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Volume 5, Number 3 March 2010 Home | WBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Psychology Shelf World History Shelf
Music Shelf Cookbook Shelf Art Shelf
Fiction Shelf American History Shelf Poetry Shelf
Biography Shelf Literary Shelf Metaphysical Studies Shelf
Travel Shelf Criminology Shelf Civil War Shelf
Military Shelf Photography Shelf Graphic Novel Shelf
Hobbies/Crafts Shelf Economics Shelf Sports Shelf
Gaming Shelf Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf Humor Shelf
Relationship Shelf Christian Studies Shelf Business Shelf
Judaic Studies Shelf Education Shelf Real Estate Shelf
Self-Help Shelf Environmental Studies Shelf  

Reviewer's Choice

Verne Pickering
Beaver's Pond Press
7104 Ohms Lane, Suite 101, Edina, MN 55439
9781592982806, $32.00,

Born and raised in Hatley, a small rural community located in central Wisconsin, Verne Pickering (with the assistance of Donald Pickering) has deftly written and superbly illustrated an informed and informative history of Hatley including the coming of the railroad in 1880, through its years as a lumber industry center, to the diary farms that replaced the forested areas. Of special note is the history of Hatley moonshine production during the Prohibition era. This fascinating local history covers the years of the Great Depression, World War II, and the eventual decline of farming, resulting in Hatley becoming something of a 'bedroom suburb' for Wausau. A superb history, "Hatley" is highly recommended for academic and community library Wisconsin History collections, and would admirably serve as a template for similar histories of other local Wisconsin communities.

Wilson Casey
c/o Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
9781592579242, $12.95,

There's a story behind everything, you just might not notice it. "Firsts: Origins of Everyday Things That Changed the World" is a compilation of quick facts and intriguing anecdotes about the many things in our lives that go unnoticed, despite having their origins ranging from decades to millennia ago. From breakthrough medical procedures, to the first evils of humanity, to technological innovations, Wilson Casey prevents an endlessly fascinating array of trivia. "Firsts: Origins of Everyday Things That Changed the World" is a top pick and very recommended read.

Paul Kurtz: Exuberant Skepticism
John R. Shook, editor
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197
9781591027782, $19.00,

Paul Kurtz (Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, State University of New York, Buffalo) is a tireless advocate of rationality and an icon in the field of debunking the fantastically thinking associated with superstition and religion. He is also the driving authority behind Prometheus Books, the premier publishing of works emerging from the perspective of 'skeptical inquiry', and within the past few years a rather un-scale series of science fiction titles under the Prometheus Books imprint 'Pyr'. In "Paul Kurtz: Exuberant Skepticism", a deftly compiled and skillfully edited 230-page compendium showcasing Kurtz' thoughts, commentaries, and insights in advocating the use of science as a means of inquiry into the claims of the paranormal 'phenomena', as well as religious conceits and proffered explanations of real-world impacting belief systems, the reader will learn how to apply a skeptical inquiry mind-set to social, cultural, and political issues. Of special note is Kurtz's optimism as the future of rational discourse with respect to an ever improving understanding of the human condition. Simply stated, "Paul Kurtz: Exuberant Skepticism" is enthusiastically recommended reading and should be considered a seminal contribution to academic and community library Philosophy reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Psychology Shelf

The Basics Of Psychotherapy
Bruce E. Wampold
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242
9781433807503, $24.95,

Psychotherapy can be an intimidating concept. That's why "The Basics of Psychotherapy: An Introduction to Theory and Practice", by academician and psychologist Bruce E. Wampold is such an invaluable and informative introduction helping to demystify the theory and practice of psychotherapy. Part of the outstanding "Theories of Psychotherapy Series" published by the American Psychological Association, "The Basics Of Psychotherapy" provides an overview of the history of psychotherapy theories, how theory relates to practice, how theoretical orientations are selected by practitioners, and what can be expected in a psychotherapy sessions. For students and non-specialist readers with an interest or involvement with psychotherapy, "The Basics Of Psychotherapy" is an ideal introductory and highly recommended for personal, professional, academic, and community library Psychology reference collections. Also especially commended are two other titles in this same series: George Stricker's "Psychotherapy Integration" (9781433807190, $24.95) and David J. Cain's "Person-Centered Psychotherapies" (9781433807213, $24.95).

The World History Shelf

The Occasional Meditations Of Mary Rich, Countess Of Warwick
Raymond A. Anselment
Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies
Arizona State University
PO Box 872508, Tempe, AZ 85287-2508
9780866984119, $48.00,

A fascinating woman of her times, Mary Rich was born in Youghal, Ireland on November 11, 1624 the youngest among fifteen children. She was taught to read and write as became a woman of the aristocracy. Around 1663 she began to write a diary in which she recorded her observations and thoughts. She maintained her diary until a year before her death on April 12, 1678 at the age of 54. Annotated with extensive notations by Raymond A. Anselment, "The Occasional Meditations Of Mary Rich, Countess Of Warwick" is a seminal work of meticulous scholarship providing researchers and historians with a wealth of eye-witness information by an articulate observer of her surroundings, the people and events of her time. The primary motivation for Mary Rich to begin and keep her diary were her religious convictions. The benefit for current and future scholarship are cornucopia of little details of her life and times as embodied in her meditations. In addition to extensive historical notations, "The Occasional Meditations Of Mary Rich, Countess Of Warwick" has been enhanced with a comprehensive index making it an ideal and valued addition to academic library reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Chronicle Of The Russian Tsars
David Warnes
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY 10110-0017
9780500288283, $24.95,

For more than a thousand years, Russian history was an uninterrupted story of both internal and external political violence from which occasionally emerged rules of legend. In "Chronicle of the Russian Tsars" The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers of Imperial Russia" by historian and author David Warnes provides a comprehensive 224-page history that draws upon original source materials (including personal letters, contemporary historical documents, and maps of major battles) to provide a detailed, chronologically organized history of the reign of each of the twenty-six tsars who held the throne of the Russian empire. Profusely illustrated throughout, "Chronicle of the Russian Tsars" provides succinct biographies of the tsars, time lines, genealogical information. Of special note are the more than ninety 'sidebars' and special features providing social, cultural, and technological contextual information. Ideal for students researching Russian history, "Chronicle of the Russian Tsars" is also highly recommended as informed and informative reading for non-specialist general readers with an interest in the tsars of Russia.

The Music Shelf

Flatpicking Guitar For The Complete Ignoramus!
Wayne Erbsen
Native Ground Books & Music
109 Bell Road, Asheville, NC 28805-1521
9781883206581, $19.95,

In "Flatpicking Guitar For The Complete Ignoramus!", musician, music historian, and guitar instructor Wayne Erbsen draws upon his many years of experience and expertise to provide students of the acoustic guitar with forty 'old-time' and bluegrass guitar tunes with profusely illustrated instructions that will enable even the most novice of beginners to quickly gain proficiency in their performance of them. Enhanced with an accompanying CD that provides 91 tracks and the lyrics to all forty of the selected guitar tunes, "Flatpicking Guitar For The Complete Ignoramus!" is an 80 page compendium of material ideal for both self-instruction and as a music school curriculum instructional reference and resource. From holding the pick, to back-up chords, to tuning the guitar, and so much more, "Flatpicking Guitar For The Complete Ignoramus!" is a welcome addition to the growing library of music books from Native Ground Books & Music. Students, teachers, and anyone else with an interest in musical traditions would be well advised to visit for a complete listing of all of their outstanding and thoroughly 'user friendly' titles.

The Cookbook Shelf

The Everything Pressure Cooker Cookbook
Pamela Rice Hahn
Adams Media Corporation
57 Littlefield Street, 2nd floor, Avon, MA 02322
9781440500176, $15.95,

Pamela Rice Hahn draws upon her many years of experience and expertise to write still another outstanding and thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' compendium of recipes. This time she focuses on dishes suitable for the pressure cooker as an instrument specifically designed to speed up meal preparation time for today's busy housewife. Beginning with a chapter that aptly serves as a primer in how to safely use and utilize a pressure cooker in the kitchen, the recipes are nicely organized and presented showcasing everything from chutneys, preserves, jams, and condiments; to appetizers and party snacks; sauces; to breakfast and brunch cuisines; to soups, stews and chowders, and so much more! Of special note is the chapter devoted to vegetarian fare. From Stuffed Green Peppers; Sweet and Sour Pork; and Chicken Chili; to Fettuccine with Smoked Salmon Sauce; Summer Sausage Casserole; and Molten Fudge Pudding Cake, "The Everything Pressure Cooker Cookbook" truly lives up to its title and is enthusiastically endorsed for family and community library cookbook collections!

Pies, Pies, & More Pies!
Viola Goren
Imagine Publishing
300 East 34th Street, Suite 21K, New York, NY 10016
9781936140046, $18.95,

Viola Goren's "Pies, Pies, & More Pies!" is a 144-page, beautifully illustrated, 'kitchen cook friendly' compendium of recipes for pies that will provide gourmet quality dining experiences suitable for any and all culinary occasions. Beginning with 'Pie Essentials' and a chapter dedicated to 'Basic Recipes" for pie making, "Pies, Pies, & More Pies!" goes on to provide step-by-step instructions for making pies with fruits and berries, chocolate and nuts, sweet cheese and apples, as well as meats, chicken and fish. From a Raspberry Tart with Lemon Creme Brulee; to Pear and Chocolate Truffle Tartlets; to a Double-Crust Ricotta Pie with Pine Nuts and Dried Fruit; to a Mediterranean Focaccia Pie, these are dishes that embrace a wide range of dishes from the relatively simple to the exceedingly elegant. Enhanced with Conversion Charts and a very useful Index, "Pies, Pies, & More Pies!" will prove a welcome and popular addition to both personal and community library cookbook collections.

New Mexico Cuisine
Clyde Casey
Clear Light Publishing
823 Don Diego, Santa Fe, NM 87505
9781574160963, $16.95,

Among the cuisines of the American Southwest, that of New Mexico is unique with its fusion of culinary influences that include Spanish, Mexican, Pueblo Indian, French, Tex-Mex, Mediterranean, and 'cowboy chuck wagon'. "New Mexico Cuisine: Recipes from the Land of Enchantment", a 232-page compendium of authentic recipes compiled by Wester art historian Clyde Casey, presented a wide range of thoroughly kitchen cook friendly dishes that fully represent the variety and quality of genuine New Mexico cuisine. From Caramelized Carnitasw Burritos; Tortilla Soup; Sopapillas; and Indian Tacos; to Cowpoke Chili; Picante Salsa; Pinon Brittle; Zucchini, Corn & Pinto Bean Quesadillas; and Enchiladas Verdes, "New Mexico Cuisine: Recipes from the Land of Enchantment" offers an amazing variety of dishes suitable for all dining occasions. Enhanced with a glossary, and index, and appendices on Altitude Adjustments for High-Altitude Baking; where to buy chiles and New Mexico wines, "New Mexico Cuisine: Recipes from the Land of Enchantment" is thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' and recommended for personal, family, and community library ethnic and regional cookbook collections.

Two Dishes
Linda Haynes & Devin Connell
McClelland & Stewart
75 Sherbourne Street, 5th floor, Toronto, ON, Canada, M5A 2P9
9780771038167, $23.95,

Just as in any other aspect of our modern culture where there are generational differences in music, fashion, and technological adaptation, so there are such differences in the culinary arts as well. No other cookbook provides this kind of unique insight as does "Two Dishes: Mother and Daughter: Two Cooks, Two Lifestyles, Two Takes", the collaborative, 224-page, beautifully illustrated compendium of recipes and commentary. Of special note are the occasional 'Kitchen Hints'. With dishes ranging from Crispy Potato Crostini with Taleggio, Apple and Prosciutto; Watercress with Red Grapes and Pecorino Shards; Comforting Egg Drop Parmesan Soup; and Sesame Chicken with Mango, Green Onion, and Ginger Salsa; to Slow-Cooked Cabbage with Sweet Apple; Hazelnut Meringue Millefeuilles with Whipped Cream and Summer Berries; and Mile-High Zebra Cake with Fluffy Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting, "Two Dishes: Mother and Daughter: Two Cooks, Two Lifestyles, Two Takes" is an outstanding culinary reference for palate pleasing, gourmet quality, 'kitchen cook friendly' dishes suitable for any and all dining occasions!

The Art Shelf

Lemuel Maynard Wiles
Geoffrey K. Fleming
Hudson Hills Press
74-2 Union Street, Manchester, VT 05254
9781555953539, $40.00,

Lemuel Maynard Wiles was born in West Perry, Wyoming County, New York State, in 1826. When he died in 1905 his reputation and position in American art history was secure by some forty years of artistic compositions. His legacy as a teacher would endure for decades more in the form of his appreciative students, some of whom in 1922 raised the then magnificent sum of $2,500 for the commission of a bust of 'The Professor' which resides today in front of the Woodward Memorial Library in Le Roy, New York. In "Lemuel Maynard Wiles: A Record Of His Works, 1864-1904", Geoffrey K. Fleming (art historian and Director of the Southold Historical Society) presents an informed and informative overview of Professor Wiles accomplishments as a successful painter in the Hudson River School tradition of American art. Along with a profusion of beautifully reproduced images, "Lemuel Maynard Wiles" provides detailed commentary on Professor Wiles techniques and other aspects of his work including canvas sizes, subject matter, and the patrons that financed and commissioned his paintings. Of special note is the inclusion of a section of extensive notations, a bibliography, and a comprehensive index. A deftly written and engaging 150-page biography showcasing the artist and his art, "Lemuel Maynard Wiles" is especially recommended for both academic and community library American Art History reference collections.

Masterpieces Of Classical Art
Dyfri Williams
University of Texas Press
PO Box 7819, Austin, TX 78713-7819
9780292721470, $45.00,

The British Museum's legendary collection of ancient Greek and Roman art and artifacts is second only to those outside Greece and Italy themselves. As the 'Keeper of Greek and Roman Antiquities' at the British Museum, Dyfri Williams is in an ideal position to compile and author commentary on 180 of the museum's most important items of that collection and make them available to scholarship as well as the general reading public in "Masterpieces Of Classical Art", a 360-page superbly presented and beautifully illustrated overview of the classical art of Hellenic and Roman antiquity. Each individual object is represented by a large color photograph (a number of which were taken specifically for the pages of this work), along with expert commentary providing historical contexts for them. Of special note are the sections providing informed and informative background briefings for each distinctive period of Hellenic and Roman classical art. Ideal for both scholarship and the non-specialist general reader with an interest in ancient art and artifacts, "Masterpieces Of Classical Art" is especially recommended for both academic and community library Art History reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Follow The Sun: Robert Lougheed
Don Hedgpeth
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780578039701, $65.00,

Robert Lougheed was a successful commercial artist who created popular magazine covers, was responsible for the Flying Pegasus symbol of the Mobil Oil company, as well as a newspaper illustrator for the Toronto Star, . He was also a western artist of considerable merit, an award winning member of the Cowboy Artists of America and a founder of the National Academy of Western Art. Knowledgeably compiled by art historian and author Don Hedgpeth, "Follow The Sun: Robert Lougheed" is a beautifully produced, 360-page compendium of Lougheed's art, enhanced with expert commentary providing context and background for the flawlessly reproduced paintings and sketches -- totaling more than 400 examples of his best work. A coffee-table art book of memorable and seminal scholarship, "Follow The Sun: Robert Lougheed" is an enthusiastically recommended for personal, academic, and community library 20th Century Art History reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Fiction Shelf

My Sweet Wild Dance
Mikaya Heart
Dog Ear Publishing
4010 W. 86th Street, Ste H, Indianapolis, IN 46268
9781608440702, $16.95,

When the norm doesn't cut it, you try a bit of everything. "My Sweet Wild Dance" is the story of a young woman named Chris and her endless voyage of self-discovery. Experimenting with everything from professions to sex to politics to even different personalities, her journey to find herself is truly inspiring and this fictional adventure will help other young women rise up to find who they truly are when society's glove doesn't fit. "My Sweet Wild Dance" is a fun and uplifting read, recommended.

Plain Jayne
Hillary Manton Lodge
Harvest House Publishers
990 Owen Loop North, Eugene, Oregon 97402-9173
9780736926980, $13.99,

A little bit of simplicity never hurt anyone. "Plain Jayne" tells the tale of Jayne Tate, as she finds herself pulled away from her big city life and into Oregon's Amish country. In a simple land, she finds it's not as simple as she thought and finds that love knows nothing about technology. A unique Christian romance tale, "Plain Jayne" is a read that many a romance reader will relish for hours upon hours.

The Changed
BJ Burrow
Apex Publications
PO Box 24323, Lexington, KY 40524
9780982159675, $15.95,

A world without death seems like a wonderful place, but the reality is much more disconcerting. "The Changed" tells the story of a world where people no longer die, just simply change. These changed people are the targets of fear and prejudice, and Christian finds himself delved into a world where zombies walk the earth and among everyone else. An interesting twist on the living dead, "The Changed" is a fascinating read that should not be missed for fans of zombie tales with original twists.

The Exclusion Principle
Leona Gom
Sumach Press
1415 Bathurst Street #202, Toronto, Canada M5R 3H8
9781894549790, $14.59,

Award winning author Leona Gom brings readers into a world many all know too much with "The Exclusion Principle" is a story of marriage and astronomy as Gom presents a tale of the typical marriage, one that seems to work but not much more than that. With unique ideas on the subjects, Gom presents a story that is intriguing and will give laughter and introspection to many a reader. "The Exclusion Principle" is one well worth considering.

The Big Nasty
Rocky Lang
Cable Publishing
14090 E. Keinenen Road, Brule, WI 54820
9781934980170, $23.95,

Every now and then along comes a novel that once you pick it up, you simply can't set it back down until you've finished it. The kind of novel that so thoroughly engages your attention and imagination that time passes without notice, and interruptions like being called to dinner are seen as pure annoyance! That's the category of quality writing that Rocky Lang demonstrates in all 327-pages of "The Big Nasty", the story of a passionate romance between Lacey Cartright and Congressman Cale Wingate. Unfortunately the lovers find themselves embroiled in a possible murder. In a tale that ranges from Palms Springs, to Las Vegas, to Washington DC, "The Big Nasty" is pure, face-paced entertainment from first page to last, making it enthusiastically recommended for personal reading lists and community library contemporary fiction collections.

The American History Shelf

Texas Ranger Biographies
Charles H. Harris III, et al.
University of New Mexico Press
1312 Basehart Road SE, Albuquerque NM 87106-4363
9780826347480, $50.00,

The collaborative work of Charles H. Harris III and Louis R. Sadler (both of whom are Professor Emeritus of History at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces), and Frances E. Harris (Associate Professor Emeritus of Nursing, New Mexico State University), "Texas Ranger Biographies: Those Who Served 1910-1920" is a 432-page compendium of succinctly written biographical sketches of all those who served as Texas Rangers. In 1920 the era of Texas Rangers serving to protect the citizenry from outlaws and marauding Native Americans has come to an end with calls in the state legislature to abolish them as a no longer justifiable expense. Then the Mexican Revolution began, originally launched from Texas on November 20, 1910 and for the next decade the role of the Texas Rangers was to deal with the subsequent border problems associated with the revolutionary activity of diverse and often hostile Mexican factions attempting to raise funds and recruits on Texas soil for their on-going conflicts. The results of more than 30 years of meticulous scholarship and seminal research, "Texas Ranger Biographies" is a unique historical record and an essential addition to academic library 19th Century American History reference shelves in general, and Texas Historical Studies collections in particular.

Exploring Desert Stone
Steven K. Madsen
Utah State University Press
7800 Old Main Hill, Logan, Utah 84322
9780874217070, $34.95,

In the mid-19th century, the expansions of an American West whether by war-time acquisition or phenomena such as the California Goldrush were preceded by dedicated exploration by the U.S. government who sought to understand the geography, topography, and natural resources of what had been acquired. "Exploring Desert Stone: John N. Macomb's 1859 Expedition to the Canyonlands of the Colorado" by historian and author Steven K. Madsen focuses on the very first U.S. government expedition to explore the canyon country and the Four Corners area near what is now Moab, Utah, a region that even today is difficult to access. Following the Old Spanish Trail seeking routes into Utah (made even more urgent because of the recent 'Utah War' where federal troops occupied key parts of the newly emergent Mormon country under the control of Brigham Young whose policy of polygamy had gained the ire of the U.S. government), the exploratory groups of topographical engineers under the command of John Macomb created a documentary record of their efforts, as well as the first detailed map of the era. Their story and their achievements are now available under the deft and painstaking historical scholarship of Steven Madsen. Enhanced with an extensive Bibliography and a comprehensive Index, "Exploring Desert Stone" is a seminal and invaluable contribution, and should be a core addition to academic library 19th Century American History collections, as well as supplemental reading lists for non-specialist general readers with an interest in the history and development of the American West.

The Poetry Shelf

Questions of Fire
Gregg Mosson
Plain View Press
PO Box 42255, Austin, TX 78704
9780981973173, $14.95,

World peace seems oh so far away. "Questions of Fire" is a collection of poems from Gregg Mosson, as he offers his own views on the state of the world today, hoping for a more peaceful tomorrow when today is conflict and violence. "Questions of Fire" is uplifting and hopeful, although realistic. "Childhood from a Car": Finding my first home,/I slow as red-yellow leaves/swirl around the door./Revving off, in the rear-view/a strong dog bounds into view.

Southern Comfort
Nin Andrews
CavanKerry Press
6 Horizon Rd, Ft. Lee, NJ 07024
9781933880143, $16.00,

The simple life that people all too often forget. "Southern Comfort" is a collection of poetry from Nin Andrews as she draws on the simple and relaxing aspects of southern life. Drawing on a philosophy that values common sense above all else and allows for some insightful reading. "Southern Comfort" is a collection of verse that should not be missed. "Why Abortion Doesn't Make Sense": Catholics don't believe in abortion, Miss De Angelo said./Even if it's true they multiply like rodents./No matter what folks say about conception,/everyone knows./If a woman gets pregnant,/it's not bunnies or snakes she's having or vice versa./You don't need the pope to tell you that.

Dawnell Harrison
Adastra Press
16 Reservation Road, Easthampton, MA 01027
9780982249536, $14.00

Widely published poet and prolific poet Dawnell Harrison comes to readers with a fine chapbook in "Voyager". Focusing on a woman's life and the staunch resilience as well as the compromises one makes in their everyday life, "Voyager" is a fine collection and worth adding to any poetry collection. "Happy": I thought moving/to a new house/to a new house/would make me happy./I had temporarily forgotten/that I'd be bringing myself along.

Bright Wings
Billy Collins, editor
David Allen Sibley, artist
Columbia University Press
61 West 62nd St., NY, NY 10023-7015
9780231150842, $22.98,

Rarely have poetry and art been so deftly partnered as it is in "Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds ", a 288-page compendium of poetry knowledgeably compiled and deftly edited by Billy Collins, and superbly enhanced with the aviary painting of David Allen Sibley. The them of both the poetry and the imagery are an impressive variety of birdlife. The dozens and dozens of poems ranges from Robert Creeley's 'The Birds'; to Henry Carlile's 'The Cardinal'; to Wallace Stevens' 'Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird'; to Thomas Hardy's 'The Caged Goldfinch'. The art is museum quality, the poetry superbly memorable. A truly impressive anthology of word and art, "Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds" is a welcome and enthusiastically recommended addition to personal, family, academic, and community library poetry collections and supplemental reading lists.

Khaled Mattawa
New Issues Poetry & Prose
Western Michigan University
1903 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49008
9781930974906, $15.00,

A 71-page collection of wry poetry drawn for keen observation of American society, "Tocqueville" is Khaled Mattawa's fourth anthology and continues to document him as an exceptionally skilled wordsmith who combines the lyric qualities of written expression with a remarkable perception of an American dominated global culture especially afforded to someone born in Benghazi, Libya, in 1964 and only immigrated to the U.S. as a teenager. "Tocqueville" is especially commended to the attention of those who appreciate a political astuteness combined with a genuine talent for a well crafted composition and scripting layout on paper provides a visual composition that works smoothly to enhance the ideas and word images in the mind's eye of the reader. Also highly very recommended reading are Khaled Mattawa three previous poetry anthologies: Ismailia Eclipse: Poems (Sheep Meadow, 9781878818447, $12.95), Zodiac of Echoes (Ausable, 9781931337045, $24.00), and Amorisco (Ausable, 9781931337441, $14.00).

The Biography Shelf

Eat the Grapes
Craig R. Johnson
Beaver's Pond Press
7104 Oms Lane, Suite 101, Edina, MN 55439-2129
9781592983148, $14.95,

Once the heart of the Ottoman empire, the bridge between Europe, Asia, and the Middle East is a place like none other. "Eat the Grapes: Don't Fight hr Battles" is a memoir from Craig R. Johnson as he reflects on his retirement spent in Turkey. Turkey is a place of duality, as society with two sides seems to co-exist on every level, making for a truly unique cultural experience. Well written and deftly crafted, Johnson's memoir is truly an adventure to read, making "Eat the Grapes" a solid addition to any personal memoir collection.

Birth of a Psychedelic Culture
Ram Dass & Ralph Metzner
Synergetic Press
1 Blue Bird Court, Santa Fe, NM 87508
9780907791386, $9.95,

Science calls for experimentation, and when something new appears, scientific thinking can lead to a unique adventure. "Birth of a Psychedelic Culture: Conversations About Leary, the Harvard Experiments, Millbrook, and the Sixties" looks into a six year span where the psychedelic movement caught steam. Presented as a conversation between figures of the movement, the authors provide an enticing read into the era. "Birth of a Psychedelic Culture", is a piece of history well worth looking into, with its stories of a truly unique time.

John Jay
John M. Pafford
Heritage Books
100 Railroad Ave, Suite 104, Westminster, Maryland 21157-4826
9780788450099, $23.00,

John Jay was one of the founding fathers of the newly announced United States of America. Although largely overshadowed today by George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Adams, and Alexander Hamilton, in his day, John Jay was considered by his peers in the Continental Congress as the logical successor to George Washington as the chief executor of the fledgling nation. Among his many accomplishments were the presidency of the Continental Congress, becoming the minister plenipotentiary to Span, and a member of the peace commission which successfully negotiated the 1783 Treaty of Paris which had Britain acknowledge the independence of the thirteen colonies. John Jay was also Washington's secretary of foreign affairs, co-authored 'The Federalist' papers, serviced as the first chief justice of the Supreme Court, and for two terms was the governor of New York. When he retired from political life he became the president of the American Bible Society. "John Jay: The Forgotten Founder" by John M. Pafford is a 224-page biography that admirably serves to bring the man and his contributions back to the forefront of history along with the story of his life, his manifold accomplishments, and his enduring legacy as leader and founder of the American nation. Enhanced with a chronology and an extensive bibliography, "John Jay: The Forgotten Founder" is a work of meticulous scholarship and well deserving of inclusion in both academic and community library American History and American Biography reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Literary Shelf

Adrian Kelly
c/o International Publishers Marketing
PO Box 605, Herndon, VA 20172-0605
9780715637135, $24.00,

Like modern authors, ancient playwrights used characters again and again as their tales continued to tell a story. "Sophocles: Oedipus at Colonus" is the final play of Sophocles, as Adrian Kelly provides another Duckworth Companion to the tragedies of Ancient Greece and Rome. Offering an in-depth study of the play and its meanings for society, "Sophocles: Oedipus at Colonus" is a choice pick for any literary studies collections focusing on the classical word of theatre and stories.

The Medieval British Literature Handbook
Daniel T. Kline
80 Maiden Lane, Suite 704, New York, NY 10038
9780826494092, $29.95,

Literature has always proved a powerful force and mirror of history. "The Medieval British Literature Handbook" looks back into history at the literature of thirteenth to sixteenth century Britain and the major works of the period which offer insight into the culture of the period. Daniel T. Kline offers scholarly insight into the literature of the period and how the roots of this era ring true into literature of the years afterwards. A complete and comprehensive study guide, "The Medieval British Literature Handbook" is a treasure trove of information, and a very highly recommended read.

Watchmen As Literature
Sara J. Van Ness
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9780786444755, $35.00,

An acclaimed graphic novel which has recently been turned into a big budget Hollywood film, 'Watchmen' was the creation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Originally published in 1986, it set the standard for graphic novel science fiction for originality, complexity, and artistry. Almost immediately 'Watchmen' also became the subject for serious literary analysis. The most recent of which is "Watchmen as Literature: A Critical Study of the Graphic Novel" by Sara J. Van Ness. This 219-page compendium is a serious and meticulous scholarly study that will be especially appreciated by dedicated 'Watchmen' fans as well as academia wanting to incorporate the graphic novel as a distinctive literary form in their curriculums. Enhanced with a wealth of notations and an extensive bibliography, "Watchmen as Literature: A Critical Study of the Graphic Novel" is especially recommended for academic library reference collections in general, and the supplemental reading lists of 'Watchmen' fans in particular.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

2012 and the Shift of Ages
Alexander Price
Adventures Unlimited
1 Adventure Place, Kempton, IL 60949
9781935487012, $18.95,

Two years away, the mythology of 2012 has spiked interest higher than ever. "2012 and the Shift of Ages: A Guide to the End of the World" looks at the idea of cyclical history, saying that history, much like nature moves in cycles and that 2012 may be a changing of a said cycle With plenty to intrigue followers of the 2012 phenomena, "2012 and the Shift of Ages" is a top pick for metaphysical studies collections.

Yetis, Sasquatch & Hairy Giants
David Hatcher Childress
Adventures Unlimited Press
PO Box 74, Kempton, IL 60946
9781931882989, $18.95,

Indiana Jones may be fictional, but David Hatcher Childress is most definitely not. An author and adventurer, Childress' latest contribution to metaphysical literature is "Yetis, Sasquatch & Hairy Giants", a 400-page compendium accounting his decades-long search for yeti in Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, and the Himalayas, as well as his considerable research into sightings and evidences of North America's fabled Bigfoot, Sasquatch, and 'Skunk Apes'. Profusely illustrated (including a special color photo section), "Yetis, Sasquatch & Hairy Giants" is from first page to last, as informative a read as it is engaging. Enhanced with the inclusion of an extensive bibliography, "Yetis, Sasquatch & Hairy Giants" is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the subject, and would make a popular and thoroughly 'reader friendly' addition to academic and community library collections.

The Travel Shelf

Adrian Phillips & Jo Scotchmer
Globe Pequot
PO Box 480, Guilford, CT 06437
9781841621852, $13.99,

The Hungarian culture is one that goes criminally unnoticed by the rest of the world compared to other European cultures. "Budapest: City Guide" is a complete and comprehensive travel guide to the rich culture, night life, and countless other attractions that lie in the heart of Hungary, a nation that bridges the gap between western and eastern Europe. A highly romantic city, and displayed with vivid photography, "Budapest" should be more than enough to make one yearn for a vacation to the city.

Ireland Step By Step
Insight Guides
c/o Langenscheidt Publishing Group
15 Tyger River Drive, Duncan, SC 29334
9789812821065, $16.99,

One of the major joys of traveling abroad is going on walks to observe the sights, sounds, and people up close and personal. That's why travelers to Ireland will especially value "Ireland Step By Step" which is a handy 128-page compendium showcasing sixteen walks and tours complete with thoroughly 'user friendly' maps. Of special note is the profusion of tips and advice on where to eat and drink, shopping, the nightlife, and the culture. Enhanced with themed tours, a free pullout map with street index, and practical information on a variety of hotel accommodations suitable for diverse budgets, "Ireland Step By Step" is a practical and invaluable resource for getting the most out of a visit to the Emerald Isle.

The Criminology Shelf

Key Readings In Criminology
Tim Newburn, editor
Willan Publishing
c/o International Specialized Book Services
920 Northeast 58th Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, OR 97213
9781843924029, $55.00,

An impressive 908-page compendium, "Key Readings in Criminology" truly lives up to its title by providing more than 140 entries drawn from criminological studies, texts, and articles, making it ideal as a curriculum textbook, as well as supplemental reading for the creation of papers and articles on criminology. Superbly organized into sections ranging from 'Understanding Crime and Criminology'; 'Crime and Punishment in History'; 'Crime Data and Crime Trends'; and 'Crime and the Media'; to 'Radical and Critical Criminology'; 'Feminist Criminology'; Victims, Victimization and Victimology'; 'White-Collar and Corporate Crime'; 'Organized Crime'; 'Understanding Criminology', under the deft and expert editorship of Tim Newborn, "Key Readings in Criminology" surveys all aspects and facets of the psychology of criminal behavior. Of special note is the concluding section on 'Doing Criminological Research'. Enhanced for students with a comprehensive Index, "Key Readings in Criminology" is not only appropriate for academic library Criminology reference collections, but for the non-specialist general reader with an interest in the study of crime, its causes, formats, and consequences.

The Civil War Shelf

Crimson Confederates
Helen P. Trimpi
The University of Tennessee Press
293 Communications Building, Knoxville, TN 37996-0325
9781572336827, $59.00,

Although Harvard University is a northern institution, a very large number of its students were to side with the Confederacy against the Union in a civil war that was to see brother against brother and fathers against sons in the most divisive conflict the American nation was ever to experience. "Crimson Confederates: Harvard Men Who Fought for the South" is an impressive 408-page compendium in which academician and American Civil War scholar Helen P. Trimpi has provided succinct biographical entries fro the 357 Harvard alumni who fought for the South against the North. This number not only included men whose homes were in the southern states, but a great many whose families were settled in the northern states. Two of these Harvard men became Confederate generals: W. H. F. "Rooney" Lee (who was a son of Robert E. Lee), and John Sappington Marmaduke. Thirteen others achieved the rank of brigadiers. The entries are alphabetically arranged. Of special note are two appendices, and a 'Register of Harvard Alumni Who Served in Confederate Military Organizations'. A seminal work of painstaking and detailed scholarship, "Crimson Confederates: Harvard Men Who Fought for the South" is strongly recommended as a core addition to academic library Civil War reference collections.

The Military Shelf

Crimean Memories
Will Hutchison, et al.
Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
9780764332289, $89.99,

The collaborative work of Will Hutchison, Michael Vice, and B.J. Small, "Crimean Memories: Artifacts Of The Crimean War" is a deftly assembled and superbly presented 272-page compendium of color photographs showcasing the uniforms, camp equipment, weaponry, accouterments, and miscellany of the British military engaged in the battlefields of the Crimean War. The informed and informative accompanying text provides context along with notating the history and origins of the items referenced and illustrated. Of special note is that several angles are offered providing an unusual visual depth for highlighted items, making "Crimean Memories" an impressive and reliable reference resource of military scholarship and novelists seeking historical accuracy for stories set with the context of the Crimean War. A work of impeccable scholarship, "Crimean Memories" is a seminal work of impressive merit and very strongly commended for both academic and community library Military History reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Nicholas A. Veronico & Ron Strong
Specialty Press
99 Spring Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10012
9781580071390, $24.95,

In the southwestern desert country outside Tucson, Arizona, is the largest military aircraft storage center in the country. Begun with the need to securely store no longer needed aircraft at the end of World War II, and continuing to expand as technology produced newer fighter aircraft making older models obsolete, the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) operation continued to expand to the point where it currently holds more than 4,000 military aircraft of all types and categories. Aircraft experts and historians Ron Strong and Nicholas A. Ceronico have collaborated in "AMARG: America's Military Aircraft Boneyard - A Photo Scrapbook" to provide an informed and informative photographic survey providing an impressive perspective on the variety and range of aircraft held in this facility. Profusely illustrated with full color photography, each image is captioned, providing an accurate historical context. A superbly produced and presented 144-page compendium, "AMARG: America's Military Aircraft Boneyard - A Photo Scrapbook" is a core addition to personal, academic, and community library reference Military Aircraft and Aviation reference collections. Also very highly recommended from Specialty Press for Aviation History collections is "Cold War Peacemaker: The Story Of Cowton And The Convair B-36" (9781580071277, $32.95) by Dennis R. Jenkins and Don Pyeatt.

The Photography Shelf

The Changing Range Of Light
Elizabeth Carmel
Hawks Peak Publishing
c/o Mountain Press Publishing Company
PO Box 2399, Missoula, MT 59806
9780977687718, $49.95,

The phrase 'Range of Light' was coined by the legendary conversationist John Muir in the late 1800s in reference to the every evolving beauty of the Sierra Nevada mountain country. Elizabeth Carmel is a Sierra-based photographer whose artistic flair with a camera is especially noted for being able to successfully capture in vivid color particularly memorable and impressive images of the natural world. "The Changing Range Of Light: Portraits Of The Sierra Nevada" is a 120-page compendium of her photographic images underscoring and superbly illustrating what John Muir was trying to convey in his writings and in the 19th century period photography of his friend Ansel Adams. Each superbly presented image is accompanied by a succinct but highly informative caption providing context for the reader. "The Changing Range Of Light" is especially recommended for academic and community library American Photography reference collections, as well as the supplemental reading lists of today's conservationists with an appreciation of the wild natural beauty and celestial majesty of the Sierra Nevada.

Gaza Photo Album
Kent Klich & Jaber Wishah
Umbrage Editions
111 Front Street, Suite 208, Brooklyn, NY 11201
9781884167867, $40.00,

The story of the Palestinians devastated by the Gaza attacks as Israelis reacted to Hamas rocket attacks against Jewish communities is the photographic subject of the "Gaza Photo Album". An 88-page compendium of full color photographs by Kent Klich, the images comprising the "Gaza Photo Album" is provided with context by an informed and informative essay by Human Rights activist Jaber Wishah (Deputy Director of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights). The result is a movingly presented 'other side of the story' which has been all to often neglected by mainstream western media.

The Graphic Novel Shelf

Olympians, Zeus: King Of The Gods
George O'Connor
First Second Books
c/o Roaring Brook Press
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
9781596434318, $9.99,

Greek mythology has long been a fertile ground for characters employed by comic book authors and contemporary writers of fantasy novels. So much so that their personal stories as detailed by those ancient Hellenic bards has been obscured for all but academics. Now the tale of the origins of the Greek pantheon and the creation of the earth and the heavens has been re-told in the form of a superbly illustrated graphic novel by artist and storyteller George O'Connor, who accurately draws from primary sources to reveal the same kind of riveting tale that engaged the total attention of appreciative audiences some four millennia past. The first title in what promises to be a four-volume series (subsequent titles will include the background stories of Zeus' wife Hera; his brother Hades, and his daughter Athena), "Olympians, Zeus: King Of The Gods" is enthusiastically recommended reading for its entertainment value alone. The fact that the mythology is so accurate and makes it ideal for community libraries and school (including home schooling) curriculums is a bonus!

The Hobbies/Crafts Shelf

The Complete Book Of Polymer Clay
Lisa Pavelka
The Taunton Press
63 South Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470
9781600851285, $24.95,

In "The Complete Book Of Polymer Clay", Lisa Pavelka draws upon her considerable experience and undeniable expertise to provide a 228-page compendium of fifty original polymer clay projects, each with thoroughly 'user friendly' step-by-step illustrated instructions for making everything from bracelets and buttons, to pendants and pins. Of special note is the concluding chapter offering a 'Gallery of Polymer Clay Art'. Enhanced with two appendices ('Troubleshooting for Polymer Clay' and 'Glossary of Polymer Clay Terms'), "The Complete Book Of Polymer Clay" is usefully includes an extended Resource Guide and a comprehensive Index making it ideal for the novice and a very highly recommended addition for community library reference collections.

The Economics Shelf

Globalization And Free Trade
Philip Booth & Richard Wellings, editors
Edward Elgar Publishing
9 Dewey Court, Northampton, MA 01060-3815
9781848445758, $360.00,

Deftly co-edited by Philip Booth and Richard Wellings, "Globalization And Free Trade" is a 713-page compendium consisting of informed and informative essays focused on free trade and the process of economic globalization drawn from past publications of the IEA over the past five decades. Of special note is the succinct yet detailed introduction by Booth and Wellings providing the reader with a superbly crafted and presented overview of the pro and con arguments regarding economic globalization. Of enduring value is the extensive list of references and comprehensive index, making "Globalization And Free Trade" an indispensable contribution to academic library Economics reference collections in general, and supplemental reading lists on the issues of economic globalization in particular.

The Sports Shelf

Managing Sport Facilities, second edition
Gil Fried
Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc.
PO Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61820-5076
9780736082907, $69.00,

As an associate professor at the University of New Haven in Connecticut and having has taught sport facility management for more than 10 years, Gil B. Fried draws upon his experience and expertise to provide a completely updated and significantly expanded second edition of "Managing Sport Facilities", which is justifiably considered to be an essential reference for anyone charged with sports facilities management from local community centers to large commercial stadiums. Thoroughly 'reader friendly' and superbly organized, this new edition of "Managing Sport Facilities" includes an expanded section on risk management, timely information on security issues, and is enhanced as an ideal tutorial for anyone seeking a career in sports facilities management. Of special note in this 368-page compendium is the concluding section on 'Event and Activity Management'. Enhanced with an extensive glossary, reference list, and a comprehensive index, "Management Sport Facilities" is ideal as a curriculum textbook and is an essential addition to academic library reference collections.

The Gaming Shelf

The Rifter
James M. G. Cannon, et al.
Palladium Books, Inc.
39074 Webb Court, Westland, MI 48185
9781574571844, $11.95, Cat. # 149

Vampires, magic, and high adventure in the Palladium Books' Megaverse for gamers is the focus of this 49th issue of "The Rifter", a 96-page compendium news and useful information for the players. Included by a list of impressive contributors is additional information on and about the mystical city of Lazo; detailed notes about vampires; secrets of stage magic; a Heros Unlimited short story; and so much more. Of Special note is the news updates regarding coming attractions from Palladium Books. An absolute 'must' for all dedicated Megaverse gamers, "The Rifter" is enthusiastically recommended reading and an enduringly valued addition to gamer libraries everywhere.

The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf

Hammer Glamour
Marcus Hearn
Titan Books
144 Southwark Street, London SE1 OUP, UK
9781848562295, $29.95,

An icon of B movie productions, Britain's Hammer Studios turned out some of the best horror genre flicks the 1950s and early 1960s had to offer. Especially their vampire films which continue to be popular late night television fare. A mainstay of their enduring entertainment value was the veritable bevy of beautiful (and often scantily clad) actresses. Now Marcus Hearn has gone into the Hammer archives and assembled a 160-page compendium of photographs showcasing these women whose contributions on screen gave Hammer Studios its global popularity. Of special note is the informed and informative accompanying text providing background information on each of the featured actresses -- some of whom went on to extensive film careers beyond the Hammer era. Beautifully presented and superbly organized, "Hammer Glamour" truly lives up to its title and is a welcome and strongly endorsed addition to academic library Film History reference collections in general, and the supplemental reading lists of those legions of Hammer movie fans in particular.

The Humor Shelf

The Customer is Not Always Right
A. J. Adams
Andrews McMeel Publishing
1130 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO 64106-2109
9780740785788, $12.99,

Some people simply don't know what they want. "The Customer is NOT Always Right: Hilarious and Horrific Tales of Customers Gone Wrong" is a collection of short tales, collected from various sources as A. J. Adams presents stories of employees dealing with the customers that driven them insane, and in some cases, just intriguing interactions of employee and customer. From canceling Disney World trips to muffin stealing nudists, "The Customer is NOT Always Right" is a top pick for anyone who has worked with the unwashed masses and wants to find kindred spirits.

The Relationship Shelf

Change Your Mindset, Not Your Man
Sally B. Watkins
Adams Media
57 Littlefield Street, Avon, MA 02322
9781605501420, $14.95,

Negativity will make everything seem sour. "Change Your Mindset, Not Your Man: Learn to Love What's Right Instead of Trying to Fix What's Wrong" is a guide to approaching life with a much more positive attitude about one's relationships. Warning that many women live in the past, fearing their current squeeze may end up like a bad ex, Sally Watkins urges women to see what's right and remember that whenever complaining about past transgressions. "Change Your Mindset, Not Your Man" is a cautionary tale about not losing a good thing for the wrong reasons.

The Christian Studies Shelf

Conversations with Scripture
Frederick W. Schmidt
Morehouse Publishing
4775 Road, Harrisburg, PA 17112
9780819223616, $16.00,

The life of Christ is told as a stream of lessons for the world to follow. "The Gospel of Luke" is an entry into the Conversations with Scripture series as Episcopal priest Frederick W. Schmidt offers a scholarly delve into the gospel of Luke, one of the most central books of the New Testament. With much wisdom and scholarly insight on the volume, Schmidt makes "The Gospel of Luke" a highly educational read for Bible readers trying to understand a deeper meaning in their texts.

So Long, Insecurity
Beth Moore
Tyndale House Publishers
351 Executive Drive, Carol Stream, IL 60188
9781414334721, $24.99,

Being insecure about one's life does no one any favors. "So Long, Insecurity" is a motivational guide from Beth Moore urging women to rise up and shake off their insecurities. The advocated goal is to gain more control over one's life instead of wreaking havoc upon it. With a healthy dose of inspirational faith, "So Long, Insecurity" is a strongly recommended read for Christian women who want to stop feeling bad about themselves and live their lives.

The Business Shelf

Amazon Income
Sharon L. Cohen
Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc.
1405 SW 6th Ave, Ocala, FL 34471-0640
9781601382993, $24.95,

Amazon was formed out of the aspiring dreams of an entrepreneur, and people can use Amazon to blossom their own aspiring dreams. "Amazon Income: How Anyone of Any Age, Location, and/or Background Can Build a Highly Profitable Online Business with Amazon" " is a guide to starting one's own business through, the internet market place which has taken to being a place where trade happens. Amazon has reached its size and success by embracing any agreement that can be mutually exclusive, and Sharon L. Cohen hopes to help readers link in with this philosophy. "Amazon Income" is a top pick for aspiring entrepreneurs.

The Judaic Studies Shelf

Feminine Faith
Shmuel Schneersohn
Kehot Publication Society
770 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11213
9780286607492, $14.95,

Like many faiths, the faith of Jewish women is ever so slightly different than that of the men's. "Feminine Faith" delves into the relationship with women and the Judaic faith and how women played a role in traditional Judaic folklore and Torah tales. Quoting plenty from the original Hebrew in its text, "Feminine Faith" is a top pick for Jewish women who want to gain a greater appreciation for the place of womankind in Judaism.

What Happens After I Die?
Rifat Sonsino & Daniel B. Syme
UAHC Press
PO Box 933364, Atlanta, GA 31193-3364
0807403563, $12.95

What is the Jewish view of the afterlife, anyway? "What Happens After I Die?: Jewish Views of Life After Death" looks into the Jewish views of the afterlife as two rabbis converge and offer a series of essays from numerous Jewish writers who offer their own insight on the after life which should prove an intriguing read for both Jewish readers and simply curious readers of other faiths. "What Happens After I Die?" is an enlightening read, well worth considering.

The Education Shelf

The Forgotten Room
Mary Hollowell
Lexington Books
c/o Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
4501 Forbes Bouelevard, Suite 200, Lanham MD 20706
9780739134955, $65.00,

Assigned to teach the worst of the worst is something that few teachers ever want. "The Forgotten Room: Inside a Public Alternative School for At-Risk Youth" is the story of a the final year of Peachtree Alternative School, and how the teachers faced day to day challenges dealing with students who seemed to be on the quick path to a self-destructive life. Through the hell of these students, some teachers still tried to change their lives and break that course, with varying success. "The Forgotten Room" is a must read for those trying to understand why a good future starts in the classroom.

The Real Estate Shelf

Michael Lerner
Capital Books
22841 Quicksilver Drive, Sterling, VA 20166
9781933102870, $15.95,

Buying a place you're going to call a home is no fleeting decision. "Homebuying: Tough Times, First Time, Any Time" is a homebuyer's guide who want to make their multi-thousand dollar investment one that is wise and won't come back to bite them in the behind. Buying and renting, real estate agents, good neighborhoods, the slew of legal nonsense that could fill a book itself, Michael Lerner seeks to educate readers on it all. "Homebuying" is a must read before one makes that serious purchase.

The Self-Help Shelf

Digging Out
Michael A. Tompkins
New Harbinger Publications
5674 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609
9781572245945, $17.95,

You might need it at a later date. "Digging Out: Helping Your Loved One Manage Clutter, Hoarding, & Compulsive Acquiring" is a guide for those who want to help their friends and family stop their endless collecting of seemingly useless stuff which leads to more problems than that hoard is worth. With tips on convincing them to give up the hoard and living a life with less weight in the house and on their shoulders, "Digging Out" is a highly recommended advice guide with an important message.

The Environmental Studies Shelf

Foundations of Ecological Resilience
Lance H. Gunderson, Craig R. Allen, & C. S. Holling
Island Press
1718 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20009
9781597265119, $35.00,

Nature is not a force that embraces change without resistance. "Foundations of Ecological Resilience" looks at nature and its resilience. Many authors and writers converge on these topics and provide scholarly thought and insight on the environment and its status against humanity's abuses. Drawing on historical examples, the concept of ecological resilience, and plans for the future, "Foundations of Ecological Resilience" is a choice and core addition to any environmental studies collection.

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