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Volume 3, Number 11 November 2008 Home | BW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Computer Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf
Needlecraft Shelf Music Shelf Cookbook Shelf
Audiobook Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf Library Science Shelf
Social Issues Shelf Jobs/Careers Shelf Business Shelf
Science Shelf Photography Shelf Art Shelf
Mystery/Suspense Shelf Biography Shelf Antiques/Collectibles Shelf
Education Shelf World History Shelf Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf
Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Gaming Shelf Hobby Shelf
American History Shelf Economics Shelf Travel Shelf
Gardening Shelf Christian Studies Shelf Parenting Shelf
Hunting/Fishing Shelf Literary Shelf Money/Finance Shelf
Genealogy Shelf    

Reviewer's Choice

By A Maine River: A Year of Looking Closely
Thomas Mark Szelog & Leeman Szelog
Down East Books
PO Box 679, Camden, ME 04843
9780892727803, $24.95

Blend regional Americana, a nature tribute to a local area, and wildlife photography and you have a catalog of a year a la Walden Pond. The author's mission was to find and photography within the confines of a typical 70-acre Maine property everything interesting, surprising or beautiful for every week for an entire year. BY A MAINE RIVER presents these surprises to any collection strong in either regional Maine history or natural history in general.

Road Bike Maintenance
Guy Andrews
Falcon Guides
c/o Globe Pequot Press
Box 480, Guilford, CT 06437
9780762747467, $19.95

Any who ride a bike, whether experienced racers or newcomers to a bike, will find ROAD BIKE MAINTENANCE a fine DIY guide. Lay-flat spiral binding in a durable cover made for the road offers the latest tips on the latest bikes and technology, and provides a manual perfect for the workshop. From a basic introduction to how a road bike works to tips on maintenance and problem-solving, it's a key acquisition for bike owners and libraries alike.

Wine Appreciation Guild
360 Swift Avenue, South San Francisco, CA 94080

Photographer Esmeralda Wood's GOOD WINE BAD LANGUAGE GREAT WINEYARDS: WINE CHARACTERS OF AUSTRALIA (0977514706, L12.00 UK) and GOOD WINE BAD LANGUAGE GREAT VINEYARDS: WINE CHARACTERS OF NEW ZEALAND (9780977514724, L12.00 UK) are outstanding and fun surveys, not like your usual wine book. It provides a fine examination of the wine industry, surveying the language, manners and characters of each country's wine industry. In providing a biographical focus on winemakers, these lively interview books offer fun stories and regional insights not to be found elsewhere. Deserving of ongoing mention is John and Erica Platter's AFRICA UNCORKED: TRAVELS IN EXTREME WINE TERRITORY (1891267523), which surveys the authors' travels off the beaten track to wine-growing countries from Algeria and Egypt to Reunion and Tanzania. All are highly recommended for any in-depth wine history collection.

The Computer Shelf

Teach Yourself TCP/IP in 24 Hours
Joe Casad
800 East 96th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46240
0672329964, $29.99

In just 24 hour lessons of an hour or less you can discover the workings of TCP/IP in this step-by-step lesson plan which builds a stepping stone of achievement. Instructions guide through many common tasks while the introductions to TCP/IP protocols are precise, well organized and key to understanding the shortcuts and solutions that streamline operations and avoid common problems. Computer libraries catering to advanced learners need this.

Dojo: Using the Dojo JavaScript Library to Build Ajax Applications
James E. Harmon
Addison Wesley
c/o Pearson Education
801 East 96th Street, 3rd floor, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759, 1-800-428-5331
0132358042, $39.99

Dojo offers web developers and designers a fine JavaScript tool for developing Ajax applications, and here's a developer's technical guide to Dojo and its growing applications. Chapters come from an expert Web designer and focus on tweaking existing applications and pages using Dojo, adding Ajax features and Dojo's user interface, and showing how to use its components effectively. The result is a powerful tool packed with shortcuts and special methods for handling JavaScript problems, making for a powerful reference recommended for any applications library.

Designing for the Social Web
Joshua Porter
New Riders
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0321534921, $40.00

Social interaction occurs no matter what kind of web site or application one builds: it happens when a group of people use it and interact not only with each other but with their friends. Here are examples from real-world interfaces along with tips on how to overcome common people-oriented problems, from reluctance to learn or use new systems to what to do when a web application is launched and nobody wants to try it. Web designers and libraries catering to them will find it an excellent guide.

Intellectual Property and Open Source
Van Lindberg
1005 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol, CA 95472
9780596517960, $34.99

Any outside the field of IT who want to understand how to handle the legal system will find Intellectual Property and Open Source is perfect for understanding how law views intellectual property rights for programmers. The author's an attorney who is also a programmer, so chapters address concerns of all sides, from pursuing ideas while working for another to reverse engineering a project, handling trade secrets, and more. Both computer and legal libraries strong in technology need this.

Voice Over IP Security
Patrick Park
Cisco Press
800 East 96th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46240
1587054698, $55.00

VoIP security issues are becoming more and more serious as voice networks grow and intelligence attacks and fraud become more sophisticated, so any library strong in programmer's references including extensive VoIP networking needs VOICE OVER IP SECURITY, an analysis of cryptographic algorithms, threats, and survey of how security issues on networks can be addressed. From configuring firewalls to implementing lawful interception into VoIP services, this provides all the analysis and tools necessary for understanding VoIP threats and system protection.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 How-Tos
Chris Orwig
c/o Peachpit Press
1249 8th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
0321526376, $24.99

Build Lightroom expertise the easy way, with a step-by-step coverage of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2. Everything is covered, from the basics of understanding file formats and applying images to other settings to changing appearances, applying saved settings to other images, and covering to grayscale or reducing redeye. Chris Orwig is a professional photographer and teacher, so his tips come from an expert and make this invaluable for computer and photography libraries for all levels of user.

c/o Pearson Education
801 East 96th Street, 3rd floor, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759, 1-800-428-5331, www.informit/com/aw

Once a hidden topic, discussions of how systems utilize users' time are now key to designing a solid web application, and nearly 40 years of human computer interaction research prompts Dr. Steven Seow to present a discussion of best practices for reflecting users' subjective perceptions of time in hardware and software alike. DESIGNING AND ENGINEERING TIME: PSYCHOLOGY OF TIME PERCEPTION IN SOFTWARE PSYCHOLOGY AND SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT (0321509188, $39.95 ) is an excellent title for any library strong in software development or psychology. Elliotte Rusty Harold's REFACTORING HTML: IMPROVING THE DESIGN OF EXISTING WEB APPLICATIONS (0321503635, $39.99) is also a pick for any library strong in web programming: it explains how to use refactoring to improve a web site or application and is written for all levels of programmers, offering a range of tips on how to modernize existing layouts, update old Web applications, and work with existing code and structure. Raffael Marty's APPLIED SECURITY VISUALIZATION (0321510100, $49.99) comes from a leading network security visualization expert who reviews all the concepts, techniques and tools needed to use visualization in network processes. From understanding data sources and choosing between graphs and techniques for IT data to auditing results and comparing tools, this is a fine recommendation for an advanced computer collection strong in security and includes a live CD Data Analysis and Visualization Linux tool, as well.

1005 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastapol, CA 95472

Years ago an optimized website loaded quickly and worked on most browsers: today optimization includes a site's ability to attract, interact with and persuade customers. Any collection strong in web authorizing and design needs Andrew B. King's WEBSITE OPTIMIZATION (9780596515089, $39.99), a key to all the elements that differentiate a superior website to a less effectual one. From strategies and techniques to maximize leads and sales to tuning performance with Ajax and other add-ons, WEBSITE OPTIMIZATION is key for any working to enhance web functioning. John Ferguson Smart's JAVA POWER TOOLS (9780596527938, $59.99) is a key foundation pick for any library strong in Java programming. It offers some 30 open source tools designed to improve Java practices and developer routines, from metrics tools and those used to generate good documentation to issue management tools and web interfaces. Lead developers receive a range of specific tips important for optimum Java management, making this a basic library choice. Nancy Conner's GOOGLE APPS: THE MISSING MANUAL (9780596515799, $39.99) offers a free alternative to Microsoft Office, covering all of Google Apps' downloadable files, step-by-step coverage of Gmail, Docs, and Calendar, and tips on producing in Google anything you can do with Office: spreadsheets, slideshows, and word processing. Move the files back and forth between Google Apps and Office and learn how to create a Wiki website with this outstanding guide. John Ferguson Smart's JAVA POWER TOOLS (9780596527938, $59.99) deserves ongoing mention as a recommended pick for any library catering to Java developers. It provides short sections about individual tools and offers tips on the overall Java development process that get Java programmers up and running with the most efficient tools and methods. It also discusses automating routines, using metrics and issues management tools, and much more. A 'must' for any collection serious about Java development.

A.K. Peters ltd.
888 Worcester Street Suite 230, Wellesley, MA 02482

These fine advanced computer and software engineering titles are top picks for advanced college-level collections, offering excellent technical discussions and packing in details. Ming C. Lin and Miguel A. Otaduy edit HAPATIC RENDERING: FOUNDATIONS, ALGORITHMS AND APPLICATIONS (9781568813325, $64.00), a powerful detailed survey of Hapatic interfaces which are becoming popular in both electronics and computing worlds. Articles consider different techniques for designing touch-enabled interfaces for many applications from models to medical training, considering their growing importance. Tomas Akenine-Moller, Eric Haines and Naty Hoffman's REAL-TIME RENDERING, 3RD EDITION (9781568814247, $89.00) has been completely revised and revamped for its updated third edition, which focuses on modern techniques used to generate three-dimensional images in a fraction of the time old processes took. From practical rendering for games to math and details for better interactive applications, it's not to be missed. Erick Reinhard,'s COLOR IMAGING: FUNDAMENTALS AND APPLICATIONS (9781568813448, $125.00) covers a range of color theory concerns for any involved in computer graphics, vision, image processing and photography. Thus this book is a pick not just for college-level computer collections, but for advanced photography libraries as well. Chapters cover the basics of color's physics and chemistry, offering plenty of theory perfect for understanding how images are captured, altered, and presented. An accompanying DVD holds most of the color photos in the book in high dynamic range format including source code for several algorithms and provides readers with an essential key for understanding at an advanced level.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

The Forgotten Horses
Tony Stromberg
New World Library
14 Pamaron Way, Novato, CA 94949
9781577316152, $45.00

Rescue organizations and horse sanctuaries give new life to unwanted horses and the horses featured here were abused, neglected, abandoned, and have health issues. THE FORGOTTEN HORSES features photos by Tony Stromberg exploring the wild horse. Sanctuaries across North America served as the source for his fine close-ups of working-class horses, a top pick for any library interested in coffee-table-type nature guides.

The Backyard Birdsong Guide
Donald Kroodsma
Chronicle Books
680 2nd Street, San Francisco CA 94107
9780811863421, $24.95

The Eastern and Central North America guide of The Backyard Birdsong Guide provides an audio field guide perfect for newcomers to birdsong and identification. Over seventy unique birds from Eastern and Central North America are presented in a blend of digital audio and descriptions of songs and behaviors, making for a special recommendation for home libraries and beginning birders in the Eastern and Central North America regions.

Dress Up Your Dog
Annette Howard, author
Thunder Bay Press
10350 Barnes Canyon Rd., Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92121
9781592238767, $9.95, 96 pp.,

Dogs are naturally sociable, they love attention for their owners, other humans -- and course other dogs! Now you can make them the center of attention in style by following the advice in "In Dress Up Your Dog: 18 Costumes To Create For the Ultimate In Doggy Style" by author and dog-lover Annette Howard. Here presented are "user friendly" patterns to make adorable costumes for your dog, no matter what their shape, size, or breed. Worried you can't sew? "Dress Up Your Dog" is filled with step-by-step photographs, patterns and comprehensive instructions, making these specialized needlecraft projects eminently suitable for dog owners of all skill levels. Before you get started, check out the help hints and an invaluable tips to make your experience at creating the various doggie costumes a smooth and successful process. Delightful in concept, easy to follow, and unique in its presentation, "Dress Up Your Dog" is recommended for any dedicated dog lover wanting to show their canine companion off in style during any and every season of the year!

Blackwell Publishing
2121 State Avenue, Ames, IA 50014

Gwendolyn L. Carroll edits SMALL ANIMAL ANESTHESIA AND ANALGESIA (9780813802305, $70.00), a top pick for any vet library or college-level collection. It packs in tables, references, and technical information to accompany essays on everything from induction agents and drugs to premedicants, making it a key acquisition for any serious vet library. A more specialized, but equally important, reference for such collections is the second updated edition of Kirk N. Gelatt's ESSENTIALS OF VETERINARY OPHTHALMOLOGY (9780781785594, $100.00), a reader covering the diagnosis and clinical management of eye diseases of domestic animals. It draws on clinical experience to provide a quick reference format, making it a fine pick for busy vets seeking a rapid consultation and diagnosis device. More images, a more convenient layout, and a reference to dosage, side effects and more make this reference more practical than ever. Candyce M. Jack, LVT and Patricia M. Watson, LVT's VETERINARY TECHNICIAN'S DAILY REFERENCE GUIDE: CANINE AND FELINE, 2ND EDITION (0813812046, $50.00) is a top pick for practicing veterinary technicians in practice and training in the field. It's been fully revised and updated with a better layout for quicker reference access, packs in charts and tables synthesizing information, and covers all the basics of veterinary care for dogs and cats. With its lay-flat spiral hardcover binding, it's perfect for the practice and everyday work, and makes an excellent student supplement to textbooks as well. A 'must' for any serious college-level collection catering to student vets, and for those already working in the field as is Lowell Ackerman's invaluable FIVE-MINUTE VETERINARY PRACTICE MANAGEMENT CONSULT (9780781759847, $99.99), a powerful one-step reference on all management issues for consult practices, from understanding the marketplace in which vets practice to hospital finances, budgeting, marketing services to a vet practice, and practicing safety. From legal issues to planning, this structured guide offers a focus on practical assessments and solutions key to the vet practice. Robert S. Goldstein edits INTEGRATING COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE INTO VETERINARY PRACTICE (0813820200, $160.00), an in-depth reference recommended for college-level veterinary library holdings and for practicing vets and clients. It covers complementary treatment options from Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture to therapeutic nutrition, and takes a systems-based approach to familiarizing vets with terminology and processes of these alternative options. From key diseases to behavior issues and all the common physical problems of animals, a range of detail on key integrative treatment options from experts in herbal medicine, acupuncture and therapeutic nutrition provide an essential, key reference to any studying or working in the veterinary science field.

Damselfishes and Anemonefishes
Scott W. Michael
T.F.H. Publications
1 TFH Plaza, 3rd and Union Streets, Neptune City NJ 07753
9781890087975, $44.95

Any collection strong in aquarium building and marine systems moving beyond the very basic need Damselfishes and Anemonefishes, a definitive reference covering nearly seventy families and thousands of species. Divers, amateur reef naturalists and other neo-pros will find Damselfishes and Anemonefishes packed with specific details and plenty of tips on how to successfully keep healthy aquariums. Bright color photos throughout supplement the many technical and practical details.

The Needlecraft Shelf

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

Learn how to work with curves to produce circle quilts, and absorb the latest tricks for cutting and sewing circles using eight example projects ranging from small wall hangings to twin quilts. Leigh E. McDonald's ADVENTURES IN CIRCLES (9781564778024, $26.95 ) gets the quilter started on the circle concept, covers machine applique and embellishments, and offers a variety of patterns paired with color photos and step-by-step directions. Cyndi Walker's SPOTLIGHT ON SCRAPS: 10 PRETTY QUILTS (9781564777799, $24.95) tells how to mix hues, values and prints to give a scrap quilt extra sparkle. The focus on bright, bold colors and beginner's lessons on color schemes makes for a fun introduction. Tammy Kelly's QUILTASTIC CURVES (9781564777836, $26.95) provides a sampling of template shapes which can be used to create a wide range of quilts. Step-by-step instructions cover the basics of producing perfect curves using the author's easy cutting and sewing techniques, with a dozen quilt projects providing reinforcement to learning. That Patchwork Place's CREATIVE QUILT COLLECTION V. 3 (9781564778550, $27.95) features 19 special designs, from traditional to modern, which illustrate a range of quilt-making tips. From simple piecing to hand applique, the variety is an exceptional range of ideas for all levels of quilter. Catherine Tough's SIMPLE GIFTS FOR DOG LOVERS (9781564778710, $18.95) provides quick, easy projects ranging from dog coats to matching scarves for dog and owner. Dogs and owners alike receive fun dog-theme gift ideas with easy sewing construction for all. Highly recommended for any needleworker's collection.

770 Broadway, New York NY 10003

Anyone can learn to crochet, as the Chicks With Sticks Nancy Queen & Mary Ellen O'Connell show in Chicks with Sticks Guide to Crochet (082300676X, $17.95), an introduction consisting of detailed lessons and a review of tools, materials, and crochet abbreviations. The Chicks offer up projects broken down by lesson, patterns with schematic diagrams, and photos of finished results: a perfect addition to any library seeking user-friendly introductions paired with contemporary, appealing design projects. Their GUIDE TO KNITTING (0823006751, $17.95) offers a similar guide for beginning knitters, covering all the basic terminology, instructions and providing guides to basic patterns through thirty simple, contemporary fashion projects. Diagrams, assembly instructions and more make for a compelling read.

Ribbon Treasures from Celia's Garden
Faye Labanaris
American Quilter's Society
Box 3290, Paducah, KY 42002-3290
9781574329582, $26.95

Learn how to create three-dimensional blossoms working with ribbons with Ribbon Treasures from Celia's Garden, a guide to decorative flowers which can be created to enhance quilts, hats, home decor and more. Step-by-step full-color directions make it easy to follow specifics on creating flowers from ribbons, with enticing and inspirational finished results presented. Any quilting or needlework library needs this.

The Prayer Shawl Companion
Janet Bristow & Victoria A. Cole-Galo
The Taunton Press
P.O. Box 5506, Newtown, CT 06470
9781600850035, $19.95, 172 pp.,

Have you received, given or heard of a prayer shawl? Would you like to know how to make one and understand the meanings behind them? Needlecraft authors and founders of the Prayer Shawl Ministry, Janet Bristow and Victoria A. Cole-Galo have collaborated to bring aspiring knitters thirty-eight distinctive and lovely prayer shawl patterns to knitters of all skill levels in the pages of "The Prayer Shawl Companion: 38 Knitted Designs To Embrace, Inspire & Celebrate Life". Beautiful pictures, easy to follow patterns, and anecdotal personal stories make "The Prayer Shawl Companion" so much more than just another book of patterns. Readers will learn the meaning and traditions behind many kinds of shawls showcased, as well as the importance of these shawls to those who make them and/or receive them. These wraps are made for anyone and for nearly any occasion. The individual and 'user friendly' patterns include designs for celebrations as well as times of solace and remembrance. Readers can find more information, stories and patterns on Thoughtful, inspiring, and educational knitters will enjoy selecting the right color, yarn and stitch for their project, each with its own meaning. A welcome addition to personal, professional, and community library Needlecraft instructional reference collections, "The Prayer Shawl Companion" is enthusiastically recommended for knitters of every level of ability and proficiency.

The Music Shelf

How to Be a Record Producer in the Digital Era
Megan Perry
Billboard Books
c/o Watson-Guptil Publications
770 Broadway, New York NY 10003
0823009066, $18.95

Aspiring record producers will find this a lovely title offering a primer on basic record production and how to build a career in the shaky music industry. From changing roles of record producers to legal issues of contracts, working with record labels, and creating a personal studio, this is the item of choice not just for music libraries, but for business collections strong in career titles.

The Cookbook Shelf

EatingWell Seasonal Recipes
Pomegranate Communications, Inc.
P.O. Box 808022, Petaluma CA 94975-8022
9780764944406, $15.99, 1-800-227-1428

Combining a cookbook with a 2009 calendar, "EatingWell Seasonal Recipes" is a unique approach to menu planning by busy families and time-stressed kitchen cooks. The fifty-four featured recipes were specifically chosen for easy and speed of preparation. Utilizing a format that features month-by-month recipe groupings and perforated recipe pages easily detachable from the spiral binding, each showcased recipe is enhanced with analysis notes and nutrition bonus information. The 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes themselves range from Roasted halibut with Banana-Orange Relish; Chicken & Asparagus with Melted Gruyere; Warm Arugula Bread Salad; and Flank Steak Pinwheels; to Five-Spice Turkey & Lettuce Wraps; Tomato & Fennel Salad; Blueberry-Lime Margaritas; and Savory Bread Pudding with Spinach & Mushrooms. Offering a uniquely useful format, "EatingWell Seasonal Recipes" is a very special and highly recommended addition to personal and family cookbook (and calendar!) collections.

Local Bounty
Devra Gartenstein
The Book Publishing Company
PO Box 99, Summertown, TN 38483
9781570672194, $17.95, 1-800-695-2241

Whether from one's own garden or from a farmer's market featuring locally grown fruits and vegetables, season produce is an ecologically responsible way to buy food -- and the most effective and economical way to create palate pleasing, appetite satisfying, nutritious dishes for every meal of the day. Drawing upon her more than twenty years in the food business, Devra Gartenstein has compiled an impressive collection of recipes in "Local Bounty: Season Vegan Recipes" using the kinds of seasonal ingredients a good farmer's market will offer to a discriminating customer. Other benefits include the fact that ripe produce is at its best flavor and highest nutritional value, transportation from farm to consumer requires the least amount of fossil fuel, small-scale farmers often use fewer pesticides than the larger corporate farms, foods in season are more economical to purchase than imported foods out of our local seasons, buying locally helps the local economy and are the best way ordinary families have of avoiding the problems crated by the globalization of the food industry. The recipes in "Local Bounty" range from Sorrel with Spring Onions; Summer Stuffed Cabbage; White Beans with Garlic Scapes; and Brazilian Collard Greens; to Chard and Chanterelles in Wine Sauce; Chai-Spiced Mulled Cider; Leek and Parsnip Saute; and Seitan Shepherd's Pie. A welcome addition to both vegetarian and non-vegetarian cookbook collections, "Local Bounty" is an enthusiastically recommended selection for personal, family, and community library cookbook shelves.

Wine Mondays
Frank McClelland & Christie Matheson
Harvard Common Press
535 Albany Street , Boston, MA 02118
9781558323773, $24.95, 1-888-657-3755

A good wine can make a meal. Conversely, an inappropriate wine can detract from one. That's why "Winde Mondays: Simple Wine Pairings With Seasonal Menus" is so important for any menu planning from ordinary family meals to special celebratory dinners. With the assistance of food writer Christie Matheson, the award-winning proprietor of L'Espalier and Sel de La Terre restaurants, Frank McClelland showcases sixteen of his favorite menus (one for each of the four seasons of the year) with recommended wine pairings for each dish. "Wine Mondays) is enhanced with wine pairing notes, helpful tips and information about wine varieties and regions, and advice for shopping at local markets using fresh, in-season ingredients for best result. "Wine Mondays" is an elegant, practical, 'user friendly' addition to any family or community library cookbook collection.

The Blue Heron Ranch
Nadia Natali
North Atlantic Books
1435 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
9781556437175, $21.95, 1-800-788-3123

Specialty cookbooks from unique restaurants are always popular additions to personal and community library reference collections. Just such a one is Nadia Natali's "The Blue Heron Ranch: Recipes And Stories From A Zen Retreat Center". Featuring charming color illustrations by Marica Natali Thompson, the featured 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes for healthy and tasty dishes range from Sauteed Vegetables with Rice; Miso Pine Salmon; Blue Heron Chicken Stew; and Blue Heron Salad Dressing; to Home-Baked Granola; Persian Mulberry Peach Pie; Carob Coconut Brownies; and Teepee Hot Cider. An invaluable source of inspiring and unique menu ideas, "The Blue Heron Ranch Cookbook" is a prize addition for any cookbook shelf!

108 Recipes
Jolanta Kusa
Nyingma Institute
c/o Dharma Publishing
35788 Hauser Bridge Road, Cazadero, CA 95421
9780963913005, $15.00, 1-800-873-4276

A vegetarian diet can be complex, diverse, palate pleasing and appetite satisfying -- if you have access to the kinds of recipes that are featured in "108 Recipes: Gourmet Vegetarian Cooking Form Nyingma Institute". Compiled by Jolanta Kusa and in full compliance with Buddhist traditions of food and nutrition, the featured recipes are organized into appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, grains, side dishes, dips and spreads, desserts, breakfasts and breads. Ranging from a Clear Cauliflower Soup; to an Exotic Black Bean and Fruit Salad; to a Mushroom and Chevre Tart; to a Chocolate Port Cake; to Potato Pancakes with Blue Cheese, "108 Recipes: Gourmet Vegetarian Cooking Form Nyingma Institute" truly lives up to the promise of its title and is a welcome addition to personal, family, and community library vegetarian cookbook collections.

The Amish Cook at Home
Lovina Eicher with Kevin Williams
Andrews McMeel Publishing
4520 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64111-7701
(816) 932.6700,
9780740773723, $29.99, 224 pp.

Looking for a rich traditional cook book with beautiful photos and information as well as fabulous recipes? "The Amish Cook at Home: Simple Pleasure of Food, Family and Faith" by Lovina Eicher (a national syndicate newspaper columnist of the Amish Cook) and her co-author Kevin Williams is sure to please. Superbly illustrated throughout, "The Amish Cook at Home" is a beautifully displayed cookbook that follows the seasons with traditional Amish recipes, information notes and sidebars about Amish history, culture and stories of Old Order days and glimpses into events including weddings, funerals and tax time! Superb full-color photos and engaging anecdotal stories from Lovina's family and from Kevin Williams brings an extra personal touch. "The Amish Cook at Home" is a great book to spend time with in the kitchen with your family as you make tasty home cooked dishes, while at the same time learning about a culture rich in culinary and community tradition. The 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes are easy to follow. A great addition to any families cookbook collection whether it be your first or your 50th, "The Amish Cook at Home" is highly recommended for all personal, family, and community library cookbook collections.

Recipe of the Week: Ice Cream
Sally Sampson
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9780470169452, $16.95

Ice cream, sorbet, and gelato are all featured in this survey of how to add sweet sauces to common ice creams for added impact. Here are 52 recipes for year-round enjoyment, packing in lovely photos and inviting dishes. Libraries seeking slim, easy ice cream guides with strong visual impact will find this an excellent pick.

The Rotisserie Chicken Cookbook
Michelle Ann Anderson
Cumberland House
431 Harding Industrial Drive, Nashville, TN 37211-3160
9781581826593, $16.95

Home cooks who work on limited time will find attractive both the color photos and the ease of preparation in The Rotisserie Chicken Cookbook: all that's needed is a rotisserie setup to produce a range of dishes from appetizers to entrees, including soups, casseroles, sandwiches and more. Quick steps and common ingredients make for an appealing presentation perfect for general lending libraries.

The Audiobook Shelf

Brilliance Audio
PO Box 887, Grand Haven, MI 49417, 1-800-854-7859

Karen Robards' GUILTY (1423328337, $38.95) receives long-time veteran narrator Joyce Bean's smooth and compelling voice as it tells of female attorney Kat, whose dark past returns when she encounters a prisoner who was one of her companions when she held up a store in her youth. He's facing a long sentence and needs her help, entwining her in a series of dangerous encounters. Mary Roach's BONK: THE CURIOUS COUPLING OF SCIENCE AND SEX (1423316681, $34.95) receives Sandra Burr's voiceover expertise and is a pick for nonfiction fans, providing an alluring study of sexual physiology and surprising humor. Such collections will also appreciate Karen Sobel Lojeski and Richard R. Reilly's UNITING THE VIRTUAL WORKFORCE (1423360222, $29.95), with Joyce Bean's powerful voice enhancing a business guide to workplace adjustments to virtual workers. It's a powerful guide businesses need. Also powerful is Bob Rice's THREE MOVES AHEAD: WHAT CHESS CAN TEACH YOU ABOUT BUSINESS (142336015X, $29.95) receives Mel Foster's acting background as it tells of how chess moves can apply to business objectives. Learn how to crack new markets with a fine collection of chess strategies honed from competition. Marcia Ann Gillespie's MAYA ANGELOU: A GLORIOUS CELEBRATION (1423364843, $26.95) receives Dion Graham's acting skills as it provides a moving biography of poet Maya Angelou, examining her life created by those who knew her. M. William Phelps' LETHAL GUARDIAN (1423349334, $38.95) receives J. Charles smooth and warm voice as it tells of a real estate lawyer who wants guardianship of her niece. Her obsession will lead to murder in this tense thriller. Stephen White's DEAD TIME (1423328884, $38.95) enjoys veteran Dick Hill's smooth narrative style as it tells of a Colorado psychologist struggling to handle his newly adopted son and a shaky marriage. When he also becomes involved in a mystery that goes back years to a Grand Canyon camping trip and a woman's disappearance, he finds the help of friend detective Sam Purdy welcome until danger appears to close in on them both. M. William Phelps' I'LL BE WATCHING YOU (1423361849, $38.95) receives J. Charles' 40 years of professional theater, radio and film work as he reads about a missing mother of four and a killer's mistake, which leads to past cases and a shocking revelation. An attorney's struggles to uncover the truth make for a gripping thriller. Ridley Pearson's STEEL TRAPP (142333857X, $26.95) receives William Dufris' powerful audiobook career background as it provides a crime novel of a man with a photographic memory which proves to be a blessing and a curse. Good Samaritan Steven 'Steel' finds his good intentions involve him in a dangerous plot that might have links to terrorist intentions in this vivid thriller. Kevin J. Anderson's THE ASHES OF WORLDS (1423357515, $39.95) pairs David Colacci's seasoned and dramatic voice with the concluding volume in Anderson's 'Saga of Seven Suns' science fiction series. Listeners of previous volumes will find it an outstanding epic story that continues to foster unexpected twists and turns right up to its exciting conclusion. Karen Marie Moning's THE IMMORTAL HIGHLANDER (1423341619, $29.95) enjoys Phil Gignte's directing experience and fine voice as it tells of cross-time traveler and lethal seductor Adam Black, who pursues his desires until a curse ends his immortality and makes him invisible. His only hope is the one woman who can actually see past the spell in this gripping saga. Elizabeth Strout's OLIVE KITTERIDGE (1423350030, $36.95) receives Sandra Burr's moving and experienced voiceover skills as it tells of a retired schoolteacher who hates change but doesn't always recognize changes in those who make up her life. From her marriage to her students, Olive will find the world holds surprising undercurrents in this story of transformation. Karen Marie Moning's THE DARK HIGHLANDER (1423341546, $29.95) receives veteran Phil Gigante's evocative, smooth voice which lends to a fine thriller adding to the Highlander series. Here Dageus, a 16th century Scot tapped in time, is fighting a losing battle with the thirteen Druids who own his soul in a tense story of sexual conquest and old property.

Hachette Audio
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017,

Ben Karlin edits THINGS I'VE LEARNED FROM WOMEN WHO'VE DUMPED ME (1594838828, $24.98), a powerful survey narrated by Stephen Colbert, Will Forte and numerous others who provide humorous and lively accounts of hard lessons learned from hard women. It's a powerful collection. Elin Hilderbrand's BAREFOOT (1600242340, $19.98) tells of three women who arrive at Nantucket with different dilemmas. Each has come to escape and enjoy the sun and in the rented summer house of these women comes Josh, to change each of their lives. Katie Hale's narration brings the drama to life. Robert Ludlum's THE BOURNE SANCTION is actually a new novel by Eric Van Lustbader using Ludlum's scenarios (1600242944, $29.98), and receives actor Jeremy Davidson's inspired, passionate voice as it tells of Jason's return to Georgetown University in hopes of peace only to find his alternate life as a linguistics professor is boring. A murder investigation of a former student catches his attention and soon involves him in an undercover operation that will prove his most challenging yet. If unabridged is preferred, it's available too (1600242960, $49.98). Anne Rivers Siddons' OFF SEASON (1600241700, $39.98) pairs Jane Alexander's smooth and distinguished voice with the story of happily married couple Cam and Lilly, who have the ideal life, love and family until tragedy strikes. Lilly takes a lone road trip after Cam's death to his favorite spot in Maine there to examine both their lives in this warm story of love, loss and renewal. Katie Crouch's GIRLS IN TRUCKS (9781600242724, $29.98) provides a vivid reading by the author as it tells of a Charleston debutante with strange manners and a penchant for bad ideas. Sarah's brilliant older sister is a dropout and her mother lectures her on good etiquette even while in an alcoholic haze, so Sara finds it hard to be good when she leaves home for a larger world. Two fine nonfiction listens are also recommended picks. Jordan E. Goodman's FAST PROFITS IN HARD TIMES (9781600244971, $22.98) is narrated by the author, a former Money Magazine journalist, and provides a survey of ten secret strategies that will produce returns beyond that of CEOs or money market funds. Garrett Sutton's OWN YOUR OWN CORPORATION (9781600242878, $24.98) joins others in the 'Rich Dads' series and provides newcomers to business start-up with all the explanations and tools needed to form a personal strategy and take advantage of corporate structures. Nicholas Sparks' NIGHTS IN RODANTHE (160024291X, $17.98) receives JoBeth Williams' fine narrative style as it provides a novel of heartache and new love. After her husband abandons her for a younger woman, Adrienne flees to the small coastal town of Rodanthe in North Carolina to tend a friend's inn there to find a major storm and a mid-aged man change her life. Their weekend together will make a big difference in this warm romance of love between very different people. All are outstanding audio acquisitions.

Penguin Audio
375 Hudson Street, New York NY 10014

Jane Green's THE BEACH HOUSE (9780143143277, $39.95) enjoys actress Cassandra Campbell's extensive theatre skills and voice as it tells of sixty-five-year-old Nan who lives in a rambling house alone and decides to take in renters when she views her crumbling finances. Each new tenant will change and affect her life and build a different kind of family in this saga of discovery. David Stone's THE ORPHEUS DECEPTION (9780143143024, $39.95) receives Erik Davies' winning TV voice style as it tells of an assassination attempt that sets CIA agent Micah on the trail of a Serbian warlord. Fans of the prior Echelon Vendetta will find this a similar, fine thriller. John Sandford's PHANTOM PREY (9780143143116, $39.95) enjoys veteran narrator Richard Ferrone's acting skills and award-winning voice as it tells of one Lucas, who becomes involved in a shocking new case when a widow comes how to her large house only to find blood on the walls, no body, and her daughter missing. A powerful story springs to life in audio format. Robin Cook's FOREIGN BODY (9780143143147, $39.95) receives veteran narrator George Guidall's smooth voice as it tells of a series of unexplained deaths in foreign hospitals that send an idealistic medical student on a dangerous investigation. When Jennifer searches for answers to the mystery, her queries land her in dangerous territory in a riveting story perfect for audio libraries strong in thrillers and medical mystery fiction. Jim Nantz works with Eli Spielman in ALWAYS BY MY SIDE: A FATHER'S GRACE AND A SPORTS JOURNEY UNLIKE ANY OTHER (9780143143314, $29.95). Narrated by the author, this tells a dual story of some of his behind-the-scenes encounters in the sports world in his role as three-time National Sportscaster of the Year, and also tells of his father, who inspired him in the broadcasting world and became an Alzheimer's sufferer. A moving, spirited sports account. Elizabeth Brundage's SOMEBODY ELSE'S MOTHER (9780143143468, $39.95) receives a fine dual narration by Bernadette Dunne and Mark Bramhill and tells of two young drifters living in San Francisco who are forced to give up their infant daughter. Seventeen years later Nate becomes his daughter's teacher in a warm account of two very different fathers and their connections to an independent young woman on her own search for the meaning of life and family. Gloria Copeland's GOD'S MASTER PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE (9780143143204, $29.95) comes from a minister whose teaching is known throughout the world. Her contention is that everyone is following a 'master plan' from God even those with no relationship with God. Her survey of these plans is inspirational listening.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

The Placebo Response and the Power of Unconscious Healing
Richard Kradin
c/o Taylor & Francis Group
270 Madison Avenue, New York NY 10016
0415956188, $40.00

Placebo responses are automatic and unconscious and represent a complicated set of interactions between brain and body. "The Placebo Response and the Power of Unconscious Healing" by Richard Kradin informatively considers how the various elements involved in evoking placebo responses overlap with interpersonal dynamics, considering the effects caregivers can have on placebo response patterns. College-level libraries strong in social and health issues will find it an absorbing, revealing study.

Living Long & Loving It
Irvin M. Korr PhD & Rene J. McGovern, PhD
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197
9781591025726, $18.95

LIVING LONG AND LOVING IT: ACHIEVING A HEALTHY AND ACTIVE LIFESTYLE is not just another admonition to eat right and get exercise: it follows the author's own personal journey towards health, adds science and tips, and offers also a deeper spiritual reflection on the nature of health and fitness than most. The focus on health rather than illness provides an inspirational and positive spin recommended for both general-interest and health collections.

The Biogenealogy Sourcebook
Christian Fleche
Healing Arts Press
c/o Inner Traditions
One Park Street, Rochester VT 05767
9781594772061, $19.95

Biogenealogy is a new vision of health that takes the usual mind-body connection idea step further, addressing emotional shocks that lead to physical disorders. Illness symptoms pair with analysis of body reactions in a survey of major body organs and conditions and types of emotional conflicts that stress these areas. While new age libraries will likely be the first to try it, many a general interest lending library or health collection will find it an intriguing, interesting approach to disease management and health issues.

The Library Science Shelf

Pop Goes the Library
Sophie Brookover and Elizabeth Burns
Information Today Inc.
143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055
9781573873369, $39.50

Librarians who wish to connect with their users in new and vibrant ways will love POP GOES THE LIBRARY: USING POP CULTURE TO CONNECT WITH YOUR WHOLE COMMUNITY. It offers up strategies for blending the pop culture passions of a library's users into collection development and program strategies, offering a blend of marketing ideas and technology tools easy to blend into an existing library structure. From program plans to tested field strategies, POP GOES THE LIBRARY is an outstanding pick for any collection strong in library science.

The Social Issues Shelf

When the Center Is on Fire
Diane Harriford and Becky Thompson
University of Texas Press
Box 7819, Austin, TX 78713-7819
9780292717763, $24.95

Two feminist public sociologists turn to classical philosophers and social scientists to analyze a series of 21st century social traumas, from the massacre at Columbine and 9/11 to Hurricane Katrina. Each analysis is presented in context of classical social theory applications, with chapters offering social and political analysis perfect for classroom study and debate. High school to college-level collections will find it a fine pick.

The Jobs/Careers Shelf

How to Land a Top-Paying Federal Job
Lily Whiteman
1601 Broadway, New York NY 10019-7420
0814401724, $24.95

From internships and resumes to application essays, interviews, promotions and salary ranges, HOW TO LAND A TOP-PAYING FEDERAL JOB explores common myths about government salaries and connections, using interviews with over a hundred hiring managers to provide the basics of how the federal government hires and promotes within its ranks. From lesser-known ways of finding openings to negotiating salary and getting quickly promoted, this is an outstanding guide recommended for any library strong in job opportunities and career guidance.

The Business Shelf

The Handbook of International Trade and Finance
Anders Grath
Kogan Page
525 S. 4th Street #241, Philadelphia, PA 19147
9780749453206, $49.95

Any college-level business library strong in international sales or administration as well as business administrators operating overseas needs THE HANDBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND FINANCE, a survey covering trade risks, payments, currency risk, trade finance and more. All businesses no matter what size or type will benefit from a title covering the entire negotiating process on both buyer and seller parts. Anders Grath has over 25 years experience in international trade and finance, so this makes for an invaluable coverage no business library should be without.

1601 Broadway, New York NY 10019-7420

Millions are making money running an eBay business, and any who aspire to do the same will find all the answers in Cliff Ennico's The eBay Business Answer Book (0814400450, $19.95), covering everything from locating inventory and setting up a store to handling bidders, taxes, payments, shipping and more. A highly recommended pick for both business and general-interest lending libraries. Brian Cole Miller's QUICK MEETING OPENERS FOR BUSY MANAGERS (0814409334, $17.95) offers tools and suggestions to managers for creating effective, productive meetings. From easing into introductions and warming up the group atmosphere to encouraging open dialogue and idea-sharing, chapters offer activities that work. Business libraries catering to administrators and managers at all levels will find it a popular acquisition.

Slide:Ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations
Nancy Duarte
1005 Gravenstein Hwy North, Sebastopol, CA 95472
9780596522346, $34.99

No business library should be without SLIDE:OLOGY, a guide to using presentation software for maximum effectiveness and eye-popping presentations. Skillful visual presentations can make or break a report or business; here, the Principal of Duarte Design offers concrete approaches to visual story development, blending conceptual thinking with case studies from leading brands. From creating graphics to help listeners visualize more effectively to turning ideas into graphics and using diagramming techniques, this book challenges conventional approaches to using slides and teaches the foundations of visual thinking.

How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Florist and Floral Business Both Online and Off
Stephanie Beener
Atlantic Publishing Group
1405 SW 6th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471
9781601381408, $39.95

Florist shop owners do more than sell plants: they create displays and atmosphere and this book displays and creates an atmosphere of success as it tells everything needed for running such a business, from arranging flowers to bookkeeping, business set-up, customer acquisition and retention, and more. A companion CD-ROM enhances this fine reference, perfect for business collections.

The Science Shelf

Principles of Physical Optics
C.A. Bennett
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9780470122129, $108.60

College-level advanced collections strong in optics physics instruction will find Principles of Physical Optics appropriate for both library reference and classroom text use. It ties into the STEM curriculum with chapters geared to undergrad optics courses covering topics ranging from multiple-beam interfaces and Gaussian beams to scattering properties and rainbows. An outstanding technical instructional packed with charts, formulas and graphs.

The Carbon Age
Eric Roston
Walker & Company
175 5th Avenue, New York NY 10010
0802715575, $25.99

This discussion of the basic element carbon and its journey from prehistory to modern times surveys the science of carbon, its impact on the civilized world, and the ways mankind has used carbon over the centuries. Modern science blends with original research into history and technology to create an involving survey of one of the basic building blocks of life, a recommended pick for school science and general-interest libraries alike.

Earth Science Decade by Decade
Christina Reed
Facts on File
132 West 31st Street, 17th Floor, New York NY 10001
9780816055333, $49.50

Each chapter in EARTH SCIENCE offers a survey of significant events in earth science blending sidebars of facts and an essay that focuses on a notable individual or event with photos, drawings, and assessments of the impacts of earth science research and discoveries. A bibliography for further reading concludes chapters packed with science and history, making this a top pick for high school to college-level libraries strong in earth science.

The Crime of Reason
Robert B. Laughlin
Basic Books
c/o Perseus Books Group
2300 Chestnut Number 200, Philadelphia, PA 19103
9780465005079, $25.95

THE CRIME OF REASON AND THE CLOSING OF THE SCIENTIFIC MIND comes from a Nobel prize-winning professor of physics and discusses scientific delusions that science is being affected by volumes of advertising and little really valuable information, which is increasingly classified as private property. How can scientific inquiry continue when research is viewed as a threat to national security or patent infringement? Illegalities in scientific inquiry are analyzed for their far-reaching effects on science conduct, making this a key acquisition for any library strong in science and social issues alike.

The Photography Shelf

Night Vision: Art of Urban Exploration
Troy Paiva
Chronicle Books
680 2nd Street, San Francisco CA 94107
9780811863384, $24.95

Urban Exploration is the art of sneaking into abandoned or off-limits factors, aviation ' boneyards', and other derelict ex-military or industrial centers to photograph abandoned holdings, and NIGHT VISION captures these Urban Exploration results, comes from one of the foremost photographers of the phenomenon, and offers a blend of night photos and special lighting effects. A powerful art guide highly recommended for any contemporary art collection.

Historic Photos of Theodore Roosevelt
Stacy A. Cordery
Turner Publishing Company
200 4th Avenue North, Suite 950, Nashville, TN 37219
(615) 255-2665,
9781596523364, $39.95, 206 pp.

For American history buffs this Turner Publishing Company edition of "Historic Photos of Theodore Roosevelt" is a 'must see' addition historic photography collections. "Historic Photos of Theodore Roosevelt" features an informative captions by Stacy A. Cordery to enhance our appreciation of this thoughtful collection of black-and-white photos of TR, many of which are rare and will be relatively unknown. Journey through the early years, 1858-1888, the years of preparation, the presidency (1901-1909) and the post presidential years 1910-1919. Interesting text alongside the photos describe the life and work, interests and loves of Theodore Roosevelt's life. Well researched and creatively presented Historic Photos of Theodore Roosevelt will intrigue any reader interested in American icon. Recommended for all personal, community, and academic library Photography, American Biography, and Theodore Roosevelt reference collections.

Amherst Media
Box 586, Buffalo, NY 14226

Damon Tucci's STEP-BY-STEP WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY: TECHNIQUES FOR PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS (9781584282372, $34.95) covers all the basics of assuring wedding shots are given meaningful, poignant preparations, from how to embark on a great consultation plan to tips on anticipating photo ops and learning what to look for during the ceremony and at the reception. From the usual lighting and posing techniques to documenting all the emotions involved in a wedding, this offers many keys to success. Lou Jacobs Jr.'s PROFESSIONAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY: TECHNIQUES AND IMAGES FROM MASTER PHOTOGRAPHERS (9781584282396, $34.95) covers all the basics, from choosing the right camera equipment and planning the day's coverage to working on location, marketing for new clients, and pricing more effectively. Allison Earnest's SCULPTING WITH LIGHT (9781584282365, $34.95) provides portrait photographers with essential keys to using studio lighting for optimum results. The focus on using such lighting to 'sculpt' results in a flattering way makes all the difference between professional and amateur results, with the book covering not just lighting basics, but common face shapes and how each should be lit for maximum effect. Bill Hurter's EXISTING LIGHT TECHNIQUES FOR WEDDING AND PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY (9781584282280, $34.95) tells how to modify and supplement existing light to make for more natural images. As weddings have moved from studio lighting to other more natural conditions, this provides a key analysis of how to redirect and use sunlight, window light and more to maximum professional advantage. These are key acquisitions for practicing wedding photographers and for any collection catering to them.

The Canon EOS Digital Rebel Xsi/450d Companion
Ben Long
1005 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol, CA 95472
9780596520861, $24.99

Unlike other camera guides to the Canon, The Canon EOS Digital Rebel Xsi/450d Companion provides a portable class on digital photography for those who use this particular model and shows how to use its special features to take superior photos. Technical savvy blends with specialty photography tips in a survey important for any Canon DOS Digital Rebel camera owner.

The Art Shelf

Edge of the Sublime
Jamie Bennett
Hudson Hills Press
Box 205, Manchester, VT 05254
9781555952846, $50.00

Any authoritative jewelry art library needs EDGE OF THE SUBLIME, a collection of enamels by American enamel artist Jamie Bennett. His reputation grew to international acclaim through his revolutionary techniques, and EDGE OF THE SUBLIME offers a fine survey of the results, accompanying a retrospective exhibition catalog paired with three essays covering his fine art. A gorgeous presentation results.

All Art is Propaganda: Critical Essays
George Orwell, author
George Packer, compiler
Harcourt Books
215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10003
9780151013555, $25.00

George Orwell was a fine essayist and successful critic, discussing art and literature with equal ability and ALL ART IS PROPAGANDA: CRITICAL ESSAYS is a key recommendation for all kinds of libraries, from college-level collections strong in literature and social observation to collection also strong in art criticism. It's the latter that should especially consider ALL ART IS PROPAGANDA: it provides Orwell's reflections on a range of critical topics from literature to art. Very highly recommended.

China: 3,000 Years of Art & Literature
Jason Steuber, Editor
Welcome Books
6 West 18 Street, New York, NY 10011
9781599620305, $60.00

Any library strong in Chinese art or literature, especially those seeking a lavishly illustrated coffee-table-type survey of its culture and arts, will welcome the oversized and colorful China: 3,000 Years of Art & Literature. Literary selections from various masterpieces and pieces over the centuries pair well with unique drawings, paintings, and art capturing a range of voices from Chinese history and culture and cover all kinds of influences from food and drink to history, politics, family and other topics. Simply a gorgeous, outstanding presentation.

In Contemporary Rhythm: The Art of Ernest L. Blumenschein
Peter H. Hassrick and Elizabeth J. Cunningham
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780806139487, $34.95, 1-800-627-7377

Any collection strong in modern Western American art will welcome In Contemporary Rhythm: The Art of Ernest L. Blumenschein. It provides a definitive look at Ernest L. Blumenschein's life and works, drawing on archival sources to explore his life and place in American history and considering an artistic career which spanned over sixty years. The text draws on Blumenschein's papers and archival sources to explore his life and place in American history and culture, while contributions by art historians round out the presentation and supplement well the full-page, full-color reproductions of his art.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Berkeley Prime Crime
375 Hudson Street, New York NY 10014

Diane A.S. Stuckart's THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT (9780425219232, $23.95) opens a limited new mystery series featuring Leonardo da Vinci and his young apprentice, who take on the role of sleuths. A living chess game is to be engineered by da Vinci but when one of the 'pieces' is stabbed to death, it's up to him to uncover the murderer in this excellent historical mystery. Margaret Coel's BLOOD MEMORY (9780425223451, $24.95) tells of one Catherine McLeod, an investigative reporter for the Denver Journal whose coverage of tribes filing to reclaim millions of acres has made her an assassination target. She flees from town to escape death only to find her ongoing pursuit of her land-claim story is uncovering an underlying conspiracy that will threaten her life. The powerful, vivid thriller proves hard to put down: any mystery collection will find it a popular lend. Laura Childs' DEATH SWATCH (9780425224786, $23.95) will also prove a popular pick, blending scrapbooking crafts, Louisiana recipes, and New Orleans intrigue under one cover. Scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand fears for her own life on a wild night which includes murder, especially as theories to the murder are wild. Throw in a stalking and a handsome detective's investigation of odd clues and you have a fast-paced mystery indeed.

Poisoned Pen Press
6962 E. First Avenue #103, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

In the summer of 1273 Prioress Eleanor finds herself involved in the poisoning of one Martin the Cooper, a mystery which holds too many suspects and a killer who could be any one of them. Eleanor's investigation causes her more problems and leads to more murders in Priscilla Royal's FORSAKEN SOUL (9781590585214, $24.95), a challenging medieval mystery for any library strong in historical novels or mysteries. Mary Anna Evans' FINDINGS (9781590584835, $24.95) tells of Faye Longchamp, restoring the family plantation in Florida and doing archaeological work for pay at the same time. When thieves break into the home of her mentor and kill him, ignoring his valuables, Fay finds herself on a puzzling, dangerous search for the truth. Martin Edwards' WATERLOO SUNSET (9781590584415, $24.95) tells of a puzzling obituary notice that predates a death and involves one Harry Devlin in his own possible murder investigation just as young women are being murdered in his own home town. Finding himself both a suspect and a possible future victim, Harry must work doubly hard to save his reputation and his life. Murder mystery fans will relish this novel's many twists and turns.

The Biography Shelf

Natalie Scott: A Magnificent Life
John W. Scott
Pelican Publishing Company
1000 Burmaster Street, Gretna, LA 70053-2246
9781589805804, $25.00

Natalie Scott was one of the best newspaperwomen in America and spearheaded a colony of intellectuals who gathered in New Orleans' French Quarter during the 1920s. She also was a war nurse, awarded France's highest medal for bravery after rescuing patients from a bombed medical building, as well as a celebrated journalist and socialite. Any collection strong in New Orleans history or women's biography will find this an excellent survey of the vivid life and accomplishments of Natalie Scott.

The Antiques/Collectibles Shelf

A Guide Book of United States Tokens and Medals
Katherine Jaeger
Whitman Publishers
3101 Clairmont Road, Suite C, Atlanta, GA 30329
0794820603, $19.95

Any library strong in either coin collecting or U.S. history will welcome A Guide Book of United States Tokens and Medals, offering both values and historical background on collectible tokens. Images from the American Numismatic Society's collection accompany the latest values in different conditions, while histories of the token or medal's manufacture are revealing.

Collector Books
Box 3009, Paducah, KY 42002-3009

Libraries catering to either archaeologists or amateur Indian collectors and historians will relish Jim Bennett's collector's guide ANCIENT INDIAN ARTIFACTS VOLUME 1: INTRODUCTION TO COLLECTING (9781574325850, $29.95). It provides a fine survey of Indian artifacts, including Rowe's glossary of artifact terms, and covers artifacts ranging from pottery to arrowheads, drills, weights and more. More than just a valuation guide, it offers plenty of historical background on how the Indian artifacts were used, where they can be located, how they are identified and arranged into a collection, and other topics key to artifact collecting. David J. Chorey's ENCYCLOPEDIA OF UNIVERSAL POTTERIES (9781574325911, $29.95) provides a fine reference to Universal Potteries product lines, pairing fine clear color photos throughout with values, company history, patterns, descriptions and background. Any library strong in pottery collecting will find this a large, popular line and thus the ENCYCLOPEDIA will have an especially high lending interest level. Also key to collections strong in glassware collecting is Mary Frank Gaston's ENGLISH CHINA: PATTERNS & PIECES (9781574325812, $29.95), a collector's handbook pairing lovely color photos of pieces and sets with an arrangement by type of English chinaware for quick reference. From cow creamers to egg stands and pitchers, makers and values are quick to locate, identify and make for a fine collector's reference.

The Education Shelf

Involving Parents in Their Children's Reading Development
Bruce Johnson
Treasure Bay, Inc.
40 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo, CA 94960
9781601152008, $19.95, 108 pp., CD included.

Teachers who want to involve parents in their children's reading development are key. Effective tools for success can be difficult. Author Bruce Johnson, with foreword by Nancy Livingston presents a guide for teachers seeking greater and more effective parenting involvement with respect to their child's literacy education. "Involving Parents in Their Children's Reading Development: A Guide for Teachers" is packed from cover to cover with resources and ideas for teachers ranging from preschool to middle school aged students. All the materials included are thoroughly field tested and ready to be customized to meet the specific needs of particular students and parents. With its clear format and content friendly text, "Involving Parents in Their Children's Reading Development: A Guide for Teachers" is an exceptionally practical and 'user friendly' guide. Teachers will find this instructional book easy to follow as practical guide which is enhanced to include games parents can use to engage their young reader, as well as maintain their child's reading skills over the summer. An invaluable resource for classroom teachers and including an accompanying CD of resource materials, "Involving Parents in Their Children's Reading Development: A Guide for Teachers" is highly recommended for teaching professionals early childhood to intermediate and a core addition to academic library Education Studies reference collections.

Corwin Press
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320

Maryln Applebaum's HOW TO HANDLE THE HARD-TO-HANDLE STUDENT, K-5 (9781412964395, $25.95) is packed with over 100 strategies for a range of behavioral challenges, teaching how to assess children's strengths and challenges, how to handle student and teacher emotions alike, and how to develop problem-solving skills. Susan E. Israel's VOCABULARY LISTS AND ACTIVITIES FOR THE PREK-2 CLASSROOM (9781412953511, $28.95) surveys word lists, literature selections and teaching strategies for building young learner vocabulary and comprehension skills. From journal activities to read-aloud ideas, it's packed with plans. Clarissa Willis' CREATING INCLUSIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN (9781412957199, $30.95) offers a host of research-based techniques for helping kids thrive in early childhood settings, from targeted strategies and activities to building relationships with peers. Preschool and kindergarten teachers receive all the tools needed to work with a range of disabilities from autism and vision loss to sensory disorders. Shari Y. Ehly's THE LEARNING-CENTERED KINDERGARTEN: 10 KEYS TO SUCCESS FOR STANDARDS-BASED CLASSROOMS (9781412955478, $25.95) provides a new resource to show novice and experienced kindergarten teachers alike how to improve their practices. From implementing the 10 key strategies to lesson plans, forms, and more resources based on real-world success, this is a treasure trove of kindergarten insights educators will appreciate. Steve Breakstone, Michael Dreiblatt and Karen Dreiblatt's HOW TO STOP BULLYING AND SOCIAL AGGRESSION (9781412958110, $30.95) teaches elementary grades lessons and activities for reinforcing empathy and friendship. Teaches in grades K-6 as well as school administrators receive tips on interactive lessons and activities that support student safety, with details centering around issues of respect and fostering such behaviors. Lawrence A. Machi and Brenda T. McEvoy's THE LITERATURE REVIEW (9781412961356, $25.95) offers master's and doctoral-level students in education and social science a powerful guide to developing and writing a literature review for a research project or thesis. A six-step developmental model offers exercises, graphics, and charts. Lee Brattland Nielsen's BRIEF REFERENCE OF STUDENT DISABILITIES WITH STRATEGIES FOR THE CLASSROOM (9781412966337, $31.98) appears in a 2nd updated edition to provide educators with a desktop reference for specific disabilities and how they affect classroom setup, education choices, and classroom inclusiveness. Included here are ADHD and bipolar disorder, along with legal explanations, health information, web site references, and educational strategies. Frank Crowther works with Margaret Ferguson and Leonne Hann in DEVELOPING TEACHER LEADERS, 2nd Edition (9781412963749, $72.95), a fine survey of how teachers can assume a leadership role for overall school success. Chapters cover tips on revitalizing teaching in the schools and offer administrators and principals opportunities for encouraging and changing teacher participation. The second edition of Linda Campbell and Bruce Campbell's MINDFUL LEARNING (9781412966931, $33.95) packs in over a hundred field-tested strategies for student/teacher interactions. From insuring gender-fair instruction and instigating active learning exercises at different grade levels to teaching diverse students, MINDFUL LEARNING is packed with concrete applications. Carrol Moran,'s third updated edition KEYS TO THE ELEMENTARY CLASSROOM (9781412963695, $35.95) is an essential reference for new teachers and should be required educator reading for the first month of teaching a class. A detailed week-by-week account includes assessment of routines, procedures, activities and common challenges in managing the elementary classroom. Barbara P. Benson's HOW TO MEET STANDARDS, MOTIVATE STUDENTS, AND STILL ENJOY TEACHING! 2ND EDITION (9781412963671, $35.95) focuses on four basic practices proven to improve student learning. From fostering a group of learners who are self-directed to following standards- based curriculum while adding content and streamlining process, it offers many tools for stimulating growth within the familiar teaching structure. The second edition of Jeffrey A. Kottler and Ellen Kottler's STUDENTS WHO DRIVE YOU CRAZY: SUCCEEDING WITH RESISTANT, UNMOTIVATED, AND OTHERWISE DIFFICULT YOUNG PEOPLE (9781412965286, $56.95) is for any teacher at a loss on how to deal with student behaviors. Chapters show how to handle difficult kids, suggest new responses and approaches to misbehaviors, and offers charts of characteristics and accompanying guidelines for handling them. Laura Lipton and Deborah Hubble's MORE THAN 100 WAYS TO LEARNER-CENTERED LITERACY, 2ND EDITION (9781412957847, $62.95) packs in keys to building on student experiences to learn language. Chapters document these common experiences, link them to language lessons, and provide educators with exercises and materials. Judy M. Brunner and Dennis K. Lewis' SAFE & SECURE SCHOOLS: 27 STRATEGIES FOR PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION (9781412962995, $28.95) offers keys for early intervention and prevention, documenting issues in school safety and how they can be resolved by astute, perceptive administrators. Richard A. Schmuck edits PRACTICAL ACTION RESEARCH, 2ND EDITION (9781412962872, $28.95), a collection of articles that create alternative ways for enhancing classroom practices. Articles by experts include seven new contributions to this edition and pair well with case studies demonstrating theory. Marcia L. Tate's MATHEMATICS WORKSHEETS DON'T GROW DENDRITES 20 (9781412953337, $33.95) provides numeracy strategies for grades Pre-K to 8, offering creative methods for blending visual, auditory and tactile modalities and fostering achievement in math. Brain-compatible math activities and lessons have been submitted by practicing teachers across the country. David Hyerle's VISUAL TOOLS FOR TRANSFORMING INFORMATION INTO KNOWLEDGE (9781412924276, $33.95) appears in its second updated edition and describes three types of visual tools: brainstorming webs, graphic organizers and concept maps. Each expands teacher skills and tools offering applied concepts fostering critical thinking, based on the latest brain research insights. Templates, exercises and over 70 keys to classroom applications are built in. Dorothy A. Sisk's MAKING GREAT KIDS GREATER; EASING THE BURDEN OF BEING GIFTED (9781412958721, $28.95) is written by a gifted education expert who analyzes the techniques, strategies and lessons to help gifted students link their cognitive abilities with their social skills. From real stories of gifted students to suggested activities, teacher voices and experiences, and reading lists and web sites, MAKING GREAT KIDS GREATER is essential for any education collection. Frederick A. Lindley's THE PORTABLE MENTOR, 2ND EDITION (9781412949019, $33.95) offers entry-level principals and mentors a fine resource guide based on 40 years experience as an educator, principal and mentor. It's organized around the nine-month school years and blends in the revised 2008 ISLLC standards as it covers the ten basic strategies for improving student achievement. The second updated edition of Cornelius L. Barker and Claudette J. Searchwell's WRITING YEAR-END TEACHER IMPROVEMENT PLANS RIGHT NOW! (9781412953732, $28.95) is also for principals and provides a key reference to teacher improvement plans, covering revised proficiency categories, offering new case studies, and including a new comprehensive annual performance form package with diagnostics and guidelines for drafting improvement plans. Margaret J. McLaughlin's WHAT EVERY PRINCIPAL NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT SPECIAL EDUCATION (9781412964166, $26.95) appears in its second updated edition to provide a review of special education programs for principals. From fulfilling the latest legal and education requirements to understanding federal laws and supporting eligibility decisions, this is 'must' for any educator's library. Also key is Sharon Kruse and Karen Seashore Louis' BUILDING STRONG SCHOOL CULTURES: A GUIDE TO LEADING CHANGE (9781412951821, $31.95), a survey of how to develop and foster an integrated school culture that engages educators with colleagues and communities alike. Principals will welcome the call to create a viable, sustainable school culture using organizational learning methods. Eric Jensen's SUPER TEACHING (9781412963329, $35.95) packs in over 1,000 strategies for teachers, considering how students learn and also how instruction changes a student's brain and thinking. From using assessment as part of instruction to handling special needs kids, SUPER TEACHING is packed with powerful opportunities. All are key picks for education libraries.

The World History Shelf

Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora
Carole Boyce Davies, Editor
Box 1911, Santa Barbara, CA 93116-1911
9781851097005, $295.00

This 3-volume set Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora is a pick for any high school to college-level collection strong in African history and culture. It explores the origins and experiences of the African Diaspora, surveying history, providing biographies, and offering information perfect for applying to research papers. An encyclopedic A-Z format lends well to quick look-ups, but the information is detailed enough to provide powerful introductory information backed by bibliographic references, make it both an all-in-one choice and an introduction for further research. Highly recommended.

The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf

Final Cut Pro for Avid Editors, 3rd Edition
Diana Weynand
Peachpit Press
1249 8th Street, Berkeley CA 94710
0321515390, $49.99

Part of the Apple-certified training series, Final Cut Pro for Avid Editors is for film editors and professional video editors who already use Avid, but who want to move these skills to Final Cut Pro as quickly as possible. Chapters blend feature comparisons and conversion tips with charts, lesson goals and plans, chapter reviews, and more, making this an excellent guide for either classroom or self-study. It's a self-paced learning handbook highly recommended for any film pro involved in training and applications.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Andre Norton
Baen Books
Box 1403, Riverdale, NY 10471
1416555293, $23.00

Orphan Blake Walker's unusual intuition has always set him apart from those who raised him and all he's known he prevented a murder based on one of these insights, for example. But his discovery of what revolved around the murder attempt and the other worlds it opened makes for an engrossing account in a reprint which blends to prior novels: CROSSROADS OF TIME and QUEST CROSSTIME. As any collection still owning Norton likely has aging paperbacks, this all-in-one package is a satisfying pick for new generations.

The Gaming Shelf

The Game Production Handbook, 2nd Edition
Heather Maxwell Chandler
Infinity Science Press
11 Leavitt Street, Hingham, MA 02043
9781934015407, $54.95

The second edition of THE GAME PRODUCTION HANDBOOK provides information producers, managers and others need to successfully develop a game. Additional information on project personnel, forms, and large multiplayer online games incorporates new interviews with industry experts and real-world examples of what works and common issues in game development. An included cd-rom offers templates and supporting forms. The result is an outstanding handbook highly recommended for any collection strong in game development.

The Hobby Shelf

Airbrushing and Finishing Scale Models
Brett Green
443 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10016
9781846031991, $39.95

Joining others in Osprey's 'Masterclass' series from professional modelers who share their experiences, this survey is perfect for any working with models, and provides a in-depth guide to creating a realistic, solid paint finish for any kind of model from military to civilian crafts. The basics of airbrush use are explored from fundamentals to advanced techniques, freehand, and masking. A lay-flat spiral bound hardcover with spine lettering makes it particularly valuable to practicing home modelers.

The American History Shelf

Death of Raymond Yellow Thunder
Stew Magnuson
Texas Tech University Press
Box 41037, Lubbock, TX 79109-1037
9780896726345, $29.95 www.ttup/

THE DEATH OF RAYMOND YELLOW THUNDER AND OTHER TRUE STORIES FROM THE NEBRASKA-PINE RIDGE BORDER TOWNS is a top pick not just for Texas collections, but for any library strong in regional American history in general and border town politics and stories in particular. From the long history of racial unrest in these downs to community efforts to overcome internal violence and strife, THE DEATH OF RAYMOND YELLOW THUNDER is packed with powerful blends of history and cross-cultural conflict and interactions.

The Economics Shelf

Global Tax Revolution
Chris Edwards and Daniel J. Mitchell
Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20001
9781933995182, $21.95

International tax competition is only one aspect of globalization: as mobility and capital change, individuals and businesses alike are investing in nations with lower take rate pressuring their own governments to cut taxes at home or see a loss in revenue. Such tax competition is generating intense political opposition but the authors argue against such opposition, showing that such competition is actually helping to advance prosperity and expand human rights. College-level libraries strong in both business, economics, and social issues will find this an excellent source for discussion.

The Green Bubble
Robert Bell
Editions Scali
80 Rue de flb Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris France,
9780789209559, $35.00

THE GREEN BUBBLE: WASTE INTO WEALTH: THE NEW ENERGY REVOLUTION offers up a business-oriented guide to the next four years which the professor author maintains will be a 'gigantic stock market bubble' in renewable energy investments. This 'new energy revolution' will have wide-reaching impact around the world and will result in energy that will have virtually no monetary value. An eye-opening book, THE GREEN BUBBLE is key reading for any concerned about the environment and its economic impact.

The Travel Shelf

Goode's World Atlas, 21st Edition
Howard Veregin, Editor
Rand McNally & Company
8255 North Central Park, Skokie, IL 60076
9780528853395, $49.95, 371 pp., 1-800-678-7263

Rand McNally is a premiere publishers of useful resources providing reliable maps and atlases of information, instruction and general interest for the traveler. "Goode's World Atlas: 21st Edition" under the expert editorship of Howard Veregin is an visually pleasing and easy to follow world atlas. Featured in this new edition are world, continental and regional population density maps that have been recreated using LandScan, a digital population database, several new world thematic maps including HIV Infection, Military Power, Women's Right and Food Aid. A global telecommunications map showing the submarine fiber-optic network, worldwide internet and telephone usage. Cartograms are easier to read, expanded maps provide additional coverage of key census variable and additions of graphs to maps showing important statistical information, trends over time and relationships between variables. Easy to read, with quick reference material, this 21st Edition of "Goode's World Atlas" is an essential acquisition for college and public libraries, and very highly recommended for personal and family reference shelves.

Cafe Life Venice
Joe Wolff
Interlink Publishing Group
46 Crosby Street, Northampton, MA 01060-1804
9781566567183, $20.00,

One of the true pleasures of vacationing in another country is the sampling of their cafes, restaurants, and coffee houses. Nowhere is this truer than with the street cafes of Venice. Enhanced throughout with both color and black/white photography by Roger Paperno, "Cafe Life Venice: A Guidebook to the Cafes and Bacari of Le Serenissima" is an informed and informative guide to the cafes by Joe Wolff who offers illustrative and descriptive anecdotal commentaries and interviews showcasing and highlighting the best that Venice has to offer the tourist, traveler, or native resident. "Cafe Life Venice" is an ideal reference and guide for anyone finding themselves in Venice whether it be for an long weekend or an extended vacation anytime of the year. Also very highly recommended from the Interlink Publishing Group are Joe Wolff's two earlier travel guides "Cafe Life Rome: A Guidebook to the Cafes and Bars of the Eternal City" (9781566564229, $20.00) and "Cafe Life Florence: A Guidebook to The Cafes & Bars Of The Renaissance Treasure" (9781566565622, $20.00).

Exploring the BC Coast By Car
Diane Eaton and Allison Eaton
Harbour Publishing
Box 219, Madeira Park, BC Canada V0N 2H0
1550174150, $24.95

With its beaches and little picturesque villages along with lots of nature, the BC coast has fine access to the outdoors and little-known options. Any planning a road trip to Canada's Western region will welcome Exploring the BC Coast By Car, a newly revised, updated guide to all kinds of travel opportunities. From local flora and fauna to maps and black and white photos throughout, it comes packed with wonderful insights perfect for destination-oriented travelers.

The Gardening Shelf

3 Step Vegetable Gardening
Steve Mercer
Creative Homeowner
24 Park Way, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
9781580114073, $19.95, 223 pp.

First time gardener or expertise. In either event, learning to sow, grow and harvest vegetables and fruits can be a frustrating task if you aren't receiving the results you want or don't know the best way to grow your fruits and vegetables. In "3 Step Vegetable Gardening", aspiring gardeners will learn how to grow and harvest dozen of popular vegetables and fruits. Step by step photographs show important gardening tasks and green tips tell you how to help the planet while watching your garden grow. Author Steve Mercer, with the assistance of Sally Roth, U.S. Consultant, provide a beautifully rich text with step by step instructions, frequently asked questions, gardening tips, and hundreds of photos, making "3 Step Vegetable Gardening" an essential 'how to' guide for horticultural efforts ranging from small gardens in pots to large gardens in a landscape. Easy to read and thoroughly 'user friendly', readers will follow their green thumbs each step of the way with instructions on sowing, growing and harvesting. A must have for anyone wishing to grow vegetables and fruits, "3 Step Vegetable Gardening" is confidently recommended for personal and community library Gardening/Horticulture reference collections.

The Christian Studies Shelf

The Great Commission
Timothy E. Byerley
Paulist Press
997 Macarthur Blvd. Mahwah, N.J. 07430
978809145584, $18.95, 176 pp.

An exploration of traditional practices can breath new life into a withering view. In "The Great Commission: Models of Evangelization in American Catholicism", author Timothy E. Byerley (who is a priest of the Diocese of Camden and the pastor of St. John Vianney Church in Deptford, new Jersey), cogently explains that from the moment Jesus commissioned His disciples to go into the world and proclaim the good news, this divine message has taken shape in many different forms. "The Great Commission" proposes six standard patterns that emerged throughout the course of Church history, (all of which were derived from the New Testament) and then evaluates these models for reflection, comparison and considerations. Clearly formatted with each model followed by a definition, example, evaluation, the model as it is today and then considerations for Christian education, "The Great Commission" is an informed and informative as it is inspired and 'reader friendly'. Thoughtfully written and very well researched, "The Great Commission" is a superbly organized and presented resource for religious readers and educators to promote thought provoking discussions. "The Great Commission" is especially recommended for seminary, parish, and church school Catholic Theology reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Parenting Shelf

How to Really Love Your Grandchild... in an Ever-Changing World
D. Ross Campbell, M.D.
Gospel Light/Regal Books
1957 Eastman Avenue, Ventura, CA 93003
9780830746668, $19.99, 234 pp.,, 1-800-235-3415

In this rapidly evolving, volatile, and complex world, our children are growing up today having to experience and deal with different pressures, ways of amusement, music and technologies that many grandparents may not be accustomed to. Dr. Ross Campbell draws upon his more than thirty years as a clinical psychiatrist and parent/child relationship expert in writing "How to Really Love Your Grandchild... in an Ever-Changing World", a thoughtful, down-to-earth parenting guide specifically for grandparents who are involved in the lives of their grandchildren. Those grandparents will delight in the stories and benefit from the advice that is presented through an "I'm-in-this-with-you" approach by Dr. Campbell. Encouraging and thoughtful "How to Really Love Your Grandchild... in an Ever-Changing World" provides useful and practical insights to grandparents on just how to go about providing the extra love and emotional support that only a grandparent can give a grandchild. If there is friction between the grandparent and their grandchild's parents, or if a grandparent hasn't kept up with a grandchild's interest the way they would have liked to, no matter what the situation that arises in the relationship, "How to Really Love Your Grandchild... in an Ever-Changing World" offers sound, accessible, 'user friendly' advice on bridging the gap so a grandparent can be there for their grandchild. "How to Really Love Your Grandchild... in an Ever-Changing World" is especially recommended for community library Parenting Studies reference collections and reading lists.

The Hunting/Fishing Shelf

The Complete Illustrated Directory Of Salmon & Steelhead Flies
Chris Mann
Frank Amato Publications
PO Box 82112, Portland, OR 97282
9781571884381, $99.95,

A well crafted fishing lure is an intrinsic work of art that is both esthetic and practical. "The Complete Illustrated Directory Of Salmon & Steelhead Flies" is a showcase compendium featuring more than 1800 salmon and steelhead flies, each one superbly illustrated in full color with full dressing provided. Aptly considered the single most definitive and exhaustive encyclopedia of its kind, Chris Mann's beautifully presented and minutely accurate illustrations will appeal to anyone who has ever taken rod and reel in hand for salmon or steelhead. A succinct and descriptive introduction is provided for each individual fly, its creator (when known), and its reputation among the fishing community. Enhanced with an extensive bibliography and three 'user friendly' indexes, "The Complete Illustrated Directory Of Salmon & Steelhead Flies" is the perfect and ideal addition to personal, professional, academic, and community library reference collections. Also newly published and very highly recommended from Frank Amato Publications (the premiere publisher of reference works for anglers) for such reference collections is the 50th Anniversary Edition of Bob Wethern's "The Creek: North Umpqua Edition" (9781571884435, $59.95).

The Literary Shelf

The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry
Ernest Fenollosa and Ezra Pound authors
Fordham University Press
University Box l, 2546 Belmont Ave. Bronx, NY 10458
9780823228683, $25.00, 216 pp.,

Influences on the foundation American poetics have long quoted Ernest Fenollosa's essay on the Chinese written language which was first published in 1919 by the legendary Ezra Pound. "The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry" newly re-edited by the team of Haun Saussy, Jonathan Stalling and Lucas Klein presents Pound's own edited version of Fenollosa's essay including notes and plates. This edition showcases two obscured but important views: Fenollosa's encounter with Tendai Buddhism and Buddhist ontology, and his concern with the dimension of sound in Chinese poetry. This technical style book, enhanced with the inclusion of photos, explanations, notes and discussion, includes the first full publication of Fenollosa's essay as he wrote it. A scholarly review of Fenollosa's essay as edited and originally presented is a especially recommended to the attention of scholars and poets. Also highly recommended for academic and private reference library collections on the multiple sources of American Modernist poetry, "The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry" is an impressive work of scholarship and an informative work commended to non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject of Chinese writings and poetry.

The Money/Finance Shelf

The Mortgage Answer Book
John J. Talamo, J.D., author
Sphinx Publishing, An Imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc.
P.O. Box 4410, Naperville, Illinois 60567-4410
9781572486805, $16.95, 280 pp., glossary, index, and appendix

Understanding mortgages can be a complex issue, most certainly now more than ever in this current economic crisis, ordinary citizens, home buyers, and home owners need to be as informed as real estate agents and bank managers with respect to housing mortgages. Now in an updated and expanded second edition, "The Mortgage Answer Book" provides the non-specialist general reader with practical answers to more than 150 of commonly encountered mortgage and loan questions. Understanding what types of mortgages are available to you and how they may help or harm you in the long run is something every buyer needs to understand before they purchase their home. An experienced real estate attorney, author John Talamo clearly sets forth the information and provides vital explanations that every homeowner needs to understand, including how to avoid foreclosure. Written in an easy to read, question and answer format, "The Mortgage Answer Book" is essential reading for anyone wanting or needing to understand mortgages, as well as how to successfully finance a home. Recommended for anyone seeking to purchase a home or wishing to understand mortgages, loans, impact of inflation, "The Mortgage Answer Books" is a core addition to community library reference collections.

The Genealogy Shelf

Grandduchy of Baden
Kevan M. Hansen
Family Roots Publishing Company
P.O. Box 830, Bountiful, Utah 84011-0830
9780975354322, $34.95, 290 pp.

Spending countless hours searching for family records of births, marriages, or celebrated special religious milestones? In this revised and updated second edition and part of the Family Roots Publishing Company's 'Map Guide to German Parish Registers ' series, "Grandduchy of Baden" is a remarkably 'user friendly' guide genealogists will find fascinating information and resources to continue the search for ancestral information. Author Kevan Hansen, presents a wealth of valuable information. Compiled by expert genealogist Kevan M. Hansen, "Gradduchy of Baden" takes the hard work and guessing out of obtaining information housed in German parishes. This comprehensive and dedicated reference work allows genealogical researchers to identify the parish where an ancestor worshiped based on where they lived, provides the FHL microfilm number for the family's parish records, identifies almost every city, town, and place that included residents. In addition, this book visually identifies church parishes for Lutherans & Catholics in each district. Aids are included which help to determine distance and proximity of one area to another in the event your ancestor attended a neighboring parish and an aid in identify the locations of minority religions, plus much more. An impressively informative resource guide which is also available in a hardcover edition (9780975354339, $65.00), the "Grandduchy of Baden" is an essential reference and a seminal addition to any personal or community genealogical library collection.

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