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Volume 17, Number 6 June 2007 Home | IBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Cookbook Shelf Poetry Shelf
Travel Shelf World History Shelf Music Shelf
American History Shelf Money/Finance Shelf Education Shelf
Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf Gaming Shelf Christian Studies Shelf
Art Shelf Photography Shelf Language Studies Shelf
Needlecraft Shelf Fiction Shelf Self-Help Shelf
Environmental Studies Shelf Business Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf
Biography Shelf Social Issues Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf
Military Shelf Parenting Shelf Political Science Shelf
Psychology Shelf Science Shelf Marriage Shelf
Railroading Shelf Woodworking Shelf Antiques/Collectibles Shelf
Jobs/Careers Shelf Library DVD Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
Civil War Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf Gardening Shelf
Audiobook Shelf Library CD Shelf Economics Shelf
Judaic Studies Shelf Philosophy Shelf Gay Studies Shelf
Homeowner Shelf Metaphysical Studies Shelf Genealogy Shelf
International Studies Shelf Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf Native American Shelf
Computer Shelf Crafts Shelf Writing/Publishing Shelf
Literary Shelf Aviation Shelf Buddhist Studies Shelf
Library Science Shelf Islamic Studies Shelf Women's Issues Shelf
Holocaust Studies Shelf Astronomy Shelf  

Reviewer's Choice

Spinning Disney's World
Charles Ridgway
Intrepid Traveler
Box 531, Branford, CT 06405
1887140670, $24.95

Charles Ridgway is a 'Disney Legend' acknowledged by the Disney Company for his four decades of service to Disney, so SPINNING DISNEY'S WORLD: MEMORIES OF A MAGIC KINGDOM PRESS AGENT is a key to understanding the Disney structure. Ridgway's ingenuity in publicizing and creating the Disney magic is revealed in chapters that cite Disney history and his major contributions. Readers need not be Disney fans to appreciate this survey: any business collection, especially those featuring public relations titles, will find SPINNING DISNEY'S WORLD holds plenty of marketing insights key to understanding Disney's attractions and public relations at its best.

Sam Martin
Taunton Press
Box 5506, Newton, CT 06470-5506
1561588202, $24.95

ManSpace is a call to action for men: a call to build a 'personal space' outside of the usual woman-controlled home, where you can keep your stuff without fear of its being converted to a 'more useful' nursery or sewing room. MANSPACE: A PRIMAL GUIDE TO MARKING YOUR TERRITORY can be a recording studio, a workshop, or more. Men are invited to view sample houses and homes which reflect 'manspaces', from music rooms to campy man-oriented gadget-filled abodes. Samples from all types of 'manspaces' appear in full color and offer inspiration, insights and a range of options, making MANSPACE perfect for any general-interest lending collection.

Basic Books
387 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10016

Ian Stewart's WHY BEAUTY IS TRUTH: A HISTORY OF SYMMETRY (046508236X, $26.95) discusses the history and nature of the concept of symmetry, from early times to the latest physics involvement. This analysis comes from a famous mathematician who charts the discoveries and investigative processes of fellow scientists and geniuses as they developed the concept of symmetry and drew important connections between its science and nature. Any collection strong in science needs this discussion. Douglas Hofstadter's I AM A STRANGE LOOP (0465030785, $26.95) blends science with philosophy to offer an inspection of the natures of self, consciousness and the human brain. Physics as well as physiology and philosophy blend in a survey which consider how identity is created in the brain, how symbolic and physical levels feed into one another, and how and if the brain actually houses the human soul.

Raging Beauties: Confessions & Advice
Tim Wright
Conari Press
c/o Red Wheel Weiser
65 Parker Street, Suite 7, Newburyport, MA 01950
1573243108, $14.00

Witty quips and bold statements blend with 'retro' and cranky observations to create a fun women's nostalgia item perfect for gift-giving. Color images from the 50s supplement a chatty, charming set of one-liners which are pointed as they are hilarious. "Raging Beauties: Confessions & Advice" is the perfect gift choice for that independent, cranky woman who 'has everything' – and has been there/done it all.

Get It Together
Melanie Cullen with Shae Irving, J.D.
Nolo Press
950 Parker Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
1413305636, $21.99

Everyone has important paperwork and legal information which loved ones should have access to: GET IT TOGETHER: ORGANIZE YOUR RECORDS SO YOUR FAMILY WON'T HAVE TO appears in its second updated edition to tell how to sort important records, help your family find needed information, and how to do so with or without a computer in hand. Step-by-step descriptions of what documents will be needed, how to organize and protect them, and how to provide selected users with keys for finding them quickly make GET IT TOGETHER a top pick for any public library reference section.

Darwinian Fairytales
David Stove
Encounter Books
900 Broadway, Suite 400, New York NY 10003-1239
1594031401, $27.50

DARWINIAN FAIRYTALES: SELFISH GENES, ERRORS OF HEREDITY AND OTHER FABLES OF EVOLUTION comes from a philosopher who maintains that Darwin's theory of evolution is a 'ridiculous slander'. One would anticipate that he'd be a creationist or a proponent of intelligent design, but actually David Stove is a theological skeptic whose criticism of Darwin's basic theory avoids the classic arguments to analyze particular problems, from the idea that every organism has as many descendants as it can to the idea high of child mortality rates. Certainly food for thought – and worthy of inclusion in any collection strong in Darwinian theory pro or con.

Baker Books
Box 6287, Grand Rapids, MI 49516-6287

Thomas Woodward's DARWIN STRIKES BACK (0801065631, $14.99) charts a battle over the origins of life and provides a sequel to the author's award-winner DOUBTS ABOUT DARWIN, examining the struggle between science and spirituality over the origin of life. The Darwinian establishment used power to try to crush the Intelligent design Movement: chapters consider the controversies behind the popular headlines and come from an advocate of Intelligent Design.Greg Scheer's THE ART OF WORSHIP: A MUSICIAN'S GUIDE TO LEADING MODERN WORSHIP (080106709X, $15.99) offers contemporary church leaders an excellent leadership resource for modern worship, considering the struggles between traditional and modern musical taste and blending discussions of biblical principles with insights on worship methods suitable for musicians, pastors and students of ministry alike. Collections catering to this audience will find THE ART OF WORSHIP excels in including discussions of new music, the influence of new resources such as the Internet, and more.

Miniature Books
Anne C. Bromer & Julian J. Edison
Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
115 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011
081099299X, $40.00 1-800-759-0190

Rare book dealer Anne C. Bromer teams up with scholarly bibliophile and book collector Julian I. Edison (who for more than 40 years has served as the editor of 'Miniature Book News') to present "Miniature Books: 4,000 Years Of Tiny Treasure". This is an elegantly illustrated, 216-page compendium showcasing tiny books showcased in an exhibition at The Grolier Club which, founded in 1884, is America's oldest and largest society for bibliophiles and enthusiasts in the graphic arts. Featuring more than 260 full-color photographic illustrations of miniature books (being 3 inches or smaller in size) from around the world, the examples proffered range from Shakeseare's plays, to Christian bibles, to children's books, to all manner of fiction. Some of these are gemmed, tooled, locked, illuminated, and a few are illustrated by such legendary artists as Picasso, Miro, and Gorey. A work of impressive scholarship and research by Bromer and Edison, "Miniature Books" is a bibliophile's treat and would make a superb Memorial Fund acquisition selection for academic and community library collections.

The Complete Guide to Calligraphy
Professor Ralph Cleminson, General Editor
Firefly Books
Box 1338, Ellicott Station, Buffalo NY 14205
1554071798, $35.00

Any who would learn the calligraphy of both West and East will want this introductory lesson guide. It offers step-by-step instruction backed with 45 projects, color photos throughout, and contemporary applications – such as producing Latin Scripts on a stenciled t-shirt, or a birth announcement. It's these modern applications which make The Complete Guide to Calligraphy the perfect addition to any general-interest public library holding.

Miss Ann's Art
Ann Barnes
Winepress Publishing Group
1730 Railroad Street, Enumclaw, WA 98022
1579218253, $29.95

"Mis Ann's Art" is an impressive compilation of paintings, stories and poems by Ann Barnes created over many years and reflecting aviation history, Christian inspiration, and family activities. The artworks are museum quality. The stories are heartfelt and engaging. The poetry is superbly crafted. The combinations laid out in the pages of "Miss Ann's Art" are thoughtful and thought-provoking, inspirational and inspiring, engaging and entertaining, and taken all together, an enduring memorial to a life carefully observed, thoughtfully reflected, expertly referenced, well observed, and fully lived. "Miss Ann's Art" is very highly recommended reading and an especially appropriate choice for community library Memorial Fund acquisitions.

Clear Blogging
Bob Walsh
2560 Ninth Street, Suite 219, Berkeley, CA 94710
1590596919, $24.99

A vitally important addition to highschool, university, and community library collections, "Clear Blogging: How People blogging Are Changing The World And How You Can Join Them" by software developer and blogging expert Bob Walsh is an ideal introduction for the non-specialist general reader to what blogging is, how it is done, and why ordinary people should engage in it. "Clear Blogging" is an ideal 'do-it-yourself' manual for aspiring bloggers and offers real-life examples of four successful bloggers in the form of interviews with financially successful blogger Darren Rowse, blogg marketing expert Steve Rubel, business-to-business blogging consultant Richard Edelman, and internet marketing guru Seth Godin. "Clear Blogging" is thoroughly reader friendly and user friendly. If you want to be a part of this latest development in computer-based communication, read Bob Walsh's "Clear Blogging".

Thinking Like a Terrorist
Mike German
Potomac Books Inc.
22841 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles, VA 20166-2012
1597970255, $26.95

THINKING LIKE A TERRORIST: INSIGHTS OF A FORMER FBI UNDERCOVER AGENT covers the latest war on global terror – thought the eyes of one fighting it. Mike German was a former FBI counterterrorism agent who here contends that despite all American efforts, there's a basic failure to understand the terrorists' wants and how they intend to get it. Our policies are driven by misunderstanding: THINKING LIKE A TERRORIST seeks to define and analyze the thinking of terrorism and is essential for any collection strong in terrorist studies, whether it be high school, college or public lending library.

The American Rifle
Major Townsend Whelen
Paladin Press
Gunbarrel Tech Center, 7077 Winchester Circle, Boulder, CO 80301
1581605137, $30.00 1-800-392-2400

"The American Rifle: A Treatise, A Text Book, And A Book Of Practical Instruction In The Use Of The Rifle" by experienced and expert rifleman Major Townsend Whelen is a complete, illustrated, 650-page, 'user friendly', and highly recommended manual of instruction in the proper use, operation, and firing of a rifle. Readers will acquire an expert understanding of how to develop the skills necessary for a solid, consistent rifle marksmanship that includes such elements as trajectory and elevation, finding the rifle's 'zero', reading the wind, and all the other fundamentals of shooting at a target, regardless of the a distance, technological changes in rifle manufacturing and ammunition design. "The American Rifle" should be considered mandatory reading for anyone seeking to become expert in the use of a rifle whether it would be for hunting, target shooting, or combat.

Jewelry Handbook
Renee Newman
International Jewelry Publications
560 West Main Street, Suite C-200, Alhambra, CA 91801
0929975383, $19.95

Respected gemologist and the author of eight outstanding guides on the subject of gems and jewelry, Renee Newman combines her years of experience and expertise with a gift for writing to provide both jewelry professionals and interested non-professional general readers with an informed and informative guidebook and manual on selected just the right jewelry to match a lifestyle, a budget, and even a body type. Profusely illustrated throughout with color photography, the "Jewelry Handbook: How To Select, Wear & Care For Jewelry" lays out clear, concise, step-by-step instructions on choosing jewelry that flatters and which will endure in both value and tenure. Readers will learn how to properly decipher stamps on jewelry mounting, how to make jewelry versatile, how to care for, clean, and protect jewelry, and perhaps most importantly, how to get good value for the money invested in the purchase of jewelry. The "Jewelry Handbook" covers both the benefits and the drawbacks for various setting styles, mountings, chains and metals (including gold, silver, platinum, palladium, titanium, tungsten, and stainless steel). Before buying their next piece of jewelry, readers would be very well advised to read and rely on Renee Newman's "Jewelry Handbook".

Our Point Of View
Thomas Mark Szelog & Lee Ann Szelog
Down East Books
PO Box 679, Camden, ME 04843
0892727047, $24.95 1-800-685-7962

In 1987, Thomas and Lee Szelog were two lighthouse enthusiasts who visited a series of Main shoreline beacons for their second date. Two years later (and now married) they moved into the lightkeeper's house at the Marshall Point Lighthouse in Port Clyde, Maine. Tom kept a journal, as did Lee. Tom is also an award-winning photographer. Drawing from those journals and Tom's gift for photography, the wrote and illustrated "Our Point Of View: Fourteen Years At A Maine Lighthouse" in which they share their experiences, excitement, and pleasures of living at a lighthouse in every season and through all manner of weather. They even celebrate the gulls, cormorants, whales, seals who turn up at their door, as well as the people meeting and marrying in the shadow of their lighthouse beacon. Simply put, "Our Point Of View" is a joy to read and a 'must' for anyone who has ever wondered what it would be like to live in a lighthouse in our day and age.

Strategic Planning And Management In Public Organizations
Meshack M. Sagini
University Press of America
4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706
0761832394, $33.00 1-800-462-6420

"Strategic Planning And Management In Public Organizations: Behavior In Organizations" by Meshack M. Sagini (Professor of Political Science and Director of the Office of Scholarly & Scientific Research at Langston University) draws upon the case studies of four Michigan colleges to provide students, scholars, non-profit agency managers, and government agency policy makers with an empirical, comparative, in-depth analysis and approach to explaining the impact of planning on the management of any public organization, be it public or private. The research employed and succinctly laid out bear upon the relationship between the means chosen by an organization's management and the ends or results those selected means achieve (or fail to achieve) in terms of organizational goals both stated and implied. A seminal study that is notably articulate, academically impressive, quite meticulous in argument, "Strategic Planning And Management In Public Organizations" is an outstanding study that should be a part of every professional, academic, corporate, and governmental management research reference collection and supplemental studies reading list.

The Avalanche Handbook
David McClung & Peter Schaerer
The Mountaineers Books
1001 SW Klickitat Way, Suite 201, Seattle, WA 98134-1161
0898868092, $19.95 1-800-553-4453

Every winter we hear of people who have become the victim of an avalanche while skiing, snowmobiling, or camping in mountainous country where a landslide of snow roars down off a mountain side faster than anyone can move out of its way. Co-authored by David McClung (a professor in the Department of Geography and leader of the avalanche research group at the University of British Columbia) and Peter Schaerer (a senior research officer and head of the Avalanche Research Center of the National Research Council of Canada), "The Avalanche Handbook" is now published and available in a newly updated and expanded third edition that includes all the latest information, techniques, and research on understanding the nature of avalanches, as well as how to avoid and/or survive encounters with them. Readers will learn about the character and effects of avalanches, snow formations, snowpack analysis; the use of multiple transceivers along with other search and rescue techniques and equipment; the elements of avalanche forecasting, backcountry forecasting, and the decision-making process with respect to assessing avalanche possibilities; snow slap instability, terrain variables, skier triggering of avalanches, and the nature of avalanche motion. The informative and thoroughly 'reader friendly' text is superbly organized and nicely illustrated making "The Avalanche Handbook" essential and very strongly recommended reading for anyone venturing into mountain country in winter.

Our Market
Glenn D. Glasgow
Xlibris Corporation
International Plaza II, Suite 340, Philadelphia, PA 19113
159926921X, $20.99

Glenn Glasgow grew up in the Virgin Islands where his mother grew and tended a garden. She, like many others, would talk to her plants as if they were people. Working as an adult in the produce department of a large chain of grocery stores, Glenn came to see that fruits and vegetables can take on a personality of their own. Writing is also a hobby of Glenn Glasgow and so he came to write about how people when setting their minds to something can accomplish anything -- especially when working together towards a common goal. That focus and unity are essential in the struggle to overcome the challenges everyone faces in the course of their daily lives. Remember his mother's garden and his experiences in the produce department, Glenn wrote "Our Market", an imaginative series of deftly conceived and written parables using pears, apples, bananas, watermelons, peanuts, grapes, and oranges to illustrate different situations that people face in meeting their goals despite their respective limitations. Also available in a hardcover edition (1599269228, $30.99), "Our Market" is original, thoughtful and thought-provoking reading that is especially recommended for dedicated parents trying to persuasively inform their children about drug addiction and other commonly encountered hazards in the world today.

The Cookbook Shelf

Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning
Gardeners and Farmers by Terre Vivante
Chelsea Green Publishing
Box 428, White River Junction, VT 05001
1933392592, $25.00

The usual book on preserving garden produce assumes boiling or freezing vegetables or fruits will take place – but Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning: Traditional Techniques Using Salt, Oil, Sugar, Alcohol, Vinegar, Drying, Cold Stage, and Lactic Fermentation uses little-known French techniques for storing and preserving edibles, is newly translated into English for American audiences, and uses less costly methods featuring locally grown, minimally refined fruits and vegetables. It's a cut above your usual 'how to preserve' title and a 'must' for collections strong in either cooking or ecological living.

Weber's Charcoal Grilling: The Art of Cooking with Live Fire
Jamie Purviance
Weber-Stephen Products
c/o Sunset Books
200 East Daniels Road, Palatine, IL 60067
0376020474 $19.95

Journalist and author Chef Jamie Purviance has been nationally recognized as a leading expert in outdoor cooking, and WEBER'S CHARCOAL GRILLING packs in over a hundred dishes developed specifically for the charcoal grill. Over a hundred color photos pair with these recipes and cover everything from the usual red meat and marinades to desserts, offering up a wealth of grilling dishes and options. Any collection catering to outdoor entertainment or grilling will find the visual approach perfect for popular library lending.

Betty Crocker Sunday Dinner Cookbook
Deseret Books
PO Box 30178, Salt Lake City, UT 84130-0178
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5773
1590387198, $24.95 1-800-225-5945

Simply put, Betty Crocker is the most established and trusted name in cookbooks. Now some 150 elegantly presented recipes comprise the newest of the Betty Crocker cookbooks: "Betty Crocker Sunday Dinner Cookbook". It's the Sunday Dinner that is an American family's most traditional meal when and where family members and their friends gather together to enjoy the best that can be offered from what they have. Published with a concealed spiral binding that allows the pages to lay flat upon the kitchen counter or table for ease of use, and wonderfully illustrated throughout with full color photography, each of the recipes comprising this outstanding cookbook collection combines a complete list of ingredients with step-by-step instructions on their preparation into a delicious, nutritious dish that would complement a celebratory family dining occasion whether it would be held on a Sunday or any other day. From halibut-Asparagus Stir-Fry; Chili with Corn Dumplings; Stuffed Zucchini; and Crispy Baked Fish with Tropical Fruit Salsa; to Cheesy Broccoli-Rice Bake; Vegetable-Beef Soup; Baked Barbecue Chicken; and Countryside Pasta Toss, the "Betty Crocker Sunday Dinner Cookbook" is an enthusiastically and confidently recommended as a popular and 'kitchen cook friendly' addition to the family cookbook shelf.

Modern-Day Macrobiotics
Simon G. Brown
North Atlantic Books
1435 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
1556436432, $19.95 1-800-788-3123

More than just another collection of terrific recipes guaranteed to please the palate and satisfy the appetite of even the most gourmet of diners, "Modern-Day Macrobiotics: Transform Your Diet And Feed Your Mind, Body, And Spirt" also presents vitally important information about the importance and health benefits of eating whole, living foods; explains about how eating the foods that are right for the human body can actually enhance our physical and mental energy; why it is necessary to add quality, variety, and flexibility to our diets for health and enjoyment; how to design a personalized macrobiotic diet for a single day, for three months, or for the rest of our lives; as well as where and how to buy wholesome ingredients. Of special note is the advice and guidance for creating menu plans. Enhanced with almost eighty delicious, step-by-step, easy-to-prepare recipes ranging from Shoyu Soup with Carrot and Radish; to Chinese Cabbage and Sauerkraut Rolls; to Nutty Rice Pudding, "Modern-Day Macrobiotics" is very highly recommended, especially for students of nutrition, alternative medicine, and healthy family dining.

Cooking Big Game
Scott Haugen & Tiffany Haugen
Frank Amato Publications
PO Box 82112, Portland, OR 97282
1571884076, $19.95

Beautifully illustrated on every page with full-color photography showcasing the finished dish, "Cooking Big Game" is the collaborative effort of the husband and wife team of Scott and Tiffany Haugen. Each superbly presented recipe is complete with a comprehensive list of ingredients and clearly organized step-by-step instructions. Of special note are the little descriptive vignettes for each dish giving some background or context to the proffered recipe. There are 'kitchen cook' friendly recipes for dishes involving venison, wild pig, and bear. With a spiral-bound binding that allows for the pages to lay out flat on a kitchen counter or table, "Cooking Big Game" will prove to be a wonderful and unique addition to any personal or professional cookbook collection. Also very highly recommended by Scott Haugen are his previous cookbooks (three by himself and three with his wife) from Frank Amato Publications: "Plank Cooking" (1571883320, $19.95); "Cooking Salmon & Steelhead" (157188291X, $24.95); "Smoking Salmon & Steelhead (1571882901, $19.95);"Summer Steelhead" (1571882952, $13.95); "Recreational Dungeness Crabbing" (157188288X, $12.95); and "Egg Cures: Proven Recipes & Techniques" (1571882383, $15.00).

World Hospitality Cookbook
Erma Sider, Dan Harman, Betty Harman, editors
Evangel Publishing House
2000 Evangel Way, Nappanee, IN 46550
1928915345, $14.95 1-800-253-9315

Published with a ring-style binder that allows the pages to lay out flat on a kitchen counter or table, the "World Hospitality Cookbook" showcases a superb series of easy-to-prepare recipes that have been compiled, organized and edited by the culinary team of Erma Sider, Dan Harman, and Betty Harman. There are dishes for every part of the meal and every dining occasion including appetizers, beverages, breads, soups, salads, dressings, relishes, vegetables, meats, main dishes, and desserts. Of special note is the chapter devoted to 'Menus by Country'. The featured dishes in this highly recommended kitchen cookbook range from the Coconut Bread of Brazil; to an Avocado Dip from Argentina; to a Tamaulipeca Salad from Mexico; to an Orange Chutney from India; to Fried Cauliflower from Egypt; to Stuffed Pork Roast from Denmark; a Cornmeal Porridge from Zimbabwe; to a Chocolate Butter Cream Torte from Germany. The "World Hospitality Cookbook" clearly lives up to its title and would make a superb (and popular!) addition to any kitchen cookbook collection.

Cafe Wisconsin Cookbook
Joanne Raetz Stuttgen & Terese Allen
University of Wisconsin Press
1930 Monroe Street, Third Floor, Madison, WI 53711-2059
0299222748, $24.95 1-800-621-2736

The cooperative work of Midwest folklorist Joanne Raetz Stuttgen and food columnist and cookbook author Terese Allen, "Cafe Wisconsin Cookbook" is a compilation of the history, anecdotes and recipes associated with some of Wisconsin's very best small town cafes ranging from Boscobel to Glennwood City, and from Stoughton to Sturgeon Bay. The recipes are organized around the categories of Breakfast, Baked Goods, Soups, Salads, Daily Specials, Sandwiches and Burgers, Sid Dishes and Extras, Pies and Other Desserts. Now any family cook can duplicate Wisconsin's Main Street eateries with respect to menu items ranging from pies, meatloaf and fish fries, to casseroles, burgers, and blue plate specials. "Cafe Wisconsin Cookbook" is an enthusiastically recommended addition to personal, professional, and community library regional cookbook collections!

Savor The Seasons
The Junior League of Tampa
The Cookbook Marketplace
c/o FRP Books
2451 Atrium Way, Nashville, TN 37214
0960955658, $17.95 1-800-269-6839

The third volume in a truly outstanding series of cookbooks created by the members of The Junior League of Tampa, "Savor The Seasons" offers year-round seasonal menus, festive dishes, and dining traditions with a twist. Very nicely illustrated with occasional full color photography, the menus with their component recipes are organized into five major sections: 'Celebrations'; 'Openers', 'Complements', 'Centerpieces'; and 'Finished Touches'. Of special note are the concluding appendices: 'The Perfect Setting'; 'Community Projects'; 'Recipe Contributors and Testers'. "Savor The Seasons" concludes with an Index and 'Order Information'. From Crab and Brie Dip with Artichokes; Sherried Mushroom Soup; Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Brand Cream Sauce; and Skirt Steak with Chimichurri; to Bacon and Leek Quiche; Snapper on Fava Bean Puree with Fig Marsala Reduction; Stacked Turkey with Cranberry Cream Cheese, and Chocolate Amaretto Cheesecake with Raspberry Amaretto Sauce, "Savor The Seasons" offers 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes and menus appropriate for any dining occasion and that will please any palate while satisfying any appetite.

The Martini Book
Sally Ann Berk & Zeva Oelbaum
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers
151 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011
1579127169, $14.95 1-800-722-7202

Profusely illustrated throughout with Zeva Oelbaums full-color photography, "The Martini Book" is a compilation of recipes and instructions for making and mixing 201 different cocktail beverages. This newly revised and significantly expanded compendium of one of America's favorite recreational drinks for adults includes directions for setting up a martini bar including the necessary ingredients and equipment. The drink recipes are organized into two sections: 'The Classics' and 'Martinis with a Twist'. concluding with a Recipe Index and an Ingredient Index, "The Martini Book" is the ideal reference for novice bartenders and a welcome, recommended addition to personal and professional reference collections. If you want to learn how to make not only the perfect martini -- but an impressive variety of them -- then "The Martini Book" is the 'user friendly' manual for you!

The Poetry Shelf

75 Poems on Retirement
Robin Chapman & Judith Strasser, editors
University of Iowa Press
100 Kuhl House, 119 West Park Road, Iowa City, IA 52242-1000
158729527X, $19.95 1-800-621-2736

75 Poems on Retirement is an anthology of poems by a diversity of male and female writers, all ranging in age from their fifties to their eighties. Some are retired; some are contemplating retirement; all offer their unique, sometimes disconcerting, sometimes witty, sometimes thoughtful insights into this turning point of one's life. Most of the poems are free-verse and brief in length, though all have the resonating power of reflection borne from personal experience. "Open House": I work as hard as I can / to have nothing to do. // Birds climb their rich ladder / of choruses. // They have tasted the top of the tree, / but they are not staying. // The whole sky says, / Your move.

Dancing On A Slippery Floor
Jane Katims
American Literary Press
8019 Belair Road, Suite 10, Baltimore, MD 21236
1561679690, $9.95 1-800-873-2003

A member of the Board of Visitors of the English Department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and co-producer of six radio series for Wisconsin Public Radio, Jane Katims now demonstrates her impressive skills as a wordsmith with "Dancing On A Slippery Floor", a very highly recommended book of poetry showcasing an undeniable talent with free verse pieces that evoke recognition and appreciation in the mind of the reader. 'Time With Louisa': We hung out in my kitchen,/her dark eyes fixed on the table/as if its wood-grain/held ridges of Brazil./Her Portuguese sounded distant/like the chirping of cicada,/remote, like the large land shape/she traced in my son's Atlas./We learned quickly/a language without words./Otherwise, her isolation/far from the floresta,/and mine/would be endless as the Amazon.

Cold Panes Of Surfaces
Chris Banks
Nightwood Editions
c/o Harbour Publishing
PO Box 219, Madeira Park, BC, Canada, V0N 2H0
0889712220, $16.95, 1-604-883-2730

"Cold Panes Of Surfaces" offers appreciative readers 96-pages of Chris Banks superbly crafted and enthusiastically recommended prose poems that take for the subject matter an impressive range of themes drawn from the Southern Ontario landscape, a fifteenth-century Japanese poet, a magician's assistant, the Muse, and all the vagaries of human relationships. 'Neighbourhood Watch': One day you come home/to a letter in your mailbox./It asks you to quietly observe/a neighbour -- a young man/who owns a brick house/across the street from you./You scan the envelope for clues/to its origins, wondering how/it came to you to bear witness/to a stranger's life. but/after scrutinizing the instructions,/you sit the whole long night/outside the poor man's house,/staring through his windows,/under the lag of moon and stars,/recording his every private act or whim,/slight ashamed to be alone/rooting through his garbage, too,/looking for the secret writ to his life,/for what it is he is hiding -- until,/empty-handed and solemn/you walk home, noticing someone/has trampled your rose bushes/and your garbage is strewn/like a banner of lies and half-truths,/across the city's shining ruin.

Carol Alena Aronoff
Pelican Pond Publishing
c/o Blue Dolphin Publishing
PO Box 8, Nevada City, CA 95959-0008
1577331753, $12.95 1-800-643-0765

An impressive and very highly recommended collection of poems and photographs by Hawaiian-based psychologist, academician, and writer Carol Alena Aronoff, "Cornsilk" offers a body of lyrical prose poems that, combined with an accompanying black-and-white photograph, reveal the wonder of the natural world of earth and sky, sight and sound, texture and aroma, that are so integral a part of ancient native cultures and contemporary metaphysical meditations. 'Ualena': I am the tears of joy/you weep/in the laughing/yellow rain./Your sound/rounds my tongue/in waves/of mango moonlight;/your soft drops/fall hard/on glistening rock --/tapping sweetly,/tapping sweetly./I listen/for your floating/hula rhythms/as you dance/through the drought/in my heart --/tapping sweetly,/tapping sweetly./Ualena.

Anson County Poems
Joseph Bathanti
Parkway Publishers
PO Box 3678, Boone, NC 28607
1933251115, $11.95 1-800-821-9155

An award winning poet, Joseph Bathanti was born and raised in Pittsburgh, and now teaches Creative Writing at the Applachian State University. "Anson Country Poems" is his latest anthology and continues to document him as a an imaginative master of the prose poem who draws his inspiration from what most of us see without noticing, note without reflection, and accept without further inquiry. 'Drought': The corn chants/to be buried in early August,//It prays the land lie/fallow under merciful heaven.//Even the direst Love/in the burnt cropheart//and the blood of a boy/farmer could not save it.//There is a farmhouse surrounded/by more hell-colored corn//than one can see beyond./The cows go unfed//on the day of trucks/at the Walltown graveyard. Also very highly recommended reading for poetry enthusiasts are Joseph Bathanti's previous four collections: "Communion Partners"; "The Feast Of All Saints"; "This Metal"; and "East Liberty".

The Passion Of Phineas Gage & Selected Poems
Jesse Glass
Ahadada Books
3158 Bentworth Drive, Burlington, Ontario, Canada, L7M 1M2
0973223367, $16.50 1-800-869-7553

Jesse Glass was raised on a horse farm near Westminister, Maryland. He currently lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. His plays, poems, performance works, and fiction have been published in a wide variety of journals and anthologies over the years. "The Passion Of Phineas Gage & Selected Poems" is the latest collection of his poetry and will well serve to bring his abilities as a word smith to an appreciative readership. Glass is perhaps best known for his experimental writing and insights into human nature. This new compilation of his writings will continue to document his unique approach to the written word that includes the deft use of such postmodernism tools and poetic forms as collaging, fragmentation, and 'Oulipo-like' processes. The limitations of this review format cannot hope to do justice to Glass' imaginative layouts and framing of words-on-the-page. "The Passion Of Phineas Gage & Selected Poems" collection of Jesse Glass' work is most especially recommended to the attention of avant-garde poetry enthusiasts. Two other volumes of poetry from Ahadada Books are also highly recommended for personal, academic, and community library poetry collections: Jerome Rothenberg's "China Notes & The Treasures Of Dunhuang" (0973223391, $12.95) and Jim Daniels' "Now Showing" (0978141415, $10.00).

The Resurrection Trade
Leslie Adrienne Miller
Graywolf Press
2402 University Avenue, Suite 203, Saint Paul, MN 55114
1555974635, $14.00 1-651-641-0077

Leslie Adrienne Miller is an instructor at the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota and an accomplished poetry with four previously published volumes of her work documented her ability and talent. "The Resurrection Trade" is her fifth and newest collection with a deftly scripted theme of delving into women's lives to understand the objectification of the female -- past and present -- through the deft use of lyrical and engaging free verse. 'Anatomy at the Dinner Table': Vesalius advises us to notice as we pluck/at table the cooked meat from the neck/of a calf, piglet or kid, the yellow ligament/so tough it's offered only to dogs./The only ligament in the body unfit/for human consumption, it is offered/he says, in Brussels to young girls/because its pale yellow color is not/unlike the color they desire in their hair,/and the ligament itself diffuses its fine/strains into other parts of the body./Not unusual then, to recommend/that one eat what one desires to wear/in the flesh, Beauty, we suppose,/being its own invitations to a meal.

The Geometry Of Loneliness
Lee Passarella
David Robert Books
PO Box 541106, Cincinnati, OH 45254-1106
1933456396, $17.00

Academician, writer, literary editor, and an award winning poet, Lee Passarella is a master of the prose poem and able to create word images that impact on both the imagination and the emotions of his reader. Enthusiastically recommended reading for anyone who appreciates well-crafted examples of lyrical prose that evokes images as effective as they are unexpected, "The Geometry Of Loneliness" will prove to be a very rewarding read. 'Auto-da-fe': Cruel as the grave/you said of jealousy/that night you were even crueler,/when I came to you still/in the winding sheet. And you,/bringing resurrection like a trial,/like the fireball Jesus rides on/in the Bruenwald Resurrection:/you ask more of the faithful/than any god would ask,/a savior/like an inquisition, a Christ of napalm,/killing villages to save them,/and I your converted jew,/your reclaimed good.

Shouldering Zero
S. Beth Bishop
Custom Words
PO Box 541106, Cincinnati, OH 45254-1106
1933456485, $17.00

Collectively, the poetry by Beth Bishop as compiled in "Shouldering Zero" map out the landscapes of the human heart and mind as she deftly explores through a lyrical poetic license a diversity of subjects, themes, and issues. 'Say Something: Attinni stylo': Between lovers' talk, the threat of dry tongue space/clicks and cleaves, heaves spittle, leaves a gap./St. Simeon, say! You Stylites might have guessed/that sainthood's built, as Babel was: ground-up.//Or that cubits more of pillar can amplify/only the eye, leaving the voice to Doppler's mercy/and distance. A word might serve as a bridge or prize/our hills apart. A thought could be lightning and we//mere lightning rods. God! Thirty-seven years/on pillars! It's a living good for one dead saint. No two/alike, saints or snowflakes, both brushed as hair/from the mountains. One settles cold, another shoots//away, like a curl, from the high, bald ridge./Oh, speak me a scissor; I'm freezing white on this ledge.

The Underflower
Jay Snodgrass
Cherry Grove Collections
PO Box 541106, Cincinnati, OH 45254-1106
1933456647, $17.00

The poetic talents of Jay Snodgrass are clearly documented in this highly recommended collection of his work that aptly displays his unique and distinctive visions concerning the relationships between the mundane and the spiritual. 'Crawling Growth': Sealed like a love letter/And visibly desperate, you may not/Leave this place, Insect-Sun, in an envelope,/Nor scorn the gifts/Of my higher head, its/Murky sewer laser-beamed/With love and strewn with chewed up/Carnations. These exposed crocus beds/Are a rhizomatic perversion,/The grass handlers gift of/Heavy ropes and highway:/I only hear this now/Because of the infiltrating breeze's/Turned-down gift of righteous flesh.

Babel's Stair
Rhoda Janzen
Word Press
PO Box 541106, Cincinnati, OH 45254-1106
1933456523, $17.00

Enthusiastically recommended reading, "Babel's Stair" succinctly showcases the verse of Rhoda Janzen, with each of her carefully crafted poems telling a little story that is hallmarked by the lyrical precision that only a master poet can successfully construct. 'How We Unlove Our Heroes': Consider how we unlove our heroes./We fall in love with Wagner. And then dense/as Nietzsche, we wait gloved in an immense/drawing room, concentrating on our prose./Naturally faith flourishes like fiction./One of Cosima's chickens rustles in,/dressed absurdly in a crinoline,/twittering to set the cracked addiction./Clucks breezy as a hostess dropping hints./You know how you try not to read ahead,/but how the last word is already read?/It's like the dawn, all vicious innocence–/and implicated by the very word/that crashes like a high-toned Wagner chord.

Music For Landing Planes By
Eireann Lorsung
Milkweed Editions
1011 Washington Avenue South, #300, Minneapolis, MN 55415-1246
1571314288, $14.00 1-800-520-6455

"Music For Landing Planes By" is the debut publication of poetry by Eireann Lorsung who takes as her themes the makers, methods, and materials associates with common, daily objects we are all familiar with. Loursung's free verse poetry deftly combines art and artifact in a truly literate and sometimes whimsical use of language that engages the reader's imagination and appreciation from beginning to end. 'Dressmaker': Nothing touches like tan velvet touches/the palm. Now the cracks come, because what gives/without taking? -- doesn't exist. Say//you forget what is lanolin, what is raw about fleece/uncarded & unwashed. Say the silver feel/of charmeuse lines your sleep. You've lost//what there was before pins & needles, sound/a scissors makes through cloth on a hardwood floor, thick waist of the dressmaker's dummy. don't tell me//any more. Without Burano lace, without cinnabar/strung on a cuff, shantung and satin and netting and swiss:/no rich man, no camel, no needle's threatening eye.

Doing 70
Hettie Jones
Hanging Loose Press
231 Wyckoff Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
1931236720, $15.00

Hettie Jones lectures widely and teaches at The New School, Eugene Lang College, and the 92nd Street Y Poetry Center in New York. Her third published volume of poetry, "Doing 70" continues to document Hettie's impressive, original, and unabashed talent with free verse artfully displayed on the printed page. Also available in a hardcover edition (978-1-931236-73-7, $25.00), this latest anthology of Hettie's verse is especially recommended for the wit and craft displayed in each individual poem. 'Aunt Cora -- for Cora Coleman 1927-2004': Aunt Cora joined the army,/found a girlfriend, left/the former and kept the latter/for thirty years. Aunt Cora,/as a court reporter, saw a/lot of undercover and over-/heard a lot more. Aunt Cora's/lover was a beauty/and they lived happily/until they didn't. We loved our Cora's/wayward ways, her forward march, the way/she kept us all in step. Altogether, we loved/Aunt Cora. All together: We Loved Aunt Cora!

Dear Blackbird,
Jane Springer
University of Utah Press
1795 East South Campus Drive, #101, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9402
0874808979, $12.95 1-800-773-6672

A teacher of English in the Creative Writing Program at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Jane Spring's poetry anthologized in the pages of "Dear Blackbird," won The Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry for 2007 and documents her impressive flair for free verse lyrics that are not restricted to the boundaries of ordinary stanza sequences or formats but are as original in their composition as they are in their content. Lovers of language and appreciators of poetry will enjoy the originality and engagement of Springer's deftly crafted verse. 'Quilts in a Pattern of Flower Gardens': Our grandmother cut/her patterns from/brown paper sacks then fit//flowers the size of/camels through/her nimble-swift needle//& Lord, what do you think of that/thimbleful of miracles?....

The Next Settlement
Michael Robins
University of North Texas Press
PO Box 311336, Denton, TX 76203-1336
1574412256, $12.95 1-800-826-8911

Michael Robins has had his poetry published in the 'Boston Review', 'The Cincinnati Review', the 'Denver Quarterly', 'The Iowa Review', and several other lesser known journals. The first published anthology of his work, "The Next Settlement", won Robins the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry for 2006. This is a compilation of meditative poems in which word images are conjured with fine honed sensitivity and brutal surprise. Original, lyrical, and highly recommended reading, these free verse creations showcase a unique and memorable voice in American literature. 'The Cows Go Mulling Home': I fed in your pasture, the others/were soured company to the sky.//I assumed the error of moths,/your pastoral broad as the moon//while the cats fray a low grass,/birds taking up the form of wings.//Having one long key for the gate,/I might resist the heated fence//where expectation sets on the lip,/catches within the nest of the throat.//I considered proof of my flight,/that you'd be quite pleased to see.

Glad of These Times
Helen Dunmore
Bloodaxe Books
c/o Dufour Editions, Inc.
PO Box 7, Chester Springs, PA 19425-0007
1852247584, $21.95 1-800-869-5677

Compiled and anthologized in "Glad Of These Times", the story-telling free verse poetry of novelist and children's writer Helen Dunmore explores such issues as the fleetingness of life, its sweetness and intensity, the brevity of our time on earth, the pleasures of the earth, death as a frame which sharpens everything in life and gives it an ultimate shape. The poetry comprising this enthusiastically recommended volume of her work have been drawn from seven previously published collections and are especially noteworthy for their lyrical language, the emotional impact, and their literary artistry. 'Odysseus': For those who do not write poems/but have the cause of poems in them:/this thief, sly as Odysseus/who puts out from Albanian waters/into the grape-dark Ionian dawn,/his dirty engine coughing out puffs of black,/to maraud, as his ancestors taught him,/the soft villas of the south --

The Edge Of Beulah
David Elliott
Breakwater Books Limited
100 Water Street, St. Johns, NL, Canada, A1C 6E6
0920911609, $14.95 1-800-563-3333

When he's not writing memorable, well crafted poetry, David Elliott teaches English at the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College of Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. Very highly recommended reading, "The Edge Of Beulah" is his debut published volume showcasing his elegant flair for language and imagery cast into a free verse format. 'Lemmings': Lemmings I learn do not swarm to death/browning the spring sea/as if it had grown a fur coat.//It seems merely that in their folk-wanderings/population pressure/many are pushed in the sea and drowned.//But I want old stories to be true/what price lives of lemmings/great auks, dodos, first-born of Egypt/against the death of a legend.

Revolt Of The Crash-Test Dummies
Jim Daniels
Eastern Washington University Press
705 West 1st Avenue, Spokane, WA 99201
1597660248, $15.95 1-800-508-9095

"Revolt Of The Crash-Test Dummies" is the latest and highly commended collection of poetry by Jim Daniels who is a Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A seasoned poet with nine published volumes of verse to his created, Daniels holds the Brittingham Prize for Poetry. With an obvious flair for language and a crafted talent for phrases that evoke the twin elements of irony and humor, "Revolt Of The Crash-Test Dummies" continues to demonstrate and document Daniels as a major contemporary poet deserving of as wide an appreciative audience as possible. 'Poetry': It isn't brain surgery./But then again, what else is?//Two dogs are company./Three's a lot of shit.//Isn't lingerie a great word?/I mean, it's got 'linger' in it.//What came first, the nook/or the cranny?//A dead squirrel was the first/heating pad.//Ice it, or heat it? Even the doctors/get confused. That leads me//to inflamed. See, that's a great/word because it's got 'med' in it.//And lame! And inf, an obscure name/for a Danish elf.//I want to be a Danish elf in lame/who's finally off his meds.//I picked three flowers today./They quietly share the same vase.

The Sweet Fuels
Erin Knight
Goose Lane Editions
500 Beverbrook Court, Suite 330, Fredericton, NB, Canada, E3B 5X4
0864924917, $14.95 1-800-565-9523

"The Sweet Fuels" is a compilation of Canadian poet Erin Knight's free verse poetry and serves admirably to introduce an appreciative readership to an accomplished practitioner of poetry. Some of the more than four dozen poems comprising this remarkable and highly recommended anthology were written in English, while others were composed in Spanish and the translated into English. A few were written in English, converted to Spanish, and then translated back into English. The result is a quite unique framing of prose verse. One such example is a poem titled 'The Rooster on the Balcony - Elva Macias' which appears side-by-side in both Spanish and English: A rooster sleeps on the balcony,/my daughter trends to him each morning./And in the evening,/when the poet sings/of how the flame that floats between them/is nothing but a word, once/and again and again the rooster/announces my betrayal.

The Travel Shelf

The Streets of Jerusalem
Ronald L. Eisenberg
Devora Publishing
c/o Pitspopany Press
40 East 78th Street, Suite 16D, New York, NY 10021
1932687548, $21.95 1-800-232-2931

Radiologist and non-practicing attorney Ronald L. Eisenberg presents The Streets of Jerusalem: Who, What, Why, a most unusual reference to Jewish history as well as Israel's streets. Arranged alphabetically like an encyclopedia, The Streets of Jerusalem consists of entries, most of which are one paragraph long, describing the histories of people in the Old Testament and more recent historical figures who have had Israeli streets named after them, and the meanings and context behind other street names referring to people or places. Black-and-white photographs pepper this thoughtful, thorough, and heavily researched quick-reference.

A Traveler's History of Poland
John Radzilowski
Interlink Publishing Group, Inc.
46 Crosby Street, Northhampton, MA 01060-1804
156656655X, $14.95

Written by Poland history and culture expert John Radzilowski, A Traveler's History of Poland is a primer of Polish history written for anyone looking to better experience and understand the nation's culture and legacy during their visit. From Poland's origins, to the end of the Commonwealth, war, occupation, and the Holocaust, the all too often violent rule of Communism, the ascent of Polish pope John Paul II and the dawn of modern Polish independence, A Traveler's History of Poland succinctly surveys history and does not whitewash the sufferings and atrocities that all the different ethnicities of people in Poland have endured across the decades. A highly readable, enlightening, even-handed and accessible account ideal for readers of all backgrounds.

Introducing Denmark And The Danes
David E. Nye
Insight Books/University Press of Southern Denmark
c/o International Specialized Book Services (ISBS)
920 Northeast 58th Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, OR 97213
87-7674-128-1, $12.90 1-800-944-6190

"Introducing Denmark And The Danes: A Two Hour Briefing" by David E. Nye provides the non-specialist general reader with an informed and informative overview of Denmark including its people, its cities, its culture, and its countryside. A succinct and thoroughly 'reader friendly' text is organized into four major sections: 'Cultural Background'; 'National Character'; 'Economics and Politics'; and 'Practical Advise for Visitors'. In particular, it is these last section with practical advise on such fundamental issues as getting registered, traveling and working within Denmark, what to bring and what to buy, the climate, the holidays, and learning the language, that make this an indispensable instructional reference for tourists, business travelers, exchange students, and immigrants. Of special note are the single page descriptions on 'Danish national Newspapers' and 'Libraries and Books'. Anyone considering traveling to or within Denmark should begin their preparations with a careful reading of David e. Nye's "Introducing Denmark And The Danes".

Cancum Cozumel & The Riviera Maya
Bruce Conord & June Conord
Hunter Publishing
130 Campus Drive, Edison, NJ 08818
1588435989, $16.99 1-800-255-0343

Now in a significantly updated and revised fourth edition, "Cancum Cozumel & The Riviera Maya " by the husband and wife team of Bruce and June Conord is a handy, pocket-sized, 306-page, illustrated travel guide that is part of the superbly produced 'Alive!' series from Hunter Publishing. An impressive and thoroughly 'user friendly' compendium of practical travel tips, "Cancum Cozumel & The Riviera Maya" offers invaluable information on hotels for every budget; local, casual and fine dining cafes and restaurants; town and regional maps; suggested day trips; as well as nature and eco-tours recommendations. Fully indexed and replete with 'insider info' by travel writers who have actually 'been there and done that', "Cancum Cozumel & The Riviera Maya" is an indispensable and very strongly recommended guide to getting the most out of traveling to Cancum Cozumel and the 'Riviera May' country whether for vacation or for business, as a weekend getaway or an extended recreational holiday.

The Philadelphia Inquirer Restaurant Guide
Craig LeBan
Camino Books, Inc.
PO Box 59026, Philadelphia, PA 19102
0940159988, $14.95

Written by award-winning "Philadelphia Inquirer" restaurant critic Craig LeBan, The Philadelphia Inquirer Restaurant Guide is a compendium of 76 in-depth reviews of the most enticing restaurants in and around Philadelphia, as well as over 600 capsule reviews of additional quality food joints, and special features on coffee shops, food trucks, retail shopping, dining at the Jersey Store, and more. The in-depth reviews include a list of menu highlights, lunch or dinner hours, notes on prices, parking, and whether credit cards are accepted, a brief history, and of course, a succinct summary of the restaurant's ambiance and highlights. The capsule reviews tend to be only one or two sentences plus the restaurant's address, phone number, and website, but a simple four-star rating system (with the stars replaced by liberty bells) immediately highlights the best of the best. A wide variety of ethnic eateries are among the many profiled in this "must-have" for epicureans visiting or living in the Philadelphia area.

The World History Shelf

The Sea Rover's Practice
Benerson Little
Potomac Books Inc.
22841 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles, VA 20166-2012
1574889117, $17.95

THE SEA ROVER'S PRACTICE: PIRATE TACTICS AND TECHNIQUES 1630-1730 is based largely on first-person accounts and describes how pirates and buccaneers made sea roving a profitable business. Successful pirating was conducted on the high seas to acquire wealth: chapters come from first-person source materials and reveal all the basic details perfect for any general-interest collection where lively history is of interest.

Historical Dictionary of Taiwan, 3rd Edition
John F. Copper
Scarecrow Press
4501 Forbes Boulevard #200, Lanham, MD 20706
081085600X, $85.00

College-level collections strong in Asian history and culture can't be without this updated third edition of HISTORICAL DICTIONARY OF TAIWAN, which surveys the nation's history, ongoing conflicts with China, and other political and social issues. Here's a cross-referenced dictionary of entries which includes important people, places, events and political parties, surveying the entire country's affairs. Perfect for in-depth reports or as a reference starting point.

"Better in France?"
Frederic Ogree, editor
Bucknell University Press
c/o Associated University Presses
2010 Eastpark Blvd., Cranbury, NJ 08512
0838755976, $55.00

Edited by Frederic Ogree (Professor of English Literature, University of Paris 7 - Denis Diderot), "Better in France?": The Circulation of Ideas Across the Channel in the Eighteenth Century is an anthology of essays by distinguished authors concerning the theory and practice of cultural exchange between Britain and the Continent, from 1660-1815. The process of cultural transfer, and the manner in which ideas from another way of life are imported, imitated, translated, appropriated, and criticized form the heart and soul of these writings, which include "The Spectator's Curtailed Legacy: The Periodical Press Between England and France in the 18th Century", "The Englishness of the English Gothic Novel: Romance Writing in an Age of Europhobia", and "The Britishness of Caricature in Revolutionary France". Aspects of culture from music and art to philosophy and pop culture drama or fiction each have their moment in the spotlight, in this scholarly and extensively researched scrutiny historical human interaction, recommended for college library shelves.

Reading and Riding
Eileen S. DeMarco
Lehigh University Press
c/o Associated University Presses
2010 Eastpark Blvd., Cranbury, NJ 08512
0934223831, $38.50 1-609-655-4770

Scholar Eileen S. DeMarco presents Reading and Riding, the very first in-depth study of Hachette and Company's railroad bookstore network, The Bibliotheque des Chemins de Fer, which originated in 1853 to market a collection of books to train travelers and evolved into France's first national chain bookstore. Focusing on events from 1826 to 1914, Reading and Riding traces the supervisors, suppliers, operators, and consumers of the network, how financial clout, more than political discourse, was destined to shape landmark decisions in the commerce of book distribution. Extensively researched, with a selected bibliography, alphabetic list of authors and book titles of The Bibliotheque des Chemins de Fer, and an index, Reading and Riding is a scholarly case study sure to particularly intrigue bibliophiles.

Dictionary of Latino Civil Rights History
F. Arturo Rosales
Arte Publico Press
University of Houston, 452 Cullen Performance Hall, Houston, TX 77204-2004
1558853472, $69.95

Written by F. Arturo Rosales (professor of history at Arizona State University), Dictionary of Latino Civil Rights History is a solid, first-of-its-kind dictionary reference of people, places, events, issues, and terms crucial to Latino history, particularly Mexican, Cuban, and Puerto Rican history. Entries are arranged alphabetically, with cross references; a handful of black-and-white photographs, a chronology, bibliography, and index further enhance utility. Each entry also cites its source, which is frequently a functioning website. "National Day of Solidarity: On October 27, 1974, the Puerto Rican Socialist Party mobilized twenty thousand people, filling up Madison Square Garden in solidarity for the independence of Puerto Rico. Not only did this represent the largest political assembly of Puerto Ricans in the United States, but it also demonstrated the strong support that independence organizations had obtained during the decade. [SOURCE: Torres and Velazquez, 'The Puerto Rican Movement', 54.]" An excellent and easy-to-use reference especially recommended for college libraries and Latino Studies shelves.

The New Complete Works Of Josephus
William Whiston & Paul L. Maier
Kregel Publications
PO Box 2607, Grand Rapids, MI 49501
0825429242, $24.99 1-800-733-2607

Flavius Josephus (c. A.D. 37-100) was a member of an aristocratic Jewish family who served as a priest, then when the Jews of Palestine revolted against the Roman occupying forces, became a commander of Jewish forces in Galilee. Captured by the romans, Josephus changed sides and allied with the Romans. After the destruction of the Temple, Josephus lived out his later years in Rome under the patronage of the Roman emperors where he composed his history of the Jewish People and his account of the Jewish war that led to the end of the Jewish Temple, the extermination of the priestly class, and the expulsion of the Jews from Palestine and their consequent diaspora or migration throughout the Roman empire. Josephus history is the only non-canonical first century historical source that mentions Jesus of Nazareth. Originally translated into English by mathematician and history William Whiston (1662-1752), students of Jewish history can now benefit from a newly revised and significantly expanded edition and translation by Paul L. Maier (Russell H. Seibert Professor of Ancient History at Western Michigan University) that features a new introduction and commentaries on the text. Enhanced with more than 40 photographs of ancient sites and artifacts referred to by Josephus, as well as a number of charts, tables, and maps throughout, this outstanding edition also features cross reference numbers throughout to the Greek text of Josephus in the Loeb Classical Library. With the inclusion of a revised subject index and an index of Old Testament texts parallel to the writings of Josephus, "The New Complete Works Of Josephus" is a strongly recommended, core addition to personal, academic, and community library Judaic Studies and World History reference collections.

Wind & Water In The Middle Ages
Steven A. Walton, editor
Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
PO Box 4402, Tempe, AZ 85821-4402
0866983678, $55.00 1-480-965-5900

Knowledgeably compiled, nicely organized, and expertly edited by academician and historian Steven A. Walton (a member of the Center for Medieval Studies and a faculty member in the Intercollege Science, Technology & Society Program at Penn State University), "Wind & Water In The Middle Ages: Fluid Technologies From Antiquity To The Renaissance" is a series of essays offering descriptive commentary and analysis of windmills, watermills, water control, and irrigation systems employed in Medieval Europe. The continuity of mill technology and its transfer between Arabic and European cultures is discussed in substantial detail, as are the literary and artistic representations of these technologies, as well as their urban, rural and monastic contexts. Of special note are the early modern adaptations of the medieval technologies of wind and water and their impact on agriculture, the rise of the cities, and emergent national identities. Nicely enhanced with 46 key illustrations, a list of contributors, and an index, "Wind & Water In The Middle Ages" is a body of impressively articulate and seminal scholarship worth of inclusion into any academic library's Medieval Studies reference collection.

The Music Shelf

The Words and Music of Bob Marley
David Moskowitz
88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881
0275989356 $44.95

Reggae singer Bob Marley died before he was 40, but his music lives on – and his album Exodus was deemed by Time Magazine the most important of the 20th century, so THE WORDS AND MUSIC OF BOB MARLEY is certain to be an ongoing, popular pick for any college-level music library serious about representing lasting artists. A chronological arrangement provides a blend of biography and music analysis, following the developing themes of Marley's works and presenting the histories of his albums and songs which made headlines and drew important links between new and traditional concepts. Any definitive Marley collection needs this.

Sibelius: The Orchestral Works: An Owner's Manual
David Hurwitz
Amadeus Press
c/o Hal Leonard Corporation
512 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Pompton Plains,NJ 07444
1574671499, $27.95 1-800-637-2852

Sibelius is an exploration any classical music library needs: it considers Sibelius' musical language, its origins and works, and the elements which make his music distinct, offering two full-length CDs to accompany text – and providing two complete symphonies and two of his most popular tone poems in the process. As an introduction to newcomers to classical music or Sibelius' works – particularly students at the middle and high school grade levels – it provides a grounding framework for understanding to make it a perfect basic collection pick.

The Big Book Of Children's Songs For Little Guitar Pickers
Santorella Publications, Ltd.
13 Pleasant Avenue, Danvers, MA 01923
TS104, $17.95 1-877-600-0049

A thoroughly 'kid friendly' anthology of well-known songs, "The Big Book Of Children's Songs For Little Guitar Pickers" will enable children who are learning to play the guitar to gain experience, expertise, and confidence with their instrument. Showcasing 176 popular songs that range from Hush Little Baby, The Farmer in the Dell, Ten Little Indians, and Old MacDonald, to The Bear Went Over the Mountain, Three Blind Mice, Rock-A-Bye Baby, and Mary had a Little Lamb. Enhanced with an alphabetical listing for ease of access to any given song by its title, "The Big Book Of Children's Songs For Little Guitar Pickers" is especially recommended as an instructional text by music teachers working with young children, involved parents wanting to instill a love of music in their son or daughter, and as a curriculum supplement for grade school music education programs. Also very highly recommended from Santorella Publications are "Easy Method For Little Guitar Pickers" (TS255, $14.95); "Easy Gospel Songs For Little Guitar Pickers" (TS253, $7.95); "Easy Songs For Little Guitar Pickers" (TS252, $7.95); and "Easy Bluegrass Songs For Little Guitar Pickers" (TS254, $7.95);

The Z'mirot & Kumzitz Songbook
Velvel Pasternak
Tara Publications
29 Derby Avenue, Cedarhurst, NY 11516
0933676638, $19.95 1-800-827-2400

Knowledgeably compiled and expertly arranged by Velvel Pasternak, "The Z'mirot & Kumzitz Songbook" is a compilation of 117 Jewish songs with Hebrew lyrics. The lyrics lined up with the music notation are presented in English lettering. The Hebrew script for those same lyrics is at the bottom of the page, or in a few instances because of length, on the opposing page. "The Z'mirot & Kumzitz Songbook" is an ideal anthology for inclusion in personal, professional, or synagogue music reference collections. Also very highly recommended from Tara Publications, a premier publisher of Jewish music, are two companions to "The Z'mirot & Kumzitz Songbook": "The Z'miort Handbook' featuring all the songs from the "Z'mirot & Kumzitz Songbook" in a bencher format (making it ideal for the Shabbat table) and "The Z'mirot Sing-Along" which is a technically flawless recording of the songs and available in both an audiocassette and a CD format.

The Singer's Companion
Brent Monahan
Amadeus Press, LLC
512 Newark Pompton Plains, New Jersey 07444
1574671502, $14.95

Written by expert vocal coach Brent Monahan, The Singer's Companion: A Guide to Improving Your Voice and Performance is a guide for lay people and professional singers alike to improving one's singing talent. The Singer's Companion simplifies the art of performance by emphasizing practical techniques rather than complex lessons on physiology and theories. Chapters cover proper stance, breathing, phonation, resonance, range, health, vocal exercises, pronunciation and diction, and more. Diagrams, exercise sheets, sample songs, and an audio CD complement this solid, "hands-on" self-training guide for singers of all backgrounds, from aspiring actors to church choir singers to folks who love to sing in the shower.

The Symphony
Robert Greenberg
The Teaching Company
4151 Lafayette Center Drive, Suite 100, Chantilly, VA 20151-1232
#7210, $374.95 DVD,, 1-800-832-2412

"The Symphony" is a series of twenty-four informed and informative lectures brilliantly presented by Professor Robert Greenberg (currently the music historian-in-residence with San Francisco Performances). Professor Greenberg expertly and knowledgeably presents an overview and analysis of the history of the symphony over its almost 300-year existence as a basic form of Western concert music. The symphony is a multi-movement, multi-instrument, coordinated composition for an orchestra that has its origins in the concerti and opera overtures of the Baroque era, becoming an increasingly popular entertainment for the masses as well as the aristocracy and privileged classes during the Classical and early Romantic eras. The inherently fascinating description of the symphony's development and expansion includes succinct biographical portraits of some of the very best and most influential of the symphonic composers including such luminaries as Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Bruckner, Mahler, Ives, Shostakovich, Sibelius, Copland, Barber, and so many others. Examples of symphonic performances are laced throughout t the lectures themselves for illustrative purposes. Enthusiastically recommended for high school music department, university and community library Music History collections, the DVD format for "The Symphony" divides Professor Greenberg's superbly crafted, 45 minute lectures into three parts encompassing. "The Symphony" is also available in an audio CD format ($269.95), and in an cassette tape format ($199.95). Verbatim transcript books ($35.00) for this outstanding course are also readily available and recommended.

The American History Shelf

The Buffalo Soldiers
William H. Leckie with Shirley A. Leckie
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
0806138408, $19.95 1-800-627-7377

The revised edition of THE BUFFALO HUNTERS: A NARRATIVE OF THE BLACK CALVARY IN THE WEST updates a classic originally published in 1967, when it was the first book to recognize the importance of Afro-American units in the opening of the West. This revised edition expands the original research to explore the lives of these soldiers in the 9th and 10th Calvary Regiments, using recent scholarship to expand and enhance discoveries and creating an eye-opening title recommended for any college-level or in-depth collection of either military or Afro-American history.

Solomon's Builders
Christopher Hodapp
Ulysses Press
Box 3440, Berkeley, CA 94703
1569755795, $14.95

SOLOMON'S BUILDERS: FREEMASONS, FOUNDING FATHERS AND THE SECRETS OF WASHINGTON, D.C. deserves repeated and ongoing mention as an excellent survey of Freemason influences on United States history. It's hard to neatly peg this guide: it could go under new age or American history as neatly as in spirituality sections – so any library covering any of these topics needs SOLOMON'S BUILDERS, which presents a Freemason's tour of Washington D.C. and charts Masonic influence during the construction of America, from national monuments and symbolism in city streets to temples and keys to religious insights.

Fort Randall on the Missouri, 1856-1892
Jerome A. Greene
South Dakota State Historical Society Press
900 Governors Drive, Pierre, SC 57501-2217
0977795500, $17.95

Research historian Jerome A. Greene presents Fort Randall on the Missouri, 1856-1892, an in-depth study of the military post of Fort Randall: its establishment, the day-to-day life of its troops and their support of military expeditions against American Indians, routine patrols of Dakota and Nebraska territory, exploration and mapping missions among the Black Hills, and more. Black-and-white photographs and illustrations, including all twenty-four of the original stereopticon photographs of Sitting Bull's incarceration at Fort Randall, illustrate this heavily researched and meticulously accurate chronicle. A welcome addition to American and Missouri state history shelves.

The Opium Debate
Diana L. Ahmad
University of Nevada Press
Mail Stop 166, Reno, NV, 89557-0076
0874176980, $34.95 1-877-682-6657

"The Opium Debate And Chinese Exclusion laws In The Nineteenth-Century American West" by Diana L. Ahmad (Associate Professor of History at the University of Missouri-Rolla) is the story of a mid-nineteenth century 'war on drugs' and immigration restriction policies carried out by governmental agencies. Professor Ahmad articulately explains how anti-Chinese propaganda and the spread of opium addiction led to exclusionary immigration laws and the attitude that the Chinese and the recreational use of opium associated with their communities were a danger to the national economy and middle-class Anglo-American domestic life. A fascinating and scholarly study that features extensive notation, an exhaustive bibliography, and a comprehensive index, "The Opium Debate" is as informed and informative as it is well organized and 'reader friendly'. This is an impressive and very highly recommended contribution to academic library 19th Century American History reference collections and reading lists.

Our Very Illustrious Brother, Abraham Lincoln
Larissa P. Watkins
Oak Knoll Press
310 Delaware Street, New Castle, DE 19720-5038
#92274, $65.00 1-800-996-2556

The bicentennial anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth will take place on February 12, 2009. "Our Very Illustrious Brother, Abraham Lincoln" by bibliographer Larissa P. Watkins is co-published by Oak Knoll Press and the Library of the Supreme Council in order to present an up-to-date bibliography for Lincoln scholars and American history enthusiasts in preparation for the anticipated celebration. A work of exhaustive scholarship, "Our Very Illustrious Brother, Abraham Lincoln" features some 1,000 entries, including more than 100 images of covers and title pages, as well as brief excerpts about President Lincoln drawn from many of the listed publications. With the inclusion of an informative foreword, an informed introduction, a 26-page facsimile of "Abraham Lincoln, Freemason" by Lincoln collector and scholar L. D. Carman, "Our Very Illustrious Brother, Abraham Lincoln" is a very strongly recommended and absolutely core addition to personal, academic, and community library Abraham Lincoln and American History reference collections.

Inside The Confederate Nation
Lesly J. Gordon & John C. Inscoe
Louisiana State University Press
P.O. Box 25053, Baton Rouge, LA 70894-5053
0807132314, $19.95 1-800-861-3477

The academically impressive and deftly collaborative editorial effort of Lesley J. Gordon (Associate Professor of History, University of Akron) and John C. Inscoe (Professor of History, University of Georgia), "Inside The Confederate Nation" is a compilation of essays in honor of Emory M. Thomas by a series of learned contributors and scholars that focus on the subject of the conservative revolution of 1861 that transformed an essentially conservative American South into a radically different socio-political culture by the conclusion of the Civil War in 1865. The contributions are organized into four major sections: 'Nationalism and Identity'; 'Family and Gender'; 'Race'; 'Memory and Legacies'. Enhanced with an informative introduction by Professors Gordon and Incoe, and the article by Russell Duncan and Jennifer Lund Smith, 'Emory M. Thomas and the Confederate Imagination', and concluding with a Select Bibliography, a list of Editors and Contributors, and a comprehensive Index, "Inside The Confederate Nation is a superbly presented and organized model of anthologized, specialized, analytical historical studies. Also available in a hardcover edition (9780807130995, $65.00), "Inside The Confederate Nation" is a very strongly recommended addition to academic and community library Civil War Studies and 19th Century American History Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Texas Towns And The Art Of Architecture
Richard Payne
Texas State Historical Association
The University of Texas at Austin, 1 University Station, D0901, Austin, TX 78712-0332
0876112181, $49.95 1-800-687-8132

"Texas Towns And The Art Of Architecture: A Photographer's Journey" by architectural photographer Richard Payne is a photographic survey of small Texas towns. Payne embarked on this project as a part-time activity -- something to do in his spare time out of nostalgia, curiosity, and taking pictures of places that reminded him of him own hometown. The 'golden age' of small town Texas architecture ran from 1880 to 1930 and reflected all of the early American architectural styles and influences including Greek, Roman, Italian, Egyptian revival, Spanish Colonial, Victorian, Art Deco, Moorish motifs, and a great many idiosyncratic oddities that defy classification. "Texas Towns And The Art Of Architecture" showcases architectural examples drawn from around two hundred towns throughout every region of Texas. Payne carefully documents his beautifully detailed images, many of which rise to the status of art as reflected through the lens of his camera. A unique addition to personal, professional, and academic library collections, "Texas Towns And The Art Of Architecture" is a very highly recommended reading for students of Photography, Architecture, and Texas History.

Finding Indiana Ancestors
M. Teresa Baer & Geneil Breeze, editors
Indiana Historical Society
450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202
9780871952035, $29.95

Compiled, organized and edited by M. Teresa Baer and Geneil Breeze, "Finding Indiana Ancestors: A Guide To Historical Research" is specifically designed to help students, scholars, and family historians to effectively utilize all of the historical resources available to them. Common questions posed by novice genealogists and family historians are answered with a special focus on Indiana-specific issues and sources. Divided into six sections, "Finding Indiana Ancestors" addresses getting started, working with family stories and pictures, documenting sources in libraries and archives, understanding different record groups, researching with maps, researching different ethnic groups, manuscript and artifact research, 19th century medicinal and industrial history, and data verification. Of special note are the six model chapters showing how to turn data into full-fledged stories. Enhanced with a sample family group sheet and a sample pedigree chart, as well as selected bibliographic references and an index, "Finding Indiana Ancestors" is especially recommended to the attention of genealogists and family historians researching their Indiana forebears.

The Rise And Fall Of Indian Country, 1825-1855
William E. Unrau
University Press of Kansas
2501 West 15th Street, Lawrence, KS 66049
0700615113, $29.95 1-785-864-4154

Featuring five maps, extensive notes, exhaustive source lists, and a comprehensive index, "The Rise And Fall Of Indian Country, 1825-1855 by William E. Unrau (Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at Wichita State University) is a superbly written, thirty year history of the impact of Section 1 of the 1834 Act regarding the establishment of 'Indian Country', a territory set aside as a place for native American survival and improvement, protected against white settlement and encroachment, that originally encompassed more than half of the Louisiana Purchase stretching from the Red River to the headwaters of the Missouri River. What Professor Unrau's research has documented is a three decade governmental complicity in disregard of federal regulation in order to facilitate white settlement and the development of the trans-Missouri West. An important and strongly recommended addition to American Western History and Native American Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists, "The Rise And Fall Of Indian Country, 1825-1855" is the chronicled and documented story of land-hungry whites moving to claim Native American treaty lands and how subsequent legislation by complicit lawmakers and governmental bureaucrats negated the originally promised permanence of 'set aside' Native American lands.

A Day's Work
W. H. Bunting
Tilbury House, Publishers
2 Mechanic Street, Gardiner, ME 04345
0884481891, $35.00 1-800-582-1899

"A Day's Work: A Sampler Of Historic Maine Photographs, 1860-1920: Part 1" is compiled with annotations by Maine historian, author, cattleman, and businessman W. H. Bunting who labored for almost 30 years assembling his collection of historic photographic images of the people, buildings, activities and landscapes that comprise Maine's history, commerce, and communities. Each of the 225 black-and-white photos is accompanied by a narrative caption that are as entertaining as they are informative. From a lumber batteau working on a log jam, to an eccentric cobbler traveling from island to island by sailing scow, to trains wrecks, hootchie-cootchie dancers, coastwise cargo schooners, and so much more, readers are treated to unique perspectives captured by a camera's lens and documented life and work in the state of Maine during a sixty year span that begins in 1860 and ends in 1920. Also available in a hardcover edition (0884481883, $55.00), "A Day's Work" is especially recommended for academic library Regional History reference collections in general, and Maine's community library State History collections in particular.

Texas: A Compact History
Archie P. McDonald
State House Press
McMurry University, PO Box 637, Abilene, TX 79697
193333715X, $16.95

Texas: A Compact History condenses hundreds of years of Texas history into a no-nonsense chronological narrative. A phrase in bold marks the main topic being discussed every few paragraphs, allowing for quick and easy browsing of highlighted historical events. An index rounds out this easy-to-follow guide, especially ideal for browsing prior to traveling to Texas for business or pleasure. "The elimination of the buffalo produced two significant results in Texas. It forced the Indians to remain on reservations to obtain food and it opened th plains for the spread of cattle raising." Enthusiastically recommended for anyone who wants to quickly familiarize themselves with Texas history.

The Money/Finance Shelf

Buying A Second Home
Craig Venezia
Nolo Press
950 Parker Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
1413305563, $24.99 1-800-955-4775

The purchase of a second home for use as an income property, for vacation getaways, for retirement, is becoming more and more popular and no longer relegated to the upper income wealthy. Indeed, in today's market, two out of every five U.S. homes are purchased as a second residence. Craig Venezia is an authority on private mortgages and brings to bear his considerable experience and expertise in "Buying A Second Home: Income, Getaway Or Retirement", a comprehensive and detailed manual designed for the non-specialist general reader thinking about acquiring a second residence. Of special note are the 'Seven Secrets of Buying a Second Home' covering such fundamental issues as timing the purchase of a second home, budgeting for a second home, the importance of location, understanding tax consequences, nontraditional financing, renting to offset the expenses of purchase and maintenance, and protecting the investment that a second home represents. Accompanied by a CD containing useful checklists and custom worksheets for use when entering the market for a second residence, "Buying A Second Home" is essential, money-saving, investment enhancing, anxiety abating, fundamentally important reading for anyone contemplating the purchase of a second home for themselves that would be compatible with their financial resources and life style plans.

Stock Market Explorer
Mathew Aaron
Chart & Compass Security Analysis Inc.
2701 University Avenue, Suite 2-457, Madison, WI 53705
0977821226, $18.95

"Stock Market Explorer: A Time-Saving Guide For Beating The Market" by security analyst and market researcher Mathew Aaron offers investors a systematic description and discussion of the stock market and the investment process. Providing expert insight on simple yet powerful analytical tools that all to often the novice investor is unaware of, the "Stock Market Explorer" provides an invaluable discussion of fundamental principles that must be understood and adhered to if investors are to establish and maintain their portfolios on a solid, prosperous approach that can deal with the market's volatility. Investors are provided with a methodical, step-by-step, practical and time-proven plan for 'beating the market' which is founded on hard numbers and evaluations taken from actual companies. "Stock Market Explorer" should be considered a basic and fundamental 'must read' for anyone with no pressing interest in stock investing but who want to understand the basics involved in the process, and those who have an interest in becoming actively engaged in stock investing. Articulate, informed and informative, "Stock Market Explorer" will prove to be invaluable and indispensable in helping the non-specialist general reader understand and negotiate their way through the hazards and opportunities of stock marketing investing. As such, "Stock Market Explorer" should also be a part of every community library's Money & Financing reference collection as well.

The Education Shelf

Corwin Press
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320

William H. Peltz's DEAR TEACHER: EXPERT ADVICE FOR EFFECTIVE STUDY SKILLS (9781412938839, $29.95 ) is a top pick for both middle/high school and college-level reference libraries catering to students who want to learn how to study more effectively. It comes from an experienced teacher and study skills coach who demonstrates basic studying techniques, offers an easy 'Dear Abby' question and answer format which lends to browsing, and teaches students how to organize work, take notes, manage time and assume responsibility for behaviors. Brian M. Pete and Robin J. Fogarty's NINE BEST PRACTICES THAT MAKE THE DIFFERENCE (0971733236, $19.95) provides a teacher-tested set of 'best practices' in overall school performance, from note-taking and homework to understanding cooperative learning strategies, setting objectives, testing hypothesis and more. Educators will find this an excellent collection of 'best practices' that really work. Both excellent guides, these are recommended picks.

Home Schooling At The Speed of Life
Marilyn Rockett
B&H Publishing Group
127 Ninth Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37234-0143
0805444858, $17.99 1-800-251-3225

In "Home Schooling At The Speed Of Life", Marilyn Rockett draws upon her experiences homeschooling three of her four sons over the course of fifteen years (plus six grandchildren who are all homeschooled) to create an instruction manual for fathers and mothers seeking to homeschool their sons and daughters and needing to balance the demands of the home, schooling, and family life in the contemporary world at large. Enhanced with an accompanying CD-ROM starts with some cogent remarks on 'Getting Started' and then proceeds with chapters covering everything from getting organized, to home management, to record-keeping, to so much more that is practical and applicable to the needs and necessities of homeschooling. With the inclusion of four appendices on Resources; File-a-Plan Category List; File-a-Plan Archive Category List; and File-a-Plan From List: Description, "Home Schooling At The Speed Of Life" concludes with a list of available seminars and workshops of particular interest to dedicated homeschooling parents. Anyone considering, or already engaged in, homeschooling their children will want to give Marilyn Rockett's "Home Schooling At The Speed Of Life" a careful reading. It will prove to be an invaluable reference and very useful resource.

Teaching The Story
Carol Baldwin
Maupin House Publishing
PO Box 90148, Gainesville, FL 32607
0929895959, $23.95 1-800-524-0634

"Teaching The Story: Fiction Writing In Middle School" was developed from materials that freelance writer Carol Baldwin developed when she taught creative writing in several different middle-school classrooms over the years. "Teaching The Story" is a thoroughly 'student friendly' curriculum supplement that will enable classroom teachers to prepare their students for standardizing testing, as well as for their academic writing assignments. Baldwin's flexible approach to teaching creative writing skills to children are especially appropriate for students seeking to write coherent and readable sports, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and historical stories. Enhanced with more than seventy customizable transparencies and reproducibles included on an accompanying CD, "Teaching The Story" is strongly recommended for use with grades 5 through 8.

Getting Started with English Language Learners
Judie Haynes
1703 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311-1714
1416605193, $23.95

Written by veteran elementary ESL teacher Judie Haynes, Getting Started with English Language Learners: How Educators Can Meet the Challenge is an in-depth guide for schoolteachers to encouraging English language learners to participate in class, help them feel more comfortable around other students, and above all, help them succeed. Packed with tips, tricks, techniques, and wisdom borne of 26 years of experience, Getting Started with English Language Learners is especially valuable for educators who are new to the ESL field yet recommended to ESL teachers of all experience levels. "Because many ELLs simply memorize material for a test and don't understand what they have learned, teachers need to develop alternative assessments specifically for ELLs. These assessments should provide teachers with a realistic picture of what individual ELLs can do without focusing unduly on what they can't do." From basic concepts of second-language acquisition theory, to the best way to handle newcomers' first weeks of school, to differentiating instruction for English language learners, programs for English language learners, and more, Getting Started with English Language Learners is a top-quality resource.

Integrating Literacy And Technology
Susan Watts Taffe & Carolyn B. Gwinn
Guilford Publications, Inc.
72 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012
1593854528, $19.95 1-800-365-7006

"Integrating Literacy And Technology: Effective Practice For Grades K-6" is the collaborative project of literacy education researchers and consultants Susan Watts Taffe (a former special education teacher and reading diagnostician) and Carolyn B. Gwinn (who is currently an elementary curriculum specialist for one of the largest school districts in Minnesota). Specifically organized and designed for maximum accessible for elementary school classroom teachers for whom in-service training time is a premium, "Integrating Literacy And Technology" will enable an teacher in grades K to 6 through a step-by-step instructional process involving ongoing cycles of planning, teaching, and assessment in a technology-rich environment that includes the utilization of the internet, reading and writing software, and more to teach core literacy skills to their students, as well as help those children to develop new reading and communication competencies for the digital age. Enhanced with a wealth of specific tools and tips to support professional development, and also available in a hardcover format (1593854536, $42.00), "Integrating Literacy And Technology" is a welcome and invaluable addition to any teacher in-service training curriculum in the field of literacy education.

Summer Smarts
Jeanne Crane Castafero & Janet Van Roden
c/o Houghton Mifflin Company
222 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116
0753461129, $8.95 1-800-225-3362

The collaborative and thoroughly 'kid friendly' effort of experienced elementary school classroom instructors Jeanne Crane Castafero and Janet Van Roden, "Summer Smarts: Activities In Math, Science, Language Arts, And Social Studies To Prepare Students For 2nd Grade" is a workbook compendium of fun and educational activities, puzzles, exercises and quizzes which are based on standard school curriculums, reinforce concepts and skills covered by achievement tests, build confidence and self-esteem for children about to enter the second grade. Children will engage in such skill building activities as addition and subtraction, number values, vowel sounds and rhyming, reading and writing, American history and geography. Simple projects and science information will encourage children to explore the world while providing literally hours of self-guided learning. "Summer Starts" is especially recommended for Summer School curriculums, home-schooling parents, and for use as a rainy day activity source, long car trips, and 'quiet time' recreations.

Raising Multicultural Awareness in Higher Education
Ana Maria Klein
University of America Inc.
4501 Forbes Boulevard, Suite 200, Lanham, Maryland 20706
0761832572, $21.00 1-800-462-6420

Raising Multicultural Awareness in Higher Education by Ana Maria Klein (assistant professor, College of Education, SUNY Fredonia) is a straightforward guide to fostering cultural awareness among teacher candidates. A consumable book with practice exercises and reflection exercises followed by blank lines for the reader to write upon, Raising Multicultural Awareness in Higher Education covers such diverse topics as self-regulated learning, life-long learning, multiculturalizing thematic units, the teacher's role as change-agent/negotiator/peace-builder, and much more. "Helpful techniques for developing cross-cultural listening skills for example, require that you don't just listen to something, instead you are encouraged to listen for something. Listening to silence or for non-verbal cues or variations in voice intonation provide something to listen for. Learning how to ask questions or what questions to ask are also important cross-cultural considerations." An excellent broadening and enriching guide, recommended for college teachers everywhere and those in charge of screening, training, or hiring them.

Founding the Future
David C. Nichols
Truman State University
100 East Normal Street, Kirksville, MO 63501-4221
1931112630, $34.95

Written by former Truman State University director of the graduate program in music David C. Nichols, Founding the Future: A History of Truman State University is an eye-opening chronicle of the proud history of Truman State from its visionary founding over a hundred years ago to modern changes and transformations, such as the introduction of value-added assessment and student reactions. Founding the Future also looks beyond Truman State's rich history toward its future legacy, from study abroad to the development of liberal education outside the classroom. Black-and-white photographs, notes, and appendices round out this glowing tribute to the evolution of an American font of higher learning.

All American Colleges
Intercollegiate Studies Institute
ISI Books
PO Box 4431, Wilmington, DE 19807-0431
1932236880 $22.00

Compiled by Intercollegiate Studies Institute, All American Colleges: Top Schools For Conservatives, Old-Fashioned Liberals, and People of Faith is a practical, no-nonsense profile of fifty colleges especially suitable for prospective students with specific values and educational goals - ones who seek learning grounded in concepts of liberty, and education as an enrichment in the process of understanding what it means to be a "good" or "free" person. In other words, institutions that are not so radicalized as to attack fundamental concepts such as abstract truth or disinterested, unbiased scholarship. The medley of schools surveyed include a broad range of religious colleges, as well as secular schools for conservatives and "old-fashioned" liberals in the tradition of John F. Kennedy and George McGovern. From Catholic colleges to Southern military academies to Quaker and Mennonite schools to evangelical Christian universities, All American Colleges spans the gamut of faiths and interests. Each school profile offers vital statistics (enrollment numbers, freshman retention rate, graduation rate, courses with fewer than 20 students, etc.), lists of what courses all students are required to take, several pages summarizing what the college offers and the nature of its environment. An excellent starter guide for learning more about and possibly choosing a higher-education institution with good old-fashioned moral values.

Teaching Kids With Mental Health & Learning Disorders In The Regular Classroom
Myles L. Cooley
Free Spirit Publishing
217 Fifth Avenue North, Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1299
1575422425, $34.95

A practicing psychologist for more than 30 years who evaluates and treats children, adolescents and adults for a variety of problems, Myles L. Cooley also draws upon his experience and expertise as a consultant to schools and as a presenter of education al programs to educators, mental health professionals, physicians, and parents in "Teaching Kids With Mental Health & Learning Disorders In The Regular Classroom". This basic and very strongly recommended instruction manual and guidebook is specifically designed to help classroom teachers learn how to recognize, understand and help challenged (and often challenging) students to learn and succeed academically. A compendium of practical and proven strategies educators can use when teaching and supporting students who exhibit mental health problems and learning disorder issues, "Teaching Kids With Mental Health & Learning Disorders In The Regular Classroom" will also alert teachers as to what behavior sand symptoms to look for in troubled students, provide ideas for fostering social development in these children, and how best to motivate all students to learn. Of special note is the discussion of the latest approach to intervention procedures, including Response to Intervention (RTI).

Look, Look! I Wrote a Book!
Linda Ball and Laurel Brucker
Good Year Books
PO Box 91858, Tucson, AZ 85752-1858
0673363570, $14.95 1-888-511-1530

Look, Look! I Wrote a Book! is an educational resource intended for instructors of young children from prior to kindergarten through second grade. The reproducible pages are templates for cutting and putting together brief, little books with simple, repetitive, child-centered texts based on oral language, as well as share-and-sign pages. For example, the reproducible pages allow a child to assemble a book "Fish Facts" that reads "1-2-3-4-5 Once I caught a fish alive. / A fish can ___. / A fish can ___. / A fish can ___. / A fish can't ___. / 6-7-8-9-10 Then I let it go again!", and the child is encouraged to write true statements in the blanks. An excellent resource for reinforcing basic literacy concepts, stimulating creativity, or just plain rainy-day fun.

Reading The Media
Renee Hobbs
Teachers College Press
1234 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027
0807747386, $23.95, 1-800-575-6566

"Reading The Media: Media Literacy In High School English" by national media education expert Renee Hobbs (Associate Professor of Communication at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) chronicles the successful practice of highschool English teachers who developed an innovative curriculum for their students that incorporates popular media, television, journalism, film, and 'new media' information sources, as well as the specific, measurable impact that this curriculum supplementation had on the students' academic performance. "Reading The Media" documents how a media literacy course significantly improved reading comprehension, writing, critical analysis, and other academic skills. Teachers are also provided with practical information on how to revise their lessons plans and activities to take advantage of media literacy strategies to increase student motivation and equip basic citizenship skills. Superbly organized and presented, "Reading The Media" is a welcome and very highly recommended addition to high-school and home-school Media Literacy and English Language Studies curriculums.

Puzzle Them First!
A. Vincent Ciardiello
International Reading Association
PO Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139
0872075818, $23.95 1-800-336-7323

"Puzzle Them First!: Motivating Adolescent Readers With Question-Find" by academician and reading instruction specialist A. Vincent Ciardiello focuses on the use of 'question-finding' as a strategy for teaching content literacy to adolescent students. 'Question-finding' teaches students how to effectively probe the multiple meanings of text, as well as reducing any social constraints, thereby increasing their independence as readers and inquirers. Enhanced with annotated resources, a sample lesson plan, motivational sources for question-finding, and a glossary of key concepts and specialized terms, "Puzzle Them First!" is especially recommended to the attention of classroom teachers and parental homeschoolers working with teenagers ages 12 to 18.

Mentor Texts
Lynn R. Dorfman & Rose Cappelli
Stenhouse Publishers
477 Congress Street, Suite 4B, Portland, ME 04101-3451
157110433X, $22.50 1-800-988-9812

"Mentor Texts: Teaching Writing Through Children's Literature, K-6" is the collaboration of Lynne R. Dorfman (a writing extension teacher for the Upper Moreland School District in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania with more than thirty years experience) and Rose Cappelli (a primary-grade reading specialist in the West Chester Area School District in West Chester, Pennsylvania with more than twenty years of experience). These two seasoned and expert reading teachers explain just how the authors of children's books create the wonder felt when boys and girls become immersed in them. They address just what students and teachers learn from these authors and their books if utilized as writing mentors. "Mentor Texts" is very nicely organized around the characteristics of good writing: focus, content, organization, style, and conventions. Classroom teachers and novice reading tutors are shown that 'mentor texts' can serve as a practical scaffold for student work; are provided with student writing examples demonstrating how students take risks as writers; teacher writing examples illustrating the power of the teacher as writer; and a comprehensive annotated list of children's literature including specific suggestions for teaching points. Of special note are the 'Your Turn' lessons at the end of each chapters showing how to put the ideas discussed in that chapter into practice. Expertly written in a conversational style, employing numerous illustrative anecdotes, and thoroughly 'user friendly', "Mentor Texts" should be considered mandatory reading for anyone charged with the responsibility of teaching writing at the elementary school level.

Cognitive Connections
Robert Myers
Zephyr Press
814 North Franklin Street, Chicago, IL 60611
1569760357, $19.95 1-800-232-2187

"Cognitive Connections: Multiple Ways of Thinking About Math" by elementary school curriculum consultant Robert Myers is a compendium of 87 'teacher friendly' cross-curricular activities that will enhance a student's ability to do math problems through cross-curricular activities that go beyond a traditional math curriculum approach to demonstrate math is more than just numbers. Among these math skill enhancing activities are such projects as 'Kitchen Design' where students redesign their families' kitchens, employing geometry in real-world situations; 'Tom's Game' where students look for a mathematical solution to a play ground problem: how can every student be included in a game with a limited amount of equipment?; 'Sprouts', where students explore ratios of germinating seeds and use this information to advise a gardener on planting next year's crops for a maximum yield; 'It Figures' with children interviewing adult professionals about the math skills they use to perform their jobs; 'The Right Change' where students are asked to solve the mistake made by a store clerk, and suggest a solution that will keep the error from happening again. Fun, effective, and especially appropriate for students in grades 4 through 8, "Cognitive Connections" is a superbly organized and presented educational resource. It would also prove invaluable for a homeschooling parent's mathematics curriculum reference shelf as well!

The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf

Television Criticism
Victoria O'Donnell
Sage Publications
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
1412941679, $37.95

College-level collections strong in film and television will find Television Criticism a welcome addition to the collection: it explores the business, production and entertainment aspects of the TV industry and the critical rhetoric, culture and representation surrounding it, offering a range of analytical styles for past and current TV programs in different genres. Students receive a variety of formulas for developing critical thinking about television, and are provided everything they need to develop such perspectives, from new guidelines for television analysis to insights from producers and business people working in the field. TELEVISION CRITICISM is not only recommended for library acquisition but will also make a fine course supplement – perhaps even serve as a basic text.

More Scenes and Monologs from the Best New Plays
Roger Ellis, Editor
Meriwether Publishing
Box 7710, Colorado Springs, CO 80933-7710
1566081424, $15.95

Scenes designed in a range of short lengths – under 10 minutes each – include scenes for two women, two men, and combinations – and for all age ranges. This places More Scenes and Monologs from the Best New Plays above the usual student drama oriented collection or title, reaching into adult circles and any actor who wants monologs and short scenes to practice. Notes precede each section and set the scene.

Imaging Blackness
Audrey Thomas McClusky
Indiana University Press
601 North Morton Street, Bloomington, IN 47404-3797
0253217792, $24.95 1-800-842-6796

"Imaging Blackness: Race And Racial Representation In Film Poster Art" is compiled, edited, curated and presented by Audrey Thomas McCluskey (Associate Professor of African-American and African Diaspora Studies). Professor McCluskey draws upon her years of experience and expertise when she was formerly the director of the Black Film Center Archive at Indiana University to present a series of movie posters for the 'race movies' that were a part of cinematic history from the late 1920s through the early 1940s when African-Americans were largely barred from mainstream Hollywood productions (except for stereotypical roles as maids, butlers, and comic relief characters), necessitating independent and small budget productions featuring African-American casts. Posters were a widespread means of advertising and promotion, designed to persuade members of the public to buy a ticket and see the film publicized by the images depicted in the poster material. "Imaging Blackness" shows the steady evolution of how African-American men and women were pictured on those posters in incremental changes that paralleled the discrimination and slow progress of change of the broader American culture. A fascinating approach to film history that accords with vigorous academic standards of scholarship, "Imaging Blackness" is an especially recommended addition to academic and community library African-American Studies and American Film History reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Sexy Thrills
Nina K. Martin
University of Illinois Press
1325 South Oak Street, Champaign, IL 61820-6975
0252074378, $20.00 1-800-545-4703

Written by Nina K. Martin (assistant professor of film studies, Emory University), Sexy Thrills: Undressing the Erotic Thriller is a close examination of direct-to-video erotic thriller films - which unlike most soft-core pornography, are usually made specifically for female viewers. Chapters examine how the erotic thriller has refashioned the gothic and film noir genres, the subtle and not-to-subtle messages these films convey concerning female sexuality, subjectivity, and gender construction, and much more. Scrutinizing the almost contradictory tendency of these films to elevate an empowered, sexually experienced heroine ("sexy bad girl") and emphasize standards that strictly limit acceptable expressions of female sexuality, Sexy Thrills provides an expert-level measured discourse of this pop culture phenomenon. Highly recommended especially for cinematic studies shelves.

The Most American Thing in America
Charlotte M. Canning
University of Iowa Press
100 Kuhl House, 119 West Park Road, Iowa City, IA 52242-1000
1587295857, $19.95 1-800-621-2736

Winner of the 2006 Barnard Hewitt Award for Excellence in Theatre History, The Most American Thing in America: Circuit Chautauqua as Performance by Charlotte M. Canning (professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, University of Texas, Austin) is part history, part evaluation of the Circuit Chautauquas, the iterant branch of an adult education movement created to spread culture and entertainment across America, particularly isolated rural areas. The Chautauquas flourished, despite some conflicts - their African-American members were in danger when they toured areas rife with KKK members and sympathizers - filling a much-needed role until the Great Depression, when the rise of radio and movies eclipsed them. Their performances included lectures, music, occasional political debate, and much more. Theatre historians have long neglected the Circuit Chautauquas because they didn't quite fit the mold of established theatre; Canning seeks to remedy this omission through an in-depth history examining not only the Circuit Chautauquas as performers, but also as facilitators of American community and democracy. Highly recommended.

Film Histories
Paul Grainge, Mark Jancovitch, Sharon Montieth, editors
University of Toronto Press
10 St. Mary Street, Suite 700, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4Y 2W8
0802095089, $39.95 1-800-565-9523

The collaborative and detailed work of Paul Grainge (Associate Professor in Film Studies, University of Nottingham), Mark Jancovitch (Professor of Film and Television Studies, University of East Anglia), and Sharon Montieth (Professor of American Studies, University of Nottingham), "Film Histories: An Introduction And Reader" is a 612-page compendium of information providing an historical overview and analytical survey of movies from their cinematic origins in 1895 down to the present day. Laid out chronologically, each individual chapter covers the key developments within the period covered, followed by a classic piece of historical research about that particular period. Different types of film historical research are provided for the benefit of film students. The result is a narrative history spine enhanced with introductions to different approaches to the study and research of cinematic history. A truly impressive body of seminal scholarship in both its scope and execution, the text is superbly organized, informed and informative, as well as being thoroughly comprehensive and 'student friendly'. Also available in a hardcover edition (0802093558, $85.00), "Film Histories: An Introduction And Reader" is a very strongly recommended for students of films and their genres, as well as being a core addition to personal, professional, and academic library Cinematic Studies & History reference collections.

The Gaming Shelf

Off-Road Declarer Play
David Bird
Master Point Press
331 Douglas Avenue, Toronto, Ontario Canada M5M 1H2
189710619X, $18.95

OFF-ROAD DECLARER PLAY: UNUSUAL WAYS TO PLAY A BRIDGE HAND is for intermediate to advanced bridge players seeking less well-known stratagems to enhance the bridge move, from creating entries and surviving bad trump breaks to getting the defenders to help. Bridge players receive a fine, uncommon set of tips which is perfect for moving ahead in the skills levels of the game – and perfect for any library catering to advanced bridge playing patrons.

Blood-Horse Authoritative Guide to Betting Thoroughbreds
Eclipse Press
c/o Blood Horse Publications
PO Box 919003, Lexington, KY 40591-9003
1581501196, $16.95 1-800-582-5604

Written and compiled by the staff members and correspondents of Blood-Horse Publications, the "Blood-Horse Authoritative Guide to Betting Thoroughbreds" is a superbly organized and presented step-by-step instruction manual that will teach the reader how to effectively wager on 'the sport of kinds'. "Blood-Horse Authoritative Guide to Betting Thoroughbreds" covers how to place a bet and cash a ticket, understand what odds mean, read the tote board, study past performances, and generally gain invaluable insights into the world of race horses as it is relevant to determining and placing bets in terms of their workouts, medication, and equipment. An absolutely essential read for novice gamblers, "Blood-Horse Authoritative Guide to Betting Thoroughbreds" has a great deal of value for even the more experienced gambler on thoroughbred horse racing.

Rifts D-Bees of North America
Alex Marciniszyn, Wayne Smith, & Kevin Siembieda, editors
Palladium Books Inc.
12455 Universal Drive, Taylor, MI 48180
1574571702, $22.95

Rifts D-Bees of North America is a sourcebook of 100 types of nonhuman Dimensional Beings (D-Bees) suitable for introduction as friends, foes, or exotic player characters in any Rifts fantasy role-playing game. The game system used for the creature statistics compatible with the entire Palladium Books Megaverse, though the ideas and concepts touched upon in the elaborate descriptions can offer inspiration for a game master to assemble his or her own creations according to different fantasy game rules. Black-and-white illustrations and extensive and engaging text descriptions fully flesh out each distinctive race of creatures, some appearing almost human, others decidedly not. An excellent supplement to the library of any Palladium Books Megaverse game player or game master.

My 50 Most Memorable Hands
Doyle Brunson
Cardoza Publishing
857 Broadway, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10003
1580422020, $14.95 1-800-577-9467

A two-time world series champion poker player and winner of ten bracelets from the World Series of Poker (as well as the winner of a 'Legends of Poker' tournament on the World Poker Tour), Doyle Brunson is a universally acknowledged legend of the game who brings more than half a century of experience to bear in "My 50 Most Memorable Hands". Doyle began playing as a young man in Texas when poker was an illegal pastime involving dodging the cops and avoiding being robbed, all while constantly moving on the road from town to town and city to city in search of a game. In this fascinating little book Doyle offers a collection of terrific stories combined with practical advice connected to some truly remarkable poker hands he's played out against some of the finest poker players to ever play the game. Each poker hand cited begins with a biographical anecdote providing an historical context, then follows Doyle's hand along with a paragraph or two of description as to how it was played out. Very highly recommended reading and a simply superb addition to the growing library of books about poker, each of these individual hands will be read with interest border on fascination by both novice poker players and those with more seasoned experience at the game.

The Christian Studies Shelf

Soul Cravings
Erwin Raphael McManus
Nelson Books
0785214941, $19.99

'Soul cravings' are what defines us as human – it's an inner quest for more than physical sustenance, but for spiritual meanings in life – and SOUL CRAVINGS seeks to define the parameters of these cravings for intimacy and community, destiny and meaning in life. It's these basic cravings which suggest a human connection with God, Erwin McManus maintains: chapters analyze belief, belonging, and more in a fine exploration of human interconnections and faith.

The Jesus Way
Eugene H. Peterson
William B. Eerdmans Publishing
255 Jefferson Ave. S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49503
080282949X, $22.00

THE JESUS WAY: A CONVERSATION ON THE WAYS THAT JESUS IS THE WAY draws a symbiotic connection between the ways Jesus leads and the ways people follow, studying those who came before Christ and how they led and comparing these with Jesus' methods of leadership. Chapters challenge the methods of the modern American church and argue against consumerism, charisma and other barriers to understanding the Jesus path, using a blend of scholarship and spiritual insights to push the boundaries of belief and wisdom. Perfect for any collection strong in Christian thinking.

Real Christianity
William Wilberforce, author
Regal Books
1957 Eastman Ave., Ventura, CA 93003
0830743111, $14.99 1-800-4-GOSPEL

Revised and updated by Bob Beltz, Real Christianity is a classic text originally written by abolitionist William Wilberforce more than 200 years ago in order to denounce slavery by appealing to human belief and redefining authentic Christian life. Now, experienced minister Bob Beltz offers a revised and updated version of Real Christianity in modern English (with brief notes) for contemporary readers. Wilberforce's core messages about the true standards of Christian behavior, authentic faith, and the nature of man are unchanged and thoroughly accessible to readers of all backgrounds. "To live our lives and miss that great purpose we were designed to accomplish is truly a sin. It is inconceivable that we could be bored in a world with so much wrong to tackle, so much ignorance to teach and so much misery we could alleviate." Highly recommended.

My Conversations With God
Henry A. Buchanan
1663 Liberty Drive, Suite 200, Bloomington, IN 47403
1425976867, $27.99

My Conversations With God: Wondering, Pondering and Trying to Get it Right is nothing less than the meticulous accounting of personal talks that author and theology expert Henry A. Buchanan had with the Creator and Father of Jesus Christ. Chapters state God's own words as Buchanan heard them about Adam and Eve, the story of the Flood, Abraham, Jacob, Job, Judas, Paul the Apostle, and much more. "Then God said, 'of course, Jesus of Nazareth, the child of Joseph and Mary, is My Son, and you are My Son, without impugning the sanctity of your parents' marriage. Jesus is called the First Born, and Unique Son because He is the First to really get the message from Me... don't you be put off by the people who want to evade the responsibilities of sonship by relegating it to some area of magic and mystery beyond the knowledge and experience of man. People do that in order to make it seem impossible to do what they are not willing to do.' I said, 'What is that, Lord?' And He said, 'Be like Jesus. They excuse themselves by making Him different in nature, hence incapable of being the example of character and behavior that I am requiring them to follow.'" Regardless of whether one accepts My Conversations With God as a literal transcript the author's communion with the divine, the insight into human beliefs, morals, strengths, and weaknesses is vividly unforgettable.

Pardon and Peace
Alfred Wilson, C.P.
Roman Catholic Books
PO Box 2286, Fort Collins, CO 80522-2286
1929291930, $19.95 1-970-490-2735

Written by pastor Father Alfred Wilson, Pardon and Peace was originally published in the 1940s; today, this laymen's guide to obtaining the full spiritual and mental gifts of the Catholic practice of Confession remains as relevant and valuable as ever. Chapters discuss the problems of inaccurate confession, the three conditions that must be present for a sin to be mortal, four guidelines for confessing venal sins, common excuses for avoiding Confession and why they should be shot down, helpful advice for those who find themselves confessing the same sins over and over, and much more. "God has given us ten commandments only. If we make additions of our own, we imply that God's way is not safe, which is blasphemous nonsense and implicit, if unintended, lecturing of the Almighty. By all means let us do the harder thing, the supererogatory, provided our motive is love not fear; but let us not make commandments out of counsels." A reflective and timeless guide, enthusiastically recommended for practicing Catholics of all walks of life.

Catholic Spirituality in Focus
George E. Saint-Laurent
Paragon House Publishers
1925 Oakcrest Avenue, Suite 7, St. Paul, MN 55113-2619
1557788650, $12.95

Written by comparative religion instructor George E. Saint-Laurent, Catholic Spirituality in Focus: Eight Themes of Mind and Heart is a thoughtful guide to blending the practical daily life of a Christian with ideals from the Gospel. Each chapter discusses a different virtuous ideal with reference to model individuals whose dedication spiritually embodied that ideal: Dorothy Day for the ideal of Christian Vision, Jacques Maritain for Christian Values, Mother Teresa of Calcutta for Christian Virtue, and more. "Human suffering of mind, heart, and body is a profound mystery, but we may still find meaning and not absurdity through faith in the redemptive Cross of Jesus. Presented with the option of faith or agnosticism, we choose to believe in a God of infinite love. This is our deliberate option, and our spiritual resources enable us to deal with our crosses large and small along the way." A profoundly thoughtful theological primer and introduction to moral, religious, and spiritual self-improvement, written for Catholics of all walks of life.

How To Become a Saint
Jack Bernard
Brazos Press
PO Box 6287, Grand Rapids, MI 49516-6287
1587431998, $12.99

Written by Christian missionary Jack Bernard (1942-2002), How to Become a Saint: A Beginner's Guide is a simple guide for anyone who seeks to become closer to God and Jesus Christ through embarking upon the long road to sainthood. How to Become a Saint denounces the myth that sainthood is an anomaly, only for a few individuals with superhuman religious zeal. Chapters discuss sainthood defined as undividedness toward God; the obedience that comes from faith; the importance of perseverance; true versus false mysticism; and much more. "As a proper grasp of grace leads to obedience, knowing we are predestined leads to determined effort at faithfulness. You are not on your own with the promise of a reward at the end if only you can gut it out. What Jesus said to his first disciples he still says to you 'And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age' (Matt. 28:20)". Highly recommended for dedicated Christians seeking to better understand and embody their faith.

The Gospel of Matthew
John F. O'Grady
Paulist Press
997 MacArthur Boulevard, Mahwah, NJ 07430
0809144409, $24.95 1-800-218-1903

Written by Albany, NY Diocese priest and retired biblical theology professor John F. O'Grady, The Gospel of Matthew: Question by Question is a bible study guide and second in the Question by Question series. Presented in a unique question-and-answer format, The Gospel of Matthew: Question by Question draws the reader into the text with material found in no other traditional commentary. Each chapter also includes introductions and conclusions to assist the reader's understanding. "Both John and Jesus point out the presence and absence of God in their society and in their religion and culture. They both speak for God. People like it when a prophet points out the presence of God but rebel when the prophet highlights the absence of God, especially in religion and among religious leaders." An excellent guide for adult bible-study groups, introductory scripture courses, and individual study.

The Jesus Mystery
Lena Einhorn
The Lyons Press
246 Goose Lane, Guilford, CT 06437
1599211483, $24.95 1-800-836-0510

In "The Jesus Mystery: Astonishing Clues To The Identities Of Jesus And Paul", filmmaker Lena Einhorn writes with historical accuracy the true story of Jesus of Nazareth utilizing a combination of New Testament writings and texts from contemporary Jewish and Roman historians. Of special note is what Einhorn writes with respect to the legends about Jesus' birth and childhood, death and resurrection that survived both within and outside of Christianity during the first centuries after the Nazarene's crucifixion at the hands of the Roman occupation of Jerusalem and Palestine. "The Jesus Mystery" addresses such controversial issues as whether or not there was an historical Jesus, the Paulinian influence and the role of Church politics in the opening decades of the Christian movement on the perceptions concerning Jesus. An engaging, informative, articulate, and sometimes iconoclastic work of admirable historical research and scholarship, "The Jesus Mystery" is very strongly recommended reading for Christians and non-Christians alike.

Christianity 101
Gregory C. Higgins
Paulist Press
997 Macarthur Boulevard, Mahwah, NJ 07430
0809142082, $24.95

Christian Brothers Academy religious studies chair Gregory C. Higgins presents Christianity 101: A Textbook of Catholic Theology, an introductory text especially for college-level courses in Christian theology, also useful for self-education among lay readers. Chapters cover the nature of theology, the concept of God in medieval vs. Reformation and modern theology, the sacraments of initiation, healing, and commitment, moral theology, eschatology, and much more. A time line and an index round out this succinctly organized, methodological comprehensive text for novice to intermediate students. "Among the more significant developments in the twentieth century thought regarding God were the philosophical discussions about the meaningfulness of religious language, the psychological atheism of Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), and the creative theological syntheses produced by, among others, Paul Tillich (1886-1965) and Karl Rahner (1904-84)."

What Can I Give Jesus?
Cheryl Kirking & Ann Thomas
Mill House Press
141 Phillips Lane, Lake Mills, WI 53551
0976884712, $15.99

"What I Can Give Jesus: A Christmas Message For All Ages" by Cheryl Kirking is based on her song of the same title. A beautifully crafted and inspiring text is superbly illustrated throughout by Ann Thomas. The result is a simply outstanding and highly recommended gift book that offers a timeless message about the joy of giving, the faith of a child, and a love for all that Christmas has come to mean for devout Christians and people around the world of good heart. Accompanied by a CD of Cheryl's performing 'What Can I Give Jesus', this is a beautifully published family keepsake that will be read with appreciation again and again and again.

An Emergent Manifesto Of Hope
Doug Pagitt & Tony Jones
Baker Book House
PO Box 6287, Grand Rapids, MI 49516-6287
080106807X, $19.99

"An Emergent Manifesto Of Hope" is the collaborative work of Bethal Seminary's Dough Pagit (Pastor of Solomon's Porch in Minneapolis, Minnesota) and Fuller Theological Seminary's Tony Jones 9formely the minister to youth and young adults at the Colonial Church of Edina in Edina, Minnesota). "An Emergent Manifesto Of Hope" is a compilation of the diverse and divergent voices of pastors, students, and thoughtful Christians focused upon the issues involved in the emergence of Christian communities. Addressed in articulate essays, articles, and other writings include spirituality, theology, multi-culturalism, post-colonialism, sex, evangelism, and other issues of contemporary significance to active and participating Christians. The result is an informative, thought-provoking, occasionally inspiring, sometimes challenging, and always very highly recommended reading for Christian men and women of all backgrounds and denominational affiliations.

James H. Waltner
Herald Press
616 Walnut Avenue, Scottsdale, PA 15683-1999
0836193377, $34.99 1-800-759-4447

James H. Waltner served as a pastor for 38 years in Mennonite congregations in Kansas, California, Illinois, and Indiana. With specific interests in biblical studies, pastor Waltner has taught courses in the Psalms at Bethel College, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Sunday school classes, and Bible lectures. So Pastor Waltner brings a very special expertise to "Psalms" which is part of the Herald Press 'Believers Church Bible Commentary' series. Every aspect of the Book of Psalms is addressed in terms of its theological and pastoral implications, its canonical context, and its continuing relevance to the lives and spiritual needs of the members of Christian community both collectively and individually. Confidently recommended for Christians of all denominational backgrounds and denominational affiliations, "Psalms" is informed and informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking, educational and inspirational reading.

The Culturally Savvy Christian
Dick Staub
Jossey-Bass, Inc.
989 Market Street, 5th floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-1741
DeChant-Hughes Associates (publicity)
1440 North Kingsbury, Chicago, IL 60622
0787978930, $21.95 1-800-225-5945

In "The Culturally Savvy Christian: A Manifesto For Deepening Faith And Enriching Popular Culture In An Age of Christianity-Lie", noted radio broadcaster, writer, speaker, interpreter of faith and culture Dick Staub calls upon American Christians of all denominational affiliations and backgrounds to become 'ambassadors' of a counterculture to the broader community influences of money, marketing and technology which are so empty of ideas or aesthetics with respect to the national culture of commerce and secular value systems. Staub argues persuasively that much of the popular culture of today is basically toxic in its messages which have come to compete with religion as 'preacher, teacher, storyteller and identity shaper'. Staub further contends that only those who are intellectual, creative, relational and moral can revive the general culture and counter its growing toxicity with respect to the public good and the private well-being of ourselves and our posterity. The culturally savvy Christian mus follow ten rules in order to accomplish this culture transformation: read cartoons; separate fact from fiction; ask the why of things; recognize the shallowness of celebrity; become aware that popular culture is where we can best to theology; understand that the new media technologies can dehumanize us; live an un-frantic life in response to God; become more interested in being changed within ourselves than in changing the world; celebrate thoughtful artists and see God's image in them; and, most important of all, know why Jesus came to Earth -- not to make us Christians, but to make us 'fully human'. "The Culturally Savvy Christian" is life-changing reading and as such is very highly recommended to the attention of Christians seeking to live fully Christian lives in an increasingly un-Christian world.

Helping Kids in Crisis
Jo Hittner, Ph.D.
Saint Mary's Press
702 Terrace Heights, Winona, MN 55987-1318
0884899411 27.95

Counselor and licensed therapist Jo Hittner presents Helping Kids in Crisis, a guide especially for Christian pastoral caregivers but applicable to adults of all backgrounds and faith who work with young people. Though chapters mention the importance of Gospel values, the emphasis is upon promoting values important to parents, caretakers, pastors, and community members of all faiths - such as protecting children from sexual abuse, gang involvement, eating disorders, addictions ranging from substance abuse to video game addiction (video games are considered harmfully addictive if they disrupt schoolwork or friendships). Also covered are helping young people through terrible tragedies such as divorce, and learning to watch for the warning signs of adolescent suicide, and much more. Bullet-point lists of ill signs to watch out for and steps to take to counter threats succinctly condense the core message of Helping Kids in Crisis into an immediately accessible form. Highly recommended.

The Art Shelf

Philip Morsberger
Christopher Lloyd
Merrell Publishing
49 West 24th Street, 8th floor, New York, NY 10010
1858943760, $49.95

Philip Morsberger is a painter who's worked and taught in America and Britain since the late 1950s, producing a range of styles which have evolved over time: PHILIP MORSBERGER: A PASSION FOR PAINTING is the first in-depth study of the extent of his works and explores the themes and styles of his works. College-level art libraries strong in contemporary painters must have this catalog: it offers full-page color plates to accompany an introduction to Morsberger's works, influences, and technical aspects.

Art Marketing 101, 3rd Edition
Constance Smith
Art Network
Box 1360, Nevada City, CA 95959
0940899493, $19.95

Practicing fine artists who need to learn the basics of business, from organizing an exhibit and creating winning portfolios to contacting galleries, must have the latest updated edition of Art Marketing 101. It's a virtual classroom in a book, covering the basics of pricing and marketing artwork, and includes checklists and the latest updated tips. Any library catering to practicing artists, from college-level collections to public libraries, needs this.

A History of Japanese Body Suit Tattooing
Mark Poysden and Marco Bratt
KIT Publishers
c/o Stylus Publishing, Distributors
Box 605, Herndon, VA 20172-0606
9074822754, $54.95

Deserving of ongoing mention for any arts collection providing comprehensive coverage of tattooing art is A History of Japanese Body Suit Tattooing, which explores not only the art involved, but the social and political forces which evolved Japanese methods from prehistoric to modern times. Connections between tattooing and cultural influences are rare, making this a top pick for not only college-level arts collections, but for any college-level holding strong in Japanese history and culture.

MFA Publications
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

AMERICAN DECORATIVE ARTS & SCULPTURE (9780878466986, $19.95) features over a hundred masterpieces of furniture, silver, basketry and glass – and more – from the MFA holdings, sweeping through all time periods and production companies and spotlighting some key American works. In addition to the color photos throughout, AMERICAN DECORATIVE ARTS & SCULPTURE packs in background history, art insights, and selections from Central and South America as well. TEXTILE & FASHION ARTS (0878466991, $19.95) offers a similar format but journeys the world to provide a hundred of the finest textile and fashion pieces. Nearly thirty short essays discuss not only history but techniques, covering everything from medieval silk production in the Islamic empire to Andean weaving under the Spanish. Both individual artists and world trends are illustrated in pieces that pair well with the selected textile representations. Both are recommended picks for any definitive college-level art library.

Alaska Native Art
Susan W. Fair
University of Alaska Press
Box 756240, Fairbanks, AK 99775
1889963798, $65.00 1-888-252-6657

The history, culture and traditions of Alaska Natives receive examination in ALASKA NATIVE ART, a survey which considers the works of Alaska artists of the 20th century. From basketry to beadwork and skin sewing, examples of such works appear in full color throughout ALASKA NATIVE ART, accompanied by detailed explorations of the artists, their traditions, and their culture. ALASKA NATIVE ART is a specialty item, but a top pick for any serious library strong in either ethnic arts or Alaska history and culture.

Divided Portraits
Hilary Cooper
Umbrage Editions
515 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013
1884167640, $35.00 1-212-965-0197

Hilary Cooper is an obviously gifted, professionally accomplished, and artistically elegant portrait painter that has included among her subjects such celebrities as Matheissen, Salter, George Plimpton, Patti Hearst and former New York Mayor Ed Koch. When Hilary was in an accident that left her a quadriplegic for life she battled hard to regain enough use of her limbs to embark on making a series of portraits of people with disabilities in order to counter the perception that the disabled are somehow fundamentally different from everyone else. "Divided Portraits: Identity And Disability" is the result of her project. Enhanced with an introduction by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith and a particularly thoughtful essay by Roxana Robinson, "Divided Portraits" combines brief biographical sketches of Hilary's selected subjects along with her full color portraits of them. A very special book, "Divided Portraits" would make an excellent addition to academic library American Art History shelves, and an especially appropriate Memorial Fund collection for community libraries.

The Pitti Palace Collections
Alexandra Bonfante-Warren & Gerhard Gruitrooy
Hugh Lauter Levin Associates
9 Burr Road, Westport, CT 06880
0883635135, $75.00 1-203-227-6422

The Pitti Palace is located in the ancient Italian city of Florence on a piazza amid a warren of small buildings, boutiques, cafes, and repair shops divided by the Arno River. 300 years ago the Pitti Palace was the home of the powerful Medici family who ruled Forence and were the greatest art patrons of their day. The result is a superb architectural dwelling whose rooms house some of the finest masterpieces of western art in the world. With an informed and informative text by Alexandra Bonfante-Warren which is nicely supplemented by Gerhard Gruitroy, "The Pitti Palace Collections" is superbly enhanced with the inclusion of 300 color images showcasing the architecture, the artwork, the porcelain and silverwork collections, and the classical Italian garden for which the Pitti Palace is renowned. A very highly recommended addition to personal, academic, and community library Art History reference collections, this wonderful guide to the ponds, vistas, walks, regal retreats, rooms, and collections of the Pitti Palace is the next best thing to actually being there!

Warriors of Art: A Guide To Contemporary Japanese Artists
Yumi Yamaguchi
Kodansha America, Inc.
575 Lexington Avenue, 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10022
4770030312, $34.95 1-800-451-7556

Written by Tokyo-based art critic Yumi Yamaguchi, Warriors of Art: A Guide to Contemporary Japanese Artists is a jaw-dropping showcase of contemporary Japanese art, from sculptures to drawings to photography to unorthodox media. Though some pieces are clearly influenced by manga or anime, many others are of a unique and refreshingly original style. Full-color photographs on every page immerse the reader in a grand visual spectacle, while the text introduces the reader to the basic concepts and message of individual artistic talents. A small number of pieces show nudity or even graphically sexual images; Warriors of Art is not for young children, though the majority of artworks presented are not erotic. Highly recommended.

Robert Kipniss: Paintings 1950-2005
Robert Kipniss
Hudson Hills Press
PO Box 205, 74-2 Union Street, Manchester, VT 05254
1555952801, $60.00

Enhanced with an informative foreword by E. John Bullard (Montine McDaniel Freeman Director of the New Orelans Museum of Art which presented a one-person exhibition of Robert Kipniss' work as the museum's inaugural show when it reopened in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina) introducing the American printmaker and painter Robert Kipniss, and with the insightful essay 'Solitude and Silence: The Paintings of Robert Kipniss' by Richard Boyle (Adjunct Professor of Art History at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) providing context for this artist's unique and intensely independent vision, "Robert Kipniss: Paintings 1950-2005" is a companion volume to the early collection of his work "Robert Kipniss: Intaglios 1982-2004" (published by Hudson Hills Press in 2004). This volume of the artist work offers art students the first comprehensive investigation of Kipniss' paintings as a mature artists, along with detailing his methodology, process, inspirations, and impact. In addition to the 177 full color plates themselves, there is the inclusion of "Notes from the Studio" and a listing of 'Selected Publications, Collections & Exhibitions', making this superbly produced volume by the Hudson Hills Press of the art of Robert Kipniss a very strongly recommendation and core addition to personal, professional, and academic library American Art History reference collections.

Metalsmiths and Mentors
Fred Fenster and Eleanor Moty
Chazen Museum of Art
c/o University of Wisconsin Press
1930 Monroe Street, Third Floor, Madison, WI 53711-2059
093290081X, $29.95 1-800-621-2736

Metalsmiths and Mentors is a fabulous exhibition catalogue of modern metalwork pieces shown at the Chazen Museum of Art. The exhibition includes works created by Fred Fenster and Eleanor Moty, metalsmithing instructors at University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as pieces by other students and faculty. Full-color photography reveals the exquisite detail in each piece, from cups to hornbooks, plaster-and-gold sculptures, and much more. Extremely brief notes on the title, size, composition, and date of each piece accompany the illustrations in this one-of-a-kind showcase of creativity and originality in metalworking art.

The Photography Shelf

Closeup Shooting
Cyrill Harnischmacher
Rocky Nook
26 West Mission Street, Suite 3, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. (distributor)
1005 Gravenstein, Hwy N., Sebastopol, CA 95472-2811

Closeup or 'macro' photography is using the camera to capture clearly defined images of very small objects or details and is one of the more difficult and demanding genres of photography. In "Closeup Shooting: A Guide To Closeup, Tabletop, and Macro Photography", studio photographer and designer Cyrill Harnischmacher also draws upon his professional expertise and experience in nature and infrared photography to provide the aspiring photographer with superbly illustrated, step-by-step manual on just how to capture images of the beauty present in the world of 'small, smaller, and smallest' objects. "Closeup Shooting" covers choosing the right equipment, the use of ambient or artificial lighting, as well as conceptualizing and framing the perfect shot. Beautifully illustrated through in full color, students of photography are provided with examples and detailed instructions on setting up a system and workflow for successful close-up photos. Of special note is the advice concerning the creative use of a camera's features which are key to gaining a perfect image. "Closeup Shooting" is thoroughly 'user friendly' and should be considered an indispensable guide for novice photographers -- and even those more experienced with the camera and are considering adding the techniques of macro photography to their photographic skill set.

Images Of A Vanished Era, 1898-1924
Lucian Niemeyer, editor
University of Missouri Press
2910 LeMone Boulevard, Columbia, MO 65201
0826217230, $49.95 1-800-828-1894

Compiled, organized, edited, and with captioning by photographer Lucian Niemeyer. "Images Of A Vanished Era, 1898-1924: The Photographs of Walter C. Schneider" showcase the photography Walter Schneider who produced some twelve hundred glass-plate negatives which were stored in a basement for decades and only recently discovered by Niemeyer. This compendium is comprised of the best 186 images from this newly find and captures scenes from Schneider's hometown of Kankakee, Illinois, his schooling at the University of Wisconsin, his travels across America and around the world. here are historic images of domestic scenes, festive crowds, rural tranquility, and burgeoning industry during almost historic three decades. The photographic images range from steam-powered paddleboasts on the river in summer, to men and women ice-skating in a midwestern winter, to city scenes of New York and Chicago, to bicycle trip sights while riding through rural Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee before the advent of paved roads. Of special note are the views of Europe prior to the outbreak of World War I. These are impressive photographic images that on occasion rise to the level of gallery quality art. An important addition for professional, academic, and community library Photography and Cultural History reference collections, "Images Of A Vanished Era, 1898-1924" is very highly recommended reading, especially for anyone with an interest in historic photography.

High Plains Farm
Paula Chamlee
Lodima Press
PO Box 367, Revere, PA 18953
0960564683, $70.00

Paula Chamlee is both a gifted painter and a talented photographer who is as able with brush and canvas as she is with a camera lens. "High Plains Farm" is a compilation of her black-and-white photos taken on her family farm on the High Plains of the Texas panhandle country where she grew up and where her parents (now in their late eighties) still farm their 1100 acres by themselves. These archetypal images present a visual record of the hardscrabble life of High Plains farming and the values it embedded in the men and women who in building their farms achieved yesteryear way of life and value system that is becoming as much a part of Texas history and legend as other elements of the western frontier. Of special interest is the section of 'Notes on the Photographs' in which Paula Chamlee provides succinct and personalized captions paired with small copies of the images that are full paged sized and comprise "High Plains Farm". The museum quality photography by Paula Chamlee is on display in the pages of "High Plains Farm", which is especially recommended for personal, professional, and academic library American Photography reference collections. Also very highly recommended from Lodima Press is Paula Chamlee's previous volume of photography, "Natural Connections".

A Portrait of Jackson Hole & the Tetons
Henry H. Holdsworth, photographer
Farcountry Press
PO Box 5630, Helena, MT 59604
1560374098, $24.95 1-800-821-3874

A Portrait of Jackson Hole & the Tetons is a stunning, full-color photographic medley of all aspects of the Jackson Hole valley. Assembling 131 images selected from 25 years of photographer Henry H. Holdsworth's work, A Portrait of Jackson Hole & the Tetons includes snapshots of flora and fauna (such as a lovely close-up of a male mountain bluebird), glimpses of the valley in all four seasons (such as a breathtaking image of trees and mountains outlined with snow), sunsets, human dwellings nestled amid nature, and much more. Brief captions and a small amount of text enhance this splendid natural showcase, highly recommended as a giftbook for nature lovers.

The Language Studies Shelf

The Asperger Dictionary of Everyday Expressions, 2nd Edition
Ian Stuart-Hamilton
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
400 Market Street, #400, Philadelphia, PA 19106
1843105187, $19.95

Not just for Asperger sufferers is this dictionary of everyday expressions, a reference tool which has been revised and expanded to include some 5000 expressions to reveal the meaning of everyday idiomatic expressions. People with Asperger Syndrome have difficulties with social communication: here entries are clearly explained, cover British and American English alike, and clarifies phrases commonly used – and confused – in social situations. Any library will find it an excellent language reference.

A Cicero Workbook
Jane W. Crawford 7 Judith A. Hays
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
1000 Brown Street, Unit 101, Wauconda, IL 60084
0865166439, $22.00 1-847-526-4344

Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers is the premier publisher of books and curriculum materials for Latin language and literature studies. "A Cicero Workbook" is the collaborative effort of Jane W. Crawford (Professor of Classics at the University of Virginia) and Judith A. Hays (who was named Illinois Latin Teacher of the year in 1997), that is specifically and successfully designed to facilitate a student's reading skills and comprehension levels with regard to Latin passages from Cicero's 'Pro Archia' and 'De Amicita'. Among it features is the complete Latin text of all the selections on the Cicero Advanced Placement syllabus; preparatory questions following each Latin passage that help the student unravel Ciceronian grammar and syntax; multiple choice questions on comprehension, grammar, syntax, figures of speech, etc.; short analysis questions that require interpretation of Latin passages and probe a student's understanding of Cicero's logic and persuasive skills; practice essay questions, AP type questions on translation; and a comprehensive Latin to English vocabulary specifically designed for these Cicero texts. Also very highly recommended for highschool and college Latin curriculums from Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers are "Cicero: De Amicitia Selections" (9780865166394, $17.00); "Cicero: Pro Archia Poeta Oratio: 2nd Edition (9780865166424, $20.00); "Vergil For Beginners: A Dual Approach To Early Vergil Studies" (9780865166288, $21.00) and "Vergil's Aeneid 8 & 11: Italy And Rome" (9780865165809, $17.00). Five outstanding new titles from Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers in the area of Latin instruction are superb presented, 'user friendly', and highly recommended additions to any personal studies, academic library, or school curriculum reference collection. Separate Teacher Guides for these five student instructional texts and manuals are also available and recommended for classroom instructors.

The Needlecraft Shelf

Felt It!
Maggie Pace
Storey Publishing
210 MassMoca Way, North Adams, MA 01247
1580176356, $18.95

Knitters who want to add embellishments to accessories will find FELT IT! 20 FUN & FABULOUS PROJECTS TO KNIT & FELT is a fine guide to producing pieces which change into felt with the touch of a washing machine. From scarves and purses to bracelets and pillows, FELT IT! Blends excellent color photos with step-by-step tips knitters will find easy to duplicate. Perfect for the library catering to knitters seeking something different.

The Knitter's Bible: Knitted Accessories
Claire Crompton
David & Charles
c/o F&W Publications
4700 East Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236
0715326007, $19.99

Over 30 fine scarves, gloves, hats and more are packed into THE KNITTER'S BIBLE KNITTED ACCESSORIES, a guide that focuses on how to combine yarns with vivid new designs. From a pompom ski hat to an embroidered scarf and mittens, THE KNITTER'S BIBLE: KNITTED ACCESSORIES is an excellent pick for knitters who already know the basics and who want to use them to produce trendy new designs.

Bead Embroidery
Yukiko Ogura
Japan Publications Trading Company
c/o Kodansha America, Inc.
575 Lexington Avenue, 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10022
4889962158, $12.95 1-800-451-7556

Yukiko Ogura is an expert Japanese handcraft designer who specializes in embroidery needlework and exhibits frequently exhibits her creations at home and abroad. In "Bead Embroidery" Ogurua offers practical, user-friendly instructions, guidance and advice on how to turn any article of clothing or needlecraft project into a unique fashion statement through the use of bead embroidery. The step-by-step instructions and diagrams will enable even the most novice beader to master a variety of stitching techniques. Enhanced with full-color photography throughout, dedicated needlecrafters will be able to create their own unique, personalized embellishments to jeans, jackets, sweaters, bags, shoes, scarves, pillows, and more. "Bead Embroidery" is a welcome addition to Needlecraft and Beading instructional reference collections. Also very highly recommended are two other instruction books on beading from Japan Publications Trading: Ondori Staff's "Art of Antique Beading" and "Antique Style Bead Accessories" by Matsuko Sawanobori.

Martingale & Company
20245 – 144th Avenue NE, Woodinville, WA 98072-8478

Cyndi Hershey's SUDOKU QUILTS (9781564777317, $14.95) provides four fine patterns which use the game-like presentation to display rows and block columns, each in three-by-three squares of different colors and fabrics. The approach will appeal to quilters beyond sudoku game fans: they provide new options for quilts and substitute colors and fabrics for the game's design patterns. Margaret Rolfe's THE PEACE QUILT (9781564777720, $9.95) and Nancy Mahoney's RED TULIPS (9781564777621, $9.95) both provide patterns for specific single projects: two quilts based on peace and tulip themes. Each includes a backboard of materials listings and each pattern set makes it easy to lay out, cut and assemble a quilt. These are excellent picks for any quilter's collection.

Never Knit Your Man a Sweater
Judith Durant
Storey Publishing
210 MassMoca Way, North Adams, MA 01247
1580176461, $19.95

Plenty of knitting guides provide sweater patterns: but how many key knitting projects to relationship-appropriate levels? When is it time to knit a mean a sweater, and when should one give a Movie Scarf? Warm up the relationship with a series of appropriately timed knitting projects to be gleaned from Never Knit Your Man a Sweater Unless You've Got the Ring! Both home knitters and collections catering to knitters will find the different approach pairs well with the book's 22 projects for all levels of commitment, casual to wedded.

Thimbleberries Quilting a Patchwork Garden
Lynette Jensen
Landauer Corporation
3100 NW 101st Street, Suite A, Urbandale, IA 50322
1890621625, $27.95 1-800-557-2144

Written by expert and internationally recognized quilter Lynette Jensen, Thimbleberries Quilting a Patchwork Garden is a step-by-step instructional to crafting sixteen quilts, pillows, and table toppers inspired by the garden (reds and green tend to dominate the fabric color recommendations). Full-color photography illustrates the easy-to-follow instructions, and the full-size patterns and "quilting suggestions" help simply the sewing process. An excellent, methodical "how-to" guide ideal for quilters of all skill and experience levels.

American Hooked Rug Patterns
Frances Bradbury
Stemmer House Publishers, Inc.
4 White Brook Road, Gilsum, NH 03448
0880450843, $5.95 1-800-345-6665

The early American women who made their own rugs did so by frequently drawing upon their own surrounds for inspiration when making their designs. The result is a wealth of charming, domestic, needlecraft patterns that images of flowers, animals, European china, mosaics, wallpapers, boats at waterside, and more. A superb and inexpensive addition to the acclaimed Stemmer House 'International Design Library' series, "American Hooked Rug Patterns" is a wonderfully selected and presented showcase of such designs which have been expertly compiled and organized by Frances Bradbury which is particularly and especially recommended for personal and community library Needlecraft reference collections.

The Fiction Shelf

The Moments Lost
Bruce Olds
Farrar, Straus, Giroux
19 Union Square West, New York NY 10003
0374118213, $26.00

Fans of biography as well as novels will find intriguing and different THE MOMENTS LOST: A MIDWEST PILGRIM'S PROGRESS, a novel which charts the progress of one Franklyn Shives, who arrives in turn-of-the-century Chicago to become a newspaper reporter even as his bohemian lifestyle is becoming entangled in relationship issues. His assignment to cover the Wobblie-led 1913 copper mine strike in Michigan will further change his life and lead to betrayal and love lost in this hard-hitting novel of one man's changes and revelations, perfect for public libraries strong in literary novels.

The Artemis Phenomenon
Herbert G. Geist
Xlibris Corporation
International Plaza II, Suite 340, Philadelphia, PA 19113
Gulotta Communications (publicity.)
341 Lexington Street, Newton, MS 02466
1425726941, $21.99

Former World War II U.S. Naval Aviator Herbert G. Geist presents The Artemis Phenomenon, a stark novel that parallels the modern world perhaps just a little bit too closely. In the nation of "Arcadia" in the year 2010, the beautiful Princess Artemis of the royal family charms and delights all who view her even as she just might be manipulated by sinister and ruthless forces. The Artemis Phenomena brings together elements of farce, high satire, and shocking violence into a one-of-a-kind, impossible-to-put-down whole.

Mindful of Madness
Ida-Rose Mead
Outskirts Press, Inc.
10940 S. Parker Rd. - 515, Parker, CO 80134
1598001590, $8.95 1-888-672-6657

Researcher Ida-Rose Mead presents Mindful of Madness, a humorous novel about one man's bizarre war against desire and dreams, as personified by the luscious appeal of a sapphire-eyed beauty. Entrenched as a spectator in his own dream, Conrad Buncombe wars against desire again and again, amid an omnipresent atmosphere of beat-tapping and verse-crooning. An intriguingly introspective adventure of one man's quest to regain control over his own dreams, written with tongue-in-cheek panache.

Infinite Kindess
Laurie Blauner
Black Heron
PO Box 95676, Seattle, Washington 98145
0930773802, $22.95

Award-winning author Laurie Blauner presents Infinite Kindess, a dark novel set in the mid-nineteenth century, about Ann Russell, a nurse, former co-worker of Florence Nightingale, and veteran of the Crimean War. The medical quandaries thrust upon her include problems of sexual identity, grief, spirituality, triage, and perhaps most disturbingly, euthanasia. She slays cripples, the poor, the degraded, and when she returns to service in wars, upon young enemy soldiers her side has deemed too burdensome to keep alive. The at times shockingly graphic imagery of death is in stark contrast against the vivid descriptions of emotion and internal turmoil in this haunting tale, told through Russell's eyes.

An Awkward Commission
David Donachie
Allison & Busby
c/o International Publishers Marketing
22841 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles, VA 20166
074908166X, $25.95 1-800-758-3756

Naval history buff David Donachie presents An Awkward Commission, the latest historical novel set in following the life of reluctant seaman John Pearce. Though Pearce is finally free to follow his dreams rather than serve in King George's Navy, his closest friends have the misfortune to be shanghaied off to the Mediterranean under the command of a ruthless tyrant. Unable to call in aid from any higher authority, Pearce must board a ship and follow them. A complex and at times deadly naval adventure, filled with power plays and plot twists; pure excitement from cover to cover.

Suzanne M. Wolfe
Paraclete Press, Inc.
PO Box 1568, Orleans, MA 02653
1557254508, $14.95

Written by English teacher Suzanne M. Wolfe, Unveiling is a Christian novel about a divorced woman working on an art restoration project. As she removes layers of grime from what may be a lost Flemish masterpiece of the Crucifixion, she gradually uncovers the misery that has been obscuring her soul - repressed emotion concerning not only her divorce, but also past sexual abuse and a forced abortion. The burdens of the past weigh upon her, but the dawning of faith and understanding help her in her search to restore what time, neglect, and harm have defiled, both externally and internally. A passionate and powerful novel especially recommended for readers of faith.

Leading With My Heart
Marin McKenna
PO Box 151, Frederick, MD 21705-0151
1424164001, $21.95

Leading With My Heart is a romance novel about a woman's longing to be cherished. When Emma Barrett encounters Robert Weston, the two feel a compelling mutual attraction even though each is involved in other relationships. Realizing that they have to end old relationship ties before they can begin a new life together, they part for a time, and return to one another despite Emma's chance discovery of Robert's shocking secret. Yet when tragedy strikes, rending Emma's life asunder, she must search within herself for the hidden strength to persevere. A tender and gentle love story.

Chained Generations
Luminitza Sava & Lidia Sava Callvert
Airleaf Publishing
35 Industrial Drive, Suite 104, Martinsville, IN 46151
159453893X, $15.95 1-800-342-6068

Members of the endangered Russian aristocracy when the communist revolution broke out, Count Vladimirovich and his family had to escape the country by crossing the River Dniester to Romania. Although they had to leave their daughter Ludmila behind with her wet nurse, the Count and his wife were able to begin a new life. Ludmila was not so fortunate. She was sentenced to a prison camp and only able to persevere with the help of Dr. Tadeus Vinizikorsky. It was in that prison camp for political undesirables and criminals that she gave birth her daughter Svetlana. Stalin's death eventually resulted in Ludmila's liberation from the prison camp and her reuniting with Tadeus (who had chosen to fight on the front against the invading Germans as a means of getting himself out of the camp). A superbly crafted historical novel that accurately and dramatically portrays the turbulence of war, the trials and hardships the Russian revolution and Stalinism inflicted upon the Russian people, and spanning three generations, "Chained Generations" is a compelling and highly recommended read that ranks along side such classic novels of war-torn communist Russia as "A Day In The Life Of Ivan Ivanovich" and "Dr. Zhivago".

Three Dreams On Mount Meru
Francois Devenne
The Toby Press
PO Box 8531, New Milford, CT 06776-8531
1592641733, $14.95

Bayu is a young African Muslim who, spurred by the sharp words of his fiancee, means to achieve what his ancestors 9a clan of sculptors and artists) have accomplished, namely, to undertake a journey that all the men of his clan must make -- travel to Mount Meru, in Tanzania, and dream three dreams. After which he can return to his village near Mombassa, in Kenya, and take a wife. The journey is a hard one that means crossing the forests to Mount Meru, traveling across hard and hostile terrain. But the journey includes more than hardships and dangers, there are also the strange beauty of the trees, and the eyes of the leopard -- a figure which Bayu's ancestor held captivated and captive, protecting him. A superbly written novel of discovery and personal adventure, Francoise Devenne's "Three Dreams On Mount Meru" is ably, even lyrically, translated into English by Lauren Yoder and highly recommended, rewarding reading from beginning to end.

Platte River
Rick Bass
Bison Books
c/o University of Nebraska Press
1111 Lincoln Mall, Lincoln, NE 68588-0630
0803259735, $18.95

Award-winning author Rick Bass presents Platte River, an anthology of three novellas each of which presents a human heart experiencing the infinite majesty of God's natural creation. "Mahatma Joe" is the tale of an evangelist who makes a home for himself in Grass Valley, Montana, and the woman who falls head over heels for his vision of the world; "Field Events" is the story of a woman who pines for an athlete who is even more muscular than her discus-tossing brothers; and "Platte River" is about a man's meditation on the nature and meaning of loneliness, peace, and the search for love. A warm, introspective read, filled with lush imagery of beautiful natural wonders.

The Self-Help Shelf

The Yoga Facelift
Marie-Veronique Nadeau
Conari/Red Wheel Weiser
65 Parker Street Suite 7, Newburyport, MA 01950
1573242780, $19.95

THE YOGA FACELIFT: THE ALL-NATURAL, DO-IT-YOURSELF PROGRAM FOR LOOKING YOUNGER AND FEELING BETTER tells men and women both how to use yoga and meditation techniques designed by the author for tone the face. There are only a few competing titles on the market which discuss exercises for toning the face: this holistic method addresses frown lines, extra chins, 'chicken neck' and others, blending charts and step-by-step photos with easy exercises which can be done in just a few minutes a day without any special equipment or setting. A 'must' for any interested in retaining youthful looks.

Ancient Secrets Of Facial Rejuvenation
Victoria J. Mogilner, C.A.
New World Library
14 Pamaron Way, Novato, CA 94949
1577315529, $14.95 1-800-972-6657

Drawing upon her more than thirty years of experience and expertise, "Ancient Secrets Of Facial Rejuvenation: A Holistic, Nonsurgical Approach to Youth & Well-Being" by Victoria J. Mogilner (a certified acupuncturist, Chinese medicine practitioner, aesthetician, and tai chi instructor) presents a holistic alternative to caring for the skin without the use of chemical and surgical procedures. Advocating the use of facial acupuncture to counteract the signs of aging and which takes only a few minutes each day in the form of an 'Acupuncture Facelift' process that involves lightly pressing certain points on the face, "Ancient Secrets Of Facial Rejuvenation" also features strategies for attaining outer beauty and inner beauty through health nutrition, essential oils and aromatherapy, tai chi, qigong, and self-massage. A welcome addition to Alternative Medicine reference collections, "Ancient Secrets Of Facial Rejuvenation" is especially recommended reading for anyone concerned with rejuvenating their facial skin without resorting to plastic surgery.

Coping with Infuriating, Mean, Critical People
Nina W. Brown
Praeger Publishers
88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881
0275989844, $39.95

Narcissistic behaviors displayed by those in power, friends and lovers affect everyone and are prevalent throughout society, which is why Coping with Infuriating, Mean, Critical People is so important and explains a destructive mental pattern which takes hold and affects many. Methods to help victims of this behavior are provided and come from a scholar/professor in Educational Leadership and Counseling, covering everything from indifference to others and emotional intimacy challenges to projection, protection and conquering loneliness. An outstanding guide surveys both victims and survivors as well as the narcissistic personality, this book is a pick for not only college-level holdings strong in psychology and sociology, but for general-interest library collections.

A Group I Never Wanted to Join
Marty McNunn
Syren Book Company
5120 Cedar Lake Road, Minneapolis, MN 55416
0929636678, $15.00 1-800-901-3480

Written by lay pastor and certified grief recovery specialist Marty McNunn, A Group I Never Wanted to Join is a self-help guide to dealing with one of life's most overpowering challenges - coping with the death of a loved one. Featuring personal stories from individuals who have suffered many types of loss - that of a child, parent, or spouse - A Group I Never Wanted to Join walks the reader through reactions to grief, the importance of forgiving the dead, dealing with loneliness, finding comfort from the Bible, and more. Though A Group I Never Wanted to Join is spiritual, the emphasis lies primarily upon the day-to-day aspects of surviving grief rather than religious implications. Recommended for readers of all faiths.

Dealing with the Crazy Makers in Your Life
Dr. David Hawkins
Harvest House Publishers
990 Owen Loop North, Eugene, Oregon 97402-9173
0736918418, $11.99 1-800-547-8979

Written by Dr. David Hawkins, a counselor of more than 30 years' experience, Dealing With the Crazy Makers in Your Life: Settling Boundaries on Unhealthy Relationships is a no-nonsense guide to dealing with the people who literally drive one crazy - whether they are spouses, other family members, co-workers, or anyone else one has to interact with on a regular basis. Chapters cover different individual types with flaws that can induce mind-crunching headaches, including aggressors, egotists, borderlines (those who appear rational but may explode at any moment), sufferers/martyrs, and rigid control freaks. The true value of Dealing with the Crazy Makers in Your Life lies in its practical, no-nonsense advice for coping with such people: the importance of setting boundaries; how crucial it is to never bluff and always follow through on any rules or promises; the value of letting an irresponsible individual suffer the consequences of his irresponsibility rather than clean up after him; and more. "Crazy-makers lack boundaries. They have a way of manipulating us into saying more than we are comfortable of saying and doing more than we want to do. We catch ourselves too late, after we've already spilled our guts. We must learn the importance of privacy." Though there are Christian elements within Dealing with the Crazy Makers in Your Life, such as recommendations to pray and spend time in the Word, Dealing with the Crazy Makers in Your Life is primarily a problem-solving self-help guide for readers of all backgrounds and faiths. Highly recommended.

The Environmental Studies Shelf

Unnatural Landscapes: Tracking Invasive Species
Coiridwen Terrill
University of Arizona Press
355 S. Euclid Avenue, Suite 103, Tucson, AZ 85719
0816525234, $17.95

Any collection strong in biological science – particularly college-level holdings – will want UNNATURAL LANDSCAPES: it blends science writing and research with first-person stories of adventure to provide a lively introduction to invasion ecology and restoration management, and uses the author's own kayak trips as a basis for considering invasive species in the Southwest and Mexico regions. Her journeys read like a blend of scientific investigation and travelogue and thus serve as a fitting introduction to habitat management issues.

Crow's Range
David Beesley
University of Nevada Press
MS 0166, Reno, Nevada 89557-0166
0874177022, $24.95 1-877-682-6657

Written by history teacher David Beesley, who served as an associate of the Sierra Nevada Ecosystem Project and presented part of its report to Congress, Crow's Range: A Environmental History of the Sierra Nevada is an amazing chronicle of the Sierra Nevada mountain range that stretches across four hundred miles of California and Nevada. Chapters discuss the impact that native people, the gold rush, conservation efforts, and modern ecosystem politics have had upon these majestic mountains throughout history, especially during the mid-1800's to the modern day. An extensively researched history, sporting a wealth of notes, a thorough bibliography, and an index, Crow's Range is an enthusiastically recommended historical resource for lay readers and environmentalists alike.

The Business Shelf

Communicating in Global Business Negotiations
Jill E. Rudd and Diana R. Lawson
Sage Publications
2455 Teller, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
1412916585, $46.95

COMMUNICATING IN GLOBAL BUSINESS NEGOTIATIONS: A GEOCENTRIC APPROACH presents college-level business and communications majors with a new approach for studying communication and negotiation in international business, using a geocentric cross-disciplinary framework. Chapters cover intercultural communication, provide students with a view of the world and how to negotiate with others from different cultures, and uses practitioners' perspectives to inject real-world case studies and scenarios into the picture. College-level business collections will find this an essential acquisition.

The New Influencers
Paul Gillin
Quill Driver
c/o Word Dancer Press
1254 Commerce Way, Sanger, CA 93657
1884956653, $25.00

THE NEW INFLUENCERS: A MARKETER'S GUIDE TO THE NEW SOCIAL MEDIA covers blogging, podcasting, and other consumer-driven influencers which are affecting how media and marketing work. It identifies these new methods, their goals, and how either large or small organizations can tailor an effective marketing routine around them, and it also examines the foundations of how these new influencers are bringing 'word of mouth' advertising to life.

The Power of Principles
William J. Byron
Orbis Books
Box 308, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0308
1570756783, $16.00

THE POWER OF PRINCIPLES: ETHICS FOR THE NEW CORPORATE CULTURE surveys the principles which can guide corporations through ethical problems, using examples from all levels of corporate life to synthesize ten common 'old' principles which should be business foundations. William Byron is a Jesuit priest and an economist: his teachings at various universities and discussions of both ethics and business address issues of fairness, integrity, and how to foster and support these values. Any serious corporate business library needs THE POWER OF PRINCIPLES in its collection.

Atlantic Publishing Company
1405 SW 6th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34474-7014

Michelle Devon's DESIGN YOUR OWN EFFECTIVE EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK: HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR STAFF (9780910627795, $39.95) comes with a companion cd-rom and provides a basic instruction manual to producing an employee handbook. While the cd-rom makes it easy to just fill in the blanks with company-specific information and policies, the book does a fine job of considering the ramifications of an employee handbook, from legal considerations to difficult subjects such as safety and harassment, drug testing, reduction in wages, and more. Shri Henkel's SUCCESSFUL MEETINGS: HOW TO PLAN, PREPARE, AND EXECUTE TOP-NOTCH BUSINESS MEETINGS (9780910627917, $24.95) provides an easy to read book on the entire planning process, from budgeting and using time and money more effectively to setting an agenda, meeting goals, and evaluating both participants and objectives. Chapters will keep business leaders on track as they outline proven, effective methods for starting and conducting a meeting and survey common pitfalls to success. Nora Peterson's WALL STREET LINGO: THOUSANDS OF INVESTMENT TERMS EXPLAINED SIMPLY (9781601380388, $24.95) provides a finance dictionary not for the seasoned investor but for the everyday individual. It defines stockbroker terms and explains them easily, adopting a subject-oriented organization for quick and easy reference and pairing of terms and translating Wall Street jargon into easily-understood points. The author holds some thirty years of experience and her background charting futures and trading in securities lends authority to this primer, perfect for business library collections.

Small Business, Big Life
Louis Barajas
Thomas Nelson Publishers
PO Box 141000, Nashville, TN 37214
Jane Wesman Public Relations (publicity)
322 Eight Avenue, Suite 1702, New York, NY 10001
140160336X, $22.99 1-800-251-4000

"Small Business, Big Life: Five Steps To Creating A Great Life With Your Own Small Business" by financial and business expert Louis Barajas is an articulate, 'reader friendly', step-by-step, how-to manual for aspiring entrepreneurs wanting to establish a business enterprise, building a viable business, and still have a robust and satisfying personal life. The key to it all is the creation and maintenance of a proper 'mind-set' based on the four basic principles of Truth, Responsibility, Awareness, and Courage. "Small Business, Big Life" explains how to identify values and priorities and then fashion them into a kind of 'life blueprint'. Barajas reveals the components for creating a successful business include doing what you love, doing what your good at, and being profitable with what you do. The importance of systems for orderly, manageable growth are stressed, as is creating access to good attorneys, bankers, accountants, insurance agents, and vendors. If you are thinking about launching a small business, regardless of the products or services it will entail, then you need to give Louis Barajas a careful and considered reading!

Leadership For Innovation
John Adair
Kogan Page USA
525 South 4th Street, #241, Philadelphia, PA 19147
0749448008, $21.95 1-800-232-0223

In "Leadership For Innovation: How To Organize Team Creativity And Harvest Ideas", author John Adair draws upon his many years of experience and expertise advising business, governmental, education, health, and volunteer organizations throughout the world to present an superbly organized, informed and informative instruction manual for dealing with the contemporary challenges all modern businesses face that requiring them to either innovate or face stagnation, the adapt to the changes brought on by a fiercely competitive, highly volatile, and continually evolving marketplace be it local, regional, national, or international in scope. Adair examines the links between leadership, creativity and changing using his distinctive style to explore every aspect of developing and implementing business leadership and team-driven profitable growth. Simply put, "Leadership For Innovation" should be considered mandatory reading for anyone charged with the responsibility for their business to be competitively profitable regardless of its product or service.

My Business Life Cycle
Gerald Paul & Victoria Barrett
Purdue University Press
1207 South Campus Courts, Bldg. E, West Lafayette, IN 47907
1557534268, $29.95 1-800-933-9637

Gerald Paul is a German immigrant who came over to the United States in 1938 and founded Paul Harris Stores in 1954 which eventually grew into a chain of 303 stores. Written with the assistance of Victoria Barrett, "My Business Life Cycle: How Innovation, Evolution, And Determination Made Paul Harris Great" is the life story of Gerald Paul and his achievements, setbacks, and eventual success as an entrepreneur and businessman who, in 1994, was selected as CEO of the year by 'Indiana Business Magazine' and is now retired from Paul Harris Stores. "My Business Life Cycle" provides readers with an insider's perspective on the inner workings of specialty retail stores in a complex and ever evolving marketplace. It is also a kind of modern Horatio Alger story of a success that arose, flourished, declined, and ultimately ended. "My Business Life Cycle" is very highly recommended and informative reading for anyone striving for success in the business community. It is also an enduringly important and scholastically impressive addition to community and academic library 20th Century American Business reference collections.

Private Label Strategy
Nirmalya Kumar and Jan-Benedict E.M. Steenkamp
Harvard Business School Press
60 Harvard Way, Boston, MA 02163
1422101673, $35.00 1-800-668-6780

Marketing professors Nirmalya Kumar and Jan-Benedict E.M. Private Label Strategy: How to Meet the Store Brand Challenge, a tell-it-like-it-is expose of how the old days of packaging generic brands in white wrapping and black lettering have passed. Today, the once-powerful brand manufacturers find themselves in direct competition for shelf space with the chains that are their biggest customers, like Tesco and Wal-Mart. Too many companies are still building their strategies around outdated myths that Private Label Strategy debunks. Chapters of Private Label Strategy cover how to compete on price with private labels, how to compete on quality with premium store brands, how to use private labels to maximize retailer profitability, how to cultivate innovation, and much more. "The financial community, of course, presses companies to be specific on the anticipated numbers because it makes the work of the analysts easier. But it may not be wise to play along with this game. For example, Nestle has a policy of not promising specific financial targets but instead articulating its strategy and letting analysts do the work of computing the expected numbers." An absolute "must-read" for anyone involved in branding responsibilities or branding strategy.

Compliance & Conviction
Curtis J. Crawford, Ph.D.
CEO, Inc.
c/o C.S. Lewis & Co. Publicists
196 Van Dale Road, Woodstock, NY 12498
0976901919, $29.99

African-American business leader Curtis J. Crawford, Ph.D. (founder and CEO of consulting firm XCEO Inc.) presents Compliance & Conviction: The Evolution of Enlightened Corporate Governance, an insider's look at corporate failures of the twenty-first century - particularly the disasters precipitated by illegal business practices, though only a small number of business leaders have been convicted of such. Compliance & Conviction also examines the repercussions of those failures, such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, that renewed focus on corporate governance and what needs to be done to regain stakeholders' respect and confidence. Written in straightforward language for business leaders of all backgrounds, chapters discuss correlations between corporate governance and share value, executive compensation, director independence, evaluating board director performance, the impact of investor activism, and much more. A solid and insightful look at repercussions of headline-grabbing business scandals in modern-day business governance.

Teambuilding That Gets Results
Linda Eve Diamond & Harriet Diamond
Sourcebooks Inc.
1935 Brookdale Road, #139, Naperville, IL 60563
1402207468, $16.95 1-800-432-7444

"Teambuilding That Gets Results: Essential Plans And Activities For Creating Effective Teams" is the collaborative work of Harriet Eve Diamond (founder of the training and business consulting company Diamond Associates) and training program designer and conductor Linda Eve Diamond. Designed to be a specifically 'user friendly' instruction manual for business managers in how to effectively development and operate a business team, "Teambuilding That Gets Results" offers step-by-step guidance on running quick, profitable business meetings of all kinds; initiate positive changes in a business operation; acquire clear, concise communication skills with others; monitor the team and evaluate their results; provide positive constructive feedback to employees; embrace and utilize 'cultural consciousness'; expand the business team and hire the best person for a given job; even how to network and apply other external resources to the company. Of special note are the 'Quick Tip' sections throughout the accessibly written text. "Teambuilding That Gets Results" is very highly recommended reading for anyone charged with the responsibility of establishing or managing a corporate team effort or assignment, as well as an important addition to personal, professional, academic, and community library reference Business Reference collections.

Close Like The Pros
Steve Marx
Career Press Inc.
PO Box 687, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
156414934X, $15.99 1-800-227-3371

"Close Like The Pros: Replace Worn-Out Tactics With The Powerful Strategy Of Interactive Selling" by Steve Marx is a single volume instruction manual offering tested and effective sales techniques on concluding a deal with a client or customer. A career salesmen who has built his own business (The Center for Sales Strategy) into the media industry's preeminent sales and management consulting firm, Marx draws upon his impressive experience and considerable expertise to explain why becoming expert in closing a sale is an essential part of interactive selling and without this skill no company or salesman can hope to prosper in the competitive and often volatile marketplace regardless of the service or product they are merchandising. "Close Like A Pro" should be considered as mandatory reading for anyone engaged in salesman ship! Also very highly recommended are two new business management titles from Career Press: Ken Lloyd's "151 Quick Ideas To Recognize And Reward Employees" (1564149455, $12.99) and Carrie Mason-Draffen's "151 Quick Ideas To Deal With Difficult People" (1564149382, $12.99).

Building Tomorrow's Talent
Matthew Gay & Doris Sims
Author House
1663 Liberty Drive, Suite 200, Bloomington, IN 47403-5161
1425994652, $59.99 1-800-280-7715

The collaborative work of human resource specialists Matthew Gay and Doris Sims, "Building Tomorrow's Talent: A Practitioner's Guide To Talent Management And Succession Planning" is a superbly organized and articulately presented compendium of practical advice, ideas, tips, techniques, and planning tools designed to create and implement processes for the accurate assessment of a leadership team within any sized business organization from newly launched entrepreneurial enterprises to established multinational corporations. "Building Tomorrow's Talent" features numerous checklists, 'FAQ' sections, charts, slide presentation ideas, and an applicable project planning template adaptable to any business organization. Of special note is the 'to tell or not to tell' question with respect to high potential notification decisions. "Building Tomorrow's Talent" is a unique and highly recommended instructional reference for anyone charged with the responsibility of developing and managing the human resources of a business operation of any size or scope.

The Entrepreneurial Itch
David Trahair,CA
Self Counsel Press, Inc.
1704 N. State Street, Bellingham, WA 98225
1551807351, $13.95

Written by David Trahair, CA, who is the successful sole proprietor of his own financial consulting firm, The Entrepreneurial Itch: Don't Scratch Until You Read This Book is a straightforward guide to self-employment and running one's own business. Chapters address specific issues such as how to effectively pick and choose one's clients, bookkeeping for sole proprietors, the pros and cons of hourly billing versus set fees, warnings against franchise scams, and much more. "Always check with the Better Business Bureau ( in your area to check out any business opportunity before you sign anything. In the United States, you should also check the FTC website ( for further information about avoiding scams and to find out about specific situations under investigation." Enthusiastically recommended as a practical, nuts-and-bolts guide to startup startup business decisions, packed with true stories straight from the trenches.

The Self-Destructive Habits of Good Companies
Jagdish N. Sheth
Wharton School Publishing
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96h Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0131791133, $24.99 1-800-428-5331

In "The Self-Destructive Habits of Good Companies...And How To Break Them", a respected authority on global competition, strategic thinking, and customer relationship management expert Jagdish N. Sheth (who holds the Charles H. Kellstadt Chair of Marketing Strategy in the Goizueta Business School at Emory University) identifies seven dangerous habits even the most well-run company can fall victim to, as well as how to diagnose and counter these corporate habits before they can cause irremediable harm. These basic faults include the 'cocoon' of denial with respect to problems or issues confronting a company; the stigma of perceived (or genuine) arrogance on the part of management; the 'virus' of complacency; the risk factors of incumbency for a company's present and future needs; the threat of corporate myopia with respect to the competition; an obsession toward volume without proper attention to profit margins; and the 'territorial impulse' as reflected in the creation of factions, fiefdoms, and ivory towers within the corporate ranks and structures. Simply put, Professor Sheth's "The Self-Destructive Habits of Good Companies" should be considered mandatory reading for all company executives, and all business school students aspiring to one day become corporate managers.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

The Death of Religion and the Rebirth of Spirit
Joseph Chilton Pearce
Bear & Company
c/o Inner Traditions
Box 388, Rochester, VT 05767
1594771715, $22.95

The Death of Religion and the Rebirth of Spirit: A Return to the Intelligence of the Heart could've been featured in our New Age column but deserves wider mention here for its far-reaching survey blending philosophy, religion and sociology. The study begins with a survey of violence in human society and the question of whether cruelty is part of human nature – and argues that the roots of human behavior aren't violent, but a cultural imprint. Chapters use recent neuroscience, cultural anthropology and brain development research to explore the violent trends, spiritual understanding, and how to reverse violence to achieve a higher level of being. It's a pick recommended for any spirituality collection – particularly at the college level - strong on added cultural analysis.

World Wisdom
1501 E. Hillside Dr., Bloomington, IN 47401

Catherine Schuon edits FRITHJOF SCHUON: ART FROM THE SACRED TO THE PROFANE EAST AND WEST (1933316357, $24.95), a blending of religious images and words from around the world which comes from a teacher with forty years teaching art and architecture. Nearly three hundred color and black and white illustrations are designed to pair with the text, providing both written and visual illumination and accompanying discussions of art's connection to sacred worlds. Paul Goble's TIPI: HOME OF THE NOMADIC BUFFALO HUNTERS (1933316373, $21.95) blends traditional insights into tipi construction and development with a retelling of old-timers stories and a blending in of art to make for a fine survey of construction techniques, decorations, cultural meaning, and more. TIPI includes over a hundred color illustrations and drawings and makes for a vivid, outstanding survey of the spiritual and culture meaning of the Native American structure. Harry Oldmeadow edits LIGHT FROM THE EAST: EASTERN WISDOM FOR THE MODERN WEST (1933316225, $23.95), a collection of essays which discuss why different, specific elements of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism have appealed to Western seekers. Chapters come from faith leaders in different Eastern circles and draw together aspects of encounters with masters and master philosophers. Michael Oren Fitzgerald edits THE ESSENTIAL CHARLES EASTMAN (1933316330, $19.95), which revises and updates a classic edition containing the writings of the first American Indian medical doctor and co-founder of the Boy Scouts of America. He was the only American Indian author raised to young adulthood in the nomadic lifestyle of the pre-reservation area: this survey includes a biography, complete bibliography of his works, new sepia photos from his life, and more: an essential addition to any Native American or spirituality holding. Joseph Epes Brown's THE SPIRITUAL LEGACY OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN WITH LETTERS WHILE LIVING WITH BLACK ELK (1933316365, $21.95) provides a newly revised, updated edition of a classic holding previously unpublished letters written while the author was living with Black Elk. Here the focus is upon his relationship to the Catholic Church and Lakota spirituality alike: a new introduction and editor's preface and a biography of Brown compliments a complete bibliography of his works and a fine survey of Native spirituality's encounter with Western standards. All are top picks for both new age and spiritual libraries.

The Birth of Monotheism
Andre Lemaire
Biblical Archaeology Society
4710 41st St., NW, Washington DC 20016
1880317990, $24.95

Written by Andre Lemaire (professor of Hebrew and Aramaic philology and epigraphy), The Birth of Monotheism: The Rise and Disappearance of Yahwism is a scholarly, serious-minded examination of the concept of a single, universal God, as traced from its precursor in the religion of ancient Israel through the evolution of classic monotheism during Babylonian Exile and beyond. The Birth of Monotheism is not a metaphysical text (it does not address discussions concerning the existence or nature of God), but rather a historical text offering meticulous insights into crucial ideas that shaped history and their spread. A handful of maps and black-and-white photographs as well as a few color photographic plates illustrate this illuminating testimony, enthusiastically recommended for college libraries and religious studies shelves.

Noticing the Divine
John R. Mabry
Morehouse Publishing
PO Box 1321, Harrisburg, PA 17105
0819222380, $22.95 1-800-242-1918

Written by interfaith theology teacher John R. Mabry, Noticing the Divine: An Introduction to Interfaith Spiritual Guidance is a simple text of wisdom garnered from religions across the world, including Judaism, Christianity, Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, Zoroastrianism, Sikhism, Hinduism, native traditions, and humanism ("the sacredness of the mundane"). Each chapter tackles a different belief system's gift to spiritual thought; the appendices include guidelines for ethical conduct among spiritual directors, a spiritual guidance statement of policy. "Doing spiritual guidance is an exercise in humility. First, we must empty ourselves of the notion that we know what we are doing. We do our best work when we do not have an agenda. Once we feel we have our clients all figured out and know exactly what is 'wrong' with them and how to fix it, or how to 'get them' from point A to point B, then we might as well hang it up and go into some other business, because we are not going to be any help to the Divine - or our clients." Highly recommended for anyone seeking spiritual guidance for himself or herself, as well as for prospective
and practicing pastors, chaplains, and spiritual counselors.

The Laughing Swami
Swami Hariharananda, author
Swami Jaidev & Ma Devi, editors
Yes International Publishers
1317 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105-2602
0936663391, $12.00

Edited by Swami Jaidev & Ma Devi, The Laughing Swami: Teachings of Swami Hariharananda is a compilation of practical, spiritual, and yoga-related wisdom from the celibate monk Swami Hariharananda. A handful of color photographs illustrate this anthology of Hariharananda's reflections on his teacher, on yoga as a science, the importance of love, and confronting the transition that is death. "People think that God is holy and because today is a holy day I must go out to the temple. But when our body and mind are clean and pure, we can pray within us every day. All the time we will be remembering God. God is truly within us and we are within God... If once you understand this very clearly, you will have no need to go to a temple. You are yourself the temple." An abiding, genial, and uplifting spiritual guide, written for readers of all faiths and backgrounds.

The Biography Shelf

Michelangelo in Ravensbruck
Countess Karolina Lanckoronska
DaCapo Press
c/o Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
0306815370, $26.00

In 1939 the author was a wealthy landowner and professor of art history, and also witness to the Soviet army's march into Poland as the Nazis staged their invasion from the west. She joined the resistance and was captured and sent to the Ravensbruck concentration camp – there to teach art history to other women who believed they would soon die. Her account discusses the mass murder of Poles and the ability to survive the most inhumane conditions, and should serve as an inspiring, outstanding addition to Holocaust literature for any collection seeking expanded views from eyewitness survivors.

The Girl Who Walked Home Alone
Charlotte Chandler
Applause Books
c/o Hal Leonard Corporation
19 West 21st Street #201, New York NY 10010
1557837171, $16.95

The Girl Who Walked Home Alone: Bette Davis, A Personal Biography is a recommended pick for any collection strong in movie star biographies, especially those which aren't overstocked on Bette Davis coverage's already. Film biographer Charlotte Chandler interviewed Davis extensively in the last decade of her life, so this biography includes many of Davis' own words and insights, rather than the usual third-party analysis from those who just have had her films and reference materials to work from. A centerfold of black and white photos completes a wonderful coverage, highly recommended for any library strong in film biography.

The Measure of a Man
Sidney Poitier
10 East 53rd Street, New York NY 10022
0061357901, $14.95

THE MEASURE OF A MAN: A SPIRITUAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY is an Oprah Book Club pick and a powerful survey of the personality, values and ethics of actor and black man Sidney Poitier, offering up memories from his movie experience and covering his personal views of life. From insights on injustice and its impact to the underlying meaning in the films he was involved in, THE MEASURE OF A MAN is packed with insights and spiritual and social reflection and is a pick for any general-interest lending library, especially those strong in film autobiographies.

Growing Up Amish: The Teenage Years
Richard A. Stevick
Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
0801885671, $25.00

The Amish way is a lifetime commitment to the faith as well as a way of life: nearly 90 percent of those who grow up Amish choose the Amish way. Here is an in-depth study of Amish adolescence which considers its religion, society, and rituals which reinforce the statistics surrounding this chosen way of life. A dozen years of research in over seventy Amish communities in fifteen states lends to this study, which reveals how the Amish identity is fostered by an entire community of behavior and values. A 'must' for any collection strong in either Amish history and culture or regional American community sociology.

Chad: I Can't Be Stopped
Paul Daugherty
Orange Frazer Press
PO Box 214, Wilmington, OH 45177
1933197137, $29.95 1-800-852-9332

Written by "Cincinnati Enquirer" sports columnist Paul Daugherty, Chad: I Can't Be Stopped is the true-life story of National Football League superstar Chad Johnson - well known for his professional prowess, and perhaps also known for his touchdown celebrations that prompted the NFL to tighten their rules on what is considered a permissible expression of victory. Black-and-white photographs illustrate this candid story of Chad the person as well as Chad the expert football player. "Says Hue Jackson, Bengals receiver coach and one of Johnson's few confidantes, 'Chad doesn't drink or smoke. He's not a guy that has to be out among the celebrities. I don't lose sleep on Saturday nights, worrying about Chad Johnson.'" Highly recommended as an upbeat, in-depth portrait of an athlete who happens to be a positive role model.

Follow Me
Carol Pine
North Star Press of St. Cloud
PO Box 451, St. Cloud, MN 56302
0878392475, $29.95

"Follow Me: The Life Of John B. Hawley" by business journalist and corporate historian Carol Pine is the life story of John B. 'Jack' Hawley -- an entrepreneur and business man in the classic capitalist mode. A rugged individualist who began his successful business career with a good education and some excellent mentors, Hawley (an engineer by training but born to be an entrepreneur) was able to build the Northern Pump Company -- a sprawling manufacturing plant on a sixty-acre cornfield in the Minneapolis suburb of Fridley -- that would carry out a five-million-dollar navy contract to make precision pieces for anti-aircraft guns. Hawly didn't let inexperience with oil and gas exploration hinder him from accurately predicting energy shortages and becoming a wildcat driller. It all paid off for a man who avoided business partnerships so that he could freely operated independently outside of traditional business norms and routine conventions. Highly informative and engaging reading, "Follow Me" is a fascinating biography of an exemplary life of a truly gifted entrepreneur who took reasoned chances, worked hard, defied the 'common wisdom', and created one of the most successful careers in American 20th century business history.

Autobiography of a Yogi
Paramhansa Yogananda
Crystal Clarity, Publishers
14618 Tyler Foote Road, Nevada City, CA 95959
1565892127, $14.00 1-800-424-1055

Autobiography of a Yogi is the life story of the first yoga master of India who made it his mission to teach in the West, Paramhansa Yogananda, as written by his own hand. A reprint of the first edition published in 1946, Autobiography of a Yogi presents the original unedited text, with a final chapter presented free from changes other editions made after Yogananda's passing, and a new foreword and afterword by Swami Kriyananda, one of Yogananda's best-known direct disciples. Gentle anecdotes, spiritual insights, and a treasury of plain and simple sensibility distinguish this masterpiece. "The life of an advanced Kriya Yogi is influenced, not by effects of past actions, but solely by directions from the soul. The devotee thus avoids the slow, evolutionary monitors of egoistic actions, good and bad, of common life, cumbrous and snail-like to the eagle hearts." Named one of the top hundred spiritual books of the twentieth century, Autobiography of a Yogi distinguishes itself with insight and compassion, and is especially recommended for religious and spiritual studies shelves.

Steve Williams: How Doctor Death Became Doctor Life
Steve Williams and Tom Caiazzo
Sports Publishing L.L.C.
804 North Neil St., Suite 100, Champaign, IL 61820
1596701803 $24.95 1-877-424-2665

Japanese & Mid South Wrestling Legend "Dr. Death" Steve Williams brings an inspirational story of his life, career, and battle with throat cancer. He tells of his college football career and how he failed to make the jump to the now-defunct USFL. He vowed to a pro wrestling trainer to never play football professionally again, and he emerged on the Mid-South Wrestling circuit, the UWF - two of them no less, and WCW. He regales the reader with his run in Japan, where he gained most of his fame, and why he preferred promotions there over American promotions. And then he speaks of how all his sports achievements ultimately meant nothing, when he was diagnosed with throat cancer and found hope in religion. A heartwarming story of an imperfect man, highly recommended to wrestling fans and wrestling historians alike.

Jim Sheeler
Pruett Publishing Company
PO Box 2140, Boulder, CO 80306-2140
0871089432, $18.95 1-800-247-8224

Pulitzer Prize-winning feature writer Jim Sheeler presents Obit: Inspiring Stories of Ordinary People who Led Extraordinary Lives, an anthology of brief yet heartwarming portrayals of men and women who led energetic, compassionate, sometimes humorous, always shining lives. Each biographical portrayal is only a few pages long - yet that is more than enough space to expand beyond the traditional printed obituary and reveal the wonder, the color, and the personality infused into each individual's unique life. Obit is ultimately an anthology celebrating life, not death, and an emotionally moving read whether explored a few pages at a time or all at once.

Paths of Glory
Stephen Brumwell
McGill-Queen's University Press
3430 McTavish Street, Montreal, QC, Canada, H3A 1X9
0773532617, $39.95 1-800-387-0141

Paths of Glory: The Life and Death of General James Wolfe is the first full-length biography published in half a century of Major General James Wolfe, a British military hero whose decisive 1759 victory against the French, on the Plains of Abraham before Quebec, ensured that English would become the dominant language of North America. Wolfe paid for his victory with his life; since then he has been enshrined in paintings, praised for his military genius and self-effacing modesty, and reviled by revisionist historians who paint him as bloodthirsty and snooty. Paths of Glory seeks to uncover the truth, as best as historical records and testimonies can deliver, of the chronically ill Wolfe's life and death. An inset handful of color and black-and-white illustrations, notes, and an index round out this absorbing in-depth chronicle of a pivotal historical figure.

The Social Issues Shelf

American Torture: From the Cold War to Abu Ghraib and Beyond
Michael Otterman
Pluto Press
c/o University of Michigan Press
839 Greene Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3209
0745326706 $19.95

AMERICAN TORTURE is a hard-hitting survey revealing how torture became a standard practice in the War on Terror, how it was honed and legalized and how the US military and CIA had used torture before both at home and abroad. These tortures were legalized using the laws designed to eradicate their use as the Cold War ended: chapters survey the history of torture in American prisons around the world, discuss teachings of U.S. military survival schools and programs supported by the U.S. around the world, and consider the social impact of torture's acceptance. A 'must' for any college-level collection strong in ethics
or social issues.

Poverty in World History
Steven M. Beaudoin
270 Madison Avenue, New York NY 10016
0415254590, $19.95

Poverty is an ongoing problem in world history, but over time it's assumed global proportions which impacts available world resources, more than just being a local issue. Thus this college-level reader surveys the wider global impact of poverty with a view of global poverty from 1500 to modern times, and provides students of either world history or global issue issues with a foundation for understanding the wider impact of poverty today. It's a pick college-level holding in world history or culture will want.

Untapped: The Scramble for Africa's Oil
John Ghazvinian
15 East 26th Street, New York NY 10010
0151011389, $25.00

The U.S. imports more of its oil from Africa than it does form Saudi Arabia – and in 2005 the journalist author John Ghazvinian journeyed to Africa to spend moths reporting first-hand on the oil industry's activities across the continent. UNTAPPED examines the interlocking roles of American politicians, corporations, oil executives, and African dictators alike, revealing corporate involvement in African deaths and threats made by both local government officials and big oil companies who tried to prevent the author's investigations. UNTAPPED is a gripping study no library strong in oil politics or social issues should be without.

Illusions Of Security
Maureen Webb
City Lights Publishers
261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133
0872864766, $16.95

"Illusions Of Security: Global Surveillance And Democracies In The Post-9/11 World" by human rights lawyer and activist Maureen Webb offers an eye-opening expose about the secret domestic spying programs that the Bush administration introduced with the passive acquiesce of a Republican controlled congress over the past six years. Even with congress under the limited control of the Democrats, the Bush government is still watching the American public, buying personal data from private contractors and foreign governments. The pretense is that the Bush administration collections this information in order to 'predict' who might be a terrorist. God help you if you are caught up in this web of internal security. Not since the "Watergate Papers" of a generation past has there been so critically important an expose published on what the American government is doing to the American citizenry. Simply put, if our nation is to remain a bastion of democracy, "Illusions Of Security" should be read by every American citizen regardless whether their political philosophies are liberal or progressive, conservative or libertarian, democrat or republican or independent.

The Dilemma of Federal Mental Health Policy
Gerald N. Grob & Howards H. Goldman
Rutgers University Press
100 Joyce Kilmer Avenue, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8099
0813539587, $44.95 1-800-446-9323

Written by professor of the history of medicine emeritus Gerald N. Grob and professor of psychiatry Howards H. Goldman, The Dilemma of Federal Mental Health Policy: Radical Reform or Incremental Change? explores how American governmental policies concerning the treatment of the mentally ill have changed over the decades since the end of World War II - from being exclusively the domain of state government to increasingly becoming the province of federal government; from focusing on institutions to advocating community care and treatment; and from transformation through radical reform to gradual, incremental change. Chapters celebrate positive benefits but also warn that too many mentally ill individuals today do not have access to the effective treatment services because of limitations in mental and social health policies. "The Clinton health care reform effort was a failed effort at fundamental change in the 1990s. The effort included considerations of mental health and substance abuse in its deliberations and its legislative proposals. The changes, however, were considered to be too radical to be implemented and the initiative went down to defeat. Paradoxically, the initiative was a rhetorical victory for mental health policy." An excellent contribution to medical and political history shelves, highly recommended.

Glitter & Greed, revised edition
Janine Roberts
The Disinformation Company Ltd.
220 East 23rd Street, Suite 500, New York, NY 10010
1932857605, $15.95

Written by journalist and human rights activist Janine Roberts, and now in a newly revised edition, Glitter & Greed: The Secret World of the Diamond Cartel is a shocking expose of the inequalities, economic manipulation, inhuman treatment, and outright cruelties facilitated and perpetuated by the global Big Diamond industry - most notably the notorious De Beers and Oppenheimer cartels. Chapters go far beyond the injustice covered in the recent popular movie "The Blood Diamond", revealing how some major diamond companies collaborated with Hitler's Germany and industrial diamond supplies were artificially restricted, damaging the American war effort in World War II; how child labor is used to cut diamonds, with horrifically detrimental effects on children's health; how tuberculosis and other life-threatening conditions flourish among diamond miners; how terrorism has milked money from the diamond trade for decades; why the Kimberly Process meant to protect Americans from supporting murderers with their diamond money has failed; and how the myth that diamonds are "rare" has been perpetrated through the fixing of diamond prices and other nefarious means. A chilling expose that not only roots out evidence of cruelty but also proposes reforms and solutions. In an era of rampant corporate greed, immorality, and malfeasance, "Glitter & Greed" is a "must-read" for anyone considering buying a diamond, and carries the absolute highest recommendation.

Pain Relief Without Drugs
Jan Sadler
Healing Arts Press
c/o Inner Traditions
One Park Street, Rochester, VT 05767
1594771510, $19.95

PAIN RELIEF WITHOUT DRUGS: A SELF-HELP GUIDE FOR CHRONIC PAIN AND TRAUMA comes from the author's own experience: back in 1989 following surgery for a back injury she was left in constant pain with few treatment options. Refusing to settle for a life of such pain she quit her career teaching English and began an investigation into the self-treatment of her pain, blending pain management techniques into programs that went beyond her individual needs. Her book's focus is on changing personal reactions to pain, moving from a world of reaction to stimulus to one of relaxation and acceptance. Self-help techniques here range from visualization and breathing to coping with pain flare-ups. General libraries and new age collections will find it a popular pick.

615 Griswold Street, Detroit, MI 48226

Sooner or later most consumers will have foot problems, and to explain the latest research into podiatry health is Ivy L. Alexander, Editor's Podiatry Sourcebook, 2nd Edition (9780780809444, $78.00), a revised sourcebook perfect for both health libraries and general-interest lending collections. The bones, joints, and muscles of the foot are surveyed in easily-accessed chapters which covering everything from conditions relating to growth to foot deformities, neuromuscular diseases, swelling of the joints, and more. Joyce Brennenfleck Shannon's EATING DISORDERS SOURCEBOOK (9780780809482) appears in its second updated edition to cover the basics of eating disorders and their treatment. From bulimia and binge eating to anorexia, EATING DISORDERS SOURCEBOOK outlines the problem, therapies, physical and psychological effects – and includes chapters on healthy ways of controlling weight. These are basic health references any health or general library needs.

From the Heart
Kathy Kastan, LCSW, MAEd
Da Capo Press
c/o Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
0738210935, $25.00 1-800-242-7737

FROM THE HEART: A WOMAN'S GUIDE TO LIVING WELL WITH HEART DISEASE comes from an author who underwent emergency bypass surgery at age 42 – and who had to not only physically recover, but had to find new ways to recover emotionally. It's the first written for women to focus on the emotional repercussions of heart disease rather than just physical symptoms and recovery alone, and surveys topics ranging from regaining a strong self-image and handling fears to telling others about illness and learning to rely upon one's body once more. From gaining support to learning how to exercise without fear, FROM THE HEART is an essential reference any women facing heart disease will need, and should be a popular public library lend.

Riddled with Life
Marlene Zuk
Harcourt Books
15 East 26th Street, 15th floor, New York, NY 10010
0151012253, $25.00 1-800-543-1918

Disease is treated as an enemy to be eradicated – or should it be something more? Evolutionary biologist Marlene Zuk here argues that disease is our partner, not a foe: it's evolved alongside humans and is actually essential to health. The latest research and some unusual studies explores the role of disease in longevity, evolution, and the animal and insect as well as human worlds, using the author's on work on sexual selection processes to supplement intriguing stories from nature. An excellent survey, RIDDLED WITH LIFE: FRIENDLY WORMS, LADYBUG SEX, AND THE PARASITES THAT MAKE US WHO WE ARE is a pick not just for school holdings but for the general-interest library strong in popular science and health.

The Genius Engine
Kathleen Stein
John Wiley
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
0471262390, $27.95

Many animals have working memory but the human brain is what gives our species a unique ability to reason and predict the future. THE GENIUS ENGINE: WHERE MEMORY, REASON, PASSION, VIOLENCE, AND CREATIVITY INTERSECT IN THE HUMAN BRAIN draws on the author's decades of experience as a science and technology writer and editor to explore how our prefrontal cortex has the flexibility to update and process information. Chapters consider how it operates and how it differs in individuals, making for an excellent analysis perfect for college-level collections strong in health, physiology, and brain science.

The Science of Addiction
Carlton K. Erickson
W.W. Norton
500 – 5th Street, New York NY 10110
0393704637, $32.00

Neuroscience is clarifying how drug and alcohol addictions are processed in the body – and how it can be treated, so any college-level collection and many a public library interested in the scientific process of addition will want The Science of Addiction: From Neurobiology to Treatment. It reviews the roles brain function and genetics play in addiction, exploring changes in the terminology and definition of addiction and its treatment options in the process of explaining how neurobiological findings influence perception. From genetics of dependence to chapters on various ways the brain processes drugs in the body, any collection strong in health science needs this.

The Evolving Brain
R. Grant Steen
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197
1591024803, $28.00

THE EVOLVING BRAIN: THE KNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN explores the latest findings on brain physiology, from the nature of consciousness and unconsciousness to learning, genetic influences, mental illness and more. College-level holdings as well as general-interest libraries strong in popular science and health will find discussions draw important links between mental functions and attributes of creativity, personality, and more, making for a lively blend of science, health and social issues under one cover.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Botanical Body Care
Karin C. Uphoff
Cypress House
155 Cypress Street , Fort Bragg, CA 95437
1879384671, $18.95 1-800-773-7782

In "Botanical Body Care: Herbs And Natural Healing For Your Whole Body", practicing herbalist, teacher, and nutritional consultant Karin C. Uphoff shows how anyone can increase their vitality, strengthen their immune system, relieve physical and psychological stress, prevent illness, and treat common ailments through the use of natural plants and thereby avoid the harmful side effects (and expense!) of conventional pharmaceuticals. "Botanical Body Care' shows how readily available herbs can be easily made into tinctures, extracts, salves, and flavorful teas which have a long and honored history as a general, effective natural remedy for a great many commonly encountered medical conditions. An impressive and thoroughly 'reader friendly' 259-page compendium of herbal medicine, "Botanical Body Care" is an invaluable addition to personal and community library Health & Medicine reference collections, and especially recommended reading for health practitioners, students of the healing arts, nutritionists, dietitians, and non-specialist general readers seeking to take better care of themselves and their families.

Calm Healing
Robert Bruce Newman & Ruth L. Miller
North Atlantic Books
PO Box 12327, Berkeley, CA 94712
1556436262, $17.95

Written by professor Robert Bruce Newman and workshop instructor Ruth L. Miller, Calm Healing: Methods of New Era Medicine is a guide to a variety of holistic and alternative medicine treatments, with especial focus upon the mind-body connection and its power to improve cancer care, heart care, Alzheimer's care, childbirth care, and other conditions. Chapters outline new models for the body and the healing process, cardio-awareness healing systems, transformative compassionate breathing, the healing benefits of humor, the benefits of meditation, and more. Part reference, part self-teaching manual, Calm Healing cannot replace a doctor's attention but is brimming with valuable recommendations and methodologies for harnessing one's own unconscious power to promote a higher quality of life.

MS And Your Feelings
Allison Shadday, LCSW
Hunter House Publishers
PO Box 2914, Alameda, CA 94501-2914
089793489X, $14.95 1-800-266-5592

In "MS And Your Feelings: Handling The Ups And Downs Of Multiple Sclerosis", medical clinical social worker Allison Shadday draws upon her more than fourteen years of experience counseling chronically ill patients and their families and her personal experience with MS (she was first diagnosed with the condition in 1995) to offer hope, inspiration, validation, and basic information for patients with MS, as well as their families and loved ones. Readers will learn about how to come to terms with an MS diagnosis; strategies for coping with fear, guilt, anger, loss, depression and isolation; tips for increasing self-esteem and developing a greater sense of emotional security and stability; how to recognize and overcome negative emotional responses to MS; steps to enhance intimacy and build support networks; how to minimize MS-related fatigue and deal with cognitive challenges; techniques to identify and manage stress triggers that can exacerbate MS symptoms; and the very latest information about new treatment options and promising research. Allison Shadday not only writes with evident authority, she is an able communicator whose total mastery of her subject is conveyed with admirable articulation to the benefit of the non-specialist general reader. Anyone having do deal with an MS diagnosis, should give "MS And Your Feelings" careful attention -- it will answer all of the basic questions and address the fundamental issues with complete clarity and an invaluable comprehensiveness.

The Military Shelf

Jeff Kinard
Box 1911, Santa Barbara, CA 93116-1911
185109556X, $85.00

ARTILLERY: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF ITS IMPACT provides a wide-ranging survey of artillery's development and powers over the centuries, covering both its technical development and its use by leader and nations over time. Military collections, especially those strong in overviews of military encounters with focus on equipment and its evolution, will find ARTILLERY a fine survey that blends historical background with a narrowed focus on battle equipment development.

Bomb Scare
Joseph Cirincione
Columbia University Press
61 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023-7015
0231135106, $27.50 1-800-944-8648

BOMB SCARE: THE HISTORY & FUTURE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS begins with the first atomic discoveries of the 1930s and covers the history of the growth of nuclear weapons through the decades, right up to the current crisis with Iran and the threat of worldwide proliferation. History, security analysis and theory blends in a general text for any student of world politics and military history, particularly at the college level.

My River Home
Marcus Eriksen
Beacon Press
25 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108-2892
0807072753, $24.95

MY RIVER HOME: A JOURNEY FROM THE GULF WAR TO THE GULF OF MEXICO tells of the author's five-month, 2000-mile voyage down the length of the Mississippi on a homemade raft. It was while on this journey that Ericksen found the courage and ability to understand his war experiences, and here tells of his many military changes from new recruit to self-destructive veteran to a critic of the Iraq War. While MY RIVER HOME could easily have been reviewed as a travelogue or true adventure, what makes it so much more is its insights on military transitions – and so it reviews feature here.

Patton's Pawns
Tony Le Tissier
The University of Alabama Press
PO Box 870380, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0380
0817315578, $34.95 1-800-621-2736

Retired British lieutenant colonel Tony Le Tissier presents Patton's Pawns: The 94th US Infantry Division at the Siegfried Line, a close-up examination of an infantry division created late in World War II, primarily of draft-deferred university students and officer corps assembled from various domestic postings. Chapters recount how the division was incorporated into General Patton's Third Army south of the Moselle-Saar Triangle, its first combat experience during the Battle of the Bulge which entailed heavy casualties from the fierce winter weather as well as the fighting, and its application in an all-out assault to break through the Siegfried Line against entrenched defenders. A handful of black-and-white photographs and maps, as well as notes, a bibliography, and an index round out this in-depth historical chronicle of this outnumbered division and the tremendous sacrifice it paid. Highly recommended.

Comrades and Commissars
Cecil D. Eby
Pennsylvania State University Press
820 North University Avenue, Suite C, University Park, PA 16802
0271029102, $39.95 1-800-326-9180

Written by retired Professor of English Cecil D. Eby, Comrades and Commissars: The Lincoln Battalion in the Spanish Civil War is a fascinating history of 2,800 American fighters who formed a Battalion to fight against Generalissimo Francisco Franco and his right-wing nationalists against the Republican government of Spain during the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930's. Building upon Eby's previous study published in 1969, "Between the Bullet and the Lie", Comrades and Commissars draws from additional data that Eby gathered in recent decades, including the Lincoln Battalion archives that have been hidden in a Moscow storeroom for sixty years. These papers shed light on some of the most provocative questions concerning the Battalion, including which Americans were persecuted or even executed by the brigade commissariat. An in-depth reference, composed by an author with a solid reputation for expertise, balance, and objectivity on the topic, Comrades and Commissars is a welcome addition to world and military history reference shelves.

Chemical and Biological Warfare, 2nd Edition
Al Mauroni
Box 1911, Santa Barbara, CA 93116-1911
1598840274, $55.00

Any college-level reference collection strong in science, technology and military history will find the second updated edition of Chemical and Biological Warfare an essential addition: it provides essays, history, and biographies surrounding the topic, joins others in the 'Contemporary World Issues' which also makes it a pick for social issues holdings, and it packs in case studies, timelines of events, and more. An excellent, well-rounded reference.

Osprey Publishing
400 Hahn Road, Westminster, MD 21157

These excellent new military histories are recommended picks for any specialty collection strong in in-depth coverage. Joining Osprey's 'Fortress' series of ancient history is Nic Fields' ROME'S SAXON SHORE: COASTAL DEFENSES OF ROMAN BRITAIN AD 250-500 (1846030943, $16.95). The forts of the 'Saxon shore' are among the most impressive surviving monuments of the Roman occupation of the British Isles, and this explores the history of the frontier system and ruins, surveying design, technology, and innovation as well as strategic positions and battles. Mark Landas' AFRICAN AMERICAN SOLDIER IN THE CIVIL WAR (1846030927, $17.95) tells of the United States Colored Troops, who performed countless acts of courage under fire, following the movement of Afro-Americans from slave to soldier to free man. Black and white vintage photos and color drawings accept a survey recommended for any collection strong in Afro-American history as well as military history.

Inside The Danger Zone
Harold Lee Wise
Naval Institute Press
291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402
1591149703, $36.95 1-800-233-8764

"Inside The Danger Zone: The U.S. Military In The Persian Gulf, 1987-1988" by Harold Lee Wise (Adjunct History Professor at Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, North Carolina) is a model of scholarship in describing and documenting a history of United States military involvement in the First Gulf War that began in May 1987 when an Iraqi plan fired two missiles into the USS Stark (a lone American navy frigate on patrol in the Gulf) resulting in the death of 37 sailors and major damage to the vessel. It was a time of 'burning ships, air strikes, and secret missions' that served as a prelude to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and the American and Allied response code-named Desert Storm That resulted in the defeat of the Iraqi occupational forces, the liberation of Kuwait, and sowed the seeds for the next war that would come as a part of the American 'War on Terrorism' after September 9, 2001. This chronological account is enhanced with a list of acronyms, extensive notes, a lengthy bibliography, and a comprehensive index, making it a seminal contribution and strong recommendation for personal, academic, and community library American Military History collections and critically important reading for non-specialist general readers wanting reliable historical background information to America's continuing military involvement in Iraq under the present Administration..

Ronald J. Glasser, MD
George Braziller, Inc. Publishers
171 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016
0807615692, $15.95

Wounded: Vietnam to Iraq author Ronald J. Glasser, M.D., served as an Army hospital physician during the Vietnam War and offers alarming insights and comparisons in military medical experience between the Vietnam War and the current Iraq war. At once both fascinating in its studious examination in how the changing nature of modern battlefields has transformed the job of the medic, from simply keeping a wounded patient alive until a chopper could quickly evacuate to having to prolong life for up to 72 hours, since air superiority has all but vanished in the modern era of urban warfare and readily available technology to shoot down choppers. "The training period for the Combat Medical Specialty was increased from ten to sixteen weeks... The additional weeks of training were devoted to developing the new core skills necessary to keep the severely wounded alive where they were hit, with little chance for immediate evacuation. No more 'patch 'em up and send them off.' This was to be big-time medicine, the city trauma center brought to the battlefield." A sober, well-reasoned, "must-read" about the evolving state of combat medicine and the long-term repercussions of war wounds.

The Parenting Shelf

Parents, Predators, and Prevention
Sergeant James Giammarinaro
Pelican Publishing Company
1000 Burmaster Street, Gretna, LA 70053-2246
1888562153, $12.95 1-800-843-1724

Law enforcement veteran Sergeant James Giammarinaro presents Parents, Predators, and Prevention: the Complete Guide to Keeping Your Kids Safe and Confident, a straightforward guide to protecting children from sexual predators, and especially, teaching children to protect themselves. Chapters give a basic grounding in how to "password-protect" one's children (choose a code word that only the parent and child know, and drill into the child that he or she must never go with someone who doesn't know it), self-defense strategies, what children should do if they're at home without an adult (lock all doors and windows, never answer the door for anyone, never answer the phone unless the machine picks up and it's a parent's voice), the dangers of internet predators, and much more. A final chapter offers additional tips for adults to staying safe, such as watching for vans and cars that pull up next to the driver's side of one's own car, especially in parking lots - this is a favored ploy of rapists seeking to abduct women as they try to enter their own vehicles. An absolute "must-have" for all parents; reading Parents, Predators and Prevention could easily save the lives of one's own children.

Initiations and Interactions
Teresa A. Cardon, MA, CCC-SLP
Autism Asperger Publishing Company
PO Box 23173, Shawnee Mission, KS 66283
1931282323, $22.95 1-877-277-8254

Written by Teresa A. Cardon, MA, CCC-SLP, and director of the Speech & Language Department at the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center of Phoenix, Arizona, Initiations and Interactions: Early Intervention Techniques for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders is a no-nonsense, easy-to-follow handbook emphasizing the development of communication skills in one's child and creating a communication-friendly environment in one's home. Chapters discuss the importance of focusing on interacting with one's child during an activity, not the activity itself; how to turn books and story time into interaction time; how to make visual supports (lamination is recommended for long-term durability), and much more. "I can't talk about cuing without including the ever-popular 'raised-eyebrow wait' as it has come to be known around my clinic... mouth open, eyebrows raised, eyes wide open looking very expectant. Since this expression is so universally used, it is probably the most natural thing we can do to prompt a child to take his turn. Of course, it is not always enough of a prompt and that is why the 'Watch & Wait' strategy and the previous prompts are so important." A superb supplementary resource for parents, educators, and anyone who interacts with young children - though created specifically for interacting with autism spectrum children, many of the tips and techniques are sure to help children of all types develop language skills.

Big Slick Daddy
Mark J. Borowski
The Learning Interface
1208 Silverberry Court, Waukesha, WI 53189
0977715221, $14.95

'Big Slick' refers to the poker hand in Texas Hold-em of an Ace and a King. Written specifically for fathers of young children, and with immense practical value for fathers of teenagers, "Big Slick Daddy: Poker Strategies For Parenting Success" will be of particular benefit for those wanting to create and maintain strong healthy relationships with their sons and daughters. Utilizing the language and strategies found in the game of poker, "Big Slick Daddy" by Mark Borowski (father of two and a World Series of Poker player) draws upon real-life stories of fathers who have used poker principles to raise their kids. Readers will find answers to introspective questions about how to have a good relationship with their children, the many ways in which a father can successfully influence a child, how to turn common negative situations into positive ones with a simple but effective approach, and the impacts that a father's expectations can (and do!) have on a child for both the short-term and the long-term. "Big Slick Daddy" is unique and very highly recommended reading – especially for concerned and dedicated fathers who have had experience playing the game of poker!

The Political Science Shelf

The Ceding of Power
William J. Soter
Dorrance Publishing Inc.
701 Smithfield Street, 3rd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
0805972412, $16.00

THE CEDING OF POWER: HAS CONGRESS ABDICATED ITS WAR-MAKING POWERS is a call to action for citizens who want to understand how wars are initiated by the U.S. and how legal and moral factors interact to influence war and peace. Chapters survey civil rights, citizen participation in war-making decisions, and definitions of just and unjust wars alike, in a survey recommended for any general-interest collection concerned about political decision-making processes.

Encyclopedia of Media and Politics
Todd M. Schaefer and Thomas A. Birkland, Editors
CQ Press
1255 – 22nd Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington DC 20037
1568028350, $145.00

The college-level reference Encyclopedia of Media and Politics represents the first comprehensive guide to the U.S. media's influence on public policy, elections and politics, packing in over 300 alphabetical entries into a single volume to cover the events, people and organizations which have interacted since the founding of the country. Many an advanced high school collection will also find it an invaluable reference, defining concepts, trends, and issues in media and politics and surveying the legislation and legal issues and cases relating to the media. Perfect for collections strong in media history and culture.

Citizen Hamilton
Donald R. Hickey & Connie D. Clark, editors
The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
15200 NBN Way, Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17214
0742549755, $19.95 1-800-462-6420

Edited by professor of history Donald R. Hickey and consultant Connie D. Clark, Citizen Hamilton: The Wit & Wisdom of an American Founder is an anthology of shining quotations and insights from one of the great figures of American history. Alexander Hamilton was a member of George Washington's staff during the American Revolution, the nation's first secretary of the treasury, and played a crucial role in the founding of America. Many of his vignettes of wisdom are timeless; each is classified under an alphabetical subject heading and features an attribution line listing when, where, or to whom it was said. Highly recommended simply for pleasurable browsing, as well as for serious study of Hamilton's wisdom and character. "A large and well organized Republic can scarcely lose its liberty from any other cause than that of anarchy, to which a contempt of the laws is the high road."

The Moral Foundation Of Democracy
John H. Hallowell
Liberty Fund, Inc.
8335 Allison Pointe Trail, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46250-1684
0865976694, $10.00 1-800-955-8335

"The Moral Foundation Of Democracy" by the late academician John H. Hallowell (1913-1991) who taught with distinction for some 40 years on the faculty at Duke University is an extended treatise in which he defines the concept of freedom and describes the basic and essential framework of democracy. Professor Hallowell goes on to persuasively argue that governments must be designed in ways that acknowledge and deal with the vagaries of human nature and morality. presented a definitive criticism of positivist thought and moral relativism, Professor Hallowell emphasizes the uniqueness and sanctity of the individual human being and the paramount importance of the transcendent truths guiding individuals in their actions which influence how ordinary people participate in a democratic society. Thoughtful and thought-provoking, "The Moral Foundations Of Democracy" is very highly recommended and rewarding reading for students of political science and philosophy.

Realizing The Impossible
Josh MacPhee & Erik Reuland
AK Press
674-A 23rd Street, Oakland, CA 94612-1163
1904859321, $23.95

Compiled, organized, and co-edited by artist, writer, curator, and activist Josh MacPhee in cooperation with Erik Reuland (sometime editor of the radical political and art zine 'Trouble in Mind'), "Realizing The Impossible: Art Against Authority" is an anthology of commentaries on the relationship of aesthetics and politics in anti-authoritarian social movements which today are principle focused on opposing corporate globalization and its authoritarian governmental enablers. Profusely illustrated throughout with black-and-white images, "Realizing The Impossible" is arranged into the major sectional themes of 'Print'; 'Moving Images and Interventions'; and 'Theories'. This compendium of articles, essays, and writings is especially recommended reading for anarchists, political activists, political science students, and counter-culture enthusiasts. Indeed, "Realizing The Impossible" is a particularly important and timely addition to academic and community library Political Science reference collections.

The Psychology Shelf

Emotion and Psychopathology
Jonathan Rottenberg & Sheri L. Johnson, editors
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242
1591477867, $69.95 1-800-368-5777

Emotion and Psychopathology: Bridging Affective and Clinical Science is an anthology of essays by expert psychologists and social scientists concerning a critical question asked by clinical researchers and practitioners alike - when are emotions functional, and when are they dysfunctional? Essays cover a wealth of recent research and new theories on the topic, from "Emotion and Schizophrenia" to "Four Principles of Fear and Their Implications for Phobias" to "Affective Science as a Framework for Understanding the Mechanisms and Effects of Antidepressant Medications." Extensively researched and referenced, with a lengthy index for quick reference, Emotion and Psychopathology is a welcome and up-to-date addition to psychology studies shelves.

Healing The Hurting Soul
Louis Wynne
BookSurge Publishing
c/o Karen Villanueva Author Services
PO Box 25061, Albuquerque, NM 87125
1419653466, $15.99

It seems like every extended family has its 'black sheep' member, that is, someone who doesn't conform to family expectation regarding behavior, beliefs, or attitudes. Often the aberrational family member is deemed mental ill or a willful miscreant and targeted for a psychiatric diagnoses and pharmaceutically based control to end unwanted, bizarre, or otherwise distressing behavior. In "Healing The Hurting Soul: A Survival Manual For The Black Sheep In Every Family", Louis Wynne argues that there is a rational alternative to using dangerous chemicals to control or influence unwanted behaviors. He maintains that people who have been identified as 'mentally ill' might well be responding to a pattern of traumatic often unrecognized as such by the family, that the rules a family constructs for its members to safeguard its values can exacerbate the problems of individual family members, and the psychiatrists typically attribute a person's reluctance to take psycho tropic medication as evidence of diagnosed psychological disorder. An impressive, timely, and articulate book, "Healing The Hurting Soul" should be considered mandatory reading for anyone who has ever felt themselves discriminated against unfairly by their family to the point of considering themselves a 'black sheep' and told they need psychological assistance to conform to family mores and norms. Of special note are the author's practical suggestions for finding a competent therapist and avoiding mental health business quackery.

The Science Shelf

Extremes: Oceanography's Adventures at the Poles
Keith R. Benson and Helen M. Rozwadowski, Editors
Science History Publications
c/o Watson Publishing
Box 1240, Sagamore Beach, MA 02562-1240
0881353736, $54.95

Scientists exploring the polar regions have long recognized the region's importance in the scheme of human history, and here to survey that importance is a scientific and historical overview of how scientific investigations of the poles have influenced world culture, politics, and decision-making processes. While EXTREMES could've been featured in our Science section, it's reviewed here for its wider interest to any college-level collection strong in either oceanography or world history: its historical background on the poles shouldn't be missed.

Cosmic Jackpot
Paul Davies
Houghton Mifflin
219 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10003
0618592261, $26.00

Recent astronomical and physics studies point to the fact that many basic features of the physical universe seem tailor-made to produce life – and recent theory maintains this has happened by accident. For an easy, lay discussion of scientific discoveries and their meaning, COSMIC JACKPOT: WHY OUR UNIVERSE IS JUST RIGHT FOR LIFE can't be beat. It analyzes questions on the science of existence and the evolution of consciousness, makes a case for the fact that such evolution may be central to the universe's development, and provides both college-level and general-interest readers with much food for thought.

David Lindley
1745 Broadway, New York NY 10019
0385515065, $26.00

UNCERTAINTY: EINSTEIN, HEISENBERG, BOHR, AND THE STRUGGLE FOR THE SOUL OF SCIENCE comes from an astrophysics and former editor at several science magazines and provides a blend of scientific history and debate on the uncertainty principle. Both historical reference and psychological and cultural implications are revealed in the course of considering how the principle evolved, how it influenced modern science, and why it changed science and scientific thinking forever. A fine introduction for lay readers in particular.

Brainteaser Physics
Goran Grimvall
Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-4363
0801885124, $23.00

BRAINTEASER PHYSICS: CHALLENGING PHYSICS PUZZLERS provides a fun, casual approach to learning the science of physics, through a series of fun question-and-answer 'puzzlers' posing both classic and new problems and answers. Diagrams, equations, and scientific discussions support teach brainteaser with a survey of scientific thinking and concepts, making this perfect for high school or general-interest collections seeking reinforcements to physics principles.

Advanced Engineering Chemistry
M.R. Senapati
Infinity Science Press
11 Leavitt Street, Hingham, MA 02043
0977858294, $69.95

This updated, revised reference covers the basics of chemistry for college-level audiences interested in applied engineering processes, and covers chemistry 1, II, and the laboratory environment. Both students and practicing engineers, chemists and scientists will find it provides authoritative, extensive discussions on a range of topics from electron displacement and organic reactions to stereochemistry, electrochemistry, and applications of modern chemical theory to real-world scenarios. College-level collections strong in chemistry as well as college classrooms will find this an invaluable tool that blends theory with applications.

Advanced Gas Turbine Cycles
J.H. Horlock
Krieger Publishing Company
PO Box 9542, Melbourne, FL 32902-9542
1575242923, $66.00

Written by turbomachinery expert J.H. Horlock, Advanced Gas Turbine Cycles is a scholarly and technical educational text about the thermodynamics of gas turbine cycles. A wide survey of the different gas turbine cycles used for power generation, and their relative advantages and disadvantages, are discussed at length with graphs, black-and-white diagrams, and extensive mathematical notation, including calculus equations. An invaluable study resource for final year and masters students in mechanical engineering, as well as practicing engineers.

The Marriage Shelf

Eco-Chic Weddings
Emily Elizabeth Anderson
Hatherleigh Press
5-22 46th Avenue, Suite 200, Long Island City, NY 11101
1578262402, $12.95

Yoga instructor Emily Elizabeth Anderson presents Eco-Chic Weddings: Simple Tips to Plan an Environmentally Friendly, Socially Responsible, Affordable, and Stylish Celebration, a guide to saving money as well as being environmentally friendly when celebrating that special day. Tips include supporting a non-profit organization through one's choice of wedding venue, such as museums, landmark buildings, or other cultural centers; using materials that can be recycled or composted such as organic flowers that won't introduce toxic elements into the environment; avoiding the purchase of wedding-only items and instead investing in dresses, shoes, and glassware that can be altered and reused; and much more. Additional chapters are filled with advice for ecology-friendly married life, from using compact fluorescent lightbulbs to conserve energy to buying green furniture (not stuff made from pressure-treated wood) to putting air conditioning and heater on timers. Enthusiastically recommended for wedding planners as well as prospective brides and grooms.

The Railroading Shelf

Beneath The Streets Of Boston
Joe McKendry
David R. Godine, Publisher
PO Box 450, Jaffrey, NH 03452
1567922848, $19.95 1-800-344-4771

In "Beneath The Streets Of Boston: Building America's First Subway", Joe McKendry presents a fascinating, informative, and superbly illustrated history of how the first city subway in America came to be built under the streets of Boston, Massachusetts in 1895. It was a massive construction project that was finally completed and open to the public on July 1, 1918. Subway systems had been built in England and Scotland, but this was the first time in an American metropolis that underground railroads were implemented to ease the transportation gridlocks and traffic jams of ground level transports. Historic photos are combined with drawings to illustrate the tasks and constructions problems that had to be solved and the men who worked to build and then operate this revolutionary system. "Beneath The Streets Of Boston" is unique and very highly recommended for school and community American Transportation History collections, and especially commended to the attention of railroading enthusiasts as well!

2652 East Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA 91107 1-800-950-9333

Seasoned railroading enthusiasts are well familiar with Pentrex, the premier producer of railroading documentaries showcasing and highlight the trains and rail systems, the routes and histories, their engines, equipment, bridges, and more. Five new additions to the impressive library of Pentrex railroading DVDs are very strongly recommended for their superb production values, intrinsically interesting subjects, and informative narrations. "The Alaska Railroad" ($29.95) is a 90 minute travelogue that takes the viewer aboard an F7-A and view the unique rail operation that is the Alaska Railroad! "Union Pacific's Feather River Route" is a one hour delight whose DVD format allows for Chapter Menus and which includes 20 minutes of bonus footage showing the rerailment of cars after a derailment at Pulga in 1984. "Columbia River Gorge: BNSF's Fallbridge Subdivision" ($29.95) is a two hour production showcasing the more than twelve hundred miles long and breathtakingly beautiful railroading route that ranges from the headwaters of the Columbia River in Canada down to the Pacific Ocean. "Into The Allegheny Range: Hancock, West Virginia To Cumberland, Maryland" ($29.95) is a three hour documentary from the early 1990s covering a 55-mile route in fascinating detail and through all four seasons. "Best Of 1989" ($29.95) is a two hour representative anthology of Pentrex railroad recording projects that features the Santa Fe Warbonnets; the Norfolk & Wester 611; The Napap Valley Wine Train; the Norfolk & Wetern 1218; CSX F-Units; the Cayahoga Valley Line; the Trailer Train of Santa Fe; the NKP 765; and the Western Allegheny F-units. All five of these outstanding DVD productions are very strongly recommended for personal, academic, and community library Railroading History collections. Those new to railroading fandom would be well advised to visit the Pentrex website for a complete listing of their railroading DVDs.

The Woodworking Shelf

Woodturning Tips & Techniques
Carol Rix
Fox Chapel Publishing
1970 Broad Street, East Petersburg, PA 17520
1565233301, $19.95

Both new and experienced woodturners will appreciate this guide to woodturning, which covers everything from using a lathe and wood-making tools to planning designs. Carol Rix is a woodturning expert: her years of experience enhance a discussion which covers everything from setting up a workshop and choosing and maintaining tools to basic turning techniques and projects – all packed with color photos throughout to illustrate each step. Any newcomer to woodturning, as well as crafts-oriented libraries, will want this.

Geometric Puzzle Design
Stewart Coffin
A K Peters, Ltd.
888 Worcester Street, Suite 230, Wellesley, MA 02482
1568813120, $39.00

Written by veteran woodworker and expert wood puzzle designer Stewart Coffin, Geometric Puzzle Design is a one-of-a-kind guide to creating intriguing, three-dimensional wooden puzzles. Special techniques for creating oddly shaped small puzzle pieces accurately and safely, recommendations for drafting one's own original designs, mathematical concepts that can be applied as engineering tools, and much more fill this original craftsman's manual. A "must-have" for intermediate to advanced woodworkers seeking to create truly brain-teasing gifts.

Tom Carpenter & Mark Johanson
Landauer Corporation
3100 NW 101st Street, Suite A, Urbandale, IA 50322
189062179X, $29.95 1-800-557-2144

"Woodworking: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide To Skills, Techniques, Projects" is a 448-page compendium of practical carpenter techniques and 'how to' instructions that are supplemented with more than a thousand photographs, illustrations and diagrams. Carpentry students, do-it-yourself enthusiasts, and apprentice woodworkers are provided with more than forty woodworking projects for home accessories, home furnishings, outdoor projects, and workshop projects that range from the construction of a mantel clock to the building of a formal bookcase, to a kid-size picnic table. In addition to an informed and informative introduction to various woods, aspiring woodworkers are shown how to set up their carpentry shop; design woodworking projects; squaring, marking and cutting stock; making joints and assembling projects, and applying finishes. A comprehensive manual that can quite justifiably be considered to be a complete workshop in woodworking in a single 'user friendly' volume, "Woodworking" is confidently recommended to personal, professional, school, and community library Woodworking & Carpentry reference collections.

The Antiques/Collectibles Shelf

Collector Books
Box 3009, Paducah, KY 42002-3009

Linda Crowsey's MADAME ALEXANDER: 2007 COLLECTOR'S DOLLS PRICE GUIDE #32 (9781574325447, $14.95) is an updated collector's price guide no Madame Alexander doll collector should miss. It packs in an A-Z listing of the dolls and their latest values, and while it includes some small color photos, its value lies in the latest updated prices collectors need to make informed buying and selling decisions. Shirley Smith's GLASS HEN ON NEST COVERED DISHES IDENTIFICATION & VALUE GUIDE (9781574325379, $29.95) packs color photos on nearly every page of its value guide, and is a pick for any who frequent flea markets or garage sales in search of glass hen on nest covered dishes. From American to Asian and European productions, identifying marks, written descriptions, and comparisons and contrasts between makers and items seek to clarify the collecting experience to avoid confusion between makers and products. Peter Muldavin's COMPLETE GUIDE TO VINTAGE CHILDREN'S RECORDS (9781574325096, $24.95) provides a catalog of values paired with color photos for almost 13,000 records on over 450 labels. Many entries are unique to this reference, which offers a nearly complete listing of vintage children's records, primarily in the 78 RPM and early 45 RPM formats. The comprehensive coverage for nearly all 78 RPMs in the USA can't be beat. The 15th edition of GARAGE SALE & FLEA MARKET ANNUAL (9781574325362, $19.95) is a virtual 'bible' of collector details, covering a range of items typically seen at garage sales, from comics and glassware to clocks and cigarette lighters, adding black and white photos, and values to streamline the reference. It will prove a popular library reference for any collection strong in values guides. Tom Felt's L.E. SMITH GLASS COMPANY: THE FIRST ONE HUNDRED YEARS (9781574325430, $29.95) blends a historical overview with an identification and value guide perfect for L.E. Smith glass collectors. Measurements, maker's marks, years of production and color photos of pieces throughout make this a 'must' for any serious collector of the glassware. Jack Clark and Robert P. Wicker's HOT WHEELS: THE ULTIMATE REDLINE GUIDE COMPANION (9781574325393, $29.95) pairs fine color photos of hot wheels issues with identification and values keys for the toy collector's cars from 1968-77. From limited spin-offs to model series designs, this HOT WHEELS guide is a fine history and values pairing and is a top pick for any collector's library. Also recommended for general-interest collector's reference holdings is Mark Pickvet's COLLECTOR'S GUIDE TO PAPERWEIGHTS (9781574325454, $24.95), a survey of identification and values which pairs good-sized color photos with specifications and details for paperweights from the 1840s to 2006. From glassmaker specialties to comments on what makes for value in a paperweight, this is a fine pick. Gene and Cathy Florence's AMERICAN PATTERN GLASS TABLE SETS (9781574325461, $24.95) is a fine recommendation for avid collectors of American pattern glass. Excellent, good-sized color photos of glass sets are accompanied by the latest values and by notes on makers, patterns and reproductions, making for an excellent reference. Scott Heston's THE FRED ARBORGAST STORY: A FISHING LURE COLLECTOR'S GUIDE (9781574325355, $34.95) is for any avid collector of fishing lures: it surveys both cataloged and uncataloged lures, providing good-sized color photos of both lures and packaging and blending design history insights with values. Any sports or fishing collectibles collection will want this.

Star Spangled Jewelry
Sandra J. Whitson & Nancy N. Schiffer
Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
0764326481, $29.95

A thirty year veteran at collecting patriotic jewelry, Sandra J. Whitson teams up with Nancy N. Schiffer (who has collected jewelry and written reference books for more than three decades) to compile and present "Star Spangled Jewelry", a 160-page compendium of jewelry with an American patriotic theme or motif. Superbly illustrated with full color photography, each one of the more than 625 impressive presented examples is provided with a succinctly descriptive text that also includes the date of the piece being showcased. Comprehensive, authoritative, nicely organized and absolutely beautiful, "Star Spangled Jewelry" is the definitive reference on its specialized subject and highly recommended for inclusion into personal, professional, academic, and community library Antiques & Collectibles reference collections.

Inside the Jewelry Box, Volume 2
Ann Mitchell Pitman
Collector Books
PO Box 3009, Paducah, KY 42002-3009
1574325426, $24.95 1-800-626-5420

Inside the Jewelry Box: A Collector's Guide to Costume Jewelry Identification and Values, Volume 2 is a full-color catalogue of an amazing array of costume jewelry pieces. Each piece is presented with one or more photographs, a recommended price, and the name of the collection from which the sample piece was selected. From charm bracelets to artful plastics to necklaces, earrings, and rings, as well as special sections dedicated to well-known brand designs such as Eisenberg and Bettina von Walhof, Inside the Jewelry Box is a singularly gorgeous compilation and a joy to page through simply to savor the photography. The text offers the occasional sprinkling of historical information, comments, or insights about costume jewelry as well. A highly recommended treasury for collectors.

The Jobs/Careers Shelf

The Blue-Collar Resume and Job Hunting Guide
Ron and Caryl Krannich, PhDs
Impact Publications
9104 Manassus Drive Suite N, Manassus Park, VA 20111-5211
157023258X, $15.95

The Blue-Collar Resume and Job Hunting Guide: Secrets to Getting and Keeping the Job You Really Want considers the pros and cons of today's 'new' blue collar jobs and workers, uses a 10-step process to emphasize the job search options for both short- and long-term employment goals, and adds resume and letter examples from four professional resume writers. From checklists of significant achievements to understanding interviewer notes, any blue-collar worker – or libraries catering to this clientele – will find this an excellent, blue collar-specific pick.

Creative Careers in Photography
Michal Heron
Allworth Press
10 East 23rd Street, New York NY 10010
1581154690, $19.95

Career opportunities and challenges in all areas of the photo industry are presented for any aspiring photographer who would turn a passion into a paycheck in Creative Careers in Photography: Making a Living With or Without a Camera. All kinds of photography careers are considered here, from architectural photographer and art dealer to photo researcher, curator, and college professor. Students who love photography will be avid patrons of libraries who stock this practical guide to a photography career both behind and beside the camera.

Coach Yourself to Succeed at Work
John L. Miller, Ph.D.
Dorrance Publishing
701 Smithfield, 3rd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
0805972269, $16.00

Executive coach John L. Miller's survey comes form his background teaching managers and executives how to change their behavior in order to become more efficient on the job: presented in workbook form, it's perfect for practicing managers who want to take the next step. From overcoming fears of public speaking to gaining new skills and developing self-confidence, COACH YOURSELF TO SUCCEED AT WORK comes packed with insights on how to make positive behavioral changes translate to the workplace, and is a recommended workbook for executives looking to change.

Excuse Me, Your Job Is Waiting
Laura George
Hampton Roads Publishing Company
1125 Stoney Ridge Road, Charlottesville, VA 22902
1571745297, $16.95 1-800-766-8009

Human resource management expert applies her resume-sorting wisdom gleaned from both sides of the hiring desk in Excuse Me, Your Job Is Waiting: Attract the Work You Want, a solid guide to identifying the right job opening and getting ahead of the pack in the application and interview process. Chapters present insights into deciding whether a company's energy is right, how to transform negative emotions into positive ones, how to infuse an upbeat attitude into one's resume, how to stay focused during the job hunt, how to discern whether it's time to start one's own business, and much more. "Ironically, successful folks don't take unnecessary risks, and they don't accept boredom as a part of life. In fact, they detest boredom. They find boredom to be a waste of time, and they can't stand to waste time. They try to jam as much into a finite lifetime as possible. At work, they become more efficient to squeeze out boredom. They listen intently when a new concept hits their radar..." A go-getter of a career guide, especially recommended for anyone dissatisfied with their current job or career prospects.

175 Best Jobs Not Behind A Desk
Michael Farr & Laurence Shatkin
JIST Publishing
8902 Otis Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46216-1033
159357441X, $16.95 1-800-648-5478

The collaborative work of career information specialists Michael Farr and Laurence Shatkin, "175 Best Jobs Not Behind A Desk" is part of JIST's 'Best Jobs' series. More than just a simple catalog of jobs and careers outside the usual business office, "175 Best Jobs Not Behind A Desk" is a thoroughly 'user friendly', do-it-yourself instruction manual on how to determine not only what jobs are available, but how to go about identifying and selecting the one best for you. The two step process involves first browsing the 70 best jobs lists to find possible jobs that fit your educational background and your employment requirements. Then after picking out some possibilities, go on to the second part of the book for details on earnings, growth, jobs tasks, physical activity levels, training needed, etc. "175 Best Jobs Not Behind A Desk" should be considered a mandatory addition to school counselor and job counselor professional reference shelves, as well as a necessary acquisition for trade school library and community library Jobs & Careers collections.

The Library DVD Shelf

Keli Roberts Time Saver Workouts
Razor Digital Entertainment
12031 Ventura Blvd. Suite 3, Studio City, CA 91406

Each DVD holds three workouts with different routines fostered by fitness expert Keli Roberts, and puts together programs with specific objectives in mind. A.S.A.P: ABDOMINALS, SPINE AND POSTURE (1595523677, $14.99) holds three 8-minute workouts with the stability ball: a core workout designed to strength core muscles by blending traditional and original routines in a workout. FLEXIBILITY FOR THE INFLEXIBLE (1595523669, $14.99) provides three under-12-minute core and stretch foam roller workouts, using the roller to encourage inflexible stretching muscles and providing exercises which stabilize the abdominal muscles. Both are excellent fitness routines highly recommended for discriminating workout users who have a minimum of time and want to make the most of it.

Fast Food My Way 3
Jacques Pepin
c/o Janson Media
88 Semmens Road, Harrington Park, NJ 07640
9782568493489, $29.99

This 4-hour, 2-disc DVD set represents the third volume in the Fast Food My Way series, offering up recipes and visual step-by-step lessons on everything from cauliflower with scallions and corn and Hominy chowder to salmon rolls on fennel salad and shrimp casseroles. Create 8 complete menus with this guide, which provides both easy and classy creations perfect for entertaining – and the visual format makes the dishes practically infallible.

Secrets of the Occult: Illusion Science Magic
Dan Burstein
22 Harbor Park Drive, Port Washington, NY 11050
1417229713 $19.98

The world of the occult, from ancient magicians to the latest scientific findings on the collective unconscious and more, is surveyed in a bright, inviting two-program DVD perfect for any collection catering to new age or occult patrons. Tarot, numerology, divination and other methods are examined, as well as the lives, influences and theories of scientists who over the centuries 'pushed' the fabric of normal and paranormal worlds. Where other presentations focus on either new age or scientific worlds alone, the blend of the two in a wide-ranging survey places Secrets of the Occult: Illusion Science Magic a cut above the competition and makes it a valuable pick for DVD collections, promising lasting patron interest.

The Good Soldier
Acorn Media Group
801 Roeder Road, Suite 700, Silver Spring, MD 20910
AMP-9241, $24.99

With a stellar cast that includes Jeremy Brett, Robin Ellis, Susan Fleetwood, Vickery Turner, Elizabeth Garvie, Pauline Moran, and John Ratzenberger, "The Good Soldier" is the story of two Edwardian couples who become friends when meeting for nine consecutive years at an annual retreat in a German spa. Superbly adapted from the novel by Ford Madox Ford, "The Good Soldier" features beautiful costuming, meticulous set designs, and superb photography in a 104 minute production that is technically flawless in its execution. Viewers are treated to an unfolding story of unexpected plot twists, memorable characters, and shifting perspectives, as this remarkably engaging story of love, loss, betrayal is revealed. Strongly recommended for community library video collections, the DVD format of "The Good Soldier" allows for the inclusion of a Ford Madox Ford biography, cast filmographies, and a scene index feature.

Razor Digital Entertainment
12031 Ventura Blvd. #3, Studio City, CA 91406

Jennifer Kries' HOT BODY COOL MIND: THE LIFE FORCE POWER WORKOUT: WAKING ENERGY (1595523588, $19.99) and her HOT BODY COOL MIND: LEVEL 1 (1595523510, $19.99) each pack in powerful workouts from a Pilates expert who blends exercise with the healing arts of China, India and Tibet. Flexibility, stamina and relaxation come from calming 'un-workouts' which seek to replenish and restore rather than to challenge and force. LEVEL 1 is the first step, introducing a workout with all seven 'hot''and 'cool''specialty routines. WALKING ENERGY furthers the cause, with more routines: both are perfect picks for any fitness library.

Reality Films

Reality Films has produced three outstanding DVDs on three fascinating and controversial subjects. "Nick Pope: The Man Who Left The MOD" (RYE 1005) features an interview by Michael Bourne of Nick Pope -- the only UFO investigator to be employed by the British Government to go on the record and spell out his findings and opinions with respect to unidentified flying objects. This unique DVD reveals and discusses the Russians and 'Black Technology'; information concerning the Rendlesham Forest incidents; quantum physics, psychology, and governmental reports and sightings by insiders. "Science Of Soul: The End-Time Solar Cycle of Chaos In 2012 A.D." (RYE 1004) is a documentary by John Jay Harper (one of the world's leading metaphysicians on the apocalypse" and focuses upon the opening of the third eye and super-consciousness in the year 2012 A.D. Ranging from quantum physics to life after death, and addresses the sacred teachings of humanities past, "Science Of The Soul" is a simply fascinating production that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. "The Cross of Thoth" (RYE 1006) is the story laid out by E. M. Miller of an ancient instrument hidden for more than four millennia within the great pyramid. The instrument was designed to unlock some of mankind's most baffling mysteries concerning life, death, and the future. All three of these superbly produced titles are recommended for personal and community library Metaphysical Studies DVD collections

Learning ZoneXpress
PO Box 1022, Owatonna, MN 55060 1-888-455-7003

'Confessions of' is an outstanding series of video documentaries (available in both DVD and VHS formats) highlighting and showcasing contemporary careers for viewers from sixth grade through college. This outstanding series includes: "Confessions Of A Fashion Designer" (1571754466 DVD; 1571754458 VHS; $79.95; 12 minutes) with dress designer DeBora Rachelle taking the viewer behind-the-scenes of a fitting session and speaking about the business aspects of fashion; "Confessions Of An Interior Designer" (1571754482 DVD; 1571754474 VHS; $79.95; 13 minutes) with professional interior designer Brandi Hagen discussing the pros and cons of a professional interior design career, along with a typical office, a client meeting, and a series of design showrooms; "Confessions Of Chefs And A Restaurateur" (157175444X DVD; 1571754431 VHS; $79.95; 15 minutes) highlights five chefs from Le Cordon Bleu College of the Culinary Arts and is hosted by Brenda Langton, chef restaurateur and owner of Cafι Brenda and Spoonriver restaurants. All three of these outstanding, technically flawless, full-color, informed and informed videos to be superbly produced introductory descriptions of viable and highly competitive careers which are strongly recommended additions to both school and community library Jobs/Careers reference collections.

Crystal Productions
PO Box 2159, Glenview, IL 60025-6159 1-800-255-8629

Crystal Video presents two easy-to-follow, "how-to" art DVDs starring educator and artist Peggy Flores. In "Gargoyles: How to Create Them" ($29.95, 21 minutes), Flores demonstrates how to sculpt small gargoyles from clay and other materials, as well as offering a brief history of gargoyles, chimeras, and other grotesque creatures. Student examples are also displayed in this engaging DVD ideal for hands-on fun at home. "Exploring Color: Creating Color Wheels & Using Color Schemes" ($29.95, 21 minutes) reveals how different color schemes work using everyday classroom materials and simple paints. An inspirational DVD guide designed to encourage budding artists to express themselves. Both DVDs are highly recommended especially for grade school art curriculums.

Soul Searching: The Journey of Thomas Merton
Morgan Atkinson, producer
The Liturgical Press
St. John's Abbey, PO Box 7500, Collegeville, MN 56321-7500
0814679678, $25.00 1-800-858-5450

Soul Searching: The Journey of Thomas Merton is a DVD documentary about Thomas Merton, Trappist monk, "believing beatnik", and a 20th century author who devoted his life to the search for meaning. Award-winning producer Morgan Atkinson incorporates years of research into Merton's work, interviews of his friends, and footage revealing daily life at the Abbey of Gethsemani, Merton's home of 27 years, among other places Merton has traveled from New York City to Christ in the Desert Monastery in New Mexico. A sterling tribute to the life and works of a profoundly authentic spiritual seeker. 67 minutes, color.

The Perfect Server
11783 Borman Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146

The Perfect Server: Create a Waitstaff that Dazzles, Delights, and Delivers Results is a DVD-format training package created especially to help train one's restaurant waitstaff in both the everyday needs and the subtle nuances of serving customers with consummate professionalism. Instruction topics include how to look the part, prep the restaurant, present the menu, serve the meal, read body language, what to do if disaster strikes, handle food sanitization and safety, and much more. From short demonstrations of "Jane's" expertise versus "John's" mistakes on the job, to printable extras ranging from lists of wine pairings to kitchen prep terms to common server lingo, to quiz sections that staff members can complete to earn codes that can be authenticated online for a printable certificate of mastery, The Perfect Server is a well-rounded instructional capable of educating one's entire staff. 1 hour 34 minutes, color.

Monsieur N.
Antoine de Caunes, director
First Run Features
The Film Center Building, 630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213, NY, NY 10036

Presented in its original French with English subtitles, Monsieur N. is the DVD movie equivalent of a fascinating historical novel. Portraying the legendary conqueror Napoleon Bonaparte during his years of exile after his defeat at Waterloo, Monsieur N. not only bring to life an eye-opening portrait of the former Emperor's exile, but also presents a daring "what-if" story - what if Napoleon escaped St. Helena in such a crafty manner that his disappearance remained undiscovered to this day? A lush, theatrical work of movie majesty, highly recommended. 127 minutes, color.

The Ark the Shroud and Mary
Philip Gardiner
Reality Films

The Ark the Shroud and Mary is a unique DVD presentation of hidden secrets concerning sacred artifacts and figures of Christianity. Topics discussed include who truly was imaged on the Shroud of Turin, the relevance the Shroud has to the Ark of the Covenant, why Mary is just as important as the Ark or the Shroud, scientific evidence that reveals just how the Shroud was made, a re-dating of the Shroud, an ancient Brotherhood that protects its secrets, and much more. An amazing delving into mysteries akin to a real-life Da Vinci code, The Ark the Shroud and Mary is especially recommended for anyone curious about radical and controversial yet heavily researched theories about Christianity's roots.

Brothers Lost: Stories of 9/11
Sean McGinly, director
Tango Entertainment, Inc.
1531 14th Street, Santa Monica, CA
1598374400, $14.98

Brothers Lost: Stories of 9/11 is a documentary directed by award-winning filmmaker Sean McGinly, who lost his own brother in the September 11th attacks on the Twin Towers, and in the process of coping with his grief, set out to find other men who had also lost their brothers in the tragedy. Brothers Lost presents interviews with thirty-one men who lost their brothers in the attacks. Firefighters, traders, restaurant workers, and more from a wide cross-section of religions and cultures, including Irish, Arab, Latino, and Jewish, share memories revealing the common bond of brotherhood. An ultimately life-affirming tribute to the memory of lost loved ones. 65 minutes, color.

Shiva Rea: Fluid Power - Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Shiva Rea
c/o Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 650, Silver Spring, MD 20910
156938844X, $19.99

Shiva Rea: Fluid Power - Vinyasa Flow Yoga is the latest installment of yoga teacher Shiva Rea's series of instructional DVDs. Filmed in HD, Fluid Power - Vinyasa Flow Yoga allows the viewer to choose from a menu of twenty guided sequences (including sun salutations, standing pose mandala, fluid backbends, handstand, forward bends, pranayama, meditations, deep relaxation, and more), or play one of six different pre-set practices. The audio options allow one to hear both instructions and music or music only, and extras include a 24-page program guide and a "Y Yoga" mini-documentary with Shiva Rea. The flowing, multi-tiered and thoroughly customizable approach makes Fluid Power - Vinyasa Flow Yoga ideal for practitioners of all skill and experience levels. Highly recommended. 2 discs, 243 minutes, color.

The Seasons of Fitness
Sue West
411 Video Information
PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953

Exercise guru Sue West presents The Seasons of Fitness, a new DVD workout regimen that blends Pilates, yoga, ballet, and classical dance. The seasons of the year are applied as a pattern in harmony with the workout, which equates the progression of seasons with the natural changes inherent in human life. Perfectly complementing its theme, the Seasons of Fitness is filmed on-location amid the beauty of Canyon Lands, Utah; Yellowstone National Park; Bozeman, Montana; and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Texas. A solid all-around workout applying West's "Melange" method to focus on building strength, muscle flexibility, and balance, The Seasons of Fitness is an excellent and aesthetically pleasing addition to any DVD workout collection. 60 minutes, color.

Eye of the Dolphin
Carly Schroeder, Adrian Dunbar & Katharine Ross
Monterey Media Inc.
566 St. Charles Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-3901
9781569944219, $24.95 1-800-424-2593

Written by multiple Emmy award winner Wendell Morris, Eye of the Dolphin is a DVD movie about Alyssa, a fourteen-year-old girl living with her grandmother since the death of her mother a year ago. The decision is made for her to go to the Bahamas and live with the father she never knew she had - a traumatic life change that she seeks shelter from while engaging in her amazing gift for communicating with dolphins at her father's dolphin research facility. But when forces beyond her father's control threaten to close down the research facility, Alyssa and her wild dolphin friend share the key to turning things around. A captivating, family-friendly movie. Rated PG, 96 minutes, color.

Deante Dance
Karen Gayle
The Urban Resounding Group
Brickman Marketing (publicity)
395 Del Monte Center, Suite 250, Monterey, CA 93940

Choreographer Karen Gayle presents Deante Dance, a set of five exercise and fitness programs on one DVD, each featuring energetic dance moves and motivational music. Blending inspiration from a wide variety of dances, the routine movements include contractions, curls, spirals, and strikes. The individual workouts are "10 Core-Centric Moves", a continuous low-impact workout designed to strengthen the core and tone the limbs; "The Fun-Dation" which introduces contractions and spirals designed for a total body workout; "Dance Sculpt" for toning the arms, legs, and back; "Hottie Body" that combines easy-to-follow dance lessons with a solid all-around workout; and "Core Builder - Abs" that especially focuses on both upper and lower abdominals. A fun-filled way to exercise, recommended for personal fitness collections. 190 minutes total, color.

Men's Health 15-Minute Workout
Rodale, Inc.
400 South Tenth Street, Emmaus, PA 18098-0099
411 Video Information (publicity)
PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
1594865574, $14.98

Based on the 15-minutes workout series in "Men's Health" magazine, Men's Health 15-Minute Workout is a DVD of four 15-minute sessions especially for males. "Build Inner Strength" is an abdominal circuit for the entire midsection; "A Better Burn" is a total-body routine that applies "offset training" to build muscle; "Jump On It" combines weights and jumping rope to burn fat; and "Ground Force" is a lower-body routine for conditioning one's bottom half. Designed for use individually or all at once, Men's Health 15-Minute Workout is an excellent addition to men's workout and fitness collections, ideal for keeping one's body sculpted and toned even when one is pressed by the demands of a busy schedule. 60 minutes, color.

Global Warming
c/o SSA Public Relations
148 Madison Avenue, 16th floor PH-1, New York, NY 10016
9781593757298, $19.95 1-877-807-2622

Global Warming: What's Up With The Weather? is a DVD presentation of the television special by NOVA and Frontline dealing with questions raised about modern climate change. In an era when demand for fossil fuels is increasing daily, more man-made carbon dioxide emissions have been added to the atmosphere than ever before. Scientists, climatologists, and futurists debate fiercely about what this means for the Earth - will its average temperature rise by nearly 10 degrees, melt arctic ice caps, or even bring about a new Ice Age in a stroke of irony? Or will the weather stay relatively normal? In addition to the in-depth forecasts for the future, Global Warming also includes printable materials for educators. A superb, well-rounded and balanced coverage of a serious hot-button environmental issue. 112 minutes, color, closed captioned.

Travel with Kids Hawaii: The Island of Kauai
Equator Creative Media LLC
PO Box 80646, Phoenix, AZ 85060

Travel with Kids Hawaii: The Island of Kauai is a DVD guide ideal for families who want to travel to this lush and wondrous state, or simply learn about the rich culture of the Polynesian islands. From old Polynesian folktales, to the beauty of Kauai's natural flora and fauna, a seaside luau, and much more, Travel with Kids Hawaii: The Island of Kauai is an armchair traveler's delight as well as an exciting preview of what tourists and their children can hope to see. A thoroughly enjoyable, family-friendly experience, featuring a trip planner with expanded information, videos about accommodation, activities and transportation, tips and resources, and much more. 37 minutes, color.

Yoga Booty Ballet Master Series
Gillian Marloth & Teigh McDonough
Anchor Bay Entertainment
1699 Stutz Drive, Troy, MI 48084

Yoga Booty Ballet Master Series is a two-DVD set hosted by fitness experts Gillian Marloth and Teigh McDonough, offering the signature moves that Hollywood celebrities use to stay in shape and improve flexibility. The first DVD, Goddess Booty, is a 25-minute workout to tone one's backside, featuring the moves Frog, Thread the Needle, and the Cellulite Roll, which is believed to help break up cellulite and increase circulation for smoother skin. Yoga Core is a 30-minute total-body yoga and Pilates workout for developing a strong midsection and muscles from head to toe. A solid workout designed especially to improve fitness and health with a minimum of fuss. 55 minutes, color.

Discoveries... America: Alaska
Bennett-Watt HD Productions, Inc.
13021 244th Avenue SE, Issaquah, WA 98027
193297850X, $24.95

Part of a series of one-hour shows to profile every state plus the District of Columbia, Discoveries... America: Alaska is a DVD exploration of Alaska's wonders, both natural and man-made. From Native Alaskan culture, to watching whales frolic near Adolphus Point, to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, the workings of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, bear-watching, sport fishing, and much more, Discoveries... America: Alaska is sure to enthrall viewers with its multifaceted presentation of Alaska's rugged beauty. An ideal selection for both armchair travelers and anyone planning a trip to see Alaska for themselves. 60 minutes, color.

Here I Stand: Martin Luther
Vision Video
PO Box 540, Worcester, PA 19490-0540
#500778D, $24.99 1-800-523-0226

"Here I Stand: Martin Luther" is a superbly produced, enthusiastically recommended, 129-minute, full color documentary on the life, work, and historical impact of Protestant Reformation leader Martin Luther. This informed and informative DVD production is divided into two part: Luther's Life (70 minutes) and Luther's Legacy (60 minutes). Martin Luther, who began his ecclesiastical career as a German cleric of the Roman Catholic Church, never wanted to be a famous religious leader and challenger to the dominance of the Catholic Church. Indeed, he had entered a monastery to get away from the world and seek his own private salvation. But in seeking that salvation he began to study the Bible and felt compelled to call what he perceived as the corruptions of the Church of Rome to account. He challenged the prevailing Medieval assumptions concerning religious authority, the nature of God, how Christians (including the clergy) should comport themselves, and how God brings salvation to men, women, and children. Although also available in a VHS format, the DVD format features a bonus: 'In the Footsteps of Martin Luther'.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

BL Publishing
1525 Hulse Road, Unit 1, Pt. Pleasant, NJ 08742

Gail Z. Martin's THE SUMMONER (1844164683, $7.99) presents Book One of the 'Chronicles of the Necromaner' and is a weighty, 600+ page saga revealing the world of one Prince Drayke, thrown into chaos when his brother murders their father and seizes the throne. Martris must flee as a result – but must draw together both newfound magical powers and an uncertain cast of allies from the ranks of the dead to thwart his brother's danger. A stunning, active fantasy comes to life. George Mann edits THE SOLARIS BOOK OF NEW SCIENCE FICTION (1844164489, $7.99), a fine short story collection featuring fine writers of the likes of Stephen Baxter, Eric Brown, Ian Watson and more. These stories explore the outer limits of the fantasy and sci fi genres, from a futuristic murder mystery to space opera – and all stories are original to this collection – a huge plus in a genre where reprints abound, making it a top pick any serious science fiction holding needs. Natasha Rhodes' DANTE'S GIRL (184416666X, $7.99) blends fantasy and horror as it tells of one Kayla Steele, trying to hold down a job and learn the Dark Arts so she can avenge her boyfriend's death and thwart the supernatural beings stalking Los Angeles. And she's still having a relationship – with the dead boyfriend himself. A fine tale of supernatural horror evolves with a satisfying mystery kick. Jeffrey Thomas' DEADSTOCK (1844164470, $7.99) provides a 'punktown' novel about a crime-ridden metropolis on a colony world home to numerous aliens. Jeremy is a private detective with uncontrollable special abilities and a serious of challenging clients. His adventures make for a very different alien setting.

Till Noever
Lulu Press
860 Aviation Parkway, Suite 300, Morrisville, NC 27560
EDGE Science Fiction & Fantasy Publishing
PO Box 1714, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2P 2L7
55 Ravenswood Road, St. Clair, Dunedin, 9012, New Zealand publisher@owlglass

Till Noever is the talented author of the five volume fantasy/science fiction series' 'Tethys' which is comprised of "Keaen" (9780615143552, $19.95); "Finister" (9780615137926, $16.95); "Tergan" (9780615139265), 15.95; "Fontaine" (9780615139258, $17.95); and "Tethys" (9780615142630, $19.95). The five volume saga story arc begins more than 300 years after humanity's original drive into interstellar space. Now humans are to be found on a number of far-flung but life-sustainable planets, as well as hundreds of lifeless moons and stellar rocks. When a professional space explorer finds, by chance, the star Caravella which features a dozen planetoids, ore bearing space rocks, and an Earth-sized world of oceans and continents making it especially attractive to human settlement, he intends to return home to sell his discovery, but dies in a mishap. It's years later when his derelict ship is found by a passing space craft manned by 'Turillians', a socio-philosophical sext. Ten years latter a space ship containing some 30,000 colonists in suspended animation and their equipment come into orbit around that discovered plant of the Caravella system and is renamed 'Tethys'. A thousand years later in an area of the planet known as 'The Valley', is the kingdom of Keaen and its capital city of the same name. Enter two young people who are in love and, like all the rest of the inhabitants of Tethys, are ignorant of the original plan behind the settlement of the planet by those long dead Turillians. These two young lovers are about to discover a deeply buried secret that could well alter humanity's future forever. This complex, engaging, and superbly crafted story is played out by a host of memorable characters in five consecutive volumes. Also very highly recommended for fantasy and science-fiction enthusiasts is Till Noever's imaginative and original novel "Seladienna" (9780615142852, $19.95), featuring the descendants of a roman legion who in Emperor Hadrian's reign disappeared into the forests now occupied by the city of London, a man and woman stranded for a brief time in a world not our own, and a world that needs saving -- even if to do so means much of it must be destroyed.

The Civil War Shelf

The 4th North Carolina Cavalry in the Civil War
Neil Hunter Raiford
McFarland & Company, Inc
PO Box 611, North Carolina 28640
0786429569, $29.95 1-800-253-2187

The 4th North Carolina Cavalry in the Civil War is a detailed, specific history grounded heavily on primary sources, including official records, letters, diaries, and personal recollections of Civil War soldiers. In 1862, the Partisan Ranger Act induced North Carolina leaders to recruit companies of irregular soldiers for Confederate Army service; seven of these companies were merged into the regiment of the 4th North Carolina Cavalry, a medley of urban and rural dwellers alike across fifteen counties. Chapters recount the major engagements of the 4th North Carolina Cavalry, including skirmishes along the Blackwater, The Battle of Whitehall, and Gettysburg, but well over half of The 4th North Carolina Cavalry in the Civil War is devoted to an extensive person-by-person roster of individuals, each with a short paragraph delineating what historical records say happened to him. (One such entry is "Pugh, George A.: Private - Enlisted in Co. D on 5/10/1864 in Perquimans Co., NC; present or accounted for on muster rolls through October 1864.") Black-and-white photographs, notes, a bibliography, and an index round out this in-depth supplement to Civil War reference shelves.

Secret Lives Of The Civil War
Cormac O'Brien
Quirk Books
215 Church Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
1594741387, $16.95

Nicely enhanced with occasional illustrations by Monika Suteski, "Secret Lives Of The Civil War": What Your Teachers Never Told You About The War Between The States" by Cormac O'Brien is an informed and informative compendium of odd facts, unsung heroes, obscure vignettes, and bizarre anecdotes that are a part of the American Civil War that are not presented in traditional classroom lectures, textbooks, or histories. For example, Mary Todd Lincoln's claim to receive valuable military strategies from ghosts in the spirit world; Jefferson Davis importing camels for Confederate soldiers stationed in the American southwest; Ulysses S. Grant mounted on a horse named 'Kangaroo' during the Vicksburg campaign; James Longstreet fighting in the Battle of Antietam wearing carpet slippers; William Tecumseh Sherman surviving two shipwrecks on the same day; and so many more surprising and unexpected but quite true stories of people and events. Not the least of which is the story of the infamous and feared Confederate guerrilla leader William Quantrill whose skull was to end up in the basement of a fraternity house from 1905 to 1942. "Secret Lives Of The Civil War" is the result of meticulous and painstaking research, making it an absolute 'must' for personal, academic, and community library Civil War Studies reference shelves and supplemental reading lists.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Bird Signs
G.G. Carbone
New World Library
14 Pamaron Way, Novato, CA 94949
157731543X, $24.95 1-800-972-6657

BIRD SIGNS: GUIDANCE & WISDOM FROM OUR FEATHERED FRIENDS offers a 52-card deck and book written by G.G. Carbone and illustrated by Mary Ruzicka to explore birds and their connections to divinity. These divination cards can be used individually or in spreads – and each profiles a specific bird or aspect of bird life, with an accompanying book providing a focus on bird relations to human characteristics. It's an excellent pick for any new age collection or card reader.

Cold Noses and Warm Hearts
Laurie Morrow, compiler
Willow Creek Press
PO Box 147, Minocqua WI 54548
1595434410, $19.95 1-800-850-9453

A revised copy of the original 1959 publication, with new stories about working dogs and helpmates added (and a few of the old stories that came across as dated removed), Cold Noses and Warm Hearts: Beloved Dog Stories by Great Authors is an anthology of short stories and excerpts celebrating man's best friend by a wide variety of well-known writers, from E. B. White and John Steinbeck to Rudyard Kipling, P. G. Wodehouse, and many more. All tales have a common thread in their reverence for the bond between dog and master, whether told with a touch of humor or the underscore of deep emotion. A superb giftbook for dog lovers everywhere.

Stress in Dogs
Martina Scholz & Clarissa von Reinhardt
Dogwise Publishing
PO Box 2778, 701B Poplar, Wenatchee, WA 98807
1929242336, $14.95

Written by expert dog trainers Martina Scholz and Clarissa von Reinhardt, Stress in Dogs: Learn How Dogs Show Stress And What You Can Do To Help is a guidebook for professional canine trainers and ordinary pet owners alike about dealing with an overstressed dog. Common symptoms of stress include such harmful behaviors as destroying the house while the owner is away, hyperactivity, over-shedding, or a plethora of medical ills. Straightforward instructions and color photographs walk the reader through basic techniques to help a stressed dog, means to avoid stressors that are specific to male or female dogs, guidelines for how many outings are too many and how much stimulation is too much, and much more. Numerous real-life behavior examples illustrate the points in this practical-minded, problem-solving guide to fostering a better quality of life for both dogs and their owners.

And Baby Makes Four
Penny-Scott Fox, CPDT, author
Ingrid Kallick, illustrator
T.F.H. Publications
1 TFH Plaza, 3rd & Union Avenue, Neptune City, NJ 07753
0793805678, $9.95 1-800-631-2188

Written by dog behavior specialist Penny-Scott Fox, And Baby Makes Four: A Trimester-by-Trimester Guide to a Baby-Friendly Dog is a practical, easy-to-use guide to dog training written especially for expectant parents. The first trimester covers a health check and status reduction program; after ensuring that one's dog is healthy, one must acclimate the dog to accepting a lower rank in the family and not getting its own way - not sleeping in the human bedroom, not feeding the dog before anyone else in the house, teaching him to respond to commands always, and not just when he feels like it, etc. The second trimester involves professional training if needed, teaching the dog not to destroy or bury baby toys, desensitizing the dog to baby sounds, and modifying problem behavior, particularly aggression, jumping up, or fear of strangers. The third trimester involves acclimating the dog to baby smells, leash training, and jumbling the dog's routine so that it doesn't expect or demand to be fed/walked/etc. on a precisely specific schedule (a schedule that the coming of a new baby will be likely to sporadically mix up). Written in plain terms, with professional techniques spelled out in easy-to-follow steps, And Baby Makes Four is a "must-have" for any dog owners who plan on becoming parents.

Working Like Dogs
Marcie Davis & Melissa Bunnell
Alpine Publications, Inc.
PO Box 120, Crawford, CO 81415
1577790833, $24.95 1-800-777-7257

Written by Marcie Davis, a paraplegic and service dog partner, and Melissa Bunnell, counseling and service dog expert, Working Like Dogs: The Service Dog Guidebook is a thorough, easy-to-follow resource for anyone who wants or needs to learn more about service dogs and their partnership with humans, including caretakers of service dogs and potential partners of service dogs. Full-color photography illustrated this candid guide to important questions one should ask a potential service dog agency ("Once a dog is placed with me, will I own the dog or will the agency maintain ownership?"), how a service dog can improve one's access to the world, how to keep one's service dog healthy and happy from nutrition to grooming to proper exercise, coping with the loss of a service dog, and much more. An extensive appendix of service dog resources as well as an appendix of performance standards for assistance dogs rounds out this "must-have" for anyone seriously contemplating partnering with a service dog.

The Gardening Shelf

All About House Plants
Meredith Books
1716 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50336-0001
0696232189, $12.95 1-800-678-8091

Houseplants are a very special way to enhance the living quality and standards of any domicile. They can add color, fragrance, and elegance to homes and offices, fitting in with any decor or interior design. Drawing upon the experience and expertise of a number of gardening experts, the new Ortho edition of "All About House Plants" not only provides a comprehensive selection guide to more than 150 blooming and foliage plants suitable for indoors, but step-by-step instructions on how to grow healthy plants indoors, and offers practical solutions to common problems encountered with the care and maintenance of house plants. Fully illustrated throughout with full color photography, summary descriptions, and instructions for each plant, "All About House Plants" is a thoroughly 'user friendly' guide that is especially suited for the non-specialist general reader wanting to include indoor plants as part of their home or office environment. Also very highly recommended from Ortho for home gardeners are two other newly published titles: "All About Perennials (9780696232152, $12.95) and "All About Roses" (9780696232176, $12.95).

Organic Farming
Peter V. Fossel
Voyageur Press
MBI Publishing, dist.
380 Jackson Street, Suite 200, St. Paul, MN 55101
0760324697, $24.95 1-800-458-0454

Organic Farming: Everything You Need to Know is a primer to getting one's own organic farm up and running. From obtaining organic certification and acting in accordance with laws and rules, to caring for vegetables, crops, livestock, and poultry, to alternatives to pesticides and drugs, to marketing strategies for one's products and much more, Organic Farming offers plain-terms instructions illustrated with full-color photography. An easy-to-follow, hands-on primer, enthusiastically recommended for current and prospective organic farmers.

The Audiobook Shelf

Brilliance Corporation
PO Box 887, Grand Haven, MI 49417 1-800-854-7859

Ridley Pearson's THE FIRST VICTIM (1423314301, $34.95) tells of a shipping container and the discovery of a scam involving illegal aliens. Scott Rosema provides an engrossing account of intrigue, discovery and an investigation that involves Melissa in a dangerous confrontation. Susan Isaacs' PAST PERFECT (142333888X, $36.95) receives Randy Kaye's fine actress background and broadcasting strengths are it tells of Katie's ideal life working as a TV series writer. But despite her warm home life and job, Katie misses the excitement and thrills of her former CIA job – so when she gets a call to return, she embarks on a journey with dangerous consequences. Robert Crais' THE WATCHMAN (1593550421, $34.95) receives Chicago actor James Daniels' smooth and vivid narrative style as it tells of one Larkin Barkley, who is young, rich, and the sole witness to a secret federal investigation in the aftermath of a terrible accident. Her life is changed and it's up to ex-cop Joe Pike to protect her. T. Jefferson Parker's STORM RUNNERS (1423305876, $34.95) receives Christopher Lane's powerful audio narration skills, which have backed over 100 previous winning audiobooks, as it tells of one Matt, wounded and bereaved after an explosion kills his family. He has largely recovered from his losses and is ready to take on another case at his police force job – only to find it leads him back to his loss and the killer who caused it. Stephen Coonts' DEEP BLACK: JIHAD (1423306422, $36.95) receives J. Charles' fine presentation which lends drama and high action to the story of an anti-terrorist force which has developed a listening device inside the skull of a terrorist. Their infiltration of a global terrorist network is only the beginning to a showdown of force against Al Qaeda which will threaten the world. Robert Dugoni's DAMAGE CONTROL (1423326520, $38.95) receives another Christopher Lane passionate rendition as it tells of a gifted attorney's world broken by crime and secrets. Her discovery of a priceless earring in the debris of her murdered brother's trashed home leads her deeper into a spiraling case involving murder, deception and power. Elizabeth George's RECKLESS LOVE (1423315448, $38.95) enjoys Laurel Merlington's warm and professional reading as it tells of one Janna, who has braved the wild west and faces the warriors of El Cascabel along with a wild stallion and a stranger who may steal all their heart. All are excellent, basic choices for leisure lending libraries and audiobook readers.

Steven Saylor
Books On Tape, Inc.
400 Hahn, Westminister, MD 21157
9781415938348, $129.00 1-800-541-5525

Roma is an unabridged audiobook historical novel that gives life to the fantastic store of how Rome ascended to become the capital of the most powerful empire in history. From Rome's founding by the star-crossed twins Romulus and Remus, to the tragedy of the hero-traitor Coriolanus, the capture of the city by the Gauls, the invasion of Hannibal, ruthless political struggles between the patricians and the plebians, and the end of Rome's republic with the triumph and subsequent assassination of Julius Caesar, Roma is epic in scope. The sweeping events of history are seen through the eyes of descendants of Rome's first families, the Potitius and Pinarius clans - sometimes seducers, sometimes heirs, sometimes killers, sometimes confidantes, alternately either witnessing history or taking part of it. A magnificent recounting of ancient history from all too human perspectives.

Come Hell or High Water
Michael Eric Dyson, author
Andrew L. Barnes, narrator
Legacy Audio Books
PO Box 11183, Cincinnati, Ohio 45211
097798835X, $49.95

Come Hell or High Water is a scathing audiobook indictment of the Bush administration's and FEMA's failures to sufficiently aid New Orleans' mostly poor, mostly black population in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Heavily researched, Come Hell or High Water explores Katrina as the latest link in a legacy of black suffering perpetuated by the apathy of middle and upper class Americans of all races. Above all, Come Hell or High Water charges that American society's destructive path toward its African-American poor can only be altered if the public acknowledges that the Katrina debacle was far more than simply an engineering or emergency response failure. The means by which America and its people relate to its poor must undergo a transformation; nothing less than the future of democracy is at stake - a message sure to resonate with readers of all races.

Death by Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries
Neil DeGrasse Tyson, author
Dion Graham, narrator
Blackstone Audiobooks
PO Box 969, Ashland, OR 97520
1433202115, $90.00 1-800-729-2665

Written by astrophysicist and award-winning author Neal DeGrasse Tyson, Death by Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries is an audiobook collection of essays originally run in "Natural History Magazine" about the amazing mysteries of the night skies. Discussing the basic physics of black holes (including what would happen to a human body unlucky enough to fall inside one!), the pointless friction between science and religion, the movie industries noteworthy failings to get its science right, and much more. Accessible to readers of all backgrounds, and featuring tracks every three minutes for easy bookmarking, Death by Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries is a first-rate simplified introduction to the mind-blowing discoveries of modern astrophysics. 10 CDs, 12 hours.

The Poe Shadow
Matthew Pearl, author
Erik Singer, narrator
Recorded Books, LLC
270 Skip Jack Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
1419380400, $113.75 1-800-638-1304

The Poe Shadow is an unabridged audiobook presentation of Matthew Pearl's historical fiction novel set in 1849, shortly after the famous poet and inventor of the detective story Edgar Allan Poe allegedly drank himself to death. An idealistic young attorney, Quentin Clark, entertains grave suspicions that Poe was instead murdered. When Clark learns that Poe's fictional detective, Auguste Dupin, was based on a real person, Clark risks both his career and his engagement to track the individual down and discover the true cause of Poe's death. Eloquently narrated by Erik Singer, The Poe Shadow is sure to enthrall fans Poe's classic yet macabre writing. 10 cassettes, 14 hours 45 minutes.

The Gentle Axe
R.N. Morris, author
Simon Vance, narrator
Tantor Media, Inc.
114 Mill Rock Road East, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
1400103339, $34.99 1-877-782-6867

Set in 1867 St. Petersburg, Russia, The Gentle Axe is an audiobook mystery novel starring police investigator Porfiry Petrovich - the same character from Dostoevsky's classic novel, "Crime and Punishment". When an elderly woman discovers the horrific scene of a hanged peasant with a bloody axe, and the corpse of a dwarf tucked into a suitcase, Petrovich suspects that the full truth behind the crime is more complex than an initial glance would suggest. Following his investigation into brothels, drinking dens, and squalid hovels infested with poverty to the upper strata populated by the well-to-do, Petrovich uncovers human darkness to shock and terrify, culminating in a thrilling climax. Award-winning audio performer Simon Vance flawlessly narrates this captivating and highly recommended saga of suspense. 8 CDs, 10 hours, unabridged.

The Library CD Music Shelf

Pharaoh's Daughter
Oy Hoo! Records
c/o Rock Paper Scissors
216 West Allen Street, Suite 137, Bloomington, IN 47403
CD $16.98

Haran is the latest music CD album by Pharaoh's Daughter, featuring the vocal stylings of band leader Basya Schechter. Many of the songs are derived from the songs of the Jewish Sabbath known as zmirot or mystic Kabalistic poetry from the 11th-15th centuries. A palpable expression of the story of Exodus with inspirational influence drawn from Basya's journeys through Turkey and Africa, Pharaoh's Daughter is an audio sensation that celebrates history and cultural legacy with an unforgettable fusion of fervor and tradition. The tracks are "By Way of Haran", "Ka Ribon", Samai", "Hagar", "Enpesare", "Ven Hermosa", "Yona", "Lev Tahor", "Hashomer", "Askinu".

The Giveaway
Daniel Moore
DJM Records, Inc.
849 E. Harvard Blvd., PMB #404, Santa Paula, CA 93060
$12.98 1-888-356-2583

The Giveaway is a music CD album of songs written, sung, produced, and with one or more instruments played by musician Daniel Moore. A cross-section of Moore's lifelong work, The Giveaway touches upon a diversity of pop music styles, from jazz to R&B to country and rock. The songs are The Giveaway (3:38), On Solid Ground (4:19), Lost and Found (4:03), Somebody I Trusted (3:16), Forever True (4:23), Lean Back Hold Steady (3:47), If I Love You (2:50), How Long (3:48), Sweet Forgiveness (4:27), Roll The Holy Bones (3:04), Who Do You Think You're Foolin' (3:06), Bandito From Toledo (2:58), Who's Gonna Play the Harp (3:35), Dreamland (2:53), My Maria (3:09) and Shambala (2:57). Some compositions, such as "On Solid Ground", are presented for the first time, and the title tune, "The Giveaway", is inspired by concept of the Potlatch festival started by Northwest Native Americans. A toe-tapping guitar experience, highly recommended.

John Pisano's Guitar Night
Mel Bay Publications
PO Box 66, Pacific, MO 63069
$21.98 1-800-863-5229

John Pisano's Guitar Night is a two-CD collection of guitar music stylings by thirteen different musicians, teachers, and protoges, produced by John Pisano himself. Drawing from a tradition of collaborative and cooperative, rather than competitive, guitar music nights in the long-gone Donte's jazz club of North Hollywood, California, John Pisano's Guitar Night evokes a strong sense of enthusiasm and camaraderie in its immersive musical stylings. The Disc One tracks are I'll Never Be the Same (1:32), The Blues (9:07), I Want to Be Happy (5:54), Good Bait (10:04), When Sunny Gets Blue (6:57), Rosetta (10:07), Whisper Not (11:13), and My One and Only Love (10:15). The Disc Two tracks are 'Round Midnight (6:14), Falling in Love with Love (6:48), Autumn Leaves (12:05), All of You (11:21), I Thought About You (11:13), Minor 6th Sense (9:09), Footprints (8:29), and Wee (6:50). Highly recommended especially for enthusiasts of all the various flavorful stylings of guitar music.

R. Carlos Nakai & Udi Bar-David
Canyon Records Productions
3131 West Clarendon Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85017
$15.98 1-800-268-1141

Native American flautist (of Navajo-Ute heritage) and Grammy nominee R. Carlos Nakai combines his talents with cellist Udi Bar-David in Voyagers, a music CD that blends Native American, Jewish, Arabic, and Turkish musical idioms into a seamlessly rapturous whole. Grammy nominee Will Clipman adds his own percussive touch into this one-of-a-kind multicultural mix that resonates with spiritual as well as musical harmony. The tracks are Omaha Song (4:29), Whirlwinds Dancing (5:52), Voyagers - Improvisation 12 (2:53), Go to the Desert (2:05), Dream Time (4:17), Bashraf Farahfaza (2:28), Amazing Grace (3:53), Prayer from Jewish Life (5:15), Crow Wing (3:07), Longa Farahfaza (3:07), Companion of My Soul (4:19), Lake That Speaks (4:19), Those Were Nights (4:23), and Indigena Indigenous (4:32). Highly recommended.

Queens and Kings
Fanfare Ciocarlia
Asphalt Tango Records
c/o Rock Paper Scissors (publicity)
216 West Allen Street, Suite 137, Bloomington, IN 47403

Romany brass orchestra Fanfare Ciocarlia presents their latest music CD album, Queens and Kings, a celebration of Gypsy culture and song that transcends national borders. Drawing upon inspiration and Romany contributors from Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, and France, Queens and Kings embodies the vivacious splendor of live traditional music. The tracks are Kan Marau La (4:31), Que Dolor (3:55), Sandala (2:49), Pana Cand Nu Te Iubeam (4:06), Cuando Tu Volveras (4:30), Duj Duj (3:56), Ibrahim (3:05), Ma Maren Ma (3:50), Mukav Tu (2:09), Nakelavishe (2:58), Ma Rov (4:38), Mig Mig (3:19), Farewell March (1:36), and Born to be Wild (3:11). A stellar and festive tribute, highly recommended.

Bagpipe Tamer Music
2525 Hermosita Drive, Glendale, CA 91208 1-818-243-7011

The Celtic Rock band Stand Easy, led by multi-instrumentalist John McLean Allan, presents three driving albums fusing of songwriting, Celtic music, and rock 'n' roll. "Stand Easy" ($15.00, 47 minutes) has been played on over 100 radio stations in the USA, Scotland, Canada, and Mexico, offering new flourishes on traditional Celtic music that listeners of all backgrounds can get into. Tracks include "Slow Air/Hornpipe", "Amazing Grace", "Back Home in Derry", and more. "Family Favorites" ($15.00, 49 minutes) collects thirty-four classic tunes performed solo on the Great Highland Bagpipe, including "Mist Covered Mountains", "Flowers of the Forest", and "Auld Land Syne". An absolute treat for bagpipe lovers and bagpipe players alike. "Tainted" ($15.00, 53 minutes) is Stand Easy's latest release, and takes the rocking a step higher with its passionate lyrics to such songs as "I Don't Have to Come Down", "Riding Out the Storm", and more. All three albums are enthusiastically recommended for anyone excited by a modern take on Celtic instrumental heritage, bagpipe music, and the siren beat of rock 'n' roll.

The Economics Shelf

The Big Three In Economics
Mark Skousen
M.E. Sharpe, Inc.
80 Business Park Drive, Armonk, NY 10504
0765616947, $25.95 1-800-541-6563

Enhanced throughout with charts and photos, "The Big Three In Economics: Adam Smith, Karl Marx, And John Maynard Keynes" by academician and economist Mark Skousen is a history of modern economics as represented by the contributions of the three most influential economists in world history. Adam Smith expounded a revolutionary new doctrine in the 18th century that a nation of rich and poor could flourish under laissez faire and an unfettered market; Karl Marx inspired disenfranchised workers and intellectuals in the 19th century to end the exploitation of the underprivileged by the powerful; and in the 20th century, British economist John Maynard Keynes sought to stabilize a crisis prone market system through activist fiscal and monetary government policies. A work of impeccable scholarship that draws from both biographical and historical data to showcase the lives and ideas of three men who shaped economic theory and practice form three centuries, and whose contributions continue to influence economists in the 21st century, "The Big Three In Economics" is very strongly recommended reading for both students of Economics and non-specialist general readers with an interest in economic history and theory.

The Judaic Studies Shelf

American Jewish History
Norman H. Finkelstein
Jewish Publication Society
2100 Arch Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103
0827608101, $18.00

Both Judaic studies collections and general-interest holdings seeking an accessible, warm history of Jewish events would do well with the colorful, concise AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY, which follows over three hundred years of Jewish history from the time of the earliest Jewish settlers on American shores to the presence of Jewish people in modern politics, business and arts environments. Chapters focus on specific time periods, come illustrated with black and white photos, maps and over a hundred feature boxes and biographies, and provide important keys to understanding Jewish society and culture.

JPS Guide To American Jewish History
Norman H. Finkelstein
Jewish Publication Society
2100 Arch Street, 2nd floor, Philadelphia PA 19103-1399
0827608101, $18.00 1-800-234-3151

Nicely illustrated with more than 70 occasional black-and-white historical photographs, maps, and charts, and laced throughout with informative sidebars, the "JPS Guide To American Jewish History" by Norman H. Finkelstein (series editor of the JPS Guides) is the story of Jewish communities and personalities in the 350-year history of North American and the 200+ history United States. From the earliest Jewish settlers on American shores, to the integration and success of Jews in American business, politics, arts, culture, entertainment, science, and more. Enhanced with the inclusion of concise biographies, timelines, notes, a bibliography, and an index, "American Jewish History is the perfect introductory survey of American Jewish history and a core addition to personal, academic, and community library Judaic Studies and American History reference collections. Also very highly recommended for the Judaic Studies reference shelf and supplemental reading lists are three other titles in the outstanding 'JPS Guides" series from the Jewish Publication Society: "JPS Guide To Jewish Traditions"; "JPS Guide To Jewish Women"; and the "JPS Dictionary Of Jewish Words".

The Ethiopian Jews Of Israel
Len Lyons
Jewish Lights Publishing
PO Box 237, Woodstock, VT 05091
1580233236, $34.99 1-800-962-4544

Profusely illustrated with the full color photography of Ilan Ossendryver and featuring an informative foreword by Alan M. Dershowitz, "The Ethiopian Jews Of Israel: Personal Stories of Life In The Promised Land" by Len Lyons reveals through candid interviews and personal accounts the struggles and accomplishments of Ethiopian Jews who migrated to Israel and became Ethiopian Israelis. Among the more than fifty men and women included in this fascinating account are religious leaders, soldiers, lawyers, students, actors, musicians, and even a member of the Israeli Knesset. Each succinct biographical synopsis is illustrated with a full page photographic portrait. "The Ethiopian Jews Of Israel" is an impressive and welcome treatise that is enthusiastically recommended for personal and community library Judaic Studies and Israeli Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Chicken Soup to Warm the Neshama, revised edition
Pesach Burston & Chana Burston
Dwelling Place Publishing, Inc.
c/o Merkos Publications
291 Kingston Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213
097131294X, $9.95 1-866-DWELL-PL

Now in a revised edition, Chicken Soup to Warm the Neshama: 101 Short Stories, Insights & Sayings Containing Life-Long Lessons is an anthology of one-page and two-page vignettes offering comfort, spiritual richness, respect for the Torah, and a unique soul-warming quality. Sample gems of wisdom include "To be bigger than your friend, there is no need to pull him down. Simply elevate yourself!" and "An argument is an exchange of ignorance. A conversation is an exchange of intelligence." Written especially for Jewish readers, but sure to touch the Neshama (soul) of all readers regardless of personal background, Chicken Soup to Warm the Neshama is highly recommended.

The Philosophy Shelf

South Park and Philosophy
Richard Hanley
Open Court Publishing
70 East Lake Street Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60601
0812696131, $17.95

SOUTH PARK AND PHILOSOPHY: BIGGER, LONGER, AND MORE PENETRATING pairs the long-running and controversial Comedy Central cartoon hit with ideas gained from philosophy, applying a classical philosophical analysis to a show which offends many and which would seem to defy classical interpretation. In drawing connections between the popular show and classic philosophy, readers gain not only a better understanding of the show's controversies and approaches, but will find the entire approach and contentions of philosophy more appealing as it links well to contemporary experience. A pick for high school contemporary philosophy collections as well as for general-interest and college-level fans of South Park.

The Quotable Atheist
Jack Huberman, editor
Nation Books
c/o Avalon Publishing Group
1400 - 65th Street, Suite 250, Emeryville, CA 94608
1560259698, $15.95

Passionate atheist and fluently opinionated blogger Jack Huberman presents The Quotable Atheist: Ammunition for Nonbelievers, Political Junkies, Gadflies, and Those Generally Hell-Bound, an anthology of quips, quotes, and searing insights from philosophers, scientists, poets, writers, artists, entertainers, and political figures throughout history - all challenging the widespread impulse to believe without proof, and all chosen to hearten and intellectually stimulate fellow atheists. The quotes are grouped together by author, organized alphabetically by author's last name for quick reference, and each author's name is followed by a brief biography of a few sentences. Good for a quick browse or extended study, The Quotable Atheist is enthusiastically recommended as the perfect antidote to a modern culture with endemic quotations of scripture. "I believe that virtuous behavior is trivialized by carrot-and-stick schemes, such as promises of highly improbable rewards or punishments in an improbable afterlife." -Kurt Vonnegut

Jean-Luc Nancy, author
Charlotte Mandell, translator
Fordham University Press
2546 Belmont Avenue, University Box L, Bronx, NY 10458-5172
0823227731, $16.00 1-800-247-6553

Skillfully translated from the original French by Charlotte Mandell, Listening is Professor of Philosophy Jean-Luc Nancy's thoughtful treatise upon the philosophical ramifications of sound and its relationship to the human body. Contemplating how music affects the listener, not only physically but also emotionally and ideologically, Listening is at times technical yet overall an ingenious yet serious exploration of the mutual transformations of auditory art and those who experience it. "Music is the art of the hope for resonance: a sense that does not make sense except because of its resounding in itself. It calls to itself and recalls itself, reminding itself and by itself, each time, of the birth of music, that is to say, the opening of a world in resonance, a world taken away from the arrangements of objects and subjects, brought back to its own amplitude and making sense or else having its truth only in the affirmation that modulates this amplitude." An excellent read for music theory students and scholars, as well as philosophers.

The Gay Studies Shelf

Voices from the Kingdom
Beverly Cole
Kimimi Publications
PO Box 358, Salina, KS 67402-0358
Cate Cummings Publicity
7601 East 93rd St., Kansas City, MO 64138
0978852206, $13.95

Beverly Cole, a devoted Christian and the mother of a gay son, presents Voices from the Kingdom: All God's Children Have Keys, a collection of question-and-answer format interviews with faithful gay and lesbian believers, whose voices are all too often drowned out by mainstream church debates over whether to condemn homosexuality as a sin. Voices from the Kingdom is emphatically not a politically-minded, or agenda-driven compilation, but rather an expression of spirituality, community, hope, and love. "'What are your thoughts on gay marriage?' 'Politics aside, if we want linguistically to use that term marriage to refer to male and female, so be it. But, being a humane society, we need to come up with a term or concept, and not just for equal rights and health insurance but equal value for the blessing of the relationship. I'd settle for that. I would hope that the traditionalists could share equal respect for same-sex relationships as for opposite sex relationships. I don't see that it is any threat to the sanctity of marriage. A gay couple across town does not threaten my marriage to Mary Lee.'" A rational, powerful and moving assortment of testimonies.

The Homeowner Shelf

Remodel: Great Home Makeovers from Connecticut to California
Matthew Schoenherr with Linda Mason Hunter & Wendy Jordan
Taunton Press
Box 5507, Newton, CT 06470-5507
1561589241, $21.95

In hardcover REMODEL was titled HOUSE TRANSFORMED: this paperback edition represents the fourth in a series of books produced in conjunction with the American Institute of Architects and Taunton, and provides homeowners with over two hundred color photos to accompany seven basic tips on successfully remodeling, from understanding regional and property site pros and cons to designing with compatibility and safety in mind, and budgeting. From lifestyle assessments to picking the optimum remodel plans, REMODEL is for any who would undertake a project, and selects 18 houses across the country that have been remodeled by America's leading residential architects.

301 Simple Things You Can Do to Sell Your Home NOW and for More Money Than You Thought
Teri B. Clark
Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc.
1210 S.W. 23rd Place, Ocala, FL 34474-7014
0910627061, $24.95 1-800-814-1132

Dozens of color photos of 'before' and 'after' examples illustrate staging step-by-step, offering homeowners and their agents key tips to understanding how a property presents itself and what enhances its salability. From do-it-yourself enhancement projects to inexpensive solutions for potentially expensive problems, 301 SIMPLE THINGS is the guide homeowners should consult first before even listing a property – and any public library lending collection will find it an excellent reference.

About the House with Henri De Marne
Henri de Marne
Upper Access Inc.
87 Upper Access Road, Hinesburg, VT 05461
094267930X, $16.95

Written by home improvement columnist Henri De Marne, About the House with Henri De Marne is a comprehensive homeowner's manual written in plain English for lay readers. From crawl spaces to roofs, doors and windows, plumbing, electrical systems, kitchens, baths, interior surfaces, insulation, and more, About the House with Henri De Marne provides "how-to" solutions to common problems and recommends when to do it yourself and when calling in a professional is recommended. A small amount of black-and-white photographs and sketches illustrate this money-saving, question-and-answer format guide. "The best way to clean an oil stain from concrete or asphalt is by sprinkling a layer of TSP-PF crystals onto the stains and sprinkling hot water onto the TSP-PF. Scrub with a stiff bristle brush and let stand for a half hour. Rinse with clear water. If the oil is deeply embedded, you may need to repeat the procedure." An excellent resource of tips, tricks, and techniques for keeping one's home in top condition.

About The House with Henri De Marne
Henri De Marne
Upper Access, Inc.
87 Upper access Road, Hinesburg, VT 05461
094267930X, $16.95 1-800-310-8320

Simply put, "About The House: How To Maintain, Repair, Upgrade And Enjoy Your Home" by career housing consultant and professional building inspector Henri De Marne should be on the bookshelf of every homeowner and apartment dweller in the country. For some 32 years Henri De Marne wrote a nationally syndicated home improvement newspaper column called 'First Aid for the Ailing House'. His 464-page 'how to' instruction manual in all manner for home repairs and home maintenance is a handbook compilation of step-by-step instructions on everything from roofs, foundations, attics, bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and garages, to mold, insulation, moisture, heating, cooling, air infiltration, septic systems, and so much more. Accessible organized into succinct chapters dedicated to various structures of the house, every page offers a wealth of practical, applicable, and thoroughly 'user friendly' information, advice, tips, shortcuts, techniques, and basic information for dealing with everything from electrical and plumbing repairs, to leaky gutters, decayed siding, fixtures, appliances, flooring, windows, and more. With a superbly presented Q&A format, each task or problem is presented with a description, then a solution. "About The House" is strongly recommended for both personal and community library Home Maintenance and 'do-it-yourself' Home Repairs reference collections.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

Magickal Connections
Lisa McSherry
New Page Books
Box 687, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
1564149323, $14.99

New age readers interested in building a strong magickal group will find much to learn from priestess/teacher Lisa McSherry, who provides a survey of the mentoring relationship of group work and the communities which can enhance an exploration of magic. Chapters discuss how to make contact with a magickal group, how to resolve predictable conflicts and overcome obstacles, and how to assess and encourage group strengths.

Visionary Plant Consciousness
J.P. Harpignies, Editor
Park Street Press
c/o Inner Traditions
Box 388, Rochester, VT 05767
1594771472, $16.95

VISIONARY PLANT CONSCIOUSNESS: THE SHAMANIC TEACHINGS OF THE PLANT WORLD reveals ways in which psychoactive plants allow nature to 'speak' to humans, but it doesn't represent one author's observations alone. Instead presentations from over twenty leading environmental and social visionaries explore plant-induced visions and shamanic teachings, offering a range of ethno-botany and anthropological insights to compliment new age perspectives on such plants. New age collections, particularly those strong in nature explorations, will find the collection a solid pick.

One World
John C. Polkinghorne
Templeton Foundation Press
300 Conshohocken State Road, Suite 670, West Conshohocken, PN 19428
1599471116, $14.95

Written by Anglican priest and former professor of mathematical physics John C. Polkinghorne, One World: The Interaction of Science and Theology is the first book in a trilogy written to examine reality through the dual perspectives of science and religion. Chapters offer a historical reassessment of the scientific method, a defense of natural theology as a discipline, the concept of sacrament as the point of connection between scientific and theological understanding, discussions of creationism, determinism, prayer, miracles, and future life, and much more. "Theology differs from science in many respects because of its very different subject matter, a personal God who cannot be put to the test in the way that the impersonal physical world can be subjected to experimental enquiry. Yet science and theology have this in common, that each can be, and should be, defended as being investigations of what is, the search for verisimilitude in our understanding of reality." A serious-minded quest for truth, highly recommended.

My Doctor Says I'm Fine… So Why Do I Feel So Bad?
Margaret Smith Peet, ND & Shoshana Zimmerman, ND
Blue Dolphin Publishing, Inc.
PO Box 8, Nevada City, CA 95959
1577330854, $19.95 1-800-643-0765

Written by Margaret Smith Peet, ND & Shoshana Zimmerman, ND, My Doctor Says I'm Fine… So Why Do I Feel So Bad? A Self-Help Guide to Restoring Health is a guide for novices to understanding the basic tenets of Eastern medicine, self-observation, and expressions of life-force that are symptomatic of unhealthy diseases and conditions. A handful of black-and-white diagrams illustrate this methodical listing of both physical and spiritual warning signs to look for. From examining one's tongue for signs of vitamin deficiency or disease, to yoga poses designed to counter life-force imbalances, to recommended food plans for promoting dietary health and life-force balance, My Doctor Says I'm Fine... is not a substitute for a physician's examination but rather an excellent prevention and self-help treatment regimen for learning to live well when simply taking a prescribed pill is insufficient.

The Genealogy Shelf

The Three Charters of the Virginia Company of London
Samuel M. Bemiss
Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc.
3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Suite 260, Baltimore, MD 21211
0806350881, $18.95

Originally published in 1957, The Three Charters of the Virginia Company of London: With Seven Related Documents 1606-1621 compiles a number of historical documents from the 1600's sure to be of use to amateur and professional genealogists alike. Authentic reproductions of the charter text, complete with extensive lists of names and a brief introduction comprise this basic yet solidly presented primary source. Some of the documents presented in addition to the three charters include "Ordinance and Constitution, March 9, 1607", "Virginia Company Instructions to Sir George Yeardley, November 18, 1618 (Sometimes called 'The Great Charter')", and more. An excellent source and reference for genealogy libraries.

The International Studies Shelf

Historical Dictionary of United States-Middle East Relations
Peter L. Hahn
Scarecrow Press
4501 Forbes Boulevard, Lanham, MD 20706
0810855496, $80.00

College-level collections strong on U.S. and Middle East politics as well as many an advanced high school library needs Historical Dictionary of United States-Middle East Relations, a primer covering the history of U.S. and Middle East involvements, especially since relationships ramped up after World War II. From a chronology of events to a history of diplomatic relations, a bibliography, photos, and hundreds of cross-referenced entries on countries and significant events, Historical Dictionary of United States-Middle East Relations is a fine reference.

NGOs in International Politics
Shamima Ahmed & David M. Potter
Kumarian Press, Inc.
1294 Blue Hills Avenue, Bloomfield, CT 06002
1565492307, $24.95 1-800-289-2664

Written by associate professor Shamima Ahmed and professor of political science David M. Potter, NGOs in International Politics is a thoughtful, in-depth survey of the explosive popularity of nongovernmental organizations, and the varieties of interactions that NGOs have with states, international organizations, and international politics. Designed especially for classroom study, yet also suitable for self-education, NGOs in International Politics covers the evolution of NGOs, case studies of NGOs including instances of foreign aid, international security, human rights, and global environmental activism, and much more. Especially recommended for international studies and politics shelves, as well as public and college libraries.

Demystifying Kashmir
Navnita Chadha Behera
Brookings Institution Press
1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington DC 20036-2188
0815708602, $28.95

Written by Delhi University (India) political science teacher Navnita Chadha Behera, Demystifying Kashmir is a close examination of the contested Kashmir territory, which has been a source of dispute and outright war between Indian and Pakistan for practically half a century. Yet Kashmir has its own ethnic, cultural, religious, and political history. Drawn from extensive field research, Demystifying Kashmir examines the conflict over Kashmir in the context of a political battle of statemaking between India and Pakistan, rather that an ideological Hindu-Muslim conflict. Chapters examine the medley of races caught in the midst of strife, the doomed Kashmiri insurgency of 1989 (initially an indigenous and underground movement of young people calling themselves the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front prior to developing into a mass movement for independence), and the modern day "peace puzzle" that focuses on what Behera refers to as the four P's: the parameters, players, policies, and prognosis of the peace process in Kashmir. An absolute "must-read" for anyone seeking to familiarize themselves with the history and current political situation of Kashmir, enthusiastically recommended for public and college library reference shelves.

The Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf

Blue Beetle Companion
Christopher Irving
10407 Bedfordtown Drive, Raleigh, NC 27614
1893905705, $16.95

The Blue Beetle appeared in 1939 and came to rival Superman and Batman for comic history, but didn't become popular until his recent death when DC Comics resurrected him in the Infinite Crisis series. The history and adventures of the character are followed here in The Blue Beetle Companion: His Many Lives from 1939 to Today, following some 60 years of the character's evolution and transitions and providing interviews with key and major comic graphic artists along the way. Black and white comic strips from all eras enhance the presentation.

Dungeon: Parade Volume One: A Dungeon Too Many
Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Manu Larcenet
NBM Publishing Inc.
40 Exchange Place #1308, New York NY 10005
1561634956, $9.95

French humor artist Manu Larcenet illustrates a fine new adventure in the popular fantasy-comedy Dungeon series: this revolving around a vegetarian dragon and a self-centered duck who must defend the castle – however reluctantly. Here Herbert acquires a magical lamp with one wish left – and the Keeper of the castle sends Herbert and Marvin to a dying sage to decide what wish would be best. A fun, lively story evolves.

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Abducted Alchemist
Makoto Inoue, author
Alexander O. Smith, translator
Viz Communications Inc.
295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
1421502224, $9.99 1-800-394-3042

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Abducted Alchemist is the second in a series of text novels based on the wildly popular Fullmetal Alchemist anime and manga. Written by Makoto Inoue, skillfully translated from the original Japanese by Alexander O. Smith, and featuring two afterwords (one by the author, and one by Fullmetal Alchemist manga creator Hiromu Arakawa), Fullmetal Alchemist is set amid a dual terrorist crisis: a succession of train lines destroyed seemingly without victims, and a series of kidnappings targeting friends and families of the military. Colonel Roy Mustang suspects a link between these criminal acts, but it is Edward and Alphonse Elric who become embroiled in the middle of the investigation - becoming targets of the kidnappers themselves! An action-packed, enthralling adventure from cover to cover, and a "must-read" for Fullmetal Alchemist fans.

Sounds of Your Name
Nate Powell
Microcosm Publishing
PO Box 14332, Portland, OR 97293
0977055795, $18.00

Sounds of your Name is a graphic novel anthology of black-and-white zine and comic stories by punk band player Nate Powell. Featuring dark, gritty artwork, dialogue that turns on a dime from casual to deadly serious, and sequences that are likewise drift from day-in-the-life to tense to shockingly explosive, the stories in Sounds of Your Name captivate with underground fervor. From the hard life of an alley cat who longs for the comforts of domesticity, to the simultaneously grim and spiritual insights of a war veteran, to the rites of passage from childhood to adulthood, Sounds of Your Name is undeniably a "thinking man's comic" from cover to cover. An avant-garde collection especially recommended for anyone interested in taking the pulse of the underground comix scene.

Top Shelf Productions Inc.
PO Box 1282, Marietta, GA 30061-1282 1-770-425-0551

Simply put, Top Shelf Productions is a premiere publisher of avante garde and counter-culture comix and graphic novels whose diverse titles showcase the very essence of originality. Their newest and highly recommended graphic novel releases include Nicholas Mahler's "Lone Racer" (9781891830693, $12.95). The story of a down-and-out racecar driver who hits bottom with a botched robbery where he was the getaway driver, and his decision to turn his life around. "Regards From Serbia" (9781891830426, $19.95) by Serbian cartoonist Aleksandar Zograf who takes as his subject matter how the war shattered the lives of his friends and neighbors even while the routine of daily life remained largely unchanged. "American Elf: Book 2" (9781891830853, $19.95) which showcases a little biographical comic strip based upon the daily life of its author/artist James Kochalka. "Essex County: Tales From The Farm (9781891830884, $9.95) by Xeric Award-winning cartoonist Jeff Lemire illustrated the life of Lester, a recently orphaned ten-year-old who goes to live on his Uncle's farm, and his friendship with gas station owner Jimmy Lebeuf. Also highly recommended to mature readers for their artistic excellence and deft storytelling are three new comix from Top Shelf Production: Jeffrey Brown's Feeble Attempts (48-pages; $5.00); Jame Kochalka's Super F*ckers #4 (24-pages; $5.00); and Nate Powell's "Please Release" (40-pages; $5.00).

The Native American Shelf

On the Drafting of Tribal Constitutions
Felix S. Cohen
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
0806138068, $34.95 1-800-627-7377

Felix Cohen was a leading creator of the Indian New Deal and a champion of American Indian rights, so there's no better author than he to cover On the Drafting of Tribal Constitutions, reflecting his practical guidelines created in 1934 for tribal constitutional development. The entire work has been edited by David E. Wilkins, includes an essay that describes its origins and background, and is presented with a key to understanding Indigenous autonomy and self-governance efforts: perfect for college-level collections on Native American or American legal history.

Navajo And Pueblo Earrings 1850-1945
Robert Bauver
Rio Grande Books
925 Salamanca NW, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM 87107
189068970X, $27.95

In "Navajo And Pueblo Earrings 1850-1945" author Robert Bauver draws upon his experience and expertise from collecting and studying Southwestern Native American jewelry for more than 30 years. Providing an informed and informative introduction to the different types of Navajo and Pueblo earrings made by Native American craftsmen from 1850 to 1945, readers will learn how these adornments were used as Bauver combines archival photographs and current photographic illustrations of examples in this documented and specialized history of Native American culture. Also available in a hardcover edition (978-1-890689-49-0, $39.95), "Navajo And Pueblo Earrings 1850-1945" is a work of outstanding scholarship and a unique contribution to Native American Studies that is especially recommend to the attention of academia and non-specialized general readers with an interest in Native American Studies.

The Computer Shelf

CMMI For Outsourcing
Hubert F. Hofmann, Deborah K. Yedlin,
75 Arlington Street, Suite 300, Boston, MA 02116
0321477170, $54.99 1-800-428-5331

College-level and technical computer libraries seeking a solid software engineer's reference will find CMMI For Outsourcing an important reference acquisition: it provides a basic introduction the initial CMMI-ACQ protocols and its use in technology acquisition, covering techniques proven to work in GM's own outsourcing program and reviewing the acquisition project lifecycle. The strength of CMMI FOR OUTSOURCING lies in its real-world scenarios and stories which reflect practical organizational and insider experience, including common tricks and pitfalls.

Internet Research Skills
Niall O'Dochartaigh
Sage Publications
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
1412911133, $36.95

How do you conduct effective and credible research using the internet? If you're a beginner, INTERNET RESEARCH SKILLS is a good place to begin: it offers students of the social sciences and humanities a foundation for growing their basic knowledge of the internet, showing how to streamline the search process, how to avoid common pitfalls, and how to locate article databases and other approaches which go beyond using a popular browser like yahoo or google. Undergraduate students conducting research projects as well as postgraduate students will find it an excellent resource for streamlining the search process.

Game Design from Blue Sky to Green Light
Deborah Todd
A.K. Peters Ltd.
88 Worcester Street #230, Wellesley, MA 02482
156881318X $45.00

From the initial blue-sky sessions to pitching for a green light, Deborah Todd's guide uses exercises and examples for all kinds of games to build a working knowledge of the game design process, from brainstorming and character design to content, testing, and flowcharting. Interviews with top game producers supplement the author's position as an award-winning designer and writer, with exercises and a puzzles checklist at book's end for maximum learning and reinforcement. Any college-level collection strong on games development needs this.

Head First PMP
Jennifer Greene, PMP & Andrew Stellman, PMP
1005 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol, CA 95472
0596102348, $49.99

HEAD FIRST PMP: A LEARNER'S COMPANION TO PASSING THE PROJECT MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL EXAM offers an engaging, lively review of PMP principles for any who would prepare for the certification exam using a unique method which helps reinforce the larger concept of project management both for the exam and on the job. It packs in visual approaches which reinforce the written word, using flow charts, black and white drawings and cartoons, and pictures to emphasize basic concepts. Other books are dry and make learning a challenge, but HEAD FIRST PMP is one of the few on the topic to create a lively, even fun survey learners will appreciate.

The Linux Programmer's Toolbox
John Fusco
Prentice Hall
One Lake Street, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
0132198576, $39.99

The Linux Programmer's Toolbox discusses open source tools available for GNU/Linux, describing the most useful tools available and using plenty of examples on how to modify them for Linux needs. From learning how Linux interacts with software and understanding the basics of the Linux kernel to interpreting tools and applying it to applications, THE LINUX PROGRAMMER'S TOOLBOX comes packed with tips on how to streamline and customize processes, making it a pick for any serious programmer's collection and any library strong on Linux applications.

Linux Appliance Design
Bob Smith, et al.
No Starch Press
555 DeHaro Street, #250, San Francisco, CO 94107
1593271409, $59.95

Linux continues to increase in popularity and utility among computer enthusiasts. The combined effort of Linux experts Bob Smith, John Hardin, Graham Phillips, and Bill Pierce, "Linux Appliance Design: A Hands-On Guide To Building Linux Appliances" teaches Linux users how to build better appliances for the Linux systems thereby providing them with more types of interfaces, more dynamic interfaces, and better debugged interfaces. Linux users will learn how to build backend daemons, handle asynchronous events, connect various user interfaces, and so much more. Now even the most novice Linux user can add professional network management capabilities to their applications, build a web-based appliance and a command line interface, build a framebuffer interface using infrared controls as input, as well as manage logs and alarms on appliance. If you have a Linux system, then "Linux Appliance Design" will prove an invaluable, indispensable, thoroughly 'user friendly' instruction and reference manual for getting the most out of your do-it-yourself designer software

The Crafts Shelf

Discover Beading
Lesley Weiss, Compiler
Kalmbach Publishing Company
P.O. Box 1612, Waukesha, WI 53187-1612
0871162393, $19.95

Create fast, fun jewelry with DISCOVER BEADING, a collection of reader favorites using basic techniques to create lovely bracelets, necklaces and more. Projects have been tested by the editors of Beadstyle Magazine and provides new beaders with a fail-safe starting point to create their own styles. Perfect for any public library or newcomer to beading.

Bonnie Gibson
Sterling Publishing Company
387 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016-8810
1402725221, $24.95 1-800-805-5489

Crafters have long used gourds for cultural expression and as artistic presentations: GOURDS: SOUTHWEST GOURD TECHNIQUES & PROJECTS FROM SIMPLE TO SOPHISTICATED narrows the focus to the Southwest region, offering both an introduction to gourd art techniques and equipment and a survey of some 20 classic projects from petroglyph pottery motifs to later Indian art representations. The step-by-step color photos throughout lend to any library strong in pottery or crafts presentations.

The Everything Soapmaking Book
Alicia Grosso
Adams Media Corporation
57 Littlefield Street, 2nd floor, Avon, MA 02322
1598692291, $14.95 1-800-872-5627

Now in a newly updated and expanded second edition, "The Everything Soapmaking Book" offers the non-specialist general reader with a complete and easy-to-follow guide for making and creating all manner of soaps ranging from simple bath soaps to lovely and aromatic gift soaps. Thoroughly 'user friendly', "The Everything Soapmaking Book" takes the aspiring soap maker through every step of the process of making soap, including buying the right kind of soap making equipment, securing the proper ingredients, developing unique soap recipes, packaging soaps for holidays and special occasions, adding scents and colors, and the artistic techniques to make soaps in unique shapes and sizes. "The Everything Soapmaking Book" is enthusiastically recommended for anyone of any age wanting to try their hand at making soaps for themselves, their family, or their friends!

200 Braids to Twist, Knot, Loop, Or Weave
Jacqui Carey
Interweave Press
201 East Fourth Street, Loveland, CO 80537-5655
Independent Publishers Group, distributor
814 North Franklin Street, Chicago, IL 60610
1596680180, $27.95 1-800-888-4741

Profusely illustrated on every page, "200 Braids to Twist, Knot, Loop, Or Weave" by braid making expert and instructor Jacqui Carey offers everything you need to know to create personalized braided trims for clothing, furnishings, greeting cards, jewelry, totes, gift wraps, floral arrangements, gift wrapping, and any other crafts project. Features with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions are all of the techniques necessary including twisting, knotting, interloping, weaving, braiding, loopwork, ply-split darning, working with beads, and creating braids from start to finish. The techniques are categorized by the materials used, color combinations, and textures, with each braid featured in a lovely close-up full color photograph. Each braid also features a materials list, and is ranked accordingly to difficulty of execution. Ideal for the novice, "200 Braids to Twist, Knot, Loop, Or Weave" has a great deal of value to offer even the more experienced braider seeking to incorporate braids into textile projects, couching down braids to form decorative designs, hiding ends in seams, edging, and using war ends to form decorative finishes. "200 Braids to Twist, Knot, Loop, Or Weave" is a welcome and enthusiastically recommended addition to personal and professional Needlecraft, Braiding, and hand Weaving instructional reference collections.

The Writing/Publishing Shelf

The Freelance Writer's Bible
David Trottier
Silman-James Press
1181 Angelo Drive, Beverly Hills, Ca 90210
1879505851, $19.95

David Trottier is a successful freelance writer and writing teacher who since 1998 has had hundreds of his articles published in magazines ranging from 'Writer's Digest' to 'Road and Track'. he has also authored several successful books (including "The Screenwriter's Bible"), written and sold several featured film scripts, worked as a business writer, copywriter, and newsletter editor. In "The Freelance Writer's Bible", David draws upon his considerable experience and expertise to create an invaluable compendium of information, advice, instruction, tips, techniques, illustrations, anecdotes, and more about just what aspiring writers seeking freelance careers must know and be able to do if they are to be successful in their chosen field. from discovering and developing a creative vision, to achieving higher and higher levels of creativity and improved writing excellent, to selling in seventeen key writing markets, to creating a strategic marketing plan, "The Freelance Writer's Bible" will prove to be a reliable instructional guide and 'user friendly' manual. Readers will learn how to set up a writing business, make that business profitable, deal with writing bocks, write effective query and proposal letters, enhance their writing income, and so much more. With a great deal of 'fill in the blank' forms, this must be considered something of a 'consumable' title and therefore not a good selection for a public library collection. But if you aspire to becoming a professional freelance writer, regardless of the genres or media you intend to work in, then you need to give a careful and personal reading to your very own copy of "The Freelance Writer's Bible" by David Trottier.

From Hollywood Experts And Published Authors
Marilyn Peake, editor
Double Dragon Publishing
PO Box 54016, 1-5762 Highway 7 East, Markham, Ontario, Canada, L3P 7Y4
155404426X, $15.99

Compiled, organized and edited by author and columnist Marilyn Peake, "From Hollywood Experts And Published Authors: Words of Wisdom For Starving Artists " features commentaries and information contributed by a variety of authors to the free monthly online newsletter edited by Marilyn Peake -- 'The Golden Goblet' -- during its first year of publication, with some of the articles being especially written for this informed and informative little compendium of advice for writers. The contributors range from Natalie and Lincoln Bandlow on 'Literary Legalities: Copyright And Other Protections For Aspiring Writers'; to Michael J. Wallach's 'Oh, Those Managers And Agents...Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them...'; to Patricia Harrington's 'Grants And Opportunities For Writers: Thinking Outside The Box', to succinct advisories from ten other savvy, experienced, articulate, knowledgeable writers. Each contributor is given a brief biographical introduction followed by their contribution. Useful, practical, and an easy read, "From Hollywood Experts And Published Authors" is strongly recommended for anyone aspiring to a career as a professional writer regardless of genre or media.

Sixty-Four years As A Writer
Bill Gulick
Caxton Press
312 Main Street, Caldwell, ID 83605-3299
0870044532, $16.95 1-800-657-6465

For more than six decades, Bill Gulick successfully pursued a career as a writer and author. He has written twenty-seven novels, eight books of non-fiction, as well as several plays. A regular contributor to 'The Saturday Evening Post' and other national magazines, many of his published stories became major motion pictures starring such Hollywood luminaries as Burt Lancaster and Jimmy Stewart. His friends and associates in literary circles and the publishing industry are legion and range from A. B. Guthrie, to Elmer Kelton, to William McCleod Raine. Gulick has also made a name for himself as a leading authority on Pacific Northwest History."Sixty-Four Years As A Writer" is a remarkable, memorable, personal history of his life and career from his days in Oklahoma during the Great Depression to his current status as one of America's premier Western authors. Very highly recommended reading (especially for anyone contemplating a professional writing career for themselves), this is an intrinsically fascinating memoir laced with anecdotes and told in a superbly articulate and engaging narrative style for which he is so well known.

Mystery Writing In A Nutshell
John McAleer & Andrew McAleer
James A. Rock & Company Publishers
9710 Traville Gateway Drive, #305, Rockville, MD 20850
1596635053, $9.95 1-800-411-2230

The combined effort of best selling author John McAleer (and a winner of the Mystery Writers of America annual 'Edgar' award) and Andrew McAleer (Professor of Crime Fiction at Boston College and the author of three published mystery novels), "Mystery Writings In A Nutshell: The World's Most Concise Guide To Mystery And Suspense Writing" truly lives up to its title as a 100-page compilation of succinctly presented tips, tricks and techniques for crafting good mystery fiction whether as a short story or a full length novel. From defining mystery and suspense, to the concept of a narrative hook, to diverse elements for story ideas, to enriching the context of the story, to the use of motives and weapons, to character development issues, to plotting out a story, "Mystery Writing In A Nutshell" covers it all in crisp, 'user friendly' detail. Of special note is the concluding section devoted to 'Miscellaneous' offerings that include a number of invaluable entries including 'Conversations About Writers and Writing' and 'A Short Essay on Writers Influencing Writers'. Any aspiring writer seeking to professionally establish themselves in this popular and demanding genre should read what John and Andrew McAleer have to say in the pages of "Mystery Writing In A Nutshell".

On Writing Romance
Leigh Michaels
Writer's Digest Press
c/o F&W Publications, Inc.
700 East State Street, Iola, WI 54990
1582974365, $16.99 1-800-726-9966

In addition to several nonfiction books, Leigh Michaels is the published author of more than eighty romance novels and so brings a very special expertise to "On Writing Romance: How To Craft A Novel That Sells", her instruction manual for aspiring writers in a demanding and popular genre. Practical, comprehensive, informed and informative, "On Writing Romance" covers the origins and evolutions of the romance novel, and then takes the aspiring writer through each and every stage of the writing and publishing process. Breaking down more than thirty romance subcategories, aspiring writers will learn how to steer clear of cliches and stereotypes by studying the genre they propose to establish themselves in; craft engaging and realistic characters that will appeal to a discerning readership; add conflict through the use of secondary characters; utilize tension and timing to make love scenes come alive; and provide stories with 'happy-ever-after' endings that are neither ordinary or uninspiring, but will reward the reader with a story that they will remember long after the book is finished and returned to the shelf. Enhanced with a sample query letter, a cover letter, and synopsis, "On Writing Romance" also provides specific and practical 'how to' information on preparing a manuscript for submission to agents, editors, and publishers. Anyone seeking to write a commercially successful romance novel of any kind should begin by giving a careful and considered reading to Leigh Michael's "On Writing Romance".

Free Fire Zone
Theresa Rebeck
Smith & Kraus Publishers
76 Aver Road, North Stratford, NH 03590
1575252406, $17.95 1-800-895-4331

Playwright Theresa Rebeck presents Free Fire Zone: A Playwright's Adventures on the Creative Battlefields of Film, TV and Theater, a tell-it-like-it-is guide for aspiring professional writers to the career politics inherent in writing for movies, television, and theater. Free Fire Zone also covers how to write a script with honesty, originality, and vision, but its unique strength lies in its insights for navigating Machiavellian power struggles, and the lies in all shapes and sizes that have practically become calling cards for the industry. "When a theater tells you that you have a home there, what they really mean is they want the right of first refusal on all your plays, and they don't want to have to pay you for it." "When it comes to talking to actors, let them figure out as much as they can on their own. It is always better to have an actor figure out what feels right for his character himself; it is never as good to tell him what he's playing." Free Fire Zone is highly recommended as a one-of-a-kind guide that anyone attempting to break into multimedia writing must read.

Publishing Without Boundaries
Michael N. Ross
The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP)
510 Heron Drive, Suite 201, Logan Township, NJ 08085
0978985702, $24.95

Very highly recommended and instructive reading, "Publishing Without Boundaries: How To Think, Work, And Win In The Global Marketplace" by Michael N. Ross (Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Encyclopedia Britannica Inc.) focuses upon the impact digital publishing has had on the publishing industry, how to work with international publishers, and how American publishers can maximize development efforts. "Publishing Without Boundaries" is designed to teach publishers how to adapt what they do to other cultures and media for the purpose of establishing relationships, negotiating licensing, and developing co-publishing contracts. Of particular importance to educational publishers, "Publishing Without Borders" has a great deal of relevance and value for American trade publishers, niche publishers, independent publishers, and self-published authors seeking to expand their markets into other countries.

Writer Profits: "How I Got the Gig"
Susan M. Carter, editor
Nasus Publishing
8917 Kell Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55437
0967029171, $14.95

Expertly compiled and deftly edited by Susan M. Carter, "Writer Profits" is a very special compilation of advice and commentary by fifteen professional writers who share their individual stories of pursuing and winning writing assignments of all kinds. Included in this group, each of whom wrote their own chapter, are both part-time and full-time writers, writers who right for fun and writers who ply their craft for profit, writers who write periodically and writers who write every day. Collectively, their stories reveal a wealth of tricks, tips and techniques that will have exceptional and practical value for aspiring authors seeking to break into print, as well as those novice authors seeking to land paid assignments. "Writer Profits" shows just how to turn a vacation into a book opportunity, turn quick tips into quick cash, become a recurring columnist, get writing referrals, establish and develop a technical writer career, become a script writer for television, and so much more. If you want a career as a professional writer, give a careful reading to "Writer Profits" and learn how to land gigs of your own!

The Literary Shelf

Literary Theory
Mary Klages
c/o T&T Clark and Reference
80 Maiden Lane, Suite 704, New York, NY 10038
0826490735, $19.95 1-800-561-7704

Written by literary theory teacher Mary Klages, Literary Theory: A Guide for the Perplexed is a straightforward introduction to thinkers, writers, and subjects that students of literature can find confusing. The overviews apply specific focus to the most challenging ideas and concepts, and touch upon structuralism, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, feminism, queer theory, ideology and discourse, race and postcolonialism, postmodernism, and prominent figures of humanist literary theory. Written in terms accessible to lay readers, Literary Theory is especially ideal for high school seniors and freshman college students, and anyone else who can use a solid grounding in the basics.

The Aviation Shelf

The Handley Page Victor Volume 1
Roger R. Brooks
Pen & Sword
c/o Casemate
1016 Warrior Road, Suite C, Drexel Hill, PA 19026
1844154114, $60.00 1-610-853-9131

Royal Air Force veteran Roger R. Brooks presents The Handley Page Victor Volume 1, an in-depth reference, resource, and historical archive of the longest serving V-Bomber aircraft in the RAF, used from 1965 to 1993. Volume One covers the HP 80 Protype and the Mark 1 Series of the Handley Page Victor, and trace all aspects of their creation from concept to flight. At times highly technical in its language, The Handley Page Victor Volume 1 includes numerous reports reprinted in their original typeface, vintage black-and-white photographs, diagrams, insights into unique problems besetting the Handley Page Victor, and much more. A first-class reference for serious aircraft and aviation history buffs.

The Buddhist Studies Shelf

Everyday Consciousness and Primordial Awareness
Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche
Snow Lion Publications
P.O. Box 6483, Ithaca, NY 14851
155939272X, $19.95

Susanne Schefczyk edits and translates a fine introduction to Buddhist psychology perfect for even general collections seeking an easy beginner's guide. All the basics for successful meditation practice are here, with Rinpoche describing how consciousness operates in daily perception and how the five primordial wisdoms of the five Buddha families are expressed. Philosophy, spirituality and psychology blend in a fine 'how to' new age survey.

The Poetry of Zen
Sam Hamill and J.P. Seaton, translator & editor
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Horticultural Hall, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115-4544
159030425X, $12.95 1-800-733-3000

Skillfully translated and edited by award-winning poet Sam Hamill and Professor of Chinese J.P. Seaton, The Poetry of Zen is an anthology of the poetic Buddhist expressions of enlightened minds. Collecting works by a wide variety of great authors, including Lao Tzu, Han Shan, Li Po, Dogen Kigen, Saigyo, and many more, The Poetry of Zen offers a cross-section of historical classics that all have in common a resonating theme conducive to meditation, reflection, and self-transformation. Highly recommended. "Everything must end. / Thus the day tries to begin / with the morning bell. / But the long night remains, / empty moon still in the sky."

The Library Science Shelf

Managing Facilities For Results
Cheryl Bryan
ALA Editions
c/o American Library Association
50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611
0838909345, $50.00 1-866-746-7252

At the request of the Public Library Association, Cheryl Bryan (Assistant Administrator for Consulting and continuing Education at the Southeastern Massachusetts Library System) has written "Managing Facilities For Results: Optimizing Space for Services". As a library experiences increases in their patronage and collections, space is a perennial problem. In order to avoid the expenses of building additions to an existing library, or the costs of building a newer and larger library, library boards and library staff members try to carve out new service areas within the space of their existing library structure. "Managing Facilities For Results" is designed to help the library staff to prioritize new services that need space, make plans and identify appropriate locations, present their case to their funding authorities, conduct a 'gap analysis', find resources to reallocate and determine what new items are needed, and to identify building professionals to assist with alterations. Enhanced with twenty-three workforms to support the information and collection process, three toolkits (one providing technical assistance on calculating square footage, one for assessing the message, and one for complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements), and with real-life examples of small to large-sized libraries, "Managing Facilities For Results" is a very highly recommended and invaluable instructional reference and resource for any librarian, library staff, or library board facing the need to provide more and different services within their existing library structure.

Out Front with Stephen Abram
Judith A. Siess & Jonathan Lorig, compilers
ALA Editions
50 East Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611
0838909329, $40.00

Compiled by interpersonal networking expert Judith A. Siess and technical systems coordinator Jonathan Lorig, Out Front with Stephen Abram: A Guide for Information Leaders is a guide addressed to all types of library professionals - not just public and school librarians, but also special and corporate librarians, vendors, technology specialists, and more. Out Front with Stephen Abram especially focuses upon the most complex aspects of the twenty-first century information environment. From recent and project future changes is library clientele, to the impact of modern technology including PDAs and Google, and how to communicate the value of libraries to the public, Out Front with Stephen Abram offers statistic-supported research as well as tested, practical advice. "Librarians usually are not nextheads; we tend to be textheads... Today the printed text represents only a small fraction of all stored data and information, and in some markets like business, it represents a very small portion of content acquisition budgets. However, de-emphasizing text has driven a further change that we need to explicitly acknowledge - the dominance of educated persons who decode and internalize 'text' well is ending." A thoughtful survey of current and future challenges to be met by librarians everywhere, highly recommended.

The Islamic Studies Shelf

An Illusion of Harmony
Taner Edis
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197
1591024498, $28.00

AN ILLUSION OF HARMONY: SCIENCE AND RELIGION IN ISLAM charts a changing relationship between science and religion in the Islamic world, departing from the usual Western Christian connections and focus and thus providing college-level holdings strong in Middle Eastern studies and spirituality with a unique coverage. From discussions of modern scientific routes possibly foreshadowed in the Quran to issues of intelligent design and the Muslim world, chapters consider history, religious developments, and trends which have pitted Western science's progress against Islamic traditions. A fascinating discourse and a top pick for Middle Eastern holdings.

The Women's Issues Shelf

Women of the Harvest
Holly L. Bollinger and Cathy Phillips
Voyageur Press
380 Jackson Street Suite 380, St. Paul, MN 55101-3885
0760321841, $24.95

WOMEN OF THE HARVEST: INSPIRING STORIES OF CONTEMPORARY FARMERS profiles some seventeen women who love farming: women from across the country who share their stories of making their farming dreams come true. Color photos of land and female farmers blend with autobiographies and insights on what it takes and means to be a female farmer, how to run an 'ideal' farm, and how these women made farming dreams a reality. Any agricultural or rural library will find WOMEN OF THE HARVEST: INSPIRING STORIES OF CONTEMPORARY FARMERS a winning leisure read choice.

The Holocaust Studies Shelf

The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews
Saul Friedlander
10 East 53rd Street, New York NY 10022
0060190434, $39.95

THE YEARS OF EXTERMINATION completes Friedlander's major historical work on Nazi Germany and the Jews, describing the persecution and murder of the Jews not just in Germany but throughout occupied Europe. Source material documents are the foundations of a wide-ranging study appropriate for college-level and specialty holdings strong on Nazi Germany Holocaust history: chapters rely on diaries, letters, and memoirs to capture events, adding in political and social analysis to round out the personal accounts. This is no light treatment: over 800 pages of detail provide regional and state-wide analysis throughout Europe.

The Astronomy Shelf

Pluto and Beyond
Anne Minard
Northland Publishing
Box 1389, Flagstaff, AZ 86002-1389
0873589157, $16.95

PLUTO AND BEYOND: A STORY OF DISCOVERY, ADVERSITY, AND ONGOING EXPLORATION tells not only of Pluto but of the Lowell Observatory, one of the few remaining privately-owned observatories and home to the discoverer of Pluto over seventy years ago. In pairing the story of the discovery of Pluto with the evolution of Lowell, PLUTO AND BEYOND examines both history and key, evolving astronomical ideas in a survey exploring the cutting edge of space research. A recommended pick for any library strong in modern astronomy.

Dark Side of the Universe
Iain Nicolson
Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
0801885922, $35.00

DARK SIDE OF THE UNIVERSE: DARK MATTER, DARK ENERGY, AND THE FATE OF THE COSMOS is a pick not just for college-level science collections strong in astronomy, but for the general-interest lending library catering to non-scientist readers. It offers up a history and survey of how ideas about nature and the universe have developed, using key discoveries and scientific rationale to consider the evolution of theories on dark matter and describing how astronomers explore the remote cosmos to gain evidence supporting or refuting these theories. Any with an interest beyond the solar system will find this a fascinating expose, packed with color astronomy photos throughout.

Voyageur Press
380 Jackson Street Suite 200, St. Paul, MN 55101-3885
$26.95 Each

Two new regional 'Starwatch' guides by astronomy expert Mike Lynch are recommended picks for libraries in each featured state. What makes these specialized compilations invaluable is not just the overview of mythology and discussions about the moon, stars and planets, but the focus on the night sky as it appears to each stargazer's region. Thus ARIZONA AND NEW MEXICO STARWATCH (0760328420) and SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA STARWATCH (0760328412) and GEORGIA STARWATCH (0760328447) each offer regional specifics perfect for local star-gazing groups, and far superior to the more general astronomy overviews which neglect the attributes and appearances of local skies.

James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Diane C. Donovan, Editor
Midwest Book Review
278 Orchard Drive
Oregon, WI 53575-1129
phone: 1-608-835-7937

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