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Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Writing/Publishing Shelf Social Issues Shelf
Education Shelf World History Shelf Military History Shelf
Science Shelf Cookbook Shelf Jobs/Careers Shelf
International Studies Shelf Political Science Shelf Computer Shelf
Biography Shelf Graphic Novel Shelf Audiobook Shelf
Library CD Shelf General Fiction Shelf Literary Fiction Shelf
Romantic Fiction Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
Business Shelf Library Science Shelf Native American Studies Shelf
Architecture Shelf Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf Art Shelf
Mythology Shelf Literary Studies Shelf  


Reviewer's Choice

Busting the Bankers' Club
Gerald Epstein
University of California Press
www.ucpress.edu
9780520385641, $26.95, HC, 384pp

https://www.amazon.com/Busting-Bankers-Club-Finance-Rest/dp/0520385640

Synopsis: Bankers brought the global economic system to its knees in 2007 and nearly did the same in 2020. Both times, the US government bailed out the banks and left them in control. How can we end this cycle of trillion-dollar bailouts and make finance work for the rest of us? Busting the Bankers' Club confronts the powerful people and institutions that benefit from our broken financial system -- and the struggle to create an alternative.

Drawing from decades of research on the history, economics, and politics of banking, with the publication of "Busting the Bankers' Club: Finance for the Rest of Us", economist Gerald Epstein shows that any meaningful reform will require breaking up this club of politicians, economists, lawyers, and CEOs who sustain the status quo. Thankfully, there are thousands of activists, experts, and public officials who are working to do just that.

Clear-eyed and hopeful, "Busting the Bankers' Club" centers the individuals and groups fighting for a financial system that will better serve the needs of the marginalized and support important transitions to a greener, fairer economy.

Critique: Informatively enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of an Appendix (The Banker's Assault on the New Deal Regulatory Structure), thirty pages of Notes, thirty-two pages of References, a thirteen page Index, "Busting the Bankers' Club: Finance for the Rest of Us" is an extraordinary and timely study that will have immense value to readers with an interest in the relationship of banks, the U.S. economy, and the methods used by the banking industry to influence governmental policy makers. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Busting the Banker's Club" is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and college/university library Contemporary Economics & Finance collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. It should be noted for students, academia, political activists, governmental policy makers, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Busting the Bankers' Club" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $18.99).

Editorial Note: Gerald Epstein (https://peri.umass.edu/economists/gerald-epstein) is Professor of Economics and a Founding Codirector of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the author of The Political Economy of Central Banking: Contested Control and the Power of Finance.

The Chapter
Nicholas Dames
Princeton University Press
https://press.princeton.edu
9780691135199, $35.00, HC, 384pp

https://www.amazon.com/History-of-the-Chapter/dp/0691135193

Synopsis: Why do books have chapters? With this seemingly simple question, and with the publication of "The Chapter: A Segmented History from Antiquity to the Twenty-First Century", Professor Nicholas Dames embarks on a literary journey spanning two millennia, revealing how an ancient editorial technique became a universally recognized component of narrative art and a means to register the sensation of time.

Professor Dames begins with the textual compilations of the Roman world, where chapters evolved as a tool to organize information. He goes on to discuss the earliest divisional systems of the Gospels and the segmentation of medieval romances, describing how the chapter took on new purpose when applied to narrative texts and how narrative segmentation gave rise to a host of aesthetic techniques.

Professor Dames also shares engaging and in-depth readings of influential figures, from Sterne, Goethe, Tolstoy, and Dickens to George Eliot, Machado de Assis, B. S. Johnson, Agnes Varda, Uwe Johnson, Jennifer Egan, and Laszlo Krasznahorkai. He illuminates the sometimes tacit, sometimes dramatic ways in which the chapter became a kind of reckoning with time and a quiet but persistent feature of modernity.

Ranging from ancient tablets and scrolls to contemporary fiction and film, "The Chapter" provides a compelling, elegantly written history of a familiar compositional mode that readers often take for granted and offers a new theory of how this versatile means of dividing narrative sculpts our experience of time.

Critique: A simply fascinating history of the literary invention of the chapter from its origins in antiquity to today, "The Chapter: A Segmented History from Antiquity to the Twenty-First Century" is an original work of meticulous scholarship and of immense interest to students of the evolutionary history of literature down through the millennia to the present day. Highly recommended as a unique contribution to personal, professional, community, and college/university library collections, it should be noted for students, academia, historians, and dedicated bibliophiles that "The Chapter" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $19.25).

Editorial Note: Nicholas Dames (https://nicholasdames.org) is the Theodore Kahan Professor of Humanities at Columbia University and an editor in chief of Public Books. He is the author of The Physiology of the Novel: Reading, Neural Science, and the Form of Victorian Fiction and Amnesiac Selves: Nostalgia, Forgetting, and British Fiction, 1810 - 1870.


The Writing/Publishing Shelf

How to Draw a Novel
Martin Solares
Grove Press
c/o Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
www.groveatlantic.com
9780802159304, $15.99, HC, 224pp

https://www.amazon.com/How-to-Draw-a-Novel/dp/0802159303

Synopsis: "How to Draw a Novel" is composed of a series of finely wrought essays in which, Martin Solares examines the novel in all its forms, exploring the conventions of structure, the novel as a house that one must build brick by brick, and the objects and characters that build out the world of the novel in unique and complex ways.

With poetic, graceful prose, that reflects the power of fascination with literary fiction, Solares uses line drawings to realize the ebb and flow of the novel, with Moby Dick spiraling across the page while Dracula takes the form of an erratic heartbeat. A novelist, occasional scholar, and former acquiring editor in Mexican publishing, Solares breaks out of the Anglo-American dominated canon of many craft books, ranging across Latin and South America as well.

He also considers how writers invent (or discover) their characters, the importance of place (or not) in the novel, and the myriad of forms the novel may take. Solares' passion for the form is obvious, and his insights into the construction of the novel are as profound as they are accessible.

Critique: "How to Draw a Novel" by Martin Solares is preeminently book for writers, and an important, significant, and memorable contribution to the study of the craft storytelling for aspiring authors, literary academia, and dedicated bibliophiles. Ideal as a textbook for creative writing classes and thoroughly 'reader friendly' in tone, organization and presentation, "How to Draw a Novel" is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and college/university library Writing/Publishing collections. It should be noted that "How to Draw a Novel" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

Editorial Note: Martin Solares is the author of the novels Don't Send Flowers and The Black Minutes, which was a finalist for France's most prestigious award for crime fiction, the Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere, and for the distinguished Spanish-language award, the Romulo Gallegos Prize. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mart%C3%ADn_Solares)


The Social Issues Shelf

When We Walk By
Kevin F. Adler, author
Donald W. Burnes, author
Amanda Banh & Andrijana Bilbija, contributors
North Atlantic Books
www.northatlanticbooks.com
9781623178840, $19.95, PB, 328pp

https://www.amazon.com/When-We-Walk-Forgotten-Homelessness/dp/1623178843

Synopsis: Think about the last time that you saw or interacted with an unhoused person. What did you do? What did you say? Did you offer money or a smile, or did you avert your gaze?

With the publication of "When We Walk By: Forgotten Humanity, Broken Systems, and the Role We Can Each Play in Ending Homelessness in America", co-authors Kevin F. Adler and Donald W. Burnes (and with extensive contributions of Amanda Banh and Andrijana Bilbija) takes an urgent look at homelessness in America, showing us what we lose (in ourselves and as a society) when we choose to walk past and ignore our neighbors in shelters, insecure housing, or on the streets. And it brilliantly shows what we stand to gain when we embrace our humanity and move toward evidence-based people-first, community-driven solutions, offering social analysis, economic and political histories, and the real stories of unhoused people.

Collaboratively, Kevin F. Adler and Donald W. Burnes, with Amanda Banh and Andrijana Bilbija, recast chronic homelessness in the U.S. as a byproduct of twin crises: our social services systems are failing, and so is our humanity. With "When We Walk By", readers will learn:

Why our brains have been trained to overlook our unhoused neighbors

The social, economic, and political forces that shape myths like "all homeless people are addicts" and "they'd have a house if they got a job"

What conservative economics gets wrong about housing insecurity

What relational poverty is, and how to shift away from "us versus them" thinking

That for many Americans, housing insecurity is just one missed paycheck away

Who "the homeless" really are - and why that might surprise you

What you can do to help, starting today

Critique: With the rising rates of homelessness in our cities from coast to coast, "When We Walk By: Forgotten Humanity, Broken Systems, and the Role We Can Each Play in Ending Homelessness in America" is a necessary, timely, deeply humanizing read that goes beyond theory and policy analysis to offer 'engaged solutions with compassion and heart'. Articulate, eloquent, and a clarion call to both individual and collective action, "When We Walk By" is essential and ultimately inspiring reading for everyone who cares about the problem of homelessness, possible and successful housing solutions, as well as their own personal humanity. While especially and unreservedly recommended for community and college/university library Contemporary Social Issues collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, governmental policy makers, political activists, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "When We Walk By: Forgotten Humanity, Broken Systems, and the Role We Can Each Play in Ending Homelessness in America" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $13.99).

Editorial Note #1: Kevin F. Adler is the founder and CEO of the nonprofit Miracle Messages. He holds a Masters in Sociology from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelors in Politics from Occidental College. In his work on homelessness, he has pioneered the concept of "relational poverty" as an overlooked form of poverty severely affecting unhoused individuals. He previously authored Natural Disasters as a Catalyst for Social Capital.

Editorial Note #2: Donald W. Burns funds The Burnes Institute for Poverty Research at the Colorado Center on Law and Policy and teaches at Denver's Academy for Lifelong Learning. He was an adjunct professor and scholar-in-residence at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. He co-authored Journeys Out of Homelessness: The Voices of Lived Experience and A Nation in Denial: The Truth About Homelessness and co-edited Ending Homelessness: Why We Haven't, How We Can.

Venture Meets Mission
Arun Gupta, et al.
Stanford Business Books
c/o Stanford University Press
www.sup.org
9781503636286, $30.00, HC, 280pp

https://www.amazon.com/Venture-Meets-Mission-Aligning-Transform/dp/1503636283

Synopsis: The world today is facing dramatic geopolitical, environmental, and technological shifts. Co-authored by Arun Gupta, Gerard George, and Thomas J. Fewer, "Venture Meets Mission: Aligning People, Purpose, and Profit to Innovate and Transform Society" argues that if Business, Government, and Society come together, rebuild trust, and collaborate, we have a generational opportunity to address societal challenges -- climate change, cybersecurity, disease outbreaks, food insecurity, and education.

"Venture Meets Mission" also explains, with hope and passion, how our existing entrepreneurial ecosystem, with the ideals of democracy, can be the foundation for a new mission-driven capitalism.

The good news is the components of this problem-solving ecosystem already exist. The co-authors collaboratively explain what is required to join people, purpose, and profit together for world-changing impact -- starting with rebuilding trust among Business, Government, and Society.

The co-authors also draw on their combined leadership experience with Silicon Valley innovation, venture capital, and work at the highest levels of the federal government. "Venture Meets Mission" presents engaging and illustrative stories of successful entrepreneurs, with diverse perspectives and intersectional experiences, who combine mission and venture to solve critical societal problems.

"Venture Meets Mission" also seeks to inspire a generation of students, young professionals, and entrepreneurial executives to pursue mission-driven ventures that can make the world a better place. Of special note is the explanation of why and how forward-thinking government officials and policymakers can harness private sector entrepreneurship and innovation to solve society's problems.

Critique: With the inclusion of eight pages of Notes and a seven page Index, "Venture Meets Mission: Aligning People, Purpose, and Profit to Innovate and Transform Society" is a welcome and timely addition to personal, professional, community, corporate, and college/university library Contemporary Business Development & Entrepreneurship collections and supplemental MBA curriculum studies lists. It should be noted for MBA students, academia, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and governmental policy makers that "Venture Meets Mission" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $28.50).

Editorial Note #1: Arun Gupta is a venture capitalist, Lecturer at Stanford University, and Adjunct Entrepreneurship Professor at Georgetown University. He is CEO of NobleReach Foundation, which is focused on catalyzing and inspiring a renewed spirit of national service through innovation.

Editorial Note #2: Gerard (Gerry) George is the Tamsen and Michael Brown Family Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Georgetown University and Senior Advisor at TPG, a leading global alternative asset manager.

Editorial Note #3: Thomas J. Fewer is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative at Georgetown University and VP at NobleReach Foundation, focused on developing innovative talent programs to educate and inspire the next generation of mission-driven change makers.


The Education Shelf

Creating a Campus-Wide Culture of Student Success
Ronald E. Hallett, et al.
Routledge
www.routledge.com
9781032581286, $170.00, HC, 242pp

https://www.amazon.com/Creating-Campus-Wide-Culture-Student-Success/dp/103258128X

Synopsis: Offering a new approach to institutional practices, "Creating a Campus-Wide Culture of Student Success" by the team academicians Ronald E. Hallett, Adrianna Kezar, Joseph A. Kitchen, and Rosemary J. Perez describes evidence-based strategies to create a campus culture conducive to truly supporting all students.

We are at a critical crossroads in higher education, where large numbers of low-income, racially minoritized, and first-generation college students (referred to in "Creating a Campus-Wide Culture of Student Success" as "at-promise students") are attending college in greater numbers than ever, yet access has not translated to significantly improved retention and graduation rates.

"Creating a Campus-Wide Culture of Student Success" therefore, proposes a realignment of existing initiatives to create campus-wide support through a new model of coordination.

The ideas presented in "Creating a Campus-Wide Culture of Student Success" are the culmination of one of the largest studies of comprehensive college support programs for at-promise students. Chapters include illustrations of the key concepts and promising practices of the Promoting At-promise Student Success (PASS) Project, as well as guiding questions that can be used to facilitate conversations on campus. In this helpful resource, the four co-authors address how student supports are delivered in validating ways, rather than focusing solely on what supports are offered, as has typically been the way institutions address the issues that at-promise students face.

"Creating a Campus-Wide Culture of Student Success" is primarily intended to provide guidance and support to educators who want to be a part of changing how higher education supports at-promise students toward increased equity.

Critique: A solidly researched, exceptionally well written, impressively organized, and thoroughly 'reader friendly' in presentation, "Creating a Campus-Wide Culture of Student Success" will prove to be of particular value to readers with an interest in Higher Education and Continuing Education curriculum development and student support. While especially and unreservedly recommended as a core acquisition for college and university library Contemporary Education Studies collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, higher education and student support oriented curriculum developers, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Creating a Campus-Wide Culture of Student Success" is also readily available in a paperback edition (9781032581514, $42.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $40.80).

Editorial Note #1: Ronald E. Hallett is a lead research associate at the Pullias Center for Higher Education in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California and a Professor of Education in the LaFetra College of Education at the University of La Verne, USA.

Editorial Note #2: Adrianna Kezar is Dean's Professor of Leadership, Wilbur-Kieffer Professor of Higher Education, at the University of Southern California, USA, and Director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education within the Rossier School of Education.

Editorial Note #3: Joseph A. Kitchen is an Associate Research Professor in the Pullias Center for Higher Education at the University of Southern California, USA.

Editorial Note #4: Rosemary J. Perez is an Associate Professor in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan, USA.


The World History Shelf

The Long War for Britannia 367 - 664
Edwin Pace
Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
www.casematepublishers.com
https://www.penandswordbooks.com
9781399013758, $42.95, HC, 400pp

https://www.amazon.com/Long-War-Britannia-367-644-Post-Roman/dp/1399013750

Synopsis: With the publication of "The Long War for Britannia 367 - 664: Arthur and the History of Post-Roman Britain", historian Edwin Pace recounts some two centuries of 'lost' British history, while providing decisive proof that the early records for this period are the very opposite of 'fake news'. This unique British history shows that the discrepancies in dates claimed by many scholars are illusory. Every early source originally recorded the same events in the same year. It is only the transition to Anno Domini dating centuries afterward that distorts our perceptions.

Of equal significance, "The Long War for Britannia 367 - 664" demonstrates that King Arthur and Uther Pendragon are the very opposite of medieval fantasy. Current scholarly doubts arose from the fact that different British regions had very different memories of post-Roman British rulers. Some remembered Arthur as the 'Proud Tyrant', a monarch who plunged the island into civil war. Others recalled him as the British general who saved Britain when all seemed lost. The deeds of Uther Pendragon replicate the victories of the dread Mercian king Penda. These authentic (yet radically different) narratives distort history to this very day.

Critique: An inherently fascinating, unique, documented, and extraordinarily well written history, "The Long War for Britannia 367 - 664: Arthur and the History of Post-Roman Britain" is further enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of a twenty-eight page Bibliography and a ten page Glossary. Impressively informative and a singularly invaluable contribution to the study of post-Roman Britain and the legends/stories of Arthur Pendragon, "The Long War for Britannia 367-664" is a very special and strongly recommended contribution to personal, professional, community, and college/university library histories of Great Britain' history. It should be noted for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Long War for Britannia 367-664" is also available in a paperback edition (9781399013796, $26.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $3.99).

Editorial Note: Edwin Pace has an advanced degree in European history and honed his analytical skills in a three-decade long career as an intelligence analyst, working for both NSA and GCHQ. He has published half a dozen peer-reviewed articles on various aspects of the research behind this book in the Journal of the Australian Medieval Society and Arthuriana. He has defended parts of his hypothesis in conferences at the University of Boulogne (ULCO), Western Michigan University, and the International Arthurian Society, British Branch. He is the author of a work of popular history, Arthur and the Fall of Roman Britain.

The Nubian Pharaohs of Egypt: Their Lives and Afterlives
Aidan Dodson
American University in Cairo Press
www.aucpress.com
9781649031631, $35.00, HC, 228pp

https://www.amazon.com/Nubian-Pharaohs-Egypt-Their-Afterlives/dp/1649031637

Synopsis: The region of Nubia (now spanning the modern border between Egypt and Sudan) was long a subject of Egyptian imperial domination by its ancient pharaohs. However, in the eighth century BC matters were suddenly reversed, when the kings of Kush (the ancient name for Nubia), became the overlords of Egypt for nearly a century, before being forced to withdraw in the face of Assyrian invasions. Yet the Kushite kingdom would endure back in its heartlands for another millennium, the heritage of its Egyptian sojourn still visible in its fields of pyramid tombs.

"The Nubian Pharaohs of Egypt: Their Lives and Afterlives" by Professor Aidan Dodson is an authoritative yet accessible and illustrated history that tells the story of these Nubian pharaohs of Egypt, from the origins of their kingdom of Kush, through their time as rulers of Egypt, to their heritage in the heart of Sudan -- and their rediscovery in modern times.

The latter uncovers some very unsavory examples of the racist attitudes of some earlier scholars. These engendered enduringly negative attitudes to aspects of careers of the Nubian pharaohs that find little support in the actual surviving evidence. The latter includes a fascinating network of texts from not only Egypt and Sudan, but also Assyria and the Bible, reflecting the interactions and conflicts of the period. There are also the standing monuments of Nubian pharaohs, ranging from temples they built throughout their dominions, to their tombs: pyramids, constructed in their ancestral heartland, in which Nubian and Egyptian funerary customs were intriguingly entangled.

Richly illustrated throughout in full color, "The Nubian Pharaohs of Egypt: Their Lives and Afterlives" is a fascinating study by a leading Egyptologist will be essential reading for anyone interested in the lives and times of Egypt's Nubian pharaohs.

Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "The Nubian Pharaohs of Egypt: Their Lives and Afterlives" by Professor Aidan Dodson is significantly enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of an informative Preface, a listing of abbreviations and conventions, a ten page Introduction, a four page Chronicle of Ancient Egypt, twelve pages of Notes, a fourteen page Bibliography, a two page listing of Sources of Images, and a six page Index. A work of meticulous scholarship, this hefty large format (8 x 1 x 10 inches, 2.6 pounds) hardcover edition of "The Nubian Pharaohs of Egypt: Their Lives and Afterlives" from the American University of Cairo Press must be considered as an indispensable and critically necessary addition to personal, professional, community, and college/university library Egyptian History collections and supplemental Egyptology curriculum studies lists.

Editorial Note: Aidan Dodson is honorary full professor of Egyptology in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Bristol, UK. He was also Simpson Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo in 2013 and Chair of the Egypt Exploration Society during 2011 - 16. Awarded his PhD by the University of Cambridge in 1995, he was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 2003. He is the author of some twenty-five books and over four hundred articles and reviews.

Aurelian and Probus: The Soldier Emperors Who Saved Rome
Ilkka Syvanne
Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
www.casematepublishers.com
https://www.penandswordbooks.com
9781526767509, $42.95, HC, 336pp

https://www.amazon.com/Aurelian-Probus-Soldier-Emperors-Saved/dp/1526767503

Synopsis: "Aurelian and Probus: The Soldier Emperors Who Saved Rome" by historian Ilkka Syvanne is the biographical and military history of the Roman emperors Lucius Domitius Aurelianus (270-275) and Marcus Aurelius Probus (276-282).

In this detailed study, Syvanne offers a an informed and informative history of the emperors Lucius Domitius Aurelianus (who reigned from 270 to 275) and Marcus Aurelius Probus (who reigned from 276 to 282). Also included are the other reigns between the years 268 and 285. It shows how these two remarkable emperors were chiefly responsible for the Empire surviving and emerging largely intact from a period of intense crisis. It was Aurelian who first united the breakaway regions, including Zenobia's Palmyra, and it was Probus who then secured his achievements.

The reigns of Aurelian and Probus have been subjected to many studies, but none of these have approached the extant material purely from the point of view of a military analysis. Most importantly, the previous historians have not exploited the analytical opportunities provided by the military treatises that describe the strategy and tactics of the period Roman army. It is thanks to this new methodology that Ilkka Syvanne has been able to reconstruct the military campaigns of these two soldier emperors and their other contemporaries in far greater detail than has been possible before.

Critique: Impressively informative, thoroughly documented, inherently fascinating, exceptionally well written, exceptionally illustrated, and thoroughly 'reader friendly in organized and presentation, "Aurelian and Probus: The Soldier Emperors Who Saved Rome" is a singularly important and unreservedly recommended acquisition for personal, professional, community, and college/university library Roman History/Biography collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. For students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Aurelian and Probus: The Soldier Emperors Who Saved Rome" is also readily available in a paperback edition (9781399021456, $28.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $2.99).

Editorial Note: Dr. Ilkka Syvanne gained his doctorate in history in 2004 from the University of Tampere in his native Finland. Since then he has written extensively about ancient and medieval warfare and his publications include: 'The Age of Hippotoxotai, Art of War in Roman Military Revival and Disaster 491-636' (Tampere UP 2004), 'The Reign of Gallienus' (Pen & Sword, 2019), the multivolume 'Military History of Late Rome' published by Pen & Sword and the critically acclaimed Caracalla. He is the co-author with Professor Katarzyna Maksymiuk of the 'Military History of Third Century Iran' (Siedlce UP, 2018) and the 'Military History of Fifth Century Iran' (Siedlce UP, 2019). He was Vice Chairman of the Finnish Society for Byzantine Studies from 2007 until 2016. He has been an Affiliated Professor of the University of Haifa since 2016. (https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Ilkka-Syvanne/a/2164)


The Military History Shelf

Facing the Red Army in Festung Posen
Hans Klapa, author
Alfred Kriehn, author
Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
www.casematepublishers.com
https://www.penandswordbooks.com
9781399061759, $32.95, HC, 208pp

https://www.amazon.com/Facing-Red-Army-Festung-Posen/dp/1399061755

Synopsis: "Facing the Red Army in Festung Posen: First-Hand Accounts of German Soldiers on the Eastern Front in 1945" by co-authors Hans Klapa and Alfred Kriehn features the personal combat stories of two German soldiers who took part in the battles for Festung Posen (Pozna Fortress) in January and February 1945.

Never before published in English, the accounts of Hans Klapa was written immediately after the war (1946) and that of Alfred Kriehn came later (early 1990s). Together they provide details relating to the course of the battle, as well as the armaments of the German garrison, its morale and even first-hand descriptions of individual actions during bloody street fighting.

Although describing the same battle, both memoirs are completely different as they represent different branches of the armed forces and each takes place in different parts of the city. While Hans Klapa fought only in the eastern part, Alfred Kriehn describes the fighting on the western side.

However, what separates the two accounts the most is the fate of both heroes immediately after the battle, with Klapa describing his epic, months-long struggle with his comrades not to fall into the hands of the enemy and to avoid being taken prisoner by the Soviets at any cost.

Critique: Unique, detailed, and an exceptionally riveting read from start to finish, this dual memoir of the same battle from the German perspective, "Facing the Red Army in Festung Posen: First-Hand Accounts of German Soldiers on the Eastern Front in 1945" is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and college/university library World War II History & Biography collections. It should be noted for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Facing the Red Army in Festung Posen: First-Hand Accounts of German Soldiers on the Eastern Front in 1945" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99).

Editorial Note #1: After previous combat experience fighting on the front, Wehrmacht soldier Hans Klapa was sent on an officer's course at the V School of Infantry Cadets in Pozna (Schule V fr Fahnenjunker der Infanterie Posen) in November 1944. Following the Red Army's offensive in January 1945, Klapa, along with 1,300 cadets of the V School and other German soldiers, was conscripted into the Festung Posen garrison (Pozna Fortress) to take part in merciless, month-long battles for the Polish city.

Editorial Note #2: Alfred Kriehn fought on the Eastern Front from 1944 as an assault gun loader (Sturmgeschutz) in the elite Sturmgeschutzbrigade "Grossdeutschland". In January 1945, his unit was transferred from East Prussia to the area of Kutno (then Warthegau) in order to stop Red Army troops advancing towards Pozna . After a dramatic escape, losing his vehicle along the way, Kriehn and several of his colleagues reached Pozna , where, as a member of the assault cannon crew and the Festung Posen garrison, they again resisted the Red Army.

Nazis on the Potomac
Robert K. Sutton
Casemate Publishers
www.casematepublishers.com
Tantor Media
https://tantor.com
9781612009872, $34.95, HC, 240pp

https://www.amazon.com/Nazis-Potomac-Top-Secret-Intelligence-Operation/dp/1612009875

Synopsis: Now a green open space enjoyed by residents, Fort Hunt, Virginia, about 15 miles south of Washington, DC. was the site of one of the highest-level, clandestine operations during World War II.

Shortly after the United States entered World War II, the US military realized that it had to work on exploiting any advantages it might gain on the Axis Powers. One part of these endeavors was to establish a secret facility not too close, but also not too far from the Pentagon which would interrogate and eavesdrop on the highest-level Nazi prisoners and also translate and analyze captured German war documents.

That complex was established at Fort Hunt, known by the code name: PO Box 1142. The American servicemen who interrogated German prisoners or translated captured German documents were young, bright, hardworking, and absolutely dedicated to their work. Many of them were Jews, who had escaped Nazi Germany as children -- some had come to America with their parents, others had escaped alone, but their experiences and those they had been forced to leave behind meant they all had personal motivation to do whatever they could to defeat Nazi Germany. They were perfect for the difficult and complex job at hand. They never used corporal punishment in interrogations of German soldiers but developed and deployed dozens of tricks to gain information.

The Allies won the war against Hitler for a host of reasons, discussed in hundreds of volumes. This is the first book to describe the intelligence operations at PO Box 1142 and their part in that success. It will never be known how many American lives were spared, or whether the war ended sooner with the programs at Fort Hunt, but they doubtless did make a difference. Moreover these programs gave the young Jewish men stationed there the chance to combat the evil that had befallen them and their families.

Critique: A unique and hitherto obscured aspect of the American involvement in World War II, "Nazis on the Potomac: The Top-Secret Intelligence Operation that Helped Win World War II" is an exceptionally well written, organized and presented account of a once heavily classified military intelligence gathering program. Informatively enhanced with the inclusion of an eight page Bibliography, twenty-six pages of End Notes, and a six page Index, "Nazis on the Potomac" will prove of immense value to readers with an interest in World War II political and military intelligence. Excellent in organization and presentation, "Nazis on the Potomac" will prove a prized addition for community and college/university library World War II collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and military history buffs, that "Nazis on the Potomac" is also readily available in a paperback edition (9781636243771, $24.95), in a digital book format (Kindle, $16.99), and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Tantor Audio, 9798212081351, $46.99, CD).

Editorial Note: Robert K. Sutton recently retired as Chief Historian of the National Park Service, which culminated a 33-year career in the service. On his first day in this position, he met with the team interviewing the veterans who served at Fort Hunt during World War II. He encouraged the group in their efforts and was able to subsidize travel to complete the interviews. National Park Service historians did an absolutely masterful job of tracking down surviving veterans and capturing their stories. Sutton is writing this history with the belief that it should be a vehicle to share these stories with as wide an audience as possible. In addition to this volume, Sutton has published a number of books, articles and reviews on various public history topics.

Anzio Nettuno: A Battle of Leadership Mistakes
Jorg Staiger, author
Matthias Strohn, editor
Linden Lyons, translator
Casemate Publishers
www.casematepublishers.com
9781636241913, $45.00, HC, 192pp

https://www.amazon.com/Anzio-Nettuno-Leadership-Mistakes-Wehrmacht/dp/1636241913

Synopsis: The Allied amphibious operation code named Shingle was launched in late January 1944. It was opposed by German forces in the area of Anzio and Nettuno. Success depended on the element of surprise, and the speed with which the invaders could build up strength and move inland. This was understood by General Mark Clark, commander of the US Fifth Army, but not fully understood by his subordinate commanders.

"Anzio Nettuno: A Battle of Leadership Mistakes" by Jorg Staiger is a German account that focuses on the landing at Anzio as it was the only one that failed to achieve its objective of smashing the German defense and achieving operational freedom of movement. The battle lasted over six weeks, with mistakes made by leadership on both sides, and consequently also great sacrifice by soldiers on both sides.

But the operation was not a German success either, and attempts to prevent the creation of a strong bridgehead failed. Ultimately the Allies would reach Rome, and the Allies applied lessons from this battle to facilitate the success of Overlord, launched five months later.

While not complete, as Jorg Staiger did not have access to some of the war diaries of higher levels of German command, this is still one of the best German accounts of Operation Shingle and is edited by Matthias Strohn and translated into English for the first time by Linden Lyons .

Critique: An eye-witness account from the German army perspective, "Anzio Nettuno: A Battle of Leadership Mistakes" is an invaluable and unreservedly recommended contribution to personal, professional, community, and college/university library World War II European Theatre collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.

Editorial Note #1: In writing "Anzio Nettuno: A Battle of Leadership Mistakes, Jorg Straiger draws upon his own personal experiences as a commander of the 11 Battalion of the 26 Panzer Regiment during that campaign. He is also the author of "Retreat through the Rhone Valley" (Casemate, 2023).

Editorial Note #2: Matthias Strohn is head of historical analysis at the Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research and the British Army's strategic think tank, visiting professor of military studies at the University of Buckingham, and a member of the academic faculty at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Matthias was educated at the universities of Mnster (Germany) and Oxford. He holds a commission in the German Army and is a member of the military attache reserve. He deployed to Iraq (with the British Army) and Afghanistan (with both the British Army and the German Bundeswehr). Matthias was awarded the highest German military decoration, the 'Ehrenkreuz der Bundeswehr in Gold,' and has published widely on 20th-century German and European military history; he has authored and edited over 20 books and numerous articles.

Editorial Note #3: Linden Lyons holds a master's degree in history from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He studied German at the University of Freiburg and librarianship at the University of Canberra. He is the translator of several titles in the Die Wehrmacht im Kampf series, most recently Counter-Strike Operations, Normandy, and Rome to the Po River.


The Science Shelf

Radiography in the Digital Age: Physics - Exposure - Radiation Biology, 4th Edition
Quinn B. Carroll, M.Ed., R.T.
Charles C. Thomas, Publisher
https://www.ccthomas.com
9780398094089, $120.95, HC, 833pp

https://www.amazon.com/Radiography-Digital-Age-Exposure-Radiation/dp/039809408X

Synopsis: Now in a fully updated and significantly expanded fourth edition, "Radiography in the Digital Age: Physics - Exposure - Radiation Biology" by radiography expert Dr. Quinn B. Carroll provides just the right focus and scope for the practice of radiography in this digital age, covering four entire courses in a typical radiography program.

The entire emphasis of foundational physics has been adjusted in order to properly support the specific information on digital imaging that will follow. The paradigm shift in imaging terminology is reflected by the careful phrasing of concepts, accurate descriptions and clear illustrations throughout this comprehensive edition.

There are over 700 illustrations, including meticulous color line drawings, numerous photographs and stark radiographs. The two chapters on digital image processing alone include 60 beautifully executed illustrations. Foundational chapters on math and basic physics maintain a focus on energy physics. Concepts supporting digital imaging (such as the interpretation of graphs supporting the understanding of histograms) are more thoroughly discussed.

All discussion of electricity is limited to only those concepts which bear directly upon the production of x-rays in the x-ray tube. Following is a full discussion of the x-ray beam and its interactions within the patient, the production and characteristics of subject contrast, and an emphasis on the practical application of radiographic technique. This is conventional information, but the terminology and descriptions used have been adapted with great care to the digital environment.

Eight chapters are devoted directly to digital imaging, providing extensive coverage of the physics of digital image capture, digital processing techniques, and the practical applications of both CR and DR. Image display systems are brought up to date with the physics of LCD screens and electronic images. PACS and medical imaging informatics are also covered.

Chapters on Radiation Biology and Protection include an unflinching look at current issues and radiation protection in practice. The radiation biology is clearly presented with numerous lucid illustrations, and a balanced perspective on radiation and its medical use is developed. To reinforce mathematical concepts for the student, dozens of practice exercises are strategically dispersed throughout the chapters, with answer keys provided in the appendix. Extensive review questions at the end of each chapter give a thorough, comprehensive review of the material learned.

The Instructor Resources for Radiography in the Digital Age, available on disc, includes the answer key for all chapter review questions and a bank of over 1500 multiple-choice questions for instructors' use. It also includes 35 laboratory exercises, including 15 that demonstrate the applications of CR equipment. Supported by prominent medical physicists and documents from the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), this textbook provides the most accurate information available to radiography educators in all the aspects of digital radiography.

Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, this newly updated and comprehensive fourth edition of "Radiography in the Digital Age: Physics - Exposure - Radiation Biology" is of particular relevance to readers with an interest in radiology and nuclear medicine. This is an ideal textbook and unreservedly recommended for professional and college/university library Radiography collections and curriculum studies lists.

Editorial Note: There is an extensive online listing of books by Queinn B. Carroll at https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/473241.Quinn_B_Carroll

The Universal Timekeepers
David J. Helfand
Columbia University Press
https://cup.columbia.edu
9780231210980, $24.95, HC, 288pp

https://www.amazon.com/Universal-Timekeepers-Reconstructing-History-Atom/dp/0231210981

Synopsis: Atoms are unfathomably tiny. It takes fifteen million trillion of them to make up a single poppy seed -- give or take a few billion. And there's hardly anything to them: atoms are more than 99.9999999999 percent empty space. Yet scientists have learned to count these slivers of near nothingness with precision and to peer into their internal states. In looking so closely, we have learned that atoms, because of their inimitable signatures and imperturbable internal clocks, are little archives holding the secrets of the past.

With the publication of "The Universal Timekeepers: Reconstructing History Atom by Atom", astronomer and academician David J. Helfand reconstructs the history of the universe back to its first microsecond 13.8 billion years ago with the help of atoms.

Professor Helfand shows how, by using detectors and reactors, microscopes and telescopes, we can decode the tales these infinitesimal particles tell, answering questions such as: Is a medieval illustrated prayer book real or forged? How did maize cultivation spread from the highlands of central Mexico to New England? What was Earth's climate like before humans emerged? Where can we find clues to identify the culprit in the demise of the dinosaurs? When did our planet and solar system form? Can we trace the births of atoms in the cores of massive stars or even glimpse the origins of the universe itself?

A lively and inviting introduction to the building blocks of everything we know, "The Universal Timekeepers" demonstrates the power of science to unveil the mysteries of unreachably remote times and places.

Critique: A work of outstanding and meticulous scholarship, and especially well written for the edification and benefit of students, academicians, and non-specialist general readers alike, "The Universal Timekeepers: Reconstructing History Atom by Atom" is an extraordinarily informative and thoroughly 'reader friendly' study that will prove of immense value to readers with an interest in such diver subjects as climatology, environmental science, astrophysics. and the use of the scientific method to unravel the history of all creation. While especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and college/university library Science collections, it should be noted for students, academia, and non-professional general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Universal Timekeepers" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.99).

Editorial Note: David J. Helfand (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Helfand) is the chair of the Department of Astronomy at Columbia University where he has served on the faculty for four decades. He has also been a visiting scientist at the Danish Space Research Institute, the Sackler Distinguished Visiting Astronomer at Cambridge University, and president of the American Astronomical Society. He was a founding tutor and served as president and vice chancellor at Quest University Canada. He has published commentary in Nature, Physics Today, the Globe and Mail, the Washington Post, and the New York Times, among other publications.


The Cookbook Shelf

The Food Allergy Baking Book
Kelly Woyan
Agate Surrey
c/o Agate Publishing
www.agatepublishing.com
9781572843158, $24.95, PB, 176pp

https://www.amazon.com/Food-Allergy-Baking-Book-Nut-Free/dp/1572843152

Synopsis: A one-stop guide to delicious, everyday baked goods free of dairy, eggs, and nuts (the most common food allergens), "The Food Allergy Baking Book" offers more than 90 timeless, foolproof recipes that are easy to prepare, even for the most novice of family kitchen bakers. It is an invaluable DIY culinary resource for home bakers (and their families) who love sweets and treats -- but have food allergies that must be accommodated.

These recipes are more than delicious enough to be enjoyed by everyone who craves great baked treats, whether they have food allergies or not, but they fill a particular need for families who find baking at home to be the smartest and safest option to avoid exposure to allergens. All the traditional baking favorites are included, with chapters devoted to the best and tastiest muffins and quick breads, cookies and bars, and all manner of cakes, pies, crisps, and cobblers. The book also provides practical advice about dealing with classroom and birthday parties, as well as easy ingredient substitution ideas.

Critique: Simply stated, "The Food Allergy Baking Book: Great Dairy-, Egg-, and Nut-Free Treats for the Whole Family" by Kelly Woyan is an indispensable 'how to' guide for food-allergy conscious bakers everywhere. Profusely illustrated throughout with full color images of finished deserts, "The Food Allergy Baking Book" will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular pick for personal, professional, family, and community library cookbook collections. Of special value to anyone with a food allergy or who is interested in gluten free diets, or vegan desserts, it should be noted that "The Good Allergy Baking Book" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.62).

From Biscuits to Lane Cake
Evan A. Kutzler
Mercer University Press
www.mupress.org
9780881469028, $22.00, PB, 145pp

https://www.amazon.com/Biscuits-Lane-Cake-Rylander-American/dp/0881469025

Synopsis: When the Lane cake, named after Emma Rylander Lane (1856-1904), appeared in Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird" (1960), the boozy Southern dessert was at peak popularity. Yet the culinary artist behind the cake had fallen into obscurity. "From Biscuits to Lane Cake: Emma Rylander Lane's Some Good Things to Eat" recovers Lane's biography and reveals the Georgia back story of Alabama's official state dessert, as well as the recipes she published in "Some Good Things To Eat" (1898).

Born in Americus, Georgia, and left fatherless in the American Civil War, Lane spent most of her life living, studying, and managing a household in Southwest Georgia. While in Clayton, Alabama, and Columbus, Georgia, she drew on the diverse culinary heritage of the South as she won cooking demonstration competitions, published a cookbook, and taught cooking classes. Lane's recipes, from biscuits, wafers, and loaf cakes to salads, cordials, and holiday favorites, show that her expertise went far beyond the bourbon-infused dessert that bears her married name.

Critique: An inherently fascinating, and extraordinary gem of historical culinary American history, "From Biscuits to Lane Cake: Emma Rylander Lane's Some Good Things to Eat" is an especially and unreservedly recommended and unique addition to personal, professional, community, and college/university library cookbook collections.

Editorial Note: Evan A. Kutzler (https://evankutzler.com) is an Associate Professor of U.S. and Public History at Western Michigan University. He is also the author or editor of many books, including Ossabaw Island, A Sense of Place, and Prison Pens.


The Jobs/Careers Shelf

Foreign Policy Careers for PhDs
James Goldgeler, author
Tamara Cofman Wittes, author
Georgetown University Press
www.press.georgetown.edu
9781647123833, $24.95, PB, 160pp

https://www.amazon.com/Foreign-Policy-Careers-PhDs-Possibilities/dp/1647123836

Synopsis: Whether out of choice or necessity, many people with doctorates pursue careers outside the academic world. "Foreign Policy Careers for PhDs: A Practical Guide to a World of Possibilities" by co-authors James Goldgeler and Tamara Cofman Wittes provides a wealth of sound information, practical advice, and inspiring encouragement to PhD holders who are considering a career in foreign policy.

Both Professor James Goldgeier and Senior Sanctions Policy Adviser Tamara Cofman Wittes draw on their own experiences and present inspiring interviews with over two dozen practitioners who successfully made the transition to policy work.

"Foreign Policy Careers for PhDs" reveals the wide array of public, nonprofit, and private-sector organizations that hire PhD holders. This instructive study serves as a compass for job seekers as they navigate the policy community, think about the opportunities that would be right for them, and present themselves as attractive candidates. "Foreign Policy Careers for PhDs" then concludes with appendixes that list employers, fellowships, networking groups, and more.

Critique: Simply stated, "Foreign Policy Careers for PhDs: A Practical Guide to a World of Possibilities" is essential and invaluable reading for anyone who is exploring private and governmental foreign policy career possibilities and is a unique and seminal resource for academic advisers and career counselors. Thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Foreign Policy Careers for PhDs: A Practical Guide to a World of Possibilities" is also available for personal reading lists and college/university library Jobs/Careers collections in a digital book format (Kindle, $18.99) as well.

Editorial Note #1: James Goldgeier is a professor of international relations and former dean of the School of International Service at American University. He has served at the State Department and on the National Security Council staff.

Editorial Note #2: Tamara Cofman Wittes is a senior sanctions policy adviser in the Biden administration and was previously a senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution and a deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs during the Obama administration.


The International Studies Shelf

The Russia That We Have Lost
Pavel Khazanov
University of Wisconsin Press
www.uwpress.wisc.edu
9780299345105, $89.95, HC, 208pp

https://www.amazon.com/Russia-That-We-Have-Lost/dp/0299345106

Synopsis: In 1917, Bolshevik revolutionaries overthrew the tsar of Russia and established a new, communist government, one that viewed the Imperial Russia of old as a righteously vanquished enemy. And yet, as Professor Pavel Khazanov shows with the publication of "The Russia That We Have Lost", that after the collapse of Stalinism, a reconfiguration of Imperial Russia slowly began to emerge, recalling the culture of tsarist Russia not as a disgrace but as a glory, a past to not only remember but to recover, and to deploy against what to many seemed like a discredited socialist project.

Professor Khazanov's careful untangling of this discourse in the late Soviet period reveals a process that involved figures of all political stripes, from staunch conservatives to avowed intelligentsia liberals. Further, Professor Khazanov shows that this process occurred not outside of or in opposition to Soviet guidance and censorship, but in mainstream Soviet culture that commanded wide audiences, especially among the Soviet middle class.

Excavating the cultural logic of this newly foundational, mythic memory of a "lost Russia," Khazanov reveals why, despite the apparently liberal achievement of the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Boris Yeltsin (and later, Vladimir Putin) would successfully steer Russia into oligarchy and an increasing autocracy.

The anti-Soviet memory of the pre-Soviet past, ironically constructed during the late socialist period, became and remains a politically salient narrative, a point of consensus that surprisingly attracts both contemporary regime loyalists and their would-be liberal opposition.

Critique: A fascinating and seminal study, "The Russia That We Have Lost" by Professor Pavel Khazanov is informatively enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of a listing of the illustrations provided, twenty-two pages of Notes, an eight page Bibliography, and a twelve page Index. Of special and particular interest to students of Russian History, Communism/Socialism, and Russian Popular Culture, "The Russia That We Have Lost" is a welcome contribution recommended for personal, professional, community, and college/university library collections and supplemental Russian Studies curriculum reading lists.

Editorial Note: Pavel Khazanov is an assistant professor of Russian at Rutgers University, where he teaches courses on Russian literature and history. (https://reell.rutgers.edu/people/faculty/pavel-khazanov)


The Political Science Shelf

Filibustered!: How to Fix the Broken Senate and Save America
Senator Jeff Merkley with Mike Zamore
The New Press
www.thenewpress.com
9781620977989, $27.99, HC, 256pp

https://www.amazon.com/Filibustered-How-Senate-Broke-America/dp/1620977982

Synopsis: If we want to fix what ails America, we have to fix the Senate. And if we want to fix the Senate, we must fix the broken filibuster.

In a compelling and powerfully argued book, the U.S. Senator from the state of Oregon, Jeff Merkley, with the help of his longtime chief of staff Mike Zamore tells an insiders' story of how the Senate used to work and how the filibuster came to cripple the self-styled "World's Greatest Deliberative Body" with paralyzing gridlock. And they make the surprising case that restoring a modified version of the old-style, talking filibuster may just be our democracy's best and only path back from the brink of legislative disaster.

For nearly two centuries, the Senate (as designed by the Founders) served the purpose originally envisioned: it was a deliberative legislative body where the nation's thorniest challenges were hashed out. Senators had the ability to speak at length and offer any manner of amendments to influence bills, and then when all had had a say, the Senate voted. Senators who objected to passing a bill could wage a defiant filibuster -- in the spirit of fictional Senator Smith who talked until he collapsed in order to block a corrupt railroad deal in the classic 1939 film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. But at the end of the day, nearly all legislation, amendments, and nominations went to a vote, and the majority prevailed.

Today, however, thanks to abuse of a fifty-year-old reform intended to make it easier for the Senate to pass legislation, the exceedingly difficult, rare filibuster has morphed, plunging the Senate into dysfunction and threatening the very foundations of our democracy. Now, the minority party can simply declare a "no-talk" filibuster, insisting on a super- majority of sixty votes to pass nearly any bill or a lengthy process to confirm any of the president's nominees -- giving themselves a veto over the majority's agenda. Wildly popular bills languish, judgeships and administrative posts remain unfilled, military leadership positions go empty, but ordinary citizens can't see why because the obstruction all takes place behind closed doors.

With the publication of "Filibustered!: How to Fix the Broken Senate and Save America", Senator Jeff Merkley deftly combines a fascinating romp through key moments in filibuster history (from the first filibuster in 1841 through Southern Dixiecrat filibusters of civil rights legislation, up through Mitch McConnell's transformation of the filibuster into a routine tool of perennial gridlock) with firsthand accounts of recent high-profile legislative fights, and a compelling argument that the key to the Senate's future may be found in its past.

Critique: Every American citizen and voter who views congress in general (and the U.S. Senate in particular) as broken should give "Filibustered!: How to Fix the Broken Senate and Save America" by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley and immediate and careful reading from first page to last. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Filibustered!: How to Fix the Broken Senate and Save America" is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and college/university library Contemporary American Political Science collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. It should be noted for students, academia, political activists, and governmental policy makers that "Filibustered!: How to Fix the Broken Senate and Save America" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99).

Editorial Note #1: Senator Jeff Merkley has served in the U.S. Senate since 2009 and has been a champion of reforming our democracy and a vigorous advocate for tackling inequality and climate change. He has written a number of proposals to restore the talking filibuster and responded to the Gorsuch Supreme Court nomination with the eighth-longest speech in Senate history, clocking in at nearly fifteen and a half hours. He is the author of "America Is Better Than This" (Twelve).

Editorial Note #2: Mike Zamore was Senator Jeff Merkley's longtime chief of staff and a twenty-two year veteran of Capitol Hill. The co-author (with Senator Merkley) of Filibustered! (The New Press), he is a leading expert on Senate procedure.


The Computer Shelf

How AI Works: From Sorcery to Science
Donald T. Kneusel
No Starch Press
www.nostarch.com
9781718503724, $29.99, PB, 192pp

https://www.amazon.com/How-AI-Works-Sorcery-Science/dp/1718503725

Synopsis: Artificial intelligence is now to be found everywhere, from self-driving cars, to image generation from text, to the unexpected power of language systems like ChatGPT -- yet few people seem to know how it all really works.

With the publication of "How AI Works: From Sorcery to Science", AI expert Donald T. Kneusel unravels the mysteries of artificial intelligence, without the complex math and unnecessary jargon.

"How AI Works" explains: The relationship between artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning; The history behind AI and why the artificial intelligence revolution is happening now; How decades of work in symbolic AI failed and opened the door for the emergence of neural networks; What neural networks are, how they are trained, and why all the wonder of modern AI boils down to a simple, repeated unit that knows how to multiply input numbers to produce an output number; The implications of large language models, like ChatGPT and Bard, on our society -- nothing will be the same again.

AI isn't magic. If you've ever wondered how it works, what it can do, or why there's so much hype, "How AI Works" will teach you everything you want to know.

Critique: A timely and invaluable contribution to our current national dialogue and concerns about artificial intelligence and its impacts for good or ill on human society, "How AI Works: From Sorcery to Science" will prove of immense interest to both professional and non-specialist general readers wanting to know what it is and what it can do. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "How AI Works: From Sorcery to Science" must be considered an essential and valued addition to personal, professional, community, and college/university library Artificial Intelligence & Computer Science collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. It should be noted for students, academia, political activists, governmental policy makers, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "How AI Works: From Sorcery to Science" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $17.99).

Editorial Note: Ronald T. Kneusel is a data scientist who builds deep-learning (AI) systems, as well as extensive experience with medical imaging and the development of medical devices. He earned a PhD in machine learning from the University of Colorado, Boulder, has nearly 20 years of machine learning experience in industry, and is presently pursuing deep-learning projects with L3Harris Technologies, Inc. Kneusel is also the author of Random Numbers and Computers (Springer 2018), in addition to Math for Deep Learning, Practical Deep Learning, Strange Code, and The Art of Randomness -- all of which are published by No Starch Press.

Hacks, Leaks, and Revelations
Micah Lee
No Starch Press
www.nostarch.com
9781718503120, $49.99, PB, 544pp

https://www.amazon.com/Hacks-Leaks-Revelations-Micah-Lee/dp/1718503121

Synopsis: With the publication of "Hacks, Leaks, and Revelations: The Art of Analyzing Hacked and Leaked Data" by cybersecurity expert and investigative reporter Micah Lee it is now possible to unlock the internet's treasure trove of public interest data. This hands-on DIY guide blends real-world techniques for researching large datasets with lessons on coding, data authentication, and digital security. All of this is spiced up with gripping and illustrative stories from the front lines of investigative journalism.

Readers will be able to dive into exposed datasets from a wide array of sources: the FBI, the DHS, police intelligence agencies, extremist groups like the Oath Keepers, and even a Russian ransomware gang. Lee's own in-depth case studies on disinformation-peddling pandemic profiteers and neo-Nazi chatrooms serve as blueprints for your research.

Readers can gain practical skills in searching massive troves of data for keywords like "antifa" and pinpointing documents with newsworthy revelations. Of special note is the crash course in Python to automate the analysis of millions of files.

"Hacks, Leaks, and Revelations" covers: Mastering encrypted messaging to safely communicate with whistle blowers; Securing datasets over encrypted channels using Signal, Tor Browser, OnionShare, and SecureDrop; Harvesting data from the BlueLeaks collection of internal memos, financial records, and more from over 200 state, local, and federal agencies; Probing leaked email archives about offshore detention centers and the Heritage Foundation; Analyzing metadata from videos of the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, sourced from the Parler social network.

We live in an age where hacking and whistleblowing can unearth secrets that alter history. "Hacks, Leaks, and Revelations" is an effective DIY toolkit for uncovering new stories and hidden truths.

Critique: Of special interest for anyone concerned with the increasing issues around cyberspace and internet database security, "Hacks, Leaks, and Revelations: The Art of Analyzing Hacked and Leaked Data" must be considered basic, fundamental reading. While also readily available for personal reading lists in a digital book format (Kindle, $35.99), "Hacks, Leaks, and Revelations: The Art of Analyzing Hacked and Leaked Data" is especially and unreservedly recommended as a core addition to personal, professional, community, corporate, governmental, and college/university library Computer Network Security and Computer Hacking collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.

Editorial Note: Micah Lee (https://micahflee.com) is a renowned investigative journalist and computer security engineer celebrated for securing Edward Snowden's NSA leak. He is the director of information security at The Intercept and an advisor to the transparency collective Distributed Denial of Secrets. A former EFF staff technologist and Freedom of the Press Foundation co-founder, Lee is also a Tor Project contributor and the developer of open source security tools like OnionShare and Dangerzone.


The Biography Shelf

General Joseph Warren Revere
William R. Chemerka
BearManor Media
www.bearmanormedia.com
9781629337876, $50.00, HC, 324pp

https://www.amazon.com/General-Joseph-Warren-Revere-hardback/dp/1629337870

Synopsis: Joseph Warren Revere was a grandson of the legendary Paul Revere. He served in the U.S. Navy; circumnavigated the globe; raised the first American flag in Sonoma, California during the Mexican War; battled pirates, sharks, and Indians; searched for gold; had a scandalous affair; joined the Union Army and received a court-martial for his actions at the Battle of Chancellorsville during the Civil War. And then he began the fight of his life.

With the publication of "General Joseph Warren Revere: The Gothic Saga of Paul Revere's Grandson", William R. Chemerka, (who is an award-winning educator, author, History Channel commentator, and recipient of the North Jersey Civil War Round Table's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012), brings the untold story of Revere's Gothic adventures to life in this detailed biography.

Critique: Featuring occasional B/W historical photos, three Appendices (Joseph Warren Revere and Family; Revere's Brigade within the Army of the Potomac's Order of Battle at Chancellorsville; Casualties in Revere's Brigade at the Battle of Chancellorsville), a ten page Bibliography, and a thirty page Index, "General Joseph Warren Revere: The Gothic Saga of Paul Revere's Grandson" is welcome contribution to the growing body of American Civil War Histories/Biographies. While a especially recommended pick for community and college/university library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "General Joseph Warren Revere: The Gothic Saga of Paul Revere's Grandson is also readily available in a paperback edition (9798656521581 $30.00) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.90).

Editorial Note: There is an extensive list of books by William R. Chemerka on the GoodReads website at https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/111065.William_R_Chemerka

Marcus Agrippa: Right-Hand Man of Caesar Augustus
Lindsay Powell
Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (US distribution)
www.casematepublishers.com
https://www.penandswordbooks.com
9781848846173, $39.95, HC, 384pp

https://www.amazon.com/Marcus-Agrippa-Right-Hand-Caesar-Augustus/dp/1848846177

Synopsis: Marcus Agrippa (63 BC - 12 BC) personified the term 'right-hand man'. As Emperor Augustus' deputy, he waged wars, pacified provinces, beautified Rome, and played a crucial role in laying the foundations of the Pax Romana for the next two hundred years -- but he served always in the knowledge he would never rule in his own name. Why he did so, and never grasped power exclusively for himself, has perplexed historians for centuries.

In his teens he formed a lifelong friendship with Julius Caesar's great nephew, Caius Octavius, which would change world history. Following Caesar's assassination on the Ides of March 44 BC, Agrippa was instrumental in asserting his friend's rights as the dictator's heir. He established a reputation as a bold admiral, defeating Sextus Pompeius at Mylae and Naulochus (36 BC), culminating in the epoch-making Battle of Actium (31 BC), which eliminated Marcus Antonius and Queen Cleopatra as rivals. He proved his genius for military command on land by ending bloody rebellions in the Cimmerian Bosporus, Gaul, Hispania and Illyricum.

In Gaul Agrippa established the vital road network that helped turn Julius Caesar's conquests into viable provinces. As a diplomat, he befriended Herod the Great of Judaea and stabilized the East. As minister of works he overhauled Rome's drains and aqueducts, transformed public bathing in the city, created public parks with great artworks and built the original Pantheon.

Agrippa became co-ruler of the Roman Empire with Augustus and married his daughter Julia. His three sons were adopted by his friend as potential heirs to the throne. Agrippa's unexpected death in 12 BC left Augustus bereft, but his bloodline lived on in the imperial family, through Agrippina the Elder to his grandson Caligula and great grandson Nero.

With the publication of "Marcus Agrippa: Right-Hand Man of Caesar Augustus", historian Lindsay Powell is illustrated with color plates, figures and high quality maps. Powell also presents a penetrating new assessment of the life and achievements of the multifaceted man who put service to friend and country before himself.

Critique: Significantly enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of an informative Foreword by Stephen Saylor, illustrations and maps, two Appendices (Res Publica: The Commonwealth Systems of Government of the Late Roman Republic; Agrippa's Travels), a five page Glossary, a four page listing of Place Names, a three page listing of Ancient Sources, sixty-four pages of Notes, a thirteen page Bibliography, and an eleven page Index, "Marcus Agrippa: Right-Hand Man of Caesar Augustus " is a model of scholarship in both detailed documentation and research.

An exceptionally well written, organized and presented study, "Marcus Agrippa: Right-Hand Man of Caesar Augustus" is a significant and strongly recommended pick for personal, professional, community, and college/university library Ancient Roman History & Biography collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. It should be noted for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Marcus Agrippa: Right-Hand Man of Caesar Augustus" is also available in a paperback edition (9781399024808, $26.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $2.99).

Editorial Note: Lindsay Powell (https://lindsay-powell.com) writes for Ancient History and Ancient Warfare magazine, and his articles have also appeared in Military Heritage and Strategy and Tactics. He is author of the highly acclaimed Marcus Agrippa: Right-Hand Man of Caesar Augustus, Germanicus: The Magnificent Life and Mysterious Death of Rome's Most Popular General and Eager for Glory: The Untold Story of Drusus the Elder, Conqueror of Germania, all published by Pen & Sword Books. His appearances include BBC Radio, British Forces Broadcasting Service, History Channel and HistoryHit.

Gravity: Selected Letters of Olivia Langdon Clemens
Barbara E. Snedecor
University of Missouri Press
https://upress.missouri.edu
9780826222916, $50.00, HC, 414pp

https://www.amazon.com/Gravity-Selected-Letters-Langdon-Clemens/dp/0826222919

Synopsis: Deftly collected and edited by Barbara E. Nedecor, "Gravity: Selected Letters of Olivia Langdon Clemens" is volume of letters written by the wife of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) -- Olivia Louise Langdon Clemens. She writes in her correspondence on her own terms, in her own voice, and as complementary partner to her world-famous spouse who wrote under the pseudonym of Mark Twain.

Olivia Celmens is revealed in her letters as an enduring friend, the mother to four children, a world traveler, and so much more. The frail woman often portrayed by scholars, biographers, and Twain himself is largely absent in these letters. Instead, Olivia (who Twain affectionately referred to as "Gravity" in their early correspondence) emerges as a resilient and energetic nineteenth-century woman, her family's source and center of stability, and a well of private and public grace in an ever-changing landscape.

Mark Twain's biography recounted in Olivia's letters offers new insights, and her captivating voice is certain to engage and enlighten readers.

Critique: A seminal work of original and meticulous scholarship, "Gravity: Selected Letters of Olivia Langdon Clemens" is a major contribution to our understanding of the life and times of Samuel Clemens who the world will ever remember as the authentic American literary genium -- Mark Twain. Of special value to readers with an interest in women's biographies and 19th Century American literature, "Gravity: Selected Letters of Olivia Langdon Clemens" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, and college/university library collections and supplemental MarkTwain curriculum studies lists. It should be noted for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Gravity: Selected Letters of Olivia Langdon Clemens" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $52.25).

Editorial Note: Barbara Snedecor (1929-2021) served for many years as Director of the Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College, New York. In addition to editing the second edition of Mark Twain in Elmira, she has contributed pieces to the Mark Twain Annual and American Literary Realism.


The Graphic Novel Shelf

Red Harvest
Michael Cherkas
NBM Publishing
www.nbmpub.com
9781681123202, $19.99, HC, 144pp

https://www.amazon.com/Red-Harvest-Graphic-Terror-Ukraine/dp/1681123207

Synopsis: Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin waged a brutal war against the Soviet peasantry leading to the Holodomor, the terror-famine that killed at least 4 million Ukrainians during the fall and winter of 1932-33.

"Red Harvest: A Graphic Novel of the Terror Famine in Soviet Ukraine" is a graphic novel by Michael Cherkas that is based on the tragic events that took place in Soviet Ukraine and other parts of the Soviet Union from 1929 to 1933.

Stalin and the ruling Communist Party began their program of forced large-scale collectivization of individual farms and farmers, including the seizure of livestock, farm implements, crops, seed stock, and other property.

Although "Red Harvest" is the fictional story, it is also historically accurate and based on true stories as related to the Ukranian-Canadian author, of Mykola Kovalenko, a Ukrainian immigrant to Canada, who was the only member of his family to have survived the famine. Through his memories, we witness the horrors of what happened to his family and fellow villagers in the "breadbasket of Europe" as they struggled not only to make sense of the war that was being waged against them -- but, ultimately, to survive.

Critique: A simply riveting read from start to finish, "Red Harvest: A Graphic Novel of the Terror Famine in Soviet Ukraine" raises the medium of the graphic novel to a peerless level of literary excellence. The visual imagery is memorably and effective rendered in black-and-white. "Red Harvest" is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, community, and college/university library Graphic Novel collections. It should be noted that "Red Harvest" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.99) as well.

Editorial Note: Michael Cherkas (https://canadianaci.ca/Encyclopedia/cherkas-michael) was born in Oshawa, Ontario in 1954 from Ukrainian roots. He has worked for over 30 years as a graphic designer, art director, cartoonist and illustrator. He still enjoys using non-repro blue pencils, brush, India ink and paper when making comics. His other graphic novels include the critically praised The Silent Invasion.


The Audiobook Shelf

Sisters Under the Rising Sun
Heather Morris, author
Laura Carmichael, narrator
Macmillan Audio
www.macmillanaudio.com
9781250322838, $39.99, CD

https://www.amazon.com/Sisters-Under-Rising-Sun-Novel/dp/1250322839

Synopsis: In the midst of World War II, an English musician, Norah Chambers, places her eight-year-old daughter Sally on a ship leaving Singapore, desperate to keep her safe from the Japanese army as they move down through the Pacific. Norah remains to care for her husband and elderly parents, knowing she may never see her child again.

Sister Nesta James, a Welsh Australian nurse, has enlisted to tend to Allied troops. But as Singapore falls to the Japanese she joins the terrified cargo of people, including the heartbroken Norah, crammed aboard the Vyner Brooke merchant ship. Only two days later, they are bombarded from the air off the coast of Indonesia, and in a matter of hours, the Vyner Brooke lies broken on the seabed.

After surviving a brutal 24 hours in the sea, Nesta and Norah reach the beaches of a remote island, only to be captured by the Japanese and held in one of their notorious POW camps. The camps are places of starvation and brutality, where disease runs rampant. Sisters in arms, Norah and Nesta fight side by side every day, helping whoever they can, and discovering in themselves and each other extraordinary reserves of courage, resourcefulness and determination.

"Sisters under the Rising Sun" is a story of women in war: a novel of sisterhood, bravery and friendship in the darkest of circumstances.

Critique: A riveting 'theatre of the mind' experience brought vividly to life by the impressive narrative storytelling talents of Laura Carmichael, this complete and unabridged CD audio book edition from Macmillan Audio of "Sisters under the Rising Sun" by Heather Morris is a highly recommended pick for personal listening lists and community library Historical Fiction/World War II Fiction audio book collections.

Editorial Note #1: Heather Morris is a native of New Zealand who now resides in Australia. For several years, while working in a large public hospital in Melbourne, she studied and wrote screenplays, one of which was optioned by an Academy Award-winning screenwriter in the US. In 2003, Heather was introduced to an elderly gentleman who 'might just have a story worth telling'. The day she met Lale Sokolov changed both their lives. Their friendship grew and Lale embarked on a journey of self-scrutiny, entrusting the innermost details of his life during the Holocaust to her. Heather originally wrote Lale's story as a screenplay (which ranked high in international competitions) before reshaping it into her debut novel, The Tattooist of Auschwitz.

Editorial Note #2: Laura Carmichael is an English actress, most widely known for her performance as Lady Edith Crawley in the ITV (UK) and PBS (US) television period drama series Downtown Abbey. Her other work includes television series Marcella (2016), and the feature film A United Kingdom (2016). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laura_Carmichael)

Inheritance: The Lost Bride Trilogy
Nora Roberts, author
Brittany Pressley, narrator
Macmillan Audio
www.macmillanaudio.com
9781250902450, $39.99, CD

https://www.amazon.com/Inheritance-Lost-Bride-Trilogy-1/dp/1250902452

Synopsis: 1806: Astrid Poole sits in her bridal clothes, overwhelmed with happiness. But before her marriage can be consummated, she is murdered, and the circle of gold torn from her finger. Her last words are a promise to Collin never to leave him...

Graphic designer Sonya MacTavish is stunned to learn that her late father had a twin he never knew about - and that her newly discovered uncle, Collin Poole, has left her almost everything he owned, including a majestic Victorian house on the Maine coast, which the will stipulates she must live in for at least three years. Her engagement recently broken, she sets off to find out why the boys were separated at birth - and why it was all kept secret until a genealogy website brought it to light.

Trey, the young lawyer who greets her at the sprawling clifftop manor, notes Sonya's unease - and acknowledges that yes, the place is haunted... but just a little. Sure enough, Sonya finds objects moved and music playing out of nowhere. She sees a painting by her father inexplicably hanging in her deceased uncle's office, and a portrait of a woman named Astrid, whom the lawyer refers to as "the first lost bride." It's becoming clear that Sonya has inherited far more than a house. She has inherited a centuries-old curse, and a puzzle to be solved if there is any hope of breaking it.

Critique: Another gem of a story with elements of romance, mystery, and suspense, acclaimed novelist Nora Robert's "Inheritance" is brought fully to life by the narrative storytelling excellence of vocal actor Brittany Pressley. Volume 1 of Robert's 'The Lost Bride Trilogy', this complete and unabridged CD audio book is expressly and unreservedly recommended for personal and community library audio book collections -- and a 'must' for the legions of Nora Robert's fans.

Editorial Note #1: Nora Roberts (https://noraroberts.com) is the author of more than 200 novels, including Shelter in Place, Year One, Come Sundown, and many more. She is also the author of the In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than five hundred million copies of her books in print.

Editorial Note #2: Brittany Pressley Brittany is an Audiofile Earphones award winning narrator in NYC. She has recorded over 100 titles and has received several nominations for American Library Association's annual list of Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults. She is also an accomplished singer/songwriter and voice actress. Her voice can be heard on national and international TV and radio commercials as well as several animated series and video games. (https://www.audible.com/search?searchNarrator=Brittany+Pressley)

Bright Lights, Big Christmas
Mary Kay Andrews, author
Kathleen McInerney, narrator
Macmillan Audio
www.macmillanaudio.com
9781250902467, $39.99, CD

https://www.amazon.com/Bright-Lights-Big-Christmas-Novel/dp/1250902460

Synopsis: Newly single and unemployed Kerry Tolliver needs a second chance. When she moves back home to her family's Christmas tree farm in North Carolina, she is guilt tripped into helping her brother, Murphy, sell trees in New York City. She begrudgingly agrees, but she isn't happy about sharing a trailer with her brother in the East Village for two months. Plus, it's been years, since before her parents' divorce, that she's been to the city to sell Christmas trees.

Then, Kerry meets Patrick, the annoying Mercedes owner who parked in her spot for the first two days. Patrick is recently divorced, a father to a six year old son, and lives in the neighborhood. Can Kerry's first impressions about the recently divorced, single father, and (dare she say handsome) neighbor be wrong?

Surrounded by warm childhood memories, sparkling possibility, and the magic of Christmas in the City, will Kerry finally get the second chance she needs to find herself... and maybe even find love?

Critique: Of particular and very special interest to fans of deftly crafted romance novels set against the background of the Christmas season, this complete and unabridged audio book edition of novelist Mary Kay Andrews' "Bright Lights, Big Christmas" is expertly narrated by the storytelling talents of Kathleen McInerney who successfully presents this fun novella for the entertainment for the fans of romance and the holiday season of Christmas. Simply stated, "Bright Lights, Big Christmas" is a delightfully fun and unreservedly recommended pick for personal and community library Romance Fiction audio book collections.

Editorial Note: Mary Kay Andrews is the author of 27 novels including: Hello, Summer; Sunset Beach; The High Tide Club; The Weekenders; Beach Town; Save the Date; Christmas Bliss; Ladies' Night; Spring Fever; and Summer Rental, all from St. Martin's Press, as well as Savannah Breeze; Blue Christmas; Hissy Fit; Little Bitty Lies; and Savannah Blues, all Harper Collins), and one cookbook, The Beach House Cookbook.

Editorial Note #2: Kathleen McInerney has narrated numerous audiobooks by bestselling authors such as Emily Giffin, Danielle Steel, Jeffrey Stepakoff, Mary Kay Andrews, and Linda Castillo. Her narration of Just One Day by Gayle Forman won an AudioFile Earphones Award. She has appeared onstage in New York and around the United States in both classical and contemporary theater. Her credits also include television commercials, daytime drama, radio plays, and animation voice-overs.

The Fragile Threads of Power
V. E. Schwab, author
Kate Reading, Marisa Calin, Michael Kramer, narrators
Macmillan Audio
www.macmillanaudio.com
9781250911308, $59.99, CD

https://www.amazon.com/Fragile-Threads-Power/dp/1250911303

Synopsis: Once there were four worlds, nestled like pages in a book, each pulsing with fantastical power and connected by a single city: London.

After a desperate attempt to prevent corruption and ruin in the four Londons, there are left only three: Grey London, thriving but barely able to remember its magical heritage; Red London, ruled lately by the Maresh family, flourishing and powerful; White London, left to brutality and decay.

Now the worlds are going to collide anew -- brought to a dangerous precipice by the discoveries of three remarkable magicians.

There's Kosika, the child queen of White London, who has nourished her city on blood and dreams - and whose growing devotion to both is leading her down a dangerous path.

Then there's Delilah Bard, born a thief in Grey London, who crossed the worlds to become a legend far from there. She's an infamous magician, a devious heroine, and a risk-taking rogue, all rolled into one unforgettable package. Having disappeared to seek new adventure, an old favor now calls Lila back to a dangerous port, to join some old friends who need more help than they realize.

Last there is Tes, a young runaway with an unusual and powerful ability, hiding out in Red London while trying to stay out of the limelight.

Tes is the only one who can keep all the worlds from unraveling -- if she manages to stay alive first!

Critique: The first volume of author V. E. Schwab's new 'Threads of Power' fantasy series, and collaboratively performed by the narrative team of Kate Reading, Marisa Calin, and Michael Kramer, "The Fragile Threads of Power" is an extraordinary, entertaining, compelling, complete and unabridged audio book from Macmillan Audio. Certain to be a treasured pick for personal reading lists and community library Fantasy/Science Fiction audio book collections, "The Fraile Threads of Power" will leave its listeners looking eagerly toward the next installment of the 'Threads of Power' series.

Editorial Note #1: Victoria "V. E." Schwab is the author of more than twenty books, including the acclaimed Shades universe, the Villains series, the City of Ghosts series, Gallant and the international bestseller The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. Her work has received critical acclaim, been translated into over two dozen languages, and optioned for television and film. First Kill (a YA vampire series based on Schwab's short story of the same name) is now a Netflix series.

Editorial Note #2: Kate Reading is the recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards and has been named by AudioFile magazine as a "Voice of the Century," as well as the Best Voice in Science Fiction & Fantasy in 2008 and 2009 and Best Voice in Biography & Culture in 2010. She has narrated works by such authors as Jane Austen, Robert Jordan, Edith Wharton, and Sophie Kinsella. Reading has performed at numerous theaters in Washington D.C. and received a Helen Hayes Award for her performance in Aunt Dan and Lemon.

Editorial Note #3: Marisa Calin is an actress, narrator, and novelist born in England and educated in New York at the American Academy of the Dramatic Arts. An artist with a flair for everything literary, she has written a young adult novel, You & Me, which received a Kirkus Starred Review, and has narrated the audio books Ruby Red and Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier.

Editorial Note #4: Michael Kramer has narrated over 100 audiobooks for many bestselling authors. He read all of Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time fantasy-adventure series as well as Brandon Sanderson's The Stormlight Archive series. He received AudioFile magazine's Earphones Award for the Kent Family series by John Jakes and for Alan Fulsom's The Day After Tomorrow. His work includes recording books for the Library of Congress's Talking Books program for the blind and physically handicapped.

Brilliance Audio
https://audiobookstore.com/publishers/brilliance-audio

Brilliance Audio is a premier publisher of complete and unabridged audio books in a MP3-CD format in all genres and categories. Two of their newest titles of action/adventure fantasy are written by Steven Erickson is deftly narrated by Nicolas Bolton.

https://www.amazon.com/First-Collected-Bauchelain-Korbal-Broach/dp/B0CKZKGYP5

"The First Collected Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach: Three Short Novels of the Malazan Empire" (9798400145131, $19.99, 8 Hours 52 Minutes) is comprised of the first three tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, the famed necromancers from the Malazan Book of the Fallen and includes:

"BLOOD FOLLOWS"
In the port city of Lamentable Moll, a diabolical killer stalks the streets and panic grips the citizens like a fever. As Emancipor Reese's legendary ill luck would have it, his previous employer is the unknown killer's latest victim. But two strangers have come to town and they have posted in Fishmonger's Round a note, reeking of death-warded magic, requesting the services of a manservant...

"THE HEALTHY DEAD"
The city of Quaint's zeal for goodness can be catastrophic, and no one knows this better than Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, two stalwart champions of all things bad. The homicidal necromancers - and their substance-addled manservant, Emancipor Reese - find themselves ensnared in a scheme to bring goodness into utter ruination. Sometimes you must bring down civilization...in the name of civilization.

"THE LEES OF LAUGHTER'S END"
After their blissful sojourn in Lamentable Moll, the sorcerers Bauchelain and Korbal Broach - along with their manservant, Emancipor Reese -set out on the open seas aboard the sturdy ship Suncurl. Alas, there's more baggage in the hold than meets the beady eyes of the crew, and unseemly terrors awaken. For Bauchelain, Korbal Broach and Emancipor Reese, it is just one more night on the high seas, on a journey without end.

https://www.amazon.com/Second-Collected-Bauchelain-Korbal-Broach/dp/B0CKZK7292

"The Second Collected Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach: Three Short Novels of the Malazan Empire" (9798400147708, $19.99, 14 Hours 49 Minutes) finds that the intrepid necromancers Bauchelain and Korbal Broach (scourges of civilization, raisers of the dead, reapers of the souls of the living, devourers of hope, betrayers of faith, slayers of the innocent and modest personifications of evil) have a lot to answer for and answer they will, but first they must lie, murder and cheat their way through three more escapades in some of the harsher fringes, deprived wastelands and impoverished communities of the Malazan Empire. Much to the shame of their long-suffering general factotum, Emancipor Reese...

This second volume is comprised of the novellas "The Wurms of Blearmouth"; "The Crack'd Pot Trail"; and "The Fiends of Nightmaria.".

Critique: Deftly brought to life through the narrative storytelling talents by Nicolas Boulton, this two volume collection of original action/adventure fantasy novellas by Steven Erickson is especially and unreservedly recommended for both personal and community library Fantasy audio book collections.


The Library CD Shelf

A Message From the Flying Horse Big Band
The Flying Horse Big Band
Flying Horse Records
flyinghorserecords.com
$TBA CD / $9.49 MP3

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CN1SBJPR

A Message From the Flying Horse Big Band is the eighth album from the Flying Horse Big Band - a grand ensemble of talented performers on saxophones, trumpets/flugelhorns, trombones, and rhythm instruments - created in tribute of the legendary American group, The Jazz Messengers (which formed in the 1950s and lasted over thirty-five years as a collective). Individual songs are composed by Horace Silver, Benny Golson, Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton, and Hank Mobley; former member of the Jazz Messengers Michael Mossman personally arranged the tracks "Free for All" and "Gregory is Here". An homage to American jazz history as well as a rollicking great time, A Message From the Flying Horse Big Band is highly recommended for both personal and public library music collections. The tracks are Free For All, Hipsippy Blues, Room 608, This Is For Albert, Mosaic, Peace, Gregory Is Here, Lester Left Town, Whisper Not, and On the Ginza.

And I Love You So
Barbara Fairchild
Country Rewind Records
www.countryrewind.com
$10.98 CD / $9.49 MP3

https://www.amazon.com/I-Love-You-So/dp/B0BVJ4LWM5

Legendary American country and gospel singer Barbara Fairchild presents And I Love You So, an album featuring songs never before released commercially, including two Don McLean songs. Barbara's dulcet voice is supported by talented musicians whose contributions have been added to the original recordings. And I Love You So is a treasure for connoisseurs, a choice pick for public library music collections, and makes a wonderful Valentine's Day gift! The tracks are A Girl Who'll Satisfy Her Man; Teddy Bear Song; Behind Closed Doors; I'm Gonna Write; Kid Stuff; And I Love You So; Vincent (Starry, Starry Night); I Really Don't Want To Know; One Of Those Songs; Satin Sheets; You Always Come Back (To Hurting Me); Color My World; Why Me, Lord; and Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms.


The General Fiction Shelf

The Ways of Water
Teresa H. Janssen
She Writes Press
www.shewritespress.com
9781647425838, $17.95, PB, 440pp

https://www.amazon.com/Ways-Water-Teresa-H-Janssen/dp/1647425832

Synopsis: As Josie Belle Gore, daughter of a Louisiana train engineer and Texas seamstress, journeys with her itinerant family through the deserts of the boom-and-bust American West and revolutionary Mexico, she learns that in her life, two things are constant: water is precious, and her role in her family is to save it.

When unforeseeable events force the separation of her family, Josie begins an odyssey that takes her from New Mexico's Jornada del Muerto to Bisbee, Tucson, Los Angeles, and finally post-WWI San Francisco -- experiencing betrayal, pandemic, and survivor's guilt, as well as the compassion and generosity of friends and strangers, along the way.

Once she lands in San Francisco, like a river meeting the sea, Josie has nowhere else to run -- and she realizes that she must make peace with the past and good on her promise to the family she loves.

Inspired by the author's family lore, "The Ways of Water" is a lyrical tale of loss, hope, and forgiveness set in the rugged beauty of the turn-of-the-century Southwest that, like Josie, is growing up in fits and starts.

Critique: An inherently fascinating, deftly crafted and eloquently entertaining saga of a novel from start to finish, "The Ways of Water" is especially impressive when considering that it is author Teresa H. Janssen's debut as a novelist and will prove to be of particular interest to fans of coming-of-age novels and Family Life fiction. While especially and unreservedly recommended for community library Contemporary General Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Ways of Water" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.49).

Editorial Note: Teresa H. Janssen (https://www.teresahjanssen.com) is a career educator, essayist, and author of short fiction whose writing has appeared in a variety of literary journals, including Zyzzyva, Catamaran, and Chautauqua. She attended Gonzaga and the University of Washington where she received an M.A. in Linguistics.


The Literary Fiction Shelf

A Journey to St. Thomas: Tales for Our Time
Josiah Hatch III, author
Cathy Morrison, illustrator
Fulcrum Publishing
www.fulcrumbooks.com
9781682753347, $35.00, HC, 392pp

https://www.amazon.com/Journey-St-Thomas-Tales-Time/dp/1682753344

Synopsis: Hoping for an adventure (and at a discounted price), two dozen strangers set sail for balmy St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. As different from one another as strangers can be, they agree to pass the time by telling stories. As the passengers share their stories, they begin to learn some astonishing things about their neighbors.

Then, partway through the voyage, they are notified about a virus that has spread across the United States and their destination. The ship is quarantined, and they are destined to loll on the waves of the open sea until a port welcomes them.

Stuck together in the confines of the ship, the group continues to regale each other with ingenious tales.

"A Journey to St. Thomas: Tales for Our Time" by Josiah Hatch is a modern reimagining of Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Hatch, who studied Anglo Saxon and Middle English languages at Oxford University, writes in iambic pentameter, craftily updating Chaucer's characters to those on the present-day cruise liner.

Touching on topics that include political differences and discord, elitism, economic hardship, and the perceived inability of the ordinary citizen to make a difference, "Journey to St. Thomas: Tales for Our Time" is richly textured and innovative novel that effectively captures the humor, insight, and pathos of the original Canterbury Tales -- all while telling a very modern story

Critique: Eloquent, entertaining, thought provoking, memorable, and embellished with the B/W images of artist/illustrator Cathy Morrison, "A Journey to St. Thomas: Tales for Our Time" by Josiah Hatch III is a truly extraordinary literary event and will have a very special attraction for readers with an interest in epic poetry and satire. A unique novel that will linger in the mind and memory of the reader long after the book itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf, "A Journey to St. Thomas: Tales for Our Time" is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, community, and college/university library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.

Editorial Note: #1: Josiah Hatch (https://www.fulcrumbooks.com/hatch) attended Princeton University, where he graduated summa cum laude, majoring in Ancient Greek and Latin with a minor in music theory. A Marshall scholar at Pembroke College, Oxford, he studied Anglo-Saxon and Middle English. He spent a year in Italy studying Latin literature, history and art. After studying at Oxford, Josiah moved to Washington, serving as a museum administrator at the Smithsonian Institution, a speechwriter and political aide, and, after obtaining a law degree from Georgetown, a lawyer.

Editorial Note #2: Cathy Morrison is a children's book illustrator working from her home studio in northern Colorado. Her studio overlooks the Mummy Range, the northern side of Rocky Mountain National Park. (www.artlicensing.com/artists/cathy-morrison-illustrates)


The Romantic Fiction Shelf

Just Once
Karen Kingsbury
Atria Books
c/o Simon & Schuster
www.simonandschuster.com
9781982104443, $27.99, HC, 336pp

https://www.amazon.com/Just-Once-Novel-Karen-Kingsbury/dp/1982104449

Synopsis: In 1941, beautiful Irvel Holland is too focused on her secret to take much notice of the war raging overseas. She's dating Sam but in love with his younger brother, Hank (who is her longtime best friend) and Irvel has no idea how to break the news.

Then the unthinkable happens -- Pearl Harbor is attacked. With their lives turned upside down overnight, Sam is drafted and convinces Hank to remain in Indiana, where he and Irvel take up the battle on the home front.

While Sam fights in Europe, an undeniable chemistry builds between Irvel and Hank but neither would dare cross that line. Then, two military leaders pay Irvel a visit at the classroom where she teaches. The men have plans for her, a proposition to join a new spy network. One catch: She can tell no one.

With Irvel caught between two brothers thousands of miles apart, can love find a way, even from the ashes of the greatest heartbreak?

Critique: An exceptionally entertaining and deftly crafted novel from start to finish, "Just One' by Karen Kingsbury will have a very special appeal to readers with an interest in Christian Romance Fiction set against the background of World War II. Certain to be an immediate and enduringly popular pick for community library collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of the growing legions of Karen Kingsbury fans that "Just One" is also readily available in a paperback edition (9781982104450, $17.99), in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99), and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Simon & Schuster Audio, 9781797134840, $34.99, CD).

Editorial Note: Karen Kingsbury,(https://www.karenkingsbury.com) is an adjunct professor of writing at Liberty University who has more than twenty-five million copies of her award-winning books in print. Her last dozen titles have topped bestseller lists and many of her novels are under development as major motion pictures. Her Baxter Family books were developed into a TV series.


The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Agatha Christie
A Signet Classic
c/o Penguin/Random House
https://www.penguin.com/berkley-overview
9781398611665, $9.99, PB, 384pp

https://www.amazon.com/Murder-Roger-Ackroyd-Hercule-Poirot/dp/0593639588

Synopsis: In the small English village of King's Abbot, a widow's suicide has stirred up dreadful rumors of blackmail and deception. Most shocking of all is the subsequent murder of her lover Roger Ackroyd, stabbed to death in his own study by an unknown assailant. There are suspects and motives aplenty, and rumors that his neighbor, the recently retired detective Hercule Poirot, doesn't have a clue who did the dastardly deed.

Critique: "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" was the first published (1926) mystery novel of the legendary mystery writer Agatha Christie and introduced the character of Hercule Poirot. Once again brought back into print for a new generation of appreciative readers, this Signet Classic paperback edition with its informative Introduction by Ruth Ware is unreservedly recommended for personal and community library Mystery/Suspense collections -- and is an absolute 'must' for the legions of Agatha Christie (and Hercule Poirot!) fans.

Editorial Note #1: Born in Torquay in 1890, Agatha Christie began writing during the First World War and wrote over 100 novels, plays and short story collections. She was still writing to great acclaim until her death, and her books have now sold over a billion copies in English and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. Yet Agatha Christie was always a very private person, and though Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple became household names, the Queen of Crime was a complete enigma to all but her closest friends.

Editorial Note #2: Ruth Ware (https://ruthware.com) is an international number one bestseller. Her thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game, The Death of Mrs Westaway, The Turn of the Key, One by One, The It Girl and Zero Days have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the Sunday Times and New York Times, and have sold more than six million copies. Her books have been optioned for both film and TV, and she is published in more than 40 languages.

Murder at the Matterhorn
T. A. Williams
Boldwood Books
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
www.ulverscroft.com
9781804832677, $41.00, PB, Large Print, 336pp

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/murder-at-the-matterhorn-t-a-williams/1144007310

Synopsis: An old friend in need...

Despite being retired from the police, Dan Armstrong is always on hand to help with solving a crime. So, when he's contacted by an old colleague in need of help, Dan readily agrees. The only problem Dan can see is the location -- an isolated mountain-top campsite of UFO enthusiasts.

An unexplained death...

But these are no ordinary star watchers, and when Dan arrives one member of the group is already dead. Some of the group suspect alien abduction, but Dan is sure the killer is much closer to home. An out of this world case? Dan doesn't believe in aliens, but faced with black hole of secrecy from the group of suspects, he and Oscar have their work cut out to catch the murderer...before they strike again.

It's another 'whodunnit' murder mystery for Dan and Oscar to solve!

Critique: Of special appeal to readers with an interest in international crime fiction in a cozy mystery format, this large print trade paperback edition of novelist T. A. Williams "Murder at the Matterhorn" is particularly and unreservedly recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections and the personal reading lists of all dedicated 'whodunnit' mystery buffs.

Editorial Note: There is an extensive on-ling listing of novels by T. A. Williams at https://www.bookseriesinorder.com/t-a-williams

Arsenic at Ascot
Kelly Oliver
Boldwood Books
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.
www.ulverscroft.com
9781804831878, $41.00, PB, Large Print, 410pp

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/arsenic-at-ascot-kelly-oliver/1143980413

Synopsis: London, 1918 Fiona Figg finds herself back in Old Blighty saddled with shuffling papers for the war office. Then a mysterious card arrives, inviting her to a fancy house party at Mentmore Castle.

This year's Ascot-themed do will play host to a stable of animal defense advocates, and Fiona is tasked with infiltrating the activists and uncovering possible anti-war activity. Disguised as the Lady Tabitha Kenworthy, Fiona is more than ready for the "mane" event, but the odds are against her when both her arch nemesis, dark-horse Fredrick Fredricks, and would-be fiance Lieutenant Archie Somersby arrive unexpectedly and "stirrup" her plans.

When a horse doctor thuds to the floor in the next guest room, Fiona finds herself investigating a mysterious poisoning with some very hairy clues. Can Fiona overcome the hurdles and solve both cases, or will she be pipped to the post and put out to pasture by the killer?

Critique: A fun read from start to finish, "Arsenic at Ascot" is a part of novelist Kelly Oliver's Fiona Figg & Kitty Lang Mystery Series and has everything the dedicated cozy mystery readers want -- an intrepid female sleuth trying her best to find out 'whodunnit' in a murder mystery with more unexpected and deftly crafted plot twists and turns than a Coney Island roller coaster. This large print trade paperback edition of Kelly Oliver's "Arsenic at Ascot" from Boldwood Books will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular pick for both personal and community library Mystery/Suspense collections.

Editorial Note: Kelly Oliver (https://kellyoliverbooks.com) is a Distinguished Professor Emerita of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University, and the author of fifteen non-fiction books and over 100 articles on issues such as the refugee crisis, campus rape, women and the media, animals, and the environment.


The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Calamity
Constance Fay
Bramble
c/o Tor/Forge Books
www.tor-forge.com
9781250330413, $18.99, PB, 320pp

https://www.amazon.com/Calamity-Uncharted-Hearts-Constance-Fay/dp/1250330416

Synopsis: Temperance Reed is the captain of a ragtag mercenary spaceship is given an offer she can't refuse by the ruthless head of an intergalactic noble family. The only catch? She'll have to team up with his son (an upsettingly competent hardbody with his own agenda) to get her reward.

She's got a ramshackle spaceship, a misfit crew, and a big problem with its sexy newest member...

Temperance, banished from the wealthy and dangerous Fifteen Families, just wants to keep her crew together after their feckless captain ran off with the intern. But she's drowning in debt and a revolutionary new engine technology is about to make her beloved ship obsolete.

Arcadio Escajeda is the second child of the terrifying Escajeda Family. Plus he is the thorn in Temper's side as they're sent off on a scouting mission on the backwater desert planet of Herschel 2. They throw sparks every time they meet but Temper's suspicions of his ulterior motives only serve to fuel the flames between them.

Despite volcanic eruptions, secret cultists, and deadly galactic fighters, the greatest threat on this mission may be to Temper's heart.

Critique: Especially and unreservedly recommended to the attention of readers who enjoy a space opera novel at its romance & science fiction best, "Calamity" is a deftly crafted, completely riveting, and impressively fun read from start to finish. Showcasing author Constance Fay's genuine flair for original, creativity, and narrative driven storytelling style, "Calamity" will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular pick for community library Science Fiction collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Calamity" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99).

Editorial Note: Constance Fay (https://constancefay.com) writes space romance novels and genre fiction short stories. Her short fiction can be found in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Catscast podcast, and other publications. She has a background in medical device R&D and lives with a cat who edits all her work first.


The Business Shelf

Sustainable Marketing
Paul Randle, author
Alexis Eyre, author
Kogan Page Inc.
www.koganpage.com
9781398613157, $110.00, HC, 328pp

https://www.amazon.com/Sustainable-Marketing-Industrys-Role-Future/dp/1398613150

Synopsis: "Sustainable Marketing: The Industry's Role in a Sustainable Future" by co-authors Paul Randle and Alexis Eyre is a blueprint for embedding sustainability at the heart of marketing in today's marketing environment. Exposing the disturbing reality of marketing's current relationship with many of our environmental and societal problems, "Sustainable Marketing" challenges the traditional role of marketing, its cultural norms and gross inefficiency. It goes on to present a compelling vision for change and a practical guide for marketing professionals, equipping them with the mindset and tools to transform their daily work and the industry as a whole, into a force for good.

"Sustainable Marketing" is the perfect guide for marketing and sustainability professionals who are working through their company's sustainable transformation while trying to avoid the pitfalls of greenwashing and carbon myopia. Deftly written by two acknowledged experts who apply their unique framework to the issue, "Sustainable Marketing" takes what may feel like an insurmountable challenge and breaks it down, giving in-depth advice and providing real-world success stories from companies of all sizes including Tony's Chocolonely, The Onlii and AkzoNobel.

Critique: An impressively organized and presented DIY manual, "Sustainable Marketing: The Industry's Role in a Sustainable Future" is essential reading for anyone charged with marketing responsibilities for their company or business enterprise. An extraordinary and highly recommended addition to personal, professional, corporate, and college/university library Business Management & Marketing collections and supplemental MBA/Environmental Economics curriculum studies lists, it should be noted for MBA students, academia, corporate executives, marketing directors, and entrepreneurs that "Sustainable Marketing: The Industry's Role in a Sustainable Future" is also available in a paperback edition (9781398613133, $31.99) and in a digital book format (Kidle, $31.99).

Editorial Note #1: Paul Randle is co-founder of the Sustainable Marketing Compass and CEO of Pickle Consulting Ltd based in Berkshire, UK. He has over 30 years of global marketing and digital transformation experience with organisations like BSI, Microsoft, Philips, AkzoNobel, VISA, Dentsu and Omnicom. He has spoken at events such as Google Think, written articles for The Guardian newspaper and is an assessor and sits on the advisory panel of the Sustainable Marketing, Media and Creative course offered by the Cambridge University Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Editorial Note #2: Alexis Eyre is the Co-Founder of the Sustainable Marketing Compass, Founder of Green Eyre and Co-Founder of Sustainists Consultants. Based in Hampshire, UK, she has worked media owner, agency and client side for brands ranging from start-up to global in size, including Natwest, Sunsail, News UK, EcoSki and Hewlett Packard. She has spoken at a number of conferences including the Leaders Week Summit, and the Business Green NetZero Festival about Sustainable Marketing. She runs Sustainable Marketing courses for the IPA, writes content for the CIM and is an assessor on the Sustainable Marketing, Media and Creative course by the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership. She is also certified in Business Sustainability Management from the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership.

Search Marketing: A Strategic Approach to SEO and SEM
Kelly Cutler
Kogan Page Inc.
www.koganpage.com
9781398612822, $131.00, HC, 312pp

https://www.amazon.com/Search-Marketing-Strategic-Approach-SEO/dp/1398612820

Synopsis: Newly published by Kogan Page, "Search Marketing: A Strategic Approach to SEO and SEM" by digital marketing expert and educator Kelly Cutler is a comprehensive guide that delves into the dynamic world of both paid and organic search marketing strategies, providing an in-depth understanding of the tactics and techniques that drive successful online visibility and business growth.

As the digital marketing landscape continues to evolve, corporate and business marketing gets more technical, time-consuming and costly. But "Search Marketing" reveals how to approach both paid and organic search marketing like a digital strategist.

"Search Marketing" also offers insights into high-level fundamentals and advanced applications. Specifically designed to help marketers and businesses leaders get more from this essential digital marketing tactic, "Search Marketing" dives into what marketers can do today to help their companies take a more controlled, intentional, and strategic approach to SEO and SEM.

"Search Marketing" identifies and explains effective techniques for increasing visibility, driving qualified traffic, measuring the success and functionality of SEO, SEM campaigns and advanced methods for campaign optimization. Readers will learn how to take a more informed approach to the business they bring from sites like Google and Bing, while gaining the insight necessary to effectively oversee search marketing at a strategic level.

Critique: Given the enormous and ever increasing necessity for companies to master, employ, improve and expand their digital marketing in today's volatile local, regional, national, and international business climate, "Search Marketing: A Strategic Approach to SEO and SEM" is a critically important and absolutely recommended addition to professional, corporate, and college/university library Search Engine, Web Marketing, and E-Commerce collections and supplemental MBA studies lists. It should be noted for MBA students, academia, corporate executives, marketing directors, entrepreneurs, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Search Marketing: A Strategic Approach to SEO and SEM" is also available in a paperback edition (9781398612808, $39.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $39.99).

Editorial Note: Kelly Cutler (https://www.koganpage.com/authors/kelly-cutler) is a seasoned entrepreneur, technology executive, educator and business leader based in Chicago, Illinois. She brings over two decades of experience, with previous strategic insights from the early days of AOL and later at Cars.com. Through her technology consulting company Kona, she has consulted with CDW in the areas of leadership, digital transformation and learning development. She has worked with companies across industries and geographies including Johns Hopkins, Zebra Technologies, The Los Angeles Film Festival and Ryland Homes. Cutler holds a Master of Science from Northwestern University's Information, Design and Strategy program where she studied data strategy, leadership and communication. In her current role at Northwestern University, Cutler teaches at Medill, Kellogg Executive Education and the School of Professional Studies (SPS). Prior to joining Northwestern, Cutler taught at DePaul University Kellstadt Marketing Center for nearly ten years. She has extensive experience in training, running workshops and speaking at industry conferences around the country.

A Practical Guide to Logistics, second edition
Jerry Rudd
Kogan Page Inc.
www.koganpage.com
9781398612693, $159.00, HC, 416pp

https://www.amazon.com/Practical-Guide-Logistics-Introduction-Distribution/dp/1398612693

Synopsis: Now in a newly updated and expanded second edition, "A Practical Guide to Logistics: An Introduction to Transport, Warehousing and Distribution" by logistics and supply chain expert Jerry Rudd is a straightforward guide taking readers through all aspects of the industry including covering packaging, transportation, warehousing and exporting and importing of goods.

This new second edition published by Kogan Page features a new chapter on Health and Safety in the field, and coverage of the most recent developments impacting logistics, including automation and electric vehicles.

This new edition of "A Practical Guide to Logistics: An Introduction to Transport, Warehousing and Distribution" will equip readers with all the necessary knowledge to progress in their careers and provides balanced advice on how to choose the right option for their business. "A Practical Guide to Logistics: An Introduction to Transport, Warehousing and Distribution: 2nd Edition" is an essential introduction for practitioners, undergraduate and postgraduate students of logistics and warehouse management.

Critique: Impressively comprehensive, exceptionally well written, thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "A Practical Guide to Logistics: An Introduction to Transport, Warehousing and Distribution: 2nd Edition" is an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition professional, corporate, and college/university library Business, Distribution, Logistics, and Supply Chain collections and supplemental MBA curriculum studies lists. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "A Practical Guide to Logistics: An Introduction to Transport, Warehousing and Distribution: 2nd Edition" is also available in a paperback edition, 9781398612648, $41.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $37.99)

Editorial Note: Jerry Rudd (www.koganpage.com/authors/jerry-rudd) is a Logistics and Supply Chain professional with over 25 years' experience. He has worked with companies such as Ford, Peugeot, the Bank of England and Wincanton.

Advanced Introduction to Service Innovation
Faiz Gallouj, et al.
Edward Elgar Publishing
www.e-elgar.com
9781803925196, $120.00, PB, 198pp

https://www.amazon.com/Advanced-Introduction-Service-Innovation-Introductions/dp/1803925191

Synopsis: Elgar Advanced Introductions are stimulating and thoughtful introductions to major fields in the social sciences, business and law, expertly written by the world's leading scholars. Designed to be accessible yet rigorous, they offer concise and lucid surveys of the substantive and policy issues associated with discrete subject areas.

A part of this impressive series, "Advanced Introduction to Service Innovation" by the team of co-authors Faiz Gallouj, Faridah Dejellal, and Camal Gallouj explores a key driver of the service economy, addressing in particular the definition and conceptualization of innovation in services, and its measurement, using both traditional and new measures.

The three co-authors address pertinent questions such as: What is innovation in services and how is it conceptualized? How is it measured? How is it organized and managed within both service and non-service firms?

Critique: Identifying potential challenges and outlines the future of research, reflecting on the rise of innovation networks in the field of services, providing a comprehensive review of advances in the field of service innovation over the last 30 years, offering illustrated via in-depth discussions the progress, and addressing the gaps to be filled in the measurement of service innovation, "Advanced Introduction to Service Innovation" is an insightful and seminal study will be a useful introduction for both undergraduate and graduate teaching of organizational innovation, economics of innovation and services. It will also be an invaluable resource for researchers and business and policy practitioners in the field of service innovation. While strongly recommended for personal, professional, corporate, and college/university library Business Management collections and supplemental MBA curriculum studies lists, it should be noted that "Advanced Introduction to Service Innovation" is also available in a paperback edition (9781803925219, $30.95).

Editorial Note: Both Faiz Gallouj and Faridah Djellal are Professors of Economics and members of CLERSE-CNRS, University of Lille. Camal Gallouj is Professor of Management Science, University Sorbonne, Paris Nord, CEPN-CNRS, France.


The Library Science Shelf

Libraries Without Borders
Steven A. Knowlton, et al.
ALA Editions
www.alastore.ala.org
9780838936634, $69.99, PB, 216pp

https://www.alastore.ala.org/LHRTbook

Synopsis: What does it mean for a library to be without borders?

"Libraries Without Borders: New Directions in Library History" is remarkable collection of essays, drawn from the Library History Seminar sponsored by the Library History Round Table (LHRT), explores the roles that libraries have played in the communities they serve, well beyond the stacks and circulation desk.

The research contained in these pages shows how librarians and users can not only reach beyond the border separating professionals from patrons, but also across institutional boundaries separating different specializations within the profession, and outside traditional channels of knowledge acquisition and organization.

Delving into a variety of goals, approaches, and practices, all with the intention of fostering community and providing information, this collection's fascinating topics includes:

1. A critique of library history as it is currently conducted, pointing out the borders of habit, familiarity, and bias that thwart diversity within library and information studies.

2. Stories of the community-based activism that has been key to battling the "epistemicide" that can undermine collective understandings about the world and the interests of African American library users.

3. Profiles of current Indigenous library practitioners who are both documenting and creating library history.

4. A grassroots movement to create a comprehensive collection related to the theology and practice of the Society of Mary at the time of great ecclesiastical and liturgical changes.

5. Histories of the innovations which led to the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services and the Instruction Section of ACRL.

6. Using the "due date" as a lens for understanding how patrons and the general public feel about the role of libraries and their rules in the lives of average Americans.

7. How the federal Foreign Agents Registration Act influenced the work of research libraries that collected materials from the Communist Bloc.

8. A primer on conducting research in library history that will allow readers to explore how libraries in their own communities have affected the lives of their users.

Critique: Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by the team of Steven A. Knowlton, Ellen M. Possi, Jordan S. Sly, and Emily D. Spunagule, "Libraries Without Borders: New Directions in Library History" also features an informative Foreword by Renate L. Crancelle. Exceptionally informative and impressively organized and presented, "Libraries Without Borders: New Directions in Library History" is an ideal for in-service Library Science workshops and training seminars. Of particular relevance for supplemental General Library Administration curriculum studies lists, Libraries Without Borders: New Directions in Library History" is unreservedly recommended for college and university library Informational/Library Science instructional reference collections.

Editorial Note #1: Steven A. Knowlton is Librarian for History and African American Studies at Princeton University. His research has appeared in many peer-reviewed journals, and he has served on editorial boards or as editor for numerous scholarly publications including Libraries: Culture, History, Society. He has won the Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award twice and is the recipient of prizes from the West Tennessee Historical Society and the North American Vexillological Association. His first edited book, Oscar Federhen's Thirteen Months in Dixie, or, the Adventures of a Federal Prisoner in Texas, appeared in 2022.

Editorial Note #2: Ellen M. Pozzi is an Associate Professor at William Paterson University in New Jersey. Her research interests include library history and diversity in children's and young adult literature. Her publications include "Going to 'America': Italian Neighborhoods and the Newark Free Public Library, 1900-1920" published in the edited book Libraries and the Reading Public in Twentieth-Century America. She is an ALA Councilor and a past chair of the Library History Round Table.

Editorial Note #3: Jordan S. Sly is the Head of the Humanities and Social Science Librarians and the librarian for Anthropology, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Digital Humanities, French, German, and Italian studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. He has published in the areas of library history, the extensions of critical theory in the practice of librarianship, digital humanities, and more.

Editorial Note #4: Emily D. Spunaugle is Humanities and Rare Books Librarian at Oakland University (Rochester, MI). She is published in library history and book history of the long eighteenth century and is co-director of the Marguerite Hicks Project. She has served as chair of the Library History Round Table of the American Library Association and as associate editor for SHARP News.

The Librarian's Guide to Bibliotherapy
Judit H. Ward, author
Nicholas A. Allred, author
ALA Editions
www.alastore.ala.org
9780838936627, $49.99, PB, 160pp

https://www.amazon.com/Librarians-Guide-Bibliotherapy-Judit-Ward/dp/0838936628

Synopsis: Bibliotherapy is a concept that can be best defined as the use of guided reading for therapeutic ends. And though you, as a librarian, might not be a licensed mental health professional, you can (and do, even without knowing it) support mental health and personal growth by connecting patrons to books that heal.

Regardless of your previous experience or existing skills, "The Librarian's Guide to Bibliotherapy" is an instructive guide that will empower you to make "shelf help" a part of your library's relationship with its community.

Drawing on Reading for Recovery (a Carnegie-Whitney grant-funded project), "The Librarian's Guide to Bibliotherapy" by co-authors Judith H. Ward and Nicholas A. Allred begins with an overview of bibliotherapy, including its concepts and history, and sketches out how its various approaches can be adapted for library settings

It then goes on to explore the potential of bibliotherapy as an add-on to existing skills, services, practices, and collections; demonstrate how bibliotherapy-inspired initiatives can address the needs of diverse communities (thus advancing libraries' commitment to EDISJ); offer techniques for selecting reading material for your audience with bibliotherapy in mind; provide a range of possible programs ranging from group discussions and public events to book displays and reading lists, along with a step-by-step approach to planning and implementing them.

"The Librarian's Guide to Bibliotherapy" also shares outreach tips, tools, and branding ideas to make the most of your resources and effectively reach your audience; demonstrates how to use assessment tools to test and tweak your program at every stage to achieve the results you want; and inspires you to take your offerings into new directions, such as creative writing and visual art programs, that fit your library and community.

Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "The Librarian's Guide to Bibliotherapy provides a complete and comprehensive course of instruction and is an ideal and unreservedly recommended textbook for in-service training programs and supplemental Library Science curriculum studies lists. Every personal, professional, community/academic library, library system, college or university Library Science collection should include a copy "The Librarian's Guide to Bibliotherapy".

Editorial Note #1: Judit H. Ward is a Science Librarian at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. In addition to providing reference, teaching library research, and hosting outreach programs, she promotes reading for mental health and wellness. In her previous position as the Director of Information Services at the Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies she developed "Reading for Recovery," a bibliotherapy-inspired tool for people grappling with addiction as the recipient of an ALA Carnegie-Whitney Award in 2014. She has presented her research and practice related to guided reading from the librarian's perspective both nationally and internationally. She is the author or co-author of over 150 articles and seven books, including two bibliotherapy readers in her native Hungarian. She received her MLIS from Rutgers, after earning a PhD in Linguistics and an MA in English and Hungarian Literature and Linguistics from the University of Debrecen, Hungary.

Editorial Note #2: Nicholas A. Allred is Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT. He holds an M.St. in English from Oxford University and a PhD in Literatures in English from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. His scholarly writing has appeared in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, and the edited collection Scholarly Milton. While at Rutgers, he collaborated extensively with the Center of Alcohol Studies and Rutgers University Libraries on bibliotherapy-inspired projects and initiatives, including "Reading for Recovery" - - a guided reading tool for people with addictions developed with funding from the ALA Carnegie-Whitney Award. He is currently at work on his first academic monograph, on connections between the prehistory of addiction and conceptions of fictional character in eighteenth-century British culture.

Everyday Evidence-Based Practice in Academic Libraries
Claire Walker Wiley, et al.
ACRL Books Association of College & Research Libraries
c/o American Library Association
https://www.ala.org
9780838939857, $84.00, PB, 376pp

https://www.amazon.com/Everyday-Evidence-Based-Practice-Academic-Libraries/dp/0838939856

Synopsis: Evidence-based practice (EBP) in academic librarianship is embedded in the way librarians are trained to approach their work. An EBP project might be a yearlong study with many types of evidence collected or a simple assessment that helps to make a small adjustment to a given work. Large or small, EBP is a way of operating day-to-day.

Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by the team of Claire Walker Wiley, Amanda B. Click, and Meggan Houlihan, "Everyday Evidence-Based Practice in Academic Libraries: Case Studies and Reflections" collects excellent, thorough examples of EBP across functional areas of academic libraries and includes many evidence types in a variety of contexts.

"Everyday Evidence-Based Practice in Academic Libraries" is comprised of five sections that explore the themes of: Understanding Users; Leadership and Management; Instruction and Outreach; Collections. Open Initiatives.

"Everyday Evidence-Based Practice in Academic Libraries" is a compendium of informative studies on how to understand the experiences and needs of diverse student populations; interviewing faculty to build scholarly partnerships; evidence-based strategic planning; incorporating intersectionality in information literacy instruction; conducting a diversity audit; and assessing open educational resources initiatives. The conclusion calls for librarian reflection to be incorporated into evidence-based decision-making, as reflection is key to understanding the ways that a librarian chooses to embody librarianship.

"Everyday Evidence-Based Practice in Academic Libraries" offers high-quality evidence from a variety of perspectives and inspires a commitment to evidence-based practice in your day-to-day work and library culture.

Critique: Comprehensive, exceptional, and ideal for use as a curriculum textbook for in-service training workshops and supplemental Library Science curriculums, "Everyday Evidence-Based Practice in Academic Libraries: Case Studies and Reflections" is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, and college/university Library Science collections.

Editorial Note #1: Claire Walker Wiley is a research and instruction librarian at Belmont University. In this position, she serves as the liaison to the Colleges of Business and Entertainment and Music Business. Her research interests include information literacy, business information literacy, the use of evidence synthesis methods in LIS, and librarians as academic advisors. Claire has a BA in English and French from Harding University, an MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and an MSM from Austin Peay State University.

Editorial Note #2: Amanda B. Click is the head of research and instruction at the Nimitz Library at the U.S. Naval Academy. Previously, she was the business librarian at American University in Washington, DC. She earned a PhD in information science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied the cultural adaptation of international students to higher education in the United States. Prior to entering the doctoral program, Amanda was the coordinator of instruction at the American University in Cairo. Amanda also holds an MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a BS in science, technology, and culture from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research interests include the globalization of higher education, academic integrity, information literacy, and scholarly communications. S

Editorial Note #3: Meggan Houlihan is the director of the Open Society University Network (OSUN) library resources program, where she provides creative leadership for instruction, outreach, and collections efforts for the organization. She directs the OSUN open educational resource program where she works to promote diversity, representation, and open pedagogy. Prior to her role at OSUN, Meggan served in leadership roles at Colorado State University, New York University Abu Dhabi, and the American University in Cairo. Her research interests include information literacy, international students, and the use of evidence synthesis methods in LIS. Meggan has a BA in history from Eastern Illinois University, a MA in modern history from the University of Reading (UK), and an MLS from Indian University.


The Native American Studies Shelf

Our Way
Julie Cajune
Fulcrum Publishing
www.fulcrumbooks.com
9781682753323, $29.95, PB, 456pp

https://www.amazon.com/Our-Way-Parallel-Anthology-Reflection/dp/1682753328

Synopsis: Indigenous history is American history and, compiled and edited by Julie Cajune, "Our Way: A Parallel History" is an anthology of Native American history, reflection, and story that dispels the myths, stereotypes, and absence of information about American Indian, Native Alaskan, and Native Hawaiian people as previously undervalued and obscured part of US history.

For most of American history, stories of the country's Indigenous Peoples were either ignored or told by outsiders. "Our Way: A Parallel History" corrects these errors, exploring the ways in which Indigenous cultures from every corner of the nation have influenced American society from the past into the present, reminding the reader that they have both shaped the US and continue to play a vital role in its story.

Significantly, "Our Way: A Parallel History" is a collaboration of Native scholars representing more than ten Indigenous nations, sharing their histories and their cultures. Each contributor, either an affiliate of an institution of higher education or a prominent Native leader, provides the reader with an inside account of tribal culture and heritage. The result is a comprehensive resource restoring the histories of Indigenous Peoples and their nations to their rightful place in the story of America.

Critique: Addressing such issues as: The Doctrine of Discovery; Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act; US American Indian Policy and Civil rights ; Blood Quantum; The Selling of Hawaii; and so much more, Julie Cajune succeeds in her aspiration that "Our Way: A Parallel History" is has been impressively successful in (as she notes in her preface): "I believe this collection of history, story, and reflection provokes and invites us to think and feel deeply about what it means for all of us to be human in our communities, nations, and beyond. After all, that is what a good story does." Simply stated, "Our Way: A Parallel History: An Anthology of Native History, Reflection, and Story" is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and college/university library Native American History & Issues collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, Native Rights political activists, governmental Indian Affairs policy makers, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Our Way: A Parallel History" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $22.49).

Editorial Note: Julie Cajune (https://montanatribes.org/julie-cajune) is a Milken Education Award recipient, and the coordinator of the tribal history project at the Salish-Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana, and previously served as Indian Education Coordinator for the Ronan Public Schools on the Flathead Indian Reservation. She served as Executive Producer for Heart of The Bitterroot, a DVD focused on the lives of Salish and Pend d'Oreille women. In addition to discussing the goals and accomplishments of the history project, Julie Cajune sheds light on the 1855 Hellgate Treaty negotiations as well as more contemporary issues related to federal policies and implementing Indian Education for All.

First Peoples of Great Salt Lake
Steven R. Simms
The University of Utah Press
www.uofupress.com
9781647691479, $80.00, HC, 242pp

https://www.amazon.com/First-Peoples-Great-Salt-Lake/dp/1647691478

Synopsis: Utah's Great Salt Lake is a celebrated, world-recognized and unique natural landmark. What is not so widely known is that the Great Salt Lake (and the broader region bound to it), is also a thoroughly cultural landscape; generations of peoples made their lives there.

With the publication of "First Peoples of Great Salt Lake: A Cultural Landscape from Nevada to Wyoming", and with an eminently readable narrative, Professor Steven Simms (who is one of the foremost archaeologists of the region), traces the scope of human history dating from the Pleistocene, when First Peoples interacted with the lapping waters of Lake Bonneville, to nearly the present day. Through vivid descriptions of how people lived, migrated, and mingled, with persistence and resilience, Simms honors the long human presence on the landscape.

It will be noted that with "First Peoples of Great Salt Lake", Professor Simms takes a different approach to understanding the ancients than is typical of archaeology. De-emphasizing categories and labels, Professor Simms traces changing environments, climates, and peoples through the notion of place. He challenges the "Pristine Myth" -- that the cultural bias that Indigenous peoples were timeless, changeless, primitive, and the landscapes they lived in sparsely populated and perpetually pristine.

It is revealed that the First Peoples and their descendants modified the forests and the understory vegetation (the shrubs and plants growing beneath the main canopy of a forest), shaped wildlife populations, and adapted to long-term climate change.

The Native Americans of Great Salt Lake were very much part of their natural world, and their history is one of long continuity through dramatic cultural change.

Critique: Informatively enhanced with the inclusion of a twenty-six page listing of References, twenty pages of Notes, and a ten page Index, this large format (8.5 x 0.71 x 10 inches, 2 pounds) hard cover edition of "First Peoples of Great Salt Lake: A Cultural Landscape from Nevada to Wyoming" by Professor Steven R. Simms is part of the Utah Series on Great Salt Lake and the Great Basin from the University of Utah Press. Nicely illustrated throughout, and an inherently interesting and revealing study, "First Peoples of Great Salt Lake" is an impressive work of seminal scholarship and highly recommended for personal, professional, and college/university library Native American History collections, and supplemental Native American Anthropology curriculum studies lists. It should be noted for students, academia, and non- specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "First Peoples of Great Salt Lake' is also available in a paperback edition (9781647691370, $34.95).

Editorial Note: Steven R. Simms is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Utah State University. His books include Ancient Peoples of the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau (2008), and Traces of Fremont: Society and Rock Art in Ancient Utah (2010) awarded the Society for American Archaeology Book Award in the public audience category and the Utah Book Award for nonfiction. He has also directed over 60 archaeological projects, including the Great Salt Lake Wetlands Project 1990 - 93, funded by the state of Utah, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and the National Science Foundation. (https://chass.usu.edu/anthropology/directory/simms-steven)

Indigenous Borderlands
Joaquin Rivaya-Martinez, editor
University of Oklahoma Press
www.oupress.com
9780806191836, $90.00, HC, 364pp

https://www.amazon.com/Indigenous-Borderlands-Native-Resilience-Americas/dp/080619183X

Synopsis: With the publication of "Indigenous Borderlands: Native Agency, Resilience, and Power in the Americas", pervasive myths of European domination and indigenous submission in the Americas receive a long overdue corrective in this far-reaching revisionary work.

Despite initial upheavals caused by the European intrusion, Native people often thrived after contact, preserving their sovereignty, territory, and culture and shaping indigenous borderlands across the hemisphere. Borderlands, in this context, are spaces where diverse populations interact, cross-cultural exchanges are frequent and consequential, and no polity or community holds dominion.

Within the indigenous borderlands of the Americas, as this volume shows, Native peoples exercised considerable power, often retaining control of the land, and remaining paramount agents of historical transformation after the European incursion. Conversely, European conquest and colonialism were typically slow and incomplete, as the newcomers struggled to assert their authority and implement policies designed to subjugate Native societies and change their beliefs and practices.

"Indigenous Borderlands" covers a wide chronological and geographical span, from the sixteenth-century U.S. South to twentieth-century Bolivia, and gathers leading scholars from the United States and Latin America. Drawing on previously untapped or underutilized primary sources, the original essays in this volume document the resilience and relative success of indigenous communities commonly and wrongly thought to have been subordinated by colonial forces, or even vanished, as well as the persistence of indigenous borderlands within territories claimed by people of European descent. Indeed, numerous indigenous groups remain culturally distinct and politically autonomous.

Hemispheric in its scope, unique in its approach, "Indigenous Borderlands" significantly recasts our understanding of the important roles played by Native agents in constructing indigenous borderlands in the era of European imperialism.

Critique: Compiled and edited by Joaquin Rivaya-Martinez, "Indigenous Borderlands: Native Agency, Resilience, and Power in the Americas" is comprised of eleven erudite and informative articles by experts in their field. Indigenous Borderlands" is further enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of Illustrations, a Bibliography, a complete listing of the contributors and their credentials, and a sixteen page Index. While strongly recommended as a core pick for personal, professional, community, and college/university library Native American History collections and supplemental Cultural Anthropology curriculum studies lists, it should be noted for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Indigenous Borderlands" is also available in a paperback edition (9780806191935, $29.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $24.95).

Editorial Note: Joaquin Rivaya-Martinez is Associate Professor of History at Texas State University. He has authored numerous essays on Comanche history and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. (https://www.tshaonline.org/about/people/joaquin-rivaya-martinez)


The Architecture Shelf

Climatic Architecture
Philippe Rahm
Actar D
c/o Actar Publishers
https://actar.com
9781638400394, $64.95, HC, 360pp

https://www.amazon.com/Climatic-Architecture-Philippe-Rahm-architectes/dp/1638400393

Synopsis: Architecture and urbanism were traditionally based on climate and health, as we can read in treatises of Vitruvius, Palladio or Alberti, where exposure to wind and sun, variations in temperature and humidity influenced the forms of cities and buildings. These fundamental causes of urban planning and buildings were ignored in the second half of the 20th century thanks to the enormous use of fossil energy by heating and air conditioning systems, pumps and refrigerators, that today cause the greenhouse effect and global warming.

The fight against climate change forces the architects and urban designer to take back seriously the climatic issue in order to base their design on more consideration to the local climatic context and energy resources. Faced with the climatic challenge of the 21st century, we propose to reset our discipline on its intrinsic atmospheric qualities, where air, light, heat or humidity are recognized are real materials of building, convection, thermal conduction, evaporation, emissivity, or effusivity are becoming design tools for composing architecture and cities, and through materialism dialectic, are able to revolutionize esthetic and social values.

Critique: "Climatic Architecture" is about climate and its impact on architecture. Informatively written by the Swiss architect Philippe Rahm, "Climatic Architecture" is a informative monograph on the architectural, urbanistic and landscape work of the office "Philippe Rahm architectes", as well as a manifesto for a climatic architecture to face global warming, and a theoretical and practical treatise on the art of building atmospheres. This large format (8.1 x 1.3 x 12.5 inches, 3.05 pounds) hardcover edition of "Climatic Architecture" is highly recommended fore personal, professional, community, and college/university library Contemporary Architectural Studies collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.

Editorial Note: Philippe Rahm (http://www.philipperahm.com) is a Swiss architect, principal in the office of "Philippe Rahm architectes", based in Paris, France. His work, which extends the field of architecture from the physiological to the meteorological, has received an international audience in the context of sustainability. His recent work includes the first prize for the Farini competition (60 ha) in Milan in 2019, the 70 hectares Central Park in Taichung, Taiwan, completed in December 2020. He has held professorships at GSD Harvard University, Columbia, Cornell or Princeton Universities. He is a tenured associate professor at the National Superior School of Architecture in Versailles, France (ENSA-V). In 2020, he is the curator and author of the exhibition and book "Natural History of Architecture" at the Pavillon de l'Arsenal in Paris.


The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf

Cinema of the 70s: 101 Iconic Movies
John H. Foote
Palazzo Editions
https://www.palazzoeditions.com
9781786751331, $29.99, PB, 224

https://www.amazon.com/Cinema-70s-101-Iconic-Movies/dp/178675133X

Synopsis: For the first time, cinema reflected life and society, presenting both on the big screen with a compelling and penetrating truth. Directors and movie stars became household names, often overnight, and films routinely broke box office records.

With censorship relaxed, the subject matter could include alienation, descents into madness, drug addiction, dysfunctional relationships, promiscuity, alcoholism, PTSD, and any big news story of the day. Audiences gladly absorbed this new, shocking reality; in fact, they avoided films that candy-coated the truth. Musicals evolved, westerns all but died for several years, science fiction and fantasy made an incredible resurgence, and horror dominated the box office along with disaster films. But by and large, films about social issues were the best draw.

Enhanced for the reader with some 120 color and black and white photographs, "Cinema of the 70s: 101 Iconic Movies" celebrates the cinema of the 1970s. What a decade for movie buffs everywhere!

Critique: Published by Palazzo Press in a large format (8.5 x 0.7 x 10 inches, 2.03 pounds) hardcover edition, "Cinema of the 70s: 101 Iconic Movies" is essential reading for all dedicated movie buffs and will prove to be a welcome and popular pick for community and college/university library 20th Century Cinematic History collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.

Editorial Note: John H Foote (https://footeandfriendsonfilm.com/2018/06/25/john-h-foote) has been one of Canada's best known film critics for the last thirty years. He was co-host and co-producer of the TV show Reel to Real, Canada's Siskel and Ebert, for nine years before leaving for print criticism. He has written for such magazines as Toronto Life and Fashion, and is a feature writer for Cinema of the Seventies and its sister magazine Cinema of the Eighties. Among the websites he has written for are The Wrap.com, incontention.com and awardscircuit.com, all popular film sites. His first book Clint Eastwood: Evolution of a Filmmaker was published in 2008.

The Warner Brothers
Chris Yogerst
The University Press of Kentucky
www.kentuckypress.com
9780813198019, $34.95, HC, 360pp

https://www.amazon.com/Warner-Brothers-Screen-Classics/dp/0813198011

Synopsis: One of the oldest and most recognizable studios in Hollywood, Warner Bros. is considered a juggernaut of the entertainment industry. Since its formation in the early twentieth century, the studio has been a constant presence in cinema history, responsible for the creation of acclaimed films, blockbuster brands, and iconic superstars.

These days, the studio is best known as a media conglomerate with a broad range of intellectual property, spanning movies, TV shows, and streaming content. Despite popular interest in the origins of this empire, the core of the Warner Bros. saga cannot be found in its commercial successes. It is the story of four brothers (Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack Warner) whose vision for Hollywood helped shape the world of entertainment as we know it.

With the publication of "The Warner Brothers" by the University of Kentucky Press, cinematic historian and academician Chris Yogerst follows the Warner siblings from their family's humble origins in Poland, through their young adulthood in the American Midwest, to the height of fame and fortune in Hollywood. With unwavering resolve, the brothers soldiered on against the backdrop of an America reeling from the aftereffects of domestic and global conflict.

The Great Depression would not sink the brothers, who churned out competitive films that engaged audiences and kept their operations afloat -- and even expanding. During World War II, they used their platform to push beyond the limits of the Production Code and create important films about real-world issues, openly criticizing radicalism and the evils of the Nazi regime. At every major cultural turning point in their lifetime, the Warners held a front-row seat.

Paying close attention to the brothers' identities as cultural and economic outsiders, Professor Yogerst chronicles how the Warners built a global filmmaking powerhouse. Equal parts family history and cinematic journey, "The Warner Brothers" is an empowering story of the American dream and the legacy four brothers left behind for generations of filmmakers and film lovers to come.

Critique: Absolutely essential reading for dedicated students of American cinematic history, "The Warner Brothers" is a work of exhaustive and detailed research that is brilliantly presented for a professional and non-professional readership. While especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, community, and academic library American Cinematic History collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists, it should also be noted that "The Warner Brothers" by Professor Chris Yogerst is readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $26.49).

Editorial Note: Chris Yogerst (https://www.chrisyogerst.com) is the author of Hollywood Hates Hitler! Jew-Baiting, Anti-Nazism, and the Senate Investigation into Warmongering in Motion Pictures and From the Headlines to Hollywood: The Birth and Boom of Warner Bros. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Review of Books, Journal of American Culture, Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television, and the Hollywood Reporter. He currently serves as an associate professor of communication in the Department of Arts and Humanities at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.

21st Century Kaiju
Gordon Arnold
McFarland & Company
https://mcfarlandbooks.com
9781476689623, $39.95, PB, 206pp

https://www.amazon.com/21st-Century-Kaiju-Resurgence-Monster/dp/1476689628

Synopsis: Once dismissed as a fading cinematic genre from the 1950s with little to say to contemporary audiences, the giant monster movie roared back to life in the new millennium.

In one of modern cinema's most surprising turnarounds, a wave of 21st-century kaiju films has delivered exciting and thought-provoking viewing to global audiences. In a variety of works that range from action-packed CGI spectacles to more personal, introspective productions commenting on real-world issues of the day, the new millennium has witnessed some of the most intriguing films in any genre, including movies from such acclaimed directors such as Guillermo del Toro, Bong Joon-ho and Peter Jackson.

With the publication of "21st Century Kaiju: The Resurgence of Giant Monster Movies", film historian and academician Gordon Arnold takes a sober, multidimensional look at the new class of giant monster movies. It examines the making of these films and their sometimes-obscure meanings. It also covers efforts to reinvent storied kaiju characters from the past, including Godzilla and King Kong, and to transform the genre with movies such as Cloverfield, The Mist, Colossal, and Pacific Rim that feature all-new creatures.

Critique: An inherently fascinating and impressively informative cinematic history of the Kaiju films from their beginnings in Japan to their success in the American movie market, "21st Century Kaiju: The Resurgence of Giant Monster Movies" is exceptionally well written, organized and presented, making it a 'must' for Godzilla style monster movie fans and a welcome pick for community and college/university library Cinematic History collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "21st Century Kaiju: The Resurgence of Giant Monster Movies" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $17.99).

Editorial Note: Gordon Arnold (https://gordonarnold.net/books) has taught at several colleges, including Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts.


The Art Shelf

The Darby School of Art
Mark W. Sullivan
Brookline Books
c/o Casemate Publishers
www.casematepublishers.com
9781955041256, $29.95, HC, 200pp

https://www.amazon.com/Darby-School-Art-Forgotten-Impressionist/dp/1955041253

Synopsis: With the publication of "The Darby School of Art: A Forgotten Chapter in the History of American Impressionist and Modern Painting", Professor Mark W. Sullivan presents the first full-length account of the Darby School of Art and overturns Philadelphia's long-held unwarranted reputation as artistically stodgy (unwilling and unable to embrace Impressionism, post-Impressionist, and abstract art) and demonstrates that Philadelphia was more avant-garde in the early twentieth century than previously thought.

This is the history and story of an almost completely forgotten summer art school that flourished first in Darby, PA, and then in Fort Washington, PA, between 1898 and 1918. The Darby School of Art was founded and operated by Thomas Anshutz and Hugh Breckenridge, two artists who taught during the academic year at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Anshutz and Breckenridge brought a lot of new ideas about painting back to Philadelphia after their European sojourns, and introduced those ideas to a public that was initially not very responsive to Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and semi-abstract art. But an appreciation for modern styles of painting began to slowly grow among Philadelphia artists and collectors, and Anshutz and Breckenridge were in the forefront of this development.

They also sympathized with what some have called the "New Woman" movement, which backed women who wanted to pursue careers outside of the home.

"The Darby School of Art: A Forgotten Chapter in the History of American Impressionist and Modern Painting" is new history in which art historian and academician Mark Sullivan argues that the Philadelphia area was a genuine hub of avant-garde painting in the early twentieth century, even though it has earned the reputation of lagging far behind New York City in its openness to new styles of painting. This erudite history also discusses how the Darby School should be recognized as an institution that got behind the idea of women as professional artists at a time when that concept was quite radical.

Critique: Enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of a major section of full color illustrations, "The Darby School of Art: A Forgotten Chapter in the History of American Impressionist and Modern Painting" is an eloquent, informative, and exceptional contribution to personal, professional, community, and college/university library American Art History collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. It should be noted for students, academia, art historians, and non- specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Darby School of Art" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $13.49).

Editorial Note: Mark W. Sullivan earned a Ph. D. in art history from Bryn Mawr College, and taught at Rutgers University and Rosemont College (PA), before landing a full-time position at Villanova University. He spent 37 years at Villanova, and was the co-founder and director of its art history program. He specializes in the history of American painting, and has written and lectured extensively on the art and architecture of the Philadelphia area.


The Mythology Shelf

The Japanese Yokai Handbook
Masami Kinoshita
Tuttle Publishing
www.tuttlepublishing.com
9784805317280, $14.99, PB, 176pp

https://www.amazon.com/Japanese-Yokai-Handbook-Spookiest-Creatures/dp/4805317280

Synopsis: The Y kai are a class of supernatural entities and spirits in Japanese folklore. Yokai come in every imaginable shape and form -- from frightening ghosts and cruel demons to cute fairies and enchanted animals. They can be evil monsters, harmless tricksters or prophets of doom, depending on their inclination.

"The Japanese Yokai Handbook: A Guide to the Spookiest Ghosts, Demons, Monsters and Evil Creatures from Japanese Folklore" by Masami Kinoshita profiles 100 of the most fascinating Yokai, including: Tengu (A powerful Yokai that often takes human form with wings and a large nose who lives in mountains and forests); Kappa (A deadly Yokai that lives near rivers and drags passersby into the water to drown); Peroritaro (A grotesque Yokai that looks like blubbering child and has an appetite for greedy children); Baku (A monstrous Yokai with an elephant's head, a bear's body, a rhino's eyes, an ox's tail and a tiger's legs that aids humans by devouring their nightmares) -- and a great many more!

Yokai expert Masami Kinoshita has been documenting Yokai in folklore, and in real life, for many years. "The Japanese Yokai Handbook" presents her most interesting findings and has over 175 full-color illustrations that vividly depict the appearances of these weird creatures. No matter their origins, each Yokai has a strange and wonderful story that is sure to amaze the western reader!

Critique: Impressively illustrated, exceptionally informative, thoroughly 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation, "The Japanese Yokai Handbook: A Guide to the Spookiest Ghosts, Demons, Monsters and Evil Creatures from Japanese Folklore" is an original and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, and college/university library Japanese Mythology/Folklore collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. It should be noted for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Japanese Yokai Handbook: A Guide to the Spookiest Ghosts, Demons, Monsters and Evil Creatures from Japanese Folklore" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.24).

Editorial Note: Masami Kinoshita is a Yokai researcher based in Japan. After graduating from Nara Women's University she wrote about Yokai on the online newspaper "Nara Monster Times" which reports on supernatural beings and folklore in Nara. She has written stories on a wide variety of Yokai, ranging from Oni and Tengu mountain spirits to Suchinoko, a snake-like creature that was reportedly encountered several times in the 1970s and 1980s.


The Literary Studies Shelf

The Cambridge Companion to the American Graphic Novel
Jan Baetens, et al.
Cambridge University Press
www.cambridge.org
9781009379342, $90.00, HC, 300pp

https://www.amazon.com/Cambridge-Companion-American-Companions-Literature/dp/1009379348

Synopsis: Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by the team of academicians Jan Baetens, Hugo Frey, and Fabrice Leroy, "The Cambridge Companion to the American Graphic Novel" explores the important role of the graphic novel in reflecting American society and in the shaping of the American imagination.

Using key examples, this unique volume is comprised of contributors who review the historical development of various subgenres within the graphic novel tradition and examines how graphic novelists have created multiple and different accounts of the American experience, including that of African American, Asian American, Jewish, Latinx, and LGBTQ+ communities.

Reading the American graphic novel opens a debate on how major works have changed the idea of America from that once found in the quintessential action or superhero comics to show new, different, intimate accounts of historical change as well as social and individual, personal experience. "The Cambridge Companion to the American Graphic Novel" also guides readers through the theoretical text-image scholarship to explain the meaning of the complex borderlines between graphic novels, comics, newspaper strips, caricature, literature, and art.

Critique: A seminal body of original scholarship, the contributor's articles to "The Cambridge Companion to the American Graphic Novel" are organized into two major sections: 'History & Genre' and 'Graphic Novels and the Quest for an American Diversity'. Informatively enhanced with the inclusion of a listing of the contributors and their credentials, "The Cambridge Companion to the American Graphic Novel" will prove of immense interest to fans of the graphic novel as a contemporary literary format.

While strongly recommended as a key and core addition to personal, professional, community, and college/university library Contemporary Literary Studies collections, and supplemental Graphic Novels curriculum studies reading lists, it should be noted for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Cambridge Companion to the American Graphic Novel" is also available in a paperback edition (9781009379359, $29.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $26.87).

Editorial Note #1: Jan Baetens is Professor Emeritus of cultural studies at the University of Leuven. His work focuses on the theory and practice of contemporary French poetry, cultural theory, and visual narrative in popular print genres. Some of his recent publications include The Graphic Novel (2014, coauthored with Hugo Frey), Novelization: From Film to Novel (2018), The Cambridge History of the Graphic Novel (2018, co-edited with Hugo Frey and Stephen E. Tabachnick).

Editorial Note #2: Hugo Frey is Professor of Visual and Cultural History at University of Chichester UK. With Jan Baetens he has published The Graphic Novel: An Introduction (2014) and with Baetens and Stephen Tabachnik coedited The Cambridge History of the Graphic Novel (2018). He has written extensively on French cinema (Nationalism and the Cinema in France, 2014) and the director Louis Malle. He has conducted research for the British Council and in 2022 was a Visiting Professor at the University of Ghent.

Editorial Note #3: Fabrice Leroy is Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He has published numerous book chapters on French and Belgian Francophone literature and graphic novels, as well as articles in leading scholarly journals. His most recent monographs devoted to comics are Sfar So Far. Identity, History, Fantasy, and Mimesis in Joann Sfar's Graphic Novels (2014), and Pierre La Police: Une estheitique de la malfacon (with Livio Belloi, 2019).

Doyle's World - Lost & Found
Daniel Friedman, author
Eugene Friedman, author
Square One Publishers
www.squareonepublishers.com
9780757004483, $29.95, HC, 344pp

https://www.amazon.com/Doyles-World_Lost-Found-Histories-Sherlock/dp/0757004482

Synopsis: "Doyle's World - Lost & Found: The Unknown Histories of Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" by co-authors Daniel and Eugene Friedman is no ordinary biography about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle -- one of the world's most influential writers.

It is instead a work that deciphers in particular the cryptic origins and actual scientific methods used by fiction's most famous consulting detective Sherlock Holmes -- and a study that provides a detailed look into the psyche and working life of Holmes' creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

"Doyle's World" follows Doyle's entire illustrious literary career, with emphasis on the Sherlock Holmes mysteries as they evolved from the late 1880s to the early 1900s. Revealed here for the first time by son-father writing team Daniel Friedman, MD, and Eugene Friedman, MD are the many inspirations behind the physical, emotional, and intellectual characteristics that Doyle wove together so deftly to bring his legendary sleuth to life.

Interested readers are in for many surprises as the Friedmans bring forth tantalizing parallels between the literary realm of both Sherlock Holmes (along with his various other fiction and nonfiction works) and the actual events from Doyle's childhood and early adulthood that served as frequent inspiration.

The co-authors offer answers to long-debated and mysterious questions, such as:

* From whom did Sherlock Holmes actually learn the art of detective work?
* Why did Doyle kill off Sherlock Holmes?
* What story elements did Doyle borrow from Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island?
* How did Doyle apply his fervent belief in Spiritualism to a variety of Holmes stories?
* Who inspired Doyle to write about civil rights after a steamship journey in 1882?
* How did the women in Doyle's life come to influence the relationships with women that both Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson have across sixty written adventures?

"Doyle's World" is divided into three sections.

The first section is dedicated to the elements (both good and bad) that comprised Doyle's childhood and early adult years, and how an assemblage of persons and places and things from his life found their way into his literature.

The second section emphasizes the highly complex themes and plots present in the Sherlock Holmes adventures, while it also thoroughly examines some of Doyle's strengths - and weaknesses - as a public figure of his time. The Friedmans also reveal how Doyle was able to subtly incorporate his own political, social, and religious views - in particular, his passionate and often bewildering embrace of Spiritualism - into the Holmes stories.

The third section offer two "lost" stories they uncovered that were written by Doyle under a pseudonym -- accompanied by textual analysis with which they make their case.

"Doyle's World" is a work of rich detail and in-depth scholarship that should win over both established fans of Doyle and devoted "Sherlockians" everywhere -- and that will engage, and entertain, all others who enter this intriguing hall of literary mirrors.

Critique: Fascinating, informative, thought-provoking, insightful, eloquent, and impressively well written, organized and presented, "Doyle's World - Lost & Found: The Unknown Histories of Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" is a unique combination of biography and literary analysis that is essential and highly recommended reading for the legions of Sherlock Holmes & Sir Arthur Conan Doyle fans. While especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, community, and college/university library Literary Criticism Studies collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists, it should be noted for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject tht "Doyle's World" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $18.99).

Editorial Note #1: Daniel L. Friedman, MD, received his BA from Stony Brook University, and his medical degree from St. George's School of Medicine. He is currently a practicing pediatrician in Floral Park, New York, and is also an active member of the Cohen Children's Medical Center, where he sits on the voluntary staff advisory committee. Dr. Friedman's prize-winning articles on Doyle and Holmes have appeared in numerous national and international journals. He and Dr. Eugene Friedman are also the authors of the book, The Strange Case of Doctor Doyle.

Editorial Note #2: Eugene Friedman, MD, received his BA from New York University, and his medical degree from New York Medical College. He was Chief Resident in Pediatrics at New York Medical College and later served as Assistant Chief of Pediatrics at Martin Army Hospital at Fort Benning, Georgia. Dr. Friedman has been in private practice with his son, Daniel, for over twenty years.. He has held multiple leadership positions in organized medicine and has devoted himself to the education of future physicians.


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