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Volume 17, Number 2 February 2007 Home | IBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Cookbook Shelf American History Shelf
Pets/Wildlife Shelf Science Shelf Literary Studies Shelf
Philosophy Shelf Needlecraft Shelf Fiction Shelf
Poetry Shelf Buddhist Studies Shelf International Studies Shelf
Architecture Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Business Shelf
Journalism Shelf Human Sexuality Shelf Parenting Shelf
Interior Design Shelf Criminology Shelf Computer Shelf
Art Shelf Biography Shelf Metaphysical Studies Shelf
Antiques/Collectibles Shelf Music Shelf Audiobook Shelf
Library DVD Shelf Photography Shelf Education Shelf
Judaic Studies Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf Language Studies Shelf
Christian Studies Shelf Martial Arts Shelf Travel Shelf
Automotive Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf Native American Shelf
Economic Studies Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf Library Science Shelf
Military Shelf Writing/Publishing Shelf Environmental Studies Shelf
Gaming Shelf Woodworking Shelf Psychology Shelf
Social Issues Shelf    

Reviewer's Choice

Billboards of the Past
Randy & Sharon Littlefield
Schiffer Books
4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
0764324802 $29.95

Striking billboard ads from 1945 through 1967 are presented in over four hundred color photos to celebrate all kinds of cultural memories of the past, from political ads to products ranging from Coke to cigarettes. Real billboards were stored in their boxes for decades before being assembled and photographed for Billboards of the Past: a price guide of values rounds out supporting collector's tips on assembling, displaying and storing such vintage billboards. Specialty collectors with a focus on American popular culture memorabilia must add this to their libraries!

The Red Baron's Last Flight
Norman Franks and Alan Bennett
Grub Street Publishing
4 Rainham Close, London SW11 6SS UK
1904943330 $19.95

This completely updated edition of one of the unsolved mysteries of military aviation covers the last flight of the Red Baron, and uses the final crash scene and analysis by the author, a leading aviation expert, and a pilot to explore and support eyewitness observations. Any collection strong in either aviation history or World War II events must have this: it holds newly discovered eyewitness accounts and further backs evidence.

Native Ground Books & Music
109 Bell Road, Asheville, NC 28805-1521 1-800-752-2656

Wayne Erbsen has two outstanding collections of frontier songs and folklore that are as entertaining as they are nostalgic tributes to the now legendary western frontier. "Cowboy Songs, Lingo 'n Lore" (BGB0-400, $5.95) features a compendium of old-time cowboy wisdom, thirty authentic cowboy songs, twenty-five colorful cowboy insults, and a heap of fascinating cowboy lore. Native Ground Books & Music also offers as a companion to the book a superb recording which is available in either cassette (NG400, $9.95) or CD (NG-CD-400, $14.95) formats. "Outlaw Ballads, legends & Lore (NGB-500, $5.95) showcases authentic ballads, stories, insults, frontier etiquette, art, poetry, wisdom, and tall tales in celebration of such legendary bad men as Sam Bass, Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Cole Younger, John Hardy, and more. Also available is a recording of celebratory songs in cassette (NG500, $9.95) or CD (NG-CD-500, $14.95) formats.

AACC International
c/o APS Press
3340 Pilot Knob Road, St. Paul, MN 55121

Three college-level references are top picks agricultural and food management libraries need to own. Jerry W. Heaps edits INSECT MANAGEMENT FOR FOOD STORAGE AND PROCESSING, 2ND EDITION (1891127462, $169.00), a wide-ranging survey which includes facility inspections, biological control, insect-resistant packaging methods, and more. Charts, articles and black and white photos explain all the options and challenges the food industry faces and is key to understanding these control requirements and methods. Frank M. Dugan's THE IDENTIFICATION OF FUNGI: AN ILLUSTRATED INTRODUCTION WITH KEYS, GLOSSARY, AND GUIDE TO LITERATURE (0890543364, $65.00) offers a spiral-bound workbook suitable for college-level classrooms investigating the subject. Descriptions of plant pathogens, parasites, and descriptions are very specific and will aid students working in the field. Gail Schumann and Cleora J. D'Arcy's ESSENTIAL PLANT PATHOLOGY (0890543429, $79.95) represents a collaborative effort between two plant pathology experts who join knowledge and forces to create a comprehensive manual explaining why plant pathology is important and how it operates. From initial diagnosis of plant pathogens to descriptions of different manifestations of plant diseases and their importance, each chapter concludes with review questions and references, making it perfect assigned reading for college-level courses.

Letters from Eden
Julie Zikefoose
Houghton Mifflin
222 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116
0618573089 $26.00

Author Julie Zikefoose is a frequent commentator on NPR's 'All Things Considered', and has painted nature all her life – so her book reflects not only an avid nature writer's appreciation for the wild, but a set of seasonal essays accompanied by black and white and color drawings that provide lovely first-person reflections. It's a truly lovely book highly recommended for either coffee table display at home or a public library acquisition.

Old School Choppers
Alan Mayes
Krause Publications
700 East State Street, Iola, WI 54990-0001
0896892468 $24.99

These 'chopper' bikes are anything but ordinary: indeed, they're a pick for those serious about biking. OLD SCHOOL CHOPPERS: NO-FRILLS BIKES FOR REAL BIKERS offers up old versions of Harley-Davidsons, Indians and others. Many were dreams that builders brought to life, customizing originals until they were nearly unrecognizable. Numerous color photos depicting all angles of the bikes are accompanied by technical specs in a book highly recommended for any library collection with motorcycle fans as patrons.

The Compact Tractor Bible
Dr. Graeme R. Quick
Voyageur Press
380 Jackson Street, Suite 200, St. Paul MN 55101-3885
0760323933 $24.95

The small tractor is here defined as under 75 horsepower and there are nearly a hundred brands of compacts offered in North America – with accompanying variations in style and presentation. Any who would use a small tractor will appreciate the clear insights of The Compact Tractor Bible: it surveys power, design, price, and performance levels and offers up everything from safety assessments to operating costs. Color photos and diagrams also cover mowing specifics and operations and use, giving the would-be owner specifics key to understanding the pros and cons of each.

The Cookbook Shelf

West Coast Cooking
Greg Atkinson
Sasquatch Books
119 N. Main Street, #400, Seattle, WA 98104
1570614725 $35.00

From wild salmon from Alaska to Washington apples and mushrooms, chef and food writer Greg Atkinson explores the entire length of the West Coast and its culinary specialties, providing cookbook that is part history and part recipe collection. Here are nearly four hundred dishes, from Grilled Tuna Steaks with Papaya Lime to Chicken Enchiladas – many offering personal reflections, culinary insight, and the author's gift for description. Don't expect the flowery color photos so many cookbooks hold – do expect the flowery language so many leave out. Any West Coast cookbook collection – indeed, any who love regional cookbooks – will love WEST COAST COOKING.

The Best of America's Test Kitchen
Editors, America's Test Kitchen
17 Station Street, Brookline, MA 02245
1933615095 $35.00

The TV show America's Test Kitchen has received much acclaim for its step-by-step tested recipe presentations which guarantee success even for novice cooks, so it's no surprise that The Best of America's Test Kitchen would gain our highest recommendation for cooks who want to be virtually guaranteed quality results from recipes. Here for 2007 are the prior year's best recipes, equipment reviews and tastings, pairing black and white and color photos throughout with secrets of obtaining foolproof results, whether you're using a slow cooker, making pie pastry, or producing 'dirty rice'. Notes on what makes the recipe recommended and special preparation keys guarantee positive results.

Skinny Cooks Can't Be Trusted
Mo'Nique with Sherri McGee McCovey
c/o HarperCollins
10 E 53rd Street, New York NY 10022
0061121053 $26.95

Mo'Nique maintains that being a large woman is a joy, so "Skinny Cooks Can't Be Trusted" turns out to be a predictable celebration of what foods make the large woman large. Her fondest food memories – such as a mother's stuffed fish that blew up in the oven – are accompanied by cooking tips, easy recipes, black and white photos (and a centerfold of color) and culinary options certain to intrigue and delight a wide audience of fans. A fun, whimsical set of recipes ties to themes and will intrigue a wide audience of kitchen cooks and homestyle chefs – especially those with an affection for Mo'Nique's style.

Ligurian Kitchen
Laura Giannatempo
Hippocrene Books Inc.
171 Madison Avenue, New York NY 10016
0781811716 $29.00

Laura Giannatempo's LIGURIAN KITCHEN: RECIPES AND TALES FROM THE ITALIAN RIVIERA is the fifth and newest title in the Hippocrene Books regional Italian cookbook series and narrows the focus to the Ligurian region, blending photos by Michael Piazza with the author's memories of her home. Liguria is a narrow strip of coastal land in northwest Italy: recipes there are filled with dishes you won't find in your usual Italian cookbook – such as Herb Ravioli with Walnut Cream Sauce – and are accompanied by sidebars of information and history. A centerfold of color photos adds inspiration but it's really the unique dishes and stories which stand out in a cookbook that is enthusiastically recommended for any dedicated Italian cuisine collection.

Kosher By Design, Short on Time
Susie Fishbein
c/o Mesorah Publications Inc
4401 – 2nd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11232
157819072X $34.99

Kosher cuisine can be as easy to prepare as it is delicious to consume. Susie Fishbein's KOSHER BY DESIGN, SHORT ON TIME packs in over a hundred new recipes paired with color photos for each and represents the fourth in the Kosher By Design series. The ideas here are presented in her national cooking demonstrations and show how even the busiest modern cook can keep kosher and experiment with international influences from Asia to the Middle East. It's a kosher cookbook like none other and provides an outstanding international focus to savory kosher dish preparations.

Ganong: a Sweet History of Chocolate
David Folster
Goose Lane
330-500 Beaverbrook Court, Fredericton NB Canada E3B 5X4
0864924801 $24.95

The Ganong family is famous for its Delecto brand of chocolate, which propelled the company into being a leading candy maker: here's a history of the family business and its specialties, surveying the two Canadians who opened a grocery store and set out to invent their own trademark brands of chocolates, turning their family venture into a world-wide company. A focus on marketing techniques will reveal the basics of promotion to cooks who like inventing new productions, while the addition of vintage and colorful illustrations enhances a lively survey key to understanding chocolate-making history as a whole. Libraries will find it an excellent display choice.

La Paella
Jeff Koehler
Chronicle Books
85 – 2nd Street, San Francisco CA 94105
0811852512 $18.95

Jeff koehler's recipes comprising LA PAELLA: DELICIOUSLY AUTHENTIC RICE DISHES FROM SPAIN'S MEDITERRANEAN COAST requires access to fresh seafood for success. That said, this is a culinary recipe collection that packs in paella rice/seafood dishes on nearly every page – and adds a few non-seafood dishes from rabbit to pork to boot – making for an excellent survey of the varied tastes of paella. Color photos of Spanish dishes and finished paellas liberally pepper a survey which lends to beginner use: dedicated gourmet club members and community libraries strong in ethnic cookbooks will find it a very appealing addition to their collections.

Flavors of Portugal
Tania Gomes
Thunder Bay Press
5880 Oberlin Drive, San Diego, Ca 92121

The author gathered Portuguese recipes from family and friends for her Flavors of Portugal, so the book holds many surprises you won't discover in competing Portuguese cookbooks. Color photos pack a survey that also includes both cultural notes and insights on recipe origins and oddities. Dishes such as Traditional Oven-Roasted Sardines and Shrimp Rissoles make the most of seafood, so access to a good fresh seafood market is essential. Readers with such access will find this a very inviting guide to not just the cuisine of Portugal, but its culture.

The Plumpjack Cookbook
Jeff Morgan
Rodale Press
400 South 10th Street, Emmaus, PA 18098-0099
1594863210 $35.00

"The Plumpjack Cookbook: Great Meals for Good Living" gathers dishes from the Plumpjack Winery's cafe, renowned in San Francisco and in California's wine country areas – and provides specialties home cooks can easily duplicate. An opening history of PlumpJack covers its origins and development and moves quickly to some 80 recipes ranging from Gnocci with Fresh Basil Pesto to Rosemary Roast Chicken with New Potatoes and Carrots. Color photos pair well with these dishes in a collection which will especially appeal to California cooks in general and fans of PlumpJack in particular.

One-Pot Wonders
James Barber
Harbour Publishing
PO Box 219, Madeira Park, BC, Canada, V0N 2H0
1550173782, $24.95 1-604-883-2730

James Barber is perhaps Canada's most popular television chef and the author of more than fourteen superbly produced cookbooks. In "One-Pot Wonders: James Barber's Recipes For Land And Sea" he draws upon his decades of experience and expertise whipping up meals while cruising on seiners, yachts, and dinghies to present a compilation of savory recipes that can be accomplished in tiny (and even non-existent) ship galleys. Quick and easy in preparation, utilizing readily available ingredients, and requiring only a few essential kitchen tools, now anyone having to be 'ship's cook' on anything from a rowboat to a cruise ship can accomplish culinary wonders regardless of their circumstances. In addition to a culinary wealth of delicious recipes, Barber also provides tips on stocking a galley, as well as suggestions for recipe substitutions and variations often necessitated by diminishing supplies (a common occurrence at the end of a long voyage). From Hot Bacon Salad; 25-minute Chicken with Tomatoes and Ginger; and Sesame Salmon Stir Fry; to Barbecued Flank Steak; Pasta with Baby Clams; and Asian Almost Risotto, "One-Pot Wonders" is one cookbook that truly lives up to its title.

51 Fast And Fun Packaged Dough Recipes
Dolores Kostelni
Collectors Press, Inc.
PO Box 230986, Portland, OR 97281
1933112247, $7.95 1-800-423-1848

Prepared, boxed, and packaged dough have been American kitchen pantry and freezer staples for decades. In "51 Fast And Fun Packaged Dough Recipes", culinary expert and cookbook author Dolores Kostelni as compiled fifty-one quick, easy, and fun recipes for all dining occasions and with each savory recipe based on the use of packaged dough for time-saving convenience. From Pecan Stucky Buns; Mini Cheese Quiche; and Sunday Chicken Casserole; to Oven Fried Chicken Fillets, Crab Cocktail Quickies; and Country Fruit Pie, "51 Fast And Fun Packaged Dough Recipes" offers even the most novice kitchen cook fool-proof, step-by-step instructions for turning ordinary fare into true mealtime magic! Also very highly recommended are Dolores Kostelni's other Collector's press recipe cookbook collection: "51 Fast And Fun Slow Cooker Recipes".

The American History Shelf

Boise, Idaho 1882-1910
Carol Lynn MacGregor
Mountain Press Publishing Company
Box 2399, Missoula, MT 59806
0878425225 $24.00

Most western U.S. cities developed, predictably, along rail lines: so how did Boise, Idaho survive when it was bypassed by major rail lines? Any collection that includes a strong section on Idaho history and culture must have this examination, Boise, Idaho 1882-1910: Prosperity in Isolation, which covers Boise's origins, growth, and evolution. It's concurrently a unique study of how cities in general buck the trend to grow under seemingly isolated conditions – and how they evolve their own unique culture and ethnic makeup without such contact. Urban studies holdings at the college level will find it a winning acquisition.

Beer: A History of Brewing in Chicago
Bob Skilnik
Barricade Books, Inc.
185 Bridge Plaza North, Suite 308-A, Fort Lee, NJ 07024
1569803129 $24.95 1-800-592-6657

Brewing technology expert and former associate editor for the "American Breweriana Journal" Bob Skilnik presents Beer: A History of Brewing in Chicago, a fascinating look at the rise and fall of Chicago's brewing industry across the decades. From the illegal alcohol trafficking during the Prohibition era, to famous beer riots, the interplay of beer and politics, lists of every Chicago brewery since 1833 with addresses and dates of operation, a guided tour of the local breweries that remain, and much more, Beer: A History of Brewing in Chicago covers everything a Chicago beer lover could hope for with extra surprises in store. Written in a down-to-earth, friendly narrative tone, Beer: A History of Brewing in Chicago blends spot-on accurate research with an inviting prose style. Recommended both for casual readers curious about the history of beer in Chicago and scholars in need of research information on the topic.

Vineyard Confidential
Holly Nadler
Down East Books
Box 679, Camden, ME 04843-0679
0892726873 $14.95

Any with connections to Martha's Vineyard must have VINEYARD CONFIDENTIAL: 350 YEARS OF SCANDALS, ECCENTRICS, AND STRANGE OCCURRENCES. The author is an Island resident and gossip who shares fun anecdotes, tidbits of local history and color, and funny stories of both celebrities and island oddities alike. Maine libraries will find it a popular leisure read, Martha's Vineyard residents with an affection for their home's local color will love it, as will general readers with an interest in the quirky side of American history.

City at the Water's Edge
Betsy McCully
Rivergate Books
c/o Rutgers University Press
100 Joyce Kilmer Avenue, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8099
0813539153 $24.95 1-800-446-9323

CITY AT THE WATER'S EDGE: A NATURAL HISTORY OF NEW YORK is a top pick for two audiences: any collection strong in New York City representation, and both college and specialty holdings strong in urban natural history and ecology topics. The author's a long-time urban dweller who argues that NYC has a rich natural history underlying its human history – and her 20+ years of nature exploration lends to chapters covering these natural areas. From an early New York region before Ellis Island immigrants to Manhattan's geological riches, CITY AT THE WATER'S EDGE makes for lively, involving reading.

Pretty Things
Lix Goldwyn
Regan Publishers
10100 Santa Monica Boulevard, 10th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90067-4120
0060889446 $39.95

If the book title sounds familiar, it's because Liz Goldwyn's HBO documentary of the same name aired in July 2005 to much acclaim, covering the history of American burlesque. If you think you've seen it all in the show, think again: the book holds much more! Here are personal stories, career overviews, and biographies of some of the most talented genre stars. Burlesque history comes alive here as in no other collection, making PRETTY THINGS a 'must' for any holding strong in American arts history, from general-interest to college-level libraries.

University of Alaska Press
Box 756240, Fairbanks, AK 99775-6240

Two excellent guides are recommended picks for college-level collections strong in Alaska history and culture. Preston Jones' EMPIRE'S EDGE: AMERICAN SOCIETY IN NOME, ALASKA 1898-1934 (1889963895, $19.95) tells of a region 150 miles from the Arctic Circle which weathered many obstacles –p from the largest gold strikes in the world to war, epidemics, floods, fires and more. The gold strike brought ordinary 'lower 48' residents to a new home – and many daunting new challenges: EMPIRE'S EDGE traces their transitions and changes. Mary E. Hitchcock's TWO WOMEN IN THE KLONDIKE (1889963968, $16.95) was originally published in 1899 and tells of how two socialites survived the North. While it's a memoir, its lively writing and insights come with all the drama of fiction as it tells how the author heard of the discovery of gold in the Klondike in 1898, leaving privileged city life for Alaska to find her own fortune. She brought with her the basics of civilization – including a portable bowling alley, an ice cream maker, a Great Dane and a full-sized circus tent: hers is a lively, compelling saga indeed.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Dangerous Sea Life
Edwin S. Iversen & Renate H. Skinner
Pineapple Press, Inc.
PO Box 3889, Sarasota, FL 34230-3889
156164370X, $12.95 1-800-746-3275

The collaborative work of Edwin S. Iversen (Professor of Marine Science at the University of Miami Rosentiel School of Marine and Atomospheric Science for 37 years) and Renate H. Skinner (who earned her Ph.D in biological oceanography as a student of Dr. Iversen and ultimately became a district biologist for the State of Florida in Key Largo), "Dangerous Sea Life Of The West Atlantic, Caribbean, And Cult Of Mexico" is a compendium of toxic and otherwise dangerous sea creatures, each of which is superbly illustrated with color photography. These dangerous creatures are organized into sections showcasing species that bit, species that sting, species dangerous to eat, pest that harm swimmers, toxic mucus-secreting species, fish beak and processing injuries, and a very special section on human/animal interactions at modern tourist attractions such as Sea World. "Dangerous Sea Life" is an essential, strongly recommended reference, not just because of its identifications and descriptions, but also because is services as a thoroughly 'user friendly' guide to accident prevention and first aid when coming into contact with them. Anyone who uses the waters of the West Atlantic, the Caribbean, and/or the Gulf of Mexico for recreational, professional, or educational purposes should obtain and keep handy their very own copy of "Dangerous Sea Life".

Tales From The Thebaide
Peter C.H. Pritchard
Krieger Publishing Company
PO Box 9542, Melbourne, FL 32902-9542
157524277X, $44.50 1-800-724-0025

Peter Pritchard is a well known authority on the biology and conservation of turtles and tortoises. He has established a permanent field station for turtle conservation in northwestern Guyana and since 1998 has been the Director of the Chelonian Research Institute in Oviedo, Florida. Currently he is also serving as an Adjunct Professor of biology at Florida Atlantic university and the University of Central Florida. In "Tales From The Thebaide: Reflections Of A Turtleman", Professor Pritchard has compiled a series of his scientific essays, stories of personal adventures, autobiographical vignettes and philosophy musings. Professor Pritchard's accounts of his travels around the world researching and working with shelled reptiles is as fascinating as it is informative. Writing with impeccable scholarship and a genuine knack for storytelling, Professor Pritchard has created a seminal work that is confidently recommended reading for both academia and the non-specialist general reader with an interest in turtles, tortoises, and a scientific life of adventure, discovery, and accomplishment.

The Songbirds Bible
Noble S. Proctor Ph.D.
Ronnie Sellers Productions
81 West Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04101
1569065969 $19.95

An essential birdwatcher reference manual, THE SONGBIRDS BIBLE: A VISUAL DICTIONARY OF 100 OF THE MOST POPULAR SONGBIRDS IN NORTH AMERICA comes with a free cd of birdsong, large-size bird paintings capturing each bird's coloring and plumage, and tips on origin, behavior, feeding and more. Small maps show distribution areas at a glance while sidebars of song notes and behavior and habitat make for quick at-a-glance information. Invaluable tips on how to attract each bird make for an especially revealing survey.

George C. McGavin
Box 1338, Ellicott Station, Buffalo, NY 14205
1554071836 $35.00

ENDANGERED: WILDLIFE ON THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION by George C. McGaven is the kind of book which has dual appeal: to public libraries seeking an eye-catching overview for general-interest patrons, and to high school and college-level libraries interested in debating the progress and effects of extinction. McGavin is the Acting Curator of Entomology at Oxford University's Museum of Natural History and has researched the world on the topic – so drawing upon his considerable expertise, ENDANGERED is more than a simple rehash of extinction theory as he deftly examines the different types and scales of extinctions and their consequences.

Animals of the Ocean: In Particular the Giant Squid
Mark Wasserman and Irene Ng, Designers
McSweeny's Publishing
1932416390 $18.00

OK, now you may think that ANIMALS OF THE OCEAN: IN PARTICULAR THE GIANT SQUID is to be a serious scientific treatise – or, given its slim appearance, that it's to be directed to younger audiences. Neither is true – with great British wit, irony, and tongue-in-cheek humor, The Haggis-On-Whey World of Unbelievable Brilliance packs in zany squid and science references and neo-science observations suitable for any fan of Monty Python British humor. So why isn't this reviewed in our Humor Shelf area? Because any involved in zoology can't miss it: it's unique, funny and makes fun of scientific method in general – using a format and presentation which seems to provide facts disguised as humor. Very highly recommended for both science and humor collections at either the college or public library lending levels.

The Dog Behavior Answer Book
Arden Moore; Lisa H. Hiley, Editor
Storey Publishing
210 Mass MoCa Way, North Adams, MA 02147
1580176445 $14.95

If your new pet is exhibiting puzzling behaviors, it's time to get a copy of The Dog Behavior Answer Book - which should also be in the holdings of any serious public lending library. It offers a question/answer format for quick lookup and covers everything from destructive behaviors to funny quirks of habit, providing dog owners with plenty of psychological insights into dog habits, needs, and reactions. It's much more than just one-paragraph insights: pages of explanation explore the psyche of the dog and how it relates to its world.

The Science Shelf

Heather Couper
Thunder Bay Press
5880 Oberlin Drive, San Diego, CA 92121-4794
1592236995 $34.95

Over 250 images, many beamed from the Hubble and recent space missions, accompanies a science survey text by Heather Couper, an expert on astronomy and space, to probe the secrets of black holes, stars, and the universe. UNIVERSE: STUNNING SATELLITE IMAGERY FROM OUTER SPACE accompanies each full-page color representation with science and astronomy notes – some condensed, some accompanied by in-depth feature articles – making it a top pick for both college-level holdings strong in astronomy and public libraries seeking contemporary books packing in attractive photos. UNIVERSE is an ideal addition to personal, professional, academic, and community library reference collections on Astronomy.

The Literary Studies Shelf

Robert E. Howard
Leon Nielsen
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
0786426462, $39.95 1-800-253-2187

Robert E. Howard was the man who launched the fantasy literature sub-genre popularly known as 'Sword & Sorcery'. He was a prolific author of pulp magazine stories of the 1930s including westerns, detective yarns, sports stories, and more. He is perhaps best remembered today for his Conan the Cimmerian novels where he created such a popular character that long after his death, his literary estate would licence other authors to finish his manuscripts and story ideas left uncompleted by his suicide brought on by the death of his mother to whom he was devoted. Indeed, his first hardcover book was posthumously published in 1937 – one year after his death and is included in Leon Nielsen's "Robert E. Howard: A collector's Descriptive Bibliography, With Biography". Illustrated with black-and-white reproductions of cover art associated with the publication of his stories, "Robert E. Howard" is a 'must' for both academic library American Literature reference collections, and the dedicated legions of Robert E. Howard fans and an ideal way for those new to his work to create reading lists for themselves of both his well-known and more obscure writings.

Philip Roth Novels 1973-1977
Philip Roth, author; Ross Miller, editor
The Library of America
14 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022
1931082960 $35.00

The third volume of The Library of America's definitive edition of Philip Roth's collected works, Philip Roght Novels 1973-1977 contains "The Great American Novel" (1973), "My Life as a Man" (1974) and "The Professor of Desire" (1977) under one hardbound cover, with an inset ribbon bookmark. From the wry, farcical baseball humor in "The Great American Novel" that builds up to the intercession of the House Un-American Activities Committee, to the cruel marital tragedy and treachery of "My Life as a Man", to the intriguing story of a smart and adventurous man pushing the bounds of erotic possibility in "The Professor of Desire", each classic work explores a different facet of the subtext constantly running beneath the human condition. Very highly recommended for both academic and community library American Literature collections.

The Philosophy Shelf

Interrogating The Real
Slavoj Zizek
The Continuum Publishing Group
c/o T&T Clark and Reference
80 Maiden Lane, Suite 704, New York, NY 10038
0826489737, $16.95 1-800-561-7704

The first collection in a series of essays by Slavoj Zizek, who is a Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Ljubljana, Slovena and Visiting Professor at the New School for Social Research, New York and one of the leading contemporary cultural critics of the 20th century. A critically important acquisition for academic library Philosophy collections and student reading lists, this first volume of Professor Zizek's work is divided into three principle sections: 'Lacanian Orientations'; 'Philosophy Traversed by Psychoanalysis'; and 'The Fantasy of Ideology'. Enhanced with a glossary, an index, and an 'Author's Afterword: Why Hegel is a Lacanian', "Interrogating The Real" showcases impeccable scholarship and clearly documents Professor Zizek as an original and insightful philosopher in his own right.

A Thoughtful Profession
James Campbell
Open Court Publishing Company
140 S. Dearborn, Suite 1450, Chicago, IL 60603
0812696026 $49.95

A THOUGHTFUL PROFESSION: THE EARLY YEARS OF THE AMERICAN PHILOSOPHICAL ASSOCIATION by James Campbell offers a new examination of the heyday of American philosophy and as such is a top pick not just for college-level holdings, but many a high school strong in introductory philosophy courses. It focuses on two early philosophical associations which merged into what we now know as the American Philosophical Association, and considers not just their evolution and impact, but the philosophers of their major thinker/members: Mary Whilton Calkins, James Edwin Creighton, and James Hayden Tufts, among many others. Informed and informative reading, A THOUGHTFUL PROFESSION is a unique and welcome contribution to personal, academic, and community library History of Philosophy reference collections and reading lists.

The Needlecraft Shelf

Crochet Hats!
Candi Jensen
Storey Publishing
210 MassMoCa Way, North Adams, MA 01247
1580176321 $14.95

CROCHET HATS is an inspiring beginner's guide which features beads, metallics, and other materials to dress up the usual crochet hat effort. Here are invaluable tips from everything from a ski hat or baby cap to a sun hat. Clear instructions perfect for beginners include finished hat measurement, yarn, hooks and other supplies, sidebars of detail on methods such as decreasing, and charts. Any personal or community library lending collection strong in crochet for beginners will love Candi Jensen's CROCHET HATS.

Creative Homeowner
24 Park Way, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
$24.95 Each 1-800-631-7795

Two outstanding beginner's guides pair contemporary, attractive projects with step-by-step, photo-enhanced directions. COMPLETE KNITTING TECHNIQUES & PROJECTS (1580112919) tells how to knit 25 unique garments, accessories and items for the home, packing in nearly two hundred color photos and diagrams. Its lay-flat binding and clear explanations of common knitting abbreviations lends particularly well to newcomer use, as does COMPLETE CROCHET TECHNIQUES & PROJECTS (1580112943), which features 25 projects from a capelet and tank top to a poncho and beaded bag. Both are outstanding recommendations which are far easier for newcomers than most: both libraries and home collections will want them.

Kids Learn to Knit
Lucinda Guy & Francois Hall
Trafalgar Square Publishing
Box 257, Howe Hill Road, North Pomfret, VT 05053
1570763356 $14.95

Parents of five-to-ten-year-olds will find this an excellent basic guide to knitting which pairs very easy directions and kid-friendly patterns with lesson plans. Kids learn knitting in stages, with many fun projects to test new skills – and will also learn special techniques from sewing up seams to placing buttons. An excellent learner's guide for the very young.

Simply Baby
Debbie Bliss
Trafalgar Square Press
Box 257, Howe Hill Road, North Pomfret, VT 05053
1570763348 $19.95

Beginning knitters will find appealing this selection of some twenty hand knits from children's knitwear designer Debbie Bliss, who provides easy projects, an introduction to all the knitting basics, and color photos of kids wearing the knitted projects. A child's first two years are covered in this lovely presentation of ideas.

Machine Embroidery Wild & Wacky
Linda Turner Griepentrog & Rebecca Kemp Brent
Krause Publications
700 East State Street, Iola, WI 54990-0001
0896892778 $29.99

If you own an embroidery machine and want to get the most from it, Machine Embroidery Wild & Wacky is for you: it's a cut above the usual stitching guide and offers up some twenty projects for wood, metal, paper, canvas and plastic surfaces, pairs them with a cd-rom of designs, and adds in step-by-step instructions for using multiple needles and adding other embellishments. The purpose is to explore the wide range of opportunities available to machine embroidery users: it does an outstanding job of moving beyond the realm of the usual, opening new worlds to machine users just starting to experiment with possibilities.

The 1776 Quilt
Pam Holland
Breckling Press
283 Michigan Street, Elmhurst, IL 60126
1933308109, $29.95 1-800-951-7836

Pam Holland's '1776' quilt swept the Best in Show at four major US Quilt shows when it was first unveiled to the public. "The 1776 Quilt: Heartache, Heritage, And Happiness" is the profusely illustrated and personal story of how she made this award winning quilt, along with the history of a true masterpiece of needlecraft which was originally made in 1776 by Sorbian soldiers on the battlefield as they awaited invasion, and Pam Holland's dedicated determination to recreate it as a means helping herself to put her own life back together after the untimely death of her daughter. Included are step-by-step directions to make the full quilt (plus six smaller quilts using the design motifs of '1776'. Superbly enhanced with the inclusion of full templates, color photos, and historical notes, "The 1776 Quilt" would grace any personal or community library Needlecraft reference collection.

Module Magic
Ginger Luters
XRX Books
Box 1525, Sioux Falls, SD 57101-1525
1893762165 $19.95

MODULE MAGIC: CREATIVE PROJECTS TO KNIT ONE BLOCK AT A TIME simplifies and explains the entire process of block knitting, which uses squares, triangles and strips to piece together projects. Knitters will want some basic background in reading instructions' abbreviations, but will appreciate the blend of small color photos, diagrams for piecing, and step-by-step pattern directions. An excellent project guide knitting libraries will find attractive for lending and display.

The Fiction Shelf

Sarah's Girls
Lenore McComas Coberly
Swallow Press
c/o Ohio University Press
10 Circle Drive, The Ridges, Athens, OH 45701
0804010951, $14.95, 1-800-621-2736

"Sarah's Girls: A Chronicle Of Big Ugly Creek" is a fictionalized story based on the author's family who lived in a remote Appalachian community at the turn of the last century. This is a compelling account of ordinary lives, dreams and hardships endured over the years and decades of the 20th century by Madge, Pearl, Ida, and Edna who were the daughters of Sarah and Philip Hager, and who are cared for after their mother's death by their Aunt Lena. More than a 'coming of age' tale, "Sarah's Girls" evokes lives lived in a yesteryear community and although a work of fiction, is one of those compelling and superbly crafted novels that reveals deeper truths about the human condition than most biographies. Also available in a hardcover edition (0804010934, $26.95), "Sarah's Girls" is highly recommended reading and would make an enduringly popular addition to community library American fiction collections.

Ted Dekker
c/o Thomas Nelson
P.O. Box 141000, Nashville, TN 37214
1595540067 $23.99

Carl has been taken to the Middle East and trained as an assassin through psychological reprogramming and a wiping of his memory. His success at his job depends upon toppling a government: his failure could mean death. With underlying powers beginning to show and programming breaking down, Carl faces the ultimate questions: what is real, what is not, and whose side is he on? SAINT is Christian fiction at its best, and provides a powerhouse of an action story sure to cross over from religious to general public reading circles: any library catering to religious or general leisure audiences will find it a popular lend.

The Dan Brown Companion
Simon Cox
Mainstream/Trafalgar Square, Distributors
N. Pomfret, VT 05053
184596134X $24.95

THE DAN BROWN COMPANION: THE TRUTH BEHIND THE FICTION is for any avid fan of Dan Brown novels as well as for lending libraries who have a strong representation of Brown titles on hand. It offers up a lavish gazetteer/analytical blend of Brown's fiction and features a focus on the places featured within The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons as well as the characters in the books. Any avid Brown fan fascinated by the titles will want this.

The Poetry Shelf

Against Which
Ross Gay
CavanKerry Press
6 Horizon Road, No. 2901, Fort lee, NJ 07024
University Press of New England, distibutor
37 Lafayette Street, Lebanon, NH 03766-1446
1933880007, $16.00 1-800-421-1561

The newest addition to the CavanKerry Press 'New Poetry' series, "Against Which" showcases the poetic talent and highly original voice of Ross Gay as he explores such painful issues as physical brutality, carnality, violent loss, the transcendence of death, and grim aspects of human experience. His is a poetry that slams the attention of the reader with considerable force wrought with linguistic eloquence. The result is verse that lingers in the mind as such thoughtful and thought-provokingly illustrated images inevitably will. 'Leaving New Orleans': I'm leaving a city where the living and dead mix,/ when the dank summer air's reek is more ghost/than any town needs. The plane knifing through/night. I met someone here whose eyes drip/with the scars of some slaughter, the echo/whispering. There's a pain you can't even begin/to know. And 33,000 feet down, a human galaxy's/mute burn.

Desire Never Leaves
Tim Lilburn
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3C5
0889205140, $14.95

Selected and with an accompanying introduction by Alison Calder (winner of the Bronwen Wallace memorial Award for Poetry in 2004, co-editor of 'History, Literature, and the Writing of the Canadian Prairies, and an instructor at the University of Manitoba), "Desire Never Leaves: The Poetry Of Tim Lilburn" showcases a unique and accomplished voice Canadian poetry. Tim Lilburn's verse reflect a contemplative and questioning approach to humanity's relationship with nature, as well as the relationship of the artist to the Divine. "Desire Never Leaves" is a welcome and strongly recommended introduction to one of Canada's best poets. 'In The Hills, Watching': Among the nerved grass, thrones,/dominions of grass, in chokecherry dewlapped hills,/hills buffalo-shouldered with shag of pulsed heat, meek hills,/sandhills of rose-hip and aster, in the philanthropic silence/the frail piston of all,/in hill heat, lying down in the nearness of deer./All knowing darkens as it builds./The grass is a mirror that clouds as the bright land goes in./You stay in the night, you squat in the hills in the cave of night. Wait./Above, luminous rubble, torn webs of radio signals./Below, stone scrapers, neck bone of a deer, salt beds./The world is ending.

Jason Christie
EDGE Science Fiction & Fantasy Publishing
PO Box 1714, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2P 2L7
1894063244, $19.95 1-800-387-9776

"I-Robot" is a fascinating and entertaining collection of poetry about robots and their relationships to humans. This unique compilation provides superbly crafted verse that takes on issues that are the subject of many a SciFi novel, film, and television episode. Thoughtful and thought-provoking, "I-Robot" is especially recommended to anyone who has every contemplated the role of robots and artificial intelligence in our lives and in our culture, now and in the future. 'Scary Robot Lullaby': Go to sleep. Go to sleep. Go to sleep little/robot and dream rotten dreams of rotten flesh/that will never, ever be yours. Close your eyes,/close your eyes, imagine you have closed/your eyes. There's an end to the sentence./Power down. Softly, power down. Of being/a robot. Of being a robot no more can be said/than sleep is a natural state. Pretend sleep is a natural state. Shhhh. Now go to sleep.

Janet Holmes
University of Notre Dame Press
310 Flanner Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556
0268030766 $20.00 1-800-621-2736

Award-winning poet Janet Holmes presents F2F, a collection of free-verse poetry that speaks volumes with the briefest and scarcest of phrases. Drawing heavily from the compact linguistic style of modern text messaging, F2F (shorthand for "face to face", that is, meeting someone in real life rather than in cyberspace) draws both upon modern experience and upon classic dichotomies of myth as it represents the technological communications of love. Two styles of typeface add to the distinct "voices" of the poems in this one-of-a-kind anthology for the twenty-first century. "Next time she looked": E had learned / the new tool's / language- // bent it to his / scheming / like his best old bow // the invisible target // aches // to be seen // How E had / sped up the process / with his ethereal connections! // Darling boy- // I fall farther for you / farther daily- // hours he plays at it

Indian Love Poetry
A. L. Dallapiccola, editor & translator
Interlink Publishing Group
46 Crosby Street, Northampton, MA 01060-1804
1566566568, $17.l95

Love poetry has been a staple of literature on the subcontinent of India since the beginning of recorded time. Down the centuries there have been some truly enduring examples of poetry celebrating the joys and sorrows of love in all its forms and fashions. Expertly translated and deftly edited, "Indian Love Poetry" compiled and organized by A. L. Dallapiccola (Honorary Professor, University of Edinburgh, and the author of "Hindu Visions of the Sacred", "Hindu Myths", and "A Dictionary of Hindu Lore and Legend") showcases some of the very best of Indian poetry superbly illustrated and adorned with superbly reproduced color illustrations drawn from Indian artworks. "Indian Love Poetry" is a literary treasury that is very strongly recommended for personal, academic, and community library poetry collections and reading lists. 'Girl Playing with a Peacock': He left me saying he would return tomorrow./I covered the floor of my home/Writing repeatedly 'tomorrow'./When dawn returned, they all enquired:/Tell us, friend,/When will your tomorrow come?/tomorrow, tomorrow, I lost all hopes./My beloved never returned./Says Vidyapati: Listen, beautiful one,/Other women lured him away. Vidyapapti

Collected Poems
Lynda Hull
Graywolf Press
2402 University Avenue, Suite 203, Saint Paul, MN 55114
1555974570, $15.00 1-651-641-0077

Graywolf Press has an established and respected reputation for publishing consistently impressive poets. Their latest title showcases the collected verse of Lynda Hull (author of 'Ghost Money', 'Star Ledger', 'The Only World', and who was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry). This definitive collection of the poetry of Lynda Hull is part of the 'Graywolf Poetry Re/View Series' and serves to introduce a whole new generation of readers to the indelible and memorable verse of Lynda Hull (1954-1994) and constitutes a fitting memorial to a truly gifted poet. 'At Thirty': Whole years I knew only nights: Automats/& damp streets, the Lower East Side steep//with narrow rooms where sleepers turn beneath/alien skies. I ran when doorways spoke//rife with smoke & zippers. But it was only the heart's/racketing flywheel stuttering I want, I want//until exhaustion, until I was a guest in the yoke/of my body by the last margin of land where the river//mingles with the sea & far off daylight whitens,/a rending & yielding I must kneel before, as//barges loose glittering mineral freight/& behind me facades gleam with pigeons//folding iridescent wings. Their voices echo/in my voice naming what is lost, what remains.

I Hear The Song… And It Wells In Me
Julie George, editor
1663 Liberty Drive, Suite 200, Bloomington, IN 47403
1425948421 $16.95 1-800-839-8640

Edited by Julie George, I Hear The Song… and It Wells In Me is a collection of brief poems by members of the Poetry Society of Michigan, a gathering of talented individuals from all ethnic background educational levels, and age ranges, bound together by a common love of poetry. From free verse to rhyming couplets, poems range in subject matter from the dance of the seasons to recovering from an epileptic seizure to the mystery of what lies beyond death, yet each one takes up no more than one or two pages. An eclectic anthology sure to entice poetry lovers with its medley of fresh ideas. "Atlas": If I connected / all the spots / on the back / of my left hand / with a blue marker, / it would look like / a road map / of southern lower Michigan. / And oh, the rivers!

Circle in the Sand
Brandon Robb
Vantage Press Inc.
419 Park Avenue South, 18th floor, New York, NY 10016
0533145716 $8.95 1-212-736-1767

The debut poetry collection of author Brandon Robb, Circle in the Sand is a free-verse compilation that covers both religious and secular themes, from "His Hands" about the scarred hands of Christ to "A Mother's Sacrifice" about what a woman gives up for the health of her sick child. The short, often didactic format of the poems imparts their meaning directly and simply, in this concise and expressive narrative collection. "Ratings": A dispute turns / Into a litigation. / The litigation / Into prostitution. // Two parties / Each with a story / Go on TV to / Gain their glory. // Although this could / Be solved by sense / And perhaps / Some intelligence, // They decide it's better / To go on television / To settle their affairs / In front of millions. // Thinking, perhaps, that they / Will gain what they deserve. / But, ending up looking like / Buffoons full of nerve.

The Buddhist Studies Shelf

On Buddhism
Keiji Nishitani
State University of New York Press
State University Plaza, Albany, NY 12246-0001
0791467864, $16.95 1-800-666-2211

"On Buddhism" is a compilation of a series of lectures by Keiji Nihitani (1900-1990) who was a major Buddhist scholar and a seminal representative of the Kyoto School of Japanese philosophy. These lectures were originally delivered in the 1970s. Now expertly translated by the joint efforts of Seisaku Yamamoto (Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Kyoto University, Japan) and Robert E. Carter (Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Trent University, Canada), and enhanced with an informative introduction by Professor Carter and a foreword by Jan Van Bragt, "On Buddhism" is a work of impeccable and superbly accessible scholarship, making it a seminal, influential, and enthusiastically recommended contribution to personal, academic, and community library Buddhist Studies and Eastern Philosophy reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Snow Lion Publications
Box 6483, Ithaca, NY 14851

Rob Preece's THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BUDDHIST TANTRA (1559392630, $18.95) clarifies tantric practice, showing how an understanding of the forces of fear and aggression may be channeled into creative expression and love. This blend of psychology and Buddhist principles allows readers to overcome common boundaries between Eastern philosophy and Western results-driven psychology, offering chapters based on Buddhist tantric strategies to keep results centered on life experience as well as spiritual purpose. The result is an outstanding melding of two often different philosophies. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche's CHOD IN THE GANDEN TRADITION (1559392614, $18.95) is edited by David Molk and provides an excellent survey of one of the finest Tibetan masters of our times, who surveys techniques for working with basic fears and uses stories as well as strategies to outline common problems. Stories come from the Ganden Oral Lineage masters and describe applications of practices: any collection strong in Tibetan Buddhist principles must have this.

The International Studies Shelf

How States Fight Terrorism
Doron Zimmermann & Andreas Wenger, editors
Lynne Rienner Publishers
1800 - 30th Street, Suite 314, Boulder, CO 80301
1588264534, $55.00

The war on terrorism is a global war the most of the western nations and their allies, waged against a spiderweb of non-state insurgency groups, their allies, supporters, enablers, and networks. Compiled, organized and co-edited by Doron Zimmermann (Senior Researcher for the Political Violence Movements and Integrated Risk Analysis projects at the Center for Security Studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) and Andreas Wenger )Professor of International Security Policy and Director of the Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich), "How States Fight Terrorism: Policy Dynamics In The West" focuses upon how national governments are struggling to cope with the complex threat of mass-casualty terrorist attacks carried out by armed groups driven by ideological and/or religious motivations. Beginning with the informed and informative essay co-authored by Zimmermann and Wenger, 'New Perspectives on National Counterterrorism Policy', there are two major sections survey the dynamics of counterterrorism policy in Europe and North America with principle attention given to Britain, Germany, Norway, Canada, and the United States. Of particular note are the two contributions making up the fourth section: 'Israel's Counterterrorism' and 'Combating Al-Qaida and Associated Groups'. "How States Fight Terrorism concludes with another thoughtful and thought provoking essay by Zimmermann and Wenger: 'Toward Efficiency and Legitimacy'. An extended bibliography for further studies, a list of the various contributors, and an extensive index, combine to make "How States Fight Terrorism" a core addition to governmental, institutional, academic, and community library International Studies collections in general, and Anti-Terrorism Studies reading lists in particular.

The Wake of War
Anne Nivat
Beacon Press
25 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108-2892
0807002399 $16.00

The Wake of War: Encounters with the People of Iraq and Afghanistan tells of journalist author Anne Nivat's six-month journey through the results of the American occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq. Her survey of the lives of ordinary people, who here speak in their own words, captures like no political report what motivates and fills their daily lives, examining their changed conditions and concerns. It should be required reading for any survey of American issues in the Middle East and should be supplemental reading for any high school to college-level course on international politics.

Prisoners: A Muslim & A Jew Across the Middle East Divide
Jeffrey Goldberg
Alfred A. Knopf
0375412344 $25.00

An American Jew who served as a guard in the largest prison in Israel and his prisoner Rafiq, a leader in the PLO, met in 1990 during the first Palestinian uprising, and were to embark on a conversation which was to evolve into a unique friendship despite seemingly insurmountable differences. Prisoners: A Muslim & a Jew Across the Middle East traces the evolution of this friendship, recounting life on both sides, different viewpoints, and a deepening friendship between two loyal patriots who saw their way fit to continue a dialogue. Herein are perhaps the rudiments for peaceful understanding. Recommended for any collection strong in Israeli or Palestinian issues.

The Architecture Shelf

Witold Rybczynski & Laurie Olin
University of Pennsylvania Press
3905 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-4112
0812239512, $34.95 1-800-537-5487

An impressive architectural achievement of the Gilded Age when country manors and their gardens were a conspicuous documentation of personal wealth and power by their owners, the Miami estate of Vizcaya was the equal to such famous contemporary structures as the Bilmore and the San Simeon. The collaborative work of Witold Rybczynski (Martin and Margy Meyerson Professor of Urbanism, University of Pennsylvania) and Laurie Olin (Practice Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Pennsylvania), Vizcaya: An American Villa And Its Makers" is the complete story of how this magnificent building came to be constructed, landscaped, and utilized as a 180-acre estate on Biscayne Bay complete with lagoons, canals, citrus groves, a farm village, a yacht harbor, and a 40-room Baroque mansion. Enhanced with a wealth of seventy color and 96 b/w illustrations, "Vizcaya" is an informed and informative body of impeccable scholarship presenting a seminal study that is very strongly recommended as an addition to professional, academic, and community library American Architectural History reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Return of Sacred Architecture
Herbert Bangs, M.A.rch
Inner Traditions
One Park Street, Rochester, VT 05767
1594771324 $24.95

Both architecture and spirituality collections will relish Return of Sacred Architecture: The Golden Ratio and the End of Modernism: it contrasts and modern religious architectural structure with the grand monuments of the past, revealing how modern dysfunctional buildings bring out the worst in humanity and how ancestral masterworks focus on the best. Architecture once was closer to expressing the sacred between man and cosmos: THE RETURN OF SACRED ARCHITECTURE focuses on the elements of this expression and is especially recommended for any college-level architectural library.

49 West 24th Street, 8th Floor, New York NY 10010

Andreas von Einsiedel and Johanna Thornycroft's DREAM HOMES: 100 INSPIRATIONAL INTERIORS (1858943493, $24.95) offers architectural libraries a sourcebook of modern interiors from around the world, pairing some 800 color illustrations by interiors photographer von Einsiedel with a written history and notes by Johanna Thornycroft. The result is perfect for any working in home decor: a fine ideabook packed with alternatives and inspiration. Edward Denison, Guang Yu Ren and Naigzy Gebremedhin's ASMARA: AFRICA'S SECRET MODERNIST CITY (1858943825, $39.95) examines the nature and architectural innovations of a city which holds one of the highest concentrations of Modernist architecture in the world. Experts with detailed knowledge of the city survey many of the structures, add notes from previously unpublished archival material, and include original photography not to be seen elsewhere. A 'must' for any college-level collection strong in architecture and modern urban landscapes.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Hardy House
Mark Hertzberg
Pomegranate Communications, Inc.
PO Box 808022, Petaluma, CA 94975-8022
978-0-7649-3761-3, $19.95 1-800-227-1428

Architect icon Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) was commissioned in 1906 by Thomas P. Hardy to build a house in Racine, Wisconsin, on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. The result was to become known as the 'Hardy House' and considered to be a true architectural gem and an example of Wright's 'organic architecture' concept. Knowledgeably written and photographically illustrated by Mark Hertzberg (a member of the board of directors of the Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin Heritage Tourism Program), "Frank Lloyd Wright's Hardy House" provides a complete descriptive history of this remarkable building (including the use of source material that includes historical correspondence and architectural plans from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation) to provide a detailed (with interior and exterior color photographs, as well as historical photographs and architectural drawings) survey of the one hundred years the Hardy House. Enhanced with the inclusion of a bibliography, "Frank Lloyd Wright's Hardy House" is a seminal work that is an essential contribution to professional and academic library Architectural Studies reference collections. Also very highly recommended for students of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture is Mark Hertzberg's earlier work, "Wright in Racine" (Pomegranate, 2004).

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Anne McCaffrey & Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
DelRey Books
c/o Ballantine Books
1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
9780345470041 $23.95

Readers of the former CHANGELINGS who enjoyed the authors' return to the sentient planet Petaybeee will also want MAELSTROM, the ongoing saga which tells of a planet's formation of a new island to harbor a group of new refugees. Murel and Ronan decide to persuade the refugees to take shelter on the island – and face conflicts between two very different beings that could turn the resettlement rescue plans to disaster. Excellent, fast-paced action marks a story hard to put down: fans of either McCaffrey, Scarborough or their previous books on the topic will all be enthusiastic readers of MAELSTROM.

BL Publishing
1525 Hulse Road, Unit 1, Point Pleasant, NJ 08742

These new Warhammer titles are excellent pick for science fiction libraries strong in military sci fi and fantasy: they offer up some riveting plots in an involving universe. William King's GOTREK & FELIC: THE SECOND OMNIBUS (1844164179, $10.99) bundles DRAGONSLAYER, BEASTSLAYER and VAMPIRESLAYER under one cover, telling of a poet Felix Jaeger who finds himself in an unlikely alliance with a dwarf Gotrek to witness his death and compose an epic poem about it. His position as a fugitive and his new alliance will bring him further into contact with new dangers. Ben Covnter's THE SOUL DRINKERS OMNIBUS (1844164160, $10.99) packs in action surrounding the Soul Drinkers: genetically engineered superhumans who have served the Emperor for thousands of years but retain their singular goal of retrieving an ancient relic. It's delightful to see the three novels – SOUL DRINKER, THE BLEEDING CHALICE and CRIMSON TEARS under one convenient cover. Anthony Reynolds' MARK OF CHAOS (1844163962, $7.99) offers Warhammer fans a saga of war and the story of a young commander who must retain his honor by tracking down and destroying a dangerous enemy leader. The attention to detail and military action is superb and any library strong in military science fiction will want these. Steven Savile's INHERITANCE (1884162915, $7.99) is first in a trilogy which tells of vampire counts in a cursed land, who rise to power within a human empire virtually unnoticed. His rule in Sylvania will unleash a new world of undead rule unless some human is brave enough to challenge his rise. Nathan Long's ORCSLAYER (1844163911, $7.99) proves a Gotrek and Felix novel as it tells of orcs ruling over a forgotten corner of a kingdom. Gotrek's agreement to help a dwarf prince win over the orcs will result in terrible confrontations and a journey with many discoveries. Fans of fantasy will find fast-paced, driving action in both books to set them apart from anything else, and public lending collections will find them popular picks.

Alan Dean Foster
c/o Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197
1591024889 $25.00

Set in Sagramanda, the city of a hundred million, SAGRAMANDA tells of one Taneer, a scientist who has stolen his company's secret project code and is now on the run. There's a host of individuals for and against him; from a beautiful woman from an 'untouchable' class to a traditional father who would kill him out of shame, and a corporation who will do anything to get the code. A unique blend of thriller and science fiction evolves, set in an India of the far future and providing science fiction fans with satisfying adventure.

The Devil's Tale, second edition
Dan Wick
iUniverse, Inc.
2021 Pine Lake Road, #100, Lincoln, NE 68512
0595381979 $20.95

International award-winning author Dan Wick presents The Devil's Tale, a witty novel that dares to postulate the question: what if Lucifer were in fact a benevolent devil (if such a thing can be said to exist) who wished to save an increasingly despoiled Earth from the rapacious consumption of cruel and ruthless humans? Now in a second edition slightly revised by the author, The Devil's Tale follows as Lucifer assigns his trickster son Loki to live among the Americans, infiltrate their ways, and get to know them better than any devil has. But when Loki falls in love with a mortal woman, his increasingly desperate quest for understanding takes him to both the past and future, learning the tales of heroes, wizards, demons, and ancient gods. A fantastic parable, written with wit, humor, and panache.

The Business Shelf

1601 Broadway, New York NY 10019

Joseph T. Sinclair's EBAY BUSINESS THE SMART WAY: MAXIMIZE YOUR PROFITS ON THE WEB'S #1 AUCTION SITE, 3rd Edition (0814473946 $24.95) is for sellers who've already gotten their feet wet but need to learn more. It provides all the basics, has been updated and expanded to explore the site's latest developments affecting both newcomers and veteran sellers, and focuses on how to sell products for maximum profit. Its extensive review of these changes makes it a top pick for any public or school library including online sales handbooks in the collection, and stands out from others on the topic which are less comprehensive in scope. Eric Garland's FUTURE INC: HOW BUSINESSES CAN ANTICIPATE AND PROFIT FROM WHAT'S NEXT (0814497864, $24.95) tells how companies spend millions to turn future predictions and uncertainties into reality, charting the courses such professionals take to become proactive, reveal new business trends, and benefit from future predictions. Here is the key to in-house development of future ideas, offering the tools professionals use to analyze what things will look like years ahead. It's a 'must' for company leaders looking to get ahead. Also a 'must' for managers is Gini Graham Scott, Ph.D.'s A SURVIVAL GUIDE TO MANAGING EMPLOYEES FROM HELL (081447408X, $15.00), telling how to handle a typical problem employee. Humor blends with practical, life-tested advice for handling different types of employee issues, from the clueless incompetent to the party-time performer who can't seem to separate work from fun. Case histories blend with advice and techniques from the field in a manual key to any level manager's success.

Talking Your Way to the Top
Gretchen S. Hirsch
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-9827

TALKING YOUR WAY TO THE TOP: BUSINESS ENGLISH THAT WORKS is for any involved in the business world, whether they be workers, managers, or CEOs. It provides the rudiments of English skills, from handling job interviews and company meetings to asking for more responsibilities and giving speeches. From avoiding 'wretched verbs' to not choosing the wrong word, real-world examples are specific and many a businessperson will readily recognize themselves in the examples.

Ethics in the Workplace
Craig E. Johnson
Sage Publications
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
1412905397 $39.95

Ethics in the Workplace: Tools and Tactics for Organizational Transformation is for any middle-management business executive who seeks an interdisciplinary text considering ethical change agents and their work – and for any college-level course on the subject. It uses ethical research results from social science, psychology, social psychology and more and provides modern case studies based on recent events. Plenty of room here for in-depth classroom discussion and debate.

Financial Justification Of Nondestructive Testing
Emmanuel P. Papadakis
CRC Press
c/o Taylor & Francis Group
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300, Boca Raton, FL 33487
0849397197, $99.95 1-800-272-7737

The testing of products is a core part of any quality control program and must be justified within the framework of a company's total spread sheet and revenue accounts. "Financial Justification Of Nondestructive Testing" provides management with a cogent, comprehensive, informed explanation of how inspection of products by high-tech methods can save money for a manufacturer and how to explain and justify the necessary expenses associated with product testing to upper management and stockholders. "Financial Justification Of Nondestructive Testing" presents three financial methods for proving the validity of a 100% high-tech inspection; demonstrates how to recognize methods for putting cost data into the financial equations; discusses the need for statistical process control utilized in the production process; includes a number of practical, real-world examples of different types of nondestructive testing as high tech inspection methods; and traces the development of industry from its beginning through the implementation of mass production. A superbly organized and presented introduction and instruction manual on this specialized aspect of manufacturing, "Financial Justification Of Nondestructive Testing" is a core addition to professional, corporate, and academic library Quality Control reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Journalism Shelf

Practical Journalism: How to Write News
Helen Sissons
Sage Publications
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
0761949275 $37.95

Beginning journalists who seek straightforward advice on how to write in the digital age need Practical Journalism: How to Write News – and any college-level holding strong in journalism also will find it a strong reference. It covers the foundations of writing for different mediums, surveys the skills needed to achieve a broad range of talents, and uses interviews with dozens of working journalists to lend insights and tips on the profession. Many a college-level teacher will also find Practical Journalism an important assignment suitable for study and discussion.

The Human Sexuality Shelf

Asian Aphrodisiacs
Jerry Hopkins
c/o Tuttle Publishing
364 Innovation Drive, North Clarendon, VT 05759-9436
0794603963 $16.95

ASIAN APHRODISIACS: FROM BANGKOK TO BEIJING – THE SEARCH FOR THE ULTIMATE TURN-ON by Jerry Hopkins could well have been featured in our Travel Shelf section but is certain to reach a much wider audience of non-specialist, general-interest readers; especially if academic and community libraries use it as part of a display. Lotions, potions, sex toys and methods are covered in a lively first-person account of the author's travels to Asia and survey of aphrodisiacs – a funny, lively coverage and a welcome addition to Human Sexuality supplemental reading lists.

The Parenting Shelf

500 Great Books for Teens
Anita Sivley
Houghton Mifflin Company
222 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116
0618612963 $26.00

Any shopping for a book to give to a teen reader will welcome 500 Great Books for Teens, a guide to some of the newest in the young adult publishing world. Silvey is one of the nation's foremost authorities on books for teens, has interviewed teen readers across the country, and emphasizes here books published in the past five years. It's an excellent librarian's or parents' pick; especially considering how many books on 'best of pick for teens' focus on those over published over ten years ago.

Beyond Babar
Sandra L. Beckett & Maria Nikolajeva, Editors
Sacrecrow Press
4501 Forbes Boulevard Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706

BEYOND BABAR: THE EUROPEAN TRADITION IN CHILDREN'S LITERATURE is a top pick for children's librarians or any teacher or parent regularly working with kids. Essays examine eleven of the most celebrated European children's novels and provides both a basic introduction to each author and a literary survey for librarians, professors and teachers. Just because it's scholarly shouldn't mean parents miss it, either: two professors of language and literature do a fine job of probing elements of the English-language dominance, from elements of modernism for kids to evolving toy and fairy tale themes in children's literature. A top pick, especially for college-level children's literature studies collections.

Special Needs and Early Years
Kate Wall
Paul Chapman Publishing/Sage Publications
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320

Following the very successful first edition is an updated second edition of Special Needs and Early Years: A Practitioner's Guide – a reference which offers the latest early years initiatives and legislation along with leading examples of good practice and handling parents of children with special needs. This isn't a parent's pick so much as a set of guidelines and recommendations for professionals working with such children and their families – and students at the college level.

The Interior Design Shelf

Decorating Is Fun!
Dorothy Draper
Pointed Leaf Press
1100 Madison Avenue Suite 3A, New York NY 10028
0977787516 $35.00

This isn't another book about the history of decorating nor even how to design an interior, but a focus on how to have a good time decorating – which sets DECORATING IS FUN! HOW TO BE YOUR OWN DECORATOR apart as much today as when it originally appeared in 1939 on the even of the second world war. The title's been out of print for over sixty years and is reissued here with its original illustrations, making for a serious and informative title any serious home decoration library needs.

New Upholstery
Nicole Fulton & Stuart Weston
Sterling Publishing Company Inc.
387 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10016-8810
1840008563 $24.95

NEW UPHOLSTERY is just what it says: a blend of old and new approaches that adds unusual modern fabrics and textures to craft a modern look to chairs. Readers learn the basics of upholstery skills with an eye to incorporating these modern designs into period pieces and modern furniture alike, making for an inspiring collection of details. Another big plus: step-by-step color photos every step of the way. Both home decorators and libraries strong in interior decoration will find this a unique approach.

Chinese Style: Living in Beauty and Prosperity
Sunamita Lim
Gibbs M. Smith, Publisher
P.O. Box 667, Layton, UT 84041
1423600215 $39.95

Chinese Style: Living in Beauty and Prosperity hold lovely illustrations to demonstrate the possibilities of redecorating an entire home or a single room in a Chinese fashion. Think 'China' and you'll think of silk, tea, porcelain and lacquer furniture: these and other elements can be combined with modern styles for maximum impact. Home interior design collections will find this focus a popular reference.

The Criminology Shelf

Ron Franscell
New Herizon Press
Box 669, Far Hills, NJ 07931
0882822799 $24.95

FALL: THE RAPE AND MURDER OF INNOCENCE IN A SMALL TOWN tells of a Casper, Wyoming crime involving two girls who were raped, tortured and thrown off a bridge. The citizens struggled with the crime in all its ramifications, and FALL traces this struggle, comes from a journalist who was a teen neighbor to both girls at the time of the crime, and who revisits the scene here 30 years later to explore the crime's ongoing impact upon the town. A 'must' for any lending library strong in true crime exposes.

The Computer Shelf

Build Your Own ASP.Net 2.0 Web Site Using C# & VB
Cristian Darie & Zak Ruyvalcaba
424 Smith Street, Collingwood, VIC Australia 3066
0975240285 $44.95

Examples, insights, and even code samples pack a reference for programmers working in C# and VB in an updated second edition to a popular step-by-step guide. Here's all the information you need to get up and running with ASP.NET, from how to build a first web site to applying the free code samples within to more advanced projects. It's a top pick programmers – especially newcomers to ASP.NET - won't want to be without.

1005 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol, CA 95472

A range of users are possible for Seyed M.N. Tahaghoghi & Hugh E. Williams's handbook Learning MySQL (0596008643 $44.99), from those running a business or keeping membership records to others who are involved in software design. LEARNING MYSQL covers all the basics in introductory chapters – then moves ahead to more advanced uses of SQL, from configuring MySQL for better security to advanced querying. The open source database offers plenty of advanced capabilities but without a book like LEARNING MYSQL, much of these would be lost: all levels need the tutorials herein which guarantee nothing is lost in the cracks. Andrew Cumming & Gordon Russell's SQL HACKS: TIPS & TOOLS FOR DIGGING INTO YOUR DATA (0596527993, $29.99) is for SQL programmers who want advanced tips on how to sort or pull info from a database. Its 100 hacks go beyond the usual sort choices to cover such advanced topics as how to send SQL commands to a database from the command line, how to solve problems using SQL and how to manage users and audit SQL changes. An essential pick advanced SQL users need. Jennifer Vesperman's ESSENTIAL CVS 2nd Edition (0596527039, $44.99) is a complete reference and guide to managing large numbers of documents. Any company which faces repeated modifications and updates of documents knows the challenge of keeping track of changing versions: CVS makes this job a snap, and ESSENTIAL CVS simplifies the process with a quickstart guide, advanced coverage for technical management programming from release tagging to branching, and a quick reference card for ongoing use. Computer collections will find it a winning pick. C.J. Date's THE RELATIONAL DATABASE (0596572985, $14.99) may appear small in stature but its information is invaluable, offering a basic guide defining the meaning of database-related terms in a quick reference of some 600 terms. Offered up in a pocket size, it provides easy at-a-glance definitions perfect for quick consultation. Paul DuBois' MY SQL COOKBOOK, 2nd EDITION (059652708X, $49.99) isn't your usual guide to applications development: it IS a 'bible' of applications routines that helps designers move beyond problems they experience in the MySQL environment. This latest edition covers MySQL 5.0 and offers 'recipes' explaining how and why the code works to encourage more detailed learning rather than quick fixes alone. From accessing data from multiple tables to storing images and displaying them in web pages, any serious MySQL programmer or computer reference library needs this reference. Peter Morville & Louis Rosenfeld's INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE FOR THE WORLD WIDE WEB, 3RD EDITION (0596527349, $39.99) provides a newly updated edition to cover emerging technologies for both newcomers and web designers alike. Here are the basic tools, techniques and insights which cover implementation, blueprints and design, backed by short essays exploring the evolving world of information architecture. It's an excellent choice for any web workers who would keep up with web evolution and how it changes.

PHP and MYSQL By Example
Elie Quigley with Marko Gargenta
Prentice Hall
75 Arlington Street #300, Boston, MA 02116
0131875086 $49.99

If you're a newcomer to PHP 5 and MYSQL and lack programming or database background, that shouldn't keep you from benefitting from PHP and MYSQL By Example, which assumes no prior knowledge and starts from ground zero in instructions. Its 'by example' system is the key to success, with chapters offering diagrams, charts, and plenty of visual examples. Computer libraries strong in PHP5 or MYSQL need this.

CMMI, 2nd Edition
Mary Beth Chrissis, Mike Konrad & Sandy Shrum
75 Arlington Street, Suite 300, Boston, MA 02116
0321279670 $69.99

CMMI translates to Capability Maturity Model Integration and describes a set of recommended practices for developing and maintaining products throughout their life cycle, not just at the beginning. Its components include a basic overview of structure and idea, then a survey of the goals and practices of the 22 process areas comprising CMMI. The authors are part of a team central to CMMI development, so their technical combined knowledge offers advanced college-level computer holdings an invaluable reference.

The Art Shelf

Adam Van Doren
Avis Berman and Richard J. Boyle
Hudson Hills Press
P.O. Box 205, Manchester, VT 05254-9911
1555952720 $50.00

The monograph ADAM VAN DOREN belongs in any college-level art library strong in watercolor painting representation: it spans twenty years of his works and surveys his watercolor talents and architectural representations, adding essays surveying his life and inspirations. Its lovely full-page paintings of Paris, Venice and Rome includes notes on techniques and papers and is a top pick that watercolor artists will find an inspiration.

Box 808022, Petaluma, CA 94975-8022

THE ART OF ROBERT BATEMAN (9780764937651, $45.00) appears in its 25th anniversary edition to include text by Ramsay Derry and an introduction by noted ornithologist Roger Tory Peterson himself as it provides a stunning blend of full-page color wildlife images and accompanying artist profile. This was the artist's first book and cemented his career: its re-appearance is perfect for collections who either don't have the original or find their lending copies worn. Julie L. McGee's DAVID C. DRISKELL: ARTIST AND SCHOLAR (9780764937477, $45.00) is the first detailed monograph of an artist whose works have been exhibited and collected by major galleries and museums, but who until now has received little written acclaim. Almost two hundred color and black and white images include personal photos of Driskell and his works and tie together all aspects of his paintings, drawings and collages, providing an illuminating survey of the modern artist's many talents. Rich in biographical background and image alike, DAVID C. DRISKELL: ARTIST AND SCHOLAR is a pick any college-level art library will want.

Artists of the Canyons & Caminos
Edna Robertson & Sarah Nestor
Ancient City Press
c/o Gibbs Smith, Publisher
PO Box 667, Layton UT 84041
1423601149 $14.95 1-800-748-5439

Written by Edna Robertson (former Curator of Collections at the Fine Arts Museum in Santa Fe) and her daughter Sarah Nestor, Artists of the Canyons & Caminos Santa Fe: Early Twentieth Century is an in-depth exploration into Santa Fe's rich artistic history from the 1880's onward. From the cultural distinctions of Native American art, to names of great artists that looked to the beauty of the land for inspiration, to the inception of an art colony with its first juried show in 1951, Artists of the Canyons & Caminos traces a grand legacy, extensively reconstructing art history from a smorgasboard of sources including quotes from popular newspapers. Black-and-white photographs and a beautiful inset section of 16 color plates illustrate Artists of the Canyons & Caminos, primarily showcasing evocative pieces of art. A one-of-a-kind art history book, especially recommended as a giftbook or souvenir for travelers to Santa Fe.

Rudolf Kuenzil
Phaidon Press
180 Varick Street, 14th floor, New York, NY 10014
0714844233, $75.00

'Dada' is an art movement of the 20th Century which challenged authority, hierarchy, and political control – making it a subversive force within the established art communities in Western Europe and America. In disturbing societal norms with respect to art and cultural production, it was the forerunner and midwife to such movements as punk rock and pop art, questioning all previous assumptions about originality, art, and the role of the artist. Dada maintained that everyone should be an artist and that almost anything could be classified as art. The result was an influence on the dominant culture with respect to radical groups, social movements, and artistic expression down to the present day. "DADA" by Rudolf Kuenzli provides an descriptive analysis within an historical context, examining Dada's impact and resonance in the art and culture of this opening decade of the 21st Century from the avant-garde work of such Dada luminaries as Hugo Ball, Marcel Duchamp, many Ray, Francis Picabia, Raoul Hausmann, Hannah Hoch, Kurt Schwitter, Max Ernst, Lajos Kassak, and many others. Enhanced with the inclusion of Artists' Biographies, Authors' Biographies, a bibliography and an index, "DADA" is a seminal and core contribution to professional, academic, and community library Art History reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Egyptian Revival Jewelry & Design
Dale Reeves Nicholls, Shelly Foote, Robin Allison
Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
076432540X, $39.95

"Egyptian Revival Jewelry & Design" is the collaborative work of antique jewelry expert Dale Reeves Nicholls, costume jewelry expert Shelly Foote, and Robin Allison. Beginning with the informative introduction 'The Slumbering Sphinx', this superbly organized and beautifully illustrated compendium is organized into four major sections: 'It's Alive! Ancient Egypt Rediscovered and Revived'; 'Signs & Symbols'; 'Makers & Manufacturers'; 'Collecting Egyptian Revival'; and 'A Brief Overview of Ancient Egyptian Chronology'. Enhanced with notes, a bibliography, and a comprehensive index, "Egyptian Revival Jewelry & Design" is also a price guide, making it an invaluable and indispensable research and reference for dealers and collectors, as well as providing terrific browsing for the non-specialist general reader with an interest in antique and costume jewelry. Also very strongly recommended from Schiffer Publishing are two other outstanding volumes for jewelry enthusiasts: Nancy Schiffer's "Costume Jewelry: The Fun Of Collecting: 3rd Edition" (0764312162, $29.95) and Dale Nicholis' "Antique Enameled Jewelry (0764319914, $49.95).

The Biography Shelf

Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell
Karen DeYoung
Alfred Knopf
1745 Broadway, 17th floor, New York, NY 10019
1400041708 $28.95

First as a commander in the military and then as secretary of state, Colin Powell proved time and gain his prowess as a leader – just as Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell proves its prowess as an excellent biographical review of the man and his life. It's the first full biography covering Powell's entire life, comes from a Washington Post journalist, and covers his childhood and rise through the ranks of Washington power, considering social issues and personal struggles alike. Any with an interest in Powell will want this; public lending and military libraries in particular will find it a popular patron choice.

Viktor Frankl: A Life Worth Living
Anna S. Redsand
Clarion Books
215 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10003
0618723439 $19.00

Clarion Books is a children's book publisher so rarely do their titles ever appear in our adult issues – but Viktor Frankl: A Life Worth Living is a young adult read too important to be limited to the children's section alone, and many an adult will appreciate this survey of his achievement. A prison in the Nazi camps during the war, Frankl's development of logotherapy – a form of psychotherapy encouraging patients to look to the future rather than reliving traumas of the past – was to serve as a key to recovery and finding meaning in lives destroyed during the war. His biography is a powerful blend of Holocaust images, history, and facts, and makes for an outstanding coverage not to be missed by any age.

The Last Explorer
Simon Nasht
Arcade Publishing
1559708255 $27.50

THE LAST EXPLORER: HUBERT WILKINS, HERO OF THE GREAT AGE OF POLAR EXPLORATION tells of the most successful explorer in history: a self-taught farm boy from the Australian outback who became a cameraman, reporter, pilot, spy and adventurer. His surveys were captured on camera, he helped map the Canadian Arctic, and his amazing life has only not received much in-depth coverage in past because he avoided publicity. Author Simon Nasht discovered Wilkins' journals, records and photos and used them to recreate his life and achievements: any library interested in adventure biography will welcome this vivid account.

William's Princess
Robert Jobson
John Blake/Trafalgar Square, Distributors
N. Pomfret, VA 05053
1844543153 $24.95

WILLIAM'S PRINCESS: THE TRUE STORY OF THE ROMANCE THAT WILL CHANGE THE MONARCHY is a pick for any who love the British Royal Family and want to know the latest. Such an audience may already be aware of Prince William's love life; but WILLIAM'S PRINCESS delves deeper into the romance and what it will mean for the monarchy overall, and is a satisfying exclusive account of how it happened. Public libraries will find it a popular leisure lend.

King of Infinite Space
Siobhan Roberts
Walker & Company
175 – 5th Avenue, New York NY 10010
0802714994 $27.95

KING OF INFINITE SPACE: DONALD COXETER, THE MAN WHO SAVED GEOMETRY could also have been reviewed in our Science Shelf area but is featured here among recommended biographies as being so much more than just a math read alone. Coxeter turned geometry from a dry science into an intellectual survey with links to civilization's evolution: the evolution of his theories and applications is traced in a blend of biography and math insights perfect for any interested in an unconventional scientist's genius. A lively format blends math insights with biography and makes for a recommended pick for general-interest libraries and schools strong in math theory alike.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent
Esther & Jerry Hicks
Hay House
Box 5100, Carlsbad, CA 92018-5100
1401906958 $24.95

"The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent: Living the Art of Allowing" presents the teachings of the Non-Physical entity Abraham, linking these teachings with the idea of balancing energy as opposed to setting goals and focusing on long-term achievement. By undertaking the process of achieving goals through balance over action, "The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent" offers a new pathway to success – and a new definition of such. Life should be an ongoing journey of joy – and this book offers a key to getting there, perfect for readers of spiritual living.

Dragonlore: From the Archives of the Grey School of Wizardry
Ash 'LeopardDancer' DeKirk
New Page Books
Box 687, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
1564148688 $14.99

There are legends of dragons all around us – and they appear in fantasy novels and games as well as movies: any fan of dragons will be thus delighted with DRAGONLORE, which examines the details of every species of dragon, gathers myths under one cover, and considers the impact and presence of dragons in popular culture. Black and white illustrations pepper an excellent overview that is a pick for any dragon fan, and any collection strong in fantasy.

Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality
Dean Radin
Paraview Pocket Books
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
1416516778 $14.00

Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality links science and psyche, drawing some important links between mind, body and the nature of reality. Einstein viewed entanglement as a 'spooky action at a distance', considering how objects could be connected through time and space long after initial interaction takes place – psychic abilities could demonstrate a similar 'entanglement' of minds, and Radin demonstrates here how scientific evidence supports such a possibility.

The Antiques/Collectibles Shelf

TV Guide: The Official Collectors Guide
Stephen F. Hofer
Bangzoom Publishers
14 Storrs Avenue, Braintree, MA 02184
0977292711, $29.95

Enhanced with more than 3,700 full color covers from America's most popular, iconic, and widespread weekly magazine, "TV Guide: The Official Collectors Guide" compiled by Stephen F. Hofer (Curator of the Philo T. Farnsworth Television History Center, Auburn, Indiana, and who himself is the owner of one of the largest collections of TV Guide magazines and memorabilia in the United States) covers all the national and regional digest size covers from April 10, 1953 to October 9, 2005. Included are TV Guide foldout covers, holographic covers, and multiple covers. For the antique dealer and hobbyist collector, each issue has the current secondary market prices listed. Featuring memorable quotes from TV Guide and from television shows, "TV Guide: The Official Collectors Guide" is more than a price guide compendium, (and a superb history of the magazine itself), it is also a very highly recommended tour of American television programming through more than fifty years of popular culture.

Standard Catalog of Lionel Trains 1945-1969
David Doyle
Krause Publications
700 East State Street, Iola, WI 54990-0001
0896893782 $32.99

Now in a newly expanded and updated second edition, David Doylle's "Standard Catalog of Lionel Trains' showcases Lionel toy trains made from 1945 through 1969. Surveyed in an authoritative collector's reference this new edition packs over a thousand color photos with its expanded catalog , which includes variations on Lionel cars and accessories. Many collectors of Lionels will find come to consider this a major 'must have' bible of information, packing in color photos and charts of values for Lionel trains in all conditions.

Doll Values Antique to Modern
Linda Edward
Collector Books
Box 3009, Paducah, KY 42002-3009
1574325132 $14.95

The 9th updated and expanded edition of "Doll Values: Antique To Modern" is a justifiable best-seller because it is a 'must' for any dedicated doll collector. "Doll Values" nicely pairs clear, small color photos with the latest doll values, offers a starting point for building up a reference library, and helps classify different styles and types of dolls. "Doll Values" is a 'must' for any serious collector – and many a general-interest library holding will also find it an important and popular addition to their Antiques/Collectibles reference collections.

The Music Shelf

Singing Cowboys
Douglas B. Green
Gibbs Smith Publisher
P.O. Box 667, Layton, UT 84041
1586858084 $39.95

An audio cd of music packs added punch to the review of Western cowboy music's development and colorful characters in SINGING COWBOYS, which charts a bygone era when cowboys sang, yodeled, and were active members of the real West. From the singing cowboy movie fad to the evolution of the cowboy from ranch hand to musician, the lives of some sixty 'singing cowboys' are presented in a blend of biographical sketches, photos, and music. An outstanding, colorful history, SINGING COWBOYS will interest even readers who have only a casual affection for the genre, and deserves a spot in any general or music-specific library.

The Baroque Guitar In Spain And The New World
Gaspar Sanz, et al.
Mel Bay Publications
PO Box 66, Pacific, MO 63069
078667525X, $24.95 1-800-863-5229

Part of Mel Bay's 'Frank Koonce' series of music transcripbed and adapted for the modern guitar with facsimiles of the original tablatures, "The Baroque Guitar In Spain And The New World" is the collaborative effort of Gaspar Sanz, Antonio de Santa Cruz, Francisco Guerau, and Santiago de Murcia. Aspiring guitarists are presented with the evolution of the five-course guitar; the tuning of the five-course guitar; reading baroque guitar tablature; intepretation and performance from octave selection to meter and temp, to rasgueado techniques and ornaments; editorial procedures. The rest of "The Baroque Guitar In Spain And The New World" is a wealth of musical scores by the four major contributors: Sanz, Santa Cruz, Guerau, and Murcia. Superbly presented and organized, "The Baroque Guitar In Spain And The New World" is a welcome and highly recommended addition to personal, professional, and music school reference collections for the five-string acoustic guitar.

PC Music: The Easy Guide, 3rd Edition
Robin Vincent
PC Publishing
c/o O'Reilly Media
1005 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol, CA 95472
1870775201 $17.95

From how to connect a keyboard and record music onto a PC to plugging a guitar directly into a PC, this is no weighty tech pro's guide to PC music but a unique, satisfying musicians's tool requiring little computer knowledge to prove useful. Chapters survey all kinds of hardware and software options in a completely updated new edition which adds new sections on MP3 and the recording capabilities of a PC, making for an outstanding guide.

Tommy Dorsey
Peter Levinson
Da Capo Press
c/o Perseus Books Group
Eleven Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
0306815028 $18.95

TOMMY DORSEY: LIVING IN A GREAT BIG WAY – A BIOGRAPHY provides a survey of the personal life of a definitive Big Band era musician who was driven by a passion for women and drink as well as music. New research and interviews with his contemporaries round out an excellent biographical survey of Dorsey and his impact on an era, making it a pick for any collection strong in Big Band history.

Ross Halfin
Omnibus Press
c/o Music Sales Corporation
257 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010
#V010197, $29.95 1-800-431-7187

Metallica is one of the most popular bands to go on to win world-wide recognition and acclaim for their approach to rock music. "Metallica" by Ross Halfin is a photographic history of their remarkable story, showcasing key performances and the members who combined to make their unique contribution to rock music history. Each spectacular image is captioned, but Metallica's history is presented in images rather than text. Clearly, "Metallica" is a 'must' for their dedicated fans, but it is also a highly recommended addition to academic library 20th Century Music history collections as well.

Exile on Main Street
Robert Greenfield
Da Capo Press
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
0306814331 $24.00

EXILE ON MAIN STREET: A SEASON IN HELL WITH THE ROLLING STONES uses one of the rock group's most famous albums as its foundation to probe the evolution of a band which created its own exile milieu, spending its days drinking and taking drugs and its nights sequestered in a home recording studio. The Stones' villa attracted some of the biggest names in recording history and the season in which all names met and joined is that which produced EXILE ON MAIN STREET. Avid Rolling Stones fans will be thrilled to find such a close, dedicated examination of the power and times of one of their most notable albums.

Mel Bay Publications Inc.
#4 Industrial Drive, Pacific, MO 63069

John Thomakos' THE DRUMSET STYLES ENCYCLOPEDIA (0786666013, $22.95) will make an outstanding reference for any aspiring drummer: it provides a basic introduction to various modern drumming styles, includes a CD to reinforce the written word, and uses simple demonstrations of melodies, blends of snare and bass, and tips on what to listen to in the music world which supports the descriptions of different styles. The result's an invigorating, educational set of modern drum styles traversing ethnic boundaries: a pick for any learning the drums, and a 'must' for the in-depth music lending library. Brad Davis teaches FLATPICKING THE BLUES (0786675136, $39.95) using a blend of DVD, audio cd and book to impart the basics of how to flatpick the blues. Learners are only required to like the blues and want to learn guitar to enjoy demonstrations of techniques using variations on the twelve-bar blues progression. Brad Davis is a very versatile player, so he doesn't offer up a singular approach: his tips offer up different methods of achieving the same goal, so guitar players receive the most variety for their educational experience.

The Beatles and Philosophy
Michael Baur and Steven Baur, Editors
Open Court Publishing Company
140 S. Dearborn, Suite 1450, Chicago, IL 60603
0812696069 $17.95

The Beatles made their musical impact partially because they quickly moved from teen love songs to reflecting the questioning and philosophy of their generation: thus The Beatles and Philosophy is an especially significant, important recommendation for both music history collections and high school to college-level philosophy libraries. It uses the insights of some twenty professional philosophers to analyze the ideas and implications of Beatles lyrics, connections these ideas to both traditional and modern forms of philosophical thought, and thus provides students with far more involving insights than the usual dry philosophy tome.

Star-Up At The New Met
Paul Jackson
Amadeus Press
c/o Hal Leonard Corporation
512 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
1574671472, $49.95 1-800-637-2852

"Star-Up" At The New Met: The Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts, 1966-1976" compiled and organized with commentary by Paul Jackson (Dean Emeritus of the College of Fine Arts, and Professor Emeritus of Music, Drake University) is the definitive, 656-page history of the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts in what was their new home at the Lincoln Center in New York City. Illustrated throughout with some one hundred black/white photographs, "Star-Up At The New Met" covers all 140 performances that took place from the debut performance of Samuel Barber's 'Antony and Cleopatra' on September 16, 1966, through the final season of 1976. The personalities and performances are superbly presented, accompanied by knowledgeable commentary offering an informed and informative insight into the performers and their productions. "Star-Up At The New Met" is a seminal work of accomplished scholarship and an enthusiastically recommended addition to personal, academic, and community library 20th Century American Music and/or American Popular Culture reference collections.

Santorella Publications, Ltd.
13 Pleasant Avenue, Danvers, MA 01923 1-877-600-0049

Santorella is a premier publisher of inexpensive but superbly produced and presented sheet music collections suitable for both amateur and professional musicians. Their four collections devoted to wedding music are especially recommended for both novice and experienced musicians. "Elegant Wedding Classics" (JT51, $12.95) for piano solo and vocal performances offers a time-honored selection of traditional favorites that includes Air (from 'Water Music Suite'); Ave Maria (from the 'First Prelude of Johann Sebastian Bach'); Ave Maria (Schubert); Bridal Chorus (from 'Lohengrin'); Canon in D; Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring; Liebestraum No. 3; Triumphal March (from 'Aida'); Morning Has Broken; Ode to Joy; Processional (from 'Water Music Suite'); Romeo & Juliet Theme; Trumpet Tune; Trumpet Voluntary; and Wedding March (from 'Midsummer Night's Dream'). The three other (and larger) collections which also feature an accompany CD include "The Best of Wedding: Organ Edition (TS273, $19.95) which is arranged, edited and performed by Craig Stevens; "Promises: Wedding Classics for Piano" (TS58, $17.95), arranged by Jonathon Robbins; and "The Best of Wedding: Piano Vocal Edition" (TS274, $19.95) arranged by Craig Stevens. Ideal references for planning wedding music, as well as providing excellent sheet music for learning to perform wedding music, all four of these outstanding titles are enthusiastically recommended for personal, professional, and music school collections.

The Audiobook Shelf

The Odyssey
Brilliance Corporation
PO Box 887, Grand Haven, MI 49417
1415936056, $TBA 1-800-854-7859

Homer's "The Odyssey" is one of the world's oldest adventure stories and holds the same attraction for contemporary readers that it has for Hellenic antiquity some three thousand years ago as an epic chronicle of adventure recounting the trials and tribulations of Odysseus when that famed Greek war hero tried to make his way home after the fall of Troy. Here are the stories of the Cyclops, Circe, the Sirens, the Underworld, and the demanding suitors for the hand of Penelope. This classic story is dramatically narrated by John Lee who is able to fully convey the energy, intellect, and resourcefulness of Odysseus in all of his legendary encounters. Strongly recommended for both school and community library audiobook collections, this complete and unabridged, ten compact disc recording has a total running time of 11 hours and 49 minutes.

Thomas Paine
Craig Nelson
Recorded Books, LLC
270 Skip Jack Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
1428115196, $TBA 1-800-638-1304

In "Thomas Paine: Enlightenment, Revolution, And The Birth Of Modern Nations", biographer Craig Nelson provides a fully detailed and comprehensive description of the life and times of one of America's most influential patriots in the American Revolution. He was the author of 'The Age of Reason'; 'Common Sense'; and 'The Rights of Man', three of the most important treatises to provide the philosophical underpinnings to America's colonial struggle for emancipation from a dominate and dominating England. Now this outstanding biography is available as a complete and unabridged audiobook on thirteen compact discs and which is very ably narrated by Paul Hecht, with a total running time of 15.75 hours. Masterfully produced and flawlessly recorded, "Thomas Paine" is a welcome and enthusiastically recommended addition to academic and community library collections.

The Lion's Game
Nelson Demille
Hachette Audio
1271 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020
159463637X, $29.98

The only thing Detective John Corey knows about a serial killer called 'The Lion' is that he is a young Arab who will stop at nothing in his quest for revenge against the Americans who bombed Libya and killed his family. "The Lion's Game" is a suspenseful thriller that presents a roller coaster ride of plot twists peppered with a cast of truly memorable characters. Boyd Games provides a superb narration of Nelson DeMille's riveting thriller in this flawlessly recorded, 8 CD, 8.59 hour audiobook which will easily prove to be an enduringly popular addition to any community library audiobook collection.

The Draco Tavern
Larry Niven
Blackstone Audiobooks
PO Box 969 , Ashland, OR 97520
0786159472, $45.00 1-800-729-2665

"The Draco Tavern" is a compilation of twenty-seven thrilling science fiction tales by award-winning author Larry Niven. This complete and unabridged audiobook production (6 hours on 5 compact discs) is superbly narrated by Tom Weiner and flawlessly recorded by Blackstone Audiobooks. The setting is the Draco Tavern, a dive found on the fringe of the Siberian spaceport and the haven of humans and aliens who spend a few moments downing assorted beverages and pondering life and their manifold adventures. A 'must' for the legions of Larry Niven fans, "The Draco Tavern" is very highly recommended listening for both the entertainment values of the individual stories, as well as the deft use of a science fiction format to address some of the universal questions of life in our universe.

Random House Audio
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019

Dean Koontz's BROTHER ODD (0739332902, $44.95) receives an excellent unabridged presentation pairing a vivid narrative style by David Aaron Baker with the gripping quasi-supernatural style of Koontz, whose titles have enjoyed bestseller status for years. Here Odd Thomas finds himself leaving his beloved desert town for the isolated monastery high in the mountains – and finds himself confronting a killer who is stalking fellow monks. A tense thriller evolves. Douglas Adams' MOSTLY HARMLESS (0739332139, $29.95) receives an outstanding reading by Martin Freeman, who has narrated other Adams titles before and who lends consistency and an excellent form to this story of one Arthur, who may be the only one to save Earth from obliteration. A hilarious, zany tale evolves. Both are top recommendations for any leisure lending audio collection.

Highbridge Audio Books
201 Sixth Street SE, Suite 220, Minneapolis, MN 55414 1-800-755-8532

Garrison Keillor's WOBEGON BOY (1598870505, $26.95) comes from the host and announcer of the radio hit PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION, now heard on public radio stations across the country, and follows a young man who lands in upstate New York to manage a public radio station at a college, achieving much success but still feeling his life is empty. His search for such meaning will lead him not back to Lake Wobegon but to the big New York City, where he'll find roots he never imagined possible. WLT: A RADIO ROMANCE (1598870750, $26.95) also receives Keillor's warm and familiar voice as it tells of brothers who found a radio station to rescue their failing business – and become the Sandwich King of south Minneapolis. Fiction and fact blend in a satisfying story of radio life and its special meaning for both audience and creators. Paula Poundstone's THERE'S NOTHING IN THIS BOOK THAT I MEANT TO SAY (1598870718, $29.95) comes from a renowned humorist and provides a blend of memoir and comedy as it discusses biographies of legendary historical figures woven with her own tale. A funny, absorbing comedy is created. All are top picks promising repeated lending interest from any public library holding strong in audio lending.

ZBS Foundation
174 North River Road, Fort Edward, NJ 12828 1-800-662-3345

The ZBS Foundation produces an original series of science fiction and fantasy productions that feature flawless production values, a full cast, original music and superb special effects. The cumulative result is a true 'theatre of the mind' experience for listeners of all ages. Five examples of their theatrical audio productions continue to demonstrate the ZBS attention to quality and entertainment. "The Wee Weever: A Little Frieda Mystery" (WEE, 1 CD, $15.00, ) finds Little Frieda, with the assistance of her friend Mojo Sam, attempting to unravel the mystery of an illusive, mischievous, and possibly dangerous imp lurking within the McIlroy mansion. In "Somewhere Next Door To Reality" (TNJ2CD, 2CD, $18.00, 2 hours), Jack Flanders and Mojo Sam believe the reason why people are disappearing in Montreal is that they are being drawn into an ephemeral 'Other City' that may only exist somewhere next door to their own reality. It's up to them to set things right while a blind street musician's accordion plays a music that echoes down that narrow streets of that strange place."The Eye Of Van Gogh" (TNJ4CD, 2CD, $18.00, 2 hours) finds Jack and Mojo Sam trying to locate the source of invisible balls of energy that are causing hallucinations among the residents of Old Quebec city. These 'eyes' causing such havoc around town might have something to do with a little girl in pigtails who smokes cigars. "Do That In Real Life" (TNJ3CD, 3CD, $18.00, 2 hours) finds Jack Flanders dreaming about being chased by a zombie when mojo Sam telephones waking Jack from his nightmare and inviting him to New Orleans. Strolling through the French Quarter Jack spies Claudine from Montreal – but maybe it's a voodoo priestess who can shapeshift into the woman of Jack's dreams. And just who is that zombie that keeps following him around? "One of the 'Ruby the Galactic Gumshoe' titles, "Far Flung Farouk: Ruby 6.5 " (R6.%CD, 1 CD, $15.00, 2 hours) finds Ruby, Teur, and Rodant Kapoor returning to the desert planet of Illuboo Rai at the invitation of Prince how Hee Bob to open the forbidden tombs of the ancient Phar-Oops. Of course the Black Curse of the Phar-Opps will tend to complicate matters for our intrepid intergalactic adventurers! ZBS audio adventures are enthusiastically recommended for science fiction buffs and fantasy adventure fans. Ideal for community library audiobook collections, librarians and SciFi enthusiasts should visit the ZBS website or send for their free catalog for a complete list of all their superbly crafted audio theatre productions.

The Library DVD Shelf

Developing Minds
Dr. Mel Levine
c/o SSA Public Relations
16027 Ventura Blvd., Suite 206, Encino, CA 91436
WG41039 $349.95 1-800-949-8670

With a total running time of 900 minutes spread over 24 DVDs, "Developing Minds" is a DVD boxed set that presents a superbly produced and presented course of informed and informative instruction by Dr. Mel Levine (co-founder of All Kinds of Minds, a non-profit institute that offers a broad range of resources that enable parents, educators, and clinicians to help children and adolescents with differences in learning to achieve academic success) that addresses a broad range of learning skills and challenges that range from learning to read and solve math problems, to paying attention and getting organized. This is a comprehensive, multi-media series designed to help parents and teachers understand learning differences and managing each child's unique learning profile. The DVD format features separate introductory and strategy programs designed specifically for parents and teachers; a step-by-step overview of how one child discovers his own learning strengths and weaknesses; sixteen individual programs addressing specific learning areas including reading, writing, math, communication, organization, motivation, social skills, attention spans, language, neuromotor function, memory, social cognition, tempoeral-sequential ordering, spatial ordering, and higher order cognition. Enhanced with eighteen guidebooks that can be downloaded from the discs, "Developing Minds" is a complete course that is a thoroughly 'user friendly' and invaluable addition to personal, professional, academic, and community library Parenting and Education collections.

Dr. Lynn's Anti-Aging Workout For Every Body: Flex & Tone
Lynn Anderson
Razor Digital Entertainment
12031 Ventura Blvd., Suite #3, Studio City, CA 91406
DVD $14.99

Lynn Anderson is a naturopathic doctor (as well as a certified yoga and fitness instructor specializing in anti-aging workout and alternative medicine), who in "Dr. Lynn's Anti-Aging Workout For Every Body: Flex & Tone" presents a program for a healthy and fit lifestyle. Regular physical exercise will prolong life expectancy. This superbly produced and presented exercise DVD offers 40 minutes of simple-to-follow movements designed to enhance muscle flexibility and strength, improve range motion, balance and core development, and be a 'first step' toward a lifetime of physically fitness. A stability ball and light hand weights are utilized in the workout routine. Thoroughly 'user friendly', this is one exercise DVD that should be a part of every personal, professional, health center, gym, and community library exercise video collection!

The Photography Shelf

William Eggleston
Twin Palms Publishers
PO Box 10229, Santa Fe, NM 87504
1931885486, $65.00 1-800-797-0680

William Eggleston is a photographer who has turned his medium into art, and his large format 5x7 camera into an artists tool. "5x7" is a compilation of photographs (fifty-seven plates) taken by Eggleston during the early 1970s and includes images of streetscapes, parked automobiles, portraits of the strange and disenfranchised. Of particular note are the photographs taken in the nightclubs of that time that Eggleston was want to frequent. Enhanced with an informed and informative essay by Michael Alereyda, "5x7" is a superbly organized and presented monograph that is a welcome and enthusiastically recommended addition to personal, professional, and academic library 20th Century American Photography reference collections.

Digital Photography
Michael Wright
Hylas Publishing
129 Main Street, Irvington, NY 10533
1592580645, $29.95

A profusely illustrated with more than 1500 full-color photographs, step-by-step 'how to' guide for taking great photographs and then digitally enhancing them using Photoshop, "Digital Photograph" by Michael Wright is very highly recommended both for its comprehensiveness and for being so 'user friendly' in its organization and presentation. Covering Photoshop essentials in general, including Photoshop 7 and Photoshop CS in particular, "Digital Photography" addresses simple and complex retouching techniques, removing 'red eye' from images, cloning, hand tinting, restoring old photographs, photo montages, digital painting, adding text to images, special effects, storing images, creating photo essays, printing, file size, composition, color theory, bracketing, lighting, backgrounding, and so much more. "Digital Photograph" is a single volume instructional guide that is strongly recommended for anyone aspiring to enhance their photography through Photoshop technology.

547 West 27th Street, New York NY 10001

DON'T KISS ME: THE ART OF CLAUDE CAHUN AND MARCEL MOORE by Louise Downie, Editor (1597110256 $45.00) is the first volume about two leading Surrealist artists – Cahun and Moore – and holds many previously unpublished photographs and drawings from both their works, surveying their 40 years of collaborative contributions in the field. Cahun pioneer gender-bending roles in photography that influenced many other contemporaries and used costumes or masks to explore and tweak these representations. Any college-level art holding must have this. Martin Parr's Mexico (1597110310, $40.00) pairs photos by Parr with an essay by Rogelio Villarreal as it blends social documentary with a photographic survey considering the impact of America's pop culture on Mexican life. Full-page color photos – some quite startling – capture Mexican pop art from food to faces to graveyards and provide a stunning visual impact perfect for not only college-level art libraries, but any collection strong in Mexican culture.

Eyes to Fly With
Graciela Iturbide
University of Texas Press
Box 7819, Austin, TX 78713-7819
0292714629 $50.00

Graciela Iturbide photographs the Zapotec women of Juchitan and the Mixtee goat butchers of Oaxaca: EYES TO FLY WITH includes a range of black and white images, from previously unpublished works to those she's famous for, and this provides an outstanding monograph of her achievements. Each full-page photo is accompanied by either a quote from her explaining the photo's inspiration or a title line and date, while an article about her and interview with her provide foundations for reference for newcomers. Art library holdings, especially those strong in contemporary photography, will find it a fine pick.

Weeping Mary
O. Rufus Lovett, Photographer
University of Texas Press
Box 7819, Austin, TX 78713-7819
0292709323 $45.00

Weeping Mary isn't an icon but a community in rural East Texas: its name has been attributed to an African American woman called Mary who wept over the loss of her land to a deceitful white man. Photographer O. Rufus Lovett was drawn to the story and the town in 1994: his WEEPING MARY represents 10 years of photographing the small Southern town and its residents, and creates an involving, hard-hitting set of images of particular interest and recommendation to any library strong in Southern history and culture.

Twilight: Photography in the Magic Hour
Martin Barnes & Kate Best
49 West 24th Street, 8th Floor, New York NY 10010
158943531 $59.95

Twilight's surreal visions have long attracted photographers but it's an exceptional challenge for any who seek to capture the subtleties of light at that time, and TWILIGHT: PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE MAGIC HOUR draws together the works of photographers up to the challenge. These are photographers from around the world who have explored the changes of light from day to night in a series of stunning images: this is the first title to explore twilight as an optical phenomenon and a psychological experience alike, taking eye-opening photos and placing them in historical, literary and technical context. It's thus a top pick for not just art holdings, but for any general-interest collection as well as for colleges strong in psychological and scientific exploration.

The Education Shelf

Issues And Innovations In Literacy Education
Richard D. Robinson, editor
Reading Association
PO Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139
0872075990, $28.95

Knowledgeably compiled, deftly organized and expertly edited by Richard D. Robinson, "Issues And Innovations In Literacy Education: Readings from The Reading Teacher" is a collection of informative articles taken from past issues of 'The Reading Teacher' periodical that provides educators with insights and information on themes, problems, and innovative solutions with respect to literacy education. The diverse contributors include successful classroom teachers and noted academicians with special expertise in this specialized field. The issues addressed in literacy education include language theories, relevant related research results, effective instructional techniques, word recognition, reading comprehension, reading motivation, literacy assessment, content literacy, and more. A publication produced by the International Reading Association, "Issues And Innovations In Literacy Education" is a core addition to teacher college and university reference collections, a 'must read' for anyone who aspires to work in the field of literacy education, and has a great deal of value to offer even the more experienced literacy instructor.

Play, Projects and Preschool Standards
Gera Jacobs & Kathy Crowley
Corwin Press
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
1412928028 $25.95

Play, Projects and Preschool Standards: Nurturing Children's Sense of Wonder and Joy in Learning reviews state early learning standards for the very young, linking these standards with existing curricula and surveying projects and play activities which support them. Preschool teachers and daycare centers concerned with early education receive an excellent survey based on expert insights which provides a variety of projects and activities to enhance early learning in all curriculum areas. It's a workbook of ideas pairing benchmark standards to realistic activities and will provide a wealth of easy ideas.

Becoming a 'Wiz' at Brain-Based Teaching
Marilee Sprenger
Corwin Press
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218
141292796X $35.00

Teachers will find this revised and expanded second edition of a best-selling guide is packed with tips on the latest research on learning, memory and the brain – and uses these insights to change approaches to classroom teaching. From helping readers translate theory into practice to brain-compatible classroom management strategies and emotional skills development for different grade levels, BECOMING A 'WIZ' AT BRAIN-BASED TEACHING: HOW TO MAKE EVERY YEAR YOUR BEST YEAR is an outstanding resource no teacher's college or reference library should be without.

The Judaic Studies Shelf

Rosh Hashanah Readings
Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins, editor
Jewish Lights Publishing
PO Box 237, Woodstock, VT 05091
1580232396, $24.99 1-800-962-4544

Knowledgeably compiled and expertly edited by Rabbi Elkins, "Rosh Hashanah Readings: Inspiration, Information And Contemplation" is a collection of selections that are specifically designed to renew the meaning of the High Holy Day themes of sin, repentance, personal and social change, societal justice, forgiveness, spiritual grow, living with joy and hope, commitment to high ideals, and more. These readings are drawn from ancient, medieval, modern, Jewish and non-Jewish sources. Among the central themes addressed are: 'Preparing for the New Year', 'Prayer and Faith', 'roots and Themes from the Torah', 'Inspiration from the Prophets', The Blowing of the Shofar', 'Remembrance', Repentance', as well as Rituals and Customs. Inspired and inspiring, "Rosh Hashanah Readings" is enthusiastically recommended as an addition to personal, rabbinical, academic, and community library Judaic Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Ethics of the Sages Annotated & Explained
Rabbi Rami Shapiro, translator and annotator
SkyLight Paths
c/o LongHill Partners
Sunset Farm Offices, Route 4, PO Box 237, Woodstock, VT 05091
1594732078 $16.99

Translated by Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Ethics of the Sages Annotated & Explained presents wisdom sayings of the early rabbinic sages (250 BCE - 250 CE) collected in the classic "Pirke Avot" with extensive facing-page commentary that clarifies and explains the meaning of every segment. For example, passage 3:13 reads "And he said, / If you bring joy to others, God rejoices in you. / If you bring no joy to others, God does not rejoice in you." The corresponding annotation reads, "Better even than the pursuit of wisdom is the bringing of joy. Wisdom can bring you to the knowledge of God; joy brings you into the presence of God." An introduction, comments on the translation, very brief biographical sketches of the rabbis quoted, a glossary, and a suggested reading list round out this modernized compilation of pithy sayings that vastly transcend their era. Recommended especially for Judaic studies shelves and reading lists, as well as for personal study and enlightenment.

Overcoming Folly
Rabbi Shalom DovBer
Merkos Publications
291 Kingston Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213
0826607438 $28.95

Rabbi Shalom DovBer of Lubavitch presents Overcoming Folly, a bilingual English/Hebrew treatise written in the style of traditional ethical Torah teachings. Overcoming Folly especially investigates the reality of material existence, and its obstacles to earning true spiritual understanding. Taking a Chasidic approach that emphasizes the mystical-spiritual aspects of the goals an individual should strive for, Overcoming Folly guides the reader in means to overcome stumbling blocks to enlightenment. A supplemental section of discourse summaries in the back of the book will prove useful to first-time readers. For example, the summary of Discourse Two reads, "Succumbing to sin caused by (a) strength of animal soul through constant indulgence of desire for the permissible, and (b) misconception that he will not be separated from G-d through it, and he shall have peace. True vitality is G-dliness and the 'realm of holiness.'" Grounded firmly in quotes and wisdom from Biblical, Talmudic, and Kabbalistic sources, Overcoming Folly lives up to its title in its instruction for not only avoiding worldly follies, but also committing and devoting oneself to Torah in a manner that is above reason, and thus embodies the positive side of non-rational behavior. Enthusiastically recommended for serious students and scholars, as well as for deeply faithful individuals committed to the Chasidic principles of striving for self-improvement.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Ilo E. Leppik, MD
Demos Medical Publishing
386 Park Avenue South, Suite 301, New York, NY 10016
1932603204 $19.95

Ilo E. Leppik, MD (Director of Research at MINCEP Epilepsy Care Center) presents Epilepsy: A Guide to Balancing Your Life, a resource written especially for individuals diagnosed with epilepsy and their loved ones, sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology. Chapters inform the reader in plain terms about epilepsy and its types of seizures, treatment options including drugs and surgery, issues concerning epilepsy and pregnancy, quality of life concerns, and much more - including a sound debunking of myths (for example, stopping anti-epileptic drugs during pregnancy can potentially do more harm than good since seizures pose a deadly risk to both the baby and the mother). A glossary, index, and list of sources for more information round out this up-do-date, accessible guide strongly recommended for public library collections and the personal reference of epileptics and their families.

The Language Studies Shelf

Frequency of Occurrence and Ease of Articulation of Sign Language Handshapes
Jean Ann
Galluadet University Press
800 Florida Avenue, NE, Washington DC 20002-3695
1563682885 $75.00

Written by Jean Ann (assoc. professor in the Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction, SUNY Oswego), Frequency of Occurrence and Ease of Articulation of Sign Language Handshapes: The Taiwanese Example is a contribution to sign language linguistics research that particularly examines Taiwanese Sign Language in its search to discover whether the use of specific sign language handshapes increases in direct relation to the ease of their physical formation. Chapters discuss the anatomy and physiology of the human hand, followed by a basic model of ease of handshape articulation, and go on to compare ease and frequency at length. A scholarly, in-depth study and a welcome addition to linguistics reference shelves, particularly those concerning sign language.

The Christian Studies Shelf

Freeing Celibacy
Donald Cozzens, Ph.D.
The Liturgical Press
St. John's Abbey, PO Box 7500, Collegeville, MN 56321-7500
0814631606 $15.95 1-800-858-5450

Priest, lecturer, and award-winning author Donald Cozzens presents Freeing Celibacy, a serious-minded look at the practice of mandatory celibacy for Latin rite Catholic priests that has been the norm for 900 years. Though Freeing Celibacy extols the gifts of the spirit that voluntary celibacy can bring, Cozzens surveys the history of married priests in centuries past, clergy sexual abuse scandals and the rapidly declining number of priests today, and concludes that it is time to set celibacy free from canonical mandate to become a graced way of life for some but not all of the church's ordained ministers. A thoughtful and deeply spiritual treatise, expressing sincere concern for the future of Catholicism itself. "Just as it is possible for a slave to know more true inner freedom than his master, it is possible for a priest to thrive spiritually and personally in the condition of mandated celibacy. But this does not justify the institution of celibacy any more than a personally liberated slave justifies the institution of slavery."

St. Francis Of Assisi
Vision Video
PO Box 540, Worcester, PA 19490-0540
#500854D, $19.99 1-800-523-0226

Shot on location and with a total running time of 46 minutes, "St. Francis Of Assisi And The Franciscans" is a full color DVD documentary designed to inform adolescent and adult viewers about the life of Francis Bernardone, the man who would be known throughout Christianity as Saint Francis of Assisi and the founder the Franciscan Order. Period paintings and a dramatic performance by Tom Melissis portrays the story of a young man, who left his wealthy family in medieval Assisi in search of knighthood, only to return as someone who found God in his life and in his world, and who was therefore compelled to a transcending purpose in sharing the love of God with others. Various Franciscans guide the viewer through the history of St. Francis including his peaceful life of poverty, his rebuilding the churches of Assisi, his rapidly growing following, and his experiences the stigmata. Franciscans relate how and why they joined the order and dedicated themselves to upholding and continuing the enduring legacy of St. Francis and his mission to aid the impoverished and the needy. "St. Francis of Assisi" is informative and enthusiastically recommended viewing and a wonderful addition to family, church, and community library Christian Studies collections.

Faithful Feelings
Matthew A. Elliott
Kregel Publications
PO Box 2607, Grand Rapids, MI 49501-2607
0825425425 $19.99

Faithful Feelings: Rethinking Emotion in the New Testament is a studious and pious examination of the role emotion plays in the New Testament, how it has been perceived by New Testament writers in cultural context, and how emotion affects modern Christian faith, theology, and ethics in an essential role. Chapters discuss the definition of emotion, including cognitive and non-cognitive perspectives; emotion as perceived in both the Greco-Roman world and in Jewish culture; instances of the emotions of love, joy, hope, jealousy, fear, sorrow, and anger in the New Testament; and more. A thoughtful examination of a dimension of the New Testament that is all too often marginalized in importance.

Sexuality and the U.S. Catholic Church
Lisa Sowle Cathill, John Garvey and T. Frank Kennedy, S.J., Editors
Crossroad Publishing Company
481 8th Avenue, 16 Penn Plaza, New York NY 10001
082452408X $24.95

Sexuality is a major issue in the Catholic Church, which is criticized for any stand on the topic: here's a compendium of leading Catholic theologians, writers and scholars which helps identify major issues in sexuality today which are receiving Church commentary and insights. Collections strong in Catholic literature and issues will find much food for discussion in Sexuality and the U.S. Catholic Church: Crisis and Renewal, which will encourage debate and reflection.

Values in a Time of Upheaval
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)
Crossroad Publishing
481 8th Avenue, 16 Penn Plaza, New York NY 10001
0824523733 $19.95

Values in a Time of Upheaval is a title perfect for modern times: a discussion in which the author defends the role traditional Judeo-Christian values in the world. His survey of the Christian faith and its place in a changing modern society of competing values and religions makes for an excellent review of his ideas and solutions on world problems and is a recommended pick for any Christian spiritual library interested in dialogues surrounding contemporary issues.

What Have They Done with Jesus?
Ben Witherington III
10 East 53rd St., New York NY 10022
0061120014 $24.95

There are many strange theories about Jesus, but they don't come from Ben Witherington II, a professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary and the author of over thirty books on the subject. His title probes what is known and what cannot be known about the Jesus presented in the Bible, dispelling myths, using a 'personality profile' to illustrate basic Christian claims, and drawing important connections between key historical figures and the Jesus image. It's a fine addition to both general-interest Christian libraries and the holdings of more advanced, college-level seminary readers alike.

The Martial Arts Shelf

Cutting The Lines
Christopher J. Petrilli
Paladin Press
7077 Winchester Circle, Boulder, CO 80301
SKU# CUTDVE, $69.95 1-800-392-2400

Christopher Petrillie is an 8th-degree Doce pares Eskrima black belt master and in "Cutting The Lines: The Vicious Compression Locks of Doce Pares Eskrim" he takes up where he left off in his earlier marital arts instruction DVD "Crashing The Lines". Petrilli goest into great detail to illustrate and demonstrate a new series of locks, throws and chokes that are particular useful when engaged in the thick of a fight. Following a logical profession from the lower part of the body (leg compressions), up to the arm and wrist (finger compressions), and ending at the neck (choke holds), Petrillie goes on to teach the viewer how to access these locks from both the chaotic motion of a fight and from a standing position after an opponent has been softened up through some strikes. Petrilli also demonstrates how to perform these locks using the 'punyo' or but end of the stick, as well as how to counter compressions with simple, fluid motions allowing the re-directions of an opponents force into a more punishing lock or choke. With a total running time of 180 minutes, "Cutting The Lines" is an important and thoroughly 'student friendly' instructional DVD strongly recommended for personal, professional, and dojo reference collections.

The Travel Shelf

Ross Crockford
Arsenal Pulp Press
341 water street, Suite 200,Vancouver, Canada V6B 1B8
1551521954 $17.95

Written by Victoria-based, award-winning journalist Ross Crockford, Victoria: The Unknown City is an in-depth guide to one of Canada's and the world's top tourist destinations. Packed with directions, recommendations, and tidbits of history regarding everything from popular bars to the remnants of the original Fort Victoria to local haunted locations and advice for avoiding long waits and bad seats on the BC Ferries, Victoria is the "go-to" guide for experiencing all the adventure and wonder the city has to offer. Black-and-white photographs and an index round out a solid guide to tourist activities from sports to dining to shopping, nightlife, and experiencing local media. Recommended as a supplemental resource for Victoria vacationers looking to get the most out of their visit.

The Automotive Shelf

GM's Motorama
David W. Temple
c/o MBI Publishing Company
Galtier Plaza, Suite 200, 380 Jackson Street, St. Paul, MN 55101-3885
0760328269, $40.00 1-800-458-0454

The General Motors company hit upon showcasing their new cars every year in a presentation that included automobiles from each of their various divisions (Cadillac, Buick, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Chevrolet, GMC), as well as experimental or 'Dream' cars created to test public reaction to new ideas in automotive engineering and design. "GM's Motorama: The Glamorous Show Cars Of A Cultural Phenomenon" by David W. Temple (a freelance automotive photojournalist specializing in vintage cars) is a profusely illustrated history of these events and those 'Dream Cars' of the 1950s. Featuring both color and black/white historical photographs, the text is informed and informative. The result is a masterpiece of automotive history and an enthusiastically recommended addition to personal, academic, and community library American Automobile History reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

The Dark Water
David Pirie
Pegasus Books
45 Wall Street, Suite 1021, New York, NY 10005
1933648112 $25.00

The Dark Water: The Strange Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes is a unique mystery novel, set in the Victorian countryside, and featuring Sherlock Holmes' creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Holmes' inspirational figure Dr. Joseph Bell as the protagonists. A grisly trail of seemingly unrelated murders entangles the two, and their hunt for the killer eventually leads them to a cliffside village and a breathtaking, cataclysmic struggle with a terrible nemesis from Doyle's past. Tightly written, drawing heavily upon author David Pirie's familiarity with both Sherlock Holmes canon and Doyle's biography, The Dark Water is an enthralling literary work from cover to cover. Also highly recommended for mystery genre enthusiasts are Pirie's previous Arthur Conan Doyle novels, "The Patient's Eyes" and "The Night Calls".

The Native American Shelf

"I Will Fear No Evil"
Dr. Susan Elaine Gray
University of Calgary Press
2500 University Drive, NW Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4
1552381986 $29.95

Written by Dr. Susan Elaine Gray (research associate to the Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Peoples in an Urban and Regional Context, University of Winnipeg), "I Will Fear No Evil": Ojibwa-Missionary Encounters Along the Berens River, 1875-1940 offers a new perspective of the history of Christian missions in Canada - one told from the point of view of the Berens River Ojibwa people of Canada, rather than that of the Methodist and Catholic missionaries dedicated to converting them. Exhaustively researched with keen attention to detail, "I Will Fear No Evil" depicts how the Ojibwa were active participants in missionary encounters, incorporating Christian beliefs and practices into their established belief system, a mixture that remains sincerely woven in the lives of Berens River residents today. A truly fascinating exploration of a the meeting and shaping of cultures.

Aleut Art, 2nd Edition
Lydia T. Black
Donning Company, Publishers
184 Business Park Drive #206, Virginia Beach, VA 23462
15786452140 $49.95

The second revised and expanded edition of a classic guide is out and is a top pick any serious collection on Native American art or Alaskan culture must have, especially for college-level holdings. It's one of the dew works to analyze and illustrate Aleut art and artifacts, weaving a cultural history with fresh insights on Aleutian heritage and adding new rare photos and analysis of contemporary Aleut artists and prehistory. It's an essential pick no serious holding should be without.

The Economic Studies Shelf

Global Remix: The Fight for Competitive Advantage
Richard Scase
Kogan Page
525 South 4th Street #241, Philadelphia, PA 19147
0749448717 $29.99

Communications change are changing not only the nature of the global economy but the very structure of business itself: that's why Global Remix is so important for any corporation or entrepreneur seeking success in such a volatile, changing world market. Both college-level business library holdings and classes debating the issues will want this: it covers a range of issues from developing new future talent and meeting the challenges of an I-pod generation to achieving market success and overcoming consumer distrust of new delivery systems. Perfect for classroom debate and company consideration.

Pricing and Performance of Initial Public Offerings in the United States
Arvin Ghosh
Transaction Publishers
390 Campus Drive, Somerset, NJ 08873
0765803267 $39.95

Written by Arvin Ghosh (Prof. in the Dept. of Economics, Finance, and Global Business, William Paterson University), Pricing and Performance of Initial Public Offerings in the United States is a timely discussion of newly emerging financial markets and investment strategies. Particularly focusing upon initial public offerings (IPOs) of securities from 1990 to the turn of the century, Pricing and Performance of Initial Public Offerings in the United States offers a addresses mispricing and flipping of internet IPOs, determining accuracy of analyst's IPO earnings forecasts, and more. Pricing and Performance of Initial Public Offerings in the United States is primarily a scholarly text and financial historiography, not a how-to investment guide, yet the lessons and conclusions it draws from past IPOs surely point the way to insight concerning their future. Recommended for college libraries and economic studies shelves.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

An Overview of the Old Testament
John Malseed
AMG Publishers
6815 Shallowford Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421
0899573401 $14.99

Written by pastor and Bible college lecturer John Malseed, An Overview of the Old Testament is an interactive, consumable study guide meant to facilitate self-examination as well as a greater religious, philosophical, and spiritual understanding of the Old Testament. An Overview of the Old Testament is not a lengthy, detailed summary of the biblical text; it is not even as long as a "Cliff Notes" style summary would be. Rather, each segment of the Old Testament is summarized in a set of sentences, followed by context questions, study questions with scripture cross-referencing, and self-examination questions for the reader. A blank line is provided for the reader to write a brief answer to each question. For example, Genesis Ch. 4 is summarized with "1-8 Abel is killed by his jealous brother Cain. / 9-24 Cain is punished by God and the first civilization is formed. / 25-26 Seth is born and men realize their need for God" and sample questions include "How did God instruct Cain?" (context), "According to the book of Hebrews, what was the key ingredient of Abel's offering? Heb. 11:4" (research study), and "Where in my list of priorities do I put God?" (self-examination). A one-of-a-kind reflective and contemplative, self-study tool, highly recommended for anyone seeking to better understand their personal connection to God through studying the Old Testament.

Encountering Jesus & Buddha
Ulrich Luz & Axel Michaels
Augsburg Fortress
PO Box 59304, Minneapolis, MN 55459-0304
0800635647 $16.00

New Testament Professor (University of Berlin, Switzerland) Ulrich Luz and Professor of Classical Indology (Southeast Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg) Axel Michaels pool their years of study in Encountering Jesus & Buddha: Their Lives and Teachings, a thoughtful examination of what Jesus Christ and the Buddha preached, contrasting views of each leader's passion and suffering, and the connections between community and church and the words of the original teachers. Presented in an essay-response format, such as "The Buddha and Meditation" by Axel Michaels followed by "Response: Buddhist Meditation Is Not Prayer" by Ulrich Luz, Encountering Jesus & Buddha meticulously traces similarities and disparities resulting in a balanced theological discussion in which each speaker listens to, carefully weighs, and challenges the words of the other. Highly recommended for theology and religious studies shelves.

Sufism Veil and Quintessence, revised edition
Frithjof Schuon
World Wisdom
1501 East Hillside Drive, Bloomington, IN 47401
1933316284 $19.95

Now in a revised and expanded edition, Sufism Veil and Quintessence: A New Translation with Selected Letters presents a new translation from the original French of the classic theological work by philosopher Frithjof Schuon. Composed of seven articles including "Ellipsis and Hyperbolism in Arab Rhetoric" and "The Quintessential Esoterism of Islam", Sufism Veil and Quintessence presents Schuon's crucial distinction between an "absolute" Islam and a "contingent" Islam, examining differences between the message of Islam itself and the pious Arab expressions of that message, which tend to be veiled beneath rhetorical style. Featuring an extensive appendix with previously unpublished selections from Shuon's letters and private writings, Sufism Veil and Quintessence is an invaluable classic philosophical treatise, recommended for libraries, religious studies shelves and advanced students and theologians seeking to explore the higher aspects of Sufism.

The God Delusion
Richard Dawkins
Houghton Mifflin
222 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116
0618680004 $27.00

Richard Dawkins is a prominent scientist and the world's most prominent atheist and here builds a case for his belief in the irrationality of God and the harm such religious pursuits have inflicted on the world throughout history. THE GOD DELUSION is a hard-hitting attack on religious thinking so you might be surprised to find it reviewed under 'Spirituality': in fact it's a book both atheists and spiritualists should read and consider: it examines concepts of God in all his forms throughout history and considers which aspects of belief are downright dangerous. It's not illogical that such a book would be included in both the general public library or the religious collection.

The Library Science Shelf

Developing Strategic Marketing Plans That Really Work
Terry Kendrick
Neal Schuman Publishers Inc.
100 William Street, Suite 2004, New York, NY 10038-4512
185604548X $89.95

Written by former library worker and current strategic marketing planning consultant Terry Kendrick, Developing Strategic Marketing Plans That Really Work: A Toolkit for Public Libraries is a practical, hands-on integrated guide to librarians to getting libraries back in the focus of the public eye with a more effective method than distributing a handful of leaflets. Chapters discuss how to make sense of the market for public library services, how to make sound priority choices using a basic SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis, attention-seizing marketing communications, and much more. Black-and-white charts, diagrams, and a handful of reproducible figures useful for putting the concepts and plans into practice round out this enthusiastically recommended library marketing guide.

Blogging and RSS
Michael P. Sauers, MLS
Information Today Inc.
143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055-8750
1573872687 $29.50

Blogging and RSS: A Librarian's Guide is a solid introduction to blogging written especially for librarians, by a librarian. Internet trainer, blogger, and part-time reference librarian Michael P. Sauers recommends the best blogs, gathers and shares blogging advice from fellow librarians, and walks the reader step-by-step through creating, publishing, and syndicating a blog with free Web-based services, software, RSS feeds, and aggregators. Librarians of all skill and experience levels in the rapidly changing culture and technology of blogging are sure to find valuable insights, instructions, and tips in this invaluable resource covering a topic often overlooked by classical library science instruction.

The Military Shelf

T-41 Mescalero
Walt Shiel, et al.
Slipdown Mountain Publications
28151 Quarry Lake Road, Lake Linden, MI 49945
0974655333, $39.95 1-866-341-3705

The collaborative effort of avaition experts Walt Shiel, Jan Forsgren, and Mike Little, "T-41 Mescalero: the Military Cessna 172) is the first volume in a planned 'Cessna Warbirds' series from Slipdown Mountain Publications. Enhanced with an informative foreword by aviation historian Robert F. Dorr, "T-41 Mescalero" is a complete history of the quintessential pilot trainer that for some fifty years had served the military aviation forces of 53 countries. Cessna delivered 867 T-41 Mescalero (the military version of the Cessna 172) in four distinct models to the armed forces of the US and a series of other nations that range from Venezuela, Angola and Viet Nam, to Austria and the United Arab Emirates. Now this extensive history, enhanced with personal stories and profusely illustrated with photography, provides a complete record of a military training aircraft that has been produced more than any other aircraft model in the history of aviation. Thoroughly 'reader friendly' "T-41 Mescalero" is a seminal and indispensable addition to personal, academic, and community library Military Aviation reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Weapons and Warfare: Aircraft Carriers
Paul E. Fontenoy
P.O. Box 1911, Santa Barbara, CA 93116-1911
185109573X $85.00

AIRCRAFT CARRIERS: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THEIR IMPACT is a recommended pick for any specialty military history or aviation collection: it surveys the evolution and operation of the aircraft carrier that changed naval operations and weapons delivery. No casual survey, this probes ship specifications, changing uses of vessels, and covers their evolution from the first carrier deployments in World War II to their role in the Persian Gulf. An excellent survey which will serve as a foundation title and introduction for any serious college-level military library.

Panzers at War
A.J. Barker
Ian Allen
c/o Casemate, Distributors
22883 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles, VA 20166
9781550680485 $13.95

PANZERS AT WAR joins others in the 'Hitler's Forces' collection and is a recommended pick for specialty military collections strong in World War II history. Vintage black and white photos throughout form the foundation of a powerful coverage chronicling the teamwork and application of the panzers, who successfully challenged Allied tank forces in Poland and France. Accounts of battles and surveys of how they challenged American might are detailed in a vivid blend of written history and visual power.

Pen & Sword/Casemate
1016 Warner Road, Suite C, Drexel Hill, PA 19026

Two fine new Pen & Sword titles are top picks for military libraries. David Yates' BOMB ALLEY: FALKLAND ISLANDS 1982 ABOARD HMS ANTRIM AT WAR (1844154173, $39.95) tells of the Falklands War as experienced by a below-decks sailor who participated in the first encounter with the Argentinean forces when south Georgia was retaken from the invaders in Operation Paraquat. His ship lead the first attack into the Falklands and destroyed enemy defenses, and came repeatedly under attack. His story is a vivid re-enactment of the military encounters of his times. David Cooke's BATTLEFIELD YORKSHIRE: FROM THE ROMANS TO THE ENGLISH CIVIL WARS (1844154246, $39.95) follows the bloody history of Yorkshire and is a top pick for both military collections and college-level surveys strong in British history. These audiences will relish the military survey that includes social and political insights, maps, photos, and more. Both are excellent in-depth and detailed picks.

Aircraft Carriers
Norman Polmar
Potomac Books Inc.
22841 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles, VA 20166-2012
1574886630 $49.95

AIRCRAFT CARRIERS: A HISTORY OF CARRIER AVIATION AND ITS INFLUENCE ON WORLD EVENTS – V. I, 1909-1945 offers a definitive history of world aircraft carrier development and operations. This is a part of a 2-volume classic set describing not just carrier construction – something already done in other books – but updating and revising a thorough history of said carriers which describes their political and technological influences on design, operations, and battle capabilities. Chapters analyze the first half of the 20th century and offer much in-depth analysis that is key to any serious military collection's holdings.

The Writing/Publishing Shelf

A Writer's Coach
Jack Hart
c/o Random House
1745 Broadway, 17th floor, New York, NY 10019
0375423273, $24.95 1-800-726-0600

Jack Hart is the managing editor at 'The Oregonian' and a frequent lecturer at Harvard University's prestigious 'Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism'. In "A Writer's Coach: An Editor's Guide To Words That Work", Jack Hart draws upon his more than 30 years of experience and expertise to demystify the writing process and methodically present every step (and misstep) in the processes involved with putting down thoughts and information into print. Hart's emphasis is that good writing demonstrates energy, conciseness, personality, rhythm, clarity, as well as being 'mechanically correct'. "A Writer's Coach" is very highly recommended reading for all aspiring authors seeking to make writing stronger and more effective – be they novice beginners or seasoned experts.

The Dog Walked Down The Street
Sal Glynn
Cypress House
155 Cypress Street, Fort Bragg, CA 95437
978-1-879384-66-8, $13.95 1-800-773-7782

"The Dog Walked Down The Street: An Outspoken Guide For Writers Who Want To Publish" by Sal Glynn is 96-pages of solid, practical, experienced, 'user friendly' instructional advice for authors in answering a series of fundamental questions about their work such as: When you finish the first draft how do you decide whether its really good or simply too flawed to submit for publication? How do you go about finding a good agent? Sal Glynn draws upon his years of personal and professional experience working as a managing editor for book publishers to demystify the common problems encountered by novice authors and experience writers alike; presents a clear, accessible approach to writing for publication; offers practical 'first aid' for writers, details just how to stay sane and healthy while writing, and provides aspiring writers yearning to break into print with a strong and effective foundation for their present and future work. "The Dog Walked Down The Street" is a welcome, thoroughly useful, and critically essential addition to any dedicated author's reference shelf.

The Environmental Studies Shelf

Soil and Water Conservation Handbook
Paul W. Unger
Haworth Press
10 Alice Street, Binghamton, NY 13904-1580
1560223308 $29.95

Soil and Water Conservation Handbook: Policies, Practices, Conditions and Terms is an excellent encyclopedia of such for any college-level holding strong in conservation issues and science. Here are over 700 entries provided in a non-technical format suitable for beginners, covering policies and agendas in agriculture and horticulture. An excellent pick any college-level agricultural or horticultural holding should have.

100 Years Of Change In The Distribution Of Common Indiana Weeds
William Overleas & Edith Overlease
Purdue University Press
1207 South Campus Courts, Bldg. E, West Lafayette, IN 47907
1557534195, 92.95 1-800-933-9637

Profusely illustrated with Indiana maps detailing and illustrating the text, "100 Years Of Change In The Distribution Of Common Indiana Weeds" quite literally covers a century of horticultural and environmental history within the state of Indiana as pertaining to the establishment, distribution, and movement of weeds common to the area. Beginning with an informed and informative introduction to the subject, the co-authors, William and Edith Overlease, provide a 202-page compilation of 'Common Indiana Weeds' and their distribution within the state. A 46-page descriptive presentation of Rare and Uncommon Weeds and their distribution concludes this seminal treatise, along with an extended Index. An impressive work of impeccably methodical scholarship, "100 Years Of Change In The Distribution Of Common Indiana Weeds" is accompanied by a CD allowing for easy reproduction of the various charts and lists. A very highly recommended addition to academic library Environmental Studies reference collections, "100 Years Of Change In The Distribution Of Common Indiana Weeds" could well serve as a template for similar studies in all of the other American states and Canadian provinces.

The Gaming Shelf

Hold'em Wisdom For All Players
Daniel Negreanu
Cardoza Publishing
857 Broadway 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10003
1580422101, $14.95 1-800-577-9467

Daniel 'Kid Poker' Negreanu is one of the most popular professionals on the poker tournament circuit today, and a true 'crowd pleaser' who combines his poker expertise with an approach to playing the game that does not rely upon having a 'poker face'. He is currently a three-time WSOP Champion, and was named the 2004 Player of the Year by his peers. One of the most respected 'high stakes' players in Las Vegas, as well as a seasoned winner at all the established WPT and WSOP tournaments at home and abroad, Daniel now shares fifty powerful tips designed to make aspiring Texas Hold'em players increase their chances of making the final table. Deftly presented, these 'user friendly' strategy nuggets are a as applicable to cash games as they are to tournament play. Daniel covers such diverse but commonly encountered issues the top 10 rookie mistakes, five reasons for losing at poker, bullying bullies, exploiting table image, techniques for equalizing with professional players, and more. Whether your just an armchair observer of Hold'em tournament play, or an aspiring beginner sitting down at kitchen table games, or a tournament player seeking to improve your play, you need to give a careful reading to Daniel Negreanu's "Hold'em Wisdom For All Players"!

The Woodworking Shelf

Carved Gifts For All Occasions
James E. Seitz
Linden Publishing
2006 South Mary, Fresno, CA 93721
0941936953, $17.95 1-800-345-4447

"Carved Gifts For All Occasions: 100 Simple Projects For The Woodcarver" by James E. Seitz (founding president of the Shelby Woodcarvers Guild and author of several previous woodworking books) is an impressive compendium of woodcarving projects that range from walking sticks, bowls, and pencil holders to earrings, bracelets, and brooches. There are woodcarving ideas appropriate for specific holidays and special events, as well as 'anytime' gift giving to family and friends. Each individual project is illustrated with photography and accompanied by detailed, step-by-step, do-it-yourself instructions so complete and methodical that even the most novice carvers can succeed, and which even the more experienced woodworker will find inspiring. "Carved Gifts For All Occasions" is a welcome and enthusiastically recommended addition to personal, professional, and highschool woodworking class reference collections.

The Psychology Shelf

Psychological Effects of Catastrophic Disasters
Leon A. Schein, EdD, LCSW,, Editors
Haworth Press
10 Alice Street, Binghamton, NY 13904-1580
0789018411 $89.95

Plenty of shorter titles survey post traumatic stress syndrome's symptoms and provide an overview of the problem; but no competing title offers the depth to college-level health libraries of Psychological Effects of Catastrophic Disasters: Group Approaches to Treatment. Here an international group of authorities join in an exploration of medical treatment, group intervention plans, and more, pairing case histories with suggestions and examples for treatment. Any college-level mental health collection needs this comprehensive handbook.

Lauren Greenfield
Chronicle Books
85 – 2nd Street, San Francisco CA 94105
081185633X $35.00

Photographer Lauren Greenfield has produced other projects capturing youth in color, but THIN is one of her most ambitious projects yet, capturing the faces and results of eating disorders in all ages. The Renfrew Center in Florida serves as the source of her inspiration, with chapter profiling four patients at Renfrew ages 15 to 30, and including some fifteen others. Her interviews with these women supplement their own art and journal entries and provide a strong visual testimony to the unhappiness and power of eating disorders. Any health library, especially those with a few standard texts on the subject, must have this unique visual approach.

Internet Guide to Herbal Remedies
David J. Owen, MA, PhD
Haworth Press
10 Alice Street, Binghamton, NY 13904-1580
0789022311 $9.95

Find reliable online resources for details on herbs used to treat all kinds of ailments with this consumer guide, which goes far beyond listing sites. Included here are tips on what makes for important, qualified medical information and what is suspect – and in an Internet world of bogus medical advice, this is key to successfully searching information. From understanding scientific names of drugs to assessing evidence and studies, Internet Guide to Herbal Remedies is a recommendation for any consumer or health library.

The Skinny
Melissa Clark & Robin Aronson
Meredith Books
1716 Locust Street, DesMoines, IA 50309-3023
0696232421 $22.95

THE SKINNY: HOW TO FIT INTO YOUR LITTLE BLACK DRESS FOREVER seems like every dieter's dream: how to eat what you want and still lose weight – or at least, keep the pounds off. No, it's not another diet – it comes from authors who love to eat – but it does offer a non-diet approach which offers up a different way of eating which helped the authors achieve their goal weights. From over 70 quick, easy recipes to 'dangerous meals' such as brunch and what to skip to skimp on calorie intake, this is packed with tips the diet-challenged reader can live with, and is a 'must' for any public library lending collection.

The AARP Guide to Pills
Maryanne Hochadel, PharmD, BCPS, Editor in Chief
Sterling Publishing
387 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10016-8110
1402744463 $25.95

Over a thousand prescription and nonprescription medications are included in The AARP Guide to Pills, which has been fully updated with the latest new information covering side effects, drug interactions, and generics. It appears in full color to offer photos of pills along with basics on what a health care professional should know and advice a patient before prescribing. It's the over-50 adult dependent on many of these listed drugs who will gain the most here, finding this a far easier, quicker reference than other books on the market. Libraries catering to the over-50 patron will want it, as will health libraries.

The Personal Care Attendant Guide
Katie Rodriguez Banister
Demos Medical Publishing
386 Park Avenue South Suite 301, New York NY 10016
193260328X $16.95

Many Americans with disabilities need a personal attendant to live independently – but very few titles address how to find a qualified attendant and how to work with one. Katie Banister is herself disabled and also a speaker and advocate: her title pairs forms and worksheets to organize an attendant search with advice on anecdotes for caregivers and disabled alike, pairing personal stories of special challenges with plenty of insights. It's the perfect, unique choice for any who would understand the special needs and challenges involved in working with a personal attendant.

How to Talk to Your Doctor: Getting the Answers and Care You Need
Patricia A. Agnew
Quill Driver Books
1254 Commerce Avenue, Sanger, CA 93657
1884956548 $12.95

If you've ever felt hurried and dissatisfied in dealing with your too-busy doctor but don't know what else to do, then How to Talk to Your Doctor: Getting the Answers and Care You Need is for you: it tells how to get the information needed from a doctor to make informed medical decisions, from understanding prescriptions and tests to assessing the value and necessity of procedures. From using the Internet to gather information to making special needs known, How to Talk to Your Doctor is the perfect consumer's advocate in book form, and general-interest libraries should find it a popular pick.

Diabetes Meal Planning Made Easy, Third Edition
Hope S. Warshaw, MMSC, RD, CDE, BC-ADM
American Diabetes Association
1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311
1580402518 $14.95

The third updated edition of a classic book on diabetes meal planning is a 'must' in any home diabetic's cookbook collection, as well as for public lending libraries. The best-seller has been completely revised to accommodate new eating and lifestyle habits, offering both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics and pre-diabetics and the newly diagnosed plenty of nutrition information and tips on healthy eating. From understanding portions and label information to menu planning, it holds everything needed to understand and modify a diet.

The Social Issues Shelf

A History of Women's Seclusion in the Middle East
Ann Chamberlin
Haworth Press
10 Alice Street, Binghamton, NY 13904-1580
0789029847 $ 24.95

A History of Women's Seclusion in the Middle East: The Veil in the Looking Glass is a recommended pick for college-level collections strong in both ethnic and women's studies: it offers an interdisciplinary examination of how women throughout the Middle East are and have been secluded, exploring both ideas of oppression and why it may be less oppressive than outsiders think. The historical review of such actions allows readers to consider cultural influences involved in women's isolation.

All Rise
Robert W. Fuller
Berrett-Koehler Publishers
235 Montgomery Street, Suite 650, San Francisco CA 94104-2916
1576753859 $22.95

In the prior SOMEBODIES AND NOBODIES the author identified 'rankism' as a form of workplace abuse: his ALL RISE: SOMEBODIES, NOBODIES AND THE POLITICS OF DIGNITY continues the subject, exploring the personal, professional and social costs of rankism and providing strategies for change. Rankism is a barrier to liberty and justice for all and is as dangerous in society as it is within an organizational structure: ALL RISE argues for a society in which rankism is identified and not tolerated, moving outside the business arena and providing tips both businesses and politicians can appreciate. This becomes, then, a recommended pick for college-level libraries strong in either business or social science.

Please Don't Eat the Animals
Jennifer Horsman & Jaime Flowers
Quill Driver Books
1254 Commerce Way, Sanger, CA 93657
1884956602 $12.95

Please Don't Eat the Animals: All the Reasons You Need to Be a Vegetarian provides an impassioned explanation for the movement toward a planet-based diet in sections addressing issues of health, environment, animal welfare and spirituality alike. Given this four-point argument it's hard to refute the value of a guide which will hold appeal to a wide audience, especially those already following vegetarian path. Public libraries will thus find it a popular lend.

The Color of Empire
Michael L. Krenn
Potomac Books Inc.
22841 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles, VA 20166-2012
157488803X $19.95

THE COLOR OF EMPIRE: RACE AND AMERICAN FOREIGN RELATIONS is a scholarly analysis well suited to college-level collections strong in either ethnic studies or political history: it pinpoints how racism plays a major role in policymaking, using American history as the source for such a contention – right up to modern times. Race has served as a justification for US actions abroad and shaped policies, allowing the government to make decisions and take directions which would have been different in other circumstances. THE COLOR OF EMPIRE is an important key to understanding such choices and no college-level holding on either international studies or social studies should be without it.

50+: Igniting a Revolution to Reinvent America
Bill Novell with Boe Workman
Saint Martin's Press
175 – 5th Avenue, New York NY 10010
0312355246 $24.95

50+ examines the revolution happening among American baby boomers, who are refusing to enter peacefully into retirement but are starting up new careers, super-charging volunteer efforts and directions, and are changing the idea of the aged in this country. Author Bill Novelli is CEO of AARP and in prime position to observe and comment on all this change: 50+: Igniting a Revolution to Reinvent America is a hard-hitting social observation all general-interest lending collections will want.

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Midwest Book Review
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