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Volume 10, Number 2 February 2015 Home | CALBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Buddhist Studies Shelf Crafts Shelf
Science Shelf Cookbook Shelf Photography Shelf
Military Shelf Education Shelf Music Shelf
Audiobook Shelf Gardening Shelf Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf
American History Shelf World History Shelf Computer Shelf
Art Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Literary Studies Shelf
Social Issues Shelf Business Shelf Sports Shelf
Parenting Shelf Genealogy Shelf Environmental Studies Shelf
Metaphysical Studies Shelf Christian Studies Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf
Biography Shelf Needlecraft Shelf Psychology Shelf
Health/Medicine Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf
Native American Studies Shelf Travel Shelf Political Science Shelf
Self-Help Shelf Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf Language Studies Shelf
California Shelf Donovan's Small Press Highlights  

Reviewer's Choice

Uncle John's Weird Weird World
Bathroom Readers' Institute
PO Box 1117, Ashland, OR 97520
9781626861732, $29.95,

Uncle John's Weird Weird World comes in an oversized hardcover presentation and packs in fun facts and zany information on everything from exploding toilets and 'Screaming Memmies' to camel-wrestling, Grade-B movies, and more. The authors gather a range of zany trivia and fun facts, from obscure origins and trivia to oddball news, and package them with a wealth of visuals that lend to browsing and enjoyment. From TV myths and legends to weird bar sports, strange animals and bathroom news, this is a fun survey of odd facts and ironies perfect for any who want tidbits of inviting trivia facts.

Anywhere, Anytime, Any Body Yoga
Emily Slonina
Hunter House Publishers
PO Box 2914, Alameda, CA 94501-2914
9780897935197, $14.95,

Anywhere, Anytime, Any Body Yoga provides simple yoga exercises for those turning to yoga for a variety of reasons, whether it be handling health issues such as chronic pain or using yoga to improve all-around well-being. Many of the poses are modifications of traditional yoga approaches to appeal to this audience, offering all the benefits of traditional poses while teaching the basics of how to breathe and move to reduce stress. The tips are designed to be incorporated into one's daily routines, so they don't require much time nor any specific equipment or abilities. The result is a basic introduction that even the most busy or health-compromised reader will find accessible and simple.

Living the Secular Life
Phil Zuckerman
Penguin Press
c/o Penguin Group (USA)
375 Hudson Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10014
9781594205088, $29.95,

Living the Secular Life: New Answers to Old Questions comes from a professor of sociology and secular studies who explores secular culture and how one can live a moral life without religion - and while it's recommended for many a general-interest holding, spirituality readers might find it particularly thought-provoking. It uses sociological research and interviews with men and women across the country to consider the moral convictions that govern secular individuals, considering that nonreligious Americans with spiritual self-reliance hold their own moral code outside of religious belief. Stories of such individuals and their driving forces make for an involving survey highly recommended for sociology and spirituality thinkers alike.

Quirk Books
215 Church Street, Philadelphia PA 19106

If it's ordinary greeting cards you seek, look elsewhere. If it's a unique collection of fun, zany postcards that intended to 'say what you mean to say, but wouldn't dare', then these collections of satirical and fun 1930s postcard by William Staehle are for you. The STARS AND SWIPES: 30 POSTCARDS OF AWKWARD AMERICANA (9781594747342, $9.95) covers fun but lesser-known periods in American history and is perfect for the too-serious patriot. HUGS AND MISSES (9781594747335, $9.95) is about failed romance and charm, and offers fun pokes at love, relationships, and more. While these aren't books, they are literary quips packaged in ready-to-go postcard format and are perfect choices for any looking for fun historical and psychological messages.

The Buddhist Studies Shelf

The Buddha from Babylon
Harvey Kraft
Select Books
87 Walker Street, Suite B1, New York City, NY 10013
9781590791431, $19.95,

The Buddha from Babylon: The Lost History and Cosmic Vision of Siddhartha Gautama provides an ancient history survey that maintains that the sudden death of the Persian Emperor in 522 BCE had something to do with Siddhartha Gautama's leadership in the Magi, an interfaith order that governed the region at the time, and that the Magi Order's purge and Siddhartha's journey back east inspired the backlash of Buddhism, created as a pacifist movement in response. Chapters rely on new evidence that supports this revisionist vision of events and make for a powerful alternative history that really makes sense.

The Crafts Shelf

Oil Painting with the Masters
Cindy Salaski
North Light Books
c/o F+W Media
1140 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10001
9781440329937, $29.99,

Oil Painting with the Masters: Essential Techniques from Today's Top Artists uses ten step-by-step painting demonstrations by award-winning master artists who cover a range of oil painting approaches and techniques, addressing everything from composition and lighting to creating a masterpiece oil painting from start to finish. Chapters use examples from masterpieces to demonstrate everything from brush work and defining a focal area to using Impressionist techniques in landscapes, and include materials lists, discussions of brushes and pigments, finishing techniques, and more. The result is a lovely survey and a top recommendation for any studying oil painting.

Copper Jewelry Collection
Karin Van Vorhees, Compiler
Kalmbach Books
21027 Crossroads Circle, Waukesha, WI 53187-1612
9781627000482, $19.99,

Copper Jewelry Collection offers a range of projects designed to expand skills of jewelry makers at all levels of expertise, and focuses on the techniques of copper jewelry makers who will learn how to form metal by air chasing, apply enamel, add color to copper products, and crochet using wire. This isn't just one approach; it gathers techniques from a range of artists and offers an excellent focus on copper jewelry techniques, pairing color photos with in-depth project assessments. Any jewelry metal-worker will find this a winner.

The Science Shelf

God and the Multiverse
Victor J. Stenger
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197
9781616149703, $26.00,

God and the Multiverse: Humanity's Expanding View of the Cosmos provides a fine survey of how cosmologists view the universe and how key concepts in the history of science have led to the current intersection of astrophysics and religion, and makes for a fine survey that adopts a skeptical approach to religion and considers why many long-time beliefs will need to be revised and eventually set aside. Chapters explain basic cosmological discoveries and spiritual belief by blending a new worldview with a scientific perspective to make for a blend of science, philosophy and spiritual insight. The result is a discussion no science student should be without.

The Cookbook Shelf

Liquid Intelligence
Dave Arnold
W. W. Norton & Company
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110
9780393089035, $35.00,

Liquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail blends the author's humor with a passion for cocktails to provide a fine gathering of recipes and insights on the finer art of making a cocktail. Now, there are many cocktail books on the market, from recipe guides to histories: what sets this apart is, first of all, the author's witty observational style that makes reading his book a pleasure. Secondly, its focus on making the best possible beverage - not just any cocktail - makes this a winning approach. Lastly, there are well over a hundred recipes that include classics and innovations alike. The result is a powerful survey that combines a lavish presentation with a fun read.

Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking
Gianaclis Caldwell
Chelsea Green Publishing Company
85 North Main Street, Suite 120, White River Junction, VT 05001
9781603583329, $40.00,

Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking approaches the fine art of cheesemaking for home hobbyists and artisans alike, and takes the cheese fan from the first simple cheese-making recipe to the finer art of creating original recipes and masterpieces. Most books seem directed to beginners and provide just the basics: this offers a blend of recipe, method, and science and explores the history and culture of cheesemaking as well as its methods. From profiles of cheesemakers from around the world to assessments of equipment and techniques, plus a troubleshooting guide, this is an invaluable, important resource indeed.

Back to Basics
Kevin Dundon
Mitchell Beazley
c/o Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9781856339852, $24.99,

Back to Basics deserves ongoing recognition as a fine step-by-step cookbook that demonstrates basic cooking techniques, and comes from an Irish chef and TV cook who teaches the basics of everything from making chocolate mousse to shortcrust pastry. His focus is on basic 'foundation recipes' and techniques which, when mastered, can apply to a wide variety of dishes. Color illustrations pair with step-by-step sequences to provide novices with tested methods, foolproof recipes, and cooking techniques that extend beyond a single dish or approach.

The Nut Butter Cookbook
Robin Robertson
Andrews McMeel Publishing
1130 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO 64106-2109
9781449460068, $16.99,

The Nut Butter Cookbook: 100 Delicious Vegan Recipes Made better with Nut Butter provides recipes that are not only vegan but gluten-free, soy-free and more, and incorporates nut butter ideas into dishes from soups and appetizers to main dishes and desserts. It goes far beyond making nut butters and delves into their use, and considers how to make cheeses, creams and sauces from all kinds of nuts and sees. Little is required in the way of culinary skills or special knowledge: the primary ingredient for success here is an interest in nut butters and how to use them.

The Grain-Free Family Table
Carrie Vitt
William Morrow & Company
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022-5299
9780062308153, $29.99,

The Grain-Free Family Table features some 125 recipes for healthy family fare and creates a paleo cookbook that focuses on foods and recipes that lead to a healthier, sustainable lifestyle. It comes from a food blogger who was suddenly diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder. The elimination diet she embarked upon cleansed her system and forced her to find recipes that adhered to her new strict diet. Her experiments with grain-free recipes and meals resulted in this cookbook, which demonstrates how to make grain-free basics from pie crusts to crepes and main courses. Kids will love the recipes, too - and that's a 'must' for a grain substitute approach that the entire family can absorb.

The Pollan Family Table
Corky, Lori, Dana and Tracy Pollan
c/o Simon and Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, 14th fl., New York, NY 10020
9781476746371, $30.00,

The Pollan Family Table is a lively and fun cookbook from Corky Pollan, who despite her busy career at Gourmet magazine and column editor at New York magazine, still somehow has time to cook meals every night for her husband and four children, utilizing local fresh ingredients. Her shared family meals led her daughters to carry the culinary interests into their own family meals, and this cookbook gathers over a hundred tested family recipes and techniques from all the Pollan women. With its bright assessments of home cooked and fresh ingredients and its recipes tailored for busy cooks who want to make the most of fresh fare, this is a 'must' for any interested in a blend of recipes, cooking philosophy, and quick homemade fare.

The Little French Bakery Cookbook
Susan M. Holding
Skyhorse Publishing
307 West 36th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10018
9781629145518, $24.95,

The Little French Bakery Cookbook: Sweet & Savory Recipes and Tales from a Pastry Chef and Her Cooking School blends a travelogue with a recipe book and comes from the owner of a successful pastry shop in rural Wisconsin who blends recipes with fun reflections on cooking. The flavors of Paris fill chapters that cover such dishes as Ladyfinger Sponge Cake, English Trifle, Confetti Angel Food Cake, and more. Full-page color photos accompany dishes rich in description and flavor, inviting readers to not only make their own, but to absorb their nuances and origins - a delight to read, and a delight to make!

30-Minute Paleo Meals
Melissa Petitto
Race Point Publishing
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
400 First Avenue North, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1722
9781937994549, $25.00,

30-Minute Paleo Meals gathers paleo recipes for full meals and more and comes from a personal chef to stars who provides a collection suitable for busy cooks and those who are interested in paleo cooking without exotic ingredients or time-consuming preparations. Meals contain foods that were available in Paleolithic times - unprocessed, unmodified, and hearty - and her collection comes from her background as a registered dietician and personal chef. From Quick Veal Tagine to Orange Almond Coconut Macaroons, these are filled with winning dishes that don't take forever to create and which will appeal to the entire family.

Mexico: The Cookbook
Margarita Carrillo Arronte
Phaidon Press
180 Varick Street, 14th floor, New York, NY 10014
9780718467526, $49.95,

If there were just one definitive Mexican cookbook to be included in a cooking collection, then Mexico: The Cookbook should be at the top of the list. It comes from a living culinary legend, it packs in some 700 recipes from throughout Mexico, and it represents decades of teaching, research, and travel on the part of Arronte, who packs in color photos to accompany everything from classic fare to street food. Notes on history, ingredients and techniques accompany a reference not for the light-hearted, but for any seeking a thick, weighty and definitive guide that covers all aspects of Mexican culinary influences. From classic fare to little-known and local recipes, this is a winning collection.

Field Peas to Foie Gras
Jennifer Hill Booker
Pelican Publishing Company
1000 Burmaster Street, Gretna, LA 70053-2246
9781455619726, $26.95,

Field Peas to Foie Gras: Southern Recipes with a French Accent is a pick for novice and experienced cooks alike, and offers recipes based on the author's Mississippi heritage and her interest in farm-to-table cooking. Blend this with classic French techniques and you have a focus that comes from holidays At the family farm - over a hundred recipes backed by personal stories and photos of her family, food-pairing suggestions, and more. It's unusual to see a blend of French cuisine and soul food: leave it to Louisiana to pair the two, and to Jennifer Hill Booker, executive chef and owner of Your Resident Gourmet, a catering company, to bring it all to life.

Flavor Flours
Alice Medrich
Artisan Books
c/o Workman Publishing Company
225 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014-4381
9781579655136, $35.00,

Flavor Flours offers bakers a different approach to the art of baking, using grains, nuts, and various non-wheat flours: an approach which will surely lend to interest by those who are gluten intolerant and looking for different substitute flours. Here traditional favorites are adjusted to work with different flours, thus you'll find a Carrot Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting produced with white rice flour, a Walnut and Honey Tart made with Chestnut Flour, and even Chocolate Chip Cookies made with oat and brown rice flours. Recipes may sound familiar but using different flavor flours alters them - often for much the better - making this a pick for any baker looking to work with a range of different specialty flours.

Vintage Pies
Anne Haynie Collins
The Countryman Press
43 Lincoln Corners Way/P.O. Box 748
Woodstock, Vermont 05091
9781581572643, $21.95,

Vintage Pies: Classic American Pies for Today's Home Baker offers up a delicious collection of classic pies from the 18th and 19th centuries - some familiar fare, others relatively new to modern cooks, and is especially recommended for readers who want to explore vintage recipes and heirloom pies. Lovely color photos pair well with some fifty years of pie-making history and recipes, with chapters divided into sections such as 'Cake Pies', 'Custard Pies', 'Cream Pies' and more. From how to make a lattice top (accompanied by clear, close-up color photos) to wet-bottom and crumb pies, this is filled with easy and unusual recipes that invite even seasoned cooks to try something different.

Mes Confitures
Christine Ferber
Michigan State University Press
1405 South Harrison Road, Suite 25, East Lansing, MI 48823-5245
9780870136290, $29.95,

Mes Confitures: The Jams and Jellies of Christine Ferber is translated by Virginia R. Phillips and is a 'must' for any interested in French cooking in general and pastry and preserving in particular. It offers a wide range of mouth-watering recipes that excel in unique, creative jams and jellies with a French touch - something different than most collections on jam-making can offer - and it pairs the jams and jellies with pastries that can be made with them. The result is a powerful selection of recipes that display the best of not only French jam-making, but the inclusion of jams and jellies in pastries and sweets, making it a 'must' for any who love baked goods or French cuisine.

The Photography Shelf

William Helburn: Seventh and Madison
Robert Lilly and Lois Allen Lilly
Thames and Hudson
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110-0017
97805000517659, $65.00,

William Helburn: Seventh and Madison offers a lavish, oversized presentation of the works of one of the most prolific, dynamic photographers of the late 1940s through the 1960s, and captures his interest in advertising and the use of 'shock value' to promote it. His work appeared in major magazines and were used by top ad agencies, but has been largely uncredited; so his name remains familiar to a relatively small number of ad agency professionals. This survey of the extent of his works is the fist to follow his career and provides many images which have only been seen when they first appeared decades ago. Add a biography of his life and times and you have a top recommendation for any arts library strong in photography.

Shoot Macro
Stan Sholik
Amherst Media
175 Rano Street, Suite 200, Buffalo, NY 14207-2176
9781608957231, $27.95,

Shoot Macro: Techniques for Photography Up Close comes from a photographer who imparts the basics of lighting and shooting techniques with tiny objects as the subject, and pairs step-by-step techniques with keys to solving common problems in lighting, focus, and subject. From shooting with LED or flash to adding background color and controlling depth of field, this delves into the unique requirements for successful macro photography, embellishing all with gorgeous color photo examples. From subject and setup to natural environments, this is a top discussion highly recommended for any macro shooter.

Photoshop CC and Lightroom
Stephen Laskevitch
Rocky Nook
802 East Cota Street, 3rd Floor, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
9781937538583, $44.95,

Photoshop CC and Lightroom: A Photographer's Handbook focuses on the elements of Photoshop that lend to photography workflow, and comes from an Adobe Certified Instructor who uses his experience as a teacher to provide an effective strategy of workflow for editing photos in the 2014 release of Photoshop CC and its elements. It is recommended for aspiring professionals who already have the basics down, but who want to apply key features of these advanced programs to their work, and covers everything from reducing camera shake and improving perspective to making better general adjustments. Color photo examples pair with screen shots at every step, leaving nothing to guess at and making this a solid recommendation - and one of the few to include Lightroom Mobile.

The Military Shelf

100+ Sniper Exercises
Eduardo Abril de Fontcuberta
Paladin Press
5540 Central Ave Suite 200, Boulder, CO 80301
9781610048590, $40.00,

100+ Sniper Exercises offers a manual of long-range, close-range and other kinds of training for professional snipers and shooters, and is a pick for any who want a series of exercises on how to calculate targets, match guns with objectives, apply the basics of camouflage, and more. The author is a sniper and sniper instructor and provides professional advice and exercises designed to challenge professional prowess. It also gathers solid techniques that work, based on experience, and relies on new and old exercises that have been developed and tested so that snipers can hone skills. From standalone sniper exercises to a complete course from basic to advanced sniper techniques, this is a 'must' for any who want physical training and equipment insights.

F-105 Thunderchief MiG Killers of the Vietnam War
Peter E. Davies
Osprey Publishing
4301 21st St, Suite 220B, Long Island City, NY 11101
9781782008041, $22.95,

F-105 Thunderchief MiG Killers of the Vietnam War provides another addition to the 'Combat Aircraft' series, and provides a fine history of an aircraft fighter designed to deliver bombs and possible nuclear weapons. During the war the Thunderchief became the USAF's best bomber and conducted many a strategic strike in the country. Chapters consider the tactics of the craft, their missions, and their pilots and pack in vintage black and white and color photos in a historical survey that will appeal to military and aircraft history collections alike.

The Education Shelf

A Concise Guide to Improving Student Learning
Diane Cummings Persellin and Mary Blythe Daniels
Stylus Publishing, Inc.
22883 Quicksilver Drive, Sterling, VA 20166-2012
9781620360927, $24.95,

A Concise Guide to Improving Student Learning: Six Evidence-Based Principles and How to Apply Them offers educators at the college teaching levels specific ideas on how to apply theory to learning, and pairs a research-based book with a guide to advancing scholarship quality in higher education. Chapters are intended for faculty who want to engage their students, but have little time to study the process. Recent research findings are thus summarized, linked to college classroom applications and methods, and contrasted with teaching methods that have been used less successfully. Add in annotated bibliographies and citations and you have a fine guide educators will relish.

The Next Digital Scholar
James P. Purdy and Randall McClure
Information Today Inc.
143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055-8750
9781573874953, $59.50,

The Next Digital Scholar considers the Common Core Standards that are rooted in digital literacy practices, and follow up on the prior book The New Digital Scholar by considering practices and standards in K-12. Some thirty experts join in on examining the latest CCSS research as it pertains to developing standards in digital research, and provides librarians, educators, and more with an important analysis of how the CCSS applies to learning processes. From alignment of the WPA OS and CCSS for ELA in grades 11-12 to the question of college readiness in general, chapters pair teaching experiences with real-world examples and make for an important survey of CCSS approaches that every educator should know.

Designs for Living and Learning, second edition
Deb Curtis and Margie Carter
Redleaf Press
10 Yorkton Court, St. Paul, MN 55117-1065
9781605543727, $44.95,

Designs for Living and Learning not only maintains that children thrive in spaces designed for both; it provides an updated second edition to planning outdoor and indoor environments that nurture children and families. Hundreds of photos and stories from early childhood programs around the world accompany discussions of the latest early childhood education trends, how to develop a sense of wonder and scientific thinking, and how to arrange and store materials to invite the best responses from kids. With its wealth of facts and fun ideas for environment and play areas, this is a 'must' for any involved in early childhood education.

College Basic Training
Susan Jensen
Swan Fitness Publishing
9780990578925, $19.95,

College Basic Training packs in tips on time management, sleep, nutrition and exercise and is directed to young college women who find themselves struggling with the demands and different culture of the college environment. It's an encouragement that offers several programs: one of physical fitness and another addressing the common psychological challenges of college, from alcohol and drugs to sex and eating disorders. Information blends with insights from a personal trainer and health coach to make for a serious survey any college student will find accessible and useful!

Executive Function "Dysfunction"
Rebecca A. Moyes, M.Ed.
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Inc.
400 Market Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19106
9781849057530, $19.95,

Executive Function "Dysfunction": Strategies for Educators and Parents provides a guide for understanding and supporting children with executive function problems, and describes the cognitive and educational challenges by using real-world examples of common problems. This is no overview of issues, however: also included in the discussion are hints, tips and accommodations for tackling these issues and helping children with learning disabilities and autism to function. The result is a solid discussion which looks simple but packs a lot of strategy into its pages.

The 1:1 Roadmap
Andrew P. Marcinek
Corwin Press, Inc.
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218
9781452226347, $25.95,

The 1:1 Roadmap discusses innovation in education and provides teachers with an important resource that advocates implementing 1:1 initiatives. It's about creating an atmosphere in which this innovation excels, and it's not so much about the ideals of doing so as the practical routines to adopt in taking these measures. The basics of what schools need in order to begin is the focus of a title that considers not just technology but how learning works in the classroom. Chapters consider student-run help desks, dispel common myths about 1:1 environments, and show how to integrate technology with educational content for maximum effect.

The Music Shelf

Capturing Music
Thomas Forrest Kelly
W. W. Norton & Company
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110
9780393064964, $45.00,

CAPTURING MUSIC: THE STORY OF NOTATION comes with a CD of companion recordings by Blue Heron and provides a Harvard professor's insights on the history of how the human race learned to record music. From medieval times and monasteries to how sharing music required the evolution of rote learning, this covers the science, technology, and changing perspectives of music and provides a solid foundation connecting the past world of musical development to today's modern systems. The result is a lovely series of connections on how music is made, recorded, and passed on between generations: a must for any serious listener.

South Pacific
Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan
Applause Books
c/o Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group
19 West 21st Street, Suite 201, New York, NY 10010
9781480355545, $16.99,

SOUTH PACIFIC: THE COMPLETE BOOK AND LYRICS OF THE BROADWAY MUSICAL adds to Applause's Libretto Library series and provides a fine book gathering the complete libretto by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan based on James Michener's winning novel Tales of the South Pacific, a gathering of love stories during wartime. Having the complete musical under one cover makes for a fine survey and a powerful recommendation not just for music collections, but for any strong in stage and film.

Ain't Too Proud to Beg
Mark Ribowsky
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9780470261170, $25.95,

Ain't Too Proud to Beg is a fine survey of The Temptations and their world, and brings Motown music history to life as it covers the must successful Afro-American recording group in history. They produced some twenty-five million records and many powerful hits; but this book is about their inside story. It covers their personal lives, the group's rise to fame and its legacy, the lives of its individual members, and uses a blend of new interviews with Motown veterans with considerations of their music and its evolution. The result is a 'must' for any music history holding: vivid, revealing, and absorbing.

Into the Black
Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood
Da Capo Press
c/o Perseus Book Group
250 W. 57th St., Suite 1500, New York, NY 10107
9780306821882, $26.99,

Into the Black: The Inside Story of Metallica (1991-2014) provides a fine survey of the band's evolution and published a volume that goes beyond the band's first decade of growth to considers its interactions with fans and competing bands. From a pirating dispute with Napster to successes and unique circumstances which made it the number one metal band in the world, this begins with the release of Metallica's 'The Black Album' and reveals how this and other events launched the band to become a stadium-filling act. Chapters analyze Metallica's development, its songs, and its recordings and make for a powerful survey recommended for any popular music history holding.

Special Deluxe
Neil Young
Blue Rider Press
c/o Penguin Group (USA)
375 Hudson Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10014
9780399172083, $32.00,

SPECIAL DELUXE: A MEMOIR OF LIFE AND CARS doesn't take the usual path of a music autobiography, but delves into the surrounding culture of Neil Young and his world, offering more stories and reflections to supplement a life history begun in Waging Heavy Peace. Chapters consider both his career and his changing world, from his Canadian roots to six decades in the music business, adding the focus on how cars have blended in this life - not exotics or fancy cars, but cars selected for their unique qualities. As such it's a pick not just for Young music fans, but for those interested in the evolution of a car collector.

On the Road with Janis Joplin
John Byrne Cooke
c/o Penguin Group (USA)
375 Hudson Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10014
9780425274118, $26.95,

On the Road with Janis Joplin comes from Joplin's early road manager who took the job for Janis and her band in 1967 and served as their 'roadie' for over a decade, until her overdose in 1970. His insider's perspective chronicles her music, her life on the road with her band, and the heyday of the 1960s era, replete with sex, drugs, and music. It follows the rise of Joplin and her group, it comes from one who was there for all of her big moments, from her heyday with Big Brother to her journey with her new band and her Woodstock appearance, and it offers insights into Janis's world that other books on her life don't cover. It's a 'must' for any enthusiast of Janis and her times.

The Audiobook Shelf

On the Road with Janis Joplin
John Byrne Cooke
Penguin Audio
c/o Penguin Group USA
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
9781611763331, $45.00,

On the Road with Janis Joplin is narrated by the author and provides an insider's view from a road manager and filmmaker who helped run the Janis Joplin Show, and recorded it. His years with the show and his interactions with Joplin make for an eye-opening survey by one who was there early on, from Joplin's decision to leave Big Brother and form a new band to her European tour, their Woodstock performance, and her cross-Canadian journey. One could do no better than to have a discussion straight from one who interacted with Joplin in her heyday and various musical incarnations - all of which comes to life in audio.

Sugar Impact Diet
J.J. Virgin
Hachette Audio
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017
9781478982869, $30.00,

Sugar Impact Diet is narrated by Tara Ochs, who has read over forty audiobooks and whose radio commercials and work in movie and video games lends to a powerful ability to bring action to life. But this isn't action: it's a program for losing weight fast that explains the idea of Sugar Impact: how different sugars react differently in the body. From understanding damaging sugars in common foods to making better choices with low sugar foods, this is a survey no dieter will want to be without.

The Job
Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
Random House Audio Books
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 5th floor, New York, NY 10019
9780385367004, $35.00,

The Job is narrated by Scott Brick, whose veteran approach and professional polish lends to a Fox and O'Hare novel that comes to life in audio. The unlikely protagonists are a con man and a dedicated FBI agent who find themselves in an unusual association, working together against a psychopath in an international arena where unusual talents are honed and dangerous opportunities considered. The result is a powerful adventure and the perfect example of why an audio format sometimes can trump the printed word in dramatic effect.

The Gardening Shelf

Gaia's Garden, second edition
Toby Hemenway
Chelsea Green Publishing Company
85 North Main Street, Suite 120, White River Junction, VT 05001
9781603580298, $29.95,

Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture appears in its second updated edition to advocate permaculture and gardens that represent a backyard ecosystem, emulating plant communities and cooperative systems that can maintain fertility, conserve water, and provide beneficial habitats for wildlife. This revised, updated edition includes a new chapter on urban permaculture designed for those with limited growing spaces, and applies the basic principles of permaculture design on a whole new level. The result is an inviting discussion, packed with color illustrations and plenty of examples of building the better ecological garden.

Sustainable Market Farming
Pam Dawling
New Society Publishers
PO Box 189, Gabriola Island, BC, Canada, V0R 1X0
9780865717169, $34.95,

Sustainable Market Farming is a recommendation for the small-scale market grower and provides an in-depth year-round guide for all climate zones. It uses the author's background growing a range of organic fruits and vegetables on a few acres and offers profiles of crops and their various needs and growing challenges, farm-specific business skills reviews, and more. Beginners as well as advanced farmers will find this a serious assessment of food production that promotes small-scale sustainability in a top pick that considers all aspects of not casual, but intensive vegetable production in a limited space.

The Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf

Superman: The Unauthorized Biography
Glen Weldon
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9781118341841, $25.95,

Superman: The Unauthorized Biography comes from a NPR comic book expert who tells the story of the first comic book superhero from his original creation to modern times - but it's more than just another survey of comic artistry and renditions. It considers the psyche of Superman and how his persona and image changed over the decades from that of a social reformer to one of a super-patriot against the war, then a dashing, romantic hero. Chapters discuss how these changes took place, consider the social evolution of the Superman hero, and provides a lively discussion perfect for any who want to consider the Superman image beyond its creators' artistry.

The American History Shelf

The Pilgrim Chronicles
Rod Gragg
Regnery Publishing
One Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001
9781621572695, $27.99,

The Pilgrim Chronicles: An Eyewitness History of the Pilgrims and the Founding of Plymouth Colony offers a complete story of the Pilgrims and their journey, the origins of their Thanksgiving feast, and tells of a search for peace, faith, and a new home. It blends a dramatic retelling of history with firsthand accounts and a focus that clarifies facts and explains discrepancies and inconsistencies, from how the Pilgrims originally had two boats going to the New World to why their first encounters with locals weren't peaceful ones. The drama and underlying interest in these stories makes for compelling reading for history buffs and casual readers alike.

The World History Shelf

Christendom Destroyed
Mark Greengrass
Viking Books
c/o Penguin Group USA
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
9780670024568, $40.00,

Christendom Destroyed: Europe 1517-1648 comes from a historian who offers an epic story of religious and social change, considering how the 16th and 17th centuries separated church from state in Western Europe and, in effect, created the modern world. From how the definition of Europe changed during this period to the years of reformation, scientific revolution, and social change, this considers the entire century's blossoming and how the unifying concept of a 'Christendom' was ultimately lost. Any student of European history will find this a solid, close survey and a 'must' for understanding social and religious change.

The Computer Shelf

Learn to Program with Minecraft Plugins, second edition
Andy Hunt
Pragmatic Programmers
2831 Eldorado Parkway, #103-381, Frisco, TX 75033-7438
9781941222942, $29.00,

Learn to Program with Minecraft Plugins appears in its second updated edition to teach programmers the basics of using Minecraft plugins and code to best advantage when building a Minecraft game. Chapters discuss the basics of operating in the 3D graphical game environment and avoid the usual focus on code, while teaching the basics of using functions to write plugins that react to game events. In such an environment, Java programming and Git are but two of the tools taught in an effort that includes how to set up and run one's own server. Programmer/gamers will find this requires no programming experience: only a desire to work within the Minecraft environment.

Digital Logic Design & Computer Organization
Nikrouz Faroughi
McGraw-Hill Education
c/o McGraw Hill Professional
1221 Avenue of the Americas, 45th Floor, New York, NY 10020
9780071836906, $125.00,

Digital Logic Design & Computer Organization with Computer Architecture for Security is recommended for computer engineering collections and provides an in-depth guide to the design and organization of modern computer systems. It offers techniques for designing both large and small circuits, considers CPU design techniques that increase performance and memory, considers security engineering issues and approaches, and packs in sample designs and detailed diagrams throughout. The result is a basic textbook that is recommended for any college-level course on digital design and security-oriented computer methods.

Murach's Dreamweaver CC 2014
Zak Ruvalcaba
4340 North Knoll, Fresno, CA 93722
9781890774776, $54.50,

Murach's Dreamweaver CC 2014 is all about getting up and running fast with Dreamweaver: in effect, it's a crash course in a book and packs its pages with discussions of using media queries, layouts, templates, library items, HTML-5 elements, and much more. The basics of creating interactive and mobile web pages are covered in chapters that use applied theory to teach the basics, from using data to build sites to adding jQuery features. Sample layouts, visual descriptions for controls and features, assigning order and keys, and much more make for an in-depth training reference perfect for any interested in learning Dreamweaver or supporting a classroom effort.

Coding for Kids for Dummies
Camille McCue, PhD
For Dummies
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9781118940327, $29.99,

Coding for Kids for Dummies provides a coding book for kids interested in creating their own computer games and applications, and shares some fifteen projects that teach the basics of this coding. It doesn't assume any prior coding knowledge and it does assume young people's interest in computers and games, using the latter to teach the basics - as in the second project, a mini golf program that involves learning how to drag buttons, draw golf holes, and use MicroWorlds Ex to create new projects. Obviously, this is a pick for kids who have already played with computers but want to embark on the more serious project of coding with them.

From Mathematics to Generic Programming
Alexander A. Stepanov and Daniel E. Rose
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
9780321942043, $39.99, www.informit/com/aw

From Mathematics to Generic Programming comes from a software designer and his colleague who survey the basics of generic programming and the math it's based upon, providing chapters that introduce abstract algebra and connect number theory with programming basics. From how math solutions translate to generic programming and code to how to generalize algorithms and how to build on modern abstractions, this is packed with theories, proofs, axioms and models that provide programmers with depth and details perfect for furthering generic programming objectives.

The Art Shelf

Ciao, Carpaccio!
Jan Morris
Liveright Publishing
c/o W. W. Norton & Company
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110
9780871407993, $19.95,

Ciao, Carpaccio! An Infatuation focuses on the author's love of the forgotten Renaissance painter Vittore Carpaccio, and provides a survey of his works of art and why, today, his legacy has become more associated with a thin slice of raw beef than his art. Her survey blends Renaissance history, politics and more as it considers the painter's life and times and includes over seventy four-color reproductions of his works. The result is a vivid and lively coverage filled with insights about Carpaccio and author Morris, and is highly recommended for any arts collection.

The Modern Masters of Tattooing
Akos Banfalvi
Schiffer Books
4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
9780764347320, $60.00,

This volume explores a few of the talented modern tattoo artists of our times, covers how they became masters notable for their art, and gathers images of their works both in tattoo and in other fine art genres, and is a recommendation for any arts collection strong in modern representations in general or tattooing in particular. Full-page displays of designs are accompanied by interviews and insights on the art of tattooing, offering many insights into artistic styles and developments. The result is a fine gathering of images perfect for any tattoo artistry holding.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

The Three-Body Problem
Cixin Liu
c/o Tor/Forge Books
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
9780765377067, $25.99,

Ken Liu translates this fine near-future story from a Chinese best-selling science fiction writer, and is the first time a major Chinese science fiction novel has been translated into English. Its setting is the Cultural Revolution, where a secret military project attempts contact with aliens - and succeeds. The aliens plan to invade Earth, while on Earth competing factions plan to either help them invade or fight them. The result is a powerful social science fiction story that is about more than aliens invading: it's about how various factions on the planet perceives the invasion process.

Coming Home
Jack McDevitt
Ace Books
c/o Penguin Group (USA)
375 Hudson Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10014
9780425260876, $25.95,

Coming Home provides a new addition to the Alex Benedict series and follows the antiquities dealer and his pilot as they go to earth to learn about missing artifacts. Unfortunately the artifacts have gone missing amid the planet's rising oceans and chaos, and Alex finds that not only is he confronting a mystery revolving around the artifacts' resting place, but a possible rescue of an interstellar transport ship that vanished eleven years ago. It's rare to see a combination of science fiction and mystery that does justice to both genres, but Alex Benedict succeeds, here, and the action and intrigue are splendid, promising to delight newcomers and old fans alike.

Mercedes Lackey with Cody Martin,
Baen Books
PO Box 1188, Wake Forest NC 27588
9781476736914, $25.00,

Collision is Book Four of the 'Secret World Chronicle' and is based on characters first created in the popular MMORPG, City of Heroes. It continues the saga of Thulian attacks, assaults against ECHO headquarters, and Dominic's efforts to obtain The Seraphym - and it follows characters generated in earlier stories who have evolved to take on new responsibilities and purposes. Because of all this, Collision is especially recommended for prior followers of the series who will find the latest saga a seamless journey, packed with new confrontations based on old experiences and habits.

Star Trek Ships of the Line
Doug Drexler and Margaret Clark, Editors
Gallery Books
c/o Simon and Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, 14th fl., New York, NY 10020
9781476782584, $30.00,

Star Trek Ships of the Line is a recommendation for Trekkies and pairs text by Michael Okuda with an updated edition of the Ships of the Line approach from 2014, which packs in over seventy-five more images appearing for the first time in book format: images that originated in a calendar series. Adding text by the series' Michael Okuda assures authority and insights on various starships. Full-page color photos and illustrations from the ships from specific series or episodes accompany Starfleet insights, reviews of recovery operations, and more. The lovely display of ship images and episode notes makes this a 'must' not for casual Star Trek viewers, but for avid fans.

The Doctor and the Dinosaurs
Mike Resnick
c/o Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197
9781616148614, $18.00,

The Doctor and the Dinosaurs provides a 'weird West' tale that blends steampunk and magic in an alternate Wild West scenario, and is a recommended pick for fantasy readers who enjoy alternative history. Set in 1995, Doc Holliday lies on his deathbed - but Apache medicine man Geronimo need him and he must navigate dangerous political waters and the white man's world in order to get what he wants. Add Doc's foray into American paleontology, a new field marked by genius and rivalry, and an effort to save the world from dinosaurs and you have a crazy romp through impossibilities perfect for steampunk fans in particular.

The Literary Studies Shelf

The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Blends
Megan M. McArdle
American Library Association
50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611
9780838912560, $55.00,

The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Blends is a fine compendium of titles that don't neatly fit into a given 'genre' box, and offers a collection of hybrid writings that take typical approaches and mix them together. This collection is the perfect starting point for exploring such 'mashups', providing reviews of selected books and recommended 'pathways' for further reading. Chapters hold such definitions as 'historical fiction blends', 'science fiction blends', 'fantasy blends' and 'whole collection blends' and profile books that excel in representing several genres under one cover. By identifying the exact literary pathways that make these blends so unique, The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Blends offers something most literary assessments do not: the opportunity to read outside the genre box. Librarians and any general-interest reader will relish this approach!

Intimate Domain
Martha J. Reineke
Michigan State University Press
1405 South Harrison Road, Suite 25, East Lansing, MI 48823-5245
9781611861280, $29.95,

Intimate Domain: Desire, Trauma, and Mimetic Theory uses Rene Girard's neglected early work on sensory experience and blends literary criticism with a healthy dose of psychology in considering mimetic theory. It pairs the insights of Rene Girard with those of Reineke and others to explore the psychological dynamics inherent in literature, from Proust to Sophocles, and runs the line between not just psychology and literature, but philosophy as well. From critiques and insights into Girard's mimetic hypothesis to how readings considered in light of family relations are changed by perspective, this is a solid recommendation for not just literary holdings, but psychology and philosophy collections alike!

What Is Your Quest?
Anastasia Salter
University of Iowa Press
119 West Park Road, Iowa City, IA 52242-1000
9781609382759, $27.50,

What Is Your Quest?: From Adventure Games to Interactive Books is recommended not just for media and cultural studies readers, but for literary readers assessing the impact of electronic literature on daily lives. It considers the writers and designers who are using this new medium to best advantage, surveying e-books and electronic literature, the wider world of mobile computers and storytelling, and how the boundaries between reader and creator are fading in the light of electronic, interactive settings. From adventure games and quests to interactive books that blur the boundaries of either genre, this is a powerful assessment that manages something difficult: providing a scholarly yet lively discussion.

The Social Issues Shelf

Who Killed the American Family?
Phyllis Schlafly
WND Books
2020 Pennsylvania Ave NW, #351, Washington, DC 20006
9781938067525, $26.95,

Who Killed the American Family? considers the institution of the American family as one of the building blocks of the nation, reflective of a free society, and it considers how this institution has been fragmented, maligned, and torn down over the last fifty years. From legal changes and court decisions to education and entertainment influences, the American family structure has long been under attack in a variety of ways. This book comes from a conservative activist who exposes the attacks from the Left and offers a plan for reversing the trend. Readers of conservative viewpoints and family matters will find this an intriguing discussion.

Who's Afraid of the Black Blocs?
Fancis Dupuis-Deri
PM Press
PO Box 23912, Oakland, CA 94623
9781604869491, $19.95,

Who's Afraid of the Black Blocs?: Anarchy in Action Around the World outlines the international phenomenon of Black Blocs: masked protestors who have attacked symbols of capitalism around the world. It argues that the use of violence always takes place in an ethical and strategic context and offers a complete revision to include the latest Black Bloc actions in Greece, Germany and beyond. From a survey of tactics to a coverage of its traditions and history, this provides a blend of political and social analysis and documents how the Black Bloc fights injustice around the world in a winning analysis for any social issues debate.

Building an Opportunity Society
Lewis D. Solomon
Transaction Publishers
10 Corporate Place South, Piscataway, NJ 08854
9781412854702, $49.95,

Building an Opportunity Society: A Realistic Alternative to an Entitlement State considers the federal government's involvement in building an American dream based not on entitlement programs, but upon social democratic efforts, and considers the domestic atmosphere and challenges to building such a federal program emphasis. Chapters analyze the federal safety net that keeps poverty at bay, analyzes current federal programs and policies, and make important suggestions for future decision-making processes which policymakers will want to consider. Political and social science holdings alike will find college-level readers an important audience for this coverage.

Richard Heinberg
New Society Publishers
PO Box 189, Gabriola Island, BC, Canada, V0R 1X0
9780865716568, $18.95,

Blackout: Coal, Climate, and the Last Energy Crisis is a recommended pick for current events readers and considers the future of coal as a fossil fuel. One might believe this analysis would join others in a natural resources or environmental discussion; but actually its focus is more upon the human impact of waning world coal production - which may be less than two decades away - and provides planners, educators, and others with a discussion that links the human future to how we think about and react to coal production challenges. The result is a 'must' for any current events or social issues collection, as much as for readers of environmental and conservation concerns.

International Handbook on Aging and Public Policy
Sarah Harper and Kate Hamblin, Editors
Edward Elgar Publishing
9 Dewey Court, Northampton, MA 01060-3815
9780857933904, $240.00,

International Handbook on Aging and Public Policy gathers under one cover the collective knowledge of experts in the field who explore challenges arising from aging populations around the world, and considers national state approaches to welfare for older people and how public and private initiatives work. Each issue receives in-depth coverage, from pensions and health to welfare and public policies, and each is accompanied by case studies, academic discussions of policy and practices, and discussions of imbalances ranging from spending processes and the lifecycle of labor income to families, institutions, the challenges of measuring outcomes for older populations, and more. College-level collections strong in public policies and aging will find this a powerful collection of in-depth articles suitable for framing inquiries and considering social structures.

Locked Down, Locked Out
Maya Schenwar
Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc.
1333 Broadway, Suite 1000, Oakland CA, 94612
9781626562691, $18.95,

Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better uses stories of prisoners and their families, including her own family's experiences, to examine how prison is taking away the things that could lead people to build better lives. It examines community-based initiatives that deal with typical problems using connection over isolation tactics, and it considers how to fix a broken punishment system with compassion rather than improved punitive measures. From pen pals to devices that keep people accountable for their actions, chapters provide a powerful review of the prison system and how its methods and approaches can be revised for more effective social change.

The Business Shelf

Tracy Maylett, Ed.D & Paul Warner, PhD
Greenleaf Book Group Press
PO Box 91869, Austin, TX 78709
9781626341159, $24.95,

MAGIC: FIVE KEYS TO UNLOCK THE POWER OF EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT provides a five-part approach to making organizations stronger and more profitable as well as better places to work, and advocates five 'magic' keys to invite effective employee engagement in the process. Leaders who follow these keys - which are based on over 14 million employee survey responses from seventy countries - will find this a fine survey blending advice with practical business approaches that work. Plenty of books have been written on employee engagement practices; but this is powered by employees themselves and uses real-world scenarios to provide a winning strategy.

Accounting and Finance for Managers
Matt Bamber and Simon Parry
Kogan Page USA
1518 Walnut Street, Suite 1100, Philadelphia, PA 19102
9780749469139, $50.00,

Managers seeking to improve analytical skills with new accounting and finance tools will find this handbook emphasizes learning thorough example, and teaches the basics of accounting form how to prepare a set of basic financial statements to interpreting profit, cash budgets, pricing strategies to suit different kinds of markets, and more. Each chapter is paired to course structures so the book can be used as a classroom text, and each melds theory with real-world business applications for maximum effect. It's rare to find a title suitable for self study and classroom learning alike: this book fits the bill, on both.

Actionable Intelligence
Keith B. Carter
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9781118915233, $49.95,

Actionable Intelligence: A Guide to Delivering Business Results with Big Data Fast isn't just about making charts and graphs to visualize big data, but discusses how to begin with a business foundation and how to use big data to apply actionable goals to this data. It's a different way of thinking about and applying data that takes business intelligence and links it to the process of hiring the right people and formulating the right business goals, and it considers intelligence initiatives and how to identify areas where intelligence is being applied correctly. From insurance carriers and understanding the nature and process of value to avoiding common problems such as hiring too fast, this makes important connections between business practices and data manipulation and is a 'must' for any who would adjust their thinking on business formulas.

The Sports Shelf

Training for Speed, Agility, & Quickness
Lee E. Brown and Vance A. Ferringo, Editors
Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc.
PO Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61820-5076
9781450468701, $24.95,

Training for Speed, Agility, & Quickness offers a fine training package that pairs online access to a video library of drills and exercises with keys to developing movement skills and applying them to a range of sports, from football and track to soccer, lacrosse, tennis, and combat sports. Chapters written by top sports experts gather under one cover the best information on testing, drills, and training programs and pack in over two hundred drills and programs that can be customized. The result is a fine training guide for any aspiring athlete and their coaches.

The Parenting Shelf

Adopting Older Children
Stephanie Bosco-Ruggiero, MA,
New Horizon Press
PO Box 669, Far Hills, NJ 07931
9780882824826, $15.95,

There are many books on the market covering adoption; but too few focus on the special needs and situations of adopting the older child, making Adopting Older Children: A Practical Guide to Adopting and parenting Children Over Age Four a special recommendation for any parenting collection. From an overview of special challenges involved in adopting older children to developmental concerns, cultural issues, and special needs, this offers a range of coping mechanisms and assessments of special concerns unique to the older child. The result is a 'must' for any who contemplating moving beyond the early childhood range to adopt the kids who need it the most.

The Genealogy Shelf

Polish Roots, second edition
Rosemary A. Chorzempa
Genealogical Publishing Company
3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 260, Baltimore, MD 21211
9780806320045, $24.95,

POLISH ROOTS defines the history and genealogy of Polish peoples and here appears in its second updated edition which reflects many advances in Polish genealogy research. Thanks to the Internet, the task of research Polish names and origins has become easier, and there's a newfound interest in genealogy research in Poland. This update reflects these new research opportunities, providing a new introduction, four new chapters, one rewritten chapter, new maps and charts, and numerous updates. The result is a 'must' for any researching their Polish roots.

The Environmental Studies Shelf

The Open Space and Land Conservation Handbook
Jeff Loux, PhD
Solano Press Books
PO Box 773, Point Arena, CA 95468
9780923956745, $TBA / $32.50 Kindle,

The Open Space and Land Conservation Handbook provides an in-depth approach to conservation and natural resource management that's a recommendation for any collection strong in preservation. Planners, landscape architects, government bodies, and conservation professionals alike receive an analysis of resources, stakeholders, plan management, open space and urban growth processes, and more, and will appreciate the discussions of funding and financing that blend land conservation techniques with discussions of how to apply them in real-world situations. The result is a powerful handbook highly recommended for any professional working in land management circles.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

Sex, Sorcery, and Spirit
Jason Miller
New Page Books
c/o Career Press Inc.
220 West Parkway, Unit 12, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
9781601633523, $15.99,

Sex, Sorcery, and Spirit: The Secrets of Erotic Magic provides a fine survey based on the author's training in Eastern and Western mystery schools, and addresses issues of sexual sorcery and spirituality. From how to use the moment of orgasm as a catalyst for reaching into higher levels of spiritual identity to using sexual elixirs in alchemy and sorcery and avoiding the common pitfalls of sex magic, this blends sexual spells and rituals with reviews of pros and cons of different approaches, and is a 'must' for any considering the possibilities and limitations of sex and sorcery connections.

Freedom and Resolve
Hampton Roads Publishing Company
65 Parker St., Ste. 7, Newburyport, MA 01950
9781571747211, $14.95,

Freedom and Resolve: Finding Your True Home in the Universe offers a slim but powerful volume inviting readers to discover their place in the universe, and provides an invitation to self-analysis to those who would ask - and answer - the right reflective questions. Chapters are designed to help readers ask anew about their thoughts and feelings, using the answers as pointers toward greater understanding and enlightenment. There's no set spiritual approach on Gangai's path; no universal set of tools and techniques for arriving at one's individual and unique destination. There's just a slim book of inquiry processes designed to support the process of belief and how to get there.

Blessed Are the Wicked
Steven A. LaChance
Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
2143 Wooddale Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125
9780738738963, $16.99,

Blessed Are the Wicked is a true story of living with the aftermath of a demonic possession, and continues the story of the effects of living in the Union Screaming House described in his first book The Uninvited. Here the author and his family learn that the possession has left its mark on them, making them vulnerable to supernatural attacks no matter where they are. Its powerful in-depth survey of how supernatural forces leave lasting marks will especially intrigue prior readers who appreciated The Uninvited and here will find a solid continuation that explores vulnerability and further struggles against demonic forces.

Rising in Love
Ram Das Batchelder
O Books
9781782796879, $29.95,

RISING IN LOVE: MY WILD AND CRAZY RIDE TO HERE AND NOW WITH AMMA, THE HUGGING SAINT follows the author's spiritual awakening, encounter with an angel, discover of Amma "the Hugging Saint", and how all this changed his life, offering a lively discourse that moves from a life of addiction to one of spiritual wonder. It's an autobiography following the author's spiritual growth and an awakening process that began at age 21, his encounter with Amma when he was 25, and his move to India, where he lives in Amma's ashram to this day. Black and white photos blend with a combination of personal experience and spiritual insight to make this a powerful survey.

Voices of the Sacred Feminine
Rev. Dr. Karen Tate, Editor
Changemakers Books
c/o John Hunt Publishing, Ltd.
Laurel House, Station Approach, Alresford, Hants, SO24 9JH, UK
9781782795100, $24.95,

Voices of the Sacred Feminine comes from a radio show hosted by the author and is dedicated to discussions of the Sacred Feminine as a deity and ideal. It's an internet show that has received much attention and this book captures conversations surrounding the topic, from dream charms and why modern Westerners have come to worship a masculine god to the historical power of women's circles and sister/mother archetypes. From new ideals to changing ways to think about power and spirituality, this is a solid set of discussions recommended for new age and feminist holdings alike.

The Light: A Book of Wisdom
Keidi Keating
New Page Books
c/o Career Press Inc.
220 West Parkway, Unit 12, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
9781601633385, $16.99,

The Light: A Book of Wisdom tells of the author's spiritual awakening when at the age of 30, after a series of healing sessions, an orb of glowing white light appeared and instructed her to create a "book of light". And so she went forth and gathered the wisdom, exercises, practices, and insights of some twenty-two noted spiritual leaders and created The Light: A Book of Wisdom, covering a range of topics from cultivating forgiveness and healing to finding health and happiness. New age readers will find this engrossing.

The Christian Studies Shelf

Be Good & Do Good
Bernard V. Brady
Orbis Books
PO Box 302, Maryknoll NY 10545-0302
9781626980990, $30.00,

Be Good & Do Good: Thinking Through Moral Theology provides college-level readers of ethics and religion with a basic analysis of the topic of moral theology in Christian life and thinking, and is recommended for scholarly-minded Christian collections interested in biblical material and its relationship to social experience. Chapters consider the construction of moral theology and its identity, using scripture and church teachings to engage lay students and theologians alike. The result is a powerful survey perfect for classroom discussion and debate.

Life Abounding
Brendon Byrne
Liturgical Press
St. John's Abbey, PO Box 7500, Collegeville, MN 56321-7500
9780814635742, $39.95,

Life Abounding: A Reading for John's Gospel offers a specific reading and scholarly study of the Fourth Gospel and is the concluding volume representing the completion of Byrne's successful series of books on the four gospels. As such, it will prove a rich resource to teachers, preachers and any who want to use it to probe the life of Jesus as it's represented in the gospels. Chapters are filled with footnoted references and step-by-step references to events in the Gospel and their interpretation. The author's purpose isn't just to offer a reading of the Fourth Gospel: it's to explore its puzzles and offer insights into its possible interpretations, avoiding detailed discussions of history in favor of a focus that helps readers gain spiritual understanding. The result is a recommended pick for any scholarly Christian collection.

Exploring Christian Theology Volume One
Nathan D. Holsteen & Michael J. Svigel, Editors
Bethany House Publishers
11400 Hampshire Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55438
9780764211300, $16.99,

Exploring Christian Theology: Revelation, Scripture, and the Truine God covers the basics of theology and uses easy language to make its discussions of key Christian doctrines accessible to all. From building a solid foundation and understanding God in his various forms as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to putting everything together with Biblical support in a manner that makes sense, this is a primer packed with insights and analysis that are usually limited to scholarly audiences, but here comes to life for general Bible students.

The Gospel of the Lord
Michael F. Bird
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
2140 Oak Industrial Drive, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
9780802867766, $30.00,

The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus is for scholarly Christian collections interested in a blend of evangelical and critical assessments of the historical development of the four canonical Gospels, and serves to clarify religious debates over the origins of the Gospels. It blends the latest research with current questions as it considers how the early Christians wrote and spread the story of Jesus, and provides a powerful road map of insight for any who would closely examine the origins and nature of the Bible.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

Earth and Sky
Guy Delcambre
Influence Resources
9781629120935, $14.99,

Earth and Sky: A Beautiful Collusion of Grace and Grief shares the author's journey from happy husband to grieving widower and single dad - and his journey to spiritual belief. It's a recommendation for any who have suffered a loss and want to re-assess belief systems. Chapters are filled with a blend of personal reflection and spiritual insight as they consider the path to spiritual insight and what is involved in the search for meaning, and will appeal to any interested in spiritual examination and personal lives.

The Biography Shelf

The Life and Times of Calamity Jane
Richard W. Etulain
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780806146324, $24.95,

The Life and Times of Calamity Jane provides a fine biography of the real Calamity Jane and her life, attends to contrasting legend with reality, and provides new facts about a life that has been written about in many other places. It's a lively biography that surveys her life and times from her birth to how she developed her reputation as a Wild West heroine, and it tells of her legendary exploits. Veteran western historian Richard Etulain's account provides new information on her persona life and family, discredits some well-known 'facts', and provides a powerful portrait highly recommended for women's history and general American history and biography collections alike.

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys. Boys, Boys.
Viv Albertine
Thomas Dunne Books
c/o St. Martin's Press
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
9781250065995, $27.99,

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys. Boys, Boys provides a fine memoir by a member of the female punk rock group The Slits, and the girlfriend of The Clash's Mick Jones, and traces her involvement in the punk music scene and culture. Albertine accidentally fell into the role of leading the female punk rock movement and was at the forefront of punk rock history and culture. Her memoir traces her associations with musicians, her memories of the times and culture of the 1980s, and provides a fine set of insights into the evolution of the punk rock mindset and, in particular, a woman's place in that male-dominated world.

The Good Son
Christopher Andersen
Gallery Books
c/o Simon and Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, 14th fl., New York, NY 10020
9781476775562, $27.00,

THE GOOD SON: JFK JR. AND THE MOTHER HE LOVED includes new details of JFK Jr. and his relationship with his mother, and covers his life and death as it explores the connections between the son and his mother. There have been many, many a Kennedy biography written - but few incorporate new family facts along with an analysis of the relationships between John, his mother, and his wife. New details about his marriage, accounts of behind-the-scenes family interactions, and discussions about the legacy left by Jackie's marriage to Onassis and its effects on John Jr.'s childhood make for a riveting saga that's nearly impossible to put down, even for those raised on Kennedy stories.

Brief Encounters
Dick Cavett
Henry Holt & Company
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 400, New York, NY 10010-7725
9780805099775, $26.00,

Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks comes from the talk show host and introduces readers to a cast of characters and personalities encountered during the course of his show, from John Lennon and Mel Brooks to Nora Ephron. Cavett built both his name and the talk show industry and his insights speak of foolish notions, viewer responses to his shows, the best and worst experiences of his entertainment career, and more. The result is a fine survey recommended for readers of autobiography in general and entertainment industry and television experiences in particular.

The Needlecraft Shelf

Vest Bets
Editorial Staff
Sixth&Spring Books
161 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 1301, New York, NY 10013
9781936096817, $17.95,

VEST BETS: 30 DESIGNS TO KNIT FOR NOW FEATURING 220 SUPERWASH ARAN FROM CASCADE YARNS is the first in the publisher's new Modern Knit Mix series, and features a wide range of vests that can be layered over all kinds of clothes. Styles range from color blocking productions to Fair Isle tunics and more, and provide projects for every style and skill level, from pullovers and cardigans to form-fitting vests. Knitters who want easy projects and diverse approaches to the vest design will find this a fine pick.

A Flair for Fabric
Linda Lum Debono
Martingale & Company
19021 Avenue NE, Bothell, WA 98011
978160468070, $24.99,

A Flair for Fabric: Creative Sewing Projects from the Designers at Henry Glass provides a fine collection of projects based on original designs to Leanne Anderson, Jill Finley, Anni Downs, and more. Here are keys to how designers create fabric lines and work with fabric, all couched in some 15 projects that range from pillows and place mats to quilts that use a mix of patchwork, applique, and more. The result is a powerful survey that is designed to both provide new creative projects to sewers and to teach new skills in the process producing a polished result.

Mi Amor: Legacy Applique
Margarete Heinisch
American Quilter Society
PO Box 3290, Paducah, KY 42002-3290
9781604601404, $24.95,

Mi Amor: Legacy Applique documents a Baltimore Album-style quilt created as a celebration quilt and here embellished with flower and fruit designs. Embroidery accompanies a project guide that is backed with a CD-ROM and includes not only color photos on nearly every page, but patterns and charts linking embroidery and stitch to location, color requirements, and more. From Rose of Sharon and Wine and Roses to Vanity Fair, blocks are represented by full-size patterns on CD and are lovely in-depth guides to the entire Album quilt concept, making it a pick for any project-oriented quilter.

Upcycled Fashions for Kids
Cynthia Anderson
Stackpole Books
5067 Ritter Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-6921
9780811713252, $19.95,

Upcycled Fashions for Kids offers over thirty outfits to create for kids from 'found' materials and styles, and in the process teaches the basics of 'upcycled' usage. It promotes using old clothes and thrift-store treasures to redo and recreate fashionable results on a budget, and it offers plenty of tips for not only sewing these materials and designing clothes, but locating and assessing them. From frocks to nighties, these are whimsical and fun approaches kids will enjoy.

The Psychology Shelf

Jessica Kingsley Publishers
400 Market Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Cynthia Kim's NERDY, SHY, AND SOCIALLY INAPPROPRIATE: A USER GUIDE TO AN ASPERGER LIFE (9781849057578, $19.95) explores the challenges of living with Asperger's Syndrome and provides an insider's guide at living with being autistic, using her own life for examples. Not diagnosed until she was an adult, she describes the process of accepting her personality, then realizing the diagnosis offers further opportunities for coming to terms with her condition. Her popular blog Musings of an Aspie serves as the foundation for an exploration packed with anecdotes and insights. Joel Shaul's THE GREEN ZONE CONSERVATION: FINDING COMMON GROUND IN CONVERSATION FOR CHILDREN ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM (9781849057592, $29.95) provides a fine visual mode designed to help children experience more success in conversational efforts, and presents the idea of a 'Green Zone' to help children on the autism spectrum find topics of interest to others. By creating a visual link between conversation and finding shared interests, children on the spectrum (and many an adult) can discover how to participate in conversations that work. No collection dealing with autism should be without this creative, key handbook.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Overcoming Shock
Diane Zimberoff, LMFT and David Hartman, LICSW
New Horizon Press
PO Box 669, Far Hills, NJ 07931
9780882824802, $15.95,

Overcoming Shock: Healing the Traumatized Mind and Heart explores the effects of shock and trauma, and how it reverberates in the body, and offers proven strategies for success and treatment, including real-world examples of people who overcame debilitating effects and post-traumatic shock. There have been numerous books documenting the effects of shock and trauma on the body's emotional and physical system; but this book's focus on the recovery process provides many insights and alternatives and is a 'must' for any who would focus on recovery.

More Than Hot
Christopher Hamlin
Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-4363
9781421415024, $25.95,

More Than Hot: A Short History of Fever joins others in John Hopkins' 'Biographies of Disease' series and will reach both medicine and general health collections alike with its history of fever and the efforts of science to classify and handle it. Also included within the discussion are its social, cultural and political impact, and chapters consider how early writers and medical community members struggled for language that explained fever and its symptoms. All this comes from a historian of science and medicine and provides a fine focus on how fevers have been treated - medically, historically, and literally - in society over the centuries.

Investigations in Healthcare Interpreting
Brenda Nicodemus and Melanie Metzger, Editors
Gallaudet University Press
800 Florida Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002-3695
9781563686122, $85.00,

Investigations in Healthcare Interpreting considers issues of communication in healthcare around the world and provides a new volume adding to the Studies in Interpretation series in which international scholars address a range of topics specific to deaf concerns. This focus on healthcare interpreting methods and challenges belongs not so much in general reference holdings as in collections strong in healthcare work: it reports on trials of simultaneous video interpreting in Austrian hospitals, how translated healthcare information for Australian deaf people work, how medical interview questions are translated from English into ASL, and more. Healthcare practitioners, in particular, will find it an important resource packed with key issues and new research.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

American Kestrel
Kate Davis
Mountain Press Publishing Company
PO Box 2399, Missoula, MT 59806
9780878426362, $18.00,

American Kestrel: Pint-Sized Predator pairs gorgeous color photos by Kate Davis and Rob Palmer with a blend of natural history and photos from a bird expert who considers the American kestrel, and is a fine pick for any who want to learn about its habits and habitats. These lovely photos aren't to be seen elsewhere: some one hundred shot by Davis and photographer Rob Palmer capture the bird in the wild and are gorgeous accompaniments to discussions of its life and activities. Any collection strong in natural history for lay or professional audiences will find this an appealing presentation.

Desert Bighorn Sheep: Wilderness Icon
Mark C. Jorgensen
Sunbelt Books
c/o Sunbelt Publications
1256 Fayette Street, El Cajon, CA 92020
9781941384008, $29.95,

Desert Bighorn Sheep: Wilderness Icon provides a lovely photographic survey of the sheep that inhabit the deserts of the southwest United States and northern Mexico, and is a pick for any collection strong in natural history. Over two hundred photos depict the desert bighorn in their native environment, showing behaviors and offering rare glimpses into their lives. The result is a survey recommended for lay readers and natural history professionals alike.

Good Dog
David DiBenedetto
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022-5299
9780062242358, $25.99,

GOOD DOG: TRUE STORIES OF LOVE, LOSS AND LOYALTY gathers an anthology of stories from writers who reflect on man's best friend, and celebrates dog ownership, friendship and kinship. It provides a blend of humor and inspirational celebratory writing as it gathers essays on the joys and stories of dogs and human relationships, and it provides original pieces as well as gatherings form Garden & Gun's popular "Good Dog" column, making for a powerful collection highly recommended for any general-interest collection and any interested in pets.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Once Upon a Grind
Cleo Coyle
Berkeley Prime Crime
c/o Penguin Group (USA)
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
9780425270851, $26.95,

Once Upon a Grind provides a coffeehouse mystery in which a coffeehouse manager becomes an amateur sleuth. Embedded in the story are fairy tale references, to make matters more complex - with more than a casual dose of humor thrown in to the mix. This is the 14th book in the mystery series and accessible to newcomers and old fans alike: its inclusion of classic fairy tale themes blends social concerns and modern culture with classic fiction and allusions to fairy tales, making for a fun and mind-bending read.

Murder, She Wrote: Death of a Blue Blood
Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain
c/o Penguin Group (USA)
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
9780451468253, $23.95,

Murder, She Wrote: Death of a Blue Blood tells of Jessica, who is invited to join a New Year's party given by British aristocracy at a castle, but finds the celebrations end in murder. When Jessica uncovers the body of a lady's maid in the garden, the death becomes a matter of British debate and squabbling in a series of encounters that point out the underlying animosity among many of the guests. And when festivities attempt to continue, a poisoning reveals far more possible perps than imagined. The result is a lively, revealing survey recommended for prior fans and newcomers who like solid mysteries cemented by British personalities.

The Native American Studies Shelf

American Indians in U.S. History, second edition
Roger L. Nichols
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780806143675, $24.95,

American Indians in U.S. History appears in its second updated edition to offer a fine history of American Indians from their origins to modern times, and uses the latest research to add information about Indian social and cultural issues in modern times. From new biographies of key Native American people to an updated chronological and new readings for each era, this offers a close inspection of tribal experiences and is a pick for any studying American Indian history.

The Travel Shelf

Roadside Geology of Oregon, second edition
Marli B. Miller
Mountain Press Publishing Company
PO Box 2399, Missoula, MT 59806
9780878426317, $26.00,

Roadside Geology of Oregon appears in its second updated edition and represents a completely new second edition based on the latest insights on Oregon's geology. While this could have been featured in our Science section, it's reviewed here because it's really a combination of destination-oriented explanation as well as science, and helps travelers understand what they are seeing when they view Oregon's natural wonders. Oregon residents and geologists at any level will find it packed with specifics on the state's mountains, volcanos, and geological features. Photographs capture the state's wonders while discussions of geologic history documents its changes. Maps, color photos, and clear explorations make this especially recommended for destination-bound visitors who want a clear exploration of Oregon's geologic history.

Chance Encounters
Janna Graber, Editor
World Traveler Press
9780990878605, $16.95,

Chance Encounters: Travel Tales from Around the World is about mishaps, extraordinary encounters, and journeys that are a cut above the ordinary and long recalled, and is edited by an award-winning travel journalist who here picks the best for inclusion in a fun collection of change encounters. From bravery to strength, unforgettable encounters with strangers to musical connections, these stories are culled from over 40 newspapers, magazines, and websites and comes from some 20 top international travel writers who here present their best in a highly recommended collection of armchair readers perfect for any would-be traveler.

The Political Science Shelf

Anthropology, Ecology, and Anarchism
Brian Morris
PM Press
PO Box 23912, Oakland, CA 94623
9781604860931, $24.95,

Anthropology, Ecology, and Anarchism provides a fine Brian Morris reader and is a compendium of his reflections, coming from a teacher and researcher in social anthropology, politics, and philosophy. Until now his essays, originally published in obscure journals and political magazines, have been widely scattered: by having them under one cover, collections strong in anarchist history, traditions, and reflections now have a powerful survey packed with discussions suitable for classroom debate and reflections from the advanced high school to college levels.

American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia
Frohman, Beer and Nelson, Editors
ISI Books
3901 Centerville Road, Wilmington, DE 19807-1938
1932236449, $35.00,

American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia provides a political and historical reference that offers insights on individuals, schools, organizations, events and publications that have helped develop the foundations of the conservative intellectual movement in America since World War II. This takes the form of over six hundred entries covering a range of social issues and writings, pairing history with social and political insights and tracing the evolution of political philosophies and ideas. This volume has been some fifteen years in the making and compiles a powerful set of authoritative resources on American conservatism, key to any college-level student and Academics studying the movement.

The Self-Help Shelf

The Real Brass Ring
Dianne Bischoff James
Red Wheel Weiser, LLC
65 Parker Street, Suite 7, Newburyport, MA 01950
9781618520555, $19.95,

The Real Brass Ring: Change Your Life Course Now tells of the author's midlife crisis when she realized she was off-track physically, emotionally and spiritually - and decided to change. Her "midlife reboot" is chronicled here as inspiration for others, and as she writes about the influences that changed her life, readers follow her emotional ups and downs and the moments in which she came to acknowledge the path towards better understanding and, ultimately, a more involved life. More so than most self-help autobiographies, The Real Brass Ring is filled with similar opportunities for readers to direct their own paths towards transformation, and is thus highly recommended for spirituality and self-help collections alike!

The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf

The Future of Television
Pamela Douglas
Michael Wiese Productions
12400 Ventura Blvd., #1111, Studio City, CA 91604
9781615932146, $22.95,

The Future of Television: Your Guide to Creating TV in the New World provides a fine guide to all forms of television from networks to new media, and is a recommendation for those already working in television who want a specific assessment of its trends and the changing nature of television work down the line. Chapters consider the new stand-alone service of HBO and how it could change the nature of cable TV, digital channels and meetings using television as their platform, how writers should think about games, movies, and their future, and more. Interviews with industry professionals reflect on these changing trends and yet-unseen possibilities alike, making this a fine survey for any interested in media studies in general and the path of television in particular.

The Language Studies Shelf

Flirting With French
William Alexander
Algonquin Books
PO Box 2225, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2225
9781616200206, $15.95,

Flirting with French: How a Language Charmed Me, Seduced Me, and Nearly Broke My Heart offers a lovely, fun memoir by an enthusiast of the French language who here reflects on its ironies and oddities, and is a pick for any collection strong in lively memoirs about language. Alexander loved the French and wanted to learn French - but his journey to France and his attempts to master the language through various means did not come easily. As he embarks on a series of misadventures in the process of learning French, he finds out more about the people and about the language than he anticipated. And whether he ever learns to speak it fluently isn't the actual subject here: it's the journey towards his destination that actually counts. Learning a new language can be the adventure rather than the end result, and Flirting with French chronicles this journey and a love affair that doesn't end with a predictable mastery of the language, but with a deeper understanding of its real roots.

The California Shelf

Antebellum and Civil War San Francisco
Monika Trobits
The History Press
645 Meeting Street, Suite 200, Charleston, SC 29403
9781626194274, $19.99,

Antebellum and Civil War San Francisco: A Western Theater for Northern & Southern Politics is very specific - and, therefore, very satisfying. Unlike most books about San Francisco history, it uses the City's experience as a microcosm of a particular era of U.S. history and events, pairing the experiences of gold rush pioneers with the advent of the Civil War. While few histories consider the City's psyche during this period, this book points out that though it seemed isolated, San Franciscans actually participated in the conflict. Some battled, some extended the Underground Railroad to the City, and some aired political debates in the City. Black and white vintage photos and illustrations of families, individuals, and San Francisco scenes pepper a powerful and unusual survey that should be a 'must' for any authoritative San Francisco early history collection.

San Francisco's Jewel City
Laura A. Ackley
Heyday Books
PO Box 9145, Berkeley, CA 94709
9781507142922, $40.00,

There have been numerous books written about the Panama Pacific International Exposition of 1915 (PPIE), but San Francisco's Jewel City is the 'queen' of them all, packing in rare visuals unavailable elsewhere and pairing this with a close inspection of the history and architectural wonders of an Exposition whose planning began before the 1906 earthquake, and which became a driving force thereafter to represent the City's successful rebuilding and comeback. This definitive work of scholarship is published with the cooperation of the California Historical Society and comes just in time to mark the 2015 celebration of the centennial of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. A century later relatively few relics remain of this extraordinary event - which places San Francisco's Jewel City in a class of its own. The only thing that would have made it better would have been guilt edging - but the real glow lies in the history and images within: a 'must' for any collection covering San Francisco's history.

Donovan's Small Press Highlights

The Blue Planet
Christian Bundagaard and Adam Mork
Oro Editions
9781941806104 $30.00

The Blue Planet: Denmark's National Aquarium at first glance looks to be a specialty title, as it's about Northern Europe's biggest aquarium and is presented in a bilingual English/Danish text; but in reality its subject goes beyond the making of a single public attraction to document Denmark's unique architectural design choices and how these blended with the country's mandate to create a world-class public aquarium inspired by the shape of water in motion.

Thus the concept of a whirlpool of flowing motion is incorporated into the structure itself, as well as a new vision of how an aquarium exhibit seeks to immerse and involve visitors in a dynamic display blending revolutionary architectural style with water world perspectives.

It should be noted that The Blue Planet's chapters come from an architecture critic and philosopher who here works with a photographer to blend visuals with history. From the foundations of general building design and an aquarium's special requirements to how structures integrate with physical landscapes and displays to meld outdoor and indoor environments, this wide-ranging celebration is greater than the sum of its parts.

The Blue Planet is thus more than an architectural story, more than a survey of a natural history exhibit's evolution, and more than an account of the artistry involved in creating a building which looks much like one of Frank Lloyd Wright's futuristic public structures.

Why will this story of one of Denmark's newest buildings interest architecture, arts and natural history holdings around the world? Quite simply because it represents a microcosm of advanced architectural thinking on not only how public places can better serve the public, but how they can be designed to both represent natural surroundings and enhance their purpose through an exceptional design process.

Admittedly, The Blue Planet will be a pick more for architects and designers than the general reading public - and such an audience may expect more in the way of blueprints and drawings rather than the glossy full-page color shots of interiors and exteriors that fuels this presentation. That said, the color shots are very well done, and perfectly capture the flow and style of the entire building: surely a challenge in representing a structure housing many exhibits and an ambitious, even revolutionary design.

Packed with gorgeous interior and exterior shots by photographer Adam Mork, The Blue Planet is a recommendation for architecture and design collections around the world.

Murach's Dreamweaver CC 2014
Zak Ruvalcaba
Mike Murach & Associates
4340 North Knoll Avenue, Fresno, CA 93722
9781890774776 $54.50

With over six hundred pages to its name and backed by the Murach brand name of quality in computer instructional guides, it's no wonder that Murach's Dreamweaver CC 2014 weighs in at the top of the 'recommended' list when it comes to choosing among the host of Dreamweaver how-to guides on the market.

Unlike the 'quick and dirty' guides that promise near-instant competency with quick routines and guidelines, Murach's really takes the time to explore its subject well, providing web designers with not just a hasty overview, but a lesson plan incorporating all the skills needed to master all of Dreamweaver's many tools and functions, whether they be beginning or advanced.

While the book opens with a quick overview of how to apply Dreamweaver's many options, it doesn't stop there (unlike so many others): it reviews the program's strengths which include its ability to generate consistent, top-level HTML and CSS page flows and styles, it reviews professional approaches to using the program for more polished website results, whether the effort involves adding video or making use of its time-saving templates, and it focuses not just on website building, but superior website production.

This translates neatly to an approach that builds in complexity as foundation techniques are learned and more advanced polishing methods are presented. All of the skills focus on standard approaches common to exceptional websites, and all of the approaches teach how to interpret and manipulate code to its best advantage.

While it's a handy reference for any Dreamweaver programmer, it's a special recommendation for students who will want to acquire this to use as a classroom textbook supplement; especially as it provides easy explanations of potentially complex, confusing functions.

Readers seeking a quick overview approach should look elsewhere: while Murach's Dreamweaver CC 2014 provides the basics in introductory chapters, its real advantage lies in a continuation of the novice's lesson plan to explore the real powers of Dreamweaver in applied website settings, and that's what sets this apart from much of the competition.

To Cook is to Love
John Verlinden
Langdon Street Press
9781626525276 $46.99

To Cook is to Love: Nuevo Cuban: Lighter, Healthier Latin Recipes addresses a common problem in Latin cooking: the prevalence of high-fat ingredients which translate to vibrant flavors but make for less healthy dishes. Can the same vibrancy be achieved from modern Cuban cuisine with a better attention to nutrition?

If the focus were just on healthier Cuban cooking, this cookbook would be a draw in and of itself; but To Cook is to Love offers even more: a welcoming collection of cooking secrets interspersed with stories of the author's past and considerations of Cuban history and culture as seen through the eyes of one Mami Aida, who immigrated to the U.S. to raise her family.

Her stories were told to John Verlinden who pairs them here with colorful Cuban illustrations, vintage photos, page edges that hold multi-colored postcard-style images of Cuban culture, and information boxes profiling ingredients, cooking methods, and tips and tricks.

To Cook is to Love thus becomes more than just another Cuban cookbook, a cookbook on healthy Latin fare, or even a memoir of Cuban culture. By blending all these facets into a lovely blend of vintage family photos, original drawings, and pre-revolutionary Cuban memorabilia, it serves as a lively introduction to the country and its peoples.

It's not just another cookbook - but readers looking for the recipes alone will find them easily accessed. And by leaving nothing to guesswork (no prior cooking expertise or familiarity with Cuban ethnicity is presumed), To Cook is to Love succeeds in creating a multi-faceted approach that will satisfy both cooks and those seeking a lively exploration of Cuba's land and culture.

California Coast from the Air
Gary Griggs and Deepika Shrestha Ross
Mountain Press Publishing Company
PO Box 2399, Missoula, MT 59806
9780878426126 $28.00

California Coast from the Air: Images of a Changing Landscape features half-page color photos by Kenneth and Gabrielle Adelman paired with an aerial survey of the state's geology and geography, and represents the photographers' efforts to produce an aerial photographic display of the entire 1,100-mile coastline, the California Coastal Records Project.

Plenty of books on California offer visual surveys of the state: so much so that one could wonder at the need for yet another. There are also other a few other aerial books on the market that take segments of the state (more notably, the major urban areas such as San Francisco ) and provide photographic views.

It should be noted, however, that California Coast from the Air isn't designed to be a glitzy armchair tourist read, but is a serious survey of the natural environment using some 150 of the best photos from a collection of over 100,000 aerial shots.

From coastal dunes and plunging cliffs to the geography of each county in the state, chapters arranged by county and prefaced with color maps provide both photos and text filled with natural and human history.

Without such accompanying text, California Coast from the Air could have found itself competing with more casual aerial photo collections. And without its wide-ranging photo focus on geography and natural history, the text wouldn't come to life as completely or successfully as it does, either.

In the end California Coast from the Air is a fine example of a rare, difficult, and successful marriage between image, geography, and human and natural history, and provides California readers, in particular, with a fine feature enhanced by oceanographer Gary Griggs, architect Deepika Shrestha Ross, and photographers Kenneth and Gabrielle Adelman's diverse areas of expertise.

Urban Remedy
Neka Pasquale, M.S., L.Ac.
Weldon Owen
1045 Sansome Street, Suite 100, San Francisco, CA 94111
9781616288143 $24.95

Urban Remedy: The 4-Day Home Cleanse Retreat is basically a spa in a book, blending a nutritional approach with an activity plan to detox and jump start one's optimum healthy condition. As such, it's recommended reading for any who would undertake a program of better, whole-food-oriented eating for a healthier lifestyle.

Urban Remedy's focus is on creating a spa-like retreat at home that pairs whole-food guidelines with revised routines and actions typical of the kind of whole-body cleansing program that one can expect from an expensive spa.

Yes, there's special equipment and routines involved - so readers unwilling to try alternatives and who seek a quick, easy program might wish to look elsewhere. This provides daily step-by-step instructions for a detox cleansing routine that is specific and detailed, using ancient health principles and mostly raw and vegan recipes to promote a program not just for personal health, but which holds less impact for the planet.

Author Neka Pasquale is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist trained in Chinese nutrition. She runs her own organic food company which specializes in raw, quick meals and snacks, and she created the 4-7-day juice and raw food retreats promoted in her book, a program which she calls 'The Urban Remedy.'

Participants in her retreats describe a sensation of feeling transformed. It's nice to have an inexpensive alternative to such a venture: one that can be done in one's home with just a few special raw food ingredients and a revised attitude towards nutrition.

Key Case Law Rules for Government Contract Formation
Patrick Butler, Lieutenant Colonel
Management Concept Press
8230 Leesburg Pike, Tysons Corner, VA 22182
9781567264470 $89.00

Key Case Law Rules for Government Contract Formation is a specialty reference title directed to government acquisition professionals, and fills a gap in understanding case law and legal decisions as it applies to managing government contracts.

It organizes and explains recent cases by centering on key protest grounds, from pricing issues to government involvement in competition and bidding, and it applies the latest legal decisions to wider issues affecting legal and contracting professionals.

Chapters are arranged by protest grounds and are grouped with paragraphs of legal precedent under key subject headings for quick and easy consultation: this arrangement eliminates the necessity of plowing through some 2,000 pages of legal jargon in the Federal Acquisition Regulation and provides agency managers and legal professionals with at-a-glance resources quickly accessed and just as quickly digested, with all the proper citations attached for further research.

From negotiated procurements processes and small business issues to standards of conduct and alleged bias, Key Case Law Rules for Government Contract Formation documents key language, cites relevant cases, and offers up commentary essential to any federal legal requirements reader in a 'must have' reference for acquisition professionals.

Surrounded by Thunder
Tom Williams
Inspire on Purpose
8501 N. MacArthur #1276, Irving, Texas 75063
9780988753365 $17.99

Surrounded by Thunder: The Story of Darrell Loan and the Rocketmen isn't another survey of astronauts who participated in space programs, but focuses on the rocket scientists who actually helped make these journeys happen. So while it's a recommendation for any collection strong in space science or history; don't expect another 'I was an astronaut' saga here (that's already been overdone): Surrounded by Thunder offers so much more.

Under a different hand, Surrounded by Thunder could have proved overly technical, focusing on the science behind space program history, which also has been done before. But this seeks to capture the atmosphere of the space program in general and Darrell Loan's life and contributions in particular: as such, it's a gathering of vivid insider stories, details about space program engineering history and challenges, and behind-the-scenes stories such as how the Mercury Seven were chosen for their mission. The author conducted extensive interviews with these pioneering scientists to document NASA'S heady, early days; but his provides these details in an unusually lively format accessible to a wide audience.

Each chapter reads with the immediacy and vivid description of fiction, yet packs in a blend of 'you are there' reports from newspapers with interview results and fun truths about snafus and unexpected long-range successes.

While Darrell Loan is the rocket man given specific consideration here, coverage includes a range of events involving a team of rocket men over the history of the world's space programs, placing all of them in proper historical and scientific perspective.

So don't look for the usual story of 'how I became an astronaut' or 'what it was like to walk on the moon.' DO look for a behind-the-scenes expose narrated in an unusually lively style that succeeds in injecting humor and human insights into its blend of history and biographical profiles.

Surrounded by Thunder recently won the coveted gold medal for non-fiction in the 2013 Florida Book Awards: this is a good indicator of its award-winning contents!

From the Yoga Mat to the Corner Office
Yvonne James Furth and Molly Rudberg-Leshnock
Highpoint Executive Publishing
9780989105491 $19.99

From the Yoga Mat to the Corner Office: A Mindful Approach to Business Success achieves something seldom seen elsewhere: a blend of business and yoga mentalities (thinking processes usually at opposite ends of the spectrum) that links new age practices with business objectives.

It's a compendium of easy exercises that teach professionals how to get ahead in the business world by using yoga techniques to help lower stress and increase productivity, and it tailors its approach not to the usual home environment, but to the office.

Is it really possible to achieve mindfulness in a demanding business environment and to redefine intention and perspective through a process of yoga-infused mindful habits and new approaches to business? To use basic yoga exercises (such as stretching) to stretch both mind and personal boundaries for greater business flexibility, creative thinking, and success?

While this may sound either overly complex or too pat, Yoga Mat to the Corner Office is all about drawing specific, direct connections between yoga's processes and business pursuits, and it uses conventional business practices and concepts to pair these daily yoga practices with traditional business demands. Perhaps one reason why this works particularly well here is because the authors are, themselves, successful career women - not just yoga therapists.

Mindful of the busy business person's life, their book presents its concepts in chapters filled with digestible discussions paired with 'how to do it' exercises. This lends particularly well to being able to start and stop chapters as interruptions demand - but handling interruptions by creating space for meditation and relaxation is just a small part of this title's approach; so soon its guidelines should prove even simpler to access.

Mindful thinking at work can lead to better business decisions, more flexibility and creativity, and refined routines that ultimately create a more relaxed, 'take charge' environment. Business readers - especially those already interested in yoga and mindfulness - will find these specific applications an important key to long-term success.

Beyond the Horizon
Werner H. Kraus
Xlibris Corporation
1663 South Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403-5161
9781456822743 $19.99

Beyond the Horizon: Sailing Around the World on "Columbine" has only one prerequisite for complete enjoyment; and that requirement is an overall interest in sailing - whether it be from an armchair or from the captain's chair.

One might think this too obvious to mention, as the book's subtitle includes mention of sailing, but many sailing books are actually not adventure reads but 'how to' treatises - unlike Beyond the Horizon, which details the author's 7 1/2 year circumnavigation of the globe via sailboat, beginning and ending in Hawaii. Yes, there's a good number of tips on how to overcome a range of problems from breakdowns to cultural encounters - but the overall feel is of high adventure, and plenty of action makes this much more than a boat-oriented journey alone, as it voyages into dangerous cultural waters as well.

These descriptions of cultural problems and how they were overcome is as much a part of Kraus's story as the chapters of sailing descriptions. Stories relate navigation challenges in specific locales that range from Alaska to Indonesia, pointing out the importance of good charts, the challenge of sailing through kelp beds, and the cultural intricacies of dating women in Tonga.

Now, finer attention to editing would have solved some minor punctuation and grammar flaws peppered throughout ("This book chronicles the authors 7 1/2 year circumnavigation." and "They all hoped for peace, but it seems, perhaps only on their turns."). While these should be noted, they are actually minor disturbances to the force of the story being told: a satisfying romp through customs, cultural oddities, government encounters sometimes annoying and occasionally frightening.

Expect a gripping first-person sailing yarn replete with odd characters, close encounters, and irksome situations - all of which Werner H. Kraus overcomes with a sailor's flexibility and grace. Any who love accounts of sailing adventures, mishaps, and high seas adventure will relish the lively autobiographical stories and cultural revelations in Beyond the Horizon.

(It should be mentioned that the author's website offers sample text and the book's photographs in color - plus, the option of buying an autographed copy directly from the author.)

New Jump Swing Healthy Aging and Athletic Nutrition Program

Donald "Spiderman" Thomas
Xlibris Corporation
1663 South Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403-5161
9781462884261 $17.63 Paperback $26.99 Hardcover

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New Jump Swing Healthy Aging and Athletic Nutrition Program is a lot of words for a fitness title: enough to warn readers expecting the usual diet approach that, perhaps, this is something different. Add the mention under the author's name that Thomas is a three-times Guinness World Record holder and you have yet another indicator that this won't be a quick, easy read, and is not a recommendation for fitness readers who want a 'miracle program' promising fast results with minimal effort.

Instead it's an unusual dual focus on the author's customized martial arts routines combined with a vegetarian nutrition regimen; so be forewarned: those not already interested in getting involved in such a program should look elsewhere... but then, those who aren't interested in real change involving increased vitality and healthy routines shouldn't be looking in this direction, in general.

The Guinness World Records mentioned are in public speaking, and this talent is reflected in discussions that blend a history of nutritional approaches with a specific health and fitness program pairing the approach of Bruce Lee with some thirty years of research by the author, who delves into sports nutrition and common aging challenges alike.

Thomas (61 yrs old) has been the celebrity chairperson for the American Heart Associations Jump Rope for Heart campaign Hawaii chapter for over 21 years. He has taught and continues to teach his fitness and nutrition program to over 60% of the Hawaii school system including colleges and universities along with most of Hawaii's fitness clubs.

There's a lot of jumping around (so to speak) in this book's topics: readers who want a narrower focus will find the approach broad and demanding. Chapters are packed with wide-ranging discussions, from the dangers of bread and caffeine in energy drinks to selected common barriers to health during the aging process and how to use nutrition and fitness to overcome them. As a Social Security Disability advocate, Thomas knows from first hand experience the end results of not maintaining ones health and fitness.

That's a lot to pack in to some 200 pages - and a lot to digest. It's evident that this program and approach is not for casual readers who would only lightly pursue a course of fitness and nutrition, but for the reader already committed to a blend of vegetarian nutrition, martial arts-enhanced exercise, and change.

Challenging and demanding? You bet. Passionate and well-detailed? Absolutely. Nobody ever said fitness would be an easy pursuit.

Donald "Spiderman" Thomas's specifics are a satisfying alternative to the plethora of 'pop health' books on the market, and are recommended for those already on a similar course (i.e. a vegetarian perspective and attention to personal and planetary health alike) who want more details on how to achieve better, lasting health as the body ages.

American Hospital English (AHE) Picture Book and Pronunciation Guide
Laura Medlin
1663 South Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403-5161
9781493162666 $19.99 Paperback ie=UTF8&qid=1420947680&sr=8-1&keywords=9781493162666

Laura Medlin is a registered nurse who also holds degrees in teaching and humanities, so her unique approach to hospital English and its explanations, American Hospital English (AHE) Picture Book and Pronunciation Guide, comes from both a clinical and linguistics background and provides a rare dual focus that will help any interested in the type of English used in American hospitals.

The intended reader is a non-native speaker of English (whether healthcare professionals or not) and is tailored after a picture-style dictionary format. Each chapter is devoted to one letter of the English alphabet and pairs phonetic spellings, definitions, and sentences with images and symbols specific to many medical profession discussions.

Take the 'L' section, for example: included in the definitions are 'laceration', with a black and white drawing of a knife penetrating an arm, a medical definition, and reference to "Another word for laceration is cut." Words and phases may be as simple as 'legs' (with its one-sentence description "Your legs may feel weak from being in bed for so long.") to 'life support', defined as 'the use of any technique, therapy, or device to assist in sustaining life.'

There are no color illustrations - everything is in black and white, and most of the drawings come from the author.

With each entry offering a phonetic spelling, a definition, and a sample sentence demonstrating usage - all cemented by pictures or symbols - this is a good, specific approach for any interested in American healthcare language and its slang terms: especially for those where English is a second language.

American Hospital English: Word Puzzles and Exercises
Laura Medlin
1663 South Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403-5161
9781479792825 $19.99 ie=UTF8&qid=1420948483&sr=8-1&keywords=9781479792825

American Hospital English: Word Puzzles and Exercises is recommended as a complimentary workbook to American Hospital English (AHE) Picture Book and Pronunciation Guide, and supports the basic approach and principles of the American Hospital English (AHE) Picture Book - so prior familiarity with the first book is almost a requirement.

Here nearly thirty word puzzles support commonly used American hospital English words and terms, include abbreviations, and once again work with the author's line drawings to provide visual cues for understanding.

The difference between this and the first picture book dictionary lies in the fact that American Hospital English: Word Puzzles and Exercises is a reinforcing study that uses simple exercises to reinforce the concepts learned in the original book and re-presented here.

One such puzzle involves a picture and invitation to label major organs; another tackles the neuro system using a crossword puzzle (the puzzle's format is smaller than your usual crossword, so be forewarned).

From using labeling to understanding medical terminology word roots and matching pictures and words centered around a patient's room, information ranges from very simple to complex and presumes readers have little prior familiarity with American hospital English's expressions and medical vocabulary.

ESL students as well as those working with patients for whom English is a second language will find these important keys to absorbing the terminology and descriptions inherent in the American medical system.

How to Write Short Stories That Sell
Jane Bettany
Dormouse Press
Guidemark Publishing Limited
185 Lambourn Drive, Allestree, Derby, DE22 2US
9780957670433 $16.50

Many fiction writers believe they have to start big, with a full novel; but as Jane Bettany demonstrates, they do not. How to Write Short Stories That Sell is all about mastering the short story format, and it covers all the writer's basics that are needed in order to craft not just a short story, but one that is salable.

This is the point that separates How to Write Short Stories That Sell from other writer's guides: while it covers the usual approaches to plot, structure, characterization and description, it also focuses on the editing process and adds important points on sales potential that are often missing from other creative writer's how-to guides.

It pairs description of technique with reinforcing exercises and examples of solid short story writing, it shows how to identify the right markets for a particular type of story and how to submit them to a publication, and (most importantly) it encourages creativity, experimentation, and a deeper attention to understanding the advantages and disadvantages of different short story approaches.

How to Write Short Stories That Sell isn't just about how to write: it's how to produce a superior short story that deserves to be in the public eye. And that's why How to Write Short Stories That Sell, more than many of its competitors, deserves to be in the writer's eye.

Small Change, Big Results
Pat LaDouceur, PhD
Twin Rocks Press
1505 Solano Avenue, Albany, CA 94707
9780990619505 $16.00

Small Change, Big Results: How Simple Actions Can Reshape Your Life is designed for readers with big dreams who want to link these ideals with concrete goal-setting skill sets. While many a book approaches this similar topic with more of an idealistic viewpoint, the goal of Pat LaDoucer, a licensed psychotherapist, is to explore how dreams translate into goals and then reality, and she offers specific tools that can be used to foster such changes.

One might anticipate that these tools would take a good amount of time to learn and employ, but one of the pleasures of Small Change, Big Results is that they are actually quite simple - and backed by the latest scientific research, not idealistic thinking.

It's a process - so don't expect a series of quick stand-alone admonitions, but a succession of tools that interact with each other to form a game plan for identifying and enacting change. Yes, they are easy to learn - but the importance here lies in absorbing the entire process in chapters that reinforce the idea of altering thought patterns to accept the most creative paths possible.

It's a system that promises to reduce feelings of overwhelm and negative stress, and one which is paired with easy reinforcing exercises and 'getting started' tips that take key points and translate them to simple actions.

Readers ready for positive change will find Small Change, Big Results: How Simple Actions Can Reshape Your Life the best place to begin.

Facilitating Early Social Communication Skills: From Theory to Practice
Pamela Rosenthal Rollins, MS, EdD, CCC-SLP
AAPC Publishing
11209 Strang Line Rd., Lenexa, KS 66215
9781937473846 $79.95

Educators, parents and professionals working with young children on the autism spectrum today have plenty of books to choose from; but it wasn't always that way - and the tendency still is to have 'light' advice and approaches over more technical treatises. That's why Facilitating Early Social Communication Skills: From Theory to Practice is a recommended pick for educators who want more than light introductions: it teaches the basics of how to implement an inclusive program for very young children, and it narrows the focus to social communication and language skills.

One author is an associate professor of communication disorders at the University of Texas and Dallas; the other is a certified clinical speech-language pathologist specializing in autism spectrum disorders. Both have extensive experience and credentials and both bring a blend of theory and practice to the table that excels in analytical insights and practical applications.

But all this isn't the best part of this book: the best part is its organization, which includes color diagrams and illustrations throughout and an attention to arranging its advice into units that are quick and easy to digest despite their technical contents.

From facilitating social games among peers and handling small group play activities inside and outside the classroom to developing daily classroom themes, instructional units are not only filled with ideas but are presented in bright, fresh, appealing chapters with sidebars of information and outlines of policies and reminders, all geared for ages 3-5.

The focus on the SCERTS model (Social Communication Emotional Regulation and Transactional Supports) blends with some thirty years of author experience in a developmental program key to working with preschool children both at school and in the home.

It should be noted that an Instructor Manual is available (978193473976) which provides a companion to this textbook, offering instructors specific highlights of chapter contents, project ideas, and early learning basics as it applies to youngsters on the autism spectrum, further enhancing the value of the combined package.

There are plenty of more casual discussions of autism and the education process; but for a specific textbook and workbook approach, Facilitating Early Social Communication Skills: From Theory to Practice is the item of choice.

Whole Body Reboot
Manual Villacorta, MS, RD
Health Communications Inc.
3201 S.W. 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442-8190
9780757318214 $18.95

Whole Body Reboot: The Peruvian Superfoods Diet to Detoxify, Energize, and Supercharge Fat Loss presents the third book covering author Manual Villacorta's Peruvian super foods diet plan, and provides simple explanations of how this particular diet plan ties in with anti-aging and disease-fighting ideas.

Its presentation lies somewhere between a recipe book, a diet plan, and a health survey and is directed to any who want to lose weight for optimum results - but because its focus is on 'detox', this of necessity means a regimen designed to first rid the body of toxins - and we're talking a rigorous effort that many won't want to follow. Luckily, there are options - and some of them involve more reboot than detox in a gentler, more achievable approach than living on a minimum of food for an entire week.

It should also be mentioned that access to a good health food store for ingredients such as tempeh, kiwicha, chia seeds, seitan and more is practically a requirement for using the recipes herein - which might leave out residents in rural areas or smaller towns.

On the plus side, there are gorgeous color photos accompanying all dishes, sidebars of at-a-glance ingredients lists, assembly methods that don't take a rocket scientist to achieve, and an attention to using the Peruvian superfoods approach to enhance energy and encourage weight loss.

Not for the casual dieter or faint of heart, Whole Body Reboot is a recommendation for readers and cooks serious about embarking on a rigorous program of health, and promises a well-seasoned reference that links superfoods use and management to a healthier lifestyle.

Reboots are, by definition, not simple affairs; nor is the detox process. The methodical approach presented here is designed to redefine health and create entirely new approaches to eating. Readers who consider this a program rather than a recipe collection will be the happiest with Manual Villacorta's comprehensive approach.

Secrets of Safety-Net Parenting
Leon Scott Baxter
Dumbest Genius Books
9781500919443 $12.99

Secrets of Safety-Net Parenting: Raising Happy and Successful Children - The Common Denominator competes nicely with other child-rearing books by tackling a universal desire most parents hold for their children: to raise happy, successful kids. The difference between this approach and others lies in its identification of 'secrets' to such parenting that identifies the common denominator among various child-rearing styles from families selected for feature in this book.

It also lies in the fact that author Leon Scott Baxter is not just a parent, but a 'relationship guru' whose background as a teacher and interaction with numerous families created a set of practical strategies that can be applied to common problems from toddlers through teen years.

Here happiness is equated directly to success, blending personal anecdotes and humor with details on how the 'safety-netting' process works. Using such an approach, parents allow their children to experiment to experience both success and failure, and serve as a 'safety net' to prevent complete crashing.

This approach may not delight the type of parent who views their role as one of guiding a child so that failure is minimized, but it will involve parents who realize that in order for a child to recognize success, experiencing failure is valuable. What's left is controlling the depth of that failure experience - which is what 'safety-net parenting' is all about.

It would have been all too easy for Secrets of Safety-Net Parenting to degenerate into a set of ideals; but the fact that it focuses on concrete, applied strategies through a series of examples gleaned from various family experiences, added to the author's own background as a parent and teacher, makes this a realistic approach that parents will wish to consider.

A Monk in the Bee Hive
Skye Ann Louise Taylor
Logosophia, LLC
90 Oteen Church Road, Ashville, NC 28805
9780981575773 $16.00

Beekeeping and Buddhism are not ordinarily two pursuits mentioned under the same cover; but then, A Monk in the Bee Hive: A Short Discourse on Bees, Monks and Sacred Geometry is neither spiritual discourse alone nor natural history survey; but lies somewhere in the shadowy realm between the two.

Perhaps this will be the most difficult part of its marketing process, too: the fact that spirituality readers typically don't receive in-depth accounts of beekeeping, while nature readers looking for details on managing bees will find A Monk in the Bee Hive is more than a nature story.

Instead, it's a story of author Skye Ann Louise Taylor's meditative explorations which center around nature in general and connections to the sacred world of something she calls "the great bee".

Now, the concepts of 'sacred queens' or 'holy drones' may prove far-fetched to the ordinary beekeeper; but to new age audiences, it's an intriguing vehicle for exploring the world using images and ideas of bees as the foundation for personal insight and spiritual exploration. Under this approach, something as basic as observing a queen bee's lure and size translates neatly into deeper lessons on life that blend beekeeper actions and their consequences with larger explorations.

As the author learns how to work with and handle bees, so she gains not just confidence but insights on how the world of the hive works in response to human attitudes as well as internal processes: "Since then I have never worn a veil or globes, but I am slow and careful with these wild ones, these lovely honey bees. To get close to beauty, sometimes you just have to take a risk."

From the unnatural drives of the industrial beekeeping business and its relentless compulsion for 'bigger and better' to the origins of alienation, A Monk in the Bee Hive moves deftly from a serious of personal, introspective reflections to larger social issues: "With the loss of this relationship comes a loss of caring. We tend to care for what comforts us. When what comforts us becomes a gizmo rather than a landscape, then, looking at that landscape, our mind mines it for parts to make our gizmo with. We stop caring about the landscape, we no longer see it whole. We are sniffling for the parts."

While hard to neatly define and categorize, the most likely happy reader of this evocative, spiritual and philosophical natural history will be the new age reader with a prior interest in bees, Buddhist thinking, or both. Such an audience will appreciate the deeply reflective, yet accessible, blend of thought and interaction with nature that makes up this exceptional, delicate dance between beekeeper and bee.

Avoiding the Dodgeballs... at Work
E. Marie
4900 LaCross Rd., North Charleston, SC 29406
9781484033951 Paperback -$14.95 Kindle - $2.99

Avoiding the Dodgeballs... at Work: A Young Woman's Guide to Succeeding at a First Job tackles a topic normally buried in wider-ranging career guides: how to dodge typical problems that affect young women as they embark on their first climb up the business ladder. It's directed to entry-level female employees or supervisors and it outlines the exact nature of these common obstacles and how to either avoid them entirely or work with them.

One might anticipate that the major problem involves harassment or prejudices - and indeed these underlie many of the issues - but the pleasure of this coverage lies in its candid discussions of office politics and problems that range from gossip to demotions and confrontations both with peers and superiors.

Chapters display questions and answers from the fictional 'Katie', the perfect example of a new employee fielding her first obstacles, and use her responses as a foundation for exploring everything from fringe benefits and how they are applied to identifying both the mindset and processes of different kinds of supervisors, managing or coping with not only one's own time but the work of supervisors and peers, and avoiding coworkers who create toxic environments.

While many of these issues may seem to skirt the edges of common-sense thinking more than business savvy, it's important to note the audience for Avoiding the Dodgeballs: the new grad student, the entry-level worker, or the female facing her first obstacles on her first job. This audience is unlikely to receive such insights from anywhere other than this book and the school of hard knocks: and given the choice between the two, Avoiding the Dodgeballs should win hands down.

Add in some black and white cartoon embellishments and a format which is chatty yet information, breaking topics into segments and visuals and making them readable and easy to understand, and you have a guide which should be in every women's issues or business and career collection.

Keep Out of Reach of Children
Mark A. Largent
Bellevue Literary Press
NYU School of Medicine
550 First Avenue, OBV A 612, New York NY 10016
9781934137888 $19.95

Keep Out of Reach of Children: Reye's Syndrome, Aspirin, and the Politics of Public Health discusses a syndrome identified in 1963 as a rare condition that affected healthy children just recovering from minor illnesses: one that led to death in half the cases, or left survivors permanently disabled.

Many theories revolved around its causes before a Centers for Disease Control study linked the syndrome to something quite common in the medicine cabinet: aspirin. Widespread warnings were issued against pediatric aspirin, but before this explanation was fully researched, Reye's syndrome vanished.

Keep Out of Reach of Children is the first book to discuss this syndrome, its progression, and the scientific and social influences on both its investigation, publicity, and health policy actions. While its history of Reye's is unique, perhaps this book's most important and wider-ranging value lies in its discussion of how public health policies are formed and influenced.

Author Mark A. Largent is a medical historian whose expertise lies in examining how medicine interacts with business, politics, and public health entities and interests: his background lends to a discussion that assimilates information from all these interests and brings them together under one cover in the course of an investigation into a puzzling condition.

It joins others in the Bellevue Literary Press pathographies series that consider how disease affects populations both from a medical and a cultural perspective, and it provides close inspection of the aspirin industry's processes and responses, controversies revolving around treatments of and research into Reye's syndrome, and how the politics of public health management can at times work against the very populations it's charged with protecting.

All this contributes to a discussion that is far more than a story of parental interests or threats to children's health. While its title may attract parents concerned about their children, the true audience for Keep Out of Reach of Children isn't just for parents, but is a recommendation for any concerned with public health management, research studies, aspirin and its management, or the processes of intervention, protection, and research that dictate the choices of public health as a whole.

What's Your Anger Type?
Dr. Peter Andrew Sacco
Doctorzed Publishing
10 Vista Ave, Skye 5072 South Australia
eBook: 9780980836196 $6.99 ?ie=UTF8&qid=1421525296&sr=8-1&keywords=9780980836196&pebp=1421525107167&pea sin=B004GNECYW

There are so many books on anger management on the market today that one might wonder how What's Your Anger Type? stands out from the crowd; especially since it first appeared in 2010 and has been on the market for a while.

It's important, therefore, to note that this book comes with some authority attached: first of all, it's not a single individual's story of how they conquered their anger, but comes from a psychology professor who already has a number of self-help psychology books to his name, as well as television shows that address various topics.

This book is directed to angry individuals who want a clearer explanation of how thoughts are linked to anger, and anger to choice and action, and provides a discussion that identifies different types of anger habits, their motivations and expressions, and how each may be managed.

This sets What's Your Anger Type? apart from others because it doesn't make the presumption that anger is one emotion in and of itself, but shows how different expressions of anger and different circumstances surrounding these expressions influence the choices of preference, for better or for worse. Thus, the act of managing anger becomes more directly linked to the process of learning to recognize its sources and trigger points in order to provide a better course of action for directing its results.

Chapters make some important connections between these different kinds of anger choices and the psychology of individuals who reflect them: "Having worked with individuals with passive-aggressive anger, I've noticed one particularly interesting trait that most possess: their inability to get what they really want in life."

Active listening is encouraged and various methods for using it are detailed, while different audiences are considered when analyzing the origins, impact and results of anger ("The best parents are those who recognize they are both part of the problem and part of the solution when they have kids with anger-management problems.").

All this is narrated using a chatty first-person tone blending the authority of a psychologist with the educational approach of a professor.

The result is an accessible discussion that neatly compliments many others on the topic, providing a specific game plan for better understanding different types of anger and the management processes they involve.

The Fans' Love Story Encore
Sue Tabashnik
Passion Spirit Dreams Press
Walled Lake, Michigan
9780989408608 $18.95

The Fans' Love Story ENCORE: How the Movie Dirty Dancing Captured the Hearts of Millions! is a 2013 edition vastly expanded from the original 2010 appearance (to that point that 95% is brand new material, making this, for the most part, a new book) and includes new tributes, photos, and interviews that carry on the theme of being a tribute to the movie Dirty Dancing.

Of course, this means that an immediate prerequisite is a prior familiarity with the movie and an existing affection (perhaps even an infatuation) with its characters, plot, and dancing. Those with such feelings will find this celebratory text packed with behind-the-scenes information on the producers, stars, and film team that includes an in-depth interview from producer Linda Gottlieb about its making, interviews and photos with story consultant and dancer Jackie Horner, and more.

There are exclusive set photos, there are insider tidbits of tantalizing information (and for more details, you'll just have to read The Fans' Love Story ENCORE), and a portion of the proceeds from this book's sale will be donated to the Patrick Swayze Pancreas Cancer Research Fund at Stanford.

With such motivations for enjoyment in mind, pre-existing fans will find this satisfying even if they have much familiarity with the film and its production.

Chapters offer articles and interviews from various individuals involved in the film, they pair black and white with color photos throughout, and they cover everything from dancing challenges and experts involved in specific scenes to how producers and actors become part of Dirty Dancing and, later, the cult attractions it fostered.

Any involved in the film-making industry will find this coverage leaves little to the imagination: even the experiences of extras - something typically omitted from film history books - are included.

Film history as well as general-interest collections will find this a fascinating, specific overview of not just how the movie was made, but the process whereby it was marketed to eventually reach millions of enthusiasts.

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