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Volume 5, Number 1 January 2010 Home | WBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Military Shelf Philosophy Shelf
Buddhist Studies Shelf Fiction Shelf Art Shelf
World History Shelf American History Shelf Native American Shelf
Poetry Shelf Social Issues Shelf Education Shelf
Biography Shelf Photography Shelf Judicial Studies Shelf
Needlecraft Shelf Reference Shelf Metaphysical Studies Shelf
Pets/Wildlife Shelf Christian Studies Shelf Literary Shelf
Environmental Studies Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf Psychology Shelf
Health/Medicine Shelf Business Shelf Parenting Shelf
Human Sexuality Shelf Self-Help Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
Martial Arts Shelf Marriage/Divorce Shelf International Studies Shelf
Economics Shelf Computer Shelf Political Science Shelf
Religion/Spirituality Shelf Homeowner's Shelf Gaming Shelf

Reviewer's Choice

Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year 2010 Edition
Charles Brooks, editor
Pelican Publishing Company
1000 Burmaster Street, Gretna, LA 70053-2246
9781589807532 $14.95 1-800-843-1724

Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year 2010 Edition is a compilation of the best of the best political and editorial cartoons from (most of) 2009, including a selection of award-winning cartoons. Right-wing, left-wing, and moderate viewpoints are all present in these merciless lambasting of government foibles, political mishaps, current events craziness. From the portrait of small businesses as a short man whose height falls well below a line marked "You must be this tall to be too big to fail", to an aide frankly telling President Obama, "So Congress didn't sign your health care plan into law before their recess. That gives us time to read it," these cartoons capture the defining hot-button issues and moments (a brief text introduction to each category of cartoons helps put the jokes in perspective for those who might be a little out of touch with 2009's headline news). Highly recommended for anyone who loves editorial cartoons, and for public library collections.

The Military Shelf

Chewing Gum, Candy Bars, and Beer
James J. Cooke
University of Missouri Press
2910 LeMone Boulevard, Columbia, MO 65201
9780826218674 $39.95

James J. Cooke (Professor Emeritus of History, University of Mississippi) presents Chewing Gum, Candy Bars, and Beer: The Army PX in World War II, a thoroughly researched history of the Army PX - "a little piece of home" that brought minor comforts of civilian life to American soldiers stationed throughout the globe during World War II. From beer that was actually served cold thanks to PX coolers, to cigarettes and chewing gum that GIs could use while flirting with local girls, the PX had an undeniably positive effect on troop morale and overall quality of life. Chewing Gum, Candy Bars, and Beer follows the evolution of the PX throughout World War II, from the perspective of the individuals who ran it and the soldiers that used it, interspersing fascinating anecdotes amid the solid historical chronicle. An excellent addition to American military history shelves, rounding out standard military chronicles with an aspect of military life not often focused upon.

Counter-Strike from the Sky
J. R. T. Wood
30 South Publishers
International Publishers Marketing
PO Box 605, Herndon, VA 20172-0605
9781920143336, $39.95,

Some tactics prove so effective they are dissected to be better studied. "Counter-Strike From the Sky: The Rhodesian All-Arms Fireforce in the War in the Bush 1974-1980" tells of a phenomenal military unit. Their use of certain weapons is discussed, and many technical details are presented and elaborated upon. "Counter-Strike from the Sky" is enhanced with an accompanying DVD, and is quite the recommended addition to military studies collections.

The Philosophy Shelf

This Is Ethical Theory
Jan Narveson
Open Court Publishing Company
70 East Lake Street, Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60601
9780812696462 $36.95

Jan Narveson (Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Waterloo, Ontario) presents This Is Ethical Theory, a straightforward analysis of ethics and moral theory that covers perspectives including utilitarianism, natural law, egoism, virtue ethics, moral relativism, intuitionism, emotivism, prescriptivism, and more. A solid introduction to diverse branches of ethical theory that scrutinizes the roadblocks and difficulties endemic to each viewpoint, This Is Ethical Theory is a solid introduction and enthusiastically recommended for Philosophy students as well as college library collections.

Staring into the Void
Harold Skulsky
University of Delaware Press
c/o Associated University Press
440 Forsgate Drive, Cranbury, NJ 08512
9780874130713 $53.00,

Professor of English Language and Literature Emeritus and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy Harold Skulsky presents Staring into the Void: Spinoza, Master of Nihilism, an in-depth examination of Spinoza's vision of reality, broken down into twelve stages. Spinoza's remarkable vision of God and society are explained step-by-step, from his "monism" claim that there is only one thing or "substance", to the concept of "attributes" and why God's "attributes" are infinitely many, to his dismissal of moral realism in favor of a more strictly biological theory of human nature and the societies that human nature can make, to Spinoza's view of politics and support of federal democracy. Extensive notes and an index round out this meticulously scholarly work, especially recommended for anyone studying Spinoza at length, as well as college library philosophy collections.

The Buddhist Studies Shelf

A Spacious Path to Freedom
Karma Chagme
Commentary by Gyatrul Rinpoche
Translation by B. Alan Wallace
Snow Lion Publications
PO Box 6483, Ithaca, NY 14851
9781559393409 $18.95

Translated into English by B. Alan Wallace, a Buddhist monk for fourteen years, A Spacious Path to Freedom is a classic manual of Tibetan meditation, offering the Dzogchen and the Mahamudra systems of practice. Chapters explain the stages of meditation, and author Karma Chagma applies his extensive experience and familiarity with Tibetan oral traditions to reveal how these two meditative systems can be integrated into a single approach. Commentary by Gyatrul Rinpoche enhances this core addition to advanced Buddhist Studies shelves.

The Fiction Shelf

Derek Haas
Pegasus Books
80 Broad Street, Fifth Floor, New York, NY 10004
9781605980683, $24.00,

When your life is on the line, help can come from where you least expect. "Columbus" is the follow up to author Derek Haas' successful 'The Silver Bear'. After the events of the last novel, Columbus finds himself on the run from constant assassins, something he himself is very familiar with. Trying to find the source, he must turn to old enemies, among other people he's unsure if he can trust. "Columbus" is a fine and riveting pick for mystery thriller readers.

The Mammoth Book of the World's Best Crime Stories
Maxim Jakubowski, editor
Running Press
2300 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
9780762437252, $13.95,

The other side of the law is exotic and exciting. "The Mammoth Book of the World's Best Crime Stories" is a collection of stories from countless writers around the world, originally written in several different languages. Within these stories, readers will find many exciting stories, offering views of crime throughout the world leading to an exceptionally interesting volume. "The Mammoth Book of the World's Best Crime Stories" is a top pick for short fiction collections.

The Call of Zulina
Kay Marshall Strom
Abingdon Press
PO Box 801, Nashville, TN 37202
9781426700699, $13.99,

The family business is not something you have to continue. "The Call of Zulina" is the story of Grace Winslow, daughter of a English nobleman and African woman, as she finds herself fighting against her family's business of the slave trade in the late eighteenth century. Fighting the very people she's trying to save at times, her story is a unique one, as Kay Marshall Strom puts together a very entertaining tale. "The Call of Zulina" is a read that shouldn't be ignored for historical fiction collections.

From Ice to Ashes
Jessica Simon
NeWest Press
#201 8540-109 Street, Edmonton, AL T6G 1E6
9781897126479, $19.95,

In the snowy lands of the Yukon, North America's biggest threat hides. "From Ices to Ashes" tells the story of Markus Fanger, an American agent sent into the Yukon during the Yukon Artic Ultra, a combination foot, skiing, and mountain bike race through the harsh lands of the Yukon. With only a few people to call allies, Fanger has to look for one man amid the biggest annual event in the Yukon. "From Ices to Ashes" is a fascinating thriller, highly recommended.

A Measure of Mercy
Lauraine Snelling
Bethany House
11400 Hampshire Ave. S, Bloomington, MN 55438
9780764206092, $13.99,

When one is divided between love, faith, and duty, every decision is a hard one. "A Measure of Mercy" is the first book of the Home to Blessing series from Lauraine Snelling. Astrid is a student of medicine in the small town of Blessing. A call is made for doctors in Africa, and Astrid seems to believe that God may want her to go. But to complicate matters, an old flame returns to town, and opportunity for greater training also eludes Astrid. Torn apart, Astrid's tale in "A Measure of Mercy" is a story that will speak to many Christians.

In Days of Knights
Philip H. Young
University of Indianapolis Press
1400 East Hanna Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46227-3697
0880938552, $17.95,

The setting has attracted countless fans, and for good reason. "In the Days of Knights" is Philip H. Young's own take on Arthurian legend as he brings a series of his own short stories using these characters of legend and provided his own tweaks and twists. For fans of these stories of knights, damsels, and wizards, "In the Days of Knights'" is a fascinating read and a surefire winner.

The Purple Culture
Stephen Boehrer
61 Paradise Road, Ipswich, MA 01938
Smith Publicity (publicity)
1930 E. Marlton Pike., Suite I-46, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
9781933515243, $24.95,

The church has been brought to trial for what they been suspected of for ages. "The Purple Culture" is a novel where three bishops are brought to trail for conspiracy to protect sexually abusive priests. William Goulding, the prosecution, faces off against defense attorney James Kobs in this landmark case on just how untouchable the Roman Catholic Church really is in America. Touching on the avenues of religion, philosophy, and law, "The Purple Culture" makes for a highly entertaining and very recommended read.

Beyond the Station Lies the Sea
Jutta Richter, author
Anna Brailovsky, translator
Milkweed Editions
1011 Washington Avenue South, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55415
9781571316905, $14.00,

The most important things aren't recognized as needed until they're gone. "Beyond the Station Lies the Sea" is an offbeat tale of Cosmos and Niner, two men who dream of life on the sea. Selling off Niner's guardian angel for a chance at that life, they soon find that survival and continued friendship makes their nautical aspirations secondary. "Beyond the Station Lies the Sea" is a choice pick for any looking for original fiction.

Nibble & Kuhn
David Schmahmann
Academy Chicago Publishers
363 West Erie Street, 7th Floor East, Chicago, IL 60654
9780897335928, $24.95,

The world of law can be more cruel than the criminals. "Nibble & Kuhn" tells the story of Derek, an up and coming lawyer who is on the verge of partnership at his local law firm. But saddled with a very hard to win case, Derek has to defend his clients while digging for the truth within his own company of those out to sabotage him, but the truth may tear it apart from the inside. "Nibble & Kuhn" is a fascinating legal thrillers fan will relish.

Hellie Jondoe
Randall Platt
Texas Tech University Press
PO Box 41037, Lubbock, TX 79409-1037
9780896726635, $16.95,

Being hardened by one's environment doesn't make it impossible to lighten up. "Hellie Jondoe" tells the story of an east coast orphan girl who after a rough early child hood goes to Oregon to live under a western ranch woman. Not only does she have to answer to authority for the first time, but she seems to have to care for others. A charming story of a early twentieth century orphan, "Hellie Jondoe" is a very entertaining and riveting story that should not be ignored.

True Cow Tales
C. R. Lindemer, editor
Dog Ear Publishing
4010 W. 86th Street, Ste H, Indianapolis, IN 46268
9781608440610, $12.95,

Beef, milk, cheese, cows are a big part of one's life even if one is a city slicker. "True Cow Tales: Literary Sketches and Stories by Farmers, Ranchers, and Dairy Princesses" tells the story of cows and the people who manage them. Exciting and unique, it beats the myth that all cowhands do is milk cows and lead so called boring lives. With plenty of excitement and strangeness in these tales, "True Cow Tales" is a top pick and very highly recommended.

Lost Mission
Athol Dickson
Howard Books
c/o Simon and Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020
9781416583479, $14.99,

Evil can linger on for hundreds of years. "Lost Mission" tells the story of the Mission de Santa Dolores, a site in Mexico, which was devastated by a mysterious crime in the eighteenth century. Now, centuries later, four individuals may have their lives torn apart by the supernatural remnants of something much bigger than them all. With plenty of intriguing horror and psychological elements, "Lost Mission" is a read that should not be overlooked by those with a love of Christian thrillers.

Hard Numbers
Jackson Bass
Durban House Press
5001 LBJ Freeway, Suite 700, Dallas, TX 75244
9780981848655, $15.95,

When financial times get tough, some take it as a sign to play dirtier. "Hard Numbers" is a thriller following attorney Leland Denton and his client James McKenzie as they dive deep into the sour side of economics, turning to the world of crime to make their fortune when the economy crashes around them. But when you play dirty, everyone around you plays dirty as well and you may find yourself turning up dead. "Hard Numbers" is an entertaining read that can't be beat.

Every Boat Turns South
J. P. White
The Permanent Press
4170 Noyac Road, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
9781579621889, $28.00,

The wanderlust of mid-life combined with a boat can make for an intriguing adventure. "Every Boat Turns South" is the story of Matt Younger, a 30 year old facing the death of his father. Taking the long way to his next destination, he drifts through the Caribbean with two close friends and finds himself in a slew of intriguing circumstances. A riveting read that even non-sailors will find something to relate to within, "Every Boat Turns South" is an intriguing and fine literary fiction, highly recommended.

A Circle of Souls
Preetham Grandhi
Sweetwater Books
c/o Cedar Fort
2373 W. 700 S. Springville, UT 84663
9781599552354, $15.99,

Horrible things only beget more horrible thing. "A Circle of Souls" tells the story of a small town and the murder which rocks it. Leia Bines, an FBI Agent who has been charged with solving this crisis, and Peter Gram, a psychologist dealing with a seemingly unrelated child who has horrible nightmares. The two find their problems have more in common than it seems at the surface, and the mystery makes "A Circle of Souls" a very intriguing and recommended read.

The Girl in the Lighthouse
Roxane Tepfer Sanford
Llumina Press
PO Box 772246, Coral Springs, FL 33077-2246
9781605942384, $13.95,

The beauty of childhood is ever fleeting for so many. "The Girl in the Lighthouse" tells the story of Lillian Arrington, a young girl who loses her dream life in a lighthouse to live under the thumb of an evil grandmother. Desiring to find her history, she finds her idealistic life has some truly nasty roots. "The Girl in the Lighthouse" is a solid and fine read for younger readers.

600 Hours of Edward
Craig Lancaster
PO Box 5833, Helena, MT 59604
1606390139, $14.00,

Closing oneself off to the world isn't as bad as it seems. "600 Hours of Edward" tells the story of Edward Stanton, a man facing middle age and his own solitary life. But all barriers eventually crumble, and Edward has only the matter of weeks to decide if he wants to rebuild those walls or see what lies beyond them. "600 Hours of Edward" is a quirky and entertaining novel, highly recommended.

A Lineage of Grace
Francine Rivers
Tyndale Fiction
351 Executive Drive, Carol Stream, IL 60188
9780842356329, $16.99,

The will of woman has the power to change the world. "A Lineage of Grace" is a collection of Christian fiction from Francine Rivers as she presents the tale of five women and their relationships with God. Tragic pasts, oppressive environments, obedience, and more, "A Lineage of Grace" is a collection of spiritual tales that will lift the spirits of many Christian women, highly recommended.

In Memory of Central Park 1853-2022
Queenelle Minet
Synergy Books
PO Box 80107, Austin, TX 78758
9781934454251, $13.95,

In pursuit of safety, some will give up anything. "In Memory of Central Park 1853-2022" tells the story of New York, a few decades in the future where central park is gone, the Statue of Liberty is in ruins, but at least everything is safe. Noah, faced with this paranoid world, has found love in the wrong place; people begin to die of a strange illness, and nothing seems to be done. A story of a man with the weight of the world on his shoulders, "In Memory of Central Park 1853-2022" is an entertaining and highly humorous read on the direction of society.

The Art Shelf

New Deal Art in Arizona
Betsy Fahlman
University of Arizona Press
355 South Euclid Avenue, Suite 103, Tucson, AZ 85719-6654
9780816522927 $49.95 1-800-426-3797

One hundred black-and-white photographs illustrate New Deal Art in Arizona, an effectively researched historical chronicle of the photography, painting, and sculpture created under federal art patronage during the Great Depression era. From the photographic portraits of America's internment camps by Japanese-American photographer Toyo Miyatake, to the murals of Native American artist Gerald Nailor, to how mankind's encroachment on Arizona wilderness affected landscape artworks of the era, New Deal Art in Arizona is a choice pick for Arizona history shelves.

Luis Royo
Nanthier Beall Minoustchine (NBM)
40 Exchange Pl., Ste. 1308, New York, NY 10005
9781561635726, $32.99,

Some artists can portray words and charisma with simply a pencil and paint. "Malefic" is a remastered edition of Luis Royo's gothic and fantasy artwork. With two decades in print, this art work is presented his fantastic artwork in full color. With sketches, commentary, the best selling artists work will delight those who delight in gothic, fantasy, and science fiction artwork. Not recommended for young readers, "Malefic" is highly recommended for everyone else.

The World History Shelf

Puerto Rico Inside and Out
Fernando Pico
Markus Wiener Publishers
231 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542
9781558764828 $22.95

Puerto Rico Inside and Out: Changes and Continuities is an anthology of essays by historian and columnist Fernando Pico, covering topics ranging from police harassment of Puerto Rican dissenters in the early 1970's to in-depth portraits of how Puerto Rican rural landscapes and cultural traditions have been vanishing. Most of the essays span the years from 1969-1980 (only four essays reminisce from later vantage points up to 1987); are from an up-close and personal perspective, while others reflect from the vantage point of Paris, France. An unforgettable glimpse into the extraordinary diversity of cultures that compose Puerto Rico in general and San Juan in particular, Puerto Rico Inside and Out is highly recommended.

The Department of State in the Middle East 1919-1945
Philip J. Baram
930 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306
9781602801226, $39.50,

The Middle East has been in chaos ever since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. "The Department of State in the Middle East 1919-1945" analyzes the United States involvement in the region, at least in diplomacy, and how the United States helped and made worse the problems throughout the region. A research into the formerly classified files of the period, Philip J. Baram grants readers an intriguing bit of insight into the period, making for an intriguing and educational read. "The Department of State in the Middle East 1919-1945" is a fine addition to history collections.

"In Case Atom Bombs Fall"
Michael Scheibach, editor
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson, NC 28640
9780786445417, $39.95,

The fear of nuclear annihilation was very real for a decent period of the twentieth century. "In Case Atom Bombs Fall: An Anthology of Governmental Instructions and Warnings from 1940s to the 1960s" looks at the fear of the atom bomb and how it was expressed in much of the propaganda and information of these three decades. Bomb shelters, protecting the home, and more, Michael Scheiback presents a very intriguing and insightful volume that tells much of the American mindset during the era. "In Case Atom Bombs Fall" is a fine addition to any collection focusing on the history of the twentieth century.

Robin Hood
John Paul Davis
Peter Owen Publishers
c/o Dufour Editions
PO Box 7, Chester Springs, PA 19425
9780720613391, $29.95,

The legend of Robin Hood is a famous one, but there is much that people don't understand beneath it. "Robin Hood: The Unknown Templar" delves into the existence of Robin Hood and how the man may have truly existed, and been closely tied to the famous Knights Templar. Offering new insight to the man who may have been behind the legend, and gives much to intrigue readers. "Robin Hood" is a choice pick for those with an interest in British folklore and its ties to real history.

Martyrs and Murderers
Stuart Carroll
Oxford University Press
198 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016-4314
9780199229079, $34.95,

The lust for power can be a family wide affair. "Martyrs and Murderers: The Guise Family and the Making of Europe" tells the story of this family, whose ambitions for power gave them bloodlines to the throne in many of the major European countries. Author Stuart Caroll covers this family's plots that changed the direction of Europe and had a hand in the death of thousands. A very entertaining read and another angle to the political intrigue of Europe's royal families centuries ago, "Martyrs and Murderers" is a fine and excellent pick.

The Legacy of the Great War
Jay Winter, editor
University of Missouri Press
2910 LeMone Blvd., Columbia, MO 65202
9780826218728, $19.95,

It was the first international conflict that spanned the globe, and changed the world as we know it. "The Legacy of the Great War: Ninety Years On" is a collection of essays from many notable historians who offer unique and intellectual views on World War I. From the soldiers to the cause, to the new kind of warfare that took place, there is no shortage of scholarly information within. "The Legacy of the Great War" is a fine addition to any collection focusing on World War I.

The Unknown Cultural Revolution
Dongping Han
Monthly Review Press
146 West 29th Street, Suite 6W, New York, NY 10001
9781583671801, $16.95,

Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution is often quoted as one the great travesties of the 20th century. "The Unknown Cultural Revolution: Life and Change in a Chinese Village" brings another perspective of the Cultural Revolution, the rapid change it brought to the rural farmers of China, and how it was for the better. Bringing another perspective of something so often completely condemned, "The Unknown Cultural Revolution" is a strong addition to any history collection focusing on China.

When Edmonton Was Young
Tony Cashman
The University of Alberta Press
Ring House2, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada, T6G 2E1
9780888645111, $19.95,

Edmonton may not be the first city to come to mind when thinking of Canada, but it doesn't make it any less special. "When Edmonton Was Young" discusses the capital of the province of Alberta, and tells its story. Edmonton was a rapidly growing town for much of its existence; author Tony Cashman spins an intriguing tale of the town's roots, its contributions to the nation of Canada, and its original culture. "When Edmonton Was Young" is a top pick for Canadian history collections.

The American History Shelf

Big Steel
Kenneth Warren
University of Pittsburgh Press
3400 Forbes Avenue, 5th floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
9780822960027 $27.95

Big Steel: The First Century of the United States Steel Corporation 1901-2001 is an exhaustively researched history of an American industry juggernaut. United States Steel Corporation was the largest industrial corporation in the world when it was formed; a behemoth controlling the best of the best directors, managers, engineers, and technical innovators. Yet in practice, many of the presumed advantages of its size did not prove to be as overwhelming or effective as might seem. Chapters follow the story of Big Steel through the Great Depression, its expansion after World War II, and its subsequent decline and reconstruction, and projections for the near future. An excellent and worthy addition to American history shelves, Big Steel gives the inside story of a quintessentially American industry with a scholar's precision and attention to detail.

The Native American Shelf

Native People of Southern New England 1650-1775
Kathleen J. Bragdon
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780806140049 $32.95

Professor of Anthropology Kathleen J. Bragdon presents Native People of Southern New England 1650-1775, her continued study of Native American cultures through the end of the colonial era with particular emphasis on the impact of colonization. Bragdon presents a particularly convincing case that Native American cosmology, societal values, community organization and material culture resulted in a way of life resistant to assimilation - and that when Native American tribes did adopt English cultural aspects such as Christianity and writing, they did so on their own terms. Volume 259 in "The Civilization of the American Indian Series", Native People of Southern New England 1650-1775 is a thoroughly researched, well-presented, and worthy addition to Native American studies and college library shelves. Also highly recommended is Bragdon's previous volume, "Native People of Southern New England 1500-1650".

Power in the Blood
Linda Tate
Ohio University Press
19 Circle Drive, Athens, OH 45701
9780821418727 $22.95

Power in the Blood: A Family Narrative is the true-life memoir of author Linda Tate's journey to learn more about her Cherokee-Appalachian heritage. Refusing to sugar-coat the domestic violence, poverty, and discrimination that have left their effects on the lives of Tate's Cherokee-Appalachian relatives, Power in the Blood also tells stories of individual and communal strength in the face of adversity. Tate embarked on exhaustive research through archives, libraries, and courthouses to track down distant relatives (all descended from her great-great-grandmother Louisiana), and in the process helped orchestrate family reunions with swapped stories that unearthed her family's forgotten past. An extraordinary family journey, highly recommended especially for Native American memoir shelves.

The Poetry Shelf

The Edge of Damage
Heather Swan
Parallel Press
372 Memorial Library, 728 State Street, Madison, WI 53575
9781934795170 $10.00 1-800-636-0071

The Edge of Damage is a chapbook by award-winning poet Heather Swan; several of its free-verse poems have previously been published in various magazines, but all are gathered into a single compilation for the first time. The momentary, day-by-day cadence of the verses expresses an earthy vitality that reflects the human drive to persevere through the ups and downs of life. A thoughtful poetry collection worth savoring at length, highly recommended. "The Words of Noah's Wife: Day 1": The rain begins. / Inside the pitch / walls we breathe / quietly, animals / and humans, / exhausted from the labor / of preparation, / waiting. The sound / of the rain is a comb / which untangles / any knots remaining, / and we slip into sleep / until the ark shifts / finally lifting, / leaving a world, / heaving us into / an ending.

Dialect of a Skirt
Erica Miriam Fabri
Hanging Loose Press
231 Wyckoff Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
9781934909102, $18.00,

Looks can be deceiving, there can be quite the mind behind the person you may dismiss as another New York girl. "Dialect of a Skirt" is a collection of poetry from Erica Miriam Fabri, a poet and teacher of creative writing and performance poetry at the City University of New York. Her experiences are raw, and make "Dialect of a Skirt" quite the read. "The Monster": After she made love to the Monster,/she wanted to burn her hair./Can you blame her?/He left something rotten there./Even witch hazel/won't make her clean.

Once Upon a Neighborhood
Evelyn D. Klein
North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc.
PO Box 451, St. Cloud, MN 56302
9780878393459, $14.95,

The neighborhood you grow up in is a key source of memories. "Once Upon a Neighborhood" is a collection of poetry from Evelyn D. Klein, offering insights into her hometown in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Simple and profound wisdom from the world around you, "Once Upon a Neighborhood" is a treasure trove of fine verse, highly recommended. "At Her Door": delicate stems of/Smartweed/blue heads of/Day Flower/flourish//she holds the blossoms/on her open palm/releases them again/priceless jewels//Angel/tending/nature's garden.

Flood Song
Sherwin Bitsui
Copper Canyon Press
PO Box 271, Port Townsend, WA 98368
9781556593086, $15.00,

A man with a different background brings many different views. "Flood Song" is a collection of poetry from Sheriwn Bitsui as he offers her own viewpoints on the world through the eyes of a modern Navajo, with influences from much in the way of traditional western culture. A unique and enlightening read, "Flood Song" is a fine volume of poetry for those looking for a native American perspective. A sample: Bluebirds chirp icy rocks from their stomachs/and crash,/wings caked heavy/with the dark mud a gunmetal sky,/to the earth's bandages/shivering with cold spells and convulsions/in the market/underneath an avalanche of apples.

The Journey
Alice Taylor
Brandon Books
c/o DuFour Editions
PO Box 7, Chester Springs, PA 19425
9780863223914, $30.95,

Poetry is rhythmically presented memory. "The Journey: New and Selected Poems" is a collection of fine poetry from Alice Taylor. A novelist as well as poet, her poetry reflects on the importance of family and the events surrounding it. "The Journey" is a poignant collection of poetry, well worth considering. "Words": Words/are messengers of thought, A brush/which on the canvas paints/A Picture/That reflects the mind./I pen these words/To paint my thoughts/Upon the pages here within:/Gently absorb/The scenes you find:/You have crossed the threshold/Of my mind."

Gifted at Risk
Jean Sunde Peterson
Great Potential Press
PO Box 5057, Scottsdale, AZ 85261
9780910707978, $18.95,

Poems can be used to enhance lessons. "Gifted at Risk: Poetic Portraits" is a collection of poetry and prose, paired together as Jean Sunde Peterson reflects on her time as a teacher and counselor. Simple poetry is accompanied by wisdom, making for an entertaining as well as informative read. "Gifted at Risk" is quite the treasure and should not be overlooked. "Goosebumps": He got an A in AP History/and a B in physics,/and I go goosebumps/when his dad showed me/at conferences.//It had been a long time.//But his poetry showed the spark,/and I remember he lately said/(about college),/"I think I'm ready to be a student now."

Voice Recognition
James Byrne & Clare Pollard
Bloodaxe Books
c/o Dufour Edition
PO Box 7, Chester Springs, PA 19425
9781852248383, $22.95,

With new generations, come new voices. "Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century" is a collection of poetry from new poets. These European poets demonstrate a fresh voice of young people in this new century and give a taste of what is to come in the poetry world. "Voice Recognition" is a collection that should not be ignored. "Bonnie 'Prince' Billy" by Jack Underwood: He is also singing how I will split/the atom and leave it for you cleaved/in two on the breadboard like an apple,/will peel your star-sign off the sky,/dissolve and serve it hot in a cup.//He sings how ugly and complex/I have become, sitting at the table,/gripping the stupidity of wood.//He sings how deeply I am weakened/by a single drip of water/falling from the end of your nose/and soaking into my jeans/like an excuse into the wider scheme of things.

The Social Issues Shelf

Home Away From Home
Richard B. McKenzie
Encounter Books
900 Broadway, Suite 601, New York, NY 10003
9781594032455 $25.95

Home Away From Home: The Forgotten History of Orphanages is an anthology of essays by learned authors offering surprising insights into America's largely abandoned orphanage system. Today's focus on placing children in foster care (originally intended as only a temporary solution) has its own flaws, resulting in care that has been too inadequate for too many children. Home Away From Home explores the problems with the orphanage system that led to its bad reputation and eventual discontinuation - but also highlights the little-discussed positive aspects to the social institution, notably that it provided a stable environment for young people in need of one. Home Away From Home takes a step further, suggesting that orphanages could once again become a socially beneficial institution to care for children who are difficult (or legally impossible) to place in adoptive families. A thought-provoking account, worthy of consideration and contemplation for readers on all sides of the issue.

Abortion, Execution, and Consequence of Taking Life
James D. Slack
Transaction Books
35 Berrue Circle, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8042
9781412810210, $49.95,

What does it mean to take the life of another? "Abortion, Execution, and the Consequences of Taking Life" discusses these topics under the banner of taking life from another. Discussing the government's role in these matters, how they are inspired by the Bible, the intentions of the founding fathers, morality, and the American voter's role in this big picture, there is much scholarly reading to be had. On the matters of abortion, capital punishment, and other life and death topics that commonly take center stage in political debate, "Abortion, Execution, and the Consequences of Taking Life" is a read very much worth considering.

Everyday Justice
Julie Clawson
InterVarsity Press
PO Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL 60515-1426
9780830836284, $16,

For every action there is a reaction. "Everyday Justice: The Global Impact of Our Choices" discusses the impact of the American lifestyle on the world and states that even the most conservation-friendly consumers may not be aware how much of an impact their lifestyles are having on the world. With ideas for solutions to help the world live a more ethical and earth-friendly life, "Everyday Justice" is a must for environmentally focused social issues collections.

Iran and Post-9/11 World Order
Anwar Alam
New Century Publications
c/o International Specialized Book Services
920 NE 58th Ave. Suite 300, Portland, OR 97213-3786
9788177081909, $39.50,

If Iran obtained Nuclear weapons.... "Iran and Post-9/11 World Order: Reflections on Iranian Nuclear Programme" discusses the Iranian nuclear program and its potential impact on modern world order. With many scholarly opinions and ideas, Anwar Adam puts together a fine volume that is well worth reading for those concerned about Iran and its impact on the world. "Iran and Post 9/11 World Order" is a very strong read for international issues collections in community or college libraries.

Getting What We Deserve
Alfred Sommer
The John Hopkins University Press
2715 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
9780801893872, $21.95,

Is America's health care really the best available? "Getting What We Deserve: Health & Medical Care in America" discusses the modern health care debate with many intriguing ideas. Stating that America's policies have not changed despite increasing lifespans and technological revolutions, author Alfred Sommer comes to readers with a straightforward and informative read, as well as solutions for the future. "Getting What We Deserve" is a solid addition to any collection focusing on the health care debate.

The Education Shelf

Community Organizing for Stronger Schools
Kavitha Mediratta, Seema Shah, & Sara McAlister
Harvard Education Press
8 Story Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
9781934742341, $29.95,

It takes a village to raise a child, and the village must take its part in education as well. "Community Organizing for Stronger Schools Strategies and Successes" is a guide to what the community can do for its local schools to improve their quality. Looking at community organizing and what it can do for public schools. Discussing everything from strategies to help, to the political battles that often come up, for anyone who wants to push their schools to flourish, "Community Organizing for Stronger Schools Strategies and Successes" is a complete and comprehensive reference that should not be ignored.

Weather Reporter
The College of William & Mary's Center for Gifted Education
Prufrock Press
5926 Balcones Drive, Suite 220, Austin, TX 78731
9781593633943, $39.95,

Weather is something we face every day, and its elements astound young learners. "Weather Reporter: Project Clarion Science Unit for Primary Grades" is a guide for science teachers who want to give their second graders to best weather unit they can. Focusing on how weather is reported and how the meteorologists on TV and other weather reporters present their results, there is no shortage of fun activities to encourage learning in those gifted second graders. "Weather Reporter" is a top pick for science and education collections focusing on gifted and talented students.

The Great American University
Jonathan R. Cole
Public Affairs
250 West 57th Street, #1321, New York, NY 10107
9781586484088 $35.00

Written by the former provost of Columbia University, The Great American University: Its Rise to Preeminence, Its Indispensable National Role, and Why It Must Be Protected is an exhaustive and compelling presentation focusing on the invaluable contributions that American Universities have made to scientific, technological, and societal knowledge - and therefore the wealth and standard of living of the nation. From genetic and medical research, to the convenience of bar codes, to potentially life-saving GPS technology, America's universities have helped to keep the nation on the cutting edge - but that could change (and perhaps already has). Restrictive post-9/11 policies have discouraged talented foreign graduate students from training in America; fallout from the international financial crisis threatens university endowments and state investments; and perhaps most insidious, governmental ideological constraints on freedom of inquiry (especially notable during the Bush administration) threaten to undermine the academic and scientific bedrock of the university system. Appendices listing top-ranked American Research Universities, and an online source of information about university discoveries, as well as exhaustive notes and an index round out this thorough, cautionary account of the benefits universities bring, and how they need to be protected.

Women in Academic Leadership
Diane R. Dean, Susan J. Bracken, & Jeanie K. Allen
22883 Quicksilver Drive, Sterling, VA 20166-2102
9781579221898, $24.95,

It's a recent thing for women to be anything more than primary school teachers. "Women in Academic Leadership: Professional Strategies, Personal Choices" discusses women in academic administration and the challenges and advances they have at these high level positions. Many women reflect on their own positions in academia, and how some gender barriers still remain, if being ever weakened by time and common sense. A sample of the thoughts of the thoughts of today's leadership in Academics, "Women in Academic Leadership" is a fine read for any educational or women's studies collection.

The New Teacher's Companion
Gini Cunningham
1703 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311-1714
9781416608820, $25.95,

Being in charge of young minds can be an overwhelming thing. "The New Teacher's Companion: Practical Wisdom for Succeeding in the Classroom" is a guide for the rookie teacher who looks at the mountain of their career and doesn't know what to do. Procedures, planning one's time, curriculum, lesson plans, assessment, students, are all discussed and covered, giving new teachers the orientation they so often do not get. "The New Teacher's Companion" is a fine acquisition or gift for any new teacher who wants to start their career on the right foot.

College Without High School
Blake Boles
New Society Publishers
PO Box 189, Gabriola Island, BC V0R 1X0, Canada
9780865716551, $16.95,

It's a big step to skip, but it's doable. "College Without High School: A Teenager's Guide to Skipping High School and Going to College" discusses how exceptional individuals and gifted and talented children can skip the drudgery of high school to leap to their future in college. These aspiring individuals tell their tale and give many high schoolers and middle schoolers with high aspirations for life the advice they need to start on that fast track now instead of later. "College Without High School" is a top pick for any collection focusing on gifted and talented education, and as a gift for these exceptional children.

Lives of Passion, School of Hope
Rick Posner
1113 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 80302
9781591810841, $17.95,

When the kids run the school, unbelievable things can occur. "Lives of Passion, School of Hope: How One Public School Ignites a Life Long Love of Learning" tells the story of a truly unique school where the students run the show. In spite of all pessimistic outlooks, the school under this method has had untold success and Rick Posner does well in telling readers how this unique method works. "Lives of Passion, School of Hope" is a top pick for those considering alternative educational methods.

School Libraries Head for the Edge
Doug Johnson
130 Cremona Drive, PO Box 1911, Santa Barbara, CA 93116-1911
9781586833923, $35.00,

If you don't change with the times, you will be left in the dust. "School Libraries Head for the Edge: Rants, Recommendations, and Reflections" is a guide for libraries that want to advance with technology and stay on the cutting edge. With some fresh and innovative ideas, Doug Johnson comes to readers with no shortage of creative advice for readers. "School Libraries Head for the Edge" is a must for any school library who wants to be the best resource for their students they can.

Whatever Happened to Language Arts?
David Booth
Pembroke Publishers
538 Hood Road, Markham, Ontario, Canada L3R 3K9
c/o Stenhouse Publishers (distribution)
477 Congress Street, Suite 4B, Portland, ME 04101-3451
9781551382456 $21.00 1-800-988-9812

David Booth (Professor Emeritus, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto) presents Whatever Happened to Language Arts?, a lifetime's worth of strategies for teaching literacy combined with practical ideas, tips, tricks, and techniques for grade-school teachers. True-life teaching vignettes pepper this compendium designed to prepare teachers not only to teach literary skills today, but also to prepare for changes in literacy education tomorrow. "Before the events of September 11, I had been planning to teach the novel 'The Breadwinner', but didn't proceed because of the book's mature content. A year later, a mentor (Larry Swartz) asked whether I had taught the book yet. When I mentioned that it might be too sensitive fro some of my students, Larry suggested that this is exactly why the class should read and discuss it. It proved to be so." Of special note is the author's recommendations to take advantage of technological opportunities to help children get involved in doing their best work, from showing them how to use features of MS Word to encouraging recalcitrant children to tell stories on video. Every writing and literature instructor (including home schoolers!) should read Whatever Happened to Language Arts? and keep it on their personal reference shelf.

Teaching Communication Skills to Children with Autism
Pat Crissey
Attainment Company
PO Box 930160, Verona, WI 53593-0160
1578616913, $39.00,

Communication skills are by far the most vital things one can have. "Teaching Communication Skills to Children with Autism" is a guide for educators who are in charge of teaching students with Autism and Aspergers syndrome. From Pat Crissey's decades worth of experience, she gives much vital educational advice that should not be ignored, as she discusses advising them though confrontations, everyday life, requests, explaining yourself, and the power of communication without ever opening one's mouth. "Teaching Communication Skills to Children with Autism" is a vitally and highly important read which is a core addition to any autism or education collection.

The Biography Shelf

The Cynical Idealist
Gary Tillery
Quest Books
c.o Theosophical Publishing House
PO Box 270, Wheaton, IL 60187-0270
9780835608756, $15.95,

John Lennon is truly an enigmatic figure that baffles many. "The Cynical Idealist: A Spiritual Biography of John Lennon" tries to delve into the spirituality of one of the pens behind the Beatles, and his search for spiritual enlightenment late in his life. Drawing on philosophy from Socrates, and hating what he had become, a pop culture idol, Gary Tillery presents a very unique picture of Lennon. Analyzing his songs and actions, "The Cynical Idealist" is a fascinating read and top pick for fans of Lennon in general.

Small-Town Boy, Small-Town Girl
Eric B. Fowler & Sheila Delaney, authors
Molly P. Rozum, editor
South Dakota State Historical Society Press
900 Governors Drive, Pierre, SC 57501-2217
9780979894077 $17.95

Small-Town Boy, Small-Town Girl: Growing Up in South Dakota 1920-1950 collects and contrasts the autobiographical memoir musings of two people who grew up in the small South Dakota towns of Milbank and Mitchell. These engaging portraits of run-of-the-mill daily life, including during the lean years of the Great Depression and the boom that followed, are told so vividly as to practically transport the reader through time and space. A handful of black-and-white photographs illustrate this excellent addition to memoir shelves. Enthusiastically recommended reading, especially for anyone nostalgic or curious about the color of day-to-day life in America almost a century ago.

The Story of My Life
Hank Greenberg with Ira Berkow
Ivan R. Dee, Inc. Publisher
1332 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60622-2632
9781566638371 $16.95 1-800-462-6420

The Story of My Life is the true-life autobiography of baseball legend Hank Greenberg, the first Jewish player elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. From his childhood days as the son of Eastern European immigrants in New York, to his rise as one of the most skilled home run hitters of his day, to his brave service in World War II and his more personal struggle with cancer, The Story of My Life is an amazing portrait of good and honorable man, both on and off the playing field. Of particular interest are the sections describing how Greenberg, a secular Jew, stood up for himself and his beliefs when confronted by anti-Semitism. An absolute "must" for Greenberg's fans, and an excellent addition to sports biography shelves everywhere.

Get Off Your Knees
John Robinson
Syracuse University Press
621 Skytop Road, Suite 110, Syracuse, NY 13244-5290
9780815609223, $24.95,

Inspiring others is fine and dandy, but what does it do for you? "Get Off Your Knees: A Story of Faith, Courage, and Determination" is John Robinson's story of being a congenital amputee, having no extensions of his arms or legs. Robinson tells his tale of facing the only life he's ever known and what it has taught him about himself and other people, as he earned the position of a successful television director. "Get Off Your Knees" is a story of what happens when a person doesn't feel sorry for themselves and rises to life's challenges.

The Back Parts of War
Michael Snape
Church of England Record Society
c/o Boydell & Brewer
668 Mt. Hope Ave, Rochester, NY 14620-2731
9781843835196, $115.00,

The stories beneath the stories are vital to getting a greater understanding of war. "The Back Parts of War: The YMCA Memoirs and Letters of Barclay Baron, 1915-1919" tells Barclay Baron's story of his work with the Young Men's Christian Association, which worked in many European countries throughout the first world war. Combining his religious faith with his military account, readers get an undoubtedly personal account of the man's life, of what it meant to be a man of god and a soldier during the first world war. With cliff notes from the editor further explaining Baron's writing, "The Back Parts of War" is a collection not to be ignored for libraries seeking historical memoirs, especially those with a religious view.

The Awakener
Helen Weaver
City Lights
261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133
9780872865051, $16.95,

Keeping a child sheltered from the world just makes them try harder to see it. "The Awakener: A Memoir of Kerouac and the Fifties" tells Helen Weaver's story of her repressive childhood that lead her to fully embrace the birth of Rock and Roll and the beat Generation, meeting with many important figures of the time. An intriguing story of the early days of the sound of the century, "The Awakener" is a fine read for music fans and should not be missed.

Paper Words
Judy Endow
PO Box 23173, Shawnee Mission, KD 66283-0173
9781934575499, $19.95,

Autism is not something that can be painted with a broad brush. "Paper Words: Discovering and Living with My Autism" is the memoir of an autistic woman who discovered her condition later in her life. A unique look at autism from a side of the spectrum that can go undetected through the entire life, and how she has faced the diagnosis with renewed wisdom. "Paper Words" is well worth reading for those intrigued with the very nature of autism.

The Photography Shelf

Picture Yourself Getting the Most Out of Your Digital SLR Camera
James Karney and Terrence Karney
Course Technology
c/o Cengage Learning, Inc.
200 First Stamford Place, Stamford, CT 06902
9781598635294 $24.99

Full-color photography on almost every page and an accompanying DVD of example files, tutorials, training videos and more enhance Picture Yourself Getting the Most Out of Your Digital SLR Camera, a user-friendly, step-by-step guide to using one's digital SLR camera. From the basics of exposure, lighting, proper focus, using flash, capturing action, and composition to assembling photo essays, editing, processing, printing, and sharing one's pictures, Picture Yourself Getting the Most Out of Your Digital SLR Camera is an accessible, detailed, and informative reference and self-teaching tool. Photographers of all skill and experience levels, even experts in other cameras who are learning how to maximize their effectiveness specifically with a digital SLR Camera, will find Picture Yourself Getting the Most Out of Your Digital SLR Camera utterly invaluable.

The Judicial Studies Shelf

International Law and the Use of Force
Shirley V. Scott
Anthony John Billingsley
Christopher Michaelsen
Praeger Publishers
PO Box 1911, Santa Barbara, CA 93116-1911
9780313362590 $94.95

International Law and the Use of Force is a scholarly resource that scrutinizes over forty documents pertaining to the legality of taking international military action. A vital and cutting-edge approach to international debate in the wake of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, International Law and the Use of Force includes competing points of view assessing such critical issues as national right to self-defense, anticipatory and preemptive self-defense, terrorism, the role of the UN Security Council, and more. Ultimately seeking to deduce whether the international laws designed to limit the proliferation of war has in fact been successful in its goal, International Law and the Use of Force is an absolutely vital resource for anyone seeking the latest balanced and reasoned research and extrapolation on its topic.

The Needlecraft Shelf

Liberated Quiltmaking II
Gwen Marston
American Quilter's Society
PO Box 3290, Paducah, KY 42002-3290
9781574326536 $28.95

Liberated Quiltmaking II is the updated guide to author Gwen Marston's signature style of original quilts that can be made without using templates or set patterns. Full color photographs and step-by-step diagrams guide the reader through unique, distinctive, and individual designs that come alive rather than simply repeat a sterile, static image. A gorgeous guide highly recommended especially for intermediate and advanced quilt makers interested in experimenting and putting their own personal stamp on their creations!

Simple Style: Easy Weekend Quilts
Sara Diepersloot
Martingale & Company
20205 - 144th Avenue, NE, Woodinville, WA 98072-8478
9781564779496 $24.99

Featuring step-by-step diagrams and full color illustrations, Simple Style: Easy Weekend Quilts is a handy guide to big-piece quilts, which can be made relatively quickly (say, during the course of a weekend retreat). Offering fifteen patterns for theme prints, Asian prints, batiks, pastels, and more, Simple Style: Easy Weekend Quilts focuses on uncomplicated designs that involve basic square, strip, rectangle, or large triangle shapes. An introductory section refreshing the reader's understanding of basic quiltmaking techniques rounds out this useful guide ideal for beginning to intermediate quiltmakers - or even advanced quiltmakers curious to learn how to create high-quality quilts in a very short amount of time.

The Reference Shelf

Representative American Speeches 2008-2009
Brian Boucher, editor
H. W. Wilson
950 University Avenue, Bronx, NY 10452
9780824210939, $50.00,

Some speeches are landmarks of history. "Representative American Speeches 2008-2009" analyzes the most important speeches that affected the American political landscape during the period. From the criticisms from a former administration, to the controversial political moves of the current, these important speeches are presented and offer much valuable insight into modern America. "Representative American Speeches 2008-2009" is a choice addition to any political history collection focusing on recent politics.

Archaeology and Landscape in the Mongolian Altai
Esther Jacobson-Tepfer and James E. Meacham, authors
Gary Tepfer, photographer
ESRI Press
380 New York Street, Redlands, CA 92378-8100
9781589482326 $79.95

Archaeology and Landscape in the Mongolian Altai: An Atlas is an extraordinary reference presenting the exploration and survey of one of the last, remote corners of the world to be cartographically documented. In 1994, authors Esther Jacobson-Tepfer and James E. Meacham began to survey the western-most part of the Mongolian Altai, and their findings - including tremendously beautiful color photographs, detailed maps, and vividly detailed verbal descriptions accessible to readers of all backgrounds - are offered not only as a scholarly reference, but also as a testimony to the wonder of the rugged natural world. A singularly stunning coffee table book, highly recommended especially to armchair travelers.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

Sunken Realms
Karen Mutton
Adventures Unlimited
1 Adventure Place, Kempton, IL 60946
9781931882965, $20.00,

Whole cities submerged leave much for the mind to wonder about. "Sunken Realms: A Survey of Underwater Ruins from Around the World" discusses these unique sites that would have been lost to the tides of history if not for science's exploration of the ocean floor. Examining sites throughout Africa, Europe, and Asia, as well as the potential true existence of an Atlantis, "Sunken Realms" is a top pick and fascinating read for those who find them fascinated by the untold stories of history.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

A New Era for Wolves and People
Marco Musiani, Luigi Boitani, & Paul C. Paquet
University of Calgary Press
2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, AL Canada T2N 1N4
9781552382707, $29.95,

Wolves have been vilified and romanticized, but they are endangered in reality. "A New Era for Wolves and People: Wolf Recovery, Human Attitudes, and Policy" discusses wolves and their current status and relationship with humans in North America and Europe. With much in the way of science to discuss the current status of wolves, "A New Era for Wolves and People" is a worthwhile pick for anyone concerned about the status and future of these wild canines.

Dog Show Judging
Chris Walkowicz
Dogwise Publishing
405 S Mission St. Wenatchee, WA 98801
9781929242665, $12.95,

How does one call a show parading the best of the canine species? "Dog Show Judging: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" discusses dog show judging and how would be judges can do their best to be unbiased, clear calling judges, including how to break into the business. A career path for those who truly love dogs, Chris Walkowicz draws on his own experience to create a solid and very recommended read. "Dog Show Judging" is a top pick that is a must for anyone who wants to pursue this career.

The Christian Studies Shelf

Faith at the Edge
Robert N. Wennberg
Wm B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
2140 Oak Industrial Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
9780802864734, $14.00,

There are times in life where your faith will be in question. "Faith at the Edge: A Book for Doubters" is a Christian inspirational guide aimed at those who are having a crisis of faith. Drawing upon biblical and historical examples of people doubting their faith, the author gives readers much hope to help them find their love of God again by remembering that God will always be there, even when it seems as if he isn't. "Faith at the Edge" is a strong addition to any Christian book collection.

Subversive Sequels in the Bible
Judy Klitsner
The Jewish Publication Society Philadelphia
PO Box 960, Herndon, VA 20172-0960
9780827608887, $35.00,

An intriguing web of history and faith is the Bible. "Subversive Sequels in the Bible: How Biblical Stories Mine and Undermine Each Other" is an exploration of the Bible and the inter relationship the stories have along each other. An intriguing look into the Bible, judging the Bible's virtues and ideas through itself, Judy Klitsner provides quite the fine and recommended read. "Subversive Sequels in the Bible" is a fine addition to any biblical studies collection.

Breaking the Worry Habit... Forever
Elizabeth George
Harvest House Publishers
990 Owen Loop North, Eugene, Oregon 97402-9173
9780736919272, $12.99,

Worrying has been proven to carry negative health issues. "Breaking the Worry Habit... Forever: God's Plan for Lasting Peace of Mind" is a Christian inspirational guide that encourages readers to stop worrying and lay their faith more with God. Encouraging people to focus on other things that are more prevalent and to always remember God is with you, Elizabeth George provides a very inspiring manual. "Breaking the Worry Habit..." is a worthy read for Christians weighed down with worry.

Now Go Forward
J. David Eshleman
Herald Press
616 Walnut Avenue, Scottsdale, PA 15683-1999
9780836194456, $19.99

No one believes in a detached leader. "Now Go Forward: Reaching Out to Grow Your Congregation" is J. David Eshleman's discussion of how a pastor must form personal and strong relationships with members of their congregation in order to be the powerful spiritual leader in their life they look towards. A close bond is a tight bond, and Eshleman executes his advice and tips in "Now Go Forward" quite well.

The Long Yearning's End
Patrick Hannon
ACTA Publications
5559 W. Howard Street, Skokie, IL 60077
9780879464035, $12.95,

God is not all of life, but he's a good companion. "The Long Yearning's End" is a spiritual memoir from Patrick Hannon, as he reflects upon his own journeys in life and how his bond as a Holy Cross priest helped him through his times as he traveled across the country serving as a minister. Inspirational and spiritual, "The Long Yearning's End" is a choice pick for those who want a divinely inspired memoir.

Trauma Recalled
Dirk G. Lange
Fortress Press
c/o Augsburg Fortress
PO Box 1209, Minneapolis, MN 55440
9780800664626, $20.00,

Faith in Christ has more to it than the surface would have you believe. "Trauma Recalled: Liturgy, Disruption, and Theology" discusses Christian belief through the scholarly ideas and thoughts of Dirk G. Lange, as he muses on the belief in Christ and his story and how it plays into the modern spirituality. Offering a very comprehensive dissection of faith, the ideas of Dirk G. Lange in "Trauma Recalled" make for enlightening and intriguing reading, highly recommended.

Autism's Hidden Blessings
Kelly Langston
Kregel Publications
PO Box 2607, Grand Rapids, MI 49501
9780825429774, $13.99

How do faith and autism meet? "Autism's Hidden Blessings: Discovering God's Promises for Autistic Children & Their Families" is a Christian mother's reflection on Autism when she considered God's hand in her life when it came to her autistic son, Alec. Stating that God truly does care about Autistic children and Autistic children will not be denied his grace, she encourages parents to show their love in spite of any doubts they may have had. "Autism's Hidden Blessings" is a treasure and a highly recommended read for parents of autistic children.

The Literary Shelf

The Metamorphoses of Tintin
Jean-Marie Apostolides
Stanford University Press
1450 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304-1124
9780804760317, $24.95,

Long running cartoons are long running for a reason. "The Metamorphoses of Tintin: Or Tintin for Adults" discusses the creation of Tintin, created by Belgian Georges Remi, or Herge as he's known, nearly a century ago and has captivated European readers ever since. Tintin's evolution went from a strong semblance of Herge's own politics, to being more of a general, everyone can enjoy approach. "The Metamorphoses of Tintin" is a must for anyone fascinated by the story of this figure and wishes to know the behind the story history.

The Representation of Business in English Literature
Arthur Pollard
Liberty Fund Inc.
8335 Allison Pointe Trail, Suite 300, Indianapolis, IN 46250-1684
Chicago Distribution Center (distributor)
11030 S. Langley Ave., Chicago, IL 60628
9780865977587, $12.00,

The Establishment has had many roles in fiction. "The Representation of Business in English Literature" is a scholarly critique of businesses role in fiction and how it has shaped the public's opinions on big business in America. Stating that many novelists seem to vilify big business, he offers interesting insight into this history. "The Representation of Business in English Literature" is a strong pick for literary analysis collections.

The Environmental Studies Shelf

Red Alert!
Daniel R. Wildcat
Fulcrum Publishing
PO Box 807, Onalaska, WI 54650
9781555916374, $12.95,

Could the answer to the world's problems with the environment lie with America's original inhabitants? "Red Alert! Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge" tackles environmentalism with the traditional wisdom of the native American Indians. Arguing against man's battle with nature and stating that there is no controlling the Earth, Daniel R. Wildcat presents many intriguing ideas for readers that is well worth considering for those worried about the environment. "Red Alert!" is a top pick for those seeking second opinions about environmental crises.

Heaven and Earth
Ian Plimer
Taylor Trade Publishing
4501 Forbes Boulevard, Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706
9781589794726, $21.95,

Global warming has been the center of a big science debate, and politics are commonly brought into the equation. "Heaven and Earth: Global Warming The Missing Science" is Ian Plimer's criticism of the modern global warming science, offering his own ideas to counter the current science, with a more intellectual approach. For those who want to take a thinking approach to global warming untainted by politics or faith, "Heaven and Earth" is a worthwhile consideration.

The Tao of Liberation
Mark Hathaway & Leonardo Boff
Orbis Books
PO Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0302
9781570758416, $35.00,

The world has been harmed too long by humanity's take-take-take attitude. "The Tao of Liberation: Exploring the Ecology of Transformation" uses take offs from Taoist philosophy in order to creating a harmony of man and nature. A unique book that blends spirituality, environmentalism, and other elements, Mark Hathaway and Leonardo Boff do well in providing much in the way of their philosophy and ideas for a better Earth tomorrow. "The Tao of Liberation" is well worth the read for spiritual environmentalists who want to get things done.

Repairing Paradise
William R. Lowry
Brookings Institution Press
1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036
9780815702740, $28.95,

The natural history of America is important. "Repairing Paradise: The Restoration of Nature in America's National Parks" tells the story of the national park system and America's movement towards conservation. Speaking of the flaws that led to the formation of these systems to the triumphs of the return of the wolves to Yellowstone, undamming the Grand Canyon, and so much more, William R. Lowry paints a comprehensive history of the National Park Movement in America. "Repairing Paradise" is a strong pick that should not be ignored for environmental studies history collections.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Evil for Evil
James R. Benn
Soho Press, Inc.
853 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
9781569475935, $25.00,

An enemy right next door may prove difficult for an already difficult situation. "Evil for Evil" follows Billy Boyle, as he is sent to Northern Ireland to potentially put a wrench in a plot that would allow the separate country to join the Axis powers. A tall order for a southern boy, James R. Benn crafts a fine story using much of the trivia of history in his tale. "Evil for Evil" is a top pick and highly recommended read that mystery lovers will simply relish.

The Psychology Shelf

As the Pendulum Swings
Lindsay A. Brady
Robert D. Reed Publishers
PO Box 1992, Bandon, OR 97411
9781934759363, $18.95,

What is hypnotherapy, truly? "As the Pendulum Swings: If it Isn't Hypnosis, Then What is It?" is the studies of Lindsay A. Brady on the subject of hypnotherapy. Offering his own ideas and thoughts through his own experiments with tens of thousands of clients during the past few decades, he discusses hypnosis, past life regression, and more, it's an intriguing array of ideas that should not be missed by those in an interest in the psychological and metaphysical. "As the Pendulum Swings" is a choice pick that should not be missed.

Trauma, Tragedy, Therapy
Stephen K. Levine
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
400 Market Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19106
9781843105121, $29.95,

The way humanity deals with awfulness is truly unique. "Trauma, Tragedy, Therapy: The Arts and Human Suffering" is a scholarly discussion of the artistic portrayal of pain and how many different artists view the most negative aspects of the human experience. Deeply psychological, Stephen Levine goes over being at the bottom of life, chaos, healing, and the human body, "Trauma, Tragedy, Therapy" is a top pick for addition to arts and psychology collections for community and college libraries.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

The Art of Overeating
Leslie Landis
c/o Planned Television Arts
1667 K Street, NW, Suite 950, Washington, DC 20006
9781402764561, $9.95,

Obesity is a real problem in America, but sometimes in finding solutions, some take it too far. "The Art of Overeating: A Bellyful of Laughs About Our Food-Phobic Culture" seeks to lampoon the radical diets and responses against obesity, by playing humorous devil's advocate as Leslie Landis encourages readers that while health is a good thing, completely avoiding the food you love isn't healthy either. "The Art of Overeating" is a finely entertaining read sure to bring a smile to anyone fighting their own food-based battle.

The Business Shelf

Think Big!
Les Pardew & Brant Slade
Course Technology Cengage Learning
20 Channel Center Street, Boston, MA 02210
9781435454750, $19.99,

To beat them, you have to join them first. "Think Big! An Entrepreneur's Guide to Partnering with Large Companies" is a business guide that encourages aspiring businessmen to not overlook the power of partnering with existing big corporations in order to gain power and grow one's own business. Even for a small company, the boon of partnership can have untold benefits to both sides of these relationships, and authors Pardew and Slade give readers what they need to know to strike these deals. "Think Big!" is something not to be missed by small business owners.

The Organic Farmer's Business Handbook
Richard Wiswall
Chelsea Green Publishing
PO Box 428, White River Junction, VT 05001
9781603581424, $34.95,

You can still be good to the earth and do good business. "The Organic Farmer's Business Handbook: A Complete Guide to Managing Finances, Crops, and Staff -- and Making a Profit" is a guide for aspiring organic business people who want to attain that business like efficiency while staying true to their values. With advice for many levels of the business, there is no shortage of organic advice. "The Organic Farmer's Business Handbook" is an ideal addition to any organic farmer's business shelves.

Creativity in Public Relations, fourth edition
Andy Green
Kogan Page
525 South 4th Street, #241, Philadelphia, PA 19147
9780749456504, $37.50,

Innovation sells. "Creativity in Public Relations" is a guide to bringing new ideas to the world of public relations. Emphasizing the creative process, the value of developing new methods over letting old ones stagnating, and using methods to create new opportunities for one's business. A fully updated fourth edition uses recent developments to provide many new ideas, making "Creativity in Public Relations" a must for any business' PR department.

The Parenting Shelf

Whale Done Parenting
Ken Blanchard & collaborators
Berrett-Koehler Publishers
235 Montgomery Street, Suite 650, San Franscisco, CA 94104-2916
9781605093482, $14.95,

Whales are mammals. Your children are mammals. The techniques to teach the former can be applied to the later. "Whale Done Parenting: How to Make Parenting a Positive Experience for You and Your Kids" is a different, yet effective approach to parenting. whale trainers take their lessons from their careers and grant it to parents who want to make their children behave and be better parents. A unique set of analogies, "Whale Done Parenting" a fine collection of parenting material that is worthy of any community library parenting collection.

While We Wait
Heide Schlumpf
ACTA Publishing
5559 W. Howard Street, Skokie, IL 60077-2621
9780979464066, $12.95,

Adoption is a long process, and rightfully so. "While We Wait: Spiritual & Practical Advice for Those Trying to Adopt" is a guide to the process of adoption to would be adoptive parents who want to best understand the process and prepare to raise a child who is not biologically their own. With advice on dealing with the bureaucracy, facing your own family, and why to adopt, "While We Wait" is a fine and very recommended read for those who have the hearts to take care of the child of another.

The Human Sexuality Shelf

Erotic Love
David J. Roof
Vintage Publishing
1010 W. Church St., Urbana, IL 61801
9780984175901, $19.95

Sex is a cornerstone of any romantic relationship. "Erotic Love: A Holistic Guide to Lasting Sexual Intimacy" is a guide to the finer points of the sexual relationship, discussing matters from relationships outside the bedroom to taboo, to why women become more attached to men than the other way around. "Erotic Love" is an intriguing exploration of sex and relationships and could bring new life and sparks to any coupling.

The Self-Help Shelf

Burnt Toast & Jam
D. Kinza Christenson
Peebles Publishing Unlimited
512 Lac La Belle Drive, Suite 130, Oconomowoc, WI 53066
9780972827744, $12.95,

Dealing with life isn't about not making mistakes. It's about dealing with those mistakes. "Burnt Toast & Jam: Stories and Thoughts to Fill Your Heart & Lift Your Spirit" is a collection of short stories from D. Kinza Christenson encouraging readers to make the best out of the worst situations. With a simple wisdom and stories that will make readers smile, "Burnt Toast & Jam" is a collection that should not be ignored.

50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food
Susan Albers
New Harbinger Publications
5674 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609
9781572246768, $16.95,

Comfort food is a common fall back in rough times. "50 Ways to Sooth Yourself Without Food" is a guide for those who want to stop looking towards food for their security blanket when times get tough for them. With tips on how to fight the temptation of stress eating and how to find an alternative that works, Susan Albers presents plenty of non-food based activities. "50 Ways to Sooth Yourself Without Food" is a choice pick for self-help collections.

Starting Over
Mary Lee Gannon
New Horizon Press
PO Box 669, Far Hills, NJ 07931-0669
9780882823119, $14.95,

Unemployment can be a tough condition to get out of. "Starting Over: 25 Rules When You've Bottomed Out" is a guide for getting that fresh start so many want when faced with recent job loss. With much advice on completely rebooting one's career, making those new connections, filling out that resume, and getting the job you truly want, Mary Lee Gannon does not fail in arming readers the best she can.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

The Apex Book of World SF
S.P. Somtow & Zoran Zivkovic
Apex Publications
PO Box 24323, Lexington, KY 40524
9780982159637, $18.95,

Science fiction is about infinite possibilities. "The Apex of World SF" is a collection of stories from Apex Publications featuring some of the best new Science fiction writers to appear on the scene in recent years. Authors from around the world present very different pictures for a wide ranging picture of what has been called "The Apex of World SF" is a fine collection for short fiction fans who need a science fiction fix.

The Martial Arts Shelf

Doug Cook
YMAA Publication Center
PO Box 480, Wolfeboro, NH 03894
9781594391286, $14.95,

Martial arts is more than creative ways to hurt people. "Taekwondo: A Path to Excellence" is a guide to those who want to understand this martial art, and the benefits in health, spirituality, and skill it can bring. A complete and comprehensive history of its roots and what it means today, "Taekwondo" is a very highly recommended read for any who want to better understand this historic martial art.

The Marriage/Divorce Shelf

Kiss Me Again
Barbara Wilson
12265 Oracle Boulevard, Suite 200, Colorado Springs, CO 80921
9781601421586, $13.99,

When that spark is lost, the essence of the marriage is as well. "Kiss Me Again: Restoring Lost Intimacy in Marriage" is a guide for relationships that have lost their luster and want to recover that spark that they once had and make the marriage have the allure it had before. With plenty of advice for re-finding those bonds and re-kindling the passion, "Kiss Me Again" is a solid pick.

Gary and Mona Shriver
David C. Cook
4050 Lee Vance View, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
9781434765338, $14.99,

The betrayal of trust that comes from infidelity is a hard wound to heal from. "Unfaithful: Hope and Healing After Infidelity" is a guide for couples who have shown this weakness and want to overcome it for the sake of their family, their friendship, and their love. Drawing upon their own experiences, Gary and Mona Shriver give much advice and state that with enough time and patience, any wound to a relationship can be healed. "Unfaithful" is a top pick for those who are uncertain of their marriage's future.

The International Studies Shelf

Inside Fallujah
Ahmed Mansour
Olive Branch Press
c/o Interlink Publishing Group
46 Crosby Street, Northampton, MA 01060-1804
9781566567787, $20.00,

The other side of the coin can prove enlightening and informative. "Inside Fallujah: The Unembedded Story" is another perspective from the battle of Fallujah during the oft criticized American War in Iraq. Offering a shocking other opinion, being one of the only reporters to stay inside the city during the US Invasion. Well worth considering for those studying the Iraq war, "Inside Fallujah" is infinitely interesting and very highly recommended.

The Economics Shelf

The World Bank Unveiled
David Ian Shaman
Parkhurst Brothers
415 North McKinley Street, Suite 510, Little Rock, AR 72205
1935166034, $38.95,

If no one knows what you're doing, what's to stop you from being selfish? "The World Bank Unveiled: Inside the Revolutionary Struggle for Transparency" is David Ian Shaman's call for more transparent management in the affairs of the world. One of the most influential and powerful organizations in the world, Shaman states that transparency will fight corruption, and encourage the bank to act more as it should, stating that many of the world's current problems lie within its poor management. "The World Bank Unveiled" is a very recommended pick for economics studies collections.

The Computer Shelf

The Book of Xen
Chris Takemura & Luke S. Crawford
No Starch Press
555 De Haro Street, Suite 250, San Franscisco, CA 94107
9781593271862, $49.95,

The less you pay, the more you can get. "The Book of Xen: A Practical Guide for the System Administrator" is a guide to the open source tool known as Xen. For administrators, Xen can prove to be a solid back up tool that will allow access for many in your company, no matter what operating system they use, while being easy to manage. With plenty of troubleshooting tips, Chris Takemura & Luke S. Crawford prove their expertise by giving the complete and comprehensive instruction manual that the program does not have. For anyone who wants to get the most out of free, "The Book of Xen" is a core addition to any technology collection.

The Political Science Shelf

Redemption Song, updated edition
Niall Stanage
c/o Dufour Editions
PO Box 7, Chester Springs, PA 19425
9781905483716, $17.95,

High expectations are always hard to live up to. "Redemption Song: Barack Obama: From Hope to Reality" is an updated edition of the volume originally published last year. Now a year into Obama's term, author Niall Stanage brings new contents and details from both the campaign trail and his first year in office. "Redemption Song" is quite the read for those with a strong interest in the political career of Barack Obama.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

You Don't Have to be Buddhist to Know Nothing
Joan Konner
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2119
9781591027577, $17.00,

Nothing is more than nothingness. "You Don't Have to be Buddhist to Know Nothing: An Illustrious Collection of Thoughts on Naught" is a discussion of the concept of nothing, tracing the history of nothing, as many minds come together and discuss nothing. As these assorted individuals come into a collection compiled by Joan Konner expertly, "You Don't Have to Buddhist to Know Nothing" is nothing more than utterly fascinating, and highly recommended.

Healing God
Marie Levit
Hampton Roads
1523 Montessori Terrace, Charlottesville, VA 22911
Red Wheel, Weiser, & Conari (distributor)
65 Parker Street, Suite 7, Newburyport, MA 01950
9781571746191, $16.95,

When you ignore Him your whole life, He just may show you the way still. "Healing God: Wake Up and Heal Yourself" is Marie Levit's recollection of her path to faith, as she migrates to America and finds God. Saying that God can heal your life if you just let Him in, she uses her life story as a manual bring greater faith into one's life and be happier. "Healing God: Wake Up and Heal Yourself" is a strong consideration for those who want to find their way back to faith.

Justice & Rights
Michael Ipgrave
Georgetown University Press
3240 Prospect Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007
9781589014893, $24.95,

Understanding the other side is the first step in searching for peace. "Justice & Rights: Christian and Muslim Rights" is a series of essays from writers who have seen and know both sides of the coin. Through their writing, the reader will come to understand and learn many facts and views that are deep ingrained and history from both cultures. For anyone with hopes for a peaceful future, the wisdom and ideas within "Justice & Rights" are not to be missed.

Eyes Wide Open
Mariana Caplan
Sounds True
413 South Arthur Avenue, Louisville, CO 80027
9781591797326, $18.95

Enlightenment is a vague term that many pursue but few truly understand. "Eyes Wide Open: Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path" is a spiritual guide that encourages people to seek enlightenment by asking themselves many, many questions in order to find out who they really are in life. Catering to readers of any faith or spiritual path, "Eyes Wide Open" is a worthwhile read with some solid advice.

Beauty Awakening Belief
Jon M. Sweeney
Morehouse Publishing
4775 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17112
9780819223708, $20.00

Beautiful cathedrals, artistic masterpieces, and the foundation of classical music. "Beauty Awakening Belief" looks at medieval belief, the belief that fueled art and much of society and how it impacts the faith of the modern day. These works of art and architecture do much to help those retain their belief in God, and Jon M. Sweeney offers much spiritual insight to the why of this. Intriguing and fascinating reading, "Beauty Awakening Belief" is a very recommended read.

The Homeowner's Shelf

Country Plumbing, updated edition
Gerry Hartigan
Alan C. Hood & Company
PO Box 775, Chambersburg, PA 17201
9780911469349, $12.50,

Not all houses were built with the idea of plumbing in mind. "Country Plumbing: Living with a Septic System" is a guide for those in those houses designed before modern plumbing and the reality of having to live with the solution many turn to - a septic system. An updated edition, this guide elaborates on what people need to know to legally, responsibly, and sanitarily deal with their own waste. "Country Plumbing" is a solid guide to septic management, and a top pick.

The Gaming Shelf

Dark Places
Kevin Siembieda
39074 Webb Court, Westland, MI 48185-7606
9781574571769, $12.95,

There are few better ways to spend an evening than fighting off a zombie apocalypse. "Dark Places: Dead Reign Sourcebook Two" is a followup to Palladium's previous zombie-themed role playing game sourcebook. With new zombie types, new rules, diseases, and many more elements to make you and your party's war against the undead hordes ever more interesting, "Dark Places" is a choice addition to any pen and paper RPG collection.

It's Your Call
Marshall Miles
Master Point Press
331 Douglas Ave., Toronto, ON, M5M 1H2
9781897106570, $19.95,

There's the game of bridge, and then there is refining it down to a science. "It's Your Call" explores the world of bidding, and bridge theory. Marshall Miles and other minds that delve into the game of bridge and bidding, make a whole other game in itself. For those trying to crunch the numbers for another edge to their game, or are simply fascinated by so called games of 'chance', "It's Your Call" is a strong and very recommended read.

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