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Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Audiobook Shelf Computer Shelf
Needlecraft Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Business Shelf
Political Science Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf Cookbook Shelf
Fashion Shelf Art Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf
Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf Photography Shelf Education Shelf
American History Shelf World History Shelf Social Issues Shelf
Women's Studies Shelf Music Shelf Science Shelf
Technology Shelf Language Studies Shelf Metaphysical Studies Shelf
Nautical Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf Railroading Shelf
Military Shelf Native American Studies Shelf Marriage Shelf
Biography Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf Woodworking Shelf
Gaming Shelf Christian Studies Shelf Judaic Studies Shelf
Gun Shelf Travel Shelf Architecture Shelf
Self-Help Shelf Library CD Shelf Library DVD Shelf
Graphic Novel Shelf Crafts Shelf Memoir Shelf
Literary Studies Shelf Psychology Shelf Mathematics Shelf
Environmental Studies Shelf Autism Shelf Jobs/Careers Shelf
Folktale/Fairytale Shelf Mythology Shelf Humor Shelf

Reviewer's Choice

Getting Older Better
Pamela Blair
Hampton Roads
c/o Red Wheel/Weiser/Conari
665 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
9781571747037, $18.95,

"Getting Older Better: The Best Advice Ever on Money, Health, Creativity, Sex, Work, Retirement, and More" by holistic psychotherapist, spiritual counselor, and personal coach Pamela Blair is a 272 page guide comprised of practical advice in essay formats for women in the 'Boomer' generation covering more than one hundred topics and issues ranging from health, sexual libido, memory, and friendship, to dealing with the death of parents, the onset of widowhood, parenting adult children, and retirement. Informed and informative, "Getting Older Better: The Best Advice Ever on Money, Health, Creativity, Sex, Work, Retirement, and More" features practical and motivational ideas, suggestions, guidance for keeping a daily journal, and inspirational quotations from women on and about women's issues. Very highly recommended reading, it should be noted that "Getting Older Better: The Best Advice Ever on Money, Health, Creativity, Sex, Work, Retirement, and More" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).

Soar! Follow Your Dreams
June Cotner
Andrews & McMeel
1130 Walnut Street
Kansas City, MO 64106-2109
9781449449728 $12.99

Soar! Follow Your Dreams is a pocket-sized hardcover brimming with enlightening and inspirational anecdotes from writers, celebrities, and successful public figures. Each passage is brief, yet all of them have a common theme of bravely and joyfully making the most of one's life. Soar! can be experienced in short bursts or all at once, and makes an excellent giftbook. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

Sand, Smoke, Current
Robert Vander Lugt
Wiseblood Books
PO Box 11612, Milwaukee, WI 53211-0612
9780615893259 $12.00

Award-winning author Robert Vander Lugt presents Sand Smoke, Current, an anthology of short stories set in the Midwest, a land known for its long winters punctuated by brief, vibrant bursts of spring, summer, and autumn. Populated with ordinary, salt-of-the-earth people who grapple with both common, practical problems and the far-reaching big questions, Sand, Smoke, Current has a lyrical, muse-like quality to its everyday for the everyman narratives. Highly recommended.

Find Out Anything from Anyone, Anytime
James O. Pyle & Maryann Karinch
Career Press
220 West Parkway, Unit 12, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
9781601632982, $15.99,

Find Out Anything from Anyone, Anytime: Secrets of Calculated Questioning from a Veteran Interrogator belongs in self-help, business and reference collections alike, and offers keys to asking the right questions that get the best information. From identifying good questioning techniques and how to avoid the wrong questions to controlling conversations and gaining expertise, this comes from a strategic debriefer who has been training other interrogators and debriefers, and who here offers special skills and focus not commonly addressed. A 'must' for any reference collection!

David McAdams
W. W. Norton & Company
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110
9780393239676, $26.95,

Game-Changer: Game Theory and the Art of Transforming Strategic Situations comes from a university professor who uses the foundations of game theory and explains, for lay audiences, how it works both within and outside the gaming industry. Real-world examples follow the concepts of game-awareness and its wider-ranging applications, while gamers receive clear notes on how game theory is used within the gaming environment. This wider-ranging discussion moves from such a field to military, business, and social applications, considering how gaming strategies work in the real world and how game-awareness changes lives. Any who would understand game theory or strategy will find this a fine starting point for understanding.

The Audiobook Shelf

Jacob's Room
Virginia Woolf, author
Juliet Stevenson, narrator
Naxos of America, Inc.
1810 Columbia Avenue, Suite 28
Franklin, TN 37064
9781843797685 $41.98 CD / $28.00 digital

Jacob's Room is the unabridged audiobook adaptation of Virginia Woolf's classic novel about the life of a young man in the shadow of the Great War (World War I). Written in a dynamic style that captures the chaos of interactions between the many people connected to Jacob's life, Jacob's Room is both about the travails of the individual, and the drastic transformation of his entire world. As captivating today as it was during its first publication almost a century ago (in 1922), Jacob's Room is an choice addition to public and college library literary audiobook collections. 6 CDs, 6 hours 51 min.

The Thousand Names
Django Wexler
Recorded Books, LLC
270 Skip Jack Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
C02663, $123.75,

The first volume of author Django Wexler's 'The Shadow Campaigns' trilogy, "The Thousand Names" is a superbly produced, 22.25 hour, 18 disc, unabridged audio book production deftly narrated by the multi-voiced talents of Richard Poe. The story follows Winter Ihernglass, a rank and file soldier whose secret is that she is female in a man's world, and Captain Marcus d'Ivore, commander of the Vordani empire's colonial garrison populated by men as a form of punishment or demotion. With the arrival of a new commander, Colonel Janus bet Vhalnich, along with a host of fresh-faced and inexperienced troops, the adventure begin. The battles are cliff-hanger thrillers, the enemy one of religious fanaticism, the ancient powers of an ancient land prove to be all too real. A superbly crafted story brought vividly to life in a true 'theatre of the mind' experience that is the proven hallmark of Record Books productions, "The Thousand Names" is very highly recommended and will leave listeners looking eagerly toward the next installment of 'The Shadow Campaigns' trilogy. It should be noted that "The Thousand Names" is also available in an eAudio edition (Z06671, $109.00) and a Playaway edition (522548, $67.75).

London's Last True Scoundrel
Christina Brooke, author
Elizabeth Wiley, narrator
Tantor Media, Inc.
2 Business Park Road, Unit 2
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
9781494500511 $42.99

Book 1 in Christina Brooke's Westruthers series, London's Last True Scoundrel is the unabridged audiobook of a steamy hot love affair. When the carefree, roguish, and death-defying Jonathon Westruther, Earl of Davenport, crosses paths with a straight-as-an-arrow schoolteacher Miss Hilary deVere, he can't stop thinking about her. His past may put her in danger, but she will take almost any risk to escape living with her uncouth brothers. She believes that her desire to find a proper, respectable husband immunizes her against Westruther's rakish charms... or does it? A sensuous story of temptation and the drive to succeed despite the restraints of a stratifies society, London's Last True Scoundrel is a savory treat for connoisseurs of erotic romance. 9 CDs, 11 hours.

Destroyer Angel
Nevada Barr, author
Barbara Rosenblat, narrator
Macmillan Audio
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315
New York, NY 10010
9781427235480 $39.99

Destroyer Angel is the unabridged audiobook rendition of the latest novel in Nevada Barr's award-winning mystery series starring U.S. Park Services ranger Anna Pigeon. When Anna goes on an autumn camping trip in the Iron Range of upstate Minnesota with her friends and their teenage daughters, the experience turns perilous when heavily armed thugs take the others captive. On her own, Anna has only two days to achieve a rescue before her kidnapped friends are executed or flown out of the country. Destroyer Angel keeps the listener on the edge of their seat to the very end! 9 CDs, 11.5 hours.

The Prince of Risk: A Novel
Christopher Reich
Random House Audio Books
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 5th floor, New York, NY 10019
9780307943552, $45.00,

The Prince of Risk: A Novel is narrated by Paul Michael and provides the powerful story of a New York hedge fund manager, Bobby Astor who seeks the truth when his father is murdered. Moments before his death his father sent him a puzzling text message: now it's the only thing Bobby has left - and it's the key to trouble. From his ex-wife to a successful FBI special agent on the trail of terrorists, Bobby finds himself well in over his head, in a world where business connections and hedge fund managers mean nothing. Add a foreign conspiracy and you have a thriller that springs to life in audio under Paul Michael's seasoned voice.

The Computer Shelf

Windows 8.1 for Dummies
Andy Rathbone
For Dummies
c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9781118821213, $24.9,

Windows 8.1 is an update of the Windows 8 operating system. First unveiled and released as a public beta in June 2013, it was released to manufacturing on August 27, 2013, and reached general availability on October 17, 2013, almost a year after the retail release of its predecessor. Windows 8.1 is available as a free update for existing Windows 8 and Windows RT users via Windows Store, but unlike the service packs of previous versions of Windows, it is not distributed through Windows Update, and users who obtained 8 outside of retail copies or pre-loaded installations (i.e. volume licensing) must obtain 8.1 through new installation media from their respective subscription or enterprise channel. According to Microsoft's software life cycle policies, installation of Windows 8.1 is required to maintain access to Windows 8's mainstream support after January 12, 2016. "Windows 8.1 For Dummies" by Windows operating system expert Andy Rathbone is a 432 page instruction manual that will enable Windows 8.1 users to launch apps from the Start screen; send e-mail and link to social media accounts; create music playlists, watch videos, and organize photos; troubleshoot commonly encountered problems; customize the desktop, user accounts, hardware and gadget settings; and more. Also available in a Kindle edition ($8.99), "Windows 8.1 For Dummies" is thoroughly 'user friendly' from first page to last, and an invaluable reference guide for Windows 8.1 users.

The Book Of F#
Dave Fancher
No Starch Press
38 Ringold Street, San Francisco, CO 94103-4403
9781593275525, $44.95,

"The Book of F#: Breaking Free with Managed Functional Programming" by software developer Dave Fancher is a 312 page instruction manual on utilizing F# to successfully create succinct, reliable, and predictable computer code. Those new to F# will learn how to use currying, partial application, and delegation; streamline type creation and safety with record types and discriminated unions; the role of collection types and modules for handling data sets effectively; the use of pattern matching to decompose complex types; make software more responsive; and a great deal more. Informed, informative, and thoroughly 'user friendly' in both content and presentation, "The Book of F#: Breaking Free with Managed Functional Programming" is very highly recommended for personal, professional, academic, and community library Computer Science instructional and reference collections. It should be noted that "The Book of F#: Breaking Free with Managed Functional Programming" is also available in a Kindle edition ($28.76).

Being Agile
Leslie Ekas and Scott Will
IBM Press
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
9780133375626, $34.99,

Being Agile: Eleven Breakthrough Techniques to Keep You from "Waterfalling Backward" outlines eleven techniques to keep agile teams from falling back into old, non-agile habits, and is a recommendation for software and business collections alike. From building the kinds of teams that engage stakeholders to overcoming multitasking issues and deploying software that is ready to go for the user, chapters cover the basics of using agility structures to move beyond traditional software development strategies. Addressing root causes of common problems is just one of the many themes tackled in a workbook specific to interacting in the agile environment.

The Needlecraft Shelf

Embroidery & Patchwork Revisited
Janice Vaine
Landauer Corporation
3100 NW 101st Street, Suite A
Urbandale, Iowa 50322
9781935726517 $27.95

Embroidery & Patchwork Revisited: An Illustrated Guide to Hand Stitching uses color photographs and extensively detailed, step-by-step line diagrams to teach 19 basic stitches, which can be applied to practice projects, patterns for blocks, stitch combinations, and embroidery motifs. A user-friendly instructional guide designed expressly for needlecrafters of all skill and experience levels, Embroidery & Patchwork Revisited is a wonderful repository of inspiration, ideas drawn from classic quits and time-honored hand embroidery, and creative flair. Highly recommended!

New Fangled Piecing: Faster & Easier
Cathy Busch
American Quilter's Society
PO Box 3290, Paducah, KY 42002-3290
9781604601084, $24.95,

A quilt is a type of blanket, traditionally composed of 3 layers of fiber: a woven cloth top, a layer of batting or wadding and a woven back, combined using the technique of quilting. A quilt is distinguishable from other types of blankets because it is pieced together with several pieces of cloth. "Quilting" refers to the technique of joining at least two fabric layers by stitches or ties. In most cases, two fabric layers surround a middle layer of batting (cotton, polyester, silk, wool or combinations of fibers) which is a lighter, insulating layer. The most decorative fabric surface is called the "top", and is the design focus. A single piece of fabric (a "wholecloth quilt") may be used as the top, or the top may be "pieced" from smaller fabric pieces. Sewing together smaller pieces of fabric into a larger patchwork "block" of fabric creates the basic unit. "New Fangled Piecing: Faster & Easier" is a 96 page instructional compendium provides four simple strategies to speed up the piecing process in a whole new way and cut down on how long it takes to sew the quilt top so you can have more time to either quilt the top or piece another one. Needlecrafters can utilize 13 different construction techniques to make replacement units to speed the sewing along and make any or all of the eleven fun quilt projects showcased in "New Fangled Piecing: Faster & Easier" -- or simply take these new tools and find their own piecing bliss. Informed, informative, and thoroughly 'user friendly' from beginning to end, "New Fangled Piecing: Faster & Easier" is very highly recommended for personal and community library Needlecraft reference collections.

SixthandSpring Books
161 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 1301
NY, NY 10013

Nicky Epstein's SIGNATURE SCARVES: DAZZLING DESIGNS TO KNIT (9781936096688, $19.95) uses the author's innovations to present traditional simple scarves with colorful embellishments, and provides some 30 scarves in a range of styles. From felting and Fair Isle to florals and striking patterns, this offers patterns for beginners and advanced knitters alike, and pairs patterns with colorful images throughout. Any knitter looking for creative inspiration for scarves will welcome this coverage! Laura Zander's STITCH MOUNTAIN: 30 WARM KNITS FOR CONQUERING THE COLD (9781936096671, $19.95) pairs lovely color photos by Brad Swonetz with some thirty cold-weather knits inspired by winter garments from celebrities, and is a wonderful survey for any who would choose contemporary knit designs for winter fare. Essays on knitting and winter sports accompany fiber guides, knitting techniques, and special designs geared to the coldest of weather. The result is a fine collection perfect for any knitter looking for something different. Debbie Bliss's CREATIVE CABLES (9781936096589, $24.95) uses yarns from the Debbie Bliss Rialto Yarns collection and designs selected by Bliss from some of the top designers in the field to provide a fine collection based on cabling. Sweaters, pullovers, dresses and more all include step-by-step color photos, a color sidebar of measurements, materials and gauges, a stitch glossary, and more, and provide an excellent workbook of the entire cabling technique. The result is a wonderful collection packed with cable designs and unique, innovative applications perfect for yarn workers looking for something different and specific.

Martingale & Company
19021 Avenue NE, Bothell, WA 98011

Kristin Roylance's CUTE QUILTS FOR KIDS (9781604682564, $22.99) is for any who would make quilts for babies and toddlers, and features nine patterns and projects that create appealing designs kids will love, from colorful butterflies to dinosaurs. There are applique and other techniques imparted in a series of projects beginners can immediately use, and the focus on dimensional quilts that intrigue kids makes for a welcoming collection of new ideas. The result is a project collection that will delight kids as well adult quilters seeking something different. Kay Connors and Karen Earlywine's CANDY STORE AND MORE; 1930S QUILTS MADE NEW (9781604663332, $26.99) provides some 10 new quilt designs based on 1930s classics, using patterns and quilts from old newspapers to provide inspiration for new designs written for today's techniques. From patchwork to embroidery and using rickrack, this offers keys to applying full-sized applique patterns to projects at all skills levels, and creates an outstanding collection perfect for those who want new designs based on old ideas. Karen M. Burns compiles KITCHEN STITCHES: SEWING PROJECTS TO SPICE UP YOUR HOME (9781604684032, $26.99), a fine collection of some 17 designs from various crafters who provide kitchen projects ranging from aprons and towel sets to place mats. The focus on kitchen-oriented, useful designs assures that needleworkers have colorful projects to undertake that add useful items to the home - not knickknacks - and are accompanied by color photos and patterns throughout. Stacey Trock's MODERN BABY CROCHET: PATTERNS FOR DECORATING, PLAYING, AND SNUGGLING (9781604683394, $22.99) is packed with crochet ideas for a baby, and are directed to beginning crocheters who want to complete successful projects for baby boys and girls. Over twenty easy patterns perfect for a baby shower accompany designs ranging from blankets to stuffed animals and mobiles and toys. With its colorful creations, this is a perfect pick for newcomers to crochet who want to enjoy gift-giving ideas. ALL ABOUT KNITTING (9781604684346, $22.99) provides a comprehensive book packed with details on knitting, from the first process of casting on to undertaking an actual project - of which some 20 are featured, here. There's step-by-step coverage using both color photos and written word, there are full page photos of completed projects, and there's plenty of information beginners will relish. Any collection seeking just one basic knitting handbook should look no further than this fine guide.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Ytasha L. Womack
Lawrence Hill Books
c/o Independent Publishers Group (dist.)
814 North Franklin Street
Chicago, IL 60610
9781613747964 $16.95

Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture examines this storytelling phenomenon - science fiction and fantasy that integrates not only characters who are people of color, but also cultural aspects that differ from the mainstream WASP way of life, or even dare to redefine modern concepts of black culture. "Afrofuturism" is a broad term to encompass these original works in multiple media formats, including literature, cinema, music, and art. Author Ytasha L. Womack explores individual Afrofuturist works including the sci-fi literature of Samuel Delany, Octavia Butler, and N.K. Jemisin to multimedia artists inspired by African Dogon myths and Egyptian deities, to sci-fi and fantasy narratives draw upon the history and narrative of slavery, and much more. Afrofuturism is an excellent, welcome contribution to literary and cultural studies collections.

To Sail a Darkling Sea
John Ringo
Baen Books
PO Box 1188, Wake Forest NC 27588
9781476736211, $25.00,

To Sail a Darkling Sea is set in a world where survivors of the apocalypse battle zombies - a world where human civilization has been annihilated by a zombie plague and a group of youths and survivors struggle to remain free, human, and alive. Here Wolf Squadron must take on a new challenge: to clear an assault carrier of the infected before its trapped sailors die off. And then there's the battle for humanity itself...Swift action accompanies a satisfying series of confrontations at the end of the world and will involve any interested in apocalyptic or zombie stories.

What Makes This Book So Great?
Jo Walton
c/o Tor/Forge Books
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
9780765331939, $26.99,

What Makes This Book So Great comes from a Hugo and Nebula award winner who is one of the most critically acclaimed science fiction and fantasy authors of our times. This book gathers a range of something different: her blogs about the classics she re-read. Her posts have been one of the most popular features of, and having them under one cover provides a rich history of the genre and its best works. Some 130 essays offer her thoughts about the past and present of fantasy and science fiction works, and offers critical reflection on everything from series science fiction to individual titles. It doesn't even matter if you've read the books or not: this collection offers plenty of food for thought and lovely description - enough to compel science fiction lovers to expand their boundaries and reading lists!

The Business Shelf

The Handbook Of International Trade And Finance, third edition
Anders Grath
Kogan Page USA
1518 Walnut Street, Suite 1100, Philadelphia, PA 19102
9780749469542, $80.00,

More and more American businesses and entrepreneurial enterprises are seeking to profit in international markets. Now in a thoroughly updated and revised third edition, financier Anders Grath draws upon his more than twenty years of experience and expertise in international trade within several major European financial institutions to expertly author "The Handbook of International Trade and Finance: The Complete Guide for International Sales, Finance, Shipping and Administration", a 240 page instruction guide specifically designed for those new to the field. Informed and informative, ""The Handbook of International Trade and Finance" covers a number of topics ranging from trade risks and risk assessment; export credit insurance: methods of payment; to trade and project finance alternatives; bonds, guarantees and standby letters of credit; structured terms of payment; currency exposure and risk management. Enhanced with a glossary of terms and abbreviations, as well as a comprehensive index, ""The Handbook of International Trade and Finance" is strongly recommended for professional, corporate, community, and academic library International Business reference collections. It should be noted that "The Handbook of International Trade and Finance: The Complete Guide for International Sales, Finance, Shipping and Administration" is also available in a Kindle edition ($55.99).

Deduct It!: Lower Your Small Business Taxes, tenth edition
Stephen Fishman, J.D.
Nolo Press
950 Parker Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
9781413319217, $34.99,

Every small business enterprise must deal with the issue of local, state, and federal taxes. Now in a newly revised and completely updated tenth edition, "Deduct It!: Lower Your Small Business Taxes" by tax expert Stephen Fishman is a superbly well organized and presented, 544 page, 'user friendly' instruction manual covering every aspect of small business taxation including deductions for start-up and operating expenses; travel, meals and entertainment; home offices (including new IRS rules); health care; equipment and inventory, and so much more. Offering a wealth of information, tips, strategies, legal forms, and FAQs, "Deduct It!: Lower Your Small Business Taxes" should be considered essential reading and an invaluable reference for all small business owners and entrepreneurs! Very highly recommended for community library Business & Finance reference collections, it should be noted that "Deduct It!: Lower Your Small Business Taxes" is also available in a Kindle edition ($19.24).

Niraj Dawar
Harvard Business School Press
60 Harvard Way, Boston, MA 02163
9781422187173, $28.00,

"Tilt: Shifting Your Strategy from Products to Customers" by Niraj Dawar (Professor of Marketing, Ivey Business School, Canada & Hong Kong) is a 240 page compendium of practical information designed to enable business managers to profit in today's volatile and highly competitive market place whether it is local, regional, national, or international. Of special relevance is are the chapters devoted to 'Busting Myths in the Marketplace Wars'; 'Understanding Why Downstream Competitive Advantage is Sustainable'; and 'Tilting Your Strategy and Organization'. Informed and informative, practical and 'real world' oriented, enhanced with extensive Notes and a comprehensive Index, "Tilt: Shifting Your Strategy from Products to Customers" is a highly recommended addition to corporate, community, and academic library Business Management reference collections and should be considered mandatory reading for anyone with a managerial responsibility for customer relations and policy planning.

How to Work for an Idiot
John Hoover, PhD
Career Press
220 West Parkway, Unit 12, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
9781601631916, $15.99,

How to Work for an Idiot: Survive & Thrive Without Killing Your Boss has been revised and expanded to include more scenarios revolving around 'idiot' personality types who wind up as business leaders, and how to handle them. Any who want to overcome obstacles thrown up by such idiots will find this a powerful survey packed with even more keys to overcoming cluelessness. From malicious leaders to those who genuinely don't have a clue how business or interpersonal relationships operate, this covers all kinds of personalities and offers many real-world strategies for handling them in an exceptional read recommended for any business reader.

Crown Business
c/o The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 17th floor, New York, NY 10019

Alexa Von Tobel, CFP's FINANCIALLY FEARLESS: THE LEARNVEST PROGRAM FOR TAKING CONTROL OF YOUR MONEY (9780385347617, $19.99) provides a fine financial planning guide from the founder and CEO of one of the leading websites for financial planning, and here promotes her LearnVest program for helping people take charge of their finances. It teaches the basics of putting together a personal financial plan through a series of lessons, tips, and user-friendly pages filled with worksheets and tips on everything from consolidating loans to researching funds. The idea is to put the power and purpose of financial planning into the hands not of planners, but of everyone - and chapters devoted to this purpose outline the virtues of a program that is easy to absorb even for those with no prior financial background. Seth Goldman and Barry Nalebuff's MISSION IN A BOTTLE: THE HONEST GUIDE TO DOING BUSINESS DIFFERENTLY - AND SUCCEEDING (9780770437497, $23.00) tells what happens when two outsiders to the beverage industry decide to make an exceptional bottled tea, and uses an unusual graphic novel format to consider the story of the cofounders of Honest Tea. While the idea was simple, its execution and marketing was not: chapters packed with insights for fellow entrepreneurs explain how the authors used economic theory to develop their strategies and product line. Having all this in a most accessible graphic novel format assures that even those with non-business backgrounds will find the information inviting, not daunting.

Game Plan
Kevin D. Freeman
Regnery Publishing, Inc.
One Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001
9781621572008, $27.95,

Game Plan: How to Protect Yourself from the Coming Cyber-Economic Attack is the first 'how to' investment guide to consider the effects of a cyber attack on economic investments, and is a pick for not just business but self-help and social issues collections alike. It addresses common topics of investing - diversifying a portfolio, including gold investments, and decreasing vulnerability - while including concerns about offensive and defensive strategies involved in a global economic war. Economic warfare could introduce a whole new field of conflict, and any who would prepare for this possibility should consider the advice of Game Plan and its winning ideas for overcoming financial terrorism. How can an ordinary investor prepare for such a possibility? Read Game Plan and find out...

Working with Bitches
Meredith Fuller
Da Capo Press
44 Farnsworth Street, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02210
9780738216584, $14.99,

Working with Bitches: Identify the 8 Types of Office Mean Girls and Rise Above Workplace Nastiness is a pick for any who face passive-aggressive behaviors, exclusion or insults in the workplace from bitchy behavior. It comes from a psychologist and career counselor who uses some thirty years of experience to expose workplace nastiness and strategies for handling it. More than an analysis of behaviors or identification techniques, this more importantly centers on how to successfully handle such individuals, making it a powerful pick for any business collection.

The Political Science Shelf

Good Government
Soren Holmberg & Bo Rothstein, editors
Edward Elgar Publishing
9 Dewey Court, Northampton, MA 01060-3815
9781781954126, $55.00,

Collaboratively compiled, edited, and featuring an informative Introduction by Swedish academicians Soren Homberg (Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Gothenburg) and Bo Rothsetin (August Rohss Chair in Political Science, University of Gothenburg), "Good Government: The Relevance of Political Science" is a 368 page compendium comprised of fifteen erudite and informative papers focusing on different descriptively analytical aspects of what is meant by 'Good Government' and deftly organized into three major sections: What It Is; How To Get It; What You Get. Of special note is Lena Wangnerud's paper 'Why women are less corrupt than men'. Taken as a whole, "Good Government: The Relevance of Political Science" is a seminal work of outstanding scholarship and an invaluable, seminal contribution that is especially appropriate for academic library Political Science. It should be noted that "Good Government: The Relevance of Political Science" is also available in a hardcover edition (9780857934925, $150.00).

The Campaign Manager
Catherine Shaw
Westview Press
2465 Central Avenue, Boulder, CO 80301
9780813348636, $39.00,

Now in a fully updated and expanded fifth addition, "The Campaign Manager: Running and Winning Local Elections" by Catherine Shaw continues to be an essential and 'user friendly' how-to manual offering a wealth of practical advice, commentary, tips, and instructions for creating and running successful political campaigns whether they are on the local, state, and federal level. In "The Campaign Manager: Running and Winning Local Elections", draws upon her more than two decades of campaign management experience and expertise to provide novice campaigner with a critically important guide to organization and running every aspect from candidate selection, to financing, staffing, to publicizing and promoting, to getting out the vote, and more! Simply stated, "The Campaign Manager: Running and Winning Local Elections" is the 'bible' of political campaign management and should be a core part of every community and academic library Political Science collection in the country.

Dancing with the Devil
Michael Rubin
Encounter Books
900 Broadway, Suite 601, New York, NY 10003
9781594057238, $27.99,

DANCING WITH THE DEVIL: THE PERILS OF ENGAGING ROGUE REGIMES is a pick for collections strong in international politics, and considers world interactions with rogue governments and groups outside the diplomatic norm who sponsor terrorism and threaten the U.S. around the world. Chapters offer a strong history of American diplomacy with these rogue states, trace the costs of dealing with them, and consider more challenges to the processes of traditional diplomacy. The result is a powerful analysis recommended for any collection strong in political studies.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

World Religions and Contemporary Issues
Dr. Brennan Hill
Twenty-Third Publications
PO Box 6015, New London, CT 06320
c/o Bob Todd Publicity
9781585959136, $34.95, 384pp,

While there are a great many differences with respect to the major religions of the world, there are also some fundamental and shared values -- especially with respect to the social and environmental issues of our time. "World Religions and Contemporary Issues: How Evolving View on Ecology, Peace, and Women are Impacting Faith Today" is an in-depth academic study of the five major religions focuses on each group s response to some of the most critical social issues of our time: ecology, peace, and women s rights. Academician and theologian Brennan Hill (Professor Emeritus and past Chair of Theology at Xavier University) showcases illustrative examples of individual religious heroes and provides links to numerous digital sources for further research, making this a particularly timely and personalized approach to the study of world religions and their far-reaching impact at every level of society. This 384 page compendium is a model of meticulous scholarship, yet easily accessible for the non-specialist general reader with an interest in world religions and their approaches to the social and environmental problems of modern times. "World Religions and Contemporary Issues: How Evolving View on Ecology, Peace, and Women are Impacting Faith Today" is superbly organized and presenting, making it a strongly recommended and invaluable addition to both academic and community library Religion & Spirituality reference collections, and personal supplemental reading lists.

Writing God's Obituary
Anthony B. Pinn
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197
9781616148447, $18.95,

Writing God's Obituary: How a Good Methodist Became a Better Atheist is written by a man who preached his first sermon at age twelve, became one of the youngest ordained ministers in his denomination at age eighteen, and quickly received a PhD in religion from Harvard University -- all the while struggling with his own growing skepticism. His church was unable to address his questions, he viewed it as being ineffectual in meeting the community at large's needs, and in his mid-twenties he decided to leave the ministry and study humanism, becoming as fervent a non-believer as he had been a believer. Writing God's Obituary outlines his search for meaning and considers the basics problems of God and religion: it's a strong pick for any theology or spirituality collection, providing personal and religious perspectives from an unusual viewpoint.

The Cookbook Shelf

The Healthy Slow Cooker, second edition
Judith Finlayson
Robert Rose Inc.
120 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 800
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4P 1E2
9780778804796, $24.95,

Now in a fully updated and expanded second edition, "The Healthy Slow Cooker" showcases 135 gluten-free recipes specifically appropriate for preparing in a crock pot or 'slow cooker'. Enhanced with color photography of the finished dishes, Judith Finlayson's recipes range from Warm Black Bean Salsa; Peppery Turkey Casserole; Greek-Style Beef with Eggplant; and Sausage-Spiked Chickpeas with Yogurt; to Vegetable Curry with Lentils and Spinach; Down-Home Tomatoes with Okra; Gingery Pears Poached in Green Tea with Goji Berries; and Basmati Rice Pudding. In addition to the clearly listed ingredients and step-by-step preparatory instructions, each recipe notes how many servings there are, the nutrients per serving, and practical tips for the kitchen cook, making "The Healthy Slow Cooker" an outstanding choice for personal, family, and community library cookbook collections.

The Athlete's Cookbook
Corey Irwin & Brett Stewart
Ulysses Press
PO Box 3440, Berkeley CA 94703-3440
9781612432304, $15.95,

While good nutrition is required for everyone to live a healthy life, it is an absolute necessity for athletes if they are to maximize their efforts in all manner of sports and physical activities. Good nutrition means well balanced meals that are as palate pleasing as they are appetite satisfying. Collaboratively compiled by the team of Corey Irwin and Brett Stewart, "The Athlete's Cookbook" is a 192 page compendium of day-by-day meal plans and 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes, along with invaluable commentaries on pre-workout and post-workout nutrition. The dishes themselves range from appetizers like 'Wild Mushroom Soup'; to side dishes like 'Oven-Baked Rosemary-Parmesan Sweet Potato Fries', to entrees like 'Sauteed Shrimp & Red Bell Peppers in Lemon-Garlic Sauce', to desserts like 'Guilt-Free Peanut Butter Fudge'. Of special note is the section devoted to Beverages that includes a 'Chocolate Raspberry Recovery Drink'. Informed and informative, "The Athlete's Cookbook" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99) and very highly recommended for personal, professional, and community library cookbook collections.

Anti-Arthritis, Anti-Inflammation Cookbook
Gary Null
Essential Publishing
378 Northlake Blvd., Suite 109, North Palm Beach, FL 33408
9780977130962, $39.95,

Arthritis is a form of joint disorder that involves inflammation of one or more joints. There are over 100 different forms of arthritis. The most common form, osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease), is a result of trauma to the joint, infection of the joint, or age. Other arthritis forms are rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and related autoimmune diseases. Septic arthritis is caused by joint infection. Proper nutrition is vital for anyone suffering from any form of arthritis or inflammation. Compiled with commentary by Gary Null, "Anti-Arthritis, Anti-Inflammation Cookbook: Healing Through Natural Foods" is a 440 page compendium that begins with an extensive introduction to nutrition and foods as they relate to arthritis and inflammation. Of special note is the comments on foods to avoid! The 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes are organized into specific sections devoted to Appetizers, Side Dishes, Sauces & Dips; Soups; Salads; Entrees; and Desserts. Enhanced with the inclusion of an extensive list of Resources, a Conversion Table & Lists, and a comprehensive index, "Anti-Arthritis, Anti-Inflammation Cookbook: Healing Through Natural Foods will prove to be an invaluable addition to personal, family, and community library cookbook collections in general, and absolutely essential for anyone having to deal with arthritis.

Eat Well And Stay Slim
Michael Guerard
Francis Lincoln
c/o Dalyn Miller Public Relations
9780711235366, $40.00,

Translated into English by Alexander Carlier and enhanced with the color photography of Charlotte Lasceve, "Eat Well and Stay Slim: The Essential Cuisine Minceur" is a 336 page compendium comprised of 'nouvelle cuisine' recipes and commentary by French chef Michel Guerard. The dishes range from Artichoke Soup with Lemon Grass and Corinader Cream; Calamari in a Curry-Scented Veloute; Crunchy Vegetable Spring Rolls with a Spicy Sauce; and Grilled Red Mullet with a Carrot Confit; to Escalopes of Monkfish with Saffron; Quick-Cook Quality Beef with Peppercorns and Puy Lentils; Tropical Compote with Pineapple Sorbet; and Herb-Scented Panna Cotta with Raspberries. A culinary cornucopia of elegant dishes, meticulous and detailed preparation instructions, and even calorie counts for each dish per person, "Eat Well and Stay Slim: The Essential Cuisine Minceur" would make an enduringly popular addition to personal, family, professional, and community library cookbook collections.

Charcuteria: The Soul Of Spain
Jeffrey Weiss
Agate Publishing
1328 Greenleaf Street, Evanston, IL 60202
9781572841529, $39.95,

Profusely illustrated, this 464 page compendium of outstanding recipes compiled with extensive commentary by Jeffrey Weiss is an impressively presented collection of authentic Spanish recipes for a wide variety of truly elegant dishes. But more than just another cookbook, "Charcuteria: The Soul of Spain" provides detailed information on Spanish butchering and curing techniques for meats and fish. Informed and informative, and with recipes ranging from Basque Mother Sauces; to pickling peppers; to truly Spanish approaches to chicken soups; to desserts like a filloas (crepe) filled with fresh fruit, pastry cream, and powdered sugar; "Charcuteria: The Soul of Spain" offers a culinary wealth of authentic Spanish dining that will please any palate while satisfying any appetite. An unique and truly extraordinary work, "Charcuteria: The Soul of Spain" is highly recommended for personal, professional, and community library cookbook collections. It should be noted that "Charcuteria: The Soul of Spain" is also available in a Kindle edition ($28.10).

The Vegan Pantry
Dunja Gulin
Ryland Peters & Small - CICO Books
519 Broadway, 5th floor, New York, NY 10012
9781849754897, $24.95,

Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, as well as following an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of sentient animals. A follower of veganism is known as a vegan. "The Vegan Pantry" is a 144 page compendium compiled by Dunja Gulin and comprised of vegan recipes that are as healthy and delicious as they are kitchen cook friendly to prepare. Beautifully illustrated with full color photography, the recipes range from Fried Tofu Sandwiches; Macedonia-Style Baked Beans; Home Fermented Kimchi; and Hearty Miso Soup; to Lentil Moussaka; Spicy Potato Strudel; Raw Coca Milkshake; and Stuffed Babura Peppers in Sauce. Of special note are the recipes for Gluten-Free Bread; and a Fluffy Cake with Strawberry Coulis! Showcasing a total of sixty outstanding recipes, plus an introductory chapter on the fundamental basics of vegan cooking, "The Vegan Pantry" will prove to be an invaluable and appreciated addition to personal and community library Vegan and Vegetarian cookbook collections.

Calso Cooks: Real Food Made Easy
Paul Callaghan
c/o Dufour Editions, Inc.
PO Box 7, Chester Springs, PA 19425-0007
9781781171783, $31.95,

Calso is Paul Callaghan who came to the culinary joys of the kitchen after losing his plastering business in the Great Recession of 2008. As the recipes comprising "Calso Cooks: Real Food Made Easy" demonstrate, even the most novice of kitchen cooks can produce nutritious, delicious, meal time dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as snack time and anytime occasions! The recipes comprising this 288 page compendium range from a Cherry Tomato and Herb heart-Healthy Omelette; to a Pollock and Tomato Chowder; to Hot Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Dip; to an Italian Cottage Pie; to Red Velvet Cup Cakes. A vertiable cornucopia of palate pleasing, appetite satisfying, and kitchen cook friendly dishes, "Calso Cooks: Real Food Made Easy" is especially recommended as an enduringly popular addition to personal, family, and community library cookbook collections! It should be noted that "Calso Cooks: Real Food Made Easy" is also available in a Kindle edition ($3.99).

The Farmstead Egg Guide & Cookbook
Terry Golson
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10003
9781118627952, $19.99,

A combination poultry guide and recipe collection, "The Farmstead Egg Guide & Cookbook" is a beautifully illustrated, 192 page compendium providing the reader with expert advice and commentary on selecting, feeding, and caring for egg-laying hens. The one hundred egg recipes range from breakfast dishes of scrambled eggs and omelets, to elegant dishes for dining that includes quiches, puddings, pies, tarts, savory and sweet souffles. Of special note is the section devoted to making homemade mayonnaise and sauces. "The Farmstead Egg Guide & Cookbook" is superbly organized and presented, making it an ideal and highly recommended addition to personal, family, and community library collections. It should be noted that "The Farmstead Egg Guide & Cookbook" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).

Get Cooking!
Rachel Harkham & Doni Zasloff Thomas
Behrman House Inc.
11 Edison Place, Springfield, NJ 07081
9780874419481, $19.95,

Spiral bound with a hard cover, "Get Cooking: A Jewish American Family Cookbook" is the collaborative effort of Rachel Harkham and Doni Zasloff Thomas who showcase more than 80 wonderful recipes for dishes that would grace any dining occasion from simple family meals to fine dining occasions. These culinary creations range from a Fig-Apple Salad with honey Vinaigrette; to Jelly Donut Miracle Muffincakes; to Caramel French Toast; to the The Jewish Deli Burger. Both simple and elegant, as well as beautifully illustrated throughout, "Get Cooking: A Jewish American Family Cookbook" is enhanced with the inclusion of a CD and a very highly recommended addition to family cookbook collections.

New Orleans' Best Ethnic Restaurants
Ann Benoit
Pelican Publishing Company
1000 Burmaster Street, Gretna, LA 70053-2246
9781455618316, $35.00,

New Orleans is as famous for its diversified cuisine as it is for its jazz and blues music. Compiled with commentary by photographer and culinary enthusiast Ann Benoit, "New Orleans' Best Ethnic Restaurants" is a celebration of dishes drawn from some of the finest restaurants New Orleans has to offer. A cornucopia of ethnic recipes ranging from Grilled Lamb Chiops (Tatoush); Loaded Brazilian Burger (Barzailian Market & Cafe); Twice-Cooked Steaming Fajitas (George's Mexican Restaurant); and Western Special Sesame Chicken (Five Happiness); to Tuna Tataki (Megumi Japanese Cuisine); Pho Doc Biet Combination Five Beef Soup (Pho Tau Bay Vietnamese Cuisine); Filet of Beef La Provence (La Provence); and Sicilian Pistachio Gelatto (Angelo Borchato's Gelateria). Beautifully illustrated throughout with Ann Benoits full color photography, this 224 page compendium offers a rainbow of ethnic culinary creations that will grace any dining occasion and is enthusiastically recommended for personal, professional, family, and community library cookbook collections.

Sally's Baking Addiction
Sally McKenney
Race Point Publishing
c/o Book Sales, Inc.
276 Fifth Avenue, Suite 206, NY, NY 10001
Dalyn Miller Public Relations (publicity)
9781937994341, $25.00,

Compiled with commentary and gorgeously illustrated throughout in full color by food blogger and culinary expert Sally McKenney, "Sally's Baking Addiction: Irresistible Cupcakes, Cookies, and Desserts for Your Sweet Tooth Fix" is a 176 page compendium of some of the best 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes for palate pleasing and appetite satisfying dishes that would grace any the desert portion of any dining occasion from a pleasant family meal to an elegant dining event. The recipes range from a Brown Sugar Glazed Apple Bread; to Mint Chocolate Fudge Brownies; to a Sweet Peach Pie; to Cinnamon-Sugar Soft Pretzels; to Blueberry Almond Oat Squares. Enthusiastically recommended for personal, family, professional, and community library cookbook collections, it should be noted that "Sally's Baking Addiction: Irresistible Cupcakes, Cookies, and Desserts for Your Sweet Tooth Fix" is also available in a Kindle edition ($14.75).

Away From The Kitchen
Dawn Blume Hawkes
She Writes Press
1563 Solano Avenue, #546, Berkeley, CA 94707
The Lisa Ekus Group (publicity)
9781938314360, $28.95,

Compiled by Dawn Blume Hawkes, "Away from the Kitchen" is a 304 page compendium of personal stories, menus, recipes, and insider tips from a roster of twelve professional chefs from around the country. Beautifully illustrated throughout with full color photography, the recipes range from Steel-Cut Oatmeal Souffle with Ginger-Infused Maple Syrup; Kumquat-Ginger Marmalade; Turkish Pistachio Katmer with Clotted Cream and Rose Petal Jam; Grilled Sottocenere Sandwich with Soft Scrambled Eggs; and Roasted Lamb with Caramelized Fennel, Fennel Confit, and Favas; to Brochettes of Scallops with Cranberries, Bay Leaf, and Orange, with Cranberry-Safferon Aioli; Molded Sushi with Unagi and Spicy Crab; Wild Striped Bass Plaki with Sweet-and-Sour Vegetable Broth; and White Chocolate-Almond Cocoa. A unique and highly prized addition to personal and community library cookbook collections, it should be noted that "Away from the Kitchen" is also available in a Kindle edition ($7.96).

The Book Of Icing, Frosting & Fondant Skills
Shelly Baker
250 Wireless Boulevard, Hauppauge, NY 11788
9781438003443, $24.99,

For those not familiar with the term, Fondant is one of several kinds of edible icing-like substances used to decorate or sculpt pastries. The word, in French, means "melting", coming from the same root as "foundry" in English. "The Book Of Icing, Frosting & Fondant Skills" by professional cake designer Shelly Baker is a profusely illustrated, 288 page culinary instruction manual that showcases a variety of cake recipes along with how to pre4p and decorate them. "The Book Of Icing, Frosting & Fondant Skills" covers spectrum of frosting techniques, along with instructions for creating details such as cake toppers and gumpaste flowers. "The Book Of Icing, Frosting & Fondant Skills" provides more than fifty easy create projects ranging from multi-tiered cakes, to elegant cupcakes, to cake pops, and a great deal more! Of special note is the advisory commentary on essential cake decoration tools, materials, and troubleshooting tips. "The Book Of Icing, Frosting & Fondant Skills" will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to personal, professional, and community library specialty cookbook collections.

The Paleo Foodie Cookbook
Arsy Vartanian & Amy Kubal
Page Street Publishing
27 Congress Street, Suite 103, Salem, MA 01970
Trina Kay Organization (publicity)
9781624140482, $28.00,

"The Paleo Foodie Cookbook: 120 Food Lover's Recipes for Healthy, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free and Delicious Meals" is a 240 page compendium showcasing an impressive roster of superbly presented dishes that would grace any dining occasion from simple family meals to elegant celebratory events. The dishes range from Creamy Bacon-Wrapped Dates; Sweet Potato Salmon Cakes; Sun Dried Tomato and Fennel Braised Short Ribs; Balsamic Rosemary Roasted Chicken and Yams; and Grilled Lamb Chops with Mint Pesto; to Spicy Watermelon and Mint Salad; Garlic Soup with Broccoli Rabe and Poached Eggs; Pepper and Carrot Puree; Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta; and Curried Chicken and Butternut Squash Soup. Of special interest are the recipes for Homemade Coconut Milk and Homemade Ketchup. Each recipe also features a 'Chef's Tip' that novice kitchen cooks will find invaluable. Thoroughly 'user friendly' throughout, "The Paleo Foodie Cookbook: 120 Food Lover's Recipes for Healthy, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free and Delicious Meals" is a highly recommended addition to personal, family, and community library cookbook collections!

Grilled To Perfection
Andy Husbands, et al.
Page Street Publishing
27 Congress Street, Suite 103, Salem, MA 01970
Trina Kay Organization (publicity)
9781624140426, $21.99,

The collaborative work of barbecue experts Andy Husbands and Chris Hart, as well as food and travel writer Andrea Pyenson, "Grill to Perfection: Two Champion Pit Masters' Recipes and Techniques for Unforgettable Backyard Grilling" is a beautifully illustrated, 192 page compendium of great grilling recipes that is especially useful for the novice with its grilling method instructions, commentary on grilling tools, and practical advice on building a two-zone fire in a gas grill. Outstanding recipes range from Tamari-Glazed Steak with Sweet-and-Spicy Rice; Curried Chicken Tenderloins with Coconut and Papaya Salad; Jerk Ribs with Guava Glaze and Grilled Bananas; and Wood-Rosted Pork Tenderloin with Grilled Bruschetta and Pork Butter Spread; Grill-Roasted Ginger clams with Sake and Scallions; and Grilled trout Stuffed with Fresh Herb Salad. Any meal will prove especially palate pleasing and appetite satisfying with Husband and Hart's Charred Spring Vegetables; Sweet Onion Corn Cakes; and Pumpkin Bread in a Can with Chocolate Sea Salt Butter! Enthusiastically recommended for personal and community library cookbook collections, it should be noted that "Grill to Perfection: Two Champion Pit Masters' Recipes and Techniques for Unforgettable Backyard Grilling" is also available in a Kindle edition ($8.89).

Never Too Late to Go Vegan
Carol J. Adams,
The Experiment Publishing
220 East 23rd Street, Suite 301, NY, NY 10010
9781615190980, $16.95,

Never Too Late to Go Vegan: The Over-50 Guide to Adopting and Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet is all about creating a vegan diet and lifestyle to help self and planet, and brings over seventy years of vegan experience to this book, which narrows the focus to vegan concerns later in life. From nutritional needs that change with aging to steps for going vegan and involving friends and family, this incorporates advice from dozens of over-50 vegans and is far more than your usual cookbook approach to the transition into a vegan lifestyle. It is an outstanding survey, highly recommended for any who would go vegan later in life.

The Every Other Day Diet
Krista Varady
Hyperion Books
77 West 66th Street, New York, NY 10023-6298
9781401324933, $25.00,

The Every Other Day Diet: The Diet That Lets You Eat All You Want (Half the Time) and Keep the Weight Off isn't just a concept, it's a proven, successful program: one dieter lost 41 pounds on this diet, and kept it off. This isn't just a layman's creation, either: it comes from Dr. Krista Varady, an associate professor of nutrition at the University of Illinois who developed this strategy after conducting scientific studies on hundreds of people in search of a unified diet approach that would work for the largest number. Diet Days are alternated with Feast Days so the dieter feels no loss of food enjoyment or cravings that are never satisfied. It's a very simple concept that requires no measuring, no big changes: quite simply, on Diet Day, you limit calories and on Feast Day, you eat anything you want and as much as you want. It's proven to work and it IS that simple. Some 80 recipes round out the fine presentation.

The Fashion Shelf

Color Me Couture
Catherine Mong
Ulysses Press
PO Box 3440, Berkeley CA 94703-3440
9781612431314, $12.95,

COLOR ME COUTURE: IMAGINE, CREATE AND SKETCH YOUR OWN FASHION DESIGNS tells fashion students how to create a personal design studio, and teaches the basics about cuts, patterns and fabrics of the world's finest couture dresses and gowns from designers. The workbook approach provides one page of a finished garment along with design and history notes, with a facing page containing a typical style challenge and a blank model to work with. Fashion students will find this filled with insights and fine styles perfect for learning the finer art of fashion design.

Fashion Design Studio
Chris Hart
Sixth&Spring Books
161 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 1301, New York, NY 10013
9781936096626, $16.95,

Fashion Design Studio: Learn to Draw Figures, Fashion, Hairstyles & More is for any who would learn how to draw fashion figures, and teaches aspiring fashion designers how to share their designs. From drawing a figure with the right proportions and poses to adding garments, shoes and more, this offers pages of step-by-step instruction and keys to bringing a fashion design to life. While this could have appeared in our Crafts section for illustrators, it's featured here so that no fashion designer misses these specific details geared to translating ideas into examples.

The Art Shelf

Folinsbee Considered
Kirsten M. Jensen
Hudson Hills Press
PO Box 250, East Hampton, MA 01027-0250
9781555953904, $80.00,

John Fulton Folinsbee (March 14, 1892 - May 10, 1972) was an American landscape painter and member of the art colony at New Hope, Pennsylvania. He is best known today for his impressionist scenes of New Hope and Lambertville, New Jersey, particularly the factories, quarries, and canals along the Delaware River. Early in his career, Folinsbee painted in a tonalist style, with an interest in light and atmosphere that grew directly from his time with Harrison and Carlson in Woodstock. By the late nineteen-teens, he had moved away from tonalism into a more structured, impressionist style. In the mid-1920s, Folinsbee began studying the work of Cezanne, which led to a trip to France in the summer of 1926. The paintings that resulted from this trip, and those that followed later in the decade, reflect a deep understanding of Cezanne's compositional strategies and a desire to reveal the underlying structure of forms. Folinsbee's exploration of structure led eventually to an analytical, highly individual expressionist style in which he painted for the remainder of his career. His palette darkened, his brushstrokes loosened further, and his sense of light and atmosphere became more dramatic. These later works are concerned with conveying a sense of mood and an intense emotional response to the world around him. Folinsbee always had a sketchbook or a box of 8 x 10 inch canvasboards with him, ready to capture any scene that caught his eye. Although he painted "en plein air", directly from nature, Folinsbee would later transform his small-scale sketches into larger paintings in his studio, and frequently made a number of copies of the same scene on different sizes of canvas. "Folinsbee Considered" by Kirsten M. Jensen (Director of the John F. Folinsbee Catalogue Raisonne) is a magnificently produced in full color, 332 page compendium showcasing the life's work of a truly gifted American artist. Informed and informative, and in addition to a section of superbly reproduced full page plates of the artist's work, "Folinsbee Considered" is enhanced with the inclusion of a catalogue of selected landscape and genre paintings, a chronology, and exhibition history (1912-2012), a bibliography of the literature regarding Folinsbee, and a comprehensive index. "Folinsbee Considered" will prove to be an enduringly popular and invaluable addition to academic library American Art History reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

From Realism to Abstraction: The Art of J.B. Taylor
Adriana A. Davies
University of Calgary Press
2500 University Drive, N.W.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4
9781552387092 $49.95

From Realism to Abstraction: The Art of J.B. Taylor is an artbook showcasing the works of Canadian artist John Benjamin Taylor, also known as J.B. or "Jack" Taylor (1917-1970). In addition to beautiful color reproductions of Taylor's landscapes and abstractions, there are some vintage black-and-white photographs connected to Taylor's life and inspirations. An extensive text places Taylor's artistic evolution in context, as well as offering biographical background and historical commentary. A welcome addition to both personal and public library artbook collections, From Realism to Abstraction is highly recommended.

Decades: An Expanded Context for Western American Art, 1900-1940
Contributions by Charles C. Eldredge, Betsy Fahlman, Randall R. Griffey and Ron Tyler
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive
Norman, OK 73069
9780914738893 $10.95

The ninth volume of the Western Passages series exploring western American art throughout history, Decades: An Expanded Context for Western American Art, 1900-1940 presents four detailed essays from expert art historians, alongside black-and-white and color reproductions of notable American artworks. In the 1900-1940 era covered by this volume, the Civil War was generations past, and American West had been fully settled. The idea that the Western frontier was passing into legend affected artists strongly, as did the rise of industrialization, automobile tourism, economic depression, and the violence of worldwide war. Like previous volumes, Decades 1900-1940 is a balance of scholarly research, accessible, reader-friendly language, and striking, emblematic artworks, highly recommended especially for public and college library art history collections.

Collect Raindrops: The Seasons Gathered
Nikki McClure
Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
115 West 18th Street, 6th floor
New York, NY 10011
9781419711671 $24.95

Collect Raindrops: The Seasons Gathered is a reissue of artist Nikki McClure's 2007 monograph of her paper cut artworks, featuring sixty-four brand new artworks. Categorized by season, the stark, bold images portray plants, animals, and people amid the splendor of nature's innate cycles, each portrait embodying the concept of its title. (For example, the "Collect Raindrops" picture shows two girls in swimwear approaching a showering summer sprinkler.) No text commentary intersperses the monograph; McClure's artwork speaks for itself, in this vivid, extraordinary, and highly recommended addition to personal and public library art shelves.

Contemporary Artists of the Southwest
E. Ashley Rooney & Julie Sasse
Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
978074345432, $45.00,

Beautifully and profusely illustrated throughout with superbly produced color images, "Contemporary Artists of the Southwest" is an impressive, 240 page compendium compiled with expert commentary by E. Ashley Rooney with the assistance of Julie Sasse. Informed and informative, "Contemporary Artists of the Southwest" showcases artists and their work according to their geographic location in Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Of special note is a five page listing of where the individual artists are located, an extensive list of Resources, and a comprehensive Index. Excellent production values and expert captioning of every reproduced painting, "Contemporary Artists of the Southwest" is especially recommended for personal, community, and academic library American Art History reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

From Realism to Abstraction
Adrianna A. Davies
University of Calgary Press
2500 University Drive, N.W.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4
9781552387092, $51.95,

The late John Benjamin Taylor (1917-1970), known as Jack to his family and friends, was a significant and influential member of the Banif and western Canada community of artists. "From Realism to Abstraction: The Art of J. B. Taylor" by Adrianna A. Davies is a 150 page compendium of beautifully reproduced artwork and informative commentary that showcases the life and artistic accomplishments of one of Canada's gifted artists. Enhanced with the inclusion of a select bibliography, a chronology, and a roster of his exhibitions, as well as extensive notes and a comprehensive index, "From Realism to Abstraction: The Art of J. B. Taylor" will prove a welcome and enduringly popular addition to personal and academic library 20th Century Canadian Artists reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Ana Mendieta
Hayward Publishing
c/o D.A.P., Distributors
155 Sixth Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10013
9781853323171, $39.95,

Traces covers the short artistic career of Ana Mendieta, who created a body of work using her own body combined with elemental materials to explore themes of life, death and spirituality. Her art is all about displaced culture, exile, and alienation, and her works varied from including ancient goddess-forms and fiery representations to color and black and white images of elemental natural sculptures. She worked in a wide range of media and here essays by art historians accompany a catalog of the extent of her works, making this a solid recommendation for any modern arts library as well as those interested in representations of displaced cultural heritage.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases, second edition
Peter J. Hotez, MD, PhD
Foreword by Soledad O'Brien
American Society for Microbiology Press
PO Box 605
Herndon, VA 20172-0605
9781555818746 $39.95 pbk.
9781555818753 $39.95 digital

Medical doctor and founding Dean of the national School of Tropical Medicine Peter J. Hotez presents Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases, an in-depth discussion of neglected tropical diseases that among the most common infections of the world's poorest populations. Sicknesses covered include soil-transmitted helminth infections (such as hookworm infection), schistosomiasis (snail fever), tropical diseases that blind (such as river blindness and trachoma), mycobacterial infections, kinetoplastic infections (such as sleeping sickness and chagas disease), dengue, rabies, and much more. Now in an updated second edition, Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases scrutinizes how these illnesses have harmed impoverished communities for centuries, and the economic and societal obstacles to treatment. The possibility of alliances between nongovernmental development organizations, as well as public-private partnerships, may allow a ray of hope to shine on a persistent, cyclical world health problem. A handful of color photographs, diagrams, and an index enhance this "must-have" for college and public library health and medicine collections, highly recommended.

Bacterial Pathogenesis
Pascale Cossart & Stanley Maloy, editors
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
500 Sunnyside Boulevard, Woodbury NY 11797-2924
9781936113361, $135.00,

A pathogen in the oldest and broadest sense is anything that can produce disease. Typically the term is used to mean an infectious agent (colloquially known as a germ) - a microorganism, in the widest sense such as a virus, bacterium, prion, fungus or protozoan, that causes disease in its host. The host may be an animal, a plant, a fungi or even another microorganism. The pathogenesis of a disease is the mechanism that causes the disease. The term can also describe the origin and development of the disease, and whether it is acute, chronic, or recurrent. The word comes from the Greek pathos ("disease") and genesis ("creation"). Types of pathogenesis include microbial infection, inflammation, malignancy and tissue breakdown. For example bacterial pathogenesis is the mechanism by which bacteria cause infectious illness. The collaborative compiled and co-edited by Pascale Cossart (Pasteur Institute) and Stanley Maloy (San Diego State University), "Bacterial Pathogenesis" is a 413 page compendium comprised of twenty-three research papers by experts in the field of bacterial pathogenesis and deftly organized into three major sections: Model Systems; General Concepts and Mechanisms; Therapeutics. Enhanced with a comprehensive Index, "Bacterial Pathogenesis" is the latest volume in the outstanding 'Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine' series and recommended as a core addition to professional and academic library Medical Science reference collections in general, and Bacterial Pathogens supplemental reading lists in particular.

The Heart Health Bible
John M. Kennedy, MD
DaCapo Lifelong
44 Farnsworth Street, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02210
9780738217185, $15.99,

The Heart Health Bible: The 5-Step Plan to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease provides a fine survey of techniques that work for achieving optimal heart health without drugs, and uses some twenty years of experience as a preventative cardiologist to provide a guide to solving common heart health issues, from high blood pressure to high blood sugar and triglycerides. This formula is presented as a series of steps that can be easily blended into a daily routine and makes for chapters that outline not only solutions, but the more important focus on how to blend them into a lifestyle for lasting change. Highly recommended for any self-help health collection.

Integrative Treatment of Hypertension
Joel A. Blush
CRC Press
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300
Boca Raton, FL 33487
9781482206098, $129.95,

Integrative Treatment of Hypertension: A Clinical and Mechanistic Approach is a 'must' for any alternative medicine holding, and offers an alternative approach to treating hypertension. It analyzes these treatments based clinical research from authoritative medical journals, explaining how blood pressure works, describing common causes of hypertension, and reviewing medications and their side effects, before proceeding to alternate treatments. From diet to natural supplements, this categories different treatment methods suggests ways of implementing an approach to hypertension that works, and is a solid reference for any health care provider.

Healthy Joints for Life
Richard Diana, MD
Harlequin Books
225 Duncan Mill Road
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada, M3B 3K9
9780373892709, $17.95,

Dr. Richard Diana is the only orthopedic surgeon to play in a Super Bowl and here uses his professional background combined with the latest joint research to explore how to reduce inflammation without surgery or medication. It's an eight-week program that uses diet, exercise and supplements to relieve pain, and considers what foods are best to reduce inflammation, which supplements help, and how to incorporate gentle exercise into the program. Any interested in alternatives to surgery will find this a solid focus on inflammation's underlying causes and how to reduce issues.

The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf

Confessions of a Casting Director
Jen Rudin
It Books
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022-5299
9780062292094, $19.99,

Confessions of a Casting Director: Help Actors Land Any Role with Secrets from Inside the Audition Room comes from an author with over thirty years in show business who here answers basic questions she always hears, from whether an agent is needed for success to how to build a performing arts career. Whether you're in film, television or stage, this covers everything form commercials and voice overs to web series creations and imparts all the basics to those who aspire to an acting career. A 'must' for any who want details on how show business actually works, and how to get ahead in various pursuits.

Anatomy of An Actor: Meryl Streep
Karina Longworth
Phaidon Press
180 Varick Street, 14th floor, New York, NY 10014
9780714866697, $45.00,

Anatomy of An Actor: Meryl Streep is one of the most famous actors in American and world history, holding the record for the most Academy Award nominations and winning an Oscar for best actress twice. This examination of her works comes from a Los Angeles film critic and writer and provides an in-depth study of Streep's style, its evolution, and why it made her so famous. From film stills and set photos to coverages filled with information, this is a close-up examination which is powerful and specific, and highly recommended for film collections look for more than casual biographical coverage.

The Best Monologues from the Best American Short Plays V. 1
William W. Demastes
Applause Books
c/o Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group
19 West 21st Street, Suite 201, New York, NY 10010
9781480331556, $19.99,

The Best Monologues from the Best American Short Plays V. 1 is for actors of all ages, newcomers as well as veterans, and is for any who want new monologue material for actor practice. The monologues here are excerpts from The Best American Short Plays, presents the works of many of the best playwrights today, and provides single-character pieces that explore a range of acting methods, from comedy to dramas. Each monologue includes a reference identifying where to locate the complete play, for those who want to make it a full-length performance. Teachers and aspiring actors will find this a fine collection.

The Photography Shelf

Remembering John F. Kennedy
Philip Bigler
Vandamere Press
PO Box 149
St. Petersburg, FL 33731
9780918339782 $7.95

Remembering John F. Kennedy: The New Frontier and the Nation's Capital gathers 70 vintage, black-and-white historical photographs commemorating John Kennedy, from his first election to the U.S. Congress in 1946 to this time as President to the nationwide grief and shock following his assassination. A brief amount of text places the photographs in full context, telling the story of Kennedy's life, political career, and legacy. For example, the caption for one photograph reads, "President John F. Kennedy and Vice President London B. Johnson watch the inaugural parade from the presidential reviewing stand. Johnson had been the Senate Majority Leader during Kennedy's term in Congress. He was given a place on the ticket to appeal to southern voters [...] Still, the personal relationship between the two men was often strained and distant." Chapter overviews further summarize Kennedy's life and works, in this historic tribute to a beloved leader who changed the world during his brief yet energetic life. Highly recommended, especially for public library and photography collections.

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

Nicole S. Young's Canon EOS 70D: From Snapshots to Great Shots covers the Canon 70D (9780133571257, $24.99), which aims to teach this camera's users how to take not good shots, but terrific, semi-professional shots using the camera. Towards this aim, chapters cover all the modes and settings of the Canon 70D with an eye to exploring what each setting produces and how it can be used to best advantage. From basic settings to advanced uses, chapters offer step-by-step coverage of the Canon EOS 70D in a format any level of user can readily absorb. Add plenty of color photos examples at each step and you have a winning guide indeed! Photoshop for Lightroom Users by Scott Kelby (9780321968708, $39.99) is a pick for any who use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for editing, and is for the advanced Lightroom user who recognizes they need to use Photoshop to put the finishing touches on finished images. It covers the basics of how Photoshop works in the Lightroom environment, teaches all the basics of using it for editing, retouching, and much more. From adding text over image to using Photoshop tools, this will prove a boon to any who edit and compose photos.

The Education Shelf

Mastering Media Literacy
Heidi Hayes Jacobs, series editor
Solution Tree
555 North Morton Street
Bloomington, IN 47404
9781936764563 $24.95

Part of the Contemporary Perspectives on Literacy series, Mastering Media Literacy is a professional guide written to help K-12 educators teach students media literacy - that is, a keen understanding of how to evaluate the validity of information shared through media ranging from television news to messages on Twitter or Facebook. With emphases on objective, critical thinking, Mastering Media Literacy shows how to help students adapt to the increased technological saturation of the modern world - an invaluable ability in th twenty-first century. "Engaging students in production activities is just one of the goals of media literacy education, the other goal being analysis. When we give students opportunities to analyze media messages, we help them understand how media producers use various techniques to create persuasive and influential communications..." In today's increasingly digital and interconnected world, Mastering Media Literacy is a "must-have" for high-school educators, worthy of the highest recommendation.

Bullying and Cyberbullying
Elizabeth Kandel Englander
Harvard Education Press
8 Story Street, 1st floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
9781612505992 $24.95

Psychology professor Elizabeth Kandel Englander (founder/director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University) presents Bullying and Cyberbullying: What Every Educator Needs to Know, a serious-minded and practical guide about countering both in-person and digital-based bullying in the twenty-first century. Written especially for educators, Bullying and Cyberbullying discusses why children engage in bullying, appropriate responses when seeing children engage in "gateway behaviors" (such as pointing or snickering at another student), when and how to utilize stricter disciplinary measures, how to work with parents (who may find it impossible to believe their own child is cyberbullying, or lying about it), and much more. Notes and an index round out this "must-read" for educators everywhere, from grade school to high school. Highly recommended.

A Work Of Heart
Janet Louise Conlin
Crystal Productions
1812 Johns Drive, Glenview, IL 60025-1581
CP7241, $31.95,

Created and compiled by Janet Louise Conlin, "A Work Of Heart: A Year Of 1st Grade Art Lessons" is a spiral bound, 80 page compendium comprised of twenty-one art lessons specifically designed to be integrated with a variety of elementary school curriculum standards for art instruction. The simple text is enhanced with pictures, with each lessons presented with step-by-step instructions. Enhanced with goals, lists of materials and supplies, discussion topics, and assessment tips for classroom teachers, "A Work Of Heart: A Year Of 1st Grade Art Lessons" is highly recommended as a curriculum supplement and would be ideal for use by home schooling parents as well.

High-Impact Writing Clinics
Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger
Corwin Press
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218
9781452286860, $36.19,

High-Impact Writing Clinics: 20 Projectable Lessons for Building Literacy Across Content Areas is for modern students and offers 21st century discussions of Common Core State Standards and writing. It provides some 20 lessons for grades 4-8 that uses poetry to teach writing skills in any subject, providing said poems on a DVD with color photos and graphics to inspire activities where students read, write and discuss. From interpreting how words and phrases appear in text to producing clear writing, this fine survey includes discussions of 'why teach this', anchor standards, and pre-lesson preparations to help the entire instructional process. The result is a solid reference, highly recommended for any teacher's reference collection.

The Hybrid Tiger
Quanyu Huang
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197
9781616148515, $19.95,

The Hybrid Tiger: Secrets of the Extraordinary success of Asian-American Kids provides a compelling argument that classroom cultural convergence holds many riches, and it considers the special contributions of Asian students in the educational system as an example of the benefits of incorporating diversity into a classroom. At the heart of the questions are why Asian-American students tend to be so successful. This pairs anecdotes and research with insights on American parents, belief systems, educational approaches and underlying attitudes for a multi-faceted survey no education or social issues collection should be without.

The American History Shelf

Henry Clay And The War Of 1812
Quentin Scott King
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9780786478750, $49.95,

Henry Clay, Sr. (April 12, 1777 - June 29, 1852) was an American lawyer, politician and skilled orator who represented Kentucky in both the United States Senate and House of Representatives. He served three different terms as Speaker of the House of Representatives and was also Secretary of State from 1825 to 1829. He lost his campaigns for president in 1824, 1832 and 1844. The War of 1812 was a 32-month military conflict between the United States of America and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, its North American colonies and its Indian allies. The outcome resolved many issues which remained from the American War of Independence, but involved no boundary changes. Clay was a dominant figure in both the First and Second Party systems. As a leading war hawk in 1812, he favored war with Britain and played a significant role in leading the nation to war in the War of 1812. "Henry Clay and the War of 1812" by Quentin Scott King is a 468 page history providing a detailed and documented biographical history of Henry clay's 46 year political career and involvement with preparing the presidential administration of James Madison for conflict with England. Enhanced with an appendix (The Treaty of Ghent, 1814); substantial chapter notes, a lengthy bibliography, and a comprehensive index, "Henry Clay and the War of 1812" is very highly recommended for school and community library American History collections. It should be noted that "Henry Clay and the War of 1812" is also available in a Kindle edition ($16.49).

Merchants of Independence
William Patrick O'Brien
Truman State University Press
100 East Normal Street
Kirksville, MO 63501-4221
9781612480909 $34.95 pbk.
9781612480916 $27.99 ebook

Merchants of Independence: International Trade on the Santa Fe Trail 1827-1860 is a close scrutiny of the role that the frontier town of Independence, Missouri played in international commerce between America and Mexico, as part of the Santa Fe Trail. As a nexus of commerce, Independence was unusually diverse; home to Native Americans, Anglos, Latinos, Jews, Irish, slaves, and free blacks. Economics and logistics prompted people from dramatically different cultures to cooperate and learn from one another. An extraordinary, well-researched glimpse into a key trade hub in the years leading up to the Civil War, Merchants of Independence is a welcome addition to American and Missouri state history collections.

The World History Shelf

Caesar's Blood
Rose Williams
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
1570 Baskin Road
Mundelein, IL 60060
9780865168169 $15.00

Caesar's Blood: Greek Tragedy in Roman Life is a historical chronicle of the Caesar family, rulers of ancient Rome. Though Caesar's Blood reads as fluidly as a novel, it is a work of pure nonfiction, drawing upon the writings of ancient historians including Sallust, Tacitus, Cassius Dio, Suetonius, and more. The result is a fascinating saga of power politics, murder, betrayal, rulership, instability, violence, statesmanship, and empire. Caesar's Blood is an extraordinary and thoroughly accessible saga of the Julio-Claudian dynasty and a turbulent era of the Roman Empire, highly recommended especially for world history collections.

Fizz: How Soda Shook Up the World
Tristan Donovan
Chicago Review Press
814 North Franklin Street
Chicago, IL 60610
9781613747223 $17.95

Fizz: How Soda Shook Up the World is an accessible yet in-depth history of soda pop, from its invention to its modern-day ubiquity. An extraordinary tour that focuses on eyebrow-raising historic moments, from snake oil salesmen who founded the best-known soda brands to how carbonated soft drinks flourished during Prohibition, aided Presidential candidates in their electoral battles, even influenced written laws. An inset collection of photographic plates, a bibliography, and an index round out this deliciously addictive glimpse into pop culture history, highly recommended for curious lay readers as well as for public and college library collections.

Robert Thornton And His Books
Susanna Fein & Michael Johnston, editors
York Medieval Press
c/o Boydell & Brewer Inc
668 Mount Hope Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620-2731
9781903153512, $99.00,

Robert Thornton (1418-1456) was a Yorkshire landowner, a member of the landed gentry. His efforts as an amateur scribe and manuscript compiler resulted in the preservation of many valuable works of Middle English literature, and have given him an important place in its history. Thornton's name is associated with two 15th-century manuscripts now held in different collections; Lincoln, Cathedral Library MS 91, the "Lincoln Thornton" manuscript, and British Library MS Additional 31042, the "London Thornton" manuscript. As many libraries of manuscripts were lost during the Dissolution of the Monasteries, Thornton's private anthology became an extremely rare survival. Collaboratively compiled and edited by the academic team of Susanna Fein (Kent State University) and Michael Johnston (Purdue University), "Robert Thornton And His Books" is a 325 page compendium comprised of eight descriptively analytical papers by scholars expert in the life and work of Robert Thornton. Enhanced with illustrations; an informative Introduction and an informed Afterword; an extensive Bibliography; and Index of Manuscripts Cited; and a General Index, making "Robert Thornton And His Books" a seminal and very highly recommended addition to academic library British History reference collections and Robert Thornton Studies supplemental reading lists.

Sir Thomas Herbert: Travels in Africa, Persia, and Asia the Great
John Butler, editor
Arizona State University
PO Box 874402, Tempe, AZ 85287-4402
9780866984751, $120.00,

Expertly edited by academician and biographer John Butler, "Sir Thomas Herbert: Travels in Africa, Persia, and Asia the Great" was first published in 1677 and describes Herbert's travels from 1627 to 1630 as a member of Sir Dodmore Cotton's embassy to Shah Abbas I, to India, Persia, parts of African, and the Middle East. Complete and unabridged, this new edition is significantly enhanced with the inclusion of copious footnotes, an extensive bibliography, and an appendix. "Sir Thomas Herbert: Travels in Africa, Persia, and Asia the Great" is an important and strongly recommended addition to academic library 17th Century British History collections.

Hunting Hitler
Jerome R. Corsi
Skyhorse Publishing
307 West 36th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10018
9781626361713, $22.95,

HUNTING HITLER: NEW SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE THAT HITLER ESCAPED NAZI GERMANY offers a shocking expose which considers the idea that Hitler survived the end of World War II. This book is very specific, positing that Hitler made his way to Argentina, there to take up residence. New DNA evidence about the body discovered and presumed to be Hitler's refutes this assumption, while other troubling questions continue to thwart physical evidence about Hitler's remains. The result uses autopsy reports, documents from Soviet archives, and many more research and report source materials to support the author's theories about Hitler's escape and ultimate faith, making this a 'must' for any World War II history holding.

The Social Issues Shelf

Outsmart Waste
Tom Szaky
Berrett-Koehler Publishers
235 Montgomery Street, Suite 650
San Francisco, CA 94104-2916
9781626560246, $15.95,

Outsmart Waste: The Vote for a Cleaner, More Natural World is all about garbage and its management; the garbage we create and its environmental and social hazards. Now, garbage has traditionally been seen as a minor annoyance - so why has it become a major issue in this century, especially when it's not an issue in nature? The author says that in order to 'outsmart' waste, we must understand how it's created and what to do with it. His insights into individual influences and power in producing a waste-free world makes for an engrossing survey on recycling and creating new uses for discarded products.

The Women's Studies Shelf

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode
Crystal Paine
Thomas Nelson Press
PO Box 141000, Nashville, TN 37214
9781400206469, $22.99,

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode comes from the creator of, and offers a key to survival and meaning for women who believe their lives have been taken over by laundry and home. It addresses the common issues of being overwhelmed and overworked, and it provides nine specific strategies to reduce stress and manage time and money better, using the author's own experiences as a wife and mother of three to provide solid keys to better living. The result is a guide that goes beyond your usual money and time management self-help book to explore the lives of women and their link to a more meaningful existence.

The Music Shelf

Music In Video Games: Studying Play
K. J. Donnelly, William Gibbons, Neil Lerner
711 - 3rd Avenue, Floor 8, New York, NY 10017-9209
9780415634441, $34.95,

Music has been an integral part of video games from their crudest beginnings to the sophisticated productions of today. The collaborative work of K. J. Donnelly (Reader in Film, University of Southampton, England), William Gibbons (Assistant Professor of Musicology, Texas Christian University), and Neil Lerner (Professor of Music, Davidson College), "Music In Video Games: Studying Play" is a 246 page compendium comprised of eleven outstanding academic essays addressing a wide variety of issues and history of the role music (often specific composers and compositions) have played in particular video game projects. Of special note is 'From Parsifal to the PlayStation Wagner and Video' by Tim Summers. The newest addition to the outstanding Routledge Music and Screen Media series, "Music In Video Games: Studying Play" is informed, informative, and will prove to be a welcome and popular addition to professional and academic library reference collections.

Black Metal
Dayal Patterson
Feral House
PO Box 39910, Los Angeles, CA 90039
9781936239757, $27.95,

Black metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music. Common traits include fast tempos, shrieked vocals, highly distorted guitars played with tremolo picking, blast beat drumming, raw (lo-fi) recording and unconventional song structures. During the 1980s, several thrash metal and death metal bands formed a prototype for black metal. This so-called "first wave" included bands such as Venom, Bathory, Hellhammer and Celtic Frost. A "second wave" arose in the early 1990s, spearheaded by Norwegian bands such as Mayhem, Burzum, Darkthrone, Immortal and Emperor. The early Norwegian black metal scene developed the style of their forebears into a distinct genre. Norwegian-inspired black metal scenes emerged throughout Europe and North America, although some other scenes developed their own styles with no connection to the Norwegian one. Initially a synonym for "Satanic metal", black metal is often met with hostility from mainstream culture. Many artists express extreme anti-Christian and misanthropic views, and several of the genre's "second wave" pioneers have been convicted for church burnings and murder. There is also a small neo-Nazi movement within black metal, although most fans and prominent artists shun Nazism and oppose its influence on black metal. "Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult" by Dayal Patterson is a 600 page compendium that provides an impressively detailed and exhaustive history of this movement in pop culture music by drawing upon an impressive number of interviews with the bands and performers most associated with it. Profusely illustrated throughout, "Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult" is very strongly recommended as an important and seminal contribution to personal, community, academic library 20th Century Music History reference collections in general, and Heavy Metal/Black Metal Studies supplemental reading lists in particular. It should be noted that "Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult" is also available in a Kindle edition ($15.49).

Chasing Sound
Sussan Schmidt Horning
The Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-4363
9781421410227, $45.00,

CHASING SOUND: TECHNOLOGY, CULTURE & THE ART OF STUDIO RECORDING FROM EDISON TO THE LP is for science, technology and music collections alike and provides a history of recording studios in the U.S. It comes from a former performer who uses original oral interviews with major labels and independent recording engineers as well as musicians and others, rounds all this out with memoirs and sound recordings, and offers a fully rounded survey of the relationship between sound engineering and the development of popular music styles. With its rich and multifaceted focus, this is a powerful pick for does more than traverse the technology of sound recordings: it provides a history on the evolution of sound recording, quality, and even popular music movements, and is a 'must' for any music history or music technology library.

The Science Shelf

Neanderthal Man
Svante Paabo
Basic Books
c/o Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
97804650208236, $27.99,

Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes recounts the author's work in the field of ancient DNA, describes how he arranged the first successful effort to sequence the entire Neanderthal genome, and offers some starting revelations about the process and its newfound implications for mankind's origins. It starts with his study of DNA in ancient Egyptian mummies and covers the methods used for extracting DNA from ancient bones. Chapters connect genetic studies and paleontological records with the debate surround the relationships between modern humans and Neanderthals. The result is a lively chronicle suitable for general-interest readers, paleontology and anthropology students, and any with an interest in genomes.

The Technology Shelf

The Second Machine Age
Erik Brynjolfssson and Andrew McAfee
W. W. Norton & Company
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110
9780393239355, $26.95,

The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies comes from co-founders of MIT's Initiative on the Digital Economy and explains how advances in computer power and global information networks together have created a new technological revolution that is changing the world. It identifies the major influences on what they call The Second Machine Age, which relies on digital data and information processing systems, and it considers how cloud computing, 3D printing and more are creating new social and technological trends around the world - and creating new ethical and moral dilemmas in the process. The result is a powerful survey highly recommended for any social issues and technology collection.

Camtasia Studio and Beyond
Stephanie Torta and Stacey Dunbar
Mercury Learning
22841 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles, VA 20166
9781936420339, $49.95,

Camtasia Studio and Beyond is recommended for any interested in multimedia presentations and the software surrounding Camtasia Studio's present and prior versions, and offers a basic introduction to its use from installation to production, editing and applications for different kinds of multimedia projects. Chapters cover all the skills needed to incorporate this media into any educational setting, and survey everything form PowerPoint recordings to editing using preview windows and timelines, and using Snagit. The accompanying DVD includes some 30 tutorial video clips, all text images in color, and more. With its black and white screen shots and real-world applications, this shouldn't be missed.

Microwave Circulator Design, second edition
Douglas K. Linkhart
Artech House
685 Canton Street, Norwood, MA 02062
9781608075836, $149.00,

The second updated edition of Microwave Circulator Design represents vast changes in the microwave and electronics industry, especially in the 25 years since publication of the first book, and is thus a recommended replacement for any older copies and a pick for newcomers interested in the latest microwave design systems. Resources discuss the various units used in design computations, theories of operations, and examples on how to apply problem-solving routines using circulators to the latest real-world design challenges. Packed with specific technical detail, this is a 'must' for any electronics reference collection strong in microwave design.

The Language Studies Shelf

Form, Meaning and Focus in American Sign Language
Miako N. P. Rankin
Gallaudet University Press
800 Florida Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002-3695
9781563685736, $70.00,

Form, Meaning and Focus in American Sign Language is recommended for any collection strong in linguistics in general and deaf communication in particular, and provides a new study - the 19th in the Sociolinguistics in Deaf Communication series, to consider specific types of ASL expressions and how it expresses nonagent focus. College-level students will find this assessment of ASL expressions traces patterns, meanings and various forms of focus on the agent, offering keys to understanding the implications of ASL in the teaching world in particular. Any more than lightly concerned about ASL specifics will find this a scholarly, key acquisition.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

The Governmental UFO Files
Kevin D. Randle
Visible Ink Press
4331 Joy Road, #414, Canton, MI 48187-2075
KT Public Relations (publicity)
9781578594771, $19.95,

An unidentified flying object, or UFO, in its most general definition, is any apparent anomaly in the sky that is not identifiable as a known object or phenomenon. Such anomalies may later be identified, but depending on the evidence or lack of evidence, such an identification may not be possible generally leaving the anomaly unexplained. While stories of unexplained apparitions have been told since antiquity, the term "UFO" (or "UFOB") was officially created in 1953 by the United States Air Force (USAF) to serve as a catch-all for all such reports. It was stated that a "UFOB" was "any airborne object which by performance, aerodynamic characteristics, or unusual features, does not conform to any presently known aircraft or missile type, or which cannot be positively identified as a familiar object." As originally defined, the term was restricted to those fraction of cases which remained unidentified after investigation, with USAF interest being for potential national security reasons and/or "technical aspects." During the late 1940s and through the 1950s, UFOs were often referred to popularly as "flying saucers" or "flying discs". The term UFO became more widespread during the 1950s, at first in technical literature, but later in popular use. UFOs garnered considerable interest during the Cold War, an era associated with a heightened concern for national security. "The Government UFO Files: The Conspiracy of Cover-Up" by Kevin D. Randle is a 368 page compendium that provides interested readers with a detailed and documented and analytical history of the UFO drawn from numerous governmental and military sources including the FBI, CIA, FAA, NASA, and the U.S. Army. A seminal work of extraordinary value, "The Government UFO Files: The Conspiracy of Cover-Up" is a very highly recommended addition for personal, community, and academic library UFO Studies reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

The Nautical Shelf

Captain W.W. Withenbury's 1838-1842 Red River Reminiscences
Edited and annotated by Jacques D. Bagur
University of North Texas Press
PO Box 311336
Denton, TX 76203-1336
9781574415476 $32.95

Captain W.W. Withenbury's 1838-1842 Red River Reminiscences is an annotated selection of letters by 1800's river boat captain W. W. Withenbury. Ten included maps enable the reader to follow the movements of the boats even as Withenbury gives his vivid descriptions, beautifully capturing the close of the steamboat era. As much a primary testimony of nautical history as it is a correspondence memoir, Captain W.W. Withenbury's 1838-1842 Red River Reminiscences is highly recommended especially for college library collections.

As Long as It's Fun
Herb McCormick
Paradise Cay Publicaitons
PO Box 29, Arcata, CA 95518-0029
9781929214983, $18.95,

Ask any sailor about the names Lin and Larry Pardey and you'll receive instant recognition: they are the couple best known for their sailing exploits, their long list of popular sailing books, and a marriage that has lasted nearly fifty years. Despite all the books and DVDs and recognition, many a sailor might not know the specifics about their lives and choices: enter As Long as It's Fun, a humorous and involving biography that recounts their sailing career using interviews with families, friends and critics. It's an adventure story, it's a love story, and it will prove engaging to any who love stories of the sea.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Madness in Miniature
Margaret Grace
Perservance Press
c/o Daniel & Daniel, Publishers
PO Box 2790
McKinleyville, CA 95519
9781564745439 $15.95

Madness in Miniature is a murder mystery set in a small town touched by globalization. When the opening of a giant chain crafts store coincides with an earthquake and an inexplicable murder, miniaturist/dollhouse-maker Gerry Porter and her computer-savvy granddaughter Maddie try to help the police track down the culprit. Did New York city slickers bring a cold-blooded killer with their commerce? Or did someone local take advantage of distractions to commit the heinous crime? Gerry tries to balance the battle against the frightening threat with the more mundane problems of her personal life, including a conflict that undermines her longstanding friendship with Henry Baker, in this intriguing interplay of hidden secrets!

Standup Guy
Stuart Woods
c/o Penguin Group USA
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
9780399164149, $26.95,

Standup Guy provides readers with an exciting new Stone Barrington novel, and is a recommendation for prior fans as well as newcomers. Here Stone's newest client, a polite gentleman, comes to him seeking legal advice on a dilemma. Stone sets him right but their encounter doesn't end there: several others are interested in the gentleman and may be pursing him. As Stone becomes involved in a hunt that takes him from Florida to the Northeast, he finds danger at many turns. The result is a fine thriller/mystery that will leave readers guessing right up to its unpredictable conclusion.

The Railroading Shelf

Basic Trackwork for Model Railroaders, second edition
Jeff Wilson
Kalmbach Books
21027 Crossroads Circle, Waukesha, WI 53186
9780890249383, $19.99,

Basic Trackwork for Model Railroaders appears in its second edition to provide a narrowed focus on track installation, and is a recommended pick designed to profile the latest products, manufacturers, and techniques for laying flextrack, Handlay track and more. From installing turnouts to using techniques for smooth operations, this is a solid reference model railroaders will find invaluable, packed with large-size step-by-step color photos covering installation methods and leaving nothing to guesswork.

The Military Shelf

Plenty of Time When We Get Home
Kayla Williams
W. W. Norton & Company
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110
9780393239362, $25.95,

Plenty of Time When We Get Home: Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War tells of author Sergeant Kayla Williams, an Arabic linguist deployed to Iraq whose life is changed by an injured fellow soldier who is predicted to never regain total functional independence again. Despite the grim prognosis a relationship blossomed between the two and overcame all obstacles - including struggling with a military medical snafu which ordered McGough back to base without rehabilitation or addressing the severe mental and physical challenges he faced. As Williams faced her own challenges returning to civilian life as a female veteran, the two found strength to face severe challenges to their happiness and life, eventually moving forward together. Plenty of Time When We Get Home is a powerful testimony to the power of love and the failings of the military to address veteran issues. It should be in every military collection.

Damn Few
Rorke Denver
Hyperion Books
77 West 66th Street, New York, NY 10023-6298
9781401312800, $16.00,

Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior comes from the former head of basic and Advanced SEAL Training and Ellis Henican, who together examine everything SEALS do, from how they are recruited and trained to their deployment and actions. SEALs are changing the face of warfare and military strategy itself, so it's refreshing to see an account that is more than autobiographical experience, focusing on how Navy SEAL operations are made. From how the program itself has evolved to its underlying psychology and behaviors, this is a solid and in-depth examination that is a 'must' for any serious military collection.

Osprey Publishing
4301 21st St, Suite 220B, Long Island City, NY 11101

Thomas G. Ivie's ACES OF THE 325TH FIGHTER GROUP (9781780963013, $22.95) covers one of the most successful USAAF fighter groups of World War 2, and focuses on their aviation successes and tours of duty in North Africa and Italy. Over 202 successes from the total 537 aerial victories against the Luftwaffe were credited to these aces, making this in-depth coverage a powerful comprehensive history for aviation and military holdings alike. Chapters consider events and offer first-hand accounts of combat, packing in vintage black and white photos throughout. The result is a solid pick for any military history holding. Paul F. Crickmore's LOCKHEED A-12: THE CIA'S BLACKBIRD AND OTHER VARIANTS (9781472801133, $18.95) traces the struggles of the early years of the Cold War, when reconnaissance flights were the primary method of gaining intelligence, and focuses specifically on the development and deployment of the A-12, the first Blackbird. This aircraft represented a vast departure for both aviation development and intelligence practices, preceding later Blackbird programs and fostering in a new era of intelligence-gathering opportunities. Chapters use declassified A-12 aerial photos and technical analysis to provide the history of the early Blackbirds, making for a top pick for any military history or aviation collection. Alexander Mladenov works with illustrator Adam Tooby in SUKHOI SU-25 FROGFOOT (9781782003595, $18.95), a survey of the first Soviet jet dedicated by design to CAS (Close Air Support). Color illustrations and vintage photos accompany history and coverage of the Soviet Air Force's first mass-produced jet for this purpose, providing plenty of insights into military strategy, aviation history, and wartime operations. Any military collection looking for a clear and in-depth survey of the Frogfoot will find this a 'must have' acquisition. Stephen Bull's BRITISH INFANTRYMAN VERSUS GERMAN INFANTRYMAN: SOMME 1916 (9781782009146, $18.95) centers around the battle of the Somme, a brutal encounter that resulted in tens of thousands of British casualties on its first day alone. This battle - which waged on throughout the autumn of 1916 - pitted Kitchner's volunteers against Hitler's veteran fighters in three separate battles. With its narrow focus on this particular conflict and the realities of front-line combat during World War I, BRITISH INFANTRYMAN VERSUS GERMAN INFANTRYMAN: SOMME 1916 is a strong historical survey recommended for any collection interested in World War I encounters.

The Native American Studies Shelf

The Native American Renaissance
Alan R. Velie,
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780806144023, $29.95,

The Native American Renaissance: Literary Imagination and Achievement is a recommendation for American literature and Native American collections alike, and provides college-level readers with a new addition to the 'American Indian Literature and Critical Studies' series. Since 1968 and the publication of Scott Momaday's classic Pulitzer Prize-winning House Made of Dawn, there's been a outpouring of such literature, and these scholarly essays consider this wealth and how Native American writers have influenced one another. From considerations of particular genres, such as Native American drama, to discussions of how Native writers have influenced one another, The Native American Renaissance makes suitable reading for any college-level collection looking for in-depth analysis.

The Marriage Shelf

The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages
Shanti Feldhahn
WaterBrook Press
c/o Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group
12265 Oracle Boulevard, Suite 200, Colorado Springs, CO 80921
9781601421210, $17.99,

The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages is a recommendation for any who have an intimate relationship or aspires to a happier relationship, and outlines the common habits the most highly happy couples share regardless of any other connections. Small changes can lead to big results, and can be as simple as understanding the different desires men and women have for acknowledgment, why 'going to bed mad' may be a smarter choice than trying to make up, and how to cultivate the habits that lead to greater understanding and joy. Chapters provide specific examples in a book certain to be a winner for any looking for marriage advice based on proven success strategies.

The Biography Shelf

Playing Before The Lord
Calvin R. Stapert
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
2140 Oak Industrial Drive, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
9780802868527, $24.00,

Franz Joseph Haydn (31 March 1732 - 31 May 1809), was an Austrian composer and one of the most prolific and prominent of the Classical period. He is often called the "Father of the Symphony" and "Father of the String Quartet" because of his important contributions to these forms. He was also instrumental in the development of the piano trio and in the evolution of sonata form. A lifelong resident of Austria, Haydn spent much of his career as a court musician for the wealthy Esterhazy family on their remote estate. Isolated from other composers and trends in music until the later part of his long life, he was, as he put it, "forced to become original". At the time of his death, he was one of the most celebrated composers in Europe. "Playing Before the Lord: The Life and Work of Joseph Haydn" by Calvin R. Stapert (Professor Emeritus of Music, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan) is a 304 page historical overview and study of the personal life and professional achievements of one of the great European musicians. A work of meticulous scholarship, yet highly accessible to the non-specialist general reader, "Playing Before the Lord: The Life and Work of Joseph Haydn" is strongly recommended for personal, community, and academic library Music History and Biography reference collections.

Crescent Moon over Carolina
C. L. Bragg
University of South Carolina Press
718 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29208
9781611172690, $29.95,

William Moultrie (November 23, 1730 - September 27, 1805) was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He fought in the Anglo-Cherokee War (1761) and served in the colonial assembly before the advent of the American Revolution. In 1775 he was commissioned colonel of the 2nd South Carolina Regiment. In December of that year he led a raid on an encampment of runaway slaves on Sullivan's Island, killing 50 and capturing the rest. In 1776 his defense of a small fort on Sullivan's Island (later named Fort Moultrie in his honor) prevented Sir Henry Clinton and Sir Peter Parker from taking Charleston, South Carolina. The Continental Congress passed a resolution thanking Moultrie. He was promoted to brigadier general and his regiment was taken into the Continental Army. Moultrie's skill failed to prevent the fall of Savannah, Georgia to the British in 1778. He was captured in the fall of Charleston to the British in 1780 and later exchanged. He was promoted to major general in 1782, the last man appointed to that rank by Congress. After the war he served as the 35th Governor of South Carolina (1785 - 87, 1792 - 94). He wrote Memoirs of the Revolution as far as it Related to the States of North and South Carolina (1802). "Crescent Moon over Carolina: William Moultrie and American Liberty" by historian and biographer C. L. Bragg is a 336 page biography that serves to rescue an Moultrie from obscurity and provide a fitting and accurate descriptive assessment of his value to the American Revolution in general, and the fledgling state of South Carolina in particular. A masterpiece of historical scholarship that is readily accessible for non-specialist general readers as well as students of American history, "Crescent Moon over Carolina: William Moultrie and American Liberty" is an extraordinary and highly recommended addition to community and academic library American Biography collections.

Upton Sinclair
Lauren Coodley
Beacon Press
25 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108-2892
9780803243828, $28.95,

Upton Beall Sinclair, Jr. (September 20, 1878 - November 25, 1968), was an American author who wrote close to one hundred books in many genres. He achieved popularity in the first half of the twentieth century, acquiring particular fame for his classic muckraking novel, The Jungle (1906). It exposed conditions in the U.S. meat packing industry, causing a public uproar that contributed in part to the passage a few months later of the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act. In 1919, he published The Brass Check, a muckraking expose of American journalism that publicized the issue of yellow journalism and the limitations of the "free press" in the United States. Four years after the initial publication of The Brass Check, the first code of ethics for journalists was created. In 1943, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction., Sinclair also ran unsuccessfully for Congress as a Socialist, and was the Democratic Party nominee for Governor of California in 1934, though his highly progressive campaign was defeated rather soundly. "Upton Sinclair: California Socialist, Celebrity Intellectual" by California historian Lauren Coodley is a 256 page biography that focuses upon Sinclair's political thought and career, while providing a chronological and historical context for appreciating a unique and influential man of his times. Informed, informative, and enhanced with the inclusion of two appendices, extensive notations, and a comprehensive index, "Upton Sinclair: California Socialist, Celebrity Intellectual" is very highly recommended reading and a welcome addition to community and academic library American Biography collections. It should be noted that "Upton Sinclair: California Socialist, Celebrity Intellectual" is also available in a Kindle edition ($15.63).

Philip Ziegler
Quercus Publishing
31 West 57th Street, 6th floor, NY, NY 10019-3400
c/o Random House Trade Group (dist.)
1745 Broadway, 17th floor, New York, NY 10019
9781623650421, $35.00,

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM (22 May 1907 - 11 July 1989) was an English actor, director, and producer. Olivier is generally considered to have been one of the greatest actors of the 20th century. "Olivier" by Philip Ziegler is a 352 page biography showcasing the life and achievements of a complex, magnetic, dedicated, competitive, talented, brilliant, yet flawed man. Informed, informative, exceptionally well written, "Olivier" is very highly recommended reading for his legions of fans and would make an enduringly popular addition to community library 20th Century Biography collections.

Mrs. Earp
Sherry Monahan
Two Dot
c/o The Globe Pequot Press
246 Goose Lane, Suite 200
Guilford, CT 06437
9780762788354 $16.95

Western Writers of America president Sherry Monahan presents Mrs. Earp: The Wives and Lovers of the Earp Brothers, an examination of the lives and history of the women intimately connected to the famous Earp Brothers, who are well-known for their historic adventures in the American West. Wyatt, Virgil, and Morgan remain household names to this day; the lesser-known James and Warren, as well as their half-brother Newton are occasionally discussed in the context of American history. Now, the biographies of the women who loved and/or married these men are collected into a single volume. A handful of black-and-white photographs, endnotes, and an index round out this superb addition to histories and biographies about the Old West.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Dog Food Logic
Linda P. Case, M.S.
Dogwise Publishing
403 South Mission Street, Wenatchee WA 98801
9781617811388, $19.95,

It is incumbent upon all dog owners to provide their canine companions with balanced and nutritious dog food. Because most dog owners acquire their dog food from supermarket shelves, they are confronted with a wide variety of brands and types. "Dog Food Logic: Making Smart Decisions for Your Dog in an Age of Too Many Choices" by Linda P. Case is a 248 page compendium that will provide dog owners with a complete understanding of what dog food marketers do to influence dog owners, how to read dog food ingredients and label information, and most of all, how to determine what your particular canine companion would require in his or her food dish! Informed, informative, and thoroughly 'user friendly' throughout, "Dog Food Logic: Making Smart Decisions for Your Dog in an Age of Too Many Choices" is highly recommended for personal and community library Pets/Wildlife reference collections.

The Woodworking Shelf

Art of Chainsaw Carving, second edition
Jessie Groeschen
Fox Chapel Publishing Company
1970 Broad Street N.
East Petersburg, PA 17520
9781565238404 $24.99

Now in an updated second edition, Art of Chainsaw Carving: Insights and Inspiration from Top Carvers Around the World gathers brief biographical portraits and lavish photographic galleries of eye-opening, chainsaw-sculpted woodworks. Breathtakingly vibrant renditions of people, animals, even scenes of high action fill this captivating showcase from cover to cover. A little background information about chainsaw woodcarving, step-by-step instructions for chainsaw power carving a chair, and more enrich Art of Chainsaw Carving, but it's primarily a showcase artbook, not a history or how-to manual. Highly recommended.

Complete Starter Guide To Whittling
Woodcarving Illustrated
Fox Chapel Publishing Company
1970 Broad Street N., East Petersburg, PA 17520
9781565238428, $12.99,

All you need to whittle is a knife, a piece of wood, and a bit of leisure time. Drawn from the pages of Woodcarving Illustrated magazine by its editorial board, "Complete Starter Guide to Whittling: 24 Easy Projects You Can Make in a Weekend" showcases a series of easy-to-make whittling projects. Each of the twenty-four projects comes with 'user friendly' instructions enhanced with 'how-to' photos and ready-to-carve patterns. The projects themselves range from hand-made toys, to useful gifts for any and all occasions, to fun displays. Of special note are whittling techniques for twigs and branches; the four basic knife cuts for whittling; what to look for when selecting a knife for whittling; and how to safely sharpen a whittling knife. Informed informative, and a whole lot of fun, the "Complete Starter Guide to Whittling: 24 Easy Projects You Can Make in a Weekend" is enthusiastically recommended!

The Gaming Shelf

Power Hold'em Strategy
Daniel Negreanu
Cardoza Publishing
5473 South Eastern Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89119
9781580422048, $34.95,

Just as Cardoza Publishing is widely known as the premier publisher of poker instruction books, Daniel Negreanu is widely recognized as one of the best professional poker players at tournament and cash game tables today. Negreanu is a true poker world 'superstar' who has won multiple World Series of Poker tournament bracelets and has amassed more than twelve million dollars in career tournament winnings. "Power Hold'em Strategy" is a 504 page compendium in which Negreanu draws upon his many years of experience and expertise to present a complete course of instruction covering all aspects of no-limit hold'em. An essential read for novice players wanting to succeed in tournament competitions, "Power Hold'em Strategy" will also prove to be an invaluable reference for even the more experienced no limit hold'em player. Superbly organized and presented, thoroughly accessible and exceptionally well written, "Power Hold'em Strategy" is a critically important addition to personal reading lists and community library Gaming reference collections. Simply stated, if you only have time for one 'how to' book on No Limit Hold'em, then make it Daniel Negreanu's "Power Hold'em Strategy".

The Christian Studies Shelf

The CEB Study Bible
Joel B. Green, General Editor
Common English Bible
c/o A Larry Ross Communications
9781609260286, $54.95,

The Common English Bible (CEB) is an English translation of the Bible, including the deuterocanonical books or apocrypha included in Catholic Church and Orthodox Church canons. The English used is intended to be at "a comfortable level for over half of all English readers," hence the name "Common English". The translation was begun in late 2008 and was finished in 2011. "The CEB Study Bible" is a 2240 page study guide that provides students of the Bible with the Common English bible translation is a single-column format; features more than 1000 pages of detailed book introductions, outlines, notes, and commentaries from biblical academicians; is enhanced with full-color illustrations, in addition to photographs, maps, and charts; provides hundreds of thousands of cross references, and a concordance; is enriched with more than 300 indexed sidebar and general articles on specific biblical topics; is graced with twenty-one full-color maps designed by National Geographic; and is fully indexed. An impressive work of enduring value, "The CEB Study Bible" is especially recommended for personal, seminary, church, academic, and community library Christian Studies and Biblical Studies reference collections and supplemental study lists.

Against The Tide
John L. Allen, Jr.
Liguori Publications
One Liguori Drive, Liguori, MO 63057-9999
9780764825163, $5.99,

Pope Francis (born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 17 December 1936) is the 266th and current Pope of the Catholic Church, in which capacity he is Bishop of Rome and absolute Sovereign of the Vatican City State. One year ago, when Pope Francis was elected Pope, he inherited a church in the throws of international and far reaching scandals ranging from the priestly abuse of children, to financial corruption, to the role of nuns with respect to dealing with family planning issues; to the decreasing numbers of young men studying for the priesthood, to ecclesiastical clashes within the church hierarchy, and a great deal more. Within this past year Pope Francis has provided a beacon of inspiration and renewed confidence in the papacy that hasn't been seen in centuries. "Against the Tide: The Radical Leadership of Pope Francis" is a 64 page pamphlet by John L. Allen, Jr. that provides a succinct and informative summary of how Pope Francis has approached his responsibilities and the changes of attitude he has engendered with his positions, his preaching, his outreach, and his symbolic gestures. Simply stated, "Against the Tide: The Radical Leadership of Pope Francis" is highly recommended reading for all Catholics and will prove of immense interest to non-Catholics whom Pope Francis has impressed.

The Judaic Studies Shelf

We Called Him Rabbi Abraham
Edited with introductions by Gary Phillip Zola
Southern Illinois University Press
1915 University Press Drive
SIUC Mail Code 6806
Carbondale, IL 62901
9780809332922 $49.50

We Called Him Rabbi Abraham: Lincoln and American Jewry, A Documentary History is a repository of little-known primary source documents about the connections and interactions that President Abraham Lincoln and America's Jewish population. From his response to the Jewish chaplain controversy (not to mention a political movement that sought to declare the U.S. a Christian nation by amending the Constitution), to Lincoln's revocation of General Ulysses S. Grant's infamous order to expel all Jewish citizens (men, women, and children) from the Military Department of the Mississippi, to how Lincoln was memorialized among Jews and respected as a moral compass, and much more. Hebrew Union College professor Gary Phillip Zola provides enlightening context to each document, making We Called Him Rabbi Abraham thoroughly accessible to readers of all backgrounds. Highly recommended, especially for public and college library collections.

Judaism Examined
Moshe Sokol
Academic Studies Press
28 Monfern Avenue, Brighton, MA 02135
9781618111654, $85.00,

Judaism is the religion, philosophy and way of life of the Jewish people. Judaism is a monotheistic religion, with its foundational text, the Torah, and supplemental oral tradition represented by later texts such as the Mishnah and the Talmud. Judaism is considered by religious Jews to be the expression of the covenant relationship God established with the Children of Israel. Judaism includes a wide corpus of texts, practices, theological positions, and forms of organization. "Judaism Examined: Essays in Jewish Philosophy and Ethics" is a 520 page compendium comprised of essays written by Rabbi Moshe Sokol (Dean of the Laner College for Men in Kew Gardens Hills, Professor of Philosophy, and a member of the Touro College Graduate Faculty of Jewish Studies) and organized into five major sections: Living a Jewish Life; Autonomy, Freedom, and Tolerance; Topics in Applied Jewish Ethics and Philosophy; Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik; and Interpreting Jewish Texts. Enhanced with the inclusion of a Citations Index and a General Index, "Judaism Examined: Essays in Jewish Philosophy and Ethics" is a model of meticulous scholarship that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. Erudite and articulate, "Judaism Examined: Essays in Jewish Philosophy and Ethics" is very highly recommended for personal and academic Judaic Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Gun Shelf

Arming For The Apocalypse
James Ballou
Paladin Press
7077 Winchester Circle, Boulder, CO 80301
9781610047616, $20.00,

Every country, kingdom, and empire in recorded human history has ultimately foundered and fallen, leaving its people in a condition of dire consequence, anarchy, and lawlessness as the framework of their society and culture collapsed around them. Sooner or later, that same fate awaits the United States and its citizenry. That's why every survivalist should have their own copy of "Arming for the Apocalypse: Assembling Your Survival Arsenal.....While You Still Can". Author and survival expert James Ballou lays out five basic questions that must be addressed in selecting a weapon; how the enterprising survivalist can extract reliable service from older and less expensive firearms; what gear and tools are required to service and repair weapons at home; the types of ammunition to consider when easily accessible sources expire; the role of multicaliber guns, backup guns, and alternative weapons in survival planning. Of special note is the instructive commentary on practical modifications that can be made on guns to make them workable in a post-apocalypse scenario. Profusely illustrated throughout with black-and-white photography, informed and informative, and appropriate for experienced gun owners and non-specialist general readers alike, "Arming for the Apocalypse: Assembling Your Survival Arsenal.....While You Still Can" is critically important and highly recommended.

The Travel Shelf

Cristian Bonetto, et al.
Lonely Planet Publications
150 Linden Street, Oakland CA 94607
9781742207292, $27.99,

For several decades now, Lonely Planet has been and continues to be a premier publisher of travel guides. One of their latest is a country guide to Italy. This 960 page compendium is packed from beginning to end with practical, useable, invaluable information for planning itineraries from simple day trips to elaborate multi week excursions. A cornucopia of local information that will easily enable the most novice traveler to uncover 'hidden travel gems', this outstanding edition of "Italy" features a pull-out map of Rome, a Vatican Guide, up-to-date information on Pompeii, and even a Chianti wine tour. Superbly presented and thoroughly 'user friendly', no one should be without their very own copy of Italy when setting out to enjoy the sights, cuisine, countryside, and annual events of Italy today! It should be noted that "Italy" is also available in a Kindle edition ($15.39).

The Architecture Shelf

Building for 21st Century Science
Paul Nurse, Mike Crosbie, John Tooze
c/o Lakewood Art & Architecture
406 Wyckoff Mills Road, East Windsor, NJ 08520
9781908967312, $49.95,

The collaborative work of Paul Nurse, Mike Crosbie, and John Tooze, "Building for 21st Century Science: Mitchell J Giurgola Architects" is a profusely and beautifully illustrated, 192 page compendium showcasing six major architectural structures with informative commentary. Of special note is the section 'Selected laboratory Renovations' presenting architectural design projects at Barnard College, Columbia university, the Columbia University Medical Center, the SUNY University at Buffalo, and Stony Brook University. Enhanced with the inclusion of a project timeline, and descriptive information about the firm of Mitchell J. Giurgola Architects, "Building for 21st Century Science" is especially recommended for professional and academic library Architectural Studies reference collections and architecture student supplemental reading lists.

The Self-Help Shelf

People Tools
Alan C. Fox
Select Books/Midpoint
1 Union Square West, Suite 909, New York City, NY 10003
c/o Jane Wesman Public Relations, Inc. (publicity)
322 Eighth Ave., Suite 1702, New York, NY 10001
9781590791424 $16.95

People Tools: 54 Strategies for Building Relationships, Creating Joy, and Embracing Prosperity is a self-help guide focusing on how to build, maintain, and improve interpersonal relationships in one's life. Instead of traditional chapters, People Tools presents its 54 recommendations individually, offering a few pages to clarify each with examples. For instance, People Tool #22 is "The Four C's" for dealing with difficult and urgent problems - Confess (admit there is a serious problem), Climb (learn as much information to help with the problem as you can), Contact (ask for help), and Commit (dedicate oneself to a course of action to improve the situation). Accessible and easy-to-follow, People Tools is an invaluable repertoire of wisdom applicable to all walks of life.

The Library CD Shelf

Sonnet Love Songs
Deborah Anderson and Richard DeRosa
Classics Music Publishing
$14.99 CD / $8.99 MP3

Sonnet Love Songs is an album that sets classic literary sonnets (written by William Shakespeare, Alfred Tennyson, Louisa Sarah Bevington, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Christina Rossetti) to contemporary classical, jazz, and soft rock music. A beautiful marriage of word and song in celebration of life's greatest joy, Sonnet Love Songs is highly recommended. The tracks are "Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day?" (4:14), "How Do I Love Thee?" (4:08), "Make War Upon This Bloody Tyrant Time" (3:08), "As an Unperfect Actor on the Stage" (3:30), "Weary With Toil, I Haste To My Bed" (3:23), "Surprised by Joy" (5:17), "If I Were Loved As I Desire To Be" (4:33), "Am I To Lose You?" (4:07), "My Letters!" (2:56), and "Love Me, for I Love You" (4:35).

Everything is Music
Ars Mundi Productions
c/o Press Junkie PR
9901 Brodie Lane, Suite 160, PMB 221
Austin, TX 78748

Although the world music band Atash is based in Austin, Texas, their inspiration comes from traditions spanning the ocean - including sound and rhythms from Persia, Turkey, India, West Africa, Cuba and the Middle East. Everything is Music is their glorious creation that includes aid from the talented Naga Valli for Indian vocals, Uzbki percussionist Abbos Kosimov, jazz fusion guitarist Fareed Haque and chorus singers from the Haitian group Les Petits Chanteurs. Atash's reputation earned their album a generous amount of support from patrons of the crowdfunding website Indiegogo; now, the general public can (and should!) readily enjoy the fruits of their adventurous talent. The tracks are "Mistereph" (4:11), "Sajdeh (Ravish)" (3:51), "Baaraan (Rain)" (6:09), "Talangor (Flick!)" (4:35), "Tanguillo" (5:00), "Manaman Koli" (3:38), "Amshab" (7:12), "Sahara Spring" (9:21), and "Eshq" (8:16).

The Spirit Speaks
The Jones Family Singers
Arts + Labor
c/o Press Junkie PR
9901 Brodie Lane, Suite 160, PMB 221
Austin, TX 78748

The Jones Family Singers are a gospel group whose music is as graceful as the faith. Their new album, The Spirit Speaks, is rich creation of fervent songs from the soul, powerful and emotionally moving. A treasury of love and joy, The Spirit Speaks is highly recommended. The tracks are "Down On Me", "Going Home", "Bones in the Valley", "Made up my Mind", "Leaning on You", "I am", "You Woke Me up this Morning", "Preacher man", "Through it all", and "Try Jesus".

Mehmet Ali Sanlikol
Privately Published
c/o Rock Paper Scissors
511 West 4th Street, Suite 2
Bloomington, IN 47404

Whatsnext? is a jazz album by Turkey-born composer Mehmet Sanlikol, who fuses elements of world music with the rich heritage of jazz, and synthesizer flair. The result is a standout creation that reflects Sanlikol's passion for bold experimentation with music's mystery. Whatsnext? is intriguing, soul-sweeping, and highly recommended! The tracks are "What's next?", "Better Stay Home", "A Violet Longing", "Palindrome", "On the edge of the extreme possible", "The Blue Soul of Turkoromero", "Kozan March", "N.O.H.A.", and "Gone crazy: a noir fantasy".

Thomas Blondet
Rhythm & Culture Music
c/o Press Junkie PR
9901 Brodie Lane, Suite 160, PMB 221
Austin, TX 78748
$16.81 CD / $9.49 MP3

The debut album of DJ and producer Thomas Blondet, Futureworld is a rhythmic, pulsating album that draws upon Jamaican and Indian musical traditions, with smooth Spansih vocals and melodies that owe inspiration to the Middle East. Eclectic, adventurous, and uniquely organic, Futureworld is a choice pick for connoisseurs seeking to broaden their musical palate. The tracks are "Chan Ve", "Un Amor", "Check One", "Dil Da Jani", "Beyond the Balkans", "Tu Va Partir", "Curry Flava", "Savo Vodo", "In This World", "Dil Da Jani (Reprise)", "Supreme (Dub)", "Son of Fakir", and "In This World (Dub)".

The Library DVD Shelf

The Ghosts In Our Machine
Bullfrog Films, Inc.
PO Box 149
Oley, PA 19547
1560290862 $295.00

Licensed for public performance, The Ghosts In Our Machine is a multiple award-winning documentary about how humans use animals... sometimes with careless cruelty. Photographer Jo-Anne McArthur guides the viewer to stories of animals in North America and Europe, revealing how creatures are used in the modern industries of Food, Fashion, Entertainment, and Research. Dark, thought-provoking, and challenging the common view of animals purely as property, The Ghosts In Our Machine is highly recommended. 92 min. original and 60 min. classroom versions are both present on the same DVD, with SDH Captions.

The Wisdom to Survive
A film by Old Dog Documentaries
c/o Bullfrog Films, Inc.
PO Box 149
Oley, PA 19547
1560290382 $250.00

Licensed for public performance, The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism & Community examines the dilemma of human inaction, despite the scientific community's consensus that climate change is underway. Why aren't people doing more to promote sustainability, or restrict harmful pollution, when failure to do these things will potentially harm the lives of billions? Activists and philosophers in the domains of science, economics, and spirituality discuss how we can change our societies for the better, collectively, to combat climate disruption. What is the alternative to blind adherence to a profit-oriented growth economy, and how can it reasonably be put into practice? Featured guests include Bill McKibben, Joanna Macy, Nikki Cooley, Roger Payne, Richard Heinberg, Amy Seidl, Stephanie Kaza, Gus Speth, Jihan Gearan, and Ben Falk, The Wisdom to Survive is a thought-provoking call to moral and spiritual arms.

The Story of Medicine
Hosted by Dr. Michael Mosley
c/o Acorn Media
c/o RLJ Entertainment
9781621721734 $39.99

Award-winning science journalist Dr. Michael Mosley hosts The Story of Medicine: Pain, Pus & Poison, an eye-opening documentary about the history of drugs and medicine during the past 200 years. Three episodes reveal how humans have learned to harness the power of chemicals and nature's own biological defenses to mass-produce modern miracle cures. As fascinating as it is educational, The Story of Medicine is highly recommended especially for high school, public library, and college DVD collections. 3 episodes on 2 DVDs, 156 min. plus 27 min. bonus ("Seven Wonders of the Microbe World" shorts), SDH subtitles.

Tracie Long Longevity Series
Tracie Long
Shelter Island
c/o TDC Entertainment
220 East 23rd Street, Suite 405, New York, NY 10010
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Tracie Long Longevity Series is a trio fitness DVDs created to help boost strength, improve endurance, and have fun while doing it! Fitness expert Tracy Long guides the viewer through easy-to-follow routines in all three DVDs. "Step Forward" (9781939517197) is works on one's leg muscles from varying angles and speeds, culminated with four minutes of leg conditioning. "Defining Shape" (9781939517173) features strength training exercises that move both the upper and lower body, designed to burn more calories than activities that isolate specific muscle groups. "Staying Power" (9781939517180) employs an inexpensive medicine ball in its high-energy cardio, with a particular drive to improve the hips, rear, and thighs. All three are superb additions to any fitness library, individually or as a set!

The Graphic Novel Shelf

All Star
Jesse Lonergan
NBM Publishing
160 Broadway, Ste. 700, East Wing
New York, NY 10038
9781561638352 $13.99

All Star is an original, black-and-white graphic novel about a young athlete's coming of age. The year is 1998, a scandal about President Bill Clinton and White House intern Monica Lewinsky is beginning to unravel, and Carl Carter is on the verge of leading his high school baseball team to the state championship. A full scholarship to the University of Maine is on the line; perhaps he even has a chance at professional baseball. Carl is from a respectable middle class background, but the working class family of his best friend, Esden, is barely scraping by. As the end of the school year and the baseball season approach, Carl and Esden engage in a drunken bout of vandalism and petty theft - but star athlete Carl receives a much lighter punishment than Esden, who has a more troubled history. Carl's conscience burns at the injustice. The consequences of that fateful night fracture Carl's and Esden's friendship, and may deny Esden any hope of a bright future. Is there anything Carl can do? Thoughtful, provocative, and populated by believable human characters, All Star is highly recommended. All Star does contain some cursing and a few sexual allusions, though it is never explicit, and is therefore more suitable for teens and adults (or any reader who is mature enough to understand what the Lewinsky scandal was all about).

The Crafts Shelf

Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry
Beth L. Martin and Eva M. Sherman
Kalmbach Books
21027 Crossroads Circle
Waukesha, WI 53186
9780871167040 $21.99

Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry: Stunning Pieces Made with Sea Glass, Stones, and Crystals is a practical crafting book for intermediate to advanced metalworkers and wireworkers, revealing how to create beautiful, distinctive jewelry from relatively inexpensive materials and tools. A wealth of full-color photographs demonstrate the step-by-step instructions to metalworking techniques such as coiling, drilling, stamping, riveting, texturing, making spirals and loops, and more. The readers is invited to put his or her skills to the test in 25 trendy designs, each with two variations, for a total of fifty suggested projects. Extravagant waterspout earrings, charm bracelets, rings with a natural flourish, and more are among the colorful handmade wonders suggested in this excellent and thoroughly accessible craftbook.

Small Beads Big Jewelry
Jean Power
250 Wireless Boulevard
Hauppauge, NY 11788
9781438003511 $21.99

Small Beads Big Jewelry: 30 Unique Pieces To Make is a hands-on guide for intermediate to advanced beadweavers to creating distinctive, unique pieces of three-dimensional jewelry from a multitude of tiny beads. The projects are grouped by the style of technique used to weave the little beads together (including peyote stitch, ladder stitch, spiral rope, and more). Full-color photographs and step-by-step diagrams illustrate how to create a Dagger Bangle (crafted from spiky "dagger beads"), Rivoli Medals Necklace, Owl Earrings (this technique can be adapted to craft any other type of bead caricature), multipurpose pendants/charms/ornaments, and more. Highly recommended, especially for crafters and hobbyists.

The Memoir Shelf

Rows of Memory
Saul Sanchez
University of Iowa Press
100 Kuhl House
119 West Park Road
Iowa City, IA 52242-1000
9781609382339 $21.00

Rows of Memory: Journeys of a Migrant Sugar-Beet Worker is the true-life memoir of Saul Sanchez, born to a family of migrant workers. At age eight, Sanchez began helping his family tend to agricultural crops - they regularly traveled across America, picking oranges, apples, cucumbers, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, and more. They often encountered racism, and lived a life of de facto segregation, surviving on razor-thin wages. Saul's long work hours cut into the time he spent at school, yet he dedicated himself to succeeding academically. He went to college with his family's blessing, graduated in 1967, and became a teacher. Rows of Memory is an unforgettable glimpse into daily life among Latinos who labored to bring cheap food to all of America, and the steep demands of modern industrial agriculture. Highly recommended.

The Literary Studies Shelf

Re-reading Italian Americana
Anthony Julian Tamburri
Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940
9781611476545, $70.00,

The latest addition to the outstanding 'Fairleigh Dickinson University Press Series in Italian Studies', "Re-reading Italian Americana: Specificities and Generalities on Literature and Criticism" is a 198 page compendium comprised of eight major literary analyses by Anthony Julian Tamburri (Dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute at Queens College, CUNY) that is organized into three sections. The first section (Preliminaries) deals with the general situation of Italian/American literature and its reception both in the United States and in Italy. It also discusses other social and cultural issues that pertain to Italian Americana. Section two (Specificities of Reading Prose) consists of six chapters, each discussing a specific author; three dedicated to prose (Pietro di Donato, Mario Puzo, Luigi Barzini), three dedicated to poetry (Joseph Tusiani, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Rina Ferrarelli). Section three (Specifications of Reading Poetry) examines the current state of criticism dedicated to Italian/American literature, with the second part focusing in on a number of specific works. A work of impressive and meticulous scholarship, "Re-reading Italian Americana: Specificities and Generalities on Literature and Criticism" is enhanced with the inclusion of an extensive bibliography and a comprehensive index, making it an extraordinary and highly recommended addition to academic library collections. It should be noted that "Re-reading Italian Americana: Specificities and Generalities on Literature and Criticism" is also available in a Kindle edition ($54.06).

The Psychology Shelf

The Psychology Book
Wade E. Pickren
Sterling Publishing Company
387 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016-8810
9781402784811, $29.95,

Psychology is an academic and applied discipline that involves the scientific study of mental functions and behaviors. Psychology has the immediate goal of understanding individuals and groups by both establishing general principles and researching specific cases, and by many accounts it ultimately aims to benefit society. In this field, a professional practitioner or researcher is called a psychologist and can be classified as a social, behavioral, or cognitive scientist. Psychologists attempt to understand the role of mental functions in individual and social behavior, while also exploring the physiological and biological processes that underlie cognitive functions and behaviors. "The Psychology Book: From Shamanism to Cutting-Edge Neuroscience, 250 Milestones in the History of Psychology" by psychologist Wade E. Pickren (who served as the historian for the American Psychological Association from 1998 to 2012) is a 528 page compendium the chronicles the history of psychology from its aboriginal and metaphysical origins down to the mind sciences of the present day. Profusely and beautifully illustrated throughout, "The Psychology Book: From Shamanism to Cutting-Edge Neuroscience, 250 Milestones in the History of Psychology" is enhanced with the inclusion of extensive notes and recommendations for further reading and a comprehensive index, making it an ideal and highly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library History of Psychology reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Mathematics Shelf

Financial Mathematics: A Comprehensive Treatment
Giuseppe Campolieti & Roman N. Makarov
CRC Press
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300
Boca Raton, FL 33487
9781439892428, $89.95,

All economic systems, especially capitalism, are ultimately established upon the basis of financial mathematics. The collabortive work of Giuseppe Campolieti and Roman N. Makarov, "Financial Mathematics: A Comprehensive Treatment" is an 892 page compendium that brings together under a single cover a comprehensive and descriptive presentation of quantitative finance deftly organized into four major sections (Introduction to Pricing and Management of Financial Securities; Discrete-Time Modelling; Continuous-Time Modelling; and Computational Techniques). Enhanced throughout with figures, tables, and algorithms, "Financial Mathematics: A Comprehensive Treatment" also features an appendix (Some useful Integral Identities and Symmetry Properties of Normal Variables), as well as a glossary of symbols and abbreviations, a four page list of references, and a comprehensive index. A critically important acquisition for academic library Financial Studies and Mathematics reference collections, "Financial Mathematics: A Comprehensive Treatment" is an especially recommended textbook for undergraduate and graduate students in the fields of mathematics, finance, actuarial science, and economics.

The Environmental Studies Shelf

Wilderness and Waterpower
Christopher Armstrong and H.V. Nelles
University of Calgary Press
2500 University Drive, N.W.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4
9781552386347 $41.95

Wilderness and Waterpower: How Banff National Park Became a Hydroelectric Storage Reservoir is a thoughtful, in-depth history of why and how Banff National Park (Canada's oldest national park, situated in the Rocky Mountains) became substantially altered to serve as hydroelectric storage, and the legacy of this transformation up to the modern day. Conservationists, energy researchers, environmentalists and more will find this story of benefits, burdens, and externalities informative and thorough. The political dimensions of regulating electricity production in the national park are also strewn with invaluable lessons, as Wilderness and Waterpower covers the influence that Max Aitkin (later Lord Beaverbook), R.B. Bennett (a legal advisor destined to become prime minister), and many local politicians and bureaucrats had on the ongoing project. "With the growth in electricity demand being satisfied by other energy sources within the province, and with the capitalist imperative thus relaxed, what kept these elaborate engineering works on the Bow River in existence? They required costly maintenance. Why not tear them down, let the river revert to its wild state? Some people argued for such an outcome. But surprisingly, long after these hydroelectric works had outlived their functional usefulness, an unusual coalition of interests formed to keep the dams in place." Extensive notes and an index round out this welcome condition to public and college library collections.

Lakeshore Living
Paul J. Radomski & Kristof Van Assche
Michigan State University Press
1405 South Harrison Road, Suite 25
East Lansing, MI 48823-5245
9781611861181, $29.95,

The collaborative work of Paul J. Radomski (lakshore habitat management expert for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources) and Kristof Van Assche (Associate Professor, Community Planning and development, University of Alberta), "Lakeshore Living: Designing Lake Places and Communities in the Footprints of Environmental Writers" is a 228 page compendium covering a variety of environmental management issues for lakes and wetlands. The importance of lakeshore and wetlands management is represented by the referencing to and invocation of Aldo Leopold, Sigurd Olson, and William Whyte. Of special note are the sections devoted to environmental asset creation, and preservation. A model of accessible scholarship, "Lakeshore Living: Designing Lake Places and Communities in the Footprints of Environmental Writers" is enhanced with the inclusion of extensive notes, recommended readings, references, and a comprehensive index. Informed and informative, "Lakeshore Living: Designing Lake Places and Communities in the Footprints of Environmental Writers" is an important contribution to professional, governmental, community, and academic library Environmental Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists. It should be noted that "Lakeshore Living: Designing Lake Places and Communities in the Footprints of Environmental Writers" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).

The Autism Shelf

Essential First Steps for Parents of Children with Autism
Lara Delmolino & Sandra L. Harris
Woodbine House
6510 Bells Mill Road, Bethesda, MD 20817
9781606131893, $21.95,

Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and verbal and non-verbal communication, and by restricted, repetitive or stereotyped behavior. The diagnostic criteria require that symptoms become apparent before a child is three years old. Autism affects information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize; how this occurs is not well understood. It is one of three recognized disorders in the autism spectrum (ASDs), the other two being Asperger syndrome, which lacks delays in cognitive development and language, and pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified (commonly abbreviated as PDD-NOS), which is diagnosed when the full set of criteria for autism or Asperger syndrome are not met. The collaborative work of autism experts Lara Delmolino and Sandra L. Harris, "Essential First Steps for Parents of Children with Autism: Helping the Littlest Learners" is a 154 page compendium of case studies and a review of evidence-based interventions and proven practices help parents prepare a strong foundation for their child's future development. Deftly written and superbly organized, parents will learn about the early indicators of ASD in children younger than 3 years; be able to identify the behaviors of 3 to 5 year olds with a confirmed diagnosis; benefit from research about effective treatments & teaching methods; employ strategies for boosting play, communication and self-help skills; and develop support for the rest of the family. Especially informed and informative for the non-specialist general reader, "Essential First Steps for Parents of Children with Autism: Helping the Littlest Learners" is highly recommended for parents of autistic children and will prove to be an invaluable addition to academic and community library Parenting Studies reference collections. It should be noted that "Essential First Steps for Parents of Children with Autism: Helping the Littlest Learners" is also available in a Kindle edition ($18.95).

The Jobs/Careers Shelf

Making Self-Employment Work For People With Disabilities, second edition
Cary Giffin, et al.
Brookes Publishing Company
PO Box 10624, Baltimore, MD 21285-0624
9781598574036, $42.95,

Now in a fully updated and expanded second edition, "Making Self-Employment Work For People With Disabilities" is a 288 page compendium addressing the alternative of self-employment for men and women with some manner of handicap or disability that would hinder them in seeking competitive employment elsewhere. Readers will learn how to create a business plan based on their own particular goals and interests; use multiple revenue sources to finance their business; market their business through a variety of social media; retain financial and Social Security benefits while self-employed; utilize support services available through rehabilitation personnel, vocational counselors, school transition staff, and community programs. Enhanced with reproducible planning worksheets, resource lists for business owners, and illustrative case studies, "Making Self-Employment Work For People With Disabilities" is an invaluable and highly recommended addition to personal, vocational guidance counselor, and community library reference collections.

The Folktale/Fairytale Shelf

Folktales of Old China
Compiled by Li Nianpei
China Books & Periodicals, Inc.
360 Swift Avenue, Suite 48
South San Francisco, CA 94080
9780835100472 $14.95

Folktales of Old China: An Introduction to the Literary and Cultural Origins of People and Places is a guide to some of the most common and well-known folktale stories of China's rich history. Plot summaries, thematic discussion, and brief contextual analysis of fifty-nine legendary stories compose Folktales of Old China. The stories include five tales from "The Romance of Three Kingdoms", four stories from "Water Margin", four stories from "Pilgrimage to the West", seven stories from "The Yang Family of Generals", many individual stories, and much more. Thoroughly accessible to readers of all backgrounds, even those who have no knowledge of Chinese history at all, Folktales of Old China is a welcome addition to public library collections, and especially recommended to prospective tourists interested in familiarizing themselves with the lore behind many of China's best-known historic sites.

The Mythology Shelf

Joseph Campbell
New World Library
14 Pamaron Way
Novato, CA 94949
9781608681822 $24.95

Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine collects over twenty lectures delivered between 1972 and 1986 by author, teacher, and mythologist Joseph Campbell (1904-1987), known for his scholarly works "The Power of Myth" and "The Hero with a Thousand Faces". Material in Goddesses focuses especially upon the symbols and themes of the female divine, and their transformations as observed throughout history. Furthermore, Goddesses has never before been heard, read, or experienced except by those who attended the original lectures. Black-and-white illustrations and an extensive index enhance this scholarly, thoughtful, and analytical examination of goddess mythology and its modern-day legacy. "The principal deities of the patriarchal traditions were male deities. The most extreme example of this masculine accent is in our own Old Testament, where there are no goddesses. In the biblical tradition, the old goddesses were simply eliminated, whereas what the Greeks did, as we've already seen, was to marry the god to the Goddess, or to make the god the protector of the Goddess, or to make the Goddess the protector of the god. They established a relationship that tied themselves and their own deities to the land and the local cult in an interactive way."

The Humor Shelf

Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year 2014 Edition
Dean P. Turnbloom, editor
Pelican Publishing Company
1000 Burmaster Street
Gretna, LA 70053-2246
9781455619740 $14.95

Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year 2014 Edition continues its fine annual tradition of gathering the past year's most cutting-edge, sharply relevant, and topical cartoon mockery from periodicals worldwide. Republicans and democrats, right-wing and left-wing, President, Congress, and Senate, none are spared the merciless mockery of biting caricature. "Wow! The Dow Jones has gone well over 14,000! All I need now is a job." Highly recommended, especially for public library humor collections, Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year 2014 Edition is sure to be a popular pick.

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