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Volume 7, Number 7 July 2012 Home | WBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice American History Shelf World History Shelf
Travel Shelf Fashion Shelf Automotive Shelf
Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf Metaphysical Studies Shelf Self-Help Shelf
Poetry Shelf Memoir Shelf Cookbook Shelf
Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Humor Shelf Fiction Shelf
Mystery/Suspense Shelf Education Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf
Christian Studies Shelf Judaic Studies Shelf Computer Shelf
Antiques/Collectibles Shelf Photography Shelf Biography Shelf
Crafts Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf Human Sexuality Shelf
Business Shelf Social Issues Shelf Money/Finance Shelf
Gardening Shelf Psychology Shelf Music Shelf
Parenting Shelf Interior Design Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf
Audiobook Shelf Music CD Shelf DVD Shelf
Genealogy Shelf Gaming Shelf Aviation Shelf
Wisconsin Shelf    

Reviewer's Choice

Coal in Our Veins
Erin Ann Thomas
Utah State University Press
7800 Old Main Hill
Logan, Utah 84322
9780874218633, $24.95,

Coal is a major part of American culture, whether we like it or not. "Coal in Our Veins: A Personal Journey" studies the weight that coal bears on our society, stating that coal contributes to fifty percent of the nation's electricity. Analyzing the many impacts coal can have on our society on many levels, from the miners digging it out, the businesses profiting upon it, the future of coal's replacements, and the reality of weaning America off coal. "Coal in Our Veins" is a solid addition to any discussion of current events, the environment, and energy, highly recommended.

The Get Yourself Organized Project
Kathi Lipp
Harvest House Publishers
990 Owen Loop North
Eugene, Oregon 97402-9173
9780736943857, $12.99,

Organization can allow life to flow more effectively. "The Get Yourself Organized Project: 21 Steps to Less, Mess, and Stress" is a guide to organizing one's life and home. From dealing with the paper piles in one's life, to eliminating the stress within one's home, shopping better, cooking better, and cleaning better. A choice pick for those who want to better improve their lives flow, "The Get Yourself Organized Project" is a must for self-help and women's house & home collections.

If You Have to Wear an Ugly Dress, Learn to Accessorize
Linda McNamara & Karen Kemper
610 East Delano Street, Suite 104
Tucson, AZ 85705
9781604945959, $16.95,

Some diseases stick around for a lifetime, but it doesn't mean they should be allowed to define us. "If You Have to Wear an Ugly Dress, Learn to Accessorize: Guidance, Inspiration, and Hope for Women with Lupus, Schleroderma, and Other Autoimmune Illnesses" is a motivational take from Linda McNamara & Karen Kemper as they provide practical advice for dealing with these conditions, dealing with the pressures of misunderstanding, finding the help you need, and keeping one's pride alive when accepting health where needed. "If You Have to Wear an Ugly Dress, Learn to Accessorize" is a strong addition to health and motivational collections, highly recommended.

Walking on Eggshells
Amy Sales
New Horizon Press
PO Box 669
Far Hills, NJ 07931
9780882823805, $14.95,

Serious illness needs care beyond what many of us expect. "Walking on Eggshells: Caring for a Critically Ill Loved One" is a discussion of what one should know when charged with caring for a seriously ill loved one. Amy Sales advises family for dealing with the rough plight of intensive care, dealing with doctors, and even advice for dealing for when the most unfortunate may be called for. "Walking on Eggshells" is a must for any collection focusing on caregiving and family.

Alan S. Kesselheim
Mountain Press Publishing Company
PO Box 2399, Missoula, MT 59806
9780944197882, $29.95,

There's more to Montana than vast open spaces. "Montana: Real Place, Real People" is an analysis of the big sky state with essays from Alan S. Kesselheim and full color photography from Thomas Lee. Collecting the personal stories from many throughout the state as they work, play, raise their families and generally live their lives. For those who want to better understand the allure of Montana, "Montana" is a strongly recommended pick, not to be overlooked.

American History Shelf

Secret Witness
Blaine L. Pardoe
University of Michigan Press
839 Greene Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3209
9780472035021, $22.95,

Small towns often enjoy seclusion from the world and a good dose of peace that comes with it. "Secret Witness: The Untold Story of the 1967 Bombing in Marshall, Michigan" tells of the story of this intrusion into the peace of small town life where a massive explosion ripped through its downtown area. The origins of such a massive plot spiraled from the curious intent to kill a well-liked woman in the community. Digging deeper into the event and the investigation to explore a dark side of the town, "Secret Witness" is a fascinating and much recommended pick, highly recommended.

Women in Wonderland
Elizabeth A. Watry
Riverbend Publishing
PO Box 5833, Helena, MT 59604
9781606390290, $19.95,

Yellowstone National Park is perhaps one of the most famous parks in America. "Women in Wonderland: Lives, Legends, and Legacies of Yellowstone National Park" chronicles the contributions of many women who helped established the park as a national icon, telling the stories not often told about the park. Focusing on women who acted as rangers, scientists, entrepreneurs and much more to help establish the park. "Women in Wonderland" is a solid entry into history collections focusing on the national parks and women's studies.

The World History Shelf

Liberty is Dead.
Margaret E. Derry, editor
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3C5
9781554580538, $24.95,

The rise and power of the Third Reich fascinates us, even today. "Liberty is Dead.: A Canadian in Germany, 1938" explores the work of the work of Franklin Wellington Wegenast, who took many trips throughout Europe, his final trip being on the eve of the second World War, discussing the people of Germany and the rapid changes in Germany and European society as a whole. "Liberty is Dead." is an excellent and core addition to community library history and World War II collections.

The Eitingons
Mary-Kay Wilmers
20 Jay Street, 10th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201-8346
9781844679003, $24.95,

Some families grow vast, brushing up against the many legends of their era. "The Eitingons: A Twentieth-Century Story" is a compilation of history as Mary-Kay Wilmers presents a study of a family which had connections to many events in the first half of the twentieth century. KGB Assassins, heads of fur empires, connections to legends of their fields and strong notoriety in their own rights. "The Eitingons" is a must for its unique perspective of early twentieth century history, highly recommended.

The Travel Shelf

Korina Miller, et al.
Lonely Planet Publications
150 Linden St., Oakland CA 94607
9781741799576, $24.99,

Although the nation of Greece has fallen on hard economic times nowadays, it is still a land of culture, history, art, and natural beauty drawing millions of visitors to its towns and villages, its shores and mountains, its fabled landmarks and ancient ruins. "Greece" is a superbly comprised, 816-page travel guide complete with comprehensive listings, maps, advise, suggestions, data, and descriptions. Of special note is a pull-out map of Athens. Thoroughly 'user friendly', "Greece" is the ultimate travel guide in service of planning 'trips of a lifetime' whether for business or for pleasure. Succinct and highly portable, "Greece" is strongly recommended for personal and community library travel guide collections.

Discover Paris by Metro
Anne-Claire Rue, Aurelie Clair, Catherine Taret
Hachette Livre Editions du Chene
c/o National Book Network
4270 Boston Way, Suite 200
Lanham, MD 20706
9782812305528, $19.95,

Paris has so many wonderful tourist attractions (many of which are world wide in the 'must see' reputations that planning an itinerary to get the most out a visit to the 'City of Lights' is essential. One of the lesser known but highly rewarding experiences for visitors to what Paris has to offer is its underground metro system. That's why "Discover Paris by Metro", a compact, 'user friendly', 384-page compendium will prove to be invaluable in planning what to do, what to see, and how to get there. Profusely illustrated and up-to-date, "Discover Paris by Metro" is a veritable cornucopia of advice, suggestions, and recommendations on what to see and do when getting off at each metro station. Every station's particular access to monuments, cultural resources, unusual sites, as well as restaurants, hotels, and so much more is literally at one's finger tips. If you are planning a trip to Paris for either business or pleasure or both -- don't leave without your very own copy of "Discover Paris by Metro"!

Your Guide to the National Parks
Michael Joseph Oswald
Stone Road Press
4927 Stone Road, Whitelaw, WI 54247
9781621280002, $25.00,

Nature at its most pure is there for those who want to see it. "Your Guide to the National Parks: The Complete Guide to all 58 National Parks" is a comprehensive travel guide by Michael Joseph Oswald, designed to help readers see anything and everything that these parks have to offer. Each entry includes location info, what to expect from nature, how to find the park, open seasons, notable attractions, and plenty of full color photography to back the details up. "Your Guide to the National Parks" is a must for nature and vacation collections.

22 Accessible Road Trips
Candy B. Harrington
Demos Medical Publishing
11 West 42nd Street, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10036
9781936303267, $21.95,

Just because one has difficulty walking doesn't mean they are out of options for trips. "22 Accessible Road Trips: Driving Vacations for Wheelers and Slow Walkers" is a guide for disabled-accessible vacation destinations all over America for those who still want to see the world in spite of existing health issues in their lives. Each entry fills out plenty of info for the trip including alternatives and tweaks to the normal methods of dealing with it. "22 Accessible Road Trips" is a strong pick for travel reference collections for those who must take special considerations for their trips.

The Fashion Shelf

Dressing Marilyn
Andrew Hansford
c/o Hal Leonard
Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing
33 Plymouth St, Suite 302
Montclair, NJ 07042
9781557838469, $29.99,

Every starlet needs a wardrobe. "Dressing Marilyn: How a Hollywood Icon was styled by William Travilla" delves into the wardrobe of famed Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe, and in particular, her personal designer William Travilla who on an off meeting began a legendary relationship and how the two worked together revolutionized what was wardrobe throughout Monroe's career. With sketches, interviews, and much more, "Dressing Marilyn" is a full color exploration of Monroe, Travilla, and the designs that helped make her a legend.

The Automotive Shelf

East vs. West Showdown
Joseph Alig & Stephen Kilmer
39966 Grand Avenue
North Branch, MN 55056
9781934709757, $29.95,

Design adapts to the environment and needs to the situation around them. "East vs. West Showdown: Rods, Customs, and Rails" discusses the evolution of the Hot Rod on both coasts that dealt with the demands of their coast. Joseph Alig & Stephen Kilmer come together in their devotion to these classic automobiles, comparing their makers and the ideas behind their designs, "East vs. West Showdown" is a full color guide packed with photograph, an absolute must for general automobile collections.

The Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf

Web-Spinning Heroics
Robert Moses Peaslee & Robert G. Weiner, editors
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611
Jefferson NC 28640
9780786446278, $40.00,

Spider-Man has become a cultural icon with countless movies, TV shows, and of course, comic series. "Web-Spinning Heroics: Critical Essays on the History and Meaning of Spider-Man" is an analysis of the role of Spider-Man in popular culture. The editors and essayists within present many intriguing observation on the nature of Peter Parker and the universe that has expanded around him. "Web-Spinning Heroics" is a must for fans of the series or simply for students of popular culture, highly recommended.

The Comic Book Podcast Companion
Eric Houston
10407 Bedfordtwn Dr.
Raleigh, NC 27614
9781605490182, $15.95,

Podcasts have opened up the airwaves to many a topics, including niche topics that would have never got a radio station of their own. "The Comic Book Podcast Companion" is a guide from Eric Houston to the many emerging podcasts to give comic book fans of any type or genre an avenue to find something from them. With highlights of the best of the best and black and white photography all throughout, "The Comic Book Podcast Companion" is a must for any comic book fan looking for iPod fodder.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

Sleep Magic
Victoria Pendragon
Ozark Mountain Publishing, Inc.
PO Box 754
Huntsville, AR 72740
9781886940277, $12.00,

Sleep is a powerful part of one's overall health. "Sleep Magic: Surrendering to Success" is a guide to the spiritual power of sleep as well as the more mundane health benefits throughout. Victoria Pendragon advises readers how to use their dreams to empower themselves and find their true spirit, and use their dreams to battle serious illness. "Sleep Magic" is a powerful read for metaphysical and spiritual health collections, highly recommended.

A.D. After Disclosure
Richard M. Dolan & Bryce Zabel
New Page Books
c/o Career Press Inc.
PO Box 687
Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
9781601632227, $16.99,

Declassification is part of America's government... what if the truth about alien contact were finally let out? "A.D. After Disclosure: When the Government Finally Reveals the Truth About Alien Contact" is a blend of history and speculative fiction as Richard M. Dolan and Bryce Zabel present their idea of the situation of America letting it be known that contact with an alien species changes the world as we know it, going far deeper than we could every imagine. Fascinating reading, "A.D. After Disclosure" is a must for metaphysical and UFO studying libraries, highly recommended.

The Struggle for Your Mind
Kingsley L. Dennis
Inner Traditions International, Ltd.
One Park Street
Rochester, VT 05767
9781594774577, $18.95,

Our mind is a powerful thing and it should be all our own. "The Struggle for Your Mind: Conscious Evolution and the Battle to Control How We Think" is a metaphysical discussion from Kingsley L. Dennis as he explores the many things that surround us that indirectly control us, misinformation, propaganda, consumerism, economics, and much more, exploring the biological forces that make us susceptible and how to overcome them. "The Struggle for Your Mind" is a must for metaphysical and new age spirituality collections, very much recommended thinking.

Energy Work 101
Todd Cunningham
Balboa Press
1663 Liberty Drive, Suite 200
Bloomington, IN 47403-5161
9781452541990, $11.99,

We are all part of the universe, and finding ourselves within it can give us a better connection to the world. "Energy Work 101" is a spiritual and inspirational read from Todd Cunningham, who pushes readers to align with their higher self, becoming more aware, learning how to heal the wounds of life, and help others find themselves as well. "Energy Work 101" is a valuable metaphysical read, very much recommended.

The Self-Help Shelf

The Power and Grace Between Nasty or Nice
John C. Friel & Lind D. Olund Friel
Health Communications, Inc.
3201 S.W. 15th Street
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442-8190
9780757315862, $14.95,

Americans have the ability for great generosity and kindness, but it is unfortunately often lost in a sea of egotism and brashness. "The Power and Grace Between Nasty or Nice: Replacing Entitlement, Narcissism, and Incivility with Knowledge, Caring, and Genuine Self-Esteem" is a discussion of American psychology and how we can improve ourselves as a whole. Stating that often those who are kind end up exploited, and on the inverse, how the squeaky wheel always gets the oil, the Friels analyze the many aspects of the American psyche and how certain elements affect people. Discussing a wide array topics and with suggestions on many of them, "The Power and Grace Between Nasty or Nice" is a strongly-recommended pick for self-help collections, highly recommended.

How to Achieve Your Dream Life
Michele VanOrt Cozzens
McKenna Publishing Group
1230 Sandy Point Lane
Lac du Lambeau, WI 54538
9781932172416, $17.50,

Our dreams often seem so out of reach. "How to Achieve Your Dream Life: Start-up Advice from a Successful Innkeeper" is an advisory guide from Michele and Mike Cozzens as they share how they embraced their dream of owning an inn and how they made it a reality. With business advice for those who want to expand their career, pursue a new one, and with practical advice if you do share their specific dream, "How to Achieve Your Dream Life" is a wise and recommended addition to careers and self-help collections.

Resting Elegy
Joel Peckham
Academy Chicago Publishers
363 West Erie Street
Chicago, IL 60610
9780897336253, $19.95,

When life is ripped away from you, it can be hard to carry on with what you have left. "Resting Elegy: On Grief and Recovery" is a memoir from Joel Peckham as he recounts his struggles as a vicious car accident left him widowed and with the loss of a child. He shares his endeavor of trying to come to terms with the massive losses in his life, the pain of single parenthood, and the effects grief can compound when faced with brain damage. Designing his work as a discussion of grief and trauma, and our attempts to heal, "Resting Elegy" is an insightful and poignant addition to any community library collection focusing on loss.

Ragini Elizabeth Michaels
Conari Press
c/o Red Wheel/Weiser
65 Parker Street, Suite 7
Newburyport, MA 01950-4600
9781573244893, $16.95,

Inner peace is found within - so why do so many struggle with finding it. "Unflappable: 6 Steps to Staying Happy, Centered, Peaceful, No Matter What" is an inspirational read from Ragini Elizabeth Michaels who advises readers on how to find their clear presence and thought, stop pushing oneself to lust after what they cannot have and embrace the now, and find happiness within it. "Unflappable" is a must for self-help and spirituality collections, highly recommended.

Happily Even After
Carole Brody Fleet
Viva Editions
2246 Sixth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710-2219
9781936740130, $16.95,

The loss of a soulmate can seem like the end of the world. "Happily Even After: A Guide to Getting Through (and Beyond) the Grief of Widowhood" is an inspirational read from Carole Brody Fleet as she shares her own story of grief and struggle after losing her husband at forty, leaving her at midlife without the man she thought to grow old with. With advice on adapting to a new life as a single person once more, grieving, moving on, and much more, "Happily Even After" is a must for self-help and inspirational collections, highly recommended.

Face Forward
Michele Howe Clarke
Morgan James Publishing
4410 E Claiborne Square, Suite 334
Hampton VA 23666-2071
9781600379604, $19.95,

It's easy to lose control of one's life. "Face Forward: Meeting Challenges Head on in Times of Trouble" is a motivational guide from Michele Howe Clarke who advises readers to control their lives, decide their own destiny and celebrate their own victories in life. Drawing on her own endeavors as a survivor and a thriver, "Face Forward" is an uplifting and much recommended pick for self-help and inspirational collections, recommended.

Talking to Yourself is Not Crazy
Larry Markson
Balboa Press
1663 Liberty Drive, Suite 200
Bloomington, IN 47403-5161
9781452542423, $13.99,

The narrative of our lives plays through our heads. "Talking to Yourself is Not Crazy: Change Your Inner Dialog, Take Control of Your Life" is a book of motivation as Larry Markson advises readers to take control of the inner dialog within them and forge it to predispose them to greater success in their lives, programming your brain to give you the confidence to do what needs to be done. "Talking to Yourself is Not Crazy" is a strong pick for self-help collections, very much recommended.

The Poetry Shelf

Surrender When Leaving Coach
Joel Lewis
Hanging Loose Press
231 Wyckoff Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
9781934909263, $18.00,

With a building portfolio of work, "Surrender When Leaving Coach" is Joel Lewis's fourth volume of poetry. He uses his experience and life's work as a social worker to bring forth a very human and riveting collection of thought on the matter together. "Surrender When Leaving Coach" is a compilation well worth considering, recommended. "The Establishing Metaphor of My Career As a Social Worker": Walking up the stairs/of the Jay Street station://the guy-ahead-of-me's/bowleg Seeing Eye dog//pissing casually/down the steps.

Speech Lessons
John Montague
Wake Forest University Press
PO Box 7333
Winston-Salem, NC 27109
9781930630598, $12.95,

A good poet uses language expertly to create vivid imagery. "Speech Lessons" is an anthology of poetry from John Montague who uses the wonders of language to ponder many obstacles of life, drawing on his worldwide experience and expertise. An excellent and choice volume, "Speech Lessons" is a must for any modern poetry collection. "Leisure Centre": Moving from the cool to the hot pool/I follow a star, flashing across the sky;/no not a star, but an incoming plane/with, yes, there beyond it, the evening star!/If I stayed here longer I would no longer/know what abiding things are...

Having Been an Accomplice
Laura Cronk
Persea Books
853 Broadway, Suite 604
New York, NY 10003
9780892554133, $15.00,

A rising star in the world of poetry, "Having Been an Accomplice" proves to be a fine debut for Laura Cronk. Within, she touches on the topics of politics and life throughout, daring to discuss the many topics of politics and our daily lives throughout. Enticing and much recommended reading, "Having Been an Accomplice" is a solid addition to any collection focusing on the works of modern poets. "Entering": Moonscape of snow at night --/to die, to crash,//could be a crush of snow./All softness.//I imagine, driving alone,/being enveloped by snow, crashed into, quickly.//The mice must have these visions./Talking quietly when they can't sleep/about tunneling in endless grain until full of it, it takes them.

Loose Talk
Joseph Gastiger
Lost Horse Press
c/o University of Washington Press
PO Box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145-5096
9780983997535, $16.95,

A long road of history behind him, Joseph Gastiger has turned experience into poetry. "Loose Talk" is a collection of poetry from Gastiger as he reflects on his life, his runs with politics and runs with a not so perfect world. Gastiger uses a freeform style that blurs the lines between typical poetry and prose, and makes for driven work. "Loose Talk" is a fascinating blend of memoir and verse, very much recommended reading.

The Land of Give and Take
Tyler Farrell
Salmon Poetry
Dufour Editions, Inc.
PO Box 7
Chester Springs, PA 19425-0007
9781907056956, $21.95,

There are many sides to a story, and some knowledge of them all can be needed to understand what's going on. "The Land of Give and Take" is a collection of poetry from Tyler Farrell who uses his verse to tell many an intriguing stories and grant a thoughtful insight on what's around us, touching on age, religion, and what makes it all real. "The Land of Give and Take" is a fine addition to any literary poetry collection, recommended. "The Burning Shadow": Saint Teresa of Avila/soul servant and truth author/love's full quiver of life and death/play long with that breath.//What bright soul,/flaming heart in Castilian girls/wise like the spirit flower/of the civilized world.//In scarce dawn, rebirth/convinces lucky children/to profess life everlasting -/vision of power, immediate.

After the Point of No Return
David Wagoner
Copper Canyon Press
PO Box 271
Port Townsend, WA 98368
9781556593826, $16.00,

Prolific and famed, poet David Wagoner presents another excellent volume in "After the Point of No Return". An award winning poet, Wagoner presents a worldly view that touches on the unique serenity of life and the ideas that drive us forward, the good memories and the bad. "After the Point of No Return" is a strong pick for literary poetry collections, recommended. "A Zodiac for the Twenty Second Century": We will endure under new signs and wonders./For Aries, Sheep. For Taurus, Horny Ox./For Gemini, Septuplets. For Cancer, More Cancer./For Virgo, Call Girl. Sagittarius, Sniper./Libra, Short Weight. Scorpio, Radiation./Pisces, Dead Cod. Aquarius, Dry Well./Leo, Jackal./Capricorn, Judas Goat.

The Memoir Shelf

The Unlikely Secret Agent
John le Carre
Monthly Review Press
146 West 29th Street, Suite 6W
New York, NY 10001
9781583672778, $14.95,

Espionage is at best when you play with people's expectations. "The Unlikely Secret Agent" is an investigation of South African espionage on many fronts, as author 'Red' Ronnie Kasrils shares her story of apartheid South Africa and the cruelty that occurred on both sides of the crusade, as well as sharing her aftermath and rise through the South African government. "The Unlikely Secret Agent" is a strong pick for international memoir and history collections, highly recommended.

Maria's Duck Tales
Maria Daddino
Llumina Press
7101 W. Commercial Blvd. Ste. 4E
Tamarac, FL 33319
9781605943411, $18.95,

In the simple world of the garden, life tries to make its way through. "Maria's Duck Tales: Wildlife Stories from My Garden" is a collection of memories from Maria Daddino as she presents animal tales from her home and gardens, with a touch of humor and poignancy. Duck Tales" is a strong pick for wildlife-themed memoir collections, recommended.

Can I Get a Do-Over?
Elizabeth Ward
Barbour Publishing
P.O. Box 719
Uhrichsville, OH 44683
9781616265472, $9.99,

A second chance should never be underestimated. "Can I Get a Do-Over?: The Grace of Second Chances" is a Christian memoir from Elizabeth Ward as she presents a driven exploration of faith and looking for a chance to remedy life's mistakes. With a touch of humility and humor, "Can I Get a Do-Over?" is a fine and much recommended addition to self-help, faith, and women's issues collections, not to be overlooked.

Almost Amish
Nancy Sleeth
Tyndale House Publishers
351 Executive Drive
Carol Stream, IL 60188
9781414326993, $14.99,

Disconnecting can almost be zen on its own. "Almost Amish: One Woman's Quest for a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable Life" is a touch on embracing the Amish in certain ways, embracing an old-fashioned low tech life for themselves and their families, stepping away from being exposed to computer screens from dawn to dusk. With a simple advocacy for simplicity, "Almost Amish" is a fine memoir with plenty to learn from, very much recommended.

My Marriage A to Z
Elinor Nauen
Cinco Puntos Press
701 Texas
El Paso, Texas 79901
9781935955047, $9.95,

Love and relationships often become marriage. "My Marriage A to Z: A Big-City Romance" is a work of memoir from Elinor Nauen as she ponders the many aspects of marriage and what forges that bond so strongly, touching on all about her marriage and what makes it keep working for oh so long. "My Marriage A to Z" is a charming and very much recommended pick for those who are exploring the nature of their own relationships, highly recommended.

The Flying Farm Boy
Daniel Boerman
Winepress Publishing
1730 Railroad St.
Enumclaw, WA 98022
9781414120928, $17.99,

We always seek to become greater than what destiny seems to have planned for us. "The Flying Farm Boy" is a memoir from Daniel Boerman as he explores his pursuit of his boyhood dreams. Coming from nothing, Boerman writes of his drive that allowed him to rise above his lot in life, become a minister and make his own impact on society. "The Flying Farm Boy" is an inspirational and recommended pick, not to be overlooked.

Crossing the Borders of Time
Leslie Maitland
Other Press
2 Park Avenue, 24th Floor
New York, NY 10016
9781590514962, $27.95,

War shatters romance. "Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed" is Leslie Maitland digging through history and seeking the romance of a German Jew and a Catholic Frenchman whose love was shattered by Nazi Germany's Blitzkrieg and the fall of Paris into their hands. Divided by an ocean and other pressures, "Crossing the Borders of Time" is well documented and a very personal story of how war and its long standing scars can change lives.

Blaming Japhy Rider
Philip A. Bralich, Ph.D.
Balboa Press
1663 Liberty Drive, Suite 200
Bloomington, IN 47403-5161
9781452540528, $35.95,

The world is a stressful place, and sometimes all we can do is retreat to our spirit. "Blaming Japhy Rider: Memoir of a Dharma Bum Who Survived" is a memoir of Philip A. Bralich, who shares his stories of traveling the world and how his adherence to the disciplines of Buddhism helped him through rough times during these travels, stating how it made a difference or him, and encouraging others to find their own way towards success. "Blaming Japhy Rider" is a strong addition to general memoir collections with a nod to Buddhist studies.

The Cookbook Shelf

Grace's Sweet Life
Grace Massa Langlois
Ulysses Press
Box 3440, Berkeley CA 94703-3440
9781612430249, $17.95,

The perfect ending to any fine meal is the dessert. The perfect addition to any personal, family, or community library dessert cookbook collection is "Grace's Sweet Life: Homemade Italian Desserts from Cannoli, Tiramisu, and Panna Cotta to Torte, Pizzelle, and Struffoli" by Grace Massa Langlois. Superbly illustrated throughout in full color photography of finished dishes, the do-it-yourself, kitchen-cook-friendly recipes range from Panna Montata Luccherata (Sweetened Whipped Cream); Torta al Cioccolato e Ciliga (Chocolate and Cherry Cake); and Torrone di Mandorle Nicciole (Almond and Hazelnut Nougat); to Tartellette al Cioccolato e Caramello con Nocciole (Chocolate, Caramel, and Hazelnut Tartlets; Cicerchiata-Struffoli (Italian Honey Balls); and Budino di Riso alla Vaniglia con Pesche, Mirtilli, e Amaretto (Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding with Peaches, Blueberries, and Amaretto). If you want to turn ordinary desserts into extraordinary culinary creations, the add "Grace's Sweet Life" to your personal ethnic cookbook reference collection!

The Maine Lobster Book
Virginia M. Wright
Down East Books
PO Box 679
Camden, ME 04843
9781608930418, $14.95,

Maine is known for its close connection with seafood. "The Maine Lobster Book" discusses Maine's love affair with the crustacean, complete with many delectable recipes surrounding the critter. With information on lobster traditions and conservation efforts to keep Maine lobster an icon for years to come, it is packed with full photography. For those who want to learn more about Maine lobster and how to prepare it with the expertise it deserves, "The Maine Lobster Book" is an ideal and much recommended pick, not to be missed.

Love, Laughter, And Lunch
Helen Tsanos Sheinman
Pointed Leaf Press
136 Baxter Street, Suite 1C
NY, NY 10013
9780983388920, $50.00,

"Love, Laughter and Lunch: The Evocative Memories of a Cypriot Family's Journey" by Helen Tsanos Sheinman is a profusely illustrated, 152-page compendium comprising her Greek Cypriot family's culinary culture through more than 25 'kitchen cook friendly' ethnic recipes. Enhanced throughout with impressive images of Cypriot pottery and textiles, and some personal history of Helen and her family, "Love, Laughter and Lunch: The Evocative Memories of a Cypriot Family's Journey" is more than just a simple cookbook, it is a kind of window into the lives of her family and friends, but the recipes alone completely justify it as a welcome addition to personal, family, and community library ethnic cookbook collections!

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Pyrates of the Kozmos
Daniel Cutter-Diamond
Dendrite Press
4071 North 90th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53222
9780984029211, $19.95,

Old friends may end up being your worst foes. "Pyrates of the Kozmos" is a science fiction novel following Seven Rivers, as he finds himself pitted against billionaire Rufus Thornberry who has embraced the science of the far flung future with a touch of ancient psionics. Trying to get to the bottom of an old friend's motives, Seven finds that there is still plenty unknown in the future. "Pyrates of the Kozmos" is a strong pick for lovers of science fiction, very much recommended reading.

The Calypso Directive
Brian Andrews
Arcade Publishing
c/o Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
307 West 36th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10018
9781611454949, $24.95,

Powerful things may lie inside each of us, but who claims ownership of such things? "The Calypso Directive" is a science thriller following Will Foster, whose mutation in his DNA grants him immunity to disease, and the Vyrogen Pharmaceuticals Corporation hopes to claim this gene for themselves for the billions that would come in such an immunizing drug. But Foster is a man, and escapes with vial of plague to buy time. Working with an microbiologist who is also an ex, "The Calypso Directive" is a fast paced and hard to put down thriller, a solidly recommended pick for those seeking a novel of high science and the greed that seeks to exploit it.

The Humor Shelf

Flush Fiction
Uncle John's Bathroom Reader
The Bathroom Readers' Institute
PO Box 1117, Ashland, OR 97520
9781607104278, $16.95,

Something to let it and the time pass is all they want. "Flush Fiction: 88 Short-Stories You Can Read in Single Sitting" is a collection of short fiction that is meant to be simple and to the point for readers. Each story is under 1,000 words and a wide array of genres are represented within. Another fine collection of pop fiction with its own brand of humor from the Bathroom Readers' Institute, "Flush Fiction" is an excellent and choice read, not to be overlooked.

The Fiction Shelf

The Baileys Harbor Bird and Booyah Club
Dave Crehore
Terrace Books
c/o University of Wisconsin Press
1930 Monroe Street, Third Floor
Madison, WI 53711-2059
9780299286705, $19.95,

Deep into rural Wisconsin, you may find things that aren't entirely as they seem. "The Baileys Harbor Bird and Booyah Club" is a novel from Dave Crehore as he takes on the deepwoods of Wisconsin, touching on the soul and personality of the region. From local elections, fishing stories, getting old, and codfish pizza, "The Baileys Harbor Bird and Booyah Club" is a choice read for fans of humor and someone seeking a very Wisconsin-oriented read.

The Meadows
Daniel Benevento
Florida Academic Press
PO Box 357425, Gainesville, FL 32635
9781890357344, $24.95,

Las Vegas is glamour, and looking for something real can seem all too hard. "The Meadows" is a novel following one man going through the city of Las Vegas as an outsider, looking for the reality of culture and what it means under the strange looking glass of Vegas. Looking for life's story of culture and our pushes to make a difference, "The Meadows" is a strong pick for contemporary literary fiction collections.

The Agriculture Hall of Fame
Andrew Malan Milward
University of Massachusetts Press
PO Box 429
Amherst, MA 01004
9781558499485, $19.95,

In the middle of somewhere is the middle of nowhere. "The Agriculture Hall of Fame" is a collection of short fiction from Andrew Malan Milward as he explores the Kansas experience, for all its joy and ill. Focusing on the crisis of drugs, corporations, fundamentalism, and the future of the agrarian, "The Agriculture Hall of Fame" is an original collection of stories which shouldn't be overlooked for modern short fiction collections.

Horner's End
Peter Witteveld
University of Indianapolis Press
1400 East Hanna Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46227
9781880938812, $24.95,

An accusation of murder is often a heavy burden that is hard to cope with. "Horner's End" is a novel from Peter Witteveld, as he tells the story of one Sheridan Horner, a man accused of premeditated murder of another. A sensitive man who is coping with the cruel judgment that he does not fully understand, "Horner's End" is an enticing and riveting novel that will resonate with its readers.

Hitler's Priest
S. J. Tagliareni
Brown Books Publishing Group
16200 N. Dallas Parkway, Suite 170
Dallas, TX 75248
9781612540559, $24.99,

When one is drawn closer to evil, at what point do you react and try to pull away? "Hitler's Priest" is a novel that delves into the nature of humanity when faced with the evil of the Holocaust. Written by S. J. Tagliareni, an ex-Catholic priest who presents a novel that provides a different perspective on the Catholic involvement in the Holocaust. A riveting novel that tries to delve into the humanity of the figures surrounding the atrocities, "Hitler's Priest" is riveting and very hard to put down, highly recommended.

Show Time
Phil Harvey
Lost Coast Press
155 Cypress Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
9781935448112, $15.95,

What extent does the lust for reality TV go? "Show Time" is a novel set around a reality show that dumps seven individuals in a Lake Superior winter where they are struggling to survive and to get by. The acts advertised to survive the harshness of the winter are brutal, but cruelty cannot go on eternally without backlash, as the castaways may have vengeance in their minds. A novel that delves into the primal instincts of human nature with plenty of spice and excitement, "Show Time" should prove very hard to put down, highly recommended.

Casey Clabough
Ingalls Publishing Group, Inc.
PO Box 2500
Banner Elk, NC 28604
9781932158984, $18.95,

As the Confederacy fell, many were not content with living on as the defeated. "Confederado" is a novel from Casey Clabough, as he explores the confederates who at the end of the civil war chose to head further south to Brazil rather than be at the mercy of a Northern victory. Following fugitive Alvis Stevens as he heads for Brazil, torn with lost love, Clabough uses history and fiction together well. "Confederado" is an excellent and choice recommendation, not to be missed.

The Book of Harold
Owen Egerton
Soft Skull Press
c/o Counterpoint Press
1919 Fifth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710-1916
9781593764388, $14.95,

Being half-divine isn't all its cracked up to be. "The Book of Harold" follows the struggles of one Harold Peeks, who through his mundane existence comes to believe he is the second coming of Christ. People begin to follow his claim, and he begins his own pilgrimage with his unique array of disciples as Harold and his followers come to a unique understanding of their own spirituality. "The Book of Harold" is a strong and much recommended addition to humor and fiction collections focusing on religion.

The Bird Saviors
William J. Cobb
Unbridled Books
2000 Wadsworth Boulevard, #195
Lakewood, CO 80214
9781609530709, $25.95,

Difficult choices often set forth our lives for years to come. "The Bird Saviors" follows young Ruby Cole, a woman who is faced with giving up her child or marrying a man she does not truly love. As her small Colorado town seems to be collapsing around her, she finds something worth living for, and that she does have power to make a difference in one way or another. "The Bird Saviors" is a strong pick for modern literary fiction collections, highly recommended.

Everybody Says Hello
Michael Kun
Livingston Press
University of West Alabama
Station 22
Livingston, AL 35470
9781604890877, $18.95,

As we inch towards the right thing for us, the temptation to flee from it grows ever stronger. "Everybody Says Hello" is a novel from Michael Kun, who writes of Sid Straw, a man who has made many mistakes and will make many more. The story is told by correspondence between Straw and the others in the world around him and makes "Everybody Says Hello" a unique and fascinating down to earth read.

Sarah Thornhill
Kate Greenville
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
841 Broadway, 4th floor
New York, NY 10003
9780802120243, $25.00,

The legacy of a family is one often filled with holes and challenges all its own. "Sarah Thornhill" is the third entry into Kate Grenville's trilogy surrounding the Australian Thornhill family, with a gritty yet riveting tale surrounding the family. Sarah, the youngest daughter of the family, has came of age and seeks the plain truth about her family, and their exploitation of the aborginal peoples of Australia. A historical novel that proves hard to put down as it focuses on legacy and romance, "Sarah Thornhill" is a must and very much recommended read for literary fiction collections.

A Halfman Dreaming
David Matlin
Red Hen Press
PO Box 40820
Pasadena, CA 91114
9781597090704, $18.95,

When you go through life only knowing violence, it can be hard to learn anything but. "A Halfman Dreaming" is a novel from David Matlin who paints the story of Lupe, who throughout his life, brushes with the cruelty destruction that America has become so fond of throughout the last half century. An enticing read that is sure to provoke much to think about, "A Halfman Dreaming" is an excellent and fine literary work.

The Sadness of the Samurai
Victor Del Arboi
Henry Holt & Company
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 400
New York, NY 10010-7725
9780805094756, $28.00,

Intrigue cannot escape some people, even after decades have passed. "The Sadness of the Samurai" is a novel from Spanish author Victor del Arboi, focusing on Spain during and after World War II, where Isabel, blessed with fortune, is woven into a plot to claim the life of her husband. Her betrayal is met with more betrayal, a spiral that consumes three generations as Del Arboi presents a riveting novel of Spain in the latter half of the twentieth century. Expertly translated by Mara Lethem, "The Sadness of the Samurai" is a must for historical novel assortments.

Dirty Rice
Gerald Duff
University of Louisiana at LaFayette Press
PO Box 40831, Lafayette, LA 70504
9781935754138, $20.00,

The temptation to cheat so often leads otherwise honorable men astray. "Dirty Rice: A Season in the Evangeline League" follows Gemar Batiste, a proud Alabama-Coushatta Native American who finds his next step in his love of the game of Baseball in the minor league team of the Rayne Rice Birds. As the management of the team try to get him to cheat, the pressures around him close in on him, and he seeks his own way to the fame he so very much wants. "Dirty Rice" is a must for historical fiction collections, especially those seeking something focusing on Native Americans or Baseball.

Secrets and Lies
Marilyn J. Clay
Gale Cengage Learning
27500 Drake Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48331-3535
9781432825836, $25.95,

A new world means new challenges to their state of being. "Secrets and Lies" is a novel of the Jamestown colony, as four women of the New World find themselves stuck in a web of treachery and deceit in the new world. Something is out for their lives, and women are meant to be seen, not heard in the society of the new world. Trying to get to the bottom of the truth in the complex world behind them, "Secrets and Lies" is a fine addition to historical fiction collections.

Tim Horvath
Bellevue Literary Press
350 First Avenue, OBV A612
New York, NY 10016
9781934137444, $14.95,

Pushing the unknown and known together, "Understories" is a collection of short fiction from Tim Horvath, who explore what may be and what could be in many fascinating ways. With plenty of humor and a good dose of poignancy, "Understories" is an excellent assortment for those who want something that blends traditional and speculative fiction together well.

Forever Hilltop
Judy Baer
16 East 34th Street, New York, NY 10016
9780824945299, $16.99,

A new face means new opportunities. "Forever Hilltop" is a dual-novel from Judy Baer, following fresh faced pastor Alex Armstrong as he comes to the small community of Hilltop in North Dakota. Both stories follow the continued temptation and romance of him as she comes to the town, and may yet find a wife among them, stuck between his promise and true love. "Forever Hilltop" is an enticing read of small community life, very much recommended reading for those who love old fashioned romances.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Long Island Noir
Kaylie Jones
Akashic Books
PO Box 1456
New York, NY 10009
9781617750625, $15.95,

The gritty nature of the world realized is noir. "Long Island Noir" is another entry in Akashic Books' Noir series, this time set inside Long Island, spinning off their acclaimed 'Brooklyn Noir' read. Many authors come together with their love of the genre in these stories and make for a much recommended read for those who love the hard boiled stories of people facing an unforgiving world. "Long Island Noir" is a core addition to any short fiction collection, and highly recommended pick for those who enjoy the genre.

The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy
Regina Jeffers
Ulysses Press
PO Box 3440
Berkeley CA 94703-3440
9781612430454, $14.95,

The darkness that lies under the surface of high society is ever more known. "The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy" is a novel set in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice's early 19th century England. A woman is kept captive in an estate, with no recollection of who she is, and her captor knows if she is to ever figure it out, it could bring down the world around them. As the Darcys and Bennets settle try to settle into the next stages of their life, the disappearance of a sister seems to spell dread in their sights. "The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy" is a must for mystery collections and those with a taste of Austen's world of gentry England.

Come Easy - Go Easy/In a Vain Shadow
James Hadley Chase
Stark House Press
4720 Herron Road
Eureka, CA 95503
9781933586380, $19.95,

Noir has a certain grit that seem to be missing from much of modern fiction. "Come Easy - Go Easy/In a Vain Shadow" is a double mystery thriller pack from James Hadley Chase, also known as Rene Brabazon Raymond, who compiled much a catalog of noir and mystery in the mid twentieth century, compiling over ninety books in dedication to the genre. Fans of the genre will find much to enjoy with "Come Easy - Go Easy/In a Vain Shadow" is a strong pick for fiction collections looking to expand their mystery assortment.

The Education Shelf

Writing Measurable Function and Transition IEP Goals
Cynthia M. Herr & Barbara D. Bateman
IEP Resources
PO Box 930160
Verona, WI 53593-0160
1578618118, $25.00,

Education sometimes needs to be specialized to meet a child's certain needs. "Writing Measurable Function and Transition IEP Goals" is a guide to IEP and its goals. IEPs, or Individual Education Programs are often used to allow students with disabilities better rise to the challenges of life, including assisting them learn the details of better living a healthy life socially and educationally. "Writing Measurable Function and Transition IEP Goals" is a must for special education collections or for teachers of said programs.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

The Liberating Powers of Emotions
Riet Okken
Ozark Mountain Publishing, Inc.
PO Box 754
Huntsville, AR 72740
9781886940567, $16.00,

The raw power of emotions can often dominate our lives. "The Liberating Powers of Emotions" is a spiritual read in which Riet Okken advises readers to embrace their emotions and use 'brother reason' and 'sister emotion' together to gain a more comprehensive control of their life and embrace what we need to free ourselves from our woe and live a more complete life. "The Liberating Powers of Emotions" is worth considering for spirituality and motivational books for those who want to better use their emotions as one of their tools for life.

Belonging Here
Judith Blackstone
Sounds True
413 South Arthur Avenue
Louisville, CO 80027
9781604077964, $22.95,

Being sensitive is often derided, but there are distinct benefits to them. "Belonging Here: A Guide to the Spiritually Sensitive Person" is a discussion of the spiritual sensitive nature of our world. Dr. Judith Blackstone discusses how to understand our spiritual nature, being down to earth, being true to the self, as well as reaching out to others. With a powerful message of spirituality, "Belonging Here" is a strong pick for spirituality and motivational collections.

Gordon H. Matties
Herald Press
616 Walnut Avenue
Scottsdale, PA 15683-1999
9780836195675, $29.99,

The viciousness of ethnic cleansing is especially disgusting when the Bible is used as justification. "Joshua" is an entry into the Believers Church Bible Commentary as Gordon Matties presents an analysis and discussion surrounding the book of Joshua, the book commonly used in the name of genocide and colonialism. He presents an insightful and thought dissection of the work, and challenges readers to reassess why they follow scripture in their lives. "Joshua" is a must for Biblical studies collections, a highest recommendation.

My Journal of the Council
Yves Congar
The Liturgical Press
St. John's Abbey, PO Box 7500
Collegeville, MN 56321-7500
9780814680292, $69.95,

Vatican II provided much needed modernization to the Catholic Church. "My Journal of the Council" is a translation of the journal of Yves Congar, a constant participant in the three year council that brought sweeping reform to the Catholic Church, held from 1962 to 1965. The entries prove detailed, and add an excellent and comprehensive insight into Congar's thoughts as well as the happenings throughout the three year period. His works gained him the rank of Cardinal later in life, and his contributions to Catholicism as a whole cannot be understated. "My Journal of the Council" is a strong pick for religious studies collections, especially those with a focus on the Roman Catholic Church.

The Return of the Chaos Monsters
Gregory Mobley
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
2140 Oak Industrial Drive, NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
9780802837462, $16.00,

There is a rich mythology that the Bible's tales of morality are built upon. "The Return of the Chaos Monsters - And Other Backstories" is a discussion of Biblical backstories. Author Gregory Mobley looks deep into the Bible's tales to dig up the origins of many of these tales as Mobley uses a humorous and fun conversational tone in this study of ancient history and its strong impact on Judeo-Christian beliefs. "The Return of the Chaos Monsters - and Other Backstories" is a must for religious and ancient historical studies collection.

Getting into Heaven and Out Again
Albrecht Gralle
Swedenborg Publishers
320 North Church Street
West Chester, PA 19380
9780877853442, $11.95,

An all loving God shouldn't discriminate. "Getting into Heaven and Out Again" is an exploration from German author Albrecht Gralle, as he presents a unique musing on the afterlife, combing his own ideas and beliefs with scientist mystic Emanuel Swedenborg to present an original take on Heaven, Hell, and the nature of God, and what he wants out of our lives. With humor and plenty to ponder about the spiritual faith, "Getting into Heaven and Out Again" is expertly translated from German by Friederike Gralle, with illustrations from Sally Blakemore.

The Christian Studies Shelf

Christian Freedom
Martin Luther & Philip Melanchthon
Concordia Publishing House
3558 South Jefferson Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63118-3968
9780758631022, $9.99,

Ably translated by Philip Melanchthon, "Christian Freedom: Faith Working Through Love" is a 248-page compendium of Martin Luther's lectures and writings on the Christian issues of his day, as well as his New Testament scriptural commentaries. Of special note is the chapter showcasing Martin Luther's 'An Open Letter to Pope Leo X' that includes an informed and informative 'Editor's Introduction'. Enhanced with appendices, a glossary, a 'Description of Persons and Groups', as well as both a Scriptural Index and a Topical Index, "Christian Freedom: Faith Working Through Love" is a core addition to any personal, academic, or seminary Lutheran Studies or Christian History reference collection and supplemental reading list.

The Book Of Enouch The Prophet
R. H. Charles, translator
Weiser Publishers
65 Parker Avenue, Suite 7
Newburyport, MA 01950
9781578635238, $16.95,

There are a great many 'lost' books of the Bible. Some, while banned from the canonical anthology known as the New Testament, a great many of them survived as apocrypha because this diverse texts were held in high esteem by one or more of the various factions of the early Christian movement. "The Book Of Enouch The Prophet" is just such an early Christian work attributed to Christian Gnostic authorship. Ably translated into English by theologian and scholar R. H. Charles, Weiser Publishers has enhanced the original publication with two informed and informative introductions. This edition also includes the 'Book of Noah' with its early references to a messiah as 'Christ', as well as an accounting of angels and the subsequent creation of demons. Banned for almost two thousand years, "The Book Of Enouch The Prophet" will prove to be of immense interest to academia, seminarians, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in early Christian testaments, gospels, and source materials.

The Complete Imitation of Christ
Thomas Kempis
Paraclete Press
PO Box 1568
Orleans, MA 02653
9781557258106, $29.99,

To be more like Christ is a common Christian doctrine, and people have pursued this in many ways. "The Complete Imitation of Christ" is an updated translation of the work of late medieval monk Thomas Kempis, who challenged many beliefs of the church during his time, a traditionalist who faced accusations of heresy on multiple occasions. Friar John-Julian presents an updated read for followers of Christian doctrine and history. "The Complete Imitation of Christ" is a core addition to any community or college collection focusing on religious studies or Christian theology, highly recommended.

The Work of Christ
R. C. Sproul
David C. Cook
4050 Lee Vance View
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
9780781407267, $19.99,

The life of Christ is the very foundation of the Christian faith. "The Work of Christ: What the Events of Jesus' Life Mean for You" is a spiritually driven book of faith, as R.C. Sproul explores the very meaning of Christ's life in relations to our modern world, discussing the impacts of Jesus's life as they are felt two thousand years later. "The Work of Christ" is a fine pick for Christian life collections, very highly recommended.

Why Catholicism Matters
Bill Donohue
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 17th floor
New York, NY 10019
9780307885333, $22.99,

Catholicism has hit much turmoil from within and faces much scrutiny from without. "Why Catholicism Matters: How Catholic Virtues Can Reshape Society in the 21st Century" is a discussion of Catholic faith and virtue from Bill Donohue as he explores the place of Catholicism in the modern day in the sea of scandal and disillusioned followers all throughout. Stating the fundamental morality of Catholicism is strong and can be a good building block for the future, Donohue presents each of the major virtues and how they are vital to the 21st century. "Why Catholicism Matters" is a core addition to any modern religious studies collection, especially for those who want a Catholic perspective.

On Love
Hugh Feiss
New City Press
202 Cardinal Rd.
Hyde Park, NY 12538
9781565484344, $39.95,

Love was perhaps one of the most major aspects of Christ's teachings. The second volume of the scholarly Victorine Texts in Translation series, "On Love: A Selection of Works of Hugh, Adam, Achard, Richard, and Godfrey of St. Victor" discusses the writings surrounding Christ's commandment of love, that one should love God above all else and love thy neighbor as you love thyself. Hugh Feiss digs through the medieval manuscripts for much spoken on the topic and present an interesting historical insight on the history of Christianity. "On Love" is a strong pick for religious and Christian studies collections, as is the first volume of the series, "Trinity & Creation" (9781565483736, $39.95).

Making Peace with the Land
Fred Bahnson & Norman Wirzba
InterVarsity Press
PO Box 1400
Downers Grove, IL 605151426
9780830834570, $15.00,

God gave us this land to make our plot in life, and working within that plot is key for greater success. "Making Peace with the Land: God's Call to Reconcile with Creation" is a Christian inspirational read from Fred Bahnson & Norman Wirzba as they come together under the banner of agriculture and theology to present a more harmonious Christian view of the world. Encouraging a type of faithful conservation that reminds oneself where abundance's blessing comes from, "Making Peace with the Land" is a must for Christian collections.

Gathering at God's Table
Katharine Jefferts Schori
Skylight Paths Publishing
Sunset Farms Offices, Route 4
PO Box 237
Woodstock, VT 05091
9781594733161, $21.99,

There is more to faith than prayer and lip service to the Lord. "Gathering at God's Table: The Meaning of Mission in the Feast of Faith" is a book for Christians, in which Katharine Jefferts Schori advises readers to gain a greater embrace of their faith. Focusing on the Anglican Communion Five Marks of Mission which include spreading the word and doing God's will to others to share one's faith. "Gathering at God's Table" is a strong pick for creating a more spirited mission for one's life and future, and those around them.

An Angel to Watch Over Me
Joan Wester Anderson
Loyola Press
3441 North Ashland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
9780829436549, $14.95,

A brush with an angel can change one's life. "An Angel to Watch Over Me: True Stories of Children's Encounter With Angels" is a Christian and spiritual collection of stories. Joan Wester Anderson shares stories of children's encounters with angels, hoping to charm and inspire readers with t heir own touches of faith in their lives, with the stories founded in standard Christian belief. "An Angel to Watch Over Me" is a must for Christian studies collections and those seeking stories of spirituality and inspiration.

The Beautiful Wife
Sandy Ralya
Kregel Publications
PO Box 2607
Grand Rapids, MI 49501
9780825442216, $8.99,

Marriages can struggle to survive often in the modern day. "The Beautiful Wife" is a Christian relationship guide from Sandy Ralya was she discusses the Beautiful Womanhood group, which discusses what is expected out of Christian women in their relationships, and how a woman can help their relationship work. "The Beautiful Wife" is a worth considering for Christian relationship collections, highly recommended.

The Judaic Studies Shelf

The Next Generation of Modern Orthodoxy
Shmuel Hain
KTAV Publishing House
930 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306-6316
9781602802063, $30.00,

Orthodox belief follows tradition strongly, but this generation seems to be shucking tradition than more than any before it. "The Next Generation of Modern Orthodoxy" discusses the struggles that come with contemporary Orthodox Judaism, and what lies in the future for this sect of the faith. Rabbi Shmuel Hain discusses the infusion of new thoughts and new sources of thought into the Orthodox debate, shifting authority, spirituality, scholarship, and much more. "The Next Generation of Modern Orthodoxy" is a scholarly addition to any Judaic studies collection focusing on Orthodoxy and its future, enthusiastically recommended.

The Computer Shelf

Configuring Windows 7 Rapid Review 70-680
Orin Thomas
Microsoft Press
c/o O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.
1005 Gravenstein, Hwy N.
Sebastopol, CA 95472-2811
9780735657298, $29.99,

Configuration allows one to have a program work for you. "Configuring Windows 7: Rapid Review 70-680" is a guide to those who are faced with the MCTS Exam 70-680, which involves knowing the complex potential of Microsoft Windows 7 inside and out. The review covers everything surrounding installation, the many options that lie within, good maintenance, and dealing with backup and recovery where needed. "Configuring Windows 7" is a must for technological studies collections and for computer students who want to ace the 70-680.

The Antiques/Collectibles Shelf

Fantastic Finds
Krause Publications
c/o F+W Media
4700 East Galbraith Road
Cincinnati, OH 45236
9781440230561, $14.99,

Antiques bring with them a deep history, and that history may be entertaining or worth thousands. "Fantastic Finds: From Auctions to Yard Sales, Real-World Stories of Antique Discoveries" is a guide to the many treasures that can be waiting for those who enjoy antique collecting and training, as Antique Trader presents many tales of trading throughout the country, stories of hidden gold, sentimentality, and much more. "Fantastic Finds" is a strong pick for antique collecting enthusiasts, highly recommended.

The Photography Shelf

The Kissing Sailor
Lawrence Verria & George Galdorisi
Naval Institute Press
291 Wood Road
Annapolis, MD 21402
9781612510781, $23.95,

Associated with the final victory of World War II, one must wonder about the personal story of one famous photograph. "The Kissing Sailor" delves into the historic photo of a sailor passionately kissing a nurse as Times Square received the news that Japan had surrendered and World War II was officially over. Lawrence Verria & George Galdorisi delve into the origins and story behind the photo, the photographer, and the subjects in particular. Hoping to dispel myths surrounding the photo and grant some insight into this piece of Americana, "The Kissing Sailor" is a strong addition to history collections and those interested in the deeper story behind the legendary photo.

The Biography Shelf

A Never-Ending Groove
Anathalee G. Sandlin
Mercer University Press
1400 Coleman Avenue
Macon, GA 31207-0001
9780881462760, $30.00,

A life in music is a life that is never boring. "A Never-Ending Groove" is a biography of Johnny Sandlin, an icon in Southern rock throughout the 1960s and 1970s, who jammed with a who's who of the era, working as both a main drummer and a session musician, earning many awards along the way. For those who want a personal look at the Southern rock era that came out of Macon, Georgia, "A Never-Ending Groove" is a must for music and biography collections, highly recommended.

The Time Has Come
Damien O'Brien
The Collins Press
c/o Dufour Editions, Inc.
PO Box 7
Chester Springs, PA 19425-0007
9781848891432, $29.95,

Mountain climbing is something that drives people to greater and greater goals, and sometimes the risk that comes with it goes the wrong way. "The Time Has Come: Ger McDonnell: His Life & His Death on K 2" is a biography surrounding dedicated climber Gerard McDonnell who pushed himself to bigger and bigger goals. Damien O'Brien shares his story up until his fated journey that coast him his life. "The Time Has Come" is a must for biography and mountain climbing collections, highly recommended.

Christian Bale
Harrison Cheung & Nicola Pittam
BenBella Books
10300 N. Central Expressway, STE 400
Dallas, TX 75204
9781936661640, $15.95,

A passion for the screen has made him one of the most revered actors in the modern era. "Christian Bale: The Inside Story of the Darkest Batman" delves into the man behind the bat. Becoming known for his temper and drive for his career, transforming his lifestyle for the role, former publicist and assistant Harrison Cheung comes together with entertainment journalist Nicola Pittam to bring together fascinating insight into Bale and his psyche. "Christian Bale" is a must for any fan of Bale's work.

The Crafts Shelf

Metal Magic
Kim St. Jean
Kalmbach Publishing Company
21027 Crossroads Circle
Waukesha, WI 53186
9780871164933, $21.95,

Metal working can be a whole new avenue to designs. "Metal Magic: How to Etch, Pierce, Enamel, and Set Striking Jewelry" is a guide to the many ins and outs of custom jewelry and other artistic endeavors using artistic metal working. Kim St. Jean advises readers on etching their own creations, complete with easy to follow full color guides all throughout. "Metal Magic" is a must for do it yourself jewelry creators, highly recommended.

Beaded Bugs
Nicol Tedman with Jean Power
Andrews & McMeel
1130 Walnut Street
Kansas City, MO 64106-2109
9781449417628, $16.99,

In nature, the brightest colors creatures lie in the insect kingdom. "Beaded Bugs: Make 30 Moths, Butterflies, Beetles, and Other Cute Critters" is a crafts guide for those who want to create unique and colorful projects using colored beads, as Nicola Tedman & Jean Power present an fun exploration of the potential for bead projects. "Beaded Bugs" is filled with full color diagrams and photographs for those looking for ideas for their next beading projects.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Yoga for Meditators
Charlotte Bell
Rodmell Press
2147 Blake Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
9781930485303, $14.95,

Yoga weaves together with meditation quite well, bringing the best out of both practices. "Yoga for Meditators" discusses the relationship of these practices and how to use them to compliment each other to the fullest. Charlotte Bell advises readers on finding comfortable yoga poses that invite a meditative state for the yoga practice one wishes to focus on. With plenty of example diagrams throughout, "Yoga for Meditators" is a fine and much recommended pick for yoga-focused spirituality and health collections.

The Human Sexuality Shelf

The Interval
Rebecca Hill
Fordham University Press
2546 Belmont Avenue
University Box L
Bronx, NY 10458-5172
9780823237241, $55.00,

The place of sex and gender in society has been a driving force throughout civilized history. "The Interval: Relation and Becoming in Irigaray, Aristotle, and Bergson" is a philosophical delve into history as author Rebecca Hill seeks to explore the works of Aristotle and Bergson, outlining the phallocentrism in their works and its place in the modern feminist movements. Hill also seeks to compare these ideals for a more complete understanding of historical differences between the sexes. An intriguing and scholarly discussion of sexuality throughout history, "The Interval" is a core addition to any college library philosophy or woman's studies collection.

The Business Shelf

Expanding the Pie
Susan Rae Ross
Kumarian Press, Inc.
22883 Quicksilver Drive
Sterling, VA 20166
9781565494664, $24.95,

Businesses can share common goals, even if their intents are different. "Expanding the Pie: Fostering Effective Non-Profit and Corporate Partnerships" is a discussion of business partnership between these many different avenues of business and how partnerships can form throughout them, and what must be understood within these cross-intent unions. A strongly recommended pick for business management reference collections, "Expanding the Pie" is not to be overlooked.

Markup & Profit
Michael C. Stone
Craftsman Book Company
6058 Corte del Cedro
Carlsbad, CA 92009
9781572182714, $47.50,

Markup is the foundation of profit for construction work, but there's a delicate balance needed. "Markup & Profit: A Contractor's Guide Revisited" is a construction business reference and advisory guide from Michael C. Stone as he presents how to better balance one's finances when it comes to giving estimates and bills for jobs. From fully calculating overhead, the break even point, determining a fair wage, and much more, "Markup & Profit" is a strong pick for those running construction businesses who want to better keep their numbers straight for the future, for better and return business.

The Innovative Team
Chris Grivas & Gerard J. Puccio
c/o Wiley-Blackwell
350 Main Street
Malden, MA 02148
9781118115718, $24.95,

Innovation is not the work of one man alone. "The Innovative Team: Unleashing Creative Potential for Breakthrough Results" offers a fictional story of a team faced with innovating a new idea for their client or facing termination. Using the fictional story, authors Chris Grivas & Gerard J. Puccio present a treatise on improving innovation using the FourSight Approach and attaining the breakthroughs needed to succeed. "The Innovative Team" is an insightful and much recommended addition to business collections, highly recommended.

The Shareholder Value Myth
Lynn Stout
Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc.
235 Montgomery Street, Suite 650
San Francisco, CA 94104-2916
9781605098135, $16.95,

Shareholders are important to business success, but should they be considered above all else? "The Shareholder Value Myth: How Putting Shareholders First Harms Investors, Corporations, and the Public" discusses the fallacy that many corporations face in favoring their shareholders among all else, bending to their will and the wide array of problems that happen on business in many levels, from customers, to employees, and even the problems at the top. "The Shareholder Value Myth" is a must for businesses who want better success for all involved.

The Social Issues Shelf

The Locavore's Dilemma
Pierre Desrochers and Hiroko Shimizu
Public Affairs Books
250 West 57th Street, #1321
New York, NY 10107
9781586489403, $26.99,

Eating local is a dream for many who want to make a difference, but it can often prove difficult. "The Locavore's Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-Mile Diet"discusses the possibility that eating local is not the best answer for environmental activists. Pierre Desrochers and Hiroko Shimizu write in support of the modern food system stating that the efficiency of global eating is what is going to be required to feed the growing world population, and the local eating fad may be a fad distracting from more serious issues. "The Locavore's Dilemma" is worth considering for those concerned with international agriculture and the eating habits of the world, highly recommended.

The Money/Finance Shelf

Benjamin Graham and the Power of Growth Stocks
Frederick K. Martin
The McGraw Hill Companies
Two Penn Plaza, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10121-2298
9780071753890, $40.00,

Good investment advice can take you so far. "Benjamin Graham and the Power of Growth Stocks: Lost Growth Stock Strategies from the Father of Value Investing" is a market biography on the man who is credited with innovating value investing. Graham claimed much of his net worth through a single excellent growth stock. Fred Martin, a leading investment manager in today's market, focuses on Graham's methods and how to emulate his success, understanding risk and return, buy and hold strategies, picking future winners, and words from Graham himself on the market. "Benjamin Graham and the Power of Growth Stocks" is a fine market and investing work, enthusiastically recommended.

The Gardening Shelf

The Pickled Pantry
Andrea Chesman
Storey Publishing
210 Mass MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247
9781603425629, $19.95,

Pickling can allow home grown vegetables to last for quite some time. "The Pickled Pantry: From Apples to Zucchini, 150 Recipes for Pickles, Relishes, Chutneys, & More" is a guide to the many endeavors that pickling can bring. Stating that far more than cucumbers can be pickled, Andrea Chesman advises readers on 36 different pickling recipes that cover the traditional cucumber to oddities like the pineapple. For those who are looking for ideas on what to do with their fruits and vegetables, "The Pickled Pantry" is a solid and much recommended addition to gardening collections.

The Psychology Shelf

The Trauma Tool Kit
Susan Pease Banitt
Quest Books
c/o Theosophical Publishing House
PO Box 270, Wheaton, IL 60187-0270
9780835608961, $18.95,

Some events can take years to recover from. "The Trauma Tool Kit: Healing PTSD from the Inside Out" is a mental health guide from Susan Pease Banitt as she uses her expertise as a psychotherapist to help readers cope with their life's pain, presenting them many ideas on their road to healing and how to better embrace it all. "The Trauma Tool Kit" is a strong addition to psychology and self-help collections, highly recommended.

The Music Shelf

When I Left Home
Buddy Guy
Da Capo Press
c/o Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center
Cambridge, MA 02142
9780306819575, $26.00,

Some people turn the page in their lives with little more than an instrument and their soul. "When I Left Home" is a memoir from blues guitarist Buddy Guy, whose work with his guitar has gained him his own piece of legend in the past fifty years, influencing countless others who may be more well known but all pay their respects back to Guy. For those who want a powerful personal story of a man fueled by music out of Chicago, "When I Left Home" is a fine addition to any biography collection focusing on musicians, especially the Blues men of the twentieth century.

The Parenting Shelf

Sacred Pregnancy
Anni Daulter
North Atlantic Books
2526 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94704-2607
9781583944448, $19.95,

Pregnancy is a life changing experience. "Sacred Pregnancy: A Loving Guide and Journal for Expectant Moms" is a spiritual and health guide for mothers who are expecting a child in the near future. Practical and spiritual advice all throughout, Anni Daulter advises readers with time specific advice throughout those forty weeks, encouraging readers to embrace sisterhood and write down their thoughts and feelings throughout this major life event. "Sacred Pregnancy" is a must for spiritual mothers who want to embrace their experience instead of simply enduring it.

The Interior Design Shelf

A Beginner's Guide to Mosaics
Alexandra Carron
Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
4880 Lower Valley Road
Atglen, PA 19310
9780764340963, $19.99,

Mosaics can prove a fine pick for those trying to increase the allure and interior decoration of their home. "A Beginner's Guide to Mosaics: Four Decorative Projects" is guide to crafting mosaic work for those who want to adapt this artistic style for their home. With plenty of straightforward how to practices to get readers going, there lies plenty of ideas for mosaic tiles for any project the reader seeks. "A Beginner's Guide to Mosaics" is a must for arts and crafts collections, with full color photography all throughout.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Feeding Your Feline
Sandra Miller
Henschel Haus Publishing
2625 S. Greeley St., Suite 201
Milwaukee, WI 53207
9781595981622, $12.95,

There's more to cat food than just shoving something out of a can. "Feeding Your Feline - Naturally: Your Cat Will Love You For It" is a veterinary advice guide from Sandra Miller who presents her take on better caring for one's cat by catering to a cat's typical tastes, the cons of commercial cat food, and how to help your cat attain better general health. "Feeding Your Feline - Naturally" is a must for anyone who wants to better improve their cats health and well being.

The Audiobook Shelf

Sky Dragons
Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey, authors
Emily Durante, illustrator
Brilliance Audio
PO Box 887
Grand Haven, MI 49417
9781423347064 $36.99

Part of the immensely popular "Dragonriders of Pern" series, Sky Dragons is the unabridged audiobook adaptation of the dramatic conclusion to the arc that began with Todd McCaffrey's solo novel "Dragonsblood". Now, Anne and Todd McCaffrey weave a desperate saga of humans and dragons struggling to survive in the wake of a horrific plague that decimated dragonkind and left the planet all but helpless against the destructive onslaught of the mindless Thread. Xhinna, a courageous woman who is the first ever to bond with a blue dragon and the first female Weyrleader in Pern's history, must fight two wars - one to protect Pern's struggling survivors, and one to win their respect. In the wake of terrible tragedy, Xhinna connects with the girl Jirana, who has the unique gift to predict possible futures. With Jirana's help, Xhinna may tap into the dragons' extraordinary time-traveling gift to alter the fabric of possibility and rescue her people - but at what cost? Could Xhinna's meddling efforts risk dooming the her people rather than saving them? Superbly performed by Emily Durante, Sky Dragons is a riveting fantasy adventure, highly recommended for fans of the venerable series. 10 CDs, 11 hours 50 min.

The Last Refuge
Ben Coes, author
Peter Hermann, narrator
Macmillan Audio
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315
New York, NY 10010
9781427225689 $39.99

The Last Refuge: A Dewey Andreas Novel is the audiobook adaptation of a suspenseful, action-packed novel, the latest in the Dewey Andreas series. Israeli Special Forces commander Kohl Meir once saved Dewey Andreas' life; so that when the Iranian secret service captures Meir and illegally extradites him for a show trial, Andreas resolves to rescue Meir at any cost. But the stakes are much higher - Iran may have a nuclear bomb that could be deployed! Without the aid or sanction of either Israel or America, Andreas must destroy the bomb before it is too late, and his opponent is none other than the brutal and devious head of the Iranian secret service. The Last Refuge is exciting to the very end, and includes a bonus conversation with author Ben Coes and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

All Woman and Springtime
Brandon W. Jones, author
Christine Williams, narrator
Highbridge Audio Books
201 Sixth Street SE, Suite 220
Minneapolis, MN 55414
9781611747751 $34.95

All Woman and Springtime is the unabridged audiobook adaptation of Hawaiian author Brandon Jones' debut novel. The principal characters are Gyong-ho, also known as Gi, and Il-sun, two North Korean orphans who become fast friends amid the stifling oppression of their home country. Forced to work long hours at sweatshop labor, they dream of better lives and the opportunity to fall in love - and are cruelly betrayed by Il-sun's suitor, who sells them into sexual slavery. They endure unspeakable evil as trafficked slaves, first in South Korea, then in the United States, yet their courage, will, and strong bond are the only light in their odyssey of darkness. Although violent and at times gruesome, vividly portraying women's oppression, All Women and Springtime is also a portrait of human resilience, riveting and utterly compelling to the very end. 9 CDs, 11 1/4 hours.

Listen Well Volume One
Created by Margaret Dulaney
Featuring guest writer Sophy Burnham
Privately Published
c/o ImMedia, Inc.
$13.99 audio CD / $6.93 MP3 download

Listen Well Volume One is an audiobook anthology of brief, heart-touching stories. Most of the stories are by award-winning playwright Margaret Dulaney; acclaimed poet David Whyte and popular author of "A Book of Angels" Sophy Burnham also contribute. The stories deal with the joys and sadness of life's difficult moments, from a daughter who worries about her Alzheimer's-affected mother, to a woman's concern for her sick friend that leads her to experience a transcendental vision in a Peruvian monastery, to a moment of divine grace in a crowded theater. Superbly recorded, Listen Well Volume One is a treasure, and an excellent gift for audiobook lovers with a taste for quality storytelling. Highly recommended. The stories are "Our Affections", "Someday", "The Owl", "On Wings of Silence", "Worthless Days", "A Remarkable Story", and "A Small Matter of Great Importance". 1 CD.

The Music CD Shelf

Earth Warrior
Tony Duncan
Canyon Records Productions
3131 West Clarendon Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85017

Earth Warrior: Light of Our Ancestors is an album of Native American flute music played by Tony Duncan (of Apache/Mandan/Arikara/Hidatsa descent) in reverence of family, traditions, and the joy of music itself. The extraordinary beauty of these wistful songs lingers in the heart and the soul long after the tracks fade; Earth Warrior is a choice pick for instrumental Native American music collections. Highly recommended. The tracks are "Zuni Sunrise" (2:54), "Battle for Night" (2:57), "Grandmother Moon" (2:38), "Elders Speak" (3:51), "The Flicker of Light" (3:23), "Canyon Winds" (3:03), "Medicine Woman" (3:36), "Dance of the Coyote" (3:04), "Violet" (3:57), "Denzhone - 'Beautiful'" (3:38), "Taos Round Dance" (2:44), "Going Home" (3:20), "Ancient Stories" (2:40), and "Words from My Father". 47 min., 4 sec.

Emotions: Cree Round Dance Songs
Randall Paskemin
Canyon Records Productions
3131 West Clarendon Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85017

Traditional Native American singer and songmaker Randall Paskemin presents Emotions: Cree Round Dance Songs, an album of music performed via Cree Round Dance hand drumming. Paskemin's drumming and lyrics mesh smoothly into a sweeping whole, in this vibrant collection of songs about inner strength, perseverance, and the will to make the world a better place. Highly recommended. The tracks are "True Love (Imagine)" (4:07), "Tattoo" (3:18), "Strong" (5:16), "She's My Girl!" (6:36), "Enough" (3:34), "Let Me Count the Ways" (5:12), "All I Have to Do is Close My Eyes" (4:40), "Paradise" (3:24), "Teenage Love" (3:27), "Reflection" (4:01), "Time After Time" (3:22), "Oh, Whatever!" (3:59), "So Far Away" (4:23), and "Change (Save the World)" (6:06).

The DVD Shelf

The Cross and the Switchblade / Run Baby Run
Vision Video
PO Box 540
Worcester, PA 19490-0540

The Cross and the Switchblade / Run Baby Run is a DVD collection of two Christian movies based on true-life events. "The Cross and the Switchblade" (105 min., starring Pat Boone and Eric Estrada) is the anniversary presentation of a movie about David Wilkerson's work with the gangs of New York City, and the Christian conversion of street fighter Nicky Cruz. Featuring the options of English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, French, Italian, German, and Polish languages, as well as optional English subtitles, actor bios, director's commentary, a "making of" featurette, and testimony from Nicky Cruz, The Cross and the Switchblade is the definitive edition of a classic. "Run Baby Run" (52 min., subtitles) complements "The Cross and the Switchblade" as a documentary-style overview of Nicky Cruz's life, and how faith in God lifted him from the depths of drugs and violence and gifted him with the dedication to bring Jesus Christ's message to teen gangs across America and the world. The Cross and the Switchblade / Run Baby Run is highly recommended especially for church library DVD collections. 2 DVDs.

I Kissed A Vampire: The Rock Musical
Starring Lucas Grabeel, Drew Seeley, and Adrian Slade
Monterey Media Inc.
566 St. Charles Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-3901

I Kissed a Vampire: The Rock Musical is a horror-comedy-parody (and twisted kindred to "High School Musical"), in which a teen is unfortunately bitten by a vampiric exchange student. As he slowly turns into a vampire himself, he risks all to save himself and the girl he adores! When dentists can't help, and anti-bloodsucking pills cause a painful rash, what is a nascent proto-vampire to do? Bonus features include the original iTunes web series that inspired this rock-out-loud dark fantasy, bloopers, and deleted scenes. I Kissed a Vampire is enthusiastically recommended especially for horror and vampire fans who love a good laugh!

Breathless Body Volume 2: The Edge
Amy Dixon
411 Video Information
PO Box 1223
Pebble Beach, CA 93953

Certified fitness instructor of over 15 years' experience Amy Dixon presents "Breathless Body Volume 2: The Edge" (55 min.), a sequel to the award winning fitness DVD "Breathless Body: The Ultimate Calorie Burn". Breathless Body 2 applies threshold training and high intensity interval training to help push the viewer to their limits in a modest amount of time. No equipment is required; the workout consists of four high intensity cardio sets of three drills each, and culminates in a 6-minute high-end anaerobic push for the finish line. Breathless Body Volume 2 lives up to its title and is an excellent choice for burning and overall fitness. Also highly recommended is Amy Dixon's "Give Me 10 Core Cuts" ($19.99, 67 min.), a fitness DVD focused on keeping one's waistline trim in as little as ten minutes a day - the only recommended equipment for these six mix-and-match midsection workouts are an inexpensive stability ball, hand weights, and a mat.

The Genealogy Shelf

Tracing Your Irish Ancestors, fourth edition
John Grenham
Genealogical Publishing Company
3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 260
Baltimore, MD 21211
9780806318974, $37.95,

Now in an updated and expanded fourth edition, "Tracing Your Irish Ancestors" by John Grenham is a 606-page compendium focusing on instructing aspiring genealogists on how to go about identifying and tracing their Irish ancestry. Of special note in this newly revised edition is the emphasis on the use of the internet in Irish family history oriented genealogical research. Of special note is the discussion on the various idiosyncrasies of the digital versions of sources and the outlining of research strategies to accommodate them. Detailed, comprehensive, informed, informative, and thoroughly 'user friendly', "Tracing Your Irish Ancestors" is a critically important and indispensable reference for personal, academic, and community library Genealogical Reference collections.

The Gaming Shelf

100 Best Solitaire Games
Sloane Lee & Gabriel Packard
Cardoza Publishing
5473 South Eastern Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89119
9781580421157, $9.95,

There are few better ways to kill time by ourselves than with a deck of cards and a game of solitaire. While most of us know one or two solitaire games -- that's the trouble. We only know of one or two and after a while they can become boring. That's why "The 100 Best Solitaire Games" is such a treasure! The collaborative work of Sloane Lee and Gabriel Packard, this 144-page compendium showcasing one hundred different and entertaining ways to play a game of solitaire will prove to be an enduringly appreciated and utilized addition to personal and community library gaming reference collections. Each game comes with clear explanations, directions, and strategies for play. The games themselves range from classics to new ones you've never heard of. They run the gamut from the simple to the complex, making a suitable selection for any time, place, or circumstance guaranteed. If you own a deck of cards and have time to kill, then you should acquire your very own copy of "100 Best Solitaire Games"!

Caro's Most Profitable Hold'em Advice
Mike Caro
Cardoza Publishing
5473 South Eastern Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89119
9781580422093, $24.95,

Located in America's gaming capital of Las Vegas, Nevada, Cardoza Publishing is the premier publisher of books on poker. Mike Caro (nicknamed the 'Mad Genius of Poker') is one of the game's most respected and prolific authors. Of special note for serious poker players is "Caro's Most Profitable Hold'em Advice", a 408-page compendium of insights and advice on playing today's most popular form of poker -- No Limit Texas Hold'em -- to win regardless of whether the games is a kitchen table affair with friends or a high stakes professional tournament. Caro has informed and informative chapters on pre-flop strategy considerations, the math and values of starting hands, post-flop considerations, bluffing, table image creation and exploitation, poker as a business, tells, betting concepts, and so much more. Of special note are the chapters on 'Tournament Concepts' and 'Hold 'Em Odds Charts'. Simply stated, "Caro's Most Profitable Hold'em Advice" should be considered mandatory reading for any and all aspiring players seeking to improve their poker play and maximize their chances for the Final Table.

Hold'em Hands I Played Badly
Michael Hesse
Cardoza Publishing
5473 South Eastern Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89119
9781580422987, $19.95,

It is one of life's littler ironies that we can learn more from our failures than from our successes. It is also true that we can also learn from the failures of others. That's why "Hold'em Hands I Played Badly" by professional poker player Michael Hesse will prove to be an invaluable addition to any poker player's personal reference collection as he or she strives to improve their game. Drawing upon more than thirty years at the table, Hesse shares an accessible mathematics undergirding successful poker decisions. Readers will also learn how they can tell what opposing players are holding, how to calculate odds, and enhance their winning pot sizes. Written in a truly 'reader friendly' style, "Hold'em Hands I Played Badly" showcases hands that Michael Hesse played badly -- along with his detailed explanations of just where he went wrong so that others can learn from his miscalculated decisions. This 320-page compendium is a brilliant read and a "must" for every serious poker player wanting to make a Final Table.

The Aviation Shelf

A Postcard History Of Japanese Aviation 1910-1945
Edward M. Young
Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
4880 Lower Valley Road
Atglen, PA 19310
9780764340390, $45.00,

Japan didn't come to embrace western technologies until the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. But when they did they did with a dedication that was rarely matched and never surpassed by any other Asian nation. Compiled with accompanying expert commentary by Edward M. Young, "A Postcard History Of Japanese Aviation 1910-1945" is a 160-page compendium of postcards celebrating Japanese aviation from its basic origins in 1910 down through the end of the second world war and their defeat at the hands of the Americans. The profusion of superbly reproduced period postcards is nicely organized into four chapters: The Pioneering Years: 1910-1918; The Apprenticeship Years: 1919-1930; The Years of Independence: 1931-1940; and The Greater East Asia War: 1941-1945. Uniquely informed and informative, "A Postcard History Of Japanese Aviation 1910-1945" is a welcome and highly recommended addition to personal, academic, and community library Aviation History reference collections, and will prove to be of intense interest for postcard collectors and enthusiasts as well.

The Wisconsin Shelf

Return to Wake Robin
Marnie O. Mamminga
Wisconsin Historical Society Press
816 State Street
Madison, WI 53575
9780870204913, $22.95,

One place can form the foundation of a family over generations. "Return to Wake Robin: One Cabin in the Heyday of Northwoods Resorts" is a family history memoir as Marnie O. Mamminga writes of her family's five generations centered around Wake Robin, a cabin built by her grandparents in Wisconsin's northwoods. She shares the sites significance, and how generations came together and will continue to come together for years to come. "Return to Wake Robin" is a fine memoir for those seeking a bit of Americana through family history.

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Diane C. Donovan, Editor
Midwest Book Review
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