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Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Self-Help Shelf Education Shelf
Health/Medicine Shelf Business Shelf International Studies Shelf
Needlecraft Shelf Economics Shelf Environmental Studies Shelf
Computer Shelf Psychology Shelf Jobs/Careers Shelf
Music Shelf Architecture Shelf Gardening Shelf
Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf
Military Shelf Antiques/Collectibles Shelf Cookbook Shelf
Philosophy Shelf Metaphysical Studies Shelf Martial Arts Shelf
Pets/Wildlife Shelf Biography Shelf Sports Shelf
Photography Shelf Audiobook Shelf Art Shelf
Writing/Publishing Shelf Judaic Studies Shelf Social Issues Shelf

Reviewer's Choice

A Book of Silence
Sara Maitland
Counterpoint Press
2117 - 4th St Suite D, Berkeley, CA 94710
9781582435176, $25.00

A BOOK OF SILENCE comes from a feminist, mother, and author who found herself living alone in the country after a lifetime of noisy family - and who came to love it. Here Maitland describes how she decided to expand her newfound love of silence, from experiencing silence in the Sinai desert to Scotland and a remote cottage on the Isle of Skye. Her journey brings her a deeper understanding of the meaning of silence and self-discovery in a fine survey counteracting the noise of daily life and promoting an appreciation for silence in the world. Any general lending library will welcome this.

Gemstones of the World, fourth edition
Walter Schumann
Sterling Publishing
387 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10016-8810
9781402768293, $24.95

GEMSTONES OF THE WORLD has been newly revised and expanded in this updated fourth edition, which packs in nearly two thousand photos of gems along with complete physical properties and tips on finding and cutting them. Even more gemstones are covered here than in previous editions, making for an outstanding reference and a 'must' for any gemstone collector or library catering to them.

How to Get Divorced by 30
Sascha Rothchild
c/o Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780452295995, $15.00

Humor blends with insights on relationships in a hilarious memoir about the ending of a 'forever' marriage - an unusual combination of approaches. When the author realized the one person she didn't want at her thirtieth birthday party was her husband, she entered the world of divorce, bad decisions - and good ones. HOW TO GET DIVORCED BY 30: MY MISGUIDED ATTEMPT AT A STARTER MARRIAGE is a fine pick for any general lending library.

The Self-Help Shelf

59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot
Richard Wiseman
9780307273406, $24.00

59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot is a top pick for psychology and general lending libraries alike, offering a powerful self-help guide to how to improve one's life without using exercises that destroy motivation and damage relationships. Scientific advice blends with keys to becoming more decisive, more imaginative, and more engaged. Very highly recommended!

The Generosity Factor
Ken Blanchard and S. Truett Cathy
Zondervan Publishing House
5300 Patterson Avenue, S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49530
9780310246602, $19.99 1-800-727-1309

The Generosity Factor is a pick for both spirituality and self-help collections, offering insights into generosity and how it's a visionary parable for any seeking more to life than they already have. Using the parable of several self-made people, they provide five key principles to using generosity to achieve a more meaningful life.

The Education Shelf

Bilingual By Choice
Virginie Raguenaud
Nicholas Brealey
20 Park Plaza #1115A, Boston, MA 02116
9781857885262, $19.95

Bilingual By Choice tells how to teach kids to be bilingual for life and covers all the obstacles to sustaining a second language, from unsupportive relatives and school issues to frequent relocations and discrimination. The result is a powerful survey perfect for any education or parental library covering all the basics of encouraging bilingual development in kids.

Using Skilled Dialogue to Transform Challenging Interactions
Isaura Barrera & Lucinda Kramer
Brookes Publishing
Box 10624, Baltimore, MD 21285-0624
1557669554, $34.95,

Using Skilled Dialogue to Transform Challenging Interactions offers early childhood collection an outstanding survey of behavior, cultural roots, and the impact of early childhood diversity on experiences, values and beliefs. From understanding and applying the three critical qualities of Skilled Dialogue to making the most of differences and learning to interact better with support systems for young children, this offers insights into integrated communication processes and is perfect for any college-level education library.

SAT, 24th edition
250 Wireless Blvd., Hauppauge, NY 11788
0764193988, $29.99

The 24th edition of SAT provides the latest review and practice tests available, pairing a detailed review of the SAT with study advice, five full-length practice tests that reflect the latest SATs in length and question types, and comprehensive reviews of all test topics. A CD-ROM comes with two more practice tests, making this a 'must' for any college-prep student.

Jessica Kingsley Publishers
P.O. Box 960, Herndon, VA 20172-0960

Linda Miller's PRACTICAL BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS WITH AUTISM (9781849050388, $39.95) offers a review of the '5P Approach' to behavior management, discussing challenges to children and young people with autism and similar disorders. Working solutions to common issues are based on real-life problems and offer a framework for behavior intervention founded on prevention and good practice, making this a fine survey for teachers and parents. Fiona Brownlee and Lindsay Munro's FUZZY BUZZY GROUPS FOR CHILDREN WITH DEVELOPMENTAL AND SENSORY PROCESSING DIFFICULTIES: A STEP-BY-STEP RESOURCE (9781843109662, $34.95) is accompanied by a sing-along CD and offers professionals a resource for engaging young kinds in a fun, sensory-based way. From choosing sensory food and drink to involving parents in the group, this offers step-by-step keys to carrying out a session and includes photocopiable forms and checklists. Simone Griffin and Dianne Sandler's MOTIVATE TO COMMUNICATE! 300 GAMES AND ACTIVITIES FOR YOUR CHILD WITH AUTISM (9781849050418, $18.95) offers a fine resource packed with ideas and guidance for motivating children with autism and other communication issues. From everyday toys used in new ways to extensions of activities, this is packed with creative ideas developed over 40 years of clinical and educational practices. Both are ideal for educator's libraries.

Corwin Press
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320

Prevention, assessment and intervention is the emphasis of Barbara C. Trolley and Constance Hanel's CYBER KIDS, CYBER BULLYING, CYBER BALANCE (9781412972925, $31.95), an educator's guide for helping tech-savvy students make choices about using technology in positive ways. From charts that identifying cyber bullying warning signs to legal guidelines, use policies, definitions of harassment vs. cyber stalking and more, this is a powerful survey contemporary educators must have. Louise A. Chickie-Wolfe's LUCKY TO BE A TEACHER: LIFE-CHANGING AFFIRMATIONS FOR POSITIVE CLASSROOMS (9781412972628, $22.95) appears in its second updated edition to provide a set of positive classroom keys. Learn how to use core motivating affirmations to maintain a positive perspective and reinforce teaching commitment with a guide of over thirty updated affirmations of encouragement. Virginia Gonzalez's YOUNG LEARNERS DIVERSE CHILDREN: CELEBRATING DIVERSITY IN EARLY CHILDHOOD (9781412968140, $30.95) offers a research-based instructional model that blends cognition, language and culture and uses the author's own experience in establishing a successful laboratory school for diverse preschoolers. From using storytelling to improve literacy skills to collaborating with parents, this offers a fine practical handbook. Ronald Mah's GETTING BEYOND BULLYING AND EXCLUSION PRE-K-5: EMPOWERING CHILDREN IN INCLUSIVE CLASSROOMS (9781412957236, $26.95) tells how students with special needs can develop skills for meeting bullies head-on. An analysis of bullying styles for males and females accompanies teacher tips on how to prevent bullying, how to intervene early before patterns develop, and how to involve parents. Highly recommended for any educator's collection. June Trop Zuckerman's FROM LESSON PLANS TO POWER STRUGGLES GRADES 6-12 (9781412968782, $30.95) offers new teachers classroom management keys, presenting stories from novice middle and secondary school teachers in urban, suburban and rural environments. Each chapter offers a case history paired with instructional and disciplinary cases and results.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Dentistry 101
David W. Longworth
Beaver's Pond Press
7104 Ohms Lane, Suite 101, Edina, MN 55439-2129
9781592983124, $14.95,

All too often, good dental health is prioritized beneath already neglected body health. "Dentistry 101" discusses the importance of good dental health, something ignored by many Americans. Telling the facts of dentistry, such stopping cavities before they start, good teeth can last forever, and that dental care is something affordable for everyone, "Dentistry 101" is a must for anyone who underestimates the importance and value of white teeth.

Multiple Sclerosis Manifesto
Julie Stachowiak, Ph.D.
11 W. 42nd St., 15th Floor, New York NY 10036
9781932603446, $19.95

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS MANIFESTO: ACTION TO TAKE, PRINCIPLES TO LIVE BY offers a basic resource for people with MS, using the author's own experiences with MS to provide a resource addressing common challenges, barriers and opportunities. From participating in studies to becoming pro-active in treatment and understanding how dysfunctions feel and affect life, MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS MANIFESTO is an action-oriented guide that goes well beyond simple definitions. Health and general collections need this approach.

Ultra Fat to Ultra Fit
Noah Walton, Ph.D.
1113 Spruce St., Boulder, CO 80302
9781591810902, $15.95

Noah Walton decided to transform himself from a 340-pound blimp to an elite athlete - and tested his limits during the process. Five years later he completed the U.S. National Triathlon Championship. His insights on how he achieved extreme fitness make for an inspirational survey recommended for any who would transform themselves.

Arthritis Sourcebook, third edition
Amy L. Sutton, Editor
Box 625, Holmes, PA 19043
9780780810778, $93.00

The third updated edition of ARTHRITIS SOURCEBOOK is a winner, offering the latest details on diagnosing, treating and managing all kinds of arthritis. The symptoms and treatments of related diseases accompany tips on reducing pain and inflammation and managing arthritis-related disability.

Slow Death By Rubber Duck
Rick Smith & Bruce Lourie
2117 - 4th St, Suite D, Berkeley, CA 94710
9781582435671, $25.00

Slow Death By Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things examines the pollution of everyday living - population coming from common items in our homes and workplaces, from shampoos and carpets to toys. The authors conducted their own research by ingesting and inhaling a host of everyday items: their survey exposes daily household dangers and offers important keys to decontaminating a home.

Living with Someone Who's Living with Bipolar Disorder
Chelsea Lowe and Bruce M. Cohen, MD, PhD
Jossey-Bass, Inc.
989 Market Street, 5th floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-1741
9780470475669, $18.95

Living with Someone Who's Living with Bipolar Disorder: A Practical Guide for Family, Friends and Coworkers provides a warm book on how to handle changing moods, ups and downs, and other behaviors. It's designed as a non-technical, everyday coping guide and offers case histories and stories of how others developed effective coping strategies. General and health libraries will find this important considering the increasing diagnosis of bipolar with all its management implications.

Telling Tales About Dementia
Lucy Whitman, Editor
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
400 Market St. #400, Philadelphia, PA 19106
9781843109419, $19.95,

Telling Tales About Dementia: Experiences of Caring offers experiences from some thirty care givers from different backgrounds and circumstances who describe their experiences caring for a partner, parent or friend with dementia. Any affected by dementia in either a professional or personal realm will find this collection eye-opening, engaging, and educational. A pick for health and aging collections alike.

The Business Shelf

Career GPS
Ella L.J. Edmondson Bell, Ph.D. with Linda Villarosa
c/o HarperCollins
10 E. 53rd St., New York NY 10022-5299
9780061714382, $25.99

Career GPS: Strategies for Women Navigating the New Corporate Landscape comes from one of the nation's most respected experts in women's career advancement and retention and offers managers and women a survey of how to succeed at every level in a dynamic corporate marketplace. Her tactics for success tells how to foster meaningful connections that lead to advancement, offering fine strategies for any aspiring businesswoman and for managers who would blend their skills into a corporate structure.

Berrett-Koehler Publishers
235 Montgomery St., Suite 650, San Francisco CA 94104-2916

Stewart Levine's GETTING TO RESOLUTION: TURNING CONFLICT INTO COLLABORATION (9781576757710, $19.95) offers a fine, powerful book on using ten guiding principles to stop anger and enable conflicting sides to return to productive, positive relationships. His conversational process optimizes resources and allows resolution to come to the foreground, and appears in a second edition thoroughly revised with new examples, tools, and new materials on communication processes. Business libraries need this! They also need the revised, updated and expanded new edition of the international best-seller by Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller, THE SECRET (9781605092683, $19.95). This appears in its second edition to provide an expanded story-telling survey based on fictional character Debbie and how she discovers how to lead through service. From why great leaders seem preoccupied with the future to the components of leadership success, THE SECRET is a fine, winning title for any business library. Ira Chaleff's THE COURAGEOUS FOLLOWER: STANDING UP TO & FOR OUR LEADERS (9781605092737, $22.95) provides an updated, expanded survey covering the new power dynamics between leaders and followers. Chapters cover responsibility, serving, understanding knowledge or its lack, and participating effectively in change, and make for a fine guide for any business leader's collection. Arbinger Institute's LEADERSHIP AND SELF-DECEPTION: GETTING OUT OF THE BOX (9781576759776, $16.95) offers an expanded second edition of a transformative book on leadership, revising throughout all the approaches and offering important keys to how we sabotage relationships at work and home - and how to stop. A story about an executive facing challenges at work and home offers keys to these psychological barriers in a powerful survey all business collections should have. Adam Kahane's POWER AND LOVE: A THEORY AND PRACTICE OF SOCIAL CHANGE (9781605093048, $16.95) considers the typical ways people try to solve their toughest group and social problems - and why these methods are flawed. The desire for power and love motivate very different approaches - but it's when these approaches are combined, that social change happens. Business practices and social insights alike accompany details on the different sides of love and how to fall - and succeed - through both.

Dee Jacob,
Free Press
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
9781439158920, $26.00

VELOCITY: A BUSINESS NOVEL comes from the AGI-Goldratt Institute, offering a blend of business novel and insights in VELOCITY: COMBINING LEAN, SIX SIGMA AND THE THEORY OF CONSTRAINTS TO ACHIEVE BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE. It's written in the same engaging style of THE GOAL and tells of a fictional company and how it solves its major business problems, from product development to production and sales. Any interested in business concepts will find the novel approach much easier to digest than an instructional textbook or manual.

Training and Collaboration with Virtual Worlds
Alex Heiphetz, PhD and Gary Woodill, Ed.D
c/o The McGraw Hill Companies
Two Penn Plaza, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10121-2298
0071628029, $29.95

Training and Collaboration with Virtual Worlds tells how to use the internet and virtual worlds within it to keep a company competitive and productive. Virtual worlds can help create training and recruitment programs that build superior teams - and this discusses all available technologies and how to use these technologies in a business setting. 3-D virtual worlds are a key to the future - and this tells how they operate.

Motion Leadership
Michael Fullan
Corwin Press
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
9781412981316, $19.95

MOTION LEADERSHIP: THE SKINNY ON BECOMING CHANGE SAVVY tells how leaders can set large-scale change in motion using some simple, easy rules. From connecting peers and being assertive to understanding the politics of emotions, MOTION LEADERSHIP provides keys to growth at any organizational level.

John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774

David Meerman Scott's THE NEW RULES OF MARKETING & PR (9780470547816, $19.95) provide a fine new edition of the best-selling title - a revised, updated survey offering the latest insider tips on the latest tools and techniques to market any product or service. Learn how to reach buyers directly on the internet, market well, and understand the rules of business in a Web-based environment with this exceptional guide to changing environments and options, perfect for any business or general library. Also recommended is Willie Jolley's TURN SETBACKS INTO GREENBACKS: 7 SECRETS FOR GOING UP IN DOWN TIMES (9780470554722, $21.95). This comes from a motivational speaker who helped Ford avert bankruptcy and bail-outs: here he shares a new vision for viewing setbacks as opportunities for future growth, offering tested suggestions and solutions to achieving professional growth through all kinds of conditions.

Complete Idiot's Guide to Starting & Running a Thrift Store
Ravel Buckley with Carol Costa
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9781592579525, $18.95

Complete Idiot's Guide to Starting & Running a Thrift Store is the perfect pick for any who would set up a thrift store and open a successful profit or nonprofit shop. From acquiring donations of superior, saleable items and setting prices for managing volunteer staff and promoting the store, this is packed with specifics perfect for would-be retail thrift shop owners and business libraries catering to them.

The International Studies Shelf

Shifting Superpowers
Martin Sieff
Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20001
9781935308218, $26.00

SHIFTING SUPERPOWERS: THE NEW AND EMERGING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES, CHINA AND INDIA comes from a journalist who challenges the assumption that America can retain global dominance with the rise of these two nations. From common myths politicians have about India and China to their historic relationship and dangers, this is a 'must' for any college-level political science collection.

China's Megatrends
John & Doris Naisbitt
Harper Business
10 E. 53rd St., New York NY 10022
9780061859441, $27.99

CHINA'S MEGATRENDS: THE 8 PILLARS OF A NEW SOCIETY come from longtime China observers who here provide an in-depth study of China's revolutionary social, political and economic life and how this in turn affects the West. The authors traveled the country interviewing journalists, students, business people, artists and more, monitored local newspapers in all of China's provinces to identify deep forces affecting the nation's transformation, and here provides their identification of 8 foundations of the emerging new society. Both business and social interest libraries and of course any collection strong in Chinese history and culture must have this!

The Needlecraft Shelf

Watson Guptill Publications
1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

Trond Anfinnsen's HATHEADS (9780823092369, $22.95) tells how to make the world a warmer place through 50 knit hat designs easy for beginners to make. Men, women and children alike are included in tips for creating unique hats for all, with chapters pairing color photos of each hat with patterns and instructions. A fine addition to any needlework library. Tanya Alpert's HAIKU KNITS (9780823098071, $29.99) provides lovely photos and designs from a knitwear designer and fiber artist who provides twenty accessories inspired by Japanese designs. These stylish and different creations will appeal to knitters who want more fashion in their options, and offers photos and keys to original creations. Any knitting library needs this.

Martingale & Company
20205 - 144th Ave NE, Woodinville, WA 98072-8478

Pat Durbin's FABRIC + PAINT + THREAD = FABULOUS (9781564779373, $22.99) is for quilters who have the basics down but want to take their skills to the next level. It shows how to expand quilting skills to make quilt art, teaching how to paint landscapes on fabric, then how to use thread to 'paint' realistic trees, leaves and more. Five projects demonstrate techniques and pack in ideas for any quilter. Ilene Bartos' SPECTACULAR RECTANGLES; 12 QUILTS FROM A SIMPLE SHAPE (9781564779359, $24.99) provides a fine selection of quilts made from a simple shape with a twist. These build upon common quilt patterns but offer differences that set them apart from old patterns, focusing on rectangular blocks for a different quilting experience. Quilting collections will welcome this! Needlework libraries will relish Sheryl Thies' NATURE'S WRAPTURE: CONTEMPORARY KNITTED SHAWLS (9781564779441, $24.99). Knitters receive gorgeous unique shawls made from delicate yarns and embellished with bright colors in a series of projects pairing color photos of stylish finishes with excellent step-by-step directions. The shawls are replete with bright colors and influences from nature, from flowers to dragonflies.

Crochet: 200 Q&A
Rita Taylor
250 Wireless Road, Hauppauge, NY 11788
0764162586, $18.99

Crochet: 200 Q&A offers a range of crochet insights, using questions designed for beginners and experienced crocheters alike. 200 questions on a range of crochet topics offer detailed explanations of specific techniques and effects, covering basic stitches, shaping, cables, joining and more. Any basic crochet or needlework collection needs this.

Rule-Breaking Quilts
Kathryn Schmidt
American Quilters Society
Box 3290, Paducah, KY 42002-3290
9781574326567, $24.95

Rule-Breaking Quilts offers tips on how to use pattern-free, template-free and pin-free techniques and just 6 fat quarters to achieve superior quilt results. From ten sample quilt projects to using the author's stack-slash-and-move sewing techniques, this provides a revolutionary, different approach to quilt making and will find a fine home in any quilter's library.

The Economics Shelf

Factor Five
Ernst Von Weizsacker & Collaborators
22883 Quicksilver Drive, Sterling, VA 20166-2012
Stylus Publishing (distributor)
PO Box 605, Herndon, VA 20172-0605
9781844075911, $39.95,

It's a crossroads, and something will have to give. "Factor Five" is a followup to Ernst von Weizsacker's previous volume, Factor Four. Stating that the interactions between humanity and the planet cannot continue as they are uninterrupted, many thinkers converge and state how industries are going to rapidly change in coming decades in reaction to the environment or in preparational measures for the collapse of the environment. With plenty of full color charts, indexes, and other appendixes to support its research, "Factor Five" is a fine collaboration of many scholars and thinkers, making for an enthusiastically recommended read for economic and environmental collections.

Marketing Metrics, second edition
Paul W. Farris, Neil T. Bendle, Philip E. Pfeifer, & David J. Reibstein
Wharton School Publishing
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96h Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
9780137058297, $39.99,

Objectivity is something hard to find, even in numbers. "Marketing Metrics: The Definitive Guide to Measuring Marketing Performance" is a guide to understanding the many measures of success in today's world and how to cut through spins and other word plays to best understand the real facts and numbers of business. It covers how to use these numbers to revise one's business strategy to meet these numbers, and the new and updated edition offers more facts and references to use in formulating one's own marketing plan. "Marketing Metrics" is a reference any marketer should have on hand.

The Collected Papers of Anthony de Jasay
Anthony De Jasay
Liberty Fund
8335 Allison Pointe Trail, Suite 300, Indianapolis, IN 46250-1684
9780865977785, $14.50,

A good grasp of market politics is a vital tool to fully understanding and evaluating it. "The Collected Papers of Anthony de Jasay: Political Economy, Concisely Essays on Policy That Does Not Work and Markets That Do" is a collection of essays from noted economic theorist Anthony De Jasay, an active economic thinker in today's world. He thoughts and ideas, drawing from many economies throughout the world are sound and provide many ideas and make for highly intellectual reading. "The Collected Papers of Anthony de Jasay" is a top and very highly recommended pick that should be in every economic studies collection.

Debra P. Steger
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
PO Box 8500, Ottawa, ON K1G 3H9, Canada
9781554581566, $44.95,

Times change, and the rules of economics change with them. "WTO: Redesigning the World Trade Organization for the Twenty-First Century" discusses the World Trade Organization and its successes and failures in the modern day and how it can be revised and improved to stand the test of time and serve the world as the law on the necessary international trade. Many brilliant minds converge on the topic and offer much in the way of solutions and ideas for a more effective WTO of the future. Debra P. Steger serves as editor and presents a recommended read for anyone trying to understand the present and future of the WTO, making "WTO" a top pick for community and college library economics collections.

Trading From Your Gut
Curtis Faith
FT Press
1330 Avenue of the Americans, 35th floor, New York, NY 10019
9780137047680, $24.99,

The stock market isn't a product of the primal instincts, but they can be useful in realizing the best way to act. "Trading From Your Gut: How to Use the Right Brain Instinct & Left Brain Smarts to Become a Master Trader" is a guide to combining logic and gut impulse to make wise trading decisions that can help a trader rise up and become a master trader. With chapters on reading other traders, learning from their mistake, using logic and intuition, "Trading From Your Gut" is a top pick for those who don't think ignoring their gut makes for the wisest trades.

The Environmental Studies Shelf

Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere, second edition
Robert Cox
Sage Publications
2455 Teller Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
9781412972116, $49.95,

No one will ever know there's a problem unless they're kept in the light. Now in an updated and expanded second edition, "Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere" discusses the public's views of the world's environmental problems and the elements that come into play trying to deal with these problems. Author Robert Cox, multiple time president of the Sierra Club, discusses the topic in depth as it extends to congress, public opinion and the forces that can get things done and save the world's environment. The second edition discusses public opinion and the rise of the internet in informing the world of its many environmental problems and climate change. "Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere" is a must for community and college library environmental studies collections.

A Spring Without Bees
Michael Schacker
The Lyons Press
246 Goose Lane, Guilford, CT 06437
9781599214320, $24.95

A Spring Without Bees: How Colony Collapse Disorder Has Endangered Our Food Supply identifies a new chemical devastating our environment: IMD, a new but widely used insecticide in the U.S. that is the prime suspect for raising the die-off rate of honey bees to 30% of all beehives in the U.S. Science and politics blend in a survey of this chemical and how the demise of bees could lead to food supply devastation and world-wide disaster in a wake-up call akin to Rachel Carson - and recommended for any general science or environmental library.

The Computer Shelf

Addison Wesley
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759

The second edition of Erica Sadun's THE IPHONE DEVELOPER'S COOKBOOK: BUILDING APPLICATIONS WITH THE IPHONE 3.0 SDK (0321659570, $44.99) has been completely revised and expanded to cover the iPhone 3.0 SDK and offers an invaluable reference for any iPhone and iPod developer. From using touches and other sophisticated iPhone interfaces to using ne Push Notifications to send alerts and working with flexible maps and multiplayer games, this advanced cookbook offers many keys to iPhone development that programmers must know. Marcus Zarra and Matt Long's CORE ANIMATION (0321617754, $44.99) offers an in-depth programmer's discussion for Mac OS X/iPhone developers and covers Core Animation's layers, views, and effects. Learn how to leverage Core Image's filters, play Quicktime movies using the program's movie module, and how to use helper layers to draw gradients and composite shapes. Color screen shots throughout make for an invaluable discussion. Craig Larman and Bas Vodde's PRACTICES FOR SCALING LEAN & AGILE DEVELOPMENT (0321636406, $49.99) is for any software engineering collection strong in Agile development. It covers frameworks for large-scale Scrum, testing and quality control, Agile architecture, offshore development and more and provides insights on how low-quality code and products develop and how to stop them. William C. Wake and Kevin Rutherford's REFACTORING IN RUBY (0321545044, $44.99) is for any programmer's library strong in Ruby. It tells how to refactor Ruby code quickly, using several applications to discuss the process and offering a workbook using several applications to help reinforce refactoring ideas by linking concepts to real-world scenarios. Any collection strong in programming languages in general and Ruby in particular needs this.

Course Technology
20 Channel Center St., Boston, MA 02210

Charles R. Hardnett's VIRTUAL WORLD DESIGN AND CREATION FOR TEENS (1598638505, $34.99) shows teens how to develop virtual 3D worlds using the easy visual programming language Alice. It offers step-by-step insights into setting up such worlds using content appropriate for tees ages 12-18, hands-on project examples, and including a CD-ROM that includes Alice version 2.2 and solutions to each chapter's projects. While geared for teen programmers, any interested in designing and creating virtual worlds for teens will find this an invaluable introduction. Ruth Maran's MARAN ILLUSTRATED GUIDED TOUR: WINDOWS 7 (1435454316, $24.99) is the perfect pick for any Windows user who wants a visual approach rather than wading through lengthy text. It packs in hundreds of color screen shots and covers all the new Windows 7 features, making it a 'must' for any general Windows reference collection.

How to Cheat in Motion
Patrick Sheffield
Focal Press
30 Corporate Drive #400, Burlington, MA 01803
9780240810973, $39.95

How to Cheat in Motion is a top pick for any multimedia or digital video programming collection and provides a powerful set of creative solutions to enhancing titles, visual effects and more using Apple's Motion program. Step-by-step directions accompany keys to film and video production customization and accompany a companion CD showing these techniques at work. Paul Sheffield has some 20 years of film and video experience behind him and provides a rare expertise, here.

A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors and Shell Programming, second edition
Mark G. Sobell
Prentice Hall Professional
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0131367366, $49.99

A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors and Shell Programming appears in its second updated edition to provide a tutorial to the latest Linux commands and references. It's the only book to offer a primer on Perl for all system administrators, in-depth coverage of basic and advanced Linux shell programming, and tips and tricks for customizing the shell. If only one advanced Linux command reference were to be chosen, this is among the top contenders for the job.

Security on Rails
Ben Poweski and David Raphael
Pragmatic Programmers
Box 293325, Lewisville, TX 75029-3325
9781934356487, $34.95

SECURITY ON RAILS tells how to design security into an application, providing the tools and techniques for Rails programmers that are key to survival against hackers. Chapters cover typical hacker methodology and show how to secure Rails applications against threats. Rails programmers need these specific insights.

The Psychology Shelf

AP Psychology, fourth edition
Allyson Weseley, Ed.D and Robert McEntarffer
250 Wireless Blvd, Hauppauge, NY 11788
0764140531, $16.99

The fourth updated edition of AP PSYCHOLOGY provides the latest practice tests and reviews available, offering two full-length practice exams with all questions answered and a full-length diagnostic test to help target areas needing more study. A comprehensive review of all test topics and analysis of free-response questions and answers makes for a powerful presentation recommended for any studying for the AP Psychology test.

The Jobs/Careers Shelf

Wiley CPA Exam Review Regulation
O. Ray Whittington, CPA, PhD and Patrick R. Delaney, CPA, PhD
10475 Crosspoint Boulevard, Indianapolis, IN 46256
9780470453520, $55.00,

Wiley CPA Exam Review Regulation includes over 1,000 questions and some 40 full-scale simulations in a study guide for any planning to take the CPA exam. The latest coverage for the computerized exam offers all the latest AICPA content requirements in regulation, with comprehensive questions - over 3,800 multiple-choice - accompanying detailed outlines, study guides, and more. A 'must' for any would-be CPA.

The Music Shelf

Course Technology
20 Channel Center St., Boston, MA 02210

Gary Gottlieb's HOW DOES IT SOUND NOW?: LEGENDARY ENGINEERS AND VINTAGE GEAR (1598638521, $24.99) offers interviews with over thirty famous audio engineers on how they utilized classic analog recording hardware to make high quality recordings. Each reviews audio and music history and shows how some favorite recordings were made, discussing gear, differences between common and quality recordings, and engineering goals. Libraries strong in music production will relish this. Such collections also will relish Robert Safir's MAKE YOUR MUSIC VIDEO AND PUT IT ONLINE (1598639978, $29.99). It tells how to make a video and get it seen, and offers keys to marketing your music or band through producing a high-quality, low-budget music video. A 'must' for any musician or band member wanting to apply PR tactics to cutting-edge technology.

The Architecture Shelf

Compact Cabins
Gerald Rowan
Storey Publishing
210 MassMoca Way, North Adams, MA 01247
9781603424622, $19.95

COMPACT CABINS shows readers how to build a getaway dream cabin, offering over sixty designs outlining the cabin and using affordable, energy-efficient styles. Cabins range from 100 to 1,000 feet but are high in low-maintenance building materials, utility choices, and alternative energy. Any cabin builder will relish the design specifics and insights.

Understanding Green Building Guidelines for Students and Young Professionals
Traci Rose Rider
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780393732634, $19.95

Understanding Green Building Guidelines for Students and Young Professionals is a pick for home, garden and college-level architecture libraries alike, blending topics of sustainability with green building and offering guidelines, rating systems, and national and local programs alike for selecting the best system for a project. From homeowners and realtors to contractors and site designers, this comes packed with important details.

Negotiated Terrains
Edited by Nina Rappaport with Heather Kilmer
W.W. Norton, Distributor
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780393733235, $35.00

College-level architecture libraries will relish NEGOTIATED TERRAINS, the second book to feature the work of the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professors, which brings young architectural inventors to the Yale School of Architecture. This book features the studio research of Jeanne Gang, Sunil Bald and Marc Tsurumaki and includes interviews, essays about their works, and color photos of their installations. Highly recommended!

The Gardening Shelf

Complete Idiot's Guide to Year-Round Gardening
Delilah Smittle and Sheri Ann Richardson
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9781592579709, $19.95

Complete Idiot's Guide to Year-Round Gardening offers clear information and expert advice for novice and seasoned gardeners alike. From tips to get plants started indoors or outdoors to common plants that can be grown under cover and techniques for greenhouse and root-cellar gardening alike, this packs in tips for successful year-round results.

The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf

The Girl in Alfred Hitchcock's Shower
Robert Graysmith
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780425232316, $25.95

The Girl in Alfred Hitchcock's Shower: A Murder That Became a Real-Life Mystery offers insights into what really happened to Janet Leigh's body double in Psycho, exploring the psychology of a killer and revealing a classic Hollywood murder mystery. From insights into a then-dangerous Los Angeles to a killer inspired by Hitchcock's film, The Girl in Alfred Hitchcock's Shower is a riveting true-time Hollywood story suitable for any true crime or film library.

Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2010
Roger Ebert
Andrews McMeel
1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106
0740785362, $29.99

Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2010 deserves ongoing recommendation for any general or film library strong in movie reviews from experts. Roger Ebert has been critiquing films with and since his TV show with Gene Siskel, and his annual collection includes over five hundred reviews along with interviews, essays, tributes, journal entries and more. An outstanding reference is the result.

Keeping Score
Tom Hoover
Course Technology
20 Channel Center St., Boston MA 02210
1435454774, $34.99

KEEPING SCORE: INTERVIEWS WITH TODAY'S TOP FILM, TELEVISION AND GAME MUSIC COMPOSERS features interviews from the top composers of Hollywood, offering conversations that go behind the scenes of film scoring and reveal details about best films and how they are made. From handling film critiques to how music is chosen and paired with movies, this is a powerful and important survey key to any film collection.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

Jesus Freak
Sara Miles
989 Market St., 5th Floor, San Francisco CA 94103-1741
9780470481660, $21.95

JESUS FREAK: FEEDING HEALING RAISING THE DEAD offers moving stories of those who respond to Jesus' call to feed the hungry, heal the sick, and cast out demons. Author Sara Miles experienced a midlife conversion that changed her from an atheist to a Jesus-loving activist feeding thousands of hungry people weekly: JESUS FREAK tells how belief changes lives, and is a pick for any spirituality collection.

Warrior Princess
Princess Kasune Zulu with Belinda Collins
InterVarsity Press
Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL 60515-1426
9780830837250, $22.00

WARRIOR PRINCESS provides a lively autobiography following Princess Zulu on her journey from a poor Zambian village to becoming a global force in the world. Her infection with HIV led to a fiery AIDS activism and an unusual perspective on health, disease and life in this moving, inspirational saga perfect for spirituality collections.

The Voice That Calls You Home
Andrea Raynor
Atria Books
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
9781416596110, $24.00

The Voice That Calls You Home: Inspiration for Life's Journeys comes from Reverend Andrea Raynor, whose years as a hospice chaplain allowed her to observe the human spirit and spirituality in the face of death. This collection shares personal stories and offers essays on bringing piece to those crossing over, making for a vivid, inspirational read.

Decoding the Language of God
George C. Cunningham, MD, MPH
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2119
9781591027669, $18.00

DECODING THE LANGUAGE OF GOD: CAN A SCIENTIST REALLY BE A BELIEVER? A GENETICIST RESPONDS TO FRANCIS COLLINS comes a geneticist who presents a point-by-point rebuttal of THE LANGUAGE OF GOD by Francis Collins, and is a pick for any library where Francis Collins' work is studied. Here Cunningham argues that there is no scientifically acceptable evidence to support a belief in a personal god - and much that discredits it. This inspirational survey offers plenty for debate and dialogue.

The Secret Legacy of Jesus
Jeffrey J. Butz
Inner Traditions International, Ltd.
One Park Street, Rochester, VT 05767
9781594773075, $19.95

The Secret Legacy of Jesus: The Judaic Teachings That Passed from James the Just to the Founding Fathers is a pick for any spirituality collection including secret societies and Christian history. It tells of an underground Jewish strain of Christianity able to resist incorporation into its powerful rival, and it reveals the theological link that connects various secret societies with Christ's original teachings.

Starving Souls
Rabbi Dovid Goldwasser
KTAV Publishing
930 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306
9781602801424, $18.95

STARVING SOULS: A SPIRITUAL GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING EATING DISORDERS isn't just another health coverage, but a spiritual examination of such disorders pairing real-life stories with models of interventions that have proven successful. Based on Jewish doctrine, all religions will benefit from and relate to the spiritual focus that blends overall analysis with practical techniques.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Assassins of Athens
Jeffrey Siger
Poisoned Pen Press
6962 E. 1st Ave #103, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
9781590586891, $24.95

ASSASSINS OF ATHENS offers a fine Chief Inspector Kaldis novel telling of the body of a boy from one of Greece's most prominent families found in a dumpster in a terrible neighborhood, involving Andreas Kaldis in more than murder. His search for answers takes him to the seedy side of Athens nightlife and high society alike in search of answers in this gripping Greek mystery.

Berkeley Prime Crime
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014

Kate Carlisle's IF BOOKS COULD KILL (9780451228918, $6.99) tells of a haunted city and a book restorer who faces scandal with a text that could change history and humiliate the British Monarchy - until murder hides it, Julie Hyzy's EGGSECUTIVE ORDERS (9780425232033, $7.99) provides a fun White House Chef mystery revolving around a murder at an Easter celebration, J.M.C. Blair's THE PENDRAGON MURDERS (9780425233122, $7.99) tells of death stalking the English countryside and a struggle by Merlin and Arthur for the throne, Penny Warner's HOW TO HOT A KILLER PARTY (9780451229304, $6.99) tells of a professional kids' party thrower who gains a big political gig, only to find a dead bride and more thwart her business, Melinda Wells' THE PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING (9780425233115, $7.99) includes recipes as it tells of a cooking school owner and cooking show host who finds celebrities being murdered, Krista Davis' THE DIVA PAINTS THE TOWN (9780425233443, $6.99) tells of a reclusive neighbor's death and a decoration job that uncovers a murder, Kate Collins' SLEEPING WITH ANEMONE (9780451228901, $6.99) provides a funny and fun mystery read in a heroine who faces a would-be kidnapper and danger, and Kaye Morgan's GHOST SUDOKU (9780425232620, $6.99) adds to her Sudoku mysteries in telling of a dirty political scandal and murder. Mystery libraries will relish the variety and differing, contemporary approaches.

The Military Shelf

The Diary of Prisoner 17326
John K. Stutterheim
Fordham University Press
University Box L, Bronx, NY 10458-5172
9780823231508, $35.00

Author John Stutterheim spent hours exploring his exotic surroundings growing up on Java - until the Japanese invaded. John's father was taken prisoner during the war and soon after he and his siblings were imprisoned themselves. John kept a secret diary hidden during his experiences, offering memories on his experiences: this diary comes to light here and is a 'must' for any collection strong in World War II experiences.

443 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10016

Kari Stenman and Andrew Thomas' BREWSTER F2A BUFFALO ACES OF WORLD WAR 2 (9781846034817, $22.95) joins others in Osprey's 'Aircraft of the Aces' series I offering a comprehensive survey of the pilots and missions of the F2A aircraft. The Finns flew 'The Brewster' against invading Russians and achieved ace status flying it - and it became the Finnish fighter of choice until it was replaced in 1943. Military libraries strong in equipment history will find this a welcome addition. P. Crociani and P.O. Battistelli's ITALIAN BLACKSHIRT 1935-45 (9781846035050, $18.95) joins other 'Warrior' histories and provides a new history of the Blackshirts: famous paramilitaries who operated from the peak of Mussolini's power to the close of World War II. Italian history and general military collections alike will relish this in-depth survey.

The American Revolution: A Grand Mistake
Leland G. Stauber
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2119
9781591027638, $27.00

The American Revolution: A Grand Mistake comes from a political scientist who here offers a strong college-level reinterpretation of the birth and development of the U.S., challenging the prevailing American national saga and arguing that our independence from Britain was premature. Positive and negative results from the American Revolution are provided in a strong, highly recommended survey key for any serious American history or military library.

Little-Known Wars of Great and Lasting Impact
Alan Axelrod
Fair Winds
c/o Quayside Publishing Group
400 First Avenue North, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1721
9781592333752, $19.99

Little-Known Wars of Great and Lasting Impact: The Turning Points in Our History We Should Know More About surveys the influence of eighteen wars that are seldom discussed in usual histories. From the Afghan Civil War that led to the rise of the Taliban to King Philip's War 1675, this covers the wars and their lasting consequences and is a pick for any military library.

The Antiques/Collectibles Shelf

Standard Catalog of World Coins 1801-1900, sixth edition
George S. Cuhaj, Editor
Krause Publications
700 East State St., Iola, WI 54990-0001
0896899403, $70.00

Any library catering to avid coin collectors will relish the sixth updated edition of Standard Catalog of World Coins 1801-1900. It lists coins by date and grade and provides updates to their latest values, includes detailed descriptions of all designs, and covers coins struck in gold, platinum, silver and more. A user's guide to the catalog, International Numeral Systems chart, and current foreign exchange rates are exceptional features in this edition.

Red Wing Stoneware Encyclopedia
Dan DePasquale & Larry Peterson
Collector Books
Box 3009, Paducah, KY 42002-30009
9781574326314, $29.95

Red Wing Stoneware Encyclopedia is a 'must' for any serious collector of this stoneware. It is arranged by type of ware and includes good-sized color photos and descriptions along with the latest values for kitchen ware, jugs, churns, and more. Red Wing stoneware has a distinctive look: this encyclopedia packs in the latest values and descriptions and is invaluable for stoneware collectors!

The Cookbook Shelf

The Cocktail Primer
Eben Klemm and B.R. Guest Restaurants
Andrews & McMeel Publishing
1130 Walnut St, Kansas City, MO 64106-2109
0740778161, $19.99

The Cocktail Primer: All You Need to Know to Make the Perfect Drink comes from a master drink mixer who creates original cocktails in the course of his restaurant work. So unlike competing cocktail books, this is packed with innovative classics and twists upon them, teaching people who to make these drinks at home without memorizing cocktail recipes. A few basics form the foundation of many drinks in a title perfect for any general food and drink collection.

The Bubbly Bar
Maria C. Hunt
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9780307406477, $16.99

THE BUBBLY BAR: CHAMPAGNE AND SPARKLING WINE COCKTAILS FOR EVERY OCCASION offers a fine blend of cocktail recipes and specific creations gained by mixing sparkling wines with rum, gin, fruit, and more. Intense flavors with minimal effort are the emphasis of this fine collection of creative and affordable champagne recipes.

Double Take
A.J. Rathbun
Harvard Common Press
535 Albany St., Boston MA 02118
9781558324244, $16.95

DOUBLE TAKE: FEEDING VEGETARIANS AND OMNIVORES TOGETHER offers an outstanding survey of how to feed both at the same table. These recipes create two versions - one vegetarian, one not - out of one dish. It ranges from Gumbo and Meat-and-Not-Meat Loaf to A Bridging BLT made from vegetarian bacon. Fine ideas for any household where vegetarians co-live with omnivores, and for libraries looking for something different.

The Philosophy Shelf

Words of Life
Brucel Ellis Benson & Norman Wirzba
Fordham University Press
University Box L, 2546 Belmont Ave, Bronx, NY 10458
9780823230730, $24.00,

The thoughts and mindsets of France have always had their impact around the world. "Words of Life: New Theological Turns in French Phenomenology" discusses the evolution of modern French philosophy, or its current form, phenomenology. Blending religious thought with the modern psyche, many scholars and contributors converge to provide an intellectual read that philosophy thinkers will be further enlightened and informed by to form their own ideas. "Words of Life" is a vital addition to any philosophy collection.

Samir Amin
Monthly Review Press
146 W 29th Street, Suite 6W, New York, NY 10001
9781583672075, $17.95,

Europe has long had a tradition of treating itself as the most important continent on the planet. "Eurocentrism" discusses the dominant Eurocentric view of the world and how it has formed over the centuries and the problems it has reaped. Samir Amin argues that the flow of history from classical Greece and Rome to medieval Europe is an inaccurate scope of world history, diminishing the history of the rest of the world. Aiming for a much wider view of the world, "Eurocentrism" is an excellent and highly intriguing read that shouldn't be missed.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

Lost Cities & Ancient Mysteries of the Southwest
David Hatcher Childress
Adventures Unlimited Press
1 Adventure Place, Kempton, IL 60946
9781931882941, $19.95,

The Native American Indians had their own culture and customs, and our ancestors weren't enlightened enough to preserve this culture. "Lost Cities & Ancient Mysteries of the Southwest" is a metaphysical journey into the American Southwest looking for lost mysteries and superstitions throughout this region. From lost Native American civilizations, to Western ghost towns, and ancient American mummies, "Lost Cities & Ancient Mysteries of the Southwest" is a must for those who relish the legends and ancient history of America.

Lowcountry Voodoo
Terrance Zepke
Pineapple Press
PO Box 3889, Sarasota, FL 34230-3889
9781561644551, $9.95,

Voodoo is something that has to be studied to be truly understood. "Lowcountry Voodoo: Beginner's Guide to Tales, Spells, and Boo Hags" looks into this folk magic, still sporadically practiced in the Southern United States, in particular South Carolina's lowcountry. Terrance Zepke brings readers into the myths and legends of voodoo, exploring its superstitions and how some of it can be applied to even those who don't place their faith in the voodoo. "Lowcountry Voodoo" shouldn't be missed by those with an interest in the American occult.

The Martial Arts Shelf

Mixed Martial Arts
Daniel J. Brush, David Horne, Marc CB Maxwell, & Zac Robinson
Savas Beatie
PO Box 4527, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
9781932714678, $15.95,

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has become the sport of choice for many young adults, but where did it come from? "Mixed Martial Arts: An Interactive Guide to the World of Sports" is a Sports by the Numbers guide discussing one thousand facts and elaborating on them to give readers a health dose of MMA trivia to chew on, offering interesting notes about strike happy fights, successful comebacks, and more. For any lover of MMA, "Mixed Martial Arts" is a worthy gift or reading choice.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Storey's Guide to Racing Horses
Heather Smith Thomas
Storey Publishing
210 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247
9781603424714, $19.95,

A horse is a beautiful creature, but it needs it own special sort of care. "Storey's Guide to Raising Horses: Breeding, Care, Facilities" is a care guide from Heather Smith Thomas, who has over five decades of experience in her field. In this manual, she discusses the nuances of horse care, such as hoof care, day to day life, foals, fencing, and even discusses greener horse raising in regards to the environment. "Storey's Guide to Raising Horses" is a solid reference any who want to raise horses should embrace.

10475 Crosspoint Boulevard, Indianapolis, IN 46256

Given that so many domestic pets have hair loss issues, it's surprising to note that Lars Mecklenburg, Monika Linek, and Desmond J. Tobin's HAIR LOSS DISORDERS IN DOMESTIC ANIMALS (9780813810829, $169.99) is the first vet text devoted solely to this problem. An international team of editors and contributors offer key essays and surveys of hair follicle biology and clinical approaches to skin diseases, providing the latest physiology and pathology of diseases and treatments. Over 300 color images accompany a 'must' text for practicing vets and vet students alike in a key title every college-level vet sciences library needs. Jan Bellows' FELINE DENTISTRY: ORAL ASSESSMENT, TREATMENT, AND PREVENTATIVE CARE (9780813816135, $99.99) is a fine overview covering feline dental issues unique to the species. It's the only current reference entirely focused on feline dental issues and offers details on anatomy, pathology, dental equipment, treatment options and more.

The Biography Shelf

Yenko: The Man, The Machines, The Legend
Bob McClurg
39966 Grand Avenue, North Branch, MN 55056
9781932494853, $39.95

Yenko: The Man, The Machines, The Legend tells of a man who brought high-horsepower cars to Chevy showroom floors cross the country, building special-edition Chevrolets. This authorized collection includes rare family photos and personal recollections along with hundreds of photos showcasing the details of all legendary Yenko cars. Auto buffs and auto history libraries must have this rare coverage.

The Gesualdo Hex
Glenn Watkins
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780393071023, $39.95

THE GESUALDO HEX: MUSIC, MYTH AND MEMORY explores the life and times of Renaissance composer Carlo Gesualdo, an isolated prince who led an eccentric, isolating life and composed Renaissance music. How composers shape and create a legacy of their music and how music and history change over generations of exposure are only a few of the insights in this consideration of Gesualdo's life and times, a pick recommended for any college-level music or Renaissance history collection.

The Sports Shelf

Human Kinetics
Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61825-5076

Ron Woods, Chris Jordan and Human Performance Institute's ENERGY EVERY DAY (0736082085, $19.95) is the result of decades of research into the lifestyles of busy people, and provides a personal energy plan that can be tailored to meet individual goals. From how to increase personal energy and blend physical activity into a busy schedule to adjusting eating habits for high daily energy, this is a strong pick for any general collection. Laura Stamm's POWER SKATING (0736076204, $19.95) tells how to develop speed and agility through a skating system used by thousands of top players expert in ice skating. From starts and stops to turns, this covers the basics of ice skating, from balance and acceleration to increasing speed and using agility to create better hockey scoring chances. Stephen J. McGregor, PhD & Matt Fitzgerald's THE RUNNER'S EDGE (0736081151, $18.95) is written by a coach and scientist trainer who provides new keys to understanding technology-based training. From determine pace targets for workouts to identifying strengths and weaknesses and plateaus to hone progressive training programs, this is packed with tips runners will appreciate.

Phil Hill: A Driving Life
Phil Hill
David Bull, Publishers
4250 E Camelback Rd Suite 150K, Phoenix, AZ 85018-9692
9781935007074 $75.00

Phil Hill: A Driving Life packs in photos by John Lamm and tells of Phil Hill, who won multiple sports-car victories and was qualified to evaluate nearly any kind of vehicle. 26 articles originally appeared in Road & Track Magazine and offer his descriptions of what it was like to drive some of the most amazing cars ever built. Auto history blends with experience in a powerful coverage any auto buff must have.

The Photography Shelf

Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 Maximum Performance
Mark Galer
Focal Press
30 Corporate Drive #400, Burlington, MA 01803
9780240521831, $44.95

A blend of step-by-step projects, movie tutorials and sample images lends to a photo editing coverage of Elements for any library strong in digital photography. The 7 hours of movie tutorials and over a hundred sample images offer keys to the full color screen-shot loaded tutorial book and make this a 'must' for any library strong in Photoshop Elements coverage.

Course Technology
20 Channel Center Street, Boston, MA 02210

Matthew Bamberg's 101 QUICK AND EASY IDEAS TAKEN FROM THE MASTER PHOTOGRAPHERS (1435454367, $29.99) of the 20th Century offers a survey for any who would recognize and use the techniques of some of the great photographers of the last century. Each chapter focuses on one photographer and includes a biography highlighting a life experience and its influence, analyzing descriptions of their classic images and approaches and showing how different elements can be re-created with strong effects. Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Mapplethorpe and others are featured in this powerful guide. Photographers seeking to emulate the 'greats' need this. David D. Busch's SONY DSLR A380/A330/A230 DIGITAL SLR PHOTOGRAPHY (1435455096, $29.99) is a pick to Sony's new advanced entry-level DSLR cameras. Owners of the new Sony alpha series will find this packs in details on how to use its many features, from selecting the best autofocus mode to using Live View to preview images on the camera's LCD monitor. A top pick for any owner of the Sony series.

The Audiobook Shelf

Brilliance Corporation
Grand Rapids, MI 49417

Stephen Coonts's DEEP BLACK: SEA OF TERROR (1423344146, $36.99) enjoys a seasoned, dramatic performance by Phil Gigante as it tells of two massive ships bent on destruction. Two factions of terrorists have joined to infiltrate the ships and target them towards the U.S. in this espionage thriller, brought to vivid life in a dramatic audio listen. Mira Kirshenbaum's TOO GOOD TO LEAVE, TOO BAD TO STAY (1441824286, $29.99) receives a fine performance by therapist Adriane McNeeley, offering a practical, wise book on relationships that run the middle ground between good and bad. From forgivable sins and unpardonable ones to self-doubts and relationship struggles, this will attract many a patron. Steve Hamilton's THE LOCK ARTIST (1441815449, $29.99) receives a fine performance by MacLeod Andrews, who has performed in numerous stage productions in New York City, and tells of Michael, traumatized at eight, now eighteen, and a wizard at opening locks. The story is dramatic and revealing. George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller's ANIMAL SPIRITS: HOW HUMAN PSYCHOLOGY DRIVES THE ECONOMY, AND WHY IT MATTERS FOR GLOBAL CAPITALISM (1441816623, $29.99) receives a fine performance by Marc Vietor and provides an excellent 'road map' for reserving financial issues. The push is for a more active government role in economic policy making - and this discusses the idea of 'animal spirits' and the psychic gloom that leads to depressions. Any business collection will relish this.

Penguin Audio
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014

Laurell K. Hamilton's BLOODY BONES (9780143144052, $39.95) is spiced with Kimberly Alexis' moving voice and offers a fast-paced vampire thriller novel returning Anita Blake to the center of attention. Here two jobs involve raising an entire graveyard of corpses and finding out what happened to three teens brutally murdered. Her dual jobs tax her best skills in this fine thriller. Hamilton's THE KILLING DANCE (9780143144069, $39.95) provides a fine Anita Blake vampire novel with Alexis again spicing the presentation and lending uniformity to the results. Here Anita's become a wanted woman with a price on her head - and is forced to choose between a vampire and a werewolf in a complicated dual love life. An outstanding story evolves. Marian Keyes' THE BRIGHTEST STAR IN THE SKY (9780143145530, $39.95) receives Caitrona Keyes' lilting voice and strong presentation as it tells of mismatched tenants at a Dublin house and a PR rep who has just turned forty and wants something new in her life. Family ties, an elderly psychic, and more make for a novel that blends humor with insights. Elizabeth Gilbert's STERN MEN (9780143143345, $39.95) enjoys Allison Ryan's stage experience and smooth voice as it provides a fine first novel about life, love and lobster fishing set in Maine. Listeners will enjoy the story of a woman determined to join the 'stern men' and work aboard lobster boats in this delightful tale. Alex Berenson's THE MIDNIGHT HOUSE (9780143145394, $39.95) receives a fine reading by George Guidall, a top audio narrator, as it tells of a CIA agent's return to investigate the murder of retired operatives and Army personnel. The victims were part of a ten-member interrogation team - and Wells is charged with finding the killer in this tense audio thriller. Sarah Blake's THE POSTMISTRESS (9780143145448, $39.95) pairs Orlagh Cassidy's extensive film background and smooth dramatic voice with the story of 1940 France during World War II after the fall, and an American radio gal whose dispatches about the war's progression are unwelcome. Romance, war and fear collide in this vivid, engrossing story.

Hachette Audio

Ozzy Osbourne's I AM OZZY (9781607885207, $24.98) receives a fine reading by Frank Skinner and includes an exclusive audio interview with Ozzy as it follows the rock singer's life and times. Published to coincide with his book of the same name, I AM OZZY is a winning audio selection for any library where rock music star biographies in audio are of interest. Elizabeth Kostova's THE SWAN THIEVES (9781600247453, $39.98) enjoys a full-cast narration by Treat Williams, Anne Heche and a full cast as it tells of a love story surrounding a painter who attacks a canvas at the National Gallery of Art. What would compel an artist to destroy his most precious love? A psychiatrist investigates and his pursuit of answers leads to some amazing insights in this fine rich love story. Joshua Ferris' THE UNNAMED (9781600248771, $34.98) is narrated by the author who does a fine job of telling of one Tim, a healthy man who loves his wife, work and home - but who one day walks out on everything. A powerful story evolves about mid-life crisis and values.

The Art Shelf

Watercolour Flowers
Wendy Tait
Search Press USA
1338 Ross Street, Petaluma, CA 94954-1117
9781844482849, $17.95

Watercolour Flowers offers paintings in the form of tracings in center pages which can be pulled out and used to learn how to paint lovely flowers. Step-by-step photos, directions, and five easy demonstrations accompany nine reusable tracings which may not lend to library circulation but which are perfect for aspiring artists.

The Complete Book of Polymer Clay
Lisa Pavelka
Taunton Press
Box 5506, Newtown, CT 06470-5506
9781600851285, $24.95

Become a clay artist with The Complete Book of Polymer Clay, a survey of more than 70 techniques and 400 color photos illustrating the steps needed to become a fine clay crafter. Art by top designers from around the world accompanies tips on using clay to make jewelry, foils, embellishments and more. A fine survey for any crafts collection.

Collage Lab: Experiments, Investigations and Exploration Projects
Bee Shay
Quarry Books
100 Cummings Center, Suite 406-L, Beverly, MA 01915-6101
1592535658, $22.99

Collage Lab: Experiments, Investigations and Exploration Projects offers artists and crafters a fun approach to making art. Some 52 different labs that can be explored on a weekly basis and worked in any order provide new techniques and inspirations for themes, showing how artists can learn through play and experiments. Full color images offer a visual key to learning art techniques making this a pick for any crafter's collection.

The Writing/Publishing Shelf

The Power of Memoir
Linda Joy Myers, Ph.D.
989 Market St., 5th Floor, San Francisco CA 94103-1741
9780470508367, $16.95

THE POWER OF MEMOIR: HOW TO WRITE YOUR HEALING STORY offers a fine step-by-step program on how to use memoir writing to aid in emotional and physical healing. From how to tell truths and shape a narrative to tools for healing pain. From preserving memories to exploring motivations, this is a pick for any would-be memoir writer.

The Judaic Studies Shelf

Facing Illness Finding God
Joseph B. Meszler
Jewish Lights Publishing
Sunset Farm Offices, Route 4, PO Box 237, Woodstock, VT, 05091
9781580234238, $16.99,

Hope through faith is not an entirely Christian concept. "Facing Illness Finding God: How Judaism Can Help You and Caregivers Cope When Body or Spirit Fails" is a guide for Jews who want to embrace their faith in facing life's many challenges when disease begins to take one's body. Drawing on real stories of Jews using their faith to empower their soul, any Jew faced with the despair of their condition will be able to find "Facing Illness Finding God" a truly uplifting read.

The Social Issues Shelf

Personal Responsibility
Alexander Brown
80 Maiden Lane, Suite 704, New York, NY 10038
9781847063991, $19.95,

Too often it seems easier to shove off fault on others. "Personal Responsibility: Why It Matters" discusses personal responsibility in the current political debate and in philosophy. How much weight should the individual answer to in his or her actions, or the actions of their children, their family, and their friends? Alexander Brown comes to readers with an intriguing and fascinating discussion of human nature and the community, making "Personal Responsibility" an intriguing and very highly recommended read.

Understanding Interracial Relationships
Toyin Okitikpi
Russel House Publishing
International Specialized Book Services
920 NE 58th Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, OR 97213-3786
9781905541539, $34.50,

London wasn't a city with a great interracial population, and for the longest time, there were only British people. "Understanding Interracial Relationships" discusses race relations and mixing in the United Kingdom in the modern day. A sign of changing times, Toyin Okitikpi discusses these changes with researches and interviews into these relationships giving another dimension to the topic. "Understanding Interracial Relationships" is a must for any social issues collection focusing on the United Kingdom.

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