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Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Musicbook Shelf Computer Shelf
Judaic Studies Shelf Needlecraft Shelf Homeowner's Shelf
Writing/Publishing Shelf Travel Shelf Sports Shelf
Economics Shelf Literary Shelf Photography Shelf
Architecture Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf
Jobs/Careers Shelf Military Shelf International Studies Shelf
Dance Shelf Psychology Shelf Nature Shelf
Science Shelf Aging Issues Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
Biography Shelf Humor Shelf Cookbook Shelf
Art Shelf Business Shelf Social Issues Shelf
Education Shelf Gardening Shelf Environmental Studies Shelf
World History Shelf Theatre/Media Shelf Journalism Shelf
Railroading Shelf Antiques/Collectibles Shelf Audiobook Shelf
Language Studies Shelf Gaming Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf
Metaphysical Studies Shelf Archaeology Shelf Native American Shelf
Buddhist Studies Shelf Graphic Novel Shelf Islamic Studies Shelf
Library Video/DVD Shelf Money/Finance Shelf Christian Studies Shelf
Black Studies Shelf Interior Design Shelf Poetry Shelf

Reviewer's Choice

Retro Romance
Cheryl Homme & Joe Homme
Collectors Press
1888054808 $16.95 1-800-423-1848

Enjoy reading a unique modern-day romance manual with a retro twist bowing to the past in Cheryl and Joe Homme's Retro Romance: Classic Tips For Today's Couple, a survey of chivalry, romance, and laughter. Relationship ins and outs are surveyed in chapters packed with colorful photos and illustrations of yesteryear, commenting on the nature of true romance, a relationship's logical progressions, and the power of travel and the kiss.

Studs Terkel
The New Press
38 Greene Street, New York NY 10013
1565843428 $16.95 1-800-233-4830

Labor history students will easily recall Studs Terkel's Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day And How They Feel About What They Do to be a landmark charting the dreams and experiences of ordinary working folk: add a new foreword by Adam Cohen of the New York Times to Terkel's classic and you return an important reference to modern times, with over a hundred interviews with working folk as relevant today as when it was first done.

Dover Publications
31 E. 2nd St., Mineola, NY 11501

Three classic titles should be on the shelves of any in-depth history collection whether it be high school or college library or public library holdings. Israel Abrahams' Jewish Life In The Middle Ages (0486437582, $18.95) reprints an original 1896 edition which provides a sweeping view of the Jewish historical experience. Jewish Life In The Middle Ages begins in the late 10th century and concludes in the early 1500s, providing a range of topics from community and religious organization to social conditions and Jewish customs. Sarah Bradford's Harriet Tubman: The Moses Of Her People (048-6438589, $5.95) provides a simple account of the life of underground railroad 'conductor' Harriet Tubman, republishing the second 1886 edition of a slim but pointed survey of Tubman's life and achievements. Georges Sorel's Reflections On Violence (0486437078, $14.95) returns a 1950 treatise to life, presenting French socialist Georges Sorel with an original theory on the evolution of violence and the role of myth in history. Sorel was a civil servant who believed only class war could create lasting social change: Reflections On Violence provides an intriguing argument.

Every Farm Tells A Story
Jerry Apps
Voyageur Press
123 N. 2nd St., Stillwater MN 55082-5002
0896585107 $16.95 1-800-888-9653

Farm values and management can offer many lessons, especially when told through humor, as Jerry Apps demonstrates in Every Farm Tells A Story; A Tale Of Family Farm Values. Tucked into an inviting chronicle of changes in farming over the decades and resulting changes in values and methods, readers receive a fine blend of business savvy, history, and humor lending to light, easy reading.

Gibbs Smith
PO Box 667, Layton, UT 84041

Two excellent builder's guides cover architectural and building concerns, providing homeowners with technical insights and many applications to smaller projects. Jo Scheer's How To Build With Bamboo: 19 Projects You Can Do At Home (158-6852205, $15.95) demonstrates a surprising range of applications for bamboo, from building a porch swing of large-sized bamboo to a bed frame, reading lamp, stand, and more. Projects range from very simple beginner's to advanced construction, leading bamboo users through the techniques essential to working with the wood. An excellent idea guide. Architects and homeowners alike will relish Catherine Croft's Concrete Architecture (1586-854607, $45.00): Croft has contributed to numerous publications and is a director of The 20th Century Society: her examination of concrete as a material addresses construction as well as artistic challenges, with chapters addressing recent architectural projects based on concrete designs and usage. Descriptions survey the type of concrete used and the process of construction and design.

Mystery Of The Nile
Richard Bangs & Pasquale Scaturro
G.P. Putnam's Sons
375 Hudson Street, New York NY 10014
0399152628 $25.95 1-800-847-5515

Richard Bangs is an award-winning outdoor travel writer and adventurer, Pasquale Scaturro is a geophysicist who loves adventure. The two team up to provide the lively Mystery Of The Nile: The Epic Story Of The First Descent Of The World's Deadliest River. A blend of adventure story, travelogue, and history, Mystery Of The Nile provides a survey of Nile regional history and culture in the process of detailing the two-man expedition on inflatable raft from its mouth into the Mediterranean Sea near Egypt 114 days later. While the blend of memoir, history, and travelogue may prove difficult to neatly categorize, any with an affection for all of the above will relish the unusual saga.

The Botanist And The Vintner
Christy Campbell
Algonquin Books
709 Broadway, New York NY 10003
156512460X $24.95 1-800-722-7202

If you like botanical history as much as wine and want a healthy dose of each, don't miss British journalist Christy Campbell's investigation The Botanist And The Vintner: How Wine Was Saved For The World. When grapevines in France began to die mysteriously in the mid 1860s, botanist Jules-Emile Planchon investigated and discovered the damaging aphids which threatened to destroy the world's wine growing regions. The industry was on the brink of disaster when the French government offered a prize for a remedy - leading Planchon to devote a decade of research to resolving the infestation. A fascinating history evolves.

The Last Great Adventure Of Sir Peter Blake
Alan Sefton, Editor
Sheridan House
145 Palisade St., Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
1574091905 $39.95 1-888-743-7425

Sir Peter Blake's own logbooks of his great expedition from the Antarctic to the Amazon are edited by Alan Sefton, embellished with gorgeous full-page color photos, and arranged in a presentation which lends to coffee table embellishment and armchair travel adventure reading alike. Alan Sefton was a colleague and close friend of Sir Peter Blake: images come from the ship's photographers and from paintings by those aboard the Seamaster for part of the Amazon journey, and provide a gorgeous set of contrasts between the frigid but beautiful Antarctic and the hot Amazon.

88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881

These outstanding new titles will appeal to very specific high school and college collection goals, providing unusual histories and lively subjects for debate. Chester G. Hearn's Circuits In The Sea: The Men, The Ships, And The Atlantic Cable (02-75982319, $39.95) relates the technological and cooperative efforts of two nations that joined forces to create the first transatlantic communication cable. From the efforts of wealthy new Yorkers who formed the first Atlantic cable-laying company to the participation of England's best, chapters detail failures, enmity, cooperation and 11 years of hard effort. Chester Hearn is a retired industry vice president: Circuits In The Sea is a unique history joining many other of his titles. Lawson Boling's Shapers Of The Great Debate On The Great Society (A Biographical Dictionary) (0313314349, $75.00) provides an A-Z bibliographic reference to survey the history of President Lyndon Johnson's vision of the Great Society, a master plan to use the national government's powers to create a better society. Debates about the concept dealt with all aspects of society from federal aid and health care to the increasing powers of the federal government. In present chapters based on individual biography, history and personal achievement join to provide a fine survey of key players, from Strom Thurmond and Martin Luther King Jr. to William Buckley Jr. Deborah A. Fraioli's Joan Of Arc And The Hundred Years War (0313324-581, $45.00) joins others in Greenwood's 'Guides to Historic Events of the Medieval World' series, this using a narrowed focus on Joan of Arc to provide essays covering the extent of the complex war surrounding her. Chapter survey contrasting views of the war, from Joan's to others' viewpoints, provide nineteen biographical sketches of key French and English figures, and uses source materials to survey the major social, political and religious issues of her times.

Hiding The Elephant
Jim Steinmeyer
Carroll & Graf
245 W. 17th St., 11th Fl, NY, NY 10011
0786714018 $14.00 1-800-788-3123

Any reader intrigued by accounts of magic will relish the story of the development of magic and magicians in Hiding The Elephant: How Magicians Invented The Impossible And Learned To Disappear. The life stories of successful and legendary magicians serve as a foundation for secrets and stories of basic magician techniques, from floating ghosts and disembodied heads to vanishing elephants. Hiding The Elephant may diffuse some of the mystery, but it succeeds in embellishing the magic of early illusionists who created a genre of entertainment.

Martha Baer,
10 E. 53rd Street, NY, NY 10022-5299
0060577150 $24.95 1-800-242-7737

It's difficult to easily peg the appropriate place for Safe: The Race To Protect Ourselves In A Newly Dangerous World. It is equally important to health libraries, political and social science collections, and surveys of terrorism. It's the first to explore the work being done around the world in areas of security and defense, and the mechanisms which might thwart efforts to increase safety in the world. Safe covers all the high-level risks and efforts to protect the public in a post-911 world.

The Atlantis Encyclopedia
Frank Joseph
New Page Books
PO Box 687, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
1564147959 $19.99 1-800-227-3371

There are over two thousand books and articles published about Atlantis: so why the need for yet another? Unlike others on the topic, The Atlantis Encyclopedia offers less speculation and more emphasis on known facts gathered from geology, astronomy and other scientific disciplines. Ongoing research, international travel, and on-site explorations by the author gather the facts past and present, gathering plenty of evidence to point to the conclusion that Atlantis at least existed.

Wisconsin Where They Row
Bradley F. Taylor
University of Wisconsin Press
1930 Monroe Street, Third Floor, Madison, WI 53711-2059
0299205304 $40.00 1-800-621-2736

Wisconsin Where They Row: A History Of Varsity Rowing At The University Of Wisconsin by Bradley F. Taylor is an informed and informative history of the University of Wisconsin's intercollegiate sport of rowing that began in 1892 with their first non-intramural race and continued to a 113-year tradition. Wisconsin Where They Row fully captures the very spirit and richness of the Badger crews while recounting milestones in Wisconsin's rowing tradition, from their financial troubles and six-year suspension for health reasons, to their participation in the early intercollegiate regattas on the Hudson River, to the establishment of the women's team in 1972. Replete with anecdotes, vintage photos, and historical "infobits" (there has been a Badger on each Olympic crew team since 1968), Wisconsin Where They Row is "must" reading for Wisconsin history buffs, Wisconsin alums, and collegiate rowing fans.

My Mother Kept A Scrapbook
Gerhard Johnson and Kathleen Marie Marsh
Otter Run Books
16965 Nicolet Rd, Townsend, WI 54130
0976079615 $9.95

When he was captured in Italy in January of 1944, U.S. army Private Gerhard Johnson didn't expect to ever see his Wisconsin family again as he endured 15 months of hell as a P.O.W. Denied even the most basic human needs of food, water, shelter, sanitation, and medical care, Johnson was determined to make it back home to marry the woman he loved. During captivity he lost nearly half of his body weight but still managed to survive while back home in Wisconsin his mother wrote letters, sent Red Cross packages, and filled a scrapbook in an amazing effort to keep her absent son "alive" as long as she possible could. Very highly recommended reading and a welcome contribution to the growing library of World War II memoirs, My Mother Kept A Scrapbook: The True Story Of A WWII POW is Gerhard Jonson's personal and dramatic story, preserved for present and future generations with the help of Kathleen Marie Marsh.

The Musicbook Shelf

Greenwood Publishing Group
PO Box 5007, Westport, CT 06881-5007

Greenwood's excellent college-level music references are highly recommended picks for specialty collections, covering a range of topics with plenty of insights and reference details suitable for research papers. David L. Morton Jr.'s Sound Recording: The Life Story Of A Technology (0313330905, $45.00) tells the story of objects and technologies important to the evolution of the recorded music industry over the years. From 8-tracks up to CDs and beyond, this traces the history of a business boom which began with Edison's invention and continues to this day, in the process revealing intriguing glimpses of inventions which never quite made it. Lawrence McClellan Jr.'s The Later Swing Era: 1942-1955 (0313301573, $75.00) provides an in-depth and wide-ranging reference to Swing musicians from World War II and beyond. Organized by genre for easy access, from vocalists to big band leaders, The Later Swing Era, 1942-55 includes both musical and cultural background details essential to understanding how the music evolved and changed. Even more in-depth and detailed is the extensive two-volume reference set by Todd S. Jenkins Jazz And Free Improvisation (0313333130 & 0313333149, $175.00/SET). Jenkins' A-Z reference provides an encyclopedia of key figures, groups, and movements within the jazz world, charting a trend which began in the mid-1950s and ran parallel to America's civil rights movement. A specialty item highly recommended for in-depth college-level jazz holdings. Also specialized is Steven H. Cornelius' Music Of The Civil War Era (0313320812, $55.00), examining the different styles of music which have played important roles in American history. Music Of The Civil War Era is one of the first volumes in a projected series American History Through Music: it includes a bibliography, endnotes, and a fine subject index researchers will applaud.

Bono & Michka Assayas
Riverhead Books
375 Hudson St., NY, NY 10014-3657
1573223093 $23.95 1-800-847-5515

Michka Assayas spent 8 days with Bono, of rock group U2 fame, in discussion over such varied topics as world affairs, politics, and social issues: the result adds an extra dimension of depth and personality to Bono: In Conversation With Michka Assayas, which provides a series of discussions with his friend. Assayas examines all facets of Bono's life, from his personal beliefs to his musical experiences as frontman of U2. Bono: In Conversation is a recommended pick for any who would understand their favorite musician's life and perspectives.

The Computer Shelf

Spring In Action
Craig Walls & Ryan Breidenbach
Manning Publications Company
209 Bruce Park Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830
1932394354 $44.95

Spring is a remarkable, powerful, and lightweight J2EE framework that does not require the use of EJBs, but rather applies a design principle called Inversion of Control. Spring In Action is a handbook for Java developers, especially enterprise developers, that delineates how to best take advantage of Spring's properties and integrate it with other web frameworks. From a "jump start" crash course in how to use Spring, to wiring beans, creating aspects, hitting the database, managing transactions, remoting, accessing enterprise services, building the web layer, securing Spring applications and much more, Spring In Action covers all the bases with extensive examples and explicit instructions. Spring In Action is recommended as a superbly organized and fluently written instruction and reference manual.

The Book Of Postfix
Ralf Hildebrandt & Patrick Koetter
No Starch Press
555 De Haro Street, #250, San Francisco, CA 94107
1593270011 $44.95

The Book Of Postfix: State-of-the-Art Message Transport is a straightforward manual to administering and managing Postfix, the modern, open source email server developed by IBM engineer Wietse Venema. Chapters describe in clear terms exactly how to get the most out of Postfix, from filtering spam and viruses to integrating with Open LDAP, MySQL, or PostgreSQL, how to authenticate users, how to automate daily tasks, restricting mail transport based on blacklists, network origin, or mail client, and much more. Written in clear prose with numerous examples and sample code, by a pair of active and well-known Postfix professionals who regularly speak about Postfix at industry conferences, The Book Of Postfix is an essential reference for anyone determined to build or maintain a reliable and secure mailserver with this well-known software application.

C# And Game Programming
Salvatore A. Buono
A K Peters, Ltd.
888 Worcester Street, Suite 230, Wellesley, MA 02482
1568812361 $49.00

Now in an updated second edition supporting DirectX 9.0, with revised programs, examples, and improved frame rate for game examples, C# And Game Programming: A Beginner's Guide is a hands-on self-teaching guide for learning the C# language via classic arcade game applications. An excellent resource and instructional took for the complete novice, C# And Game Programming covers basic branches, loops, and functions, arrays, pointers, and strings, object-oriented design, and more. The accompanying CD-ROM includes complete source code for games such as Battle Tennis, Asteroid Miner, Rat Racer, Space Fighter and Ground Assault. Though the examples and focus is on games and gaming applications, C# And Game Programming is a useful all-around resource for anyone looking to get off the ground and start learning what C# can really do.

Sams Teach Yourself Digital Video And DVD Authoring All In One
Jeff Sengstack
Sams Publishing
801 East 96h Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0672326892 $34.99 1-800-428-5331

In Sams Teach Yourself Digital Video And DVD Authoring All In One, digital video and DVD expert Jeff Sengstack shows precisely how to how to capture memories with this cutting edge recording technology. Sengstack takes the reader step-by-step, from selecting the best equipment, to shooting great video, to authoring one's own DVDs. A complete, comprehensive, and enthusiastically recommended course of instruction, Sams Teach Yourself Digital Video And DVD Authoring All In One covers multiple products and technologies, so whether using Movie Maker 2, Studio 9, Premiere Elements, Sonic's MyDVD or DVDit!, even the most novice reader will benefit from the accessible lessons comprised in this easy-to-understand, easy to work from 800-page instruction manual. Learn techniques for taking all kinds of videos with a digital video camera, loading them onto the computer and then trimming, splicing and adding special effects using video editing software. The result will be professional-quality DVDs that will keep memories, special projects and documentaries safe for a lifetime.

505 Weirdest Online Stores
Dan Crowley
1935 Brookdale Rd. #139, Naperville, IL 60563
1402203772 $9.95

Want to locate the Internet's strangest stores? Jut turn to Dan Crowley's 505 Weirdest Online Stores: 505 Things You Never Knew You Could Buy Online. From a DVD of teddy bear violence to a Kilt Store and an International Banana Club and Museum, here are some of the zaniest sites you'll ever see, online or off. Web addresses and a synopsis of offerings and oddities make for lively leisure browsing even for avid computer browsers.

Syngress Publishing
800 Hingham St., Rockland, MA 02370

Two excellent new guides for administrators, programmers and advanced computer users are recommended picks for any concerned about security. Michael Rash, Angela Orebaugh's Instruction Prevention And Active Response: Deplaying Network And Host IPS (093226647X, $49.95) discusses effective Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) products which work in the real world. It's important that businesses get up to speed fast in this area: an IPS can modify data, intercept communications, and can be used to deploy host attack prevention systems. Learn about all major instruction prevention and response systems, from Snort Inline to PSAD, with a technical guide which compares systems and operations, discusses intrusion prevention, and surveys the pros and cons of the technology. Advanced network administrators will find this useful as well as Ted fair,'s Cyber Spying: Tracking Your Family's (Sometimes) Secret Online Lives (1931836418, $39.95). This isn't just a casual survey of computer investigation systems: chapters include which pertinent questions as the underlying relationship effects of spying, understanding what kids really are saying online, and how to set goals, layout strategies, and install free spying applications. An important guide for employers, spouses, parents - any who would obtain a greater grasp on what other parties are doing on their computer systems.

1005 Gravenstein Hwy N., Sebastapol, CA 95472

Windows XP Annoyances For Geeks by David A. Karp (0596008767, $34.95) reveals that there actually are many - annoyances, that is - and shows how to turn an annoyance into an advantage. From handling SP2's new firewall which can conflict with setting up a wireless network and sharing network Internet connections to understanding how Service Pack 2's new features work and patching the rest of its flaws, Windows XP Annoyances For Geeks doesn't it point them out - it tells how to fix 'em. Computer experts Tom Stafford and Matt Webb's Mind Hacks (0596007795, $24.95) provides tips on how to use your attention, senses and reasoning to solve daily problems. While not a computer title per say, it does come from a computer publisher, and it does provide tips on how to effectively learn and understand integrated consciousness operations. Eric Freeman & Elisabeth Freeman work with Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates on Head First Design Patterns (0596007124, $44.95), a lesson plan given by those who've been there and understand which patterns work and how to apply them to designs. Using neurobiology ideas, Head First Design Patterns provides a format which allows the brain to more readily absorb solutions, providing details on writing effective code, understanding adapter patterns and composites, and more. A 'Bible' of detail intermediate designers will appreciate as refreshingly different from the usual pattern design technical guide.

Adobe Press/Peachpit Press
1249 - 8th, Berkeley, CA 94710

What's to know about Adobe Reader? It seems to function automatically, opening as needed and reading effortlessly - but just because it's free, doesn't mean it's a singular tool. Author Ted Padova is a leading authority on Adobe and the PDF format: his Adobe Reader 7 Revealed: Working Effectively With Acrobat PDF Files (0321305310 $24.99) covers much more than you'd think; from the basics of adding comments and markups to Adobe files to opening PDF attachments, using Picture tasks to create slide shows, and much more. Chapters use screen shot examples, question and answer formats, and clear explanations to answer all user questions about how Adobe operates, making Adobe Reader 7 Revealed an essential reference for any regular Adobe user. You may think Adobe would be thoroughly covered, but Donna L. Baker's Adobe Acrobat 7 In The Office (0321321820, $35.00) takes a different, office-oriented approach to boosting Adobe's use in the typical office setting. From building interactions between PDF documents and a web site to searching PDF files for correspondence and using Acrobat's security tools to protect sensitive information, Adobe Acrobat 7 In The Office should be a stable of any serious working office.

CCNA Command Quick Reference
Scott Empson
Cisco Press
800 East 96th St., Indianapolis, IN 46240
1587131595 $19.95

Engineers and programmers seeking a quick reference to Cisco IOS Software commands and options now have something more practical use than weighty manuals. CCNA Command Quick Reference is a slim, detail-packed command reference organized in the order of modules in the four CCNA Networking Academy courses: networking, routers, switching, and WAN technologies. Use this as a memory assister and supplementary guide: whether you're a student taking Cisco's Networking Academy Program or an engineer using the system, it's a fine command reference.

Charles River Media
10 Downer Ave., Hingham, MA 02043

If you're a technical progammer working in the GNU/Linux environments, M. Tim Jones's GNU/Linux Application Programming (1584503718 $49.95) is for you: he teachers intermediate developers how to program effectively in these environments using APIs, tools, and scripting, and his own background as a software engineer lends to technical chapters introducing programmers to all aspects, from the device drivers and user layers to advanced operating system functions. Shells, shared memory programming, and more are included, with a companion CD-ROM with code examples reinforcing all the API figures in the book. Riccard Linde's Game Art: Creation, Direction, And Careers (1584503955, $49.95) is written with 3D artists in mind, particularly those seeking to translate their art to games. An artist's rare perspective of the game industry is revealed, with chapters linking the artistic process to game potentials, covering methods for improving artistic skills through studying and reading reference images, and providing insights on specific game techniques from mipmaps and fill rates to lighting per-pixel. Gamers and artists alike will find a foundation they can build upon with the unusual artistic focus of Game Art. Follow up this basic introduction and review with Kim Pallister's Game Programming Gems 5 (1584503521, $69.95): a more technical computer-oriented survey of the development challenges facing modern game programmers. Also holding a cumulative index for all five volumes, Game Programming Gems 5 reviews the math, physics, artificial intelligence, graphics, and audio techniques needed to produce realistic settings, motions and movements, and fast action. Recommended for the experienced game programmer who wants to move into more advanced gaming realms. Also for the experienced game developer is Thor Alexander's collection Massively Multiplayer Game Development 2 (1584503904, $49.95): a weighty survey of MMP technology written to address the various challenges faced by the entire MMP team, not just the programmer. Fom basic MMP design techniques in building virtual worlds and creating online games to engineering and production challenges, various contributors provide their expertise and experience, providing an array of technical tips programmers, designer and producers alike can readily use.

Prentice Hall Press
One Lake Street, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458

If you do your best work in the garage, especially if the computer's out there, you should consider Prentice's new 'Garage' series, designed for hackers and quasi-experts who would fine tune systems and stretch the desktop's potential. Susan Matteson's Linux Desktop Garage (0131-494198, $29.99) shows how to find-tune Linux's extensive operating system, from finding tools to rip cds and de-spam email to editing digital photos and understanding device locations. Author Matteson is a user and expert who demystified the Linux system and outlines its fun applications. Ditto Chris Hofmann, Marcia Knous and John Hedtke's expertise in co-authoring Foxfire & Thunderbird Garage (013187-0041, $24.99), a guide to mastering the free offerings of Foxfire and Thunderbird. These programs are reviewed by the three creators themselves, here: nobody's in a better position to cover all the potentials of the Mozilal Project's 'children'.

The Judaic Studies Shelf

We Jews
Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
Jossey-Bass, Inc.
989 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103
0787979155 $24.95 1-800-225-5945

Teacher, scientist, mystic, and the author of more than sixty books, Rabbi Steinsaltz is justifiably regarded as one of the great rabbis of this generation and is perhaps best known for his monumental translation and commentary on the Talmud. His latest work, We Jews: Who Are We And What Should We Do? deftly explores important and contemporary issues concerning Jewish identity and community. Addressing the question of Jews being a nation or a religion, stereotypes of Jews, dealing with the forces of an often hostile secular culture, the phenomena of intermarriage and the loss of tradition, the longings and aspirations of Jewish men and women today, We Jews is informed and thoughtful reading which is completely accessible to the nonspecialist general reader with an interest in Judaism and the Jewish community .

URJ Press
633 - 3rd Avenue, NY, NY 10017-6778

URJ Press's modern Jewish theological examinations are recommended picks for any in-depth Jewish collection: each book offers something different, from interpretation of theologies and songs to teaching music. For an overall reader on modern Jewish theologies, choose Rifat Sonsino's The Many Faces Of God: A Reader Of Modern Jewish Theologies (0807408549, $15.95): familiarity with Sonsino's prior Finding God will lend an appreciation and background to this sequel, which offers a blend of biographical insights on each thinker as well as an overview of approaches and a representative selection of texts and writings reflecting beliefs. Martin Buber, Harold Kushner, and others are brought together in a lively anthology edited by a Rabbit Emeritus and teacher. Leonard S. Kravitz and Kerry M. Olitzky's Shir Hashirim: A Modern Commentary On The Song Of Songs (0807409864, $14.95) provides a satisfying new Biblical translation of the Song of Songs in the Bible. Biblical scholars will appreciate this new translation of the Hebrew text, with each Hebrew verse paired with its corresponding English translation for maximum detail and comparison. Volume 1 of Nigun Anthology includes a cd with 56 songs and a foreword by Judah Cohen as it provides a strong anthology of Jewish melodies suitable for use as a songbook. This is the first comprehensive anthology of inspirational nigun melodies published, blending over fifty new and old nigunim and pairing words with arrangements for piano, voice and guitar. A specialty item recommended for Jewish musical libraries.

JPS The Americanization Of Jewish Culture 1888-1988
Jonathan D. Sarna
Jewish Publication Society
2100 Arch Street, 2nd floor, Philadelphia PA 19103-1399
0827603185 $34.95 1-800-234-3151

JPS The Americanization Of Jewish Culture 1888-1988 is a comprehensive history of The Jewish Publication Society and its mission to become America's foremost publisher of Jewish books in English. From the efforts JPS's founders, a group of genttel Philadelphia philanthropists, to the story of how a tragic love affair with a JPS author was the turning point for Henrietta Szold to become a founder of Hadassah and Youth Aliyah, to a close scrutiny of the deliberations and behind-the-scenes work that went into the JPS Bible translations of 1917 and 1985, which have been since deemed acceptable to all major branches of Judaism. Part reflection, part manifesto, part record and part testimony to an ongoing dream, JPS The Americanization Of Jewish Culture 1888-1988 is a welcome addition to judaic studies and literature reference shelves.

Judaism, Physics And God
Rabbi David W. Nelson
Jewish Lights Publishing
PO Box 237, Woodstock, VT 05091
1580232523 $24.99 1-800-962-4544

Judaism, Physics And God: Searching For Sacred Metaphors In A Post-Ein-stein World strives to answer the question, "If we can't see it or prove it, how can we believe it?" Leading the reader on a journey through both the ideas of modern physics and the ancient teachings of rabbinic text, Judaism, Physics and God stresses that faith and scientific insight do not need to be mutually exclusive. Chapters explore cosmology and creation, quantum mechanics, Albert Enstein's theories of special relativity, general relativity and Jewish meaning, string theory, and integrating new metaphors and scientific awareness into traditional Jewish life. As meticulous in its research of sacred Judaic texts and philosophy as it is of modern physics, yet presented to be as accessible as possible to the lay reader striving to better understand complex concepts, Judaism, Physics And God is a welcome addition to religious debate and studies shelves. Highly recommended.

The Ransom Of The Jews
Radu Ioanid
Ivan R. Dee
1332 N. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60622
1566635624 $26.00 1-800-462-6420

Radu Ioanid and his mother were among the Jews ransomed by Israel from Ceaucescu's Romania, and in The Ransom Of The Jews: The Story Of Extraordinary Secret Bargain Between Romania And Israel, he sets to rest the various myths and rumors about a policy which strangely enough resulted in the author's freedom. The author's investigation into the mysteries surrounding the ransom produces an extraordinary story which is a welcome contribution to the growing library of 20th Century Judaic History.

The Needlecraft Shelf

Simple Soft Furnishings
Katrin Cargill
Firefly Books Ltd.
4 Daybreak Lane, Westport, CT 06880
155407018X $24.95 1-800-387-5085

Sewing projects can transform a home, especially with Katrin Cargill's Simple Soft Furnishings: 50 Stylish Home Sewing Projects To Transform Your Home in hand, which provides 50 projects ranging from cushions to fine curtains and table linens. Five key areas of the home where soft furnishings apply are reviewed in the course of project tips, which include how to avoid common problems. Materials list, color photos, and step-by-step instructions make Simple Soft Furnishings particularly accessible to beginners.

Special Knits
Debbie Bliss
Trafalgar Square
PO Box 257, Howe Hill Road, North Pomfret, VT 05053
157076302X $25.00 1-800-423-4525

Hand knitters who want to produce classics for babies and toddlers will find Special Knits by knitting expert Debbie Bliss to be an outstanding collection by a someone who has over a dozen books on children's knitwear to her name. All types of designs, from pullovers and caps to wraps, clover classic styles and include patterns appropriate for all levels of knitter. Lovely color photos of kids wearing the finished products provide inspiration and illustration.

Anne Bartlett
Houghton Mifflin
222 Berkeley St., Boston MA 92116
0618499261 $23.00 1-800-225-3362

Admittedly, Knitting is a novel and could be reviewed under our 'Fiction' section - but it's featured here for its specialized background and potential interest to knitting enthusiasts. Two talented knitters are polar opposites in other ways: widow and teacher Sandra is still adjusting to life without Jack when she meets a fellow knitter who appears to have adjusted well to her own grief. The two form an uncertain friendship when an exhibition of knitting involves them, with some unusual revelations evolving from a professional interest. Plenty of knitting insights and references throughout make Knitting an intriguing novel -- especially for needlecraft enthusiasts!

XRX Books Inc.
Box 1525, Sioux Falls, SD 57101-1525

Five excellent sewing guides from XRX Books offer a range of projects and applications not to be found in competing titles. Take Bags: A Knitter's Dozen (1893762-203, $15.95): gorgeous photos by Alexis Xenakis provide colorful visual embellishment to projects which are zippy and original in design and colors. Knitted backpacks, totes and handbags are intriguing and patterns and variations for each will appeal to any with basic knitting skills. Those with such skills will also relish the 'Best of Knitter's' title Arans & Celtics (189376205X, $19.95): from crossing cables and producing refined Aran styles to producing a Celtic pullover. Each project receives a full-page color photo of a model wearing the finished result, patterns, step-by-step instructions and more. Narrow the focus even more with Ethnic Socks & Stockings: A Compendium Of Eastern Design & Technique by Priscilla A. Gibson-Roberts (0964639106, $28.95): lovely designs from Bulgarian floral motifs to Turkish stockings which look almost like miniature rugs make for intriguing projects out of the ordinary in appearance and presentation. As colorful socks are a fad at the moment, Ethnic Socks & Stockings promises to be of even more interest. Madelyn van der Hoogt edits The Best Of Weaver's: Fabrics That Go Bump (1783762-114, $28.95): third in the 'best of weaver's' series, and packed with articles and tips from the magazine. Unusual textures are the focus of The Best Of Weaver's: Fabrics That Go Bump: design and weaving theory for all weave structures which defy the usual flat fabric will especially appeal to experienced fabric crafters who have textured fabrics they wish to use for projects. From waffle dishtowels, to honeycomb pouches, to pleated scarves, The Best Of Weaver's: Fabrics That Go Bump is packed with ideas. Meg Swansen gathers A Gathering Of Lace (18937-62246, $29.95), a collection of both traditional and modern lace knitting patterns for sweater, vests, gloves, socks and more. Each comes with a pattern, close-up shots of the lace-like kni, and model wearing the knit, with shots of both front and back. From unusual feather and spiral shawl lace patterns to Shetland, Mediterranean and Bridal Knots, A Gathering Of Lace is packed with gorgeous ideas. Ginger Luters' Module Magic: Creative Projects To Knit One Block At A Time (1893762165, $19.95) shows how to use knitted squares or triangle pieces to produce finished projects. The 'one block at a time' approach is perfect for a range of sweaters, pillows, and many other projects: projects include photos of finished results, patterns, and tips on piecing together swatches and triangles for a range of results. Ponchos & Wraps: A Baker's Dozen (1933064013, $15.95) presents a wide range of poncho styles for knitters, displaying both finished products on models and the close-ups of pattern charts which lend to their creation. Add step-by-step instructions to the variety mix and you have a knitter's treasure trove of poncho ideas.

Quilted Bags In A Weekend
Ellen Kharade
Creative Arts & Crafts
24 Park Way, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
1580112420 $19.95

Quilted Bags In A Weekend: 25 Purses, Totes, And Bags That You Can Make In No Time by needlecraft expert Ellen Kharade is enhanced with more than 250 color photographs, illustrations, and templates showcasing charming, contemporary designs that can be created by even the most novice needlecraft. Replete with practical "how to" advice with respect to crating stylish shoppers, purses, totes, and evening bags from old scraps and leftover pieces of fabric, each individual project is provided with clear, step-by-step artworks and a techniques section with start-to-finish expert instruction. From a floral beach tote, to a ribbon-motif flannel satchel, to a leaf-print evening bag, there is a wealth of imaginative creativity in Quilted Bags In A Weekend!

Creative Decorating With Ribbons
Mary Jo Hiney, et al.
Sterling Publishing Company
387 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016-8810
1402713541 $24.95 1-800-805-5489

The collaborative work of renowned needlecrafters Mary Jo Hiney, Marinda Stewart, Katheryn Tidwell Foutz, and Vanessa-Ann, Creative Decorating With Ribbons showcases fifty-four superbly presented ribbon projects. Using a simple-to-learn, classic needlecraft art to add color and style to special household objects and gifts, readers will be able to create a Linen Pillow, Mini Chair, Lace Shoes, Sachet, Brocade Lamp, Lily Wreath, Romance & Love Pillow, Angel Wreath, Floral Purse, and dozens of other simply beautiful ribbon projects. Each of these projects offers fully illustrated, "user friendly" instructions on using basic embroidery stitches and ribbon-work techniques. Creative Decorating With Ribbons is the perfect addition for a well rounded personal or community library Needlecraft collection.

Passing On The Comfort
Lynn Kaplanian-Buller and An Keuning-Tichelaar
Good Books
PO Box 419, Intercourse, PA 17534-0419
1561484822 $14.95 1-800-762-7171

Nazi occupied Holland found An risking her life caring for war-time refugees, including hiding a Jewish baby in her hand-luggage when on a ferry that draws gunfire -- distracting a German guard at a bridge so a fugitive without a pass can be bicycled across; and at one time stuffing documents under a body lying in state in a room in her home when German soldiers suddenly launch a raid. During those years of occupation, there were groups of women across North America meeting in sewing circles to make quilts for devastated families throughout Europe, doing what they could to provide comfort and courage during an horrific war. Twenty years later Lynn comes to Amsterdam, discovering that the quilts her grandmother, her aunts, and other older women in her childhood church had made for war ravaged families in Holland still survived and warmly regarded. Lynn goes searching for the owners of 19 of these work-worn these quilts and their individual stories. This is how she encounters An with whom she collaborates to tell these stories enhanced with war time photos revealing these quilts to be more than just needlecraft treasures from a desperate yesteryear, but enduring testaments that will inspire today's needlecrafters not to turn away from helping others with the fruits of their own handmade labors. Passing On The Comfort: The War, The Quilts, And The Women Who Made A Difference should be read by every needlecrafter in every generation.

Taunton Press
PO Box 5506, Newtown, CT 06470-5506

Sewers will welcome two excellent basic guides which should become standard references. Stephanie Valley's Embellishments A To Z (1561583073, $19.95) covers applique, stitchery, fringing, devore, ribbons and more: virtually any kind of embellishment technique needed to accent a sewing project. Each technique receives an explanation, supplies list, photos and step-by-step, clear directions to provide explanations on usage and how to create. Sandr Betzina's Fast Fit: Easy Pattern Alterations For Every Figure (1561584-940, $24.95) is even more useful: it's simply a 'must' for any sewer who works with clothing, simplifying the process of pattern fitting and alterations for all bodies. Problems and fast fit solutions provide step-by-step tips, fitting fact sidebars, and solutions for everything from large upper arms and twisted sleeves to rounded bodies and princess seams.

Martingale Company
20205 - 144th Ave. NE, Woodinville, WA 98072-8478

The difference between Linden Eard and Beryl Hiatt's Handknit Style: Contemporary Sweaters From Tricoter (1564775801 $34.95) and competing titles lies in its focus on spectacular yarns and the Tricoter style. Sixteen patterns in this style focus on color work and added features from ruffled cuffs to fringes, ribbing, and styles such as the kimono which can translate to other fashions. From sizing and material options to fold-out pages of patterns, Handknit Style is packed with lovely contemporary style options. Sandy Bonsib's Tried And True: New Quilts From Favorite Blocks (1564776026, $23.95) uses basic blocks and easy sewing to turn familiar designs into something special. Ten quilt projects use easily-made, familiar blocks as foundation patterns for new ideas. Beginning knitters will love Luise Roberts and Kate Haxell's First Knits: Projects For Beginning Knitters (1564775607, $24.95): it's packed with techniques which take beginners from the first loop to a finished project, using illustrated project 'workshops' as a basis for demonstrating techniques and their knitting applications. The close-up color step-by-step photos of knitting moves in action allow beginners an easy format to follow: while lie-flat binding may have helped the process, First Knits is still an exceptional recommendation.

The Homeowner's Shelf

Living Homes
Thomas J. Elpel
HOPS Press
12 Quartz Street, Pony, MT 59747
1892784181 $30.00

Most would-be home builders believe a dream house would cost a fortune to construct from scratch: that isn't true, maintains author Elpel, who built his dream house with his wife. The planning of such a home is the key - and is the key to Living Homes: Integrated Design & Construction. Chapters cover energy efficiency concerns, home construction basics, and water supply and management with an eye to revealing how design and construction can work together to fit into both a budget and a dream plan. From strawbale walls to interior finishing, Living Homes provides a gold mine of construction specifics for any neophyte builder.

New Society Publishers
3184 Granite Park Road, Nanaimo, BC, V9T 3C9, Canada

Two excellent 'green' titles discuss renewable resources and energy-efficient building choices. Alex Wilson and Mark Piepkorn edit Green Building Products: The Greenspec Guide To Residential Building Materials (0865715432, $34.95), packed with descriptions and manufacturer contact details for well over a thousand environmentally preferable products and materials for residential projects. From insulation and venting to caulks, adhesives and renewable energy systems, each topic receives an overview of building and environmental concerns, product recommendations, and all the contact info necessary to track them down. John Schaeffer's 12th updated edition of Real Goods Solar Living Source Book: Your Complete Guide To Renewable Energy Technologies And Sustainable Living (091657105X, $35.00) provides an updated essential reference for any interested in solar heating, water, purification, and sewage systems. Here are all the bells and whistles - and many of the essential basic systems - important to the energy-efficient home. From frequently asked questions about system maintenance and applications to costs of conversion kits and installation kits, here is a resource guide to products which includes all considerations behind them.

The Complete Idiot's Guide To Common Household Disasters
Paul Hayman & Sonia Weiss
Alpha/Penguin Group
800 E. 96th St., Indianapolis IN 46240
1592573487 $18.95 1-800-847-5515

From termites to flooding and rot, a house is like a living creature, requiring maintenance to survive. From how to identify termites, carpenter ants and more eaters to handling foundation cracks, soil shifting, and mouse invasions, Complete Idiot's Guide To Common Household Disasters is a 'must' reference for any homeowner.

Tips & Traps For Hiring A Contractor
R. Dodge Woodson
Two Penn Plaza, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10121-2298
0071445846 $16.95 1-877-833-5524

Avoid falling prey to unscrupulous contractors with a guide authored by a 30-year contracting veteran and the author of many other titles on the topic. Tips & Traps For Hiring A Contractor: Expert Advice On Hiring A Contractor Without Getting Taken covers all the basics, from the initial screening of home-improvement professionals to eliminating the bad ones before signing anything, negotiating effectively, understanding contracts and agreements, and even understanding design, planning and maintenance options. An excellent guide to handling contractors, no matter what the job.

Rodale Press
400 S. 10th St., Emmaus, PA 18098-0099

From moving to a smaller space because of financial concerns or seeking a simpler lifestyle, it's hard to scale down when you're moving from a packed home to a small abode: here's where Judi Culbertson & Marj Decker's Scaling Down: Living Large In A Smaller Space (1594860939 $15.95) comes in. From sorting possessions and getting rid of those unnecessary to finding the best homes and highest values for rejects, Scaling Down covers all aspects; from letting go of unwanted gifts and dividing family heirlooms fairly to getting rid of junk. An excellent guide to downsizing with maximum benefits. Kitty Bartholomew and Kathy Price-Robinson's Decorating Style: A Hands-on Approach To Creating Affordable, Beautiful And Comfortable Rooms pairs lovely photos with fine ideas on creating stylish rooms, from choosing wall colors and lightening up a dark room to locating quality, affordable furnishings in flea markets. From using mirrors to reflect outdoor light and lamplight to converting a whitewashed room to warm colors, Kitty Bartholomew's guide is simply packed with designer tips and affordable accents.

The Writing/Publishing Shelf

The Easy Essay Handbook
Jane Lee & Lindy Ferguson
University of Michigan Press
839 Greene Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
0472089897 $21.95

Modern students who struggle with essay writing tasks now have a resource to introduce them to each level of the composition process, breaking down a seemingly difficult task into a series of manageable, easy steps. From an overview of seven common rhetorical modes with examples from real student essays - both rough drafts and final forms - to essay plans and different style choices, The Easy Essay Handbook: A Writing Guide For Today's Students provides a very logical structure to what seems a complex topic.

The I Ching For Writers
Sarah Jane Sloane
New World Library
14 Pamaron Way, Novato, CA 94949
1577314964 $14.95 1-800-972-6657

Plenty of spiritual guides have been written on the subject of the I Ching; but none with the specialized focus of Sarah Jane Sloane's The I Ching For Writers: Finding The Page Inside You, which tells how to apply I Ching concepts to writer's block and inspirational paths. Each of the I Ching's sixty-four hexagrams is interpreted by Sloane from years of study of over fifty translations, and synthesized into comments pertaining to writer's struggles with words. The I Ching For Writers: Finding The Page Inside You evolves into a delightful, inspirational cure for writer's block under Sloane's careful applications and analysis.

Writer's Digest Books/F&W, dist.
4700 East Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236

Writers seeking concrete paths for improvement could not go wrong with two new Writer's Digest guides: each provides rules and guidelines for improved writing. Karen S. Wiesner's First Draft In 30 Days: A Novel Writer's System For Building A Complete And Cohesive Manuscript (1582972966, $19.99) doesn't just admonish that rewrites are necessary: it shows how to avoid rewrites by producing an outline so detailed that it can double as a first draft. Character sketches, plots, scenes: all can be condensed into a draft outline which works, and Wiesner's chapters set the foundation for producing outlines for all aspects of plots, subplots and more. A clear set of rules any would-be writer should keep close at hand, Robert Masello's Robert's Rules Of Writing: 101 Unconventional Lessons Every Writer Needs To Know (1582973-261, $14.99) isn't just another reference: it delivers a set of techniques for encouraging uninhibited writings, from remaining faithful and true to personal style and form to handling dialogue and handling story structure.

The Blue Book Of Grammar And Punctuation
Jane Straus
Peakview Consulting, Inc.
115450 Archer Terrace, Elbert, CO 80106
0966722175 $12.95

Now in an fully updated eighth edition, Jane Straus' easy to use reference guide and workbook, The Blue Book Of Grammar And Punctuation: The Mysteries Of Grammar And Punctuation Revealed, provides writers with the rules of writer free from jargon while utilizing real-world examples of proper grammar and correct punctuation that are universal in their cultural content. A consumable, The Blue Book Of Grammar And Punctuation begins with the most common rules of grammar and punctuation, then goes on to provide numerous practice exercises followed by answers to provide instant feedback for comprehension and confidence. Of special note is, the companion website offering excerpts of the book and updated information. If you are an aspiring writer seeking to be published commercially, or simply someone who wants to enhance their writing ability for personal improvement, then The Blue Book Of Grammar And Punctuation is the ideal do-it-yourself instructional workbook.

The Travel Shelf

Hello Italy!
Margo Classe
Wilson Publishing
5554 Spokane St., Los Angeles, CA 90016
096539445X $15.95 1-888-663-9269

Now in an updated and expanded fourth edition, Hello Italy! The Best Budget Hotels In Italy by Margo Classe showcases centrally located hotels of superior charm and elegance in sixteen Italian cities. Here is a reference to the best budget minded accommodations to be found in Rome, Venice, Florence, the Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre, Santa Margherita, Siena, Lucca, Cortona, and elsewhere throughout the Italian peninsula. a highly portable "take along", Hello Italy! is enhanced with useful Italian phrases for making hotel reservations, provides reliable restaurant recommendations, offers hotel websites and email addresses, provides expert travel and packing tips, even recommendations for laundromats, bookstores, and sights to see. If you are planning a budget minded vacation or business trip to Italy whether for one, two, three or four people, then begin laying out your accommodations with the invaluable help of Margo Classe's Hello Italy!

Europe On A Shoestring
Lonely Planet Publications
150 Linden Street, Oakland CA 94607
1740597796 $26.99 1-800-275-8555

For those who feel that a trip to Europe would simply be beyond their means, Europe On A Shoestring: Big Trips On Small Budgets is a 1324-page travel guide that lives up to its title. Packed cover-to-cover with itineraries, a practical directory, easy-to-use maps, an expanded index, recommended sights and activities, and so much more, Europe On A Shoestring focuses both on seeing the best Europe has to offer and on keeping costs down to an affordable level, from eating and sleeping cheap to affordable festivals and wonderful cultural activities. Covering nations from Morocco, Spain and Portugal to Turkey, Greece and Cyprus, Finland, Sweeden and Norway, Iceland, Ireland, the United Kingcom, Belarus, the Ukraine, and of course all the countries located in between, Europe On A Shoestring is a "must" for every money-conscious European tourist.

Weekend Adventures In San Francisco & Northern California
Carole Terwilliger Meyers
Carousel Press
PO Box 6038, Berkeley, CA 94706-0038
0917120191 $19.95

If Weekend Adventures In San Francisco & Northern California sounds familiar, it should be: this latest represents its 8th updated edition, including a wide range of attractions from staying in a coastal lighthouse the night to exploring small local parks, byways, and less major attractions. Even the well-traveled California native who has seemingly covered all routes will find plenty of new adventures here, all updated thoroughly. A recommended 'staple' for both visitors and especially local residents.

The Big Onion Guide To Brooklyn
Seth Kamil & Eric Wakin
New York University Press
838 Broadway, 3rd fl., NY, NY 10003
081474785X $17.95 1-800-996-6987

Take a narrowed focus on Brooklyn, New York alone, put it in a tall but narrow pocket-sized take-along tote, add historic photos from the Brooklyn Historical Society along with maps and directions, and you have created a walking tour guide unique in its approach and scope, with The Historic Walking Tours: Big Onion Guide To Brooklyn. Several pages of fuzzy printing mid-book don't but temporarily mar the success of a wonderful little guide probing many historic neighborhoods and buildings.

Mexico: Health And Safety Travel Guide
Curtis P. Page & Robert H. Page
MedToGo, LLC
KSB Promotions (publicity)
PO Box 25487, Tempe, AZ 85285-5487
0972962204 $19.95

The expert and collaborative work of physicians Robert and Curtis Page, Mexico: Health And Safety Travel Guide is thoroughly "user friendly" guide to English-speaking physicians and hospitals accessible to forty of the most popular vacation spots in Mexico. Enhanced with 106 maps, 60 reference charts, a symptom index, and more than 235 b/w photographs, the Mexico: Health And Safety Travel Guide also includes easy-to use indexes for pharmaceuticals and medical translations. This highly portable specialized travel guide includes invaluable tips suggestions how to carry additional medication in case of loss, avoiding and treating diarrhea, malaria prevention, wound and skin care, insect repellents, pain management, motion sickness, even a favorite cold remedy. If you are planning a vacation or business trip to Mexico, then begin your travel preparations by securing a copy of the Mexico: Health And Safety Travel Guide.

Exploring The Boundary Waters
Daniel Pauly
University of Minnesota Press
111 Third Avenue South, Suite 290, Minneapolis, MN 55401-2520
0816642168 $22.95

Exploring The Boundary Waters: A Trip Planner And Guide To The BWCAW is a no-nonsense guide written especially for canoe enthusiasts with an interest in the one million acres of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Offering an overview of each entry point, meticulously detailed accountings of one hundred routes covering difficulty level as well as pros and cons, fifty-one maps showcasing major waterways, portages, and designated campsites, and much more, Exploring the Boundary Waters is the resource to consult before planning a canoe getaway in the BWCAW. Written by a frequent visitor and Boundary Waters expert Daniel Pauly with assistance from the U.S. Forest Service, the Minnesota DNR, and local outfitters, Exploring The Boundary Waters is a "must-have" resource on everything from obtaining a permit to maintaining the ecological integrity of the wilderness to planning one's route, discovering historic sites on one's trip, and much more. Highly recommended.

The Sports Shelf

Life Lessons From Little League Revisited
Vincent M. Fortanasce, M.D.
Sports Publishing Inc.
804 North Neil Street, Suite 100, Champaign, IL 61820
1582619093 $14.95 1-877-424-2665

Life Lessons From Little League Revisited: A Guide For Parents And Coaches is far more than a handbook for would-be Little League baseball coaches - it is also a parenting manual that draws directly from lessons learned in Little League to promote a balanced and nurturing parenting environment that helps a child live up to his or her potential. Chapters warn against harmful behaviors such as the "overachiever" parent, the "blame-it-all-know-it-all" parent, and the "unfulfilled" parent, discuss how to teach and promote harmony, and more. At the same time it embraces the dynamics of the responsibility of coaching a little league team, and prepares would-be coaches to avoid many possible pitfalls - as well as preparing parents to recognize a bad coach (bad defined as "a bad role model for the children") early on. Written in plain and simple terms, Life Lessons From Little League Revisited is enthusiastically recommended for anyone involved in the Little League scene, as it covers numerous common issues and pitfalls besetting anyone in charge of organizing and teaching young people to work as a team.

Introduction To Athletic Training
Susan Kay Hillman
Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc.
PO Box 5076, Champaign, IL 61820-5076
0736052925 $69.00 1-800-747-4457

Now in a fully revised, updated and expanded second edition, Introduction To Athletic Training by Susan Kay Hillman is accompanied by a CD-Rom that will operate on either a Windows or a Macintosh platform. Introduction To Athletic Training presents both theoretical and practical information on the duties of an athletic trainer, including caring for injured and ill athletes. The chapter on pharmacology will deepen the reader's understanding of the effects on common drugs used in athletics. The chapter on epidemiology will prove invaluable in evaluating injury trends and reducing the risk of future injuries. Each individual chapter includes critical thinking questions, helpful scenarios, internet resources, chapter summaries, and more. Introduction To Athletic Training should be required reading for anyone who aspires to a career as an athletic trainer, or who is currently engaged in the training of athletes either as a profession or as a volunteer in amateur sports programs and events.

Cubs Journal
John Snyder
Emmis Books
1700 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45205
1578601924 $29.99

In Cubs Journal: Year By Year & Day By Day With The Chicago Cubs Since 1876, historian and sports enthusiast John Snyder has written a 720-page, in-depth, definitive history chronicling the Chicago Cubs baseball team from its inception in 1876 down through the 2004 season. Enhanced with a profusion of photos, sidebars, statistics, and anecdotes, Cubs Journal is organized by decade, with each section featuring an informative summary, team and player statistics, and highlights of great games, a statistical overview, and day-by-day breakdowns. In addition to anecdotes, each date also includes a hitting and pitching highlights and so much more than a simple box score. The Cubs Journal could well serve as a template for similar sports club histories in baseball or any other team sport. Every dedicated Cubs fan will want their very own copy of John Snyder's Cubs Journal!

Shadow Boxers
Jim Lomasson, editor
Stone Creek Publications
Independent Publishers Group, dist.
460 Shire Road, Milford, NJ 08848
0965633829 $39.95 1-908-995-0016

Enhanced with a foreword by the renowned world heavyweight champion Joe Frazier, Shadow Boxers: Sweat, Sacrifice & The Will To Survive is compiled and edited by photographer Jim Lommasson, who has been documenting boxing gyms from more than a decade. Informed and informative essays are contributed by boxing enthusiasts Katherine Dunn, Carlo Rotella, Kate Sekules, Lucius Shepard, Robert Anasi, Ralph Wiley, F. X. Toole, Loic Wacquant, Joe Rein, Rene Denfeld, Larry Seurynck, Timothy Taylor, and Mark Kram, Jr. With the inclusion of 110 duotone and 65 color photographs, this 176-page, strongly recommended compendium provides a unique pictorial insight into the world of professional gyms and what those men and women who aspire to excel in their chosen sport/profession and is of especial interest to dedicated fans of boxing, as well as students of American popular sports culture.

Full Throttle
Robert Edelstein
The Overlook Press
141 Wooster Street, NY, NY 10012
1585674389 $24.95 1-800-743-1312

Fans of car racing in general and NASCAR in particular won't want to miss Robert Edelstein's biography of driver Curtis Turner in Full Throttle: The Life And Fast Times Of Nascar Legend Curtis Turner. Racing fans receive a fast page-turner about one of the most dynamic stock car racers in history. Access to the files of Turner's widow supplement motorsports writer Robert Edelstein's fascinating coverage, adding depth to his survey of Turner's legendary life and many achievements.

The Economics Shelf

Under The Table And Into Your Pocket
Bill Wilson
Loompanics Unlimited
PO Box 1197, Pt. Townsend, WA 98368
1559502436 $12.95

The counter-culture publisher Loompanics has done it again: produced an unusual guide which will stand out from the crowd. This time it's Under The Table And Into Your Pocket: The How And Why Of The Underground Economy. Bill Wilson describes the lives of many who are working 'under the table' and pocketing tax-free dollars. His is an assessment of the pros and cons of such untaxable income opportunities, with chapters probing flea markets, roadside merchants, and other ways Americans are skirting the IRS.

The Federal Reserve System: A History
Donald R. Wells
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson, NC 28640
078641880X $35.00 1-800-253-2187

The Federal Reserve banking system was created in 1913 in an effort to solidify nationwide banking practices and prevent further bank crises. Since its original inception, The Federal Reserve has expanded to determine American financial policies and practices, operating independ-ently from presidential and congressional pressures and providing an underlying foundation to the American economy. Donald R. Wells is a professor of economics from the University of Memphis: his The Federal Reserve System: A History provides a thorough coverage of the Reserve's history and roles tracks all the major changes experienced by the institution. The Federal Reserve System: A History is an essential, core addition to both school and community library Economics reference collections.

The Literary Shelf

Re-Visions Of Shakespeare
Evelyn Gajowski, editor
University of Delaware Press
c/o Associated University Press
440 Forsgate Drive, Cranbury, NJ 08512
0874138558 $52.50 1-609-655-4770

Re-Visions Of Shakespeare: Essays In Honor Of Robert Ornstein is an anthology in tribute of one of the most prominent Shakespeareans of the latter half of the twentieth century, Robert Ornstein. Ornstein was a past president of the Shakespeare Association of America; his more notable published works include "The Moral Vision of Jacobean Tragedy" and "A Kingdom for a Stage". The essays provided by a wide variety of literate authors include "Bianca and Petruchio: 'The Veriest Shrew[s] of All", "A Comic Vision of 'Othello'", and "Surprising the Audience in 'The Comedy of Errors'". Enhanced with literate and extensively footnooted selection of cutting-edge thought and wit on Shakespeare's genius, and Ornstein's keen mind, Re-Visions Of Shakespeare is very highly recommended reading.

Vergil's Aeneid
G. B. Cobbold, translator
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
1000 Brown Street, Unit 101, Wauconda, IL 60084
0865165963 $12.95

Vergil's Aeneid: Hero, War, Humanity is an impressive English translation of Vergil's classic work of literature. G. B. Cobbold renders Vergil's Aeneid into a novel format with sidebar summaries, which reads very much like an exciting modern adventure story! Enhanced with illustrations, a map of Aeneas' voyage, a glossary of characters, family trees of main characters and gods, a book-by-book outline of the plot of the Aeneid, a timeline of significant events in Roman history, reading group discussion questions, and much more, Vergil's Aeneid truly makes classic literature come alive. Highly recommended for study and discussion groups, and a welcome alternative interpretation for those who are more familiar with Vergil's Aeneid in verse-by-verse form.

Battle And Battle Description In Homer
Dr. Franz Albracht, et al.
c/o International Publishers Marketing
22841 Quicksilver Dr., Dulles, VA 20166
0715632418 $67.50 1-800-758-3756

Originally published in German in 1956 as "Verwundung und Tod in der Ilias", by Peter Jones and now published in a new edition as Battle And Battle Description In Homer: A Contribution To The History Of War by the editorial and translation team of Peter Jones, Malcolm Willcock and Gabriele Wright is now expertly available in English (the Greek passages as well as the German), and enhanced with a preface that places the work in terms of oral theory, as well as a full appendix. Though Battle And Battle Description In Homer acknowledges that Homer is a poet, not a staff instructor, author Albracht applies the Homeric text to create a convincing scene of how the workings of battle proceeded in the Iliad, from the council of war, to marshalling troops, the use of chariots, massed attack and defense, retreat, flight, pursuit, protection in the field, attack and defense of a fortified camp, the siege and defense of a fortified city, and much more. An in-depth, scholarly yet fascinating close study of what classic literature can tell us of military strategy, tactics, and history.

Classic Irish Stories
Michael P. Quinlin, Editor
The Lyons Press
PO Box 480, Guilford, CT 06437
1592284205 $9.95 1-800-836-0510

Stores from Irish peoples and expats alike are gathered into Michael Quinlin's Classic Irish Stories: Timeless Tales From Ireland And Other Green Shores, bringing the Irish experience and culture under one cover. Here are works from Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker, William Thackeray and more, both contemporary and traditional writers providing a range of literary gems celebrating the 'old country. A lovely gathering of lyrical, lively writings.

The Photography Shelf

Camelot At Dawn
Anne Garside, author
Orlando Suero, photographer
The Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 N. Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21218
0801882079 $15.00 1-800-537-5487

Camelot At Dawn: Jacqueline & John Kennedy In Georgetown, May 1954 is the collaborative work of photographer Orlando Suero and author Anne Garside. As his first major photography assignment, Suero spent five days with the Kennedys in May of 1954. He enjoyed their full cooperation and the intimate access that produced more than twenty photo sessions as Suero documented a typical week in the young couple's life including Jack at his Senate office, Jackie attending classes at Georgetown, and the couple playing touch football in the park. Camelot At Dawn is a "must" for all of those whose lives and imaginations where touched by one of America's most idealized couples before tragedy would shattered both their personal lives and those all too brief days of an American "Camelot" for the rest of us.

In The Company Of Sisters
Deborah E. Donnelley
Privately Published
424 N. Kenilworth, Oak Park, IL 60302
097433880X $27.95

The 2005 Writer's Digest Contest first place winner for the Nonfiction Category, In The Company Of Sisters is an impressive collection of black-and-white photographic portraits and interviews of pairs of sisters. Compiled over the course of fifteen years, In the Company of Sisters represents a labor of love for photographer Deborah E. Donnelley, and celebrates both the bonds and the quarrels of sisterhood. Some siblings are identical twins; others are highly different in appearance or personality, but all the entries reflect the common bond that is family. In The Company Of Sisters is a moving and emotionally visual anthology, skillfully assembled and featuring photographs that capture the indescribable timeless quality of sisterhood.

Loretta Lux: Photographs
Loretta Lux
20 E. 23rd St., New York NY 10010
1931788545 $35.00

Loretta Lux's first monograph packs in 45 portraits, but this is no recap from prior publishings; over half have never been published before. You'll find the German photographer's imaginary portraits of children to be both haunting and chilling. Her kids are rarely smiling - indeed, they face the world with a seriousness not usually seen in portraits of kids seemingly middle-class or more in society. A haunting set of artistic images for any interested in portraits and photos of children.

The Polaroid Book
Steve Crist, Editor
6671 Sunset Blvd. #1508, Los Angeles, CA 90028
3822830720 $39.99

Visual eye candy compiled by Steve Crist from the archives of the "Polaroid Collections of Photography" are presented in The Polaroid Book, a delightful display highly recommended for photography collections at the college and public library levels. Most color and some duotone shots are presented one to a page for maximum impact. The artist index and polaroid model styles are in the back, so as not to detract from the image impacts. A delightful, detailed guide to what the camera can do at its best.

The Architecture Shelf

Celebrating The American Home
Joanne Kellar Bouknight
The American Institute of Architects
c/o The Taunton Press
63 South Main St., Newtown, CT 06470
1561587613 $34.95 1-800-477-8727

Celebrating The American Home: 50 Great Houses From 50 American Architects by licensed architect Joanne Kellar Bouknight showcases the architectural plans for fifty homes selected by a panel of distinguished residential architects (John Connell, Duo Dickinson, Jeremiah Eck, Richard Hayes, Kerry Dietz) based on how well these houses reflect core qualities of great residential design. Profusely illustrated with 350 color photos, Celebrating The American Home is an impressively produced and organized contribution to professional, academic, and community library Architectural Studies collections.

Kentuck Knob
Bernardine Hagan
The Local History Company
112 North Woodland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15232-2849
0971183554 $39.95

Kentuck Knob: Frank Lloyd Wright's House For I.N. and Bernardine Hagan is the author's personal and detailed story of what it was like to be a client of and to work with the legendary Wisconsin architect to build the home known as "Kentuck Knob" and her life in this rural and idyllic location. Kentuck Knob is replete with stories, more than 150 b/w photos, 8 pages of color photos, insightful correspondence, and informative observations. Written by one of the last people still living who actually knew Frank Lloyd Wright and the experience of being a client of the great and controversial American architect, Bernardine Hagan's Kentuck Knob is "must" reading for devotees of Wright's work, as well as a seminal contribution to professional and academic Architectural Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

In Search Of Natural Architecture
David Pearson
Abbeville Press
116 West 23rd St, #500, NY, NY 10011
0789208555 $35.00 1-212-577-5555

Enhanced with an informative Foreword by architectural expert and author Victor Papanek (who once worked with Frank Lloyd Wright), In Search Of Natural Architecture by London-based architect David Pearson is a world wide survey of buildings that embody the new ideas about the impact of architecture upon the ecological environment, as well as human health and spiritual well-being. Ingenious technological solutions to architectural problems ranging from the use of solar panels to sculptured designs are showcased with 300 illustrations -- 200 of which are in full color. In Search Of Natural Architecture is a seminal and enthusiastically recommended work, especially for its architecturally visionary ideas, imageries, and insights.

Cool Hotels
Kim Inglis
Periplus/Tuttle Publishing
364 Innovation Drive, North Clarendon, VT 05759-9436
0794601731 $30.00

Students of architecture, hotel and commercial building design, and travel will all find much to attract in Cool Hotels: India, Maldives, Sri Lanka: it features the best hotels of the region, from rustic to big city, and discusses craftsmanship, artistic d‚cor, and landscaping qualities which make each hotel exceptional. The meat of Cool Hotels lies in its full-page color photos of both interior and exteriors of featured hotels.

One Thousand New York Buildings
Bill Harris (photos by Jorg Borckmann)
Black Dog & Leventhal
151 W. 19th Street, New York NY 10011
1579124437 $19.95

Fans of New York City and its architecture won't want to miss the lovely photos and celebration of the city's diversity in One Thousand New York Buildings. Here's a 'pictionary' of New York's varied architectural styles, along with histories and trivia to accompany photography Jorg Brockmann's lovely black and white shots. From retail stores and theatres to Italian villas, cottages and more, each architectural piece includes a short note on the firm or designer. A 'must' for fans of architecture in general and New York City in particular.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

PO Box 625, Holmes, PA 19043
$78.00 each

Two classic health references from Omnigraphics appear in updated editions to keep fresh and current the latest medical facts. Sandra J. Judd edits Cardiovascular Diseases And Disorders Sourcebook (0780807391), reviewing the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of the disease and its effects. From differences between men and women in the disease's symptoms and management to treatments, this should be a standard health library reference - along with Amy L. Sutton's Sleep Disorders Sourcebook (0780807-43X). From how sleep needs change through life to improving both quality and quantity, chapters rely on the latest sleep research to provide insights and treatment options. Both of these two reference titles are key medical library acquisitions.

Trudi Stain Trueit
Franklin Watts/Scholastic
557 Broadway, New York NY 10012
0531122611 $19.50

Here's another ESL/adult low-level health title which was meant for younger audience, but packs in all the health concerns an adult (especially parents) would be interested in. It's estimated that one to three million children in the U.S. cope with ADHD, resulting in mild to severe behavior problems and issues surrounding treatment options and side effects. ADHD: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder by Trudi Strain Trueit surveys the basics of the issue, from the condition's symptoms and biology to treatment pros and cons.

The Healing Power Of Rainforest Herbs
Leslie Taylor, ND
Square One Publishers
115 Herricks Road, Garden City Park, NY 11040
0757001440 $23.95

Rainforests contain hundreds of plants - over half the planet's vegetation - and for centuries tribal shamans have used these plants as health remedies. Years of research contributes to The Healing Power Of Rainforest Herbs: A Guide To Understanding And Using Herbal Medicinals, a guide to over seventy rainforest botanicals and their uses by indigenous peoples and natural health professionals alike. Chapters offer plant data summary charts, biological and clinical research, tribal uses, and plenty of technical, research-based reference material. From dosage to preparation methods and chemical information for each plant, Healing Power Of Rainforest Herbs goes far beyond the 'new age healing guide' it looks to be at first glance. Very highly recommended indeed.

175 - 5th Ave., New York NY 10020

Two fine new science and health titles are highly recommended picks for both health and public library holdings. Andrew A. Meharg's Venomous Earth: How Arsenic Caused The World's Worst Mass Poisoning (1403944997, $29.95) considers the history, politics, and social and health impacts of arsenic-contaminated well water around the world. From assessments of mining communities and historical precedent to the wise of arsenic in farming, medicine and manufacturing, Venomous Earth considers a myriad of water-related health issues. An important survey. Toby Murcott's The Whole Story: Alternative Medicine On Trial? (1403945004 $26.95) gathers evidence on placebos, randomized control trials, and more to conclude alternative therapies could indeed provide new paths to help chronic disease sufferers. Conventional medicine should consider these alternatives, argues biochemist and journalist Murcott, who makes a research-backed case for alternative medicine's importance.

The Johns Hopkins Complete At Issue: Reproductive Technology
Cindy Mur, Editor
Thomson Gale
27500 Drake Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48331-3535
0737724129 $28.70

While Gale's 'At Issue' titles are geared for young adult audiences, The Johns Hopkins Complete At Issue: Reproductive Technology is reviewed here with high recommendations for ESL and adult low-level readers who will appreciate the simpler language and clear explanations. 90 pages may seem diminutive in size, but pack in all the depth and detail of larger adult coverages on the topic, from discussions of posthumous conception without consent to multiple birth ethics and human cloning. Pro/con arguments on all issues are presented with a focus on clearly presenting the ethical concerns. Highly recommended.

Demos Medical Publishing
386 Park Avenue South #201, New York NY 10016

Only half of the estimated 5 million who suffer from the debilitating Alzheimer's condition have been diagnosed: the amount of sufferers is rising yearly and it's important for caregivers and family members to understand the disease's nature, management, and prognosis. Enter Paul Dash, MD & Nichole Villemarette-Pittman, Ph.D.'s Alzheimer's Disease (1932603123 $19.95), a beginner's survey covering everything from the role of aging in Alzheimer's to medications, treatments, and prevention plans. The American Academy of Neurology Press backs two doctors who provide technical, in-depth coverage of the latest findings on Alzheimer's. Larry E. David, MD with Molly K. King, MD and Jessica L. Schultz, MD's Fundamentals Of Neurologic Disease (1888799846, $29.95) is a recommended pick for students of neurology and related disciplines who want a reference to the basics. Use it for a 3-4 week neurology rotation or in a classroom setting to cover all the fundamentals: chapters survey common diseases as well as neurological functions, survey clinical feature and major lab findings, and discuss both adult and pediatric neurologic disease. An excellent basic, college-level guide.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

You Bake 'em Dog Biscuits Cookbook
Janine Adams
Running Press
125 South Twenty-Second Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-4399
0762423366 $12.95 1-800-345-5359

You Bake 'em Dog Biscuits Cookbook is a unique recipe book especially for dog lovers. Filled with fifty simple, easy-to-prepare, dog-tested healthy treats - no canine junk food here! - You Bake 'em Dog Biscuits Cookbook offers tasty treat recipes for all breeds and sizes of man's best friend. The recipes are flexible enough for easy adaptation should one's pooch prefer unique flavors, too! The treats in You Bake 'em Dog Biscuits Cookbook are intended as snacks only and cannot form the basis of balanced dog diet, but they are excellent as rewards for training or socializing, or just plain good times. Tips and tricks for taking care of canines round out this delightful dyed-in-the-wool pet lover's resource.

The Dog's Guide To Surfing
TCB Cafe Publishing
Box 471706, San Francisco, CA 94147
0967489873 $14.95

The collaborative effort of a large number of people who enjoy surfing and the company of their canine companions, The Dog's Guide To Surfing: Hanging Ten With Man's Best Friend is a unique guide to the surfing lifestyle from the perspective of dogs and their pet humans plying the waves together on their surf boards. Enhanced with a profusion of b/w photos, The Dog's Guide To Surfing is a compilation of stories, lessons, advice, movies, gear, and recommendations for surf wear while catching the waves with a four-legged friend. If you surf and have a dog in your life, then you will want to read The Dog's Guide To Surfing!

Traveller's Wildlife Guides: Peru
David L. Pearson & Les Beletsky
Interlink Publishing Group
46 Crosby St., Northampton, MA 01060
1566565456 $27.95

Part the Interlink Books "Travellers' Wildlife Guides" series, Peru provides identification and location information on Peru's most frequently seen animals. This 502 page identification guide offers full-color illustrations of more than 500 of Peru's most common insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Enhanced with a species index, Peru provides up-to-date information on the ecology, behavior and conservation of the animals listed, as well as information on Peru's habitats and the most common plants visitors will encounter. With brief descriptions of Peru's most frequently visited parks and wildlife reserves, this handy, highly portable manual will prove to be an invaluable companion for appreciating the diversity and wonderful of Peruvian wildlife in their native settings.

All About The Labrador Retriever
Robert J. Berndt & Richard L. Myers
Alpine Publications, Inc.
225 South Madison Avenue, Loveland, CO 80537
1577790421 $19.95 1-800-777-7257

The collaborative work of Labrador Retriever experts Robert J. Berndt and Richard L. Myers, All About The Labrador Retriever presents a comprehensive, practical, "reader friendly" perspective on an animal that was bred and developed as a hunting dog. Lab owners will learn why the Labrador Retriever is a true "all-purpose" dog; the Labrador's personality and breed standard; how to select the right Labrador Retriever for a particular need; how to care for, condition, and train a Lab; showing, field work, breeding, and other things Labs do; the history of the breed and the Labrador Retriever "Hall of Fame". All About The Labrador Retriever is essential, seminal reading for anyone who owns or aspires to ownership of a Labrador Retriever as their canine companion whether at home or on the hunt.

Antarctica: A Guide To The Wildlife
Tony Soper
Bradt Travel/Globe Pequot Press
PO Box 480, Guilford, CT 06437-0480
1841621315 $21.95 1-800-243-0495

The price tag may seem steep for the fourth edition of this 144-page paperback - but where else are you going to find details on the wildlife of Antarctica, tailored as a take-along tote for the Antarctica-bound traveler? Color drawings by Dafila Scott accompany nature history descriptions of each creature and discussions of identification specific to Antarctica, from contending with visibility factors to seasonal identification features. Antarctica: A Guide To The Wildlife is a unique and strongly recommended "take-along" handbook essential for any Antarctica-bound traveler.

Birdsong: A Natural History
Don Stap
1230 Ave. of Americas, NY, NY 10020
0743232747 $24.00 1-800-223-2336

Supplement Professor Kroodsma's title with Don Stap's survey of how birdsong clues are collected and interpreted by experts in his fascinating Birdsong: A Natural History. Birdsong focuses on the mysteries of birdsong, from how birds learn and develop regional 'dialects' to an even more fascinating set of insights on the influence of birdsong on great musicians. From how bird sounds are captured using sensitive equipment in the wild to exactly what a bird is 'saying' in a 2-3 second song, Stap provides a lively survey indeed.

On Ancient Wings
Michael Forsberg
Michael Forsberg Photography
100 N. 8th St., #150, Lincoln, NE 68508
0975496409 $45.00

At once a coffee table photo celebration and a natural history, any avid birder should consider photographer Michael Forsberg's On Ancient Wings: The Sandhill Cranes Of North America to be essential reading. The photos alone - full-page color spreads which are gorgeous in their all-season crane portraits - are worth repeated looks, covering cranes in environments from Alaska to Cuba. Then, there's the discourse surveying the natural history and lives of cranes, revealing their interactions with people and their attempts to adapt to a changing natural world. A fine tribute marries natural history and visual display, inviting audiences from natural history students to casual readers to partake.

How The Earthquake Bird Got Its Name
H.H. Shugart
Yale University Press
Box 209040, New Haven, CT 06520-9040
030010457X $27.50 1-800-987-7323

Unusual stories of animals and birds in the wild form the foundation of professor H.H. Shugart's survey of ecology in How The Earthquake Bird Got Its Name And Other Tales Of An Unbalanced Nature. Ecology's most important principles are illustrated within these stories of selected birds and mammals and their fates and interactions with the environment in a discourse which seamlessly smoothes together such disparate topics as GIS prediction of environmental climate changes and species effects to complex disturbances in bird habitats.

The Hopes Of Snakes
Lisa Couturier
Beacon Press
25 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108-2892
0807085642 $23.00

Students of urban natural history and casual readers alike receive a celebration of Northeast urban wildlife in The Hopes Of Snakes & Other Tales From The Urban Landscape. Her thirteen essays observe urban animals from Manhattan skyscraper-dwelling falcons to mice who live on the subway tracks of New York. Wildlife has adapted to human habitations in surprising ways: hers is a celebration of the underlying world of animals which live alongside people.

What's That Bird?
Joseph Choiniere
Claire Mowbray Golding
Storey Publishing
210 Mass MoCa Way, North Adams, MA 02147
1580175546 $14.95

Are you bird-literate? If it's an easy and fun guide to bird habits, habitats and birdsong you wish, couched in an engaging book of fun facts and intriguing insights, you can't go wrong with the colorful What's That Bird? Getting To Know The Brids Around You, Coast To Coast. Color provides added compliments to the gorgeous photography by Tom Vezo and the superb drawings by James Robins, while accompanying insights by an Audubon Society director and an editor with extensive experience presents a informed and informative book that the entire family can enjoy. What's That Bird? is very highly recommended, especially for family birding outings and ornithological adventures.

Animal Talk
Tim Friend
The Free Press
1230 Ave. of Americas, NY, NY 10020
0743201582 $15.00 1-800-223-2336

Have you ever wondered if animals are 'talking' and if so, what they're saying? Scientists have been trying to decipher 'animal talk' for centuries, as scientist Tim friend explores in his Animal Talk: Breaking The Codes Of Animal Languages. Here's his Rosetta stone for understanding this language, fostering a readable, fun language while exploring serious scientific breakthroughs on the topic of animal communication. From biology to chemistry and beyond, Animal Talk probes all the potentials of animal communication methods.

The Jobs/Careers Shelf

So You Want To Be In Show Business
Steve Stevens Sr. with John D. Cady
Cumberland House
431 Harding Industrial Drive, Nashville, TN 37211
158182453X $14.95 1-888-439-2665

If your career aspirations lie in the show biz world, don't forget to consult actor/producer/casting director Steve Stevens Sr.'s So You Want To Be In Show Business: A Hollywood Agent Shares The Secrets Of Getting Ahead Without Getting Ripped Off. Stevens also has a background representing struggling actors: his 50+ years experience in the acting trenches lends to an eye-opening industry reference crucial to learning about casting, agents, and more.

Will Write For Food
Dianne Jacob
Marlowe & Company
245 West 17th Street, 11th Floor, New York NY 10011-5300
1569243778 $15.95 1-800-788-3123

If your passion is food and you're unemployed or seeking a change, you may want to consider the food writing profession as presented by seasoned writer Dianne Jacob in Will Write For Food: The Complete Guide To Writing Cookbooks, Restaurant Reviews, Articles, Memoir, Fiction And More. From getting started and breaking in as a restaurant reviewer to writing recipes, cookbooks, and freelancing, Jacob covers all possible industry careers and writing avenues. Will Write For Food is a outstanding and practical guide for career-minded food fans and aspiring restaurant critics.

Job Hunting Tips For People With Hot And Not-So-Hot Backgrounds
Ron & Caryl Krannich
Impact Publications
9104-N Manassas Dr., Manassas Park, VA 20111-5211
1570232253 $17.95 1-703-361-7300

Finding a job is tough enough without having to overcome a background with less than sterling qualities, so don't forget to place Job Hunting Tips For People With Hot And Not-So-Hot Backgrounds: 150 Smart Tips That Can Change Your Life on your reading list. Learn how to conduct a job search which shows up strengths and downplays weaknesses with this gathering of 150 tips from the experiences of both job seekers and employers. An organized seven-step job search provides all the basics.

The Military Shelf

Kilroy Was There
Tony Hillerman
Kent State University Press
PO Box 5190, Kent, OH 44240-0001
0873388070 $25.00 1-800-247-6553

Compiled and organized by Tony Hillerman, the photos drawn from the collection of Frank Kessler bring World War II to life in vivid black and white reality in Kilroy Was There: A GI's War In Photographs. Kessler was a young accountant when he was drafted and sent to war in Europe. He saved hundreds of photos at war's end and kept them in the attic until his death: his younger brother found the photos which represented another side of the war, preserved and ordered the photos, and here they document the GI's war experience for modern audiences.

Gasoline To Patton: A Different War
Albin F. Irzyk
Elderberry Press
1393 Old Homestead Drive, 2nd floor, Oakland, OR 97462-9506
193276206X $29.95

Written by Brigadier General Albin F. Irzyk (Ret.), who fought in World War II in Europe as a Tank Battalion Commander in the 4th Armored Division, Gasoline To Patton: A Different War is a hard-hitting criticism of a military decision made by General Eisenhower in late 1944. As both a historian and a participant, Irzyk voices his belief that if Eisenhower had chosen differently, the war in Europe would have been over before the end of 1944, with no "Market Garden", no "Battle of the Bulge", and the Russian advance stopped outside of East Germany. Suggesting that politics and the need to appease the English by catering to their allegedly incompetent general outweighed the need for effective strategy in Eisenhower's mind, and claiming that General Patton himself would have chosen to resign from the Army and tell the damning truth had he lived, Irzyk "comes clean" with his point-by-point breakdown of what happened, what went wrong, and what could have been. A truly involving and at times disturbing account, part military memoir, part historical speculation, sparsely illustrated with black-and-white photographs.

The International Studies Shelf

Lipstick Jihad
Azadeh Moaveni
Public Affairs
250 W. 57th St, #1321, NY, NY 10107
1586481932 $25.00 1-877-782-1234

Iranian-American suburban California girl Azadeh Moaveni has always lived in two worlds: one filled with tradition as an Iranian exile, the other as a California girl who practiced yoga and listened to Madonna. College years intensified her conflicts, and after graduating she moved to Iran as a journalist to confront her search for identity in two very different cultures. This memoir account of her homecoming during the country's reform movement and her experiences with Tehran culture and young people seeking change makes for a riveting set of social and cultural insights not to be missed by any interested in Middle East affairs.

Cold Peace: Russia's New Imperialism
Janusz Bugajski
Praeger Publishers
88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881
0275983625 $49.95

Written by the director of the East European Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC, Cold Peace: Russia's New Imperialism is a sharp critique of the Russian regime under President Vladimir Putin, characterizing it as a long-term strategy devoted to regaining influence over former satellites, limiting Western influence in key parts of the region, and embracing nostalgia of its days of empire. Characterizing benign post-Cold War views of Russia as the modern equivalent of Cold War appeasement, Cold Peace pulls no punches in its scathing analysis of Russia's current policy toward states including the Ukraine, Baltic States, Belarus and Kaliningrad, and much more. A sharply worded warning especially recommended for politicians, students, business leaders and workers involved in international current affairs.

Souvenir Of Canada 2
Douglas Coupland
Douglas & McIntyre
2323 Quebec St. #201, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V5T 4S7
1553650433 $22.95 1-800-367-9692

So, what constitutes 'Canadian culture' and elements of Canada? From notorious plastics which take twice as long to decompose to a special kind of screw and driver used only in Canada, there's a host of oddities uniquely Canadian which Douglas Coupland here sets out to capture visually and in text description. A hilarious, pointed set of true observations, all backed with color photos.

The Dance Shelf

Belly Dancing
Pina Coluccia, et al.
Inner Traditions
369 Montezuma Avenue #286, Santa Fe, NM 87501
1594770212 $19.95 1-800-246-8648

How can a book possibly describe belly dancing? If you think it just can't be done, turn to Belly Dancing: The Sensual Art Of Energy And Spirit by Pina Coluccia, Anette Paffrath and Jean Putz to see just how the dance can be embodied into a book form. A history of belly dance moves from artistic and spiritual insights to physical movement, with chapters focusing on both health benefits and routines. Chapters covering the basic stances and their meanings are also included. Beginners will welcome this clear examination of belly dance routines and meaning.

Learn To Dance Salsa! Volumes 1, 2, 3
Lorene Turek
c/o 411 Video Information
PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953 1-800-383-8811

Learn To Dance Salsa! is a three-DVD set ($39.95 each) for dance enthusiasts of all ages. Using "Picture in Picture" segments to show close-up angles of key Salsa moves, and organized with a simple and easy-to-follow DVD menu, Learn to Dance Salsa applies a common-sense approach to dance instruction that emphasizes clarity, rhythm, and passion, making the learning process simple and fun. Each DVD in the set progresses and builds upon the last one; no move is repeated between them. Volume 1 is introductory, volume 2 teaches new moves and patterns, and volume 3 challenges one to become an intermediate level dancer. Learn To Dance Salsa! is superb for getting the novice started, or as a refresher course for the experienced Salsa dancer. All three volumes are approximatelly 120 minutes.

The Psychology Shelf

The Mark Of Cain
J. Reid Meloy, editor
The Analytic Press
101 West Street, Hillsdale, NJ 07642
0881633100 $59.95

Compiled, organized and edited by J. Reid Meloy (Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University California, San Diego) The Mark Of Cain: Psychoanalytic Insight And The Psychopath brings under one cover an impressive collection of the most historically important psychoanalytic papers on the psychopathic personality. The contributors include Helene Deutsch, Wilhelm Reich, John Bowlby, Phyllis Greenacre, August Aichhorn, Adelaide Johnson, Donald Winnicott, Betty Joseph, Nevill Symington, Ben Bursten, Otto Kernberg, as well as o32ther scholars and practitioners. Two theoretical traditions combine in the psychoanalytic understanding of psychopathy. An essential, core contribution to professional and academic Psychiatric Studies reference collections, The Mark Of Cain is a seminal collection of informed and informative scholarship surveying our understanding of psychopathy, its characteristics, its diagnosis, and therapeutic approaches over the past two decades.

The Nature Shelf

Wildflowers Of Montana
Donald Anthony Schiemann
Mountain Press Publishing Company
PO Box 2399, Missoula, Montana 59806
0878425047 $22.00 1-800-234-5308

Wildflowers Of Montana is a beautifully illustrated field guide for Montana locals and visitors alike. Entries consist of full-color photographs of more than 350 plant species, each one accompanied by a brief descriptive paragraph, and information on the wildflower's habitat and range. An introduction, index, and categorization system that organizes entries according to color and number of petals, topped off with a "thumbnail photo" identification guide allowing one to pick out a flower specimen just by glancing at a handful of pages makes Wildflowers Of Montana extremely easy to use even for the complete novice.

The Science Shelf

The Ape In The Tree
Alan Walker & Pat Shipman
Belknap/Harvard University Press
79 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138
0674016750 $26.95 1-800-448-2242

Alan Walker's involvement with the discover of fossil ape Proconsul began when his graduate supervisor analyzed the tree-climbing adaptations of this extinct creature: Walker's history of the evolution of ideas surrounding the create is almost as engrossing as the focus on the last common ancestor between all apes and humans itself. This insider's journey through the discovery and history of the ideas of Proconsul follows evolutionary theory as a whole, providing an African adventure of research conducted in the Leakey tradition. Told in the first person, The Ape In The Tree will engross not just scientists but also non-specialist general readers interested in evolutionary science.

The Aging Issues Shelf

How To Say It To Seniors
David Solie, M.S., P.A.
Prentice Hall Press/Penguin-Putnam
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
0735203806 $15.95 1-800-847-5515

How To Say It To Seniors: Closing The Communication Gap With Our Elders by David Solie (an expert in geriatric psychology and the CEO/Medical Director of"Second Opinion", a life insurance brokerage corporation) is a practical and accessible guide to communicating effectively with older adults. Author David Solie provides invaluable insights and practical advice to gaining the trust and cooperation of the elderly, offering assistance to them without "taking over" the conversation, understanding the need of "legacy" with respect to the elderly, and learning how to listen and what to listen for. While especially recommended to professionals and para-professionals working with the elderly in matters ranging from business, to health, to daily living, How To Say It To Seniors is also of immense value to non-specialist general readers wanting to talk more effectively and to greater purpose with their own elderly parents, family members, friends, neighbors, and acquaintances.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Dead Beat
Jim Butcher
375 Hudson Street, New York NY 10014
0451460278 $23.95

If it's intrigue and swift action you wish, tinged with the supernatural, don't miss Jim Butcher's Dead Beat: A Novel Of The Dresden Files. Fans of vampire novels in particular will relish this story of one Harry Dresden, who specializes in paranormal investigations in Chicago, and is more than familiar with the underworld of vampires, werewolves and demons. Here Harry meets a deadly vampire and assigned the task of locating a mysterious Word of Kemmler, which will prevent a disastrous Halloween for Chicago. Intrigue abounds.

PO Box 809, Framingham, MA 01701

It's long overdue and most welcome: veteran science fiction writer Judith Merril at last has her own, complete collection in Homecalling And Other Stories (188677-854X, $29.00), packing in all her short fiction from her 1948 classic 'That Only A Mother' to novellas and short stories written over the next two decades. Merrill's works have been widely scattered over the decades: all emphasize powerful characterization and strong women. Homecalling is a 'must' for any who have read some of her selections and hunger for more. L. Sprague de Camp's Years In The Making: The Time-travel Stories Of L. Sprague De Camp (1886778477, $25.00) is also a delight long overdue: DeCamp's best time travel and alternate history stories also have been widely scattered and lost among his other works, so to find them conveniently under one cover is a delight.

Pyr/Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Dr., Amherst, NY 14228

Pyr is a new science fiction and fantasy imprint which seeks its own identity and strength separate from Prometheus' largely-nonfiction book line; and from the looks of things, its first batch is set to be a winning introduction to a powerful set of writers. Sean Williams' The Resurrected Man (1591023114, $25.00) is also a recommended pick for mystery fans, though it's setting is the future, when distinctions between man and machine run together. P.I. Jonah McEwen is wanted for murder and is the obvious suspect - except that the 'victims' aren't real, but are facsimiles of his victims, leaving the originals alive. Is this murder - and is Jonah's own duplicate the murderer? Fine intrigue abounds. John Meaney's Paradox: Book One Of The Nulapeiron Sequence (1591023084, $25.00) provides the first installment in a trilogy, so be prepared for more. Planet Nulapeiron is a city dug into the planet's crust, where quasi-human creatures who exist in both past and future help the Lords and Ladies rule. Young Tom explores the depths of his world and meets a legendary pilot, who provides him a dangerous gift before her death - a gift which gives him some deadly insights. A series of sub-plots and intrigue keeps Tom's adventures seamless and flowing. Robert Silverberg's Star Of Gypsies (1591023092, $15.00) features a 1986 classic in a new paperback edition audiences will relish. Here's the story of one Yakoub, king of the Gypsies, the only group of pilots capable of steering ships across the galaxy. Now retired, Yakoub finds himself returning to the throne to solve a power struggle which threatens to embroil the entire galaxy in chaos. Chris Roberson's Here, There & Everywhere (1591023319, $15.00) tells of a pre-teen given an incredible gift by a dying woman. With the strange 'Sofia' gift in hand, she can travel anywhere in space and time, including to worlds what might be or could have been but her prior life is lost, and her time-travel journeys take her into lonely realms indeed in this spirited story of a young girl's courae. All are powerful presentations, highly recommended.

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment
James Patterson
Little, Brown
1271 Ave. of Americas, NY, NY 10020
031615556X $16.99 1-800-759-0190

If you're used to James Patterson's brand of thriller mysteries, you're in for a surprise: the same thriller focus and talent is evident, but the scene has moved from mystery/horror to mystery/science fiction in his latest novel Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment. Be prepared for a plot revolving around six youths who are 98 percent human, 2 percent bird. Be prepared for a secret mission to locate a missing parent and save Angel from mutants. And be prepared for a series of sub-plots which assure the swift pace is unrelenting. Maximum Ride represents a departure from Patterson's usual formula: it shouldn't be missed.

Ace Books/Berkeley
375 Hudson Street, New York NY 10014

Two fine new novels pose supernatural fantasy plots and intrigue for readers who enjoy the mix of both. Ian R. MacLeod's novel The House Of Storms (0441012-809, $24.95) excels so well in mystery and intrigue that it's also recommended across genres for fans of mysteries. Once Alice has become Greatgrandmistress of the Telegrapher's Guild in this fantasy world, but her achievements are shadowed by her son's illness. A former lover helps save him, but his own newfound romance may bring their world to an end. Charlaine Harris' Dead As A Doornail (0441012795, $22.95) is a recommended pick for fans of vampire novels; particularly those which add a tidbit of mystery. Sookie is a Louisiana waitress and a mind reader with vampires in the family. Her brother is about to turn into a were-panther for the first time, but a sniper's involvement in their lives involves them in more than supernatural changes in this thrilling mystery.

The Biography Shelf

Peach: Ty Cobb In His Time And Ours
Richard Bak
Sports Media Group
c/o Ann Arbor Media Group
2500 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
1587262576 $26.95

Peach: Ty Cobb In His Time And Ours is a coffee table biography of one of baseball's greatest players, who hit .367 over 24 seasons (1905-1928), won a dozen batting titles, and was the first man elected to baseball's Hall of Fame. Ty Cobb was well known for his intense and changeable personality, rivalries, and petty jealousies; but author Richard Bak reveals a side of Ty Cobb less discussed... a man who came to the aid of down-and-out ballplayers, founded a hospital system and educational foundation which remain successful after a half-century, and who came to terms with his own tarnished legend. Published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Ty Cobb's baseball debut, and featuring over 150 rarely seen black-and-white photographs, Peach: Ty Cobb In His Time And Ours is a slice of unforgettable sports history and a "must-have" for fans of great baseball figures throughout history.

Learning From My Mother's Voice
Jean Lau Chin
Teachers College Press
1234 Amsterdam Avenue, NY, NY 10027
0807745510 $19.95 1-800-575-6566

Written by a female Chinese-American psychologist with over 30 years of experience in mental health services, Learning From My Mother's Voice: Family Legend And The Chinese American Experience is both a cathartic memoir and a strong testimony of the experience of immigrant Chinese-Americans and their families throughout history, yet particularly in the past half-century. Chapters discuss common Western myths perpetuated about Chinese men and women, including infamous movies and characters that deified white men and repeatedly reduced Chinese women to the roles of victims or whores, the role of storytelling in helping families adjust to difficult situations, cultural symbols and universal bonds, the daily experience of Chinese-American family life, and more. Particularly examining the life of her mother, the author applies the cultural lessons learned from studying her mother's life to better understand life as a Chinese-American. An eye-opening examination that will prove extremely revealing for anyone seeking to better understand the psychodynamic and cultural forces behind the Chinese-American family, and especially recommended reading for anyone who career or daily life takes them into contact with Chinese-American communities.

It Was A Cold Day In Paris
Miryam Holm Hjemas
Dorrance Publishing
701 Smithfield Street, 3rd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3906
0805962751 $17.50 1-800-788-7654

Who is Miryam Holm Hjemas? Nobody whose name you'd immediately recognize, but that doesn't mean her autobiography, It Was A Cold Day In Paris, „ doesn't deserve to be read. Raised as a Peruvian aristocrat, Hjemas traveled to the US and Europe illegally in search of romance, made it to Paris, and found herself in a series of failed marriages with abusive husbands and years of strip dancing. Everything seemed against her; yet Hjemas eventually succeeded in her goal of locating real romance - and readers will find her account of successes and failures to be uplifting.

Losing The Garden
Laura Waterman
Shoemaker & Hoard Publishers
c/o Avalon Publishing Group
245 West 17th St, 11th fl, NY, NY 10011
1593760485 $24.00 1-800-788-3123

In 1971 Laura and Guy Waterman decided to give up all the conveniences of modern urban life and homestead in a cabin in the mountains of Vermont, living off the land in harmony with the local ecology and environment. From almost thirty years they created a deliberate life, eating food they grew themselves, living without indoor plumbing or electricity. The end of this unique marriage came on February 6, 2000, when Guy climbed to the summit of Mount Lafayette in New Hampshire's White Mountains and sat down among the rocks to die. Losing The Garden: The Story Of A Marriage is the compelling and intensely personal memoir of a women who had to struggle with her husband's plan to commit suicide. This is the story of a husband's depression, an account of a marriage seen outwardly as idyllic, but deeply flawed from within. Strongly recommended reading which is both thoughtful and thought-provoking, Losing The Garden is a love story, a portrait of an intense and unusual union, and an affirmation of life after loss.

The Humor Shelf

The Greedy Bastard Diary
Eric Idle
10 East 53rd St, New York, NY 10022
0060758643 $23.95 1-800-242-7737

Fans of comedy, especially British comedy, may find both the title of this book - Greedy Bastard Diary: A Comic Tour Of America - and its author strike a bell. Eric Idle is an ex-Python, humorist, and explorer of comedy around the world: in Greedy Bastard Diary he and his nine men traverse America visiting Gore Vidal and the common man alike, enjoying stand-up comedy, and celebrating being part of an American family and British comedy alike. Especially recommended for prior fans of Monty Python's unique brand of humor.

Big Top
Rob Harrell
Andrews & McMeel
4520 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64111
0740750046 $10.95 1-800-851-8923

The comic storytelling artistry of cartoonist Rob Harrel as showcased in his 'Big Top' syndicated strip, will serve to introduce newcomers to the quality of his work and enable previous fans to again appreciate the fun cartoon story of a pre-teen circus boy's coming of age. The black and white strips comprising Big Top are presented in chronological order for clarity of adventure progression and are delightful, whimsical stories.

The Cookbook Shelf

Cooking With Riesling
Barbara Ray & Norm Ray
Rayve Productions, Inc.
PO Box 726, Windsor, CA 95492
1877810568 $9.95

Cooking With Riesling presents seventy-five recipes featuring Riesling wine, all of which use ingredients that are readily obtainable in any supermarket and most of which can be completed in a minimum of time. An introduction offers a brief primer on cooking with wine and how to read the label on the bottle; the recipes themselves cover soups, salads, pastas, meats, poultry, seafood, and desserts. From Watercress Salad with Riesling Dressing, to Salmon Baked in Riesling, to Riesling Lychee Sorbet, and more, these delectable dishes allow for maximum flexibility and flavor in applying the unique Riesling vintage taste. A glossary and pronunciation guide round out this superb, easy-to-use cookbook for wine connoisseurs.

Japanese Dishes For Wine Lovers
J. K. Whelehan
Kodansha America, Inc.
575 Lexington Avenue, 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10022
4770030037 $25.00 1-800-451-7556

Enhanced with advice about wine pairing by J. K. Whelehan, Japanese Dishes For Wine Lovers by Machiko Chiba (winner of many awards for cooking in Japan and founder of her own cooking school in Sendai, Japan) is a very special culinary guide focusing on pairing red, white, dry, and sweet wines with diverse Japanese dishes. Showcasing both traditional and non-traditional combinations, the dishes showcased in this enthusiastically recommended addition to any kitchen cookbook collection offers the enhancement wine has to offer to 61 contemporary Japanese dishes. Beautifully illustrated and offering easy-to-follow step-by-step preparatory instructions, these extraordinary recipes range from Crispy Onion Salad with Chirimenjako; to Mushrooms and Okra Sauteed in Butter and Soy Sauce; to Pork and Plum Stir-Fry; to Oysters on the Half Shell with Japanese Dressing, Japanese Dishes For Wine Lovers is a veritable "how to" manual for enjoying wine with dynamic, innovate, mouth-wateringly delicious Japanese cuisine.

Hotter Than Hell
Jane Butel
Northland Publishing
PO Box 1389, Flagstaff, AZ 86002
0873588835 $16.95 1-800-346-3257

Fans of hot, spicy food need look no further for flames than Jane Butel's new edition of Hotter Than Hell: Hot & Spicy Dishes From Around The World. Now in a new and expanded edition, Hotter Than Hell: Hot & Spicy Dishes From Around The World is an exciting cookbook packed cover-to-cover with tasty and extra-hot cuisine applying spicy ingredients from the Southwest to the Far East. Step-by-step instructions and full-color photographs clearly lay out tongue-on-fire recipes such as Picante Pesto-Topped Oysters on the Half-Shell, Double Mustard-Coated Baked Chicken, Hot Green Beans Vinaigrette, Poppy Seed Torte, and so much more. While heat is the unifying factor, dishes come with quite a bit of added flavor, color photos, and excellent introductory descriptions. A brief guide to (spicy) ingredients and an easy-to-use index complete this zesty cookbook especially recommended for those who like fire in their flavor!

Conscious Cuisine
Cary Neff
Sourcebooks Inc.
1935 Brookdale Road, #139, Naperville, IL 60563
1402204051 $24.95 1-800-432-7444

Conscious Cuisine: A New Style Of Cooking From The Kitchens Of Chef Cary Neff is a cookbook that dares to present recipes which are not only healthy and nutritious, but also sensationally tasty and meant to be savored. Created by the head chef of Miraval Life in Balance Resort and Spa specifically to provide customers with nutritionally balanced dishes that did not sacrifice visual appeal or gustatory pleasure, Conscious Cuisine recipes include such culinary delights as Tomato-Roasted Garlic Soup, Crisp Shrimp and Vegetable Spring Rolls with Edamame Ragout, Lemon Mousse Cake, and so many more. Full-color photographs, detailed instructions for home cooks of all skill and experience levels, and above all, a passion for creating healthy and delicious dishes distinguish Conscious Cuisine as a "must-have" for active recipe and cookbook collections.

Cajun Low-Carb
Jude W. Theriot
Pelican Publishing Company
1000 Burmaster Street, Gretna. LA 70053
1589802640 $24.95 1-800-843-1724

Compiled and organized by certified culinary professional Jude W. Theriot, Cajun Low-Carb is the ideal cookbook for those on a low-carbohydrate diet who want dishes that excite their appetites and satisfy their cravings for delicious dining. From Cajun Spinach Dip; Rouxless Okra Gumbo; Cajun Cole Slaw; and Shrimp Remoulade; to Broiled Catfish; Cajun Pepper Steak; Poulet Le Champignon; and Bread Pudding, Cajun Low-Carb offers a veritable compendium of wonderfully easy, "kitchen cook friendly' dishes appropriate for any and all fine dining and family mealtime occasions.

Ayurvedic Cooking Made Easy
Kumuda Reddy, M.D.
Lantern Books
One Union Square West, Suite 201, New York, NY 10003-3303
1590560671 $15.00 1-800-856-8664

Curry is more than just a superb spice to enhance the flavor of dishes from the Indian subcontinent, it is also medicinal and utilizing the principles of Ayuverdic medicine (the traditional healing system of India), can help to bring the body's health into balance. In Ayurvedic Cooking Made Easy: 100+ Recipes For A Healthy You, Kumunda Reddy draws upon her more than twenty years of practicing medicine to showcase recipes that are healthy, health-inducing, and palate pleasing. Ranging from Creamy Red Lentil Dal; Vegetable Pancakes; and Cooling Cucumber Soup; to Brussel Sprouts and Potato Curry; Apple Pear Chutney; and Fruit Salad with Blueberry Sauce, Ayurvedic Cooking Made Easy is a prize culinary collection that is additionally enhanced with a backgrounding in Ayurvedic medicine concepts, food guidelines, tips for beginners, and sources for more information including Maharishi Vedic Medicine, recommended readings, and other books by Dr. Kumuda Reddy.

Sharing Scones And More
Beverly Pogue & Rosalie Clarke
Cedar Fort, Inc.
925 N. Main Sreet., Springville, UT 84663
1555178545 $9.95 1-800-759-2665

The collaborative work of Beverly Pogue and Rosalie Clarke, Sharing Scones And More showcases 35 superb recipes for the kind of dishes that enhance the spirit of gift giving and sharing whether it is in the form of an elegant brunch or a from-the-heart gift basket. From Sweet Buttermilk Scones; French Apple-Cream Scones; and Gingered Pecan Scones; to Walnut-Black-berry Scones; Almond-Poppyseed Scones; and Double Chocolate-Hazelnut Scones with Raspberry Filling, Sharing Scones And More is an enthusiastically recommended compendium of outstanding recipes which is further enhanced with motivational stories, scone making tips, inspirational thoughts, and suggestions for sharing.

Three Guys From Miami Cook Cuban
Glenn Lindgren, et al.
Gibbs Smith Publisher
PO Box 667, Layton, UT 84041
158685433X $29.95 1-800-748-5439

There are a host of other Cuban cookbooks on the market, but most are purely recipe collections: if you're also seeking the spice of Cuban cultural insights, then Three Guys From Miami Cook Cuban: 100 Great Cuban Recipes With A Touch Of Miami Spice by Glenn Lindgren, Raul Musiba, and Jorge Castillo is for you. Family recipes, humor, and personal stories abound in a guide also packed with color photos by Nancy Bundt. All three chefs add their impressions, insights and fun to the color-coded sidebar on the edge of each recipe page, helping to round out the offerings. Highly recommended, even for experienced cooks who already own several Cuban recipe collections.

Rutledge Hill Press
PO Box 141000, Nashville, TN 37214

Two excellent and fun food guides are a cut above the norm, blending a healthy dose of humor with real food lore. Norman Kolpas' Practically Useless Information: Food And Drink (1401602053, $16.99) gathers offbeat, unusual, interesting food trivia and drink facts, from the menu for the last dinner on the Titanic to official national food observances in September and the origins of 'roasting, Norman Kolpas' is coated with warm facts and fun fancy. Speaking of 'fun', it's hard to know where to review Jeff Foxworthy's latest The Redneck Grill: The Most Fun You Can Have With Fire, Characoal, And A Dead Animal (1401601995, $15.99): it would do equally well in our humor section, but is featured here for its very serious barbecue recipes, from grilled rabbit to maple-grilled pound cake. Add a layer of saucy Foxworthy redneck humor and Southern spice and an exceptionally handy 'glazed hardcover' format with spill-proof pages and you have a book readily accessible by the 'que.

Mexican Culinary Treasures
Maria Elena Cuervo-Lorens
Hippocrene Books
171 Madison Ave., New York NY 10016
0781810612 $24.95 1-212-685-4371

With so many Mexican cookbooks already on the market, how could yet another make its mark of distinction? Yet, Mexican Culinary Treasures: Recipes From Maria Elena's Kitchen does so with a flourish: Maria's extensive knowledge of her native country's foods lends to a survey of both traditional to newer, more cosmopolitan creations, form Mushroom Quesadillas to Stuffed Poblano Chiles in Walnut Sauce and Guajillo Chile Enchiladas. It's the cook seeking such a wide-ranging mix who will find Mexican Culinary Treasures especially inviting.

15 E. 26th St., New York NY 10010

If you missed Steve Almond's CandyFreak: A Journey Through The Chocolate Underbelly Of America in hardcover, be sure not to miss it in paper (01560-32937, $13.00): the humor and facts are smooth, rich and sweet indeed. Steve Almond couldn't find many of his favorite chocolate childhood candies, and embarked on a journey to find them, discovering the last small candy producers and specialty candy-makers in the country in the process of his journey. Blend candy facts, a travelogue, humor and a memoir and you have a delicious read indeed. Oz Clarke's Australian Wine Companion: An Essential Guide For All Lovers Of Australian Wine (015603025X, $19.95) is a 'must' for any who would explore Australian wines with one of the most famous wine writers in the world. Divided by grape growing region and regional producers, this doesn't just list wineries and their specialties: it also provides both background history and insights into how the winery has changed since its establishment; in the process revealing much about Australian wine industry history as a whole. Whether you're a destination-oriented wine enthusiast or an armchair reader/drinker, Australian Wine Companion is the first starter kit.

The BBQ Queens' Big Book Of Barbecue
Karen Adler & Judith Fertig
Harvard Common Press
535 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118
1558322973 $18.95 1-888-657-3755

The mystique is that men are better barbecue cooks than women: well be prepared for a surprise when you meet BBQ Queens Karen Adler and Judith Fertig, who are giving the male barbecuer a run for his money. This isn't your usual "Meat Bible", though meat of course is a big feature included too are plenty of recipes for vegetables on the grill, enticing blends of seafood, fancy dishes such as Apricot and Cognac-Glazed Duck: virtually anything to raise the barbecue above the realm of smoke and sauce. A delicious alternative simply packed with taste.

Wine Country USA
Matthew Debord
300 Park Avenue South, NY, NY 10010
0847826708 $35.00 1-888-330-8477

Wine buffs who enjoy reading of and touring small wineries will want to choose Wine Country USA: Touring, Tasting And Buying At America's Regional Wineries as both a fine armchair planner and destination-oriented guide. It's the only guide to narrow the focus to small, unique wineries across the nation, presenting ten 'tasting trails' to help visitors map out treks to recommended vineyards form Pennsylvania to California. Gorgeous color photos of these unusual areas abound, but it's the focus on nontraditional regions - and the tips on accommodations and local attractions - which keep Wine Country USA intriguing.

The Food Of India
Priya Wickramasinghe
Carol Selva Rajah
Whitecap Books
351 Lynn Avenue, North Vancouver, BC, Canada, V7J 2C4
1740452879 $34.95

With so many Indian cookbooks already on the market, why should the interested home cook look at yet another? It's simple: The Food Of India: A Journey For Food Lovers by Priya Wickramasinghe and Carol Selva Rajah is quite a cut above most of its similar-sounding competitors. In the first place, a team of traveler/food fans join forces to offer exquisite color photos of both Indian foods and culinary scenes across the country, pairing these photos with clear discussions of the seven Indian states and the local foods they're noted for. Secondly, The Food Of India includes a healthy dose of local history and ingredients research, as well as interviews with chefs and food producers. And if this isn't enough, it needs to be noted that the recipes selected for The Food Of India are anything but ordinary: from a Fried Beef Kerala to the Northern Indian traditional Chole Chaat, many regional specialty dishes aren't to be found in competing guides. All these features combined assure a visual treat packed with dishes all levels of Indian cook will relish.

Small Steps
c/o American Diabetes Association
1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311

Sometimes it seems healthy cooking just doesn't fit into the modern hectic schedule: it's far quicker to grab something high-carb and high-fat off the shelf when on the run. In reality, easy-to-make healthy dishes can be prepared almost as quickly, as Robyn Webb's 200 Healthy Recipes In 30 Minutes - Or Less (15804-02267, $16.95) demonstrates. From mustard-infused French Burgers to easy Chicken Nugget finger foods and salads, dietician Webb packs in dishes which lend to quick preparation while remaining healthy. The introduction on how to stock a kitchen for maximum 'fast food' cooking is particularly notable. Webb's Italian Diabetic Meals In 30 Minutes Or Less (1580402208, $14.95) provides some new ideas for serving meat, pasta, vegetables and fruits in Italian dishes. From Garlicky Shrimp and Broccoli to Italian Chicken Salad With Walnuts, meals focus less on the pastas Italian foods are known for and more on less fattening, healthier main course fare more accessible to diabetics.

The Art Shelf

The Art Book
Phaidon Press
180 Varick Street, 14th fl, NY, NY 10014
071484487X $24.95

The Art Book is an A to Z guide of 500 great painters and sculptors, from the medieval to the modern era. Each artist listing features a full-color photograph of a selected work representing the artist, and a couple paragraphs describing who the artist was and his or her contribution to the vast realm of human expression. Completely cross-referenced, with a glossary of technical terms as well as artistic movements and a directory of recommended museums in which to see more great works by effectively immortal individuals, The Art Book is a captivating tribute to skilled and talented masters of their craft, and a highly recommended introduction to the diversity of art itself.

Changing Tides
Frederick Hart
Hudson Hills Press
PO Box 205, Manchester, VT 05254
155595233X $65.00

Enhanced with an informative foreword by Frederick Turner (Founders Professor of Arts and Humanities, University of Texas, Dallas) and an insightful essay by Michael Novak (an expert on Hart's work and holder of the George Frederick Jewett Chair in Religion and Public Policy at the American Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C.), Changing Tides is a 256-page monograph on sculptor Frederick hart (1943-1999) which is superbly illustrated with 128 color plates, 12 duo tones, and 83 halftones. Readers and art students will appreciate Frederick hart's working processes as renowned sculptor of the human form. Changing Tides is a seminal, core addition to professional, art school, community and university library 20th Century Art History collections with respect to the development of figural sculpture in America.

The Watercolor Artist's Flower Handbook
Patricia Seligman
Watson Guptill
770 Broadway, New York NY 10003
0823056163 $19.95 1-800-451-1741

Any amateur artist interested in learning via the sketching efforts of others will find these step-by-step techniques in The Watercolor Artist's Flower Handbook: Leading Floral Artists Show How To Capture The Beauty Of Flowers to be specific and easy to follow. Thirteen leading floral artists offer insights on how they work, from choosing materials to sketching and producing polished results. Add ready-to-point postcards bound into the book and you have an extraordinary beginner's kit.

The Art Of Stephen Huneck
Laura Beach
Harry Abrams
100 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10011
0810955989 $50.00 1-800-759-0190

To aptly describe in text one Stephen Huneck's art, it might be best to rely on the succinct quote from Arts and Antiques Magazine: "If Walt Disney had ever met Rene Magritte and the two had decided to make furniture together, they'd have produced something close to Stephen Huneck's work." However, for an even better description, turn to Laura Beach's definitive Art Of Stephen Huneck: it packs in full-page, color reproductions of his work - sometimes as full as 2-page spreads - and accompanies these with clear details on the artist and his works. Highly recommended as the definitive work on Stephen Huneck's art.

UCLA Fowler Museum of History
PO Box 951549, L.A., CA 90095-1549

Two fine titles cover very different art topics, and are recommended picks for college-level collections seeking specialty items. Patrick Arthur Polk's Botanica Los Angeles: Latino Popular Religious Art In The City Of Angels (0974872903) packs in color pictures of art with interviews with artists and insights on Latino religious beliefs. Articles range from coverages of sites of healing to objects of devotion, surveying religion as an intrinsic subject of Latino art. Unwrapping The Textile Traditions Of Madagascar by Chapurukha M. Kusimba, J. Claire Odlund and Bennett Bronson (0930741951) provides textile artists with a fine review of the island's textile artists. This isn't just a review of art alone, however: cultural traditions are probed in depth, usage customs and rituals examined, and first-person accounts of encounters often assume travelogue discovery patterns of excitement and intimacy.

Weirdo Deluxe
Matt Dukes Jordan
Chronicle Books
85 - 2nd Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco CA 94105
081184241X $24.95 1-800-722-6657

'Lowbrow art' blends pop culture, street culture, pop art and surrealism with a strong focus on controversial sub-cultures from bikers to 60s sitcoms. It's about time that a thorough coverage of this genre is presented, and Painter and journalist Matt Dukes Jordan provides a spirited assessment of the high points of lowbrow in Weirdo Deluxe: The Wild World Of Pop Surrealism & Lowbrow Art. Full-page color reproductions of such art, from labels to paintings, present both art displays and commentary on the artists creating them.

Complete Guide For Models
Eric Bean & Jenni Bidner
Lark Books
67 Broadway, Asheville, SC 28801
1579905765 $19.95

It's fitting that art and crafts book publisher Lark Books should then move to a book on photographic modeling, Complete Guide For Models: Inside Advice From Industry Pros: it's a logical transition and offers the power of an art book publisher paired with the expertise of a fashion photographer and fashion editor. Models will learn all the basics of what it takes to become a model for the artist; from posing for commercial print ads to special opportunities for men, women and child models. Complete Guide For Models could have easily been featured in our 'Business and Careers' section, but is profiled here so artists and art library holdings will catch sight of it: it's an important, recommended instructional guide for the reference collections of artschool, artists and sculptors.

On Becoming An Artist
Ellen J. Langer
Ballantine Books
1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
0345456297 $24.95 1-800-726-0600

The word 'someday' can be another word for 'never', when prejudices, unproductive thinking patterns, and negativity get in the way of creativity and artistic expression. All it takes to become an artist, psychologist Ellen Langer maintains, is to start doing art. Her insights on preconceptions and barriers to producing art encourage readers to just go ahead and create.

Fine Art Publicity
Susan Abbott
Allworth Press
10 E. 53rd Street, #510, NY, NY 10010
1581154011 $19.95

The majority of art career guides come from either career counselors or artists themselves, so it's refreshing to note that Fine Art Publicity: The Complete Guide For Galleries And Artists, appearing in its second updated edition, is written by an industry publicist backed by the knowledge of her profession. Galleries and artists receive the basics of marketing to the art community; from researching a media list for both local and national contacts to locating businesses connected to the arts, and gathering a library of samples for targeted publicity contacts. Simply an outstanding reference; a 'must' for aspiring artists and gallery owners alike.

Animal Anatomy For Artists
Eliot Goldfinger
Oxford University Press
198 Madison Ave., NY, NY 10016-4314
0195142144 $50.00 1-800-451-7556

Artists who plan on focusing on animals had better pick up a copy of Animal Anatomy For Artists: The Elements Of Form: a virtual 'Bible' of animal anatomy, is features over five hundred original drawings and over seventy photos which painters, sculptors, and illustrators can use to understand the underlying anatomy of a range of common and wild animals. Forms created by muscles and bones provide artists with a three-dimensional figure of the final surface of the animal, while Goldfinger provides discussions of how each piece of animal anatomy interacts with another.

The Business Shelf

Effective Writing For The Quality Professional
Jane Campanizzi
600 North Plankinton Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53201-3005
0873896254 $30.00

The ability to articulately speak and write is essential for professional success in an increasingly global and competitive marketplace. Effective Writing For The Quality Professional: Creating Useful Letters, Reports, And Procedures by Joan Campanizzi (Adjunct Faculty/Communication Strategies and ESL Professor, Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio) shows just how to apply effective writing techniques and strategies to meet the needs of any organizational demand, including effectively communicating through the written word with co-workers and customers. This small, pocket-sized, spiral bound begins with an explanation of the value of effective writing in the workplace, continues with presenting language techniques for effective writing, with subsequent chapters dealing with formatting techniques, basic correspondence, writing effective definitions, summaries, and descriptions, writing effective instructions and procedures, reports and proposals, and delivering effective management presentations. Enhanced with three useful appendices: "Eliminating Waste Words"; "U.S. Postal Service State/Territory Abbreviation Codes"; "User Manual Style Sheets (Example)"; and an index, Effective Writing For The Quality Professional is an invaluable and instructive reference for anyone having to communicate through writing within the context of the professional lives and businesses.

Show Me QuickBooks 2005
Gail Perry
Que Publishing
801 E. 96th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46240
0789733293 $21.99 1-800-428-5331

Decidedly the most "user friendly" instruction and reference manual on QuickBooks 2005, Gail Perry's Show Me QuickBooks 2005 will help even the most novice reader learn how to visually how to perform tasks using this leading accounting software designed specifically for small businesses and the self-employed. Answers to their questions can be quickly found and visually displayed with this user-friendly method of training. Each task includes a screen-by-screen visual accompanied by a concise text description that makes performing everyday tasks quick and simple. If you operate a small business or are self-employed, then Show Me QuickBooks 2005 is the ideal, 432-page instructional manual that will meet your every accounting and financial record keeping need.

Harvard Business School Press
60 Harvard Way, Boston, MA 02163
$39.95 Each

HR professionals and would-be pros will want to acquire and keep these industry-specific 'Business Literacy for HR Professionals' guides close at hand: they cover some essential topics in depth, outlining key concepts, strategies, and procedures. The Essentials Of Negotiation (1591395-747) covers preparation techniques, tactics, project tailoring and considerations of both peers and bosses. HR pros must be effective negotiators to serve effectively in their roles, and all the fundamentals of a successful negotiator's concerns are covered. The Essentials Of Finance And Budgeting (1591395720) focuses on understanding and applying key financial statements, making accurate budgets and forecasts, and understanding tax laws and their impact on the organization. Important accounting concepts are outlined, investment and management decisions reviewed, and all applicable financial measures analyzed. With their HR-specific focus, these two references will earn a place in both corporate reference libraries and in classroom curriculums.

Mastering Book-Keeping
Dr. Peter Marshall
How To Books/Parkwest, dist.
Box 20261, New York NY 10025-1512
1857038975 $22.75 1-646-215-9003

What are the basics of 'double-entry accounting', and how can it be done? This totally updated 6th edition of a popular study covers all the basics of bookkeeping, from handling petty cash and using spreadsheets to account for VAT taxes, a British tax system. While there are a few principles such as VAT which are UK-specific, plenty of solid and easily-transferred basics will easy cross country lines to appeal to a world-wide audience. Mastering Book-Keeping is highly recommended, especially for those relatively new to the complexities of corporate bookkeeping in multinational companies.

The Social Issues Shelf

Imperial Hubris
Michael Scheuer
Potomac Books
22841 Quicksilver Dr., Dulles, VA 20166
1574888625 $17.95 1-800-775-2518

Want clear insights on the West's 'war on terrorism' and why it's losing? You can't go wrong with Imperial Hubris: Why The West Is Losing The War. While this already was a national bestseller in hardcover, here it appears with a new epilogue updating information on the latest Bush administration attempts to counter terrorism. Chapters provide a critical analysis of the terrorist threat, denounce the latest counter-terrorist efforts, and challenges politicians and common readers alike to understand the terrorist threat. A 'must' for any seriously concerned about not just the terrorist threat, but what's being done to combat it.

No Place To Hide
Robert O'Harrow, Jr.
The Free Press
1230 Ave. of the Americas, NY NY 10020
0743254805 $16.00 1-800-223-2336

Set in the post-9/11 atmosphere of today's world Washington Post reporter Robert O'Harrow Jr.'s No Place To Hide details the new ways private data and technology companies and government anti-terror rules and methods are creating a new security-industrial complex, probing the private lives of Americans in the name of homeland security. From cell phone monitoring by the phone company and new car devices which enable companies to track a consumer's movements from afield to software links, O'Harrow details not just the threats - this has been done before - but those who are key players in producing threats to privacy. An intriguing, eye-opening coverage.

Project Beta
Greg Bishop
191 - 7th Ave. Suite 2F, NY, NY 10011
0743470923 $14.00

In 1978 Paul Bennewitz, an electrical physicist in New Mexico, began monitoring the radio transmissions of the nearby Sandia Labs, convinced the strange lights hovering over the labs were evidence of an extraterrestrial alien invasion. His letter-writing campaign to the media and even the President to alert them resulted in an alliance between Air Force investigators and Bill Moore, author of the first Roswell incident book to keep tabs on him. The mystery eventually drove Bennewitz to a mental institution and the alliance prompted the spread of misinformation on the topic which began in 1989 and continues to this day. Project Beta is informative, engaging reading from cover to cover.

Corporate Scandals
Kenneth R. Gray, et al.
Paragon House
2285 University Avenue West, St. Paul, MN 55114
1557788383 $19.95

The collaboration work of Kenneth R. Gray (eminent Scholar Chair Professor of International Management, School of Business and Industry, Florida A&M University-Tallahassee), Larry A. Frieder (Eminent Scholar Chair Professor of Financial Services, School of Business and Industry, Florida A&M University-Tallahassee), and George W. Clark, Jr. (Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Ethics, School of Business & Industry, Florida A&M University), Corporate Scandals: The Many Faces Of Greed focuses on the nature of corporate scandals, offering the reader a brief history of business scandals, addressing issues of corporate malfeasance including fraud, regulatory laxity, and theft; governmental attempts to address corporate crime, the pervasive extent of executive impropriety and vice, recommendations for dealing with corporate illegalities in the future, and reflections on the nature and impact of corporate scandals on the business community and the general American public. Corporate Scandals should be on the reading list of corporate CEO and mandatory reading for every student in a "Business Ethics" class in every college and university Business School in the country.

The Education Shelf

Ivey Guide To Law School Admissions
Anna Ivey
525 "B" Street, San Diego, CA 92101
0156029790 $14.00 1-800-543-1918

Law school applicants have questions about everything from how to stand out from the crowd during admissions to explaining bad grades or background: Anna Ivey's Guide To Law School Admissions; Straight Advice On Essays, Resumes, Interviews, And More is the place to get answers. Ivey is former Dean of Admissions at the University of Chicago Law School, so she has the insider's background to handle such questions with authority. Chapters discuss strategies which make applicants special - and accepted.

Bringing Transformative Learning To Life
Kathleen P. King
Krieger Publishing Company
PO Box 9542, Melbourne, FL 32902-9542
1575242532 $27.50 1-800-724-0025

Adult education theory and programming expert Kathleen P. King presents Bringing Transformative Learning To Life, a presentation of the transformative learning model for the adult education classroom. Bringing Transformative Learning To Life uses stories based on research and the author's personal experience with adult educators in a wide variety of settings, from English as a second language to adult basic education, workplace education, and faculty development. Chapters describe how the Transformative Learning Opportunities Model can be put into effective practice in order to facilitate the absorption of ideas, skills, and techniques in this scholarly yet highly useful guide for rethinking core adult education practices. Highly recommended for anyone involved in the field of adult education, whether as a teacher, aide, or program planner.

A Place To Call Home
Barton J. Hirsch
American Psychological Association
750 First St., NE, Washington, DC 20002
1591472024 $49.95 1-800-368-5777

The result of an impressive and accessible scholarship, A Place To Call Home: After-School Program For Urban Youth by Barton J. Hirsch (Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, Northwestern University) is the result of research conducted by the author over a four-year period at six Boys & Girls Clubs located in low-income, predominately minority, urban neighborhoods. This study documents the crucial support that after-school programs provide urban youth with case illustrations, insightful analysis, and verbatim field notes. Enhanced with an extensive bibliography and an index, A Place To Call Home is strongly recommended reading for students of Urban Studies, Child Psychology, Education and School-Age Child Care issues.

The Gardening Shelf

Timber Press Pocket Guide To Shade Perennials
W. George Schmid
Timber Press
133 S.W. Second Avenue, Suite 450, Portland OR 97204-3527
0881927090 $19.95 1-800-327-5680

In Timber Press Pocket Guide To Shade Perennials, botanist, horticulturalist, landscape architect, and gardener W. George Schmid draws upon his immense expertise and experience to provide a thoroughly "user friendly", profusely illustrated guide to more than one thousand readily available shade perennials along with their individual growing conditions including definitions of shade intensities, basic information on cultivation, maintenance of shade perennials, dealing with their pests and diseases, as well invaluable lists of plants for specific landscape uses. The handy size of Timber Press Pocket Guide To Shade Perennials makes it the ideal take-along reference guide for non-specialist general readers wanting to "do it yourself" with respect to landscaping and gardening their properties, while at the same time, Timber Press Pocket Guide To Shade Perennials is an ideal reference for personal, academic, community, and professional library horticultural and gardening reference collections. If you want to have a shade garden that will maximize plant diversity and esthetics, then you need George Schmid's Timber Press Pocket Guide To Shade Perennials!

The Remarkable Babab
Thomas Pakenham
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Ave., New York NY 10110
0393059898 $19.95 1-800-233-4830

The Remarkable Baobab deserves no singular audience mind: it will attract attention from naturalists, armchair travel readers, botanists, and adventure readers alike. Thomas Pakenham followed in the footsteps of an 18th century French naturalist who first brought baobabs to the attention of Westerners: his travels took him to the heart of Africa, to Australia's outback, and even to Hawaii and Miami as he traces the qualities and persistence of these ancient trees. Pakenham's purpose is to convey a sense of wonder and discovery, not to provide a technical scientist's botanical reference: in this purpose he succeeds, with lively and wonderful celebratory descriptions and photos alike.

The American Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants
Christopher Brickell & H. Marc Cathey
DK Publishing
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
0756606160 $80.00

If only one detailed, weighty horticultural identification guide were to be selected for a discriminating public library collection, make it The American Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants: well over a thousand pages of small print packed with small color photos lends to a reference filled with descriptions, Latin names and varieties, and details on everything from ornamental trees and ground covers to bulbs and grasses. Even aquatics and herbs are included in an edition fully revised since the original published seven years ago. Over 2,000 genera and 15,000 individual plants pack this comprehensive reference, organized into a plant directory which features plants that will thrive in all hardiness zones in US and Canada. An outstanding, 'must have' reference, assuring gardeners hours of well-researched plant information.

The Edible Garden
Sunset Publishing
80 Willow Rd. , Menlo Park, CA 94025
0376031700 $19.95 1-800-643-8030

The Edible Garden is a practical, easy guide to growing fresh fruits and vegetables. There are a host of unusual ideas here, from kid-friendly projects to different techniques, streamlining gardening processes, and handling diseases, crop rotation needs, and special care. A fine beginner's guide.

The Environmental Studies Shelf

Rendezvous With The Wild
James Raffan, Editor
Boston Mills Press/Firefly Books
155 E. 34th St. #5B, New York Ny 10016
1550464221 $39.95 1-800-387-5085

Canada's boreal region cover over a billion acres from Newfoundland to the Yukon, and is still an intact, living environment with healthy wildlife populations and clean rivers: that's what makes it unique in today's world, and why Rendezvous With The Wild: The Boreal Forest is such an important celebration of the region. The book is part of a national project to educate the public about the forest's importance: chapters use journal notes, sketches, photos, art images, and songs to capture the thoughts of a project Boreal Rendezvous, which brought together Canadians on a series of ten river canoe trips from one side of the boreal to the other. A gorgeous tribute and celebration for any outdoors enthusiast.

The World History Shelf

The Friar And The Cipher
Lawrence Goldstone & Nancy Goldstone
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
0767914732 $26.00 1-800-726-0600

In 1912 one Wilfrid Voynich, a London rare book dealer, discovered a strange manuscript in a secluded Italian castle written in cipher which stymied code-breakers up to modern times. No, the Goldstones haven't broken the code: what they have done in The Friar And The Cipher: Roger Bacon And The Most Unusual Manuscript In The World is to provide a history of its possibilities and along with it, a scientific survey and examination of its lasting effects. The Goldstones use Roger Bacon, possible author of the manuscript, as a focal point for a history of the man, his times, and the evolution of code in response to an effort to keep evolving scientific pursuits secret from the church. A captivating survey emerges.

The Theatre/Media Shelf

American Science Fiction TV
Jan Johnson-Smith
Wesleyan University Press
215 Long Lane, Middletown, CT 06459
0819567388 $22.95 1-800-421-1561

American Science Fiction TV: Star Trek, Stargate And Beyond by Jan Johnson-Smith (Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Theory, Bournemouth University Media School, United Kingdom) surveys the development of science fiction television over the last twenty years with a special focus on narrative, imagery, and ideology. The author makes some fascinating connections between the ancient tradition of the epic journey with the more recent American tradition of the "Wild West". The reader is shown how themes of journey and exploration, and the archetypal characters associated with these themes, have continued from ancient times to the modern era. Johnson-Smith utilizes case studies of several key science fiction series including "Babylon 5", "StarGate SG-1"; "Space: Above and Beyond", and others to reveal common narrative patterns and visual styles. These case studies explore diverse themes including politics, ideology, race and ethnicity, gender difference, militarism, and the use of science fiction narratives as allegories of present-day social and political issues. American Science Fiction TV will prove of immense interest to students of American Popular Culture, the history of American television programming, and fans of fantasy and science-fiction.

Kingdom Of Heaven
Ridley Scott
Newmarket Press
18 East 48th Street, New York, NY 10017
1557046611 $19.95 1-800-669-3903

The latest entry in the acclaimed "Newmarket Pictorial Moviebook" series, Kingdom Of Heaven: The Ridley Scott Film And The History Behind The Story is the definitive film documentary of "Kingdom of Heaven", the large-scale historical epic about the Crusades that pitted the forces of King Baldwin IV of Jerusalem against the armies of the Saracen general Saladin. Directed by Ridley Scale and starring Orlando Bloom, the commentary is in two major parts: "Kingdoms in the Holy Land: The Crusades and the Film Story" and "Swords and Stones: How Kingdom of Heaven Was Made". This informative guide to the film and its making is enthusiastically recommended for fans of the film, as well as professional, academic, and community library Cinematic Studies reference collections.

Excelsior, You Fathead!
Eugene B. Bergmann
Applause Books
151 W. 46th St., New York NY 10036
1557836000 $27.95 1-800-637-2852

Jean Shepherd was a humorist most commonly known for his creation A Christmas Story, about a child who wants a BB gun for Christmas and gets into trouble with it - but this isn't the extent of Shepherd's creations by a long shot: many consider him to be the Mark Twain of his day, fostering late night radio without a script and becoming a master of talk radio. He also promoted a nonexistent book and author, then brought it into existence, as well as creating many books of satire and humor along the way. Author Eugene Bergmann began listening to the Jean Shepherd radio shows in 1956, has studied hundreds of the broadcasts, and has reviewed all of Shepherd's work in other media: Excelsior, You Fathead! The Art And Enigma Of Jean Shepherd deeply delves into Shepherd's creations and personality and is a 'must' for any fan of either Shepherd or early radio humor.

It's One O'Clock And Here Is Mary Margaret McBride
Susan Ware
New York University Press
838 Broadway, 3rd Fl, NY, NY 10003
0814794017 $29.95 1-800-996-6987

If you don't recognize the name of radio personality Mary Marget McBride, don't worry: she was one of the major radio show hosts of the 1940s and 1950s and had her own popular daily one o'clock broadcast where she interested presidents and famous personalities alike. Five decades after their broadcast her shows still hold relevance today: Susan Ware explores how Mary McBride influenced formats many talk shows still use, capturing the world of 1930s to 1950s radio broadcasting in all its social and political importance. It's One O'clock is the first in-depth examination of McBride's popularity and radio show, following both her life and upbringing and her impact on media as a whole. Susan Ware edits the biographical dictionary Notable American Women and is in the perfect position to lend depth and authority to McBride's achievements.

Sing For Your Supper
Ethan Mordden
175 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10010
0312239513 $26.95

Fans of Broadway productions in general and musicals in particular won't want to miss the Broadway musical history provided by Ethan Mordden in Sing For Your Supper: The Broadway Musical In The 1930s. The 1930s were a period of depression for most Americans: it was also an era when Broadway produced some of the most enjoyable, fun productions ever. Mordden's long-time interest in Broadway productions and history has resulted in several other titles on various topics: this, more than most, covers the innovations and temperament of the times; from the evolution of operatic theatre and burlesque to circus productions and dance. History blends well with a lively overview of notable musical developments of the times.

The Hollywood Standard
Christopher Riley
Michael Wiese Publications
11288 Ventura Blvd., #621, Studio City, Ca 91604
1932907017 $18.95

Thousands of fine scripts never get read because their format is wrong: in Hollywood, first impressions and amateur productions can kill an otherwise-solid presentation. That's why would-be script writers can't afford to live without Christopher Riley's The Hollywood Standard: The Complete & Authoritative Guide To Script Format And Style. Riley ran the script processing department at Warner Brothers and was the studio's script format guru, so he's got the credentials of authority to produce a winning guide covering everything from scene headings and pace control to managing POV shots and more. Quite simply, a 'must' reference for any up to the professional.

Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams
Donald Bogle
One World Books/Ballantine Books
1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
0345454189 $26.95

Donald Bogle's account of black Hollywood's underground over a span of sixty years uses interviews and the personal recollections of Hollywood luminaries to create a unique history. Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story Of Black Hollywood probes the careers of famous and lesser-known actors, the supporting members of the black community who spread gossip, did hair, and interacted with the Hollywood personalities, and the differences between the better-known Hollywood vision and Black Hollywood. An intriguing, unique history.

The Journalism Shelf

Davis Merritt
1601 Broadway, New York NY 10019
0814408540 $24.95 1-800-250-5308

Knightfall: Knight Ridder And How The Erosion Of Newspaper Journalism Is Putting Democracy At Risk is more than a survey of one company's rise and fall: it draws important links between democratic free speech and free press issues and Knight Ridder's development. Chapters consider the financial reality of newspaper business, methods for remaining profitable, and the effects on democracy of newspaper corporate strategies and concerns.

I Watched A Wild Hog Eat My Baby!
Bill Sloan
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Dr, Amherst, NY 14228
1573929026 $25.00 1-800-421-0351

We all let our eyes at least wander to tabloid newspaper headlines in the supermarket; but ever wonder who's behind them? Finally: here's an expose of the personalities who built the tabloids, with interviews by Bill Sloan providing insider's insights into the strange business. From roots of the tabs in soft-core smut to their current focus on celebrity sensationalism, pop culture is presented at its best - and most outrageous - in a zany story. I Watched A Wild Hog Eat My Baby: A Colorful History Of Tabloids And Their Cultural Impact is especially commended to the attention of students in Journalism, American Popular Culture, and anyone who has ever plucked one up while in a supermarket checkout counter.

The Railroading Shelf

Tourist Trains 2005
Empire State Railway Museum
Kalmbach Publishing Company
PO Box 1612, Waukesha, WI 53187
0871162148 $17.95 1-800-533-6644

Tourist Trains 2005 is the Empire State Railway Museum's 40th annual guide to tourist railroads and museums. Packed into this 456-page guidebook are more than five hundred railroad-related attractions accessible to the general public, along with listings for attractions that offer trains rides. Included for this rides are listings of their hours, fees, directions, and other pertinent information. Tourist Trains 2005 even offers coupons for discounts on ticket prices! Very highly recommended for the reference collections of dedicated railroading enthusiasts, Tourist Trains 2005 is also of considerable value for planning family vacations for those who want to incorporate their appreciation and enjoyment of America's railroads and railroading history into the life experiences of the children.

The Tootin' Louie
Don L. Hofsommer
University of Minnesota Press
111 Third Ave. South, Suite 290, Minneapolis, MN 55401-2520
0816643660 $39.95

If railroad history in general is a passion and Midwest or St. Louis rail history in particular is of interest, you won't want to miss history professor Don L. Hofasommer's vivid The Tootin' Louie: A History Of The Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway. Here's an entire coverage of the railway and its extensive cross-state service areas which relies on primary research documents including station records and dispatcher reports to bring to life the rail's people and community interactions. Vintage black and white photos, illustrations, and maps pepper an extensive coverage which is a highly recommended pick indeed.

The Antiques/Collectibles Shelf

Krause Publications
700 East State St., Iola, WI 54990

Four excellent new collector's guides are top picks for Ebay salespeople, garage sale enthusiasts, or specialty collectors. Stuart W. Wells III's Warman's Star Wars Field Guide: Identification And Values (08968-91348, $12.99) provides a thick yet truly pocket-sized tote perfect for bringing along to that auction or flea market, pairing over two hundred color photos with thousands of Star Wars memorabilia listings. From cards and action figures to coins, models and paper collectibles, Warman's Star Wars Field Guide is the perfect take-along companion - as is Leigh Leshner's Warman's Jewelry Field Guide: Values And Identification (98734-99824, $12.99), which provides hundreds of listing, 400 color photos and illustrations, and a handy alphabetical arrangement by jewelry genre for quick consultation. Both are excellent guides for hitting the road. And speaking of jewelry, Leigh Leshner's Collecting Art Plastic Jewelry: Identification And Price Guide (0873499-549, $24.99) may not be small-sized, but packs in the reference details on art plastic jewelry, covering celluloid, Bakelite and more and including nearly 400 color photos throughout. Since the works of modern designers are typically lost in the focus on antiques alone, Collecting Art Plastic Jewelry is especially important, filling a gap in details on collectible modern pieces. Alex G. Malloy's Comics Values Annual 2005 (0873499638, $19.99) packs in updated values listings for nearly 100,000 comics from the Golden Age to modern times. It's the tab references, index, and very latest collectible prices which makes Comics Values Annual 2005 so important to any serious collector.

Complete Price Guide To Watches
Cooksey Shugart,
TinderBox Press/Collector Books, dist.
PO Box 3009, Paducah, KY 42002-3009
1574324594 $29.95 1-800-626-5420

There have been thousands of price changes in the watch world - and that makes the new 2005 edition of Complete Price Guide To Watches an important acquisition for avid watch collectors -- even those with last year's edition. Values are the meat of the weighty, 1,000+ page guide, with small black and white photos liberally presented on every page. It is no exaggeration to claim the Complete Price Guide To Watches as the dedicated watch collector's 'bible'.

Helmut Kahlert, et al.
Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
4880 Lower Valley Rd, Atglen, PA 19310
0764321374 $79.95

Now in a newly revised fifth edition, Wristwatches: History Of A Century's Development by Helmut Kahlert, Richard Muhe and Gisbert L. Brunner, is an extraordinary, high-quality, in-depth guide meant especially for collectors but also filled with fascinating information for lay readers curious about the technological, sociological, and economic factors that have not only contributed to the development of the wristwatch, but made the portable clock an important part of world history. Over 1990 black-and-white and color photographs abound throughout this lavish compendium, which includes extensively detailed essays on the origin of the wristwatch, its distinctive features versus the pocket watch, its basic construction and function, self-winding watches, special types of wristwatches, preservation and care of wristwatches, and much more. Express focus is given to various name brands and types of wristwatches throughout the past century, with many photos, capsule descriptions, and sample prices for classic watches. Wristwatches: History Of A Century's Development is truly an outstanding reference for hobbyists and historians alike.

How To Restore Classic Farmall Tractors
Tharran E. Gaines
Voyageur Press
123 North Second Street, Stillwater MN 55082-0338
0896580571 $29.95 1-800-888-9653

How To Restore Classic Farmall Tractors: The Ultimate Do-It-Yourself Guide To Rebuilding And Restoring is a no-nonsense, in-depth how-to manual for collectors, hobbyists, and even professionals. Chapters cover how to repair, restore, and spruce up every part of vintage Farmall tractors, from engine repair to the clutch, tires, hydraulic system, electrical system, cooling system, fuel system, sheet metal, paint job, decals, and much more. Black-and-white and color photographs, explicit diagrams, and thorough instructions in layman's language distinguish How To Restore Classic Farmall Tractors. A fascinating guide for classic tractor enthusiasts and hobbyists and an invaluable resource for anyone determined to get their classic Farmall tractor in the best possible condition.

The Audiobook Shelf

Broken Angels
Richard K. Morgan
Tantor Media, Inc.
114 Mill Rock Road East, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
1400101387 $42.99 1-877-782-6867

The sequel to "Altered Carbon", which won the Philip K. Dick Award, Broken Angels continues the science fiction exploits of cynical, quick-draw diplomat turned sleuth turned mercenary Takeshi Kovacs. Set in the twenty-first century, when death is little more than an inconvenience due to the technology's ability to preserve human consciousness and download it into new bodies, Broken Angels follows Kovacs, his trustworthy twin Kalashnikovs, and a band of resurrected soldiers in search of an ancient yet salvageable alien spacecraft. Yet the prize they seek is so deadly it could spell extinction for the human race, in this two-fisted, double-barrelled sci-fi thrill ride tantalizingly narrated by Todd McLaren. 13 CDs, 16.5 hours, unabridged.

Village Of The Small Houses
Ian Ferguson
BTC Audio Books
c/o Goose Lane Editions
469 King Street, Fredericton, NB, Canada, E3B 1E5
0864923953 $19.95 1-888-926-8377

Written and narrated by author Ian Ferguson, Village Of The Small Houses: A Memoir Of Sorts is an hilarious and highly recommended account of growing up poor in the far north when in 1959, just ahead of the law, Ferguson's con-artist father Hank headed up north in a delapidated Mercury Zephyr with his pregnant wife, Louise. Hank got as far as isolated Fort Vermilion where he passed himself off as a teacher at the "Indian school" and settled his ever-expanding family in a house devoid of plumbing and electricity. The lively recounting of a scrappy childhood, Ferguson interweaves truth, tall-tale exag-geration, and a memorable case of growing up among lovable misfits in this 2 CD, 2 1/2 hour autobiographical account.

O'Black And Unknown Bards And Other Poems
James Weldon Johnson
MasterBuy Audiobooks
PO Box 183, NY, NY 10007
0974208817 $30.00

O'Black And Unknown Bards And Other Poems is an impressive audio CD collection of 65 poems initially published in 1917 by African-American poet James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938), who also served as a college professor, newspaper editor, US diplomatic service consul, and head of the foremost African-American protest organization during his life. The cornerstone poem, "Fifty Years", was written commemoration of the half-century anniversary of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. Drawing on the traditions of "sorrow songs", also known as spirituals, once sung by slaves as an expression of faith and hope as surely as their grief, O'Black and Unknown Bards is a treasury that resonates as clearly and powerfully now as it did almost a century ago. Professional actors Michael Collins, Anne Mitchell, and Michelle Lyons read the poems with professional skill, flair, and reverent emotion. Highly recommended. 2 CDs, 1 hour 20 minutes.

The Voice Of The Poet
J.D. McClatchy, editor
Books On Tape, Inc.
400 Hahn Road, Westminister, MD 21157
$24.00 each 1-800-541-5525

Books On Tape is a premier publisher of complete and unabridged audio books in both cassette and CD formats. Now Books On Tape debuts a remarkable and unique series showcasing major 20th Century American poets reading from their own work. Each of the six volumes commencing these outstanding one hour CD productions includes rare archival recordings and an accompanying 64-page book with the text of the poetry, a bibliography, and an informed and informative commentary by poet and literary critic J.D. McClatchy (editor of "The Yale Review. The series features William Carlos Williams (14159-20397); T.S. Eliot (1415920370); Langston Hughes (1415920362); E. E. Cummings (1415920354); W. H. Auden (141-5920346); and American Wits (1415920-346) which includes Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), Ogden Nash (1902-1971), and Phyllis McGinley (1095-1978). While highly recommended for anyone who enjoys poetry, the impressive production values of this unique series, combined with the ability to hear the poets work in their own voice, make The Voice Of The Poet series an indispensable, core addition to highschool, college, and university collections.

Car Talk: Maternal Combustion
Highbridge Audio
33 S. 6th St., CC-2205, Minneapolis, MN 55402
1565119800 $13.95 1-800-847-5515

The Magliozzi brothers (a.k.a. the Tappet Brothers) here answer calls about and from mothers, giving funny advice on cars in their latest issue Car Talk: Maternal Combustion. In case you don't know them or their show, the brothers narrate the award-winning 'Car Talk' radio broadcast weekly on National Public Radio stations across the nation, accepting call-in questions addressed with a heavy dose of humor. Fans and newcomers of CAR TALK won't be disappointed in the one hour program of hilarity offered on Maternal Combustion: Calls About Moms And Cars.

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
Douglas Adams
Audio Partners Publishing
1133 High Street, Auburn, CA 95603
1572704691 $29.95 1-800-788-3123

Now available in the U.S. for the first time, The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: The Tertiary Phase is the audiobook radio dramatization of the third volume of Douglas Adams' "trilogy in five parts". Originally published in print as "Life, the Universe, and Everything", and adapted to a full-cast radio play featuring the late Douglas Adams himself in the role of Agrajag, The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: The Tertiary Phase follows unlikely protagonists Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect in a bizarre quest to find their way home, towel themselves off and save the Universe, not necessarily in that order. Side-splittingly funny, featuring 6 complete radio episodes specially extended for CD, The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: The Tertiary Phase is an absolute "must" for true fans of Adams' classic comedy series. 3 CDs, 3 hours 10 minutes.

Brilliance Audio
PO Box 887, Grand Haven, MI 49417

Audio narrator Dick Hill must have done hundreds of productions by now, and his voice doesn't pale over time but gets stronger. The addition of his seasoned voice to Stephen White's gripping thriller Missing Persons (1593555644, $26.95) reflects the perfect meld between reader and psycho-thriller. Psychologist Alan Gregory finds himself involved when friend and fellow therapist Hannah dies at the office mysteriously, leaving a host of questions and some clues only Alan can decipher. A powerful audio thriller keeps listeners on their seats. Dick Hill also lends his exceptional skills to Randy Wayne White's Dead Of Night (1596008-482, $26.95), in which Doc Ford checks out a reclusive biologist brother for a friend, only to find himself involved in one of the worst crime scenes preceding a Florida nightmare. The tension is gripping. There are more veteran narrators paired with veteran writers offered by Brilliance on cd this month: notables such as Laural Merlington, who narrates Stewart O'Nan's The Good Wife (1596002913, $29.95), telling of two men who break into a house and kill an old woman, leading a pregnant wife to face her husband's twenty-eight years of incarceration, or veteran Patrick Lawlor's gripping narration of Michael Winerip's Adam Canfield Of The Slash (1597370916, $26.95, telling of a star reporter kid who becomes co-editor of The Slash, only to find himself immersed in a plot. Veteran David Colacci lends his smooth and excellent skills reading Jonathan King's Max Freeman novel A Killing Night (1593553129, $34.95), displaying Max at a crossroads as he seeks to move beyond isolation to return to high-profile crime investigations. Max finds himself caught between two loyalties to friends as he faces a dangerous search for truth in Philadelphia's back streets. Nevada Barr's Hard Truth (1590866657, $26.95) faces Joyce Bean's warm, skilled voice which provides a seasoned touch to the Anan Pigeon character. Anna here moves to Colorado to become a new district park ranger, where three girls have disappeard during a religious retreat. Her probe into the mystery reveals a park danger which could change her life. Anne Perry's Long Spoon Lane (1596002735, $26.95) receives Michael Page's excellent style and ability to bring to life the story of one Thomas Pitt, summoned to Long Spoon Lane where anarchists are plotting an attack involving bombs and the poor. Terrorism becomes mixed up with politics and social issues in this thriller. Be warned: D.J. MacHale's Pendragon is Book One in the 'Merchant of Death' series (1597372374, $29.95); William Dufris hopefully is prepared to lend his excellent, lively voice to the rest of the effort opened by this story of one Bobby Pendragon, a teen on a mission to save the world. Swept into an alternate dimension known as Denduron, where magic rules, Bobby finds his mission extends to both worlds in this gripping fantasy.

Against All Enemies
Richard A. Clarke
Recorded Books, LLC
270 Skip Jack Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
1419315064 $TBA 1-800-638-1304

Written by the counterterrorism czar for presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and grippingly narrated by Alan Nebelthau, Against All Enemies: Inside America's War On Terror is the audiobook indictment of the failures, mistakes, greed, and self-serving agendas of the Bush administration and key members such as Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz, as they used the tragedy of 9/11 to advance their pet plan to attack Iraq. Against All Enemies claims that the Bush administration let the opportunity to eliminate al Qaeda slip through its fingers, distracted as it was by other desires. A meticulous track record worthy of close scrutiny by every patriotic American, regardless of whether one agrees with the author's point of view. 9 cassettes, 12 hours, unabridged.

The Language Studies Shelf

Speak Like A Native
Michael D. Janich
Paladin Press
7077 Winchester Circle, Boulder, CO 80301
1581604521 $19.00 1-800-392-2400

Speak Like A Native: Professional Secrets For Mastering Foreign Languages by linquistic expert Michael D. Janich (who worked as a POW/MIA Investigation Team Lader and served as interpreter for official negotiations between American and Vietnamese delegations) is packed with tips, tricks, and techniques for language mastery as used by professionals. Part one covers how to get organized, including ten rules to follow such as "learn your own language well before you attempt to learn someone else's", "success is determined by the goals you set", and "there is no substitute for quality study materials". Part two offers twelve steps for developing a customized study plan tailored for one's goals. Part three offers a wide wealth of strategies and tips for optimizing one's language study, and making the most productive and efficient use of one's time. Black-and-white photographs illustrate this absolute "must-have" reference for not only foreign language students in schools and colleges, but also business travelers, diplomats, and others who need to assimilate new languages quickly and efficiently, or who are striving to reinforce and improve their command of a second language. Recommended!

The Gaming Shelf

Death By Degrees Official Strategy Guide
Doug Walsh
Brady Games
800 East 96th Street, 3rd floor, Indianapolis, IN 46240
0744004357 $14.99 1-800-571-5840

Death By Degrees Official Strategy Guide is a full-color, in-depth video game guidebook to the recently released game "Death by Degrees", exclusively for the Sony Playstation 2 entertainment system. Death by Degrees is a unique action game starring the blonde, beautiful, and utterly lethal female assassin Nina Williams, known among fans as the bone-breaking mistress of martial arts in Namco's wildly popular "Tekken" fighting game series. "Death by Degrees" takes place before Tekken 1, and follows Nina on her mission for the CIA, with Nina's equally deadly half-sister Anna and the enigmatic millionaire mogul Heihachi also making an appearance. Death By Degrees Official Strategy Guide goes into explicit detail concerning the control system (which relies almost entirely upon the analog joysticks of the PS2 controller), the strengths and weaknesses of various power-ups, ideal strategies and tactics, and a mission-by-mission walkthrough to aid the neophyte gamer or allow a veteran who has already beaten the game once to discover every last hidden secret. Appendices allow for quick and easy lookup of the requirements to earn extra rewards and unlock hidden artwork pictures after the main mission is complete. Completely living up to the high BradyGames standard for its video game guidebooks, Death By Degrees Official Strategy Guide is the perfect companion for anyone seeking to get the most out of this exciting, action-packed game.

The Original Poker Diary
Jonas Barrish
Leathers Publishing
4500 College Blvd., #180, Overland Park, KS 66211
1585973092 $14.95 1-913-498-2625

The Original Poker Diary by dedicated poker player Jonas Barrish offers a unique system for improving the reader's poker playing performance through developing a more focused awareness of play, strategy, and opponents regardless of the specific type of poker game being played. A good many world-class poker players keep detailed notes of their games to help them review successes and learn from their mistakes. Barrish incorporates this principle into The Original Poker Diary with 300 journal entry pages for players to record on in order to keep track of "Memorable Hands", "Player Notes", "Bad Beats", "Tells", and more. Enhanced with a comprehensive glossary of poker terms and slang, The Original Poker Diary will prove to be an invaluable addition to any serious poker player's personal reference shelf.

Gambling Online
Angus Dunnington
D&B Publishing
c/o Continental Enterprises Group (dist.)
302 West North 2nd St, Seneca, SC 29678
1904468136 $19.95 1-864-885-9444

Experienced writer and online gambler Angus Dunnington presents Gambling Online, an introduction to the dramatic new form of gambling spreading across the internet. All major bookmakers now have a serious web presence with sites that allow 24-hour online trading, yet more opportunists than just the fixed odds and spread betting companies have taken advantage of improving technology. New betting exchanges allow punters to set their own prices on events in the hope that someone will take them on. Offering reviews of all major gambling websites, as well as online sites with traditional casino games such as roulette and blackjack, plain-terms descriptions of various online games and how to play them, and an accompanying CD-ROM , Gambling Online is the perfect introduction for the gamer who wants to find the right online gambling site for his or her tastes, or simply learn more about this fast-growing trend.

Xiangqi Syllabus On Horse
David H. Li
Premier Publishing Company
PO Box 341267, Bethesda, MD 20827
0971169020 $28.00 1-888-777-7024

The fifth volume in the "Premier Series" on the game of Xiangqi, also known as Chinese Chess, Xiangqi Syllabus On Horse: Chinese Chess 5 expressly focuses on the role of Horse in this complex and strategic game. Written especially for experienced Xiangqi players, Xiangqi Syllabus On Horse covers tactical maneuvers, defense, and offense in opening, mid-game, and end-game, including ideal positions for the player on weaker footing to seek a draw. Featuring 32 sample games, fully annotated, many with grandmasters' commentary and postscripts; 138 diagrams; and 2 appendices, Xiangqi Syllabus On Horse is a superb guide for aspiring as well as practiced Xiangqi players looking to hone their skill in this ancient and classic test of wits.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

The Way Of The Sufi
Idries Shah
Octagon Press
c/o ISHK Book Service
Box 381069, Cambridge, MA 02238-1069
0863040837 $19.95

The Way Of The Sufi is an anthology of material from Sufi Schools, teachings, and classical writings, intended as a basic introductory course in Sufi study. Author Idries Shah, well-known for expounding upon Sufi ideas and his work to make Sufi teachings accessible to a Western audience, presents contemporary readers with both outward aspects of Sufi thought and evidence that Sufi principles were absorbed into medieval Christianity, Hinduism, Jewish mysticism, and modern philosophical teachings. A very welcome and timely contribution to Religious Studies collections and reading lists, Idries Shah's The Way Of The Sufi not only focuses upon what Sufi is, but also the role Sufi activity and practice has to play in the modern the world.

Facing A World In Crisis
J. Krishnamurti
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115-4544
1590302036 $13.95 1-800-733-3000

Facing A World In Crisis: What Life Teaches Us In Challenging Times by the renowned spiritual philosopher J. Krishnamurti (1895-1986) is comprised of a number of talks that Krishnamurti gave on how to respond to the troubling events of the modern world ranging from natural disasters, to political wars and ethnic genocides. The individual talks are offered with a nonsectarian, nonpolitical perspective, life-affirming approach that will resonate in the hearts and minds of the readers. A timeless and welcome contribution to Eastern Philosophy studies, Facing A World In Crisis is strongly recommended reading, especially for those who seek to understand and benefit from Krishnamurti's enduring spiritual wisdom when addresses the problems and catastrophes of life around the world today.

The Sins Of Scripture
John Shelby Spong
Harper San Francisco
353 Sacramento Street, #500, San Francisco, CA 94111-3653
0060762055 $24.95 1-800-272-7737

Episcopal bishop and advocate for liberal Christianity John Shelby Spong presents The Sins Of Scripture, a frank discussion of Biblical passages that, if viewed strictly literally, are nothing less than appalling, and have even been used to discriminate or condemn individuals in the name of God. Bishop Spong explores how the Bible has been used in history to oppose the Magna Carta, support the divine right of kings, condemn the discoveries of Galileo and Darwin, support slavery and segregation, justify murderous treatment against Muslim people in the crusades, support the Spanish Inquisition, and even fuel the genocidal Holocaust. To this day the Bible is quoted in support of treating women as second-class citizens. What is a committed and spiritual Christian to do? Bishop Spong provides an answer by revealing a different way to read and understand the sacred Judeo-Christian text, revealing a universally holy God that calls to love one's enemies. A powerful antidote to the misuse of Biblical passages to promote injustice, and an absolute must-read for anyone who feels overpowered by the Bible-quoting, religious mentality that is all too pervasive in the modern political arena.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

The Way Back To Paradise
Joseph M. Felser
Hampton Roads Publishing Company
1125 Stoney Ridge Road, Charlottesville, VA 22902
1571743804 $14.95 1-800-766-8009

The Way Back To Paradise: Restoring The Balance Between Magic And Reason by New York philosophy professor Joseph Felser uses anecdotes and logic to challenges the reader to reclaim life's mysterious questions while seeking for our metaphysical answers without abandoning reason. Professor Felser argues for noticing precognitive hunches, reawakening personal communication with nature, and investigating life's synchronicities. To make his case, Professor Felser draws upon philosophy, the history of science, dreams, near death experiences, myths, fairy tales, Carl Jung, past lives, altered states, Bible stories, talking with animals, and healing. Especially recommended reading for students of Religion, Philosophy, and Metaphysics, The Way Back To Paradise is deeply personal, thoughtful, and thought provoking.

Mystic Medusa's Sun Signs & Soul Mating
Thunder Bay Press
c/o Advantage Publishers Group
5880 Oberlin Drive, San Diego, CA 92121
1592233465 $12.95 1-800-788-3123

Mystic Medusa's Sun Signs & Soul Mating offers sun sign astrology for the romantic and sexually-minded reader. From Aries to Pisces, each sign's basic personality traits, strengths, weaknesses, affections, and compatibilities with other signs is discussed in hip modern lingo. For example, the chapter on Aries is divided into "Motivating and manipulating an Aries", "Brilliant career", "Fiscal reality", "An Aries in love" (comparing relationships between Aries and each other sign), "Are you really an Aries?" and more. A juicy and highly accessible modern guide to astrology for lust, love, or would-be lovers.

The Archaeology Shelf

Thirty Years Into Yesterday
Jefferson Reid & Stephanie Whittlesey
University of Arizona Press
355 South Euclid Avenue, Suite 103, Tucson, AZ 85719-6654
0816524017 $35.00 1-800-426-3797

Co-written by the director of the University of Arizona Archaeological Field School at Grasshopper from 1979 to 1992, Thirty Years Into Yesterday: A History Of Archaeology At Grasshopper Pueblo is a historical account of that major archaeological project, and its field educational service which lasted for thirty years. The field school and also generated significant controversy even as it instructed scholars of international repute. Chapters break down major events in the field school's operation, and changes; a handful of black-and-white photographs, maps, and diagrams illustrate this thoughtful retrospective, and a detailed timeline of events allows for a unique at-a-glance perspective. Thirty Years Into Yesterday is a welcome and informative contribution to Arizona archaeology and history collections, as well as a fascinating case study of a complex archaeological field school and the intellectual debates it stimulated in the scientific community.

The Native American Shelf

Totem Tales
E. C. (Ted) Meyers
Hancock House Publishers
1431 Harrison Avenue, Blaine, WA 98230-5005
0888394683 $8.95 1-800-938-1114

Easy and very highly recommended reading, Totem Tales: Legends From The Rainforest is a slender, 79-page compendium of Native American legends compiled by Ted Meyers. These twenty-three diverse folklore stories reveal how the rivers were formed, how Raven freed the people, why there are so many mosquitos, why rabbits hop, and more. Of particular interest to students of Native American culture, these are "legend tales" that will entertain readers of all ages and backgrounds.

Blood Struggle
Charles Wilkinson
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110
0393051498 $26.95 1-800-233-4830

Blood Struggle: The Rise Of Modern Indian Nations is the compelling true story of how Indian nations successfully asserted themselves and fought for their rights, including land ownership, salmon fishing, religion, gaming, and self-determination. After the end of World War II, when the American government coveted Indian land, a process called "termination" - a plan to sell off tribal land, disband tribes, and assimilate Native Americans - threatened to effectively native cultures. Yet beginning with a campaign in which Pueblo people persuaded Congress to return their sacred Blue Lake, one by one, Indian tribes started to speak up and call for their rights. These were battles that could be fought and won not by violence, but through politics, and the fruits of victory were reduced poverty, improved health, a lessening of the all-too-common adoption of Indian children out of Indian families, the creation of schools and colleges, the freedom to practice Native American religions and more. A remarkable true story of can-do vindication, and enthusiastically recommended for Native American modern history and reference shelves.

Hopi Oral Tradition And The Archaeology Of Identity
Wesley Bernardini
University of Arizona Press
355 South Euclid Avenue, Suite 103, Tucson, AZ 85719-6654
0816524262 $45.00 1-800-426-3797

Written by University of Redlands assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology Wesley Bernardini, Hopi Oral Tradition And The Archaeology Of Identity is the SAA Award Winning look at how drawing upon Hopi oral history and traditional knowledge can be applied as a source to stimulate new ways of viewing archaeological record. In an era when increasingly complex debate surrounds the methodologies and theories used to reconstruct prehistoric identity and the movement of social groups among Native Americans, particularly the southwestern tribes with their shifting populations and identities over the past thousand years, Hopi Oral Tradition And The Archaeology Of Identity sheds new light on a difficult and sometimes emotionally charged matter. Drawing upon case studies, architectural and demographic data, analysis of rock art motifs, and more, Hopi Oral Tradition And The Archaeology Of Identity is a most welcome scholarly analysis offering keen insights into both historical and modern-day issues. A welcome contribution to both archaeology and Native American studies shelves.

Walking A Tightrope
Ute Lischke & David T. McNab, editors
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3C5
0889204608 $64.95

Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by Ute Lischke (Cultural Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University-Waterloo, and David T. McNab (Native Studies, Atkinson College, York University, Toronto), Walking A Tightrope: Aboriginal People And The Representations identifies and examines the multiplicity and distinctiveness of Aboriginal voices and their representations as they have portrayed themselves and as others have characterized them in literature and film. A collection of impeccable and impressive scholarship by a number of noted contributors, Walking A Tightrope is an informed and informative contribution to Native American Studies, which surveys Aboriginal notions of time/history, land, culture, identifies, literacies, and more.

The Buddhist Studies Shelf

The Generation Stage In Buddhist Tantra
Gyatrul Rinpoche
Snow Lion Publications
PO Box 6483, Ithaca, NY 14851
1559392290 $15.95 1-800-950-0313

Written by Gyatrul Rinpoche, who was appointed spiritual representative for H. H. Dudjom Rinpoche in American in 1976 and founded the Pacific Region Yeshe Nyingpo centers on the West Coast along with His Holiness, The Generation Stage In Buddhist Tantra is a straightforward explanation of the generation stage practices of deity yoga. Chapters discuss the state of mind that needs to be established for a practice session, the details of visualization sequences, the three types of offerings and proper mantra recitation, mudras, tormas, malas, and much more. Intended for practitioners of all lineages of Tibetan Buddhism, The Generation Stage In Buddhist Tantra is illustrated with a handful of black-and-white photographs and mandala diagrams. A superb resource and informational manual for students, scholars, and practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism.

A Call To Compassion
Aura Glaser
Nicholas-Hays, Inc.
c/o RedWheel/Weiser, dist.
368 Congress Street, 4th floor, Boston, MA 02210
0892541164 $16.95

A Call To Compassion: Bringing Buddhist Practices Of The Heart Into The Soul Of Psychology by Buddhist expert and practicing psychotherapist Aura Glaser is a testimony written specifically to answer a deficiency the author encountered in her research - the nearly complete omission of any reference to the paramount importance of cultivating compassion. A Call To Compassion explores what the Theravada school of Buddhism (which teaches personal liberation through enlightenment) can offer to psychology. Reviewing the works of Freud, Jung, and others, Glaser reveals modern psychology's ambivalence concerning the subject of compassion and the need for change in order to better foster psychological health and well being. A thought-provoking, in-depth discussion that seamlessly blends the value of buddhist teachings with the needs of modern science and mental health treatment.

The Graphic Novel Shelf

Dan James
Top Shelf Productions
PO Box 1282, Marietta, GA 30061-1282
1891830686 $12.95

Mosquito is a stark, vivid, two-color graphic novel. No words distract from the story, told entirely via blocky red-and-white shapes, about one man's valiant yet tragic battle against the demonic Nosferatu. The deftly drawn imagery says it all, in this unique modern tale that demands to be read and reread to fully absorb the horror and courage of combating forces far more powerful than any mortal. Imaginative, engaging, and unique, Dan James' Mosquito is very highly recommended.

The Islamic Studies Shelf

The Path Of Muhammad
Imam Birgivi
World Wisdom
1501 East Hillside Drive, Bloomington, IN 47401
0941532682 $21.95

The Path Of Muhammad: A Book On Islamic Morals And Ethics is the first complete translation and interpretation of a manuscript composed in the 16th century by Sufi scholar Imam Birgivi, still used today as an Arabic text in numerous universities throughout the Islamic world. A classic text of Islamic spirituality that delineates rules for living in accordance with Muhammad's teachings, The Path Of Muhammad was meant to serve as an example for all Muslims to follow. It also provides a unique reference for comparing ethical tenets of Islam to that of other religions. Though the passage of centuries, let alone the gulfs between cultures may alter how The Path Of Muhammad is perceived today, it nonetheless stands as a ground-breaking text in successive generation's struggles to codify morality and responsible behavior. Also included in this remarkable volume is a copy of "The Last Will and Testament (Vasiyyetname)" of Imam Birgivi, a summary of his life's teachings.

The Library Video/DVD Shelf

The History Of Ancient Egypt
Bob Brier
The Teaching Company
4151 Lafayette Center Drive, Suite 100, Chantilly, VA 20151-1232
1565855744 $519.95

Bob Brier is an experienced Egyptologist and Professor Philosophy at Long Island University. Winner of the "Newton Award for Teaching Excellence", Professor Brier is active in archaeological excavation and the host of programs on Ancient Egypt for National Geographic, The Learning Channel, and The History Channel. Professor Brier brings his years of experience and expertise to the "Great Courses" series in Ancient and Medieval History from The Teaching Company in a series of DVD presentations with The History Of Ancient Egypt, a series of 48 lectures, each of which is 30 minutes in length divided into four DVD volumes of 2 DVDs each. Each volume is also accompanied by a printed text providing a complete transcript of the lectures comprised in it's accompanying DVD volume. Beginning with an informed and informative Introduction, Professor Brier presents the viewer with a complete overview of Egyptology from the prehistoric beginnings of the two kingdoms, through the pharonic ages, to the dominance of Alexander the Great and the first Ptolemies, through Cleopatra -- the last pharaoh of Egypt. Along the way, viewers will learn of Egyptian burial practices, the rise and fall of dynasties, the role of the Nile river in shaping Egyptian culture and beliefs, with the final lecture "The Grand Finale" providing a completion of what we currently know and understand about one of the oldest and most influential of the empires of antiquity. Professor Brier is a superb lecturer and the technical recording processes are flawless. The History Of Ancient Egypt is an impressive and complete course of study and a highly recommended addition to high-school, college, university, and community library collections.

The Memoirs Of Sherlock Holmes
MPI Media Group
16101 South 108th Avenue, Orland Park, IL 60462
0788606042 $39.98 1-800-777-2223

Transferred from the original negative, The Memoirs Of Sherlock Holmes DVD collection presents the six final episodes of the Granada television series, filmed on location in London, featuring Jeremy Brett in his final performance of the Great Detective. Holmes' brother Mycroft also appears in these episodes, which include "The Three Gables", "The Dying Detective", "The Golden Prince-Nez", "The Red Circle", "The Mazarin Stone", and "The Cardboard Box". Bonus features include commentary with screenwriter Jeremy Paul and Holmes expert David Stuart Davies, as well as an interview with Adrian Conan Doyle and production notes. A classic treasure, raptly engaging and especially recommended for Sherlock Holmes fans. 3 DVDs, 5 hours 30 minutes.

Malice Aforethought
WGBH Boston Video
c/o SSA Public Relations
16027 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 206, Encino, CA 91436
1593752911 $19.95 1-800-949-8670

Malice Aforethought is one of those British mysteries that are set in a small rural village of yesteryear and populated with a cast of memorable characters. Dr. Edmund Bickleigh is a henpecked husband who denigrates his aspirations as an amateur artist. It's also why he is a chronic womanizer. Then into the village moves Madeleine Cranmere and he falls hard. The problem is that he must remove the obstacle of his domineering wife, end his affair with a local girl, and continue the veneer of respectability demanded of a man in his position. The costumes are period authentic, the sets are scrupulous detailed, the dialogue engaging, the acting first rate, and the plot twists are truly imaginative. Also available in a video cassette format and lead to an exciting and unpredicted conclusion, the DVD edition has a total running time of 2.5 hours and also includes access to the "Mystery! website, offers scene selection, and features closed captioning for the hearing impaired. Malice Aforethought is a mystery lover's delight and certain to be a popular addition to any community library video collection.

Monterey Media Inc.
566 St. Charles Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-3901

Monterey Media has released a trio of outstanding psychedelic rock performance DVDs showcasing. Grateful Dead: Truckin' Up To Buffalo (#319952, $24.95) is their fabulous concert held at Buffalo's Rich Stadium on July 4, 1989 and presents the very best of what the band was capable of at their peak. This DVD offers almost three hours of concert features. Rockin' At The Red Dog: The Dawn Of Psychedelic Rock (#336692, $19.95) serves up the conception of the psychedelic movement in the sixties at the Red Dog Saloon in Virginia City, Nevada, where it all began in the saloon of a small western mining town. In addition to the Grateful Dead and narrated by Howard Hesseman, this superbly produced DVD also includes The Charlatans, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Jefferson Airplane, and the Quicksilver Messenger Services. Special features include a conversation with the filmmakers, "where are they now", a Directors Scrapbook, the Jim Marshall Photo Gallery, and a history of the Red Dog Saloon. The End Of The Road: The Final Tour '95 (#313302, $19.95) features music by Merl Sanders and Jerry Garcia (three months before his death), with appearances by Babatunde Olatunji, Merl Saunders, Wavy Gravy, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, and Bill Jreutzmanjn. Special DVD features include the uncut memorial ceremony for Jerry, an extended Merl Saunders interviews, follow-up interests, "Deleted/Extended Scenes", and the Original Press Kit. A recommended addition to 20th Century American Popular Music collections in general, no dedicated psychedelic rock fan will want to miss out on any one of these highly recommended, one-of-a-kind DVDs.

The Money/Finance Shelf

Unexpected Returns
Ed Easterling
Cypress House
155 Cypress Street, Fort Bragg, CA 95437
1879384620 $39.95 1-800-773-7782

Unexpected Returns: Understanding Secular Stock Market Cycles is an in-depth answer to the simple question: why is the stock market acting differently in the 2000s than it did in the 1980s and 1990s? Based on years of extensive research, and written by the founder and president of Dallas-based investment firm Crestmont Holdings, Unexpected Returns explains how and why secular market cycles affect the market over periods as long as years or decades. Presenting advanced financial theories in terms as simplified as possible for the lay reader to absorb as he or she progresses through the book, Unexpected Returns covers the history of the stock market, secular cycles, so-called "financial physics", solid investment philosophies and strategies, and much more. Highly recommended for anyone with a serious interest in learning just how the stock market works, whether for theoretical or down-to-earth practical use.

How To Rent Vacation Properties By Owner
Christine Hrib Karpinski
Kinney Pollack Press
2295 Towne Lake Parkway, Suite 116, Woodstock, GA 30189
0974824909 $26.00

Featuring more than $800 worth of coupons, How To Rent Vacation Properties By Owner is the no-nonsense guide to realizing one's dream of owning, furnishing, and renting out a vacation home - without emptying one's bank account! How To Rent Vacation Properties By Owner explores the advantages and disadvantages of a wide variety of means for financing one's vacation home, how to select the right vacation home for one's needs, how to choose renters wisely (insisting on a minimum age of 25 and no college students allowed can reduce the likelihood of one's property getting trashed from a party-school style bash) and take reservations, solving problems when one is renting (from damage to theft to cleanliness issues, cancellations, complaints or even the unfortunate necessity of evictions), and much more. How To Rent Vacation Properties By Owner is a business-savvy, informative, practical guide and an absolute "must-read" for anyone with a serious interest in renting out their property as a source of profitable income.

The Christian Studies Shelf

Searching For The Ark Of The Covenant
Randall Price
Harvest House Publishers
990 Owen Loop North, Eugene, Oregon 97402-9173
0736910522 $11.99 1-800-547-8979

An icon of legend, the Ark of the Covenant is the centerpiece of Jewish history and a long sought prize of Biblical Archaeology. Enduring mysteries such as the fate of the Ark and where it might be today continues to prod the imagination of scholars, theologians, archaeologists, and the general public. In Searching For The Ark Of The Covenant: Latest Discoveries And Research by Middle East expert Randall Price (Th.M. Old Testament and Semitic Languages) is a "reader friendly' survey of facts and fables concerning the Ark, rumors and legends concerning it that span four thousand years of history across several continents and diverse cultures. Highly recommended reading, Searching For The Ark Of The Covenant is informed and informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking.

A Brief History Of Saints
Lawrence S. Cunningham
Blackwell Publishing
350 Main St., Malden, MA 02148
1405114029 $18.95 1-800-216-2522

A Brief History Of Saints by Lawrence Cunningham (John O'Brien Professor of Theology, Notre Dame University) is an historical overview of the rise of the cult of saints in Christianity from its origin in the first century A.D. that ushered in the age of martyrs, down to the present day. Included are such famous saints as Joan of Arc and a great many lesser known men and women such as the "holy fools" in Orthodox tradition. Included is a presentation of the history of canonization processes, the Reformation critique of the cult of saints, and the role of saints in other religious traditions. A Brief History Of Saints focuses upon both Western and Eastern Christian traditions, how saints serve as a theological resource, and the relevance of sainthood in a postmodern culture. Enhanced with material on patron saints and the iconography of saints in art, a section of Notes, a Bibliography for further study, and a "user friendly" index, A Brief History Of Saints is a welcome and appreciated contribution to the evolving idea and ideal of sainthood in Christian theology, custom and practice, and highly recommended reading for both students of theology, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject.

The Black Studies Shelf

Religion In The Lives Of African Americans
Robert Joseph Taylor et al.
Sage Publications
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218
0761917098 $34.95 1-800-818-7243

Religion In The Lives Of African Americans: Social, Psychological, And Health Perspectives is the collaborative work of Robert Joseph Taylor (Sheila Feld Collegiate Professor of Social Work, University of Michigan), Linda M. Chatters (Associate Professor, Department of Health Behavior & Health Education, School of Public Health, University of Michigan), and epidemiologist and academician Jeff Levin. Religion In The Lives Of African Americans incorporates findings from eight national surveys containing representative cross-section samples of the adult black population living in the continental U.S., plus a focus group study conducted by the Program for Research on Black Americans at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. A work of definitive scholarship, the primary perspectives are sociological and psychological, yet transcend those disciplinary boundaries in evaluating the nature and functions of religion within black families and the black community. Informed and informative, Religion In The Lives Of African Americans is enhanced for academia with the inclusion of data sources, tables, recommendations for further study, end-of-chapter summaries, and implications for future research. Religion In The Lives Of African Americans is especially recommended as a seminal contribution to Black Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists, as well as Contemporary American Religious and Cultural Studies. This is particularly rewarding reading for students of psychology, sociology, human development, social work, public health as well.

The Interior Design Shelf

Cafe & Restaurant Design
Martin Nicholas Kunz, editor
Te Neues Publishing Company
16 West 22nd St, New York, NY 10010
3832790179 $24.95 1-800-352-0305

The latest edition to the outstanding Te Neues "Designpocket" series, Cafe & Restaurant Design is a compact, 399-page, superbly illustrated compendium of cafe and restaurant interior designs and layouts throughout Europe, America, and around the world. From Cafe Gioriette in Vienna, to the Plaza Athenee in Paris, to the Cocoon Club in Frankfurt, to La Frustra in Rome, to the Lupino Lounge Restaurant in Barcelona, to the Berns Hotel in Stockholm, to Ini Ani Coffee Shop in New York, to Icebergs Dining Room & Bar in Sydney, to Moph in Tokyo, to La Scala in Bangkok, this series of pictorials is an impressive survey of the best and most innovative settings in which people gather to dine and socialize. Cafe & Restaurant Design is a particularly welcome and highly recommended addition to professional and academic Interior Design reference collections.

The Poetry Shelf

Standing Around The Heart
Gary Fincke
University of Arkansas Press
201 Ozark, Fayetteville, AR 72701
1557287864 $16.00 1-800-626-0090

Accessible, memorable, superbly executed poetry by a master poet and experienced wordsmith. Giants: After Creation, in the last chapter/Before the flood, is the short-short story/Of those Nephilim, the angels who fell//From Grace, in turn, giving birth to the giants/In the earth, everything in vain because//Shortly thereafter, they drowned for their sins/In the deluge, none of them saved like apes...

Old Woman Of Irish Blood
Pat Andrus
Open Hand Publishing
PO Box 20207, Greensboro, NC 27420
0940880598 $9.95

The memorable poetry of Pat Andrus as gathered together within the pages of Old Woman Of Irish Blood reflect her remarkable talent, her experiences of family, and her Irish-Catholic cultural traditions. The lyrical cadences and word imagery resonate within the mind, imagination, and heart of the reader. And if December: And if December/pulls us through, we'll/beat the frozen lakes naked/humming in the night's blackness/while invisible bugles sound/yet another birthday/hopeful/that life dances/free/and smiling.

A Time Between Ashes And Roses
Syracuse University Press
1600 Jamesville Ave, Syracuse, NY 13210
0815608284 $19.95 1-800-365-8929

A Time Between Ashes And Roses brings to the attention of a Western readership the poetry and prose of Adonis (Ali Ahmad Said), a controversial writer in the Arab world who provocative thoughts are grounded in traditional poetic styles. Very ably translated into English by Shawkat M. Toorawa (who also provides an informative Afterword), A Time Between Ashes And Roses is a bilingual edition and a welcome contribution to Arabic Culture Studies. A freedom fighter traces his name in fire, and in the frozen throats/He dies/Jerusalem traces her name:/The State still exists/The State still exists.//Even so, the butchered river flows:/All water is the face of Jaffa/Every wound the face of Jaffa.

The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart
Gabrielle Calvocoressi
Persea Books
853 Broadway, #604, NY, NY 10003
0892553154 $13.95 1-212-260-9256

Gabrielle Calvocoressi is currently a Jones Lecturer in poetry at Stanford University (where she was previously a Wallace Stegner Fellow). Her poetry has been published in a number of important literary journals. The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart is a compilation of some of her best work to date and gives voice to the hope and heartbreak of contemporary rural and small-town American. Graves We Filled Before the Fire: Some lose children in lonelier ways:/tetanus, hard falls, stubborn fevers//that soak the bedclothes five nights running./Our two boys went out to skate, broke//through the ice like battleships, came back/to us in canvas bags; curled//fossils held fast in ancient stone,/four hands reaching. Then two//sad beds wide enough for planting/wheat or summer-squash but filled//with boys, a barren crop. Our lives/stripped clean as oxen bones.

My Father On A Bicycle
Patricia Clark
Michigan State University Press
Manly Miles Building, Suite 25
1405 South Harrison Road, East Lansing, MI 48823-5202
0870137417 $19.95

My Father On A Bicycle is an anthology of free-verse poems by award winning author and Grand Valley State University Department of Writing professor Patricia Clark. Tracing the author's physical and spiritual journey from the Pacific Northwest forests where she grew up, the poems resonate with an appreciation for the timeless moments that only the simplest of joys can provide. My Father on a Bicycle: If you ever saw my father in shorts, / you wouldn't forget his stick-think legs, / the knees knobby as windfall dwarf apples // And the only time I saw him ride a bike, / Oakes Street, I think, he pedaled "no hands" / down the street to show me the stance. // He wasn't a runner either, though he'd move / at a quick trot when trouble came to our door- / usually when the twins caught somebody's wrath.

Despite our increasingly multicultural population, the ability to speak, read, and write English remains a fundamental requirement for economic success in America.

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