Return to home
page Book Reviews, Book Lover Resources, Advice for Writers and Publishers
Home / Internet Bookwatch

Internet Bookwatch

Volume 18, Number 5 May 2008 Home | IBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Library Science Shelf Writing/Publishing Shelf
Library DVD Shelf Martial Arts Shelf Library CD Shelf
Audiobook Shelf Native American Shelf Cookbook Shelf
International Studies Shelf Psychology Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf
Political Science Shelf Mythology/Folklore Shelf Architecture Shelf
Christian Studies Shelf Music Shelf Money/Finance Shelf
American History Shelf Fiction Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf
Sociology Shelf Needlecraft Shelf Literary Shelf
Theatre/Cinema Shelf Metaphysical Studies Shelf Poetry Shelf
Archaeology Shelf Biography Shelf World History Shelf
Civil War Shelf Computer Shelf Railroading Shelf
Nautical Shelf Art Shelf Self-Help Shelf
Women's Studies Shelf Parenting Shelf Social Issues Shelf
Real Estate Shelf Gaming Shelf Business Shelf
Holocaust Studies Shelf Philosophy Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf
Economics Shelf Travel Shelf Aviation Shelf
Military Shelf Crafts Shelf Large Print Shelf
Judaic Studies Shelf Islamic Studies Shelf Education Shelf
Jobs/Careers Shelf Sports Shelf Photography Shelf
Fashion Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf
Interior Design Shelf Criminology Shelf Dance Shelf
Buddhist Studies Shelf Gardening Shelf Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf
Agricultural Studies Shelf Genealogy Shelf Anthropology Shelf
Science Shelf Hunting/Fishing Shelf Woodworking Shelf
Environmental Studies Shelf    

Reviewer's Choice

Along Wisconsin's Ice Age Trail
Bart Smith
University of Wisconsin Press
1930 Monroe Street, Third Floor, Madison, WI 53711-2059
9780299226640, $14.95 1-800-621-2736

The last ice age that took place some twelve thousand years ago helped to create and shape Wisconsin's topography and create the varied landscape that is Wisconsin today. Wisconsin's 'Ice Age national Scenic Trail' is a one thousand mile footpath that traverses across the entire state and a popular outdoor attraction for legions of tourists and residents every year. Along these natural course are to be seen hundreds of beautiful lakes, expansive prairies, fertile farm lands, essential wetlands, Native American effigy mounts, the remains of oak savannas, and a cultural wealth of villages, towns, and cities. Magnificently showcasing the effects of continental glaciation (in some places the flow of glacial ice was as much as two miles deep) created a variety of geologic features including kames, kettles, drumlins, ice-walled-lake plans, eskers, tunnel channels, basalt bluffs, dells, and rock-strewn terminal moraines. Of special note is the ancient landscape of the Driftless Area which is devoid of glacial evidence. "Along Wisconsin's Ice Age Trail" is superbly illustrated study of this ancient causeway and is enhanced with informed and informative essays by Mike Dombeck (former chief of the U.S. Forest Service and a biologist on the campus of the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point); Robert Freckmann (botanist at the UW-Stevens Point); Paul G. Hayes (retired journalist for the 'Milwaukee Journal'; Randy Hoffman (conservation biologist, Wisconsin Department of natural Resources), Ellen Kort (former poet laureate of Wisconsin); David Mickelson (Emeritus Professor, Department of Geology and Geophysics, UW-Madison) and Sarah Mittlefehldt (environmental historian, UW-Madison). "Along Wisconsin's Ice Age Trail" should be a part of every Wisconsin school and community collection, and is enthusiastically recommended for anyone who has every walked any portion of this fantastic ice age trail -- or who would like to!

Antarctic Destinies
Stephanie Barczewski
80 Maiden Lane, #704, New York NY 10038
9781847251923, $26.95

ANTARCTIC DESTINIES: SCOTT, SHACKLETON AND THE CHANGING FACE OF HEROISM follows the changing reputations and historical discovers of three early explorers of the Antarctic and their entwined lives and objectives. The idea of the heroic explorer and their special challenges comes to life in chapters that reveal their changing images, their lives, and how and why their reputations have changed in the literature. Any general-interest library strong in exploration history and Antarctic history in general will find this invaluable.

Empowering Electric and Gas Utilities with GIS
Bill Meehan
380 New York Street, Redlands, CA 92373-8100
9781589480254, $34.95

The delivery of utilities takes much energy in itself, and GIS systems can help save money by maximizing safety - covered here in a survey of GIS connections to energy provision. A fictitious utility, AnyTown Energy, is used as a case study to follow its conversion to GIS, with case studies adding details on GIS real-world applications. Utility executives, technology managers, and any GIS professional or library catering to them will find this coverage essential and important.

The Gunflint Cabin
John Henricksson
Beaver's Pond Press
7104 Ohms Lane, Suite 101, Edina, MN 55439
9781592982196, $14.95 1-952-829-8818

Award-winning author John Henricksson presents The Gunflint Cabin: A Northwoods Memoir, a memoir hodgepodge drawn from his daily life for 28 years. The Gunflint Cabin tells of encounters with wildlife, foraging for berries, creative outhouse designs, baking bread, making repairs to the water system, the continual upkeep of cabin property, and much more. An afterword deserves special note for its reference to two events that have the potential to drastically change the region: natural disasters of wind and wildfire, and perhaps more deadly, a new wave of affluence that threatens to remold the wild country into "Suburbia North". A wonderfully immersive, true tale of the ups and downs of a simpler life. Also highly recommended are Henricksson's previous two Gunflint region books, "A Wild Neighborhood" and "Gunflint: The Trail, The People, The Stories".

The Library Science Shelf

Helping Homeschoolers in the Library
Adrienne Furness
ALA Editions
50 East Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611
9780838909553, $35.00 1-866-746-7252

Author Adrienne Furness (Children and Family Services Librarian, Webster Public Library) draws upon her extensive work with homeschoolers in a variety of settings to present Helping Homeschoolers in the Library, a straightforward guide for library professionals to helping homeschooling parents who use public libraries as their primary resource for learning materials. Chapters focus on the practicalities of helping homsechoolers, and cover the different homeschooling and unschooling movements; a thorough discussion of the resources that best serve homeschooling populations; ideas for programs and social opportunities the library can offer; annotated lists of recommended readings and online resources; and much more. A thoroughly useful guide that extends beyond common stereotypes to fill a growing need nationwide.

Virtual Reference On A Budget
Teresa Dalston & Michael Pullin, editors
Linworth Books
c/o Linworth Publishing, Inc.
3650 Olentangy River Road, Suite 250, Columbus, OH 43214
1586832875, $39.95,

Nowhere has the phenomena of the Internet made as enduring an impact as on the storage and retrieval of information. This is particularly true for libraries, be they public, academic, corporate, governmental, or private. Collaboratively compiled and deftly co-edited by information science experts Teresa Dalston and Michael Pullin, "Virtual Reference On A Budget: Case Studies" is a 216-page compendium of 'user friendly' instruction on creating a virtual reference service in libraries by taking full advantage of Internet and World Wide Web resources without the necessity for purchasing expensive hardware and software. Of special note are the practical and easily accessible resources available to library media specialists for persuading their library boards and library administrators on the value, importance, and utility of a 'virtual' reference service for their staff members and their patrons. A superbly organized and presented manual for K-12 library media and technology specialists, readers will learn how to provide virtual reference services to special and diverse patron populations such as hearing-impaired students, the elderly, student researchers, and others. Profusely illustrated with tables and figures, "Virtual Reference On A Budget" is an essential and strongly recommended addition to academic library "Library Science" reference collections, and an enduringly useful reference for practicing librarians seeking to maximize advantages in behalf of their library patrons and staff members with respect to what the Internet has to offer (and how best to access it) within the context of a library setting.

Practical Research Methods for Librarians and Information Professionals
Susan E. Beck and Kate Manuel
Neal-Schuman Publishers
100 William Street, Suite 2004, New York, NY 10038-4512
9781555705916, $65.00 1-866-672-6657

Libraries, be they public, academic, corporate, governmental, or personal, are essential resources for building and maintaining a literate, prosperous, and successful community. In the newest addition to the Neal-Schuman roster of superbly presented 'how to' manuals in the field of Library Science, author Susan E. Beck (with 20 years of experience as an academic librarian), challenges librarians to wear the Researcher hat. "Practical Research Methods for Librarians and Information Professionals" is a guide to assist librarians to become more than what they are, walking them step by step through the research process, choosing topics, creating hypotheses, and as such. It outlines everything a librarian would need to know to be an effective and efficient researcher. Highly recommended for any library science collection and for the librarians themselves.

Senior High Core Collection
Raymond Barber and Patrice Bartell
H.W. Wilson
950 University Avenue, Bronx, NY 10452
9780824210861, $245.00 1-800-367-6770

Now in its seventeenth updated edition, Senior High Core Collection (formerly "Senior High School Library Catalog") lists more than six thousand recommended fiction and nonfiction books for high school students, along with review sources and other professional aids especially for librarians and school media specialists. Listings are alphabetic by both title and author, and contain basic information such as each books publisher, publication date, price, recommended grades, ISBN, and a brief summary of its contents. A separate "Author, Title, Subject, and Analytical Index" enhances the user's ability to quickly find ideal library content. Updated annually with supplements recommending recently published materials, Senior High Core Collection is an indispensable tool enthusiastically recommended for senior high librarians.

The Writing/Publishing Shelf

Growing Great Characters From the Ground Up
Martha Engber
Central Avenue Press
2132-A Central SE #144, Albuquerque, NM 87106
9780971534483, $13.95,

A good story without good characters is an impossibility. Characters are the people that the audience relates to, that the audience connects with to get themselves involved in the story. "Growing Great Characters From the Ground Up: A Thorough Primer for Writers of Fiction and Nonfiction" is a guide for writers to develop these characters to be the best they can be, by evaluating the character piece by piece. To make them truly great, author and freelance writer says, a character needs to be consistent, believable, and admirable. "Growing Great Characters From the Ground Up: A Thorough Primer for Writers of Fiction and Nonfiction" is highly recommended for any aspiring writer to be and for community library writing/publishing shelves.

The Slippery Art Of Book Reviewing
Mayra Calvani & Anne K. Edwards
Twilight Times Books
PO Box 3340, Kingsport, TN 37664
9781933353227, $16.95

As long as books have been published there have been those who have felt the need to comment on them. We call such folks 'reviewers'. These literary critics can be self-appointed volunteers, freelance professionals, employed journalists and academicians whose commentaries about what is being written and published is a part of their job. Reviewers (much like the authors and publishers whose work they pass judgments upon) come in three basic categories: The Good; The Bad; and The Mediocre. There really hasn't been a 'how to' guide of any appreciable length or substance to explain the role of a book reviewer, how to become established as a credible reviewer of books, or how to create and operative a book review business. That is, there really hasn't been such an instructional manual until the publication of Mayra Calvani and Anne K. Edwards collaborative work titled "The Slippery Art Of Book Reviewing". Following an informative foreword by James A. Cox (best known within the publishing industry as the Editor-in-Chief of the Midwest Book Review), "The Slippery Art Of Book Reviewing" is divided into three major sections: 'The Art of Reviewing' which lays out in considerable detail the actual 'nuts and bolts' of what a book review actually is, how to go about reviewing books, and the basics of creating a professional reputation and maintaining a successful book review operation; 'The Influence of Book Reviews' which focuses upon the relationship of book reviews to libraries, bookstores, publishers, authors, publicists, book clubs, and readers; and 'Resources' which provides advice and extensive lists of resources for book reviews as they relate to print publications, academia, online review sites, and more. ""The Slippery Art Of Book Reviewing" concludes with providing a 'Sample of a Press Release'. Offering a wealth of practical, experience-tested advice, commentary, technical information, techniques, and resources, "The Slippery Art Of Book Reviewing" should be considered mandatory reading for novice and aspiring book reviewers, as well as having a great deal of enduring value as a reference for even the more experienced reviewer. Additionally, "The Slippery Art Of Book Reviewing" will provide to be informed and informative reading about the book review process for authors, publishers, publicists, booksellers, librarians, and the general reading public.

A Beginning, A Muddle, and an End
525 B Street Suite 1900, San Diego, CA 92101-4495
9780152055554, $14.95,

Write what you know - it's a common proverb told to all writers. "A Beginning, A Muddle, and an End: The Right Way to Write Writing" is a guide designed for all ages to help writers get off on the right foot in creating excellent writing, writing that people will want to read, and how to avoid the common pitfalls that so many writers tend to fall into. Composed in the form of a short fictional story that children writers will be able to relate too, and enhanced with beautiful illustrations by Tricia Tusa, "A beginning, a Muddle, and an End: The Right Way to Write Writing" is highly recommended for writers of all ages and for community library children's fiction sections as a strange bridge between picture books, chapter books, and non fiction.

Webster's All-In-One Dictionary & Thesaurus
Federal Street Press
25-13 Old Kings Highway North, #277, Darien, CT 06820
9781596950467, $12.98, 1-877-886-2830

Every reader, author, and publisher needs a good reference collection of dictionaries and thesaurus. But often space is limited to house a large collection of language reference works. "Webster's All-In-One Dictionary & Thesaurus" is ideal and recommended for a limited reference shelf space as it combines under one cover 67,000 clearly written dictionary definitions with 140,000 synonyms and antonyms. Thesaurus entry follows dictionary entry and is printed in a contrasting color making for a thoroughly 'user friendly' rapid look-up reference. Fully integrated, "Webster's All-In-One Dictionary & Thesaurus" is a 768-page hardcover compendium fully in compliance with Merriam-Webster standards. Also very highly recommended as inexpensive additions to personal, school, and community library language reference collections are Merriam-Webster's "Webster's Contemporary School & Office Thesaurus" (9781596950481, $7.98); "Webster's Contemporary School & Office Dictionary" (9781596950474, $7.98); and "Webster's New Explorer Vocabulary Skill Builder" (9781596950450, $9.98).

The National Writers Association Guide to Writing for Beginners
Sandy Whelchel
Rowman & Littlefield Education
4501 Forbes Boulevard, Suite 200, Lanham, Maryland 20706
9781578866854, $24.95,

Anyone can be a writer. In fact, it's particularly hard to get through the public school system without at one time or another doing some form of creative writing. "The National Writers Association Guide to Writing for Beginners: A How-To Reference for Plot, Dialogue, Nonfiction, Internet Publishing, and More" is simply a guide to getting ones mind going for the process, broken into short, bite sized chunks of information easy to digest for people wanting to get themselves writing once more and how to do it well on a technical level, while serving as an introduction to the writing business as a whole complete with a wade in copyright laws. "The National Writers Association Guide to Writing for Beginners: A How-To Reference for Plot, Dialogue, Nonfiction, Internet Publishing, and More" is highly recommended for any aspiring writer just starting out and for community library collections catering to them.

The Write Type
Karen E. Peterson, Ph. D
Adams Media
57 Littlefield Street, Avon, MA 02322
9781598694703, $12.95,

Committed or Conflicted? Organized or Chaotic? Lunch Hour or Log Cabin? What kind of writer is one, really? "The Write Type: Discover Your True Writer's Identity and Create a Customized Writing Plan" is a guide to help writers identify with who they are as a writer by going over preferred writing conditions such as mood, organization, deadlines, solitude, order, and other aspects of ones writing that may not be obvious to everyone. "The Write Type: Discover Your True Writer's Identity and Create a Customized Writing Plan" is highly recommended for any writer who can't seem to find the right groove or mood to really start cooking, and for community library shelves dedicated to writers. Also highly recommended from Adams Media in the subject, "Time to Write: No excuses. No distractions. No more blank pages" (9781598694383, $12.95) by Kelly L. Stone.

I Don't Want to be a Pirate - Writer, Maybe
Robert S. Swiatek
Aventine Press
1023 4th Avenue #102, San Diego, CA 92101
1593305281, $12.50,

A different kind of thief that isn't heard about too often - the ones in the book business. "I Don't Want to be a Pirate - Writer, Maybe" is Author Robert S. Swiatek's account of his adventures with a certainly treacherous industry of books. Covering all the joys, disappointments and hemorrhoids that he as a writer has had to deal with during his career, while still keeping a positive and upbeat demeanor about it all and encouraging aspiring writers not to give up and keep up their efforts. "I Don't Want to be a Pirate- Writer, Maybe" is highly recommended for would be writers and a must have for community library collections catering to them.

Paul Chitlik
Michael Wiese Productions
3940 Laurel Canyon Blvd., #1111, Studio City, CA, 91604
9781932907391, $16.95,

It took Thomas Edison over one hundred tries to perfect the light bulb. Perfection - It's very unlikely for one to have perfection on their first try, and screen writing is no different. "Rewrite: A Step-by-Step Guide to Strengthen Structure, Characters, and Drama in Your Screenplay" is a manual for screenwriters that already have their screenplay written - but want to do everything they can to make it flat out the very best it can be. Seeking to improve your writing by improving the little aspects, as the little details can be invaluable in selling a story. "Writing is Rewriting". "Rewrite: A Step-by-Step Guide to Strengthen Structure, Characters, and Drama in Your Screenplay" is highly recommended for any screenwriter who wants to hammer out all of the kinks in their screenplay for community library collections catering to writers.

Keep It Real
Lee Gutkind, editor
W.W. Norton
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10110
9780393065619, $22.95,

Who says that non-fiction has to be just the facts and nothing else? "Keep It Real: Everything You Need to Know About Researching and Writing Creative Nonfiction" is a guide for writers who are set to write nonfiction but want to do it with some flare, by taking the concepts of fiction - scene, dialogue, metaphor, suspense, and applies them to reality, as a way of telling the truth in the way it happened. Explaining the genre as a whole, sifting through facts to find the best story, points of view, libel fears, immersion, and so many more concepts are covered, making "Keep It Real: Everything You Need to Know About Researching and Writing Creative Nonfiction" highly recommended for anyone who wants to dive into this field.

Writers on the Job
Thomas E. Kennedy & Walter Cummins
Hopewell Publications
P.O. Box 11, Titusville, NJ 08560-0011
9781933435213, $15.95,

Writing is not a job that pays well at entry level. In fact, it's not a job that pays at all for most - "Writers on the Job: Tales of the Non-Writing Life" has twenty writers telling their stories of working the grind - something familiar to many in the entertainment industry of waiting tables to get their big break. Twenty writers tell their stories of how they get along while submitting their stories, novels, and essays abroad, sure to be an inspiration to many trying to hack their way through the craft. "Writers on the Job: Tales of the Non-Writing Life" is highly recommended to any writer just starting out, and for community library writing/publishing collections with a focus on memoirs.

From Brainstorm to Bestseller
Marsha Haigh Arend
Rollaway Bay Publications, Inc.
6334 South Racine Circle, Centennial, Colorado 80111-6404
9780974317625, $9.95

Writing is a literary skill. Publishing is an entrepreneurial task. Aspiring authors wanting their books read by as wide an audience as possible, must acquire an expertise in both areas. Written by entrepreneur, consultant, and public speaker Marsha Haigh Arend, From Brainstorm to Bestseller: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing and Publishing Your First Book is a solidly practical guide to putting together a fiction or nonfiction book, polishing it, and getting one's feet wet in the complex world of publishing. Chapters discuss how to revise and edit like a professional, conventional publishing wisdom, the importance of learning good speaking skills (did you think you wouldn't have to speak in public if you were a writer? Think again!) and much more. Though From Brainstorm to Bestseller endorses the publish-on-demand option, it does not disparage other options and offers guidelines in selecting the right publisher for one's needs. An excellent primer for aspiring book writers.

The Voice of the Muse
Mark David Gerson
Light Lines Media
223 N. Guadalupe St. Unit 171, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
9780979547553, $17.00,

The Award winning author of The Moonquest, Mark David Gerson, now imparts his wisdom to help aspiring writers become more than that in "The Voice of the Muse: Answering the Call to Write". Promoting various and varied techniques to assist would-be authors to help get their ideas down effectively on paper, "The Voice of the Muse: Answering the Call to Write" suggests tips to create fascinating worlds and characters that people will love to read about and want to see more of. "The Voice of the Muse" is highly recommended to wanna-be writers everywhere and for community library writing/publishing shelves.

As-I-Learn Poetry
Terrence Clark Wilson
Outskirts Press, Inc.
10940 South Parker Road, #515, Parker, CO 80134
9781432717711, $8.95 1-888-672-6657

It is said that everyone has at least one good novel in them, but "As-I-Learn Poetry: or I Can Write and So Can You - A Spiritual Approach" believes it can apply to poetry as well. Although filled with grand, elaborate poetry throughout, "As-I-Learn Poetry: or I Can Write and So Can You - A Spiritual Approach" acts as a guide to make the reader a better writer, whether it be for poetry or pose, explaining vital life lessons and knowledge that should be available to all. Highly recommended to both poetry and writing shelves alike, and for any aspiring poet or writer who needs some extra advice for their craft.

The Art of Plotting
Linda J. Cowgill
Lone Eagle
c/o Watson-Guptill Publications
770 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
9781580650700, $18.95

Plot is the meat and main course of any and all fiction scripts script regardless of film genres - without a good plot, it takes a miracle to have a good movie. "The Art of Plotting: Add Emotion, Suspense, and Depth to your Screenplay" covers all you need to know to make your plot the best it can be, explaining the complex principles, advice on integrating characterization and exposition to make the story more compelling, how to spot and overcome common plot problems, and demonstrate how plot can enhance everything else about your screenplay. "The Art of Plotting: Add Emotion, Suspense, and Depth to your Screenplay" is enthusiastically recommended to aspiring screen writers everywhere and deserves a place on any community library's Writing and/or Film Studies instructional reference collection.

The Fine Print Of Self-Publishing
Mark Levine
Bridgeway Books
c/o Bascom Hill Publishing Group
213 Third Avenue North, Suite 471, Minneapolis, MN 55401
9781933538563, $16.95,

There is a memorable scene in the western movie "The Magnificent Seven" where Eli Wallach (playing the role of a Mexican bandit chief) leans over his saddle and says to Yul Brenner (playing the role of a mercenary gunfighter hired to protect a small Mexican village) that with respect to the villagers, "If God did not want them sheared, he would not have made them sheep!". I've often thought that all to often this was the kind of business ethic that many self-publishing or POD (print-on-demand) companies had toward their author clients. Now whenever I'm asked for my advice on POD companies, I'm going to give them the urgent recommendation that they read Mark Levine's "The Fine Print Of Self-Publishing: The Contracts & Services Of 48 Self-Publishing Companies -- Analyzed, Ranked & Exposed" from cover to cover. The focus is upon that all important contract between an author and a publishing company that is willing to take the author's manuscript and turn the authors manuscript into a published book -- for a fee. This handy, 'reader friendly' and 'user friendly' manual is packed from beginning to end with exactly the kind of publishing contract information needed to avoid being cheated, to insure getting what's expected, and to make the capital investment as wisely as possible in terms of selecting the vendor who will provide the best publishing services possible for those authors who cannot get their work published by traditional publishers and/or who do not (or cannot) simply publish themselves. Of special note is Chapter 9 "Publishers To Avoid". The key is the contract -- with all its component parts and fine print. Before signing a publishing contract with any POD company, read Mark Levine's "The Fine Print Of Self-Publishing", it could save you money, anxiety, and disappointment, while increasing your chances for success, sales, and fulfilled expectations.

A History of the Frankfurt Book Fair
Peter Weidhaas, author
C.M. Gossage and W.A. Wright, translators
The Dundurn Group
3 Church Street, Suite 500, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5E 1M2
9781550027440, $40.00

Book fairs have been an important part of the publishing industry since the days of Gutenberg and the invention of movable type. Recognized as the Mecca for all who are connected to the book publishing industry, the Frankfurt Book Fair is over five hundred years old. "A History of the Frankfurt Book Fair" looks to cover all of its history, as covered by the director of the event for a quarter of a century, and author of "A History of the Frankfurt Book Fair", Peter Weidhaas. Fascinating, expertly written, and full of anecdotes and insights, "A History of the Frankfurt Book Fair" is strongly recommended as a core addition to personal, professional, academic, and community library collections, as well as the for non-specialist general reader seeking to learn more about the origin of the model that all modern book fairs follow.

The Library DVD Shelf

Anchor Bay
2950 North Hollywood Way, 3rd Floor, Burbank, CA 91505

Any who would embark on a home fitness program will come to know the Anchor Bay label well: it holds some of the most exciting fitness videos available, suitable for a home exercise or library alike. CARDIO GO-GO DANCE CRUNCH WORKOUT (01313153459, $14.98) offers the CRUNCH fitness program on DVD, for people of all fitness levels. It provides a workout environment based on easy dance routines that are fun, and provides step-by-step examples from dance instructor Gypsy Clark. Michelle LeMay is a fitness and dance professional with twenty years experience: her DANCE WORKOUT FOR DUMMIES (01313153499, $14.98) packs in two different twenty-minute workouts for any who are novices at either dance, exercise or both. Movements begin with easy foot patterns and build on basics to make for simple routines. Gabrielle Reece's prenatal fitness DVD FIT & HEALTHY PRENATAL WORKOUTS ($14.98) is designed by Reece, her personal trainer, and approved by a leading OBGYN, and provides prenatal workouts perfect for pregnancy at all levels. Six 15-minute workouts provide instruction through the first trimesters. Suzanne Bowen is an AFAA certified group fitness and Pilates instructor and her 10 MINUTE SOLUTIONS: SLIM & SCULPT PILATES (01313153439, $16.98) provides many upper and lower body sculpting solutions as well as total body and specific workouts for abs and flexibility. Ten-minute workouts are designed to slim and reshape the body. The 2-disc set YOGA BOOTY BALLET: MASTER SERIES (01313153539, $19.98) present a new targeted set of workouts in two DVDs: one Goddess Abs which provides short 20-minute exercises to focus on abs and core work, and AM Latte, which offers dance segments designed for mornings. Both offer excellent keys to fitness. Also able to be done in ten-minute segments are the 10-Minute Solution picks DANCE IT OFF & TONE IT UP (01313154329, $16.98) and FAT BLASTING LATIN DANCE MIX (01313153399, $14.98): each picking dance routines which are broken down into 10-minute exercise workouts. LATIN DANCE includes routines from Salsa and cha-cha to merengue, DANCE IT OFF provides tips on body sculpting and high energy dancing. All are fine picks for busy individuals who want simple, quick home routines requiring a minimum of prior knowledge, floor space or special equipment.

GT Media
c/o Rodale Press
400 South Tenth Street, Emmaus, PA 18098-0099 1-800-527-8200

Three 'Women's Health' titles are excellent and easy workouts offering core moves and trainer's tips for those who would exercise at home. TOTAL WORKOUT IN TEN! (9780766231184, $14.98), PERFECT BODY WORKOUT (9780766234000, $14.98) and ULTIMATE FAT BURN! (9780766231191, $14.98) provide exercisers with routines developed by the editors of Women's Health magazine, combining athletic drills, strength training and high-impact cardio. All are outstanding recommendations. Men aren't left out of the program, either: MEN'S HEALTH 15-MINUTE WORKOUTS includes four 15-minute workouts geared to burning fat and adding muscle, and can be done either at home or at the gym.

Kristy Rowberry, RN
JTV Productions
P.O Box 1367, Orem, UT 84059

KRISTY'S CARDIO COMBAT (60 minutes, $19.99) and KRISTY'S BODY TONING (90 minutes, $19.99) are two superbly produced exercise DVDs which features Kristy Rowberry, a Registered Nurse with a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and hour-long courses of exercise which are fun and challenging workouts. CARDIO COMBAT is a movement-enhanced, dance-based routine, and BODY TONING packs in over 70 minutes of toning workouts for the whole body. Both offer vigorous routines for staying fit, and are recommended for any home fitness program and any lending library catering to such patrons.

Razor Fitness
947 Hamilton Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025
1595523850, $14.99

Just 30 minutes of exercise 3-5 times a week is the key to staying young, with flexibility, balance and strength offering anti-aging formulas for success - and Dr. Lynn's Anti-Aging Workout for Every Body video workout focuses on flexing and toning, comes from a mother, wife and grandmother, and teaches restorative stretching and toning in a 40-minute workout program. It's an outstanding program for any in their middle years who wish to stay youthful and flexible. Michelle Dozois' YOUR BEST BODY CIRCUIT: YOUR BODY BREAKTHROUGH (1595523901, $14.99) focuses on reshaping the body and getting rid of fat. It blends cardio intensive intervals with sculpting exercises and weight loss workouts, includes an 'express' 35-minute workout, and many testimonials and nutritional suggestions perfect for home exercisers. Jennifer Kries has two excellent fitness videos: NEW BODY! PILATES BEGINNER MAT WORKOUT (1595524134, $14.99) covers the basics of building core strength and great flexibility for better posture and appeal, and can be done in 35-minute instructions; YIN YOGA (1595524126, $14.99) provides breathing, stretching and poses connected to meridian patterns and pathways, and targets the deeper connective tissue for optimum exercise. All are top picks for any new age or exercise collection.

Asperger Syndrome and Employment
Nick Dubin
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
400 Market Street Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19106
1843108496, $19.95

People with AS can find it difficult to work in any environment involving socialization with others, but there is hope for change - and that's where the video Asperger Syndrome and Employment comes in. Nick Dubin discusses his own experiences at work, interviews former employers who assess his strengths, weaknesses and the affects of AS on his job, and offers a source for teens and adults with AS who want to succeed in the workplace. Invaluable, and packed with many solutions.

Endurance for Movement
Trcie Long
Braun Media
11763 95th Avenue North, Maple Grove, MN 55369
1599875292, $14.99

Create lean, long muscles with core exercises which require a minimum of equipment - a stability ball, cloth rag and light to medium 3-10 lb weights, guided by fitness instructor Tracie Long, who founded the V Health Club in South Carolina, and who choreographs dances. Her fitness videos focus on core strength, endurance and strength and offer vivid routines exercisers will appreciate.

7 Ways to Block a Cyberbully
Learning ZoneXPress
PO Box 1022, Owatonna, MN 55060
1571756337, $79.95 1-888-455-7003

Designed for viewers from grade 6 to adult, 7 Ways to Block a Cyberbully is an educational DVD to cyber self-defense in the modern world of the Internet, social networking sites, text messaging and cell phones. 7 Ways to Block a Cyberbully outlines seven different and practical strategies to deal with cyberbullying: understanding the e-bully, protecting one's passwords, guarding personal information, using protective software, cutting off communications as needed, avoiding the trap of revenge, and telling someone responsible. A bonus section "Cyberbully: The Adult Role" further discusses seven ways that parents and educators can work together to stop cyberbullying. Teaching materials are included in this invaluable and timely addition to modern homeroom curriculums. 20 minutes, closed-captioned.

Florence: Cradle of the Renaissance
V.I.E.W. Video
34 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010
0803020511, $14.98

Part of the Museum City Series, Florence: Cradle of the Renaissance is an amazing DVD tour of Italy's cultural center, known for being the epicenter of a cultural rebirth in art, architecture, and philosophy during the 15th century. Taking the viewer on a tour of Florence's most well-known masterpieces, including Michelangelo's David, The Bapistry Doors, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Pazzi Chapel, the Medici and Uffizi palaces, and the Birth of Venus, Florence: Cradle of the Renaissance celebrates both great art and landmark history. A Florence museum guide rounds out this unforgettable voyage, especially recommended for armchair travelers, and surely the next best thing to flying to Florence to see its great treasures in person. 33 minutes, digitally mastered audio & video.

Snake Yoga
Le'ema Kathleen Graham
Goddess Work
c/o Wendy Brickman (publicity)
9780980043907, $24.95

Snake priestess, visionary sacred dancer, and certified yoga teacher of 25 years' experience Le'ema Kathleen Graham presents Snake Yoga: Sacred Feminine Wisdom, a guided tour to practicing the Yin-style Snake Yoga that promotes intuitive intelligence, energy, serenity, and focus. Designed to be accessible to beginners and experienced yoga practitioners alike, Snake Yoga teaches deep relaxation, conscious breathing to release tension, and quiet in the mind, as well as undulating floor poses, back bends, and inversions that promote a strong and supple spine. An isolated music score, interview with Graham, and a supplementary Snake Yoga booklet round out this wonderful and invigorating addition to personal yoga DVD libraries. 65 min.

Makeup Assignment
BVM Productions
c/o 411 Video Information
PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
DVD, $29.95,

Expert makeup artist Monique Powers presents Makeup Assignment: Apply, Blend, Create, a DVD makeover instructional for women of all ages and ethnicities. Offering tips, tricks, and techniques such as how to conceal blemishes and dark circles, how to correctly apply eye shadow and eyeliner, create fuller lips, apply false eyelashes, and more, Makeup Assignment blends step-by-step instructions with straightforward video demonstration. The result is expert guidance to quickly and easily creating one's own beautiful look while streamlining one's makeup routine. Highly recommended for any woman interested in mastering simple techniques for looking her best. 47 minutes.

Pat Boone Presents For My Country: The History of the National Guard
MagicPlay Entertainment
28494 Westinghouse Pl., Suite 313, Santa Clarita, CA 91355-0930
411 Video Information (publicity)
PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
DVD, $19.99,

Music icon Pat Boone narrates For My Country: The History of the National Guard, a patriotic documentary on DVD chronicling the impact that America's national guard has had upon its history. Created in tribute to the men and women who have dedicated their time, effort, and very lives to protecting the nation, For My Country includes exclusive interviews with soldiers and their families, behind-the-scenes footage, and a bonus music CD in addition to the DVD itself. A respectful historical tribute commemorating all who have served in the National Guard, past and present. 50 minutes.

Building Green
Kevin Contreras, host
WGBH Boston Video
c/o SSA Public Relations
16027 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 206, Encino, CA 91436
9781593758332, $49.95,

Host Kevin Contreras invites viewers to witness the creation of his eco-friendly dream home in Building Green, a thinpack DVD set of the show originally shown on public television. Each stage of the construction process introduces the viewer to new easy, cost-effective, and health-promoting ways to go green, dispelling myths about environmentally-conscious lifestyles. From guidance on straw bale construction to the benefits of breathable paints, blue jean insulation, and much more, Building Green includes numerous guest visits from experts in the field offering hands-on instruction and the latest green tips, tricks, and techniques. Highly recommended for anyone interested in lightening the footprint their home leaves on the planet. 3 DVDs, 325 minutes.

The Unknown Soldier
Michael Verhoeven
First Run Features
630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1213, New York, NY 10036
DVD, $24.95, 1-800-229-8575

The horrific crimes of the Waffen SS and Gestapo of Germany's Nazi regime are well known, but ordinary German soldiers are usually seen as mere pawns in the genocide. The Unknown Soldier is a DVD documentary of Germany's controversial Wehrmacht Exhibition, which reveals a contrary and gruesome truth about war crimes committed by ordinary enlisted German troops. Though nationalist and far right groups protested the Wehrmacht Exhibition, alleging it to be slander, Director Michael Verhoeven interviewed historians, experts, soldiers, and eyewitnesses as well as traveling to the killing fields of the Eastern Front to create an unflinching look at the cold truth. Bonus materials include an archival photo gallery and a World War II film trailer gallery. The result is a much-needed addition to public library collections and World War II DVD documentary shelves. 97 minutes, black-and-white and color, German with English subtitles.

The Order of the Alchemists
Philip Gardiner
Reality Films
PO Box 91, Foresthill, CA 95631

The Order of the Alchemists: The Knights of Malta and Cagliostro is a DVD uncovering the mysterious history of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, as well as the various occult and nefarious forces at work behind them. An order contemporary with the Knights Templar yet much less well known, the Knights of Malta and Cagliostro battled against the Ottoman forces and was later embroiled in the alchemical domain of the Grand Master. Who were these Knights, who gave them their authority, and what was their role in world history? Highlighted by computer-generated reconstructions and exclusive footage filmed in the Order's Sacra Infirmeria, among other historic European locations, The Order of the Alchemists is a singularly fascinating look into an ancient group's dedication to the twin arts of war and metaphysical studies.

Tony Robinson's Cunning Night Out!
Tony Robinson
Acorn Media Group
801 Roeder Road, Suite 700, Silver Spring, MD 20910
AM-8033, $24.99

Tony Robinson's Cunning Night Out! is the uproariously funny DVD of a stand-up comedy performance by British television actor Tony Robinson, perhaps best known for his role of Baldrick in the hilarious British sitcom "Black Adder", and his infamous refrain, "I have a cunning plan!" Tony Robinson gives the snigger-inducing scoop on everything from the secrets hidden within common surnames (many last names indicate that our ancestors worked horrible jobs, such as "Kellogg", which can be traced back to hog butchering), to the creation of the "Maid Marian" television show (ostensibly a children's program but so popular that one college closed its bar when "Maid Marian" aired), to when Robinson worked with John Wayne and was literally pushed into a river of liquid filth as part of the shoot. Fans of "Black Adder" will not be disappointed; he gives plenty of hysterical anecdotes from the series, including one particularly raunchy "Black Adder" joke that never aired (because the actress was too mortified and refused to say the line)! Truly a laugh-out-loud viewing experience, seasoned with just a dash of history for personal enrichment, highly recommended for comedy lovers everywhere and a "must-have" for "Black Adder" fans. 83 minutes, widescreen, color.

The Moscow Sax Quintet
V.I.E.W. Video
34 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010
0803023189, $19.98 212-674-5550

The Moscow Sax Quintet: The Jazznost Tour is a DVD presentation of one of the finest Jazz groups in the world, a group consisting of five saxophonists and a rhythm section. The song selections present are "In the Mood", "Yardbird Suite", "Parker's Mood", "Four Brothers", "Your Eyes", "I Got Rhythm", "Smashing Thirds", "Smooth Sailing", "Donna Lee", "Waltz for Debbie", "Crazy Rhythm", "Michelle" and "Flight of the Bumble Bee". DVD bonus features include a picture gallery and an "About the Moscow Sax Quintet" section. Featuring Dolby stereo audio and remastered audio & video, The Moscow Sax Quintet perfectly captures this amazing professional group's American performance, and is especially recommended for jazz enthusiasts. 62 minutes, color.

The Martial Arts Shelf

Secrets of Sinawali
Joseph Simonet and Addy Hernandez
Paladin Press
7077 Winchester Circle, Boulder, CO 80301
805966053530, $59.95 1-800-392-2400

Certified martial arts instructors Joseph Simonet and Addy Hernandez present Secrets of Sinawali, an instructional DVD designed to teach viewers the moves of Sinawali, a.k.a. double-stick training, the cornerstone of Filipino martial arts. Techniques designed to hone striking power, speed, and the ability to quickly identify and incapacitate vulnerable targets on an opponent's body are taught through step-by-step instruction and twenty-seven Sinawali drills. Instruction in modifying these drills to half-beat strikes, reverse-grip strikes, and extended combinations and variations of basic movements further round out fascinating production (intended for informational purposes only)! 1 DVD, 157 minutes.

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
Grand Master Helio Gracie
Gracie Publications, Inc.
1951 West Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90501
0975941119, $70.00,

Rorion Gracie created the "Ultimate Fighting Championship"event in 1993. This no-holds-barred tournament pitted all the different martial arts styles and traditions against each other in free form combat of no rules and no time limits. This iconoclastic approach created a furor within the martial arts community and from this unique approach arose one particular martial arts as being superior to all the others. It was called 'Gracie Jiu-Jitsu'. This unique approach to the martial arts in all of the associated moves of both defense and offence are thoroughly illustrated with step-by-step photographs in "Gracie Jiu-Jitsu", a 275-page compendium of instruction that is enhanced with the inclusion of Grand Master Helio Gracie's life story, his teaching principles, and the 'Gracie Diet'. As thoroughly 'user friendly' as it is Informed and informative, "Gracie Jiu-Jitsu" is strongly recommended for personal, academic, and community library Martial Arts reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Library CD Music Shelf

Dances of Resistance
Babylon Circus
Mr. Bongo Records
c/o Rock Paper Scissors (publicity)
PO Box 1788, Bloomington, Indiana 47402-1788
CD, $11.99

Dances of Resistance is the latest album by Babylon Circus, a group of French ska/reggae/punk music artists known for their wild stage antics, whose musical performance blends elements of Balkan Gypsy music, the works of great French singers, and even a touch reminiscent of Bob Marley. Featuring a distinctively jubilant effusion of sound, Dances of Resistance addresses social and political issues as well; much of their music has a subtler meaning lurking under the celebratory surface. A wonderfully enthusiastic album, highly recommended for international music CD and public library collections. The tracks are Contra La Guerra: Greava General!, Dances of Resistance, No Competition, Circus, De la Misque et du Bruit, Mr. Clown, J'aurais Bien Voulu, Interlude Barbare, Musical Terrorism Act, Warlord, Parade Acoustique, Sailor's Wife, La Caravane, Lost in the Jungle, L'huile Sur le Feu, Petite Caravane Barbare, My Friend, and "guest ghost track" A la Foire Sur un Air de Carovalse.

Lullaby for My Favorite Insomniac
Ahn Trio
Sony BMG Music Entertainment
550 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022-3211
c/o The Creative Company (publicity)
123 South Broad Street, Mankato, MN 56001
88697-27208-2, $16.97, 1-800-445-6209

The Korean-born, Julliard-trained Ahn sisters (violinist Angella, pianist Lucia and cellist Marcia) present Lullaby for my Favorite Insomniac, an album that revitalizes common conceptions 21st century classical music with its unique blend of old and new. Incorporating elements of new age, jazz, pop, folk, minimalism, lounge, hip-hop and more into traditional styles, their latest album Lullaby for my Favorite Insomniac transcends barriers as a refreshingly unique creation. The track list (including eight brand-new recordings) is "Dies Irie", "Magic Hour", "My Funny Valentine", "Lullaby for my Favorite Insomniac", "Big My Secret", "All I Want", "Heart Asks Pleasure First", "Dream", "Oblivion", "Song on the Land", "This Is Not America", "Solitary Singer", "Lullaby for My Favorite Insomniac (Tao of Sound Remix)", "Song on the Land (DJ Spooky Remix)", "This Is Not America (Superdrive - This Is America Mix)", and "My Funny Valentine (Ra.D - My Funny Baby Mix)". The club remix tracks especially stand out since they are the result of international sound designers working their magic with some of the Ahn sisters' most popular tunes. A rousing tour de force of classical music like never heard before.

Long Way Home
Don Immel
Elemental Music
c/o The Creative Company (publicity)
123 South Broad Street, Mankato, MN 56001
DTI 1001, $15.00, 1-800-445-6209

Don Immel's debut solo album Long Way Home reveals his talent as one of the best trombonists in the world, equally at home playing jazz, classical, pop and more. In Long Way Home, the trombone is brought back into the foreground as a lead instrument, whether in smooth jazz or soft techno complemented by electronica (now known as the chill music genre). The soul-stirring tracks are "Long Way Home" (3:57), "Fool's Full Quiver" (4:29), "See the Memo" (5:05), "Whole Lotta" (5:21), "Still in Love" (4:46), "Lemonade Alchemy" (4:45), "Leaving Paradise" (4:18), "Dualife" (6:08), "Charm Offensive" (3:46), and "Last Dance" (3:01). A joyful music experience especially recommended for anyone interested in discovering the full soundscape capabilities of the trombone for themselves.

The Audiobook Shelf

Brilliance Audio
PO Box 887, Grand Haven, MI 49417

Humans living on the dangerous world of Pern have long struggled with the deadly Threadfall, combated by dragons - now three female apprentice harpers face a different kind of danger when a plague spreads and tests friendship, love, and life itself in Anne McCaffrey's DRAGON HARPER (1423314662, $36.95). Susan Ericksen provides a vivid, gripping narrative accompaniment to this story of ongoing survival challenges and the resourcefulness of a new generation. Sara Paretsky's BLEEDING KANSAS (1423319818, $40.95) receives Susan Ericksen's warm and inviting experienced voice as it tells of two families linked by both heritage and dark family secrets. Modern violence holds roots in the past and teens become embroiled in a family war in this gripping saga.

Beyond the White House
Jimmy Carter, author
Tom Stechschulte and Barbara Caruso
Recorded Books, LLC
270 Skip Jack Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
9781428195097, $77.75 1-800-638-1304

Pulitzer Prize winner and former President Jimmy Carter presents his memoir/retrospective on twenty-five years of humanitarian work in Beyond the White House: Waging Peace, Fighting Disease, Building Hope, now available in an unabridged audiobook on CD with tracks every three minutes for easy bookmarking. Narrated by Tom Stechschulte and Barbara Caruso, Beyond the White House tells of Carter's travels to distant, often war-torn lands from Haiti to Ethiopia on missions of peacekeeping, as well as his efforts to combat disease. Though told in Carter's plain-spoken, folksy manner, Beyond the White House not only illuminates his world-spanning efforts to do good, but also challenges the listener to think and act in ways that promote responsible worldwide social ethics. Highly recommended. 7 CDs, 7 3/4 hours.

The Outsider's Edge
Brent D. Taylor, author
Adrian Mulraney, narrator
Bolinda Publishing, Inc.
48 Oxford Woods, Falmouth, ME 04105-3401
9781921415173, $118.95 1-888-235-2019

The Outsider's Edge: The Making of Self-Made Billionaires is an unabridged audiobook analysis of seventeen modern billionaires who earned their fortune under their own power, including Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, George Soros, Steve Jobs, Ralph Lauren, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and more. Close study reveals a remarkable common personality trait - all seventeen are outsiders, whose advantage comes from marching to their own drummer outside of the lockstep synchronicity of everyone else. Combining that unique quality with determination, intelligence, and ambition proved to be their catalyst to wealth. Read aloud by voice artist Adrian Mulraney, The Outsider's Edge is an excellent motivational audiobook that encourages the listener to hone his or her individual strengths. 12 CDs, 13 hours 40 minutes.

The Invisible
Andrew Britton, author
J. Charles, narrator
Brilliance Corporation
PO Box 887, Grand Haven, MI 49417
9781423307495, $39.95 1-800-854-7859

Performed by professional theater, radio, television, and film veteran J. Charles, The Invisible is an unabridged audiobook of suspense. Following covert counterterrorism operative Ryan Kealey, The Invisible is set amid record-breaking tensions between Pakistan and India. When an ambush near Islamabad causes the secretary of state disappears, Kealey must team up with British-born analyst Naomi Kharmai - but Kharmai appears to be gradually losing personal stability the closer Kealey gets to his target! A gripping saga of deceit and betrayal, with nuclear tensions in the balance. 13 CDs, approximately 15 hours.

The Native American Shelf

While God Was Hidden
Loren Dean Boutin
North Star Press of St. Cloud
PO Box 451, St. Cloud, MN 56302-0451
9780878392728, $14.95 1-888-820-1636

Like Christianity, Native American spirituality is not monolithic, but, while based on certain universal concepts of morality and ethics, it is as diverse and variable as the tribes and tribal traditions that comprise the varied Native American tribal cultures. A psychologist who has extensively worked as a volunteer with the Mankato Wacipi in Minnesota for many years, Loren Dean Boutin became a kind of 'reluctant convert' to concepts and practices embodied within Native American spiritual traditions and practices. His experiences with the Native American people he has encountered, worked with, and came to respect is represented within the pages that comprise "While God Was Hidden: A Spiritual Evolution". This articulate, deftly written, engagingly anecdotal, and candidly biographical account is as informed and informative as it is inspired and inspiring. Especially recommended reading for students of Native American culture, "While God Was Hidden" is a seminal and valued contribution to personal, academic, and community library Religion & Spirituality as well as Contemporary Native American Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

In the Shadow of the Eagle
Donna M. Loring
Tilbury House, Publishers
8 Mechanic Street, Gardiner, Maine 04345
9780884483021, $20.00 1-800-582-1899

Maine is the only American state to have tribal representatives seated in its legislative body, a practice that originated in the 1820s. The representatives from the Penobscot Nation and the Passamquoddy Tribe don't have the power to vote, but they do serve on committees and may chair study committees. Author Donna Loring served as a representative of the Penobscot Nation; In the Shadow of the Eagle: A Tribal Representative in Maine is the story of her fight to have her voice heard. She was deeply involved in issues such as the drive to change offensive names; the teaching of Native American history in Maine schools; casinos and racinos; and the interpretation of sovereign rights for tribes. Written in first-person perspective, In the Shadow of the Eagle tells Loring's story of her tireless job from the beginning of 2000 to the spring of 2002, interspersed with a handful of black-and-white photographs. Highly recommended, especially for Native American studies shelves. "I find that most people who are against a casino are well-to-do or are against it for moral reasons. In Kittery, for instance, they are often people from out of state who have moved to Maine to retire or who are wealthy and have moved to Maine to be left alone... Maine people who are poor or who have lost their jobs are more willing to consider the casino alternative."

Aboriginal Architecture: Living Architecture
Mushkeg Productions with the National Film Board of Canada
Bullfrog Films, Inc.
PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547
0772212090, $295.00 1-800-543-3764

Aboriginal Architecture: Living Architecture is an educational DVD that examines the wondrous diversity of North American Native architecture - both through history and with regard to its ramifications upon modern-day construction. Offering a virtual tour of seven Aboriginal communities (Pueblo, Mohawk, Inuit, Crow, Navajo, Coast Salish and Haida), Aboriginal Architecture portrays native design concepts not as a dead, abandoned art form, but as a living, breathing source of inspiration and practicality for architecture in the present day. Modern Aboriginal architects drawing upon the ancient precepts present their stories and revelations, in this wonderfully enriching documentary. Aboriginal Architecture: Living Architecture is especially recommended for classroom viewing by students in grades seven to twelve as well as adult, particularly those engaged in architectural or Native American studies. 93 minutes, closed captioned, color.

The Cookbook Shelf

Vegan Seafood
Nancy Berkoff
The Vegetarian Resource Group
PO Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203
9780931411311, $12.00

Just because you're a vegetarian doesn't mean you have to give up enjoying the taste of the sea. You can avoid fish in your diet and still please your palate and satisfy your appetite with gourmet quality dishes that give you the illusion of seafood through the clever culinary uses of vegetables and seasonings. That is the premise and promise of Nancy Berkoff's "Vegan Seafood: Beyond The Fish Shtick For Vegetarians", an impressively diverse collection of recipes that range from a Vegetarian 'Fish' Sauce; to an Ocean and Sea Minestrone; to Vegan 'Fish' Fillets' to a Vegan 'Crab' Ragoon; to the ever popular 'Fish' Taco. An extensive introduction includes websites offering 'Seafood' products and substitutions, cooking with vegan 'fish'; the use of saffron, and more. There are vegan recipes for soups, stocks, appetizers, salads, and main dishes. Of special note is the practical information about nutrition, including fish oil and Omega-3. Enhanced with a 'Guide to Resources from the Vegetarian Resources Group' and an Index, "Vegan Seafood" is an essential addition to personal, professional, and community library Cookbook, as well as Health/Nutrition, reference collections and vegetarian reading lists.

Vegan Bites
Beverly Lynn Bennett
The Book Publishing Company
PO Box 99, Summertown, TN 38483
9781570672217, $15.95, 1-800-695-2241

The vegetarian approach to eating is growing more and more popular as people become involved in and aware of animal advocacy issues, seek a greener and more ecological friendly life-style, and gain an increased awareness of the links between nutrition and health. This is especially true for adolescents and those in their 20-something years. That is the premise and purpose of Beverly Lynn Bennett's "Vegan Bits: Recipes For Singles", a compilation of one hundred specially designed recipes that emphasize local, organic, and seasonal ingredients in their composition and preparation. The vegan recipes range from Black Bean and Mango Salsa; Sun-Dried Tomato Falafels in Pitas; Supper-Size Stuffed Mushrooms; and Homemade Applesauce Your Way; to Lemon Bulgur and Broccoli; Golden Home-Style Biscuits; Classic Peanut Butter Cookies; and Dried Fruit, Nut, and Coconut Candies. "Vegan Bits" is distinguished from other vegan and vegetarian cookbooks in that the recipes are specifically tailored to those who are single and therefore especially appropriate for anyone living on their own or with a roommate -- but highly adaptable for having friends and family over for any dining occasion.

Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Grilling 2
Sandra Lee
Meredith Books
1716 Locust Street
Des Moines, IA 50336-0001
9780696238284, $19.95, 1-800-678-8091

Simply stated, Sandra Lee is an expert cook, the host of the successful Food Network television series 'Semi-Homemade Cooking" (which celebrates its 200th episode in May 2008), and the author of thirteen books. The latest of which is "Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Grilling 2" that is comprised of two hundred pages of culinary advice, recipes, gadgets, and illustrations that focus upon the art of the grill. Separate chapters are devoted to grilling veggies and sides; skewers; dogs and sausages; 'things to Do with Your Turkey Fryer'; beef; 'things with Wings; Swimmers (fish); 'Best Burgers'; desserts, and 'Parties' (including party menus and tablescapes from a beach blanket bash to a father's day feast'. With mouth-watering, 'cook friendly' recipes ranging from Prosciuto-Wrapped Corn on the Cob; Salami-Stuffed Pork Chops; Rib Steaks with Raspberry-Tarragon Sauce; and Bourbon-Brined Chicken; to Salmon Steaks with Sun-Dried and Fresh Tomato Salsa; Taco Meat Loaf; Mixed-Berry Cobbler; and Grilled Figs with Orange-Honey Drizzle, "Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Grilling 2" will prove an exceptionally popular addition to personal and community library cookbook collections!

Betty Crocker Cookbook: Whole Grains
Wiley Publishing
111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5773
9780470080603, $19.95

Plenty of cookbooks cover whole-grain cooking, but none of the 'stamp' of authority and ease as does the reputation of the long-standing Betty Crocker. Over 140 recipes provide simple ways of integrating whole grains into family meals, offering explanations, chapters on slow-cooker meals and quick dinners, tips on how to cook and eat whole grains, and more. The full-page color photos of finished dishes are appealing and inspirational, making this a top pick for any general-interest lending collection.

Cooking with Shakespeare
Mark Morton and Andrew Coppolino
Greenwood Press
88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881
9780313337079, $55.00

COOKING WITH SHAKESPEARE is part of the 'Feasting with Fiction' imprint and details recipes, table habits, dining and festivities in Shakespeare's times ala his plays and writings. Chapters are divided by food type - mutton and lamb, fish and seafood, vegetables - and provide tips on old-fashioned cooking from Shakespearean times, from how to make Gallantine to making spice cakes. A rich, fun survey of early cooking methods and recipes evolves for modern readers and libraries interested in culinary history.

Savannah Classic Desserts
Janice Shay
Pelican Publishing Company
1000 Burmaster Street, Gretna, LA 70053-2246
9781589805460, $15.95 1-800-843-1724

The American South is famous for its regional cuisine. Beautifully enhanced throughout with the color photography of Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn, "Savannah Classic Desserts: Recipes From Favorite Restaurants" is an outstanding collection of recipes by Janice Shay (who combines a history lesson on some of the most popular restaurants and cafes in Savannah, Georgia), with signature dishes that superbly reflect the diversity, culinary traditions, and gourmet qualities of the desserts served. These are desserts that are as 'kitchen cook friendly' to prepare as they are palate pleasing and appetite satisfying to consume. Ranging from a Red Velvet Cake (Susan Mason Catering); to a Peach and blackberry Cobbler (North Beach Grill); to Southern Comfort Peach Bread Pudding, with Vanilla Ice Cream & Southern Comfort Creme Anglaise (Firefly Cafe); to Sugar & Spice Pecans (River Street Sweets), "Savannah Classic Deserts" clearly lives up to the promise of its title and is enthusiastically recommended for personal and community library cookbook collections!

Trattoria Grappolo
Leonardo Curti & James O. Fraioli
Gibbs Smith, Publisher
PO Box 667, Layton UT 84041
9781423602156, $29.95 1-800-748-5439

Simply stated, Italian cuisine is regionally diverse, ranges from the simple to the sophisticated, and is popular world-wide. "Trattoria Grappolo: Simple Recipes For Traditional Italian Cuisine" is a superb collection of illustrated recipes compiled by master of Italian cuisine Leonardo Curti (Executive chef and co-proprietor of the Trattoria Grappolo bistro in Santa Ynez, California), with the assistance of professional writer, photographer, and restauranteur James O. Fraioli. The 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes comprising "Trattoria Grappolo" are paired with wines from more than seventy-five participating wineries. The result is a superb blending of Italian food and wine culinary traditions. From Fiori di Zucca Ripieni (Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms); Coppette di Pesce alla San Pietro (Tropical Seafood Salad); and Pizza Prosciutto Crudo e Carciofi (Pizza with Prosciutto and artichoke); to Penne con Funghi Salsiccia (Penne Pasta with Mushrooms and Sausage); Petto di Pollo alla Salvia (Sauteed Chicken with Milk, Sage and Garlic); and Crostata di Mele con Gelato di Vaniglia (Warm Caramelized Apple Tart with Vanilla Gelato), "Trattoria Grappolo" is a welcome and prestigious addition to any personal, professional, or community library cookbook collection.

Gluten Free And Easy
Robyn Russell
Sellers Publishing
81 West Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04101
9781569069967, $16.95 1-800-625-3386

Food allergies such as those with respect to gluten are a serious matter. Fortunately for those who must avoid gluten there are cookbooks offering wonderfully tasty dishes that are suitable for every dining occasion be it a family breakfast or an intimate supper. Among the best of these is "Gluten Free And Easy", a beautifully illustrated compilation of ninety recipes for baked goods, sups, salads, main dishes and more. Enhanced with a kitchen-tested, gluten-free flour recipes that is as dependable as it is easy, "Gluten Free And Easy" also features an enduring list of essential pantry items for kitchen cooks preparing gluten free menus. Herself someone with celiac disease who must therefore avoid gluten in her diet, Robyn Russell has devoted years to the development and testing of gluten-free recipes. Therefore she brings considerable experience and expertise to the entirety of her recipe collection which ranges from an Apple and Raspberry Quick Bread; to a Quinoa, Eggplant, and Chickpea Salad; to Thai-style Chicken Balls; to a Chocolate and Coffee Layer Cake. "Gluten Free And Easy" offers gluten-free gourmet quality recipes guaranteed to please any palate and satisfy any appetite!

Regional Greek Cooking
Dean Karayanis & Catherine Karayanis
Hippocrene Books, Inc.
171 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016
9780781811460, $24.95

Greek cuisine and culinary traditions are far more diverse than the gyros, spinach pies, and baklava desserts that Americans have learned to enjoy. Experienced experts in Greek cooking, the husband and wife team of Dean and Catherine Karayanis has compiled more than 220 thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' Greek dishes that reflect diverse regions of key regions of mainland Greece and the many Greek island. Greek culinary traditions reflect the influences of North Africa's Arabic populations, to Sephardic Jews of Spain, and all the Mediterranean countries that Greek sailing ships did commerce with. Of special note are the recipes for Greek drinks entailing regional wines, ouzos, micro-brewed beers, teas, coffees, and more. Enhanced with glossaries of Greek cooking terms, wine terms, and ingredients essential to authentic Greek dishes, the recipes themselves range from Slices of Park Filled with Plums in Dark Sauce; Pumpkin Pie with Myzithra Cheese; and Coconut-Ouzo Syrup Cake; to Aphrodite Stuffed Squid; Pontian Tart with a Yogurt and Nigella Crust; Roast Lamb from Rhodes; and Corfiot Pudding with Apples. Superbly organized and presented, "Regional Greek Cooking" is a seminal addition to personal, professional, and community library ethnic cookbook reference collections.

The International Studies Shelf

Architects of Delusion
Simon Serfaty
University of Pennslyvania Press
3905 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-4011
9780812240603, $45.00,

The United States led invasion of Iraq has provoked a great variety of reactions from around the globe. But what was the true reason behind these reactions - are they really looking out for their country's best interests, or is it something far more petty? "Architects of Delusion: Europe, America, and the Iraq War" is an examination of these responses with a focus on the United Kingdom, the United States, France, and Germany. The results that Serfaty presents are intriguing and somewhat discomforting. "Architects of Delusion: Europe, America, and the Iraq War" is a must have for any student of current events and for community library international studies shelves.

Human Rights at the UN
Roger Normand and Sarah Zaidi
Indiana University Press
601 N. Morton Street, Bloomington, IN 47404
9780253219343, $29.95,

International Human rights are a relatively recent invention, and there coming into international law can be attributed to the UN. "Human Rights at the UN: The Political History of Universal Justice" is a through and scholarly look at the development of human writes during the periods of shortly before its creation and immediately following it, and its expansion and development over the years following it all and everything since, as rights for all more and more often becomes the norm. "Human Rights at the UN: The Political History of Universal Justice" is highly recommended for community library international affairs shelves and for anyone who wants to be more appreciative of what we have now.

The New European Union
Steve Wood and Wolfgang Quaisser
Lynne Rienner Publishers
1800 30th Street, Suite 314, Boulder, CO 80301
9781588265531, $22.00

Ever since the introduction of the Euro, Europe has been becoming more integrated with each other than ever. "The New European Union: Confronting the Challenges of Integration" explores all the consequences, beneficial and harmful, be it political, economic, or strategic, of the continuing unification of Europe. Authors Steve Wood (a political and international studies lecturer at Flinders University) and Wolfgang Quaisser (senior researcher at the Osteuropa Institute) offer their relevant expertise to make "The New European Union: Confronting the Challenges of Integration" a vital acquisition for any community library international studies shelf.

Imagined Homes
Hans Werner
University of Manitoba Press
301 St. John's College, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, R3T 2M5
9780887557019, $29.95 1-800-565-9523

While immigration is usually considered to be moving from a country of origin to a foreign nation, it can also refer to ethnic populations returning from their present country to the one from which their ancestors had originated in an earlier migration. Such was the case for groups of ethnic Germans located within the borders of the Soviet Union who, during the years of the Cold War, migrated out of the Soviet Union, some to Canada during the late 1940s and early 1950s, some to West Germany during the early 1970s. This is the subject of a seminal study by academician Hans Werner (Professor of History, University of Winnipeg) who found that those ethnic Germans settling in Winnipeg, Canada expected to have to learn a new language, adjust to different customs, and generally assimilate into an society and culture unlike that with which they had drown up. Professor Werner then contrasts this group's expectations and experiences with those of the later group of ethnic Germans from the Soviet Union who settled in Bielefeld, Germany, thinking that they were essentially 'coming home' to a culture, language, and society within which they would quickly and easily assimilate. Drawing upon illustrative oral accounts and writings from members of each of these groups of emigres, "Imagined Homes: Soviet German Immigrants In Two Cities" is a seminal sociological study employing a cross-cultural comparative framework that also encompasses the factors of how the receiving societies viewed the new arrivals, the impact of secularization, evolving sexual mores, and media revolutions influenced the perceptions of all sectors of the receiving communities, and how these factors impacted the two diverse immigrant experiences. A superbly crafted and deftly presented study, "Imagined Homes" is especially recommended reading for students of 20th Canadian History, 20th Century German History, and Immigration Studies, as well as a valued addition to academic library 20th Century Sociological Studies reference collections.

The Shaping of Foreign Policy
Harold Karan Jacobson & William Zimmerman (Editors)
Aldine Transaction
c/o Transaction Publishers
35 Berrue Circle, Piscataway, New Jersey 08854-8042
9780202309958, $24.95,

With all the international turmoil and conflict that occurs in today's world, at some point you have to ask how exactly are these foreign policy decisions made? "The Shaping of Foreign Policy", in a new edition, hopes to answer those questions. With seven essays covering all of the basics of foreign policy - systematic, governmental, societal, idiosyncratic, and more. With examples illustrated such as the tense Soviet Union- United States of America relations and contributions by highly respected and noted diplomat Henry A. Kissinger, it really and thoroughly covers anything a non-specialized general interest reader would want to know, while being scholarly and academic enough for any college community library international studies collection.

Costa Rica: A Global Studies Handbook
Meg Tyler Mitchell and Scott Pentzer
PO Box 1911, Santa Barbara, CA 93116-1911
9781851099924, $55.00 1-800-368-6868

Part of the Global Studies: Latin America & The Caribbean series, Costa Rica: A Global Studies Handbook is a solid educational text written for students, travelers, businesspeople, and anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of this beautiful nation. Costa Rica: A Global Studies Handbook is divided into a narrative section (which relates the history of the land along with information about its politics, institutions, society, and culture) and a reference section (which has a timeline of key events in Costa Rican history, a listing of significant Costa Rican organizations, and entries of key Costa Rican historical figures, places, and events). An annotated bibliography and an index round out this down-to-earth, highly readable primer.

The Psychology Shelf

Are You Human or What?
Dale Carson
Bick Publishing House
307 Neck Road, Madison, CT, 06443
9781884158339, $14.95,

Humanity has evolved into the dominant species of the earth, as no other species has remotely the power over the Earth's fate that they do. "Are You Human or What?: Evolutionary Psychology for Teens" examines how evolution has wired the current generation of humanity, and why do people react the way they do to certain things, and how to control it - you don't have to have sex with everyone you're attracted to, and you don't have to declare war on everyone who does you wrong. "Are You Human or What?: Evolutionary Psychology for Teens" is highly recommended for community library psychology collections and for any teen who wants a better understanding of their emotions.

Dieting, Overweight, and Obesity
Wolfgang Stroebe
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242
9781433803352, $59.95 1-800-368-5777

Will Power can only do so much - there's a point where temptation can break people. "Dieting, Overweight, and Obesity: Self-Regulation in a Food-Rich Environment" examines why self-regulation is such a difficult thing for so many people in America and the World. The World Health Organization has declared Obesity a global epidemic and author Wolfgang Stroebe, a professor of social psychology, explores the idea that the major obstacle for dieting is the desire to enjoy good, tasty food, and that being around so much of it is what is fueling the epidemic. "Dieting, Overweight, and Obesity: Self-Regulation in a Food-Rich Environment" is highly recommended to psychology shelves and health shelves alike for the dual take on the nuances of America and the world's growing waistline and obesity problem.

Treating Stress and Anxiety
Lillian Nejad Ph.D. and Katerina Volny BSc
Crown House Publishing
6 Townbridge Drive, Suite 5, Bethel, CT, 06810-2858
9781845900779, $44.95 1-877-925-1213

Treating Stress and Anxiety: A Practitioner's Guide to Evidence-Based Approaches is a guide for clinicians and therapists to evidence-based cognitive behavioral techniques that can help reduce patients' stress and anxiety, as well as enhance their overall quality of life. Chapters discuss basic emotional health maintenance (including watching one's diet, engaging in regular exercise, getting sufficient sleep, and properly managing time), relaxation and breathing exercises, confronting fears, tips for managing persistent harmful thoughts, preventing relapses, and much more. "When an individual is particularly vulnerable or experiencing severe ongoing stress, they may often be in crisis. When in a crisis state, it is very difficult to maintain work towards longer term goals and to try new and challenging tasks. It can be helpful to develop a list of simple and effective strategies to alleviate distress in times of crisis, and therefore minimise the impact of ongoing crises... It is wise to consider attempting several distress management strategies when confronted with a crisis. It may also be helpful to involve supportive people and relevant agencies when planning for crisis management." Included with the text is a CD-ROM of useful client handouts and worksheets. A superb, easy-to-follow, highly practical manual for treatment professionals.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

The Food Intolerance Bible
Antony J. Haynes & Antoinette Savill
Red Wheel, Wieser, & Conari
65 Parker Street, Suite 7, Newburyport, MA 01950
9781573243599, $19.95,

Nearly everyone has some form of food intolerance, claims "The Food Intolerance Bible: A Nutritionist's Plan to Beat Food Cravings, Fatigue, Mood Swings, Celiac Disease, Headaches, IBS, and Deal with Food Allergies". Food Intolerance occurs when ones body rejects what you put in - and the rejection comes in a huge amount of miserable ailments to make people feel terrible for that day. With seven steps to minimize the occurrence of food intolerance, and over 70 recipes such as Plum Crumble and Black Peppercorns with Sweet Potato fries, Salmon Lasagna, and so much more on top of that, "The Food Intolerance Bible: A Nutritionist's Plan to Beat Food Cravings, Fatigue, Mood Swings, Celiac Disease, Headaches, IBS, and Deal with Food Allergies" is highly recommended for both community library cookbook and health collections.

The Anatomy of Stretching
Brad Walker
Lotus Publishing
c/o North Atlantic Books
1435 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
9781556435966, $24.95 1-800-788-3123

There are over one hundred key stretches that the human body can do that directly enable better physical health regardless of age or gender. "The Anatomy of Stretching" outlines these with fundamental facts and explanations to help the reader do the stretch and understand why they are doing it, divided by each and every area of the body. With over 200 full color illustrations, glossaries, appendixes and more, "The Anatomy of Stretching" is highly recommended to health & fitness community library shelves and for anyone who would seek better health through stretching exercises.

16 Myths of a Diabetic Diet, 2nd Edition
Karen Hanson Chalmers, MS, RD, LDN, CDE
American Diabetes Association
1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311
1580402879, $14.95

"I can't have foods with sugar" is just one of the myths people with diabetes hear - and which is wrong. A healthy diet can allow for an occasional sugar treat: it's the focus on such a diet which is important, and here the most common misperceptions about diabetes is featured along with tips on shopping, food groups, and 'special diets' for diabetics.

Acupoint and Trigger Point Therapy for Babies and Children
Donna Finando, L.Ac., L.M.T.
Healing Arts Press
c/o Inner Traditions
One Park Street, Rochester, VT 05767
9781594771897, $19.95

Acupoint and Trigger Point Therapy for Babies and Children: A Parent's Healing Touch shows parents how to release restricted muscles and allow bodily energy to flow freely to aid in the body's healing abilities with colds, infections, diarrhea and other common conditions. Acupoint and trigger point touch therapy are covered in depth, with verbal explanation of techniques and logic accompanied by pictorial examples. Basic children's anatomy and physiology are presented in easy terms parents can understand, making this an excellent pick for any parent's library.

Cancer on $5 a Day
Robert Schimmel with Alan Eisenstock
DaCapo Press
c/o Perseus Books Group
387 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016
9780738211589, $22.00

CANCER ON $5 A DAY: HOW HUMOR GOT ME THROUGH THE TOUGHEST JOURNEY OF MY LIFE comes from a stand-up comedian who discusses her how humor got him through his battle with cancer. From his banter with nurses to his search for alternative options, CANCER ON $5 A DAY doesn't detract from cancer's seriousness - but it does offer a refreshing alternative to approaching it. Any health collection or general lending library needs this.

The Illusion of Certainty
Erik Rifkin, Ph.D. and Edward Bouwer, Ph.D.
The Humana Press
999 Riverview Drive, Suite 208, Totowa, NJ 07512
9780387485706, $29.95

Empowering people to make well informed decisions about their health is the goal of Dr. Erik Rifkin & Dr. Edward Bouwer in their new book "The Illusion of Certainty: Health Benefits and Risks." Risk Characterization Theater is a unique graphic which informs the reader with an objective view of the pros and cons of each treatment in simple terms that anyone can understand. "The Illusion of Certainty: Health Benefits and Risks" is highly recommended to medical and health community library collections alike and to anyone who may have to be making some risky decisions on their own health in the future.

Age Well!
Robert Palmer, M.D. with Eileen Beal
Cleveland Clinic Press
9500 Euclid Avenue, NA32, Cleveland, OH 44195
9781596240421, $14.95 1-216-444-1158

It's never too early to begin planning for the rest of your life, claims "Age Well: A Cleveland Clinic Guide". Offering great advice on assuring life stays the way the reader wants it by giving them guidelines on a plan for optimal aging - by explaining the biological, physiological and psychological processes and then plotting out solutions. It lays out the myths and realities of aging, tips on senior sexuality, making sense of aging senses, and how to care for care givers in an elderly state. "Age Well!: A Cleveland Clinic Guide" is highly recommended for readers slowly approaching the second half of their lives or for community library health sections in general.

The Advanced Mediterranean Diet
Steve Parker, M.D.
Vanguard Press
PO Box 1198, Highley, AZ 85236
9780979128479, $17.95 1-480-695-3192

Obesity is an epidemic plaguing America, the rates outright doubling in the past 25 years. "The Advanced Mediterranean Diet: Lose Weight, Feel Better, Live Longer" presents the reader with proven 'Mediterranean Diet' - said to prolong life and reduce rates of chronic disease. It is not a diet for bland tastes either, trumping a focus on many things - whole grains, nuts, fruits, fish, wine, and much more. Dr. Steve Parker has nearly a quarter of a century of experience in practicing medicine, and has had a focus on effective weight loss strategies. Enhanced with indexes, bibliographies, quick and easy recipes, and more, "The Advanced Mediterranean Diet: Lose Weight, Feel Better, Live Longer" is highly recommended to anyone trying to get themselves into better shape and community library health collections.

Forever Hellos, Hard Good-Byes
Axel Dahlberg and Janis Russell Love
Free Spirit Publishing
217 Fifth Avenue North, Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1299
9781575422725, $14.95 1-866-703-7322

Real children with real personalities who just happen to be in the worst times of their lives - "Forever Hellos, Hard Good-Byes: Inspiration, Wit, & Wisdom from Courageous Kids Facing Life-Threatening Illness" will bring you their stories to help the rest of us deal with related cases that all too often appear in our own lives. These are stories told by the kids themselves, living with the hard truth of their conditions and not just pitying themselves while dealing with the difficult problems of revealing their conditions to their friends, dealing with day to day life, their families, among other issues. "Forever Hellos, Hard Good-Byes: Inspiration, Wit, & Wisdom from Courageous Kids Facing Life-Threatening Illness" is heartily recommended for self-help shelves everywhere, for set of simply heartwarming tales.

I've Got This Friend Who...
Anna Radev, editor
Hazelden Foundation
PO Box 11, Center City, MN 55012-0011
9781592854585, $14.95 1-800-328-9000

Written by teens for teens, I've Got This Friend Who... Advice for Teens and Their Friends on Alcohol, Drugs, Eating Disorders, Risky Behavior, and More lives up to its title. The creation of KidsPeace, an international charity that has worked for 125 years to help kids and teenagers avoid and overcome crises, I've Got This Friend Who... is written in straightforward dialogue format - essentially a frank and honest conversation. "Considering cigarettes or chew a reward and treat after working hard or doing well at school or at work and making time to take a break and treat yourself is a dead giveaway [of addiction]. If you aren't addicted, you wouldn't treat yourself that way. You might go to a movie or have a piece of cake instead." Chapters cover topics such as illegal drugs, eating disorders, self-injury behavior (a.k.a. "cutting"), unprotected sex, and much more. The teens speaking out in I've Got This Friend Who... know what they're talking about - they back up their honest insights with cold, hard facts, definitions, and lists of medical problems associated with risky behavior. Additional tips for teens struggling to cope, from what to say when being pressured to smoke to the do's and don'ts of how to react if one learns a friend is self-injuring, round out this solid straight-talk guide. A "must-have" for school and public libraries especially.

A Woman's Guide to Urinary Incontinence
Rene Genadry, M.D. and Jacek L. Mostwin, M.D. D.Phil.
The Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-4363
9780801887338, $15.95 1-800-537-5487

Urinary incontinence plagues millions of women, especially those who have birthed children, are post menopausal, or have simply passed the age of forty. "A Woman's Guide to Urinary Incontinence" encourages women not to suffer in silence, to find the right doctor, to be an active partner in their health care and more to help fight the condition. The wisdom and expertise of Rene Genadry, M.D. (an associate professor of gynecology and obstetrics at John Hopkins at Green Spring) and Jacek L. Mostwin M.D. D.Phil. (a professor of urology at the John Hopkins School of Medicine) "A Woman's Guide to urinary Incontinence" is friendly, accessible, and packed cover to cover with invaluable information, and should most definitely be read by any woman who may potentially suffer from this ailment, and the highest recommendation to medical library collections.

From Belly Fat to Belly Flat
C.W. Randolph M.D.
Health Communications Inc.
3201 S. W. 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
9780757306785, $16.95,

Middle age is dreaded by many as all too often people can't seem to lose that little extra weight that comes with achieving the age 40+. "From Belly Fat to Belly Flat: How Hormones Are Adding Inches to Your Waistline and Subtracting Years from Your Life" will explain exactly why this happens to so many people, and more importantly, how to remedy it. It has less to do with carbs and calories says C.W. Randolph, a physician who has treated more than 100,000 women for their hormonal imbalance issues over the year, and more to do with hormones. "From Belly Fat to Belly Flat: How Hormones Are Adding Inches to Your Waistline and Subtracting Years from Your Life" will teach readers how to self-diagnose their estrogen dominance problems, everyday culprits that will mess with your hormones, and vitamins that support and hinder your hormonal balance. "From Belly Fat to Belly Flat: How Hormones Are Adding Inches to Your Waistline and Subtracting Years From Your Life" is highly recommended to women approaching middle age everywhere and for community library health shelves.

Vegetables & Fruits
Thomas S. C. Li
CRC Press
6000 Broken Sound Parkway, NW Suite 300, Boca Raton, FL, 33487
1420068717, $129.95,

Diabetes and heart disease ravage America as major causes of premature and preventable death in the modern era. A diet higher in fruits and vegetables is a major way to combat these ailments. "Vegetables & Fruits: Nutritional and Therapeutic" acts as the nutritional facts label for all that produce that most of the time goes without one. Plant life in general should comprise most of the healthy modern human diet due to the vitamins and nutrients they present in every serving. "Vegetables & Fruits: Nutritional and Therapeutic" lists over 200 fruits and vegetables with a highly complete listing outlining each piece of produce's protein, minerals, flavonoid contents and more- quite literally everything and anything one would wish to know. Enhanced with appendixes and an index, "Vegetables & Fruits: Nutritional and Therapeutic" has a highest recommendation for community library health shelves catering to nutritionists.

A Woman's Guide to Men's Health
Abraham Harvey Kryger, MD, DMD
RDR Books
1487 Glen Avenue, Muskegon, MI 49441
9781571431561, $17.95

Written by board-certified Family Practitioner Abraham Harvey Kryger, MD, DMD, A Woman's Guide to Men's Health: What You Need to Know About Male Health, Happiness, Vigor and Sexuality goes beyond its title - though it definitely contains everything a woman needs to know about men's health, it is also an invaluable primer to help men take care of their health as well. Too few people of either gender are fully aware of the direct connection between male hormones and male well-being, including mood, energy, physical strength, assertiveness, passion, weight, sleep, memory, and sex drive. A Woman's Guide to Men's Health discusses practical and delicate subjects in plain terms, from the importance of getting a hormone checkup to testosterone's role in sex and penis size, to myths about anabolic steroids and testosterone, and much more. Accessible to readers of all backgrounds, A Woman's Guide to Men's Health is a much-needed supplement to personal health libraries, and enthusiastically recommended for public library collections as well.

The Political Science Shelf

Delusional Democracy
Joel S. Hirschhorn
Common Courage Press
121 Red Barn Road, Monroe, ME 04951
1567513808, $18.95,

Could a second American Revolution be required to set America on the correct path once more? "Delusional Democracy: Fixing the Republic without overthrowing the Government" is a deftly written call to action - not to overthrow the government, no, but to do whatever they can to set our democratic institution on the right path once more, to cut through the oceans of false information and misrepresentation that do no right for its citizens. Offering advice and protocol to save America while there's still time, "Delusional Democracy: Fixing the Republic without Overthrowing the Government" is highly recommended to community library political shelves everywhere and for anyone who wants an honest look at today's government.

The Spirit of Democracy
Larry Diamond
Times Books
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
9780805078695, $28.00,

In 1974, over 75% of the world was covered with some form of autocracy- but three decades later, most of them have fallen apart and many of them are now Democracies. "The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout The World" is an examination of the developing democracies of the world and views on how to further its growth. It also doesn't turn a blind eye to potentially sham democracies such as Russia's growing oligarchy, deep with corruption from organized crime. A thoroughly researched and informative account, and intelligently composed account sure to provoke discussion, "The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World" is highly recommended to political science collections.

Governmental Transparency in the Path of Administrative Reform
Suzanne J. Piotrowski
State University of New York Press (SUNY)
State University Plaza, Albany, NY 12246-0001
9780791470855, $55.00 1-800-666-2211

The reformation of governmental agencies and the policies they operate under is a constant political theme whether on the municipal, county, state, federal, or international level. Written by Suzanne J. Piotrowski (Assistant Professor of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University), Governmental Transparency in the Path of Administrative Reform is a scholarly assessment of both the intended and unintended consequences of federal management reforms associated with the National Performance Review and the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act. Chapters cover the history and current state of the FOIA; the potential impact of customer service initiatives to improve governmental transparency and facilitate the release of documents; the many ways in which contractors are an essential part of the FOIA process, and much more. An index supplements this excellent, heavily researched, and thoroughly detailed examination of the efforts, successes, and missteps in the ongoing effort to guard against corruption through transparency. "The potential tension between democratic accountability and accountability for results was explained early on in this book. These two related, but at times competing, visions of governmental accountability can be visualized on a continuum. The objective is to find a point on that continuum that balances the need to have both types of accountability... The NPR, which supported accountability for results, did not focus on the FOIA, which embodies democratic accountability. However, the NPR did affect the FOIA... the management initiatives associated with the reform movement impacted FOIA policy. It is in the unintended consequences of NPR on the FOIA that the intersection of democratic accountability and accountability for results are seen."

Safire's Political Dictionary
William Safire
Oxford University Press
198 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016-4314
9780195340617, $22.95,

A comprehensive guide and literal dictionary on the subject from a man who knows what he's talking about. "Safire's Political Dictionary" is a massive, thick tome of 862 pages, each covered with invaluable information on the shaky language that so covers today's political landscape. This new and expanded edition covers terms such as regime change, red/blue state, triangulation, moonbat/wingnut and so many more terms that muddle political language. Written by presidential speech writer and Pulitzer prize winner William Safire, "Safire's Political Dictionary" is highly recommended for community library politics collections.

Democracy and the Police
David Alan Sklansky
Stanford University Press
1450 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304-1124
9780804755641, $24.95

Democratic policing and police state, two terms so commonly used in society - but what exactly do they mean? "Democracy and the Police" is a scholarly text seeking to inform the masses about the relationship between the two concepts of democracy and police, going over changing conceptions and linking the downfall of democratic pluralism and the shift away from the postwar model of law enforcement. Enhanced with an index and appendixes, "Democracy in the Police" is Highly recommended for law and political science shelves in community libraries everywhere.

Congress Behaving Badly
Sunil Ahuja
Praeger Publishers
c/o Greenwood Publishing Group
88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881
9780275998684, $44.95

Congress Behaving Badly: The Rise of Partisanship and Incivility and the Death of Public Trust examines a very real problem affecting modern American politics: the rise of partisan rancor and mistrust, as expressed through incivility (or even downright rudeness) on Capitol Hill since the 1980s. Associate Professor of Political Science Sunil Ahuja explores a number of the most shocking examples of this abrasive and hostile style, as engaged in by Gingrich, Burton, and Pelosi in the House, and by Boxer, Santorum, and Lott in the Senate. Contrasting this harsh "new style" of congressional decorum against the more civil "old style" embodied by such leaders as Foley, Hamilton, and Michel in the House, as well as Dirksen, Mansfield, and Moynihan in the Senate, Congress Behaving Badly focuses on six causes of this modern spike in partisanship. Among the culprits are political redistricting and the renewed imposition of party discipline; the increased influence of antagonistic special-interest groups; the adversarial format peddled by 24-hour news cycles; the increased use of short-term consultants; the proliferating use of "wedge issues"; and the decline of social interaction among opposing members. Ahuja proposes measures necessary to restore order and civility to Congress before the hostile fallout inflicts greater damage to the people's trust; his recommendations include the reapportioning of legislative districts; restrictions on the influence of consultants, media, or interest groups; and the regularization of social interaction among congressional opponents. A plain-spoken examination of a serious problem in American representative democracy, highly recommended - especially for anyone serving or considering service in a public office.

The Essential Rosa Luxemburg
Rosa Luxemburg, author
Helen Scott, editor
Haymarket Books
PO Box 180165, Chicago, IL 60618
9781931859363, $12.00 1-773-583-7884

Rosa Luxemburg was a visionary socialist in Germany during the early twentieth century, who insisted that ordinary working people could fight and win battles for not only improvements in their daily working conditions, but also the struggle to create a society based on justice and equality. The Essential Rosa Luxemburg: Reform or Revolution and The Mass Strike presents the full text of Rosa Luxemburg's classics "Reform or Revolution" and "The Mass Strike", enhanced with extensive explanatory notes, appendices, and introductions. The two most pivotal concepts discussed are the questions of whether capitalism can be reformed and refined into a system of justice, and what efforts are most needed to bring about such a transformation? "Producers' cooperatives can survive within capitalist economy only if they manage to suppress, by means of some detour, the capitalist-controlled contradiction between the mode of production and the mode of exchange. And they can accomplish this only by removing themselves artificially from the influence of the laws of free competition. And they can succeed in doing the last only when they assure themselves beforehand of a constant circle of consumers, that is, when they assure themselves of a constant market." A treasure of political science history, offering valuable insights that transcend its time.

The Constitution of England
Jean Louis De Lolme, author
David Lieberman, editor
Liberty Fund, Inc.
8335 Allison Pointe Trail, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46250-1684
9780865974654, $12.00 1-800-955-8335

The grandfather of our very own American constitution, "The Constitution of England" is one of the most vital political treatises to come out of Enlightenment Era England, and the subject of "The Constitution of England", important book on political liberty. Although originally written in French (and published in Amsterdam) by Jean Louis De Lolme, it has been edited and enhanced with an introduction by David Lieberman in this new edition for modern American history. Sure to be fuel for many, many debates and discussion, "The Constitution of England" is enthusiastically recommended to politics and American history library shelves, and any non-specialist general interest reader who simply wants a greater understanding of our own constitution.

The Official Handbook of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy
Mark W. Smith
Regnery Publishing, Inc.
One Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001
9781596980495, $14.95 1-800-338-4550

As always, The Official Handbook of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy undeniably lives up to its title. Now in an updated 2008 Presidential Election Edition, The Official Handbook of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy remains a solid block of strategies for debating with the extreme liberal left. Chapters attack and destroy the arguments supporting such left-wing causes as amnesty for illegal immigrants, giving constitutional rights to terrorism suspects, hysteria over global warming, unilaterally giving up in Iraq, using the Fairness Doctrine to censor conservative talk radio, "inside job" 9/11 conspiracy theories, same-sex marriage, and more. Liberals will also want to read The Official Handbook of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, the better to understand and anticipate the counter-arguments that are coming, and moderates are sure to chuckle at Smith's tongue-in-cheek take on the issues regardless of personal political preference! "...welfare hurts the exact people it is meant to help. By paying people to remain unemployed and giving extra subsidies to non-working parents who had additional children, between the 1960s and the 1990s welfare policies perpetuated poverty by removing the incentive to work while adding to exploding rates of illegitimacy. Since Congress approved comprehensive welfare reform in 1996, however, we've seen dramatic improvements in child poverty and illegitimacy rates. What a surprise - when the government stops paying people to be unemployed and to have kids out of wedlock, people find more jobs and have less out-of-wedlock children. Who could have predicted that?"

The Mythology/Folklore Shelf

Lao Folktales
Wajuppa Tossa with Kongdeuane Nettavong, authors
Margaret Read MacDonald, editor
Libraries Unlimited
88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881
9781591583455, $40.00

Part of the World Folklore Series, Lao Folktales collects classic fairy tales, legends, and parables of the people of Laos, garnered through interviews with storytellers as well as studies of old chronicles and palm-leaf manuscripts. More than 50 tales from creation myths to animal tales, Buddhist Jataka, moral stories, trickster tales, ghost stories, riddles, legends, and more fill this wonderfully rich and exciting volume. Enhanced with supplementary material such as a brief introduction into to Lao geography and history, as well as notes on tale sources and motifs, Lao Folktales is an undeniably worthy addition to public library, college library, and private folklore collections everywhere.

The Architecture Shelf

Adobe Houses For Today
Laura Sanchez & Alex Sanchez
Sunstone Press
239 Johnson Street, Santa Fe, NM 875042321
9780865346628, $29.95,

Adobe houses have experienced a renewal of interest with environmentally concerned home owners because of its inherent energy efficiency and adaptability to diverse budgets, family sizes, style preferences, and building site considerations. Adobe building construction experts Laura and Alex Sanchez showcase twelve architectural plans for building compact, beautifully proportioned adobe homes in both modern and traditional styles. In addition to detailing the individual plans and utilizing them as examples of design techniques for controlling construction costs and enhancing livability, "Adobe Houses For Today" also provides basic information on adobe as a building material and is appropriate as a resource reference for projects that would expand or upgrade existing adobe structures. As informed and informative as it is inspired and inspiring, "Adobe Houses For Today" is a welcome and enthusiastically recommended addition to personal, professional, academic, and community library Architectural Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Crafting Log Homes Solar Style
Rex A. Ewing & LaVonne Ewing
PixyJack Press
PO Box 149, Masonville, CO 80541
9780977372447, $25.00, www.pixyjackpress

How does one build a new home and help the environment at the same time? "Crafting Log Homes Solar Style: An Inspiring Guide to Self-Sufficiency" is a complete guide to someone who wants to build an environmentally conscious home whether to live in or for a vacation home. The solar panels will also pay for themselves eventually with all of the money one is bound to save on electricity bills with the constant stream of renewable energy from the Earth's greatest source, its own Sun. Highly recommended for anyone who is pondering building a log cabin, and a must have for community library environmental collections.

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Homes Through American History
Melissa Wells Duffes, William Burns, & Olivia Graf, authors
Thomas W. Paradis, general editor
Greenwood Publishing Group
88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881
9780313337475, $399.95 1-800-225-5800

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Homes Through American History is a four-volume encyclopedia set that lives up to its title, offering an in-depth tour of domestic architecture in America from 1492 to the present day. It should be noted that colonial homes onward are the prime focus; early Native American architecture is left for other books to cover. Chapters discuss the available building materials and manufacturing techniques from era to era, historical innovations in architecture, home layouts and designs common to each era, furniture and decoration motifs typical of the time, landscaping and outbuildings that complemented the homes, and much more. Black-and-white photographs and a handful of color plates enhance this thoughtful text, accessible to students, lay readers, and architecture historians alike. Enthusiastically recommended for college library collections due to its winning combination of extensive research, fine detail, and immersive narrative flow, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Homes Through American History is a "must-read" for anyone researching its subject, regardless of professional background.

McGraw-Hill's Construction Codes & Inspection Handbook
Gil L. Taylor
Craftsman Book Company
6058 Corte del Cedro, Carlsbad, CA 92009
9780071468251, $59.95 1-800-829-8123

Every building from the simplest shack to the grandest home to the most complex of office buildings must be built according to applicable municipal codes and pass municipal code inspectors. "McGraw-Hill's Construction Codes & Inspection Handbook" by construction expert and ICC-certified inspector Gil Taylor is a complete, single-volume textbook that will enable every building project to be in full compliance with all relevant building codes. Enhanced with more than 500 charts, tables, calculations, and checklists, "McGraw-Hill's Construction Codes & Inspection Handbook" offers clear, concise explanations that demystify and explain often complex building codes. Also provided are procedures and job-critical tools for every phase and aspect of construction to insure design quality and code compliant sitework, concrete, masonry, carpentry, structural steel, doors and windows, finishes, thermal and moisture protection, piping systems, mechanics, electrical, and OSHA requirements. "McGraw-Hill's Construction Codes & Inspection Handbook" covers the International Building Code; National Electrical Code; International Plumbing Code; International Zoning Code; and so much more. Of special note is the practical commentary and attention given to issues of safety, contractor payment, claims, inspectors' daily reports, labor enforcement; storage of materials, and project turnover. "McGraw-Hill's Construction Codes & Inspection Handbook" is an indispensable and confidently recommended addition to professional, technical college, and academic library Architectural Studies and Construction reference collections.

Defensive Estimating
William Asdal
National Association of Home Builders
1201 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005-2800
9780867186208, $29.95,

It's happened before - a builder puts out an estimate to add a new addition to a home. The buyer agrees, and the builder gets to work. The money set aside from the estimate drains quickly, and the builder soon is faced with either talking to the customer and telling him the estimate was wrong- making the builder seem like he's greedy and potentially killing the chance of a return client - or sucking it up and taking the hit out of their money to keep the customer happy. "Defensive Estimating: Protecting Your Profits" is a guide to help residential builders and remodelers avoid this situation by being better at estimating their costs so it doesn't eat into their profits and the customer remains happy. It contains tips on examining your business's finances, on bewaring of carelessness, and defending your estimate to your customers. "Defensive Estimating: Protecting Your Profits" is highly recommended for community library collections on business with an especial recommendation to carpenters.

The Christian Studies Shelf

The New Christians
Tony Jones
989 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103-1741
9780787994716, $22.95,

The Third Way - a moderate third option in between religious liberalism and religious conservatism, which author and doctor of practical theology at Princeton Tony Jones explains in his new book "The New Christians: Dispatches From The Emergent Frontier". A through and scholarly exploration of this new option for modern day Christians with new views and opinions and their relevance to the scripture of the holy bible. "The New Christians: Dispatches From the Emergent Frontier" is a must have for any Christian in a conflict of faith and highly recommended for community library Christian studies shelves.

Wrestling with Angels
Rowan Williams
WM. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
204 Oak Industrial Drive NE, Grand Rapids MI, 49505
9780802827265, $28.00,

The 104th Archbishop of Canterbury is a prolific speaker on the many subjects of Christianity, and in "Wrestling with Angels: Conversations in Modern Theology" his writings, long out of print and hard to find, are now collected and displayed in one easy tome for a new generation of readers. Focusing on his discussions with his contemporaries like Hegel, Barth, Bathasar, Adams, and others,"Wrestling with Angels: Conversations in Modern Theology" is a scholarly and informed compilation in modern philosophy and art, speaking on such topics as postmodernity, innocence, nature of historical development, and more. "Wrestling with Angels: Conversations in Modern Theology" is highly recommended for religious studies shelves and anyone who wants a deeper look into how today's modern philosophers think.

We Will Be Like Him
Vincent Rush
Paulist Press
997 Macarthur Blvd. Mahwah, N.J. 07430
9780809145119, $14.95,

To be closer to him, to be more like him - the desires of all Christians is to be one with their lord and savior, to be one with God. "We Will Be Like Him: Growing Toward God at Every Age of Life" is a spiritual guide to enhancing your faith through proper moral decisions in day to day everyday life, whether you be a child, an adult, or even a senior. Complete with fictionalized but very real examples for use in everyday life to resolve conflicts the Christian way, "We Will Be Like Him: Growing Toward God at Every Age of Life" is a deftly written and helpful account for any Christian for community library self-help and Christian studies collections.

When Love's In View
Dr. Conway & Jada Edwards
Moody Publishers
820 North Lasalle Drive, Chicago, IL 60610
9780802480873, $12.99,

For some, finding the right someone has more to do with just how attractive they are and other superficial subjects - but if their faith is as strong as theirs. "When Love's In View: Finding Focus in Dating and Relationships" is a dating help guide with a Christian focus, for those who want that man or woman to have a place for God as well as them. Covering six behaviors of Godly men, and eight behaviors of godly women, asking the bible about relationships and eventually tying the knot, and frequently asked questions involving the faith and the dating scene. "When Love's In View: Finding Focus in Dating and Relationships" is a deftly written guide and highly recommended for Christian singles everywhere and for community library dating collections with a cross over to Christian studies.

You Mean That Isn't in the Bible?
David A. Rich
Harvest House Publishers
990 Owen Loop North, Eugene, OR 97402
978073692138, $10.99,

When We Die, We Become Angels. God Wants us to be rich, the never ending war between God and Satan...all beliefs so often spoken, but none of them have roots in the bible. "You Mean That Isn't In the Bible?: 10 Popular Beliefs That Simply Aren't True" examines ten of these so called beliefs and explains why they aren't true, quoting from the holy book itself. After explaining the fiction of these common beliefs, Rich explains why what the bible truly says is better as a whole for humanity. "You Mean That Isn't In the Bible: 10 Popular Beliefs That Simply Aren't True" is highly recommended for community library Christian studies collections.

Facing Your Final Job Review
Woodrow Kroll
1300 Crescent Street, Wheaton, Illinois, 60187
9781581349733, $16.99,

There's a job review that has a more definite and long term impact than any you'll ever have to face before that date, claims "Facing Your Final Job Review: The Judgment Seat of Christ, Salvation, and Eternal Rewards". Preaching to not be so concerned with so much frivolities in the mortal realm, and to prepare yourself more for the only job review that ultimately matters, "Facing Your Final Job Review: The Judgment Seat of Christ, Salvation, and Eternal Rewards" speaks on how ones life is evaluated in the after life according to the holy bible in a plain-speaking simple to understand method with a blend of narrative and Q&A format. "Facing Your Final Job Review: The Judgment Seat of Christ, Salvation, and Eternal Rewards" is highly recommended to community library Christian studies collections.

The Genesis Factor
Ron J. Bigalke Jr.
Master Books
c/o New Leaf Publishing Group
PO Box 726, Green Forest, AR 72638
9780890514801, $13.99,

Creationism - something that is under constant attack in today's more enlightened world. Can it still be taken as a valid belief in today's world of science? "The Genesis Factor: Myths and Realities" believes so, and is a scholarly defense of the belief under the pretense it could happen. Going to the roots of creationism in the church and looking to the early anti-creationist battles while referencing the bible itself for support of Creationism's realistic existence as an origin of man. "The Genesis Factor: Myths and Realities" is a solid pick for any biblical studies collection and for anyone who wants support for their beliefs in God's plan.

St. Paul's Ephesus
Jerome Murphy-O'Connor
The Liturgical Press
St. John's Abbey, PO Box 7500, Collegeville, MN 56321-7500
9780814652596, $29.95,

Ephesus- a city which has been in ruins for over two thousand years. What was this city, and who were its people? "St Paul's Ephesus: Texts and Archeology" is a journey back through history to this ancient city, following missionary Paul through his journeys and everything that is known about it. Combing over the works of nearly thirty different authors and presenting all the facts he collects from those, Jerome Murphy-O'Connor does his Professor of New Testament job proud. "St. Paul's Ephesus: Texts and Archeology" is a must for any biblical history shelf and anyone who wishes to learn more of this ancient city.

The Christian East & the Rise of the Papacy
John Meyendorff
St. Vladimir's Seminary Press
575 Scarsdale, Road, Crestwood, NY 10707-1699
9780881410570, $26.00 1-800-204-2665

During the middle ages the Christian church increased in political power and cultural authority. "The Christian East & The Rise of the Papacy: The Church AD 1071-1453" is the fourth volume of the acclaimed 'The Church in History' series, and covers such topics as the reformation of the papacy, the crusades, scholasticism and its impacts on the Eastern Orthodox church. Also exploring theological and spiritual trends that helped the Byzantine Commonwealth maintain its identity even as the empire itself crumbled. An informed and informative work, "The Christian East & The Rise of the Papacy: The Church AD 1071-1453" is very highly recommended to any Religious Studies shelf, as well as the non-specialist general interest reader who wishes to learn more about the history of the Christian Church.

Sermons for Advent and the Christmas Season
Bernard of Clairvaux
Cistercian Publications
c/o The Liturgical Press
St. John's Abbey, PO Box 7500, Collegeville, MN 56321-7500
9780879074517, $24.95 1-800-858-5450

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux has been called the voice of conscience and dominated the Catholic church for nearly thirty years. "Bernard of Clairvaux: Sermons for Advent and the Christmas Season" is a compilation of his sermons, a definite but highly complex message he wished to convey to the world: that the Word of the gospel wishes to be reincarnated in the reader by being read, that the gospel lives on in the words, and that reading the word will grant one personal recognition of the true divine nature of the word. Translated from the original Latin by Irene Edmonds, Wendy Mary Beckett, & Conrad Greenia; edited by John Leinenweber with an introduction by Wim Verbaal, "Bernard of Clairvaux: Sermons for Advent and The Christmas Season" is highly recommended to community library religious study shelves or anyone seeking a renewal of faith.

And the Bride Wore White
Dannah Gresh
Moody Press
820 North Lasalle Drive, Chicago, IL 60610
9780802483447, $13.99 1-800-621-5111

Traditionally, the bride's white gown was reserved only to the truly pure - those who were not were supposed to wear a gown of another color. In a brand new "Celebration Edition", Dannah Gresh continues to touch the lives of hundred of thousand of young women in "And The Bride Wore White: Seven Secrets to Sexual Purity"". Written in a warm yet revealing style, Gresh talks about her own horrible experiences dealing with sinful relationships, challenges and other temptations. Giving God's advice, any Christian woman would do well to pick up "And The Bride Wore White" and it would be good addition to community library sexuality shelves.

The Face of Christ in Sonora
James S. Griffith & Francisco Javier Manzo Taylor
Rio Nuevo Publishers
PO Box 5250, Tucson, AZ 85703
9781933855066, $15.95

The Life of Christ is celebrated throughout the world, but no two regions do it the same. "The Face of Christ in Sonora" shows that we can even learn about the culture around it in observing the way that they worship, as shown with the turbulent, yet rich history and culture of the Mexican state of Sonora. Written in both English and Spanish for maximum accessibility, "The Face of Christ in Sonora" is highly recommended for both religious and world history community library shelves- and for anyone who wants to see pictures of how another culture celebrates something so familiar to us.

Larry Burns
Pleasant Word
c/o Winepress Publishing Group
1730 Railroad Street, Enumclaw, WA 98022
141410698X, $26.99

"A spoonful of poems helps the wounded heart smile". "Emonetry: A Mellow Place" is a book packed covered to cover with comforting words to help ones injured spirit mend and heal its wounds. Author Larry Burns, a victim of child abuse and a cancer survivor, knows pain and has been lucky enough to know how to relieve it as well through the word of God. Burns now uses his poetry to spread God's word, in hopes that it too can heal the hurt that inhabits all of us. "Emonetry: A Mellow Place" is a pick for any poetry shelf, any Christianity shelf, or just a pick for someone who needs a pick me up when life has beat them down so much.

Bruce Hamsher
Herald Press
616 Walnut Avenue, Scottsdale, PA 15683-1999
9780836194074, $11.99 1-800-759-4447

You aren't going to instantly convert anyone to the word of Jesus Christ by simply walking up and outright preaching to them. "Bouquets: Intentional Relationships in Making Disciples" by Bruce Hamsher speaks eloquently and practically of making relationships with others for the purpose of down the line bringing their soul to Christ. It urges people to patiently cultivate those relationships, and it is enhanced with a study guide. Recommended for Christian studies shelves and for anyone seeking to spread the word of Christ further.

Tempted to Leave the Cross
Ernest R. Flores
Judson Press
PO Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851
9780817015244, $14.00 1-800-458-3766

Who is Christianity about, anyway? That is the question asked by "Tempted to Leave The Cross: Renewing the Call to Discipleship", a look at the cross of Jesus and what it represents in modern Christianity. Pastor Ernest R. Flores wants readers to evaluate their beliefs and actions, and to value the high price Jesus paid for our salvation. Calling for Christians to replace self-care, self-fulfillment, and self-satisfaction with sacrifice, self-denial and faithfulness, "Tempted to Leave The Cross: Renewing the Call to Discipleship" is highly recommended to anyone with a crisis of faith, and to any community libraries catering to Christian readership.

Your Forgotten Self
David Robert Ord
Namaste Publishing
PO Box 62084, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6J 4A3
Hampton Roads Publishing Company (dist.)
1125 Stoney Ridge Road, Charlottesville, VA 22902
9781897238332, $17.95 1-800-766-8009

Christians as a whole yearn to be more like Jesus. For the so called 'peace that passes understanding' and the 'joy unspeakable.' "Your Forgotten Self: Mirrored in Jesus The Christ" holds that they have it wrong. The reason? They think of Jesus as different from themselves. Author and teacher of religion for over twenty years David Robert Ford (who has had a fascination about Jesus since elementary school) believes that to be a true believer you must see yourself mirrored in Jesus Christ - to have faith is to understand yourself much like Jesus did. "Your Forgotten Self: Mirrored in Jesus The Christ" is enthusiastically recommended to Christian studies shelves and to anyone who wishes to be like more Jesus - and wants to realize that goal is closer than they could imagine.

More Than a Dream
G. R. Kearney
Loyola Press
3441 North Ashland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657
9780829425765, $22.95 1-800-621-1008

Building a school, building a future - it's what Chicago Jesuits sought to do when they built a new college prep school for the children of Hispanic working poor. "More Than a Dream: The Cristo Rey Story" is an inspiring tale of an improbable success story of keeping ones faith to keep going despite the innumerable barriers one faces in such an a situation. Author G. R. Kearney should know, as he works as a teacher and a coach at the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School as part of their Jesuit Alumni Volunteer program which Kearney himself helped found. "It's a story that needed to be told," says Kearney. "More Than a Dream: The Cristo Rey Story" would be a grand addition to both Christian and Educational community library collections and for any reader who would seek to learn how exactly this school rose up almost nothing, and how it seeks to help others do the same.

Fighting with the Bible
Donn Morgan
Seabury Books
c/o Church Publishing
445 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016
9781596270589, $14.00 1-800-242-1918

The bible can be one of the most dividing things in all of the Christian faith - which is ironic since it's meant to bring people together. "Fighting with the Bible: Why Scriptures Divide Us and How It Can Bring Us Together" seeks to examine this strange practice among Christians to battle each other over the word of God examining the issue piece by piece and seeking out solutions to bring Christians closer together using the book that is meant to do so instead of driving them apart. The scholarly credentials of Donn Morgan, the president and dean of Old Testament at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, lend his words power and wisdom. Any biblical study group needs "Fighting with the Bible: Why Scriptures Divide Us and How It Can Bring Us Together" and it also heartily recommended to Christian studies community library shelves.

Jesus in Trinitarian Perspective
Fred Sanders & Klaus Issler
B&H Publishing Group
127 Ninth Avenue North, MSN 114, Nashville, TN, 37234
9780805444223, $24.99,

A scholarly and informed look at Jesus's place in theological circles, "Jesus in Trinitarian Perspective" is a completely through, informed and informative look at the messiah of the Christian religion's place in the trinity packed with expertly written essays and brilliantly composed treatises throughout and rebuking the false dichotomy. Enhanced with an index and appendixes, "Jesus in Trinitarian Perspective" is very highly recommended reading, especially for theological studies circles and for anyone who wants a more scholarly look at the Christ.

Christian Educators' Guide To Evaluating And Developing Curriculum
Nancy Ferguson
Judson Press
PO Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851
9780817015237, $17.00 1-800-458-3766

Often parents faced with the secularism, violence, and substandard public school turns to the parochial school as a viable alternative for their child. Christian parochial school alternatives are an important part of most church education ministries and face major challenges with respect to selecting curriculum materials consistent with a particular congregation's theology and understanding of how Christian faith is inculcated into the lives and hearts of children. Specific to assisting congregations with that task is "Christian Educators' Guide To Evaluating And Developing Curriculum" by Nancy Ferguson (an ordained minister and certified Christian educator in the Presbyterian Church) that is designed to facilitate forming and teaching Christian school curriculums through the use of guidelines to evaluate purchased curriculum resources; write curriculum resources appropriate to congregational priorities; and adapt purchased curriculum materials suitable for congregational requirements and set goals. "Christian Educators' Guide To Evaluating And Developing Curriculum" covers the articulation of goals and purposes with regard to educational ministry; identifies the Six Key Elements of a successful Christian education program and using those elements to evaluate curriculum resources; develop scope and sequence for writing resources; and training teachers to utilize curriculum materials to their students benefit. Enhanced with reproducible worksheets, a list of resource providers, and with additional worksheets available for download from the Judson Press website at, "Christian Educators' Guide To Evaluating And Developing Curriculum" is an ideal, 'user friendly', and very highly recommended Christian education curriculum development instructional guide.

The Music Shelf

Tango Voices
Donald Cohen
Wise Publications/Amsco Publications
c/o Music Sales Corporation
257 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010
9781846099007, $39.95

From its inception in the barrios of Argentina, the Tango has proven one of the most enduringly popular dances in the world. "Tango Voices: Songs From The Soul Of Buenos Aires & Beyond" is a remarkable and memorable compendium of celebrated tangos from around the world. Knowledgeably compiled and deftly edited by Donald Cohen, the music is arranged for voice and guitar with each individual pieces being informatively annotated and fully illustrated with complete translations from their languages of origin into English. "Tango Voices" also includes a CD featuring performances by original artists of twenty-six tangos. A superbly organized and presented showcase of the tango, "Tango Voices" is highly recommended for personal, professional, academic, and community library Music & Dance reference collections.

A Student's Guide to Music History
R.J. Stove
ISI Books
PO Box 4431, Wilmington, DE 19807-0431
9781933859415, $8.00 1-800-526-7022

Music is as old as humanity itself, and to some, just may be older than that. "A Student's Guide to Music History" covers from the early middle ages and onwards, focusing on classical music's development since then. Origins of the Plainchant, differences between secular and sacred music, and origins of opera are all covered, as are intriguing portraits of many famous composers such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss among others. Any one with interest in the great strides of classical music over the centuries should look into "A Student's Guide to Music History", which should be in every community library music collection.

The Money/Finance Shelf

The Busy Family's Guide to Money
Sandra Block, Kathy Chu, & John Waggoner
950 Parker St. Berkeley, CA 94710
9781413308365, $19.99,

Way too much going out and not enough coming in - that is essentially the summary describing most people's money troubles. "The Busy Family's Guide to Money: Simple Steps to Financial Security" is what it says it is - a guide for families for which every day seems like some variation of chaos for them, to get their finances in order. With plenty of easy to follow advice to how to start saving money, getting the most out of your mortgage, simple investment tips, tax breaks, and so much more to help families put themselves back on the right track. Deftly composed, "The Busy Family's Guide to Money: Simple Steps to Financial Security" is highly recommended for community library finance collections and for any head of a busy household.

The New Bankruptcy
Stephen Elias
Nolo Press
950 Parker Street, Berkeley, CA, 94710-2524
9781413306330, $21.99,

Bankruptcy is usually the last resort for most people covered in the deep, restricting sludge of debt. "The New Bankruptcy: Will It Work for You?" is a guide to help those in financial turmoil to decide if the revised bankruptcy laws make declaring bankruptcy the answer for all of their money woes. Promoting clear cut answers and strategies to determining this, it offers all the information on qualifying for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which debts are wiped in this regard, if you can keep your major property like your home and car, among other information - it even offers alternatives to clawing your way out of debt without the drastic use of bankruptcy. "The New Bankruptcy: Will It Work for You?" is highly recommended to those in need of its advice everywhere, and should be on every community library shelf on personal finance.

It's When You Sell That Counts
Donald Cassidy
Global Professional Publishing
11 Chenies Street, London WCIE 7EY United Kingdom
Stylus Publishing, LLC (distrubutor)
PO Box 605, Herndon, VA 20172-0605
9780852976869, $29.95,

Anyone can buy stocks - the art for a successful stock broker however, lies in selling at just the right time. The Third Edition of "It's When You Sell That Counts" is a guide for amateur stock brokers to help sell at the right time to maximize their profits. He presents a powerful hold/sell test to show when one should rid oneself of a stock at its peak, while examining what may prevent them from selling at the right time - both physical and psychological barriers. Packed cover to cover with invaluable advice for any broker, and enhanced with an index and many appendixes, "It's When You Sell That Counts" is highly recommended to personal finance shelves everywhere.

Alive and Kicking
Kenney F. Hegland & Robert B. Fleming
Carolina Academic Press
700 Kent Street, Durham, North Carolina 27701
9781594603228, $24.95

The best way one can prevent themselves from becoming a burden on their families as they age is making sure the money they saved for their retirement stays saved for retirement and is only used for that purpose. "Alive and Kicking: Legal Advice... for Boomers!" grants legal advice so you can keep your money so when you finally do go and kick that bucket, your family has something other than massive debts to remember you by. Tips on Living wills, scams and identity theft, caring for your own parents in your own advanced age, issues involving age discrimination, driving, sex, and more are covered. While treating itself as a law book first, "Alive and Kicking: Legal Advice... for Boomers!" isn't afraid to crack a joke or bust out a poem now and again, giving a different and attractive flavor, making it highly recommended for anyone who is rapidly approaching retirement age and wants to be prepared for it in the modern world. Also recommended to community library law shelves.

The Complete Guide to Writing Effective & Award-Winning Grants
Dianne Harris
Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc.
1210 S.W. 23rd Place, Ocala, FL 34474-7014
9781601380463, $29.95 1-800-814-1132

Millions of dollars in grant money floats around today waiting to be claimed. "The Complete Guide: To Writing Effective & Award Winning Grants" seeks to help you lay claim to some of that money, a gift to help your organization, whatever it may be, flourish and succeed. To get that money is not an easy process, and "The Complete Guide: To Writing Effective & Award Winning Grants" will help you write the effective proposal you need to get a hold of the thousands of dollars you also need. Highly recommended to small businesses, researchers, or anyone who may need to write a grant proposal, and should have a place on all money/business community library shelves. Comes with a companion CD-Rom.

The American History Shelf

Astoria: An Oregon History
Karen L. Leedom
The Local History Company
112 North Woodland Road, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15232-2849
9780977042968, $19.95

Astoria resident Karen L. Leedom presents Astoria: An Oregon History, an extensively researched, informed and informative local history of the city of Astoria, Oregon - the oldest European-American settlement west of the Rockies - illustrated with black-and-white photographs and featuring three self-guided tours. Chapters tell of Astoria's colorful past dating all the way back to the 1500s. From Native American life to the rise of logging and fishing to Oregon's first female surgeon and dramatic Coast Guard rescues, Astoria: An Oregon History is as fun to read as it is educational. Highly recommended for anyone traveling to Astoria, whether for business, pleasure, or a family visit!

Year of the Fires
Stephen J. Pyne
Mountain Press Publishing Company
PO Box 2399, Missoula, Montana 59806
9780878425440, $16.00 1-800-234-5308

In the summer of 1910, wildfires in the Northern Rockies spread across millions of acres; the soot darkened the skies of New England and even drifted as far as the ice of Greenland. Seventy-eight firefighters died fighting the "Big Blowup" along the Montana-Idaho border. Nationally recognized fire historian Stephen J. Pyne presents Year of the Fires: The Story of the Great Fires of 1910, which tells of this tremendous catastrophe and how it forever changed America's policies for responding to forest fires. Accessible to scholars and lay readers alike, Year of the Fires is a welcome addition to American history shelves and highly recommended - especially considering that the lessons of the past remain just as relevant in "fire-prone" parts of the nation today.

Class and Gender Politics in Progressive-Era Seattle
John C. Putman
University of Nevada Press
Mail Stop 0166, Reno, NV, 89557-0166
9780874177367, $39.95 1-877-682-6657

Written by John C. Putman (associate professor of history, San Diego State University), Class and Gender Politics in Progressive-Era Seattle is a scholarly look at he changing social order in early twentieth century Seattle. Examining the intersection of radical-labor movements, feminist movements, suffrage campaigns, Class and Gender Politics in Progressive-Era Seattle reveals how the alliances and conflicts between these movements contributed to Seattle's regional identity. "Unlike most eastern labor struggles, class conflict out west was more localized. The lack of large-scale national industrial firms meant that Seattle workers had to battle locally entrenched economic and political elites rather than national corporate leaders." An astute socio-historical analysis, particularly recommended for college library collections.

House of Mourning
Shannon A. Novak
The University of Utah Press
1795 E. South Campus Dr., #101, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84112-9402
9780874809190, $29.95,

It is so often sadly the case when so many die at the same time, the impact of each individual death becomes less and less, until it becomes nothing more than padding for statistics, completely stripped of its human element. "House of Mourning: A Biocultural History of the Mountain Meadows Massacre" seeks to remedy this horrifying effect by turning a more personal look at the victims of the infamous Mountain Meadows Massacre, where 120 men, women, and children were senselessly executed by Mormon militiamen. Going over each individual, and using whatever evidence she could, author and professor of Anthropology Shannon Novak does her best to give each of the hundred twenty unfortunate souls justice to not just be lost in the sands of time as simply a one of a number. "House of Mourning: A Biocultural History of the Mountain Meadows Massacre" is a highly recommended addition to academic and community library Anthropology, American History, and Utah History reference shelves and supplemental reading lists.

The St. Louis African American Community and the Exodusters
Bryan M. Jack
University of Missouri Press
2910 LeMone Boulevard, Columbia, MO 65201
9780826217721, $34.95,

Wandering through the long, wide, open and sparse plains of Kansas, thousands of ex-slaves were dubbed "Exodusters", searching for a promised land to live their life upon. "The St. Louis African American Community and the Exodusters" tells the tale of the relationship between the Exodusters and the residents of St. Louis, fearful to aid them, anticipating a wave of even more migrants from the east. But some out of love and respect for humanity chose to help them, and this is their story - the story of people such as Charlton Tandy, and Reverend John Turner, a story of the newly freedmens' search for a direction in their life. "The St. Louis African American Community and the Exodusters" is recommended for both black studies and American history shelves.

Best of Covered Wagon Women
Kenneth L. Holmes
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780806139142, $19.95

The diaries and letters of women who traveled to the west during the 19th century 'go west' push offer eight primary source accounts, these selected for their powerful visions of family, friendships, and experience. Women's studies collections as well as those strong in general historical review will relish a gathering of letters and diaries from those who experienced the movement, with historical notes by Kenneth L. Holmes furthering the experience, adding invaluable background information.

The Making of FDR
Linda Lotridge Levin
Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197
9781591025771, $27.95

THE MAKING OF FDR: THE STORY OF STEPHEN T. EARLY, AMERICA'S FIRST MODERN PRESS SECRETARY tells of one of the most influential men in mid-20th-century America - the press secretary who got Roosevelt's image and message out to the press, helping shape his image and programs during the Depression and World War II. More than just another FDR biography, this highlights the actions and approaches of the behind-the-scenes man who helped not only publicize FDR, but furthered programs that were to change America. Any high school to college-level history holding needs this.

Benedict Arnold's Army
Arthur S. Lefkowitz
Savas Beatie
PO Box 4527, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
Casemate (distributor)
1016 Warrior Road, Suite C, Drexel Hill, PA 19026
9781932714036, $32.95

Benedict Arnold is viewed by most as simply a traitor to the American Revolution, but in fact he was one of the most complex and intriguing people in history. "Benedict Arnold's Army: The 1775 American Invasion of Canada During the Revolutionary War" follows the traitor's exploits before his infamous act, focusing on his invasion of Canada. He was dubbed the "American Hannibal" by his contemporaries due to his amazing exploits and acts during his less infamous time on the side of the Americans. "Benedict Arnold's Army: The 1775 American Invasion of Canada During the Revolutionary War" is highly recommended to American History shelves and anyone who would want to learn more about this enigmatic figure of American history.

The Mormon Church on Trial
Michael Harold Paulos, editor
Signature Books
564 West 400 North, Salt Lake City, UT 84116-3411
9781560851523, $49.95 1-800-356-5687

Originally published along with other government business in four volumes spanning over three thousand pages, The Mormon Church on Trial: Transcripts of the Reed Smoot Hearings is an abridged, annotated, one-volume collection designed to make the Reed Smoot hearings (1904-06) accessible to readers of all backgrounds. The Reed Smoot hearings were, of course, a turning point in this history of the Latter-Day Saints Church (commonly called the Mormon Church). Reed Smoot was the first Mormon to be elected to the U.S. Senate; his election proved that Mormons could be enticed to abandon the Democratic Party and vote for the (widely hated) Republicans. Smoot himself was a modernist, seeking to bring his faith into the American mainstream with more emphasis on business and less on theology. In turn-of-the-century Utah, he was also unusual in that he was a monogamist. The Senate committee hearings were held to block Senator-elect Smoot from his position - hearings that were to unearth many a skeleton in the closets of Utah politics and the Mormon Church. Among the many ecclesiastical leaders subpoenaed to testify were Joseph F. Smith, then president and prophet of the Mormon Church. Perhaps the most far-reaching fallout of the hearings was the renewed pressure on the Church to abandon polygamy, and take action against any of its members who entered into a new polygamous marriage regardless of their rank. An excellent primary source of American history, made thoroughly readable due to the extensive annotations (including even a few political cartoons of the era), enthusiastically recommended for public and college libraries.

The Art of Conversation
George Liston Seay
Peter J. Bean, editor
Woodrow Wilson Center Press
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004-3027
The Johns Hopkins University Press (distributor)
2715 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-4363
9780801887840, $19.95 1-800-537-5487

Candid, personal revelations are just two of the things said of the weekly radio and television series 'dialogue', held weekly from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C. "The Art of Conversation: Dialogue at the Woodrow Wilson Center" is a compilation of twenty four favorite interviews presented in a neat, easy to read text format. The interviews cover various figures such as Robert McNamara, President Chissano, Bill Bradley and many, many more. Highly recommended to American history collections in general and any one who enjoys prime information right from the people themselves.

Bonds of Affection
Matthew S. Holland
Georgetown University Press
3240 Prospect Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007
9781589011830, $26.95 1-800-246-9606

One of the hallmarks of true greatness of character is that of philanthropy. Be it the 'widow's mite' or the millionaire's largess. "Let All Your Things be Done with Charity". "Bonds of Affection : Civic Charity and the Making of America - Winthrop, Jefferson, and Lincoln" follows three great men and how their acts of charity shaped our country as it is today for the better. Author Matthew S. Holland, an assistant professor at the Department of Political Science at Brigham Young University highlights the brilliant and compassionate statesmanship of the three men and brings them into a new light. Highly recommended for both American history and political science shelves as an optimistic and heartwarming look at politics for a change.

Crooked River Country
David Braly
WSU Press
PO Box 645910, Pullman, WA 99164-5910
9780874222937, $24.95 1-800-354-7360

In the early nineteenth century, Chief Paulina proved to be the fiercest human enemy the early settlers of the west ever encountered killing unknown amounts of them, just one of the many stories from the Oregon of the old west. "Crooked River County: Wranglers, Rogues, and Barons" is a non-fiction tale of Oregon's wild past focusing on twenty eight years starting with 1825. Reading like fiction, author David Braly insists it's a true story, and the wild exploits and actions one will read about are just crazy enough to be just that. Thoroughly researched, scholarly, but still intriguing straight through, "Crooked River County: Wranglers, Rogues, and Barons" is enthusiastically recommended to anyone with an interest in the old west, and deserves a spot on community library American history shelves.

The Fiction Shelf

The Deal
Adam Gittlin
2817 West End Ave. Suite 126-274, Nashville, TN 37203
9781933515137, $24.95,

There are very few rewards in life that do not carry related risks - and typically, the bigger the reward, the bigger the risk, and Jonah Grey quickly learns this in "The Deal". Jonah was set for life, he was a complete success in everything he did. What was one more deal to cement his place in the financial elite for the rest of his life? The risks finally catch up with him, as his latest deal goes from easy money to certain bankruptcy - of both his money and the very people he loves, quite quickly. Jonah goes through anything to avoid it. "The Deal" is a highly recommended thriller for community library collections, and for any reader who wants a captivating story from first page to last.

Getting Up & Getting On
M Bridges
LOF Publishing
C/O Atlas Books
30 Amberwood Parkway, Ashland OH 44805
9780976444114, $14.95,

Years upon years can be poured into relationship. For it to end suddenly makes it seem like a waste of time - Betty Jean is trying to get over that lost time in "Getting Up & Getting On". She's out of it after her relationship ending and the hard arduous process of trying to end it in the first place - Sheila Cooper, her longtime friend pushes her to move on and live again - it can't be that difficult can it? "Getting Up & Getting On" is recommended to romance fans everywhere with a focus on chick lit - and for community library fiction collections.

Leave It to Chance
Sherri Sand
David C. Cook (publisher)
4050 Lee Vance View, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
9781434799883, $13.99,

A worn out and beaten old gelding could just be the turning point in Sierra's life. "Leave It to Chance" is a deftly written romance novel where a beaten old horse finds his way into the possession of a woman who fears them and wants to be rid of him - if only at most to pay for a month's rent. A handsome stranger and runner of his own Landscaping business shows up and offers to buy the horse, and allow Sierra's three children visitation rights to the old gelding, and seems to be open to helping Sierra with her financial troubles. Sierra, with bad experiences with attractive men, is reluctant. Can Sierra get over her phobias to help her family? "Leave it to Chance" is highly recommended for romance fans and community library fiction collections.

Tartts Three
Joe Taylor with Tina Jones, Tricia Taylor (editors)
Livingston Press
The University of West Alabama, Station 22, Livingston Alabama 35470
9780930501341, $15.95,

The annual Tartts fiction award gives short story authors a solid prize of, $1000 and a royalty contract for publishing their stories - as writers and authors know, that's a tempting prize indeed. "Tartts Three: Incisive Fiction From Emerging Writers" is over two dozen aspiring writers duking it out with the best short stories they can all compose, covering a vast array of subject matter, a few titles to give readers just an idea what to expect: Pivot, Bear, Eulogy, Feng Shui, Selling Price - and so much more than that."Tartts Three: Incisive Fiction from Emerging Writers" is highly recommended for general fiction collections and for any reader who wants a taste of the big authors of tomorrow.

Desert Medicine
Judy Alexander
Kregel Publications
PO Box 2607, Grand Rapids, MI 49501
9780825420085, $14.99 1-800-733-2607

Laurelle visits a dying, homebound member of her church, as a desperate attempt to relieve her mind of the burden of her failed marriage. In "Desert Medicine", Author, freelance writer, photographer and professor Judy Alexander crafts an elaborate, touching tale where a hurt woman is healed by the tales of another and uses the strength gained to attempt to become a better mother to her children, dealing with her troublesome Ex-Husband, while considering if a relationship with another man is really possible. "Desert Medicine" is a touching tale from first page to last and is highly recommended to fiction fans everywhere and for chick lit community library shelves.

Midnight Clear
Jerry B. Jenkins & Dallas Jenkins
Tyndale Fiction
351 Executive Drive, Carol Stream, IL 60188
9781414316598, $9.99,

Hope can come from the strangest of places for some people. For six strangers, hope comes from people they don't know - a common first source for the opposite of hope: fear. "Midnight Clear", now a major motion picture, is the tale of five strangers finding hope in one another as destiny brings them together. Even the most insignificant act can make a difference is its moral, and "Midnight Clear" is highly recommended for community library fiction shelves as a fine piece of fiction.

The Year She Disappeared
Ann Harleman
University of Texas Press
P.O. Box 7819, Austin, Texas, 78713-7819
9780292717473, $24.95,

After so much mistrust and discontentment, many people decide just to start their lives completely over. The memories still remain however, as Nan finds herself distrustful, and now she must take care of herself and her sexually abused granddaughter in "The Year She Disappeared". The fourth novel of prolific author Ann Harleman, it is a deftly written emotional tale sure to jerk at the feelings of its readers with its story that grabs them and refuses to let go. "The Year She Disappeared" is highly recommended for community library literary fiction shelves and for any who just want a good story.

In The Meantime
Robin Lippincott
The Toby Press
PO Box 8531, New Milford, CT 06776-8531
9781592642007, $22.95,

Robin Lippincott is a talented author whose two previous novels ("Our Arcadia: An American Watercolor" and "The Real, True Angel") were models of well crafted fiction. Now Lippincott has authored a third literary gem with "In The Meantime", a novel that features the intertwined lives of Kathryn, Luke and Starling who first meet each other at the age of five in 1931. Residing in a small Midwestern town, the three become fast friends. After the end of World War II they move to New York City and find themselves dealing with the racism and prejudice of America in the 1950s. Throughout their adulthood their steadfast bond of friendship endures through all manner life's disappointments. There three-person friendship is mirrored within the pages of "In The Meantime" by the experiences of three friends in Hiroshima on the day the atomic bomb was dropped, and by a trio of jews hiding in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. The story stretches over seven decades until there is only one of the friends left to relate their story. A seminal work of literary skill that fully engages from first page to last, "In The Meantime" is especially recommended for academic library Literary Fiction collections, community library contemporary novels, and the personal reading lists of those who appreciate a finely crafted novel with respect to both the longitudinal development of characters and deftly presented dialogue.

Beyond the Tether
Bruno G. Botti
Tate Publishing & Enterprising
127 East Trade Center Terrace, Mustang, OK 73064
1598864637, $21.50,

Man and dog, a bond that has been for centuries, almost old as man and dog themselves. "Beyond the Tether" is the story of Tasha, an Alpha wolf who concedes leadership to George Staves to be her caretaker until her death - which is quickly approaching. Staves does everything he can to save his new companion in a tale deftly written by an animal lover for animal lovers. A profound telling of the relationship between man and canine, "Beyond the Tether" is highly recommended to community library collections catering to fiction fans with a love for dogs.

The Truth
Geoff Rips
Western Michigan University
1903 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI, 49008-5331
9781930974739, $26.00,

A palsied hunchback who rests on the porch of a brothel in Texas. "The Truth" is the award winning novel telling of Chuy Pingarron and his tales of perversion as people stop by just to hear his tales. Midwifes who are Madams of Brothels, iron-lung bound philosophers, famous hands, unwilling saints, among countless other offbeat tales sure to entertain, all in the effort to answer one of the oldest of all of mankind's questions of how is life suppose to be lived and what's the point of it all? "The Truth" is highly recommended for community library fiction collections with a more of an offbeat audience.

Bad Paths
Justin Behrens
2021 Pine Lake Rd., Suite 100, Lincoln, NE 68512
9780595475704, $15.95,

Even if one has been estranged from her one's whole life, the death of one's mother will always bring a certain sadness to one's existence. "Bad Paths" is the story of Greg Dameron, long separated from his family, returning to his birthplace upon learning of her death. He finds that the town isn't completely accepting of the Dameron name. Greg learns about his true roots while dealing with two-faced opponents - to sort out his life, he must make life or death decisions. Deftly written and intriguing from the first page to the last, "Bad Paths' is a top pick for fiction shelves everywhere.

Mark Twain's Travel Literature
Harold H. Hellwig
McFarland & Company
Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9780786436514, $35.00,

A major theme that famous and notorious author Mark Twain used in his books was Travel. "Mark Twain's Travel Literature: The Odyssey of a Mind" is a literary critique and examination of Twain's travel literature and the common themes scattered about through them such as the vanishing frontier of America, cultural assimilation, nostalgia, and America's cultural identity. Scholarly written and researched, "Mark Twain's Travel Literature: The Odyssey of a Mind" is a must have for any fan of Twain's work or anyone who is set to study his writings.

Summer of Joy
Ann H. Gabhart
6030 East Fulton, Ada, MI 49301
9780800731700, $12.99,

A small Kentucky town on the verge of joy may collapse into the verge of chaos. "Summer of Joy" is the story of David Brooke, a man trying to find the courage to pop the question to his longtime lover, and his small Kentuckian hometown. The past is returning to bite David in the rear, drama and chaos coming with it in this deftly written and intriguing story by accomplished author Ann. H. Gabhart. Highly recommended to fiction and romance shelves everywhere.

A Mapmaker's Dream
James Cowan
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Horticulture Hall,
300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
9781590305201, $11.95,

The world is more than just a collection of continents and nations, as map maker Fra Mauro discovers in "A Mapmaker's Dream: The Meditations of Fra Mauro, Cartographer to the Court of Venice". Desiring to create the first map of the entire Earth, he sends out a call for information about the strange and far corners of the world. What he gets is more than objective words of what is at every bit of longitude and latitude. Highly recommended for historical fiction enthusiasts and deserving of a place on every community library fiction shelf.

Planet of the Dates
Paul McComas
The Permanent Press
4170 Noyac Road, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
9781579621605, $28.00

There's no shortage of smarmy coming of age tales with the cliche events we all know. "Planet of the Dates" is not exactly one of those books. Following young Phil, a sci-fi geek of sorts who enters into a believable story filled with entertaining characters and realistic outcomes when Phil is faced with more than one romantic possibility. Brilliant writing from first page to last that should keep the book in the readers hands the entire time, "Planet of the Dates" is enthusiastically recommended to both science fiction buffs and romance fans everywhere -- and especially for community library contemporary fiction collections.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Cats Are Not Peas
Laura Gould
AK Peters Ltd.
888 Worcester Street, Suite 230, Wellesley, MA 02482
9781568813202, $39.00,

A male calico so rare that most veterinarians have never seen one - "Cats are Not Peas: A Calico History of Genetics" is an examination of the strange and off biology of the feline species which work apparently quite a bit differently than that of the common pea. In a second edition, the first published sixteen years ago, is newly enhanced with a lengthy addendum covering all the new discoveries and advances in the study of feline genetics and so much more. "Cats are Not Peas: A Calico History of Genetics" is highly recommended to community library pets/wildlife shelves with a focus on animal biology and for anyone who may be interested in breeding cats or just a plain interest in cats period.

Being Caribou
Karsten Heuer
Milkweed Editions
1011 Washington Avenue South, Suite 300, Open Book, Minneapolis, MN, 55415
9781571313089, $15.00,

Birds are not the only animals who make regular long distance migrations...The caribou indulges in this practice as well. "Being Caribou: Five Months on Foot with an Arctic Herd" follows their journey across countless rivers, mountain ranges, and passes for a thousand mile journey to the Caribou's ancestral calving grounds and then all of that over again so they can return home. A story of the instinct that drives both human and animal, "Being Caribou: Five Months on Foot with an Arctic Herd" is recommended to community library wildlife collections with a crossover to true adventure shelves and for any non-specialist general reader who wants to learn more of these fascinating creatures.

Try Tracking!
Carolyn A. Krause
Dogwise Publishing
PO Box 2778, Wenatchee, WA 98807-2778
9781929242184, $12.95 1-800-776-2665

Our canine companions have been blessed with a scent of smell that some say is a thousand times greater than our own. "Try Tracking: The Puppy Tracking Primer" will teach you how to get the most out of your puppy's excellent nose, and to refine its natural instincts, to increase the bond between you and your pet. Tracking is fun for both you and your dog, improve both of your fitnesses, and you'll gain respect to just how your dog works. The methods put forth are said to be able to work with any age of dog from seven weeks of age to elderly canines, and for that, "Try Tracking!: The Puppy Tracking Primer" is enthusiastically recommended for dog owners everywhere and community library collections dealing with canine obedience and training.

How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With
Clarice Rutherford and David H. Neil
Alpine Publications, Inc.
38262 Linman Road, Crawford, CO 81415
1577790855, $19.95 (DVD only) / $22.95 (DVD & book), 1-800-777-7257

How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With is an instructional DVD to properly caring for and training a new puppy 8 weeks to 5 months old. From providing health care and socialization, to basic housetraining, teaching simple commands, giving appropriate praise and discipline, and much more, How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With walks the viewer step-by-step with vividly clear demonstrations. Ideal for young people as well as adults, How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With is enthusiastically recommended especially for anyone considering getting their first puppy. 42 min.

Return Of The Eagle
Greg Breining
The Lyons Press
246 Goose Lane, Guilford, CT 06437
978076274790, $19.95 1-800-836-0510

Even though it is an American national symbol, the eagle was in grave danger of extinction due to such problems as habit erosion and contamination. Environmental and animal protection laws were instituted to conserve and reestablish the eagle over the past three decades. Now in a newly revised and updated edition, "Return Of The Eagle: How American Saved Its National Symbol" by Greg Breining documents the successful reestablishment of the Eagle population in an informed and informative text that is superbly illustrated by full color photography throughout. Of special note is the extensive and alphabetically organized (by state) 'Directory of Bald Eagle Viewing Sites" that concludes this outstanding 125-page compendium celebrating the beauty and ecological importance of America's preeminent political symbol. "Return Of The Eagle" should be a part of every school and community library's Pets & Wildlife reference collection, as well as environmental and wildlife restoration supplemental reading list.

The Sociology Shelf

The Other Game
Phil Dahl-Bredine & Stephen Hicken
Orbis Books
PO Box 308, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0308
9781570757808, $19.00 1-800-258-5838

There is much to learn from other cultures. We can look at them and then examine ourselves to see what's really important. "The Other Game: Lessons from How Life Is Played In Mexican Villages" is an historical survey focusing upon villages that have existed for thousands of years, and a look at their inhabitants and their way of life. Alternatives to our culture are presented to make a better future for ourselves, and while it is far from being a romantic view of the past and in the Mexican villages, it is simply meant to offer another option for life. Recommended for religion and social issue community library collection shelves, and those who seek to learn about how others live day to day.

Chris Carlsson
AK Press
674-A 23rd Street, Oakland, CA 94612-1163
9781904859772, $18.95

In the 1800s, Anatomists were shamed for their practices of dissecting the human body for a greater understanding of how it works - they were on the fringes of society but now, nearly two hundred years later, we hail the greatness of their work in the medical community. Great scientific advances on the fringes of society, as "Nowtopia: How Pirate Programmers, Outlaw Bicyclists, and Vacant Lot Gardeners are Inventing the Future Today" tells us how even in the modern day, those who we may shun as outcasts may in the future be the bringers of exciting new technology and concepts. "Nowtopia" outlines how many people no longer identify themselves by what they do for a living, by the labor they do willingly for hours on their non-work time and how that will change the future. "Nowtopia: How Pirate Programmers, Outlaw Bicyclists, and Vacant Lot Gardeners are Inventing the Future Today" is highly recommended to any social issues community library shelf and for anyone who wants to get a glimpse of the future in an unlikely place.

The Needlecraft Shelf

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

Knitters and crocheters seeking different projects handbooks will find STITCHSTYLE SOCKS (9781564778277, $17.95) offers up some 20 knit and crochet styles to produce fine new designs and innovative sock creations. Knowledge of knitting and crochet abbreviations and methods is essential but any who have the basics down - and collections catering to knitters and crocheters, will relish the fine projects and color photos. Beginners and advanced crocheters will relish A TO Z OF CROCHET: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE FOR THE BEGINNER TO ADVANCED CROCHETER (9781564778567, $28.95), which walks users step by step through new techniques from basic to advanced methods. Over 1,000 close-up color photos of each step feature real hands holding yarn, clarifying and revealing stitches which drawings can't capture. Highly recommended for any who would learn basic crochet or move to the next level.

Scallops Sew Easy
Marie Seroskie
American Quilter's Society
Box 3290, Paducah, KY 42002-3290
9781574329353, $22.95

Detailed instructions on techniques for making scallops for any project, from table runners and blocks to borders and towels. Here's an easy blend of patterns, directions and stitching how-tos which combines very basic machine stitches with construction methods perfect for sewers and quilters. The color photos add excitement, making this a fine pick for any quilter's collection.

Once Upon A Quilt
Margret Aldrich
Voyageur Press
c/o Quayside Publishing Group
400 First Avenue North, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55401
9780760333075, $19.95 1-800-458-0454

The handmade quilt of yesteryear was the perfect combination of beauty and utility. "Once Upon A Quilt: A Scrapbook Of Quilting Past And Present" is compiled and edited by quilting and needlecraft expert Margret Aldrich who has collected under one cover a series of stories told by the quilts themselves and the diverse materials they were made from. Superbly illustrated with full color reproductions of the quilts, vintage advertising, pattern booklets, and some period paintings, as well as featuring some duo-tone historic photographs of quilt makers, "Once Upon A Quilt" is a wonderful compendium of anecdotes, essays, and memoirs about quilts, quilting, and quilt history that are as informed and informative as they are engaging and entertaining. An ideal and enthusiastically recommended addition to personal and community library Needlecraft reference collections, "Once Upon A Quilt" is especially recommended reading for quilting enthusiasts of all ages.

Creepy Cute Crochet
Christen Haden
Quirk Books
215 Church Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Chronicle Books (distributor)
680 Second Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
9781594742323, $14.95 1-800-722-6657

Ever wanted to hail Cthulhu in crochet form? "Creepy Cute Crochet: Zombies, Ninjas, Robots, and More!" will let you do just that. The art form of amigururmi - Japanese inspired crochet and knit stuffed dolls has already been flooded with cute kittens and pandas. "Creepy Cute Crochet: Zombies, Ninjas, Robots, and More!" looks to change that going for crochet with a bit more of an edge granting you the directions for the title ideas plus Vikings, vampires, aliens, and yes, even the lord of madness Cthulhu himself. With over 25 unique patterns, "Creepy Cute Crochet: Zombies, Ninjas, Robots, and More!" is highly recommended for needlecraft community library collections and any needleworker who has grown a bit weary of crocheting the same old patterns and wants something a little more offbeat and different for a change.

The Literary Shelf

Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales
Gail Ashron
80 Maiden Lane Suite 704, New York NY 10038
9780826489364 $14.95 1-800-561-7704

High school and college-level literary collections strong in Chaucer studies will find CHAUCER'S THE CANTERBURY TALES a fine reader's supplemental guide which introduces readers to Chaucer's life and times. Chaucer's history and culture are surveyed in chapters which provide a critical approach to the Tales based on recent critical analysis, blending readings of key tales with ideas questioning approach, genre, language and even culture. Students will find it an excellent approach.

The Body In Flannery O'Connor's Fiction
Donald E. Hardy
University of South Carolina Press
718 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29208
9781570036989, $39.95 1-800-768-2500

It is not enough to simply read great literature, we must also think about what it is we've read -- and ponder not only what the author has written, but the why and the how of the writing if we are to derive maximum value from our efforts and time spent with that particular body of work and that particular author. Such is the case with "The Body In Flannery O'Connor's Fiction: Computational Technique And Linguistic Voice" by Donald E. Hardy (Professor of English, University of Nevada - Reno). Using as the basis for his extensive analytic treatise, Professor Hardy draws upon three major essays he had written (and for the purpose of this book, re-written to make it a comprehensive and organized text) to present an innovative thesis with respect to O'Connor's use of grammatical voice and physical bodies in the texts of her novels. Combining computational and linguistic methodologies, Professor Hardy illustrates and highlights O'Connor's use of the body and its parts in her literary explorations of the sacramental and the grotesque. The result is a seminal literary analysis of impeccable interpretive scholarship. "The Body In Flannery O'Connor's Fiction" is a welcome addition to academic library reference collections in general, and an important contribution to the utilization of linguistic terminology and concepts for an interpretive approach to the humanities in particular.

Boy in Darkness and Other Stories
Mervyn Peake, author
Sebastian Peake, editor
Peter Owen Publishers
c/o Dufour Editions, Inc.
PO Box 7, Chester Springs, PA 19425-0007
9780720613063, $25.95 1-800-869-5677

Boy in Darkness and Other Stories assembles works of fiction by author Mervyn Peake (1911-1968), who is perhaps best known for his trilogy of Titus novels set in the decaying castle of Gormenghast. The novella "Boy in Darkness" was originally conceived during that trilogy, and features an unnamed fourteen-year-old boy, most likely Titus Groan himself, in a dream-like adventure that stretches beyond his rigidly ritualistic home. As he wanders a bleak landscape, he is captured by the malevolent Goat and Hyena, the henchmen of an implacable evil seeking to steal his soul. The five other tales in the anthology are resurrected after being out of print for many years; they range from a grim ghost story to tongue-in-cheek character studies. They are "The Weird Journey", "I Bought a Palm-tree", "The Connoisseurs ", "Danse Macabre", and "Same Time, Same Place". Further enhancing this collection are a selection of original drawings and paintings by the author, most in black-and-white but a very few in color. A treasury of classic literature, highly recommended for personal reading lists as well as public and college library collections.

The Theatre/Cinema Shelf

Hollywood Winners & Losers
Mark Thise
Lime Light Editions
c/o Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group
19 West 21st Street, Suite 201, New York, NY 10010
9780879103514, $19.95,

The Academy Award - the top award for excellence in Hollywood whether one is a screenwriter, a director, producer, actor, technical specialist - no matter what you are, if you're in Hollywood, you seek the academy award. "Hollywood Winners & Losers: From A to Z" is a comprehensive guide to the prestigious award covering anything remotely related, profiling over 900 actors and actresses, if they have been nominated, they are included in this book, win, lose, or draw. A literal encyclopedia for spectators of the madness of Hollywood, "Hollywood Winners & Losers: From A to Z" is highly recommended to anyone who seeks a complete listing of the history of the Academy Awards and for community library film shelves.

Jack G. Shaheen
Olive Branch Press
c/o Interlink Press
46 Crosby Street, Northampton MA 01060-1804
9781566566841, $18.00,

Hollywood has always used the public's fear and loathing to create interest in its film projects. In the 1980s, the communists were the most common villain in big budget Hollywood action movies. In the 2000s...Middle Eastern Terrorists have taken over that role - "Guilty: Hollywood's Verdict on Arabs after 9/11" is a scholarly look at this most common trend and how it both impacts and represents society. It also gives an optimistic look as the generic terrorist isn't the only Arabic representative in American film, but characters with real human motivations seem to be making an effort at becoming the norm. "Guilty: Hollywood's Verdict on Arabs after 9/11" is highly recommended to both social issues and film collections for community libraries.

My Life in Art
Konstantin Stanislavski
270 Madison Avenue, New York NY 10016
9780415436571, $35.00

Before writing his opus manual on acting technique, Stanislavski wrote an autobiography he hoped would detail his life and philosophy - but his publisher insisted on many cuts and changes to its length, resulting in a diminutive version Stanislavski hated - and completely revised for a 1926 Soviet edition. For the first time translator Jean Benedetti brings English readers this complete Soviet edition, pairing it with new photos and illustrations and creating a keepsake edition for any college-level collection serious about acquiring drama classics.

Film on Paper: The Inner Life of Movies
Richard Schickel
Ivan R. Dee
1332 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60622-2694
1566637597, $18.95

College-level libraries strong in film studies courses will find moving this collection of short essays on books about film, coming from a critic who not only reviews these books but offers uses them to discuss movie content, actor approaches, director and producer influences, and how the film industry operates as a whole. His different approach provides plenty of detail perfect for any college-level collection strong in film studies - and many a general interest lending library as well.

The Kite Runner
David Beniof
Newmarket Press
18th E. 48th Street, New York, NY 10017
9781557048011, $19.95,

Khaled Hosselini delivers us to his experiences of watching his novel The Kite Runner coming to life in "The Kite Runner: A Portrait of the Marc Foster Film". A touching and heartwarming film looked at from another angle, this is a full on behind the scenes look on the film, detailing every process of creating the film, with over one hundred color photos from the border of western China where the movie was shot, along with the full screenplay for the film. Highly recommended for lovers of the movie and for anyone who wants a behind the scenes look at the movie- also for community library film collections.

How to Be a Working Actor
Mari Lyn Henry & Lynne Rogers
Back Stage Books
c/o Watson-Guptill Publications
770 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
9780823088959, $19.95,

Getting started in many careers is undeniably the hard part. "How to Be a Working Actor: The Insider's Guide to Finding Jobs in Theater, Film, and Television" is a comprehensive and through guide to help actors get started on the right foot and not be waiting tables for the rest of their lives. With essential advice on how to put together a professional wardrobe, creating a solid resume, communicating the right way with ones agent, working on and improving ones weaknesses in the craft, and so much more. "How to Be a Working Actor: The Insider's Guide to Finding Jobs in Theater, Film, and Television" is a must have for any aspiring actor and for community library collections on Theater and Cinema.

One Less Bitter Actor
Markus Flanagan
Sentient Publications
1113 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 80302
9781591810636, $15.95

Hollywood is a vicious dog eat dog world and surviving in it can be difficult. This is where "One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor's Survival Guide" comes in, and grants aspiring thespians great and sage advice such as how to combat being typecast, bad habits to avoid, the deadliest questions to be asked, and dealing with the crushing disappointment of rejection. Written by Hollywood veteran Markus Flanagan with over two decades of experience, "One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor's Survival Guide" is recommended for actors everywhere and needs a place on every community library shelf devoted to the art of acting.

The Real, Low Down, Dirty Truth About Hollywood Agenting
Rima Greer
Quill Driver Books
1254 Commerce Avenue, Sanger, CA 93657
9781884956690, $14.95 1-800-497-4909

What do you call twelve Hollywood agents buried up to their necks in the sand? Not enough sand says "The Real, Low Down, Dirty Truth About Hollywood Agenting", which spells out every little dirty detail, secret, and scandal that so fuels Hollywood's existence. Well told by writer and Hollywood agent Rima Geer, she uses her nearly two decades of experience to show the reader how exactly they are to fight up into the Hollywood ranks and no matter how much you hate them, that you need an agent and you need to keep that agent. Highly recommended for anyone with aspirations of Hollywood stardom or for anyone who just wants to learn how the gears in the interesting clock of show business turn.

Let's Put on a Show
Stewart F. Lane
Heinemann Drama
c/o Reed Elsevier Inc.
361 Hanover Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3912
9780325009810, $17.95,

There are many reasons to put on a theater production, and not just because it's entertaining for both its participants and its audience. "Let's Put on a Show!: Theatre Production for Novices" is a complete and comprehensive guide to help anyone who lacks experience in running theatre productions to get started to produce their own show. Written by a Tony-Award winning Broadway producer in Stewart F. Lane, "Let's Put on a Show!: Theatre Production for Novices" grants advice on selecting the right show to start out with, finding a place to run it, running auditions, rehearsals, promotion, and so much more to get would-be producers off on the right foot. Well composed and informative, "Let's Put on a Show!: Theatre Production for Novices" is highly recommended for community library theatre collections and for any theatre lover who wants to produce something of his own.

An Introduction to World Cinema
Aristides Gazetas
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9780786439072, $35.00 1-800-253-2187

Few mass mediums have as wide spread and enduringly influential cultural impact as the movies. Written by playwright, director, and teacher of 30 years' experience Aristides Gazetas, An Introduction to World Cinema is now in an updated second edition. A scholarly, college-level textbook concerning the global history of film as an art form, as well as an analysis of its effect on society and politics, An Introduction to World Cinema chronologically covers major developments in film worldwide from its early beginnings to the modern day. A handful of black-and-white photographs and an index round out this excellent general primer. "During the postwar years, Kurosawa saw the national recovery of Japan as a moment in history when his own cinematic voice could respond to the new political and social climate. He attempted a didactic cinema that would express his own thematic concerns about human moral responsibility to others and the emotional desire for power. Kurosawa's heroes combat the ethical and psychological dilemmas that influence their beliefs and actions."

Italian Locations
Noa Steimatsky
University of Minnesota Press
111 Third Avenue South, Suite 290, Minneapolis, MN 55401-2520
9780816650880, $22.50

Noa Steimatsky (associate professor of film studies and art history, Yale University) presents Italian Locations: Reinhabiting the Past in Postwar Cinema, a thoughtful examination of how fascism and World War II forever changed Italy, as reflected through the works of four Italian filmmakers. From the documentary work of Michelangelo Antonioni on the River Po to the creations of Pier Paolo Pasolini, Roberto Rossellini, and Luchino Visconti, Italian Locations is fraught with works that defined a sense of place - a place transformed and reconstructed in the wake of destruction. A handful of black-and-white photographs illustrate this thoughtful analysis, especially recommended for college library shelves and students of historical Italian cinema.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

On Becoming an Alchemist
Catherine MacCoun
Trumpeter Books
c/o Shambhala Publications
Horticultural Hall, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts, 02115
9781590303696, $21.95,

The pseudo-science of Alchemy was centuries of ago viewed as a true science. However, in recent times, it is simply the stuff of legends and mythology, and by most, to call Alchemy a true science would be a joke. "On Becoming an Alchemist: A Guide for the Modern Magician" disputes this widely held viewpoint, and offers real applications of the concept, transmuting the harmful into helpful and the useless into valuable. "On Becoming An Alchemist: A Guide for the Modern Magician" will help aspiring Alchemists understand the basic principles of alchemy, navigate one's inner world with confidence and sense, discover the potential of any situation, among others. Written by an experienced alchemist in Catherine MacCoun, "On Becoming An Alchemist: A Guide for the Modern Magician" is highly recommended for metaphysical studies shelves and any who would look deeper into the subject of Alchemy.

From Light Into Darkness
Stephen S. Mehler
Adventures Unlimited Press
PO Box 74, Kempton, IL 60946
1931882495, $16.95

From Light Into Darkness: The Evolution of Religion in Ancient Egypt continues the spiritual and metaphysical offerings of Egyptian wisdom keeper Abd'El Hakim Awyan, as conveyed to the reader through the pen of author and independent Egyptologist Stephen S. Mehler. Chapters muse upon the roots of monotheism - the driving tenet that there is only one God present in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - in ancient Egypt, and offer a groundbreaking new interpretation of how religion may have evolved in prehistoric and dynastic Khemit (Egypt). Further ruminations upon the teachings of King Akhenaten and the "real" Moses, the genuine identity of the Hyksos, Akhenaten's connections to the Exodus, Judaism, and the Rosicrucian order, and much more are sure to fascinate the reader. Most revolutionary of all, is the revelation of how the spiritual teachings of ancient Khemitians will one day form the foundation of a forthcoming new cycle of consciousness, dubbed The Awakening. An inspirational, and spiritually revolutionary testimony.

Soul Centered Astrology
Alan Oken
Ibis Press
c/o Red Wheel/Weiser
65 Parker Street, Suite 7, Newburyport, MA 01950-4600
9780892541348, $22.95

Written by astrological consultant and founder of The Wisdom School Alan Oken, Soul Centered Astrology: A Key to Your Expanding Self is a straightforward sourcebook of esoteric astrology. With roots in Theosophical philosophy and the Ancient Wisdom Teachings, Soul Centered Astrology offers a dynamic way to interpret one's horoscope that reveals the "soul's path" to enlightenment and contentment. Soul Centered Astrology reaches beyond the common lore of birth signs and natal chart interpretation, discussing esoteric astrology principles such as the spiritual importance of the ascendant; the path of incarnation revealed within cardinal, fixed, and mutable crosses; and more. "Cancer is a watery sign, but the Crab inhabits both land and sea. It comes forth from the collective matrix of the ocean, gains its nourishment from her plants and creatures, yet keeps a strong relationship to the sandy beach. The Cancer individual is just the same. Intimately in tune with the forces of psychic currents which play in and out of her reality, the Crab nonetheless reaches out to the earth for its security and breath." Astrological charts and diagrams illustrate this in-depth handbook for astrologers of all skill and experience levels.

The Poetry Shelf

State of Exile
Cristina Peri Rossi, author
Marilyn Buck, translator
City Lights Publishers
261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133
9780872864634, $14.95

Number fifty-eight in the compact "Pocket Poets Series" from City Lights Publishers, State of Exile is an impressive collection of poems by Cristina Peri Rossi, whose work was banned in her native Uruguay. Threatened by Uruguay's military dictatorship, she moved to Spain in 1972, where she resides today. State of Exile was written during her journey to Spain and the first years of her self-exile; due to its intensely personal nature, it remained unpublished for almost thirty years. An expression of alienation, loss, doubt, sorrow, and longing for one's distant family and friends, State of Exile is a profoundly emotional work, yet it also taps into creative spirit and the human willingness to forge new relationships. The result is a bittersweet blend of homesickness, adaptation, and hope, with each of its poems rendered both in the original Spanish and in English translation. "State of Exile": very soon so far away quite badly / always / difficulty words furious interminable / strange a stranger what else the tree / if I just look differently // everything / could be more human.

Circling the Stones
Michael D. Riley
Creighton University Press
c/o Fordham University Press
University Box L, 2546 Belmont Ave, Bronx, New York 10458
9781881871354, $10.95,

Are all our journeys really all that different? No, says author and poet Michael D. Riley, as he explains in his anthology of poetry "Circling The Stones" Explaining that no matter the subject, be it secular or spiritual, private or public, we can all relate in someway. Riley's poetry is magnificent, with outstandingly vivid imagery, brilliant wordplay, and a touch of subtle yet highly appreciated humor. "Circling the Stones" is highly recommended to community library poetry collections, and for poetry readers who want grand poetry with an Irish Catholic touch. In Fondest Memory: Arthur Guinness: Guinness lifts the dull metal hinges/of the heart, let the cracked leather/soften and breather/unbuckles the rest/until the clasps groan and give,/ eyelets of silver, winks of gold/ as the old brass disappears and hips/ of metal begin to swing, and in rubbing/sing restraint to its collapse/upon the floor, until the best of all/our clasping and unclasping can begin.

To Sing Along the Way
Joyce Sutphen, Thom Tammaro & Connie Wanek
New Rivers Press
1104 Seventh Avenue South, Moorhead, Minnesota 56563
9780898232325, $17.95

The unheard voices of Minnesota women of the early nineteenth century to the near modern day are heard clearly in "To Sing Along The Way: Minnesota Women Poets From Pre-Territorial Days to the Present". With over one hundred poems from a vast variety of Minnesotan women poets from a span of nearly 200 years, "To Sing Along The Way: Minnesotan Women Poets From Pre-Territorial Days to the Present" is highly recommended to poetry lovers everywhere and may have a place on any women's studies shelf as well. Sandy Beach's Slow Brown Fox: The fox fur collar, given to me by my grandmother/the only animal in my home, no longer holds/the odor of Pall Malls, guilt, and Gordon's gin//Well over 70 years old/it is sensual/it is beautiful/it is dead//I can't bring myself to wear it or get rid of it//Sometimes I wrap it/into a chair/as if it were sleeping/its little paws peeping/out from beneath its tail.

We Nod Our Dark Heads
Lisa Marie Brodsky
Parallel Press
372 Memorial Library, 728 State Street, Madison, WI 53575
9781893311961, $10.00, 1-800-636-0071

We Nod Our Dark Heads is a chapbook of free-verse poetry by Wisconsin resident Lisa Marie Brodsky, whose achievements include first place in the poetry contest for "Circle Magazine" and honorable mention from the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poetry. Dedicated to Harbor House of Middleton, Wisconsin (which employed the author in the summer of 2005) as well as residents and families who deal with debilitating illness that strips away memory and identity as well as physical ability, We Nod Our Dark Heads is as much a testimony of love and compassion as it is a work of insight into the human condition. "I Practice Saying Goodbye": I sit everywhere; wherever I can, / the foot stool, the floor; / I perch quietly. / I sit at the foot of your bed / watching the buttons of your nightgown / move up and down. / The nurses feed you downstairs / where you so often / fade in front of the TV screen. / You sit on the couch / with a child's sewing card in your lap, / similar to the one you once taught me / when I was little and unable / to take care of myself.

Living in Storms
Thom Schramm, editor
Eastern Washington University Press
705 West 1st Avenue, Spokane, WA 99201
9781597660310, $23.95 1-800-508-9095

Living in Storms: Contemporary Poetry and the Moods of Manic-Depression is an anthology of free-verse poetry collected from eighty contemporary poets who have been affected in some way by manic-depression, also known as bipolar disorder, a devastating condition known for its swings between extreme emotional highs and lows. An acutely vivid and unforgettable glimpse into the difficult world all too often experienced by creative figures. "Portrait Sketch": Women who had never enough / never for long enough- / tenterhooks then happiness / shrilled to hysteria, / lament, dullness- // watches from a distance / rain-bleached sky, lawns' / deepening with gloss- // a surface that returns incidents, / magnetic attractions, characterizations, / desires, her last heart / a midsummer pond / narrowed, glinting within leaves.

Avalanche of Wonders
John Oliver Simon, Stacy McKenna, Anita Sagastegui, editors
University of Washington Press
P.O. Box 50096, Seattle, Washington, 98145-5096
9781931883290, $10.95,

A beautiful combination of English, Spanish, charming and well placed imagery through out, "Avalanche of Wonders: Poems and Translations by the Students of Poetry Inside Out" is a compilation of well over one hundred poems by bilingual students who bring their experiences of living in a world of two languages where two cultures meet, mix, and blend into the great American melting pot. A deftly composed and touching look into the expressions of today's children, "Avalanche of Wonders: Poems and Translations by the Students of Poetry Inside Out" is highly recommended to community library poetry shelves everywhere. Leaf, by Janeth Hurturdo, 3rd Grader: Fallen leaf shaped into a heart/broken in half/inside your heart.

Wild Flight
Christine Rhein
Texas Tech University Press
Box 41037, Lubbock, TX 79409-1037 USA
9780896726215, $21.50,

Most writers take several publications and years to find their stride, yet the work of Christine Rhein in her debut anthology of poetry in "Wild Flight" comes from someone who is already seasoned with years of experience with her brilliant writing and lyrical poems on the subjects that matter most in today's world - technology, love, humanity, and its ilk. Witty yet sympathetic, critical yet optimistic, "Wild Flight" is highly recommended for community library poetry collections and anyone who wants a taste of this hot new poet on the market. Friday night: and we're not perched at some neon-lit Manhattan bar/ not dancing in the ballroom of the San Francisco Ritz//but mixing martinis in our Michigan kitchen/a pot of potatoes on the stove, our twenty-year-old//formica piled with newspapers, bills, sons' projects-/bean plants growing well beyond the experiment//I think of all the variables affecting a marriage.../How lucky to sit at this counter, to watch you//lift the frosted glasses from the freezer, your hips/moving in rhythm as you bounce the deco shaker,//its jangle of gin and ice- and that drop of liqueur/you add, tinting the cocktails robin egg blue.

Elaine Sexton
New Issues
c/o Western Michigan University
1903 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5331
9781930974777, $14.00

Poetry workshop instructor (Writing Institute of Sarah Lawrence College) Elaine Sexton presents Causeway, a collection of free-verse poetry that blends autobiographic elements with ongoing metaphors of landscape and waterscape. At times thoughtfully beautiful, at times set forth with blunt inner honesty, Causeway flows and cascades in rippling currents. "Taken": This is the boat that took me / out of my marriage, / the painter said, then clicked // to the next slide. Here is the chair, / the spare table I pulled my grief / up to. Here is where the gash // of oil paint put me: behind / a door closed, thick green / strokes refusing to leave.

The Virgin Formica
Sharon Mesmer
Hanging Loose Press
Wyckoff Street, Brooklyn, New York 11217
9781931236911, $16.00,

Prolific, Veteran, and multi-lingual poet Sharon Mesmer returns with another fine anthology of poetry with "The Virgin Formica", a collection of surreal and vividly composed poetry. Both personal and witty, her poetry is gripping and will keep you asking for more. "The Virgin Formica" is highly recommended for community library poetry collections and poetry lovers everywhere. Good Sleepin' Weather: Cold air/everywhere/and the impoverished edge/of anxiety/of kitchen knives/that thrive/under roofs the color/of horses' hooves/After shopping at Zayre/we walked back to the Rambler/and dark was the screen/of the outdoor theater/where earlier they'd lowered a whore/from a helicopter./"Man," Dad said,/"This is what you call/good sleepin' weather."

Grace, Fallen From
Marianne Boruch
Wesleyan University Press
215 Long Lane, Middletown, CT 06459
9780819568632, $22.95,

The third anthology of poetry from veteran poet Marianne Boruch, entitled "Grace, Fallen From" is now available. In this gripping collection of poems, Boruch touches on a wide range of subjects, and in the process, evokes a long range of emotions from her readers, from humor to making her readers think to pulling at their heart strings, Boruch does it all. "Grace, Fallen From" is a deftly composed volume of poetry and a pick for any poetry lover or community library poetry collection. February: The sparrow on the trash again, one/leg missing, he/alights and drops down, alights/in this cold, and crooked,/drops down again through he could/fly. He has to, most of the day/I imagine, into its/exhaustion, those moments he/finds a window sill or a patch/of sold leaves under some/overhang, his one leg, good wire, pulled under him, feathers/puffed out - swollen thing, ridiculous -/ for warmth. All the lives I/might have had: this one, oh, this one.

Polynomials and Pollen
Jay Wright
Dalkey Archive Press
1805 S. Wright Street, MC-011, Champaign, IL 61820
9781564784995, $12.95,

Eleven books of poetry and over thirty plays are nothing compared to the over seventy years of life experience award winning-writer Jay Wright brings to the table in his anthology of poetry and wisdom in "Polynomials and Pollen." Although promoted as a gift for his wife, any reader is sure to enjoy Wright's words and his look into philosophies of order, chaos, the natural evolution of life and so much more. Brilliantly written from first page to last, "Polynomials and Pollen" is highly recommended to community library poetry collections.

All That's Left
Jack Hirschman
City Lights Publishers
261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133
9781931404082, $10.95

The fourth volume in the San Francisco Poet Laureate Series, All That's Left is a collection of poems calling for social justice. Written by street poet, translator, and activist Jack Hirschman, All That's Left begins with his autobiographical inaugural address, includes several of his earlier poems that benchmark the stages of his development, as well as works composed during his time as laureate. Hirschman also pays his respects to passed on fellow poets such as Kerouac and Bob Kaufman, in this direct, honest, and eye-opening anthology. "The Ways of Love Arcane": 'Only in its being gone does it exist,' / I whispered in the candle-lit dark. // Your response was the art of loving / which is a part of what I meant. // And it was a masterpiece you wrote / with your tongue. // But is Love gone? That love, yes, has. / But there's no end of loving here // or wherever you are, or even where / nowhere is.

Dear Ghosts
Tess Gallagher
Graywolf Press
2402 University Avenue, Suite 203, Saint Paul, MN 55114
9781555974930, $15.00, 1-651-641-0077

Poetry is the use of words to evoke feelings. No one does it better than author, essayist, translator, and poet Tess Gallagher as evidenced by her latest collection of verse "Dear Ghosts". A master craftsman and wordsmith in the use of metaphor, communication, and the intimacy of emotion, "Dear Ghosts" once again documents her as a skilled and deft observer of the human condition who will be appreciated best by those who enjoy free verse poetry the most. 'Choices': I go to the mountain side/of the house to cut saplings,/and clear a view to snow/on the mountain. But when I look up,/saw in hand, I see a nest clutched in/the uppermost branches./I don't cut that one./I don't cut the others either./suddenly, in every tree,/are unseen nest/where a mountain would be.

Rising, Falling, Hovering
C. D. Wright
Copper Canyon Press
PO Box 271, Port Townsend, WA 98368-9931
9781556592737, $22.00

When poetry is at its very best it is a form of communication that compels a response from its audience. That response can arise from anywhere on the spectrum of human emotion and psychology. Such is the case with the seminal verse of C. D. Wright as compiled within the pages of "Rising, Falling, Hovering" from Copper Canyon Press. An award winning poet with twelve previously published volumes of her work, this latest and enthusiastically recommended collection is infused throughout with wit, honesty, emotional intensity, as it touches upon such diverse issues as technology, capitalism existential crisis, and candid observation of the human condition. 'Like Something Christenberry Pictured': ...stepping out of the story/ (ineluctably over, fellow travelers)/here just long enough to testify/to a blinding intensity/under that big dry socket of god/the camera mounted to capture/ordinary traffic violations/fixes instead on your final face/a single frame of unadulterated/urgency is what you see, urgency it is'.

Blue Lace Colander
Timothy Walsh
Marsh River Editions
M233 Marsh Road, Marshfield, WI 54449
9780977276837, $10.00

Award-winning poet Timothy Walsh presents Blue Lace Colander, his latest chapbook of free-verse poetry drawn from the experiences of daily life as well as from the wonders of history and memory. A multifaceted tour of the senses that luxuriates in the simple pleasures and the pure delight that sightseeing and embarking on adventures can bring, Blue Lace Colander is a joy best savored between sessions of hiking, hobbies, or dreams. "Abiding in This Sensorium": These trees at twilight / seem to know // that melody is what story does / when there are no words, // that flavor is how color persists / when there are no pigments, // that herbs are our most pungent thoughts / taken root in the world, // and that time is neither a thicket / nor an ocean / but a thing that only trees / at twilight / comprehend.

Meaning A Cloud
J.W. Marshall
Oberlin College Press
50 N. Professor St., Oberlin, OH, 44074-1095
0932440320, $15.95,

J.W. Marshall has been around poetry all his life, and has worked a job in a poetry bookstore just to be around it more. The sum of all his experiences is here in his debut anthology of poetry "Meaning a Cloud". Witty, brilliant, yet tokenly somber at times, Marshall's poetry comes to life on each page with vivid, colorful imagery sure to jerk at reader's emotions. "Meaning a Cloud" is highly recommended for community library poetry collections and anyone who wants warm poetry. My Confusion: I confused a steam/with life. And I confused leaves/oiling along on it/with lives. And the lake/it muscled into/I confused with a hospital's/shimmering glass doors. There was quiet/ and muffled non-quiet./And I was confused/with where exactly it was/I was going/when I heard that ambulance/moving like a mechanical leaf/through traffic.

Taking Shape
Edward Carson
The Porcupine's Quill
c/o Timinkster, RGD, Publisher
68 Main St, Erin Ontario, N0B IT0
9780889843059, $12.95,

Two time winner of the E.J. Pratt Poetry Award and University of Toronto Alumnus Edward Carson is back after his critically acclaimed debut anthology Scenes. "Taking Shape" takes a focus on the subject of love, and everything about this vague yet universal subject, and how it literally takes shape all around us. Using lyrical prose and beautiful imagery that leaps off of the pages, "Taking Shape" is a must for all poetry fans and community library collections on the genre of work. Memory I: The earth is gulping down in the rain huge, heavy pools./Around us, the unpredictable trees catch the clear light//of lightning a clear iridescent flame, larger than life./And we, in our love, are lucid as a climate of sleep.//We brood over the tug and pull of our history,/like sleepwalkers, earthbound and walking on air.//Our love is everything it has been, and nothing/more than what it has found to be true.//Our love is mathematics of diving this from that,/of finding out there is no other answer possible.//Our love is made to be moved from one place/to another, slow as granite, shapeless as water.

After Music
Conrad Hilberry
Wayne State University Press
4809 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, 48201-1309
9780814333525, $15.95,

Prolific and veteran poet Conrad Hillberry is back with another deftly composed anthology. "After Music" is filled with meditations on anything and everything from conflicted Mexican priests, exhausted and depressed grocery store clerks, and so much more. Five sections create the book, separated by theme - Sweet Grease, How the Juices Leap, Steering by Pheromones, One Match Flaring, and Bird with Downcast Beak. "After-Music" is highly recommended as a book poetry lovers with relish and deserves a place on every community library poetry shelf. Christmas Night: Let Midnight gather up the wind/and the cry of tires on bitter snow/Let midnight call the cold dogs home,/sleet in their fur - last one can blow//the streetlights out. If children sleep/after the day's unfoldings, the wheel/of gifts and griefs, may their breathing/ease the strange hollowness we feel.//Let the midnight draw whoever's left/to the grate where a burnt-out log unrolls/low mutterings of smoke until/a small fire wakes in its crib of coals.

This Dirty Little Heart
B.T. Shaw
Eastern Washington University Press
534 E. Spokane Falls Blvd., Suite 203, Spokane, WA 99202
9781597660402, $14.95,

The debut anthology of poetry from The Oregonian Editor B.T. Shaw and what a debut it is. "This Dirty Little Heart" is award winning, and rightfully so, as it's unlike much poetry readers will find elsewhere in the genre - a flowing, stream of conscious narrative, quirky, yet unique and vivid in its words and imagery that it so provokes from its readers. "This Dirty Little Heart" is a must have for poetry lovers everywhere, and worthy of its place in any community library poetry collection. Images in Answer to Biology: Flocked Birds in an agar sky.//Pulley. Scale. Skeleton -/stick-flippered, penis-boned-/mid-stroke at the ceiling//Boy by the door: I was late as a fish./spectacled girl: genus humanitas//Can I get everyone's attention this way?//Lines of magnetic force. Bunsen/burner. Loaded inoculating loop.

The Graves Grow Bigger Between Generations
Jared Smith
Higganum Hill Books
P.O. Box 666, Higganum, CT 06441
9780977655687, $12.95,

Veteran and Prolific poet Jared Smith returns once more with his seventh anthology of poetry, "The Graves Grow Bigger Between Generations". The skill and technique that comes with so much seasoning is so readily apparent here in this volume of poetry, with brilliant, thoughtful and thought-provoking lyrical prose throughout this compilation. "The Graves Grow Bigger Between Generations" is highly recommended to poetry lovers everywhere and should find itself on community library poetry shelves. A Prayer in the Teeth of Time: I blew an aqua blue bottle around you/to protect the flame inside,/but the glass separated us and light/not received by eyes goes dark into the heart/where it carries itself forever through time.//Where are we now when our love will leave no children?

Dear Regime
Roger Sedarat
Ohio University Press
19 Circle Drive, Athens, OH 45701
9780821417751, $12.95 1-800-621-2736

The publishing of poetry is and always should be the hallmark of the academic press. Such is the case with the Ohio University Press who has now made available to the reading public "Dear Regime", a collection of award winning verse by Roger Sedarat (Assistant Professor of English, Borough of Manhattan community College, City University of new York). Sedarat is the recipient of scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the St. Botolph Society poetry grant. His poetry has appeared in such prestigious journals as the 'New England Review', the 'Atlanta Review', and 'Poet Love'. Focusing his poetic skills upon themes and subjects associated with or arising from the culture of Iran, "Dear Regime" will aptly serve to introduce a whole new generation of readers to an articulate body of free verse and prose poetry that is as superbly crafted as it is memorable in both theme and substance. 'Picnic': Tea is to saffron as kneeling on the rug/is to a history of kings on the road/erecting tents, roasting lambs, etc.//Back in the city, who will free the prisoner/is to the guard as what is written/on papyrus is to ink.//When Haji goes to the park the ants arrive,/drawing a line from their mound/to the basket of fresh fruit and cutlet.//The ants are to analogies as cutlet/is to rhetoric. The exponential burden of laboring/bits of ground meat on tiny red bodies//thus makes a text worth eating./This is the story of Haji's hunger/read in the mountains on an April day.//It may indeed prove delightful/to put one's bare feet in a cold spring/after such an arduous climb.//Yet in the final analysis, it is only a test/of his verbal strength to view the city from the country/and try not to compare.

Susan Terris
Time Being Books
10411 Clayton Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63131
9781568091150, $15.95

Life & Richness - even amid loss and pain is what Susan Terris preaches in her thirteenth book of poetry "Contrariwise". It's an exploration of Lewis Caroll and his immortal character of Alice, a whimsical meditation that weaves her life, memories, and experiences into this wonderful, passionate book of poetry. Highly recommended to poetry lovers and poetry collections everywhere. Wild Oats: Katydid, cricket, beetle/grasshopper in wild oats - / melody of midsummer's night.//And in the air/a calligraphy of midges/male and female/a green-black/stylized cloud/scrolled over stagnant water/whining and whining/a high pitched, monotone refrain.

Sidney Wade
Persea Books
853 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
9780892553372, $14.00,

An accomplished and prolific poet, Sidney Wade is back once more with her fifth collection of poetry titled "Stroke". Brilliant and cunning political and social commentaries, Wade's poems demonstrate a keen and expert hand at work with the English language, combining emotions for a delicious smorgasbord of excellent writing. Highly recommended for community libraries everywhere and for all poetry lovers. Stroke of Genius: windfall/ display/ of/ art// playing/ a/ signal/ part// flaying/ the/ heart/ of/ indignant/ enigma.

From Me to You
U.A. Fanthorpe & R.V. Bailey (authors), Nick Wadley (illustrator)
Enitharmon Press
c/o Dufour Editions, Inc.
P.O. Box 7, Chester Springs, PA 19425-0007
9781904634553, $24.95,

With love, the sky is the limit. "From Me to You: Love Poems" is a poetry anthology from U.A. Fanthorpe and R.V. Bailey who hold that every day is important - not just holidays such as Christmas and Valentine's day. They focus on love, giving readers touching, brilliant and heartwarming poems through out all of these pages with charming illustrations by Nick Wadley giving the book an especially nice touch. Highly recommended for poetry fans everywhere and for community library poetry collections. The Mineral Lover: What do you make of this,/Sweetheart? I, who had been looking/For you all my long life, met/You when I was twenty-eight,/and didn't even notice. We worked together/for seven casual years, til I discovered/I'd fallen in love with you/when I wasn't looking.//All very well/For Marvell to talk about vegetable loves, that/Grow vaster than empires and more/Slow. What about me?

The Narrow Road to The Interior
Kimiko Hahn
W.W. Norton & Company Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110
9780393330274, $14.95,

Accomplished, award-winning and prolific poet Kimiko Hahn is back once more with her seventh and anticipated fine volume of poetry, "The Narrow Road to The Interior." Using a new technique for her but will known to others, a free-form style native to Japan called zuihitsu, her poetry retains the same charm that was loved in her previous anthologies, covering her experiences as lover, mother, and a mixed child of eastern and western traditions, "The Narrow Road to The Interior" is deftly and expertly written, making it highly recommended to community library poetry collections and a must have for her fans of her previous books alongside readers new to Hahn's work.

Veil and Burn
Laurie Clements Lambeth, poet
Selected by Maxine Kumin
University of Illinois Press
1325 South Oak Street, Champaign, IL 61820-6903
9780252075032, $15.95

The debut poetry collection by Laurie Clements Lambeth (who has been previously published in such magazines as the "Paris Review" and "Mid-American Review"), Veil and Burn is a selection of poems chosen by Maxine Kumin to form a worthy addition to the National Poetry Series. In particular, Veil and Burn uses free-verse poetic narration to explore issues of bodily human suffering, physical pain, and the common fate that binds people together despite forces that conspire to alienate them. "Onion": This morning, when your hand traced / the skin on my collarbone and throat / I could smell the onion you had chopped / last night in the pores of your fingers. // With each pass of your hand the repeated / scent, warm, delicious, grew as familiar / as the sensation of your particular touch, / as the windows' wide shafts slanting to wake us.

Death's Homeland
Dragan Dragojlovic, author
Stanislava Lazarevic, translator
Curbstone Press
321 Jackson Street, Willimantic, CT 06226
9781931896450, $13.95

Award-winning author Dragan Dragojlovic presents Death's Homeland, a cruelly serious anthology of poetry rooted in the horrors of the civil war that recently plagued Yugoslavia. The title of Death's Homeland is quite literally descriptive of its contents; these are not poems for the faint of heart, as they speak of acts of genocide - yet also pay testimony to the strength of the human spirit amidst an onslaught of despair. Superbly translated from the original Serbian by Stanislava Lazarevic, Death's Homeland is a somber yet welcome addition to international poetry collections. "The Space of Infinity": I used to be a man / who played with his hopes / at night, / hiding behind his dreams / during the day. // The limits were around me, / infinity was within. // Now I am silent so I cannot witness / how every gunshot, / each new death, / constricts the space of my infinity, // chasing me into a kernel, / as the void grows / bigger and bigger.

Descartes' Nightmare
Susan McCabe
University of Utah Press
1795 E. South Campus Dr., #101, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-9402
9780874809343, $12.95

Winner of the Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry, Descartes' Nightmare is a free-verse poetry collection by Susan McCabe (associate professor of English, University of Southern California) that seeks to understand more about the split between body and mind by looking deep within nightmares. The poems are not told from the viewpoint of Descartes, but rather by a "nightmarist by trade" speaker who is compelled to collect the nightmares of others and examine what they have to tell us about how the nervous system functions. A hauntingly unique venture into the mysterious pitfalls of the human psyche. "After Esther in Bleak House": I was somewhere in great black space / One of the beads of a flaming necklace / That I could be so parted / from that dreadful string

Strong Is Your Hold
Galway Kinnell
Mariner Books
c/o Houghton Mifflin
215 Park Ave. So., New York, NY 10003
9780547053660, $14.95

Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author Galway Kinnell presents his eleventh poetry collection Strong Is Your Hold, dubbed a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times. The free-verse lyrics revolve around topics ranging from love poems and expressions of sexuality to admiration for the natural world; tales of Kinnell's father, children, fellow poets, and personal heroes; to "When the Towers Fell", Kinnell's somber requiem for those who died in the September 11th attacks. An accompanying audio CD of Kinnell reading his own work rounds out this groundbreaking and highly recommended anthology. "When The Towers Fell": [...] // In our minds the glassy blocks succumb over and over, / slamming down floor by floor into themselves, / blowing up as if in reverse, exploding // downward and rolling outward, / the way, in the days of the gods, a god / might rage through the streets, overtaking the fleeing. // As each tower goes down, it concentrates / into itself, transforms itself / infinitely slowly into a black hole // infinitesimally small: mass / without space, where each light, / each life, put out, lies down within us.

Inclined to Speak
Hayan Charara, editor
The University of Arkansas Press
McIlroy House, 201 Ozark Avenue, Fayetteville, AR 72701
9781557288677, $24.95 1-800-626-0090

Inclined to Speak: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Poetry collects works from a diversity of contemporary Arab American poets. The poems themselves cover a deep range of subjects, from culture and politics to art, language, loss, and the foibles of the human condition. Most poems are free-verse; each author's work is prefaced with a brief biography spanning one-third to one-half of a page. The result is an eclectic and broad-reaching compilation that challenges the reader to rethink his or her perspective concerning what it truly means to be an American. Highly recommended. "Mayfly (for Esme)": You have the right to / be delicate, transparent / yet still / flatten yourself against / the strong current // appear as if / you're caught in mid-swarm / when you are singularly // flying toward the light.

The Archaeology Shelf

Piracy in Qumran
Raphael Israeli
Transaction Publishers
Rutgers University, 35 Berrue Circle, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8042
9781412807036, $39.95 1-888-999-6778

Raphael Israeli (Professor of Islamic, Chinese, and Middle Eastern History, The Hebrew University) presents Piracy in Qumran: The Battle over the Scrolls of the Pre-Christ Era, a unique study of a modern-day legal clash over millennia-old texts. Israeli scholar Dr. Elisha Qimron was one of many individuals who applied years of research to decipher one of the scrolls from the years immediately preceding the Christian Era. His work led him to revolutionary conclusions, and he put forth controversial ideas concerning the ancient laws of the purity of the Essenes, the original authors of the scrolls, as well as the complexities of their relationships with the two main streams of Judaism. If the scrolls were to be read or reconstructed differently, one might draw very different conclusions from the same texts. When Dr. Qimron's transcript was published within a volume issued by the Biblical Archaeology Society, an American group led by Hershel Shanks, Dr. Qimron responded with an international lawsuit. It is this lawsuit that Piracy in Qumran scrutinizes, examining legal and moral issues of intellectual property law as applied to works of historical reconstruction. Does Qimron's work represent something original borne of his creativity (and therefore protected by copyright laws), or was it simply a copy of an ancient text and therefore subject to public domain? Piracy in Qumran does not take sides, preferring to examine all aspects of this complex issue from a balanced point of view, and challenging the reader to contemplate the implications this controversy has for broader topics such as freedom of the press. Accessible to lay readers and scholars alike, Piracy in Qumran is enthusiastically recommended for college and public library collections, and especially anyone in the field of archaeological research or publishing.

The Biography Shelf

Abroad for Her Country
Jean M. Wilkowski
University of Notre Dame Press
310 Flanner Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556
9780268044138, $30.00 1-800-621-2736

Abroad for Her Country: Tales of a Pioneer Woman Ambassador in the U.S. Foreign Service is the autobiography of Jean M. Wilkowski, with especial focus upon her career in the U.S. Foreign Service during the latter half of the twentieth century. Chapters relate her rise through the ranks at the Department of State, from vice consul to the first woman acting U.S. ambassador in Latin America, to the first woman U.S. ambassador to an African country (Honduras). Her thirty-five year diplomatic career brought her into contact with colorful characters, war-displaced refugees, businessmen, United Nations personnel and much more. Told in a candid prose accessible to readers of all backgrounds, Abroad for Her Country is eminently absorbing and highly recommended.

Frank Nitti
Ronald D. Humble
Barricade Books
185 Bridge Plaza North, Ste 308-A, Fort Lee, NJ 07024
9781569803424, $23.95,

Everyone knows of mob boss Al Capone. But what of his successor in the mob, Frank Nitti, who should be just as infamous, if not more so? "Frank Nitti: The True Story Chicago's Notorious 'Enforcer'" is his tale, bringing the tale of the countless murders and conspiracies for more, the vice and corruption that came with Nitti's leadership. With examinations of how Nitti has been portrayed in myth, legend, television, and movies, it tries to find out the truth about the man through scholarly research, covering everything from his time as Capone's enforcer, his plots to extort Hollywood, and his mysterious death, ruled as a suicide, but could it have been a complex assassination? "Frank Nitti: The True Story Chicago's Notorious 'Enforcer'" is highly recommended for anyone with a strong interest in the golden age of the mob and for community library true crime shelves.

Wheeling the Deal
Chip Jacobs
Behler Publications
22365 El Toro Road, #135, Lake Forest, CA, 92630
9781933016474, $16.95,

It's one of the most inspirational things one can see in the world - a man who is paralyzed from the neck down deciding that invalidism isn't for him and making something of themselves. "Wheeling the Deal: The Outrageous Legend of Gordan Zahler, Hollywood's Flashiest Quadriplegic" is the story of Gordon Zahler, a man who turned himself into one of Hollywood's fast talking and successful idea men who traveled the world, married, and so much more, disregarding his condition and living life to the fullest he possibly could. "Wheeling the Deal: The Outrageous Legend of Gordon Zahler, Hollywood's Flashiest Quadriplegic" is a brilliant and uplifting true story and is highly recommended for anyone in a similar position or has a relative there - to open their eyes to the possibilities.

Miles from the Sideline
Maura Weis
Sorin Books
1440 N. Kingsbury, Chicago, Illinois, 60622
9781933495033, $18.95,

Before the age of two, little Hannah Weis was just like any other toddler. Bright, happy, resilient, and full of laughter. "Miles from the Sideline: A Mother's Journey with her Special Needs Daughter" is the story of what happened in the following decade where her development suddenly slowed, and how her mother, author Maura Weis, has had to deal with all the turmoil and triumph that comes from raising a daughter who just isn't like everyone else in the world, a daughter with special needs. "Miles from the Sideline: A Mother's Journey with her Special Needs Daughter" is a deftly written memoir that is highly recommended for other parents of special needs children and for community library memoir collections.

Child in Jerusalem
Felicity Ashbee
Syracuse University Press
1600 Jamesville Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210
9780815608721, $19.95 1-800-365-8929

Child in Jerusalem is the child's-eye memoir of author Felicity Ashbee, who spent four years from age six to age ten living in post-World War I Jerusalem while her father worked to restore the city architecturally and artistically. A powerful work that captures a momentary golden time of restoration and peaceful exchange between faiths, Child in Jerusalem vividly recaptures Ashbee's views of the city and its people, as well as offering hindsight-insight into the stirrings of radical ideas culminating in the rise of religion-centered political factions whose clash would undo much of what had been rebuilt. A handful of black-and-white photographs illustrate this poignant framing of memory.

The Accidental Explorer
Sherry Simpson
Sasquatch Books
119 South Main Street, Suite 400, Seattle, Washington 98104
9781570615375, $23.95,

You could live in London all of your life, and never see Buckingham Palace. You could live in Washington D.C., and never see the White House. You could live in Alaska, and never see the beautiful wilderness that surrounds you - and that's what happened to author Sherry Simpson. "The Accidental Explorer: Wayfinding in Alaska" is her tale of accidentally discovering the vast natural wonder surrounding her during an epic solo hike across it all, despite not being much of a seasoned hiker. Written with humility versus the nature that she is simply a simple city girl facing vast odds, "The Accidental Explorer: Wayfinding in Alaska" is highly recommended for any true adventure collection and for anyone who wants to read a tale of explorer about someone who is not so much unlike them.

Nobody But the People
Warren Trest
NewSouth, Inc.
PO Box 1588, Montgomery, AL 36102
9781588382214, $32.50 1-334-834-3556

Award-nominated historian Warren Trest presents Nobody But the People: The Life and Times of Alabama's Youngest Governor, the first authorized biography of former Alabama Governor John Patterson. A crime-fighting attorney general propelled into the governor's office following the brutal murder of his father, John Patterson dedicated himself to keeping Phenix City cleaned up. He led the state's resistance to federally ordered desegregation; later, he admitted to regret that he had neglected to do more to help Alabama's black citizens achieve equal rights. His administration improved public education, highway construction, law enforcement, old-age benefits, and brought about the state's first program of medical care for the elderly, among other accomplishments. He put loan sharks out of business and changed Alabama law so that low-income and middle-income families could borrow money without paying debilitating interest rates. A handful of black-and-white photographs illustrate this compelling, true-life story of Patterson and the many achievements he made during his four-year administration - achievements that are all too often overlooked when examining his stance on civil rights. Highly recommended, and a welcome addition to American biography and Alabama state history collections.

Swami Kriyananda As We Have Known Him
Asha Praver
Crystal Clarity Publishers
14618 Tyler Foote Road, Nevada City, CA 95959
9781565892200, $14.95 1-800-424-1055

Swami Kriyananda is a modern renaissance man, and in "Swami Kriyananda: As We Have Known Him" tells of author Asha Praver's nearly four decades of experience with Swami Kriyananda, a spectacular man who has written over eighty books and composed over three hundred pieces of music, all while being viewed as one of the leading lights in the spiritual world today as the last living direct disciple of the great master of yoga, Paramhansa Yogananda. "Swami Kriyananda: As We Have Known Him" is enthusiastically recommended across the board for spirituality, religion, and biography community library shelves alike and anyone who just wants to learn more about such a great man.

From the Barrio to Washington
Armando Rodriguez (as told to Keith Taylor)
University of New Mexico Press
MSC04 2820, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
9780826343819, $24.95 1-800-249-7737

From the poor house in Mexico to the administration of four United States Presidents - sounds like an unbelievable mountain to climb in life, but that's exactly what Armando Rodriguez did. "From the Barrio to Washington: An Educator's Journey" is the inspirational life story of US Assistant Commissioner of Education of Armando Rodriguez who entered the nation speaking no English whatsoever but through a solid work ethic, truly made something of himself. He told his story to biographer Keith Taylor who has made Rodriguez's life story truly come to, pardon the pun, to life off the pages of "From the Barrio to Washington: An Educator's Journey". It deserves a space on any community library biography shelf, and is highly recommended reading for anyone who desire an awe-inspiring tale.

The World History Shelf

Forgotten Bread
David Kherdian, editor
Heyday Books
P.O. Box 9145, Berkeley, CA 94709
9781597140690, $29.95,

The often-forgotten Armenian genocides of the 1910s made many of the Armenian people take off for America in fear for their lives at the height of the immigration era. "Forgotten Bread: First-Generation Armenian American Writers" is an examination of those first immigrants authors, and the heralds of the atrocities they had witnessed, dictating them to paper to share with both their contemporaries and future generations. Seventeen first generation authors are presented, each introduced by a member of the second generation. These vital, deftly written and edited accounts are a must have for world history and literature collections and for Armenian readers who want a closer look at their dark history.

Reformation and Early Modern Europe: A Guide to Research
David M. Whitford, editor
Truman State University Press
100 East Normal Street, Kirksville, MO 63501-4221
9781931112727, $52.00 1-800-916-6802

Reformation and Early Modern Europe: A Guide to Research is an anthology of eighteen scholarly essays by learned authors discussing confessional, regional, social, and cultural trends in early modern Europe, especially 1500-1700 C.E. Each essayist draws upon extensive research and his or her expertise in the field; topics include art history; religious traditions ranging from Lutheran to Reformed to early modern Catholicism; regional paradigm shifts in France, Italy, England, Spain, Switzerland, and the Netherlands; and much more. "It should be recognized that cultural history does not always (or even usually) follow the lead or intentions of the cultural leaders or intellectuals. Important events often run directly counter to intent and expectation. Witchcraft historians have spent a lot of energy examining those figures who openly and explicitly opposed witchcraft trials... It has, however, turned out to be difficult to find any direct influence of the skeptic upon actual witchcraft trials." An excellent addition to world history shelves, especially recommended for college libraries.

History of Ireland
Malachy McCourt
Running Press
2300 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
9780762431816, $15.95,

The little island to the west of England has brought more to the world than the world knows. Malachy McCourt's "History of Ireland" covers the nation's complete history, touching on subjects in its history as diverse as Viking invasions to Ireland's contributions to the fine arts. Nothing is left out- real history and mythology alike are covered in full. "History of Ireland" is comprehensive, well written and composed by best-selling author Malachy McCourt. It's a top pick for community library history collections, and for anyone who wants to learn more about this oft-forgotten major piece of world history.

Atheism in the Medieval, Islamic, & European World
Fatemeh Chehregosha Azinfar
Ibex Publishers
P.O. Box 30087, Bethesda, MD 20824
9781588140517, $80.00,

The concept of Atheism - the complete denial of the existence of God - is believed to be a modern concept that didn't come along until The Enlightenment of the eighteenth century. "Atheism in the Medieval, Islamic, & European World: The Influence of Persian and Arabic Ideas of Doubt and Skepticism on Medieval European Literary Thought" is an examination of the concept and its influences on the old European and Middle Eastern worlds of a thousand years ago. Examining other modern concepts alongside it- such as rationalism and feminism - it's an enlightening look at the past world as something other than what modern progressives would call ignorant. "Atheism in the Medieval, Islamic, & European World: The Influence of Persian and Arabic Ideas of Doubt and Skepticism on Medieval European Literary Thought" is highly recommended for any community library religious studies collection.

Rome and Her Monuments
Sheila K. Dickison and Judith P. Hallet (Editors)
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc.
1000 Brown St., Unit 101, Wauconda, IL, 60084
0865164576, $75.00,

Rome is justifiably considered to be the single common political and cultural ancestor of all of western civilization, so it's no wonder why there is so much study into it. "Rome and Her Monuments: Essays on the City and Literature of Rome in Honor of Katherine A. Geffcken" is a grand and scholarly discussion of Rome, her legacy and everything that contributes to it- the literature, the architecture, the art, and more. To get the most comprehensive and complete discussion of Rome possible, Editors Sheila K. Dickison and Judith P. Hallet stopped at no length to get the leading philologists, art historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, and more to contribute to this deftly compiled work. "Rome and Her Monuments: Essays on the City and Literature of Rome in Honor of Katherine A. Geffcken" is the output of some of today's greatest scholars and it shows its origins well - it's highly recommended for college library collections in need of a great reference on Rome.

The Far Reaches of Empire: War in Nova Scotia, 1710-1760
John Grenier
University of Oklahoma Press
2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069
9780806138763, $34.95 1-800-627-7377

Award-winning military history author and U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel John Grenier presents The Far Reaches of Empire: War in Nova Scotia, 1710-1760, an in-depth study of the impact that fifty years of warfare in a remote corner of North America had upon the larger competition between the British and French empires during the eighteenth century. Written specifically from a military history perspective, The Far Reaches of Empire chronicles how Britons and Yankees waged an efficient and effective counterinsurgency that eventually overwhelmed Acadian, Indian, and French resistance in Nova Scotia. Neither side was above using brutal or ruthless tactics; guerilla war was also practiced, well before America used it during the Revolution. A heavily researched study, featuring detailed notes, a bibliography, and an index for quick reference, enthusiastically recommended for North American military history shelves.

Big History
Cynthia Stokes Brown
The New Press
38 Green Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10013
9781595581969, $25.95 1-800-233-4830

If the world began thirteen years ago, modern industrial societies would have only existed for six seconds, says "Big History: From The Big Bang to The Present". The universe is 13.7 billion years old and "Big History: From the Big Bang to The Present" attempts to cover it all in a book that is as artistic as a novel while reducing humankind to the small spec that it is- while still granting it some dignity in an act of grand balance. Author and Professor Cynthia Stokes Brown combines so many elements and makes simply a delightful book in "Big History: From the Big Bang to the Present" and as such it has our highest recommendation for anyone with an interest of history on the wider scale or just history in general.

The Civil War Shelf

"God Help The Irish!"
Phillip Thomas Tucker
McWhiney Foundation Press
McMurry Station, Box 637, Abilene, TX 79697-0637
9781893114500, $16.95

The famed prowess of the Irish Brigade at Antietam and Gettysburg is well known, but "God Help The Irish!: The History of the Irish Brigade " takes a look at their other exploits and their day to day lives and how they became one of the most elite combat units of the civil war. A fascinating and valuable perspective on America's nineteenth century inner conflict, "God Help The Irish!: The History of the Irish Brigade" is thoroughly recommended to civil war studies shelves and civil war enthusiasts everywhere.

Immortal Captives
Mauriel Phillips Joslyn
Pelican Publishing Company
1000 Burmaster Street, Gretna, LA 70053-2246
9781589805880, $24.95 1-800-843-1724

Immortal Captives: The Story of 600 Confederate Officers and the United States Prisoner of War Policy draws upon authentic primary sources - personal letters, diaries, and written testimonies of Confederate veterans - to reveal a shocking, largely untold true story of the North's inhumanity toward Confederate prisoners of war. In 1864, President Lincoln and his war council canceled the prisoner exchange program, and the Union army refused to release hundreds of captures Confederate soldiers. In retaliation to the horror stories they heard of the treatment of Union soldiers, they made examples of six hundred Confederates by keeping them in horrific conditions. Subject to starvation, torture, disease, and even use as human shields, these brave Americans suffered unthinkable cruelty at the hands other Americans. Not for the faint of heart, Immortal Captives grounds itself heavily in meticulous and thorough research. A handful of black-and-white photographs illustrate this somber testimony that the Union was by no means innocent in the American Civil War.

The Computer Shelf

Patterns in Network Architecture: A Return to Fundamentals
John Day
Prentice Hall Press
c/o Pearson Technology Group
801 East 96th Street, #300, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3759
0132252422, $54.99

Students of network architecture and teachers assigning reading will find PATTERNS IN NETWORK ARCHITECTURE an excellent survey which takes a different approach to solving network architecture issues. Seven basic, still unanswered, questions identified during the ARPANET's development reveals protocols, patterns, and common conflicts. The result is an outstanding guide for any advanced networking computer library.

Upgrading Sap
M.C. Sens
Infinity Science Press
11 Leavitt Street, Hingham, MA 02043
9781934015155, $54.95

Sap upgrade techniques are commonly confusing, with the concepts challenging: that's why college-level collections and courses strong in SAP systems needs UPGRADING SAP. The software system needs constant upgrading between releases and here's the manual to provide a complete review of the entire upgrade process, including descriptions of all processes and tools. College-level collections with SAP instructionals shouldn't miss this.

AutoCad 2008 Essentials
M. Hamad
Infinity Science Press
11 Leavitt Street, Hingham, MA 02043
9781934015063, $49.95

There are plenty of AutoCad instructional books on the market, but what makes this different is its focus on the basics, and its use of 'mixed units' of measurement to illustrate drawing and editing tools for the application. It's designed for novice users of AutoCad 2008 and is perfect for self-teaching or classroom instruction: no previous CAD experience is needed and the 21 'workshops' which comprise the lesson plan are based on small projects, covering all first level commands. An excellent starting point for AutoCad learners.

GIS For Web Developers
Scott Davis
Pragmatic Programmers
P.O. Box 293325, Lewisville, TX 75029-3325
0974514098, $34.95

Advanced collections strong in either GIS or programming will welcome GIS FOR WEB DEVELOPERS: ADDING WHERE TO YOUR WEB APPLICATIONS. It provides all the basics of how to locate free sources of GIS data on the web, manipulate such data in code, how to use free web toolkits incorporating GIS results and patterns, and more. With the survey of websites a basic key to understanding GIS applications, GIS FOR WEB DEVELOPERS makes for an excellent applied learning tool for any studying either GIS applications or web development resources.

The Making of Second Life
Wagner James Au
c/o HarperCollins
10 East 53rd Street, New York NY 10022
9780061353208, $25.95

The virtual world known as Second Life has attracted over a million active users, and offers users an opportunity to 'build' new personal worlds. THE MAKING OF SECOND LIFE is not another programming book about how it was made - it's a behind-the-scenes story of why and covers the story of its evolution. From how it developed from a simple user-controlled philosophy unusually versatile in activities to its economic and social success, THE MAKING OF SECOND LIFE is an eye-opening view of the program's ongoing evolutionary process, and will appeal to both computer-specific libraries and general-interest collections.

X Power Tools
Chris Tyler
O'Reilly Publishers
1005 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol, CA 95472
0596101953, $39.99

The X Window System is the foundation of graphical desktops on both Linux and Unix systems and supports advanced features of modern graphics cards, so X Power Tools' articles on the topic are a top pick for any advanced computer library specializing in Unix. It offers an introduction to how the system works, considers useful utility programs and applications, covers software that work with X, and reviews the basics of building networks and systems with X. Any advanced Unix or Linux computer reference library will find it useful and specific.

Murach's Visual Basic 2008
Anne Boehm
Mike Murach & Associates
3484 West Gettysburg, #101, Fresno, CA 93722
9781890774455, $52.50 1-800-221-5528

Windows continues to be the dominant platform for personal and professional computers. Now in a fully updated and significantly expanded 2008 edition, "Murach's Visual Basic 2008: Training & Reference" by Anne Boehm continues to hold its place as the premier instructional manual for the novice and an indispensable reference for the seasoned professional. The principal focus remains on those essential skills that Visual Basic developers will find themselves using on a daily basis. Of special note is the four chapter section dedicated to database programming. Visual Basic is an object-oriented computer language and therefore "Murach's Visual Basic 2008" devotes five chapters on those features and aspects. This new edition features LINQ and how VB programmers can use the same language to access a variety of data sources ranging from databases to arrays to XML files. Enhanced with complete Windows forms applications for everyday business functions (which can be downloaded for free from the Murach website at "Murach's Visual Basic 2008 is an essential, invaluable, practical, and thoroughly 'user friendly' instructional reference and strongly recommended for all Visual Basic developers.

The Railroading Shelf

Chicago & North Western
John Kelly
PO Box 446, Hudson, WI 54016
158388159X, $29.95,

Iconographix is a publishing house dedicated to providing personal, academic, and community libraries with thematic compilations of historic photographs drawn from diverse pictorial archives from around the country. This is especially true of such visual railroad memorials as John Kelly's "Chicago & North Western: Passenger Trains Of The 400 Fleet" offers an historical 'window in time' perspective on the Chicago-Twin Cities 400 commuter passenger trains that plied their way through such upper Midwest communities as Madison, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Wisconsin's North Woods, Upper Michigan, and southern Minnesota. This was an era where the Chicago & North Western offered their passengers speed, luxury, safety, and $1.25 dinners. In addition to full-page black-and-white photos of the trains themselves, browsers will also encounter photographs of stations, advertisements, and railcar interiors. A superbly organized and presented archival volume, "Chicago & North Western" is an enthusiastically recommended addition to any railroad buff's personal reference collection.

The West The Railroads Made
Carlos A. Schwantes and James P. Ronda
University of Washington Press
P.O. Box 50096, Seattle, Washington, 98145-5096, USA
9780295987699., $39.95,

The innovation of railroads in the early nineteenth century transformed America from a nation covering the eastern seaboard to the country it is today spanning from Maine to Southern California. "The West The Railroads Made" is an anthology of stories, illustrations, and photographs (some of which are color) to tell the tale of how the pioneers of this technology were essential in transforming America in the country it is today. "The West The Railroads Made" is highly recommended for locomotion enthusiasts everywhere, and for any community library collection for Railroads or American history.

Railroads of Nevada and Eastern California
David F. Myrick
University of Nevada Press
Morrill Hall Mail Stop 0166, Reno NV 89557-0166
9780874177015, $65.00,

The third volume of the series that all train lovers will adore is now available in "Railroads of Nevada and Eastern California: Volume III: More of the Northern Roads". Made by railroad fanatics for railroad fanatics, this nearly 400 page coffee table book serves its fan base remarkably well. Over 300 photographs, an index and other appendixes make "Railroads of Nevada and Eastern California: Volume III: More of the Northern Roads" highly recommended for railroad lovers everywhere and for any community library railroading collection.

Mid-Size Track Plans For Realistic Layouts
Bernard Kempinski
Kalmbach Publishing Company
21027 Crossroads Circle, Waukesha, WI 53186
9780890247044, $21.95, 1-800-533-6644

The very best model railroads are those whose designs are accurately based on real railroads. The premier publisher of model railroading books and instructional guides for model railroad enthusiasts, the Kalmbach Publishing Company's newest title, "Mid-Size Track Plans For Realistic Layouts" by Bernard Kempinski showcases twenty-six innovative model railroad track plains in Z, N. Ho, O, and G Scales that are specifically designed to fit into mid-sized areas such as a spare room, basement corner, or in a garage. Profusely illustrated throughout with more than one hundred and forty photographs and plans, "Mid-Size Track Plans For Realistic Layouts" provides a wealth of practical tips and basic information on condensing real towns and scenes into model form, researching prototype railroads, realistically operating small layouts, designing walkaround-style layouts, and so much more. An ideal and enthusiastically recommended addition to personal and community library model railroading instructional and reference collections, "Mid-Size Track Plans For Realistic Layouts" is thoroughly 'user friendly' and replete with track-planing tips for creating personalized layout designs applicable to any size model railroad set-up.

Railway Modelling
Iain Rice
Haynes Publishing
c/o Motorbooks International
729 Prospect Avenue, Osceola, WI 54020
9781844253593, $34.95 1-800-458-0454

Even in this age of computer games and video entertainment, model railroading continues to be a popular pastime activity for railroading buffs of all ages. "Railway Modelling: The Realistic Way" by Iain Rice is a beautifully illustrated, 352-page, 'reader friendly' guide to the complexities, sophistication, and excitement of every aspect of modeling railroading and ranges from all manner of rolling stock; track layouts, the technical aspects of wiring and signaling; scales and standards, and so much more. Of special interest is the chapter devoted to 'Motive Power'. Enhanced with an extensive glossary of terms and abbreviations, an Index, a Booklist, and a roster of thematically appropriate websites, "Railway Modelling" is an informed and informative addition to both personal and community library model railroad reference shelves and supplemental lists for non-specialist general readers with an interest in the history and practice of model railroading.

Lionel Nation, No. 1
TM Books Video
PO Box 279, New Buffalo, MI 49117
9780937522486, $19.95,

Lionel Nation, No. 1 takes the viewer on an amazing tour of Lionel model trains (as well as real trains!) over the past 75 years. Showcasing prewar, postwar, and modern-day model train layouts created by nationally recognized designers and collectors like Clarke Dunham and Chuck Brasher, as well as an eye-opening look at the California State Railroad Museum's exhibit of the Thomas Sefton train collection make Lionel Nation, No. 1 a superb gift DVD for anyone who loves trains. A "must-have" for model railroad enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds. 65 minutes.

The Nautical Shelf

Boat Green
Clyde W. Ford
New Society Publishers
P.O. Box 189, Gabriola Island, BC V0R, 1X0, Canada
9780865715905, $17.95,

Boaters don't have to sacrifice their own enjoyment of the waterways to help the environment - in fact, helping the environment even helps them. "Boat Green: 50 Steps Boaters Can Take To Save Our Waters" is a list of many, many easy tasks for nautical enthusiasts to perform that will do the following things: reduces the cost of boating, improves your boats performance, and enhances ones enjoyment of the marine environment - and all of them improve the health of the waters in the process. If you're a boat lover and want to keep your roads clean, safe, and clear for yourself and future generations, there's little reason not to pick up "Boat Green: 50 Steps Boaters Can Take to Save Our Waters" - also recommended for community library boating collections with a cross over to the environmental studies shelves.

The Best Used Boat Notebook
John Kretschmer
Sheridan House Inc.
145 Palisade Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
9781574092349, $29.95 1-888-743-7425

Just as there are far more used cars sold than new ones, so it is with the selling of sailboats. Now there is a unique reference compiled by professional sailboat delivery skipper John Kretschmer who has compiled a detailed and descriptive listing of forty of the most popular boats. Each specific entry focuses on the specifics that a prospective buyer would require to make an informed decision. "The Best Used Boat Notebook" organizes these sailboats for sale into four major categories according to the sizes: Sailboats 19'-30'; 32'-36'; 37'-52'; and ten sailboats large enough to sail safely around the world. Kretschmer writes with authority and an expertise that is reflected by his many years as a regular contributor to 'Sailing Magazine', the 'Miami Herald', and as a columnist for As a guide to common problems and general information, "The Best Used Boat Notebook" is a unique addition to community library Nautical Studies reference collections, and is most especially recommended reading for anyone contemplating the purchase of a sailboat be it new or used.

The Art Shelf

El Greco To Velazquez
Ronni Baer & Sarah Schroth, editors
MFA Publications
c/o Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
9780878467266, $65.00, 1-800-338-2665

In addition to the artistic renaissance that was underway in late 16th and early 17th century Italy, a comparable movement was flourishing in Spain from 1598 to 1623 under King Philip. A time of cultural and political fervor, Spain was experiencing the evolution of a naturalistic style of painting that showcased detail and space in court portraiture, still life, religious themes, and the development of polychrome sculpture. While El Greco and Velazquez were two of the most notable figures in this era of the Spanish art world, "El Greco To Velazquez: Art During The Reign Of Philip III" covers not only these two legendary artists, but examines the works of lesser-known but highly talented artists who contributed to and influenced the development of the Spanish school of art. Knowledgeably compiled and deftly co-edited by Ronni Baer and Sarah Schroth, "El Greco To Velazquez" is enhanced with informed and informative essays by academicians and art history scholars Laura Bass, Antonio Feros, and Rosemarie Mulchay, as well as the co-editors Ronni Baer and Sarah Schroth. The beautifully illustrated text provides an historical, literary, cultural and religious context for this illuminated and illuminating study of a critically important period of Western Art History in general, and Spanish Art History in particular.

Art & Today
Eleanor Heartney
Phaidon Press
180 Varick Street, 14th floor, New York, NY 10014
9780714845142, $90.00

Art is an umbrella term that encompasses a wide diversity of formats in which men and women work to create items of beauty that range from the simple to the complex and are in an continual state of evolving discovery as new techniques and mediums for artistic expression are developed with each new generation of artists. "Art & Today" is a massive, coffee-table compendium of contemporary artworks; the one common aspect of the 400 emerging artists surveyed is that they all engage in a postmodern willingness to transcend traditional boundaries. Full-color illustrations on almost every page introduce the reader to a vast variety of artistic creations, from painting to sculpture to photography and much more, while extensive essays offer insights into the backgrounds, themes, and messages of the individual artists. Organized around a set of sixteen themes ranging from "Art & Popular Culture" to "Art & Nature and Technology" to "Art & Globalism" and "Art & Politics", Art & Today lives up to its self-appointed Herculean labor of surveying what today's art as a whole has to say about humans and the world we live in. Highly recommended especially for public library and art book collections.

Soviet Impressionist Painting
Vern G. Swanson
Antique Collectors' Club
c/o National Book Network
4270 Boston Way, Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706
1851495495, $125.00 1-800-462-6420

Bolshevik political ideology held contemporary European art movements such as Cubism and Abstract Modernism in contempt. The Soviet Union authorized, supported and fostered a naturalist oriented art movement from the 1930s through the 1980s. Thanks to the Cold War politics of the Kremlin, Russian artists created a realist school of painting, while the Communist government did what it could to suppress Soviet Impressionist paintings -- many of whose art works still managed to be smuggled out into western markets and find their way into European and American museums. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, scholars and art critics were finally able to appreciate Soviet impressionist art and arts. Now a compilation of the best of that art is showcased, along with an informed and informative commentary, in the 463-pages that comprise "Soviet Impressionist Painting" by Vern G. Swanson and published by the Antique Collectors' Club. Profusely illustrated with superb reproductions throughout, "Soviet Impressionist Painting" is enhanced with the inclusion a Chronology of Soviet Art; a glossary, extensive endnotes, a bibliography, a listing of the illustrations, and a comprehensive index. A seminal contribution to 20th Century Art reference collections and supplemental reading lists, "Soviet Impressionist Painting" is highly recommended for personal, academic, and community library collections.

Ireland's Art, Ireland's History
Sighle Bhreathnach-Lynch
Creighton University Press
c/o Fordham University Press
University Box L, 2546 Belmont Ave, Bronx, New York 10458
9781881871514, $44.95,

Ireland has well over two millennia of history, all of it intriguing and enthralling, but "Ireland's Art, Ireland's History: Representing 1845 to the Present" focusing on the past 150 years or so of Irish history with a focus on art and its relevance to other subjects. Consisting of a wonderful blend of well written essays, beautiful black & white photographs, and full color paintings throughout, "Ireland's Art, Ireland's History" is enthusiastically recommended to both history buffs and art enthusiasts, especially those with a love for all things Irish.

Painting and the Turn to Cultural Modernity in Spain
Andrew Ginger
Susquehanna University Press
2010 East Park Boulevard, Cranbury, NJ 08512
9781575911137, $65.00 1-609-655-4770

The Spanish Culture took a radical turn towards painting as a medium back in 1850 - "Painting and the Turn to Cultural Modernity in Spain: The Time of Eugenio Lucas Velazquez" examines the key figure in this revolution, Eugenio Lucas Velazquez, taking full advantage of sources not used often before, such as the art of Velazquez itself. With twenty five photos, eight of which are color, and enhanced with indexes, notes, and a bibliography, "Painting and the Turn to Cultural Modernity in Spain: The Time of Eugenio Lucas Velazquez" is highly recommended to many interest groups and community library shelves - biography, art, and world history lovers alike will all find something to love.

The Self-Help Shelf

Becoming Your Own Emotional Support System
Linda L. Simmons, PsyD
Harrington Park Press
c/o The Hawthorn Press
10 Alice Street, Birmingham, NY, 13904-1580
9780789032225, $17.95,

A shoulder to cry to, someone who can comfort you in times of crisis just isn't something that's always available. "Becoming Your Own Emotional Support System: Creating a Community of One" acknowledges this and provides comfort and encouragement to those who are cut off from others that could help them. Promoting a step by step self-support system, it gives the invaluable information needed for the early steps of recovery. Enhanced with an index and with nearly two hundred pages of support, "Becoming Your Own Emotional Support System: Creating a Community of One" is highly recommended to self-help shelves everywhere and for loners who still need assistance in the recovery process.

Comfort and Joy
Colette Lafia
Conari Press
65 Parker Street, Suite 7, Newburyport, MA 01950
9781573243513, $14.95,

No matter how hardened one claims to be, no matter how tough a front one puts up, everyone needs some comfort and joy from time to time. "Comfort and Joy: Simple Ways to Care for Ourselves and Others" is a deftly written encouragement for everyone to do a little extra to make the world a better place. A profound and touching message, little things like a plush pillow, warm milk, the shoulder of a friend - all can make your loved ones feel better- and in the process, make yourself feel better as well. "Comfort and Joy: Simple Ways to Care for Ourselves and Others" is highly recommended to community library self-help collections - and anyone who wants to improve their own quality of life by improving others.

Get It Done When You're Depressed
Julie A. Fast & John D. Preston, Psy.D. ABPP
Alpha Books
c/o Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014
9781592577064, $13.95, 1-800-847-5515

Depression doesn't have to completely shut down people's lives - part of overcoming it is not letting it take over the sufferer's life. "Get It Done When You're Depressed: 50 Strategies for Keeping Your Life on Track" is an encouraging and helpful treatise to help sufferers overcome clinical depression to keep them going and get over it so they can continue leading healthy, productive lives in spite of it. Inspiring readers to continue creativity, overcome their own mind, and allow for time to pass to get what they want, and dozens upon dozens of other tips to getting through day to day life under depression, "Get It Done When You're Depressed: 50 Strategies for Keeping Your Life on Track" is highly recommended to self-help community library collections, for those who have been in the unending funk with the intimidating news that life still needs to be lived.

Flight Plan
Brian Tracy
Berrett-Koehler Publishers
253 Montgomery Street, Suite 650, San Francisco, CA 94104-2916
9781576754979, $19.95,

Life is a journey, and people can accomplish more than they ever dreamed they could accomplish if they would just put their minds to it states prolific author and motivational speaker Brian Tracy in his new book "Flight Plan: The Real Secret to Success." All they need to do this, Tracy writes, is a well thought out and excellent plan covering exactly what readers want to do, a solid self-esteem, a clear goal, and the motivation to stay on course despite anything that would shove them off their decided path in life. "Flight Plan: The Real Secret to Success" is highly recommended to self-help community library collections, and for any who want the most out of their time.

A Woman's Guide to Recovery
Brenda Hiff
PO Box 176, Center City, MN 55012-0176
9781592854790, $14.95,

Recovery is a hard process - you must shake off something that has been such a huge part of your life for so long - while dealing with the horrifying reality you've let it dominate your life for that long. "A Woman's Guide to Recovery" is a guide to help women along that long, treacherous path. It covers the basics of addiction, the principles of twelve step programs, how it's different for women trying to shake their addiction, advice for taking care of ones' self, dealing with ones emotions as an adult, how your addiction has been affecting ones relationship with everyone they know and care for, among other advice. "A Woman's Guide to Recovery" is highly recommended to community library women's issues shelves, and for any women trying to get the proverbial monkey off their back.

Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage
Mark Gungor
Atria Books
1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, 10020
B&B Media Group
109 South Main Street, Corsicana, TX75110
9781416536055, $24.00,

Laughter has long and often been called the best medicine, but they're usually talking about depression. Can Laughter be the panacea for people's marriage woes as well? "Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage: Unlocking The Secrets to Life, Love, and Marriage" believes so, promoting tell-it-like-it-is honesty between couples to help work out their problems and get a laugh from both of them in the process. Good relationships are the products of hard work and skill, and it never just happens by accident. "Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage: Unlocking the Secrets to Life, Love, and Marriage" is highly recommended to any couple who wants a preemptive yet humorous strike at their problems and for community library relationship collections.

Dr. Lee Jampolsky
Hampton Roads Publishing Company
1125 Stoney Ridge Road, Charlottesville, VA, 22902
9781571745743, $14.95,

When day after day life spirals out of control, it becomes more and more meaningless. "Smile: For No Good Reason" encourages people that even though life itself may be hectic, annoying, painful, and just all around bad, it can't prevent you from finding what matters most of all: Peace of mind. "Smile: For No Good Reason" is a brilliant, practical approach to working towards attaining just that, without making any ridiculous and hasty life changes such as career or religion. "Smile: For No Good Reason" is highly recommended to all self-help shelves and for anyone who wants a better outlook on the grim world we live in.

Running on Empty?
J. Burns Alston
Cedar Fort, Inc.
2373 West 700 South, Springville, Utah 84663
9781599551067, $12.99 1-800-759-2665

Humanity all too often goes through life running on fumes, barely enough to get through the days. "Running on Empty: A Practical Guide to a Contented Life" pushes people to fuel up emotionally, spiritually, and physically. 12 ground-breaking tips for navigating life's roadblocks and to reach the ultimate destination of happiness, "Running on Empty: A Practical Guide to a Contented Life" is a fine user's manual for life and enthusiastically recommended for anyone who also feels they've been dragging day to day and could use a good fill up for a change.

The Women's Studies Shelf

Nancy Leigh Harless
Tate Publishing & Enterprises
127 East Trade Center Terrace, Mustang, OK 73064
9781602475670, $11.99 1-888-361-9473

"Life can stretch your soul or tear your spirit..." "Womankind" is a collection of stories from six women from around the world and anthologized by Nancy Leigh Harless who has collected them in her travels and experiences as a nurse. The stories are truly far reaching and range from Belize to Kosovo, but readers will identify with their tales and relate through their common status as women of the world. High recommended for community library women's issues shelves, or for any woman seeking inspiration and to share a sisterhood with others.

Who's Afraid of Marie Curie?
Linley Erin Hall
Seal Press
1700 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
9781580052115, $15.95,

Larry Summers' outrageous comments in 2005 about the low representation of women in Science being innate led to a controversy, but the comment still stands - does it have any basis in fact? "Who's Afraid of Marie Curie? The Challenges Facing Women in Science and Technology" is a through examination of women in all fields of science at all levels. Doubling as both as a discussion and an encouragement to young women with an interest in the fields, "Who's Afraid of Marie Curie?: The Challenges Facing Women in Science and Technology" is deftly written all around and deserves places on both science and women's studies shelves, and should be picked up as a motivator for women who are contemplating science as a career.

Voices of the Heart
Huping Ling
Truman State University Press
100 East Normal Street, Kirksville, MO 63501-4221
9781931112680, $34.95 1-800-916-6802

The voices of Asian American women in Asian American history, unfortunately, all to often go unheard. "Voices of the Heart: Asian American Women on Immigration, Work, and Family" offers a chance for them to be heard, speaking out in heartfelt stories about their journeys to America, their hopes, dreams, and how they have began to cope with life in America. Author Huping Ling interviewed a grand variety of Asian American women to get the most complete story possible. Highly recommended to anyone who seeks a more complete view of Americana and American history in general.

Violence Against Women in Contemporary World Religion
Daniel C. Maguire and Sa'Diyya Shaikh, editors
The Pilgrim Press
700 Prospect Avenue, East, Cleveland, OH 44115-1100
9780829817676, $60.00 1-800-654-5129

The Christian Bible depicts women as subservient to man, and at times treated as property - but at the same time, does women's liberation lie in the same book? "Violence Against Women In Contemporary World Religion: Roots and Cures" believes so and that it applies to many other world religions as well, be it Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism or others. The large group of scholarly collaborators come together and join up to discuss the issue to find both its cause and also to find its remedy, all while staying true to their faith. "Violence Against Women in Contemporary World Religion: Roots and Cures" is highly recommended to both people with interests of women's studies and religion- and any community library collection catering to either.

The Parenting Shelf

Baby: An Owner's Manual
Bud Zukow, M.D. With Nancy Sayles Kaneshiro
Beaufort Books
27 West 20th Street, Suite 1102, New York, NY 10011
9780825305788, $14.95,

The small moist pink creature that breaks into many people's lives kicking and screaming and expecting people to care for it doesn't even have the decency to come with a manual to help its caretakers along- until now. "Baby: An Owner's Manual" is a comprehensive guide to help harried and worried parents get through the early stages of their new child, and only want the best- a practice that usually leads them to endlessly nagging their pediatrician of choice. Covered in the book are infants' sleeping habits, early scheduling with the baby's defiance of it, weaning and starting them on solid foods, and if the child will ever be quiet and how much crying is too much. "Baby: An Owner's Manual" is a must for any new parent and for community library parenting collections.

Raising Fit Kids in a Fat World
Judy Halliday R.N. & Joani Jack M.D.
Regal Books
1957 Eastman Ave., Ventura, CA 93003
9780830745340, $17.99,

America carries the banner as the fattest nation in the world - a banner that isn't carried proudly, and rightfully so. "Raising Fit Kids in a Fat World" is a thoroughly researched and informative guidebook for parents for making sure that their children do not simply become a member of the large growing statistic on America's large growing waistline. Packed cover to cover with tips to help parents fight obesity in simply the best way they can - preventative. Encouraging children to eat the right foods and when to eat them alongside encouraging stronger and more vigorous physical activity, among other advice. "Raising Fit Kids in a Fat World" is essential to community library parenting collections and for any parents seeking to set their kids on good weight keeping habits for life.

My Grandma Died
Lory Britain
Parenting Press
PO Box 75267, Seattle, WA 98125
9781884734267, $6.95, 1-800-992-6657

The natural consequence arising from the death of a loved one is the feeling of loss-based grief, confusion, and anger. With children there is often a third effect -- the fear of losing others. Children are resilient, but that resilience can be augmented and the effects of grief and fear can be alleviated and worked through by parents and family members with the help of books like Lory Britain's "My Grandma Died". Especially appropriate for preschool and kindergarten aged children, "My Grandma Died' is simple, exceptionally well-crafted story that deals with all the emotional consequences children encounter with the death of a loved one. An inexpensive little book in a 'kid friendly' paperback format, "My Grandma Died" is an appropriate addition to community library collections, and is very strongly recommended for families, day-care centers and preschool facilities, family counseling and social service agencies.

My Mother Wears Combat Boots
Jessica Mills
AK Press
674-A 23rd Street, Oakland, CA 94612
9781904859727, $16.95,

A parenting guide for those who don't live in the beautiful nuclear family that 1950s America so happily painted for us or even the 90s where both Mom and Dad had nine to five jobs - what if Mom and Dad don't have those sort of jobs? "My Mother Wears Combat Boots: A Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us" is a guide written with the off-beat parent in mind who has no intention of being a nine to five wage slave - a parent who makes their living touring with their band, or spends a lot a time away from what would be labeled home by many. Author and modern day renaissance woman Jessica Mills attacks numerous subjects that may come up as an issue when you live away from what's considered 'normal' by most - weaning, co-sleeping, diapers, and more, written in a clever and humorous yet still informative way, "My Mother Wears Combat Boots: A Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us" is highly recommended for community library parenting shelves and any parent or parent to be with a lifestyle most wouldn't classify as ordinary.

Winning the Drug War at Home
Kathy Pride
Living Ink Books
c/o AMG Publishers
6815 Shallowford Rd., Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421
Veritas Communications (publicity)
P.O. Box 2075, Canon City, CO 81215
9780899570822, $14.99,

Drugs destroy countless teenage lives every year in an area where even one is too many. "Winning the Drug War at Home" is author and mother Kathy Pride's story of her son's seduction by the evils of marijuana and how she helped him fight and overcome the drug, and advice for other parents to overcome drug use and the addiction that inevitably follows, to help parents restore hope to their children and to mend the broken relationships that the substances create. "Winning the Drug War at Home" is highly recommended to community library religion shelves and for parents who fear for their children's substance use.

Not My Child
Linda Harvey
Living Ink Books
6815 Shallowford Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421
9780899570341, $12.99,

Everyday teens are bombarded with casual occultism - it may not seem as such, but it's everywhere in today's society claims "Not My Child: Contemporary Paganism & the New Spirituality". It is an examination of how, why, and where paganism is connecting with today's youth, its appeal to them, and to some what may be described as evil is infesting the day to day lives of today's teens. Attacking pop spirituality, outlining the pitfalls of a pagan lifestyle and more, "Not My Child: Contemporary Paganism & The New Spirituality" is recommended to any parents who may be concerned about strange religious practices of their teen.

Give the Gift!
Matthew Gollub, author
Larry Nolte, illustrator
Tortuga Press
2777 Yulupa Avenue, PMB 181, Santa Rosa, CA 95405
9781889910413, $15.95

A USA Book News Best Books Award finalist, Give the Gift! 10 Fulfilling Ways to Raise a Lifetime Reader is a picturebook guide intended for parents, yet written and illustrated in a cartoony, comic-strip style accessible to readers of all ages and backgrounds. Packed with tips for finding time to read with kids at home or on the go, making kids enthusiastic about reading, providing plenty of books at home even if one's budget is limited, curtailing excessive video game playing or TV watching, and more, Give the Gift! is the key to sharing a lifetime love of literature. Award-winning author Matthew Gollub rounds out his entertaining guide with a list of fun and educational facts about language and reading. "When kids meet an author in person, it can change their relationship with books. Authors often speak at libraries and bookstores - maybe even at your child's school!" Highly recommended for parents everywhere, and for public library collections as well.

Your Defiant Teen
Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D. and Arthur L. Robin, Ph.D. with Christine M. Benton
Guilford Publications, Inc.
72 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012
9781593855833, $16.95 1-800-365-7006

Teenage rebellion seems to be a natural part of growing up - but there's a point where it goes too far and raises concern. "Your Defiant Teen: 10 Steps To Resolve Conflict and Rebuild Your Relationship" is a guide for parents to help them establish their authority without the need for a messy and hurtful power struggle. 10 steps to encourage better behavior and a mutual respect between yourself and your teen. Authors Dr. Russell A. Barkley & Dr. Arthur L. Robin are skilled in this department and pass on their expertise to you. Soundly recommended to any parent who has a teenager or community library parenting shelves in general.

The Social Issues Shelf

Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage
Nancy D. Polikoff
Beacon Press
25 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108-2892
9780807044322, $24.95

Marriage should wholly be a spiritual, religious, and cultural experience - in no point should it have any legal ramifications or even benefits, argues "Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage: Valuing all Families under the Law". Author Nancy D. Polikoff, a professor of law, says that by legally recognizing some relationships, regardless of gender makeup, as legal and not others, many families suffer, arguing that the marriage movement rejects LGBT equality, no fault divorce, and childbearing and sex outside marriage. Cunningly argued, "Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage: Valuing all Families under the Law" is enthusiastically recommended for any social issues or gay issues community library shelves or for anyone who wants a differing opinion on the marriage issue.

Ascent to Freedom
Glen T. Martin
The Institute for Economic Democracy
9936 West Camden Ave., Sun City, AZ 85351
9781933567068, $34.99,

Democracy has been spreading greatly as a force the world over as time marches on and more and more countries old tyrannical systems of government break down and make way for democracy. "Ascent to Freedom: Practical & Philosophical Foundations of Democratic World Law" is an examination of the growth of democracy around the world, as the world breaks its chains of economic and political slavery. It also tackles all the problems that these emerging nations must face and the problems they create for both themselves and pre-established democratic nations. Worldwide problems as a whole are addressed, and answered in its philosophy of refusing to accept war, oppression, and poverty as necessary evils of the world. "Ascent to Freedom: Practical & Philosophical Foundations of Democratic World Law" is highly recommended to social issues & politics shelves alike as a scholarly writing on the subject all should think about reading.

Media Madness
James Bowman
Encounter Books
900 Broadway, Suite 400, New York, New York, 10003-1239
9781594032127, $20.00,

Everyone is biased - it's a simple fact of life. It's the media's job to simply feign unbiased and honest reporting. "Media Madness: The Corruption of Our Political Culture" is an examination of today's media and the mythology that governs it. Written with a dry, sarcastic wit throughout, author and writer for the Wall Street Journal James Bowman attacks the media's obsessive love of scandal, moral superiority, and the excessive damage they have done to themselves and others, and how the world is moving away from them because of it. "Media Madness: The Corruption of Our Political Culture" is highly recommended for community library social issues shelves and for anyone also disenfranchised with today's news media.

Holy War, Just War
Roberto De Mattei
Chronicles Press
c/o The Rockford Institute
928 North Main Street, Rockford IL 61103
9780972061650, $12.95,

America rarely does its research in the modern era - they unfortunately go by what they are told by politicians and the media, catchphrases, witticisms, and slogans, and pay no mind to questioning the validity of the statement. "Holy War, Just War: Islam and Christendom at War" argues that America needs to open its eyes and read into it what's said closer, especially in regard to Islam. America's ignorance to the real underlying problems of the conflict is just making the problem worse - and to truly resolve the religious conflict that most Americans won't even acknowledge that exists, we must meet the problem head on how it is. "Holy War, Just War: Islam and Christendom at War" is a deftly researched and highly recommended addition to religious studies collections everywhere.

Bush vs Chavez
Eva Golinger
Monthly Review Foundation
146 W. 29th Street, Suite 6W, New York, NY 10001
9781583671658, $15.95,

Is the United States funding Counter-revolutionary groups in Venezuela? Yes, says "Bush vs Chavez: Washington's War on Venezuela". Claiming that American taxpayer dollars are funding, albeit indirectly, organizations that fund the counter-revolutionary groups of Venezuela, in hopes for gaining favor with Latin America's most oil rich nation. More frightening, there is a build up of US troops in the Caribbean that are ready to threaten the Venezuelan people and their governments. "Bush vs Chavez: Washington's War on Venezuela" is highly recommended for community library social issues collections and for anyone who wants a look into the shadier actions of the Bush Administration.

Immigration and the American Future
Chilton Williamson Jr., editor
Chronicles Press
c/o The Rockford Institute
92 North Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103
9780972061667, $29.95,

Is Immigration really the bane of America that a lot of people say it is? "Immigration and the American Future" claims it to be so, promoting that mass immigration is a larger threat to the American way of life than even a full fledged Terrorist campaign, which means its threat is quite dire indeed. Many intellectual minds weigh in on the controversial and touchy subject, contributing to this scholarly informed and informative well edited and composed paperback. For those seeking a through look at the Anti-immigration viewpoint, "Immigration and the American Future" is highly recommended, and it should find a place on many a community library social issues shelf.

Eve of Destruction
Thomas M. Nichols
University of Pennslyvania Press
3905 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-4011
9780812240665, $39.95,

Preventative warfare- attacking someone because a nation believes they are about to commit an act of war. "Eve of Destruction: The Coming Age of Preventative War" looks at that concept and asks why is an act of war preventive to an act of war? A scholarly look at the United States in particular growing practice of acting on preventative measures and the ethics of such an act and how they break the world code that has maintained overall general peace in the world. A shocking and controversial look at United States Foreign policy, "Eve of Destruction: The Coming Age of Preventative War" is highly recommended for community library military and social issues collections and for anyone who wants a better understanding of this strange tactic.

Global Justice
Thomas Pogge & Darrel Moellendorf
Paragon House
1925 Oakcrest Avenue, Suite 7, St. Paul MN 55113-2619
9781557788696, $22.95,

A collection of selected essays gathered from all over the world and compiled into one place is what "Global Justice: Seminal Essays" promotes. Covering countless moral and current issues that are the questions of our time such as human rights, national identity, war, and the betterment of mankind as a whole. Put together by professor of Philosophy and International affairs at Yale Thomas Pogge and Professor of Philosophy at San Diego State Darrel Moellendorf, "Global Justice: Seminal Essays" is deftly assembled and has the highest recommendation for community library collections on social issues.

Crisis Intervention Training for Disaster Workers
George W. Doherty, MS, LPC
Rocky Mountain DMH Institute Press
c/o Loving Healing Press
5145 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
9781932690422, $29.99

Disasters happen - and someone has to be there to help the victims. "Crisis Training for Disaster Workers: An Introduction" discusses training practices for mental health professional whose task it is to assist victims of disaster-related stress and trauma, giving advice and tips about dealing with various disasters whether they be the product of man or nature. "Crisis Training for Disaster Workers: An Introduction" is recommended to anyone whose career may take them into this type of profession and for any community library social science shelf.

The Real Estate Shelf

Profit by Investing in Real Estate Tax Liens
Larry B. Loftis, Esq.
Kaplan Publishing
1 Liberty Plaza, 24th floor, New York, NY 10006
9781427795953, $22.00 1-800-223-2336

Now in an updated second edition, Profit by Investing in Real Estate Tax Liens: Earn Safe, Secured, and Fixed Returns Every Time is a straightforward guide to making money through relatively safe investment in tax liens (sometimes called tax deeds, depending on one's state). Profit by Investing in Real Estate Tax Liens covers how to purchase tax liens or deeds on the Internet, the difference between tax liens and deeds, a walkthrough of the bidding process at tax sales, the requirements of tax liens and tax deeds as well as how they differ from state to state, how to protect oneself against the most threatening risks, and much more. Author and Florida attorney Larry Loftis has literally millions of dollars' worth of experience in real estate investing; he presents the ins and outs of these lucrative opportunities a straightforward, easy-to-follow terms for readers of all backgrounds. "...many properties can be bought for very low prices, perhaps for even pennies on the dollar. However, many properties are not worth buying! For example, you might buy a vacant lot that is so small it is unbuildable. Or the lot is configured in such a strange way that it is also unbuildable, except possibly for use as a parking lot. In other cases, the property might be under water or next to or part of a drainage ditch! So in tax deed investing, rule number one is always to personally view the property." A "must-read" of both basic and advanced tips for anyone considering investing in real estate tax liens.

The Gaming Shelf

Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles Role-Playing Game
Kevin Siembieda
Palladium Books
39074 Webb Court, Westland, MI 48185
9781574571332, $16.95

Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles Role-Playing Game is a comprehensive sourcebook for creating role-playing adventures in the world of Robotech, a popular and complex Japanese science fiction animated series about alien invasions of Earth. Using the Palladium Megaverse pencil-and-paper role-playing system, which is completely compatible with all other Palladium Megaverse sourcebooks, Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles shines a spotlight upon the heroic battle to liberate the Earth from Invid invaders. Chapters walk the reader through character generation; statistics for different futuristic weapons, armored suits, and vehicles; common alien enemies; how to role-play hand-to-hand, ranged, or missile combat; suggestions for crafting adventures; and much more. Fans of the series are sure to enjoy suggests game statistics for series characters as NPCs! Black-and-white illustrations intersperse this excellent sourcebook, ideal for anyone interested in social gaming and storytelling in the Robotech universe.

Starting Out: Sicilian Grand Prix Attack
Gawain Jones
Everyman Chess
c/o The Globe Pequot Press
PO Box 480, Guilford, CT 06437
9781857445473, $24.95,, 1-800-243-0495

Even in an age of video and computer games, chess still continues to be one of the most popular and challenging of the gaming pastimes and enjoys a world wide enthusiasm as evidenced by a proliferation of chess clubs, organizations, and tournaments. "Starting Out: Sicilian Grand Prix Attack" by British Grandmaster Gawain Jones focuses specifically on the Grand Prix Attack as one of White's most aggressive options with respect to traditional Sicilian opening move. Illustrative, step-by-step examples provide the aspiring chess student with everything necessary to employ this opening, complete with key moves for both players, along with discussion of the underlying rationales of the moves themselves. "Starting Out: Sicilian Grand Prix Attack" covers all the main lines after 2 Nc3 and 3 f4; as well as featuring informed and informative chapters on the currently fashionable 2 Nc3 Nc6 3 Bb5 moves. One of the newest titles in the extensive and prestigious Everyman Chess series, "Starting Out: Sicilian Grand Prix Attack" is especially recommended reading for novice chess students, as well as players seeking to improve their tournament game performance.

Chess Success
Neil McDonald
c/o Anova Books Company Ltd.
10 Southcombe Street, London W14 0RA
Sterling Publishing Co. (distributor)
387 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016
9780713490718, $21.95

International Grandmaster of chess Neil McDonald presents Chess Success: Planning After the Opening, an in-depth guide to chess opening theories for intermediate to advanced players. Designed to be easier to follow through its pattern of assessing each of the classic chess openings by its particular pawn formation (such as "open", "closed", "symmetrical", and "exchange"), Chess Success covers over 40 games at length with move-by-move commentary. A superb guide to better understanding not only chess opening play, but how to handle the game when the opening phase is over and the time for attack has begun; highly recommended for chess enthusiasts everywhere.

The Business Shelf

Zero to One Million
Ryan P. Allis
McGraw Hill
Two Penn Plaza, New York, NY 10121-2298
9780071496667, $16.95,

At Age Twenty One, there seems to be two common destinies for Americans - suffering in poverty through college or suffering in poverty through the work force. Not for Ryan Allis - by age 21, he his company had reached, $1,000,000 in sales, money most people may not see even at twice or thrice that age. Since then, that one million has become pathetic in comparison, as Allis's company, iContact Corporation, has reached, $10 million in yearly sales. Allis now reveals his secrets in "Zero to One Million: How I Built A Company to, $1 Million In Sales...And How You Can, Too." Focusing on something he refers to as the "Market-Advantages-Return" evaluation system, he will advise readers to if their businesses are viable and to write a business plan to capture the attention of investors, how to start on nearly nothing, online selling, and so much more. "Zero to One Million: How I Built a Company to, $1 Million In Sales: And How You Can, Too" is highly recommended to budding entrepreneurs everywhere and for for community library business collections.

5 Future Strategies You Need Right Now
George Stalk
Harvard Business Press
60 Harvard Way, Boston MA 02163
9781422121269, $18.00,

Planning for the future is something all wise business man plan for - the current is only temporary, but the future is always ahead for them, and what you sow now, you'll reap then. "Five Future Strategies You Need Right Now" is a comprehensive guide to five well thought out and planned strategies that business leaders can take and follow to help them guide their companies to a more highly successful future. "Five Future Strategies You Need Right Now" is a highly recommended handbook for any business leader who wants to be taken seriously and for community library business collections.

Effective Foundation Management
Joel J. Orosz
AltaMira Press
c/o Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
15200 NBN Way, Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17214
9780759109872, $22.95,

As FEMA showed with the disastrous mishandling of Hurricane Katrina a few years ago, a poorly guided philanthropic organization, even with the purest intentions to aid, will hinder the very thing they're trying to assist. To help prevent poor philanthropic management, "Effective Foundation Management: 14 Challenges of Philanthropic Leadership and how to Outfox Them" is here to outline 14 problems these leaders will face, such as lack of trained employees (given volunteer work), shared goals for all members of the organization, among other problems that must be rectified for an effective philanthropic organization. "Effective Foundation Management: 14 Challenges of Philanthropic Leadership and how to Outfox them" is deftly composed and highly recommended to anyone who might find themselves in charge of such an organization and for community library business collections.

Success with Asian Names
Fiona Swee-Lin Price
Nicholas Brealey Publishing
20 Park Plaza, Suite 1115A Boston, MA, 02116
9781857883787, $19.95,

Dealing with a language that mostly stays in roman characters such as English, Spanish, Italian, French, among others - is not that difficult for most people. "Success with Asian Names: A Practical Guide for Business and Everyday Life" looks at something that would be far more difficult - the languages of the Orient - Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Hindi, etc. and how businesses should deal with the sudden character-set changes that for the most part are incompatible with most western databases. Granting advice on bridging the cultural gap and how to deal with ones lack of understanding and to be polite about it, "Success with Asian Names: A Practical Guide for Business and Everyday Life" is highly recommended for any business that is likely to soon deal with Asian countries or dealing with them already - and don't want to fail due to simple miscommunication.

The All-Star Sales Book
Billy Cox
Greenleaf Book Group Press
4425 S. Mo Pac Expy., Suite 600, Austin, TX 78735
9781929774487, $19.95,

Being stuck in mediocrity is quite possibly the worst place a salesman can be, claims "The All-Star Sales Book: Get In the Game, Boost Your Numbers, and Earn the Big Bucks". Selling just enough to get by makes one comfortable, and lacking aspiration - where one who is doing miserably will be motivated to do everything they can to recover and make the most of themselves- to dream of what they want and that drives them. "The All-Star Sales Book: Get In the Game, Boost Your Numbers, and Earn the Big Bucks" hopes to inspire sales people to become more that they can ever hope to be through stories, analogies, anecdotes and more. "The All-Star Sales Book: Get In the Game, Boost Your Numbers, and Earn the Big Bucks" is highly recommended to business people everywhere who need that little kick to get them rolling in life and for community library business collections.

Make More, Worry Less
Was Moss, CFP
FT Press
1 Lake Street, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458
9780132346863, $24.99,

The security and happiness of the career people always want feasibly in their grasp, says "Makes More, Worry Less: Secrets from 18 Extraordinary People Who Created a Bigger Income and a Better Life". Promoting all the tips and secrets they need to turn their lives around, it presents several true stories and anecdotes of people using each of these skills to improve their life. Promoting lessons, practical and effective ways to worry less, and ways to increase your income at work, "Make More, Worry Less: Secrets from 18 Extraordinary People Who Created a Bigger Income and a Better Life" is highly recommended for both business shelves and for anyone stuck in the grind and apparently going nowhere.

Teams Work
Joyce A. Mitchell
New Hope Publishers
P.O. Box 12065, Birmingham, AL 35202-2065
9781596692114, $10.99,

An effective team leader is needed for any team to function fully and effectively - "Teams Work: A No-Nonsense Approach for Achieving More Together" is a excellently composed instructional manual to get the most out of your team and the work it can produce and how to reduce the confusion and complications that so often plague these workers and how to unleash the collective IQ - putting the heads together - the reason that teams are so often put together to attack problems in the first place. "Teams Work: A No-Nonsense Approach for Achieving More Together" is highly recommended for business shelves and anyone whose about to be in charge of a team and wants to maximize their output in both quality and quantity.

Brand Busters
Chris Wirthwein
Paramount Market Publishing, Inc.
950 Danby Road, Suite 136, Ithaca, NY 14850
9780980174502, $24.95 1-888-787-8100

If marketing directors did a little research on the history of marketing, they would avoid a good deal of their infamous blunders. This is the basic premise one of the world's most accomplished marketing professionals, Chris Wirthwein, in his new book "Brand Busters: 7 Common Mistakes Marketers Make". Wirthwein illustratively tackles such as taking needs instead of wants, believing marketing as a science or art, overestimating people's memories, and selling on economic basis. Invaluable information for marketers abound and enhanced with a bibliography and a index, "Brand Busters: 7 Common Mistakes Marketers Make" is highly recommended for all business shelves.

Start Pulling Your Chain!
Donald J. Bowersox and Nicholas J. Lahowchic
The Jenkins Group Inc.
400 West Front Street, Suite 4A, Traverse City, MI 49684
9780980089608, $49.95

Connections are flat out required to get anything done in this day and age. "Start Pulling Your Chain: Leading Responsive Supply Chain Transformation" will show you how to operate a functioning supply chain for businesses and examining the paradigm shift of the information age. Insight and information on how to create wonderful relationships with your customers and a how to guide to make the transformation from your old business model effectively round out this essential book alongside an index. "Start Pulling Your Chain: Leading Responsive Supply Chain Transformation" is a must for any business library collection.

How to Value & Sell Your Business
Andrew Heslop
Kogan Page USA
525 South 4th Street, #241, Philadelphia, PA 19147
9780749451172, $60.00 1-800-232-0223

Maximizing profit is the goal of all businesses because it is the peak of the point of it all: making money. "How to Value & Sell your Business: The essential guide to preparing, valuing and selling a company for maximum profit" is a guide to doing just that for the final time with a company. Even if it is far off, it outlines how to plan for the future to maximize your profit. Including instructions on identifying potential buyers, creating a solid exit strategy, managing your paid advisors, and surviving the lock in period. Practically written, "How to Value & Sell Your Business: The essential guide to preparing, valuing and selling a company for maximum profit" is highly recommended for business library collections everywhere.

Value Creation
William D. Neal & Ronald L. Strauss
South Western Cengage Learning
5191 Natorp Boulevard, Mason, Ohio 45040
9781587992049, $39.95,

A corporate name is everything - it's what holds your reputation and value. "Value Creation: The Power of Brand Equity" is a guide for business managers to make the most of their brand and to make it make them money. Highlighting that a corporation's values can play a big role in attracting customers, and keeping those customers. Also highlighting essential advice to help whoever manages a brand to maintain the value and not lose it, "Value Creation: The Power of Brand Equity" is highly recommended for community library business collections and for any in charge of there brands future.

Are You Dumb Enough to Be Rich? 2nd Edition
G. William Barnett II
1601 Broadway, New York NY 10019-7420
0814474039, $18.95

Real estate investments have generated excellent results even in 'down' markets, and the second updated edition of Are You Dumb Enough to Be Rich? Explores these opportunities, providing a special 120-day plan for beginning investing in real estate. Even those with no real estate or financial background can follow the ideas and opportunities presented here, with a new edition including the author's new 'hot mapping' system for figuring out where to invest, and updated, concrete strategies for success.

How to Read/Understand Financial Statements
Brian Kline
Atlantic Publishing Company
1405 S.W. 6th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34474-7014
9781601380128, $24.95

HOW TO READ AND UNDERSTAND FINANCIAL STATEMENTS WHEN YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING AT discusses the four main financial statements - balance sheets, income and cash flow statements, and shareholders' equity - and reveals how to interpret them to gain the complete story. Small business owners and others who need to understand what these statements and analyses mean receive tips on lingo, interpretation, and clear explanations of financing activities. An excellent addition not just to business collections, but any general-interest library.

Atlantic Publishing Group
1405 SW 6th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471

Mary Larsen and Teri B. Clark's HOW TO OPEN AND OPERATE A FINANCIALLY SUCCESSFUL REDESIGN, REDECORATING AND HOME STAGING BUSINESS (9781601380234, $39.95) includes a companion cd-rom with all the forms from the book plus an editable business plan in MS Word format to accompany tips on how to how to turn home staging into a lucrative small business. From a designer's typical day to handling customers, any who would make a career of real estate staging needs this. THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO WORKING FOR YOURSELF by Beth Williams and Dr. Jean Murray (9781601380487, $29.95) provides tips on how to start a small business - including key self-question tips before opening on how to organize, register, and finance such a venture. From basic licensing and laws to hiring and advertising, this provides a guide through all aspects of business ownership. Dan Blacharski's THE SAVVY BUSINESS TRAVELER'S GUIDE TO CUSTOMS AND PRACTICES IN OTHER COUNTRIES: TH DOS AND DON'TS TO IMPRESS YOUR HOST AND MAKE THE SALE (9781601380135, $24.95) packs in the basics on working in over 40 different countries and handling their different etiquette. From native foods and religious and proper greetings and economic concerns, this is a 'must' for any who would travel overseas for business. All deserve a spot in any serious business library collection.

S-Corporation Small Business Start-Up Kit, third edition
Daniel Sitarz, Attorney-at-Law
Nova Publishing Company
1103 W. College St., Carbondale, IL 62901
c/o National Book Network (distribution)
4270 Boston Way, Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706
9781892949363, $29.95 1-800-462-6420

What is an S-Corporation? What could be a small businesses' savior. "S-Corporation Small Business Start Up Kit: Everything You Need to Set Up Your Own S-Corporation" is a complete and through guide to explain to small business the benefits of the S-Corporation such as no personal liability for owners, perpetual existence, business profits not subject to corporate taxes, expenses fully deductible and so forth. Enhanced with Appendixes and a included CD-ROM, "S-Corporation Small Business Start Up Kit: Everything You Need to Set Up Your Own S-Corporation" is very highly recommended, especially for entrepreneurs, small business owners, and community library Business Reference collections.

Teach Yourself Bookkeeping
Carol Costa
Alpha Books
c/o The Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY, 10014
9781592576951, $19.95

When faced with the hard truth of dealing with numbers for your business, you can either hire someone to do it for you - easy, but expensive - or learn to do it yourself. "Alpha Teach Yourself Bookkeeping in 24 hours" will educate you on how to be a competent bookkeeper for your small business in a crash course of twenty four hours of education teaching you to Establish a bookkeeping system that's in compliance with general principles, reviewing money saving tax strategies, processing payroll reports correctly, and finding the best software, among other invaluable information. "Alpha Teach Yourself Bookkeeping in 24 hours" is essential to business community library collections and for any small business owner just starting out.

Smart Tax Write-Offs
Norm Ray, CPA
Rayve Productions
PO Box 726, Windsor, CA 95492
9781877810077, $15.95,

While the only sure things in life may be death and taxes -- at least now we can extend our live spans through proper lifestyles and decrease our tax burdens with the help of CPA Norm Ray. Now in a fully updated fifth edition, Certified Public Accountant Norm Ray has compiled hundreds of fully lawful tax deduction ideas for use by home-based businesses, independent contractors, freelancers, and entrepreneurs in "Smart Tax Write-Offs". A compact, 'reader friendly' volume of tips, advice, suggestions, ideas, and illustrative examples, "Smart Tax-Write-Offs" will enable even the most novice business owner or self-employed worker to identify useful, money-saving tax deductions based on the kinds of expenditures they make in the course of 'doing business'. Of special note is the money-saving, time-saving checklist of more than one thousand tax deduction ideas that entitle every deduction that can legitimately be made to be made. The result is lower income taxes, reduced tax return preparation fees, and less money having to be paid out to the state or federal government. From IRS ground rules, to computer logs, to trip expense summaries, "Smart Tax Write-Offs" is a complete course in tax management and should be considered 'must reading' for anyone engaged in any kind of commercial enterprise.

The Holocaust Studies Shelf

Every Day Lasts a Year
Christopher R. Browning, Richard S. Hollander, and Nechama Tec
Cambridge University Press
32 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013-2473
9780521882743, $28.00 1-800-872-7423

Richard S. Hollander was cleaning his parents attic after their sudden tragic deaths in 1986 - what he found was life changing as he came across letters from a family he never knew he had, written over forty years earlier. "Every Day Lasts a Year: A Jewish Family's Correspondence from Poland" shares with the world Hollander's depressing discoveries, of his family trapped in Cracow, Poland, from November 1939 to December 1941. Each day was under the most extraordinary pain and stress, as Hollander's father fought hard to try to save his family stateside. Edited by a team of Richard S. Hollander (President of Milbrook Communications in Baltimore), Christopher R. Browning (Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), and Nechama Tec (Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of Connecticut at Stamford), "Every Day Lasts a Year: A Jewish Family's Correspondence from Poland" will prove to be a vital pick for many Holocaust Studies libraries and for anyone who wants a great set of primary sources for the atrocity.

Good Neighbors, Bad Times
Mimi Schwartz
University of Nebraska Press
1111 Lincoln Mall, Lincoln, NE 68588-0630
Meryl Zegarek Public Relations (publicity)
255 West 108 Street, Suite 901, New York, NY 10025
9780803213746, $24.95,

"Before Hitler, everyone got along," according to the author of "Good Neighbors, Bad Times: Echoes of My Father's German Village". This a true story of decency and compassion in a small German village and how its generosity stood in the face of an empire of Nazi hatred. Author Mimi Schwartz recalls tales from her father and goes on a journey that spanned over three continents and a dozen years to get the more complete story of her father's village and learns interesting details about it all from every interview and discussion. "Good Neighbors, Bad Times: Echoes of My Father's German Village" is highly recommended for Holocaust studies shelves and for anyone seeking a more upbeat account of 1930s Germany.

The Philosophy Shelf

Dis-Enclosure: The Deconstruction of Christianity
Jean-Luc Nancy, author
Bettina Bergo, Gabriel Malenfant, and Michael B. Smith, translators
Fordham University Press
2546 Belmont Avenue, University Box L, Bronx, NY 10458-5172
9780823228362, $20.00 1-800-247-6553

Written by Jean-Luc Nancy (Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Universite Marc Bloch) and skillfully translated from the original French by the team of Bettina Bergo, Gabriel Malenfant, and Michael B. Smith, Dis-Enclosure: The Deconstruction of Christianity most assuredly lives up to its subtitle as a methodical reverse-engineering of Christianity as a "religion that provided the exit from religion." Scrutinizing Christianity's constantly deferred proclamation of a forthcoming end times as a central tenet, and severely questioning the ramifications of such faith in today's demystified age, Dis-Enclosure suggests that the meaning to human existence is best searched for beyond the limiting constraints of dogma, though not necessarily beyond the mystery of faith itself. "The deconstruction of Christianity comes down to this: an operation of disassembling, focusing on the origin or the sense of deconstruction - a sense that does not belong to deconstructions, that makes it possible but does not belong to it, like an empty slot that makes the structure work (the question being to know how to fill the empty slot without overturning in the process the integrality of the integrity of the Christianity we are trying to disassemble)." An astutely reasoned philosophical text, offering a revolutionary analysis of theistic religion.

Away with All Gods!
Bob Avakian
Insight Press
4064 N. Lincoln Ave. #264, Chicago IL 60618
9780976023685, $14.95,

Is religion far more harmful than it's worth? "Away with All Gods!: Unchaining The Mind And Radically Changing The World" certainly believes so. Calling out Religion as a roadblock to scientific, moral, and political progress that oppresses people on terms of race, beliefs, and gender, author Bob Aviakian makes a call to action against all belief systems that stand in the way of social progress and world peace, stating that religion is not a necessary element to solid moral values and peace of mind. "Away with All Gods!: Unchaining the Mind and Radically Changing the World" is a must for any who seek a dissenting opinion for religious studies shelves and for anyone who is disillusioned with their God or gods.

Philosophy of Social Science
Alexander Rosenberg
Westview Press
c/o Perseus Books Group
387 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016
9780813343518, $35.00 1-800-242-7737

Professor of Philosophy at Duke University Alexander Rosenberg brings us the third edition of "The Philosophy of Social Science", a thoroughly argued yet still accessible introduction to the philosophical foundations of human sciences such as economics, anthropology, sociology, and many others. New to this edition include an overview of the eclipse of behaviorism in psychology and the rise of game theory in economics, consideration of problems for functionalism in social science that must be addressed by an appeal to biology and especially Darwinism thinking; and so much more on top of that. "The Philosophy of Social Science" is highly recommended to college philosophy shelves as a complete reference and to non-specialized general readers with an interest in psychology.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Underground and Collected Stories
Russell James
Stark House Press
2200 O Street, Eureka, CA 95501
9781933586175, $14.95

Three years spent in the underground making a life for himself, waiting for the big man to give him the word. His cover gets blown, his partner is dead, and just when he doesn't need to, he meets a girl. "Underground and Collected Stories" is a collection of six crime noir stories with the story "Underground" being the main course in this literary feast. Russel James' nameless protagonist has his life tossed out into the open with dangerous consequences. In "Collected Stories" James (a.k.a. 'the godfather of British Noir') plays out five more diverse stories for increased worthwhile value to the reader, and is the writer every American hard boiled fan should be reading. The highest recommendation for Noir fans and for mystery and suspense library shelves everywhere.

The Economics Shelf

The Impact of the WTO
Trish Kelly
Edward Elgar Publishing
9 Dewey Court, Northampton, MA 01060-3815
9781847200815, $100.00 1-800-390-3149

The World Trade Organization has been a highly controversial subject in the past thirteen years of its existence. Trish Kelly, Senior Lecturer at Vanderbilt University, looks to provide a comprehensive analysis on them in "The Impact of the WTO". Kelly asks if perhaps people's criticism over the WTO's practices has been overstated, and examines each of the issues - such as gasoline, hormones, asbestos, GMOs, among others - highlighting both sides of the WTO's impact on all of them. "The Impact of the WTO" is essential to any discussion involving the group and is highly recommended to economics and political science library collections.

Free Lunch
David Cay Johnston
c/o The Penguin Publishing Group
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
9781591841913, $24.95, 1-800-847-5515

The rich and wealthy elite of America are getting tons of free breaks, but who's picking up the bill? "Free Lunch: How The Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves At Government Expense (And Stick You With the Bill)" states how the common taxpayer doesn't gain any benefit through all of this and is simply paying for everything. "Free Lunch: How The Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves At Government Expense (And Stick You With the Bill)" outlines horrifying facts such as America having the most expensive but least efficient health care system in the industrialized world, subsidies for high class golf courses, and how corporations such as Major League Baseball teams get billions of dollars from the government. "Free Lunch: How The Wealthiest Enrich Themselves At Government Expense (And Stick You With the Bill)" is highly recommended for economics shelves and anyone ready to be shocked by our government's spending habits.

The Illusions of Entrepreneurship
Scott A. Shane
Yale University Press
P.O. Box 209040, New Haven, CT, 06520-9040
9780300113310, $26.00,

Why do people start businesses? Why doesn't the high failure rate dampen their enthusiasm? "The Illusions of Entrepreneurship: The Costly Myths That Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Policy Makers Live By" is an examination of modern entrepreneurship and what makes it all tick. Taking a good, long look at the reality of it all, "The Illusion of Entrepreneurship : The Costly Myths That Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Policy Makers Live By" takes into account the industries that are popular for start up, how they are financed, the characteristics of an entrepreneur, and strategies for new businesses to survive when they first start. Scholarly written and researched, "The Illusion of Entrepreneurship: The Costly Myths that Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Policy Makers Live By" is highly recommended for any community library collection with an interest in economics and business, and should be required reading for any aspiring entrepreneur.

The Political Economy of Oil in Alaska
Jerry McBeath, Matthew Berman, Jonathan Rosenberg, and Mary F. Ehrlander
Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.
1800 30th Street, Boulder, Colorado 80301
9781588265579, $59.95

The Political Economy of Oil in Alaska: Multinationals vs. the State is a scholarly assessment written by learned professors. The result is a thoroughly researched yet highly accessible treatise, offering a balanced, nonpartisan survey of the modern economic and political realities surrounding Alaska's natural resources, particularly oil. Chapters review the concept of oil dependency and whether or not such a term can be applied to Alaska; recount a brief history of oil in Alaska; discuss current petroleum revenues and tax policy; recommend guidelines for managing the wealth, preventing corruption, and respecting the environment; and much more. "Availability of information and free access to it does not mean that potential conflicts with the law will be revealed automatically. This requires a vigilant public and press, and monitoring of information by agencies both public and private. Recent ethics scandals in Alaska are less a problem of transparency than lack of public and private scrutiny of government operations." In today's era of rising oil prices, The Political Economy of Oil in Alaska could not be more socially relevant. Highly recommended.

The Travel Shelf

Reid Duffy's Guide to Indiana's Favorite Restaurants, updated edition
Reid Duffy
Quarry Books
c/o Quayside Publishing Group
18705 Lake Drive East, Chanhassen, MN 55317
9780253218797, $17.95 1-800-328-0590

Now in a new updated and expanded edition, Reid Duffy's Guide to Indiana's Favorite Restaurants with a Recipe Sampler is primarily a guide for Indiana residents, travelers, or vacationers to selecting the most sumptuous eateries to enjoy, but the sample recipes are sure to delight anyone interested in the joys of Indiana cuisine. Each restaurant entry lists its address, telephone number, and business hours, along with a lengthy, in-depth paragraph describing what makes a given eatery special, from prize dishes to beer or wine selections to the presence of live entertainment. The presented Indiana culinary trade recipes include "Little Zagreb's Eggplant Provolone", "Beef House Broccoli Soup", "Cindy's Salad", "Toll House Pie" and much more. A mouth-watering Midwest treat!

Cafe Life New York
Sandy Miller
Interlink Books
c/o Interlink Publishing Group
46 Crosby Street, Northhampton, MA, 01060-1804
9781566567039, $20.00,

Coffee houses have been apart of New York for over three hundred years, with the first opening up in the seventeenth century - 1696. "Cafe Life New York: An Insider's Guide to the City's Neighborhood Cafes" is a guide to one undeniable fact of New York life- New Yorkers love their coffee. A mix of history and guidebook information with a touch of author Sandy Miller's own opinion and personal stories, "Cafe Life New York: An Insider's Guide to City Neighborhood Cafes" covers the best of the best of the coffee houses of New York. Beautiful color photographs throughout adding a grand and excellent descriptive touch, "Cafe Life New York: An Insider's Guide to City Neighborhood Cafes" is highly recommended to coffee lovers and armchair travelers alike - and especially for coffee lovers thinking of visiting the Big Apple.

26 Gorgeous Hikes on the Western Cote d'Azur
Florence Chatzigianis
Azur Alive
c/o Beagle Bay Books
14120 Saddlebow Dr., Reno, NV, 89511
9780979279621, $16.95,

An alternative tourist attraction could be found and would be well appreciated by nature lovers around the world - "26 Gorgeous Hikes on the Western Cote d'Azur" is a compilation of guides for twenty six half day hikes around France's beautiful coastline along the Mediterranean Sea for any experience level. Packed with color photos and specifics of each trail such as its time, distance, difficulty and what you should bring in preparation, it is the flat out most comprehensive guide you can find on the subject, even covering the history of the area alongside information on the plantlife. "26 Gorgeous Hikes on the Western Cote d'Azur" is highly recommended for armchair travelers and hiking enthusiasts destined to travel to southern France.

Living Abroad In Costa Rica
Erin Van Rheenen
c/o Avalon Publishing Group
245 West 17th Street, 11th floor, New York, NY 10011-5300
9781598800074, $19.95 1-800-788-3123

Over the past two decades, growing numbers of Americans have migrated to Costa Rica and made homes and lives for themselves that are comfortable, adventurous, memorable, and eminently satisfying. Erin Van Rheenen was one of those who left her life in the United States behind and settled in Costa Rica. She draws upon her own experience and expertise to author this newly updated and expanded second edition of "Living Abroad In Costa Rica", a travel guide and instructional manual for Americans considering moving to this beautiful nation. Included in this thoroughly 'user friendly' manual is a wealth of practical information on setting up your daily life including the issues of visas, finances, employment, education, and health care. Informed and informative, "Living Abroad In Costa Rica" also addresses how to rent or buy a home that fits diverse needs and a range of budgets, the best places to live, as well as learning the language and understanding the culture. "Living Abroad In Costa Rica" is an essential and enthusiastically recommended instructional guide for anyone considering establishing themselves in Costa Rica whether in the form of a vacation home or a permanent residence.

Rick Steves' Ireland 2008
Rick Steves
Avalon Travel Publishing
c/o Avalon Publishing Group
245 West 17th Street, 11th floor, New York, NY 10011-5300
9781566918596, $19.95 1-800-788-3123

Ireland offers visitors a diversity of memorable places to visit, memorable people to encounter, and memorable opportunities for recreation. Rick Steves is a seasoned and experienced travel writer and in collaboration with Ireland specialist Pat O'Connor has authored the "Rick Steves' Ireland 2008", a compact, 425-page travel guide that is packed from first page to last with informed and informative information for tourists and business travelers to the villages, towns, and countryside of the Republic of Ireland in the south, as well as the cities and counties of Northern Ireland. Of special note is the introductory chapter dedicated to the best use of this outstanding guide for planning a trip whether of short or extended duration, practicalities when traveling, money, sightseeing, sleeping, eating, 'Traveling as a Temporary Local', and 'Back Door Travel Philosophy'. Another special section is devoted to Irish history, art, literature, language, and an Irish-Yankee Vocabulary. Enhanced with appendices on resources; money matters; telephones, emails, and postal mails; transportation; holidays and festivals; conversions and climate; an essential packing checklist; and a sample hotel reservation form, "Rick Steves' Ireland 2008" is an ideal and enthusiastically recommended guide for anyone anticipating a trip to the Emerald Isle.

50 Places To See Before You Die
Nicholas Noyes
Peter Pauper Press, Inc.
202 Mamaroneck Av., White Plains, NY 10601
9781593598037, $9.95,

Stonehenge. The Taj'Mahal. Buckingham Palace. The Great Pyramids of Egypt. All places that many people say you should see before you die. But are they really that fun to visit? "50 Places To See Before You Die: and 50 Places that are a Lot more Fun" is a comprehensive guide for the world traveler who's sick of the same old monuments and festivals that carry only religious or historical significance, and want something a bit more fun and interesting, like the druid circle of Nebraska, the running of the Nudes, and more. Countless offbeat attractions abound make "50 Places to See Before You Die: And 50 Places that are a lot more Fun" a top pick for travelers who want something different.

Nahanni Journals
R.M. Patterson
University of Alberta Press
Ring House 2, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB Canada T6G 2E1
0888644779, $29.95

Raymond Patterson is a Londoner who finds his journey to Canada's wild Northwest Territories provide adventure and outdoor challenges unlike any of his life. NAHANNI JOURNALS trace his journeys from 1927-1929 and are powerful, revealing stories perfect for armchair adventurers and travelers catering to them. Highly recommended.

Grand Canyon National Park
Endy Yanagihara & Jennifer Denniston
Lonely Planet Publications
150 Linden Street, Oakland CA 94607
9781741044836, $19.99 1-800-275-8555

The primary and principle purpose of a travel guide is to assist the traveler to have the most successful trip possible. When visiting the Grand Canyon, one of America's true scenic wonders, the Lonely Planet edition of the "Grand Canyon National Park" travel guide offers detailed itineraries for exploring the South and North canyon rims with seventeen specific itineraries (plus side trips to Las Vegas, Route 66, Sedona, Flagstaff, and Skywalk!). Enhanced with forty hikes for all levels of difficulty, ranger programs, mule trips, and useful tips for traveling with children and pets; and sound, practical advice for adventure experiences ranging from Colorado river rafting, to horseback riding, to biking, to helicopter rides, and so much more, the "Grand Canyon National Park" is very strongly recommended guide for novice visitors and experienced travelers alike.

Grand Canyon: The Complete Guide
James Kaiser
c/o Avalon Publishing Group
245 West 17th Street, 11th floor, New York, NY 10011-5300
9780967890425, $22.95 1-800-788-3123

The Grand Canyon is universally acclaimed as one of the great natural wonders of the world. Now in a fully updated and beautifully illustrated third edition, James Kaiser's "Grand Canyon: The Complete Guide" is the ideal guide for novice visitors and a superbly informative reference for the seasoned visitor as well. A complete and 'user friendly' travel guide and planner for visiting the Grand Canyon, this ideal reference includes the Havasu Falls, topography maps, trail descriptions for both day trips and overnight hikes, mule rides, scenic flights, Colorado river trips, public campgrounds, historic lodges, the canyon's geology, native wildlife, history, and a great deal more. Compact and easily portable, "Grand Canyon: The Complete Guide" truly lives up to its title and is an invaluable addition to personal and community library travel guide collections -- as well as the supplemental reading lists of the armchair explorer!

The Aviation Shelf

Spinning Through Clouds
Max E. Knight
Indiana Historical Society Press
450 W. Ohio St., Indiana, IN 46202
9780871952561, $19.95,

The pioneers of aviation didn't guide their aircraft through meters and instruments, they guided their planes by feeling and instinct. "Spinning Through Clouds: Tales from an Early Hoosier Aviator" is the informing memoir of an old pilot and author Max E. Knight, who has been flying since 1936 - at the age of ten. Speaking honestly and earnestly about his experiences, "Spinning Through Clouds: Tales from an Early Hoosier Aviator" covers his life alongside more famous aviators like Roscoe Turner and Amelia Earhart, with pieces on early Indiana aviation history. "Spinning Through Clouds: Tales from an Early Hoosier Aviator" is highly recommended to aviation fanatics everywhere as a enthralling piece from beginning to end, and should find a cozy place on any community library aviation shelf.

The Military Shelf

The Apathetic and The Defiant
Craig Leslie Mantle (editor)
Canadian Defense Academy Press
PO Box 170000 Station Forces, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, K7K 7B4
9781550027105, $49.95,

No army is full of perfectly behaved, virtuous, bastions of chivalry, and the oft-forgotten Canadian military is no different. "The Apathetic and The Defiant: Case Studies of Canadian Mutiny and Disobedience, 1812-1919" is a comprehensive guide of all reported occurrences of Canadian military wrong doing from the War of 1812 to the tail end of World War I, where there triumphs and victories had pushed these black sheep into the background. "The Apathetic and The Defiant: Case Studies of Canadian Mutiny and Disobedience, 1812-1919" is highly recommended to community library military history collections.

Your Military Family Network
The Military Family Network
Capital Books, Inc.
c/o International Publishers Marketing
22841 Quicksilver Drive, Sterling, VA 20166
9781933102351, $24.95 1-800-758-3756

Thousands of soldiers on the reserve list are torn away from their families and friends back home. "Your Military Family Network: Your Connection to Military friendly Resources, Benefits, Information, Businesses and Advice" speaks of a community of experts and professionals who are there to keep soldiers in touch with the world back home they had left behind. Inside are suggestions for building your own personal and community support network, instructions on military moving, resources for everything medical, guidance on legal rights, living in military, support for parents, guidelines to stay fit, and state by state specific support for soldiers. "Your Military Family Network: Your Connection to Military Friendly Resources, Benefits, Information, Businesses, and Advice" is highly recommended for any soldier on the reserve list hoping to keep in touch and be prepared for if they are called upon in these tough times, and for community library military collections.

Osprey Publishing
400 Hahn Road, Westminster, MD 21157

Ronald Pawly's NAPOLEON'S MOUNTED CHASSEURS OF THE IMPERIAL GUARD (9781845032578, $17.95) adds to the 'Men-at-Arms' series in focusing on the uniforms and history of the world's military forces. This survey of the Guard cavalry unit associated with Napoleon provides text researched from the original regimental records and writings, and offers early paintings and drawings plus color plates of uniforms to spice results. Steven J. Zaloga's ARMORED TRAINS (9781846032424, $17.95) adds to the 'New Vanguard' series covering the design and history of machinery of warfare through the ages, this focusing on armored trains first seen during the American Civil War and later moving to World War I and beyond. Technical detail offers insights on how these trains were used in combat, pairing color artwork and illustrations with vintage black and white photos for added impact. W. Sarnecki and D. Nicolle's MEDIEVAL POLISH ARMIES 966-1500 (9781846030147, $17.95) is for any collection strong in early military history and covers the uniforms, equipment and strategies of early Medieval Polish armies. Early paintings, photos and drawings spice a review by a medieval specialist illustrator and two author researchers. Konstantin S. Nossov's HITTITE FORTIFICATIONS C. 1650-700 BC (9781846032073, $18.95) is also for the early military library, covering small fortified city-states and their fortresses. Alejandro de Quesada's THE US HOME FRONT 1941-45 (9781846032080, $18.95) is for any specialty World War II collection, covering the organizations and efforts at work in the home front of the war effort. David Fletcher's SHERMAN FIREFLY (9781846032776, $17.95) reveals one of the most powerful tanks used by Allies during World War II, while Gordon L. Rottman's THE BERLIN WALL AND THE INTRA-GERMAN BORDER 1961-89 (9781846031939, $18.95) surveys the rise and fall of the border between East and West Germany, and how it operated. David Nicolle's POITIERS AD 732 (9781846032301, $19.95) surveys early Islamic forces in Europe and the battle of Poitiers, where Christian forces confronted a large invading Islamic army and were victorious. Simon Miller's VIENNA 1683: CHRISTIAN EUROPE REPELS THE OTTOMANS (9781846032318, $19.95) tells of a Sultan's assault on the capital of the Holy Roman Empire, charting a campaign which marked the beginning of the end of the Ottoman empire in Europe. Tony Holmes' F-14 TOMCAR UNITS OF OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM (9781846032059, $22.95) joins others in Osprey's 'Combat Aircraft 70' series, discussing the F-14 Tomcat fighter and its role in military combat. Specialty military libraries will find them fine acquisitions.

A Thoroughly Canadian General
Paul Douglas Dickson
University of Toronto Press
10 St. Mary Street, Suite 700, Toronto, ON, M4Y 2W8
9780802008022, $55.00,

General H.D.G. Crerar is one of Canada's greatest military heroes of the twentieth century, and sadly too often overlooked as a choice for military autobiography reading lists. "A Thoroughly Canadian General: A Biography of H.D.G. Crerar" is the story of this underrated figure in twentieth century military history. The controversial general is examined in and out through this history, including his views on using the Canadian military as a symbol of the Canadian identity and its civic responsibility, and the role of the Canadian military on the world stage. Highly recommended for Canadian military historians, and community library military history shelves in general.

The Crafts Shelf

Bead Simple
Susan Beal
The Taunton Press
63 South Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470
9781561589531, $19.95 1-800-477-8727

Beading is an enduring popular craft and a basic skill for do-it-yourself jewelry makers, needlecraft embellishers, and crafts artists. "Bead Simple: Essential Techniques For Making Jewelry Just The Way You Want It" by jewelry designer and 'Craft' magazine contributor Susan Beal (who blogs daily at and whose jewelry is sold nationwide in shops and galleries) is a compilation of more than 150 do-it-yourself designs for using beads to make earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and embellishments that range from cocktail rings to Christmas tree ornaments. Of special note is the 'Getting Started' chapter that will prove especially useful for the novice. The text is replete with icons that show at a glance the difficulty level, cost, and materials required for each individual project. Thoroughly 'user friendly' and featuring a wealth of full color illustrations, "Bead Simple" is highly recommended addition to personal, professional, and community library Arts & Crafts instructional reference collection.

The Large Print Shelf

Ghost Town Belles
Chap O'Keefe
Dales Large Print
c/o Center Point Large Print
PO Box 1, Thorndike, ME 04986
9781842625484, $23.99

Drift Garrity is a cowboy - something not nearly as glorious as it seems. In "Ghost Town Belles" he determines to unravel the mysteries of his past that made him who he is and it brings him into the attention of an over-protective father, vicious range bosses, all of which lead Drift to dirty tricks, accusations, fights for his very life. Published in large print for easy reading for the vision-impaired, "Ghost Town Belles" is highly recommended as an old fashioned western thriller for fans everywhere, and something that all fiction libraries to consider.

The Judaic Studies Shelf

Rabbi Harvey Rides Again
Steve Sheinkin
Jewish Lights Publishing
PO Box 237, Sunset Farm Offices, RT, Woodstock, Vermont 05091
9781580233477, $16.99,

A strange way of moonlighting - serving as both a Rabbi and a Sheriff and mixing both freely and skillfully, Rabbi Harvey is an intriguing character indeed. "Rabbi Harvey Rides Again: A Graphic Novel of Jewish Folktales Let Loose in the Wild West" is a compilation of tales following this Rabbi Sheriff as he dispenses both justice and Talmudic wisdom onto the other various characters he encounters in his travel. A deftly mixed graphic novel consisting of the ingredients of old world religion, American and Jewish Folktales, and witty creativity, "Rabbi Harvey Rides Again: A Graphic Novel of Jewish Folktales" is highly recommended for community library graphic novel collections and for any reader who wants a bit of an offbeat blend.

Moses: Envoy of God, Envoy of His People
Mosheh Lichtenstein
KTAV Publishing House
930 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306
9781602800120, $35.00

Moses' biography follows his development as a leader from his youth through adulthood, surveying crisis points, issues, philosophy, spirituality and more. All the episodes of his life are reviewed using an interpretation method based upon a literary analysis of the text considering his worldly interactions - a Medrash-oriented survey which blends such analysis with emotional and spiritual impact. Other explanations and explorations are included in a fine analysis perfect for Christian and Jewish libraries alike.

Mentor of Generations
Zev Eleff, Editor
KTAV Publishing House
930 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, N 07306
9781602800113, $29.50

Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik's MENTOR OF GENERATIONS: REFLECTIONS ON RABBI JOSEPH B. SOLOVEITCHIK gathers over fifty essays by his students and peers, offering up anecdotes and insights about the Jewish leader who encouraged the growth of an Orthodox Jewish community in Boston, ordained thousands of rabbis at Yeshiva University, and furthered Orthodox Judaism in America and Israel. College-level and in-depth collections strong in Judaic studies and history will find the many contributors and their insights cover some six decades of the life of the 'Rav'.

In Those Days, At This Time
Eliezer Segal
University of Calgary Press
2500 University Drive, N.W., Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4
9781552381854, $24.95 1-800-565-3770

A new approach to the sacred traditions of Judaism, "In Those Days, At This Time: Holiness and History in the Jewish Calendar" brings touch of humor and entertainment to the deep rooted religious traditions of the Jewish people, while not stumbling onto the point of parody. Still informed and informative about its subject matter, "In Those Days, At This Time: Holiness and History in the Jewish Calendar" is highly recommend to Judaic studies shelves and for Jews who want a refresher course on their heritage alongside a little laugh.

Seder Stories
Nancy Rips
Cumberland House Publishing
431 Harding Industrial Drive, Nashville, Tennessee, 37211
9781581826432, $14.95,

Passover is the annual celebration to celebrate Jewish Freedom, and by far one of the most important days on the Jewish calendar. "Seder Stories: Passover Thoughts on Food, Family, & Freedom" is filled with 101 'memories' in the form of stories, anecdotes, blurbs, and more, broken into four segments representing a broad theme related to the Jewish celebration of freedom for each. Focusing on every part of the celebration, "Seder Stories: Passover Thoughts on Food, Family, & Freedom" is highly recommended for community library Judaic studies collections and for any non-specialist general reader who would want a greater understanding of the celebration.

Genesis: The Book with Seventy Faces
Esther Takac
Pitspopany Press
40 East 78th Street, Suite 16D, New York, NY
Stuart Schnee PR (publicity)
9781932687927, $29.95

The Book of Genesis is the first of the five books attributed to Moses in the Torah. To aid families who wish to teach their children ages 8 to 14 the traditional stories of Genesis as part of their preparations for Bar or Bat Mitzvah examinations and ceremonies, "Genesis: The Book with Seventy Faces" by psychologist and children's author Esther Takac encourages children and parents to read together as a part of a shared Torah study. Profusely illustrated throughout, "Genesis: The Book with Seventy Faces" includes a 'reader friendly' text which is enhanced with source material and historical background in margin boxes, as well as references to end notes for commentaries and source materials. Especially recommended for personal, family, synagogue, and community library Judaic Studies reference collections for young readers, "Genesis: The Book with Seventy Faces" is a superb introduction to the lore and literature associated with the Book of Genesis.

Defending the Human Spirit
Rabbi Dr. Warren Goldstein
Feldheim Publishers
208 Airport Executive Park, Nanuet, NY 10954
158330732X, $39.99,

Today's Moralists all too often come and promote values from the Christian Bible - but has America considered listening to other sources for information? "Defending the Human Spirit: Jewish Law's Vision for a Moral Society" is a look at the Jewish Law's vision for a more moral society, one with a more optimistic view of the human spirit, and has been ahead of the curve on human rights before, and with ideas still fresh and new to western law. Deftly written and composed by the lead Rabbi of South Africa, "Defending the Human Spirit: Jewish Law's Vision for a Moral Society" is highly recommended for community library Judaic studies collections and with a crossover to law shelves.

The Legacy of German Jewry
Hermann Levin Goldschmidt, author
David Suchoff, translator
Fordham University Press
2546 Belmont Avenue, University Box L, Bronx, NY 10458-5172
9780823228263, $50.00 1-800-247-6553

Written by Hermann Levin Goldschmidt (1914-1998), who founded and directed the Judisches Lehrhaus in Zurich from 1952 to 1962, and first published in 1957, Legacy of German Jewry is a thorough reexamination of the German-Jewish experience, now available in English translation. Part One explores the transition to modernity, retracing the philosophical accomplishments of thinkers such as Moses Mendelssohn, Spinoza, and religious figures such as Baal Shem Tov. This modern path embraces the concept that "remnants" of the radical past could provide ideas and impetus for re-envisioning the modern world. Part Two discusses the political history of the Jews in modernity and the facets of Jewish culture as perceived in German-Jewish thought and exemplified in the public figures of Leo Baeck, Hermann Cohen, and Franz Rosenzweig. Part Three examines the post-Auschwitz complex, and draws upon the Book of Job for strength to overcome the tremendous trauma inflicted by the horrors of the Holocaust. A visionary work that embraced the concept of multiculturalism before the word itself was commonly used, Legacy of German Jewry is highly recommended as a welcome contribution to Judaic studies shelves.

Zion Before Zionism
Arnold Blumberg
Devora Publishing
c/o Simcha Media
P.O. Box 5329, Englewood, New Jersey 07631
9781932687828, $21.95,

1838: For the first time in hundreds of years, Jews could have a permanent home in the Islamic holy city of Jerusalem. "Zion Before Zionism: 1838-1880" follows the early days of the Jewish immigration back to the holy land of Jerusalem, although the region was still under control of the Ottoman Turks. Focusing on the early attitudes and interactions with the native Palestinians of the region, "Zion Before Zionism: 1838-1880" is a thoroughly informed and informative history sure to educate its readers on an oft-forgotten time in the Zionism movement. Highly recommended to both history shelves and community library Judaic studies shelves.

The Islamic Studies Shelf

Arab Awakening & Islamic Revival
Martin Kramer
Transaction Books
300 McGraw Drive-Raritan Center, Edison NJ 08837
9781412807678, $29.95

ARAB AWAKENING AND ISLAMIC REVIVAL: THE POLITICS OF IDEAS IN THE MIDDLE EAST is a pick for any collection serious about Middle Eastern politics, history or studies. Arab nationalism has lessened in the region even as Islamic ideology has spread. This provides a critical, college-level survey of Arab nationalism, Islamic fundamentalism, and its implications for Middle East peace and culture. The essays form the only chronological telling of Arab nationalist trends and is essential for any complete understanding of the region's special challenges.

The Mahfouz Dialogs
Gamal al-Ghitani, author
Humphrey Davies, translator
The American University in Cairo Press
c/o International Publishers Marketing
22841 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles, VA 20166
9789774161278, $22.95 1-800-758-3756

The Mahfouz Dialogs collects memories, views, and jokes of Naguib Mahfouz (1911-2006), winner of the Nobel prize for literature, the first writer in Arabic to earn a mass audience, and a target of fundamentalist assassins in his elder years, in part for daring to voice such beliefs as "No blasphemy harms Islam and Muslims so much as the call for murdering a writer" in response to the fatwa to murder author Salman Rushdie. Touching on topics ranging from politics to the connection between Mahfouz's novels and his life to human idiosyncracy, The Mahfouz Dialogs is garnered from informal meetings between Mahfouz and his intimate friends over the course of nearly half a century. Moderated by novelist Gamal al-Ghitani and skillfully translated into English by Humphrey Davies, The Mahfouz Dialogs is a "must-read" for anyone seeking to understand this pioneering and influential author. Highly recommended.

The Education Shelf

They Teach That in College!?
Andrew Morkes (editor)
College & Career Press
P.O. Box 300484, Chicago, IL 60630
0974525170, $22.95,

Dance Therapy, Fashion Design, Golf Course Management, Toy Design..."They Teach That in College!? A Resource Guide to More Than 95 Interesting College Majors" is just what the title says - an introspective on strange, interesting, bizarre, and fully legitimate college majors which could lead readers into a brand new and interesting careers. The second edition of this title adds forty new majors, including new course listings, potential information, interviews, and so much more. "They Teach That In College!? A Resource Guide to More Than 95 Interesting College Majors" is highly recommended for community library collections on careers, and for anyone who is looking for a new job and wants something outside the usual.

From Good Schools to Great Schools
Susan Penny Gray & William A. Streshly
Corwin Press
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
9781412948999, $31.95,

Leadership in anything is the difference between mediocrity and greatness, and "From Good Schools to Great Schools: What Principals Do Well" elaborates on that point. Promoting that schools need a good leader to do well, it encourages principals across the nation to ask "What can I do to make a difference and life my school to excellence?", an optimistic question the book hopes to help them answer with in-depth discussions, reflection questions, and comparisons between a good businessman and a good principal. "From Good Schools to Great Schools: What Principals Do Well" is a must read for anyone in a position of leadership in any educational facility and should find a place on any community library education shelf.

Making Your School Safe
John Devine and Jonathan Cohen
Teachers College Press
1234 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027
9780807747834, $19.95 1-800-575-6566

Over the past couple of decades, violence in American schools has become one of the biggest concerns in modern society. "Making Your School Safe: Strategies to Protect Children and Promote Learning" suggests measures of social and emotional learning alongside character education and crisis-preparedness programs. Covering widespread concerns from bullying to major catastrophic events, "Making Your School Safe: Strategies to Protect Children and Promote Learning" is recommended to educators everywhere and should be on every community library education shelf.

Deaf Education in America
Janet Cerney
Gallaudet University Press
800 Florida Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002-3695
1563683628, $49.95,

Deafness is nowhere the limiting disability that it once was in society, and as time continues on, educators enabling deaf students to function nearly and as fully as anyone else. "Deaf Education in America: Voices of Children from Inclusion Settings" grants readers a detailed examination of integrating deaf students into a standard educational classroom of the hearing, and the benefits that can be reaped from this process. It completely evaluates its risks as well, and offers solid steps and procedures to better educate America's deaf children. Highly recommended to educators everywhere, it should be in community library education collections.

Autism in Your Classroom
Deborah Fein, Ph.D. & Michelle A. Dunn, Ph.D.
Woodbine House
6510 Bells Mill Road, Bethesda, MD 20817
9781890627614, $19.95 1-800-843-7323

There are more children with autism in schools than ever before in the history of American public education. "Autism in Your Classroom" gives educators the practical information and guidance they need to support these children with ASDs, or Autism Spectrum Disorders. "Autism in your Classroom" is a much-needed resource that gives teachers the understanding of the types, causes, characteristics, and treatments of these ASDs. Deftly written by Deborah Fein, Ph. D., a clinical and research neuropsychologist with 35 years of experience and serves as Professor of Psychology at the University of Connecticut; and fellow Ph. D Michelle A. Dunn, an Associate professor of neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine with 25 years of experience. The combined expertise of the two make "Autism in Your Classroom" invaluable to any educator who would hope to understand and properly handle Autistic students' special needs. Also very highly recommended from Woodbine house is "Autism 24/7: A Family Guide To Learning At Home And In The Community" (9781890627539, $19.95) by autism specialist Andy Bondy and speech/language pathologist Lori A. Frost.

Guiding Teens with Learning Disabilities
Arlyn Roffman, PhD
The Princeton Review
c/o Random House
1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
9780375764967, $13.95,

Learning Disabilities do not have to be a giant neon sign blinking "I can't" over ones head - they can be overcome just like any other disability. "Guiding Teens with Learning Disabilities: Navigating the Transition from High School to Adulthood" is a comprehensive guide for guidance counselors and others responsible for assisting these individuals onto the next stages of their life. Advice on understanding the transition planning process under the IDEA of 2004, how to accept these individuals more, and how to prepare them for their life long careers. "Guiding Teens with Learning Disabilities: Navigating the Transition from High School to Adulthood" is a must have for any educator in charge of these special needs students and for community library education shelves.

No Biting
Gretchen Kinnell
Redleaf Press
10 Yorkton Court, St. Paul, MN 55117-1065
9781933653563, $15.95 1-800-423-8309

Biting among toddlers is a complicated issue of safety, psychology, and childhood development that is of immediate and practical concern to any parent, daycare provider, or preschool teacher. Now in an expanded and updated second edition, "No Biting: Policy And Practice For Toddler Programs" by Gretchen Kinnell (Director of Education and Training, Child Case Solutions, Syracuse, New York) specifically layouts out practical and effective technique-building tactics and strategies for dealing with a child who bites. "No Biting" explains why toddlers bite, how to respond when biting occurs, and how to deal with ongoing biting incidents. Of special note is the advice on developing biting policies. Enhanced with illustrative sample letters to parents, policy statements and incident reports; "No Biting" also incorporates material on how language development and spatial awareness can lead to biting among toddlers. Highly recommended reading for anyone working with preschool aged children, "No Biting" is an informed and informative instruction manual that will provide sound and effective guidance for working with the parents of children who bite -- and are bitten.

Making & Writing Words: Essential Word Families, Grades 2-4
Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D. and Roger Heym, M.A.
Shell Education
5301 Oceanus Drive, Huntington Beach, CA 92649-1030
9781425805456, $59.99 1-877-777-3450

Intended for educators of students in grades 2-4, Making & Writing Words: Essential Word Families, 40 Sequenced Word-Building Lessons is a ring-bound compilation of lesson worksheets with transparencies ideal for teaching young people about phonemic awareness, phonics, spelling, and vocabulary. Each lesson is presented in three components: a teacher page with the content, a corresponding and photocopiable response sheet that students use for that lesson, and a transparency that matches the student page, the better to help guide students in writing the words that are part of each lesson. By way of example, lesson 17 is about the phoneme "eed" as in "feed", "bleed", "freed", "exceed", etc., while lesson 32 is about the phoneme "ow" (or "how") as in "allowance", "eyebrow", "cowboy", etc. An extremely easy-to-use resource, enthusiastically recommended for grade-school educators.

Learners, Learning and Educational Activity
Judith Ireson
270 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016
9780415414067, $45.95 1-800-634-7064

Professor of Psychology in Education Judith Ireson presents Learners, Learning and Educational Activity, a discussion of advanced educational concepts that collects ideas and research from psychology and social theory. The primary emphasis is that learning in schools and other settings is best understood and improved staying alert to both the needs of individual learners and the educational contexts in which learning takes place. Chapters discuss diverse cultural perspectives on learning and thinking, the interconnections between the individual and his or her culture both at home and at school, how to best optimize interactions for students' learning, and more. "Classroom talk may also be used to encourage children's participation in meaningful exchanges that build on and develop their ideas and lines of thinking. Particular forms of interaction encourage these types of exchange, especially those that reduce the teacher's traditional, domination of classroom talk through transmission of information. Exchanges that encourage dialogic, as opposed to monologic, styles of interaction provide students with space to explore an express their own ideas and think about them in relation to those of their classmates and their teacher." A welcome contribution to educational studies shelves that reviews crucial topics and problems confronted by teachers and educational professionals on a day-to-day basis.

Focus on Literacy
Jan Lacina & Patricia A. Watson (editors)
Association for Childhood Educational International (ACEI)
17904 Georgia Ave., Ste 215, Olney MD 20832
9780871731722, $22.00,

Effective Content literacy is the ability to read, write, and communicate efficiently in each content area. "Focus on Literacy: Effective Content Teachers for the Middle Grades" examines content literacy and how it is deficient in today's schools. Providing tips and advice to pushing it more effectively and to challenge resistance to the concept, "Focus on Literacy: Effective Content Teachers for the Middle Grades" will help middle school and junior high school teachers become more effective teachers in all areas. "Focus on Literacy: Effective Content Teachers for the Middle Grades" is an invaluable resource for all educators and is highly recommended for community library education shelves.

What Really Matters In Fluency
Richard L. Allington
Allyn & Bacon
c/o Pearson Publishing Group
75 Arlington Street, Suite 300, Boston, MA 02116
9780205570584, $31.99 1-866-346-7314

The ability to read easily, accurately, and with good retention of content is an indispensable building block to a successful academic career throughout all grade primary and secondary grade levels. In "What Really Matters In Fluency: Research-Based Practices Across The Curriculum", Richard Allington (a past president of the International Reading Association and the national Reading Conference) draws upon his years of expertise (including having authored more than one hundred published papers on reading difficulties) to focus on voluntary reading as an overlooked aspect of reading fluency. Providing a thoroughly 'teacher friendly' curriculum supplement framework, Allington also addresses what fluency is, how it develops, as well as why it is important. Founded upon solid research-based instructional advice, "What Really Matters In Fluency" should be considered an essential study and a core addition academic library Literacy Studies & Teacher Education reference collections and supplemental reading lists for new and experienced reading instructors and classroom teachers.

Critical Issues and Practices in Gifted Education
Jonathan A. Plucker, Ph.D. and Carolyn M. Callahan, Ph.D., editors
Prufrock Press
PO Box 8813, Waco, TX 76714-8813
9781593632953, $99.95 1-800-998-2208

Critical Issues and Practices in Gifted Education: What the Research Says is a massive compendium that digests an immense amount of empirical research concerning education of gifted children into readily accessible essays. The collaborative effort of dozens of experts, Critical Issues and Practices in Gifted Education looks at what the latest statistics have to say about homeschooling, talent search programs, individual educational subjects from math to elementary and secondary science to music, the neural basis of giftedness, cognitive characteristics of the gifted, and much, much more. "Ewing and Yong (1992) compared learning style preferences among ethnically diverse groups of gifted students and found many significant differences among gifted Black, Mexican American, and American-born Chinese students concerning their preferences for noise, light, visual modality, studying in afternoon, and persistence. This study revealed that Mexican American students were most characterized by responsibility, motivation, and preference for kinesthetic modality, and gifted American-born Chinese students were persistent, responsive, and preferred to study in the afternoon and in bright light. However, for gifted black students, the three least preferred variables were auditory modality, structure, and noise." An excellent reference and resource especially recommended for educators of gifted students in all grades.

QGE = A: Quality Generic Education is the Answer
Win Straube
University Press of America
4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706
c/o Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group (dist.)
4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706
9780761837718, $36.00 1-800-462-6420

Education is more than just a seasonal political football for aspiring politicians. It is the foundation for a prosperous, free and democratic nation. A new education system for obtaining the best education at the lowest possible cost - "QGE = A: Quality Generic Education is the Answer" is a proposition for a revolutionary new way to educate our children. Author Win Straube has quite the mind for new solutions as an inventor, scientist, and engineer, to connect everyone to the best educators for any given subject in the world. "QGE = A: Quality Generic Education is the Answer" is something that all educators should read and consider and carries our highest recommendations to community library education shelves.

The Educator's Guide to Assessing and Improving School Discipline Programs
Mark Boynton & Christine Boynton
1703 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311-1714
9781416606116, $21.95 1-800-933-2723

There's no way around it - no matter how great your school is, it's inevitable that you'll encounter a disciplinary issue. "The Educator's Guide to Assessing and Improving School Discipline Programs" seeks to provide a framework for preventing as many disciplinary problems as they possibly can - and grant advice for dealing with unavoidable ones that will come up. For principal components: clearly defined parameters of student behavior, effective monitoring of students, positive relationships with students, and appropriate consequences for misbehavior create the foundation of "The Educator's Guide to Assessing and Improving School Discipline Programs." Authors Mark (a retired elementary & middle school principal & teacher) & his wife Christine Boynton (an elementary school principal herself) provide everything an educator needs to make an effective disciplinary policy for their schools. Enhanced with a Frequently Asked Questions section, a bibliography, and a comprehensive index, ""The Educator Guide to Assessing and Improving School Discipline Programs" is invaluable to any educator who is in charge of such things in their school and for community library education shelves in general.

College Teaching
Michael W. Galbraith
Krieger Publishing Company
P.O. Box 9542, Melbourne, FL, 32902-9542
9781575242941, $27.50,

Composed by a college professor with over twenty years of experience, "College Teaching: Developing Perspective Through Dialogue" is a deftly written guide set out to help college professors be more effective educators in life and in the classrooms. Exploring nine areas in the subject of teaching such as Gaining insight on self, first classes, methods and techniques, Evaluation, and others. A personal and conversational tone is used, and the some subject matter may be found as controversial to some, "College Teaching: Developing Perspective Through Dialogue" is highly recommended for community library education collections, and for any college professor looking to improve their craft.

Saving Our Students Saving Our Schools
Robert D. Barr and William H. Parrett
Corwin Press, Inc.
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218
9781412957939, $39.95 1-800-818-7243

Now in an updated second edition, Saving Our Students Saving Our Schools: 50 Proven Strategies for Helping Underachieving Students and Improving Schools lives up to its title with fifty experience-tested recommendations, from "Eliminate Ineffective and Destructive Interventions" such as automatically failing a percentage of students (or believing that a percentage are destined to fail) due to "normative-curve mentality" stepped in obsession with probability graphs, to "Incorporate Technology Across the Curriculum" and "Create Reentry Opportunities for Expelled Students". Saving Our Students Saving Our Schools is partly a consumable book, offering a handful of pages for teachers to write down their thoughts for discussion. Though especially recommended for educators serving in America's most troubled schools, Saving Our Students Saving Our Schools is filled cover to cover with tips, tricks, and techniques and recommendations that even those most successful schools will find useful. "For older students with basic skill deficiencies, cross-age tutoring has proven to be particularly effective. The practice of older students tutoring younger students both enhances the self-esteem and strengthens the basic skills of the older students and is also very effective with the younger students."

Corwin Press
2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320

SUPERINTENDENT LEADERSHIP by Ealine L. Wilmore (9781412955416, $27.95) tells superintendents how to apply the ELCC standards for improved, district-wide performance. It's written by the past president of the NCPEA, and examines the foundations of these benchmarks, their practice and applications, and uses case study examples form real-world models to address issues of district culture, community involvement, and more. Mark E. McBeth's THE DISTRIBUTED LEADERSHIP TOOLBOX: ESSENTIAL PRACTICES FOR SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS (9781412957175, $38.95) translates current leadership research into a program for change, offering analysis of differences between shared leadership and distributed leadership approaches, Facilitators and leaders in all industries - not just education - receive clear assessments of leadership options and practices, case studies, and keys to motivating staff and furthering school reform efforts. Randall Lindsey, Stephanie Graham, R. Chris Westphal jr and Cynthia L. Jew's CULTURALLY PROFICIENT INQUIRY: A LENS FOR IDENTIFYING AND EXAMINING EDUCATIONAL GAPS (9781412926027) tells how to promote equity and change a school's educational environment, showing educators how to create an evaluation process and rubrics to examine educational gaps and identify educational equity issues. A cd-rom of tables and spreadsheets completes the invaluable information. Kaia Tollefson and Monica K. Osborn's CULTIVATING THE LEARNER-CENTERED CLASSROOM: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE (9781412949972) packs in tips on how to facilitate learning communities within and outside the classroom. From moving from educational theory to applied practice to shifting teaching approaches and planning instruction for individuals, small groups or an entire class, the keys here will provide teachers with a lifetime of options. Corwin Press's 'Engage the Brain' titles ($15.95 each) offer graded activity books perfect for compiling activities based on accompanying books. GAMES for Grade 4 by Marcia L. Tate (9781412959292) grades 6-8 (9781412959520), Grade K (9781412959339), Grade 5 (9781412959285), Grade 1 ((9781412959322) Grade 2 (9781412959315) and Grade 3 (9781412959308) all pack in practical activities to reinforce learning and support research-based strategies. There are also workbooks for grades 6-8 specific to MATH (9781412959261) and LANGUAGE ARTS (9781412959278). The 'Reading Puzzle' workbooks are also geared to grades: PHONICS (9781412958219), FLUENCY for grades 4-8 (9781412958288), PHOEMIC AWARENESS for grades K-3 (9781412958202). COMPREHENSION for grades K-3 (9781412958240), and SPELLING (9781412958264) and VOCABULARY ((9781412958271) for grades 4-8, and FLUENCY for grades K-3 (9781412958233) each provide worksheets of activities for teachers who want to support developing reading skills in students. Gayle H. Gregory and Elizabeth Hammerman's DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES FOR SCIENCE, GRADES K-8 (9781412916516) provides educators with a host of keys on how to help students understand and adapt to scientific curriculum. Grade-appropriate sample lessons and guidelines for creating performance tasks pack chapters filled with case studies and methods. Janet A. Hale's A GUIDE TO CURRICULUM MAPPING: PLANNING, IMPLEMENTING, AND SUSTAINING THE PROCESS (9781412948920) is an outstanding survey of putting data-based decision practices into real world teaching experiences. Four types of curriculum maps and guidelines for deciding what tap to use include details on selection, application, and assessment. Janet Hale's work with thousands of educators offers steps for mapping effort which can fuel become a part of school cultures. Kay Burke's WHAT TO DO WITH THE KID WHO… DEVELOPING COOPERATION, SELF-DISCIPLINE, AND RESPONSIBILITY IN THE CLASSROOM (9781412937016, $39.95) appears in its third updated edition to provide teachers with a model for encouraging cooperation in the classroom. Current theories and research on classroom management provide the latest tips, with this edition featuring over 100 new classroom scenarios, examples, and activities plus updated statistics that reference NCLB and IDEA 2004. It's a 'must' for any in-depth college-level educator's library - in fact, all are top picks college-level education collections will find invaluable.

The Jobs/Careers Shelf

Best Answers to 202 Job Interview Questions
Daniel Porot and Frances Bolles Haynes
Impact Publications
9104 Manassas Drive, Suite N, Manassas Park, VA, 20111-5211
9781570232718, $17.95,

The interview is more often than not the deciding factor to if one is potentially hired or simply tossed to the side. "Best Answers to 202 Job Interview Questions: Expert Tips to Ace the Interview and Get the Job Offer" offers readers sage advice to help them get through the interrogation that employers so often put prospective employees through where the correct answers are never that obvious - questions like self-evaluation, skills, problem solving abilities, hobbies, motivation, salary, and many more questions are examined and advice given to answer them honestly and effectively. Five hundred pages of well written information, "Best Answers to 202 Job Interviews Questions: Expert Tips to Ace the Interview and Get the Job Offer" is highly recommended for anyone with the feared interview on the horizon and for community library career shelves.

Working Relationships
Bob Wall
Davies Black Publishing
1055 Joaquin Road, 2nd Floor, Mountain View, CA 94043
9780891061885, $20.95,

Sometimes a worker seems to be the best - he has all the ideas, all the cleverness, all the innovation - yet he doesn't flourish - while another, who doesn't have his gifts, flourishes just fine. Why is this? "Working Relationships: Using Emotional Intelligence To Enhance Your Effectiveness With Others"is an examination of how raw brainpower isn't enough to get along in today's corporate world, that one must understand the emotions of others, and to be empathetic to be a successful employee. It includes advice on striking balances between personal and professional, to not take confrontations with hostility, teamwork, and other advice to make readers better employees. "Working Relationships: Using Emotional Intelligence to Enhance Your Effectiveness With Others" is highly recommended for community library collections on career advancement and for anyone who can't seem to get ahead- and cannot figure out why.

Directory of Professional Resume Writers
Louise Kursmark
JIST Publishing
875 Montreal Way, St. Paul, MN 55102
9781593575199, $19.95 1-800-648-5478

There will come a time (and probably more than once!) in every career when the submission of a resume to further employment opportunities will be required. "Directory of Professional Resume Writers: How to Find and Work with a Pro to Accelerate Your Job Search" outlines a massive amount of tips you need to hire someone to do it for you, a professional who will make your resume the best it can possibly be. Outlining Specialists, special circumstances, and how to find them, finding a professional resume writer for your money has never been easier. "Directory fo Professional Resume Writers: How to Find and Work with a Pro to Accelerate Your Job Search" is enthusiastically recommended to anyone who sees this problem in their future and for any community library collection specializing in career advancement.

Career Contentment
Jeffrey Garton
ASTD Press
Box 1443, Alexandria, VA 22313-1463
1562865064, $22.95

Why won't job discontentment go away?? From the myths of job satisfaction and how to make successful career choices to avoiding ruts and meeting employer expectations, CAREER CONTENTMENT: DON'T SETTLE FOR ANYTHING LESS! Is packed with tips on what makes or breaks a career, how to appreciate employers and identify satisfying career paths and options, and more. An excellent, highly recommended pick for any library strong in career counseling or job placement services.

The Sports Shelf

Michele Smith's Book of Good Softball Cheer
Michele Smith and Lawrence Hseih
Wish Publishing
P.O. Box 10337, Terre Haute, IN 47801
9781930546882, $16.95,

Young girls need to focus all the energy they can aspire to be the best softball players they can possibly be, and "Michele Smith's Book of Good Softball Cheer: A Practical Guide to Developing Leadership Skills in Softball and In Life" is here to assist them to do just that. Covering not just softball skills, the book grants readers drills they need to improve their leadership skills, attitude, and perseverance in the face of adversity. Answering questions that come up for all young school age athletes, "Michele Smith's Book of Good Softball Cheer: A Practical Guide to Developing Leadership Skills in Softball and In Life" is deftly written and inspiring, and thusly highly recommended for any young girl softball player to be and for community library sports collections.

Backpacker & Hiker's Handbook
William Kemsley Jr.
Stackpole Books
5067 Ritter Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-6921
9780811734622, $24.95,

The modern day adventure is a complex one - but with the right preparation, it can be a truly fun and exhilarating one. "Backpacker & Hiker's Handbook" is a through and informative guide for anyone who wants to go on the exciting adventure that is Hiking through the wilderness. Covering any subject the reader would need to know, such as preparations, vital skills; solo, all-female, children, senior, and with pets- how their presence alters how you should do things. How to deal with dangerous wild animals, and what do to in the colder seasons- revealing hiking in winter is very possible. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a bit of adventure in their life and for community library camping collections.

Your Brain on Cubs
Dan Gordan, Editor
Dana Press
745 - 5th Avenue Suite 900, New York NY 10151
1932594280, $19.95

YOUR BRAIN ON CUBS: INSIDE THE HEADS OF PLAYERS AND FANS blends medical science with insights on how the Chicago Cubs offers a method for understanding brain functions and ballpark attractions. From issues of loyalty and illusion to how viewers become experts, sports here is used as a foundation for considering brain functioning, game controversies from drugs to perception, and more: perfect for both sports and health libraries.

The Rise and Fall of Dodgertown
Rody Johnson
University Press of Florida
15 Northwest 15th Street, Gainesville, FL 32611-2079
9780813031941, $24.95

THE RISE AND FALL OF DODGERTOWN: 60 YEARS OF BASEBALL IN VERO BEACH is a specialty item for baseball collections and Vero Beach area residents who enjoy game history. It charts the history of the Dodgers, who have been coming to Vero Beach every spring since 1948, and it tells of an entire culture and community which sprang up around the rise of 'Dodgertown'. Baseball fans will find this an engrossing history.

The Photography Shelf

The Americans
Robert Frank
155 6th Avenue, Fl. 2, New York, 10013
9783865215840, $39.95,

America through the eyes of another, and in plain black & white. "The Americans" is photographer Robert Frank's look at 1950s America, from the very pictures he took almost fifty years ago. In this new edition, Frank has enlisted the help of the newest and most cutting edge modern photo technology to bring his photos into the highest quality he could get them, a massive improvement in quality from the printing quality of the 50s. The poignant, thought provoking photos comprise what some call the most famous book of photography ever published. "The Americans" is enhanced with a forward by Jack Kerouac and is highly recommended for community library photography collections and for anyone who wants a solid coffee table book.

Capturing Colour
Phil Malpas
AVA Publishing SA
c/o Watson Guptill Publications (distributor)
770 Broadway, New York, NY 10003-9535
9782940373062, $29.95 1-800-451-1741

Given the proper equipment, a little training, and a modicum of talent, anyone can produce photographs of gallery or museum quality. Professional freelance photographer Phil Malpas presents Capturing Colour, an in-depth guide covering both film and digital photography. Illustrated with high-quality, full-color photographs throughout, the better to show examples of specific techniques and processes, Capturing Colour discusses color theory, filtration and filter systems, the option of deliberately choosing to limit one's color palette, processing and printing choices, and much more. A step-by-step guide accessible to beginners yet packed with tips, tricks, and techniques that even seasoned veterans are sure to find useful. Enthusiastically recommended for amateur, student, and professional photographers alike.

Amherst Media
Box 586, Buffalo, NY 14226

MASTER GUIDE FOR TEAM SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY by James Williams (9781584282150, $34.95) tells how to capture athletes and game action on film, from selecting the right equipment suitable for sports photography to getting league and school sports assignments, scouting locations, and posing groups and individuals. With so many participating in sports, it will prove a pick not just for aspiring pros, but for parents wishing to capture their child's sports moments in a more professional manner. Jennifer George's ART OF PREGNANCY PHOTOGRAPHY (9781584282181, $34.95) tells how to capture the pregnancy experience at all stages, showing how to photograph the mother-to-be either alone or with her partner, or with the whole family. Techniques and insights on poses and positions accompany tips for retouching, enhancing lighting and color, and interviews with pregnancy portrait photographers. Bill Hurter's BEST OF PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY (9781584282235, $34.95) is packed with techniques and images from a range of professionals who make their living through portrait photography, so any would-be pro will want to have this. It covers both technical and aesthetic qualities of portrait photography, provides image examples in sepia and color, and is filled with professional insights. All are top picks for both general interest and art library holdings.

The Fashion Shelf

High Fashion Hats 1950-1980
Rose Q. Jamison and Joanne E. Deardorff
Schiffer Publishing Company
4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
0764324500, $29.95

More than a fashion guide, this detailed and authoritative reference compendium focuses on collectible designer hats from 1950-80 and is very highly recommended for both fashion collections in art libraries and collector's reference libraries with its fine survey of the hairstyles, hats and history behind them. The millinery glossary pairs well with period photos of the hats in use and the fine color photos throughout, making for an excellent collection of images, price guides and history perfect for either art or collector's references.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

A Manhattan Ghost Story
T M Wright
Telos Publishing
c/o Fitzhenry & Whiteside, LTD
311 Washington Street, Brighton, MA 02135-3303
9781845830489, $14.95, 1-800-387-9776

The classic novel that debuted almost a quarter of a century ago, "A Manhattan Ghost Story" follows photographer Abner Cray as he arrives in the Manhattan area of New York City. Normalcy isn't something that stays for long, as his landlord vanishes without a trace, as does the woman he begins to lust for - both events happening in that order, but nothing adds up when Cray discovers that his landlord is wanted for the murder of the woman he loves- before Cray even met her. A bizarre parade of events continues to unfold in this enthusiastically recommended story that all horror fans will relish and should find a place on every community library fiction shelf.

The Great Planet Robbery
Craig DiLouie
Salvo Press
P.O. Box 7396, Beaverton, OR 97007
9781930486799, $16.95,

Who's to say they can't? Adventurers Dobbs and Muldoon have a get rich quick scheme that they are sure will work - robbing an entire planet. "The Great Planet Robbery" is author Craig DiLouie's third novel alongside his dozens of other prolific accomplishments tells the story of two friends following an old map to a planet that is supposedly rich with gold - and maybe far more than that. No one had ever said it would be easy for them, as there are those who would protest to the pillaging of their home world. "The Great Planet Robbery" is highly recommended to science fiction fans everywhere and deserves a place on community library sci-fi shelves.

The Dragon Done It
Eric Flint and Mike Resnick, editors
Baen Books
PO Box 1403, Riverdale, NY 10471
9781416555285, $24.00 1-800-223-2336

The Dragon Done It is an utterly engrossing anthology of fantasy short stories with a noir twist! These private eyes live in worlds with not only dames and guns, but also witches, magic, monsters, and even creatures from nursery rhymes. From the return of John Justin Mallory (the hero of Mike Resnick's "Stalking the Unicorn: A Fable of Tonite") in "The Long and Short of It", to a female ex-cop recently turned vampire in Tanya Huff's "This Town Ain't Big Enough", to Little Jack Horner in Neil Gaiman's "The Case of the Four and Twenty Blackbirds", to Santa Claus himself, retired and down on his luck, in Michael M. Jones' "Claus of Death", these sleuths adapt to their magical settings with the same two-fisted grit characteristic of any classic noir hero. Dragons per se may be in short supply, but dastardly culprits, lying clients, and seedy urban alleys abound in this thoroughly addictive treasury of 'whodunnits'. Highly recommended.

Catherine Asaro
Baen Books
Box 1403, Riverdale, NY 10471
1416555129, $7.99

Charon was a ruthless criminal who created and traded in illegal robots and androids so his death benefits the world - unfortunately his android Alpha survives to bring his legacy to the world. Alpha is indistinguishable from a human woman but has superpowers - and General Thomas finds her as intriguing as she is dangerous. For she is carrying out her last orders from her maker - and Thomas finds her too human to kill. An intriguing story of robots, androids, and a touch of love evolves.

A Holy Bloody Day
Malachi E. Maynard
Booksurge LLC
7290-B Investment Drive, Charleston, SC 29418
9781419620928, $14.99

A world run by dragons and demons - but the brightest light can best be seen in darkness. "A Holy Bloody Day: Prologue to the Unholy Fire of Blood Trilogy" is a darkly sinister and passionate fantasy of legendary proportions. Debut novelist Malachi E. Maynard hopes to make his mark on the fantasy genre in a big way, questioning the every nature of good and evil in this epic fantasy. Two demon brothers will battle a goddess who wishes to plunge the world into a dark and deadly Time of fire, having to deal with one's distracting lust with a lovely elven creature, and the decision whether they should aid the world or hasten its destruction. With influences from "The Golden Compass", "A Holy Bloody Day: Prologue to the Unholy Fire of Blood Trilogy" serves as a great introduction in what is sure to be a great series. Enthusiastically recommended for any fantasy lover and for Science Fiction/Fantasy community library collections.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

A Beginner's Guide to the Study of Religion
Bradley L. Herling
80 Maiden Lane, Suite 704, New York, NY 10038
9780826495310, $12.95,

Religion is a subject as old as humanity itself, and there's always need for a deeper study of it. "A Beginner's Guide to the Study of Religion" hopes to set its aspiring theologian readers in the right direction in their study of one of the world's oldest concepts. A masterfully written introduction, it should be as easy to comprehend for novices as it is a refresher for professors, it covers a survey of classics that should be read for any early student, essential quotations and concepts to be studied for them, and where they should go next after this. "A Beginner's Guide to the Study of Religion" is thoroughly recommended to all future students of theology and for community library theology shelves.

The Baha'i Faith
William S. Hatcher & J. Douglas Martin
Baha'i Publishing
1233 Central Street, Evanston, IL, 60201
1931847061, $14.95,

In just one hundred fifty years, the Baha'i faith has become the world's second largest independent religion. "The Baha'i Faith: The Emerging Global Religion" is an all-purpose guide to the religion, covering its history, beliefs, and community. Named by the Encyclopedia Britannica as a book of understanding and knowledge, and it covers all of the recent developments of the Baha'i faith and everything one would need or want to know about them. "The Baha'i Faith: The Emerging Global Religion" is highly recommended to all scholars or non-specialist general interest readers who seek a more complete understanding of the Baha'i faith and everything about it.

C.S. Lewis and Human Suffering
Marie A. Conn
Hidden Spring
c/o Paulist Press
997 MacArthur Blvd. Mahwah, New Jersey 07430
9781587680441, $14.00,

C.S. Lewis spent the first half of his life as an atheist, but later converted to Christianity - why the change of heart? "C.S. Lewis and Human Suffering: Light Among the Shadows" is a deftly written examination of Lewis's works and his thought processes and how they can affect modern Christians and there relationship with God. Viewing Pain as something that enhances the Human spirit to help them become more complete people and chisel them to better fit God's image, "C.S. Lewis and the human Suffering: Light Among the Shadows" is highly recommended to community library religious collections and for anyone who wants a better look into the thought processes of this unique individual.

Thumpin' It
Jacques Berlinerblau
WJK Press
100 Witherspoon Street, Louisville, KY 40202-1396
9780664231736, $16.95,

There is meant to be a separation of church and state in the United States - yet every president the country has ever had has been sworn in on a Christian Bible. "Thumpin' It: The Use and Abuse of The Bible In Today's Presidential Politics" is a scholarly examination of the politicians of the country's obsession with using the bible in what is meant to be an overall secular country. Looking how it impacts current issues such as the environment, steam cell research, abortion, among other countless other topics. "Thumpin' It: The Use and Abuse of the Bible in Today's Presidential Politics" is a through and highly recommended addition to community library politics and religion collections and for anyone who wants a solid examination of this mixing of church and state.

Contesting Texts
Melody D. Knowles, Esther Menn, John Pawlikowski, O.S.M., and Timothy J. Sandoval, editors
Fortress Press
c/o Augsburg Fortress Publishers
100 Fifth Street, Suite 600, Minneapolis, MN 55402-1210
9780800638429, $29.00 1-800-328-4648

Contesting Texts: Jews and Christians in Conversation about the Bible assembles essays by experienced historians and theologians, discussing how the Bible has served both as a means of connection and instigation to conflict between Christians and Jews. Seeking mutual respect through open and honest dialogue, Contesting Texts explores topics such as "The Problematic Portrayal of 'the Jews' and Judaism in the Gospel of John", "Apocalyptic Violence and Politics", "Unbinding Isaac: Martyrdom and Its Exegetical Alternatives" and much more. A balanced and welcome contribution to religious studies shelves. "The humanly irreconcilable difference between Jews and Christians will not be settled until God redeems the entire world as promised in Scripture. Christians know and serve God through Jesus Christ and the Christian tradition. Jews know and serve God through Torah and the Jewish tradition. That difference will not be settled by one community insisting that it has interpreted Scripture more accurately than the other... Neither Jew nor Christian should be pressed into affirming the teaching of the other community."

A New Kind of Conservative
Joel C. Hunter
Regal Books
c/o B&B Media Group Inc.
109 South Main Street Sorsicana, TX 75110
9780830745333, $19.99,

Not speaking of the traditional religious right of politics, pastor Dr. Joel C. Hunter preaches a new brand of politics in his book "A New Kind of Conservative". Religion and Politics have been intertwining constantly in recent years, and Hunter takes a new stance widening the scope of the bible on politics. While he shares the typical conservative viewpoints on topics such as abortion and homosexuality, he brings focus to topics like the environmental, justice, and social welfare. Highly recommend to Christian Studies and politics collections alike.

Thinking is Authorized!
Nash Khatri
Author House
1663 Liberty Drive, Suite 200, Bloomington, IN 47403
9781434321589, $16.99,

Don't think about it- a relaxing attitude many take towards their problems, maybe using liquor to help them forget it for a time. "Thinking is Authorized!: Refreshing Philosophical Perspectives for Real Spiritual Growth" disagrees and claims the best way to deal with one's problems is to think them through and attack them thoughtfully- and that doing so will help one think it through and be a more complete individual in life. "Thinking is Authorized!: Refreshing Philosophical Perspectives for Real Spiritual Growth" is highly recommended for all spirituality collections.

The Interior Design Shelf

Altar Your Space
Jagatjoti S. Khalsa
Mandala Publishing
c/o Palace Press International
180 Varick Street, 10th floor, New York, NY 10014
9781601090089, $29.95

The purpose of interior design is to ensure that the residents of a dwelling, be it a home, an office, or an apartment, live and work in as amenable, pleasant, personalized, and positive environment as possible. As a respite or sanctuary from the stresses and demands of the world at large, personal living spaces should be as good for the soul and spirit as they are for the body. Jagatjoti Singh Khalsa founded the Tara Home in Venice, California, for the purpose of specializing in sacred home furnishings and antiquities drawn from or inspired by the world's most spiritually rich locations. The result is "Altar Your Space: A Guide to The Restorative Home", a unique interior design guide focusing on the decor of a living space in meeting the personal and spiritual needs of its residents. Beautifully illustrated throughout, enhanced with informed and informative essays, and replete with real-life examples, "Altar Your Space" shows how to infuse a sacred quality into a living space with simple furnishings ranging from hand-cared wooden chairs, to stone statues, to silk pillows, to translucent curtain, and thereby crafting a kind of sacred place where form and function come together to create ideal metaphysically supportive living conditions with respect to virtually every room in a home. "Altar Your Space" is a very special and highly recommended addition to personal, professional, and community library Interior Design reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Decor Enterprises' Designing With Fabrics And Color
Brenda Weiss
Xlibris Corporation
International Plaza II, Suite 340, Philadelphia, PA 19113
7935 N.W. 110th Drive, Parkland, FL 33076
9781425793685, $54.99

The popularity of such television shows as Designed to Sell; Designing on a Dime; and Devine Design, shows that the art of interior design has truly come into its own for both professional designers and the do-it-yourself enthusiast. A licensed Interior Designer in South Florid (and the Principal of Weiss Design Group Inc., a company specializing in residential, healthcare, hospitality, and commercial interior design), Brenda Weiss draws upon her more than fifteen years of experience and expertise to write and publish "Decor Enterprises' Designing With Fabrics And Color", an interior design picture book that provides a comprehensive introduction and reference to the basic principles of design, fabric, paint selection, color theory, and furniture style for virtually any room of a home or office. The core of this simply outstanding instruction manual is a thoroughly 'user friendly' five-step process of coordinating fabrics with paints in a definable style. Showcasing more than three hundred fabric/paint scheme illustrations, samples and examples, "Decor Enterprises' Designing With Fabrics And Color" will enable the novice to produce interior design elements that will achieve professional quality results while accurately reflecting or representing their individual tastes. An ideal addition to academic and community library Interior Design reference collections, "Decor Enterprises' Designing With Fabrics And Color" will also prove an invaluable reference for seasoned professionals, as well as an in-service training resource guide for staff development purposes with respect to professional interior design companies.

The Criminology Shelf

Murder in Mayberry
Mary Kinney Branson & Jack Branson
New Horizon Press Books
P.O. Bix 669, Far Hilla, NJ 07931
9780882823256, $24.95,

If a murder occurs in New York, Detroit, or's a sad but true fact that most of the citizens are not going to be affected. But when Murder occurs in a small is another story entirely. "Murder in Mayberry: Greed, Death, and Mayhem in a Small Town" is the tale of Madisonville, Kentucky and the brutal slaying of Ann Branson - and how the murderer was a quiet townie just like the rest of them - church going, helpful, just like them. The FBI has to dig through these charades and go through the deep, dark secrets of a small town to find who was responsible for Mrs. Branson's death. "Murder in Mayberry: Greed, Death, and Mayhem in a Small Town" sounds like fiction, but is in fact a true story, and is highly recommended for community library collections with a nod to True Crime.

The Dance Shelf

Slow Dancing for Beginners: Volumes 1 & 2
Xpress Innovations Inc.
c/o 411 Video Information (publicity)
PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
DVD, $29.99 each,

The coach and mentor of World Champion dancers Shawn Trautman and his wife Joanna Trautman present Slow Dancing for Beginners, a two-volume instructional DVD set ideal for novice to intermediate slow dancing couples. Volume 1 ($29.99, 90 min.) uses engaging, easy-to-follow instructions to train viewers in the basic steps, as well as reinforce muscle memory. The picture-in-picture filming helps the viewer learn left turns, right turns, underarm turns, momentum turns, and more. Volume 2 ($29.99, 90 min.) broadens the range of instruction through teaching additional steps: "magic turns", the lunge, promenade pivots, dips, and much more! Both DVDs are filmed in HD and highly recommended for self-training prior to attending a wedding, cruise, or dance event.

The Buddhist Studies Shelf

Buddha in a Teacup
Todd Walton
Lost Coast Press
155 Cypress Street, Fort Bragg, CA 95437
9781882897957, $19.95,

The middle path - the path between total indulgence and total denial in order to find peace in life, one of the central themes of Buddhism. "Buddha in a Teacup: Tales of Enlightenment" is a compilation of over forty short stories each focusing on an aspect of the Buddhist dharma, the teachings emphasized by the Buddha. Stories humorous, erotic, mysterious, and sad alike all bound by common themes of mindfulness, love, patience, and other important themes to Buddhists. One doesn't have to be a Buddhist to enjoy "Buddha in a Teacup: Tales of Enlightenment", as it was written in a way to be appreciated by even secular readers. Highly recommended to short story collections and Buddhist studies shelves.

Natural Radiance
Lama Surya Das
Sounds True, Inc.
413 S. Arthur Avenue, Louisville, CO, 80027
9781591796121, $14.95,

His Holiness The Dalai Lama calls author Lama Surya Das the western lama, and his book "Natural Radiance: Awakening to Your Great Perfection" is a testament to that claim. Suggesting that all people are potential Buddhas by nature, in that they have the ability to be infinitely open, luminous, compassionate, wise, and free. "Natural Radiance: Awakening to Your Great Perfection" is a guide to channeling these inner qualities and being passed them from a master of the tradition. Hoping to help your mind attain rigpa - total and pure presence, and enhanced with a free CD with seven guided Dzogchen techniques, "Natural Radiance: Awakening to Your Great Perfection" is highly recommended to Buddhist study shelves everywhere.

The Voice of Hope
Alan Clements, interviewer
Seven Stories Press
140 Watts Street, New York, NY 10013
9781583228456, $18.95 1-800-596-7437

Now in an expanded second edition including an interview with U Gambira (a leader of the All-Burma Monks Alliance that organized the protests of September and October 2007), The Voice of Hope: Aung San Suu Kyi Conversations with Alan Clements is an extensive interview with Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Laureate, mother of two, and practicing Buddhist who led the pro-democracy movement in Burma in 1988. The movement was harshly crushed by the military junta that renamed Burma as Myanmar. Alan Clements, the first American ordained as a Buddhist monk in Burma, met with Aung San Suu Kyi after her release from her first house arrest in July 1995. She delivered her perception of engaged compassion and spoke of how she maintained her hope and optimism despite continued governmental oppression. "You must not forget that the people of Burma want democracy. Whatever the authorities may say, it is a fact that the people want democracy and they do not want an authoritarian regime that deprives them of their basic human rights. The world should do everything possible to bring about the kind of political system that the majority of the people of Burma want and for which so many people have sacrificed themselves." A singularly powerful and also deeply spiritual testimonial on behalf of a troubled nation.

The Gardening Shelf

The Garden Book For Wisconsin
Melinda Myers
Cool Springs Press
101 Forrest Crossing Blvd., Suite 100, Franklin, TN 37064
1591860660, $24.99,

As the title states, "The Garden Book For Wisconsin " is specifically designed for gardeners in the Badger State and offers 191 plant selections ranging from Annuals and Perennials, to Groundcovers and Ornamental Grasses. Now in a newly expanded and updated second edition, each plant in "The Garden Book For Wisconsin" is showcased with a color photograph enhancing an especially 'user friendly' text which provides a wealth of specific and practical advice on planting, growing, and care. Of special note is the use of quick reference symbols indicating a specific plant's sun requirements and such background information as to additional qualities such as attracting birds or butterflies. Wisconsin gardening expert Melinda Myers draws upon her many years of dedicated experience to include personal recommendations of plants that are especially suited to Wisconsin's climate, and includes useful information on companion planting, along with design tips for maximize the use of texture and color in a Wisconsin garden. Simply stated, "The Garden Book For Wisconsin" should be considered a seminal addition to the University of Wisconsin Agricultural Studies reading lists, community library Wisconsin Gardening & Horticulture collections, and an invaluable, indispensable part of every Wisconsin home gardener's personal reference shelf.

Timber Press Pocket Guide to Palms
Robert Lee Riffle
Timber Press
133 S.W. Second Avenue, Suite 450, Portland, OR 97204-3527
9780881927764, $19.95,

Palm Trees can be found on every continent except Antarctica - and it isn't because of the cold that they aren't there. "Timber Press Pocket Guide to Palms" is a comprehensive look at this enigmatic tree, so often ignored as simply a decoration for tropical islands when it really is a resilient plant that can grow in extreme temperatures as low as five degrees Fahrenheit. The guide covers everything one would possibly need to know to grow over two hundred of the common palm species. Enhanced with over three hundred color photographs and appendixes, this information packed guide is highly recommended for community library collections on plant life and for anyone who seeks to grow a palm themselves.

The Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf

The Complete Peanuts 1967 to 1968
Charles M. Shulz
Fantagraphics Books
7563 Lake City Way, NE, Seattle, WA 98115
9781560978268, $28.95 1-800-657-1100

The Complete Peanuts 1967 to 1968 continues Fantagraphics Books' marvelous definitive compilation of Charles Shulz's iconic newspaper strip, including both daily and Sunday strips (all strips are reproduced in black and white). Featuring an introduction by John Waters - which draws the reader's attention to Shulz's uniquely expressive art style when drawing facial expressions such as a "total-warfare frown", and his starkly accurate portrayal of the crushing humiliation of defeat. In the 1967 to 1968 comics, Peppermint Patty tries to trade Charlie Brown five baseball players for Snoopy the shortstop; Charlie Brown makes a new friend in Franklin (who is initially scared off from the local neighborhood when Linus tells him about the "Great Pumpkin"); and Snoopy (a.k.a. the "Masked Marvel") and Lucy get into a championship arm-wrestling match! Like all previous volumes in the series, The Complete Peanuts 1967 to 1968 is highly recommended for comic lovers of all ages and backgrounds, and simply cannot be praised enough.

The Agricultural Studies Shelf

Manifestos On The Future of Food & Seed
Vanadana Shiva, editor
South End Press
7 Brookline Street #1, Cambridge MA 02139
9780896087774, $10.00,

No matter how much technology advances, no matter what new advances in medical science society make, somethings will never change - that humanity will have to do one thing the same way it did when it was closer to beast then man - eat. "Manifestos On The Future of Food & Seed" is an examination of modern agriculture, and an encouragement to increase the world's cultivating range and trade amongst each other, stating the fact of 80,000 plants in the world are edible for food, 150 of them are grown intentionally, and only eight are traded internationally. "Manifestos On The Future of Food & Seed" is highly recommended as a deftly composed treatise in the form of essays from five intellectuals on the subject and deserves a place on any community library agriculture shelf.

The Genealogy Shelf

Teaching Genealogy to Young People
Bee Barton Koons
Heritage Books
100 Railroad Avenue, Suite 104, Westminster, MD 21157-4826
0788433539, $26.00,

Genealogy is the study of the past, but it always must be written by the living. "Teaching Genealogy to Young People" is a guide to teaching our youngest to record a more exact and precise history as they live it, and to get interested in their heritage to trace it back as far as they can so they know where they came from. A brief overview preceding lesson guides for both novice and mildly practiced young genealogists start this informing book. "Teaching Genealogy to Young People" is enhanced with blank materials and forms to help young genealogists get started by tracing back their own family history.

You Can Write Your Family History
Sharon DeBartolo Carmack
Genealogical Publishing Company
3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 260, Baltimore, MD 21211
9780806317830, $19.95 1-800-296-6687

One of the best sources of genealogical information for future generations are the recorded family histories provided by our elders before they pass into history. Recorded family histories are ideal sources for 'the story behind the story' of how people met, fell in love, came to be married, of their failures and successes, their losses and their gains, the anecdotal stories of living through 'interesting times'. But these family stories don't record themselves. That's why Sharon DeBartolo Carmack has written an instructive and thoroughly 'user friendly' guide to recording our family histories in the do-it-yourself instructional manual "You Can Write Your Family History". Every aspect of the process is covered, from selecting the bet type of family history to write; to deciding on a theme; to conducting efficient research with the goal of fleshing out a narrative; to putting subjects into the context of relevant social history; to the actual work of getting the words down on paper and preserved. Every aspiring and practicing genealogist, as well as non-specialist general readers wanting to preserve the stories of their parents and grandparents for the benefit of their children and grandchildren, should read "You Can Write Your Family History".

The Anthropology Shelf

All Tomorrow's Cultures
Samuel Gerald Collins
Berghahn Books
150 Broadway, Suite 812, New York, NY 10038
9781845454081, $29.95 1-800-540-8663

Written by Samuel Gerald Collins (Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of Cultural Studies, Towson University) All Tomorrow's Cultures: Anthropological Engagements with the Future explores how anthropological knowledge of past and present human culture has been applied to speculate on its future, from the predictions generated by 19th-century anthropological thought to insights garnered in the modern day. Though All Tomorrow's Cultures is at its heart a scholarly text, its revelations are sure to fascinate not only diligent students of human culture but also anyone with a keen interest in creating or reading literature that imagines the future of humanity. Highly recommended especially for college library and anthropology shelves. "We have difficulty in thinking that an event - where a work of art or a work of nature - could have taken place unless it were not already capable of happening... the kinds of trajectories of globalization (Malthusian disaster, ecological ruin, rapid modernization) are construed as the inevitable realizations of an ineluctably evolving capitalist system. The idea of true difference is left behind. Culture construed as virtuality, on the other hand, foregrounds culture as pure difference."

The Science Shelf

Mushrooms and Other Fungi of the Midcontinental United States
D.M. Huffman, L.H. Tiffany, G. Knaphus, and R.A. Healy
University of Iowa Press
100 Kuhl House, 119 West Park Road, Iowa City, IA 52242-1000
9781587296277, $39.95 1-800-621-2736

Now in a fully revised second edition, Mushrooms and Other Fungi of the Midcontinental United States is a full-color field guide to wild mushrooms and fungi found in the midcontinental region of Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Each of 248 species is illustrated with an excellent color photograph (which almost always shows both the tops and the undersides of sample fungi), and its cap, gills, stalk, and annulus are all described in meticulous detail, along with information with regard to where each species is most likely to be seen, and its edible or toxic characteristics. An additional section devoted to commonly encountered slime molds rounds out this superb reference, written by emeritus professor of biology Donald Huffman. Useful to professional biologists and amateur nature lovers alike, Mushrooms and Other Fungi of the Midcontinental United States is a first-rate, enthusiastically recommended resource.

Moth Catcher
Michael M. Collins
University of Nevada Press
Mail Stop 0166, Reno, NV, 89557-0166
9780874177350, $18.95 1-877-682-6657

Told with the narrative fluidity of a memoir, Moth Catcher: An Evolutionist's Journey Through Canyon and Pass is an amazing look into the scientific research of author Michael M. Collins. Moth Catcher introduces the reader to a fascinating canyon and pass environment in Sierra Nevada that is what geneticists call a "hybrid zone" for silk moths. In the hybrid zone, two species of silk moths interbreed to produce fertile offspring - unlike lab-bred hybrids between the same two species. These naturally occurring hybrid populations serve as unique, non-reproducible laboratories in nature, offering an exceptional opportunity to gain greater insight into how evolution itself operates. A handful of color photographic plates illustrate this exceptional account of the hidden wonders of one of nature's smaller species. Accessible to readers of all backgrounds, Moth Catcher is as highly recommended to the lay person with a budding interest in natural science as it is to professionals curious to hear a firsthand account of fieldwork and its astonishing results.

The Hunting/Fishing Shelf

Rotary Fly-Tying Techniques
Al Beatty & Gretchen Beatty
Frank Amato Publications
PO Box 82112, Portland, OR 97282
9781571884183, $24.95

Fly-fishing is an enduringly popular sport. Frank Amato Publications is the premier publisher of illustrated instructional guides for fly fishing. "Rotary Fly-Tying Techniques"is one of their newest titles and is the collaborative effort of the fly-fishing couple Al and Gretchen Beatty who draw upon their many years of experience and expertise to demystify the process of employing rotary fly-tying techniques to creating effective lures. Providing basic instruction on the use of a rotary vise, "Rotary Fly-Tying Techniques" offers a wealth of tying tips and techniques for tying 36 flies (both fresh and salt water). Each fly is provided with a 'user friendly' text of step-by-step, illustrated instructions and covers all aspects of the process from beginning to end. "Rotary Fly-Tying Techniques" is an ideal addition to personal, professional, and community library fly-fishing instructional reference collections.

The Woodworking Shelf

Shop Drawings Of Shaker Furniture & Woodenware
Ejner Handberg
The Countryman Press
PO Box 478, Woodstock, VT 05091
9780881507775, $24.95 1-800-245-4151

The late Ejner Handberg (1902-1985) was born in Denmark, emigrated to America, and became a gifted cabinetmaker working in Stockbridge, Massachusetts for a good many years where he is perhaps best known to the general public as the man who helped design and build Norman Rockwell's studio. Handberg was a master of the Shaker furniture and woodworking style. Now his three previously published volumes on the subject have been combined together into a single volume and published by The Countryman Press as "Shop Drawings Of Shaker Furniture & Woodenware" providing cabinetmakers and antiques collectors with an authoritative reference comprised of accurate scale drawings of Shaker items ranging from Beds, sewing tables, blanket chest, school desk, and candlestands, to oval boxes, trestle tables, wall cupboards, revolving stools, and so much more. "Shop Drawings Of Shaker Furniture & Woodenware" is an invaluable, detailed, comprehensive, and strongly recommended addition to personal and professional woodworker reference collections, as well as the Shaker Woodworking Studies reference collections of antique dealers, collectors, libraries, and museums.

The Environmental Studies Shelf

Ecological Restoration
Andre F. Clewell and James Aronson
Island Press
1718 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 300, Washington, DC 20009-1148
9781597261692, $30.00 1-800-828-1302

Humanity has been called a destroyer of various ecological habitats like forests, rain forests, and jungles. But Humanity can also be the healer of those same places. "Ecological Restoration: Principles, Values, and Structure of an Emerging Profession" demonstrates and explains how humanity is turning its habits around to recover the lost forests from centuries of neglect. Enhanced with appendixes, glossaries, indexes, and more, "Ecological Restoration: Principles, Values, and Structure of an Emerging Profession" is highly recommended to nature and environmental studies shelves and to anyone with an interest in the optimistic side of humanity's interactions with nature.

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

Copyright ©2001

Site design by Williams Writing, Editing & Design