mind to wander, a lover of the outdoors even though he is professionally bound to the corporate world. Sharing many essays with a touch of poetry and philosophy all throughout, "Thinking Wild, Its Gifts of Insight" is a strong addition to spirituality and inspirational collections, highly recommended.

Exploring Faith and Reason
Bruce Glass
DBG Publishing
7700 Meadowglen Lane, Houston, TX 77063
9780578110479, $14.99,

Christianity does not have to be at odds with evolution and scientific thought. "Exploring Faith and Reason: The Reconciliation of Christianity and Biological Evolution" analyzes how to follow the Christian faith as well as accept the science behind evolution, looking at the links between the concepts and appreciating evolution as the handiwork of a creative deity, who goes beyond the universe as we know it, and is beyond simply humanity. "Exploring Faith and Reason" is an enticing read for anyone who wants a more complete understanding of their faith and meeting it with science, highly recommended.

The Heroic Boldness of Martin Luther
Steven J. Lawson
Reformation Trust
421 Ligonier Court, Sanford, FL 32771
9781567693218, $16.00,

The Catholic Church was western civilization in the eyes of many, and one man dared to challenge their absolution. "The Heroic Boldness of Martin Luther" discusses his actions and his daring to change Christianity from the contemporary corruption that he faced as a steadfast believer and student of the faith. Telling of his life, what led to the theses, and the fallout he faced, and the rise of Lutheranism, "The Heroic Boldness of Martin Luther" is a strongly recommended study of the man and his work, not to be missed of religious history collections.

The Christian Studies Shelf

Hank Hanegraaff
Worthy Publishing
134 Franklin Road, Suite 200, Brentwood, TN 37027
9781617950810, $21.99,

The idea of the afterlife is quite common, but what the afterlife is seems to baffle us all. "Afterlife: What You Need to Know About Heaven, The Hereafter, & Near-Death Experiences" is a Christian exploration of the ideas of the afterlife, as theologians analyze near death experiences, scripture, and ideas, offering an extended look of what may wait for us after death, which may be the start of a new beginning. "Afterlife" is a core addition to any religious studies collection, highly recommended.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

The Rainbow Bridge
Brent N. Hunter
Spirit Rising Productions
2261 Market Street, Suite 637
San Francisco, CA 94114
c/o Dea Shandera (publicity)
9780971402836 $11.00

Part prophecy, part call to spread compassion and respect for all life, The Rainbow Bridge: Bridge to Inner Peace and to World Peace tells of how people of all colors backgrounds can and will come together to become better caretakers and stewards of this world. Sixty individual meditations on opening the way to a better future both within and without, inspirational quotations from great leaders throughout history, and a path to connect the underpinnings into a glorious whole comprise this spiritually uplifting presentation. "Sometimes we can have awakening or enlightenment experiences that significantly expand our consciousness... At that point, we can feel like we know everything there is to know. This can sometimes be dangerous because we can have secondary and tertiary awakenings where we realize that there is more to learn."

Your Psychic Soul
Judith Pennington
4th Dimension Press
215 67th Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23451-2061
9780876047002 $16.95

Life strategy coach and EEG biofeedback meditation therapist Judith Pennington presents Your Psychic Soul: Embracing Your Sixth Sense, a metaphysical self-help guide designed to teach the reader how to access the super-conscious wisdom embedded within one's own soul. Chapters are filled with anecdotes, exercises, and meditations designed to help awaken one's psychic potential, covering the power of dreams, of writing from the heart, the brainwaves of consciousness, how to engage in psychic explorations, and much more. "Some clairvoyants, including Cayce, are born with 'aura vision' and are surprised to discover that not everyone has it. Gradual attunement to subtle energies and psychic perception may adjust the senses to light, color, and sound sensitivity that develop aura vision. Cayce said, and biology agrees, that as human consciousness evolves, the eye will be able to see more colors. Someday, everyone will be able to see and read the auric fields of every living thing in existence." Your Psychic Soul is a welcome addition to metaphysical studies collections, eminently accessible to readers of all backgrounds.

The Fashion Shelf

Betty Kreisel Shubert, author/illustrator
Flashback Publishing
21580 Paseo Venezia, Mission Viejo, CA 92692
9780983576167, $50.00 (hardback)
9780983576198 $34.00 (pbk)

"Out-of-Style: A Modern Perspective of How, Why and When Vintage Fashions Evolved" is an important costume history reference text with hundreds of time-sequenced illustrations of changing Western fashions from the 1830s to the present. The initial chapter shows it as Evolution in a Thimble...Overview of the Primary Silhouettes of Each Decade 1830-1900. A delightful chain of ten fashion models ladies are sketched, each wearing the primary dress shape of her decade, from the Victorian lady to the Gibson Girl! "Out-of-Style" continues to present incredibly detailed, witty summaries of two centuries of evolving "Out-of Style" presents a gold mine of information about vintage fashion evolution over the past two centuries, all attractively organized and illustrated in wonderful little costume parades of figures over the decades, such as the March to Modernity 1900-2000, otherwise titled The Bottom Line About Hemlines, on pages 216-217. So much information is compacted and presented in these two pages about women's fashion evolution. "Out-of-Style" is also at treat to read, from the pages of glowing testimonials from such famous people as Marlene Madrid (retired Supervisor of the Disneyland Costume Workroom) and Allen M. Zelter, professor of Theatre, Emeritus, Cal-State University at Fullerton, and more. In addition to costume history and fashion evolution, "Out-of-Style" presents plausible definitions of "What is vintage?" and also "What is Good Taste?" "Out-of-Style" is a fantastic resource for theatre groups, genealogists, costume designers, vintage collectors, social historians, and fashionistas. As a real plus, it is a fabulously fascinating, fun book to read!

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