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Volume 6, Number 5 May 2011 Home | BW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Women's Studies Shelf Education Shelf
Needlecraft Shelf Gardening Shelf Audiobook Shelf
Art Shelf Architecture Shelf Photography Shelf
Christian Studies Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf American History Shelf
Cookbook Shelf Military Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf
Sports Shelf Business Shelf Political Science Shelf
Computer Shelf Crafts Shelf DVD Shelf
Money/Finance Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf Science Shelf
Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf Philosophy Shelf Biography Shelf
Music Shelf Travel Shelf Social Issues Shelf
Economics Shelf    

Reviewer's Choice

Damn You, Autocorrect!
Jillian Madison
Hyperion Books
77 West 66th Street
New York, NY 10023-6298
9781401310677, $13.99,

Any owner of a modern or smart cell phone will find much to laugh at in DAMN YOU, AUTOCORRECT! AWESOMELY EMBARRASSING TEXT MESSAGES YOU DIDN'T MEAN TO SEND. It comes from a popular blog of the same name created by the author and gathers examples of botched 'autocorrect' features that create often embarrassing test messages. Any familiar with cell phones will find this simply hilarious!

The Zombie Autopsies
Steven C. Schlozman, MD
Grand Central Publishing
237 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9780446564663, $19.99,

Readers who love science and zombies will find this a fascinating work that documents the infection known as Zombiism. From a replica of a recently discovered handwritten diary from a vanished zombie expert who was sent to a remote island to perform autopsies on zombie corpses to the demise of team members to Zombiism, this blends tongue-in-cheek humor with realistic medical 'findings' perfect for any collection seeing interest in zombie possibilities and theories.

My Fair Wedding
David Tutera
Gallery Books
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
9781439195390, $25.00,

MY FAIR WEDDING: FINDING YOUR VISION THROUGH HIS REVISIONS comes from a celebrity wedding planner and star of the reality series My Fair Wedding, and shares the author's secrets for creating an outstanding wedding on any budget. The idea is for the bride to have a vision - then be open to revising it. Photos from wedding featured on the show accompany chapters packed with tips on everything from dresses and floral arrangements to the ceremony itself. Any general-interest lending library will find this a winning pick!

Carolyn & Sean Savage
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022-5299
9780062004635, $26.99,

INCONCEIVABLE: A MEDICAL MISTAKE, THE BABY WE COULDN'T KEEP, AND OUR CHOICE TO DELIVER THE ULTIMATE GIFT documents a medical nightmare: a couple whose last choice to overcome infertility becomes a nightmare when the clinic transfers the wrong embryo. Their choices: terminate the pregnancy, sue for custody, or deliver the child and hand it over to his genetic parents. Their choice - to deliver the child and hand it over with no strings attached - is documented in this outstanding survey permeated with spiritual insights. Spirituality collections in particular - but really any general-interest library - will find this moving.

The Women's Studies Shelf

Wild Feminine
Tami Lynn Kent
Beyond Words
c/o Atria
20827 NW Cornell Rd., Suite 500, Hillsboro, OR 97124
9781582702841, $16.99,

This guide to feminine spirituality and creative energy offers a series of stories, visualizations and exercises and comes from a physical therapist and holistic healthcare provider who helps women tap into their feminine energy to achieve optimum health and well-being. It's a new approach to women's health and belongs on the shelves of both health and women's issues collections, offering surveys of the body's energetic patterns and how holistic principles apply to women's needs.

Power Dressing
Rob Young
Merrell Publishers
38 High Avenue, 4th floor, Nyack, New York 10960
9781858945156, $29.95,

POWER DRESSING: FIRST LADIES, WOMEN POLITICIANS & FASHION is an unusual and top pick for any collection strong in women's issues, fashion, and politics. It's the first major work to explore the role of fashion and style in the careers of first ladies and women politicians, profiling some 50 serving and former women presidents, prime ministers, royals and wives from over 30 countries and offering hundreds of photos quoting women's style and politics.

The Education Shelf

1,296 ACT Practice Questions, second edition
Melissa Hendrix
Princeton Review
c/o Random House Inc.
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
9780375429705, $19.99,

The second updated edition of 1,296 ACT Practice Questions provides students with all the keys needed to successful take the ACT exam. Three full-length practice ACTs, drills with hundreds of practice questions, and detailed explanations to aid in understanding accompany a fine survey based on real test questions. Students anticipating the ACT will find this a fine winner.

CISSP Practice Exams
Shon Harris, CISSP
c/o The McGraw Hill Companies
Two Penn Plaza, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10121-2298
0071701397, $39.99,

All ten CISSP domains, from access control and cryptography to business recovery, application security and information security, are covered in this fine guide to the IT security test, written by an IT security expert. Hundreds of practice exam questions are based on the latest release of the CISSP exam, with explanations accompanying answers to aid in comprehension. A 'must' for any CISSP exam taker and reference collections catering to them.

NCLEX-RN: Strategies, Practice and Review 2011-2012
Barbara J. Irwin and Judith A. Burckhardt
Kaplan Publishing
1 Liberty Plaza, New York NY 10006
9781607148777, $34.99,

NCLEX-RN: Strategies, Practice and Review provides the latest assessment of the exam from the creator of the top NCLEX-RN course, pairing over 600 exam-style questions and detailed answer explanations with an online course and free access to Kaplan's online exam question bank. An accompanying CD-ROM includes detailed performance analysis and practice test answers for both Windows and Mac, teaching the basics of how to obtain a higher score on the exam. A fine reference for any planning on taking and passing the test!

Corwin Press
2455 Teller Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320

Michael Fullan's THE MORAL IMPERATIVE REALIZED (9781412996105, $19.95) provides a short primer on moral leadership and how to put change into practice at all levels of an institution. His survey tells how to develop 'moral leadership' to guide school leaders and the entire system, with chapters covering such issues as realizing a moral purpose, understanding interactions between school and district structures, and working within different systems to achieve moral unity. A top pick! Patty J. Horn and Kristin Metler-Armijo's TOOLKIT FOR MENTOR PRACTICE (9781412976510, $40.95) covers all the tools a mentor needs to support and train new teachers. It offers a set of diagnostic tools along with analysis of how teachers interact with students, design lessons, analyze student results, and more, offering illustrations of how veterans have used the tools with new teachers for maximum benefit. Margarita Espino Calderon and Liliana Minaya-Rowe's PREVENTING LONG-TERM ELS: TRANSFORMING SCHOOLS TO MEET CORE STANDARDS (9781412974165, $28.95) offers 10 keys to keep English learners stay on track with academic English throughout their school years. Research-based tools for improving instruction and measuring learning progress lends to a collection of case studies, assessment tools and more. Rich Allen and Cindy Rickert's HIGH-FIVE TEACHING K-5 (9781412981125, $33.95) tells how to change a classroom into a vivid learning environment for all students, covering the five principles of high-five teaching, sample lesson plans in all the disciplines, and case studies on how to create real learning environments for all. Highly recommended! Also tops is John Delandtsheer's MAKING ALL KINDS SMARTER: STRATEGIES THAT HELP ALL STUDENTS REACH THEIR HIGHEST POTENTIAL (9781412989039, $26.95). It brings the author's 40 years of experience as a teacher and gifted education specialist to a resource that explains how teachers can raise the bar for all students. Strategies for differentiating instruction within the general classroom are explored in a fine survey designed to build critical thinking skills. Its tested strategies make for a powerful presentation key to any educator's library.

The Needlecraft Shelf

Cut the Scraps!
Joan Ford
Taunton Press
63 South Main St Box 5507, Newtown, CT 06470-5507
9781600853333, $24.95,

Scraptherapy's Cut the Scraps!: 7 Steps to Quilting Your Way Through Your Stash provides some twenty projects quilters can use to clear clutter and use fabric stashes more effectively. The author here provides a logical method for organization and using leftover scraps, showing how to create a stash that gets utilized. From organizing bins by value or type of collection to selecting themes for projects, this covers all the basics.

Jump-Start Your Quilting
House of White Birches
306 East Parr Road, Berne, IN 46711-1138
9781592173143, $24.95,

Jump-Start Your Quilting has the dual benefit of a hardcover with spine lettering and lay-flat binding, that makes it the perfect pick for quilters who would learn how to use precut fabrics in projects. Over forty projects begin with precut fabric while the quilts offered vary from traditional to modern designs and variations on common themes. Patterns are written in a range of skill levels from beginner through intermediate, with step-by-step instruction accompanying color photos and full-page patterns. A top pick for any home quilter!

The Great American Kid's Afghan
Knitter's Magazine/Elaine Rowley, Editor
XRX Books
PO Box 1525, Sioux Falls, SD 57101
9781933064239, $12.95,

The Great American Kid's Afghan offers a fresh take on classics for kids and reknits and restyles them for beginning and experienced knitters alike. The squares offer basics and focus on kid-friendly, bright colors. Clearly illustrated techniques for cables, entrelac, fairisle and more makes this a top pick especially recommended for beginners seeking to knit afghans for kids.

C&T Publishing
Box 1456, Lafayette, CA 94549

Laura Wasilowski's FANCIFUL STITCHES COLORFUL QUILTS (9781607050209, $19.95) packs in eleven fun projects to make a range of whimsical houses with full-size templates. Patterns pair with color photos of applique projects that can be embroidered by hand, with construction and stitch plans making each project a snap. Highly recommended for any interested in adding color and intrigue to a quilting project. Christine E. Barnes' THE QUILTER'S COLOR CLUB: SECRETS OF VALUE, TEMPERATURE & SPECIAL EFFECTS (9781607050094, $27.95) provides twelve hands-on exercises and eight projects to show how color choices can bring a quilt to life. From using 'magic' fabrics that give quilts depth to starting a swap club for fabrics and quilter experimentation, this packs in new ideas. THE QUILTER'S COLOR CLUB teaches a practical approach for using color to bring quilts to life and advocates starting a Quilter's Color Club for swapping fabrics and experimenting together. Eight projects accompany twelve hands-on exercises in this top pick for quilters at all levels of achievement.

Martingale & Company
19021 - 120th Ave #102, Bothell, WA 98011

SEW DECORATIVE: QUICK AND EASY HOME ACCENTS FROM SEW NEWS (9781804680258, $22.99) offers home crafters a fine set of over twenty projects that can be adapted for any decor. From pillows and place mats to pot holders and lampshades, this offers projects for beginner to advanced sewer, with patterns, techniques, and full color throughout. Jenny Wilding Cardon's RESEW: TURN THRIFT-STORE FINDS INTO FABULOUS DESIGNS (9781604680270, $24.99) tells how to turn common thrift-store items into stylish original designs. From a sheet skirt or a sweater scarf to a fabric purse, this shows color photos of beginning item, finished product, and covers all the steps in between. Rose Hughes' EXPLORING EMBELLISHMENTS: MORE ARTFUL QUILTS WITH FAST-PIECE APPLIQUE (9781564779892, $26.99) is a fine collection for any quilting library, offering six new projects that take the Fast-Piece Applique design to a new level. Learn techniques for integrating felt, paper, beads, buttons and fabric to embellish fine quilts, and learn how to see nature as a source for designs in this winning survey!

The Gardening Shelf

Your Farm in the City
Lisa Taylor
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers
151 West 19th St., New York NY 10011
9781579128623, $18.95,

Your Farm in the City: An Urban Dweller's Guide to Growing Food and Raising Animals provides a key to raising city-friendly livestock and is written for city and suburban dwellers who want ideas for successful urban agriculture based on programs tested around the country. From the best, easiest-to-grow high-yield fruits and veggies to breeds of chickens, goats and rabbits that thrive in small spaces, this pairs organic gardening techniques with keys to successful crop management.

Bees, Wasps, and Ants
Eric Grissel
Timber Press
135 SW - 2nd Ave #450, Portland, OR 97204-3527
9780881929881, $27.95,

BEES, WASPS, AND ANTS: THE INDISPENSABLE ROLE OF HYMENOPTERA IN GARDENS provides an excellent reference explaining how gardeners can encourage these beneficial insects in the garden. From the impact of insects on our lives to their biology and families, this is packed with detailed information tailored to gardener and growing interests, and thus is recommended for home and garden collections as well as any science library.

Public Garden Management
Donald A. Rakow & Sharon A. Lee
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9780470532133, $80.00,

Public Garden Management: A Complete Guide to the Planning and Administration of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta is a pick for any college-level architectural landscape collection, and provides a blend of professional reference and textbook that shows how to maintain a sustainable public garden. From ways to conduct outreach and build garden programs to fund-raising, membership development and designing a public garden, this is packed with ideas for successful implementation.

The Audiobook Shelf

To Catch a King
Jack Higgins
Brilliance Audio
PO Box 887, Grand Haven, MI 49417
1441844910, $29.99,

To Catch a King receives a fine performance by Michael Page as it tells of 1940, where Hitler's war machine is sparking revenge, betrayal, and dangerous political alignments. Intrigue and betrayal permeates a political thriller that tells of a Gestapo agent hunt and a dangerous race against time - all set against the backdrop of a thriller that's hard to set aside.

The Language of Emotions
Karla McLaren
Sounds True
Box 8010, Boulder CO 80306
9781591797739, $69.95,

THE LANGUAGE OF EMOTIONS: WHAT YOUR FEELINGS ARE TRYING TO TELL YOU provides a fine 6-CD audio learning course keyed to linking emotions to inner wisdom. Emotions contain important information that can reveal creative solutions to any situation: empathic counselor and researcher Karla McLaren has developed a set of tools to handle life's stresses based on exploring emotions and feeling states through experiential exercises. A fine pick for any who would better understand the underlying power of emotions.

The Investment Answer
Daniel C. Goldie, CFA, CFP & Gordon S. Murray
Hachette Audio
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017
9781611138726, $18.98,

THE INVESTMENT ANSWER: LEARN TO MANAGE YOUR MONEY & PROTECT YOUR FINANCIAL FUTURE covers the five key decisions every investor needs to make, receives a vivid reading by L.J. Ganser, and is a jargon-free survey for a range of investors. Any who would understand successful investments will relish this discussion of the five decisions and choices that can lead to safe ways of managing money. Any audio collection strong in money management needs this!

The Art Shelf

Frederic Crowninshield
Gertrude De G. Wilmers and Julie L. Sloan
University of Massachusetts Press
Box 429, Amherst, MA 01004
9781558498648, $39.95,

FREDERIC CROWNINSHIELD: A RENAISSANCE MAN IN THE GILDED AGE provides the first full account of Crowninshield's life and many achievements as a muralist and stained glass designer and includes his influence as a successful painter, teacher and author as well. His book Mural Painting in 1996 provided the definitive study on the topic while his works adorned many buildings across the East coast and Midwest. Packed with color artworks by Crowninshield and his contemporaries plus student drawings and family photos, this is a key acquisition for any college-level arts collection.

Digital Alchemy
Bonny Pierce Lhotka
New Riders
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0321732995, $49.99,

DIGITAL ALCHEMY: PRINTMAKING TECHNIQUES FOR FINE ART, PHOTOGRAPHY, AND MIXED MEDIA comes from an acclaimed printmaker who shows how to turn a regular inkjet printer into an instrument for producing works of art. Photographer and other digital artists receive specific keys to the tools and techniques for making the most of all kinds of mediums in a guide that includes using everyday materials to make prints. Learn direct printing and more in a guide that takes the average printer and turns it into an instrument of artistic magic. A DVD teaches Lhotka in action in over 50 minutes of video footage.

Abstracts in Acrylics
Dani Humberstone
Search Press
1338 Ross Street, Petaluma, CA94954-1117
9781844484898, $17.95,

Abstracts in Acrylics provides six tracings for readers to pull out and transfer onto paper and then provides keys to abstract art using these tracings in innovative ways. Any home artist will appreciate her step-by-step instructions for producing abstract art, which uses five projects and six reusable tracings to produce exciting abstract painting results. A fine guide for any aspiring artist!

Cracking Animation
Peter Lord & Brian Sibley
Thames & Hudson Inc.
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780500289068, $31.95,

CRACKING ANIMATION: THE AARDMAN BOOK OF 3-D ANIMATION comes from the creators of Wallace and Gromit films and offers a fine guide to producing 3-D animation. From an introductory history of the medium to the latest work by Aardman and chapters on how to make a film, discussions of basic needs and advice accompany pages packed with color photo examples from successful ventures, making this a top pick for any animation art library.

The Architecture Shelf

The Architecture of Harry Weese
Robert Bruegmann
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780393731934, $59.95,

The Architecture of Harry Weese offers an analysis of one of America's finest postwar architects. Harry Weese's career spanned the 1930s to the 1980s, and he produced a series of innovative homes to urban communities during that time. A revival of interest in his approach and works makes this a highly desirable acquisition for any architectural history collection, discussing his influences and the extent of his works.

The Photography Shelf

Mastering Digital SLR Photography, third edition
David D. Busch
Course Technology
20 Channel Center St., Boston MA 02210
143545832X, $39.99,

Mastering Digital SLR Photography provides a comprehensive survey of digital SLR cameras, offering a strong guide for novices and neo-professionals alike. Chapters explore techniques specific to digital SLR photography, presenting six new chapters and updated coverage on all techniques and the latest technology from HDTV and WiFi links to GPS tagging and iPad applications. Color photos throughout accompany details on making the most of a digital SLR camera.

The Christian Studies Shelf

The Cause Within You
Matthew Barnett with George Barba
Tyndale House Publishers
351 Executive Drive, Carol Stream, IL 60188
9781414348469, $24.99,

The Cause Within You: Finding the One Great Thing You Were Created to Do in This World explains how God created each of us for something amazing - and how to find out what that amazing duty is. Readers are encouraged to use gifts and abilities to make a mark on the world in a title from the son of a well-known megachurch pastor who discovered his cause when he relinquished his dreams and began to really listen to God's plan for his life. Spirituality collections will value this survey!

Christian Mystics
Matthew Fox
New World Library
14 Pamaron Way, Novato, CA 94949
9781577319528, $16.95,

CHRISTIAN MYSTICS: 365 READINGS AND MEDITATIONS tells how traditional Western educational systems have neglected mysticism since the 16th century, offering instead an academic approach to religion and the soul. This collects a variety of quotes from Christianity's greatest mystics over the past two thousand years, exploring and celebrating the mystical path of Christianity over the last two thousand years and offering commentary on these revelations. Christian collections will find this inspirational and unusual.

Embraced by the Spirit
Charles R. Swindoll
Zondervan Publishing House
5300 Patterson Avenue, S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49530
9780310327547, $18.99,

EMBRACED BY THE SPIRIT: THE UNTOLD BLESSINGS OF INTIMACY WITH GOD offers keys to developing a more dynamic relationship with the living God and comes from an author convinced we overlook many dimensions of the Holy Spirit. From knowing instances when a believer is really led by the Spirit to why such spirituality matters in the modern world, EMBRACED BY THE SPIRIT holds many keys to greater understanding and is a pick for any Christian collection.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

Naked Spirituality
Brian D. McLaren
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022-5299
9780061854019, $25.99,

NAKED SPIRITUALITY: A LIFE WITH GOD IN 12 SIMPLE WORDS considers how the lack of a simple spirituality undermines the transformative process God is calling for. Religious thus become tools to maintain status quo and not vehicles for change. To combat this tendency Brian McLaren provides a four-step framework for understanding the spiritual life, offering keys to spiritual practices tied to each stage. Any Christian will find this an important guide to stripping away barriers to personal spiritual growth.

The American History Shelf

The American Revolution
Robert J. Allison
Oxford University Press
198 Madison Avenue, New York NY 10016-4314
9780195312959, $18.95,

The American Revolution: A Concise History is a special recommendation for high school to college-level collections seeking a basic primer introducing the history and issues of the American Revolution. It starts with events in the 1760s and 1770s that eventually pushed American colonialists to revolt against British tyranny, covers the events of the war for Independence, highlights major battles, and then covers the impact of the Revolution on evolving American social issues and values. The result is an outstanding survey perfect for general American history holdings.

The Cookbook Shelf

Slow Cooker Revolution
America's Test Kitchen
17 Station St., Brookline, MA 02445
1933615699, $26.95,

Slow Cooker Revolution: One Test Kitchen, 30 Slow Cookers, 200 Amazing Recipes provides a powerful key to slow cooking and a series of tested dishes that explain the difference between superior slow cooker results and ordinary fare. Learn how to obtain bold flavors from a slow cooker in a title which packs in color photos and keys to smart shopping and why each recipe works. Every page is packed with details key to understanding culinary success! Very highly recommended: a 'must' that goes far, far beyond your usual slow cooker recipe guide!

Peter and Beryn Daniel
North Atlantic Books
2256 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley CA 94704
9781556439650, $19.95,

RAWLICIOUS: DELICIOUS RAW RECIPES FOR RADIANT HEALTH provides a powerful pick from raw food chefs who prove that live food can be fun and delicious as well as politically correct. Color photos pair with delicious recipes and how-to advice to cover all the basics of stocking and cooking a raw kitchen, with recipes including both innovations and variations on traditional fare. From a Basil Pesto with macadamia nuts and pumpkin seeds to Wild Mushroom Soup and Simple Buckwheat Cereal, this is a fine pick for any culinary collection!

Venturesome Vegan Cooking
J.M. Hirsch and Michelle Hirsch
Agate Publishing
c/o Surrey Books
1328 Greenleaf St., Evanston, IL 60202
9781572841147, $19.95,

Venturesome Vegan Cooking: Bold Flavors for Plant-Based Meals comes from a mother-son team who provide over 150 vegan recipes that incorporate vegan traditions from around the world. From spanakoptia from Greece to pastas from Italy and classic pad thai from Thailand, these dishes pack in flavor, authentic tastes, and vegan culinary guidelines for maximum effect.

The Mitsitam Cafe Cookbook
Richard Hetzler
Fulcrum Books
4690 Table Mtn Drive #100, Golden CO 80403
9781555917470, $22.95,

The Mitsitam Cafe Cookbook gathers Native American traditional recipes from the Smithsonian National Museum, offering recipes that draw on a range of culinary traditions from five Native cultures in the Americas. Ninety recipes are adapted here for home cooks and while some require access to unusual ingredients to be found locally in the wild - such as Fiddlehead Fern Salad or Smoked Trout and Dandelion Green Salad - most (such as Potato and Pinto Bean Enchiladas) can be easily duplicated simply with access to a good market. Any culinary library - and all Native American collections - will find this unusual and appealing.

Meat: A Benign Extravagance
Simon Fairlie
Chelsea Green
Box 428, White River Junction, VT 05001
9781603583244, $24.95,

Meat: A Benign Extravagance reveals the truths behind the popular vegetarian idea that vegetarianism is better for health and the environment, considering the debate over farming animals and providing research that favors small-scale, holistic, integrated farming systems that include free-range livestock as the answer to debates over meat and health. This book caused environmental activist and veganist George Monbiot to change his support for veganism: any interested in the debate will want this controversial title in their collection!

Gluten-Free on a Shoestring
Nicole Hunn
DaCapo Press
c/o Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9780738214238, $19.00,

Gluten-Free on a Shoestring packs in over a hundred recipes for eating well, cheaply, and without gluten in a diet. Any who are on such a diet well know that gluten-free prepared foods cost a fortune, so this title offers a satisfying alternative to families seeking budget-minded gluten-free fare. From locating best values to meal planning and stocking a gluten-free pantry, this provides a range of foods from 'scratch' that can fit any budget. Highly recommended!

The Military Shelf

Osprey Publishing
4402 - 23rd Street, Suite 219, Long Island City, NY 11101-5058

Andrew Brookes's VICTOR UNITS OF THE COLD WAR (9781849083393, $22.95) provides military libraries with another addition to Osprey's 'Combat Aircraft' series, which covers one of the most technologically advanced airplanes of the Cold War. First flown in 1952, the Victor entered service in B1 configuration in 1957 and came to be renowned for being the longest-ranging aircraft in the RAF. Vintage black and white and color photos survey its history and influences on battles. John Weal's FW 190 DEFENSE OF THE REICH ACES (9781846034824, $22.95) concludes the titles detailing the experiences of the fighter pilots of the German Luftwaffe of World War II that have been the foundation of Osprey's 'Aircraft of the Aces' series, which first appeared in 1994. There is no other narrowed focus on the FW 190 aircraft, making this a special pick that blends previously unpublished photos with aviation and military history key to any aviation or military library.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Performance Nutrition
Krista Austin, PHD, CSCS
Bob Seebohar, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS
Human Kinetics
Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61825-5076
0736079459, $24.95,

Performance Nutrition: Applying the Science of Nutrient Timing covers all the basics of optimizing training, recovery and improving performance through nutrients. It's based on the latest research in nutrient timing and is loaded with keys to the concepts and applications of sport nutrition based on the latest research. Of particular interest: teaching the basics of customizing a program to an athletes' personal preferences and sport requirements.

Family Violence
Rose S. Fife and Sarina Schrager
Jones & Bartlett
40 Tall Pine Drive, Sudbury, MA 01776
9780763780340, $54.95,

FAMILY VIOLENCE: WHAT HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS NEED TO KNOW considers the social, legal and medical impact of the three major forms of family violence: child abuse, domestic violence, and elder abuse, and includes tips on both prevention and management. Healthcare providers and students of public health will find this ideal for considering the roots of family violence and effective reactions to it.

Medical Device Data & Modeling for Clinical Decision Making
John R. Zaleski
Artech House Publishers
685 Canton St., Norwood MA 02062
1608070948, $129.00,

Medical Device Data & Modeling for Clinical Decision Making offers the first book to provide keys to the use of medical device data for bioinformatics modeling. From devising original methods for communicating with medical devices within healthcare to implementing clinical decision support methods based on the devices, this teaches college-level biomedical engineers the benefits of using medical device data. Over 100 illustrations survey key concepts and provides professionals with applied insights.

NSCA's Guide to Sport & Exercise Nutrition
Bill I. Campbell & Marie A. Spano, editors
Human Kinetics
Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61825-5076
0736083499, $39.00,

Sports health collections strong in exercise nutrition will welcome the guidelines in NSCA's Guide to Sport & Exercise Nutrition, which address nutritional needs for a range of clientele. Both competitors and fitness audiences receive a resource representing the latest research from scientists and practitioners, and will find this a fine reference to safe training and optimum performance results.

The Sports Shelf

Mile Markers
Kristin Armstrong
Rodale Books
400 South 10th St., Emmaus, PA 18098-0099
9781609611064, $17.99,

MILE MARKERS: THE 26.2 MOST IMPORTANT REASONS WHY WOMEN RUN considers the foundations of running and considers the reasons why women have become runners for sport. To Kristin Armstrong, running parallels the milestones of life: her blend of memoir and running insights generate stories of universal connections in a presentation key to women's issues, sports and general lending collections alike.

The Business Shelf

100 SOA Questions Asked and Answered
Kerrie Holley & Dr. Ali Arsanjani
Prentice Hall Professional
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0137080204, $29.99,

100 SOA Questions Asked and Answered is a recommendation for computer and business collections alike, but is reviewed here for its in-depth survey of the SOA paradigm for business environments. It explains SOA suitable for IT executives, considers governance and how SOA methods accelerate application development, considers standards and rules in SOA implementation, and much more. College-level business and computer collections will find this a key pick.

Branding Yourself
Erik Deckers & Kyle Lacy
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0789747278, $19.99,

BRANDING YOURSELF: HOW TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO INVENT OR REINVENT YOURSELF is a 'must' for any business collection, covering the basics of choosing the best social media tools for self-promotion from reaching people on LinkedIn to using Twitter to share ideas and avoiding common social networking mistakes. Any who would use social media effectively to create and promote a 'brand' will find the many ideas here perfect for business applications.

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

R. Roosevelt Thomas, Jr.'s WORLD CLASS DIVERSITY MANAGEMENT: A STRATEGIC APPROACH (9781605094502, $32.95) offers a fine contribution to the field of diversity management, offering coverage of the basic philosophies, principles and concepts of the field. This approach must be applicable to any possible issue anywhere in the world: college-level business readers receive an analysis of managing workforce demographic representation, talent, and strategic mixtures, considering the range of diversity management issues and how to achieve goals from specific strategies. A fine pick for any global business library. Laura Goodrich's SEEING RED CARS: DRIVING YOURSELF, YOUR TEAM, AND YOUR ORGANIZATION TO A POSITIVE FUTURE (9781605097275, $18.95) uses the red car as a metaphor for achievement. Add workplace dynamics and scientific research to explore why we fixate on negative thoughts and how our brains can be rewired to focus on positives and you have a fine survey that offers keys to locating positive personal and professional support systems that build cooperative corporate structures. Business managers will find this a winner!

The Political Science Shelf

Nicaragua: Living in the Shadow of the Eagle, fifth edition
Thomas W. Walker & Christine J. Wade
Westview Press
2465 Central Avenue, Boulder, CO 80301
9780813343877, $33.00,

Nicaragua: Living in the Shadow of the Eagle appears in a newly revised edition to cover the politics and foreign relations of Nicaragua. This update adds a new recent history chapter covering changes after 1990 and takes a closer look at US-Nicaraguan relations, offering extensive updates and new material throughout. Very highly recommended as a key primer for understanding the modern Nicaragua's role in Latin and US foreign policy.

When the World Calls
Stanley Meisler
Beacon Press
25 Beacon St., Boston MA 02108-2892
9780807050491, $26.95,

WHEN THE WORLD CALLS: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE PEACE CORPS AND ITS FIRST FIFTY YEARS comes from the former deputy director of the Peace Corps' Office of Evaluation and Research, and a veteran journalist who covers the history of the Corps and its volunteers. With special attention to its political struggles, he surveys its difficulties, demands, and impact on U.S. foreign policy as a whole, looking at its dynamics and many achievements.

The Computer Shelf

Programming Amazon EC2
Jurg van Vliet & Flavia Paganelli
1005 Gravenstein Hwy North, Sebastopol, CA 95472
9781449393687, $34.99,

Programming Amazon EC2 is for any programmer looking to use Amazon Web Services to run applications in the cloud. This primer is basic to getting started: it covers many issues in cloud computing, from identifying AWS tools and migrating easy web applications to the cloud using EC2 to meeting traffic demands through scaling and using simple Queue Service to decouple an application. A 'must' for any cloud programmer or collection catering to them!

Quickbooks 2011
Leslie Capachietti
Two Penn Plaza, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10121-2298
0071748598, $30.00,

QUICKBOOKS 2011: THE OFFICIAL GUIDE provides small business users with a fine key to fine-tuning the Quickbooks accounting program. From generating business reports and organizing finances and payroll to managing budgets and reconciling accounts, QUICKBOOKS 2011 packs in black and white screen shots with pages of specific details keyed to common business user processes. Computer and accounting collections will find this a fine guide to the latest Quickbook features!

IOS SDK Programming
James A. Brannan and Blake Ward
Two Penn Plaza, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10121-2298
0071759085, $40.00,

IOS SDK Programming: A Beginner's Guide covers IOS 4.2 and Xcode 4 and tells how to create iPhone, iPad and iPod touch applications. From basic coding and debugging to using views, controllers, and more, this packs in step-by-step keys to creating apps using Objective-C and Apple's new Xcode 4. Learn how to integrate multimedia into apps and develop universal apps for all environments with this outstanding survey.

Open Source Web Applications for Libraries
Karen A. Coombs & Amanda J. Hollister
Information Today Inc.
143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford NJ 08055
9781573874007, $39.50,

Open Source Web Applications for Libraries addresses issues of accessibility, support, and dependability and covers a range of applications that can be used to improve library reference services for library users. Librarians receive a fine guide to choosing, installing and configuring popular open source web programs form Joomla to WordPress and more, and also receive a fine critical cross-comparison between applications and features. Any library manager needs this!

Software Testing Foundations, third edition
Andreas Spillner, Tilo Linz, Hans Schaefer
Rocky Nook
26 West Mission Street, Suite 3, Santa Barbara, CA 93102
9781933952789, $44.95,

Software Testing Foundations - A Study Guide for the Certified Tester Exam provides a winning survey from authors who are among the founders of the Certified Tester Syllabus. This revised, updated third edition teaches the entry level basics of software testing and is designed for self-study. Technical terms have been stated according to the revised, updated ISTQB glossary for this new edition.

Using JRuby
Charles O. Nutter,
Pragmatic Programmers
P.O. Box 293325, Lewisville, TX 75029-3325
9781934356654, $34.95,

USING JRUBY: BRINGING RUBY TO JAVA comes from the JRuby core team and shares insider tips on how to bring Ruby into the Java programming environment. From seamless Java interfaces to writing Ruby on Rails web applications that run on Java servers, this is for the Ruby or Java programmer who has the basics down and wants to produce Java programs using Ruby's best attributes. Developers will find this a top pick!

The Definitive Guide to HTML5 Video
Silvia Pfeiffer
233 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013
9781430230908, $39.99,

Any collection strong in web development and HTML markup will find this professional reference a 'must have' acquisition. It covers all the latest features for web development with a focus on HTML Video, covering the basics of audio and video elements, how to integrate it into all the browsers, and how to use API for media. The chapters cover setup information, coding, scaling and more, and make this a top pick for any web developer's reference library!

Inside Microsoft SharePoint 2010
Ted Pattison,
Microsoft Press
9780735627468, $59.99,

Inside Microsoft SharePoint 2010 tells how to build custom SharePoint 2010 solutions and comes from expert authors who share knowledge of SharePoint architecture and code samples. From mastering development techniques for SharePoint Foundation to developing custom field types and querying SharePoint lists, this is packed with specific examples and references key to understanding the SharePoint 2010 environment. Any serious programmer's library needs this.

Colleen Jones
New Riders
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0321733010, $34.99,

CLOUT: THE ART AND SCIENCE OF INFLUENTIAL WEB CONTENT deserves a place on not only computer shelves but in many a business library, explaining the key principles of achieving influence and how to apply these ideas to web content. From how to create influence online to understanding the business value in creating compelling web content and assessing a web site for content value, this provides a top pick for any business seeking to understand the nature of web content and value.

Social Media ROI
Olivier Blanchard
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0789747413, $24.99,

SOCIAL MEDIA ROI: MANAGING AND MEASURING SOCIAL MEDIA EFFORTS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION provides a fine key to bringing business pursuits into a social media program and making sure strategies and execution makes the right business impact. From structuring programs to managing crises, this provides an outstanding survey of social media pros, cons and digital brand management and will prove a top pick for any organization seeking to understand and properly manage social media in a business pursuit.

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

Chris Sterling's MANAGING SOFTWARE DEBT: BUILDING FOR INEVITABLE CHANGE (0321554132, $49.99) comes from an Agile expert who shows how understanding software debt can help move products to market faster. From planning to minimize interest payments by paying off debt to blending emergent architecture into daily activities and scripting deployment and rollback, this packs in keys to better configuration management routines and test automation processes and is a top pick for any programmer's reference library. The LiveLessons video/book package RUBY ON RAILS 3 TUTORIAL (0132492547, $69.99) packs in a DVD with over eighteen hours of video instruction with the extensive paperback RUBY ON RAILS 3 TUTORIAL, effectively creating a personalized course in one package. The video instruction from technology experts uses leading Rails developer Michael Hart's own extensive background building RailsSpace, Inososhi and other applications to discuss design and implementation techniques that lend to better development. From building static pages to mastering Ruby programming, this is a 'must' for any Rails student. David Chisnall's OBJECTIVE-C PHRASEBOOK (0321743628, $29.99) is a pick if it's quick code essentials and commends you seek, providing a pocket-sized, at-a-glance reference. It's a carry-along pocket tote packed with over one hundred customizable code bits that can be used for nearly any situation, with chapters covering basics from understanding the ISA Pointer and reading type encodings to using closures and working with strings, connections and numbers. A 'must' for any Objective-C programmer! Russ Olsen's ELOQUENT RUBY (0321584104, $39.99) is a fine pick for any Ruby collection, covering the basics of writing not just correct but superior Ruby code. Learn to write code that looks like Ruby - not Java or other code - and understand Ruby's unique attributes and why it pays to build code based on its strengths. Chapters cover methods, working with modules, migration, equality methods and more.

The Crafts Shelf

Kalmbach Books
21027 Crossroads Circle, Waukesha, WI 53186

Beaders often say peyote is their favorite beading stitch - and any who would blend the peyote stitch into their jewelry or needlework projects will find Bead & Button Magazine's STITCH WORKSHOP: PEYOTE STITCH (9780871164230, $17.95) a fine introduction. From a short history of peyote stitch to nearly thirty beaded projects using the stitch from flowers to necklaces, bracelets and hoop earrings, this packs in an outstanding survey perfect for newcomers to either jewelry-making in general or the peyote stitch in particular. Paulette Baron, Amy Katz and Sherry Serafini's BEADING ACROSS AMERICA: JEWELRY INSPIRATIONS FROM COAST TO COAST (9780871164001, $21.95) provides an outstanding survey covering stitches, supplies, and projects from selected beaders across America. From preparing and embroidering pendants to making selected projects, this introduces new and diverse beading styles at all skill levels and is a top pick for any jewelry maker. Aimee Carpenter's ENDLESS SPARKLE: 12 CRYSTAL COMPONENTS UNLIMITED JEWELRY DESIGN (9780871164223, $19.95) provides new ways to stitch with crystals and belongs in any jewelry making collection. Chapters teach, then build upon, foundation skills and provide keys to fifteen finished jewelry projects using crystals as their foundation. The second updated edition of MODEL RAILROADING IN SMALL SPACES by Mat Chibbaro (9780890247723, $21.95) offers model railroaders a step-by-step guide to building several small-scale layouts. From how the layouts can be part of an end table or other piece of furniture to designing layouts with folded legs, this is packed with many clues to creating scaled-down models suitable for small displays.

The DVD Shelf

Pilates Super Sculpt
Tracey Mallett
ATP Fitness Productions
1107 Fair Oaks Ave., S. Pasadena, CA 91030
No ISBN, $19.95,

Pilates Super Sculpt offers a vigorous Pilates workout from a certified Pilates expert and is unusual for its Pilates-specific program. Pilates focuses on deep toning and flexibility as well as the usual core strength a workout provides; this DVD teaches exercises that would normally only be performed on studio Pilates equipment, but which has been adapted to a small sponge or playground ball - making it very accessible for home gyms. Any home exerciser or Pilates student will relish this approach!

The Money/Finance Shelf

Social Security, Medicare & Government Pensions, sixteenth edition
Attorney Joseph Matthews with Dorothy Matthews Berman
Nolo Press
950 Parker St., Berkeley, CA 94710
1413313272, $29.99,

Social Security, Medicare & Government Pensions explains all the new Medicare rules for 2011 and explores how to get the most out of retirement and medical benefits. From the latest rules and Medigap insurance choices to federal healthcare reform changes and how they affect Medicare, this latest update is key to understanding the latest legal ins and outs of the system and should be on the shelves of any lending library!

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Wired Wilderness
Etienne Benson
Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218
0801897106, $55.00,

WIRED WILDERNESS: TECHNOLOGIES OF TRACKING AND THE MAKING OF MODERN WILDLIFE tells of American wildlife biologists' efforts to track animals through radio transmitters: a process which began in the 1950s and went global thirty years later. It's surprising to note that this is the first book-length study of the origin and impact of these tracking technologies. It blends science, history and politics to consider how the practice was evolved and spread, and it explains how hunters, animal-rights activists and others evolved techniques and purposes for the technology. Interviews with wildlife biologists and engineers and case studies of conservation issues affected by the process make for an in-depth, revealing study.

350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148

ANESTHESIA FOR VETERINARY NURSES: 2ND EDITION edited by Liz Welsh (9781405186735, $71.99) has been written for veterinary nurses by vet nurses and surgeons and covers the physiological, pharmacological and physical aspects of anesthesia. It's been updated to reflect new changes in vet nursing qualifications, covering protocols, current terminology, and more. Any veterinary library will find this packed with color photos and specifics key to understanding veterinary nursing. The sixth updated edition edited by Gary M. Baxter of ADAMS & STASHAK'S LAMENESS IN HORSES (9780813815497, $174.99) includes a DVD with video clips and images and appears in full color with text substantially revised and edited to provide a new, simplified format. Vets receive valuable keys to the diagnosis and management of lameness in a fine survey which presents new and significantly rewritten chapters, discussions of therapies for lameness, and diagnostic procedures - expanded to reflect new advances in the science. Any vet working with horses simply must have this reference!

The Science Shelf

Ocean Acidification
National Academies Press
500 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
030915359X, $32.00,

Ocean Acidification: A National Strategy to meet the Challenges of a Changing Ocean provides science and technology collections with a fine survey of ocean preservation. From scientific assessments of the effects of ocean acidification on seawater chemistry and marine ecosystems to biodiversity and threshold management, this packs in an outstanding reference suitable for any college-level science or nature collection.

Artech House
685 Canton St. Norwood, MA 02062

Priyanka Aggerwal,'s MEMS-BASED INTEGRATED NAVIGATION (1608070433, $149.00) is a solid pick for any electrical engineering library, and covers the basics of using MEMS sensors in navigation systems. It shows how to add and remove inertial sensors and how to integrate them, using examples from field tests and assessment of errors and applications to reveal how MEMS-based navigation works in entire systems. College-level electrical engineering libraries will consider this a 'must have'. Also recommended for this audience is Dan E. Angelescu's HIGHLY INTEGRATED MICROFLUIDICS DESIGN (1596939796, $109.00), a survey of recent developments in microfluidics focusing on the integration of microfluidic systems. It's a guide to designing systems that are integrated and scalable and covers fabrication, simulation tools, and the pros and cons of different approaches to microfluidics. College-level reference collections and professionals working in the field will find this an essential, technical reference.

The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf

Terri Apple
Michael Wiese Productions
12400 Ventura Blvd. #1111, Studio City CA 91604
9781932907902, $26.95,

VOICEOVERS: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HOW TO MAKE MONEY WITH YOUR VOICE provides the only complete guide on the market to making money in the world of voiceovers. From understanding personal strengths and voiceover stereotypes to marketing voice, language, personality and more, this covers everything from coaching to making a demo CD, and tells how to make successful auditions to gain coveted voiceover jobs. No film or business collection should be without this!

Story Line
Jen Grisanti
Michael Wiese Productions
12400 Ventura Blvd. #1111, Studio City CA 91604
9781932907896, $26.95,

Story Line: Finding Gold in Your Life Story provides a powerful survey of how 'universal' life experiences can be translated into story material suitable for TV, film and novels alike. It's an instruction manual packed with insights on developing plot, dilemmas, and understanding action and characterization, covering all aspects of a story line's ultimate goals and achievements. Both film and literary collections will find this a specific, important reference to superior plot development.

The Philosophy Shelf

Strange Wonder
Mary-Jane Rubenstein
Columbia University Press
61 West 62nd St., New York NY 10023
9780231146333, $26.50,

College-level students in philosophy will find STRANGE WONDER: THE CLOSURE OF METAPHYSICS AND THE OPENING OF AWE provides a powerful survey of Western philosophy's ambivalent relationship to daily life and wonder. It traces the work of Martin Heidegger, Jean-Luc Nancy and others, using the theme of wonder as a focus on thinking that leads to transformation and change. Religion, metaphysics and philosophy blend in a scholarly discourse highly recommended for any college-level collection.

The Biography Shelf

Long Shot
Sylvia Harris
Ecco Press
10 East 53rd St. New York NY 10022
9780061714443, $25.99,

LONG SHOT: MY BIPOLAR LIFE AND THE HORSES WHO SAVED ME recounts the author's lifelong struggles with bipolar disorder and how she finally found peace and better equilibrium through a friendship with horses. Sylvia Harris tried everything form drugs to Buddhist chanting before she found her peace in friendship with horses. Her discovery of the healing power to be found working with horses would change her life and provide her with stability and joy in this powerful account, recommended for any general or health lending library.

The George Carlin Letters
Sally Wade
Gallery Books
c/o Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
9781451607765, $26.00,

George Carlin is best remembered for his humor, but here Carlin's significant other recalls his persona life off-stage and provides a fine survey paired with rare writings and artwork by the late comedian. The combination, which focuses on her romance with the author, makes for a moving account of love and professional growth. Even better: the account pairs color photos with facing full-page reproductions of the letters between the two. General-interest collections will find this an appealing pick.

The Music Shelf

Battlestar Galactica
Bear McCreary
Hal Leonard Corporation
PO Box 13819, Milwaukee, WI 53213
9781617803673, $16.99,

Battlestar Galactica provides a fine piano solo book offering the complete piano chords to Apocalypse, Elegy, Pegasus, Prelude to War and more. All the major music of the TV series is included along with the bonus of simplified versions of Roslin and Adama and Wander My Friends, making for an outstanding collection of piano pieces perfect for any production or musician seeking to feature the classic Battlestar Galactica music.

The Travel Shelf

Tourist Trains Guidebook, third edition
Kalmbach Books
21027 Crossroads Circle, Waukesha, WI 53186
9780871164308, $19.95,

The third updated edition of Tourist Trains Guidebook is for any seeking to travel on one of nearly five hundred trains across the U.S. and Canada. Reviews of 195 leading museums and tourist trains and listings of nearly three hundred more train sites are packed into a title that includes a discount card offering savings at over seventy train attractions, making this a 'must' for any rail buff planning a train trip.

The Social Issues Shelf

Kinderculture, third edition
Shirley R. Steinberg, Editor
Westview Press
2465 Central Avenue, Boulder, CO 80301
9780813344898, $35.00,

The third updated edition of KINDERCULTURE: THE CORPORATE CONSTRUCTION OF CHILDHOOD provides essays from contributors in the fields of cultural studies and education who analyze the influence of corporate marketing to the under-18 market. Seven new chapters to this edition complement extensive updates and new analysis with examples of modern youth marketing keys, from the popularity of vampire literature to cyberspace endeavors. Gay youth, McDonald's youth marketing programs, and more receive close analysis in this powerful presentation.

Revolutions and Revolutionary Movements, fourth edition
James DeFronzo
Westview Press
2465 Central Avenue, Boulder, CO 80301
9780813344805, $46.00,

The fourth updated edition of Revolutions and Revolutionary Movements covers modern political struggles and provides a cross section of the significant revolutions of the 20th and 21st centuries. It's been revised and updated with a focus on Islamic fundamentalism and revolutionary movements and also adds a new chapter on Latin American democratic movements, covering the basic history and struggles of each and providing an analytical framework for present and future consideration. Maps have also been revised for this edition, making this a top pick!

The Rules According to JWOWW
Jeni JWOWW Farley with Sheryl Berk
William Morrow
c/o HarperCollins
10 E. 53rd St., New York NY 10022
9780062075390, $19.99,

The Rules According to JWOWW: Shore-Tested Secrets on landing a Mint Guy, Staying Fresh to Death, and Kicking the Competition to the Curb comes from one of the stars of MTV's reality show Jersey Shore, and provides a fine account of a modern girl's dating guide. It's funny, hard-hitting, and shares what Jenni has learned about men, sex and standing up for yourself, and it recounts her experiences on Jersey Shore as well as her rules of dating and social interactions. Lively and sassy, it's a pick for any general lending library.

The Fear
Peter Godwin
Little, Brown
c/o Hachette Book Group
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017
9780316051736, $26.99,

THE FEAR: ROBERT MUGABE AND THE MARTYRDOM OF ZIMBABWE comes from a seasoned journalist who has covered wars, fought in wars as a soldier, and encountered a different world when he returned to his homeland of Zimbabwe. He arrived in 2008 when the country's dictator for thirty years finally lost an election: the resulting campaign of terror involved Godwin as one of the few observers to witness the period of fear and terror. Any social issues or political history collection will find this absorbing.

Queer (In)Justice
Joey L. Mogul, Andrea J. Ritchie, Kay Whitlock
Beacon Press
25 Beacon St., Boston MA 02108-2892
9780807051160, $27.95,

Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States comes from an attorney, an activist and a writer who join forces here to confront and challenge ways in which queer life is criminalized and punished. From the unlawful policing of sex and gender nonconformity to American justice systems and the queer community's experience, this is packed with accounts and insights key to any college-level legal or LGBT collection.

The Economics Shelf

Basic Economics, fourth edition
Thomas Sowell
Basic Books
c/o Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9780465022526, $39.95,

The fourth updated edition of Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy has been updated and expanded to reflect the latest economic trends and new changes in international economics, and is a top pick for any business collection or college-level economics reader. This new edition adds expanded chapters, a new chapter on the history of the development of economics, and a new section on corporations. The focus on reliable, substantiated economic history and facts versus theories makes this a top pick!

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