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Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Library Science Shelf Writing/Publishing Shelf
Wine Shelf Cookbook Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf
Language Studies Shelf Biography Shelf Gardening Shelf
Judicial Studies Shelf Railroading Shelf Travel Shelf
Genealogy Shelf Military Shelf Parenting Shelf
Gaming Shelf Education Shelf Humor Shelf
Fiction Shelf World History Shelf Political Science Shelf
Business Shelf Art Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf
Money/Finance Shelf Audiobook Shelf Music Shelf
Library CD Music Shelf Library DVD Shelf Social Issues Shelf
Needlecraft Shelf Agricultural Shelf American History Shelf
Metaphysical Studies Shelf Poetry Shelf Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf
Judaic Studies Shelf Graphic Novel Shelf Photography Shelf
Sports Shelf Christian Studies Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf
Criminology Shelf Martial Arts Shelf Architecture Shelf
Environmental Studies Shelf Literary Shelf Self-Help Shelf
Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Computer Shelf Interior Design Shelf
International Studies Shelf Nautical Shelf Real Estate Shelf
The Science Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf Antiques/Collectibles Shelf
Crafts Shelf Economics Shelf  

Reviewer's Choice

Head First Algebra
Tracey Pilone, M.Ed & Dan Pilone
1005 Gravenstein Hwy North, Sebastopol, CA 95472
9780596514860, $29.99

Any struggling through a college algebra class needs HEAD FIRST ALGEBRA, which takes advantage of the latest brain research to design a user-friendly guide packed with real-world applications. From stories to diagrams and easy charts, this is actually an engaging method of learning, not a challenge. High school to college-level libraries will find it a top pick.

Gypsy Horses and the Travelers' Way
John Stephen Hockensmith
Fine Art Editions
146 East Main Street, Georgetown, KY 40324
1599755971, $49.95

Photographer/artist/author John Hockensmith provides a gorgeous blend of images and descriptions of his journeys to Appleby Fair with the British Romani, offering plenty of social and cultural insights into Gypsy horses, donkeys, people and personalities. The Gypsies welcomed Hockensmith and his camera into their lives despite their penchant for protecting their lifestyle from others. That fact alone makes GYPSY HORSES AND THE TRAVELERS' WAY outstanding for any general lending library: a visual treat and a unique cultural contribution, highly recommended!

Frances D. Burton
University of New Mexico Press
1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
9780826346469, $34.95,

Fire is truly the one thing that separates man from beast. "Fire: The Spark That Ignited Human Evolution" traces the history of fire through ancient times to the modern age. If man never gained control of fire, humanity would have never become the technologically advanced species we are today, but may in fact have died out tens of thousands of years ago. Fire is truly a fascinating thing, and author Frances Burton does well in connecting human evolution to fire. "Fire" is the story of fire, and as such, is the story of mankind.

Aging is Living
Irene Borins Ash & Irv Ash
The Dundurn Group
3 Church Street, Suite 500, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5E 1M2
9781550028836, $26.99,

Life isn't over until you're six feet under. "Aging Is Living: Myth-Breaking Stories From Long-Term Care" is a look at nursing home residents who, despite their advanced age, have not withdrawn themselves to simply wasting their lives away reflecting on their lost youth. These seniors will inspire readers to understand that life isn't over until it's over, and that there is always time to pick up new hobbies and just enjoy living. "Aging is Living" is a fine gift to any senior who thinks their life is over prematurely.

Stauffenberg, third edition
Peter Hoffman
McGill-Queen's University Press
3430 McTavish Street, Montreal, QC, Canada, H3A 1X9
9780773535442, $22.95,

The attempts on the life of Adolph Hitler bring much to the imagination, with the hope that even when the most evil of men is in power, his countrymen may put him down for it. Now in a newly expanded third edition, "Stauffenberg: A Family History 1905-1944" brings history to this hope, which was recently transformed into a Hollywood movie. Following the life of the mastermind behind of this assassination plot, "Stauffenberg" chronicles a man who would have been applauded as a hero to many if he'd succeeded. "Stauffenberg" is well worth the read for history buffs, especially those with a focus on World War II.

Extinct Animals
Ross Piper
Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc.
P.O. Box 5007, Westport, CT 06881-5007
9780313349874, $85.00,

Little recognized by the general public, but well known to professionals in the botanical and zoological sciences, we are in the midst of one of the world's great extinction events with animal and plant species dying out due primarily to human activities. Nicely illustrated by Renata Cunha and Phil Miller, "Extinct Animals: An Encyclopedia Of Species That Have Disappeared During Human History" is a compendium of just such animal species as compiled by zoologist, independent researcher and natural history enthusiast Ross Piper. Organized chronologically into seven sections beginning with 'Fewer Than 100 Years Ago' to 'More Than 50,000 Years Ago', each of these individual chapters list now extinct species that ranging from the better known Passenger Pigeon, Great Auk, and Dodo, to the more obscure Horned Turtle, Merriam's Teratorn, Australian Thunderbird, and Megatooth Shark. Of special interest is the information presented concerning the extinction of the Neanderthal and Homo Erectus (two competing hominid species that having survived for millions of years became extinct within a millennia of encounter Homo Sapiens -- us -- between 10,000 and 12,500 years ago). Enhanced with the inclusion of a Glossary; a Selected Bibliography, a listing of Selected Museums in the United States, Canada, and Worldwide; and an Index, "Extinct Animals" is a remarkable and highly recommended work of scholarship that is fully accessible to the non-specialist general reader, as well as academia.

The Library Science Shelf

Service Learning
Loriene Roy, Kelly Jensen, & Alex Hershey Meyers
ALA Editions
50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611
9780838909812, $65.00,

Does one really need a master's degree to run a library? "Service Learning: Linking Library Education and Practice" is a look at how service education is gaining ground in library education curricula across the country. Linking the two seems to be a natural move, especially with the declining rates of students going for masters degrees. Many brilliant minds converge and speak their piece on the subject. "Service Learning" is of great interest to educators in the field and librarians looking to the future of their career.

You Don't Look Like a Librarian
Ruth Kneale
Information Today Inc.
143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055
9781573873666, $29.50

Librarians may hold a conservative and stodgy image; You Don't Look Like a Librarian offers alternatives to this traditional stereotype, telling how to foster and grow new images in the Internet age. Written by a blogger and pop culture librarian who offers keys to her own changing role, You Don't Look Like a Librarian includes the results of a 1,000+ respondent survey and interviews with opinionated librarians across the country. Students of library science and practicing librarians alike will find this an eye-opening winner.

Recommended Reference Books For Small And Medium-Sized Libraries And Media Centers
Shannon Graff Hysell,editor
Libraries Unlimited
88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881
9781591588412, $70.00,

Libraries are in service to their communities, and it is the informational needs of those communities, along with constraints of budgets and physical facilities, that determent what those library collections will contain with respect to their reference book collections. Now in a newly updated and expanded 2009 Edition, "Recommended Reference books For Small And Medium-Sized Libraries And Media Centers" is published by Libraries Unlimited under the supervision of the American Reference Books Annual Advisory Board in general, and Associate Editor Shannon Graff Hysell in particular, to serve small and mid-sized libraries as a guide to making the most of their limited acquisition dollars in the diverse areas of general reference works, social sciences, the humanities, as well as science and technology. Drawing upon contributions by well over one hundred knowledgeable and expert contributors, and well as twelve professional publications ranging from the Library Journal and School Library Journal, to Booklist and the Reference & User Services Quarterly, "Recommended Reference books For Small And Medium-Sized Libraries And Media Centers" is a core addition to the internal library staff reference collections and a mandatory reference work for college and university Library Science collections.

Protecting Intellectual Freedom In Your Academic Library
Barbara M. Jones
ALA Editions
c/o American Library Association
50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611
9780838935804, $55.00,

Protecting the integrity of library collections and the library acquisition process against community forces that would seek to restrict those collections in accordance with a special interest criteria is a constant struggle for both community and school libraries throughout the country. In "Protecting Intellectual Freedom In Your Academic Library: Scenarios From The Front Lines" Barbara Jones (Caleb T. Winchester University Librarian at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut) draws upon her many years of professional experience and expertise to address the issue of protecting intellectual freedom as represented in school libraries both public and private, grade level or collegiate. Offering illustrative case studies, Jones provides narrative treatment of common situations tailored to academic libraries. Of special note is the provision of detailed, practical, applicable information on dealing with challenges seeking to delete or restrict materials in library collections. Enhanced throughout with sidebars offering sample polices, definitions of key terms, and analysis of important statues and decisions affecting the protections of intellectual freedom in a library environment, "Protecting Intellectual Freedom In Your Academic Library" should be considered required reading by library board members and library staff members at all levels of responsibility. Also very highly recommended is ALA companion book by Pat R. Scales "Protecting Intellectual Freedom In Your School Library: Scenarios From The Front Lines" (9780838935811, $55.00).

Fundamentals of School Library Media Management
Barbara Stein Martin & Marco Zannier
Neal-Schuman Publishers
100 William Street, Suite 2004, New York, NY 10038
9781555706562, $59.95,

Libraries have expanded past being simply a wealth of books. "Fundamentals of School Library Media Library Management" is a guide for school librarians who are faced with the daunting task of arranging a new influx of multimedia information, as well as deciding what's appropriate for the school. Chapters include the basics of library management, the latest media technology, tips for working with teachers, special programs, and much more. Enhanced with charts and graphs, as well as recommended sources for more information, "Fundamentals of School Library Media Library Management" is an excellent introduction for those just starting their career as school librarians.

The Writing/Publishing Shelf

Getting Started As A Freelance Writer
Robert W. Bly
Sentient Publications
1113 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 80302
9781591810698, $19.95,

The nice things about being a freelance writer include being your own boss, setting your own hours, picking out your own subject matter, seeing your name in print, and basically being in charge of what, when, where, why, and how you make money from your writing. The not-so-nice aspects of freelance writing include the massive competition you face when trying to solicit business, sell your work, and manage the business aspects of your do-it-yourself career. Now in a newly revised and significantly expanded edition, "Getting Started As A Freelance Writer" by Robert W. Bly (himself a professional writer with an average annual income of more than $600,00) who draws upon his more than 25 years of experience and expertise is an ideal instruction manual for anyone who aspires to a successful and profitable career as a freelance writer. Bly provides pertinent and reliable advice and instruction covering every aspect of freelance writing including where to find work, how to obtain paying assignments, how to negotiate fees and contracts to best effect, turning out saleable manuscripts, getting paid on time and in full, and so much more. Of special note and value are Bly's comments on getting started and avoiding common mistakes, writing and selling poetry, as well as the commercial sale of short stories, novels, and essays. "Getting Started As A Freelance Writer" is an ideal and invaluable 'how to' manual that should be considered mandatory reading for anyone who seeks to earn their living (full-time or part-time) through their writing.

MLA Handbook For Writers Of Research Papers
Modern Language Association
26 Broadway, 3rd fl., NY, NY 10004-1789
9781603290241, $22.00,

The Modern Language Association is the premier reference resource of the proprieties of written English. Now in an updated and expanded seventh edition, "MLA Handbook For Writers Of Research Papers" continues to be a comprehensive, current, and authoritative guide to research and writing in an online environment offering simplified guidelines for citing works published on the Internet, as well as citing works from other sources including digital files and graphic narratives. This new edition is enhanced with more than two hundred additional examples, several research project narratives, and research paper formats. Of special note is the chapter devoted to abbreviations. Absolutely indispensable, the "MLA Handbook For Writers Of Research Papers" is an essential addition to personal, professional, academic, and community library reference collections.

Basics Film-Making: Screenwriting
Robert Edgar-Hunt, et al.
AVA Publishing
Rue des Fontenailles 16, Case Postale, 1000 Lausanne 6, Switzerland
9782940373895, $29.95,

Writing scripts for theatrical, film, and stage productions is a demanding and highly competitive occupation -- but also a potentially lucrative one for writers with talent, imagination, skill, and a thorough understanding of the key elements comprising script writing. The collaborative work of Robert Edgar-Hunt, John Marland, and James Richards, "Basics Film-Making: Screenwriting" is a basic introductory instruction manual addressing the complete spectrum of screenwriting issues including script forms, standard practices, idea creation, theories of storytelling, log lines, screen treatments, 'step treatment', the pitch to potential backers, character development, creating a fictional world, 'mise en scene', action, tone and genre, dialogue, critiquing and feedback, and more. A superbly illustrated compendium of information, examples, concepts, and more, aspiring screenwriters are taken through the complete process of producing a short screenplay especially written for this textbook covering the total process from initial draft to film pitch. "Basics Film-Making: Screenwriting" is an ideal and effective introduction that should be considered an invaluable instructional guide and continuing reference manual for anyone who aspires to write a professional quality screenplay, either alone or in collaboration.

Flogging The Quill
Ray Rhamey
FtQ Press
845 SE Spring St., Pullman, WA 99163
9780578009353, $19.95,

No sector of the publishing industry is as competitive as that of fiction. The competition facing any aspiring novelist is intense and only the best, most imaginative, and technically skilled will succeed. That's why 'how to' books like Ray Rhamey's "Flogging The Quill: Crafting A Novel That Sells" is such important, practical, and recommended reading for anyone who is seeking to establish a profitable career writing fiction, regardless of the genre they choose to specialize in. Drawing upon his years of experience as an author and editor, and as the creator of the 'litblog' 'Flogging the Quill' where writers from around the world can explore the craft of storytelling, Ray Rhamey has organized his instruction manual into seven major sections: Storytelling; Description; Dialogue; Technique; Words; Workouts; and Computer Tips. An invaluable compendium that is as informed and informative as it is thoughtful and thought-provoking, "Flogging The Quill" will prove to be an invaluable 'workshop in a book' for anyone seeking to hone their storytelling skills and produce novels that will be able to successfully compete for publication and sales.

The Author's Guide To Publishing And Marketing
Tim Ward & John Hunt
O Books
c/o National Book Network
4270 Boston Way, Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706
9781846941665, $19.95,

John Hunt is a publisher. Tim Ward is an author. Together they have drawn upon their many years of experience and expertise to collaborate in creating "The Author's Guide To Publishing And Marketing", a comprehensive introduction to the highly competitive and evolving process of transforming manuscripts into books -- and then selling those books to create a profitable business for the publisher and a lucrative income for the author. It should be noted for the novice American writer and aspiring American publisher that the compendium of information, insight, advice is a British publication so some of the specific resources cited are not readily available here -- but their counterparts most certainly are. Organized into four major sections (Getting Published; Marketing the Book; Using the Internet; and Working with the Media), "The Author's Guide To Publishing And Marketing" offers a highly recommended compendium of useable, practical, explanatory information that will be of immense and immediate usefulness to anyone seeking to earn a living by the writing of books and/or establish a profitable business publishing them.

What You Need To Know To Be A Pro
Terena Scott
Medusa's Muse Press
9780979715235, $10.00,

When it comes to establishing a publishing enterprise, whether for single title self-published authors, or publishers aspiring to create a stable of authors under one imprint, there is no need to re-invent the wheel. Not when Terena Scott has written "What You Need To Know To Be A Pro: The Business Start-Up Guide For Publishers", a comprehensive but thoroughly accessible instruction manual covering all the elements of launching a publishing enterprise from choosing a name, to structuring the fledgling business enterprise, to creating a business plan, to such issues as licenses, financing, office space, and publishing project evaluation on a case by case basis. "What You Need To Know To Be A Pro" addresses working with authors from contracts to editing; the actual publishing of a book from editing to ISBN, to pricing. "What You Need To Know To Be A Pro" also has invaluable, 'real world' advice on launching a book; keeping track of inventory, royalties and taxes; and establishing how many book titles can be managed by the resources available to the publisher. Of special note are the insertions of practical advice from professional in the publishing industry -- including commentary by James A. Cox, the editor-in-chief of the Midwest Book Review and the author of this review. Enhanced with the inclusion of lists of 'Helpful Resources' including a list of 'how to' books, recommended publisher organizations, publisher oriented websites, "What You Need To Know To Be A Pro: The Business Start-Up Guide For Publishers" is particularly recommended to those new to the publishing field and will prove to be as practical and invaluable as it is insightful and instructional.

The Wine Shelf

Wine Cocktails
A. J. Rathbun
Harvard Common Press
535 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118
9781558324077, $12.95,

A good cocktail is one of the benefits of truly civilized life. That's one of the reasons that culinary authority and author A. J. Rathbun has compiled fifty outstanding recipes in "Wine Cocktails" showcasing this stylish drink's variety and range of flavors when mixing red, white and roses wines with various herbs, spices, spirits, liquors, and fruit juices. In this highly recommended and thoroughly 'user friendly' compendium are to be found cocktails for any and all occasions from a leisurely summer get-together, to formal occasions like weddings, to companionable after-dinner cordials, to elegant pairings with meal-time foods. Beautifully illustrated throughout, the recipes range from an Aloha Punch and a Sangria, to a Moraine Cooler and a Fremont Fruit Bowl; to a Vanilla-Pear Mimosa and a Champagne Bowler; to Sherry Eggnog and a Santernes Melange. "Wine Cocktails" is an especially recommended addition to gourmet cookbook collections for the culinary adventurous, and the reference collections for sophisticated party givers.

The Cookbook Shelf

The Belarusian Cookbook
Alexander Bely
Hippocrene Books
171 Madison, New York NY 10016
0781812097, $24.95

The first comprehensive Belarusian cookbook offers home-style fare from Russia and Ukraine, pairing nearly two hundred recipes with a guide to Belarusian style and culinary history. From Buckwheat Pilaf with lamb and tomato to a raisin and walnut Chicken Ragout, this is packed with interesting, unusual dishes.

New Orleans Classic Gumbos and Soups
Kit Wohl
Pelican Publishing
1000 Burmaster St, Gretna, LA 70053-2246
9781589806306, $15.95

Plenty of New Orleans cookbooks include a classic gumbo dish or two, but now there's an exclusive focus on variations of gumbos and soups in New Orleans Classic Gumbos and Soups. Some fifty recipes accompanied by photos offer many variations from New Orleans chefs and restaurants, from a Smoked Wood Duck and Andouille Gumbo to Chicken and Oyster File Gumbo with Bacon. An outstanding collection of gumbo varieties!

Growing Chinese Vegetables in Your Own Backyard
Geri Harrington
Storey Publishing
210 MassMoca Way, North Adams, MA 01247
9781603421409, $16.95

Chinese greens, herbs, and other edible plants will delight gardeners seeking new challenges and cooks who want different options from a backyard garden - but there's relatively few books available on the specifics of growing Chinese vegetables in a backyard. Some 40 vegetables and herbs are covered in a survey of varieties, growing and harvest options, and more. Gardeners who cultivate culinary interests will be particularly excited by the options in Growing Chinese Vegetables in Your Own Backyard.

Cooking for Two 2009
America's Test Kitchen
17 Station Street, Brookline, MA 02445
1933615435, $35.00

Recipes traditionally made for families are cut down to more manageable size in Cooking for Two 2009, a collection showing how to scale down recipes. Nearly two hundred foolproof dishes have been designed for just two servings, and tested thoroughly. From special occasion meals to everyday main dishes and side dishes, this is packed with winners.

Cooking Know-How
Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
9780470180808, $34.95

Hundreds of easy techniques, step-by-step photos and ideas for over 500 meals are provided in a basic, step-by-step manual packed with over 60 master recipes and 300 photos of culinary detail. It's a technique guide created and empowered by recipes that are quick and easy to reproduce, making for a powerful guide any general lending library will appreciate.

The Louisiana Seafood Bible: Shrimp
Jerald Horst & Glenda Horst
Pelican Publishing Company
1000 Burmaster St, Gretna, LA 70053-2246
9781589806436, $25.00,

One of the most popular and edible products of the sea, there are more than two thousands of species of shrimp. Indeed, fishing for shrimp has served as a significant commercial industry in Louisiana from the 1870s down to the present day. Louisiana chefs and kitchen cooks have been experts in shrimp-based cuisine and now the husband and wife team of Jerald and Glenda Horst have compiled 77 mouth-watering recipes showcasing shrimp in molds, casseroles, gumbos, salads and more. Of special note is that "The Louisiana Seafood Bible: Shrimp" is divided into two major sections. The first are a series of chapters about shrimp including its history, commercial fishing, sizes, buying shrimp, canning shrimp at home, storing fresh shrimp, and more. The second section is devoted to the recipes themselves complete with ingredient lists and preparation instructions. Each recipe is guaranteed to be 'kitchen cook friendly', please any palate, and satisfy any appetite. Beautifully illustrated throughout, the recipes range from Shrimp and Mango Spinach Salad; Shrimp Fontenot; and Shrimp Louisiane Casserole; to Jacked Shrimp; Aloha's Barbecued Shrimp; and Gingered Shrimp with Pea Pods. A superbly presented compendium of shrimp oriented information and recipes, "The Louisiana Seafood Bible: Shrimp" is enthusiastically recommended for family and community library specialty cookbook collections.

The Asian Barbecue Book
Alex Skarla
Tuttle Publishing
364 Innovation Drive, North Clarendon, VT 05759-9436
9780804840446, $29.95,

It's barbecue season once again and for those who would like to be numbered among the culinary adventurous is offered "The Asian Barbecue Book", an impressive collection of specialty recipes showcasing 125 gourmet quality barbecue dishes with a distinctively Asian flavor. Of special note are the introductory sections providing novice chefs with barbecuing fundamentals, recipes for Asian rubs, glazes, marinades, basting sauces and condiments. Complete with side dishes, salads and desserts, the entree recipes range from Grilled Chicken Breast with Green Curry Paste; Seared Teriyaki Tuna; and Caramelized Soy and Lemongrass Spareribs; to Indian Frontier Lamb Chops; Grilled Stuffed Chilies; and Chinese Cole Slaw. Profusely illustrated throughout, "The Asian Barbecue Book" is recommended as an ideal culinary reference for every dining occasion where gourmet quality, palate pleasing and appetite satisfying barbecuing is to be engaged.

Vefa's Kitchen
Vefa Alexiadou
Phaidon Press
180 Varick St., 14th fl., NY, NY 10014
9780714849294, $45.00,

The author of thirteen cookbooks in Greece and the host of her own culinary television series in that country, Vefa Alexiadou is an expert and an authority on authentic Greek cuisine who has served on the board of the Centre for the Preservation of Traditional Greek Gastronomy. Simply and straightforwardly, "Vefa's Kitchen" is a 703-page compendium that can justifiably be considered as the 'bible' of Greek cuisine. Featured are more than 650 recipes for authentic Greek dishes ranging from Shellfish in Phyllo Parcels; Curly Endive and Wild Asparagus Salad; Lentils with Lamb and Onions; and Bell Peppers Stuffed with Beans; to Baked Sea Bass with Olives; Chicken with Pickled Lemon from Corfu; Wild Boar in Red Wine from Thrace; and Sesame Seed Honey Bars. Profusely illustrated with color photos of finished dishes, each showcased recipe is thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' in presentation with an ingredients list, step-by-step cooking instructions, estimated numbers of servings, preparation time and cooking time. An ideal addition to professional and community library ethnic cookbook collections, "Vefa's Kitchen" is an essential addition to personal and family cookbook collections for those who enjoy Greek cuisine and dishes suitable for every dining occasion from simply family meals to elegant gourmet-quality dining celebrations.

The Everything Family Nutrition Book
Leslie Bilderback
Adams Media Corporation
57 Littlefield St, 2nd fl, Avon, MA 02322
9781598697049, $15.95,

A combination of basic nutrition information and healthy recipes, "The Everything Family Nutrition Book" is a complete compendium of 'user friendly' information collaborative provided by Leslie Bilderback (a chef in the Los Angeles Unified School District's Nutrition Network Program) and Sanda K. Nissenberg (a registered dietician and nutrition consultant specializing in child nutrition). Authoritative, comprehensive, and wonderfully accessible for non-specialist general readers with an interest in providing good nutritious meals and diets for themselves and their families, "The Everything Family Nutrition Book" covers everything from the Food Guide Pyramid; to understanding food labels; to vitamins, minerals and protein; to the role of carbohydrates, fats, oils, sugar, and fiber in a healthy diet; to breaking bad eating habits; to the benefits of home cooking. Particularly informative are the chapters dedicated to nutritional issues of pregnancy, children of various ages; adults; and special diet. There are invaluable chapters dedicated to the value of exercise and sports nutrition. Many of these informational chapters on nutrition are enhanced with the inclusion of recipes that range from Tofu Stir-Fry; Soft Tacos; and Cheesy Popcorn; to Mixed-Grain Pilaf; Banana Walnut Bread; and Wilted Greens with Garlic. "The Everything Family Nutrition Book" is an ideal and highly recommended addition to family and community library Health & Nutrition reference collections and cookbook shelves.

Slow Cookers For Dummies
Tom Lacalamita & Glenna Vance
10475 Crosspoint Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46256
9780764552403, $16.99,

Slow cookers (also called crockpots) is an ideal meal preparation technique for time stressed kitchen cooks. The types of meals that can be prepared in a slow cooker offer diversity as well as ease of timely preparation. The technique is simple -- put into the slow cooker all the ingredients that a particular dish calls for, turn it on, walk away, come back hours later and at your own convenience , dish out, serve and enjoy. But like all good techniques for making a meal, you must begin with the recipe. Here's where "Slow Cookers For Dummies" by kitchen appliance expert and cookbook author Tom Lacalamita in collabortion with food writer and recipe developer Glenna Vance comes into play. "Slow Cookers For Dummies" is a thoroughly 'user friendly' compendium of easy to prepare crockpot recipes the feature casseroles, desserts, hot drinks, sauces, soups and more. You can prepare just about everything and anything from Beef and Bean Burritos; Sweet 'n' Sour Meatballs; and an All American Chili for a Crowd; to Moroccan Vegetable Stew with Couscous; Cobb Salad; Chicken Corn Chowder; and Traditional Sweet potato and Rosemary Soup. Enhanced with basic instructions in the operation of a slow cooker (including safety tips), contact information for slow cooker manufactures, and a metric conversion guide, "Slow Cookers For Dummies" is an ideal and highly recommended addition to personal, family, and community library specialty cookbook collections.

Cookies To Die For!
Bev Shaffer
Pelican Publishing Company
1000 Burmaster St., Gretna, LA 70053-2246
9781589806108, $26.95,

Cookies come in an enormous variety of shapes, textures, and flavors. But they all have certain universal qualities in common from filling the kitchen and the home with a delicious aroma as they bake in the oven to rapidly disappearing from the table as they please palates and satisfy appetites. Cookbook author, food writer and culinary instructor Bev Shaffer has compiled a colorfully illustrated compendium of thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes for cookies of all kinds in "Cookies To Die For!: The Complete Guide For Cookie Lovers". Here are assembled step-by-step instructions for making such exotic cookies as biscotti, wafers, kilfli, rugelach, shortbreads, Florentines, as well as traditional recipes for butter, sugar, chocolate, peanut butter cookies and more! From Hearty Gingerbread Cookies; Cranberry-Orange Oatmeal Cookies; Mexican Wedding Cookies with a Twist; and Sour Cream Lemon Drops; to Zucchini Lemon Bars; Swedish Filbert Cookies; Orange Madeleines with White Chocolate Glaze and Bev's Raspberry Dust; and Crumb-Topped Pineapple Bars, "Cookies To Die For!" clearly and completely lives up to its title and would enhance any family or community library cookbook collection.

Santa Fe Flavors
Anne Hillerman
Gibbs Smith, Publisher
PO Box 667, Layton UT 84041
9781423603184, $9.99,

Few people can rival the expertise of a professional restaurant critic when it comes to identifying the best cuisine local and gourmet quality culinary establishments have to offer their patrons. Anne Hillerman draws upon her many years of experience and expertise as a restaurant critic to compile superb recipes from a wide range of renowned restaurants in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in "Santa Fe Flavors: Best Restaurants And Recipes". Each feature dish is thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' in preparation and range from Beer-Battered Chile Rellenos (Santa Fe Bar and Grill); to Atole Pinon Hotcakes (Tecolote Cafe); to Basil Ice Cream (Blue Heron at Sunrise Springs); to Shrimp Veracruz (Mariscos Costa Azul). For gourmet quality meals that will please any palate and satisfy any appetite, "Santa Fe Flavors" is a highly recommended addition to personal, family, and community library cookbook collections!

Don't Panic: More Dinner's in the Freezer
Susie Marinez, et al.
c/o Baker Publishing Group
PO Box 6287. Grand Rapids, MI 49516-6287
9780800733179, $14.99,

Today's homemakers are on tight schedules with multiple demands on their time. That's why one of the best things they can do is to plan their meals in advance, prepare them at a time of convenience, utilize their freezers to store them, then thaw and serve them as needed during the week ahead. Based on this practical premise, Susie Martinez, Vanda Howell, and Bonnie Garcia have expertly collaborated to compile "Don't Panic: More Dinner's in the Freezer", an outstanding and thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' collection of delicious, nutritious, easy to prepare dishes that can be made in advance to serve at a later time. The recipes range from Hot Soft Pretzels; Sour Cream Coffee Cake; Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup; and Basil Grilled Tuna Kabobs; to Maui Grilled Chicken Sandwiches; Beef Tacquitos; Mediterranean Lasagna; and Caramel Brownies. Enthusiastically recommended for family and community library cookbook collections, "Don't Panic: More Dinner's in the Freezer" is the answer to every time-stressed housewife's (or househusband's!) dinner time needs.

Hip Asian Comfort Food
Dennis Chan
Blue Bamboo Publishing
3820 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32216
9780615258690, $34.95,

The Blue Bamboo Restaurant is a popular Jacksonville, Florida dining establishment that Dennis Chan established in 2005. Judging by the mouth-watering recipes he has compiled in the profusely illustrated pages of "Hip Asian Comfort Food", he has richly deserved his culinary success as a restaurateur. Each featured recipe begins with a brief introductory paragraph of commentary, followed by serving size information, ingredients list, and step-by-step instructions. The recipes themselves are organized into colorful chapters featuring 'Street Eats', 'Potables', 'Plates', 'Mein Street', and 'Happy Endings'. The dishes themselves range from Crispy-Spicy Oysters; Warm Chai Tea; Kung Pao Tofu; and Vietnamese Coconut-Curry Rice Noodles with Duck; to Easy Jasmine Rice; Kabocha Squash Wontons; Peanut Butter Trifle; and Asian Sangria Granita. "Hip Asian Comfort Food" is an ideal, gourmet quality, highly recommended collection of recipes that would grace any personal, family, or community library regional/ethnic cookbook collection.

Iron Chef Chen's Knockout Chinese
Chen Kenichi
Vertical, Inc.
1185 Avenue of the Americas, 32nd floor, New York, NY 10036
9781934287460, $19.95,

'Iron Chef', a contest between two competing professional chefs charged with making a minimum of five dishes from a featured ingredient, is one of the most popular culinary shows on television. One of those 'Iron Chefs' is Chen Kenichi, who in "Iron Chef Chen's Knockout Chinese" has compiled a beautifully illustrated, step-by-step, cornucopia of recipes showcasing more than sixty recipes that are as palate pleasing as they are appetite satisfying. These are dishes suitable for all dining occasions ranging from quick meals and light lunches, to seasonal stir-fries and Chinese desserts, from side dishes to fried rice and soups, from creative entries from left-overs to fruit dishes and more! Now anyone can turn out quality meals featuring White Fish Sashimi; Spicy Eggplant Donburi; Stir-fried Bean Sprouts with Garlic Chives; Honey-Coated Fried Bananas; Coconut-Simmered Apples; and Braised Spiny Lobster with Chili Sauce. Of special note are the instructions for making soup stock. Enhanced with as Afterword and a Reference Guide, "Iron Chef Chen's Knockout Chinese" is a highly recommended addition to personal, family, and community library Ethnic Cookbook collections.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Equine Wound Management, 2nd Edition
Ted S. Stashak and Christine L. Theoret
350 Main St., Malden MA 02148
0813812232, $200.00

The second updated edition of Equine Wound Management is a fully updated new edition that has been expanded to include new developments and techniques. New chapters on infection and healing and management of burn injuries compliment full-color photos throughout and an organization by body system to more easily cover wound management. A 'must' for any equine vet's reference library and any collection catering to them.

The Cattle Health Handbook
Heather Smith Thomas
Storey Publishing
210 MassMoca Way, North Adams, MA 02147
9781603420907, $24.95

Any involved with cattle and many a rural library collection catering to farmers will find THE CATTLE HEALTH HANDBOOK an essential guide. It provides solutions to common problems in managing cattle health, discusses everything from common diseases to weather-related health issues, and packs in tips on handling accidents, injuries, and common problems. Whether it be for a single cow or an entire herd, this is an excellent survey.

Swimming With Piranhas at Feeding Time
Richard Conniff
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780393968931, $25.95

Award-winning nature writer Richard Conniff takes a journey through nature history, humor, and observation to consider the lives and habits of all kinds of animals, from African wild dogs and a theory about them being man-eaters to building how own fifteen-foot-tall web to understand the lives of spiders. An outstanding survey of animal lives and myths evolves in a fine recommendation for any general-interest library strong in wildlife adventure stories.

Wild Kruger
Adrian Bailey & Robyn Keene- Young
Jonathan Ball
c/o International Publishers Marketing, Inc.
PO Box 605, Herndon, VA 20172-0605
9781919938547, $19.95, 1-800-758-3756

Africa is one of the most diverse natural arrays of wildlife on the planet. "Wild Kruger" is collection of full color photos focused on the wide range of wildlife. Jaguars, giraffes, flamingos, and more are all represented in this fine coffee-table photography book. Descriptions of many photos accompany them and offer interesting knowledge of each. For any African nature lover, "Wild Kruger" is a must.

Dog Driver, revised edition
Miki & Julie Collins
Alpine Publications
38262 Linman Rd, Crawford, CO 81415
9781577790945, $32.95,

To drive a team of dogs through the Alaskan tundra is a unique adventure few will experience. Now in a newly revised and expanded edition, "Dog Driver: A Guide for the Serious Musher" is a complete and comprehensive guide to arctic dog training and racing, covering everything about the sport from breeding all the way to training, dog retirement, and more. Not just for races, a dog sled team can be a viable choice for transportation in harsh, cold environments where there's nowhere to land a plane, let alone drive a car. With indexes, bibliographies, and more, "Dog Driver" is an absolute must as a reference for dog runners or simply those who want to participate in the sport.

The Dog Lover's Guide To Massage
Megan Ayrault
All About Animal Massage
PO Box 56, Kirkland, WA 98083
9780982255605, $14.95, 206-719-5311

One of the not-so-surprising results of a decade's worth of research was the finding that simply petting a dog or a cat has beneficial effects on people's own physical health and emotional well-being. Animal therapy is now a recognized and accept treatment tool for those recovering from an illness or who reside in nursing homes or assisted living facilities. Petting a dog is just good plain fun for everyone who has ever owned one. Now Megan Ayrault (a Licensed Massage Practitioner for both animals and humans) has written a superbly presented and effectively illustrated instruction guide, "The Dog Lover's Guide To Massage: What Your dog Wants You To Know". Accessible written for anyone from 12 to 92, this informed and informative manual shows how massage works, how dog (and human) bodies respond to massage, and basic massage techniques to help dogs feel better and will live longer through experiencing competent, effective, and on-going massage routines. Of special note is the "Coach Tips" feature providing guidelines on working with a massage professional, a glossary of massage and anatomy terms, and an index. Every dog owner and veterinary operation should have a copy of "The Dog Lover's Guide To Massage" on their reference shelf. Also very highly recommended is Megan Ayrault's 'user friendly' and informative instruction manual for horse owners and veterinarians, "The Horse Lover's Guide To Massage" (9780982255612, $14.95).

350 Main St., Malden MA 02148

The 2nd updated edition of Jean-Pierre Lavoie and Kenneth William Hinchcliff's Blackwell's 5-Minute Veterinary Consult: Equine (9780813814872, $149.99) is a 'must' for horse vets or any student vet working with horses. It's been fully revised and updated and offers coverage arranged alphabetically for quick searches. The combined knowledge of nearly 200 authorities on the topic makes it a key acquisition for any library catering to horse owners, vets, and students of equine science and health. Another key vet library acquisition not to be missed is the 9th updated edition of Jim E. Riviere and Mark G. Papich's VETERINARY PHARMACOLOGY & THERAPEUTICS (9780813820613, $199.99): it packs in over 1500 pages of reference material on the subject, with articles ranging in topic from basics of pharmacology and discussions of how drugs affect the autonomic nervous system to specific articles on anesthetics, anti-inflammatory drugs, diseases, and specialty areas of pharmacology. College-level libraries catering to vet students and practicing vets need this essential manual.

The Language Studies Shelf

Finding Our Tongues
Dean Falk
Basic/Perseus Book Group
387 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10016
9780465002191, $26.95

Anthropologist Dean Falk overturns the usual male-centered approach to the origins of language and communication and provides a new theory based on his observations of parents all over the world in all cultures. His ideas on 'motherese' or 'babytalk' overturns the usual idea that spoken language evolved from abstract, symbolic thinking patterns typically male in structure, and makes a case for female influence in forming the foundations of human communication patterns.

A Spymaster's Secrets of Learning a Foreign Language
Graham Fuller
Penton Overseas, Inc.
1958 Kellogg Ave., Carlsbad, CA 92008
1591252286, $19.95,

American businesses and governmental departments (including the military) are critically short of people who are fluent in more than one language. The numbers of Americans seeking to learn a another language than their native English are also growing. But learning another language as an adult is no easy thing -- unless you have access to "A Spymaster's Secrets of Learning a Foreign Language" by CIA and United States Foreign Service veteran Graham Fuller. A complete and 'listener and viewer friendly' instructional guide effectively providing basic principles and techniques for learning any language, "A Spymaster's Secrets of Learning a Foreign Language" advises that in order to facilitate language acquisition, first listen carefully to this complete 3 hour, 3 CD disc 'how to' primer. By doing so, you will discover how language works, the best techniques for acquiring specific linguistic skills, and be able to utilize Fuller's information and advice as a supplemental reference throughout the learning process of acquiring a new language. Enhanced with the inclusion of a 'Listening Guide', Fuller's "A Spymaster's Secrets of Learning a Foreign Language" is a highly recommended addition to personal, professional, academic, and community library Language Studies reference shelves.

Huanying: An Invitation To Chinese
Kiaying Howard & Lanting Xu
Cheng & Tsui Company
25 West Street, Boston, MA 02111-1213

The Cheng & Tsui Company is a premier publisher of Chinese language instructional materials suitable as either classroom instruction textbooks and workbooks or personal self-directed individual language studies. One of their truly impressive co-authored series by Kiaying Howard and Lanting Xu is two volume "Huanying: An Invitation To Chinese". Volume 1 (9780887276620, $79.95) is a textbook specially written for students who have no previous knowledge of Chinese. Here assembled is course material sufficient for a one-year curriculum and includes six units featuring a specific and individualized communication themes and offering containing learning objectives, five lessons, a unit review, and end-of-unit self-assessment. Each lesson has two dialogues or texts, a new word list, language notes, cultural notes, Pronunciation Practice (Units 1-3), a more extensive glimpse into Chinese culture (Units 4-6), and some knowledge-related language activities. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of the spoken and written language, with guided practice in pronunciation and character writing. Three indexes (vocabulary, proper nouns and language notes) are included, as well as three helpful appendixes (pinyin tone & spelling rules, character strokes & radicals, and each lesson's dialogues & texts in traditional characters). The lessons are presented in simplified characters, with English and pinyin. Traditional characters are included in vocabulary lists and indexes. Volume 2 (9780887277252, $79.95) is a second year of study at the secondary school level comprised of six units and covers the topics of Transportation, Food and Drink, Weather and Travel, Window Shopping, Do you Need Help?, and Summer Plans. Each individual unit has Learning Goals, includes 5 lessons plus one unit review, and a Self-Assessment checklist. Each lesson includes, two dialogues/texts, a New Words section with vocabulary in simplified and traditional characters, pinyin, and English, Language Notes that discuss grammar and usage structures through explanation and example, Extend Your Knowledge (supplemental vocabulary), A Glimpse into Chinese Culture, and a Do You Know? section that offers additional cultural information. While the core of the textbook is in simplified characters, the vocabulary is also presented in traditional characters both in the main body of the text as well as in the Chinese-English, English-Chinese, and proper noun indexes at the back of the book. Dialogues are also presented in traditional characters in a special index at the back to facilitate dual-character learning. The Huanying instructional series also has available workbooks for Volume 1: Part 2 (9780887276163, $19.95); Volume 1: Part 2 (9780887277054, $22.95); and Volume 2 (9780887277276, $21.95). Comprehensive and thoroughly 'user friendly', the "Huanying: An Invitation To Chinese" is a highly recommended addition to Chinese Language Studies curriculums.

The Biography Shelf

Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee
Allen Barra
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Ave, New York NY 10110
9780393062335, $27.95

Yogi Berra is America's most popular former athlete and this biography of his life and times presents his life and career, from his early influences and childhood to his clash with George Steinbrenner. He joined the Yankees in 1946 and helped revive the team, moving it to championship status as the only team to win five consecutive World Series. Any library strong in baseball or sports history needs this.

Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven
Susan Jane Gilman
Grand Central Publishing
c/o Hachette Book Group
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017
9780446578929, $23.99

In 1986, newly out of college, the author and her friends wanted to do something daring and original. They decided to embark on a trip around the globe, starting in China - when it had been open to independent travelers for ten minutes. Their venture off the beaten path in China would test their limitations and convictions and this memoir is moving and highly charged. Perfect for any library strong in travelogues, memoirs, or accounts of cross-cultural encounters of the third-world kind.

It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, A Breakdown, and a Much-Needed Margarita
Heather B. Armstrong
Simon Spotlight Entertainment
c/o Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
1416936017, $24.00

The author gave up many things when she decided to have a baby - including antidepressants. The months following childbirth weren't ideal however as her husband returned to work and she faced lonely days, sleepless nights, and troubles adjusting to motherhood. Presented with a healthy dose of humor, It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, A Breakdown, and a Much-Needed Margarita is a fine pick for any general lending library.

Beaumarchais: A Biography
Maurice Lever
Farrar Straus Giroux
18 West 18th St, New York NY 10011
0374113289, $35.00

Playwright, politician and spy: few men of 18th century letters made such as mark as one Pierre-Augustin Caronm de Beaumarchais, whose impact was far more than the comedies that made him famous. His support of the American revolutionaries, his business ventures, and his daring work for the rights of artists of his time made him notorious in the courts of Paris and in America alike. This survey of his life is a fine pick for any collection strong in biographies.

Helen Barrett Montgomery
Kendal P. Mobley
Baylor University
One Bear Place, #97363, Baylor University Press, Waco, TX 76798-7363
9781602581876, $39.95,

One person does not lead a revolution alone. "Helen Barrett Montgomery: The Global Mission of Domestic Feminism" is the biography of one of the major late nineteenth/early twentieth century feminists who helped bring women the vote and (gradually) be considered on equal footing to their male counterparts. A woman of faith, she did much to help her church on top of her social progress crusades. "Helen Barrett Montgomery" deserves a spot in any feminist biography collection.

Unique Mankato Stories
Daniel J. Vance
Blue Earth County Historical Society
415 Cherry Street, Mankato, MN 56001
9780979088537, $19.95

A small town can bring so many stories. "Unique Mankato Stories" offers tales of this small Minnesotan town, and gives readers a taste of what Mankatoans hold dear and take pride in. Covering the first hundred years of the city's existence, including the visits of many American presidents, "Unique Mankato Stories" is worth the consideration of those wanting a look at a small Minnesotan town.

Power & Stride
Merrie Sue Holtan
Pogo Press
c/o Finney Company
8075 215th Street West, Lakeville, Minnesota 55044
9781880654415 $23.95

A biography of the first woman nominated to the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, Power & Stride: The Nancy Burggraf Story tells of a Minnesota woman who made her mark on a male-dominated sport; her influence would transform hockey forever. Her skating skills were beyond exceptional, and she instructed some of the best and the brightest in the National Hockey League - of particular note was her ability to connect with players on a personal level. An accompanying 56-minute DVD rounds out this absorbing portrait of an amazing woman who embraced and embodied the spirit of hockey.

Prairie Homestead to Wall Street
Hiram M. Drache
c/o Finney Company
8075 - 215th Street West, Lakeville, MN 55044
9780913163443 $19.95 1-800-846-7027

Written by World War II veteran and Concordia College historian-in-residence Hiram M. Drache, Prairie Homestead to Wall Street: A History of the Jones Family and Metropolitan Financial Corporation is the true life biography of four generations of a family that followed the American Dream all the way to Wall Street. The story begins with Henry Jones, who immigrated to America from Norway, enlisted in the military, served in the Civil War, and settled down to become a homesteader in North Dakota. His son eventually founded the Metropolitan Building and Loan Association, which he and his son nurtured through the Great Depression (no small feat!), World War II, and the postwar era. The "customer first" policy of Metropolitan helped grow it to the level of a multimillion dollar firm. In 1967, fourth generation Maurice Jones saw Metropolitan through the savings and loan crisis; Metropolitan became the first North Dakota company to be listed on Wall Street. Illustrated with a handful of black-and-white photographs, Prairie Homestead to Wall Street is an enthralling true-life story of multigenerational success, accessible to readers of all backgrounds.

Joseph Smith
Dan Vogel
Signature Books
564 West 400 North, Salt Lake City, UT 84116-3411
1560851791, $39.95,

Joseph Smith is the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, popularly known as the Mormon Church. He led a relative brief and eventful life that ended with the murder of his brother and himself at the hands of a lynch mob. Mormon historian Dan Vogel has written an impressive, new biography based upon some twenty-five years of research into the life and world of Joseph Smith which provides the reader with a fascinating, informed and informative context of Joseph Smith's social and political environment. This outstanding biography expands traditional biographical boundaries to include a kind of intellectual history of the man, his movement, and his world. Among the multiple themes, issues, and elements that are pursued are the kind of home that Joseph Smith was raised in, the impact and influence of the Masons on the political culture of the times, the Smith family's financial setbacks and hardships, Smith's turning to religion for personal solace, his talent and charisma for attracting followers, his unique perspectives on the religious issues of his day, and so much more. Very highly recommended reading for anyone with an interest in unique and influential American personalities, "Joseph Smith" should be considered required reading for anyone studying the history of the Mormon Church in general, and its charismatic and controversial founder in particular.

Coretta Scott King
Laura T. McCarty
Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc.
88 Post Road West, P.O. Box 5007, Westport, CT 06881-5007
9780313349812, $35.00,

It was the murder of her husband, Martin Luther King Jr. that was to catapult Coretta Scott King into center of the public arena in defense of civil rights and related issues. But even before this tragedy which was to so dramatically influence the course of her life, Coretta was a most remarkable woman and someone whose life story was reflective of race relations in a Jim Crow America. Biographer Laura T. McCarty has done a remarkable and laudable biography tracing the life of an equally remarkable and laudable woman. Revealed in the pages of "Coretta Scott King' is the story of how she went on to raise four children, work to establish her husband's legacy (including the creation of The King Center), and embark upon an international stage as an advocate of civil rights, women's rights, promoting her husband's words, images and legacy, and drawing to her cause some of the finest minds and hearts of our generation. "Coretta Scott King" is a superbly written biography that should be a part of every school and community library system in this country.

John Mitchel
Bryan P. McGovern
The University of Tennessee Press
293 Communications Building, Knoxville, TN 37996-0325
9781572336544, $36.00,

19th century local community newspapers in America were the chief means of political communication and persuasion of their day. Every social cause, movement or philosophy had its newspaper proponents and opponents. This was especially true for the political and economic divisions that led to the outbreak and progress of the American civil war. Chief among the newspaper editors on the side of the Confederacy was the Irish expatriate John Mitchel whose influence is now described and appreciated in a new biography, "John Mitchel: Irish Nationalist, Southern Secessionist" by Bryan P. McGovern (Assistant Professor of History, Kennesaw State University). Exiled for his politics by the British government in 1848, educated and Protestant Mitchel became a publisher of several expatriate newspapers and helped to shape the influence of his fellow Catholic and Protestant Irish Americans to protect the institution of slavery and the emancipation of the Confederate states from the American Union. A fascinating biographical study and a strongly recommended addition to academic library American History and American Biography collections, "John Mitchel: Irish Nationalist, Southern Secessionist" is informed, informative, and provides insight into an unusually distinctive and unexpected man who wielded considerable and critically important influence on his contemporaries.

The Gardening Shelf

Garden of Invention
Jane S. Smith
Penguin Press
375 Hudson St, New York NY 10014
9781594202094, $25.95

GARDEN OF INVENTION: LUTHER BURBANK AND THE BUSINESS OF BREEDING PLANTS offers an excellent history of the plant breeder and farm and garden efforts in early 20th century America. A century ago Burbank was the most famous gardener on the planet. This survey of his contributions is not a biography nor an encyclopedia of his creations but a cultural and social survey of Burbank's influences on gardening trends and American culture, and deserves a spot in any general lending library.

Landscaping with Fruit
Lee Reich
Storey Publishing
210 MassMoca Way, North Adams, MA 02147
9781603420914, $19.95

Fruit trees, shrubs and vines bring year-round beauty to the landscape and organic fruits to a kitchen. Here's advice on choosing the perfect places for such plants, selecting for three-season visual interest as well as fruit choices, and offering plans for five such planned landscape gardens. A fine survey presents some 39 fruits.

A Shelter in the Garden
Pierre Nessmann
Stewart, Tabori, & Chang
c/o Harry N. Abrams
115 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011
9781584797715, $19.95,

What good is a garden if you have nowhere to sit and enjoy it? "A Shelter in the Garden: Playhouses, Treehouses, Gazebos, Sheds, and Other Outdoor Structures" is a guide to introducing structures to one's treasured garden, while maintaining practicality in the process. With nearly two hundred photographs displaying ideas and applications that one can do to their backyard and garden, author Pierre Nessmann provides readers many fresh thoughts to put into their beloved plant life. "A Shelter in the Garden" is a top pick for those considering enhancing their garden.

The Garden Visitor's Companion
Louisa Jones
Thames & Hudson, Inc.
500 Fifth Ave, NY, NY 10110-0017
9780500514634, $29.95,

The next best thing to digging in one's own garden is the visiting of another. Written by gardening expert Louisa Jones, "The Garden Visitor's Companion" is a superbly illustrated and deftly written touring exploration of ten types of gardens, representing a diversity of gardening forms and concepts. Along with each selected garden, ten questions that a visitor might ask are posed. A series of international gardening experts respond to these questions, offering their reasons and insights with respect to these horticultural worlds of beauty, elegance, and imagination. Of special note is the advice for opening one's own garden to visitors. Enhanced with the inclusion of addresses and contact numbers for selected gardens and their designers, "The Garden Visitor's Companion" is a perfect browse for dedicated gardeners in the off season, and an invaluable read for anyone planning on visiting gardens during the differing growing seasons -- as well those considering opening up their own gardens for public viewing.

The Judicial Studies Shelf

Civil Forfeiture Of Criminal Property
Simon N. M. Young, editor
Edward Elgar Publishing
9 Dewey Court, Northampton, MA 01060-3815
9781847208262, $170.00,

Organized crime networks range from local gangs to international criminal conspiracies. One of the major tools utilized by governments in their continuing struggle with these lawless elements is the commandeering of the profits and possessions of those convicted of criminal conduct. Expertly compiled and deftly edited by Simon N. M. Young (Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Comparative and Public Law, Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong), "Civil Forfeiture Of Criminal Property: Legal Measures for Targeting the Proceeds of Crime" is a collection of contributions by experts in this specialized field of jurisprudence and police procedure examining the civil and criminal forfeiture systems of Australia, Canada, China, Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Controversial, effective, and complex, these forfeiture and confiscation laws hold great potential for dealing successfully with such issues as money laundering and the deletion of resources available to criminal enterprises for funding further violations of law. But they can also be misused by authorities against the lawful interests of non-criminals as well. Informed and informative, "Civil Forfeiture Of Criminal Property" is a seminal work of impressive scholarship and strongly recommended for professional, academic, and governmental Judicial Studies collections in general, and Criminal Justice reference collections in particular.

The Railroading Shelf

Shelf Layouts For Model Railroads
Iain Rice
Kalmbach Publishing Company
21027 Crossroads Circle, Waukesha, WI 53186
9780890246900, $19.95,

The latest addition to the Kalmbach Publishing's 'Model Railroader's How-To Guide' series, Iain Rice's "Shelf Layouts For Model Railroads" is a profusely illustrated, step-by-step instruction manual for setting up model railroad track-shelf systems. Amateur model railroad enthusiasts will learn how to solve sight-line and lighting problems, plan realistic operations for their customized shelf layouts; build train cassettes that will avoid common storage and staging issues; and work their layouts around doors, windows and corners. Now anyone can build themselves a superb model railroad operation within the confines of any room of their home regardless of size or configuration. "Shelf Layouts For Model Railroads" is an invaluable and highly recommended addition to railroading enthusiast's reference collections.

American Passenger Trains
Patrick C. Dorin
PO Box 446, Hudson, WI 54016
9781583882320, $29.95, 1-800-289-3504

The railroad was a key element in transporting goods and people across the American landscape. Even with the development of automobiles and interstate highway systems, railroads continue to have a vitally important role in American transportation and development. In "American Passenger Trains: WWII to Amtrak", railroading enthusiast Patrick C. Dorin has compiled a visual history of the trains and train engines most associated with passenger travel by rail during the second half of the 20th Century. Profusely illustrated throughout, "American Passenger Trains" includes an informative caption by each photograph. Also featured are photographs of train schedules as well as passenger car interiors. "American Passenger Trains" is an impressive overview and highly recommended for both academic and community library American Railroading History collections, as well as the personal reference collections of American railroad buffs.

The Travel Shelf

Hawaii The Big Island Trailblazer, second edition
Jerry Sprout & Janine Sprout
Diamond Valley Company
89 Lower Manzanita Drive, Markleeville, CA 96120
9780967007250 $16.95

Now in a completely revised, updated and expanded second edition, Hawaii The Big Island Trailblazer: Where to Hike, Snorkel, Surf, Bike, Drive is a user-friendly guide to families and outdoor adventurers, offering 153 hikes and strolls on Hawaii's big island from the peaks of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, rain forests, botanical gardens, waterfalls, petroglyph fields, the Kona Coast, and much more. Also included are 73 snorkeling and swimming spots, 41 surfing spots, 24 bike trails, 25 campgrounds, a wealth of resource links with hand-picked accommodations and restaurants, safety tips, planning, advice, and much more. Black-and-white photographs illustrate this easy-to-follow travel guide. An absolute "must-have" for any Hawaii vacationer who wants to explore the wondrous outdoors of the big island. Also highly recommended to anyone exploring Hawaii's other islands are the companion volumes, "Maui Trailblazer" (9780967007243, $16.95) and "Kauai Trailblazer" (9780967007212, $16.95).

Herbert L. Smith
Wheat Mark
610 East Delano Street, Suite 104, Tucson, AZ 85705
9781604940930, $13.95,

The capital of the nation synonymous with the cradle of civilization - Cairo, Egypt. "Cairo: The Mother of the World" is an exploration of this ancient city which has prospered into the modern day. Cairo has much evidence of its own long and storied history, stretching into prehistory. Bringing to light what some tourists will never see during their travels, "Cairo" is a fine read, especially for those who plan to visit this great city in the future.

Long Island, third edition
Raymond Edward Spinzia, Judith Adia Pinzia, & Kathryn Spinzia Rayne
Hippocrene Books
171 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016
9780781812139, $24.95,

It doesn't take the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas to have a good time. "Long Island: A Guide to New York's Suffolk and Nassau Counties" is the newly updated and expanded third edition of the famed tourist guide to the quaint countryside of the rural regions of New York State. With nearly six hundred entries on things to use and enjoy throughout the region, "Long Island" does well in making the communities a worthwhile consideration for those seeking quiet relaxation. "Long Island" is well worth the read for any with an interest in alternative vacations.

The Out Traveler: South Florida
Paul Rubio
Alyson Books
245 West 17th St., Suite 1200, NY, NY 10011
9781593501037, $15.95,

A specialized travel book for visitors to South Florida, whether for business or pleasure, "The Out Traveler: South Florida" compiled and written by Paul Rubio includes the Florida Keys, Orlando, and the Tampa Bay Area, as well such major destination areas as Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, and St. Petersburg. But "The Out Traveler: South Florida" is so much more than an ordinary travel guide as it features a historical overview of the LGBT experience in Floridal from the 1950s down to the present day; Floridian culture, music, and celebrities; as well as LGBT events, spas and gyms, transportation, and shopping. The chapters dedicated to 'where to go' and 'what to do' in the various and varied Southern Florida communities is detailed, informative, and profuse. In a handy pocket-sized and eminently portable edition, any and all LBGT travelers to Southern Florida would be well advised to utilize Paul Rubio's "The Out Traveler: South Florida" to plan their itineraries to not only get the 'biggest bang for the buck' but to acquire truly memorable experiences from their visit.

Junior Jetsetters Guide To Chicago
Junior Jetsetters
3044 Bloor Street West, Suite 550, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M8X 2YB
9780978460112, $15.95,

Specifically designed for young travelers to the Windy City, ages 8 to 12, can now avail themselves of the information and resources of the "Junior Jetsetters Guide To Chicago", an informed and informative, 132-page pocket-sized, and profusely illustrated travel guide and reference on what to see and do in one of America's great cities. Beginning with a brief historical overview of the city and a succinct description of the diversity of its populace, "Junior Jetsetters Guide To Chicago" is an ideal and enthusiastically recommended companion for curious young minds and will be of invaluable help to kids learning about what Chicago has to offer by way of entertainment, recreation, sights, and experiences. Three other titles in this new and handy Jetsetters Guide series are also very highly recommended: "Junior Jetsetters Guide To Amsterdam" (9780978460129, $15.95); "Junior Jetsetters Guide To Lisbon" (9780978460136, $15.95); and "Junior Jetsetters Guide To Paris" (9780978460143, $15.95).

The Genealogy Shelf

International Vital Records Handbook, fifth edition
Thomas Jay Kemp
Genealogical Publishing Company
3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 260, Baltimore, MD 21211
9780806317939, $49.95,

Interest in genealogical research and family histories continues to be a popular pastime for hundreds of thousands of people across the country. Now in a newly updated fifth edition, Thomas Jay Kemp's "International Vital Records Handbook" continues to be an indispensable resource for both amateur and professional genealogists with respect to acquiring certificates and other informational records on births, marriages, and deaths. This compendium of application forms is also of critical importance for anyone needing to order information with respect to driver's licenses, passports, proof of identity, employment, even social security. Arranged alphabetically by state, the "International Vital Records Handbook" also covers United States Trust Territories from American Samoa to the Virgin Islands of St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John. Of special note is the major international section devoted the countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. An invaluable contribution, "International Vital Records Handbook" is an indispensable addition to personal, professional, academic, and community reference collections.

The Military Shelf

Immortal: A Military History of Iran and Its Armed Forces
Steven R. Ward
Georgetown University Press
Washington, D.C.
9781589012585, $29.95

IMMORTAL is the only single-volume, English-language survey of Iran's military history and comes from a CIA analyst who shows that Iran's soldiers throughout history should not be underestimated. Background on Iran's social, cultural and military organization discusses everything from the founding of its empire to modern times and is a key acquisition for both military and college-level collections strong in Middle East studies.

Iwo Jima
Larry Smith
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780393334913, $17.95

IWO JIMA: WORLD WAR II VETERANS REMEMBER THE GREATEST BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC comes from a reporter who interviews nearly two dozen veterans of one of the finest battles of American history. The added discussion of their lives before and after the war adds depth and dimension to battle experience in this key pick for any military collection.

Safeguarding The Nation
John Roberts
Naval Institute Press
291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402
9781591148128, $59.95,

From the time of King Henry the 8th down to the present day, the British navy has been (and continues to be) a key factor in the protection and advancement of British interests and responsibilities around the world, In "Safeguarding The Nation: The Story Of The Modern Royal Navy", John Roberts draws upon his experience and expertise in having spent more than thirty years of serving in the Royal Navy, including ten years in the Ministry of Defense in approaching his history of the modern Royal Navy including complete and illustrated accounts of the men and ships involved in various nautical campaigns, operations and deployments ranging from the Cold War era, to Cod, Falklands and Gulf wars. This is a history of how the Royal Navy adapted to changing political circumstances and advances in weapons technology. Informed and informative, "Safeguarding The Nation" is a fascinating read and a welcome addition to personal and academic 20th Century Military History reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Parenting Shelf

The Parents' Guide to Baby Signs
Leann Sebrey
Gallaudet University Press
800 Florida Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002-3695
9781563683985, $19.95,

Babies can't talk. But that doesn't mean they can't communicate. "The Parents' Guide to Baby Signs" is a look into the applications of American sign language and how sign language can easily be taught to infants who only have a few months of life to their names, long before speech is possible. An exciting way to talk to one's child and give them a leg up on brain power, "The Parents' Guide to Baby Signs" is an intriguing pick for parents who are willing to try new methods.

Parenting Solutions
Joan Rice
Paragon House
1925 Oakcrest Avenue, Suite 7, St. Paul, MN 55113-2619
9781557788795, $22.95,

As a parent it's really not necessary to have to 'reinvent the wheel' when it comes to raising kids to be healthy, happy, productive, and prepared for what life has to offer them for good or for ill. Not when there's "Parenting Solutions: Encouragement for Everyday Parenting Concerns" by professional parent educator and pediatric nurse Joan Rice. A practical, accessible, 'user friendly' compendium of instruction, information, advice and insight, "Parenting Solutions" beings with a chapter on life with a baby and dealing with such issues as crying, breast feeding, postpartum depression, teething and weaning. This is followed by informed and informative chapters on establishing a child's self-esteem, life with a toddler, nutrition tips, language development, discipline, toilet training, safety issues, the advent of a new baby in the life of an older sibling, and so much more. Enhanced with the inclusion of bibliography and an index, "Parenting Solutions" is highly recommended reading for anyone having the responsibility of raising a child in today's world.

The Gaming Shelf

Play the Queen's Indian
Andrew Greet
Everyman Chess
c/o The Globe Pequot Press
PO Box 480, 246 Goose Lane, Guilford, CT 06437-0480
9781857445800, $24.95,

Every single move in chess could possibly have its own book written about it. "Play the Queen's Indian" is a guide to working one's game out from this common starting position that tries to gain dominance through use of the central pieces of the board and the use of the most powerful piece in chess, the Queen. Complete and comprehensive on a subject that an overwhelmed player might think it is impossible to be complete and comprehensive on, "Play the Queen's Indian" is a fine choice for any would be chessmaster looking for weaknesses in their game.

Shemarrian Nation
Josh Sinsapaugh
Palladium Books
39074 Webb Court, Westland, MI 48185
9781574571288, $16.95,

A Rifts Sourcebook, "Shemarrian Nation" is a gaming module for roleplaying on a continent populated by 8 foot tall female warriors who have access to advanced weaponry, bionics, and huge war steeds. A complete description of their society and their intentions is presented. Featured are seven classifications of Shermarrians (Warrior, War Chief, War Goddess, Berserker, Pariah, Spinster, and Male Hunter); new Shemarrian war mounts, pets and weapons; Shermarrian history and culture; androids and robot minions; adventure ideas arising from a secret war on the Splugorth; random encounter tables; and 96 pages of highly recommended and imaginative role playing adventure at its very best.

The Education Shelf

Learning by Heart, second edition
Corita Kent & Jan Steward
Allworth Press
10 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010
9781581156478, $24.95,

Everyone with a mind is creative. Now in a newly updated and expanded second edition, "Learning by Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit" is a guide to embracing the creative energies within everyone, and unleashing them to create whatever it is they seek to create. With a focus on the visual arts, "Learning by Heart" is a step by step guide to the many aspects of art and will do much in educating and inspiring readers to push forward. "Learning by Heart" is a top pick for those seeking a creative outlet.

How to Help Your School Thrive Without Breaking the Bank
John C. Gabriel & Paul C. Farmer
1703 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311-1714
9781416607588, $26.95,

Everyone wants to help their local schools, but not everyone is rich. "How to Help Your School Thrive Without Breaking the Bank" is a guide for administrators on a tight budget who want to make their school the best they can be while keeping spending down. Taking some business philosophy and applying it to education can go a long way; through authors John Gabriel and Paul Farmer's ideas, one can do much to improve education of students in the greater scheme of things. "How to Help Your School Thrive Without Breaking the Bank" is a top pick for the educational leader who sees a low budget and doesn't want to panic.

Inspiring Middle School Minds
Judy A. Willis
Great Potential Press
PO Box 5057, Scottsdale, AZ 85261
9780910707930, $24.95,

The onset of puberty offers much opportunity for mental growth as well as other types. "Inspiring Middle School Minds: Gifted, Creative, & Challenging" is a guide for middle school educators who want to give their students the boosts they need to spur creativity in this critical developmental stage. There are specific challenges one faces with middle school students, and Judy Willis hopes to prepare educators the best she can. "Inspiring Middle School Minds" is a highly recommended read for middle school teachers and administrators.

Performance Literacy Through Storytelling
Nile Stanley & Brett Dillingham
Maupin House
2416 NW 71st Place, Gainesville, FL 32653
9781934338414, $27.95,

Literacy is more than just reading. "Performance Literacy Through Storytelling" is a guide to embracing storytelling and performing when trying to teach younger students the importance and joy of reading literature. The performance arts can also do much for students outside of literacy, such as learning to express oneself, or engage in cooperation and creative thinking. A complete and comprehensive guide for teachers and educators about using performance arts as a part of the literary learning experience, "Performance Literacy Through Storytelling" is a recommended educational manual.

Literacy Tutoring that Works
Janet C Richards & Cynthia A. Lassonde, editors
International Reading Association
800 Barksdale Road, Newark, DE 19714-8139
9780872076945, $29.95,

Understanding written English is a skill second to none in today's society. "Literacy Tutoring that Works: A Look at Successful In-School, After-School, and Summer Programs" examines tutoring and its power to make a difference in student reading comprehension. Outlining the entire process from the fundamentals of a literacy program for one's school to making a literacy program run smoothly, "Literacy Tutoring that Works" is a step by step guide for school administrators who want to set up a solid tutoring program in their own school. "Literacy Tutoring That Works" is a complete and comprehensive guide to effective tutoring programs, highly recommended.

What Every Elementary Teacher Needs to Know About Reading Tests
Charles Fuhrken
Stenhouse Publishers
477 Congress Street, Suite 4B, Portland, ME 04101-3451
9781571107640 $23.00 1-800-988-9812

Written by Chalres Fuhrken, an expert who has worked in assessment for three major test publishers and on testing programs in multiple states, What Every Elementary Teacher Needs to Know About Reading Tests (From Someone Who Has Written Them) is a from-the-horse's-mouth account that lays out what teachers need to know about reading tests in plain terms. More than a simple explanatory guide, What Every Elementary Teacher Needs to Know About Reading Tests goes on to offer solid preparation materials and practical strategies to help students perform well. The recommended strategies for helping students prepare for reading tests range from vocabulary development to learning about literary elements and literary techniques and much more. In today's era of "No Child Left Behind" and similar mandates that threaten to deny funding if students underperform on a standardized test, What Every Elementary Teacher Needs to Know About Reading Tests (From Someone Who Has Written Them) is an absolute must-have for grade-school teachers everywhere.

Bit, Bat, Rime with Me!
Linda Armstrong
Linworth Books
3650 Olentangy River Road, Suite 250, Columbus, OH 43214
1586833367, $24.95,

Specifically designed as a curriculum supplement for grades K-3, "Bit, Bat, Rime with Me!: Word Patterns And Activities" offers a series of age-appropriate activities in the form of short, easy, 'hands on' lessons and reproducibles that teach and illustrate the riming nature of words and word patterns for beginning readers through the use of verses, and crafts. Ideal for use in teaching about word families, and fully in accordance with national standards, "Bit, Bat, Rime with Me!" reviews basic consonant sounds, blends, and digraphs. In addition to classroom use by reading instructors, "Bit, Bat, Rime with Me!" is also ideal and recommended for involved parents to provide reading skills reinforcement in the home.

Corwin Press
2455 Teller Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320

Students and faculty and college-level collections will find Maria Piantanida and Noreen B. Garman's The Qualitative Dissertation, 2nd Edn (9781412942256, $38.95) an important resource for putting together a qualitative dissertation that includes the process of reflection. From issues that arise as qualitative research is conducted to rethinking method and data and defending the dissertation, students and researchers will find this a fine guide to the entire process. Roberta L. Sejnost's TOOLS FOR TEACHING IN THE BLOCK (9781412957137, $35.95) shows how to use extended class periods as an alternative to the lecture format to help teachers create lessons for blocks of time at all grade levels. From using student's prior knowledge to achieve new direction to helping them with enticements and enlightenment, this is a fine survey. John L. Badgett and Edwin P. Christmann's DESIGNING MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL INSTRUCTION AND ASSESSMENT: USING THE COGNITIVE DOMAIN (9781412971888, $26.95) covers forms of assessment that help teachers measure objectives. From writing measurable objectives for lesson plans to pairing these with standards and objectives, this is the only book that offers a step-by-step approach to student assessment at the middle and secondary grades. Gail Saunders-Smith's THE ULTIMATE GUIDED READING HOW-TO BOOK, 2ND EDITION (9781412970563, $28.95) shows how to teach students reading skills geared to different rates of learning. Guided reading allows teachers to work with kids in small groups, and literacy expert Gail Saunders-Smith explains the latest research results on how kids learn to read. Donna Walker Tileston and Sandra K. Darling's CLOSING THE POVERTY & CULTURE GAP (9781412955317, $25.95) provides framework to help teachers build on student assets and strengths, examining cultural differences in motivational approaches and how educators can reach students. From resiliency to preparing students for higher objectives, this is packed with insights. Richard VanDeWeghe's ENGAGED LEARNING (9781412966290, $28.95) provides an inside look on what happens to students when they become engaged in the learning process. From changed memory pathways and brain function to ideas for guiding instructions, ENGAGED LEARNING offers an exciting outline for applications across the education spectrum. Elizabeth A. Barton's LEADERSHIP STRATEGIES FOR SAFE SCHOOLS, 2ND EDITION (9781412955683, $31.95) tells how to develop a school safety program and will appeal to school administrators seeking to develop a safety program. From conflict resolution basics to peer mediation and program evaluation, chapters cover everything from cultural differences to changing school environments. George Kapalka's 8 STEPS TO CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT SUCCESS (9781412969444, $31.95) provides teachers of challenging students with a basic primer on how to manage such students. From giving simple directions to handling tantrums and preventing disruptions, this guides teachers through helping special students become contributing learners to the overall classroom environment. Gwen Snyder Kaltman's HANDS-ON LEARNING! (9781412970952, $23.95) is for teachers of young children and shows how to engage a child with objects. 1,000 sample activities use very simple materials from paper to cotton balls and provides a different way of designing themes and activities. Robin Fogarty's BRAIN-COMPATIBLE CLASSROOMS (9781412938877, $35.95) uses the latest findings in brain research to tell how to integrate strategies into a classroom environment. From blending the research with the latest learning ideas to setting a quality learning climate, it's an excellent pick for teachers at all levels. Josefa Ben-Arieh and Helen J. Miller's EDUCATOR'S GUIDE TO TEACHING STUDENTS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS (9781412957762, $28.95) uses the latest advancements in evidence-based interventions to discuss identifying students with ASD in a general classroom and promote independent and socially appropriate behaviors. From environmental supports to choosing interventions, it offers plenty of specific approaches and examples. Jody L. Maanum's THE GENERAL EDUCATOR'S GUIDE TO SPECIAL EDUCATION (9781412971379, $35.95) provides instructional approaches for 13 recognized disability categories under which students are eligible to receive special education services. An explanation of the entire process makes for a powerful guide to assuring students are paired with the right educational objectives. Aimee M. Bissonette, JD's CYBER LAW: MAXIMIZING SAFETY AND MINIMIZING RISK IN CLASSROOMS (9781412966153) covers the legal issues related to Internet and technology use and provides teachers and media pros with expert advice and the latest research. Summaries of legal cases showing potentially liable classroom situations make for eye-opening insights into everything from bullying situations to the use of non-school electronics in the school. Robin Fogarty's HOW TO INTEGRATE THE CURRICULA, 3RD EDITION (9781412938891, $28.95) is for students and teachers alike and tells how to connect ideas, themes and various skills to form a solid integration. Teachers learn here how to create a brain-compatible, learner-centered classroom with flexible thinking. Amy Morse's CULTIVATING MATH COACHING PRACTICE: A GUIDE FOR K-8 MATH EDUCATORS (9781412971065, $35.95) uses a case-based guide to provide real accounts of coaching practices, dilemmas and insights. The cases come from practicing math coaches who analyze students' ideas and teachers' beliefs on learning and offer a host of activities to strengthen a teacher's content knowledge. All are top recommendations for education collections.

The Humor Shelf

When In Rome
Marie Carducci Bolchazy
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
1570 Baskin Road, Mundelein, IL 60060
9780865167179, $9.99,

Published from 1974 to 2003, 'The Pompeiiana Newsletter' was edited by academician Bernard Barcio and featured as comic relief a variety cartoons by diverse contributors. Marie Carducci Bolchazy has now compiled those cartoons into a single volume and with the publication of "When In Rome: Best Cartoons Of Pompeiiana" has made them once again available to a new generation of readers who will appreciate humor stemming from the academic community who primary interests lay in the study of the ancient languages, cultures, mythologies and histories of the Greco-Roman era. A pleasure to browse through, "When In Rome" is an especially recommended browse and a lot of great cartooning by amateur enthusiasts with a distinctive sense of humor.

The Fiction Shelf

Delia's Gift
V.C. Andrews
Pocket Books
1230 Avenue of Americas, New York NY 10020
141653086X, $7.99

In the third Delia book of the series, a boating tragedy has ended her romance with a wealthy politician's son - and Delia is carrying his child. Adan's father intends to blackmail her and a cruel nursemaid keeps track of every move: can Delia gain freedom after her son arrives? A warm story of courage and struggle evolves for general-interest novel fans.

The First Apostle
James Becker
375 Hudson, New York NY 10014
9780451226709, $7.99

Police detective Chris Bronson is devastated when he learns his best friend's life has died in a fall at her home - but when he journeys to Italy to offer condolences, he finds evidence of murder. His investigation involves deciphering a stone and working with his ex-wife to uncover the truth in this fine adventure saga.

The Gnostic Mystery
Randy Davila
8301 Broadway, Suite 219, San Antonio, TX 78209
Hampton Roads Publishing Company (distribution)
1125 Stoney Ridge Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22902-8719 1-800-766-8009
9780981877105, $14.95,

When undesirable knowledge came forth in the ancient world, claims of heresy were the ultimate censorship. "The Gnostic Mystery" follows Jack Stanton and his companion Punjeeh as they visit the holiest city in the world, Jerusalem. In search of fate, Jack finds more than he could have ever hoped with Gnostic scrolls, allegedly by the original followers of Jesus. "The Gnostic Mystery" is an intriguing religious thriller, sure to entice readers of novels such as The Da Vinci Code.

The Sound of Building Coffins
Louis Maistros
Toby Press
PO Box 8531, New Milford, CT 06776-8531
9781592642557, $24.95,

No city has a more individual culture than New Orleans, Louisiana. "The Sound of Building Coffins" is a magnificent novel from author Louis Maistros, as he crafts a novel that is distinctly New Orleans in origin. The story is of an infant supposedly possessed by the devil, and the community around him doing everything they can to save the child. Written in a fine lyrical style, "The Sound of Building Coffins" is a unique novel.

Forgetting English
Midge Raymond
Eastern Washington University Press
534 E. Spokane Falls Blvd., Suite 203, Spokane, WA 99202
9781597660464, $16.95,

Something happens when one is pulled away from the comfort of home. "Forgetting English" is a collection of short stories from Midge Raymond. These tales focus on the consequences of when people are removed from their element and forced to face their own insecurities in an environment that they don't understand, and that doesn't understand them. Entertaining and thought provoking, "Forgetting English" is a fine volume of short fiction.

David and the Bear Lake Monster
Linda Weaver Clarke
American Book Publishing
PO Box 65624, Salt Lake City, UT 84165
9781589825321, $19.95,

Sometimes when realizing one's roots, one goes through the process in the strangest of ways. "David and the Bear Lake Monster" is another entry in Linda Weaver Clarke's Bear Lake Valley series. David has returned to his family after a long absence, and it seems that he can find love in his small hometown. But love is never easy, and David must overcome many obstacles to finally claim his beloved. "David and the Bear Lake Monster" is another fine entry into Clarke's work, highly recommended.

Wheel Of Fortune
Max Brand
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9780753182482, $27.99,

Ulverscrot Large Print is one of the premier publishers of large print books primarily serving community libraries with books suitable for patrons who need that format. Sagebrush is their Large Print Westerns imprint. Max Brand is justifiably numbered of the most popular authors of western fiction. "Wheel Of Fortune" is a classic Max Brand western anthology containing three short stories. 'Speedy's Bargain' features a young drifter who, although he does not use a gun, is still considered to be one of the most dangerous men in the west -- and is committed to busting out a man from prison. 'Chick's Fall' is the story of a sheriff who accepts a bribe to let a prisoner in his custody escape. 'Wheel of Fortune' is about a miserly millionaire who rescues an escaped convict from dying in a blizzard -- for a reward. "Wheel Of Fortune" is highly recommended for all Max Brand fans -- and most especially for those in need of a large print format.

The World History Shelf

Strongholds of the Samurai: Japanese Castles 250-1877
Stephen Turnbull
Osprey Publishing
443 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10016
9781846034138, $24.95

Castle fortifications for Japan's military began appearing after the first emperors and quickly evolved from simple wooden barriers to complex and beautiful stone structures. This focus explores how these castles were adapted to accommodate firearms and changing military technology, and considers how they lent to Japanese military developments as a whole. Unpublished photos from the author's private collection and color artwork accompany a survey recommended for both military and Japanese history holdings.

Histories of Kanatha
Georges Sioui
University of Ottawa Press
542 King Edward, Ottaway, ON K1N 6N5, Canada
9782760306820, $29.00,

We hear much about the Native Americans, but what of the Native Canadians? "Histories of Kanatha: Seen and Told" is a collection of stories on the aboriginal Canadian experience, addressing the colonialism and the history of the native North Americans who called the various provinces of Canada their home before the European conquerors showed up so many centuries ago. Presented in both French and English as per Canadian custom, "Histories of Kanatha" is a fine read for any Canadian who wants to embrace their pre-European history, or any reader with an interest in lesser heard history in general.

In Search Of The Greeks
James Renshaw
Bristol Classical Press/Duckworth
c/o International Publishers Marketing
22841 Quicksilver Dr, Dulles, VA 20166
9781853996993, $29.95,

More than any other single historical culture, the Greeks were to influence western civilization in ways and manners that range from art and architecture, to science and philosophy, to drama and sports, to politics and religion. "In Search Of The Greeks" by James Renshaw (Head of Classics, Colet Court, London) is a historical overview and history of the various societies that comprised Classical Greece, drawing from ancient texts and profusely illustrated with black-and-white photographic images, as well as drawings, maps and plans. The focus is upon six key areas: Religion, Olympic Games, Athenian drama, Athenian society, Athenian democracy, and Sparta. Enhanced for students with extensive cross-references, review questions, appendices on Attica and Athens, Greek currency values, Greek musical instruments, and the Greek calendar, "In Search Of The Greek's" is thoroughly accessible and recommended for the non-specialist general reader with an interest in learning about the cultures and accomplishments of ancient Greece.

The Political Science Shelf

The Cure for Our Broken Political Process
Sol Erdman & Lawrence Susskind
Potomac Books
22841 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles, VA 20166
9781597972697, $19.95,

The country may be as divided as it could be without erupting into another civil war. "The Cure for Our Broken Political Process: How We Can Get Our Politicians to Resolve the Issues Tearing Our Country Apart" is a political essay coming to American readers with much advice on how to push the country forward and mend the fierce divide that lies between opposing factions. Calling for practicality and an end to no-compromise politics, authors Sol Erdman and Lawrence Susskind believe the future of the United States does not lie on the road that the country has been headed, and offer a level headed solution. "The Cure for Our Broken Political Process" is well worth the read and highly intriguing.

Politics in Manitoba
Christopher Adams
University of Manitoba Press
6 Adelaide Street East, Suite 901, Toronto, ON M5C 1H6
9780887557040, $24.95,

Every political contest seems to be more about the characters than the issues themselves. "Politics in Manitoba: Parties, Leaders, and Voters" is a look at the long political history of the province of Manitoba in Canada, which is as intriguing and full of interesting events and individuals as any national election. Author Christopher Adams takes readers down a long road that brings out what Manitoba is all about as a people, and how the best man doesn't always win. "Politics in Manitoba" is a strong pick for political history collections.

Will Your Vote Count?
Herma Percy
Praeger Publishers
c/o Greenwood Publishing Group
88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881
9780313364327, $39.95,

Recent presidential elections have been plagued by controversy from accusations of voting station irregularities, to the politics of the U.S. Supreme Court, to the role money and political advisors play with respect to influencing political contest outcomes. That is why "Will Your Vote Count: Fixing America's Broken Electoral System" by Herma Percy (Associate Professor, Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute, Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, Maryland) is such a timely and relevant study of our electoral system in terms of what's gone wrong and what needs to be done to set it right. Of special note is the deft analysis of voter suppression during the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, as well as the dramatic rise of election-based lawsuits (such as that going on in Minnesota at this writing in an attempt by the Republican Party to delay a Democratic Senator from taking his seat in the U.S. Senate). Very highly recommended reading for political activists and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the integrity of the American electoral system, "Will Your Vote Count" offers thoughtful and thought-provoking reform measures to rehabilitate what is an obviously malfunction electoral system at the municipal, state, and federal levels. No academic or community library system should be without a copy of Herma Percy's "Will Your Vote Count?" as a part of their Political Science collection.

The Business Shelf

The Unofficial Guide to Building Your Business in the Second Life Virtual World
Sue Martin Mahar & Jay Mahar
1601 Broadway, New York NY 10019-7420
081441270X, $24.95

Learn how to market and sell products, services and brand in a unique virtual world that is Second Life with The Unofficial Guide to Building Your Business in the Second Life Virtual World. Virtual world marketing is a unique, different approach and Second Life is one of the hottest new trends in pop culture, offering a virtual 3-D 'world' that exists only on the internet and sees traffic from tens of millions of users. Examples from other businesses teach how to tailor Second Life's structure to a marketing pursuit

The Great Digitalization and the Quest to Know Everything
Lucien X. Polastron
Inner Traditions
One Park St, Rochester, VT 05767
9781594772436, $16.95

The digitalization of books is a blessing for the exchange of knowledge around the world, yet this new technology has introduced threats to literacy and libraries. The Great Digitalization and the Quest to Know Everything raises new legal challenges about the quality and verification of information, discussing virtual libraries and changes threatening knowledge credibility in an intriguing discussion perfect for all types of collections.

John B. Browning
Dorrance Publishing Company
701 Smithfield Street, 3rd floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3906
0805967966, $9.00,

The near collapse of the financial system that led to the current economic crisis in this country and around the world is largely attributed to managerial incompetence and short-sighted corporate greed. The culprit institutions include banks, financial underwriters, lax governmental agency supervision, and insurance companies. Tens of thousands of financial industry employees woke up one morning to find themselves out of a job -- where a few dozen CEO's bailed out with their proverbial golden parachutes into comfy retirements. That's why John Browning's "R.I.P., USF&G: How Downsizing Ruined A Perfectly Good Insurance Company" is such a timely little publication providing the general public with an insider's perspective and account of how reckless, feckless, corporate mismanagement collapsed an otherwise thriving insurance company with no advanced warning to either their employees or their clients. "R.I.P., USF&G" gives insight into underhanded company politics and unethical conduct, a microcosmic example of what was to happen throughout the financial industry and across the global economic system. Chilling, outrageous, and a clarion example for the need of industry reforms, "R.I.P., USF&G" should be made mandatory reading for all M.B.A. students, governmental regulators, and every member of the Republican Party whose advocacy of unfettered corporate greed has led us to the state that we are currently in as individuals and as a country.

India's Global Powerhouse
Nirmalya Kumar
Harvard Business Press
60 Harvard Way, Boston, MA 02163
9781422147627, $27.95,

A billion people and a very facilitative government have turned India into an economic powerhouse, easily rivaling China, Japan, and even the United States. "India's Global Powerhouse: How They Are Taking On the World" is an examination of how India is becoming a massive economic force, and how businesses can tap into this force and make their fortune, regardless of whether or not they hail from India. Outsourcing was once a fear of western jobs going east to India, but in the future, it may be the other way around. "India's Global Powerhouse" is a must for any world economics collection with a focus on southeast Asia.

The Entrepreneur's Guide To Raising Capital
David Nour
Praeger Publishers
c/o Greenwood Publishing Group
88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881
9780313356025, $39.95,

Never was a 'how to' book on raising venture capital so timely as David Nour's "The Entrepreneur's Guide To Raising Capital". The latest addition to the outstanding 'Entrepreneur's Guide' series from Praeger Publishers, "The Entrepreneur's Guide To Raising Capital" is specifically organized and designed to provide aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners with the informational tools necessary to successfully attract financing to launch and/or expand a business enterprise of any kind or category. Author David Nour (founder of Relationship Economics and managing partner of The Nour Group Inc.) draws upon his many years of professional experience and expertise to show how to create a credible financing request; select the ideal funding source; identify and avoid 'capital source' risks; plan for the right kind of financing throughout the life of the company; and get the consistently highest possible returns from capital investment. Of special note is the practical advice on avoiding the most common mistakes entrepreneurs tend to make when engaged in raising capital investments for their enterprises. Enhanced with the inclusion to two appendices ('The Ultimate Resource Library' and 'Google's S-1 Filing'), and an exhaustive index, "The Entrepreneur's Guide To Raising Capital" is an invaluable and enthusiastically recommended addition to personal, professional, academic, and community library Business Resource reference collections and reading lists.

Doing Business With India
Roderick Millar, consulting editor
Global Market Briefings
c/o GMB Publishing Ltd.
525 South 4th Street, Suite 241, Philadelphia, PA 19147
9781846731136, $170.00,

Even in these internationally depressed economic times, India was able to achieve a 9% growth rate in 2008. This accomplishment is based on a steadily and rapidly expanding consumer market supported by local companies with a 'global perspective' and a government dependably emphasizing economic liberalization for the past 18 years. Now in a newly updated, updated, and substantially revised third edition, "Doing Business With India: A Guide To Investment Opportunities And Business Practices" continues to be a premier and indispensable instructional guide and informational reference resource for any company seeking to engage or expand already existing engagements with Indian-based companies whether for import or export, and with respect to either services or production. Published in association with KPMG and Titus & Co., "Doing Business With India" is comprehensive, detailed, and thoroughly 'user friendly', making it an indispensable and strongly recommended addition for professional, corporate, academic, and governmental library International Business reference collections. Also very highly recommended are four other titles in the Global Marketing Briefings international business series: "Qatar's Business Environment: A Guide To Market Potential And The Rules Of Commercial Engagement" (9781846730948, $90.00); "Unified Business Laws For Africa: Common Law Perspectives On Ohada" (9781846731501, $140.00); "Albania's Business Environment: A Guide To Market Potential And The Rules Of Commercial Engagement (9781846730849, $90.00); and "Doing Business With Saudi Arabia: A Guide To Investment Opportunities And Business Practices" (9781846731082, $143.00).

The Art Shelf

Charles Fritz
Charles Fritz
Farcountry Press
PO Box 5630, Helena, MT 59604
9781560374466, $34.95,

The journeys of Lewis and Clark are among America's most treasured historical sagas. "Charles Fritz: 100 Paintings Illustrating the Journals of Lewis and Clark" chronicles the famous journeys and the men who undertook them, through the artwork of one Charles Fritz, a masterful artist from Montana. Each painting is presented in full color, and text by the artist explains each event, its impact on his painting, and what he tried to portray in each piece. "Charles Fritz" is a wonderful work for history buffs and art afficionados who hold the Lewis & Clark expedition close to their hearts.

Pioneers of Spanish Graphic Design
Emilio Gil
Mark Batty Publisher
36 West 37th Street, Suite 409, New York, NY 10018
9780981780566, $58.00,

Certain people blaze a trail in the world of art. "Pioneers of Spanish Graphic Design" takes a look at the leading graphic designers of Spain who have been major influences in modern Spanish art. With well over a thousand images for readers to enjoy, "Pioneers of Spanish Graphic Design" covers a thorough spectrum of artists, explaining the complexities and subtleties of their styles and designs. A must get for any enthusiast of modern world art or just art in general, "Pioneers of Spanish Graphic Design" is a top pick for community library art collections.

Film, Video, New Media
Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603-6404
9780300146905, $60.00,

New technology simply means new mediums for artists to express themselves. "Film, Video, New Media" is a collection of art focusing on film, video, and new media, and how artists from countless walks of life have used these mediums to express themselves much in the same way a sculptor or a painter would. Art is not necessarily something bound by rules! Each entry consists of a photo of the work in question, a small biography of the artist, and an explanation of the artwork. A must for any who appreciates the role of art in the modern world, "Film, Video, New Media" belongs in any community library art collection.

The Art Of Gaming Through The Ages
Arthur Flowers & Anthony Curtis
Huntington Press Publishing
3665 South Procyon Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89103
0929712900, $65.00,

Gambling and gaming have been passionate and popular pursuits throughout recorded history and in every culture. It is also the subject of artist who sought to portray gaming in all of its social diversity. Collaboratively compiled by the team of Arthur Flowers and Anthony Curtis, "The Art Of Gaming Through The Ages" is a beautifully produced collection of drawings, paintings, and sculptures depicting card games played in a variety of diverse settings and cultures ranging from 16th century Europe, to the American frontier, to the modern day. These are museum quality paintings superbly reproduced along with dates, artists, the gallery or museum collection, and a succinctly informative caption. A unique and seminal work, "The Art Of Gaming Through The Ages" is an enthusiastically recommended addition to academic and community library Art History collections, and a thoroughly enjoyable browse for anyone who has ever played a hand of cards.

Brilliant Strokes
Ka Bo Tsang
Gutteridge Books
c/o University of Alberta Press
Ring House 2, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6G 2E1
1551952165, $29.95,

China is a land of artistic traditions going back thousands of years and representing scores of different and differing cultures, styles, and traditions. In "Brilliant Strokes: Chinese Paintings From the Mactaggart Art Collections", students and connoisseurs of Chines art are treated to a simply outstanding compilation of Chinese art ranging over a time span from the 15th to the 20th centuries and representing such distinctive styles as Plain Drawing (baimiao), Double Outlines (shuanggou), Jotting Down Ideas (xieyi), and Boneless (mogu) which are images rendered in washes with no contours. Published as a companion book to an exhibition drawn from the nationally acclaimed Mactaggart which was created and exhibited by the University of Alberta Museums, "Brilliant Strokes" offers beautifully reproduced images accompanied by an informed and informative text. A work of impressive art history scholarship and imagery, "Brilliant Strokes" is a welcome and invaluable addition to personal and academic Asian Art History reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Compass in Hand
Christian Rattemeyer
11 West 53rd St, New York NY 10019-5497
9780870707452, $65.00

COMPASS IN HAND: SELECTIONS FROM THE JUDITH ROTHSCHILD FOUNDATION CONTEMPORARY DRAWINGS COLLECTION is published to accompany an exhibition of drawings mounted at the Museum of Modern Art and presents some 300 works of art on paper. The plates chronicle the history of drawing from the first part of the 21st century to modern times, offering drawings by self-taught artists and those with radical ideas on what makes a drawing. A 'must' for any college-level art collection.

Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney
Walt Stanchfield, Edited by Don Hahn
Focal Press
30 Corporate Drive #400, Burlington, MA 01803

Any library strong in animation or drawing history in general or Disney in particular needs DRAWN TO LIFE. It offers the Walt Stanchfield lectures for the first time in a two-volume gathering of legendary lectures from the long-time Disney animator. For over twenty years Walt Stanchfield lead Disney and influenced rising young illustrators: his writings for animation artists and film pros alike offer valuable insights for any students new to animation and is a 'must' for both film and art libraries. Volume 1 (9780240810966, $29.95) and V. 2 (9780240811079, $29.95) each pack in legendary lectures not to be missed by any serious art library.

The Hanna-Barbera Treasury
Jerry Beck
Insight Editions
17 Paul Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903
1933784288, $45.00

Avid fans of animation history in general and Hanna-Barbera classics in particular will relish THE HANNA-BARBERA TREASURY, packed with characters and images from three generations of animation history. From Huckleberry Hound to Tom and Jerry and Space Ghost, this packs in a treasure trove of pictures and history and is a top pick for any arts or animation collection.

Hudson Hills Press
3556 Main St, Manchester VT 05254

Cecile Giorire and Daniel Roger's ROMAN ART FROM THE LOUVRE (9781885444356, $45.00) is published to accompany a traveling exhibition and holds an extensive collection of works with different themes and insights not just on Roman art pieces, but on the processes involved in cleaning and displaying them. Color photos of the works accompany extensive details perfect for any art library devoted to classical works. BUILDING A MASTERPIECE (9781555952013, $40.00) by Franz Schulze, tells of the evolution of the Milwaukee Art Museum and surveys the re-opening of the museum and its architectural and masterpiece contents. Color photos of museum holdings offer new photos of the building in a revised edition featuring new scholarship and conservation efforts. Davira S. Taragin, Patterson Sims and Susan Jefferies' BIGGER, BETTER, MORE: THE ART OF VIOLA FREY (9781555953058, $50.00) tells of innovative artist Viola Frey, a ceramicist whose works often reflected anthropological influences. From aging in human relationships to defining life, her works have reflected a range of human objectives, desires, and observations and are presented here in full color with striking commentary perfect for any art library collection.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

Speaking of Dying
Louis Heyse-Moore
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
400 Market Street #400, Philadelphia PA 19106
9781843106784 $34.95

The author's years of experience as a palliative medicine specialist allows for an insider's view of how to work with the dying. From how to break the news of a terminal illness to a patient to euthanasia questions and working with other healthcare providers and family members, SPEAKING OF DYING is a recommended pick for any college-level collection strong in counseling guides.

Getting Past Your Breakup
Susan J. Elliott
DaCapo Press
c/o Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge MA 02142
9780738213286, $14.95

It's over, it's hurtful, and it's time to move on: but how? GETTING PAST YOUR BREAKUP tells how, offering rules of 'disengagement', working through grief, breaking old patterns of the failed relationships, and pairing these steps with inspirational stories from real people. An effective book any general lending library will find popular.

Healing Through Exercise
Jorg Blech
DaCapo Press
c/o Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge MA 02142
9780738212999, $26.00

Exercise can act as good medicine, improving not just general health but specific disease conditions such as heart disease and depression. Backed by solid new science studies, HEALING THROUGH EXERCISE discusses short- and long-term benefits of exercise activities from walking to aerobics, surveying how exercise affects overall health. General-interest and health collections will find this timely and popular.

An Insider's Guide to Better Nursing Home Care
Donna M. Reed
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197
9781591026716, $17.95

Based on the author's ten years of experience working as an LPN in many care facilities, attorney Donna Reed adds different specific dimensions to assessing quality and effectiveness in nursing homes. Over seventy tips cover the health and legal requirements on delivery of care, how to inspect nursing homes, resident and employee rights, and more. Any facing a nursing home decision - and any general-interest collection - needs this guide.

Yoni Massage
Michaela Riedl
Destiny Books
c/o Inner Traditions
One Park St, Rochester, VT 05767
9781594772740, $16.95

Yoni massage offers women the opportunity to enhance their sexuality and is actually a long-held practice. The practices gathered in YONI MASSAGE are designed to help women overcome barriers to sexuality and involve changing consciousness as well as body patterns: both new age and health collections will find it intriguing.

Instant Psychopharmacology, 3rd Edn
Ronald J. Diamond
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780393705669, $21.95

Change in psychopharmacology is accelerating requiring updated editions which actually often represent complete re-vampings of information. This third edition discusses these new medications how they work, how they differ from older medications, and their pros and cons. It's been completely revised and is a 'must' for any library catering to non-medical therapists and clients who wish to understand the latest drug options.

A Handbook of Bioethics Terms
James B. Tubbs Jr.
Georgetown University Press
3240 Prospect St NW, Washington DC 20007
9781589012592, $14.95

Any library strong in basic bioethics will find attractive this pocket reference, offering a clear and reliable guide to key terms in bioethics. Students will want it as a supplemental text for courses with its glossary-style reference of over 400 entries on significant terms, expressions and court cases in the field. The author's a professor of ethics and provides, here, a valuable reference!

Translational Medicine
Dennis Cosmatos & Shein-Chung Chow
CRC Press
c/o Taylor & Francis Group
6000 NW Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300, Boca Raton, FL 33487
9781584888727, $89.95,

The politics, technology, and necessity of health care reform is now central to an American national dialogue. Foremost among health care issues is the cost and safety of pharmaceutical products being developed and provided to the public. Knowledgeable compiled and deftly co-edited by Dennis Cosmatos (Wyeth Research, Collegeville, Pennsylvania) and Shein-Chung Chow (Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina), Translational Medicine: Strategies And Statistical Methods" is the newest edition to the outstanding "CRC Biostatics Series" and a superbly presented introduction and instructional survey of key design and analysis elements for translating pharmaceutical compound research findings with respect to ultimately delivering new medications into the hands of doctors and their patients. "Translational Medicine" provides basic information on biomaker development in the early phase of clinical trials; establishing medical predictive models of diverse diseases through integrating genomic and clinical databases; addresses decision making issues; as well as dealing the problems and approaches to the introduction of TM into clinical studies. Of special note is the critically important information relevant to building and applying statistical models for data processing at various developmental phases in the creation and testing of pharmaceuticals. Comprehensive, informed and informative, "Translational Medicine" is an ideal textbook that should be a part of every medical school and pharmaceutical industry reference library.

The Money/Finance Shelf

Life Money
Brad Turk
6440 N. Central Expressway, Suite 503, Dallas, TX 75206
9781933771533, $14.95,

You don't have to be old and gray to consider retirement. "Life Money: The Proven System for Creating the Money You Need for the Life You Want" is a guide from a young millionaire who made his mark on the world of business and retired before he was even considered middle-aged. Using the concept of Lifemoney, the currency of success, he uses his ideas to inspire readers to make themselves success stories as well. "Life Money" is a fine read for those who want to understand and tap into the secrets of success.

Wealth Will Follow
Jeffrey Dale Hair
Cedar Fort
2373 W. 700 S., Springville, UT 84663
9781599552507, $13.99,

There are simple truths that, if realized, can do much for establishing financial security. "Wealth Will Follow: 21 Amazing Treasures" is a combination finance and inspirational guide, telling readers that there are twenty one things that they must treasure in order to attain not just financial wealth, but spiritual wealth. Everything from love to pennies is discussed, and there is much wisdom to be found within. "Wealth Will Follow" is well worth the read for any head of a household who needs to remember what's really important.

The Audiobook Shelf

Mars Life
Ben Bova, author
Stefan Rudnicki, narrator
Blackstone Audiobooks
PO Box 969, Ashland, OR 97520
9781433231261 $90.00 1-800-729-2665

Read aloud by multiple AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator Stefan Rudnicki, Mars Life is the unabridged audiobook adaptation of Ben Bova's exciting science fiction and political thriller. An amazing discovery reveals that an intelligent race once lived on Mars, before the collision of a gigantic meteor rendered them extinct; but when an ultraconservative New Morality movement seizes control of the American government, all funding for the Mars program is cut. Disgraced anthropologist Carter Carleton and intrepid discoverer Jamie Waterman must put themselves to the test to learn who the ancient Martians were, as well as convince their own government that the answer to this mystery is immediately relevant! An enthralling saga enhanced by a biting commentary on the modern-day war on science, Mars Life is highly recommended for science fiction fans and public library collections alike.

Mike Hammer
Mickey Spillane
Blackstone Audiobooks
PO Box 969 , Ashland, OR 97520
9781433252594, $33.00, 1-800-729-2665

Next to Sherlock Holmes, perhaps the most popular fictional detective is the late Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, a two-fisted guy who never goes anywhere without his faith Betsy (a snub nosed revolver). Of all the actors who have portrayed the Mike Hammer character in film or television, none were more definitive in the role than Stacy Keach. In this superbly recorded audio theater production, Stacy reprises his role along with a stellar cast in two Mike Hammer adventures, 'Oil and Water' and 'Dangerous Days'. Replete with music and sound effects, both stories are classic private eye adventures with plot twists and turns that keep the listener glued to these two stories as they unfold. Offering fully and expertly dramatized stories that will thrill and entertain dedicated mystery buffs, "Mike Hammer", with a total running time of 3 hours on 3 compact discs, is very highly recommended for personal and community library audio book collections.

Lorraine Hansberry Audio Collection
Lorraine Hansberry
c/o HarperCollins Publishers
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022-5299
9780061768958 $29.99 1-800-242-7737

Lorraine Hansberry Audio Collection is the audiobook rendition of collected works by award-winning African American playwright Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965). Of especial note in this anthology is "A Raisin in the Sun", a full-cast production of the turbulent emotional drama starring Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, and "To Be Young, Gifted, and Black", a full-cast production of Hansberry's classic self-portrait starring James Earl Jones. The third portion is "Lorraine Hansberry Speaks Out", a collection of seven interviews and speeches with the talented playwright, recorded between 1959 and 1964. A captivating anthology offering a glimpse into the mind and spirit of an American genius during the dawn of the civil rights era, highly recommended especially for public library audiobook collections. 5 CDs, 6 hours.

The Consciousness Plague
Paul Levinson, author
Mark Shanahan, narrator
Listen & Live Audio
PO Box 817, Roseland, NJ 07068
1593160380 $29.95 1-800-653-9400

An Audie Award finalist, The Consciousness Plague is the abridged audiobook on CD adaptation of award-winning science fiction author Paul Levinson's dark saga concerning a sudden, alarming spread of memory loss - and the insidiously destructive impact this pathological memory loss has upon human society. NYPD forensic detective Phil D'Amato discovers evidence of a bacteria-like organism that has lived in human brains for millennia, and might be responsible for human consciousness. A new antibiotic is crossing the blood-brain barrier. As D'Amato himself falls victim to memory loss, he must struggle to get the authorities to pay attention before the fundamental essence of human community and society are lost! An enthralling drama, highly recommended. 7 CDs, 8.5 hours.

Little Dorrit
Charles Dickens, author
Ian McKellen and full cast, performers
BBC Audiobooks America
42 Whitecap Drive, North Kingstown, RI 02852-7445
9781602835610 $29.95

Featuring a full-cast performance starring Ian McKellen, Little Dorrit is the audiobook dramatization of Charles Dickens' classic novel about the youngest daughter of debtor William Dorrit. Born into London's Marshalsea Prison, Amy Dorrit is befriended by Arthur Clennam, whose mother employs "Little Dorrit" as a seamstress. When an unexpected inheritance is revealed, the lives of the Dorrits take a sharp turn and the family moves to Italy. Meanwhile, Arthur falls prey to fraud and is himself sent to Marshalsea where Little Dorrit finds him - but only when the Dorrit fortune is gone can the two of them to be together again. An enjoyable love story that severely satirizes Victorian England, Little Dorrit remains as memorable today as it was in Dickens' era, and is highly recommended.

After Dark
Jayne Ann Krentz writing as Jayne Castle
Joyce Bean, narrator
Brilliance Corporation
PO Box 887, Grand Haven, MI 49417
9781423385127 $29.99 1-800-854-7859

After Dark is the unabridged audiobook rendition of a suspenseful novel following Lydia Smith, licensed para-archaeologist, trying to earn an honest living working for Shrimpton's House of Ancient Horrors, a rock-bottom low-budget museum. But bizarre things keep happening... a dead body appears in the sarcophagus exhibit, and her latest client turns out to be one of the most ruthless men in the city! Narrated by Audie Award winning actress Joyce Bean, After Dark is an enthralling saga from beginning to end. 7 CDs, 8 hours 23 minutes.

A Way With Words IV: Understanding Poetry
Michael D. C. Drout
The Modern Scholar
c/o Recorded Books
270 Skipjack Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
UC112, $98.75,

The fourth volume of Professor Michael D. C. Drout's lectures on literature, "A Way With Words IV: Understanding Poetry" presents fourteen lectures with an emphasis on poetry. A professor of English at Wheaton College in Northon Massachusetts, Drout has a natural ease and expertise in providing the listening audience with erudite, articulate, occasionally humorous, and also informative information that keeps his students thoroughly engaged as he relates poetry's past, present and future. The individual lectures begin with the age old question as to 'What Is Poetry', then proceed to explore poetry's oral tradition, Anglo-Saxon roots, the emergence of rhymed poetry, the exploration of form in the ballads of the early Renaissance, Milton and metaphysical poetry, the influences of classical learning during the Eighteenth Century, the Romantic Poets (Bake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats), the poetry of the Victorian age, American poetry and the emergence of free verse, modernism, and contemporary poetry today. Although this fourth volume of lectures stands independent, complete and enthusiastically recommended, it will also serve as a persuasive introduction for academic and community libraries to obtain the earlier three volumes of Professor Drout's literary lectures.

Never Give Up!
Joyce Meyer
237 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9781600244131, $29.98

Joyce Meyer is an expert at overcoming obstacles: she survived an abusive childhood and limited opportunities to become one of the most popular speakers in the world. NEVER GIVE UP is thus a top pick for any audio library strong in inspirational titles: it offers examples of people who have pursued their goals relentlessly, packing in a wealth of inspiration.

Penguin Audio
375 Hudson, New York NY 10014

LUKE'S STORY (9780143144144, $34.95) joins others in Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins's THE JESUS CHRONICLES and receives a vivid narration by Broadway actor Robertson Dean in a survey of Luke, who never met Jesus or saw him perform miracles, but whose belief was built on faith. His rise from Greek slave to university-educated physician makes for a powerful account of how Luke's gospel was written: perfect for spirituality collections. Stephen King's ROSE MADDER (9780143143949, $49.95) receives Blair Brown's excellent performance background and tells of Rosie, roused by a drop of blood on the bed sheet, who takes flight from her world and flees her husband - a brutal but respected cop who's good at finding people. Her journey to a new life leads her to create a new persona entirely in this riveting saga, perfect for lending libraries.

Brilliance Corporation
PO Box 887 , Grand Haven, MI 49417

Emily Durante's fine audiobook narration to Lisa Kleypas' SMOOTH TALKING STRANGER (1597378712, $36.99) provides a compelling and vivid rendition of a story of one Ella, who appears on Jack's doorstep with baby in arms and a troubled past. Ella's demand that Jack take responsibility for the first time in his life brings new challenges - and romance - to both in this gripping story, perfect for audio libraries strong in romance. Eva Selhub, MD's THE LOVE RESPONSE (1423377869, $29.99) is narrated by the author and provides a life-healing program telling of a series of biochemical reactions that lower blood pressure and stimulate physical healing. From verbal command exercises to visualization, this provides a formula for success. Mary Balogh's THEN COMES SEDUCTION (1423388941, $28.99) receives a fine narration by actress Anne Flosnik as it tells of the passionate Huxtable family and its high-charged society show. One Jasper Finley decides to seduce the virtuous Katherine Huxtable within a fortnight - and gets more than he bargained for in the process. Romance and seduction come to life in a vivid story. John Lescroart's A CERTAIN JUSTICE (1423357175, $38.99) receives a powerful narration by David Colacci as it follows up to his 13TH JUROR. Set in San Francisco during a riot, it tells of one young man on the run, charged by the media with a crime he didn't commit. One cop knows Kevin is innocent of racial murder - others have different motivations for seeing injustice done. A powerful story becomes even finer in audio. J.D. Robb's PROMISES IN DEATH (1423365127, $38.99) is narrated by Susan Ericksen and tells of Amaryllis, a cop murdered steps away from her apartment with her own weapon, and investigator Eve who is determined to uncover the truth against all odds. A dangerous connection between the case and other lives evolves in a wonderfully suspenseful story. T. Jefferson Parker's THE RENEGADES (1423345851, $34.99) is read by David Colacci and tells of Deputy Sheriff Charlie Hood, who patrols stretches of the new American West - in his cruiser. The new outlaws carry different weapons and the West is still wild in this tense thriller, spiced by veteran David Colacci's smooth voice. Eric Jerome Dickey's DYING FOR REVENGE (1423367065, $34.99) receives Dion Graham and Susan Ericksen's powerfully combined voices as it tells of one Gideon, who is active in the world of hired assassins - and who finds himself the target of a seasoned killer. When he proves an impossible target the killers turn to those close to him in this fine thriller.

The Music Shelf

Ultimate Guitar Play-Along: Rush
Alfred Publishing
Box 1003, Van Nuys, CA 91410-0003
073905712X, $19.95

Rush fans and guitarists need ULTIMATE GUITAR PLAY-ALONG: RUSH. Accompanied by a play-along cd, it comes packed with TAB transcriptions, music notation lyrics, and chords to six Rush classics, offering two versions of every song on the included CDs, which can be used in a Mac or Windows-based computer to loop sections for practice, change keys or temp, and more. An outstanding selection of Rush classics encourages players to learn.

Book of Rhymes: Poetics of Hip Hop
Adam Bradley
Basic Civitas
c/o Perseus Books Group
387 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10016
9780465003471, $16.95

Hip hop is poetry regardless of its beat and music connections: here a literary scholar and hip hop expert makes the case for the artistic seriousness of hip hop poetry, contending that rap may be the most revolutionary development in poetry since hip hop's birth in the South Bronx over thirty years ago. It argues the case for rap as a distinct literary tradition and makes for a fine pick for any collection strong in contemporary music or poetry discussions.

The Library CD Music Shelf

The Color of Sunshine
Lawrence Blatt
William Ackerman, producer
LMB Music
c/o The Creative Service Company (publicity)
4360 Emerald Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80918

The Color of Sunshine is the third instrumental guitar album on CD by performer Lawrence Blatt, produced by Grammy winner and founder of Windham Hill Records William Ackerman. Blatt's finger-picking style is highlighted by a beautiful flow of sound meant to acoustically represent colors of the rainbow. The inspirations for each color range from the wondrous deep red sands of the Moorish desert for the song connected to red, to the difficult ordeal of people afflicted with jaundice for the song connected to yellow, to happy memories of growing up in agricultural Indiana for the song connected to green. An emotionally enthralling music album that guitar lovers are sure to enjoy. The tracks include Looking to the Sun (1:34); The Color of Sunshine (4:13); Gray Salt Marsh (4:33); Infrared: The Abyss (3:18); Alhambra (The Red) (3:41); Orange Blossom Honey (3:32); Jaune (Yellow) (5:09); Green Corn and Spring (3:23); Mar Azul (3:39); Violet Blue (3:56); UV Radiations (4:26); Black Rock Beach (2:28); White Light (2:45); and Reach for the Rainbow (3:11). Highly recommended.

European Playground
Putumayo Kids
c/o Beth Blenz-Clucas Publicity
5505 SW Illinois Street, Portland, OR 97221

European Playground is a delightful, family-friendly music CD of fun songs, each by a different artist with roots in nations all over Europe. Liner notes in English, Spanish, French and German round out this playful, multicultural music adventure, enthusiastically recommended for public library children's collections. Highly recommended; adults are sure to enjoy the catchy, cheerful themes too! The nations represented by each track are Finland/Sweden (2:16); Belgium (2:17); England (3:29); Denmark (2:15); Hungary (1:20); France (2:29); Greece (2:12); Portugal (2:23); Germany (2:43); Scotland (2:25); Netherlands (2:13); Spain (1:44); Switzerland (2:28); Italy (1:53) and Ireland (2:07).

A Song of You
Irene and Her Latin Jazz Band
c/o The Creative Service Company (publicity)
4360 Emerald Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80918

The second music CD album by Irene and Her Latin Jazz Band, A Song of You presents fourteen love songs that blend the vibrant musical culture of Southern California with that of Brazil, enhanced by South American rhythms. A dash of rhythmic influences from the Caribbean, Polynesia, Spain and France further broaden this exciting Latin jazz celebration. Irene's enthralling lyrics distinguish this captivating and invigorating album, which makes a perfect gift for any loved one who enjoys the spice of Latin jazz. Highly recommended. The tracks are "Dance With Me", "The Waiting Song", "A Song of You", "Triste", "Tintim Por Tintim", "Change the World", "South Seas Samba", "S'Wonderful", "Fragililidad", "Like a Lover", "It's Too Darn Hot", "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars", "Bim Bom", and "La Foule".

The Elk Dreamers
Elk Soldier
Canyon Records Productions
3131 West Clarendon Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85017
$15.98 1-800-268-1141

The Elk Dreamers is a music CD rendering the tradition of the Native American Pow-Wow circle. As the Pow-Wow group sings, dancers move with the rhythm and Elk Soldier prays for blessings to all Native peoples, with humble respect extended to their ancestors and the traditions of the drum. An unforgettably powerful audio experience, The Elk Dreamers is the next best thing to the honor of being permitted to experience a Pow-Wow firsthand. The tracks are "Butters" (4:21), "For the Elders" (3:06), "The Drum Hopper" (3:41), "The Perfect Storm" (3:02), "Rezmerized" (3:51), "Heya" (3:05), "Pow-Wow Inc." (3:25), "The Show (3:21), "Speedway" (3:14), "Ace (3:28), "Dancing Drum" (3:41), "Elk Medicine" (3:05), and "The Wakeman Experience" (5:02). 47 minutes 13 seconds. Also highly recommended are two other Native American music CD releases from Canyon Records, "Love, Lies & Lullabies: Round Dance Songs" by Sullivan & Day ($15.98) and "Awakening of Life" by Cheevers Toppah and Kevin Yazzie ($15.98).

Mariachi Classics
Mariachi Real de San Diego
Mardi Gras Records
c/o Rock Paper Scissors (publicity)
511 West 4th Street, Suite 2, Bloomington, IN 47404

Mariachi Classics is a music CD album of traditional Mexican mariachi songs, performed with gusto by Mariachi Real de San Diego. Filled with the celebratory vibrance of a grand musical legacy, Mariachi Classics is a delightful addition to world music collections and especially recommended for anyone who loves the enthusiastic, life-affirming rhythms of a joyful mariachi band. The tracks consist of a wealth of beloved favorite songs from Old Mexico: "Las Mananitas", "San Diego", "Bala Perdida", "El Tranchete", "Noche de Ronda", "La Malaguena", "Las Chipanecas", "El Mariachi", "Solamente Una Vez", "Mexico Lindo Y Querido", "La Periodista", "Quierme Mucho", "Jugueteando", "Sabor a Mi", "Cancion Mixteca", and "Las Golondrinas".

Somethin' Like Love
Steven Pasquale
PS Classics
c/o Miller Wright & Associates, Inc. (publicity)
1650 Broadway, Suite 1210, New York, NY 10019

Somethin' Like Love is the debut solo jazz album by Steven Pasquale, perhaps best known for playing the fireman "Sean Garrity" on the popular television series "Rescue Me". A rich collection embracing the heritage of traditional jazz, Somethin' Like Love offers magically flowing reinterpretations of classic jazz favorites, as well as a brand new composition in the title song. Pasquale's legato singing resonates with the listener in this thoroughly enjoyable album enthusiastically recommended for jazz vocal fans. The tracks are "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning", "On the Street Where You Live", "Laura", "The Lady's in Love With You", "Somethin' Like Love", "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep", "They All Laughed", "Summertime", "If I Were a Bell", "My Funny Valentine", "I Wish I Didn't Love You So", and "Maybe".

Under the Bones of the Great Blue Whale
Sarah Brooks and Graceful Soul
Whaling City Sound
1178 Tucker Road, No. Dartmouth, MA 02747
c/o Mixed Media (publicity)

Recorded live in the "Whaling City" of New Bedford, Under the Bones of the Great Blue Whale is a jazz band album featuring singer Sarah Brooks, Bill Miele (bass), Kenny Hadley (drums)Jim Robitaille and Bob Schlink (melody and rhythm guitar). Sarah had not met any of the professional musicians before the night of their performance; together, they worked to create an unforgettable outpouring of soul music. Together they spun their own take on great pop, rock, and rhythm & blues classics. A moment of discovery, adaptation, and sheer musical joy preserved on audio, Under the Bones of the Great Blue Whale is a joy to listen to. The tracks are "Bring It On Home To Me" (5:19), "Look of Love" (6:27), "Chain of Fools" (7:26), "You Can't Do That" (4:35), "At Last" (5:01), "Amazing Grace - Vocal Version" (8:28), Baby I Love You" (5:21), "Since I Fell For You" (5:56), "Fragile" (6:36), "The Chicken" (8:27), and "Amazing Grace - Instrumental Version" (4:20). Also highly recommended is the album "Neon" by jazz guitarist Mike Clinco.

If I Had a Key to the Dawn
Lily Storm
Songbat Records
c/o Rock Paper Scissors
511 West 4th Street, Suite 2, Bloomington, IN 47404

If I Had a Key to the Dawn: Love Songs and Laments from Eastern Europe is a music CD album of intimate songs, some instrumental, some featuring Lily Storm's haunting voice, all drawing upon the musical and storytelling traditions of various Eastern and Central European nations from Greece to Hungary to the Ukraine, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and more. The songs themselves range from bittersweet love ballads to celebrations of a mother's love for her child. If I Had a Key to the Dawn bears witness beauty and the power of human emotion, and deserves the highest recommendation. The tracks are "Sleep, child" (0:48), "The peony" (1:58), "One Friday" (2:39), "Oh, stand aside" (2:36), "A bird flew to my darling's window" (2:52), "Love, love" (2:25), "The lemon tree" (3:13), "Gulo" (6:29), "Little turtle-dove" (4:27), "Instrumental (accordion)" (2:28), "Green leaf of a pear tree" (3:15), "My Nightingale" (2:37), "Years, heavy years" (3:58), "Instrumental (duduk)" (3:07), and "The swallow is flying" (2:57). 45 minutes, 48 seconds.

The Library DVD Shelf

Depeche Mode: The Dark Progression, limited collector's edition
Sexy Intellectual
c/o MVD Entertainment Group (distribution)
PO Box 280, Oaks, PA 19456
$19.95 1-800-888-0486

Unauthorized by (and therefore completely independent from) Depeche Mode themselves or their record company, Depeche Mode: The Dark Progression is a new documentary following the development and career of popular electronic band Depeche Mode, from their interest in New Romanticism at the start of their career through the darkness and urban industrial themes that permeated their albums, to the departure of Alan Wilder in 1995 and more. Packed with interviews with all the band members, contributions from their friends, colleagues, and contemporaries (including Gary Numan, Thomas Dolby, band biographer Jonathan Miller, and many more), rare performances by Depeche Mode, archive footage, video clips, location shots, and news reports, Depeche Mode: The Dark Progression is a "must-have" for Depeche Mode fans. Some tracks are also included, such as "Just Can't Get Enough", "People Are People", "Stripped", "Never Let Me Down Again", "Strangelove", "Personal Jesus", "Enjoy the Silence", "Walking In My Shoes", "I Feel You", and more. Highly recommended. 97 minutes, 4:3 screen format, stereo.

Life on Mars Series 1
Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403

Life on Mars Series 1 is a four-DVD thinpack set collects the first season of the exciting time-bending detective series originally shown on BBC America. Police detective Sam Tyler (played by John Simm) was closing in on a murderer when he was struck by a passing car. He wakes up in the past, in 1973; the procedural tools he is used to have disappeared, and he finds himself on a near-alcoholic homicide squad where forensics takes weeks and his boss has no compunctions against using violence on his subjects - or his workers! Sam does his best to solve crimes in the past while searching for a way back to his home time; yet he is also increasingly intrigued by sympathetic policewoman Annie Cartwright (played by Liz White). An enthralling saga recommended for mystery and time-travel fans alike! DVD bonus features include audio commentaries for every episode with cast and crew, a "Take a Look at the Lawman" hour-long documentary with cast and crew interviews as well as behind-the-scenes footage, an interview clip with director Bharat Nalluri, a "The Music of Life on Mars" featurette, a "Get Sykes" featurette, and an outtakes reel. 4 DVDs, 466 minutes, widescreen.

Agatha Christie's Poirot Set 4: The Movie Collection
Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403

Poirot Set 4: The Movie Collection is a three-DVD thinpack set of two feature-length mystery adventures starring Agatha Christie's legendarily fastidious Belgian detective, plus a bonus DVD documentary "Super Sleuths" about the Poirot series featuring its stars, producer, and director. The DVD movie adaptations of classic Christie novels are "Mrs. McGinty's Dead", in which Poirot teams up a mystery novelist colleague to save a man from hanging for a murder he may not have committed, and "Cat Among the Pigeons", in which Poirot must investigate murders among the Meadowbank School for Girls, which has recently become embroiled in turmoil since once of its new students is a princess and a political refugee hiding from revolutionaries in her homeland! An excellent gift especially for mystery lovers;,Agatha Christie's Poirot Set 4: The Movie Collection makes for a superb introduction to Christie's brilliantly crafted mysteries. 3 DVDs, 186 minutes plus 47 minutes bonus program, widescreen, color.

Mazda Motivations
c/o Wendy Brickman (publicity)

Three fitness DVDs created and hosted by exercise physiologist Debra Mazda prove that women of all shapes and sizes can enjoy the benefits of a good workout. Mazda once weighed over three hundred pounds; deciding that diets were not the answer, she devised a fitness regimen and succeeded in losing one hundred forty pounds. She remains curvaceously shapely (with noticeably more meat on her bones than a rail-thin Hollywood model), yet immensely improved and healthy, and her workout DVDs are sure to appeal to viewers of all backgrounds and body sizes. "Let's Get Moving! Low-Impact Cardio" ($19.95, 52 min.) is a beginner to intermediate exercise DVD featuring a basic warm up, a solid cardio routine, and cool down exercises, with a bonus floorwork track. "Let's Get Moving! 2: Cardio Toning With Weights" ($19.95, 56 min.) incorporates simple weights into its cardiovascular routine and rates the viewer's progress with the "ShapelyGirl Intensity Scale". In "Let's Get Stepping! Beginner Step-Cardio" ($19.95, 82 min.) viewers are introduced into a step-cardio workout suitable for beginners, complete with a toning bonus track and step tutorial. All three DVDs have the bonus special feature "Debra Mazda's Circle Time", which is all about working out when one is a plus-sized woman. An excellent DVD set for anyone, female or male, interested in beginning a fitness regimen - especially those who are new to regular physical workouts and need a user-friendly start.

Home: A Film by Mary Haverstick
Monterey Video
566 St. Charles Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-3901
9781569946633 $26.95 1-800-424-2593

Starring Academy Award winning actress Marcia Gay Harden in the role of Inga, Home: A Film by Mary Haverstick follows Inga, a mother with the soul of a poet at a crossroads. Her estranged husband Hermann (played by Michael Gaston) is bereft of emotional support for her in the wake of her recovery from breast cancer, let alone her passion for buying and restoring and house that reminds her of her childhood home. She shares a close bond with her eight-year-old daughter, and though she is troubled by her decaying marriage, she retains a strong spirit of optimism, as expressed in her own writing. A dramatic and moving saga, highly recommended; bonus features include deleted scenes, storyboards, and poems. 84 minutes.

The Art of Block Printing
Larry Withers
On Air Video Inc.
8203 Westminster Rd., Elkins Park, PA 19027

Hosted by expert fine arts instructor Larry Withers, The Art of Block Printing is a DVD how-to guide to partaking in the centuries-old art of block printing. From the necessary materials and tools, to creating one's design, carving a printing block, producing one-color or two-color prints, to appropriate color registration, safety tips for block cutting, an introduction to various techniques, and much more, The Art of Block Printing walks viewers of all backgrounds and skill levels through the process. A back-cover checklist of the inexpensive tools one needs to get started rounds out this user-friendly teaching guide, enthusiastically recommended for anyone intrigued to dabble in this art form to create distinctive artworks, handmade cards, or other beautiful projects. 42 minutes.

Ana Brett & Ravi Singh
411 Video Information
PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
$15.95 each

New DVDs from fitness teachers Ana Brett and Ravi Singh - whose clients include Olympic athletes and celebrities such as Madonna, Sting, and The Red Hot Chile Peppers - guide the viewer through easy-to-follow, yoga-based workouts. "Yoga for Beginners & Beyond" (90 minutes, $15.95) includes strengthening techniques to improve one's total fitness, chair exercises, a posture primer, and much more. The segments guide one through using Yoga to promote flexibility in one's entire body as well as build up muscle tone. In "Kundalini Yoga Cardio, Stretch, & Strengthen" (90 minutes, $15.95) viewers experience a more high-energy style of Yoga along with catchy music to go along with the cardio. Both DVDs have a special "Matrix menu" option that allows the viewer to customize his or her workout, and make excellent, long-lasting additions to physical fitness and flexibility DVD libraries.

We Shall Remain
PBS Home Video
c/o SSA Public Relations (publicity)
15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1730, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
0793670268 $49.99

We Shall Remain is a three-DVD thinpack set collecting five documentaries from the acclaimed PBS history series "American Experience", about Native American leaders including Massasoit, Tecumseh, Tenskwatawa, Major Ridge, Geronimo, and Fools Crow, all who did everything they could to resist being forcibly removed from their land and preserve their culture. Their strategies ranged from military action to diplomacy, spirituality, or even legal and political means. The stories of these individual leaders span four hundred years; collectively, they give a portrait of an oft-overlooked yet crucial side of American history, and carry the highest recommendation for public library as well as home DVD collections. Special features include behind-the-scenes footage, a thirty-minute preview film, materials for educators and librarians, four ReelNative films of Native Americans sharing their personal stories, and three Native Now films about modern-day issues facing Native Americans. 7 hours.

Murdoch Mysteries Season One
Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403

Set in 1890's Canada, Murdoch Mysteries Season One is a four-DVD thinpack set collecting the first thirteen episodes of this popular mystery series following Detective William Murdoch (played by Yannick Bisson), a sleuth whose genius leads him to discover and use modern techniques such as "finger marks" to catch criminals. His antagonistic boss (Thomas Craig) derides his methods at every turn, but he has willing allies in a beautiful pathologist (Gemini-winner Helene Joy) and an intrepidly inquisitive constable (Johnny Harris). Famous brilliant minds of the era also make appearances, such as Nikola Tesla, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Prince Alfred. Based on the hero of the enjoyable and widely beloved Murdoch novels, Murdoch Mysteries Season One is an excellent adventure sure to please mystery fans, and is especially notable for winning two Geminis and being nominated for twelve more. Special features include episode commentary by stars Yannick Bisson and Jonny Harris, production designer Sandra Kybartas, and executive feature Cal Coons; interviews with the author and cast; a photographic gallery; cast filmographies; and brief cast biographies. 598 minutes, 16:9 widescreen, subtitles.

Inside the Meltdown
PBS Home Video
0793670659 $24.99

Inside the Meltdown is an episode of the popular "Frontline" television series, giving the behind-the-scenes stories of the Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers business collapses that kicked off the present day economic crisis, followed by efforts to support insurance giant AIG and a 700 billion dollar bailout. Inside the Meltdown especially focuses upon the sudden, catastrophic dilemma thrust upon Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, whose fear of "moral hazard" - the concept that bailing out a failing business will only promote and encourage more failure on their part - had to give way to the larger, possibly economy-destroying threat of a resounding ripple effect stemming from the collapse of giants. An absorbing documentary that presents the downfall of multigenerational institutions in plain terms for viewers of all backgrounds, Inside the Meltdown is especially recommended to public library DVD collections. 60 minutes, color.

Combat Knife Throwing
Ralph Thorn
Paladin Press
7077 Winchester Circle, Boulder, CO 80301
CKTDVD, $49.95, 1-800-392-2400

Thanks to television and the movies, we've all seen that knives and other hand weapons can be thrown with deadly accuracy and effective in personal combat. Ralph Thorn is an expert in this area and with his step-by-step instructional video "Combat Knife Throwing: The Video", demonstrates a combative style of weapons throwing that showcases a 'no spin' knife throw that is practical, effective, and something anyone can learn how to do given a few knives and some practice. Utilizing computer graphics, slow-motion videography, and clear instructions, "Combat Knife Throwing" demonstrates the sidearm throw, the shuriken throw for long-distance attacks, the underhand half-spin throw, blindfolded throwing, behind-the-back throws, and throwing a knife accurately while running. With a total running time of 100 minutes, "Combat Knife Throwing" is a very highly recommended instructional video suitable for personal and professional Martial Arts reference collections and personal combat training programs.

The Social Issues Shelf

Defining Moments: Dream of America: Immigration 1870-1920
Kevin Hillstrom
Box 31-1640, Detroit, MI 48231-1640
9780780810709, $44.00

Adding to the series 'Defining Moments' is a strong focus on immigration history divided into three sections: a narrative overview of immigration around the world and America, a collection of biographies on leading figures influencing their times, and a gathering of primary source documents on U.S. immigration history, making this especially key for high school to college-level history collections.

Women and Politics Around the World
Joyce Gelb and Marian Lief Palley, editors
Box 1911, Santa Barbara, CA 93116-1911
9781851099887, $195.00

Women have made advances toward equal political representation in many counties but issues remain around the world - and synthesizing them under one cover is the 2-volume survey Women and Politics Around the World. From transnational and national gender-related issues to specific conditions in different global communities, this is a powerful resource for students and researchers interested in women's experiences in world politics and social life.

Parenting for a Peaceful World
Robin Grille
Longueville Media
68 Oxford St., Woollahra, New South Wales 2025 Australia
9781921004148, $29.95

The childhood origins of human actions and choices and differences between violent and humane action contribute to a fine book on how parenting customs have shaped societies and major world events. New research on children's emotional development provides a foundation for learning how to create a more peaceful world, making for a book for not just parents but adults learning to be whole, and policy-makers seeking to understand issues affecting peace. Any parenting or social issues library will find it relevant.

Pharmaceutical Price Regulation
John A. Vernon & Joseph H. Golec
American Enterprise Institute
1150 Seventeenth Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036
9780844742779, $15.00,

Regulation is a double-edged sword. "Pharmaceutical Price Regulation: Public Perceptions, Economic Realities, and Empirical Evidence" is an exploration of the regulation of prescription medicine in a world where these medicines are required to survive, yet prices for these drugs are typically astronomically high, and all too often health insurance refuses to pay. Regulation could change that, but regulation comes with its own baggage that worries many. "Pharmaceutical Price Regulation" breaks down both sides of the debate for voters' easy perusal, and is highly recommended.

Disaster Recovery Planning for Communications and Critical Infrastructure
Leo A. Wrobel and Sharon M. Wrobel
Artech House
685 Canton Street, Norwood, MA 02062
9781596934689 $99.00

Disaster Recovery Planning for Communications and Critical Infrastructure is a scholarly examination of how the vulnerabilities in modern-day infrastructure can best be protected from threats such as terrorism and natural disasters. Authors Leo A. Wrobel and Sharon M. Wrobel, both highly skilled professionals in the field, cover the technologies that can help spread word quickly when things go wrong, how to set up procedures for "4Ci" (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence), the basics of a solid emergency response plan, templates for assessing the weaknesses of everything from hospitals to power grids to large business enterprises, "first alert" procedures, and much more. A scholarly, well-researched text featuring cutting-edge, life-saving preparation measures, Disaster Recovery Planning for Communications and Critical Infrastructure is an absolute must-have for disaster recovery planners and experts, and anyone else responsible for planning for worst-case scenarios. Highly recommended.

Future Scenarios
David Holmgren
Chelsea Green Publishing Company
PO Box 428, White River Junction, VT 05001
9781603580892, $12.00,

The oil supply is finite and the world's climate as we know it may change. How do local communities deal with these issues? "Future Scenarios: How Communities Can Adapt to Peak Oil and Climate Change" presents four different possible futures that humanity will have to potentially deal with. Offering different extremes of these dilemmas, author David Holmgren explains how one doesn't need federal action to be prepared for the worst and hope for the best. "Future Scenarios" is something to be strongly considered by any community leader.

The Needlecraft Shelf

Penny Haren's Pieced Applique: More Blocks & Projects
Penny Haren
Landauer Corporation
3100 NW 101st Street, Suite A, Urbandale, Iowa 50322
9780980068849 $27.95 1-800-557-2144

Spiral bound to lay flat for easy reference, Penny Haren's Pieced Applique: More Blocks & Projects is the second in the ongoing series of "Pieced Applique" project books. Each of the distinctive and beautiful finished quilt blocks one can create using this guide is generated by an easy-to-make foundation block. Full-color photographs on almost every page illustrate the step-by-step directions to distinctive blocks and projects, and a "techniques notebook" guides the reader through tips and tricks of the craft. An excellent, easy-to-use resource that walks the reader through the creation of each block of the quilt before embarking upon the beautiful quilt itself.

Potter Craft
c/o Crown Publishing Group
6 Trowbridge Dr., Suite 5, Bethel, CT 06801

Kathy Cano-Murillo's CRAFTY CHICA'S GUIDE TO ARTFUL SEWING: FABU-LOW-SEW PROJECTS FOR THE EVERYDAY CRAFTER (9780307406668, $21.95) covers crafts for both sewers and those new to sewing. From purses made of T-shirts and place mats to original clothing styles and designs for photo albums, pillows and more, CRAFTY CHICA'S GUIDE TO ARTFUL SEWING is a winning collection of projects that require no prior knowledge to prove successful. Any crafts or needlework library will find it a user-friendly, artful guide. Sally Melville and Caddy Melville Ledbetter's MOTHER-DAUGHTER KNITS: 30 DESIGNS TO FLATTER & FIT (9780307408723, $29.95) tells how knitters can tailor unflattering sweaters and tops to different sizes and shapes, showing how to customize knitting patterns to fit a wide variety of body types perfectly. A mother-daughter team share knowledge and show how to both pick the right patterns for a body type and modify a pattern to suit, slim, or highlight. A key acquisition for any needlework library. SOCKS FROM THE TOE UP: ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUES AND PATTERNS FROM WENDY KNITS (9780307449443, $22.95) by Wendy D. Johnson provides a new approach to sock knitting, knitting from the toe to save yarn and ensure a perfect fit. Begun in a blog that spread its knowledge rapidly in the online knitting community, now off-liners and others can benefit from a color photo-packed guide to the technique and many pattern options.

Interweave Press
201 E. 4th St, Loveland, CO 80537-5655

Inspired by the seasonal festivals and traditions of Japan, Marianne Isager's Japanese Inspired Knits (9781596681149, $22.95) blends Scandinavian knitting with a Japanese influence to provide designs based on Japanese ideals of quality. Some 12 sweaters are seasonally inspired and offer an outstanding selection perfect for any needlework library seeking original and unusual ideas. Susan Wasinger's FABRICATE: 17 INNOVATIVE SEWING PROJECTS THAT MAKE FABRIC THE STAR (9781596680944, $22.95) blends haute couture and modern fiber art to offer unusual ideas for embellishments ranging from skirts and pillows to wraps and bags. Deborah Chandler's LEARNING TO WEAVE (9781596681392, $24.95) appears in a revised edition to cover all the basics of weaving. It offers a four-shaft weaving course for learning to weave either with teachers or on one's own, covering everything from basic weaving techniques to design options, project plans, and more. A fine choice for all levels of weaving learner. All levels of needleworker will find plenty of easy inspiration in these creative techniques perfect for both specific crafting libraries and general-interest collections.

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

Many quilter's guides use templates and patterns to provide ideas: Jo Parrott's Favorite Traditional Quilts Made Easy (9781564778437, $18.95) uses strips, rectangles, squares and folded-corner techniques to help turn advanced block designs into simple cutting and sewing blocks. It's packed with strong ideas for turning traditional quilts into easier modern works of art and will make for a fine addition to any lending library. Joanna Figueroa's FIG TREE QUILTS: FRESH VINTAGE SEWING (9781564778949, $28.99) tells how to dress up a home with five quilts and home projects ranging from pin cushions to aprons and pillows. Fig Tree Quilts offers a blend of vintage look and contemporary ease of construction, and will be a popular lend at any quilting collection. Kay Mackenzie's EASY APPLIQUE BLOCKS: 50 DESIGNS IN 5 SIZES (9781564778857, $21.99) packs in a block book for applique lovers and includes a bonus CD with all the blocks in five different sizes. Each design is featured in a line drawing and stitched in fabric and comes with basic instructions for hand-stitched and fusible applique, making it a fine survey for any needlework collection.

C&T Publishing
Box 1456, Lafayette, CA 94549

Use precut fabric strips and 11 easy weaving techniques to create lovely and unusual quilts with the aid of Anna Faustino's Simply Stunning Woven Quilts (9781571204523, $26.95), which tells how to cut, weave, fuse and quilt. Full-sized patterns for circle weaving accompany three step-by-step weaving lessons and 8 advanced techniques for blending weaving and fabrics. Needlework collections will find it a satisfyingly different approach. Ricky Tims' FEATHERS & URNS: RHAPSODY QUILTS (9781571204585, $19.95) offers a companion volume to RHAPSODY QUILTS and offers complete patterns for the new Rhapsody quilt Viva Violetta plus 9 bonus pattern ideas. Full-sized freezer paper patterns blend with tips on making a new, full-size Rhapsody Quilt pattern in this excellent design companion perfect for owners of Tims' previous exploration. Margaret J. Miller's STUNNING ANGLEPLAY QUILTS (9781571204455, $20.95) tells how to turn long triangles into vibrant quilts. Some 42 blocks have cutting charts, piecing instructions, and full-size template patterns to produce some 6 quilts. Mix and match the blocks into other quilt styles with this stunning guide, recommended for any quilter's collection. WILLIAM MORRIS IN APPLIQUE by Michele Hill (9781571207944, $29.95) provides 6 stunning projects and over 40 individual designs for Morris' trademark magical applique. From piecing and quilting options to oversized pull-out patterns, this is a pick for any home quilter already familiar with Morris' applique innovations.

The Agricultural Shelf

Statistics for Aquaculture
Ram C. Bhujel
350 Main St., Malden, MA 02148
9780813815879 $99.99 1-800-225-5945

Written by Ram C. Bhujel (Senior Research Scientist and Affiliated Faculty in the Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Field of Study at the Asian Institute of Technology), Statistics for Aquaculture is a scholarly body of work designed to aid students, researchers, professors, and industry professionals in the field of aquaculture in learning how to use and apply statistics in order to design experiments, survey research, analyze data, and effectively present one's findings. The text covers everything from basic concepts such as experimental units and data collection to the principles of solid experimental design and hypothesis formulation, to an examination of the latest hot research topics. Examples from real-life situations around the world enhance this user-friendly textbook, which offers practical exercise to help its students rehearse and apply its concepts. A superior introduction or refresher to aquaculture statistics, surprisingly user-friendly despite the innately difficult mathematical nature of its topic. An absolute "must-have" for agriculture studies shelves, particularly those of college libraries.

The American History Shelf

Images of America
R.L. Bruckberger
Translated by C.G. Paulding and Virgilia Peterson
Transaction Publishers
35 Beurre Circle, Piscatawy, NJ 08854-8042
9781412806541, $29.95

IMAGES OF AMERICA: A POLITICAL, INDUSTRIAL AND SOCIAL PORTRAIT was written after R.L. Bruckberger's eight years in the U.S. during which he came to observe that his old European ideals and perceptions were different from those of American sentiments. His social and historical observations blends sociology with history and provides a fine survey of American contributions to the world through the eyes of a relative newcomer, and is a pick for any high school to college-level collection strong in American history and sociology.

American Heroes
Edmund S. Morgan
W. W. Norton & Company
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110
9780393070101 $27.95

Pulitzer Prize winning author and emeritus professor of Yale University Edmund S. Morgan presents American Heroes: Profiles of Men and Women Who Shaped Early America, a close examination of notable individuals from seventeenth-century America with particular focus on their ideals, motivations, and beliefs. In addition to the unforgettable stock figures of America's history such as Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, Morgan tells the stories of lesser known individuals who embodied America's highest precepts, sometimes at the cost of their own lives - such as Mary Easty, an accused witch sentenced to death in Salem who refused to spare her own life by confessing her guilt and naming confederates among her neighbors. In addition to individuals, American Heroes also offers a wealth of insight into early American societies and cultures, particularly the Puritan culture. "As marriage was the way to prevent fornication, successful marriage was the way to prevent adultery. The Puritans did not wait for adultery to appear; instead, they took every means possible to make husbands and wives live together and respect each other. If a husband deserted his wife and remained within the jurisdiction of a Puritan government, he was promptly sent back to her." Enthusiastically recommended not only for public and college library collections, but also for any reader curious to better understand early American history and society.

Communities Left Behind
Gregory S. Wilson
The University of Tennessee Press
293 Communications Building, Knoxville, TN 37996-0325
9781572336643 $41.00 1-800-621-2736

Gregory S. Wilson (Associate Professor of History, University of Akron) presents Communities Left Behind: The Area Redevelopment Administration 1945-1965, a scholarly examination of the Area Redevelopment Administration. Created in 1961, the ARA operated until 1965, with the purpose of assisting communities with employment and job creation - especially impoverished communities in rural, underdeveloped, or economically troubled areas of America. In theory, the ARA was meant to serve America as a nation; practice, nearly all of the ARA's funds were spent targeting areas in Appalachia and the South. Wilson makes a convincing case that the ARA was hamstrung in its mission and destined to fail because of the requirement that federal officials could not interfere with state and local priorities. Implementing a federal plan in the South without crossing local interests was simply impossible. Furthermore, the ARA's policies meant to give black southerners more employment opportunities were repeatedly and thoroughly sabotaged by racist politics. Communities Left Behind is ultimately a study of not just one failed government institution, but its legacy of insight into what is and is not needed for governmental programs intended to revitalize economically depressed areas to succeed. Highly recommended as a treasure trove of hard-learned lessons from modern history.

The New & Completely Revised Old West Trivia Book
Don Bullis
Rio Grande Books
925 Salamanca NW, Los Ranchos de ABQ, NM 87107-5647
9781890689612 $17.95

Newspaper editor and deputy sheriff Don Bullis presents The New & Completely Revised Old West Trivia Book, a great source for trivia games or simple browsing. Presented in a question-and-answer format, with questions grouped in chapters by subject, the trivia ranges in topic from lawmen and outlaws, to Indians of the West and their chiefs, to wagon trains, boomtowns, women of the Old West, literature and art of the Old West, moves of the West, and much more. Now packed with even more fascinating facts than the first edition, The New & Completely Revised Old West Trivia Book is highly recommended to Western trivia buffs. "Q: What was Geronimo's real name? A: Three different sources give it three different spellings: Gokhlayeh, Goyathlay and Goyalka. One source says it translates as 'the yawner'."

Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death
Ken Reyher
Western Reflections Publishing Company
PO Box 1149, Lake City, CO 81235
9781932738599 $14.95 970-994-0110

A handful of black-and-white photographs illustrate Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death: Death & Dying in Early Western Colorado, a nonfiction account that draws upon research as well as fascinating (and sometimes heartbreaking) anecdotes to present a picture of what coping with the reality of death - and sometimes a precipitously high chance of early death - was like for early Colorado pioneers. Women were at risk from death by childbirth; men from the many dangers of labor on the fringes of civilization; and any number of maladies could claim a child's young life. Early pioneers held wakes in part to ensure that the deceased was truly passed on, and often had to serve as undertakers, coffin-makers, grave-diggers, and ministers to their own. Death and dying in early Colorado as related to the civil war era, or criminal and judicial matters, is also touched upon. Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death is ultimately not a macabre or ghoulish anecdote collection, but rather an absorbing account that treats its subject respectfully and seriously, offering a solid portrayal of human adaptation to the most difficult and trying of times.

Hero Street USA
Marc Wilson
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780806140124 $19.95 1-800-627-7377

Second Street in Silvis, Illinois, was an impoverished neighborhood; during the Great Depression, it became home to Mexican immigrants escaping a revolution in their homeland. During World War II, it suffered the highest per-capita casualty rate, and was renamed "Hero Street" to reflect the ultimate sacrifice made by its citizens. In "Hero Street USA", journalist Marc Wilson examines the true story of these Mexican-Americans who fought and died in World War II, drawing upon soldiers' letters, interviews with relatives, firsthand combat accounts, and more. Examining the struggles of nearly eighty men from three dozen Second Street homes who volunteered to fight for their nation in World War II and Korea, Hero Street USA is an invaluable reminder of the contributions and sacrifices Mexican-Americans have made for this great nation. Highly recommended.

The American Nation
Bruce Frohnen
Liberty Fund, Inc.
8335 Allison Pointe Trail, Suite 300, Indianapolis, IN 46250-1684
9780865977303, $14.50,

America is always changing, and has been since its inception over two hundred years ago. "The American Nation: Primary Sources" covers the march of American history through original documents from the post-colonial era, to military documents during the civil war, to World War II documents, and much more. A reference packed cover to cover with letters between politicians, military leaders, and others, "The American Nation" offers a unique view of American history that is uniquely unbiased as it is the documents and little else. A must for any enthusiast of American history, "The American Nation" is a top pick.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

Angel Animals Book of Inspiration
Allen and Linda Anderson
New World Library
14 Pamaron Way, Novato, CA 94949
9781577316664, $14.95

Pet owners and pet lovers as well as new age libraries will relish ANGEL ANIMALS BOOK OF INSPIRATION, which uses animals to reveal compassion, teach hope, and measure feelings. Stories of animals offer heartwarming examples of unconditional love and make for an inspiring connection between pets and divine paths.

LSD: Doorway to the Numinous
Stanislav Grof, MD
Park Street Press
One Park St, Rochester, VT 05767
9781594772825, $18.95

Stanislav Grov's first 17 years of research into nonordinary states of consciousness induced by LSD led to a revolutionary understanding of the human psyche. His research prompted new discussions of the unconscious and revealed two new realms still unacknowledged by academic circles: the perinatal domin which holds birth memories, and the transpersonal, which mediates experiences with other species and mythic figures, access to past life memories, and more. His research into these unmapped areas makes for a fine choice for any new age collection strong in modern consciousness.

The Living Universe
Duane Elgin
Berrett-Koehler Publishers
235 Montgomery St #650, San Francisco CA 94104-2916
9781576759691, $15.95

THE LIVING UNIVERSE pulls together the sciences of cosmology, biology and physics and adds a dash of New Age thinking to demonstrate proof that the universe is permeated by a living field that we communicate with - conscious or not. This world-view is shared by nearly every eastern and western spiritual tradition and holds many implications for life on Earth. Both New Age and science libraries will relish this.

Tantric Techniques
Jeffrey Hopkins
Snow Lion Publications
Box 6483, Ithaca, NY 14851
1559393203, $32.95

Deity yoga is the idea of imagining oneself as an ideal being endowed with compassion and wisdom, with the goal of imagining being a Buddha, to get closer to achieving Buddhahood. TANTRIC TECHNIQUES offers a system of Tantric meditation and offers a synthesis of three Tibetan authors on the topic of deity yoga. Tibetan Buddhist scholar Jeffrey Hopkins creates an outstanding survey here recommended for any new age library strong in Buddhist thinking.

The Principal of the Path
Andy Stanley
Thomas Nelson Publishers
PO Box 141000, Nashville, TN 37214
9780849920608, $19.99

Smart people with life goals often end up far from where they wanted to be - why is it so that clear mental pictures of paths change? Is there one simple idea to explain why so man get lose? THE PRINCIPAL OF THE PATH is such an idea: it explains changes affecting life paths, how to identify and affect or counteract negative influences, and how to achieved a desired destination. Though reviewed in our more general 'New Age Shelf', in actuality this is an inspirational pick for any general lending library.

Real Alchemy
Robert Allen Bartlett
Ibis Press
PO Box 540206, Lake Worth, FL 33454-0206
9780892541508 $18.95

Real Alchemy: A Primer of Practical Alchemy presents a solid body of information about the ancient art of Alchemy in straightforward, no-nonsense terms accessible to readers of all backgrounds. Chapters cover astrology and alchemy, herbal alchemy, minerals in alchemy, antimony, the legendary philosopher's stone, and much more. A handful of black-and-white diagrams illustrate this brilliant work that incorporates modern science into its dissection of alchemy's timeless mysteries, enthusiastically recommended for anyone intrigued by the alchemical craft.

The Science of Knowledge
Vara Humphreys
Ozark Mountain Publishing
PO Box 754, Huntsville, AR 72740
9781886940550, $16.00,

There are secrets out there that few know about, but with the right mindset, one can discover them. "The Science of Knowledge" is a metaphysical studies guide to finding the secrets of the universe such as levitation, what sound and color really mean, and the true purpose of the ancient monuments of the world. A spiritual and soul seeking guide for believers of the New Age and metaphysics, "The Science of Knowledge" will give them much to think on and let them consider the world their own way.

Ghosts of the Lake Fork Region
Marril Lee Burke
Western Reflections Publishing Company
PO Box 1149, Lake City, CO 81235
9781932738711 $16.95 970-994-0110

An extensively researched account peppered with vintage black-and-white photographs, Ghosts of the Lake Fork Region draws the reader into the historical stories and legends behind alleged spirits and ghost legends of the Lake Fork Region on the western slope of Colorado. The phases of human history touched upon by these ghost stories range from early man and the local domination of the Ute tribes to ghosts of trappers and traders, ghosts from the heyday of the Gold Rush, railroad ghosts, and more. Thoroughly accessible to readers of all backgrounds, Ghosts of the Lake Fork Region is a wonderfully spooky addition to Colorado history shelves and highly recommended for Metaphysical Studies reading lists.

The Poetry Shelf

To Be Read in 500 Years
Albert Goldbarth
Graywolf Press
2402 University Avenue, Suite 203, Saint Paul, MN 55114
9781555975258 $16.00 1-651-641-0077

Written by experienced poet and two-time winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award Albert Goldsmith, To Be Read in 500 Years is an anthology of free-verse poetry representing the past of a shocking imaginary future. Offering a glimpse into how this hypothetical future without sexual reproduction, oil, fertile farmland, or even the virtue of love came to be, To Be Read in 500 Years is as much cautionary tale as it is evolving poetic narrative. "How Simile Works": The drizzle-slicked cobblestone alleys / of some city; / and the brickwork back / of the lumbering Galapagos tortoise / they'd set me astride, at the "petting zoo".... // The taste of our squabbles still in my mouth / the next day; / and the brackish puddles sectioning / the street one morning after a storm.... // So poetry configures its comparisons.

The Mischievous Boy
Maurice Harmon
Salmon Poetry
c/o DuFour Editions
PO Box 7, Chester Springs, PA 19425
9781903392867, $21.95,

There have been many samples of Irish poets over the years, and each one is more fascinating than the last. "The Mischievous Boy" is a focus on Ireland in the twenty first century from Maurice Harmon, a celebrated professor and man of literature from Dublin. His work displays his knowledge of literature and poetry well, making for a fine and exciting adventure in verse. "The Mischievous Boy" is an excellent addition to any world poetry collection. "A Matter of Time": It is only a matter of time before leaves/loosen, roots drag from the earth/only a matter of time before we start/to query the fragility of air, the pace of blood/thrumming across the bone, once the evidence/shows, empty pews, missing voices/a friend hurried off in the night/only a matter of time before earth/closes about us and leaves turn to mould.

A Sunday in God-Years
Michelle Boisseau
The University of Arkansas Press
105 N. McIlroy Ave., Fayetteville, AR 72701
1557289018, $16.00,

Three books out, Michelle Boisseau continues to please her readers with her fourth collection, "A Sunday in God-Years". Focusing on the bonds of family mixing in her fondness for earth science and geology, Boisseau meshes elements well, making "A Sunday in God-Years" a unique treat that readers will simply relish. "& If & If": Tiny word, front vowel and fricative,/it lifted willowy in my brother's/hospital room wormy with cords/and monitors, feeds and drips,/the doctors on call and the residents,//interns, students, nurses(adept Jennifer,/lovely Rolando), respiratory therapists/(gentle Victor), If, a word sturdily/delicate, feather barb, hook of hope.

The Scattered Papers of Penelope
Katrina Anghelaki-Rooke
Graywolf Press
2042 University Avenue, Suite 203, St. Paul, MN 55114
9781555975197, $15.00,

One of Greece's most noted poets now has a retrospective collection of her best available in English. "The Scattered Papers of Penelope" is a collection of some of Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke's newer work as well as a sampling of her older work as it has not been previously published in English. A fine look at the mind of the modern Greek woman, "The Scattered Papers of Penelope" is an excellent pick for world poetry fans. "Yanousa and a Poem": When I was in love, it flowered.//The sun a distant white flower/perfumed the cold./Yanousa begins a poem./She sees it stretching like the gum/we chewed as children/stretching out the window/and disappearing around the corner of the blue sky./What was the poem about?/She forgot. Some memory that also disappeared/around the corner of the mind./Why do people write poems?/So they have them when nature turns off the light.

This Side of Early
Naomi Ayala
Curbstone Press
321 Jackson Street, Williamantic, CT 06226
9781931896467, $13.95,

A woman simply pondering the nature of the world has never been so entertaining. "This Side of Early" is an anthology of poetry from Naomi Ayala, focusing on her beliefs and how she views the spiritual world as the connection between so much of the world from the forests to the vast urban jungle of cities. "This Side of Early" is a fine and fascinating book of verse, recommended. "For You": Meet me where the barn owl/comes about old people we know/and the sky turns/and the bridge between daylight and night/stretches like a clothesline with our words./Our surefootedness, one breath/through earth and sky-/our arms, braided roots./We can sit down with tobacco,/lay our thoughts against the burning stars.

Starve the Poets!
Yi Sha
Bloodaxe Books
c/o Dufour Editions
PO Box 7, Chester Springs, PA 19425
9781852248154, $23.95,

You can't suppress culture, even in China. "Starve the Poets!" is a collection from Yi Sha. Yi Sha is a controversial poet, born and raised in China under the Maoist era of cultural suppression. Writing in a unique style which has revolutionized modern Chinese poetry, Yi Sha's work is a one-of-a-kind read and will open many people to the literary works of modern China. "Starve the Poets!" is well worth a look. "Comfort for the Future": On the day the Bastille was stormed/a child's shoe was found abandoned/in a boulevard//The following morning/my son came home, sneaking/into his room//his one foot bare.

How Beautiful The Beloved
Gregory Orr
Copper Canyon Press
PO Box 271, Port Townsend, WA 98368
9781556592836, $16.00,

Seasoned and prolific poet Gregory Orr returns to readers with yet another volume, "How Beautiful the Beloved", focusing on happiness and the many paths towards it. Each poem details his own take on many of the possible routes. "How Beautiful the Beloved" is upbeat and uplifting, highly recommended. A sample: What death shatters/(sliver in the dirt, /shard in the heart),//Song will find/No matter/How scattered./Poem will gather/into its pattern.

If I Had Known, I'd Been Ready
Oscar B. Nalls, Jr.
American Literary Press
1290 Bay Dale Drive, Suite 297, Arnold, MD 21012-2325
1561678791, $9.95,

The poetry of Oscar B. Nalls Jr. arises out of his own and diverse life experiences and observing the poverty, hopelessness, and 'lost causes' around him as he grew up in Detroit, Michigan, served two tours in Viet Nam, and working as a corrections officer. Nevertheless, his poetry also has an inspirational quality underscoring that despite any handicaps of birth and community, it is quite possible to enjoy what life has to offer, have dreams that are worth working to realize, challenges that can be overcome, and a life very much worth living. Very highly recommended reading, "If I Had Known, I'd Been Ready" is an impressive collection. These are simple poems of homespun elegance, hope, experience, appreciation, and encouragement. 'Laughter': Laughter comes in different ways,/It soothes the heart, and makes our days./It helps us forgive when times are bad,/And makes us happy when we're down and sad./It's part of life that can't be taken,/No matter when it's always scared./So keep in mind it's my little gift,/When you're feeling down and need a lift.

The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf

Angels & Demons
Columbia Pictures
Newmarket Press
18 E. 48th Street, New York, NY 10017
9781557048332, $19.95,

The creative work put behind some of Hollywood's best is truly awe-inspiring. "Angels & Demons: The Illustrated Movie Companion" is a collection of photographs and concept art focused on the blockbuster new film created from the bestselling novel by 'Da Vinci Code' author Dan Brown. With a foreword from Brown, there is much to enjoy for both fans of the book and movie. "Angels & Demons" is a fine addition to any movie buff's collection.

Channeling the Future
Lincoln Geraghty, editor
Scarecrow Press
4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706
9780810866751 $45.00 1-800-462-6420

Edited by film studies lecturer Lincoln Geraghty, Channeling the Future: Essays on Science Fiction and Fantasy Television is an anthology of thoughtful essays exploring popular culture sci-fi and fantasy TV from the 1950s to the present day. Individual essays re-examine overlooked and forgotten series, as well as exploring the appearance and feel this genre of television as a whole, from location, landscape, and iconography to special effects, set design, props, and costumes. Individual television series spotlighted include "The Twilight Zone", "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea", "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.", "Star Trek: The Next Generation", "Angel", "Firefly", "Futurama", and the new "Battlestar Galactica". The essays range in subject from "Irwin Allen's Recycled Monsters and Escapist Voyages" to "There Can Be Only One: Highlander: The Series' Portrayal of Historical and Contemporary Fantasy", to "Kinky Borgs and Sexy Robots: The Fetish, Fashion, and Discipline of Seven of Nine". A remarkably studious examination of the implications of imaginative popular culture, especially recommended for media studies shelves with a focus on science fiction and fantasy.

The Judaic Studies Shelf

Celebrating the Jewish Year
Paul Steinberg
Jewish Publications Society
PO Box 960, Herndon, VA 20172-0960
9780827608504, $22.00,

Every holiday has its own traditions. "Celebrating the Jewish Year: The Spring and Summer Holidays" is an educational manual outlining the meanings, traditions, and purpose of the Jewish year with a focus on the spring and summer. With chapters on Passover, Shavout, and other important annual events, author Paul Steinberg explains customs in simple terms accessible to readers of all backgrounds, including gentiles and Jews alike. "Celebrating the Jewish Year" deserves a place in any Jewish reference collection.

A Taste of Hebrew
Rabbi Aaron Starr
URJ Books & Music
633 Third Avenue, 7th floor, New York, NY 10017-6778
0807409596 $10.45 1-888-489-8242

Intended as a prequel to "Aleph Isn't Tough", A Taste of Hebrew is a self-study primer for young people and adults alike who are curious to learn more about the basics of the Hebrew language. Every other page of the book is devoted to a single letter of the Hebrew alphabet, from its pronunciation, to simple words with the letter, to easy-to-follow Hebrew reading exercises, to "T'filah Tidbits" factoids touching upon aspects of Jewish religion, culture, and history. Though not meant to replace a standard course textbook, A Taste of Hebrew is an excellent, inexpensive, easy-to-use foundational book for getting started with Hebrew. Highly recommended.

The Graphic Novel Shelf

Astro Boy: The Movie
IDW Publishing
5080 Santa Fe Street, San Diego, CA 92109
MAR094306, $3.99,

One of the first Japanese animation superheroes, Astro Boy is basically an intelligent, self-aware robot in the form and shape of a young boy who fights to protect people from a wide assortment of villains. Now this anime character is coming to the big screen this summer. Paving the way for this much anticipated film by legions of Astro Boy fans, is a four-part comic book from IDW Publishing that will serve as a prequel to the forthcoming movie. The creation of writer/artist Osamu Tezuka, Astro Boy searches for his lost father (the scientist who made him) in an exotic underground kingdom. This four-part series is deftly written by Scott Tipton and superbly illustrated by Diego Jourdan with the first issue graced by the cover art of Ashely Wood. A 'must' for all dedicated Astro Boy fans, "Astro Boy: The Movie" will admirably serve to introduce a new generation of readers to one of the most popular and enduring of Japanese anime characters -- Astro Boy!

The Photography Shelf

Creative Photoshop CS4: Digital Illustration and Art Techniques
Derek Lea
Focal Press
30 Corporate Drive #400, Burlington, MA 01803
9780240521343, $39.95

If you're a digital artist, designer or illustrator seeking new techniques for using Photoshop, you've come to the right place with Creative Photoshop CS4: Digital Illustration and Art Techniques. It's packed with insights on how to produce stunning images, holds chapter summaries to aid in quickly locating projects that hold specific tools of interest, and is packed with the award-winning author's own digital pictures to reinforce concepts updated throughout for CS4. A 'must' for any serious Photoshop user or collections catering to them.

Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop
Jeff Schewe and Martin Evening
Focal Press
30 Corporate Drive #400, Burlington, MA 01803
9780240811185, $49.95

Users of Photoshop who already have a good foundation and seek to advance skills will find Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop is packed with tips from a professional photographer and digital imager who teams up with a Photoshop author for maximum effect. Sharing their knowledge, the two show how to use the software on an advanced level, using examples, diagrams, and step-by-step illustrations throughout. Two hours of video tutorials and images from the book accompany color-coded pages of key detail.

Scanning Negatives and Slides
Sascha Steinhoff
Rocky Nook
26 W Mission St. Suite 3, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2432
9781933952307, $44.95

SCANNING NEGATIVES AND SLIDES: DIGITIZING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC ARCHIVE tells how to handle an archive of slides and negatives that cannot be directly integrated into the new digital formats or workflows. This 2nd updated edition tells how to use negatives for maximum digital effect, how to use film scanners, and how to handle software tools. Discussions of specific software options and techniques makes for a winning survey for any involved in digital photography.

A History of Wayne State University in Photographs
Evelyn Aschenbrenner
Wayne State University Press
4809 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201-1309
9780814332825, $39.95,

For well over a century, Wayne State University has been a major element in Detroit's higher education. "A History of Wayne State University in Photographs" covers the Michigan university's one hundred and forty year history. The photos represent Wayne State University from when it was nothing more than a loosely associated collection of colleges, to its formation into a college, to how it has become the modern educational institutional it is today. Filled with countless beautiful black and white photos, there is much to embrace historically in "A History of Wayne State University in Photographs". A must for those with an appreciation of all things Detroit.

Historic Photos of the Chinese in California
Hannah Clayborn
200 4th Avenue North, Suite 950, Nashville, TN 37219
9781596525191, $39.95,

The land of opportunity brought many to American shores, from both the east and the west. "Historic Photos of the Chinese in California" is a collection of photos capturing the unique struggle of Chinese immigrants arriving in California and trying to make their place in society - a society that looked down upon them with contempt and distrust. Telling a story of the people and their determination to belong, survive, and prosper, "Historic Photos of the Chinese in California" is a solid pick for a coffee table book or simply a photographic history collection.

Portraits of Pregnancy
Jennifer Loomis and Hugo Kugiya
Sentient Publications
1113 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 80302
9781591810827 $24.95 1-303-443-2188

Portraits of Pregnancy: The Birth of a Mother is an amazing collection of portraits of more than fifty women - each entry shows a black-and-white photograph revealing the beauty of pregnancy, accompanied by text that details her journey to motherhood. The women in the photographs are nude or nearly nude, but the context is not overtly sexual; it is about celebrating pregnancy and motherhood. From celebrity moms to single moms to a lesbian couple who had two children through a sperm donation from a longtime gay friend, the woman portrayed come from an immense diversity of backgrounds. Difficult issues such as the challenge of being a single parent, dealing with repeated miscarriage, and the ominous press of post-partum depression are also covered. A glorious and ultimately positive portrayal of pregnancy, especially recommended as a wonderful baby shower gift for expectant moms.

The Sports Shelf

Finn McCool's Football Club
Stephen Rea
Pelican Publishing Company
1000 Burmaster Street, Gretna, LA 70053
9781589806412, $24.95,

A helping hand can come from the strangest of places. "Finn McCool's Football Club: The Birth, Death, and Resurrection of a Pub Soccer Team in the City of the Dead" tells the story of a New Orleans football club - the European variety, not the American - which embraced the hottest sport in Europe and gathered with others who felt this way, a rarity so far from Europe. Europeans by birth, they came together only to be broke apart by Hurricane Katrina. A memoir of brotherhood, "Finn McCool's Football Club" is a fine read, sure to inspire and push readers to value their friendships.

The Christian Studies Shelf

The Jesus of the Bible
Stephen M. Miller
PO Box 719, Uhrichsville, OH 44683
9781602600089, $19.95,

Icon? Superstar? What does the Bible really say about Jesus? "The Jesus of the Bible: An Illustrated Guide to His Life - World - Teachings" reaches into the Holy Bible and brings readers what the scripture says about its most holy individual. A story presented in a new way accompanied by high detail maps, full color photographs and paintings, and insights on the artifacts of Jesus' time, "The Jesus of the Bible" brings another dimension to the teachings of Jesus. "The Jesus of the Bible" is a top pick for religious readers.

Introducing Paul
Michael F. Bird
IVP Academic
PO Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL 60515-1426
9780830828975, $20.00,

One of the most influential apostles was Paul; to know him is to know early Christianity. "Introducing Paul: The Man, His Mission, and His Message" is a biography of Paul the apostle and seeks to blend his life's story with his teachings. Author Michael Bird offers much that should educate and inspire readers about this vitally important historical figure. A collection of lessons through life, "Introducing Paul" would be well considered for inquisitive Christians everywhere.

Marriage 101
Jewell R. Powell
c/o Baker Publishing Group
PO Box 6287, Grand Rapids, MI 49516-6287
9780800733322, $13.99,

Marriage isn't something that can just be left behind. "Marriage 101: Building a Life Together by Faith" is a Christian guide to building a stronger marriage that will last decades instead of months or a few short years, as many fear with today's sky high divorce rate. Focusing on scripture in hopes of strengthening bonds between man and wife, author and marriage coach Jewell R. Powell taps into her professional experience throughout. "Marriage 101" is a fine gift for any Christian newlywed couple.

Seeking Life
Esther De Waal
Liturgical Press
St. John's Abbey, PO Box 7500, Collegeville, MN 56321-7500
9780814618806, $19.95,

Baptism is part of humanity's submission to God. "Seeking Life: The Baptismal Invitation of the Rule of St. Benedict" examines the place of Baptism in the modern Christian's life. Baptism is part of a vow, but like much of religion, many Christians forget and simply do these vows lip service. Stating to be a road map to the road that leads to life, author Esther De Waal hopes to inspire a return to faith in her readers. "Seeking Life" as such, is a fine choice Christian readers.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

The Unlikely Disciple
Kevin Roose
Grand Central Publishing
237 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9780446178426, $24.99

THE UNLIKELY DISCIPLE: A SINNER'S SEMESTER AT AMERICA'S HOLIEST UNIVERSITY is funny, poignant, pointed, and just what any spiritual library needs. Kevin Roose left his Ivy League school to attend Liberty University, a conservative Baptist school in Virginia. His experiences are eye-opening, fun and offer many keys to understanding religious instruction, rules, and spirituality within their confines.

Saving Creation
Christopher J. Preston
Trinity University Press
1 Trinity Place, San Antonio, TX 78212-7200
9781595340504, $25.95,

For every concept, there is an originator. "Saving Creation: Nature and Faith in the Life of Holmes Rolston III" is a biography and environmental book focusing on the life of one Holmes Rolston III, called the father of modern environmental ethics. A man who did not entirely shun evolutionary theory despite his deep Christian beliefs, Rolston did much to bridge the gap between science, faith, and the environment. Telling of a life filled with accolades and awards, this biography of Rolston will give readers much to think about. "Saving Creation" would do well in any biography, environmental studies collection, or religion/spirituality reading list.

Medicine, Miracles, & Manifestations
John L. Turner
New Page Books
3 Tice Road, PO Box 687, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
Warwick Associates (publicity)
18340 Sonoma Highway, Sonoma, CA 95476
9781601630605, $15.99,

Traditional medicine is good, but an understanding of spirituality can enhance its application. "Medicine, Miracles, & Manifestations" is a memoir and spiritual manual of author John L. Turner, reflecting on his time as a successful surgeon and how coming to understand the soul and new age medicine has only enhanced his practice and given him a better understanding of the human spirit. "Medicine, Miracles, & Manifestations" is well worth a look for those who want to blend tradition and spirituality.

The Criminology Shelf

Colin Wilson & Damon Wilson
36-36 Street, Long Siland City, NY 11106
9780843708769, $19.99

For some reason, mankind is fascinated with the scum of the earth. "Evil: Spine Tingling True Stories of Murder and Mayhem" chronicles the most notorious murders and murder victims throughout history, tracing man's misdeeds back thousands of years. Sixty cases are looked at, each with details on how the event came into play with photographs, drawings, and records. A fine volume for anyone fascinated by the evil of man.

Murder, Morality and Madness
Diane L. Goeres-Gardner
Caxton Press
312 Main Street, Caldwell, ID 83605-3299
9780870044700 $16.95 1-800-657-6465

Murder, Morality and Madness: Women Criminals in Early Oregon is a true accounting of several fascinating case studies of Victorian women. These women were driven to kill, often under desperate circumstances, and when they were brought to "justice" it was before all-male juries, and often they served time under insufferable conditions in all-male jails. As much an account of real-life tragedy as it is a solid secondary reference source, Murder, Morality and Madness is thoroughly accessible to readers of all backgrounds and especially recommended to anyone interested in writing fact or fiction about Oregon during this turbulent era of women's inequality.

Driven to Kill
J. Peter Rothe
The University of Alberta Press
Ring House 2, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6G 2E1
0888644876, $34.95,

When humanity develops a new technology, it seems one of the first things they do is figure out how to use it as a weapon. "Driven to Kill: Vehicles as Weapons" chronicles the use of the automobile as a weapon in crime, outlining how automobiles have enabled such crime to occur in the past century. While the car has enabled much societal progress, it was and is not without cost. An utterly fascinating and excellent read, "Driven to Kill" is a top pick for an addition to community library true crime collections.

The Martial Arts Shelf

The Little Black Book of Violence
Lawrence A. Kane & Kris Wilder
YMAA Publication Center
PO Box 480, Wolfeboro, NH 03894
9781594391293, $24.95,

In a perfect world, violence would be unnecessary. The world isn't perfect. "The Little Black Book of Violence: What Every Young Man Needs to Know About Fighting" is a look at physical force and when it ought to be rightfully applied. Aimed at younger men, "The Little Black Book of Violence" hopes to instill discipline. While offering encouragement as to when violence should be used, "The Little Black Book of Violence" more strongly encourages pacifism, as many things simply aren't worth fighting for. "The Little Black Book of Violence" is a top choice and gift not just for young martial arts enthusiasts, but for everyone learning basic self- defense.

The Architecture Shelf

Theology in Built Environments
Sigurd Bergman
Transaction Publishing
35 Berrue Circle, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8042
1412810183, $49.95,

Architecture and religion have a long-standing relationship with one another. "Theology in Built Environments" is a scholarly examination of this relationship and how throughout history it has evolved and changed. Religious buildings have always been perceived as spiritual icons, but potentially, these structures could be holding religion back. Many minds from both roads of thought come to speak and offer much for their readers to ponder. How is modern building design bending to not only recent thoughts, but also the needs of the modern worshiper? "Theology in Built Environments" is utterly fascinating reading and deserves a place in any collection devoted to religion or architecture.

The Environmental Studies Shelf

Going Green
Laura Pritchett, Editor
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780806140131, $19.95

GOING GREEN: TRUE TALES FROM CLEANERS, SCAVENGERS, AND DUMPSTER DIVERS has gathered the work of over twenty writers who tell their personal accounts of Dumpster driving, eating road kill, salvaging bottles and recycled materials, and more. These stories consider ways in which people can 'go green' and underlying issues of priorities and cultural influences on the process, making for a fine probe of what really defines 'green' actions. General lending libraries will find it intriguing.

The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning
James Lovelock
Basic Books
c/o Perseus Books Group
Eleven Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9780465015495, $25.00

There is nothing humans can do at this point to reverse global warming: the planet's too overpopulated to halt its own destruction by greenhouses gases. That's the contention of scientist James Lovelock, inventor of the Gaia Theory which claims the Earth is a living, self-regulating super organism. In order to survive, humans must begin preparing now for life on a radically changed planet - such survival to include nuclear energy and aggressive agricultural development in selected, predicted-stable areas of the world. A powerful, different kind of wake-up call, this deserves a place in every lending library concerned about mankind's future on Earth.

James A. Young & Charlie D. Clements
University of Nevada Press
Mail Stop 0166, Reno, NV, 89557-0166
9780874177657, $44.95, 1-877-682-6657

The simplest of things can be the bane of an entire ecosystem. "Cheatgrass: Fire and Forage on the Range" speaks on the species known as Bromus tectorum, a.k.a. Cheatgrass. Formerly rare, it has spread through the western United States and its mountain ranges, and its remarkable flammability feeds the feared brush fires of the region, which consume it and other less resilient species. The first published study on the plant in history, "Cheatgrass" deserves a place in any environmental studies collection.

Our Wilderness: America's Common Ground
Doug Scott
Fulcrum Publishing
4690 Table Mountain Drive, Suite 100, Golden, Colorado 80403
9781555916411 $19.95 1-800-992-2908

John Muir Award winner Doug Scott presents Our Wilderness: America's Common Ground, a soft-cover photographic tribute to the beauty of pristine wilderness, what it means to individual Americans, and why conservation and preservation efforts are absolutely vital. The full-page color images of waterfalls, trees, flowers, canyons and more are utterly breathtaking to behold, and the individual testimonies reflect a deep and abiding love of the natural world among a diversity of individuals. Our Wilderness: America's Common Ground lives up to its title and is the perfect gift book for any nature lover.

The Literary Shelf

Poetry Against Torture
Paul A. Bove
Hong Kong University Press
c/o University of Washington Press
PO Box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145-5096
9789622099272, $27.95,

Torture has been a recent hot debate topic, and many have chosen different vehicles to stand against it. "Poetry Against Torture: Criticism, History, and the Human" is not actually a book on poetry condemning torture, but is rather an exploration of how people around the world have taken up a pen and have used verse to protest against the practice, being former victims or simply concerned citizens. "Poetry Against Torture" is a scholarly examination of how the poetry world has staged its own protest, highly recommended.

The Self-Help Shelf

Four Faces in the Mirror
Vito Hemphill
Llumina Press
7915 W. McNab Rd., Tamarac, FL 33321
9781605940793, $11.95,

Before you can improve anything, you need to take a long hard look at it. "Four Faces in the Mirror" is a guide to improving oneself by realizing all sides to a particular aspect of one's personality. Masculinity and femininity both have positive and negative aspects, and author Vito Hemphill claims that by embracing the positive aspects of both sides while trying to trim down the negative aspects, one can make oneself a better person. "Four Faces in the Mirror" is worth the read for those who want to examine themselves but need advice on how to do it effectively.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Deader Still
Anton Strout
Ace Books
c/o The Berkley Publishing Group
375 Hudson St, New York NY 10014
9780441016914, $7.99

Part Ghostbusters and part Men in Black is this fine story blending a crime saga with fantasy. Simon has never imagined himself in a traditional job - but when he works for Manhattan's Department of Extraordinary Affairs he finds his life changed and challenged in more ways than one. Vampires and psychometry skills come into plan in Simon's survey of a crime spree that really sucks, perfect for collections catering to fantasy and mystery readers alike.

Belisarius II: Storm at Noontide
Eric Flint and David Drake
Baen Books
Box 1403, Riverdale, NY 10471
1416591486, $23.00

Count Belisarius is the greatest general of all ages who must outwit the evil empire in battle lest evil rule humanity forever. FORTUNE'S STROKE told of a supercomputer from the future forging dangerous weapons on human soil: here Belisarius faces new allies and battles in a collection which pairs both Belisarius novels under one cover for a uniform presentation perfect for science fiction libraries strong in military presentations.

Sarah Monette
Ace Books
c/o The Berkley Publishing Group
375 Hudson St, New York NY 10014
9780441015962, $24.95

Exiled from the Melusine for heresy, Calabine wizard Felix and his half-brother journey to the land of Corambis to face a wizard tribunal's judgements. Corambis is riddled with unrest, however - and Felix and Mildmay find themselves embroiled into a mystery thwarting even the must powerful of mages. Can their powers ultimately turn the course of events? A fine fantasy steeped in magic, perfect for fantasy collections.

The Computer Shelf

Sexy Web Design
Elliot Jay Stocks
48 Cambridge St, Collingwood VIC Australia 3066
9780980455236, $39.95

Great web designers often hoard secrets, but this easy guide offers keys to understanding these methods of creating break-taking web interfaces. From master interface design principles to creating functional websites, it's packed with large color screen shot examples and illustrations on every page and is an eye-catching, outstanding 'must' for any serious computer library catering to web designers at all levels.

Growing Software
Louis Testa
No Starch Press
555 DeHaro St #250, San Francisco, CA 94107
9781593271831, $39.95

Collections catering to software engineers will find this a fine practical guide for managing technology at a small company, showing how to run a software company short- and long-term. Hands-on advice teaches how to build and lead a team, sell products, and work with customers at all levels of importance.

Survival Guide for Lotus Notes and Domino Administrators
Mark Elliott
IBM Press
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0137153317, $49.99

Database administrators and management personnel will find this the only title to focus on the specific technical, desk-side and infrastructure issues that support administrators running Lotus Notes in production. From client setup to technical support issues, Survival Guide for Lotus Notes and Domino Administrators offers quick, accessible coverage from reviews of key software changes to upgrades and changed client settings. A 'must' for both computer and business libraries catering to software administrators using Lotus Notes.

Seam Framework
Michael Juntao Yuan, Jacob Orshalick, Thomas Heute
Prentice Hall/PTR
c/o Pearson Education
801 East 96th Street, 3rd floor, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0137129394, $44.99

The second updated edition of SEAM FRAMEWORK: EXPERIENCE THE EVOLUTION OF JAVA EE has been fully updated to cover enhancements to version 2.x and offers a core study guide to all the applications and functions of Seam. Java programming libraries will find this a 'must' acquisition: it covers all the advanced functions with discussions that offer keys to understanding how to take maximum advantage of Seam's impressive powers.

1005 Gravenstein Hwy North, Sebastopol, CA 95472

Martin Kalin's Java Web Services Up And Running (9780596521127, $34.99) example-driven book offers an introduction to Java's APIs for XMP Web Services and RESTful Web Services alike, and is a pick for any collection appealing to Java programmers. From working code examples and clear directions for deploying and creating an application to writing web services from scratch and handling authentication, Java Web Services Up And Running is a pick for any student of Java programming. Federico Biancuzzi and Shane Warden's MASTERMINDS OF PROGRAMMING (9780596515171, $39.99) provides a series of discussions with some of the creators of major programming languages, featuring exclusive interviews with the creators of several historic programming languages. From ideas that led to specific design decisions to goals of the early pioneers of software, this is an outstanding recommendation for any computer collection.

Event-Driven Architecture
High Taylor,
Addison Wesley
c/o Pearson Education
801 East 96th Street, 3rd floor, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0321322118, $44.99

Computer libraries catering to programmers will find much of interest in Event-Driven Architecture: How SOA Enables the Real-Time Enterprise. It covers all aspects of SOA operations, from defining terminology and showing how EDA can apply to common business programs to IT challenges in its implementation and how the EDA approach can help a range of issues. Any studying EDA needs this primer.

The Interior Design Shelf

Advanced Redesign
Barbara Jennings, CRS/CSS
Ahava Press
7501 Slater Ave #C, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
9780961802653 $34.95

ADVANCED REDESIGN covers everything from understanding the home sales process in the staging effort to decorating a house for holiday themes, framing art, disposing of waste products, and more. Home redecorators and designers receive an outstanding selection of specific tips for not only every room of the house, but exteriors as well, making ADVANCED REDESIGN a winning acquisition for any professional real estate agent or interior design collection.

Residential Lighting 2nd Edition
Randall Whitehead, IALD
111 River St., Hoboken, NJ 07030
9780470284834, $75.00

RESIDENTIAL LIGHTING: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO BEAUTIFUL AND SUSTAINABLE DESIGN tells how to use 'light layering' using a range of lighting sources together. Room-by-room lighting tips and techniques accompany expanded chapters on energy-efficient lighting offering solutions to common lighting challenges, making for an exceptional guide from a lighting consultant with over 25 years experience.

Robert J. Settich
Taunton Press
Box 5506, Newtown, CT 06470-5506
9781561588732, $19.95

Taunton's 'Build Like a Pro' books are perfect for home-improvement projects and offer an expert's advice for specific projects - here, for built-in designs for cabinets, shelves and entertainment centers. From hardware to materials and construction techniques and choices, BUILT-INS is the perfect guide for any homeowner's library and for libraries catering to them.

The International Studies Shelf

The Closed Circle
David Pryce-Jones
Ivan R. Dee Publisher
1332 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60642-2694
9781566638265, $18.95

Newly back in print is this re-issue of David Pryce-Jones' classic account of Arab societies, a 'must' for any student of modern-day Middle East issues. It considers the motivations driving Arabs in their interactions with each other and with the West, offering insights into tribal kinship structures, religious laws, perceptions of honor and more. A fine history, it's a recommended pick for any library seeking a strong Middle East collection.

The Nautical Shelf

Trailer Sailer: Owner's Manual
Gregg Nestor
Paradise Cay Publications
Box 29, Arcata, CA 95518-0029
093983782X, $17.95

THE TRAILER SAILER OWNER'S MANUAL should be in every nautical collection: it offers a guide to selecting, caring for and enjoying a trailer-able sailboat and answers all questions about caring for sails, launching, boat maintenance and more. Essential tips key to sailing will appeal especially to novices who want tips to pleasurable sailing and maintenance.

The Real Estate Shelf

Foreclosure Nation
Shari B. Olefson JD, LLM
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2119
9781591026631 $18.98

Real estate attorney and educator Shari Olefson is an expert in the current mortgage crisis and its effects on homeowners, and here explains legal and financial terminology and how the national mortgage system works. From choosing a mortgage professional and deciding which product fits to getting the best fees and services, it's a fine collection of real-life stories from frustrated lenders, distressed borrowers, and others caught in the mortgage crunch. Any general lending library will find it a winner.

The Science Shelf

Physics of the Impossible
Michio Kaku
Anchor Books
c/o Random House
1745 Broadway, 17th fl, New York, NY 10019
9780307278821, $15.95

From teleportation and time machines to force fields - are these going to be the new technologies of the future? Michio Kaku examines the latest perceptions of physical laws of the universe and the changes this understanding may bring in the near and distant future. Any who wonder why Star Trek's wonders aren't on the shelves NOW needs Physics of the Impossible: a light, involving reading for any general lending library.

Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time
Richard Conniff
W.W. Norton
500 - 5th Avenue, New York NY 10110
9780393068931, $25.95

Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time: My Life Doing Dumb Stuff with Animals blends science, humor and observation to explore the behaviors and oddities of all kinds of animals, from lemurs that eat cyanide to your local friendly piranha whose ferocity has been mistyped. Little-known truths about exotic species are imparted in a fine field survey following biologists' animal studies and favorite experiences - all seasoned by the author's often-humorous, personal observations. Any general collection catering to lay readers of science facts and animal oddities will find this an accessible, popular lend.

Secret Life of Insects
Peter Milward
Transaction Books
300 McGaw Dr-Raritan Dr, Edison NJ 08837
1412810116, $34.95

THE SECRET LIFE OF INSECTS: AN ENTOMOLOGICAL ALPHABET blends biology, philosophy and psychology in a fine presentation discussing insects and their relationship to human life. It doesn't examine the hidden life of insects but rather than insects reveal human experience and how their lives contrast with human habits and daily lives. A fine discussion not just for science holdings but for collections strong in philosophy as well.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

The 8th Confession
James Patterson
Little, Brown
237 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017
9780316018760, $27.99

As Detective Lindsay Boxer investigates a high-profile murder in San Francisco, she discovers other connections involving the Women's Murder Club's finest minds - including a parallel search by reporter Cindy Thomas. When romance begins to bud as well, the Women's Murder Club faces threats not just to careers and lives but to long-standing friendships in this complex story recommended for any library strong in murder mysteries in general or with prior fans of The Women's Murder Club mysteries by Patterson.

c/o Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson St, New York NY 10014

Suzanne Price's NOTORIOUSLY NEAT: A CRIME SOLVERS MYSTERY (9780451226594, $6.99) tells of Sky and her potential new beau, the town's police chief, who find their first date interrupted by household pets in the restaurant - and murder. A romance heats up into a puzzling investigation in this fun thriller. Leann Sweeney's THE CAT, THE QUILT AND THE CORPSE (9780451225740, $6.99) tells of a recent widow rebuilding her life with three fine cats as a quilter in a small town. When she returns from a show to find someone's broken into her house and stolen her beloved cat, nothing can stop her from getting it back in this fun puzzler. Tod Goldberg's BURN NOTICE: THE END GAME (9780451226761, $6.99) tells of an ex-covert op Michael, cut off from his life but using his talents in new ways. A new client, a hostage situation, and more lends to a fast-paced tale.

The Antiques/Collectibles Shelf

Arrowheads: Early Man Projectile Points of North America
Ken Owens
Collector Books
Box 3009, Paducah, KY 42002-3009
9781574325942, $29.95

Any serious arrowhead collector and libraries catering to archaeologists or collectors alike will find Arrowheads: Early Man Projectile Points of North America an excellent guide. It covers identification and values and includes galleries of points that presents descriptions, distribution notes, age and descriptive remarks. Technical and perfect for the arrowhead specialist.

The Crafts Shelf

Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts
Martha Stewart
Potter Craft
c/o The Crown Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, #B1, New York, NY 10019-4305
9780307450579, $35.00

For nearly 20 years crafters have turned to Martha Stewart Living for all kinds of crafts projects from her magazine. Now the best of these, complete with step-by-step instructions and color photos, have been gathered into a single encyclopedia and organized by topic from A to Z. Histories for more than 30 techniques, detailed descriptions of the tools and materials, and easy templates accompany a guide to a range of crafts projects. Perfect for any general lending library, the Martha Stewart brand name of quality will sell this, if not its fine appearance.

Metal Clay Beads
Barbara Becker Simon
Lark Books
c/o Sterling Publishing Company
387 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10016
9781600590252, $24.95

Crafters seeking to work with metal clay beads will find a fine survey with over 20 projects for using gemstones, glass and other objects in METAL CLAY BEADS. These are diverse projects packed with step-by-step color photos and easy instructions perfect for all levels of jewelry-maker. A top pick for any crafts library.

The Economics Shelf

Greenspan's Bubbles
William A. Fleckenstein
2 Penn Plaza, 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10121
9780071591584, $21.95,

With the recent economic chaos, some blame undoubtedly falls on Alan Greenspan. "Greenspan's Bubbles: The Age of Ignorance at the Federal Reserve" is an indictment of Greenspan's career as head of the Federal Reserve, revealing how his shoddy decision making may have ruined economics almost to a personal level for decades to come. From stock market crashes, to savings & loan crises, to even the Y2K crisis, author William A. Fleckenstein has a bone to pick with Greenspan and justifies his grudge quite well. "Greenspan's Bubbles" is well worth the read for a look at a larger picture surrounding the current economic crisis.

Thomas E. Woods Jr.
1 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001
9781596985872, $27.95,

Are things only going to get worse before they get better? "Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and the Government Bailouts Will Make Thing Worse" is a conservative look at the current economic situation. Author Thomas E. Woods Jr. believes that the current administration's approach and the bailouts will not solve the problems of the nation's economy. With a foreword by noted conservative and former presidential candidate Ron Paul, "Meltdown" is well worth the read for those seeking all opinions.

The Great Financial Crisis
John Bellamy Foster and Fred Magdoff
Monthly Review Press
146 West 29th Street, Suite 6W, New York, NY 10001
9781583671849, $12.95,

How did the country get into this mess anyway? "The Great Financial Crisis: Causes and Consequences" hopes to draw a road map and time line of the current financial crisis, explaining how America has reached this point of desperation. Although written over the past few years, John Bellamy Foster & Fred Magdoff's work is timely and will be of much interest for many readers who are trying to make sense of the current debacle. "The Great Financial Crisis" gets high recommendation for succinctly explaining what is so hard to explain.

The Chinese Economy In The 21st Century
Barbara Krug & Hans Hendrischke
Edward Elgar Publishing
9 Dewey Ct., Northampton, MA 01060-3815
9781845427504, $110.00,

While it is almost universally acknowledged that China will be a major player on the global economic scene during the 21st Century, what is not so widely recognized is that today China is actually a combination of First World and Third World economic conditions. China occupies such a huge landmass that there are wide and dramatic variations within the borders of China ranging from modern and First World conditions in the major cities and along the oceanic coastlines, with endemic poverty -- especially in the rural hinderland. In "The Chinese Economy In The 21st Century: Enterprise And Business Behavior", Barbara Krug (Professor for Economics of Governance in the Rotterdam Schools of Management at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands) and Hans Hendrischke (Associate Professor in Chinese Studies at the University of new South Wales, Sydney, Australia) have knowledgeably compiled and deftly co-edited an exploration of recent and on-going developments in China as reflected by the establishment of private enterprise businesses and companies, developed knowledge based industries, and evolved a kind of partnership between the institutions of government and business. The contributors are all experts in their respective fields and the range of topics runs from changes in business behavior and the growth of new firms, to the fostering of a business oriented culture and governmental bureaucracy transformations with respect to tax policies and oversight. A seminal work, "The Chinese Economy In The 21st Century" is very strongly recommended for inclusion in professional, corporate, academic, and governmental International Economics reference collections in general, and Contemporary Chinese Studies economic supplemental reading lists in particular.

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