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Volume 3, Number 8 August 2008 Home | BW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Gaming Shelf Parenting Shelf
Psychology Shelf Self-Help Shelf International Studies Shelf
Science Shelf Computer Shelf American History Shelf
Education Shelf Fashion Shelf Business Shelf
Jobs/Careers Shelf Cookbook Shelf Art Shelf
Political Science Shelf Social Issues Shelf Needlecraft Shelf
Theatre/Cinema Shelf Music Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf
Photography Shelf Metaphysical Studies Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf
Military Shelf Buddhist Studies Shelf Christian Studies Shelf
Biography Shelf Travel Shelf Fiction Shelf
Gay Studies Shelf Real Estate Shelf Geriatric Studies Shelf

Reviewer's Choice

Doing Things Right in the Matters of the Heart
John Ensor
1300 Crescent, St. Wheaton, IL 60187
9781581348422, $11.99,

So many spend their dating lives going through a tiresome routine that leaves them both emotionally and spiritually drained. "Doing Things Right in the Matters of the Heart" is a Christian influenced guide for dating, written especially for those in turmoil over the matter. With advice for both men and women trying to find the one person with whom can they settle down and have a long, healthy relationship, "Doing Things Right in the Matters of the Heart" is highly recommended for Christian singles everywhere.

Survival Along the Continental Divide
Jack Loeffler
University of New Mexico Press
1 University of New Mexico MSCO4 2820, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
9780826344397, $24.95

Decades worth of interviews with such contemporary visionaries as Stewart Udall, David Kammer, Melissa Savage and Paul Horgan comprise "Survival Along the Continental Divide", which explores issues of landscape, environment and culture in New Mexico. While regional New Mexico collections will likely be the most interested in this anthology, any college-level holding strong in regional American culture should also find it a worthy addition.

My Journey in Mystic China
John Blofeld
Inner Traditions
One Park Street, Rochester, VT 05767
9781594771576, $24.95

Part travelogue, part memoir and part cultural exploration, My Journey in Mystic China: Old Pu's Travel Diary deserves ongoing mention as a powerful expose from the travel diaries of English-born John Blofeld, covering his life in China. Blofeld translated the I Ching and spent much of his adult life traveling during the 1930s and 40s; his scholarly comments are ideal for any who would better understand pre-World War II China. Highly recommended.

The Gaming Shelf

Tournament Tips from the Pros
Shane Smith
Cardoza Publishing
PO Box 1500, Cooper Station, New York, NY 10276
9781580422253, $14.95,

Doyle Brunson, Mike Caro, Johnny Moss, and more give advice in "Tournament Tips from the Pros: Your Guide to Making Big Money at Small Stakes Poker Tournaments". Featuring twenty-one tips covering the fine nuances of the sport, from re-buys and aggression to calling bluffs and so much more. The pros themselves outline in depth why their strategies work and how to avoid the common pitfalls of rookie players. "Tournament Tips from the Pros: Your Guide to Making Big Money at Small Stakes Poker Tournaments" is a deftly composed guide and highly recommended to anyone looking to improve their low level tournament poker game.

The Parenting Shelf

What to Expect When Your Child Leaves for College
Mary Spohn
Atlantic Publishing
1405 SW 6th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471
9781601382184, $21.95

Going to college is a stressful time for parents and kids alike; What to Expect When Your Child Leaves for College: A Complete Guide for Parents Only is an essential key to understanding how to handle kids before and after they go. Personal accounts of how the author handled her two eldest sons as they left for college warn readers of common mistakes and how to learn from them. What to Expect When Your Child Leaves for College will prove invaluable for any parent whose child is embarking upon a college education, whether at the local community college or a far distant university.

The Psychology Shelf

Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me)
Carol Tavris and Elliott Aronson
Harcourt Trade
c/o Harcourt Books
215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10003
9780156033909, $15.00

Why do people dodge responsibility when things fall apart, and why are there arguments revolving around who is 'right'? Years of research lends to a survey of how people avoid accepting responsibility, with chapters studying behaviors and limitations. Carol Tavris is a social psychologist and works with co-psychologist Elliott Aronson to produce a hard-hitting analysis in MISTAKES WERE MADE (BUT NOT BY ME): WHY WE JUSTIFY FOOLISH BELIEFS, BAD DECISIONS AND HURTFUL ACTS.

The Self-Help Shelf

Stop Clutter
Mike Nelson
New Page Books
3 Tice Road, PO Box 687, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
9781601630087, $15.99,

Clutter is more than just simply junk sitting around one's house. Clutter is something in every aspect of one's life. Now in a newly revised and updated edition, "Stop Clutter From Stealing Your Life: Discover Why You Clutter & How You Can Stop" is a look at how clutter piles up, and how it can negatively affect one's life and relationships. Now in a new and improved revised edition, "Stop Clutter" adds more clutter management skills to help one streamline their space and manage their time at home and the office, and how to deal with the clutter one's family foists upon one. "Stop Clutter From Stealing Your Life" is a top pick for self help collections and for anyone who feels there's just too much crowding their lives.

We Carry Each Other
Eric and Sharon Langshur with Mary Beth Sammons
Conari Press
65 Parker Street Suite 7, Newburyport, MA 01950
1573243116, $16.95

WE CARRY EACH OTHER: GETTING THROUGH LIFE'S TOUGHEST TIMES comes from the care-giving experiences of the CarePages community, presenting their stories on how to make a difference when a loved one or friend is facing a serious illness or loss. From diagnosis to loss, chapters survey how to organize helpful responses to friends and family alike, creating game plans for expressions of hope and help that truly make a difference.

The Code
Tony Burroughs
Weiser Books
65 Parker Street, Suite 7, Newburyport, MA 01950
9781578634293, $14.95

"The Code: Use the Laws of Manifestation to Achieve Your Highest Goal" provides a new, workable solution for common daily challenges, and offers a new Code of Conduct pairing real-life stories with directions on how personal empowerment can be achieved to enhance peace and quality living. A blend of spirituality and ethics makes for a treatise that includes saying intentions out loud daily, acknowledging a greater good in the universe, and more. New age libraries will find "The Code" an intriguing addition.

The International Studies Shelf

PSI Handbook of Global Security and Intelligence
Stuart Farson,
Praeger Security
88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881
9780275992071, $225/2 vols

This 2-volume study is a top pick for national security collections at the college level: while a specialty choice, it comes packed with political and security debates essential to political affairs and intelligence libraries. Volume 1 covers The Americas and Asia, Volume 2 covers Europe, the Middle East and South Africa. Legal framework, influences on national security policies and more make this set an invaluable reference.

Empire of the Mind: A History of Iran
Michael Axworthy
Basic Books
c/o Perseus Books Group 1-800-242-7737
9780465008889, $27.50

The history of Iran, foreign invasions against it, and its cultural and intellectual movements makes for fascinating general-interest reading. "Empire of the Mind: A History of Iran" is a fine addition to any college library strong in Middle Eastern studies. Here the author focuses on the evolution of Iran and its world, exploring the true story of the interplay of Iran's faiths and peoples, and placing Iran's history within context of the region's development. A welcome discussion of Iranian progress and a top pick for any library strong in Middle Eastern studies.

The Science Shelf

Astronomy and Astrophysics
A.B. Bhattacharya, S. Joardar and R. Bhattacharya
Infinity Science Press
11 Leavitt Street, Hingham, MA 02043
9781934015056, $69.95

A CD of third-party simulations including NASA figures and all the figures from the book is included with ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS, a survey of the genre that includes new developments in radio astronomy and recent data from Hubble. From discussions of astronomy from radio and optical perspectives to details of instruments and measurement techniques, Astronomy and Astrophysics is a pick for any college-level physics and astronomy library.

Flying Saucers and Science
Stanton T. Friedman, Msc.
New Page Books
Box 687, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
9781601630117, $16.99

Nuclear physicist and lecturer Stanton Friedman packs in over 40 years of research on UFOs and advanced nuclear and space systems to survey data from a variety of large-scale scientific UFO studies in Flying Saucers and Science, bringing these studies to lay readers in plain terms. While this is more a science book than a new age title, public libraries strong in new age holdings will likely purchase it more readily than serious science libraries. It's the general-interest reader who will likely benefit most from the study.

Notes on Acoustics
Uno Ingard
Infinity Science Press
11 Leavitt Street, Hingham, MA 02043
9781934015087, $69.95

College-level libraries strong in audio and acoustics engineering will find NOTES ON ACOUSTICS will appeal to readers at the undergraduate as well as the graduate level. Problem-solving focus and chapters which offers invaluable previously unpublished material on the topic of acoustic science provide introductions, explanations of oscillations, sound waves, transmission and more, and plenty of real-world examples and problem-solving insights. An outstanding, in-depth survey.

The Computer Shelf

Picture Yourself Learning Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac
David W. Boles
Course Technology
25 Thomson Place, Boston, MA 02210
1598635158, $29.99

Whether you are new to using the Office suite on a Mac or just want to understand the nuances of the Mac environment, LEARNING MICROSOFT OFFICE 2008 FOR MAC packs in the basics of applications, offering step-by step color images which walk users through the basics of all applications. From customizing the suite to utilizing Excel and Powerpoint, all the basics are covered in a fine color pictorial approach. Any basic library catering to Mac users needs this.

Groovy Recipes: Greasing the Wheels of Java
Scott Davis
Pragmatic Programming
P.O. Box 293325, Lewisville, TX 75029-3325
9780978739294, $34.95

Libraries strong in advanced Java programmer's guides will relish GROOVY RECIPES, for the seasoned but busy Java professional seeking quick, tested solutions to everyday problems. The Groovy language and Grails web framework fit perfectly with Java coding objectives, with each recipe blending a code example with an in-depth explanation to make the most of the Groovy environment. Any library strong in Java programmer guides needs this excellent quick-start reference.

The Ultimate CSS Reference
Tommy Olsson and Paul O'Brien
58 Cambridge Street, Collingwood, Vic Australia 3066
9780980285857, $44.95

Any computer collection catering to programmers and covering CSS will find "The Ultimate CSS Refrence" to be the definitive work for mastering CSS, the building block of nearly every web site today. Written by two of the world's most renowned CSS experts, "The Ultimate CSS Reference" features extensive tips, facts, and detail. A perfect for college-level or advanced computer libraries.

The American History Shelf

The Founders' Second Amendment
Stephen P. Halbrook
Ivan R. Dee
1332 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60622-2694
1566637929, $28.95

THE FOUNDERS' SECOND AMENDMENT: ORIGINS OF THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS considers the history of the constitutional rights of Americans to bear arms in early America from 1768 to 1826, offering up the first book-length account of these origins based on the Founders' own statements from newspapers, debates, and legislative resolutions. The depth and detail added to source material quotes makes this a fine pick for both college and high school collections strong in American history and politics.

The Education Shelf

Compass Constructions
Christopher M. Freeman
Prufrock Press
5926 Balcones Dr. Ste. 220, Austin, TX 78731
9781593633165, $17.95,

Geometry doesn't have to be all about complex formulas that will bore students to sleep. "Compass Constructions: Activities for Using a Compass and Straightedge" is a guide that shows educators how to teach students to use these tools in the subject of geometry. Packed with countless tips on supplementing the curriculum for advanced students in grades 5 to 8, "Compass Constructions" is an ideal read for any primary or secondary school math teacher. "Compass Constructions: Activities for Using a Compass and Straightedge" is highly recommended to community library mathematics collections.

Encountering Faith in the Classroom
Miriam Rosalyn Diamond
Stylus Publishing
22883 Quicksilver Drive, Sterling, VA 20166
9781579222376, $24.95,

Religion is a touchy subject one wrong word can imply a deep, personal insult to someone one merely intended to have an intellectual discussion with. "Encountering Faith in the Classroom: Turning Difficult Discussions into Constructive Engagement" is a deftly written look at how to handle discussions in a classroom a setting unlikely to have students who are all of one faith. Focusing on changing religion from a controversial matter to an enlightening one for all involved, "Encountering Faith in the Classroom: Turning Difficult Discussions into Constructive Engagement" is a seminal pick for any educator who deals with religion on a common basis, and for community library education collections.

I'd Rather Teach Peace
Colman McCarthy
Orbis Books
PO Box 308, Maryknoll, NY 10545
9781570757624, $16.00

When Washington Post columnist Colman McCarthy was invited to teach a course on writing at an impoverished public school in Washington DC, he responded that he'd 'rather teach peace' and thus he began a new career, teaching courses on nonviolence and conflict management to a range of schools. "I'd Rather Teach Peace" details one semester in six of these schools, and is an excellent pick for educators seeking insights on teaching peace within the education curriculum.

Corwin Press
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320

Jill C. Dardig's INVOLVING PARENTS OF STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS (9781412951203, $25.95) offers 25 strategies for engaging parents, addressing such interactions to teachers of PreK-12 and showing how to do everything from use email, letters or phone to provide parents with effective communication paths to helping parents teach kids at home and understanding typical school/home conflicts. The samples of such communications form a particularly valuable bridge to understanding. Shira Lubliner and Judith A. Scott's NOURISHING VOCABULARY: BALANCING WORDS AND LEARNING (9781412942461, $35.95) shows how to support student academic prowess with targeted vocabulary instruction. From acquiring language and independent reading to decoding words and helping students understand different language patterns in their world, NOURISHING VOCABULARY offers a strategy for success. Carolyn Chapman and Rita King's DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTIONAL MANAGEMENT: WORK SMARTER, NOT HARDER (9781412925013, $32.95) tells how teachers can create a more positive classroom environment, offering a blend of strategies and guidelines for planning and managing classrooms for all kinds of learners. From flexible grouping to different kinds of assessment tools, DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTIONAL MANAGEMENT packs in tips on learning styles and student needs. The second updated edition of INCLUSION: AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE FOR THE PARAPROFESSIONAL by Peggy Hammeken (1890455342, $35.95) provides paraprofessionals with a range of tools for inclusion settings. 80 pages of updated, revised and new information provides details on classroom instruction and offers up ideas on instructional modifications, with reproducible forms to help with communication, rules, organization and more. Barry W. Sweeny's LEADING THE TEACHER INDUCTION AND MENTORING PROGRAM, 2ND EDITION (9781412944618, $37.95) is written for the leaders of teacher and mentor development, and comes from a nationally known mentoring expert who offers guidance to strategies that allow leaders to support mentors and novices. Step-by-step directions for program development and sample schedules and reproducible forms make for a fine survey extensively revised to include the latest research. Eugene F. Provenzo, Jr., Dan W. Butin and Anthony Angelini's 100 EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING ACTIVITIES FOR SOCIAL STUDIES, LITERATURE, AND THE ARTS GRADES 5-12 (9781412940009) focuses on using active learning to encourage critical thinking skills. Primary sources blend with arguments for integrating new learning with past knowledge in a survey of 100 cross-disciplinary activities. Larry J. Koenig's SMART DISCIPLINE FOR THE CLASSROOM: RESPECT AND COOPERATION RESTORED, 4TH EDITION (9781412954051) provides a collection of strategies over sixty for increasing respect and cooperation in the classroom. From intervention methods for common problems to special techniques used with students with ADHD, SMART DISCIPLINE FOR THE CLASSROOM is packed with specific techniques teachers will appreciate. Susan E. Israel's EARLY READING FIRST AND BEYOND: A GUIDE TO BUILDING EARLY LITERACY SKILLS (9781412951029) helps early childhood educators develop readiness for kindergarten, showing how to create rich learning environments and using a range of techniques, from school-parent partnerships to phonological awareness methods to foster early reading skills. Donna walker Tileston and Sandra K. Darling's TEACHING STRATEGIES THAT PREPARE STUDENTS FOR HIGH-STAKES TESTS (9781412949767, $28.95) tells how to improve student performance on standardized tests, and comes from the results of over 30,000 studies of best practices linked to declarative and procedural knowledge, ranked on such tests. From understanding how tests apply to grade levels to identifying their key elements, this is perfect for any educator teaching students testing skills. Steve Reifman's 8 ESSENTIALS FOR EMPOWERED TEACHING & LEARNING, K-8 (9781412954426, $30.95) comes from an experienced teacher who explains what makes a quality classroom, how to measure its effectiveness, and how to promote student motivation and higher-level functions. Classroom applications, reproducible pages and more use tested 'best' ideas. Nicole Saginor's DIAGNOSTIC CLASSROOM OBSERVATION: MOVING BEYOND BEST PRACTICE (9781412955140, $33.95, hardcover: 9781412955133, $70.95) helps instructors in the entire supervision process and has been developed in collaboration with NWREL and the Vermont Institutes. This DCO model covers analysis, lesson planning and implementation, and classroom culture alike, offering forms and exercises to teachers to streamline the process. Principals and teachers alike will find it a tested classroom observation system that works. Garth Sundem, Jan Krieger and Kristi Pikiewicz's 10 LANGUAGES YOU'LL NEED MOST IN THE CLASSROOM: A GUIDE TO COMMUNICATING WITH ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS AND THEIR FAMILIES (9781412937825, $38.95) is a 'must' for any teacher working with multi-lingual students in grades K-12. From discussions of traditions and religions in the family and classroom to guides to common words and phrases in a student's native language, reproducible picture dictionaries, sample parent letters with translations and more, this helps break down classroom language barriers for ELL teachers at all levels. Susan E. Israel's EARLY READING FIRST AND BEYOND (9781412951029, $29.95) covers phonological and print awareness, written and oral language development showing how to use learning paths to create rich learning environments with activities to stimulate kids. Proven practices, assessments and guidelines for individual student learning make up an invaluable workbook. The fourth edition of Larry J. Koenig's SMART DISCIPLINE FOR THE CLASSROOM: RESPECT AND COOPERATION RESTORED (9781412954051, $27.95) tells how to develop a proactive discipline plan with a collection of strategies that motivate students to learn. Over 65 such strategies accompany discussions of prevention, intervention, and handling special student needs. Glenda Beamon Crawford's DIFFERENTIATION FOR THE ADOLESCENT LEARNER: ACCOMMODATING BRAIN DEVELOPMENT, LANGUAGE, LITERACY, AND SPECIAL NEEDS (9781412940535, $70.95) offers teachers discussions of adolescent learning methods, teaching adaptations, and differentiated learning environments at the adolescent level. Chapters blend the latest research on brain development with tips on special needs and strategies geared specifically towards adolescents. Carolyn Orange's 2nd updated edition of 25 BIGGEST MISTAKES TEACHERS MAKE AND HOW TO AVOID THEM (9781412957887, $33.95) offers a blend of case history and analysis to teach educators how to find better ways to address unsatisfactory classroom situations. From teacher-student relations and building classroom policy to adjusting teaching behavior and modifying student responses, teachers will find this an important tool for change. Rich Allen's GREEN LIGHT CLASSROOMS: TEACHING TECHNIQUES THAT ACCELERATE LEARNING (9781412956109, $31.95) uses brain-based research and studies to provide sample lesson plans pairing learning routines with innovative teaching techniques. Descriptions and analogies of assessments of key principles of basic teaching. Margaret M. Thombs, Maureen M. Gillis and Alan S. Canestrari's USING WEBQUESTS IN THE SOCIAL STUDIES CLASSROOM (9781412959513, $28.95) offers practical strategies for using WebQuests: inquiry-oriented, collaborative student activities based on web analysis and research. Chapters pair stories of use with guidelines and tips for developing education WebQuests. Eric Jensen's BRAIN-BASED LEARNING: THE NEW PARADIGM OF TEACHING, 2ND EDITION (9781412962568, $35.95) uses research from neurosicence, biology and psychology and comes from a brain expert who provides an easy connection between learning methods and the brain. From decision making based on brain research to low-cost teaching strategies and easily-followed chapter outlines, teachers and administrators will find it an excellent pick. Page Keeley's SCIENCE FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT: 75 PRACTICAL STRATEGIES FOR LINKING ASSESSMENT, INSTRUCTION, AND LEARNING (9781412941808) provides teachers in grades K-12 with flexible assessments which can be used with any science curriculum, including descriptions of how each technique enhances learning, modifications for instructional needs, tips on using each technique, and more. All will appeal to any educator's library.

The Fashion Shelf

Passion for Fashion
Jeanne Beker, author
Nathalie Dion, illustrator
Tundra Books
75 Sherbourne Street, 5th Floor, Toronto ON M5A 2P9 Canada
9780887768002, $18.95

Nathalie Dion adds dynamic illustrations to "Passion for Fashion", which comes from Jeanne Beker, the producer of a syndicated fashion television show. "Passion for Fashion" is a fine introduction to the fashion world that includes quotes, profiles of successful fashion people, and insights into the fashion world as a whole. Chapters tell how to break into this world, providing all ages with a passionate survey. Perfect for high school through general lending library collections, and for any collection strong in business career guides.

The Business Shelf

No Limit
Donald G. Krause and Jeff Carter
1601 Broadway, New York NY 10019
0814480640, $19.95

Hundreds of people play 'no limit' poker, but few realize its strategies can be used to get ahead in business and life. NO LIMIT explores connections between poker and business, showing how Texas Hold 'em, the most popular version of the game, holds many keys to business success. Any game players who know Texas Hold 'em well and are interested in business concepts, as well as business libraries, will find here a fine opportunity for success and strategic planning.

The Complete Guide to Project Management
Elle Bereaux
Atlantic Publishing
1405 SW 6th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471
9781601380104, $24.95

Too few projects assigned to management are completed in a timely manner or done correctly and under budget. Project management is the art of organizing and managing resources so that these objectives are met, and The Complete Guide to Project Management tells how to meet them. Libraries catering to managers will appreciate the focus on creating project plans, assessing problems, managing multiple projects, and implementing basic concepts, with chapters providing managers with not just a stepping-stone plan, but the keys to avoiding common obstacles along the way.

Mastering the Management Buckets
John Pearson
Regal Books
1957 Eastman Avenue, Ventura, CA 93003
9780830745944, $19.99,

Leaders have to be competent, or the whole thing won't work. "Mastering the Management Buckets: 20 Critical Competencies for Leading Your Business Or Nonprofit" is a crash course in leadership skills for those who want to learn everything they need to know about company management. With nearly one hundred pieces of invaluable advice, as well as an index and bibliography, "Mastering the Management Buckets" is an excellent choice for prospective leaders and for community library business collections.

Atlantic Publishing
1405 SW 6th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471

Mary B. Holihan's COMPLETE GUIDE TO INVESTING IN COMMODITY TRADING AND FUTURES (9781601380036, $24.99) is a pick for any business library specializing in stock market strategies for individual investors. Chapters tell how to make the most of the commodity trading market, entering a realm where large banks and the wealthy trade. From different commodity products to common pitfalls, this is an outstanding introduction. Janet Engle's FASHION DESIGN BUSINESS (9781601382252, $39.95) comes with a companion cd-rom and covers opportunities in the fashion design industry. The business side of fashion design receives excellent surveys of various opportunities, from fashion buyers and coordinators to retail store managers. Marketing, manufacturing and design are all covered in a pick any career library will find intriguing as well as many a business collection. Angela Adams, B.A.'s THE RESTAURANT MANAGER'S SUCCESS CHRONICLES (9780910627962, $24.95) provides a series of interviews with restaurant pros and insiders to reveal how successful operations thrive. Real-life examples of successes and pitfalls go far beyond most books covering basic restaurant ownership, providing detailed step-by-step direction for opening a successful establishment. John N. Peragine Jr.'s HOW TO OPEN & OPERATE A FINANCIALLY SUCCESSFUL WEDDING CONSULTANT AND PLANNING BUSINESS (9781601381149, $39.95) comes with a companion cd-rom and tells how to plan a wedding, offering all the details needed to over business plans, control systems, menus, legal and pricing concerns, and more. The 'when, how, what and where' questions all receive plenty of depth and detail. All are excellent picks for career and business collections alike.

The Jobs/Careers Shelf

The Career Chronicles
Michael Gregory
New World Library
14 Pamaron Way, Novato, CA 94949
9781577315735, $15.95

THE CAREER CHRONICLES: AN INSIDER'S GUIDE TO WHAT JOBS ARE REALLY LIKE offers professional opinions and assessments on jobs from over seven hundred professionals. These reflections offer candid assessments of two dozen popular professions, contrasting reality with ideas of the job, including reviews of each profession, its requirements and its duties, and offering college students an excellent opportunity to make better informed decisions on their career choices.

Best Answers to 202 Job Interview Questions
Daniel Porot and Frances Bolles Haynes
Impact Publications
9104 Manassas Suite N, Manassas Park, VA 20111
1570232717, $17.95

Providing good answers to interview questions is key to acing a job interview but what makes for a 'good' answer, and what do interviewers look for in applicants? These and other questions are answered through a review of 202 job interview questions and their 'best' answers, with chapters packed with case history examples covering everything from ice breakers and self-evaluation tips to dissuasions of work habits, problem solving and personality styles, and more. Libraries appealing to job and career hunters will find plenty of value, here.

The Cookbook Shelf

The Vegetarian Revolution
Giorgio Cerquetti
Torchlight Publishing, Inc.
PO Box 52, Badger, CA 93603
1887089004, $14.95,

One does not have to consume the flesh of dead animals to enjoy delicious food. "The Vegetarian Revolution: Commentary and Cookbook" is a combination of essays on the subject of vegetarianism and veganism in modern society, enhanced with well over one hundred recipes from bestselling cookbooks and famous vegetarians. From Plato to Paul McCartney, and from Rice Salad to Vegan Quiche, "The Vegetarian Revolution" is a must for vegetarians and vegans. An excellent choice for community library cookbook collections.

The Miami Mediterranean Diet: Expanded Edition
Michael Ozner, MD
Benbella Books Inc.
6440 N. Central Expswy Suite 503, Dallas TX 75206
9781933771502, $24.95

The expanded edition of MIAMI MEDITERRANEAN DIET comes from a noted cardiologist who argues for the virtue of the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle, updating the traditional Mediterranean diet for an audience interested in clinically proven strategies to thwart heart diseases. 300 recipes from soups to desserts show how to lose weight, maintain an active lifestyle, and more: any general-interest library whose patrons have shown enthusiasm for The Mediterranean Diet must have this expanded follow-up.

Belly Up to the Bar
J.S. Mitchell
Cumberland House Publishing
431 Harding Industrial Drive, Nashville, TN 37211
9781581826364, $14.95

BELLY UP TO THE BAR: DINING WITH NEW YORK CITY'S CELEBRITY CHEFS WITHOUT RESERVATIONS is a guide to getting into the best Manhattan restaurants without reservations, and is a pick for any collection strong in New York travel guides. Each bar receives a 2-page description with all the information on ambiance to number of bar seats to people. From assessments of formality to etiquette and of course food quality, the book assesses only New York's best.

The Battle for Wine and Love or How I Saved the World from Parkerization
Alice Feiring
Harcourt Inc.
215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10003
9780151012862, $23.00

Wine journalist Alice Feiring had a long affection for complicated wines and was horrified when she discovered all kinds of wines were beginning to taste alike. Her search for originality in the wine world led her on a journey through ancient vineyards of France, Spain and more as she searched out old-fashioned wines and artisan winemaking over corporate production techniques. "The Battle for Wine and Love or How I Saved the World from Parkerization" is a fine blend of wine culture and travelogue, perfect for any library strong on wine appreciation.

Mr. Food's Quick & Easy Diabetic Cooking, 2nd Edition
Mr. Food & Nicole Johnson
American Diabetes Association
1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311
1580402712, $16.95

When Mr. Food met with Nicole Johnson, Miss America of 1999 and an international diabetes advocate, a partnership was formed which created "Mr Food's Quick & Easy Diabetic Cooking", a useful diabetic and general health food cookbook. The updated second edition packs in over 150 recipes, hints for eating lighter as a lifestyle change, and portion sizes geared to aid in diabetes control and weight loss. Recipes are very easy, offer streamlined dishes based on pre-made foods as much as possible, and will appeal to any interested in modifying their cooking habits to accommodate diabetic needs.

The Art Shelf

The Dancer
Annette Dixon, et al.
Portland Art Museum
c/o University of Washington Press
PO Box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145-5096
9781883124274, $39.95,

From the ballet to the Can-Can, French dance studios, dance stages, and dancers have long been favored subjects for French artists in general, including such luminaries of brush and canvas as Degas, Forain, and Toulouse-Lautrec. In "The Dancer: Degas, Forain, and Toulouse-Lautrec", this specific theme as represented in 19th century avant-garde French art are explored by Annette Dixon, with the invaluable assistance and contributions of Mary Weaver Chapin, Jill Devonyar, Richard Kendall, and Florence Valdes-Forain. Enhanced with 269 full color illustrations and extended bibliography, "The Dancer" is a 256 page compendium of informed and informative commentary that will prove of immense interest to students of the works of these three great artists, as well as the subject they chose to interpret through art and sculpture. Simply stated, no academic, art department, or community library art history reference collection should be considered complete without the inclusion of "The Dancer".

Spirit of Drawing
Connie Smith Siegel
Watson-Guptill Publications
770 Broadway, New York NY 10003
0823032124, $24.95

Blend meditation with drawing insights using a range of experiments and you have SPIRIT OF DRAWING, an exciting survey of drawing through touch, perception and meditative insight. From drawing inspiration from another's work to experimenting with perspective and movement, SPIRIT OF DRAWING packs in black and white examples, exercises, and insights blending meditative techniques with artistic sentiments.

Hudson Hills Press
Box 205, Manchester, VT 05254

Francoise Siriex's THE HOUSE OF LELEU (1555952860, $160.00) provides an excellent selection of classic French styles from 1920-1973, pairing these classics with modern styles in a weighty volume perfect for college-level libraries strong in interior decoration and design. Nearly five hundred pages comes from the design and decoration firm Leleu and its powerful family, and gather the range of the firm's contributions to modern French style. Photos abound and pack a survey that examines its style and includes original drawings, images and essays by leading experts in their fields, and more. Industry pros will find it an invaluable, unprecedented contribution. EDMOND LACHENAL & HIS LEGACY (9780978837136, $95.00) considers the 19th and early 20th century French ceramics industry in light of one of its major contributors and is a specialty item any art library strong in ceramics history needs. It presents the work of Lachenal's career and includes pieces by his collaborators and students, as well as his family and assistant, and pairs scholarly essays and period photos with descriptions of his works.

The Political Science Shelf

Smart Power
Ted Galen Carpenter
Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC 20001
9781933995168, $24.95

American foreign policy makers struggle with many issues, and face a range of foreign policy problems: to understand them properly, SMART POWER: TOWARD A PRUDENT FOREIGN POLICY FOR AMERICA provides a Cato Institute VP for defense and foreign studies' insights. Chapters consider policy-making, disagreements over foreign issues and consequences, strategies involving economic sanctions and military force, and more, and are a perfect starting place for discussion and debate both at the college level and for general-interest readers.

The Social Issues Shelf

A Bridge Worth Saving
Mike Mort
Michigan State University Press
1405 South Harrison Road, Suite 25 Manly Miles Building, East Lansing, MI 48823-5202
9780870138287, $24.95,

Bridges can be more to people than simply a method of crossing water without a boat. "A Bridge Worth Saving" is a thoroughly 'user friendly' guide for activists wanting to save historical landmarks they deem worth the effort and expense to campaign for their preservation. Filled from cover to cover with practical advice for keeping an old bridge in tip top condition, "A Bridge Worth Saving" is a complete and comprehensive instructional guide to bridge restoration, enhanced with an index and appendixes. Highly recommended for personal, professional, academic, and community library collections.

In the News
William Wray Carney
The University of Alberta Press
Ring House 2, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada, T6G 2EI
0888644957, $26.95,

The media has a tremendous impact upon the people, and as they say, with great power comes great responsibility. Now in a newly updated and expanded second edition, "In the News: The Practice of Media Relations in Canada" is an in-depth study of the relationship between the media and the people in the nation of Canada. A scholarly and complete examination now in an updated second edition, "In the News" is an excellent read for anyone interested in the status of the media in modern society. An ideal choice for community library social issues collections focusing on Canada.

Custom Maid Knowledge for New World Disorder
Peter G. de Krassel
CAL Books
c/o Casemate
1016 Warrior Road, Suite C, Drexel Hill, PA 19026
9889766671, $25.95

America, China and other rising world leaders must guide the world through the 21st century from globalization to interlocalism as part of a 'new reality' that focuses on the economic interaction between different communities. That's the message of Custom Maid Knowledge for New World Disorder, a weighty treatise on the geography, politics and economics of this new world environment. College-level collections strong in modern world trends, both economic and political, will find this an important reference.

The Needlecraft Shelf

American Quilter's Society
Box 3290, Paducah, KY 42002-3290

Susan Stewart's HEIRLOOM MACHINE SEWING FOR QUILTERS (9781574329445, $24.95) tells how to use classic heirloom methods to create unique, original gifts. From material selection to easily-followed techniques, techniques, supplies, fabric, cutting directions and more provide specific tips and techniques quilters will appreciate. Susan Purney Mark and Daphne Greig's FAT QUARTER FRENZY TWO (9781574329483, $26.95) tells how to use fat quarters to produce easy gifts. Thirteen projects range from table runners to full-size quilts and pair full-size photos with step-by-step directions on working with blocks and patterns. Both are excellent surveys for any library strong in quilting direction. Karen Griska's QUILTS FROM THE SELVAGE EDGE (9781574329575, $19.95) offers tips on using selvages in quilting projects. Quilt piecers can save money and use discarded possibilities to produce lovely quilted results using this discussion of fast, easy quilt production. Projects are accompanied by color photos and sidebars of information exploring the entire process of using selvage edges in complete quilts.

The Theatre/Cinema Shelf

Picture Yourself Directing a Movie
Eric Nicholas
Course Technology
25 Thomson Place, Boston MA 02110
1598634895, $29.99

If you've always wanted to make a movie but are not sure how to begin, "Picture Yourself Directing a Movie" is the beginner's guide to creating short films for you. It provides all the basics of directing and principles to make a film idea real, using simple language and directions for newcomers to the industry. A companion DVD provides sample film clips to illustrate techniques. Amateurs also receive plenty of insights into professional tips to customize and streamline results. Both film and general-interest libraries will find "Picture Yourself Directing a Movie" a popular lend.

The Music Shelf

Electrify My Soul
Dan Kimpel
Thomson Course Technology
25 Thomson Place, Boston, MA 02210
1598634445, $21.99

ELECTRIFY MY SOUL: SONGWRITERS AND THE SPIRITUAL SOURCE comes from an author who has interviewed nearly every major songwriter in the history of American popular music, and offers here a gathering of inspirational interviews with top songwriters of the world. From Melissa Etheridge and Beth Nielsen Chapman to Michelle Shocked, ELECTRIFY MY SOUL packs in insights in the spiritual origins of songs. Music collections will find this a fine and unusual addition.

Beatles for Sale
John Blaney
Jawbone Press
1700 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
9781906002091, $19.95

This new examination of the history of the Beatles considers just how the Beatles and their manager Brian Epstein pioneered not just their music, but the modern music business itself. From how they promoted and sold records to playing concerts, making films, and setting up their own recording companies, BEATLES FOR SALE provides a very different focus from the many books which have revealed their music and lives, making it a top pick not just for popular music collections, but for business libraries as well.

River of No Return
Jeffrey Buckner Ford
Cumberland House
431 Harding Industrial, Nashville, TN 37211
9781581826531, $26.95

RIVER OF NO RETURN: TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD AND THE WOMAN HE LOVED provides a different view of Ford's career and life: one which focuses as much on the effects his career and famous image had upon his family, as on his many accomplishments. Chapters pair career events with family internal experience, making for a far more intimate survey than most titles: any library strong in Tennessee Ernie Ford coverage needs this to round out less intimate portraits.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

The Emotional Lives of Animals
Marc Bekoff
New World Library
14 Pamaron Way, Novato, CA 94949
9781577316299, $14.95

Any library strong in animal reference studies, will find this an intriguing coverage surveying pet emotions and how they can contribute to better understanding. From joy to sorrow, THE EMOTIONAL LIVES OF ANIMALS uses the author's 35 years of experience studying social and communication patterns of animals to survey animal empathy. Chapters draw important connections between animal emotional lives and the purpose behind animal emotions.

Fundamentals of Veterinary Clinical Pathology, second edition
Steven L. Stockham and Michael A. Scott
Blackwell Publishing
2121 State Avenue, Ames, IA 50014-8300
9780813800769 $94.99 1-800-216-2522

College-level libraries strong in veterinary references at the advanced level will appreciate the second updated edition of Fundamentals of Veterinary Clinical Pathology. It provides in-depth details about common clinical laboratory assays used to evaluate domestic animals and this edition adds additional disorders, diagnostics, images, references and more, covering abnormal lab data, revising color plates to include microscopic images, adding new chapters with accompanying websites, and rounding out the reference's information and impact.

The Photography Shelf

Lighting Techniques for Middle Key Portrait Photography
Norman Phillips
Amherst Media
Box 586, Buffalo, NY 14226
9781584282310, $34.95

Learn to avoid common problems and make conscious decisions in arranging key images and surrounding elements with Lighting Techniques for Middle Key Portrait Photography, a guide to laying out objectives to set up better photographic studies. From creating middle key images in studio or on location to artistic arrangements of subjects, LIGHTING TECHNIQUES culls innovative ideas from a variety of professionals.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

Inner Paths to Outer Space
Rick Strassman, M.D.,
Park Street Press
c/o Inner Traditions
One Park Street, Rochester, VT 05767
9781594772245, $19.95

New age collections strong in visionary plants and psychology will find that Inner Paths to Outer Space combines over sixty years of research on brain function and psychology to examine how psychoactive substances allow the brain to bypass the five senses to unlock another realm of existence. Alien worlds in such an existence actually mirror inner space mind worlds, not outer space, the authors maintain: chapters draw connections between 'alien' worlds encountered through altered consciousness and paths to self-growth.

Rod Suskin
Llewellyn Publications
2143 Wooddale Drive, Woodbury MN 55125-2989
9780738712550, $21.95

Synastry is a fine tool for understanding dynamics between two people, explaining elements of relationship analysis which begin with the natal chart and lead to identification of patterns and perspectives. From methods of predicting relationship changes to sample worksheets and ethical and legal concerns, SYNASTRY: UNDERSTANDING THE ASTROLOGY OF RELATIONSHIPS is an outstanding survey perfect for new age libraries.

Creating the Soul Body
Robert E. Cox
Inner Traditions
One Park Street, Rochester, VT 05767
9781594772214, $18.95

New age collection specializing in mysticism and ancient symbols from Egyptian and Hebraic traditions will find CREATING THE SOUL BODY: THE SACRED SCIENCE OF IMMORTALITY a strong pick exploring the road to immortality. His explanation of the process explains the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama, and maps the spiritual journey involved in the science of immortality: a challenging, involving read for any serious new age library.

Haunted Spaces, Sacred Places
Brian Haughton
New Page Books
c/o Career Press Inc.
PO Box 687, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
Warwick Associates (publicity)
17470 Sonoma Highway, Sonoma, CA 95476
9781601630001, $15.99, 1-800-227-3371

There are metaphysical sites around the globe that are felt to be extraordinary because they seem to attract or manifest paranormal phenomena. In "Haunted Spaces, Sacred Places: A Field Guide To Stone Circles, Crop Circles, Ancient Tombs, And Supernatural Landscapes", qualified archaeologist and researcher Brian Haughton has compiled histories of thirty-two sites that are especially noted for mystery and legend. These sites range from tombs of the Etruscans; the temples of Angkor Wat; and Stonehenge; to Germany's Aachen Cathedral; Native American sties in Colorado's San Luis Valley; and the Ohio Serpent Mound. Also featured are the subjects of such phenomena as UFO sightings, 'spooklights', ghost encounters, and other unexplained experiences associated with ancient sacred places. Enhanced with more than 25 photographs and illustrations, "Haunted Spaces, Sacred Places" is a fascinating and informative read which is especially recommended for personal, academic, and community library Metaphysical Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Encyclopedic Sourcebook of Satanism
James R. Lewis & Jesper Aagaard Petersen, editors
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197
1591023904, $105.00

Satanism is popularly associated with hedonism and horror, but there are concrete facts which actually surround the practice of Satanism, and this reference gathers together scholarly studies of Satanism along with original source material to survey its history and practices. Both historic and modern Satanism are covered in a survey which discusses its practices, common misbeliefs, and modern concerns such as the role of the media in Satanistic coverage. An outstanding sourcebook and a 'must' for any library where Satanism and alternative beliefs are covered.

The Secret Language of Tarot
Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone
Red Wheel Weiser
65 Parker Street Suite 6, Newburyport, MA 01950
9781578634163, $24.95

The symbols universal in Tarot decks are reviewed in "The Secret Language of Tarot", a book which acts as either a reference to these images or as a series of guided meditations on each Tarot symbol. Each chapter offers a set of symbols that share a common theme, with plenty of background information surveying myths, realities and research. New age libraries strong in Tarot studies will find "The Secret Language of Tarot" an absorbing analysis useful on more than one level.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Essentials Of Biostatistics In Public Health
Lisa M. Sullivan
Jones & Bartlett Publishers
40 Tall Pine Drive, Sudbury, MA 01776
9780763756208, $72.95,, 1-800-832-0034

A part of the outstanding 'Essential Public Health' series published by Jones & Bartlett Publishers, "Essentials Of Biostatistics In Public Health" by Lisa M. Sullivan (Chair, Department of Biostatistics, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts) provides a basic and essential 232-page introduction for students wanting to learn how to apply and interpret biostatistical applications in the field of public health. Especially appropriate and ideal for students with limited mathematical backgrounds, "Essentials Of Biostatistics In Public Health" utilizes data and examples from the Framingham Heart Study to demonstrate methodology including the role of assumptions, statistical formulas, and appropriate interpretation of results. Also featured are specific sections devoted to study design and a sample size computation; multi-variable statistical methods accessible to first year students; and statistical computing using Excel or manual calculation. Enhanced throughout with graphs and charts, this thoroughly 'student friendly' textbook is accompanied by Professor Sullivan's "Essentials Of Biostatistics Workbook: Statistical Computing Using Excel" (9780763754778).

Cancer Caregiving A to Z
American Cancer Society
250 Williams Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303-1002
0944235921, $14.95

CANCER CAREGIVING A TO Z: AN AT-HOME GUIDE FOR PATIENTS AND FAMILIES describes the most common issues arising in home cancer care, offering patients and caregivers solutions, listing topics in a fine encyclopedia 'a to z' reference form, and offering tips on treatment options, when to call the doctor, and how and where to ask for help. Any general-interest library strong in healthcare in general and cancer home care in particular will find this packed with specific, important details.

The Venus Week
Rebecca Booth, MD
Da Capo Press
c/o Perseus Publishing Group
2300 Chestnut #200, Philadelphia, PA 19103
9780738211640, $24.00

All women have one week of the month where they can feel great about themselves: more attractive, focused, receptive to others so what is this window of physical health and how can women understand and perhaps take advantage of these physical and emotional changes? THE VENUS WEEK comes from a leading gynecologist who reveals how to manage a body's weekly hormonal shifts to best advantage. From defining a personal Venus Week to mitigating the effects of other phases, any women's health collection will find this an intriguing, hopeful study.

Cleveland Clinic Press
9500 Euclid Avenue, NA32, Cleveland, OH 44195, 1-216-444-1158

The Cleveland Clinic Press is a premier publisher of medical books for the non-specialist general reader and offer expert advice on specific health conditions from medical specialists in their particular fields. Offering practical, informative introductions, each title is an ideal introduction for patients with new diagnoses, as well as their families and friends wanting basic information about specific conditions. This outstanding series of Cleveland Clinic handbooks includes "Headaches" (9781596240193, $9.95) by Robert S. Kunkel, M.D. and along with facts on varies categories of headaches, includes a Q&A guide debunking commonly held headache myths. "Epilepsy" (9781596240650, $14.95) by Elaine Wyllie, M.D. provides accurate information, why bystanders can do when someone has an epileptic seizure, long-term health prospects, and more. "Liver Disorders" (9781596240889, $14.95) is the collaborative work of Nizar N. Zein, M.D. and Kevin M. Edwards, M.S.N., C.N.P, and provides a complete overview including chapters on cirrhosis, hepatitis, and the 'liver healthy' lifestyle. "Prostate Cancer" (9781596240865, $14.95) by Eric A. Klein, M.D. offers an candid explanation of risk factors, prevention, detection and treatment. "You And Your Cardiologist" (9781596240810, $14.95) by Curtis Mark Rimmerman, M.D. is a complete 'how to' guide for selecting a cardiologist, evaluating information from the Internet, tests, diagnoses and medications, and developing a functional and informative relationship with a cardiologist. "Bladder Cancer (9781596240605, $14.95) by the team of Derek Raghavan, M.D. and Kathleen Tutill provides a comprehensive survey of all the various aspects of bladder cancer and what is to be expected 'each step of the way' from diagnosis through treatment options. Each of these very highly recommended titles for personal reading lists and community library Health & Medicine reference collections, is optimally informative for the non-specialist general reader.

The Military Shelf

Osprey Publishing
443 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10016

Gordon L. Rottman & Derrick Wright's HELL IN THE PACIFIC: THE BATTLE FOR IWO JIMA (9781846033353, $24.95) coverage the Iwo Jima campaign in detail, surveying the men who fought one of the most savage battles of World War II. Black and white photos throughout mark an excellent survey for general-interest and specialty military libraries alike. Editor Ruth Sheppard's ALEXANDER THE GREAT AT WAR: HIS ARMY, HIS BATTLES, HIS ENEMIES (9781846033285, $24.95) surveys not so much the man as his military strategy and campaigns, packing black and white and color photos of relics and images throughout to enliven the discussion. From his development of his army to unusual strategies, ALEXANDER THE GREAT AT WAR is a pick for any serious military library.

The Buddhist Studies Shelf

Buddha in a Teacup
Todd Walton
Lost Coast Press
155 Cypress Street, Fort Bragg, CA 95437
9781882897957, $19.95

BUDDHA IN A TEACUP: TALES OF ENLIGHTENMENT provides a range of short stories humorous, sad, and interesting all linked by their origins in Buddhist dharma. Collections strong in Buddhist beliefs and history will find it involving and uplifting.

The Way and the Mountain: Tibet, Buddhism, and Tradition
Marco Pallis
World Wisdom Inc.
1501 E. Hillside Drive, Bloomington, IN 47401
9781933316536, $21.95

Author Marco Pallis was a student of language and visited one Buddhist monastery after another seeking Lamas, teachers of the faith. His encounters with Buddhist greats offered many lessons which are recounted in "The Way and the Mountain: Tibet, Buddhism, and Tradition", a collection of previously unpublished material. Filled with insights on soliciting and assessing spiritual advice, "The Way and the Mountain" is perfect for new age libraries strong in Buddhist studies.

Why the Dalai Lama Matters
Robert Thurman
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
1582702209, $24.00

The Dalai Lama's life is devoted to peace and non-violence but few are aware of how he's achieved a worldwide reputation for such. WHY THE DALAI LAMA MATTERS blends a history of Tibet with a survey of political and social change, weaving in the Dalai Lama's biography in the process. Any library strong in human rights issues, Asian history or Eastern spirituality and religion needs WHY THE DALAI LAMA matters.

Snow Lion Publications
Box 6483, Ithaca, NY 14851

John Powers' A CONCISE INTRODUCTION TO TIBETAN BUDDHISM (1559392967, $14.95) provides an economical introductory text to Tibetan Buddhism, surveying its unique practices and providing an easy overview for newcomers. The author has an M.A. in Indian Philosophy and a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies: he's published widely on Buddhist thought and practice, is a teacher, and yet provides a very easy introduction most accessible to newcomers. David Michie's BUDDHISM FOR BUSY PEOPLE: FINDING HAPPINESS IN AN UNCERTAIN WORLD (1559392983, $14.95) provides an easy handbook which links Tibetan Buddhism teachings to daily life, beginning with the owner's own efforts. Chapters show how life goals can be linked to spiritual exploration and cover everything from cultivating compassion to understanding memory and rebirth experiences. Both are top picks for both new age collections and general-interest libraries interested in accessible, easy Tibetan Buddhism texts. LION OF SIDDAHS: THE LIFE AND TEACHINGS OF PADAMPA SANGYE is translated by David Molk with Lama Tsering Wangdu Rinpoche (1569392991, $18.95) and provides two fine texts under one cover: a biography of Sangye and a collection of his verbal and nonverbal teachings. Sangye taught in Tibet during the eleventh century and his teachings spread through all schools of Tibetan Buddhism, so any collection strong in Tibetan Buddhism needs this reference.

Traditional Thai Yoga
Enrico Corsi and Elena Fanfani
Healing Arts Press
c/o Inner Traditions
One Park Street, Rochester, VT 05767
9781594772054, $19.95

"Traditional Thai Yoga" teaches readers about a practice rooted in the Ayurvedic tradition, involving exercises that originated with Buddha's own physician. Each posture works the sen energy system of Thai medicine, and the postures here are solutions to many common ailments of the back, knees, hips and neck. The exercises promote weight loss and circulation improvement too; any New Age collection strong in yoga techniques will want this photo-packed visual introduction.

The Christian Studies Shelf

A Prayer Book for Catholic Families, new edition
Christopher Anderson, Susan Gleason, & LaVonne Neff, editors
Loyola Press
3441 N. Ashland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657

Many Catholics wish to stay true to their religion, but may not know how. Now available in a newly redesigned and completely updated edition, "A Prayer Book for Catholic Families" is a compilation of prayers and wisdom for Catholics who wish to incorporate their faith more efficiently into their every day lives. With prayers for every event in one's life, "A Prayer Book for Catholic Families" is an invaluable tool for practicing Catholics, and a strong choice for Catholic church library collections.

Praying With Icons
Jim Forest
Orbis Books
PO Box 308, Maryknoll, NY 10545
9781570757587, $22.00

First published ten years ago, PRAYING WITH ICONS has since become a modern spiritual classic, recognized for its groundbreaking insights into the history and theology behind icons. This reprint is recommended for any spiritual collection needing another, modern copy: it uses classic and contemporary icons within a collection of meditative reflections on typical images, from Christ to the saints. Christian libraries will find it important.

Doing Time
Dennis Burke
Paulist Press
997 Macarthur Boulevard, Matwah, NJ 07430
0809145278, $14.95

Collections strong in ministry resources will welcome DOING TIME: FINDING HOPE AT SAN QUENTIN. It offers up a personal story of the author's ten years of prison ministry, visiting men in the cellblocks at San Quentin State Prison, and it provides case histories of issues and spiritual concerns behind prison walls. Spiritual collections strong in ministry services will find it revealing and poignant.

50 Reasons People Give for Believing in God
Guy P. Harrison
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197
9781591025672, $16.95

Many books challenge religious belief and alienate potential believers with a combative argument. "50 Reasons People Give for Believing in God" will appeal to believers, skeptics, and everyone in between with a selection of some fifty common reasons people give for believing in a God and why some of these perceptions may be wrong. The focus is upon rationales for beliefs, and chapters survey these logical foundations and their impact.

The Quiet Way: A Christian Path to Inner Peace
Gerhard Tersteegen
World Wisdom Inc.
1501 E. Hillside Drive, Bloomington, IN 47401
9781933316529, $17.95

Gerhard Tersteegen wrote in the early 1700s and many will find his hymn 'Tho Hidden Love of God' in modern hymnals such an audience will find further embellishment and insights in his QUIET WAY, a collection of some one hundred of his letters and seventeen of his hymns. His emphasis on charity and religious devotions influenced many a Protestant believer and holds much for modern readers as well: perfect for any Christian library.

The Biography Shelf

Shopping for Porcupine
Seth Kantner
Milkweed Editions
1011 Washington Avenue South, Open Book, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55415-1246
9781571313010, $28.00,

Life in the frigid tundra of Alaska is much unlike life anywhere else in the United States. "Shopping for Porcupine: A Life in Arctic Alaska" is author and novelist Seth Kanter's memories of growing up in Alaska. Filled with essays and full color photographs regarding nature and its importance to Kanter and his Inuit roots, "Shopping for Porcupine" is a strong choice for any community library memoir collection and for anyone with a healthy interest in Alaska.

Faith in the Fog of War
Chris Plekenpol
12265 Oracle Boulevard, Suite 200, Colorado Springs, CO 80921
B&B Media Group (publicity)
109 South Main Street Corsicana, TX 75110
9781590527412, $12.99,

One of the most eye opening situations one can be in is on the battlefield, with one's mortality at stake. "Faith in the Fog of War: A Soldier's Stories of Triumph and Tragedy in the Midst of Battle" is the memoir of a U.S. Soldier who served in the Iraq war, and his reflections on his faith. His experiences are poignant and enlightening. "Faith in the Fog of War" is especially recommended for Christians and anyone concerned about the Iraq war.

The Travel Shelf

Homegrown Handmade
North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
John F. Blair Publisher
1406 Plaza Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
978895873552, $19.95,

The Eastern and Piedmont regions of North Carolina have much to offer travelers. "Homegrown Handmade: Art Roads and Farm Trails" is a travel guide focusing on these areas of North Carolina, listing countless art galleries, performances, agricultural fairs, festivals, and other attractions which will bring visitors much entertainment and interest. A must for anyone planning on visiting North Carolina, "Homegrown Handmade" is highly recommended for community library travel collections.

The Australian Bed & Breakfast Book 2008, revised edition
Carl Southern, editor
Pelican Publishing Company
1000 Burmaster Street, Gretna, LA 70053-2246
9781589805262, $21.95,, 1-800-843-1724

Originally published in 1989, this newly revised and updated edition of "The Australian Bed & Breakfast Book 2008" marks the twentieth anniversary of what has come to be commonly regarded as the premier travel guide to B&B resources throughout Australia for vacationers and business travelers alike. Regionally organized, "The Australian Bed & Breakfast Book 2008" offers updated prices, general travel guidelines, and invaluable tips to finding just the right location for the traveler's needs. Enhanced with colorful photographs of each showcased B&B, each recommended site comes with a complete and detailed description written by the hosts and even includes occasional guest comments. The B&Bs themselves range from homestays and farmstays, to guesthouses and boutique hotels. Practical, informative, and thoroughly 'user friendly', "The Australian Bed & Breakfast Book 2008" is the perfect trip planning guide for anyone desiring the best B&B experience as they travel or vacation in Australia. Also very highly recommended for personal and community library Travel Guide reference collections from the Pelican Publishing Company is "The New Zealand Bed & Breakfast Guide 2008" (9781589805248, $19.95).

The Fiction Shelf

Galaxy Press
7051 Hollywood Boulevard, Suite 200, Hollywood, CA 90028

Long before L. Ron Hubbard founded Scientology, he was a prolific writer of stories for 'pulp fiction' magazines. Long out of print, Galaxy Press is now bringing them back in their 'Stories of the Golden Age' series dedicated to bringing these tales of thrills, adventure, and mystery to a whole new generation of appreciative readers beginning with two collections of Hubbard's stories originally published in the 1930s and 1940s. "Spy Killer" (9781592123025, $9.95) features the adventures of Kurt Reid, a hard case sailor who is accused of murder and grand larceny who flees to pre-Communist China and the exotic city of Shanghai where he encounters Varinka Savischna, a White Russian with her own agenda. Reid finds himself captured by the Chinese and blackmailed into an effort to assassinate a Japanese spy. Offering the reader a true 'roller coaster' ride of intrigue, suspense, action and adventure, "Spy Killer" is pulp fiction at its best. Also very highly recommended in this outstanding series (with each paperback volume being enhanced with cover art feature a colorful pulp magazine style cover art) is L. Ron Hubbard's "Under The Black Ensign" (9781592123391, $9.95), a riveting tale of sailing ships, piracy and the high seas.

The Gay Studies Shelf

King of Shadows
Aaron Shurin
City Lights Books
261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133
9780872864900, $16.95,

San Francisco is known for its large gay community, and "King of Shadows" is one gay man's reminiscence upon living in the city as a poet. With twenty one essays, each heartfelt, personal, and filled with emotion, "King of Shadows" is a clear look into a life lived out in the open, unafraid of society's homophobia. A strong pick for any personal, academic, or community library gay studies collection.

The Real Estate Shelf

The Complete Guide to Your First Rental Property
Teri B. Clark
Atlantic Publishing
1405 SW 6th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471
9780910627986, $24.95

If you're ready to begin investing in your first rental property, or you represent a general lending library catering to new investors and real estate acquirers, then The Complete Guide to Your First Rental Property is an essential pick. The Complete Guide to Your First Rental Property covers the basics of property selection, acquisition, marketing, housing regulations, taxes, and more. The first (and best) place to prepare for real estate investment.

The Geriatric Studies Shelf

Unleashing Your Creativity After 50
Gene Perret
Quill Driver Books
1254 Commerce Way, Sanger, CA 93657
1884956815, $14.95

From reasons to get creative and how to find time and ways to spark creativity to funneling it to creative projects and locating ideas, this over-50 guide is a reference any age can actually use to spark creativity and drive newfound business projects. UNLEASHING YOUR CREATIVITY AFTER 50 is an excellent survey perfect for any looking to change, and to direct the change into concrete projects.

James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Diane C. Donovan, Editor
Midwest Book Review
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