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Volume 6, Number 2 February 2011 Home | BW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Automotive Shelf Computer Shelf
Library Reference Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf Psychology Shelf
Parenting Shelf American History Shelf Art Shelf
Fashion Shelf Cookbook Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf
Christian Studies Shelf Business Shelf Buddhist Studies Shelf
Metaphysical Studies Shelf Political Science Shelf Economics Shelf
Sports Shelf Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf Travel Shelf Audiobook Shelf
Gardening Shelf Crafts Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf
Science/Technology Shelf Music Shelf World History Shelf
Biography Shelf Needlecraft Shelf Antiques/Collectibles Shelf
Military Shelf Education Shelf Judaic Studies Shelf
Photography Shelf Woodworking Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf
Native American Shelf    

Reviewer's Choice

This is NPR: The First Forty Years
Cokie Roberts,
Chronicle Books
680 Second Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
9780811872539, $29.95,

This is NPR: The First Forty Years offers a fine history of NPR by the people who built NPR during its first forty decades on the air. From the first broadcast of All Things Considered during the Vietnam War protests of 1971 to the 2008 presidential election coverage, this offers analysis and history of events that built NPR and offers dozens of candid photos, transcripts of interviews, and even an audio CD gathering its top programming. No media history library should be without this!

Arena Legacy
Richard C. Rattenbury
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780806140841, $65.00,

Arena Legacy: The Heritage of American Rodeo is a pick for any collection strong in Western history and culture. The collections of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum contribute to a finely illustrated volume that's the first to capture rodeo's entire heritage. From its foundations to its modern features, this history is complimented by an extensive pictorial gallery of vintage and modern images packaged in an oversized presentation for maximum effect. It's a major achievement, not to be overlooked by any Western heritage library.

How to Create Fantasy Art for Video Games
Bill Stoneham
250 Wireless, Hauppauge, NY 11788
9780764145049, $23.99,

How to Create Fantasy Art for Video Games offers a guide to creating concepts, characters and gaming worlds and is a 'must' for any video game player who aspires to program. Learn how to become an artist to get a job in video game design by learning all the techniques for drawing, painting and computer graphics manipulation. From producing thumbnails to finished color, this includes not just art and programming techniques, but keys to understanding the needs of the game business as a whole - and how artists are hired.

Hamlyn/OctopusBooks USA

Mark Heyes's GET THE LOOK: EXTRAORDINARY STYLE ON AN ORDINARY BUDGET (9780600621591, $17.99) tells how to capture the great looks inspired by supermodels and designers - but on a budget. The elements of design and style and how high fashion looks translate to everyday design style makes for an outstanding survey from a fashion stylist who shows how to recreate top designer styles from clothing you already own and pieces easily located in a general clothing store. 10 key 'looks' are analyzed in a fine pick filled with fashion tips. Veronique Henderson and Pat Henshaw's COLOR ME SLIMMER: CLEVER DRESSING FOR A FABULOUS FIGURE (9780600621621, $17.99) comes from the Color Me Beautiful team that provided thousands of women with affordable makeover tips. This focus is on how to adjust dress to shed pounds, creating a more balanced, slim appearance. Chapters focus on color as the key to creating slim appearance, but also focus on ideal outfits for different shapes and skin tones.

Sober Cannibals, Drunken Christians
Jamie Lorentzen
Mercer University Press
1400 Coleman Avenue, Macon, Georgia 31207
9780881462005, $35.00,

Sober Cannibals, Drunken Christians: Melville, Kierkegaard & Tragic Optimism in Polarized Worlds contrasts the writings of American writer Herman Melville and Danish writer Soren Kierkegaard, considering their interest in paradox, love of poetic imagery, and similarities of social issues. College-level collections strong in philosophy, spirituality and literary style will find this an intriguing contrast perfect for study and classroom discussion.

From Here to There
Kris Harzinski
Princeton Architectural Press
37 East 7th St., New York NY 10003
9781568988825, $17.50,

FROM HERE TO THERE: A CURIOUS COLLECTION FROM THE HAND DRAWN MAP ASSOCIATION packs in a fine survey celebrating everyday hand drawn maps. Gathered from a range of sources and including fictional maps, maps of unusual places, and examples drawn by historical figures, this gathers all kinds of maps and is a fine addition to cartography and arts collections alike.

Gregor Stawinski
Mark Batty Publishers
36 W 37th St., Suite 409, New York NY 10018
9781935613015, $65.00,

RETROFONTS packs in over 360 of the most popular fonts from 19th and 20th century type designs and is the perfect pick for any printer's collection. Its chapters open with brief overviews of each font's history and development, then includes large-size pages of font examples. Collections strong in print history and culture will find this specific, unique collection a 'must' addition.

The Automotive Shelf

This Old Corvette
Mike Antonick,
Voyageur Press
Box 338, Stillwater, MN 55082
0896586227, $29.95,

THIS OLD CORVETTE: THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE TO AMERICA'S SPORTS CAR gathers stories from respected Corvette historians, automotive journalists, owners and more and compliments these accounts with period artwork and current photos to make for an outstanding celebration of the Corvette's influence. Any automotive history holding will find this a lively, appealing collection.

The Computer Shelf

The iPad Project Book
Michele E. Cohen, Denis R. Cohen, Lisa L. Spangenberg
Peachpit Press
1249 - 8th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
032171475X, $24.99,

The iPad Project Book offers a range of ideas for creating projects, organizing, managing events, and more using the iPad. From how to stream videos or rent videos from iTunes to using the many apps available for the iPad, this is packed with color step-by-step directions throughout and is a top recommendation for any general or computer collection.

Animation with Scripting for Adobe Flash Professional CS5 Studio Techniques
Chris Georgenes and Justin Putney
Adobe Press
1249 - 8th St., Berkeley, CA 94710
0321683692, $44.99,

Animation with Scripting for Adobe Flash Professional CS5 Studio Techniques offers the first definitive guide to creating animation for the web and mobile devices using Adobe's Flash Professional CS5. Chapters cover the basics of design, character animation using run cycles, script and codes, and ActionScript and Autoscript, packing in code and color illustration throughout. A top pick for any Flash professional seeking keys to superior animation techniques.

Using Microsoft Access 2010
Alison Balter
c/o Pearson Technology Group
800 East 96th St., Indianapolis, IN 46240
0789742896, $24.99,

Using Microsoft Access 2010 offers step-by-step video tutorials and sidebars of audio detail delivered through the Free Web Edition that comes with each book. The 'show me' visuals reinforce this text, which covers all the basics of Microsoft Access 2010, from selecting field types for data and building queries based on multiple tables to understanding the basics of relational database design.

Multicore Application Programming
Darryl Gove
Addison Wesley
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0321711378, $49.99,

Multicore Application Programming for Windows, Linux, and Oracle Solaris offers a detailed, practical guide to high-performance multicore programming for developers who want to learn more about pitfalls and successes of multicore usage. From identifying good opportunities for using parallelism to sharing data and using automatic parallelization, this provides C programmers with a wide range of multicore ideas applicable to a range of operating systems. No advanced developer's library should be without this.

GIS Tutorial 3: Advanced Workbook
David W. Allen & Jeffrey M. Coffey
ESRI Press
380 New York St., Redlands, CA 92373-8100
9781589482074, $79.95,

GIS Tutorial 3: Advanced Workbook offers a fine workbook divided into sections packed with tutorials and step-by-step practices. Exercises reinforce concepts and are supplemented by a DVD containing a 180-day trial version of ArcGIS 10 software and the data used in these exercises. The result is a powerful course in a book designed ultimately for classroom study and perfect for any instruction in ArcGIS 10.

The Linux Programming Interface
Michael Kerrisk
No Starch Press
38 Ringold St., San Francisco CA 94103
9781593272203, $99.95,

The Linux Programming Interface: A Linux and UNIX System Programming Handbook offers a thick, weighty reference that will prove the definitive guide to Linux and UNIX programmers working with the interface. Descriptions of system calls, library functions, and over 200 example programs pair with tables and diagrams that teach how to write effective files, use signals, write secure programs, and much more. No Linux collection should be without!

Microsoft Press
One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-6399

Katherine Murray's MICROSOFT WORD 2010 INSIDE OUT (9780735627291, $49.99) offers a powerful reference to Word 2010's advanced features and offers hundreds of solutions to common problems. From adding visual impact using SmartArt diagrams and drawings to publishing blogs directly from Word and using customization processes on documents, this will make for a fine study guide and quick reference alike, and should be on the shelf of any Word user. A top pick for advanced computer collections catering to administrators studying for the MCITP exam is WINDOWS 7 ENTERPRISE DESKTOP ADMINISTRATOR SELF-PACED TRAINING KIT by Craig Zacker and Orin Thomas (9780735627178, $69.99), covering the 70-686 exam. This prep guide covers all aspects of the certification program for supporting medium to very large Windows 8-based computing environments, and provides keys to configuration, design, managing client security and settings, troubleshooting and other tasks key to the Enterprise environment. Another top training kit is Orin Thomas and Ian McLean's CONFIGURING MICROSOFT EXCHANGE SERVER 2010 (9780735627161, $69.99), a self-paced training kit for any taking the MCTS Exam 70-662. From preparing and implementing an Exchange Server deployment to setting up groups, public folders, and monitoring Exchange databases, this teaches all the basics. Very highly recommended for any taking the test!

The Library Reference Shelf

Getting Permission, fourth edition
Richard Stim, Attorney
Nolo Press
950 Parker St., Berkeley, CA 94710
1413312705, $34.99,

The fourth updated edition of GETTING PERMISSION: HOW TO LICENSE & CLEAR COPYRIGHTED MATERIALS ONLINE & OFF creates a winning survey highly recommended for any general lending library. From understanding public domain and fair use issues to what determines different kinds of copyright ownership and how to understand art licensing and special conditions, this comes from an attorney and is a 'must' for any seeking copyright and permission details.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Long-Term Care, eighth edition
Attorney Joseph L. Matthews
Nolo Press
950 Parker St., Berkeley, CA 94710
1413312721, $29.99,

Long-Term Care: How to Plan & Pay for It offers keys to choosing the right long-term care plan to protect assets. From evaluating insurance and comparing options to choosing a long-term care facility and understanding special needs of dementia patients, this is packed with keys updated to reflect the latest laws and resources, and is a key reference for any general collection.

W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110

Fredrike Bannink's 1001 SOLUTION-FOCUSED QUESTIONS (9780393706345, $24.95) invites professionals to help clients view problems in terms of what is going right, using this emphasis to visualize goals and solutions to build more positive approaches and relationships. Nearly 30 years of clinical practice contributes to a set of solution-focused questions that can be used to guide clients in their therapy issues, making for a fine pick for any psychology library! Also recommended for psychology collections is Igor Galynker's TALKING TO FAMILIES ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS: WHAT CLINICIANS NEED TO KNOW (9780393706000, $32.95), from a veteran clinician who offers all his insights on how to speak with family members about treatment and options. Over 20 years' experience working in an acute inpatient psychiatric unit lends to his insights from his own clinical experience and provides specifics about communication on common mental health issues. QUICK STEPS TO RESOLVING TRAUMA by Bill O'Hanlon (9780393706512, $15.00) provides a fine survey of how people recover from trauma, and comes from a psychotherapist who has worked with trauma for over thirty years. People CAN get over trauma - and there are several new, innovative approaches to helping them. This book covers four alternate approaches to treating trauma and is a pick for any mental health collection. Also recommended is Robert T. Muller's TRAUMA AND THE AVOIDANT CLIENT: ATTACHMENT-BASED STRATEGIES FOR HEALING (9780393705737, $27.95) covers avoidant clients - those who avoid attachment, closeness and painful feelings and withdraw in therapy - and provides therapists for keys to working with them. Clinical experience blends with research and theory to provide a fine survey of defensive patterns and how they can be changed. College-level psychotherapy holdings will also find important Louis Cozolino's THE NEUROSCIENCE OF PSYCHOTHERAPY (9780393706420, $44.95), which offers a new second edition updating details on new technologies and understanding of neural functioning and Cozolino's therapies of interpersonal neurobiology. The shift towards 'social neuroscience' is documented in context of this fine examination of brain workings, memory, and dysfunction.

Jones & Bartlett
40 Tall Pine Dr., Sudbury, MA 01776

Kimberly A. Galt and Karen A. Paschal's FOUNDATIONS IN PATIENT SAFETY FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS (9780763763381, $57.95) covers a range of healthcare disciplines in a practical guide to creating safety in healthcare settings. Faculty members in bioethics, business, dentistry, law, and nursing as well as many other disciplines helped develop this survey: the result is an introductory textbook recommended for any college-level nursing or health library, and which is likely to be adopted as a course text for any studying basic patient safety. Lawrence F. Wolper's HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION: MANAGING ORGANIZED DELIVERY SYSTEMS, 5TH EDITION (9780763757915, $114.95) is for graduate and pre-professional students who want a detailed overview of facets of modern healthcare. This fifth edition will serve as both a classroom text and a college-level health library reference, offering updated topics on information systems, nursing management, employment laws, current healthcare in the U.S., and more. Case studies, tables, graphs and more contribute to a fine in-depth survey healthcare students will appreciate. College-level students will also appreciate Diane M. Dewar's ESSENTIALS OF HEALTH ECONOMICS (0763737976, $74.95), a fine step-by-step approach to the study of the healthcare system through economics. Undergrads receive a fine text surveying economic and public health issues alike, with descriptions of evaluative economic s and biographies of famous economists and policy figures complimenting discussion questions at chapter's end. This is a top recommended classroom text as much as a reference library acquisition!

Mind-Body Workbook for PTSD
Stanley H. Block, MD & Carolyn Brant Block
New Harbinger Publications
5674 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609
9781572249233, $21.95,

Mind-Body Workbook for PTSD offers a fine self-help guide to post-traumatic stress disorder and teaches a clinically proven therapeutic method called mind-body bridging to help handle it. From noticing tension and PTSD reactions to developing routines to reduce flashbacks, nightmares, insomnia and more, this offers a fine workbook key to health and stress reduction.

Joseph Keon
New Society Publishers
Box 189, Gabriola Island, BC V0R 1X0, Canada
9780865716766, $19.95,

WHITEWASH: THE DISTURBING TRUTH ABOUT COW'S MILK AND YOUR HEALTH is a powerful 'must' for health and nutrition libraries, offering Dr. Keon's research and documentation on the safety issues affecting cow's milk. Americans sabotage their health daily by drinking milk, Dr. Keon maintains. He cites scientific literature to build the case against milk, drawing connections between milk consumption and cancer, diabetes and Crohn's disease.

Oral Soft Tissue Diseases, fifth edition
J. Robert Newland, DDS, MS,
1100 Terex Road, Hudson, Ohio, USA 44236
9781591952862, $69.95,

The fifth updated edition of ORAL SOFT TISSUE DISEASES joins others in Lexi-Comp's 'Dental Reference Library' and packs in a visual manual designed to support the diagnosis and treatment of oral soft tissue diseases. Lesions are arranged by diagnostic category and arranged in tabbed sections for quick reference, while color photos accompany keys to patient management. Dental professionals and students alike must have this!

Stay Healthy at Every Age
Shantanu Nundy, MD
Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218
9780801893933, $45.00,

Stay Healthy at Every Age: What Your Doctor Wants You to Know describes the diagnostic tests needed for 'routine maintenance' and covers common diseases and conditions that develop. His focus, however, is on prevention, and offers a series of schedules for screening and preventative medicine for any who would develop and follow an easy preventive health schedule. General health collections will find this accessible and important!

The Psychology Shelf

Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Box 960, Herndon, VA 20172-0960

Bo Hejlskov Elven's NO FIGHTING, NO BITING, NO SCREAMING: HOW TO MAKE BEHAVING POSITIVELY POSSIBLE FOR PEOPLE WITH AUTISM AND OTHER DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES (9781849051262, $19.95) offers a fine survey of behaviors that are triggered by environment, showing how to change these problems with alternative strategies to evoke positive responses. Examples cover a range of developmental disabilities that use these behavior patterns and offer concrete ideas for changing them, making this key for health and education collections alike. Also key is Jan Greenman's LIFE AT THE EDGE AND BEYOND: LIVING WITH ADHD AND ASPERGER SYNDROME (9781849051064, $19.95). It tells how to parent a child with ADHD and Asperger Syndrome, revealing the author's experience with her son's diagnosis and how their lives changed as a result. Any parent struggling with such a child will find this packed with practical tips not just from the author, but from the entire family.

The Parenting Shelf

Desmond Morris
c/o Hachette Book Group
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017-0010
9780600619949, $29.99,

CHILD: HOW CHILDREN THINK, LEARN AND GROW IN THE EARLY YEARS covers all the basics of children and their growth, from the effect birth order holds on a child's personality to why and how kids grow. Desmond Morris traces keys to a child's physical and emotional growth in a fine text that explains what shapes a child's personality. Parents and science collections alike will find this illustrated, clear coverage a winner!

The American History Shelf

Mapping America: Exploring the Continent
Tom Howells & Duncan McCorquodale, Editors
Black Dog Publishing
9781907317088, $45.00,

Mapping America: Exploring the Continent traces the formation of the U.S. from its colonial roots through changing country and state borders to its present state, blending history and geography in a finely illustrated survey that includes not just human movements and settlements, but flora, fauna, and geology as well. Color photos and illustrations abound in a reference especially recommended for high school to college-level geography and history holdings.

The Art Shelf

Form+Code in Design, Art, and Architecture
Casey Reas, Chandler McWilliams, LUST
Princeton Architectural Press
37 East 7th St., New York NY 10003
9781568989372, $24.95,

Many artists have turned to a new medium for expression: software Algorithmic processed allow artists to generate complex visual forms, and this volume offers a non-technical introduction to the history, theory and practice of using software to generate art. Themes and discussions allow artists to understand the code and features key to digital design processes in a pick recommended for computer and arts collections alike.

How to Be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul, expanded edition
Adrian Shaughnessy
Princeton Architectural Press
37 East 7th St., New York NY 10003
9781568989839, $24.95,

How to Be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul first appeared in 2005 to instant acclaim and has since become a basic resource for graphic designers, blending business philosophy with techniques geared to help young professionals hone their skills. This new, expanded edition provides new chapters on professional skills, global trends in design, and more.

Adobe Illustrator CS5 Revealed
Chris Botello
c/o Cengage Learning, Inc.
200 First Stamford Place, Stamford, CT 06902
1111130442, $70.95,

Adobe Illustrator CS5 Revealed packs in four-color graphics to illustrate key concepts, comes from an expert author with over 20 years of graphic design experience, and offers updated exercises to support the latest new CS5 features. A 'new features' icon highlights all new features in the book while data file projects allow step-by-step practice applications. Any artist needs this comprehensive coverage of Adobe Illustrator.

How to Cheat in Adobe Flash CS5
Chris Georgenes
Focal Press
30 Corporate Drive #300, Burlington, MA 01803
9780240522074, $39.95,

How to Cheat in Adobe Flash CS5: The Art of Design and Animation includes a DVD for Mac and PC with sample source files and extensions for Flash animators. It provides a range of tips and ideas to help users work more efficiently with Adobe Flash CS5, offering keys to getting the best results and applying them to client projects. All new content and cheats on ActionScript and MotionEditor are included in a pick from a veteran Flash animator who packs in a range of Flash animation techniques. No Flash or animation computer collection should be without this!

The Fashion Shelf

Anna Sui
Andrew Bolton
Chronicle Books
680 - 2nd St., San Francisco CA 94107
9780811868105, $60.00,

Anna Sui's rock and roll looks fostered a new era in fashion and her shows created a new kind of styling and beauty. Any who follow fashion trends are likely to know her name - and ANNA SUI here packs in over 400 color images shot by photographers to accompany a season-by-season analysis of her fashion designs. The result is a lovely chronological collection of her seasonal contributions - and a 'must' for any serious fashion history library.

The Cookbook Shelf

Gluten-Free Baking Classics, second edition
Annalise G. Roberts
Surrey Books
c/o Agate Publishing
1328 Greenleaf St., Evanston, IL 60202
9781572840997, $17.95,

The second updated edition of Gluten-Free Baking Classics offers a vastly expanded second edition packed with over forty new recipes for gluten-free classics, from doughnuts and fresh pasta to buttermilk pancakes. Recipes are packed with spices and flavor and provide easy step-by-step directions in a fine survey key to any gluten-free collection.

Wild Fermentation
Sandor Ellix Katz
Chelsea Green Publishing
Box 428, White River Junction, VT 05001
9781931498234, $25.00,

WILD FERMENTATION: THE FLAVOR, NUTRITION AND CRAFT OF LIVE-CULTURE FOODS is recommended for both culinary and health collections and analyzes the process of fermentation to provide the only in-depth recipe book of fermented and live-culture cuisine in print. This isn't just a recipe book, however: it explores the culture, cuisine and history of fermentation in world food traditions and is packed with insights on changing culinary trends, vegan needs, and more.

Appetite for Reduction
Isa Chandra Moskowitz
Da Capo Press
c/o Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9781600940491, $19.95,

APPETITE FOR REDUCTION: 125 FAST AND FILLING LOW-FAT VEGAN RECIPES uses the author's years of experience to show that healthy cooking can be lively and varied. Her vegan cookbook comes packed with surprising dishes, from curries and chilis to Upside-Down Lentil Shepherd's Pie and Chili-Lime-Rubbed Tofu. Any vegan cook needs this inspiring, unique title.

David Wondrich
c/o Penguin Publishing (USA)
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780399536168, $23.95,

PUNCH: THE DELIGHTS AND DANGERS OF THE FLOWING BOWL provides a fun history of the punch bowl, blending recipes with humor and history into how punch was first developed for entertaining. From the creation of the first distilled spirits to punch's appearance in Europe and its evolution to become a party drink, this offers a fun and quirky history paired with recipes that are packed with flavor and fun. Any culinary collection will find this a lively, fun survey.

Diana Henry
Mitchell Beazley
c/o Hachette Book Group
237 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9781845335731, $29.99,

PLENTY packs in over 300 recipes based on budget preparations and tips on how to spend less, waste less, and eat better. These recipes come from around the world and showcase great food that can be made on a budget. Leftovers can be transformed into outstanding winners, bumper crops of garden produce can become main dish meals, and less expensive cuts of meat can produce new options and variety. From a Creamy White Vegetable, Chestnut and Cranberry Gratin to Granny Miller's Beef, Potato and Parsley Stew, this showcases many dishes unique to this book and belongs in any culinary collection.

The Veganopolis Cookbook
David Stowell & George Black
Surrey Books
c/o Agate Publishing
1328 Greenleaf St., Evanston, IL 60202
9781572841109, $20.00,

THE VEGANOPOLIS COOKBOOK: A MANUAL FOR GREAT VEGAN COOKING should be a staple of any collection strong in vegan dishes. It comes from authors who helped set the trend for vegan dishes, packing in over seventy recipes from their restaurant in their first cookbook to feature ambitious recipes for cooks. From a range of vegan sauces to specialties of the Veganopolis establishment and popular website, this provides dishes ranging from a Black-Eyed Betty Salad to a Cashew Ricotta Spread that may be used in lasagna or as a side dish.

W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110

Amanda Hesser's THE ESSENTIAL NEW YORK TIMES COOKBOOK: CLASSIC RECIPES FOR A NEW CENTURY (9780393061031, $40.00) comes from an author who spent six years cooking her way through the New York Times' recipe archive. 1,000 of the paper's best dishes are culled for this collection which includes dishes from such famous chefs as Maida Heatter, Marcella Hazan, Julia Child, and more. Food writers and chefs from over 150 years of history are included in a fine blend of modern and older dishes, with dishes arranged by major food themes and timelines in every chapter offering serving suggestions and full menus for special occasions. All libraries strong in cooking must have this key reference! Also key is Mark Oldman's OLDMAN'S BRAVE NEW WORLD OF WINE (9780393334845, $19.95), a lively survey by a wine industry insider who offers stories from around the glove. From rewarding and upcoming box wines to keys on the pronunciation of unusual wines and the personal picks of over 140 wine connoisseurs, this comes packed with charts, focus on unusual wines, and keys to lost pedigrees and bargain wines around the world.

Light & Healthy 2011
America's Test Kitchen
9781933615707, $35.00,

Light & Healthy 2011 offers a fine compendium of the year's best recipes - lightened up and tested for this collection. From a 1960s popular, originally-calorie-laden Chicken Cordon Bleu to Spicy Spaghetti Pie, this is packed with dishes that are old favorites modified for modern times. Extensive descriptions on why they have been altered and how they work make for an outstanding collection suitable for any general lending library.

The Taunton Press
63 South Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470

Darryl Estrine and Kelly Kochendorfer's HARVEST TO HEAT: COOKING WITH AMERICA'S BEST CHEFS, FARMERS, AND ARTISANS (9781600852541, $40.00) features over fifty of the best-known restaurant chefs in the country, from Thomas Keller and Dan Barber to Michael Paley, and pairs their business and culinary stories with full-page color photos of dishes and chefs and recipes reflecting the efforts of chefs working with local farmers. From Roasted Trout with Herb-Champagne Vinaigrette to Risotto with Fresh Peas and Pancetta, this serves up much more than another chef's cookbook collection, offering insights on the relationships between growers and chefs and presenting personal reflections from the field and the professional kitchen. Libraries catering to professional cooks will relish this! Also a pick is Fine Cooking's APPETIZERS (9781600853302, $19.95), a survey packing in over 200 recipes for events and get-togethers. How-to tips and techniques supplement detailed ingredient information and color photos for everything from Three-Cheese Quesadillas with Garlic Butter and Hoisin-Glazed Flank Steak Spirals to Honey-Nut Bars. An outstanding appetizer cookbook evolves! HOW TO SQUEEZE A LEMON: 1,023 KITCHEN TIPS, FOOD FIXES, AND HANDY TECHNIQUES (9781600853265, $19.95) comes from the editors of Fine Cooking and is a 'must' for any new cook's collection. From how best to use an ice cream scoop for scooping cooked squash to keeping cheese fresh for longer, understanding why chocolate seizes and what to do about it, and choosing between various thickening options, this is packed with outstanding tips!

Free for All Cooking
Jules E. Dowler Shepard
Da Capo Press
c/o Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9780738213958, $18.95,

FREE FOR ALL COOKING: 150 EASY GLUTEN-FREE, ALLERGY-FRIENDLY RECIPES THE WHOLE FAMILY CAN ENJOY offers a versatile, gluten-free cookbook that offers recipes that can be made free of not just gluten but nuts, dairy and more. An ingredient guide made for substituting makes it easy to tweak dishes ranging from bread made from popcorn flour to crustless quiche and candy cupcakes. Any allergy-free culinary library should have this.

Avec Eric
Eric Ripert
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9780470889350, $34.95,

AVEC ERIC: A CULINARY JOURNEY WITH ERIC RIPERT packs in over 100 easy recipes and comes from a celebrated chef known for innovative cuisine he's created at his New York City restaurant. AVEC ERIC comes from a TV show of the same name and offers an exploration of culinary regions around the world with simple dishes reflecting each. From a California 'Honey Bee Sting' cocktail infused with honey to an Italian Grape Mostarda condiment, this is packed with easy, innovative dishes suitable for any home cook.

Anjum's New Indian
Anjum Anand
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9780470928127, $24.95,

Anjum's New Indian: Recipes from Indian Food Made Easy gatherings offerings from the 'Taste of Cooking' channel and gathers under one cover one 100 of the best dishes on the show. Based on the show's premise that Indian food can be light, healthy and quick, this packs in color photos throughout and dishes ranging from Red Lamb Shank Korma to Coconut Chicken Fry and Chicken with Spinach. Readers will find this packed with easy ideas in a perfect introduction to Indian cuisine!

The Farmer's Wife Harvest Cookbook
Lela Nargi, Editor
Voyageur Press
400 First Avenue North, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55401
9780760337998, $14.95,

The Farmer's Wife Harvest Cookbook packs in over 300 award-winning dishes from The Farmer's Wife, a monthly magazine published in Minnesota between 1893 and 1939. The magazine featured articles and recipes, and this book offers dishes based on home garden and farmer's market bounty, from apple Brown Betty and Honey Apricot Straws to Blackberry Roly-Poly and the classic Fried Green Tomatoes. No color photos, but the easy dishes don't need them!

Winter Harvest Cookbook, 20th anniversary edition
Lane Morgan
New Society Publishers
Box 189, Gabriola Island, BC V0R 1XO, Canada
9780865716797, $24.95,

Winter Harvest Cookbook: How to Select and Prepare Fresh Seasonal Produce All Winter Long appears in a 20th anniversary edition to provide a range of soups, salads, entrees and baked goods fully revised to include over 200 recipes profiling fresh produce from the winter garden. From keys to unfamiliar ingredients to menu suggestions and more, this has been expanded to include vegan and gluten-free dishes and is a 'must' for any serious collection.

Southern Living 2010 Annual Recipes
Oxmoor House
PO Box 11095
Des Moines, Iowa 50336-1095
9780848733452, $34.95,

Southern Living 2010 Annual Recipes packs in winning favorites from a year of Southern Living, packing in over seven hundred recipes from readers, chefs and more. From easy make-ahead dishes to menus and ideas, this pairs a color photo centerfold and black and white illustrations with keys to lightening favorites, making seasonal classics more accessible, and cooking and living well.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

Faery Tale
Signe Pike
Perigee Books
c/o Penguin Publishing (USA)
375 Hudson, New York NY 10014
9780399536175, $23.95,

FAERY TALE: ONE WOMAN'S SEARCH FOR ENCHANTMENT IN A MODERN WORLD tells of a New York City book editor's disenchantment with her world, her mid-life crisis, and her search for something to believe in. As a skeptic on a journey to believe, author Signe Pike takes readers with her on a journey around the world exploring ancient sacred sites, local pubs, and opinions from believers and skeptics alike. Perfect for spirituality and general interest collections alike.

Green Deen
Ibrahim Abdul-Matin
235 Montgomery St., Suite 650, San Francisco CA 94104-2916
9781605094649, $16.95,

GREEN DEEN: WHAT ISLAM TEACHES ABOUT PROTECTING THE PLANET use research and interviews with prominent Muslim scholars, theologians and leaders to consider Islam's historic connection with the Earth. Suitable for spirituality, Muslim and 'green environment' themes alike, this packs in connections between the Muslim faith and its commitment to a healthier planet, and is recommended reading for a range of collections.

The C.S. Lewis Bible: NRSV
C.S. Lewis
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022-5299
9780061982088, $34.99,

C.S. Lewis is one of the most influential Christian thinkers in the world - and this C.S. LEWIS BIBLE uses his spiritual classics and his other writings to pair with words of the Scripture for maximum Biblical reading and reflection. Any who wish to use Lewis' writings as a foundation for exploring issues in faith will find this packed with critical, key reflections and food for thought.

The Christian Studies Shelf

5300 Patterson Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49530

Rob Bell's DROPS LIKE STARS (9780310327042, $19.99) accompanies a tour of the same theme by an author who examines how significant moments evolved from chaos. From tragedy and difficulty often evolve a whole new way of seeing life and the world - and perceiving divinity in the process: DROPS LIKE STARS explores the idea of how pain brings more honesty and reflection and makes this a key library addition. Mark Buchanan's SPIRITUAL RHYTHM: BEING WITH JESUS EVERY SEASON OF YOUR SOUL (9780310293651, $17.99) offers a focus on spiritual 'abiding' - or, living in rhythm with the seasons. Spiritual 'rhythms' are here compared with the seasons of the year in a survey that tells how to embrace both. Stories of people who have been through seasonal changes in spirituality make for inspirational reading recommended for any spirituality collection. Spirituality libraries will also relish Travis Cottrell's SURPRISED BY WORSHIP (9780310330356, $16.99), a fine survey of how to recognize and celebrate God and anticipate worship during hard times and where it's least expected. Worship leader Travis Cottrell here offers an inspiring, personal look at a different kind of worship and provides a fine self-reflective text perfect for any spirituality collection.

Run to Overcome
Meb Keflezighi with Dick Patrick
Tyndale House Publishers
351 Executive Drive, Carol Stream, IL 60188
9781414339573, $24.99,

RUN TO OVERCOME provides a fine story of author/athlete Meb Keflezighi's dream of being a record-breaking long-distance runner, and his achievement of his goal as he walked a path inspired by God. Chapters cover his training experiences, obstacles, and ultimate successes, fueled by faith, in this powerful survey of a runner's unlikely path to a winning career. Sports and spirituality collections alike will relish this!

A Black Theology of Liberation, 40th Anniversary Edition
James H. Cone
Orbis Books
Price Building, Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545
9781570758959, $20.00,

A Black Theology of Liberation offers a fine, classic text in black theology from a well-known theological voice in North America. This provides a radical re-appraisement of Christianity from the perspective of the black community in North America, appeared some forty years ago, and today holds the same strength of purpose and mind as it did upon its first publication. The perspective, that any message not related to the liberation of the poor is not Christ's message - will prove eye-opening to many and this pick is recommended not just for spirituality shelves, but for any Afro-American collection.

The Business Shelf

c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774

Matthew Schifrin's THE WARREN BUFFETTS NEXT DOOR: THE WORLD'S GREATEST INVESTORS YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF AND WHAT YOU CAN LEARN FROM THEM (9780470573785, $29.95) provides a key to how a set of armchair investors with typical day jobs became rich on their investment portfolios and returns. Case studies by Forbe's Matthew Schifrin considers how these investors are producing extraordinary returns from their portfolios, offering personal stories along with investment strategies and trading philosophies and rules. No would-be investor should be without this! Even wider-ranging and key to any business collection is Kevin H. Nalty's BEYOND VIRAL: HOW TO ATTRACT CUSTOMERS, PROMOTE YOUR BRAND, AND MAKE MONEY WITH ONLINE VIDEO (9780470598887, $24.95), which presents a specific marketing approach to promoting a business using online video. Proven techniques for making and promoting such videos to build sales and build brand awareness make this a specific, top pick covering everything from video marketing to measuring results and making money from online video.

Don't Count on It!
John C. Bogle
John Wiley & Sons
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9780470643969, $29.95,

DON'T COUNT ON IT! provides an intriguing anthology of Bogle's latest thinking on how numbers and financial ideas deceive us, analyzing the fall of our financial system and how to identify illusory numbers rather than basic values. From the high costs of financial money managers and their hidden failings to speculation versus investment and the realities of index fund money, this identifies many failures in financial analysis and makes for a striking, important addition to any business library.

Hard Goals
Mark Murphy
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
007175346X, $28.00,

HARD GOALS: THE SCIENCE OF EXTRAORDINARY ACHIEVEMENT is a pick for an who would set - and achieve - company goals. This focus on goals helps leaders use science to set and achieve goals, with no procrastination or defeat. Managers receive keys to setting goals that are achievable - even extraordinary goals - and come from the author's leadership training consultancy which studied nearly 5,000 workers from all fields to find which goals succeeded and why. Business libraries catering to managers need this.

The Talent Masters
Bill Conaty & Ram Charan
Crown Business
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 17th floor, New York, NY 10019
9780307460264, $27.50,

THE TALENT MASTERS: WHY SMART LEADERS PUT PEOPLE BEFORE NUMBERS offers a key to managing talent as though it were a financial tool. Two leaders in the practice of talent development offer their experiences and insights on how companies regarded as exceptional talent masters analyze, understand and build talent. Myths and realities of talent management discuss the foundations of successful leadership, making this a top pick for any business collection.

1601 Broadway, New York NY 10019-7420

Peter Earnest and Maryann Karinch's BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL: LESSONS FOR CORPORATE SUCCESS FROM INSIDE THE CIA (0814414486, $24.95) reveals covert business practices from CIA's National Clandestine Service that can work to strengthen any organization. Business managers will receive a fine survey of insights based on intelligence service successes in a title that offers executive coaching and tested tips. No business collection should be without this fine account! Also recommended is Michael C. Thomsett's THE MANAGER'S POCKET CALCULATOR (0814416357, $18.95), a fine survey for managers called upon to justify budgets and crunch the numbers. Such managers will benefit from a guide that offers more than 100 formulas, complete with examples and instructions, for preparing budgets, explaining variants, and analyzing results. Business collection will find this a fine, practical pick!

Rebuilding Trust in the Workplace
Denis Reina and Michelle Reina
235 Montgomery St., Suite 650, San Francisco CA 94104-2916
9781605093727, $19.95,

Rebuilding Trust in the Workplace: Seven Steps to Renew Confidence, Commitment, and Energy offers a fine guide by authors who have spent their careers measuring workplace trust issues. This sequel to their award-winning TRUST AND BETRAYAL IN THE WORKPLACE offers a proven process for repairing relationships under a range of common workplace scenarios, making for an important practical guide for changing the experience and moving on. Workers and business owners alike can use these techniques, making this a powerful wide-ranging business library choice.

The Buddhist Studies Shelf

The Buddha Is Still Teaching
Jack Kornfield, Editor
Shambhala Publishers
300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
9781590306925, $19.95,

The Buddha Is Still Teaching: Contemporary Buddhist Wisdom comes from a range of contributors and packs in a testimony to Buddhist teaching and its applications to modern living. Selections come from notable Buddhist teachers and offer discussions of concepts ranging from change and karma to fidelity and developing inner discipline. No Buddhist or new age library should be without this fine, easy distillation of basic Buddhist beliefs and perspectives.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

World Gnosis: The Coming Gnostic Civilization
Mark Amaru Pinkham
Adventures Unlimited Press
PO Box 74, Kempton, IL 60946
9781935487081, $19.95,

World Gnosis: The Coming Gnostic Civilization comes from Gnostic Templar Grand Prior Mark Amaru Pinkham, who provides a history and overview of the teachings of Gnosticism. From the Gnostic influence on the Garden to Eden to the Essenes, Sufis, and Freemasons, this provides a fine history recommended for any new age collection seeking specific, authoritative details on Gnosticism.

The Secret Science of Masonic Initiation
Robert Lomas
Red Wheel Weiser
65 Parker St., Suite 7, Newburyport, MA 01950
9781578634903, $18.95,

The Secret Science of Masonic Initiation comes from an author who has spent over twenty years studying Freemasonry. His personal insights into the history, culture and spirituality of the Craft and its practice makes for an outstanding survey considering the spiritual nature of cosmic energy and the basic science and craft of Masonic practices. Masonic collections and new age libraries will consider this a 'must'.

Strange Wonder
Mary-Jane Rubenstein
Columbia University Press
61 West 62nd Street, NY, NY 10023-7015
9780231146333, $26.50

STRANGE WONDER: THE CLOSURE OF METAPHYSICS AND THE OPENING OF AWE provides a fine, scholarly survey discussing Western philosophy's relationship to 'wonder', said to be the origin of all philosophy. This re-opens Heidegger's uncertainty principle and argues that a sense of wonder is key to re-imagining political, religious and ethical potentials. College-level philosophy collections will relish this account!

The Political Science Shelf

Portrait of Camelot
Richard Reeves
115 West 18th St., New York NY 10011
9780810995857, $35.00,

PORTRAIT OF CAMELOT: A THOUSAND DAYS IN THE KENNEDY WHITE HOUSE comes with a DVD of rare, unpublished film footage and compliments this commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's election as president. Official White House photographer Cecil W. Stoughton works with author Richard Reeves to provide a fine survey of Kennedy's political atmosphere, experiences in the White House, and family interactions in a pick for any political history collection.

The Performance of Politics
Jeffrey C. Alexander
Oxford University Press
198 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016-4314
9780199744466, $29.95,

THE PERFORMANCE OF POLITICS OBAMA'S VICTORY AND THE DEMOCRATIC STRUGGLE FOR POWER offers a different way of looking at democratic struggles for power, explaining the 2008 presidential campaign and using examples from media coverage and interviews with leading political journalists to explore the process of the battle. Any who would use the Obama campaign as a microcosm for understanding the democratic and electoral process should find this book both detailed and engaging, perfect for political issues collections.

The Economics Shelf

Zombie Capitalism
Chris Harman
Haymarket Books
Box 180165, Chicago, IL 60618
9781608461042, $17.00,

ZOMBIE CAPITALISM: GLOBAL CRISIS AND THE RELEVANCE OF MARX provides a powerful critique of capitalism and maintains that the system poses a threat to humanity. The 'zombie' part alludes to 'zombie banks' that have proven incapable of fulfilling any positive function but remains a threat to everything - and the concept is carried out here to capitalism itself, marked as being in a zombie state. College-level collections strong in political discussions of capitalism need this!

The Sports Shelf

Field of Glory: Renaissance
Richard Bodley Scott,
Osprey Publishing
4402 - 23rd Street, Suite 219, Long Island City, NY 11101-5058
9781849082235, $34.95,

Field of Glory: Renaissance offers a fine set of wargaming rules for Renaissance tabletop gaming and is designed to both teach principles and allow players to focus on battlefield tactics and deployments. Early battles around the world focus on strategies and history and offer keys to military thinking and concepts. This represents the first in a series of new Osprey wargaming series and will appeal to novices and seasoned wargame players alike.

Pat Summerall with Michael Levin
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9780470611593, $25.95,

GIANTS: WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT LIFE FROM VINCE LOMBARDI AND TOM LANDRY comes from a player who thought seriously about retiring from the NFL when he was traded from the Chicago Cardinals to the New York Giants in 1958. Disillusioned about professional football's miserable conditions and lousy pay, he persevered and became the spokesman of the NFL, seeing its rise to new heights. GIANTS offers his insights about the evolution of the sport and his encounters with some of its biggest names, and is a key acquisition for any library strong in NFL sports.

The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf

Fade to Black
Paul Donnelley
Omnibus Press
257 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10010
9781849382465, $29.95,

FADE TO BLACK: A BOOK OF OVER 1500 MOVIE OBITUARIES offers a fine survey of the lives and deaths of over 1500 movie personalities, from big stars to important film characters. Some faded to obscurity after scandal, others hid secrets or hid from the public eye. This adds almost 200 new and revised entries to a classic and detailed survey packed with information on actors and actresses of bygone times.

Hollywood Stories
Stephen Schochet
Hollywood Stories
3767 Clarington #336, Los Angeles CA 90034
9780963897275, $24.95,

HOLLYWOOD STORIES: SHORT, ENTERTAINING ANECDOTES ABOUT THE STARS AND LEGENDS OF THE MOVIES gathers hundreds of vintage tales of Hollywood legends over the years and comes from an entrepreneur who told stories on his tour bus about how Hollywood came to be. Trivia history blends with intimate details of the stars, local Hollywood color, and more and packs in fun snippets of detail perfect for any Hollywood culture collection.

The Filmmaker's Eye
Gustavo Mercado
Focal Press
30 Corporate Drive #400, Burlington, Ma 01803
9780240812175, $27.95,

The Filmmaker's Eye: Learning (and Breaking) the Rules of Cinematic Composition explains how images work to tell a story, using color examples in a visual reference that demonstrates how to become a visual storyteller using film. From understanding shot types and how and why they work to visual rules, technical considerations, and when to break the rules, this packs in practical considerations that will prove key to any filmmaking collection.

The Acting Bible
Michael Powell
250 Wireless, Hauppauge, NY 11788
0764163582, $22.99,

THE ACTING BIBLE: THE COMPLETE RESOURCE FOR ASPIRING ACTORS is for drama students and actors needing brush-up on their techniques, and packs in a range of tutorials covering everything from voice projection to understanding scripts and rehearsal procedures. Step-by-step advice accompanied by detailed illustrations makes for a fine survey recommended for novices and experienced actors alike.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

The Buntline Special
Mike Resnick
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197
9781616142490, $16.00,

THE BUNTLINE SPECIAL: A WEIRD WEST TALE is set in an alternate 1881 where the U.S. ends at the Mississippi River and the magic of the Native American Medicine Man has halted the white man's expansion. Here in Tombstone Thomas Edison is on a mission to discover a scientific means of counteracting magic - and Wyatt Earp and his brothers have been hired to protect the genius. Totally engaging, this alternate history is a powerful pick!

TOR Books
175 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10010

George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, Editors' SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH (9780765320865, $27.99) isn't a collection devoted to world's end, but a tribute to science fiction master Jack Vance, as any who know Vance's 'dying universe' works will readily see. These twenty-three stories capture his universe and honor his tradition, presenting new writings by Neil Gaiman, Tad Williams, Robert Silverberg and some of the biggest names in the industry. No Vance fan should be without! Orson Scott Card's THE LOST GATE (9780765326577, $24.99) offers a new hero in a new fantasy series with the story of one Danny North, who grew up in a family of gods long lost to power when the gates to their home world were closed. The family lives in an old house in isolated Virginia - and Danny believes he's a mage-born son with no powers at all until one day he realizes he has unusual power over the Gates - and miracles. His journey to learn his gift will change his world in this engrossing tale.

Doctor Who and Philosophy
Courtland Lewis & Paula Smithka, Editors
Open Court Publishing
70 East Lake St., Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60601
9780812696882, $21.95,

Doctor Who and Philosophy: Bigger on the Inside is a pick for science fiction and philosophy holdings alike, and considers the deeper issues raised by the TV Doctor's space and time travel adventures. From how the Doctor provides insights on who we are to Doctor Who's focus on science, physics and more, this provides a fine analysis perfect for students of popular culture and science.

The Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf

The Horror! The Horror!
Jim Trombetta, Editor
115 West 18th Street, 6th floor, New York, NY 10011
9780810955950, $29.95,

THE HORROR! THE HORROR! COMIC BOOKS THE GOVERNMENT DIDN'T WANT YOU TO READ! offers an outstanding visual treasury of the pre-Coed horror comics of the 1950s. These comic book images - censored by Congress in a 1954 investigation of juvenile delinquency - have been in hiding since they were first published, so this presentation is a particularly notable addition to any comprehensive graphic novel and comics library. Two hundred covers and background stories come from original copies in the author's extensive collection while a bonus DVD offers a rare twenty-five-minute TV show that first aired in 1955 about the evils of the comic book. Simply outstanding!

Graphic Women
Hillary L. Chute
Columbia University Press
61 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023-7015
9780231150637, $26.50,

GRAPHIC WOMEN: LIFE NARRATIVE & CONTEMPORARY COMICS covers the lives and achievements of five key women who produced comics and graphic novels to record history. From interesting connections between comics and memory to comics exploring female relationships with men, this pairs black and white examples with literary and artistic analysis and is a pick for college level graphic novel history holdings.

The Travel Shelf

The DeWire Guide to Lighthouses of the Pacific Coast
Elinor DeWire
Paradise Cay Publications
Box 29, Arcata, CA 95518-0029
9780939837861, $19.95,

The DeWire Guide to Lighthouses of the Pacific Coast offers an outstanding guide to over sixty lighthouses from San Diego to the San Juan Islands. More than just a traveler's guide to the lighthouses, however, this packs in stories of history, courage, and lighthouse lore to add maritime history and local color to each profile. Fans of lighthouses or West Coast travel alike will find this a compelling guide!

Garden Guide: New York City, second edition
Nancy Berner and Susan Lowry
W.W. Norton
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110
9780393733075, $22.95,

The revised edition of Garden Guide: New York City is a 'must' for gardeners planning a visit to the Big Apple. It identifies unexpected small gardens nestled throughout New York City - even those on rooftops, hidden behind facades, and just beyond a gate or inside a museum. This revised second edition features over twenty new gardens and pairs their histories with stories, maps and complete visitor information, making for a compact take-along tote for any gardening enthusiast.

The Audiobook Shelf

Highbridge Audio Books
201 Sixth Street SE, Suite 220, Minneapolis, MN 55414

NPR: THE FIRST FORTY YEARS (9781615731039, $29.95) gathers memorable recordings from forty years of news and commentary from NPR, offering a blend of humor and journalism commentary from the most popular and memorable of public radio programs. David Sedaris, Chris Rock, Car Talk and more are just a few of the NPR programs culled for this fine survey, recommended for any audio collection and NPR fans especially. Norman Maclean's A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT AND OTHER STORIES (9781615731121, $26.95) receives a fine reading by David Manis, whose smooth voice brings alive the underlying poetic nuances of a unique account of fly fishing, family interactions, and philosophy. Along with the classic 'A River Runs Through It' are two stories never before on audio, making this a fine recommendation for any audio collection strong in literary presentations. Also a top pick is Prairie Home Companion's OLD SWEET SONGS 1974-1976 (9781615735228, $24.95). This new collection of old favorites from the early years of the radio show packs in songs and fun reflections and stories with The Powermilk Biscuit Band, Papa John Kolstad, Peter Ostroushko and more packing in humor and fun. And as a companion piece, MORE NPR FUNNIEST DRIVEWAY MOMENTS (9781615730377, $22.95) also is filled with comedy and stories reflecting 'driveway moments' where NPR programs have captivated their audiences via the car radio. From Joan Rivers to Carol Burnett and Bob & Ray, this is packed with hilarious moments!

Brilliance Audio
PO Box 887, Grand Haven, MI 49417

J.D. Robb's POSSESSION IN DEATH (1441891854, $19.99) receives a fine performance by Susan Ericksen as it provides another satisfying Eve Dallas drama. Eve's newest case comes with a kick: visions of the deceased and an uncanny familiarity with places she's never seen before. Her involvement in the mystery involves her in some unusual links - and the disappearance of eight other young women. Susan Ericksen also performs in J.D. Robb's INDULGENCE IN DEATH (1441836152, $38.99), in which Eve Dallas must discover why New York residents are being killed - with crossbows and bayonets. The trail leads to a CEO whose information has been hijacked - and Eve suspects a dangerous thrill killer is on the loose. As tense thrillers, these are a pick for any mystery collection. Mary Roach's PACKING FOR MARS: THE CURIOUS SCIENCE OF LIFE IN THE VOID (1441876626, $29.99) receives a fine performance by Santa Burr, whose award-winning voice adds drama to this exploration of space travel. From how the human body survives in space to the evidence from space simulations, this provides a fine, entertaining science survey recommended for any general lending collection.

Hachette Audio
237 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017

Steve Martin's AN OBJECT OF BEAUTY (9781607886129, $34.98) receives a fine narration by Campbell Scott, film director and award-winning actor, who lends a solid and moving voice to this story of a New York artist on the rise. Lacey is determined to take on the demanding art world of the city - and her achievements reflect the highs and lows of the City's art world in this moving novel. James Patterson's CROSS FIRE (9781607886655, $39.98) receives a vivid narration by the team of Andre Braugher and Jay O. Sanders, who together bring to life the latest Alex Cross tale. Here Alex gets married and Kyle Craig is back, murder embroils Alex and FBI agent Max in conflict, and a sniper and a wedding heat up Alex's life. A powerful thriller comes to life in audio. David Baldacci's HELL'S CORNER (9781607886570, $39.98) receives a powerful dual narration by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy, is unabridged on 12 CDs, and tells of a skilled assassin working for the government who faces a high-risk covert mission. Before his mission can even begin a bomb threatens two world leaders and involves Oliver Stone in one of the most puzzling cat-and-mouse games of his career. Larry Levin's OOGY: THE DOG ONLY A FAMILY COULD LOVE (9781607886617, $24.98) receives a fine narration by accomplished film and stage actor Joe Barrett as it tells of a family's ne pet: an odd-looking puppy recovered from a dog-fighting ring. Their adoption of Oogy leads to love and family interactions in this moving story. Stacy Schiff's CLEOPATRA: A LIFE (9781607887010, $34.98) receives a fine narration by veteran Robin Miles, whose fine reading enhances this dramatic story of the last queen of Egypt. Her personality and drama, as well as her political history, are captured in an enthralling coverage key for any audio collection. Michael Connelly's THE REVERSAL (9781600247255, $39.98) receives Peter Giles' extensive acting credits in a moving story of a defense attorney persuaded to work for the prosecution when a convicted child killer is granted a retrial based on new DNA evidence. Politics and legal battles blend in a court drama packed with depth and intrigue. Amy Sedaris' SIMPLE TIMES: CRAFTS FOR POOR PEOPLE (9781600247286, $24.98) is narrated by Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello and includes a bonus PDF with photos and fun crafts. It provides tongue-in-cheek set of reflections on crafts and more, offering a fun set of reflections that include such gems as how to obtain feathers from a bird and what are the best crafting options for the criminally insane. Michael Connelly's HARRY BOSCH BOX SET (9781607887256, $49.98) receives an excellent narration by Len Cariou, stage and TV actor who brings to life three best-selling Bosch investigations: The Narrows, Echo Park and The Overlook. Any Bosch fan who wishes to enjoy his dramas in one set will find this a fine set of thrillers steeped in mystery, espionage, and murder. Philip Yancey's WHAT GOOD IS GOD? (9781607886334, $29.98) comes from a journalist and bestselling speaker whose twenty books explore different aspects of Christian faith. Here he reflects on the global question of what good is God, and travels the globe gathering answers to his query. His meetings with church leaders in different countries offer clues to the answers and lends to a dramatic listen. All are top picks for any audio collection! James Bradley's THE IMPERIAL CRUISE (9781607886709, $19.98) receives an excellent narration by Richard Poe, whose Broadway background helps bring to life this story of a huge 1905 diplomatic mission dispatched by Theodore Roosevelt to Asia. During his cruise Roosevelt would negotiate a series of secret, unconstitutional agreements which would lead to World War II in the Pacific. THE IMPERIAL CRUISE explores these events in a lively discourse, and is key for any audio history collection. Joseph Wambaugh's HOLLYWOOD HILLS (9781607889748, $34.98) receives a fine narration from Christian Rummel, who has narrated over a hundred audio titles and won several awards for his work. His voice brings to life this story of a circle of teen burglars specializing in vandalizing Hollywood homes. It'll take a veteran LAPD member to become involved in a range of interlocking vandal plans in this mystery thriller.

Penguin Audio
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014-3658

Patricia Cornwell's PORT MORTUARY (9780142428719, $39.95) receives a fine reading by Kate Burton, whose Broadway background and clear voice lends quiet drama to another Kay Scarpetta drama. This 18th in the series of novels of intrigue focuses on a port for the dead and a dangerous path to a case which twenty years later challenges her secret military ties and life in a riveting story packed with intrigue and twists and turns of plot. Walter Mosley's THE LAST DAYS OF PTOLEMY GREY (9780142428566, $29.95) receives Los Angeles actor Dominic Hoffman's fine reading, which well spices the story of Ptolemy Grey, ninety-one years old and largely forgotten in a Los Angeles apartment packed with mementos of his past. He's on his way to leading a secluded life of past memories until his encounter with a woman will bring back friendship, desire, and new challenges in this moving saga, which comes to life in audio.

Elmore Leonard
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022-5299
9780062008503, $34.99,

DJIBOUTI offers an excellent unabridged account surrounding documentary filmmaker Dara Barr, who is looking for bigger professional challenges in Djibouti with the goal of filming modern-day pirates hijacking a ship. The only trouble is that in the Middle East terrorists and good guys are interchangeable - and Data and her helper become endangered in a dangerous game as they try to shoot a dramatic documentary film that could cost their lives. A fine thriller, audio collections will relish this action-packed thriller!

The Gardening Shelf

Creating a Forest Garden
Martin Crawford
Chelsea Green Publishing Company
PO Box 428
White River Junction, VT 05001-0428
9781900322621, $49.95,

CREATING A FOREST GARDEN: WORKING WITH NATURE TO GROW EDIBLE CROPS packs in advice on planning, designing and maintaining a sustainable food garden with a twist, working with forest gardening for minimal maintenance. A forest garden is a managed ecosystem modeled on woodland where nature does the actual maintenance work: chapters tell how to plan, design and choose trees, shrubs, root crops and more for maximum effect.

The Crafts Shelf

Creative Paper Jewelry
Dafna Yarom
Sixth&Spring Books
c/o SoHo Publishing Company
101 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 1301, New York, NY 10013
9781936096060, $19.95,

Creative Paper Jewelry pairs some twenty designs with step-by-step directions to making jewelry from basic materials. From gaining creative projects from cocktail napkins, paper scraps and unused jewelry to changing paper with paints, this teaches the basics of making, altering and using paper to provide brooches, necklaces, and a range of jewelry styles.

Kalmbach Publishing Company
21027 Crossroads Circle, Waukesha, WI 53186

Jeff Wilson's MODEL RAILROADER'S GUIDE TO INDUSTRIES ALONG THE TRACKS 4 (9780890247716, $19.95) is the fourth book in a popular series for model railroaders offers a fine narrowed focus to layouts that offer realistic appearances beside tracks. Six unique industries that add interest to a model include rock excavating, lumber processing, waterfront operations and more in a survey of the history and operations of these industries served by rail transport. Modelers can re-create these scenes using the photos and modeling tips here. His original 101 Track Plans for Model Railroaders is updated in 101 MORE TRACK PLANS FOR MODEL RAILROADERS (9780890247761, $17.95). This picks up where his first volume left off with classic layout plans from Model railroader magazine's pages. An outstanding companion, this is a pick for any avid rail modeler. Modelers interested in military scenarios can also enjoy James K. Wechsler's BUILDING AND DETAILING REALISTIC SHERMAN TANKS (9780890247891, $21.95), a how-to construction guide for the Sherman tank that includes nearly fifty other models representing some 60 years of Shermans. From building a single Sherman to converting one Sherman type to another, this teaches how to build a customized Sherman from a resin kit and teaches all the basics of handling other fittings, using airbrushes and washes, and more.

Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred
David Erik Nelson
No Starch Press
38 Ringold Street, San Francisco CA 94103
9781593272593, $24.95,

Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred: Seriously Geeky Stuff to Make With Your Kids offers a fine compendium of DIY projects which can be made cheaply, from cardboard boomerangs to an electric didgeridoo or a marshmallow shooter. The idea is to profile projects adults and kids work on together: chapters are loaded with budget ideas filled with a dose of technology to attract gadget-oriented kids.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Chronic Pain in Small Animal Medicine
Steven M. Fox
Manson Publishing
c/o Wiley-Blackwell
350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148
9781840761245, $84.99,

Chronic Pain in Small Animal Medicine deserves ongoing mention as a powerful guide for any veterinary medicine library. It offers vets and trainees alike knowledge of chronic diseases, treatment options, and the latest evidence supporting treatment choices, and is packed with physiological and biochemical theories of pain treatment alike. A top pick for any vet's collection.

350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148

The fourth updated edition of the weighty vet's reference Gary D. Norsworthy,'s THE FELINE PATIENT (9780813818481, $139.99) is a comprehensive 'must' for any library on feline diseases and health. This updated edition includes over 500 additional clinical photos, 84 additional chapters adding the latest research on behavior, clinical procedures and surgeries, and new CT and MRI images in the imaging section. Vets and students alike will find this offers quick reference and specific photos key to understanding feline health issues. Andrew J. Rosenfled and Sharon M. Dial's CLINICAL PATHOLOGY FOR THE VETERINARY TEAM (9780813810089, $59.99) includes a DVD of clinical cases as it surveys machinery calibration, sample handling, normal physiology and more. Chapters help team members understand clinical diagnosis tests and give adv ice on evaluation and clinical control, making for a strong pick for any vet's collection. Also recommended is Editor Gary D. Osweiler,'s BLACKWELL'S FIVE-MINUTE VETERINARY CONSULT CLINICAL COMPANION: SMALL ANIMAL TOXICOLOGY (9780813819853, $99.99). This packs in key details on the diagnosis, therapy and prevention of toxicoses and is arranged by major categories of toxicants to aid in rapid diagnosis by poisonings. More in-depth detail is added from BLACKWELL'S FIVE-MINUTE VETERINARY CONSULT: CANINE AND FELINE (9780781773607, $99.99), with over 70 additional toxicants covered, more clinical applications reviewed, and tables of detail added to appendixes for quick diagnosis. No practicing vet's clinic should be without! The second updated edition of Alex Gough and Alison Thomas' BREED PREDISPOSITIONS TO DISEASE IN DOGS AND CATS (9781405180788, $69.99) provides an invaluable and unique reference gathering under one cover all the different details on breed-specific diseases. Breed-by-breed, with one section for dogs and one for cats, describes inherited and prevalent disorders and provides details gleaned from veterinary references and research journals alike. New to this edition is expanded referencing to primary sources, an easier format, and an extended directory of genetic test providers. Highly recommended!

Wired Wilderness
Etienne Benson
Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218
9780801897108, $55.00,

WIRED WILDERNESS: TECHNOLOGIES OF TRACKING AND THE MAKING OF MODERN WILDLIFE offers a fine history blending science and technology with animal studies and U.S. political changes to survey radio tracking of wild animals. From hunters to conservation groups and beyond, this uses interviews with wildlife biologists, researchers and case studies of conservation issues to provide an outstanding survey of how wild animals are tracked and documented.

The Science/Technology Shelf

The Species Seekers
Richard Conniff
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780393068542, $26.95,

THE SPECIES SEEKERS: HEROES, FOOLS, AND THE MAD PURSUIT OF LIFE ON EARTH offers an engaging survey of explorers who made it their mission to catalog life on Earth. These pioneers traveled to different areas of the world and discovered and brought back new life forms and stories: this follows the human affection for nature and exploration and the discoveries made by many. Any library strong in natural history as well as many a general lending library will find this absorbing!

How the West Was Warmed
Beth Conover, Editor
4690 Table Mountain Drive #100, Golden, CO 80403
9781936218028, $17.95,

How the West Was Warmed: Responding to Climate Change in the Rockies packs in a powerful essay collection from a noted environmentalist and Greenprint Denver founder who considers the range of responses to climate change in the Rockies. For over two decades the area has struggled with climate change and its impact, and today is a center for solutions to common problems. Over forty veteran journalists, scientists, and policy makers contribute to a wide-ranging survey key to any collection strong in global environmental change.

The Photographic Card Deck of the Elements
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers
151 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011
9781603761987, $24.95,

The Photographic Card Deck of the Elements is a card set based on five years of photography and offers a complete presentation of all 118 chemical elements, with each card including scientific data and stories about the elements. Key cards and an activity guide makes this a perfect pick for students and teachers alike!

Edison's Electric Light, revised edition
Robert Friedel & Paul Israel
Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218
0801894824, $30.00,

EDISON'S ELECTRIC LIGHT: THE ART OF INVENTION has been revised and updated from the original 1986 edition to offer a definitive study of the famous invention, is keyed to the printed and electronic versions of the Edison Papers so readers can refer to original source materials, and explore the process of the invention. Any library strong in scientific inventions and the process of theories and exploration will find this a winning survey.

Arboretum Borealis: A Lifeline of the Planet
Dana Beresford-Kroeger
University of Michigan Press
839 Greene Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3209
9780472051144, $32.50,

Arboretum Borealis: a Lifeline of the Planet describes how the Boreal tree group is key to the planet's health, and how they can promote health and counteract the effects of global warming. Chapters pair a natural history of the North American tree group with a survey of aboriginal peoples and their interactions with forests, offering both a natural survey and a series of tips to gardeners and landscape architects interested in incorporating these trees in their designs for a greener planet. Black and white and color photos complete the display.

Goran Grimvall
Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218
9780801897177, $25.00,

QUANTIFY! A CRASH COURSE IN SMART THINKING gathers examples from sports, literature and science alike to explain how scientists use investigative processes to make sense of the world. Essays are fun, involving, and offer easy examples outlining the basics of analysis processes, and will appeal to both general readers and collections from high school into college grades.

Almost Chimpanzee
Jon Cohen
Times Books
c/o Henry Holt & Company
175 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10010
9780805083071, $27.50,

ALMOST CHIMPANZEE: SEARCHING FOR WHAT MAKES US HUMAN, IN RAINFORESTS, LABS, SANCTUARIES, AND ZOOS offers a fine exploration of what researchers are doing in the field of genetics in state-of-the-art labs, in the field, and working with chimps. From zoo exhibit designs to an attempt to breed a humanzee, this offers insights into chimps, humanity, and more, challenging myths and offering an insider's tour of the latest research insights. No natural history holding should be without!

The Instant Physicist: An Illustrated Guide
Richard A. Muller
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780393078268, $16.95,

The Instant Physicist: An Illustrated Guide receives Joey Manfre's fun color cartoon drawings and offers a whimsical yet scientifically-accurate survey shedding light on over sixty scientific 'secrets' and ironies. The cartoon illustrations range from a consideration of how hospitals are actually generating the dreaded antimatter to why an extreme overdose of radiation is not likely to lead to cancer.

The Darwinian Tourist
Christopher Wills
Oxford University Press
198 Madison Avenue, New York NY 10016-4314
9780199584383, $34.95,

THE DARWINIAN TOURIST; VIEWING THE WORLD THROUGH EVOLUTIONARY EYES shares Christopher Wills' knowledge of biodiversity to consider how ecology and evolution of interacted. Over 100 original photos accompany an ecological travel expedition to explore evolution and connections to the natural world, answering questions as diverse as how the domestication of animals changed the world and how tree species evolution has affected the planet. Any general science collection should consider this a 'must', with its strong science paired with a lively format lending to general reading.

An Engineer's Guide to Automated Testing of High-Speed Interfaces
Jose Moreira and Hubert Werkmann
Artech House
685 Canton St., Norwood, MA 02062
1607839830, $139.00,

An Engineer's Guide to Automated Testing of High-Speed Interfaces provides a fine, complete introduction to the art of high-speed digital testing auth automated test equipment, and is the first book to focus on this topic. Examples, theory, and the design and applications of high-speed digitals make for a powerful review of instruments, tests and measures, and interface standards key to any college-level engineering library.

The Music Shelf

Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin
Jon Bream
Voyageur Press
400 First Avenue North, Suite 300, Minneapolis MN 55401
9780760339558, $19.99,

Now in paperback is the first complete illustrated history of the heavy rock band Led Zeppelin, packing in color photos and album covers in a fine tribute history of the group and its members. Pages packed with ad bills, photos, memorabilia, and full color make this an exceptional tribute presentation with interviews, band histories, and biographical sketches making for an exceptional guide recommended for any serious rock music library.

The World History Shelf

Islamic Gunpowder Empires
Douglas E. Streusand
Westview Press
2465 Central Avenue, Boulder, CO 80301
9780813313597, $42.00,

Islamic Gunpowder Empires: Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals is a recommended pick primarily for college-level Middle East history collections but also for any library strong in Islamic history and culture. Chapters exploring the history of three empires emphasize that they were connected within a world system and were not isolated entities, with chapters offering important overviews of social, military and political ideas and practices common to all three. From society and culture to expansion practices, this covers all aspects of these Islamic empires and is a 'must' for any serious about the foundations of the modern Middle East.

The Biography Shelf

Dancing With the Devil
Louis Diaz and Neal Hirschfeld
Gallery Books
c/o Simon and Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, 14th fl., New York, NY 10020
9781439148822, $16.00,

Dancing With the Devil: Confessions of an Undercover Agent tells of an 'untouchable' drug kingpin and one undercover agent who was tough enough to successfully infiltrate his domain and nail him. That would be Louis Diaz, who here provides a first-person narrative telling of his life and his record-breaking cases. An action-packed autobiography telling of his confrontations with drug dealers in New York makes for a powerful true-crime saga perfect for any collection.

The Needlecraft Shelf

Landauer Publishing
3100 - 101st St., Suite A, Urbandale, IA 50322

Edyta Sitar's FRIENDSHIP STRIPS & SCRAPS (9781935726012, $27.95) invites quilters everywhere to use a simple strip panel technique designed by the author, who here presents nearly twenty quilt projects based around the strip quilt idea. You can use precut strips or cut strips from a personal stash in this fine collection, which includes hundreds of step-by-step color photos, diagrams, and directions. Another top pick is Kaffe Fassett's WELCOME HOME (9780982558683, $27.95), which comes from a fiber artist and teacher who has created vivid results from unique patterns, needlepoint, and patchwork. Kaffe Fassett's focus on color makes for a dazzling, stunning collection highly recommended for any quilting library.

Sixth&Spring Books
161 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10013

Rosemary Drysdale's ENTRELAC: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO INTERLACE KNITTING (9781936096008, $24.95) is a fine knitting guide: using only simple knit and purl stitches, knitters can create eye-catching pieces with texture and can incorporate these works in cables, lace and more. Step-by-step instructions with color photos feature dozens of easy stitches, explain yarn combinations, explore color and patterns, and more. Nicky Epstein's KNITTING ON THE EDGE: THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION OF 350 DECORATIVE BORDERS (9781936096015, $19.95) packs in keys to different types of knitted decorative borders for a range of purposes, from ruffles and lace to flora, picots and fringes. Knitters can use these keys to blend techniques into work, with color photos packing each design and line-by-line stitching instructions for a polished finish.

The Antiques/Collectibles Shelf

Encyclopedia of Barbie Doll
Alva Christensen and Laural Schwing
Collector Books
Box 3009, Paducah, KY 42002-3009
9781574326871, $34.95,

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BARBIE DOLL FAMILY & FRIENDS LICENSED PRODUCTS 1961-1971: IDENTIFICATION & VALUES packs in a fine survey of all the Barbie products on the market, from Barbie paper dolls to Skipper and Midge. Color photos pack ever page with clear examples of all the products, with the latest values providing collectors with all the keys to valuing their own collections.

The Military Shelf

The Blocking of Zeebrugge: Operation Z-0 1918
Stephen Prince
Osprey Publishing
44-02 - 23rd St., #219, Long Island City, NY 11101
9781846034534, $18.95,

The Blocking of Zeebrugge: Operation Z-0 1918 is the 7th title to add to Osprey's newest series RAID, which reveals acts of small units and special forces in battle. Each Raid title offers analysis of strategies of each raid, blow-by-blow events, and digital artwork to tie everything together and bring it all to life. THE LBOCKING OF ZEEBRUGGE documents the April 1918 raid by the Royal navy on the German-held ports of Zeebrugge and Ostend, and provides a fine in-depth history that military collections will relish.

Osprey Publishing
44-02 - 23rd St., #219, Long Island City, NY 11101

Ian Gardner & Roger Day's TONIGHT WE DIE AS MEN: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THIRD BATALLION 506 PARACHUTE INFANTRY REGIMENT FROM TOCCOA TO D-DAY (9781849084369, $16.95) focuses on a single airborne battalion in World War II and provides an in-depth look by two British authors who consider their training, experiences, and personalities. Their entire stories come to life using first-hand accounts of the soldiers and the French civilians who witnessed the Normandy campaign and makes for a strong acquisition for any collection seeking a personal approach to World War II experiences. Ian Castle's LONDON 1917-18: THE BOMBER BLITZ (9781846036828, $19.95) joins others in Osprey's 'Campaign' series and provides a fine in-depth survey of the strategies and results of the bomber blitz in London during World War I. Military and British history are illustrated with color battle scenes, maps, and modern photos to enhance a collection perfect for any military collection. Also tops is Gavin Mortimer's THE BLITZ: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY (9781849084246, $29.95), which uses photos from the Mirror newspaper group to capture the experience of the Blitz of 1940-41. Many images here haven't seen publication before: they were censored during the war and only appear here seventy years later. Images blend with newspaper articles, diary entries, and more to compile a vivid 'you are there' report packed with over 200 period photographs. No military history collection should be without!

The Education Shelf

Corwin Press
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320

Neal A. Glasgow,'s WHAT SUCCESSFUL SCIENCE TEACHERS DO (9781412972345, $36.95) packs seventy-five research strategies that demonstrate best practices for inquiry-oriented science projects. From promoting collaborative projects and inviting contributions from a range of cultural backgrounds to understanding the latest research on the possibilities of engaging students and avoiding common pitfalls in using digital media, this provides a fine 'must' for any serious education collection. Also recommended for educators is Cheryl Rose Tobey and Leslie Minton's UNCOVERING STUDENT THINKING IN MATHEMATICS GRADES K-5 (9781412980555, $35.95), offering keys to building on a child's current understanding of math. From evaluating skills and identifying common patterns of mistakes to demonstrating the authors' proprietary QUEST cycle model and using it to provide teachers with more tools, this packs in new strategies teachers will find easily applicable to the entire experience of teaching math at grades K-5. Christopher Wells' SMARTER CLICKING: SCHOOL TECHNOLOGY POLICIES THAT WORK! (9781412966993, $26.95) offers a key to supporting appropriate use of technology for teaching and learning, to provide school leaders with a clear map for implementing technology policies. From involving everyone in successful collaboration to avoiding inappropriate use of technology and developing key use policies, this is key to any educator's library. Also key is Beverley Holden Johns' 401 PRACTICAL ADAPTATIONS FOR EVERY CLASSROOM (9781412982022, $28.95), a fine survey offering modifications and recommendations for students with special needs. The author's experience in inclusive settings offers hundreds of examples suitable for lectures, worksheets, testing and more, covering the legal basis for adaptations and offering the latest updates. Elaine L. Wilmore and Amy Burkman's PASSING THE PPR TEXES EXAM FOR EC-12 TEACHERS (9781412958448, $28.95) comes from authors who offer solid backgrounds in TExES exam development and workshops. Aspiring teachers can prepare for the PPR Exam using this book, which outlines each of the learner-centered standards, domains and more. From test-taking tips to application examples from different areas of competency, this provides an outstanding survey. David Schimmel, Suzanne Eckes and Matthew Militello's PRINCIPALS TEACHING THE LAW: 10 LEGAL LESSONS YOUR TEACHERS MUST KNOW (9781412972239, $36.95) packs in a fine survey organized into 10 lessons of one-hour sessions on student discipline, freedom of expression, and other legal issues principals must teach to staff. From warm-up activities and summaries of legal principles to common questions and answers and more, this provides a fine survey of the rights of students and teachers and how to handle common school issues. Ian Jukes, Ted McCain and Lee Crockett's LIVING ON THE FUTURE EDGE: WINDOWS ON TOMORROW (9781412982351, $29.95) offers a fine survey of digital world trends and changing futures, and is directed to educators who want to understand more about the technological world of modern students. From the phenomenon of 'Infowhelm' to the increased need for speed and the rapid changes of technology, this packs in an outstanding assessment of modern technology's promise and challenges. Mary Frances Callan and William Levinson's ACHIEVING SUCCESS FOR NEW AND ASPIRING SUPERINTENDENTS: A PRACTICAL GUIDE (9781412988964, $38.95) provides a comprehensive guide for aspiring and new superintendents and comes from two veterans who provide examples based on their years of experience. From goal setting and strategic planning to budgeting and staff communication, this is packed with keys to developing interconnections between leadership and staff and provides outstanding assessment tools. THE TURNAROUND TOOLKIT by Lynn Winters and Joan Herman (9781412975018, $40.95) offers educators a fine nine-step method based on data-driven continuous improvement processes for improving student achievement and meeting targets. Educators and administrators will appreciate these steps for 'turnaround tasks' that explain how to use data strategically for school interventions, and will also appreciate the clear step-by-step process. Kathleen Jonson, Nancy Cappelloni and Mary Niesyn's THE NEW ELEMENTARY TEACHER'S HANDBOOK (9781412978095, $35.95) appears in its third updated edition to provide everything a new elementary teacher needs to get started. From teaching with technology and preparing standards-based lessons to using techniques for professional development, this covers everything the first-year new teacher needs to know. The second edition of THE ACTION RESEARCH GUIDE: A FOUR-STAGE PROCESS FOR EDUCATORS AND SCHOOL TEAMS by Richard Sagor (9781412981286, $35.95) updates a fine easily-used action research tool set that works for modern schools. Teacher leaders and teacher teams receive new examples, activities and leadership in action in a workbook designed to be explored as you progress. David A. Sousa's HOW THE ELL BRAIN LEARNS (9781412988346, $38.95) provides an outstanding teacher's guide blending the latest brain learning research with classroom applications for teaching English language learners in K-12 settings. From brain-compatible strategies to gauging understanding, this provides tips that provide classroom-based applications for the latest learning results. From clarifying visions to implementing action, these are a solid 'must' for any education collection.

The Judaic Studies Shelf

God of Our Understanding
Rabbi Shais Taub
KTAV Publishing House
930 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306
9781602801530, $18.95,

GOD OF OUR UNDERSTANDING: JEWISH SPIRITUALITY & RECOVERY FROM ADDICTION offers a survey linking spiritual wellness and addiction and recovery processes, considering Jewish spirituality in particular and writing of Jewish mysticism and twelve-step spiritual growth processes. Jewish wisdom lends to a fine survey promising to help millions struggling with addiction who seek spiritual solutions.

The Photography Shelf

Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 for Photographers
Philip Andrews
Focal Press
30 Corporate Drive #400, Burlington, MA 01803
9780240522449, $49.95,

Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 for Photographers: The Creative Use of Photoshop Elements on Mac and is a top pick for any Photoshop collection. It focuses on Elements 9's digital imaging options and is perfect for both newcomers and seasoned Photoshop users alike. Step-by-step instructions accompany screenshots and color images and covers everything form how to import and adjust images to working with raw files and stitching images. A supplemental web site offers video tutorials backing the information contained here. A 'must' for any collection seeking specifics for Elements 9!

New York At Night
Jason Hawkes & Christopher Gray
Merrell Publishers
38 High Avenue, 4th floor, Nyack, NY 10960
9781858945293, $39.95,

NEW YORK AT NIGHT packs in full-page color photos of the New York skyline and comes from an award-winning aerial photographer who offers a dramatic view of the skyscapes of New York at night. From Times Square to the Empire State Building and more, this travels the length of the city and provides striking photos paired with lively captions by New York Times journalist Christopher Gray. Collections strong in either urban photography or New York City views need this!

Shadow Catchers: Camera-Less Photography
Martin Barnes
Merrell Publishers
38 High Avenue, 4th floor, Nyack, NY 10960
9781858945385, $69.95,

Shadow Catchers: Camera-Less Photography beings with a discussion of one of the pioneers of photos made without a camera, William Henry Fox Talbot, and moves to present the work of five leading practitioners of camera-less photography. Their very different works are packed into an oversized volume featuring their black and white and color creations along with an exploration of their technical processes and artistic components of their works. Photography collections will find this a unique, involving reference.

Eammon McCabe & Dr. Terence McNamee
Phaidon Press
180 Varick St., 14th Floor, New York NY 10014
9780714857688, $39.95,

DECADE is a powerful collection gathering the history of the last ten years as told in photos, documenting discoveries, history, victories, and world atrocities alike. Gathered from sources around the world, this features photos that capture every memorable moment from the last ten years, and will earn a place not just in photography collections, but in any serious history and culture library. Extraordinary images make this a powerful survey recommended for a range of libraries, from general-interest to college-level history and photography holdings alike.

Rocky Nook
26 West Mission St. Suite 3, Santa Barbara CA 93101

Bruce Barnbaum's THE ART OF PHOTOGRAPHY: AN APPROACH TO PERSONAL EXPRESSION (9781933952680, $44.95) provides a newly revised edition of the original classic published in 1994, which has often been used as a classroom text reference for photographers. This has been completely updated to reflect vast changes in the digital photography world and packs in keys to visualization, imaging, techniques for digital and traditional approaches, and more. Philosophy as well as technical applications are incorporated in a top pick for any basic photography library. Also a top pick for Nikon collections is Darrell Young's MASTERING THE NIKON D300/D300S (9781933952642, $34.95), providing a wealth of experience-based information for owners of these Nikon models. Chapters explore each camera's features with an eye to exploring adjustments, tweaking, options, and all possibilities inherent in the complex systems. Color screen shot examples throughout make for a winning reference! Also winning is George Barr's WHY PHOTOGRAPHS WORK: 52 GREAT IMAGES: WHO MADE THEM, WHAT MAKES THEM SPECIAL AND WHY (1933952709, $39.95), a survey of the basic elements and analysis of striking images produced by the world's top photographers. With notes on each photo's evolution and technical descriptions of equipment and settings used to produce them, photographers can learn all the techniques that make each a winner.

The Woodworking Shelf

Complete Illustrated Guide to Bandsaws
Roland Johnson
Box 5506, Newtown, CT 06470-5506
9781600850967, $24.95,

Complete Illustrated Guide to Bandsaws is a key reference for homeowners, crafters, and hobbyists alike. It covers all the basics of the bandsaw and its abilities, from blades and alignment to safety, sawing straight and curves, and selecting the right cutting techniques for the right project. Packed with color illustrations throughout, it belongs in the collection of any beginning shop owner who wants to select and use the bandsaw tool more effectively.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

South Phoenix Rules
Jon Talton
Poisoned Pen Press
6962 E. First Avenue #103, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
9781590588147, $24.95,

A New York professor visiting Phoenix to research his new book is murdered - and historian/deputy David Mapstone is drawn into the investigation when his sister-in-law becomes a target also. The attempt to protect Robin draws David into a convoluted plot involving gangsters and dangers in this fine mystery!

The Native American Shelf

Plains Indians Regalia & Customs
Bad Hand
4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
9780764335365, $49.99,

Plains Indians Regalia & Customs is a pick for many different collections, from Native American history holdings to holdings appealing to collectors of Native artifacts. Extensive research from source material provides new research and modern color photos of replica items, teaching the history of the seven major Plains Indian tribes, their habits and beliefs, and providing true stories to accompany objects that relate to Plains life. An outstanding reference, this is a 'must' for any serious Native American library.

James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Diane C. Donovan, Editor
Midwest Book Review
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Oregon, WI 53575-1129
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