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Volume 29, Number 4 April 2019 Home | IBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Writing/Publishing Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf
Education Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf Aviation Shelf
Martial Arts Shelf Fiction Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf
Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Western Fiction Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf
Christian Studies Shelf Metaphysical Studies Shelf Science Shelf
Military Shelf World History Shelf Civil War Shelf
Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf Art Shelf Cookbook Shelf
Gardening Shelf Automotive Shelf Environmental Studies Shelf
Activity Shelf Graphic Novel Shelf Audiobook Shelf
Library CD Shelf Library DVD Shelf Political Science Shelf
Language Studies Shelf Jobs/Careers Shelf Biography Shelf
Literary Studies Shelf Technology Shelf LGBT Studies Shelf
Needlecraft Shelf Interior Design Shelf Woodworking Shelf
Self-Help Shelf Business Shelf Sports Shelf
Computer Shelf Gaming Shelf  


Reviewer's Choice


Helping the Disabled Veteran
Joanna Romer
MSI Press
1760-F Airline Hwy, #203, Hollister, CA 950243
http://msipress.com
9781942891789, $14.95, PB, 124pp, www.amazon.com

"Helping the Disabled Veteran: How to Assist Your Disabled Veteran's Adjustment to Civilian Life" by Joanna Romer suggests 'real world practical' ways to assist disabled veterans leaving the military and trying to integrate back into mainstream society in spite of their disabilities. The chapters comprising "Helping the Disabled Veteran" contain recommendations, suggestions, and practical suggestions, based on a large number of wide-ranging interviews with disabled veterans about their experiences after returning from war. Impressively informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking, "Helping the Disabled Veteran" should be a part of every community, college, and university library collection in the country, just as there are disabled American military veterans in every village, town, and city in this nation. "Helping the Disabled Veteran" is especially and unreservedly commended to the attention of all family members and employers of a disabled veteran.

Famous Kentucky Flavors
Cameron M. Ludwick & Blair Thomas Hess
Indiana University Press
Office of Scholarly Publishing
Herman B Wells Library 350, 1320 E. 10th St., Bloomington, IN 47405-3907
www.iupress.indiana.edu
9780253039255, $15.00, PB, 128pp, www.amazon.com

The state of Kentucky has a rich tradition of good eating with such famous classics as fried chicken and bourbon balls, as well as less well-known Bluegrass mainstays like spoonbread, burgoo, and Derby pie. There's nothing worse than pulling off the road for a tasty bite and being confronted with a less than appetizing meal instead. Veteran road trippers Cameron Ludwick and Blair Thomas Hess are on a mission to help the traveler in Kentucky to ditch the dives and find the best of authentic cafes, restaurants, and food related community events. They have traveled the state and mapped out the best local foods, festivals, and flavors. From their trek to the Beer Cheese Festival in Winchester to the Hot Brown Hop in Louisville, these gals know the best places to eat and want to take you along for the ride in Famous Kentucky Flavors. Along the way, the traveler benefitting from "Famous Kentucky Flavors" can visit all the classics and will also be introduced to some more unusual fare, including lamb fries, Benedictine spread, and barbecued mutton. Plan your own lip-smacking road trip from bourbon balls to burgoo with Famous Kentucky Flavors. A unique, profusely illustrated, and original food based travel guide, it you are visiting or simply live anywhere in the state of Kentucky, then treat yourself to a copy of Famous Kentucky Flavors!

I Am a Stranger Here Myself
Debra Gwartney
University of New Mexico Press
MSC05 3185, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque NM 87131-0001
www.unmpress.com
9780826360717, $24.95, PB, 296pp, www.amazon.com

Debra Gwartney is the author of Live Through This: A Mother's Memoir of Runaway Daughters and Reclaimed Love and the coeditor of Home Ground: A Guide to the American Landscape. She teaches in Pacific University's MFA in Writing program and lives in Western Oregon. Part history, part memoir, in the pages of "I Am a Stranger Here Myself" she deftly taps into dimensions of human yearning: the need to belong, the snarl of family history, and embracing womanhood in the patriarchal American West. Gwartney becomes fascinated with the missionary Narcissa Prentiss Whitman, the first Caucasian woman to cross the Rocky Mountains and one of fourteen people killed at the Whitman Mission in 1847 by Cayuse Indians. Whitman's role as a white woman drawn in to "settle" the West reflects the tough-as-nails women in Gwartney's own family. Arranged in four sections as a series of interlocking explorations and ruminations, Gwartney uses Whitman as a touchstone to spin a tightly woven narrative about identity, the power of womanhood, and coming to peace with one's most cherished place. An absorbing, skillfully crafted, thoughtful and thought-provoking read, "I Am a Stranger Here Myself " is unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "I Am a Stranger Here Myself " is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.69).

Remembering
Donald G. MacKay
Prometheus Books
9781633884076, $25.00, www.prometheusbooks.com

Remembering: What 50 Years of Research with Famous Amnesia Patient H.M. Can Teach Us About Memory and How It Works is a lively survey of a twenty-seven year old man who underwent brain surgery to remedy epilepsy, which destroyed the memory center of his brain. As a result, he experienced catastrophic memory failures for the rest of his life, and became the most studied amnesia patient in the world. The author himself was one of those who worked with him for some fifty years, and his notes and studies form the foundation of a book that examines the science, psychology, and nature of memory. As a side benefit to this intriguing study, discussions also revolve around how to maintain memory at any age and how to offset the effects of its degradation. While this book will find its place in any health library, it also holds an accessibility and subject that will make it attractive to general-interest readers, as well.


The Writing/Publishing Shelf

The Writer's Guide to Self-Editing
Naveed Saleh
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
https://mcfarlandbooks.com
9781476671598, $29.95, PB, 200pp, www.amazon.com

Over the years, technological advances have given publishers the ability to produce more books and online publications with greater speed. This new efficiency, however, has increased editors' workloads, limiting the amount of detailed editorial feedback they can provide authors. In turn, writers must become self-editors, ensuring that their text is nearly perfect upon submission. "The Writer's Guide to Self-Editing: Essential Tips for Online and Print Publication" by Naveed Saleh (who is a science writer and editor that has written for various online and print publications and is a long-time blogger at Psychology Today) serves as a guide to self-editing nonfiction print and online publications, including articles for general and academic audiences. It is both prescriptive and descriptive, drawing from stylebooks, dictionaries, research, and more to provide a full picture of both style and grammar. Also provided are techniques that boost search-engine optimization and engagement of Internet audiences. The single greatest weakness of most self- published authors is a lack of effective editing. "The Writer's Guide to Self-Editing" is thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, making it an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library Writing/Publishing instructional reference collections.

The Bloomsbury Introduction to Creative Writing
Tara Mokhtari
Bloomsbury Press
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10010
www.bloomsbury.com
9781350056688, $29.95, PB, 296pp, www.amazon.com

Covering all of the major genres, this fully updated and expanded second edition of "The Bloomsbury Introduction to Creative Writing" by Tara Mokhtari (Assistant Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at the Bronx Community College) is a complete introductory manual for students of creative writing. This new edition of "The Bloomsbury Introduction to Creative Writing" features an updated and expanded chapter on writing for digital media, and new exercises for reading across the genres and writing hybrid forms. Through a structured series of practical writing exercises (which are perfect for the classroom, the writer's workshop or as a starting point for a portfolio of work) "The Bloomsbury Introduction to Creative Writing" builds the student writer from the first explorations of voice and the relationship between writing and knowledge, through to mastery of a wide range of genres and forms. "The Bloomsbury Introduction to Creative Writing) deftly covers such genres as: Autobiographical writing; Short fiction; Poetry; Screenwriting and writing for performance; Writing for digital media, including video games and social media. With practical guidance on writing scholarly critiques of your own work and a glossary of terms for ease of reference, "The Bloomsbury Introduction to Creative Writing" is an essential and fundamental manual for any introductory creative writing course and a practical companion for more advanced writers. While very highly recommended as a curriculum textbook for highschool and college Creative Writing courses, and unreservedly recommended for community, highschool, college, and university library Writing/Publishing instructional reference collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, aspiring writers, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Bloomsbury Introduction to Creative Writing" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $26.95).

21st Century Playwriting
Timothy Daly
Smith & Kraus Publishers
177 Lyme Road, Lyme NH 03755-6610
www.smithandkraus.com
9781575259222, $21.95, PB, 477pp, www.amazon.com

Timothy Daly's plays have been produced all over the world. Actors such as Academy-Award winners Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush and Oscar-nominated actor Jack Weaver have all appeared in his plays. He has taught and mentored hundreds of playwrights in many different countries. In "21st Century Playwriting, A Manual of Contemporary Techniques" Daly provides the most detailed analysis of contemporary playwriting techniques ever published. A decade in the making, "21st Century Playwriting" examines the contemporary theatre scene and the skills and writing techniques needed to succeed as a modern playwright. No other book goes into such depth and detail on areas like dramatic structure, story-shaping, characterization and the contemporary language techniques used in modern playwriting. Blending theatre tradition and radical aesthetic, "21st Century Playwriting" is perfect for both new playwrights and more experienced writers wishing to refresh and modernize their writing, as well as anyone interested in the rarely-discussed techniques that go into the making of contemporary theatre and its scripts. Offers a wealth of useful writing tips, as well as an understanding of how radically theatre has changed in the 21st century, "21st Century Playwriting" is an especially recommended addition to both community and academic library Writing/Publishing instructional reference collections, and a 'must read' for anyone aspiring to write a play for the stage, for film, or for television.

Seven Steps to Confident Writing
Alan Gelb
www.alangelbwriter.com
New World Library
14 Pamaron Way, Novato, CA 94949
www.newworldlibrary.com
9781608685448 $16.95 pbk / $10.98 Kindle amazon.com

Author, writing coach, and communications consultant for higher education Alan Gelb presents Seven Steps to Confident Writing, a guide to overcoming anxiety, self-doubt, and emotional hurdles to writing. Whether crafting a business memo, a speech, a blog or magazine article, a research paper, or a novel, Seven Steps to Confident Writing is an invaluable tool for breaking through paralysis and writer's block. Chapters focus on the value of incorporating storytelling anecdotes into one's communication, the importance of paying attention to one's tone, the "lapidary work" of refining, condensing, and editing one's writing into a polished piece, and more. Seven Steps to Confident Writing is a "must-have" not only for aspiring authors, but also for professionals in every field that requires writing! Highly recommended.

Tarot for the Fiction Writer
Paula Chaffee Scardamalia
Red Feather
c/o Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
www.schifferbooks.com
9780764357237, $24.99, HC, 192pp, www.amazon.com

Paula Chaffee Scardamalia uses myth, fairy tale, Tarot, and dreams to write fiction and nonfiction, to guide book coaching clients, and to teach writers around the country. She is the award-winning author of the nonfiction book, Weaving a Woman's Life: Spiritual Lessons from the Loom. Writing a novel is a wild, unpredictable (and oftentimes stormy) adventure. And sometimes aspiring writers and seasoned veteran authors alike need a compass to guide them. Because story is inherent in Tarot's structure, it is an effective map and storytelling tool -- whether writing a novel in progress or starting out on a brand-new endeavor. In "Tarot for the Fiction Writer: How 78 Cards Can Take You from Idea to Publication", Paula draws upon her years of experience and expertise with tarot myths, symbols, characters, settings, and innumerable combinations as a powerful, portable, and imaginative tool for story development, to show their value in editing and revisions, publication, and promotion. Each individual card has a story to tell and can help to map out a book. With "Tarot for the Fiction Writer", anyone working with any literary genre will discover how to hook their readers; figure out what happens next; find a unique twist in a scene; deepen character backgrounds; create meaningful settings; and identify that "Black Moment" in the storyline. One of the most unique instructional guides for the writing of a short story or a full blown novel, "Tarot for the Fiction Writer" is an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, and academic writing instructional reference collections.

Your Guide to Marketing Christian Books
Sarah Bolme
Crest Publications
PO Box 481022, Charlotte, NC 28269
www.crestpub.com
9780991299515, $24.99, PB, 242pp, www.amazon.com

Sarah Bolme is the Director of Christian Indie Publishing Association, which exists to assist independent authors and small publishers in marketing Christian books. Sarah frequently conducts seminars for writers and publishers on indie publishing and marketing. Sarah has an informative blog at www.marketingchristianbooks.com Now in a fully updated fourth edition, "Your Guide to Marketing Christian Books" Sarah provides the advice and resources needed for an author or a publisher to promote a Christian book successfully! This award-winning resource is packed from cover to cover with valuable information on promoting Christian books. "Your Guide to Marketing Christian Books" features a wealth of specific resources from launching the book, to connecting with consumers and retailers, to obtaining media coverage, to utilizing social networking. This exceptionally well organized and presented guide walks authors and publishers step-by-step through the various aspects of book promotion. It is an ideal and thoroughly 'user friendly' resource for authors and publishers. It should also be noted that the Midwest Book Review is cited on page 35 as a resource for the authors and publishers of Christian books.


The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Bringing Back the Birds
American Bird Conservancy
Photography by Owen Deutsch
www.OwenDeutsch.com
Braided River
www.braidedriver.org
c/o Mountaineers Books
1001 SW Klickitat Way, Suite 201, Seattle, WA 98134-1161
www.mountaineersbooks.org
9781680512113 $35.00 amazon.com

The American Bird Conservancy presents Bringing Back the Birds: Exploring Migration and Preserving Birdscapes Throughout the Americas is a coffee-table book showcasing a wealth of truly stunning, full-color photography of wild birds in their natural habitat. Complementing the exceptional images is an anthology of essays by conservationists and ornithology experts about the wonders of birds, as well as the perils that have rendered numerous avian species extinct and continue to threaten survivors today. The American Bird Conservancy strives to protect endangered birds, but supporting birds in need is no simple task, since a given species may migrate and have nesting and wintering territories in completely different nations; if either territory is compromised, the species' survival is at risk. Bringing Back the Birds discusses in plain terms how to create bird-friendly environments that also earn the support of local human residents (for example, birding can be a popular tourist activity). It should be noted that 100% of royalties for Bringing Back the Birds support the American Bird Conservancy. Bringing Back the Birds is exceptionally beautiful, a joy to page through, and makes an unforgettable giftbook as well as a wonderful addition to public library collections. Highly recommended.

Unleashing Your Dog
Marc Bekoff & Jessica Pierce
New World Library
14 Pamaron Way, Novato, CA 94949
www.newworldlibrary.com
9781608685424, $15.95, PB, 216pp, www.amazon.com

No matter how cushy their lives, dogs live on the terms imposed by the human masters. They compromise their freedom and instinctual pleasure, as well as their innate strategies for coping with stress and anxiety, in exchange for the love, comfort, and care they get from us. But it is possible to let dogs be dogs without wreaking havoc on our lives, as biologist Marc Bekoff and bioethicist Jessica Pierce show in "Unleashing Your Dog: A Field Guide to Giving Your Canine Companion the Best Life Possible". They begin by illuminating the true nature of dogs and helping us "walk in their paws". They reveal what smell, taste, touch, sight, and hearing mean to dogs and then guide readers through everyday ways of enhancing dogs' freedom in safe, mutually happy ways. The rewards, they show, are great for dog and human alike. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented for the non-specialist general reader, "Unleashing Your Dog" is a 'must read' for anyone with their own canine companion. While very highly recommended for community library Pets/Wildlife collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Unleashing Your Dog" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $10.42).


The Education Shelf

Serious Fun
Marie L. Masterson & Holly Bohart, editors
The National Association for the Education of Young Children
https://www.naeyc.org
9781938113390, $28.00, PB, 160pp, www.amazon.com

Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by Marie L. Masterson (Director of Quality Assessment at McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership) and Holly Bohart (who is the Senior Editor in Books and Related Resources at NAEYC. and who formerly taught in special education early childhood programs), "Serious Fun: How Guided Play Extends Children's Learning" is a guide for preschool and elementary school teachers about the importance of planning learning experiences that integrate child-centered play with rich content-based instruction. "Serious Fun" emphasizes a classroom teachers' active role in children's play in order to guide learning. Organized into two sections, "Serious Fun" first looks at strategies teachers can use to connect play to learning. The second focuses on playful learning in math, literacy, drama, art, STEM, and outdoors. Exceptionally well organized and presented, "Serious Fun" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to school district in-service training curriculums, as well as college and university library Teacher Education collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

Nurturing Habits of Mind in Early Childhood
Arthur L. Costa & Bena Kallick, editors
ASCD
1703 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311-1714
www.ascd.org
9781416627081, $29.95, PB, 208pp, www.amazon.com

In the first years of life, as children observe, imitate, and interact with people and their environment, the brain is structuring a foundation for vocabulary, values, cognitive processes, and social skills. Classroom teachers can help influence that development by teaching the skills and dispositions of intelligent, creative, effective decision makers and problem solvers. Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by Arthur L. Costa (Emeritus Professor of Education at California State University, Sacramento) and Bena Kallick (a private consultant providing services to school districts, state departments of education, professional organizations, and public agencies throughout the United States and around the world), "Nurturing Habits of Mind in Early Childhood: Success Stories from Classrooms Around the World" shares authentic stories and experiences of teachers who have taught these Habits of Mind (HOM) to young children. The practical examples provided by the contributors shows how anybody who works with young children can introduce the Habits of Mind in entertaining and concrete ways that are developmentally appropriate. By designing learning experiences that reflect the situations and challenges children face in their lives, classroom teachers can help our youngest citizens begin to develop the habits of mind that feed a lifetime of learning. A collaborative work of simply outstanding scholarship, "Nurturing Habits of Mind in Early Childhood: Success Stories from Classrooms Around the World" is an especially recommended addition to school district, college, and university library Teacher Education collections and supplemental curriculum lists. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of classroom teachers, education students, and non- specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Nurturing Habits of Mind in Early Childhood" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $28.45).

The K&W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Differences, 14th edition
The Princeton Review
c/o Random House Inc.
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
www.PrincetonReview.com
9780525567899, $31.99, PB, 752pp, www.amazon.com

Hundreds of thousands of students with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, or other learning differences head to college every year. Now in a fully updated 14th edition, "The K&W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Differences" is a comprehensive guide makes it easy for those students and their families and guidance counselors to tackle the daunting process of finding the school that fits their needs best. This indispensable resource book for students, parents, and professionals includes: 338 school profiles with targeted information on services, admissions, and support at each school; Lists of support services available to learning-disabled students at each college; Policies and procedures regarding course waivers or substitutions; Strategies to help students find the best match for their needs; Advice from learning specialists on making an effective transition to college. Thoroughly comprehensive and 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "The K&W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Differences " is an absolutely essential addition to highschool counselor and community library Higher Education reference and resource collections.

Encounters With Archetypes
Tamra Stambaugh, Emily Mofield, Eric Fecht, and Kim Knauss
Prufrock Press
PO Box 8813, Waco, TX 76714-8813
www.prufrock.com
9781618218063, $45.00, PB, 200pp, www.amazon.com

"Encounters With Archetypes: Integrated ELA Lessons for Gifted and Advanced Learners in Grades 4-5" integrates the study of archetypes with the concept of encounters. This unit was originally developed by Vanderbilt University's Programs for Talented Youth, and is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and features accelerated content, creative products, differentiated tasks, engaging activities, and the use of in-depth analysis models to develop sophisticated skills in the language arts. Through the lens of encounter, elementary school students will examine the patterns, symbols, and motifs associated with common archetypes by analyzing fictional and informational texts, speeches, and visual media. The students will follow various archetype encounters with conflicts and challenges to explore questions such as "How do archetypes reflect the human experience?" and "How do archetypes reveal human strengths and weaknesses?" Exceptionally well organized and presented, "Encounters With Archetypes" is especially recommended for school district in-service training curriculums, as well as college and university library Teacher Education collections and supplemental studies lists.

Making Every History Lesson Count
Chris Runeckles
Crown House Publishing
81 Brook Hills Circle, White Plains, NY 10605
www.crownhousepublishing.com
9781785833366, $18.95, PB, 184pp, www.amazon.com

Written especially for classroom history teachers of students aged 11 to 16 years, "Making Every History Lesson Count: Six Principles to Support Great History Teaching" by Chris Runeckles offers invaluable and lasting answers and solutions to the crucial question that all history teachers must ask: What can I do to help my students retain and interrogate the rich detail of the content that I deliver? Writing in the practical, engaging style "Making Every History Lesson Count" articulates the fundamentals of great history teaching and shares simple, realistic strategies designed to deliver memorable lessons. Underpinned by six pedagogical principles with the tools and techniques to help students better engage with the subject matter and develop more sophisticated historical analysis and arguments, "Making Every History Lesson Count" expertly bridges the gap between the realms of academic research and the humble classroom by blending evidence-based practice with collective experience and, in doing so, inspires a challenging approach to secondary school history teaching. Of special note is that each chapter concludes with a series of questions that will prompt reflective thought and enable educators to relate the content to their own classroom practice. While unreservedly recommended for school district, college and university library Teacher Education instructional reference collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Making Every History Lesson Count" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $16.49).

Corwin Press
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218
www.corwinpress.com

Kimberly L. Mitchell's Experience Inquiry: 5 Powerful Strategies, 50 Practical Experiences (9781544317120, $34.95) provides an interactive guide for educators looking to implement inquiry processes in the classroom, and blends a practical guide filled with advice with an interactive journal format designed to encourage educators to practice the book's five key strategies. Examples of real-world classroom inquiry blend with a handbook of reference information and examples to document experiences that can be used on a one-on-one basis with students, or with small groups of teachers. Strategies for encouraging curiosity to assessing expertise levels make for easy and clear courses of action and examples. Emily Rinkema and Stan Williams' The Standards-Based Classroom: Make Learning the Goal (9781544324203, $34.95) discusses best practices for making learning accessible to each student, and provides a resource filled with strategies for making the kinds of changes that result in better educational processes and classroom instructional strategies. From skills that will be assessed and design tasks that lead students to apply these skills in a guided session to maintaining a different kind of grade book based on learning targets and their achievement, The Standards-Based Classroom is a treasure box of templates and examples designed to easily translate to practical applications. Victoria Lentfer's keep Calm and Teach: Empowering K-12 Learners with Positive Classroom Management Routines (9781506397764, $26.95) provides a framework for teachers addressing behavior strategies to make for a CALM (Communication, Accountability, Leadership, and Motivation) classroom environment. From methods for redirecting negative behavior into positive, more appropriate responses to scripts that can be used to teach and define positive behavior expectations, this is a key acquisition for classroom teachers struggling with behavioral issues. H. Richard Milner IV, et.al.'s "These Kids Are Out of Control": Why We Must Reimagine "Classroom Management" for Equity (9781483374802, $31.95) also covers classroom management issues, defining and outlining effective instruction approaches and discussing the basics of creating a caring classroom atmosphere. Chapters integrate lesson planning with opportunities for classroom environment change even with difficult students, and address many problems with an eye to emphasizing equity as the end goal. All are top picks for education collections.


The Health/Medicine Shelf

Exercises for Cardiac Recovery
William Smith, Keith Burns, and Christopher Volgraf
Hatherleigh Press
c/o The Hatherleigh Foundation
62545 State Highway 10, Hobart, NY 13788
www.hatherleighpress.com
9781578267064, $15.00, PB, 112pp, www.amazon.com

Simply stated, "Exercises for Cardiac Recovery: The Strong Heart Fitness Program for Life After Heart Attack & Heart Surgery" by the team of William Smith, Keith Burns, Christopher Volgraf should be considered mandatory reading by anyone who is at risk for, or has experienced with, any degree of cardiac problem with respect to themselves or a loved one. This illustrated and authoritative post-rehabilitation exercise guide is specifically designed to help patients regain their physical health and strength after heart attack or heart surgery. "Exercises for Cardiac Recovery" presents a do-it-yourself post-rehabilitation exercise program specifically and effectively designed to help men and women regain their physical health and strength after heart attack or heart surgery. Also available for personal reading lists in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.99), the paperback edition of "Exercises for Cardiac Recovery" should be a part of every community library Health & Medicine instructional reference collection.

Shifting Into High Gear
Kyle Bryant
Health Communications Inc.
9780757321528, $14.95, www.hcibooks.com

Shifting Into High Gear: One Man's Grave Diagnosis and the Epic Bike Ride That Taught Him What Matters tells of a young athlete and college student who struggled with inexplicable health issues for years before he was diagnosed with Friedreich's ataxia, a degenerative neurological condition that is a rare disease. Told to expect increasing health issues and a shorter life span, Kyle embarked on a purposeful journey on a red trike that he could ride, and traveled across the country on it twice. Readers follow him on a life-changing journey as he faces death with renewed, revised ambitions and insights into positive thinking and purposeful living. This approach will keep readers thinking long after his story ends.

The 6 Week Programme
Louise Parker
Mitchell Beazley
c/o Octopus Books
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
www.octopusbooksusa.com
9781784725372, $24.00, www.octopusbooks.co.uk

The 6 Week Programme: Reshape Your Body and Change Your Habits for Life offers a weight loss program for anyone looking to change not just their weight, but their lifestyle. It provides a specific, guided program of weekly adjustments that promote eating and living well, and blends mind-body exercises with adjustments to daily efforts that involve education about food content and diet and exercise regimens. The result is a guide especially recommended for those willing to reconsider their habits and make lasting lifestyle changes.


The Aviation Shelf

The Trans-Atlantic Pioneers
Bruce Hales-Dutton
Air World
c/o Pen & Sword Books
c/o Casemate (distribution)
www.casematepublishers.com
https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk
9781526732170, $39.95, HC, 248pp, www.amazon.com

Every day up to 3,000 aircraft fly across the Atlantic Ocean. If each one carries 250 passengers, that could mean as many as 750,000 people on the move between Europe and North America. But just a bit over a century ago it was uncertain if the new invention of the air plane would allow flights over the length and breadth of the Atlantic Ocean was every going to be possible -- let alone safe! "The Trans-Atlantic Pioneers: From First Flights to Supersonic Jets - The Battle to Cross the Atlantic" by Bruce Hales-Dutton (a newspaper and magazine journalist, government press officer, and aviation industry public relations specialist) is a fascinating and impressively informative history of the developing technology of aircraft based trans-Atlantic crossings. A seminal and welcome addition to community and college Aviation History collections and supplemental studies curriculum lists, "The Trans-Atlantic Pioneers" is especially commended to the attention of non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject.


The Martial Arts Shelf

The Judo Advantage
Steve Scott
YMAA Publications
PO Box 480, Wolfeboro, NH 03894-0480
www.ymaa.com
9781594396281, $18.95, PB, 244pp, www.amazon.com

Steve Scott is an expert in grappling martial arts. He has decades of training and experience in judo, sambo, and jujitsu. He holds a seventh dan in judo and a seventh dan in Shingitai jujitsu. He is a member of the US Sambo Hall of Fame. As a coach, he has developed hundreds of national and international medal winners, as well as members of world, Pan American, and Olympic teams. In "The Judo Advantage" Scott deftly explores the dynamics of how and why the human body works most efficiently for throwing, submission, and pinning techniques. Although judo provides the basis for the author's analysis, his insights also relate to other grappling sports such as Russian sambo, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and Olympic and collegiate wrestling. Readers of "The Judo Advantage" will: Gain a competitive edge using the principles of human biomechanics; Master the ability to control your opponent's movements; Improve fluency for seamless transition between techniques; Generate incredible power and speed. "The Judo Advantage provides martial arts students with an in-depth analysis of stances, balance breaking, throws, takedowns, transitions, ground fighting, trapping, footwork, combinations, gripping, posting, linear and angular movement, torque, generating power, evading, generating force, changing directions, and stability. Illustrated with more than 200 action photos, as well as drills and winning insights for coaches and athletes of grappling arts, "The Judo Advantage" is unreservedly recommended for dojo, community, and academic library Martial Arts instructional reference collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated martial arts students that "The Judo Advantage" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).


The Fiction Shelf

The Making of Mrs. Hale
Carolyn Miller
Kregel Publications
2450 Oak Industrial Drive, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
www.kregel.com
9780825445354, $15.99, PB, 336pp, www.amazon.com

Julia Hale ran off to be married in Gretna Green, following romance instead of common sense. But her tale isn't turning into a happily ever after. Her new husband is gone and she doesn't know where - or if he's ever coming back. Julia has no option but to head home to the family she betrayed by eloping and to hope they'll forgive her. Especially now that she might be carrying a baby from her brief marriage. "The Making of Mrs. Hale" by Carolyn Miller is another deftly penned Regency Romance novel by a master of the genre and will prove to be a welcome and enduringly popular addition to community library Romance Fiction collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of Carolyn Miller fans that "The Making of Mrs. Hale" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.99).

Moral Inventory
Tara Johnson
Austin Macauley Publishers
https://www.austinmacauley.com
9781641820257, $23.95, HC, 154pp, www.amazon.com

Seventeen-year-old Elizabeth thought she had been doing a decent job of navigating through the obstacles life had put in her path. But that it all came to a screeching halt with the simple words from her mother that Elizabeth was going to see a family counselor. Elizabeth felt she had nothing to fear. Her confidence in her manipulation skills had her convinced that she would be back in the arms of her druggie boyfriend by noon. Underestimating her mother's determination, Elizabeth would soon realize that escape would not come so easily. Forced to expose her mother's alcoholism, her own drug abuse, and her sense of feeling abandoned since her father's death, Elizabeth was faced with a reality that she had fought so hard to avoid. A grim, deftly scripted, but inherently fascinating read from beginning to end, "Moral Inventory" is an especially recommended addition to community library Contemporary General Fiction collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Moral Inventory" is also available in a paperback edition (9781641820240, $10.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $4.95).

Owed to My Mother
N. T. Keahon
Austin Macauley Publishers
https://www.austinmacauley.com
9781641826877, $24.95, HC, 189pp, www.amazon.com

Nadine has always excelled in her career and had just reached the next level of her success, which brought her to the company's illustrious complex outside of San Francisco, CA; but as she begins to get settled into this new chapter of her life, she learns that her mother's cancer is now stage 4 and she's forced to make a choice between staying where she is or going to be with her mother. She chooses her mother and the story that unfolds from there is filled with heartfelt humor, ridiculous sarcasm and examples of their forever love. Although a work historical fiction by N. T. Keahon (and all the more impressive when considering that it is her debut as a novelist), "Owed to My Mother" is based on a true story, and nothing exemplifies that fact better than the sacrifices made between this mother and her child. While "Owed to My Mother" is very highly recommended, especially for community library General Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that it is also available in a paperback edition (9781641826860, $11.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $4.95).

A Day in the Life
Rajani Kanth
Austin Macauley Publishers
https://www.austinmacauley.com
9781787109896, $13.95, PB, 220pp, www.amazon.com

"A Day in the Life" chronicles a short, yet tumultuous, day in the life of a wayward protagonist. Lightly, side-stepping the usual pitfalls of everyday life, unmindful of his own peripatetic passage, from irony, to pathos, to temptation, he perseveres through his journey to a climactic end, rather like an earnest pilgrim en route to salvation. "A Day in the Life" is a parable for our impossible times: for what ails him is what would inflect us all if we could only see the world we have built through his disintermediated, distempered eyes. "A Day in the Life" is a post-modernist romance, a love story, of an unlicensed, defiant love that will not accept boundaries. Showcasing author Rajani Kanth's genuine flair for originality, a distinctive narrative storytelling style, and an impressive ability to engagingly entertain and compel his readers full attention from beginning to end. While very highly recommended for community library Contemporary General Fiction collections it should be noted for personal reading lists that "A Day in the Life" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $4.66).

A Tender Hope
Amanda Cabot
Revell
c/o Baker Publishing Group
6030 East Fulton, Ada, MI 49301
www.revellbooks.com
9780800735609, $29.99, HC, 352pp, www.amazon.com

As far as Thea Michener is concerned, it's time for a change. With her husband murdered and her much-anticipated baby stillborn, there is nothing left for her in Ladreville. Having accepted a position as Cimarron Creek's midwife, she has no intention of remarrying and trying for another child. So when a handsome Texas Ranger appears on her doorstep with an abandoned baby, Thea isn't sure her heart can take it. Ranger Jackson Guthrie isn't concerned only with the baby's welfare. He's been looking for Thea, convinced that her late husband was part of the gang that killed his brother. But it soon becomes clear that the situation is far more complicated than he anticipated -- and he'll need Thea's help if he's ever to find the justice he seeks. Another Cimarron Creek romance novel by Amanda Cabot, "A Tender Hope" is an extraordinary and deftly crafted story of loss, betrayal, and love in the majestic Texas Hill Country. While unreservedly recommended for community library Contemporary Romance Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "A Tender Hope" is also available in a paperback edition (9780800727581, $10.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.89).

Bulwark
Britt Lunden
Chelshire Inc.
9781947188914, $8.99, PB, 146pp, www.amazon.com

Clay Finnes is the sheriff of a small town in Georgia called Bulwark. Recently separated from his wife, all he can think about is what went wrong, and will Jenna ever come back to him. He's troubled by a bothersome reporter trying to build a story from what he thinks is a normal day in his life. Clay has to admit that the fantastical stories, told by an accident victim as well as unusual sightings of wolves, things are getting a bit strange. A visit to the ominous Gingerbread House makes him realize that his life as he knows it will never be the same. An inherently riveting and original little novel by an accomplished master of narrative storytelling, "Bulwark" by Britt Lunden is unreservedly recommended for community library collections and available for personal reading lists in a digital book format (Kindle, $0.99). Also very highly recommended is Britt Lunden's "The Knowing" (9781947188990, $8.99 PB, $0.99 Kindle) which is volume one of the 'Bulwark Anthology' series.

Map of the Heart
Susan Wiggs
William Morrow & Company
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
195 Broadway New York, New York 10007
www.harpercollins.com
9780062425508, $15.99, PB, 368pp, www.amazon.com

Widowed by an unspeakable tragedy, Camille Palmer has made her peace with the past and settled into the quiet safety of life with her teenage daughter Julie in a sleepy coastal town. Then the arrival of a mysterious package breaks open the door to her family's secret past. In uncovering a hidden history, Camille has no idea that she's embarking on an adventure that will utterly transform her. Camille, Julie, and Camille's father return to the French town of his youth, sparking unexpected memories -- recollections that will lead them back to the dark days of the Second World War. And it is in the stunning Provencal countryside that they will uncover their family's surprising history. While Provence offers answers about the past, it also holds the key to Camille's future. Along the way, she meets a former naval officer who stirs a passion deep within her -- a feeling that she thought she'd never experience again. Another deftly crafted gem of a romance novel by an accomplished master of the genre, "Map of the Heart" by Susan Wiggs is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

Son of Saigon
David Myles Robinson
Terra Nova Books
33 Alondra Road, Santa Fe, NM 87508
www.terranovabooks.com
9781948749008, $19.95, PB, 240pp, www.amazon.com

Hank and Norm were living the good life: two friends with plenty of money, homes in a lovely California retirement town, and no problems -- except for the boredom that felt almost fatal. Then Mai came into the picture, the love of Hank's life during his CIA days in Saigon, desperately needing his help to save the son he'd never known he had. Boredom was over, as Hank and Norm hit the road, following the few clues Mai could give them in search of a man who desperately wants not to be found. What they find is a slew of lies and hidden truths, strange characters, improbable danger that has them fighting to survive, and the happy lesson that their lives are far from over. A deftly written and engagingly entertaining read from beginning to end, "Son of Saigon" showcases author David Myles Robinson genuine flair for a simply riveting style of narrative storytelling. While very highly recommended, especially for community library Contemporary General Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Son of Saigon" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.69).

The Sky Above Us
Sarah Sundin
Revell
c/o Baker Publishing Group
6030 East Fulton, Ada, MI 49301
www.revellbooks.com
9780800735616, $29.99, HC, 384pp, www.amazon.com

Numbed by grief and harboring shameful secrets, Lt. Adler Paxton ships to England with the US 357th Fighter Group in 1943. Determined to become an ace pilot, Adler battles the German Luftwaffe in treacherous dogfights in the skies over France as the Allies struggle for control of the air before the D-day invasion. Violet Lindstrom wanted to be a missionary, but for now she serves in the American Red Cross, where she arranges entertainment for the men of the 357th in the Aeroclub on base and sets up programs for local children. Drawn to the mysterious Adler, she enlists his help with her work and urges him to reconnect with his family after a long estrangement. Despite himself, Adler finds his defenses crumbling when it comes to Violet. But D-day draws near. And secrets can't stay buried forever. Another deftly crafted novel by an author with a distinctive narrative storytelling style and a genuine flair for originality, "The Sky Above Us" is a simply riveting read by Sarah Sundin and certain to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to community library collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Sky Above Us" is also available in a paperback edition (9780800727987, $15.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.79).

Angel in the Fog
T. J. Turner
Oceanview Publishing
1620 Main Street, Suite 11, Sarasota, FL 34236
www.oceanviewpub.com
9781608092413, $25.95, HC, 384pp, www.amazon.com

Molly Ferguson's comfortable life unravels when her Louisiana home is burned to the ground, her family murdered, and she is enslaved in a Baltimore brothel. Amidst the threat of the Civil War, Molly learns of secessionist plans to assassinate President-elect Abraham Lincoln as he makes his way to Washington for his inauguration. She's manages to pass this information on to a Pinkerton agent posing as a client. Impressed with her fortitude and intelligence, the Pinkerton Agency arranges for Molly's freedom and brings her under the tutelage of Mrs. Kate Warne, America's first female detective. After they save Mr. Lincoln in Baltimore, Molly is sent by the Pinkerton Agency into the Deep South (where the Civil War now rages) a spy behind enemy lines. Molly threads a thin line between revenge and redemption as she races to unravel a sinister plan that will doom the Union and allow the Confederacy to win the Civil War -- all while coming face to face with the demons from her tragic past. T. J. Turner's "Angel in the Fog" is a page turner of an historical thriller by a true master of narrative storytelling. While an exceptionally entertaining and highly recommended addition to community library Historical Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Angel in the Fog" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

Little Zinnobers
Elena Chizhova, author
Carol Ermakova, translator
Glagoslav Publications
www.glagoslav.com
9781911414384, $22.99, PB, 248pp, www.amazon.com

Ably translated into English by Elena Chizhova, "Little Zinnobers" is a carefully crafted novel by the Russian author Elena Chizhova on the question of whether or not it is possible to cultivate fundamental human values if you are living in a totalitarian state. A teacher who has organized the school theatre sets out to prove that it is. Whilst the pupils rehearse Shakespeare's tragedies and comedies under her ever-vigilant eye, Soviet life begins to make its brutal adjustments. "Little Zinnobers" is can be called a novel about love -- the tough kind of love that gets you through life and death. As intrinsically entertaining as it is thoughtful and thought-provoking, "Little Zinnobers" is one of those rare novels that will linger in the mind and memory long after it has been finished and set back upon the shelf. Simply stated, "Little Zinnobers" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to community, college, and university library Literary Fiction collections.

Tacoma Stories
Richard Wiley
Bellevue Literary Press
c/o NYU School of Medicine
550 First Ave., OBV A612, New York, NY 10016
www.blpress.org
9781942658542, $16.99, PB, 272pp, www.amazon.com

On St. Patrick's Day in 1968, sixteen people sit in Pat's Tavern, drink green beer, flirt, rib each other, and eventually go home in (mostly) different directions. In the their stories that comprise Richard Wiley's "Tacoma Stories" and which span 1958 to the present, Richard Wiley pops back into the lives of this colorful cast of characters (sometimes into their pasts, sometimes into their futures) and explores the ways in which their individual narratives indelibly weave together. At the heart of it all lies Tacoma, Washington, a town full of eccentricities and citizens as unique as they are universal. The Tacoma of "Tacoma Stories" might be harboring paranoid former CIA operatives and wax replicas of dead husbands, but it is also a place with all the joys and pains one could find in any town, anytime and anywhere. Uniquely original and deftly crafted, "Tacoma Stories" is an extraordinarily entertaining read from cover to cover. While very highly recommended for both community and academic library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Tacoma Stories" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $10.19).

Staff Picks: Stories
George Singleton
Louisiana State University Press
3rd Floor, Johnston Hall, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
http://lsupress.org
9780807170335, $22.50, PB, 216pp, www.amazon.com

It's Father's Day 1972 and a young boy's dad takes him to visit a string of unimpressive ex-girlfriends that could have been his mother; the unconventional detective work of a koan-speaking, Kung Fu - loving uncle solves a case of arson during a pancake breakfast; and a former geology professor, recovering from addiction, finds himself sharing a taxicab with specters from a Jim Crow era lynching. Set in and around the fictional town of Steepleburg, South Carolina, the loosely tied stories in George Singleton's "Staff Picks" place sympathetic, oddball characters in absurd, borderline surreal situations that slowly reveal the angst of southern history with humor and bite. Elegantly crafted and entertaining stories, "Staff Picks" is an extraordinary anthology and highly recommended for personal reading lists, as well as both community and academic library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections.


The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Hushed in Death
Stephen Kelly
Pegasus Books
148 West 37th Street, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10018
www.pegasusbooks.com
9781681778686, $25.95, HC, 256pp, www.amazon.com

In the spring of 1942, with the war in Europe raging, a gruesome murder shocks the rural community of Marbury, where a once-grand estate called Elton House has been transformed into a hospital for "shell-shocked" officers sent back from the front lines. When Detective Chief Inspector Lamb arrives to solve the case, he quickly learns that the victim, Elton House's gardener Joseph Lee, had plenty of enemies in Marbury -- and so he and his team have plenty of suspects. Along with his team of investigators, which includes his daughter Vera, Lamb begins to untangle the threads of rivalry and deceit that lie beneath the surface of the seemingly-peaceful countryside village. It soon becomes clear that Lee's mysterious past is intertwined with the history of Elton House itself, which fell into disrepair a generation earlier after a shockingly similar murder, and the mystery deepens further when Lamb discovers that one of the prime suspects has seemingly committed suicide. As Lamb pieces together the connections between the crimes of the present and those of the past, he must dive into the darkest, most secret corners of Elton House to discover who is committing murder, and why. An Inspector Lamb mystery set in World War II, "Hushed in Death" is a deftly crafted read from cover to cover and showcases author Stephen Kelly's impressive mastery of the genre. While very highly recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs that "Hushed in Death" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99).

RED Hotel
Ed Fuller & Gary Grossman
Beaufort Books
27 West 20th Street, Suite 1102, New York, NY 10011
www.beaufortbooks.com
9780825308901, $26.95, HC, 532pp, www.amazon.com

When a bomb rips the facade off the Kensington Hotel in Tokyo, dozens are killed and injured while one man walks calmly away from the wreckage, a coy smile playing on his lips. Former Army intelligence officer Dan Reilly, now an international hotel executive with high level access to the CIA, makes it his mission to track him down. He begins a jet-setting search for answers as the clock ticks down to a climactic event that threatens NATO and the very security of member nations. Reilly begins mining old contacts and resources in an effort to delve deeper into the motive behind these attacks, and fast. Through his connections he learns that the Tokyo bomber is not acting alone. But the organization behind the perpetrator is not who they expect. Facilitated by the official government from a fearsome global superpower, the implications and reasons for these attacks are well beyond anything Reilly or his sources in the CIA and State Department could have imagined, and point not to random acts of terror, but calculated acts of war. An original and deftly crafted novel from its first inherently riveting page to it's cliff-hanger of an ending, "RED Hotel" is an incredibly timely globe-trotting thriller that's fiction on the edge of reality. While very highly recommended for community library Contemporary Suspense Thriller collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists the "RED Hotel" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.29).

Scones & Bones
Laura Childs
Berkley Books
c/o Penguin Group (USA)
375 Hudson Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10014
www.penguin.com
9780425246641, $7.99, PB, 320pp, www.amazon.com

Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is attending the Heritage Society's Pirates and Plunder show when a history intern is murdered amidst the gold earrings and doubloons. Even with that on her plate, Theodosia still has to attend Charleston's Food and Wine Festival, where she's hosting a tea and cheese tasting. But as her thoughts keep drifting to the victim, Theodosia knows she'll have to whet her investigative skills to find the killer among a schooner of suspects. The newest addition of author Laura Childs' A Tea Shop Mystery series, "Scones & Bones" is another wonderfully entertaining and deftly crafted mystery that is a 'must read' for her legions of fans and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to any community library's Mystery/Suspense collections.

Mrs. Jeffries Delivers the Goods
Emily Brightwell
Berkley Books
c/o Penguin Group (USA)
375 Hudson Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10014
www.penguin.com
9780451492227, $16.00, PB, 288pp, www.amazon.com

On a cold night in February, the popular Lighterman's ball festivities are cut short when a guest of honor, Stephen Bremmer, goes into spasms and abruptly collapses. Once again Inspector Witherspoon returns to the Wrexley Hotel to investigate a murder. The victim was considered a boorish snob who felt entitled to anything and anyone he wanted. Yet despite his Oxford education, he was barely literate, lazy, and prone to make stupid mistakes -- his last mistake turned out to be crossing a killer. The owners and management of the Wrexley Hotel clearly don't welcome the return of Inspector Witherspoon but he has his job to do, and Mrs. Jeffries, and the rest of the household must do their best to catch a murderer who shows no signs of slowing down! Another cleverly penned mystery by an author who is a master of the genre, "Mrs. Jeffries Delivers the Goods" is a first class Victorian era mystery that will be an immediately popular addition to personal reading lists and community library Mystery/Suspense collections. It should be noted for all dedicated mystery buffs that "Mrs. Jeffries Delivers the Goods" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.99).

Murder Likes It Hot
Tracy Weber
Midnight Ink
2143 Wooddale Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125-2989
www.midnightinkbooks.com
9780738750699, $15.99, PB, 288pp, www.amazon.com

Newly married yoga instructor Kate Davidson feels stuck in low-energy limbo, despite her high-energy life. She's trying to conceive a child, keep her studio afloat now that the ultra-cheap Some Like It Hot Yoga studio has opened across the street, and start a yoga program at a local resource center for homeless youth. When a center employee is found dead, Kate sets aside her fertility and financial woes to delve into the world of teenage homelessness. While digging for clues with her German shepherd Bella, Kate discovers that family can be formed by bonds stronger than shared DNA, and she must defend it at all costs. The sixth and latest title in author Tracy Weber's simply outstanding 'Downward Dog' mystery series, "Murder Likes It Hot" is another deftly crafted and solidly entertaining read from beginning to surprise ending. While especially recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs that "Murder Likes It Hot" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.59).

Cat Got Your Crown
Julie Chase
Crooked Lane Books
2 Park Avenue, 10th floor, New York, NY 10016
www.crookedlanebooks.com
9781683319566, $26.99, HC, 320pp, www.amazon.com

Lacy Marie Crocker can hardly believe it's been a year since her return home to New Orleans. There hasn't been a dull moment since opening her pet boutique last summer, and thanks to the popularity of Lacy's organic pet treats, and the arrival of the National Pet Pageant, Lacy desperately needs some help before she is overrun by the demand for pupcakes and crinolines. The entire Garden District seems to be counting the minutes until opening night of the pet pageant and everything is going spectacularly until Viktor Petrov, the pageant emcee takes a spill from the balcony during dress rehearsal. All signs points to murder and homicide detective Jack Oliver sets his eyes on Eva Little, one of Lacy's committee sisters and the only other person on the balcony at the time of the fall, as the killer. But when it comes out that Viktor was notoriously rude, the doors blow wide open with potential suspects who could've wanted him dead. Lacy's determined to find the killer and exonerate Eva, but when Lacy receives a mysterious warning -- a plush kitty from Lacy's shop with its mouth crudely stitched over -- it's clear that she's been found first. Complete with the inclusion of recipes for pets, "Cat Got Your Crown" is the fourth and latest addition to author Julie Chase's wonderfully entertaining 'Kitty Couture' mystery series and is a guaranteed popular addition to community library Contemporary Mystery/Suspense collections. It should be noted for the legions of Julie Chase fans that "Cat Got Your Crown" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.80) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Blackstone Audio, 9781982628505, $34.95, CD).

Something Read, Something Dead
Eva Gates
Crooked Lane Books
2 Park Avenue, 10th floor, New York, NY 10016
www.crookedlanebooks.com
9781683319504, $26.99, HC, 320pp, www.amazon.com

Winter falls on North Carolina's Outer Banks as Lucy Richardson and her friends joyfully help her favorite cousin, Josie O'Malley, plan her wedding. The owner and head baker of Josie's Cozy Bakery and her fiance, chef Jake Greenblatt, want a small, simple wedding. But to their horror, Josie's imperious grandmother, Gloria, descends with the "Louisiana Mafia": a gaggle of aunts and cousins who intend to take control of the wedding plans. Gloria doesn't do small and simple, and cousin Mirabelle has her own ideas for Josie's wedding, something grand and lavish - and paid for by Josie's parents, of course -- that will kickstart her fledgling event planning business and get her work shown on the covers of wedding magazines. To make matters worse, Mirabelle focuses her full Southern charm on the prospective groom...and Jake doesn't seem entirely adverse to her attentions. To smooth the waters, Lucy hosts a bridal shower at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library. But it turns deadly when Mirabelle collapses - soon after eating the gluten-free treats Josie prepared specifically for her. Now, to save her favorite cousin from prison, Lucy will have to bring a crook to book. "Something Read, Something Dead" is the fifth festive Lighthouse Library mystery and continues to showcase author Eva Gates total mastery of the genre. While very highly recommended, especially for community library Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery fans that "Something Read, Something Dead" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $10.49) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Blackstone Audio, 9781982628437, $29.95, MP3 CD).

Trouble on the Books
Essie Lang
Crooked Lane Books
2 Park Avenue, 10th floor, New York, NY 10016
www.crookedlanebooks.com
9781683319818, $26.99, HC, 336pp, www.amazon.com

Shelby Cox never intended to become a bookseller, so when the former editor returns to her hometown of Alexandria Bay, nestled in upstate New York's breathtaking Thousand Islands region, to take over her aunt's bookstore, she has no idea what to expect. To her amazement, she discovers that she now owns a fifty-percent share in Bayside Books, and will also run the store's second location in the majestic castle on nearby Blye Island. But just as Shelby is gearing up for the start of the tourist season, the Castle volunteer coordinator is found murdered in the nearby Grotto. Castle caretaker Matthew Kessler is suspect number one, but Shelby thinks the killing may be connected to an earlier era, when violence among Prohibition-era smugglers was rampant in the region. As Shelby launches her own investigation, handsome and unnerving Special Agent Zack Griffin of the Coast Guard Investigative Services tries to quell her smuggling theory and keep her safe. But Shelby is determined to summon all her savvy as a book editor to plot the murder and find the killer before he strikes again! All the more impressive when considering that "Trouble on the Books" is author Essie Lang debut as a mystery novelist, this original and thoroughly entertaining read has more plot twists and turns than a Coney Island roller coaster, making it an a very highly recommended addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections. For the personal reading lists of mystery buffs it should also be noted that "Trouble on the Books" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $10.69).

After Anna
Lisa Scottoline
St. Martin's Griffin
c/o St. Martin's Press
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
www.stmartins.com
9781250099655, $27.95, HC, 400pp, www.amazon.com

Dr. Noah Alderman, a widower and single father, has remarried a wonderful woman, Maggie Ippolitti, and for the first time in a long time, he and his young son are happy. Despite her longing for the daughter she hasn't seen since she was a baby, Maggie is happy too, and she's even more overjoyed when she unexpectedly gets another chance to be a mother to the child she thought she'd lost forever, her only daughter Anna. Maggie and Noah know that having Anna around will change their lives, but they would never have guessed that everything would go wrong, and so quickly. Anna turns out to be a gorgeous seventeen-year-old who balks at living under their rules, though Maggie, ecstatic to have her daughter back, ignores the red flags that hint at the trouble brewing in a once-perfect marriage and home. Events take a heartbreaking turn when Anna is murdered and Noah is accused and tried for the heinous crime. Maggie must face not only the devastation of losing her daughter, but the realization that Anna's murder may have been at the hands of a husband she loves. In the wake of this tragedy, new information drives Maggie to search for the truth, leading her to discover something darker than she could have ever imagined. A deftly crafted and riveting read from cover to cover, "After Anna" is a complex and original novel by an author with a total mastery of narrative storytelling. While unreservedly recommended for community library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "After Anna" is also available in a paperback edition (9781250099662, $17.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

Every Time the Phone Rings
Rufus J. Brooks Jr.
Commonwealth Publishing
PO Box 770354, Coral Springs, FL 33077
www.commonwealthbooks.com
9781892986085, $17.95, PB, 242pp, www.amazon.com

Seven young women from well-to-do families became friends during their days at their private school. During a freak electrical storm, the school caught fire and burned to the ground. The young women returned to their families. Years later, one after another apparently committed suicide, yet something didn't seem right. Out of the seven, only one still lived. Special Agent Dormie Shackleford, traveling from one state to another, is determined not only to keep her alive but to solve the mysterious "suicides" and stop whoever is behind it all. Can he solve the mystery? Will he be able to keep the last woman alive and protect her from whoever is behind the ringing phones? Deftly written by an author with a genuine flair for originality, an engaging style of narrative storytelling, and offering more plot twists and turns than a Coney Island roller coaster, "Every Time the Phone Rings" by Rufus J. Brooks Jr. is unreservedly recommended for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs, as well as community library Contemporary Mystery/Suspense collections.

Murder x3
J. R. Canfield
Biographical Publishing Company
95 Sycamore Drive, Prospect, CT 06712-1493
www.biopub.us
9780997602852, $9.95, PB, 118pp, www.amazon.com

The single most important element in solving a premeditated, capital crime is the motive of the perpetrator(s). Motivation for murder frequently comes in the form of expected financial gain, marital problems, revenge, jealousy, etc. In considering the three separate mysteries by J. R. Canfield that comprise "Murder x3" (The Reunion; Fatal Promotion; The Provocateur), the individual motivations vary widely! A quick and easy read, "Murder x3" is very highly recommended for the personal reading lists of all dedicated mystery buffs -- as well as being an immediate and enduringly popular addition to community library Contemporary Mystery/Suspense collections.

Double Exposure
Alfred Gough & Miles Millar
Grand Central Publishing
c/o Hachette Book Group
1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10104
www.hachettebookgroup.com
9781538731369, $26.00, HC, 336pp, www.amazon.com

David Toland, a decorated Korean War veteran, has done all he can to leave a life of combat behind. Now Director of Preservation for the Library of Congress's National Film Archive, Toland has made it his mission to preserve what he loves most: the Golden Age of American cinema, moving pictures full of romance, adventure and American Dream. That is, until CIA Agent Lana Welles drops in unannounced with a film canister, smuggled over the Berlin Wall at great cost, that may prove WWII never really ended -- it just went underground. David reluctantly agrees to serve his country one last time and help recover the film for Lana and the CIA. But it seems not everyone is as eager as they are to dig up the past. David and Lana's discovery awakens shadowy forces who will do anything to keep their findings a secret. In search of the truth, David and Lana find themselves pursued across the globe in a cat and mouse game with enormous, world-altering consequences. A superbly crafted suspense thriller of a read from cover to cover, "Double Exposure" by the team of Alfred Gough and Miles Millar will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to community library collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Double Exposure" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $13.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Blackstone Audio, 9781549143205, $29.00, CD).

Catch Me When I'm Falling
Cheryl A. Head
Bywater Books
P.O. Box 3671, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106-3671
www.bywaterbooks.com
9781612941455, $16.95, PB, 260pp, www.amazon.com

Someone is murdering the homeless in Detroit's Cass Corridor by setting them on fire. These horrific crimes wouldn't require an investigation by Charlie Mack and her crack team investigators, except one of the burned bodies is her mother's friend. There's a lot wrong with this case: the police won't admit a serial killer is on the loose, drug trafficking intersects with the deaths, and a rogue cop is involved. Also the timing couldn't be worse -- Charlie and Mandy are finally moving in together. This case becomes the most difficult of Charlie's career when she transforms herself into a street person, and mixes with the corridor's gangs, do-gooders, and the down-and-out to uncover evidence the police can't continue to ignore. A riveting page-turner of a read by a master of the suspense/thriller genre, "Catch Me When I'm Falling" by Cheryl A. Head is unreservedly recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections. It should be noted for the personal reading list of dedicated mystery buffs that "Catch Me When I'm Falling" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

First, Kill the Lawyers
David Housewright
Minotaur Books
c/o St. Martin's Publishing Group
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
www.minotaurbooks.com
9781250094490, $27.99, HC, 304pp, www.amazon.com

Five prominent attorneys in Minneapolis have had their computer systems hacked and very sensitive case files stolen. Those attorneys are then contacted by an association of local whistleblowers known as NIMN and are quietly alerted that they have received those documents from an anonymous source. If those files are released, then not only will those lawyers be ruined, but it might even destroy the integrity of the entire Minnesota legal system. This group of lawyers turns to Private Investigator Holland Taylor with a simple directive: stop the disclosure any way you can. But while the directive is simple, the case is not. To find the missing files and the person responsible, Holland must first dive into the five cases covered in the files - divorce, bribery, class action, rape, and murder. While Taylor is untangling the associates and connections between the cases and families affected, things take another mysterious turn and the time before the files are released is running out. As the situation becomes more threatening, Holland Taylor is trapped in the middle of what is legal and what is ethical -- between right, wrong, and deadly. A simply riveting read by a master of the mystery genre, "First, Kill the Lawyers" by David Housewright is certain to be a prized addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery fans that "First, Kill the Lawyers" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.99).

Tell Her No Lies
Kelly Irvin
Thomas Nelson Publishers
PO Box 141000, Nashville, TN 37214
www.thomasnelson.com
9780785223115, $15.99, PB, 352pp, www.amazon.com

Nina Fischer carries a camera wherever she goes so that she can safely view life through a filter. After her mother abandoned her to the streets, Nina has kept people at a distance, including her uncle, who adopted Nina and her sister. Wealthy and proud, he is a good man, a fair judge, and someone many in San Antonio admire. But when he is murdered, and the detective assigned to the case accuses Nina of the crime, she knows she must act. She's determined to use her journalism background to find the real killer. The two men in her life want to help, but can she trust them? She's known Rick since they were children, but now he's an attorney whose political aspirations seem more important than Nina's tragic loss. And then there's Aaron, a news videographer; using their friendship could break the biggest story of his career. Following the evidence leads Nina on a journey of discovery into her father's shocking masquerade as a law-abiding, family-loving Christian. Unlocking these secrets could prove fatal, but it's the only way Nina will ever be able to trust love again. A deftly crafted suspense thriller of a mystery novel, Kelly Irvin's "Tell Her No Lies" is certain to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections. For the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs, "Tell Her No Lies" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.99) and in a large print edition (Center Point Publishing, 9781643580555, $36.95, 455pp).

The Victory Garden
Rhys Bowen
http://rhysbowen.com
Lake Union Publishing
9781542040129, $24.95, www.apub.com

The Victory Garden is set during World War I and tells of Emily Bryce, who lives in Devonshire with her parents. While peers are entering the war and helping in such professions as nursing, Emily has been kept at home by her parents. Meeting an Australian pilot and falling in love with him leads to her decision to leave home and participate in the war effort - and love - in a more meaningful way in this engrossing story of different generations facing change and world-wide conflict.


The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

The Expedition
Chris Babu
Permuted Press
https://permutedpress.com
9781682618356, $21.00, HC, 304pp, www.amazon.com

Drayden and his friends thought nothing could be harder than the Initiation. Little did they know it had only been a warmup for the challenge that lay ahead. With New America's situation dire, Drayden and the pledges venture into the unexplored world beyond the walls, escorted by a team of elite Guardians. The group seeks to contact another civilization in what remains of Boston, but Drayden has secret goals of his own. Dangers abound in the outside world, including Aeru, the deadly superbug that wiped out humanity. While they battle the elements of a desolate landscape, a power struggle emerges within their ranks. The Guardians seem to be carrying out a covert mission themselves, and the quest turns everything they thought they knew about New America upside down. A deftly crafted and riveting read from first page to last, "The Expedition" documents author Chris Babu's genuine flair for originality and master of the post-apocalyptic science fiction genre. While unreservedly recommended for community library Science Fiction collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of all dedicated SciFi buffs that "The Expedition" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.99).

Marked
S. Andrew Swann
Daw Books, Inc.
c/o Penguin Group
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
www.dawbooks.com
9780756415020, $16.00, PB, 336pp, www.amazon.com

Detective Dana Rohan has an excellent arrest and conviction rate. But even her partner doesn't know the real reason why. All her life Dana has borne a Mark of unknown origin that she's kept secret. A Mark that allows her to walk into alternate pasts and futures. A Mark that allows her to go back and see any crime as it's being committed. But the life she's carefully built around this secret ability begins to crumble when she's assaulted by a ragged old man. He babbles an incoherent warning that "the Shadows are coming", right before he is killed by an armored monstrosity out of another century. The armored attacker vanishes, leaving the old man to die in Dana's arms, and she realizes that he bears the same Mark she does. Soon Dana finds herself hunted by Shadows coming from out of Chaos. She must flee through a host of alternate worlds as she finds out the true meaning of the Mark on her skin, and why someone wants to kill her for it. Another entertainingly riveting read from an author with a genuine flair for originality and narrative driven storytelling, "Marked" by S. Andrew Swann is certain to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to community library Science Fiction collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated SciFi fans that "Marked" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.99).

Captain Marvel: Liberation Run
Tess Sharpe
Titan Books
https://titan-comics.com
9781789091656, $24.95, HC, 368pp, www.amazon.com

Captain Marvel: Liberation Run is an original prose novel set in the Marvel comic book universe, featuring the strong-willed superheroine Captain Marvel. In "Liberation Run", Captain Marvel (whose normal identity is Carol Danvers) narrowly stops a spacecraft from crashing. Its pilot Rhi is a young Inhuman woman from a group who left for a life among the stars. Instead they were imprisoned on a planet where an enslaved Inhuman brings her owner great power and influence. Horrified by the account, Carol gathers a superhero team that includes Ant-Man, Mantis, and Amadeus Cho. Together they set out to free Rhi's people. A welcome addition to the Marvel Universe, "Captain Marvel: Liberation Run" is certain to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to community library Science Fiction & Fantasy collections -- and is a 'must read' for all dedicated Captain Marvel fans. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Captain Marvel: Liberation Run" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.59).

The Alchemist's Illusion
Gigi Pandian
Midnight Ink
2143 Wooddale Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125-2989
www.midnightinkbooks.com
9780738753010, $15.99, PB, 336pp, www.amazon.com

Centuries-old alchemist Zoe Faust is tired of running from her past. She's finally got her life on track in Portland, Oregon, gardening and cooking in her fixer-upper house with her mischievous best friend, Dorian the gargoyle chef. It seems like the perfect life for Zoe, until she discovers that her old mentor Nicolas Flamel, who she thought had abandoned her, has been imprisoned. A local artist holds the secret that could lead Zoe to her mentor, but the artist is murdered and the painting containing the hidden clue is stolen. To rescue Nicolas, Zoe and Dorian must explore art forgery, a transformative process that has much in common with alchemy and cooking -- but one that proves far more dangerous. "The Alchemist's Illusion" by Gigi Pandian is a simply riveting and deftly crafted read that will have immense appeal for readers with affinity for fantasy mystery fiction. Highly recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists of both fantasy fans and mystery buffs that "The Alchemist's Illusion" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.59) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Brilliance Audio, 9781978664654, $14.99, CD).


The Western Fiction Shelf

Hard Trail To Breakneck Pass
Terrell L. Bowers
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
www.ulverscroftusa.com
9781444839777, $20.99, PB, Large Print, 240pp, www.amazon.com

Bolt, the general foreman for Tug Mackintosh's railroad line, is charged with the simple task of meeting and bringing Mack's young bride-to-be to the end of the tracks. Arriving just in time to fend off would-be abductors, Bolt is smitten by the enchanting Ariette Ekhard who is the unwilling fiance of his boss. However, within hours of her safe delivery and to avoid an unwanted wedding she goes off on her own and is again in the hands of the kidnappers. Mounting a rescue mission, Bolt finds himself up against overwhelming odds. But he has found someone worth fighting for. She may also be worth dying for. Another original and non-stop entertaining western novel by a master of the genre, this large print edition of Terrell Bower's "Hard Trail To Breakneck Pass" will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to both the personal reading lists of western fans and community library Western Fiction collections.

Wichita Town Tamer
Dale Graham
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
www.ulverscroftusa.com
9781444838213, $20.99, PB, Large Print, 248pp, www.amazon.com

The citizens of Wichita are desperate to appoint a lawman who can control the wild Texas cowboys fresh off the trail, and crooked plotters who want to take over the town. Bear River Cal Bonner has earned an enviable reputation as a town tamer, and soon brings peace to the cow town. But his enemies are determined that the saying 'Anything Goes' will be resurrected, and bring in a hired gunman to challenge the marshal. Will the town once again fall into the hands of the unscrupulous bad hats? A true master of the western action/adventure genre, author Dale Graham has penned another riveting novel that is a 'must read' for all dedicated western buffs. This large print edition from the Linford Western Library series is especially recommended for community library collections.

Jernigan
John Callahan
Sagebrush Large Print Westerns
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
www.ulverscroftusa.com
9781785415647, $29.99, PB, Large Print, 162pp, www.amazon.com

After he foiled a stage hold-up, a beautiful widow offers Ed Jernigan the job of range detective at her ranch, to protect her from her stepson and his shady friends. Is he up to the task? In "Jernigan", author John Callahan has deftly crafted a western novel that is an inherently riveting read leading to a dramatic surprise ending. Here is an enduringly entertaining read and one that will linger in the mind and memory long after the book itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf. Certain to be an enduringly welcome addition to community library Western Fiction collections, this large print edition of "Jernigan" is unreservedly recommended for the personal reading lists.

Gringo
L. L. Foreman
Sagebrush Large Print Westerns
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
www.ulverscroftusa.com
9781785415623, $29.99, PB, Large Print, 234pp, www.amazon.com

Watt Coxon arrives in Santa Fe to take up duties as a U.S. Attorney. But he is young and green, and residents reckon he'll be lucky to last a week as he walks directly into a feud between Dandy Dee and his gang of bar toughs and cattle rustlers and Nat Yarbrough with his team of wagoneers and Spanish ambition to restore his wife's heritage of an enormous land grant. Then there is Yarbrough's lovely young daughter and the complicated problem of land ownership now that it is under the jurisdiction of the United States to complicate things further. The great western novelist Louie L'Amour once said that he didn't really write westerns, instead, he wrote historical novels that were set in the West. That perspective clearly applies to L. L. Foreman's "Gringo" -- a deftly crafted and entertainingly engaging novel that will be appreciated by dedicated western buffs and historical novel enthusiasts alike! This large print edition of "Gringo" is unreservedly recommended for both community library collections and personal reading lists.

Fear Valley
Alex Frew
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
www.ulverscroftusa.com
9781444839418, $20.99, PB, Large Print, 264pp, www.amazon.com

When a gang of criminals commits an atrocious robbery in the bank of Harrisville, bounty hunter Jubal Thorne is quick on their trail and soon dispatches four of them. The murder of innocent bystanders during the robbery makes Thorne (also known as Blaze) determined that all of the criminals will pay with their lives, including maverick leader of the group, River Shannon, gives the rest of his doomed men the slip, escaping to Fear Valley at the very end of the desert frontier. The valley is ruled by Valquez, a despot who holds control over a group of settlers whose leader is determined to assassinate Valquez and free his farming community of their current condition of semi-slavery. Soon Blaze the hunter finds himself becoming the prey. A deftly written western by Alex Frew, the readers will particularly enjoy the interplay between the distinctive story elements which lead to unexpected but dramatic conclusions. The large print edition of "Fear Valley" will prove to be an enduringly popular choice for community library Western Fiction collections and the personal reading lists of dedicated western action/adventure fans.

Death Wields a Henry .44: A Western Duo
Frank Leslie
Five Star Publishing
10 Water Street, Suite 310, Waterville, ME 04901
http://gale.cengage.com/fivestar
9781432848804, $25.95, HC, Library Binding, 321pp, www.amazon.com

In the two stories that comprise "Death Wields a Henry .44: A Western Duo " by Frank Leslie, western action/adventure buffs can saddle up and ride the wild trails of the old frontier with the Revenger, Mike Sartain, as he rights wrongs for people who can't right the wrongs themselves. In 'Savage Barranca', the revenger is captured by the U.S. Cavalry, who has a special bone to pick with him. Only, he's not sent to a firing squad. The governor of New Mexico Territory gives him an ultimatum: kill a man in Mexico and retrieve the governor's kidnapped daughter, or face a court-martial. In 'San Juan Buchwhackers', Sartain rides into the little mountain ghost town of Hard Winter looking for water. What he finds instead is a bushwhacker's bullet. When an outlaw named Chick Beacham rides into town, even more questions arise as the bullets fly! Certain to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to community library Western Fiction collection, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of Frank Leslie fans that "Death Wields a Henry .44: A Western Duo" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.99).


The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram
Adele Ahlberg Calhoun, et al.
InterVarsity Press
PO Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL 60515-1426
www.ivpress.com
9780830836000, $24.00, PB, 272pp, www.amazon.com

An Enneagram is a model of human personality illustrated by the enneagram figure of a nine-sided star polygon with various configurations. The Enneagram opens a remarkable window into the truth about us, enabling us to see how image, wounds, lies, triggers, and default responses shape us every bit as much as our faith. But simply diagnosing our number doesn't do justice to who we are. Nor does it necessarily change us or our relationships. Transformation happens as we grow in awareness and learn how to engage and reflect God's image. And relational repair then results as we apply Enneagram insights to the rhythms and grooves of our ordinary daily lives. For those who have learned about the Enneagram and wonder "What's next?" -- "Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram: A Handbook for Harmony and Transformation" is the answer. Filled with exercises to engage, challenge, encourage, and sustain, "Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram" will help us grow in greater awareness and lead us to spiritual and relational transformation. Including new insight on the Enneagram and the Harmony Triads, and offering helpful "Soul Resources" in the appendix, "Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram: A Handbook for Harmony and Transformation" can be used by individuals or groups. A unique and effective 'spirituality workbook', it should be noted that "Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram: A Handbook for Harmony and Transformation" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $19.16).


The Christian Studies Shelf

Making a Scene in the Pulpit
Alyce M. McKenzie
Westminster John Knox Press
100 Witherspoon Street, Louisville, KY 40202-1396
www.wjkbooks.com
9780664261566, $25.00, PB, 226pp, www.amazon.com

How can preachers ensure that their sermons continue to engage listeners in a world defined by visual media and the short, segmented delivery of information? In "Making a Scene in the Pulpit: Vivid Preaching for Visual Listeners", Alyce McKenzie (who is the Le Van Professor of Preaching and Worship and Director of the Center for Preaching Excellence at Perkins School of Theology) harnesses the element of drama and the human fascination with scenes to offer ministers a modern means of sermon development and delivery. Professor McKenzie's core strategy is to invite listeners into scenes (whether from Scripture or contemporary life) and, once they are there, to point them toward the larger story of God's relationship with humankind. Creating such scenes unifies the whole process of preaching, she says, from the preacher's daily life observations to interpretation of scenes from Scripture, to sermon shaping, sequencing, and delivery. The process culminates in a specific understanding of the purpose of the sermon: to send listeners out into the scenes they'll play in their lives for the next week, equipped to act out their parts in ways that are kinder, more just, and more courageous than last week. Thoroughly 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation, "Making a Scene in the Pulpit" is an especially recommended addition to seminary and academic library Christian Studies collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of seminary students and clergy that "Making a Scene in the Pulpit" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

Open Your Heart
Pope Francis, author
Theresa Khoo, editor
Pauline Books & Media
50 St. Paul's Avenue, Boston, MA 02130-3433
www.paulinemedia.com
9780819855084, $7.95, PB, 136pp, www.amazon.com

Pope Francis, born Jorge Borgoglio in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is the 265th successor of St. Peter as Bishop of Rome. He has reigned as Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church since 2013. Lent is a time for all Roman Catholics to open their hearts to the sacrifice of Christ and the love of God. With "Open Your Heart: Daily Reflections from Pope Francis", Pope Francis' world-renowned compassion, mercy, and tenderness help Catholics on their Lenten journey as he invites them out of the darkness of sin and into the light of the Gospel. Including daily reflections from Ash Wednesday through Easter week, "Open Your Heart" draws from the popes homilies, public addresses, and other writings to encourage all Catholics on their Easter journey. "Open Your Heart: Daily Reflections from Pope Francis" is especially and unreservedly recommended to the attention of all members of the Roman Catholic community.

A Philosophy of the Christian Religion
Nancey Murphy
Westminster John Knox Press
100 Witherspoon Street, Louisville, KY 40202-1396
www.wjkbooks.com
9780664263287, $40.00, PB, 348pp, www.amazon.com

The Christian religion as we find it in the twenty-first century presents a unique set of problems to be solved and questions to be answered. "A Philosophy of the Christian Religion" by Nancey Murphy (Senior Professor of Christian Philosophy at Fuller Theological Seminary) is an informed and informative introduction to the philosophy of the Christian religion. Professor Murphy applies the tools of philosophical analysis to a set of core yet contemporary religious questions: What does our historical moment mean for the possibility of knowing God?; Is faith still possible?; Does God intervene in human history?; Is there such a thing as universal knowledge of God? Written with the needs of students encountering the philosophy of religion for the first time in mind, "A Philosophy of the Christian Religion" provides a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental questions inherent in Christian faith, along with the intellectual and scholarly tools for how to answer these seminal questions within the context of the Christian religion. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "A Philosophy of the Christian Religion" is especially recommended for seminary, church, community, college, and university library Contemporary Christian Theology collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

From Fire, by Water
Sohrab Ahmari
Ignatius Press
PO Box 1339, Fort Collins, CO 80522
www.ignatius.com
9781621642022, $22.95, HC, 240pp, www.amazon.com

Sohrab Ahmari was a teenager living under the Iranian ayatollahs when he decided that there is no God. Nearly two decades later, he would be received into the Roman Catholic Church.
In "From Fire, by Water: My Journey to the Catholic Faith", he recounts this unlikely passage, from the strident Marxism and atheism of a youth misspent on both sides of the Atlantic to a moral and spiritual awakening prompted by the Mass. At once a young intellectual's finely crafted self-portrait and a life story at the intersection of the great ideas and events of our time, "From Fire, by Water" marks the debut of a compelling new Catholic voice. Inspired and inspiring, "From Fire, by Water" is a compelling memoir that is especially and unreservedly recommended to the attention of all members of the Catholic community, clergy and laymen alike.

The Grace of Patience
Margaret Whipp
Twenty-Third Publications
1 Montauk Ave #200, New London, CT 06320
www.23rdpublications.com
9781627853651, $12.95, PB, 112pp, www.amazon.com

Having to wait is a fact of life. And depending on what we re waiting for, the experience can leave us feeling frustrated, anxious, or even fearful. We cannot escape these times of waiting, but in them we can discover the gift and beauty of patience. "The Grace of Patience: Discovering the Spiritual Abundance of Waiting Discovering the Spiritual Abundance of Waiting"is a spiritually rich and beautifully written book by Margaret Whipp (who is the Lead Chaplain for the Oxford University Hospital) in which she explores several kinds of waiting and shows how each can become a moment of grace in our lives. "The Grace of Patience" offers helpful activities and exercises to turn these moments of disquiet into prayerful encounters with calm and peace. Patience is not only a virtue; it is a gift which is deftly showcased in the pages of "The Grace of Patience". Very highly recommended reading for all members of the Christian community regardless of denominational affiliations, "The Grace of Patience" is especially appropriate for church and community library Spirituality and Personal Growth collections and reading lists.

The Unsaved Christian
Dean Inserra
Moody Publishers
820 N. LaSalle Blvd., Chicago, IL 60610
www.moodypublishers.com
9780802418807, $14.99, PB, 208pp, www.amazon.com

Whether it's the Christmas and Easter Christians or the faithful church attenders whose hearts are cold toward the Lord, we've all encountered cultural Christians. They'd check the Christian box on a survey, they're fine with church, but the truth is, they're far from God. So how do we bring Jesus to this overlooked mission field? "The Unsaved Christian: Reaching Cultural Christianity with the Gospel" equips you to confront cultural Christianity with honesty, compassion, and grace, whether you're doing it from the pulpit or the pews. A practical guide, "The Unsaved Christian" will: Show you how to recognize cultural Christianity; Teach you how to overcome the barriers that get in the way; Give you easy-to-understand advice about VBS, holiday services, reaching "good people," and more! If you've ever felt stuck or unsure how to minister to someone who identifies as Christian but still needs Jesus, "The Unsaved Christian: Reaching Cultural Christianity with the Gospel" is the perfect instructional guide and reference. While very highly recommended to all members of the Christian community regardless of denominational affiliations, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Unsaved Christian" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Oasis Audio, 9781640911505, $24.99, CD).

Dare to Hope
Melissa Spoelstra
Abingdon Press
2222 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.
PO Box 280988, Nashville, TN 37228-0988
www.abingdonpress.com
9781501879654, $16.99, PB, 224pp, www.amazon.com

When we look around at today's world, hope usually isn't the first word that comes to mind. In many ways we live in an unstable world where marriages fail, bank accounts run low, friendships end, and the everyday demands of a fast-paced life get us down. In the Book of Jeremiah, we find God calling out to His people with a message of hope -- a message that intentional living is possible even in an unstable world. In "Dare to Hope: Living Intentionally in an Unstable World", Melissa Spoelstra (popular women's conference speaker and Bible Studies teacher) examines this hope-filled message, highlighting six guidelines for intentional living that enable us to overcome fear, worry, and doubt as we surrender to God and put our hope in Him alone. "Dare to Hope" inspires us to dare to hope, remembering that God is rich in mercy and love and has good plans for us. Inspired and inspiring, "Dare to Hope" is unreservedly recommended reading for all members of the Christian community regardless of denominational affiliations. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Dare to Hope" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Oasis Audio, 9781640911727, $24.99, CD).


The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

Elements of Magic
Jane Meredith & Gede Parma, editors
Llewellyn Publications
2143 Wooddale Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125
www.llewellyn.com
9780738757148, $19.99, PB, 336pp, www.amazon.com

Deeply poetic and rich with passion, "Elements of Magic: Reclaiming Earth, Air, Fire, Water & Spirit" was collaboratively compiled and co-edited by Australian writer and ritualist Jane Meredith and witch, seer, healer, mystic, activist, and writer Gede Parma to helps metaphysical studies to expand their relationship with earth, air, fire, water, and spirit through personal reflections and hands-on explorations. With brilliant contributions from members of the international Reclaiming community, this empowering volume provides a wealth of spells, exercises, practices, and perspectives that are taught in Reclaiming's foundational class, Elements of Magic. Readers will discover and learn the techniques for grounding, casting a circle, trance, and visualization, as well as guidance for working with breath, raising energy, and charging an intention. The perfect introduction for the novice while having a great deal of insightful value for even the more seasoned practitioner, "Elements of Magic" is very highly recommended for personal, community, and academic library Metaphysical Studies collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Elements of Magic" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.71).


The Science Shelf

Virginia Rocks!
Albert B. Dickas
Mountain Press Publishing Company
PO Box 2399, Missoula, MT 59806
www.mountain-press.com
9780878426881, $18.00, PB, 152pp, www.amazon.com

From the Eastern Shore to Cumberland Gap, Virginia stretches across five distinct regions, each home to unique and amazing geology. In the Coastal Plain's wedge of fossil-rich sediments, a meteor impact crater-the sixth largest on Earth-helped determine the location of Chesapeake Bay. The Piedmont begins at the Fall Line, the series of East Coast waterfalls that mark the upstream limit to ship navigation, such as Belle Else in Richland, where the turbulent James River erodes potholes in the Petersburg Granite. Rising up from the rolling hills of the Piedmont, the Blue Ridge forms the spine of the state, its hard basalt and gneisses on display at Shenandoah National Park. Farther west, limestones in the Valley and Ridge are riddled with caves and sinkholes, with dissolution forming one of the wonders of the world at Natural Bridge State Park. Along the very western edge of the state is the Appalachian Plateau, where the No. 3 coal, known as America's Favorite Fuel was extracted from the historic Pocahontas Mine. "Virginia Rocks!" by geologist Albert Dickas showcases 50 of the best sites in Virginia for discussing the enormous variety of rocks, minerals, and landforms created over the course of the states more than 1 billion years of geologic history. Profusely and beautifully illustrated throughout, "Virginia Rocks!" is impressively informative and unreservedly recommended for personal, school, and community library geology studies collections and reading lists.


The Military Shelf

Spy Pilot
Francis Gary Powers Jr. and Keith Dunnavant
Prometheus Books
9781633884687, $25.00, www.prometheus.com

Spy Pilot: Francis Gary Powers, The U-2 Incident, and a Controversial Cold War Legacy comes from the son of Francis Gary Powers, who commanded an American U-2 spy plane over the Soviet Union in 1960, which was shot down. Powers was captured by the KGB and imprisoned during an international incident, eventually to be released in a spy exchange and exonerated of any wrongdoing. His son has written a new account of events based on personal files new to this book, filling in details and adding insights into the truth, some sixty years after the event. Military history holdings will find it an engrossing series of revelations and new details about a notorious event.

Operation Dragoon
Robin Cross
Pegasus Books
148 West 37th Street, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10018
www.pegasusbooks.com
9781681778600 $27.95 hc / $14.99 Kindle amazon.com

Operation Dragoon The Allied Liberation of the South of France: 1944 is a meticulously researched, expertly presented historical and military analysis of "the second D-Day", an American-French operation in which the British (who pushed for action in northern Italy) played a significantly smaller role. While the French had been excluded from the original D-Day, in Operation Dragoon the French provided the majority of the ground troops. The campaign began on the beaches of the Riviera and reached to the Alpes Maritimes. An inset selection of black- and-white photographic plates and an index round out this astute account of military operation with long-lasting repercussions for France and beyond. Operation Dragoon is a welcome addition to public and college library World History and Military shelves, highly recommended.

The Wrecking Crew
Bernd Horn
The Dundurn Group
3 Church Street, Suite 500, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5E 1M2
www.dundurn.com
9781459743380, $24.99, PB, 192pp, www.amazon.com

Audacious to the extreme, Operation Colossus was a military raid in the early, dark days of the Second World War, when Britain stood seemingly alone. After the country's defeats in western Europe in 1940, Prime Minister Winston Churchill insisted on an aggressive raiding campaign. Conducted on February 10, 1941, Operation Colossus was one such raid, meant to steal back the initiative and create as much chaos for the Axis powers as possible. However, bad luck stalked the mission, as one mishap after another seemed to foredoom the operation. In the aftermath, there were recriminations as well as accolades. Few military operations have proven as controversial. "The Wrecking Crew: Operation Colossus, 10 February 1941" by retired Regular Force infantry officer and military educator Colonel Bernd Horn will prove to be an enduringly valued and appreciated addition to the growing body of World War II histories. While unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library 20th Century Military History collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Wrecking Crew" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.99).


The World History Shelf

The Story of Britain
Roy Strong
Pegasus Books
148 West 37th Street, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10018
www.pegasusbooks.com
9781643130132, $35.00, HC, 608pp, www.amazon.com

"The Story of Britain: A History of the Great Ages: From the Romans to the Present" by Sir Roy Strong (who was the Director of the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum) is an accessible one-volume history that clearly depict Britain's origins and explains in detail how the past shaped the nation's current identity. Strong begins the story of Britain from the very earliest recorded Celtic times, and with this new edition has now brought it up to date via the Blair years and into the present day of Brexit Britain. A magnificently eloquent volume, the narrative chronicles two thousand years of Britain's history, the triumph of its people, the glory of its culture, and its dramatic influence on other nations of the world, especially the United States. Impressively researched, organized and presented, "The Story of Britain" will prove to be an extraordinary and enduringly valued addition to community, college, and university library British History collections and supplemental studies curriculums. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Story of Britain" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $14.16).

The Pharisee Enigma
John Merrill
Biblical Archaeology Society Press
4710 - 41st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20016-1700
www.biblicalarchaeology.org
9781880317945, $39.95, HC, 246pp, www.amazon.com

"The Pharisee Enigma Ancient Judean Sects and Christian Origins" by John Merrill (who has been long engaged in the field of biblical history and archaeology and has served as a past Chairman of the Biblical Archaeology Society, as well as having sponsored and participated in many archaeology expeditions and research projects) leads readers on a fascinating journey through the often unexplored period of history from which modern Judaism and Christianity emerged. Written especially for the nonspecialist general reader, the well documented story will stir controversy among academia as Merrill challenges conventional wisdom about the roots of two world religions. "The Pharisee Enigma" highlights the economic and social turbulence during the centuries in which Judeans struggled to maintain their distinctive identity in a world dominated by a succession of great powers: Persia, Macedonia and ultimately Rome. Woven into this history are profiles of some of the ancient world's larger-than-life figures including: Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, Cleopatra, Herod the Great, John the Baptist, Jesus of Nazareth, and the apostle Paul, to mention a few. Enhanced with the inclusion of maps, tables, and listing of abbreviations, "The Pharisee Enigma" is an extraordinary history that is exceptional in its research, organization and presentation, making it an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to the personal reading lists of anyone with an interest in the subject, as well as community, college, and university library collections.


The Civil War Shelf

Crossing the Deadlines
Michael P. Gray, editor
The Kent State University Press
1118 Library, P.O. Box 5190, Kent OH 44242
http://www.kentstateuniversitypress.com
9781606353417 $45.00 hc / $29.09 Kindle amazon.com

Crossing the Deadlines: Civil War Prisons Reconsidered is an anthology of essays by learned historians, anthropologists, and more re-examining conventional scholarship concerning prisons of the American Civil War. (The title refers to the "deadlines" of prisons, which are boundaries that prisoners could not pass for risk of being shot). Here are essays that seek to break new ground by applying interdisciplinary scholarship and new methodologies to the study of Civil War incarceration. Individual writings include: "Civil War Captives and a Captivated Home Front: The Rise of Prisons as Dark Tourist Destinations", "'De Bottom Rails on Top Now': Black Union Guards and Confederate Prisoners of War", "Johnson's Island Prison Uncovered: An Archaeological Exploration of a Northern Civil War Prison", and much more. Exhaustively researched and analytically presented, Crossing the Deadlines is a seminal contribution to public and college library Civil War collections, highly recommended.

Confederate Ironclads at War
R. Thomas Campbell
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
https://mcfarlandbooks.com
9781476676401, $49.95, PB, 276pp, www.amazon.com

Hampered by lack of materials, shipyards and experienced shipbuilders, even so the South managed to construct 34 iron-armored warships during the Civil War, of which the Confederate Navy put 25 into service. The stories of these vessels illustrate the hardships under which the Navy operated -- and also its resourcefulness. Except for the Albemarle, no Confederate ironclad was sunk or destroyed by enemy action. Overtaken by events on the ground, most were destroyed by their own crews to prevent them from falling into Union hands. "Confederate Ironclads at War" by R. Thomas Campbell covers the design and construction and the engagements of the Confederate ironclads and describes the ingenuity and courage, as well as the challenges and frustrations of their "too little, too late" service. A welcome and impressively informative contribution to the growing library of American Civil War literature, "Confederate Ironclads at War" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to community and academic library collections, as well as the personal reading lists of dedicated Civil War buffs.

The Confederate Yellow Fever Conspiracy
H. Leon Greene
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
https://mcfarlandbooks.com
9781476668901, $39.95, PB, 262pp, www.amazon.com

Defeat was looming for the South -- as the Civil War continued, paths to possible victory were fast disappearing. Dr. Luke Pryor Blackburn, a Confederate physician and expert in infectious diseases, had an idea that might turn the tide: he would risk his own life and career to bring a yellow fever epidemic to the North. To carry out his mission, he would need some accomplices. Tracing the plans and movements of the conspirators, "The Confederate Yellow Fever Conspiracy: The Germ Warfare Plot of Luke Pryor Blackburn, 1864-1865" is a thoroughly researched history that describes in documented detail the yellow fever plot of 1864-1865. Bringing to light biological warfare as one of the more obscure aspects of the conflict, "The Confederate Yellow Fever Conspiracy" is a seminal study and unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library American Civil War History collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students and dedicated Civil War buffs that "The Confederate Yellow Fever Conspiracy" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).


The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf

Rube Tube
Sara K. Eskridge
University of Missouri Press
113 Heinkel Bldg., 201 S. 7th Street, Columbia, MO 65211
www.umsystem.edu/upress
9780826221650, $50.00, HC, 254pp, www.amazon.com

In "Rube Tube: CBS and Rural Comedy in the Sixties", historian Sara Eskridge (Adjunct Assistant Professor of History, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia) examines television's rural comedy boom in the 1960s and the political, social, and economic factors that made these shows a perfect fit for CBS. The network, nicknamed the Communist Broadcasting System during the Red Scare of the 1940s, saw its image hurt again in the 1950s with the quiz show scandals and a campaign against violence in westerns. When a rival network introduced rural-themed programs to cater to the growing southern market, CBS latched onto the trend and soon reestablished itself as the Country Broadcasting System. Its rural comedies dominated the ratings throughout the decade, attracting viewers from all parts of the country. With fascinating discussions of The Andy Griffith Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, and other shows, Professor Eskridge reveals how the southern image was used to both entertain and reassure Americans in the turbulent 1960s. An impressive work of seminal scholarship and an inherently engaging read throughout, "Rube Tube" is unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university library American Television & Popular College collections and supplemental studies curriculums. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Rube Tube" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $39.99).

Making Your First Blockbuster
Paul Dudbridge
Michael Wiese Productions
12400 Ventura Blvd., #1111, Studio City, CA 91604
www.mwp.com
9781615932962, $34.95, PB, 250pp, www.amazon.com

A perfect do-it-yourself curriculum under one cover, "Making Your First Blockbuster: Write It. Film It. Blow it Up!" provides everything the aspiring film maker requires, from getting the script right, to the edit being tight, is laid out in an informal and easily digestible style. "Making Your First Blockbuster" covers not only all the major components but delves deep into the nuances that make the big blockbusters really deliver. Using examples from older and modern blockbuster movies, as well as his own experiences on set, author and filmaker Paul Dudbridge (who is a British director, producer, cinematographer and educator, making feature films, television, commercials and music video) helps demonstrate points clearly and make them easy to understand. Aimed at the professional filmmaker, this comprehensive instructional guide and reference also covers how to shoot and utilize special and visual effects in films as well as the techniques on how to shoot and edit action sequences safely, all whilst producing epic results on screen. While unreservedly recommended for community and academic film school collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Making Your First Blockbuster" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $22.87).


The Art Shelf

Celestial Watercolor
Elise Mahan
Rock Point
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
400 First Avenue North, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1722
www.quartoknows.com
9781631065880, $19.99, HC, 128pp, www.amazon.com

An ideal and beautifully presented instruction manual and guide, with Elise Mahan's "Celestial Watercolor", anyone can learn how to paint the beautiful night sky throughout the seasons while also learning about sun signs and their place in astrology. Complete with an overview of the tools and techniques of watercolor, "Celestial Watercolor" also features: How to achieve the look of the night sky unique to each season, from the light blue summer night to the deep blue of the winter; Watercolor wash techniques: wet-into-wet and wet-on-dry painting; How to paint moons throughout the year, including the 12 moons from the Native American and spiritual traditions; Adding environmental elements, including trees, mountains, and lakes; Ideas for night sky painting gifts for baby showers, weddings, birthdays, and other occasions. Profusely illustrated, exceptionally and impressively 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Celestial Watercolor" is unreservedly recommended for personal, school, and community library Fine Arts & Painting instructional reference collections.


The Cookbook Shelf

Asma's Indian Kitchen
Asma Khan
Interlink Publishing Group
46 Crosby Street, Northampton, MA 01060-1804
www.interlinkbooks.com
9781623719128, $30.00, HC, 192pp, www.amazon.com

Asma Khan's award-winning restaurant Darjeeling Express began life as a dinner party with friends; Indian food lovingly cooked from family recipes that go back generations. In "Asma's Indian Kitchen" Asma reveals the secret to her success, telling her immigrant's story and how food brought her home. The recipes pay homage to her royal Mughlai ancestry and follow the route of the Darjeeling Express train from the busy streets of Bengal, through Calcutta, where she grew up, and along the foothills of the Himalayas to Hyderabad. Platters of dishes boasting texture and intense flavor encourage you to gather for a traditional dawaat (feast). Starting with simple midweek Feasts for Two, Asma then reveals the way to quick and easy cooking with less spice for Family Feasts. There are Feasts for Friends, for when you want to show off a little, and Celebratory Feasts. Many of the recipes are vegetarian, there are sweet treats and drinks, too, and all feature alongside lesser-known recipes and stories unique to Asma's family. "Asma's Indian Kitchen" is more than just another collection of delicious and accessible recipes, it is also a celebration of heritage, culture, community and quality. An inherently fascinating personal story combined with palate pleasing, appetite satisfying, and authentic recipes from the Indian subcontinent, "Asma's Indian Kitchen" will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library Contemporary Ethnic Cookbook collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Asma's Indian Kitchen" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

Super Green Simple and Lean
Sally Obermeder & Maha Koraiem
Allen & Unwin
https://www.allenandunwin.com
c/o Trafalgar Square Books
PO Box 257, North Pomfret, VT 05053
www.trafalgarbooks.com
9781760292027, $19.95, PB, 256pp, www.amazon.com

In their new cookbook, "Super Green Simple and Lean", Sally Obermeder (an Australian television host who also co-founded and runs the lifestyle blog SWIISH.com) and her sister Maha. Maha Koraiem (who is the co-founder and director of SWIISH.com and a certified Health and Nutrition Coach) have created a beautifully illustrated compendium of smoothie recipes, monster salads, nourishing bowls and satisfying snacks that will help even the most novice of kitchen cooks to make healthy living faster, easier and more delicious than they ever thought possible. These nutritious, easy to make recipes will help anyone to lose weight, gain energy and simply feel fantastic. Of special note is the inclusion of dual measures. Exceptionally well organized and presented, "Super Green Simple and Lean" will quickly become an enduringly favorite addition to personal, professional, and community library cookbook collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Super Green Simple and Lean" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.00).

The Seaweed Cookbook
Nicole Pisani & Kate Adams
Firefly Books Ltd.
www.fireflybooks.com
9780228100911, $19.95, HC, 128pp, www.amazon.com

Seaside societies have included seaweed in their diets for millennia. seaweed provides a nutritional punch, a powerful mix of iodine, iron, vitamin C, antioxidants, fiber, vitamin K, vitamin B12; minerals, fiber and protein. It is linked to lower rates of cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and obesity and it is believed to help in the prevention and treatment of cancer." The Seaweed Cookbook" covers all aspects of seaweed and us specifically intended for those who would like to incorporate this powerful food into their diet and it is for those who already enjoy it and want to discover new recipes. In addition to showcasing 50 kitchen cook friendly and palate pleasing recipes for appetizers, side dishes, main entres, and baked goods, "The Seaweed Cookbook" also explains the benefits of eating seaweed, where to buy it, how to collect it (if you're lucky enough to live seaside), and how to dry, store, soak and handle it as an ingredient. Beautifully illustrated throughout, "The Seaweed Cookbook" will prove to be a unique and treasured addition to personal, professional, and community library cookbook collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Seaweed Cookbook" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $3.99).

Right-Size Recipes
Betty Crocker
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
3 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016
www.hmhco.com
9781328588760, $22.99, PB, 352pp, www.amazon.com

With the publication of "Right-Size Recipes: Delicious Meals for One or Two", Betty Crocker makes cooking for one (and maybe one more) easier and more economical than ever with a complete assortment of almost 200 perfect fit recipes. She's delightfully re imagined beloved classics like Black and Blue Mini Meat Loaves and quick and easy dinners like Pan Asian Salmon and Vegetables. Even dessert is made sweeter and simpler with personal treats like Cherry Cobblers for Two. "Right Size Recipes" makes cooking effortless and fun, with recommendations for the proper equipment, advice on navigating the grocery store to shop small, and lessons on transforming or stretching leftover ingredients and meals into another delicious entree for less repetitive leftovers and more delightful cooking. Holidays and special occasions are also handily scaled to size, with a sheet pan Thanksgiving dinner for two, menus for a romantic dinner or a stay in movie night, and more. Beautifully and profusely illustrated, 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Right-Size Recipes" is unreservedly recommended for community libraries. It should be noted for personal use that "Right-Size Recipes" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99).

Bazaar: Vibrant Vegetarian Recipes
Sabrina Ghayour
Mitchell Beazley
c/o Octopus Books
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
www.octopusbooksusa.com
9781784725754, $34.99, HC, 240pp, www.amazon.com

Compiled by chef, food writer, culinary teacher, and Middle Eastern cuisine expert Sabrina Ghayour "Bazaar: Vibrant Vegetarian Recipes" is a colorful, flavorful and satisfying celebration of vegetable dishes, designed to suit every occasion and every palate. Every dish showcased in "Bazaar: Vibrant Vegetarian Recipes" is features easy-to-achieve flavors and depth that would win over even the most die-hard carnivore. Each individual recipe utilizes the abundance of varied flavor profiles of the East ranging from spices, herbs and perfumed aromatics, to hearty staples such as grains and pulses, combined with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Here are salads for all seasons, spectacular sides, bowl comfort, moreish mains, sweet treats, and more! Beautifully and profusely illustrated throughout, "Bazaar: Vibrant Vegetarian Recipes" is a culinary pleasure to browse through and create menus with, making it an ideal and highly recommended addition to family and community library Vegetarian Cook Book collections. It should be noted for personal and professional lists that "Bazaar: Vibrant Vegetarian Recipes" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

Well Being
Danielle Copperman
Kyle Books
c/o Octopus Publishing
236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
http://www.kylebooks.com
9780857834423, $34.99, www.kylebooks.co.uk

Well Being: Recipes and Rituals to Realign the Body and Mind comes from a successful young model and businesswoman who looked for a more holistic approach to wellbeing. Her blend of yoga, nutritious recipes, and exercise helped increase her energy levels and promoted a better relationship and balance with food and fitness, and this book gathers her rituals and recipes that illustrate her footsteps for those who would follow. Little is neglected in this pursuit: formulas for spearmint and almond mouthwash to a breakfast Turmeric Tofu Scramble or Walnut Chocolate Biscuits and Millionaire's Shortbread accompany broader discussions of formulas for better living, making this a recommended pick for food, lifestyle, and self-help holdings alike.


The Gardening Shelf

Vertical Vegetables
Amy Andrychowicz
Cool Springs Press
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
400 First Avenue North, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1722
www.quartoknows.com
9780760357842, $24.99, PB, 192pp, www.amazon.com

In "Vertical Vegetables: Simple Projects that Deliver More Yield in Less Space", gardening expert and the creator of the website "Get Busy Gardening", Amy Andrychowicz introduces the concept and practice of gardening vertically in order to make maxim advantage of limited spaces. With practical principles and the incisive background information needed to start, "Vertical Vegetables" shows how to build nearly two dozen growing structures, including trellises, arbors, archways, wall pockets, towers, and more. Bigger yields per square foot may be the main reason for vertical growing, but vertical gardens also offer opportunities that go beyond the purely functional -- they can be beautiful, too. Among the many projects in her new book, "Vertical Vegetables" has included several that are visually stunning, especially once the garden has matured. Freestanding or wall-hung, the projects reflect a wide variety of building materials, too, including dimensional lumber, metal re-bar, fabric, and even "upcycled" everyday objects. "Vertical Vegetables" is packed from cover to cover with important information, including lists of plants that are best suited for vertical growing. A beautiful organized and presented do-it- yourself project book for even the most novice of gardeners, working with any sized outdoor space, "Vertical Vegetables" is very highly recommended for personal and community library Gardening instructional reference collection. It should also be noted that "Vertical Vegetables" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $13.41).


The Automotive Shelf

Chrysler Slant Six Engines
Doug Dutra
CarTech Inc.
838 Lake Street South, Forest Lake, MN 55025
www.cartechbooks.com
9781613254325, $25.95, PB, 144pp, www.amazon.com

1960 was the year all of the Big Three automakers unveiled entrants in a new class of car called the compact. Chrysler's offering, the Plymouth Valiant, was paired with its redesigned 6-cylinder engine entrant, the Slant Six, known by its nickname the "leaning tower of power". This engine powered the Valiants when they swept the top seven positions in the newly christened compact race that precluded the Daytona 500. With its legacy intact, Chrysler's Slant Six powered Mopar automobiles for decades to come in three displacement offerings (170, 198, 225). Now 60 years old, surviving Slant Six engines could probably use some freshening up. Slant Six engine expert Doug Dutra has produced "Chrysler Slant Six Engines: How to Rebuild and Modify" a profusely illustrated and thoroughly 'user friendly' instructional guide, manual, and reference to walk the do-it-yourself Slant Six owner through every aspect of disassembly, evaluation, rebuild, and reassembly in an easy-to-read, step-by-step format. "Chrysler Slant Six Engines" also covers modifications, showing how to squeeze the most out of a Slant Six engine.

Supercar Revolution
John Lamm
Motorbooks
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
400 First Avenue North, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1722
9780760363348, $40.00, HC, 240pp, www.amazon.com

In "Supercar Revolution", John Lamm (a respected, long-time automotive journalist and photographer who covers sports and racing cars for Road & Track) deftly charts the evolution of the battle for performance and supremacy among the world's leading marques, including Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Porsche, Aston Martin, and Ford GT. "Supercar Revolution" profiles the designers and engineers who developed these beasts, and includes interviews with the racers and celebrities who drive them. And that's not to mention the fabulous photographs of the supercars themselves you'll find throughout this highly produced volume. Jay Leno, the host of Jay Leno's Garage and one of the best-known automotive collectors and enthusiasts in the world, is also featured in several hilarious and informative commentaries. "Supercar Revolution" conveys the power of automotive aesthetics and performance as they're pushed to their absolute limits like you've never seen before. It is a new benchmark in automotive publishing, and is destined to become a classic history of these incredible marques. An absolute 'must read' for all dedicated car buffs, "Supercar Revolution" is unreservedly recommended for personal reading lists and community library Automotive History collections.


The Environmental Studies Shelf

There Is No Planet B
Mike Berners-Lee
Cambridge University Press
One Liberty Plaza, Fl. 20, New York, NY 10006
www.cambridge.org
9781108439589, $12.95, PB, 302pp, www.amazon.com

Feeding the world, climate change, biodiversity, antibiotics, plastics - the list of concerns seems endless. But what is most pressing, what are the knock-on effects of our actions, and what should we do first? Do we all need to become vegetarian? How can we fly in a low-carbon world? Should we frack? How can we take control of technology? Does it all come down to population? And, given the global nature of the challenges we now face, what on Earth can any of us do? Fortunately, Mike Berners-Lee (a leading expert in carbon footprinting, as well as the director and principal consultant at Small World Consulting) has crunched the numbers and plotted a course of action that is practical and even enjoyable. "There Is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years" maps it out in an accessible and entertaining way, filled with astonishing facts and analysis. For the first time environmental activists can find big-picture perspective on the environmental and economic challenges of the day laid out in one place, and traced through to the underlying roots -- questions of how we live and think. "There Is No Planet B" will shock and even surprise you -- and then make you laugh. And you'll find practical and even inspiring ideas for what you can actually do to help humanity thrive on this (our only) planet. An absolute 'must read' for anyone concerned with the once looming and now upon us effects of climate change, "There Is No Planet B" needs to be a part of every community and academic library collection in the country. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, social activists, governmental policy makers, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "There Is No Planet B" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.00).


The Activity Shelf

Quote Acrostic Favorites: Volume 4
Charles Preston, editor
aka Associates Inc.
www.akabooks.com
9780578452821, $9.95, PB, 70pp, www.amazon.com

Created by former USA Today crossword puzzle editor Charles Preston, "Quite Acrostic Favorites is the fourth volume of in his outstanding series and is comprised of 50 favorite acrostics, which reveal wise and witty sayings on topics from human nature and politics to science and society. Crack the clues in the word column; transfer them to the diagram; and discover quotations from people like G.K. Chesterton, Samuel Clemens, Joan Didion, Molly Ivins, Jack London, and more. Quote Acrostic Favorites: Volume 4 is perfect for passing the time, whether during a quick lunch break or a lazy Sunday afternoon. Offering hours and hours of puzzle-solving fun, "Quote Acrostic Favorites" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to every puzzle enthusiast's personal collection.


The Graphic Novel Shelf

Pirate Queen
Tony Lee and Sam Hart
Candlewick Press
99 Dover Street, Somerville, MA 02144
www.candlewick.com
9781536200195 $19.99 amazon.com

Pirate Queen: The Legend of Grace O'Malley is a full-color graphic novel based on Grace O'Malley (1530-1603), a legendary Irish chieftain and rebel against English colonization. Although Pirate Queen takes some creative license to interpret what little is conclusively known about O'Malley's character and deeds, the core story of a seafaring woman driven to avenge the slaughter of her loved ones is drawn directly from historical record. O'Malley's resolve to defend her family and her homeland brought her bitter enemies, unlikely allies, and ultimately, a confrontation with another legendary female ruler - Queen Elizabeth I. Striking art and masterful storytelling bring adventure to life in this treasure for historical fiction graphic novel connoisseurs! Highly recommended, especially for personal and public library collections.

Vincent Book One
Vitor Cafaggi
Super Genius
supergeniuscomics.com
c/o Papercutz
www.papercutz.com
9781545805343 $9.99 amazon.com

Vincent is an ordinary student with a knack for magic tricks, who likes to play RPGs with his friends, and has never experienced more than platonic love... yet. Vincent Book One: Guide to Love, Magic, and RPG is the first volume of a full-color, graphic novel collection of Brazilian creator Vitor Cafaggi's delightful comic strip about a love triangle between the humble, charming Vincent and two girls. Interactions between the anthropomorphic characters (including the adorable white dog Vincent, the feline Lady, the panda Princess, and Vincent's monkey best friend Bu) bring to life a story both heartwarming and heartbreaking. Vincent Book One is suitable for all ages, and highly recommended for personal browsing, gift-giving, and public or school library graphic novel collections.

The Rolling Stones in Comics!
Ceka
NBM Publishing
160 Broadway, Suite 700, East Wing, New York, NY 10038
www.nbmpub.com
9781681121987, $26.99, HC, 192pp, www.amazon.com

When the Rolling Stones hit the scene in the 60's, it was to play rhythm & blues, nothing more. They were far from imagining that they would change music, let alone become the mouthpiece of a changing world. Sticking their tongue out at the establishment with their brilliant music and hard-hitting lyrics, they achieved planet-wide success. With Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in the lead, these rebels have become, over 50 years, not just a band, but a whole attitude! Through 21 stories in comics accompanied by biographical texts and a rich iconography, "The Rolling Stones in Comics!" by Ceka (who was formerly a copywriter in advertising and has scripted more than 30 graphic novels) helps fans relive, in a totally new way, the incredible epic of one of the biggest rock bands ever. Certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community, college, and university library collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of all dedicated Rolling Stones fans that "The Rolling Stones in Comics!" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle & comiXology, $16.99).

Cannonball
Kelsey Wroten
Uncivilized Books
PO Box 6534, Minneapolis, MN 55406
https://uncivilizedbooks.com
9781941250334 $24.95 amazon.com

Cannonball is an LGBTQ graphic novel, featuring characters brought to life with simple yet expressive color artwork. The story focuses on the precarious livelihood of Caroline Bertram, a recent art school graduate and aspiring professional writer. She's also a lesbian who enjoys sex (although a past love broke her heart), a binge drinker who might not have crossed the line to alcoholism yet (although she'll drink with just about anyone to avoid drinking alone), a tortured genius (in her own mind), snidely nasty to anyone she takes a dislike to (a woman willing to have sex with her is not immune to her ill graces), and harassed by her parents to get a steady job instead of trying to write full-time (and scraping by with the pittance she makes from freelance editing work). Fortunately, Caroline does have friends, including a staunchly loyal lesbian best friend, and a straight best friend. Caroline might be her own worst enemy - or her own greatest motivator; the "Cannonball" title refers to a female professional wrestler that Caroline idolizes to the point of visionary adoration. A slice-of-life story that keeps the reader fascinated all the way to the final page, Cannonball is highly recommended. It should be noted that Cannonball has some nudity and sexual content, and is therefore suggested for mature readers.

Bloodborne: The Healing Thirst
Ales Kot, author
Piotr Kowalski, illustrator
Brad Simpson, illustrator
Titan Comics
https://titan-comics.com
9781785869532, $16.99, PB, 112pp, www.amazon.com

"Bloodborne: The Healing Thirst" is the second volume of a full-color, horror-fantasy graphic novel series based on the critically acclaimed video game. As the first Hunters slice the night in the search of the afflicted, The Healing Church faces a rupture in its ranks as it struggles to halt the spread of the mysterious Ashen Blood disease. Suspecting Old Blood as the cause, Priest Clement strikes a pact with the older healer Alfredius to uncover the true nature of the Healing Church and expose it to the citizens of Yharnam. Based on Hidetaka Miyazaki's critically-acclaimed Bloodborne video game, "Bloodborne: The Healing Thirst" is a dark and compelling page-turner of graphic novel. The artwork illustrations of Piotr Kowalski and Brad Simpson fully enhance author Ales Kot's unique and compelling story of ecclesiastical arrogance and the struggle of the fledgling practitioners of science in a age of superstition when faced with a seemingly unholy and unstoppable horror. It should be noted for dedicated graphic novel fans of the eerie and the mysterious, "Bloodborne: The Healing Thirst" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle & comiXology, $11.01).

The Raid
Alex Paknadel, author
Ollie Masters, author
Budy Setiawan, illustrator
Titan Comics
https://titan-comics.com
9781785858659, $16.99, PB, 112pp, www.amazon.com

Alex Paknadel is a British comic book writer who has written several titles, including Doctor Who for Titan Comics and Arcadia and Turncoat for Boom! Studios. Ollie Masters is a British comic book writer who has written several titles, including The Kitchen for Vertigo, and Sons of Anarchy and Snow Blind for Boom. Together they have collaborated to write "The Raid", a riveting graphic novel expertly illustrated by Budy Setiawan. Based on characters from the Raid movie series, "The Raid" is an action/adventure thriller of a read from cover to cover. While very highly recommended for community library graphic novel collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of all graphic novel fans that "The Raid" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.99).

The Steel Prince
V. E. Schwab, author
Andrea Olimpieri, illustrator
Titan Comics
https://titan-comics.com
9781785865879, $16.99, PB, 112pp, www.amazon.com

The youthful Maresh is sent to a violent and unmanageable port city on the Blood Coast of Verose, on strict orders from his father, King Nokil Maresh, to cut his military teeth in this lawless landscape. There, he encounters an unruly band of soldiers, a lawless landscape, and the intoxicatingly deadly presence of the newly returned pirate queen, Arisa. The first volume of V. E. Schwab's 'Shades of Magic' series, "The Steel Prince" is superbly illustrated by the artwork illustrations of Andrea Olimpieri. The result is a sword-wielding action/adventure epic that will leave its fully entertained readers looking eagerly toward the next volume of this simply outstanding graphic novel series. While unreservedly recommended for community library graphic novel collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Steel Prince" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $10.99).

Newbury & Hobbes: The Undying
George Mann, author
Dan Boultwood, illustrator
Titan Comics
https://titan-comics.com
9781782760399, $16.99, PB, 112pp, www.amazon.com

Produced by the team of author George Mann and illustrator Dan Boultwood, "Newbury & Hobbes: The Undying" takes place in the bizarre and dangerous steam punk world of Victorian London, a city teetering on the edge of revolution. Airships soar in the skies over the city, ground trains rumble through the streets and clockwork automatons serve the bustling public.
But beneath this shiny veneer of progress lurks a sinister side. Queen Victoria is kept alive by a primitive life-support system while her agents Sir Maurice Newbury and his delectable assistant, Miss Veronica Hobbes, do battle with enemies of the crown, both physical and supernatural. This time it is the re-emergence of an old nemesis who is the creator of monsters. A deftly crafted example of the science fiction sub-genre of 'stem punk', "Newbury & Hobbes: The Undying" is an extraordinarily entertaining read from cover to cover and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library graphic novel collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of all steam-punk science fiction fans that "Newbury & Hobbes: The Undying" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle & comiXology, $11.99).


The Audiobook Shelf

The Ancient Celts
Barry Cunliffe
Tantor Media, Inc.
6 Business Park Road, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
https://tantor.com/new-releases.html
9781630153502, $44.99, CD, www.tantor.com

For two and a half thousand years the Celts have continued to fascinate those who have come into contact with them, yet their origins have remained a mystery and even today are the subject of heated debate among historians and archaeologists. Now in a fully updated and revised second edition, "The Ancient Celts" is an erudite history in which Barry Cunliffe explores the archaeological reality of these bold warriors and skilled craftsmen of barbarian Europe who inspired fear in the Greeks and Romans. Tracing the emergence of chiefdoms and their migrations as far as Bosnia and the Czech Republic, he assesses the disparity between the traditional and contemporary information on the Celts and offers new insight into the true identity of this ancient people. Ably narrated by Julian Elfer, this complete and unabridged audio book edition of "The Ancient Celts" will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to community library collections. (8 CDs, 11 Hours).

Team of Vipers
Cliff Sims
Macmillan Audio
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10010
www.macmillanaudio.com
9781250238184, $39.99, CD, www.amazon.com

After standing at Donald Trump's side on Election Night, Cliff Sims joined him in the West Wing as Special Assistant to the President and Director of White House Message Strategy. He soon found himself pulled into the President's inner circle as a confidante, an errand boy, an advisor, a punching bag, and a friend. Sometimes all in the same conversation. As a result, Sims gained unprecedented access to the President, sitting in on private meetings with key Congressional officials, world leaders, and top White House advisors. He saw how Trump handled the challenges of the office, and he learned from Trump himself how he saw the world. For five hundred days, Sims also witnessed first-hand the infighting and leaking, the anger, joy, and recriminations. He had a role in some of the President's biggest successes, and he shared the blame for some of his administration's worst disasters. He gained key, often surprising insights into the players of the Trump West Wing, from Jared Kushner and John Kelly to Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway. He even helped Trump craft his enemies list, knowing who was loyal and who was not. And he took notes. Hundreds of pages of notes. In real-time. Sims stood with the President in the eye of the storm raging around him, and now he tells the story that no one else has written -- because no one else could. As only a true insider could report, "Team Of Vipers" is the true and inherently fascinating story of what it was really like in the West Wing as a member of the President's team. Ably narrated by Daniel Thomas May, this real life tale of power and palace intrigue, backstabbing and bold victories, as well as painful moral compromises (occasionally with himself) is ably narrated by Daniel Thomas May, making this Macmillan Audio a complete and unabridged production that is a very highly recommended addition to personal, community, and academic library audio book collections.

Wild Bill
Tom Clavin
Macmillan Audio
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 315, New York, NY 10010
www.macmillanaudio.com
9781250315885, $39.99, CD, www.amazon.com

In July 1865, "Wild Bill" Hickok shot and killed Davis Tutt in Springfield, MO -- the first recorded quick-draw duel on the frontier. Thus began the reputation that made him a marked man to every gunslinger in the Wild West. James Butler Hickok was known across the frontier as a soldier, Union spy, scout, lawman, gunfighter, gambler, showman, and actor. He crossed paths with General Custer and Buffalo Bill Cody, as well as Ben Thompson and other young toughs gunning for the sheriff with the quickest draw west of the Mississippi. Wild Bill also fell in love (multiple times) before marrying the true love of his life, Agnes Lake, the impresario of a traveling circus. He would be buried however, next to fabled frontierswoman Calamity Jane. Even before his death, Wild Bill became a legend, with fiction sometimes supplanting fact in the stories that surfaced. Once, in a bar in Nebraska, he was confronted by four men, three of whom he killed in the ensuing gunfight. A famous Harper's Magazine article credited Hickok with slaying 10 men that day; by the 1870s, his career-long kill count was up to 100. The legend of Wild Bill has only grown since his death in 1876, when cowardly Jack McCall famously put a bullet through the back of his head during a card game. Ably narrated by Johnny Heller, author Tom Clavin's "Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier's First Gunfighter" has sifted through years of western lore to bring Hickok fully to life in this rip-roaring, spellbinding true story, making this Macmillan Audio production an unreservedly recommended addition to personal and community library audio book collections.

Crashing Heat
Richard Castle
Hachette Audio
1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10104
www.HachetteAudio.com
9781549122231 $30.00 amazon.com

Crashing Heat is a dark, intense murder mystery, now available in audiobook format. Nikki Heat is married to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jameson Rook. Her marriage is stormy, but also sexy and sensational. Then a shocking death makes news headlines - a female reporter for a college newspaper is found naked and dead in Rook's bed. Is someone trying to frame Rook for murder? Or does he have an evil side that he's kept hidden from Nikki all this time? Determined not to take any form of betrayal lightly, Nikki resolves to learn the truth about what happened and why, embarking on an investigation that points toward a secret society within a secret society. A riveting thrill ride from beginning to end, Crashing Heat is enthusiastically recommended for connoisseurs of the genre. 8 CDs, 9 hours.


The Library CD Shelf

Thunder In My Arms
Lissa Schneckenburger
www.lissafiddle.com
Footprint Records
$15.00 CD / $10.00 digital cdbaby.com

Lissa Schneckenburger presents Thunder In My Arms, a music album about attachment, parenting, and trauma. The songs draw upon bass, electric guitar, piano, strings, and at times brass and saxophone, while Schneckenburger's vocals reverberate in the heart and mind. A lyrics booklet is included with the physical CD. Thunder In My Arms is a unique, creative soundscape, highly recommended for connoisseurs of quality original music. The tracks are "Look Away", "On My Own", "Since the Day We Met", "The 11th Labor of Hercules", "I Need Us Together", "Feel Better", "They Sent Me a Picture", "I'll Stick Around", "Blow Out the Candles", and "When My Baby Cries". 38 min.

Ailleurs
Mylle Fournier
Privately Published
$TBA CD / $4.95 MP3 amazon.com

The debut solo album of harpist and composer Mylle Fournier, Ailleurs is an instrumental album of original works inspired by the great turning points of life. Elements of classical and rock-'n'- roll music are seamlessly integrated into the breathtaking performances. Ranging in tone from deep sorrow to exuberant joy, Ailleurs is dramatic, stunning, exceptionally beautiful, and highly recommended. The tracks are "Every Goodbye", "Penta", "Prynhawn, Nos, Bore", "An Ocean, A Decade", and "Tell It to the Wind". 27 min. 32 sec.

Secrets of the Sea
Greg Maroney
www.gregmaroney.com
Greg Maroney Music
$TBA CD / $9.49 MP3 amazon.com

Recorded live, Secrets of the Sea is a neo-classical, new age solo piano album of original compositions by Greg Maroney, performed on a 9-foot Steinway Concert Grand piano. The twenty-fifth release by the talented and imaginative Maroney, Secrets of the Sea draws inspiration from the ever-changing, mysterious nature of rivers, waves, tributaries, and ocean shores. Extraordinarily beautiful and inspiring, Secrets of the Sea is highly recommended especially for solo piano connoisseurs and public library collections. The tracks are "Secrets of the Sea", "Reverence", "River of Dreams", "Distant Shores", "Arise in Hope", "The Clock Strikes Nine", "A Thousand Miles", "Sea Breeze", "Rippling Waters", "Dreaming Tree", "Emerald Lake", and "The Lighthouse". 53 min. 14 sec.

Chapters
Stephen Wallack
www.stephenwallackmusic.com
Privately Published
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/stephenwallack
$12.97 CD / $9.99 download

Chapters: Solo Piano Reflections is the debut album of Stephen Wallack, featuring new age solo piano drawn from autobiographical elements, and performed with cinematic flair. Brimming with vivacious memories and emotion, from amazing travels to the day of his wedding, Chapters is profoundly joyful and highly recommended. The tracks are Virginia", "Oceans", "Cooper's Song" Trains", "Dad", "Chicago", "The traveler", "Wedding Song", "Holiday", and "Archer.

American Highway
Marty Brown
www.martybrownmusic.com
Plowboy Records
http://plowboyrecords.com
$TBA CD / $TBA download

American Highway is a country album of original music written by Marty Brown and Jon Tiven (Kristopher Martin Brown is the third co-writer of one track) celebrating Marty Brown's return to major recording after a break of twenty years. Vibrant, candid, and reverent, American Highway captures both the highs and lows of daily life with glorious aplomb. Highly recommended! The tracks are "American Highway", "I'm On A Roll ( Better Than It's Ever Been)", "Umbrella Lovers", "Shaking All Over The World", "When The Blues Come Around", "Right Out Of Left Field", "Kentucky Blues", "Casino Winnebago", "Velvet Chains", and "Mona Lisa Smiles".

Wooh Dang
Daniel Norgren
Superpuma Records
www.superpumarecords.com
c/o Redeye (distribution)
www.redeyeworldwide.com
https://danielnorgren.bandcamp.com/album/wooh-dang
$15.00 CD / $7.00 digital

Music artist Daniel Norgren's first worldwide release Wooh Dang is an intense, original music album with a deep connection to history and memory. Created within a 19th century textile farmhouse in the woods near Norgren's home in Sweeden, Wooh Dang was recorded live in its entirety on a 16 track analogue rig, with no guitar tuners. Norgren and his friends Anders Grahn (bass), Erik Berntsson (drums), and Andreas Filipsson (guitar and banjo) have created songs that reflect the exuberance of rural life. Highly recommended, especially for international music connoisseurs. The tracks are "Blue Sky Moon", "The Flow", "Dandelion Time", "Rolling Rolling Rolling", "So Glad", "Let Love Run the Game", "The Day That's Just Begun", "When I Hold You In My Arms", and "Wooh Dang".

Allison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves
Allison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves
allisondegroot.com
tatianahargreaves.com
Free Dirt Records
freedirt.net
$12.59 CD / $9.49 MP3 amazon.com

Allison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves is the self-titled debut album of two bluegrass music artists inspired by traditional music from Mississippi, Missouri, the Arkansas Ozarks, and Appalachian stringband music. Though many of the songs are their renditions of traditional classics, the music speaks to modern issues of race, gender, and class. There are also American fiddle and banjo songs from the African-American duo Nathan Frazier and Frank Patterson, Arkansas fiddler Violet Hensley, and modern music masters Judy Hyman and John Hatcher. Both Allison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves are professional music teachers, and their commitment to pass on the joy of music shines through their work. Highly recommended! The tracks are "Eighth of January", "I Don't Want to Get Married", "Farewell Whiskey", "Dry", "Beaufort County Jail", "Cuckoo's Nest", "Lonesome Blues", "Willie Moore", "Buffalo Gals", "Wabash Blues", "Who Wouldn't Be Lonely", "Melinda", and "Green Valley Waltz".

Stories Told
Dave Zinno Unisphere
With Mike Tucker & Eric "Benny" Bloom, Tim Ray, Rafael Barata
Whaling City Sound
www.whalingcitysound.com
c/o Naxos (dist.)
www.naxosusa.com
PR: Ginny Shea - mixedmediapromo.com
$16.99 CD

Stories Told is an original Latin Jazz album by Dave Zinno Unisphere, and the follow-up to "River of January". Dave Zinno performs on the double bass; Mike Tucker on tenor saxophone; Eric "Benny" "Stories Told" includes elements of neo-Latin, and the intense music ranges from gregarious excitement to a somber tribute created in the memory of Tucker's father. Stories Told is a treasure for connoisseurs of the genre, highly recommended. The tracks are "Neurotico", "Larrytown", "The Opener", "Michelle", "Requiem", "Ta", "Seventh Hour", "Backup", and "Triste".

Black & White
The Green
thegreen808.com
Easy Star Records
www.easystar.com
$11.99 CD / $9.49 MP3 amazon.com

Black & White is a reggae album by The Green, primarily revisiting their most popular, original reggae songs with a new acoustic arrangements. These new renditions are frequently retouched by the guideline that "less is more", to quote guitarist/singer JP Kennedy, focusing on the core key elements. The result is keenly forthright in its simplicity, and a "must" for reggae connoisseurs. Highly recommended! The tracks are "Alone", "Good Vibration", "Runaway Train", "Love I", "Alive", "Decisions", "What Will Be Will Be", "Going Up", "Chocolates & Roses", "Trod the Hard Road", "All I Need", "Wake Up", "Foolish Love", "Never", and "Good One".


The Library DVD Shelf

The Second Time Around
Starring Linda Thorson and Stuart Margolin
First Run Features
630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213, New York, NY 10036
$24.95 www.firstrunfeatures.com

The Second Time Around is an award-winning movie about love blossoming among senior citizens. The widowed Katherine Mitchell (played by Linda Thorson) strikes an unexpected chemistry with the grumpy Isaac Shapiro (played by Stuart Margolin) while she convalesces after breaking her hip. A shared love of music bring Katherine and Isaac closer, and the two decide to work together to achieve Katherine's dream of going to the opera in Milan. Poignant and emotionally moving, The Second Time Around is a timeless romance, highly recommended. 107 min.

Moynihan
A documentary by Joseph Dorman and Toby Perl Freilich
First Run Features
630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213, New York, NY 10036
$24.95 www.firstrunfeatures.com

Moynihan is an in-depth documentary about Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1927-2003), who made his mark on the twentieth century as an intellectual sociologist, policy specialist, ambassador, and long-serving senator of New York. Under Presidents Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, he worked as Assistant Secretary of Labor and put great effort into the War on Poverty. He wrote the controversial Moynihan Report ("The Negro Family: The Case For National Action"); advised President Nixon; was an ambassador to the United Nations under President Ford; and much more. His good-faith work with both political parties stands in stark contrast to the hyper- partisan politics of twenty-first century America. A close examination of a most remarkable, forthright, and outspoken public servant, Moynihan is highly recommended especially for public and college library documentary collections. 104 min.

A Place to Call Home, season 6
Starring Marta Dusseldorp
Acorn Media
c/o RLJ Entertainment
www.us.RLJEntertainment.com
$59.99 www.acornonline.com

A Place to Call Home, season 6 is the final chapter of this critically acclaimed television drama set in 1950s rural Australia, and directly addressing social issues including homosexuality, single motherhood, racism, and the aftereffects of war. Starring Marta Dusseldorp as the resourceful nurse Sarah Nordmann, season 6 follows Sarah's marriage to wealthy landowner George Bligh. George's mother Elizabeth feels excluded from the household that she used to rule as matriarch; George's son James returns from abroad to start a business in Sydney; and George's daughter Anna resides in distant Hawaii, hiding a secret from the rest of her family. Intrigue, deceit, and betrayal layer this complex, character-driven family saga, highly recommended. 10 episodes on 3 DVDs, 519 min., SDH subtitles.

The Heart Guy, series 3
Starring Rodger Corser
Acorn Media
c/o RLJ Entertainment
www.us.RLJEntertainment.com
$59.99 www.acornonline.com

Starring Hugh Knight (played by Rodger Corser) as a brilliant yet prideful heart surgeon, The Heart Guy, series 3 (also known as "Doctor Doctor" in Australia) continues the Australian medical dramady on DVD about a doctor who returns to his rural home of Whyhope and becomes entangled in increasingly out-of-control personal matters! In series 3, although Hugh's probation from his prestigious job in Sydney is coming to an end, he has mixed feelings about abandoning a possible relationship with local hospital boss Penny (played by Hayley McElhinney). A family tragedy causes Hugh to inherit his family's farm - and $11 million in debt! Hugh's mother and brother are bereft with grief, and his brother's wife received an unexpected guest that makes matters even more complex. Hugh must choose between returning to his high-powered career or helping family, hospital workers, and people of Whyhope. The Heart Guy, series 3 is wry, witty, thought-provoking, and highly recommended! 10 episodes on 3 DVDs, 473 min.

Bagua for Beginners
Chenhan Yang
YMAA Publications
PO Box 480, Wolfeboro, NH 03894-0480
9781594396700 $29.95 www.ymaa.com

Bagua for Beginners (75 min.) is an instructional DVD to the internal martial art of bagua, which can be compared to tai chi. Bagua is notable for its emphasis on circular movement, including distinctively evasive circular footwork, applied to both defensive and offensive strategies. The exercises shown in Bagua for Beginners include basic leg stances for circle walking, Eight Palms hand forms, and Eight Palms sequence. Bagua for Beginners is excellent for increasing one's energy, improving physical fitness and longevity, and can supplement self-defense training (although Bagua for Beginners is not primarily a self-defense video). Also highly recommended are the book "Baguazhang" by Master Liang, Shou-Yu; Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming; and Mr. Wu, Wen-Ching, which complements the instruction in Bagua for Beginners. For those who master the fundamentals in Bagua for Beginners, a sequel instructional DVD "Bagua for Beginners DVD 2" (sold separately) offers further instruction in the Swimming Body movements and sequence.


The Political Science Shelf

White Identity Politics
Ashley Jardina
Cambridge University Press
One Liberty Plaza, Fl. 20, New York, NY 10006
www.cambridge.org
9781108475525, $99.99, HC, 384pp, www.amazon.com

Amidst discontent over America's growing diversity, as reflected by the elections of 2016, 2018, and the current race toward the 2020 election, many white Americans now view the political world through the lens of a racial identity. Whiteness was once thought to be invisible because of whites' dominant position and ability to claim the mainstream, but today a large portion of whites actively identify with their racial group and support policies and candidates that they view as protecting whites' power and status in view of the demographic 'browning of America'. In "White Identity Politics", academician Ashley Jardina (she is an Assistant Professor of Political Science, Duke University, North Carolina) offers a landmark analysis of emerging patterns of white identity and collective political behavior, drawing on sweeping data. Where past research on whites' racial attitudes emphasized out-group hostility, Professor Jardina brings into focus the significance of in-group identity and favoritism. "White Identity Politics" shows that disaffected whites are not just found among the working class; they make up a broad proportion of the American public -- with profound implications for political behavior and the future of racial conflict in America as evidenced by the achievement of Donald J. Trump in winning the presidency and the success of continued voter suppression activities by a Republican dominated congress during Trump's first two years. Enhanced for academia with the inclusion of Figures, Tables, an Appendix, Notes, References, and an Index, "White Identity Politics" is unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university library Contemporary Political Science collections and supplemental studies curriculums. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, political activists, and non-specialist general readers that "White Identity Politics" is also available in a paperback edition (9781108468602, $24.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $15.49).


The Language Studies Shelf

Explorations in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language
Yang Xiao-Desai & Ka F. Wong, editors
Cheng & Tsui Company
25 West Street, Boston, MA 02111-1213 USA
9781622911844, $39.99, PB, 248pp, www.cheng-tsui.com

Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by Yang Xiao-Desai & Ka F. Wong, "Explorations in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language" is comprised of fourteen erudite and informative articles on teaching Chinese contributed by an impressive array of knowledgeable contributors. Instructors and researchers especially will benefit from these essays on best practices in instruction, Language Flagship programs, Chinese linguistic studies, heritage learner identities, curriculum development, teacher training, and more. Cheng & Tsui worked closely with Professor Tao-chung "Ted" Yao in the past, and published "Explorations in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language in commemoration of the legacy left behind by Professor Yao. Indeed, the spirit of Professor Yao lives on in his colleagues and students, who contributed to the compilation of "Explorations in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language" to honor his memory. "Explorations in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language" is a unique body of linguistic scholarship and unreservedly recommended for professional and academic library Chinese Language instructional reference collections and supplemental studies lists.

William Sanders Scarborough's First Lessons in Greek
William Sanders Scarborough
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
1570 Baskin Road, Mundelein, IL 60060
9780865168633, $24.00, PB, 187pp, www.bolchazy.com

A complete facsimile of the 1881 First Edition, "William Sanders Scarborough's First Lessons in Greek" features an informative Foreword by Ward W. Briggs, Jr. and an Introduction by Michele Valerie Ronnick which together provide an historical and intellectual context for this pioneering work written by a nineteenth-century African American classicist. The introductory text includes Greek to English and English to Greek exercises that drill Greek grammar and vocabulary as well as readings from Xenophon's Anabasis and Memorabilia. Also featuring five illustrations, "William Sanders Scarborough's First Lessons in Greek" will prove to be a welcome and valued addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library Greek Language Instruction and Reference collections and supplemental studies lists.

The Georgetown Dictionary of Moroccan Arabic
Mohamed Maamouri, editor
Georgetown University Press
3240 Prospect Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007
www.press.georgetown.edu
9781626163317, $80.95, HC, 760pp, www.amazon.com

Compiled and edited by Mohamed Maamouri (who is a retired professor of linguistics at the Manouba University in Tunisia and a retired senior researcher and research administrator at the Linguistic Data Consortium at the University of Pennsylvania, where he directed the Arabic Treebank Group and the development of Arabic lexical resources and projects), "The Georgetown Dictionary of Moroccan Arabic: Arabic-English, English-Arabic" is a modernized language resource for learning and studying Moroccan Arabic that updates the pioneering Arabic dialect dictionary published by Georgetown University Press over fifty years ago. Students, teachers, and scholars of Arabic will welcome this upgraded resource, which includes key Moroccan words, to grow their vocabulary and learn more about Moroccan Arabic language and culture. Created using the latest computational linguistics approaches and tools, this etymological dictionary represents a new generation of Arabic language reference materials designed to help English speakers gain proficiency in colloquial Arabic dialects. Scholars and linguists are certain to find this complex and challenging dialect informative and useful in discussions of Arabic dialectology. This fully updated edition features over 13,000 Moroccan Arabic - English entries and 8,000 English-Arabic entries; provides entries in Arabic script and organized by root, as is standard in Arabic dictionaries; employs International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) for all terms to demonstrate correct pronunciation and allow comparison across dialects; includes borrowed words commonly used in Moroccan Arabic, such as those from French, Spanish, and Amazigh; and contains extensive example sentences and an appendix showing the roots of words with prefixes, both to help learners. This bilingual (Arabic-English/English-Arabic) edition of "The Georgetown Dictionary of Moroccan Arabic" is unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, college, and university library Language Studies collections.


The Jobs/Careers Shelf

The Actor's Guide to Self-Marketing
Carla Renata
Allworth Press
www.allworth.com
c/o Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
307 West 36th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10018
www.skyhorsepublishing.com
9781621535515 $16.99 pbk / $12.99 Kindle amazon.com

Actress, online radio personality, blogger, branding expert, and former publicist Carla Renata presents The Actor's Guide to Self-Marketing: How to Brand and Promote Your Unique Image, a no-nonsense guide for aspiring actors and actresses to promote their careers. Chapters discuss how to prepare professional resumes, one sheets, and press releases; how to maximize the marketing potential of social media; how to distinguish oneself from the pack and highlight one's unique talents and skills; how to improve the odds of landing one's dream role; and much more. Thoroughly accessible and practical-minded, The Actor's Guide to Self-Marketing is an absolute "must-read" for actors and actresses everywhere, highly recommended.

Career Rookie
Sarah Vermunt
ECW Press
2120 Queen Street East, Suite 200, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4E 1E2
www.ecwpress.com
9781770414884, $14.95, PB, 248pp, www.amazon.com

"Career Rookie: A Get-It-Together Guide for Grads, Students and Career Newbies" by Sarah Vermunt (who is the founder of Careergasm and the author of Careergasm: Find Your Way to Feel-Good Work, is a regular career columnist on TV's CityLine, and whose work has been featured in Forbes, Fortune, Inc., Entrepreneur, and Fast Company) is a thoroughly 'user friendly' instruction manual and guide for every grad, student, and 20-something who feels lost, overwhelmed, and anxious when it comes to establishing themselves in a career. "Career Rookie" specifically addresses the emotional and logistical WTF-ness of starting a career, answering questions like, What if I don't have any experience? What if I went to school for something I hated? What if I have NO IDEA what I actually want? Should I just suck it up and settle? Because, honestly, this career thing is starting to give me an ulcer. A fresh and fun guide that gives even the most lost and overwhelmed a way forward, "Career Rookie" deftly explores passion, curiosity, uncertainty, self-sabotage, and the personal quest to shake off post-graduation paralysis. While very highly recommended for community, college, university, and corporate library Jobs/Careers collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Career Rookie" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $10.99).


The Biography Shelf

The Kindness of Strangers
Salka Viertel
New York Review of Books
435 Hudson Street, Suite 300, New York, NY 10014
www.nybooks.com
9781681372747, $17.95, PB, 368pp, www.amazon.com

Now brought back into print for a new generation of appreciative readers, the autobiography of actress and screenwriter Salka Viertel (15 June 1889 - 20 October 1978), "The Kindness of Strangers" tells the life story of a brilliant, creative, and well-connected woman's pilgrimage through the darkest years of the twentieth century, a journey that would take her from a remote province of the Austro-Hungarian Empire to Hollywood. "The Kindness of Strangers". A 'must read' for anyone with an interest in Hollywood and the history of the film industry, "The Kindness of Strangers" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to community and academic library collections. Enhanced with an informative Introduction by Lawrence Weschler (a staff writer at The New Yorker for over twenty years) it should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Kindness of Strangers" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.99).

Phantom in the Sky
Terry L. Thorsen
University of North Texas Press
1155 Union Circle #311336, Denton, TX 76203-5017
www.untpress.unt.edu
9781574417548 $34.95 amazon.com

The fifteenth volume in the "North Texas Military Biography and Memoir Series", Phantom in the Sky: A Marine's Back Seat View of the Vietnam War is the autobiography of a Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) who served in the back seat of the supersonic Phantom jet during the Vietnam War. As an RIO, he was a second pair of eyes to aid the pilot with communications, navigation, and emergencies. His backup support was crucial to prevent or correct errors that would otherwise cause a crash. Here is the story of his grueling training ordeal in the Platoon Leaders Course at Quantico; of surviving aviation and intercept training in spite of airsickness; and his service in the oldest and most decorated squadron in the Marine Corps, the VMFA-232 Red Devils in southern California. And here are true tales of life-or-death combat, secret missions, and perilous close calls with anti-aircraft weapons. Phantom in the Sky is a riveting from cover to cover, highly recommended especially for public and college library military biography collections as well as personal reading lists.

Mary Queen of Scots
Stefan Zweig
Pushkin Press
www.pushkinpress.com
9781782275459, $17.95, PB, 448pp, www.amazon.com

Written with all the drama of a novel by an author with a genuine flair for narrative storytelling, "Mary Queen of Scots" by Stefan Zweig is an impressively detailed and documented biographical history of a remarkable woman who lived in a remarkable time. From the moment of her birth to her death on the scaffold, Mary Stuart spent her life embroiled in power struggles that shook the foundations of Renaissance Europe. Revered by some as the rightful Queen of England, reviled by others as a murderous adultress, her long and fascinating rivalry with her cousin Elizabeth I led ultimately to her downfall. This simply outstanding biography of Mary Queen of Scots is unreservedly recommended for community and academic library biography collections in general, and Renaissance England supplemental studies reading lists in particular.


The Literary Studies Shelf

Chaucer's Verse Art in its European Context
Martin J. Duffell
ACMRS
Arizona State University
PO Box 874402, Tempe, AZ 85287-4402
http://acmrs.org/publications
9780866985697, $68.00, HC, 304pp, www.amazon.com

Incorporating advances in historical linguistics but aimed at teachers and students of poetry, "Chaucer's Verse Art in its European Context" by Martin J. Duffell (a member of the School of Modern Languages at Queen Mary College, London) argues that between 1378 and 1400 Geoffrey Chaucer used his knowledge of how poets versified in other languages to devise a meter that would be a perfect fit for the newly respectable English. While Chaucer and Gower are largely responsible for the last stage of this evolution in Middle English and Anglo-Norman, Chaucer's risk in composing in English paid off and iambic pentameter and tetrameter endured to become the staples of English verse, while Gower's French stress-syllabic meters died with the Anglo-Norman dialect. An impressively informative, exceptionally well organized and presented study, "Chaucer's Verse Art in its European Context" is enhanced for academia with the inclusion of a twenty-two page bibliographic listing of Works Cited, a twelve page Glossary, and a five page Index, making it an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to college and university library Medieval/Renaissance collections in general, and Chaucerian Studies supplemental reading lists in particular.

Kurt Vonnegut Remembered
Jim O'Loughlin, editor
The University of Alabama Press
PO Box 870380, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0380
www.uapress.ua.edu
9780817320119 $49.95 hc
9780817392246 $9.95 ebook

Kurt Vonnegut Remembered an anthology of remiscences about American author Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007), who is best known for his best-selling, dark satire novel "Slaughterhouse Five". These writings and insights are from a wide range of individuals people, from those who knew Vonnegut intimately to those who met him only once, and different essays shine a light on the many different phases of Vonnegut's life, including his service during World War II (he survived being captures by German troops during the Battle of the Bulge and the Allied bombing of the city of Dresden), his marriage, his years as a struggling writer with a family to support (including his sister's three sons, after his sister died from cancer and their father perished in a train accident), his philosophical views (he was an atheist and a humanist, and served as honorary president of the American Humanist Association), his rise to literary celebrity, and much more. Notes and an index round out this "must-read" for connoisseurs of Vonnegut's classic works, highly recommended especially for public and college library Literary Studies collections.


The Technology Shelf

The Micro-Doppler Effect in Radar, second edition
Victor C. Chen
Artech House
685 Canton Street, Norwood, MA 02062
www.artechhouse.com
9781630815462 $189.00 amazon.com

Written for aspiring and practicing professionals in the scientific field, The Micro-Doppler Effect in Radar is the updated and expanded second edition of a classic text by expert author Victor C. Chen, who is internationally recognized for his work in the micro-Doppler effect in radar and time-frequency-based radar image formation. Here are the basic principles of Doppler effect and micro-Doppler effect, and their practical applications in radar; the latest discoveries in vital sign and gesture recognition through micro-Doppler radar; guides to modeling and animating objects with movement; simulation of radar returns; coverage of the Google Project Soli (which used the micro-Doppler effect to recognize micro motions of human hand gestures for controlling devices); and much more. A wealth of charts, graphs, equations, and source codes in MATLAB for programs used to simulate radar backscattering, as well as programs for generating micro- Doppler signatures and analyzing characteristics of targets, enhance this advanced resource and reference. The Micro-Doppler Effect in Radar, second edition is highly recommended especially for college and university library science and technology shelves.

Fundamentals and Applications of Microfluidics, third edition
Nam-Trung Nguyen, et al.
Artech House
685 Canton Street, Norwood, MA 02062
www.artechhouse.com
9781630813642, $149.00, HC, 400pp, www.amazon.com

Now in a fully updated and expanded third edition, "Fundamentals and Applications of Microfluidics" provides engineers and engineering students with the most complete and current coverage of this cutting-edge field. This newly revised edition provides updated discussions throughout and features critical new material on microfluidic power sources, sensors, cell separation, organ-on-chip and drug delivery systems, 3D culture devices, droplet-based chemical synthesis, paper-based microfluidics for point-of-care, ion concentration polarization, micro-optofluidics and micro-magnetofluidics. Enhanced with the inclusion of four appendices (List of Symbols; Resources for Microfluidics Research; Abbreviations of Different Plastics; Linear Elastic Deflections Models) and a seven page Index, "Fundamentals and Applications of Microfluidics" is an ideal curriculum textbook and an unreservedly recommended addition to both corporate and academic Microfludics collections and supplemental studies lists.

Multimedia Networking Technologies, Protocols, & Architectures
Ivan Vidal, et al.
Artech House
685 Canton Street, Norwood, MA 02062
www.artechhouse.com
9781630813789, $149.00, HC, 300pp, www.amazon.com

Exceptionally well organized and accessibly presented, "Multimedia Networking Technologies, Protocols, & Architectures" is a practical and comprehensive resource that provides a survey on the technologies, protocols, and architectures that are widely used in practice to implement networked multimedia services. "Multimedia Networking Technologies, Protocols, & Architectures" deftly presents the background and basic concepts behind multimedia networking, and provides a detailed analysis of how multimedia services work, reviewing the diverse network protocols that are of common use to implement them. To guide the explanation of concepts, "Multimedia Networking Technologies, Protocols, & Architectures" focuses on a representative set of networked multimedia services with proven success and high penetration in the telecommunication market, namely Internet telephony, Video-on-Demand (VoD), and live IP television (IPTV). Contents are presented following a stepwise approach, describing each network protocol in the context of a networked multimedia service and making appropriate references to the protocol as needed in the description of other multimedia services. "Multimedia Networking Technologies, Protocols, & Architectures" also contains questions and exercises to provide the reader with insight on the practical application of the explained concepts. Additionally, a laboratory practice is included, based on open-source tools and software, to analyze the operation of an Internet telephony service from a practical perspective, as well as to deploy some of its fundamental components. Ideal as a curriculum textbook, "Multimedia Networking Technologies, Protocols, & Architectures" is unreservedly recommended for corporate, college, and university library Contemporary Technology collections in general, and telecommunications supplemental studies reading lists in particular.


The LGBT Studies Shelf

Evidence Of Being
Darius Bost
University of Chicago Press
1427 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
www.press.uchicago.edu
9780226589824, $27.50, PB, 192pp, www.amazon.com

"Evidence of Being: The Black Gay Cultural Renaissance and the Politics of Violence" by Darius Bost (Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies in the School for Cultural and Social Transformation, University of Utah) opens on a grim scene: Washington DC's gay black community in the 1980s, ravaged by AIDS, the crack epidemic, and a series of unsolved murders, seemingly abandoned by the government and mainstream culture. Yet in this darkest of moments, a new vision of community and hope managed to emerge. Bost's deftly detailed account of the media, poetry, and performance of this time and place reveals a stunning confluence of activism and the arts. In Washington and New York during the 1980s and '90s, gay black men banded together, using creative expression as a tool to challenge the widespread views that marked them as unworthy of grief. They created art that enriched and reimagined their lives in the face of pain and neglect, while at the same time forging a path toward bold new modes of existence. At once a corrective to the predominantly white male accounts of the AIDS crisis and an openhearted depiction of the possibilities of black gay life, "Evidence of Being" above all insists on the primacy of community over loneliness, and hope over despair. An impressively informative, thoughtful and thought- provoking read from cover to cover, "Evidence Of Being" is an extraordinary account and unreservedly recommended for community and academic library LBGT and African-American Studies collections and supplemental curriculum lists. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Evidence Of Being" is also available in a digital book format (eTextbook, $15.12).


The Needlecraft Shelf

Threads Around the World
Deb Brandon
Schiffer Publishing
9780764356506, $24.99, www.schifferbooks.com

Threads Around the World: From Arabian Weaving to Batik in Zimbabwe offers stories about handmade textiles in various cultures and regions around the world, covering embroidery to rugs and clothing and considering how they developed in various cultures. Color photos throughout illustrate both finished products and textile workers in the process of making them, accompanied by a history of the region's textile arts and the influences on its development. Between its historical review and artistic insights, this book will appeal to a range of readers and library collections, from needleworkers to artists.

First Time Sewing with a Serger
Becky Harrison & Beth Ann Baumgartel
Quarry Books
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
400 First Avenue North, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1722
www.quartous.com
9781631597145, $19.99, PB, 128pp, www.amazon.com

Becky Hanson began her career with SINGER over three decades ago as an educator, leading sewing machine classes and product training nationally. She later relocated to the company's North America corporate offices in Nashville, Tennessee, to become Director of Education. Today she is Global Product Specialist for SINGER, consulting with the product development team and providing creative support to the sales and marketing departments. Beth Baumgartel has written and edited sewing technique and project books for Vogue Patterns, Butterick, Taunton, Home Sewing Association, Family CircleCrafts, and many other crafts publishers. She is also the author of Successful Serging (CPi). In the illustrated pages of "First Time Sewing with a Serger: The Absolute Beginner's Guide these two women draw upon their many years of experience and expertise to create the ideal 'how to' introduction to how a serger works, the many styles available, and the roles of various parts and accessories. "First Time Sewing with a Serger" provides a detailed overview of the variety of functional and decorative stitches that can be made, plus 'must-have' threads, tools, and notions. Also covered are how to thread a serger, set the stitch size, and use it to start and end seams, sew curves and corners, and more. "First Time Sewing with a Serger" will provide even the most novice of first time users with the essential skills to make the nine fun, easy garment and home decor projects -- employing skills that be immediately applicable to creating any other serger-based sewing projects in the future.

Embroidered Lettering
Debra Valencia
Design Originals
c/o Fox Chapel Publishing Company
1970 Broad Street N. East Petersburg, PA 17520
www.FoxChapelPublishing.com
9781497204157, $19.99, PB, 176pp, www.amazon.com

Inside "Embroidered Lettering" needlecraft enthusiasts will find 25 fun and unique embroidery lettering projects that feature heartfelt sentiments and witty statements. Innovative designer and author Debra Valencia combines some of her favorite embroidery designs with creative lettering in this inventive book. She provides step-by-step instructions for 24 useful stitches, useful advice on tools and materials, and 7 alphabet templates to use in customizing your own designs. Needlecrafters will learn how to use the traditional craft of embroidery to add a modern message to coasters, tote bags, throw pillows, tea towels, monograms, luggage tags, an eyeglass case and more! Profusely illustrated and thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Embroidered Lettering" is certain to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to personal and community library Needlecraft instructional reference collections.

Crocheted Succulents
Emma Varnam
The Guild of Master Craftsman Publications
c/o The GMC Group
www.gmcbooks.com
9781784945046, $19.95, PB, 144pp, www.amazon.com

"Crocheted Succulents: Cacti and Succulent Projects to Make" by crocheting expert Emma Varnam for those needlecrafters who love houseplants but have an unerring ability to kill everything off. Instead they can now make cute needlecraft creations that don't require green fingers! Featured are 25 splendid succulents to make in a variety of shapes and sizes for a touch of indoor greenery that will never need watering, repotting or special plant food. Each individual project is beautifully photographed and includes clear patterns and guidance. Very highly recommended for personal and community library instructional reference collections, "Crocheted Succulents" also includes a techniques section that gives clear instructions on all the skills needed and necessary to successfully make the projects creating crocheted succulents for stylish home interiors.

JOMO Knits
Christine Boggis
The GMC Group
www.gmcbooks.com
9781784945053, $22.95, PB, 152pp, www.amazon.com

Christine Boggis is a mom, a journalist, and a knitter. JOMO means 'joy of missing out'. In "JOMO Knits" she presents 21 knitting projects that includes insights into how to use knitting to unwind from the relentless demands of our over-stimulated and digitalized lives and rediscover how to connect with ourselves, and those around us, in a more meaningful way. Included are special sections exploring the link between knitting and JOMO, along with humorous observations and lists. Profusely illustrated throughout, exceptionally well organized and presented, "JOMO Knits" will prove to be an especially valued and appreciated addition to personal, professional, and community library Needlecraft & Knitting instructional reference collections.


The Interior Design Shelf

Natural Style
Janet Sobesky
Creative Homeowner
c/o Fox Chapel Publishing Company
1970 Broad Street N. East Petersburg, PA 17520
www.FoxChapelPublishing.com
9781580118293, $19.99, PB, 224pp, www.amazon.com

Janet Sobesky was the Home Design and Lifestyle Editor at Woman's Day magazine for 22 years, where she wrote the popular "Tip Talk" feature. In "Natural Style: Using Organic and Eco-Conscious Materials for Earth-Friendly Designs" she draws upon her years of experience and expertise to create an eco-elegant guide to home decor that is packed from cover to cover with attractive decorating ideas inspired by the colors, forms, and themes of nature. "Natural Style" shows how to bring a breath of freshness into home decorating by incorporating natural elements into everyday living. Using organic and eco-conscious materials for earth-friendly designs, "Natural Style" deftly presents a host of practical suggestions for achieving a comfortable, informal, easy-care, and sustainable lifestyle, making it an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, and community library Interior Design instructional reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.


The Woodworking Shelf

Woodworking for the Garden
Alan Bridgewater & Gill Bridgewater
Creative Homeowner
www.creativehomeowner.com
c/o Fox Chapel Publishing Company
www.FoxChapelPublishing.com
9781580118309, $19.99, PB, 160pp, www.amazon.com

Whatever the size or style of your garden, "Woodworking for the Garden: 16 Easy-to-Build Step-by-Step Projects" will provide a wealth of inspiring, illustrated ideas for enhancing any outdoor space! "Woodworking for the Garden" offers 16 attractive, functional projects for making the most of your yard or garden ranging from trellises and planters to decking, fences, chairs, benches, tables, sheds, and even a children's playhouse! Each individual project includes easy to follow step-by-step instructions, color photographs, cross-section drawings, and comprehensive materials lists. In "Woodworking for the Garden', DIY experts Alan and Gill Bridgewater also provide helpful advice on cutting and preparing wood, fixing joints, finishing, and maintaining outdoor wooden structures. Thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Woodworking for the Garden" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, and community library Woodworking do-it-yourself instructional reference collections.


The Self-Help Shelf

Increase Your Personal Productivity
John Martin
Sound Wisdom
167 Walnut Bottom Road, Shippensburg, PA 17257
www.soundwisdom.com
9781640950634, $15.99, PB, 192pp, www.amazon.com

"Increase Your Personal Productivity: Your Guide to Intentional Living & Doing More of What You Enjoy" was written by John Martin for those men and women who want to learn the skill and willpower needed to easily ''get more done'' in their personal and professional life. "Increase Your Personal Productivity" shines the spotlight on six useful initiatives, including a three-step process to creating a personalized sustainable and repeatable goal system, and is certain to unlock interesting possibilities about increasing levels of productivity. Combining practical advice with less mainstream tips, Martin reveals how ''not having time'' becomes a distraction you can quickly bypass with a simple yet remarkable formula. Additionally, "Increase Your Personal Productivity" offers the valuable truth about how to: Create a productive state of mind; Produce around strengths; Stop second-guessing; Use patience to become more productive; Overcome perfectionism; Finish what is started; and so much more. Expertly organized and presented, "Increase Your Personal Productivity" is especially recommended for community and academic library Self-Help/Self-Improvement instructional reference collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Increase Your Personal Productivity" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle,$12.99).


The Business Shelf

Tax Savvy for Small Business, 20th edition
Frederick W. Dailey
Nolo Press
950 Parker Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
www.nolo.com
9781413325782, $29.99, PB, 368pp, www.amazon.com

The collection and payment of local, state, and federal taxes are a business part of every commercial enterprise or business. Creating a practical and comprehensive business tax strategy that will save business owners and entrepreneurs time, energy, and money. Now in its fully updated and revised 20th edition reflecting all the changes to the 2018 business tax code, "Tax Savvy for Small Business: A Complete Tax Strategy Guide" shows how to: Deduct operating expenses; Deduct travel, vehicle, and meal expenses; Take advantage of tax credits; Write off long-term assets; Compare business structures; Keep solid business records; Handle an IRS audit, and more! Simply stated, "Tax Savvy for Small Business" should be considered mandatory reading for anyone who is new to the subject and desire to take maximum legal advantage of the many tax benefits that available to small business owners. While very highly recommended for community library Business Management collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of entrepreneurs, business managers, tax accountants, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that the 2018 edition of "Tax Savvy for Small Business" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).


The Sports Shelf

The Mountains are Calling
Jonny Muir
Sandstone Press
c/o Dufour Editions, Inc.
PO Box 7, 124 Byers Road, Chester Springs, PA 19425-0007
www.dufoureditions.com
9781912240104, $38.00, HC, 408pp, www.amazon.com

Jonny Muir was a nine-year-old when the silhouette of a runner in the glow of sunset on the Malvern Hills caught his eye. It later became the mountainside silhouette that first inspired him. His exploits inevitably led to Scotland's supreme test of hill running: Ramsay's Round, a daunting 60-mile circuit of twenty-four mountains, climbing the equivalent height of Everest, to be completed within twenty-four hours. While Ramsay's Round demands extraordinary endurance, the challenge is underpinned by simplicity and tradition, in a sport largely untainted by commercialism. "The Mountains are Calling" is the story of that sport in Scotland, charting its evolution over half a century, heralding its characters and the culture that has grown around them, ultimately capturing the irresistible appeal of running in high places. An inherently fascinating and impressively informative read, "The Mountains are Calling" is enhanced with the inclusion of illustrations (including two sections of delightful color plates), maps, a bibliography and an index. While unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Mountains are Calling" is also available in a paperback edition (9781912240630, $13.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $6.99).


The Computer Shelf

Game Development Using Python
James R. Parker
Mercury Learning
c/o Stylus Publishing, Inc.
22883 Quicksilver Drive, Sterling, VA 20166-2012
www.styluspub.com
9781683921806, $34.95, www.merclearning.com

Game Development Using Python comes with a disc of companion files containing source code and teaches basic game development concepts using Python. From graphics and animation to game engines and web-based gaming, this will serve as a basic primer especially recommended for blossoming programmers who already have some basics in Python and game development, and who want to apply these basics to more advanced gaming applications and completed projects. Charts, black and white illustrations, step-by-step discussions, and examples that simplify application directions make it easy to learn both.


The Gaming Shelf

The SNES Omnibus: The Super Nintendo and Its Games, Vol. 2 N-Z
Brett Weiss
Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
www.schifferbooks.com
9780764357251 $49.99 amazon.com

The SNES Omnibus: The Super Nintendo and Its Games, Vol. 2 N-Z is the second volume in a two-volume, encyclopedic coffee-table showcase of every Super Nintendo game ever made - including at least one that was not an official Nintendo release! Each game has at least one full page devoted to it, illustrated with full-cover pictures of the game's packaging, multiple gameplay screenshots, and sometimes pictures of associated promotional posters. The text describes the setting, story, gameplay genre and style of each game, along with "notable quotable" passages from various reviews (sourced from assorted video game magazines or websites) that shine critical insight upon the game's essence. A handful of brief bonus articles about the Super Game Boy and Super Scope peripherals (as well as "A Deeper Meaning for Super Metroid", a bibliography, and an index round out this treasure for retro video game connoisseurs. Whether used as a reference or just for casual browsing, The SNES Omnibus is a joy to page through! Also highly recommended is the previous volume in this two-volume set, The SNES Omnibus: The Super Nintendo and Its Games, Vol. 1 A-M (9780764355325, $49.99).


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